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Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco Review and Discount

Some background on Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco

The Food Truck Fiasco is based on the concepts found in Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics in one lesson”. This fantastic book is itself based, in part, on Frédéric Bastiat’s book ” The Law”. Hazlitt was an extensive writer in the classical liberal tradition and an admirer of Ludwig Von Mises, the great Austrian school economist. Hazlitt’s purpose in writing “Economics in one lesson” was to explain economic principles in an unforgettable and easy to understand book.

What about the Story

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Tuttle Twins visiting a food truck.

The story follows, as all the Twins books do, Ethan and Emily Tuttle. The story starts with The Tuttle twins selling lemonade at their own lemonade stand. As the story progresses, the Twins visit different food trucks and learn about the onerous regulations and protectionism they face. The Tuttle Twins, being inquisitive as they are, begin to look into this and ask questions. They quickly find out about Bobs Big BBQ and how he is using the government to stifle his competition.

Talking with their parents and food truck owners, the twins learn how competition can protect customers and drive down prices. After a family talk, the Ethan and Emily, as well as their parents, come up with a plan to educate and potentially roll back regulations.

The Tuttle twins go on to set up a protest outside of Bobs Big BBQ. With help from their parents and food truck owners, the twins are able to get the press to show up as well. A few days after the protest, the Tuttle twins and their allies take to city hall to voice their displeasure with the protectionist regulations. After everyone speaks, an embarrassed city council votes to repeal the regulations. This makes the Tuttle twins food truck heroes!

What did Isaiah Think

Isaiah liked this book. The idea of selling lemonade to people appealed to him. He loved the variety of food Food truck fiasco, tuttle twins, connor boyack, books about liberty, liberty children book, tuttle books, economics books for kids, libertarian books for kidstrucks, the different foods they sold, and the different looks they each had. His favorite being an old-fashioned taco truck.

Where we live we do not have food trucks. This idea was completely new to Isaiah and he loved it. Seeing delicious food being made in a truck and driving the truck around to people captivated his imagination and kept his attention. When we got to the portion about why the food trucks were going out of business, he was genuinely upset about what was happening. The idea that they the food trucks were being targeted was not ok with him and he voiced this several times.

The Tuttle twins being heralded as the heroes at the end inspired Isaiah and is a great ending to the book.

What Did I Think

It is great that this book distills the principles of “Economics in one lesson” to children. The illustrations were done by Elijah Stanfield, once again, they are superb.

The story unfolds in a natural progression that the inquisitive mind of a child can easily follow. It lays out the principles clearly and concisely. Connor Boyack’s writing, overall, is great in this book as well. There are a few places where the conversation in the book is forced, but overall, the writing is engaging and the conversations natural. Plus, making the Tuttle Twins the heroes to the food truck owner inspired my son to want to look for harmful things to fight against.

Critical Thoughts

Food truck fiasco, tuttle twins, connor boyack, books about liberty, liberty children book, tuttle books, economics books for kids, libertarian books for kidsThe biggest issue I have with the book is the occasional forced or unnatural conversations. These are few and they seem to be explaining a definition. This happens through character conversation between some of the food truck owners and the twins. This isn’t a big deal, it simply disrupts the flow of the conversation in the book. If you’re reading the book to your child, they may not even notice it.

Another point of contention, although not for me personally, is the child activism that takes place in the book. I have heard several parents complain that it is getting children to try and be activist at too young of an age. I don’t have an issue with this or with Isaiah finding something that is wrong and fighting against it.

Would I recommend it?

I would recommend The Food Truck Fiasco. It does a spectacular job at laying the foundation of economic Food truck fiasco, tuttle twins, connor boyack, books about liberty, liberty children book, tuttle books, economics books for kids, libertarian books for kidsthought that Hazlitt explained in “Economics in one lesson“. Isaiah, at 5, is able to understand the themes in this book and it is giving him a foundation that he will be able to build on later on with more complex economic concepts.

Let’s not forget that if you do decide to purchase the Combo Pack, you will get activity workbooks for children with it as well.

If you would like to purchase any of the Tuttle Twins books click Here. You can also purchase a combo pack with several free bonuses Here, it is a great deal plus You can get 25% off of your purchase by using coupon code PARENT. You can take an additional 4o% off by using the code FORTY as well.

The Tuttle Twins series are considered children’s books on liberty, or as one person put it, libertarian books for kids. While this case can be made, they hold more important lessons than just that. The Miraculous Pencil is strictly economic in nature, while also indirectly mentioning liberty. The Tuttle Books are not just for those who are libertarian but for those who want their children to have a foundation in freedom but economic thought as well.

 

Our Review of the Tuttle Twins and The Law, the Creature from Jekyll Island, and Miraculous Pencil

Connor Boyack talking about the Tuttle Twins on the Tom Woods Show.

