Looking & Feeling Good Thanks to Lee Jeans!

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As a guy that is getting older I have to say that I am always looking for clothes that help me to stay looking good, no matter what age I am and Lee Jeans have been a great find over the past year.

Just recently I was able to try two new items from their Jeans and Shorts lines. With a few more weeks of cool weather left having a new pair of jeans was the perfect item to receive. The jeans were so comfortable and I loved the color as well.

The shorts you see above were also very comfortable and had more pockets than I had ever seen in shorts before. I liked how these were longer shorts than I currently had, aas they were a nice change.

All of the pants on the Lee Jeans website are so varied. I love all of the colors that are available on the different styles as it seems more varied than other pants that I have found before.

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It’s Time For Men to Take Control Of Their Skincare!

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I never really took much time to be concerned with my own skincare in the past. However, as I get older I am finding that my skin is changing too. The issue with this is that I am finding that it is getting quite a bit oilier than it has been since I was a teenager – talk about frustrating! This being said I have been trying to find a good array of products that can keep my skin clean and change my skincare routine, especially for my face.

I had never heard about Axiom for Men but in reading about the company I was impressed with the array of products that were made to offer complete protection for your skin. The full array of skincare products that they have developed and tested are made to offer assistance with hair removal, cleansing, moisturizing, and skin-tone balancing. Best of all though is that they have worked with experts to make sure that products are specifically created for men’s skin.

The skincare products contain natural ingredients and you can tell that the company has been and continues to listen to its’ customers, men, to continue tweaking and changing their products to make them better and to make them even more effective.

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I was able to try out the Axiom for Men Daily Essentials Kit which contained everything that I needed to keep my skin healthy and fit. It contained the Face & Body Shave Cream, Pearlized Cleansing Gel and Daily Restorative Moisturizer.  I found that by using this you can easily create a daily routine. The products were creamy, not greasy and I found that after using these three products over the past week that my skin that had been feeling very oily and dull looking was starting to feel less so. I loved how well the three of these worked well together and you really do not need to to use much of the three for each use so I could tell that it would last for quite a while too.

If you are having similar issues like I have been lately with your skin changing, Axiom definitely can help. Even if you are still young, don’t wait as long as I have to really start a routine to take care of your skin. Your skin takes a beating every day so using products like this simply makes sense and does not take as long as I had thought at first.

If you have never heard of Axiom for Men skincare products you should check it out for yourself!

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You Need To Try This Amazing Peanut Butter!

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As a dad that makes lunches for his kids I have gone through my good share of Peanut Butter over the years. I have gone through so many of the brands that you usually find in the Unites States, and some have been positive and some negative experiences. In my experiences I have to say that for us we are looking for both great taste and consistency, and some of the bigger-brands seem to lose this, along with freshness, along the way.

This is one reason I was very excited to try out Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter. My youngest daughter has been getting very interested lately in having peanut butter toast for breakfast in the morning which has amped up our peanut butter consumption lately, so trying something new was perfect for us as a family.

When I received the Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter, I first noticed that due to the freshness of this, they state on the outside of the container that you needed to store this upside down and that you needed to shake or stir the Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter before eating and looking at it from the outside you can see this as it looks a bit more liquefied than other brands might. Even though this is the case, once you open it up, stir it, you have the same consistency as you would typically get with other brands too.

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Outside of the difference in regards to where the peanuts were coming from (Australia), you also can tell by looking at the ingredients that you are getting top quality peanut butter here! Even better though is the taste and overall consistency. After tasting this I believe that you will taste the difference immediately. It is hard for me to describe here, though I will tell you that both my daughters and I were completely impressed. We loved the flavor and it was super smooth.

If you have never tried Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter you should check out the four varieties that they have including the Smooth that I tried and let me know your own thoughts on this. I hope that you too will find that this is an amazing new find your family like I found that it is for mine!

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About Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter
Founded in 2007 by Pic Picot, New Zealand-based Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter is New Zealand’s #1 selling peanut butter brand and peanut butter worth eating. Made from the finest quality Hi-Oleic peanuts from Australia that are fresh roasted and lovingly squashed in Nelson, Pic’s then quick seals its peanut butter to preserve freshness, flavor and nutrients. Pic’s is all-natural, and gluten free with no additives – simply peanuts and a trace of Kiwi salt, the unsalted version containing only peanuts. Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter offers four varieties, Original (Crunchy), Original (Crunchy, no salt), Smooth and Smooth (no salt). Suggested retail is $8.00 (380g, 13.4 oz. jar). A 1Kg, 35.27 oz. sized jar is also available in Original Crunchy or Smooth flavors at a recommended retail of $14.00. For more information on Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter visit www.reallygood.co.nz.

Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on May 8, 2015.

Pic’s Peanut Butter Prize Pack Giveaway

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

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Girls Unite, It’s Time For The Avengers: Age of Ultron!

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I have always been a fan of comics. I grew up reading Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Avengers and a number of others. So you can probably guess that the past few years, with the huge number of Marvel/DC Comic based movies hitting the big screen has been an exciting time for me and for my family. It has been so exciting for me to be able to share my love of this world with my daughters, breaking down the stereotypes that some of society have placed in regards to who can or should like comics.

This May will be an exciting time in our home because of our love of comics. With MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out, we already have watched the first The Avengers movie, and my girls are already speculating on whether one of the Avengers will be coming back after this movie and if not, who that might be. They also are very excited to have a new female superhero coming into the movie in the guise of the Scarlett Witch. My oldest knows that the Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver both have been good and evil characters in the comic books, we are all interested to see how they will be portrayed in the new movie, though the trailer makes them look very dark.

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Not only are we excited about this but we also have come to find when we go to the store that we also are seeing MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron food, toys and more at stores as we have been shopping lately. Of course, because my daughters are aware of the comics and the characters, having them see these superheroes connected to food and toys makes them even more excited about the movie to come. While sometimes this branding can be over-the-top, it is still effective and my girls have enjoyed seeing the characters too.

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During a recent trip to our local Walmart store we checked out all of the MARVEL The Avengers: Age of Ultron items. I was amazed to see many more items than I was expecting. While we were there we picked up a few to have some Avengers fun ourselves. We ended up choosing some of the collectible figurines. You will notice that we ended up picking Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye. My daughter chose these, and I was a bit surprised that she did, as I thought that she would have chosen the Scarlet Witch. As a father, I will say that I am a bit happy that she didn’t because the Scarlet Witch was in one of her more skimpy outfits and for a younger girl I think a more fully clothed superhero is more appropriate. The choosing of Hawkeye did not surprise me, as this is a character that she liked from the first movie. I was a bit surprised as he was in his purple outfit which is not something seen from the movie itself. In looking closer though I see now that the characters from this are not completely connected to the movie itself, but instead The Avengers universe instead.

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I also selected some of the new LEGO brick sets for The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. I loved that we got a few of the superheroes in each set as well as villains too.  The sets that I picked up were easy to put together and worked well together too and allowed me and my daughters to have fun together using our imagination in some creative play together. My youngest daughter was the most excited when she saw that Iron Man was a part of one of the LEGO sets, as this was her favorite Avenger.

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We also picked up some snacks that we could have while we re-watched The Avengers movie. We picked up some Doritos as well as Cheez-Its and both were connected again to the movie too. I let the kids pick these, but I did tell that that we were going to make an Avengers Snack mix (See below recipe) to make this a bit healthier.

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Avengers Snack Mix

1              Family Style Box of MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Cheez-It

1              12-15 oz canister of craisins

1              15-20 oz container of unsalted nuts (you choose the type)

2              Cups of dried papaya

2              Cup M&M’s

2              Cup White Chocolate Chips

 

Mix all of the items together in small individual ziplock bags. Hand them out to everyone for some healthy snacking fun!

 

As you can see we are very excited about the upcoming MARVEL The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie and for the next few weeks we will be waiting in anticipation for this to come out and if any of the things that I have heard as of late is true, this is going to be an amazing movie and having some toys and even food to keep the excitement alive is fun to experience with the whole family!

 

So my question for you? How big of a fan of The Avengers are you? Who is your or your kids’ favorite Avengers superhero? Let me know!

 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered Is A Wonderful Family-Friendly Show

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About the Series
Signed, Sealed, Delivered : The Series is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama for the whole family. The ten one-hour episodes follow four postal workers, the POstables, who transform themselves into an elite team of Dead Letter detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office and into an unpredictable world where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow on time.

The team includes the group’s leader, charming Oliver O’Toole (Mabius), a man of faith who upholds traditional values in his life and work; Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods. By the end, it becomes evident that the missions of the POstables aren’t just making an impact on the lives of others; they’re being changed, too.

Initially airing on the Hallmark Channel as an original movie, the season of “ Signed, Sealed, Delivered ” boosted the Hallmark Channel’s ranking as the #5 rated cable network on Sundays from 8-9 p.m. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is executive produced by Martha Williamson, best known as the executive producer of “Touched by an Angel” and beloved for her signature brand of family entertainment.

