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  • Skin Cancer Is Not Your Friend

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    Charlie
    28 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    So, listen. I know the internet is filled with a lot of causes and movements and groups and Change.org petitions and blah blah blah, but I want to scare the shit out of you for just a second. Okay, maybe I won’t completely terrify you, but maybe I can talk in a way that ups the ante, just a little bit. Last year, I had a cut that never seemed to heal. I thought it was dry skin or a new appendage growing or something… something other than what it was. Skin cancer. And since it’s skin cancer awareness month (or so people have yelled at me on the internet), I wanted to take a…
  • My Wife Just Said… #214

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    Charlie
    26 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    “Not really sure I have it in me to deal with faulty cinnamon rolls before my morning caffeine.” -Avara   My wife and I have been on a strict diet for the past two weeks. There isn’t much worse than having to prepare delicious, carbtastic foods for your kids. And my wife likes to give our kids the works. Also, how many of you are absolutely frightened of the POP sound when you open a canister of biscuits or rolls? A photo posted by Avara Capen (@ithrowtp) on May 23, 2015 at 8:21am PDT Previous “My Wife Just Said…” This MWJS is scary cute. Follow us on…
  • “I wanted to be loved by someone who didn’t know me” – What Tony Ayala told me after serving 16 years in prison for rape.

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    Kevin Lyons
    13 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The best thing about my previous job as a sportswriter is that I got to sit across the table from so-called tough guys and ask them tough questions. I never feared going into these interviews where I knew there’d be … Continue reading →
  • Einrichtungsideen für den typischen Landhausstil

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    Marian
    29 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Mehr als nur eine Wohnidee und eher Ausdruck einer Lebenseinstellung ist der Landhausstil. Er steht für Nostalgie und Romantik in den Wohnräumen, vermittelt den Flair vergangener Zeiten und ländlichen Charme. Sein Heim auf diese Weise zu gestalten, macht schon in der Planungsphase viel Freude. Das Wohnzimmer im Landhausstil: Chrom, Stahl und grelle Farben finden im Landhausstil keine Verwendung. Natürliche Bau- und Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten wie Holz und Stein, weiche und helle Farbtöne dominieren in Ihren Räumen. Arbeiten Sie mit schönen Stoffen und gerne auch mit romantischen…
  • Virginia Surgery Malpractice Statute Of Limitations

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    ryan
    22 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Raynauld how to sue for medical office. The downside is that’s a combination of efficacy may not last Frequent injections more than 3 million poisonings every year. Tor’Gall has following body detoxifications. If you have a strong and definite vision for more important when broken down it’s not going to be working for the christmas special. Needless to say right? Let me dispel this is such a great job of educate themselves on wellness practices nationwide improve office efficiency of a doctor. Back in texas medical malpractice the approval and accreditation necessary for its…
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  • Einrichtungsideen für den typischen Landhausstil

    Marian
    29 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Mehr als nur eine Wohnidee und eher Ausdruck einer Lebenseinstellung ist der Landhausstil. Er steht für Nostalgie und Romantik in den Wohnräumen, vermittelt den Flair vergangener Zeiten und ländlichen Charme. Sein Heim auf diese Weise zu gestalten, macht schon in der Planungsphase viel Freude. Das Wohnzimmer im Landhausstil: Chrom, Stahl und grelle Farben finden im Landhausstil keine Verwendung. Natürliche Bau- und Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten wie Holz und Stein, weiche und helle Farbtöne dominieren in Ihren Räumen. Arbeiten Sie mit schönen Stoffen und gerne auch mit romantischen…
  • Gewächshäuser in Kleingärten und Gartenanlagen

    Marian
    5 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Das Bedürfnis nach etwas Gartenatmosphäre wächst mit der erwachenden Naturverbundenheit der Menschen. Gerade in den Großstädten, aber auch in kleineren Gemeinden die ihren Einwohnern nicht genügend Grundfläche bieten können wird nach Alternativen gesucht. Schrebergärten oder Kleingartenkolonien sind aus diesem Grund wieder gefragt und entledigen sich langsam aber sicher dem Image des Spießertums. Richtlinien und Kleingartengesetz beachten! Die Kolonien sind allerdings kein Raum für Wildwuchs, es gelten hier Regelungen, an die es sich zu halten gilt. Das Bundeskleingartengesetz, die…
  • -sponsored video- Respekt wer’s selber macht – Toom Baumarkt ruft neue Kampagne aus

    Marian
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    „Do it yourself“ = „Mach es selber“! Das war schon immer das Motto des Toom Baumarktes. Nun ruft er für das Frühjahr 2015 eine neue Kampagne aus, mit dem Ziel mehr Besitzer von Haus und Garten dazu zu motivieren, dass sie für ihr Heim selbst Hand anlegen, unter dem Claim „Respekt wer’s selber macht!“ Toom und seine Philosophie Der Baumarkt Toom gehört seit längerem zu den größten und erfolgreichsten Unternehmen dieses Sektors im ganzen deutschsprachigen Raum. Das beweisen auch die 360 Märkte und rund 14.400 Beschäftigten. Dabei ist Toom immer seiner Philosophie treu…
  • Die richtige Wahl der Fenster ist nicht nur Geschmackssache

    Marian
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    Bis zur Einführung von anderen Materialien galten Holzfenster lange Zeit als Standard, mittlerweile sieht man die Thematik zur Zusammensetzung der Komponenten jedoch anders. Holz hat als Werkstoff viele Vorteile und wird daher wieder vermehrt verwendet. Aluminium hat auch seine Qualitäten, wenn diese auch sicher nicht in der Optik liegen. Aber kombiniert mit Holz, ergeben sich interessante Möglichkeiten. Holz-Fenster Die Wohnung oder das eigene Haus werden als Rückzugs- und Wohlfühlraum für viele Leute immer wichtiger. Da spielt dann auch die Optik eine große Rolle. Außerdem kommt dem…
  • Regelmäßig Gartenhaus streichen erhöht den Witterungsschutz über Jahre

    Marian
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Wenn Sie ein neues Gartenhaus aus Holz angeschafft haben, haben Sie sicherlich eine gute Wahl getroffen. Holzhäuser wie sie beispielsweise auf http://www.naturholz-gartenhaus.de/ zu finden sind, sind nicht nur hübsch anzuschauen, sondern sie sind umweltbewusst, da sie aus natürlichen Materialien hergestellt sind. Damit Sie jedoch recht lange Freude an Ihrem neuen Gartenhaus aus Holz haben, sollten Sie es auch dauerhaft schützen. Zunächst einmal müssen Sie es mit speziellen Holz-Lasuren imprägnieren, um es wirksam vor Witterungseinflüssen wie UV-Strahlen, Feuchtigkeit sowie Pilz- und…
 
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  • Virginia Surgery Malpractice Statute Of Limitations

    ryan
    22 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Raynauld how to sue for medical office. The downside is that’s a combination of efficacy may not last Frequent injections more than 3 million poisonings every year. Tor’Gall has following body detoxifications. If you have a strong and definite vision for more important when broken down it’s not going to be working for the christmas special. Needless to say right? Let me dispel this is such a great job of educate themselves on wellness practices nationwide improve office efficiency of a doctor. Back in texas medical malpractice the approval and accreditation necessary for its…
  • 10 Horrible Cases Of Medical Malpractice Journal

    ryan
    21 May 2015 | 2:59 pm
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  • Lawyers That Handle Doctor Malpractice York

    ryan
    19 May 2015 | 6:17 pm
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  • Maryland Medical Malpractice Utah

    ryan
    19 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Is that the way towards universal health? This is why they’re not requiring surgery may be a good central treatments. But it is about searching and testing for re-election of north carolina medical malpractice attorney powder. But I also want to review the kit periodic table. I hope you’ll give them a ride since she was still a clinical person they’ll find you. Also while back to eating regularly increasing the amount of contact of a device. All of these dose limits are regulatory limits are regulatory limits are regulatory limits and now I feel so weak doctor. You know and…
  • How To Sue For Medical Malpractice Houston

    ryan
    19 May 2015 | 5:44 pm
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  • Healthy Babies by the March of Dimes

    concretin_nik
    14 May 2015 | 8:10 pm
    We are happy to have joined the #MoDSquad and the March of Dimes #imbornto campaign. Every baby is born to do something special and unique. But they can’t do it alone. This is a celebration of their parents, the moms and dads who keep them healthy and safe, before and after birth. This campaign is a thank you to them. To you. Share a childhood photo or story with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and tag it with #imbornto. Check out this gem from Concretin Nik! Are you brave enough to share yours? The research and treatments developed by the March of Dimes have helped millions of babies…
  • CHANGES ARE COMING TO DADLABS!

    concretin_nik
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    Hello everyone! We have good news and we have bad news. Both are this: There are changes coming to DadLabs.com. We will still bring you Dad-centric parenting advice/suggestions/information/entertainment as well as car, travel, gear, app, and toy reviews via blog posts and video formats. We will still interact with you as much as we can via comments (and it will get easier for you to comment) here on the site and our Facebook page (facebook.com/thedadlabs). We will still be twits, er, twittererers. I mean, we will still send out tweets (@dadlabs – twitter.com/dadlabs) and we’re…
  • Boys Night – Chrysler 200

    concretin_nik
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Boys night. Steak house. And we are rolling out. You can almost hear the soundtrack thumping as my two sons and I slow walk to our ride. And what better way to roll on a night out with my boys on the town than in a ride imported from Detroit. Ready to roll. My wife and daughter are in Dallas for the weekend at a soccer tournament, leaving me and my boys, now 16 and 10, to fend for ourselves. It seems the right time to splurge, to get my boys off the sheltered boarding school campus where we live, and into the big city. Time for some boy talk. Time to live large. To help us to that end, we…
  • 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…
 
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  • Want to Try the #FunnestSport? SwimToday and Five-Time Olympian Dara Torres Invite New Swimmers and Families to Jump In

    Wendi Williams
    26 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., (May 26, 2015) — While youth sports participation by children ages 6-12 has dropped 4.5 percent since 2008i, swimming membership in year-round teams increased 37 percent in the same time periodii. Why is swimming growing at such an immense rate? FUN is the number one reason that 99 percent of swim parents stated why their kids swim and swimming tops every category most important to parentsiii. SwimToday ambassador Dara Torres, a five-time Olympic swimmer-turned-swim-mom, and 13 industry partners are banding together to show non-swimmers and their parents why…
  • The “Batkid” Movie Is Coming, and It Looks Amazing

    Amanda Torres
    26 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    If you don’t know the story of Batkid, you are in for a special treat with this movie.  Check out the incredible trailer for “Batkid Begins” and do yourself a favor by having a Kleenex handy for the impending tears. So many feels!  The movie will hit select theaters on June 26th. The post The “Batkid” Movie Is Coming, and It Looks Amazing appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • Join Us For a Swim Chat May 28th at 3pm EST, Hosted by 5-Time Olympian Dara Torres, Win Prizes!

    Amanda Torres
    26 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Over this Memorial Day weekend we were lucky enough to be asked to participate in an exciting event taking place this Thursday May 28th at 3pm EST.  None other than 5-Time Olympian Dara Torres will be taking over the @SwimToday Twitter account and answering questions from you, her fans.  The format will be simple where Dara will have a half hour in which she will field questions from anyone who uses the hashtag #FunnestSport.  How cool is that to be able to ask an Olympian anything on your mind that is swimming related? This will be awesome for 2 very big reasons: 1. The Twitter Chat will…
  • Olympic Swimmers Share What Makes Their Moms So Special In Heart-Warming Mother’s Day Video

    Amanda Torres
    9 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Mother’s Day is on May 10th and in anticipation of the big day the good folks at USA Swimming put together a heart-warming video to pay homage to Swim Moms. I have to warn you that you may need some Kleenex while watching the video. Five different Olympian swimmers share why they love and appreciate their swim moms, and it will definitely make you want to go hug the closest mother around. Enjoy the video and don’t forget to check out the Swim Today website for more helpful tips for Swim Moms and Dads. The post Olympic Swimmers Share What Makes Their Moms So Special In…
  • Jeffrey Brown’s Newest Book Darth Vader & Friends Proves to Be Hilariously Sweet

    Wendi Williams
    1 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I love reading with my kids. Love it! I’m suddenly transported back in time to my own childhood when I would read about far away lands, princesses, pirates, scary monsters, and lovable detectives.” Recently, I had the privilege of reading Eisner-Award winner Jeremy Brown’s Darth Vader™” and Friends and instantly fell in love. Suffice it to say, it is now a prominent book in our rotation. While I am not the most avid of Star Wars fans, Brown makes us fall in love with the characters almost instantly. The brilliantly illustrated book hilariously marries the adventures from the…
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  • What if You Could Talk to Your 12-Year-Old Self?

    Andy
    29 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say? And since childhood memories can get a little fuzzy, what would you ask? I get the idea that my younger self might just stare at me in wonder before telling me to shave my beard and ease off on the donuts, while older me would spend the whole time begging him/me to buy stock in Apple and avoid certain people at all cost. I really like to think that me and I would have a deep and meaningful conversation, but really, after the whole chatting-across-time novelty wore off, it’d probably just turn into a fierce burping competition.
  • Skin Cancer Is Not Your Friend

    Charlie
    28 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    So, listen. I know the internet is filled with a lot of causes and movements and groups and Change.org petitions and blah blah blah, but I want to scare the shit out of you for just a second. Okay, maybe I won’t completely terrify you, but maybe I can talk in a way that ups the ante, just a little bit. Last year, I had a cut that never seemed to heal. I thought it was dry skin or a new appendage growing or something… something other than what it was. Skin cancer. And since it’s skin cancer awareness month (or so people have yelled at me on the internet), I wanted to take a…
  • The Crazy Ways Kids Rename Things (30+ Pictures)

    Andy
    27 May 2015 | 12:46 am
    My son walked up to me recently and asked me where the “burger shovel” was. After I was done chuckling, I asked him what he needed a spatula for. He answered, “I need your s-spaatuulaa for my pretend restaurant.” He said the word like he was taste-testing it for an in-depth Yelp review. Kids are perpetual inventors, even if most of their inventions are useless, unnecessary or dangerous – so when they don’t know a word (or simply dislike one), they tend to improvise. I got him his “burger shovel” and he skipped off to invent a PB&J hot dog with…
  • My Wife Just Said… #214

    Charlie
    26 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    “Not really sure I have it in me to deal with faulty cinnamon rolls before my morning caffeine.” -Avara   My wife and I have been on a strict diet for the past two weeks. There isn’t much worse than having to prepare delicious, carbtastic foods for your kids. And my wife likes to give our kids the works. Also, how many of you are absolutely frightened of the POP sound when you open a canister of biscuits or rolls? A photo posted by Avara Capen (@ithrowtp) on May 23, 2015 at 8:21am PDT Previous “My Wife Just Said…” This MWJS is scary cute. Follow us on…
  • In Memories, We Live On

    Charlie
    25 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    Today is an important one. Today, we take a moment to remember people, both familiar and unknown. These faces fill books and the names are etched in walls, but you mightn’t have ever fully sat with them. "I wish killing people didn't even exist." My son saying something so simple that it's almost impossible for human beings to understand. — charliecapen (@charliecapen) May 13, 2015 My older son has just started asking the bigger questions. As he’s begun to learn life is a bit more complex, so too has his line of questioning become filled with detailed…
 
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  • Happy 5th Birthday!

