Whether it's reclaimed barn boards from an abandoned 1800s tool shed or vintage oak, hickory, or pine found hidden high in the rafters, the man behind the Cripple Creek Wood Shop is crafting high-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, breathing new life into forgotten wood and more.
The WINIX 5300-2 Air Purifier is quite possibly the best air purifier money can buy. In high demand, this purifier can be found on Amazon for a reasonable price. This unit features PlasmaWave technology and HEPA filtration.
Hoagies, subs, grinders, or po' boys. I've rated the top five worst fast-food sandwich shops in America. Let's find out who serves up the worst!
One of America's most beautiful scenic treasures is the mountainous region of Carbon County, Pennsylvania. In particular, the areas surrounding Jim Thorpe in which the stunning Hickory Run State Park is located. Camping at the park is a great stepping-off point for numerous outdoor adventures.
A beautiful resort on the Biloxi strip and directly on the Gulf Coast, The Beau Rivage offers guests fine dining, beautiful views, and perfect poolside weather almost year round. Here's my honest review.
For the most unique dining experience in Philadelphia, Moshulu checks all the boxes. Waterfront location, beautiful views, and extraordinary food can all be found here.
Chain pizza restaurants are notorious for serving up the absolute worst pizza imaginable. With cheap ingredients and lackluster toppings, these cardboard pizza purveyors continue to churn out inedible "pizzas" to millions of customers daily. Let's find out which chain is truly the worst and why.
Founded over 100 years ago as a Methodist seaside resort, Ocean City, New Jersey, is still considered America's Greatest Family Resort. White sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment beckon travelers from all over the world.
A real deal sandwich shop "down the shore" in New Jersey is something of a unicorn, hard to find and unique. Sack O'Subs is that unicorn. They offer a variety of hot and cold sandwiches featuring those fantastic Atlantic City sub rolls from the famous Formica's Bakery in Atlantic City.
From a humble mobile pizza joint to the #1 pizza destination in Philadelphia, Pizza Jawn doesn't know how to disappoint. The highest-quality ingredients make this artisan pizza the top-rated pie in the entire Philadelphia region. Follow along to find out what all the hype is about.
Angelo's Pizzeria located in South Philly is an old-school pizza and sandwich joint that sets the bar extremely high. Some claim Angelo's serves up the best Philly cheesesteak in town. Travel along with me, and let's find out.
Planning on becoming a blogger, vlogger, or YouTube content creator? Check out my list of the top 5 essential gear choices to help make your adventures more productive. From cameras to video editing software, I've learned which gear is required and which gear to leave at home.
The Nikon Coolpix L840 is a heavyweight contender in the point-and-shoot digital camera sector. Considered a bridge camera, the Nikon bridges the gap between the smaller, less expensive point-and-shoot cameras and the more expensive DSLR digital cameras—a great choice for budding photographers.
Meet Eufy, the cordless, handheld vacuum by Anker. Not only does this portable vacuum effortlessly clean up messes in your home, vehicle, or RV, but it also cleans the air with its built-in ionizer. Lightweight and portable, this new vacuum from Anker officially puts the Dustbuster out of business.
Travel with me as I explore Jim Thorpe and the surrounding areas, from Glen Onoko Falls to Hickory Run State Park. Enjoy the sights, learn about the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, and a bit about the history of Jim Thorpe.
This two person, four season waterproof camping and backpacking tent is designed to keep you warm and dry when the weather gets rough. With the amenities of a more expensive tent, this delivers exceptional quality at a budget price.
If the call to adventure is strong, heading to the west from the east coast is just the thing to satisfy your desire for adventure. Taking the no toll route on Highway 40 is how our ancestors traveled, and it's the only way I travel when exploring America.
There is a new offering in the frozen pizza market. Palermo's, makers of Screamin' Sicilian frozen pizza have introduced the "Stranger Things" Surfer Boy frozen pizza ahead of the fourth season of the popular Netflix series. A unique frozen pizza with interesting packaging. Let's see how it tastes!
While perusing my local Walmart frozen food section, I was shocked to find "Stranger Things" Surfer Boy Pizza. How does this frozen pizza stack up to the competition? Let's find out with my latest review!
