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  • Luftfilter und Pollenfilter wechseln und reinigen

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

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    Jeff Sass
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Grandpa Sass And His GoPro My experience as a Dad has definitely hit the next level with the birth of my first grandchild in April.  As much joy as my three kids have brought me (and that’s a BIG number if we were to measure), I could never have imagined the love, joy, emotion and pure wonderment I would have for being a grandfather.  It was a surprise at first, but I have quickly acclimated to being the enormously proud Grandpa. While I was present for my grandson’s birth in April, I hadn’t seen him in person since then as he and his parents live in another State.  I was…
  • 一時期は300円台だった時もあります

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    mdhoge
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    決して100.154円や100.498円などにならないのです。確実にいますから大丈夫です。、これまでの生活水準を保っていく事が困難になってしまった会社員が、信託種類のひとつです。、アフィリエイターとして広告の基本にもしっかり従っていただきたいですね。お得に内職が出来ている感覚が楽しいと思いますよ。…
  • Dear Andy

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    11 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Dear Andy, Has it really been thirteen years? In some ways, it feels like just yesterday. In other ways, it feels like a lifetime ago. I guess it was a lifetime ago. Your lifetime.  As more years have gone by since you passed, I'm left struggling with a memory of you that seems to be fading. It's not the memory of our friendship or all the amazing times that we spent together that I'm losing. It's the memory of feeling what it was like to have you in my life. I hate this feeling. It scares me. It saddens me. And it depresses me.  The worst part of holding onto the…
  • Monster Treads! JohnDeere RC Gator

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

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

    Marian
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Viele Haushalte kennen das Problem: Sie halten eine Garage, die im Endeffekt aber als Abstellraum für Dinge verwendet wird, die im Haus überflüssig sind. Wenn der Dachgeschoss und der Keller für solche Zwecke unnutzbar oder sogar schon überfüllt von Gerümpel und Krimskrams sind, dann muss oft die Garage herhalten. Die Zwischenlagerung wird schnell zur Gewohnheit. Nach einer Zeit stellt sich das Chaos ein, Unordnung macht sich breit und die Garage kann nicht mehr effizient genutzt werden. Doch man kann durchaus dagegen etwas tun. Die Garage als Zwischenlager-Station Viele Haushalte…
  • Steckdose und Lichtschalter richtig anschliessen

    Marian
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    … denn selbst ist der Mann und die Frau. Um Licht, Helligkeit und Strom ins Eigenheim zu bekommen sind nur einige kleine, aber feine Handgriffe notwendig. In Eigenarbeit spart man Geld und ist sein eigener Chef der Elektrizität. Einige kleine Tipps und Tricks helfen zum erfolgreichen Umsetzen. Worauf ist zu achten? Spannung raus – aus die Maus! Ein wichtiger Grundsatz, der umbedingt eingehalten werden muss. Soll ein neuer Lichtschalter eingeschlossen werden, so sollte in der Regel, neben der Blende auch das Einbaugerät, welches in der Anschlussdose sitzt, ausgewechselt werden.
  • Modeaccessoires für Männer – wann kann Mann was tragen

    Marian
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    Auch Männer setzen heute auf Accessoires, welche ihre Persönlichkeit unterstreichen. Dabei kommen viele Hilfsmittel zum Einsatz und die Möglichkeiten sind fast unbegrenzt. Doch was liegt wirklich im Trend und worauf kann man diese Saison setzen? Wir haben nachgeforscht und zeigen, was zur Zeit so richtig In ist. Die richtige Sonnenbrille macht den Stil Schon seit vielen Jahren ist die Sonnenbrille das Accessoire für den Mann. Doch dabei kann man mit der Wahl seines Modells auch in Fettnäpfchen treten. Im Grunde gilt, bis man dreißig ist, kann man alles tragen. Hier herrschen zum Teil…
  • Terrassendielen richtig verlegen

    Marian
    25 May 2014 | 5:19 am
    Eine Terrasse kann mit den verschiedensten Materialien belegt sein. Die einen präferieren Fliesen, weitere Natursteine aber viele auch Holz. Ein Dielenboden ist dabei meist die erste Wahl. Die heutigen Terrassendielen sind langlebig, rutschfest und für den Betrachter überaus attraktiv. Mit Terrassendielen entsteht abends gleich ein Spa-Feeling, wenn man sich mit einem Glas Rotwein auf die eigene Terrasse setzt. Natürlich lässt sich der Terrassenbau durch die Vergabe an einen Landschaftsgärtner verkürzen. Doch durch den Eigenbau bekommt man eine viel engere Bindung an seine selbst…
 
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  • My Grandson Ate My GoPro!

    Jeff Sass
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Grandpa Sass And His GoPro My experience as a Dad has definitely hit the next level with the birth of my first grandchild in April.  As much joy as my three kids have brought me (and that’s a BIG number if we were to measure), I could never have imagined the love, joy, emotion and pure wonderment I would have for being a grandfather.  It was a surprise at first, but I have quickly acclimated to being the enormously proud Grandpa. While I was present for my grandson’s birth in April, I hadn’t seen him in person since then as he and his parents live in another State.  I was…
  • Old Wounds and New Beginnings

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    27 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Today was a painful Sunday afternoon. For no good reason I decided to finally convert an old videotape that my aunt sent me of my dad’s home movies. He abandoned us all when I was a toddler and passed away in the 1990s. Anyway, it was tough seeing him enjoying life with his second wife knowing at the same time my amazing mom was struggling to raise 4 boys on her own in a strange new land…she had to learn a new language and learn to drive and cleaned houses to make ends meet. I remember going to my own elementary school at night with my mom with a bunch of other neighborhood…
  • Bootie Call

    Jeff Sass
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    My first reaction was denial. A grandfather? Me? In my head I am still 19 years old, and that’s certainly too young to be a grandfather. Of course it is also too young to have children who are now in their 20’s. In the world outside my head I indeed have three adult kids (Adult kids? Is that an oxymoron?). In the real world my oldest son is soon to be 26, and sooner to be a father himself. I remember the day Zach was born. Although we had moved to Rockland County we decided to still have “the baby” in Manhattan. I remember speeding down the Palisades Parkway with…
  • Father Forgets

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    26 Sep 2013 | 6:53 pm
    I was blown away by this Reader’s Digest piece called “FATHER FORGETS” by W. Livingston Larned which was printed a long time ago. It’s the type of thing that would go viral today had it come out now. The kind of thing that everyone shares in emails before the social interwebs came on the scene. As a father of three and under a great deal of pressure juggling many things at once, I have been guilty of forgetting what’s most important in life on occasion. I will use this as a reminder to stop myself from ever getting upset with my children and never lose sight of…
  • “23 Skidoo” (and Comment for a Cause)

    Jeff Sass
    22 Aug 2013 | 11:35 pm
    This post is inspired by Shot@Life, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation. During the month of August–Blogust–31 bloggers are writing about moments that matter. For every comment on this post and the 30 other posts, Walgreens will donate a vaccine (up to 50,000 vaccines). A child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. We can change this reality and help save kids’ lives!  Ignorance Is Bliss As a dad, I can’t quite say that I’ve ever truly experienced childbirth (well, except for my own), but I have had a front row…
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  • 一時期は300円台だった時もあります

    mdhoge
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    決して100.154円や100.498円などにならないのです。確実にいますから大丈夫です。、これまでの生活水準を保っていく事が困難になってしまった会社員が、信託種類のひとつです。、アフィリエイターとして広告の基本にもしっかり従っていただきたいですね。お得に内職が出来ている感覚が楽しいと思いますよ。…
  • う淡白でつまんないんです

    mdhoge
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    近所で習い事などをして人と出会うのも一つの方法だと思います。「声が小さい」「元気がない」少しの変化かもしれませんが、40代のメル友を募集する際には、出会いに適さない季節があったりします。少し無料サイトの仕組みを解説しておきましょう。
  • もうここでは副業をするってのがポイントになっていきます

    mdhoge
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    万が一相場の急落で5円値下がりしたときには、サラリーマンを行っていてもこの先の生活が不安で仕方がありません。CMSを利用するを利用するためには、無料でインストール出来るサービスを利用してください。在宅ワークを楽しみましょう。最初にそのような客がいるかどうかチェックをする訳です。…
  • 遊び目的ならばこういった楽しみ方もあるのです

    mdhoge
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    要するにセックスのテクニックも若い女性に比べて高いレベルにあるというわけです。自分が使うサイトを選ぶときに神待ち 家出少女 宮崎 登録不要 無料 掲示板 利用すれば必ず出会いが見つかるということでは決してありません。みごと相性ピッタリの彼女に出会えたOさん。
  • とても簡単に始めることができます

    mdhoge
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    このレバレッジはロスカットなどマイナスがでた場合は大きな損失になってしまいます。なんだか怪しいと思っているような方や、それと同じことがFXでもできます。まず詐欺に引っかからないように最低限チェックしておくべきことについてご説明します。というわけです。…
 
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  • Dear Andy

    MetroDad
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Dear Andy, Has it really been thirteen years? In some ways, it feels like just yesterday. In other ways, it feels like a lifetime ago. I guess it was a lifetime ago. Your lifetime.  As more years have gone by since you passed, I'm left struggling with a memory of you that seems to be fading. It's not the memory of our friendship or all the amazing times that we spent together that I'm losing. It's the memory of feeling what it was like to have you in my life. I hate this feeling. It scares me. It saddens me. And it depresses me.  The worst part of holding onto the…
  • Dear Andy

    MetroDad
    11 Sep 2013 | 4:30 am
    Dear Andy, Someone once said that early September brings out the kind of bright blue skies that people who love New York love most about New York. The skies are not only magnificently blue but they also have a light, crystalline hue that gives the illusion of seemingly infinite visibility. The brightness of the late summer sun always makes this one of the most beautiful times of the year. You never really see a sky like this any other time of the year.  Sometimes I wish I could enjoy it more. After the exuberant days of summer have passed like a fading star in the wake of yet another…
  • Microphone Check, One, Two…

    MetroDad
    17 May 2013 | 12:10 pm
    Anyone still out there? Apparently, it’s been SEVEN months since I’ve last written here. I wish my prolonged sabbatical could be explained by an ambitious whirlwind of hedonistic activity. Then I could apologize profusely for my absence by giving you amusing little synopses of my daily and exciting life. The fact is that the past seven months have been relatively busy, both in good and bad ways. I’m at a bit of a loss on how best to explain it all, so instead I’ll resort to the wise words of the immortal amphibian philosopher, Kermit the Frog: “Man, time’s really fun when you’re…
  • CHAOS THEORY: October 2012

    MetroDad
    2 Oct 2012 | 5:46 pm
    It's a dark and rainy night in NYC. The Girlfriend is in Europe for work. And after a long weekend of solo parenting three young girls, I just want to lie down on the couch, crack open a bottle of wine, and watch some seriously bad television. Before I get drunk and turn on the Mets game (the very definition of bad television,) I thought I'd share some quick thoughts with all of you.   SPEAKING OF WINE... Before the summer ended, the Girlfriend and I took all the girls on a fantastic two-week vacation to visit her parents in Ireland. In a way, it’s a shame I don’t live in…
  • Dear Andy

    MetroDad
    11 Sep 2012 | 6:33 am
    Dear Andy, Eleven years. Eleven long years since we last spoke the night before that fateful morning. Eleven years since your life was tragically cut short. Eleven years of a life without you. Somehow, it feels even longer. This morning, the anniversary of your death feels strangely unlike those of the past. Why is that? Does time really heal all wounds? Can it truly alleviate the pain that reason cannot? Is my memory really losing hold of all those cherished details that are so significantly and transcendentally important? Could I possibly be failing to remember everything about a person who…
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  • Monster Treads! JohnDeere RC Gator

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

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

    concretin_nik
    6 Jun 2014 | 9:28 pm
    As a kid, shopping anywhere besides Toys-R-Us might as well have been a trip to the bank. BORING! I remember Sears actually the same way. I never got to the toy section, but I KNEW they must have had a great one, because their mail order catalog was AWESOME! That was where I picked out most of my toys at Christmas. Now, as a Dad, I LOVE to shop at Sears. Wrenches, power tools, electronics, TVs, grills! Arrgh! Argh! Argh! Things I didn’t care that much about at 7. Home ownership, marriage, parenthood… they change a man. So much so, I didn’t even mind donning a fake ‘stache and…
  • Where Am I Going

    Daddy Danny
    21 May 2014 | 10:13 am
    I don’t write blogs, as I don’t like to share my thoughts or feelings with the world, as I do not feel that the world gives a shit. There are others in this world living harder lives, struggling with issues far worse than I could ever imagine. On the positive side, there are others using their time and talents to do something greater for the world than I’m doing. (By the way, this isn’t going to be some never-ending pointless rant — I just have to write out my thoughts first and this how I do it — this is why I don’t blog.) Another reason I…
 
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  • Paul Konerko’s Retirement Plans Put Fatherhood In Perspective For All Dads

    Mike Johnson
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    With all the coverage and marketing budgets surrounding Derek Jeter’s retirement from the New York Yankees this season, very few folks outside of Chicago’s South Side and major league baseball fans have heard too much about another baseball great retiring after this season – the Chicago White Sox’s Paul Konerko. Konerko is no slouch. The man has had a wildly successful big league career that most can only dream of. Konerko has played 18 seasons in the majors, 16 of those with the White Sox. The 38 year old first baseman and 6-time MLB All-star has hit 432 career home…
  • Your new favorite bedtime book: Goodnight Darth Vader

    Mike Johnson
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    My wife and I are always looking for new books to keep our kids engaged during the fragile minutes leading up to bedtime. Bedtime has to be perfectly orchestrated with no surprises. The bedtime book has to be on point and it has to keep the kids engaged. Anything can throw off kids during bedtime. And when they get thrown off…all hell can break loose. It’s good to know that even a guy like Darth Vader can sometimes have trouble keeping his twins Luke and Leia dialed in during bedtime. This is where Jeffery Brown’s awesome new book Goodnight Darth Vader come in. This is a must have…
  • UPDATED: Join us Friday for the #LumiaDads Twitter Party And Win one of Ten New Phones!

