Gear and gadgets from smartphones to backpacks
  • Gift Guide For Yourself To Make New Years Resolutions Easier

    One of the toughest things about setting New Years resolutions is that it's "just words". This year though, C+A Global a company that you might never have heard of (till now!), but is a global company matching innovative design with an extensive portfolio of brands including Zink, Polaroid, and Gold's Gym. As a blogger, I get spoiled by the latest and greatest products with the most amazing features so I was very impressed with what C+A Global presented when I met with them at CES. Instead of focusing just on aspirational products that you'll never be able to afford, they are producing the products you need and want... at a price you can afford. Over the next few months, we'll be highlighting a few of their products here, but let's kick things off by exploring how these products can help me... and you... make the most of our New Years resolutions!

  • With Brydge Keyboard Your iPad Is Even More Travel Friendly

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    Each time I go out, it's time to make decisions - do I just go with only my phone? Or, should I take my laptop and tablet too? I've tested a lot of keyboards for iPad and honestly most of them fall short, so I was really impressed with Brydge since it looks great, is well manufactured, and when connected, it feels sturdy - almost like it was a first party addon rather than a manufacturer other than Apple itself. Because of this, for many trips - and especially quick business meetings and offsite brainstorming sessions - this keyboard makes it possible to leave the laptop at home.

  • My Icebug Boots Have Traveled The World and I LOVE Them

    It would have been easy to simply bang out a few hundred words about how nice these boots looked and felt five minutes after opening the box and trying them on for the first time. However, it was clear that what Ice Bug sent me wasn't those kind of shoes. They pretty much begged to get out and explore... so I honored their request! Since September, these boots have climbed sandstone mesas in San Diego, hiked through Germany's Black Forest and explored the prairies of North Dakota as well as the mountains of Idaho and deserts of California

  • Tivoli ART Wireless Speaker

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tivoli Audio for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Christmas shopping season is almost over so there's still time to get something special, but we think this one is good enough that you'll want to buy it for yourself too! There's no shortage of companies selling wireless speakers out there, but I have a special place in my heart for products from Tivoli Audio since they not only sound great - but look great too and tend to be very high quality construction. That's certainly the case with the Tivoli ART speaker too!

  • Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 Electric Tooth Brush

    When it comes to gift giving, sometimes those over-the-top items are just perfect and so we were excited to test out the Oral-B Genius electric toothbrush. Never in my life did I expect to ever be the owner of a toothbrush that connected to my camera through Bluetooth so it could monitor my brushing pasterns, but here we are... thanks Oral-B! At $249.99, this isn't the cheapest item on our gift list for guys but it is a perfect idea for someone who wants to combine smart home technology with looking great.

  • Hillsound Crampons Are My Secret Weapon Against Icy Terrain

    Crampons = Freedom From Slipping and Sliding on Ice

    As winter approaches, there’s few things more essential than a sturdy pair of trail crampons for hiking, running, or simply walking across packed snow and ice. I mean what’s more literal about freedom than how you move on two feet?

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    All the Confidence Money Can Buy

    Slipping easily over shoes or boots you already own, putting on crampons is like turning your feet into an off-road vehicle. These pair of Hillsound Trail crampons are a great example of what I’m talking about. They have eleven heat-treated spikes that bite into any adverse surfaces that winter can drum up. What does that translate to? Confidence. 

    The flex hinge design on them is outstanding, keeping a firm grip to the ground as while your foot transitions to the next step. Heal up - no loss of traction. I'm smacking my head, wishing I'd had these years ago when I was helping to survey the arctic ocean ice sheet over one summer. Needless to say, I would have been our flag football team's MVP.  

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    While I’m taking this pair of Hillsound crampons on an upcoming trip to Patagonia, they’re just as suitable for a day in the local mountains or taking a stroll around the neighborhood to stretch your legs on an icy day.

    Who knew you could buy freedom and confidence this winter for just roughly $60? A pretty good deal in my opinion, and a gift that’s both practical and novel this holiday season.

  • Tenba Roadie - The Perfect Camera Bag For Guys Who Travel

    I think I may have found the ultimate camera bag provides me with exactly what I need. What I have been searching for. I now have ONE BAG to house all of my gear when I travel. This Roadie 22" Backpack by Tenba is pretty close to my dream camera bag. It is sturdy and "Carry On" compatible, with lots of space to store gear - while still having a little room for a change of clothes and other incidentals like toiletries. At one point, I was happy with a standard carry on and a small camera bag but as I started to need more gear on trips - laptop, tablet, gopro, tripod, DSLR, lenses, filters, chargers, cables, etc. my needs grew exponentially. However, after just a few days of receiving the Tenba Roadie 22", I'm pretty sure I've found exactly what I have been searching for.

  • Panasonic Eneloop Batteries Are Ready To Power What's Under Your Tree

    It's Christmas morning and there are boxes of toys (and maybe a few gadgets for yourself too) strewn across the floor. Then, you notice the dreaded phrase "Batteries Not Included". Luckily, Santa delivered some Panasonic Eneloop batteries and your morning is saved!

  • Holiday Gift Ideas for The Active Man

    In case you haven't noticed, Holiday shopping season is officially here and almost every woman I talk to is looking for great gift ideas for the men in their lives. From husbands to their dads and even sons, this can be a confusing time but I have some great gift ideas that I'd like to share on behalf of Babble Box who sent me some products to share with you guys. If you agree that these are some great gift ideas, then just share this page with your female friends and help a brother out!

  • HopperGo Let's Your Take Your Shows With You

    Today, everyone seems to be offering the ability to stream,and the cloud has never been a more powerful force. But what about those times when you can't access high speed internet? That’s when you realize just how limited we still are today. That's why I love the concept behind HopperGO, since it offers untethered entertainment you can take with you—traveling on the go, in the car, even camping in a remote part of the country where there's no internet service.

  • Saves Money & Looks Great: WiserAir Smart Thermostat Review

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Schneider Electric. All opinions are 100% mine.

    While most "smart home" gadgets are designed simply to make your life easier or just more fun, some can actually justify the expense by saving you money. That's the case with the smart thermostat category, so I was thrilled to spend some time reviewing the WiserAir smart thermostat from Schneider Electric.

  • Dromida XL FPV 370mm Camera Drone Review

    Drones were once a luxury item reserved only for those who had thousands of dollars to spend... but things are changing and when Dromida offered to send me their latest drone, I was initially disappointed that it was only priced at about $250. At that price it must be terrible right?... I was wrong! It's actually a great drone and the absolutely perfect entry level FPV drone for someone who might not want to invest in the expensive hardware before confirming that they really want to start a potentially expensive new hobby.

  • Facts About Zildjian Cymbals You Might Be Surprised to Learn

    When one thinks about musical instruments, chances are that cymbals aren't going to top the list but when you think about it they are incredibly important to rock and roll as well as other bands. However, when you look deeper you can discover that they and in fact, their most famous maker have a pretty fascinating history.

  • Brinno TLC120 Time Lapse Camera and ART200 Pan Lapse Review

    There's something magical about being able to control the way time unfolds... those clouds that look static suddenly billow and fluff as they float across the sky. Many people have played with time lapse features on their camera phone or even a DSLR at one point or another - myself included - but there are two big challenges. The first is that nobody that I know wants to surrender their phone to a process that can take hours or even days. Second, even if you have a spare phone, chances are it isn't going to do well in the elements such as rain, a heavy dew, and even hot blowing dust and sand... even if the battery was somehow to last long enough. Enter Brinno's TLC-200 camera!

  • How Do You Like My New Shades?

    I've worn glasses for much of my life and it's always been an expensive and confusing process. Depending on which place you go to, the exams are expensive and the glasses are cheap or the other way around. Today though, thanks to online retailers like EyeBuyDirect, things are a little bit easier. To see how things work, the folks at EyeBuyDirect offered to let me order a few pairs of glasses through their website and share my review opinions with you guys.

  • Five Reasons Why Unlocked Phones Are a Great Idea!

    For years we've relied on "the free phone" from your carrier, or a retailer offering to sell you a phone tied to a service plan. For the past two years though, I've had the pleasure of using unlocked phones that I get review units. Typically, these come with no sim card and since it's unlocked I get the ability to insert my own and use it without any issues. Now you can do the same!

  • Your Kenmore Alfie Shopping Assistant For Men on the Go

    We all need more time our our days and shopping is one of those things that I think most guys hate - except maybe shopping for gadgets and car stuff :) As one of the oldest retailers out there, Sears is stuck in an interesting place compared to some of their newer competitors. They are literally in a race to reform they way people shop and are working to innovate by trying to create a network of personal shoppers with a human touch.

  • Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener Review

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chamberlain. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Smart homes are the future, but most technology that you see today is related to inside the home or connected to security. One area that you don't hear much about is smart garages so when I got the opportunity to have one of my writers share his experience checking out the new Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener we jumped at the opportunity.

  • Be the Tailgate King by Picking the Perfect Generator

    Camping successfully in a remote location requires the use of a convenient source of power to support your lights, fridges, heaters and other essential appliances. While there are several options for powering your crucial devices, a super quiet portable generator happens to be the most appropriate. The reason is it produces 240 V (the voltage your camping appliances need), can easily be moved from one remote place to another and produces the least noise possible. Imagine the peaceful and relaxing environment in a remote camping location. All these can only be realized with the aid of a handy, quiet portable generator. Below is everything you need to know about portable generators

  • Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters Plush Stay Puft Man

    Looking for a fun gift for the guys in your life? We think this Stay Puft man is pretty cool as ar the other products that Underground Toys has produced as part of their license with the Ghostbusters movie. While honestly I hate feminized movies that are made simply for the fact of making it a "girl thing", these toys are fun and you can just pretend that it's a throw back to the original series if you want when you buy this as a gift for the man in your life!

  • Motion Activated Lights - More Than Just a Home Accessory

    Sure, everyone knows that motion activated lights can be good for use at home - and I have one in the kitchen next to the fridge since it makes things easier than having to turn the kitchen lights on/off manually. But here's an idea that will be good for anyone who travels regularly. Bring them with you for use in hotel and cruise ship bathrooms too!

  • It Can Wait - You Too Can Pledge to Avoid Distracted Driving

    OK, I'll admit it - I'm addicted to my phone. It's with me wherever I go, it's the first thing I check in the morning when I wake up and I usually fall asleep at night reading stuff on Reddit. However, there's one time when you should absolutely avoid using the phone - while driving. That's why I was excited to join AT&T and the It Can Wait program to take the It Can Wait Pledge and be a part of their 21-Day Challenge.

