Jul 252014

#Sponsored  #DiscoverBoating

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Vacation this year took us from our resort area in Big Bear to the world’s fun place in Miami. Yes, we went from one lake to another. For the adults, this was a mixed trip of business and pleasure. Lee had her residency for her PhD work so we chose to take the whole family and make it a summer thing. For the kids, it was all vacation. Of course, we got to spend some time with our daughter who goes to school in Miami.boating 3 150x150 This Is How We Discover Boating This Year
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The weather was weird this year. When it was not raining, the boys spend most of their time in or on the water. Between the pool and the lake, this was a water filled trip. My brother-in-law has all of the water toys; boat, jet skis, and inflatables. He likes to take the kids out on the jet ski. My brother-in-law mixes speed with safety in a way that only comes with expertise. He and the kids always wear a life vest and the children know what to do in case of accident or emergency. With that, he guns it, going fast by a child’s standards. I have seen him go a lot faster without a child onboard.

boating 2 150x150 This Is How We Discover Boating This YearThere is something magical about having your 7 year old rush up to you with flushed excitement. “We went so fast!” I love my bro-in-law for giving them that experience.

If you want to learn more about boating and watersports, take a look at Discover Boating on FaceBook and Twitter.

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Dad Central for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Jul 212014

Lee and I love coupons, bonuses and rewards. We are signed up of gas points from our local grocery store, cash back rewards on our credit cards, and entertainment prizes from our cable provider. So when we were asked to review casinobonus2.com and look at their no deposit bonus, we said sure. If you play online casino games then get your no deposit bonus codes. You can get codes for $75 and $100 as well as some free spins and free rolls.

Jun 132014

#Sponsored #DiscoverBoating

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Dad Central for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
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our lake 150x150 Discover BoatingWe live on a lake, Lee’s brother lives on a lake, and her father lives on the ocean. Yes, we know something about boating. So it makes sense that Lee and I have become Ambassadors for Discover Boating. It is really Lee’s brother that is the king of boating. He has the boat, the jet skis, and the trailer to tote everything around. Sometimes we are at the lake and other times we go into the ocean.

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Personally, I (Paul) like the ocean. There is something about the grandness of the open sea that I find mesmerizing. Being out on a calm sea with no one within view is one of the most relaxing ways to spend a day. When we first got married, my father in law had a 34 foot trawler. When docked in the harbor, this was our love boat. (We were newlyweds. What do you expect?) When he took it out, we would go to Catalina Island and spend a day or two. We always liked the isthmus because it was less populated.

Under the category of what boating means to me, I had a water phobia. I did not swim well and, when Lee and I first got married, I would shower oddly. Water could not touch my face. Lee is a big water lover so my fears did not work for either of us. We started to do some hypnosis and desensitization exercises. Fast forward, my crowning achievement was going out to the middle of the ocean and snorkeling. Yes, I was scared out of my wits but I did it. (Apparently, people without hydrophobia consider snorkeling in the ocean a bit scary so it was not just me.)

Like Discover Boating on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. They have a lot of good resources and will be kicking off a contest.

brother in law lake 150x150 Discover BoatingI participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Dad Central for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Mar 172014

A month ago, I lost my Mom. I had dealt with loss before. I had lost family members who I adored. I had lost best friends suddenly. I had experienced loss through the eyes of my clients and worked at being a source of support. I have been there for family and friends. I have read the books and articles concerning grief, complicated bereavement and can recite the stages from rote. I can honestly say that very little prepares you for loss other than one thing.

leeaidamari An Honest Approach To Grieving

There is only one thing that keeps you mentally healthy all the time. You will still feel the sadness and the pain of the loss. There is no avoiding those feelings. However, if you practice this one thing, you will navigate the grief better.

What’s the secret? HONESTY

One of the stages of grief, according to Kubler-Ross, is denial. You would need to be completely delusional to deny the death of someone. However, this denial is really based in a child-like disbelief based in hope. In the case of my own grief, I will admit to expecting her to enter a room or finding myself waiting for her call. The night she died, my father called me from her phone and I answered it nervously, expecting to hear her voice. When we continue to entertain this hope and not dispel them with rational thinking, we create a lie. In this case, being rational is staying within the honest reality. It is ultimately the saving grace to learning to live without this person.

Honesty also will save you from concocting a myth about the person you have lost. Many of my clients and some family fall into this trap of creating a fairy tale about the deceased. This is where the idea of ‘there are no bad dead people’ comes from. Everybody was a saint when they die. Obviously, this isn’t true about everyone. Denying that your parent was less than perfect is to deny your own trauma or pain from your childhood. By creating this mythical parent or loved one, you deny your own feelings. You are not allowing honest consideration of situations that led to trauma and pain. In my case, my Mom was not perfect. My Mom, up until I was in college, was a workaholic and had little time for kids. Only as I grew up and became an adult did she become a better Mom and a good friend (when I needed her to be).

Honesty also allows you to be real with how you feel. If the tears come up, you cry. If anger bubbles to the surface, you become angry. If the most you can muster during your grief is making a sandwich, then enjoy the sandwich. Be honest with where you are and how you feel. This will allow you to feel and be who you need to be.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my friends and family who have been so wonderfully supportive during this time.

Specifically, special shout out to my favorite sister-in-law in the whole wide world who has been a constant source of awesome. Mari, you are amazing and wonderful and beautiful and one of my favorite people on earth.

What’s the point of having a platform if you can’t talk about the people you love?

Mar 042014

Several people have expressed their concern regarding buying glasses online. They assume that discount glasses or cheap eyeglasses are codes for poor quality. We have been purchasing our glasses online for several years now and have tried many on-line companies. We will admit that we have had trouble in the past when buying glasses online and have returned glasses to have them redone. Without equivocation, my prescription sunglasses from GlassesUSA.com are the best on-line glasses I have ever purchased.

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The process to purchase your eyeglasses from GlassesUSA.com starts out like most on-line shopping experiences. They have a wide variety of sunglass styles for men and women ranging from very affordable to affordable. Their search functions help you narrow down your selection by providing filtering key words like frame style, shape and material. They carry several designer frames as well at prices more reasonable than your traditional style glasses store. The coolest feature you will find on the site is the new sharable Virtual Mirror feature. Here you can upload a picture and as you scroll through all of the glasses while the site displays your image wearing all of the glasses! That’s right, you get to try them on just like at a doctor’s office without ever leaving the comfort of your home. And, you can even get your friends to help you pick which ones look best on you because the images are sharable to Facebook!

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We would like to thank GlassesUSA.com for asking us to review their site and the added discount to purchase classes. As always, all opinions are ours.