For over a year, I've been singing the praises of Contigo and their crazy-good line of travel mugs and water bottles. As an on-the-go Dad with two little girls, there's a pretty good chance that we're rockin' some Contigo products whenever we're out and about. I'm a big coffee guy (I tend to mention that), and one of my personal favorites has been the AUTOSEAL West Loop (yes, named after a geographic region of Chicago) Stainless Travel Mug. It's always been the best spill-proof mug out there, but how can you improve on perfection? Well, the best got better, and Contigo just proved that. The secret is in the lid.
Back when MTV Cribs was a big thing, there was an episode where MOTLEY CRUE drummer Tommy Lee was showing off with great excitement "The Starbucks" in his house. I love coffee... and I too, wanted a Starbucks in my house. But then the Keurig came out, and practically overnight, most of America seemingly had a Starbucks in their house. It's gotten more affordable to live the "Rock N' Roll Lifestyle" over the years, and another thing I'd always had my eye on where those dedicated beverage coolers you typically see under bars and such. Now, the folks at NewAir USA have not only made that item affordable, but they also sent me one for review, and in turn helped me realize a dream I've long held onto. Yes, caffeine fuels my day, and now I have it closer than ever.
I can distinctly recall a time when I was a little kid - distracted by some cool new action figures in the lower-level toy department at Wieboldts - and when I approached my "Mom" - a lady turned around and revealed herself not to be my Mom, but a lady with similar hair and a similar jacket. I was terrified - and while I wasn't truly "lost" (my Mom was an aisle or two over), I could've been because I wasn't staying with my grownup like I should've been. Now, as a parent myself, I'm even more terrified of being separated from my girls - especially since they have a habit of just taking off. For peace of mind, there's a product out called SafetyTat, and with summer here and plenty of adventures taking place, I received a few samples that I was eager to try out.
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We have a "two-car" garage here at Rock Father HQ, but it's been awhile since it's actually seen a car - a real car - inside it. My Dad might've pegged it best when he deemed it "the warehouse" on a visit last year, a nickname that I've since adopted since the garage has been used for anything but keeping vehicles safe these past few years... rather, becoming a place for storage, toys and projects... with my tools and such shoddily tossed-in with no real organization. I did tackle the Christmas decorations back in January (something I'd written about), but with Spring here, it became really apparent that I absolutely have to get that garage whipped into shape. For my kids, it probably looks like the warehouse in INDIANA JONES. To me? A mess.
Back in February, the very persistent folks at Meze sent me a pair of their Meze 11 Deco Wood Earphones for review here at Rock Father HQ. With the amount of stuff that rolls in here sometimes, it's tempting to rush things through and look at it like - "hey, they're earbud"s - and do a quickie review. Something that I learned a long time ago is that while media is fast moving and people often want coverage yesterday (or now, now, now), I need time on certain items, and when it comes to those things that fall into the musical realm, I need to actually live with them for awhile. I need that true experience, the time in which an item can take it's place with me, and go through all of my regular adventures. Only after that is complete will I know my true feelings. The Meze 11 Deco's have become a part of my daily routine, and thus fully integrated into my life. The sound of my music is important, and music is the foundation on which this entire site was built.
As a work-at-home Dad with two girls, two dogs, and limited time, I'm always working to keep things clean. In fact, you could say I'm a little OCD about it, and I'm vacuuming pretty often. That said, when the folks at Eureka asked if I'd be willing to take their new Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS Vacuum for a spin, I took them up on the offer - especially when they told me that independent testing shows that it "cleans carpets better that the Dyson DC41." You see, I have a Dyson... so I was interested in seeing how it stacks up against the competition.