Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Differences Between Stevia and Aspartame

Hey there. The wife and I have made a conscience effort in trying to eliminate as much sugar in our lives. I know... I know... it's tough. How are we to enjoy our liquid sunshine (ahem... coffee) without sugar?   Anyways, we've been thinking of switching our regular sugar with something like Stevia.  The problem?  There are so many sugar substitutes out there that it's difficult to know what the difference between them are.  Especially between the top two sugar free sweeteners, Stevia and Aspartame.  If you are like me, you'll want to be informed so let's shed some light on the differences between Stevia and Aspartame.  Check out the infographic below and educate yourself before making a change in your sugar.  Later!

Enter to Win a Pair of BassBuds Classic In Ear Headphones

Hey there.  I have my fair share of headphones.  Some cover the ears and others are in ear headphones.  Each of them awesome in their own unique way, but there's no doubt that when I wear my BassBuds, they turn heads.  Their design demands attention and the sound quality is up there with the best of them.  As a matter of fact, I have 2 sets.  I have a Platinum pair from the Classic Selection and I have a Rhythm pair from the Fashion Collection.  You know which pair I don't have?  The blogger exclusive Gold Plated pair of BassBuds.  Oooooo.... shiny!!!!  This set is exclusive to bloggers only and the only way bloggers can snag a pair is by giving away a set of of BassBuds from the Classic Selection and have as many people sign up for the giveaway.  And that's why... I'M GIVING AWAY A PAIR OF BASSBUDS FROM THE CLASSIC SELECTION TO ONE OF YOU METALLMAN.COM READERS!!!  The awesome people at BassBuds and I have teamed up to provide one of you guys a set of BassBuds from their Classic Collection.  Here's a little bit about BassBuds.

Monday, February 24, 2014

How the Stratus Wireless Controller is Changing Mobile Gaming

SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Controller
Hey there.  When Apple launched its iOS 7 updates, manufacturers were given the opportunity to create physical gamepads that work in conjunction with iPhone and iPad devices. The first controller to launch on the iOS 7 platform was the SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Controller, which debuted at the CES 2014.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Deciding on Whether to Bank Your Newborn's Cord Blood Stem Cells

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Dad Central for the Cord Blood Registry. I received promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Offer has been extended to March 24, 2014!
Hey there.  Soon to be mom or dad?  If so, congrats on your addition to the family!  Having a baby is an awesome and exciting time, but it's also one that makes us anxious and worrysome.  Will I be a good parent?  What do I do if the baby gets sick?  Should I start saving money for college?  What if something goes wrong?  Is the house really baby proof?  Do I have enough health coverage?  It's scary, I know.  I've been there.  We are a family of 6 so I know the anxieties that come with being a dad.  The wife and I tried to be as best prepared to welcome our baby into our lives.  We read the books, we read websites, we questioned our doctors... but the one thing that we were not aware of is the option to save our baby's cord blood.  Now, I know it can be touchy subject.  Some are for stem cell research, others are not.  I'm not here to push you in either direction.  I'm here to provide you information... information that I wasn't aware of during the time of our little ones' births and it's information that you should consider before making a decision on whether or not you would like to bank your baby's cord blood.

Nespresso U is All You Need to Make Your Morning Coffee Special

Nespresso U Coffee Machine
I want the black one!
Hey there. The wife and I are huge coffee lovers. We will have coffee and off thorughout the week but our weekends are the best. We always pour ourselves a hot cup of coffee during the weekend mornings and talk and reconnect. It's a great ritual that we have and look forward to every week. The one thing that could make it better is the type of coffee we have. We usually have instant coffee but we've been wanting to get something to spice it up a bit. This is where a Nespresso U Coffee Machine would be awesome. Nespresso is known for its upscale, high quality coffee machines. But did you know that you can get a Nespresso machine for just under $150? I came across the Nespresso U Pure Black Coffee Machine and fell in love with it's design and was even more amazed with it's capabilities. The Nespresso U has a sleek, "U" shaped design and will fit in pretty much any kitchen - check out the features below!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Warner Bros. Valentine's Day Giveaway! Win 1 of 7 Animated Movies on DVD

Hey there.  Valentine's Day is upon us!  This is the month of love.  Love for your sweetheart, love for your family, or love for your favorite cartoon characters!  That's right, I said it!  We've all had that cartoon crush from when we were younger.  Us guys maybe, probably had a crush on Daphne from the Scooby Doo gang, Lola Bunny, or maybe even Betty Boop.  Honestly, I would say Jessica Rabbit was my childhood crush.  I could be wrong but I think she may STILL be the crush of many from my generation.  lol  Anyways, our good friends at Warner Bros. and Partnershub have teamed up with me to provide you guys with a chance to win one of 7 love themed animated films.  You could win your own DVD copy of Be My Valentine, The Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition, A Charlie Brown Valentine, Bug's Bunny Cupid Capers, Happiness is... The Peanuts, Elmo Loves You, Looney Toons Pepe Le Pew Collection, or Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: For the Love Shack!   Here's how to enter:

Super Kid Cannon by SkyJoy Interactive Game Trailer

Hey there.  Tired of the same old platform games.  Run to the right, jump on stuff, get powerups, and do it again for another 30 or so levels.  Don't get me wrong, some of them are down right fun and or perfect for introducing a new generation into gaming.  But what about us seasoned gamers?  What if we are looking for a something a little different from our platform games?  Well, our friends at SkyJoy Interactive asked themselves that question and created one hell of a platform game for your mobile devices in Super Kid Cannon.  It has it all:  it's free to play, it's fast paced, it's action packed, and it's family friendly.  But here's what makes Super Kid Cannon unique...  instead of going horizontal, this adventure takes you vertical.  In what can only be described as a "vertical launcher", Super Kid Cannon has you jumping from cannon to cannon, blasting your way to the top to save the damsel in distress.  Here's a brief description of the game:

Friday, February 7, 2014

Chucky Terrorizes at a Bus Stop

Hey there.  When I was a kid, I was terrified of Chucky.  Maybe because it was one of the first times I saw a small doll actually move on it's own on the big screen killing people.  Keep in mind that Chucky first appeared in film back in 1988.  Fast forward 25 years later and Chucky is still making films.  His latest being Curse of Chucky, released sometime in 2013.  You know, the Child's Play franchise when from scary, to humor, to eye rolling dumb, but with Curse of Chucky, it looks like it's coming full circle and going for that "scary' vibe again.  How do I figure?  Just check out this freakin' awesome video of Chucky doing his thing to unsuspecting people at a bus stop!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Reebok ZQuick Running/Training Shoe

Hey there.  The wife and I started off our year of fitness by hitting the gym regularly and lifting weights.  Now that we are in February, we are ready to incorporate some cardio into our fitness program.  Because of we like to go hiking/running at Turnbull Canyon here in Southern California, we need to have suitable running shoes.  A shoe that won't lose any traction while stepping on dirt and rocks.  Something that perfect for the outdoors.  And you know what... I think we've found them.  Reebok has been inspired by hi-performance, Z-Rated tires, and created the Reebok ZQuick training shoe that delivers sports car handling for your feet. They have plenty of color combinations for those of you that like to mix and match your outfits. Best of all, these kicks come in at just under $90 and they are now available in models designed for both running (ZQuick) and training (ZQuick TR). Check out this neat video below and let me know if you buy a pair of the Reebok ZQuick!