Smelly goats or not … NOT!

10 Oct

I met goats which smell liked toasted marshmallows, lily, mint, …

More seriously, I discovered the Barn Lab soap through a friend, and it’s a real discovery.
Barn Lab is about producing handcrafted artisan soap made with pure goats milk and blend of oils and scents.

Exactly what we need after a long day at work!

Let’s discuss those high quality soaps with Clint the founder of BarnLab.

1/ How did it all started, how did you become and entrepreneur?
Why did you chose to handcraft soap bars? 

It started as a hobby which was spawned from a desire to create something tangible – something that I could hold in my hand and say “This. I made this.” I’ve always had the compulsion to break things down into their simplest components and put them together again myself. To literally create from scratch. For example, I started grinding my own flour to make bread because buying flour from the store wasn’t enough. I wanted to dig deeper. Finally, I wanted to make something that was creative, but was ultimately useful and what is more universally useful than soap? I started to research and dig and learn about all of the terrible chemicals in commercially produced soap and wanted to make something with as few ingredients as possible and that’s what we make at BarnLab. Our soap has literally 6 ingredients.

2/ Why goats?
What do they bring extra to the plate?
How many goats do you have?

Goat milk contains AHAs which naturally and gently exfoliate dead skin cells while the high fat content of goat milk and vitamins found within hydrates and nourishes the skin. I currently source my goats milk from 3rd party vendors, but hope to one day have some goats of my own who can also double as brand mascots.🙂

3/ Where is your Lab?
What’s the process, from the goat to the beautiful bear, owl-shaped soap bars?

The Barn is located in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York just a few miles west of where the original Woodstock took place. It shares 3 acres with our 180 year old farmhouse. 

The soap making process requires precision and safety (we’re dealing with caustic chemicals) but is fairly straightforward. In simplest terms, you melt down and mix your oils – in my case that’s olive, coconut, sweet almond & walnut oils. Separately you dissolve lye in frozen goat milk. I then combine the oils with the lye/milk and mix until it starts to thicken, add essential oils, mix until dispersed and then pour into molds. They stay in the molds for at least a day and then they are cut into bars where they must cure for 4-6 weeks to harden.

4/ Where can we find the Barn-Lab soap? 

You can find us at

5/ Which one is your best seller?

The soap that started it all and my personal favorite is our Campfire soap it ruggedly, masculine and smokey. Our top seller is our Honeysuckle soap. Additionally, we just launched some new scents (Champagne, Lilac & Ivy League) that we are really quite excited about.

 Thanks Clint and we wish you all the best with your soaps. I love them and I will become a regular! 

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We have a YouTube channel

1 Oct

Check our skateboard adventures on our YouTube channel! 

It’s a hot summer in South Florida!

14 Sep

It’s a hot summer in South Florida but I still want to do sport: run, race the pumptrack, … The temperature and humidity are rising fast … To keep practicing physical activities, I need to stay cool … And I t’s possible thanks to DrCool!

You remember them with their cool compression wraps, but not only as they developed a whole new range of products to help fight superheating: t-shirts, chill caps, caps, and sleeves are there to help. They are made with a patented chemical-free cooling material.

This chemical-free moisture and sweat activated material delivers three distinct functions

  • wicking,
  • moisture circulation,
  • and regulated evaporation

All this with one goal: to reduce the fabric’s surface temperature by up to 30%!

Does it work? Yes, it does! It feels great, the tshirt is not heavy with sweat, it doesn’t smell bad and I feel more comfortable for long hours of skating under the sun. 

There’s no going back to cotton!!

PS: because DrCool products are chemical-free, the cooling benefits never wash out.

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Behind the wheel. 

5 Aug

I’m back behind the wheel after 15 years of taking the metro and riding the skateboard, and, as you know me now, I like to be prepared.
You never know what can happen, so let’s get ready (maybe I’m watching too many bad movies …).

Sometimes during accidents, your belt is stuck and you need to cut it to escape the wreckage. I got your back!

And if you need to break the window and kicking doesn’t cut it, I got it covered too thanks to the StatGear Auto Escape Tool.
For only $9,95 you have the 2 in 1 tool that will cut the belt and break the window. In the rest position, the Escape Tool is securely fastened to the sun breaker ready to be used.

Hydration is key during long summer drive in Florida, it’s great to have an ice tea that stays cold during hours. With the insulated Klean Kanteen (double wall bottle, dish-washer friendly), your beverage will stay cold 24 hours and warm 12 hours.

Also if it’s really hot out there, it’s good to have the hydration tabs to drop in your bottle.
Then you fill it with water (the Nunn tabs are unsweetened, so no sugar kick and down, just the electrolytes straight to your muscles).
Those tabs are made for desk jobs but also to support my sport activities where I’m sweating big time and loosing lots of electrolytes.

And if I’m hungry on the way home, I always have a package of Jerky in my backpack, the Mapple Bourbon Churro from Three Jerks Jerky is my favourite flavour.

I’m always fully charged with my Aluminium Dual Car charger (from Rokform).
It’s a great combo with the Rokform suction mount for iPhone (for once, a stand that’s not falling off the windshield … priceless).
I love the 2m~6feet charging cable by Apple to charge the phone while using Waze to find my way.
The 2nd slot is used for charging my external batteries.

In the trunk, I use the Gear Tie  Loopable Twist (from Niteize) to secure my skateboard and stuff that could be moving in the trunk.

Safe travels!

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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 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 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…

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