Thursday, April 12, 2018

ResQ: They Put Lifesaving Tools In Your Own Hands...

Laurent Colasses came out with the LifeHammer in the late nineties. He then wanted to manufacture an accessible and compact car escape tool to protect against vehicular entrapment situations. Introducing resqme.

This handy essential tool, resqme, became available to the public emergency fields in 2002, and then gradually expanded to the corporate and consumer worlds. With the resqme tool drivers can be confident that they will be able to cut through seat belts and break car windows in various auto accident situations. (According to the Bureau of Transportation there are an estimated 500 deaths every year in the U.S. due to vehicle entrapment). The resqme is the most convenient safety option in vehicles worldwide. Today over 4 million drivers are driving with more peace of mind. Proudly made in the United States, the award-winning resqme tool is now offering peace of mind to drivers all over the globe.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tiffen's Imaging Accessories: The Perfect Photography Duo, Fabulous Filters and Beautiful Bags...

Tiffen is a leader manufacturer of imaging accessories for the consumer or professional and even motion picture and broadcast television industries. Tiffen's product lines include optical photographic filters (the best), lens accessories, Steadicam camera stabilizing systems, David & Sanford tripods, Domke camera bags, Dfx digital effects software, Listec teleprompters, Saunders trimmers, Lowel location lightning equipment, Kodak Wratten filters, and Stroboframe flash brackets. Their new Tiffen Technical Center in Burbank, California, the heart of the motion picture world, supports the industry.

Las Vegas For Families: It's So Much More Than A Gambler's Paradise...

LAVEGAS is a city full of excitement and loaded with so many places to see and experience. However, when you only have a few days to visit, it gets complicated as you try and decide on what to do with limited time. It's difficult choosing from hundreds of hotels, restaurants, and attractions, but we've gathered up a pretty good first-timer's list and hope you accept a few of our selections. As always, we couldn't feature everything we wanted to in complete detail, but this list of favorites will give you a head start.

Bellagio Hotel (www.bellagio.com)...

The epitome of luxury and excellence, Bellagio is a visual masterpiece. This hotel and casino is certainly at the top of their game. From the moment you pull in to their grand resort, you know it's something pretty special. As you enter, their front desk adorably awaits you. Behind the check-in desk is a beautiful garden, decorated with flowers and balloons to lift your spirits immediately. Fiori di Como, the hand-blown glass flower art sculpture, adorns the 18' high ceiling and was designed for Bellagio by famous artist Dan Chihuly. It's stunning, created with over 2,000 pieces intertwined with each other. I would need pages to respectfully review the Bellagio, but I'm trimming it down to basics. The rooms are delightful (try to get a Fountain/Eiffel Tower view), shops are dangerously wonderful, grounds are stunning, casino is fantastic, restaurants are top notch, gym and pools are perfection. What more could you ask for? Nothing!

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are gorgeous. Their themed floral arrangements change with the seasons. Flowers are meticulously cared for by handfuls of horticulturists at their beck and call. The glass house is filled with adorable, brightly-colored birds. You'll enjoy watching them dance and sing around their beautiful home.




The infamous Fountain show did not disappoint. Awe-inspiring beauty. Water is the star of this free show (I would have paid to see it). Choreographed and timed to music, the fountain show is something you will never see anywhere else, and you will hear many oohs and ahhs emanating from the crowd. Standing on the hotel side of the lake, with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, was a spectacular spot. You can never get tired of watching it, and you don't have to because it plays continuously, at intervals, throughout the day.


Relaxing by their pools is something I could have done for three straight days. Five pools spread out over their beautifully manicured gardens, offered something for everyone, adults and families. Chairs are comfy and nicely spread apart. Grab a quick bite, and/or a cocktail, and enjoy. Vegas can be tough, there's a lot to see and do, and it can be somewhat draining, but as soon as you lay down on one of their lounge chairs, all of your stress wanders away.

The gym was incomparable to any other hotel gym that we have utilized in the last twenty years. Most hotel gyms are disappointing, providing the bare minimum of space and equipment. Not the Bellagio's. It was loaded with everything you could want or need.


