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  • -sponsored video- Respekt wer’s selber macht – Toom Baumarkt ruft neue Kampagne aus

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

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    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    “Life Father, Like Son” is a powerfully moving film that truly makes you think about the true meaning of love and family. The premise is rather simple but so incredible in its delivery: Two families learn that their sons were accidentally switched at birth so they have to swap them with each other after several years. At first you think, well, ok, they should be happy that they caught this horrific mistake rather early enough so they could raise their own child but soon they all learn how difficult it is to let go of the child they raised from birth as their own. It really is an…
  • Swim Moms to Speak at Mesa Arena Pro Series – Get to Know Their Olympian Daughters!

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    Playground Dad Staff
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    Meet 4-Time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, 18-year-old Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, and Tucson native, Olympic bronze medalist Caitlin Leverenz. If you are lucky enough to be in the Mesa, Arizona area this weekend, you should immediately make your way to the Skyline Aquatic Center for this year’s fourth meet in the Arena Pro Series, where Katie & Caitlin are swimming while their moms speak on Friday, April 17. USA Swimming/SwimToday are hosting a panel, “Meet the Moms: An Afternoon with mothers of Olympians Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and Caitlin Leverenz”. The…
  • Every Reaction to the New Star Wars Trailer

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    Charlie
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    Our childhoods came crashing down on us yesterday when the trailer for the new Star Wars film came out. I literally screamed out like a kid in front of coworkers in a meeting. I couldn’t help myself. After the painful trauma of the second set of three films (cue Jar Jar Binks falling off a cliff), we were all a bit gun-shy. But this glimpse at the new film changed the whole game. And who better to describe the moment-to-moment reaction of witnessing the video than Matthew McConaughey… It’s eery how spot on and well-timed this video is. Maybe he travelled to the future in…
  • Connecting With The Kids On A Family Vacation

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    Creative-Type Dad
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    Last week, for my vacation and my daughter's spring break, our family spent the entire week on the California Central Coast (San Luis Obispo) area doing activities such as hiking, “geocaching", playing on the beach, visiting wineries, riding bikes, picnicking at parks with playgrounds, and my personal favorite: the occasional afternoon nap in the sun to the sound of crashing waves (I can’t think of anything more relaxing than that!)It was so much better than our normal family affair of a multi-day theme park visit to someplace like Disney World.  On the way home I asked my kids…
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  • -sponsored video- Respekt wer’s selber macht – Toom Baumarkt ruft neue Kampagne aus

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

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

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

    Marian
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Wer gerne grillt und viele Gäste erwartet, liegt mit einem schmackhaften Spanferkel genau richtig. Ein knuspriges Spanferkel ist garantiert das Highlight auf jeder Party. Damit das Festessen gelingt, sollten Sie darauf achten, einen geeigneten Grill zu verwenden, das Ferkel richtig aufzuspießen und Marinaden sowie Gewürze genau abzustimmen. Der richtige Grill für Ihr Spanferkel Um ein hygienisches Grillen zu gewährleisten, sollten alle Bestandteile des Grills die mit dem Spanferkel in Berührung kommen aus Edelstahl gefertigt sein. Als Feuerstätte eignen sich ein ausreichend großer…
  • Erstausstattung für Babys und Mamis: Checkliste für die Zeit nach der Geburt

    Marian
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    Ein Baby bereichert das Leben, bedeutet jedoch auch eine ganze Menge Planung. Damit während und nach der Geburt alles glatt läuft, sollten werdende Eltern Kleidung, Nahrung und andere Utensilien sorgfältig wählen. Folgende Checkliste hilft dabei. Was es zu beachten gilt: Grundlegende Dinge Vor der Geburt eines Babys stehen einige Besorgungen an. Immerhin benötigt das Kind Kleidung, einen Schlafplatz, die richtige Ernährung und eine umfassende Pflege. Bei der Kleidung sollte beachtet werden, dass ein Baby rasant wächst. Es empfiehlt sich deshalb, erst einmal nur die Grundausstattung zu…
 
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  • Like Father Like Son

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    “Life Father, Like Son” is a powerfully moving film that truly makes you think about the true meaning of love and family. The premise is rather simple but so incredible in its delivery: Two families learn that their sons were accidentally switched at birth so they have to swap them with each other after several years. At first you think, well, ok, they should be happy that they caught this horrific mistake rather early enough so they could raise their own child but soon they all learn how difficult it is to let go of the child they raised from birth as their own. It really is an…
  • Never Say Never!

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:08 pm
    State Farm has nailed the male experience with its latest “NEVER” commercial. The dude tells his buds how he’s never ever going to get married then he’s in the jewelry store getting the rock… and well you know the rest!  
  • My Grandson Ate My GoPro!

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

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

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

    Playground Dad Staff
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    Meet 4-Time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, 18-year-old Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, and Tucson native, Olympic bronze medalist Caitlin Leverenz. If you are lucky enough to be in the Mesa, Arizona area this weekend, you should immediately make your way to the Skyline Aquatic Center for this year’s fourth meet in the Arena Pro Series, where Katie & Caitlin are swimming while their moms speak on Friday, April 17. USA Swimming/SwimToday are hosting a panel, “Meet the Moms: An Afternoon with mothers of Olympians Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky and Caitlin Leverenz”. The…
  • The #SwifferDad Campaign and the Importance of Stepping Up Around the House

    Mike Johnson
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Being a dad of 4 daughters has been an extremely dynamic learning experience for me. On a daily basis my daughters teach me new things as I try to see the world through their eyes. Throughout fatherhood I’ve thought endlessly about what the world has in store for my kids and what I feel like success looks like for them. Do I want them to get good grades and have a full plate of activities so that they get into a good college? Do I want them to become highly successful doctors and lawyers or to make lots of money in a field that they choose? When I think deeply about all of this, I quickly…
  • Join Playground Dad and Partners, USA Swimming & SwimToday, for a Twitter Party, Thursday April 16th at 12PM PT/3PM ET

    Playground Dad Staff
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    We all remember jumping from our seats screaming, “U-S-A! U-S-A!” as Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, and Ricky Berens brought home the Gold in the 4 x 200 relay in the 2012 Olympics. All of these young men have been swimming since they were kids and grew into Olympians. This begs a question. Why is it over 80% of parents don’t consider swimming as a competitive sport for their children? Not only is swimming fun but it offers much more in regards to development: motor skills, self-confidence, and a healthy lifestyle. We are going to bring awareness to the sport of swimming by…
  • Former Collegiate Swimmer And Comedy Central Star, Anders Holm Talks Swimming with SwimToday

    Playground Dad Staff
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    *Original Interview can be viewed at USASwimming.org Anders Holm began swimming competitively at age 5 and continued through college, where he swam for the Wisconsin Badgers. He currently stars on Workaholics on Comedy Central Wednesday nights at 10/9c USA Swimming: How old when you started swimming? Anders Holm: I was thrown in the pool when I was five thanks to my two older brothers who swam on a local team. It was like free baby-sitting for my parents, so it worked well to have the whole family swimming. US: Why did you choose to stick with it? AH: I liked that it was different, it…
  • PlaygroundDad Teams Up With “Darth Vader & Friends” For Weekly Giveaways

    Playground Dad Staff
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    We’ve teamed up with Chronicle Books again to bring you weekly giveaways on Twitter as well as an amazing Twitter party! Jeffrey Brown, creator of the New York Times bestselling Darth Vader™ series is back with Episode BFF! Darth Vader™ and Friends looks at friendships between best pals in the Star Wars Universe, from Darth Vader and the Emperor to Leia and her Ewok pals, Han and Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2, the bounty hunters and other favorite characters.Jealousy, birthday parties, friendship, sharing, intergalactic rebellion and more all come into play as Brown’s charming…
 
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  • Every Reaction to the New Star Wars Trailer

    Charlie
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    Our childhoods came crashing down on us yesterday when the trailer for the new Star Wars film came out. I literally screamed out like a kid in front of coworkers in a meeting. I couldn’t help myself. After the painful trauma of the second set of three films (cue Jar Jar Binks falling off a cliff), we were all a bit gun-shy. But this glimpse at the new film changed the whole game. And who better to describe the moment-to-moment reaction of witnessing the video than Matthew McConaughey… It’s eery how spot on and well-timed this video is. Maybe he travelled to the future in…
  • Cartoon Pets IN REAL LIFE

    Andy
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the pets in cartoons were actually real animals? Stop wondering. Kyle Bradley answers some of this with brilliant illustrations by Angelica Bamundo on College Humor.   Garfield Yeeeeeeah. Italian food is delizioso, but maybe it isn’t really a sensible pet food.   Tom and Jerry She doesn’t know just what an infuriating pest the little nasty rodent was. Good kitty!   Doug Man’s best friend deserves the best of the best, I guess.   The Flintstones Fred was was so preoccupied at the pet store with whether or not…
  • Maximumble: Hot Tails

    Charlie
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
      Sometimes, we tell our kids things for the sake of humor or because we don’t know. It’s kind of fun to re-imagine things and tell a story to our kids. But I’ve had it backfire on me. My brother, for example, tells me that I told him a story growing up about mayonnaise. Apparently, and these claims are alleged, I told him that mayonnaise came from whale sperm. Now, I’ve never told my 5-year-old where mayonnaise comes from but I have invented fun ideas about how the world works. Hopefully, none that will prevent him from eating or doing things later. Sorry, bro!
  • Children’s Books Gone Terribly Terribly Wrong

    Andy
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    Reading to your kids, you occasionally run across something in a children’s book that raises your adult eyebrows. And, strolling through a bookstore, you may happen upon a title (or its entire contents) that gets your head tilt on, mentally or audibly making you ask yourself, “What on earth were they thinking?!” Sure, some of these seem like they’re weird because they’re from a bygone day of picket-fenced innocence (or maybe not). Then there are some that are clearly for helping to present some of the odd or dark realities of life, and I don’t mean Everyone…
  • My Wife Just Said… #208

    Charlie
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    “Not sure he’ll make it to 42, but he is a pretty creative guy😉❤️ P.S. MOST of those things are inappropriate.” -Avara   It was my wife’s birthday last week, our anniversary, a big work deadline, Easter Sunday and two plane trips. I didn’t realize how much “flying by the seat of your pants” would happen with two kids. I got a couple of things, but I felt really guilty. We spend so much time planning our kids’ birthdays. Our own fall by the wayside. So, I decided to ante up and text Avara 42 things I love about her all day. She…
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  • Connecting With The Kids On A Family Vacation

    Creative-Type Dad
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    Last week, for my vacation and my daughter's spring break, our family spent the entire week on the California Central Coast (San Luis Obispo) area doing activities such as hiking, “geocaching", playing on the beach, visiting wineries, riding bikes, picnicking at parks with playgrounds, and my personal favorite: the occasional afternoon nap in the sun to the sound of crashing waves (I can’t think of anything more relaxing than that!)It was so much better than our normal family affair of a multi-day theme park visit to someplace like Disney World.  On the way home I asked my kids…
  • Leaving a Lasting Positive Impression

    Creative-Type Dad
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    I met an interesting friend-of-a-friend last week visiting from Ireland. His name is Paul. A really nice guy that likes to talk a lot about life in general; topics like family, friends, work, travels, people all in an upbeat and positive sort of way. He’s the kind of person that would easily call you a 'good friend’ as an introduction to another after just meeting and speaking with you for a hour. He makes a infectious and positive impression just from his upbeat attitude and outlook but probably doesn’t realize it.This morning after my wife and kids made my annual…
  • First World Kid Problems

    Creative-Type Dad
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    With all of the things happening around the world and even nearby, it amazes me at some of the things I’ve been hearing all this week:4YO ran out of space on his iPad.9YO dropped and cracked her iPhone screen (again.)No new movies on the iPad to watch while on a Road Trip. "Road Trip" meaning 20 minutes in the car. Pad Apps (while on "Road Trip”) that require an internet connection.Nobody answers the landline home phone or checks the messages. “Wait...who was going to visit (last) Christmas?"Kids think using a MacBook Pro is archaic, but love vinyl records and think rotary phones…
  • Apps, Social, and Cell Phone Contracts for Kids

    Creative-Type Dad
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    My wife and I recently let our 9YO acquire a (hand-me-down phone after hearing so much about how her other friends have “had them forever!” to which I used the standard parental handbook page 93 answer of, “well if all of your friends had hungry pet tigers, should we get you one too?”Her getting one didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t come without hurdles. After a few discussions, making her write out a list on why she’s responsible enough to own one and presenting it, then I agreed. It does still seem strange to me that kids have cell phones (or “mobiles” as they call…
  • Monopoly: Destroying Family’s Since 1933

    Creative-Type Dad
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    My 9YO daughter asked me a few days ago, “Have you ever played Monopoly?”“Uh, yeah…of course I have! Like, millions and millions of times.”When I grew up we didn’t have the Internet. After the sun went down my family only had a few options for entertainment: 7 channels of TV with virtually nothing to watch (we didn’t have cable as that was for the “rich".) Read. Draw. Or played games with the family such as cards, usually poker, Uno, Parcheesi, Life, Battleship, and Monopoly.Then I realized how crazy it was to be 9 and to have never played Monopoly. What kind of parent am I?
 
