6 Aug

Ladies,  if you have a husband, boyfriend, son, brother or any other guy in your life, you need these clippers! I purchased the Wahl 79524 24 Piece Deluxe Hair Clippers about a year ago and never got around to writing a review until now so I thought I would finally share my experience.

First off, here’s a little background. I decided to get these clippers because we were tired of paying the hair stylist $25 to cut my son’s hair every few weeks. He wears a short, simple style so there was really no reason to keep paying for something we could do ourselves at home. He was a little skeptical at first, and after one false start (totally my fault, I admit!!) we have pretty much mastered the home haircut. Now I cut my brother’s hair and my dads too!

Here are my impressions of the Wahl 79524 after a year of regular use:


  • High quality — My hubby and I were both impressed with the quality of the clippers when we unboxed them. You can tell as soon as you pick them up that they are very well made and meant to last, unlike the cheap plastic ones from Wal-Mart.
  • Still sharp — I’ve been cutting my hubby’s hair once or twice a month for the past year and they are still as sharp as they were when we got them. They do need to be oiled every few uses but they never seem to get dull!
  • Powerful — My hubby is Russian and his hair is really thick, even when it’s short. We were expecting the motor to struggle with his hair but it doesn’t even slow down!
  • Tons of accessories — The kit comes with pretty much everything you need to get started, including a brush for cleaning the clippers, oil for lubricating the blades, a mirror, scissors, a neck duster and 10 adjustable guide combs.
  • Instructional DVD — We didn’t really need this since my hubby’s style is pretty simple but it’s definitely helpful if you plan to get more creative!
  • Made in USA – We always buy products made in America whenever we can!


  • Cheap cape — This kit comes with a cape like they use at the barber shop, except this one is kind of flimsy so we just use a towel instead.
  • Loud – They aren’t as loud as some other clippers I have seen but they are definitely noisy, which may be an issue with some children.

Bottom line

After using them for over a year now, my hubby and I can safely say that the Wahl 79524 clippers are totally worth the investment. Even if we had thrown them away after the first haircut, we still would have broken even. I cut his hair twice once or twice a month, and that saves us $25 a pop, which really adds up over a year!

While this pair of clippers does work, I would advise you to consider investing in a more well-built and high quality hair clipper like the Oster 76076-010 Classic 76 Professional Hair Clipper or the andis professional clippers, both of which are superior in cutting ability and durability. This of course depends on your budget but if I were to start all over again, I would choose the Oster clippers because they’re much better to use and they lasted for years without breaking down.

Still, this pair of Wahl clippers may be something you want to consider!

5 Aug

When people buy a gaming laptop, the most natural things that could be at the top of their minds are the specifications. The fiercer, the better. That’s because gaming these days is a very intense activity, it’s no longer enough to do it for fun. The thing is, not all gamers have the ability to go astronomical in laptop purchasing. And that’s why there’s a need to know what specs can still be sought for, in the best budget gaming laptop.

Level Up Your Performance, Not Just Your Game

There is are marked difference in the way gaming back then was regarded, compared to how gaming goes on nowadays. As is the case with most anything else that belongs to the past, games were simpler, games were for fun. And as for today? Well, it’s actually an understatement to say that it’s different now.

Gaming today is highly competitive, action driven, adrenaline pumping, and heart pounding. The games of today are hungry devourers of memory and processing power.

Sad, isn’t it? Fortunately, there’s a middle ground, something more than acceptable in-between the two extremes. And that’s our candidate for the most likely candidate for good performance in a budget-priced laptop.When your rig’s specs are below the standards set by the game manufacturers, you won’t be able to get much, if any, satisfaction out of playing. So, it would seem as if you would really need to either go for the expensive, high-end, full-spec laptops, or just relegate yourself to playing solitaire on a slow and cheap rig.

Meet the Lenovo G505s 15.6-Inch Laptop

Initially, it seems awkward that a brand known for its popularity in business settings could ever be identified for coming with a relatively reasonably fit-for-gaming unit. Well, that’s how it is with Lenovo, which is favored by many business professionals, and now also by casual gamers.

