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  • Boxspringbetten: Ihr besonderer Aufbau sorgt für hohen Schlaf-Komfort

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    Marian
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Kein Wunder, dass ihre Fanbase immer größer wird: Boxspringbetten sind eine Wohltat für den Rücken und garantieren so eine erholsame Nachtruhe. Verantwortlich für den hohen Liegekomfort ist ihr stattlicher Aufbau. Doch aus welchen Bestandteilen besteht eigentlich das Trend-Bett aus Amerika? Unterbau oder Untermatratze Die Basis eines Boxspringbettes besteht aus dem sogenannten Unterbau, der auch als Boxspring oder Untermatratze bezeichnet wird. Wichtig ist eine gute Qualität des Unterbaus, damit das komplette System halten kann, was es verspricht. Viele Innenausstatter wie zum Beispiel…
  • Crafting with Kix! You can WIN!

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    concretin_nik
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    As a DadBlogger, the internet today would have me believe I should be outraged with Kix cereal and the “Kid Tested. Mother Approved” tag line. Sure, it could say Dad Approved. Or perhaps, Parent approved. But guess, what? (ChickenButt) I don’t care. It really doesn’t bother me. They’re not dissing Dads like so many companies and sitcoms. Just stating that Moms dig ‘em. Well, me too. And now, even MORE. Why? I’m glad you asked. Crafting. That’s right… cardboard, construction paper, glue sticks, and make-a-mess-with-your-kids creativity. Kix has launched new packaging with…
  • Dad Loses It While Disciplining His Kids

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    Playground Dad Staff
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Let’s be honest.  In one form or another, we’ve all been here. The post Dad Loses It While Disciplining His Kids appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • Elizabethan Superheroes & Star Wars Icons

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    Andy
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    We’ve all asked ourselves interesting questions. What if we’d lost WWII? What would the world be like if people lived for hundreds of years? How would chairs be designed if our bodies had four legs? Photographer, Sacha Goldberger, thought up some of his own intriguing questions… What if Superman was born in the 16th century? And what if the Hulk was a Duke? How might Van Eyck have portrayed Darth Vader?* * my personal favorite (saved as the best for last). With the help of more than 110 people participating in this breathtaking project: Super Flemish, Sacha answered these…
  • New Hobby

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    WILLIAM
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    I kind of have a new hobby. I make my own pickles. About 10 years ago I tried to cure fresh olives. My experiment failed.About 5 years ago I expressed interest in making my own pickles. That experiment also failed.Last year my wife, Lauren,  remembered I had an interest in making my own pickles and she bought me some pickling spices.  I have been experimenting since the summer. Most of the results are a success.I have tried adding various peppers, spices, and herbs and I now have a fairly decent and consistent recipe. I make about 4 to 5 jars of pickle spears at a time.Lately, in an…
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  • Boxspringbetten: Ihr besonderer Aufbau sorgt für hohen Schlaf-Komfort

    Marian
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Kein Wunder, dass ihre Fanbase immer größer wird: Boxspringbetten sind eine Wohltat für den Rücken und garantieren so eine erholsame Nachtruhe. Verantwortlich für den hohen Liegekomfort ist ihr stattlicher Aufbau. Doch aus welchen Bestandteilen besteht eigentlich das Trend-Bett aus Amerika? Unterbau oder Untermatratze Die Basis eines Boxspringbettes besteht aus dem sogenannten Unterbau, der auch als Boxspring oder Untermatratze bezeichnet wird. Wichtig ist eine gute Qualität des Unterbaus, damit das komplette System halten kann, was es verspricht. Viele Innenausstatter wie zum Beispiel…
  • Ab wann ist der Stromanbieterwechsel am lukrativsten?

    Marian
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Sind sie auch immer etwas schockiert wenn die viel zu hohe Stromrechnung ins Haus flattert? Vielleicht hilft Ihnen, sich einen anderen Stromanbieter auszusuchen. Doch worauf kommt es eigentlich an, welchen Anbieter man auswählt. Studien haben gezeigt, dass sich durch die Wahl des richtigen Stromanbieters bis zu 500€ sparen lassen. Für diese Summe sollte man schon etwas Zeit investieren und sich einmal Gedanken darüber machen, ob ein Anbieterwechsel oder vielleicht Einsparungen im Hause in Frage kommen. Viele beziehen ihren Strom vom örtlichen Grundversorger. Obwohl, das sicher die…
  • Den Garten winterfest machen – woran muss alles gedacht werden?

    Marian
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Einer alten Weisheit zufolge sollte man den Garten möglichst bis zum 21 Oktober winterfest machen. Deshalb ist es empfehlenswert, sich bereits ab Herbstanfang eine Aufgaben-Checkliste zusammenzustellen, damit der Garten für den ersten Frosteinbruch gerüstet ist. Wer sich im nächsten Frühjahr erneut der blühenden Pracht erfreuen will, sollte darauf achten, manche Pflanzen bereits im Herbst zu säen, andere winterfest zu machen oder die empfindlichsten im Warmen unterzubringen. Pflanzen & Boden vor Kälte schützen Will man, dass im Frühjahr Lilien, Narzissen oder Dahlien blühen,…
  • -sponored video- Ungewöhnlicher Werbefilm – Wie Jens Lehmann vom i&M Bauzentrum Hilfe bekommt

    Marian
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    Auch Fußballprofis haben mal Probleme. Zu seiner aktiven Zeit wusste Jens Lehmann, nichts in seinen Kasten reinzulassen. In einem frischen Video des i&M Bauzentrums zeigt der Ex-Nationalkeeper allerdings, dass er Schwierigkeiten bekommt, wenn er seinen „Kasten“ füllen soll. Doch glücklicherweise ist die Lösung seines Problems näher als gedacht. Über das Video: Der kleine Werbefilm beginnt mit dem vermeintlich normalen Besuch eines Pärchens bei einem Baumarkt irgendwo in Deutschland. Zum Spaß lassen sie die Handykamera mitlaufen und beobachten dabei zufällig, wie ein Mann vor…
  • Luftfilter und Pollenfilter wechseln und reinigen

    Marian
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Wer heute einen Neuwagen kauft, erhält ein Fahrzeug, das schon serienmäßig ab Werk mit einem Innenraum-Filter ausgestattet ist. Luftfilter reinigen die von der Lüftung in den Fahrzeug-Innenraum geleitete Außenluft von Schadstoffen, Staub, Ruß, Abrieb-Teilchen, Pollen und – im Fall von Aktivkohlefiltern – auch von Duftstoffen und schädlichen Gasen wie Benzol und Ozon, die ebenfalls Allergien auslösen können. Zwischen Luftfiltern und Pollen-Filtern gibt es prinzipiell keinen Unterschied, da beide die angesaugte Außenluft reinigen. Allerdings sind Kombi-Luftfilter mit…
 
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  • Crafting with Kix! You can WIN!

    concretin_nik
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    As a DadBlogger, the internet today would have me believe I should be outraged with Kix cereal and the “Kid Tested. Mother Approved” tag line. Sure, it could say Dad Approved. Or perhaps, Parent approved. But guess, what? (ChickenButt) I don’t care. It really doesn’t bother me. They’re not dissing Dads like so many companies and sitcoms. Just stating that Moms dig ‘em. Well, me too. And now, even MORE. Why? I’m glad you asked. Crafting. That’s right… cardboard, construction paper, glue sticks, and make-a-mess-with-your-kids creativity. Kix has launched new packaging with…
  • GenderBent Halloween 2014

    concretin_nik
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    So what do you do when your 6 year old boy wants to dress up as a female character for Halloween? Let me spend some time thinking about that… no, I don’t think I will. You let him. End of story. (What? You were expecting controversy? #sorrynotsorry) Moving on. That grin! I’ve begrudgingly accepted that TheBoy doesn’t dig StarWars and superheroes. (My disappointment is selfish and action figure/toy related, it has nothing to do with him.) We’ve completely embraced the fact that he digs My Little Pony(hey, they have action figures). Yea, almost the entire MLP Universe is female…
  • Monster Treads! JohnDeere RC Gator

    concretin_nik
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This time, the Cretin family reviews something TheBoy WILL like! The John Deere Monster Treads Gator! At only 6, TheBoy has little experience with RC vehicles. He’s had a couple of basic 1 or 2 button RCs, but nothing too fancy, or fast. His eyes lit up when I revealed this box to him. “Finally, no SuperHero toys.” *sigh* You’re killin’ me Smalls. A box of KidJoy. Our first attempt to play was thwarted by the inevitable toy fail of “not enough batteries.” That was my fault. We had the 6AAs, but no 9V for the controller, and my paranoia really didn’t want to set…
  • Hasbro RULES! Transformers: Age of Extinction

    concretin_nik
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:37 pm
    That title = ‘nuff said. But you need photographic evidence, I know. Seriously, that's just the BOX! I received a most excellent Father’s Day present from Hasbro last week. I arrived home from a 3 day camping trip with TheBoy (more on that at a later date) to find a BFbox o’ new toys* promoting the new Transformers: Age of Extinction movie opening this Friday. *(I’m 41. I believe “collector pieces” is the proper term, right?) #bananaforscale I now own more Transformer toys than I’ve ever had in my life! And NONE of them are hand me downs! (That’s a big deal for the…
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  • Dad Loses It While Disciplining His Kids

    Playground Dad Staff
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Let’s be honest.  In one form or another, we’ve all been here. The post Dad Loses It While Disciplining His Kids appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • Lebron James Speaks Out Regarding Football Decision For His Sons

    Wendi Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    As a parent of a baby boy and a huge football fan (Go Dawgs!), I naturally assumed one day I would be sitting in the bleachers on a crisp Friday night donned with a “#1” foam finger, pom-pom shaker, and cow bell cheering my son on to victory. Recently, however, the debate as to when or even if children should play football has grabbed my attention. In the past weeks several current and professional athletes have come forward to express their opinions. LeBron James is currently in the news over his decision to not let his children play football. “We don’t want them to play in our…
  • Anatomy of A Gamer: Connecting the Gaming Dots for Parents

    Playground Dad Staff
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    DADS!  Meet Scott Simonsen, film-maker, and most importantly, father.  Scott, like most of us, wanted to know what the effects of gaming would have on his son.  His documentary, “Anatomy of a Gamer” sets out to answer those questions by connecting parents to the research.  Scott is looking to raise money via Kickstarter to produce this very important documentary.  I can’t wait to see this.       The post Anatomy of A Gamer: Connecting the Gaming Dots for Parents appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • Suburban Batman Teaches and Terrorizes His Children

    Playground Dad Staff
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    At one point in our lives, we have all asked this question, “How would Batman parent?”  Today, we have our answer.  This dad is awesome.  I’m going to purchase a super hero costume right now.     The post Suburban Batman Teaches and Terrorizes His Children appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • Curbside Is The New Way To Shop

    Amanda Torres
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Calling all SF Bay Area families! We recently discovered the new app, Curbside. The app allows you to find and buy products available at nearby stores, such as Target. Place your order and pay through the app, you’ll receive a text confirmation when your order is ready for pick up. Some stores even offer Curbside Pickup, pull up to the tent outside the store and they’ll hand your order to you. Here are three reasons why you should try out Curbside: 1. Hassle Free: For families who have young children and find it nearly impossible to make a quick trip to the store, this app saves you the…
 
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  • Elizabethan Superheroes & Star Wars Icons

    Andy
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    We’ve all asked ourselves interesting questions. What if we’d lost WWII? What would the world be like if people lived for hundreds of years? How would chairs be designed if our bodies had four legs? Photographer, Sacha Goldberger, thought up some of his own intriguing questions… What if Superman was born in the 16th century? And what if the Hulk was a Duke? How might Van Eyck have portrayed Darth Vader?* * my personal favorite (saved as the best for last). With the help of more than 110 people participating in this breathtaking project: Super Flemish, Sacha answered these…
  • Your Time Here

    Charlie
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Dear Finn, Let me tell you the story of your life. Know that there will be exceptions, but this is the grand accounting of your human journey. You were born to two loving parents and these parents were afraid they would break you. They drove slowly coming home and lost a good deal of sleep wondering whether you were still breathing. Your dad, particularly, would hover over your crib to watch your chest move. Then, as you grew older you learned words, how to walk, how to eat and many other fun, little things that small children figure out. You made little faces and began to notice that you…
  • “Bed Time” part 1 : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

    Andy
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Ahhhhhhhh bedtime. Most new parents are surprised to discover that bedtime isn’t a specific point in time, but a theory, really. It’s more of a hypothetical range, starting with PJs and a bedtime story, and dragging a good distance across the face of a clock to conclude much later at deep, ragged sigh of relief o’clock. Matthew Clarke, his daughter Coco, and David Milchard have dramatized this process for our enlightenment and enlaughterment. Subscribe to ConvosWith2YrOld to follow the series. (Liking, favoriting and commenting helps videos on YouTube, so go nuts.)  …
  • Parenterms: “Grayllow”

    Andy
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When “off white” is so far off that it has entered the whiteness relocation program and changed its name, it has probably changed its name to Grayllow. With any article of clothing that’s white, or close enough to wind up in the “lights” laundry pile, there’s a certain point when you can’t boil or bleach out all the things they’ve seen. It can be hard to let go when they’ve become so incredibly comfy, and some people reeeeeeally stretch it. However, all tighty whities become loosey drabbies. Every under shirt will someday look really under…
  • The Diaper Changing Warzone

    Charlie
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    That first poop-filled diaper. It’s a doozy. It’s like a poop mitzvah. It separates the pros from the amateurs. I remember mine well. I feel like an aid worker on the beaches of Florida after the BP oil spill if the oil had been shot out of a human butt cannon. Those are magical times. We gag and heave, men and women, and it’s a learning curve that never quite makes its way to perfection. We could be Dexter-level clean, and still smell just a bit like human soft serve. Such is the life of a parent. But those unaccustomed aren’t so ready. Meet Chris, the brother of a…
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  • New Hobby

    WILLIAM
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    I kind of have a new hobby. I make my own pickles. About 10 years ago I tried to cure fresh olives. My experiment failed.About 5 years ago I expressed interest in making my own pickles. That experiment also failed.Last year my wife, Lauren,  remembered I had an interest in making my own pickles and she bought me some pickling spices.  I have been experimenting since the summer. Most of the results are a success.I have tried adding various peppers, spices, and herbs and I now have a fairly decent and consistent recipe. I make about 4 to 5 jars of pickle spears at a time.Lately, in an…
  • Dog House

    WILLIAM
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Last night we had an "issue". The "issue" was with the Xbox and playing time and "games saved" and "progress lost". At least that is what I tell myself.The real issue was when I told my kids it was time to turn off the machine and go to bed.My oldest and I exchanged words. Not positive words. I would like to say they were NOT negative words but anything outside NOT positive is not favorable in a 10 year old's eyes. There were gnashing of teeth,wringing of hands and rolling of eyes.  Tears and mayhem followed. The oldest is punished and privileges revoked.It will be a long week or so for…
  • Kissing Wyatt

    WILLIAM
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The first picture was posted on this blog back in 2006 when Wyatt was not even a month old. It is one of my favorite pictures. The second picture from 2012, just as he was turning six. He was cute and silly.  The latest from 2014, on the eve of his eighth birthday,  Wyatt is putting up a fight. I can't wait to recreate these pics when he is 13.
  • Defending Gwyneth

    WILLIAM
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I have read many articles criticizing Gwyneth Paltrow's recent E-Online interview. Most of the articles with criticism towards Gwyneth Paltrow leave out the part of the interview where, and it is clearly in quotes, where she says "...I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because.." She takes some responsibility for her decisions and how it makes her feel. Also the E-Online Article is talking about how her FILM CAREER is trickier because of kids. Not how PARENTING is trickier because of her career. I also read the next paragraph as Miss Paltrow being  someone who…
  • Inspiration on Mearns Rd.

