DIY Master

On day one of our recent family road trip we stopped for dinner in Georgia at a pizza buffet. While in the bathroom bending over to help our daughter, my wife’s iPhone 5 slipped out of her shirt pocket and landed face down on the tile.  She knew before she even turned it over, it was shattered. Major first world problems here. When we finally got to our destination we hit up an apple store and found out it would be between $750 and $950 to buy a new phone.  Continue reading DIY Master

Million Dollar Smile

I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy coffee.  Ok, actually I love creamer and caffeine but who’s really keeping track. While that coffee does wonders to get me going in the morning, it doesn’t do any favors to my teeth. I’ve noticed over the past few years that my teeth have gotten a little bit yellower.  This can often be highlighted by the fact that one of my top front teeth is porcelain and isn’t subject to the same discoloration as my real teeth. That can sometimes cause my teeth to look more yellow by contrast.  Continue reading Million Dollar Smile

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

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