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My wife is a horrible flyer!  Whenever we are scheduled for a flight, her anxiety kicks in and for a few days before the flight you can physically see when she is thinking about flying.  On the day of a flight, she would try to calm herself using prescription drugs and alcohol.  Obviously not the best way to fly!  After the flight landed, it would take her several hours to calm herself once again until a few days before when she would get worked up because we were flying home.

Then I found Captain Tom Bunn and the SOAR program.  I’m going to be honest in saying I was very skeptical when I reached out to Tom.  However, as my wife became worse with every flight, I figured it was worth the try.tom_uniform

A little about Captain Tom.  He is a former Navy Pilot, as well as a Pan Am pilot, he also has a degree in psychology and finished his graduate school to become a therapist.  He was part of the first fear of flying program started by Pan Am in 1975.  He founded SOAR, inc in 1982 and has helped several thousands of customers over come their fear of flying!  With that background, I figured this guy knows his stuff!

The SOAR program is available on DVD or on-line.  I signed up for the on-line course.  My wife was reluctant to start, so I logged in and forced her to start watching the videos.  I will admit, the videos are a little dated versus today’s technology, but it is the messaging that is the most important part of this program.

After watching this promotional video, she recognized herself in several of the points they were talking about!

Her fear of flying became worse after we had kids, she hated the feeling of turbulence and became panicked days before a flight.

We watched the videos together.  I thought it would be better for her if I understood the message and could help her during the flight.  We did the exercises together and prepared for the flight as described in the videos.

Being a Naval and Commercial Pilot, there aren’t too many planes Captain Tom hasn’t had control of.  In a very calm manner he discusses everything that happens to a plane from when they taxi to the runway until it lands at the final destination.  He talks about the back-up systems for the back-up systems for the back-up systems.  My wife’s biggest fear is turbulence!  We watched the video specifically talking about what happens when the plane encounters turbulence.  With one simple exercise (using a glass of water) my wife was amazed at how she thought the plane was reacting and how the plane was actually reacting.

It was now time to fly.  I am glad I watched these videos as it was easy for me to talk to my wife about everything that was happening before, during and after our flight.  Little things as simple as the lights flashing before you leave the gate, to “stepping” as we were taking off, to how little the plane is actually moving during turbulence.  This was by far the best flight we have had in a very long time!

In addition to the course, Captain Tom himself is available to help talk you through some of your anxiety.  I cannot tell you how thankful I am for this program.  I wish I ordered the DVDs so we could revisit them a few weeks before every flight.  I was amazed at how much my wife recalled from these videos and how she calmed herself by talking through what she saw during this course.

I have to say, “THANK YOU CAPTAIN TOM!!” We are now planning a flight from New Hampshire to Hawaii and I am sure we’ll be talking about this course once again.  If you have even the slightest fear of flying, make sure you check out www.fearofflying.com!  Tell them I sent you!! I’m sure you will be glad you did!!





image004Living in New England is amazing.  With four distinct seasons, the weather can change quickly on any given day.  That is great when you live here, but not so great when you are trying to figure out the best fishing lure to land that huge bass!  Tackle Grab powered by Earnhardt Outdoors helps take out some of the guessing game.  It is a subscription based tackle service that is customized to the region you live in!  Let’s face it, bass in New England are very different from bass down south and how you fish has to be adjusted.  Bass

I was pretty excited when my Tackle Grab arrived and couldn’t wait to try it out.  One of the first things I noticed was the Reaction Strike Frog.  On more than several occasions, I will ask other boats what lures they are biting on and have heard, rev-frog“jumping all over frogs today!”  That is one thing I never had in my tackle box so I was excited to give it a try!

I really like the fact that Tackle Grab takes out the guessing game when it comes to lures.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been sitting in Bass Pro Shop not having a clue what to buy.  Ranging from subscription cost of $12-$15 per month, you can have new lures delivered right to your front door!