Connor also runs a Utah Think Tank called The Libertas Institute

Connor’s book Passion Driven Education

Connor’s new book for teens and young adults Lessons from a Lemonade Stand

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Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil Review and Discount

Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil

This is the second in the series from Author Connor Boyack with the. Connor takes Leonard E. Reeds classic book I, pencil, and turns it into a form that children can understand. Rather than focusing on liberty subjects, Connor creates a basic economics book for kids based on the Tuttle Twins. Connor has created a children’s economics book that is easy to understand. Allowing children the ability to explore concepts usually not seen till high school. Elijah Stanfield joined Connor again to illustrate this installment as well. The illustrations turned out wonderful and kept my sons attention through the entirety of the book.

Some Background

I, pencil, the book that this is distilled from, comes from Leonard E. Read. Leonard was the founder of FEE, Foundation for Economic Education, a leading voice in Austrian economics and liberty. It is currently run by his son, Leonard W. Read.

The book chronicles the “family tree” of a pencil. Detailing what all goes into making one single pencil. It is a fantastic little essay that show’s how complex and rather stunning the economy is. It is great at inspiring awe in adults.

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Tuttle Twins getting on the bus. Miraculous Pencil pg. 1

What about the Story

The story begins with the Tuttle Twins, Ethan, and Emily, going on a field trip with the rest of their classmates. The children are trying to figure out what awesome place they are going. The bakery, a candy factory, a farm? They show up to a pencil factory and are disappointed by this development. They begin the tour and meet one of the workers who tell the children that nobody in the world knows how to make one simple pencil. As a result of the children’s disbelief, the worker has the children list what goes into one simple pencil. After this exercise, he has them list what goes into each of those things that make up the pencil. Rubber, wood, paint, graphite and more. The worker then lays out what it takes to get each of these pieces and more.

The worker show’s the Tuttle Twins and their classmates how one simple pencil takes a gigantic amount of effort to make as well as resources from around the world. This leads to the amazement and wonder the kids experience knowing that one simple pencil takes people from all over the world to make.

What did Isaiah Think

As much as I like this book, this is Isaiah’s least favorite out of the original three Tuttle Twins books we have. He likes the Liberty, Tuttle Twins, Miraculous pencil, book review, Children, kids, liberty, libertarian, economicsCreature from Jekyll Island the most. This is not only because of the story but the area the story takes place in, as well as the creature. The creature kept his attention in that book.

In The Miraculous Pencil book, Isaiah really liked seeing the different processes that it takes to make the pencil that are illustrated in the book. At 5, he does have a grasp on what the economy is, however, this book would be best suited for those 8 and above. After reading this with Isaiah, he no longer thinks he can build a pencil himself and he is starting to see how gigantic an economy is. He is also beginning to realize that cooperation is what makes the economy work. He has worked this out with some of his own friends in creating a little barter economy of their own at times.

What did I think

It is a fantastic book. I read it before I read it to Isaiah and I believe it does a great job at distilling Leonard Reads insights to a much younger mind than Read had intended. I did realize while reading it that it would probably go over Isaiah’s head but I think he could definitely grasp some of the concepts in its pages. This is one of my favorite books, and that has to do with the importance I put on economics. It is great for those kids who are a smidge older than Isaiah, but I believe 4 and 5-year-olds like Isaiah will grasp some important points from it.

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Materials from all over the world

This seems to be a book that kids, as they grow, can turn towards to grasp more concepts as their minds become ready to receive it. The insights in it are deep, much like Leonard’s original essay. This book did a great job of getting Isaiah to ask questions. Most of these questions, at first were about what pencils were made of and what exactly those things were. After a few readings, he began to ask where other things in our house came from and how they were made. This lead to a conversation about how many of the things he has or wants are made by others in a different country in exchange for money. That conversation brought questions about Nerf guns.

Critical Thoughts

My biggest critique is that it might not keep kids interests. While it is wonderfully written, it is the weakest in the original three Tuttle Twins books Connor has put out. My second critique is how long the book is. It is 50 pages long. At Isaiah’s age, 50 pages do not get read in one sitting. With older children, this should not be a problem.

Would I recommend It

I would Recommend this book even for parents with younger children. You may be surprised by what your children will learn from it. Kids can understand remarkable concepts before we realize it. If you are looking for a book that teaches the principles of sound money, this is it. If you are looking for a series that teaches children about liberty, this series is for you as well!

Lets not forget that if you do decide to purchase the Combo Pack, you will get activity workbooks for children with it as well.

If you would like to purchase any of the Tuttle Twins books click Here. You can also purchase a combo pack with several free bonuses Here, it is a great deal plus You can get 25% off of your purchase by using coupon code PARENT

The Tuttle Twins series are considered children’s books on liberty, or as one person put it, libertarian books for kids. While this case can be made, they hold more important lessons than just that. The Miraculous Pencil is strictly economic in nature, while also indirectly mentioning liberty. The Tuttle Books are not just for those who are libertarian but for those who want their children to have a foundation in freedom but economic thought as well.