  • Review: Aleve Direct Therapy - Drug-Free Pain Relief

    I'm not a big fan of using pain relievers and I'm also not a big fan of giving back rubs to my wife who suffers from constant back pain. Thus, when I got the chance to check out Aleve's new Direct Therapy TENS device I jumped at the opportunity.  It operates based on a simple theory - the TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) device stimulates the nerves to block the sensation of pain without using drugs.

  • A Glimpse Of the Future While Exploring The Cox Smart Home

    As you know, I'm a huge fan of smart home technology - well tech in any form for that matter! So when Cox invited me to stop by their event and see some examples of smart home technology powered by their Gigablast Internet at a swanky penthouse apartment 47 floors above San Diego I jumped at the opportunity.

  • 30 Easy Ways to Save Energy at Home

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lennox®. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Everyone can do their part and while some things are easier than others, right now is a great time to think about doing "something" to save energy around the house. For me, August and September are two months of the year where I suddenly become acutely aware of the costs involved with keeping cool since I am generally forced to have my AC running full blast to keep cool. However, there are still plenty of ways to offset that cost, so let's check them out!

  • Dangerous Places Where You Need To Always Check the Weather

    Travel can be adventure but the trick is figuring out how to manage the risk so that you have a great time but avoid disaster. In some locations, severe weather can occur almost without warning - and other places the risk is omnipresent. Unfortunately, some of the most exciting places to visit can also be the most dangerous. That doesn't mean you should avoid them, simply take precautions and make the most of them while staying safe.

  • Stop By Mall of America and See the Future of Technology in the Home

    I'm sure you've read about how technology is changing homes and maybe even you've lusted after devices I've talked about here. Unfortunately most of us don't have the ability to actually see all these things come together in a way that fully illustrates the potential of today's connected Tech Home. To hep fix that, Best Buy has brought to life the latest technology in a model home that they have set up inside the Mall of America.

  • Picture This: Honor 8 brings Flagship Features with Value Pricing

    Last night I got another chance to work with one of my favorite brands - Honor. They aren't the fastest, most expensive, best you can buy phone brand - but they know who they are... and they understand their customer. Instead of delivery phones that cost nearly $1,000 and lock you into contracts they believe in offering unlocked phones for half (or less than that), while still offering premium features.

  • Ryan Chong Founder of Standard Luggage and Travel Backpack Designer

    As you know, we absolutely love the Travel Backpack from Standard Luggage that we received earlier this month. It's a great addition to our travel gear, but the person behind it is even more interesting. It's not often that we get to talk with the guys who actually create great stuff. After chatting with Ryan a bit through email it became clear that he was more than just a guy who saw a niche in the marketplace. Instead, while he is clearly a business person creating an awesome product he's doing it out of his personal passions, and experience as a seasoned traveler too.

  • Travel Backpack - Perfect Piece of Luggage for Men Who Travel

    I've tested a LOT of luggage over the years and most of it falls into pretty conventional categories and the result ends up simply being an aestetic choice determining which I use. Then there are those "innovators" that seem cool but simply fall flat. When I was approached by Standard Luggage to do a review of their new Travel Backpack during some upcoming trips I was a bit skeptical but I'm usually willing to give something a chance if it fits a need I genuinely am looking to fill. 

  • VerveRider+ Wireless Earbud Review

    I get a LOT of headphones to review and this is a category that seems endless in the number of innovations. Usually though, the innovations are almost imperceptible to anyone without sophisticated equipment to test the sound quality while the rest are based entirely on style. What impressed me about VerveRider+ though is that the innovations are practical and it looks great as well as sounding good too.

  • Make All Your J-Pop Dreams Come True With Cat Ear Headphones

    Ok, I'll admit - when I first saw these cat ear headphones I thought it was an early April Fools day pitch. Nope, it's real. After a few moments I thought to myself - these are actually pretty cool... and it's just the type of thing that makes a perfect gift for the right woman. However as I discovered tonight, the appeal is much more broad then that as both guys and girls I met made comments and wanted to check them out. 

  • Technology to Keep Your Home Safe and Secure While Traveling

    Are you planning a summer vacation this year? If you are, I'm sure one of the things you are worried about is keeping your house safe and secure. As you know, I'm a huge fan of smart home technology and so when I got the chance to check out some of the latest products from August Home it reminded me that while technology is important there are other things that are important things to remember too.

  • Staying in Touch With Your Favorite TV Shows While Traveling

    One of the things that's frustrating about traveling is not being able to stay in touch with my favorite TV shows. You can never count on your hotel TV to have a specific channel and even if it does, chances are you won't be in the room at the right time, so what's a guy to do? That's where Sling TV comes in and it's a perfect option for cord-cutters as well as those who simply want another way to enjoy TV without being tied to your living room. #TakeBackTV

  • How To Create Amazing Travel Photos Using Tilt-Shift Photography

    Tilt-shift photography refers to various techniques used to create special effects in photographs. Special tilt-shift lenses from makers like Canon and Nikon can be moved (shifted) and pointed at different angles (tilted) to achieve the desired effects.

  • Shredding The Pavement With Onewheel!

    I recently got a chance to check out an innovative new product that's a cross between a hoverboard and a skateboard but it's equally fun on pavement as it is on trails out in the woods. Sound fun? Let's check it out!

  • World of Tanks Plastic Model Kit

    Back in March I was visiting the General George Patton Museum and was able to see some incredible tanks up close. It was really exciting to think of being able to drive a tank, feel the power of controlling one. I will probably never get to do that in real life but I could control many tanks in the video game World of Tanks. World of Tanks is an online free to play game where you pilot a tank along with a team in simulated warfare. The game was over 300 armored vehicles from many countries including the USA, Germany, France, the UK, Japan, China and the Soviet Union.

  • Awesome Car Gifts for Dad from Escort and Cobra

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Escort Radar for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Pretty much all guys love cars and gadgets, so even though Father's Day is over this year, consider combining the two of those passions by getting the men in your life some awesome car gadgets! We've had a chance to use the Escort Max 360 a lot over the past few months, but there are some other awesome gift ideas from Escort's sister company Cobra as well. Of course, you could always just buy these for yourself too!

  • June is Employee Wellbeing Month and You Could Win Stuff from BackJoy

    June is Employee Wellbeing month and while I have a home office, it's important to remember that there are things we can both do to make our offices a better place to be. Often overlooked is the importance of how we sit, but the folks at BackJoy are on a relentless campaign to help correct that, including their 10-Day Employee Wellbeing Challenge. 

  • Samsung POWERbot Review: a Vacuum That Men Will Want To Use

    Housework isn't my favorite task but I love technology, gadgets, and mobile phones. So I was super excited to review the new Samsung POWERbot Wi-Fi from Best Buy. It is the 6th generation robotic vacuum from Samsung and it departs from it's competitors (and predecessors) by introducing a design that looks just like a standard upright but without the stick. Additionally, like you would expect from any Samsung product it also packs in tons of features to make it that much more useful.

  • OtterBox uniVERSE - One Case to Rule Them All!

    When you think of phone cases and OtterBox in particular, the first thing that probably comes to mind is "robust" - and that's a great quality to have of course. What I generally don't think of is a case that actually allows you to do other stuff to make your life easier and more productive. That's why I was so excited to hear about the launch of the new OtterBox uniVERSE line at BestBuy!

  • Dad Deserves The World - So Get Him a Virtual One from Samsung

    They say that "Dad Deserves the World" and while this is usually just something people say, you can actually get him the world now. Well, sorta... With Gear VR you can help dad escape into a virtual world filled with 3D games, and ability to explore landscapes ranging from the streets of Paris to NASCAR races.

  • I'm in Love with the Vinturi Vertical Lever Corkscrew!

    If you are going to get dad a corkscrew for Father's Day then you had better get him a damn good one. Luckily the Vinturi Vertical Lever Corkscrew falls into that category and I'm thrilled to have it as part of my permanent bar tools collection now!

  • Score a Touchdown This Year With a Wilson Custom Football

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    Dad deserves something custom that you made just for him this year. It's sort of like how you used to make that macaroni artwork in school, except now this is something that he will REALLY want to keep forever. OK, I kid - but serious, gifts that you make special for someone are always the best and now you can create a custom Wilson football for your dad or really any other person in your life. We recently got a chance to check it out and I personally love it!

  • Spend Less on Speeding Tickets and More On Fun This Summer

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Escort Max 360 for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    I've been using the Escort Max 360 for a few months now and I love this thing. In the past, my bias had been against radar detectors because frankly most are confusing, noisy, and at worst inaccurate. The thing I love about the Max 360 though is that it has 360 degrees of protection and it uses GPS + your mobile internet connection to alert you about actual situations on the road ahead of you.

  • Advice on Choosing a Bed For More Than Just Sleeping

    I don’t usually talk about sex, but for the past few months I’ve been enjoying great sleep in a Reverie Sleep System. The reality though, is that sleep isn’t the only thing that we do in our bed and I’m sure that’s true for most of you guys as well. When selecting a bed there are so many options and how comfortable you are laying down to sleep isn’t the only thing to consider …

  • Introducing the VIZIO SmartCast P-Series TV

    For a while there, TV's were just about higher resolution, bigger screens, more contrast - and those are all great things that we now take for granted. But what's exciting to me is when companies make their products BETTER to use. That means not just slapping "smart" on the the chassis but actually doing something to make them more user friendly and more capable. That's what VIZIO is trying to do with their new P-Series line of SmartCast Ultra HD High Dynamic Range Home Theater Display™ TVs.

  • Gladiator GearBox Review - Like a Safe For Your Tools!

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gladiator GarageWorks. All opinions are 100% mine.

    I have been a fan of the Gladiator brand for many years. Sometimes though, it's hard to believe that the same company (Whirlpool) that makes machines designed for the kitchen and laundry room can make some of the toughest, most manly organization products on the market today. Well, actually that's not so surprising when you think about the durability and design that everyone loves from their products in the Kitchenaid, Whirlpool, and Maytag brands. But when it comes to the garage, Gladiator is one of my favorite brands and once you experience it yourself, you'll see why.

  • Building A Custom Bike is a Great Father's Day Present

    How many times have you thought about - or maybe you did - buying a bike for your kids? Those late Christmas Eve nights spent in the cold garage, quietly assembling the bike so they wouldn't hear... only to surprise them on Christmas morning... Now it's your turn! Granted, you won't be able to keep it a surprise but this would make a great opportunity for you to spend some time with the kids and teach them some important mechanical lessons. Heck - as I found out, it's a great opportunity for yourself even, since you'll get a much better appreciation for the different parts of your bike compared to simply buying it from the store.

