Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Marlins Fan Drops Daughter for Foul Ball... and Drops That Too

Hey there.  Wow...  have you guys heard about this?  A dad, at a Florida Marlin's baseball game, dropped his daughter in an attempt to catch a foul ball.  Wow...  The dad is saying that his daughter is ok but that's besides the point.  It makes me feel as if this man would protect himself over protecting his daughter.  If I were to see a projectile coming towards me, such as a baseball, I think I would have turned around, having the ball bounce off my back, while protecting my young one.  That's fatherly instincts... I don't know about this whole dropping the kid to free your hands for yourself.  If I was the wife/GF here...  I don't think I'd allow that guy to hold my kid.  lmao  What do you think? Check out the vid.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fire Hazard

Let's hope there isn't a Taco Bell near by...

Warning! Chocolate!

And my wife said that it was me getting fat!!!  

My Experience with an Online School

Hey there. You know, many years ago, I attempted to complete my degree in business with an online school. I figured that I wouldn't have time to go to a brick and mortar building for school so online studies would be perfect. Especially since I'm a night owl and I stay up late anyways. Win-win situation for me, right?  In theory, yes.  In practicality, no...  My problem was that I didn't have the drive to finish school.  Not at that time, at least. I always told myself that I would go back to school when I am good and ready.  To not only get that degree but to set an example to the kids that higher learning can be achieved at any age.  Now, I believe that I am ready.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pop Up Video Returns This Fall on VH1

Hey there.  Remember back in the days when music channels actually played music videos?  lol  I'll admit that I find myself more and more distant from today's up and coming music artists than I did over a decade ago.  Top 10 vidoe shows actually played the full video.  Now a days, top 10 video shows has a 10 second clip of the video and then 5 minutes of an interview or the host doing something stupid.  I just can't watch it anymore, so I don't.  But something that I do watch, whenever I stumble across it, is VH1's Pop Up Video show.  Do you remember that?  They actually played the video, from beginning to end, and they would "pop up" little factoids about the artist or song.  I thought it was extremely entertaining.  Especially for someone like me who goes and checks out the trivia section on IMDB as soon as I'm done watching a movie.  lol  I'm just quirkly like that.

A Place to Find Cheap Seats

Hey there.  Things are finally starting to look up.  The economy is crawling in an upward trend and I have decided that I want to treat the family out to an event.  The problem that I'm having is finding tickets at a resonable price.  Hey...  just because things are looking better doesn't mean I want to spend an arm and a leg to entertain my family.  lol

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A First Look at ABC's New Show: Once Upon A Time

Hey there friends.  I'll admit that I haven't had much interest in watching TV.  It's been over a year now since one of my favorite shows has gone off the air and there just hasn't been anything on to fill the void that Lost has left.  There have been some comedies that come and go, some dramas that have fizzled, and there is nothing mysterious that has me amazed.  It seems that I'm just in need of a new show.  Well, it looks that I may have found it.  ABC has recently announced that Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (the awesome wirting duo that brought us Lost and Tron: Legacy) are at it again with their new show Once Upon a Time.  Check out the trailer!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bank of America Shatters Dreams and Leaks Personal Data.... AGAIN

Hey there.  If you know me, you know my disdain for Bank of America.  Whether it be through my own personal hell with Bank of America or through friends and family's.  I simply do not like Bank of America and I don't care how big they are.  I just don't like being treated like a small fry because it's the "largest bank" in the US.  In  my eyes, that just means that they're too big for their own good.  They're too careless, they think they're above eveyone else, and they simply don't protect your personal data the way a bank should.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Get freebies with yoFreeSamples.com

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Hey there friends.  Who doesn't like the occasional freebie!  I've seen people stand in line to get a free "something" and not even know what it is.  lol  If you're one of those people that like free stuff and will stand in line for it, why not get the free stuff without having to wait in line?  You can score Freebies, Coupons,and Free Stuff by going to yoFreeSamples.com!