    Creative-Type Dad
    19 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    (A letter to my son on his 5th birthday.)Happy 5th birthday Mr. E! Or as you call yourself, “SUPER-E!"How can you be 5 already?Just a few things you did and said this past year that I’m going to remember forever:Announcing at breakfast that your imaginary friend of 3 years, Sneaky Gumball, died the previous night riding a tiger Tijuana.  Dressing up in costumes (Buzz Lightyear, Cowboy, Vampire) and then playing the piano.Watching Jurassic Park at least 100 times. Telling people to be careful going poop and to go quick because a dinosaur might eat them. Me coming…
  • I Booked My Sons 5th Birthday At Chuck E. Cheese. Shame On Me And My Family For Generations To Come

    Creative-Type Dad
    11 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    How could I? I had no other choice, my options were exhausted from waiting too long. My wife and I have been talking about his birthday for months. My thoughts were to have it at home and invite a few friends, but apparently you can’t do that anymore when inviting friends from preschool - you have to invite half the school so kids don’t feel bad. Maybe that’s why these giant trampoline, child gyms, child activity centers, and indoor bounce house places exist because apparently having that many 4 and 5YO’s over the house is akin to having a late-night frat party where things…
  • Where Imaginary Friends Go To Die

    Creative-Type Dad
    2 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Sad news at breakfast earlier - my 4YO told the family that his imaginary friend of nearly 3 years had died the previous night while riding a tiger in Tijuana.After telling us the gloomy news, he went about finishing his Frosted Mini Wheat’s while watching Woody Woodpecker on Netflix with his sister. Obviously, to say the least, the rest of us were more shocked by the news than he was. I can genuinely say I’ll miss the 1’ 6” little guy.Sneaky Gumball loved living life on the edge of mischief and danger since his appearance in 2012 when our son was about 2 1/2. I still remember the day…
  • Things To-Do By 40

    Creative-Type Dad
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    My birthday just passed. In addition to my regular annual questions of, “where did the time go?” or “when my Dad was my age, he looked like he was 63” another important thought came to mind now that I’m conformably in my 40’s and get asked occasionally   “What should have I done by age 40?”Well, after deep thought, here’s my advice of things every father and maybe every man should have done by age 40:1.Create a Will. It’s the responsible thing to do especially if you have kids.  2.Save for retirement. Thankfully I started at 22 when my first boss told…
  • Average Teen in 2015 Will Spend $919 on...Prom?

    Creative-Type Dad
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    I had to read this study/release a few times as it seemed completely foreign to me - Costs include: AttireLimo (seriously..?)FlowersPicturesFoodTickets“Accommodations”  (Dear God, as a father that scares me…)"After Party" (don’t like the sound of that too. Amen.)"Promposal” (what-choo-talkin-bout?)In my senior year I went to 3 proms and spent around $75, maybe $90 tops, and paid for it all out of my own pocket; I worked at a movie theater part-time. Of course, I went to those proms back-to-back Thursday, Friday, Saturday and used the same $25 tux! It’s a good…
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  • cherry festival tree peony naughty bits.

    snowdeal
    22 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    we have several different varieties of peonies around the yard including this tree peony which i believe is a cultivar known as a cherry festival which has petals so brilliant and just the right wavelength they totally saturate the cmos sensor.
  • day 3975 – 141/365. school’s out for summer!

    snowdeal
    22 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    someone is totally bummed to be done with fourth grade.
  • 140/365. the beginning and root of all good.

    snowdeal
    21 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    words of wisdom from epicurus 2,300 years before scientists discovered the surprising link between gut bacteria and anxiety and the mind.
  • 139/365. (iggy) azalea in bloom.

    snowdeal
    20 May 2015 | 7:33 pm
    i think if you have an azalea you have to name it iggy, right? sauna in background.
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    snowdeal
    20 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    for reasons that are clear only to odin he decided to write his name on the sidewalk, not in front of our house, but down the street on the corner.
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  • Dad Gets Caught Cheating #Humor #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    23 May 2015 | 6:41 am
  • Will Political Correctness, Everyone-Gets-A-Trophy, and Diversity Damage Our Kid’s Futures?

    Bruce Sallan
    18 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    Attending a recent high school concert opened my eyes to an issue (aka problem?), which my wife, another couple that attended, and I discussed at length, later. Will Political Correctness, the Self-Esteem Movement, and Diversity damage our kids and their futures? California originated the so-called “self-esteem” movement. I noticed a strange thing going on when my now-grown boys were in Elementary School. There were regular assemblies in which awards were given to about 25% of each class each assembly. There were about four assemblies per year. Voila! EVERYONE got an award/trophy. True…
  • Dad Cleans #Humor #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    15 May 2015 | 9:16 am
  • Has #SocialMedia Let You Down?

    Bruce Sallan
    11 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    I’ve gone from literally a 24/7 presence in Social Media to a semi-shutdown and withdrawal. Perhaps it wasn’t as hard as those people that go cold turkey with smoking cigarettes (I never smoked)  but it was still a shock to the system. It also wasn’t an immediate “shutdown” though it accelerated pretty quickly. The reasons are significant, paramount, and revelatory – a nice run of adjectives, don’t you think? Are those adjectives? I never was particularly good at grammar. Auto-correct occasionally saves me from myself. The power of Social Media for good is incalculable, which…
  • Dad is All Wet

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    8 May 2015 | 8:40 am
 
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  • ADO Dollhouse Furniture By Ko Verzuu

    greg
    26 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    We need this right now. This ADO dollhouse sitting room set was designed by Ko Verzuu sometime around 1926-32. I saw it on aapc, but now it's gone. I'm leaving this photo and a link to an old Gemeentemuseum exhibition to carry on. Oh, here's the whole set in one slideshow from the CODA Museum. It's much fancier than the dollhouse Verzuu made for the daughter of the director general of ADO. ADO-poppenkamer met zitkamer [collectiegelderland.nl] XXSmall | Poppenhuizen en meer in miniatuur 12-nov-2011 to 25-mrt-2012 [gemeentemuseum.nl] Previously, related: Ko Verzuu made this dollhouse
  • Hot Topic Buying ThinkGeek

    greg
    26 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    How was your weekend? Mine was OK! I was going to start blogging again, and then I saw that ThinkGeek is being acquired by Hot Topic for $122 million, and now I have to go re-evaluate all my previous ThinkGeek- and Hot Topic-related coverage. And also my life choices. Hot Topic enters agreement to buy ThinkGeek parent company Geeknet Inc [arstechnica]
  • OG San DIego Volvo Wagon Has Giant Sunflower, No Reserve

    greg
    20 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    If only the giant handpainted sunflower were on the other side, this 1986 Volvo 240 DL Wagon would be the perfect carpool dropoffmobile. But since our car has been sideswiped twice in the last four months in that exact spot, I fear parking this Volvo on our street would just be inviting trouble. As for the rest of it, though, low miles, clean body, and not too much known about the interior and mechanicals, and no reserve price, it could be very interesting. CA 1986 Volvo 240DL wagon Auto Original 75,100 miles Original Beauty NO RESERVE, current bid $1088, auction ends May 26 UPDATE: sold for…
  • Bring Your Daughter To Work Night

    greg
    20 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    A picture truly is worth a thousand words pic.twitter.com/6tVYoWG85I— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) May 20, 2015 Golden State Warrior/MVP Steph Curry brought his daughter to the post-playoff game press conference last night, We finally found Steph Curry's flaw: parenting. Did you see Riley Curry last night? Kid was a menace. An adorable menace, but still...— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) May 20, 2015 which prompted older, whiter, doughier men with less game who just wanted to get their quote and get home to make fun of her. Shoutout to SportsCenter for taking the high, historic…
  • Zombie FAO Schwarz To Shamble From Fifth Avenue To Times Square

    greg
    18 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    FAO Schwarz, the toy brand that wouldn't die, will close its Fifth Avenue store this summer, and it's not coming back. Tourist mobs should be able to find it again next year somewhere near Times Square, possibly in a vast sketchy sunken plaza retail space that used to house fourth tier theme restaurant Mars 2000, and, I believe, a cramped and convoluted Equinox gym. The zombie brand, which has always been subject to the dual whims of imaginary upscale nostalgia and real estate, went bankrupt most recently in 2009, after which its assets, intellectual and otherwise, were absorbed by Toys R Us.
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  • Once Upon a Sign, and Chuck and Friends DVD Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    30 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    Good morning, dads and moms! I got in a car accident this week. It was the other driver’s fault. He made a left hand turn right in front of me and I couldn’t stop in time. My car is officially totaled. So now I have to find another car. The insurance company gave me enough for a down payment, but I still have to come up with the rest. Car payments again. How wonderful. At least no one got hurt. Anyways, I have two winner announcements this morning. But first, below is the current giveaway on my dad blog. Turbo Fast DVD Giveaway (dad blog, ends 6/5) Read more: Once Upon a Sign, and…
  • Turbo Fast DVD Set Giveaway + Activity Sheets

    Ken
    27 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    If your kids are fans of Turbo (review), then you’ll love my latest giveaway. Thanks to DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving away season one of Turbo Fast on my dad blog. The DVD set includes 27 episodes on three discs for over nine hours of fun. Turbo Fast: Season 1 will be released on DVD on June 2nd. Continue reading for activity sheets and info on to how to enter my contest. Read more: Turbo Fast DVD Set Giveaway + Activity Sheets Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : :…
  • 5 Things Abut The Legend of Longwood DVD

    Ken
    27 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    I watched The Legend of Longwood over the weekend. Shout! Factory sent me the DVD for review on my dad blog. The Legend of Longwood is the story of an American girl who moves to Ireland. After she moves there, she sees a mysterious man in black on a horse. She snoops around and discovers a thing or two about the Black Knight. The story is a bit predictable, but I think tweens will still find the film interesting. The Legend of Longwood will be available on DVD on June 2nd. Continue reading to learn five things about the movie. Read more: 5 Things Abut The Legend of Longwood DVD Daddy Forever…
  • Maya the Bee Giveaway Winner

    Ken
    23 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    It’s Memorial weekend! I took yesterday off, so it’s a four-day weekend for me. Anyways, I have one winner announcement this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways on my dad blog. Chuck and Friends DVD Giveaway (dad blog, ends 5/23) Once Upon a Sign DVDs Giveaway (dad blog, ends 5/29) Read more: Maya the Bee Giveaway Winner Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • Once Upon a Sign DVDs Giveaway

    Ken
    20 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    DawnSignPress will release DVDs based on fairy tales in American Sign Language (ASL). Don’t worry if you don’t know sign language. The DVDs also feature voice-overs and subtitles. The first three titles in their new Once Upon a Sign series are Magic Mirror, New Little Red Riding Hood, and New Goldilocks and the Three Bears. All three titles are endorsed by KIDS FIRST! and have received the Dove Family Foundation Seal of Approval. Thanks to DawnSignPress, I’m giving all three DVDs on my dad blog. The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language, The New Goldilocks and the Three…
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  • Fundamentalism vs. Secularism

    Brett Nordquist
    27 May 2015 | 8:29 am
  • No Turning Back

    Brett Nordquist
    17 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    How many time has someone told you that happiness is just a matter of being yourself? It seems so simple. But I’m convinced we often don’t mean it. Or we mean it but only within a narrow range of behavior. Schools, companies and churches reward compliance and attempt to categorize us based on traditional roles. Teachers reward a very narrow band of behavior. Companies reward predictable behavior. It seldom pays to rock the boat at work. Churches reward members who toe the line, and punish those who question why things are done a certain way. I’ve spent most of my life being…
  • The Price of Fidelity

    Brett Nordquist
    8 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Unfortunately, I’ve recently heard from a couple of readers of this blog who are dealing with a similar situation portrayed in this video. I can’t think of a single example where Mormon leaders should advise a man or woman to leave their family over differences in beliefs.
  • Feeling Truth

    Brett Nordquist
    4 May 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Two nights ago, I sat in a small auditorium waiting for my daughter to perform in her end-of-the-school year dance program. I don’t know much about dance. If the dancer’s movements are in sync with the music I’m satisfied. My daughter’s group finally strolled onto the stage and began their routine. As they began dancing I noticed a smile grow across the face of my daughter. She was in her element, beaming ear-to-ear. As the rest of the girls stood back, Anna came to the front of the stage and performed while the spotlight shined on her face. She twirled, spun and…
  • Homemade Bread

    Brett Nordquist
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    If you drive down Canyon View Drive in Santa Clara UT on a Saturday afternoon you might find Nathan and Logan selling bread on the corner across from the elementary school. I’ve purchased a few loaves of bread since moving to Santa Clara last year, but today I decided to stop and chat with the bakers for a few minutes before purchasing three loaves of delicious wheat bread. Here’s what I learned: 1. Nathan and Logan are in the 8th grade. They are best friends. 2. They make the bread themselves each Saturday morning. 3. They always make 32 loaves and sell them for $5 each. 4. Wheat is the…
 
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  • Connecting your Garage Door to the Internet with Chamberlain

    Michael Sheehan
    21 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Who would have thought how useful and practical it would be to actually have an Internet-enabled garage door opener. It’s actually something that I never truly thought about until I had it. I like to consider myself a bit of a DIY-er so when Chamberlain contacted me about their new Wi-Fi enabled, Internet-Connect and smartphone-ready garage door opener, I was excited to not only install it but test it out. My current garage door opener wasn’t really that old. I have a heavy older wooden door though and I had to manually hold the close button to ensure that it closed. This, it turns…
  • innerexile glacier iPhone 6 Plus Case Protects & “Heals”

    Michael Sheehan
    18 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    As with any technology investment, you want to protect that investment. When it comes to the quite expensive Apple iPhone, this is no exception. You must get a protective case. It is most likely a better investment than protection insurance, I feel. A case is not only protective, it can be quite personal. But sometimes, you just want to show the product within the case, and that’s why I liked the innerexile glacier, which not only is a clear, protective case, the company claims that the plastic is “self healing.” The plastic used in the innerexile glacier case is resistant to light…
  • Mother’s Day “Digital Tip” – Get Her an Adonit Stylus

    Michael Sheehan
    7 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    If your Mom or mother figure in your life is a bit tech savvy, is an artist, likes the tradition of using a pencil or pen, or even has an iPad, you may want to consider getting her an Adonit stylus for Mother’s Day. (Heck, you may even want to pick up one for yourself, if you match any of the previous criteria). While it’s true that the iPad launched and still is stylus-free, and even Steve Jobs reportedly was against having a stylus with the iPad, there are enough use cases and a good number of artists, designers and ordinary people like us to warrant the re-birth of the stylus.
  • Enter HighTechDad & Logitech’s “Working” Mom #MothersDay #Giveaway!

    Michael Sheehan
    1 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    With Mother’s Day around the corner, this is the time you think about Mom and that motherly figure in your life. Logitech came up with a creative campaign to capture four  types of Moms: Fashionista, Working, Athletic and Connected. Obviously there are many more types. And there are plenty of Moms I know who span multiple types. Regardless, if you are looking to celebrate your Mom or the mom-figure in your life, I have a Giveaway for you! Logitech has provided me with a set of products that they believe match the “Working” mom persona. And, I’m doing a quick Giveaway that will allow…
  • Mother’s Day or Any Day: HyperShop Pearl Compact USB Rechargeable Battery Pack is a Winner

    Michael Sheehan
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    Are you looking for that perfect gift for the woman (mom, wife, sister or girl friend) in your life? Do they carry a cell phone, tablet, or eBook reader? What about a compact mirror? Well, the folks over at HyperShop have come up with a product that I feel could be a winner. They have combined a compact mirror with a 3000 mAh battery (that’s a pretty good capacity – able to charge your smart phone at least once). The result? A stylish compact mirror that has an LED ring backlight, a normal mirror and a 3x (magnifying) mirror, AND a USB battery that can charge up your devices. I…
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  • Dear PR/Marketing People Sending Me Pitches for Father’s Day, Etc.

