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Amazon Echo Dot Mini-Review

Update: 16 July 2018

You can use these as a bluetooth speaker, which I did not know. Even the Dot. So you can listen to anything with it, not just Amazon stuff.


Let’s say right off the bat I tend to buy electronics after they are not new anymore when the deals are better. And full disclaimer: I bought my Echo Dot for $20 brand-new In the box from a neighbor.

The Echo SECOND generation is out now for $50. But add it to your cart by clicking the image below and keep checking the price because they go on sale a lot.

If you’re ready to buy, as of now, there are two refurbs in the Amazon warehouse for under $25 shipped SO USE THIS LINK INSTEAD

For $25, it’s a buy at that price just to be able to ask the time, set alarms, reminders, set the Nest thermostat temperature, ask what the inside/outside temps are, etc. Have your kids go ask Alexa instead. It will also tell them a bedtime story.

I also yell at it: “Alexa, play some music!” from time to time. She knows what I like.

Works great with Nest to set the temperature!

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George Foreman Mini-Review…and fitness and money saving tips!

Best reason to own: plates are removable and the non-stick makes it a quick wash by hand or they can be put in the dishwasher.

Ok, here’s the deal: this is really fast for thin meats like fish and split chicken breasts. It reheats or cooks a single layer of french fries to a CRISP. Grilled cheese and the like are quick and crispy. Veggies like asparagus and onions do well.

You know those limp soggy fries from restaurant leftovers? It will make them potato chip crispy if you want, and it even removes a spoonful of oil or two from them! Of course, enjoy in moderation.

Fitness is 70% diet. So here’s how to save time and eat better: SIMPLE meal prep.

Get a bag of chicken breast and or fish. Get a can of Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning.

Put the meat on the grill. Sprinkle the seasoning on. Flip it after a few minutes. Sprinkle the seasoning on the other side.

Cook enough for a few days. Microwave some potatoes and grill some veggies with the chicken. Store the veggies and chicken together in a big bowl so the flavors merge.

When you want to eat, just put some on a plate and microwave it. I guarantee you will lose weight just by cutting junk and eating better protein and carbs. Carbs aren’t bad! Too many and the wrong kind are what is bad! A small potato will fill you up and take a while to digest.

Of course, since it cooks thin meats so quickly, you can put the veggies on alongside and cook it all fresh in a few minutes if the meat is thawed. I recommend cooking 5-6 potatoes in the microwave and then storing them in the fridge.

Want more zing? Try some popcorn seasoning and a little coconut oil on the veggies. 

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Oh, and get a set of rubber coated tongs so you don’t scratch it.


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Tenda Nova Mesh WiFi Mini-Review

$140 for a 3 pack? No wonder it’s an ‘Amazon Choice’ item. This took a tiny bit of resetting and fiddling to get all three set up but once I did it’s been rock solid.

I have one upstairs acting as an internet gateway connected directly to my router, with a TM-AC1900 for legacy WiFi connected to that, one next to my TV for the TiVo, etc. and one in the computer room with a TL-SG1005D gigabit switch connected to that for my Mac mini server etc.

Knock on wood, the whole network has been rock solid.

I can’t test network speed that well to the world since I live in the country and only have a 30mbit or so connection. But the stability has been AWESOME.

For this price, Amazon and I agree: get a 3 pack.

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Acer R11

I love my Acer R11!

I use it so much the keys and trackpads have shiny spots. It’s also how I get my workouts in:

I’m composing this post on it. It’s the laptop I use all the time at home and for travel.

I would get the version with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. I have the full set of workouts stored on mine and they take up under 1GB. It’s fast, stable, you’ll never get any viruses and it has a great looking touchscreen!

Watch the video above for a bit of a mini-review.

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Klipsch “The Three” Review

First, this is not a cheap speaker. But if you’re patient, put it in your cart and keep checking back to see if there are any refurbs. Mine looked like a retail box so perhaps I was lucky. It in no way seems to me to be a refurb.

I was able to get mine for under $270, shipped free via Prime.

The good: sound quality is awesome. Great bass, clear, no complaints. The DTS streaming in Critical Listening mode is the way to go, so get the Klipsch app. I’ve owned several high end single speakers and multi-room systems. This is better IMHO for a single speaker solution than IMHO Bose or Sonos. Appearance, build, and connectivity are better too. Phono ready, Aux input, Wifi, Bluetooth, etc. Whatever you have will hook up.

Minor notes: turn off Bluetooth so the speaker will connect via WiFi to Spotify and other WiFi enabled apps. It can be a bit slow to find speakers via WiFi. I had to use a USB thumb drive to do the first firmware update. After that, the app did two updates to the firmware. Those take a while, 5 minutes or so, so be patient. Much better WiFi connections after that. So do the USB one first before troubleshooting further.


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Vega Protein+ Ready to Drink Protein Chocolate Shake Review

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Amazon Basics Neoprene Dumbbell Set





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Garden of Life Chocolate Mint Performance Vegan Protein Bar Review

This is a tasty vegan bar. Gluten free, dairy free, soy free.

It reminds me of a healthy version of no bake oatmeal cookies.

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Dymatize Elite Protein Bar Reviews

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I’d actually recommend the Robert Irvine Fitcrunch Birthday Cake.

Or the Quest Birthday Cake.

The Robert Irvine has more sugar and carbs but has way better taste and texture. The Quest gets a bit tiresome. But they have practically no carbs or sugar.

Matter of fact, try the variety pack:

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OTG Multi-Function Memory Card Reader for PC/Phone $5.39 with Code Prime

Use Promo Code LFGAYHDD during checkout. Free Shipping with Prime.




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