Jeff Segura
A young millennial Latino dad of 2 living in Houston, Texas sharing his perspective as an involved parent with a love for cars, travel & menswear.

This post is sponsored by Zappos. This is an honest review of my shopping experience.

 I’m so glad that Father’s Day comes at this time of the year. It’s early on in the summer, school is out, and the weather allows for plenty of activities indoors and out. Spending time together with family is important to me, as well as looking and feeling my best. I believe that you should never sacrifice comfort for style. Perry Ellis and Perry Ellis Portfolio has always had a place in my wardrobe for many years. Take a look at some of these items from their new collection and for some Father’s day outfit inspiration. For the wives and kids out there looking at what to gift the special Dad in your life.

 Shorts for the summer, especially in Texas are a must! Both of these looks are stylish options that are easy to wear all summer long and keep you comfortably cool. It’s also great to note that their clothing feels great and will last you a long time. Good quality is always appreciated, and I’m sure dad will love them.

 Perry Ellis

I was browsing through the Perry Ellis collections on the Zappos website and found these lightweight cotton shorts, the Dobby Stretch Shorts. At first glance, I thought they were a pair of typical khaki shorts until I noticed that they had a pattern. I had to have these since I was looking for new shorts for my wardrobe. They have a subtle pattern to them that can make you stand out without being flashy. I then began to look for a shirt to pair these shorts with and came across this slim fit arrow print shirt that stood out from the rest. Instead of a plaid or gingham shirt, this arrow print shirt can be worn throughout the whole summer and even through the fall, at least here in Texas. Another thing I loved about this shirt is that it is a casual shirt without the chest pockets. I personally think that these type of shirts are more versatile. Wear them casually or dress them up a little.

Father's Day Gifts

Father's Day Gifts

Father's Day Gifts

Father's Day Gifts

Perry Ellis Portfolio

I then looked through the Perry Ellis Portfolio collection and found some items that really stood out to me. Even though I wanted to get some slacks, the current weather advised me against them and I found these grey shorts. This is their performance short. Not to be mistaken with workout shorts, these are made of 100% polyester and has moisture-wicking properties which is great for a day out with family, taking a trip to the golf course, or everyday errands. Comfortable and silky soft making this one of my favorite shorts at the moment. For the top, I was looking for either a white or blue shirt to pair with the shorts and ultimately decided on this mini circle print stretch shirt. As the name suggests, this is a great shirt to pair with these shorts. Let’s me enjoy the day in comfort and full motion. It’s composed of 98% cotton and 2% elastane which allows it to have that stretchy feel. It’s almost like the workout outfit for the casual world.

 As a Zappos rewards member, one of the best perks is the free expedited shipping which made the process easy from checkout to delivery! I wish you a great father’s day and hope this helps you in your gift shopping for dad.

Father's Day Gifts

Father's Day Gifts

Father's Day Gifts

Father's Day Gifts

This time of year is one of my favorite out of the whole year. My family gets to celebrate me and I can also reflect on all the things that have made me better. It's also a time of receiving gifts family members devoted their time and thoughts to pick out. I don't know about you, but the dads in my life tend to be pretty picky and to be honest, I'm no different. One area that is fairly easy to find gifts for dad are clothes, and that is where the Houston Premium Outlets comes in to lend a helping hand for Father's Day!

The Premium Outlets feature more than 145 designer and name-brand stores. There are many options here and that is a great thing when you're shopping for dad. Out of all those stores, we made sure to stop at 4 clothing stores that vary in style and price points. We first stopped at Under Armour to check out their sales and try on some clothes. It's worth noting that all of these stores mentioned have father's day sales going on. I wanted to try out a variety of styles and ended up trying out a workout outfit and a golf outfit. Even though the golf outfit is specified for the golfing sport, I would wear this casually over the course of the summer along with these shorts with breathable material.
My second stop was at a store called Theory. This store has a minimalist concept approach and their quality is top grade. You can find items ranging from t-shirts and sweatpants to jackets and slacks. Their price point is higher than the rest of the stores here but the quality you get from here is what I would love to be wearing while lounging around at home or at a cocktail hour somewhere. This was my first time at this store and I'll be going back for some items I need in my wardrobe. When the father in your life needs some high-quality essentials, be sure to make a stop here.

