My new bike

Posted in Toys

I got a new bike today. It was on sale at target for $49 from $99. But, when I got up to the checkout line and she scanned the price tag it was only $29!!!! With tax it was $32.58!

Probably the best deal on a bike I’ll ever find. It looks cool and now I can pull the kids with their bike trailer because my mt bike is too fancy for the bike trailer hardware to attach to.

 

I learned about commuter bikes here and just happen to find this crazy deal at target thanks to Commuter Bike Hero.

www.commuterbikehero.com

My new 22lr rifle

Posted in Fun

gsg 522 After careful consideration on what kind of new 22lr rifle to get I decided on the GSG 522.

gsg522.net

I have several reasons why I picked the 522 and one of the top reasons is the look and cool factor. I love the HK MP5 and the GSG 522 is a replica of the famous MP5. So, it looks awesome and not only does it look awesome but it shoots the inexpensive .22lr ammo.

It also shoots great…but pretty much any gun made today shoots great.

Another top reason is that there are lots of cool accessories you can get for it. Considering it has a top rail built in means you can easily put on a scope or red dot sight. The accessories include a 110 round drum magazine that is very cool. It holds 110 rounds of ammo and holds 5 times what the standard 22 round magazine holds.

There are also a couple different stocks for it too. One you can get is the retractable stock (www.weaponhero.com/gsg-522-retractable-stock/) that looks awesome.

Now if I can just find time to take it out for a shoot then I’ll be happy.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Ultimate Cases

Posted in Tech

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was recently released, and it seems to be the ultimate phone with a remote control built in for TV, eye tracking, hand hovering, OLED, 13 megapixel, quad-core blazing amazing smart phone. If you are looking for a phone, this is clearly the one to have. However, it’s also very expensive if it breaks. The OLED screen is rated one of the brightest and clearest screens you can get for a smartphone, and replacing that would cost about as much as getting a whole new phone. It’s a hassle that no one wants, and the best way to protect your phone is with a soft shell meets hard shell case. These cases will protect the phone from being crushed because of their hard shell, and will absorb and dissapate shock due to their soft shell. It’s also important to make sure the case’s corners are especially resilient since many phones will land on an edge or corner, putting all the force on a button or place where the phone may crack. The GS4 phone can be protected the best by these complex cases, and there are some nice S View Cover and OtterBox choices. For a complete list of the best Samsung Galaxy S4 cases, see these hard shell options.

It’s a fun summer launch for the GS4, and you can have a lot of fun with your sweet phone as long as you keep it working. I’m not sure the stats of the GS5, but at this rate, don’t be surprised if it comes with a projector screen and afterburners!

 

Free Exercise Videos Online

Posted in Home

If you are looking to lose weight, and trying to find a little bit of motivation, there is a nice website that offers lots of free exercise videos. There are videos that you can watch and stream right off of the website. They are on abs, shoulders, quick workouts, weight loss, conditioning and cardio, and others.

It should be pretty easy to find a video you like. The site is based on the exercise tv channel that used to be on TV. There are lots of DVD series that you can purchase if you find a workout, style, or trainer that you like to exercise with. There are also lots of the series and individual workouts available on instant streaming, or downloadable through iTunes. They are all very affordable, and a great way to work out, get your blood flowing and muscles burning fat, and lose weight.

Of course, there are lots of videos that you can watch for free right from the site. It’s pretty easy to just click, and watch, and see what happens to your motivation. You’ll find that in no time you’ve found an exercise that’s right for you. The website has all the best exercise tv workouts, and should be visited to see if you can find the perfect way to motivate yourself into losing weight this year.

Find Great Ideas

Posted in Home

If you’re looking for some great ideas for holiday shopping, or for finding gifts any time of the year, you should check out the following pages: www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DearReview and www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/jldeardorff. Both sites give great ideas for shopping, features things such as coffee makers, shoes, jackets, toys, boots, and more.

It’s not easy to sort through a lot of the good products from the bad, and finding out what products and companies you can trust can be a challenge. These easy shopping guides have got it all covered, and will help you save time, money, and make sure you get the best product for the best price. Let the experts save you time, and enjoy the holidays, birthday parties, and special occasions in your life free of stress and worry. These great ideas are definitely worth the visit.