  • MOTA JETJAT Nano-C Micro Camera Drone Review

    Camera drones are all the rage right now and they are typically hundreds dollars or more and require a license to fly. For those of you that just want to play around though or for those that want to see if this is something you actually want to invest in, the MOTA JETJAT Nano-C is perfect option.

  • Arlo Q Home Camera Review

    I travel a lot and when I do, it's nice to be able to check on the home and watch my dog to see what she's up. There's something comforting about being able to monitor the house when you aren't there that makes it easier to enjoy where you are and what you are doing. 

  • Keeping Your Computer Clean With Webroot Antivirus

    I'm sure you guys use protection, but if you don't there's a high likelihood of catching a virus or having someone steal your identity. It's not a matter of if, but when today, so we decided to take a look at Webroot's SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete. It's a suite of security products designed to not just remove viruses and malware but can also protect your privacy and help you recover from ransomware attacks.

  • 15 Places I've Used Slingbox to Watch My Favorite Games

    March Madness is almost over, unfortunately my favorite teams are all out of the running but I'm still excited to see how things playout this weekend. Unfortunately I'm going to be away from home and that sucks - except for the fact that I have Slingbox! So, this weekend and next week while traveling I'll be able to watch all the action on my phone as well as even through my DVR by connecting to it at night to watch SportsCenter and catch up on all the predictions. What's even better is that I'm giving a Slingbox 500 away to one of you, so make sure you check that out at the bottom and enter for a chance to win one!

  • Ways To Protect Your Privacy and Prevent Identify Theft

    Even though technology has made stuff a lot easier for us these days, it's also made things that much easier for thieves to wreck havoc on our lives. A few months ago I got a letter in the mail about my "new Verizon account", having received a half dozen or so mobile devices for review I thought nothing of it. Maybe one of the PR companies set me up with a free account I thought. It wasn't till a month later when I got the bill that I realized that this wasn't right. Unfortunately, this is a pretty common thing these days and it isn't the first time I've had something happen either. 

  • I'm Streaming March Madness with my Galaxy S7 from AT&T

    I LOVE mobile tech and when I got the opportunity to be among the first to play with the brand spanking new Galaxy S7, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only did I get the phone itself, but AT&T set it up with their DIRECTV App so I can watch all of my favorite games anywhere I go by streaming them live to my phone. With March Madness in full swing, now I'll never miss a game - no matter where I'm at. Plus, the phone itself is phenomenal combined with AT&T's fast, reliable network that's perfect for streaming the games... but also downloading apps to keep up with scores, sharing photos, and posting smack talking posts on Facebook and Twitter. 

  • Ring - Smart Doorbell Review, Part of the Connected Home at Best Buy

    I get a LOT of packages delivered to my loft and as anyone who has ever lived in an apartment complex knows - it's sometimes difficult to tell if someone knocks on your door or your neighbors. As a result, I often times will run downstairs... only to find out that it was for my neighbor instead. While a traditional doorbell would have probably solved this problem I didn't have the ability to run wires and even if I did, that wasn't really worth the effort. Now though, with Ring I'm able to both tell if someone's at my door - but also find out of it needs to be signed for. Even better is that I can do this remotely via my phone or tablet. 

  • Tips For Making the Most Out of March Madness

    March Madness is here and shortly we're all going to be headed to our corners to fill in brackets that will define our conversations for the next few weeks. As we enter this period, it important to do things the right way! So, let's make the most of out of March Madness, without sacrificing family, work, or your health while doing so.

  • Amazing Luxury Watches For the Traveling Man

    Selecting a watch was once as simple as saying "I want the black one". In fact, there's almost no area where innovation has been as core to the industry as watches and clocks. From the early days when accurate timekeeping was critical to navigating a sailing vessel to the new world to today when your watch isn't even really just a timepiece, this industry is amazing. For those of us who love to travel to extreme and exotic locations though, this means that no matter where you are going there is a watch that is perfect to take with you!

  • Thanks to Reverie I Now Look Forward To Sleeping At Home Again

    It's been a few weeks now since I got my Reverie sleep system installed and in that time I've been sleeping around - well in hotel rooms that is. In the past, while I loved coming home to see my wife again - I dreaded my bed. That's not the case anymore though. Yeah, this sounds like I'm schilling for them - and YES I did get a fantastic sleep system but it really has made a difference.

  • GoSafe 520 Dashcam Review

    Like many things, dashcams are more popular overseas - especially in Russia and I'm sure you guys have seen those crazy car accident videos and wondered, "how on earth did they capture that?" The simple answer is that millions of people around the world are starting to install dashcams or dashboard cameras and frankly I think it's just a matter of time before it becomes standard as a feature for new cars. Today though, we're going to talk about the GoSafe 520 dashcam that we were provided for a review during our drive around Vegas last month.

  • New Phones and Devices at Mobile World Congress 2016

    Unfortunately I couldn't be there in person to witness all the amazing unveils in person, but over the past few days there have been an avalanche of new devices announced at Mobile World Congress. If these devices are as exciting as they sound then it's going to be a fantastic year for guys who love gadgets as much as I do! 

  • Introducing the Octa Spider Monkey Tablet Stand

    One of the first reviews I ever did for this site was a product from Octa when they were just starting out. It was a quirky tablet suction cup mount for tablets with a whale's tail shaped kick stand. Since then, the company has grown and expanded but they've maintained their sense of humor and design acumen for creating ingenious solutions that are as fun as they are useful.

  • Introducing the Reverie Bed

    Over the next few months, I'm going to be talking a bunch about my new bed that Reverie sent me. As you guys know, a bed is pretty important - even if we don't think about it that much. About two years ago I moved to San Diego and left my old bed in Chicago. At the time we were planning to just buy a cheap "bed in a box" foam mattress that would last us a few months till we saved enough to buy the "right one". Unfortunately that day never came and we got to see the dark side of cheap foam mattresses. As of a few days ago though I got a huge upgrade when Reverie installed our new bed with their awesome Dream Supreme Sleep System.

  • goTenna Might Be This Year's Must Have Technology Item

    There's a lot of cool stuff coming out right now. Most falls into "fun and entertaining" or "bigger/smaller, faster, prettier" though and there aren't that many things that really stand out as being a game changer and something that everyone should have in their home. goTenna is one such item and I am thrilled to have been chosen to test it out earlier this month.

  • It's OK for Your Car to Smell Good (and still be a man)

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    My wife and I fight over air fresheners in the car. She says that the car stinks (and she's probably right) but I hate those fruity and flowery smells and even worse is a flower clipped to my air vents. Seriously, that's a major buzz kill when guys jump in the car and stare at a pink flower. I came across a company called FreshTech™ though that offers a solution to both of my problems, so I decided to test it out.

  • #HOTatCES Twitter Party How I Survived CES From Dawn till Way Past Dusk

    The success of any venture is pinned on proper planning and making sure that you have the right equipment to support your talent and passion. That's true of climbing a mountain and it's true for attending a massive show like the Consumer Electronics Show. Each year, more than 170,000 geeks people descend on "Sin City" to see the latest and greatest technology and define the tone for the rest of the year. For me, things were a bit different as I was an ambassador for Huawei using two of their phones - the Nexus 6P and the Huawei Mate 8 - I was able to be on the go from morning till night. I was able to capture the fun and excitement from press conferences in the morning to late night parties and everything in between thanks to the awesome battery life and great cameras on both devices.

  • SanDisk at CES - More Ways to Store Your Stuff!

    SanDisk is a brand that I trust with my stuff and over the years I seem to be creating more and more content from more and more devices, so it was exciting to learn about the great new products that SanDisk presented at CES this year. Echoing some of my previous posts about CES, SanDisk is similarly focused on developing solutions for making tech "livable". 

  • Which Phone is Right For You? How to Pick Between Nexus 6P and Mate 8

    I'm back from CES and while the show is over, now it's time to digest a week's worth of technology overload. Along with that decompression ironically is a whole slew of new questions. This time from guys that I hang out in real life. The big question that they are asking - and frankly I'm asking myself is, which phone will I continue using after my ambassador agreement for Huawei is up.

  • Style and Design is a Huge Personal Technology Trend For 2016

    At a certain point, technology becomes "good enough" and you stop needing more megapixels, more memory, and faster chips. While I'm sure we'll find some reason to start pushing again, but I feel that technology has gotten to the point where it's stopped being the realm of the geek... and entered a phase where it's truly personal. In a weird way though, it seems that the foreign companies are leading this - especially in the mobile arena. Companies such as Huawei launched some great new products such as women's versions of their smart watch - and also brought the gold version of the Nexus 6P to the US as well.

  • Questions People Ask About the Huawei Mate 8 at #CES2016

    Yesterday at CES I got an interesting opportunity. As part of my ambassadorial duties with Huawei I was invited to visit their booth and demo the new Mate 8, talk with customers, and really get a pretty great experience with the phone that went well beyond just a review kit. This allowed me to better understand the hardware and software - but also the questions that many of you are probably also wanting to ask.

  • New Huawei Phones, Tablets and Watches Announced at CES

    At CES this morning, Huawei announced some more great mobile devices, adding on to their existing lineup that includes the Nexus 6P that I'm using this week to cover CES 2016. These new products that were announced include: The Huawei Mate 8, which will be launched globally with the Kirin 950 chipset, a gold version of the Nexus 6P, a collaboration with Swarovski's gemstone business to release two new versions of the Huawei Watch, and finally a partnership with Harman/Kardon who will provide it's cutting-edge Clari-Fi technology to the new M2 10 inch tablet.

  • Road Trips Just Got a Lot More Fun with the ZTE Mobley

    This isn't the fanciest or most awesome device I've ever played with, but what impressed me about the ZTE Mobley is that it is an alternative spin on something that makes life just that much better. As more and more devices are requiring internet access we're all searching for WiFi hotspots to serve them. Now you can turn your car into one powered by the AT&T network.

  • Huawei Nexus 6P Mobile Phone Review

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huawei for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    I'm somewhat of a phone geek and that's why I LOVE to get my hands on the latest and greatest devices. In the past, it was easy when someone asked me, "What's your favorite phone?" Today though, the reality is there are a ton of great devices out there from a variety of manufacturers. Over the past few weeks though, I've had a chance to explore life with the Nexus 6P, and I really love it. 

  • Introducing Clipix - a Cross Between Pinterest and Evernote

    I always love finding new tools to make my life easier and so when I heard about Clipix recently I was intrigued. You can think about it as "Pinterest meets Evernote" and I found it surprisingly good, though because it is new there weren't that many people using it. As it grows I feel like it has the potential to be a very vibrant community with both more depth of content and a more diverse user base than Pinterest does currently.

