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Must-Have Upgrades For Any Bachelor Pad

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A killer bachelor pad accomplishes two tasks: it’s the perfect hangout spot for your buddies and a place to impress your lady friends. But if yours looks messy, outdated, or just plain boring, how do you upgrade?

Adding your own mix of gadgets and design pieces, along with carefully selected colors and textures, will create a space that’s uniquely yours. Get started with our list of 13 essential upgrades.

Lounge Furniture

Between Call of Duty marathons, falling asleep to a Bond film, or kicking back with that girl you met at the office Christmas party, you need cushioning that can keep up. A classy sofa and chair set is a good place to start.

Projector

You like to watch movies — or maybe you just like to show off pictures from your last trip to Machu Pichu. Either way, a projector will take your viewing parties to the next level.

Speakers

You’re not in college anymore, so break your habit of blasting music out of your windows; a quality speaker set allows you to set the mood without making the walls shake. Check online listings or thrift stores for more budget-friendly options.

Bar Cart

Because everyone needs to channel Don Draper a little. Try an updated version of the Mad Men standby with metallic accents and plenty of storage for your hi-ball glasses.

Beverage Refrigerator

If you’re serious about getting your drink on, you need a place that keeps all your beverages perfectly chilled. Coolers don’t run cheap, but they’ll turn ordinary hosts into seasoned entertainers.

Espresso Machine

A high-quality espresso maker will impress anyone who spends the night; who doesn’t want to wake up to a freshly brewed latte? It’s your chance to show off your expansive knowledge on coffee roasts and what makes a latte different from a cappuccino.

Water Filtration

It’s a tiny detail that makes a big difference — none of your guests want to drink funky water. Salt free systems will keep any weird-tasting minerals out of your cocktails and ice cubes (and your shower and faucets).

Countertop Appliances

With the right tools, nobody has to know about your terrible cooking skills. Use a breakfast sandwich maker to accompany your guest’s morning latte, or try an indoor grill in the evening that automatically adjusts cooking time to your food’s thickness.

Wall Art

Yes, you need to appear cultured — no, it’s not hard. Your ability to look like a Renaissance man depends on your taste, and you have endless options. Try framing a few vintage posters yourself, or buying premade art prints from companies like Barewalls. Crafty types can find sculptures at yard sales or thrift stores and paint them to fit any decor scheme. Remember to keep it simple; you’ll look like you’re trying too hard if you crowd your walls.

Shelving

Unless you want a cutting-edge statement piece, you probably don’t need to buy new shelves for your bachelor pad — just spruce up older ones with paint. If you have money to burn, consider turning a large shelf into a room divider.

Indoor Rock Climbing Wall

If you have big room (and a house, or really chilled-out landlord), some companies can build custom walls for you. Now that’s a statement piece.

Jellyfish Tank

This LED tank can display those jellies and give them a color-changing appearance — definitely cooler than your run-of-the-mill puppy.

Punching Bag

If you want a quick workout — or want to show that you work out without rubbing it in everyone’s faces — hang a punching bag in a corner for instant man cred.

No matter how you upgrade your bachelor pad, consider following a few ground rules. Since you’re not in college anymore, own your space and keep it clean: no crusted-on food in the sink, dust bunnies in the carpet, beer can pyramids, or shower mildew. Take pride in your pad, and your pad will return the favor, no matter what you buy.

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SpaceX Is Sending A Japanese Billionaire On A Trip Around The Moon

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BFR Stage Separation

A few days back, SpaceX tweeted that they had signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard their BFR launch vehicle, with a cryptic Japanese flag emoji providing the only clue as to who the passenger might be.

Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at a press event at SpaceX’s headquarters and announced that Japanese fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person to make the journey around the moon. The BFR Lunar Mission will last an estimated four to five days and will take place as early as 2023.

Maezawa is the 42-year-old Japanese billionaire founder of the custom clothing online retailer ZOZO, with a reported net worth of $3.6 billion. Needless to say, he’s got the wherewithal to afford such an extravagant expenditure.

BFR Passing The Moon

“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” Maezawa said during the press conference. “Just staring at the moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I do not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”

But that’s not all. Maezawa is inviting six to eight artists from around the world to join him on this mission to the Moon. The billionaire said he will invited painters, sculptors, musicians, and architects from around the world. Upon their return all he requests is that they create a work of art using their stellar trek as inspiration.

“These artists will be asked to create something when they return to Earth,” said Maezawa. “These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer inside all of us. Needless to say, we’ve always been inspired by the Moon. Take for example, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and The Beatles’ Mr. Moonlight.”

BFR In Flight

If successful, Maezawa and the people who join him will be the first humans to travel to the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972. But before history is made, the BFR needs to be constructed, and they’ve got five years to do so. An ambitious time table, but Musk and team believe they can do it.

The BFR Lunar Mission is the first step in Elon Musk’s master plan, as he wants humanity “to become a multi-planet civilization as soon as possible” and that he hopes to “make people excited about the future.”

Mission accomplished Elon, 2023 can’t get here soon enough!

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You’ll Never Run Out Of Power Again With The 20,100 mAh Novoo AC Power Bank

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Omars Electronics, but all thoughts are our own.

