What Do You Do With Cracked Eggs? Cook An Egg-Burrito (omelet).

Chances are, you've heard of the fast-growing backyard chicken fad.  My wife caught that bug, as usual, before the trend really took off.  So, we get more then our fair share of eggs. Finding more than one or two ways to cook eggs has become important to me and my wife. Luckily, one thing I learned way back was how to make an omelet. Some people may think omelet's are reserved for IHOP and breakfast chefs. If you have just a few simple tools, and everyday ingredients, you can make a hearty omelet, fast and mess-free. That's right, I said mess-free! Most cooks don't think of eggs, as a mess-free ingredient. But if you cook it right, it leave little to 0 trace in the kitchen.

The key to a good omlelet is the correct egg-to-pan ratio. If you are really hungry, or want to split an omelet in half, then I suggest using 3 eggs, like I do in the video below (notice the pan I picked for a 3-egg omelet):  

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Ford Focus RS: When You Need A Family Car, But Want To Keep Your Man Card

We received this Ford Fusion RS to test drive for a week.  All opinions are mine.

Every little boy has dreams of driving a race car.  That dream finally came true, when I drove the Ford Focus RS.  I have fond memories of my dad teaching me how to drive on a little four speed stick shift.  It was so exciting.  I miss those days because driving has lost it's excitement.  Being a father is awesome, but sometimes driving the family minivan gets a little…boring.  The good news is, however, that you do not have to give up the stick shift to get the safety and durability that you need in a family car.

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Need Help With A Science Fair Project? S.O.S. Your Science Fair Helper

Have you ever helped your child with a science fair project? One of my friends with kids in 6th, 7th, and 10th grades posted just this morning on facebook about how science fair projects create major tension between parents and the kids doing the project. So, that scares me a bit to know that I have three school/pre-school aged children heading toward the innevitable vortex of science fair projects. 

If you're a bit scared of the above scenario unfolding at your house, check out my friends over at Science Fair S.O.S. Here's the gist of what they do:

"Starting around 4th grade, most kids enter the world of Science Fair projects, which can often lead to last minute scrambles and frustrations, and stress. To combat this, ArtSkills has launched Science Fair S.O.S. ™, an on-demand helpline launching today and featuring a wealth of tools, inspiration, and solutions to support families every step of the way as they create next-level poster project displays that will get noticed.

 

Consumers in need of poster project assistance, inspiration, and guidance can reach out to ArtSkills’ expert team of Poster Pros directly via phone, email, and social media in addition to the informative and access to simple tips, tricks, and guidance available on www.ScienceFairSOS.com website.

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ShiftCon 2016 Post-Conference Reflections

Gena and I had a blast in New Orleans, at the SHIFTCON eco-wellness influencer conference. I learned so much that I knew very little about: ECO-WELLNESS. More importantly, I got to meet companies that are making an impact, by SHIFTING to a more eco-friendly way of doing business.

A couple of dozen of us served as volunteers at the conference. Gena and I like serving people, so we had fun getting there early to get people registered as they came in.  It was an easy, and fun task, and came with some pretty sweet perks.

I want to share with you my top three favorite brands I had never considered, until I arrived at SHIFTCON. 

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Freshboys music video: Papaoutai by Pentatonix

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Watch the Freshboys (my sons) lipsync in their debut music video, performing Pentatonix' "Papaoutai," written by Stromae. Share this with your friends!

Are Smart Mobile Devices Raising Our Children?

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Everywhere I look these days I see kids with more and more smart mobile devices. In fact, today if a kid doesn't know how to use a smart mobile device thay would probably be teased. I know I probably have more than a dozen mobile devices in my home alone. I've always been a techie nerd. My parents are techies, and all my friends and family are techies. My wife's a techie, my kids are techies.  Technology is just part of everyday life for me as a father, youth minster, and consumer. I'm sure if you're reading this, you are a bit of a techie yourself. Whether you're a teen, a parents, or a grandparent, you have, to probably a great extent, been impacted by technology.

