How to Tell When a Review is the Real Deal

With the internet, we now have access to what some may say is too much information, and not all true all of the time. In fact, some people believe that most of what you read online is the figment of someone’s imagination (not this of course) and that it just gets re-worked and passed around enough for people to believe it’s true.

You have to take this into consideration when looking at review sites as well. Some, like Yelp, have become nothing more than a sounding board for the discontented, while others are used by bona fide individuals who sincerely wish to help others by offering their opinion of a product or service that they have personally tried. Most people don’t go out of their way often to praise something without a reward, so when you read a positive review about a product, most of the time it is the real deal.

When looking for a site that is going to give you insight into a product or service, find one that has other benefits as well. These are the types of sites that attract real users, and not just people holding some sort of grudge. For example, when we wrote about beard balms and beard oils, we did not just go to Amazon, we went to an actual site that offered solid beard grooming tips and other useful information about beards and mustaches. This is the type of site that is luring in actual beard growers who offer real insight into products like beard balm and electronic beard trimmers.

Are People Paid to Post Good Reviews?

That is a great question. Yes, there are some unscrupulous companies that pay people to write a review, but this happens mostly on sites where the product is being offered for sale, like on Amazon. With other types of sites, there is no really good reason to go to the trouble, unless the product has a long list of bad reviews that people are taking notice of. But you have to know that if 20 people are saying that a health bar tastes like dog food, and then out of nowhere, one person rates it a five and likens it to a filet mignon some money exchanged hands.


We strive for honesty in our reviews and seek out sites that do the same. Our intent is to inform and educate so that people are able to make the right decision about everyday purchases. Review sites are a great tool to use, so long as there are still people out there who are not abusing the system.

What Types of Criteria Should You Be Looking for in a Recurve Bow?

Archery has regained its popularity as an adventure sport to be enjoyed by all ages. Not only that, but bow and arrow hunting is now being highly regarded thanks to the level of skill needed to make the shot. This has led to thousands of people around the world buying bows and arrows sight unseen, without really knowing what they are looking for.

The best way to ensure that you are buying the right recurve bow for the best price is to check archery equipment review sites to see what other, more experienced, archers have to say.

What Type of Criteria Should You Be Looking For With Recurve Bows?

Recurve bows are the recommended bow for a novice archer. The tips are curved inward to hold the line taught when pulled back, giving an archer more control over the shot.

The first thing you will need to look at is the size of the recurve bow. These should be relative to your own size, but with different variations depending on what you intend to shoot. Basic target shooting and competitions should be done using a full sized recurve bow, 58’’ or more depending on your size, while recurve bows used for hunting should be shorter. This allows for shooting from tight spots such as behind a tree.

Make sure when reading the reviews of recurve bows you look for references to the shape. Shaped like an S, you will want a recurve bow that has a nice grip. Rubber grips can be added if needed, but those will detract from the natural look of a well constructed recurve bow.

The type of wood used in the construction will make a big difference in the weight of the bow. You want one that is sturdy, yet light enough so that it does not strain your arm when shooting for long periods of time. Drawback is also important. This is the length at which you can pull the string back. The more taut you can get it, the more accurate the shots. This means looking for a recurve bow with a drawback of approximately 48’’.


The last thing you want to check other then price is the warranty. Quality recurve bows are made using real wood products which sometimes contain flaws that go unnoticed during production. You will want a warranty of at least 2 years to ensure that a crack in the grain doesn’t worsen and compromise the integrity of your recurve bow.

Review sites offer you an opportunity to see what other users think about a product before you spend your hard earned money on it. You should take advantage of this often, especially when buying something completely new to you.

What’s Better After You Shave – After Shave or Beard Balm?

Men’s lives have gotten complicated over the years. Grandpa talks of the old days when he would shave his beard in the morning, throw on some Old Spice Aftershave and be good to go for the day. Now a days we have an over abundance of razors and beard trimmers to choose from, different types of shaving creams and then as if that is not enough, choices in what we splash – or rub – on our faces when all finished.

First of All, What is the Difference Between Aftershave and Beard Balm?

Right here is where the confusion begins, what type of product is most effective and more importantly, what benefit are they doing guys in the first place?

Whenever a guy shaves, or even just uses his beard trimmer to shape a goatee, damage is being done to the facial skin. Now, guys like to pretend this is not a big deal, but deep down they want pretty skin too.