    WILLIAM
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    I drive about 6.4 miles to and from work every day. I have a pretty good commute. Actually I have an excellent commute. 10 to 12 minutes in the morning and 20-25 minutes in the afternoon/early evening. I feel lucky to have such an awesome commute.Recently my commute has been somewhat of a let down. As a person of somewhat stretched faith, I am always looking towards other people to be the beacon of hope, the "restored faith in humanity" type of people. Over and over again, as I look at the people on my journey home, I am not seeing the inspiration I once cherished. I see "horn…
 
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  • Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

    snowdeal
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    “In healthy older adults, computer-based brain exercises have limited benefits, and then only when supervised by a trainer once to three times a week.” psmag
  • harvesting corn the pre-industrial way.

    snowdeal
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:47 pm
    amish “corn shocks” are piles of drying corn which will soon be gathered up on wagons and hand shucked or run through a corn picker.
  • more praise for the driftless region.

    snowdeal
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    chicago thrillist expounds that the driftless region, “…is one of the coolest places in the entire country, not even just WI…” maybe that’s why even though milwaukee is the new portland all the cool milwaukeeans are moving here. and a few musical minnesotans. if you’re into biking, well, we’ve got that too.
  • just ship.

    snowdeal
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    the “just ship” philosophy is, i believe, an homage to the steve jobs quote, “real artists ship”. it’s mostly seen in tech circles but i like the general philosophy that at end of the day “shipping” is the only thing that matters and it’s a valuable lesson outside tech. when i saw that kellan ( now cto of etsy ) was shipping the shirts originally developed for the etsy engineering shirt, i knew i had to get one. in retrospect I should have ordered 6 more so I could make it my everyday shirt. at the time of this writing he’s sold out of…
  • pasty heresy.

    snowdeal
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    tradition dictates that ketchup is the preferred condiment for a pasty but with plenty of odin’s “Kick in the Asgard” hot sauce on hand i wondered, what if i topped with a mixture of ov sour cream and hot sauce? A NEW TRADITION! if it’s wrong, i don’t wanna be right.
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  • Halloween 2014: Cyrano de Bergerac

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    This past summer my son wanted to learn to fence. At six he was still too young for most of the area fencing classes and camps taught by people who actually know what they're doing, so all he had was me. We bought some used fencing gear, watched a ton of old swashbuckler movies, read a lot of really old fencing manuals, and poked at each other with practice foils just about every day all
  • Halloween 2014: The Big Friendly Giant

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    My daughter is a tiny thing. There's no use denying it. At school recitals and other events we see how the top of her head hardly reaches the chin of the next shortest kid in her class. She doesn't seem to mind too much and by now it's become a part of her personality. There are things she likes about being little. When she plays flag football with the hulking, sweaty boys in her class, they
  • Literary Giants

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Hello all. Most of my blogging energy has been absorbed by another project for quite some time now. Otherwise things are pretty much the same here.  I've really been enjoying the liberation that comes from never worrying about what the next blog post needs to be about and just making dozens of things that I haven't shared here. But if there are folks out there still interested, I may pop in from
  • 2013 Sweet Juniper Holiday Card by Phoebe Wahl

    24 Dec 2013 | 8:23 am
    This year we had the pleasure of working with the talented Phoebe Wahl [portfolio, blog, tumblr, etsy] who created this custom family portrait for our annual holiday card. We've been fans of her work for a long time and we were thrilled when she agreed to do a painting for us. Her illustrations capture so much of the magic to be found in family, the outdoors, and the doing of simple things. She
  • Up North: Seen (summer & winter)

    12 Dec 2013 | 9:41 am
    1. Like most Michiganders we try to go up north every year and this past summer we rented a little farmhouse in one of the nicest corners of the state and we liked it so much we rented it again for the Thanksgiving weekend and headed up into the snow for an early and cozy little glimpse of the winter to come. It was a treat to see all the heavily-touristed areas more subdued. We walked (and
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  • Re-Dux – Sing-A-Long with Bruce: #Christmas Music, Part I #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    Get in the Holiday Spirit and Sing-A-Long with Bruce in Part I of this series of short videos of clips from great Christmas music! Bruce is an unrepentant sing-a-long-with-the-radio sorta guy! It's infectious so don't hold back. JOIN IN!
  • Dad is a Turkey – Our #Thanksgiving Comic Strip – #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Elton John LIVE in L.A. #Music #DadChat

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    18 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
  • Anthony Hamilton talks about Kids, Music, and Love at #DadChat #Christmas

    Bruce Sallan
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    It's that time of year: The Holiday Season! Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's. We're beginning the celebratory mood with very special guest and Grammy-Award winner Anthony Hamilton Thursday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET. He is beginning his national tour for his new album Home for the Holidays which we will be giving away at #DadChat this week! Anthony will talk about kids (he's a father of six boys), music, love, and Christmas! Anthony Hamilton hits the road this holiday season for his “Home for the Holidays” tour! Anthony will be playing his hits plus new music from the…
  • Why Mary, Merry, Marry? #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    The other day I had a sobering conversation with a 21-year-old woman. We covered a lot of topics, and when I got to my inevitable probing questions about her personal life and asked if she ever wanted to get married, her answer was a quick and resounding, “No.” The ensuing short exchange sealed the deal for me of how far we’ve come – as far as societal values – in just my own lifetime! Me: Why don’t you want to get married? Her: Why should I? Me: Don’t you want to have children? Her: Yes, but I don’t need to be married to have children? Me: Don’t you want your children to…
 
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  • Fried Chicken Fried Rice. Y'all.

    Jim Lin
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    This is going to be one of those dishes that everyone takes for granted at every county fair in the year 2029, and someone will decide to wikipedia its origins and they will find this blog post. It's so humbling to be a part of culinary history that hasn't yet happened. Reckless fusion leads to wonderful things, sometimes.There's no story behind this - only circumstances.Circumstance #1: four pieces of leftover fried chicken, and no creative way left to coax anyone into eating them.Circumstance #2: cheap dad who refuses to throw food away simply for the sake of maintaining variety on the…
  • Run, Dad, Run; or Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse; or Men's Wearhouse should sponsor my marathon bid

    Jim Lin
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    I couldn't decide on a title for this post. Mostly because I am dehydrated and sore. Also, the blisters. So many blisters. They mock my near-fail of a promise I made to myself when I became a dad. That promise was that in the event of a catastrophic civilization-altering event, I would be able to protect my loved ones and ensure that we at least would outlive our neighbors. This is the reason I did Muay Thai into my 40's. This is why I endured Crossfit. This is why I have always held myself to the standard of "I need to be able to vanquish anyone within a 100-foot radius of me at any given…
  • BlackBerry Z30 vs. My iPhone: The Grudge Match

    Jim Lin
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:25 am
    A few years ago, I completed part I of a BlackBerry review. I really liked it at first, but then as time wore on, I invoked the mercy rule and skipped part II. Let's just say that until "Let It Go" came along, there was nothing I associated more with the word Frozen than the BlackBerry Bold 9900.I went from a BB Army loyalist to a hater. And that's when the iPhone that I got through work filled that void perfectly. Life went on, BlackBerry was behind me. Then this happened: Disclosure: this BlackBerry Z30 didn't just show up at my door with a challenge match in mind. It was sent to me by one…
  • Hitting below the sash

    Jim Lin
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:46 pm
    The above picture represents a typical car ride on my days with the kids. I pick them up from school, and we crawl through rush hour traffic for an hour to my house. Fury is out cold. Growth spurts and tween malaise, they knock you out. Lessi usually spends the hour singing "Let It Go" in the back seat and/or asking me questions that make less sense as the hour wears on. Or, she does like the above and gets cranky about something. The other day, it was her sock. It was a little too big. So she took it off and dropped it on the floor. She asked me to pick it up, so I fished my hand behind…
  • Parent Developmental Milestones (with apologies to BabyCenter.com)

    Jim Lin
    27 May 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Want to know if your baby is going to achieve better than a 3.25 GPA during his junior year in college? You can extrapolate that by calculating how many days plus or minus 3.25 months old he was able to roll to his tummy from his back. The internet has it all figured out, don’t you fret. But knowing where your kid stands is only half the picture. What about your own milestones? Have development experts figured out when exactly you overcome the aversion to licking your thumb to wipe that crusty toothpaste from the corner of your son's mouth as you drop him off at school? Science has left us…
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  • The Dad Blindspot

    greg
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:26 pm
    The NYT has a thing about "What It Means To Be A Dad". It is essentially a pitch for the Dad Magazine tag on The Toast, disguised as a trend piece. That it does not mention Kindling Quarterly helps to mark the gestation period of dad self-awareness: a little under two years. Generally, you really just do not start even conceiving of dadhood until you're in the business of conceiving. You just tune it all out. There were It Strollers and swaddling stories a year before you got someone pregnant, but you were happily oblivious to them. There were dads figuring shit out before you, too, but you…
  • DTQ: Do Men Take Baths?

    greg
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Do men take baths— rachel edelman (@werkstatte) November 21, 2014 @werkstatte @waffleweave I'm certain they do, but could not cite precisely who. I'd say most dads (90%?) do.— David Jacobs (@djacobs) November 21, 2014 Saw this today and was rather surprised. 90% seems pretty high; I would have thought the answer was 0%. The reality is probably somewhere in between. Do you take baths? Do you take more/any baths now that you give baths to a kid? Share your experience and thoughts about bathing in the comments! What's that, the comments are disabled because of off-the-charts…
  • The Home Office

    greg
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    "Oh, you got a new kitchen sponge." Said K2 with an offhand and chatty tone that sounded, not at all like a child, but like a work colleague, making banal and slightly awkward conversation with the recently promoted admin of the most boring office in the world.
  • An Epic Birth Story

    greg
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Meaghan O'Connell's epic, unflinching, and hilarous account of her 30+hours of labor, the delivery saga, and the birth of her son Nameless is the longread of the week. And if you think it's too long, just ask someone who's gone through labor for some sympathy. I'm sure they'll be glad to weigh in. A Birth Story [longreads.com]
  • Mercedes 560 SEL Wagon Expensive

    greg
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    There's no third row of seats, and you probably can't haul too much plywood in it, but this coachbuilt 1990 Mercedes 560 SEL station wagon looks excellent. A quality build with attention to the lines, price no object. Except that, I do object to that price: EUR42,000? Really? Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL KOMBI T-SHOOTING-BRAKE, EUR42,000 [?] [mobile.de via bringatrailer]
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    Daddy Forever Dad Blog

  • Sol Republic Giveaway Winner

    Ken
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Good morning, dads and moms. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week. Anyways, I have one winner announcement this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad and Portland blogs. Annie Sweepstakes (Portland blog, Oregon and Washington only, ends 12/2) Jingle All The Way 2 Blu-ray Giveaway (dad blog, ends 11/28) Read more: Sol Republic Giveaway Winner Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • Get Your LED Rope Light from All Things Christmas And More

    Ken
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Thinking of getting rope light to add some dazzle to your outdoor lighting? If you are, then you should check out the selection of Christmas rope lights at All Things Christmas And More. They offer both incandescent and the more energy efficient LED rope lights. The company offers a variety of colors: red, green, blue, orange, pink, purple, white and multi-color ropes too. In my case, I purchased the blue LED rope lights for $19.36. I already have blue and cool white LED icicle lighting and I thought the blue rope light would fit in nicely. Read more: Get Your LED Rope Light from All Things…
  • Jingle All The Way 2 Blu-ray Giveaway and Activity Sheets

    Ken
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Anyone remember Jingle All The Way? The movie was released about ten years ago and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. Anyway, there is a sequel. I have not seen the film yet, but it doesn’t appear to be related to the first movie. The film stars Larry the Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella. Jingle All the Way 2 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 2nd. And thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my dad blog can win the Blu-ray. Read more: Jingle All The Way 2 Blu-ray Giveaway and Activity Sheets Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog…
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 Family Movie Night

    Ken
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    As many parents know, How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) was released on Blu-ray and DVD last week. It’s a fun movie. We saw the animated film at the theater last summer and again last weekend during our family movie night. In addition to seeing the film again, we had dragon snacks (popcorn, cookies, fruit snacks, Goldfish, juice boxes) and did some fun activities. Actually, we ate snacks while we watched the movie and then did some activities after the film. The whole family had a good time. We loved the movie, enjoyed the snacks, and…
  • 8 Things About the How to Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray

    Ken
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    The kids and I watched the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon over the weekend. The animated film is entertaining and will appeal to both kids and parents. In our case, we had already seen the Dragon 2 movie at the theater last June. We loved it then and still love it now. I actually prefer to watch the movie at home because then I can pause for snacks and bathroom breaks. BTW, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the second installment in the trilogy. The third movie will be released in 2016. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) is available now on…
 
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  • Haircuts

    Brett Nordquist
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    A friend from grade school shared with me that he had asked to be released from a time-consuming church calling to spend more time with his children. Another friend lamented how his son had recently left for college, and he wished they had spent more time together. My 6-year old son approached me after school, and asked if I’d play a computer game with him. What we do together matters little. He’ll throw a semi-flat football with me in the house until I tire out. “Sure, I’ll play with you. Just give me a few minutes to finish my work.” Just a few minutes turned…
  • Controlling God

    Brett Nordquist
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I used to believe that I could control God. I know that sounds odd. It feels strange to write it out and read it, but it’s the truth. From a young age I was taught that god was watching my every move. Not only was he watching what I did and said, but he could read my thoughts. Based on that information, god would divvy out rewards based on how closely they matched his rule book. His rule book consisted of what I was taught at church and included a lot of “don’ts”. Don’t date till you’re 16. Don’t think impure thoughts. Don’t drink coffee, tea or alcohol. Don’t have sex till…
  • Tactile Joy

    Brett Nordquist
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    From Scott Adams review of the iPhone 6 My heart was racing as I removed the phone from its strikingly well-designed packaging. Apple makes the process of opening a box feel as if you are winning a prize. Every color, shape, texture and probably smell has been studied and tweaked to perfection. Simply touching the product or its associated packaging is a tactile joy. A textbook example of sweating the details.
  • Crucify Your Mind

    Brett Nordquist
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    My brother-in-law recommend a film called Searching for Sugar Man. I began listening to the soundtrack and came across this song.
  • Manteca – Dizzy Gillespie

    Brett Nordquist
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I could listen to this groove all day. Turn it up, close your eyes, and disappear into the musical mind of a genius.
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    5ksandcabernets

  • My 7-year-old son made the Tee-Vee news the other day

    Kevin Lyons
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    My 7-year-old has a food allergy (peanuts and tree nuts). Halloween is right around the corner. An Austin television station (KEYE-TV) thought it’d be smart to detail how a child with peanut allergies can enjoy a holiday where most of … Continue reading →
  • Video: Trying to teach Noah to ride a bike

    Kevin Lyons
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    We’re getting there
  • Looks like a 10-minute mile to me

    Kevin Lyons
    19 May 2014 | 10:22 am
    President, vice president getting in some exercise. Somebody needs to get these guys a pair of running shoes. Source: @BarackObama twitter feed.
  • Jay-Z Should Have Got Off That Elevator

    Kevin Lyons
    13 May 2014 | 9:52 am
    ESPN’s Jay Harris, of one of the famous This is SportsCenter commercials, has some advice for the hip-hop mogul who got into a little kerfuffle with Beyonce’s sister, Solange.
  • April running: Over 100 miles for first time since Aug. 2012

    Kevin Lyons
    1 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ever since this thing has attacked my hip and made running for long distances virtually impossible, I’ve stuck to low and slow: Low mileage, run as slow as I can. Lots of 3- and 4-mile jaunts around Town Lake. But … Continue reading →
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  • The McCarthys TV Show

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Our two oldest sons, Drew and Will, are going to be featured in a new CBS prime-time sitcom, The McCarthys, premiering this Thursday, October 30, at 8:30 central time. More accurately, a photo of the boys I took will be predominately featured and on display in the background during the series. This is a screen grab from the first episode. Two of the characters are twins but one of them is bigger than the other and the picture of our boys is supposed to be of them when they were young. Look for the photo starting at 1:33 in the YouTube video (you can also see it occasionally in the…
  • Michael Bublé in Concert

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Tonight, after dinner at Tallgrass, Mary and I saw Michael Bublé in concert on his To Be Loved tour at the Tulsa BOK Center. I got tickets when they first went on sale. The seats were straight on just a few rows off the floor but still quite a distance from the stage. Earlier today an opportunity presented itself to pick up some floor seats, dead center, just a handful of rows from the stage, for a bargain price. I gave my original tickets to a co-worker and waited to surprise Mary with her new Bublé-sweat-catching seats. Mary got suspicious as we walked past the entryway to the section of…
  • Muskogee River Country Water Park

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    With Aunt Donelda in town for Will's birthday, we took advantage of the great weather and all went to Muskogee's River Country water park. We spent most of our time on the Willow Creek lazy river. But, we also ventured out to the Whoop'n Holler Hollow water slides... ...the Crawdad Corner water playground... ...and even the Gator Walk obstacle course. But, we only got the camera out for the lazy river ride. We all had a great time in the sun and water. We broke for a little lunch at Bait Shop and then got right back to it. The boys really enjoyed spending the day with Aunt Donelda.
  • 4th of July Fireworks

    4 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    This evening we all headed out to see the Tulsa River Parks fireworks display and, thanks to our matching patriotic t-shirts and adorable children, channel 8 news stopped to interview us for a montage about people's thoughts on the meaning of the 4th of July. Landon couldn't get through the inflatable obstacle course fast enough and would dart off at the end to go get into line again. Will was Landon's obstacle course partner. They had a great time racing each other. Drew braved the challenge of the Vertical Extreme. I'm sure the climbing wall looked even higher from Drew's vantage point. It…
  • Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Today is the 75th anniversary of the greatest sports related speech ever made and one of the greatest speeches of all time by a truly great man. After one of the indisputably greatest baseball players of all time had his career cut short by ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) he stood before his fans and declared himself "the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" who had merely "been given a bad break." There is not a professional sports player, Hollywood celebrity or everyday man or woman who could not learn something from the humble grace displayed by Lou Gehrig. "Fans, for the past two…
 
