What are the odds?

2 Nov

I never play any games or lottery as I never win, the odds seem to be against me …
Once upon a time, there was this super cool safety bag I discovered on Kickstarter …

It was called the Loctote bag and was basically a drawstring bag … or so you thought … actually it’s a personal safe. It will safely store your valuable (at home, at the beach, at the hotel, …) and you can be sure that they will wait for you to come back.

So, once upon a time … Loctote organised a contest, I participated and … against all odds, I won!

I just received my Loctote drawstring bag before Christmas and now I’m sharing its uses with you.

First, this bag is made with a very resistant material.
So resistant that you can try to cut it open with your sharpest knife and it won’t leave a scar (watch your fingers though). You can’t also try cut its strings, won’t work. No more slashing!

Second, the Loctote bag comes with 2 grommets. You will secure it tight with a provided 3-number lock, no more unwanted hands in your bag. Then you can tie it to a pole, a chair, … whatever that is heavy and difficult to move. You can rest safely nobody will run away with your Loctote bag.

Third, the Loctote contains an interior pocket which is RFID-blocking. Perfect to store the payement cards and passports. No more picking data.

Fourth, the Loctote is water resistant. Even better.

Away, I use my Loctote bag as a personal safe when I travel as I need to store the valuables l don’t want to carry with me like my passport, bank cards, cash, …. I tie it to some fixed or very heavy furniture in my hotel room and I can have a ride on my skateboard with peace of mind.

At home, I store my social security card, check book, …
Thanks Loctote, it’s a great versatile bag perfect for home and away … and I am an happy winner.

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The art of recovery!

30 Oct
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911-kit

No pain, no gain or the art of recovery!

I’m a wannabe skateboarder and that doesn’t come cheap!

Muscle aches, bruises, road rash and cuts, … you name it, I got it!

Here’s the content of my 911-let’s survive the daily minor injuries!

1. Muscle ache and bruises? Let’s go for the Epsom salt in a hot bath.

Don’t have a bath tub? Just mix the salt with water and apply with on a compress.

2. Bruises? Try the green clay by the Clayers. Apply the clay, like you would spread Nutella on your soft taco and let it dry watching the TV.

3. Road rash? Here comes the green clay again. It works on burns, bugs bites and cuts.

It’s also antibacterial to avoid infection.

You can also use the bag balm on the cuts, road rash or even dry lips.

4. Lumps after a shock? Soak your Dr Cool compression wrap in the water, put in the freezer for 20 minutes and wrap it around the lump. Sizes and colors available!

The KT Tape, for the muscle aches … check their PDF guide depending on where you are hurt to apply the tape appropriately. Keep it 3-7 days. It gives you good support all day long.

5. Also to reduce muscle pain, the compression short from Skins is quite handy.

6. Regarding the shocks in the ankles, knees and hips while trying to land, I trust my PF insoles to reduce the vibrations by 95%!

I hope you won’t need all of this but if you do, you know what to do! Stay safe!

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I am definitively cooler! part2

16 Oct

I’ve been using my iceMule cooler for the past 5 weeks so let’s get up close and personal with my personal portable cooler now!

  • No zipper, so it doesn’t break
  • Air insulation, smart!! I just blow some air in the valve and its insulated.
  • Carrying sling, perfect to leave in my room or bring with me on picnics
  • When not in use, I deflate and roll the bag so it fits in my luggage

Oh, I forgot to share a cool detail, the Icemule floats!!

I must admit that I’m an happy camper, even if I don’t camp.

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You are cool? I’m cooler!

28 Aug

When you live in Paris, France you never think about cooler.

When you live in Florida, it’s a real question as it’s so hot here all the time.

Picnics, shopping at the grocery store, or just driving around with cold beverages in the trunk are just the basics.

Those are the standard usages for a cooler but when you live out of a suitcase in hotel rooms and can’t empty the fridge to put your own stuff (you touch/move, you pay) … you need a cooler solution.

I need a cooler!

3 brands are standing out in the “cooler world”: Yeti, Pelikan and Icemule.

