Help Dad Shine Bright with the Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Toothbrush!

Mama Palmer ain’t no joke, y’all.

When I recently visited the original Casa de Palmer this Mother’s Day to spend time with the woman who gave me life, she gave me gifts to take back for the fam! For the boys, there were clothes and toys. For Sarah, magazines and a top. And for me, the eldest of her three darling children? Well….

Yeah—seems she wasn’t as keen on my BConnected headshot as I was (it’s my profile pic on every social media channel), and that I could brush up on a couple of physical attributes before I let a camera get that close. (#DadJoke.)

But it’s not like she’s wrong—remember that commercial from 20 years back when a kid calls his teacher’s teeth “mother of pearl”? Yeah. That’s sometimes how I feel about mine.

I mean, how do we get to this point? We’re taught how to brush our teeth in preschool. But somehow many of us build horrible habits that stain and wear our teeth away, dulling our smiles as we grow older.

But fortunately, toothbrush technology hasn’t sat still over the years, continually bringing us new ways to take better care of ourselves… and our teeth.

My friends—welcome to the Oral-B Genius 8000!

GIVEAWAY: A Case Cringle Christmas, Day 6 — In Security Mode Thanks to Belkin Qode!

I can hardly believe it’s been over 4½ years since I scrambled to get my hands on an iPad 2 so I could have it while overseas, knowing that the lightweight tablet paired with an Apple Keyboard would travel far better than the 17″ MacBook Pro I rocked then. I still have it at home — its Magic Cover’s seen better days, frayed and torn from years of wear and tear; the skin of Justin Bua’s Piano Man II still sticking proudly to its back after everything it’s been through. Though I’d later move on to lighter laptops and smaller tablets to get things done, I know full well that my iPad would never have lasted as long as it has it wasn’t protected. Several adventures and devices with matching cases later, it’s a lesson I’ve carried with me, working hard to make the most of my tech in a world where everything’s become so… disposable.

That said, for Day 6 of A Case Cringle Christmas, I want to offer you the same sense of security I feel when I use my devices, and make sure one of my readers winds up with a Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for the iPad Air 2!

GIVEAWAY POST: “I Am Not a Sellout” — The Inateck BCST-10 and FE2006 Using Bluetooth and USB 3.0 to Make Your Life Easier!

“‘Cuz falling off is a sickness, I heard that it’s quite contagious.”
— Kendrick Lamar, “The Heart, Pt. 3 (featuring Jay Rock & Ab-Soul)” (2012)

I put a bow on 2014 by letting someone know how I really felt.

I don’t usually post rants on my Facebook, but when I do….

The end of a year that was entirely too long, I finished 2014 yearning to get back to basics, as the #BloggerLife had spun out of control and the blog more about the swag I got than the man behind the words.

So when someone commented on a post, calling me a sellout in a situation that’d be otherwise innocuous, I decided I’d had enough. I let it all out in a Facebook post that laid my feelings bare, sharing everything that’d bothered me in my #BloggerLife for some time, but never given voice.

I’m not a sell-out — I refuse to sell out. If there’s one thing I can tell you from years of blogging, it’s that authenticity matters and there’s inherent value to the space you build on the Web — no one in their right mind would give up years of work to grease their palm a little.

Only a couple of months into 2015, I’ve scaled back on my sponsored posts and giveaways. Though my Gmail’s still hit by pitches and invites daily, I’ve set my mind on getting my act together this year — I’ll need to if I plan to make the #BloggerLife even better!