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Are you tired of doing product research? Are you against Consumer Reports membership fees? Did other great websites like The Wirecutter or The Sweethome miss something you need? Eciov’s product experts offer well-researched recommendations for the products you want. We spend an unreasonable amount of time researching every item we recommend. We’ll never recommend anything we don’t love, own, and use on a regular basis.

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12 01, 2017

Best Baby Swing – Graco Duetsoothe Swing Plus Rocker

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Baby Stuff, Featured, Recommendations|

If you search on Amazon for a baby swing, you will find more than 41,000 results. There are so many to see! How do you even start to find the best baby swing? My go-to criterion is always finding something with dual purpose. If I can buy something that accomplishes more than one goal, then I think I'm really getting my money’s worth. Sometimes that works... sometimes it doesn't, but that's how I started looking for the best baby swing. Best Baby Swing [amazon template=amazon embed&asin=B00AO [...]

21 08, 2016

Best Baby Floor Seat for Children Under 25 Pounds

By |August 21st, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

21 01, 2016

Best Kids Play Mat – Tadpoles ABC Floor Mats

By |January 21st, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

7 01, 2016

Favorite Toddler Car Toy – VTech Car Carrier

By |January 7th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

17 12, 2015

The Road to Woodstock: A Makeshift City that Changed History

By |December 17th, 2015|Categories: Books, Recommendations|Tags: , , , |

“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 [...]

23 11, 2015

Best Baby Bottle Drying Rack for Most People

By |November 23rd, 2015|Categories: 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 [...]

21 11, 2015

Epic Spotify Christmas Playlist – My 12 Top Christmas Albums

By |November 21st, 2015|Categories: 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. 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 in the works. If you're like me [...]

30 10, 2015

Best Baby Jumper for Children Under 25 Pounds

By |October 30th, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|Tags: , , |

Once my son was about four months old, he wanted to stand up all the time. Since my husband and I run a business from home, we didn’t have the ability to hold him up all day -- nor did we think that would be healthy for his development. That meant it was time for us to find the best baby jumper. Originally, I wanted to get an Exersaucer. I saw that style a lot, so I assumed it must be the best baby jumper. After showing my husband a video of a baby jumping in an Exersaucer, he was completely aga [...]

23 10, 2015

Amy Poehler’s Yes Please – Come for Laughs, Stay for Wisdom

By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Books, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , |

"Here’s the thing. Your career won’t take care of you. It won’t call you back or introduce you to its parents. Your career will openly flirt with other people while you are around. It will forget your birthday and wreck your car. Your career will blow you off if you call it too much. It’s never going to leave its wife. Your career is f*ing other people and everyone knows but you. Your career will never marry you." She's one half the powerhouse female duo of comedy that's dominated your televisio [...]

20 10, 2015

Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects – First Book Precision

By |October 20th, 2015|Categories: Books, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , |

Before we dive into my review of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, let's look at the importance of the importance of the debut novel. "We all know each other’s secrets. And we all use them.” Debut novels. There's something special about them, isn't there? Granted, we've all read our fair share of first book flops. However, the debut novel often provides a unique view into the writing of an author and can reveal quite a bit of talent (or lack thereof). As a Stephen King fan, the book Carrie will nev [...]

7 10, 2015

Best Micro SDXC Card for GoPro and other Cameras – 2016 Update

By |October 7th, 2015|Categories: Recommendations, Tech, Technology|

I just recently started riding a motorcycle again after a 10-year hiatus. It's a 2014 C50 B.O.S.S by Suzuki. It's a great bike that's perfect for my needs. I'll write an article on it eventually. Since I have a family I love dearly, I want to be as safe as possible when riding my bike. That means good gear and some tech to help keep me safe. Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting some of my recommended gear here on the site. The first part of that series is the best Micro SDXC card for GoPro a [...]

8 07, 2015

How Do I Stop Swaddling My Child?

By |July 8th, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|

It’s no secret that I loved swaddling my baby from the time he was born. He slept well and didn’t startle himself awake. He was also born in the late fall, so the swaddling kept him snug and warm during the cold nights. Eventually, I knew that I would need to stop swaddling my son, but I found very little information about the process during my research. After a few months, my friends started posting pictures of their young babies sleeping with no swaddle. I continued to swaddle my son because t [...]

22 05, 2015

Stackable Cooling Racks: A Great Space Saver

By |May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Kitchen, Recommendations|Tags: , , |

When I was in college, I had a full kitchen in my dorm. It allowed me to cook whole meals instead of the typical college diet of microwavable foods. It also meant I needed an entire set of kitchen items: pots, pans, baking sheets, and dishes. Since the freshman kitchens had limited counter space, I set out to find compact kitchen awesomeness. I knew I’d bake cookies frequently, so I needed cooling racks that would fit on our counters. Luckily, I found these stackable cooling racks. Stackable Coo [...]

30 04, 2015

Breakfast Sandwich Maker – Healthier, Tastier than Fast Food

By |April 30th, 2015|Categories: Kitchen, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , |

When it comes to breakfast at fast food restaurants, the options are pretty much all the same (as Taco Bell has recently pointed out). After spending countless dollars on these sandwiches, I grew tired of wasting money. I wanted to make breakfast sandwiches at home for cheaper than fast food restaurants; even cheaper than the frozen sandwiches at the grocery store. Who wants frozen sausage? Yuck. It turns out, there’s an appliance for that. The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker [amazon tem [...]

24 04, 2015

Best Baby Monitor for Audio and Video Connections

By |April 24th, 2015|Categories: Baby Stuff, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , |

When I found out I was pregnant, I went crazy with checklists. By the third trimester, we had almost everything on our lists. The one thing we couldn't decide, however, was the best baby monitor. Do we spend $30 on a cheap audio-only monitor with poor quality? Is it worth spending $200 or more on a single-function video monitor that we’ll only need for a year or so? In this modern world, we expected a better option. After extensive research, we found the best baby monitor was actually an iOS app [...]