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  • Körperpflege mit dem Dusch WC

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    PapaAusBerlin
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Ich habe ja bereits über die japanische Toilette aka das Dusch WC berichtet. Wer es auch auf der Toilette sehr reinlich mag und wem es schon immer vor der Verwendung riesiger Mengen Papier grauste, der kann mit dem Dusch WC einen richtigen guten Treffer landen. Diese ausgereiften und bewährten sanitären Anlagen begeistern weltweit Millionen Menschen und die Toiletten dieser Bauart versprechen in jedem Fall eine umfassende Reinigung und Hygiene. Es ist schließlich so, dass Papier auch in seiner softesten Variante nicht viel hergibt, wenn man es mit einem warmen, intensiv reinigenden…
  • Den Garten winterfest machen – woran muss alles gedacht werden?

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    Marian
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Einer alten Weisheit zufolge sollte man den Garten möglichst bis zum 21 Oktober winterfest machen. Deshalb ist es empfehlenswert, sich bereits ab Herbstanfang eine Aufgaben-Checkliste zusammenzustellen, damit der Garten für den ersten Frosteinbruch gerüstet ist. Wer sich im nächsten Frühjahr erneut der blühenden Pracht erfreuen will, sollte darauf achten, manche Pflanzen bereits im Herbst zu säen, andere winterfest zu machen oder die empfindlichsten im Warmen unterzubringen. Pflanzen & Boden vor Kälte schützen Will man, dass im Frühjahr Lilien, Narzissen oder Dahlien blühen,…
  • オンライン取引に特化したスタイルになっています

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    mdhoge
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    レバレッジが違うだけで利益・損失ともに大幅に異なってきます。、この副業にはふさわしいんではないでしょうか。そのモチベーションを保ち続けスキルを磨くのに余念がなければ、みんながみなFXの知識を持っているわけではありません。どれだけ忍耐強く続けてきたかということに他なりません。…
  • GenderBent Halloween 2014

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

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    Mike Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    #Techgating is where tech meets the tailgate to create a better game day experience. AT&T wants to make sure college football fans are up on the latest apps and gadgets while on lightning fast connections to make game day better than ever – whether you’re enjoying the game at home, on the go or at the game. Meet us on Twitter to discuss game day, your favorite teams and tech. And we’re giving away great prizes to help take your game day festivities to the next level. Join us for the #TechGating Twitter Chat on October 23rd at 6pm PST/ 9pm EST! This #TechGating…
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  • Körperpflege mit dem Dusch WC

    PapaAusBerlin
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Ich habe ja bereits über die japanische Toilette aka das Dusch WC berichtet. Wer es auch auf der Toilette sehr reinlich mag und wem es schon immer vor der Verwendung riesiger Mengen Papier grauste, der kann mit dem Dusch WC einen richtigen guten Treffer landen. Diese ausgereiften und bewährten sanitären Anlagen begeistern weltweit Millionen Menschen und die Toiletten dieser Bauart versprechen in jedem Fall eine umfassende Reinigung und Hygiene. Es ist schließlich so, dass Papier auch in seiner softesten Variante nicht viel hergibt, wenn man es mit einem warmen, intensiv reinigenden…
  • Die Leistungen der Alten

    PapaAusBerlin
    13 Sep 2010 | 6:42 am
    Ich will hier auch mal eine Lanze für die Alten brechen. Deren Position und „Bedeutung“ inmitten unserer Wachstumsverliebten Gesellschaft wird ja gerade wieder heftig diskutiert. Beispiel Renteneintrittsalter. Unsere Lebenserwartung steigt. Das ist natürlich eine wunderbare Sache, führt aber gesamtgesellschaftlich schnell zu Problemen. Wie jeder weiß sind unsere Sozialsysteme auf Solidarität aufgebaut, was jedoch im Falle einer erwarteten Überalterung nicht mehr funktionieren kann. Nur eine extreme Überlastung der mittleren Generationen mit Steuern und Arbeitskraft könnte die…
  • Warum wir eine Polin als Pflegerin eingestellt haben

    PapaAusBerlin
    13 Mar 2008 | 6:39 am
    Als mein Vater vor einiger Zeit einen unter alten Leuten gefürchteten Oberschenkelhalsbruch erlitt, er war im Winter beim Schneeschippen ausgerutscht, war es nach dem Aufenthalt im Krankenhaus mit dem selbstständigen Leben auf dem Land vorbei. Das Gehen fiel ihm immer schwerer und meine Mutter, ebenso über 80, war mehr oder minder auf dem Hof auf sich allein gestellt. Das konnte natürlich nicht funktionieren und so boten wir den beiden an, bei uns mit einzuziehen. Ein Heim kam nicht in Frage, das wollten sie nicht, zumal meine Mutter noch recht rüstig ist. Die üblichen Verrichtungen des…
  • Dad Gone Mad

    PapaAusBerlin
    13 Mar 2006 | 5:37 am
    Hi Leute, hier schreibt Euch einer dieser angeblich überbezahlten und definitiv überlasteten Väter. Wir Väter (und Männer) sind ja mittlerweile ein großes Thema: So wird das Ende der Männer ausgerufen, ein neues Vaterbild aufgestellt und diskutiert, werden wir Väter vor ganz neue Herausforderungen gebracht, die wir bitteschön mit unserer genuinen Kraft und unserem dann doch wieder akzeptablen Verstand lösen sollen. Mich nervt das ein bißchen und ich finde sowohl Gleichmacherei wie auch überzogene Differenzierung bei der Geschlechterfrage unangebracht. Man sollte sich mal fragen,…
  • Die Japanische Toilette für Jedermann?

    PapaAusBerlin
    13 Dec 2005 | 7:16 am
    Natürlich sind japanische Toiletten für den Besucher dieses fernöstlichen Landes zunächst vielleicht auch eine kleine Zumutung, wenn sie auch nicht als unangenehm beschrieben werden. Im Gegenteil, die Nutzer eines Dusch WC´s loben dessen vorzügliche Eigenschaften in puncto Hygiene und Sauberkeit, doch wer schon einmal in Japan auf den Topf gegangen ist, der weiß um die für Europäer zunächst einmal etwas übertrieben wirkende Vielseitigkeit dieser Toiletten. Dabei ist das Prinzip natürlich überall auf der Welt das gleiche, denn hier in Europa wie dort in Ostasien reinigt das Wasch…
 
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  • Den Garten winterfest machen – woran muss alles gedacht werden?

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

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

    Marian
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Wer heute einen Neuwagen kauft, erhält ein Fahrzeug, das schon serienmäßig ab Werk mit einem Innenraum-Filter ausgestattet ist. Luftfilter reinigen die von der Lüftung in den Fahrzeug-Innenraum geleitete Außenluft von Schadstoffen, Staub, Ruß, Abrieb-Teilchen, Pollen und – im Fall von Aktivkohlefiltern – auch von Duftstoffen und schädlichen Gasen wie Benzol und Ozon, die ebenfalls Allergien auslösen können. Zwischen Luftfiltern und Pollen-Filtern gibt es prinzipiell keinen Unterschied, da beide die angesaugte Außenluft reinigen. Allerdings sind Kombi-Luftfilter mit…
  • 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.
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  • オンライン取引に特化したスタイルになっています

    mdhoge
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    レバレッジが違うだけで利益・損失ともに大幅に異なってきます。、この副業にはふさわしいんではないでしょうか。そのモチベーションを保ち続けスキルを磨くのに余念がなければ、みんながみなFXの知識を持っているわけではありません。どれだけ忍耐強く続けてきたかということに他なりません。…
  • 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。
 
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  • GenderBent Halloween 2014

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

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

    concretin_nik
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:37 pm
    That title = ‘nuff said. But you need photographic evidence, I know. Seriously, that's just the BOX! I received a most excellent Father’s Day present from Hasbro last week. I arrived home from a 3 day camping trip with TheBoy (more on that at a later date) to find a BFbox o’ new toys* promoting the new Transformers: Age of Extinction movie opening this Friday. *(I’m 41. I believe “collector pieces” is the proper term, right?) #bananaforscale I now own more Transformer toys than I’ve ever had in my life! And NONE of them are hand me downs! (That’s a big deal for the…
  • 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…
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  • Join us Thursday for the AT&T #TechGating Twitter Party And Win Gift Cards and New Phones!

    Mike Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    #Techgating is where tech meets the tailgate to create a better game day experience. AT&T wants to make sure college football fans are up on the latest apps and gadgets while on lightning fast connections to make game day better than ever – whether you’re enjoying the game at home, on the go or at the game. Meet us on Twitter to discuss game day, your favorite teams and tech. And we’re giving away great prizes to help take your game day festivities to the next level. Join us for the #TechGating Twitter Chat on October 23rd at 6pm PST/ 9pm EST! This #TechGating…
  • 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…
 
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  • The Most Advanced Halloween Costume Ever

    Charlie
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Sometimes I wish I had more definable skills when it came to crafts. Specifically, I wish I could make better costumes and props for my kids. I love playing with my boys, and Halloween is my favorite holiday. My costumes are usually “meh” unless I have help. I suck at it. So, I get to watch YouTube videos of incredibly talented dads making amazing stuff for their kids. This one takes the cake for me. Check it out… Subscribe to our channel: click here! So, does this guy win the parenting awards or what?
  • Parenterms: “Poouquet”

    Andy
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    Like finely crafted wine, you can tell a lot by the fragrances of things, though in this case, a really groady cheese might be a more fitting analogy. Normally a wine’s bouquet refers not just to the first nostril impression of a particular grown-up grape juice, it also refers to the scent (or stank) it develops post-fermentation. It’s the same for poop. It always has a distinct (or distinkty) bouquet: a poouquet. When a baby or kid cracks open a load from the cellar of their bum, by smell alone, one can learn to tell an entire long-winded Yelp review’s worth of information…
  • Pretend Parenting