I'd heard so much about Primanti Brothers sandwiches through numerous TV shows, social media posts, and articles that I had to try them myself. On a recent trip west to the outskirts of Pittsburgh, I was finally able to sample this iconic Pittsburgh sandwich. This is my review.
Jim's South Street offers hungry diners the working man's cheesesteak: no-frills, just fresh, quality ingredients such as thinly sliced 100% ribeye steak, wiz, provolone, or American cheese, and freshly baked bread. This is my review.
Portable power stations are expensive. I needed a portable battery-powered power station that I could use to power my electronic devices such as my laptop and a small refrigerator. I also wanted to charge my phone and cameras without draining my car battery. I decided to make one that fits my needs.
What's better than a great sloppy joe? A healthier, guilt-free version that doesn't leave out the flavor of nostalgia. Travel with me as I lay out a version of this classic sandwich with a few twists to create something that will have everyone running to the table.
Trying to find the right unlimited wireless plan can sometimes be exhausting. Let me help you select the best plan I could find. After years of trying different wireless plans, I finally stumbled upon the Walmart Family Mobile plan. It's cheap and provides plenty of data and feature to fit my needs.
As far as budget smartphones go, they can either be mediocre at best or a complete flop. Let's take a look at the newest budget smartphone offering from Motorola. If you are in the market for a cheap but reliable smartphone, follow along for my review and opinion of the Motorola Moto G Pure.
Find out why Curly's Comfort Food just might make the best Philly cheesesteak in and around Philadelphia. You'll find this shop in Levittown, just outside of Philadelphia.
Trying to find a laptop that balances both value and quality is a hard proposition when it comes to home computers. After countless weeks of research and failed purchases, I discovered the ASUS VivoBook F512J. Find out why this device was rated a #1 budget laptop.
My most recent budget laptop purchase was the Gateway Ultra Slim 15.6" Laptop from Walmart. It seemed like a bargain to me and I couldn't resist. Follow along for my review and opinion of this Wal-Mart budget laptop. Also, check out my bonus unboxing video at the end.
Looking for an ultralight solution for delicious, hot coffee on the trail and in the field? Look no further. The GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip pour-over coffee maker has got you covered. Weighing in at less than an ounce, this lightweight piece of gear takes up less space than a candy bar.
A brief memory of a love that once was. A whisper of memories past and an ode to a lost lover.
If you are looking for primitive camping in New Jersey, the pine barrens have some of the best wilderness campsites. From the Mullica River Wilderness Campsite to the Goshen Pond Campground these beautiful remote campgrounds offer the basic necessities for your next camping adventure.
Trying out the High Sierra Classic 2 Series Summit Backpack was a no-brainer. With a price tag under $100 and a 45L capacity, this pack is inexpensive and has the capacity to hold enough gear for a quick overnighter or a weekend trip. Check out my review and opinion of the best budget pack yet.
The Quechua MH100 2-Person Waterproof Tent from Decathlon is a cheap camping tent that is waterproof and comfortable. The quick and easy setup makes this tent a great choice for the beginner camper or backpacker. I have personally field tested and reviewed this tent and provided my honest opinion.
Hiking the Mullica River Trail in Southern New Jersey can be an exciting backpacking hike for the experienced or beginner enthusiast. My most recent trip in April provides an in-depth guide to a beautiful springtime hike to the Mullica River Wilderness Camp through the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
It's time to get out there and start backpacking and hiking. For those just starting out, you may not want to spend a ton of money on something that you won't enjoy. I will help you stretch your dollar and find excellent, lightweight backpacking and hiking gear at a great price as usual.
The besieged seaside city of Mariupol is surrounded by Russian soldiers and Chechen mercenaries. With their backs to the Sea of Azov, the brave Ukrainian defenders and civilians, struggle to stay alive. Their only rescue must come from the sea if they hope to leave with their lives.
Keeping an indoor palm tree healthy throughout the winter months can be a daunting task. With a few simple tips and tricks, maintaining your Majesty Palm and keeping it in tip-top shape is as easy as water, sunlight, and fertilizer. Follow along to prevent and treat spider mites and other pests.
