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Gear and gadgets from smartphones to backpacks
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?).

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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". 

  • 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!

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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