Lugz Boots are Perfect for Winter

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If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know just how much I love Lugz footwear. I now own 4 pairs of their boots and a pair of their sneakers which I wear to work at the hospital.  I get so many compliments whenever I wear them and they are super comfortable so it’s a big win win.

This year Lugz allowed me to pick out a pair of boots for myself and a pair for my boyfriend.  This is always such a hard task because I want them all !!!

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After searching over their site for a really long time, I finally decided on the Women’s Convoy Fur 6 inch Boots.  I  love that they can be worn with just about anything – from leggings and jeans to dresses and skirts.  Because they have a faux fur lining they keep my feet super warm when it’s cold outside and the color I picked goes with almost everything. If this color is too light for you, they also come in 4 other colors (black, soft pink, warm grey, and golden wheat).

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Rich picked out the Men’s Colorado Chukka Boots which wears like a sneaker, but performs like a boot. You can choose from black, brown black, dark brown black (pictures above) and dune.  These boots are Rich’s 3rd pair of Lugz and his favorite because of the versatility and comfort.  He recommends getting a half size larger than you normally wear.

So head over to the Lugz website to check out all their amazing boots and sneakers. They have the perfect pair for you !!!

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4 Tips on How to Make Great Coffee

We all know that the best coffee is made with freshly roasted beans and water at just the right temperature, but sometimes we don’t have time to do it ourselves. Luckily for us, there are many places in our city where we can go and get a great cup of coffee without having to brew or roast anything ourselves. Here are four tips on how to make your next cup of coffee taste as good as possible!

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1. Have Proper Equipment

One of the biggest differences between a good cup and an average one is that the barista likely had the proper equipment to make it with. This doesn’t just mean having a coffee machine, it means keeping your coffee machine clean and well-groomed, and keeping all of your equipment in good shape so nothing affects the final product. You can look up gear online at
https://www.brewcoffeehome.com or go to a store that sells brewing equipment. Make sure to get the right filters for your coffee maker and to use the proper amount of water.

Coffee Grinder

For many coffee drinkers, using whole beans from a store that grinds them is the easiest way to get freshly ground coffee at home. However, you’ll need your grinder if you want high quality. If you aren’t already signed up with your favorite roaster, there are plenty of online retailers for bulk coffee grinding – just be sure to buy an appropriate amount for how often you use it so it doesn’t go stale before you can finish it.

Espresso Machine

Espresso machines can get pricey if you don’t know what you’re looking for. If you prefer your coffee brewed this way, it is worth investing in one that will let you tinker with the machine itself so you have more control over the final product. They are available online or at specialty retail stores – do some research beforehand to find something right for your price range.

Grind and Brew Coffee Makers

For those who are still on the fence about brewing their coffee, a grind and brew is an excellent choice. This machine will allow you to choose your beans and how you want them ground and then brews them for you right afterward. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of entering grinding and brewing times into an app or waiting for your pre-ground coffee to scoop correctly into the filter, this is the best way to get quality control over exactly what goes in your cup without having to take too much time out of your day.

2. Use Fresh Beans, Ground in-house

Almost everyone loves the smell of freshly roasted beans! A good barista will tell you that about 90% of what makes a cup taste great is the quality of the beans, so it’s not surprising that they sell these beans in-house. If you want to bring some home, try looking for a place that sells whole beans with a very high turnover rate. Grind these yourself at home or have them ground specifically for your coffee machine. Using high-quality ingredients results in a great cup of coffee every time- even if it isn’t made with fresh beans ground just before brewing! Using pre-ground coffee may be easier but using fresh whole beans brings out incredible flavor profiles that can be lost when they are pre-ground.

3. Make It the Right Temperature

The scariest thing about making coffee is when you burn the beans! This means that most places serve their coffee piping hot, but what if you prefer yours iced? Most professional baristas will tell you to make sure your water temperature stays between 195° F and 205° F, which is what is needed to pull the best flavor out of your beans. do this properly, make sure your water is filtered so it doesn’t affect the taste of the coffee.

