Monday, December 15, 2014

New Year's at Knott's Berry Farm family tradition.

Welcome in the New Year at Knott's Berry Farm with your family. The park will be filled with live entertainment and fireworks to bring in the New Year. Simply park your car and walk to the entrance to have a full day of festivities. There is no need to drive too far to have the best holiday fun ever. Up to late, drive to long?  No worries, you can stay at the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel just a short walk in the park and enjoy a late night of dancing, riding roller coasters and fireworks. It is really the best way to enjoy bringing in the New Year.

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My family and I make it out to the New Year's celebration every year as part of our family tradition. Family traditions are very important part of building lasting memories and creating bonds with your kids and the rest of the family. It is also a great time to show your kids that you have a fun side and understand that play time is important too.  I recommend that you come and play at Knott's Berry Farm with your family and friends this holiday season and ring in the New Year with the Field Trip Mom family.
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This year, the good people of Knott's Berry Farm are sponsoring a chance to win (2) tickets through our blog. I am so excited to open this great opportunity to all my loyal readers. Enter for a chance to win (2) tickets to Knott's Berry Farm and come ring in the New Year with us.
Disclaimer: Sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.

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Knott's Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90620.  For more information on tickets, attractions and more go to Knott's Website

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Etnies Shoes - Scouts for the Field Trip Mom Family

A few months back, the incredible team from Etnies sent the Field Trip Mom family some amazing new shoes from their Scout product line.  None of our family members are skateboarders or ride a BMX bike in any form of the sense, however we do plenty of walking and outdoor adventures so we started to put some mileage on them.  Disclaimer: All opinions my own and neither Field Trip Mom nor any representative of Field Trip Mom receive any monetary compensation for this post.

I was the first to lace up my new pair of kicks.  I am a fairly simple guy where shorts and a t-shirt are common weekend attire, jeans are a cold days necessity and slacks and long sleeve dress shirt or golf polo are the weekday wear.  I am fairly picky at choosing my attire and it has taken me many years of my wife's well intended trying to venture out of my comfort zone.  I was the standard Big 2 (N*** and Re****) cross trainer wearer in either white or black and it couldn't have too many other outrageous colors.  Yes, I was pretty plain however these shoes just really seemed to call to me.  I pulled them out of the box and was amazed at how light they were compared to my old cross trainers.  I had purchased another pair of "Skate Shoes" from a company which has been around since 1966, however there wasn't enough support.  An easy 30 minute walk around the local swap meet in these shoes had me begging to go home to rest my legs.

I put my new Scouts on and was amazed at the comfort and support my feet had.  The shoes are so lightweight, it is almost as if I am walking around in just my socks.  Wearing them around the house, to the market and back or around town seemed effortless.  I was comfortable and had many compliments from my friends and family about stepping out of my old sneaks.  I very quickly found myself grabbing my Etnies Scouts more often than my old pair of shoes.

 ** Photo courtesy of the Etnies

Later in the month, I decided to put my Etnies Scouts to the real test.  We were going to a local theme park for an all day event with lots of standing and walking.  Rest assured, the entire family was tired, their feet and legs were hurting and they needing to sit down often towards the afternoon and evening hours.  For me however, I was ready for some more on the go adventure.  The lightweight and incredible cushion of the Scouts was like I was walking on a cloud; not that hot, hard blacktop the park had.  My feet and legs were great and I wasn't tired.  The shoes have an amazing impact resistance that kept my lower back and legs from hurting.  It has been 3 months since I first tried on my new Etnies Scouts and I love them even more.  They are easy to clean, durable and go to every adventure our family heads out to endure.

Etnies carefully designs each style to improve overall performance.   The company recently introduced to their product line, STI Evolution Foam™ which replaces EVA, PU and heavy rubber type soles with a durable, abrasion-resistant, lightweight and high-impact rebound cushioning foam for the midsole and outsole.  The sole is so durable that even with a hard landing, the foam won't pack out and acts as a shock absorber.  Lightweight with a tremendous amount of cushion, these shoes are made for all day wear whether you skate, bike, jump, climb, run or simply stand.  The STI Evolution Foam™ midsoles are made using a special molding process which eliminates waste in production.  Check out the video below which talks more about the STI Evolution Foam.

