Daughter Turned 5! Birthdays Are So Bittersweet

Its always bittersweet when my daughter has a birthday.  I am so happy to see her being excited and anticipating the day and party, but at the same time I can’t help but want to hold time still and possibly even have powers to rewind back.

I know all parents say this, but 5 years has gone by way too fast.  I still think back to the day she was born, crawling, first steps, pacifier and cloth days, diapers, and first words.  Then I think of all her birthdays and how it has been unfair that it has been gone to fast.

This years theme was after the movie Brave from Disney.  We gave away tons and tons of candy of course to all her cousins and friends.  For food we cooked BBQ chicken breast, mac & cheese, BBQ beans, hot dogs, BBQ chicken legs & wings, and lots of bread rolls.

Kids all had fun since we sugared them all up and gave away tons of bows and arrows we picked up on Amazon.  They were novelty items, and were not meant for long term play.  For a pack of 10 bows & (3) arrows per bow was $8.99.  Relatively cheap to keep 30 kids occupied.

We also laid out a crafts rug where we had tons of markers, cut outs, felt, soft letter shapes, and more for kids to create and make art.  Next to that was a Lego table that had hundreds of pieces from my own personal childhood and we left them for kids to build but not take home.  Sorry.

Overall the party was amazing.  My daughter had a great time and the presents were all so thoughtful.  I have already noticed a change in her since she has turned 5 and to me it makes me proud and sad.  I guess I’ll have to hold on to what I can before she really grows up.

Hours Of Fun With Disney Store Brave Bow And Arrow Set

Since the release of Brave, my daughter has been amazed by this young strong minded princess who is the leading character of the movie.  She admires her strong will and especially how she can shoot an arrow like no one’s business.

So naturally after the movie she wanted me to get her a real bow and arrow set.  Now since she just turned 5, I let her know that it wasn’t a good idea, and maybe we can find a toy bow and arrow set instead.

Prior to the movie, I remember seeing the Brave Bow & Arrow set at all the Disney stores that we walked into.  Although they said on the packaging “LIMITED EDITION,” I thought it was just a marketing ploy and that Disney would keep pushing them especially after the movie.

Well I was wrong.  They were sold out once the movie premiered and stayed that way for quite sometime.  I called about 10 Disney Stores in the area and none were available.  Luckily a couple weeks later I walked in with my daughter to look at some stuffed animals and we saw 2 hanging on a hanger.

I immediately bought both and since then it has been hours and hours of fun.  Who knew that shooting around a bow and arrow (the arrow is actually a suction cup at the end) would be so much fun with your 5 year old.

The set comes with a belt, and bow, 4 arrows, and a tube to hold the arrows.  Your child will have so much fun indoors and outdoors with this.

I recommend this item if you are able to find it.  It retails for $19.95 at the Disney Store, but if its sold out and you are desperate you may be able to find them on eBay but for a premium price.

Check out http://www.disneystore.com periodically as they might pop up.

Ikea Augmented Reality Catalog for 2013. Blows Me Away!

Its amazing how far Ikea has come along.  A company that gave people vivid living rooms, bedrooms and more with their beautiful furniture.  I remember how colorful and exciting their catalogs were.  It was always exciting to pick one up and imagine how your present or future home would look like with all their furniture.

During my years in college, Ikea catalogs were iconic.  Every time I had a guest over during my college years, they always picked up the Ikea catalog.  Now 10 years later, they have pushed the envelop and took it to a whole new level.

Their new catalog is for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and Android smart phones.  These catalogs are beautiful and only a video can really show you how it works.

Available for download July 31 2012

Watch below, and be amazed.

Nudie Grim Tim 46 Dips Selvage Raw Denim Review

With an 13.5oz Turkish denim these jeans are going to need some work breaking in.  For my 3rd pair of Nudie’s I want to let you know that this one is unlike the first two I reviewed.  The Grim Tim Dirt Dry Organic was stiff when I first got them, but nothing like the 46 Dips Grim Tim.  This one is hardcore.

If you are looking for a jean to wear everyday and work on, this would be it.  The jean feels so tightly constructed with tight Turkish denim.  The denim is dark (darker than Dirt Dry Organic or Dry Open Selvage),  it is a way tighter fit, and is shorter than the Dirt Dry Organic.  It is the same length as the Dry Open Selvage and I think its because Nudie knows that you will stretch these out after a couple of wears.

I have mentioned this before in my earlier posts and I’m not one to just wear one pair over and over while breaking them in.  I love raw selvedge denim looking to purchase a couple to rotate.  With these, I feel that I need to wear these out a bit to give it a good stretch.