Restaurants were excellent, with outstanding choices (see reviews below). Jean Philippe's Patisserie has quick-bite delights (sandwiches, salads, desserts). The chocolate crepes are ridiculously delicious, as are many other delectable desserts. Meals are perfect, all tasty. While you're waiting for your food, turn around and feast your eyes upon the world's largest chocolate fountain... 27' high with 2,100 pounds of chocolate that continuously recycle. A real Willy Wonka moment.

Restaurants:

Todd English's Olives (Bellagio). Our favorite restaurant on this visit, Olives didn't miss a trick. Seated on the patio, overlooking the fountains, the view couldn't have been any better. Everything, from the ambiance to the service to the food, was outstanding. Starting off with beef carpaccio (with cipollini onions, scallion cream, and gorgonzola polenta), the best we've had anywhere, the meal just got better and better. Flatbreads were crisp and flavorful with sweet, caramelized onions boosting their flavor up a notch. Their untraditional Caesar salad (with oven dried tomatoes and bacon marmalade crostini) was incredibly delicious, as was the uniquely wonderful Watermelon salad. Next up were the entrees... Linguini Alle Vongole (littleneck clams and white wine sauce), Sea Scallops (with truffle potato puree and sea beans in cabernet reduction), Beef Tenderloin (with tempura asparagus, caramelized onion potatoes in a red wine demi sauce), and Lamb Lollipops ... all mouthwatering. Desserts... loved the refreshing sorbets, and the decadent Chocolate Falling Cake.

Dal Toro Restaurant (Palazzo). Whether you are looking for corporate event space, a family meal out, or a romantic dinner, this is the place for your. Loved this unique restaurant, and found it by accident. This wonderful Italian restaurant has fun and varied seating, whether you want to sit on their outdoor patio (right on the strip... great for people watching), or inside. Take a break from your meal and visit their exotic car collection downstairs... perfect for car enthusiasts. You will enjoy the ambiance and your meal. The service is extraordinary, waiters are attentive and on the ball at all times. The food was moderately priced, and the atmosphere was quiet and romantic. Some of their many offerings we tried were: Meatball appetizer (tasted hundreds of meatballs, and this one was above and beyond our expectations), Caesar salad (made just right, with perfect blend of ingredients), Calamari (crisp and light), Steak Al Pepe Verde (amazing combo of flavors, peppercorn brandy sauce, and so tender), Fettuccine Alla Bolognese (to die for), Shrimp Ravioli (mmmmm), Capellini Al Pomodoro (excellent homemade egg pasta choice), and Lasagna Della Nonna (baked pasta with layered sausage, meat ragu, hard boiled eggs, prosciutto cotton, fresh mozzarella). Desserts were so tasty... loved them all.

Bellagio Buffet. There are dozens upon dozens of buffets in Las Vegas. And there are many top ten lists. We gave the Bellagio's a shot just because everything else there was as good as it gets, and we weren't disappointed. The atmosphere was nice and the food great. This gourmet buffet will leave you longing for absolutely nothing. Everything was fresh and they had all the usual dishes that you would expect... salad offerings, prime rib, roasted chicken, fruit, vegetables, meat and chicken dishes, and pizza. In addition to that, there was fresh sushi, king crab and snow crab legs, beef teriyaki and beef stew (both really excellent), beef tartar, Chilean sea bass, briskets, salmon, shrimp cocktail bar, Mexican, Italian, and Asian sections (all delish). As far as desserts, we loved the mini Key Lime pies, chocolate mousse, and the creme brûlée.

Chayo (Caesar's Linq). This new Mexican restaurant will surely satisfy you. First of all, we enjoyed the Linq area, with lots of cute, unique shops, cafes and restaurants. Chayo is fun, beautifully decorated, tvs at the bar, unique artwork, and we love that they have a mechanical bull for their patrons to try out almost every evening. You don't see that around too often! Their food was gratifying... created with unique twists on traditional Mexican food. Everything we tried was excellent. First stop was some tequila and they have a collection that can't be beat! We continued with apps: Homemade chips and salsa (sprinkled with chile for a kick), trio of tacos (crispy shrimp, beef and chicken), Cilantro Soup (very different and delicous), and Queso Fundido. For dinner, the fajitas were phenomenal, steak cooked perfectly and accompanied by greaseless peppers, onions, prickly pear cactus (yes, you read correctly) and roasted corn. Fabulous. All of their steak dishes will melt in your mouth, they're that amazing. The Rib Eye tacos are filled with big chunks of tasty steak. The Lobster tacos are the best you'll ever try. The Avocado Corn Chopped Salad was so flavorful and full of different textures. And we enjoyed the Churros with chocolate sauce, a very different dessert.