Motivational Monday - Zombie Apocalypse

I was ready this Saturday... lucky you it didn't happen.  lol

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Easy Gaming at GameHouse.com

Hey there.  I love to play games.  Whether it be on my gaming console or computer.  I like playing games while I work on my computer but I can't spend too much time on any particular game.  They need to be fast, entertaining, and something that I can spend a few minutes on at a time.  This rules out MMORPGs right off the bat.  lol  I simply don't have the time to spend playing those kind of games on a computer for hours on end.  However, I don't mind a quick game of Bejeweled or any other fast paced flash game.  Gaming sites like GameHouse.com offers those quick load times and 5 minute games that I love to play.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Vote for the World's Greatest TV Dad

Hey there.  Father's Day is about a month away and Man of the House is doing this great campaign to find out who will reign supreme out of 32 popular TV Dads.  That's right, it's a World's Greatest TV Dad Contest!  How awesome is that?  There have been wonderful father figures in our favorite TV shows and it's about time that we find out who the people believe to be the best.  From memorable fathers such as Cliff Huxtable to new comers such as Michael Kyle, a bracket of 32 dads has been composed to find out who will earn the title, World's Greatest Dad!

Friday, May 20, 2011

CDC Recommends We Prepare for a Zombie Invasion

Hey there. At first, I thought this was a joke... but it's not. Yahoo News has posted up an article from the CDC (Center of Disease Control) that states that we should prepare for all natural disasters... INCLUDING ZOMBIES! That's right, The CDC is saying that zombies are a possibility and that we should prepare in case it happens. Can you imagine that? A world, not unlike that of Left 4 Dead, Dead Rising, Resident Evil... and many other kill em up zombie games. I don't know if I should be scared or excited. lol

A Word From Naturegirl, My Freschetta Bamboo Cutting Board Winner

Hey there friends. I received this Email earlier this week from our latest winner, Naturegirl, and I have decided to share it with you.

"My prize win arrived this afternoon. You were so efficient in getting it out and the US mail was also efficient in delivering it! The cutting board looks very nice. It's heavy and I've never seen one that had the tool storage inside. I may give it to a friend who has an upcoming birthday, but on the other hand, I'd really like to keep it and use it myself. So, I have the feeling that it will be staying with me. I'll be going to the store tomorrow to check out the pizzas. It will be great to get a free one."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: SaveandMakeMoola.com

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Save and Make Mooka, LLC for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Save and Make MoolaHey there friends.  Who here loves to go to the mall but hate standing in line and fighting through crowds to check out the latest in stuff?  Personally, I like shopping at the comfort of my own home but I spend way too much surfing from site to site and scouraging the web for online coupons.  By the time I find a discount, I've already wasted a lot of time.  That's where a great site like Save and Make Moola comes in and makes it easier.  So let's take a quick look at the site and review it's contents.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Xbox 360 Update May Kill Your Console

Hey there.  If you're a gamer, than you know what the deal is with the PS3 and Sony's PSN being hacked and all.  I guess Microsoft didn't want all the public scorn to fall on Sony so they have announced that the mandatory 360 update (set to release tomorrow, May 19th) may completely brick your 360.  What?!?!?  Yup, the new firmware update is supposed to prep the console to read a new disc format (hmmmm...) and the update may cause console's to permanently stop reading discs.  What is a gamer to do?!  Either I go with Sony and risk my personal information be compromise or I go with Microsoft and get a useless system.  Ugh... 

What Weight Loss Method Has Worked for You?

Hey there.  I've hit a plateau.  I've been doing so well in my exercise routine but now I've fallen off the wagon.  I haven't been to the gym for well over a month and I've probably only worked out home once or twice.  I need to get back on track!!!  I need to lose some of this weight!  I'm beginning to feel it.  I'm beginning to feel the shortness of breath after climbing up a flight of stairs.  I can't keep up with the wife when I've gone for a walk with her, I can't keep up with my toddler when he's running around (to my defense, their little balls of energy!!!), and I can't keep up with my oldest son when we're playing sports.  It's unacceptable!  I need to get some of this weight off, build some muscle and gain some endurance.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Metallman's Reverie is Now Facebook Friendly

Hey there.  Notice anything different?  No, I didn't get a hair cut!  I have added a nifty Facebook Like button on the bottom of the posts!  It was a pain to get it done but I thought that I needed to get with the times and have a Facebook like button to connect more with my readers.  And not only that, but I've also created a Facebook Fan page for Metallman's Reverie!  How awesome is that?!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Motivational Monday - Computers

Some?  You mean all...

