Got Two Little Ones? Get a Double Stroller

If you have twins, or a toddler and an infant, we know you’ve already got your hands full. Taking care of two little ones is a big job, even when both parents are around. When it’s only Mom or Dad, though, the challenges increase exponentially.

two babiesOne of the toughest things to do with a pair of small children is leave the house. If your kids aren’t walking yet, you’re going to need something to transport them in: a double stroller.

Not surprisingly, there are a number of things to consider when choosing a 2 seat stroller. Likely at the top of your list is whether to select one where the children will sit side-by-side next to each other, or a so-called tandem stroller, where one sits in back and the other in front.

For twins, many people think the side-by-side models are preferable, as both children are the same size and there will be less squabbling about who gets stuck in the rear seat. For a toddler and infant, the tandem may be a better choice, especially since many of them allow the older child to stand in the back so they can see over the front seat. This is great if he or she has started walking, but gets tired.

Another option you might want to look into are jogging strollers. If you’re into fitness, finding time in a day filled with child care makes a trip to the gym nearly impossible. Instead, why not take the kids with you on a run, or even a brisk walk? Jogging strollers are designed with larger wheels and a variety of stabilizing features that allow you to move along at a good clip without risking the pram tipping over.

These are just a few of the choices you have if a double stroller makes sense for you and your family. Going with one of these will undoubtedly make things like shopping and family outings a lot easier. We hope this helped!

Selecting the Best Trail Cam

Autumn has arrived here in North America: a perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the colors, fresh, fragrant air, and a whole host of activities. The natural beauty of the season is not only reflected in the flora, but also the fauna, as wildlife becomes more active in preparation for the long winter.

This provides great opportunities for photographing animals in their natural habitat, and one of the best tools to use for this is a hunting trail camera. While typically used by those wanting to bag a deer or other game, these devices can also be employed to get some wonderful images of wildlife going about their business.

If you think you’d like to invest in one of these cameras, here’s a pretty decent video reviewing several of them:

Yes, this is from 2015, but I’m sure these models are still on the market, and the points he makes about the various features can be applied to other cameras, as well. Newer ones can be found at, where they also provide some excellent guidance in deciding which model is right for your needs.

Finally, if you’re a beginner when it comes to game cams, this article offers tips and advice on how and where to position it to improve your odds of capturing some great pics.

In the final analysis, trail cams can be both a useful and fun way to enhance your outdoor recreation. Even if you do not believe in hunting, don’t let their reputation as hunting equipment put you off. So-called deer cameras are also used by conservationists to record and track wildlife movements, as well as by property owners for security.

Have a look at some of the resources here, and get out there and enjoy the season!

The Mixer Dilemma

Especially when it comes time to bake, few kitchens would be complete without an electric kitchen mixer these days. Sure, you can get along without one if you don’t do cookies, cakes or bread, but even then, even a simple hand mixer comes in handy from time to time.

mixing cookie doughThe question, though, is what kind of mixer do you need: a handheld or a stand mixer? The folks at Craftsy have provided some very good advice on how to decide which one is best for your needs.

Essentially, the decision boils down to three factors, in our opinion: what will you use the machine for, how much space do you have available, and how much you can afford to spend.

Hand mixers are great for light jobs, such as cake mixes or beating eggs, can often be stored in a drawer, and are relatively inexpensive. They also are typically pretty easy to clean.

By contrast, stand mixers are large and bulky, as well as fairly pricy. However, they are very powerful, able to knead heavy dough and reduce the amount of manual labor required for many baking tasks.

Overall, if you have to choose between one or the other, we are inclined to opt for the stand mixer if it’s in your budget and you have room for it in the kitchen.

If you do go this route, though, make sure you take care of your investment. This article provides some excellent tips on using and caring for a stand mixer that will help you get the most out of it, while keeping it in tip-top shape.

In the end, though, it’s a matter of individual needs. One of our friends survived for many years with no mixer at all … not even a manual egg beater. She’s not a baker, so the occasional need to manually stir a cake mix was no big deal. Eventually, though, she did buy a small electric hand mixer, and now finds uses for it she’d never anticipated.

Of course, you’re mileage may vary. Happy shopping!

Rowing, Running or What: Choosing Exercise Equipment

So, you’re ready to get serious about fitness, and have checked with your doctor to confirm what you’re capable of without risking serious health issues. Maybe you’ve got some weight to lose (or gain), or perhaps building some muscle and core strength is on your agenda.

