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Tineco Floor One S5 Series smart cordless vacuum & mop review

REVIEW – This past June we moved into a new house with a little over 1800 square feet of tile.  I hate housework. I would rather be outside working in the yard any day before dusting or cleaning the inside of the house.  With that much tile, vacuuming and mopping is a real chore.  I have a steamer mop, but that amount of floor space requires me to rinse...

Nomad Base Station Mini review – a wireless charger with the luxury of leather

REVIEW – I typically don’t need to charge my phone while I’m at my desk. However, occasionally I have found the need/desire to top off my phone battery, but I wouldn’t say I like using a cable. When the Nomad Base Station Mini review offer came along, I thought it would be a great time to acquire one of these magical devices for my desk. What is it?...

New Balance’s latest sneakers have built-in whistles because…I have no idea

NEWS – While shopping for some new kicks, I stumbled upon the latest sneakers from New Balance that feature a built-in whistle in the heels of these rugged sneakers. Designer Salehe Bembury and New Balance collaborated to create the 574 YURT sneakers which are built for hiking and trail running. In an emergency or when the mood strikes, you can take...

This tiny knife from Gerber will slice and scrape its way into your EDC

NEWS – For a little over $20, you can put the Gerber Key Note EDC knife on your keychain or in your pocket. This little guy has a tiny but mighty dual-use 1 inch stainless steel blade for opening packages and for scraping whatever needs to be scraped. The Key Note is available with black (above) and also in Coyote Brown (below) aluminum scales. Go get...

Strap Bandits Basket Glen Watch Band for Apple Watch review

REVIEW – My wife purchased a Series 6 Apple Watch earlier this year and had to settle for buying Apple’s unattractive sports band to go with it.  I recently reviewed Bellroy’s watch strap, which is a nice upgrade for when she wants to look a bit classier.  She really likes the strap, but she also wants one that is a bit more casual, good for shopping...

Hohem iSteady X2 gimbal for smartphones review

REVIEW – Creating steady video and moving around from various angles used to be difficult and physically intensive. I was recently sent the Hohem iSteady X2, a gimbal designed for smartphones, and it’s a huge creative boost. I’ve tested it in several use cases, and am ready to report. What is it? An electronics-driven gimbal for steadying video...

Chargeasap Flash Pro Plus review – high capacity battery bank for all your charging needs

REVIEW – We all have a lot of devices to charge – phones, watches, tablets, laptops, Bluetooth headphones, flashlight batteries, and the list goes on and on. What we don’t always have is a convenient place to charge multiple devices. Even if we do have a multi-outlet charger, what if we want to charge on the go? A portable battery bank is a great option,...

Phylian Water Flosser review

REVIEW – We all know that we should brush our teeth at least 2 times a day and we should be flossing as well. I was a slacker when it came to flossing until about a year ago when I finally made it a habit to floss every morning. But for some weird reason, I never floss at night before going to bed which is probably when I actually SHOULD be flossing....

This tiny box cutter doubles as a ultra basic multi-tool

NEWS – What is the main function of your multi-tool? How many of you answered “opening boxes”? Yep, me too. The Outdoor Edge Sidewinder is pocket-friendly box cutter that features a locking blade with easily replaceable standard utility razor blades, both flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, a bottle opener, prybar, and pocket clip. This tool will fit...

A solution for missing zipper pulls

NEWS – I really needed one of these replacement zipper pulls a couple of years ago when I continued to use a large rolling suitcase that was missing a zipper pull. My own DIY solution was to use a twisty tie from a loaf of bread. Yeah, so classy. If you have a jacket, bag, etc that is missing a zipper pull, then definitely check out these mini metal...

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