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  • Organizing a Small Space for Crafts or Kids Toys

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    30 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    By Jane Blanchard You don’t need a large space for a craft room or a child’s toy storage room. The main thing, when deciding on which room to choose, is to make sure it’s a quiet place that will help you concentrate better. You won’t want the room to receive a lot of human or pet traffic. Organizing a Small Space Once you find the perfect spot for your small activity room, it’s time to organize all your craft supplies and toys. Start with a solid working table. Make sure it’s small enough, so it’s not too high for the children to work on it. Stainless steel will not rust, but a…
  • What is Laparoscopy?

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    25 Nov 2013 | 9:28 am
    The human body is an incredible creation and without a doubt the most complex and finely tuned machine that any of us possess. Knowing how to maintain the body in its optimal condition is imperative for a long and healthy life. Doctors spend many years of study to first achieve their initial medical qualification and they continue to learn every day as advances in science and medicine ensure that new discoveries that must be incorporated to their knowledge bank are assimilated and utilized in practice. Although there is no way that you can achieve the same level of medical knowledge as a…
  • A Worthy Alternative To Beer? U.S. Cider Guide

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    3 Oct 2013 | 8:33 am
    Even though beer remains the drink of choice in nearly every bar in America, true and traditional cider is slowly becoming a genuine alternative. So much so that numerous breweries have started to make their own blends of cider and traditional European brands are now starting to import products to the States. There are a huge variety of ciders available to suit every individual’s taste buds, from dry and sweet to cloudy and clear, so you can be sure to find that perfect cider for watching the game or relaxing on a summer’s evening with the family. Here’s a quick guide to the best cider…
  • How To Handle Batteries When There Are Kids Around

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    3 Oct 2013 | 8:22 am
    Every house will end up with a large crop of batteries, including many used ones that are waiting to be disposed of. This is particularly true if your family includes children, as many children’s toys will run on these small items. Furthermore, as every modern household relies more and more on gadgets such as remote controls and certain games console components, which are also battery-powered, it seems safe to say that a typical household will have a pile of the things – either unused or used – lying around somewhere or other. We all know that electricity can be dangerous, and…
  • Top Tips For Decorating Your Ideal Bedroom

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    6 Aug 2013 | 8:17 am
    It’s the part of your home where you retreat to after a long day’s work; spend time forgetting your troubles and think about what your plans are for the day ahead. It might be easy to take it for granted, but the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in any home. If you or one of your kids is dissatisfied with their bedroom, a little redecoration may be in order, but if looking to improve it, what should you do? For those of you who might be stuck for inspiration, here are some great tips for how to make the most of the place where you or a family member rests their head every night:…
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  • 102/365. scooped.

    snowdeal
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:50 pm
    the new issue of cook’s illustrated ( love the magazine ) arrived and i’m amused to see we have both their highly recommended ( love it! ) and not recommended ( hate it! ) ice cream scoops in our house.
  • day 3935 – 101/365. a sign you might be a hockey parent.

    snowdeal
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:29 pm
    if hockey season is over and it’s 71F outside and you’re sitting in an ice arena an hour away from your home watching your kid run drills.
  • 100/365. losing hope on our beloved peach tree.

    snowdeal
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:49 pm
    the winter before last took a huge toll on our peach tree ( the one that taught me The Transformative Power of A Real Peach ( and a little heavy whipping cream ) ) and last summer we didn’t get any fruit but the tree had a few dozen leaves on it so we thought maybe, just maybe, it needed to take a rest. But spring has sprung and I’m not seeing any buds at all. boooooooo.
  • 99/365. a succulent fresh start.

    snowdeal
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:20 pm
    someone smarter about plants will have to tell me what type of succulent “start” we going in our sun room.
  • 98/365. holy ( unexpected ) hail.

    snowdeal
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    five minutes prior to taking this picture, with no warnings on the radio, i was surprised to drive through a hailstorm that I thought was going to rip the car apart on way back from la crosse! i’m going to guess it was quarter to sized or larger but melted fast.
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  • Son’s Room – #DadChat #Humor

    Bruce Sallan
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
  • Dad is Going to College #Syracuse #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
  • #DadChat is Taking a Sabbatical

    Bruce Sallan
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    For over four years, I've run #DadChat and it's been an INCREDIBLE experience. I only missed it a few times, managing to find a wi-fi spot on the road, in the oceans off the coast of Africa, and in so many other circumstances. #DadChat began as #DadsPov and debuted to a whopping audience of me and me. My good friend Adam Cohen (@DaDaRocks) wisely suggested a name change and "gave" me #DadChat which, happily, was not being used. Soon we had a few people showing up, but it grew steadily from that point forward. I began getting great guests and eventually sponsors. The entire process and…
  • The College Visit – Syracuse University – Go Orange! #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    I am on the train, returning from visiting Syracuse University with my son. It wasn’t a traditional junior-year college visit because he had already been accepted under “early decision” and had already committed. Nonetheless, the experience was probably pretty similar to the college visits many kids and parents embark on. For my son and me, it was truly awesome. Yeah, I used the over-used “A” word, because it perfectly captures the spirit of the past 24 hours best. My son is a gifted young man. Of course, every parent tends to view his or her kid(s) as special so I won’t elaborate…
  • Is Dad Ready to Move?

    Bruce Sallan
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
 
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  • Hello world!

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! The post Hello world! appeared first on Tread Heavily.
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  • Worst Haircut Meets Worst Bedtime Story Idea

    greg
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:24 pm
    I hadn't heard Jeff Cohen's 2012 radio interview with his daughters about the disastrous haircut the 5yo performed on the 3yo's head, but it's fantastic. I might even listen to it again right now. [3min later] YEP, still great! And while I'm stoked that Cohen got a book deal out of it, and that Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! came out last year, and sounds like it captures the story so well, and even though Harper Collins Children's imprint has advertised on Daddy Types before, and I'm grateful, hoo boy. The idea of reading a kid an endearing, engrossing story about a horrific…
  • IDGI: Pre-Natal Wifi?

    greg
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
    So far the Language Log folks at UPenn have not found an explanation for why the pregnant lady graphic on this Korean train priority seating plaque has wifi. Though I wouldn't be surprised if Korean signmakers expect every fetus to be taking in utero cram courses to prep for their preschool exams. Pre-Natal Wi-Fi [languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu]
  • Epic Star Wars Dadfail

    greg
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:06 pm
    So I've already ruined the first kid by showing her Star Wars way too early, and she freaked out at the spooky cantina scene, and has never come back. K2's more into it, though. I believe in Rod Hilton's Machete Order for viewing Star Wars: IV, V, II, III, VI. But we just haven't ever gotten around to buying the prequels, and so the no one's seen past Empire Strikes Back yet. Which I completely forgot when I, in an adrenalin rush, showed K2 the new Star Wars VII trailer. Cut to Darth's mangled mask. "WAIT, HE DIES??" Hear the voiceover. "WHO HAS A SISTER?? IS THAT LUKE? WHOSE SISTER IS HE…
  • #EatShitDAE, You Know, For Kids

    greg
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    The Food Non Food department of the Design Academy Eindhoven picked up and moved to Milan for Salone 2015, and their exhibition program about the cycle that keeps living things alive is called Eat Shit. I don't know if they pronounce DAE like "die," but if they do, their hashtag has already won Milano. Darunee Terdtoontaveedej tweeted a photo of an awesome toy industrial pig farm/slaughterhouse [above], designer as yet unidentified. I'd worry that the piglets, the chainsaws, and some of the cuts of meat might pose a choke hazard, so no unsupervised play. The best pic I've seen yet is from the…
  • Arion Youth: Blingy Rocking Unicorn By Marcel Wanders

    greg
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Moooi is launching a bunch of merch at the Milan thing this week, including this limited edition, rhinestone-covered rocking unicorn by Marcel Wanders. Called Arion--which, be sure you hit that ON in there, otherwise, kind of awkward--I assume they're made by chopping the legs off a very select group of people's grandmothers' dining tables. It really is an embarrassing object about which Dezeen will only have good things to say, since they've just launched a year-long PR project with Moooi. Moooi unveils 2015 furniture and homeware collection [dezeen]
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  • Get Upside Down with Dairy Queen Blizzards #GetUpsideDown #IC #ad

    Ken
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    Have you heard of Dairy Queen’s #GetUpsideDown promotion? During the month of April, as part of their 75th Fanniversary, Dairy Queen is serving their Blizzard treats upside down. And if the Blizzard Treat isn’t served upside down, you get a free Blizzard on your next visit. Cool, right? BTW, I am participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dairy Queen. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation. As always, the opinions expressed here are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review. Read more: Get…
  • My Little Pony Tales DVD Giveaway

    Ken
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I have a fun giveaway for fans of My Little Pony. Thanks to Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios, a reader of my dad blog will win a copy of My Little Pony Tales: The Complete TV Series. The two-disc set includes all 13 episodes of the show, which originally aired on TV in 1992. My Little Pony Tales: The Complete TV Series will be available on DVD on April 28, 2015. Continue reading to find out how to enter my giveaway. Read more: My Little Pony Tales DVD Giveaway Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a…
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-ray Giveaway Winners

    Ken
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    Good morning, everyone! I’m still trying to recover from an illness. I’ve been sick for almost two weeks now. Anyways, I have two winner announcements this morning. But first, below are upcoming giveaways on my dad and Portland blogs. My Little Pony Tales: The Complete Classic TV Series DVD Giveaway (dad blog) Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Sweepstakes (Portland blog) Read more: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-ray Giveaway Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online…
  • Canoodle Toy Giveaway

    Ken
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Sorry everyone. I had to put the giveaway on hold. The contest will resume the first week of June. For those of you who have already entered, don’t worry, your entry will be saved in Rafflecopter. Once again, I am very sorry for having to take this giveaway offline. Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • Exodus, Hobbit and Harlock Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    Good morning, dads and moms! It’s Easter weekend. I want to take the kids egg hunting, but I think it might be too wet this weekend. Anyways, I have three winner announcements this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad and movie blogs. The Hobbit Blu-ray Giveaway (dad blog, ends 4/8) The Hobbit Blu-ray Sweepstakes (movie blog, ends 4/10) Read more: Exodus, Hobbit and Harlock Giveaways Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2015 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
 
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  • Homemade Bread

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

    Brett Nordquist
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    Touching story (To Russia with Love) from Elna Baker who traveled to Siberia to tell her parents she has left Mormonism. ‘In the end, you just hope you let go of the right things.”
  • This Is What It’s Really Like

