Category Archives: Product Review

Reclaiming the Backyard; a review of the NewAir AF-520B Misting Fan

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog at all, you know we love the summer here in the Sunshine State and we’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival all winter. In fact, not too long ago, I wrote a love letter of sorts to Summer. Needless to say, we are all excited that we can once again enjoy our favorite summer activities.

Now don’t get me wrong; it can get downright HOT here in the summer and sometimes it’s so hot we don’t even want to go out into our backyard.  The kids have some fun ways they can stay cool but these methods aren’t really practical for me. Continue reading Reclaiming the Backyard; a review of the NewAir AF-520B Misting Fan

JETPACK Adventure Pack. Fuels your imagination, carries your stuff.

The great folks over at Harry & Jack’s sent us a JETPACK Adventure Pack to try out and review. When the package arrived the kids gathered around while I opened it up. My first thought was “Wow, it feels much more durable than I expected.” My 3 year-old’s first screaming comment was “Awesome, that’s mine! Can I put my lunch in the rocket ship?!”

I was trying to look it over but my son just kept asking me if he could play with it. After unsuccessfully trying to explain to him it was a backpack and not a toy, I finally just gave in and handed him the pack err I mean, rocket ship to play with. He put on the pack and I helped him put on the accompanying arm band. He shouted something along the lines of “To Infinity and beyond” and took off running Continue reading JETPACK Adventure Pack. Fuels your imagination, carries your stuff.

Top Stay-at-Home-Dad Apps

As a Stay-at-Home Dad of 4 little kids, I can use all the help I can get to make my life easier. One thing I lean on heavily to help me keep it together is my iPhone. With a couple million apps out there in the app store it can be a little daunting to sort through them all.  Over the past several years I have found myself relying heavily on a few apps and I wanted to share those with everyone in hopes that I can help someone out.  The good thing is most of these are free.   Continue reading Top Stay-at-Home-Dad Apps

Product Review: Stove Top Cleaner

Glass stove tops can be nightmares to clean.  I don’t know what makes those burned on stains so impossible to get off.  Over the years I have tried a handful of glass cook top cleaners as well as various home remedies involving vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice. Nothing really seemed to work much better than water. Continue reading Product Review: Stove Top Cleaner

Product Review: Babycook

I’ve decided to start reviewing products that I use on a regular basis. Why? Good question.  I appreciate it when others write reviews on products and I can read them before deciding to make a purchase.  I hope I can help someone out there make an informed decision as well.  Today I’m going to review the Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker.

I use this baby food maker a couple of times a week.  A friend gave it to us for our first child’s baby shower. I have never owned or used any other baby food maker so I cannot compare it to any others that are on the market.  Here are my thoughts:

PROS:

  • It’s super easy to use.
  • It’s fairly compact so it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space.
  • It allows you to decide what fruits and/or vegetables you feed your baby. Organic, non-gmo, locally grown, backyard grown, etc.*
  •  You can save a lot of money over time. According to a ballpark estimate of how I use it in our house: A $2 organic butternut squash will yield around 42oz of food.  If you can find organic baby food on sale you might be able to get 42oz for around $10.50.  This can translate to around $30 in savings a week for me. Obviously these numbers will change some depending on how much your child eats and what other foods you use. You really ought to feed your child something other than just butternut squash.*
  • It is simple and quick to clean-up.
  • You can mix foods and create flavors that aren’t otherwise available.*
  • You can add in supplements like flax if you want to.*

CONS:

  • It is a little pricey. At around $120 you would have to use it regularly to offset the price.
  • Even though it is compact, it is another appliance you have to store somewhere.  It is essentially a steamer and a food processor in one, two things you might already have.*
  • Because it is compact you can’t make a whole lot of food at one time.  I find I usually yield somewhere between 14oz and 21oz each batch depending on the food, how much water I add and how small I cut up the pieces.

The bottom line is this is a nice little product that works exactly as it is supposed to with very little effort and if you use it regularly it can save you some money.  If you put it on your baby registry and someone gets it for you then you have a win-win! 🙂

*These points really apply to all baby food makers not just specifically the Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker.

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