We had two more stores in our plans to check out and so on to Robert Graham we went. There are a lot of fun prints and patterns to find here as well as some more subtle. I would describe the styles found here as eclectic and unique. I found some cool graphic t-shirts to layer with denim jackets as well as a nice assortment of shorts. By the way, I am giving out a gift card valued at $150 for Robert Graham! Simply head over to my Instagram and comment on the picture of my daughter and I shopping at the outlets! I'll be selecting a winner at random this coming Friday the 14th!

Our last stop of the day, and with a great Father's day discount (Up To 50% OFF) , was Polo Ralph Lauren. There were many people shopping here, and with good reason. You can find just about all types of clothing for all seasons here and in a huge selection of colors and great quality. Polo is known across the world for their polo's and I believe every dad should have a couple of these in their wardrobe. Take care of them and they will last for years to come. There is something for dads of all ages here too. Father's Day is June 16th and that leaves plenty of time to check out these stores!

In case you need some help, from June 10th through the 16th, with the purchase of a $75 or more in Amex or Visa gift cards from Simon Guest Services, located in the food court, you will receive golf T's, a suit bag, and more goodies. So don't wait and give dad the best. I hope this gives you a head start!

This post is sponsored by Disrupt Aging by AARP. These are my own thoughts and reflections on my lifestyle and experiences.

As we count the days of the week towards the weekend in hopes of creating an awesome weekend for the family, we oversee that we are slowly aging day by day and that is okay. My mom taught me early on that age was a blessing and we should take advantage of all the lessons and experiences that shape our outlook in life. I'm a young dad but as I turned 25 this last year, some things have changed, such as plans I had for life, career changes, and beautiful addition to the family, my second daughter, Isabella. These last few months have been a whirlwind for me but I see it as preparation for the next phase in my life. At 25 years old, I physically feel as if I was 23 but in my mind, I am closer to 30. I personally don't think that hitting that 30 mark makes anyone old, but it all comes down to perspective. If you were to ask a younger person, they probably would say 30 is old, but if you ask me, I would say probably somewhere between 50 and 60. One of my goals as a dad is to be there for my kids and family and being able to keep up with them on our adventures. Getting older is inevitable but we can definitely do our part in disrupting aging and making the most out of every year of our lives.

Believe it or not, I'm actually looking forward to getting older. Don't get me wrong though, I'm not trying to rush into it either. There are lots to learn and experience along the way and some of the best things about getting older is creating new memories with your family and friends. We also get to see our families grow, we become wiser (hopefully haha), and our careers develop. So how exactly do we disrupt aging and what does that mean exactly? In short, changing the perspective most people have of becoming older and embracing our age. There were times I was afraid of getting older, mostly when I thought about being able to take care of my health and staying healthy for my kids. My life is not all about me and I want to be able to give those around my the best of my time. That means being able to play with my kids or grandkids or simply being able to keep up with their endless source of energy!

I have plenty of time to become the best person possible and I've learned a couple of things along the years to help me get there. There are 3 things that have single-handedly changed my life, or at least the way I approach different situations. When doing something, make sure you do it right the first time and with a good attitude, make time for others, and staying healthy for not only myself but also for my family. Try them out and see what they do for you! I feel at a point in my life where there is so much to learn, see, and do. After all, I'm a 25-year-old dad of 2 and I'm sure there won't be a dull moment around here. I'm grateful for the position I find myself in today and am always looking back to see how I can be a better person in the future for my family. It's the experiences through life that help guide you later on and make the best decisions.

As a modern dad and parenting roles shared by both parents at home, I want to inspire my daughters through our actions and our story. Many people told us we were too young to start a family or a business. In our home, we do most things together and share our duties between my wife and I. We want to show that we make things happen when we work together as we age and want to stay actively involved in our children's' lives. There are many things we can do at each of the stages in our lives. Maybe travel and leisure is more your style, or it could be socializing and spending time at events around town. We all have things we would love to do and by thinking of our future today, we can better prepare and disrupt aging over time.

This post is sponsored by Febreze, however, all opinions expressed below are my own honest opinions!

The big game is coming up this weekend, and it’s a big deal for us this year. Not because of any particular team playing but because it will be the first time we host a game at our place. I admit, am a little nervous, especially because the party prep is entirely up to me this time.

There are a couple of things my wife told me to make sure get done in order for things to run smoothly. Things like cleaning and making sure everything is done at least 30 minutes before everyone gets here. She even reminded me to make sure the place doesn’t smell like the food I am going to cook, which honestly I hadn’t even thought about. Hosting is more than just offering food, it’s about offering the best place to enjoy and relax.

Unwanted or unpleasant smells is an easy way to throw off the mood and potentially ruin a party. That is where Febreze comes in handy before, during, and after big days like these. You definitely don’t want any odors sidelining your game day experience.