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Leonard E. Reads original I, pencil.

Our Review of the Tuttle Twins and The Law and our review of Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island

Connor Boyack talking about the Tuttle Twins on the Tom Woods Show.

Connor also runs a Utah Think Tank called The Libertas Institute

Check out our awesome Homeschooling guides. One to homeschool on a budget and one to homeschool when you’re busy!

 

Xero Prio

Today we are taking a looking at the company Xero Shoes  and their shoes. Specifically Xero Prio barefoot shoes. I have had these Prio’s for almost 6 months and have put them through the paces.  I have been on a quest to find the best barefoot shoes to go hiking in. It has been difficult to find a dedicated barefoot hiking shoe. The barefoot boots I have tried are a bit too confining around the ankle, and I prefer the movement I get with a shoe as I hike.

How it looks

The Prio comes in men’s and women’s, two colors for each. The men’s come in black and blue as well as yellow and black while the women’s Prios are Yellow, turquoise, and black while the other pair is purple and black. With that out of the way, my personal opinion is that these Xero shoes look great! I am not a fan of the color yellow so I opted for the blue Prio shoes. The colors go well together and really look good. My son, however, still thinks I should have gone with the yellow Xero Prios.

Specs

This is straight from the Xero website.

  • Natural FIT — A wide toe box lets your toes spread and relax. Plus the “XERO-drop” sole (non-elevated heel and low-to-the-ground) allows for proper posture, balance, and agility
  • Natural MOTION — The Prio is flexible enough to let your feet bend, move, and flex the way, well, that feet are supposed to. Plus, they’re so lightweight, you’ll barely know you have them on. A men’s 9 is only 7.6 ounces each
  • Natural FEEL — The Prio uses the same 5.5mm FeelTrue® rubber from our Z-Trek sandal, so you get great protection while still getting the ground feedback that your feet like. With an optional 2mm insole, the Prio lets you Feel The World®
  • Vegan-friendly materials — No animal products in the Prio
  • Huarache-inspired design — The heel strap is not only eye-catching but functional
  • Adjustable instep strap — The “inverted V” straps aren’t sewn down, so you can use them to lock in your instep while keeping your toes free to move
  • Reflective straps — That middle section of the heel and instep straps are highly reflective for evenings and night
  • Optional 2mm insole — If you need a bit of extra protection, toss in the optional 2mm insole
  • Barefoot friendly — Wear the Prio with or without socks
  • 5,000-mile sole warranty — like ALL our FeelTre® soles, the Prio’s has our 5,000-mile sole warranty

I personally took out the 2mm insole because I enjoy the more barefoot feel and I absolutely love the room in the toe box of this shoe. I haven’t put 5000 miles on the sole yet, but after 6 months of running and hiking all over the great state of North Carolina and the Smokey Mountains, I am up to about 900 miles and they are still holding up great!

Unboxing

I usually have unboxing pictures but this time my son and I were heading to a hike and we picked these up at the post office on the way. I slapped them on and went on a hike almost immediately.

First impression

I had been looking for minimalist shoes that I could hike in for a while. I have tried others such as Lems primal 2 and Lems boulder boots as well. These Prio’s caught my attention at first because they have a 5000-mile Sole guarantee on these shoes. My criteria for a barefoot hiking shoe was that it had to have the wide toe box, not inhibit ankle dexterity, look good, zero drop heel to toe, and have a thin sole for ground feel. This met those demands. That is unprecedented in the shoe business. I haven’t had to try it yet but I am at 900 miles on these shoes and they are holding up great. Aside from the great guarantee, the shoe looked beautiful coming out of the box. Crisp colors, no loose stitching or scuffs on the shoes.

After getting the shoes on in a hurry to knock out a quick hike before the rain came, we set off on the trail. The shoe, right out of the box, was pretty comfortable. There was no real stiffness to the Xero’s and the shoe was quite flexible. I was able to jump from rock to rock with no real slipping and run over a pretty technical portion of the trail and still have great ground feel.

The first Hike

On this quick first hike, I put the shoes on a little bit of a test. This particular hike allowed me to run a trail, climb trees, jump from rock outcropping to rock outcropping, and scale the face of a rock quarry all before it rained. I loved the way the Xero Prio’s handled the trail run. The shoes are light and allow for toe splay as well as great ground feel. They have great traction that allowed me to jump from outcropping to outcropping with minimal slipping on the jump or sliding on the landing. They did great when I scaled the quarry face, although my wife was none too happy that I let my son do it with me. I was actually pretty thankful for the grip on these shoes as it allowed me to get a nice stick to the rock in certain areas were my Lems had failed before. This allowed me to finally get me and my son to the top of the quarry face.

Overall, the first hike was a success.