If you visit http://tacklegrab.com/ there are actually videos there on how to get the most out of these lures.  I think that is just as important as using the right lure.  You want to ensure you spend some time there watching the pros teach you how to make the lure more attractive to fish and to get them to bite!  While you are there, check out all the subscription options and see what works best for you!  There is also a gift subscription if you want to surprise your favorite fisherman!



The Pill Golf



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OK, I’ll admit it!  When “The Pill” showed up at my door, I opened up the package and had no idea what to do with these things!  After visiting http://www.thepillgolf.com/ and watching a quick video, I knew exactly what I needed to do.  I’ll come out and say it, I am a horrible putter!  Anything that I can try to help my putting, I am all in!!  So as soon as I hit the practice green, I opened up my bag and put The Pill to work.  The Pill has an interesting design as it has the feel of a real golf ball, but only about 1/3 of the size.  The design of The Pill is the key to it’s success.  I received instant feedback from my putting stroke.  As I saw in the video, The Pill reacted to my closed face while putting.  Once I got the feel of The Pill, I honestly believe I was putting better.  I had a better feel for my putts, and when I missed, I had a pretty good idea of exactly what I did.  In the past I was simply guessing and over correcting.

Now before every round I am on the putting green using The Pill to warm up.  The cool thing about The Pill is you can also lay it flat to practice hitting down on the ball while chipping to give you more backspin.

 

So if you have trouble chipping or putting, do what I did and visit http://www.thepillgolf.com/ here’s hoping it can help your game like it did mine!





AFO-DFX-BLACK-DRIVER-2TSince 1916 PowerBilt has been manufacturing golf clubs!  I’ll be honest, I sometimes forget they have been around that long!  However, with that kind of history, PowerBilt continues to evolve with the game and has put a new driver in my bag!  Now for those of you who know me, I am very particular when it comes to drivers!  The PowerBilt Air Force One DFX is powered by Nitrogen technology making the ball explode off this driver.  Nitrogen technology provides face stability without added weight to the driver.  Don’t be fooled thinking you need to spend $500+ on a driver to get distance and control.  At less than $300 the Air Force One DFX gives me everything I need from a driver and more.  Available with a variety of custom shafts (at a cost) you can customize your driver to your specifications.  So before you reach for one of the “big named” or “expensive” driver, check out the 2014 PoweBilt Air Force One DFX, you just maybe surprised!  http://powerbilt.com/air_force_one.php





HeadphonesI’ve said it here before and I will say it again, “I have tiny ears!”  What does that mean? That means trying to find earphones that fit and sound great was next to impossible!  That was until I tried the Decibullz Contour Custom Molded Earphones!  Sure that is a mouthful to say, but as described they are a custom molded earphone to fit exactly to YOUR ear!  What that means is a great fit, but more importantly great sound!  These earphones are just a few simple steps to custom fitting into your ear which helps block out surrounding noise while giving you the flexibility to do any kind of exercise without the worry of falling out!  The package also comes with 3 sizes (S, M & L) silicone tips that work in conjunction with the custom molding to give you the best quality sound.  These earphones are low profile, so you can wear them under your hat or even under your bike helmet.  There is an in-line remote and microphone so you can use your Case_Molds_and_Tips_Imagecell phone easily while exercising as well.  Nice feature, but unless I am walking, I never answer the phone…lol!  At only $59.00 these earphones have a great sound, and perfect fit for the price.  Check them out on-line at http://www.decibullz.com/





Mosquitno Bands + SpotzLet’s face it, mosquitoes are a pain in the ass!  It doesn’t matter if you are fishing, at a cookout, bonfire or golfing, no one wants to be pestered by mosquitoes.  Now, you could get that mosquito spray and that keeps them and most people away from you because you smell horrible, or you can do what I do, use the Mosquitno BandZzz!  Mosquitno is a deet free, all natural, non-toxic mosquito repellent!  On their website www.mosquitnoband.com they have several options between bands and stickers (which they call SpotZzz), however I want to specifically talk about the BandZzz.  As you know, I am a big fisherman and golfer, so I am always up against mosquitoes.  I found the BandZzz to be a very effective, non-smelly way to keep them away!  Available in both adult and kids sizes, I am far more comfortable slipping on a wristband than having my kids close their eyes and mouth while I cover them in spray!  Simple slide on the wristband and forget about the bugs!  They last up to 6 days and come with a resealable package to keep them fresh! The bands are waterproof, so I don’t have to worry when I lean down to pull out that big bass I just caught!  I have worn a few wristbands in support of one cause or another, so after I put it on, I completely forgot about it.  It was only until others started getting bit that I realized there were no bugs around me.  You have to order these products on line, and there was a back order last time I checked (until July 10th), so make sure you visit www.mosquitnoband.com and get your order in today!