An elevated, upscale version of the iconic Big Mac has been one of my staples at home for many years. Follow along for my take on the classic Big Mac.
Fortescue, NJ. The former weakfish capital of the world has a new moniker: "the horseshoe crab capital of the world." This tiny town has taken the lead in protecting the habitat and breeding grounds of the American horseshoe crab, allowing this life-saving creature to survive the impact of humans.
This is an artisanal calzone filled with high-quality cheeses, organic baby spinach, small-batch Italian sausage, and a blend of earthy, exotic mushrooms like crimini, shitake, and oyster.
With all the recent craze about Smashburger, did you know that Wendy's has been smashing burgers since 1969? With fresh toppings and never-frozen beef, Wendy's is often imitated but never duplicated.
You don't need a pizza stone or steel to make crispy New York-style pizza crust. all you need are good quality ingredients, and a little bit of patience. The basic ingredients for excellent pizza at home are, water, flour, yeast, and time. Follow along for the secret to pizza at home.
Remember the 40-mile-long Russian military convoy that was stalled just north of the Ukrainian Capitol of Kyiv? Well, it's gone. Not destroyed by fighter jets as it should have been but deployed throughout northern Ukraine with its armaments aimed directly at Kyiv. A history-making mistake.
These two young Ukrainian brothers from Tennessee have taken YouTube by storm. With their creativity and skills, they have welcomed themselves into millions of living rooms around the world. With the creation of their Goonzquad channel, they continue to create viral videos every week.
In our quickly changing world, gas prices can fluctuate higher overnight. One day you might have to choose between filling your gas tank or buying groceries for the week. With this type of market volatility, it's best to take a common-sense approach to save money when purchasing and using gas.
With outdoor food festival season in full swing, it's time to start thinking about feeding all those people. Now is the time to start a hot dog stand and become a food festival vendor. With a small one-time investment, it's easy to start a hot dog stand and fill your weekends earning extra money.
Losing your job can be stressful. Believe me, it's not the end of the world. With the proper planning and guidance, unemployment can be a stepping stone to a bigger and brighter future. Explore the many benefits available to the recently unemployed.
Wintertime or anytime, a steamy hot bowl of chili con carne is one of those iconic comfort foods that elicits nostalgia across the country. One of the original one-pot meals, this chili was usually made with beef when my mom made it. This version is made with turkey and tastes just as good.
As a highly rated Instacart shopper, I've completed hundreds of batches throughout the years. If you want to be successful, follow my pro tips and tricks to help Instacart shoppers maximize their earnings. Instacart is an excellent and rewarding side hustle and potentially a wonderful full-time job.
Don't have a big crowd? Roasting a turkey breast is the best solution. This dry brined turkey breast provides plenty of moist, flavorful turkey for a family of four. For Thanksgiving or anytime, slices of roasted turkey can be served as a main dish or thinly sliced to be used in turkey sandwiches.
After months of stalking my local Walmart frozen food section, I was finally able to find the One Bite frozen pizza offered by Dave Portnoy and Barstool Sports. How does One Bite pizza stack up to the competition? Let's find out.
A short story set in the year 1983. Four boys from a small town set out on a journey of discovery and horror. The dark forest in their rural backyard holds many secrets that wish to remain hidden. Travel back in time to a hellish nightmare that will leave you begging for more.
After many attempts to replicate the experience of my favorite grandma pie, I finally settled on this one. Use your home kitchen and conventional oven for restaurant-quality results. With a few staple ingredients, you can have a pizza with a crisp, chewy crust and an authentic old-world taste.
It is approaching nearly two years since the first confirmed U.S. case of COVID-19, was announced in the state of Washington on January 21, 2020. I was fortunate enough to not have contracted the virus and was initially vaccinated on February 14th, 2021.
Living with heart disease or congestive heart failure (CHF) is not an automatic death sentence. It wasn't for me and doesn't have to be for you. This is my story as a survivor, ten years after my first heart attack
Are you "hangry" for a burger and don't feel like standing outside next to the grill? Fire up the George Foreman Grill for a quick and "healthier" hamburger in minutes. From frozen burger patties to a delicious meal in minutes, the George Foreman grill does it again. Stop "hanger" in its tracks!