    Charlie
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    I’m not a perfect person. But, I like to pretend to think I am… When we found out WE were pregnant (I LOVE that phrase), I decided I would be the best father to ever walk the face of the Earth. All men before me would pale in comparison and children would flock from all directions to be graced with by my fathering skills… …until I didn’t get any sleep. Then, I was an irascible a-hole with a short fuse to everyone except children and even they were suspect in my book. That whole flocking thing? Yeah, everyone could flock off. Those perfect Stepford Dads? I hoped…
  • My Kid Just Said… #56

    Andy
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    “I gonna take dis gwass of water an’ pour it in dat bowl of dirt. Because… ya aaaaaaalways need mud.” -Lucas (2013, 5 years old)   My cheeks cramped from smiling after he said this, but I kept watching with my spasmodic smirk as he happily turned dirt into mud with water, and my brow huddled up as I thought about it (because I don’t know how to ever not think when I’m not sleeping, sometimes not even then). What if that was the secret of the Universe? The answer to the purpose of life? Playing with mud. Maybe we all just need more mud. Think about it. Not…
  • A Mother Photographs Her One-Armed Daughter in Scenes of Beauty and Whimsy

    Andy
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photographs can tell a story, show evidence, capture history and controversy… They can also enter into worlds of wonder and imagination, breaking the boundary of captured reality and enter into the suggestion of fantasy. Holly Spring, brilliant photographer and mother of her one-armed daughter, decided to create new worlds with her handimazing little girl. Ugh. I just love them all so much. Like her HSpringPhotography Facebook Page. Follow her on @PhotosbyHSpring. Visit her website at www.hollyspringphotography.com.   Follow us on Facebook. We’re whimsical sometimes, too.
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  • Five Fun Games With Money

    Dan
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    Ask somebody to name a fun game involving money and they’d probably answer “Monopoly”. However they would be wrong. Because while Monopoly certainly does have money in it, there is no way on earth that it could ever be accused of being “fun”. Tedious, agonising, and frustrating – yes. Fun? Not in my experience anyhow. Here’s five money focused board games that are hands down superior to moving a little metal dog around a neverend board. For Sale For Sale designed by Stefan Dorra and is quick and easy card game for 3-6 players. In it you are a real…
  • How to Win at Strategy Games

    Dan
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Strategy games are all about testing your ability to think and adapt against an opponent or opponents. Practice and patience are important, but your success will also rely upon your natural ability to react. Board Games Examples: Monopoly, Risk, Chess When playing board games, a substantial component to your success is the skill of other players. Learn the rules, play consistently and take advantage of any weaknesses you see in the other player’s defenses. Each game usually has a specific strategy or trick that is difficult to beat. Look online for guides. As an example, in Monopoly a…
  • Games for a Horde of 8 Year Olds

    Dan
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:12 am
    Last week I was feeling the gaming urge rather strongly. Unfortunately all my regular gaming sessions had been cancelled, and even Mike turned my suggestions of an impromptu two-player game of something. So in a fit of desperation shallowly disguised as parental involvement I asked my 8 year old son if he would like to invite some of his friends over for a games night. I play a lot of board games with my children, particularly my son. However I’ve never really played with a larger group of kids before and so I was a little nervous about how well it would go down. A group of 8 year old…
  • Concept: Board Game Review

    Dan
    23 May 2014 | 6:28 am
    Opening the box for Concept feels much like unpacking a new iPad. There is same matt white plastic, the same clean and simple design philosophy, and the same tactile thrill as you pulled the components from the insert. In fact the only real difference in between opening a iPad and opening Concept is that you don’t have to re-mortgage your house in order to do it. Its not just the packaging that shares the aesthetics of Apple products. The game board itself resembles some sort of giant iOS display. Dozens of square icons with rounded corners sitting in neat columns. The only thing…
  • Monopoly: A Love-Hate Relationship

    Dan
    11 May 2014 | 3:45 am
    When you think of a classic board game, you probably think of Monopoly. Versions of the game have been played by friends and families for over 100 years. Based off the 1906 game The Landlord’s Game, the first version of Monopoly was created in 1933, which launched Parker Brothers distribution of a version in 1935. A few years later, Parker Brothers earned licensing rights to sell the game outside of the US. Today, it has been translated into 43 different languages, and is sold in over 111 different countries across the world. Every once in a while, it can be fun to break out the classic…
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  • Katie Woo Lives Here Too!

    SoulSnax
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Right before the birth of our second child five years ago, we moved back to the Philip Roth suburbs in which I grew up. Back when I was a kid in the 1980s, if you weren't Jewish, you were either Irish or Italian, with the exception of a dozen or so Asian families. And if you were Asian, you were probably Filipino. And all the Filipinos knew each other either from church or through our parents
  • Help the Alphabet Rockers Fund Their TV Pilot!

    Chris Fan
    22 May 2013 | 10:37 am
    My friends Stefanie Liang and Kaitlin McGaw, along with their collaborator Tommy Shepherd, have been entertaining and educating crowds of children for the past several years as the Alphabet Rockers -- and are now trying to make the jump to TV! They've been writing and performing positive, educational hip-hop songs for live audiences around the country, and amassing fans of all ages along the
  • For Janet Liang and for all our children, be one of #170in7

    daddy in a strange land
    17 Sep 2012 | 4:20 pm
    Janet Liang, a vibrant 25 year old UCLA graduate and a leukemia patient who spent years championing leukemia awareness and Asian American bone marrow registration, passed away last week. In Janet’s memory, this site is partnering with a network of other prominent Asian American sites to host 170 in 7: A Bone Marrow Cyberdrive in Memory of Janet Liang. Twelve years ago this month, years
  • Jackie Chan in the Eagle Dad's Shadow

    Vincent Young
    29 Jul 2012 | 5:00 am
    When I think of Jackie Chan, I usually think of a Kung Fu fighting Harold Lloyd. Jackie's the bumbler, the well-intentioned but clumsy "nice guy" who's just happened to save the day. Off the screen (from the interviews I've seen and read and the out take footage at the end of his movies), Jackie seems to be just as nice and well-intentioned as the characters he's played. Up until recently, I
  • Vincent Chin, Danny Chen, and Coping with Betrayal

    Vincent Young
    1 Jul 2012 | 6:21 am
    Originally Posted at http://cranialgunk.com/blog/2012/06/30/vincent-and-danny-and-coping-with-betrayal/ Last weekend marked the 30th Anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin. The week that lead up to it was filled with posts from across the blogosphere about Vincent and the legacy of how little Judge Kaufman valued the life of a Chinese American versus the lives of the
 
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  • too soon?

    snowdeal
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    is before halloween too soon to turn on christmas lights? our 3 year old neighbor asked in july “sir, why do you still have your christmas lights up?” me: “because I can.” ( of course we don’t leave them on all year round. and normally we do take them down but, well…procrastination. )
  • “Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.”

    snowdeal
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    the title is a quote from one of the two characters in my 80s costume mash up. the other character is easy to guess but only a few at work could guess the quote character with suspenders, power tie and a giant cell phone. in a bit of trivia, the corncob standing next to me is wearing an outfit i wore six years ago in a local parade while i handed out ov milk and string cheese. i can’t remember if i wore any underwear but i think he’s probably ok either way
  • day 3768: and so it begins.

    snowdeal
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    odin’s first “regular season” hockey practice on home ice. he’s in the red socks. kris is on the hockey association board and the parent rep for odin’s team so it’s going to be even more all hockey all the time this season
  • recipe: pumpkin pie ice cream!

    snowdeal
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    since we’re all drowning in pumpkin spice flavored concoctions that don’t contain any pumpkin leading some to deep understanding jean baudrillard and simulation, i thought i’d try my hand at making a “pumpkin pie” ice cream ( actually a custard ) made with real pumpkin. the results is incredible. it really tastes like a creamy, sweet, frozen pumpkin pie. A++ will make again. ingredients 1 cup organic valley half-and-half 6 organic valley egg yolks 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 3/4 tsp. pumpkin spice 2 cups organic valley heavy whipping cream 1 1/2 cups…
  • to every thing there is a season.

    snowdeal
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    7 mile run. Soon the corn i’ve been watching grow while occasionally almost forrest gumping it will be harvested and then the snow will fall. and then, the soybeans will be planted.
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  • Halloween 2014: The Big Friendly Giant

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

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

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

    12 Dec 2013 | 9:41 am
    1. Like most Michiganders we try to go up north every year and this past summer we rented a little farmhouse in one of the nicest corners of the state and we liked it so much we rented it again for the Thanksgiving weekend and headed up into the snow for an early and cozy little glimpse of the winter to come. It was a treat to see all the heavily-touristed areas more subdued. We walked (and
  • Halloween 2013: Anubis and King Tut

    1 Nov 2013 | 9:31 am
    The kids decided to go with an ancient Egyptian theme this year. I loved the idea of taking a Halloween classic like a mummy costume and adding a bit of craftsmanship and educational quality to it (while keeping it super creepy, of course). After they made their choice in September we started reading all the books we could find about mummies and we reread old books I loved as a kid like The
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  • Is Dad EVER Appropriate – Our #Halloween Comic

    Bruce Sallan
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
  • Are Your Feelings Your Moral Guide? #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    We live in a world that seems to be governed by "feelings." The classic therapy question is, "How do you feel (about that)?" Well, SHOULD our feelings be our guide in life and decisions? THAT is this week's Moral Question of the Week. Add your thoughts in the comment section, below...
  • The Ultimate Quest – Balancing #Work and #Family – with Darren Rowse aka @ProBlogger at #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    This Thursday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET we will take on that evergreen topic and contemporary struggle of HOW to balance work and family: Work-Life Balance. And, we've got Darren Rowse aka @ProBlogger to lead us in this important dialogue. Anyone EVER struggle with this issue? I've regularly expressed that we ALL need tech time-outs. One of my suggestions to help with this problem is that families have a tech basket at the family dining table. At ANY meal, ALL devices go in the basket, turned OFF! We'll be talking about small issues like: ~~ Work hours ~~ Taking work HOME with…
  • Making a Living #Money #Work #Career #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    A recent study reflected a remarkable change in parents’ expectations for their children’s future. For the first time in memory, the majority of parents did NOT expect their children to exceed their parent’s fiscal success. And, in my opinion, this is the reality we are currently facing. I had it easier than my boys’ do and will. I was lucky. They may not be so lucky. Making a living in a single career has gone the way of the horseless carriage. Making a good living, period, is now a genuine challenge! Two recent conversations really startled me. One was with a married friend, who is…
  • We’re Moving #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
 
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  • Fried Chicken Fried Rice. Y'all.