    Brett Nordquist
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    One benefit that’s come from starting my own business and working from home has been the time I’ve been able to spend with my children. When I had a longer commute and worked a corporate job, I was occasionally able to attend important school events like awards assemblies or field trips to the zoo. These events are planned in advance. I always looked forward to witnessing first hand how my children interacted with adults and their peers. Kim handled the day-to-day activities while I cherry-picked the best activities which I could join. But now that I’m home during the day I see events…
  • Masks

    Brett Nordquist
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
  • Lunch Detention

    Brett Nordquist
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    I found myself in the principal’s office this morning. Sitting across the desk in my University of Utah hoodie, I explained how my son had been bullied by another student this past week. At least I think he’d been bullied. My son is in first grade, and he loves to tell stories about how he’s been wronged on the playground. My job as his father is to believe his version of the story. One day he had scratches on his face. The next day his lip was swollen and bloodied. And then yesterday he ran to the car after school to tell his mom he’d been placed on lunch detention. I…
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  • Will's Fourth Baseball Game of 2015

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Will's fourth baseball game of the year was in Coweta. Since it was was a late game, out of town, and on a school night, Drew, Landon and Momma stayed home. Will played center field and walked in his only at bat and then stole second. The boys won a close came X-X. The game was also memorable because, although the day was quit warm and comfortable in the early afternoon, the temperature dropped significantly by late evening and no one was prepared for it. Everyone on the field and in the stands was shivering. The abrupt change in the weather occurred across the midwest even resulting in some…
  • Will's Third Baseball Game of 2015

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Will had his third baseball game of the year tonight. He played center field and second base. He only got up to bat once resulting in a strike out which turned out to be pretty common for us tonight. Our poor boys only scored one run in a very lopsided loss to a team with some great pitching.
  • Landon's Third Baseball Game

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Landon had his third baseball game tonight. It was at the exact same time as Will's game and, although they were at the same sports complex, they were at complete opposite ends, like half a mile away opposite ends. So Momma stayed with Landon and I went with Will. Unfortunately, this means there are no pics of Landon's game. It was a tough game. Landon played third base and catcher again. With their bats near silent, Landon only got to bat once and he got a base hit. The boys suffered their first loss 2-12.
  • Landon's Second Baseball Game

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Landon had his second baseball game tonight and his team won a close one 8-7. Landon played catcher the whole game and got two base hits. I had to leave to take Drew to soccer practice so some of the pictures were taken by Momma.
  • Drew's Fifth Soccer Game of 2015

    6 Apr 2015 | 12:23 am
    Drew had his fifth soccer game of the season this afternoon. For the first time ever, he got to play goalie! One ball got by him for a goal but, for playing the position for the first time, Drew did a great job! Unfortunately, his team lost 2-7.
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  • How To Fix: Billing Problem with Family Member’s Purchase in iOS/Mac OS X

    Michael Sheehan
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    Just the other day, I tried to update my iOS apps on my iPhone and came across a bit of a cryptic error message. It said: “There is a billing problem with a family member’s previous purchase. Ask the family organizer to update their billing information.” This error occurred on both my iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8.3 as well as on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.10.3. So, I set out to attempt to correct. Initially, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be…until I discovered the quick and easy solution, which doesn’t really seem to be documented very well. Hopefully this article…
  • How To Restore a Previous Version of an iOS App

    Michael Sheehan
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    Have you ever wished that you could roll back or downgrade an iOS application running on your iPhone or iPad? You may want to do this because the newest version has issues or crashes all of the time. Or maybe you simply liked the previous version a bit more. Unfortunately there really isn’t a way that you can do this automatically via iTunes or on your iOS app. However, there is a way to restore previous versions of iOS apps, and it doesn’t take that much effort. Before you get all excited about this, I have to warn you that this doesn’t always work and it really depends on your…
  • NETGEAR Arlo Security Camera – Look Ma, No Wires and It’s Super Easy to Install

    Michael Sheehan
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    I love webcams, not only for security reasons but also they connect me to your home so that I always know what is going on and what I am missing. My home is probably one of the most web camera-enabled ones in the neighborhood. I have installed some that use PowerLine technology where Internet-connectivity is passed through your electrical infrastructure and others that I use inside the house that are pretty much plug and play. I even have a couple tied into my security system. The new NETGEAR Arlo smart home security camera takes the installation and usage to a whole new level of easy of use.
  • “Reading” – What You Need to Know about Reading by my 11-Year-Old

    Michael Sheehan
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    My 11-year-old daughter recently had an assignment to write 3-4 pages on a particular subject that was important to her and that she knew a lot about — “expert” topic writing. She chose a subject near and dear to her heart, reading. My daughter is a book lover. She devours them like they are going out of style or will be taken away from her. She considers herself an expert on reading. When she was finished, she wanted me to read it to check for anything that was strange or incorrect in the essay. Apart from her using an abundance of exclamation points (“I’m really excited about…
  • How To Fix Repeating Black Boxes in a Row in Microsoft Word

    Michael Sheehan
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    This How-To article comes by way of a HighTechDad.com reader who had seen my Fix-It article, “How to Remove Little Black Square Paragraph Formatting & Page Break in Microsoft Word,” but had a completely different issue that seemed to be related. What she had encountered was a row of repeating black boxes within Microsoft Word and she couldn’t figure out what they meant nor how to fix it. Usually, a black box or square within Microsoft Word signifies some sort of formatting or a break or a non-printing character. Non-printing characters are show by hitting the ¶ button on the…
 
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  • Take Me Out to the … Tennis Courts?

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

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

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Spring training came early for my little baseball player. By “early,” I mean a few days before Halloween when he started a two-month clinic at a local sports academy. Not sure what I mean by “little.” Excitable is nearly 5-foot-6 and has mistakenly played in my Size 11 cleats before. He’s following my footsteps in another way. He’s going to be a Little League catcher. CONTINUE READING » + + + 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!
  • Dads’ Advice to Their Sons

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    I’m not a fan of Buzzfeed. Not the “What kind of bellybutton lint are you?” quizzes that over populated my Facebook feed until I found a way to banish them. Not the listicles loaded with animated GIFs ripped off from other people’s sites. However, I’m not opposed to appearing on its pages because, damn, it’s hard to be an aging parent blogger, yo. CONTINUE READING » + + + 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!
  • Dear Amazon: Parenting No Longer Just Moms’ Domain

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Moms and dads – we differ in so many ways, obvious anatomical naughty bits aside. Yet regardless of childrearing style, regardless of who wins the bread and who makes it into PB&Js, moms and dads are both parents and both caregivers. That is the heart of the ongoing campaign for mega online-retailer Amazon to change the name of a discount program from "Amazon Mom" to "Amazon Family," the name it already uses in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and France. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove…
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  • From the Archives

    PG
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    I haven’t been shooting much. Life is very busy – great, but busy. I was looking back trough photos last night and thought, “there’s some good ones that have never been posted, I could post them ‘just because'”. So here goes. I am not sure how often I will post, but we’ll see if I can get the old blog up and running again. There’s something that I like about the blog as opposed to just sharing on Twitter or Facebook. This one is from a Red Sox game in 2011. In between innings I was playing with manual focus. A little vignette in post production…
  • Blizzard of 2015

    PG
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Just a couple of panoramic shots of our street in the aftermath of the January 26-27 blizzard. They are panoramic shots so are pretty large, click for the full size images… this one from the bedroom window. This one from across the street, full 360 degrees
  • The Boys of (Almost) Summer

    PG
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:16 am
    I love baseball, and I love shooting baseball. While I only had a couple of innings that I could stay and shoot before heading over to play in my Monday night mens’ basketball league I was excited to capture some action from my son’s Junior American Legion game this week. Coach Dolan has everybody’s attention  Kevin Donnellan heads for home with what would be the only run Rockland Post 147 needed. Mark Ewell is pleased with his RBI single. Josh Ruffin stuck out 14 while he went the distance shutting out Pembroke for the 2-0 win. Next game Thursday, June 5 – weather…
  • Been Waiting For The GoPro Footage

    PG
    23 Dec 2013 | 8:31 am
  • Proud Parent Moment

    PG
    12 Nov 2013 | 8:16 am
    So VERY proud of our 13-year-old son Aiden! Got a call from the Principal at the Middle School the other day to let us know that Aiden has been selected as Rockland’s 2014 ambassador to Project 351. What’s Project 351? More on that below… Aiden’s a great student and a strong citizen of his school and the community. He’s always willing to lend a hand – be it to a new student who’s struggling to find where he or she fits in, or to a neighbor, or even a stranger getting something off the shelves at a store (gotta use that height!). We couldn’t be…
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  • The Invitation Game

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Sometimes I learn things about Schuyler the hard way. Important things. Things I feel like I should have figured out by myself. Often they're things she keeps to herself, little pieces of inner sadness that she silently holds in her pocket until the day comes when she hands one to me. I don't think she shares so that I can make those tiny sadnesses go away; at least I hope not, because otherwise I'm failing her miserably. I think Schuyler just wants to be heard, and for her anxieties to be aired once in a while. That seems fair.
  • Schuyler and the Big Questions

    6 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: When speaking to groups where I know there are going to be a lot of people of faith present, I still talk about God. I talk about Faith and God and my own broken spirituality and what kids like Schuyler may be able to teach us about such things. I kick open the door to a conversation that isn't about convincing anyone or being convinced, either, but rather an exploration of perspectives that might just bring us all a little closer together. I'm not religious, and I'm certainly no Christian, but I don't need to be snotty about it and assume that…
  • Letter of the Law

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Dignity isn't a treat for the fortunate. It's a basic human right, one that you get to put in your pocket the day you're born. It's not something you're granted by the world. It can't be given to you; it can only be taken away.
  • Dragons Transformed

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Sometimes I don't have words for the things that keep me up at night, the things that keep so many special needs parents awake, staring at the ceiling. Institutions that don't adequately value the amazing human beings they've been entrusted with. Voices from the outside tearing us down, in the guise of civic concern or advocacy or just plain ugliness. And most of all that wordless thing waiting in the future, the one that scares us most of all because we can't see it, we can't even imagine it, and when we ponder it, we are reminded of our own…
  • F Word

    16 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt:For Schuyler, I don't think it's being different that bothers her. She'll proudly tell anyone who asks what church she goes to, for example, that she is a theist, which means she believes in God but not religion. In this town, that's a bold statement. But the difference of disability still rankles her. She can hear a thousand times that being different isn't a bad thing, and I'm pretty sure she even believes it, up to a point. But only just to that point, somewhere shy of emotional truth.
 
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  • How to Help Your Child Find His or Her True Calling in Life

    Glen Guyton
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:43 pm
    In today’s fast-paced culture, our children have numerous opportunities available to them. They can be entrepreneurs, YouTube stars, politicians, or leaders of massive social movements. With all of these choices, it can be difficult for them to figure out what their true calling is. It’s easy to be distracted by every bright and shiny opportunity that comes along. Things that look good may not be good for us. It takes maturity and discernment to distinguish the difference. Many people miss out on their true calling because they are paralyzed by fear. No one wants to make the…
  • Using Your Past to Talk to Your Children About Alcohol

    Frederick J. Goodall
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Next year my daughter will enter high school. It’s hard for me to believe that my baby girl is going to be a ninth grader. Moving from middle school to high school will be a huge transition for both of us. Before long, she well be driving, applying for colleges, and dating (eek!). To prepare herself for high school, my daughter has been asking my wife and me questions about our high-school experiences. The other night she posed this question to us: Let’s say that there is a circle with 10 rings. The center ring represents the popular kids – athletes, cheerleaders, etc.
  • American Families Lack Emergency Savings

    Frederick J. Goodall
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Although many family have recovered from the recession, the state of American’s finances is still pretty dismal. According to a survey conducted by Neighbor Works America, 34% of Americans don’t have any emergency savings. Another 25% of Americans have just enough savings to get by for one month in the event of a financial emergency. The survey goes on to state that the lack of savings affects black families even more. African American households made up 47% of those without savings, as compared to 19% of Caucasian households. I discussed this topic on Headline News along with my…
  • Is Quality or Quantity More Important When it Comes to Spending Time With Your Children?

