Apple’s New iPhone SE: Is It For You?

Apple made an unseasonal addition to the iPhone family on March 20th with the announcement of the iPhone SE. With its 4-inch screen, this iPhone is positioned as the entry level model in the iPhone family, but it offers great performance and a killer camera to put it on par with its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus siblings. So with a price tag of $399 (or free with a 2-year service contract with your carrier), is the iPhone SE for you?

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Watch Them Grow: A DIY Growth Chart for Kids

I keep lovingly telling me 3-year-old son: “Stop Growing!” To which he aways replies, “No! I want to get bigger so I can chew gum.” Sounds logical.

While we can’t freeze time, all we can do is cherish every moment the best we can, and keep record of all the important milestones. One thought I’ve had lately is to keep track of how my kids have been growing. When I was little, this was usually done by my mom or dad charting my height on a door jam. For my kids, I wanted to create something different, and build a chart that can be moved in the event we ever change homes.

I took to Pinterest to find some inspiration, and many folks had a do-it-yourself take on this growth chart from Pottery Barn Kids which looks like a giant ruler. This seems simple enough, and I knew I had the right materials sitting around in my garage. Continue reading

So What Are We Going To Talk About?

I’m one of those suckers that buys into the idea of starting a new year with big plans. Call it optimism or call it buying into the hype of resolutions, but one thing that popped into my mind when I awoke on January 1, 2016: I should start a blog. But why? Well, there are lots of little reasons, but it pretty much boils down having a little soapbox in this world to share the things I create and am passionate about. And if I can create something that connects with someone – well, that will just be icing on the cake.

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Building Colton’s playhouse back in 2014. Don’t let those cute looks fool you – he’s one strict building inspector. 

On this blog, called “Gadgets and Grain”, I’ll be taking you through my never-ending little projects around the house and show you how I do them. The projects will run the gamut from building a mail catcher box for my mail lot in the garage to repainting my electric guitar. You’re probably wondering “Building a mailbox catcher? Sounds amazing.” I know – thrilling. But I’ve put up with using a makeshift cardboard box for three years and it’s time my family receive its mail with a little class. We’re changing the world here people!

I’ll also offer my perspective on the consumer technology industry and try to make sense of it from the everyman perspective. There are plenty of places like Gizmodo and Engadget where one can geek out on specs, but I hope I can offer some insight which can help friends and family. Along the way, I might even review a few tech products that come into my life.

So let’s have some fun as I meander my way through this whole blogging thing. Truth be told, I don’t really love writing, so I hope Gadgets and Grain will stretch my brain a bit. The writing aside, I’m looking forward to doing what I think God put me Earth to do: create things that make people good. That’s really it.

Welcome to Gadgets and Grain.