The Office' Is My Favorite TV Sitcom

Posted by Hyman Weeks

Over the past few years, sitcoms have enjoyed a nice resurgence on television. Today, most sitcoms have abandoned the canned laughter. That has worked well. As a result, we have a series of great sitcoms to choose from. My personal favorite is 'The Office.' I watch new episodes and reruns on my satellite TV from www.bestchoicetv.com whenever I get a chance.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Last Snow video Trailer

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zeitghost for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey there.  I've been telling myself that I need to read more books and I started with a 2 classics, but now, I think I'm off to read something a little more on the unconventional side.  I stumbled across this book, Last Snow, at the book store and I think I'm going to end up buying it.  The author is Eric Van Lustbader and he's the same person that wrote The Bourne Legacy novel.  You know, the one that inspired the the films that star Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.

May 2011 Give-a-way: Assassins Creed 2 (PS3)

Hey there friends. Here is the game up for grabs:
How do you win this awesome game for the PS3?  Here are the rules:

Freschetta Simply Inspired Bamboo Cutting Board Give-a-Way Winner

Hey there.  It's time to announce a winner for the Bamboo Cutting Board from Freschetta!  We had a total of 58 entries and the comments were numbered 1-58.  The number corresponds to when the comment so if you were the first to comment, you are number 1 and if you were the last to comment than you are number 58.  So let's see what random.org says!  And the winner is:

Using Herbalife as a Dietary Supplement

Hey there.  What's your take on Herbalife?  While at the mall, I've seen many kiosks with herbalife supplements and have always wondered what their deal was.  Is it a metabolism booster?  Is it a dietary supplement?  What exactly is it?  Little did I know that the answers where right there at home.  At point in life, my wife took a herbalife tea as a dietary supplement.  She said that it was good for her in the sense that it gave her that energy boost to continue with her workouts.  She also warned that there are many kinds of herbalife supplements and that each one specializes in different areas.  So whereas the herbalife tea that she took helped in boosting her metabolism and energy, others may help in weight loss or overall health.

Practicing Our Swing at the All Star Park Batting Cages

Hey there.  I'm not a huge baseball fan.  I just can't watch it and enjoy it on TV.  I don't mind playing it though.  Yesterday, my brother decided that he wanted to take my son to the batting cages.  Sure, why not?  The boy likes basketball and football but has not been exposed to much baseball so maybe this outing will spark an interest in the sport.  So I go pick up my brother and our cousin wanted to come along so the four of us are off the batting cages.

We went to the All Star Park batting cages in Bellflower.  Not a bad spot at all.  Being my first time there, I didn't know how much this would run me or what kind of equipment I needed.  We took some bats and batting gloves just in case.  When we asked the clerk how much, he said it was $35 for a full hour, unlimited pitches (11 at a time), free bat rental, and helmet rental.  And the best part was that we all could take turns and get as many pitches as we could get for that hour.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

I'm an awful hitter so I missed... and I missed a lot.  But that's alright because as the hour went on, my swing got better.  Not to mention my son's swing as well.  He doesn't have the upper body strength that we have so his swing was a little on the slow side as the hour went on, you could tell that fatigue was setting in.  However, when I asked him if he wanted to sit a round or two out, he refused.  We all told him that it's going to build some muscle on that small frame of his and that it showed good character to keep on swinging.  By the end, he definitely had a good time and asked if we could go back some time soon.  Awesome.

