What do you call a perfect day? 

The Perfect Day is going to sleep with a dream and waking up with a purpose. 

 I do not know about you but my girls love themselves some Peppa Pig. Her cute fun stories of mishaps, friendships, and funny adventures keep the kids laughing and having fun. We recently saw a new episode of Peppa, The Perfect Day, all about her family member’s perfect days. They go about their day doing things that make them happy – from getting massages, hanging out at the mall, having fun in a picture booth and even jumping in muddy puddles. So me and the girls talked to find out what our perfect day might be. For me, I have a few options; much like Mummy Pig. A spa day massage and facial sounds about right after a long stressful week of slanging houses. While another perfect day is closing a difficult deal on a beautiful modern house. I then asked Kennedy what her perfect day looked like. She says going for a walk and spending the day in and out of the pool on a nice warm day would be her perfect and favorite day. I can attest that that is true as she loves to spend time in and by the water. Some days I think she is a fish. Now little McKenna, while she doesn’t say much just yet these days, I for a fact know she also loves floating around in the water, kicking her feet, going for walks and of course getting milk drunk. While mama’s perfect day would be tearing up the malls when they open buying a new closet full of clothes. Luckily for me, the malls are still closed so I am currently in luck. But watch out when things get back to some normalcy. 

Now that the weather is finally starting to cool off, the perfect day turns into the perfect fall day and of course we have a few of those. It is time to go for afternoon strolls by the beach, keep those scooters warmed up and layering the clothes. One of our favorite activities in the transition of cooler weather is a cilantro lime and jalapeño chicken noodle soup. Also chili with hot apple cider is another fall joy. Our day looks like an afternoon scooter ride and stroll by The Shake Shack in Newport coast then go home and enjoy our soup or chili, then finish the evening off with a great movie or TV show. It’s chill, relaxing for everyone and quite yummy to say the least. We have found that our perfect days are consistent with taking adventures together, making memories and spending good quality time. Another perfect fall day for the girls consists of watching Peppa Pig and playing with their pink Peppa toys. 

Peppa Pig, as mentioned, is a fun series where Peppa and her adorable pig family go on fun family adventures and outings all while having some funny mishaps from time to time. After seeing The Perfect Day episode, you are sure to be inspired; go out and find your own adventures to get into. I am sure you and your family will have fun finding out what makes a fall day or fall evening just right for you. Send me an email to let me know what the perfect fall day looks like for you and yours.

THE DYNAMIC DUO 

photos courtesy of Lamborghini

Lamborghini makes a truck? WHAAAAAAAAA? While this is kind of old news in case you have been living under a rock, yes Lamborghini now makes the world’s first super SUV meaning a very large, powerful, and savage extinct bovine animal – more affectionately known and aptly named simply the Urus.

Power and size are this cars strong suits but don’t let that quarantine heft fool you. This thing will easily keep up with the RWD Lamborghini Huracan Evo and still be carrying an additional 2 or 3 people and even some luggage. Boasting a rambunctious and hearty 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine hand built by the Germans over at Porsche, producing 641 hp and 850 Nm of torque, Urus accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 190 mph- which is pretty physics defying being that it is a 5k lb behemoth. Simply put I fell in love. I never thought it would be this good…. but OH IS IT GOOD.

photos courtesy of Lamborghini

Never ever did I imagine Lamborghini would make another truck in its’ history and never did I imagine it could have so much power, be so raw, visceral, capable, yet docile and comfortable. It really is the full package: Exotic, rare, form follows function, loud, quiet, capable and just flat out an all around great car.

With clean lines and a heart and soul all it’s own I wondered where would I park this thing at night when we both needed to refuel for the next day of adventures? So I headed to Lamborghini Newport Beach kidnapped my friend Mathew Chis(@matchu421) and we made the trek albeit quite quickly to my favorite home to see how they paired. If you have been following me for a while you would have read about the Marapata house. Much like the Urus it has clean beautiful modern lines, hits all the right points, and literally has a soul of its’ own.

