Wednesday, December 14, 2011

REVIEW: Offshore Fishing, "Catch my Drift" FLL

Thought I would take the time to review my experience on the "Catch my Drift" fishing party boat out of Fort Lauderdale, South Florida.

 

There are defiantly some good pluses about this boat. First, the boat leaves twice a day on  a 4 hour trip offshore to about 400 - 150 ft of water drifting from deep to shallow over two reefs. Second, Fort Lauderdale has the gulf stream running close to shore, and in 15 min you are able to go for, Dolphin, Tuna, King, or even bottom fish for a Grouper if you would like.


You can also bring you own rods and snacks on board if you wish. The crew provides bait, rods and everything you may need to get a good catch.

The set up that worked good for me was to have one flat line out (on top floating no weight) on drifter with some weight and a bottom rod in case a nice size grouper strikes over the reefs.  So if you are looking to get out and fish for a couple of hours I highly recommend this party boat. Not to mention the price that is extremely affordable! Good Catching Folks!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

AMAZING! Strap a Jetski to Your Back and Fly!

I remember growing up watching the Rocketeer.  I think every kid thought it would be cool to be able to strap a rocket to their back and fly away.  Well... How about strapping a jet ski to your back and using its power to soar out of the water like a dolphin?  Here is an amazing new product that should be on every man's wish list... The Flyboard from Zapata Racing.  Don't worry... The attachment is only about $6500 to $7000.  Check it out in this video:


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

WATCH: Battle at Kruger-Greatest escape ever!

This has been around for a while now, 4 years maybe.??. This is the best escape I have ever seen.. Just when you think all is lost the unthinkable happens! Take a peak.. its good trust me.. United we stand!




FUNNY: What Can Your Kid Do?

More and more, there are videos of kids going up online doing pretty impressive things.  Some of the most famous videos online involve babies and young people making us laugh or impressing us.  Here is another such video of a 2-year old rapper.  Let me know how much you understand:


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

TIP: Lifehack's Tips for Happiness in Life

I think we all want to be happier in our lives.  Finding happiness is something that drives us to do and be better.  I recently came across this great list of tips of things that you can do to find more happiness in your life from Lifehack.



Here are my top three from the article:

1) Understand what it is that will make you happy.


2) Surround yourself with happy people.


3) Finding the humor in situations can also lead to happiness. 


What things are you doing to be happier?

Monday, December 5, 2011

VIDEO: Cello Wars (Star Wars Parody)

If you have not had the chance to check out the Piano Guys on YouTube, I highly recommend it.  They are enormously talented and really make a lot of great music.  What is also great is the fact that they also have fun doing it.  Here is a clever video that is a Cello Lightsaber battle.  What do you think?


Thursday, December 1, 2011

VIDEO: AZO Showreel 2011

Here is a showreel of some pretty amazing stunts performed by stuntman and animator AZO.  This guys has a wide range of talents and is quite impressive.  Check it out and let us know what you think!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

TIP: Use This Season to Help

The holiday season is an excellent time to think a little bit less about yourself and a little more about others.  It gives us a chance to reflect on the needs of others and seek opportunities to serve and help out.  Because it is a great time to serve and help, here are three suggestions of things that you can do to help others out:

1) Trees for Troops

As a part of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, the Trees for Troops program gives you a chance to provide our service members and their families with Christmas trees.  There are several ways to donated as outlined on their website.  This is a great way to bring the spirit of the season to those families that sacrifice so much.



2) Heifer International

Do you have a goat?  Do you know what a goat can mean to someone in the developing world?  Heifer International is an interesting organization that provides families with the life sustaining benefits of livestock in the developing world.  These donations make an enormous difference in their lives.  This is how the program works:


3) Feeding America

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love food.  What is unfortunate is that even in the United States we have far too many families that are going without.  Feeding America is working to change that.  They use the donations and volunteer efforts of people like you and I to help people have access to meals when they otherwise would not be able to.  Take a look at what your opportunities are to help with Feeding America.



The cool thing about service is that you and I can find ways to help in our back yard.  It does not need to be an international or major organization.  Find a local food bank or non-profit.  Look for people in need.  Let's take the time to make a difference in other people's lives.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

COOL! Mall Santa Musical from ImprovEverywhere

Here is a great flash "musical" about how we all can sit on Santa's lap.  It is fun to see what creative people can put together.  Hope you are surviving your Holiday shopping!  Enjoy!


TIP: Top 10 Antioxidant Foods






Here are some reasons to eat more antioxidant rich foods. These foods are known for fighting heart disease, cancer and even aging. So whats at the top of the list? Check it out.