Here are my 3 top tips for hosting game day:

1. Use serving trays instead of disposables so you can reuse them every game day. This saves money in the long run, and it’s one less thing you have to worry about picking up at the store!

2. Serve foods that won’t taste awful if everyone is slowly munching away. I found that putting out hot queso isn’t the best thing for a long game like this one because of that layer on the top that cools down kind of grosses me out. Instead I generally use sour cream based dips! If you want a good hot queso though, I highly suggest you keep it in a crockpot!

3. Get all the cleaning done ahead of time, and spray an air freshener like Febreze AIR to create an inviting atmosphere for your guests.

Check out what kind of madness can happen if you forget the Febreze, the odor-eliminating MVP of any party:

The last couple of weeks of 2018 and the first weeks of 2019 have been some of the most memorable of my entire lifetime. The reason for this was that most of the things I love and care about were together in one place. Family, travel, holidays, and nature itself. For the first time in many years, our family planned a road trip, but not just any other trip, we wanted something new, something different. You could probably imagine the stream of ideas from our brainstorming. After days of sharing road trip ideas, we came upon something completely different. Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, Texas. That was not all, we were going to head down to Fredericksburg, TX and then a final stop in Austin, TX before heading back to Houston. We really wanted to make this happen, so we quickly began to plan.

This was going to be a longer trip than the usual so I was hesitating to request a press vehicle ( most press cars have a mileage limit) but also saw a great opportunity to experience and share about a vehicle. I sent in a request over to my friends that work with GM and they were able to allocate a week-long loan for a 2019 GMC Sierra Denali! We were excited to drive the truck, especially after the awesome experience with the new Silverado Trail Boss. I'll be honest, I was never much of a truck guy but these trucks have really started to grow on me.

As soon as the Denali was delivered, we loaded up and took off on our 9-hour trip ahead. This was going to be the longest I've driven in a while. I wondered how the Sierra's 6.2L V8 would be with gas and to my surprise, it was really great. We had two vehicles in our group and we managed to stay together the whole trip. 4 stops and 10 hours later, we arrived in Amarillo at 12:00AM. 2 hour behind schedule but that was alright. It began to snow as soon as we arrived! According to the weather forecast, it wasn't supposed to and now we were going to face 15-degree weather as opposed to the 30-33 degree weather we were expecting. But being from  Houston where we rarely get snow, we weren't really complaining. I was drained but somehow still found the energy to walk over next door to the Waffle House. By the time we went off to bed, there were about 3 inches of snow on the ground. Mila, surprisingly, was still awake, rolling in the snow and making snow angels. All of this was already making the trip a special one and one to remember.

The next morning surprised us with lots of more snow thanks to an incoming snowstorm. We were 20 miles away from the canyon and it was going to take us 1 whole hour to get there with the road conditions. I switched to 4 wheel drive and it helped keep us from sliding around on the ice. I had heard PDC was a great place and arguably one of the best state parks of Texas. We arrived and were in awe at the panoramic views of the second largest canyon in the country with snow sprinkled about. Nothing beats experiencing and seeing things in person. Our mission of the day was to hike to the "Lighthouse", the famous rock formation which the park is named after. The hike was 2.7 miles one way. Half of our group stayed behind in the cars but the rest of us were determined to make it out there. There wasn't much wind at the bottom of the canyon but it was still 20 degrees once we took off.

It took us nearly an hour to walk half a mile. We kept stopping for pictures, taking in the scenery, and walked slowly. We didn't realize how much we had left until we asked a couple walking back and they mentioned we still had 2.2 miles left. We picked up the pace and didn't stop until we arrived at the formation. There is a separate trail that takes you to the top, and even though that last 200 meters were harder than the whole trail combined, it was definitely worth it. This was my favorite part of the trip. We made it back to the vehicle just as the sun went down and there wasn't much left for us to do so we left the park to get some dinner and then prepare for the trip to Fredericksburg the next day.

It was a good thing that we left Amarillo when we did because the snow storm was only going to get worse. The following morning was surprisingly sunny and we had planned to make a quick stop at the Cadillac Ranch just outside of town before leaving. We packed up the Sierra once again, which is really easy to do with the new multi-function tailgate, and drove out to the snow-covered field where 10 Cadillacs were dug into the ground vertically. You can take spray paint with you, just be sure to discard of the cans in the trash bins once you leave.

