I’m sensitive and soft …

15 Jul

Photo Jul 03, 8 04 27 PMSince I started pump racing, I must admit that balance is sometimes challenging and gravity calls me back to reality.
After hurting my right knee, left finger, right elbow and butt
I decided it was time to get a little bit of protection and to invest in what’s best out there …
I didn’t want the regular goofie pads but some cool, stylish, smart and efficient pads to protect my skin and bones … after all, it’s bermuda-time all year long in Miami, I can’t continue to buy bandaid and creams for bruises …

My brain is protected by a S1 Lifer helmet, no brainer you need an helmet when on wheels, … whatever the wheels ($60).

For the wrists, after a careful monitoring of the wristguards options available out there, I decided to go for the Flexmeter wrist guard double sided by Demon United. A flexible wrist protection (allowing the flexibility of the wrist). Price: $69,99.

For the knees ($69,99) and elbows ($69,99), the G-Form was the right choice. These soft pads protects almost every parts of your body with their Reactive Protection Technology (RPT). The soft protection stiffens on impact and then dissipate the energy.
The G-Form protections are

  • lightweight,
  • flexible,
  • breathable,
  • washable,
  • UPF50!,
  • and so comfortable to wear that you’ll forget them

Now, I’m ready to hit the tracks with style (trying) and protection!

And if I still got a bruise, time to plunge in the freezer and unwrap my DrCool bandage to minimize the swollen and the bruise!

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Chia amigos

27 Jun

You know my love for the chia seeds, it’s an healthy little seed that I like to eat for breakfast every morning.
I met some weeks ago Lina, proud entrepreneur and also founder of Chia Ballz, a local company that you can find at the farmers markets in Miami and Fort Lauderdale (good news if you are not around, they also ship nationwide).

Let’s discuss with Lina so she can introduce us to the ChiaBallz world.

Why chia seeds?
I was brought up eating healthy food and my mom used chia a lot. When I started using it, I found out that chia was a super food that did not change the flavor of any of my recipies both sweet or salty. 

How did you start ChiaBallz?
That it is a bit of a long funny story. I needed some extra cash so I went to sell my clay pendants at farmers markets.

In my booth I had complementary Chia balls for the people that would purchase or stop by my booth.

People would taste my Chia balls and they would place an order for balls for the next weekend.

Every week I would sell more Chia balls then clay pendants. And so the journey began.

What’s on ChiaBallz menu?

  • The chia balls, are made with chia seeds, almond butter, honey cranberry, coconut and orange.
  • The chia chocolate (chiacolate), chia seeds, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and semi sweet organic cacao. It is vegan and gluten-free.
  • The chia parfait is made of  chia pudding with almond milk, coconut cream, fresh fruits (banana, strawberry, blueberries and crumbs of chiacolate). The parfait is Vegan, gluten free, dairy free. I created it because I wanted a breakfast that tasted like a desert for my boys. The parfait is a desert that you eat and don’t feel guilty about, in fact, It’s the total opposite . When you eat it you feel good and at the same time you satisfied your sweet tooth. 

Can you walk us through the healthy side of ChiaBallz?
All the products of Chia Ballz are healthy treats, they are packed with power. My motto is “food that is healthy and yet you don’t have to sacrifice the taste.”

Eating should be a fun activity that should not require the sacrifice of taste or health.

Most of us love ice cream and whip cream and chocolate and cookies and sweets and desserts. But we stay away from them because we know that most of the products out there are unhealthy and have a lot of preservatives and processed sugars and just ingredients that are not good for our body. I always have loved food and enjoy a delicious bite. With chia I combined both worlds … tasty and healthy.

Chia is such a healthy seed, it has been around for thousands of years. It’s a seed that contains a minerals vitamins m, high in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium … it has so many benefits to the body.

Chia helps digestion, gives you sustained energy, it helps a person that has sugar problems, it is brain food , heart food, it helps the muscles repair after a workout. These are a few of the benefits.

Who is the ChiaBallz team?
This is a family business.
My two boys, my brother and his wife and myself make up the ChiaBallz team.

How do you spread ChiaBallz love in south Florida
We do numerous farmers markets and events.
There are some juice bars that carry our products but the main place are farmers markets and special events. (gyms, sport events, holiday events etc.)