Fun Kid’s Project

Posted in Fun

We were looking for a fun kid’s project to do for the holidays. There are many craft projects including painting pumpkins, making Christmas cookies, making Christmas tree ornaments, and all types of crafts. However, we have a special day with Santa on Saturday where the kids are going to get to meet Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. We could write a letter, which is traditional and fun, but then remembered a fun project we had done before and could do again- make a newspaper about the presents you want for Christmas.

Fun Kid's ProjectWe know Christmas is not all about presents, but it is a big deal to kids, and making a Christmas newspaper could be a lot of fun. You could get a great newspaper template for kids here, and then just put in the pictures of the toys you want, write about why you want them and how you’ve been good, and then share that newspaper with Santa. Also, you could email it out to family and friends so they would know what is on your kids’ Christmas wish list. It may not be an idea for everyone, but will be a fun project now that the days are shorter and it gets dark so early, and since it will be a fun way to teach our kids while we talk about topics fun to them!

http://newspapertemplate.net

http://www.thermometertemplate.com/free-paper-thermometer-templates

New Star Wars Movie Coming

Posted in Fun

Disney to make Star WarsIt was recently announced that Disney purchased LucasFilm, which means that Disney now owns the rights to Star Wars. They’ve also said that they plan to make a new trilogy, starting with a movie released in 2015. Read about the new Star Wars movie, the sell of LucasFilm and Star Wars, and hear from George Lucas in an interview at www.newtechblog.net/disney-buys-star-wars-lucasfilm.

I’ve long been a fan of the Star Wars films. I remember getting the Star Wars toys as a kid, and having a lot of fun playing with them and collecting them. My friends always seemed to have more toys than I did. I also remember watching the movies, getting excited when the first prequel trilogy came out (although I was a bit disappointed in them and like the original 3 the best). I’m now excited about what this means for our kids! In a few years we will have a new Star Wars movie, and another Star Wars craze that my kids will get to experience. That means new Start Wars clothes, toys, bed sheets, posters, and all the things little boys and girls want when they go through their “force phase”. I’m not sure the direction Disney will go, but I know I’m excited to see what happens in the future, with “a long time ago, a galaxy far far away”.

Route 66 Wedding Venue

Posted in Fun

There are a lot of fun places to get married. Destination weddings can be a blast, and weddings in the mountains and on the beach are common places to have a great ceremony. We found another great location for a wedding. It’s located on historic Route 66, and is an old home that has been restored to its former glory. It sits on a hilltop and overlooks a park, and is on the old Route 66 highway that used to be the main road across the United States. Route 66 is the road featured in the first Cars movie by Pixar, and the truck Towmater is actually based off of an old pickup truck located nearby this wedding destination. If you’re looking for a great place to get married, this Joplin area wedding venue may be what you’re looking for.

Choose The Best Dorm/College Shower Caddy

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School is just around the corner, or has already started up for many colleges and universities. As students head off to college, there is a huge list of essentials they need to cover to make sure their transition from home-life to dorm-life goes well. Essentials like bedding, tuition, choice of roommate, meal cards, class schedule, and laptop are all things students often think of. However, an often overlooked subject is the bathroom.

The bathroom in a college dorm is usually a space shared by lots of people. If you live in a dorm with community bathrooms, you will not have any personal space in the bathroom and you won’t be able to leave anything there long term. You’ll be forced to carry your towel, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, and possibly even flip flops if the floor is gross with you every time you visit the bathroom. In order to make this an easy transition, having a great dorm or college shower caddy is necessary.

You should look for a shower caddy that is portable, like a bag or a tote. It’s helpful if these also have holes to help them drain in case you need to store wet bottles of soap or shampoo in them. Caddies that have a handle will make them easier to carry, and the handle may be hung over the shower door, a hook, or some other place to keep it off the floor. Great caddies also have pockets to help organize everything so you can find and grab it quick. Too big of a shower caddy will just take up precious storage space in your room, but too small of a caddy will mean you have to carry things in your hands outside of your caddy, and can make trips more difficult, or you could even drop items on an unclean bathroom floor.