Aftershave is typically sold in a liquid form meant to be splashed on the face after shaving. It is supposed to be able to condition the skin after shaving and close the facial pores to protect them from oil and dirt. The trouble with aftershave is that it contains a lot of alcohol, which is drying to the skin. Throw in a bunch of stuff to make it smell nice, and it may actually burn when splashed on.

Beard balm is a bit different than aftershave lotion.

First off, it is a cream or lotion rather than a pure liquid and contains natural ingredients that soothe skin after a shave. Some do this with a cooling sensation that takes the sting out of shaving without causing the skin to dry out. This is especially beneficial to those guys who have problems with their complexion. Beard balm is also used on a beard or moustache, to keep those hairs as healthy as the ones on your head. After shave does not help with a beards appearance.

The Experiment

So we tested out the traditional aftershave to beard balm and found that beard balm really does work at keeping the skin clean, but not dry. To be fair, we tried to find after shaves that were either non-scented or scented naturally. This proved hard to do, but in the end we did do or best to keep the playing field fair.

Still, beard balm was hands down the better choice. And once you start looking at your various choices, you will understand why. You can find them made with a number of natural ingredients that make your skin look great all of the time, keep your beard conditioned and still smell really good. Some infuse natural essential oils that give a clean and fresh scent, without drying the skin.

So the next time you are getting ready to break out the beard trimmer, consider your choices for facial care and pick a product that keeps you looking great. For us, it was hands down the beard balm that was able to keep us looking sharp and smelling

A Review of Career Opportunities in the Medical Field

As high school is coming to a close and college years loom, most students are plagued with the thought of what they should study. A career choice is more than making a livable wage, it is about finding a passion and making money from it. For kids who are science minded, the medical sciences offer plenty of opportunities.

If you are going to pursue a career in medicine, your school should include a strong background in science and math. Biology of course is ideal, buy physics and chemistry principles are also used in the medical field. Keep your grades up in these subjects both during high school and as an undergraduate.


Nursing is a profession where there is always going to be a high need. They provide invaluable services to patients and the treating physicians. If you want to offer patient care directly, and in a number of different ways, nursing is a good choice to look at.


Doctors who work exclusively with children may need specialized training but it is well worth it. Not only can they open a private practice and make their own schedules, they also draw a higher salary than general physicians. If you want to be in the medical field and work with kids, this is the best way to do it.

pediatrician and baby

Imaging Technician

Certified ultrasound technicians are becoming increasingly sought after, as other uses for ultrasound therapy are being discovered. The salary for an ultrasound technician, especially when trained to treat as well as image, is quite high considering the small amount of extra schooling needed. Pick a noteworthy ultrasound school to learn the skill at, and you are going to find yourself in a career that is rewarding on multiple levels.


A pharmacist is responsible for reading and filling prescriptions. With little contact with patients, this is a good career choice to consider if you like medical science, but not dealing with people. Your math skills will need to be above par for this choice, but when you graduate there will be plenty of opportunities to find a job.


There are as many specialized surgical fields as there parts in the human body. So deciding to be a surgeon requires a number of big decisions. General surgeons usually end up as ER doctors who are able to provide a solution in just minutes, whereas a heart or brain surgeon is a very exact science where you will often spend weeks at a time taking care of one patient. Choose the type of surgeon you want to be based on which parts of the human body interest you, or if you are just interested in saving lives, regardless of which part you have to work on.

You are making a noble choice if you are considering medicine as your career. Remember to review each choice carefully, and then review the school you are considering studying in. Other peoples thoughts and experiences will help you to make the right decision.

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The Deep Fryer Experiment: A Review of What it Makes That Tastes Great

Having a deep fryer in the kitchen is not first priority for many households, but after our experiment with foods and frying we think it should be. We took some of our favorite foods and recipes to see if they came out any better with this small appliance and were amazed with the results we found:


Potatoes are like air in our house. Baked, mashed, home fried, we have them with almost every meal. French fries however were always saved for take-out unless they were the frozen variety that got baked in the oven. Fresh French fries cooked from scratch however were amazing and a snap to make using the deep fryer. We just sliced the potatoes into strips (keep them wet in salted water) and when the oil was hot enough threw them in.

The potatoes were done when golden brown, about 5 minutes. Let them drain and then place them on a clean cloth to wipe off the excess oil. Check out some reviews on our recommended oil types. Season how you want, and voila! French fries that can compete with McDonalds.


Another fast food staple that is hard to duplicate at home. Or at least until you get a deep fryer. We tried a few methods with fried chicken to see which had the best overall crunch and flavor. Batter fried didn’t work that great. I think there you have to freeze the batter onto the chicken and then put it into the fryer still frozen. The only way that would work for me is if the chicken was cooked first, and that takes the fun out of it. Breaded was great though and with the right seasonings you can change up the flavor any way you want.

