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Deal of the day – Save on iDPRT thermal printers

DEAL NEWS – If you ship a lot of packages from your home or small business, a dedicated shipping label printer like these two from iDPRT can make your job a whole lot easier and faster. The SP410 and SP420 thermal printers are compatible with Windows and Mac computers and are able to print out shipping labels super fast. The best feature of these prints...

BUYDEEM 4-Slice Toaster review

REVIEW – I am a fan of retro design and I love having retro appliances around my home. I am very delighted to be able to test and review this BUYDEEM 4-Slice Toaster. What is it? The BUYDEEM 4-Slice Toaster features extra-wide slots wrapped in a retro stainless steel body. It has a bagel and muffin function and 2 removable crumb trays. What’s in...

Brewferm homebrewing starter kit review – Brew your own beer!

REVIEW – The Brewferm homebrew starter kit comes neatly packaged in its own fermenting barrel, with ingredients, instructions and accouterments inside. My husband and I have always wanted to try brewing our own beer, and it was great to have a kit to start us off. What is it? A homebrewing kit with nearly all the key ingredients and tools for making...

All remote controls should have a tracker

NEWS – For those that have used one, the AppleTV remote has never been very popular. The main reasons being that it is small and hard to grip. Accessory maker Elago solved those issues with their popular silicone AppleTV remote control cases. Apple recently upgraded the AppleTV remote, making it more user-friendly. However, it is still smallish, slick,...

Deal of the day – Olight has a new flashlight pen that you will want

  DEAL NEWS – Our friends at Olight are back with another flash sale. This time they are introducing their first-ever flashlight pen, the Open Pro. This Summer Flash Sale starts tonight at 8:00 PM 7/26/21 and runs to 11:59 PM Friday 7/30/21 EDT. During this sale,  a free X9R Cell keychain flashlight (value $15.95) will be added to the shopping cart...

Greenworks 2 x 24V (48V) 17″ Brushless Lawn Mower and Drill review – a gateway into the Greenworks ecosystem

REVIEW – Most of us have spent our entire lives using gasoline or corded electric lawn tools. I had infamously bad gas lawnmowers when I was a kid, where you had to yank the starter cord 10 or more times with all your kid-strength to get it going, then you had the hassle of mixing gasoline and oil for the 2-stroke engine, plus maintenance and breakdowns...

Jack Wolfskin Crosstrail 24 Lt backpack review

REVIEW – I used to think that when you went for a hike, any comfortable backpack would do. That is, until I went on a longer, more intense day trip with a normal backpack. My shoulders were sore and my back was covered in sweat. Since then, I’ve been using backpacks made for hikes, and it has been night and day. Jack Wolfskin is a brand I hadn’t heard...

Improve your Swiss Army Knife with a pocket clip

NEWS – The StatGear SwissQlip makes the most recognizable EDC multi-tool even more useful by adding a pocket clip. Available in black or chrome, the SwissQlip is compatible with a variety of 91mm Victorinox knives (check StatGear’s site – link below for the full list. Adding this clip to your knife is simple because it uses the Swiss Army Knife keyring...

xREEL is a small rodless fishing reel that’s perfect for your EDC

NEWS – If you’re a regular here (and if not, you should be!), you’ll remember that I showed you a rodless fishing reel a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was cool because it was super compact and a great little addition to a bugout bag or EDC. But today, I have one that looks even better because it’s not made of plastic. It’s the xREEL from Exotac...

Switchbot Motion Sensor and Contact Switch review – add triggering options to your home automation

REVIEW – Home Automation is fun! I previously reviewed SwitchBot’s curtain robot system and liked it very much. Now SwitchBot has released motion sensors and contact switches to enhance their already impressive lineup of home automation fun! What is it? The SwitchBot Motion Sensor is a battery-operated, motion and light sensor that pairs with software...

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