Barefoot Shoes for Work

I had no intention of wearing the Xero Prio’s to work, however, the scrubs I wear to the hospital I work at matches perfectly and these quickly became my go-to shoe. This provided me a nice benefit. I had been

The prize at the top of the hike

having sore feet since I had started spending 14 hours on my feet on a concrete floor. After I switched to the Prio’s, my feet became less sore and in about 2 weeks, it had resolved. I am not ready to say it was just the shoes but between the shoes, I had worn for work, which were cushiony shoes for male nurses, and the Xero Prio the Prio’s seemed to be the better choice.

So whats the Bad

Without fail, there is always a negative to anything. With these shoes, at least for me, it was one thing. The traction and grip are great when things are dry outside. However, when things get a bit damp, scrambling or climbing rocks become a bit more difficult. The shoe is not nearly as grippy in wet conditions. Now, this isn’t a fault of just this shoe, it is of almost every shoe I have worn but it is still a negative.

If them not having grip when it is wet outside is bad then the good thing about them when they are wet is that they hardly weigh a thing. I found this out the hard and pretty scary way. There is a pool near where I live and as I was walking over to find my son who was with his friends I saw a boy who looked to be 3 or 4 near the deep end. He jumped from the side of the pool to get on an inflatable toy and missed. He didn’t come back up and nobody seemed to notice so I jumped in fully clothed, shoes and all, swam to him and pulled him up. The boy ended up being fine. The Xero’s were light enough to not weigh me down but substantial enough to provide me with propulsion as I tried to swim. After getting out of the water, I wore them home because even though they were wet, they were still lightweight.

Overview

I gave a quick overview of my first hike with these but wanted to let you know as well, I have hiked in the Smokey Mountains, Hanging Rock, Raven Rock, Craggy point, Carolina beach state park, and many other places with these shoes and they are great. They got dirty, muddy, and almost caught on fire but they have proven themselves as my go-to shoe. They even wash easily if you need to wash them.

Conclusion

Are these the best barefoot shoes ? Well, I don’t think I can answer that honestly since I haven’t tried them all but Xero Prio’s are at the top of my list.

 

Blue shoes are my Xero Prio, Black ones are my Lems primal 2

Whether you are looking for minimalist shoes for men or women, barefoot hiking shoes, or barefoot gym or work shoes. Consider the Xero Prio. They look great, give you great ground feel, they are comfortable, and they really allow your feet to move the way they were intended. They are Zero rise shoes, meaning no rise in height from heel to toe. I have abused these shoes and they still look great and function perfectly. What more can you really ask for

 

Lems Boulder Boots Review

Those who have read this blog before know we hike often. I usually hike in my Lems Primal 2 shoes. I am not much of a boot person but Lems gave me a pair of their Boulder Boots to try out. The boots were not only used them for hiking but for outdoor work as well. This review will go over these Lems boots and how they have held up.

Lems boulder boots black, boot, boulder, minimalist hiking bootFirst Off

Who is Lems? They are essentially and 8 person company. Lems make minimalist shoes and boots and are becoming quite popular. Where are Lems shoes made? They are American run and family owned company based out of Boulder Colorado. Lems has carved a substantial niche out for themselves in the minimalist footwear community. Building up a brand that is known for quality, versatility, and adaptability to what their customers want.

The Boulder boot they sent me was the Lems Boulder Boot Black. They came in a Lems shoe box and looked great out of the box.

The Specs are as follows.

WATERPROOFING  None

  • LAST      Lems Natural-Shape™ Last
  • UPPER   1200 denier nylon – *VEGAN
  • LINING   100% cotton
  • OUTSOLE   9.0mm LemsRubber™ (air-injection rubber)
  • FOOTBED   3.0mm removable PU insole
  • INSOLE BOARD   1.0mm PU strobel (lined with fabric on top)
  • STACK HEIGHT   10.0mm (not including 3.0mm footbed)
  • DROP   0.0mm (Zero-Drop)
  • WEIGHT   9.9oz/280g (sz 43)
  • PROVIDED WITH 2 PARIS OF LACES black + red

 

Without Further delay, the review.

The Great

While I don’t like to wear boots much, I don’t like the ankle support, these boots are great looking and comfortable. These LemsLems boulder boots black, boot, boulder, minimalist hiking boot boots are zero drop heel to toe and have a relatively small outsole at just 9.00mm. They have good ground feel and allow the toes to splay.

They are water resistant. This is great. Here in NC it rains often and in the mountains it is usually damp. Not walking around with soggy socks or feet is wonderful. The Army drilled into me to not let your feet get wet and these boots do a good job at that. Nobody likes hiking with a baby carrier on their back and wet feet. It makes for a bad hike and a long day.

The Good

These are one of the few truly minimalist boots on the market. This makes them good to begin with. On top of this, The boulder boots come with removable insoles for even better ground feel. I prefer to have the insole out. I have been wearing minimalist shoes for awhile and it is much more comfortable for me.

