Why Did I Buy This? With Grant Pardee: Roomba Review


Roombas can be a great addition to your home and make cleaning a more efficient process unless you become emotionally dependent on them. In this video, I give the iRobot Vacuum Cleaning Robot ($400 on Amazon) a spin around the house and enjoy watching the little guy clean up after me, scare the cats, fight with my drone, and then ultimately become a horrible drunk monster before returning to it’s dock. All in all, the Roomba is a great buy as long as you can handle it.

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Get A Philips Fidelio HTL7180/F7 Sound Bar For $439.99

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Can we talk high-end audio for a sec?

See, here’s the deal: The speakers in your HDTV totally suck. I don’t mean they’re weak and tinny and facing the wrong the way (which they are); I mean they’re just terrible. It’s like owning a Ferrari that tops out at 15 mph.

In other words, your eyes have it made, but your ears are getting robbed. That’s why I always advise HDTV owners to invest in a sound bar, which will vastly improve your TV audio. Of course, as a massive cheapskate, I usually recommend a low-end, sub-$100 model.

Top Ten Party Tips From #EviteParty And Sandra Lee


Now that it’s officially summer, it’s time to get down and party! Crazy as it sounds, I’m invited to at least 1 to 3 parties per week in the summertime. Whether it’s someone’s birthday party, a Fourth of July shindig, a graduation celebration, a girls get-together, World Cup 2014 viewing party, there’s always a reason to party and if you don’t have any, just create one!

While throwing a party can be lots of fun, it can also be super stressful. The planning process is no walk in the park and it’s the little things that truly make or break your party. If you’re new to hosting parties or you need a few pointers to get you through your next one, here are the top ten party tips from Evite and Sandra Lee.

Note: Don’t forget to enter the Great Party Giveaway Sweepstakes to get a chance at winning $2500 worth of party supplies, food and more.

Best Birthday Freebies for Slobs

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It’s infuriating that so many businesses offer free meals to kids for their birthday. Is turning 7 years old really an accomplishment worthy of free food? No way. Turning 30 and not having any kids of your own is an actual accomplishment that should be celebrated with a free feast. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many birthday freebies for single slobs like me. I navigated the sloppy seas and found the best birthday freebies for slobs. Most of these birthday freebies require you to join some sort of digital fan club so links are included. This is your plan of action to have the ultimate slob birthday for free. Put on your favorite eating shirt and let’s get started.

Your first stop on the slob express should be for coffee. A birthday boy needs his morning jolt to handle the busy day ahead. Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and Starbucks will all give you free coffee for your birthday if you sign up for their fan clubs. Lots of local shops will give you free coffee too so you may want to ask about birthday freebies next time you’re in your favorite shop. Personally, I’ve always preferred free stuff from giant corporations over people with a independent business. The perceived social justice of getting something free from a giant corporation makes the coffee taste that much better.

Best Drive-Thru Breakfast in America with Josh Androsky


They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what about for the person on-the-go? We went to three top fast food chains to discover where to find the best drive-thru breakfast in America.

Director: Cassandra Lee Hamilton
Music: Cowabunga Babes

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Amazon Prime Adds Unlimited Music Streaming, But What’s The Catch?

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Earlier today, Amazon took the wraps off Prime Music, a new addition to the company’s Prime subscription service. It’s best known for free two-day shipping and Netflix- style video streaming (which now includes a ton of HBO content), but Music adds an important component: music!

In other words, for an annual charge of $99, you can now stream unlimited, commercial- free tunes just about anywhere. Prime Music is available via your PC, your Roku box, your Kindle Fire, your Android and iOS devices, and so on.

Let’s go to the calculator, shall we?

Better Than Neckties: 5 Awesome Gadget Gifts For Father’s Day


With only five shopping days left until Father’s Day, it’s time to make a decision on what to get for dear old Dad. A necktie? Fail. A new drill? There’s nothing wrong with the old one. No, if you want a happy dad this Sunday, there’s only one way to go: gadgets.

Dad loves ‘em, and there are plenty of cool new toys out there that won’t break the budget. Here’s my list of five can’t-miss picks for Father’s Day.

GOgroove BlueSync WUD

Bluetooth speakers are awesome, but most of them are boring-looking plastic bricks. The BlueSync WUD, on the other hand, is all cool and retro–just like Dad. Encased in wood and styled like a 50s radio, it sports a big volume knob and even a carrying strap across the top. Vintage, baby!

Corporate Marketing Stunts Have Ruined The Guinness Book Of World Records

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Corporate marketing stunts have ruined The Guinness Book Of World Records. I came to this realization after hearing about Arby’s marketing stunt where they filmed a brisket being smoked for 13 hours and played it in its entirety as a commercial in Duluth, Minnesota. This marketing stunt won them the World Record for The Longest TV Commercial, and it really pissed me off. 

I think I have a right to be upset. I’ve always held the Guinness Book Of World Records in high esteem. The latest edition was a guaranteed Christmas present in my household. I would spend hours reading about all of the weird and incredible things that people around the world could achieve and dreaming of one day having my name in that book. As far as I was concerned, holding a Guinness World Record was better than getting a Nobel Prize. You saved a bunch of sick kids with your dumb vaccine? Who cares! Come back to me after you’ve been growing your finger nails for 20 years or you learn to squirt milk from your eyes. Then I’ll be impressed.

Podcasts, AAA And Coupons For Your Next Summer Roadtrip


Summer’s here, and that means you should be doing one thing: getting your tush out on the open road. From Kerouac to Juggalos, everyone loves discovering our country and themselves via America’s highways. Only problem? That can be mega expensive. Here are some tips for you to save some cash when planning your road trip.