    Frederick J. Goodall
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    For nearly 20 years, I worked 10 hour days and spent another 2 hours commuting. By the time I made it home each night, it was nearly 6:30pm. Although my kids were excited to see me when I entered the house, I needed a few minutes to decompress. Switching off from work mode wasn’t always easy. When I emerged from my cave to reconnect with my family, the clock started ticking. We had to eat dinner, finish homework, and try to have a little fun before bedtime. Each night, I rushed to cram in as much daddy time as possible. I often felt guilty that I wasn’t spending more time with them. I…
  • A Conversation on Ted Cruz, Schlumberger, and an Astrodome Report [Audio]

    Frederick J. Goodall
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    In this episode of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, my esteemed colleagues, Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen; Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg; Vladimir Davidiuk, Chairman of the College Republicans & Junior Senator in the Student Government Association at the University of St Thomas; and I discuss Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, a landmark fine for oil services company Schlumberger, and another proposal for the Astrodome. Listen to our conversation and share your thoughts in the comments section. Stay Strong, The post A Conversation on Ted Cruz, Schlumberger, and an…
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  • Social Media Icons Widget

    Chris
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website. With this new widget, you can add icons for the most popular social networks in no time. The icons are linked to your social media profiles, making it easy for your readers to follow your latest status updates. The Old Way The New Way Currently, we support adding social media icons for the most popular social networks, including: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn…
  • New Theme: Cyanotype

    Takashi Irie
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s the time of the week again, Happy Theme Thursday! We’re pleased to present a new free theme, Cyanotype: Cyanotype Cyanotype, designed by yours truly, is a monochromatic blog theme with a bold, yet simple look that sets your blog apart from the rest. Pick your favorite background color or image to lend your personal flair. Cyanotype also supports the following popular features: Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Cyanotype on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!Filed under:…
  • Keep Connected! Expats and Nomads Blog Around the World

    Michelle W.
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    We don’t write blogs purely for ourselves — we write them to be read. For people who live far from family and friends, blogs serve twin readerships: they give the intrepid traveler a simultaneous way to chronicle travels for a broad audience and update those back at home. We love following the worldly adventures of these four expats and nomads, and we’re sure their friends appreciate the virtual lifeline, too! Wish I Were Here Writer J.D. Riso is a self-identified dromomaniac — a person with an uncontrollable desire to wander. Wish I Were Here is her record of…
  • Field Notes: Hispanicize 2015

    Marjorie R. Asturias
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Two weeks ago, Happiness Engineers Karen Arnold, Marjorie R. Asturias, and Jamil Abreu, as well as Code Wrangler Damian Suarez, attended the sixth annual Hispanicize conference in downtown Miami, Florida. The event, which took place from March 16-20, is billed as the “largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment,…
  • New Theme: Lingonberry

    Caroline Moore
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to present a brand new free theme for your enjoyment. Lingonberry Lingonberry is a bright, personable blogging theme by Anders Norén with bold colors and accents and a playful, modern twist. Formatted posts stand out from the rest, space for your site logo adds a personal touch, and footer widget areas for additional content give your posts and pages plenty of room to shine. Lingonberry also adapts to your device, for a flawless reading experience no matter the screen size. Get to know Lingonberry on the Theme Showcase, or give it a spin by…
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  • Teaching Kids to Think + Locking Down Your Personal Info

    Armin
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    Darlene Sweetland and Ron Stolberg, co-authors of Teaching Kids to Think. Topic: Raising confident, independent, and thoughtful kids in an age of instant gratification. Issues: The instant-gratification generation; the 5 traps parents fall into that keep them from teaching their kids to think (the rescue trap, the hurried trap, the pressured trap, the giving trap, […] The post Teaching Kids to Think + Locking Down Your Personal Info appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • You’re Outa Here

    Armin
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Spring is in the air, so let’s get outside and start having fun! Base Camp Shelter (Backyard Safari Outfitters) Journeys—whether they’re a thousand miles or just out to the backyard—start with a single step. But before you start stepping, you need to plan out where you’re going to rest along the way. The Base Camp […] The post You’re Outa Here appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • New Mother Has to Go Back to Work Too Soon

    Armin
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and I just had a baby two months ago. I’ve been off work under the Family Leave Act until now and would like to take the remaining 4 or 5 weeks. But, unfortunately, we really need my salary to make ends meet. The prospect of leaving my baby (my husband […] The post New Mother Has to Go Back to Work Too Soon appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Parenting an Atypical Child

    Armin
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    Rita Eichenstein, author of Not What I Expected. Topic: Help and hope for parents of atypical children. Issues: Defining “atypical;” how the diagnosis of an atypical child affects the child and the parents; the emotional stages parents go through as they struggle to help their child; how to get help when you need it. The post Parenting an Atypical Child appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Parenting with a Story + Not What I Expected

    Armin
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    Paul Smith, author of Parenting with a Story. Topic: Life lessons in character for parents and children to share. Issues: Tell a young person what to do–play fair, be yourself, stick to the task at hand–and most will tune you out. But show them how choices and consequences play out in the real world, with […] The post Parenting with a Story + Not What I Expected appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
 
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  • 9 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm

    Benjamin
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    FriendFeed was shut down on April 9, 2015. We maintained the service since we joined Facebook in 2009, but the number of people using FriendFeed had been steadily declining and in the end, the community was just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we decided that it was time to start winding things down. We want to thank you all for being such a terrific and enthusiastic community. We're proud of what we built so many years ago, and we recognize that it would have never been possible without your support. - The FriendFeed team
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    Benjamin
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Dear FriendFeed community, We wanted to let you know that FriendFeed will be shutting down soon. We've been maintaining the service since we joined Facebook five years ago, but the number of people using FriendFeed has been steadily declining and the community is now just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we've decided that it's time to start winding things down. Beginning today, we will no longer accept new signups. You will be able to view your posts, messages, and photos until April 9th. On April 9th, we'll be shutting down FriendFeed and it will no longer be available. We want…
  • Custom FriendFeed themes and a way to show them off

    Casey
    13 Aug 2009 | 3:41 pm
    When we launched FriendFeed themes we mentioned some improvements we wanted to make, and here they are! Choose how people see your FriendFeed profile Starting today, people who visit your profile will see it in the theme you've chosen. If you'd prefer visitors not to see your theme, you can turn it off on your settings page. You can also choose themes for the groups that you're an admin for (looks like the So You Think You Can Dance admin wasted no time!). If you'd rather not see other people's profiles, you can make that selection in your settings page. Create your own themes Of course, we…
  • FriendFeed accepts Facebook friend request

    Bret Taylor
    10 Aug 2009 | 12:22 pm
    We are happy to announce that Facebook has acquired FriendFeed. As my mom explained to me, when two companies love each other very much, they form a structured investment vehicle... The FriendFeed team is extremely excited to become a part of the talented Facebook team. We've always been great admirers of Facebook, and our companies share a common vision. Now we have the opportunity to bring many of the innovations we've developed at FriendFeed to Facebook's 250 million users around the world and to work alongside Facebook's passionate engineers to create even more ways for you to easily…
  • FriendFeed API v2: Out of beta, OAuth for installed applications

    Benjamin
    5 Aug 2009 | 9:51 am
    Two weeks ago, we launched version 2 of the FriendFeed API in beta. Since then, we've watched how developers have been using the API and collected a lot of their feedback. We've implemented some changes, and now, we're ready to remove the beta label! In addition to removing the beta label, we also added support for using OAuth in applications installed on a user's desktop or device. The way it works is similar to Google's ClientLogin for Installed Applications; read all about it in our API documentation. During the beta period, a number of developers took advantage of the new API to develop…
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    Natural Papa

  • How Businesses Are Going Green and Lowering Their Carbon Footprint

    Guest Author
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    People are always trying to find ways to lower their carbon footprint by doing what is right for the environment. However, people doing their part for the environment is not enough. It’s also important for small and big businesses to do their part to go green. Some companies are coming up with unique and creative […] The post How Businesses Are Going Green and Lowering Their Carbon Footprint appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Seed Subscription Club Focuses on Organically-Grown Heirloom Seeds

    Derek Markham
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Ready to get growing some organic heirloom vegetables, but don’t know where to start? This subscription club aims to make organic gardening simpler, easier and more affordable. If you’ve ever ordered anything from a seed or garden supply company, your mailbox is probably starting to fill up with huge colorful catalogs right about now, offering […] The post Seed Subscription Club Focuses on Organically-Grown Heirloom Seeds appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • 5 Simple Tips For Raising A Child With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    Guest Author
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Raising a child is the most wonderful job in the world; though it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is also the hardest. You have the responsibility of shaping an individual’s future, often when you are still trying to add the finishing touches to your own. During the course of your parenthood journey, you […] The post 5 Simple Tips For Raising A Child With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Online STEM Curriculum & Mentoring Supports Every Kid in a Park Initiative

    Derek Markham
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    In support of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, this virtual STEM curriculum & mentoring program encourages kids to build engineering design challenges inspired by nature. Iridescent, an education nonprofit with a mission to bring science and engineering to underserved children and their families, offers a free online STEM program full of hands-on projects […] The post Online STEM Curriculum & Mentoring Supports Every Kid in a Park Initiative appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Get a Head Start on Spring with These Garden Prep Tips (Infographic)

    Guest Author
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Originally published on Fix. By Abby Quillen The days are short, the ground is cold, and most vegetable gardens are dormant. But that’s no reason to neglect them. A little prep now can give gardeners a head start on a productive spring. And the best part is, some of the planning can take place while […] The post Get a Head Start on Spring with These Garden Prep Tips (Infographic) appeared first on Natural Papa.
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  • Looking good in Regatta Outdoor Clothes

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

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

    Ian Newbold
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    With the Easter holidays nearly upon us, and them also being the traditional season opener for all the UK’s major theme parks, I’m timing a review of all my favourites.I know they won’t all suit all parties, so I’ve split them in to the best for little ones, for those after bigger thrills, and for when your family has a mix of all types, like ours.Hope you find our experiences useful for choosing where to visit this year.Best for little onesThomas Land at Drayton Manor Park & ZooThis one is a toss up between Legoland Windsor and Drayton Manor Park & Zoo. It’s a close…
  • Well done Walsall FC, we're off to Wembley!!!

