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Edible Coffee Cup …Winning

What if you could get your morning coffee in an edible coffee cup ? No, I am not teasing. This goodness actually exists. Alfred’s Coffee and Kitchen has made the most eco-friendly coffee cup on the west coast.

The Los Angeles based coffee house serves up drinks in an edible waffle cup.  The cup has a thick coating of chocolate to keep your coffee hot and especially tasty.

Coffee lovers will be delighted to know that Alfred’s Coffee and Kitchen exclusively brews with Stumptown Coffee.  Don’t know Stumptown?  Great founding of the company and  they take their coffee pretty damn seriously.

I have heard it is quite magical to the palette.  So how much are you going to spend for your brew and edible cup? Continue reading Edible Coffee Cup …Winning

Bye Bye DirecTV…Hello Streaming!

Cutting the DirecTV cord was probably one of the hardest decisions I have made since I gave up alcohol and Teddy Grahams last year for lent. After the first 10 months all the fun discounts fell off.  My bill soared from 80 bucks a month to whopping 130.

Under contract they made it pretty difficult (in the most the polite way) for me to reduce my monthly bill. Faced with the option of spending $130 bucks forever or paying a fee to cancel I chose the latter.  DirecTV for their part has good customer service. In the year I had them, they emailed me to death about all of their fine products and features.

What made this really easy was the cost of the alternatives. I have had Netflix, and  Hulu Plus for the last year and they’re pretty inexpensive.  SlingTV , a new streaming service that offers a la cart  cable channels like CNN,  Disney,  ESPN and AMC just popped up. It’s 20 bucks a month. Next month HBO releases it’s stand alone product HBONow.

Netflix, Hulu, Sling and HBONow will cost me a total of $54.00.  Nearly 80 dollars in savings a month is worth it.  Continue reading Bye Bye DirecTV…Hello Streaming!

Lyft Sign Up Bonus

The Lyft Sign Up Bonus is back. Lyft has stepped up it’s driver hiring game this summer.   The second largest ride share company is currently offering $250  for new drivers on the platform.

You don’t need to have previous experience driving to qualify for the Lyft Sign Up Bonus .  Although many Uber and Sidecar drivers also drive for Lyft.   (Yes you can drive for multiple platforms.) You will  need a car that is a 2004 or newer and complete a vehicle inspection.

Drivers are paid weekly. They make their own schedules and decide when and where they’d like to work.  To qualify for the bonus you must complete 20 passenger trips.

Why drive for Lyft?  Many drivers assert that Lyft creates a family like culture for it’s drivers. They host events around the country and work to build a community.

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Uber is currently offering  a $500 sign on bonus in some markets too!  See this article >> ” Uber vs Lyft Sign on bonus

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$250 Bonus from Lyft for non experienced drivers
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Passenger Incentives: Continue reading Lyft Sign Up Bonus

TomorrowLAND Tickets Are Still Selling Like Crazy



You know that point in the middle of the week when you need a vacation.  You know …like a vacation to TomorrowLand. If you have no idea what I am talking about this post isn’t for you. Cool people only.

I take that back– people who are looking for a new experience only.  Not the kind that involves a syringe or bungee jumping off a bridge in Singapore, but the kind that involves rallying your friends for fun.

Enter TomorrowLand –a massive EDM festival in Belgium so awesome and beloved by global festival attendees there is now a US version called TomorrowWorld just outside of Atlanta , GA.

Like all good things tickets are a bit pricey but if you start saving now…you can turn 21, 25, 30, 35 under an Electric Sky.  See what I did there :)

Find a costume, take off work, and rally the damn crew. Tell yourself you’re going to enjoy your week of dancing all day and night. You’re going to experience life like you never have before.  But first you gotta get there. 😛


Vegan Detox Green Smoothie


I have the best Vegan Detox  Green Smoothie  recipe ever.  First, if you’re not a vegan the word doesn’t automatically mean it tastes like shit.  What it does mean is that it lacks most of the artificial stuff we suck down that will kill us.  Let me explain why I am sharing.

It’s wedding season and I am feeling like a heifer.  Living in LA during wedding season can make weddings feel like culinary punishment.  You know where you’re forced to choose between Continue reading Vegan Detox Green Smoothie

Uber 500 Bonus Is Back

Uber is trying to crush all competition. The Uber 500 bonus is back  along with guaranteed hourly rates for the winter. Drivers who make the switch can earn up to $500 after 20 rides for the time being.  Not a bad deal.