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    HighTechDad

  • 10 Tips for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Users

    Michael Sheehan
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    When Apple releases new hardware and software, often times some of the newer features go un-noticed. People are generally used to doing things their own way…which is usually the “old” way. With the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus recently, new chips and screen sizes have enabled new features for those lucky owners of the new iOS large screen devices. I have compiled a list of 10 Tips for iPhone 6/6 Plus Users that may help you get an even better experience out of your large-screen device. 10 Tips for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Users #1 – Double tap home button for easier reaching…
  • The Unu UltraPak Gives Fast Charging Power To Go

    Michael Sheehan
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    From tablets to smartphones to other digital gadgets, people’s biggest complaint is always batterylife. Until new battery technology comes in to play, you either have to always be in search of a plug or carry something that can provide you with a recharge on the go. There are lots of battery packs or cases out there (I have reviewed a few), but you always have to wait around to charge them up. This is where the Unu UltraPak differentiates itself. This is not just a rechargible battery…well it is…but it’s a more efficient process. For starters, it has two USB slots to charge two…
  • 13 Tips to Optimize Your Mac After Yosemite Installation

    Michael Sheehan
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    As most of us know, Apple’s latest operating system Yosemite (10.10), a free upgrade from Apple, is now available. And with it come a lot of nice new features, visuals and enhancements. But, as with any upgrade, there is always the possibility of having issues. While I had been running the Developer Preview on my MacBook Air and had not encountered any issues, when I upgraded my 2010 MacBook Pro, I started noticing that it was slow, laggy and simply not performing the way it had under Mavericks (the previous Apple OS). So, I decided to do some research and some tests and have come up…
  • Drowning out the Noise – iHome iB50 Noise Canceling Headphones

    Michael Sheehan
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Someday, some creative inventor will design some noise canceling headphones that removes office conversations or screaming kids completely. Until then, we will have to survive with noise canceling headphone that simply remove droning background noise that happen in airplanes or on trains. I don’t travel much, so I wasn’t able to test this out on a plane, but I do sit in an open office environment where there is lots of noise, so when I got a pair of iHome iB50 Noise Canceling Headphones, I was pretty excited to test them out. The premise behind headphones that cancel out ambient…
  • How to Fix iTunes Error 1723 When Syncing iPhone or iPad

    Michael Sheehan
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    I stumbled across an error when I was syncing my Apple iPhone 5S running on Apple’s iOS 8 with iTunes on my Mac. It was an iTunes Error 1723. Apple errors are always a bit cryptic and sometimes require you to do some searching to find a solution. So, hopefully you found this article while searching for “how to fix iTunes Error 1723″ or someone linked to this fix-it article. Anyway, the problem is quite easy to fix if you are encountering iTunes error 1723 on a Mac. The error states “The iPhone [insert iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch name] cannot be synced. An unknown error…
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    Always Home and Uncool

  • I'm an always home and uncool #HealthyDad

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Being a #HealthyDad is all about making time for myself as well as my family. That’s why I have been working hard at working out of late, hitting the elliptical and treadmill to lose my annual summer microbrew gut.Getting enough exercise isn’t just good for the body, it is good for the mind, and when you are healthy it makes everyone around you feel healthier, too. Hence, I’m proud to be part of the #HealthyDad campaign.Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield -- which has very good to our family in dealing with Lil Diva's Juvenile Myositis treatments over the years -- knows a thing or two…
  • Lost in Political Translations

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The leaves have started changing colors all around us so that means the nuts have started falling out of the trees and into campaigns for elected office. With so many prestigious titles up for grabs this year (governor, U.S. representative, most likely to get snarled in a sexting scandal), the voting public needs to fully understand just what the heck these would-be office-holders stand for. You'll hear or read a whole of mess of sound bites filled with buzzwords from candidates over the next few weeks, so I'm providing the following guide as a public service to help you understand…
  • Nobody Expects the Spanish Imposition

    4 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    Parents tread a thin line between success and failure at raising their children, and rare is the time when your own kid inks that line as clearly as our daughter Li’l Diva did. This tale, like so many we were supposed to learn in school but cheated only ourselves by simply poring over the Cliff Notes, begins in medias res with a shocking discovery. Enter my wife -- concerned look, furrowed brow, a question tinged with accused failure on her lips. "Have you ever had the drug talk with your daughter?" Note the girl is mine. Possession is nine-tenths the other parent's in…
  • Why is My Boy’s Hair Red?

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    You’ll have to read my newspaper column, “Color them red for Little League success,” to find out. + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove to his wife what he's up to all day at home. Cheers!
  • Warming Up for Opening Day

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    The clickity-tickity-tick of thousands of needles fighting unsuccessfully to stab through the shingled roof over my head woke me around six this morning. Half-blinded by unfulfilled REMs while blinded the rest of the way by the  nearsightedness I’ve been cursed with since childhood, I groped the nightstand for my glasses before stretching over to reach the window shade. Even in my bleariness, I clearly recognize winter’s last big ”eff you.” View from my living room 7 a.m. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove to his…
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    Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords

  • Boundaries, Drawn with a Dull Pencil

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Failure is how Schuyler learns. She is a remarkably stubborn kid; she fixates on problems, particularly those she perceives as injustices, and doesn't let go of them easily. (According to Julie, this is a case of the apple not falling far from the tree.) It can be frustrating as a parent, and hard to step back when she clearly does need help, but steadfastly does not want it. Schuyler wants to make her way in the world, even as she struggles to understand it now perhaps more than ever before. That world has become so much bigger, and her part…
  • Astronaut

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: We spend years preparing our astronaut for her grand mission. Years. Then one day, in the not terribly distant future, we will count down and launch her into the unknown. We'll watch that flame rise into the sky, and eventually its brightness will fade and the rumble of the engines will be too distant to hear, and we'll sit in our mission control, in silence. When Schuyler takes flight and soars into the void, she will be alone.
  • The World I Want

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Given my heart's desire from a magic genie, I might not wish for Schuyler to be made typical enough to make it in the world. It is entirely possible that I would instead choose a world that had places for Schuyler, a world that found value in her weirdness and the patience to wait to hear what she has to say. If I were wise, perhaps I would recognize that given a choice between these two unattainable wishes, the second might just make for a much more interesting planet.
  • Making Our Own Ice

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    I want to discuss something very specific to augmentative alternative communication, so my apologies in advance if this isn't part of your world. I specifically want to address the strange, illogical divide in the professional speech technology world between those who use dedicated speech devices and those who find success with consumer electronics products like Apple's iPad. I'm still surprised to watch these conversations unfold online and see how blithely parent advocates and end users are often condescended to. Frankly, it pisses me off, which is why I'm subjecting you to this post.Some…
  • A Season of Making Sense

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: We like Halloween around here. Part of Schuyler's fondness for the holiday probably stems, as it does for many kids with disabilities both obvious and invisible, from the opportunity to pass, if only superficially and for a short time, as no different from other kids. On most days, Schuyler is hyperaware of her difference, but on Halloween, the world is full of monsters and oddities and weirdos. Whatever she may think of herself on most days, this is the week where she's just one of the creepy crowd.
 
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  • Happiest places have highest suicide rates. Why?

    Dave Taylor
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Thanks to my pal Deb Isserlis for bringing some research to my attention about the curious correlation between happiness and suicide. Turns out that comparing the list of happiest states and those that have the highest suicide rates produces a weird correlation that happy people are more likely to commit suicide. Or is that what’s going on? Turns out that it would be more accurate to describe the situation as the states with the highest suicide rate are also those with the happiest overall population because it’s unlikely that those happy folk are the ones committing suicide. Here…
  • Teens, Cellphones and School

    Dave Taylor
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    I just got a call from my son’s school: he was caught using his iPhone while in class and it’s been confiscated by the teacher. I now need to go into the school and sign it out, as per their policy. Now, before you think it’s Draconian and a violation of his civil rights to have someone take his cellphone, I should point out that the school is actually rather liberal about phones, allowing students to use them before and after school, during lunch break and during their 30min morning break too. Some teachers even allow their use in certain circumstances during class, for…
  • Gifting the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker

    Dave Taylor
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    It’s coming up on that time of the year, with Black Friday two weeks away and both Hannukah and Christmas just around the corner from there. Which means that it’s gifting season too, and while for some people that’s a chance to enjoy poking around increasingly hectic shopping malls or big box stores, for a lot of us, it can be a bit stressful as we try to find the perfect gift for everyone on the list without having to get a second mortgage, whether it’s as simple as a portable speakerphone or as complex as a new smartphone or computer. That’s where shopping…
  • Goodbye Dad.

    Dave Taylor
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Dad as a dapper young man Ten days ago today I was in Southern California, along with my sister, and we held my Dad’s hands as he slipped away and shed his mortal coil. He was 84 and his health had been gradually declining in the last few years, particularly his ever-decreasing heart strength. Ultimately, it was a deadly cocktail of congestive heart failure, leukemia, a blood clot and kidney failure that finally closed the last chapter of his life. He basically fell asleep Friday night and never woke up again, floating on a sea of morphine administered by the angels that are hospice…
  • I Voted, And You Should Have Voted Too. But…

    Dave Taylor
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    I’m a staunch believer in voting and the importance of our individual voices in the political system here in the United States. In fact, I believe that deciding not to vote invalidates your opinion: if you don’t like the system, work on improving it, and that starts by voting out the people you don’t like and voting for those you do. Does each vote count? Well, it depends on the size of the race, doesn’t it? In some of the smaller townships in Colorado, early numbers show just how important a single vote is. Consider the Dacono City Council, where leader Peggy Randolph…
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    Mocha Dad

  • World Vision Colors of Africa Bracelet & Earring Set Giveaway

    Frederick J. Goodall
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
      Since it began in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative. In 2013, more than 822,000 people were helped through the Catalog. More than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, are available online and in the print catalog to help improve quality of life for women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world. I’d like to give one Mocha Dad reader a chance to win some beautiful, handcrafted jewelry from the catalog. The prize is a Colors of Africa Bracelet & Earring Set. Add some color and sophistication to…
  • $60K Scholarship for High School Students Interested in Auto Design

    Frederick J. Goodall
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:19 pm
    My son wants to be an auto designer when he grows up. He likes to draw sketches of what he thinks cars will look like in the future. Here is one of his latest masterpieces: When he first expressed interest in this career, I shared with him my dreams of becoming a car designer. Like him, I also spent many hours drawing car designs and reading books and magazines about cars. Unfortunately, I never became a car designer. However, I continue to nurture my son’s dreams by taking him to car shows, auto races, and introducing him to people in the industry such as Ralph Gilles, President and…
  • Panel Discussion: How Modern Families Can Find Time to Return to the Dinner Table

    Frederick J. Goodall
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Being a parent in today’s culture is tough. On top of caring for their children, they feel pressure to be model employees, volunteer in their community, and prepare well-balanced, nutritious meals from scratch on a regular basis. Parents are urged to eat fresh and local, and reminded of the importance of that crucial family dinner, which is said to reduce obesity and improve psychological well-being for children. Yet new research shows that putting the nightly dinner on the table also increases stress on parents, especially those in low-income households. I’ve written…
  • Celebrate a Day of Play In Houston with Mocha Dad & Let’s Play

    Frederick J. Goodall
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    When I was a child, I loved to play outside. Houston’s temperate weather allowed me to play outside year round. I enjoyed riding my bike, playing football with my friends, and going to the park to play on the playground. Playgrounds were much different when I was a kid. You had to have a remarkable amount of skill to prevent third degree burns when sliding down a metal slide in the Houston heat. You’d often get a few splinters from the wooden swing seats. And there were no rubber mats or mulch to soften your falls (and you were guaranteed to fall many times). Thankfully, playground design…
  • Gun Safety Tips for Parents

    Frederick J. Goodall
    2 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Whether you own a gun or not, it’s important to understand basic safety rules regarding firearms. The likelihood of your child stumbling across a gun is high and it’s important for them to understand that it is not a toy. In this video, I discuss some gun safety tips for parents and share a couple of products to keep your guns safe if you choose to own them. Stay Strong,       Join the conversation: Would you ever ask another parent if he or she owned a gun before allowing your child to visit their home? The post Gun Safety Tips for Parents appeared first on Mocha…
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    The History of Daddy Claxton

  • Binge Watching HBO’s The Newsroom – A Lesson In Character Development

    Donny Claxton
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    THE NEWSROOM Several of my friends posted on my Facebook wall Saturday p.m. about how distraught I must have been about Auburn losing to Texas A&M.  I really was not. Truth is, I didn’t even watch the game, and for that matter, haven’t sat beginning to end for an entire collegiate game all season. I’ve […] The post Binge Watching HBO’s The Newsroom – A Lesson In Character Development appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • It’s My Seven Year Appleversary! #Mac #Apple

    Donny Claxton
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    It’s My Seven Year Appleversary!  On Oct. 11, 2007, I made the second most important conversion of my life–I bought my first Mac. Today, I own an iMac, my second MacBook Pro in that time, and a MacBook Air. I also have the iPad Air and an iPhone Six Plus. During my time of evangelism, […] The post It’s My Seven Year Appleversary! #Mac #Apple appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Ebola Is Now In Dallas

    Donny Claxton
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Ebola is in Dallas now. The CDC confirmed it today, just 23 days after President Obama went on Meet the Press and said he didn’t think it’d spread to the US. So much for that thought. Now that it’s here, there of course are a thousand million questions to run thru every American and more […] The post Ebola Is Now In Dallas appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • The Writer’s Journey

    Donny Claxton
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Writer’s Journey For much of my life I have been in love with writing. If you jump over to TraverseAdventures.com, you’ll see a reference to the window at 208 Fortress Street on what was KI Sawyer AFB, in Gwinn, Michigan. From that window of opportunity,  I would sit at my kidney bean desk and a children’s […] The post The Writer’s Journey appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Ask for Mia at Hilton Garden Inn Merrillville, IN

    Donny Claxton
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    Ask for Mia During Breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn Merrillville, IN Headed through Merrillville, Indiana?  Need a comfortable place to stay that includes breakfast? I’m not talking about the microwaved sausages and eggs that some places serve. This is cooked food, like omelets, bacon, sausage links, waffles, and country potatoes. What’s better than that? The service. […] The post Ask for Mia at Hilton Garden Inn Merrillville, IN appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
 
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    Luke, I Am Your Father

  • Blowin' After The Wind

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    How many roads must a man walk downBefore you call him a Dad?It was a stormy night last night here in Seattle, readers.  With winds gusts up to 60 miles and hour in our neighborhood, Lukas was having trouble sleeping.  He even described looking out his window once to see what he thought was lightening.  But since there was no lightning in Seattle last night, we think he actually saw some transformers blow.  Either way, it was an impressive show to him.There were a lot of power outages as a result.  But not ours thankfully.I sat with him in his bed for a while,…
  • Poop on Pop

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    At the bottom of this hole lies the true meaning of life.Here at LIAYF, we are now fully in the potty awareness stage with Annabelle. Every night she pulls out her new favorite book 'Go Girl, Go Potty', slides the potty across the bathroom floor, and looks at me with a very serious face while saying 'Pooop, Pooop' and pointing towards her bum.And with that I go through the motions getting all those toddler clothes off, and allowing her to sit on her new potty, where she will dutifully grit her teeth, close her hands into fists, and make a pretty convincing pushing motion (one in which her…
  • My Bestie Shot

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Well hello there readers.  You don't know this, but I know you pretty well.  Yep, I do.  And with that knowledge I'm guessing that you have long felt, in the far reaches of the back of your mind, that you'd like to give back to 'Luke, I am your Father' for all of the heartwarming, funny, poignant, and smile inducing moments.No?Well, fine.  But perhaps if you've read and enjoyed the blog in the past you could still do me a solid.You see, this blog is currently in the thick, the thick I say, of a reader contest for the title of 'Best Parenting Blog' in Western Washington…
  • I Would Die a Happy Man

    12 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Kids, they certainly call it as they see it.  For example, take this conversation between Lukas and I in the car on the way home from soccer yesterday.Lukas: "Dad, if you had a choice would you rather be a grown up or a kid?"Me: "Hmmmm.  Well Buddy, I think that I'd rather be a younger grown up."Lukas: "Why's that?  So you won't die so soon?"Me:  "Actually, it was so I'd have more energy to keep up with you little stinkers!"Me:  "But........I guess yours is a pretty good answer too."Lukas (smiling) "Cool."
  • A Long Time Ago (earlier tonight), in a Bathroom Far Far Away

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Together we can rule the loo.An epic battle between good and evil has been waging in our house for some time now readers.And in a time when all seems lost, I hold out  hope that I can convert Lukas to see the light.  There have been a few times, without his knowledge, when I have actually witnessed him using the ancient and trusted ways.  Of course, not long after he was most certainly unduly influenced into using the unnatural method that he now practices.You see readers, Lukas has been taught to be a Folder.  I, on the other hand, have tried to teach him to be a…
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  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

    Michelle W.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help. What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post? Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated…
  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across WordPress.com — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
  • New Themes: Editor and Sequential

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 8

    Mike Dang
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. 1. Books for the Broken-Hearted Hannah Richell Hannah Richell’s husband Matt was killed in a surfing accident in July. In a recent post, Richell writes about finding comfort in reading words written by people who have also experienced the shock of losing a loved one — people like Joan Didion, C.S. Lewis, and Cheryl Strayed. 2. The Shame of Poor Teeth in a Rich World Sarah Smarsh, Aeon An essay about growing up poor in America, and the role of teeth as a class signifier. 3. Giving Up the Ghost…
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  • Flank Steak Recipe From A Childhood Memory

    Jay Cooney
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    When I was a kid my mom (or me mum) used to make the most amazing flank steak…I carried the memory of it all through my life. A really vivid memory of that flavor, which was quite unlike any other. And until recently, I hadn’t had that flank steak in probably 30 years. Only being the dunce I am, it never really occurred to me to ask her for it, most likely because I’ve never been much in the kitchen besides a secret midnight chocolate binger. But my amazing wife and a fantastic new set of Grill Grates have awakened in me a love of cooking, and the wife and I have been having…
 
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  • We Are At The End of The Road

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    What I am writing may very well be my last long form post on MakesMeWannaHoller.com. This doesn’t mean I won't pick up roots and start blogging again or creating again somewhere else but this I believe is the curtain call for this blog. Certain experts in the field say it's good to end a blog. Many in life say all things come to pass.The History LessonWhen I first began this blog I was confused. Confused and without much direction in life. The original name of the blog was Manchild In the Promised Land, after the famous book. My intention was to write about how disconnected I felt from life…
  • Allow Children To Be Exactly What They Are: Children

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Parents give your kids the time and space they need to be children. It's easy for us as adults to be totally blinded by the frenetic pace of our lives, always being on, always having something more to do, never having enough time to do any of it. Understand that kids aren't able to move as fast as us (especially if they have to because you're behind schedule) nor should they have to. They have the rest of their lives to be stressed based on their own actions. Do your best not to stress them out because of yours. For example, if they take "too long" getting ready for school, maybe you…
  • Girls Can Play Sports, Too. And Play Them Well.

