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I’ve written before about my love for Peak Designs bags and products. My current Peak Design bag lineup includes
Black 5L Sling - this is what I use when I’m shooting with my Leica camera or as an accessory bag for flying and family vacations to store a water bottle, battery.
Black 10L Sling - large enough for my MacBook, camera, 2 lenses I travel a lot with this bag.
Black Everyday Backpack 20L - this is for trips where I’m bringing most (but not all) of my camera gear, one or two laptops, headphones, Nintendo etc
Peak recently launched a new “travel” line that starts with the Travel Backpack 45L. This is an incredible bag but it’s large and designed as a primary bag for travel OR a back that I use for photography trips where I am brining 2 bodies, 4-5 lenses, iPad, and all the necessities for a flight.
2 years ago, we replaced all our Dinnerware with products from Heath Ceramics. After more than 10 years with our previous dinnerware we wanted a product that would last a long time and was incredibly durable.
Heath Ceramics has been making Dinnerware since 1948. Some of their pieces will be found in many restaurants around the country. Their products are hand made.
Last year Apple released the iPhone X. This was arguably the biggest change in the iPhone since the introduction of the “Plus” sized phones a few years prior. You can read my review from last year.
I was very bullish on the iPhone X and I regard this as the best phones I have owned… until now.
The iPhone Xs and Xs Max are an evolution of this product. The changes are not significant but they are meaningful. Whether they are meaningful enough for you to upgrade - that’s up to you but I will spell out some scenarios to consider.
The biggest decision when considering the Xs is the size. I decided to purchase the “Max” or the bigger one. I will admit that this was the toughest decision or me to make. After living with the phone for a week, I’m glad I made this choice - but it’s not a perfect choice. I think the size of the new iPhone Xr (which I won’t plan to review) is closer to what I’d want.
Every household should have a battery powered tire inflator. In our house we have some cars, some bikes, sports balls, pool toys. They all need air.
I recently purchased the Black and Decker 20V Lithium Cordless Multi Purpose Inflator.
I'm always on the lookout for great non-toxic household products. A few months I read about Puracy in a Wirecutter review of their cleaner. Puracy is a company in Austin TX that makes some really nice and simple household products. Much of it made in the USA. I like how transparent they are with their ingredients.
I've had a Ring Doorbell for a few years now. I've had a few generations of it. Recently Amazon purchase Ring as well. But recently I decided to get a Nest Hello Video Doorbell. I already have a few Nest cameras and was intrigued by the Video Doorbell to simplify things around my house (one less app, one less thing with it's own settings).