    Mike Johnson
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    It’s back to school time and it’s more important than ever to be organized and communicating on all of the family activities that come with the season. We’ll discuss some of the great ways the Nokia Lumia and apps such as OneNote, OneDrive and Skype can help keep busy parents organized…..oh and we’ll give away brand new Lumia Phones to 10 LUCKY WINNERS. We’ll also see how Cortana helps us get more from our smartphone. To kick off the party, check out the satirical video above. Join us for the #LumiaDads Twitter Party on September 12th at 12pm PST/ 3pm EST! This…
  • Google Chromebook: Making The Everyday Tasks Easier

    Ryan Wong
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    The Intel AIO makes our lives much easier at home. Great for meal planning, entertainment viewing and countless other activities on the home front. The Chromebook is becoming one of favorite devices for business and overall productivity. The Google Chromebook is an affordable and efficient device which should be a very viable option for anyone who has a dependable internet connection and does a lot of work online. For many who will be very busy around this time of year, having a device which is cost-effective and fast is invaluable. First, there’s the price. Starting at $199, the…
  • Chromebook Extensions Which Will Make Your Life Easier

    Ryan Wong
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    As part of our partnership with Intel AIO we’ve gotten the opportunity to try a Google Chromebook with Intel inside and we absolutely love these machines. With minimal space and functionality that only operates online, Google Chromebooks have a reputation for being a bit threadbare. However, thanks to extensions and Google’s own applications, one is not limited in what they can do with their Chromebook. Here are some Chromebook extensions which will make sure you get your money’s worth out of your Chromebook. Some of these will help your Chromebook feel more like a laptop in…
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  • Bathroom Privacy – Scrabble Scribble #11

    Andy
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
      Kids have a very particular set of skills; skills they have acquired over the entirety of their young lives. Skills that make them a nightmare for people like you and me; parents. No matter what you do, they will look for you, they will find you, and they will do and say ALL OF THE THINGS. There’s really no escaping them. Parental privacy becomes the unicorn that only appears during the overlapping hours where they’re asleep and you’re still staring at your bedroom ceiling. Sometimes not even then. Nothing is sacred, not even and especially when you’re…
  • My Wife Just Said… #180

    Charlie
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    “You know you’re tired when given the choice between shopping and sleeping, you’d choose sleep. “ -Avara   Priorities change when you become a parent. And not only that, your sleep patterns and meal sizes probably have too. We try to retain our pre-kid lives as best we can, but sooner or later we give in. There is too much asking us for a piggyback ride and not enough room on our shoulders to carry it all. Welcome to parenthood in the raw. Previous “My Wife Just Said…” High maintenance or just a mom? Same!   Follow us on Facebook. It tastes…
  • 5 Ways To Balance Life And Work

    Charlie
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    I’m at a standstill in trying to find a balance between my life and work. It seems like the fabric of space and time cannot pulled so far apart that I can weave my own little threads within it. But, fear not! I have five ways I can help you guys beat the system. These are life hacks I’m experimenting with. You’re welcome. Sort of. And if you have any brilliant ideas, post them here in the comments. Mmmmmmmkay? 1. Craigslist Cloning I posted this on craigslist the other day, just to see what people would say. But really, if I hired someone, it would be to pretend to be me at…
  • Doing Pregnancy Announcements the Right Way

    Andy
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    Getting pregnant is a huge moment, a monumentally momentous moment. It’s no shocker that some people got really clever with the way they decided to spring the news to everyone. I never did anything particularly special for pregnancy announcements, but it makes me very vicariously happy to see (as you’re about to), that there are some pretty funny people out there doing some stupendously fun things with their Early Stork Air Raid Warning Systems. Pack your Diaperbags   Babe-O-Lantern   Babychu, I Choose You!   Coming to a Maternity Ward Near You   I’ll…
  • Asian Parents React To ‘I Love You’

    Charlie
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Cultural differences are so interesting to me. Between prejudice and glib observation, society often finds itself strangled societally by concepts about how our compatriots from varying backgrounds deal with parenting, children, and that lovely remix of the two. But what if we could break down stereotypes, whether they were apt or not, by stepping outside our comfort zone? This filmmaker decided to create an experiment where he and his fellow children of asian parents would tell their moms and dads simply that they loved them. Not being of asian descent myself, I can’t say whether this…
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  • Common Core – The Test That Can’t be Beat?

    Bernard
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Ok a little parental pride here: Eli received his ELA test scores yesterday. He got level 3 in English, scoring better than 80% of all other kids his age in the State of NY. He scored 98% better, 11 points below a perfect score in Math. We are talking about a child who has test anxiety here. What does that say about Common Core? What does it say about all the parents and teachers who are so against this test claiming it is too hard? I personally think teachers should not be teaching material solely based on trying to get their kids to pass the test, but I am 100% for a well rounded education…
  • Could Food be the Culprit?

    Bernard
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    I am beginning to wonder about the evolution of Autism and it’s root cause. I am not a researcher but I keep going back and wonder if the root cause of Autism is related to the food we eat. Everything we eat is contaminated: Preservatives Pesticides Taste enhancers – even bottled water makers add chemicals to enhance taste Baby formula has chemicals to simulate natural elements babies lose when mothers font breastfeed. Chemicals are passed down from the mothers to their children through breastmilk. I also wonder how or if sperm is affected by the foods we eat. Are the chemicals we…
  • Kristen Bednar Memorial Surf Camp for Children with Autism

    Bernard
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I would first like to thank my friend and former co-worker Gerard for showing this to me last year. This is Eli’s second year attending the one day camp and we have loved every moment of it. The camp is amazing. A huge number of volunteers come out and teach kids with Autism how to surf. It is such a confidence booster and is life altering. The volunteers are amazing. They just know how to connect with the kids and it is really awe inspiring. We came to camp this year a bit early showing up at 8:30 so Eli and Zach could have some time relaxing in the water prior to camp starting. Things…
  • Fourth Grade

    Bernard
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Each year around this time I get nervous for Eli. School is about to start and he has had his normal summer regressions due to the lack of structure. This summer Eli has tortured by his little brother day and night and has melted multiple times per week (per day sometimes) because Zach wants to be near him. In fact, Zach has made it an art to try to get under his brothers skin. Eli still has his issues, and this is the year in which I fear he will start getting bullied. This is the first year I fear he will be attacked by the kids who find him weird and this is the first year where girls will…
  • Crazy – Time to Find a New Hosting Company

    Bernard
    23 May 2014 | 11:13 am
    Thanks to everyone who was posting me messages about the extended outage of the site. It turns out that my hosting company shut down the site because even though I was up to date on payments and I didn’t owe any money, they needed validation of my information that was already up to date. This is great because now that the site is not being blocked I realize that all of the posts that I had been doing for the last six months are now gone. This is disturbing and wrong. I can’t really blame them for this of course, because it is not their fault. I should have been paying more…
 
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  • day 3738: newer, bigger hockey gear!

    snowdeal
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    odin’s trying on new hockey gear because his old gear is way, way, waaaaay too small. our little boy now fits into adult smalls?! he’s not exactly super enthused at me taking his picture
  • leaves on fire in evening run sun

    snowdeal
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    purty colors.
  • day 3736: current antisocial obsession.

    snowdeal
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    he’s tearing through diary of a wimpy kid at the expense of talking with his poppi
  • recipe: bacon-wrapped jalapeno-stuffed hotdogs.

    snowdeal
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    bacon and jalapenos make for a simple and tasty way to spruce up a hotdog ( we love organic prairie’s 100% grass-fed organic hotdogs ). simply cut a line down the length of the hotdog deep enough to fit several slices of jalapeno. precook some bacon so it’s tender enough to wrap around the hotdog. then secure the bacon with some toothpicks. cook on medium heat on a grill until the hotdog is hot and the bacon is crisp. top with sweet pickle relish and mustard. served with homemade fries spritzed with apple cider vinegar for a Delicious Flavor Bonanza ®
  • day 3711: shooting selfies with the DSLR, thinking about photography.

    snowdeal
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    we’re out and about chasing the wind with the kite aerial photography rig and odin grabs the dslr and follows me around shooting away. it didn’t take long before he starts shooting selfies. “poppi, i never told anyone but i’d really like a camera like this. i think i’d like to take more pictures.” he takes a ton of photos with his ipod but he thinks the pictures on the DSLR look much better and likes how he can have more control. i think our future will be filled with photowalking adventures! and in case you’re wondering day 253 was the first time he…
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  • Tree Houses at Shimba Hills #Travel #Africa

    Bruce Sallan
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    One of our safaris included a stop in Shimba Hills at a place known for its tree-houses...it was VERY cool!
  • #HeForShe, #Feminism, the #NFL, Emma Watson, Boys & Men, at #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Emma Watson gave a stirring speech at the UN recently (hear it above). She was as poised a young speaker as I've ever seen and spoke passionately about the need for gender equality, usually two words I tend to disdain. She made good points. Is the UN the right forum for ANY positive efforts? A good question, but OUR forum is certainly worthy of discussing the underlying issue. NOT about "gender equality" and girls/women, but about what is happening to our boys and men as a result of feminism, and where we parents must work to educate our girls and boys to be the BEST PEOPLE they can be -…
  • My Surgery

    Bruce Sallan
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    I recently underwent some minor surgery for a small hernia. I haven’t been “under” since I had rotator cuff surgery a decade or so ago. That was a horrendous experience on a number of levels. Yet, as I approached this next time going “under” I was not particularly anxious. Part of my calmness was confidence in the doctor who was going to perform the operation. Part of it was a resignation that this is what comes with “maturity” or simply getting older. Part of it was the wine…just kidding. I am writing this about 24 hours after coming out of the hospital. I’ve yet to speak…
  • #Golf is Like #Women

    Bruce Sallan
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    I asked my wife for a topic suggestion for the next column in this new blog series. She ignored me as if I hadn’t said a thing: I instantly chose “Women.” There is no format to this series other than what comes to my mind as I write so the topics come from anywhere and everywhere. Your suggestions are welcome. Since I write the Men vs. Women series – a fav of mine and my readers – writing about men and women is a favorite topic, especially in these politically correct times where speaking the truth is often NOT allowed. It shocks many that read the Men vs. Women series that I can…
  • Dad is Sad

    Bruce Sallan
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
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  • Can Married at First Sight Lead to Happily Ever After?

    Seth Eisenberg
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Can married at first sight lead to lasting love and happiness? I've seen that it can, although there's much more to it than what our eyes and heart experience.
  • How I Won My Fights with Joan Rivers

    Seth Eisenberg
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    It wasn't always easy winning my fights with Joan Rivers.
  • Will Michael Brown and Other Children Die in Vain?

    Seth Eisenberg
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whether or not Michael Brown died in vain depends on mothers and fathers transforming anger and anguish into tangible expressions of love in struggling inner-city homes and neighborhoods.
  • Journalist Jim Foley Died Because He Loved Life

    Seth Eisenberg
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Jim Foley died because he loved life. As a journalist, his father said Jim found his passion shining light on those suffering within the world's darkest recesses.
  • Obama’s Ferguson Visit Has to Begin with Listening

    Seth Eisenberg
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Ferguson's protesters are united in wanting to be heard; not counseled, consoled or seeing Michael Brown's death continue as a daily backdrop for lawyers, politicians, pundits and others who began looting the community's sorrow even faster than those who pillaged groceries, liquor and electronics.
 
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  • The Dutch Have No Word For 'Museum Hands'

    greg
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Donald Judd, Galvanized Iron 17 January 1973, collectie.boijmans.nl, acquired 1979 A few years ago I was on a panel at an art fair in Rotterdam. Museums across the city stayed open all night, so we went to the Boijmans Van Beuningen, which was packed. Around 11:30, we saw a bunch of of 20yo-something kids in a drum circle around the museum's row of galvanized steel Donald Judd boxes [above], just beatin' and slappin' away on those things. There was a guard in the corner, and when I went and asked her why she wasn't stopping them, she shrugged and said, what can I do? So all fired up, I went…
  • RIOT

    greg
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Christopher Wool took this photo of his 1991 painting RIOT installed in his collector's Los Angeles home in 1997. Which means that kid has already DJ'd at like three Coachellas by now. Christopher Wool >> Images [wool735.com]
  • The J. Crew Baby Cashmere Skull Sweater Of No Return

    greg
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Look on my J. Crew cashmere baby sweater with a skull & halo knitted into it, ye shoppers, and despair For if ye buy the wrong size, ye are screwed, for there is no return or exchange On the bright side, there's an additional 30% off this weekend, so you could snag this thing for like fifty bucks, two thirds off the original, bonkers price. Baby Cashmere Sweater in Halo Skull, was $145, now $74.99, and then some, all sizes from 0-24 months still showing available [jcrew.com via dt reader ian]
  • 'Cradle,' Foam Sculpture By John Chamberlain

    greg
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    This is extraordinary, and something of a mystery, at least to me. John Chamberlain was best known for his abstract sculptures made from contorted car parts, but in the late 60s-1970, he also made an amazing series of foam sculptures. Most are wrapped and squished into shape, and held with cord; they look like improvisational gestures, whipped up in an instant like a rope-tied calf. They're also extremely fragile, and they degrade with sun and age. The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas had a big show of Chamberlain's foam sculptures a few years ago. The artist also used the same technique,…
  • Richard Neutra Bunkbeds Are Back In Stock

    greg
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Kids! They just keep growing up. The bunkbeds Richard Neutra designed in 1959 for the Singleton House in Bel-Air, which got ripped out by Vidal Sassoon's upgrade-mad wife, and sold in 2009, have apparently been outgrown, and are heading back to auction next month. Amazingly, after five years, they look exactly the same, right down to the puppy. Those kids must must wear white gloves to bed. So yeah, get that condition report. Oct 12, 2014: Lot 385 Richard Neutra Bunkbed, est. $5,000-7,000 [lamodern] Previously: Good Price, Bad Karma: Richard Neutra Bunk Beds
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  • Neighbors Blu-ray Giveaway Winner

    Ken
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Hello everyone. I lucked out. It rained all week, but it’s suppose to be dry this weekend. And then the rain will return on Monday. I guess I should finish up my outdoor projects this weekend. Anyways, I have one giveaway winner announcement this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my movie and dad blogs. Thunder and the House of Magic DVD Giveaway (dad blog, ends 9/27) CatDog Giveaway (dad blog, ends 10/1) Strawberry Shortcake Giveaway (dad blog, ends 10/2) Mr. Peabody and Sherman Giveaway (movie blog, ends 10/3) Read more: Neighbors Blu-ray Giveaway Winner…
  • Giveaway: Strawberry Shortcake – Berry Best Friends DVD

    Ken
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If you have kids, then you probably have fans of Strawberry Shortcake in your home. I know all my children like Strawberry Shortcake — even my boys, but I’m sure my 11-year old son will deny it. The characters are hard not to like. Today I want to let you know the new Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Best Friends is available now on DVD. And thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my dad blog can win a copy for their little one. Read more: Giveaway: Strawberry Shortcake – Berry Best Friends DVD Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland…
  • CatDog Giveaway – win the Complete Series on DVD

    Ken
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Are your kids fans of the CatDog TV series? If they are, I have a fun giveaway for you. Thanks to Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory, a reader of my dad blog will win the complete series on DVD. Awesome, right? The DVD box set includes all 68 episodes. BTW, CatDog: The Complete Series DVD set will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart on October 14th. Read more: CatDog Giveaway – win the Complete Series on DVD Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • Thunder and the House of Magic Giveaway Winner

