A SmartyPants Pants

Recently I partnered with SmartyPants Vitamins and was sent some of their products. I met them at Dad 2.0 Summit last year. It was great interacting with their brand. What transpired out of that meeting was a lot of new changes to my life and health journey. Let me share that with you.

First I am not a super active guy as I once was. My activity level was to endure 8-10 hours of dance rehearsals, dance training and musical rehearsals. Not to mention college work and life. Then I remained active in my post-college days with the gym, hiking, recreational sports and being an adult. Life took me to marriage and then to start a family. Well life did change and so did my health.

I did put on some weight when I started my stay at home dad journey. Activity was not the issue. It was the choices I was making outside of the lessened activity. Soon I canceled my gym membership. Inactivity then became part of the domino effect. A focused father is what the modus operandi became. It is funny though because I remained active with my children. Dance class and practice for my daughter. Head soccer coach for my son. I was breaking a sweat folks.

Well my habits were the problem. The food intake and what types of food I was eating. Just too much fatty food. A lot of soda….I was on a binge of sorts. Luckily I came across SmartyPants Vitamins which helped me think about my health. I started taking the Men’s Complete multi-vitamin. Then came the addition of Kids Complete to my children. My new direction began. An ah-ha moment set off in my head. Bam what!

So come to now. I have added the new Adult Probiotic Complete and the Kids Probiotic Complete to the mix. It has been very great to be taking a probiotic that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Now to let you all know my eating habits have changed. Just last night I cooked roasted boneless skinless chicken breast with sautéed broccoli alongside some whipped parsnips. Super healthy.

SmartyPants Vitamins helped me think about my SmartyHeath and my family’s health. Over the coarse of a year I am now 35 lbs. lighter than I was a year ago. That is attributed to consistent exercising, new healthy food choices/meals and the incorporation of the multi-vitamins. Plus the new probiotic products. All in all significant progress has been made. Visit smartypantsvitamins.com for more information about their products. Their vitamins are gummy powered.

*This is a sponsored post in partner with SmartyPants Vitamins. All ideas, content and opinions are my own.

Kia: Built With Steel

Kia: Built With Steel

As many of you know I’ve interacted with Kia Motors USA at many events last year. Some of which were ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities to me. It was a lot and looking back on it brought some new details I remember to mind. Let me share that with you all.

Now remember the first car that arrived on the scene was the Kia Optima SX T-GDI. A sporty rugged sedan that had red leather interior and a sleek dashboard. It was a sleek sedan with many bells and whistles. For such a fast car it was light. A detail about the 2016 Kia I learned is more than 50% of the car’s frame is made up of advanced high-strength steel. So it provides crash protection, better dynamics and a quieter ride. I can attest to that quiet ride. I like to be enveloped by the music playing while in the car, so no other sound interruption is taking away from that.


A new car that debuted from Kia is the Niro. The Niro is offering what I feel to be the best combination of mpg gas mileage and an engaging driving journey. A cool design that doesn’t scream ‘hybrid’ plus utility usage too. Send one my way. This car is built with 53% advanced high-strength steel and an estimated 50 mpg. Kia Niro, a crossover hybrid that is making a category splash.

Many other Kia car models have been built using steel. Strength, design and improvements continue to add value to the design and safety. Why is steel important? Through greater formability and manufacturability, engineers and automakers are now able to make lighter, stronger and more fuel-efficient and affordable vehicle structures with the next generation of advanced high-strength steels. Many brands are doing just that. If you would like to read up on more information about steel then click on this link.



Kia Motors USA sent me many vehicles to experience. The Optima SX T-GDI, the Kia Sedona EX, the Kia Sorento SXL v6, the Kia Sportage EX and then the Kia Optima EX. All very different vehicles with quality, safety and comfort in mind. Knowing that the strength of the steel is not just a benefit but also an attribute. Steel matters.



*This is a sponsored post with SheBuysCars.com & driveusingsteel.com. Any opinion or statements expressed are my own. All photos are taken by me.

Hello World…Just Add Magic

Hello World! Here it is. A new season for this show. How did that happen? Well that entailed receiving an invite to the screening of Just Add Magic Season 2 Episode 2. A top notch executed event hosted by BuzzFeed and Amazon Prime Video. An event with so many details. I will only cover a few.

So my children and I enter the event and receive a stamped canvas bag with the show logo on it. Inside is a Tasty and show logo printed apron. Crafting supplies were on hand to make your apron unique with your own flair. Also skillet cooked brownies were in cute paper brown take-away boxes and a plethora of sweet toppings. I mean you have to decorate a brownie if it is in the shape of a flower or a star. Right!? My daughter did.

Now what had the attention of my son(me too). It was the Tasty brand, they

make great short recipe videos, turkey tacos that were served. If that wasn’t enough then get some baked chicken atop a kale carrot potato diced medley. Uh huh! Tasty, no pun intended. We ate! Well it was a touch of magic. Even in the upstairs photo booth. That was silly fun with some fellow friends I wont ever forget.

If you’re wondering what the show is about well here is a short synopsis of what Season 2 entails. Kelly, Hannah and Darbie’s Last-Ditch Layer Cake broke every spell in town which brought Grandma Quinn back to her normal self, however it also brought back an old enemy… Chuck Hankins, a teenage boy who has been missing for 50 years. As the girls begin to investigate Chuck they learn that he isn’t just an ordinary troublemaker, in fact, he’s capable of much more than they could ever imagine.

My children and I are hooked on the show. On January 13th, when Season 2 Episode 2 becomes available to all. We are going to tune in to Just Add Magic. We are going to snuggle up in our living room. We are going to have popcorn at the ready. We are going to watch this magical, recipe, spell, potion and magical show together as a family. Amazon Prime Video will be our spot for this show. Thank you to them and BuzzFeed for hosting a great event.

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts are my own.