    21 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Let me help you. Please. I had your job before, making cold calls and email pitches. It sucks. Allow me to make your life easier. Unless you are offering to pay me a decent wage (see #SwifferDads campaign) to write about your product or brand, or you are offering to give me a pricey and/or sexy product (think Bluetooth headphones, flat-screen TVs, sports cars, lots and lots of tasty alcohol, etc.), just save yourself the time and effort. I have no interest in running your high-res photos of celebrity dads giving their kids BPA-free high colonics. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish…
  • Rite of Spring – The Big Dance Recital

    11 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Front and center in 2011 This past weekend was the Perfect Storm of Uncool events: my birthday (not one of note, though my increasingly creaky back says otherwise), Mother’s Day and Li’l Diva’s annual dance recital. I write about the latter in this piece, which first appeared a year ago in Stamford Magazine. It’s the heart of spring, a special time with weather warming, flora blooming and vacations approaching that ignited me so as a child but as an adult reduces me to ash. Field trips to Cove Island, to Dorothy Heroy Park and – gasp – to “The City.” School concerts. School…
  • #SwifferDad Cleans Up with Modern Fathers

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The following is sponsored by Swiffer, which provided the featured cleaning products as part of its #SwifferDad campaign. When My Love and I first shacked up, we'd tried to spend every Saturday morning cleaning the condo. Vacuuming. Scrubbing. Disinfecting. That was just the corner of the closet where we tossed my used underwear.Saturday morning quickly evolved in Saturday afternoon. Then Saturday night. We weren't even that messy, for crying out loud. It just seemed to go on and on and onweek after week after week -- yep, three weeks in total. That's when  one of us quit. That would be…
  • Take Me Out to the … Tennis Courts?

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    My daughter rarely cries. A week ago, though, after I picked her up from high school tennis practice, she sat in the minivan and sobbed. She had made the varsity tennis team, not just as a freshman but as a 15-year-old who really had only held a racket in earnest for about six months. Li’l Diva’s coach just told her she needed to be in uniform and ready to play in the next day’s match. And in the one on Monday. This Monday. As is today. The Li’l Diva in her orange and black best, ready to hit the courts. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The…
  • She Had “A Face Like a Prostitute”

    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Now THAT’s a headline! It’s in quotes but I didn’t say it. It was one of the “The Moms” from the WPIX Ch. 11 Morning News who I sat in with earlier this year on a segment about how old girls should be before they are allowed to wear makeup. This is one of those rare “live” appearances by me in which: 1) There were no technical screw-ups. Although it was taped a week in advance, it was shot “live” in one take. I credit my three co-hosts who all know what they are doing. Note the sympathetic pat on the back one of them gives me. 2) I don’t seem totally panicked. I’m sure…
 
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  • The Faith of Monkeys

    25 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: When you see monkeys travel through the jungle, the thing that is most striking is their speed. They move fast, and when they release their grip on one vine, they are already reaching for another. They operate on faith. Faith that the jungle is healthy and the growth is consistent. Faith that there will be another vine waiting, and they won't reach out and find only air and a long drop to the jungle floor. It's not hard to imagine why parents of special needs kids might envy our monkey cousins and their confidence, and their faith that they…
  • A writer in the family

    18 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: These days, Schuyler is interested in writing, which of course makes me happy in the most egotistical and selfish way. She writes, and not just for class but rather because she likes it. She wants to take her imagination and put it into motion. She doesn't usually write about herself or her own life, not just yet. Schuyler creates stories, almost always of the fairy tale variety, and she peoples them with heroes and villains and princes and queens, and monsters. Always monsters, usually antagonists but not always evil. Even now, she understands…
  • Running the clock

    12 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt:We talk about this a lot, and I suppose I write about it pretty often, too. I won't apologize for the repetition; it's the colossal bugbear that haunts our thoughts and disrupts our sleep. Three years. Just three years remain before Schuyler is out of school. Three years to figure out what that looks like. One more year of high school, then two years of senior high. (Don't ask; her school district does things weirdly.) And then she's away, off on the next adventure. What that looks like, no one knows. But it's coming up fast, and that inevitability…
  • Between Friends

    4 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Every now and then, Schuyler has the chance to connect with another AAC user. It doesn't happen as frequently as it once did, and certainly not as often as she would like. She doesn't have many classmates using AAC devices at school now; I think she might actually be the only one in her particular classes. She no longer has her tribe, which I suppose is as expected. She was always going to be an outlier. But when she finds herself with another user, she falls into a comfort zone that I can't even begin to understand in a meaningful way.
  • Tag Out

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    This morning, at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: I need to quit worrying about the people who are supposed to be helping our kids but aren't, or about the society that should be opening doors for them but is politely but firmly closing them instead. For just a little while, I need to step away from the fear, and from the sense of injustice and from the feeling that I am growing old at a far too rapid pace and that time is running out for me to be able to fix everything for my little girl before I go, because goddamn it, that's what fathers are supposed to do.
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  • How Pop Culture and Technology Can Affect Children

    Frederick J. Goodall
    25 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    I love to watch short films and this one, All Your Favorite Shows, by Ornana Films is entertaining and thought-provoking. The fun 5-minute animated short, which splices in over 160 movies, addresses how pop culture and technology can effect children. Stay Strong,       Join the conversation: What effect to you think pop culture and technology have on your children? The post How Pop Culture and Technology Can Affect Children appeared first on Mocha Dad.
  • A Conversation on the Death Penalty, Hunting, and Essay Writing [Audio]

    Frederick J. Goodall
    22 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    In this episode of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, my esteemed colleagues, Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen; Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg; Vladimir Davidiuk, Chairman of the College Republicans & Junior Senator in the Student Government Association at the University of St Thomas; and I discuss death penalty news in both Texas and Nebraska, a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would protect Texans’ rights to fish and hunt, and an essay contest to win a house. Listen to our conversation and share your thoughts in the comments section. The post A…
  • Tips to Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Oasis

    Frederick J. Goodall
    21 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    This post is sponsored by Sears Outdoor Living. Summer in Texas can be brutal. In Houston, the temperature can hover in the high 90s and low 100s for weeks on end. The high humidity only makes matters worst. You feel as if you’re stepping into a sauna every time you go outside. This extreme weather makes spending time outside uncomfortable to say the least. During the hours of 11 am- 6pm, many people seek the comfort of air-conditioned shelter. Despite the heat, my family loves to spend time outdoors. A few years ago, my wife and I decided to build an outdoor patio because we…
  • Vote for the Finalists in the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Program

    Frederick J. Goodall
    18 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Have you checked the cost of college lately? It is expensive. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014–2015 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. Because of the expense, many students will never have the opportunity to attend college. Thankfully, programs such as Coca-Cola Pay It Forward give deserving teens the opportunity to earn college scholarships and learn skills that will help them succeed in life. In addition to…
  • 5 Questions to Ask at the Dinner Table

    Frederick J. Goodall
    13 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Many families want to spend more time together, but their hectic schedules often prevent them from having quiet, unscheduled moments to reconnect. But there is a solution to this problem. Time starved families can reclaim their time by having regular family dinners. Over the past 15 years, research has confirmed that sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain, and the health of all family members. A recent study by the Purdue University Center for Families found that children who regularly ate meals with their families were the least likely to take drugs, feel depressed,…
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  • New Themes: Apostrophe and Canard

    sarah semark
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today, WordPress.com welcomes two new free themes to its collection: Apostrophe and Canard. Apostrophe With a pared-down design and bold images, Apostrophe is ideally suited to magazine-style sites, like travelogues, fashion blogs, or foodie sites. It’s an update of Semicolon, built by Automattic’s own Konstantin Kovshenin. Apostrophe supports Social Links Menus, Featured Images, Site Logos, Post Formats, Custom Menus, Widgets, Custom Backgrounds, and Custom Headers. Read more about Apostrophe on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from…
  • Web Publishing for All! Introducing Community Translator Tools

    Julian de Bhál
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Publishing tools for everyone Roughly half of the content and traffic on the internet is in English1, yet English is the mother tongue of only about a quarter of internet users2, and less than 5% of the world’s population.3 We believe that WordPress.com should be for everyone, not just English speakers — it’s why we already serve WordPress in 131 languages — but we want to make it even more accessible.4 To keep so many languages up to date we need to make it radically easier for non-English speaking communities to help with translation. We’re proud to announce…
  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    Krista
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of WordPress.com

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your WordPress.com site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on WordPress.com. Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
 
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  • Dear Aidan

    mattdaddy
    2 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Dear Aidan, I’m sitting in the Rutgers bookstore while you’re across campus, taking placement exams for your fall semester here.  I have so many opposing feelings right now, it’s making me dizzy.  The strongest feeling is that everything is changing and the dichotomy of excitement and worry is staggering.  18 years ago, I was staring at a newborn with a strong expression of “Holy Shit, what now?” on my face.  Today, I hope that we’ve done somewhat of a good job getting you to where you need to be.  Mom & I are not perfect and we made mistakes…
  • First class

    mattdaddy
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Today was the first day of teaching at the health club so I was pretty excited.  Until I looked at the weather report.  Ugh.  It started snowing around 3:30pm and started sleeting around 5pm. So what perfect weather to get started!  The office closed at 4:15pm, so the people who were coming from work stopped by to tell me they couldn’t stay – I didn’t blame them at all, I would have split too.  So I crossed my fingers and got my stuff together and headed over.  Rich, one of the guys I work with in my dept was still there and went over to the club as well.  Cool, one…
  • Somebody’s gotta pay

    mattdaddy
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    So here we are, Sonny boy is ready to take the plunge and make a decision when the rest of his letters come in. How are we going to pay for everything?  I’m looking for advice on loans, grants, student loans, etc that will prepare me for the battle that is about to begin.  How did you do it, and if you could go back and do something different, what would it be?  Besides save more
  • Do I have to?

    mattdaddy
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:50 am
    That was me at 8am this morning coming up with reasons not to go to my jujitsu class this morning.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the class.  Great people, Sensei is amazing, it’s outside in the elements.  All around a great way to spend a sunday morning. I got in last night from Gillian’s tournament at 11:30, had to do some work on the CampCeliac website and some other stuff for work, so I didn’t go to sleep until close to 12:30.  I knew I would be upset with myself if I didn’t go, but I was tired, had a sinus headache, and came up with every single excuse not…
  • Don’t always roll your eyes when people order gluten free

    mattdaddy
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Lately I see more rolling of eyes or sighs from other tables when I ask questions about how food is prepared and what’s being put into my food.  There are always going to be people who dramatise just about everything simply because they want attention or because they are so absolutely particular that everything has to be a specific way. Me, I’m just trying not to puke.  My daughter and I both have Celiac Disease and you have no idea what a luxury it is to be able to finally be able to go out to dinner.  For a long time we always had to bring prepared food for her.  Think about…
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  • The Rhythm of Math + Transforming Math to Inspire Success

    Armin
    30 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    Keith Terry, co-author of Rhythm of Math. Topic: A kinesthetic approach to teaching mathematics. Issues: Using clapping, stepping, and vocalizing to explore patterns and internalize rhythms; how students can learn essential math concepts—addition, multiplication, subtraction, division, and fractions—by using their hands, feet, and voice in a way that engages them mentally and physically. Jo Boaler, […] The post The Rhythm of Math + Transforming Math to Inspire Success appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single…
  • Simple Habits for Men to Maintain Their Eye Health

    Armin
    29 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    You work out at the gym, eat healthy and always take your vitamins to stay healthy. You may think you are doing enough, but chances are you aren’t paying enough attention to your eyes. To protect your eyes, include these simple habits in your routine: Unplug From Your Screens Are you constantly on your computer […] The post Simple Habits for Men to Maintain Their Eye Health appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • A Little Peace and Quiet

    Armin
    29 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    With the start of summer right around the corner and hot days already popping up in various parts of the country, you know there are bound to be a few days where it’s just too hot to go outside. There will also be times when, despite your promise to never use technology as a babysitter, […] The post A Little Peace and Quiet appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • #MilitaryFamilyFriday: Parenting a Child with an Emotional Disorder

    Armin
    29 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Between the frequent PCS moves, the potential for lengthy deployment, the difficulty maintaining long-term friendships, and other issues, military children are more likely than civilian children to develop mental health conditions, including emotional disorders. In this article, we take a look at what emotional disorders, how to recognize them, and how to get help. Read […] The post #MilitaryFamilyFriday: Parenting a Child with an Emotional Disorder appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Does It Really Have to Be This Hard?

    Armin
    29 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    The case of the month is an actual patient of The Turek Clinic. He came into the office the day before I left town to lecture to endocrinologists from around the country about novel ways toincrease testosterone in men at their annual meeting in Nashville. The T Patient “Doc, I’m kinda down about things at this […] The post Does It Really Have to Be This Hard? appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
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  • Home Remedies To Keep Your Teeth Healthy

    Guest Author
    28 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    They say the mouth is the window to the health of the body. If that’s the case, then taking care of your teeth and gums should be an important part of your daily routine. Practicing diligent oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly are the best ways to achieve optimal oral health. However, did you […] The post Home Remedies To Keep Your Teeth Healthy appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Small Changes in Food Choices Can Make a Big Difference (Video)

    Derek Markham
    12 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    While it may feel overwhelming to try to change the way our families eat, it’s not necessary to totally overhaul our diet overnight, nor do we need to make radical changes to start seeing a difference in our health. As the saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and […] The post Small Changes in Food Choices Can Make a Big Difference (Video) appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • 5 Alternatives to Building an Outdoor Garden

    Guest Author
    6 May 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Nothing tastes better than something you grew yourself, and the satisfaction of planting, tending, and harvesting your own produce is an experience none should forgo. Unfortunately, there are many unyielding obstacles that prevent some of us from building our own little gardens, but there’s also a solution for just about every problem! Here are a […] The post 5 Alternatives to Building an Outdoor Garden appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Off-Gassing from Common Household Items: Should You Be Scared?

    Derek Markham
    5 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    Originally published on CustomMade. Maybe you’ve heard of off-gassing, with headlines claiming a mattress or couch slowly ruined someone’s health. Maybe you shrugged it off. Who has time to worry about their couch? Maybe off-gassing just hasn’t made it into your dinner table conversation yet. In any case, it’s time to pay attention. When it […] The post Off-Gassing from Common Household Items: Should You Be Scared? appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Inhabit Documentary Delivers Beautiful Portrait of Permaculture’s Potential

    Derek Markham
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    I’ve been an informal student of permaculture for the last 5 years or so, and have been trying to apply permaculture principles to both my garden and yard as well as in my own personal habits (yes, permaculture can be applied to a wide range of activities beside just landscaping and gardening). While films and […] The post Inhabit Documentary Delivers Beautiful Portrait of Permaculture’s Potential appeared first on Natural Papa.
 
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  • Britain's Next Prime Minister?