Etnies hosts a complete product line of shoes, boots, shirts, shorts, jeans, jackets, sweatshirts and accessories for men, women, children and even toddlers (shown below).  Etnies product line can be found at many of your local surf and skating apparel shops such as Active, Jack's Surf Shop, Tillies and you can find their full product line at  Check out the incredible video below on Etnie Scouts, the same shoes that now take residence on my feet.  Take my word for it...try them for yourself, you'll be glad you did!  

** Photo courtesy of the Etnies 

Written by contributor and co-owner of  Tim Bosek
All opinions are my own.  Videos and Photos except for those labelled with are the ownership of Etnies for use with this personal product review only.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Heirloom and Hardware custom furniture boutique.

I want to introduce you to custom furniture through Heirloom and Hardware.  They are a great store where you can find furniture that inspires you. The inspiration comes from the owners husband-and-wife team Joseph and Jessica D’Ambra, and sibling Jennifer, who create each piece with passion for home furniture.
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Heirloom and Hardware has been selling  custom furniture since 2011.  They have a new store at 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 in the LAB shopping center. We were recently invited to their grand opening.  Dorian Gomez filled in for me and was my eyes and ears on this special night.  He called me and revealed his thoughts on the store with me.
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Dorian: ”Their love for turning something vintage into something classic is evident the minute you walk in the door of their store.
Me:  What feeling did you get from the place?
Dorian: The shop owners really love their craft of making furniture.  They travel to Europe to find one of a kind piece to transform into custom designs.  The love is very much evident in the details of each furniture piece.
Me: What did you love besides the furniture?
Dorian:  They offer candles, accessories and many other timeless pieces for the home.
Me: I saw jewelry and other cute accessories on Instagram photos. What can you tell us about it?
Dorian: They carry one of a kind scarfs, necklaces and journals.  Everything is made to inspire you to be original.
Me: What else can you tell me about your experience?
Dorian: Attending the H&H grand opening has helped me visualize the coexistence between vintage and contemporary. The owners Joseph and Jessica D’Ambra bring together a harmonious blend of custom furniture with a vintage history.  I found a few favorite items such as  the European Medicine cabinet, handmade shelving system made out of rolling carts and their unique artwork brought back from their travels. 
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The store is opened Monday through Saturday from 11am until 7pm and Sunday is 11am until 5pm.
I recommend that you stop by and get inspired by the custom made furniture.
2930 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. Thank you  Dorian Gomez for being a contributor on this story. All thoughts and opinions are all our own.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Copper Fit Compression Knee Sleeve

Copper Fit Infused Compression Garments is a uni-sex compression sleeve used to help with easier joint movement and pain relief.  Several months back, the kind staff from Copper Fit and Idea Village sent Field Trip Dad the gift of pain management and relief in which I gladly was willing to try.  Field Trip was sent a compression knee sleeve in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions and comments are my own and we did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.
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Copper Fit compression sleeves infuses copper ions during the manufacturing process which will not easily wash or wear out of the garment even through several washings.  Copper is a natural mineral, environmentally friendly and a required nutrient in our present ecosystem.  For thousands of years, ancient Aztecs, Romans and Egyptians have used copper for many benefits according to Gregor Grass, Christopher Rensing and Marc Solioz in their book Metallic Copper as an Antimicrobial Surface. Applied Environmental Microbiology, March 2011.  Copper provides protection against staining, bacteria, odors and the deterioration of the product.   Copper is non-irritating and a vital nutrient to humans.

Copper Fit uses compression support which has been used by doctors and physical therapists providing muscle and circulatory support.  Compression type products may provide benefits and relief to sore, stiff or painful muscles, improved circulation and assist in muscle strain and fatigue. Results vary person to person.  Seek a professional doctor and/or physical therapist for additional thoughts and opinions before deciding for your unique situation.

