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2108, 2016

Best Baby Floor Seat for Children Under 25 Pounds

By |August 21st, 2016|Baby Stuff, Recommendations|

When we started having babies, I knew we would need some essential items. We looked for a floor mat, Jumperoo, and floor seat. We've already covered the floor mat and Jumperoo here on eciov, so now it's time to talk about the best baby floor seat. Bumbo was a household name -- everyone seemed to have one -- but one of my friends gave me a different recommendation. She had been using the Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat with her children and liked it enough to recommend it to me. I decided to gi [...]

803, 2016

Breckenridge Brewery and Basic Equipment – ABV Episode 8

By |March 8th, 2016|Alcohol by Volume, Drink, Podcasts|

In the latest episode of Alcohol by Volume, Josh and Dennis discuss the Breckenridge Brewery buyout and some basic equipment all homebrewers should have. We also discuss a red ale that Dennis made for his wedding and Wynkoop's black lager. If you've recently purchases beer starter kits and haven't started them, listen to this episode for some great advice from Dennis! The biggest takeaway from this episode it to be patient and start small with your brewing endeavors as you learn the craft. You'l [...]

303, 2016

Pelican Trekpak Partnership – Big News for Colorado Startups

By |March 3rd, 2016|Articles, Tech|

Pelican Products, the makers of the finest hard cases around, just announced a partnership with TrekPak - a Colorado-based startup focused on organizing photography gear. The Pelican TrekPak partnership is awesome news for the growing Colorado startup community. TrekPak started as an idea in 2011, Kickstarted in 2012, and delivered their products to backers that same year. That's becoming a rarity in the world of failed Kickstarters. Thankfully, TrekPak's Founder and CEO, Georgia Hoyer, has unyi [...]

2502, 2016

Street Fighter 5, Firewatch, Lifeline, Hearthstone, ESO – GG Episode 7

By |February 25th, 2016|Gaming, GG, Podcasts, Videos|

Welcome to GG Episode 7, our gaming podcast here at eciov. In this episode, Sean and Josh talk about Capcom's Street Fighter 5, a new indie game called Firewatch from Campos Santos and Panic, a text-based mobile game called Lifeline, Blizzard's new strategy for Hearthstone, and the Thieve's Guild expansion for Elder Scrolls Online. Wow. That's a lot of stuff in one episode. Our YouTube livestream ran long, but we cut it down to 27 minutes in the studio. Shout out to Drift Management for letting [...]

902, 2016

Guster at Paramount Theatre with Vetiver – 9 out of 10 High

By |February 9th, 2016|Concert Review, Music|

Denver turned out in great numbers for the Guster at Paramount Theatre show Saturday, February 6, 2016. By the time Guster started playing, it was a completely packed house. So packed that we even lost our original seats. The music was too chill for me to care. It was a night of epic musicianship and stoners (we'll talk about that more later). Vetiver opened the show for Guster. We were lucky enough to get photo passes to the show on behalf of Guster's management, Nettwerk Music Group. My thanks [...]

202, 2016

Beer Starter Kits and A New Introduction – ABV Episode 7

By |February 2nd, 2016|Alcohol by Volume, Drink, Podcasts|

In the latest episode of Alcohol by Volume, Josh and Dennis re-introduce the concept of the ABV podcast to their listeners. It's been a while since we posted a new episode, but we're hoping to make this more of regular show moving forward. We also discuss some of the recent brewery news with independent brewers selling out to huge, corporate conglomerates. It happens; it will continue to happen. There isn't much we can do to prevent it, so we might as well get over it... but, we still want to ta [...]

2101, 2016

Best Kids Play Mat – Tadpoles ABC Floor Mats

By |January 21st, 2016|Baby Stuff, Recommendations|

Life was so easy when my son was in the “potted plant” stage. He was happy to sit on a blanket and play with the toys that he could reach. If he couldn’t reach a toy, he would just play with his toes. I didn’t have to worry about him venturing off somewhere if I needed a few seconds to grab laundry or feed the dog. Of course, this phase does not last forever. Eventually, he began to work on crawling and moving around. We have hard floors in the living room, so we needed some kind of soft surface [...]