Big sound from a small package. The JBL Tune 110 wired, in-ear headphones offer a massive bang for the buck. These headphones are engineered to JBL's highest standards with rich bass and crystal clear highs. Light enough for all-day wear, rugged enough to last for years.
The Motorola G Power (2021) is an inexpensive device offering exceptional smartphone features at a reasonable price. This budget-minded smartphone is very capable and includes options found in many higher-priced phones. An excellent camera, sharp styling, and multi-day battery life are just a few.
With only five ingredients, this quick and easy shortbread bar recipe allows you to mix and match your favorite fruit preserves or jam and enjoy a crisp, buttery, fruity dessert bar in about an hour.
Located in Forest Township, Pennsylvania (minutes from Jim Thorpe, PA), Tank Hollow Vista offers one of the most spectacular, scenic views east of the Mississippi. It is a relatively easy hike with an amazing reward. This hike culminates at a rocky outcropping perched high atop the Lehigh Gorge.
White leather minimalist sneakers. The sneaker that does it all. These kicks range from the $85 Stan Smith's to the $480 Common Projects. If you're a man and don't have a pair of these workhorses in your closet, you just might have to run out to the mall and wrangle up a pair right now.
The Moto G Fast is a well-designed and inexpensive budget smartphone offering slightly more than basic smartphone features. The Moto G Fast sports a fantastic camera system and shoots 4K video at a reasonable price. I will dig deeper into some of the features that stand out and others that don't.
If you're into overlanding with your car, truck or SUV, you know that it can get quite expensive. I'm a low-budget guy that likes to save money without sacrificing comfort. I provide a detailed overview to help you make an informed decision when selecting overlanding gear on your next trip.
Budget-friendly doesn't have to mean cheap and tasteless. You can make inexpensive meals that are quick and easy using groceries from Walmart.
From the late 1800s to now, car camping has been a huge part of American culture. Enjoying the outdoors doesn't have to be expensive. Experience and enjoy the outdoors on a budget while stealth camping in your car or SUV.
With rocky outcroppings and a lush, dense forest, amazing dual waterfall views await your arrival at Lehigh Gorge State Park in Luzerne and Carbon County Pennsylvania. This article includes photography, tips, and personal experiences while hiking and biking this vast outdoor oasis.
If you are a dedicated van lifer or just someone who enjoys weekend camping and off grid van life, you've come to the right place. Make sure to check out my top five items for an enjoyable off-grid experience.
The East Coast of America is home to some of the best mountains for hiking and climbing. With many just a short drive from major cities along the coast, it is easy to spend a day or even a weekend enjoying what mother nature has to offer. Here is a guide to hiking and climbing along the East Coast.
Buzzwords such as Toxins, Detox, and Cleansing have been used by marketers and advertisers to sell products to unsuspecting people who are looking for a way to improve their health. These claims have been debunked and they should be avoided at all costs. Follow along for the truth about toxins.
Thinking of joining the Army? This is a story from a US Army Cavalry Veteran detailing his adventure through recruitment, enlistment, and finally arriving at basic training. Prepare for a true account of an average Joe's real experience.
A collection of regional favorite recipes from South Philadelphia or South Philly for those who know. These Italian American dishes are the definition of comfort food. From homemade pasta to authentic Sunday Gravy. This recipe collection will surely have you coming back for more.
You may have heard the term, "Passive Income" while researching opportunities for making money online. Passive Income basically means "income that requires little to no effort to earn and maintain." Let's explore how you can achieve financial freedom using the skills you already have.
Noticing bubbled paint on the edge of your fender? Wondering if you can fix your fender yourself? Here are the steps to easily repair this common problem. From sanding to priming and finally painting and clear coat. I will provide an easy, step-by-step guide with a list of products I used.
With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, many hospitals are left scrambling to secure the resources necessary to protect their staff and provide care for the patients in the event of a local outbreak.