We left the cages saying how we all haven't been there in years, or never been there before at all.  This morning, my boy comes to me and says that his arms are sore.  lol  Mine are too.  I'm surprised that his hands are not aching a bit.  My palm and forearm are a little sore and I'm sure it's because I was using muscles I've never used before.
Perfect form!  Too bad I missed it!  
My cuz... he's been waiting 8 years for this moment.  lol
My brother the loser!  Swing and a miss!  hahahaha!  Where's the dingers you promised the boy?
My boy!  Taking a swing!  You can do it, boy!
Even though baseball is not the sport for me, it could be for my boy.  Nevertheless, I wouldn't mind going back to take some more swings.  If anything, it'll work out some of those muscles that I don't use and will better my hand eye coordination.  We all had a good time so I wouldn't mind heading back there with the same line up.  lol  Until then, later!

Friday, May 13, 2011

I Hate My Mailbox

ey there.  I hate my mailbox.  It's a crummy, old thing that is dangling from my door by a wire frame.  Don't believe me?  Look...

Not very attractive
Yup...  Held to the door by a metal wire

See.  I just don't like it.  I think it's lazy and a little on the hideous side.  I guess that doesn't speak very highly of me, huh.  lol  Anyways, I've been thinking of getting a new mailbox.  Maybe something a little more fancy, but definitely something a little more detached from the door.  lol  I've seen a few mailboxes that sit on posts that look pretty cool.  My only problem with that is that I don't have a fence and it would be pretty funny looking to see mailbox posts around the neighborhood and not have a fence nearby.

It's funny, actually, how you don't give it any thought when you buy a home.  You start thinking of changing some things around in your back yard, inside the house, and what not, but you never give your mailbox any thought.  I guess because it's just a box for mail and you figure that you'll give it a second thought at a later date.  But then that keeps getting pushed back because of many other projects around the house.  I know that I am definitely guilty of that. 

Next time you are driving by your neighborhood, take a look at the many styles of residential mailboxes that adorn your neighbors yards.  You'll be surprised at how many seem ignored by the owner.  I know I've ignored mine for far too long and I think it's time for an upgrade.  What do you think?  Is it worthwhile to have a mail box that suits the style of the family?  Later!

Blogger Still Not at 100% and Posts are Missing... Is Jason Behind this Firday the 13th Mayhem?

Hey there.  As many of you may have noticed... Blogger had been down for approx. 16 hours or so and it's still not 100% back up.  After checking the status of Blogger, I find out they had to "temporarily remove" posts that we posted after 7am Wednesday morning.  I noticed that something was wrong yesterday when I could not log in to leave comments on other blogs.  That's when I decided to log on my own to see if it was just select blogs that were having issues or if all blogs were having an issues.  When I couldn't log on because the "service was not available",  I was upset.

The first thing that came to mind was the whole PSN hack thing.  I wondered if there was an "unauthorized user" roaming the Blogger servers creating havoc.  I quickly dismissed that idea, though.  I don't think there would be anything to gain, other than being malicious and posting your own stuff.  Then I got a little upset.  I usually have scheduled posts lined up for Funny Fridays, but that's not gonna happen since I can't browse the internet today for Friday funnies.  Then it hit me...  IT'S FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!!  Is Jason behind all this Blogger mayhem???  Did he finally trade in that machete for an ultra fast Alienware laptop???  hahahaha!
"I'm done slashin' and started hackin'!" - Quote from Friday the 13th: Jason Infiltrates CampCrystalLake.com
Anyways, it looks like Blogger is back up and running but posts are still missing.  I guess it's better to be able to continue with the service but I really hope those missing posts come back soon.  I also began to wonder what happened to my give a way poll (PS3 game) and how many potential comments I may have lost.  Well...  as long I didn't lose ALL of my posts, I can't be too upset and it's not like it was down for almost a month before getting any material news on the service.  C'mon Blogger, get those posts back up!  Later!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Happy Birthday and the Lakers Downfall

