Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

This simple phrase that Thomas Jefferson cleverly crafted into our neighbor’s Declaration of Independence has always been woven into the inner fabric of my soul. It’s more than just a phrase of individual rights. It’s a core belief, a set of values and it can be a defining way to live one’s life.

I like to think of myself as a fairly happy person. I live a great life. I’m healthy. I have solid marriage. I have great family and friends, and support from both. I live a comfortable life financially. I’m active in my interests and love to laugh on a daily basis. I also try to not take life too seriously and ask myself often ‘does this really matter?’ But there will always be the pursuit…

This pursuit is not a unique idea, dream, or achievable goal. If you asked almost anyone: “would you like to be happy?” they would answer: “Most definitely!!”. Yet even though most people want to be happy I find there are fewer people who are willing to actually pursue happiness, focus on it, work for it, or even simply demand happiness in their lives. Most (including myself) are all guilty of this at some point in our life.

Now we all know redneck blood flows through my veins like moonshine through a copper still – so I wanted to share with you a redneck’s pursuit of happiness. Recently I’ve stumbled across a new A&E show called Duck Dynasty.

For those that do not know – it’s a show about a Louisiana redneck family that strikes it rich with a unique duck call design. This is a rags to riches story. But being rednecks – they never let the money change their pursuit of happiness in maintaining a light and simple life surrounded by family.

The show is full of redneck characters, life lessons, and family values – it’s more or less Redneck Cosby’s reality TV. So if you haven’t seen the show, below are a few video clips of the family members and their dynamics:

Phil Robertson – the Father:

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Miss Kay – the Mother

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Willie and Jase – sons/brothers

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Uncle Si

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Family Values

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Now I realize this show will not be everyone’s cup of iced-tea and it’s not intellectual TV, BUT you cannot help but to fall in love with these characters. They are simple people with simple values a strong sense of family and a continuous pursuit of happiness. Every episode leaves me with a few laughs, a few redneck inspirational moments/quotes and the desire to have a family dinner. I guess what I’m saying is – Duck Dynasty adds to my pursuit of happiness and I hope in some small way this has added to yours as well…QUACK! QUACK!

How do you pursue your happiness? What adds to it? Have you seen Duck Dynasty yet?

More blog deliciousness here:

  • Loved August McLaughlin’s post on living Cinderella strong (not to mention her incredible music video at the end).
  • FAB healthy snack ideas for road trips from Ginger Calem – great timing with summer around the corner.
  • Would you go door-to-door to make your dreams come true? Loved that Sherry Isaac shared with us the story of Scotty James, a musician who did just that. So inspiring!
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Hands-free drink holder – shut the front door!

There is nothing worse than trying to enjoy food and drink simultaneously while at a redneck or tailgate party. I end up looking like a flailing chicken trying to juggle my paper plate loaded down with food, a drink, not to mention my fork, knife, and napkin!

This weekend’s pumpkin day potluck is a case in point. The drink station was located just before the food station which was located before the living room entrance (where I was going to sit to eat). Logically thinking, this was a great potluck line that ensured minimal kitchen congestion however, there I was, juggling a tipsy little plastic cup of juice, plate, napkin, fork and knife trying to dish out tasty delights terrified of spilling my drink into the broccoli casserole. What to do? It was a potluck booby trap…impossible….I was doomed.

We all run into this issue at potlucks, BBQs and tailgating parties. Well struggle no longer! I have discovered the Koozie Pocket Shirt.

Cool in style and loads of functionality, it’s a polo shirt with a koozie style front pocket that comfortably supports my favorite beverage in a can, bottle, or stadium cup while keeping my drink cool, me dry and, my hands free.

SHUT UP!!! I know!!!

Unbeknownst to most, it will look like I am wearing a regular ol’ polo shirt until I go HANDS FREE and stuff my beer can into the insulated front pocket. Then I will grab my plate and start loading up double fisted with grace and ease (and their eyes will pop with amazement – and jealousy! Come on – you know it!).