Attractions:

Stratosphere SkyJump. Going up the elevator to the roof top of this hotel (855 feet high up) is scary enough. Standing on a tiny ledge and jumping off is a whole other thing. The SkyJump is one of the most exciting attractions in Vegas and it will test your every nerve. You are basically jumping off the top of the roof while attached to a bungee cord. It's terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Although the rides doesn't last long, it will provide you with a 'bucket list' experience that you will be thrilled you conquered.

Stratosphere Trio of Rides - Big Shot, Insanity, and X-Scream. Each cutting-edge ride is unique that you'll want to do all three. In addition to the rides, the views from the observation deck are priceless. The word insane (no wonder why one of the ride utilizes the word) comes to mind (in a good way). Start off and get your adrenaline pumping with Big Shot, a ride that shoots you up to the clouds (or it feels like you are). Then move on to Insanity, a 'rocket-shaped' car that shoots out and drops you 25 feet off the side of the building at different angles, 855 feet above the ground. It makes you feel like you're going to shoot across the building, and then abruptly stops. Save X-Scream for last (you need to slowly get your nerve up). This crazy ride has you seated in a claw-like machine. It swings you over the side of the building (as you are slanted somewhat facing down) and then spins around. Pretty scary stuff.

Rio Voodoo Zip Line. Not for the weak of heart, this attraction/ride is fun and exciting, and a little nerve-wracking, too. You take the elevator to the top of the Rio hotel (at 500 feet in the air) and zip down to one of their other buildings going 33 mph. The view is incredible, especially at night, and although it's a short ride, it's an experience you'll always remember. Going down is really fun, you almost feel like it's not going to stop at the building below. Going backwards is scarier because you can't see where you're going, but it's also a great part of the experience. Being so high up with nothing below your feet is pretty cool. We also liked the fact that the seat holds two people, so you don't have to do it alone if you don't want to. And when it's all over, take your time and enjoy the sights of the strip and mountains. Check it out!

Venetian Gondola and Grand Canal Shoppes. First of all, the Venetian hotel is gorgeous. It's about as close a feeling of being in Italy as many of us will get. The Grand Canal Shoppes are beautiful, created with incredibly detailed architecture as if you were in the romantic city of Venice. You definitely will not feel as if you're in a shopping mall. With clouds painted on the ceiling, storefronts designed as the buildings you would really see in Venice, and entertainers prancing around at St. Mark's Square, it's pretty authentic. After you're done shopping, or grabbing a bite at one of their many food establishments, end your time there with one of their two precious gondola rides. The indoor ride is at the Grand Canal Shoppes, and it will transport you to Italy on a one-of-a-kind experience as you float down the 1/4 mile-long Grand Canal in an Italian gondola. Float beneath bridges as your gondolier takes you for a ride, serenading you at the same time. The outdoor ride takes you on a romantic tour along the lagoon and it's breathtaking at night, with the beautiful lights of the city as your background. What a nice, relaxing way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city!

New York New York Big Apple Roller Coaster. First of all, we love this hotel. It looks like Walt Disney had a hand in building the New York skyline's harbor view that makes up the front of the hotel. The 150-foot Statue of Liberty model, Empire State Building, and Chrysler Building are some of the buildings replicated. As far as the coaster goes, you start off in a 'taxicab' train. Then what awaits you are intense multiple loops, towering drops, a steep hill, an aerial view of the Strip, a short ride through the hotel, and a 144-foot drop. All while doing crazy loops, exhilarating corkscrews, gut-wrenching spirals, and going 67 miles per hour. Exciting New York is definitely being represented properly!