As a child, I was outside playing, biking, skating and playing sports with my friends from sun up to sun down during the summers.  Between the ages of 7 and 14, I experienced painful growing pains in my legs and once every couple of months my knees would swell the size of cantaloupe melons, filling with fluid (also called water on the knee.)  This was an extremely painful time for me as a child, I couldn't bend my knees without agonizing pain.  The swelling would come on overnight during my sleep and it would awaken me dramatically in the middle of the night keeping me up for the rest of the early morning hours.  My parents took me to the family doctor on several occasions and the diagnosis was the same every time; he played too hard.  Go home and have him rest.  Typically the swelling would subside a few days later and I would be back to normal until the next occurrence. My parents took me to an orthopedic surgeon after several occurrences in which he wanted to perform exploratory surgery since there were no MRI's during those days and my parents refused to put me through that pain.  Now 40, I have always had knee pain, stiffness and soreness during and after running.  Recently, I was experiencing pain in my knees climbing stairs and decided to go back to an Orthopedic surgeon who took an MRI for me and diagnosed me with a tear in my meniscus which over time semi repaired itself with scar tissue.  The doctor deemed this to not be life threatening nor felt surgery was an option and told me that some day I could potentially re-injure my knee which would then place me in the operating room. He suggested low impact sports as a solution.
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I received the Copper Fit compression sleeve for my knee and started using it for exercise on an elliptical machine and while walking up to 5 miles.  My 3 month experience was incredible.  The sleeve provided flexible support to my knee and enough compression to feel as if I was wearing a heavy duty knee brace.  The fabric was moisture wicking so I didn't chaff from sweat during my exercise program.  The Copper Fit compression sleeve is ideal for performance athletes, physical workers and persons who are gracefully aging.  Made from 82% Polyester, 14% Spandex and 4% Copper and other materials, the compression sleeves come in 3 sizes.  They offer products for knees, elbows, ankles, as well as T-Shirts, Shorts and Socks.  The antimicrobial fabric is easy to wash in cold water and dry on low.  I wear my compression sleeve for many activities from exercise to working in the garage to playing handball and biking with the kids.  Whatever your job or activity, 15 or 70, I recommend trying the Copper Fit Compression Garments for easier movement and pain relief.

To learn more, seek additional information from your health care professional or physical therapist. You can find all of the Copper Fit product line at Copper Fit.

Written by contributor and co-owner of Tim Bosek

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Time at the Irvine Park Railroad Train and Giveaway

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Christmas time at the Irvine Park Railroad means fun; fun for everyone.  Every year, our family visits the park and takes a train ride to meet with Santa and drink hot chocolate at the North Pole.  It is one of our most favorite things to do to connect with the family.  There are activities for all before the big event such as the Santa Bounce House Jumper, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, Christmas Cookie decorating, Ice Fishing and Christmas Carnival Games. This year, they have added a Christmas Tree Ranch where you can purchase a fresh cut tree to take home. Disclaimer: Giveaway sponsored by Irvine Park Railroad. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.
This great event is located inside Irvine Regional Park at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92689.  Jamboree and Katella are the nearest cross streets. You must pay for parking at the gate.  Make sure to bring cash to pay the park ranger.
The cost to ride the Christmas Train is $12.00 per person. Children 24 months or younger ride free.  Activity tickets are $5.00 each or you can save by purchasing a book for $60.00.

It is strongly recommended to dress in layers.  The weather changes in the evening time and it can get really cold.  Comfortable shoes and long pants are highly recommended for the train ride and visit with Santa in the evening.

The Irvine Park Railroad is sponsoring a great giveaway. Enter for a chance to win tickets to ride the train. *** You must order train tickets to see Santa online. Group tickets must be purchased all at once to secure times.
December 5th - 6th5:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Activities open at 4:00 pm.
December 7th5:00 pm - 8:00 pm     Activities open at 4:00 pm
December 12th4:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Activities open at 3:00 pm.
December 13th - 14th2:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Activities open at 1:00 pm.
December 15th - 19th4:00 pm - 9:00 pm     Activities open at 3:00 pm.
December 20th - 21st2:00 pm - 9:00 pm     Activities open at 1:00 pm.
December 22nd - 23rd4:00 pm - 9:00 pm     Activities open at 3:00 pm.