RainCommander RC1200

The time had come where I had to replace my 17 year old sprinkler controller.  The display was so bad, I could hardly program it as the display was so faded.  I can’t tell you how many times I set a zone for 5 minutes and ran outside to make adjustments on the sprinkler heads.  It was getting a little crazy, I figured there had to be a better way.

I had feared for years that changing out the controller would be a nightmare.  Then I found the RainCommander RC1200!  I was told it would be extremely easy to set-up and was a Wi-Fi based controller.  I knew this was the controller for me!

When the unit arrived, I quickly opened it to see if I was in for trouble.  It looked pretty straight forward so I headed to my basement.  I used my cell phone to take a picture of the wires and which color went to which zone.  I then carefully removed them and put them in the same order in the RC1200.  I finished re-wiring in about 15 minutes.  I thought to myself, “Ok it can’t be that easy!”  Well it was.  However, that was just the first step.

As you can see from the picture above, there is no clock or awkward dial on the front to program each zone.  The beauty of this device is that is all done via their webpage or a cell phone app.  I thought to myself, “OK here is where the fun begins!”  To be honest, I couldn’t connect the RC1200 to my wireless router right away.  Well a quick visit to their troubleshooting page instructed me to go to my router settings and enable “wireless b”.  As soon as I did I was up and running!  I was able to easily connect the RC1200 and control everything from my iPhone!  In addition, since it is web based, when I lost power, I didn’t need to reprogram everything.  Just reconnect to my router and I was back in business!

The funny thing is, my sprinkler company came out to adjust some sprinkler heads the other day because I did a lot of yard work to open up some new areas that needed watering.  When the tech arrived, I met him at the door and we walked my property.  I opened the RainCommander app (available on the app store for free) and started each zone.  He was amazed I could do this from my phone!

If you want complete control of your sprinkler system, I highly recommend the RC1200 by RainCommander.  Check them out on-line at www.raincommander.com!

 





hairNow if someone had approached me to use hair product a year ago I would have laughed!  I typically keep my hair very short.  However since I signed up for the Kids Cancer Buzz Off, I have not cut my hair since January 29, and won’t cut it until the event on June 8th (http://my.e2rm.com/PersonalPage.aspx?registrationID=2204964&langPref=en-CA) !

The good news for my friends at New York Streets is the picture you are seeing here is BEFORE I used their product.  As you can see by not cutting my hair it has become a mess.  This is when I turned to New York Streets “Grid Lock”.  Now the last time I used anything in my hair it was called “Gel!”  Ya I know, it probably was in the ’80s.

So looking like hell, I had to do something.  It was perfect timing when I received an e-mail from New Your Streets to try their new product.  A simple squeeze of “Grid Lock” and my hair is easily held in place and looking good.  It has been windy as hell here in Boston, and after a nice long walk around the city I still look damn good.GridlockTube

Being a Boston guy, it kills me to recommend anything with the words “New York” in the title, but “Grid Lock” by New York Streets has really saved me from looking totally ridiculous!

New York Streets makes all sorts of products to help you look your best.  Products include shampoo, conditioners, hair repair and everything you might need for the top of your head!  My only question becomes after the Kids Cancer Buzz-Off do they have anything to shine my bald head??  Check out everything New York Streets has to offer at http://www.newyork-streets.com.





Linksys WRT1900AC Router_FinalOld school design with new school speed!  The Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Gigabyte Wi-Fi router will get you where you need to go and FAST!

