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18 Nov 2020

Review: Bountech Inflatable Bounce House (Sweet House 8266)

By |2020-11-20T15:49:21-08:00Nov 18, 2020 - Wednesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

A few months ago, we had purchased a 9' x 7' bounce house for our daughter's birthday so the kids could enjoy themselves during the small, COVID-19 pandemic-restricted celebration. Even though we loved watching the kids jump up and down, they seemed to lose interest after a few minutes, and so we were on the lookout for a more EXCITING one that also had a large slide. Like before, at a rental cost of $75-$99 a day, it made financial sense to purchase a bounce house for long-term, repeated use, and this one from Bountech did not disappoint.

6 Nov 2020

Review: Runwave Kohala Stand Up Paddle Board (iSUP)

By |2020-11-09T16:40:27-08:00Nov 6, 2020 - Friday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

About five months ago, my best friend and I each purchased an inflatable, standup paddleboard (iSUP) so we could get some fun exercise in while socially distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also meant as a way to bond with our children, and not long after, many friends joined in with boards of their own. Their favorite was the Runwave Kohala that also proved quite popular around the harbor we paddled at. In this review, I take a look at what makes it an excellent beginner board. It had also been marked a "Best Seller" by Amazon.com a couple times.

19 Oct 2020

Review: Mozartkugeln (Mirabell vs Reber vs Victor Schmidt)

By |2020-11-20T12:52:14-08:00Oct 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 Mirabell, Reber, and Victor Schmidt/Manner). 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.

8 Oct 2020

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

By |2020-11-17T21:47:55-08:00Oct 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.

7 Oct 2020

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.

2 Oct 2020

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.

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