These black boulder boots are tough. I have hiked through the Great Smoky Mountains, Forested mountains in New Mexico, Desert in New Mexico, Arkansas Ozarks, and my brother in law has worked in them. They have held up great. The only thing I have had to do is give them a wash. No rips, tears, or any other destruction has taken place. The soles have held up nicely, showing minimal wear after spending a few weeks hiking in the Mountains.

These would make a great minimalist snow boot for both men and women. With it being water resistant and relatively warm, these boots would perform great in the winter.

The tread is great on dry rocks, sand, trails, and more.

These can roll up small or fold flat to fit in your pack for an extra pair of footwear on your hike. They also dry relatively quickly if you get them wet crossing a stream or river.

Having 2 sets of laces has also been nice.

The Bad

What I don’t like about these Boulder boots is the lip. It looks good but while hiking in the mountains and walking over logs, it gets caught easily. Is this a deal breaker? No. It is just a minor annoyance and something I need to be aware of while I am hiking.

This is a personal one, I don’t like the ankle support. My brother-in-law loves it. For those who like the ankle support, they will love this boot. I have hiked so long in shoes that not having ankle support is a preference for me.

The tread doesn’t do so good on wet rock. To be fair, not many pieces of footwear do good on wet rock. I learned this lesson the Lems boulder boots black, boot, boulder, minimalist hiking boothard way a few years ago when hoping across a stream and I slipped on the rock and injured my ankle. This happened while wearing regular hiking boots. Not minimalist hiking boots. This didn’t happen with Lems and admittedly, these boots do better than traditional shoes on wet rock but not as good as traditional hiking boots.

Conclusion

Would I recommend them? Heck yes. The negatives I listed were all pretty minor in my estimation and definitely are not deal breakers. I prefer to wear my Lems Primal 2’s hiking in the summer…. unless it rains. If it is wet outside, or in the winter time, I will definitely be using these to hike with my wife and 2 kids. Lems Boulder Boots are great for hiking, working, and just casual walking around. Try them out!

 

 

Deuter Kid Comfort III Review.

 Finding a balance between your outdoor side and the little one at home can be a daunting task. Being a father that enjoys being outside, I can tell you it isn’t easy. My wife and I hike and camp often and finding a way to transport our children along the trails wasn’t easy. Our solution? A backpack kid carrier. To be more specific, the Deuter Kid  comfort 3. Before I bought the Kid Comfort III I had read several reviews which never listed things they did not like. I want to lay out the good and the bad.

First things First

Kid Comfort III 3 DeuterAre you and you child a good fit for a kid carrier? Ideally your child should be able to hold its head up without assistance before using a child carrier. The adult carrying the child might have issues if they are short or have a smaller frame. An example: I am 5’4 and I don’t have issues carrying it. I do not have a small frame either. My wife is 5’3 and smaller frame and can still carry it but it is more difficult as it sits higher on her.

Only Child Carrier?

This isn’t the only backpack kid carrier from Deuter. Deuter isn’t the only brand either. The Kid comfort comes in the Kid comfort III, II, I, and air. Osprey has several child carriers. The Poco AG, Plus, and Premium. We had the Osprey Poco AG but opted for the Kid Comfort instead. This was more about my child liking the plush bear that came with the Deuter Kid comfort than a dislike for the osprey child carrier.

What’s great about the Kid Comfort

There are some great features on this kid carrier. It is adjustable like crazy. This is a huge plus. We had big babies so this was Kid Comfort III, kid comfort, deuter, backpack kid carrier. important. Also the frame size between my wife and I is considerable. The seat, where the child sits, is adjustable. You adjust the seat up for smaller children and down as they grow. The seat belt system is also adjustable. The side flaps allow you to adjust how the child sits on you back as well. Pull the flap tighter and the child is closer to your back looser gives them a bit more room. There are two straps that come over the shoulders that also pull the child closer to your back so they don’t throw your center of gravity off while hiking.

The straps for the adults are numerous as well. The pack is fully customizable fit due to these straps. The shoulder straps, waist straps, chest straps are all fully adjustable. to get the right fit for you.

The Kid Comfort III has 7 pockets total on it. Two are on the waist strap. You can carry compass, small snacks for the monsters, watch or other small items in there. We usually pack our compass and a few snacks in here. The other pockets are on the back of the pack. Two on either side of the head of the pack that can hold small water bottles or snacks or the plush teddy bear that came with it. The main pocket is big. It doesn’t say on their website how many liters it holds. It holds diapers, water bottles, first aid kit, extra clothes and more. The upper pockets on the back usually hold more stow away items or they stay empty.

This child carrier also has a kick stand for stability in putting the child in or putting the pack down. This has been great for us. It makes things easier, especially if you have two people to maneuver it on and off.

The Good

kid comfort, deuter kid comfort, child carrierIt has adjustable foot rests for the kids. This tends to keep the kids legs at a 90 degree angle if you want. My kids never kept their feet in them but I know many who do.

