Solar-Powered Tent: Modern Comforts for the Happy Camper

Stay cool, well lit, and charged up with a solar-powered camping experience! We went camping last August. To my malaise, it turns out my hair doesn’t get that beachy, salty look in the middle of the Everglades in South Florida. Who knew? The people a couple hundred feet south of us knew, that’s who! It was late evening and the lightning bugs were dancing above the swampy sawgrass to the west. Suddenly, I heard an all too familiar sound … a blow dryer. Sweet six-ounce lord and savior! The tent to the south had some sort of power system. It was far too quiet to be a generator, unless the motor sounded like a bad acoustic version of Creedence Clearwater Revival. But that’s a whole other story. What they had was a solar-powered tent. Or, so we found out the following morning… Even though many swear by the tranquility of camping without the distractions of our daily bombardment of digital gadgets and fluorescent lighting, it’s not an ubiquitous preference. Personally, the lack of modern comforts has kept me from enjoying

NOTA NOTA: The Incredible Do-It-Yourself Perfumery

Enliven your senses and discover your own aromatic journey by creating perfumes at home. Every day we want to put our best face forward for the world to see. We make sure to wear the perfect combination of our choosing. Our hair is styled to perfection, makeup is appropriate for the occasion, and we’re dressed to impress. But have we given much thought about how we smell every day? Most of us imbue ourselves with fragrances designed by big name celebrities, couturiers, or perfumeries. But now, after half a decade in the making, we have an incredible way to personalize and share fragrances of our own making. Introducing the NOTA NOTA perfume machine created by Abdullah S. Bahabri. A New Scentsation! Now men and women can enter the olfactory world of fragrance designers and create unique fragrances with NOTA NOTA. It’s the newest tool in perfume mixology and is intended to become a part of our daily ritual. Just as routine as waking up to your alarm clock, yawning, and brushing your teeth, you can now dip yourself in an

Alkaline Water: 
Healthy or Just Hype?

Some say alkaline water is superior to plain water. There just might be something to this new hydration trend. As we gracefully age, we tend to drink less water than we should and can end up dehydrated. Making a conscious decision to drink more water will surely help us get back to better health, but with so many types of water to choose from, which will be the most beneficial for you? After all, our bodies are two-thirds water so if you’re going to drink up it might as well be the best choice.  What is all the hoopla about? Lately we’ve seen store shelves stocked with various brands of bottled alkaline water showing the water’s pH level. Does it really have health benefits or is it just another passing fad? Even celebrities like vocalist Beyoncé, actor Mark Wahlberg, model Miranda Kerr, NBA player Jason Terry, and actress Shay Mitchell are devoted fans.  Alkaline water is said to promote anti-aging, clear skin, balancing blood pH, and detoxification. There are studies that indicate a slightly higher alkaline level may even help

Roborock, One Button, One Clean Floor!

Move over robo-vacs. This new cleaning droid outsmarts them all. Some people go for Ecovacs, the Neato, or iRobot’s Roombas. The biggest names in the industry really suck. Literally, they suck the dirt right off the floor. But this week we decided to look into something outside the robotic vacuum zeitgeist: the Roborock S6. “The most reliable and best performing robot vacuum I have ever tested was the Roborock S5. That title now passes to its successor, the Roborock S6,” according to ZDnet. Gadgeteer, TNW, Woman’s Day, Wired, and others give similar glowing reviews. You can watch it in action here… This newest smart vac doesn’t care about its fame. It does not care about its price. It simply cares about completing its task. That task is to clean, to do it well, and to do it with as little effort on the part of its owners as possible. With the suction power at high-end levels and an advanced LDS navigation system, it never disappoints! Unless you’re a cat … Mr. Whiskers wanted us to give a bad review and

Fancy Grooming Stuff For Men

A metrosexual guy is defined by The Meriam-Webster Dictionary as an urban heterosexual male given to enhancing his personal appearance by fastidious grooming, beauty treatments, and fashionable clothes.  As a guy who spends most of his time wearing comfortable Columbia fishing pants and t-shirts, I clearly do not fit into that category. However, you don’t have to be metrosexual to want to go out of your way to find the best personal hygiene products.  Let’s explore some great alternatives. PLANTLIFE Plantlife has been offering all sorts of natural, aromatherapy products for over 20 years, including essential oils, bath and shower products, and soap products.  Check them out at www.plantlife.net.  You can learn a bit more about Plantlife below: Recently, I purchased a six-pack of Plantilife’s top 6 Natural Aromatherapy Herbal Soaps made with pure 100% organic ingredients and pure essential oils.  Ok, I admit it, I like soaps that feel good and smell great, and this assortment includes Lavender, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Oatmeal, Almond, Peppermint and Vanilla Orange.  So far, I’ve tried the Lavender and Eucalyptus, and they receive 5 stars from