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Last week, my daughter asked me why mostly boys wore Nike. So we spent this past Sunday afternoon watching the Nike Women and Under Armor YouTube Channels. The ensuing conversation developed into one that included following your dreams, sports, ethnicity, exercise and fitness and having an honest conversation around feminine physicality.Now, she knows the names of multiple female athletes, across a range of sports and is much more empowered to believe she can do what she wants to through dedication, hard work and opportunity.Meet Ross and watch his testimony on what it means to be a…
  • #BackToSchool - College Style

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    My big boy is Back to School and halfway through his first week of classes. I'm not talking about bright shining faces and new backpacks back-to-school. Rather, rented minivan filled with boxes and clothes and hundreds of dollars in textbooks back-to-school. Not to mention that pesky tuition bill I'm paying via the grace of God and starting a 529 Plan for him nine years ago.  With everything that's currently going on in our nation, but even if we lived in a utopia, I couldn't be a prouder dad.Meet Ross and watch his testimony on what it means to be a father.Did you enjoy this post? Get…
  • It's A Boy!

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    In the same vein of my cousin by love and the best man at my wedding (won't tag you and infiltrate your feed, but you know who you are), I'm proud to announce that on July 28th I became the proud father of a 200 pound, six-feet, three-inch tall baby boy. Son is doing well, currently sleeping late, working part time and playing Xbox until his sophomore year in college begins in a couple weeks.In all seriousness (the above is a joke), my adoption of the boy went through a couple weeks back and although I've always envisioned it being some spectacular moment for me it actually just came and went…
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  • Fall

    Oren Miller
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I prefer it when things go according to plan, to be honest. Although I had written two blog posts about embracing mortality, there was always a plan: The Tarceva--the chemo pill I've been taking since June--would work for, let's say, 5 years, before my misguided body starts fighting back. By then, there would be another treatment--maybe a clinical trial or an experimental surgery, and then,
  • Zen and the Art of Simply Breathing

    Oren Miller
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Breathe in, breathe out. Not so difficult, is it? Still around, folks. Here's a joke. I heard it in a too-hot stand-up tent on the last day of the Phoenix Festival in England, in 1996, and it stuck. I'll paraphrase: I'm watching the news, and this guy comes up in front of his burning home, and he says to the camera, "You know, I always thought stuff like that only happened to OTHER people!
  • Cancer

    Oren Miller
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:47 am
    Boom. On Friday, 5/30/14, I found out I had a Stage 4 lung cancer. People in my condition have about a year to live on average, and treatment is now limited to making the next year more bearable. There are other options that may be discussed later, including experimental treatments, and I'm staying optimistic, but frankly, I think I know where I stand. 4 years ago, in the summer of 2010, we
  • My Favorite YouTube Video

    Oren Miller
    20 May 2014 | 10:36 am
    But first, the runner up. Because it's all about the innocence of children, and about the temptation of the dark side (and we all know that once you're on that side, it doesn't look that dark, does it?), and about unexpected things that stay with us forever because we happened to press Record. So... Here it is, my second-favorite video: But the video below is my favorite. I happened
  • Capable Dads, Lunch Masterpieces, and the Politics of Kids: Fatherhood Newsletter

    Oren Miller
    19 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    This week's roundup includes an amazing response to BuzzFeed, a cool lunchbox project, a cool lunch notes project, and speaking of cool, me, in a sweater, talking about father-son politics on Huffington Post. Please consider subscribing here to get these weekly newsletter posts in your email. Let me know if I've missed anything good, and I'll be sure to include it next week. Thanks for reading!
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  • There’s one answer. It’s at the back. And don’t look.

    Derek Markham
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    As a lifelong learning enthusiast, I’m always looking to continue my education, and I’ve found some amazing resources to do so that are accessible and affordable (read “free”). And as a homeschooling dad, I’m really interested in ideas about the hows and whys of learning, because it informs me (as an accidental teacher) to be […] The post There’s one answer. It’s at the back. And don’t look. appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • What are the top gaming tablets of 2014?

    Guest Author
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Tablets have advanced a great deal in recent times, making them serious options for everything from working to gaming. This article will examine the best tablets for playing games on, both the high end games like Need for Speed that have ultra-sophisticated graphics and straightforward online casino games like roulette. Nvidia Shield Tablet For those […] The post What are the top gaming tablets of 2014? appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Checklist for a Natural or Unmedicated Childbirth, at Any Hospital

    Guest Author
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Having had two natural childbirths, one at a hospital with an almost 50% C-section rate, and the other at a more “hippie” hospital, I can say that the method for both is the same: know what it is that you want from your birth, and then set up your environment in such a way as […] The post Checklist for a Natural or Unmedicated Childbirth, at Any Hospital appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read apps just $.99

    Derek Markham
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    For some kids, learning how to read is a breeze, and they learn their letters and sound out words as quickly as they learn to do everything else, but for others, learning how to read is really tough. Of those kids, many of them have found help through the classic Hooked on Phonics programs, and […] The post Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read apps just $.99 appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Forget About the Oven: Fridge Cooking With Your Kids

    Guest Author
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Treasured memories of childhood often involve time spent in the kitchen creating new recipes and making a mess. There are so many recipes you can make, all scrumptious and easy. The following recipes are ideal for making with the kids. As well as being simple, instead of using the oven, involve the average American fridge […] The post Forget About the Oven: Fridge Cooking With Your Kids appeared first on Natural Papa.
 
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  • Saving Memories

    DaddyCast
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    While I don’t have any exact numbers, I feel safe in assuming a large percentage of the video cameras sold are purchased by new parents.  When you are expecting, you buy a camera and record all the “firsts”, and “seconds” and anything you can capture and preserve.  The idea is generally to share with other family members and to look back to the “good ole days” once the kids are older and less likely to smile at peek-a-boo. A lot of the current video cameras contain a hard drive or use some form of flash media.  But some still use tape, like my old camera did.  Various…
  • My son won’t sit near me and I am Thrilled!!

    DaddyCast
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    My son doesn’t want to sit near me.  He doesn’t want to ride in the car with me.  He hardly notices I am even there.  And I am thrilled!! I mentioned in my tryouts post that my oldest tried out and made the JV Volleyball team.  This has been a great experience for him, and for us.  Where he was traditionally a quiet, very reserved type he has come alive with stories from practice and goofing off with the team.  He has really come out of his shell and it has been great for his attitude and demeanor.  Not to mention getting a lot of exercise and being involved in a sport for the…
  • Tryouts are Trying Times

    DaddyCast
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    With the beginning of the school year has come fall sports tryouts.  We aren’t very good at staying uninvolved or uncaring around tryouts.  We get a little too emotionally attached to what our kids want.  I admit it- guilty as charged.  So going through the tryout and selection process isn’t easy for our household.  Thank goodness it doesn’t happen too often. This year’s tryout angst started in August.  Our oldest was trying out for volleyball.  As an eighth grader, since they don’t offer volleyball at his Middle School, he was able to tryout for JV at the High School.  We…
  • Sport of a Different Sort

    DaddyCast
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Most of us would probably agree that telemarketing calls are annoying. They typically come in the middle of dinner or while you are watching a show or simply not wanting to talk to a total stranger about some offer they have for you that will likely get you into something you don’t want at all. Obviously if I wanted to look at timeshares in Orlando I would book a trip to do so myself. But over the course of the past few years I have started to have fun with these calls (much to the chagrin of my wife). Part of the “plot” is to keep the telemarketer on the phone as long as possible. It…
  • A Sterling lesson in Ownership

    DaddyCast
    10 May 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The boys mentioned Donald Sterling tonight – something about him enjoying the spotlight (not sure where they got that from but seemed like a good opportunity for a lesson). While I do not condone the comments Sterling made to his mistress, I had to understand how the NBA had the authority to take away his team. If he was an “owner”, how could they just strip away his property. In trying to explain it to the boys I realized how little I understood about it myself. I first tried to explain it to the boys using an analogy they could understand. My oldest bought his Xbox One with his…
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  • AJ Leon Lecture on How To Market A Business And Sell Products

    C.C. Chapman
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    My life is better because of my friendship with AJ & Melissa Leon. They are a dynamic nomadic couple who run Misfit Inc. AJ recently spoke at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School about marketing in today’s world and it is a must watch for anyone trying to figure out content marketing and how to do it right. Take the time and watch his lecture which has been cut into six parts. It is worth your time. Promise!
  • States I’ve Visited

    C.C. Chapman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Yesterday, I kept seeing people share a graphic of the states they’ve visited. It got me wondering how many I had left to see and here is my map. Sure, when I was younger we drove to Orlando for vacation, but I don’t remember anything more than passing through the Carolinas, so I didn’t check those off. I knew that the Midwest was going to be a blank hole for me and I really need to do something about that. Of course, Alaska sits there taunting me since it has always been at the top of my personal must visit list. It was fun to think about times spent in each state. Some…
  • A Day at the NFL Offices With the #VZWBuzz Team

    C.C. Chapman
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    I’m part of a group of online insiders that Verizon gives access to news, technology and experiences. Last week a group of us from the east coast were treated to a day at the NFL Offices in New York City. As a lifelong football fan, I was excited about the location. Granted, we got bumped to the basement for the day, but even there I couldn’t help but smile at the hallway outside of our room. The day was to be filled with Verizon sharing the latest information on the new Droid Turbo, Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3v phones. All have some impressive features under the covers with…
  • Managing the Gray – Episode 142

    C.C. Chapman
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    SO much has been going on that I’ve been neglecting my podcast, so I wanted to hit record and share an update with my listeners on all that has been going on in my world. Listen to Episode 142 of Managing the Gray and you’ll hear more about Never Enough Days, my GORUCK Light and the ONE Aya Summit. Show notes for those who crave more. My announcement of Never Enough Days TripIt and Make a Wish Holiday Campaign My after action report of my first GORUCK Light Lots of take aways from the AYA Summit  
  • How I Talk To My Kids About Peer Pressure

    C.C. Chapman
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    As a parent, I believe that dealing with peer pressure is one of the hardest battles you have to fight. Especially since the truth is that no matter how old you get, you never escape it and that isn’t what your kids want to hear. We’ve got two teenagers in my house and I’ve watched as peer pressure rears it’s ugly head from time to time. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but when the National Education Association commissioned a post with my thoughts on the topic I couldn’t say no. Don’t Jump Off The Bridge Unless You Want To Every parent has…
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  • Now That We Know About THAT Child, Can We Talk About THAT Teacher?

    Buzz
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Amy Murray has struck a nerve with her essay about THAT child, the kids who need special attention in class. But what about THAT teacher? The one who can't cope? Continue Reading → The post Now That We Know About THAT Child, Can We Talk About THAT Teacher? appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • When Do Kids Stop Believing In Santa Claus?

    buzz
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    When did your kids stop believing in Santa? Something happens around Grade 2. They start to piece it together, but Portable North Pole keeps the magic alive and offers video for the doubters, the believers, and those that are fully in on the spirit of the season. Continue Reading → The post When Do Kids Stop Believing In Santa Claus? appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • When Do You Put Up Your Christmas Decorations?

    buzz
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    When do you put up your Christmas decorations? Some wait til after Halloween, others wait til December. This year I'm waiting until I find new decorations. Continue Reading → The post When Do You Put Up Your Christmas Decorations? appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Teach Your Kids To Cook By Playing Masterchef Junior At Home

    buzz
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Having fun in the kitchen with your kids is easy. The boys have always like stirring and licking the spoon, today we let them loose with our own version of Masterchef Junior and baking cookies. Continue Reading → The post Teach Your Kids To Cook By Playing Masterchef Junior At Home appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Charlie And The C Of Red

    Buzz
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Charlie is a big fan of the Calgary Flames' C of Red. He thinks it's all about him, the Big C for Charlie. This week has been about getting his C on. Continue Reading → The post Charlie And The C Of Red appeared first on DadCAMP.
 
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  • Sometimes People Disappoint You

    Jack Steiner
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Sometimes people disappoint you. Sometimes they are unreliable, illogical, irresponsible and impossible but you put up with them anyway, or so the experts say.As for me, well there is a very simple test I use.Do I notice if you are around or not.If I don't notice when you are here or not I tend to just let you go because life is too short to waste on people who don't add to our lives and only take.
  • Honest Writing

    Jack Steiner
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Some posts pull more out of you than you realize because you end up pouring more into them than you intended to.
  • The Truths You Don't Share

    Jack Steiner
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Been thinking about a bunch of different things and trying to figure out what to do about the answers I come up with to the questions that have been troubling me.Every time I do I touch upon some tender spots that haven't always been there but have been around long enough for me to pretend that the pain is natural and normal.The major ones are neither and I can't keep pretending they are. You wouldn't know they exist unless I chose to share them and I have intentionally not provided specific details because you don't need to know.It is enough that I know and the only reason I am mentioning…
  • Sometimes You Feel Left Out

    Jack Steiner
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Sometimes you feel left out of things you weren't invited to but wanted to be at.
  • The Shiva Call

    Jack Steiner
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    A dear friend said goodbye to his father so tonight I will go out to make a Shiva call and offer what support I can.Between you and me I am exhausted and going out is not something that I want to do but it would be wrong for me not to go so I shall. I am sure once I get there I will be fine but if this coffee doesn't kick in soon it could be a long night.Oy.In the interim I need to update this joint.
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  • When Mom Gets Left Home Alone With the Twins

    Joe
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    I want to share an article I found from another father of twins who is blogging at Double Doodie Dad. This post in particular is written by his wife and it’s from the mom’s perspective of what happens when dad goes back to work and mom is left home alone with the twins. In the case of this family, Dad went back to work when the twins were about five weeks old, and the mom recounts that the first day was the worst and she struggled most of the day to figure out how to get both babies happy at the same time. Eventually she starts to fall into the pattern of finding out what works. I…
  • How to Prepare Mom for When You Go Back to Work – Podcast 74

    Joe
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Episode 74 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss these questions: One twin mom’s experience when Dad when back to work (as seen on Double Doodie Dad) Tips for helping Mom prepare for and be successful with the twins when Dad goes back to work and leaves Subscribe to the Podcast To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: iTunes (for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.) Stitcher Subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed) Share Your Thoughts Please let me know what you think of this episode of the podcast, you can contact me with any questions or comments…
  • Keeping the Right Perspective When Raising Twins

    Joe
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Here’s some thoughts along the lines of keeping a good mind set, and remembering that you can control the situation in your home and in your family and in your mind through the thoughts that you have. I read an article today on a blog from a fellow father of twins. His blog is AFatherofTwinBoys.com, and he blogged about something that all of us fathers of twins need, and that is perspective. So he says in his blog post, “I am realizing more and more that fatherhood is all about perspective. And today I choose that being with my boys is a good day.” This summation really…
  • How to Avoid Blaming and Shaming Your Twins