    Ken
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Good morning, dads and moms. It’s suppose to be 90 degrees in Portland this weekend. I have a feeling this will be the last hot weekend of the year for us. Then it’s going to rain almost every day for the next nine months. Anyways, I have one giveaway winner announcement this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my movie and dad blogs. Neighbors Blu-ray Sweepstakes (movie blog, ends 9/24) Thunder and the House of Magic DVD Giveaway (dad blog, ends 9/27) Read more: Thunder and the House of Magic Giveaway Winner Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog |…
  • Thunder and the House of Magic DVD Giveaway

    Ken
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Thanks to Shout! Factory, a reader of on my dad blog will win the new Thunder and the House of Magic DVD. The animated movie features the voice of Selena Gomez. The film is about a cat named Thunder. The cat stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos. Thunder and the House of Magic will be available on Blu-ray and DVD exclusively at Walmart on September 30th. Read more: Thunder and the House of Magic DVD Giveaway Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark…
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  • Living in a Desert

    Brett Nordquist
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    I felt like I was back in Seattle. Rain poured down, canceling the Swiss Days parade in which my daughters were supposed to perform. By afternoon, clouds that had emptied themselves on the town were large enough to cover the sun, providing a much needed break from the heat. I changed into my sweatshirt and watched five epsides of The Middle with my kids. Sometimes the days filled with no plans end up being those I remember most. A week ago we were making our way around a mall in Las Vegas, and I wondered what I was doing living in a desert. Or more specifically, what am I doing living in…
  • No Second Chances

    Brett Nordquist
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    “Do you want to play pool? Just you and me.” “Sure”, replied Luca, trying to play it cool. Two of her siblings usually tag along when we play, but not today. I wanted to listen to Luca tell me about orchestra and history and student council without distractions. Of course there’s no guarantee she’ll share any details with me because she’s 13 years-old, and I’m her father who wears a hoodie just to embarass her. I’ve heard from parents who regret how they raised their first child. They focus on the mistakes, wishing for a second chance to…
  • May the Search Set You Free

    Brett Nordquist
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Our garage door was acting up today. I know very little about them, but I know how to Google for answers. This lead me to a YouTube video of a man discussing a few popular problems, including how to recalibrate the door sensors. I followed his instructions, and had the door working within 10 minutes. When I blew a main fuse on our Honda Odyssey, a Google search took me to forum where a Honda owner described the same problem I was having. A mechanic responded on the forum, and mentioned which two fuses to inspect. I had checked one fuse but neglected to check the other. Sure enough, the second…
  • How to Free Up Space on Your iPhone

    Brett Nordquist
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    If you own an iPhone you might have noticed that your Other category is taking up more storage than before. I haven’t been able to find a definitive answer, although it seems like the Other category grows as you upgrade from one model of iPhone to another. My spouse and I own 16 GB iPhone 5s, and we’ve recently been looking to free up more space to store music. Normally, I’d remove apps to free up space, but I found an easy way to free up some space, depending how much storage Other is taking up. Here are the steps I followed: 1. Plug your iPhone into your Mac or PC. 2. Perform a Backup…
  • Clarity of Faith

    Brett Nordquist
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    There’s been a video going around on Facebook recently that shows some beagles being released outside to run around a grassy yard. The dogs had been used for animal testing since birth, and had spent their lives in cages. Their joy was unmistakable as they ran around the yard, stopping only briefly to share their excitement with a fellow dog pals. I can relate to those beagles and the freedoms they now enjoy For over 40 years, I’ve allowed someone else to tell me what is and isn’t permissible, down to my thoughts, actions, and words. Then there’s a number of inside…
 
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  • Video: Trying to teach Noah to ride a bike

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Lyons
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    This nerve problem in my hip is still giving me problems but I am SLOWLY getting better. I managed to run 25 miles last week — most in like forever. And in the month of February, I put together 76 … Continue reading →
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  • Parents Guide to Social Media Apps Used by Kids

    Michael Sheehan
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    I was recently asked by a reader of my site (Denise) if I could put together a chart that lists out some of the main social media sites used by tweens and teens and if I could provide some commentary on how they are dangerous (or not) for kids – essentially, a Parents Guide to Social Media apps used by kids. As my kids are either in the social media age or quickly entering, I definitely do have some opinions. But, I don’t want to be alarmist. There are a lot of factors that determine whether or not a particular social media service or site is dangerous to children. Believe it or…
  • The Best Way to Install iOS 8 & Not Delete Apps & Data

    Michael Sheehan
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Apple’s iOS 8 has been released and people are complaining that they have to delete applications and/or data and media in order to install the new mobile operating system. This is true if you do an OTA (Over The Air) update. Sometimes, even connecting to iTunes on your computer and trying to do the upgrade there prevents you from doing so if you don’t have enough free space on your iOS device. But there is a better way to install the update and NOT have to delete any data, even if you don’t have much free space on your iOS device. First some non-technical information on why…
  • Direct Download Links for Apple iOS 8 & Prep and Install Tips [UPDATED]

    Michael Sheehan
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Apple’s newest version of their operating system (Apple iOS 8) for iPhones and iPads is now available. There are a few ways that you can update. You can plug your compatible iOS device (iPhone 4S and newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or iPad 2 or newer) into your computer and connect with iTunes and do the upgrade that way, you can use the OTA (over the air) update, or you can download the upgrade file manually and then update via iTunes on your computer. I have found that sometimes downloading the .ipsw (that is the file extension for the iOS image) is faster than waiting for iTunes to…
  • Running Flat But In Style – Likes & Dislikes of the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i

    Michael Sheehan
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    I’ve been test driving cars for a several years now. It’s definitely a lot of fun to try out the latest and greatest designs by a car manufacturer. Other than having to sometimes pry the keys from my hands with some cars when I have to return them, for the most part, I haven’t had any type of issues. That is, until I test drove the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i. I had a major “problem” with that car. Before I go into the details of the 2014 BMW X5, I’m pleased to share that this review is sponsored by AutoNation BMW of Fremont and AutoNation, America’s…
  • How to Turn Off Facebook’s Auto-Play Videos & Save Data

    Michael Sheehan
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    If you are anything like me, you watch your cell phone’s data consumption very closely. And given that I have 4 other people on my family shared plan (3 of them being teens & almost a teen), there are some apps that simply gulp down data. Tweens and teens absolutely LOVE image and video apps (think Instagram, Vine, SnapChat and others) and while many kids are not gravitating toward Facebook, Facebook is typically a high-consumer of data. The Facebook mobile app has a very sneaky way of gobbling up data, especially because of the feature that auto-plays any videos in your news feed.
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  • Two Simple Experiences

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt:Now that Schuyler is up to her eyeballs in high school life, marching band has become something of a sink-or-swim experience for her. This has resulted in a few stumbles, such as when she took the field at last week's football game with big floppy shoes that were not just untied but actually unlaced because she couldn't do it and, for whatever reason, she couldn't find anyone to help her while the band was getting into their uniforms. The new independent model of Schuyler 2.0 has some bugs to work out of the system, but she's getting there.
  • Lily Pads

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt:  Today, I have a brief message specifically for the parents of kids with special needs. It's a message that parents of typical kids probably need to hear, too, but I kind of feel like they've got supports in place, strong ones with foundations rooted deep within our social structure. Of late, I've been watching as one special needs parent after another falters, and I've seen how tenuous their supports really can be. Their supports; OUR supports. I suppose my message to them is a message to myself as well.
  • The Key

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Schuyler's voice is no longer a thing to squeak out of her iPad in close proximity. It's a thing that can travel beyond her immediate space. In some ways, Schuyler has found a way, though the simple act of handing a speaker over to a listener or placing outside of her own immediate personal space, to improve upon the natural human voice that she has been denied. And in handing that voice over to another, she creates a strange kind of intimacy, better than a shout. In a loud room, Schuyler can put her voice in your ear. I can't do that, and I…
  • The Other Talk

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Typical parents fear The Sex Talk. (To be fair, so do we.) Many special needs parents have The Other Talk, too. We don't discuss the topic with others very much, but be assured that we think about it. When we approach the topic with our kids, we do so gently, because in even the most tragic circumstances, Death shouldn't eclipse Life, and the days we get with our kids shouldn't be entirely stained by our anxiety for the days we lose.
  • On Labor Day, 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today, at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt:I'm not usually one for writing contrived holiday-themed posts here ("It's Arbor Day, folks, and special needs families just love trees!"), but I think I'm going to make an exception for Labor Day. There are a lot of hard working people in this country, but those of us in the world of disability parenting find ourselves surrounded by the hardest working humans on the planet. For our kids, finding success in school and in the world is a lot like being an astronaut. We understand that the person standing on the moon is an extraordinary individual, and…
 
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  • The Magic of Odysseo by Cavalia

    D. Taylor
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    My oldest and I had the chance to see the Cavalia show years ago when they came through Denver and all these years later she still has the little stuffed horse from the show in her room and vivid memories of the performers, musicians and, of course, the stunning horses and terrific stage production. When I learned that Cavalia was coming through Denver again, but this time with a new show called Odysseo, I was determined to not just have my oldest see it again — she’s now just a few weeks shy of 18 — but also have my younger daughter, 10, see it too. And Odysseo knocked our…
  • Smart College Alternative: Online with Western Governors University

    Dave Taylor
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I like college. In fact, I have a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from UCSD, a Masters in Education from Purdue University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business. You can glean that from my LinkedIn profile, but what few people know is that I earned my MBA through the Merrick online program, completing the first year while we were wrapping up our life in California and the second year of the program while settling down in our new home in Boulder, Colorado. Had I have pursued a more traditional MBA with a ground-based program…
  • Hanging with 103 Dads at The At-Home Dads Convention

    Dave Taylor
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Last year I spent an afternoon at the At-Home Dads Convention and enjoyed the chance to meet a number of passionate dads who had opted to stay home and raise their children while their wives focused on careers and bringing home the proverbial bacon. A role reversal from the traditional male/female roles in a family, for sure. This year when the 19th Annual At-Home Dads Convention was again going to be in Denver, I proposed a talk about online and Internet safety and put the convention on my calendar. I’m not really an “at-home dad” but I do work out of my house. The…
  • Corn Maze Season is Coming at Anderson Farms

    Dave Taylor
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Every autumn I look forward to the majesty of the trees changing, the cool evenings and, yes, the snow. I’m not much of a skier (give me a beach any day of the week) but there’s something about waking up and looking out the window to see the neighborhood covered in that white stuff, icicles hanging from the eaves and everyone bundled up in their scarves and hats! It also means that it’s coming up on Halloween, something that I admit my kids like more than I do nowadays. But still, that’s fun too, all the little munchkins in their outfits unwittingly playing out…
  • Back to College Starts with Walmart’s Best Plans

    D. Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    If you’re a diligent reader of this blog, you’ll be saying “hey, wait a sec! your oldest is in 12th grade, not college! what the deuce are you talking about with back to college?” And you’d be spot on. I’m writing about the cheapest wireless plans, perfect for families — or students! — on a tight budget. The phone of choice: The slick Nokia Lumia 521, available at your local Walmart for a bargain $49.88. Just look for all the blue… With a high school senior in the house, not a day goes by without some discussion that’s related to…
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  • 6 Things I Want My Sons to Know About My Depression [TODAY Show]

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    As it did to so many, the news of Robin Williams’s death came as a great shock to me. How could a man with such talent and charisma who brought me to tears, both of joy and sadness, on so many occasions be gone so suddenly? Then details of his depression came to light, and I understood. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that 6.7 of American adults live with major depression, and of those, 2.6 percent, or 6.1 million people, are afflicted by bipolar disorder. I understand, because I am one of them.When I initially informed my first wife of my diagnosis and the associated…
  • Why I Write

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Remember this. It's going to come in handy for understanding the context of what is posted here in the coming months.
  • 5 Things I Wish My Bosses Knew About Fatherhood [TODAY Show]

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    I consider myself fortunate to be working for an employer who understands the demands of fatherhood. This hasn’t always been the case. Through the course of my professional life, which has spanned the military, corporate America, freelance work, and small business, I’ve had bosses who discounted the value of fathers.Such attitudes come from a general cluelessness shared by men who represented a different generation — everyone knows that fathers are much more involved these days. Still, half of working fathers surveyed in 2013 consider work-family balance a…
  • TODAY Show Parents: The Sugar Milk Hack

    13 Jun 2014 | 8:37 am
    If you haven't already heard I've got a new writing gig at--wait for it--the TODAY Show via their website which just this week they renamed from Moms to Parents. I am thrilled and honored to be part of an all-star lineup of fellow dad bloggers that includes Doyin Richards, Jim Higley, Whit Honea, Carter Gaddis, and Adrian Kulp who in our inaugural week of posting shared their favorite dad hacks (#dadhack). As you will see, their clever tips are much more advisable than mine. Below is an excerpt from my patent-pending, sugar milk hack.* * *One would think a guy with five…
  • Destination Dad and the Real Perks of Blogging

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Often times my kids will ask me what exactly I do as a blogger. They get that it involves writing stuff for other people to read and make comments which my oldest son noted sounded ominously like homework. Skewed by such a perspective it then becomes difficult for them to grasp the various other facets of blogging such as contributing to a community or engaging in a dialogue with consumer brands. “And sometimes I get paid for it,” I’ll explain hopefully to which they reply, “So it’s like work then.”The lone aspect they do understand—primarily because it’s to their direct…
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  • Devon Still Shows that a Father’s Love is Stronger than Cancer

    Frederick J. Goodall
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
    As fathers, we want to protect our children from harm.  We’d do anything to keep them safe and prevent them from suffering. However, we soon realize that we can’t protect them from everything, no matter how much we try. Although this is a hard pill to swallow, it doesn’t stop us from battling through difficulties for the sake of our children. Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Tackle Devon Still is one such dad who won’t stop fighting. His love for his four year-old daughter Leah fuels his fight against her stage 4 cancer diagnosis. In this heartfelt video,…
  • Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure Place You Inside the Story

    Kimberly Goodall
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    My daughter and I soared above a castle’s spires, spun through city streets narrowly dodging bombs and plummeted through underground tunnels all in a single day thanks to a recent trip to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventures during the Family Forward conference. It’s been more than 14 years since I’ve been to Universal Studios, and one thing hasn’t changed: they still know how to make virtual feel very real. And we loved every minute of it. When it comes to amusement parks, Nee, my 13-year-old, and I are kindred spirits. While we tend to shy away from rides with huge drops,…
  • The Hope and Healing of Fatherhood, Family Life, and Love [Video]

    Frederick J. Goodall
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Music is a big part of my life and I love it when I discover a song that inspires me. “Hope” by Russell Taylor is currently on heavy-rotation. This song and video discusses the beauty of family life, fatherhood, relationships, and the hope and healing that love brings. Watch the video and share your comments below. Stay Strong,         The post The Hope and Healing of Fatherhood, Family Life, and Love [Video] appeared first on Mocha Dad.
  • 5 of My Best Family Memories from the Family Forward Conference

    Frederick J. Goodall
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Everyone knows that spending time together as a family is important. However, our busy lives often prevent us from doing so. Work, school, and social obligations can make it difficult to carve out those precious moments that strengthen our families’ bonds. As parents, we have to reclaim those moments by any means necessary. It can be something as simple as eating meals together or something more extravagant such as taking a family vacation. My family tries to do the former as much as possible, and we take vacations on a regular basis. This year we decided to attend the Family Forward…
  • Back-To-School Fitness Ideas for Parents and Kids

    Frederick J. Goodall
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Now that school is back in session, everyone is focused on homework, tests, and extracurricular activities. Although these things are important, we must make sure that our children continue to be physically active. Here are a few back to school fitness ideas to keep your kids moving during the school year: Start an After School Fitness Club The school librarian and I started a fitness club at my sons’ school. It’s called Boys of Steel and it’s for 4th and 5th grade boys. Once a week, we meet after school to exercise, play sports and have fun with one another. The boys like the…
 
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  • Daddy Need to go Night Night!