I really like the fact that it has a hydration bladder pocket. This has been great for a few reasons. First off, I like carrying water. When I was in the Army, we used Camelbaks and I loved them. Adding a bladder (which is not included 3L capacity) is great. I like being able to sip water while hiking. The second reason this is great is that my daughter loves playing with the hydration hose. It keeps her busy and not fussing.

It tends to put the kids to sleep. This is nice, especially if you are hiking around nap times. On top of that it comes with a pillow for them to lay their face on as well as a sunshade to keep them cool out on the trails.

The Bad

The first bad for me was the price tag. They are not the cheapest one’s. With that being said, I wanted one I could trust with my child and that would be comfortable for them.

The sunshade, while good, has drawbacks as well. It doesn’t work if it is in the morning or late afternoon. It works during the most important times of day ( most of the time, I’ll get to that next) noon and the heat of the day. However, if the child is asleep against the pillow or laying against the side flap, part of their face is exposed. This isn’t a horrible thing but something to be aware of. They might wake up to some funky tan lines.

Kids are messy and this thing isn’t always the easiest to clean. The pillow is, it detaches, but the side flaps are not.

The bladder is great but it fits right between the child and your back. I couldn’t fit a full 3L in the bladder because I would squeeze the water out after I tightened the straps.

Conclusion

Would I recommend this backpack kid carrier? I would. It has been great! The Kid Comfort 3 is comfortable, looks good, has the features I was looking for. It has gotten me through 2 kids and 3 years. We have hiked through the Arkansas Ozarks, New Mexico mountains and forests and deserts, Sandia Peak, North Carolina Smoky mountains, and various trails near home. It has held up tremendously and is money well spent. My wife and I can enjoy one of our favorite past times and the kids can go with us as well.

You can check out our tips and tricks on hiking with children as well!

Have you ever used a backpack child carrier? what were the good and the bad about the one you used? We would love to hear from you. Check us out on twitter, Facebook page or Facebook group, or drop us a comment below!

 

 

Lems Primal 2 Shoe Review: First Impression

The Lems Primal 2

The Primal 2’s are a minimalist/barefoot shoes or minimalist sneakers created by Lems. It is their second iteration of the shoe, the first being Lems Primal Origins, which they do not sell anymore. First, a little about the company.

Background

Lems Shoes, Which stands for Live Easy & Minimal, was started by Andrew Rademacher. He started looking into shoes in 2008 while working as a shoe’s salesman. After researching and studying shoe designs, and even tearing apart shoe’s, he decided to build on from the ground up. Andrew wanted a shoe that fit the form of the human foot rather than having the foot conform to the shoe. He also wanted the shoes to have a flexible sole, great ground feel and allow for the natural movement of the foot. In 2011 he released his first shoe, the Primal Origin.

His company, Lems, Is based out of Boulder Colorado and is an American-run and family owned operation with a grand total of 5 employee’s. The goal of the company is to make great shoes with 3 main features.

  • The shoes must have a natural foot shape
  • They must be extremely flexible
  • They must be zer0-drop from heel to toe

Lems Primal 2 Shoe

The Primal 2 shoe shipped fairly quickly. I received it in 3 days from Colorado to North Carolina. After unboxing the shoes, which I forgot to take pictures of, I took some time to look them over. Here is a quick rundown of the specs:

  • LAST  Lems Natural-Shape Last
  • UPPER  Super-soft microfiber + open-weave mesh (100% vegan)
  • LINING 100% moisture-wicking polyester
  • OUTSOLE  8.0mm LemsRubber (air-injection rubber)
  • FOOTBED  3.0mm removable PU insole
  • INSOLE BOARD  1.0mm PU strobel (lined with fabric on top)
  • STACK HEIGHT  9.0mm (not including 3.0mm footbed)
  • DROP 0.0mm (Zero-Drop)
  • WEIGHT  6.9oz/195g (size 43)

The shoes look great. The black mesh with the microfiber makes a great looking combination. They’re great as a casual shoe and are my go-to shoes when I need something that blends in with my outfit.

The Lems Primal 2’s are wide toe box shoes. This allows for your toes to spread or splay naturally. With the wide toe box, you can even pair these with Correct Toes, that is how much space you have.

What I Like

There is no getting around it, the shoes are just plain comfortable. I will admit that the first time wearing these shoes, they hurt my feet. I wore them on a 14-hour shift at my nursing job. That is more about the job than the shoe though. After the first night, which I did not wear the 3mm insole, I put the insole back in and I was good. I transitioned slower from having the insole to without it. Now I wear the shoes without the insole in, even at work, and my feet are fine. I wear these shoes around town, my wife and I walk all over town, and these shoes keep me comfortable and allow my toes to spread.