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. Who doesn't love a good aquarium? This one won't disappoint... it's completely different than most we've seen and the exhibits are so beautiful, very artsy. This awesome attraction is a perfect place to take the entire family, as they go face-to-face with some of earth's most fascinating creatures. The collection of animals is remarkable. You'll see all kinds of sharks (especially loved the tunnel where the sharks and rays swim right above you), turtles, a komodo dragon, jellyfish, lion fish, piranhas, sawfish, a golden crocodile, and so much more. Their touch pool is great, for adults and children, as you can feed stingrays and horseshoe crabs, getting up close and personal with them. For an extra fee, you can even swim with the sharks (if you have a scuba diver's license). All in all, what a great way to spend a few hours of your day!

Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Hotel. This is a cool thing to do, especially if you time it with the Bellagio Fountain show or the Mirage Volcano show! Take a ride up to the top of the half-scale replica tower and get fantastic 360-degree views of the strip and its flood of neon lights. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant and stay as long as you want. If you have the time, order one of their chocolate souffles... it will be the best you've ever had. No need to actually go out of the country... you'll truly feel like you're in Paris.

Las Vegas Monorail. If you're tired of walking, which can be pretty fun for the first day or so as you explore the strip and all it has to see and offer, the monorail is the best way to quickly move from one end of the strip to the other. Seven stations are scattered up and down the strip, and your needs will be met quickly and efficiently. It's a well-oiled machine and even fun for the kids!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Two Blind Brothers: Clothing For A Cause (We Love Everything About This Company)...

At a young age, Bradford and Bryan Manning were both diagnosed with an eye disease that causes blindness over time. This condition has inspired a special vigilance for details, a passion that carries over into the construction of their clothing line. They are both graduates of the University of Virginia and currently live in NYC. Bradford and Bryan get down to the details. At launch, they spent six months sitting in coffee shops and going back and forth on how to source the best fabrics, the perfect factory partners and even the right buttons. Their diligence is evident in the well-considered clothing collections available.

This company is both a social enterprise and a charity project. Legally, however, they are set up as an LLC, but they may change our corporate structure down the road. They donate 100% of profits to charitable foundations, programs, and researchers focused on their mission.

The profits go towards research programs that are developing therapies for retinal eye disease cures. They select the beneficiaries through their own network and other trusted organizations. Bradford Manning is a director on the board of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, an organization they work very closely with.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Quaint Newport Rhode Island: Splendor At The Sea...

Newport is one of our favorite places in the United States... such a fabulous place visit, whether it’s just for family fun or for corporate meetings. There is so much to do, and you can see everything in just a few days. Start off with a calming, scenic sailboat ride on the Narragansett Bay (perfect for an off-site excursion at a corporate event). Take a hike on the Cliff Walk. Tour the glorious mansions. Have an incredible seafood meal. Shop at adorable boutiques. It’s all there. Whether you're looking for waterfront accommodations, a great meal, lively nightlife, a unique shopping experience or just somewhere to dock your boat, this is the place. We absolutely love it in the Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring. It's a different experience for each and every season.

Canon EOS M5 EF-M-18 Mirrorless Camera: Canon Continues To Color Your World, Year After Year...

We continue to say this, year after, year, and we truly mean it each and every time. Canon is the best camera manufacturer with the highest quality equipment and most reasonable pricing. Whether you are an amateur or pro, their cameras will help you take your very best photos. You will be amazed at what you can do and Canon will help you feel like such an accomplished photographer, proud of your collection.

The EOS M5 is compact but so powerful, fast, lightweight, and fabulous. The brilliant image quality is breathtaking. With its super-fast autofocus and processing, it goes right to your subject and locks it in so you will never miss that once-in-a-lifetime shot. We put this camera to the test. In ice caves and volcanoes in Iceland, in the stunning hills of Tuscany, the streets and ruins of Rome, the deserts of Abu Dhabi, pyramids of Egypt, rainforests and outback of Australia, and spectacular scenery in Greece, just to mention a few. The pictures were above and beyond our expectations. We couldn't believe how spectacular they came out.