Luckily the waist is high and not low waisted, otherwise these would have been returned.  The thighs are very slim and tight when you first put them on, but loosen up with time.  The knee stretches out well every time to sit down and the rest of the leg feels close to your skin. The 46 Dips will definitely take more time than the Dirt Dry Organic or Open Dry Selvage.

I would compare the stiffness to a brand new pair of A.P.C. New Cure jeans when you first get them and times that by 2.  Yes they are that stiff.

Don’t let that deter you away from getting your true to size waist.  I do not suggest sizing down on these, and if you are on the fence I would even recommend sizing up one.

Overall these are amazing jeans.  The cut is the slimmest of Grim Tim’s I’ve tried on.  Comparable fits would include Levi’s 511, Apc New Cure but with a slimmer below knee cut silhouette.  Naked and Famous Skinny Guy is a almost identical fit, but Grim Tim has a tad bit lower crotch and higher waist.

Iphone Home And Snooze Your Alarm Clock With This

Do you use your iPhone for your alarm clock?  Do you have it laying on a nightstand or even on the floor?  Do you ever fumble in the middle of the night looking for your iPhone?  Well if you answered “YES” to any of these questions you must check this out.

This is called the SNOOZE.  Its created by a company called Distil Union.  Right now they are participating in a Kickstarter campaign to mass produce these homes for your iPhones.

I personally think this is a cool idea!  Off the bat its attractive, unique and it gives your phone a home rather than laying on your nightstand hooked to a USB adapter.  It even functions when you have a bumper on your iPhone.

You may wonder how it works.  Its easy.  The large white SNOOZE bar on top is the flexible and she n you press on it, pressure then presses down on the volume buttons of your iPhone.  When that happens all sounds go to silent including alarm clocks, calls, and any other alert that you may have.

 

These are perfect for gifts and yourself if you are like me, and like to SNOOZE 2-3 times before actually getting up.

Check it out at http://www.distilunion.com/ or you can help fund this project at kickstarter.com to see a variety of colors they come in and more info about this company.

VANS FORTH OF JULY LO PROFILE ERA SNEAKERS (LPE)

Beautiful shoes for an exciting and loud holiday. Celebrate this 4th of July with these washed Vans LPE’s. I like how they have a  used vintage appeal with red white & blue faded.  With the low profile sole, these shoes are sure to become a classic in any collector’s closet.

You can find these at local shoe boutiques.  Not sure if these are in Vans stores, but I know they were not on http://www.vans.com last I checked.

If you are in the L.A. area you can pick these up at Undefeated or you can call DQM for Vans in New York for more info.

Havaianas Are The Thong Sandal You Need For Summer… Men’s And Women

Summer is here and its the season of bright colors to represent the warm sun and hot weather.  With that being said, you gots to have a cool pair of flip flops to slip on when you are on the go.

As a fan of loud and bright colors Havaianas are definitely the ones for me when I look for sandals.  They are reasonable in price and I love the collaborations they have.  For example, The Muppets, Batman, and Superman.

Another reason I choose Havaianas is that they are super comfy.  Its like walking on a memory foam bed.  The thong part of the shoe does not eat up between your toes either which is always a positive thing.

Here are some of my favorite picks from them.

Best Made Company Kevlar Smokejumper Belts For Men

Looking for something to spice up that casual outfit? Check these Kevlar Smokejumper Belts from Best Made Comapny.

I love the triangular alloy steel parachute harness as the belt clip.  The colors are bright and can really be that small attractive detail to complete any outfit.

Belts really are important. They make you feel confident and complete when you wear a suit, so why not throw on a cool one when you are in casual wear.

Check out www.bestmadeco.com for some more information.

Paul Smith Wallet For Mens

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The Paul Smith Wallet

I was never a wallet kind of guy.  I used to carry money and cards in my pocket all the time.  I some ways I still do.  The reason I was never a wallet guy I think was because I thought most wallets out there were boring.  None where colorful, and most them blasted brand names on them that just didn’t interest me.

But my mom and wife insisted that I carry a wallet for all my cards so I don’t lose any of them.  I understood them.  So after holding off as long as I could, my mom surprised me with this wallet.

She said she thought it would be perfect for me. It was bright, hip and it just looked cool when you pulled it out.  The inside lining where you put your money was also a bright purple on both sides.  This wallet has lasted me many years, and while the color on the outside is fading with a mixture of denim blue ink it still has its qualities.

Paul Smith always has great quality products.  First they are all attractive colors, and very attentive to detail.  They are strong and have designs that are perfect for today’s times.  I have carried this for over 2 years and still going.  No rips or holes anywhere and it actually gets better with age.

I personally wouldn’t have purchased this for myself, but as a gift I will gladly take it.

Thanks Mom.