  • Six Things That Are Important to Know Before Buying a Gun

    Unfortunately today guns seem to be something that is incredibly divisive and while I'm not going to get into the debate of whether something should be legal or illegal. Regardless of why, the trend is clear that there are millions of Americans who are becoming first time gun owners over the past few years and so it's important that we take a look at safe operation of these machines. 

  • Escort Max 360 Radar Detector Review

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Escort Radar + Laser Detectors for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Honestly this was a lot of fun and I was afraid for a few moments that I was going to end up paying the San Diego police department for the pleasure of reviewing the product instead of making some money myself. However, I'm happy to share that this is an awesome device that while you should never speed - is a good thing to have in your car to help make you more aware of what's going on around you.

  • Thanks to Highland Titles, You May Now Call Me Lord!

    What do you get that guy who has everything? He already has the latest gadgets, the best clothes, and a collection of Scotch whisky's that rivals the bar down the street. The simple answer is what every guy has thought about at one point or another - prestige in the form of a real legal title. "Doctors" are a dime a dozen these days, but how many Lords, Lairds, and Ladies do you know? Now you can give someone that honor easily and it's totally affordable.

  • ZTE Spro 2 - Gift it To Yourself Because it's "For Work"

    Just like the Esquire Mini I wrote about earlier, sometimes it's nice to find devices that cross over between work and play. That's exactly what the Spro 2 does and it's fantastic. Last week, I was able to take it with me on a client meeting and project a report on their wall... and then take it back to the hotel room and watch a movie. So don't worry about who you are going to buy it for... use some of those points you've racked up recently and just buy it for yourself :)

  • For Work or For Fun, Esquire Mini Sounds as Good as it Looks

    There's a lot of great Bluetooth speakers on the market right now at a variety of different price points but it's not often that I find one that I actually want to keep and use. That's how I felt about the Esquire Mini when I received it in a gift bag a few months ago and so I am thrilled to be able to share it with you today. It's pretty darn near the perfect speaker in a lot of ways - looks great, sounds great, compact enough to travel easily, and serves as more than just something to listen to music with.

  • Merge VR Goggles Review

    VR is going to be the big gift this year and you are going to see a lot of options ranging from Google's "card board" to units costing hundreds of dollars, but right there in the middle is Merge. At only $99 it's a great option to kick off the VR revolution in your home. 

  • Five Tips for Traveling Safe While Working

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 3M for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    I travel a lot and it seems like this fall I've been on the road almost every week for one thing or another. Heck, I was in the Caribbean last month but unfortunately I still had to work. That means bringing with me a bunch of gear including my laptop so I thought I might share some tips with you about how I manage to travel safe - while still working.

  • Speeding Ticket and Radar Detector Facts You May Not Know

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Escort Radar + Laser Detectors for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    At some point in your driving career you will exceed the speed limit and most of us will get a ticket at least once in our lives. That doesn't make you a bad person, but there are ways you can help prevent that. One is to be more diligent about your speed and the posted limits. The other way is to employ a device such as a radar detector that helps to alert you when you might be in trouble.

  • Chase Freedom Examines Holiday Shopping Habits

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Freedom for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Did you start your holiday shopping yet or are you like the millions of other guys out there that procrastinate till the last moment?

  • Drool Worthy Gifts for Guys From Samsung

    We're finally in December and it's time to plan our shopping lists. The folks at Samsung have some great ideas for the good men on our shopping lists! From tablets to watches to VR headsets and ridiculously high resolution TV screens, this has been an amazing year for technology. It's hard for me to pick the one item that I love the most but since I've had a chance to go hands on with the Galaxy Tab S2, lets start there!

  • Netgear ReadyNAS is Great For People Who Love to Travel

    One of the things that can be frustrating for anyone who loves to travel is that you simply can't take everything with you. That's true for your closet, but it's also true for your data. While cloud services such as DropBox and Google Drive do a great job for files, I personally like to have my own cloud and that's where NETGEAR's ReadyCLOUD comes into play. It essentially offers all the things that my complicated intranet server offered - but with an easy to use interface and minimal configuration complexity.

  • Introducing A New Contender to the Mobile Device Space: Huawei

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huawei for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Competition is an amazing thing - it forces the players to innovate, improve, and generally get better. While there are winners and losers, competition generally results in a better product for consumers like you and me. Almost 10 years ago a minor player in the personal computer market decided to extend their portable music device and turn it into a cell phone. Suddenly the landscape began to change at lightening speed and we're all better off for it. As things have started to plateau, though, there's a new competitor about to enter the U.S. market - Huawei.

  • Tivoli Audio Model One BT Review

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tivoli Audio for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    While the world seems obsessed with digital screens today, there was once a time when knobs and dials were chic. Whether we look at those products as being fashionably retro or legitimately practical it almost doesn't matter when the quality, style, and sound produced by the device is spectacular. That's pretty much my review for the Tivoli Audio Model One BT and you could just stop here and visit their website to buy one, or you can continue reading to see how much I love this radio.

  • Clean Up Your Phone and Last Longer With Baidu Mobile's Du Apps

    I love exploring new apps for my phone, but one of the challenges is finding the right apps from the right developer. Frankly the permissions that some ask for is a bit scary when you don't know if the developer is a hacker sitting in a dark corner of the world waiting to steal your stuff or a reputable developer with thousands of employees worldwide. Of course, you'd recognize a name like Yahoo, Apple, or Google - but what about Baidu. No? Me neither, but they make some great apps to make your smart phone even smarter.

  • Stanley Wants to Help You Hold Your Booze Better

    Hey, it's the holidays and that means you're probably going to be doing some drinking. No judgement here but that's just a fact for most of us. The question is - will you be able to hold it? Or are you going to be that guy that's all sloppy and drips his beer on the floor because you don't have a pint glass with a cover on it or a flask with a top? Stanley has some great new products this holiday that would make any guy proud to find them under the tree, but they work great as groomsman and host gifts too.

     

    First up, we have The Classic Wide Mouth Flask. While I've had my share of flasks over the years, usually they are pretty boring and rather flimsy because they are essentially designed to be disposable in case they get caught. On the other hand, a flask really does serve a purpose if you are camping - or even just going out to the beach with the guys. 

    Classic Wide Mouth Flask retails for $25.00

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    Next up we have the Nesting Steel Happy Hour System. Even in the woods it's important to be able to whip up a margarita and now you can. Though frankly I think this one is a great addition to your private bar out in the garage and I really like the fact that while most cocktail kits just come with a shaker that this one includes a juicer too.

    Nesting Happy Hour System retails for $35.00

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    Stanley is an expert in the field of vacuum steel containers having been manufacturing them since 1913 so it's good to see that the technology is be applied to more than just soup and coffee...

    In San Diego we have no shortage of breweries but sometimes you want to be able to take your favorite brew home to enjoy and that's where this Vacuum Steel Growler comes in handy. As any beer connoisseur will tell you - light is the enemy of beer. So it's interesting to me that many growlers are still essentially just glass jugs. Don't worry though - you'll look like a pro when you go in for your fill-up knowing that your beer is going to be kept cold and protected from the light until it's time to pour.

    Vacuum Steel Growler retails for $50.00.

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    Speaking of pouring your beer... the fourth and final part of this great collection is a Vacuum Steel Pint. While it looks like a coffee mug, the same principals that keep coffee hot are going to work here to keep your beer cold. 

    Plus, this means you can take it places where glass containers are prohibited and we think that's a huge win!

    Classic Vacuum Steel Pint Glass retails for $23.00.

     

  • Luxury Watches for Men - A Fashion Statement or Practical Gadget?

    Watches are one of the few fashion statements that men are allowed to wear. They help define our look and make a statement - just like a bracelet. But they are also practical. As I look around today, it's an interesting time to be a man. The question is - what drives this resurgence of watch wearing? Is it simply that the watch is an interesting and practical gadget or is it that this is simply a fashion statement that society allows us guys to make without question?

  • New Wedding Band Options for Guys

    I've been married more than 10 years at this point and I've learned a lot. Heather and I were among the first of our friends to get married and wow things have changed a lot since then. Advertising focuses on how the ring defines the woman or empowers her or shows her your love. Even their websites feature women's rings above men's. So when Heather selected my wedding band it was her choice among very few options. Even if there were options I frankly was never prepared to communicate my desired design the way she was with hers.

  • The Toyota Effect is More than Just Cars

    We haven't really given Toyota as much love on here as we probably should but when I look at where the industry is today we certainly owe a lot to them for the Toyota Production System and it's impact on not just their amazing success - but the auto industry as a whole. What I hadn't understood until my trip to SEMA last week was how the company is actively applying the fundamentals of their system to other businesses and non-profits as diverse as medical clinics and buffalo preserves.

  • Get Paid to Play Pinball? This Guy Does Just That!

    We've taken a look at some cool jobs this year - from Alligator Wrestlers to Truck Drivers - but I think at some point all of us have dreamed of being paid to play arcade games. Well,... that's exactly what Zach Feary does at Stern Pinball in Chicago. He's featured in the latest episode of the "1 in one hundred million" web series presented by Kronos.

  • Who Else is Going to the Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event?

    That's right guys! It's that time of year again - when we can pretend that we aren't just shopping for our kids and start playing with toys that we want (to buy for them of course!). Make sure you check out Best Buy's Holiday Shopping event on Saturday, November 7 from 1-5 pm. This is a great opportunity to drop some serious hints to your wives and girlfriends about what gifts guys really want. Plus, they're giving out a free tech gift for the first 100 customers in each store so you'll want to go early. I don't know about you but here's some of the things I'm looking forward to checking out...

  • Introducing the Toshiba Radius 12 Laptop at Best Buy

    When I travel it seems like I bring a ton of stuff with me these days. It's changed a lot since the days where I simply traveled with my camera and a notebook but over the past couple years it seems like "laptops" have finally started to be truly useful for traveling. They aren't just miniature computers they also work as a tablet for watching movies on a plane and they are small enough and light enough to slip into my backpack easily. With the launch of Windows 10, it's time to look at getting a new laptop to take advantage of the new software on hardware that is designed for it. That's one reason I'm excited about the Toshiba Radius 12 2-in-1 laptop.

  • Why I Love the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

    I really have to hand it to Adobe - they did a great thing recently with their new pricing model. Not too long ago if you wanted Photoshop you had two options - pay for the super expensive software that was obsolete within a year, or pirate the software. I'm not advocating piracy but let's face it, a lot of people did that. Today though, you can get Photoshop and Lightroom for about $10 per month through the Adobe Creative Photography Plan, only $119.99 per year.