Pulling up to the Marapata house with its 4 beds, 6 bathrooms and boasting just under 5,400 sq ft of living space this house is everything you could want in a contemporary home that houses your daily beasts. Everything just felt right. The car and the home just fit. Both containing cutting edge design, pushing the envelope, challenging the status quo on what we think should be and can be done. Having all of the accoutrements necessary of a car and house of this caliber having this pair will open doors you never thought possible, shift your mindset and set you up to push past all your goals with ease. It is as if you are living in and with works of art- that you can show off with pride, humility, and an air of confidence. These are pieces you can start your journey alone and grow. Whether it be in finances, more cars, dreams, family; they are built on platforms that expect and encourage you to have growth in whatever aspect you desire. If this is in fact what dreams are made of; then welcome to your dream. Marapata is priced currently at $7,975,000 and the Urus starts from  $207,326.

Check the video after the jump to get the full scoop.

 

Who knew Mazda was this good?  

 

The family and I recently obtained a Mazda CX-9 for our road trip from So-Cal all the way up to Cannon Beach, Oregon. To be honest I did not expect much. I was just taking it because I didn't want to put miles on our personal car. But boy was I in shock when they dropped it off. The exterior paint choice did not grab me at first. But oh boy that interior was a welcomed treat. The optioned Deep Chestnut Nappa leather was buttery soft, looked posh and chic and was a very unexpected color way that I thoroughly enjoyed. It gave the car a much more premium look and feel. 

 

                                                                            

The CX-9 that Mazda sent us was a fully spec'd signature series. Chock full of all the best features; LED Head lights and taillights with adaptive headlights, HUD (heads up display), nice and toasty butt warmers for front and second row passengers, CarPlay, rearview camera, bush button start, smart key, light up grille and emblem, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, sun roof, blind spot monitoring, dual exhaust and literally everything else you need all packed into an amazing and astounding $47k package. While it was a tad small for Me, Mommy, and two littles we made it work. With the second row seat being able to move forward we  were able to pack enough stuff to last two solid weeks and some change. Containing strollers, pack and plays, luggage, snacks and a cooler. Space is more than ample for the day to day tasks. For me picking up the kids, carrying groceries, strollers, real estate signs and the like this covers all of life's necessities with ease.

 

 

On paper I thought that the 250hp SKYACTIV® -G 2.5T 4-cylinder engine with Dynamic Pressure Turbo mated to 6-speed manual was going to be underpowered and clunky. Well after some 2100+miles this car is far from clunky and there is MORE than enough power to pass a big rig or get you up to speed to hop on the highway. The engine even has a pleasing tone that made it fun to give it some gas when hitting the on ramp. 

What Mazda has done is exceptional, and I would consider purchasing one to put in my garage. It drives more like a sports wagon than a 6 seater 3-row SUV, it is comfortable with all the accouterments you want and need that you would get in a  much more expensive counterpart. 

 

Of course at this price point you cannot have everything. Some of things I do not like about this car are as follows. No Pano Roof- It is 2020 a regular sunroof shouldn't even be an option on a three row SUV. The user interface in particular the navigation is very clunky But I hear it has been sorted out and will be rolled out to the CX-9 soon. I am slightly tall for the drivers set, the transmission tunnel is lined in beautiful wood but my knee sits against it and for normal trips it is fine but driving 2,100 miles makes it painful after a few hours.  

Other than that, the good heavily outweighs the bad. Plenty of power, astounding on gas (averaged 28+ mpg), Bose radio system was pretty good, the overall interior was quite nice with that beautiful chestnut brown interior. Smart key is always a nice touch, LED headlights, solid butt warmers, and CarPlay, 3-rows make a winning combination that I do not think can be matched at this price point. 

 

As always I answer a few questions:

 

Can I live with it? Yes

Would I buy it? Yes 

 Can  I use it as a dad? with out a doubt

Can I use it as a real estate agent? Yes it is nice, affordable, and can carry all the signs and snacks I can muster in it. 

 

Head to MAZDA and configure your CX-9 and tell me how you would spec yours. 

