Exploring the great outdoors: HIking franklin falls and exploring the northwest railway museum 

We spent another day exploring in and around Seattle. This time we headed to Franklin Falls to hike with friends and see a beautiful and quite cold waterfall. Then found a small and quaint little town in Snoqualmie where we ran into the Northwest Railway museum. Another fun day adventure in the books. Follow us and say hi

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Pandemic baby’s first flight 

We hit the skies again. This time to Seattle. Follow along as we see this cute pandemic baby take her first flight, and as we eat our way to all the cool places Seattle Has to offer.

OMG I SURVIVED!!! 

Wisdom teeth are a thing you’re supposed to get out when you’re a young lad.Almost like a right of passage. I never got them taken out because up until recently it was never a problem. So off to Honest Oral Surgeon I went to get these bad boys taken out. Dr. Kim, was amazing somehow was able to get them out in a minimally invasive way and did such a good job I was eating that night.

The Lexus LS – The Most Amazing Car no one will buy! 

We hit the road again this time in the 2020 Lexus LS500h. While I was not much of an enthusiast of Lexus as I fell in love with it’s German counterparts, I have to say living with the car for about a week this car is absolutely great and it’s sad that no one is buying this car. The styling, tech and options are top notch. Leaving me pleasantly surprised and seriously considering a Lexus as a next vehicle.

Coming in at $118,760 this car is a great price for what you get. Especially considering the price point with it’s rivals such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW, and Jaguar coming in considerably higher with like features. This is a limousine where every seat in the car is comfortable, opulent and done just right.

The heart of the car is powered by a 3.5L V6 with the Lexus Multistage hybrid system pushing out a pretty healthy 354 total ponies. With a car at this price you can expect all the accoutrements that a big body sedan should have. Full LED headlights and taillights, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control their slew of safety systems and the like. On paper this car is absolutely amazing and is even better in practice. There really is not much negative to say about this car. Of course I can nitpick anything but the things I am going to nit pick are so minuscule do I even mention them?

THE NEGATIVES

Well for starters for me just being lazy I wish they offered a capless fuel filler, like the ones Ford and GM have adopted in recent years. While it is quite an unnecessary complaint I must say it just makes the fueling process a little more streamlined. The other (which they now offer) is the absence of a panoramic sunroof, which in this case for this 2020 LS I understand as they have speakers in the ceiling and mirrors. Speaking of speakers this car is loaded with a 23 speaker 2,400 watt Mark Levinson sound system and boy is it good. Good mids and lows, crisp highs I hate to say this but I think it might be better than some of the German counterparts. The only other negative is the touch pad for infotainment system, it is quite sensitive and took quite a while to master. There are a plethora of menus to get to things like the cooling, heating and massage functions of the seats. Get that streamlined and it will make the user experience that much better. A lot of cars are now coming with their own phone app so that you can start, lock, cool the car when you’re remote. However unlike the Ford app you have to pay a subscription for the Lexus services to remote start your car which I think if you’re buying their flagship or anything in the luxury space some features they should not nickel and dime you on.

THE PROS

I have said it plenty of times but I like just about everything about this car and how well it was thought out. From the soft close doors, to the Kiriko glass making it virtually silent inside to the supple ultra suede headliner the large 24″ HUD and 12.3″ display this car has everything right in all the right places. The ability to have 4-way climate control, all seats heated, cooled and have massage capabilities, the ability to recline fully in the rear seats, amazing sound system, good power, great air suspension that soaks up the bumps in the road yet give you good feedback this is a perfect car for the exec or family car. Not only that this car is GINORMOUS. As you will see in the above video you that we had a full load in the car and still had plenty of space to make the long drives comfortable and be stretched out for those long stints.

The last question remains… who is this car for? To me this car is a versatile one. Great price point, good power, good suspension, supple, plush, has every feature you could ever want and most importantly it is a huge car that feels much smaller than what it is. As a dad ( even my wife would agree) I can definitely drive this to show houses on the day to day, take it on trips and not worry about things breaking as it is extremely reliable, chauffeur the kids in style and fit all of their stuff, and even feel good about taking it to valet for date night. If you haven’t thought about looking at the Lexus line up you should think again. You will be surprised at what these cars can offer.

The Lexus LS The best car no one will buy. 