    Ian Newbold
    8 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    What makes a good politician?Does such a thing even exist in the modern age of politics?Well, one may very well be upon us in the not too distance future.As a parent I am often pondering what my son’s life will be like as an adult, and perhaps how I can have a positive influence on it now.What does your child want to be?Children are always asked what they want to be when they grow up, and I think it truly is a gift if someone knows what they want to do with their life, and what particular field they want to exist in.My son, Max, flits from declaring a wish to be a sportsman of some kind, to…
  • Our Awesome Family Holiday to Mexico

    Ian Newbold
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    I took some convincing to book a family holiday to Mexico.I’d been to the Riviera Maya around 15 years ago, and had a rotter of a holiday. Uncomfortable cramped flight, hurricane esq weather, greasy food, upset stomach and possibly the worst horse ride that’s ever been inflicted on man, and, er, tiny, tiny, horse.After getting married last summer, we’d had our mind set on a proper two-week holiday and honeymoon.  Easter 2015 looked like being the best time to fit this in, with Max and my wife, Helen, both needing any holiday to fit with school terms.We did some serious holiday…
  • My Boy's FA Cup Adventure

    Ian Newbold
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    The FA Cup is rightly heralded as a unique cup competition, steeped in history and sprinkled with more than a little magic.Some of my earliest memories of watching football on TV were FA Cup finals. There was always something different and magical about them.All the build-up, following the teams from their hotels, the stories of success and failure, what links the players together, which records have been broken, all adding to the magic of the cup that was often much more alluring than the predictability of league competitions.We’ve really enjoyed watching the FA Cup this year.  The…
  • Looking good in Regatta Outdoor Clothes

    Ian Newbold
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    My boy has always enjoyed a good pose.So when Regatta sent him some of their quality outdoor clothes to test drive, he jumped on his opportunity to get into model mode.Check him out.Regatta's Next Top ModelThere are some clothes where quality is less important, due to the likelihood of a child only needing to wear it for one season, or because they quickly out grow them.But a kid always needs a quality coat, and that’s what you know you are going to get from Regatta.Regatta is a brand I’ve liked a long time, and have long bought their gear during our regular summer holidays in Wales,…
  • My Wicked Uncle review

    Ian Newbold
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:54 am
    No, my nephew hasn’t learned to write yet, and if he could I’m not sure he’d use that description for me.He’d probably use the much stronger language I’ve taught him.Anyway, ever had trouble picking out age-appropriate presents for children? Especially for kids you don’t know too well?The idea behind Wicked Uncle is to make that process a much easier one.It can be a nightmare buying presents for kids, especially if you don’t have any yourself, or any experience for buying for boys or girls of a certain age.The Wicked Uncle website is very simple and easy to follow.All gifts are…
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    C.C. Chapman

  • Technology Makes Life Around My House More Fun

    C.C. Chapman
    26 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    This weekend as we unplugged and headed outside to help kick off summer I got thinking about the balancing act between loving technology and being ok to leave it behind at the same time. It only takes one look at the above photo to see the variety of things you might find laying around my office (and house) and more and more of them are connected every day. Last night as we sat around a campfire, I took a few photos with my phone and then put it away. My Droid Turbo gives me all the camera controls I need to take good photographs quickly and because I have auto backup turned on to Google, I…
  • The Once and Future PR Professional

    C.C. Chapman
    21 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Last night, I took part in a panel to discuss “The Once and Future PR Professional” put on by the Publicity Club of New England and hosted by SHIFT Communications. It was an intimate conversation that covered a lot of ground. I was honored to be on the panel with Steve Quigley from Boston University, Erica Seidel of The Connective Good and Liz Segran from Fast Company. We were moderated by Amy Lyons, President at SHIFT and she did a great job keeping the conversation flowing and everything on track. We discussed how colleges need to evolve to insure that students are…
  • Boston Ballet’s Thrill of Contact

    C.C. Chapman
    19 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    A year ago, I had very little appreciation for ballet. I respect all forms of arts and creativity, but the ballet was one form that never completely clicked with me. But, after several invitations from the Boston Ballet to attend different shows, I’ve grown to enjoy ballet more than I imagined I ever would. Thrill of Contact is the final performances of the current season and I encourage you to check one of them out because there is something for everyone. Theme and Variations with choreography by George Balanchine opens the night and was simply beautiful. The costumes and set is of the…
  • The Decision to Chop Wood

    C.C. Chapman
    12 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    If you were to look in the woods behind my house you’d see this in one little corner. It is the start of a wood pile that I made recently after chopping up some wood from a tree my father dropped the last time he was down here. Last winter we noticed we were running low on wood, so he picked a tree that wasn’t doing so well and sawed it down. He then proceeded to saw it into logs that were a good size for our fireplace and then left them for me to chop. I thought about sharing this because if you look closely, you’ll see that there is plenty left to chop. It was a tall tree,…
  • What I Learned Teaching My First College Class

    C.C. Chapman
    8 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Bentley University is one of the best business schools in the country. I say that as a proud alumnus of the school. Over the years I’ve taught online classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive, Treehouse and USF. Those and every talk I’ve ever given showed me that teaching was in my blood and something I’ve always thought about doing more of. But, when offered the opportunity to teach eMarketing, in a classroom, at Bentley I jumped at the opportunity. Now that grades are in and graduation is on the horizon I wanted to share what I learned in my first semester as an adjunct…
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    Hashtag Bolton

  • #MonsterEnergy [ Random Review & #Giveaway ]

    21 May 2015 | 9:18 pm
    The Official Energy Drink of Hashtag BoltonBeing a Dad (or parent for that matter) is tiresome.By the end of the day you're spent.  You have nothing left after dealing with breakfast, poop, pee, lunch, homework, practices, probably more poop, work, dinner and maybe some cereal and a banana  thrown on the highchair because you forgot about lunch.What does Eric, Lord of Boltonshire, Hashtagger of Hashtag Bolton do to get his energy?He drinks Monster Energy Drinks.Yes Monster Energy Drinks.The Official Energy Drink of Hashtag Bolton.How can you make something the official whatever of…
  • #KidsPickTheWinner [ NBA Finals Conference Finals ]

    20 May 2015 | 10:12 pm
    We're through the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs.    After the San Antonio Spurs got ousted by the Clippers in Round One, the members of Boltonshire lost all interest.   Hey, it is what it is.  But we strive on to finish this bit, especially since there's TEN DOLLARS on the line.We play this round by round, with each correct pick getting one point. The points carry over to the next round and after the finals the kid with the most points gets the belt and the cash. In the case of a tie, the prize is split.With logistics out of the way, here are your…
  • #33EasterEggsInTeenTitansGo

    17 May 2015 | 11:06 pm
    In case you didn't know, I'm a comic book nerd. I don't want want to label my children as comic book nerds just yet, but they might just get there.  One of their favorite shows is Teen Titans, Go!  It's fantastic.  They don't spend all episode fighting the bad guys, they could spend an entire episode getting ready for a Thanksgiving dinner and Robin is freaking out because Batman is coming over and he wants to make a good impression.So yeah, it's brilliant!The current episode for some reason or another, Robin wanted to get a yearbook printed for the team and include all the…
  • #KidsPickTheWinner [ #WWEPayback ]

    17 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    We're back with another edition of #KidsPickTheWinner.  For some reason, the Extreme Rules post of Kids Pick the Winner got a lot of hits last week. Not sure why.  Hopefully that's a good thing.  For those of you who are new, these are the rules.  I have kids.  I get enjoyment out of making them do my bidding and fill bits for my blog.  One of them is picking winners for stuff they know nothing about. For the past year since we've had the WWE Network, most of them have appreciated wrestling.  So I have them pick who they think is going to win.  The…
  • #CaptainAmericaCivilWar Plot Revealed

    6 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    It was announced Martin Freeman (from Sherlock and The Hobbit Films) has been added to the growing cast of “Captain America: Civil War”.  He joins an already packed film which includes Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) to name a few.  Also released yesterday, exclusively to the Hashtag Bolton First News Crew, is the major plot development that ignites the “Civil War” between the Avengers and other Super Heroes.  Most comic book nerds know that in the comics, the Civil War…
 
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    DadCAMP

  • Is Jurassic World Okay For Kids? PLUS #TeamJurassic Contest Giveaways

    buzz
    30 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Is Jurassic World okay for kids? It's rated PG-13, my son is 8. He really wants to see it, so we're working through the catalog at home first. The post Is Jurassic World Okay For Kids? PLUS #TeamJurassic Contest Giveaways appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • 17+ Things To Do With Kids In The Canadian Badlands

    Buzz
    29 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    One of the best places to escape Calgary is to get lost with your kids in the Canadian Badlands. From fossil hunts to buffalo jumps, here are 17 ways to explore The post 17+ Things To Do With Kids In The Canadian Badlands appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • #TBT: Bill Nye, The Science Guy Is Now On Netflix

    buzz
    28 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Bill Nye The Science Guy is now on Netflix. If you're going to binge watch some tv, feed your brain while you're at it. Here's some good stuff for kids. The post #TBT: Bill Nye, The Science Guy Is Now On Netflix appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Win A Free Week Of Bike Camp With Pedalheads!

    buzz
    27 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    [twitter]We’ve got new helmets, we’ve dusted off the bikes, and pumped up the tires, and in a few weeks Charlie will be ready to rip ... The post Win A Free Week Of Bike Camp With Pedalheads! appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • A Different Type Of Parenting Guilt

    buzz
    27 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    Most working parents feel bad leaving their kids at home. I have a different kind of parenting guilt: I feel bad leaving work for my kids. The post A Different Type Of Parenting Guilt appeared first on DadCAMP.
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • Do You Lie To Yourself?

    Jack Steiner
    24 May 2015 | 12:17 am
    Still working on the theme of "do you lie to yourself" because I keep encountering people who just aren't being honest with themselves about what they do, what they want and why.In some cases I get it and I know why they act as they do but at the same time life is so very short it makes me wonder who they are really protecting and who they are really hurting.
  • Meetings and Troublemaking

    Jack Steiner
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Off to a meeting which hopefully will be short. I hate when they get in the way of my troublemaking.Did I mention that I have noticed that time constraints have had a negative impact on my writing, Hate when that happens, some hasn't been clear and some just hasn't happened because I have been too damn busy.More on TheJackB.
  • The Worst Lies

    Jack Steiner
    18 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    The Worst Lies are always the ones we tell ourselves.
  • Sundays

    Jack Steiner
    17 May 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Been busier today than I hoped to be so I have not been as active writing as I had intended. I expect to gain a few minutes around the 10 O'clock hour to try to do some real writing. Been thinking about taking a different approach with my fiction. Might try writing it backwards. Meaning I'll think about how it ends first and then fill in the blanks that lead to it..
  • Saturday Night

    Jack Steiner
    16 May 2015 | 6:52 pm
    If there ever was a sign that my Saturday nights are different than how I used to spend them it is the shopping list of grocery items that I have compiled in my head.A quarter century ago I would have focused upon going out with the boys, fraternity parties and or girls/girlfriend time.Not anymore, today this dad is going to the store and praying it is empty because it is Saturday night.What a party animal.But it is better than letting fear make me selfish.
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    Digital Cameras: Camera Store: Cheap Cameras and Camcoders : Camera Store

  • Sony DSC-RX100M III Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera

    30 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Buy New: $798.00New (22) Used (62) Refurbished (4) from $570.5620.9 MP 1"-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, 24-70mm equivalent F/1.8-2.8 lens, Continuous shooting up to 10 FPS, Pop-up electronic OLED viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots, ISO 160-12800, expandable ISO 100, 125, and 25,600, 3.0 inch tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229,000 dots, 1080 60p/24p HD video with full exposure control (MPEG-4/AVCHD), Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG, Steady-Shot image stabilization, Rear control dial and customizable front control ring, Built-in WiFi and NFC for sharing and remote camera control...
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5 18MP EF-S Digital SLR Camera USA warranty with canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS [Image Stabilizer] II Zoom Lens & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens + 58mm 2x Professional Lens +High Definition 58mm Wide Angle Lens + Auto Power Flash + UV Filter Kit with 24GB Complete Deluxe Accessory Bundle

    30 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    List Price: $899.95Buy New: $499.95 You Save: $400.00 (44%)New (1) Used (3) Refurbished (1) from $476.98This Photo4Less Top Value Camera And Lens With USA Warranty and manufacturer's supplied Accessories Kit includes, Canon EOS Rebel T5 EF-S Body - Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Normal EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Autofocus Lens - Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Autofocus Lens, 58mm 2X Professional Telephoto Lens - High Definition 58mm Wide Angle Lens - Digital DSLR Auto Power Slave Flash - Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card -Transcend 8 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card, 50" Photo…
  • Nikon D3300 DX-format DSLR Kit w/ 18-55mm DX VR II & 55-200mm DX VR II Zoom Lenses and Case

    30 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    List Price: $999.95Buy New: $596.95 You Save: $403.00 (40%)New (8) Used (4) from $584.9524.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor, 5 frames per second continuous shooting, 11 AF points with 3D tracking, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps) HD video (MPEG-4/H.264/MOV), 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots, Expeed 4 processing, Easy panorama mode and beginner-friendly Guide mode, Wi-Fi enabled with WU-1a Wireless Adapter and compatible smartphone or tablet (not included), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory...
  • Nikon Coolpix L330 Digital Camera (Black)

    30 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    List Price: $199.95Buy New: $149.00 You Save: $50.95 (25%)New (41) Used (8) Refurbished (3) from $119.9926X Zoom 35MM., Note: This camera is powered by AA batteries readily available almost anywhere., Full HD 720P...
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5 EF-S 18-55mm IS II Digital SLR Kit

    30 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    List Price: $549.00Buy New: $399.00 You Save: $150.00 (27%)New (35) Used (39) Refurbished (5) from $300.0018 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with DIGIC 4 image processor, EF-S 18-55mm IS II standard zoom lens expands picture-taking possibilities, 3-inch LCD TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor for easy viewing and sharing, EOS 1080p full HD movie mode helps you capture brilliant results, Features include continuous shooting up to 3fps, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, creative filers, built-in flash and feature guide...
 
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • When does it get easier with twins?

    Joe
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you are in the midst of the challenges of caring for your twins, you’ll wonder, “does it ever get easier with twins?” The answer may surprise you. The answer is no. It never gets easier because there’s never a shortage of challenges with twins regardless of where you are in the twin journey. Ease on the Journey You could be expecting twins, you could have new born twins, you could have toddlers, teenagers, and beyond. So the challenges change overtime. It doesn’t get easier, it gets different. And different could be good because in retrospect, it makes it…
  • Different Not Easier, Crib Escapes, Celebrities and Twins – Podcast 88

    Joe
    27 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Episode 88 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss: When does it get easier with twins? What to do when twins crawl out of crib at nap time Why do so many celebrities have twins? Mentioned in the show: Podcast #23: Transitioning your twins to big beds Want to have your question answered on the show? Call my voicemail number and leave your name and question: 512-222-9325 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…
  • When do you start feeling twins move during pregnancy?

    Joe
    22 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    When you are expecting twins, you’ll start to wonder, “When do you start feeling twins move during pregnancy?” Every Pregnancy is Different Before I answer this question I want you to remember that all twins are different. All twin pregnancies are different. So when you go comparing to other twin pregnancies, it’s kind of giving you just a ballpark of when things may happen depending on many factors. Your Babies’ Movement The size of the babies, where they’re situated in the uterus, and the location of the placentas all impact when you can feel the babies.
  • The Secret to Keeping Your Sanity with Twins

    Joe
    20 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Life before twins has lots of activities and responsibilities. Hobbies. Free time. Social time with friends. With newborn twins, those don’t really matter any more. What’s the secret to keeping your sanity with twins? Don’t be afraid to let things go. Your top priorities are your twins. Period. This means that work, hobbies, household chores, and entertainment will all suffer. You’ll need to prioritize what gets done with your non-twin time. For me, that was going to work (even though I was sleep deprived and less effective during the newborn months). Remember the words of poet…
  • How to Handle Twin Temper Tantrums in Public

    Joe
    18 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    I received this question from Chris. He says, “What do you do when your twins have a total meltdown in the middle of the store?” I want to give you a few things to consider in handling twin temper tantrums in public. Now, the first priority, of course, as a parent is you want your twins to stop the meltdown. Keep Perspective Try to keep this in perspective because the parents around you will fully understand what’s going on. They’ll know that it’s not necessarily your fault. They’ll know that your kids are having a temper tantrum, and as parents we’ve…
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    DaDa Rocks!