  1. Small red beans
  2. Wild Blueberries
  3. Red Kidney Beans
  4. Pinto Beans
  5. Blueberries
  6. Cranberries
  7. Artichokes
  8. Blackberries
  9. Prunes
  10. Raspberries

Looks like berries and beans made the top of the list. All these foods are also very rich in Vitamin C.

Bottom line: More Fruits and Vegetables, Less Five Guys!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Evernote Android App and Desktop Interface



I think it is the ever-present battle that we all have... the battle to get organized.  I know I have tried lists, day-planners, PDAs, etc. and there is always varying success.  Sometimes I want to jot down notes, sometimes I want to organize plans, and other times I just want to scribble out some ideas.  That is why I have been pleased with the Evernote Android app and desktop program.  I have really enjoyed it because it is: mobile, sync-able and easy to use.



Mobility

I really appreciate being able to use the Evernote app on my phone because it allows me to jot down ideas or goals as they come without having to carry anything additional around (I used to keep a spiral notebook with me for those purposes).  It allows me to be inspired when I am inspired and not have to worry about missing a beat.

Sync-able

It is very convenient to have access to my "notes" on whatever platform I am using.  If I am working on my Macbook, I can jot down some notes there and then continue the notes on my phone at a later time.  Because the interface keeps everything synced up, it means that your access and mobility is increased.  This helps me as I have a very mobile lifestyle.

Easy to Use

The interface for Evernote is very intuitive and easy to manage.  I have set goals, made Christmas lists and managed inspiration all without a hitch.  I downloaded the app and was immediately able to start using it without feeling confused or lost.  This ease of use makes the app an even more useful tool.



Want to get organized or have a place to jot down notes and inspiration?  Check out Evernote!



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

REVIEW: Taylormade R11 Driver

R11 Driver:

For those of you thinking about purchasing a driver or think it would be a good gift, here is my review on the Taylormade R11!
  
Flexability: First and foremost the technology behind this driver is amazing and unique. You can make independent adjustments of both loft and face angle. Meaning that you can cure or lesson hooks and fades (open, neutral or closed face), plus adjust the trajectory of the ball +or- 2 degrees on the face.


Look: This 440cc clubhead has excellent contrast with a mat white crown and a black face, with the intent of making the club easier to aim. Another advantage to the white crown is that it eliminates the glare you might see with glossy black clubheads.

 Sound: To some it may not make a difference, but to me it does... Never liked the silent drivers nor the empty can blow. The R11 has a sound that is not so loud and not so silent with a good balanced sound.Check out Dustin Johnson in this video just crushing it.


Overall I highly recommend this driver for any golfer... if anything it gives you the so wanted confidence just by looking at the thing. It should make a great gift or upgrade for you golf bag.

Make sure you fit the shaft properly according to your swing speed with your pro! Here is a little cheat sheet. Remember to Grip it and Rip it!

 SWING SPEED CONVERSION CHART
When a swing speed device is not available, this chart may be used to approximate swing speed based on driver carry distance or the club used to approach the green from 150 yards. (Based on average club lengths and lofts.)
 Shaft Flex Driver
Swing Speed (mph)
Driver
Carry Distance (yards)
Club from 150 yards
 Extra-Stiff 105 + 260 + 8 or 9-iron
 Stiff 90-105 240-260 6 or 7-iron
 Regular 80-95 210-240 5 or 6-iron
 Flexible (A-Flex) 70-85 180-210 4-iron
 Ladies Less than 70 Less than 180 3-iron/lofted wood



Monday, November 21, 2011

Tip: Holiday Grocery Shopping...

With Thanksgiving coming up in just a few days, I have been doing my best to prepare.  I'm a huge fan of having a bunch of family and friends over while hosting a big meal.  However, there's nothing worse than having to get up and leave your company, drive over to the grocery store and pick up those last few items that you forgot to buy.



So, here's a tip to help you make the most of your holiday, enjoy your company, and avoid frantic shoppers at a crowded store.

-Plan your activities and your menu in advance.
-Make a list of what you need to buy.
-Check that list a few times.
-Go and do your shopping days in advance

Happy Holidays, and good luck this year!

WATCH: Dad Life: Rap

You know how we do it...........its the Dad Life!



 Old but good.... got to love it!

WOW: That's Right, Covering Adele at 10!

Here is an impressive group of siblings coming out of Mexico.  Known as the VazquezSounds, here is their take on Adele's, "Rolling in the Deep."  And the vocalist is only 10 years old.  That is some serious talent!


Friday, November 18, 2011

REVIEW: Wind-up Knight Game for Android

While everyone lives for Angry Birds on their phone, there are plenty of other interesting games that you can download and try out.  Recently, I came across an interesting game called, Wind-Up Knight.