Whether out alone or with some pals, you’re going to hit some boredom travelling the country—usually this starts around Kansas and extends through the great plains. There’s so little to look at, you can’t even make fun of ridiculous billboards or stupid town names. Sure, once you get into Missouri, there’s some stuff to make fun of, (I’m looking at you Herculaneum, MO, for sounding like an amphitheater that is exclusively headlined by KISS.) so what can you do? Podcasts.

For those not in the know, podcasts are FREE radio shows put on by some of the finest minds in comedy, history, sports, and pop culture, that are available on demand whenever you see fit to listen.

Should You Subscribe To Mavens By Julep, Stitchfix, LeTote Or Not?

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I’m continuing my foray into some of the more interesting internet subscription service options and whether or not they’re actually worth that monthly fee.

Mavens by Julep
The Premise: Nail polish brand Julep provides a monthly themed box of high-end nail polish and cosmetics for a fee of $24.99. Users pick from a style profile, with names like “It Girl” or “Boho Glam,” and are sent selections for that month’s theme. While you’re given a box that matches your style profile by default, you can opt to choose a box from a different style profile.

The Experience: I spoke with Meredith, a User Experience Expert in Southern California who is a big fan of the service. A self-described nail polish addict, Meredith finds that the subscription service has really helped her curb her spending without sacrificing her nails. “Last year my New Years resolution was to stop impulse buying nail polish, so I got the [Mavens subscription]. It keeps me on budget and they have enough different “packages” each month that I never feel like there’s nothing I don’t want.”

Why Did I Buy This? With Grant Pardee: Girlfriend Body Pillow & Other Useless Amazon Items

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One of the things I love most about shopping on Amazon is they have everything I need. But they also have lots of things that nobody needs. I decided to investigate further and bought the 3 most useless or obnoxious items I could find on Amazon – the Girlfriend Body Pillow, BIC For Her Pens, and a Banana Slicer.

Were any of them worthwhile in any way or was it just a pit of despair? Find out in the video:

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Three Tech Deals You Should Avoid At All Costs

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Deals are everywhere on these Interwebs of ours, but you know the old saying: If it looks too good to be true, Google it.

Better still, read this. Below I’ve spotlighted three common tech deals that aren’t worth your time–and definitely not your money. Got a difference of opinion? Tough luck! Er, I mean, share your thoughts in the comments below.

1st-generation iPads
iPads are crazy-expensive, so when you see one selling for as little as $120 (which you can, today only, at 1Sale.com), there’s considerable temptation to grab the deal. Sure, it’s a first-generation model, but so what? That just means it’s a little thicker and heavier than newer iPads, right?

Turn Any Tablet Into The Perfect PC For Seniors


As a child I learned to respect my elders, but it’s awfully hard to do that when they can’t grasp a concept as simple as cut and paste!

Seriously, at the risk of sounding like a jerk, most of the people I know over the age of 60 have trouble with computers. It’s not their fault; they didn’t have the luxury of growing up with them. And even in 2014, PCs remain annoyingly unintuitive. Shutting down Windows 8 is a four-step process, for crying out loud.

So here’s my dilemma: My parents (who are in their late 70s and early 80s) have had it with their current laptops, which take forever to boot and often end up infested with malware. And I’ve about had it with troubleshooting these and other problems.

Fortunately, there’s a terrific solution, one I’m increasingly recommending to older users: switch to a tablet.

5 Ways to Have an A-List Hollywood Trip on a D-List Budget


So you got the Facebook message from your home-town pal that we all dread – ‘I’m coming to LA! Can’t wait to hang out with you! HOLLYWOOD BABY!’, and you immediately begin to rig up an elaborate lie about how you are ‘so happy they’re coming out but you will probably be super busy that weekend’ because you don’t have the heart to show them your glamorous lifestyle involves attaching a pink mustache to your car to make money before you go home to your sad studio apartment in Glendale above an Armenian bakery. Fear not, we’re here to give you some insider tips into tricking your friends into thinking you are way cooler than you actually are while they’re here on their trip.

1. Lay Out Poolside As You Overlook The City

The Standard downtown is one of LA’s hottest hotels and night spots, and is also home to a rooftop pool which, for some inexplicable reason, is open to the public. That’s right, for no money at all you too can feel self conscious about your Midwest body type while some of the cities most attractive and unemployed people lay out and drink cocktails nearby. Get there early to snag a bodega, which will not only shield you from the sun’s harsh rays, but give you a chance to lay on a waterbed just like weekends at your old Uncle Jack’s place. Bring along your own picnic and make a day of it, or splurge on the delicious brats in their Biergarden.

Menstrual Period Subscription Boxes Are, Apparently, a Thing (and a Waste of Money)

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I have been menstruating for over half my life. I’m used to it. I’m, dare I say, pretty good at it. The monthly act of going to the drug store and buying my tampons, cramp meds and assorted accouterments that no longer faze me like it did when I was fifteen. I don’t think there’s anything unusual about the ease with which I deal with the emotional terrorist that is Aunt Flo.

But if I were the sort of woman who, let’s say, wasn’t comfortable getting their Tampax rung up by a bored-looking teenage clerk in a primary colored vest, I could get a period subscription box, filled with a combination of feminine protection products and sweets, delivered to me in a plain, unmarked receptacle once a month. That’s right—the subscription box trend has expanded to the realm of reproduction. But are they worth it? I sent away for a few of them to find out.

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