The Lenovo G505s 15.6-inch laptop has the following specifications that make it acceptable for non-hardcore gaming:

* Screen Size 15.6 inches with a maximum screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels

* 2.5 GHz 8032 Processor


* 1000 GB SATA Hard Drive

* ATI Radeon HD 8650G Graphics Coprocessor

* Wireless Type 802.11bgn

* 1 USB 2.0 Ports

* 2 USB 3.0 Ports

* 5 hours average battery Llife

* Windows 8 OS

* 5.3 pounds

* 15 inches (length) x 10.20 inches (width) x 1 inch (height)

To be upfront about it, majority of gamers prefer their screens to be at least 17 inches. But Lenovo G505s 15.6-inch laptop, although not being able to meet that basic size, can at least deliver in terms of speed and processing power, especially when it’s used for casual gaming.

Other Features

The Lenovo G505s 15.6-inch laptop also has other features (which are typically in most of its laptop models, that’s how cool Lenovo is):

* Dolby Advanced Audio that gives you clear and crisp surround sound

* Integrated DVD

* Integrated 720p HD webcam, HDMI out and USB 3.0 port

* AccuType Keyboard with numeric keypad

* OneKey Recovery for system backup and restoration

* Lenovo Energy Management

At only $499.00, the Lenovo G505s 15.6-inch laptop surely qualifies as a good candidate for this year’s search for the best budget gaming laptop.

10 Jul

Visions of travel terror bring to mind crying babies on intercontinental flights and lost luggage, but it wasn’t circumstances that created my nightmare.

As a burgeoning writer, I was traveling to America’s West to research my latest project. A friend, we’ll call her Adrienne, came along.

I planned a packed itinerary: Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Wyoming. We hiked, camped, took a wilderness pack trip and a slovenly trail ride, and drove cattle on a dude ranch. Honestly I just wished I invested some better travel items, and taken a look at a site like this to get some ideas.

I sorely overplanned. The highways looked easier on a map.

My friend looked better from afar, too.

Picture long drives. Picture a meek peacemaker and an assertive feminist. I woke up early to research. She slept in. From travel decisions to philosophy, we disagreed.

We disagreed over the Navajo woman who narrated her sand art–Adrienne disbelieved her tales.

We disagreed over the women in a Nevada bar. One cowgirl sported a T-shirt with a rough-and-tumble cowgirl proclaiming, “I’m tired of being a sex symbol!” I thought it was funny–Adrienne thought it demeaned women.

We disagreed over the strength of women in the West, me stating that they had achieved early equality, Adrienne that Eastern feminists were the only groundbreakers.

The trip nearly ended in Idaho, Adrienne yelling that she was going to catch a plane to fly home early and me tearful in the passenger’s seat. Do you know what it’s like driving hundreds of miles with someone who’s steaming?

That evening, over many drinks, we made a tenuous peace pact, and cordiality settled in. That’s good, because sharing a two-man pup tent when you’re pissed is really awkward.

The wrong travel companion can make any itinerary disastrous.

8 Jun

The first step is to know exactly how much money you are willing to spend on a new coffee maker. There are $10.00 models that make a great basic cup of coffee and there are $100.00 models that are a lot more elaborate with what functions it can perform. The next step is to figure out exactly what functions you want your new coffee maker to have. Do you want one that you can preset to have your coffee already made when you wake up? Do you want an espresso feature? Make a list of what you want. Take these two lists with you when you go shopping.

When you decide to go shopping make sure the store has a great return policy. You don’t want to get your new coffee maker home and it doesn’t work or you just don’t like it. Make sure the store will let you exchange the item or refund your money if you are not satisfied.

Make sure to look for a coffee maker that is simple to operate. If you have to babysit the machine and flip this switch on, now flip this switch off then it’s probably not going to make you happy. A good way to know before you buy is to jot down the brand and model and go online to see what people are saying about the product before you buy.

Another factor you need to keep in mind is the amount of cups that you want to be able to make at one time. If there is only one coffee drinker in your home there is no need for a 10-cup coffee maker. If you plan on using your coffee maker as a entertaining appliance, than opt for a large capacity model that way you can serve several cups of coffee to your guests all at once.

Remember, you get what you pay for. A cheap, off-brand coffee maker may work great for a couple of months and then just stop. Did you get your money’s worth? Well, that just depends on how much you have really used the appliance.

I’m not against off-brand appliances but just know if you want one that will last and have a great warranty to back it up, you just might want to spend a few extra bucks on a brand name appliance.

Hope this helps you create a list for your next coffee maker purchase. I always keep an extra one for backup. Just in case. I can’t go without my morning cup of coffee.