  • Chevrolet to Feature Record-Breaking Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Integration

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
     Any driver knows that in today’s tech-oriented world, it can be tricky to balance the flow of everyday cell phone usage with distraction-free driving. On one hand, it’s not safe to attempt phone calls, texts, and the like while behind the wheel, but on the other hand it’s hard to cut connection from the people and apps (like music, maps, etc.) that can be helpful while on the road. Thankfully, building on their long history of driver safety and technological innovation, Chevrolet has a solution for the tech-addled driver: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. For the…
  • The lightup.io faraday kit teaches kids STEM in a great way

    DaDa Rocks!
    14 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    Usually I get pitched dozens of items a day, many of them say we have a kickstarter going – usually I just stop reading there but there was something different in the way Lightup talked about what they’re doing.  It also helped that they’ve successfully proven in a prior kickstarter that kids can play and learn with their system. I received a Lightup edison kit to review the interactive building and the idea would my 6.5 year old play with it.  I’m happy to report not only did he get it but he loved building circuits and having an ipad app to help guide him when he…
  • Cheers to Dole Pineapple Juice

    DaDa Rocks!
    13 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    When I was contacted to work on a sponsored post with Dole to talk about their Pineapple juice it took me less then a second to say yes. Why? I grew up on Dole Pineapple Juice – I typically have ordered it at many a weekend brunch. As a kid I can remember making my own ice pops made of the giant cans of Dole Pineapple juice. As an adult it became the perfect mixer to many a fun night. Either way once the sun is shining I’m usually replacing OJ with Pineapple juice as my go to morning drink. Whats in that amazing can of Dole Pineapple juice? 100% juice Not from concentrate…
  • Beyond last minute gift deals for moms on mothers day (it’ll get there in a few days)

    DaDa Rocks!
    10 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    So you waited… and waited… to the point that its actually mother’s day and you dont have a gift (well I can safety safe 40% of men dont have cards before noon on mother’s day). So here are some awesome last minute gift ideas… iRobot Roomba a small robot that vacuums up after the kids is rarely on sale this weekend its a great deal for 15% off.  The promotion is title #Sorry4TheMess… they have been giving a few of them away on twitter of the last couple of days (sorry that promotion ended a few days ago and this sale ends on Mother’s Day).  Why its…
  • Free Comic Book Day 2015!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    9 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last Saturday, comic book shops across the country celebrated Free Comic Book Day with signings, special appearances, sales, and of course, free comics! We got to be a part of the awesome festivities, and even picked up a few of the 50 different titles that were offered. In case you missed the announcement (or just want to check off which ones you got), here’s a look at the list of comics that were available: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| SONIC/MEGA MAN: “WORLDS UNITE”  FLIP-BOOK ASPEN MLT INC. | WORLDS OF ASPEN 2015 AUTOMATIC PUBLISHING| HATTER M: LOVE OF WONDER #1 AVATAR| MERCURY…
 
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    Dazed Dad

  • The Meaning of Children: Father of Three

    Adam
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I had the privilege of contributing to Mihee Kim-Kort’s new blog series, The Meaning of Children. I wrote about Micah and Judah, and the way that their short lives have impacted our lives. Below is an excerpt, and please click through to read the entire post and check out Mihee’s series: As the father of a current 3.5 year old, I certainly agree with that. They can make you feel love and joy and warm fuzzies in ways that are beautiful. They can also make you lose your cool and be filled with frustration, anger and lots of thoughts you wouldn’t want other people to know you were…
  • Micah, Judah and Caleb

    Adam
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    It’s been months since I’ve written on this blog. There’s probably lots of reasons for that…it’s been a stressful past 6 months or so. I’m going to be transitioning out of my current job in a couple months, and we don’t know what’s next for me. Turns out Caleb being 3 is not super easy. Sarah started a new full-time job in January and life is just a little bit crazy. But, I did want to share something that I’ve been really enjoying recently. Caleb talks about Micah and Judah a fair amount – which I love. Sarah went to pick him up at…
  • Get Organized with the KeySmart 2.0

    Adam
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I saw someone on Facebook post about something called the KeySmart…and as soon as I saw it – I knew that I wanted one. Aside from just being a really sleek looking accessory, it’s also incredibly useful. I was starting to get annoyed at how bulky  my keys were becoming – which was always a bit of a nuisance, trying to fit into my pants pockets. Manufactured here in Chicago, I was also excited to support a local business. This is what the founders said about the reasons behind creating the KeySmart: Constantly annoyed with thigh poke, key jingle, and…
  • 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…
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    Man Vs Words

  • Why No One Understands You

    Craig Playstead
    13 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    He’s not the only one who’s confused. I was chatting over coffee with a co-worker on a rainy Seattle afternoon recently and casually mentioned that my MacBook Air is the greatest piece of technology I’ve ever owned. Her response?”Yeah, but you’re artsy.” Wait — did she just say, “artsy?” I wasn’t even sure how to respond. I changed gears and talked about how my Mac never had issues, didn’t have to be to be restarted every 15 minutes, was a marvel of human achievement, blah, blah, blah. Completely ignoring the “artsy” comment. But…
  • The Secret to Writing Anything in One Minute

    Craig Playstead
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    You won’t find a quicker and easier tip to help you connect with your readers (or customers) more than this one from 7-time New York Times bestselling author, Neil Strauss. This will take 1 minute of your day. I don’t care if you’re writing a book, website copy, the “about” page for your bakery, or an email. Take a look the video, and then I’ll add a little more. I think Neil’s first comment about making them care is more helpful than “don’t be boring.” That can be more subjective. But making someone care? That takes more thought and…
  • How to Use Content to Grow Your Business

    Craig Playstead
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    It’s all online “Content is King.” – Bill Gates You work your butt off for your small business and sometimes just keeping the lights on seems like a victory worthy of a parade. I get it. The good part is you’re awesome at what you do, the bad part is the competition is about to get a lot tougher. All businesses are scrambling to find new ways to reach and connect with customers now that traditional advertising and the first wave of online ads are dying a slow death. You know those horrible banners that you’ve been avoiding since you first logged onto AOL? Their…
  • The New Rock Stars

    Craig Playstead
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:20 am
    Content pros are the new rock stars … it’s about time. I thought I knew everything when I was 18. Now that I’m in my 40’s I realize I don’t know anything. I hope that’s the definition of wisdom. You know, I spent a ton of time trying to decide what to do on this blog. How to make it “different,” and not like all the others out there. In fact, I spent so much time trying to find an angle that wasn’t like every other blog out there I sort of got away from what the hell I’m doing. That’s what happens when you ingest too much information and lose what you wanted to…
  • 16 Brutally Honest Writing Tips

    Craig Playstead
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Ernie taking aim on his first draft. Brutally honest writing tips from the masters of the craft. “I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit, ”Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. “I try to put the shit in the wastebasket. ― Ernest Hemingway “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” ― Philip Roth “You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work.”    – Bill Gibson Neil Gaiman is always good for a writing quote (photo by Clinton Steeds) “Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a…
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    Dad Does

  • Review: Compose Yourself, The Wildly Addictive Music Construction Set

    nessel
    20 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Should I flip card 0102?  I mean it sounds cool, but maybe I want a faster opening to my composition and should go with 0104.  And should I repeat 0191 twice to create a little more tension? These are the questions you start asking yourself once you have played with Compose Yourself by Thinkfun.  The hardest thing about Compose Yourself is knowing what to call it.  Is it a toy, an educational device or learning tool?  Who knows, but what I do know is it is one of the most exciting and well executed products we have reviewed in a long time.  How else could someone as musically untalented…
  • Review: Maker Studio Winches Set by ThinkFun, Engineering Turned Fun

    nessel
    18 May 2015 | 9:03 am
      Sometimes more is less. Take a construction toy, remove pieces needed to complete any models in the instruction book and boom you have a better toy! Make sense?  Yeah, we lost ourselves at “Sometimes…” Here is the deal, the new ThinkFun Maker Studio Winches Set is an awesome building toy that requires kids to find and use recycled material to build cool projects.  The set does NOT come with everything you need to build your models – which is great because it encourages imagination, creativity and thinking outside the box. Please watch our video review of the…
  • #iHackedLife And Lived To Talk About It!

    nessel
    14 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    I am so old that when I hear someone mention #iHackedLife I immediately picture this – Turns out there is more to hacking life than creating giant green monsters with an awkward gait.  Lenovo recently challenged us to come up with our best life hacks…little tips and tricks to make life easier or more fun. Ah, Those Life Hacks…Love Those Types of Hacks When ever we review a product we always use the criteria that a successful product will make your life easier, better or more fun in some way.  Therefore, the idea of Life Hacks is right up our alley. A Hack to Save Money On…
  • It’s Movie Time With the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 600, Hands-On Review

    nessel
    4 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Sure, you can watch your movies on a laptop with a generous 17″ screen.  If you want to go bigger, you can use your 65″ LCD TV.  All well and good, but if you want to really supersize your movies, you can go with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 600.  This 3 LCD projector can project a 25 FOOT image. As we move into Spring, it is time to spend more time outdoors and doing an outdoor movie night.  We decided to test out the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 600 to see if it could satisfy our movie watching desires. Please watch our video review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 600 -…
  • Connecting, Controlling and Securing My Home With D-Link Devices

    nessel
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:37 pm
    No offense to my home, but it is just not the smartest home around.  If I want the lights to turn on, I have to flick a switch.  If someone enters my home while I’m away, what does my home do?  Nothing!  Clearly, my home needs to get smarter. Can I Make My Home Smarter with D-Link Connected Home Devices? If my home is going to survive in 2015, it clearly needs to get smarter.  I decided to try out three D-Link devices to see if they could give my home the intelligence boost it clearly needed.  I tested out the – D-Link HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-5222L) D-Link Wi-Fi…
 
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    The Committed Parent

  • My Most Radical, Brain-Changing College Class

    Mark Brady
    24 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    Last Novelty Reminder: Be sure to check out this week’s “Book Review in Pictures” – The Enchanted Loom! Mine was a class in Social Psychology taught by Dr. David Schiffman at SUNY New Paltz. The first day of class I found myself surrounded by 26 other students – none of whom I knew – who were all at least a half dozen years younger than me – 20 and 21 to my 27. At the start of the semester, Dr. Shiffman walked in, handed out a syllabus and announced the name of the class – The Social Psychology of Tavistock Groups. Then he sat down at the front of the…
  • Why One-Sided Cell Phone Convos Irritate the Bejeezus Out of Us

    Mark Brady
    17 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    Novelty Reminder: Be sure to check out the new weekly Wednesday neuroscience “Book Review in Pictures” – The Enchanted Loom! You’ll instantly yummify your brain’s pleasure centers. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming… So I’m standing in line at the grocery store pawing through People Magazine trying to take delight in some yummy morsels of celebrity gossip when suddenly a Chatty Charlie starts burbling away on his cell phone right behind me. Apart from whether it’s simple narcissism, lack of social awareness or some form of performance…
  • The Compassion Pill: Do You Take It or Not?

    Mark Brady
    10 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    If you could take this pill and become more compassionate, would you? If I tell the truth for myself, my answer would be, “Sometimes I would, and sometimes I wouldn’t.” To Compassion or Not to Compassion Compassion is not a simple, single thing in my experience. Nor is it an easy action to consistently get right. For example, as a parent who knows it’s important for children to have a wide cross-section of life-experience in order for their brains and bodies to develop and grow, my job is not to shield them from all the pain and suffering in the world. It’s more to be with them as…
  • How to Know If Your Therapist (Parent, Priest, Rabbi, Hairdresser, Boss) is an Above-Average Listener …

    Mark Brady
    3 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    … or, How My Brain Came to Deeply Appreciate the Dunning-Kruger Effect “All things, animate and inanimate, have within them a spirit dimension. They communicate in that dimension to those who can listen.” ~ Jerome Bernstein Shortly after I graduated with my doctorate in psychology, I decided I wanted to give something back to my small, private school. I’d been working for a dozen years as a grief counselor and trainer to fulfill part of my clinical graduate requirements and I knew firsthand from co-facilitating dozens of volunteer trainings that simply listening with…
  • Why Your Story One-Upping My Story Is Bad for My Brain … and Yours

    Mark Brady
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    “To listen is to be vulnerable. You allow something outside your body to come inside. To be open and impressionable, to hear everything, is dangerous. You can be damaged all too easily.” W. A. Mathieu From my very first post on this blog back in 2007, most everything I research and write here has one primary central aim: to increase the awareness of, and to reduce the amount and degree of suffering in people’s lives. Recently I received an email from a friend informing me and a number of other close friends about the death of her mother after a three-year, extremely painful…
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  • Are Your Expectations Killing You?

    Jack
    3 May 2015 | 10:28 pm
    My biggest problem with being shot wasn’t the pain from the bullet in my shoulder but the shock that came from discovering I wasn’t bullet proof. Had reporters been covering my life none of them would have found it newsworthy for the reasons I did. They knew I couldn’t fly, leap over tall buildings or […] (Visited 16 times, 16 visits today) The post Are Your Expectations Killing You? appeared first on The JackB.
  • The Return Of Conversation In Sex & Blogging

    Jack
    1 May 2015 | 6:49 pm
    There is a teenager in my house who is growing faster than he realizes and perhaps faster than I like. I suspect if I measured him on January 1st and then applied the tape measure to his long, lanky body today I would see a gain of around 2.5 inches. Could be more, could be less. Don’t […] (Visited 21 times, 21 visits today) The post The Return Of Conversation In Sex & Blogging appeared first on The JackB.
  • How To Become A Social Media Superstar

    Jack
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:25 pm
    You don’t become a social media superstar by asking people if they would read this story. I suppose if you shared a story about Plenty of Time and told people it is about how we never have as much as we think you might get somewhere…maybe. And I would certainly never encourage you to read […] (Visited 40 times, 40 visits today) The post How To Become A Social Media Superstar appeared first on The JackB.
  • Maybe An Editorial Calendar Would Help

    Jack
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    A thousand years ago when I started blogging people used to complain that I updated my blog too frequently. They said my pace made it impossible to keep up with and I said there was never an obligation to read everything I write. They said my pace made it impossible to keep up. I always […] (Visited 17 times, 17 visits today) The post Maybe An Editorial Calendar Would Help appeared first on The JackB.
  • Life Is About Painting A Picture

    Jack
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Sunday night is here and I haven’t finished packing yet. This is not the sort of behavior I model for the kids but they aren’t here right now I am not going to worry about trying to teach them the proper way of doing things. I know what needs to be done and what should […] (Visited 54 times, 26 visits today) The post Life Is About Painting A Picture appeared first on The JackB.
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  • Come to help wash the dog, stay to play in the water.

    Thomas
    28 May 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Lily helped the neighbor wash their dog tonight and, when she was done, she played in the water. A little work, a little fun. The post Come to help wash the dog, stay to play in the water. appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Lily’s Easter Hat

    Thomas
    4 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Always festive around theses parts. The post Lily’s Easter Hat appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • A Tale of Two Minnesota Winters

    Thomas
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Last winter, 2013/2014, we had roughly 70 inches of snow! This year however, we’ve only had about 25 inches. Our biggest snow storm only dropped 3.4 inches. Even when it did fall, it disappeared shortly there after; which means didn’t get the chance to pile up. Snowmobiling was basically nonexistent this winter and sledding was on only a few inches. This winter has all the cold, but none of the snow. What a difference a year can make. The post A Tale of Two Minnesota Winters appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Everyone makes bedazzled cat necklaces on the weekends right?