This is a true story!  I received an e-mail from Comcast telling me my internet speed was just set to burst mode of 105 Mpbs.  When I went to www.speedtest.net I wasn’t getting anywhere near that speed!  After a call to customer service, I was told my router was too slow and couldn’t handle the speed!

With the addition of the Linksys WRT1900AC and the AE6000 mini wireless AC dual band adapter, I was at speeds better than 105 Mbps.  With so many devices being connected to your Wi-Fi router, I am going to challenge you to check your internet speed.  Go to www.speedtest.net right now and see how you measure up!  So many people pay for faster internet speeds and have no idea it is probably their router slowing them down.

If you have older computers in your house and don’t have a dual band router, the speed on your newer device will actually be slowed down because of your older devices.  Dual band means you can connect your 2.4 GHz devices and your 5.0 GHz devices getting the maximum speed out of each!

You have probably heard of Wireless-G and Wireless-N, but have you heard the fastest available on the market now is Wireless-AC?  With the combination of the Linksys WRT1900AC and AE6000 adapter you will be cruising the internet, or playing your favorite game with virtually ZERO lag!

Now if you are not a computer geek like I am, you are probably asking yourself, “how do I hook this up?”  I was done with installation in about 10 minutes.  That includes time to take it out of the box.  I have had a hard time connecting other routers to my network, however I was AMAZED at how easy this was.  With only about 5 steps you will be up and running faster than before.

I’m not sure I like the faster speed better or the wide coverage range better!  As you can see the WRT1900AC has four antennas to give your house or office maximum coverage.  I am picking up stronger signals than I ever have in remote parts of my house and on my deck!

I also like the fact of how easy it is to connect to the router to check your settings and connected devices.  With Linksys Smart Wi-Fi you can control the router from your computer, or access it remotely or even on your smart phone!  You can add new devices through the program or even with a push of the WPS button on the back of the unit.

Before you pay more for faster internet, make sure your router can handle the speed!  For technical specifications visit WRT1900AC Dual Band Wireless AC Router, believe me you won’t be disappointed!





NuMiAs you have seen on this blog, I have been asked to be part of the NSNation bloggers to take part in a weight loss challenge. You can follow my progress here http://www.gottahavegadget.com/nutrisystems/.  I also asked people to join me to lose weight and become more healthy.

Well if you don’t think a pre-packaged food plan is for you, Nutrisystems has developed a new app to help you lose weight.  I don’t typically post things before testing myself, however this was just announced and I think is a big break through to help people lose weight.

***The following is from a Nutrisystems press release!  I will provide additional feedback after I test this app***

Nutrisystem, Inc., a leading provider of weight management products and services, announced today the launch of NuMi™ by Nutrisystem, a flexible, new digital weight loss system for the do-it-yourself dieter as well as dieters transitioning from a structured meal plan or looking for a post-diet weight maintenance program. Backed by over 40 years of weight loss expertise combined with cutting-edge technology, NuMi™ offers an interactive solution for the nutritional, emotional and physical components of a weight loss journey.

NuMi — How It Works:

The NuMi™ digital weight loss system is designed to take real life into account on the journey to lose weight. It’s not focused on any particular nutrient, ingredient or food group. It’s focused on an individual’s weight loss goals and changing needs. With NuMi, Nutrisystem is pioneering a new approach to lose weight, the company calls“Responsive Dieting.” Responsive Dieting is adaptive to an individual’s food preferences, lifestyle, metabolism, activity level and weight loss goals. NuMi provides:

  • Behavior modification: NuMi’s patent pending behavior modification system, tracks everyday moments that affect weight loss, including “Victories,” “Wobbles” and “Slip-ups,” and provides real time insights and guidance throughout the weight loss journey;
  • One-on-one real time mentoring: On demand live chat with the NuMi™ squad, a dedicated coaching team available 7-days a week, who motivate, listen and provide weight loss advice all in real time
  • Personalization:  NuMi’s weight loss system personalizes and adjusts daily calorie goals based on a user’s overall goals and lifestyle;
  • Solutions for eating out:  Eat out menu recommendations at over 300 restaurants/chains;
  • Solutions for eating in: More than 12,000 expertly curated and nutritionist reviewed eat in recommendations;
  • Activity suggestions: Over 200 every day activity suggestions based on lifestyle, location and time;
  • Integration with fitness devices: Integration with a variety of activity trackers and wifi scales automatically uploaded into a user’s NuMi™ weight loss plan.