LAKERS GONNA WIN!!!  Oh wait...
Hey there.  The Lakers are out of the playoffs...  I think I can now talk about it without getting too upset.  This was the team that was favored to sweep the Mavs, if not win in 5 games.  What the hell happened?!?!?!  Now there's talks about them being too old, Kobe not being Kobe, Gasol having personal issues, Odom is too inconsistent, blah blah blah...  Listen, this is the same team that has gone to the finals for 3 straight years.  This team is still made up of pretty much the same guys.  So what the hell happened???  Don't know.  But just by looking at the team during the games, they just looked uninspired.  Kind of like they were saying, no worries, we'll win the next one, and pretty much just sleepwalked through the games and that kind of attitude bit them in the ass.  The great thing about the Lakers is that we measure the season's success by championships.  If we win the title, it was a successful season.  If we don't win the title, then the season was a bust.  It's really as simple as that and all Laker fans are spoiled by that mentality.  We expect to win and when we don't, all hell breaks loose.  I'm hoping that they'll be able to get their act together and make another run next season, but man... did we just stink it up against the Mavs...

Now, on to brighter days.  My birthday was yesterday!  The big 2-9!  lmao  I don't make a big deal out of my birthday, I never have, but the wife loves to make it a little festive.  This year, she did this:
Playing Black Ops, dad.  Oh yeah, and Happy B Day!
The wife is great at creating an atmosphere.  I know, I know...  Lakers were eliminated on Sunday, but we all didn't think that was gonna happen.  lol  So she carried on with her Lakers theme and prepared my meal of choice, T bone steak, mashed potatos and veggies!  Oh yeah!
The woman sure knows how to make a mean batch of mash taters!
Then we all sat together, had our dinner, and goofed around a bit.  Cause that's what we do.  The wife and I sat on the couch, watching the kids play with, wait for it...  balloons...  lmao  That's right, balloons.  I understand that the young one would want to bat around a balloon for kicks but the older kids were having a blast themselves.  lol
Oooh...  Balloon...
Almost... got... it...
Then it was time for the cake.  As the wife gathered everyone around the cake and snapped a few photos, she asked to take one of me and the cake.  I think it's some kind of tradition to do that.  lol  So I sat in the chair waiting for the pic and this happened...
Why so serious
Whoa...  what is that?!  lmao!  Hand me a knife and some evil cloak because there is definitely murder in those eyes!  hahahahaaha!  The wife wasn't too happy with that one so we took another.
A lot better
After I made my wish and blew out the candles it came time for the family portrait (which my wife conveniently decided she needed to take manually so that everyone comes out 'nice'  lol) 
Happy birthday Dad!
Baby says, my cake!
Awesome.  Awesome.  Awesome!  From the decorations, to the meal, to the cake, to the laughs.  A great b day spent with my family.  So why not go out to a "fancy" restaurant for your b day?  Eh.  I'd rather spend the time at home, messing around with the wife and kids than to have to "behave" at a restaurant.  The wife will tell ya, she jokes (well I think she's joking...) that I can be just as bad as the kids.  It just comes to show you that I like to have fun.  Regardless of what the candles on the cake say.  lol  Later!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Orchid Recovery Center for Women in Need

Hey there.  You know, I was chatting with a friend not too long ago about a special someone in her life that is in need of some help... You know, to point where she is being destructive to herself and her family.  It kind of got me thinking and since I have a small voice in the online community, I'd figure that I'd do a public service announcement for the Orchid Recovery Center

Drug abuse and alcoholism are not only harmful for the user, but harmful to their families.  Where it be a loss of self control or their hallucinogenic tirade, family members can be angered, saddened, ad confused as to why this is happening to their loved one.  If you see anything unusual and suspect drug use or alcohol abuse, you should look into checking them in at Orchid for Women for an evaluation.  It's better to be safe than sorry and people under the influence are not in the right state of mind to make the decision to clean themselves up.  There are many programs out there for people under the influence and for the family members that are trying to deal with their destructive ways.

Don't hesitate to ask questions and don't hesitate to look for help.  There are many resources for women to find the help that they need.  Friends and family members should urge them to better themselves and to see the damage that they are causing.  They don't have to do it alone and with help, they can get better.  Later!