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

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

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

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

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

    greg
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    In the case of Ruth Baby Ginsburg vs. every other baby Halloween costume in existence, the Court rules unanimously in favor of the plaintiff. There is no dissent. [via dt neighbor sarah]
  • Goodnight Rolling Stone

    greg
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    In the great green room, there was a telephone and a Rolling Stone snorting out of a spoon As befits any Goodnight Moon parody about Keith Moon, this one turns NSFBedtime. And some of the rhymes do make one wonder if anyone at Rolling Stone has actually read Goodnight Moon. But it exists, and that's enough. And it leaves a lot of good lines on the table [heh] for the future creators of Goodnight Keith Moon. So there's hope. Goodnight Spoon | Keith Richards' Lost Kiddie Classic [rollingstone]
  • We Are Terrorizing Our Children

    greg
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Launa Hall, a Pre-K teacher in Northern Virginia, writes in the Washington Post about lockdown drills. There will be a longterm psychological, emotional, and political price for these lockdowns, what Hall calls, with righteous outrage, "rehearsing our deaths," and it will be paid by our children. Rehearsing for death: A pre-K teacher on the trouble with lockdown drills [washpost]
  • Tripe Too Delicious To Factcheck

    greg
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    1952: 'Win the weight of your baby in tripe!' pic.twitter.com/cqR6k4lsMz via @Colvinius #austerity— Hari Kunzru (@harikunzru) October 28, 2014 Not everything was better in the old days. Take parody book marketing campaigns, for instance. "The Tripe Council was originally known as The Tripe Industry Development Council and, briefly, the British Tripe Council." [tripemarketingboard.co.uk]
  • A Is For Activist, The Boardbook Of The 99%, Now Available In Spanish

    greg
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    A is for Activist is the alphabet boardbook "for the unflinching progressive with a child/children in your life." And by now, I assume he or she already has it. So now we'd like to open it up to the wishy-washier progressives, the progressive-curious, and occasional recyclers and Prius admirers of all stripes. A is for Activist will give your kid the foundation she needs to work for social justice and a sustainable, habitable planet, while you shop your way back from the edge of revolution. And now it's available in Spanish! A de Activista has just been released, and it looks like a libro…
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  • 5 Things About the Beethoven’s Treasure Tail Blu-ray

    Ken
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    The kids and I recently watched Beethoven’s Treasure Tail on Blu-ray. Universal Studios Home Entertainment sent it to me for review on my dad blog. In the past, there have been a bunch of Beethoven movies. My kids and I have not seen any of the previous films. As far as I can tell, Beethoven’s Treasure Tail is a stand-alone movie. You don’t need to see any of the other films to enjoy the latest Beethoven movie, which we did enjoy. It’s humorous and is a decent family film. Beethoven’s Treasure Tail is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading to learn…
  • Disney On Ice Let’s Celebrate is Fun for All

    Ken
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    The kids and I went to Disney on Ice on Sunday at the Moda Center. It’s the first time we’ve been to a Disney on Ice show. It was awesome and we had a fun time. The theme of the show was Let’s Celebrate! It was a wonderful celebration that featured great tunes and a million and one Disney characters. OK, that was a little exaggeration, but you get the picture. Read more: Disney On Ice Let’s Celebrate is Fun for All Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny…
  • Lionsgate Horror Movie Giveaway

    Ken
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a scary movie to watch this weekend, consider seeing The Blair Witch Project, Cabin in the Woods, Exists, Cabin Fever and The Descent. To help promote their terror-tastic films, Lionsgate is giving away a UV digital HD download code for The Blair Witch Project on my dad blog. Continue reading to find out how you can win the move. Read more: Lionsgate Horror Movie Giveaway 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
  • Earth To Echo and Devil’s Hand Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Good morning dads and moms! Yesterday was my birthday, but we’re celebrating today with a Halloween party. Before the party begins, I have three winner announcements. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad and movie blogs. The Devil’s Hand Giveaway (dad blog, ends 10/28) Fluffy Movie Blu-ray Sweepstakes (movie blog, ends 10/30) Beethoven Blu-ray Giveaway (dad blog, ends 10/31) Read more: Earth To Echo and Devil’s Hand Giveaways Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy…
  • Beethoven’s Treasure Tail Giveaway and Activity Sheets – win the Blu-ray

    Ken
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I have a fun giveaway on my dad blog today. Thanks to Universal Studios Home Entertainment, I’m giving the new Beethoven’s Treasure Tail Blu-ray. The movie is about a dog named Beethoven. It stars Jonathan Silverman as Beethoven’s trainer. Co-stars include Morgan Fairchild, Kristy Swanson and Jeffrey Combs. Beethoven’s Treasure Tail will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital HD on October 28th. Continue reading to find out how to win the Blu-ray. Read more: Beethoven’s Treasure Tail Giveaway and Activity Sheets – win the Blu-ray Daddy Forever Dad Blog |…
 
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  • Tactile Joy

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

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

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

    Brett Nordquist
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Comic Book Heaven from E.J. McLeavey-Fisher on Vimeo.
  • 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…
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  • My 7-year-old son made the Tee-Vee news the other day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sheryl Sandberg may be a brilliant technology executive, but she's no Noah Webster. The chief operating officer of Facebook a year ago gave us her "sort of feminist manifesto" for women to succeed in business: Don't worry about being liked, don't give in too soon, work hard, and assert yourself. She padded that out to 240 pages, charged $24.95 a pop and called it "Lean In," a rallying cry that instead lent itself to jokes about shattering glass ceilings with low-cut blouses. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer…
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    Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords

  • A Season of Making Sense

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Today, I’m tired of the walking. I’m tired of screwing up, and I’m tired of other people treating Schuyler like a cute little pet who might pee on the carpet, rather than a complicated and nuanced human being. My weapon is a rubber sword today, and it feels especially ineffective. I’m just going to sit for a while and see what happens. I wish I had something in my tank, and I’m sure I will tomorrow. But not today. Sorry.
  • Goodbye, Petey

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Over the weekend, we said a sudden and unexpected goodbye to Petey, who had been with us since he was a tiny puppy in 2005. Petey was a shy and sensitive dog (nonverbal, too, ironically) and he and Julie in particular loved each other deeply. If Julie was home, Petey was next to her; I was very much Petey's B Team. But if Julie wasn't around, Petey and I were play buddies, growly wrestlers and shameless dance partners. Petey left a very sad bunch of people and pooches behind him. It hit me last night that I'll never sing my "Petey Bo-Beety, the Petey Pop Pop" song to him again. He left a hole…
  • The Path to Self-Advocacy

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt:Schuyler is never going to be a confrontational self-advocate, I feel pretty certain of that. She shies away from conflict, even as she holds the grudges that she develops as a result of it. Her own sense of justice doesn't always trump her desire to navigate her life with ease. She loves participating in marching band, for instance, even as she feels slighted by how she's treated (and more to the point, sometimes dismissed) by her band teachers from time to time. She's not interested in taking a stand, so she endures what she perceives as slights…
  • Teaching Students to Self-Advocate

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Amanda Morin and Robert Rummel-Hudson join The Inclusive Class Podcast this week! Amanda Morin is an advocate and author of The Everything Parent's Guide to Special Education. Robert Rummel-Hudson is author of Schuyler's Monster. Together, with Nicole and Terri, the conversation will be about teaching our student's to self-advocate - the pros, the cons, the pitfalls.Check Out Family Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Inclusive Class Podcast on BlogTalkRadio
 
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  • A Visit to the Nite Ize Factory Floor

    Dave Taylor
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    One of the many great things about living in an entrepreneur-friendly community like Boulder, Colorado is that there are a lot of innovations going on around us. From the food biz to pharma, tech and software to consumer electronics, it’s quite astonishing how much is happening and how many little companies are slowly but surely growing to become big companies, all within a few miles of our house. I recently connected with the team at Nite Ize, a company with a ton of really slick products all essentially based on night lights and safety lights, and asked them if my 10yo and I could pop…
  • An Afternoon Driving 2015 Toyota Cars…

    Dave Taylor
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Toyota kindly invited me to a test drive event featuring its 2015 cars, for which they rented space at the beautiful Coors Field baseball park. Separately, I’ve shared some photos from the behind-the-scenes tour of Coors Field, but I also want to write about the cars themselves. I have driven almost exclusively Toyota cars since I was an undergrad, including a Prius, a Tercel, a Supra convertible, a Sienna and my current car, a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. They’ve all been incredibly reliable and rugged and I’ve never had a major problem with any of them. Now I’ve owned…
  • Behind the Scenes at Coors Field

    Dave Taylor
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    As part of the new model year rollout from Toyota, I was invited to an event they held at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The event was focused on the 2015 model line Camry, Yaris and Sienna, but I’ll write about those in another article. When we were done with the presentation and test drives, we got a very nice tour of everything behind the scenes at Coors Field and that’s what I want to focus on in this post. In the spirit of disclosure, I have to admit I maybe get to 1-2 Colorado Rockies games a year at the ballpark because, well, because I find baseball rather boring. If it…
  • Better, more restful sleep? Breathe Right = sleep in

