Seafood and Chorizo Paella
August 24, 2016

Exploring Differences Between Italian Cooking and Spanish Cooking

in Food and Drink by James Hills
Two of the most popular ethnic foods in America are Italian and Spanish, but learning how to cook them in an authentic manner often seems impossible. The range of spices and ingredients are very different, but an equal amount of effort is required to refine the skills needed to comfortably impress your next dinner guests. Below are a few of the main differences in Spanish and Italian cooking, as…
Reno Air Races
August 24, 2016

Annual Reno Air Show and Air Race

in Mancation Blog by James Hills
For the ultimate thrill, you can't beat the annual Reno Air Races. While Red Bull's air races might get more exposure, this is where men and machine come together for some of the fastest most exciting racing action ever experienced.
San Francisco Romantic Getaway
August 23, 2016

A Bold One Night Romantic Escape to San Francisco

in Romantic Getaways by James Hills
Not all travel needs to be planned and sometimes the best escapes are the ones where you fly by the seat of your pants and boldly go somewhere and then figure out what to do. That's sorta what happened last week for Heather and I when we visited San Francisco. We were invited for a quick media launch event, but decided to fly in early and leave late the next day so we could see some sights and…
Kaboo Del Mar
August 23, 2016

2017 Preview! Margaritas and Music at KAABOO Del Mar!

in Mancation Blog by Heather Hills
Last summer we got invited to check out an awesome new music festival in San Diego - KAABOO. Since then it's been at the top of our list for 2017 and the wait is almost over! The 2017 KAABOO lineup looks even better, with bands including Jimmy Buffett, Aerosmith, Jack Johnson, Fall Out Boy, Lenny Kravitz and so many more that I can't event list them all here. Plus, this is not just a "music…
lennox infographic
Aug 23, 2016

Save Energy and Win Some Sweet Prizes from Lennox®

in Stuff
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lennox® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Remember how parents used to bribe us to do that right things growing up? You know - no dessert unless our room was clean or only getting to join dad on the boat if the garage was clean by the time he…
Hotel Zeppelin Front Entrance
Aug 23, 2016

Rock and Roll in The City By the Bay at Hotel Zeppelin San Fancisco

From the moment you walk through the doors of Hotel Zeppelin you are either going to love this place or hate the incredible hipster vibe. It's just that kind of place and frankly it works in a city that prides itself on creativity and re-imagining yesterday's cool as today's chic. I've stayed in…
Best Buy Tech Home
Aug 23, 2016

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

in Stuff
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.…
James and Heather at Sip n Ship
Aug 23, 2016

Sip 'n Ship - a San Diego Beer Festival On Boats!

There's no shortage of beer festivals in San Diego, but last weekend I had one of my all-time-favorite experiences at one though initially I was skeptical. For those of you who have attended beer fests, you know that typically these events are just row after row of tap tents in a park or along a…
mustache waxed
Aug 21, 2016

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Waxing the Perfect Mustache

If you’ve ever seen a man with a fantastic mustache, reminiscent of 1950’s cartoon villains or 1970’s baseball players, you may wonder how it gets that way. The secret isn’t genetics or a special shampoo, it’s mustache wax.
Hotel Burnham Chicago
Aug 21, 2016

Chicago's Kimpton Hotels are Great for Mancations

Kimpton Hotels is a relatively new brand, but it is certainly a great choice if you are planning your guys weekend. After all, the point of a guys weekend is doing something special, so why stay at the average business hotel when you come to Chicago? Instead, why not try a super stylish boutique…

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

Remember how parents used to bribe us to do that right things growing up? You know - no dessert unless our room was clean or only getting to join dad on the boat if the garage was clean by the time he got home? We're all grown up now and so most of the time it's US making the incentives but Lennox® has a new contest to help us create and share energy saving tips for our homes. The REAL incentive is that we'll save money and probably even be more comfortable ... but that's not fun! So how about the chance to win a year supply of ice cream and tickets to the nearest water park instead? Plus $10,000 in Lennox® heating and air conditioning equipment ... just in case you needed even more incentive to enter. 

Read more: Save Energy and Win Some Sweet Prizes from Lennox®

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.

Read more: Stop By Mall of America and See the Future of Technology in the Home

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.

Read more: Picture This: Honor 8 brings Flagship Features with Value Pricing

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.

Read more: Ryan Chong Founder of Standard Luggage and Travel Backpack Designer

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