EVERYTHING is usually slow the month after Christmas. To combat the slow season, Uber is offering drivers guaranteed hourly rates over the winter.  Yep, you heard it correctly guaranteed hourly rates to drive when it can be dreadfully slow. Something I don’t believe any of the competition like Lyft or Sidecar is doing…yet.

Drivers can earn between $16 and $26 dollars an hour for driving during slow times.  According to the company ” drivers must be logged in 50 minutes per hour and maintain a 90 percent trip acceptance rate.  ” Nothing guarantees people like a steady paycheck.

The SF based company appears to be trying to lure what few drivers they may not have already snagged from Lyft with that lovely Uber 500 bonus.   If you haven’t signed up yet. You can click the button below and get signed up or click one of the links below.

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What The Hell Is A Selfie Stick ?

I now NEED a selfie stick, just like my 17 year old cousin and my 24 year old girlfriends. I know, at a certain point you need to sit your ass down.  I am not there yet. I still love FOOD and my gadgets.

WTF is a selfie stick?  This lovely piece of equipment does just as it’s name describes.  It helps those genetically challenged folks with a normal arm length snap that oh so beloved selfie.

They are pouring out of China and popping up all over the web faster than you can say Grub Hub!  Which kind do I want ? Well if you REALLY want to know. There’s three kinds to choose from.  Continue reading What The Hell Is A Selfie Stick ?

New .Christmas Domain Sees First Toy Pop up Shop Toysales.Christmas

sports carLast July, the .Christmas domain was officially released to the world. There hasn’t been a ton of action on this domain yet but recently I stumbled across one site trying capitalize on the lack of competition.

Toysales.Christmas launched this season as a pop up e-commerce shop for folks looking for toys on sale.  This means the toy shop is only open in November, December and January and will be shut the rest of the year.

Toysales.Christmas claims to be the first ever .Christmas retailer within the new domain extension. Not only does it carry toys on sale it goes a step further.

Toysales.Christmas curates a special list of toys made by independent toy makers across the United States.

“When I think of Christmas there is this  beautiful image I have of wooden toys, wagons,  doll houses and a big Christmas tree.  Plus, I really wanted to support American small businesses and independent toy makers. “said the company founder Wyatt Anderson  ”

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Uber and Lyft Ridesharing Apps Crash On Halloween Uber Offering $500 Bonus For New Drivers

Uber and Lyft servers crashed because of demand in many markets around the country last night. Halloween one of the rideshare companies’ biggest nights saw a huge spike in demand from users and drivers.

Several Uber riders complained of being stuck out of the system due to server errors and being locked out of the app. In most cases, this only seemed to last a few minutes.  Lyft too experienced server errors with customers and drivers which appeared to last a little bit longer than their San Francisco based competition Uber.

Uber drivers were all smiles last night because of price surging.  The ever popular “price surging” increases fares when demand is high and there are fewer drivers on the road. Rates  shot up to as high as 5 or 6 times the usual fare across Los Angeles throughout the evening. But this didn’t seem to slow down requests for rides.

A rainstorm that sent revelers of the West Hollywood Halloween parade running for cover, may be partially blame to for the earlier ride surge. More than 500,000 people attended the event this  year.

Uber is still trying to get more drivers on the road. Uber is offering a $500 signon bonus for Lyft drivers who sign up to drive for them.


  • New Lyft Drivers will get up to $50 after signing up and making 20 trips using this linkSign up for Lyft today!


*promotions vary by market and are subject to change at any time.

Here are some other Uber/Lyft related posts:

Uber Wooing New Drivers With $1000 Signon Bonuses and guaranteed $40 an hour.  

More about the companies:

UBER –has a more conservative demographic of users.  This is very likely because when they launched  Uber originally they were just a black car aka town car service. Then they launched UberX which is the program where everyday folks drive their cars and began to compete with competitor Lyft.  Uber operates in 160 cities globally and has raised about 4 billion dollars in investment cash.

LYFT – definitely has a more relaxed demographic of users. This is very likely because it’s logo is a pink mustache.  It’s an easy way to identify their army of cars around town. They’ve raised 1 billion dollars in investment cash and operate in about 70 cities across the US. 

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