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Harry’s Review

“Make the most of your shave with Harry’s”

To me, there are few things better than a good shave. It allows me to feel both refreshed and rejuvenated. I understand how strange that sounds as I drag 5 blades across my neck, but it’s true. I was displeased with the popular and highly reviewed Gillette Fusion Proglide, so I began seeking a suitable replacement. Tired of the overpriced razors found in local drugstores, I expanded my search to the Internet. While many individuals I know have chosen to go with Dollar Shave Club, I was immediately attracted to Harry’s and their simple yet effective advertising. I was never fortunate enough to experience the old school barber shops, but I was instantly reminded of them and drawn to the nostalgic aspect of their brand. I decided to take a chance and placed my very first order. 

Presentation/Delivery

The razor, blades and shaving cream all arrived in two separate boxes that were neatly packed and visually pleasing. As noted earlier, the overall presentation resembled that of an old school barber shop. It was simple, clean and professional. I placed my order on a Sunday and the items arrived in merely two days. This was well under the original timeframe for delivery. My wife and I have many items shipped to our home and this was undoubtedly the best service I have experienced in months.

9/10

Price

I originally ordered the Winston set, which included the razor, 3 blades and one tube of shaving cream. I ultimately decided to include an additional tube of shaving cream and 12 blades. 

Total Cost: $53 plus shipping and tax = $66.67 (Great bargain!) 

In comparison to the Proglide, it would have cost me nearly double the amount if I stuck with Gillette products. 

9/10 

Performance

The Winston razor was modern, chic and very easy to handle. There was very minimal pull and absolutely no razor burn. As an individual with sensitive skin, this was a major relief. The only real drawback was the shaving cream. While the scent is pleasant and the cream itself contains many calming ingredients, I found that it does not lather well at all. 

8.5/10 

Click on the photo below for a link to their website. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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Audio Blog: Sayings We Use

This audio blog has a more comedic tone to it. You’re probably guilty of using at least one of the following sayings. If any of these were taken literally, the results would be quite entertaining. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Audio Blog: Moving On

A recent status update and conversation with a good friend of mine sparked this audio blog topic. He’s unhappy with his job and we discussed the possibility of moving on. What is the one question you must ask yourself….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Audio Blogs

Update

The original concept of this website was to connect with you and I intended on accomplishing this feat through the use of advice, opinions, personal stories and humour.  With the recent success of Ultimate Fighting and a new partnership with MMASucka.com, I have decided that it is within my best interest to revamp my dated blog section. Rather than continue with traditional written pieces, I felt that audio blogs would be much more engaging and ultimately more entertaining. As opposed to my weekly podcast, I won’t have a set schedule for these audio blogs, but intend on posting one every couple of weeks. 

I sincerely hope that you enjoy them. 

 

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A Slice Of Heaven – Formaggio’s Pie Shack Review

As a foodie, I am embarrassed to admit that I just FINALLY got around to tasting the brilliance that is Formaggio’s.

I read all of the overwhelmingly positive reviews and my interest reached an all time peak.A friend/work colleague of mine decided that it was about time I was introduced to “Pizza Heaven.”

I sampled the Meat Lover’s Pizza and was immediately sold! 

  • The sauce was zesty and flavourful
  • The toppings were entirely fresh
  • The amount of cheese was criminal in the best way possible
  • The crust was perfectly cooked 

It’s not only one of the best pizza joints in London, but arguably one of the best in the region. I plan on being a loyal customer for many years to come.

http://formaggiospieshack.com/Formaggios_Pie_Shack/Home.html 

 

 

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What is FOMO?

Do you constantly check your phone or computer for the latest status updates, photos and events? Are you afraid that you might miss out on what’s happening in your friend’s lives? If so, you may be suffering from FOMO. FOMO refers to the “Fear of Missing Out.” The world of social media has become an addiction and within the past couple of years, this addiction has greatly increased.