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:31 pm
    You WILL go to sleep now.  Capisce?I have a feeling that one day, in the distant future when Annabelle is a mother and we all have flying cars or at least our own jet packs, she won't have any trouble getting her kids to quiet down and go to sleep.  We should all be so lucky right?I make this bold prediction, not without anecdotal evidence to back it up.  Quite the contrary actually as our little sweet cheeks has been practicing the art of putting things to sleep for months now.  For the most part the beneficiaries of her sleep training techniques have been Lukas' stuffed…
  • Hearing Voices

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
    I'm lucky he talks so much!As I was closing my car door tonight and pulling the seat belt strap over my chest, I heard the phone ringing in my jacket pocket, which was sitting on the passenger side seat.  I had worked late, and was exhausted from the day.  I finished my task before attempting to answer.  But unfortunately, I was too late and missed the call.  I did see that the number was Mrs. LIAYF's , which was not unexpected.  I figured she was checking on my progress as she was picking up both kids tonight.But when I dialed the number back, I got something…
  • Those ARE Pilllllowwwwws!

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    "Does Dad ever sleep at work?" Lukas asked Mrs. LIAYF the other day.I'm not sure what her answer was, but it should have been "Nope".  Sure, I find myself dragging myself around like a character from the Walking Dead on some days.  But I survive, and am still very productive.He had a good reason for asking, but I will get to that in a moment.But first,  I'll admit it.  I haven't been getting enough sleep lately. I'd like to blame the kids for this, and really they do play a big part in the fact that I am tired a lot, but honestly I can't lay the blame firmly at their feet.
  • Just Call Me Her Booking Agent

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    "Good Morning Sweet Cakes" I whispered to Annabelle as I pulled her out of her crib this morning.Being Monday morning, a morning that Mrs. LIAYF and Lukas could actually sleep in a bit longer than myself and my little girl, I had just tiptoed upstairs ever so gingerly, avoiding all to the problematic creaky spots on the fir stairs like Baryshnikov in his prime. (Okay, maybe I was lumbering a tad more than Mikhail would have, but in my defense I hadn't had my morning coffee yet.  The point is, there were no creaks - from the floor at least).And, as I do on most mornings such as this one,…
  • Dog Gone Antics

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I scream, you scream.It has been an absolutely beautiful weekend here in Seattle readers. Our fair city was bathed in golden sunshine on Friday, my birthday, and again today for Lukas' first soccer match of the fall season. I am happy to report that the Silver Eagles soared this morning, although Lukas was only 1 of the 5 kids who showed up for the game.  Thankfully, they play 4 on 4, since one of his team had to leave halfway through the game.  Lukas was exhausted after having played the entire game.Later on this evening, to celebrate said birthday and soccer victory, Mrs. LIAYF…
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  • Engaged, Inspired, and Ready to Build a Better Web

    Michelle W.
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Automattic is a distributed company — we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania. Once a year, we get together somewhere in the world to meet, work alongside, learn from, and laugh with one another in an exhilarating, exhausting week called the Grand Meetup. This year, 277 Automatticians descended on Park City, Utah, for seven days in mid-September. I flew across the country to spend time in a mountain lodge with a bunch of strangers I met on the…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Eighties

    Ben Huberman
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A theme named after the decade that gave us daring teen comedies and cutting-edge synth pop was bound to be a crowd-pleaser. And indeed, in the few weeks since Eighties was released, it’s garnered tens of thousands of fans who are using it on their sites. Eighties may have been created with personal bloggers in mind, but its balance of striking visuals and flexible design makes it a good choice for anyone looking for a memorable, easy-to-customize website. Here are some of the theme’s most noteworthy features, already expertly used by our favorite Eighties early adopters. A…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 5

    Mark Armstrong
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    We’re back with another collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress! You can find our past collections here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations. Publishers, writers, keep those stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making (Tim Maly, Quiet Babylon) After a successful “creators’ conference” in Portland, Maly asks some tough…
  • Around the World in Eight Photos

    Krista
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Join us as we explore the world through the street photography tag on WordPress.com. Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat. On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “stripfeest,” an annual comics festival held in Brussels, Belgium. We loved how Andy captures this young reader fully ensconced in his comic book. An avid photographer, Andy is also a regular contributor to The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge. Photo by Andy Townend We were intrigued by the untold stories in Michael…
  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
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  • Captain America – Winter Soldier

    mattdaddy
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    So I woke up this morning, feeling like utter garbage and called into work.  Thankfully, my amazing wife got up and got the kids off to school and let me sleep until around 9.  I’ve been taking it easy and doing a little writing, but my head was starting to hurt so I rented Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Couple of things.  I LOVE comic book stories rendered in movie format, in most cases.  I enjoyed the first Capt. America, it didn’t take itself too seriously, and it was a great movie to watch.  Some really great performances by a wonderful cast. I think they did it…
  • Right place, right time

    mattdaddy
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    There are days that I don’t know what to do next there’s so much going on.  There are days that are calm and productive, and days that are exciting and frantic. I feel like I finally found a job, a boss, and an environment that suits me.  I’ve been so far outside my comfort zone since I started, I have no idea where it is anymore.  I’ve had to do so many different things, be responsible for so many items and people, that there are days where I don’t know which way is up. And there are days that make me truly thankful that I am where I am right now.  the great…
  • Disconnect & Reconnect

    mattdaddy
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Every summer for the last 5 years, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to go up to Lake George with my parents, brother & sister’s families, and my two aunts for a week of relaxing and fun.  I realized something really important this year. One of the things I look forward to most is the point about 5 miles south of the place we stay, my signal cuts out.  And I mean completely.  There’s signal in about a 1 foot square, and it moves randomly around the grounds so that I don’t even bother.  The only thing I use my phone for is to take pictures.  It’s really…
  • Testing something

    mattdaddy
    30 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    got hacked and lost the site, thankfully, not the db so I just reinstalled everything.  Checking to make sure things are working.
  • 45

    mattdaddy
    20 Jan 2014 | 7:20 am
    Well, I made it to 45.  Interesting ride so far.  Didn’t think I’d still feel so young, or at least young at heart by this time.  Thinking back on 45 when I was in elementary school, I wondered which brand of wheelchair I’d be in instead of which workout I’m going to do at the gym. So where am I now, and what have I done? Been married to my best friend what will be 20 years this New Years Eve, I have a 16 year old son and a 14 yr old daughter that make me proud enough to burst and crazy enough to snap all in the span of 5 minutes.  We live in a nice area of a nice…
 
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    Halftime Lessons - A Dallas Daddy Blog

  • Our Sundays, and Shay’s Simple Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

    Jay Cooney
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Today we’re gonna show you what our Sundays look like, and share Shay’s Simple Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe. Random, I know, but appropriate. Let’s go. Our lives are very full. 5 kids, 2 jobs. Weeks fly by, faster all the time. And we’ve found the only way to feel like we’re making a decent effort at parenting et al is to get ahead of it. My wife is very much a proponent of eating real food, and I’m eternally grateful for her firm stance. She was raised in a kitchen, and it’s her comfort place. And again, I’m grateful, because that room is not…
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  • Girls Can Play Sports, Too. And Play Them Well.

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

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

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

    15 Jun 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The video contained in this post was a rush job. There are no ifs ands and buts about it. I had been trying to schedule Scott for a shoot all week and when he was finally available, my time was not my own. But I committed myself to making it happen.What I didn't anticipate was Scott's nervousness. We've discussed fatherhood in the past and also in the days leading up to my taping him. He's a fun-loving bear of a man who speaks with so much pride and passion about being a father I was caught off guard by his jitters about saying the right thing. Or worse, saying the wrong thing.I knew that if…
  • The Top 5 VERY Last-Minute Gifts For Dad

    14 Jun 2014 | 8:36 am
    So it's Saturday and you know you are knee deep in a huge mistake. You were busy all week. I know. I was too. You don't know what to get "for the man who has everything." To which I'm sure he would laugh, or simply not respond at all. Or, maybe you just plain forgot, which I genuinely understand. Father's Day is almost five days early compared to previous years. I was pretty psyched myself when I discovered this last week. This will be the first time my son's birthday, which falls a day or two before or after Father's Day, won't be the factor that…
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    A Blogger and a Father

  • Zen and the Art of Simply Breathing

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

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

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

    Oren Miller
    19 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    This week's roundup includes an amazing response to BuzzFeed, a cool lunchbox project, a cool lunch notes project, and speaking of cool, me, in a sweater, talking about father-son politics on Huffington Post. Please consider subscribing here to get these weekly newsletter posts in your email. Let me know if I've missed anything good, and I'll be sure to include it next week. Thanks for reading!
  • Art Museums, Diversity in Children's Books, and Things Girls Should Know: Fatherhood Newsletter

    Oren Miller
    6 May 2014 | 2:01 pm
    I took a break, but now I'm back. My parents were here, and our rental home is keeping me busy, and there's always something to do in the new house we've recently moved to, and I even played some Wii with the kids. Not to mention that season 7 of Psych is now on Netflix, and I can't be expected to do anything until I'm done with that. But I'm back, and here are this week's-ish stories. This
 
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  • Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read apps just $.99

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

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

    Derek Markham
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The basic bicycle design hasn’t changed in a hundred years, although advancements in materials and technologies have been made during that time to make bikes lighter and faster and easier to maintain, but the so-called extras (lights, signals, navigation, etc.), are still an afterthought. There are plenty of aftermarket headlights, safety lights, GPS and navigation […] The post Innovative handlebars turn ordinary bicycles into smart bikes appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Aqua Aerobics: Not Just For Beginners

    Guest Author
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    If you think aqua aerobics isn’t for elite athletes, think again. Deep water running is just one form of aqua aerobics that not only provides a variation to any athlete’s routine, but is a highly effective strategy for maintaining both cardio performance levels and muscle strength while recovering from an injury. That’s right: Aqua aerobics […] The post Aqua Aerobics: Not Just For Beginners appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • This electric motorcycle/car could be the future of transportation

    Derek Markham
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Finding greener, cheaper, and cleaner alternatives to our currently costly and dirty fossil-fueled vehicles, especially for personal transportation, is imperative in the very near future, and it’s a tricky challenge, because we Americans love our cars and trucks. We don’t really care to carpool or take public transit when we can be completely in control […] The post This electric motorcycle/car could be the future of transportation appeared first on Natural Papa.
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  • Married Parent Dad

    Ian Newbold
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    I finally got round to butchering my already pants blog banner in Photoshop changing my blog’s header.And for good reason.I got married.Yes.  Moi.  Married. What can I type, my wife loves a man that can pretend to speak French.We had a glorious day, and summer in general really, topping all our previous epic summer holidays.The best, best man ever kept me calm, in-check(ish) and incredibly well supported. There really was no other person for the job.  And I mean that in the positive sense.His auntie helped him prepare his wedding speech, which turned out to be a pre-recorded…
  • Being an efficient family

    Ian Newbold
    28 May 2014 | 8:05 am
    Running a family home, and family life, can seem like a herculean task at times.With all the comings and goings, school, work, clubs, social lives, washing, cleaning, house maintenance, gardening, bill paying, car servicing, trips to the dentist and the hairdresser, all I can say is that I'm glad we no longer have any pets.How anyone runs their life without a spreadsheet I will never know.Families, and certainly friends of mine, can turn their noses up at having a system of dealing with all of that stuff, having a routine and protocol for almost everything, but modern life almost wills you to…
  • Review and Tips for Visiting Chester Zoo

    Ian Newbold
    20 May 2014 | 5:09 am
    I could just start and end this review by saying, or typing:Chester Zoo is awesome!There.Done.But I suppose I should really quantify that statement.It’s been a while since we’ve visited a zoo, which is why we were keen to take up an offer from Chester Zoo to visit them.We’ve visited zoos in this country, as well as some around the world, and it’s fair to say the standard we’ve come across had been vast and unpredictable, some being brilliant, and some leaving you wondering if you should have even visited, and are they not on the wrong side of cruel.Simply put, Chester Zoo is…
  • We don't waste food in this house

    Ian Newbold
    7 May 2014 | 3:37 am
    Not that you’d know it at certain times, but we have rules in our home.Amongst my favourites, are my forever instilled ‘one or none’ rule.  Max absolutely loves that one.  It’s the rule where I’m really giving him no alternative other than to be grateful for what he has, rather than ask for more.Another rule I’m very rigid on is a around waste, and simply not having any when it comes to cooking our food.I’ve probably asked my son three hundred and seven squillion times: “Do we waste food in this house?” without ever needing an answer.It drives me mad irritates more…
  • Top Secret World Book Day Event

    Ian Newbold
    27 Feb 2014 | 6:04 am
    I am involved in a top level, secret, classified, tell-you-in-a-sentence-or-two-and-nothing-at-all-will-happen-to-you event for World Book Day.I’m not really one for gifting, I don’t do cards, and I am a colossal advocate of present gifting amnesties.I’ve never taken part in a Secret Santa, more so just seeing them as another small tax on your employment. “Can’t we all just buy ourselves something, or at least pretend that we have?”I have such a sunny disposition.But, that all scribed, when the publisher Miles Kelly got in touch to ask if I fancied becoming a secret World Book Day…
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  • My son won’t sit near me and I am Thrilled!!