Exercise machinesRegardless of what your goals are, there are plenty of marketing departments lining up to sell you the “perfect” machine for getting the job done. You’ve probably seen enough infomercials to know just how ridiculous some of this equipment can be, so we won’t waste your time here going over the sillier ones and why they’re only mildly effective at best, and dangerous at worst.

Instead, we decided to do some research on what the most effective pieces of workout equipment are, so you can get some idea of what you need for a healthier, more attractive body.

First off, even just a quick search of the web brought up many articles that all seemed to agree on which device provides the best cardio workout: the ubiquitous treadmill. Besides the basic ability to walk or run, they offer various speed and incline settings to adjust the intensity of your exercise regimen. And we defy you to find a commercial gym without an entire phalanx of them lined up waiting for you. Overall, it’s hard to argue with this choice.

Ultimately, though, treadmills are only about cardio. What if you want to get in some strength training, as well, or something closer to a whole-body workout from a single machine?

For that purpose, we really like rowing equipment. A rower will definitely bring your heart rate up, while also working both upper and lower body muscles. They’re also lower-impact than treadmills, and typically also easy to find in your local gym.

The key thing to keep in mind with rowing machines, though, is technique. We found a slew of videos and articles online explaining the proper way to use this device. Here one we found useful:

Note that posture is especially important, but then, it would be on just about any other piece of equipment you choose to use. With a bit of practice, using a rower might be the ideal way to get and stay in shape.

Of course, there are a wide variety of opinions about the best workout devices, so your choice will depend on factors like your needs, desires, and current fitness level.

Finally, if you’re budget is limited, consider just investing in a good pair of athletic shoes and a set of dumbbells to start with. Especially if you’re just getting started, a brisk walk around your neighborhood is likely the easiest and best way to begin making headway toward a healthier you.

So, regardless of your situation, there is an exercise solution out there for you. Why not get started today?

Clean Indoor Air: High-Tech Machines vs. Low-Tech Routines

You may not think about it very much, but the air in your home or office is loaded with “stuff”: dust, gases, allergens and all kinds of other things that can irritate your nose and lungs at best, and result in serious health problems at worse.

There are a number of ways to address this problem, but high and low tech. Let‘s explore a few of them.

Fresh AirFor the average consumer, the obvious solution to indoor pollution is an air purifier. These filtering appliances are available in various prices ranges and use several different technologies to create a more breathable environment.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) divides these machines up into to two broad categories: mechanical and electronic.

The mechanical devices typically use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove particles from the air, and so are generally very effective in addressing perhaps the most common indoor pollutants like dust, smoke, pet dander, mold and more.

By contrast, most electronic air purifiers on the market employ ionization technology. This machine pulls the air into a chamber that applies an electrical charge to the particles, then passes them across oppositely-charged plates that attract and capture them before discharging the cleansed air back into the room.

On the surface, the electronic devices would seem to be a superior choice, as they do not require the purchase of replacement HEPA filters. However, testing suggests that the ozone released by these machines is a lung irritant, and so can cause a new set of problem, especially for those with asthma and other respiratory issues.

Another option is to install HEPA filters in place of the normal ones in your home’s HVAC system. This will help to improve the air throughout your entire abode instead of being limited to just one room, as would be the case with the portable ones described above. Of course, these filters will have to be replaced on a regular basis, and can prove more expensive in the long run compared to the smaller devices.

In the end, the best recommendations for improving indoor air quality turn out to be the low-tech ones. Ironically, in their air purifier buying guide, Consumer Reports actually suggest some basic things that can be just as effective as purchasing a filtering device.

A few of these steps include vacuuming more frequently (using a HEPA filter in the vacuum), banning smoking and limiting the use of candles or wood-burning fireplaces/stoves, use the exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms regularly, and store household chemicals and solvents outside your living area, such as in a garage or shed.
Finally, this quote from the EPA site drives home the fundamental point that, in this case low-tech likely beats out high-tech: “Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks. The best way to address this risk is to control or eliminate the sources of pollutants, and to ventilate a home with clean outdoor air.”

So, open those windows, get out the box fans, and get that air moving!


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In future posts, we’ll be exploring technology in all its forms (See what we did there? Words are fun!). Not just the obvious stuff like computers and such, but also machines and products of all kinds.

For instance, you may be surprised to learn that a lot of thought, planning and gee-whiz science goes into things as seemingly simple as your clothing. That’s technology at work.

Or what about the food we eat, and all the processes involved to help ensure it is both tasty, nutritious and safe to consume? That’s more technology at work.

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