Motivational Monday - Birthday

Hmmm... I wonder is that's why I forget how old I am...  lol

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Great Deals for Mother's Day Flowers

Hey there friends.  Mother's Day is tomorrow!!!  Have you already made your dinner reservations?  Have you ordered your mother flowers?  No?  Oh man...  Mother's Day is one of the busiest days for florists everywhere.  Whether it be in a brick and mortar shop or an online shop.  But there is still time to order, and you can save more than a few bucks by using online coupons.

There are many Mother's Day Flower Delivery Deals going on right now so it's not too late to pick up your mother's favorites.  Coupon codes for next day and same day delivery are still out there so make sure you check them out before venturing off to a florist and being forced to pick whatever flowers are leftover.  A quick search at FlowerDeliveryDeals.com, and all the best coupon codes available are displayed.

One popular online flower shop is 1800Flowers and I have nothing but positive things to say about their service.  Their flowers are guaranteed to stay fresh for at least a week and the flowers are always neatly packaged and delivered with such care.  They offer flowers in a box and flowers in a vase and I've ordered them both before and I've been extremely satisfied with the delivery. You can easily find 1800flowers coupon codes to score a great deal on an awesome bouquet.  I simply do not go shopping for flowers without some 1 800 Flowers coupons.

There's still time, my friends.  Mother's day is tomorrow but that doesn't mean you have to pay top dollar for an awesome floral arrangement.  Get searching for those coupon codes and save yourself some time and money.  Best of luck and hope you guys have a great Mother's Day!  Later!

Friday, May 6, 2011

What's the Deal with Gold Coins?

Hey there.  Am I the only one that wonders why we see ads on TV selling gold coins for less than the market value?  I was up late last night watching TV when I saw an advertisement that claimed that the coins were worth hundreds but they're selling them for $20.  It got me wondering if the price of gold is wildly fluctuating that one day, an ounce is worth $20 and the next day, it's a few hundred.

That got me wondering if it's a good investment to keep track of gold prices.  It seems like a good idea.  Invest some money in a commodity that is in demand.  You see gold everywhere.  Watches, necklaces, teeth... Donald Trump's place.  lol  I mean, if gold is that valuable, I don't see where you can go wrong in investing in it.  But then again, it is investing and there's always that risk of it's value decreasing.  Maybe if I go to a gold spot, where they buy and sell gold, to see what's up.  If they say that it's profitable, it may something to consider.  If they say they're barely breaking even... then it's something to think hard before doing.

I'm wondering if any of you have had any experience with the gold trade.  I know that now there's a service where you mail your gold scraps and you get cash for it.  Is that any good?  Would you rather just go into a shop and see what you can get?  I'm curious, friends.  Let me know.  Later!

Metallman's Reverie: Blog Income for April 2011

Hey there.  April is in the the books and it's time to report on how well on (or off) pace we are in reaching my $1700 goal for the year. Let's take a look at the numbers:

Mylikes - $9.74
DragonBlogger - $9.41
CMFads - $1.88
Blogsvertise - $132.00
Total for April - $153.03
YTD Total - $652.65 (+$85.98 ahead of pace)

Not too shabby, my friends.  I'm glad that I'm still exceeding my monthly goal of $141.66, even though it's just barely.  I'm still disappointed in my lack of participation in dragonblogger.com.  It's an awesome and I've been given an awesome opportunity to be an author there but I just can't seem to capitalize on it just yet.  I have been dealing with some personal issues and it has eaten up my time to write articles.  I have been fortunate enough to be offered what I like to call "insta-post" and that's what's keeping my name on DB.com at the moment.

I am a little disappointed that I didn't cash anything out for Izea for April, but those funds will be cashed out in May which will make May a pretty good month.  I also received a huge offer from an unexpected source so I'm hoping that May will be the best month of the year so far.

The giveaways have been going great.  Because I'm made my fair share of money from this site, I've been giving a monthly prize away to my readers.  I'm hoping that you guys are enjoying that and take as a big thank you for stopping by and reading. 