    Dave Taylor
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Never one to shy away from testing and experimenting, I was intrigued by the Breathe Right strips and when I learned they were introducing a lavender scented strip I was ready to give it a try for a few days and see how it would affect my sleep. Their slogan caught my attention: Breathe Right, Sleep In. Sleep in! An unimaginable luxury as a single parent. To set the stage, I tend to go to sleep late and get up early to get my kids to school by 8:00am. A typical night might have me heading to bed around midnight and up before my 7:00am alarm. Night after night. Why do I stay up so late? Part…
  • Consolidate all your social media with MessageHub

    Dave Taylor
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    If you’re active in social media like I am, you have a rather bewildering array of different news feeds to track. Between Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, Google Plus, SMS text messaging, iMessage, LinkedIn, Pinterest and I don’t even know what else, seems like my little notifications window on my iPhone is going non-stop. In fact, it’s common for other people to comment on it after a short period, typically “you sure are popular!”. If only they knew… :-) More seriously, this non-stop stream of information is endemic to our interrupt driven age, but it’s…
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  • Gone Girl

    12 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I took a writing course at Rice where the instructor explained that real life couldn’t be strictly followed as the script for a novel. Real life, she contended, is “too messy” which is why the closest any writer can get is to say their novel is only based on true story.  Blog writing, of course, isn’t constrained by such conventions and is, in actuality, the ideal canvas for capturing all that messiness of real life. If my life were a novel for instance, then Ashley and I would’ve met, fell deeply in love, and overcome crushing obstacles together on our way to a…
  • Why I HAVE to be a #HealthyDad

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Father and son after a 5k. He crushed me. I’ll admit that consciously adhering to a healthy lifestyle as a young father in my late 20’s and early 30’s was not something I gave a lot of thought to. And why should I? At that point in my life I was an Infantry office in Army and in pique physical condition. Working out regularly was part of my job, and thus shoveling down piles of whatever like Michael Phelps in training for the Olympics added not a pound to my lean, mean, 185-pound frame.  But things change. Eventually I left the military and entered the fast-paced corporate…
  • 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…
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  • 5 Simple Ways to Create Special Moments at the Dinner Table

    Frederick J. Goodall
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Over the past year, I’ve watched close friends and family members deal with cancer. Some of them were able to defeat the disease while others succumbed to it. This journey has kept me on an emotional roller coaster of joy and sadness. I’ve laughed heartily and cried deep tears of sorrow. But through it all, I’ve learned one major lesson – life is too short. We only have a limited amount of time to spend with our loved ones. It’s crucial that we make the most of it. But sometimes we allow busyness, outdated conventions, and some of our beliefs keep us from enjoying life to…
  • Domestic Violence is Not Funny

    Frederick J. Goodall
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Over the past few days, my social media streams have been flooded by photos of people wearing Rice Ray costumes. If you are unfamiliar with Ray Rice, he was an NFL running back who was caught on tape beating his fiancee in an elevator. In other words, he is an abuser. As I scrolled through the photos, I saw the following captions and hashtags: “I’m going home to beat my wife.” #hitabitch #domesticviolenceaintfunny #butmycostumeis #knockout I even saw one photo of a child who was no more than five years old dressed as Ray Rice and dragging a doll behind him. Many people…
  • A Conversation on Voter ID Laws, the Astrodome [Again], and a Brewery at Whole Foods

    Frederick J. Goodall
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    In this episode of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, my esteemed colleagues, Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen; Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg; ComedySportz Houston General Manager, Dianah Dulany; and I discuss the Supreme Court ruling reinstating the Texas Voter ID law, poll results on Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s idea for the Astrodome, and word that a new Whole Foods market opening this summer in Houston will include something unique to the chain – its own brewery. Listen to our conversation and share your thoughts in the comments section. Stay Strong,    …
  • Let’s Play Twitter Chat

    Frederick J. Goodall
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Join Mocha Dad, Dad or Alive, and Let’s Play on Monday, October 27 at 1 p.m. ET for the #LetsPlay Twitter chat. We will discuss ways to keep kids active, share play ideas, and talk about dads’ roles in promoting physical, emotional, social and intellectual development through play. In addition to a great conversation on these topics, we will also offer prizes to participants including: Two $50 VISA gift cards and one grand prize of a $100 VISA gift card You can RSVP (not necessary to win) by leaving your Twitter handle in comments section below (ie…
  • 6 Powerful Fatherhood Lessons From Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend

    Frederick J. Goodall
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Let me start by saying that Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend is focused on empowering women. For every man who was present at the event, there were at least 100 women. Going in, I realized that the content wouldn’t have a strong fatherhood focus. However, I decided to listen to each speaker carefully and extract nuggets of wisdom that would help me on my ongoing quest to be a better dad. After spending the weekend with Oprah and her panel of “trailblazers,” I was inspired and motivated to make improvements in my life. Here are 6 powerful fatherhood lessons that I…
 
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  • It’s My Seven Year Appleversary! #Mac #Apple

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

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

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

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

    Donny Claxton
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Southwest Airlines and Early-Bird Check-in As I said in the previous post, I LUV to fly Southwest Airlines. I have friends who work there, too, and the culture is admirable. But I have an issue with the whole Early-Bird Check-In scheme they’re running. To me it’s below the cultural integrity established long ago by the […] The post Southwest Airlines and Early-Bird Check-In appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
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  • Blowin' After The Wind

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

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

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

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Together we can rule the loo.An epic battle between good and evil has been waging in our house for some time now readers.And in a time when all seems lost, I hold out  hope that I can convert Lukas to see the light.  There have been a few times, without his knowledge, when I have actually witnessed him using the ancient and trusted ways.  Of course, not long after he was most certainly unduly influenced into using the unnatural method that he now practices.You see readers, Lukas has been taught to be a Folder.  I, on the other hand, have tried to teach him to be a…
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  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
 
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  • Flank Steak Recipe From A Childhood Memory

    Jay Cooney
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Don’t forget I’m giving away a $75 Amazon Gift Card or your very own Social Media Campaign this month…Come See! When I was a kid my mom (or me mum) used to make the most amazing flank steak…I carried the memory of it all through my life. A really vivid memory of that flavor, which was quite unlike any other. And until recently, I hadn’t had that flank steak in probably 30 years. Only being the dunce I am, it never really occurred to me to ask her for it, most likely because I’ve never been much in the kitchen besides a secret midnight chocolate binger. But…
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  • We Are At The End of The Road

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ian Newbold
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    How do you reward your children? Or anyone else's for that matter?For your kids do any of these warrant reward?Doing their school work.Putting their clean clothes away.Cleaning their plate and putting it in the dishwasher.Making their bed and opening curtains.Or is this expected behaviour that should go unrewarded?I've long had a problem with the 'good middle' when it comes to children.  And what I mean by the good middle, is the children not particularly excelling at anything, but still plodding on with a decent and expected level of performance.I've spent a little time mentoring in…
  • 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…
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  • Life is busy. Life is blessed.

    C.C. Chapman
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    There are so many different things going on in my world right now, that I haven’t stopped to write about them in a while. If I ever needed proof that there are never enough days, hours or minutes to get everything I want to get done these past few weeks have reminded me. While I plan on writing in depth about almost everything going on, I wanted to give a quick update as we end another month. Yesterday, I got confirmation that I’ll be teaching a marketing class this spring at Bentley University. While I’ve taught online courses in the past and will continue to do so, having…
  • ONE AYA Summit

    C.C. Chapman
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Checking in for a trip is always when it becomes real to me. For months, I’ve been excited to share that I was speaking a the ONE #AYASummit at Google headquarters in Washington, DC. The AYA Summit will focus on issues facing girls and women in the developing world, with special emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. Focus will be given to how each one of us can use the power of our voice to make a difference for families who live there. I’m speaking on a panel called Tweet to Shot and will be on stage along side representatives from GAVI, The Gates Foundation, American Academy of…
  • 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.
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    DadCAMP

  • Parents Costumes And Dressing Up For Halloween

    Buzz
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Our boys have buckets of costumes for every day and Halloween and so do we. When you have kids, you have a bucket of parents costumes. Or at least you should. Continue Reading → The post Parents Costumes And Dressing Up For Halloween appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Headless Gingerbread Men And Other Easy Halloween Cookie Ideas For Kids

    Buzz
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Cookies are just for Christmas, Halloween cookie baking can be just as fun - you just need to change the colours. Check out these gingerdead men and other ideas for fun skeletons and ninjas. Continue Reading → The post Headless Gingerbread Men And Other Easy Halloween Cookie Ideas For Kids appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • The Birthday Party Nightmare

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    I need a birthday party idea. One that will let you bring your own food, isn't expensive, and is still unique and fun. Can you help me out? Continue Reading → The post The Birthday Party Nightmare appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Autumn Leaves

    Buzz
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    The best part of this week will be raking autumn leaves, jumping in them, throwing them, and then raking them again just to repeat the routine. Continue Reading → The post Autumn Leaves appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Kid-Friendly Taco Tuesday Tips

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    The best Taco Tuesday tips are to keep up the variety, let everyone DIY and grab something easy for little kiddie hands to build with, like Tortilla Bowls! Continue Reading → The post Kid-Friendly Taco Tuesday Tips appeared first on DadCAMP.
 
