By Drew Bennett

Husband, Dad, Blogger, Photographer, Transformers Fan and Wired Kayaker

  • Mike and Ike Patriotic Mix

    We received a bunch of great Mike and Ike Candy to taste and review. I actually asked them for some samples because I saw them in the store. Opinions are as, always my own.

    In the video below Eva and I taste test from of the latest Summer Flavors from Mike and Ike. The three flavors that we try out in the video are Mike and Ike Italian Ice, Mike and Ike Lemonade Blends and Mike and Ike Patriotic Mix. My favorite box of the three has to be the lemonade blends. I love the sour sweet candy. I was also pleasantly surprised with the Patriotic Mix. I wasn’t sure how I would like the Vanilla Ice Cream but it worked for me. Cherry Pie and Blueberry Cobbler were great, too. I had seen jars of these flavors at Target and was really impressed with them, they looked great. I then contacted my PR contact and asked for a sampling and got way more than I bargained for. So we did a blind taste test video with three of the boxes and have a second blind taste test with three other boxes to be released another day.

    Let me just say that I cam so glad that Mike and Ike candy from Just Born Quality Confections put Cherry pie in their Patriotic Mix instead of Apple Pie. It is funny, my extreme dislike of apple flavored candy is what got me connected with Mike and Ike. I love that they have kept their original fruit flavors original and that means that Lime stayed in the mix. It never got replaced by green apple. It is a major reason why I love Mike and Ike candy.

  • National Hamburger Day
    Photo-A-Day #4063

    Today is National Hamburger Day. Allison and he kids had something today today so I was on my own for dinner. Well, my decision fell between Five Guys Burgers and Fries or Smashburger. I opted for Smashburger because it was right by Target and I had some shopping to do, of course I forgot all the things I really had to buy and got silly stuff instead. I got a Bacon Cheeseburger at Smashburger and it was fantastic. The fried pickles were a factor in my decision as well. I love those things.

    After my burger I went to Target and picked up a few things for a going away party at work. I also found some new Hot Wheels cars and a package of Skylanders Battlecast cards. I am enjoying that game a lot.

  • Back Spin from ThinkFun
    I recevied a copy of the new ThinkFun game, Back Spin, to play with and review. Opinions are 100% my own.

    I’m a big fan of the ThinkFun library of games. We have quite a few of their brain teasing puzzles. Back Spin is a simple concept. It is a disc that rotates and it is covered with 35 balls of 9 colors. There is one empty space. First you mess up the balls so that the colors are mixed. You then rotate the discs and pass one ball from back to front until all the balls are back with their original colors. The concept is simple but trying to get the right colors back in their place can be a real challenge. Luckily ThinkFun games are about challenge and not impossibility. The game can be solved and is for ages 8 and up. It is also nice and flat and self contained so it is great for car trips. Here is my complete video review of the game.

  • Polite Little Kiddos
    Photo-A-Day #4063

    Today’s post is inspired by my participation in the Netflix StreamTeam program. I am compensated yearly for my participation and write these fun posts all year long. My opinions of Netflix and the shows are 100% my own.

    I also wanted to point out that this image of my kids was chosen because when I take them out for meals I often get complimented on their manners and behavior. Today was one of those days. Okay, on to the actual topic at hand.

    My kids are growing up. As they are getting older they are dealing with new thoughts and feelings and new situations. My daughter is in a school all week long interacting with tons of children from other families. She’s seeing other values than those that we are trying to instill in her. Sometimes we need to have a conversation about those feelings.

    There was one story where Eva wanted to play with some of her friends. They were all pretending to be police dogs. She wanted to be a police woman. They said no, that she had to be a police dog. To me that wasn’t a huge deal because all the kids were police dogs. If they had all been police women or policemen and made Eva be the police dog, then that would have been more of a problem in my eyes. She’s had a couple of incidents like this where one kid wants play to be a specific way and it doesn’t sit right with Eva. We’ve had discussions about seeking out other friends to play with. These conversations that we have had with Eva have been productive.

    I often watch TV with the kids. We watch many shows together and sometimes they spark discussions. Netflix is saying, There’s an Ep for that. There are many episodes of shows on Netflix that can help start a discussion with your kids. The nice thing about watching the same show with them is that you have common language and references to discuss. If a character acts a certain way in a situation we can talk about how Eva would react in the same situation. Did the character act true to their beliefs and values? Did they sacrifice or suppress their good values to go along with the crowd? read more!

  • The Hulk showing his power
    Photo-A-Day #4062

    This month’s Loot Crate theme is Power. The crate came with items from Marvel, Warcraft, and Dragon Ball Z. While there were only a few items they were decent sized. The Hulk statue is awesome and the Infinity Gauntlet Oven Mitt is a riot. The magazine this month laid things out in a whole different way and I was impressed. Articles went along with the items really well.

    When there is an oven mitt as an item in the Loot Crate then you need a recipe. There is a Thanos’ Death by Chocolate muffins. With the Hulk figurine there is a history of the Hulk and also some explanation of Dragonball Z. The Warcraft shirt is pretty nice. I’ll have to wear that when trying the Warcraft themed Mike & Ike’s soon. Check out everything in this month’s crate.