Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bad Weather = Emergencies

What to keep in your glove box

The glove box can be a useful treasure chest in cars, housing everything from important papers and receipts to tire gauges and extra fuses. It's a safe, easy-to-access place for crucial items, and almost every car has one. Even the best of us are sometimes guilty of littering our glove boxes with unnecessary items like CDs or cosmetics.

Don't let yourself go down that path. Rather, be prepared and consider the following things to keep on hand.

License and registration: Keep all important documents like proof of insurance, automotive registration and a copy of your driver's license in a plastic bag or held together by a paper clip.

ICE: Experts at AAA recommend keeping an ICE — in case of emergency — card with important information about you and your passengers. On that card you should list emergency contacts, physicians, any medications used or allergies for you and your passengers. Download an ICE card here.

Put your owner's manual on a diet: We'd all like to keep our car's owner's manual in the glove box, but have you seen the size of these things lately? If your car came with a combo pack of a manual plus other materials like stereo or navigation instructions, optional warranties and more, put the less vital guides elsewhere. Keep just the main manual — with important info on engine care, wiper blade sizes and more — in the glove box.

Tire pressure gauge: Unless you have a new Nissan Altima with its Easy Fill Tire Alert system, a tire pressure gauge is one of the most essential items to have in your glove box. Thankfully, it's also small.

Flashlight: There are dozens of small — sometimes even flat — LED flashlights on the market that take up only a little space but emit a lot of light. A flashlight will come in handy when trying to change a tire in the dark.

Fuses: Stock your glove box with a few backup fuses, which can be picked up at a hardware store for a few dollars. If your car's taillights or power windows stop working, replacing a blown fuse takes just seconds. Fuses are ideal for the glove box because they're tiny.

Wheel-lock key: Wheel locks help to ensure that someone won't walk off with your car's pricey wheels, but you won't be able to change a flat tire without the wheel-lock key. If your car has wheel locks, keep the key in the glove box next to the tire pressure gauge.

First-aid kit: If your car is short on storage space, find a small pouch or container and make a basic first-aid kit for the glove box. It should contain adhesive bandages, tissues or cotton balls, a pain reliever like aspirin and backup prescription medicine. You could put the ICE card in there, too. Some retailers carry first-aid kits for glove boxes such as the LifeLine, which costs less than $10.

Phone charger: If you have a smartphone you know how quickly the battery can run out of power, especially if you're using Bluetooth. Luckily, most chargers are small. A cellphone is one of the most important items you should have with you in a car in case of an emergency; don't let it run out of juice.

Paper map: Put a printed — yes, printed — fold-out map in your glove box. In this day and age where portable GPS units and cellphones with navigation software dominate, having an up-to-date paper map as a backup is just plain smart.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Birthday Freebies

Now that the holidays are over and we are looking at our bank accounts wondering where all our money went! Santa charges a pretty hefty fee these days and if your kids list is anywhere as long or as expensive as my daughters list then you understand where I'm coming from. 

Going into the new year let's at least take advantage of a free meal on our birthdays. 

