15 Amazing Scottish Destinations (Part 2/3)

6. Huntly Part 2/3: I lived in the tiny and picturesque town of Huntly for several months, and enjoyed every minute! This small town is concentrated awesomeness. You’ll love Huntly Castle (home of the Gordon Clan), another one of my favorite castles. Of course, this is another ruined castle, with plenty of hidden rooms to [Read More…]

15 Amazing Scottish Destinations (Part 1/3)

Part 1/3: During the two years that I lived in Scotland (and on subsequent visits), I discovered some truly amazing places. I am often asked for advice on traveling around Scotland, and I recommend some places that are well known, but most are hidden treasures. If you want a quick snapshot, enjoy my 3-part article. [Read More…]

#1 Most Amazing Sandcastle Ever! Sunset Beach, NC

Last week I experienced one of the most artistic moments of my life, an unbelievable sandcastle at Sunset Beach, North Carolina. This incredible ancient sand city was designed and created by artist Lukas Goodmuth, from Baltimore, Maryland. Normally, rainstorms would have prevented Lukas and his family from having enough time to work out such intricate [Read More…]

Inspiring Thoughts – James Taylor & The Beatles

I recently attended a James Taylor concert, and was very inspired. Before his first song, he told the story of how he got his big break back in 1968. He had sat in a room with Paul Mccartney and George Harrison (band members of the Beatles), and played a moving song for them. After he [Read More…]

Renée’s Famous Soft French Bread Recipe

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YT-c0d0OUE The number 1 food that people request from my mother Renée, is her soft french bread. Now most of her 10 children receive the exact same request from their families and friends! You are now fortunate enough to be receiving Renée’s famous recipe. Click on the icon below for a printable recipe:     [Read More…]

Inspiring Thoughts – The Tree That Wouldn’t Die

While hiking last week in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains I came across a peculiar tree, which instantly caught my attention. I often look for life’s lessons during my quiet reflective moments, and this lesson instantly hit me hard. This special tree had snapped in a storm, and the top half had fallen over. The tree [Read More…]

Gmail Tip: Show Only Unread Gmail Messages

Have you ever wanted to just show all your unread gmail messages at once, instead of having to click through all the hundreds of pages of your inbox? I just discovered a super-easy email tip that I just love! Just type “label: unread” into your gmail search box, and click “search mail”. That’s it! Your [Read More…]

Travel to Martha’s Vineyard

Quiz question…what do the following people have in common? James Taylor, David McCullough, John Belushi, Ulysses S. Grant, Carly Simon, Bill Clinton, The Kennedy family, and President Obama. They have all been residents or huge fans of Martha’s Vineyard. Now you can join this elite list! 7 years ago I started visiting the beautiful island [Read More…]

$121 Natural Skin Care Giveaway, by Color Connection

***UPDATED 5/22/2011 *** The winner failed to claim this giveaway, so the runner up is comment #35, Tonya Dean! Comment #35 was  randomly chosen by Random.org. ***WINNER UPDATE 5/19/2011: Comment #2, Julie D. is the winner chosen via Random.org. Winner must claim their prize by May 21st, or a runner-up will be announced. This $121 [Read More…]

The Art of Shaving – 10 Steps to the Perfect Shave

What is the latest trend in getting the perfect shave? Going back to the old school art of shaving! The Art of Shaving UPDATED 01/25/2016: Shaving with a cartridge razor  was always a terrible experience for me, and shaving with an electric razor was especially traumatic. Luckily, last year I discovered the art of shaving with [Read More…]

Save Big Money with Free “PriceDrop” Firefox Add On

I’m saving $20 per month with this free Firefox Add on I want to share an amazing online money-saving tool that I recently discovered. I do most of my shopping on Amazon.com, but I get frustrated when prices go up on items that are on my shopping list. For example, I buy a lot of [Read More…]

How to Modify Bisquick to get the World’s Best Waffles

Don’t tell my mom, but I found a way to modify Bisquick waffle mix in a way that actually tastes better than her homemade waffle recipe. I was amazed! That’s a big deal, because her recipe involves the time-consuming beating of egg whites & other laborious steps. Bisquick was always just background as I pushed [Read More…]

Hotel Palazzo Fani Mignanelli in Siena, Italy

In my article entitled “Travel to Siena, Tuscany, Italy” I wrote about a gem of a hotel that I stumbled upon during the winter in Siena, Italy, called the Hotel Palazzo Fani Mignanelli. My wife Laura & I found this hotel above a colorful flower shop. At 60 Euros ($85) per night, I honestly didn’t [Read More…]