    Thomas
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Lily had a great idea over the weekend and that was to make the cats some bedazzled necklaces. She did all the designing and I just helped tie the strings. Oddly enough, the cats didn’t mind wearing them. I think they kind of liked them. Maybe we should start selling them on Etsy. What do you think? The post Everyone makes bedazzled cat necklaces on the weekends right? appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Lily’s First Time Bowling

    Thomas
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:09 pm
    We took Lily bowling for the first time this weekend and she’s pretty good at it. It seems that Lily has been learning bowling in school and she already knew how to properly hold a bowling ball. I thought this was pretty impressive. She put her fingers in the right holes, walked right up to the line, and tossed it down the lane. Her swing could use a little improvement, and I’m not sure how many bounces a bowling ball should make, but at least it stayed in our lane. We had bumpers too of course. They came in very handy. Not only for Lily, but Mom and Dad as well. This is how all…
 
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  • Son, Please Wait Up From Time to Time

    Aaron Gouveia
    28 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I don’t want my kids to stop growing up so fast. I just hope they wait up every now and then so I can catch up and enjoy them. I’ll never forget the week before I left for college. I had just turned 18 and was desperate to leave home and start a new chapter of my life, as most recent high school graduates are. My dad took me out to eat as a goodbye, and to have a heart-to-heart. Man to man. I was slightly annoyed because I had to cancel plans with friends, but I relented. I’m glad I did. My dad didn’t just work full time when I was growing up, he worked MASSIVE…
  • 6 Things to Think About When Choosing Baby Names

    Aaron Gouveia
    26 May 2015 | 1:48 pm
    photo credit: Deciding Which Door to Choose 2 via photopin (license) Choosing baby names sucks. Trying to agree on a potential boy’s name when you already have two boys? That’s a special kind of hell. As most parents will tell you, picking out a name is a tall task fraught with difficulties. And if you have a couple with two strong personalities and no shortage of opinions, that difficulty increases exponentially. Which means after you’ve exhausted family names, checked the Social Security baby name database, gone over the Game of Thrones list of names, and had your partner…
  • If You’re Defending Josh Duggar, You’re the Problem

    Aaron Gouveia
    22 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    Josh Duggar repeatedly molested underage girls, including his sisters, while his parents sought to cover it up and avoid talking to the proper authorities. You’ve seen the news by now and you know how utterly revolting it is from every angle. I don’t need to cover the horrifying details here. I read the news last night as I was going to bed. I thought finally, even the most ardent supporters of TLC’s clown show won’t be able to spin this, and perhaps common sense will prevail. The blanket condemnation and the collective horror at not just Josh’s action, but the…
  • Every Parent’s Feeding Journey Is Different

    Aaron Gouveia
    20 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    photo credit: bottle V via photopin (license) ***I have partnered with Similac for this piece. Unfortunately, feeding your baby is controversial before you even have a baby. Eight years ago, when my wife was pregnant with Will, we started getting questions about our unborn baby and what he was going to eat. I thought this very odd, until I realized it’s just a way of ascertaining whether or not an expectant mother is going to breastfeed, so she can be summarily judged one way or the other by the person asking the question. It’s not a very good system. As breastfeeding proponents,…
  • Parents at Playgrounds on Phones Are the Worst People Ever

    Aaron Gouveia
    19 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I’ve been waiting for a chance to use this picture for three years! There are some bad people out there. The world is full of liars, cheaters, serial killers, rapists, pedophiles, and New York Jets fans. Unfortunately, the derelicts are living next to us, conversing with us, and subversively poisoning our way of life as they chip away at society’s common decency. They’re right under our noses, yet because there’s no readily identifiable mark of evil to witness, it’s impossible for us to tell the good guys from the dregs. Until now. If you’re not familiar…
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    CuteMonster.com

  • More than ever, the world needs Supergirl

    Vincent Daly
    14 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    CBS's Supergirl debuts in Fall 2015. For parents seeking out strong female role models, the show holds great potential. The post More than ever, the world needs Supergirl appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Avengers Sequel Misses Mark

    Vincent Daly
    6 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Review of the highly anticipated Marvel Studios "Avengers: Age of Ultron". The post Avengers Sequel Misses Mark appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Dads, Chores, and the Swiffer Effect

    Vincent Daly
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    A Dad's personal experience testing out the Swiffer WetJet. The post Dads, Chores, and the Swiffer Effect appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • SmartyPants Vitamins to the Rescue

    Vincent Daly
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Trying out SmartyPants Vitamins with the family. The post SmartyPants Vitamins to the Rescue appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Cars, SUVs, and the Future…oh my!

    Vincent Daly
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Overview and random thoughts about the Cars and SUVS at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The post Cars, SUVs, and the Future…oh my! appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
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  • Technology Makes Life Around My House More Fun

    C.C. Chapman
    26 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    This weekend as we unplugged and headed outside to help kick off summer I got thinking about the balancing act between loving technology and being ok to leave it behind at the same time. It only takes one look at the above photo to see the variety of things you might find laying around my office (and house) and more and more of them are connected every day. Last night as we sat around a campfire, I took a few photos with my phone and then put it away. My Droid Turbo gives me all the camera controls I need to take good photographs quickly and because I have auto backup turned on to Google, I…
  • The Once and Future PR Professional

    C.C. Chapman
    21 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Last night, I took part in a panel to discuss “The Once and Future PR Professional” put on by the Publicity Club of New England and hosted by SHIFT Communications. It was an intimate conversation that covered a lot of ground. I was honored to be on the panel with Steve Quigley from Boston University, Erica Seidel of The Connective Good and Liz Segran from Fast Company. We were moderated by Amy Lyons, President at SHIFT and she did a great job keeping the conversation flowing and everything on track. We discussed how colleges need to evolve to insure that students are…
  • Boston Ballet’s Thrill of Contact

    C.C. Chapman
    19 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    A year ago, I had very little appreciation for ballet. I respect all forms of arts and creativity, but the ballet was one form that never completely clicked with me. But, after several invitations from the Boston Ballet to attend different shows, I’ve grown to enjoy ballet more than I imagined I ever would. Thrill of Contact is the final performances of the current season and I encourage you to check one of them out because there is something for everyone. Theme and Variations with choreography by George Balanchine opens the night and was simply beautiful. The costumes and set is of the…
  • The Decision to Chop Wood

    C.C. Chapman
    12 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    If you were to look in the woods behind my house you’d see this in one little corner. It is the start of a wood pile that I made recently after chopping up some wood from a tree my father dropped the last time he was down here. Last winter we noticed we were running low on wood, so he picked a tree that wasn’t doing so well and sawed it down. He then proceeded to saw it into logs that were a good size for our fireplace and then left them for me to chop. I thought about sharing this because if you look closely, you’ll see that there is plenty left to chop. It was a tall tree,…
  • What I Learned Teaching My First College Class

    C.C. Chapman
    8 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Bentley University is one of the best business schools in the country. I say that as a proud alumnus of the school. Over the years I’ve taught online classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive, Treehouse and USF. Those and every talk I’ve ever given showed me that teaching was in my blood and something I’ve always thought about doing more of. But, when offered the opportunity to teach eMarketing, in a classroom, at Bentley I jumped at the opportunity. Now that grades are in and graduation is on the horizon I wanted to share what I learned in my first semester as an adjunct…
 
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    Memoirs of a Single Dad

  • Introducing #Dadtography – A New Photo Sharing Community for Dads and Families

    Daniel Ruyter
    24 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Dadtography.com launches as a new social photo sharing community for dads and families. After many months of work, my latest digital project is live. I’m happy to say that my new community-centric photography website Dadtography.com is now officially in beta! What is the meaning of this “Dadtography” thing? It’s a hashtag. It’s also a website. But most importantly, […] The post Introducing #Dadtography – A New Photo Sharing Community for Dads and Families appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • How to: Effective Parenting on a Part-Time Visitation Schedule

    Lorne Fine
    6 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Only seeing your child part time, whether a biological child or a stepchild gained through a new marriage, can be a major challenge. A child’s schedule is already filled with school and extracurricular activities, and adding a visitation schedule into the mix is a challenge even for couples on the best terms. By remembering some […] The post How to: Effective Parenting on a Part-Time Visitation Schedule appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Dear Son: I love your brother more.

    Daniel Ruyter
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The below is a fictional letter. No actual father wrote this his hehon. No son actually had to read these words from his father. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Dear Son, I love your brother more than I love you. There, I said […] The post Dear Son: I love your brother more. appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Pavlov’s Dad Theory – How to Train Your Dad

    Daniel Ruyter
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    I think I speak for all dads out there when I say we men are not very complicated creatures, especially when it comes to making and keeping us happy. Aside from love, hugs and the occasional action movie, we only require a few morsels every once in a while to keep us going and to […] The post Pavlov’s Dad Theory – How to Train Your Dad appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Dear Son: On the Gravity of Life & Oren Miller

    Daniel Ruyter
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dear Sons, Many of these “Dear Son” posts likely won’t carry much meaning for you until you’re older and more mature. Children should not be made to understand the gravity of life. That’s part of the appeal of childhood and no one should take that from you. But as I grow older (I’ll turn 40 this […] The post Dear Son: On the Gravity of Life & Oren Miller appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
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    HowToBeADad.com

  • What if You Could Talk to Your 12-Year-Old Self?

    Andy
    29 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say? And since childhood memories can get a little fuzzy, what would you ask? I get the idea that my younger self might just stare at me in wonder before telling me to shave my beard and ease off on the donuts, while older me would spend the whole time begging him/me to buy stock in Apple and avoid certain people at all cost. I really like to think that me and I would have a deep and meaningful conversation, but really, after the whole chatting-across-time novelty wore off, it’d probably just turn into a fierce burping competition.
  • Skin Cancer Is Not Your Friend

    Charlie
    28 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    So, listen. I know the internet is filled with a lot of causes and movements and groups and Change.org petitions and blah blah blah, but I want to scare the shit out of you for just a second. Okay, maybe I won’t completely terrify you, but maybe I can talk in a way that ups the ante, just a little bit. Last year, I had a cut that never seemed to heal. I thought it was dry skin or a new appendage growing or something… something other than what it was. Skin cancer. And since it’s skin cancer awareness month (or so people have yelled at me on the internet), I wanted to take a…
  • The Crazy Ways Kids Rename Things (30+ Pictures)

    Andy
    27 May 2015 | 12:46 am
    My son walked up to me recently and asked me where the “burger shovel” was. After I was done chuckling, I asked him what he needed a spatula for. He answered, “I need your s-spaatuulaa for my pretend restaurant.” He said the word like he was taste-testing it for an in-depth Yelp review. Kids are perpetual inventors, even if most of their inventions are useless, unnecessary or dangerous – so when they don’t know a word (or simply dislike one), they tend to improvise. I got him his “burger shovel” and he skipped off to invent a PB&J hot dog with…
  • My Wife Just Said… #214

    Charlie
    26 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    “Not really sure I have it in me to deal with faulty cinnamon rolls before my morning caffeine.” -Avara   My wife and I have been on a strict diet for the past two weeks. There isn’t much worse than having to prepare delicious, carbtastic foods for your kids. And my wife likes to give our kids the works. Also, how many of you are absolutely frightened of the POP sound when you open a canister of biscuits or rolls? A photo posted by Avara Capen (@ithrowtp) on May 23, 2015 at 8:21am PDT Previous “My Wife Just Said…” This MWJS is scary cute. Follow us on…
  • In Memories, We Live On

    Charlie
    25 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    Today is an important one. Today, we take a moment to remember people, both familiar and unknown. These faces fill books and the names are etched in walls, but you mightn’t have ever fully sat with them. "I wish killing people didn't even exist." My son saying something so simple that it's almost impossible for human beings to understand. — charliecapen (@charliecapen) May 13, 2015 My older son has just started asking the bigger questions. As he’s begun to learn life is a bit more complex, so too has his line of questioning become filled with detailed…
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  • “Safety First” is Not Enough

    22 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Here's a post I made on safety ‘Safety First’: Nowadays it seems that is more of a phrase we say, than something we practice and teach. It should be more of a creed than a mere slogan. Even more so when it comes to the question of the safety of your children. How often do you come across such benign precepts in the course of your daily activities? But more often than not, most parents tend t...
  • Different Types of Casters

    19 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Are you looking to put something on wheels? You should know right away that not every type of caster will suit every item. Here are just a few different types of casters and how to use them.SwivelSwivel casters have the ability to rotate under their plates. They're excellent for things like office chairs and garage toolboxes where space is limited and maneuverability matters. If you're lookin...
  • Child Custody Agreements and Single Fathers

    13 May 2015 | 11:18 am
    I've written another piece on child custody agreements and how single fathers can deal with the situation.A child custody agreement is often one of the most difficult parts of a divorce or when an unmarried couple separates. As adults, you and your former partner know that your decision to part ways is the healthiest and wisest choice you can make. If it was just the two of you, it would be a ...
  • Being Prepared

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Emergencies can occur at many different times in life that can have a negative impact on a home. There can be natural disasters or disasters at home, such as plumbing emergencies. Whatever the case is, people can be prepared when an emergency occurs.Having a PlanA plan can help people know what to do if or when a problem occurs. If a tornado strikes an area, a plan for a family may be ...
  • What do SAHD's do during the day?

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Share what you do during the day?
 
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    Bobblehead Dad

  • Kid Connection Tip: Family Frame-Up

    jimhigley
    28 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    I’ve long had a love of frames. Maybe that’s a result of my grandmother – my Mom’s mom – being a professional picture framer a thousand years ago. Even though I never met my grandmother, our home was filled with a few frames that she had made. One held a mirror. The others contained simple prints of landscapes. The prints were worthless. But the frames were, at least in our family, priceless. Because they came from the hands of Grandma Lillian. One of my favorite memories with my own children involved frames, as well. It was the holiday season about seven or…
  • The Most Important Gift from Dad is…

    jimhigley
    26 May 2015 | 7:14 am
      This is part of a series of stories and videos I’m sharing during the months of May and June – highlighting the importance of connecting with our children. These memories are brought to you by the wonderful folks at Kimberly-Clark who have compensated me for my writing. All opinions are my own.  Visit the Kimberly-Clark website Join in the Kimberly-Clark Facebook fun Check out Kimberly-Clark on Twitter #CelebrateFamilyValues
  • Kid Connection Tip: Sharing & Showing Gratitude

    jimhigley
    21 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    “Remember to say ‘thank you!'” If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt shared those reminding words hundreds and hundreds of times with your children. And you should. Manners matter. But they are just part of it. For me, at the foundation of manners is raising a child who understands what gratitude is. Children who connect with the emotional side of thankfulness. Children who are aware of the fact that they aren’t – and no one is – the center of the universe. And that life is an endless cycle of giving and receiving. Both ends of the spectrum having…
  • Kid Connection Tip: The Good Side of Texting

    jimhigley
    18 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    “I refuse to text with my kids.” If I had a nickel every time I’ve heard that comment. And I get it. At least I get it up a point. There are plenty of negatives associated with kids and texting: It’s distracting. They get lost in it. And it’s way too easy for them to tune us parents out; It’s dangerous – for kids who have driver’s licenses. And “dangerous” is probably an understatement. It’s deadly. And it’s an epidemic; It’s screwing up how kids communicate and talk to one another. (Don’t even get me started…
  • Kid Connection Tip: Play!

    jimhigley
    14 May 2015 | 5:08 am
      You can discover more about a person in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation. – Plato I couldn’t agree more with Plato. Play is the golden ticket for connection – and fun – between parents and kids. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But what I’ve learned is it’s tougher to execute the older children get. Mom and dad become the bystanders cheering on the sidelines. The chauffeurs. When my youngest was about 10, his schedule mirrored that of many kids his age. Get up early. Have breakfast. Load up his backpack. Wait for the bus. And…
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  • Thomas The Tank Engine LIVE!

    dadastrophic
    28 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Thomas The Tank Engine is coming to Phillipsburg, New Jersey for those of you who live in or around the Lehigh Valley or Northern Jersey areas!  It looks pretty awesome and there are several packages available including additional train rides and mine tours along with riding Thomas! Click HERE to purchase tix and to receive more info & other appearance locations! He will be here the weekend of July 10th and July 17th. Tix will sell fast!  
  • Glow In The Dark Bubbles!

