April 30, 2017

May Photo-A-Day...

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for May 2017...
How To Take Part In April Photo-A-Day:     
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

April 24, 2017

Saturday In Brooklyn...

This past Saturday Phil and I had one of our scheduled friend dates and we decided to spend it wandering around Brooklyn.

We intended on starting off our little day date by driving to Williamsburg to hit up the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. But we ended up taking a detour on the way to hit up Porto Rico Importing Co. Coffee & Tea for some much needed caffeine, and then L Train Vintage (Or L'Train as we so stupidly thought for a hot second) because we love us a thrift shop.

While we were in L Train Vintage we jokingly decided that everyone attending his bachelor party in Colorado must wear flannel and cowboy boots Brokeback Mountain (2005) style. Whether or not we actual implement this ruling will be seen, but I think there is a fair chance you will be seeing photos from that trip with us all flanneled out.

When we were done looking at the overpriced items at L Train Vintage we hopped back into the car and drove down to Kent Street to hit up the Flea. As per usual we could not find parking anywhere near there, so we drove around forever and eventually found a spot blocks away from where we had to be. But that ended up being good because we got to see some awesome street art, found a little park near the old Domino Sugar Factory and just people watched a bit as we walked to the Flea.
We wandered the flea market side for awhile, looking at the various pieces of furniture, knick knacks, artwork, etc. until we got hungry and decided to brave the crazy lines on the Smorgasburg side (Who would have thought it would be so packed on such a rainy day).
Eventually we were done with the goings on at the flea market and decided it was time to move on. As we were walking to the car we strolled past OddFellows Ice Cream Co and decided to walk in to try some ice cream (And to use their restroom because there were no damn porta potties at the flea). I ended up getting a scoop of the most delicious black pepper fig ice cream, which I ate while Phil and I drove in traffic for an hour trying to head over towards Dead Horse Bay.
We had the best time just bullshitting and cracking jokes about our surroundings while we were in the car that hour. We also made another life decision, to go to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus next month before it closes down forever.

Eventually we made it to Dead Horse Bay but unfortunately the tide was starting to come in, so we didn't find as many treasures as we did the last time we went (Which you can read about here, here and here). But it was still fun looking through what garbage was there and trying not to get attacked by ticks and the rabbit witch.
Despite the fact that it was a rainy blah seeming day, we made the best of it all and had a great time with each other. I hope our next outing is during better weather and we can spend our time together outside and not in the car -- Even though I must say we tend to have the best of times when in the car together.

April 20, 2017

Plan A Healthy & Happy Vacation Via

As you all may or may not know, traveling is my absolute favorite thing to do. And before all of my trips I love doing research and trying to make things as easy as I can for when I'm actually off traveling (I'm sure you've seen at least one of my "Getting Ready For..." posts). So when contacted me with illustrated guides that they did for easy travel, I had to share them with all of you because they are pretty sweet little resources.

My favorite one in particular is "Where To Travel & When" because Justin and I spend a lot of time trying to figure out where to travel based on the time of the year that we want to go. And I truly believe that it is so important to have knowledge of what the weather is like during various seasons, when certain festivals or holidays are happening, etc. so you can plan properly.

A perfect example of this was our trip to Japan, which was amazing but it was just so hot, humid and sticky the whole time we were there because it was the beginning of typhoon season. And we actually knew that it wasn't going to be the most pleasant time of year weather wise to visit when we planned the trip but Justin really wanted us to go in August because he wanted to go to a Japanese baseball game. So we had to take all of that into consideration when we were planning and packing so that we were properly prepared, which we thankfully were.

Where and When to Travel - How to Plan a Healthy and Happy Vacation
(Source: Blog)

Another illustration that I really enjoy is their "How To Plan A Foolproof Itinerary" which is something Justin and I are constantly striving to do when we're planning a trip (You should see the spreadsheets that Justin makes before we go on vacation. They are incredible. So much so that we've contemplated selling the one he made for Iceland and Amsterdam because people are constantly asking us for it), and a lot of the tips that they mention are actual things that we do when planning our travel itineraries.

How to Plan a Vacation - How to Plan a Healthy and Happy Vacation
(Source: Blog)

For more of their travel illustrations and tips, you can visit the article which was written by Nicola Brown.

April 16, 2017

Saturday At Welwyn Preserve

Yesterday myself, Day and Toni spent the morning wandering around the Welwyn Preserve with Toni's girls so that her oldest could take pictures for her digital photography class (Like we did it back in November at the Muttontown Preserve). Here are some of the random pictures I took while we were there...

It was such a beautiful morning and I cannot wait to do it again because we just had a great time.

April 12, 2017

xXx: Return of Xander Cage DVD Giveaway...

xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) is coming out on DVD May 16th and in honor of it's release I'm giving away two (2) copies of the DVD to two (2) lucky winner.

High-Octane Thrill Ride Debuts May 16, 2017 on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ Combo Packs  
          The Action Starts on Digital HD Two Weeks Early on May 2                      

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “a crazy, stunt-filled action spectacular” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) and “a shot of pure adrenaline” (Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly), xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE x-plodes on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 16, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  X-cited fans can be the first to get it two weeks early on Digital HD May 2.             

When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, the world needs superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel).  Recruited back into action, Xander leads a team of death-defying adrenaline junkies on a mission to kick some ass, save the day, and look dope while doing it.  Packed with some of the most mind-blowing stunts ever caught on film, xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE features a powerhouse international cast including Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2), Tony Jaa (Furious 7), Nina Dobrev (TV’s “The Vampire Diaries”), and Samuel L. Jackson (Kong: Skull Island).             

The xXx RETURN OF XANDER CAGE 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs are loaded with over an hour of action-packed special features, including in-depth  interviews with the all-star cast, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s incredible stunts, locations and much more.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.                            
xXx: Return of Xander Cage Blu-ray Combo Pack
The xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

Feature film in high definition
Bonus Content:
  • Third Time’s the Charm: Xander Returns 
  • Rebels, Tyrants & Ghosts: The Cast
  • Opening Pandora’s Box: On Location 
  • I Live for This Sh#t!: Stunts 
  • Gag Reel 
Feature film in standard definitio

xXx: Return of Xander Cage 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack
Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the Blu-ray detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage Single-Disc DVD  
The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Rory McCann, Toni Collette, Samuel L. Jackson, Ice Cube, Hermione Corfield, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Bisping, Al Sapienza 
Director: D.J. Caruso
Writers: Rich Wilkes & F. Scott Frazier
Produced by: Gloria S. Borders, Vin Diesel, Scott Hemming & Ric Kidney
Rated: PG-13

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