The narratives of the “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” franchise continue as an enhanced two-hour format on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered From Paris With Love” (wt) is slated to debut June 2015 and is the first of three “Signed Sealed Delivered” movies being produced for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered From Paris With Love” (wt) explores the mystery of love when Oliver’s estranged wife suddenly returns from Paris the same day he and his Postables team, Shane, Rita and Norman, deliver divorce papers to a happy couple.

My Take on the Series

My wife and I have been a big fan of Signed, Sealed, Delivered since it came out last season and we were very disappointed that it was taken off of the main Hallmark channel and moved to their premium Mysteries and Movies channel, as my carrier does not even have this, at least not yet. I was excited to be able to see that they put all of the first season into one DVD and was so glad that they did.

 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a family friendly series that I definitely would recommend sharing with the whole family. There are great messages of friendship, faith and love which for me, as a parent, I would like my daughters to experience and see. The writing is the series is solid and the characters are memorable, quirky and lovable , yes, even Oliver O’Toole too.

 

My family are also mystery lovers so it was nice to have a new mystery that unfolds with each episode. The series does follow something of a sequential order, so I would recommend watching them as such, the mysteries are stand alone, so you can catch up if you get out of order as well.

 

All-in-all this was a wonderfully made family show and this DVD really captures this and shares it with all viewers. I highly recommend Signed, Sealed, Delivered to all of you!


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Capturing the Best Video With A Gorillapod

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If you have read my blog for any period of time you know that I try and use Youtube at times for the reviews that I do of products. Some work out well and others have been challenging, especially when I have to hold the camera myself.

Recently I had heard about a site called DadGifts.com and I was checking out the site and came across an item called the GorrillaPod. While this may not be a new item for some of you, it was for me and it looked completely amazing.

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I ordered the GorillaPod and quickly received the item. What I came to find quickly was that even though it was small, it is so sturdy and durable. This small stand can be bent in any direction you can think of to hold your camera steady no matter what you were trying to do.

This was perfect for me to use when I was trying to take my video and I found that it will hold my lighter-weight as well as heavier camera as well. I was surprised that it did hold the Samsung NX1 as this is a heavier camera, but it did, and remained stable throughout.

I can’t say enough amazing things about the GorillaPod, as it worked like a charm, and with how small it was, I could easily take it with me no matter where I wanted to go!

All of this being said I also wanted to say that I was really impressed with DadGifts.com as the array of products was so vast and the quality was tangible. There were so many items in their catalog that I would love to put on my wish list for fathers day or any other gift-related holiday coming up. If you have never heard of them before, check them out!

 

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Starting Tuesday April 21st, we’re running a bad family photo contest called Best of the Worst. It goes through April 28, and there’s a good size prize pile.

 

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DVD Review – Mom’s Day Away

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About the Movie
Stay-at-home mom Laura Miller (Bonnie Somerville) chose family life over a glamorous career. Her husband Michael (James Tupper), a workaholic realtor, eternally conducts business on his cell phone while her 17-year-old son (Iain Belcher) and 12-year-old daughter (Kaitlyn Bernard) are absorbed in their young life dramas. It’s Mother’s Day weekend and still nobody is paying attention to Laura’s needs. Excitement is injected into Laura’s life when her dazzling and affluent BFF Trish (Ona Grauer) shows up and whisks her off on an adventure-filled trip to a lavish resort.

Over this Mother’s Day weekend, Laura has an awakening, making up for lost time by overindulging in the resort’s luxurious offerings and rekindling her career aspirations. As Trish begins to reassess her own life choices during their time away, Laura considers that living her dreams won’t bring true happiness unless her family is along for the adventure.

My Take on the Movie
So what does a mom do? The list might include: laundry, cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, making lunches, gardening, carpooling, budgeting, organizing the vacations or outings, etc.
So what happens when a mom decides that her family does not appreciate her? She may take some time off and spend a weekend with a girlfriend who wants to pamper her. 

Any mom will enjoy this film. So many decisions the family had to make on their own and it was evident that their mom was horrible missed. It was interesting watching the family deal with the mom’s absence and then how they pulled together to clean the house , cook, etc. before the mom decided to return home.
This family realized they were in fact taking advantage of their mom and all the responsibilities she has for just about everything. It appears at the end of the movie that there is a family agreement for everyone to do their fair share.

Swiffer Shows That Dads Are Engaged & Helping At Home!

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Too often in society there has been a stereotype portraying dads as not taking an active role in kids’ lives, but also not taking an active role in the running of the home. This is why I was so glad to see the new commercials that were recently released by Swiffer, as they are portraying dads in a whole new light and showing more of the reality in my opinion – or at least the reality in my own home. Below you will see the commercial, but in this you will see three dads that are cleaning, engaged and so much more. Through this commercial Swiffer is taking on this stereotype and I commend them for doing so as the reality is truly more of what they have shown in the commercial than not.