    Ian Newbold
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    I am a very proud Walsall Football Club supporter.I’ve supported them since my early teens.It was love at first sight. Not because they were brilliant, far from it.  But because the experience of physically watching football matches, and watching The Saddlers in particular was so much fun.Standing on the terraces, joining in with the singing, the celebrations and the sarcastic jeers had me hooked.Up The SaddlersI sold the idea to other friends, even going to midweek reserve team games and as I grew up a little, my dad then started to come with me to watch.We’ve been through some…
  • My Child’s First School Residential Trip

    Ian Newbold
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    In any normal set of circumstances, as the parent of a ten year-old boy, I’d pay good money for a little peace and quiet.You get used to the noise, but occasionally it can get a little too much, and you really notice it when it isn’t there.Blissful silence.However with my son currently on his first school residential trip, the house has become instantly eerie.And I don’t like it.Passing on my anxietiesI told Max I’d miss him while he was away. It’s a tough call and balance of making a child feel loved and always wanted, but not burdening them with worrying about leaving us to our…
 
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    C.C. Chapman

  • A New Dog Story Begins – Please Meet Nadia

    C.C. Chapman
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    We all know that every dog story ends the same way. Last December, I had to say goodbye to my dear Roxie and our house has not felt the same without a dog in it since. This weekend that absence went away as Nadia joined our family. Last week I began getting the itch. The snow was melting and the days were getting warmer. The urge to be outside was getting stronger and with it came the urge to adopt another dog. We will always adopt our pets. With so many cats and dogs being abandoned every day, the idea of not rescuing a pet is completely foreign to our family. Looking around Petfinder, I…
  • People Should Be Judged On Their Actions, Not Their Beliefs

    C.C. Chapman
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    With Indiana being the latest state to decide discrimination is ok, my mind has been running. After reading Tim Cook’s great op-ed in the Washington Post, I felt I needed to share my thoughts. I knew I’d have a hard time typing the proper words, so I hit record on my microphone instead so share my raw thoughts on Managing the Gray #145. Give it a listen and then I’d love to hear your thoughts.
  • First Impressions of the FiOS Mobile App

    C.C. Chapman
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    As an itinerant, hours spent in airports is a common part of my life. Recently, I found myself alone at a gate early on a weekday morning waiting for others to arrive. Still in the haze of waking up, I mindlessly watched the television that was cycling through the standard airport fare of news and travel information. An ad rolled about a new show called The Wonder List that would be premiering on CNN. As a fan of Phillip Bloom’s work, I had been keeping an eye out for this show, but completely forgot about it. I had recently downloaded all of the Verizon FiOS apps to my phone and…
  • What Millennials Are Looking For In Presidential Candidates

    C.C. Chapman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    I never thought I’d use Ted Cruz and Taylor Swift as examples in my online marketing course I teach at Bentley, but last night it happened. After discussing the difference between smart and stupid brand management online, I thought it would be an interesting side topic to discuss the upcoming election. This will be the first election with no incumbent for all of the students and at most only the second election that they’ve been able to vote in. I set the ground rules that I didn’t want to discuss any candidate or party specifically, but rather focus on what any candidate…
  • A Weekend in Wine Country Speaking at WTFconf

    C.C. Chapman
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    When a friend asks for help, I do everything in my power to assist them. So, when David Baeza asked me to be part of a new conference he was organizing I wanted to make it work. When I saw that he had asked several of our closest friends for the same favor and they had already said yes, I tried even harder to make it happen. WTFconf stands for Wine, Technology and Food and David assembled a diverse group of speakers to enlighten and inspire the sold out audience. The Santa Ynez Valley is a beautiful slice of California full of creative and smart people, but there was not yet a true…
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    Welcome to Boltonshire

  • Welcome to Boltonshire has relocated

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 pm
    I've imported my other older blogs to this one.  Mainly so I can have the page count and companies will see I have a history of blogging and haven't only talked about Teen Titans for a couple weeks.Blogs Imported Are:Welcome to Boltonshire (which contained Juggling Eric)Dad HacksCrappy Writing BlogI also figured since I'm trying to be more rounded and not just a "Dad Blogger", I should have them all in one place.So...Yeah.  Go to #HashtagBolton now.
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    DadCAMP

  • “Chewie, We’re Home”

    buzz
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    Chewie, we're home." Isnt that the best? It's exactly what Star Wars feels like. It's home. It's my past, my present, my future. It's my childhood, it's my sons'. Here's teaser trailer #2 for The Force Awakens. Enjoy The post “Chewie, We’re Home” appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • The Irrational Fears Only Parents Have

    buzz
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Parents are crazy. We have to be crazy, our souls are running around outside our body. That deep kind of unconditional love leads to irrational fears. Because kids. And we love them. So. damn. much. The post The Irrational Fears Only Parents Have appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Dear Jillian Harris, Should We Love It Or List It?

    buzz
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    When you're planning home renovations, you have to wonder will you love it or list it? You also have to think about insurance. Here's how to plan home renos The post Dear Jillian Harris, Should We Love It Or List It? appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • How To Inspire Your Kids To Do Chores

    buzz
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Its easy to get your kids to do chores, just model the behavior. More and more its not just moms that are inspiring, but dads too. Thanks to #SwifferDad for this great campaign The post How To Inspire Your Kids To Do Chores appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Canucks vs Flames. Father vs Sons. Salmon vs Beef.

    buzz
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    Who you cheering for: Canucks or Flames? We're a two team household around here, blue and red. Here's what to have for dinner during the playoffs. The post Canucks vs Flames. Father vs Sons. Salmon vs Beef. appeared first on DadCAMP.
 
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • Be The Captain of Your Destiny

    Jack Steiner
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:01 pm
    listen to ‘Be The Captain of Your Destiny’ on audioBoom
  • Metamorphosis

    Jack Steiner
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    There is no better word than Metamorphosis to describe this moment in time. A period of excitement and some fear but an undying belief that I will figure it out.In a perfect world the transition from one stage into another would be seamless and easy but that is not what is happening here and overall I am ok with it,Maybe it is because I realized long ago that I was in the midst of making some significant changes in my life and I understood it would take a while to process and proceed.Fear prevented me from doing some of it before but I let go of that anchor weight and accepted I couldn't…
  • Running At Full Speed

    Jack Steiner
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:27 pm
    The problem with running at full speed is that it doesn't always provide an opportunity to write and that is precisely why I haven't given a good update yet today.Hope to hit it later, but probably won't be until evening. But the good news for you is that you have other things to read, including the fabulous tale of the Pepper Pike mystery.Just click on the links below.500 More Ways To Have Better Sex & Earn Money From BloggingWhat Happens When Your Ass Surrenders?The Lies Bloggers TellDumb Bloggers & Silly FathersHow Do You Recognize Windows Of Opportunity?
  • The Old Days

    Jack Steiner
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Way back in the beginning of my blogging adventure I created a second blog I wanted to use to help me keep track of posts I wanted to remember.It took a boatload of time to place the links there because at the time the editor was a bitch to work with and I had to drop the code in by hand for each link.The upside was it forced me to learn some HTML (I know more than just links) but I didn't see a particular reason to really teach myself so I learned enough to be dangerous.Now I can dig into a page and mess with things, but sometimes I just destroy whatever it is and it takes me a while to…
  • Maybe You Know About This & Maybe You Don't

    Jack Steiner
    5 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    You can spend a few hours with someone and know them better than you know someone you have spent years with.Life is funny sometimes, isn't it.
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    MyBoys3

  • Hello Barnes & Noble!

    Steve
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    I’ve done several book signings before, but I’m more excited than usual to have my books sitting on a table next to a big sign at Barnes & Noble this week. It took me two years to get there, and I’m curious to see how it goes. While I still think their days are probably numbered in the long run, there’s no denying that they are the big dog when it comes to brick and mortar bookstores. If you’re local, it would be awesome if you came out this Saturday, April 18th from 1-3PM at the Chesterfield Town Center in Richmond. I’ll also have events at two more…
  • Four and Six

    Steve
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Four years ago around this time, we moved from New Jersey to Richmond. It was a crazy time, as any move is, but looking back, several things stick in my mind. First, the movers severely underestimated the space that our items would take up in their truck, causing the majority of our belongings to be strewn across our front yard until 2AM as they tried in vain to re-pack with a tighter fit. At about midnight, I gave up and fell asleep on our basement floor and prayed that we’d actually make it to Virginia. Second, the weekend we rolled into Richmond, NCAA Tournament March Madness was in…
  • Indie Publishing Update

    Steve
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    If I were to choose a word to describe the current state of the creative and business side my writing efforts with MyBoys3 Press, it would be “connections.” The last two years have squeezed a lot of writing and publishing into my evenings, nights, and weekends. During that time, I’ve released three middle grade children’s books and a standalone short story, all in-between the busy efforts of my day job and being a dad and husband. While I still have plans for additional books in 2015, I’ve been working hard to tie things together, both with my products but also in my relationships…
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Advantages of Having Twins as Your First Children

    Joe
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    I surveyed the Dad’s Guide to Twins Facebook community and asked if twins were your first children. About 60% of you said that yes, they were your first children. Now in our family, our twins were number three and number four, joining their two older brothers. So I guess we fell into the slight minority there, the 40% of you that said that twins were not your first children. Now as you all were answering this question, it made me think, well, what are some advantages of having twins as your first children? Instant Family Many of you said that you had an instant family. Perhaps if you…
  • Advantages of Twins First vs After Other Children, Newborn Sleeping Arrangements – Podcast 85

    Joe
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    Episode 85 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss: Advantages of twins being your first children Advantages of twins NOT being your first children Newborn twins sleeping arrangements Mentioned in this episode: Dad’s Guide to Twins Facebook Page 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…
  • How early can they tell if you are having twins?

    Joe
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    I surveyed the Dad’s Guide to Twins Facebook community and asked, “how early did you find out you were having twins?” The results were quite interesting. You might be wondering just how early can they tell if you are having twins? First Doctor’s Visit Typically, the vast majority of you found out on your first doctors visit that you were expecting twins. The first doctor’s visit after you found out you were pregnant is typically around six to ten weeks into the twin pregnancy. Early Ultrasound If you just get a blood test to confirm the pregnancy you may not find…
  • Twins Sleep Regression

    Joe
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    I recently got a question from a parent who says that they are facing twins sleep regression and they want to know what they can do about that or what it means. Regression Comes in Various Places Keep in mind that as your twins progress through different milestones they will regress. They’ll take steps backwards. For example, if they are sleeping great, then all of a sudden they won’t be sleeping great. They may wake up multiple times a night. They may not sleep for as long as they were before. Sleep regression with children is common. If they are using the potty great and keeping…
  • Father of Twins Advice

    Joe
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    The Distracted Dad shared “101 Things a Child of Mine Needs to Know.” He wrote this list before his twins were born and recently shared it on his blog. This father of twins advice includes tips that are very applicable to you as a father of twins as you raise your twins. I wanted to highlight a few of these here and then you can check out the rest of the list. Parental Balance and Favorites Number 43 says: Sometimes you will think one parent is better than the other. Sometimes you will be right. For the most part, though, your parents are the Yin and Yang of your development, and…
 
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    DaDa Rocks!

  • Kronos “1 in one hundred million” is about profiling ordinary people in the workforce

    DaDa Rocks!
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    With the 1 in One Hundred Million series, Kronos Incorporated celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary. Every month, they highlight one special worker and tell his or her story through a YouTube video, shining a spotlight not only on the hard work that each of these people puts in at their job, but also the overall strength, singularity, character, commitment, and passion of today’s workforce. Previous entries have included a hotel front desk agent and night auditor, a veteran firefighter of 34 years, and a fourth grade teacher who’s dedicated to helping kids spread their…
  • Celebrate Sunday Funday with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

    DaDa Rocks!
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    On Sunday, April 19 hundreds of families will celebrate Sunday Funday with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. The best in family entertainment, indoor sports and games, creative workshops and fabulous food for the whole family. Beginning with a performance by the incredible Dan Zanes and Friends, this promises to be a day your children will be talking about all year! Children 0 to 12 years old will enjoy age-appropriate activities, from obstacle courses to potato sack races, arts and crafts stations to bouncy castles. Little ones will enjoy…
  • Casting Call For New Game Show “Who Knows Who?”