Wind-Up Knight is a fun little game that has a good balance between being challenging and visually stunning.  I have only gotten started on the game and tried out the first couple of levels, but it has been a lot of fun.  It is a side scrolling game, that quickly increases in difficulty.  As you move along you can add swords, shields and the hazards are increasingly more intense.

Here is where you download it in the Android Marketplace: Wind-Up Knight

Here is a video that walks you through a couple of initial reactions to the game:


Give yourself a little distraction... Try it out today!

SHARE: Give a Coat, Share the Warmth #WarmCoats

Thought it would be nice to participate, even for those in South Florida:



Burlington Coat factory, One Warm Coat and ABC’s Good Morning America are pleased to invite you to participate in the 5th Annual Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Coat Drive – Friday October 28, 2011 through Monday January 16, 2012.



Since the coat drive launched in 2007, the campaign has helped to collect over 792,090 coats, which were distributed to local One Warm Coat affiliated agencies in communities in which we have stores. In turn, these agencies donate the coats directly to those locally in need.Go to your local Burlington Coat Factory to donate!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

VIDEO: What Can Your Cat Do?

Anything interesting?  Because this cat in Brazil can answer the phone.  And yes... Cats are taking over the internet.  It is just a matter of time...


TIP: Get Good Sleep

Here are some good tips I received from Health online on how to get some good sleep. Thought there were some additional points that are different from the same old same old.
  • Watch your caffeine intake not only at night, but also in the afternoon.. Some drinks containing high caffeine can still affect sleep even when taken before 4 pm.

  • Did you know some foods can promote sleep? I dont recommend eating a grand buffet before going to sleep, but a foods  that contain protein and amino acids can promote sleep, such as cookies and milk!

  •  Wind down and even stretch to get your body relaxed for sleep. Yoga poses can be useful prior to bed to ensure that your body is ready to hit the sack. 

  • "you must now turn off all your portable electronic devices" .. How many times have a heard this prior to taking off... Same thing applies prior to sleep. Turn of the Iphone, Blackberry and say goodnight!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

REVIEW: Snack Factory- Pretzel Crisps

What man doesn't love his snacks?  I know that I am a big fan (unfortunately), so I have been trying to come across healthy and tasty snacks that I can not feel so guilty about eating (I just cannot bring myself to always do the fruits and vegetables thing).  That is why I was pleasantly surprised when I came across Pretzel Crisps from the Snack Factory.  They are the incredibly tasty and relatively good for you in the snack department.  They come in three varieties:



My favorite flavor by far is the Buffalo Wing flavor.  As I already have a special place for buffalo wings in my heart, it was great to be able to incorporate a flavor I love into a tasty snack.  It is crisp and light but definitely not lacking in the taste department.  Here is what you need to look for at your local grocery store:


As you can see above, they are ready for the holidays with some sweet varieties.  I highly recommend stocking up and enjoying some Pretzel Crisps today!  Also, check them out on Facebook.



WATCH: Funny Mrs. SIRI

                   How To Make Siri Say Something Funny!

Check this out, quite interesting...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TIP: Start Reading!

One of the best things that families and couples can do is read together (that includes on an iPad, Nook, or Kindle).  Reading offers us the opportunity to find and escape and learn more about the world around us.  It also allows couples the chance to continue to get to know one another and learn from one another.  Here are a couple things that can help you read together more.

1) Create a schedule.

2) Rotate who picks the book.

3) Have fun with your conversations about literature.

I grew up in a family that loved books and it has been a great joy in my life.  While I do not read as often as I used to, I am grateful for the great books that I am able to read.  It is an enriching and exciting part of life.  Let us know what books you are reading so we can add it to our list.  Leave your comment below:

Monday, November 14, 2011

REVIEW: Granada Golf Course, FL

Granada Golf Course 

This 9 hole course is located in the heart of Coral Gables and if anything is worth the walk.Surrounding the course are beautiful old Spanish built homes, nature and the original old club house. The course was the first 9 hole course in Florida dating back to the early 1900's.




The course is definitely  suited for beginner golfers with wide fairways and no water hazards. However, when the wind picks up, it can become challenging, specially coming back into the clubhouse on the last three holes.  But overall, you do not need to be Tiger Woods to enjoy the course. Most holes average  350 yard par 4's , including 2 par 5's and 2 par 3's.


Pricing is also a plus. You can take your time and walk the course for around $15 or even take a cart for $10 more. Coral Gables residents get an extra discount. Granada members take great pride in the facility.
Burger Bob’s, Granada’s 10th hole, is a favorite of the community. Residents can share stories and enjoy a wonderful morning, while enjoying a home-cooked meal. 