Travel to Siena, Tuscany, Italy

After two hours of searching the medieval streets of Siena for a vacant hotel room we removed our backpacks to rest our exhausted bodies. Looking up at the darkening sky I said, “we should have taken a taxi from the train station, and we should have booked a hotel in advance!” My wife Laura laughed [Read More…]

Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce

This will be a rather short review, but it’s definitely about a product that I’m passionate about. Anyone that has been over to my home for dinner has probably heard me rave about Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce. This sauce may not be for everyone, but if you like a sweet BBQ sauce, then you’ll [Read More…]

Travel to Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Have you ever felt like you’ve stepped back in time? Like you were thrown into a story, like The Jungle Book? Well, I have. It took place in the huge ancient jungle ruins of Angkor Wat, near Siem Reap, Cambodia. I first heard about this spectacular destination in my college archaeology class, and I just [Read More…]

PocketWizard Plus II Transceiver

Whether you’re just starting out in photography & want to create a mini studio setup, or you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll love the the PocketWizard Plus II™ Transceiver. If you have no idea what this gadget does, let me give you a brief introduction. A transceiver allows you to remotely trigger your studio photo lighting [Read More…]

$50 Olive Garden Funny Photo Contest

Win a $50 Olive Garden Gift Card by following these 3 simple steps:   1. “Like” JoshLovesIt on Facebook   2. Email your funny photo (must be taken by you or close family member) to: [email protected]   3. Once I’ve posted your photo on my Facebook page, have your friends & family vote for your [Read More…]

Help! Family Camping Tents

I really need your help to find a new family tent! Please comment at the bottom of this post & share your opinion. When I was 15 years old I bought a North Face Mountain 24 expedition tent. It is still going strong, but my family is growing & we’d like to find a quality [Read More…]

Josh’s Homemade Spinach Pasta

Is there anything more impressive than being able to make your own colorful pasta? The answer is no, there is not. This healthy, yet tasty pasta recipe will draw hordes of admiring fans to your dinner table. You may even have a few people ask for your autograph. Cook Time: 5 min, Yield: about 1 [Read More…]

A Luxurious Night at The Hotel Roanoke

I love hotels! That’s why I’m very excited to give away a free night stay to one of America’s top historic luxury hotels, the Hotel Roanoke in Virginia. Please scroll to the bottom for the giveaway details. The moment I walked through the large front doors, I was struck by the hotel’s unique mixture of [Read More…]

7 Funniest Pranks Ever! Vote for your Favorite!

Do you like to pull pranks on others? I do! I have an evil mutated gene in my body that just makes me feel pure joy when I see someone freak out. I often hop on YouTube to see what other pranksters have to offer. Over the past several years I’ve compiled my top 7 [Read More…]

Brenthaven Laptop Backpack

The Brenthaven ProStyle BP-XF Laptop Backpack is one of my absolute favorite laptop bags.You can find the best price at this Amazon link: [amazon1] This rugged, yet sleek laptop backpack is made out of ballistic nylon (for durability) with tough metal zippers, and plenty of room for your laptop and accessories. It fits laptops up [Read More…]

Which Cordless Drill is Best?

About 5 years ago I threw a hundred bucks into the trash can. Really! Well, I may as well have thrown it into the trash. During my first home remodel I thought I’d save some moo-la by buying a discount drill. After just a couple months the Black & Decker drill burned up…literally. I saw [Read More…]

World’s Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe!

Watch my video as I make the best cinnamon rolls you’ll ever taste! It’s been an absolute hit everywhere I take them. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zAb9cuJ3ZQ Whenever my wife & I are invited anywhere, we are also encouraged to bring these cinnamon rolls along, so you can be certain that your popularity will grow, even if it’s not [Read More…]

“DK Eyewitness Travel Guides”

***UPDATED 3/16/2011 *** The winner failed to claim this giveaway, so the runner up is comment #49, Shawna! Comment #49 was randomly chosen by Random.org.   ***UPDATED 3/13/2011 ***And the winner is: Comment #1, Amber Moore! Amber has 72 hours to contact me with her mailing address, or another winner will be chosen, so everyone [Read More…]

Favorite Movie: Ratatouille

Who would have thought that a movie about a rat would become my #1 favorite movie? Not me. But now it’s one of the few movies that I can watch more than once per year. Click on the below video to watch a brief trailer: [youtube1] My 2 year old son and I watched this [Read More…]

Which Kitchen Knife Sharpener?