  • 10 Ways to Use My New Trash Can Besides Getting Work Done

    It's that time of year again and boy does it suck! While some people enjoy the fall for cooler weather, football, and baseball playoffs - that also means weekends in the yard picking up leaves, sticks and other rubbish. So... like many of you... I'm going to take a break from that yard work. Let's procrastinate a bit and think of some ideas to use your new Rubbermaid® Roughneck™ Wheeled Refuse Trash Can from Home Depot!

  • Slingbox is My New Friend When I Travel (even just to the store)!

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Slingbox for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    It's "Game 5" and your team is in the championship - but then you need to run to the store to pick up some more root beer, what are you going to do? Or maybe you're away from home and want to watch your favorite show with your wife together even though it's 11 pm on the East Coast and she's back in California. These are two very real situations where conventional TV really has no answer for us but they can be fixed with Slingbox as I've discovered this week.

  • Why I love Shopping with the Chase Freedom Mobile App

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Freedom for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    What can't you do with your phone these days? Over the past 10 years, your mobile "phone" has gone from something you talk on to virtually everything that you can imagine. Now we're about to add one more thing - mobile gift cards so you can redeem cash back rewards that you earned through using your Chase Freedom credit card. Think about it - you don't need to worry about heading home to calculate your points – instead, you just redeem them through the new Chase Freedom Mobile App in the store at select merchants including Regal Cinemas, Lowe's, and Best Buy.

  • Tips To Make Sure Your Garage Is Ready for Fall

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRUFUEL® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Winter is coming and that means that you are about to put away your leaf blowers and string trimmers but also prepare your winter gear like snowblowers, chainsaws, and generators. When I was younger I thought it was simply enough to empty the gas from these machines and store them away where it was dry. While that's is still important (unless you use TruFuel!), over the years I've learned that the harsh winter conditions need more preparation than this to ensure that my machines are ready to fire up again in the spring.

  • Craftsman MAKEcation 2015

    The act of "making stuff" is something that is often overlooked today and this is especially true when it comes to physically picking up a tool so I wasn't really sure what to expect when I got invited to MAKEcation 2015, Craftsman's annual gathering of "tool guys" (and several tool women too!). This event was one part celebration of all the great things that the brand stands for and one part a reunion for some of the most active members of the Craftsman Club online community that the brand runs.

  • Why A Case Is Always the First Accessory I Buy for My Phone

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    I've been fortunate to have avoided breaking my last few phones and that can be mostly credited to my choice to purchase a great case within a few hours of getting a new phone. Years ago I wasn't so smart and it is a decision that still haunts me today. 

  • Shock Top is Helping Californians #ShockTheDrought

    I know this comes as a shock to the devotes of craft beer here in San Diego and the rest of California for that matter, but Shock Top is actually pretty good. Not only does it taste great, but the company actually cares and has had a spirit of supporting innovation that is core to the existence of the company. Their most recent campaign though departs from simply creating innovative flavors like Pretzel Wheat and instead goes to support entrepreneurs and inventors who are working to create solutions to help conserve water. A couple weeks ago we were invited to join them as they celebrated the funding of a "Smart Shower" at the Dodgers / Angels game in Anaheim.

  • Five Ways to Convince Her to Let You Register at Best Buy

    More than 10 years ago when I got married we registered at a "home and bath" retailer and while it was fun to run through the store zapping barcodes I wish we had gotten something for "me" that we could share. I love 5,000 thread count sheets, tortilla makers, and apple core removers as much as anyone. However, think about how much fun you can have  together watching a movie on a 4K TV?

  • How to Create an Awesome Man Cave Alert Light

    Creating a space that is "our own" is the dream of pretty much every guy shortly after they get married or move in with the partner of their dreams. This isn't a new tradition but as the roles of men in the house have become blurred from what they might have been for our fathers, this trend is even more important. Your man cave is a safe place where you can just relax and be yourself without bothering anyone. While it's good enough for many guys to simply hang out in the garage and relax on a couch that you've salvaged from the curb, while playing video games on an old TV - we can do better and Best Buy wants to help us shine.

  • Ever Wanted to Be a Truck Driver?

    A few weeks ago we shared the story of an alligator wrangler, but today we have the story what it's like to be a truck driver. In fact though, this isn't your everyday truck driver, Shannon NeSmith is a female truck driver!

    As you can imagine, this isn't an easy job but she shares the good and the bad in the video below that is part of the Kronos American Worker Campaign.

  • Your Grass Doesn't Have to Die Even Though There's a Drought!

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    California is an amazing state with some of the best and brightest people in the entire world that live here. Unfortunately that same great weather and beautiful landscape that attracts those people can sometimes turn on us and right now the state is in a historical drought that is causing lawns to dry up, toilets to be flushed less often and communities to work hard to conserve what water they can.

  • Cheer On #RoadToRio and Check Out Cool Gear from Samsung!

    In case you missed it, the 2016 Summer Olympics are coming up soon and that means that it's time to start cheering on Team USA! (and all their awesome sponsors too) This weekend I had the chance to stop by their road show in San Diego and check out some cool stuff from Samsung including their Galaxy Gear VR virtual reality headset.

  • VIZIO Sound Bar Delivers Big Sound Without Getting in the Way!

    In a past life, I had a basement and mancave that was all my own... I had space to mount big speakers and the time to tune them perfectly for the optimal sound. Today though, I am unfortunately long past that stage and I now live in a loft. Not only do I not have a "TV room" to mount speakers, but if I did it would look strange and out of place hanging there. Plus, space is now a big concern so those big floor speakers of my bachelor days aren't practical either. I've heard of "sound bars" before but I never really gave them the attention that they deserve. I always assumed that they were either too expensive or not "that much better" than what I already had on the built-in speakers on my TV. Unfortunately,neither of those assumptions was accurate but now I am thrilled to be able to enjoy great sound quality in a very compact footprint thanks to the VIZIO Sound Bar that they sent me to test out.

  • NewAir AC-12200E Portable AC Review

    By conventional wisdom, summer is almost over but for those of us in the South West the hottest months of the year are just beginning. So far, I've survived them pretty well compared to the misery I experienced last year. For better or worse, I live in a loft with no air conditioning and the windows are not able to support a standard window box so I pretty much thought I was SOL and destined to cope with the way I did last year (cold showers and mid-afternoon retreats to sit in the car with the AC going). A couple months ago though I received a portable AC unit from NewAir - their AC-12200E and have been testing it out as well as doing some DIY projects to make it even better for our home.

  • Five Things You Probably Didn't Know about e-Cigarettes

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. Readers must be 18 years of age or older. All opinions are mine alone. #bluPLUS #CollectiveBias

    e-Cigarettes are super popular these days and so I'm not here to tell you about the "dangers" of smoking. We are all adults here and that's for you to decide what to do with your body. However, as someone who is interested in gadgets and how things work, the concept of an e-cig is sort of fascinating.

  • Back To School Tips To Make You King Of the Campus

    It's back to school time and as I look around, I see so many cool things that the kids today have that I wish I did 20 years ago. Probably the biggest change I see is that everything today is digital and it isn't just a laptops. The kids today have tablets, photo frames, music players, digital cameras, and probably other devices that I'm just not cool enough to know about. Despite our age differences, there is some wisdom that I'd like to pass down to our kids and to the young guys out there to help them become King of the Campus.

  • Two New Bluetooth Speakers from Insignia at Best Buy

    I love my my phone and all the music and videos I can play from it, but frankly the speaker sort of sucks compared to what I can enjoy at home. So when I go to the beach or travel it's a bummer. I recently checked out these two speakers from Insignia that you can find at Best Buy and put them to the test!

  • Yes, You Can Camp in the Padres Outfield!

    This is the stuff that dreams are made of - the chance to sleep on the outfield grass of a real MLB team! I am constantly impressed by the Padres organization for offering its membership great opportunities to get even closer to the team and this is no exception. My only suggestion is that they should do this event again - but just for adults and pair it with the Padres Beerfest. However, as a family friendly event, the Padres hit a home run and it's something you should consider doing next year if you are a Padres member like I am.

  • Good Cigars Deserve a Great Home: NewAir Humidor CC-100 Review

    I've been a cigar smoker since my early days in the Navy, now 25 years later I've upped my cigar storage to the next level. Recently we received a NewAir CC-100 Cigar Humidor.  After having had it 3 weeks now we think it’s great!  This "Cigar Cooler" is a new idea for me but makes sense.  I once lost a couple of hundred cigars because I bought a few hand rolled from a vender in the Dominican Republic that were buggy.  A few weeks later I discovered why you don’t buy questionable cigars!   

  • 3M Privacy Filter - a Solution to Prevent Visual Hacking

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 3M Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Ever sat in a crowded area and wondered who might be looking over your shoulder at your laptop screen? Even if you aren't working on some top secret CIA documents, chances are you value your privacy and want to keep things just between you and your laptop. That's where the 3M Privacy Filter comes in and there are versions of it available for desktop monitors, laptops, and even mobile devices.

  • Five Tips For Preventing Wrinkles in Your Clothes While Traveling

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Faultless/Bon Ami Company    for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Wrinkles are almost inevitable when traveling but it doesn't have to be that bad if you make a few changes to how you pack and act. Plus, you'll want to bring your secret weapon - Faultless Premium that comes in a travel size that is perfect for hiding away in your suitcase. This can be our little secret and your buddies and co-workers will always wonder how you are able to look so great even when you are away from home!

    Ready to learn how to prevent wrinkles when traveling? Let's get started...

  • Think Your Job is Crazy? How About This Guy Who's an Alligator Wrangler!

    Is your job boring? Do your coworkers make you want to curl up in a ball and cry? It's always fun to imagine different careers and what different paths might have brought us and so when I was invited to share this video of Royce McMullen - a real life "Alligator Wrangler" I knew you guys would dig it. 

  • NewAir AI-100ss Icemaker Review

    It's summer finally and that means it's time to chill out and relax - but what about your drinks? You KNOW you're going to go through a ton of ice this summer between icing down the keg, making margaritas, and simply keeping your water ice cold. Bags of ice are a pain in the butt too since you need a place to store it until you are ready to use it and they can get expensive too. A portable ice maker might be the perfect solution for you this summer - just like it is proving to be for me!

  • Fly Above the Rest with the 3DR Solo Drone at Best Buy

    Pretty much every guy I know loves gadgets and exploring new frontiers, seeing things from a different angle, and showing off their accomplishments, so probably the ULTIMATE gift you can give a guy this Father's Day (or even as a graduation gift) would be this incredible Solo smart drone from 3D Robotics. Heck - I might just go out and buy it myself, it's that cool.