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • Slow Down And Look Around

    Jack Steiner
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    Slow down and look around is the mantra of the moment. It is the reminder that things are happening around me, stuff worth watching and enjoying.A reminder that even though crazy times have come to visit there are good things going on, things worth thinking about, things were being part of and remembering.Most People Fear To Live Soft And SmoothShould You Blog For Comments? I’m On FireSometimes You Find Yourself Up Against It
  • I'll Bend But I Won't Break

    Jack Steiner
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Got some news the other days that didn't make me happy. It wasn't the kind of thing that is going to dictate how my life goes forever because I am the captain of the ship but it might influence how things go forward.Not real appreciative of the current status nor anxious to maintain the 'quo' but my ability to influence certain elements is limited.Doing my best not to let it turn into anger at those who have let me down and or the people that have screwed me.What is done is done and most of the time this crap isn't personal but that doesn't negate the frustration or the challenge.But I like a…
  • If You Need Reading Material

    Jack Steiner
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Try one of these:Finding A New HomeAre You Giving Out Bad Blogging Advice?Do You Remember Where You Came From?Some Dreams Never DieBlogging Doesn’t Need To Have A PointOr tryA Father Describes ParentingA Father’s BurdenHow Sister’s Helped to Train A Father of “Daddy’s Girl”Inside the Blogger’s Studio- A Dream, Er NightmareThe GermoPhobeWhat I Dream AboutI am In LoveBecoming a DadDad’s Most Important JobA Decade of DadGrandpaDonutsWhy Your Post Sucks and Everyone Hates Your BlogA Letter To My Children- Things That MatterA Letter To My Children-2011Dad Balances Fear Versus…
  • The Words We Use

    Jack Steiner
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Was quite a morning, quite a day and quite a week and all but the morning have yet to be completed.Yet at this moment I still hear the echoes of things that were said and what I gather most is the need to pay attention to the words we use.Some can't be spoken without consequences and if you are not willing to embrace those consequences you really should be careful.When someone says to "fuck off" you might not get the kind of response you really want unless you intended for them to "fuck off."Same can be said for telling someone to "go fuck themselves." In certain situations there is no harm…
  • The Words Were Washed Away

    Jack Steiner
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I don't know if I dreamed about this, saw it in a movie, read about it in a book or heard it on the radio.It is a man and a woman talking about their relationship and one of them says 'your words were washed away by my tears.'Can't help but think how people will probably think of that as being negative even though it might could be positive. Tears of joy might wash away the hard/harsh words of the past.Course that sort of thinking seems to be in line for me, opposite or different of everyone. Lately it seems if everyone is walking on the right side I position myself on the left.Might need to…
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    MyBoys3

  • Tales Between the Pages Interview

    Steve
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    All week the book blog, Tales Between the Pages, has been featuring my books for the launch of Ghosts of Belle Isle. Today, Jessica has an interview we did together. She asked fantastic questions, so you’ll definitely want to check it out here!
  • Launch Week!

    Steve
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    It’s launch week for Ghosts of Belle Isle, and all week over at the great book blog site, TalesBetweenthePages.com, there will be reviews and features about The Virginia Mysteries. Monday was a great review of Summer of the Woods, Wednesday will be a review of Mystery on Church Hill, Thursday will be a captivating interview with yours truly, and Friday will be a review of Ghosts of Belle Isle. Today you can find a guest blog post that I wrote about that fine balance between freedom and safety, both for our kids and also in developing characters for my books. Pretty exciting stuff! A…
  • 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!      
 
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Will you always have a good twin and a bad twin? – Podcast 73

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

    Joe
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    I got a new question about keeping the gender of your twins a surprise leading up to delivery. Now this Mom writes in and she says she is shocked by how many friends and family seem to take personal offense that we’re not going to find out the gender of the twins. Now this makes me laugh, because it is kind of a unique situation. First of all, you’re expecting twins, which is kind of an anomaly in the first place. And then you decide that you’re not going to find out the gender. So I can see why people might be a little shocked. But personal offense; I’m not so sure…
  • Helping Other Fathers of Twins

    Joe
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    I recently got a comment from Ali. He says, “We often have fathers saying there’s nothing for them at the local multiple birth club. We have mostly women volunteering to do things in clubs and would love more men to help out.” And so he recommends that that’s a great topic to raise, and I completely agree. He says, “If you notice a gap in support services why not put in your hand to fill it so the next person doesn’t miss out? Volunteering is really good for the giver and the recipient.” So Ali, I really appreciate you bringing up this topic for us,…
  • Twin Dad 10 Commandments

    Joe
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Today I want to start by referencing a poster that came along, that I came across by another father of twins. He blogs at Dad2Twins.com. And he shares the Twin Dad Ten Commandments with you. It’s an interesting article, and I want to talk about a few of the commandments that he shares and add a little bit of my own as well. In No. 3, he writes that you need to buy two of everything for them in exactly the same color, size, shape, and dimensions. If you fail to do this, expect the consequences. And one thing I would say is that you can likely get away with giving two different variants…
  • Mastering Your Mental Game as a Father of Twins – Podcast 72

    Joe
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    Episode 72 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss these questions: Stop the blame game at home with your twins and spouse. I discuss this article by Torsten Klaus on GoodMenProject.com How a little perspective goes a long way when parenting twins. Inspired by this post on AFatherOfTwinBoys.com Mentioned in this Episode Finding Joy in the Journey with Twins Subscribe to the Podcast To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: iTunes (for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.) Stitcher Subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed) Share Your Thoughts Please let me know…
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    MY SPELLING SUCKS

  • Crazy

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

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

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

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

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

  • Champagne Girls!

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

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

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

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

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:50 am
    We're having good days these days; some of them back-to-back. It's a jinx to mention this, I know; But a curse to forget We've had self-control, Backed away from the bitter brink, Negotiated like neighborly nation states. It's a sweet spot. Even the dog is onto it. The two sisters play for hours and days, with ponies and pirates; push and pull and patch it up. They hardly need me. They hug
 
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    DaDa Rocks!

  • Time to fall back… as the end of Daylight Saving Time #CreateWithCree

    DaDa Rocks!
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    The end of Daylight Saving Time is just around the corner (don’t forget to turn your clocks back this Sunday 11/2/14!) and with it comes shorter days, longer nights, and plenty of reasons to leave your lights on more often. With all that extra light, though, why not save on energy costs by switching to cheaper, more efficient light bulbs in your home? Cree LED Bulbs, available at Home Depot, are the perfect solution to your energy cost crisis. But what is a Cree bulb anyway? Cree bulbs are “The Biggest Thing Since the Light Bulb,” LED bulbs that look and light like a…
  • Happy Halloween From Curious George and PBS Kids!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Want some cool Halloween fun to share with your little one today? You’re invited to the spooky return of CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest– check out the special today on PBS KIDS! It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the “Legend of No Noggin” – a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first, George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so…
  • Marvel Announces Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    On Tuesday morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts. The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along…
  • The Colors of Halloween 2014

    DaDa Rocks!
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    What was once thought of as “orangest” day of the year has finally welcomed other colors into its celebration. While orange is still the first color people think of on Halloween, thanks in large part to the obvious and typical Orange pumpkins is now a thing of the past! This year, don’t be surprised if you stumble upon teal pumpkins while trick or treating this year—it’s the new, very cool way that people are showing that their home is safe for kids with food allergies. Dubbed The Teal Pumpkin Project, the idea is to display a painted greenish-blue pumpkin as a way…
  • #StreamTeam Celebrate Milestones With These 22 Netflix Titles!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    While there may not be as many milestones for us “grown-ups” to achieve, the life of a kid is filled with mini-milestones that happen more often than you think! Anything from your child’s first lost tooth or first time trick-or-treating (especially timely with Halloween just about a week or two away) to their first job or big game deserves a celebration… and Netflix is there to help you with the festivities! Check out our selections below to help you commemorate the mini-milestones in your child’s life (and keep scrolling for a few milestone celebration…
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    FatherMag.com Home Page

  • Traits of a Good Parent

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You might think that the Stay-At-Home-Parent should be an expert in certain areas like time management or household organization. It turns out that these aren't as vital to being a good Chief Household Officer as you might think...
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    shake your foundation

  • In Praise of Halloween

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

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

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

  • Review: Ozobot, The Smart Robot You Code With Color

    nessel
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    What is the fist thing that jumps into your head when I say… Robots and Coding? Strings of numbers?  Complex languages?  Nightmares about If Then statements? Sure makes sense…unless you are talking about Ozobot.  In that case, the colors red, blue, green and black should fill your mind.  Ozobot is the programmable robot unlike anything you have ever seen before…until now, because we are about to show Ozobot to you! Please watch our video review of Ozobot - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw_qJp6jm8I Ozobot, The Robotic Game Piece With a Brain Ozobot is very hard to…
  • Got Cute Kids? They’ll Look Even Cuter Plastered On The Side of a 31 Foot Bus

    nessel
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Your daughter scores the winning goal for her soccer team and you happen to shoot the perfect video of the amazing moment.  Sure, you could share that video on YouTube and Facebook.  Even if your friends have the new iPhone 6 Plus – that screen is just not big enough to do your daughter’s incredible athletic skills justice.  Perhaps everyone you know has an Apple TV and can pop that awesome video onto their 60″ Flat Screen TV.  Closer, but come on, your daughter is a star now, she needs more exposure than that. How about having that winning soccer goal video digitally…
  • Anki DRIVE Review, That Familiar Feeling Of Playing Something Totally New

    nessel
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Don’t bother re-reading that title, it makes even less sense the second time you read it.  Anki DRIVE has that familiar feeling of playing a car racing video game, complete with power-ups, upgrades, weapons and shields…expect it is real!  Or maybe it is more like racing classic slot cars on a track, except the cars never go off the track and oh yeah, did we mention you have lasers, cannons, bombs and tractor beams! Anki DRIVE Robot Racing has a familiar feel, even though you have never played anything like it before!  The only hard part about Anki DRIVE is trying to describe…
  • Review: Sky Viper Camera Drone Quadcopter, Don’t Let the NSA Have All The Fun

    nessel
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Sure we are all outraged by the NSA spying on us…but aren’t we just a little jealous too?  I mean the NSA has all these super cool tech toys – drones, spy cameras, etc.  Now you and the kids can operate your own family version of the NSA with the Sky Viper Camera Drone from Skyrocket Toys! The Sky Viper Camera Drone is a remote control quadcopter that can do stunts and record video and photos with its built in camera. Please watch our video review of the Sky Viper Camera Drone - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHhsmfZ_xeo A Whole Lot of Quadcopter, For A Tiny Sum of Cash We…
  • Review: Gravity Maze From ThinkFun, Marbles and Logic Unite!