Everyone loves birthdays and everyone loves free stuff. Luckily for us, there are a ton of places out there that offer birthday freebies! I’ve compiled a list of some of the best birthday freebies out there. Remember that some places will want you to show proof, so be honest!
Abbot’s Frozen Custard – Join the Abbott’s Frozen Custard Fun Club to a get a free frozen custard on your birthday. The site says there will also be freebies throughout the year for their members.
Alfy’s Pizza – Get a free mini pizza on your birthday.
Applebee’s – Free dessert and song on your birthday.
Austin Grill – Register for their eClub and get a free meal on your birthday.
Bakers Square – Get a free peice of pie on your birthday at Bakers Square.
Bandido’s – Get $10 off your favorite entree when you celebrate your birthday at Bandido’s in Ohio and Indiana.
Baskin Robbins – Baskin Robbins will send you a coupon for a free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream on your birthday plus other special promotions when you join the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club.
BD’s Mongolian BBQ – Receive a free stifry on your birthday when you join Club Mongo.
Ben & Jerry’s – Get a free ice cream treat on your birthday when you become a ChunkSpelunker with Ben & Jerry’s.
Benihana - Join “The Chef’s Table” and receive a Benihana Birthday Dinner certificate worth $30 to use during the month of your birthday.
Bennigan’s – Get a buy 1 entree, get 1 entrĂ©e free and a free brownie ice cream dessert coupon on your birthday.
Black Angus Steakhouse – Get a free steak dinner on your birthday when you join the BA Prime Club. You also get a complimentary dessert for signing up for the club.
Blue Bell – Members of the Blue Bell Country Club will receive a gift certificate for a free half gallon of Blue Bell Ice Cream during the month of their birthday.
Bob’s Big Boy – Get a free hot fudge ice cream on your birthday.
Bob Evans – Sign up your child for their birthday club and they’ll get a free kids’ meal on their birthday at Bob Evans.
Boston Market – Kids 12 and under will receive a birthday coupon good for a free kid’s meal, drink, and dessert at Boston Market.
Buffalo Wild Wings – Get a coupon for a free dessert to celebrate your birthday at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Burger King – Sign up your child to be a member of Club BK so they can get a free kid’s meal on their birthday.
California Pizza Kitchen – Sign up your child (10 and under) for CPKids and they will receive a free CPKids meal during the month of their birthday.
Captain D’s – Kids get a free kids meal and birthday greeting on their birthday at Captain D’s. Adult’s can join the D’s Club and get a coupon for a free birthday meal.
Caribou Coffee – Create an account and be sure to update it with your birthday. They will send you a coupon for a free coffee drink on your birthday.
Carrows – Join the Carrows E-Club to get a free dessert on your birthday as well as one for joining.
Cattlemen’s – Join the Cattlemen’s E-Club and get a free dessert when you come in on your birthday.
Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse – Get a free gift on your birthday as a member of the Charlie Brown’s Handshake Club as well as gift vouchers and special members-only events.
Chevys – Join Chevys Compadres Club and get a free dessert on your birthday.
Claim Jumper Restaurant – Join the CJ E-Club and get a free dessert on your birthday.
Cold Stone Creamery – Cold Stone Creamery will send you an email with a coupon for a free ice cream creation to enjoy on your birthday. All ages are welcome!
Country Buffet – Join the eClub and get a free birthday coupon in the mail.
Cracker Barrel – You can come into Cracker Barrel on your birthday and you will get a free dessert and song.
Crazy Buffet – Bring a friend and your ID into Crazy Buffet on your birthday and get a free dinner buffet.
Dairy Queen – Join the Dairy Queen Blizzard Fan Club and get a free ice cream cone on your birthday as well as a coupon for a blizzard when you join.
Dave & Buster’s – Get a free $5 game card credit on your birthday.
Denny’s – Come in and get a free Grand Slam on your birthday.
Desparados Mexican Restaraunt – Come in and get a free meal at Desparados on your birthday.
Discovery Cruise Line – You get a free one-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas. You do have to make the trip with another fare-paying adult and will have to shell out the $20 for the Bahama departure and harbor fee.
Dockside Restaurants – Get a free meal on your birthday.
Duke’s ChowderHouse – Get a coupon for a free lunch or dinner entree on your birthday when you sign up on Duke’s website.
Dutch Bros. Coffee – Stop in on your birthday and get a free coffee as your birthday freebie.
Famous Daves BBQ – Free food coupon via email on your birthday when you join the Famous Dave’s P.I.G. Club (could be free cake, an appetizer, or some ribs!).
Firehouse Subs – Jon the Firehouse Subs Birthday Club and enjoy a free sub on your birthday.
First Watch – Join the suneclub and receive a coupon for a free entree at First Watch.
Friendly’s – Sign up for Friendly’s E-News and get free ice cream for your birthday. This is now for kids and adults!
Fuddruckers – Join the Fudds Club and gett a free burger on your birthday. (May not be available in all areas.)
Garozzo’s Ristorante – Bring in your driver’s license to get a free spedini meal at this Kansas City eatery.
Grimaldi’s – Sign up for the birthday club at Grimaldi’s and get a free pizza.
Hana Japan – Get a free birthday lunch or dinner when you bring in 4 or more people on your birthday.
Hard Rock Cafe – Come in and get a free dessert on your birthday.