  • Get the Gifts Men Want this Year - Father's Day Gift Guide 2015

    I know, Father's Day is here this weekend and I've procrastinated on this article. If I hadn't it wouldn't be right, since every  everyone knows that "guys are terrible at picking out gifts". That might be true, but I want to kick things off by saying two things. First - the best gift you can buy any Father this year is to give him the opportunity to take a trip with his son or daughter and spend time sharing stories, teaching skills, and even just listening. It's tough to be a guy sometimes and this opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy a moment without having the distractions of life clouding the mind is one of the best things you can possibly give him.

    Second - ties and "best dad ever" mugs are great, but let's focus on stuff that will be useful in his life. This means tools he can use to build, cook, and explore the manly side of life. 

  • Five Things You May Not Know About Your Tires

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooper Tires for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    Raise your hand if you'll be taking a road trip this year. Probably most of you reading are planning a trip with the family or maybe out with the guys and you've likely thought about the importance of checking your oil before you go but it's also critical to consider the part that actually keeps you on the road and safely between the lines. Yup, that's right - I'm talking about your tires!

  • Solution to Carnival's Bottled Water Ban: Bring A ZeroWater Portable Filter

    In case you missed it, today Carnival changed their policy and is now forbidding people from bringing water onto the ships and instead making people buy it from them or drink the tap water.

    Thankfully though, there's an awesome product that I'll be taking with me the next time I cruise and that's the Zero Water Tumbler. For the past week or so I've been testing it out using San Diego tap water and it's been producing the same high quality of filtration that I experience in the full-sized pitchers but it is portable and convenient. Even if you don't cruise, this is a great item to keep with you in your backpack since you really shouldn't be using bottled water anyhow since it is pretty bad for the environment.

  • Five Ways to Celebrate Father's Day with Grilling on Kenmore Elite

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    Father's Day is coming up and the clock is ticking to get the ultimate gift for the special man in your life. While there are a ton of great gift ideas that will make him look or smell good, amuse him, or satisfy his inner geek, I think the perfect gift is something that will allow him to celebrate Father's Day by being the king he's always wanted to be.

  • The LG G4 is Phone You've Been Waiting For - Preorder now from Best Buy

    If you've been following me on social media the past few weeks, you'll know that I am absolutely in LOVE with the LG G4! While there are many options for places that you can buy your new G4, only Best Buy is offering a $100 Best Buy® Gift Card when you purchase the G4 through them.  My advice is to preorder now, so that you'll be able to have this baby in your hands on it's expected release date of June 13, 2015.

  • How to Travel Without Leaving Your Living Room

    Sure, they've probably been saying that ever since the first TV signals started being broadcast almost 100 years ago but today it is really getting scary close. Forget HD, today the story is all about UHD or "Ultra High Definition" TV. These new Samsung SUHD 4K screens have 8.3 million pixels and up to FOUR TIMES the resolution of the 1080p TV you probably have in your living room right now. With this high of a resolution, the TV screen really is beginning to approach the point where it is like looking out a window. In fact, the resolution is so incredible that Royal Caribbean is installing 4k screens in their inside staterooms to serve as windows! From what we hear, these "Virtual Balconies" are so convincing that it is "almost as good" as having a real balcony.

    The good news is that you can get this for your house now too!

  • Two Things I Hate About (Nearly Every) "Smart" Phone While Traveling!

    They are here to stay and while they have gotten faster, smaller, and more connected than ever before, it seems like they still suffer from some of the things that they always have - short battery life and that you are forced to trade off between "rugged" and "sexy". With all the advances in technology, surely the brilliant engineers can apply themselves to fixing these two issues instead of simply adding more features.

  • Ever Wonder How They Grill in Finland During the Winter?

    Sure, it's the start of summer here FINALLY! But have you ever wondered how people up north... you know... cold climates like Finland... or Chicago... do backyard BBQs in the winter? No, I hadn't either but then I found out about the concept of a "Scandinavian Grillhouse" that is being promoted by Arctic Spas. Simply put, this is AWESOME... it's litterally a house built around a central grill so you and your friends can cook, party, and keep warm all at the same time.

    Plus, it just looks super cool (or should that be hot?).

  • Experience the World of 4K Ultra HD TV at Best Buy Now through Sept. 26

    Remember back when you first saw an HDTV screen? That sense of awe may have faded over the years now that these screens surround us, but the next wave of technology is here and it looks absolutely amazing. However, like everything else, it's hard impossible to simply tell you how great it is since any imagery I would show you would be viewed through a non-4k computer screen and that pretty much eliminates the benefit. So, What's a tech retailer like BestBuy to do?... Through a series of open houses so customers like you can see the latest and greatest in 4k Ultra HD TV technology!

  • Introducing the LG G4: Great for Photos (and everything else too!)

    I've found a new love - she's razor thin with curves in the right places, loves to dress in leather, and loves it with I play with her buttons.

    If this was a Facebook status update, it would read something like a switch from "Happily Married" to "It's Complicated". Samsung has been my girl for many years but now my eyes, mind, and fingers are straying. I've been a Galaxy loyalist since the Epic 4G and I didn't think it would be possible for anyone to create a phone that would cause me to consider my loyalty (until now). Yes, this is a sponsored post and I got a "Preview Edition" LG G4 to play with for this post. The reality though is that I'd be writing this post even if I wasn't being compensated. It is simply an incredible phone and it deserves your consideration!

    Is it perfect - no, but it comes darn close. While most reviews will focus on comparing the specifications and how much better 1.8 f-stop is vs 1.9 on the Galaxy S6, I'm going to focus on how this phone is practical for my life and probably yours. After all, the reality of the situation today is that the iPhone, Galaxy S6, Note 4, and the G4 all have excellent cameras but what about the total package?

  • Are You Man Enough to Enter Comfortopia With Me?

    Bacon, smartphone, Xbox, sweatpants... all of these are comforts that no man should be without - just like a great razor! After all, the greatest comfort of all is a wonderful partner who loves you and loves to hug and kiss you. I have it on good authority that beard, mustache, soul patch or clean shaven it's important to have your face looking good and taken care of. Razor burn, crazy hairs or general unshaven looks just aren't what they are looking for!

  • Introducing Nodical Bed - Foam Mattress and Giveaway

    Hey guys, sleep is important and frankly this post may not be the best work I've ever done because my BED is tired... and that makes me cranky too. A few years ago I decided to ditch springs and was then blown away by how expensive the bed I "wanted" actually was. Instead of saving up a few months, my wife and I went with a no-name mattress from Chinese company. The bed was only $500 but wow, that's about all it was worth! The folks at Nodical Bed have been building foam products for about 60 years and they have been observing the industry, looking for just the right time to jump in and help change the market by delivering exceptional high quality mattresses at a relatively affordable price.

    What's even better is that to celebrate the launch of Nodical Bed they are giving three of them away!

  • SensoGlove Review - Improving My Grip, Less Strokes & Longer Drives!

    As a life-long golfer, I have learned there are no quick fixes to one's golf game. It comes with years of consistent practice and play. Right away I was glad to see that the advertising of SensoGlove was not misleading by making claims the product could instantly improve your golf game as many other products do. However, I was a bit skeptical about its claims of instantly correcting your grip. I decided to try it out for myself!

  • Arlo Smart Home Camera - Keeping an Eye on Home While Traveling

    I travel a lot! Regardless if it is a long vacation or short day trip, one thing that is constant - I am concerned about my loft when I'm not home. While I trust my neighbors and management company, the reality is that other people have keys to my home and I've always wondered if they came in and visited while we were away. Similarly, I think virtually every doggie daddy has wondered what our fur babies do while we are gone.

    So, for the past 3 weeks I've been testing Arlo out to answer some of those questions...

  • T-Fal Optigrill Review - Every Man Needs One!

    I'll admit - I am a sucker for checking out gadgets. Most times though, no matter how cool the idea sounds it simply doesn't work out as advertised. This is NOT one of those times. The T-Fal OptiGrill is simply an amazing and it is the ultimate mealtime gadget for guys. I'm sure that you can cook veggies on here, but this is about meat - hamburger patties, chicken, sausage, fish, steaks - it does it all and cooks it perfectly.

    I remember having a "George Forman" grill back in college. It was good but it's use was mostly limited to cooking up burgers and you really had to just guess if something was done. Plus, cleanup was a mess so I never used it as much as I had planned to.

    Optigrill is the logical evolution of all the great things which that grill promised and I have used it almost every day for the past few weeks since i got it for this review.

  • Let's Get Cooking! New Kettleman Grill from Char-Broil

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Char-Broil for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    It's been a long time since I've used charcoal... a few years ago I abandoned the delicious smoky flavor for the easy to use, quick to clean up and more precise gas grill (which BTW just happened to be a Char-Broil). However, I was thrilled to discover that the engineers at Char-Broil have been working hard to bring some innovative designs to the world of charcoal grills. Their new Kettleman frankly kicks butt and you could even say that #KettlemanKicksAsh. It is absolutely light years beyond what I had experienced in the past with a similar "kettle grill".

    While I'm never going to solve the convenience factor of being able to turn gas on or off, what I found with this Char-Broil Kettleman Grill grill was that it addressed all of my other concerns.

  • Five Awesome Apps To Make Travel More Fun

    There’s never been a better time to travel and with your smartphone in hand, the world is literally at your finger tips.

    As well as the great transport links now on offer, technology is making globe-hopping easier than ever. If you've got insatiable wanderlust and love the jet-setting lifestyle, you can take advantage of an array of smartphone apps that take the hassle out of planning holidays. Here are five of our favorites.

  • Five Mobile Apps I Wish My Mom Had To Preserve Our Travel Memories

    In 30 years it will be almost impossible for today's kids to imagine a world where photos, videos, even audio clips aren't easily manipulated, mashed together, shared instantly, and archived forever on the web. Heck - they won't even refer to it as the web - it will simply be "the cloud". Back in my day though some of my fondest memories were the summer road trips that my mom took my sister and I on to destinations across the country and in Canada too. 

  • Mothers Day Gift Guide 2015 - Gifts Dad Will Want to Steal!

    Shopping for our wives and mothers is tough and if you are like me, it is often super easy to transpose what "you want" with what "she wants". 

    While buying the perfect gift for mom is always a challenge - I've been told that the number one thing that they are REALLY looking for is a hug, a phone call, or if you happen to be there making them a great meal and saying thank you for all the hard work they have done. (Whatever you do though... make sure you don't leave the dishes for her to do later!).

    So, with that in mind, here is our list of gifts that we know mom will love, but you'll enjoy buying and using too... 

  • Looking at the Facts Between Vaping and Smoking ...

    I'm not here to say that "vaping" is good or bad and frankly you guys are all adults and you can make up your own decisions. However, since it seems like the trend is growing in popularity I wanted to take a look at the differences and debug some of the myths about vaping vs smoking. Even though they may share a word in their name, e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes offer very different experiences. However, some people continue to believe that e-cigs and vaporizers are as detrimental on body and community as their predecessors.

