June and summer itself are rapidly approaching, and this means you need to start thinking and planning for upcoming travels and adventures, as well as recognizing those dads and grads in your life. These could be finding that perfect gift for high school or college graduates, or for that dad in your life who has wanderlust or just preparing for your next vacation or globe-trotting experience. Luckily, Backpacks.com has you covered with a vast assortment of backpack types and styles. In fact, they sent me out The North Face Borealis to test out and review. By the way, I have a coupon code at the end of this backpack review! And, I must say, this is a great, all-around backpack for short trips or longer excursions. (*Disclosure below.)Read More
I remember when record players and vinyl records were popular that a sales person told me that much of your investment should be made on the actual needle for the record player. (And, since vinyl is back, that same advice holds true.) The needle is what brings out the quality of the groves in the record. And, obviously, having a bad set of speakers means that you are not getting the best quality sound. Needle and speakers. In much the same way, if you have a great computer (Mac or PC) but your monitor is sub-par, you are not getting the best multimedia experience possible. And, you could possibly be causing eye strain and fatigue. My advice for computer users, get a great monitor like the BenQ PD2700U. (*Disclosure below.)
If you work in an office, you probably spend more than eight hours a day staring at your screen. And, if you are like me, your eyes get tired, red, dry, and irritated, and you may even get headaches. This could be due to many factors like stress or too much work or something as simple as not blinking enough to moisturize your eyes. (I actually now use moisturizing drops.) But another cause may be your monitor. If the refresh rate is too low or there is some flicker going on (sometimes you can’t even see it), this can be causing eye strain. A high-quality monitor, like the BenQ PD2700U, can actually relieve some eye strain.
I have been a huge fan of Nixplay’s digital frame offerings for several years. Not only do I have multiple frames around my home and office, but my parents have Nixplay frames as well in their homes, and we can send the latest and greatest “teen-approved” photos to those frames remotely. So I was thinking, how could they make their products that were already great even better? Well, there are two ways: with a newly upgraded app and with a new WiFi-connected frame that also has a Bluetooth speaker built in: the Nixplay Seed Wave. And, what a perfect gift to give moms for Mother’s Day! (*Disclosure below.)Read More
Home ownership is truly a luxury. It shouldn’t be, but it is. Even those who are blessed with home ownership struggle to keep it. In fact, over 19 million U.S. households allocate more than half of their income on the cost of home ownership. And, this comes at a price and with tough decisions as well. Do you pay for healthcare? Is your child’s education being covered to ensure opportunities in the future? And what about getting to and from your job so that you can cover all of those household expenses. (*Disclosure below.)Read More
If you are anything like my family, you have a bunch of smartphones or tablets that are charged each and every night. In our household, all of my kids’ devices are actually charged up in our bedroom in an attempt to ensure that they aren’t on their iPhones late into the night. While I have a unique charging solution for their iPhones (which I will briefly explain a bit later), there is an area that requires three plugs for their Apple lightning chargers. But with the Naztech Power Hub4, I not only get to eliminate some of the plug requirements but also, have all of their iPhones charging in an organized manner. (*Disclosure below.)Read More