    Joe
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    As fathers of twins we have lots of challenges, lots of physical demands on us, and this can be anything including taking care of the twins, the sleep deprivation of caring for them during the night, feeding them, changing them, clothing them, or working to support them. And this can often weigh us down heavily. However, there is one thing that we can do to help us plow through these challenges, and that is make sure that our mind is in the right spot, that our head is in the game, so that we can be successful as fathers of twins. Having the Right Mindset Today we’re going to talk about…
  • Will you always have a good twin and a bad twin? – Podcast 73

    Joe
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Episode 73 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss these questions: Good twin, bad twin patterns and observations. How twins switch personalities and predictable behaviors Subscribe to the Podcast To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: iTunes (for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.) Stitcher Subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed) Share Your Thoughts Please let me know what you think of this episode of the podcast, you can contact me with any questions or comments or leave a comment on the blog. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a rating and…
 
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  • Crazy

    admin
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    It’s been three years since I last posted to this account. This is my personal space and I’m going to start posting again in my style. I’ll be covering, My health, my home improvement projects and what I can of the family. Health: This is the reason I’m back on the blog and since this is my site it might get a bet personal, 2 years ago I was doing a daily boot camp. I did it for 3 months straight and then I got a new job that required a lot of travel. I had lost 40 pounds during those three months and felt great. The travel made it hard to eat right and to exercise. In…
  • I’m Loosing It

    admin
    3 Aug 2011 | 7:59 pm
    It’s been a tough day and tonight has not been much better. There are a lot of things about CP that I’m good at handling as a father. But there are a lot of issues that come up with Haley that while not directly caused by CP are likely influenced by it. One of Haley’s bedtime routines is asking a series of questions. “Are you or can you go in your room?” “Lights on Door Open” “Are you going in the basement?” “Are you going outside?” “Do you have any meetings or conferences” These questions are frustrating but…
  • Another Surgery

    admin
    31 Mar 2011 | 8:30 pm
    I’d like to write about Isaac’s Fro or Abby asking us why Mel and I are the ones who get to give the choices, and I suppose if I wrote more regularly I would cover some of those topics. Today March 31 2011 was a big day in my life. I decided to close the DADvocate Project Survey. I’ve been running the survey for over a year and today was the final day. I did not hit my original goal of 1000 dads but I reset my goal last month when I had only 375 dads having completed the survey and in one month some how I managed to get another 127+ dads to take the survey. If I had set a…
  • March 25 National CP Awareness Day

    admin
    25 Mar 2011 | 12:47 pm
    Today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. For those who don’t already know the origins of this blog are my children and my oldest daughter has Cerebral Palsy. When I first started blogging regularly Haley’s Cerebral Palsy was much of my inspiration and it led to the 2009 Father of the year award which led to this blog which led to my involvement in Let’s Cure CP (LCCP). LCCP is an organization that was founded to support researching potential cures for Cerebral Palsy here in the US. We were founded in April of 2010 and have already raise over $30,000 that is going…
  • You Did What?

    admin
    28 Feb 2011 | 7:36 pm
    I can just imagine the conversation I would have had with my dad had he known what I was going to do with my daughter this past week. “Kev are you crazy, she’ll break her leg!” “Kevin, there are just some things that aren’t worth it!” Now honestly I don’t know if he would have said that but they would have been reasonable statements. You see this past week I took my daughter Skiing. Yes, that’s right the one with CP. Actually I took both daughters and my wife but we left Isaac at home. My younger daughter Abby was very cute slid well a few times…
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  • SHE ALWAYS GETS EVERYTHING RIGHT!

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    One day I went to the Celebration of Writing. It was today actually; but as I learned at the event, good stories usually start with "One day..." The participants were the 26 kids in my girls' kindergarten class. They had been working on writing and revising their stories in "Writers' Workshop" for the last several weeks, and today was the day they presented them to an audience of their
  • Champagne Girls!

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    I wrote something for the New York Times today, and they called me a blogger. So here I am, posting something on my blog! This pretty much explains everything about my kids these days. The kids are in kindergarten now, and loving it. We did end up sending to the "disadvantaged local school," and it's awesome. When I'm not busy building stuff, I'm usually doing something for, with, or
  • Talking about Death and Asking for Help

    27 Jun 2014 | 8:22 am
    In a few hours, my wife and I are meeting with a lawyer to sign the final version of the living will we set up for our kids. A couple weeks ago, we sat down in a comfy law office and hashed out the details of who would take care of our kids, our medical decisions, and our stuff in the case of some kind of tragedy. There's nothing like talking about all of the different possible combinations of
  • Good Morning, Five-Year-Olds

    25 Jun 2014 | 1:44 pm
    My mom still calls my sisters and me on the eves of our respective birthdays to say, "Goodnight, x-year-old." Then the next day, she calls again and says, "Good morning x+1-year-old!" She's been doing that since before I was born, I think. But she didn't call us when we were kids. She mostly, you know, said it in person. Yesterday, I made the terrible mistake of trying to work from home a little
  • The Mother's Day Father's Day Birthday Post.

    10 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    There is so much stuff I've meant to write here, but I just can't seem to get around to it. I've been doing quite a bit of freelancing, and carpentry, and parenting, and volunteer stuff for the school where the girls will go to kindergarten next year. And I'm just not into staying up all night anymore. So the blog languishes. One of the reasons I started this blog was to have a record of what
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  • Join The Bubble Guppies THIS WEEKEND at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    This weekend (Saturday, November 22 & Sunday, November 23), enjoy some family time with your kids at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies! Learn about how to keep your body healthy with Nickelodeon’s animated preschool series, Bubble Guppies. Join Molly, Gil, and Bubble Puppy as they fight germs and get to the heart of staying healthy. Enjoy a weekend full of screenings, story times, raffles, puppet making and art activities at CMOM, and you can even take home your own Bubble Guppies Check Up packet for your next doctor’s visit!  …
  • Celebrate “Friendsgiving” This Month With Dynamic Duos on Netflix! #StreamTeam

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Netflix is celebrating something we all should be thankful for– friends! To help you celebrate your Friendsgiving this year, check out the following “Dynamic Duos” from TV & movies: For your little kids: 1. Bob and Larry: VeggieTales in the House 2. Bert and Ernie: Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends 3. Bo and Dezzy: Bo on the Go! 4. Justin and Olive: Justin Time 5. Tod and Copper: The Fox and the Hound 2 6. Clifford and Elizabeth: Clifford And your big kids: 1. Phineas and Ferb 2. Shaggy and Scooby: Scooby-Doo! Mystery…
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Now Available!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham launched in North America earlier this week for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system (also playable on PlayStation® TV), Xbox® One all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and Windows PC.   “LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is without a doubt this year’s ultimate Super Hero game for all ages,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games…
  • Moozi is set to revolutionize formula feeding

    DaDa Rocks!
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Who is sick and tired of the middle of the night feedings?  I know that was one of my biggest hates when the kids were young! Miravan is set to revolutionize formula feeding and reduce the stress of middle of the night feedings with Moozi, an innovative new single-serving pod system that simplifies the bottle making process, creating the perfect temperature formula bottles in under a minute at the touch of one button.  It’s a true all-in-one system that gives parents a stress-free, safe and easy solution to the current multi-step complicated formula feeding process. Prior to Moozi…
  • Big Hero 6: Disney Animation Plus Marvel Heroes Makes for a Hit!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Love the Marvel superhero movies, but aren’t sure if they’re family friendly enough for your little ones? This holiday season, Disney’s got the perfect solution for you– Big Hero 6! Based on the Marvel comic book series of the same title, Big Hero 6 is the latest Disney animated film from the creative team behind hits like Tangled, Wreck-it-Ralph, and last year’s instant classic Frozen. It follows fourteen-year-old robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his friend Baymax, a personal healthcare robot designed by Hiro’s brother Tadashi. When a supervillain…
 
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  • Children and Cars

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Parents worst fears are often misplaced. The automobile remains the leading hazard to children. By comparison, according to the FBI, at most 200 children are abducted by strangers each year. But where is attention focused?
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  • Perfect iPad Case for Kids: the Gripcase for iPad

    Adam
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Caleb and I have our routines. And one of them is that he often comes to church with me in the morning – and when he does that, as soon as we open my office door, he runs over to the chair and says, “I want to play with iPad.” He knows he gets to do that while dad gets ready for the worship service. And he’s getting really proficient with the iPad and his ability to navigate through apps and other games is really impressive. But, I’m always a little fearful that he’s going to drop it or do something to it. He actually has dropped it a couple times, but…
  • Best Play Table for Kids: The Nilo Table

    Adam
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    When I used to take Caleb to the library in Ashland, Oregon, it wasn’t really because of the books. It was because of the train table. They had a really good table there at the library that was setup as a train table; it was a nice, large table, just at the right height for toddlers. We’ve been in a few other homes of friends who have had a table similar to that, and they always seemed like a great place for kids to be able to play, whether it was trains, cars, Legos or anything else. So, we started looking around and seeing what types of tables were out there. You can search on Amazon…
  • The Töbo Track: A Review

    Adam
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    A few months ago, I was sent a Töbo Track to review on my blog – this was a toy that Sarah had heard a lot about, and so we were excited to see how Caleb would enjoy playing with it. The Töbo Track is a pretty unique educational toy. This is how their website describes the Töbo Track: Tobo Track is an exciting new way to build roads and tracks for toy cars and trains. 12 identical pieces are included with each set, and can be joined together in hundreds of ways to create a track that goes anywhere you want it to. Every hexagonal piece has a straight section, a curved section and an…
  • Glide Bikes: Orange Ezee Glider with Air Tires

    Adam
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Thanks to my wife, Sarah, who wrote up this great review for the Glide Bikes Ezee Glider that we got to review online. When we lived in Ashland, OR, balance bikes were the norm. Rather than seeing kids tooling around playgrounds on tricycles or bikes with training wheels, you’d see little kids scooting themselves along on balance bikes. I had never seen or heard of balance bikes before and they piqued my interest as Caleb began to show signs of one day becoming mobile. On the recommendation of a blog I like, we bought Caleb a Pewi Ybike, which is a cross between a push toy that helps kids…
  • Noah’s Ark

    Adam
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few mornings ago, Caleb was playing with a toy boat that is one of his bath toys. He said, “It’s Noah and the Ark!” I asked, “What do you know about Noah?” Caleb: “Noah and the Ark, and a flood.” Dad: “A flood? Why was there a flood?” Caleb: “God sent it.” Dad: “Caleb, who’s God?” Caleb: “….help please….” Dad: “Why did God send a flood?” Caleb: “Because people…FIGHTING!” Dad: “What did flood do?” Caleb: “Flood covered earth.” Dad: “Oh yah? So God sent a flood?” Caleb: “Yup.” I went to look at the storybook and…
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  • In Praise of Halloween

    Craig Playstead
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    I love Halloween — always have. It’s one of the few holidays we still have left that hasn’t been screwed up by commercialism, family in-fighting or magical bunnies. But it’s not like people haven’t tried. It blows my mind that my kids can’t wear costumes to school. It was one of the greatest days of the school year back in the early 80’s. The public schools continue and try to make everyone the same and kill any personality — let them live! When I told my kids I went to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade as the Phantom Football Player complete with fangs, blood, and shoulder pads…
  • The Smartest Person I’ve Ever Met

    Craig Playstead
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I wrote a new piece over at my writing blog today that has literally been kicking around in my head for 13 years and thought you guys would appreciate it. It’s a 9/11 tribute about the smartest person I’ve ever met. As a guy who’s worked in tech since the late 90’s, that’s sayin’ something because I’ve worked for some of the most powerful companies in the world with some insanely smart people. But none of them as smart as this guy … The Smartest Person I’ve Ever Met is a post from: Shake Your Foundation Follow me on Twitter The post The…
  • The Showdown in My Front Yard

    Craig Playstead
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    It’s either them or me. While working in the yard the other day, I overheard my 9 year old telling his friend that his dad used to have a mole killing business. WHAT???? If he would have told his buddy I was an astronaut, it would have been closer to the truth. I had no idea what he was talking about so I went over to investigate. “You killed that mole, dad. Doncha remember?” Oh, so that’s what he was talking about. This happened a while ago, but I wanted to get the facts straight, so I told him this story. (harken back a couple years ago …) It was one of those…
 
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  • Just Fun Toys for Everyone – 2014 Gift Guide

    nessel
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Dad Does Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Just Fun Toys For Everyone Some toys don’t fit nicely into a category.  Maybe they are not a RC toy or a Blaster…but that is fine, because who are we to apply labels anyway.  One man’s blaster could be another man’s oddly shaped walking stick.  Anyway, label or no label – we know fun when we see it!  In this edition of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide we present some fun toys, that refuse to be pigeon holed into one category…but they would still make great presents! Razor Power Rider 360 What would happen if you were to take…
  • Love Toys and Games? You Need to Get To Chicago This Weekend!

    nessel
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Chicago – The Windy City.  So named because people in Chicago have so much fun playing toys and games that they physically get winded from all the fun.  Fine, for 361 days a year that last statement might be totally made up, but for the 4 days when the Chicago Toy and Game Fair is going on…oh yeah, folks will be coughing up a lung from fun. A World of Fun Hits Chicago While we go to the International Toy Fair in NYC each year, it is a little like having pancakes without maple syrup.  As any decent, warm blooded human knows, pancakes need maple syrup to be that delicious…
  • Fun Gadgets and Gifts For The Grown-Up Sized Kids In Your Life

    nessel
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    Dad Does Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Best Gadgets & Gifts For The Grown-Up Sized Kids in Your Life We all have those large kids in our lives.  They sometimes go by titles like husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father, grandparent, great uncle, third cousin twice removed….you get the idea.  We may grow up, but we never grow tired of playing.  Here are some fun gadgets and gifts for the adult sized kids in your life… Polaroid Cube Polaroid is back!  No instant prints come flying out of the Polaroid Cube, but it is a drop dead easy way to shoot HD video and snap fun photos.
  • Games and Toys That Make You Laugh and Smile (and might even teach you something)

    nessel
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Dad Does Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Games & Toys That Make You Laugh and Smile (and might even teach you something) Flying toys are cool.  Robots that battle are always a treat.  The thing is, sometimes it is the simple games, with great play value that end up being played with long after the holidays have passed.  In today’s gift guide we present the top toys and games that will make the kids laugh and smile… and don’t tell the kids, but they might even learn a thing or two as well. Gravity Maze by ThinkFun What happens when you take a marble maze, extrude it into 3D…
  • Review: Razor Crazy Cart, The Go Kart You Would Have Dreamed Up When You Were 10

    nessel
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Travel back in time with me.  Think back to when you were 10.  If you could dream up any type of Go Kart, would it be something like this - Electric powered to give you speed Free spinning wheels to allow you to drift and spin endlessly Brake?  No, what 10 year old dreams of a brake?  Just a gas pedal… Well, your time traveling 10 year old dreams have just come true with the Crazy Cart from Razor.  The Crazy Cart is an insanely fun ride-on that does outrageous spins, drifts, goes 12 MPH and yep, has absolutely no brake! The Crazy Cart needs to be seen to be enjoyed.  Please watch…
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  • How to Keep a Rape From Covertly Damaging the Body and Brain … for Years and Years

    Mark Brady
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    In my early 20s I hung around with a group of fun-loving kids trying to figure out what to do with our lives. Some of us were in college, some of us worked and some of us simply hung out in the basement of David’s house drinking beer, playing video games and smoking pot. Lazy days in LA. Vanessa was a popular member of our informal circle and she and I had a strong platonic connection. One day I showed up at David’s basement and Vanessa was there alone … in tears, with her face bruised, almost hysterical. When I was finally able to calm her down enough so that she could get…
  • 3 Small Changes that Can Ignite Your Brain’s Neural Network Potential

    Mark Brady
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    Greetings, friends. In the interest of providing your brain’s novelty needs with some different stimulation, today we’re going to change things up a bit. I’m experimenting with different ways for the blog to be easily accessed and interestingly delivered. Click the image on the right, or this link to watch an 8-slide Vimeo graphic presentation with voiceover (The Password is: markbrady). I’d love to get any feedback – good, bad or indifferent – that you’d care to offer in the “Comments” section at the bottom of the blog page (skip the fact…
  • How Women TRAP Men in Relationships

    Mark Brady
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    When my wife and I first began courting, she orchestrated several world-class moves that absolutely sealed my fate. Before I provide you with any of the gory, intimate details, let me offer up a little pertinent social neuroscience as relevant backstory. I know many people don’t believe it – including a number of neuroscientists – but when it comes to the brain, there’s no one at fault and no one to blame: we’re all doing the very best the current state of our brains and bodies will allow in response to whatever stressors we’re having to deal with in any…
  • It’s Not Me – It’s My Big Fat Brain: How Faulty Brain Wiring Gained Me 60 Unwanted Pounds

    Mark Brady
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Note: Please Check Out the Short Offer at the Bottom! When I was about 9 or 10 years old growing up outside New Haven, Connecticut, the highlight of most days was when Charlie’s Traveling Candy Store would come rolling through the low-income housing projects. Each afternoon I would eagerly await Charlie’s white step van and use my paper route money to buy Jujyfruits, Necco Wafers, Milky Ways, Wise Potato Chips and glass bottles of Coca-Cola and Bubble-Up sweetened with real sugar instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup. I would then take this treasure trove back to my bedroom and…
  • Why I Own Scores of Unread Books: My Brain Made Me Do It!