    If you smoke or vape (or you know someone who does) you may benefit by learning the crucial differences between smoking and vaping — and why vaping is better for everyone involved.

  • A Track Day with Clarion Builds 1974 BMW model 2002

    What is better than looking at a lovingly restored 1974 BMW model 2002? I would say enjoying the same car with an impressive clarion sound system at a private track with drift car champion Chris Forsberg!

  • I Can See Clearly Now - Testing My New @XperioUV Polarized Sun Lenses

    It used to be that sunglasses were sunglasses. No matter what you picked you'd be 'OK'. Today though, we live in an age where the sun is something we need protection from and do so with sunscreen, UV clothing, and of course UV lenses. The sun is still our friend, but we need proper protection to help make things more pleasant so we can enjoy life safely. 

  • V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Headphones Review

    In the old days (not even 10 years ago!) it was simple, grab a pair of earbuds and you were set for listening to music. Today though, the options are limitless and major brands have dominated the market with audio products that are good, but frankly look and sound as if they were churned out of a corporate machine - rather than expressing the individual style of the wearer. That's where V-Moda comes in - and was designed by Val Kolton, a Chicago DJ who was inspired by the unique vibe found in Ibiza and the haute couture he found in LA.

    Today, V-Moda products are designed to match both the discriminating style of the fashionista as well as the audiophile. Instead plastic parts, these headphones use industrial strength metal.

  • Join the Avengers When You Shop at Walmart With Super Heroes Assemble!

    There are a lot of mobile apps promoting movies and a seemingly never ending stream of social media campaigns designed to get people interested in shopping. I recently had the chance to dive deep into the latest collaboration between Marvel and Walmart and it is AWESOME. In case you hadn't heard,  MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron is coming out in theaters on May 1, and this app is the perfect companion as you get your chance to pretend to be Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and others as you shop for cool branded products at America's favorite mega store.

  • Netgear Trek Travel Router Review

    I travel a LOT and I have a bunch of wireless devices that I bring with me on each trip.

    Over the past few months though, I've started to think more deeply about network security and who might be watching what goes through the network or who's connected to it. Additionally, I've started to see some hotels offering "free Internet" - for 2 devices and then charging more for multiple devices. Finally, even at the best and most trusted hotel it's simply frustrating to have to connect my devices each time I go somewhere. When you combine all three of these things together it's sometimes easier to simply just throw up a wifi hotspot on my phone and be done with it. Unfortunately, that tends to be slow and expensive - luckily, Netgear has created a solution with their Trek Travel Router.

  • Tips for Taking Care of Your Dog While Traveling This Year

    My wife and I don't have kids - so our dog, Niki Belle, is our fur baby and child in probably more ways than a couple in a similar position might understand. When we first got her, we nervously prayed that she would be ok with doing road trips and were blessed that she indeed did not get car sick and was happy to curl up and relax or sit and look out the window. As anyone knows though, that's only part of the equation when it comes to taking care of your dog on the road. 

  • California Dreamin' - Five Vacation Ideas that Could Be Afternoon Excursions if You Lived in San Diego

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Association of REALTORS® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    California is a great place to visit, we all know that. Despite the high cost of living, there are a lot of things that other people plan their vacations around that are quick afternoon excursions for those of us who live in San Diego. By owning a house here in San Diego you can live the California Dreamin' lifestyle that otherwise you'd have to simply visit. Even renting doesn't give you the freedom to fully enjoy everything since your money is going to build someone else's dream and not your own.

  • Bachelor Party Idea: Group Outing to a Shooting Range

    The classic bachelor party idea is certainly strippers or a sexy restaurant like Hooters or Tilted Kilt. However, one idea that is a blast for you and the guys would be to go to a shooting range. Shooting ranges can be found in pretty much any area around the country. While most shooting ranges offer "rental" guns, we think it would make a great present for the groom if the guys chipped in and bought him an awesome gun to fire off at the range. 

  • #TheIndisposables - Things that Makes Spring Kick Butt For Any Man!

    Spring is here and just the warmer weather and longer days alone should be reason enough to celebrate. However, there is so much more to this season that makes it awesome. This is a season of rebirth and renewal, so let's check out some of the indisposable things that make this season absolutely kick ass.

  • Contest Alert: Your Chance to Win a Mentorship from AXE and Kyle Larson!

    Attention NASCAR Fans!

    The AXE® White Label Collective and Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates are teaming up to give you the chance of a lifetime!

    All you need to do is tell us why you deserve a day-long mentorship experience with Kyle Larson. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and this is a contest that I'll be entering as well since it is such a cool prize.

  • TruFuel - Keeping Your Engines Running Smooth and Keeping Your Hands Clean Too :)

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRUFUEL® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    TruFuel has a simple mission - keep our engines running better, longer, with less hassle. That's a good thing since no one likes yard work :) It seems like a cruel plot that for most of us we spend all winter dreaming of the warm days of spring and summer and all the cool things we'll be doing... and then we discover that those halcyon days are consumed by mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges. That's just not fair! While nothing short of a gardener can completely eliminate yard work, TruFuel can help make things a bit easier and more manageable.

  • Celebrating Opening Day and Life's Special Events With Authentic Baseball Gifts from Steiner Sports

    Opening Day is happening all across the country this week and I personally couldn't be more excited that baseball season is back again. There is something special about this time of year and frankly no other sport can match the feeling of going to a ballpark to watch your favorite teams compete against each other. Baseball is something visceral at the center of the American soul - it is the sights, the sounds, the food, the smells, and the experience of sitting there with your best friends and family members throughout the summer. On top of this experience, it's something that is affordable for virtually every American. While going to a rock concert, a hockey game, or a football game may set you back $50-$100 for tickets alone, baseball tickets at most parks can be had for $25 or less per person.

    This is why sports memorabilia and in particular baseball memorabilia makes such great gifts for father's day, graduation, promotion, or just because. It's about memories and celebrating life in a way that nothing else out there can possibly even come close.

  • As a Blogger, I get my #NewCarFace Often - Now You Can too with Cars.com

    The joy of a new car is something that most people only get to experience every few years, but as a blogger that thrill still exists even though I am privileged to be able to check out a new car at least once a month. That means that over the past few years I've had the pleasure of checking out some amazing cars and even though the feeling of getting a new car is only short lived it still gives me a new car face each time the next car is dropped off at my house!

  • 10 Easy Ways to Travel More Green This Year

    Travel isn't always the most "green" of activities. The very definition of it typically involves spending tremendous resources to get there - by car, airplane, or ship - and once you get there how often do you consider the environmental impact of the water consumed to keep that green so beautiful or where the wrapper from your burger will go once you toss it in the trash. This isn't meant to be a "downer" article, but simply an opportunity for us to look at some of the easy things we can do to travel more green this year.

  • Getting your Man Cave Ready for March Madness

    March Madness is almost over and we are on the brink of the Final Four tournament. I bet this has given you a lot of time to see the man caves your buddies have and dream about what you could create one day too. The folks over at Modernize.com have sent in this quick roundup of cool mancatave ideas and tips.

  • Tough Travel Deserves Gorilla Tough Glass to Protect Your Phone and Tablet

    Way back in the day, "insurance" used to be something I chuckled at when they asked me if I wanted it. Things changed after I had a couple cracked screens including one that broke less than a week after I got it. While insurance is still something that I'd recommend people consider as an option on their electronics, the screen has become less of an issue for me over the past few years since I've been protected by something called "Corning® Gorilla® Glass". While I haven't stopped dropping my phones and the paint hasn't stopped scratching off, the screens have resisted breaking - something I can't say for two of my tablets that didn't contain this "magical" technology.

  • 10 Ways a Smartphone Can Make March Tournaments a Little Less Maddening

    Back in the day, it was good enough to hang out with your buddies and watch basketball on TV and amuse yourselves by challenging each other with arcane trivia and stories of legendary games from the past. Today, we still do that but if you don't have a smartphone that has a super fast 4G LTE connection you are simply missing out on the action.

    Don't worry though - if you think that requires a ton of money for the phone and plan each month, things have gotten a lot cheaper recently and you can even get the awesome LG L90 smartphone from Walmart for under $100 and plans start at only $29.88 including 500 MB of 4G LTE data (unlimited Talk, Text, and non 4G LTE data). 

  • BlueDriver Review - ODB2 Scan Auto Diagnostics For Everyone!

    Are you like me and have wondered what super secret information the mechanic knew about my car when he plugged his computer in to read diagnostic codes? I was and so I was excited when Lemur Monitors sent me a review unit to take for a spin. 

    Gadgets like this make a great gift for guys who are curious about how their car is actually performing as well as a powerful new tool for those of us who like to take control of their car maintenance vs just blindly dropping the car off at the mechanic to find out what's wrong :)

  • Giveaway: Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker from AT&T!

    The big game is coming up and that means you guys will probably be holding some awesome parties pretty soon. AT&T San Diego wants to make your next event even better, so they sent me one of their Bose SoundLink's to test out and will be sending one of you a unit for yourself next week! 

  • Overspend this Christmas? Here's some Straight Talk from Walmart to Help You Recover!

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk Wireless. All opinions are 100% mine.

     

    Mobile phone plans can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be that way. Even with the big boys promoting how they are slashing their prices, I haven't seen a deal with as much value as what Walmart is offering through their Straight Talk Wireless program and it's a great way to help you recover from the overspending you probably did this year with buying gifts for friends and family.

  • A Look Back at How Smart Phones Have Changed Christmas For the Better

    As I look back at photos from Christmas of the past I realize just how much things have changed compared to today, a world where mobile phones are nearly ubiquitous, data plans are cheap, and even great handsets like the Samsung Exhibit from Walmart Family Mobile can be purchased for under $100 without a contract.

  • Rocket and Peter Plan a Guardians of the Galaxy DVD / Blu-Ray Movie Release Party

    Can you believe it? Guardians of the Galaxy is finally coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 9 and you can pick it up - along with all sorts of awesome toys and action figures at Walmart to make the movie watching experience event greater.

    These movies are bigger than just films to watch - they are indeed entertainment phenomena to wrap awesome merchandise around such as books, soundtracks, action figures, and other toys. To celebrate, I decided to step back in time and create my own adventure using some of the action figures from the movie... just like I did when I was a kid.