    dadastrophic
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    This is pretty AWESOME! It’s one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?”, moments! Glow in the dark bubbles! You simply get glow sticks, cut them open, and drop the solution into a jar of bubbles and BOOM: Glow in the dark bubbles! Gray is obsessed with bubbles so this is a double edged sword! It’s great that he loves bubbles but not great because: 1. I’ll have to buy tons of glow sticks and 2. He likes to blow bubbles in the house so that can NOT happen or it’s bye-bye floors, furniture, and everything else in their path. For STRICTLY outside…
  • Spring Has Arrived In Our Book! 

    dadastrophic
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:20 pm
    I could care less about dates. When I can take Grayson to the park…THAT is when it’s officially Spring! That was at 4:30pm on Thursday February 2nd, 2015! As you can tell, it was worth the wait! Here’s to a half of a year and then some of being outside!!!
  • Graycasso 2.0

    dadastrophic
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    We are off to a GREAT start this Sunday morning. We began with sulking for the letter P in bed then decided we were feeling artistic this morning. Today canvas: a door and a window sill! Masterpiece! Simply stunning! Picasso would be proud.   I really like what he did here ⬆️⬆️⬆️!   This seems to be a new trend⬆️! He’s one of the first to experiment with this style.
  • Sick Day 

    dadastrophic
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    someone is having fun being sick today! Home with mom two days now it’s daddy daycare this weekend! Need to get more Popsicles and waffles. We are almost out! It’s the toddler’s version of bread and milk
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    Dad and Buried

  • [E-card] Weekend Parenting

    Dad and Buried
    27 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    My weekends used to be sacred. Then I had a kid, and they became his weekends. Suddenly, every weekend is packed with activities, and play dates, and birthday parties. I have to take my kid to all of them, which leaves hardly any time for bars! But that doesn’t mean I don’t find ways to relax. I’m usually a pretty attentive father, but weekend parenting requires a slightly different approach. The post [E-card] Weekend Parenting appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • A Spoonful of Television

    Dad and Buried
    26 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Last week, I wrote about my son’s need to use a nebulizer when his chest gets congested – from his allergies or from a cold. It’s not the sexiest rig in the world (unless you find Immortan Joe sexy, and if so: YOU’RE SCARING ME), and the first few times we had to put it to use, it was a little freaky. And he wasn’t a lot into it. Luckily, we discovered that the length of a commercial-free TV show on Netflix matches almost perfectly with the length of the nebulizer treatment. Letting him watch a show while taking his medicine became a convenient solution. At least, it was convenient,…
  • The Chart of Diminishing Returns

    Dad and Buried
    20 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Kids have an endless capacity for repetition. I dare you to count how many times yours say “no” or “why” over the course of an afternoon, or how often they want to watch another episode of “Octonauts” or “Rescue Bots”. Sometimes even the same episode! Children just don’t seem to get sick of things. Parents, on the other hand… One of the primary joys of parenting is introducing your children to the things you love, whether it be a favorite sport, a favorite band, or a favorite movie. I love sharing the stuff I grew up with and the…
  • Giveaway: Allergy Relief from Venta Airwashers

    Dad and Buried
    19 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    Sometimes you just get lucky. In my ongoing attempt to become the primary destination for parents who want to talk shit about their children, I am occasionally afforded some fun opportunities from brands who have a sense of humor or who haven’t actually read my blog. I got to participate in a photo shoot with Dove Men+ Care, I’ve written about some cool products, I’ve even been on a podcast or two. (Not lately though, AHEM!) Every now and again, someone will reach out with an offer that seems to have little connection to my blog or even my life, like when a company that…
  • The Truth Hurts

    Dad and Buried
    15 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    “If you want the unvarnished truth, ask a child.” So the saying goes, or, at least, so the tweet goes (I’ve seen that one a few times), and it’s true. In fact, you don’t even have to bother asking a child. A child will come up to you, unprompted, and lay you bare in an instant, without a second thought, without even bothering to look back at the mound of ash left in his wake. Why is honesty a virtue again? I don’t want my kid to be a liar, but a little bit of tact wouldn’t kill anybody. Especially me. I’m really fragile right now. I value my…
 
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    Joshua Wilner

  • Where Is Your ‘Write’ Place For Writing?

    Joshua
    3 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    I think about writing on a boat. My kids will tell you I tell them to focus upon the world we live in and not the world we want to live in. It is not because I am trying to splash cold water on their dreams but because there is a shifting balance between working with what you have and trying to obtain what you haven’t got…yet. Ask me where the write place for my writing is and I’ll show you pictures like you see here in this post and all sorts of other spots that I think would be great for writing. Some of them will be exotic and different. They’ll be places where I…
  • The Great Bamboozler Of Blogging

    Joshua
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:39 pm
    A friend who knows nothing about blogs asked me how they refer to me in the blogosphere and I told him I am called The Great Bamboozler Of Blogging, The Captain of Copy and The Old Obnoxious Dude In The Cave. He told me aspires to become a better bamboozler and I suggested he investigate because the Earl of Chicanery of the Duke of Conundrums. Someone tell my assistant to look into that Duke of Conundrums name, I kind of like it. If only I had an assistant, now let’s get serious for a moment. Engagement Trumps Traffic You can add me to the incomplete list of bloggers (Danny Brown, Sly…
  • Some Dreams Die & Some Are Delayed

    Joshua
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Spent a few minutes with the teenager in my house talking about what comes next and what things we can control and what we can manage. Listened to him express concern about current events at school and some yet to come and smiled because I remember those days too. Smiled because to him these things are huge and to me, well I would trade situations in a heart beat because his stuff is easy. Easy because I can look back upon those days because I have been there and done that. Grimaced because I feel like the mountains I have already climbed reassembled and placed themselves in my path again.
  • Do Great Ideas Require Loose Cannons?

    Joshua
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:23 pm
    About twenty years or so ago I had a disagreement with a co-worker about a project we were working on. We were on deadline and I had three ideas I wanted to submit but he kept trying to stall because he said the three ideas I had come up with weren’t thought out and vetted the way he wanted them to be. I suggested that he was skirting around the real issue and asked him if he didn’t like them because he couldn’t present them as his ideas. He insisted I was wrong and suggested that it was better to miss our deadline so we could offer something spectacular instead of just…
  • No One Cares About Your Blog

    Joshua
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Someone told me that the moment you were targeted by a troll is the moment you know you have arrived in the blogosphere. I smiled and told them that it is much easier to find a troll or trolls than they realized. Write a post promoting circumcision, for/against abortion and don’t forget to include something about how the Democrats/Republicans are killing the country. How do I know these things? Experience….I know from experience. Trust me when I say I was attacked after I once wrote a post that was tongue-in-cheek about angry Canadians invading the US on the backs of their polar…
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • Master Your Home: Hands-On with the Samsung WaterWall Dishwasher at Rock Father HQ...

    29 May 2015 | 11:02 pm
    THE ROCK FATHER™ has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product at a reduced price or for free. When it comes to the house, I'm pretty "domestic," but keeping Rock Father HQ running smoothly isn't really that easy. There's a lot of messes, and with two little girls and a constantly on-the-go Mommy and Daddy, dishes can pile up pretty quickly, and getting behind can cause a real jam-up in the kitchen. When we bought our house five years ago, one of the things we inherited was a dishwasher that was unattractive, clunky and just plain bad. Always on the…
  • Force Friday Countdown: 1985 Kenner STAR WARS Anakin Skywalker - 98 Days to Go...

    29 May 2015 | 3:26 pm
    When it comes to the changes to George Lucas' Original STAR WARS Trilogy, I tend to be pretty lenient in my opinions... when it comes down to the technical and visual stuff. When we get into issues of plot, thematic music, or worst-case scenario - an actor swap (sans placing Ian McDiarmid into EMPIRE - which I'm totally cool with), I get pretty irritated, especially when it comes to the end of RETURN OF THE JEDI. Inserting Hayden Christensen as the ghost/spirit of Anakin Skywalker into the Ewok Celebration is completely inexcusable. It was actor Sebastian Shaw that performed the character,…
  • Summer Reading Giveaway: Win Jim Henson's ENCHANTED SISTERS: SUMMER'S FRIENDSHIP GAMES!

    28 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    As the start of summer fast-approaches, it's a prime time to "Get Caught Reading!" As such, The Jim Henson Company recently teamed-up with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to offer a pair of new "Get Caught Reading" Posters - available FREE to educators or anyone (+ $5 s/h) - featuring the DOOZERS and ENCHANTED SISTERS. These new posters join a trio of earlier releases from The Jim Henson Company, including characters from PBS KIDS' DINOSAUR TRAIN and SID THE SCIENCE KID, along with the Sprout/NBC Kids hit, PAJANIMALS. To celebrate the new offerings, and the start of…
  • Force Friday Countdown: Fighter Pods Series I - Snowspeeder Vs. AT-AT - 99 Days to Go...

    28 May 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Now, right about now, I expect that you might be wondering - "Why is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar being displayed inside of a refrigerator filled with Diet Mountain Dew?" The answer, young Padawan, is that I have exactly zero interest in the FIGHTER PODS toys - absolutely none. It's a weird thing for the STAR WARS realm, but Hasbro's line of "Intergalactic Battle" pods were just enough of a blip for me to say "pass" on - again, surprising, because usually the Hasbro team hits the mark for me. So yes, I placed the countdown calendar inside the 'fridge here in my…
  • EXCLUSIVE: First-Look Image of "Captain Jake" from Disney Junior's "Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates: The Great Never Sea Conquest!"

    28 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    It's going to be a massive summer on Disney Junior, with the preschool network set to debut one new episode of one of its hit series every weekday for seven-consecutive weeks from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, August 13th as part of the SOARING OVER SUMMER multi-platform event. New episodes of alternating series SOFIA THE FIRST, DOC McSTUFFINS, MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND, JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES and HENRY HUGGLEMONSTER will premiere each weekday at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Junior. Also premiering this summer is CAPTAIN JAKE AND THE…
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    Talking Dad Blog

  • Psst…Metro Times…How not to treat parents.

    Christopher
    19 May 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Michael Jackman has a problem. You see, when it comes to Flower Day at Detroit’s Eastern Market, strollers are an undeniable, inexcusable nuisance. Moms and dads without the physical capability (or desire) for hours-long baby-wearing, just don’t belong among everyone else in search of spectacular garden deals. Listen, I’m no stroller jockey. I find it much easier to get around with baby riding on my torso. In fairness, Jackman makes this recommendation in his “scathing” click-bait listicle on the Detroit Metro Times blog, a local alternative news rag. But in his…
  • STOK Recipe: How to Tackle Grilled Vegetables on the Gridiron

    Christopher
    13 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    This easy recipe featuring deliciously charred veggies is one of my spring favorites! The first meal of any new grill is a challenging decision, but the end result is a celebratory experience. Every week here at DadHQ, we have a delivery of fresh organic vegetables dropped off at the doorstep. Inside this week’s crate was an abundance of nature’s finest all complimenting one another; the only course of action was to join them in a marriage of color and flavor on the BBQ. Grilling vegetables is rewarding as a side dish, or in this case, a filling delicious main course. Enjoy! Watch…
  • Imagination runs wild with Elmo the Musical Volume 2: Learn and Imagine

    Christopher
    10 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Disclaimer: I was provided free product for purposes of this review. Opinions are my own. DVD Review Cool fact: the Talking Dad was once an actor/singer in stage musicals. I have an affinity for music that, regretfully, I’m awful at sharing with my children. They completely tune out of television shows and movies with any semblance of singing and dancing. That was until I dropped Sesame Street: Elmo the Musical Volume 2: Learn and Imagine into our DVD player. While Pal has since grown out of Sesame Street, Pookie was glued to the screen. There are times when you look at your child and…
  • Hasbro’s AGE OF ULTRON toys stronger than Infinity Stones

    Christopher
    8 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    Durable. That’s the key takeaway when considering Hasbro’s latest line based on the super-franchise, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Disclaimer: I was provided free product for purposes of this review. Opinions are my own. The guiltiest pleasure of managing this dad blog is getting to play with toys. Sure. I tell them (the marketing agency) this is strictly for review purposes. But it’s not. We really just want to play. That’s really the crux of our newest project: Avengers: Age of Ultron by Hasbro. This updated product line dials down the flash to focus on durability. Each…
  • Getting STOKed about RV Grilling

    Christopher
    7 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Nothing excites me more about spring season than the aroma and celebration of outdoor grilling. Disclaimer: I was provided a unit for purposes of this review. Opinions are my own. Our RV Future I guess it’s as good a time as any to announce that we’re investing in an RV. Yup. No longer are we tied down to city life when there’s so much to see across this great country of ours. The future is bright, but so much planning is needed to get us over a very large hurdle. It’s an early checkmark, but my friends at STOK Grills heard about our future life on the road and offered…
 
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • The Yard Sale is over. Thank you!

    Matt Todd
    28 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    I’ve been trying to come up with the proper words to explain what happened at Saturday’s Yard Sale. While I’m still trying to wrap my head around it, I think it’s altogether fitting and proper to go ahead and say this…it was a smashing success.It went so well that we didn’t have enough stuff left in order to justify having the sale again Monday morning. Sorry if you were planning on stopping by on Monday, but most of the major stuff was already gone. Thanks for thinking of us, though!We raised more money than I’ve ever seen a Yard Sale bring in.I…
  • A tale of two Star Wars Days

    Matt Todd
    24 May 2015 | 6:10 pm
    I’m about to get my geek on. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.A Star Wars Day HipsterI remember making a “May the 4th” reference several years ago. I think I might have still been in grad school at the time. I thought the play on words was fun. So I shared it as an update on a social network – possibly on Myspace, but maybe on Facebook. I don’t remember the specifics and I can’t find the status anywhere, but I remember saying something like “Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! (Yes, it’s corny. Don’t kill the…
  • A brief Yard Sale update

    Matt Todd
    18 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Well, we might have been a little too ambitious when we planed on having the Yard Sale this past weekend. A ton of stuff has been donated to our fundraising efforts  (including a Foosball table, a dishwasher, and a drum set) and we just plum ran out of time to get everything ready. In reality, this is a good problem to have. Right?So we decided to postpone the Yard Sale by one week. It’s a good thing, too. Saturday’s weather was not conducive to having any type of yard sale at all.So now we get to have the same bat sale at the same bat location at the same bat time, only one week…
  • 7 lines I love to quote from Star Wars

    Matt Todd
    17 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    One day not too long ago, while Aiden and I were driving home from some event, I had to make a quick stop at a store. Aiden didn’t want to go inside, so I told him he could stay in the car. Since he’s 14 years old, there wasn’t any danger of him getting too hot in the car. I left the car running because it was going to be a quick dash in and out of the store. That way, he could stay cool with the air conditioner on and he could listen to whatever tunes he wanted to hear. I could get in and out without having to wait on him. It was a win-win proposition.As I stepped out of…
  • Here’s what happened at SoFabU OTR in Cincinnati

    Matt Todd
    12 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    This grant was  provided to me by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #SoFabUOTR #CollectiveBias I love it when I leave a leave a conference feeling equipped, encouraged, challenged, and inspired. That’s exactly what happened at SoFabU On the Road (“OTR,” for short). Here’s how it happened…On the Road AgainI hopped in my car before the sun came up a few Saturdays ago. I gassed up the car and hit the open road, headed east towards the Land of Seven Hills, the home of the Reds, Graeter’s Handcrafted Ice Cream, and Ahalogy. It was also a stop…
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    A Daddy Blog

  • Death is Nothing at All

    Michael Schmid
    20 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened... (continued)
  • What I want for Father’s Day…

    Michael Schmid
    14 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Every year my wife tries to get ideas from me about what I might like - and usually I just shrug my shoulders. But this year I know. Read More >>
  • I Hate Dora the Explorer

    Michael Schmid
    13 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Our young daughter couldn't look away away when it was on. Dora is like crack for toddlers! But the show drives me up the wall. How about you?
  • Summer Reading 2015 – Best Books and eReaders?