My 2008 Ford Edge headlights were cloudy and hazy! After a quick search online for replacements, I quickly found it was time to restore them or spend $500 to replace them. Follow along as I detail a quick, inexpensive process to get your headlights looking like new again without replacing them.
Looking for the best space heater for your RV this Winter? Follow along with me as I provide tips, research, and reviews of the most popular space heater types on the market. Don't spend another frigid night with your old, inefficient space heater.
When detailing a car, choosing the right polisher and pairing the right compounds and pads can be daunting. I will try to make this experience easier by explaining the differences in pads, polishers, and compounds so you can get started quickly and achieve professional results inexpensively.
Living full time in an RV sounds like fun. Let's see. When life spins out of control and you are overwhelmed with debt and bills, bailing out and reducing your living costs may be the only chance you have. I was forced to live full time in an RV to survive. I will break down the associated costs.
A listing and descriptions of the top 7 of North America's best places to catch these immense catfish, with tips and tricks that have worked for me. Travel along with me and explore the wonder and thrill of catching tasty catfish in North America.
Learn here what happens when the bad guys strike. What to do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property and how the court system handles these things. My personal experience with crime and how justice is or isn't served.
Follow along with my easy how to guide for effortless laminate flooring installation. Included are step by step photos and a list of required tools to make installing your new floor effortless.
Tired of high-priced cable TV bills, follow my lead and enjoy great television for a few dollars per month. Watch local channels, previously recorded shows, and movies in glorious HD without the need for a cable subscription.
A How-To/Do it yourself duplex remodel with a very small budget. From painting to plumbing and everything in between. Includes a photographic journey as the house is transformed from ramshackle to liveable in about 10 months only working on the weekends and in my spare time.
The writer takes you on an imaginitive rendering of life after a divorce. Short, sweet and oh so true. Reflecting on future relationships and his flight from love.
A personal battle with depression comes to life in this quick, poignant poem of life after divorce. The author lives alone and has reflected on his life for some time.
A local travelers review of The Country Club Tavern. Great food, fun, and spirits await the lucky ones who find this hidden gem located near the Cape May Zoo in historic Swainton, NJ.
A healthy, home-style pasta recipe made quickly for busy lifestyles. Slowly simmered pork and turkey meatballs in your favorite jarred tomato sauce with cheesy baked ziti are sure to please the most finicky eaters. Serves 4-6 people and can be adjusted if needed.
Tired of slaving over the stove all day? Want something easy that sticks to your ribs. This Fall and Winter, try this One Pot Easy Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken and Dumplings for that all day long cooked taste in a fraction of the time.
A bitter mans tale of divorce and what to expect when a marriage dissolves right before your eyes. What not to do during these troubled times.
Another addition to the Day Trip Series, this entry details a day trip to Blue Mountain tubing park in Danielsville, PA. This Hub includes information, dining and packing ideas for a long weekend vacation.
This article focuses on fluke or summer flounder fishing in the backwaters of Southern New Jersey. Topics of discussion include location, bait, tackle, boat types, and fishing techniques.
Looking to plan a weekend skiing and tubing trip? Use this handy detailed guide to plan your next trip to the Poconos. Experience the thrill of skiing and tubing AND actually being prepared.
The third article of the Day trip series. This article takes you to Delaware City Delaware and Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island. Located in the Delaware river. Tips and photos to help make a memorable trip.
A running checklist of items one would expect to bring when packing for a camping trip. Leave your ideas in the comments section if any were missed or if you find that I forgot something.
The second day trip in a series of inexpensive day trips to New Jersey. This trip visits Atsion, NJ with info and photos of the area. Prepare for a wonderful road trip to the beautiful New Jersey Pine Barrens.
The first article of a series, detailing inexpensive day trips in the State of New Jersey and the Delaware Valley. This day trip visits Batsto, NJ, and provides photos, personal experiences, and details of this historic location.
This is a step-by-step how-to with photo illustrations chronicling the DIY removal and replacement of a floor and repair of the roof of a 2002 Palomino Stampede Ultralight travel trailer RV. Dicor roof products are used for EPDM membrane restoration.