  • Have an Uncommonly Good Christmas with UncommonGoods Gifts for Guys

    We're notoriously hard to shop for - or so the women in our lives tell us. That doesn't have to be true this year though! Just show them this post about gifts for guys or even better send them over to UncommonGoods where there are tons of awesome gifts that every guy will love. (Who knows - she might just find something there she likes too!). Really though, we aren't that complicated - Beer Gifts, Whiskey Gifts, Sports Gifts, Auto Gifts, and Geeky Toys  that's what we are looking for and you can be pretty safe picking a present for us from any of those categories. Luckily - UncommonGoods has tons of awesome gift ideas from each of those categories.

  • Why I Chose a Chromebook with Intel Inside for my new Laptop

    Choosing a new laptop is tough, but it used to be a lot easier - Windows or Mac right? Today there is a third option - Chrome but with all the great attributes (lower price, easy to use, light and portable, long battery etc.) comes one really complicated but sometimes hidden attribute... the processor that runs the whole thing. On the surface it would seem that wouldn't make much of a difference but this IS a laptop and you need a chip designed for that... not a chip designed for one thing at a time like on your tablet or mobile phone. Truthfully, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Intel but I've been wanting to write this for a while to share my story and why I love my Toshiba Chromebook with an Intel processor!

  • Niki is Trying Something New: Purina ONE Smartblend Dog Food

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

    It's ironic sometimes - I love my dog, Niki Belle, and I love food too but for some reason it never really passed my mind to try and give her something new. When she was a puppy we gave her the dry dog food the vet recommended and 10 years later never changed (aside from moving her from puppy formula to senior formula a few years back). When I had the chance to try this #OneSmartDifference campaign from #CollectiveBias, I jumped at the opportunity to change things up without any risk since if she didn't like it I didn't waste my money trying something new.

  • Exploring Digital Audiobook Rentals from Downpour.com This Holiday

    Downpour.com has asked me to share information about their new audiobook rental program that works with iOS and Android devices. You probably remember books on tape and you may have even used some while on a long road trip, but technology has moved on and now instead of a plastic cassette you can download the books directly to your phone or tablet and take it wherever you are.

  • Daisy BB Guns Make Cool Christmas Gifts for the Whole Family!

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

    Things have changed a lot since I was a kid. Back then, we all played games like Cowboys and Indians or Cops and Robbers.

    Today things are a bit different and in many parts of the country, guns have been demonized as something only thugs and crazy people use but I feel strongly that it's important to teach kids the importance of respect for guns and gun safety while showing them how much fun they can have with shooting as a sport. Because of this I was very pleased to join this the campaign with #CollectiveBias to help promote how a Daisy BB Gun can make a great gift this holiday season.

    We are going to give you a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card as well and don't forget to follow along on social media using hashtag: #ItsADaisy as well.

  • My New Traveling Accessory from Pulsar and Why Watches are Great to Have! #spon

    Watches - yeah, I used to have one back in the day... you know, those cheap plastic ones that we all had in school. Over the years though as cell phones have become ubiquitous there was less and less need to actually have a timepiece on your wrist. Pulsar Watches invited me to check out one of their latest watches and so I decided to give it a shot and see what it was like to wear a watch again.

  • I'm Taking Part in the Breathe Right Sleep In - You Can Too!

    Fall is here and that means that Daylight Savings time is right around the corner, so what a perfect time to try the Breath Right Sleep In challenge! So with that little tidbit of news it's time to talk about sleeping, relaxing, and recharging the brain so you can get more stuff done in that limited amount of sunlight that is available. To make things even better, I've accepted their challenge and unplugged and went to bed an hour earlier last week - though to be fair, I was on a cruise ship so that made unplugging just a little bit easier.

  • Review of NewAir AW-121E Wine Cooler

    Usually when I talk about wine here it is me traveling to find some or enjoying a glass at a fine restaurant. Today though I am going to share my experience with the NewAir AW-121E wine cooler. I have been thinking about getting something like this for quite a while but it was always one of those things that was "nice to have" but the money would be better spent elsewhere. However about 3 weeks ago I was lucky to have someone from NewAir contact me and ask if I wanted to check a unit out - so I said SURE!

  • Valentine's Gifts for Men: Mantry Crate

    Ok ladies - you tell us how hard it is to find a great present for us for Christmas, birthday etc. I got a great lead for you - Mantry! While Valentine's Gift giving is usually pretty one directional (with hope of getting something back later that night...) it's ok for you to send us gifts and surprise us too.

  • BTX270 Bluetooth Speaker Review

    header-image-kinovoSitting on the porch drinking some beer with the guys and wanting to listen to the game on your phone but the tiny speaker just doesn't cut it? Maybe it's time to try a bluetooth portable speaker like those from Kinivo. 

  • T-Fal ActiFry - Jerk Wings Recipe!

    header-image-wingsThis is a follow-up to our ActiFry review that we did earlier. 

    This time, we are making Jerk Wings - though you can take this base recipe and add anything you want to season your wings!

  • 2012 Great Holiday Gifts For Men And Giveaway!

    header-imageHappy Holiday's everyone! It's time for our annual Holiday Gift Guide this year, featuring a ton of great gift ideas for men who love to travel. This year, we are also offering a special giveaway, sponsored by Gillette.  We'll be giving away one of their awesome Gillette Fusion ProGlide Stylers. Perfect for any man who wants to rock the facial hair but keep it neat!

    Read on for more great gift ideas for men, and enter for a chance to win at the bottom of the page.

  • T-Fal ActiFry - Bacon Fries Recipe!

    header-image-potatosHere is a follow-up to the ActiFry review we did recently.  

    Want to know how we made those awesome fries? Here's the recipe...

  • T-Fal ActiFry Review

    header-image-overviewThere are some gadgets that you get and you immediately think they are awesome, but then get left in a drawer a few weeks later. Others you think are cool but might not be that practical and turn out to be fantastically useful.  The T-fal AciFry falls into the later category and I have had a while to put it through its paces.

  • Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Review

    header-imageOk guys - vacuuming may not be at the top of your list of things to do - but it is always a good idea to help out around the house and if you HAVE TO - you might as well have one of the coolest vacuums out there to do it.

    Dyson approached me recently and asked me to check out their new DC41 Complete - featuring the new Tangle Free Tool. How did it fare? Let's check it out...

  • Gifts for Guys: iHip Universal Remote Review

    ihip-bears-remoteGifts for guys can be difficult to buy sometimes - each guy has his own preferences and while "technology" is generally a good bet, it can be difficult to sort through all the options.

    Luckily I have a solution - the iHip Universal Remote... featuring your (or your friend's!) favorite team.

  • Gifts for Guys: iHip Cubs Logo Earbuds

    ihip-cubs-earbudsAs the baseball season wraps up, are you looking for something to remind you that spring training is right around the corner? Or maybe listen to clips of the game on the ride home?

    Either way, these iHip earbuds featuring cubs (or other MLB and NFL team logos) make a great gift for any sports fan.

     

  • Review: Dyson Air Multiplier Tower Fan

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  • Gifts for Guys - Father's Day 2011

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    Don't worry though - if you aren't a dad your significant other is fully licensed to buy you any of these as a "thank you for being a great guy gift!" Just tell them we said it was OK...

  • Review: Remington R5130 Shaver

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  • 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for Men: Toys, Games, and Gear

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    Remember, not every gift has to be super expensive, sometimes simple things are great too!

    Nano Dots

    Bloggy Video Camera

    Gametable from Sears

    Caughlin's camping gear

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    Every year when Father's Day comes along it seems that the same old gifts are picked. The cliche ties and shavers may be traditional and may be useful, but how many razors, ties and "#1 Dad" shirts do you really need?

    To those of you looking for some great father's day gifts, here are some ideas from our staff.

  • Be King of the Grill with Punch Cigars and Char-Broil

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    Well, that's apparently what Punch Cigars thought and they even released a cool sampler pack that includes a smoker box so you can smoke your meat while smoking your ribs. Additionally, they partnered with Barry “CB” Martin, Char-Broil’s lead blogger and grilling expert to create some great cigar and grill recipe pairing ideas.

  • Swiss Army Dual Pro X Knife Review

    This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Victorinox Swiss Army. All opinions are 100% mine.

    I recently had an opportunity to try out the latest Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox. Swiss Army knives have come a long way since I was a kid. Today's knife isn't the round, awkward shape you may be familiar with, and gone is the toothpick.

  • The Traveling Spirits - Men's Gift Guide II

     

    While spirits might not typically be considered gift for travelers, certainly most of us men enjoy a drink now and then and often when we travel it is fun and exciting to experience what other people enjoy.

    Also, spirits, unlike many other gifts can bring back memories of a great trip or spark your imagination about places you would love to visit. That's why we selected and enjoyed the following during our post-thanksgiving whiskey (and more) tasting.

  • Gifts for Men - 2009

     

    It's that time again this year, the annual festival of giving and receiving. Regardless of why you celebrate the season, it is a great opportunity to explore some great gift ideas for your male friends and the other men in your life that like to travel.

  • Win a Cigar Cave from Partagas

    partagas-tonyOk, so this might not be directly travel related, but if you are planning a staycation mancation this might be the ultimate way to build a fantastic man cave / cigar lounge. Plus, because Partagas is paying, you won't have to explain to the wife why you are spending $10,000 on something just for you and the guys, instead of using it to take a second honeymoon in Jamaica.

    All you need to do is buy a pack of Partagas Black Label Clasico cigars to get the entry code and then visit www.partagascigarcave.com to share where you currently smoke your cigars and why you deserve to win. Partagas has even created a gallery where guys are uploading videos and even written stories of why they deserve to win. If the stuff up there already is any indication of where this contest is going, it should make for some great material for a while to come.

    Kicking off the contest is Tony Siragusa, former defensive tackle for the Indianaplis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens who like many of us just wants a great place to relax with the guys and enjoy a great cigar. Even if you aren't a smoker, the video on the intro to the site will certainly give you a chuckle and is a great lead-in to the others from real guys, like you and me that are found inside.

    Hurry on over, the Partagas Win a Cigar Cave contest ends on July 31, 2009.

  • The Currency Commision - or How to Pay for Your Next European Mancation

    german-coinsRecently I was contacted by The Currency Commission, a firm based Washington, DC and London. This company buys old money from European countries that now use the Euro instead of Marks or Lira etc. I didn't realize it until they contacted me, but all that old money you might have laying around from years past is now essentially worthless because you can't trade it at traditional currency exchanges or banks because the deadline has passed. However, there are billions of dollars worth of these old european currency notes floating around in sock drawers, used as bookmarks and essentially forgotten about.

    That's where The Currency Commission comes in. They will buy your old foreign currency for slightly lower than the market was, and then they have a special relationship with banks so they can sell it back in bulk. So if you have money laying around from that European mancation years ago now you can trade it in and finance your next guys weekend or European Mancation!

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