So there you have it.  My online source of income revealed!  It's not much to toot about but hey, it's better than nothing.  Was thinking of using some of that money for some Lakers finals tickets.... but that rant is for another time. lol  Feel free to check out my affiliates at the links above and hope that you'll be able to make some spare change online the way I did.  Later!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Review: SurfboardsEtc.com

Hey there. One of the great perks of living in Southern California is the awesome weather. The weather is generally pleasant and because it tends to get hot, people hit the beaches at all times of the year. Especially surfers who would go other there to catch waves whenever the waves are scheduled to hit. This is where a surf website like SurfboardsEtc.com could make a fortune on Southern California residents alone.

I went to check out the site to see if it's all that it's cracked up to be. Their bread and butter is definitely surfboards. They have vast selection of surfboards!You can even get some custom made boards!  But I'm a casual fan of the weather.  I'm not a surfer and I'll be honest, I won't be buying a surfboard anytime soon.  But that doesn't mean that SurfboardsEtc isn't for me.  They have a huge array of surf/beach apparel and accessories.  And I mean HUGE!  Clothes, footwear, bags, sunglasses, watches...  I am pleasantly surprised that their target customers is everyone looking for anything beach related.

The site is very easy to navigate through so you wouldn't have any trouble finding what you need.  The easiest way being to use the search bar on the site, but everything is categorized by item type (apparel, watches, etc.) or brand (Billabong, DC Shoes, etc.).  You can very easily browse through the and take a gander at what they have to offer and I love that they display, as clear as day, their "Lowest Price Guarantee".  Anyone that is willing to display their guarantee right there is always a plus because you know they're not going to hide it in the fine print of an ad or website.

All an all, a great site to go to and get your surf or beach gear on.  I definitely recommend that you at least check it out.  It's tough not to when they offer a 110% return policy.  Don't believe me?  It's right there on the home page.  lol  Check it out, my friends.  You'll definitely find something for the beach fanatic in your life.  Later!

The Joys of Knuffle Bunny

Hey there. You know, children are funny, little creatures. lol The most mundane of things will keep them entertained and happy. Me, being "funny daddy" and all, take advantage of that knowledge all the time by doing quirky little things around the house. With my youngest daughter, we have mini dance offs. We do the robot together all the time. With my oldest daughter, we've been having a "flinch contest" for the last week or so where we try to make each other flinch (I'm winning because I have awesome ninja focus!). lol With my oldest, well... he's kinda a preteen now and little quirky moments don't affect him as much as much as the younger kids. He does, however like it when I create absurd movie trailers and they usually begin with, "In a world..." lol Yeah, they definitely like that those.

Anyways, I bring up those little quirks because yesterday, I was reading a book to my daughter.  You know, they (or you) need to read a book every night for homework?  Yeah, that.  So I pulled out the book that was chosen and it's this book:
I recognized it from when my oldest daughter brought it for her "read at home" homework and she claims it's one of her favorite books.  I've read it a few times this year already since they keep sending it home to read so I decided to have a little fun with the reading.  It's an awesome little story of a young one that can't speak words yet and travels with her favorite stuffed toy, Knuffle Bunny.  The toy gets lost and the adventure begins.  It's definitely for the younger readers and the book has few words, as well as some baby babble.  When I read the book, I did voices for the characters.  The young one in the book had a "monster" voice, I did Bean's voice, from KROQ Kevin & Bean fame, and I just did a regular "mommy" voice for the mom.  The kids loved the Bean and monster voices.  lol  But I think it's because I ad lib some of the lines.  lol  Yeah, I'm cool like that.  The oldest, which was in his room watching Dragon Ball Z or something, came out and chuckled and said, "Dad, what are you doing?"  lol  So even my voices got his attention and the girls asked me to read it again cause he wasn't there from the beginning.  Kids...  lol

So, do you guys do anything of that sort with your kids?  Am I the only doofus that will change a story and make it their own for a few innocent laughs out of the kids?  Do you have any stare contest with the kids?  Dance offs?  Or any crazy, quirky things for a laugh.  Kids are awesome.  lol  I love my munchkins, cupcakes, and goofballs.  lmao!  Later!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Freschetta Simply Inspired Bamboo Cutting Board Give-a-Way