    Mark Brady
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    I have an 8 foot by 8 foot bookcase full of books that I haven’t read. What I’ve recently realized is that the way my brain’s reward circuitry is structured is primarily responsible for this situation. My brain operates with book-buying in much the same way that many drug and other addictions work. Here’s how. I’ll use a recent book purchase as an example. I come upon a review of a new book. In this case let’s use Daniel Levitin’s, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Immediately, I feel this excited, pleasurable…
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  • Must-Have Features in an All-in-One Online Store Application

    Michael
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    If you want to run an online business right from your mobile device, then there are a few features you’re absolutely going to need to look for when it comes to choosing a company with the best online payment services. Here are a few examples of features that will help.   PCI DSS Compliant Services [...]The post Must-Have Features in an All-in-One Online Store Application appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Heroines Taking Over the Spotlight

    Michael
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    We discussed the aftermath that came with Marvel announcing that the next Thor would be a female in an article on Geekasms earlier this year. However, even now, the development is still a hot topic. In the last few months, information on the character Mjölnir has been covered from the likes of every major news [...]The post Heroines Taking Over the Spotlight appeared first on Geekasms.
  • STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is now STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

    Michael
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    In an announcement that it has concluded filming, also came the new title for the upcoming Star Wars film: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. While we haven’t covered them here at Geekasms, there have been plot rumors floating around the web that have been gaining a good amount of speed, and the [...]The post STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is now STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Disney Plans on Just Tearing out Your Heartstrings in 2017 with TOY STORY 4

    Michael
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Disney has announced that they will be releasing Toy Story 4 to theaters on June 16, 2017 with the director of the first two Toy Story movies; John Lasseter set to direct. Deadline reports that Disney says the story came from Lasseter, Unkrich, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter, who are Pixar veterans, so we’re guaranteed [...]The post Disney Plans on Just Tearing out Your Heartstrings in 2017 with TOY STORY 4 appeared first on Geekasms.
  • It’s a HE-MAN Dance Party!!

    Michael
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    He is Adam, prince of Eternia and defender of the secrets of Castle Greyskull. Fabulous secret powers were revealed to him the day he held aloft his magic sword and said, “By the power of Greyskull! I have the power!“ Cringer became the mighty Battle Cat, and he became He-Man, the most powerful man with [...]The post It’s a HE-MAN Dance Party!! appeared first on Geekasms.
 
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  • Do You Have Secrets?

    Jack
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    They ask me “do you have secrets” and I just smile. I let them stew for a moment in the silence while I think about one of my favorite quotes. “We dance round in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.” Robert Frost Yeah, I have secrets. Not just […] (Visited 29 times, 29 visits today) The post Do You Have Secrets? appeared first on The JackB.
  • How Do You Say Goodbye?

    Jack
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:13 pm
    “I am not going to miss you.” Been thinking about those words quite a bit lately but maybe not for the reasons you might think. You can blame Glen Campbell. Can’t say I was ever the biggest fan but there are a few of his songs that have always enjoyed listening to. Wichita Lineman, Rhinestone Cowboy and […] (Visited 36 times, 36 visits today) The post How Do You Say Goodbye? appeared first on The JackB.
  • More Sex, Lies & Blogging

    Jack
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    This post was supposed to be one where I repurposed the content in Sex, Lies & Blogging- The Post That Went Viral but I changed my mind. Something about the responses to What Happens When People Don’t Comment On Our Blogs? and She Saved My Heart made me decide to go a different direction. I am not entirely sure […] (Visited 28 times, 28 visits today) The post More Sex, Lies & Blogging appeared first on The JackB.
  • Tuesday, afternoon, I’m just beginning to see

    Jack
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:58 pm
      I didn’t know how to begin this post, didn’t know where to go with it or how to make it tell the tale I want to tell in a such a way that you wouldn’t have to read it more than once because you wouldn’t have to read to know the truth of my […] (Visited 20 times, 20 visits today) The post Tuesday, afternoon, I’m just beginning to see appeared first on The JackB.
  • Breakfast In America

    Jack
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:25 pm
    If you are of a certain age Breakfast In America might make you think of Supertramp and I can’t blame you, because if often does for me, mostly because Take The Long Way Home has become one of my personal anthems. But most of the time when I think about breakfast in America it is […] (Visited 24 times, 24 visits today) The post Breakfast In America appeared first on The JackB.
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  • Carnival Fun with Rainbow Hair and a Fish

    Thomas
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Lily’s school had a carnival today and she had a lot of fun. There were lots of games and she even won a fish! Plus she got rainbow hair so she was pretty darn happy. We’re hoping the fish lasts longer than a day. The post Carnival Fun with Rainbow Hair and a Fish appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Why be a princess when you can have the keys to the kingdom?

    Thomas
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Lily has two Halloween costumes again this year. The first one was a Minnie Mouse costume that worked perfectly for the beautiful weather we had the weekend before Halloween. We had two parties to go to and had lots of fun. We saw lots of princesses around, but only one other Minnie Mouse. Minnie is a better choice anyway as she rules the kingdom with Mickey. The post Why be a princess when you can have the keys to the kingdom? appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • OMG Jack O’ Lanterns!

    Thomas
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Looking pretty good this year. Mine’s the overly happy one, the wife’s the scary looking one, and Lily’s is the scared looking one. The post OMG Jack O’ Lanterns! appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Frightfully Fun Halloween Menu

    Thomas
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    For a little Halloween fun, my wife put together a fun lunch for Lily and I. We weren’t told what we were getting, we were only allowed to pick Halloween themed food from our menus. Here was our Halloween Mystery Menu Ghastly Ghost Zombie Eyeballs Bat Wings Swamp Grass Edible Swamp Tombstone Ghost Blood Blood Maggots Bird Seed Vampire Repellent Ghost Poo Pirate Planks Grave Digger Witch Fingers Dehydrated Dragon Wings Skinny Pumpkins Devils Aid Swamp Water Puss Menu Key Napkin Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs BBQ Wings Salad Green Jell-O Ice Cream Sandwich Water or Sprite French…
  • Impressed with Apple TV. I should have got one long ago.

    Thomas
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    I’ve been looking at digital media players for quite some time now. I love the idea of them, but they all seemed to be missing a feature or two. Eventually my wife made the decision for me and got me an Apple TV. And it’s amazing! The Apple TV is often referred to as a media player where you can buy or rent content from iTunes to play on it, but that’s not what I wanted. I wanted a computer where I could stream anything from the internet and play whatever files I wanted. That’s why for years I’ve been using an older Mac Mini. Turns out, you can do everything on…
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  • The 11 Best Movie Dads of All Time

    Aaron Gouveia
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Sometimes, when you have a lot of heavy crap going on and you just can’t write about it yet, you need need a distraction. And for me, that has always meant movies. I love them. And the ones I don’t love, I love to hate. But ever since becoming a father, I’ve started paying special attention to one part of movies in particular — dads. I take a lot of inspiration from movies, and a recent discussion with my wife got us on the topic of some of the best dads in movies we could think of. Which, in turn, led to some pretty substantial disagreements in coming up with a Top…
  • Why I Have to Stop Saying “She’s Out of My League”

    Aaron Gouveia
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    I’ve been saying my wife is out of my league and too good for me for 10 solid years, ever since we started dating. Because…well, look at her and look at me. Many guys express similar sentiments about their wives, and we genuinely mean it as a compliment. Unfortunately, it’s a sentiment that’s really started to harm our marriage. Background: the same scene has played out in a similar fashion over the years no matter where we go and who we meet. MJ’s beauty turns heads as she enters a room and attracts more than her fair share of attention. It’s not uncommon…
  • How to Lower Your Cable Bill

    Aaron Gouveia
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    As parents, we’re very into milestones. Unfortunately, not all milestones are positive ones. Earlier this month, I received my monthly cable TV bill from Comcast (or Xfinity or whatever the hell they call themselves now), and something in me just snapped. It was $215 for wireless Internet, a cable TV package, and a landline — part of their Triple Play package. It had been much less in the beginning, but just kept creeping up and up and up until it became another car payment. I’m partly to blame (and by partly I mean mostly) for this, as I’m an unmitigated TV nut. I…
  • Female Teachers Sleeping with Male Students: Where’s the Outrage?

    Aaron Gouveia
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    There’s a seminal moment in the movie A Time to Kill, when Matthew McConaughey’s character is attempting to convince a jury to acquit his client, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson, a black father in racially charged Mississippi, is on trial for killing the two white men who raped and tortured his young daughter. With the all-white jury champing at the bit to convict his client, McConaughey makes them close their eyes as he painstakingly details the unspeakable horrors visited upon the young girl. But because he knows the jury is inherently racist and unable to see her as human, the…
  • 5 Ways to Treat Kids With Stuffy Noses

    Aaron Gouveia
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    School is back is session, fall is turning to winter, and that means your kids have either been sick, are sick right this second, or will be sick very soon. That’s not me thinking the sky is falling or being pessimistic either, it’s just the reality of the situation. First of all, the weather and the changing of the seasons often bring on colds and congestion on its own. But if your children go to daycare or have started school, forget about it. Your kids will get sick because school is a germ farm and cold incubator. Just assume the classroom pet is that monkey from Outbreak.
 
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  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Young Kids

    Vincent Daly
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    CuteMonster.com presents its 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Young Kids. The post 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Young Kids appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Big Hero 6 Could Spark a Whole New Generation of Scientists

    Vincent Daly
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Review of the Disney animated feature film Big Hero 6. The post Big Hero 6 Could Spark a Whole New Generation of Scientists appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Win a 4 Pack of Tickets to the 2014 Holiday Train Show at the NYBG

    CuteMonster Staff
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Win a 4 Pack of Tickets to the 2014 Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. The post Win a 4 Pack of Tickets to the 2014 Holiday Train Show at the NYBG appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Kid Conversations #5

    Vincent Daly
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Kid conversations happen every day. The following is an excerpt of an overheard kid conversation on the way to the store. The post Kid Conversations #5 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Monstober! New Razor Jr. YouTube Channel and Giveaway

    CuteMonster Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Monstober is here! You could win a Razor Jr. Zombie or Monster Scooter. Giveaway ends 10/29/14. The post Monstober! New Razor Jr. YouTube Channel and Giveaway appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
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    Daddy on the Edge

  • Daddy on the Edge of Giving

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:41 pm
    I'm here today to talk about giving.And Tim Minchin. Minchin first.Tim Minchin wrote a Christmas song.  Well, no - Tim Minchin wrote a song about happenings occurring during the Christmas season, and clinically dissected the actual holiday and it's religious counterparts in his own Minchinesque fashion.  Minchin doesn't speak of Jesus as the miracle baby away in a manger; he does instead refer to him as "a dead Palestinian press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer"...It's one of my favorite Christmas songs.Not because it bashes organized religion, but because, once you get…
  • Daddy on the Edge of F*cking Feminism

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    As a Daddy of two daughters, I've got a thing or two to say about gender inequality - Thing One - The only workplace where having a penis should factor into salary negotiations is in a male whorehouse.Thing Two - See Thing One.Seriously, there's a ton more that I could say on the subject, and one day I will - but there's a video going around that states it so perfectly that I'm just gonna let it speak for itself.I do have to prepare you though - this video was produced by FCKH8.com.  Daddy featured a video of theirs in a previous blog post, "Daddy on the Edge of Promoting the…
  • Daddy on the Edge of The Common Core

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Full Disclosure - I wrote most of this post in May, and I didn't publish it...because I thought it might be too crazy.  Sometimes, even Daddy has an edit button - it's hard to see, and is oft forgotten in favor of the much larger, more used  "What's the Worst That Could Happen???" button, the "Fuck 'em if They Can't Take a Joke!!" button and the "Perhaps I should sober up a bit first...NAH!!!!" button, but it does exist, and sometimes I blow the dust off and ever so gently engage it's function, turning off my own mic, as it were.So why publish now?  Because apparently, I am not…
  • Daddy on the Edge of Fashion

    31 May 2014 | 2:53 pm
    You've seen this one before, but watch it again...How much awesomeness is that, huh?  I think this speech should be required viewing by all Liberals - we need to watch this once a month just to remind ourselves that we are not any of the ridiculous, hateful things that the Right Wing paint us as being. That we are so much better than how they see us.  We need constant reminders that we should not be ashamed, but rather proud of the fact that we are Liberals.And that's why I made a t-shirt.Is creating a t-shirt a huge political publicity stunt?  Nope.  An earth shattering…
  • Daddy on the Edge of Using Your Words

    18 Mar 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Watch: Everlast - "What It's Like".  Pretty moving song. Of course, this is the first time I've actually heard it all the way through without half of the words squelched out (squelching is my word for what we used to call bleeping, or censoring - they mask the lyric with a rap record "scratching" sound).  Some of the words they squelch are predictable - "fuckin'" and "shit" are still pretty de riguer in radio land.  They censor the word "balls" (as in testicles), but I think that's only because the lyric refers to cutting them off.  The word "whore" is censored from this…
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    C.C. Chapman

  • AJ Leon Lecture on How To Market A Business And Sell Products

    C.C. Chapman
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    My life is better because of my friendship with AJ & Melissa Leon. They are a dynamic nomadic couple who run Misfit Inc. AJ recently spoke at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School about marketing in today’s world and it is a must watch for anyone trying to figure out content marketing and how to do it right. Take the time and watch his lecture which has been cut into six parts. It is worth your time. Promise!
  • States I’ve Visited

    C.C. Chapman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Yesterday, I kept seeing people share a graphic of the states they’ve visited. It got me wondering how many I had left to see and here is my map. Sure, when I was younger we drove to Orlando for vacation, but I don’t remember anything more than passing through the Carolinas, so I didn’t check those off. I knew that the Midwest was going to be a blank hole for me and I really need to do something about that. Of course, Alaska sits there taunting me since it has always been at the top of my personal must visit list. It was fun to think about times spent in each state. Some…
  • A Day at the NFL Offices With the #VZWBuzz Team

    C.C. Chapman
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    I’m part of a group of online insiders that Verizon gives access to news, technology and experiences. Last week a group of us from the east coast were treated to a day at the NFL Offices in New York City. As a lifelong football fan, I was excited about the location. Granted, we got bumped to the basement for the day, but even there I couldn’t help but smile at the hallway outside of our room. The day was to be filled with Verizon sharing the latest information on the new Droid Turbo, Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z3v phones. All have some impressive features under the covers with…
  • Managing the Gray – Episode 142

    C.C. Chapman
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    SO much has been going on that I’ve been neglecting my podcast, so I wanted to hit record and share an update with my listeners on all that has been going on in my world. Listen to Episode 142 of Managing the Gray and you’ll hear more about Never Enough Days, my GORUCK Light and the ONE Aya Summit. Show notes for those who crave more. My announcement of Never Enough Days TripIt and Make a Wish Holiday Campaign My after action report of my first GORUCK Light Lots of take aways from the AYA Summit  
  • How I Talk To My Kids About Peer Pressure

    C.C. Chapman
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    As a parent, I believe that dealing with peer pressure is one of the hardest battles you have to fight. Especially since the truth is that no matter how old you get, you never escape it and that isn’t what your kids want to hear. We’ve got two teenagers in my house and I’ve watched as peer pressure rears it’s ugly head from time to time. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but when the National Education Association commissioned a post with my thoughts on the topic I couldn’t say no. Don’t Jump Off The Bridge Unless You Want To Every parent has…
 
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    HowToBeADad.com

  • Elizabethan Superheroes & Star Wars Icons

    Andy
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    We’ve all asked ourselves interesting questions. What if we’d lost WWII? What would the world be like if people lived for hundreds of years? How would chairs be designed if our bodies had four legs? Photographer, Sacha Goldberger, thought up some of his own intriguing questions… What if Superman was born in the 16th century? And what if the Hulk was a Duke? How might Van Eyck have portrayed Darth Vader?* * my personal favorite (saved as the best for last). With the help of more than 110 people participating in this breathtaking project: Super Flemish, Sacha answered these…
  • Your Time Here

    Charlie
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Dear Finn, Let me tell you the story of your life. Know that there will be exceptions, but this is the grand accounting of your human journey. You were born to two loving parents and these parents were afraid they would break you. They drove slowly coming home and lost a good deal of sleep wondering whether you were still breathing. Your dad, particularly, would hover over your crib to watch your chest move. Then, as you grew older you learned words, how to walk, how to eat and many other fun, little things that small children figure out. You made little faces and began to notice that you…
  • “Bed Time” part 1 : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

