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BCOZZY Review: The Best Kids Travel Neck Pillow

Kids Travel Neck Pillow

In this article, I talk about one of the best travel neck pillow for kids, specifically, BCOZZY. In this BCOZZY Review, I look at the benefits of this neck pillow and talk about how much my child loves it.

BCOZZY Review

Traveling and getting to know other people’s culture is one of the best things anyone can do in life. There’s hardly a better feeling in the world than the thrill that comes with seeing the most amazing sights around the world. I’ve thought to believe that right from my adolescence, and although I couldn’t do much traveling as a kid, I made a vow to catch up on what I missed when I grew up.

But traveling long distances comes with lots of stress. It doesn’t matter if it’s a road trip or long plane ride, there’s only so much time you can spend appreciating the landscape without feeling jetlagged or just burned out. I for one am quite fastidious about my sleeping positions. I get cranky after a long trip as I find it difficult to sleep in the car or plane. It doesn’t matter which position I try, I’m just never comfortable. I’ve mentioned this in previous articles and even suggested a few cooling blankets to help when staying in a hotel room away from home.

BCOZZY ReviewAs the years went by, I learned to adapt to the sleep deprivation. Although it still takes its toll when I finally get to my destination because I’ll need a full day of quality sleep or two before I can enjoy the sights and sounds. I learned I had to include more days in my itinerary because of this simple fact. However, things changed when my child began to come with me when traveling, as I realized the world stopped being about just me.

I noticed the annoying crankiness right from our first trip together and I couldn’t blame the poor boy. The road trip was quite long and the road was bumpy at some points. I felt he was going to eventually shake it off like I always do but this seemed not to be the case for him. He hardly enjoyed any moment on our first trip and kept complaining of a stiff neck. This experience culminated into a dislike for traveling and I couldn’t afford to let that grow.

I firmly believe there are only a few things you can spend money on that would make you richer, and products that improve the quality of your sleep is one of them. I knew I had to find a solution and during my frantic search, I came across the BCOZZY kids chin support Travel neck pillow.

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Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Pack Review: Built For Travel

osprey farpoint 40 review

The following article is a review of the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Pack. In this article, you’ll get a personal take on the pros and cons of this model along with some tips and advice if you’re looking at Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack or a similar backpack design. 

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Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Pack Review

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Just recently our very own staff writer Julie Buckingham wrote an amazing article on Laptop Backpacks for Women, which made me think of one of my last trip to Germany. I bought the Osprey Farpoint 40 travel pack specifically for the trip, which was half business, half pleasure. We went for just over two weeks and because I had to fit in a Laptop and a small camera into the bag, I was concerned about the space. I was very close to getting the Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack, which is bigger, but I’m glad I didn’t.

One of the reason’s why I decided to stick with Osprey Farpoint 40 travel pack was that I was trying my hardest pack less. I was inspired by the documentary “Minimalism” which I had watched on Netflix leading up to the trip. Minimalism, in a nutshell, is the goal to just use your most essential items and not to carry around extra clutter in life. So for this trip, I figured I would force myself to do so by only carrying around a smaller backpack. To my surprise this the Osprey Farpoint 40 held a large amount of stuff, way more than I was expecting. My minimalism is goal remains on track in life, but looking back on that trip, I could have easily packed more items in the Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack.

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6 Best French Press Coffee Maker Models on the Market

Best French Press Coffee Maker

The following article is a complete breakdown of the best french press coffee maker models on the market that I have researched and tested. This article explains what makes a great french press and should help you narrow down your search for finding the best coffee maker that fits your needs. 

Best French Press Coffee Maker

I would classify myself as a heavy coffee drinker, but not a pretentious one. I don’t go to Starbucks very often, but when I do, my order is straightforward; a medium cup of black coffee to which I add a little cream and sugar and I’m good to go. I work from home mostly, so I make coffee at least twice throughout the day for myself. Over the years, the evolution of the coffee makers I have purchased got bigger and more complex. I liked coffee makers that would grind the beans for me, measure the right amount of water to add and even give me digital options to how refined the grind was. However, that all changed after having my first cup of coffee from a French Press.

