Scion FRS – Wow, That’s Fast

mrdad - Scion FRSYears ago, wife and I had a Volvo. It was pretty new and very snazzy looking, but it spent a lot of time in the shop. I found that really annoying, but my wife didn’t seem to mind. “It’s a European car,” she’d say. “You just have to get used to it.” Well, I never did. So when we divorced, I was thrilled to trade my interest in the Volvo for a few other items with better repair records.

I’m bringing this up because, as I was putting the Scion FRS (which the brand provided, with the understanding that all opinions in this review would be mine alone) through its paces, the phrase “you just have to get used to it” kept popping into my mind. But in a much more positive way.

First, the FRS is a Toyota brand so I wouldn’t expect it to come anywhere near a mechanic unless it was for scheduled maintenance. I could definitely get used to that. Second, the FRS is a sports car, a real-life, fast-as-hell, head-turning, takes-turns-like-it’s-on-a-rail sports car. So, yeah, I could get used to that.

mrdad - Scion FRS dual spedometersThird, it’s not a luxury car, which means it doesn’t have a lot of the features you’d find on a Lexus, for example. There’s no multi-zone climate control, no collision warning sensors, and no rear backup camera. That last part gets us back to the sports car: This is a vehicle that you’ll be driving forwards, probably faster than you should be. So why spend the money on a feature you’ll never use? It does, however, have two speedometers: one digital, one analog, just in case you need confirmation that you’re really going as fast as you think you are.

The FRS is incredibly fun to drive. So much so that it created an interesting problem: During the week I had it, I put a lot more miles on it than I usually do. And it took me a little longer to get places than it usually does. The reason? I found myself taking the most circuitous routes between points A and B that I could find. The more turns the better. Yep, I think I could get used to that too.

MSRP for the base model FRS is $24.900. Fog lights, a rear spoiler, and a few other upgrades brought the price to just a shade under $28,000. The official MPG numbers are 22 city, 30 highway, but that may be when the car is driven at legal speeds. Chances are you’ll go over the limit. Hey, it’s a sports car, so get used to it.

RSVP #BackyardBiteback Twitter Party June 14 2015 at -7pm-est/

RSVP #BackyardBiteBack Twitter Party

 June 14th 7pm EST!

June 14th at 7pm EST we are having the #BackyardBiteBack Twitter Party!!!

Sponsored by Dynatrap

Dynatrapis a maker of pesticide-free and environmentally friendly insect traps. On June 14, we are having a fun “Backyard Battle” Twitter party between @BabyCostcutters and @MrDad to see who rules the backyard and to encourage bug-free time spent outdoors. We will discuss what makes a great backyard bash and and how to prevent bugs from crashing the party–even if you happen to be inside. 

Of course a party has prizes! Dynatrap will be giving away 4 prize packs and 1 grand prize. 

Grand Prize

  • Dynatrap DT2000XL
  • Dynazap
  • $100 gift card to Frontgate/Home Depot

 Prizes 3-4

  • Dynazap
  • $50 gift card to Frontgate/Home Depot

Prizes 1-2

  • Dynazap
  • $25 gift card to Frontgate/Home Depot

Here’s what you need to do if you want to participate

June 14, 2015 from 7pm EST to 8pm EST
Hashtag:  #BackyardBiteBack

Four things you MUST do to make the event work for everyone:

  1. RSVP below.
  2. During the party to view discussions and comments you must set up a #BackyardBiteBack search on, make sure to click on “all” so you can see the current tweets and not just the “top” tweets. Of course you could also use TweetDeck, TweetChat, or Hootsuite if you are familiar with them. 
  3. Make sure you are following our Sponsor @Dynatrap, our Host: @BabyCostcutters & @MrDad, and our co-host: @ItsFreeAtLast,  @MomsWhoSave and @momstart
  4. To make comments and/or replies you must include #BackyardBiteBack somewhere in your Tweet on Twitter. This is the only way your comment can be seen by the group at the event.


  RSVP to be eligible to win prizes during out twitter party!  

 To be eligible to win prizes from the twitter party you must be a legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.

How to RSVP

Below, click “add your link”.

For the “URL” put your full url to your twitter account. Example, mine is:

In the “Name” put your @twitterhandle. Example, mine is: @mrdad.

Then enter your email address. 

Got Bugs? We’ve Got Solutions at the #BackyardBiteback Twitter Party

mrdad - Dynatrap-Twitter-Party_BackyardBiteBack

I love summer, the sports, the time outside, the opportunity fo leave the windows open all day long, and those warm evenings that seem to go on for hours and hours. But I’m not alone. Billions of bugs take advantage of those same things–especialy those open windows–to feast on the blood of the unsuspecting–and unprotected–humans who live in my house.

In most places, window screens do a great job of keeping bugs and thier victims separated. But, as (bad) luck would have it, the people who built my condo complex didn’t install screens. And since the windows are all custom sizes, it would cost about $1500 to have them made. That seemed like overkill (although when it comes to mosquitos, there’s no such thing as overkill).

So to solve this annoying problem, I’m partnering with @BabyCostcutters and @Dynatrap, makers of pesticide-free and environmentally friendly insect traps. On June 14, we are having a fun “Backyard Battle” Twitter party between @BabyCostcutters and @MrDad to see who rules the backyard and to encourage bug-free time spent outdoors. We will discuss what makes a great backyard bash and and how to prevent bugs from crashing the party–even if you happen to be inside.

RSVP to the Twitter Party here.

#Men’sHealthMonday: Belly Fat is Bad, Bad News

tamh - fat man - free to use commercially via bing imagesCall it what you will: beer belly, love handles, gut, spare tire, or anything else. Whatever the words, they’re all referring to the same thing: belly fat, which is one of the most common types of fat for men. As you’ve no doubt noticed, as we gain weight, our thighs, legs, and arms usually don’t change much. Instead, our fat tends to accumulate around the chest, neck, and stomach. Women, on the other hand, tend to store their fat a little lower, around the butt and thighs. Fat, no matter where it’s stored, is a pretty clear indicator that you’re out of shape, and it can negatively affect your self-esteem. But that’s just the beginning. Unlike fat in other areas, having belly fat increases your risk of developing a number of serious health conditions, some of which are perfectly capable of killing you.

Is All Belly Fat the Same?
In short, No. Belly fat comes in two very different varieties. First, there’s subcutaneous (which literally means “under the skin”) belly fat, which is found, well, just under the skin. Subcutaneous fat around your belly is no different than subcutaneous fat anywhere else on your body, whether it’s your butt, your arms, your legs, or your toes. It’s the fat that you can pinch between your fingers. Aside from being unsightly and a clear indication that you need to lose weight, subcutaneous fat isn’t particularly dangerous.
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Bullied Kids Speak Out

Jodee Blanco, editor of Bullied Kids Speak Out.
How bullied kids survive–and how you can too.
Issues: Different types of bullying, the problem with “zero tolerance” programs; how children should respond to bullies; the role of parents and teachers in stopping bullying; survival strategies for victims; how bullies can apologize.