    nessel
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Marble runs are fun.  Mazes and logic puzzles are also cool.  Hmm, what would happen if you combined the building fun of a marble run with the logic challenges of a puzzle?  You would get Gravity Maze from ThinkFun! Please watch our video review of Gravity Maze from ThinkFun - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSnl2yr9gO0 Learning Is Easy When Things Are Fun! The translucent towers in Gravity Maze look cool.  Kids will have fun snapping towers together, going horizontal or vertical and experimenting with different orientations for the towers.  Drop a marble in, watch it race down a 3D…
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    Short Order Dad

  • On-the-street interviews

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I interview people on the street about food. Here are the first three.
  • Adam Richman introduces Jon Bon Jovi

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Last night at the Food Network NYC Wine and Food Event, Man vs. Food star Adam Richman introduced Jon to the happy, hungry crowd. Captured on my trusty iPhone. Check out the video here. Then I had the pleasure of interviewing Jon’s dad and brother about their tomato sauce and Adam about pizza. Terrific people, great evening, super event. Special thanks to The Daily Meal.
  • 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…
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    The Committed Parent

  • It’s Not Me – It’s My Big Fat Brain: How Faulty Brain Wiring Gained Me 60 Unwanted Pounds

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

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

    Mark Brady
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Last month my wife stepped into a hole, fell and twisted her ankle while I stood by and did nothing; never offered her a helping hand or asked after her well-being. Nothing. Which seems totally out of character for someone who thinks of himself as kind, considerate and compassionate. Even rats trapped in a cage will help one another. Not only that, but I’ve personally treated rattlesnakes better than I did her. We were out together walking our dogs at the local dog park, and as you might expect, my response – or really a lack of one – was not especially well-received. To put…
  • How Debt Damages the Brain

    Mark Brady
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    When I turned 40 years old I made the decision to transition from being a carpenter, mostly working for wages, to become a spec builder. I would take on the building responsibilities of the whole house, from foundation to rooftop. In order to finance my transition into what was essentially a significantly different business, I periodically ran up bills on any number of credit cards and then paid everything off once my projects were complete and cash flowed freely. I always felt uneasy about this way of operating, but my brain struggled to come up with any better creative financing options.
  • 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…
 
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    Geekasms

  • AGENT CARTER – First Promo and Official Synopsis

    Michael
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Along with the new Avengers: Age of Ultron footage that was shown during Tuesday’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. there was also the first promo for the upcoming Agent Carter. Post by Agent Carter. Along with the above promo, Marvel Studios has also released the official synopsis for their upcoming drama and expansion of the MCU; Agent [...]The post AGENT CARTER – First Promo and Official Synopsis appeared first on Geekasms.
  • AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – New Trailer, Additional Footage

    Michael
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Last week it was announced that we’d be getting the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Tuesday’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  That planned changed after the trailer was leaked online and Marvel turned around and officially released the trailer to the masses.  Instead, tonight we were treated to a slightly different trailer, along with the [...]The post AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – New Trailer, Additional Footage appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Marvel Studios Finally Have Their BLACK PANTHER

    Michael
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    During their big Phase Three new event, Marvel announced a Black Panther solo film.  Along with that announcement was that Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42, will be taking on the role of T’Challa.  The casting was announced when Boseman joined Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans on stage, and also [...]The post Marvel Studios Finally Have Their BLACK PANTHER appeared first on Geekasms.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Three Films, Release Dates, and Title Cards

    Michael
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Marvel Studios held a #MarvelEvent today, which took Twitter and the internet by storm, when they announced their Phase Three films, along with release dates, and showing off the title cards as well. Since the first Iron Man, Marvel Studios has been setting the standard for how to build a cohesive universe that spans across [...]The post The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Three Films, Release Dates, and Title Cards appeared first on Geekasms.
  • What are the top gaming smartphones of 2014?

    Michael
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    With the advances that have been achieved in smartphone technology it is possible for them to be used for working, listening to music and playing games in 2014. These are the top phones for that activity, whether you are playing simple online casino roulette at JackpotCity.org or a game like Need for Speed, with rapid, [...]The post What are the top gaming smartphones of 2014? appeared first on Geekasms.
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    The JackB

  • What Would Happen If You Got What You Wanted?

    Jack
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    This shot would be perfect for some of the fiction I write and I probably should save it for that but it also fits the post you are reading now. It is a post based upon what if, as what if you got all you dreamed of what would life look like then? That photo […] (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today) The post What Would Happen If You Got What You Wanted? appeared first on The JackB.
  • The 69 Scary Reasons Halloween Should Be Banned

    Jack
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Frank Sinatra is singing about luck being a lady tonight and I am thinking it has been a while since Vegas enjoyed the pleasure of my company. Back in the day it was a four five hour ride from college and the boys and I went more than a few times. That was in the […] (Visited 24 times, 24 visits today) The post The 69 Scary Reasons Halloween Should Be Banned appeared first on The JackB.
  • Going To College Makes You Feel Old

    Jack
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Your old friend Jack kids around about being an old man but he doesn’t think of himself as such, no sir. The guy I picture in my mind is somewhere between 19 and 25. He has a full head of hair, muscles that ripples when he moves and has trouble buying shirts that fit him […] (Visited 17 times, 17 visits today) The post Going To College Makes You Feel Old appeared first on The JackB.
  • Sometimes Bad Headlines Don’t Matter

    Jack
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Sometimes bad headlines don’t matter but that is usually because you have built a relationship with your readers and they have enough faith in your ability to provide entertaining and or educational content to visit regardless of headlines. Been thinking about this headline business because many of the headlines I have been writing have been […] (Visited 24 times, 24 visits today) The post Sometimes Bad Headlines Don’t Matter appeared first on The JackB.
  • Most People Fear To Live

    Jack
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Blogging Every Day Is Easy- The Class Of ’69 Speaks seems to be a strange way to open a post about how most people are afraid to live but the crazy man who runs this joint operates off of what he feels in his gut and what he sees with his eyes. I am not talking […] (Visited 20 times, 20 visits today) The post Most People Fear To Live appeared first on The JackB.
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  • Why be a princess when you can have the keys to the kingdom?

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

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

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

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

    Thomas
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Headed out to our favorite pick your own pumpkin patch, Dimler’s, and got some great pumpkins again this year. The post Great Weekend For Picking Pumpkins appeared first on TwisterMc.
 
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  • How to Lower Your Cable Bill

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

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

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

    Aaron Gouveia
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    “It’s freezing in here, but don’t you DARE touch that thermostat!” There’s a game people in New England play this time of year. A game in which the stakes are high, the temperature is low, and financial situations as well as pride hang in the balance. The rest of the country thinks we’re absolutely nuts, yet every year households engage in wintry warfare when cold fronts hit and tempers heat up, as families battle over the most pressing issue of autumn — when to turn on the heat! I know, I know. Sounds trivial right. Most of you are saying…
  • 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…
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    CuteMonster.com

  • Kid Conversations #5

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

    CuteMonster Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Monstober is here! You could win a Razor Jr. Zombie or Monster Scooter. Giveaway ends 10/29/14. The post Monstober! New Razor Jr. YouTube Channel and Giveaway appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Win the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for the Wii

    CuteMonster Staff
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Giveaway of Activision's Skylanders Trap Team for the Nintendo Wii. Contest ends 10/29/2014. The post Win the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for the Wii appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • CuteMonster Web Comic Begins

    Vincent Daly
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    The CuteMonster Web Comic begins in earnest. The post CuteMonster Web Comic Begins appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Teaser Trailer for Tomorrowland

    CuteMonster Staff
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Disney released the first teaser trailer for Tomorrowland. The post Teaser Trailer for Tomorrowland appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
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    Daddy on the Edge

  • Daddy on the Edge of F*cking Feminism

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

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

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

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

    15 Mar 2014 | 6:11 pm
    A friend of mine asked me not too long ago how I choose the subjects that I write about here.  I was quick to say, "I write about things that piss me off", which is pretty much true.  But then I thought about all the things that aggravate Daddy on a daily basis, and realized that if being pissed were the only litmus test, then I would never stop writing in this place.  Turns out there are two criteria; subjects have to piss me off, and I still have to be pissed about them weeks later.  If they're still bugging me, I'll write about them.  Sometimes Daddy has a hard…
 
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    C.C. Chapman

  • Life is busy. Life is blessed.