I have taken these shoes on trails as well and they have held up great. I tend to barefoot hike on trails but when the trails turn to more gravel, I slap these on and I am able to keep going. It allows me to have that ground feel that we look for but it keeps my feet pain free. While on the trails in North Carolina I have hiked off trail and used the Primal 2’s to scale tree’s, walk across fallen logs, jump from rock to rock crossing a river and the shoes have performed phenomenally.

What I don’t  like

While these shoes are great, they are not perfect. Let’s be honest, no shoe is perfect for anybody. My biggest complaint of the Primal 2’s is that they do not have good traction on wet rock. I found this out the hard way while navigating across Eno River. This isn’t a deal breaker, these shoes perform well outside of this arena but this is something to keep in mind.

My second complaint is not being able to talk to a customer service representative when I called. I wanted to know how to wash the Primal 2’s so I did not ruin them, this stems from when I slipped and fell in the river. I got an answering machine, left my message, and I did not receive a callback. I only called once and they are a smaller company so this isn’t a huge negative but talking to a live person would be much better.

Would I recommend these shoes?

All in all, I would recommend these shoes for those looking for a versatile shoe that can be worn on easy to moderate trails but look good enough to wear out on a casual day. They come in a variety of colors from Black, Red, Gray, Dark Blue, and Teal. If you want to go with a casual barefoot shoe or if you want something that stands out, they will have what you want.

Whats Next

This was just my initial first impression. I will be adding another review in a few months once I have put some more miles on the Primal 2’s.

Next, I will be reviewing Lems Bouler Boot. Stay tuned for that.

 

Tuttle Twins

Tuttle Twins Creature from Jekyll Island Review.

The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island

Tuttle Twins

Creature From Jekyll Island Cover

The Creature from Jekyll Island is the third installment of the Tuttle Twins children’s book series. This book is, again, written by Connor Boyack who is becoming quite good at writing books on liberty for children. Elijah Stanfield joined Connor again to illustrate this installment as well. The illustrations turned out wonderful and kept my sons attention through the entirety of the book.

First Some Background

Connor took a complex topic, the ideas found in The original book from G. Edward Griffin, and distils it into a children’s book that is readable and fun. The Creature from Jekyll Island, the book that this is based on, details the ideas and formation of the Federal Reserve Bank. Here is a quick quote:

“The year was 1910. A small group of the wealthiest and most powerful bankers in the world, along with a couple of people in the government, held a secret meeting on Jekyll Island, in Georgia, to plan the ultimate bank called the Federal Reserve. This bank – this creature – has one main power, and a very sinister one: The power to actually make unlimited amounts of new money.”

The Tuttle Twins book takes these ideas as well as the repercussions of having a central bank and lays it bare so even children see its sinister nature.

What About the Story

The story The Creature from Jekyll Island starts off with the Tuttle Twins bringing their honey to market. During this trip their Grandparents join their family for a few days to help out and visit. That night Ethan over heard his Grandfather talk about a creature stealing his savings and his money is not worth as much as it used to be. This gets Ethans imagination running and he begins to imagine what this creature looks like.

Later on when the twins and their family go to the fair to sell their honey, Their father and grandfather, with imputs from mom and Grandma, tell the children what the Creature from Jekyll Island really is, The federal reserve bank. The children are a bit surprised but the parents tell them why it is so sinister and how it is stealing their Grandparents wealth.

The story, while it has complex topics and ideas, breaks it down so both children and parents can both understand how something like a central bank can be a threat to liberty. This happens to be Isaiah’s favorite book of the Tuttle Twins childrens book series.

What Did Isaiah Think?

Isaiah loves this book. It has become his favorite one of the Tuttle Twins series. Isaiah loves the illustration of the creature especially. He loves the idea of selling honey and earning money. ( he has jobs around the house aside from his chores that he can earn money for ) The fact that this takes place in a County Fair setting, with rides, popcorn, and candy keeps Isaiah interested the whole time.

He can’t read the whole book himself yet but he can read parts of it. However, he prefers me to read it to him, I get animated and use different voices for different characters. As far as the topics and ideas of this book, I am able to use the book as well as hard examples like silver coins and dollar bills to help make the point and make it a bit more concrete for  him. He has now started to ask me to buy silver pieces for his savings rather than just tucking away his change. In the last year he has saved enough of his money to have 3 silver coins, not bad for a 4 year old!

What Did I think?

As for me, I am happy somebody has written libertarian books for children. This is something that I think is hugely important because I wouldn’t have really approached the subject of the federal reserve with Isaiah till he was much older. This has allowed me to get through to him in regards to sound money. Having a kids book set on liberty or libertarian topics is great and the Creature from Jekyll Island is instrumental in allowing parents to put forth the ideas of sound money as well as entrepeurship to kids.

This book has gotten Isaiah to ask all sorts of questions regarding money which is great. This along with the other books in the series, especially the Tuttle Twins learn about The Law book ( review can be found here) allows parents to approach these subjects with their children and at least get the conversation started.