This little gadget instantly improved my cooking skills. Don’t believe me? It’s true! Before I got the Chef’s Choice® Model 130 Professional Sharpening Station® I found cooking to be laborious & less than fun. Why? Because I thought that I stunk at cutting (one of the most important parts of cooking) because I couldn’t for the [Read More…]

Which Baby Carrier?

Nearly 2 years ago my wife & I took our one-year-old son on a very difficult hike on the Appalachian trail. I carried him in a lower-end backpack carrier, that we had borrowed. BIG MISTAKE!!! By the end of the rigorous hike my shoulders had bruises & my whole body ached. That painful experience  sent [Read More…]

Travel to Walden Pond & Concord

Quiz question: What do Steve Carell (actor), Henry David Thoreau (poet), Louisa May Alcott (author), Ralph Waldo Emerson (poet), Kevin Garnett (NBA star), and Nathaniel Hawthorne (author) have in common? Answer: They have all been residents of Concord, Massachusetts! Another less-well-known fact about the Concord area is that it’s one of my favorite places to [Read More…]

The Cheesecake Factory!

  From arrival to departure, The Cheesecake Factory is nothing but impressive. If you’re not a cheesecake person, fear not! Cheesecake is only part of what The Cheesecake Factory has to offer. But I guarantee that you’ll fall in love with their cheesecake, if you simply try it. If you love someone, buy them a [Read More…]

The Sourcerer’s Apprentice

Have you ever been totally wrong about something? When I heard that Disney was making a movie loosely based on Mickey’s Fantasia, I predicted that it would be a dud (especially given Nicolas Cage’s recent box office letdowns). Tonight I was proven wrong, and I am now eating a big plate of crow. The Sorcerer’s [Read More…]

Healthy Chips that Taste Great?

Attention all people who want to get in shape…I’ve finally discovered a healthy chip that tastes great! A few months ago someone brought a bag of “Athenos Baked Pita Chips” to a social event, along with some Athenos Hummus. I looked at the bag of whole wheat chips sceptically, but I decided to give them [Read More…]

Celtic Woman

What could be better than beautiful Irish women singing beautiful Irish music in front of a beautiful Irish castle? Not much. Check out this video so you can see what I mean: [youtube1] My wife & I first became fans of the Celtic Woman group several years ago while attending a parade of homes show [Read More…]

Travel to Coyote Gulch, Utah

My two friends and I stumbled around in the dark, desperately trying to find the edge of the cliff by flashlight. When we finally found the edge of the cliff, we began the dangerous night-time descent into one of the West’s most beautiful red canyons. While I wouldn’t recommend trying to find your way into [Read More…]

How to Download Your Facebook Account

What if your Facebook account was hacked and you suddenly lost all your precious messages, friends, wall posts, and photos? I’ve had several friends experience this exact scenario, and all they could do was start a new account and try to remember who some of their friends were. They had to re-upload all their photos, [Read More…]

Hawaiian Coconut Syrup

  Warning, if you don’t have a sweet tooth, then this recipe is not for you! I’m not sure how authentically Hawaiian this thick amazing syrup is, but my sister Heather got it while living in Hawaii. Now it has become a family favorite in my home and also among my 9 older siblings and [Read More…]

Breaking the Leprosy Curse

I’ve decided to start writing about some of my favorite charities, and also donate a portion of the advertising proceeds from this blog to those charities. What are some characteristics of my favorite charities? Efficiency: most of my donated money goes to helping the people, not to running big bureaucratic operations Self-Sufficiency: my money isn’t [Read More…]

Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse

Screaming babies drive me crazy. That’s why this little blue seahorse has topped my list of favorite kid toys. The Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse may be the best $12-$15 investment you can make, if you’ve got kids that is. This plush little toy plays nice soothing music while it glows in the [Read More…]

Which Laptop Bag is Best?

Which Laptop Bag? Military grade ballistic nylon? High Density Foam to protect my laptop? Hidden rain cover? Secret stash pockets? Sex appeal? No, this isn’t James Bond’s backpack, although he’d probably like it. It’s the new ProStyle Slim Pack by Brenthaven…and it comes with an amazing lifetime guarantee! You’ve gotta check out this cool 1 [Read More…]