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FRESCHETTA® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Freschetta Simply Inspired Hawaiian Style PizzaHey there friends.  Who doesn't love pizza?  Pizza is usually considered an unhealthy choice of food but now a days you can find a wide variety of mouth watering and healthy pizzas.  That's where our good friends at Freschetta have our backs and rolled out their Simply Inspired line of pizzas.
I was fortunate enough to get to try one out over the weekend and all I can say is wow.  Since my boy and I are the resident pizza experts at our house, we went to the market to choose the FRESCHETTA® Simply…Inspired™ pizza of our choice.  With 8 different varieties, it was definitely a hard decision.  I would have loved to have ry the Chicken Bianco style pizza.  Mmmmm....  Grilled chicken, red peppers, black olives, and alfredo sauce.  Man, that just sounds awesome.  Alas, it was not to be since no one at home eats olives but yours truly.  After a brief debate with my son, we decided that we were going to try the Hawaiian style pizza.  The family would enjoy that more than the Chicken Bianco.
Anyways, one the of first things that I notice is the packaging.  It's not in a standard, old pizza box.  It's in this light, plastic container that is different than any other pizza packaging that I have seen.  I was glad to see that on the back it states that it is using 30% less packaging so not only is Freschetta looking out for me, but it's looking out for mother Earth as well.  The second thing I noticed was the fresh smell of pineapple once I opened the container.  Once you peel it open, the sweet aroma of fresh meat and veggies fills the air.  Unlike many frozen pizzas, Freschetta did not seal their pizza in what seems like shrink wrap.  I guess that's what they mean by "Fresch-Taste-Seal".  So far, simply awesome.
Personally, I like thin crust pizza and the FRESCHETTA® Simply…Inspired™ line of pizzas are all thin crust.  The argument that my wife makes is that there's less pizza to eat if it's thin crust.  I say, it's just a different texture.  Sometimes you're in the mood for a little thickness in your pizza slice, sometimes your not and if you're in the mood for some awesome thin crust pizza, this is it.  It has the perfect amount of crunch that it doesn't take away from their signature sauces or ingredients.  Did I mention that this one had a sweet BBQ sauce on it?  I'm not a BBQ sauce fan and I was pleasantly surprised by the how great it was.  For far, I'm loving the ingredients, the taste, and the style.
The family definitely enjoyed the pizza and we already decided that this weekend we're going to try the Chicken Bianco style pizza.  (YES!)  lol  The kids gobbled it up, the wife thinks it's a great, healthy pizza, and I think  that any pizza that can satisfy a family of 6 is always welcome at our home.  But don't take my word for it.  Go to freschettasimplyinspired.com and check out all the pizza varieties in the Simply Inspired line and find out which style is simply you.
Still not convinced to try one out?  Here, I'll give you a coupon for a free pizza!  Whoa!  Whoa!  Whoa!  I don't have one for EVERYONE reading this post.  1 lucky reader will walk away with a coupon for a free FRESCHETTA® Simply…Inspired™ pizza.  And to sweeten the pot, our good friends at Freschetta are throwing in a wooden bamboo cutting board!  Check it out!
Freschetta Wooden Cutting BoardFreschetta bamboo wooden cutting board

How awesome is that?  So how do you enter for a chance to win?  I'll make it easy.  Simply leave comment on this post on this post with your favorite pizza toppings.  That's it.  Once the the deadline has past, I'll use random.org to chose a number and that will determine our winner. Let's recap the rules:
  • Give-a-way is available to US and Canadian friends only.
  • Give-a-way will run from now until May14th.  Winner will be announced on May 15th.
  • Leave a comment on this post stating what your favorite pizza toppings are to enter.
Be sure to check out Freschetta on Twitter and Facebook for upcoming news and give-a-ways.  Like Freschetta on Facebook for a free downloadable and printable coupon for $2 off any Simply Inspired pizzas.  So let's hear it friends, what are your favorite pizza toppings???  Later!
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