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    From the network that brought you “THE VOICE” AND “DEAL OR NO DEAL”, comes their next big hit, “WHO KNOWS WHO.” The show that is bringing back “Family TV Night” across the nation! That one night of the week where the entire family gathers together to enjoy a show that will appeal to everyone. Your little ones will love it as much as your teens! “WHO KNOWS WHO” will combine elements of pop culture trivia and knowledge of facts, quirks, and stories about your very own teammates. Grab your closest friends, roommates, siblings, parents,…
  • “Batman vs. Robin”: Own it on Blu-ray™ Combo, DVD & Digital HD April 14

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The world is turned upside down when one of the world’s greatest super heroes – Batman – finds himself under attack by his own son in the newest DC Universe Original Movie – Batman vs. Robin. This all-new original film arrives April 14, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The brand-new product offering, Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition, will include the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with a Batman figurine in a gift set. Batman vs. Robin will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack…
  • Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1 on DVD April 14, 2015

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Teen Titans fans can relive the latest adventures when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) releases Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1 on DVD April 14, 2015. The two-disc DVD set is priced to own for $19.97 SRP. Order due date is March 10, 2015. Teen Titans GO! which consistently ranked as the #1 show for kids 6-11 on Cartoon Network has been renewed for a third season of fun and mayhem.   In Season 2 Part 1, the Teen Titans return with a whole new bevy of baddies, beverages and adventures! Partner up withRobin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy to defend…
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    FatherMag.com Home Page

  • Feminism/Cannibalism

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    NOW attorney Mikoyan-Gurevich was defending a woman in California who had poisoned 173 children in a kindergarten, her defense being that she was in a bad mood, which was caused by the stress of living in a society dominated by patriarchal white males.
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    Man Vs Words

  • How to Use Content to Grow Your Business

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

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

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

    Craig Playstead
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:04 am
    The computer is ready, but my brain has other plans. (photo by W.E. Jackson). “A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.“ -Hunter S. Thompson I had all the focus of a teenage boy at a Grand Theft Auto convention, sponsored by Red Bull. Just to give you a little taste of my failure and procrastination, here are all the things I did when trying to write a post for today. Keep in mind, these are the things I did after sitting down at my computer with a strong cup of tea, dog at my feet, perfect music picked out, Evernote primed…
  • 5 Things Louis C.K. Can Teach You About Writing and Creating

    Craig Playstead
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    The man dominates the content game. So, I’m reading this really cool article about what Bill Murray can teach you about life a couple of days ago and thought, “I wish I’d written that.” So, I basically copied the idea and thought I’d write about the best comic/writer/societal mouthpiece we have right now, Louis C.K. He’s a creative force whose writing and delivery is not only hilarious, it can also be deep and cause you to think. Just like any great writer. Louis has altered the landscape in content distribution on the Internet, how he creates his TV show (he…
 
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    Dad Does

  • Review: Parrot Bebop Drone with Skycontroller, Change Your World View

    nessel
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
      Back in the day we used to target the bird demographic.  Seemed like a wide open niche, go after all those birds that love to read blogs…hmm, strange that never took off (could not resist). After paying an army of consultants to do extensive testing we discovered that most of our readers are ground bound humans.  Sure, on special occasions we go in planes or on mountain tops, but most of our time is spent seeing the world at 4- 7 feet above ground level. The Parrot Bebop Drone with Skycontroller aims to change how we view the world.  No, it will not fly you up into the sky,…
  • Jungle Jumparoo Review and Giveaway, Bounce Away!

    nessel
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Oh sun and warmer temperatures, how we have missed you so.  Spring weather has been a long time coming here in the Northeast.  For months the kids have been trapped inside, in sub-freezing weather, just itching to get outside and play. What better to do outside then jump and bounce?  No we didn’t get a death trap trampoline.  We also didn’t rob the carnival of their bounce house.  Instead we are reviewing the Jungle Jumparoo. Part trampoline, part bounce house, part jungle gym…ALL fun!  Please watch our video review of the Jungle Jumparoo……
  • ECBC Pegasus Convertible Wheeled Backpack Review, Take The Torture Out of Travel

    nessel
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
      Travel is great.  Going to distant lands, exploring cultures, visiting family and friends – all very positive.  The problem is, the act of traveling sucks.  Cramming everything you need into your carry-on because who knows if your checked baggage will even make it- not exactly enjoyable.  Then unpacking your laptop and electronics from said carry-on, to make the TSA happy- that is stressful.  Did you remember to put all your electronics back in?  Maybe the wheeled suite case was a mistake and you should have just gone with a backpack??? You start stressing out and wondering…
  • Toy Fair 2015 In Full Living Color Video, Part 2

    nessel
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Toy Fair 2015, which took place in February 2015, was filled with thousands of new toys coming out in 2015.  Some were awesome, some were terrible and many were, well, just ordinary. In Part 1 of our Toy Fair 2015 in Full Living Color Video we gave a taste of some of the toys we saw on display.  Now we are doing something truly revolutionary.  This is unprecedented and if Hollywood gets a hold of this idea, watch out!  We are making a sequel! Toy Videos…Lots and Lots of Toy Videos Wow, how lucky were we to have called the first Toy Fair Video Post “Part 1″?  That sure…
  • Sengled Pulse Review, It’s A Dimmable Light, It’s A Wireless Speaker…It’s Both!

    nessel
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Every once in a while we review a gadget and say “Man, how come we didn’t think of that!”  This is exactly the reaction we had with the Sengled Pulse.  The Sengled Pulse Starter Kit is a set of two light bulbs that fit in a standard light socket.  Not impressed yet?  What if I told you you could dim the lights by using an app on your phone?  Still not that impressed.  Well, you will be blown away…literally..once music starts blasting out the JBL speakers inside the light bulbs! That’s right the Sengled Pulse is a dimmable light and bluetooth wireless…
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    The Committed Parent

  • How My Listening Skills Earned Me a Million Dollars and Proved a Balm to My Brain!

    Mark Brady
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    (I love headlines like this. They so blatantly pander to my brain’s anxious, conditioned desire to get rich quick. Research, though, shows that most people get rich by first learning about, and then mindfully and methodically attending to money much as they might attend to a healthy diet or lifelong violin-practice). “There’s a certain Buddhist calm that comes from having money in the bank.” ~ Tom Robbins Shortly after I turned 40 years old, I found myself teaching an evening class in Deep Listening at UC Santa Cruz Extension. To my surprise and confusion, most of the…
  • Can Your Brain Learn to Love Managing Weight?

    Mark Brady
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:47 am
    Waking up one day and finding myself weighing nearly 250 pounds was bad enough. Worse was feeling like I’m told many alcoholics feel – that I was powerless over weight gain. How could this be? I’m a smart guy. I have three graduate degrees. I’ve eventually been successful in virtually every venture I’ve ever been involved in. I’m a good person, a good friend and father. And I’m old enough to know better. The kicker came one day while on a restocking trip with my wife to Costco. That was the day I hit rock bottom. We had the usual carts filled with…
  • Not Your Fault: Making Ready Sense of The Brain-Boggling Complexity of Obesity

    Mark Brady
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Most of you reading this blog have probably seen the TED Talk by Jill Bolte Taylor describing in detail what a left hemisphere stroke looked and felt like as it happened to her. Her knowledge of brain anatomy and brain function both helped and hindered her during the stroke – she spent a little too much time enraptured in the thrall of her own failing brain’s decline. Jill B-T and her Mom Probably fewer of you have managed to read Jill’s book, My Stroke of Insight. In that book she makes one thing abundantly clear: her mother, GG (Gladys Gillman Taylor), played a tremendous…
  • Zombie Grocery Shopping: Why Your Brain Checks Out at the Checkout Counter

    Mark Brady
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    We pause this blog to bring you a brief message from our sponsor … I’ve published a novel ! After six years of research, writing and editing, my neuroscience novel, Psychomanteum has been birthed into the world. You can find out more about it and order your very own advance copy: HERE. And now back to our regularly scheduled blog programming … “The odds of going to a grocery store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are about three billion to one.” ~ Irma Bombeck Taking my brain to our locally-owned Goose Grocery Store is an adventure of…
  • What Info-Besity Does to Your Brain

    Mark Brady
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    Don’t know how to handle the flood of information that streams into your life daily? Don’t know what to do with the 100,000+ smartphone and tablet apps being released every year? What if you want to pare down and sharpen your focus? Say, winnow things down to only the 40,000 – 50,000 peer-reviewed neuroscience papers published every year? One way to deal with the overwhelm is to go shopping – spend an hour or two sorting through the 120,000 items the average Walmart carries or the 40,000 items your typical supermarket stocks. The amount of raw data available in today’s world has…
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  • JURASSIC WORLD – 2nd Poster Turns Sharks into Fish Food

    Geekasms Staff
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Ahead of Monday’s debut of a new trailer for Universal Pictures Jurassic World, the second of three new posters has hit the interwebs.  Yesterday’s poster featured Bryce Dallas Howard facing off with the new hybrid bad boy Indominus Rex, and today featuring the gigantic swimming dino, the Mosasaurus.While there’s only so much you could do with a giant aquatic dino (Deep Blue Sea 2!) this poster intrigues me more than the first, I’ll admit.Check back tomorrow for the third poster, which my money is on it being Chris Pratt’s raptors.The post JURASSIC WORLD –…
  • Saturday Morning Cartoon Fix – DINOSAUCERS

    Geekasms Staff
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    The latest Saturday Morning Cartoon Fix brings you another gem of the 80s; Dinosaucers!Airing in syndication in the late 80s, there were 65 total episodes made, but the show only lasted one season, during the 87-88 television season.  There had actually been a toyline planned, but it was scrapped after the show was canceled, much to the chagrin of the Evil Tyrannos.  The toys were originally planned to be released in 1987 by Galoob and had actually been shown at Toyfair. Though Galoob was extremely close to production, the plans of Dinosaucers toyline was stopped dead in its tracks.  What…
  • BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – Trailer Officially Released

    Geekasms Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Well, I wondering if this would happen.  After the leaks of the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros have given in, and officially released the trailer ahead of their original Tuesday date.  You can check out the OFFICIAL trailer below, which features a pretty buff Batman, voice overs from everyone including Neil deGrasse Tyson and moreCell Phone v IMAX. IMAX Event BvS fans will still be first & only to see special IMAX BvS teaser #AFewExtraShotsPlusALittleSwag #NotPirated— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) April 17, 2015The post BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE…
  • Leaked Emails Reveal Sony’s Plan for a DOCTOR WHO Movie

    Geekasms Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    The Telegraph has reported that based off of leaked Sony emails, published by Wikileaks, that there are plans in place for a Doctor Who movie to be made within the next 8 years.  The emails also reveal that the show runners are resisting the pressure to rush something out, unsure on how the film would work, but that they want to work it in with their 8 year timeline.The plans for Doctor Who were put in an email sent in January [2014] from Andrea Wong, president of International Production for Sony, to the company’s chief executive Michael Lynton.The email says: “[Danny Cohen, the…
  • DOCTOR WHO – Latest Bit of Casting News for Season 9

    Geekasms Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:54 pm
    The latest casting for Season 9 of Doctor Who, as actor David Schofield being cast as Odin in the episodes The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived, which also feature guest star Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones.No official word on the theme of the episodes, but having someone named Odin would suggest a possible Viking feel, but then again, it could just be a guy with the same name as the Viking god.The post DOCTOR WHO – Latest Bit of Casting News for Season 9 appeared first on Geekasms.
 
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  • Who Are You Blogging For?

    Jack
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:37 pm
    One of the old timers asked why I don’t update my blog seven days a week anymore and told me they wondered who I was blogging for. “Nobody comments on blogs anymore and if you are not getting any comments who are you blogging for?” I didn’t have to think about my answer because I […] (Visited 45 times, 45 visits today) The post Who Are You Blogging For? appeared first on The JackB.
  • The Crossroads Approaches

    Jack
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    Midnight approaches and I am back at the computer listening to Johnny sing Hurt and I Hung My Head. The music eases my mind but there are no answers to be found within. They say that if you want to make an informed decision you need to find the balance between the facts and you […] (Visited 11 times, 11 visits today) The post The Crossroads Approaches appeared first on The JackB.
  • 500 More Ways To Have Better Sex & Earn Money From Blogging

    Jack
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    I knew a man who once told a woman that he knew if they were trapped on an island with no one but each other he didn’t care because he was certain they would never get bored of each other. Three days later they found his body on the banks of the Cuyahoga river. A […] (Visited 42 times, 42 visits today) The post 500 More Ways To Have Better Sex & Earn Money From Blogging appeared first on The JackB.
  • What Happens When Your Ass Surrenders?