4. Don’t Forget to Add Milk

This might seem silly at first, but you should find a barista who can explain how much milk to use for your preferred cup. It’s not just about when you add it, but also what kind of milk and at what temperature. Whole milk is great when you want strong flavor in very strong coffee, while light or non-dairy milk such as soy or almond will add subtle flavors with smoother tastes. Look for a barista who knows the proper ratio and temperature of everything! 

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Making great coffee depends on using fresh beans, grinding them yourself or having them ground for you in-house (not pre-ground), brewing at the right temperature, and adding milk. Doing these four simple things will ensure that your morning cup of joe is perfect every time!

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Digz Gloves are a Perfect Gift for Gardeners

Digz Gardening has the perfect gloves for the gardener on your holiday shopping list.  With 20 different styles to choose from, they each combine form and function with a splash of fashion.

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I received the Digz Medium Gardener Gloves with adjustable wrist straps which are perfect for all my gardening jobs. The 4-way spandex provides comfort, while palm and knuckle padding offers protection.  I love that they are tailored to a woman’s hand for a better fit and functionality.

My favorite thing about these gloves is that they have touchscreen compatible fingertips which allow you to use your phone without removing your gloves!

Other great features of these gloves:

  • Foam knuckle padding for added protection
  • Reinforced leather palm and stretchable back
  • Adjustable wrist strap ensures perfect fit
  • Absorbent terry cloth to absorb sweat
  • Machine washable

”Whether you’re a weekend gardening enthusiast or a landscaping pro, Digz has a glove to match your needs. From planting to placing pavers to pruning, there’s a glove for you.”

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eCreamery Holiday Seasonal Collection

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eCreamery’s Ice Cream is always rich, creamy, and decadently delicious, but this year’s Holiday Seasonal Collection flavors are so amazing, I can barely contain my enthusiasm!

eCreamery ice cream artists created these new seasonal flavors that are the pinnacle of perfection in a pint.

The Holiday Seasonal Collection includes:

  • Chocolate S’mores: Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream with Marshmallows, Graham Crunch & Chocolate Chunks
  • Peppermint Bliss: Peppermint Ice Cream with Swirls of Peppermint Frosting & Red Velvet Cake Pieces
  • Snickerdoodle: Cinnamon Ice Cream with Snickerdoodle Cookies
  • Butter Pecan: Butter Pecan Ice Cream with Praline Pecans & Caramel Swirls

* They also have 8 packs, 12 packs and 16 packs with or without cookies.

And I love that they have a Hanukkah: 8 Night (8 Pint) Collection that includes:

  • Chocolate S’mores: Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream with Marshmallows, Graham Crunch & Chocolate Chunks
  • Peppermint Bliss: Peppermint Ice Cream with Swirls of Peppermint Frosting & Red Velvet Cake Pieces
  • Chocolate Chunk: Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks
  • Cookies & Cream: Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Oreo Cookie Pieces
  • Sea Salt Caramel: Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream
  • Snickerdoodle: Cinnamon Ice Cream with Snickerdoodle Cookies
  • Butter Pecan: Butter Pecan Ice Cream with Praline Pecans & Caramel Swirls
  • Mint Chip: Mint Chip Ice Cream

These custom-churned, and hand packed flavors make the sweetest holiday gifts for your family and friends (or to keep for yourself).

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Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R by Outright Games

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Get your spy gear ready and ride to victory in Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R by Outright Games! Your moment has come to join Tony Toretto as a Spy Racer in a racing tournament across the world – from LA to the Sahara Desert and beyond.

Take on the role of a Spy Racer and battle against the resurgent criminal racing organization, SH1FT3R. Prove you’re the best by racing across unique tracks with your gadgets and speeding through secret shortcuts. Personalize your car with unique skins and unlock new items within the game.

Compete in couch co-op with a friend or play online with up to 5 other players. If you’ve ever wanted to be a hard-driving undercover spy, the Spy Racers want you!

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* Available on Switch/Xbox/PS4/Steam. Rated E for Everyone,.

Check out the trailer HERE

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