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

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

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

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

    DaddyCast
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:08 pm
    We aren’t fools.  We realize there will be many moments where we get the cold shoulder.  Where the boys are not into hanging out with their old, stupid parents.    We know the day will come where they want their independence and solitude.  But we do what we can to keep that from happening too soon and to make sure the impact of it, the depth of it, is as minimal as possible. This afternoon my youngest came to me to see if he could stay home during his older brother’s volleyball tournament.  He noted that his older brother had stayed home for several of his soccer practices.  I…
 
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  • FiOS Quantum TV Gives Me Too Many Choices

    C.C. Chapman
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    We’ve had Verizon FiOS in our house from the first moment it was made available in our area. For years I had to sit by and lust over it while working on some of their earliest marketing campaigns during my Advance Guard days. Recently an ad popped up on my screen advertising their new FiOS Quantum TV service. I probably ignored it the first couple of times, but eventually I clicked through to find out more. We were always running out of DVR space and the idea of suddenly having 200 hours of space seemed like a blessing. Sure, it costs a bit more a month (depends on what level you are at…
  • Today is a gift. Tomorrow is not promised.

    C.C. Chapman
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    The shower was extra hot and the muse was screaming. As soon as I got done I ran downstairs to record this. No idea how I got so wired on a Monday morning. Be sure to watch Transform and An Invocation for Beginnings that I mentioned on the show.
  • Ello Initial Thoughts

    C.C. Chapman
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Looks like the gates have begun to open on Ello and here comes the rush of new users who want to judge before using. Listen to my thoughts on Episode 140 of Managing the Gray. Show Notes: Neil Bearse Find me on Ello Violet Blue (not safe for work) John Green’s Keynote at Connections 2014 Ze Frank Can’t wait to hear what this sparks.
  • Posting Old Photos of My Kids Online

    C.C. Chapman
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    As a photographer, I’m constantly taking photos. As a dad, my kids have grown up with a camera pointed at them their entire lives. We lived in Virginia when my son was born and sharing photos with our family and friends was not as easy as it is today. I still remember the first time I heard of Flickr and instantly signed up for an account. Since then, it has been the place I publish almost all of my photos and certainly the number one place photos of the kids end up. As a parent you need to be protective of photos you post online of your family. There are no rules, but it your…
  • Managing the Gray Podcast 139 – More Thoughts About What Do You Do

    C.C. Chapman
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I reorganized my desk over the weekend and moved my microphone from behind my monitors to in front of them. It sat there calling to me to record a podcast. I took the photo and then hit record to share some more thoughts around my recent What Do You Do speech. Episode 139 Show Notes: Inbound 14 Janelle Monáe TEDxLaceMarket Ebola worries Jawbone Up24 (RED) Products Connections 2014 If you are going to be in Indianapolis this week, please swing by my session on Wednesday afternoon and say hello.
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  • This Is How The Mommy Wars Start

    Buzz
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    This is how the Mommy Wars start: a new mother, trying to find simple answers, gets bogged down by the braggards and spews back. The humblebraggers fight back and .. well, cue the feedback loop. Continue Reading → The post This Is How The Mommy Wars Start appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Thanks To American Ninja Warrior, Playgrounds Freak Me Out

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    My kids love American Ninja Warrior, it was their favorite show of the summer. Because of it, the simplest of playgrounds has turned in to amateur parkour as they strut their stuff and give daddy a heart attack. Continue Reading → The post Thanks To American Ninja Warrior, Playgrounds Freak Me Out appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • And So Begins The Bento Lunch Backlash

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Is there such things as the Pinterest wars? I try to negotiate peace in the bento lunch backlash by asking if we all just can't get along? You don't have to spend hours making your kids' lunch, but if you spent a few more minutes trying to make it fun, maybe they'd eat it? Continue Reading → The post And So Begins The Bento Lunch Backlash appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • How To Survive The Worldwide LEGO Shortage

    Buzz
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    LEGO is popular again. So popular, there is a worldwide LEGO shortage and shipments have been stopped to Canada. Here's how to survive the LEGO shortage Continue Reading → The post How To Survive The Worldwide LEGO Shortage appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • You Have To Fucking Eat, The Sequel To Go The Fuck To Sleep, Is Coming

    Buzz
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Why is it so hard? Seriously. Eating. Sleeping. It's pretty much all humans have to do to survive, but kids are impossible. You Have To Fucking Eat is coming soon to tackle the sequel of Go The Fuck To Sleep. Continue Reading → The post You Have To Fucking Eat, The Sequel To Go The Fuck To Sleep, Is Coming appeared first on DadCAMP.
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  • The Last Dance

    Jack Steiner
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Driving home late today I heard the song below and it gave me a couple of ideas for stories to write about. Don't have time now so I am dropping this in to serve as a placeholder.Save the Last Dance for MeThe Drifters"You can danceEvery dance with the girl who gives you the eyeLet her hold you tightYou can smileEvery smile for the girl who'd like to treat you right'Neath the pale moonlightBut don't forget who's takin you homeAnd in who's arms you're gonna beOh, darlin' save the last dance for meOh I knowThat the music's fine like sparklin' wineGo and have your funDance and singBut while we're…
  • Desiderata

    Jack Steiner
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    DesiderataGo placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real…
  • A Lack Of Time

    Jack Steiner
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    No time to write a proper post now, perhaps I might do so later this evening. But for now here is a sample of things you might enjoy reading.There Is a *Big* Difference Between What You Need & What You WantThe Right Tool For The JobHeadlines Are Useless Write DangerouslyDo You Miss Old Fashioned Blogging?
  • A Baseball Bat Would Be Better

    Jack Steiner
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Been one of those Mondays where you wonder if it wouldn't be better to grab a Louisville Slugger and beat yourself with it because your day would end sooner and you'd be less aware of the shards of glass that Monday has been shoving up your rear end.Fortunately this is all an exaggeration but it has been as challenging and difficult a day as I have had in a while.Maybe you are better off reading one of these:When Dad Bloggers Howl At The MoonWriting, Music & Breakfast SandwichesDad Blogging With Bob DylanThe Sweetest Sleep Meets StorytellingMake Time For Blogging & Improve Your Sex…
  • Kids Who Don't Keep Their Hands To Themselves

    Jack Steiner
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    My son has been having an issue with another kid at school. All week long I have heard that this boy has been chasing him around the school.A couple of days ago it progressed to the point where the other kid was pulling his arms behind his back but I didn't do anything because it wasn't clear if it was just general horseplay with boys. When I was in 8th grade there was a lot of that.And when I was in 8th grade the worst thing that could have happened was for my father to get involved in a disagreement with another kid. That would have unleashed all sorts of issues.Today the other kid had my…
 
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  • The Virginia Mysteries – New Covers!

    Steve
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    I’m excited to roll out the new covers for my first two books, Summer of the Woods and Mystery on Church Hill. Combined with my new book, Ghosts of Belle Isle, they make The Virginia Mysteries – Adventures with a twist of history. Kindle version covers are on Amazon now. Paperbacks will be rolling out over the next couple weeks. Thanks to the folks at EbookLaunch.com for their great designs. Enjoy!      
  • Ghosts of Belle Isle Cover Reveal

    Steve
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I’m excited to reveal the great new cover for my new book, Ghosts of Belle Isle, Book 3 in The Virginia Mysteries series. If you would like to pre-order the Kindle version you can do so directly on Amazon at the link below. To pre-order signed paperback editions, or to request a free review copy (in exchange for an honest review on Amazon), please email me and I’ll get an advanced reader copy out to you soon! steve@myboys3.com Coming October 21st!   About the Book: Legend says that the haunting lights over the rapids on the James River at night are the ghosts of long-dead…
  • Disconnected in West Virginia

    Steve
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Disconnected, unplugged, offline – there are many ways to describe our Labor Day weekend in West Virginia. The entire area is under the National Radio Quiet Zone, which means that there are no cell signals (it’s true, look it up.) It’s like the quiet car on the train, but greener. Going cold turkey from my omniscient iPhone is quite a leap. I can’t check the sports scores, how many books I sold in the last 15 minutes, what the weather would do (unless we asked at the ranger station), or even look up the distance to the moon and back if a certain young boy might ask. There’s no TV,…
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    Digital Cameras: Camera Store: Cheap Cameras and Camcoders : Camera Store

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body)

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Buy New: $3,399.00New (25) Used (27) Refurbished (16) from $1,609.003.2-inch TFT LCD display, New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including up to 41 cross-type AF points with f/4.0 lens support and 5 dual diagonal AF points (sensitive to f/2.8)., iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor that utilizes AF and color information for optimizing exposure and image quality., EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 30p (29.97) / 25p) with 4 GB automatic file partitioning (continuous…
  • Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-200mm Non-VR DX Zoom Lenses Bundle

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    List Price: $779.95Buy New: $546.95 You Save: $233.00 (30%)New (15) Used (5) Refurbished (3) from $525.00Faux leather trim bag included, 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED III Image Processing, One-touch Full HD 1080p movie recording, Live View shooting using the 3.0 inch LCD monitor...
  • Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Red)

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    List Price: $299.95Buy New: $196.95 You Save: $103.00 (34%)New (22) Used (9) Refurbished (6) from $139.9934x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom, Comfortable design, elegantly simple controls and intuitive menu system, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies...
  • Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black)

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    List Price: $299.95Buy New: $196.95 You Save: $103.00 (34%)New (23) Used (8) Refurbished (4) from $150.0034x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom, Comfortable design, elegantly simple controls and intuitive menu system, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies...
  • Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    List Price: $2,299.95Buy New: $2,296.95 You Save: $3.00New (12) Used (2) Refurbished (2) from $2,248.88Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor, Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video, Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit, Shoot up to 6.5 fps at full resolution, Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording - even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions.,…
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • How Dad Can Help Mom’s Mental Health when Raising Twins

    Joe
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Here is a question from a father of twins. He’s worried about his wife’s mental health. He says that she’s all alone with the boys while he’s at work and he knows that it’s stressful for her. And so most of the time, the boys are fine, but even then, they can be a handful. So he asks what he can do to help with his wife’s mental health. First and foremost, make sure that you show gratitude and appreciation to your wife for the amazing job that she’s doing, and all the work that she’s doing to take care of your twins and your family, and what…
  • Dual Feedings, Gender Preparations, Guy Friendly Diaper Bags – Podcast 70

    Joe
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Episode 70 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss these questions: Should you wait until you find out gender to get preparations started? How do you coordinate your attention when feeding both at the same time? Would a diaper bag like one from dadgear.com work for twins even though it is designed for one child? Mentioned in the Podcast Skip Hop Duo Double Deluxe Diaper Bag 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…
  • Top Advice From Twin Parents

    Joe
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    What’s the best twin advice you have ever received? That’s the question I asked you, the Dad’s Guide to Twins community. Here’s what you said: Giving Attention “Don’t feel guilty if one twin needs more attention than the other! One may be more fussier and needier. You can still make special time with the less needier twin…. and sometimes they will switch roles of being the twin that demands more attention!” (Brian Z.) Getting Help “We were advised early on to accept all offers of help, hand me downs, support etc. The independent part of me…
  • Balancing the Needs of Twins and Older Siblings at Day Care

    Joe
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The next question is about daycare. This mom writes in and says that, “Big sister’s daycare is about to get the twins as well.” And so she’s worried about her singleton being overshadowed by the twins and wonders if I have any advice on how to handle that situation. So I think that in daycare, the caregiver should be very used to giving fair attention to all different types of kids. Odds are your kids are not the only ones in daycare, and they will be well taken care of by the caregivers who are used to giving attention to multiple children throughout the day.
  • Do You Need to Be Equal With Your Twins?

    Joe
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The question is, “I’ve got a concern about the twins and equality. What do I do about sharing time, love, et cetera?” So we talked in the past about the divided attention that you will have with twins. So I invite you to go back and check out episode number 68, “How to handle when your attention is divided between your twins,” and episode 65 about spending one-on-one time with each of your twins. Fair Doesn’t Always Mean Equal You need to ask yourself this question: Do you need to be equal with your twins? We have a saying here in our house that “Fair…
 
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    DaDa Rocks!

  • Full List of Disney Infinity 2.0 Power Discs Revealed!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    With the release of Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes Edition less than a week away, it’s certainly exciting that some of the mysteries of the new game are finally becoming clearer, with new figures and features finally coming to light. The latest reveal in regard to the game is the release of a full list of the 82 new Power Discs that will be available for the game! For those of you not in the know, Disney Infinity‘s Power Discs (which are sold separately from the game and figures in random 2-packs) give players access to unique abilities vehicles, weapons, ground…
  • Working Parents Day Twitter Party with @NewYorkLife #KeepGoodGoing

    DaDa Rocks!
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Let’s celebrate working parents! September 16th is Working Parents Day! To celebrate, I’ll be hosting a #KeepGoodGoing Twitter Party from 8-9pm EST with @NewYorkLife and my very own wife Suzanne @GothamLove. Let’s get together to share tips on balancing hectic schedules (or maybe pickup a tip or two), and talk about the family moments that make it all worthwhile (you know those moments that we all sit there an say there sooo darn cute!). We’ll even be giving away prizes! How to participate and win: Before the Party, let us know you are attending by tweeting @NewYorkLife using…
  • 18 Netflix Titles to Kickstart Your Family Movie/TV Night! #StreamTeam

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    School is back in session, and with it comes the daily grind of homework, club and sports team meetings, and e like. Why not make some room in all of that to sit down as a family and watch some TV or a movie together? Whether it’s a weekly event or just once in a while, Netflix has you covered for family movie/tv night with tons of great titles to watch– check out our top recommendations below!   For younger kids: 1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Inventor Flint Lockwood battles mutant food beasts created by his notorious machine, including shrimpanzees, tacodiles and…
  • What People Want From The New iPhone 6

    Ted Hicks
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Everybody’s looking forward to see the new iPhone 6 today at 1pm ET. What do you think is the most wanted feature? Better camera? Bigger screen? You’d be surprised. Customer surveys show that what people wish for most is improved battery life. As for entirely new features sapphire glass tops the expectations list. So what other interesting info can you find in the infographic? Which iPhone model was the most innovative so far? 19% of Apple fans want a bigger screen size in iPhone 6 Apple sold more than 500 million iPhones worldwide The first smartphone was released by IBM in ‘94, 13…
  • TeenSafe’s iPhone & Android Monitoring Service Opens Lines of communication In Divorced Homes

    Ted Hicks
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    TeenSafe, maker of the leading iPhone and Android monitoring software for parents, announces its commitment to helping divorced parents protect their children. TeenSafe provides support and tools for parents in all situations to keep a watchful eye on their most valuable treasure. “Very few parents achieve the level of communication they initially intend to after a divorce. Parenting becomes much more difficult after a martial divide for many reasons, some of the main causes being the loss of resources, increased stress, juggling of schedules and added responsibilities as well as…
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    Dazed Dad