    Jack
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    If you visit my home I promise I will offer you food and drink because it is how I was raised. Guests are treated with respect, unless they happen to the kind of obnoxious morons who deserve to be fed Ex-Lax brownies. This blog is my cyber home so I can’t really feed you but […] (Visited 36 times, 15 visits today) The post What Happens When Your Ass Surrenders? appeared first on The JackB.
  • The Lies Bloggers Tell

    Jack
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:37 am
    Mulled over whether I wanted to make this a funny post but the funny words weren’t flowing from the fingers and I didn’t feel like making funny faces to use for pictures. So instead you’ll get a link to a fine old post called Cheaper Than A $5 Whore With Less Risk of Infection and […] (Visited 60 times, 34 visits today) The post The Lies Bloggers Tell appeared first on The JackB.
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  • Lily’s Easter Hat

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

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

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

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

    Thomas
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Our hotel on the farm had a spaceship and a pool. The neighboring castle had lots of rooms for staying over night as well. There was a restaurant and amusement park rides. So much fun for anyone. It’s always a good time when we pull out all the toys and make a mashup. We have princesses, pirates, animals, Legos, Duplos, Construx, toy cars, a doll house, a barn, and that’s all I can remember. We’re building the imagination in both her and I. The post Welcome to our Princess Pirate Spaceship Hotel appeared first on TwisterMc.
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  • 7 Horrible Parenting Moments No One Warns You About

    Aaron Gouveia
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Parenting — especially in the age of social media — requires spending ample amounts of time wading through a superfluous amount of bullshit. I’m not sure why it happens, but parents routinely lie to one another without hesitation. Perhaps it’s because we’ve all been force fed fairy tales of how happy babies should make us 100% of the time, and we feel guilty saying “truthfully, some of this really sucks.” But the fact of the matter is, some of it does suck. And in the very beginning, I’d argue MOST of it sucks. I know you love your kids. I love…
  • Dads Clean Up Nicely These Days

    Aaron Gouveia
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    OK, let’s get this out of the way first and foremost. Yes, the guy who went on record saying he prefers parents with slightly messy houses is writing a post about cleaning houses. And while I can already hear the “HYPOCRITE!” chants, that really isn’t the case. Despite being comfortable with a little mess and disorganization, there comes a tipping point at which the mess threatens to climb The Wall like a mass of Wildlings and enslave us all. Or, in other words, cleaning up occasionally is necessary, as is making sure it’s never just one parent’s job to do…
  • Of Purkle Cats & Fleeting Childhood Moments

    Aaron Gouveia
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    “I see PURKLE CAT looking at me, dada!” I must’ve read Eric Carle’s book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? about 10,000 times when Will was little. We both knew it by heart, and Will loved to name all the animals even before I turned the page. But of all the blue horses, yellow ducks, and black sheep in the book, nothing could top the purkle cat for Will. As I’m sure you’ve figured out, it’s a purple cat. But for some reason, Will couldn’t pronounce purple for the longest time, so he said “purkle” instead. At first it was…
  • Why I Prefer Parents With Messy Houses

    Aaron Gouveia
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    How many times have you gone over to someone’s house for a play date and before you’re even through the door you get “Please excuse the mess in here. It’s been a DISASTER but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to clean it?”  As a father of two precocious boys, I nod knowingly and walk in to find — nothing! Not only is there no mess, the place is freaking immaculate. Floors you could eat off, carpet freshly vacuumed, no crumbs on the couch, and not a speck of dust to be found. The throw rugs are all perfectly aligned, there’s no…
  • The Wintry Blanket of Depression

    Aaron Gouveia
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    “Are you OK?” This is the dumbest question to ask her. First of all, she always say she’s fine. Always. Without fail. But the real reason it’s a terrible question is because I already know she’s not fine. I’ve known it for a couple of months. I just haven’t wanted to face it, so I accepted the falsity of fine. Much like our region has been covered in snow since January, winter dark and dreary has blanketed her. But blanket gradually turned to noose, as icy fingers wrapped around her neck and squeezed. Depression’s choke-hold isn’t new…
 
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    CuteMonster.com

  • SmartyPants Vitamins to the Rescue

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

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

    Vincent Daly
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Review of Director Kenneth Branagh’s "Cinderella". A new live action Disney movie based on the classic fairy tale. The post Cinderella and Fatherhood appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • 2015 New York Toy Fair in Pictures

    Vincent Daly
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Images from the 2015 New York Toy Fair. The post 2015 New York Toy Fair in Pictures appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Kid Conversations #6

    Vincent Daly
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    Kids have unique conversations. Here is one of them. The post Kid Conversations #6 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
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    C.C. Chapman

  • A New Dog Story Begins – Please Meet Nadia

    C.C. Chapman
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    We all know that every dog story ends the same way. Last December, I had to say goodbye to my dear Roxie and our house has not felt the same without a dog in it since. This weekend that absence went away as Nadia joined our family. Last week I began getting the itch. The snow was melting and the days were getting warmer. The urge to be outside was getting stronger and with it came the urge to adopt another dog. We will always adopt our pets. With so many cats and dogs being abandoned every day, the idea of not rescuing a pet is completely foreign to our family. Looking around Petfinder, I…
  • People Should Be Judged On Their Actions, Not Their Beliefs

    C.C. Chapman
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    With Indiana being the latest state to decide discrimination is ok, my mind has been running. After reading Tim Cook’s great op-ed in the Washington Post, I felt I needed to share my thoughts. I knew I’d have a hard time typing the proper words, so I hit record on my microphone instead so share my raw thoughts on Managing the Gray #145. Give it a listen and then I’d love to hear your thoughts.
  • First Impressions of the FiOS Mobile App

    C.C. Chapman
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    As an itinerant, hours spent in airports is a common part of my life. Recently, I found myself alone at a gate early on a weekday morning waiting for others to arrive. Still in the haze of waking up, I mindlessly watched the television that was cycling through the standard airport fare of news and travel information. An ad rolled about a new show called The Wonder List that would be premiering on CNN. As a fan of Phillip Bloom’s work, I had been keeping an eye out for this show, but completely forgot about it. I had recently downloaded all of the Verizon FiOS apps to my phone and…
  • What Millennials Are Looking For In Presidential Candidates

    C.C. Chapman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    I never thought I’d use Ted Cruz and Taylor Swift as examples in my online marketing course I teach at Bentley, but last night it happened. After discussing the difference between smart and stupid brand management online, I thought it would be an interesting side topic to discuss the upcoming election. This will be the first election with no incumbent for all of the students and at most only the second election that they’ve been able to vote in. I set the ground rules that I didn’t want to discuss any candidate or party specifically, but rather focus on what any candidate…
  • A Weekend in Wine Country Speaking at WTFconf

    C.C. Chapman
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    When a friend asks for help, I do everything in my power to assist them. So, when David Baeza asked me to be part of a new conference he was organizing I wanted to make it work. When I saw that he had asked several of our closest friends for the same favor and they had already said yes, I tried even harder to make it happen. WTFconf stands for Wine, Technology and Food and David assembled a diverse group of speakers to enlighten and inspire the sold out audience. The Santa Ynez Valley is a beautiful slice of California full of creative and smart people, but there was not yet a true…
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    Memoirs of a Single Dad

  • Dear Son: I love your brother more.

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

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

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

    Robert Erdei
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    It is important to get the right diagnosis for your child, if he or she needs one. Not all children who show signs of noncompliance or defiance have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), but some of them may have. Noncompliance, defiance and aggression might indicate other diagnoses as well, such as Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, […] The post Help for Parents of Defiant Teens: Part II – Advice for Parents appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Confessions of a Co-Parent Dad: Top 5 Crazy Ex Conversations

    Daniel Ruyter
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I must confess, crazy conversations with ex’s are events that both amuse and frustrate me to no end. Many of us don’t think clearly after we part our ways, and that often leads to some downright maddening conversations. Now, just because you have crazy conversations with them doesn’t mean they (or you) are crazy, but […] The post Confessions of a Co-Parent Dad: Top 5 Crazy Ex Conversations appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
 
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    Souvenirs of Fatherhood

  • On Possessions

    @AnOrdinaryDad
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I woke for work at my normal time, early. Stumbled in the dark until I reached the kitchen and flicked on a light. Opened the pantry door, took out the box of Honey Bunches of Oats and set it on the counter, then made my way to the cabinets and got a bowl. My mind thinks … Continue reading On Possessions →
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    HowToBeADad.com

  • Every Reaction to the New Star Wars Trailer

    Charlie
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    Our childhoods came crashing down on us yesterday when the trailer for the new Star Wars film came out. I literally screamed out like a kid in front of coworkers in a meeting. I couldn’t help myself. After the painful trauma of the second set of three films (cue Jar Jar Binks falling off a cliff), we were all a bit gun-shy. But this glimpse at the new film changed the whole game. And who better to describe the moment-to-moment reaction of witnessing the video than Matthew McConaughey… It’s eery how spot on and well-timed this video is. Maybe he travelled to the future in…
  • Cartoon Pets IN REAL LIFE

    Andy
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the pets in cartoons were actually real animals? Stop wondering. Kyle Bradley answers some of this with brilliant illustrations by Angelica Bamundo on College Humor.   Garfield Yeeeeeeah. Italian food is delizioso, but maybe it isn’t really a sensible pet food.   Tom and Jerry She doesn’t know just what an infuriating pest the little nasty rodent was. Good kitty!   Doug Man’s best friend deserves the best of the best, I guess.   The Flintstones Fred was was so preoccupied at the pet store with whether or not…
  • Maximumble: Hot Tails

    Charlie
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
      Sometimes, we tell our kids things for the sake of humor or because we don’t know. It’s kind of fun to re-imagine things and tell a story to our kids. But I’ve had it backfire on me. My brother, for example, tells me that I told him a story growing up about mayonnaise. Apparently, and these claims are alleged, I told him that mayonnaise came from whale sperm. Now, I’ve never told my 5-year-old where mayonnaise comes from but I have invented fun ideas about how the world works. Hopefully, none that will prevent him from eating or doing things later. Sorry, bro!
  • Children’s Books Gone Terribly Terribly Wrong

    Andy
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    Reading to your kids, you occasionally run across something in a children’s book that raises your adult eyebrows. And, strolling through a bookstore, you may happen upon a title (or its entire contents) that gets your head tilt on, mentally or audibly making you ask yourself, “What on earth were they thinking?!” Sure, some of these seem like they’re weird because they’re from a bygone day of picket-fenced innocence (or maybe not). Then there are some that are clearly for helping to present some of the odd or dark realities of life, and I don’t mean Everyone…
  • My Wife Just Said… #208

    Charlie
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:23 am
    “Not sure he’ll make it to 42, but he is a pretty creative guy😉❤️ P.S. MOST of those things are inappropriate.” -Avara   It was my wife’s birthday last week, our anniversary, a big work deadline, Easter Sunday and two plane trips. I didn’t realize how much “flying by the seat of your pants” would happen with two kids. I got a couple of things, but I felt really guilty. We spend so much time planning our kids’ birthdays. Our own fall by the wayside. So, I decided to ante up and text Avara 42 things I love about her all day. She…
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    Daddyplace.com

  • Being Prepared

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

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Share what you do during the day?
  • Protecting Children During Child Custody Disagreements

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Hey all, here's a post I worked on that I figured would be able to spark some discussion.Life after a divorce can be tough on parents and their children, both emotionally and financially. Depending on the child custody and support agreements the former spouses reached in the divorce, disagreements about child custody could arise after a [url=http://www.nccourts.org/County/Wake/Courts/Family/Pr...
  • With spring around the corner (Tuning up your motorcycle)

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Hey there, just thought I'd post a little reminder on tuning up your motorcycle if you have one and some things to look for! Better to be ahead of the curve sooner rather than later!As a responsible motorcycle rider, you understand how important it is to your safety that you wear a helmet every time you go for a ride. In fact, reports indicate that, of the more than [url=http://www.sevenishlaw...
  • Starting the Process To Drill American Oil

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Many people in the United States believe that drilling for oil on our own land would be cost effective and save the public countless dollars. Until recently, the government want to strictly use the oil provided by other countries. There were valid reasons for this approach, which will be discussed in a later paragraph, but things have started to change. Now, we are looking towards the future of...
 
