Bellavita iPhone Wallet


I was recently offered the opportunity to review the Bellavita iPhone Wallet for men. I was excited!!

I love my iPhone and, like most people, don’t know how to function without it! :)

But it seems like with the introduction of cell phones, we need one more pocket. I carry my wallet, my keys, my smokes, change, a pocket knife, and my iPhone in my pants pockets!! My wife tells me I need a purse! LOL!!

So when I heard of this iPhone wallet, I immediately was interested because if it worked out I would not have to carry my wallet any more! :)

So, it arrived and I immediately realized it did not have near the storage as my full sized wallet…but that is fine. I carry a lot of unneeded junk in my wallet anyways…everything but money. :)

The Bellavita wallet has two credit card pockets, an ID pocket, and a larger pocket to stash a few dollars into.

On the phone side of the wallet it has access holes for the silent switch, volume buttons, speakers, charging port, and camera!

It does a really nice job of protecting your phone and looking stylish, but there are a few things I did not like.

The phone moved around inside it’s holder a bit too much. Sometimes the leather would come over the edge of the screen and would prevent me from using buttons on the very edge of the screen. Also, when it moved a couple times, it partly blocked the camera. Maybe I was doing something wrong…

Another thing I did not care for was having my ID, credit cards, and cash ALWAYS attached to my phone.

When I was on calls I flipped the wallet open and now all if my financial stuff was on the outside of the wallet for everyone to see. I was not real comfortable with that.

Also when I had to put my phone on the charger at a friends house and leave it on their kitchen counter, I was constantly checking it to make sure none of my cash had disappeared.

The iPhone wallet is an awesome idea!! But just not for me. I am too paranoid to have my credit cards and cash attached to my phone. I like my wallet to stay in my pocket and only come out when I need it. Not every time i want to check Facebook…


Monster Jam!!

It has been a while since Ace and I have done anything fun, so Momma gave us the idea of going to Monster Jam!

It was fun to get out of the house for a change and enjoy something different.

We found the guy outside selling race flags for $2 instead of $10 inside. :). Ace got his flag and went running away with his flag in the air before I had a chance to even pay for the flag. I had to chase him down and then come back to pay the guy. I bet he thought I was pulling a fast one on him. :)

Once inside he HAD to have popcorn. This guy can eat some popcorn! One giant tub in his little belly. (I only ate maybe two handfuls)

As you can see from the picture he was memorized by the monster trucks and enjoyed every minute of it.

At intermission he was ready to go. I tried to convince him we should stay for the freestyle event, but he was done.

So we headed home… We may not have stayed the whole time, but we had fun while we were there!

Columbus Commons Family Fun Day


We are always on the look out for inexpensive things to do with the kids around town…and sometimes it is not easy! Hell, just going to McDonalds will run a family of four $20+ these days.

So when I heard about the Columbus Commons Family Fun Day, I was excited. It is free to walk around and look, but what fun is that? It only costs $5 per kid for an all day pass to all of the activities.

Instead of rambling on about what a good deal it was, how about I share some pictures to show how much the kids enjoyed it!!!






Big Bolts Safe Giveaway Winner Announced!

Using a random number generator, the winner is the 4th person who commented on the post….Mike Lotz! ¬†Congratulations Mike!

Oh yeah, and if you are in the need for some awesome wedding photography, check out Mike’s website…¬†Mike and Kim Photography!

Big Bolts Safe Giveaway – Septmber is National Preparedness Month

Are you prepared for a disaster? Most would say no. What would you do if your house burned down? What if there was a massive flood like in New Orleans? What if your city was bombed with biological warfare and you could not leave your home? What would you do? How would you survive?

That is what National Preparedness Month is all about…being prepared to survive a disaster!

Do we have a plan? No not really. :) We have a stash of canned food and some other non perishable items, but they wouldn’t last long. Maybe a week if we rationed them out.

Some people go to extremes and have bunkers in their backyard with many years worth of food and equipment to grow their food underground, but that is a bit much for most people.

First you need to prepare the essentials:

  • Food – Non perishable items such as canned foods
  • Water – Have a few gallons of water tucked away
  • Warmth – blankets, hats/coats/gloves, and extra clothing

Next you should prepare the things that will help you survive once your needs are met:

  • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medication
  • Personal Hygiene items
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies – Diapers/wipes/formula
  • Can opener
  • Multi-purpose tool w/ knife
  • Matches
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors

Are you prepared?

Sentry Safe is working hard to make sure your important belongings are kept safe in the result of a disaster. They have many varieties of safes for many different situations. They sent me two safes to review and give away on DadThing to help promote Disaster Preparedness Month. We will give away one on 8/27 and then another in October.

This months give away is the Sentry Safe Big Bolts Safe…

This safe is meant to keep your stuff secure from fire (can withstand 1700 degrees for 1 hour), water, and prying fingers. It has a combination lock and the door is securely held shut by four massive bolts.

Inside there are adjustable shelves and the door has key hooks and a few pockets for your smaller valuables.

This thing is a tank! The walls are close to 3 inches thick. I thought about seeing what it would take to break into this thing and when I opened the box I realized I do not have the equipment or fire power it would take to crack this thing open! This safe is built tough and it makes me feel good knowing that my most valuable possessions are safely tucked away inside and will survive a disaster if one arises.

So, thanks to Sentry Safe I am on my way to becoming more prepared. At least my valuables will be safe!

The Give Away!

The give away is an easy one. Simply leave a comment down below and list something that you have (or would put) in your Disaster Preparedness Kit that I did not mention above.

I will keep the give away open through August 31st and announce a winner on September 1st. The winner will be drawn at random from a pool of other participants.

So what are you waiting for? Leave your comment below to enter to win a Sentry Safe Big Bolts Safe valued at almost $300!

Disclaimer: Sentry Safe sent me this safe for free to review and give away on However the opinions expressed here are my own.