We hit the road again this time in the 2020 Lexus LS500h. While I was not much of an enthusiast of Lexus as I fell in love with it’s German counterparts, I have to say living with the car for about a week this car is absolutely great and it’s sad that no one is buying this car. The styling, tech and options are top notch. Leaving me pleasantly surprised and seriously considering a Lexus as a next vehicle.

Father’s Day for the Dad on Duty 

This is your sign. Go to The Home Depot right now and go take care of your daddy, the father figure in your life, and even yourself! It’s not too late! My Father’s Day was a success thanks to The Home Depot. They had everything I needed to tackle any dad duty that comes my way.  

Let’s be honest here. Hearing, “How Doers Get More Done” takes on a whole new meaning when you become Dad on Duty. When you become the electrician in training, carpenter, handyman, painter, chef, mechanic, gardener, and everything else in-between to keep the house going, you start realizing you need more tools and tricks up your sleeve to be effective.

How Doers Get More Done…The Home Depot makes a lot more sense now that I’m the Dad on Duty and the Summer of ’21 started off with a bang of projects that need to get done. 

First up, you already know summer is for grilling. With Summer heating up I had to do a little upgrade to the new Traeger Pro 780 Pellet Grill with smart, WiFIRE technology.  It’s super cool! It’s larger so it does in fact make it easier to clean, easier to use, and has more space for all the ribs and briskets going down this summer. When you sync your phone to your Traeger app you can know all of the pertinent information. It’s perfect if you’re one of those set it and forget it people, you can still stay abreast on the grilling situation and monitor the temp, timer, and internal temp. The Home Depot also has every Traeger grilling accessory you need to master the grill: pellets, liners, grill tools and shelves!  The Home Depot has it all.

Accessories for Traeger Grill Pro 780

Keeping it pushing with the tech side of things we keep the house monitored with our new Ring Wired Doorbell set up. Near or far if any activity goes on around the house, the ring alerts us to make sure everything is peachy keen. We strengthened the Mesh network with new Google Wifi Nest Points and changed out all of our old google homes for the new fancy Google Nest Hubs with speakers and screens.

Dad on Duty always has to keep things fresh. We spruced up the living room with a new splash of Dark Secret Paint by Behr. I was dreading this project at first. However, with Behr paint and primer it makes it easy to prime and prep. Get it on in a flash and all the while making the Dad on Duty look like a true professional. Giving our space a much-needed aesthetic shift to a posh and clean look that invites you into a now comfortable and relaxed space.

Now the main event you have been waiting for… The tools – every man has to have tools even if you’re not sure when you’ll need them. For when the time comes…you’ll be happy you have them. I’ve always had some tools but having the right tools at the right time makes my dad duties much more enjoyable and legit.

First off, we started with the RYOBI ONE+ 18V EZClean 320 Cordless Cold Water Power Cleaner it is portable, easy and efficient – perfect for power washing the deck, driveway and patio with ease. Not to mention you can literally take it anywhere. All you need is a 2-Liter bottle, a bucket or a lake for that matter, and you have everything you need to get to washin’. Pair that with the Ryobi ONE+ 18v Cordless Compact Bluetooth Speaker so I have tunes while getting my Dad on Dutying done and you have one happy dad doing the whole honey do-list with a smile. Match that with a DeWalt Blower and the front and back yard get clean and spiffy in a flash.

RYOBI ONE+ 18V Lithium-Ion 2.0 Ah Compact Battery (2-Pack)
RYOBIONE+ 18V EZClean 320 PSI 0.8 GPM Cordless Cold Water Power Cleaner

I washed out our old grill with the pressure washer and had a ton of water accumulating in the bottom…. What in the heck do you do with it? Once again problem solved thanks to The Home Depot – with this mini Shop Vac from Milwaukee ( M18 18-volt 2 Gallon Lithium Cordless Wet/Dry Vac) it is a wet/dry vac that I never knew I needed but has come in handy a multitude of times already. 

Now for some garage cleanup. I opted for the Husky Mechanic’s Bench (9 Drawer gloss black deep tool chest mobile workbench with hardwood top). Since my old days of working on cars, I have always wanted one and I am so glad I finally have it. Not only does it look amazing, but it has enough space for my Husky Mechanics Tool Set (230 piece), the blower, the pressure washer, the vac, all my painting supplies, the batteries and literally all my handy dandy items. 