    Andy
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Ahhhhhhhh bedtime. Most new parents are surprised to discover that bedtime isn’t a specific point in time, but a theory, really. It’s more of a hypothetical range, starting with PJs and a bedtime story, and dragging a good distance across the face of a clock to conclude much later at deep, ragged sigh of relief o’clock. Matthew Clarke, his daughter Coco, and David Milchard have dramatized this process for our enlightenment and enlaughterment. Subscribe to ConvosWith2YrOld to follow the series. (Liking, favoriting and commenting helps videos on YouTube, so go nuts.)  …
  • Parenterms: “Grayllow”

    Andy
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When “off white” is so far off that it has entered the whiteness relocation program and changed its name, it has probably changed its name to Grayllow. With any article of clothing that’s white, or close enough to wind up in the “lights” laundry pile, there’s a certain point when you can’t boil or bleach out all the things they’ve seen. It can be hard to let go when they’ve become so incredibly comfy, and some people reeeeeeally stretch it. However, all tighty whities become loosey drabbies. Every under shirt will someday look really under…
  • The Diaper Changing Warzone

    Charlie
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    That first poop-filled diaper. It’s a doozy. It’s like a poop mitzvah. It separates the pros from the amateurs. I remember mine well. I feel like an aid worker on the beaches of Florida after the BP oil spill if the oil had been shot out of a human butt cannon. Those are magical times. We gag and heave, men and women, and it’s a learning curve that never quite makes its way to perfection. We could be Dexter-level clean, and still smell just a bit like human soft serve. Such is the life of a parent. But those unaccustomed aren’t so ready. Meet Chris, the brother of a…
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    My Grimm Reality

  • For My Children

    Grimm
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    I have always had a love for writing.  I believe much have that passion has come from my mother, who before the ages of computers and tablets, would write down everything on little notebooks or envelopes that she kept with her wherever she went.  To this day, nearly 16 years after her death, you can […]
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    Daddyplace

  • 5 Ways for Parents to Make the Most Out of the Internet

    Keith
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Parents definitely have one of the most difficult jobs and when the kids finally are in bed, they want to relax and enjoy the quiet. This is an excellent time to enjoy some free time partaking in various hobbies, and many of these hobbies can be found online. Here are some top tips for activities that can be enjoyed.The post 5 Ways for Parents to Make the Most Out of the Internet appeared first on Daddyplace.
  • Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

    Keith
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
        Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen    “This infographic was provided by TeenSafe.com“  The post Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen appeared first on Daddyplace.
  • Stay Safe While on the Job

    Keith
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:58 am
    Workplace safety is one of the most important issues that employees and employers alike must deal with. Keeping workers safe is essential for employers who want to avoid workers’ compensation lawsuits or negligence ones.The post Stay Safe While on the Job appeared first on Daddyplace.
  • 4 Ways to Get Out of the Dog House Fast

    Keith
    14 Jan 2014 | 5:54 am
    There's something out there to help mend even the most stubborn hearts. Nip that pesky little argument in the bud and get out of the dog house before it becomes your permanent residence.The post 4 Ways to Get Out of the Dog House Fast appeared first on Daddyplace.
  • Daddy Cool: You Don’t Have To Ditch the Cool When Buying a Family Car

    Keith
    29 Dec 2013 | 5:43 am
    As you grow older and wiser, you might look for something more economical with practicality the priority, but that doesn't mean you have to Ditch the Cool when buying a family car.The post Daddy Cool: You Don’t Have To Ditch the Cool When Buying a Family Car appeared first on Daddyplace.
 
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  • Running A Tool Cart Around The Garage

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    When someone wants to repair their own cars at home, they need to make sure they are using tool carts to manage their tool supply. The person who is doing regular maintenance on their vehicles will want to keep their tools on the cart for simple organization. Also, the owner of the cart will be able to power and label all their tools in this...
  • Curb Appeal

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Whether you want to simply change the look of your home or you want to ad value to your home, renovating is an option. There are numerous benefits to renovating the outside of your home that you might not think about. If you want to sell your home, then you might get it sold faster if you renovate. You don't have to do ext...
  • How Sliding Door Doctor Can Remedy Your Broken Door

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    In Sydney and across Australia, sliding doors have been installed in many homes due to their great style and easy of use. These are large glass doors that give you a beautiful view to the outside world, and they also are on rollers and tracks that make them truly easy to open and close with little effort required. While they may function exceptionally well for you for months or years, many of t...
  • Meeting the New Mileage Standards: Will the Automakers Make the Cut?

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    As the deadline for fuel efficiency standards continues to shine in the headlights of many different car manufacturers, companies are trying a variety of different innovations to try and meet future standards. Engines are being updated and hybridized. Turbodiesels are becoming more common. And most manufacturers are leaving the world of big steel bodies and trying to help their fleet lose weigh...
  • 4 Easy Steps to Keeping Your Home Looking and Doing Great

    3 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    You don't have to live in a mansion to take pride in the way your home looks. However, no matter the size of your dwelling, all homes need regular maintenance to look nice and reduce the effects of aging and weathering. With regular maintenance and preventative measures, you can revitalize your home and lessen the chance of major repairs.[font=helveti...
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    dadastrophic.com

  • Fears of Baths, Showers, and Water

    dadastrophic
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
      For the past 4 weeks or so, Grayson was having TERRIBLE issues in regards to water. I’m specifically talking about when I gave him a bath but the shear terror that consumed him even crossed over into when I took a shower.  When he simply heard the water turn on and I hopped in, he would break down in tears and screams. I just could not figure it out. I was the only one to give him baths, besides his mom, and I never had any water incidents with him. In fact he LOVES WATER!  Swimming, brushing his teeth with water for fun, playing with the garden hose, and splashing around…
  • Pumpkins, Christmas, and Milestones

    dadastrophic
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Dadastrophic…yep that pretty much has been the truth since BEFORE day 1! I definitely got the name right. Tales of a “Hot Mess” dad! Bingo!  I’m learning something new everyday and the number one thing I learned is this is NOT easy…I cannot believe Summer came and went, and here we are, a month into Fall already.  Bonfires, Smores, Hayrides, and Sweaters…it could be worse! I just found myself trying to think about what a 23 month old (at Christmas) would want for the holidays. My friend Val mentioned GoGo Smart Wheels by V-Tech so at least I’m…
  • Grayson And The Garden Hose

    dadastrophic
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    I’m glad I got Grayson a little pool for the backyard. I filled it with water and he pretended it did not exist because he was more mesmerized with the garden hose. I decided to roll video and put together a movie trailer for his next Summer film, “Grayson And The Garden Hose“! Click HERE to watch the movie trailer!
  • Summertime 2014 Part 1!

    dadastrophic
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    It’s been a pretty exciting Summer so far with Grayson and we’ve had a lot of fun together. He’s hit a few milestones and he’s really developed both his motor skills and his vocabulary. Grayson still has a love of the water. Whether it’s the bathtub, a backyard pool, or the ocean, he simply smiles ear to ear the second he sees the wet stuff! Last weekend I had him at my Brother-In-Law’s condo along with my sister and Adam’s family! Sandy, Larry, Adam, Debbie, and Jessica are wonderful people who have always opened their home and hearts to us! If you…
  • A Gift You MUST Buy For Yourself…and Family!

    dadastrophic
    14 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    How I found the time to write this post is beyond me. When I started this blog in June 2012, I could not wait to post EVERYDAY! I noticed other “Dad Bloggers” were not postinjg often and I thought that was an easy way for me to climb up the “dad blog” charts on the internet! I soon learned that the other guys, who were way ahead of my time, simply “had their baby” and simply had no time to blog as much as they wanted to. Lesson learned. Grayson is asleep, it’s a Friday night, and I wanted to toss up a quick post about Father’s Day Weekend! This…
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    Dad and Buried

  • Seven Ways Parenting is Like Fantasy Football

    Dad and Buried
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    I am in the middle of yet another trying fantasy football season. Two of them, actually, since I am participating in two leagues, like some kind of masochist. It’s been 12 weeks of misery, punctuated by occasional spurts of short-lived happiness. Just like raising kids! Seriously, parenting and fantasy football aren’t all that different (here’s what a fantasy parenting draft might look like!) There’s a lot of work, you have to pay a lot of attention, and nobody wants to hear about any of it. I know, you think I’m an idiot. So I made a list! 7 Ways Parenting is Like…
  • The Dad and Buried Stress-o-Meter!

    Dad and Buried
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    The post The Dad and Buried Stress-o-Meter! appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • What I Want From My First Parent-Teacher Conference

    Dad and Buried
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Later today, I’ll be attending my first parent-teacher conference. As a kid, parent-teacher conference day was nerve-wracking. (“Oh shit! What is the teacher going to say about me? Am I going to get in trouble?”) Now that I’m the parent, it will be interesting to experience it from the other side. Or it will be when it matters. Right now, I don’t think it does. Detective Munch is four. He’s in preschool. Unless he’s biting other children or spending all class in the corner doing science experiments, I don’t think there will be any major…
  • Is it Right to Judge

    Dad and Buried
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    I hate judgment, especially when it comes to parenting. It’s presumptuous and self-righteous and, worst of all, it only serves to obscure – if not outright obliterate – the empathy that should be both the prevalent emotion and the primary response to seeing another parent struggling. We all live in the same huge glass house, surrounded by miniature walking wrecking balls, and we’re all barefoot and bloodied, like John McClane. Being given a hard time when your kid isn’t behaving is the last thing a parent needs. It’s hard enough being responsible for the safety and…
  • [E-card] No Egos Allowed

    Dad and Buried
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The post [E-card] No Egos Allowed appeared first on Dad and Buried.
 
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    Joshua Wilner

  • Say Goodbye to Boring Cover Letters

    Joshua
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    It might not be the right place but it is memorable. Sometimes my friends ask me to read their cover letters and give them some feedback.  Those who know me well have learned I will take my giant red pen of doom and scribble scrabble all over their paper because I hate what they wrote. They bore the hell out of me and I imagine they bore the crap out of recruiters and hiring managers who read 1,982,328 of these each day. Heck, if I worked in recruiting the makers of Ambien and other sleep aids would probably sue me for starting a side business where I’d cure insomnia by passing out…
  • Do You Still Read Magazines?

    Joshua
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Almost two years ago I asked you to share how many magazines you read and followed up with the questions below: Ok friends I have a couple of questions for you: How many magazines do you subscribe to? Do you make time to read them all or do you find yourself facing growing pile of “paper” begging for some attention? The responses ranged from those who said they never read any, would read them in the aisles but didn’t subscribe to those who said they subscribed to plenty and those who said all of their subscriptions to hard copies had been moved onto electronic devices. I don’t…
  • It Is About Telling A Better Story

    Joshua
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    When people ask me why I am thinking about moving from an Android to an iPhone I tell them it is about telling a better story and I hear that iPhones take better pictures. I tell them it is because I don’t want to rely upon the words of another to determine whether I think the iPhone is better than my Droid. If they push harder for details I send them to read my guest post at Carolyn’s blog and then I overwhelm them with 985,456 pieces of fact/opinion. It Is About First Impressions It is Saturday morning and I am wondering why I am sitting on the sidelines of a soccer field at a…
  • The Rhythm Of Writing

    Joshua
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Darkening Halawa Valley by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner There is a rhythm to writing that only the writer can hear. I don’t know if I would describe it as the sound my fingers make when they tap away at the keys on the keyboard or if I would say it is the words I hear in my head. Ask me to describe it and I’ll try to tell you about the sound of rainfall upon the rooftops as well as the sound of the rain in a forest. Sometimes it reminds me of the sound I hear on the heavy bag when I stop throwing combinations and just start pounding the bag with all I have got for as long as I can. What…
  • Remember The Clickety-Clacking & The Dings

    Joshua
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    No one asked for my opinion but if they did I’d tell them it is cooler to say you are agnostic about whether ghost exists after Halloween has passed than during the week or two before. When you live close to an airport you grow accustomed to the sound of planes flying overhead but you also notice when one spends extra time circling your house, especially when you are outside and look upwards in time to see it tips its wing hello to you. Your initial thought isn’t of a ghost pilot flying a ghost plane because you don’t live in the land of Scooby Doo but if you did you’d…
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • New DOC McSTUFFINS DVD, "Cuddle Me Lambie" Coming Next February...

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Details are scarce right now, but Disney hit THE ROCK FATHER with notice that the next DOC McSTUFFINS DVD is set for release on February 3, 2015. CUDDLE ME LAMBIE will feature five episodes of the Disney Junior hit, and come packaged with limited-edition Lambie hair clips. Here's the synopsis... Doc McStuffinsDisneyDisney JuniorDVD
  • Getting the Car Organized & Ready to Rock the Holiday Road with Rubbermaid & #WalmartAuto

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    This adventure is brought to you by Walmart. THE ROCK FATHER is a Socialstars 2014 #WalmartAuto Ambassador. The Rubbermaid products featured in this story are all available in the Automotive Department of your local store or at Walmart.com. Well, here we are again - just a week out from Thanksgiving (or X-mas rehearsal), Black Friday and all of the Holiday fun that will follow. It's that time of year to hit the road for those gatherings - the ones where you reconnect with beloved friends and family... and the occasional oddballs that you only see once or twice a year - the…
  • #CommandTheForce with Imagination and STAR WARS COMMAND #ad

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    THE ROCK FATHER is a paid STAR WARS #CommandTheForce Ambassador and has partnered with Hasbro and Life of Dad for this adventure. May The Force Be With You, Always. I've been trying to Command The Force since about 1977, inspired by a galaxy far, far away... As part of the first generation to be inspired by the vast universe that George Lucas created, STAR WARS, like The Force itself, surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds people together. As a parent, STAR WARS has also become a bond between father and child, as my wife and I raise two girls as part of the next generation. Like their father…
  • Holiday Wish Guide: Girlmazing Radio Controlled Vehicles from Jada Toys

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Having two car-obsessed girls here at home, I've written at length in the past about girls being underserved when it comes to toy cars. Back in November of 2012 (can't believe it's been two years already), I did a guest post for TTPM entitled "Time to Play: An Octane-Obsessed Little Girl," then writing about Addie since Little Finn was just four months old at the time. Our journey into the world of toy cars had just begun, rekindling a passion of my own youth in the process. In the time that's passed, we've both bought and received countless toy cars, trucks and vehicles, many of which have…
  • Holiday Wish Guide: Enter the RABBIDS #1 Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win a $500 Toy Shopping Spree!

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Ready for something really cool? The Ubisoft's RABBIDS are bustin' out of your TV screen and jumping into their own graphic novel series from Papercutz, and to celebrate, they've teamed with THE ROCK FATHER and some other cool pop-culture websites to help spread the word with the Rabbids #1: Bwaaaaaaaaaah! Sweepstakes! Just in-time for the Holidays (Rabbids are a great gift idea), we're giving readers a chance to win BIG with one (1) lucky family scoring a $500 Toy Store Shopping Spree + a copy of the Rabbids #1: Bwaaaaaaaaaah! Graphic Novel, and twenty (20) runners-up receiving a…
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    The Talking Dad

  • Food Network to celebrate Thanksgiving At Bobby’s, #ThanksgivingFeast

    Christopher
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Food Network celebrates Thanksgiving Flay-style with holiday special Thanksgiving At Bobby’s, Saturday, November 22nd at 12PM ET/PT Bobby Flay hosts an all-star special Thanksgiving at Bobby’s this holiday season, complete with favorite recipes, delicious tips and expert culinary advice to help viewers prepare for their own upcoming feast. Along with co-host Katie Lee, Bobby welcomes his friends Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon to the party to share their favorite Turkey Day dishes, traditions and personal family memories. Bobby always makes the turkey for…
  • Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’, 5x Blu-ray/DVD Winners

    Christopher
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue on Blu-ray/DVD, 5 Winners Disney’s Planes are back in the high-flying comedy adventure Planes: Fire & Rescue, landing on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms Nov. 4, 2014. Planes: Fire & Rescue is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race…
  • Gift Guide 2014: Stunning LG OLED TV’s are at Best Buy this #HintingSeason

    Christopher
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. When I was a teen, my dad purchased a spectacular big screen TV in which he would meticulously dial-in the picture. The hours we spent calibrating that television is comical, but I get it. Those observations of his obsession had a lasting impression, like when convincing my wife that dark blacks and accurate color production are paramount shopping considerations. We shopped around for our home cinema nearly five years ago and those expectations…
  • Free Activities & How To Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray Giveaway

    Christopher
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    How To Train Your Dragon 2 is available now on Digital formats and on DVD and Blu-ray this November 11th! The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon 2 trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation’s critically acclaimed film on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray and DVD November 11. The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD feature…
  • Bebop and Rocksteady finally headed to TMNT, store shelves

    Christopher
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    That’s right! The TMNT fan-fave duo, Bebop and Rocksteady, are making their debut on Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Wal-Mart toy shelves. Their appearance in the show is still unknown, but the Playmate toys will be available in mid-November, according to TMNT Tumblr. The Official Fan Club is also giving away a set of the figures before they can be purchased. These are sure to be collector’s items, so head on over and get entered to win! What do you think of the new toys? Are you excited for the guys to finally be making their appearance on the show?
 