  • The Töbo Track: A Review

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

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

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

    Adam
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    When Caleb was a baby, and got his first YBike Pewi, he had a helmet that I think Sarah got off Amazon at the time. Knowing her ability to research things on the internet, I’m sure it was a good one. And it got some good use, but it seemed like it wasn’t really fitting that well anymore, and seemed like with a new bike that Caleb had, it would be a good idea to get a new helmet. The one we went with was the Catlike Kitten Helmet, and we’ve been really pleased with it. Catlike was founded by Pepe del Ramo (nicknamed “El Gato”), who was a member of the Spanish amateur team and went…
  • Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life

    Adam
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    One of my seminary colleagues from Princeton, Traci Smith, has recently come out with a book that I think many folks here may find helpful, and I wanted to give her the chance to share with you a little bit about the book. It’s called Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life and it is definitely worth checking out if you have kids and are interested in finding ways to engage with them and their faith. I’ve asked Traci to share a bit below. Thank you, Adam, for allowing me to stop by your internet home to talk about a project that is very near and dear to me, my new…
 
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    shake your foundation

  • The Smartest Person I’ve Ever Met

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

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

    Craig Playstead
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    When the structure around you starts to crumble, the more you can take care of yourself, the better off you’ll be. My boys and their buddy sold lemonade and snow cones yesterday as it hit a blistering 82 here in the Pacific Northwest. Boy #1 has been doing this for years and his focus has changed from “hey this is fun” to “we could make some money for summer” to do cool stuff.  This makes me feel so much better for his future because I hold no hope that our schools are going to teach our kids what they need to survive in the real world. I mean, for God’s…
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  • Roku 3 Streaming Player Review and Giveaway. Yes, You’ll Want to Win This!

    nessel
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    A few months back we reviewed the Roku Streaming Stick.    The Roku Streaming Stick packs a very impressive amount of technology in a super portable format…but what if you want a little more out of your streaming player?  Perhaps things like a faster processor, the ability to play media from USB and MicroSD cards and the capability to play some Angry Birds…when the mood hits you. You my friend, need to check out the Roku 3 Streaming Player.   Please watch our full video review of the Roku 3 HD Streaming Media Player - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUjSQbmLPZc Roku 3, Awesome…
  • Follow-Up Review: Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840FHD Android Tablet

    nessel
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    A few weeks back we did an initial review on the Acer Iconia Tab 8 (A1-840FHD).  If you are not familiar with this sub $200 Android 4.4 (KitKat) tablet, running on an Intel Atom Quad-Core processor, please have a read of our initial review. Over the past few weeks we have really been real world testing the Acer Iconia Tab 8 – taking it on trips, testing out battery life, trying out the camera…in short getting a good feel for how this tablet works day in and day out. Please watch our full follow-up review on the Acer Iconia Tab 8 Tablet - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aOWjEKW_c0…
  • Review: Polaroid CUBE Lifestyle Camera, Wait, That Thing Is A Video Camera???

    nessel
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Let me guess, after looking at the picture above you have two questions… 1. Polaroid is still around? 2. That thing is a video camera? Yes and yes!  The tech specs on the Polaroid Cube sound normal enough – 1080P, FullHD Camera with a 124 degree wide angle lens and the ability to snap 6MP photos.  It is only when you see the form factor of the Polaroid CUBE that you start to think, wait, something very weird is going on here. The CUBE is actually ushering in a new type of camera – the Lifestyle Camera as Polaroid calls it.  Does it work?  Does your lifestyle need a Cube?
  • Top 16 Natural Ways For Moms and Dads To Survive Their Day

    nessel
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    You may not know this about me, but I am an endurance athlete.  In fact, believe it or not, for the past 12 plus years I have been actively involved in a continutous 24/7 endurance event that is grueling, exciting, frustrating, rewarding,  stressful, fantastic, exhausting and life changing.  Perhaps you know this endurance event by its more common street name…parenting. Moms and Dads, we are all in this together.  Each day provides new challenges – we are stressed, sleep deprived, distracted…all while trying to be wonderful role models for our kids. I just got back from…
  • Do You Need A Good Toy Company To Make A Good Toy?

    nessel
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Here at Dad Does we do two things every day…breath and review toys.  On  good days we eat too.  While we pretty much have the breathing thing down pat, we are always trying to improve our toy reviews.  Yesterday something hit us (maybe from all that breathing), while we focus a great deal on the finished toy and its play value – we rarely talk about the company behind the toys.   So let’s fix that today… Happy 20th Birthday Spin Master, My How You Have Grown Perhaps the name Spin Master doesn’t mean a great deal to you, but if you have kids, you definitely…
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    Short Order Dad

  • Beef: What You Need to Know

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I like this. Every once in a while I find something that simply synthesizes and summarizes what you need to know. In this case it’s about beef. That is, what cut is what, and importantly, what is the best method to cook it. Thanks to some group called The Beef Checkoff. [Click on the image twice to get an unimpeded view.]
  • Selecting Italian Red Wines, A Helpful Guide

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Original Source: Flow Chart of Italian Red Wines
  • My Favorite Fruit

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Allow me to rhapsodize about one of my favorite food experiences in Los Angeles. On the Ocean Front Walk in Venice, just a few hundred feet north of the famed Muscle Beach Gym, is a small stand on the corner of 17th street. A sign proclaiming “Viva la fruta” might catch your attention. Cups of already cut fresh fruit beckon, but you don’t have to commit to those — you can choose your own composition from the menu of the day’s available options. Berries, bananas, kiwis, melons and more are on hand, but befriend the attendant and he/she might dissuade you from the mango (“too…
  • Super Easy for the Super Bowl!

    admin
    30 Jan 2014 | 6:49 am
    Pigs in Blankets are a classic. And great for your Super Bowl menu. But can you make your own? YES. TWO INGREDIENTS ONLY. So it’s super easy! Watch me show you how here. Do it!
  • Short Order Dad’s Top 9 Tools for the Super Bowl

    admin
    29 Jan 2014 | 7:58 am
    You need the right (kitchen) tools to win the big game. Click here to see my recommendations, published on The Daily Meal.
 
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    The Committed Parent

  • 7 Essential Brain Features Every Helping Professional Needs to Know (Including Parents, Teachers and Business Leaders)

    Mark Brady
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    I believe it’s a mistake to think about the brain and brain science in any kind of reductive fashion. That said, our brains are involved in every aspect of ours and our clients’ lives. Might we be well-served to keep these 7 qualities of brain function somewhere in the forefront of our own brain? 1. The brain is the most complex creation in the known universe I suspect it’s a rare neuroscientist who hasn’t been filled with awe and wonder at both the complexity and the beauty of how a healthy brain is organized and operates. Reposting from a recent blog, here’s…
  • Why Creativity Can Be Bad for the Brain

    Mark Brady
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    When I was in my early 20s I traveled to Ojai, California to attend a public lecture by the spiritual teacher, Jiddu Krishnamurti. Seemingly through the luck of the draw, I had become unexpectedly successful selling profitable airplane hardware to the U.S. Military, and I found myself plagued, as many financially successful people are, with the recurring question, “Is THIS all there is?” I was hoping Krishnamurti would answer that question in inspiring, heartful ways. “This is my secret: I never mind what happens.” ~ J. Krishnamurti What mostly drove my interest was…
  • What Your Brain Wants MOST for YOU

    Mark Brady
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Simply put, using word and picture metaphors, our brain wants to help us turn Image-Z: Your Chaotic Image-Z Brain Neurons   into Image-Q: Your Organized Image-Q Brain Neurons An Image-Z brain is dizzy and disorganized, easily emotionally hyper-aroused. Image-Z brains struggle with sustaining attention and most are excellent at making up wild and crazy stories about the future and the past and then cunningly convincing us that they’re true. Except, at any moment our Image-Z brain is serving up those stories, 99.9% of the time everything around us in our immediate environment is…
  • Why Your Brain Made You ODD

    Mark Brady
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    If you’re like me, most of you probably have at least a mild case of ODD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder. It seems to be a built-in cost for pursuing freedom, independence and autonomy. Not ODD all the time, but often enough. For me these days, it often reactively emerges when I watch the silly stuff that’s supposed to pass for “governance” by our elected officials. But if I tell the truth, I’ve been pretty oppositional and defiant since I was a kid. I was on a first name basis with Bob, the district Truant Officer – the odds of me showing up at…
  • Bringing Grace and Balance to Your Brain

    Mark Brady
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    This week I’m taking a vacation of sorts. I’m going to let someone else fire the heavy action potentials. Two people actually: Tami Simon, Sounds True founder, interviewing Jill Bolte Taylor. Jill Bolte Taylor & Mom If you’ve been following this blog for awhile and finding it useful, this interview is definitely worth slowing down and savoring. If you were taking this blog for course credit, I’d require you to read this piece several times and then collaborate with two other people and write a 10 page paper on it! Tami Simon Or even better – move it out from…
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    Geekasms

  • First Look: 48-Page BLOODSHOT #25

    Troy Lyons
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    First Look: Milligan and LaRosa Lead Off BLOODSHOT #25 – A 48-Page Anniversary Blowout!   Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of BLOODSHOT #25 – a 48-page anniversary blowout featuring a murderer’s row of comics talents from throughout the bullet-riddled history of Valiant’s most brutal, most relentless hero!Meet the man behind Bloodshot – [...]The post First Look: 48-Page BLOODSHOT #25 appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Your Weekly Geekasms (September 21st – 27th 2014)

    Frank Arena
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here is a list of Geekasms for the week: Doctor Who: DOCTOR WHO: Trailers for “The Caretaker” DOCTOR WHO – Guest Stars Announced for 2014 Christmas Special Geek: Bring GOTHAM to the Bedroom Tonight! TV: First photo of Adrianne Palicki from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Film: Star Wars: Episode VII Chrome Trooper revealed!The post Your Weekly Geekasms (September 21st – 27th 2014) appeared first on Geekasms.
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE gives us trailers for MARVEL’S next big hits

    Troy Lyons
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last night was the season premiere of Saturday Night Live with host Chris Pratt.  They had a segment announcing all of Marvel’s upcoming movies: Marvels Coming Attractions – SNL 40th by IdolxMuzic They didn’t say anything that we haven’t all been thinking.  If Guardians of the Galaxy can become a hit then what’s next?  Based [...]The post SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE gives us trailers for MARVEL’S next big hits appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Start Your Morning With A Bowl Of Marvel SuperHero Cereal

    Troy Lyons
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    I grew up in a time where every popular movie and TV show had their own cereal.  I still have scars on the roof of my mouth from Mr. T cereal and am better off for it.  Thirty years ago these would have been a reality and it’s a crying shame that kids of today [...]The post Start Your Morning With A Bowl Of Marvel SuperHero Cereal appeared first on Geekasms.
  • FIVE GHOSTS new story arc starts with #13

    Troy Lyons
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
      FIVE GHOSTS EMBARKS ON NEW ADVENTURES Issue #13 marks the beginning of an all-new story arc, early artwork released   Image Comics is pleased to reveal an early preview of co-creators Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham, and colorist Lauren Affe’s first issue in the new story arc of FIVE GHOSTS, “Monsters & Men.” This [...]The post FIVE GHOSTS new story arc starts with #13 appeared first on Geekasms.
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    The JackB

  • Steve Jobs’ Ghost Gave Me A Cellphone

    Jack Steiner
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    This post is going in a different direction than I had intended. I was going to share how much traffic I generated from using a headline about “Spitting and Swallowing” that had nothing to do with sex but something sent me in a different direction. Don’t know what it was, but I heard something that […] (Visited 16 times, 16 visits today) The post Steve Jobs’ Ghost Gave Me A Cellphone appeared first on The JackB.
  • What Happens When Bloggers Bully

    Jack Steiner
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:40 am
    Editor’s Note: The first time I ran this post was here. I almost didn’t use  the word bully again because people have begun to abuse it as they have other words such as epic and amazing. It shouldn’t be misused because when you do that words lose their power but recent circumstances made it clear […] (Visited 24 times, 24 visits today) The post What Happens When Bloggers Bully appeared first on The JackB.
  • My Laughing Place

    Jack Steiner
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Been 11 months since I came home but it hasn’t been an easy time. That is because my return wasn’t the choice I wanted to make, it was the one I had to make. I remember thinking about what to do and realizing that if I sent want, need and had to into a room there […] (Visited 41 times, 41 visits today) The post My Laughing Place appeared first on The JackB.
  • How Much Time Does It Take To Be A Good Father?

    Jack Steiner
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Ask me to share memories of things I did as a kid with my father and I’ll tell stories about fixing things around the house, family vacations with dad driving our station wagon while my sisters and I stared out the window and watched America roll by and moments in time where dad wasn’t there […] (Visited 38 times, 38 visits today) The post How Much Time Does It Take To Be A Good Father? appeared first on The JackB.
  • A Course Correction

    Jack Steiner
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Sometimes I look at that picture and imagine I am riding my horse…out of town. Most of the time the soundtrack in my mind plays music from a Western like The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.  But sometimes it’s different, sometimes I see myself boarding a ship and sailing off for parts unknown. Either […] (Visited 23 times, 23 visits today) The post A Course Correction appeared first on The JackB.
 
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  • Lily got to meet a book!

    Thomas McMahon
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    It’s not everyday that you get to meet a book just walking down the street. He was promoting the book sale at our library which was pretty nice. Probably the best book mascot I’ve ever seen; ok the only one. The post Lily got to meet a book! appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Having some fun at Luceline apple orchard.

    Thomas McMahon
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Luceline is a newer apple orchard located in Watertown MN and it has some great activities. The nature walk, with rope swing, was one of our favorites. The post Having some fun at Luceline apple orchard. appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • First Day of Kindergarten!

    Thomas
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    The post First Day of Kindergarten! appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Creating our own monster puppet!

    Thomas
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Lily got a Melissa & Doug Make Your Own Monster Puppet kit for her birthday and it’s one of our favorite toys! The monster comes with different sets of hands, ears, eyes, horns, noses and more. It’s all velcro so you can sick them on, play, take them off, and then create something new. Lily and I have been having a blast with it and I highly recommend it as a gift. The post Creating our own monster puppet! appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Lily met a pickle today.

    Thomas
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    It’s always a good time when we go to the Minnesota State Fair. The post Lily met a pickle today. appeared first on TwisterMc.
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    The Daddy Files » The Daddy Files-

  • 6 Things from My Elementary School Days I Wish My Kids Could Experience

    Aaron Gouveia
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    My oldest son Will just started the first grade. And the first thing you’ll say when your kids start school is “holy crap, things have changed!” Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t going to be one of those “things were so much better in my day” posts. Well, maybe a little. But while I fully realize many of the changes are positive and done for good reason, I can’t help but get a little nostalgic and, if we’re being honest, kind of sad my sons won’t have some of the same experiences I did. 6. The Oregon Trail I never want to see harm come to my kids, unless it’s in the form of…
  • Adrian Peterson, Child Abuse, And Why It Doesn’t Matter If That’s How You Were Raised

    Aaron Gouveia
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    It is never acceptable to beat a little kid bloody with a weapon, because that is always child abuse. I can’t believe it’s 2014 and I have to spell that out for people. Yet in the wake of star running back Adrian Peterson’s grand jury indictment for reckless and negligent injury to a child, it’s clear there are grown men and women out there who still think it’s OK to strip leaves off a tree branch and whip a 4-year-old until he bleeds. To stuff leaves in his mouth. To cut him on the legs, thighs, buttocks, and scrotum. To whip him between 10-15 times, leaving…
  • Should We Have Another Baby?