The Home Depot makes it easy to unlock your Dad on Duty superpowers to be the handy man and every man in the house. So, even though Father’s Day is over you can still treat yourself or that father figure in your life…maybe even using the gift card you received! Truck it over to The Home Depot and load yourself up and let the house projects commence. Now it’s time to get more done! 

Thank me later.

Father’s Day Gift Giving Guide 

So I take it you came here for me to save that @$$. As you forgot, ran out of time, just plain late, or you are even out of ideas. Well have no fear – Daddy Keyes is here to give you some of my favorite gifts that won’t break the bank but should put a smile on someone’s face.

MANSCAPE

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Let’s be real this subject can be a tad taboo. Whether your man is hairy like sasquatch or a prepubescent; grooming is a good habit to uptake. While hair removal is a personal preference studies have shown that grooming from head to toe makes you look cleaner, younger more toned, better defined, more hygienic, boosts confidence, less sweat and can be aesthetically pleasing – to say… you! 🙂 Whatever your reasons @Manscaped is your man’s one stop for head to toe grooming including those dirty fingernails he tries to massage you with. Whether above or below the waste the newly released lawnmower 4.0 and their full line of products, will keep him looking and feeling his best and of course keep all those pesky smells away that arise from day to day activities. Why am I posting about this you may ask? One of my followers asked if I had tried it and wanted to know my thoughts – I hadn’t so I hit up the homies @Manscaped to see if they would let me take a set up for a spin. Well after months of rigorous testing I can say it works. It works quite well ask @KeyesToStyle. Whether he trims his face, chest, ears, nose, nails or jingle bells – @Manscaped has the right package for him. And if you have read this far then hit this link and get 20% off applied at check out…… GET KEYSCAPED

KILIAN PARIS

He can choose to kill them with kindness or kill them with a scent that makes him look, smell and fell like a million smackaroos. And who doesn’t want their man or dad feeling and smelling their best! Kilian is definitely in my top 3 list. My current Favorite being their Black Phantom- containing notes of coffee and rum. It airs out very well, it is a very diverse so will smell slightly different on every wrist but should be able to smell perfect on just about anyone. The high oil content will allow him to apply once but have a strong scent to carry him through out the whole day without being overbearing, not only that he can use way less and keep it for a longer period of time as he will not need to lather himself in product in order to smell delectable. CLICK HERE TO GET YOU SOME.

JUDY

Preparation meets fashion meets function. I first found Judy at a pop up that Nordstrom was doing and was like oh that’s cool, I can probably recreate that for cheaper. After weeks of research I deliberated that it was much better just to buy the Judy Kit – and it looked way nicer and more put together for half the price. As of writing this I now have to go upgrade as they just released their 1k watt power pack to change things like a laptop, radio, lights etcetera. Prep bundles for 6-10 people depending on which kit you get gives you food water, and essentials in case poop hits the fan and you are in need. Stay tuned I will be doing a taste test on their bars pretty soon! CLICK HERE FOR JUDY PREP TOOLS

LEXUS PERFORMANCE DRIVING SCHOOL

If your father figure is like me and loves cars then there aren’t too better gifts then giving the gift of speed. There a lot of options from Porsche, Bmw to Ford and Dodge but while I haven’t been yet I will be going in a few short days here and it is said it is arguably one of the most fun and intense track experiences that rivaled the German counterparts. That is a tall order but I will say I am insanely excited to go. A full day of experiences some of the Blood pumping power of Lexus. Their RCF, LC500, and IS series are ready to teach you some vehicle dynamics, braking, leading and following, hot laps, autocross – they basically cover all the basics and then some. Giving you the confidence and skills to become a better driver and performance pilot. CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT

MARC NOLAN SHOES

Tired of your man or dad wearing the same old Dad shoes? Well, Marc Nolan offers a premium shoe that does not break the bank, super comfortable perfect for daily wear, dress up, casual, work, night out. These shoes are versatile for all occasions big small fun or mundane. They come in an arsenal of different styles to fit your tastes and needs from boots, to loafers, to some dressy sneakers. Whatever his little heart desires they are sure to have something to fit his fancy.