30 minutes later along with many failed attempts to climb on top of the cars, we were en route to Fredericksburg,  a 6 hour drive from Amarillo. It was meant to be a quick stopover but we somehow ended up behind schedule and only had time to eat dinner and walk around the town square which was lit with Christmas decorations. It was cold here too but even though it was in the low 30's it felt colder than Amarillo. Must have been the wind chill. Austin was an hour and a half from this German town and our estimated time of arrival was mid night. Again.

We have family and friends in Austin so we were planning to catch up with them the next day and probably do some shopping. We decided to go get some BBQ at the Salt Lick which was 2 blocks away from where we were. We had been craving some throughout the whole trip and finally got our fix. This place is great! After all the holiday shopping we clearly decided to pass up on the shopping and somehow ended up racing 4 wheelers on the family property. Later that evening we got a surprise visit from family we had never met before in our lives. They were visiting the country and we arrived at a great time since they were leaving a few days later. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end our trip.

These are the trips that I would want to replicate and relive. I want to thank GMC for loaning us the awesome new Sierra Denali for this experience. There is so much to this truck that I will share on  a video coming up soon! For now, I wish that 2019 become a year full of new experiences and a prosperous one. This year has kicked off to a great start and we are now ready to create content again!

There are so many things that we would like to accomplish or experience throughout our lifetimes. Going to the State Fair of Texas was one of those things and we actually made the trip to Dallas from Houston. We all have that one thing we have always wanted to do and when the opportunity to scratch that off of our bucket list ( 68% of people have one) came around, we made it happen. Besides, who wouldn't want to take the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 Trail Boss for a drive? We were not going to let this all pass us up so a road trip was set in motion!

Our baby girl is now 1 month old ( can you believe that!?), and she did great on the road. We did have to stop a couple of times which was completely fine. 4 hours in a car seat is a little harsh for a newborn so we made sure to stop, take breaks, feed, and change diapers. Thankfully, Ashley has been recovering well from her C-Section and we have been able to do more things outside the home. 

Mila was so excited that she didn't even take a nap. That was a first. We told her about the big cowboy, Big Tex, and she couldn't wait to see it. To be honest, we were all excited. Not only was this our first time going to the fair, but it was also the first trip after our baby was born. We're slowly getting back into our rhythm and making adjustments as parents of 2 girls. I may have had another reason to be excited, and that was driving the new Chevrolet Silverado. I have never gotten more attention and compliments before than with this truck. It was interesting watching people stop and check out the truck or getting a thumbs up driving down the road. 

The Trail Boss has the same EcoTec3 V8 engine as the previous model year producing 355 Horsepower @5600 RPM and 383 ft. lb. of Torque @4100 RPM. New this year is the Dynamic Fuel Management System which helps fuel mileage. Camila loved the truck and how spacious the cabin was. It's actually 3 inches longer than the previous truck while only adding 1 inch to the overall vehicle length. Getting inside was a little harder for Mila and Ashley since it is lifted 2 additional inches above the Z71 off-road package thanks to the Rancho monotube shocks up front and 2-inch spacers in the rear. The truck looks aggressive but manages to drive smooth as well as deliver power evenly.

We really got comfortable with the truck on our trip and got to see many other Chevrolet vehicle at the Ride and Drive event at the fair. It so happens that Chevy is the official vehicle of the State Fair. I love driving so had to make sure to experience other vehicles that I have not had the chance to drive yet. Soon after that, food was the first order of business. There were so many options. Just being there was awesome. It is somewhat similar to Rodeo Houston but has its own style and vibe but without the rodeo part. Definitely an event every Texan should attend at least once in their lifetime.

We sat down and enjoyed some burgers, sausages, fries, and all the things I have been trying to avoid lately since I started working out at the gym. Not complaining at all though, we really enjoyed the food and at the end of the day what matters most is that we all had a great time. Even had to introduce Mila to the massive turkey legs! They were everywhere. Since nap time was non existent that day, Mila fell asleep shortly after eating and before she could get on any of the rides, or even see Big Tex. We walked around and took a look at some of the displays by Chevrolet around the grounds, and took some pictures with Big Tex. Sometime before heading out, Mila woke up just in time as we were passing up the big cowboy and she was happy. She went back to sleep happy.

The day was beautiful, in fact, the only nice and sunny day out of the whole week. That meant everyone made it out to the fair that day and we somehow barely survived trolling around a wagon and a stroller. You live and learn, and now we know better for next time. Baby carriers and wraps are a must, unless you plan on going on a weekday. We'll be sure to go again next year!