Using a Blacklight Flashlight to Find Dried Dog Urine and Lost Toys

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Yes, you read that correctly. A while back I purchased a blacklight flashlight to find dried dog urine in our house. Why? Because when you have two young puppies it’s not uncommon to identify the smell of urine but to not be able to find the source…

They’ve grown a good bit since I originally purchased it and it’s less of an issue now. That’s not to imply that they don’t “go” in the house anymore but it’s not as frequent and also less likely that we won’t notice.

There was a time, however, when they would frequently sneak off and piss in a corner or under a table and we wouldn’t notice it for a while. On wooden floors can be difficulty to see after it has dried.

Does this work? The short is answer is that yes, it does.

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Thermos 16-Ounce Travel Mug (Keeps Coffee Hot)

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Every once in a while I’ll buy a new travel mug but so far none of them have managed to keep my coffee hot for more than 15 to 30 minutes.

These days I brew up a pot of coffee each weekday morning and then pour it into a Thermos brand thermos. It does a great job of keeping coffee hot through most of the day but once a cup is poured out it would cool rather quickly.

Last week I ordered a Thermos brand travel mug (Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Leak-Proof Travel Mug) and it is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I can fill the mug in the morning and whatever I haven’t drank will still be hot near lunchtime. Some may not be too keen on spending $20 for a travel mug but it’s easily worth the cost. It does such a good job of keeping the coffee hot that I waste less and may even begin brewing up just half a pot in the mornings.

FitBit Zip

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I haven’t started an exercise program yet but I figured it might help to pickup a pedometer so I can get an idea of how active I am on a daily basis. I figured this kind of device would give me a good idea of how much I walk throughout the course of a day. Then, I could use that information to increase my daily activity.

I haven’t increased my daily activity but I have developed a general idea of what it is. The device I’m using is a FitBit Zip. It easily clips to the inside of my pants pocket, keeps track of my steps, and can be synched to a computer (using the included USB receiver) or directly to my iPhone 5 via Bluetooth 4.0. I actually purchased two in a pack from Best Buy and gave one to my wife.

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Olive Garden Dressing

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The last time we dropped by an Olive Garden to eat we picked up two bottles of the salad dressing to take home. We both really like it and have had several salads since so it was nearly gone. As luck would have it, I decided to look for some at Wal-Mart and sure enough I spotted a bottle. As far as I can tell it’s the same dressing but it costs less and is slightly larger (about $5 at the Olive Garden and around $3.50 at Wal-Mart).

In the photo below the bottle we purchased from the Olive Garden is on the left (nearly empty). The full bottle was purchased at Wal-Mart.

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Remee Sleep Mask (for Lucid Dreaming)

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The Remee (The REM enhancing eyemask) began its life as a Kickstarter project that ended up receiving far more funding than originally requested. I didn’t jump in early – I ended up ordering one after it was fully funded and almost ready for production. My single order cost $95. This isn’t an item to order spontaneously if you’re expecting to have your own Inception going on.

So, what is it? Well, it’s a device intended to assist in achieving lucid dreams. Lucid dreams are ones in which you become aware that you’re dreaming – if you’d like to know more you can find plenty of information via Google search. It does this by flashing red LED lights at set brightness levels and with a programmed delay. The intention is for the flashing to bleed through into your dreams and effectively remind you that you are dreaming.

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Smart PDA Phone Toy at the Dollar Tree

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While visiting a local Dollar Tree store I came upon an item that I found very interesting. It’s a plastic smartphone PDA toy for kids. What interested me was the icons on the fake screen:

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Apple iOS device owners should find them very familiar. Several appear to be direct rip-offs of iOS icons. Others were slightly modified (or older versions that have since been changed).

Wow.