Overall I rate this course an A for its location, pricing and surroundings. So go a head and "grip it and rip it"

Pro Shop: 305-460-5364.


INSPIRE: Boston Bruins Surprise a Soldier's Parents

I am amazed by the selflessness and willingness to sacrifice that is displayed by soldiers and their families.  It is humbling to know that there are people who are willing to offer of themselves in order to protect freedom and liberty.  Because of that, I love it when communities bond together in order to support the families of soldiers.  Take this video from the Boston Bruins game, for example.  The team surprised these two parents with their son who is on leave.  It is very inspiring.  Enjoy!


Friday, November 11, 2011

TIP: Daily Water Intake

How much water should you drink each day?


Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. 


So how much water do you need?


The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. For women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.


What about the advice to drink eight glasses a day?

Everyone has heard the advice, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day." That's about 1.9 liters, which isn't that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. "8x8" is easier to remember just keep in consideration that all liquids, not only water, count as intake.

TIP: Why Friday Night is Date Night

Date Night Movie
One of the most important pieces of counsel that I received when I got married was to make sure to set aside Friday night as date night with my wife.  Even if the date does not turn out like that of Tina Fey and Steve Carrell in the movie Date Night, it can be fun and exciting.  Why is date night important?  Here are three things that have may a difference to my wife and I because of date night:

1) Time to Reconnect:

While this may be weird coming from a guy, I have loved the chance that I get to sit and talk with my wife.  Dating has allowed us to continue to get to know one another and learn more about why we fell in love.  We can laugh, tease, inspire and uplift one another as we take time to talk and enjoy the life that we have.  I love the fact that after going out with my wife, I feel more connected with her.

2) Time to Disconnect:



Life is really stressful.  My wife and I have schedules that are packed to the brim.  Because we have so much going on, it is great to have an evening that we can disconnect from it all.  We leave work and other responsibilities behind for a couple of ours and detach ourselves from the stresses of our lives.  This has helped us because it allows us to see one another as a refuge from difficulties instead of a cause of difficulties.

3) Time to Connect Four:

Remember how much fun it was as a kid to-

Date night is such an excellent time to just sit back and have some fun.  Life can be so busy and stressful.  It is necessary to take some time to step out and have some fun.  Go to a show.  Play some games.  Go to a local gala.  Go dancing.  Whatever it is... Just go out and have some fun.

Marriage isn't complete at the wedding ceremony.  You are combining two different people... Date night helps make that process even more fun.  So tonight... Go on a date!

WATCH: GAG Quartet Medley Rock #rock

Sweet...






Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Hubby Cool Stuff: Who needs a boat anymore?

If you're into wakeboarding/skiing but you don't have a boat in the garage, there's still hope...


Happy Hubby Review: HTC Inspire 4G for AT&T

Recently, following the 5th major crash of my Blackberry phone, I decided it would be time to move on to a new phone.  With some help from my wife, I ended up going with the HTC Inspire 4G.  I have been amazed with the numerous apps, quick speeds, and intuitive interface.  Because it was a major upgrade over my Blackberry, I am extremely pleased with it.  Here is a view of the phone from the HTC website:

The first thing that I noticed when I started using the phone was how fast it loaded and restarted.  This efficiency has saved me a lot of time as I use my phone a great deal for work and pleasure.  The ability to load and switch apps has been extremely important to me and has made a huge difference.  Now, there have been times when the phone has slowed down because I was doing a lot all at once, but for the most part, it has been extremely efficient and quick.  The next benefit that I love is:

The phone is really slim.  It fits well in my pockets and, while it has a large display, is not overly cumbersome.  This have been a great benefit to me as I move around a lot and do not need to worry about the discomfort of an overly large phone.

The final thing that I have fallen in love with on my phone is:

All rights: Google, Used for Demonstration Purposes

THE ANDROID MARKET!  I love the selection of apps and resources.  There are so many programs that have help me and my productivity.  And they have Angry Birds! ;)  Because of how amazing these apps are, stay tuned for some forthcoming review.

Honestly, though... The HTC Inspire 4G is an excellent phone and I highly recommend it for those that are in the market for a new phone.  Is it an Apple slayer?  It just may be....