Christmas Train tickets may only be purchase online. A one-time, online ticket fee will apply to each order. Tickets may not be purchased in person. When you purchase tickets to ride the train at a specific time, you may pick your tickets up at the train station ticket window. Then, get in line and board the train at any time during the hour for which tickets are purchased. We recommend arriving at the top of the hour to board the train.   
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Deals!

Black Friday is here and the deals are both online and in the stores. Check out some of the deals that I have uncovered for you:
Stone Fire Grill 
Pretend City
Stone Fire Grill
Heirlooms and Hardware ....

Stone Fire Grill ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE: 10% BONUS on STONEFIRE Gift Card purchases of $50 or more through 11/28/14. Your bonus will be sent as an additional card. Online only.

Keep coming back to the blog. I will be adding deals throughout the day as I uncover them for you.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar + one giveaway to Aquarium of the Pacific

Penguins of Madagascar the Movie is coming today Wednesday November 26th, 2014.  My family is excited to see this holiday comedy. Keep reading to find how you can win Aquarium of the Pacific Ticket and make this a fun educational experience. Take a peek at the funny trailer:
To get you field tripping and keep you in the penguin spirit enter for a chance to win (4) tickets to the Aquarium of the pacific in Long Beach, CA.
Contributor Beth Vance reviews Penguins of Madagascar:
This is an entertaining movie for all ages.  The opening sequence parodies the penguin documentaries, watching the endless line of penguins marching across the frozen tundra.  Three penguins (Skipper, Kowalski and Rico) break the routine and step out of line to rescue a penguin egg, which then hatches  into a baby penguin they name Private.  Flash forward a few years, and the four penguins are masters of espionage, with lots of slapstick (high one instead of high five) humor to go along.  There was nonstop action and lots of humor – visual and verbal – to make this movie very entertaining for parents as well as children.  

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private are brought into the services of the North Wind, an elite undercover inter-species task force that is dedicated to helping animals who can't help themselves. The Penguins must work with the North Wind led Agent  Classified to prevent Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced brilliantly by John Malkovich)  from taking over the world (
In the mad doctor’s  former life (where he was known as Dave), he was the star of the aquarium, until the cute and cuddly adorable penguins showed up and stole his limelight.   Now he intends to enact his revenge by capturing all the penguins from zoos, marine parks and aquariums throughout the world, which he does, while the North Wind interspecies agency chases after him to stop his evil plans.    So many one liners that made me laugh!  The celebrity namedropping was hilarious! 

To enter for a chance to win (4) tickets just leave a comment on the blog. Tell me your about your favorite sea animal. Winner will be chosen December 1st, 2014 through random drawing. You must be 18 years or older and must live in Southern California. 
Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. A special thank you to Beth Vance for reviewing the movie.

Penguin Facts by Penguin World:

1. Penguins are birds

Penguins are birds highly adapted to the aquatic life.
Penguins are avid swimmers and they have changed their wings by flippers as part of the adaptation process.

2. Penguis feed in the Ocean.

Penguins feed on squid, fish, krill and some other forms of sealife.

3. The Emperor Penguin is the largest penguin

The Emperor Penguins are about 1.15 meters tall and about 37 Kg weigh. The Little Blue Penguins are the smallest penguins and they are about 40 cm tall and 1.2 Kg. weigh

4. Penguin Distribution.

Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere, however they are not exclusively found in the cold climates. There are penguins living as north as the Galapagos islands, close to the equator.

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Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict
Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich

Directed By: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith

Produced By: Executive Producers: Tom McGrath, Mireille Soria, Eric Darnell;
Producers: Lara Breay, Mark Swift

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Disney on Ice - "Let's Celebrate!" Promo code included

Disney on Ice is coming this December 10, 2014 through January 4, 2015. The show will bring over 50 Disney characters from 16 favorite stories to make it a grand celebration. Contemporary music and favorite songs will make you want to get up from your seat to sing and dance. This family event is a holiday must do for people of all ages. It makes the holiday's a little brighter and festive. My family attends this once a year event to remind us that there is magic on the ice. Keep reading to find the promo code that will help you save money on a family pack.  Disclosure:  Sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts are all my own. By the way there is a chance to win (2) tickets to this great event. Just keep reading.