Helzberg Diamonds – Sign up for free email updates at Helzberg Diamonds and receive a coupon for free pearl earrings for your birthday.
Hollywood Video – Get a free rental at Hollywood Video on your birthday with card membership. In fact, anyone on your account can get a free rental on their birthday.
Hometown Buffet – Join the eClub and get a free birthday coupon in the mail.
Houlihan’s -  Join Houlihan’s email club and you’ll get a coupon for a free entree on your birthday. Or if you’re not a member you can still stop in a get a free dessert.
IHOP – Come on into IHOP and get a free meal (a sundae at some locations) on your birthday. (May not be available in all areas.)
Joe’s BBQ – Visit Joe’s BBQ (AZ) on your birthday and receive a free meal.
Joe’s Crab Shack – Go to Joe’s Crab Shack on your birthday and get a free piece of cake.
Lone Star Steakhouse – Sign up for the Lone Star Steakhouse e-club and you’ll receive a coupon for a free entree (up to $15 value) to help you celebrate your birthday. **No longer valid.**
Lowry Park Zoo – If you’re a Florida resident and go to Lowry Park Zoo (Tampa, FL) on your birthday, you’ll get free admission.
Luby’s - Free kid’s birthday meal (ages 9 and younger) on their birthday as a member of the Luby’s birthday club.
Macaroni Grill – Come on into Macaroni Grill on your birthday and get a free dessert plus a song.
Maggiano’s – Join the Maggiano’s Birthday Club and get a coupon for $10 off your meal purchase.
Marie Callender’s – Join Marie Callender’s E-Club and get a coupon for $5 off your meal and piece of pie when you visit during the month of your birthday.
McDonald’s - Free Happy Meal for your child on their birthday. This offer is only good at participating McDonald’s in Colorado, Greater Las Vegas Area, Western Nebraska and Wyoming.
Memphis Barbecue – Receive a coupon good for a free rack of ribs and a dessert when you join the free eClub.
Moe’s Southwest Grill – Get a coupon for a free Moe’s entree (excludes fajitas) on your birthday when you choose to “stay in the moe.”
Noodles & Company – Join the Noodleville Noodlegram to get a coupon for a free dish on your birthday.
Olan Mills Portrait Studios – Get a free Olan Mills portrait package that includes (1) 8X10, (2) 5X7 and (8) wallets when you join the birthday club.
Old Country Buffet – Join the eClub and get a free birthday coupon in the mail.
Old Spaghetti Warehouse – Join the Warehouse Club and get a coupon for a free meal on your birthday.
On the Border – Get a free appetizer on your birthday when you join On the Border’s Club Cantina. When you initially join you will get an instant coupon for a free bowl of queso or empanadas.
Outback – Get a free dessert and a song when you go to Outback on your birthday.
P.F. Changs – Come in and get a free dessert on your birthday.
Pancho’s – Join Pancho’s Birthday Club to get $10 off the bill for adults or $5 off the bill for kids.
Perkins – Receive an email for a free kid’s meal and birthday greeting on their birthday when you sign them up for the Bakery Buddies Kid’s Birthday Club. Adults can get an email coupon for a free piece of pie.
Provino’s – Come on into Provino’s on your birthday and show your ID to get a free pasta speciality dinner (which includes salad, garlic rolls and a birthday dessert!).
Red Lobster – Join the Overboard Club and they will email you a suprise for your birthday.
Red Robin – Join the Red Robin eClub and get a coupon for a fee burger on your birthday. This is for all ages!
Rock Bottom – Join the Mug Club and get a free appetizer on your birthday.
Round Table – Get a free personal pizza when you visit on your birthday.
Ruby Tuesday – Ruby Tuesday now has a birthday freebie. Join the So Connected club and you’ll get an email for a free burger on your birthday.
Ru Sans – Visit Ru Sans to sign up for their birthday card to get free food on your birthday.
Ryan’s – Join the eClub at Ryan’s and get a coupon for a free adult buffet with the purchase of another adult buffet during the month of your birthday.
Sephora – Sign up as a Beauty Insider and get a free gift from Sephora on your birthday.
Shoney’s – Get your child (10 and under) a free kid’s meal on their birthday when  you sign them up for the the Kids Club.
Sonic – Members of the Wacky Pack Kid’s Birthday Club will receive a coupon for a free Wacky Pack during the week of their birthday.
Taco Time – Taco Time send kids ages 12 or younger a coupon for a free kid’s meal on their next birthday.
Texas Roadhouse – Become a Texas Roadie and you’ll get a coupon for a free dessert or appetizer on your birthday.
TGI Friday’s – Receive a coupon for a free appetizer to use on your birthday when you sign up for Friday’s E-Club. You also get a coupon for a free appetizer just for signing up! You must be over 21 to get this birthday freebie.
Tony Roma’s – Get a free dinner on your birthday from Tony Roma’s.
Toys ‘R’ Us – Children ages 2 – 10 will receive a birthday card and surprise gift from Geoffrey when you sign them up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club.
The Transformation Studio – The Transformation Studio (TX) will give you a free makeover or express facial for your birthday! Be sure to mention the birthday special when you book your makeover or express facial and bring in your ID.
Walt Disney World – Free admission on your birthday when you register in advance and bring the confirmation along with an ID.
Zio’s Italian – Come in and get a free dessert on your birthday at Zio’s.
Please leave a comment below if you find any of these birthday freebies to be invalid. 
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Smooth Magazine Jamaica