This is a pocket protector gone ultra cool. Geek chic meets urban redneck! Can you say uberlicious!?!?!

The pocket material is just like a can koozie so my drink stays cold just as it would in a koozie. As well, the pocket prevents liquid from soaking through the shirt. And wait….before you ask I already know what you are thinking “Natalie…come on…does the Koozie Pocket Shirt really keep your drink cold while wearing the shirt”?

Well you know my friends at tailgating.com have put this puppy through the tests and it passed with flying colors. After placing a Coors Light can in the Koozie Pocket Shirt and wearing it for 20 minutes, a digital thermometer showed that the beer was 43 degrees. When the same test was performed on another can of Coors Light in a regular can koozie, after 20 minutes the temperature was actually 44 degrees.

Sweet – now I really will have 3 hands when tailgating!

I think this delightful little treasure is the trashy cousin to the can grip.

You can get your very own Koozie Pocket Shirt for just $24.95 (USD) plus $6 shipping. It’s available green, red, blue, black and tan (yes…I’ve requested that they make it available in pink…HELLO!!?!??!).

I think this would make a swell Christmas gift for the man in your life, especially if he’s a big BBQ guy – think about it!

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

What’s cracked you up this week?

A tow hitch TV to go with your hitch stripper pole?

Well, it’s Tuesday and it’s time to get a little twisted. Not a hard stretch for me. I’m a little twisted out of the gate. But you know what? I dig that about me!

So picture this. You are at a redneck party (tailgating or out in the deep woods) and you just finished your uberlicious performance on the trailer hitch stripper pole. You were hot. You rocked the pole. Everyone wants to be you.

But now it’s time to slow things down a notch. You’ve blended up some drinks with your new drill blender and you want to sit back, enjoy your frozen cocktail delight and catch up on the race, the game, or an appropriate redneck movie. But where in God’s name do you set up your flat screen?

You don’t want to have it on the bed of your truck because that isn’t really stable (and you know after a couple of drinks you’ll sure as shit knock it over). And you certainly don’t want it on the buffet table taking away precious food/drink space. So what do you do?

Well, easy breezy! You are going to whip off your trailer hitch stripper pole and assemble your Tow Hitch TV mount! Yes indeed!

In a matter of minutes you’ll be settled into your folding chair, enjoying snack and drinks, watching DVD replays of your trailer hitch stripper pole performances on your Tow Hitch Television. Does it get any better?!?!

The bracket fits flat screen TVs from 30 to 50 inches and supports up to 150 pounds. Sweet! We can bring the big bad boy TV with us.

And the tow hitch position makes it so your TV is perfectly placed at eye level when sitting in your comfy folding chair.

My god, they simply think of everything!

I know…I know…you want one of these delights for yourself! You can purchase your very own Tow Hitch TV directly from TailgatingIdeas.com. The cost of the unit itself (you supply the flat screen TV, of course) is $200 + $30 flat rate shipping anywhere in the United States.

Please note: you aren’t supposed to actually drive around with the Tow Hitch TV mounted – you install it once you are parked.

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

What’s cracked you up this week?

Drill blender ooozes ultra urban redneck appeal!

Rhino - our touring toy!

When we head out on the Rhino touring around the great outdoors, our adult beverage of choice has typically been beer. It’s convenient and easy to transport and comes in its own container (and not to mention it pretty darn tasty too).

But lately, I’ve been watching friends touring around with delightful mixed drinks. Chocolate monkeys, frozen margaritas, pina coladas; all pre-mixed. Bring a cup, add a little ice and voila – classy cocktails on the trail.

For me though, it’s not the same.

Those drinks are what I call, blender drinks and without the blender, they just don’t cut it. I want frosty, thick, smoothy-like crushed iced making my cocktail sizzle. I want ice cream headaches! But try finding a power converter that is strong enough to mix a batch of margaritas in a blender in the great outdoors. Can you say impossible?

Not to mention, carting that bad-ass blender around is a pain and a smidge embarrassing. Y’all know I am an “urban” redneck but the peeps I travel around with on the weekends…well…let’s just say they are a wee bit more full-blooded redneck (shhhhh…) so if I show up with a blender, I am going to take a teasing!!