The favorite deep fried chicken used mustard as the “glue” and a breading that was seasoned slightly with cayenne pepper. This was a deep fried spicy dinner that could have came from the Colonel’s kitchen.


Getting kids to eat veggies is always a challenge. A tempura recipe allows you to batter fry them to give a new, crunchy texture and more flavor. The trouble is with batter and the home deep fryer, so make sure if you do this you are prepared to change out the oil after wards. Chunks of the batter will come off and ruin it.

The end result however was delicious vegetable sides that were perfect for dipping. Try using broccoli, red pepper, zucchini and cauliflower. These vegetables worked best with deep frying.

The verdict is that having a deep fryer makes cooking easier and gives you more options. If you are looking for ways to spice up your menu, a deep fryer in the kitchen is a good place to start.

Cracking the Holiday Hint Code of Moms (spoiler alert: I like that scent means buy essential oils)

Moms are tough eggs to crack during the holidays. Usually very secretive about their holiday wish lists, it is up to you to try and figure out what they want on your own.  They are dropping hints all over the place though, you just need to be smart enough to decode them.

“I Never Get to Go Anywhere Fun”

If mom is suddenly lamenting about missing a movie or not trying a new restaurant, pay attention. She is looking for an excuse to go and have some fun guilt free. Give it to her in the form of a gift certificate. “But how do I know where” Pay attention to what she says. If she wants to go out to eat she’ll be mentioning restaurants and food.. a lot. If it’s a concert she is dying to see, she’ll suddenly break out into “Sweet Caroline”. This are all well placed hints meant for you to pick up on and deliver.

“This (insert appliance) Never Works Right Anymore!”

Big hint that she wants a blender, or iPhone or new computer. Whatever it is that is giving her a headache, she wants it to be replaced for the holidays. Check reviews and find the absolute best of whatever it is she wants. Mom deserves it.


“Do You Smell That?”

Hear you have to pick up your nose and your ears. If she smells a scent on someone else she likes, she will gush about it. My girlfriend has an essential oil diffuser necklace that I got from Amazon and my mom is gushing over it. I actually looked through the site to find reviews and ratings then got the best one I could find. We keep hearing about how beautiful and unique it is and how nice it makes my girlfriend smell. That one is already under the tree.

“My Car is Making Funny Noises”

This is one for Dad. If it were August and the car was blowing black smoke from the engine, mom wouldn’t notice. Suddenly a belt is acting up and she’s a mechanic? No. She has her eye on a new car for Christmas. Now you and dad just need to figure out what kind.

“I have gained/lost weight this year, none of my clothes fit”

Make a note of what size she thinks she is and get ready to do some clothes shopping. Here’s a hint about how to make mom, or any woman happy, when buying clothes. Always buy a size too small and give her the gift receipt. Trust me. It will avoid the whole “you think I’m fat” conversation.

You know that when it comes to giving, no one does more than mom. Show your appreciation by making sure that you always deliver on a great gift that you know she wants.

What Wireless Dog Fences Work For You

dog fences

Look at this pooch, hey?

Do you love your pet that much that you don’t want it getting harmed or strolling anywhere else but your yard? The good news is that you don’t have to spend time and hard work building those fences if you can now get access to a more convenient and dog friendly way of keeping your best friend safe from harm even if you are not there to watch over it.

Wireless dog fences are economical in a way that you don’t have to perform any construction activities just so you can keep your pets contained. There is a variety of wireless pet fences, reviewed thoroughly over at (shout out, thanks for the help!) that you can take advantage of to use whenever you want your dog to roam at a certain area without having to be there all the time to watch over it.

Here are a few options for you to consider:

Paws Away for Dogs

This pet barrier is a unique option as compared to other pet containment systems. Although you don’t have to build fences with this, you will still have to bury an underground wire for this type of wireless fence. The range that your dog can roam around can be set up to 16feet in diameter.

This is one handy option when it comes to setting up a barrier where your pets are not supposed to be in. The design of the transmitter looks like a rock as compared to traditional barriers which looks like the usual transmitters that you see. It comes with a collar that will fit your pet dog.

PetSafe Wireless Containment System

Now, if you are looking for a longer range type of wireless fence for your pet dog, you can opt for this PetSafe wireless fence. What makes this different from any other wireless barrier for your pet is that you can set up a barrier which ranges up to one half acre. Since it has a wider range, it allows your pets roam freely on a huge yard whenever they want to.