The problem I find myself in, is that technology, particularly smart mobile devices, have become a bit of an idol in my home. My kids 7, 5, and 2, all know how to unlock my smart mobile devices, choose whatever app they want to open, and play with it. My 7 year old can even navigate apps in the same way I can, and in some ways better than I can. Can you relate to me?  It's just so easy to let kids figure out the latest gagets, only to spend endless amounts of time "out of your grill." If you're like me, you have to be careful not to let your mobile devices spend more time with your kids than you do.  

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1st Day Of School – Its Ok To Not Be Ok.

 

1st Day Of School - Its Ok To Not Be Ok.

Today, my older two sons went off to their first day of kindergarten and 2nd grade. My wife went with them.  She came back from dropping them off, but a piece of her was missing. It was still with them at school. You see, our sons are both dealing with anxiety in different ways. My oldest son, internalizes it and lets a few tears drop, but he doesn't want to seem vulnerable. My second son just doesn't care. He tells you straight up he's not going, ahead of time. And then he makes you rip him from his car seat, and carry him in while crying those horizontal tears you see in the cartoons. This is the reason Gena didn't return in one piece. She couldn't fathom their suffering without suffering some herself. I commend my wife for taking on such a dreaded task, and seeing it through. 

Tomorrow, I get to take a stab at it. I'm one of those guys, where (for the most part) it's out of sight out of mind. So, pray for me between 7:50 am-8:00 am. That's when I'll endure whatever my boys throw my way with assertiveness. I'll do what it takes. After that, I should be ok. But, I have to remember to be more like her when I'm dealing with my children. Gentle, empathetic, and compassionate.  No matter how the boys leave my care, tears and all, they should feel loved. "Carry each others' burdens," takes on a whole new meaning when you watch a mother send her two sons off to the first day of school.

What's your back to school story?

Dad’s Dream Come True – Buy A Car From Home and Have It Delivered

Dad's Dream Come True – Buy A Car From Home and Have It Delivered

My wife and I have not bought a new car for about five years now.  We have been lucky.  We bought my current car in 2008 before the birth of our first son.  We then bought our van in 2011 and it has served us well.  It just hit 100,000 miles today, however, so I am thinking we might need to be buying a new car in the next year or so.

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Ever Heard of Groupon? If You Like Discounts, Read On…

Ever Heard of Groupon? If You Like Discounts, Read On…

This post has been sponsored by Groupon. All opinions are mine.

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My wife and I are constantly looking for ways to cut back on spending.  At the same time, we don't want to quit enjoying life. That's where Groupon has entered the picture.  Groupon marries those two desires. We've been using Groupon since it started back in 2008. I would bet that over the years, we've saved hundreds of dollars just by using Groupon. 

If you haven't used them yet, it's not too late. Just head over to Groupon's website and start searching deals.  Just for joining, you get $25 off your already majorly discounted price. We've used Groupon for anything from auto tint installation, to kids' attractions, electronics, and even resort stays. Groupon has never failed us.

You may be wondering, "how does Groupon work for a resort?" It's a very well respected world-wide entity that is recognized by all the top-retailers, so you never have to question the validity of your voucher. You may be thinking, "I don't want to have to get a voucher when I purchase something expensive." Trust me, it's a simple process, so you shouldn't be worried about losing value. These days, all you get when you purchase tickets to a resort, or something of the like, is a confirmation number, and maybe an email. Groupon works the same way, only it organizes all your purchases into one app. So you don't even need to get the email. You can just open the groupon app and use the barcode/confirmation number saved in there.

I challenge you to think of your favorite thing to do, and head over to Groupon and search for a deal.  

If you have used Groupon, what is the best deal you ever got?

Join ShiftCon in New Orleans!

Join ShiftCon in New Orleans!

 
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disclosure: I am volunteering with ShiftCon, and have received a free ticket in exchange for my promotion and volunteering.


ShiftCon Social Media Conference will be held December 1-3, 2016 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverbank in New Orleans, LA!!  This conference will be the weekend after Thanksgiving and the weather should be perfect!  Come with me to see the city, network with organic and natural brands and other bloggers and social media influencers.  We will dine on nonGMO food, talk and learn more about moving towards a nontoxic environment, and of course…bring home swag!

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