NuMi can be used on a desktop or smartphone with seamless synching. It is available for download in the iTunes App Store now and will be coming to the Google Play Store soon. To learn more about NuMi, visit http://www.numi.com on the web or mobile device.

 



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Every once and a while you just ask yourself, “What the F$%K am I doing?”  I admit it, I bought into all the big brand marketing schemes.  My former razor has a “AA” battery to make the handle vibrate.  I paid over $20 for an 8 pack of refills.  Hell, I would try to go 2 1/2 weeks between changing blades knowing I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg again for new blades!  So like many people, I saw the above video on a facebook post.  I laughed, chuckled and shared the video.  Did I join?  Not right then.  I found myself searching for coupons to get my favorite blades cheaper.  Well, finally dawn broke over marble head!  I decided, what the heck, I’ll try out the dollar shave club.  So I visited www.dollarshaveclub.com!  They have 3 different options ($1, $6 or $9) blades.  I went with the “Executive” or the $9 version.  The package arrived quickly and came with a few bonus items (shave butter and gentleman wipes).  I am going to be honest and tell you #1 I hate shaving, #2 I have to shave in the shower because I bleed like a Zombie if I don’t.  I was a little skeptical but figured one shave wouldn’t hurt.  I tried the Shave Butter and was very nervous that it wasn’t the typical big white shaving cream I typically use.  The first shave was GREAT!  I think you are going to get a good shave with any new razor, so I waited for days 3, 4 and 5.  Well, its been several weeks and all I can say is I am still getting a GREAT shave.  With the cost of these blades, I can put a new blade on every week and not have to worry about the high cost.  Dollar Shave Club’s video claims “Our blades are F$&king Great!” and I would have to agree!  Take my advice, visit www.dollarshaveclub.com today, sign up and use the money you save to buy yourself something awesome!





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When it comes to computers, I am just as big as a geek as I am with electronics, so when I was asked to test out System Mechanic I figured my computer was clean and running at optimal performance.  Well, I was wrong.  After a deep scan of my computer there were several problems that were identified.  System Mechanic by iolo labs scans your computer (and continues to run in the background) to diagnose and fix over 30,000 different PC problems.  Items such as Registry Revitalizer, LiveBoost, EnergyBooster, NetBooster and Startup Optimizer are just a few features of System Mechanic.  Being a computer and electronic geek has its drawbacks.  I am always on-call for all my family members.  With that being said, I thought this would be a GREAT opportunity to put System Mechanic to the ultimate test.  I sm_screenshots_problems_largeinstalled System Mechanic on my dad’s laptop.  He is always calling and complaining that his new computer is running slow or giving him error messages.  I installed System Mechanic over 3 weeks ago and he hasn’t called me once since it was installed!  If System Mechanic can find and solve problems on my dad’s laptop, I have complete faith in this product!  Iolo labs offers several different products to help your computer run faster and stay secure.  To check out all they have to offer, visit www.iolo.com believe me you won’t be disappointed.





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Horror In Clay is a small company specializing in fine horror-themed barware and accessories, most known for their 2013 release of the Cthulhu Tiki mug.  Much like a clothing line, each Horror In Clay mug has complimentary artifacts that tell its story.  Jonathan Chaffin, the creative director, has a “bible” like you would find for a stage play that lists facts and details he wants each mug and artifact to reference or adhere to.  Their newest mug, The Innsmouth Fogcutter, is intended to be from the Gilman House hotel; a locale made famous in a Lovecraft story. This large Tiki mug also has an original backstory that is revealed through digital artifacts and other physical pieces (some of which are available as rewards through Kickstarter).