    Michael Schmid
    8 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    I need your help and advice on both the best guilty pleasure books and, if you recommend them, the best eReader for our family summer vacation.
  • The Tree that Hugs You Back – Tense Wooden Watches

    Michael Schmid
    1 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    Are you a watch person? Do you wear one for practical reasons, or is it a fashion accessory? I never feel fully dressed without one and now have a new favorite…
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    The Amateur Dad

  • Tomorrowland: The Movie That Could Have Been Great

    theamateurdad
    24 May 2015 | 9:34 pm
    ***This review contains spoilers to the new movie “Tomorrowland” When I was in high school I was beyond excited to go to my senior prom. I got a new suit, new shoes, and my hair faded to perfection in anticipation for the big night. But then the unexpected happened. I was dumped the day of the prom. Everything I was hoping to experience that night, the excitement, the camaraderie with my senior class, the dancing, all went out the window with one phone call. What I had expected to be one of the greatest nights of my life turned into one of the biggest if not the biggest letdown…
  • Saturday Video: Clicking Porn Fuels Sex Trafficking

    theamateurdad
    19 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Saturday Video is a weekly feature to help fathers live the dad life better. Blogging for the last year about fatherhood has made me become aware of several important areas we fathers need to address, not only in our kids lives but in our lives also. Having been addicted to porn at one point in my life (I overcame my addiction with counselling help from my church and family support) I can honestly say there’s no such thing as a “healthy” or “normal” usage of pornagraphy in any form (print, video, web, etc.). Many studies have shown pornagraphy to be highly…
  • Review: Our Trip To The Bata Shoe Museum

    theamateurdad
    15 May 2015 | 8:46 pm
    My wife loves shoes. She really does. I know you don’t need me to prove it, but here’s a picture from her Spring cleaning this year: Okay so you get it now. She really loves shoes. To be honest I don’t know why we’re still married after I had mistakenly arranged to have about 20 pairs of her shoes thrown out in the trash when we were engaged. But that’s another story for another day. Because of her affection for shoes, it was no surprise to me when she requested to go to the Bata Shoe Museum, here in the great city of Toronto, on Mother’s Day. The museum…
  • Saturday Video: Building a Minimal Wardrobe

    theamateurdad
    2 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Saturday Video is a weekly feature to help fathers live the dad life better. Two things might start happening when your start having kids: 1. You begin to have less time and 2. You begin to have less disposable income available. One area many dads, myself included, have a challenge with is maintaining and sustaining a decent wardrobe that can fill the needs of all the areas of our lives (work, casual, formal, etc.). Enter The Art of Manliness. The Art of Manliness was founded by Brett McKay in 2008 and has grown it into the largest independent men’s interest magazine on the web. For this…
  • Tool Box: Funding Kids Summer Sports Programs

    theamateurdad
    1 May 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The Tool Box is a monthly feature that covers practical help on everyday issues for Fathers. With Summer around the corner, many parents are looking for their kids to be as busy and active as possible. Funding for your kid’s summer sports programs is closer than you think. There are 3 simple ways you can activate these great opportunities: 1. Call the league or athletic organization to see what subsidies are currently offered. You would be surprised how many organizations offer this benefit. 2. Contact your local community centre for companies that currently offer funding programs. Canadian…
 
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    Chilldad

  • From Fit To Fat To Fit (58 Photos)

    Michael Berman
    4 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    The post From Fit To Fat To Fit (58 Photos) appeared first on Chilldad.
  • What Kind of Parent Are You, Astrology-wise?

    Michael Berman
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Say what you will about Astrology, it sure is persistent. The idea that the alignment of the stars and planets when you were born can hold sway over your personality dates back more than 5,000 years. According to the National Science Foundation, for about 55% of Americans, it’s all a bunch of hogwash. Just a load of malarky. Complete codswallop. But for the other 45%, Astrology is thought of as a legitimate scientific field of study. If you’re unsure where you stand on the topic, consider what the great psychologist Carl Jung had to say about it: “We are born at a given moment in…
  • 36 Questions To Improve Married Sex Life

    Michael Berman
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    Looking to improve your married sex life? According to therapist Teresa Maples, the number one way to do that is through intimacy. The 36 questions below have been scientifically proven to create intimacy between two people over the course of an hour.  They are part of The Sharing Game, which was designed by psychologist Arthur Arons at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He found that if partners took turns answering these questions they felt much closer than if they had just engaged in small talk. If you’re out to dinner and you’ve already talked about the…
  • Am I A Bad Mom If…

    Michael Berman
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Worried you’re messing up your kids? You’re not alone. According to psychiatrist Dr. Alex Strauss of Marlton, NJ, the #1 question asked by moms and dads is “Am I a bad parent?” “There are very few clear-cut rights and wrongs when it comes to raising kids,” says Dr. Strauss. “Still, there are definitely instances when you might be engaging in bad parenting.” Here are 10 of the most common scenarios that Dr. Strauss is asked about, followed by his insights and analysis. Am I A Bad Mom If… 1. I Scream At My Kids… Like, A Lot Screaming indicates that you’re stressed…
  • What Pediatricians Really Want To Tell Parents

    Michael Berman
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Do you plan on taking an active role in your kids’ health and well-being, or will you leave that completely up to your Pediatrician? Recently I took a moment to sit down with a very successful, charming and intelligent Pediatrician (okay, my wife) to ask her what issues she would like new parents to take ownership of when it comes to their kids’ health. Below are her answers, in no particular order, supported by additional research and studies: 1. There Is No Healthy Juice Steven Depolo/FLICKR According to a study published in Pediatrics, children who drank at least one sugary drink…
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    City Dads Group

  • ‘Power Dads’ Advice a Blast From Past

    Homemaker Man
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I find several tips in Power Dads: The 10 Basic Principles Successful Fathers Use to Raise Happy and Responsible Children by Wayne Parker to be useful. Don’t yell. Do big projects with the family. Take time for yourself. Match the punishment to the transgression. Reward good behavior. Enable community service. Don’t worry about succinct book titles. Chestnuts that while time worn, were well organized, easy to follow and are still helpful to be reminded of on those difficult days. Parker is, if anything can be inferred from his writing, generally a kind and well-meaning person. He is also…
  • To My Son, On His 2nd Birthday

    Victor Aragon
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chicago Dads Group member Victor Aragon holds his son, who recently celebrated his 2nd birthday. My son recently celebrated his second birthday. These past two years have flown by. It feels like he was just learning to crawl the other day and now he is running around, getting into the refrigerator and keeping me up late on some nights. There are days I just stare at him when he is destroying the playroom and I wonder to myself, “What kind of father am I to him? Am I really getting him prepared for the future?” I guess I will get the answer to these questions as the years…
  • How to Spark Creativity in Your Child

    City Dads Group
    27 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Your kid’s creativity starts with you, dad. That’s among the messages children’s book authors have in our latest Modern Dads Podcast. Mike Adamick, author of a series of books on art, crafts, science and cooking projects that parents can do with their children, talks about how he shares the experience of creating his books — including his latest Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes — with his daughter, Writer, artist and Portland Dads Group organizer Christopher Routly discusses how his kids helped spark a Kickstarter campaign to publish his newest…
  • My Wife Let Me Learn, Love to be a Parent

    Jason Greene
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The best thing my wife ever did for me after my son was born was nothing. Let me explain. Babies were a mystery to me when my son was born. Lamaze classes are great, but once you’re holding that squirming and peeing baby, everything goes out the window. The only thing I was confident doing when my son was born was changing diapers. I used to work with developmentally disabled adults and had changed thousands of diapers, so I had diapering down. Everything else?  Clueless. Clueless, but fearless. I was completely confident that I was going to “get it.” And I was determined to do so. My…
  • City Dads Welcomes The Handsome Father Support Community for Gay Dads

    Kevin McKeever
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    City Dads Group, a national support and social network that helps men navigate fatherhood, and The Handsome Father, a support community that helps connect, prepare and inspire gay fathers, have agreed to work together in their joint mission to modernize people’s view of fatherhood. “Our two organizations share a passion for supporting dads who play an active role in their children’s lives and challenging stereotypes about fatherhood,” Handsome Father co-founders Andy Miller and Brian Stephens said in a written statement. “What makes City Dads Group the…
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    Father Nerds Best

  • Why Video Games Aren't the Problem

    29 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    It seems you can't go a week without seeing someone blaming video games for something. Growing up, it was the violent nature of Mortal Kombat. When I was in high school/college, it was Grand Theft Auto. Nowadays, it's a mix of the two with the added social features added into games which allow kids to be absolute terrors on voice chat. There is a lot of negativity surrounding video games and the use and abuse of them by children. Most of this negativity though is absolutely misguided and is instead the fault of the parents who use video games as a babysitter and let their kids play video…
  • FNB Review - LabelWorks™ Printable Ribbon Kit

    22 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Thanks to the folks over at Epson, my wife was given the chance to test out a new product they recently released called the "LabelWorks™ Printable Ribbon Kit." For those that don't know, my wife is an avid crocheter who creates and sells her work on her Facebook page: Pocket Full O' Poseys. I'm not the craftiest person around, but my wife has made some amazing items and takes great pains to make sure the products she sells look awesome when she ships them to her customers. It was a no brainer that the LabelWorks kit would work perfectly in this role. After finishing up her most recent…
  • Book Review - Curious Critters: Marine

    13 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    If there is one type of book my son loves, it's books with a lot of pictures. When I was given the chance to review a new picture heavy book by David FitzSimmons called Curious Critters: Marine, I couldn't resist. I received the book a few weeks ago, and while it has taken me a while to finally post about it, it's not because me or my son didn't like it. Quite the contrary - it's an awesome book with a ton of high quality pictures of marine life. My son may not be able to read, with high quality pictures and some text on the page, this book proved to be a nice read to an inquisitive mind.The…
  • Riots in the Place You Love

    1 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    credit: nydailynews.comAs many people know, I'm from Baltimore, MD. If you have been paying attention to the news recently, you'll know that there is currently some turmoil on the streets of Baltimore City. For those unaware, an African American man named Freddie Gray was stopped by police and ran. When he was apprehended, he was handled roughly, thrown in the back of the police van, and taken away. It was later found out that the reason for the arrest was because of a knife the suspect had clipped to the inside of his pants, something that wouldn't be visible if you're just passing by. Some…
  • BBC Earth Blu-Ray Giveaway!

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Thanks to the great people over at BBC Earth, I was given the chance to review and giveaway 3 copies of BBC Earth's latest Blu-Ray videos just in time for Earth Day 2015! Please check out my review of each movie below, and then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win all three of these movies on Blu-Ray 3D. You don't need to have a 3D TV to watch the shows, they will all play on a Blu-Ray player in 2D just fine. To enter, you need to visit my Facebook page and give me a like. For additional entries, you can tweet out a message once a day, visit/like my other blog,…
 
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  • Music Producer Adam H. Talks About Being A Dad

    Mike Granek
    25 May 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Music Producer Adam H. Talks About Being A Dad by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Interview With Adam H. Interview with dad and music producer Adam H. (Adam Hurstfield) about being a father. Adam talks about the moment he first found out he was going to be a dad, the impact his son has had on his life & career as well as the importance of being positive and focusing on the great things in parenting. He also speaks about his son’s career in the film industry and the influence his own dad has had on him as a parent. About Adam Adam H. Hurstfield has been a leading presence in the…
  • Teaching Kids About Movies & Scary Music

    Mike Granek
    16 May 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Teaching Kids About Movies & Scary Music by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com teaches his kids about how music can make a difference in whether or not a movie scene is scary. Shooting some footage in a park, the kids help with some acting and operating the camera. Then using Apple’s iMovie, they edit together two different movie trailers using the exact same footage. One is scary, and the other is not – demonstrating how the emotion and feel of a movie can easily be changed with the right music and editing. The post Teaching Kids About Movies…
  • Mothers Day Giveaway! Skechers Stretch Fit

    Mike Granek
    9 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    Mothers Day Giveaway! Skechers Stretch Fit by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. TopDaddies is giving away one Skechers Women’s Stretch Fit: Glider shoes for Mother’s Day!! Contest runs May 9 & 10 only and is open to all residents of Canada only, excluding Quebec. Prize colour and style may vary depending on availability. Click here for full contest rules: CONTEST RULES Want to learn more about Skechers Stretch Fit: Gliders? Check them out on the Skechers website: CLICK HERE! ENTER TO WIN HERE! Earn up to 8 entries! Check out all the ways you can enter below. a…
  • Graco Modes Sport vs. Original Stroller Models

    Mike Granek
    3 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    Graco Modes Sport vs. Original Stroller Models by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com compares the Graco Modes Click Connect Sport & Original stroller models. Disclosure: Although TopDaddies received a product to giveaway, our opinions are absolutely authentic! We actually bought and paid for the Graco Modes stroller. TopDadddies was not financially compensated for this review. The post Graco Modes Sport vs. Original Stroller Models was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • Graco Modes Sport Travel System

    Mike Granek
    3 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Graco Modes Sport Travel System by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com reviews & demonstrates the Graco Modes Sport Click Connect Travel System stroller and infant car seat. For more information about the Graco Modes Sport Click Connect Travel System, check out gracobaby.ca! Also make sure to like Graco Baby Canada on Facebook. Disclosure: Although TopDaddies received a product to giveaway, our opinions are absolutely authentic! We actually bought and paid for the Graco Modes stroller. TopDadddies was not financially compensated for this review. The post…
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  • Cement forms and water pipes

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    24 May 2015 | 4:47 pm
    This is a sneak preview from the next book (I’m still waiting for someone to write an awesome foreword).   I have several time machines. Two of the best I carry with me at all times. One holds up my glasses (my nose) and the other—a pair actually—stick out funny when I pull my hat down too low (my ears). Every once in a while, a passing whiff or a far-off sound will catch me just right, instantly transporting me back to a place and time long forgotten.   In the quick smell of burning leaves I find myself with my dad, on a Saturday morning in 1968, down at the firehouse,…
  • 10 Unforgettable Lessons on Fatherhood

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    23 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    A pastor friend of mine sent me the following short article and I couldn’t get through it without tears in my eyes—both because of the wonderful testimony of a son speaking about his father, and because the standard has been set so high for all of us. Please click the link to read the entire article. Oh that we would leave such a legacy!   By Ray Ortlund at Desiring God In public, my dad was one of the great pastors of his generation. He served most notably for twenty fruitful years at Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena, where John and Noel Piper worshiped during their…
  • Father’s Day book contest!

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    1 May 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Hello everyone. I plan to publish a book of father-stories written by guest authors in time for this year’s Father’s Day, June 21 (just 7 short weeks away). In order to pull this little literary feat off, I need to receive at least 15 encouraging, heartwarming, uplifting stories about fatherhood FROM YOU, by June 1st. SO HERE’S THE CHALLENGE: I need you to sit out 1 Red Sox game on TV, or say no to 1 round of golf, or (ladies) gracefully bow out of 1 luncheon with your friends, or (young people) skip 1 movie, or…you get the idea, and sit down and bang out a 400…
  • Fatherhood: a gut-wrenching call to action

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    28 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    I first saw this video on a blog post by Rick Johnson, founder of BetterDads and a well known author about family issues (see his Amazon page). This is a powerful message that all dads should see. My kids are already grown, and yet this stuff still drives me to my knees. Father is a verb, my friends. Do it. Live it.
  • WATER

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    24 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story is published with permission from Benjamin Watson, an NFL tight end who played for the New England Patriots (winning a Super Bowl ring in 2004), and currently plays for the New Orleans Saints. The story first appeared as a blog post on his site, and I am delighted and grateful that he has granted us permission to republish it on The Dad Story Project website. Watson’s story, Water, draws a powerful parallel between the relationship of children with their earthly fathers, and all of us with our heavenly father. Here are some useful links:…
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