The camera has four dials: two on the top of the camera, a dedicated exposure compensation dial and a fourth dial encircling the four-way controller on the back of the camera. This offers users more hands-on control of their shooting capabilities. With its 24.2 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor it captures sharp, high-resolution images in even the lowest light settings. The M5's 3.2" 1.62M-dot tilt LCD monitor offers versatility so that you can accurately get the angle you're looking for. Other features include: Built-in OLED electric viewfinder, great external controls, excellent touchscreen, 7 fps continuous shooting, and Wi-Fi with always-connected Bluetooth.

If you want to capture the best of your life's moments, this camera is the one you want by your side... every day.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Get Fit And Ready For Summer With This Great Lineup...

Whether you're working out to gain strength, burn fat or increase your overall fitness, here is an array of products that can help you attain your goals, along with some that will protect you at the same time. They are all at the top of their categories for many reasons.

Bodybuilding.com...

Products, great information on nutrition and exercise, and lots more on this informative, helpful site.

Let's be real. There are thousands of health and fitness websites, blogs, books, and magazines, and they're all trying to convince you that they're the best. Deciding on who to take advice from, and who to buy products from, is mind boggling. We're going to make it simple for you...rely on a website that over 10 million (yes, million) customers trust.

Bodybuilding.com has to be the greatest website ever created for anyone who is interested in health and fitness on any level. It is a spectacular tool for pros, amateurs, experts, beginners, adults, and children. Whether you are beginning, continuing, or wanting to excel in your everyday workout routine, their outstanding array of information will guide you every step of the way.

Although it can be overwhelming, and intimidating, on your first visit, you will soon become addicted to what they have to offer. You can literally spend weeks just getting acquainted with their thousands of insightful and informative articles, helpful tips, sound advice, beneficial workout suggestions, specific exercise ideas, and forum. There is so much information to digest and absorb. Their forums are really awesome, highly motivating and they're a great place to bounce ideas around and discuss opinions with their other customers. You can learn a lot from these as well.

MeFoto Tripods: The Perfect Tripods For All Of Your Photography Needs...

MeFoto manufactures the best line of tripods we've seen. They are not only stunning but they will help you on your quest to take the best photos possible, and they'll help you do the job with ease. Here are some of the photos we've taken using MeFoto's tripods...

 

  

Schwinn Bikes: No Better Way To Enjoy The Road..

There's no better way to explore the scenic beauty of the outdoors than on a bicycle. Whether you're riding through local streets of big cities, laid-back beach towns, secluded forests or rural landscapes, you'll see the sights from an entirely different perspective. Get some serious exercise while you inhale the individuality of each destination you visit. You'll get a first-hand experience, taking in the sights, and fitting in like one of the locals.

Aruba: A Little Slice Of Heaven...


If you want an almost 100% guarantee of sunshine (and who doesn't), Aruba is the place for you. This small, tropical island will envelop you in brilliant sunshine and caressing heat all year round. It does rain, but not very often or for very long. Even with its average 82-degree temperature, the winds are predictable and constant, blowing through as if they were sent just to keep you cool and comfortable. In the summer months, the water is so calm that you can float on your raft and barely move around. This also makes it perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling, since there is very little rain to affect the visibility. In the winter months, when the winds are strongest, sailing and windsurfing are perfect water sports to partake in. Most of the rain comes October-December but even then you will still get plenty of sun.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Fit Cord Bands... For Portable, Total Training, Inside or Outside Of Your Home...


Work out with confidence and know that you will be safe, which is so important. Whether you have a home gym training facility, or physical therapy office, Fitcord is the resistance band to use. They're perfect, and put less stress on your body, for anyone who wants to get in shape without the hassles of weights, barbells and expensive equipment, or experience. We've tried out lots of resistance bands and these blow them all away. The quality is outstanding and the system really works! These are the bands you need to get, bar none!

Worldwide Fitness Products is a family owned business that has a strong belief in American jobs. While it is tough competing with products coming from 3rd World Countries who pay their workers as little as $7 per day, Worldwide Fitness Products refuses to take manufacturing abroad. We appreciate all of our customers who also believe in America and who want the best product available.

FitCord Resistance Bands are Made in America by American workers at Worldwide Fitness Products manufacturing facility located in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Worldwide Fitness Products has pioneered many of the Resistance Band products with Safety Sleeve Technology on the market for a variety of training applications from Athletic Speed Training, Physical Fitness and Rehab Therapy.