Category Archives: Daily Updates

Pull-up challenge: 25 for Dec 25th

This evening marks the starting point of my pull-up challenge. My goal is to do 25 pull-ups by December 5th. I am calling this my “25 for Dec 25th”. 🙂 From 11/22 to 12/25 gives me 33 days to meet my goal. Details: +Excellent form (all the way up, all the way down) -No swinging or pumping of legs -No time limit, i.e. hanging on the bar and resting is allowed Tomorrow I will post my initial max pull-up starting

New parenting and natural living blog

My good friend Joy recently launched her new blog called EarthMamaJoy. Joy is an excellent mother with smart, well behaved kids. She is also very knowledgeable about living a naturally healthy life. 🙂 Her blog is hosted by Weblogs.us and she already has some great blog entries under her belt. She also does a nice job with her photography so I am looking forward to seeing more of her photos as well. 🙂 EarthMamaJoy – Healthy, happy living.http://earthmamajoy.com/      

WEN 56200i Inverter Generator Review (real world, off the grid)

My family has lived off the grid for the past 25 years. No power lines, no phone lines and no utility bills. Over those many years, we have primarily used solar panels for our electricity needs. They do a stellar job, however, occasionally in rare multi-week cloudy periods we still need a good backup generator. We have used a variety of generators over the years, with our traditional favorite being Honda. However, four years ago I bought my first WEN generator.

Best Electric Lawn Mower (Corded)

Ahh, yard mowing… the task that must be done but generally requires gas, noise, dirt and general unpleasantness. As such, I strive to make mowing less of a burden and more enjoyable. Switching over to electric mowers for a portion of our yard has made mowing about as good as it can get. Except for maybe a robot mower, but that will be for another post 😉 I checked out dozens of corded electric mowers and put them through their

Let your kids help!

Child one unloading the dish washer (and putting up the dishes where they go.) One of the best things about being a parent is teaching your kids to be responsible. Chores, jobs, learning opportunities, or whatever you want to call them… they help kids contribute in a meaningful way and they also help kids appreciate their free time. At a friend’s birthday party last night my wife and I were talking with the family’s grandmother. She grew up on a

Upload your prescription to 1-800-CONTACTS

Recently I ordered a couple boxes of daily wear contact lenses from 1-800-CONTACTS. So far the process has not been very smooth: Problem 1 – all the “order codes” or “coupon codes” I tried, even the codes listed on their own site, failed to work on my order 🙁 Problem 2 – despite updating my doctor information and submitting a copy of my prescription online, they still had trouble processing my prescription 🙁 To help expedite the order I planned on re-uploading

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