Critical Thoughts

The only real negative for me with this book is how long it is. This book is made for older children but it reads well. Isaiah likes it so it takes a few nights to read it. This book would be great for 9 or 10 year olds to read on their own. It is a great book, however, to read to your children that are younger than that. This, of course, is up to you.

Would I Recommend This Book?

I would Recommend this book even for parents with younger children. You may be surprised by what your children will learn from it. Kids can understand remarkable concepts before we realize it. If you are looking for a book that teaches the principles of sound money, this is it. If you are looking for a series that teaches children about liberty, this series is for you as well!

Lets not forget that if you do decide to purchase the Combo Pack, you will get activity workbooks for children with it as well.

If you would like to purchase any of the Tuttle Twins books click Here. You can also purchase a combo pack with several free bonuses Here, it is a great deal plus You can get 25% off of your purchase by using coupon code PARENT

Our Review of the First Tuttle Twins Book can be found here!

Connor Boyack talking about the Tuttle Twins on the Tom Woods Show.

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Midwest Juicery Pt. 1

Today I am starting a series of reviews on Midwest Juicery and the juices they offer. Let’s start with an overview of the company and a review of the first juice “Apple of my Eye”.

Midwest Juicery started in May of 2016 and has been rocking the juice world since. It was Co-founded by a man named Ziad Burkett who had a vision of people having great tasting and healthy fruit and vegetable juice with no added sugar. He went out and created his vision and it became Midwest Juicery. Here is a quick word from him!

We absolutely love and are amazed by the human body. It is one of, if not the most, complicated and magnificent things on earth. To ensure the human body reaches its full potential, it has to be fueled properly. Fruits and vegetables are essential. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to consume your daily fruit and vegetable requirements (here’s a secret: we recommend WAY more than the standard daily requirement. Fruits and vegetables are some of the most nutritious and easily digestible foods). As a result, a lot of people tend to eat foods that are convenient, but not as nutritious: processed and genetically modified foods.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were an easy way to consume more fruits and vegetables? That’s why we got started. Our mission is to provide you with a delicious, 100% organic, cold-pressed juice to make your life a little more tasty and a lot more healthy.

Midwest Juicery currently sells 5 different types of juices. Each with a unique name to go with its unique flavor. The flavors are Apple of my eye, 16 carrot gold, Beets by Midwest, Green with Envy, and Lava Lemonade. They sell them in stores in the midwest, the link to find them is here. They will also ship them to you complete with ice packs to keep your juice nice and fresh. This was great for me since I forgot my order was coming and my wife and I went hiking that day and the package sat out in the hot North Carolina sun till 4 in the afternoon. It was a blessing though, after that strenuous hike, I was glad to down the Apple of my Eye juice. It was cold, refreshing and energizing. I felt like I could go for another hike after that.

The Apple of my Eye juice boasts 2 apples, 3 heads of lettuce, 1/4 cucumber, 1/4 of a lemon and 100% deliciousness. Aside from the great taste that it offered, my favorite part is that there is no added sugar to the juice. This is important to me, as a nurse, I know what refined added sugar can do to the body and there is plenty of science to back it up It is 100% clean, organic, cold pressed, not from concentrate juice. This is the beauty of the juice. It is simple, it is clean, and it is a delicious healthy treat. The Apple of My Eye juice is a great pick me up after a arduos hike with the family up to hanging rock. My wife loved it and my children could not get enough. I should have had more because everybody wanted it. My only real complaint about the juice is that there wasn’t more!

Price wise, it runs 7.99 a bottle, however you can get them in bulk and use the discount code below to get 20%

I would recommend this juices to anybody who doesn’t have the time to juice on their own, parents who can’t get kids to eat their fruits and veggies, and anybody who needs a quick pick me up in the middle of the day. It tastes great, and they are healthy. That is a rare combination to have these days.

I talked to the owner of the company and he wanted to offer the readers a 20% discount. All you need to do is use discount code: LIBERTARIAN at checkout.

Stay tuned for the next installment and don’t forget to checkout Midwest Juicery for the Apple of My Eye juice. Don’t forget to like their facebook page as well!

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Book Review: Primal Prescription

The Primal Prescription serves two major purposes and is divided accordingly.

First, the authors draw on Murphy’s economic insights to explain and analyze the complete history of health care in the United States and how things have progressed to what we have today, from wage and price controls in World War II to EMTALA under Reagan and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under Obama. They break down the effects of various laws, and spend several chapters showing how the ACA “works.”  Additionally, they show the process of new drug approval and the relationships between what has notoriously become known as “Big Pharma” and the FDA. And here’s a shocker. For everyone who says, “the free market is broken in health care,” you’ll find that it’s not so much the free market, but rather intervention and “tweaking” over the last century that have, in their attempt to “correct” for various problems and perceived problems, caused many unintended “side-effects” in the health care and health insurance markets that needed further and further intervention and tweaking.

To read the rest, click here to go to the original blog post!