Honey BEE Swim

I'm really proud to say that my 1st swim sample has made it in the new issue of Smooth Magazine. It's their Jamaica shoot that I believe they do every year. Thanks to my girl, Bo and her team, Honey BEE Swim has now been published nationally. 

I'm super excited and I hope that everyone can go out and grab a copy when the magazine releases on Dec. 18th. Also check out the model who was wearing my suit, Syndeerellz. I feel like this is just another stepping stone for Honey BEE Swim and and hopefully of more moments like this in the future. 

Thanks everyone for your support. 

Here's my girl Mica wearing the suit in Hawaii

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How Brave Are You?

Snow and ice make China's Mount Hua pilgrimage especially dangerous

By: Shannon Dybvig

The five peaks of Mount Hua have been vertical sanctuaries for monks, hermits, and spiritual seekers, especially Taoists, for centuries, but to get to them pilgrims must cross treacherous trails, such as those made from links of chain and wooden planks joined by iron staples. And now with winter approaching, it's the most dangerous time of year to attempt what could be the most dangerous hike in the world. All five peaks are joined by steep, narrow trails, stairs, and ladders, and dotted with temples and lookout points. Though some peaks involve riskier ascents than others, all hikes require slow and steady climbing along the trails, or you'll risk a speedy decent. Numerous visitors have embarked on the hike and never returned, although the Chinese government isn't saying how many. Check out this skyscraping trek below. 

If you miss a step here, it's a mile to the ground. Image by Aaron D. Feen

With a surge in Western tourism, and following numerous deaths, some of the more dangerous routes have been retooled or closed off altogether. The harrowing ladder above was apparently safe enough. Image by Clint Koehler

It's a centuries-long tradition, still followed by many Chinese today, to climb Mount Hua at night. Many report it's actually easier to tackle in the dark since you can't look down and get scared. Image by Aaron D. Feen

The Plank Walk, the most famous, and dangerous, trek on Mount Hua, joins the north and south peaks. A more benign, alternative trail has been opened but many continue to test their courage and luck by hugging the sheer rock. Image by Aaron D. Feen

It's not all vertiginous tightrope walking. Most of the trails are wide enough that you need not turn sideways, at least as long as no one's coming the other way. Image by Ian Armstrong

It's no wonder hermits climbed these peaks to get away from it all. Even with the handy stairs in place, it's a hike that would put most off. Image by Kevin Felt

Mount Hua greets visitors year-round. Ice and snow don't scare the ambitious, or foolhardy, away. Image by China Off Season

The always dangerous trails are doubly so in winter, as ice makes the steep climb slippery. Image by China Off Season

Padlocks left by couples line many of the chain handrails along the trails of Mount Hua. The tradition is to secure the lock and throw the key off the mountain to symbolize eternal love and commitment. Image by Simon

Of course, with a view like this to greet you at the top, all that dangerous climbing seems worthwhile. Image by Dave Morrow

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Amber Rose Pregnancy Update

If you are wondering what Amber Rose and Wiz's baby may look like you can get an idea here from her baby pic. Amber Rose was giving her signature pouty lip even as a newborn. We will know shortly what their child will look like because the dancer-turned-model is 28 weeks pregnant. It won't be long until she gives birth to her 1st child. 

I'm loving her new hair! What do you think of it? 

Monday, December 3, 2012

DIY Chandelier Crystal Clutch

Looking for a great holiday or New Year's clutch? 

Re-Posted from  at Honestly WTF

I deeply regret missing out on scoring Mawi‘s new glitter clutches on Moda Operandi last month . . . honestly, DOH! Any of the sparkly numbers would have been the perfect compliment to many holiday ensembles. Determined to recreate it, I found some brilliantly colored chandelier crystals that would do just the trick. Add some glitter, Mod Podge, a zip pouch and voila, you’re ready to celebrate 2012 in your new glitter clutch!

You’ll need:

Start by pouring Mod Podge into a plastic container. Then pour about the same amount of glitter into the same container. I like to use a 1:1 ratio. Mixing glitter with Mod Podge prevents the glitter from flaking and falling off.
Mix the glitter mixture. If you want to keep the backside plain, use painter’s tape to tape off one side of the clutch. Be sure to get the tape into all the nooks and crannies.
Apply a generous layer of glitter to the front side. Allow to dry completely before adding a second layer.
Wait until the Mod Podge dries completely clear before applying the crystals. Squeeze a dollop of glue either directly along the backside of the chandelier crystals or use a toothpick for a better application.
Arrange the crystals in a row, fanning them out from the center. Apply the larger pre-set crystals above the pattern.
Add any additional accoutrements to the clutch and allow to dry for at least 24 hours.
Small enough for the essentials and just big enough for substantial bling!
(all images by HonestlyWTF, J.Crew Felted Wool Skirt)

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