FORPHEUS: The Amazing Ping-Pong Playing Robot

Omron, known for their health care technology is using ping-pong to showcase the latest in their industrial automation evolution … and we couldn’t be more excited about this fun way to introduce advanced technology. The company began with blood pressure monitors and now, they are on the cutting edge with their latest artificial intelligence (AI) innovation. If you ever thought that robots were going to take over, this could be the epicenter of the invasion. This global tech company has created a robot that plays with balls —ping-pong balls to be precise! It uses deep learning, a foundation for AI, which is enabling robots to learn much faster and effectively, performing tasks without human interaction and finding their way around unknown environments. You can watch it play ping-pong here… Omron is not intending to market the ping-pong robot, but rather, their technology for industrial uses. “We made the ping-pong robot for the purpose of demonstration, so visitors could actually see the fruits of our challenge of this technological evolution aimed at the construction of new relationships between people and machines, through

Conversations with My Toilet: The Kohler Smart Toilet

Now you can personalize your throne for the ultimate toileting experience. My toilet kicks your toilet’s butt. Or, at least it can really debate it! Why? Because Kohler has once again upped the ante with a new paradisiacal product. Okay, maybe it can’t physically beat its butt (there’s a pun in there somewhere and yes, it’s intended). It does, however, know everything Google’s Alexa does. Walking into the restroom, guests lose their breath as a beam of light comes to life behind a sleek, square and luminous device sitting where a white ceramic toilet should be. It might not be immediate apparent, but this is a wonder of human innovation. If the visuals don’t take your breath away, sit down before it greets you as you faint from the glorious wonder. King of Thrones This year, if you forgot the name of your favorite actor or need to know where to buy the newest gadgets, just ask your toilet. Think some kid with a startup “disrupted” the game? Think again! A whopping 146 years ago, a little plumbing company called Kohler emerged. Today,

ClimbStation: Wall Climbing and Treadmill in One

Fun and fitness rolled into a single treadwall, now you can safely climb at fitness centers or in the comfort of your home. I’m always searching the Internet for innovative products, something I would love to own.  And, yeah, you might have guessed, most of the products that I stumble upon are well beyond my price range.  But that doesn’t mean that I can’t tell you all about them! The Sport of Climbing Remember in our youth, it seemed like we could climb almost anything be it trees, walls, fences, whatever stood in front of us. We gave no thought to dangers or injury. We just did it without any inhibitions. It’s a different story now that we’re boomers. For some of us, boundless energy has been replaced with a daily nap. But physically challenging ourselves shouldn’t stop, we can still build endurance and strength, and climbing might just be the answer for a full body workout. Have you ever noticed those climbing walls at local gyms, or amusement centers, or on your favorite cruise ships? I have … noticed

GPS Trackers: Keeping Track of Your Loved Ones

Do you know where your loved ones are? Location devices have evolved into smart high-tech monitoring systems with the simplicity of using a phone app. Keeping track of loved ones is serious business these days. Unlike the old days when we grew up with neighbors and friends watching over us, today is very different with safety becoming a real concern. We’ve all heard the stories of missing children, abductions, wandering elders, and lost travelers. We may not be able to have a watchful eye over our loved ones 24/7 but there is a way to check on their whereabouts. GPS tracking enables parents to locate children and elderly loved ones. It’s a great tool for grandparents who watch the grandkids while mom and dad are at work or when the kids come over for summer vacation. It’s perfect for keeping family or friends informed when traveling or going on a big adventure. For families, the wonders of technology have been put to good use with advances in tracking devices, GPS systems, communications, and phone apps. Quality Matters When safety is

Kingsford SteakAger: Steakhouse Quality at Home

Now you can really have it your way —the finest dry aged beef made right in your kitchen. Peter Luger’s … Pappas Brothers … Bern’s … Gibson’s … CUT, each and every one a worthy destination for those searching for the very best in steak. What if you could duplicate these iconic restaurants in your own home for a fraction of the price?  Not Possible?  Think again… A Superior Steak One of the most universal myths about the finest steakhouses in America is that the unique flavor and textures of their steaks come from some special grades of meat that are only available to restaurants.  In actuality, the secret to great steak is dry aging.  Steakhouses have known about this for decades, and it’s one of the many reasons why people simply give up when trying to duplicate it at home. Dry aging is a process by which large cuts of beef are refrigerated with consistent air circulation taking anywhere from several weeks to several months, resulting in a much more flavorful and tender steak.  And now you can age your steaks,