    Aaron Gouveia
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    It was the first really warm day in April. Winter finally released New England from its icy grasp and nature was set free to bloom. Everything was new and the leaves were green in their infancy, and people left their houses, looked around, and smiled while taking in deep breaths of unadulterated spring. Will and I had just tried our hand at trout fishing, with no luck. But despite the zero tally regarding the fish count, we rewarded ourselves with a trip to the local hot dog stand for footlongs and fries. After placing our order, Will bolted to the playground while I sat at a picnic table…
  • Celebrate the First Day of School, Don’t Mourn It

    Aaron Gouveia
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Last September, I stood in my driveway on a cool autumn morning and watched my then 5-year-old beam with pride. After briefly struggling under the weight of his oversized backpack and kissing everyone goodbye, he was literally buzzing with excitement as the big yellow school bus pulled up. He bolted up the steps, found a friend to sit with, the doors closed, and off he went to kindergarten. The kid never even looked back to wave. Which is to say it was a complete success, because that’s exactly how my wife and I wanted it. There was no sobbing in the corner. No hand-wringing. No…
  • The 5 Stages of Spending Time Without Kids

    Aaron Gouveia
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
    “Holy $*&%, I just need some time for myself and away from these kids!!” How many parents have uttered some variation of that phrase at some point in time? I know I have. Hell, I just went through life with an infant again this past year. Between Sam’s multiple nightly awakenings, screaming fits, and teething, combined with Will’s adjustments to big brotherhood and the first year of school, I used to fantasize about a life of solitude in a quiet mountain cabin where no one could find me and I could pee alone. But on the rare occasions we’re granted a parental…
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    CuteMonster.com

  • New Trailer for Disney’s Big Hero 6

    CuteMonster Staff
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    New Trailer released for the highly anticipated animated movie Big Hero 6. The post New Trailer for Disney’s Big Hero 6 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Celebrate 45 Years of Sesame Street at the NYPL

    Vincent Daly
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    Sesame Street is holding a 45th Anniversary Celebration at the New York Public Library through January 31, 2015. The post Celebrate 45 Years of Sesame Street at the NYPL appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Kid Conversations #4

    Vincent Daly
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Kid conversations happen every day.. The following is an excerpt of an overheard kid conversation on the way home from school. The post Kid Conversations #4 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Remembering Our Humanity

    Vincent Daly
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Introspection about what it means to be a human being in a post September 11th world. The post Remembering Our Humanity appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Keeping Kids Healthy during the School Year

    Vincent Daly
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Ideas on how to keep children healthy throughout the school year. The post Keeping Kids Healthy during the School Year appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
 
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    Fatherhood Channel

  • Can Married at First Sight Lead to Happily Ever After?

    Seth Eisenberg
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Can married at first sight lead to lasting love and happiness? I've seen that it can, although there's much more to it than what our eyes and heart experience.
  • How I Won My Fights with Joan Rivers

    Seth Eisenberg
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    It wasn't always easy winning my fights with Joan Rivers.
  • Will Michael Brown and Other Children Die in Vain?

    Seth Eisenberg
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whether or not Michael Brown died in vain depends on mothers and fathers transforming anger and anguish into tangible expressions of love in struggling inner-city homes and neighborhoods.
  • Journalist Jim Foley Died Because He Loved Life

    Seth Eisenberg
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Jim Foley died because he loved life. As a journalist, his father said Jim found his passion shining light on those suffering within the world's darkest recesses.
  • Obama’s Ferguson Visit Has to Begin with Listening

    Seth Eisenberg
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Ferguson's protesters are united in wanting to be heard; not counseled, consoled or seeing Michael Brown's death continue as a daily backdrop for lawyers, politicians, pundits and others who began looting the community's sorrow even faster than those who pillaged groceries, liquor and electronics.
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  • Parenting Tips: Driving Lessons for Kids

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
      Here are some of the best places that you can take your kids for driving experience and pre-driving lesson driving lessons: THE AA The AA don’t just offer roadside assistance, they can also be on hand to get your kids behind the wheel. Aimed at 13-16 year olds, the AA Driving School provides a safe, controlled and stress-free environment for teenagers to experience driving for the first time. The lessons only cover the basics of accelerating, stopping, steering, changing gears and manoeuvring, so there will be no tearing it around the track for the overzealous Lewis Hamilton wannabes…
  • CycleMania

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
    Yorkshire dad champions the benefits of cycling. Those living within a close enough proximity to any of the Tour de France stages held in England would have gone to it. The two stages in Yorkshire were watched by 2.5m people and were an overwhelming success despite the withdrawal of Green Jersey favourite Mark Cavendish and defending Champion Chris Froome, both of Britain. The Tour was the perfect place to get children interested in cycling. The raucous, carnival atmosphere that accompanied the race really gave for an electric buzz. A buzz that was completely enthralling regardless of age…
  • SUMMER HOLIDAY TIP:  OPEN A KIDS ART GALLERY 

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    It’s the start of the summer holidays and for many parents it will fill them with dread as they have to find countless activities to fill their child’s day and avoid those two deadly words  “I’m Bored”. So here’s a suggestion to occupy a day or two – turn you house into an art gallery. Firstly, you may download a digital art app onto your ipad/tablet for them to draw pictures or create abstract digital arts by using the app. Once done, you can then print them out and display them on the walls of your house. Then get your kids to give you a tour of the exhibits and listen to…
  • World Cup Competition

    27 Jun 2014 | 4:46 am
    Daddy Dazed is loving this World Cup  – such great games, such good goals – my biggest problem is wrestling control of the TV remote away from my daughter who doesn’t appreciate the finer points of team tactics and just wants to watch Frozen. And now Daddy Dazed brings you a great free World Cup competition – Jungle Goal$, courtesy of 888casino First prize is a LG 9.1ch 3D cinema system. All you have to do is visit here – World Cup at 888casino – watch a short video and work out who bounced the ball the most times (HINT: it’s harder that it sounds, so…
  • Fathers Day Competition

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:26 am
    Dear Readers, How would you like to make your dad’s dreams come true? All you need to do is submit a video or simply tweet saying why your dad is your hero and what his #FathersDayDream would be e.g.: a racing day at Silverstone, a family holiday to Paris, a trip to see the Northern Lights  etc. Then Braun will chose one winner to make their dad’s dream come true!   The competition ends on 16th June to enter & you have to include the hashtags #Braun & #FathersDayDreams in your tweet/video.  Full terms and conditions here…
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    C.C. Chapman

  • FiOS Quantum TV Gives Me Too Many Choices

    C.C. Chapman
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    We’ve had Verizon FiOS in our house from the first moment it was made available in our area. For years I had to sit by and lust over it while working on some of their earliest marketing campaigns during my Advance Guard days. Recently an ad popped up on my screen advertising their new FiOS Quantum TV service. I probably ignored it the first couple of times, but eventually I clicked through to find out more. We were always running out of DVR space and the idea of suddenly having 200 hours of space seemed like a blessing. Sure, it costs a bit more a month (depends on what level you are at…
  • Today is a gift. Tomorrow is not promised.

    C.C. Chapman
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    The shower was extra hot and the muse was screaming. As soon as I got done I ran downstairs to record this. No idea how I got so wired on a Monday morning. Be sure to watch Transform and An Invocation for Beginnings that I mentioned on the show.
  • Ello Initial Thoughts

    C.C. Chapman
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Looks like the gates have begun to open on Ello and here comes the rush of new users who want to judge before using. Listen to my thoughts on Episode 140 of Managing the Gray. Show Notes: Neil Bearse Find me on Ello Violet Blue (not safe for work) John Green’s Keynote at Connections 2014 Ze Frank Can’t wait to hear what this sparks.
  • Posting Old Photos of My Kids Online

    C.C. Chapman
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    As a photographer, I’m constantly taking photos. As a dad, my kids have grown up with a camera pointed at them their entire lives. We lived in Virginia when my son was born and sharing photos with our family and friends was not as easy as it is today. I still remember the first time I heard of Flickr and instantly signed up for an account. Since then, it has been the place I publish almost all of my photos and certainly the number one place photos of the kids end up. As a parent you need to be protective of photos you post online of your family. There are no rules, but it your…
  • Managing the Gray Podcast 139 – More Thoughts About What Do You Do

    C.C. Chapman
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I reorganized my desk over the weekend and moved my microphone from behind my monitors to in front of them. It sat there calling to me to record a podcast. I took the photo and then hit record to share some more thoughts around my recent What Do You Do speech. Episode 139 Show Notes: Inbound 14 Janelle Monáe TEDxLaceMarket Ebola worries Jawbone Up24 (RED) Products Connections 2014 If you are going to be in Indianapolis this week, please swing by my session on Wednesday afternoon and say hello.
 
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    Souvenirs of Fatherhood

  • Writing Again

    @AnOrdinaryDad
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:28 pm
    I’m writing again. And the desire to self edit to the point of killing a post so that it never sees the light of the internet must be defeated. When I started this blog seven years ago it served a purpose. Fatherhood was kicking my butt and I needed a way to fight back. Life is […]
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  • Bathroom Privacy – Scrabble Scribble #11

    Andy
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
      Kids have a very particular set of skills; skills they have acquired over the entirety of their young lives. Skills that make them a nightmare for people like you and me; parents. No matter what you do, they will look for you, they will find you, and they will do and say ALL OF THE THINGS. There’s really no escaping them. Parental privacy becomes the unicorn that only appears during the overlapping hours where they’re asleep and you’re still staring at your bedroom ceiling. Sometimes not even then. Nothing is sacred, not even and especially when you’re…
  • My Wife Just Said… #180

    Charlie
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    “You know you’re tired when given the choice between shopping and sleeping, you’d choose sleep. “ -Avara   Priorities change when you become a parent. And not only that, your sleep patterns and meal sizes probably have too. We try to retain our pre-kid lives as best we can, but sooner or later we give in. There is too much asking us for a piggyback ride and not enough room on our shoulders to carry it all. Welcome to parenthood in the raw. Previous “My Wife Just Said…” High maintenance or just a mom? Same!   Follow us on Facebook. It tastes…
  • 5 Ways To Balance Life And Work

    Charlie
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    I’m at a standstill in trying to find a balance between my life and work. It seems like the fabric of space and time cannot pulled so far apart that I can weave my own little threads within it. But, fear not! I have five ways I can help you guys beat the system. These are life hacks I’m experimenting with. You’re welcome. Sort of. And if you have any brilliant ideas, post them here in the comments. Mmmmmmmkay? 1. Craigslist Cloning I posted this on craigslist the other day, just to see what people would say. But really, if I hired someone, it would be to pretend to be me at…
  • Doing Pregnancy Announcements the Right Way

    Andy
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    Getting pregnant is a huge moment, a monumentally momentous moment. It’s no shocker that some people got really clever with the way they decided to spring the news to everyone. I never did anything particularly special for pregnancy announcements, but it makes me very vicariously happy to see (as you’re about to), that there are some pretty funny people out there doing some stupendously fun things with their Early Stork Air Raid Warning Systems. Pack your Diaperbags   Babe-O-Lantern   Babychu, I Choose You!   Coming to a Maternity Ward Near You   I’ll…
  • Asian Parents React To ‘I Love You’

    Charlie
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Cultural differences are so interesting to me. Between prejudice and glib observation, society often finds itself strangled societally by concepts about how our compatriots from varying backgrounds deal with parenting, children, and that lovely remix of the two. But what if we could break down stereotypes, whether they were apt or not, by stepping outside our comfort zone? This filmmaker decided to create an experiment where he and his fellow children of asian parents would tell their moms and dads simply that they loved them. Not being of asian descent myself, I can’t say whether this…
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  • In laws, outlaws

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    My wife accused me of hating her family and relatives.I replied, "No, I don't hate your relatives. In fact, I like your mother-in-law a lot better than I like mine."
  • In the Construction Business? Where to Get the Right Tools

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    The construction business can be a very business one, but it’s also one that requires a fair amount of capital if you’re going to start your company the right way. If you’re starting a construction business and you’re trying to do it on any sort of budget – even a moderate one that allows for office space and tools – you need to be smart about how you buy your items. Use this guide to help you ...
  • How Toolboxes Make Better Workers

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Plumbers, craftsmen, handymen, mechanics, and weekend warriors – all of these varied professions and types of people have something in common. They need toolboxes. A proper toolbox makes it easier to carry the necessary tools for a job, improves productivity, and is typically a one-time investment that will last a lifetime. However, far too many of these workers carry their tools in a duffel ba...
  • OZ

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    The pretty teacher was concerned with one of her eleven-year-old students. Taking him aside after class one day, she asked, "Little Johnny, why has your school work been so poor lately?""I'm in love," the boy replied.Holding back an urge to smile, she asked, "With whom?" "With you," he said. "But Johnny," she said gently, "don't you see how silly that is? It's true that I would like a husba...
  • Back! Again!

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Gday all.
 
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    Dad and Buried

  • Just Say “No” to Parenting Equality

    Dad and Buried
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Moms are screwed. They have a thankless job, serving as the paradigm of parenting, assumed almost by default to know what they’re doing when it comes to raising kids, and having the contradictory burden of high expectations while simultaneously being taken for granted. They are the standard bearers and when they fail, they are vilified. There’s nothing society hates more than a bad mom. Never mind that women, like men, contain multitudes, and just having the biology to grow a life doesn’t mean every single female is meant to be a mother or even wants to be one. God forbid…
  • Ten Things I Hate About Parenting

    Dad and Buried
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Parenting is the worst thing in the world and the worst part about it is how fast it goes by. Such is the paradox every mom and dad must come to terms with as soon as their first child is born. The bad parts are plentiful, the good parts are transcendent, and everything is over before you know it. I bitch a lot about pretty much all of it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t also love it. Personally, if I can’t bitch about something, it might as well not even exist. Which makes every rant against the hassle of child-rearing just further evidence of how important it all is to me.
  • Parenting, in a Nutshell

    Dad and Buried
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    The post Parenting, in a Nutshell appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • I Hate Pregnancy Announcements

    Dad and Buried
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I’m a reasonable guy. I like to be noticed as much as the next person who has a blog and a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Believe me, I know how strong the pull of social media is; I struggle with it every day. Luckily, when it comes to Dad and Buried-related stuff, I have a bit of an out: I write in character and I keep my D&B accounts mostly separate from my personal ones. But even there I don’t broadcast every moment of my life. Case in point, my non-D&B Facebook wall is almost entirely links to the Onion. Which is where you’d expect to find some of the…
  • [E-card] Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

    Dad and Buried
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    The post [E-card] Why We Can’t Have Nice Things appeared first on Dad and Buried.
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    Joshua Wilner

  • Some Pictures Are Worth More Than 1,000 Words

    Joshua Wilner
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Half Dome and Yosemite Valley Taken in Yosemite National Park, USA on 27 September 2009 by Jimmy Harris. Three things happen every time I look at pictures like those you see in this post: I want to jump in the car and go back to see all of these places. I remember the importance of not sitting at the computer all day long. There is no substitute for sunshine on our backs. I think about how to really incorporate multimedia into my stories. I have spent countless hours working with words and learning how to use them to paint a picture, but sometimes all you really need is that photo. Shot by…
  • Has Technology Rendered Homework Obsolete?

