Interview with an Author: Erin Frew

I don’t believe I have had the pleasure of interviewing anyone on the blog before, so I’m excited to debut another Sunshine Dad first. I had the privilege of getting to interview children’s author and illustrator Erin Frew.  Her book Golden Boy Bailey has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services by the Mom’s Choice Awards.

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of writing a book myself, so I was eager to learn more about Erin and the process of writing a book. So without further ado, let’s get to it! Continue reading Interview with an Author: Erin Frew

1byOne Delivers Again

I had the privilege of reviewing a car battery booster by 1byOne several months back. I was thoroughly impressed by their product so when I had an opportunity to review 2 more products by them, I jumped at the chance.

This time I had an opportunity to review an HDTV Antenna and iPhone Charging Station.

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The HDTV Antenna works great to pull in any over-the-air tv broadcasts that are available. Yes most people have cable, myself included, but there are plenty of reasons why having a high quality antenna around is a great idea. For one, you never know when your cable might go out. This doesn’t happen often but just last week our cable went out right before the NBA playoffs were about to come on.  Thanks to my backup antenna I was able to watch the game with no issues.

As someone who goes RVing and tailgating semi-regularly I also understand the importance of a good antenna in those situations where cable isn’t an option and lugging around a satellite dish is inconvenient.

As many American’s continue to “cut the cord” a quality antenna is a must. In case you didn’t know “cutting the cord” or “cord cutters” refer to people who do not have cable or satellite TV. They watch TV via the internet or internet subscription services (Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc) and antenna. Before we lived in our current home we didn’t have cable for a while and it wasn’t that big of a deal. Currently our HOA fees include cable, so I take advantage of it since I pay for it regardless.

If you are looking for an HDTV Antenna I can highly recommend this one by 1byOne.

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The second product I got to review was the iPhone/smartwatch docking station. This thing is sweet. It’s aluminum and just looks cool. Not only does it charge iPhones but it can charge iPads too. The smartwatch stand has a special cutout in the back that allows the cord to snake up behind and the watch to lay flat with the cord hidden. It’s a very well thought out design.

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There are also 2 additional usb ports on the back so you can charge 2 more devices as well if you want to. The whole thing, from top to bottom, is incredibly well designed.

So if you’ve got a mess of cords sitting on your nightstand or desk and you have a smartwatch this is absolutely something you need to look into getting. I have been impressed with it and with everything from 1byOne that I’ve put my hands on. They are an innovative company that produces quality products.

Beat the Heat with Culer

If I know anything living in Florida, I know heat. And with the summer in full swing we need all the help we can get to maintain our cool. So when Culer offered to send me an evaporative cooler to test out, I was stoked. I am all for anything that helps me stay cool.

I’m sure the first question you have (I had it myself actually) is: What is an evaporative cooler? I’m glad you asked!  Continue reading Beat the Heat with Culer

This Father’s Day Get Dad the #WriteGift

Thanks to CROSS Pens for partnering with me on this post!

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CROSS pens, which have long been recognized for their outstanding pens, has partnered with Marvel to come out with a fantastic line of pens featuring Iron Man, Spider man and Captain America. After much deliberation I decided to cast my lot in with team Iron Man.

I remember when I graduated high school and I got my first CROSS pen as a graduation gift. That thing wrote like a dream. This Iron Man CROSS pen is no different. As an added bonus it has a stylus tip at the top, so if you are wearing gloves or your hands are dirty you can still use your smartphone.

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Father’s Day is quickly approaching and if you are looking for a practical gift for your dad with a little bit of flare you should consider one of these Marvel options from CROSS. They are the #WriteGift for that special guy in your life and they are sure to leave a lasting mark.

CROSS Father's Day

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Gifts for Men are Always Timely

Father’s Day is quickly approaching and every year we are always scrambling to find the best fathers day gifts for our dad. We want unique gifts or cool gifts but also gifts that our dad will actually want and use. A wooden watch from Jord checks off all those boxes.

Not only does Jord make some of the most unique watches I’ve ever seen, they are also among the most stylish. They make watches out of 8 different varieties of woods. The watch I have The Dover Ebony & Copper is a pure work of art.

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From the moment it arrived in its wooden crate, I was in love. It’s obviously a bit more of a dressy watch but it still looks great when paired with casual wear.

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Then of course, when I am a little bit more dressed up, it just sets off my whole ensemble. I’ve been wearing it for the past couple weeks and I keep getting compliments on it. Then when I tell people it’s wood they love it even more.

Jord Dover Ebony & CopperI love the contrast of the blue hands on the copper face with the gears showing through.  It’s such a sleek design.

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Another hidden detail that I love about the watch is the clear back. Of course you can’t see this unless you take the watch off, but still, I love that they thought to do this.

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Today at lunch, my son, who turned 5 last week, asked me for probably the 10th time if this was his watch. I again emphatically explained that no, the watch I have been wearing is mine. He then proceeded to ask me if he could have it when I died. I slowly looked around at my 4 other kids who weren’t paying much attention to us and quietly whispered. “Sure”

I’ve already created a family heirloom.

So if you are struggling this father’s day to come up with men’s gift ideas for your dad, look no further than a Jord wooden watch. With so many different amazing watches to choose from I know you can find one that he’ll love. Who knows you might even be buying your next family heirloom.

Jord is also hosting a giveaway, so don’t forget to click here to enter!

Wood Watches by JORD

 

Mr 200. The Blogger Who Sold Out.

So this is my 200th post. That’s a lot of rambling on. Some posts have been funny, some touching, some terrible and a lot recently have been commercialized.  The sponsored posts and reviews have turned into a monster I didn’t foresee. Sure, getting free stuff and making money to do something I was already doing for fun anyway is nice. But at some point it’s started to go contrary to why I started my blog to begin with, and why people were somewhat drawn to it.

Continue reading Mr 200. The Blogger Who Sold Out.

Learning how to Ride a Bike

Sponsored post by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

Learning to ride a bike is a childhood rite of passage. The falls and scrapes are all worth it in the end when you are finally able to ride free with the wind in your face and your worries at your back. For a kid a bike is freedom. It’s the greatest form of personal transportation until you get your driver’s license.  But the process of learning can be challenging and scary. Thankfully Schwinn and Toys”R”Us are here to help. Continue reading Learning how to Ride a Bike

The Adventures of a Stay-at-Home Dad of 5