    C.C. Chapman
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    There are so many different things going on in my world right now, that I haven’t stopped to write about them in a while. If I ever needed proof that there are never enough days, hours or minutes to get everything I want to get done these past few weeks have reminded me. While I plan on writing in depth about almost everything going on, I wanted to give a quick update as we end another month. Yesterday, I got confirmation that I’ll be teaching a marketing class this spring at Bentley University. While I’ve taught online courses in the past and will continue to do so, having…
  • ONE AYA Summit

    C.C. Chapman
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Checking in for a trip is always when it becomes real to me. For months, I’ve been excited to share that I was speaking a the ONE #AYASummit at Google headquarters in Washington, DC. The AYA Summit will focus on issues facing girls and women in the developing world, with special emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. Focus will be given to how each one of us can use the power of our voice to make a difference for families who live there. I’m speaking on a panel called Tweet to Shot and will be on stage along side representatives from GAVI, The Gates Foundation, American Academy of…
  • 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.
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    HowToBeADad.com

  • The Most Advanced Halloween Costume Ever

    Charlie
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Sometimes I wish I had more definable skills when it came to crafts. Specifically, I wish I could make better costumes and props for my kids. I love playing with my boys, and Halloween is my favorite holiday. My costumes are usually “meh” unless I have help. I suck at it. So, I get to watch YouTube videos of incredibly talented dads making amazing stuff for their kids. This one takes the cake for me. Check it out… Subscribe to our channel: click here! So, does this guy win the parenting awards or what?
  • Parenterms: “Poouquet”

    Andy
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    Like finely crafted wine, you can tell a lot by the fragrances of things, though in this case, a really groady cheese might be a more fitting analogy. Normally a wine’s bouquet refers not just to the first nostril impression of a particular grown-up grape juice, it also refers to the scent (or stank) it develops post-fermentation. It’s the same for poop. It always has a distinct (or distinkty) bouquet: a poouquet. When a baby or kid cracks open a load from the cellar of their bum, by smell alone, one can learn to tell an entire long-winded Yelp review’s worth of information…
  • Pretend Parenting

    Charlie
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    I’m not a perfect person. But, I like to pretend to think I am… When we found out WE were pregnant (I LOVE that phrase), I decided I would be the best father to ever walk the face of the Earth. All men before me would pale in comparison and children would flock from all directions to be graced with by my fathering skills… …until I didn’t get any sleep. Then, I was an irascible a-hole with a short fuse to everyone except children and even they were suspect in my book. That whole flocking thing? Yeah, everyone could flock off. Those perfect Stepford Dads? I hoped…
  • My Kid Just Said… #56

    Andy
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    “I gonna take dis gwass of water an’ pour it in dat bowl of dirt. Because… ya aaaaaaalways need mud.” -Lucas (2013, 5 years old)   My cheeks cramped from smiling after he said this, but I kept watching with my spasmodic smirk as he happily turned dirt into mud with water, and my brow huddled up as I thought about it (because I don’t know how to ever not think when I’m not sleeping, sometimes not even then). What if that was the secret of the Universe? The answer to the purpose of life? Playing with mud. Maybe we all just need more mud. Think about it. Not…
  • A Mother Photographs Her One-Armed Daughter in Scenes of Beauty and Whimsy

    Andy
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photographs can tell a story, show evidence, capture history and controversy… They can also enter into worlds of wonder and imagination, breaking the boundary of captured reality and enter into the suggestion of fantasy. Holly Spring, brilliant photographer and mother of her one-armed daughter, decided to create new worlds with her handimazing little girl. Ugh. I just love them all so much. Like her HSpringPhotography Facebook Page. Follow her on @PhotosbyHSpring. Visit her website at www.hollyspringphotography.com.   Follow us on Facebook. We’re whimsical sometimes, too.
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    Daddyplace.com

  • How Sliding Door Doctor Can Remedy Your Broken Door

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    dadastrophic
    17 May 2014 | 3:01 pm
    If you are in the Greater Lehigh Valley Area, I highly recommend a haircut at Eskandalo on Bethlehem’s South Side near Lehigh University. It’s where I’ve been getting my hair cut for years and where I took Grayson to get his 1st Haircut! Harley, was my one and only choice for this historic event! We did good! He did good! Sure I would have liked to have a bit more taken off, etc., but for it being a 1st haircut, Grayson did not do that bad!   The biggest issue was the massive collection of curls on the back of his head. As cute as they were, they had to GO!  Harley was…
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    Dad and Buried

  • The Stages of Halloween

    Dad and Buried
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Halloween doesn’t mean the same thing when you’re ten as it does when you’re twenty. Or when you have kids of your own. Priorities change… Check out this handy chart detailing all the different stages of the spookiest night of the year! The post The Stages of Halloween appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • Seven Terrible Halloween Costumes for Kids

    Dad and Buried
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My son was born in the middle of September, so when his first Halloween came around, he was barely even a thing yet, let alone someone who might one day want to dress up as Thing. But that didn’t stop Mom and Buried from putting him in a little lion outfit and parading him around the neighborhood, to the delight of everyone because that shit is cute. When his second Halloween came around, he went as a monkey. We initially tried a skeleton outfit but that did not go over well. To be honest, neither did the monkey, most of the time. But crying and screaming was kind of his thing back…
  • Boys Need Protection Too

    Dad and Buried
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Last week, I posted something of a response to the hilarious “if you touch my daughter I’ll kill you!” stance that many fathers enjoy taking when their daughters start dating. I wrote the post to make light of the idea that it’s supercool for adults to threaten children with violence. As I was writing, I found myself worrying about my credibility on the topic, because I don’t have a daughter who might one day be asked to prom by a leering, peach-fuzzed boy with only one thing on his mind and it’s not matchbox cars I’ll tell you that much! I only have a son. And boys…
  • [E-card] Insane in the Membrane

    Dad and Buried
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    The post [E-card] Insane in the Membrane appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • Extreme Parenting

    Dad and Buried
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Parenting is a nonstop merry-go-round of comparison, guilt and judgment. We feel guilty when we screw up. We judge other parents when they screw up. We endlessly compare ourselves to those same parents, unaware – or, more honestly, unwilling to accept – that they are experiencing exactly the same trials and tribulations, riding the same roller-coaster, as we are. We pit ourselves against the world, against non-parents and other parents and even our spouses, eliminating the curve and grading everything on a scale of zero or 100, using extreme language in the service of unrealistic…
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    Joshua Wilner

  • Sometimes I Dream About This

    Joshua
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Shot by Jimmy brownField of Dreams Been thinking about some of the things I shared in the prior post and the knowledge that the rhythm of life was and has been disturbed and decided to write about it. A blog needs to be more than just a place to show how much you know about writing, marketing and social media. It needs to be somewhere you share parts and pieces of the real you. Not another Facebook where you post half truths about your life and give off an image that may or may not touch upon the real you. The hardest part is trying to identify the boundaries and determine what lines you are…
  • For Your 100th Birthday

    Joshua
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
      Dear Grandpa, I woke up this morning and realized today is your 100th birthday and wondered if you were here what you would want to do for your birthday, ‘cuz a 100 is a big one. Eight years ago you set off for whatever comes after our time here is done and I know we didn’t talk about what you wanted to do today. Oh I know we had discussions about turning 100 because I remember some of them, but most of them took place when I was around 10 or so. My guess is if you were here today you’d tell us you never expected to live this long and then we’d figure something…
  • The Most Effective Way To Deal With Competitors

    Joshua
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    The legal team tells me I need to make it clear I am not an advocate of feeding competitors to sharks, lions, tigers or rampaging baboons. They also tell me I can’t try to convince you that we got the idea from watching the series finale of Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos or Oz. Nor are we allowed to suggest that missing competitors fell victim to the smoke monster on Lost or magically ended up on some island no one can find. Fact is the crack attorneys on my legal team say I need to tell the most effective way to deal with competitors is to simply be better than them. That is the sort…
  • What Is The Hardest Part Of Blogging?

    Joshua
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    What happens next? The answer to the question is what happens next or at least that is the first thing I think of. The truth is it is a subjective question. Ask a dozen experienced bloggers or a 100 inexperienced ones what the hardest part of blogging is and you’ll receive a variety of answers. With some luck most people won’t answer your question with a fragment of a thought so let me flesh it out a bit for you. What Happens Next Means…. The larger goal of your blog post is to get the reader’s attention and to convince them to read your post(s) and then respond to…
  • The Problem With Straight Lines

    Joshua
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Not too long ago the kids and I were waiting in line to buy some food at one of the big box stores when we heard/saw another parent discipline his child for misbehaving. When the man asked the boy to explain why he did what did the boy shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know, I just did it.’ A short while later a conversation started in the car about whether the boy was honest in his response or if he was lying. We all agreed it was possible he might not have provided an honest answer because he feared getting into more trouble but were at a deadlock about whether it…
 
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • 31 Days of DWTS: FREE DOWNLOAD - DEATH WALKS THE STREETS #1!

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    There was a time when the DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS) comic books were available for free on a few major platforms prior to being reissued at digital cover price. Ten years into the DWTS journey, there's still new friends discovering the DWTS world for the very first time, and in the five years since the first comic was published, new readers have been enjoying and experiencing our stories on a weekly basis. For Halloween 2014, we're inviting YOU to experience DEATH WALKS THE STREETS through a FREE DOWNLOAD of DWTS #1 - the Halloween issue! ComicsThe MobDWTSDeath Walks the…
  • 31 Days of Halloween: MONSTER HIGH Gore-geous Ghoul - The Anti-Styling Head (Holiday Wish Guide)

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's completely appropriate to end the 2014 edition of 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER in the manner that I'm doing right now... in a way that I've never done before. The final entry for Halloween helps me to seamlessly transition into the Holiday season, as it's also included in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide. Sure, MONSTER HIGH is a year-round passion for children and grownup collectors alike, but for Halloween it's just a perfect toy... and one that will be highly requested in the Holiday build-up weeks ahead. Licensed by Mattel, MONSTER HIGH Gore-geous Ghoul: The Anti-Styling…
  • Official Announcement: Jingle All the Way 2 Arrives this December!

