Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kid's Birthday Party.....

My daughter turns 6 next month, and she's got grand hopes and ideas for her birthday party. If she knew how to use the phone and pay the bills, I'm sure she'd have the house re-mortgaged and the party planned already.

Fact of the matter is.  I'm in no mood to spend $300 to organize a 90 minute birthday party for my daughter and her little friends..... So.... I'm running through some ideas for the birthday party.


Bowling.
6 years old., I think that the kids may be a little too small for bowling.  But, it's definitely it was a favorite in my youth.

Swimming Party
There are several pools that the city rents out for parties.  Definitely something to consider.

Renting a bouncer
we have a big back yard.  Renting a bouncer would definitely be a fun event for the kids.  We could BBQ hotdogs for the kids and they could all have a blast, but it's a $200.00  rental.

Humane Society
The Humane society hosts kid's birthday parties.  This is kinda cool as they bring pets into the room for little kids to play with.  the money they raise goes to a good cause also.  


MiniGolf
As bowling... I think 6 may be a little young for minigolf, but something to consider for the future years.

Any other ideas???

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The beauty industry the most overpriced industry around????

You ladies get taken to the cleaners!

I was shocked! 

My wife sent me into Superstore to pick up some cream.  I walked past the face creams, I noticed the shiny new price tags SuperStore's been using.  Fully equiped with price per litre, or Price per kilogram, I was completely shocked as to what the true cost is of your beauty items.

This is an example of the Olay ProX Restore Eye Cream.  I think it comes in a small tub at $50.00 + tax.  However the per Litre cost of this item is $1332.67  That's freaking robbery!

It gets worse.....

This is the Prox Wrinkle treatment.  That horrific word WRINKLES!  I remember when we loved wrinkles.  They were cute, furry little stuffed animals that every girl and many boys wanted to cuddle with at night.  In fact I still have my wrinkles from my childhood, and now my kids love him.

This Olay ProX "Deep wrinkle Treatment" retails per litre for $1666.33.

In 2003 Goldman Sachs estimated the skin care portion of the beauty market was worth an estimated $24 billion.  They anticipated a 7% growth annually.  If that had held constant, by 2013 that industry would've been worth an estimated $47.2 billion.1

But there was a recession... a housing market crash and unemployment is at a high.... So, vanity of the aging beauties must've taken a hit too right?

WRONG!

On August 28th, 2012, GCI published an article that wrote, "The skin care category has been the cornerstone of beauty and personal care for the past 15 years. It even grew during the global recession, adding a further $15 billion between 2007 and 2011 to reach a value of $96.5 billion"2

Just think of this ladies.  And guess what....Us men... We are aging with you!  In my mid/late 30s now, I'm not ashamed to say that when I surf the internet looking girlie pics.  I'm looking at my age group, not the 19 year old.

You are beautiful.  Embrace the aging.  You are not the age you look, but rather the age you act and feel.  So let loose, and enjoy life.  Use the cash you're not spending on what beauty insiders tell you to buy and have fun with it...  If your fun is to play the markets.... I'd suggest the beauty market, as we've proven that the industry grows as our population ages, with no regard to economic downturns.






1. http://www.economist.com/node/1795852
2. http://www.gcimagazine.com/marketstrends/segments/skincare/167697355.html

Monday, April 22, 2013

Three years later, still an awesome song, with an awesome video.

It's been three years since the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Africa, but I the Shakira Waka Waka song is still awesome and she's still smokin' hot.


I don't know what it is that does it for me, but somehow this song still stirs me up.  I haven't  heard it in years, and then today, my iPod randomly played Love Generation (2006 World Cup theme song).  This instantly made me think of the Shakira song.

I would rate Shakira as one of the top sexy women right now.   I don't follow celebrities like so many do, so my top three attractive women probably wouldn't be anywhere near what other people would pick, but here's my list. Shakira, Amanda Seyfried, and a third place tie between Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry

Needless to say, I'm watching this season of The Voice...

Had to blog this video again... It's just hot. Already watched it a few times today..


Friday, April 19, 2013

dryer fix

two weeks ago, my dryer stopped drying.  Despite being 8 years old, I decided to look at the repair rather than replacing it.

I took it apart and realized it was just the heating element.

Here's the video that shows how to fix it.

I hope this helps you with your fix.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Driving Wars...

While sitting at home channel surfing tonight, I stumbled on a Discovery Channel show called "Driving Wars"

If we haven't heard of enough "Wars" reality TV shows....   Parking Wars, Shipping Wars, Storage Wars, Border Wars, and on and on and on....  Really what kind of crap is this going to be??

So, decide to PVR the night;y news, and flip the channel.

Leave it up to the British, much like the originality of Junkyard Wars. (AKA Scrapheap) Driving Wars, is not a reality show, but rather a game show.

From what's I've learned in one episode, the premise of the show is simple.  2 teams of  Three compete each other in "virtual Driving challenges", performing driving stunts.

The teams take turns sitting in a driving simulator, which is linked via remote control to a real car on a course.   The simulator has a video feed of what's happening in the car on the course.  The teams now compete to complete the driving challenges.  For example. the episode I saw had the teams drive a car through an obstacle course and onto a semi trailer.

Sound interesting?  The Show is on Discovery Channel.  Here's a YouTube video I found with a teaser.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hoping for warmer weather, decided to see if my trusty steed would start.....


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

that long already?

Wow has it been since 2011?

It seemed like yesterday I told myself I'd start blogging again. and poof it's almost 2 years later.

I don't know how time's escaping me.   I'm gonna try harder..... really!