The Innsmouth Fogcutter currently has a project on Kickstarter to aid with a production run of at least 1000. The project has numerous pledge levels, which include such unspeakable oddities as The Gilman House Hand-towel, an Esoteric Order of Dagon Fez ( designed in collaboration with www.Fez-o-rama.com), a screen-printed Evolution of a Deep One shirt and more! You can contribute by visiting the Innsmouth Fogcutter Tiki Mug’s official Kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jchaffin/the-innsmouth-fogcutter-tiki-mug-from-horror-in-cl

Find other fine Horror In Clay products and information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/horrorinclay, on Google Plus,  at www.horrorinclay.com, or follow them at Twitter at @CthulhuMug.

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lock-fob-One thing I never leave the house with anymore is my smartphone.  I can’t tell you how many times I have left the house Smartphone-Appwithout my keys.  Now I can put my smartphone to good use with the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt lock.  With the Kevo, I can lock and unlock my front door utilizing their iPhone app and bluetooth technology.  In addition to my smartphone, utilizing a supplied FOB the days of inserting a key to lock or unlock the door is over.  When I leave the house I simple touch the lock to activate the deadbolt.  I receive instant feedback with both a visual color and sound that the door is locked.  When I return, I simply touch the lock again to unlock the deadbolt.  The Kevo even knows when I am inside the house or outside.  So if I am inside and approach the door, if someone touches the lock on the outside the lock stays locked!  What is even more cool is that if I want to send an electronic key to a neighbor, friend or relative I simply e-mail them and they can download to their smartphone and unlock the door.  This is great for when I am on vacation and want to have someone check on the house.  I don’t have to leave a key under the doormat anymore and receive a message when they activate the lock.  I also want to tell you how easy this was to install!  Mine was installed with my smartphone and FOB calibrated in less than 45 minutes.  For those who know I am not a construction guy at all know this is easy to install.  Face it, if I can install this lock in under 45 minutes, someone who knows what they are doing can install it in 30 minutes or less!  To view the Kevo in action, you can see videos at http://www.kwikset.com.





Armorz

How many do you see with a cracked screen?  Small pieces of plastic may keep your screen clean, however they will not protect them from shattering!  Armorz Stealth Extreme screen protection is among the best I have seen!  I have actually cracked my screen when I tossed my tennis racket into my gym bag.  It hit it just right and bam, there goes the screen.  Armorz will protect your screen from scratches, cracking and everything else.  With the cost of replacing a screen or smartphone, Armorz Stealth Extreme is worth the investment!  They have different levels of thickness depending on your use and environment.  For example someone in the construction field will need more protection than someone in sales!  To find the right fit for your smartphone, visit www.armorz.com.





MybunnyX2_largeI can proudly say I have been married for 23 years!  My wife and I were dating for 5 years prior to our wedding, so that is a bunnyjuice1combined total of 28 Valentine’s Day.  Like many guys I am always struggling to find ways to surprise my love with new and exciting gifts.  I’ve given countless roses, chocolates, jewelry and every other traditional gift, but this year I decided to spice it up a bit.  The one secret to a long, healthy marriage is a good sex life!  Bunnyjuice.com offers “love kits” for both him and her.  They offer discreet ways to spice up that love life with personal massager, lubricants and other adult gifts.  I’m not telling you to forget about the roses and chocolate, but if you want to add to the excitement, give her a Valentine’s gift that will keep on giving!  Visit www.bunnyjuice.com today, go ahead, don’t be shy!





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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS DAY A SUCCESS!  TOGETHER WITH YOUR HELP, I RAISED OVER $5,100 AND MY TEAM RAISED OVER $13,000!!!

 

I’ll be making a BALD statement against pediatric cancer by shaving my head at The Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, MA. Would you consider donating to my cause? I’ll be raising money to fund vital programs and services that are helping to ease the physical, emotional and financial toll of pediatric cancer on patients and their families.

 

 

 

Did you know?

-Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide.

-In the U.S., cancer is the #1 disease-related cause of death of children infant to 19

-It’s estimated 50% of families with a child battling cancer will be forced to file bankruptcy

-Each year, less than 5% of the Federal Government’s cancer research funding is dedicated to childhood cancers.

Please consider sponsoring my participation.  Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children with cancer. You can make a secure online donation by clicking on the link below.  Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law!

http://my.e2rm.com/PersonalPage.aspx?registrationID=2204964&langPref=en-CA

Many thanks for your support and please forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too! 

Thanks for your support!
Mike Conrad





HHR_IshOpen_HiResIt’s 5 o’clock somewhere!  Well, if you have a Happy Hour Timepiece you’ll know exactly when it’s 5 o’clock and be ready toHH-040 relax.  Whether I am playing golf or tennis, I like to unwind afterwards with a cold beer.  My beverage of choice always needs a bottle opener.  I search around my bags trying to find one only to realize I didn’t pack one!  Happy Hour Timepieces announces their new bottle opener series.  This is a stylish watch with a built in bottle opener on the strap.  Most people never realize the bottle opener is there until I crack open a cold one using just my wrist.  The watch is lightweight and doesn’t affect my play at all!  To see all of the Happy Hour Timepieces, check out their website at www.happyhourtimepieces.com.





photo 1If you are married, engaged or have a serious girlfriend, go to the App Exchange and download the Husband Helper right now!  This is an app that will keep photo 2you out of the dog house!  I was lucky enough to marry a woman with the same birthday as me, so I will never forget her birthday.  This app helps reminds you of important dates, as well as all your wife’s sizes!  I used to keep a small piece of paper in my wallet to try to keep track of all her sizes.  Now I just click on the app, select sizes and I have everything at my fingertips!  You can customize and add any size of something she loves to wear.  It also offers great date suggestions (see #15 and thank me later).  You or your wife can add onto the “Honey Do” list so you won’t forget.  There is also a Gift Idea section where you or her can add gifts you have seen or heard about when you were together.  This is a great app for guys!  Heck, who wouldn’t want to get a reminder a week before your anniversary so you don’t forget?  Want to see more, check them out on-line at http://husbandhelperapp.wordpress.com/.  Download it today, thank me later!!





slingbox-family-angleDon’t you hate when you are on the road or working and try to stream video on-line of your favorite tv show or live sports broadcast?  I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to watch the Masters on-line and get frustrated because the video is bad or you wait for so much time for the video to load.  How would you like to have complete control of your cable or satellite box while you are away from the house?  It doesn’t matter where you are as long as you have a wi-fi connection or 3G or 4G cellular signal (data rates apply) for the Slingbox 350!  This is complete high definition video (depending on wi-fi/cellular connection) on your smartphone or tablet.  You have complete control of your TV box like you were sitting on your couch.  The great thing about this is if you are traveling you can still watch your local sports teams!  You also have the ability to watch your recorded shows if you have a DVR.  The video quality is great and there is very little refresh time!  Simply connect your Slingbox to your cable or satellite box, then connect to your internet router and you are ready to go!  I have people all around me trying to watch my video signal as they are struggling to watch their streaming video.  Check out which Slingbox is right for you at www.slingbox.com.





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I am posting this blog LIVE FROM TITLE TOWN!!!  For those of you who follow me or have read my column in various magazines, you know I am a HUGE Boston sports fan!  Needless to say I am ecstatic that my Boston Red Sox are World Champions once again!

Here is some really good news for Red Sox Fans!  My friends at Louisville Slugger will bring the World Series Bat Hunt to the Greater Boston Area on Sunday, Nov. 2 in order to help Red Sox fans celebrate their victory.

These are not just your typical souvenir!  Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball®, has been making baseball bats for 129 years and has made bats for players in every World Series® since the very first fall classic in 1903!!  2013-10-29_RedSox_WS_Champs_8

Louisvill Slugger will  hide 31 Red Sox World Series Champions 2013 Commemorative Bats around the city, and fans should follow Slugger on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to get clues to find the bats.  Like Louisville Slugger on Facebook and follow @SluggerNation on Twitter and Instagram for clues to find your very own Red Sox World Series Champions 2013 Commemorative Louisville Slugger Bat.  You can also follow on Twitter by searching and tagging #wsbathunt.

