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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.

 

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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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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!

AirPods in my ears … part2

24 May

Let’s go further with those AirPods!!

Hey Siri! If your iPhone or iPad is hooked on a plug or portable battery, just say “Hey Siri” to start the conversation.

Find my AirPods! Use the well known, “Find my phone” app on iPhone/iPad or hop on the internet on a computer and type iCloud.com to log in.

All your apple devices will appear on a map.

You’ll be able to make noise on your AirPods to find your buds.

Beware, it only works if the AirPods are NOT in the case … if you lose the charging case, you’ll be up for a $69 replacing case.

AirPods and Apple Watch are bff. The Apple Watch is very handy to skip, turn the volume up and down.

Or you tell Siri “volume up”, “skip song”, “volume down”, “pause music”, “play music”.

Who is calling? The phone calls are announced in my AirPods … handy.

Go to settings/phone/announce calls and explore the options.

After a few weeks, I really love my AirPods and I wouldn’t trade them for another headset because

  • they are light and don’t fall from my ears,
  • the sound is great and everyone hears me clearer than with my other headsets,
  • the autonomy is good even for heavy users like me thanks to its charging case,

A great buy for sure!!

But still there’s a huge downside. What do I do with this AirPods charging case? How not to lose it?

I first tried to tight it with a Betterband and a carabiner from Niteize. Looks a little bit too much DIY …

Then, I browse the web and found lots of silicone skins for the charging case … cute and protective for the case but it was just a skin … what about my losing issue, dust, water and fall protection … some more browsing and I found the Catalyst case!

Click to order and pay. The Catalyst case is on the way … it was just delivered and carrying now my AirPods all over without the stress of losing the case.

  • Waterproof? Yes up to 3.3.ft/1m,
  • Scratch proof ? Yes, 360degrees protection,
  • Drop proof? Yes up to 4ft/1,2m

Cherry on the cake, the cover glows in the dark! Love it.

Good to know, I still can reach the pairing button through the thin silicon wrap around the AirPods case.

To get my buds when I’m not on the move I just pull both side down and leave it like that … it’s my standby mode.
I didn’t like the provided carabiner and I switched for the Slidelock from Niteize (the gates are closed independently thanks to the plastic sliders). Now I’m almost sure I won’t lose it.

Check out Airpods in my ears … part1

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AirPods in my ears

26 Apr

They just landed! And it was a long way … 5 weeks … 5 weeks to fly from Shanghai to Sennan to Memphis then Fort Lauderdale and now Miami!
So was it worth the wait?

I’ve been testing them for the past few days and … you’ll see.

The pairing
… can’t be easier just open the little white box and let the magic work … boom you are connected.
Put the AirPods in your ears and here you go … music, phone calls, Siri


The music
, seamless the music starts when the AirPods are in your ears.

Take one pod out and the music stops.
Put it back in your ear and the music starts again.

Wants to set the volume, skip a song, switch the playlist?
Then you’ll have to go through your phone or your Apple Watch. You can use Siri, I gave it a chance and its working ok … but you can deactivated Siri and replaced it with play/stop when you double tap the AirPod while in your ear. (Go to settings/general/Bluetooth and tap the i next to your AirPods).

The talking
, because a phone is also about talking … people hear me clearer than with my previous Bluetooth headset.

Why?
I guess its because each AirPod has 2 mics one at the top for noise cancellation and one at the bottom for the voice recognition.
Clever and that works.

The autonomy
.
It’s a big problem for me as I may have 2 hours long conference calls as well as I’m listening to music while I’m working or skateboarding.

Autonomy is key!

The AirPods are supposed to a 5 hours autonomy on a single battery charge.
Cool, but not enough for a full work day.

The trick comes with the charging case which gives up to 24 hours extra battery life.

Also another trick to stay on top of your autonomy is to use one AirPod then put the other AirPod back in its charging case … you’ll double the autonomy.  Be aware that when one AirPod is charging in its case, the other one in your ear plays music and calls in stereo. Neat.

Good to know, 15′ in the charging case give a 3 hours boost of battery life.

Any regrets?

NO! I love it, it’s paired with my iPad and iPhone 6 and it works perfectly!!

The only downside is the size
It’s small, small pods and small charging case … easy to lose … I guess I’ll have to be careful. I safely store the charging case in my watch pocket.
F.Y.I. you can replace the lost charging case for $69

More to come about the AirPods with AirPods in my ears, part2.

Invisible by day, reflective by night 

27 Feb

Running or walking at night is dangerous, the road are not always well lit and we are invisible to the cars because of the dark colors we are wearing.

I’m not fan of the yellow reflective safety vest because it’s not really a fashion item (doesn’t match my style) …

I found something better … something invisible by day and that makes me visible by night … thanks to the Albedo 100 reflective spray.

How does it work?

  • Shake well the spray can
  • Start spraying your clothes, shoes, backpack, …

Invisible by day, the reflective particles will be revealed by the lights of the cars!

Wash your clothes and the spray will disappear, then spray again.
I ordered my spray can on Amazon.

My first spray was for my shoes and black backpack.

I cut a carton in the shape of a flamingo of and sprayed it on my black backpack. Not really happy of the result, it’s not invisible on the black textile … maybe I sprayed too close or over sprayed … I will try again.

Then I sprayed my brand new kicks from Vans. Pretty cool and like promised invisible by day and reflective when lit. I wore them during a snow storm in NYC, walking in the snow and it’s still reflective!!

This is fun, and really answers a need for road safety when you walk, run, bike or skate at night.

PS:  did you know they also even invented a spray for your favorite pet!!!

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Walking on clouds 

16 Jan

… or skating on cushion?

For the past months, I’m trying to do tricks with my brand new skateboard and it hits hard on the feet, ankles and knees …

Watching the videos on YouTube to improve my style, I discovered the FP insoles which promised the almost total absorption of shocks thanks to their smart insole (impact neutralizing artificial cartilage … as they say on the package).

In no time I ordered the KingFoam insoles (7mm thick).
How does it work? The shocks are converted before reaching my body … sounds promising.
I received my smart insoles, inserted in my skate shoes (Vans Old Skool) and off I was to practice my moves (ollies, shuve it, frontside 180, …).
The technology is called arti-lage (artificial cartilage foam) which absorbs up to 90% of impact energy before it reaches the body.

The foam adapts to each step.

The absorption of shocks is far more important than any other insole on the market (check the cool test by Braille benching different insoles).

Do I like it?
YES!! and I wear them everyday. It really change the game and I keep them for walking during the day. The price is reasonable and ranges from $24,95 to $44,99 and I love the design.
PS: it works also if you don’t skate 😉

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