 

              

This club is far from Anti-Social 

The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence. All opinions are mine alone.  #SocialClub #TopShelfSeltzer #SocialClubRecipe 

Whoever works in the naming department is absolutely genius because with every sweet and tasty sip it takes me to the beautiful romantic days of the roaring 20s with prohibition, dancing in the street and painting the town red, causing mischief with your partner in crime. Now let's get back to reality. The onslaught of hard seltzer to the market is getting insane. There is a new one every week. However, with that said the team at Social Club Seltzer came with a vengeance to take the crown, once you put that can to your lips you will understand why. Simply put, they made a hard seltzer that goes beyond the realm of a bland fruity hard seltzer and hits the senses in a way that tastes like a good old delicious cocktail.

 

A full out assault and coup on the reigning champ, where flavor is a moot afterthought and taking it to them punch by punch. This hard seltzer is social and now you're about to be a part of the Social Club. When you put that skinny hard seltzer can to your lips you have a sense of something familiar but with a light twist. These are a little lighter and thinner flavor with that pop of zing, and it appears that the team at Social Club took the time to nail the flavor and nail the mission. If your palette is refined but do not want all the sugar and weight of a normal cocktail these are just for you with just enough kick. Oh and they come in three tantalizing flavors: Sidecar, Old Fashioned, and Citrus Gimlet.

 

Now that we covered the thirsty base, let's end 2020 with a bang. Whether you're at a tailgate, date night, or a socially distanced party this combination is going to make you a huge success with whomever you decide to enjoy it with. Much like the Social Club Seltzers, this snack will bring a refinement to your palette, making it the perfect pairing with Social Club Seltzers. Simple yet complex but just the perfect taste that is reminiscent of the days when things like old fashions were the new craze. For me and the wife, it's perfect when we drop the kids off at Grandmas as we sit by the pool enjoying the sunset snacking and sipping, making it the perfect weekend night. You can thank me later because these antipasto skewers are going to make you very very happy.

Ok you're all set to go for a perfect night - here is what you are going to need to accompany the Social Club Seltzers you just bought. I got my fresh ingredients for these antipasto skewers at my local Kroger, and be sure to look for Social Club Seltzers at your local supermarket and many other locations. 

Check out this link for savings on your Social Club Seltzer

 

What you will need: 

1 jar marinated artichokes 

1 pint grape tomatoes 

8 oz. mozzarella balls 

8 oz. marinated olives 

1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley 

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 

kosher salt, balsamic glaze 

1 Bag of Spinach 

Thinly sliced meat of choice i.e. salami, prosciutto 

Wooden skewers 

Take all your delicious morsels and stack them up in the order of your choice. I start with the tomatoes and work my way up. After you have all the little skewers stacked up how you like, sprinkle them with a pinch of salt like you're Salt Bae, drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic glaze. Crack open a Social Club Seltzer and toast to the taste of a successful snack! All done if a few minutes and the perfect addition to any date night, evening or day to just chill and enjoy company.

Happiness is...  

HAPPINESS Is… Air conditioning on a hot summer day.

Let’s Get some house keeping out of the way. Midea did sponsor this blog post and I am actually glad they did. Because this post is exactly what we’ve all been looking for. 

Usually when you think of window laden air conditioners you think of a noisy unit hanging out of your bedroom window that only works sometimes and always runs the risk of crashing down to the abyss below. 

When you have a company who has been the leader and innovator in air conditioning units for decades you realize that they know a thing or two about how to one, make them work, two make it easy to install, and finally three ensure that it does not all come crashing down. 

Problem solved… Insert Midea and their new patented “U“. “U” for it’s U-shaped design allowing easy installation and unrivaled flexibility. Want the window closed? No problem… Want your window open for fresh air? NOOOOOO PROBLEM. Now your window works as intended and you can still obtain fresh air when needed. It is absolutely easy to install, Took my wife and I about 20 minutes to unpack read instructions; install the quick-snap bracket, put the unit on the bracket, secure the sidearms and shut the window. DONE and DONE – securing the window with an anti-theft mechanism when closed. 

Long Gone are the days of noisy A/C units. This thing is surprisingly whisper quiet even on full blast. The design blocks out all the outside noise and is said to operate at just 42 dBA which is pin drop quiet. It is also said to be up to 9x quieter than a traditional unit so… Yes it is quiet. All packed in a modern sleek design this Midea U is going to be one of the best purchases for the scorcher days and the warm summer nights. 