With 8 Championships from Boston Sports teams this decade, this is one of the most exciting promotions I have seen (other than the Championship Ring raffle).  This should be a great day in Boston and 31 lucky fans will have these bats courtesy of Louisville Slugger!

If you are not one of the lucky 31 who find a Championship Bat in Boston, they can be purchased at www.sluggergifts.com!  Good Luck Boston!!

Want a chance to win one of these bats from Gotta Have Gadget?  Visit my contest page!  http://www.gottahavegadget.com/contest-page/

 

 

 

 





s470 photo PRInfosonics introduces the verykool® s470 Black Pearl. This is a pretty fast phone for only a 1.2 GHZ Quad Core Processor. With the latest Android OS 4.2 operating system it was able to handle all the apps I downloaded and ran. One of the key factors when buying a phone for me is battery life and I was able to run the phone pretty much all day with moderate usage. It has the ability to accept Dual Sim cards which is great for international travel and is priced under $250 unlocked! Being unlocked, this GSM phone can work with AT&T, T-Mobile and TracFone which gives you the opportunity to have a no contract smartphone. For all this phone has to offer head over to http://www.verykool.net/Products/s470!





EA and EA Sports never cease to amaze me!  Every year I ask myself, why by yet another hockey game and every year I’m glad I did.  In addition to the amazing graphics, the game play gets better and better.  I have been playing the NHL games by EA Sports for 23 years.  I was actually very excited that NHL ’14 has a NHL ’94 Anniversary edition to bring back the days I used to play on my Sega system for hours.

What I really liked about this game was the tutorial that helps me perfect my game.  Each year there is a new feature or two that I never know about until some kid on-line uses a move on me and leaves my jock-strap on the ice!  The tutorial helped me quickly dominate in not only my skating ability, but line changes and to protect myself when it’s time to drop the gloves!

Some of the highlights to the ’14 version has to be the upgraded collision physics meaning bigger and badder hits, the all new “Enforcer” Engine, and the one-touch dekes.

Ever want to know what it is like being a hockey star?  You can now live the life of a hockey star both on and off the ice.  Decisions you make and how you talk can affect how your fans, GM and family feel about you.

The realism of this game is amazing.  I play on a 72 inch TV and people have walked into my living room saying, “I didn’t know the Bruins were playing now!”  When I tell them it is a video game they are blown away.  Want to see more, visit them online at http://www.easports.com/nhl/nhl14.





critcareWhen my family travels, we end up packing a medical case that would give any visiting doctor a run for their money!  Finally we found products that work fast and don’t take up a lot of space in your luggage and are convenient enough that you can keep plenty in your glove box or golf bag.  UrgentRx offers power packs for over the counter medications.  Upset stomach, Aspirin, aches & pains, allergy, heart burn and even headache packs are available via their powder pack.  As soon as you have any of the above symptoms, just rip open the pack and pour the fast-dissolving flavored powder pack into your mouth.  Raspberry, cherry, lemon-lime are just a few of the flavors available.  Keep a few packs with you where ever you go.  Visit them at www.urgentrx.com to see all their products.  Another Gotta Have Gadget for travel is SmartMouth Mouthwash (www.smartmouth.com).  sm-onthegoI’ll be honest; when I am on vacation I eat and drink far too much crap. What I really like about SmartMouth Mouthwash is it lasts for 12 hours!  That means I use it once in the morning and once before bedtime and I know I will have fresh breath for the entire trip.  It’s nice not waking up with morning breath and having to run into the bathroom to brush your teeth.  With their on-the-go packs they are perfect for travel as they don’t take up a lot of space and you don’t have to worry about them spilling in your luggage.  Not only did this find the way into my luggage it is now a staple in my bathroom.