Well…sit down and grab hold of your panties cause I have found us the solution!

The Drill Blender!

All you need is a cordless drill (make sure it has at least 1100 RPM…) and voila, we are good to go with the Drill Blender.

Yip, it’s a completely portable blender system that can whip up a batch of margaritas in about 60 to 90 seconds.

How does it work? I am so glad you asked cause it’s sooo easy!

All you do is place the custom drill bit made especially for the Drill Blender into your drill chuck just like you would a regular drill bit. Then place the drill bit into the plastic base, pull the trigger and BAM – we are whipping up fav frozen drinks. Once the drink is blended, simply take off the blending attachment and replace it with a mug cap and straw and get the party started!

Can you say uberlicious? I am going to be the talk of the trail with this little ditty. I get my perfect blender drinks WHILE maintaining my ultra cool urban redneck reputation – it’s a win/win! Ummmm…hubby…can I borrow your cordless drill???

Now…you should note that when it comes to RPMs and the Drill Blender, more is better. Drills with 1100 RPMs (and most good quality drills – 12 volts and higher – turn at around 1100 RPM) will do a good job of blending but you will still get some M&M size ice pellets in the slush. Check your drill to make sure it puts out 1100 RPM or higher.

Other tips you should consider when using the Drill Blender:

  • Use more ice than liquid when mixing a drink. Just like your blender at home, if you put in a few chunks of ice they will just float around the top of the bottle.
  • For best results, fill your bottle to about the top of the handle with ice. Add your liquid to about 2/3 of the ice. This will give your Drill Blender blades something to grab onto and blend.
  • Even though it’s ultra cool to use one hand and jack that baby up into the air while blending, it’s advised that you USE BOTH HANDS; one holding the drill and the other holding the bottle handle.
  • Make sure your drill battery has a full charge.
      The Drill Blender 2-pack includes everything you need to get started:  two 32 oz. mugs with caps and straws; 1 drill bit; and 1 blending attachment set for 1 mug (includes the hard plastic base, blender blades and gasket).
And…a steal of a deal at just $29.95 (USD) plus $8.00 flat rate shipping to the continental United States. Get yours here.
 
Santa…would mind terribly adding this one to your Natalie list as well?
 
 
It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!
 

What’s cracked you up this week?

Woot woot…no more sneaking pints into the concert!

Ok. This newest gadget I am going to tell you about is…well…I gotta be honest. I can’t pull any punches. Flat out….it’s not sexy. It’s no hitch stripper pole. But what it lacks sex appeal, it’s makes up for in uberlicious practicality!

Let’s face it, paying $9 for a beer inside a stadium or at a concert is insane – who can afford that? Add to that, most stadiums don’t sell cocktails so forget about getting a rum and coke or a gin and tonic. And I don’t know about you but I am so tired of sneaking pints in my pants or buried dangerously at the bottom of my purse. Then heading off inconspicuously to the bathroom with my coke paranoid it’s obvious I am sneaking off to spike my drink (not to mention, that is so high school).

Well those days are over boys and girls. You heard it here first. Allow me to introduce you to the Booze Belly; my new fav gadget! Yes, I know in the photo it looks somewhat similar to a catheter but don’t let that scare you off. This baby is prime for functionality. It’s about making your party time a lot more affordable. Who doesn’t want that!?!?

You can wear this little gem around your waist and it holds about 32 ounces of delightful drink that is easily concealable and accessible. Can you say fantabulous?

The only negative is you really do need to wear something a bit baggie in the belly and it does kind of add a few pounds to an area we are never looking to add chunk. Never fear…I have the perfect solution; have hubby wear it for you! Woot woot. Hubby the booze belly hero!

Check out this video demo on how to use the Booze Belly:

 

I know, I know…GENIUS, eh?!?!

Get your very own Booze Belly for less than $15 (shipping included) and never pay for drinks inside again! To order yours, click here.

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

What’s cracked you up this week?

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