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR MIDEA U

 

That Good 'Ol Whiskey 

Bosscat Kitchen and Libations is in full swing of innovation. Despite the pandemic and constant closures of restaurants around the country they continue to push the envelope. Making it easier for their large and loyal fanbase to get what they want - good food and good libations. What they have done now is create a subscription whiskey box for the whiskey lovers. Whether for yourself or as a gift these boxes are perfectly curated with the best tasting whiskies you can find. They have scoured the globe for the best of the best and right at your doorstep in a beautifully crafted box is the taste of Bosscat you desire. The box you see featured was a special box I received for Father's Day giving the old fashion lovers everything they need to create the perfect old fashion. This box includes the bitters, sugar cubes, a bottle of choice whiskey, masher, stirrer, measuring cup, and strainer. No bar no problem... you can have the best libations at home with a curated choice to tantalize your senses.

 

                                                                         

Rockport hits us with another solid Silhouette 

Who is a father? A father is someone who wants to catch you before you fall, but instead, picks you up and brushes you off, and lets you try again. A father is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence each time you get hurt. A father is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed and has faith in you even when you fail. #sponsored 

Fresh off the press from Rockport with air in the sole dri-freeze cooling fabric and memory foam lining these shoes will keep your feet dry and give you all day comfort and style that is necessity. The Howe Street Lace Up comes in four different colors to fit all your needs. With a sleek profile it is perfect with slacks and jeans. The office or the hangout, with a shoe that looks this good it is perfect for a multitude of uses.

 

Rockport makes it saucy with the Howe Street Lace up 

Who is a father? A father is someone who wants to catch you before you fall, but instead, picks you up and brushes you off, and lets you try again. A father is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence each time you get hurt. A father is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed and has faith in you even when you fail. #sponsored

Fresh off the press from Rockport with air in the sole dri-freeze cooling fabric and memory foam lining these shoes will keep your feet dry and give you all day comfort and style that is necessity. The Howe Street Lace Up comes in four different colors to fit all your needs. With a sleek profile it is perfect with slacks and jeans. The office or the hangout, with a shoe that looks this good it is perfect for a multitude of uses.

Tasty Father's Day Treats 

I have been using Edible arrangements for years to send tasty treats to my clients as well as my family members and friends for various occasions. Stumped at what to get for your Dad? Well look no further Edible arrangements has something that everyone can enjoy.

 

                                       

The Father’s Day Gift Giving Guide BabbleBoxx Style 

If you have been following me for a while you will notice that every few months I get this pink and blue box filled with everything good. They usually have a theme and usually they always come through with something useful, thoughtful and curated for the occasion at hand. This time Babble Box nailed it with a Father’s Day themed box. Giving you some great gifting ideas for your dad before, day of and even after Father’s Day. Gifts that any dad would appreciate and love. Hit the video after the Jump to see it all in action.

CASIO G-SHOCH GBD100

Expanding the ever so powerful G-Shock line up the GBD100 adds to the G-Shock Move family. If you’re already a fan of G-Shock but want to add the smart component for all things fitness this is the watch for you. Boasting some great features from daily heart management and endurance coaching this watch is chalk full with bluetooth to sync to the smart phone of your choice to support time adjustments, notifications, step and distance measurement and GPS Connectivity. Utilizing a High-Def MIP LCD and super Illuminator it allows everything to be read no matter how much light is available clearly and easily.

The Original Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Almonds

If you are like me snacking is an essential part of the day especially when hard at work and almonds are a perfect healthy snack to keep you fueled throughout out day. If you are also like me then throwing a little hint of heat behind some snacks and every meal with Sriracha sauce is also a must. Now these Sriracha almonds bring out the best of both worlds. The sweet heat of Sriracha sauce topping goodness on one of the best snacking items around – Almonds. Dusted with the bold and authentic taste of original Huy Fong Brand Sriracha sauce gives you that heat you crave in a stackable package. Giving you a healthy tasty snack with out having to sacrifice those precious calories. Click the link and I am sure this will be a flavor that you will go nuts for. 