Havahart Pet Wireless Fence

Another option is the Havahart wireless barrier for your pets. This particular wireless fence is easy to install and has a unique in-home boundary breach alert which is one of its safety features, as well as a safety timeout feature too. You can possibly contain two dogs through this wireless fence and is built for wider areas where the barrier can range up to 11 Acres.

These are only a few options for you to consider when it comes to taking advantage of wireless dog fences. This is a more convenient, safer and dog friendly way to keep your pet contained. So, if you haven’t installed any physical fences yet, then you may want to check out these wireless ones.

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Could you really survive longer with good camping gear?

camping gearWhen you’re out hiking, camping, or backpacking, you are taking a risk with your life, whether you like to think about it or not, so asking yourself whether you could increase your chances of survival with the right camping gear is not a silly question.

When you’re on a hike, miles away from civilization, without a cell phone signal, do you want a cheap pair of hiking boots on or are you more comfortable with a rugged, sturdy, well-made boot with great rubber soles, solid stitching, and excellent waterproofing?

If you’re camping, don’t you want to stay dry with a fully waterproof tent and rain fly? There can’t be anything worse than being out in the sticks, getting soaked and being extremely miserable, wet and freezing, or even developing an illness.

It is true that sometimes you have to pay a bit more to get high quality products, but when you’re doing something in nature that carries a certain amount of risk, you should best prepare yourself to handle that risk, which will give you a greater confidence in your coming back from the trip unharmed.

You should really have a look at for more information on all the best camping gear, including sleeping bags, tents, camping stoves, backpacking backpacks, and more!

Use your common sense, do some research, and make sure you’re covered before you go out and enjoy all that mother nature has to offer!


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Reviewing the Best Portable Fish Finders

fish finderAre you searching for the best portable fish finder but are not sure which one to select? In this article we list the top rated & top selling fish finders. The good thing about portable fish finders is that you are able to take devices with you on any boat or fishing trip. So, whether you are on your own vessel or out with buddies, you will be able to zero in on the best locations to fish.

Best Portable Fish Finders

NorCross HawkEye F33P

This fish finder is presently the most preferred portable fish finder in the Outdoor & the Sports category on Amazon. This fish finder suits your hand & can provide you appropriate reading down to 99.9 ft. It uses an extra wide, twenty-five degree sonar angle of the beam, provides exact depth, fish & bottom structure readings from 1.5-99.9 ft. It works down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit; consists of a mountable, floatable & trollable, sound navigation ranging sensor with thirty-five feet of cable & wire tie-strap. It’s exceptionally simple to use and fits in the palm of your hand. Continue reading

Best Products for Flossing and Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing and flossing is such an integral part of your daily grooming and healthy routine (or at least it should be!) that it absolutely pays to have the best of the best when it comes to the tools you use to clean your mouth.

So many people go out each day and buy the cheapest tooth brush they can find, giving no thought to the fact that these teeth are your only teeth and that if something goes wrong with them it’s going to be painful, costly, and potentially devastating to fix.

Cheap toothbrushes, only brushing once a day, not flossing, not brushing cheeks or tongue, neglecting mouth wash…these things are all terrible examples of bad mouth cleanliness habits.

With so much on the line, you need to do your best to care for your pearly whites and that’s where high quality tooth brushes and a great water flosser come in.

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Great action shot by pau.artigas

Best Tooth Brush

We found that the Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is the best you can buy.

It’s relatively cheap (about $40 on Amazon when we last checked), is the best selling tooth brush on said website, and has amazing reviews by nearly 1000 real users of the product.

This sonic tooth brush is highly recommended as a tool to get the best clean possible, and also has a few nice features like a 2 minute timer built in to get you the dentist-recommended tooth brushing time. There are also a few nice things to have that it comes with, including a charger base and a soft carry pouch.

Best Water Flosser

The Waterpik Ultra is the best oral irrigator you can find, and is the best selling product in it’s category on Amazon.

Waterpik is the standard in the water flosser industry, and it’s no wonder that over 5000 real users have left a review, mostly leaving incredibly positive feedback.

Don’t just take our word for it – read a review of the Ultra right here. We wouldn’t recommend anything over this tool, unless you had some seriously extraneous circumstances!

Any thoughts?

Well now you know what we’d pick (and in fact did pick) for our oral cleansing routine. Any thoughts on these suggestions? Where’d we get it right, where’d we go wrong? What do you use?


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