HUMOR: Black Friday's. Always Interesting

Shopping Tips for Black Friday (this is siwious)

Shopping on Black Friday can save you a lot of money on some big ticket items, but keep these tips in mind to improve your shopping experience:
  • Secure you spot: Make sure you arrive 3 days in advance to guarantee a complete experience and prime real estate....Location, location, location..You deserve this, you need this high def TV and nobody can get in your way, yes kids in Africa are starving and thirsty...but this is the good old USA,  so take the sick days off and get going! When you arrive scout the area for maximum coverage in case of weather and natural necessities knock on the door. Make sure you mark your spot. We recommend  sidewalk chalk to secure your stay, start by drawing a square big enough  for you, a tent, a and your pet. Write your name in the middle of the square and post a pic if possible.After the camp is set, start the countdown timer immediately, so you know exactly when to prepare for your march of triumph.
  •  Have enough supplies/equipment: Oh boy where do I start? Flashlight, propane, mesquit, water, cooler, hot dogs, helmet, gummy bears, baseball bat, Scooby Doo snausages for Spike and other snacks are a must to state a few. What happens when duty calls? You must stand  your ground at all costs and not surrender to a warm intruder  that at the last minute, may get in front of you because your were away dropping the kids off at the pool. Instead we recommend keeping a bucket and an empty bottle handy. Use the bucket for number two's (sand highly recommended), and the bottle for number one's. A cap is crucial to avoid spills (its not a good idea to stink up the place,,, but hey .. if it will spook the competition then have at it). The aim must be precise, so take a deep breath and keep it steady. The bushes may be an alternative as long as you have your spot in sight, plus the dirt could use an extra fertilizer for next spring.  Leafs are plentiful in bushes and can be used as an alternative  to the good old Charmin TP.
  •  Remember what you are here for! Don't start chit chatting and socializing in line.... bla bla bla. Don't share you food and your resources, this is war and to win you must be in perfect conditions. Do not feed the opponents children and do not be hypnotized by the little cute kitty eyes....You need all the energy and motivation you can get. When the door opens little kitty will turn in to a lion and leave you trampled. Instead keep focused.. if the rain or snow erases your chalk square, make another one... You can do this...and it has been done before.. trust yourself and you will be surprised of what you are capable of.. Use motivational songs like" Eye of the Tiger " or that annoying Friday song that goes something like:                                                                                                           "Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday
    Today i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’)
    We-we-we so excited
    We so excited......Its Friday Friday"

  •      4. On your mark set go! Now is the time to bring out the big guns, to separate the boys for the men, the women from the granny's. Its go time. Wondering about the helmet and the bat? When the 10 second count down begins... grab the helmet and the bat (bat can be used to reach for items, bat your opponent  and if you get trampled it may be used as a cane) Now is the time to turn into "The Bus" and trample old ladies and soccer moms like its nobody's bidness. At the end of the day you will feel complete......Jobless but complete.

Conclusion: Days off $300, Supplies and Equipment $200, getting half off on a $150 dollar tent for next years Black Friday.......PRICELESS!

Am I missing anything? Post and I will update..




Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Hubby Tips: Don't get stuck. Use these tips to jump start your car.

No matter how new your car may be, it is always a possibility to find yourself stranded with a dead battery.  So, I would suggest doing two things.  First, put a set of jumper cables in your car.  Second, learn how to use those jumper cables.



I came across a simple article and instructional video on eHow that teaches exactly how to jump start your car.  Enjoy!


    • 1
      Read your owner's manual, as it will describe any peculiarities involved in jump-starting your vehicle.
    • 2

      Pull a car with a charged battery next to the car with the dead battery, situating the two batteries as close together as you can without allowing the two cars to touch.
    • 3
      Turn off both engines, pull out the keys, put both cars in park, engage the emergency brakes and open the hoods.
    • 4

      Attach a red-handled/positive jumper cable clamp to the positive terminal (the one with the plus sign) of the charged battery.
    • 5

      Connect the other red-handled clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery.
    • 6

      Attach the neighboring black/negative cable to the car with the dead battery. Clamp it somewhere where the current can ground out, such as a bolt or bracket on the engine. You can also attach it to any metal, unpainted part of the vehicle's frame.
    • 7
      Ground the other black/negative cable on the charging car, as described in the previous step. Be careful, as a small spark may be produced.
    • 8
      Attempt to start the car that has the dead battery.
    • 9
      Re-adjust the red/positive clamp on the dead car if there is no response; try re-clamping it to the terminal or turning it for a better connection. Keep trying to start the dead car.
    • 10
      Once the dead car is running, remove the clamps one at a time in reverse order.
    • 11
      Allow the jump-started car to run for half an hour in order to charge the battery. It will charge whether driving or idling.

      Hope this was helpful. Be sure to equip your car with a set of cables!

Happy Hubby's Cool Stuff: Never Give Up!

Life can be challenging.  Sometimes we feel like we don't have the capacity to overcome.  Here is a great video to remind us that we can.  I hope you enjoy its message of hope!