In a new survey conducted by MyLife.com, it was revealed that 56% of social media users are afraid of missing out on events, news and important status updates.

Here are some more statistics from the survey:

51% visit or log on more frequently to social networks than they did just two years ago.

27% will log in onto social sites as soon as they wake up.

42% have multiple accounts

52% considered taking a vacation from one or more social networks. Only 24% of these people will likely follow through.

How do you beat FOMO?

Take a step back and remember that the world exists without social media. Find constructive ways to spend your time and cut your social media habits in half. Believe me when I tell you that you’re missing out on a lot less than you actually think. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Information Provided By Mashable.com 

 

 

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How to Avoid Impulse Purchases at the Grocery Store

Earlier in the week, I posed the question to some friends, “What is your biggest impulse purchase at the grocery store?” Not surprisingly, salty and sugary snacks were the most popular answers. While it’s not impossible to avoid these unintended purchases, it does take a fair bit of inner strategizing before entering the store.

How does one avoid these impulse purchases? Here are some tips!

Eat before going to the grocery store: Going to the grocery store on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster. You will think more with your stomach than your brain. 

Make a list: Planning purchases in advance will keep the process more organized and will give you a reason not to deviate from the list.  

Go alone: Avoid shopping with someone who might be considered a bad influence on your shopping habits. By grocery shopping alone, you are more likely to remain focused on the task at hand. 

Do your homework: Compare prices between other stores and research the items online. This will provide you with more insight on true bargains and deals. 

Read the labels: Is the bag of chips and the calories that follow really worth it? Ultimately, you are the judge, but first read the nutritional information before making the impulse purchase. 

Additional Information Provided By FreeInTenYears.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ways to Extend Your Smartphone Battery

Do you ever look at your phone in the afternoon and notice that you only have 20% battery left? Don’t panic, because here are a few ways to give your battery more life no matter which device you own.

Watch for push notifications.  

Every beep, vibrate and new message on your lock screen will take a serious toll on your battery.

Use ‘airplane mode.’

Airplane mode will prevent your phone from constantly searching for a network. The only downfall is that you cannot make a call while in this mode.

Close your apps.  

Even if you’re not using them, apps will often run in the background. Make sure to close any app you are not presently using.

Lower the brightness

It’s simple, but something we frequently overlook.

Turn off wi-fi

It’s not uncommon that your phone will constantly seek out wi-fi when you’re not connected to wireless internet. This is an instant battery drain.

Keep it cool

It has been proven that batteries use more energy when hot. Experts advise not to carry around a phone in your pocket and to never leave it sitting in direct sunlight. 

 

Additional Information Provided By Interprep

 

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Biggest Workplace Time Wasters

Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of wasting time at work. Some surf the internet all day, while others simply do everything humanly possible to avoid any form of a work. 

Here are the biggest time wasters from survey of American workers. 

23.4% say socializing with co-workers was their #1 distraction at work.

14% say that talking with co-workers was their #1 time waster.

77% of workers who have a Facebook account use it during work, and for some that means spending up to 2 hours on the site.

Most popular time-wasting websites: Facebook (41%); LinkedIn (37%); Yahoo (31%); Google (28%); Twitter (8%); Pinterest (4%)

64% say they visit non-work related websites every day during work hours.

69% of employed respondents say they’re either actively seeking a new job or open to job offers.

46% reported spending time job hunting during work hours on company computers.

47% say their biggest time-waster is having to attend too many meetings.

4% of those polled said spacing out was their #1 distraction at work.

23% of employees reported wasting time out of boredom.

Can you think of any that you would add to the list?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Restaurant in London, Ontario

Last fall, I created a YouTube video of my Top 5 Favourite Restaurants in London, Ontario. I’m embarrassed to say that the list is extremely dated and completely inaccurate. Yes, toss that previous list out the window because my new list begins and ends with Shmokey Rob & Sons Southern Eatery.

Click the photo below for my YouTube spotlight on Shmokey’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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