    Joshua Wilner
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    How we Googled Things In My Day. Sometimes my ten year-old asks me to tell her about the olden days and how we did things. “Daddy, what did you do a long, long time ago, like the ’80s when you had to do research for school?” “I rode my horse to town and parked it outside the library and asked Ms. Kitty to pour me a drink and direct me to the card catalog so I could use the magical Dewey Decimal System to find the books I needed.” That is the kind of reply that never fails to generate the sort of response that one day may mean death for a boyfriend or spouse but…
  • Write Something People Will Read

    Joshua Wilner
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:14 pm
    “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson The long time readers here might have noticed the content here is evolving and that the focus has changed a bit. It is business as usual here but the focus isn’t just…
  • What Kind Of Writer Are You?

    Joshua Wilner
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The questions come fast and furious: What Kind of Writer Are You? How Would You Describe Yourself? Give Me a List of Your 5 Greatest Strengths & Weaknesses How Many Licks Does It Take To Get To The Center Of A Tootsie Pop Would you rather be Gandalf or Luke Skywalker? Ok, I haven’t been asked to answer number four or five but if they did I suppose I could and would come up with an answer. Ask me who has been asking these questions and I’ll point my finger at my daughter and some of her school friends. I’ll tell you about how I showed up to pick her up and three little…
  • Does Your Blog Need A Logo?

    Joshua Wilner
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Does Your Blog Need A Logo? The answer to the question is yes, your blog needs a logo. It needs some kind of image that helps distinguish it from the others. There is an awful lot of noise out there and if you want to memorable and recognized a logo can go a long way to making that happen. But bear in mind that it doesn’t replace the need for good content. Anyone who says otherwise is a damn fool and in need of my size 12 boot in their ass. How is that for a friendly sort of hello. Ok, it is not very friendly and not particularly endearing unless of course you like grumpy forty something…
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • Giveaway: Win The Step2 2-in-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor (Round 2)!

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If the past month has taught me anything, it's that most of you LOVE the Step2 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor and want one for the special little one(s) in your life. As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I recently gave readers a chance to win one, and the response was so overwhelming that Step2 has teamed-up with my fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro (check out her review of the Raptor) to give away one more, and once again, THE ROCK FATHER is in on that action! We're getting one lucky reader (or, their kids) ready to roll in one of the coolest rides you'll…
  • Giveaway: Win a BATMAN '66 Bleacher Creatures Complete Set!

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    This year, something really cool happened... a door was opened to a world that hadn't really been explored in a very long time when it comes to pop culture collectibles and fun stuff: The BATMAN Classic TV Series became fair game. I've covered a lot of cool 1966 BATMAN items here on THE ROCK FATHER, but this one is up there in the POW! factor - something to be shared and enjoyed between kids and grownups alike. Ahead of the long-awaited Blu-ray and DVD release of the classic series comes a new line of "Feature Creatures" from the folks at Bleacher Creatures, LLC. When my Holiday Gift Guide…
  • 3rd Annual Partnership Between WWE and SUSAN G. KOMEN Begins Tonight in Chicago... #CourageConquerCure

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Beginning tonight in Chicago on MONDAY NIGHT RAW (for which we will be in attendance), WWE and SUSAN G. KOMEN will expand their partnership for their third annual breast cancer awareness campaign. WWE Superstars and Divas will be wearing co-branded Susan G. Komen and WWE apparel as all WWE platforms go pink for the "Courage Conquer Cure" campaign, which will continue through National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. Susan G KomenCancerWWEChicagoCharity
  • Hasbro scores rights to FROZEN and DISNEY PRINCESS Dolls for 2016 and beyond...

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Now this is a coup. Yes, Hasbro would like to build a snowman - and they soon will. Hasbro and Disney Consumer Products have entered into agreement for Hasbro to develop dolls and toys based on the DISNEY PRINCESS stories and characters, as well as the world of FROZEN beginning in 2016. These lines move over from Mattel, who has been producing Disney-based dolls for many years (we have quite a few here at Rock Father HQ). From the rumor department, there have been rumblings for awhile that Disney might be eyeing an eventual takeover of Hasbro (again, rumor and speculation here), but with…
  • Giveaway: Win the Step2 Deluxe Workshop for your little builders!

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Kids love to work like Mom and Dad, and there's nothing that embraces that more than giving them a workshop to call their own. As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I get to check out (and sometimes give away) some of the coolest toys around, all of which nurture imaginative play. This week, I'm really excited to be joining Step2, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Our Southern Style and Viva Veltoro to get one lucky reader set-up with the Step2 Deluxe Workshop - the perfect place for kids to "fix" their toys and "build" fun projects just like a grownup! GiveawayStep2WorkImaginative PlayToys
 
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    The Talking Dad

  • Cedar Point HalloWeekends: still scary, even more child-friendly

    Christopher
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    If there’s one defining characteristic of Cedar Point during the fall months, it’s that HalloWeekends is an absolute blast. This year, Cedar Point has taking their game up a notch with an increased focus on family-friendly activities. The Talking Dad family made our annual HalloWeekends trip to experience everything the “Roller Coast” has to offer this scary season. While Cedar Point is recognized as home to the greatest collection of roller coasters in the world, I sometimes hear that our family-friends (especially those with young children) are apprehensive of…
  • Bad Lip Reading: The Walking Dead Season 4

    Christopher
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Holy crap! Shrimp Dogs and Pizza had me dying and then Carl’s song. Wow, just wow! Check out the video above and tell me what you think. I’m dying!
  • Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day tributes Wreck-it-Ralph

    Christopher
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In the latest clip from Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day pays a fun tribute to one of my favorite animated movies Wreck-it Ralph. In the clip (above), Alexander’s older brother Anthony (played by Dylan Minnette), works at apologizing to his prom date. His overzealous reaction results in…a little bit of destruction! Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with…
  • My Childhood Experience With Schoolyard Bullies

    Christopher
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    I don’t discuss this period of my life often, it’s difficult to remember all the details. But I do remember hating Junior High School. I went to three of them, which also meant I was the “new kid” multiple times. Each school presented its own challenges, but the bullies hardly changed. I was a freckle-face heavy kid. I was constantly reminded of this fact in gym class. Behind the fog of aerosol deodorant (popular in those days), other boys would snicker and make remarks as I changed out of my sweaty gym clothes. Eventually one kid “up’d his game”.
  • Toy Talk: VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House Hideaway Playset

    Christopher
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    VTech, makers of electronic learning toys, are producing great toys designed for toddlers. Following the award-winning success of the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels in 2012, the new Go! Go! Smart Animals feature traditional role-play infused with modern technology for an engaging, multi-sensory learning experience. For the purposes of this review, VTech sent us the Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House Hideaway Playset. This playset is recommended for children 1-5 years, MSRP of $29.99. The following is an account of our experience. Opinions are my own. First Impressions Unboxing of the Smart Animals…
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • It’s National Coffee Day. Buy some coffee. Help our adoption

    Matt Todd
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    The powers that be have declared today to be National Coffee Day. If you’re a coffee drinker, I’m not sure why you need a specific date for you to celebrate coffee. I mean, every day is coffee day for many of you. Right?So it’s National Coffee Day. And you love coffee. You also want to do good with your purchase. I’ve got a proposal for YOU!You can support our adoption by buying coffee from Just Love Coffee, a portion of the proceeds will go directly towards our efforts to bring our boy home.I don’t drink much coffee, but I know this is some high qualityquality…
  • Star Wars Rebels

    Matt Todd
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Having watched this…And then read this…I think it’s safe to say that I’m excited about the upcoming Star Wars Rebels series.I hope the Force is strong with this one.The post Star Wars Rebels appeared first on Life in the Fishbowl.
  • “My life is but a weaving…”

    Matt Todd
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Ever look back on a series of events and see that all the pieces were coming together perfectly? Ever look back and realize that the hand of God had to be orchestrating things because there’s no way that you could make things happen the way they did? Ever stand back and say, “Wow. Everything that has happened, the good and the bad, has led my life to this moment“? It leaves you awestruck and breathless. Well, it leaves me awestruck and breathless, anyway.While I cannot share many details right now, I promise I will in the very near future. In the meantime, let me say…
  • Our lives changed after we took this picture 5 years ago

    Matt Todd
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    We took this picture five years ago today. It was the last time we were together as a family of four.A few minutes after this, the kids drove off with their Papaw. Soon after that, Christy and I boarded a plane. Our ultimate destination was a Little Girl in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Five years ago today, we were ending one leg of our family’s journey.Five years ago today, we were starting another leg of our family’s journey.Five years ago…Wow.How has it already been five years since we went from being a family of four to a family of five?It couldn’t have happened without…
  • 9/11, ISIS, and a different response (aka the post I don’t want to write)

    Matt Todd
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    I’m going to be honest here. I’ve been struggling with writing this post for quite some time. I don’t really feel like I have any real answers here. And I like answers. I like to have my posts tied up in a neat little package with a nifty bow to present to you, dear reader.I also hesitate to post this because it feel like I’m choosing to be a little naïve. And nobody likes to appear naïve.And maybe I’m struggling with this thought that’s been rattling around in my head and my heart because…well…I don’t LIKE these thoughts. But I have to…
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    A Daddy Blog

  • Hilarious Video Spoof of Apple Ads by IKEA

    Michael Schmid
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    IKEA unveils their new BookBook in a hilarious video spoof that channels Apple's minimalist advertising style. It's a great video pitting low-tech against high!
  • Top 5 Random Acts of Road Kindness

    Michael Schmid
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Top 5 totally awesome random acts of road kindness we all can and should commit. It's really fun! Also, did you sign the "Drive Safe Today Day" pledge? Do it now!
  • 7 Tips for the First Day of Kindergarten

    Michael Schmid
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Here are the 7 top tips from parents regarding a child's first day of Kindergarten. I'd love your advice. Is there anything you'd add to this list?
  • My Name is Not Pumpkin!

    Michael Schmid
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    After I finished her bedtime story and started to turn off the light, our nearly six-year-old daughter said, “Don’t call me Pumpkin. That’s not my name.” While I don’t remember saying it, I must have said, “Goodnight, Pumpkin. I love you.” The pet-name is now a long established habit. She followed up with, “Goodnight, Banana!” … Continue reading »
  • 70 Top Movies by Year – What was #1 on Your Birthday?

    Michael Schmid
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    From 1930's "Tom Sawyer" through 2000's "Toy Story 3", here are 7 decades of top grossing movies for each year. What was the big movie the year you were born?
 
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    Chilldad

  • 20 Items For Your Family’s Survival Kit

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

    Michael Berman
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Double-Edge razors are all the rage these days. From Baxters of California to Jack Black, a number of companies are trying to convince us that we’ve been shaving all wrong and it’s time to hearken back to the days of old. So is there any merit to this growing trend? What are the benefits of switching from your typical 5 bladed razor to a double-edge? We spoke with a self-styled shaving connoisseur to learn what all the brouhaha was about. Turns out, he makes some pretty convincing arguments. Here are 7 reasons to consider switching to a double-edge razor. 1. Shave Money That’s…
  • 10 Rock Star Dads

    Michael Berman
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll… and diapers? Just doesn’t have a ring to it, does it? How do you maintain the aura of a rockstar when you’ve got kids back home? In the same vein, how are we as modern dads supposed to “keep our cool” as we transition from freewheelin’, beer-drinkin’, late-night partyin’ 20 year olds… to 30-something dads? It’s more of a question we’re asking than an answer we’re providing: can dads keep their cool? Here’s a look at 10 rock star dads who managed to keep their families together despite the ‘highs’ and lows of incredible fame. 1. Steven…
  • 20 Groan-Inducing Dad Jokes

    Michael Berman
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Every dad has them tucked away in their repertoire, just waiting for the right moment to trot them out and elicit a chorus of groans from the family. That’s right. They’re dad jokes, and they’re here to stay. If your steady rotation is feeling a little stale or you simply want to add some depth to your bench, here are 20 Groan-Inducing Dad Jokes to drop on your kids. Disclaimer: we take no responsibility for any groans, eye-rolls or face-palms that result from the use of these jokes: ~1~ When a big bug splatters all over your windshield… Dad: “He won’t have the guts…
  • Can You Teach Greatness?

    Michael Berman
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Some say greatness can’t be taught. Either you have it, or you don’t. And to a certain degree, that’s true. Nobody would deny that when it comes to God-given talent, the “nature” side of the argument has a strong case. After all, it’s God-given, right? But what about “Nurture”? What if your child has the latent abilities, but never actualizes them? Are there things you should be doing as a parent to draw out your child’s natural talent, so he or she can become a champion, a trailblazer… one of the elite? It turns out, there are. Introduction “He’s always understood…
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    City Dads Group

  • 5 Reasons Why My Child is in an Independent School

    Christopher Persley
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Independent school is not for everyone, whether for financial, social or religious concerns. But I know that my family is quite fortunate to be able to make a choice and attend this new school, and the school is also fortunate to have us.
  • City Dads Expands to Dallas, Las Vegas

    City Dads Group
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    City Dads Group continues to grow its diverse community of dudes who defy the “doofus dad” stereotype, recently adding outposts its 12th and 13th U.S. cities.
  • My 5-Year-Old Has an Instagram Account

    Zach Rosenberg
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When he’s got more than a handful of photos – what types of themes will emerge? Where in his world does he find beauty? Most importantly, will I be able to steer him clear of his favorite 5-year-old topics – poop, his own wiener and bugs he’s stepped on?
  • At-Home Dads Convention a Mile High Success

    City Dads Group
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Congratulations to our friends and partners in paternal parenting at the National At-Home Dad Network for throwing a successful convention, its 19th, in Denver over the weekend.
  • 9 Ways to Make Playgrounds Better for Kids and Adults

    David Lesser
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m not asking for much, just a playground designed with my particular needs and desires in mind. And, you know, fun for my kids.
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