Novoo AC Power Bank

How many of you suffer from charge anxiety, worried about one of your devices (phone, tablet, laptop, etc) running out of juice when you’re out and about? We’ve all been there, frantically searching for a free outlet to plug into and get charged up.

As someone who travels frequently, this is something I constantly struggle with, as it’s easy to drain your battery on a cross-country flight while playing Candy Crush or watching movies… especially if the airplane you’re on doesn’t have a USB port or power outlet.

To combat this, I always travel with a “pocket power bank”, which can charge up my phone or tablet in an emergency. But they’re not good for much else, as these little power banks simply don’t have a lot of juice, not to mention the fact that you can’t charge other devices, like your laptop (assuming it doesn’t draw too much wattage), DSLR, Bluetooth headphones, or drone.

Novoo AC Power Bank

So what’s the alternative? The 20,100 mAh Novoo AC Power Bank is your energy solution to keep your laptops, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices charged anytime, anywhere. Not only is that a CRAZY amount of battery capacity (enough to charge a smartphone more than five times), but you can charge multiple devices at once, and it supports three different types of ports: USB, USB-C, and an AC outlet.

It’s that last one that had me perk up and take notice, as I am rarely able to get through a long flight without my laptop running out of juice. With the Novoo AC Power Bank, I can plug in my laptop when I’m running low on juice and keep on going. It’s also handy if you’re traveling abroad and don’t want to buy a power adapter, or if you’re camping out in the woods. Simply charge this bad boy up before your trip, and use it to recharge your devices instead.

This actually would have been a lifesaver when I visited London last year, as I totally forgot to pack a power adaptor in my haste. Both my laptop and GoPro ran out of juice while I was out there, and I had no way of charging them back up. But if I had the Novoo AC Power Bank with me, I would have been good to go. Talk about a rookie mistake!

Novoo AC Power Bank

Best of all, the Novoo AC Power Bank won’t take up a lot of room in your backpack, as it’s only a little bigger than a soda can, measuring in at 80mm x 80mm x 155mm and weighing just 2.12 pounds. So what are you waiting for? If you’re constantly worried about running out of power, pick up the Novoo AC Power Bank (using coupon code NOVOOESS for 15% off) and leave that charge anxiety behind.

While you’re at it, make sure you check out the other sweet gear that Omars Electronics offers for power users, like their Omars 10-Port Hub (use coupon code OMARS10P for 15% off) and the Omars Beast – a crazy huge capacity 26,800 mAh 90 watt AC power bank (use coupon code NOVOOTPB for 10% off).

Last but not least, you can enter to win your very own Novoo AC Power Bank:

Win an Omars Electronics 20,100 mAh AC Power Bank

Good luck!

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Here’s Your Chance To Shop Local While Giving Back To A Worthy Cause

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There’s no question that online retailers like Amazon have changed the game, allowing people to purchase virtually anything with the simple click of a button, and have it delivered within a few days. It’s super convenient for sure, but at what cost?

Over the years, we have seen these massive companies put the little Mom & Pop shops out of business. But fear not, because today’s younger generation is looking to change of all of that, all while giving back to some worthy causes.

Currently, 75% of millennial consumers consider it very important to support brands that give back to society, and 37% of those same consumers are more likely to buy items associated with a particular cause. And they want to support the Maker Movement by purchasing unique and innovative products made by inventors, designers, engineers, artists and true craftsman.

One company helping to facilitate this movement is IndieDoGood.com, which helps connect small businesses with consumers through their website, with tons of unique and innovative products to choose from. And best of all, they donate 5% of your total purchase price to your favorite charity. Seriously, how great is that?

You can check out this video to learn more about the IndieDoGood story.

The company was founded by Ron and Sue Otten, driven by their passion for giving back to charities and local communities along with their desire to provide an environment where entrepreneurs can tell their story, quickly go to market, and bring high-quality, artisanal products to shoppers around the world.

Here are a few products on IndieDoGood.com that caught our attention:

Shore Boards

IndieDoGood - Shore Boards

Shore Boards started by building hollow-wood paddle boards, that can even be customized and are gorgeous pieces of art. These top-quality boards are handmade for all types of board sports including Stand Up Paddle Boards, Longboards, and Wakesurf boards. This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the way these boards are made and provides some insights to this home-grown artisan company.

MotionWise Standing Desk

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Studies have long shown many health disadvantages of prolonged sitting, they call it “Sitting Disease”. As someone who spends most of my day sitting in front of a computer screen, I could definitely benefit from MotionWise’s creatively-designed standing desks that provide improved blood flow throughout your body, increased energy, better posture, while actually helping you to burn more calories while working.

Hammer Head Swim Caps

IndieDoGood - Hammer Head Swim Caps

Hammer Head Swim Caps is the world’s ONLY protective swim cap. Did you know that water sports have more ER visits than football, rugby, and hockey? Hammer Head swim caps protect swimmers thanks to a patent-pending layer of honeycomb material inside the cap that helps to absorb and dissipate the shock of impact with the wall and other swimmers.

These are just a few examples from the ever-growing catalog of unique products available for purchase from IndieDoGood.com. So what do you say, who’s ready to support the Maker Movement while doing some good for your favorite charity?


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by IndieDoGood, but all opinions are my own.

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