What’s better than relaxing on a hot summer day in the air conditioning? In honor of Regal Cinema’s Summer Movie Express promotion, we are giving away a $25 Regal Cinemas Gift Card! Movies are only $1 per person so you can see all sorts of great family favorites without breaking the bank. These movies usually fill up pretty fast so you’ll want to get there a bit early. Below is the schedule, but here is a link to find out what local Regal Cinemas are participating: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Expres
This Memorial Day take a moment. At some point on your day off today between burgers, hot dogs, and maybe even a few adult beverages, just take a moment. While it’s great that you may have time to reflect upon what you have as an individual, what we have as a country, and the sacrifices men and women have made to secure our freedoms, I challenge you to take it a step further.
We all know that Memorial Day is more than just a three day weekend kicking off summertime festivities, but do you know the individual stories that have secured this wonderful day off for us? Now I challenge you to take it one step further and do more than just reflect, please share! If you have lost a loved one who has served our armed forces, honor them by telling their story. Tell others who they were, what they did, and what a difference they made in your life. It doesn’t matter who you tell, just tell someone! Shout it from the rooftops, or just bring up a casual conversation. Are you standing next to someone while they are flipping burgers? Take your moment to tell them about someone who served.
Have you been fortunate enough to have never experienced the loss of a serviceman or woman in your family? Do you know of someone that has served? Take a movement. But this time, take a moment to listen. Ask them who they know, that has been lost. I am willing to bet they know of someone. Ask them who they were, how they affected them, and honor their memory. It may be difficult at first, but don’t just focus on their military service, focus on who they were, what they did, and how they made an impact. Just take a moment.
So here is my moment: It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Mr. George Lutz! My Grandfather served in the army during WWII. He was from New York, where he met my Grandmother shortly before entering the service. He trained in Georgia at a now long forgotten post, to work in the motor pool. His service took him across Europe where he earned a Purple Heart amongst other awards. At the end of the war, he returned to New York to raise his family and continue his service to his community. He became a member of New York’s finest as a firefighter. He continued to serve and raise two little girls with my Grandmother. Later in life his fire station was relocated to make room for the World Trade Center in downtown New York City. Upon retirement he moved to Leverett Massachusetts, where he once again served those in need as a volunteer firefighter. Throughout his life he was always kind, caring, and would give you the shirt off his back if you truly needed it. He was an inspiration as his daughters and grandkids worked to make him proud. Growing up, he was a loving grandfather that I knew would always be there for me and never disappointed. He was a great person, and a wonderful friend to many.
This was my moment. If you don’t know of anyone who was lost that served our country and aren’t familiar with anyone who may have known someone, feel free to borrow my moment. Grandpa won’t mind, I promise!
One of the things I absolutely love about summer is Amateur Radio field day! It’s fun to pack up all of your gear and head out into the great outdoors. It’s a great opportunity for hams to show off their hobby and generally they are open to the public and FREE! Last year we celebrated with a radio club in North Carolina, meeting some wonderful people who I can’t wait to see again this year. The beauty of Field Day though, is that it’s happening all over the country, and all over the world! This annual event allows amateur radio operators to hone their skills and provide hands on education to the public. It also allows us to experience modes and bands that we many not be able to work due to equipment or license class. I had a great time toying with PSK last year and hope to get some screen time in shortly.
This year Field Day will be held June 25th and 26th and we want to help celebrate! We have an incredible prize package lined up for one lucky winner and you don’t need to reside in Florida to win. We’ll even try to get it to you in time or field day. If you need help locating a field day event in your area, checkout the ARRL field day locator site: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator Don’t worry, we realize not everyone is a ham operator (yet), so we’re also throwing in some incentives! Want to see what you can win?
- New Baofeng UV-82 radio in box (unit will be charged and fully tested)
- USB programming cable (Authentic FTDI Chipset)
- 12 Volt Battery Eliminator
- UV-82 Speaker Mic (The one with two PTT buttons!)
- If you are not currently licensed, we’ll provide a free printed copy of KB6NU’s No-Nonsense Technical Class Study Guide upon request. This is a free download, so you may want to start studying today! (Checkout NB6NU’s incredible lineup of study guides!)
- We want to pay for your test! That’s right, we’ll cover the $15 exam fee for you! We’ll enclose a $15 money order to help you on your way in this radio hobby! Already licensed? Use it to upgrade! Are you an Elmer? Pass along the love of the hobby by covering someone else test, or use it to buy some additional gear.
I have been waiting all year long to try this one out! Last year right around Easter time, I saw a post by our friends at FlaglerCountyFamilyFun.com where Sara told her readers about an awesome Easter tradition: a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt! So here I am a few weeks before Easter and I’m getting my gear ready to go. There is still time if you want to do one too! It’s actually much easier than you would expect and here is what we plan on doing.
For starters, we want to get some of our family and friends involved. Obviously this is more fun for the smaller kiddos, but people of all ages can really get into it. I thought the idea of a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt would be really cool to do in the backyard, but at first didn’t realize how I would actually get the eggs to glow. Glow in the dark spray paint can actually be quite expensive, and it really doesn’t work all that well. That’s where Sara’s great idea came in!
It turns out there are tiny LED lights that are just perfect to be able to pull off a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt, they key is to know what you’re looking for. Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but the secret is: (drumroll please…..) finger lights. Yep, that’s right, finger lights. These tiny LED lights come in a variety of colors and are usually found at the dollar store in four packs, or can be purchased in bulk online. Continue reading
We haven’t had much time away for adventures lately, so this weekend for Father’s Day we decided to stay home and do some fun home activities. Awhile back I ran across a You Tube video that featured a recipe to make your own bubble solution. Not only that, but it contained an idea on how to make a string based bubble rig. I figured I would try it out with the my oldest and my niece. It seemed straight forward so I didn’t have much to lose. It turns out after all was said and done, this really was a giant bubble recipe that works!
The giant bubble recipe that works is pretty straightforward with only 4 main ingredients: liquid dish soap, guar gum, baking powder, and water. I had pretty much everything on hand except the guar gum. What in the heck is that? It turns out it’s a gluten free food thickening agent that many health food folks use instead of corn starch. According to the packaging, it has 8 times the thickening power. So where in the world would I find the ingredient that is key to a giant bubble recipe that works? Apparently any health foods store. Believe me I called to four different supermarkets and then finally called a Love’s foods to make sure they actually had it before venturing out to the store. I only needed a tablespoon, and $11 for a one pound bag seems like a bit much. I figured I was already there so I might as well buy it. For future reference, Amazon has is much cheaper. (Link Below) Continue reading