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    It's the announcement I've been waiting to share... official word from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and WWE Studios that JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on December 2. For those just joining the fun, 1996's JINGLE ALL THE WAY is my favorite Holiday film of all-time, so when I had a chance to visit the Vancouver set of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 back in March, I had to do it. Here we find Larry the Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella teaming up for what I hope will become a new Christmas classic. Check out full details below, then stay tuned…
  • Covered: Andy Hull (MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA) and Kevin Devine - THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA is doing a few U.S. dates for the next week, but then they head down under with a run of dates where Kevin Devine will be supporting. So, what better way to kick-off the upcoming tour than to team-up for a cover song of epic proportions? That's just what Manchester's Andy Hull and Kevin Devine did when they recorded one of the greatest tunes from the 20th Century songbook, Will Smith's theme song to THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR... Kevin DevineManchester OrchestraThe Fresh PrinceWill SmithCover Songs
  • Preview: Greenlight Collectibles' 1:18-scale 2015 IndyCar® Indianapolis 500® Event Car #IndyCar2015

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    As racing enthusiasts checked out the 17-race 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule as it was just revealed this morning. the folks over at Greenlight Collectibles rolled out an announcement of their own, serving up a preview of their 1:18-scale 2015 IndyCar Indianapolis 500 Event Car. The limited-edition vehicle should be available in January, and a 1:64 edition will hit the streets as well. Check out some preview images below that just rolled into Rock Father HQ... Indianapolis 500IndyCarGreenlight CollectiblesRacingDiecastToy Cars
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    The Talking Dad

  • Bebop and Rocksteady finally headed to TMNT, store shelves

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

    Christopher
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Outback invites you to join them at any Detroit area Outback Steakhouse location for the Detroit Zoological Society Give Back Night fundraiser. Relax and enjoy the fresh flavors at Outback and they’ll proudly donate 15% of your total check to the Detroit Zoo! Just say “Zoo Night!” to your server! Where: Detroit Outback Restaurants When: Thursday, November 6th, 2014 Time: Open until 10pm (check your local Outback for hours) Store Locations: http://www.outback.com/locations Click to download PDF a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • Halloween Ideas and Activities from Dreamworks Animation

    Christopher
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Are you in need of fun Halloween ideas? Perhaps a pumpkin stencil? Costume idea? You are in luck because Dreamworks Animation has concocted a cauldron full of free activities for our readers. Have a gander below and click to download. Happy Halloween!
  • Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion DVD Giveaway

    Christopher
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Copyright © 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. Against the might of the Galactic Empire, an unlikely band of heroes emerges to renew the fight for freedom. Five years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the reigning evil Empire continues to tighten its grip of power and fear throughout the cosmos. But even amidst the tyranny and oppression of these dark days, a glimmer of light emerges. Meet the ragtag crew of the starship Ghost : Twi’lek pilot Hera, street-smart pickpocket Ezra, team leader Kanan, alien enforcer Zeb, explosives expert Sabine, and Chopper, the cantankerous Droid.
  • We three banditos review THE BOOK OF LIFE

    Christopher
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Hola amigo! My two banditos and I just experienced the new Jorge R. Gutierrez animated film The Book of Life. I use the term “experience” with purpose, as this child-friendly flick is just that, an auditory and visual treat. There’s also that bit about Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and always following your heart. The Book of Life is a celebración of Mexican culture, specifically the Day of the Dead holiday observed throughout Latin America and other parts of the world. Gutierrez frames his tale through the eyes of children on a museum field trip. Their tour…
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • Powerful stories, the magic of film, and the Heartland Film Festival

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

    Matt Todd
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #DisneyBeauties #shop With the release of the Sleeping Beauty DVD and Blu-Ray, Disney has re-introduced one of the classic Disney Princesses to a new generation. As I mentioned before Mihret is a big fan of all of the Disney Princesses. So in honor of the release of Sleeping Beauty from the Disney Vault, we dressed up in our royal best and visited our local Walmart to celebrate.As we were shopping for the DVD and other princess goodies, Mihret and I talked about what…
  • A former pastor’s plea: Encourage your pastor.

    Matt Todd
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Recently, I found myself looking through some archived emails of mine. I was searching for an old piece of information. I don’t remember what I needed, exactly. But I remember that I needed the information for some type of job application.During my quest, I stumbled upon some conversations that happened during the years I was pastoring that small church in East Central Indiana. While I believe I have completely moved on from that experience, having let go of whatever bitterness I had harbored (remember when God kicked me in the teeth?), I’m not gonna lie. Reading some of those…
  • Our daughter’s princess makeover

    Matt Todd
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #DisneyBeauties #shop Hear ye! Hear ye! We are in the Presence of Royalty!We celebrated Mihret’s birthday over the weekend and it looks like we have a little princess on our hands. I don’t think that should really come as a surprise to anyone, though. From Princess Sophia to Princess Merida, she loves all the Disney Princesses. Her favorite, however, is Ariel. She could watch The Little Mermaid all day, every day if we would let her. I don’t know if…
  • 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…
 
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    The Amateur Dad

  • Saturday Video: The Birth Story You’re Looking For

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

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

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

    theamateurdad
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood, and other informative things dads would love from the web. If there’s a video or short film you’ve created or one you’d like to share, click HERE to contact me to pitch an idea. Why and when do we talk to our kids about pornography? This week’s Saturday Video is a brief but very informative clip about this topic by parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka “Doctor G”. The clip is only 1 minute and 15 seconds so please take a look. This is only the beginning of the discussion regarding pornography…
  • The Tool Box: The 7-Minute Workout

    theamateurdad
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Tool Box is a bi-weekly feature on The Amateur Dad giving straight no nonsense advice, tips and help on various subjects that dads face everyday. I’ve lost weight. 20 lbs to be exact over the span of about 3 months or so. I’ currently at 211 lbs and am looking to lose about 20 lbs more. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll share details on the little things I’ve changed in my daily habit to achieve the current weight loss. It’s safe to say that as parents health should be close to the top priority in our lives. The good news is a few small changes in your…
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    Chilldad

  • Do You Have Intelligent Taste In Music?

    Michael Berman
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Ever wonder if your musical taste is a reflection of your intelligence?  Well, wonder no more. A man by the name of Virgil Griffiths has created a project that correlates taste in music to college SAT scores. Turns out, if you’re a fan of Bob Dylan, you’re probably a pretty smart cookie.  Of course you’d have to be to decipher “Mr. Tambourine Man”. So does this mean if your kids listen to U2 and Counting Crows they’re going to Harvard?  Not necessarily.  But it does confirm what many of us have long suspected: Nickelback fans are idiots. Check…
  • 10 New Movies On Netflix

    Michael Berman
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    October brings a quality batch of new releases to Netflix’s instant streaming service. Here’s a quick run down of 10 of the best, for you, your wife and kids. 1. Django Unchained If you missed it in theaters, you owe it to yourself to see what many people consider a modern classic. Quentin Tarantino’s epic tale of a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who teams up with a bounty hunter (Chirstoph Waltz) to free his long lost wife from her cruel plantation owner is a masterpiece of filmmaking that earned Tarantino the Academy Award for best screenplay. You could argue that it’s not as good as Pulp…
  • 20 Must-Have Survival Gear Items

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

    Michael Berman
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Orion is an out-of-this-world adventure for kids ages 8+. The post Free Downloadable e-Book For Kids appeared first on Chilldad.
 
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    City Dads Group

  • City Dads Help Pen ‘Clash of the Couples’ Book

    City Dads Group
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A new humor anthology about the squabbles spouses and lovers have with each other features the gut-busting work of four of our City Dads Group members.
  • Movember: Let’s Get Hairy for Men’s Health

    City Dads Group
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Get your upper lip ready, gents. Movember is back! City Dads Groups will join Dad 2.0 Summit, Life of Dad, the National At-Home Dad Network, and tens of thousands of other men across the country next month in growing mustaches […]
  • Daddy Has Tourette Syndrome

    Jason Grant
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    How to break the news to my son that Tourette syndrome is hereditary and that if he doesn’t have it, his kids probably will? He’ll resent me.
  • Viva, Las Vegas Babywearing

    Kevin Zelenka
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    People pointed. People smiled. One man, a former stay-at-home dad, even asked to take a picture of us.
  • Good Point, Jennifer Garner: Work-Life Balance is Also a Man’s Job

    Satyan Sharma
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Perhaps the next time Ben Affleck promotes a movie at least one reporter will table the question on his co-stars’ boobs and ask about his family.
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    Father Nerds Best

  • What a Difference a Year (and a Baby) Makes

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

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

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

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    My son just hit the 10 mos. mark and I find that I'm constantly in a state of awe at how much he is growing.  It wasn't long ago when my wife and I were setting up his nursery and wondering what exactly he was going to look like and now he's a full 25 lbs. and showing signs of being ready to walk any day now.  A lot can happen in 10 mos. both physically and mentally as a new life is making his way in the world.  But the changes don't just happen to the baby, the parents are also constantly growing into their role as a new  parent.  The following is a list of the…
  • The Manly Art of Babywearing

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Before Jack was born, I didn't know what "baby wearing" was.  Sure, I could have put the two words together and figured it involved your baby being worn but I had no idea of the level of commitment supporters of the practice put in.  My wife, someone who is much more involved in the babywearing community than I am, shows me pictures of people with dozens upon dozens of woven wraps and carriers that match the season and their complexion to an almost supernatural degree.  That's fantastic if that's your thing, but this post won't go into that level of fandom.  Instead, this…
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    Top Daddies

  • Carving An 85lb Pumpkin

    Mike Granek
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    Carving An 85lb Pumpkin by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com carves an 85 pound pumpkin for Halloween! The post Carving An 85lb Pumpkin was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • Westin Whistler Woof Weekend: Fun For The Whole Family!

    Mike Granek
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Westin Whistler Woof Weekend: Fun For The Whole Family! by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Westin Whistler Woof Weekend The post Westin Whistler Woof Weekend: Fun For The Whole Family! was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • Interview With Scott McGillivray from Income Property

    Mike Granek
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Interview With Scott McGillivray from Income Property by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. We go behind the scenes with Scott McGillivray from HGTV’s hit show Income Property to ask him a few questions about being a dad. Scott talks about some renovations he did in his own home preparing for the arrival of his daughters, and the importance of focusing on family, as well as his thoughts on gender stereotypes. About Scott Scott McGillivray is a skilled contractor, award-winning TV host and an executive producer of the HGTV hit series Income Property. In 2014, McGillivray shared some…
  • Westin Whistler Woof Weekend

    Mike Granek
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Westin Whistler Woof Weekend by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Westin Whistler The post Westin Whistler Woof Weekend was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • How Would You Use A $50 Gift Card To Home Depot Canada?

    Mike Granek
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    How Would You Use A $50 Gift Card To Home Depot Canada? by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. The post How Would You Use A $50 Gift Card To Home Depot Canada? was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
 
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