The following is cool stuff I recommend. Most are affiliate links, so I get a small percentage of your order that helps pay for my webhosting or my time in writing (pennies on the hour, seriously) while you pay nothing more. I would greatly appreciate it if you clicked through if you were purchasing anything.
The items below are stuff I actually own and find valuable, and I’m not pushing it for the sake of pushing it. Click on the pictures or link to go to the item.
Battery pack for phone (recharger) – I’m still rocking an old Samsung Galaxy III, so the battery tends to go faster than when new. This thing has come in handy a lot. I get about 3 full charges off it, and you can use it for iPhones and tablets. About the size of an old cell phone, so can fit into a pocket or doesn’t look out of place charging in a meeting. Costs about $16.
Toshiba 1TB Portable Hard Drive – Another tool that comes with me everywhere I go. I have music, work files, personal files, and other useful items on mine. Allows me to backup important things regularly, and download photos from my phone for safekeeping. About the size of a deck of cards.
Audio-Technica Noise-Cancelling Headphones – these are a little older model, and price has been dropping (I paid about $112 back in March, under $90 now). I use these for calls and podcasting. Good value and work well.
Multi Headphone Splitter – This basically allows you to split audio in or out (of iPad, computer, mic) for up to five different headphone users. We’ve used this on trips where we don’t want to hear the kids movies or games, and I use it on podcasts as my mic has a direct audio plugin, so multiple users can hear the audio quality out of the single input. Found this very useful.
Logitech HD Webcam – My built in camera on my computer sucks, and I do Skype with my clients. This camera is way better for under $35 so well worth the investment if you are doing any video calls.
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II – we have had the discontinued generation 1.0 of this speaker and it is AWESOME! You can find much cheaper remote speakers, but if you need something loud that is Bluetooth compatible for outdoor activities or a home gym, this is great. We use it all the time at parties or barbecues, comes with a super easy docking station for easy recharge. I think I’ve seen these at Costco too.
Samsung Wireless Audio Soundbar and woofer – we are not audiophiles by any means, but we aren’t dummies either. Our TV speakers are less than awesome, especially when watching a sweet movie like The Dark Knight Rises (Bane doesn’t quite sound the same on TV speakers). These are Bluetooth compatible and have a woofer, so brings movies to life. Many other options out there on price and quality.
I recognize that fashion is really hit or miss. But I encourage people to try new things and try to improve their style. If done right, you’ll stand out from the crowd a little in a good way, and get some compliments from men and women alike.
Wool Newsboy Cap – I am a big fan of the flat newsboy style flat cap. This one is only $10, so minimal investment. There’s a number of different styles, but I like the sleeker look similar to this one. I have them in a few different colors and I get compliments on them all the time. It’s stylish and sets you apart. Recommend throwing this on instead of your old ball cap, or if you don’t feel like doing your hair.
Calvin Klein Micro Modal Short Sleeve Crew Neck T-Shirt – These are a little pricey for a plain t-shirt, but super comfortable. Looks really good if you are a fit dude.
The image above doesn’t do it justice. This 3/4 sleeve raglan shirt is super comfortable and looks great. Runs a little small, so depending if you want it tight or loose order appropriately. Thin material, so if your preference is thicker cotton then you may not like it.
I love Puma boxer briefs. They have a nice fit and come in a few different styles. They are by far my favorite pairs, I probably have 10 pairs. A lot of black cotton, but also have some synthetic fiber ones.
I’m not an affiliate (yet) for Gap/Old Navy, but I liked these pants so much I thought I’d pass them on. They are stone gray kahkis so suitable for business casual environments and or dressing slightly nicer than the jeans and t-shirt everyone else wears. So instead of the typical tan business casual pants, wear something like this along with a shirt like below (note – I have this shirt in slim fit, and I’m fairly wide in the shoulder area for a medium but still fits pretty well), to bring a little fashion into work:
PERSONAL HYGIENE STUFF
This is stuff I use and really like, or works for me. Your results may vary.
TIGI Bed Head Hair Stick – I have been using the Bed Head hair stick for probably close to 20 years. It’s like a wax deodorant stick that allows you to style your hair. I’ve used many other hair products over the years, and this is my favorite. The application is super easy (versus putting shit on your hands) and it smells neutral to lightly scented unlike some stuff. Love it and it lasts for a long time (usually end up with about one per year, but I don’t use it every day.
Nubian soap is the bomb. Subtle smell, oats, aloe, shea butter. Great natural soap, nuff said.
This is an example of you get what you pay for. The Wahl Professional Super Taper II Hair Clipper cuts better than other clippers I have owned, including Remington and cheaper Wahls. I’ve been cutting hair since I was a teenager, my brothers and my own, and I talked about using it as a money saving move in my book. If that’s something for you, check these out.
I own this exact 45 Lb. BOX Weightvest and love it. I wear it walking the dog, mowing the lawn, during workouts, hiking. It’s pricey, but fits awesome and is a well used part of my home gym. You can get them in different colors, mine is all black I think.
Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition – great book, can’t recommend it enough for those moving a barbell around.
Tactical Barbell and Tactical Barbell Conditioning – I run this program and find it to fit into a busy lifestyle well, great bang for the buck for getting strong and conditioned – simple and scaleable.
Body of a Spartan
I’ve had many, many types of protein powder over the years, and Metabolic Nutrition Protizyme, Peanut Butter Cookie is probably my favorite. It’s not the cheapest (about $60 for 5 lbs), but is really high quality, tastes awesome, has some consistency, and I’ve found usually mixes well. My backup is Muscle Pharm Combat Protein Powder – Cookies and Cream which you can buy at Amazon or Costco for about the same price (~$45/5 lbs).
I have a lot of stuff in my home gym from Craigslist, one of those is a heavy bag. I love these TITLE Training Gloves – 16-Ounce weight
Our kids write in this Three-Year Journal for kids and have been for a couple of years. Interesting to look back.
I’m in a STEM field and appreciate the skills involved. I want my kids to be exposed to various parts of this field so have encouraged various kid-focused things. First, they are Minecraft crazy, so leveraged that into some basic java programming starting with this: Youth Digital Mod Design 1: Learn to Code with Minecraft for Mac/PC. Certainly not cheap, but we feel starting early and encouraging this is important.
Another thing we’ve liked is Snap Circuits Kit. Lots of projects in this kit and kept our kids trying things for hours. I hope to continue to pull this out over the years since it really isn’t limited to our kids’ ages (8, 10 as of this writing).