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L O S  A N G E L E S 
 STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015

    Wednesday, December 10 – Sunday, December 14
Wednesday, December 10                 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 11                     7:30 PM
Friday, December 12                         11:30 AM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 13                     11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 14                       11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM 

TICKETS:     Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

            Honda Center 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
Tuesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 2
Tuesday, December 16                    7:30 PM 
Wednesday, December 17               7:30 PM
Thursday, December 18                  10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
Friday, December 19                       1:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 20                   11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 21                     11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
TICKETS:    Ticket prices range from $22 – $310; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or   in-person at the venue Box Office.*prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.  

         Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

                           Thursday, December 25 – Sunday, December 28

Thursday, December 25              6:00 PM
 Friday, December 26                 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
 Saturday, December 27              11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
 Sunday, December 28                1:00 PM & 5:00 PM 

TICKETS:    Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees. 

L O N G  B E A C H
Long Beach Arena 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

                                Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – Sunday, January 4, 2015

Wednesday, December 31           4:30 PM
Thursday, January 1                     6:00 PM
Friday, January 2                         11:30 AM & 6:00 PM
Saturday, January 3                     11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 4                       11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

TICKETS:   Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.  *prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.
Get a family four pack of tickets for $80.00 using:
Enter for a chance to win (2) tickets to Disney on Ice. Just leave a comment and tell me who is your favorite Disney character. A winner will be picked at random by November 30th, 2014. This giveaway is open to Southern California Residents 18 years or older.   

Friday, November 14, 2014

UC Irvine Health - Free Flu Shot

UC Irvine Health Medical Group is hosting an open house this Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9am to noon located: 1451 Irvine Blvd, Tustin, Ca 92780.  This is a great opportunity to meet primary care physicians, tour the new Tustin facility, get free healthy screenings and get a free flu shot. They will be hosting a drawing to win an iPad mini.
 photo 111014_primary_care_invite_Page_1_zps906bd93c.png Want to learn more about this new facility:
*Free Flu shots are for kids over age 5 and it is while supplies last.
*Get Free health screenings.
*Meet the care physicians and get to know them in person.

I want to encourage you to come and meet the people in your community. Hope to see you there tomorrow.

Best regards,


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Knott's Berry Farm is hosting Christmas celebrations!

Christmas is coming! Can you believe that it’s that time of the year? The famous Beagle Santa is now on the loose at Southern California’s most loved theme park. “Knott’s Berry Farm!” Season pass holders and general admission can experience holiday events, live entertainment and festive food along with the fun theme park rides.   To help the community with shopping they offer a wonderland filled with local crafts and handmade gifts.  Let me share with you a list of activities you can expect on your next visit between November 22 through January 4, 2015. Disclosure: Sponsored post. Special Contributor for this story GigaSavvy.

Courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm

  • Catch a performance by the world famous beagle, Snoopy as he performs a brand new ice spectacular, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! His performance can be seen at the Charles M. Schulz Theatre.
  • Experience a live performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi in an intimate setting of the historic Bird Cage Theatre.
  • When the sun sets on the Farm, Calico Stage lights up with the celebration of the season in Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting. Join us for a musical, whimsical tree lighting featuring a cast of Toy Soldiers, Snowmen, Elves and America’s most famous beagle, Snoopy!
  • Over in Camp Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy invite you to dance, sing and join in on the holiday fun in the Camp Snoopy Theatre.
  • Introduced in 2013, the Ghost Town and Calico Railroad celebrate Christmas on Engine 41. Climb aboard a vintage railcar and meet an ever-changing group of Ghost Town residents eager to share their Christmas plans and songs with you.
  • Ghost Town also celebrates of the sounds of the season with its very own Dickensian vocal quartet, Calico Carolers and interactive country Christmas blue grass quartet, the Ghost Town Miners.
Courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm
Remember to bring your Christmas shopping list and shop local. See you at Knott’s this holiday season. Happy Holidays.
To find out more about Knott's Berry Farm, please visit their website:
Deal alert: NEW PASSHOLDERSPurchase a 2015 Season Pass today and use it for one 2014 visit!
Hurry, this offer expires November 6.
Disclaimer: Sponsored post. A special thanks to our contributor GigaSavvy.