  • Yeti is a great brand and they have a wide range of “cool” products available from the tumblers to proper wheeled cooler. I liked the Yeti Roadie 20 ($199), perfect for the car … but I can’t fly with this!!!
  • Same with the Pelikan ProGear Elite wheeled cooler ($341 for a 40L). Very cool but not ready to wheel it around the world and to check it in.

Then there was one, the Icemule cooler!

I decided to go with the Classic large (enough for 18 cans and ice). The price is fair $69,95 and it keeps everything cold for 24 hours, I just need to refill the ice everyday (easy when you are in an hotel).

This model is enough to keep cold my chia puddings from ChiaPods, tigernut horchata  from Organic Gemini and coconut water from Harmless Harvest for the day.

OK, now lets test it for the next 2 weeks in my hotel room in NYC … more to come

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PS: The small and medium sizes are also available.

 

Ban-the-straws movement

14 Aug

Since last April 2012, Miami has banned the plastic straws!!
In theory, no more sipping in south Beach … in theory! I wasn’t aware of this law.
The idea is to clean the beaches and to avoid plastic straws to end up in the sand and ocean.

The straw consumption is high in the US, daily consumption of plastic straws is about 500 million a day!

Let’s check my daily consumption of plastic straws:

  • One homemade banana/chia seeds smoothie to kick the day, one straw.
  • One pineapple black tea at Starbucks in the morning, one straw.
  • One lunch at Moshi Moshi, one plastic straw for my ice green tea.
  • One charcoal sesame bubble tea at Mimi’s in the afternoon, another straw.
  • One fresh coconut water that I open myself, one more straw.

Without forcing, I used 5plastic straws a day … at least …

not cool for the environment, the turtles, the fish, the ocean …

What’s the solution?

  • Drink from the glass … why not but I like sipping …
  • Drink from my Klean Kanteen bottle, can do. Starbucks would fill it in with pleasure and it goes in the dishwasher.
  • Or drink from reusable straws (bamboo, metal or glass straws), I don’t like it because it’s very difficult to wash and keep clean. 

Or … I can try paper straws!

While in Orlando at Mickey’s house (Animal Kingdom), I discovered the paper straws from Aardvark . And I liked it.

Aardvark paper straws are FDA and EU-approved and decompose themselves in 30-60 days (depending on the model).

So here’s my shopping list now at Aardvark,

  • one Giant straw for my smooth,
  • the Jumbo for the ice tea
  • and the Colossal for the bubble tea.

Now, you know what you need to do, there’s one “clean” straw for each occasion so #stopsucking on plastic straw and go for #strawlessocean and my sushis will thank you!

Also, check out the edible cups from Loliware (as seen on Shark Tank).

PS: the paper straws are not really intended for warm beverages.

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Tired fingers vs iPhone?

10 Jul

Fingers recognition or password?

Sometimes the iPhone finger recognition plays tricks on you. Then you have to type in your 6 figures password instead of 4 before last update … boring …

I preferred when it was a 4-figures password.
There’s an easy manipulation to revert the 6-digits password to 4!

Follow those easy steps

 

Balance yourself! 

26 Jun

2016-11-06 09.52.23Balance is important for our agility, it develops our coordination, sharpens our reactions.
It also helps to recover and strengthens ankles and knees.
I use it to develop my coordination while skating, build my core and have fun while in conference calls … it will also help when sliding on a wet leaf, avoiding falls, … your body will remember how to keep its balance.

 

There are lots of choices when it comes to balance boards

Or, you do like me, and make your very own balance board for $1,99!

  • Take a board. If you have on skateboard lost in the garage, take off the trucks (leave the risers), and we are already halfway to your very own balance board.
  • Buy a 2 liters at Publix ($1,99), empty it and fill it back with water.
  • Duck tape the bottle (insist on the cap).
  • Put the board on the bottle and hop cautiously on it!

That’s it!

My first bottle lasted about 7 months before leaking … and I practice almost daily.

Now, go get your balance back!

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