Fortunately, there are lots of great caddy options to choose from. Mesh or cloth won’t rust, will dry quickly, and often offer pockets for organization. They are affordable, and will help you get the most out of your college experience with little cost or hassle.

Cool Air Plant Terrariums

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We ordered some fun air plants and air plant terrariums from modern plants this week. We purchased the tear drop hanging air plant terrarium. We like the air plants because they don’t require any soil!  All you have to do is water them a few times per week by running water over them or submerging the air plants in water for a few minutes.  There are all kinds of air plants to choose from and we picked several including the one below and it’s hanging by our from window now.

I think we’ll get the bigger hanging air plant terrarium soon.  They should make great gifts too, so unique.

I’m using their pictures because they’re much better then I can take :)

tear drop hanging air plant terrarium

Thermometer Templates For Free

Posted in DIY

We needed to make some goal thermometer templates recently and found a great site that had some for 100% free! They show you how to print it out and make a huge post for your wall too.  Pretty cool and has tons of uses.

thermometer template

 

http://www.thermometertemplate.com/

Make Your Own Superhero Masks

Posted in DIY

One of the fun projects we found recently was the make your own super hero masks over at http://cutesycrafts.blogspot.com/2012/07/superhero-party-masks.html.

They have a simple guide to show you how to cut out your own material and sew it together.  There are virtually unlimited styles and design you can make and your kids will go crazy!  We’re in the process of making our masks this week :)

The New Dodge Durango Is Great

Posted in Cars We Like

Finally the American car manufactures are spitting out decent looking seemingly well made vehicles! The new 2011 Dodge Durango is one of them, the newly redesigned SUV now looks like an SUV that might have come from overseas with the cool aggressive front grill with maintaining those rugged features.  The 2011 Dodge Durango now offers 7 passenger seating which is very nice for those large families or when you need to carry a friend or two.

Dodge-Durango_2011

The 2011 Durango has 102.4 cubic feet of cargo room which is a bit less than previous models but it makes up for that with the improved gas mileage.  There are a few different engine options that range from the fuel efficient V6 that can get 16/23 mpg.  Or you can go all out for power and purchase the 360 hp 5.7 liter HEMI V8 and sequel the tires and you gas money.

2011 Dodge Durango

The new 2011 Dodge Durango has a new chassis that is getting great reviews and makes it feel like a large sedan when driving and riding rather than a mid sized SUV.  The new beefier suspension and added pulling capacity at 7,400 pounds is a great feature that many families will take advantage of.

View more SUVs at http://carhero.org/8-passenger-vehicles/

The 2011 Dodge Durango start at around $30,000 MSRP

  • 5.7L HEMI® V8 with MDS fuel saving technology and 360 hp providing with 20 hwy mpg [2]
  • All-wheel drive option
  • 7,400 lb maximum towing capability
  • Third-row seating (seven passengers)
  • Body color mirrors and door handles
  • Halogen headlamps with bright bezel
  • Bright grille surround with black texture
  • Fog lamps
  • Sill moldings with bright insert
  • Bright appliqué on lower grille opening
  • Body color / accent color fascias
  • 18-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Integrated liftgate spoiler
  • Bright license plate brow
  • Under-floor storage bin
  • Removable / rechargeable LED rear cargo light
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Tilt / telescoping steering column
  • Tri-zone automatic temperature control with air filtration
  • Illuminated cup holders
  • Stow ‘N Place™ roof rack with bright side rails and integrated stowable crossbars
  • Signal mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Parkview® Rear Backup Camera[1]
  • Parksense® Rear Park Assist[1]
  • Bright exhaust tips (single with V6, dual with V8)
  • Memory driver seat, exterior mirrors, radio
  • Remote start
  • Illuminated visor and mirrors
  • Power eight-way driver / six-way passenger seat
  • Keyless Enter-N-Go™
  • Crew Liftgate Badge
  • Black Comodo interior applique’s
  • Alpine® premium audio including nine speakers and subwoofer and 506 watt amplifier
  • Security alarm
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob

Oh yea, I went with this Roofing company in Dallas for my new roof for my house in Arlington Texas. Their site is davisroof.net