We ship the Ballz and the chiacolate nationwide. Best way is to place your order in chiaballz.com but you can always call me or email me and I would take your order personally .
Where can we find you?
Farmers markets in Dade and Broward (Miami area). The list of the markets are on the webpage chiaballz.com or you can follow us on IG @chiaballz or Facebook @chiaBallz. I post every market or event on our social media. I post constantly to make sure our chia amigos know where we are and when.

Another benefit of following us on social media is that we started going live at least once a week and we show you the fun activities that we get our selves into. I promise at least a chuckle from the videos.

Thank you Chia Amigos and may the Ballz be with you.

It’s party time everyday!

21 Jun

Coming straight from Kickstarter, the guys from Power Practical founded their project and started to produce the Luminoodle.

I backed the project because it answers some of my needs

. An extra lamp powerful and portable

. An extra lamp that you could be used without a power outlet thanks to a tiny external battery (the LEDs are not hungry on energy)

. An extra lamp versatile enough to hang or stay in its pouch to brighten my indoor and outdoor

. An extra lamp that can face the real world and which is not fragile

I received my Luminoodle XL (10ft, $29,99) in its little pouch and I love it!
I use it everywhere, everyday, all the time.

The Lumidoodle looks like a xmas fairy light designed for everyday use…

More about Power Practical

 

This knife won’t cut your fingers

14 Jun

When you have a phone, any phone … It’s all about the battery life. At one point you will need to desperately find a plug and charge … But you don’t always have your cables with you … Or you can have a Power Knife by Bruton in the pocket or backpack …

The Power Knife brings you a 3 in 1 charging cable:

  • a standard USB plug will power
  • a microUSB (blackberry, Samsung, …)
  • an Apple lightning (iPhone 5 and 6)
  • and a 30 dock connector (iPhone 4)

Be aware that this Power Knife does not support data transfer … It’s only for power as it’s said in its name.


I like 

  • its compactness and smart shape,
  • sweet flashy yellow colors of the cords,
  • the flexibility of the silicone cords,
  • the fact that’s it’s weatherproof,
  • and built tough.

I would have liked a longer cord to charge my iPhone and be able to hold easier my external battery and iPhone.

PS: 

  • size: 4.0×1.5x.75in or 10.2×3.8×1.9cm
  • weight: 1.9ounces or 53.8grams
  • price: $24.99 (got it for $9,51 on Amazon)

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I’m pumping … 

8 Jun

And here’s the result of my intense practising sessions … Almost there …
Also, don’t forget to check my article “Pump it“!

And if you are around Miami on June 12th, you are invited to the grand opening of the pump track in Amelia Earhart Park!

Pump it! 

6 Jun

Don’t be afraid, it’s gonna take a bit of work, determination maybe be a bit painful but …I’ll master the pump race or skateboard supercross …

But what is this pump thing?

The track is made of bumps connected to sharp turns where the gravity is supposed to stick you to the inside the curb of the track. It sounds scary but it’s not if you are a bit patient and listen to your instructor.

No pushing required just stand on the board, put your both feet on the board and let the gravity and your balance do the rest
I picked my “short” Biscuit board by Hamboards, changed the washers and bushings, tightened the trucks. I also brought with me my trusty watermelon helmet (S1 helmet) and wrist protections

Let’s say I was ready!
To complete my outfit, I was provided with supercool soft elbow and knee pads (by G-form).
Then with a lot of sweat, clutching at the hand of my instructor Sarah and some minor falls, it took me one lesson on the small track to follow the bumps and almost look like confident on my board. I’m excited to go back for my second lesson!!!

It’s quite a totally different sport than riding my board on the boardwalk. Both activities are cool and complement each other.

I’m a land surfer now and on the way to become a concrete waves surfer!!!

Hour2, gave me more confidence on the track, I almost worked out ok the curb.

Hour3, I’m ok with the bumps and curb, toe side.

Hour4, gaining a bit of speed and it’s ok on the curbs, starting to practice heel side.

PS: 

  • Grand opening of the race track on June 12th, Amelia Earheart Park, Hileah (401 E 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013near the bike trails)
  • Kids and grown ups welcomed.
  • All wheels accepted! Bikes, scooters, inline skaters and of course skateboards.

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It’s raining cats and dogs … 

1 Jun

It’s raining cats and dogs in Paris for the past week … They even cancelled a tennis day at Roland Garros (1st time in the past 16 years …).

You want to be prepared for the rainy season? Here’s the list of my everyday carry rain gears:

PS: you may user all of the above also if the sun is shining

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