Best French Press Coffee MakerI remember it well, my wife and I took the kids to visit friends who lived out of town for the weekend. The first morning I woke up I was greeted with a nice cup of coffee, but I never saw it being brewed. I assumed it was some fancy new expensive coffee maker as the coffee was vibrant with flavor. At the time, I was currently looking for a new coffee maker after my $349 Breville maker had broke, so I was very curious to learn about what had made this great cup of joe. When I discovered the coffee was made from a French Press, I was amazed. I was in disbelief that something so simple could whip together such a great cup of coffee.

When we returned home a few days later, I went out to pick up my own French Press with the intention of it being a temporary replacement until I could find the next best thing as far as a pro-style coffee makers go. But, it’s been over six months now, and I’m still using a French Press. I love the taste and my wife, and I love how much extra counter space we have in our kitchen now.

However, I should point out that I have tested out a few different French Press maker models. In fact, I met this guy working for a local department store that seemed to be a coffee fanatic. He was Barista that worked at this local hipster coffee shop part-time and also worked at the department store where I was shopping to buy the best french press coffee maker I could get my hands on. He was the perfect person to bounce questions off.

I was interested in learning that despite the fact that a French Press coffee maker was such a simple tool for brewing coffee, it has a few different versions. Some are cheaper than others while some seem to charge more for a more professional but don’t, in fact, brew better coffee.

The following are the six Best French Press Coffee Maker Models on the Market.

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Hotwire Review: My Personal Experience (Includes 7 Booking Tips )

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Hotwire Review

For some people, booking a hotel can be a long and exhausting process. For others, it’s just paying for a room to sleep in while you’re out of town. Nobody wants to stay in a dump, nor do they want to pay too much. That’s why Hotwire has a really changed the game when booking a hotel room. The following is my personal Hotwire Review along with some hotel booking tips to ensure you get the best deal

How Does Hotwire Work?

Instead of researching and comparing rooms between dozens of websites, looking stock photos that never look like the room you stay in or reading fake reviews online, you can bypass all of the hassles with simply selecting a list of things most important to your stay. With Hotwire, you are presented with a list of priorities and some basic information to fill out. Things like the area, amenities, star rating, and price. From there you pay for your room but you are not told the hotel name until after purchase…and it’s non-refundable or changeable.

What Are The Benefits?

The benefits of booking with Hotwire are simple, you can stay in a beautiful room for a fraction of the price.

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5 Airplane Toys For Toddlers To Keep Both You And Them Happy

Airplane Toys For Toddlers

Just recently I wrote about how my entire family took its first trip to Disneyland and the success of that vacation hindered on getting my kids their own luggage. Having your children involved in something as simple as being responsible for their own toys, gives them a task and allows them a sense of purpose throughout the whole traveling experience. Each kid had their own luggage, but we put those bags into the overhead compartment throughout the flight. To avoid having to get up 15 times throughout the flight, we brought a carry on bag for the entire families needs. In that bag, we included games and toys for the kids to keep busy along with snacks for them to eat.

Airplane Toys For ToddlersIn this article, I wanted to share with you some of the awesome airplane toys for toddlers that I picked up for the flight. Now I know what you’re thinking, who buys brand new toys for their kids just to behave on a flight…. well, I do. I didn’t break the bank at all, but I did find some awesome affordable toys online that made the 6-hour flight easily worth it. My kids were so well behaved, the wife and I got to enjoy a beverage and even got to play a game of scrabble (an app on her phone) while they played quietly.

Tip: To read about our trip and to get advice for Kids Carry on Luggage, I would suggest checking out my Best Luggage For Kids article. There you should be able to get some tips for your upcoming trip.

The following are 7 awesome airplane toys for toddlers. I didn’t buy all of these, but my step brother has 5 kids and made some suggestions to this article to give you more options. He was the one who suggested getting them toys when I mentioned our family vacation.

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