The Bob Ross Cookbook: Happy Little Recipes for Family and Friends by Robb Pearlman, Illustrated by Bob Ross and Nicholas Hankins 

from Running Press

If you’re old enough to know about the soothing voice of Bob Ross and his insanely easy to replicate masterpiece classes he gave on television back in the day then be prepared to be wowed with the same flare that Bob Ross provided when he was teaching his art classes. The gang at Running Press has packed the art and Wisdom of Bob Ross evoking the painter’s signature wisdom, tone and tranquility. Loaded with Bob Ross’ art, quotes and food illustrations from certified Bob Ross instructors this book is full of tasty and easy recipes to bring back that taste of nostalgia. With recipes such as Happy little roasted chicken, Curly-Topped veggie Mac and cheese , pot roast and many more this is perfect for The Cook-book collecting dad or the Bob Ross lover in all of us. 

Home Town Maps Rocks Glass from Well Told

Show a little hometown city pride with these beautiful art glasses. These 11 oz. rocks glasses can be custom-etched and personalized with a detailed map of any town or city that you might call home. Each glass is precision etched entirely with a detailed map of your favorite city, town, streets, neighborhoods and even coordinates. You can even go as far as adding personalized text to give it that extra touch. Perfect for any collector, or whiskey connoisseur.  Made in the US of A  cleanup is a Sinch because its Dishwasher safe.

FlagLite 3D from Maglite

The big dog we have come to know and love all these years. Hailing from the great golden lands of California in the USA Maglite is synonymous with durable flashlights. This Limited edition

The big dog we have come to know and love all these years. Hailing from the great golden lands of California in the USA Maglite is synonymous with durable flashlights. This Limited edition Maglite is a true piece of Americana wrapped in a fun art piece of the American flag. With a single LED not only is this flashlight bright it has about a 79hr runtime and a beam distance of 364 meters. So if you can’t find what you’re looking for with this flash light it is as good as lost. Designed engineered and manufactured in the US, you can ensure that this flashlight will most likely outlast you and you can pass it on to your kids for them to throw in their toolbox and or use it against any threat that may come their way. This unit Utilizes 3 D-Cell alkaline batteries to give you longevity and optimum performance.  Good from now until July 31st 2020 utilize code “BB15” and get 15% your order of your very own Flaglite 3D. 

**Some restrictions apply. Outlet, seasonal shop and discounted items excluded. Cannot be combined with another offer or discounted item. U. S. Shipping addresses only. Promotion available for limited time.)

Mini Maglite Pro from Maglite

With everything that is going on in our world today a flashlight is a must. I recommend having a go bag. Anytime you need to pack up and go you can just leave at a moment’s notice with all the essentials. A MiniMaglite is a must to hold everything down when you need it. Small enough to put in any pocket as an every day carry of your bag but bright enough to illuminate the way. Utilizing 2 AA alkaline batteries this Mini Maglite can shoot up to almost 2 football fields. As always these are designed, manufactured and engineered in the USA giving you the durability you require and have learned to love from the best damn flashlight manufacturer in the world. 

**Use code BB15 (15% off online orders – Some restrictions apply. Outlet, seasonal shop and discounted items excluded. Cannot be combined with another offer or discounted item. U. S. Shipping addresses only. Promotion available for limited time.) Good through July 31st

Grill Pan from ANOLON

Anolon has become a household name for producing amazing cookware at the best possible price and they didn’t stop here. Being the first to invent hard-anodized non-stick cookware almost 30+ years ago this line represents some of the best tech needed in your pans today. Ultra-durable sapphire reinforced and non-stick this makes the pans last longer, easier to cook and Anolon has become a household name for producing amazing cookware at the best possible price and they didn’t stop here. Being the first to invent hard-anodized non-stick cookware almost 30+ years ago this line represents some of the best tech needed in your pans today. Ultra-durable sapphire reinforced and non-stick this makes the pans last longer, easier to cook and even easier to clean up. Cooks like a cast-iron but cleans like your normal non stick pan. This grill pan is perfect for searing and you can even throw it in the oven up to 400°F to get the perfect sear and or brown on your food. Now that you have the best cookware that is available how about that warranty – Anolon stands by their cookware for life so you can rest assured that you’re making a longterm investment in the many memories that food and cooking have to offer. This pan is 11″ deep comes in a variety of colors such as moonstone, onyx bronze and indigo and most importantly you can grill like you’re outside without having to be outside.