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Review: Mozartkugeln (Mirabell vs Reber)

By |2020-10-21T14:37:16-07:00Oct 19, 2020 - Monday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

For ten years, my home was Vienna, Austria, and the sweet tooth of my young self had found many favorites. Among them were cakes, chocolates, and other Viennese desserts. In this review, we will take a look at one of my all-time beloved chocolates: Mozartkugeln (by both Mirabell and Reber). Decadent, smooth or nutty, sweet, and wrapped in a ball of goodness, the rich, milky chocolate taste brings a bit of luxury and indulgence to an otherwise boring day.

Review: Anker Nebula Mars II Pro Projector (vs Capsule)

By |2020-10-13T10:43:30-07:00Oct 8, 2020 - Thursday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

Finding good, portable projectors for small-group, outdoor movie nights has been a disappointing quest over the last, two years. From $60 to $300 devices, each had much to like but also left a lot still to be desired. There were the big ones that output excellent, bright images but were more geared towards the home or office with HDMI/VGA connectors, small ones that were very portable but lacked the brightness and sharpness, and more recently, minis that could operate off a battery but also sacrificed image quality, input options, and good sound. I eventually did find one that checked off almost every one of my requirements. This review will go over some projection basics that helped me decide what was right for our family.

Review: Tomshoo Camping Stove (vs Solo Stove)

By |2020-10-08T09:29:16-07:00Oct 7, 2020 - Wednesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

Wood stoves are a great, inexpensive, more environmentally-friendly alternative to fuel can-based products like the popular Jetboil, and for years, my go to was the Solo Stove. However, despite all the benefits the Solo Stove offers, its inability to be packed small and its high cost made me look for alternatives for wilderness backpacking and for emergencies as part of a bug out bag. As it turned out, I much prefer the copycat.

Review: Linksys Velop Mesh Tri-Band Router (vs Eero Pro)

By |2020-10-02T02:47:54-07:00Oct 2, 2020 - Friday|Networking, Product Reviews, Reviews, Technology|

The need for reliable and speedy WiFi throughout the entire home has become important in modern times as more and more devices connect wirelessly. Like many consumers, you very likely came across dead spots in your house where the WiFi signal was either weak or non-existent. Consumer "mesh" WiFi routers promise to solve this issue, and in this article we will explore what they are, and how the Linksys Velop AC router compared to the Amazon Eero Pro.

Review: Action Air Inflatable Bounce House (9451)

By |2020-09-25T01:21:10-07:00Sep 25, 2020 - Friday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

Our daughter's birthday was fast approaching and with the ability to only hold a small gathering in our backyard, we looked for something fun for the children to play with. "What's synonymous with some birthday parties," my wife asked? A bounce house! But at a rental cost of $75-$99 a day, we decided to invest in a small one instead for repeated use at home. That search led us to the $200 Action Air Inflatable Castle Bounce House.

Review: Jackery Explorer 300 (vs Explorer 1000)

By |2020-09-17T00:38:27-07:00Sep 16, 2020 - Wednesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

Back in April, I purchased the Jackery Explorer 1000 and the Goal Zero Yeti 500x later as a result of 2019's fires. Coincidentally, this year's fires on the entire US west coast is actually WORSE with new records broken! I cannot stress how important it is to be prepared for emergencies! Thankfully, there has been an increase in people taking emergency preparation more seriously. When Jackery announced the Explorer 300 with a special launch price and some improvements over the Explorer 1000, I jumped on it for one simple reason: my little boy loves camping and I wanted him to have a mini-Explorer of his own (actually, I wanted another backup battery, but don't tell him that). It DOES look awfully cute to have him and I stand next to one another holding our own Explorers!

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