2001, 2016

I’m Not Dead Yet – 10 Good Things about Missing Your Wife

By |January 20th, 2016|Articles, Opinion|

So, yeah. My wife is stuck in the hospital until our second child comes into this world. She's been there for three weeks and has another week to go. You can read her thoughts on that here. After reading her post, and receiving a little extra encouragement from a great friend, I decided to write a companion post that emphasizes the good things I've seen since she's been away. It's easy to say that this sucks -- that it really screws up our plans -- but I've never been challenged more in life tha [...]

2001, 2016

10 Good Things about Being Stuck at the Hospital

By |January 20th, 2016|Articles, Opinion|

On the morning of January 2, 2016, I went to the hospital. I was 33 weeks pregnant and had some significant bleeding. The doctors determined I have a placental abruption, which means at least part of my placenta is beginning to detach. I didn’t realize the consequences of this at first, so I was hoping to be back home with my 14-month-old son in a few hours. However, the doctors informed me I would at least need to be there overnight. Overnight?! We have no family who lives in town to take care [...]

701, 2016

Favorite Toddler Car Toy – VTech Car Carrier

By |January 7th, 2016|Baby Stuff, Recommendations|

Christmas has already come and gone, and a new year has arrived. We spent a quiet Christmas at home this year, and our son got to “open” his presents all day long. Since he’s 13 months old, he still didn’t quite get the excitement of presents. By the last gift, he finally tore the paper on his own and actually seemed to enjoy it. There was definitely one standout toy for the day that is continuing to be his go-to during playtime. This is the VTech Pull and Learn Car Carrier Pull Toy. My brother [...]

2812, 2015

ESO, ESO, ESO – “Let it Snow” Parody of Elder Scrolls Online

By |December 28th, 2015|Articles, Gaming, Videos|

Sean Caspian and I locked ourselves into the newly-built eciov studio last weekend and produced this quick parody for all the Elder Scrolls Online fans in the crowd. We called it "ESO, ESO, ESO" because it's a parody of the classic song "Let it Snow." He came up with the idea, and we brought it to life together. Take a two-minute break from your day and watch the festive gaming video now. The making of "ESO, ESO, ESO" I wrote the musical arrangement and lyrics then recorded the instruments and [...]

1712, 2015

The Road to Woodstock: A Makeshift City that Changed History

By |December 17th, 2015|Books, Recommendations|

“Woodstock is the biggest mass of people ever gathered together for anything other than war.” Sometimes an event alters the course of history and starts as just that - a humble festival and nothing more. No one saw it coming. It just happened. As a result, the world will never be the same. Though I am an avid music fan, I learned some fascinating things. Here are just a few: This historic festival didn’t actually happen in Woodstock, NY. The event was fully planned, approved, and set in motion o [...]

2311, 2015

Best Baby Bottle Drying Rack for Most People

By |November 23rd, 2015|Baby Stuff, Kitchen, Recommendations|

Baby bottles are a necessity for almost any family with an infant. Whether you’re a full-time bottle user or only need them every once in a while, you’ll want a place to wash and dry bottles, cups, pumping parts, etc. We don’t have a lot of counter space, so I knew we would need something that was compact. The ones that look like grass and flowers are cute, but you can only get so many parts on that green surface. That's why I set out to find the best baby bottle drying rack. What factors did we [...]

2111, 2015

Epic Spotify Christmas Playlist – My 12 Top Christmas Albums

By |November 21st, 2015|Articles, Music, Music, Recommendations|

It snowed here in Denver last night. My wife is decorating the tree and sipping on hot chocolate (I'm having coffee). That means it's time for Christmas. Now, I'm no Donald Trump, but I'm hoping you won't mind us sharing our epic Spotify Christmas playlist here on the site. If you don't like Christmas music, or Christmas in general, please ignore this post and come back for the next one. We promise not to bombard you with Christmas-focused content all season long. We have plenty of other stuff i [...]

1811, 2015

How I Lost 55 Pounds in 3 Months without Exercise

By |November 18th, 2015|Articles, Drink, Food|

If you haven't seen me in a few months, you'd be surprised at how much less there is of me. I started at 352 pounds -- yeesh -- that's my highest total weight ever... so it was time to make a change. In this post, I'll discuss the motivation and the methods I used to explain how I lost 55 pounds in 3 months without exercise, crazy supplements, or fad diets. Keep in mind: weighing 352 pounds means I had/have more weight to lose than most people. I'm hopeful that I'll get back down to a healthy 20 [...]