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According to the Swiffer Cleaning Index Dads are pitching in nearly two time more than their dads did.  In fact roles have really shifted as half of Dads today say they do the lion’s share of the cleaning in their home, dividing chores with their significant other.

In my own home, my wife and I have always seen each other as equals. I cannot say that we always have been able to be equal when it came to everything around the home, but we always tried to share the responsibilities no one felt taken advantage of in anyway. Why was this important you might be asking? Well, for us, we found that if we were not sharing this responsibility that resentment would build up along with stress, and neither of us wanted or needed this in our lives.

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With two active girls I have found that it is a constant challenge to keep the house clean and in the past, it has seemed to always be a half-day long process with buckets, mops, rags and more (yes we were old school) and it was something that I know that I always dreaded personally, and I think I could say the same of my wife too. This is why receiving the Swiffer Big Green Box on my doorstep was so awesome! This box was frilled not only with the Swiffer Wet Jet and refill pads, but also cleaner with Febreeze too (this stuff smells good). I broke out these products and first found that they were so easy to put together, but also use. What I loved most about the Swiffer Wet Jet was that it really helped me to be much more efficient at cleaning quickly and effectively. This was important to me as the more time that I have to spend at cleaning, the less time I can spend directly engaging with my kids. The Swiffer Wet Jet really opened me up to being able to spend more time with my kids because I did not have to worry about the amount of time it would take to clean our floors and it made our floors simply shine.

Swiffer actually sent me a second green box to give to another Dad friend. I dropped the box off today to my friend and left a note that said “I hope you like being a #Swifferdad”. I had to leave the box off at his house so I signed the note, so I am sure that I will get a call later. He will be surprised, but he also will probably give me a bit of grief about the gift too… but you never know! I just wish that I could be there to see his face, but I actually had to leave town today and because of this I wanted to at least get the Swiffer box to him as soon as I could!

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As mentioned above below is the #SwifferDad video.  This video really captures well how hands-on dads are in today’s society. I love how this video has real Dads and kids talking and sharing together, and you get some true perspectives from the kids too. I also am including some behind the scenes video too that shows the video’s creative advisor, Anthony Anderson having some fun too. I love that Swiffer used Anthony Anderson as he is a hands on dad too who also cleans floors, handles carpools and more. On top of that the video was meaningful as it also featured a few dad bloggers that I know and admire too.

In the end I have come to find that with the Swiffer Wet Jet I am able to soak up more moments with my family and I am betting that my friend will have a similar experience too, that’s the #SwifferEffect they are working to share with all families!
 

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Big RITZ Crackers are HUGE!!!

What’s better than Big RITZ? Well, deliciously ENORMOUS recipes such as Big RITZ Tostados & Big RITZ Pizza!
These crackers are simply HUGE. I could not believe how much you could fit on ones cracker and neither could my daughter!

You get the same great crackers, just so much larger than what you hav gotten in the past!

Big RITZ Product Information:
2.5 inch in diameter
Serving size: 3 crackers

  • 80 calories
  • 1 g SAT FAT
  • 140mg SODIUM
  • 1g SUGARS


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The AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop: Extreme Performance!

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

I am the type of person that is always looking for a lightweight laptop that will be a powerhouse and allow me to be the most productive that I can be. With that being said I have heard a ton of great things about the AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop. While I have yet to own one of these I have been looking into laptops and the reason that this one looks interesting is that it stands out as innovative, lightweight and powerful. On top of this it also takes your gaming to a whole new level, as the new AMD FX Special Edition APU is supposed to offer you unbelievable performance, gaming and productivity. Plus, if you move into purchasing the new FX APU powered notebook, be unbeatable and experience the processing power of 10 computer cores (4 CPU + 6 GPU).

In the store when I watched the demo for this, I was floored to see the of the computer itself. This, on top of a great graphics that cannot be beat, I could not ask for a more versitile computer for the needs that I have. I also have to put in a plug for the touch screen that this computer had. I tried this out and loved the interactivity of the screen and could easily see how well this would work to help me get more done so that I could spend more time with my family overall.

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I have to say that the AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop has amazing performance, speed and so much more and it is definitely one that I would love to have one for myself. I can see so many benefits to having this personally and professionally and I think if you try this out you will find the same to be be true as well!

In looking into the AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop, I found that if I wanted to purchase this I could also get free shipping on orders $35 and up as well as free store pickup in as little as 45 minutes – talk about fast!

So go and check out the AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop today, you will definitely not be disappointed!

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