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • Just in time for Christmas: An Auction for our Adoption.

    Matt Todd
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Christy has been hard at work putting together an online auction to help cover some of our adoption fees. Generous friends, family, and businesses have donated some great items for this event. You should head on over to the auction’s facebook page and check it out.Here’s how it works. Once you find something you’d like to bid on, write your bid in a comment under that specific picture. Please include your name and email address . If you would like to bid over a current bid, simply comment under the original bid with your name and email address! The highest bid at the close…
  • 2000 posts!

    Matt Todd
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I started blogging 10 years ago this month. I think it’s kind of cool that I’ve reached this milestone during this month.With an average of 200 posts a year, that’s a lot of writing. Some of you have been with me from the very beginning. Some of you are visiting for the very first time. To all of you who have shared this journey with me, thanks for being part of my little corner of the interwebs! And I look forward to celebrating another 2,000+ posts with you 10 years from now.The post 2000 posts! appeared first on Life in the Fishbowl.
  • We’re sending a Northpole gift to Ethiopia with love

    Matt Todd
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #NorthpoleFun #shopThe Christmas Spirit has come early to our house this year! Because our adoption agency has officially matched our family with an older boy in Ethiopia, we can start sending him emails, letters, pictures, and care packages. That means we are able to send him Christmas gifts this year.Let me say that again.We’re sending Christmas gifts to our son in Ethiopia!!Of course, we’d prefer to celebrate the holidays with him here with us at home, but…
  • My dirty job

    Matt Todd
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    I have started working as an Instructional Aide in a Life Skills classroom at an area elementary school. Here’s what I experiencedexperienced during my first week:I’ve been hit.I’ve been scratched.I’ve been spit at.I’ve been pooped on.I was *this close* to getting thrown up on.And I don’t think I’d have it any other way. Sure, it’s tough. And it isn’t for everyone. But I think this is the most fulfillment I’ve felt from a job in a long time because I have the opportunity to launch a life every day.Yeah, it’s a dirty job. But I…
  • Powerful stories, the magic of film, and the Heartland Film Festival

    Matt Todd
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve been intrigued by the power of story. I’ve been especially interested in the way a story can be told through the magic of film. I’m sure that my interest in powerful stories and magical films was enhanced by my love of one movie in particular: Star Wars.Yes, this is me a long time ago in a galaxy not-so far away. Star Wars helped me appreciate the power of good storytelling and the magic of the silver screen.While I don’t believe Star Wars is the cause of my love of story and film, it certainly magnified it. My eyes were opened to a…
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  • It’s time.

    Kip Durney
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Enough is enough.  It’s time to make these prescription drugs readily available to those that need them.  It’s time to help Haley Osborn – a sweet little girl with parents just like you and me that would do anything to help their little girl.  It’s time to do the right thing.
  • Why Am I Running the Falmouth Road Race?

    Kip Durney
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:13 am
    I am not a runner. In fact, there is a distinct possibility that I could finish last in this “race” and may require reflective gear for when the sun sets and I cross that finish line.  But with a little encouragement, some oxygen, and with the knowledge that the funds that I help to raise just might – or WILL - save someone’s life is all I need. I dare say we all live pretty good lives.  And we all take life for granted to some degree.  Lives can change in an instant and sometimes, sometimes, people are given a new chance at life as a result of organ donation.  And other…
  • Some days, you just need your best friend

    Kip Durney
    28 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
  • A Modern-Day Love Story

    Kip Durney
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Recently, I sadly lost my grandmother.  Of course losing someone you love is difficult and tragic but the strongest emotions I felt were not of sadness and loss but rather of appreciation and gratitude.  In fact, it was rather a time to to celebrate her life and the family she created with my grandfather.  She was an amazing woman and, well, her story is a modern-day love story to be shouted from the rooftops near and far as we all could learn a thing or two. I was asked to write and share a eulogy at her funeral.  The priest later asked for a copy so that he could share it with newly…
  • True heroes even in the eyes of a 5 year old

    Kip Durney
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    Yesterday, I watched from my office window in Cambridge the horror that was taking place just across the river with that sinking feeling that what I was witnessing was going to end horribly. I heard the voices on the scanner, saw the MAYDAY tweets, and watched the flames and smoke violently swirl around that building as the emergency vehicles ascended and ladders extended as they tried so desperately to get it under control. It was hard to watch knowing what was probably happening inside that building. When I got home, I turned on the news. My three young kids were sitting there and knew…
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  • Empty Chairs at the Holiday Table

    Michael Schmid
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a wonderful time of year to pause and count our blessings. Unfortunately for some, the holiday season is also one of sadness and loss. I just found out...
  • A Christmas Bear Hug – Wordless Wednesday

    Michael Schmid
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    My wife snapped this photo of our 6 year old giving an extremely large bear a hug! Our daughter has never met a creature she didn't want to hug. Even snakes!
  • Guess How Many Frozen Dresses Disney Sold?

    Michael Schmid
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Are you a fan of Disney's hit film Frozen? Did you buy the movie or soundtrack? You'll never guess how many dresses Disney sold like the one our daughter is wearing in this photo with the "real" Anna and Elsa!
  • Top 10 Scariest Things This Halloween

    Michael Schmid
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    This year our daughter said she wanted to dress up as "something scary" for Halloween. I suggested a clown. She wasn't amused.
  • Tech from My Childhood Is Starting to Look Retro!

    Michael Schmid
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Nothing like having to explain "antique" devices like a Walkman or cassette tape to your kindergartner to make you feel old!
 
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  • The Best Kept Secret To Getting Your Kids In Bed

    theamateurdad
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I know why you clicked on this link. Like most parents with young kids, it doesn’t seem like there’s an end in sight. You’re suffering. Every night its the same routine. And every night they defy that routine. “Why won’t they just stay in bed???!!” Your kids and my kids have this knack of, well…not wanting to go to sleep at their pre-scheduled bedtime. Starting from the terrible 2’s right up to 6-7 years old. There always, ALWAYS seems to be a reason to stay up longer. “Dad I’m thirsty.” “Can I get a glass of…
  • Saturday Video: The Birth Story You’re Looking For

    theamateurdad
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood, and other informative things dads would love from the web. If there’s a video or short film you’ve created or one you’d like to share, click HERE to contact me to pitch an idea. I’ve never been more excited to share a Saturday Video than the one I have for you today. On October 17, 2014, my niece Zien Elizabeth Barrocks was born to my brother Tristan Barrocks and his wife Natanya. We all love a good birth story, and like many other fathers, my brother wanted to capture every moment of the birth for his…
  • Infographic: 6 Easy Steps To Becoming A Healthier Dad

    theamateurdad
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every other week I post a cool Infographic that relates to the subject of men or fatherhood. The topics may vary but they will be either interesting, fun or just plain cool. Click HERE if you have a Infographic you’d like to share. Becoming a healthier dad isn’t easy, but its simple. Sorry, did I confuse you? Well, by saying ‘isn’t easy’ I mean it takes a lot of will power to make healthy choices on a daily basis. When I say ‘its simple’ what I really mean is it isn’t complicated to get started. This brings me to today’s Infographic, which…
  • How I Became An Amateur Dad

    theamateurdad
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This past Friday, my younger brother Tristan and his wife Natanya welcomed their second child Zien Natalie into our family. With all the joy surrounding her birth, it brought me back to my experience becoming a father for the first time.  12:15am in the morning. I’m half asleep tossing and turning in my bed, not sure if I’m going into a dream or coming out of one. Suddenly I’m awaken by a strong tug on my arm followed by a painful moan coming from right next to me. It was time. Without hesitation I got up out of my bed and began to frantically put on my clothes which I had discarded…
  • Saturday Video: Why and When to Talk to Kids About Pornography

    theamateurdad
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood, and other informative things dads would love from the web. If there’s a video or short film you’ve created or one you’d like to share, click HERE to contact me to pitch an idea. Why and when do we talk to our kids about pornography? This week’s Saturday Video is a brief but very informative clip about this topic by parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka “Doctor G”. The clip is only 1 minute and 15 seconds so please take a look. This is only the beginning of the discussion regarding pornography…
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  • Are You Raising A Little Stud Muffin?

    Michael Berman
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    From Abercrombie and Fitch selling a thong for little girls with the words “Wink-Wink” on it (yep, that happened), to the infamous Wal-Mart undies imprinted with the phrase “Who needs credit cards?”, things have certainly gotten out of control when it comes to the sexualization of young girls in our society. But what about boys?  Do they feel the same kinds of pressure as girls when it comes to their own sexuality?  Psychologist Gary R. Brooks, author of The Centerfold Syndrome believes boys are taught that men must keep proving their masculinity with sex and that there is a…
  • 10 Tell-Tail Signs Your Kids Should Know About Dogs

    Michael Berman
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Dogs are complex, amazing animals that have a wide range of emotions which they communicate through a variety of visual clues, including tail position, leg stance, lip curls and hard stares. For kids, a quick education on how to read a dog’s body language can be useful in understanding when to approach… and when to back off. Here are 10 Tell “Tail” signs that will help your children understand a dog’s mood. 1. Happy Dog Anatema/Depositphoto Mouth open, wagging calmly, panting. This dog is happy to see you. 2. Tail Tucked Njnightsky/Depositphoto The tail is tucked between the…
  • Positively Discipline Your Kids

    Michael Berman
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:37 am
    One of the most confusing topics for parents is how to properly discipline your children when they misbehave. Even when a parent visits with their Pediatrician, the issues of discipline and behavior often are not discussed as much as either patient or physician would like. In fact, many times Pediatricians think they’ve given the advice, and parents think they didn’t get the advice, all in the same visit! Below is a stage-by-stage overview of how you can positively discipline your child, using techniques favored by consulting Pediatrician, Tara Berman, MD. 1. Infants…
  • 20 Must-Have Survival Gear Items

    Michael Berman
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Every family should have some sort of survival kit ready to go in case disaster strikes. Here are 20 must-have items to help you get started building yours. 1. Non Perishable Food Packs The US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA recommend stocking a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person to prepare for emergencies.  While just one 2,400+ calorie bar can minimally sustain an average person up to three days, it’s advisable to evaluate the needs of your family and prepare accordingly. Click Any Pic To Order From Amazon   2. Water Purification Tablets Used worldwide by…
  • 10 Tells Your Kids Are Bluffing

    Michael Berman
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    For the most part, kids make terrible liars. But every now and then you find yourself in that tricky position as a parent when you just can’t tell if your child is lying or not. They may get violently defensive, or they may put on a stone-cold poker face that could fool even a seasoned gambler. Or they may create such a mindbogglingly elaborate story that you have to stand back, stunned, and quote Ron Burgundy from Anchorman: “I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.” Here are a few things to look for when you can’t quite figure out if your kid is pulling the wool over your…
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    City Dads Group

  • Change Fatherhood with Action at Home

    Trevor Mulligan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    My sons will learn more from my actions than my words. With all my might, I hope to portray for them all that is good and right.
  • Huffington Post Lauds City Dads Group

    City Dads Group
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    “All I could think about is how my life would have been different had I that kind of support when I was going through it 20 years ago ... and how different my children's lives would have been too.”
  • The Movember of My Facial Discontent

    Chris Bernholdt
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If it were part of a forest, it would be the sparsest in woods -- the veritable Charlie Brown Christmas Tree of mustaches.
  • Can Any Parent Truly ‘Have It All’?

    Jason Greene
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you are privileged enough to worry about “having it all,” you are doing better than most. You aren’t wondering where you next meal will come from, whether you’ll be forced to leave your home, or how you’ll handle childcare when next week’s schedule comes out.
  • Stanford Football’s Shaw Shows Coaches, Dads Care

    City Dads Group
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s Note: San Francisco Dads Group co-organizer Mike Heenan recently interviewed David Shaw, head football coach at Stanford University, as part of Dove Men+Care’s “Care Always Wins” campaign. Stanford University’s head football coach and consummate family man […]
 
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    Father Nerds Best

  • The First Birthday: A Year in the Life

    11 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    My son's first birthday party was a celebration.  It was a celebration of my son being alive for a full year and it was also a celebration of my wife and I successfully keeping a child alive for a full year.  Both are extremely valid reasons to party and party we did this past Saturday at Jack's grandparents house.  The setup for a 1 year old's party seems like it would be simple, but ask my wife and you'll hear a different tale.  Inviting people, making sure the food is ordered, decorations, a theme...these are all things that must be considered and executed on and she…
  • Halloween with a Little Yoshi

    3 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    Halloween has always been a fun holiday in my family.  Growing up, my parents fully embraced the holiday by going all out on decorations, costumes, and spending a nice amount of time taking us around the neighborhood to trick or treat.  As I got older and the costumes got more expensive, that love of Halloween continued but the childhood fascination of dressing up in a costume and fully embracing the fun that is shared in a neighborhood on October 31st was beginning to fade away.  By the time I was in my mid twenties and married Halloween meant costume parties and drinking. We…
  • What a Difference a Year (and a Baby) Makes

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Before you have kids, everything seems so simple.  If you and the misses want to go out for the night, the only concern you have is what you're going to wear or where your night will take you.  When you have a child though, there is another layer of complexity thrown on top of your plans.  You have to wait for your kid to nap, you have to make sure he is dressed, you have to make sure he is fed, you have to make sure you are packed and prepared for any event that could arise where your child may need a diaper changing or hear a tune from his favorite toy at any random…
  • Hyrule Warriors (Wii U) - Video Game Review

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    I'm going to try something new on my blog.  In the past I have mainly posted about parenting issues, but another topic that is near and dear to me is my nerdy interests.  One of those interests includes video games.  What I hope to do is review products, games, movies, etc. that would be beneficial to other parents who have small children.  I'm not going to review the latest Call of Duty game or some hardcore video game, but I will try to cover some of the more kid friendly games out there.  As my son gets older, I'm sure the reviews will increase in quantity as we…
  • Adrian Peterson: The Monster Who Beats a Child Bloody

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Over the weekend Adrian Peterson, professional football player for the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested for child abuse.  The Vikings deactivated him so he couldn't play in Sunday's game and a lot of people took to the internet to A) find out what happened and B) show outrage over exactly what took place.  I was one of those who took to Twitter and was disgusted with the news.  What I found, though, was that a lot of people were actually defending this behavior and much worse, claiming that they use it themselves.  I'll get to that in a minute. In case you weren't aware,…
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    Top Daddies

  • Cowboys And Angels Toy Store In Vancouver

    Mike Granek
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    Cowboys And Angels Toy Store In Vancouver by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com visits Cowboys and Angels, a Toy Store, Ceramic Art Studio for Kids, and Photography Studio. Truly one of the best boutique toy stores in Vancouver, BC, Canada, they offer a delightfully friendly atmosphere and fantastic ceramic crafts for kids. If you’re a parent in Vancouver, or travelling through the area looking for something to do with your kids, you really should drop by for a visit! The post Cowboys And Angels Toy Store In Vancouver was written by Mike Granek for Top…
  • Twistin’ Sam Balloon Artist

    Mike Granek
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Twistin’ Sam Balloon Artist by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com interviews Twistin’ Sam about his amazing balloon creations for events, birthdays, parties, and more! Sam is located in Vancouver, BC. For more information or to book Sam for your event, visit: www.facebook.com/twistinsam The post Twistin’ Sam Balloon Artist was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • Guzzie And Guss Perch

    Mike Granek
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Guzzie And Guss Perch by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com interviews Thomas from Guzzie & Guss about the Perch, a portable chair for baby that attaches to most tables. This is a great product that is very convenient, especially while travelling. About The Perch From the Guzzie and Guss website: Whether at home, in a restaurant or on a Picnic day, the Perch table-chair will give your child a special place at the family table. The Perch attaches to most tables and folds for easy storage. A handy travel bag is included, which you’ll be able to store…
  • Baby Brezza Formula Pro

    Mike Granek
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Baby Brezza Formula Pro by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com interviews Joe from Baby Brezza Canada about the Formula Pro, a hassle-free formula preparation system. Visit Baby Brezza Canada on Facebook: www.facebook.com/babybrezzacanada About the Formula Pro From the Baby Brezza Website: Say goodbye to the time and hassle of manually preparing baby’s bottles.  Introducing Formula Pro, the revolutionary new way of preparing your baby’s formula bottles.  The Formula Pro uses patented technology to measure, dispense and mix water and powdered formula to the…
  • Baby Fair Giveaway!

    Mike Granek
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Baby Fair Giveaway! by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. a Rafflecopter giveaway Contest Rules 1. To enter, visit www.topdaddies.com/babyfair and complete one or more of the following; • Join the TopDaddies email newsletter (2 Entries) • Visit TopDaddies on Facebook (1 Entry) • Follow @topdaddies on Twitter (1 Entry) • Refer a Friend / Bonus Entries (Up to 10 Entries) 2. Contest is open to all residents of Canada only, excluding Quebec, who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a TopDaddies.com contest previously; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the…
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