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    Dadastrophic

  • Spring Has Arrived In Our Book! 

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

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

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

    dadastrophic
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    I’m not sure where this came from…actually I know EXACTLY where it came from. Grayson finally “vandalized” enough things that I thought it was time to take photos for evidence yet at the same time, encourage his artistic talent.  Unfortunately, I didn’t consider leaving a sharpie out for 5 seconds as I let the dog in, part of that encouragement.   -SHARPIE DRESSED MAN – 03 / 2015     I then remembered that he likes using the bathtub and tile as a canvas as well as his green bedroom walls. Now On the other hand, he does amazing paintings, drawings, lithographs,…
  • YouTube for Kids Available on Android and iOS!

    dadastrophic
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:34 pm
    It is the  YouTube App parents around the world have been waiting for: YouTube for Kids! It is available for Android and iOS , YouTube for Kids offers choices for young viewers of all ages. It’s design is bright, colorful, entertaining, and perfect to hold your little one’s attention video by video!  YouTube for Kids  contains four sections: shows, music, learning, and explore. And with this being YouTube, you’ll find a pretty extensive vault of popular children’s content from Reading Rainbow, DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and…
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    Dad and Buried

  • The Guide to Hungover Parenting

    Dad and Buried
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Last night, we had our neighbors over for a few drinks. Somewhere between my third and fourth beer, I forgot that I have a kid and a job and am thirty-eight, so I had three or four more beers. Now I want to die. Thankfully, today is Friday, so I’m at work instead of sitting at home trying to occupy a four-year-old who wants me to pretend to be a firetruck-slash-dinosaur and get on my knees and chase him around the house all while holding my head and trying not to throw up. Hungover parenting is not a lot of fun. When you wake up hungover, the best course of action is to have a bloody…
  • Why I’m a Better Parent Than You

    Dad and Buried
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    I’m a better parent than you. Sorry. I know this is tough for some of you to hear. Just accept it. It’s easier that way. I’m a better parent than you and I’ll tell you why. I dominate the morning routine. Today, like every day, I woke my son up, got him dressed, gave him something to eat, and took him to school. But whatever. We all do that. That’s not why I’m a better parent than you. I made sure that my son goes to a high-quality school. I moved him to a good zone, vetted the curriculum and the teachers, got input from other local parents, made sure the…
  • [E-card] Creature Report

    Dad and Buried
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
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  • Stupid Kids are Better

    Dad and Buried
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    My kid is smart… maybe. It’s still hard to tell; he’s only four years old! Even Mozart was eating Play-Doh when he was four. Kids are stupid. It’s one of the reasons they’re so annoying and stressful. But it’s also one of the perks. I’ve said before that I can’t wait for my son to grow up, so I can see who he becomes. But lately I’ve been reconsidering. I kind of like him dumb! My son believes in the Easter Bunny. I know, I said I wasn’t going to teach him the idiotic myth about a giant bunny who spreads chocolate joy all over the…
  • Silly Rabbit

    Dad and Buried
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    I was raised Catholic, took Communion every weekend for the first seventeen years of my life, attended catechism classes, got confirmed, went to Catholic high school, spent four years at a Jesuit university… and then almost immediately stopped believing in any of it. Despite my atheism, Mom and Buried and I have considered raising our son with some kind of religious background, and letting him decide for himself if he wants to run with it. Because having a foundation in something can be a positive thing, and for all its faults, religion can instill positive values that needn’t…
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  • Remember When Truth Killed Reality

    Joshua
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The first time I moved to Texas I received a 15 minute long education about the way things were in Los Angeles as understood by a man who had never been there before. My education began during happy hour at a Saltgrass Steak House in the Fossil Creek neighborhood of Fort Worth. The California plates on my car made it easy to identify me as the stranger who had moseyed into town from somewhere else and since I had nothing to do but sip my beer and decompress from the day I didn’t mind some quiet conversation. He asked me if I was from Los Angeles and I nodded my head and waited to see…
  • How Dad Increased His Productivity For Less Than $10

    Joshua
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Four Eyes are better than two. Sunday night I sat down with my son and listened to him share some of his thoughts and concerns about what high school might be like. I told him I could relate to many of his concerns because they weren’t any different from those I had when I was a student. His little sister overheard part of the conversation and shouted something about how life was very different in the “olden days.” I laughed and asked her when that was and she said, “when you graduated in the ’80s.” Her brother didn’t appreciate the interruption and I…
  • Everyone Knows Better Than You Do

    Joshua
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Earlier this week I read an article about a university professor who was attacked for things they said on their private Facebook page. The commentary in question was almost two years old and was only discovered because someone went digging through the offenders Facebook updates. I can’t tell you what prompted the research. Can’t say whether they did so because they were looking for dirt or if they had found previous posts to be entertaining and were in search of more. What I  know is they decided these posts were so offensive it merited contacting the university to ask for public…
  • Can You Name The Job Of The Future?

    Joshua
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:31 pm
    When you are not quite 15 years-old you find yourself in the precarious position of knowing you are not a kid and that relatively few adults will treat you with like the smart teenager you know yourself to be. It is a hard place to be because those same adults speak about you are being old enough to take on more responsibility while placing significant restrictions on the freedom you expect to get from taking them on. I know from experience on both sides of the aisle what this feels like and it is not all sunshine and rainbows for either party. When I think back to my teenage years the lack…
  • What Happens When You Have No Time To Teach?

    Joshua
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Three weeks ago I listened to a man yell into his cellphone about how he refused to hire anyone who didn’t know how to do XYZ because he was too busy to be a baby sitter. It wasn’t my choice to listen to this particular conversation but we were stuck in a waiting room and since he had ignored requests from others to take his conversation elsewhere it left few options. Granted I considered feeding him his cellphone but that is considered both impolite and assault so I figured the best course of action was to hope one of us would be called into the office sooner than later. About…
 
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • The Dairy Queen Blizzard at 30: A Family Tradition to #GetUpsideDown Over...

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    THE ROCK FATHER is participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dairy Queen. He has been compensated for his participation. I remember when Dairy Queen first introduced the Blizzard back in 1985. Yes, it was the year of BACK TO THE FUTURE and THE BREAKFAST CLUB, G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO finally became a regular series, and on a more "rock" note, it was the year that the infamous Senate hearing from the PMRC brought Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider to testify alongside John Denver and Frank Zappa. In the three decades since, much has changed, but…
  • Preview - SCOOBY-DOO AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Back in 2003, KISS made a special appearance on the Halloween episode of WHAT'S NEW, SCOOBY DOO? to help the Mystery, Inc. gang thwart a haunting. Now, more than a decade later, there's an all-new movie on the way, with SCOOBY-DOO AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY arriving on Digital HD (July 10) and DVD & Blu-ray (July 21) via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Earlier today the first trailer made its debut over at USA Today, and there's plenty to dig, but it's also a little odd that they're actually using SIMPLE PLAN's 2002-era theme song. Check it out... KISSGene SimmonsPaul…
  • Watch Now! BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE - The Official Teaser

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Sorry, MARVEL. Despite my massive love for the MARVEL Cinematic Universe and all the care that my friends at Disney have been putting into their big screen adaptations, when it comes to comics, I grew up a DC kid. SUPERMAN and BATMAN were always my favorites as a kid, and they're still my favorites today. That said, following a cellphone leak of a subtitled trailer ahead of Monday's special IMAX event, Warner Bros has taken appropriate measures with the official online release of the first teaser for BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. With Henry Cavill reprising his role as the MAN OF STEEL,…
  • Watch & Listen: DAVID HASSELHOFF - "True Survivor" from the KUNG FURY Soundtrack!

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Did you think that the new trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS was the only great thing you'd see today? Oh no, friends, this day just keeps giving - and it's given me the return of my childhood heroes - not only Han and Chewie, but Michael Knight as well. That's right, DAVID HASSELHOFF has a new single out today, and it's pure 80s goodness as part of the release campaign for KUNG FURY - the fantastic-looking Kickstarter hit that raised a ridiculous amount of money to craft what might be the greatest 1980s action film not crafted in the 80s. It wasn't long ago that I showed my wife…
  • Listen: Los Angeles' EARSHOT Returns with 5-Song Mini-LP, AFTERMATH

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Around the beginning of the 21st Century, Los Angeles rockers EARSHOT were rising stars in a crowded pack. With a pair of albums released by Warner Bros. (2002's LETTING GO and 2004's TWO), the band scored a placement on the QUEEN OF THE DAMNED soundtrack, had gamers feeling the groove on MADDEN 2005 and WWE's LEGENDS OF WRESTLING II, and logged major tours with the likes of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, KID ROCK and STAIND. Then, just as many artists of the era did, they found themselves in label-limbo after the big industry crash, only to re-emerge with THE SILVER LINING in 2008 via…
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    Talking Dad Blog

  • Win passes to the advance screening of Little Boy

    Christopher
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of Little Boy on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7PM at the AMC Star John R. An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father. This film is rated PG-13. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY Little Boy The post Win passes to the advance screening of Little Boy appeared first on Talking Dad Blog.
  • Review: Teen Titans Go! Appetite For Disruption Season 2 Part 1

    Christopher
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    Figure this one out: my boisterous superhero-loving boys didn’t appreciate Teen Titans Go! Appetite For Disruption. DVD Review I guess if you had asked them last year, my kids probably would have loved Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans series. But lately, TV isn’t a stimulating experience for them. Perhaps it has more to do with not understanding what’s going on. It’s slightly above their demographic. So here I am. I’m binge-watching one of the silliest and surprisingly inventive cartoons in recent memory. Teen Titans Go! Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1…
  • Talking Cars: Outlandish Adventures in the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

    Christopher
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:25 pm
    2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Disclosure: I was provided the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for this purpose of this review. Technical details were provided by the manufacturer, but the opinions expressed are my own. “Dad! The sky is blue today!,” an exuberant 6-year old proclaimed from the backseat of our 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. You see, blue sky’s are a rarity in the early months of the year in Michigan. While beautiful in the spring and summer, our state takes on a muted and dull palette on the flip side. The boy made his discovery with eyes affixed, peering…
  • Talking Outdoors: How TRUFUEL Powers Spring + Lawn Care Tips

    Christopher
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRUFUEL® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Automotive pump-gasoline could be ruining your expensive outdoor power equipment. Spring has arrived in Michigan. Cold air and snow has made way for the sounds and new growth of the warming season. My lawn is turning a beautiful shade of green as we speak. These identifiers lead to the inevitable “changing of the guard.” I wheel my overworked snow blower out to the shed and beginning removing the dust from my prized lawn care machines. Trust me – it’s much more fun than it…
  • HOME is latest in string of DreamWorks flops

    Christopher
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    I felt “mad sad” sitting through DreamWorks’ latest uninspired, lazy animated comedy Home. It’s in theaters March 27th. Synopsis When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the…
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • When hunger bites at you, bite hunger back!

    Matt Todd
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BiteHungerBack #CollectiveBiasI had forgotten how much growing teenagers eat in one day. We have two teens in our house right now. One of them (who shall remain nameless) is pretty much a bottomless pit. This kid would still complain about being hungry after eating a seven-course meal.I get it, though. They are teenagers. So I understand the change in eating habits. School takes a lot out of you. Athletics takes a lot out of you. Following your favorite Boy Band’s every move takes…
  • I’m not myself when I’m hungry at work

    Matt Todd
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBiasI love my job. I have talked about how difficult the job can be at times, but I really do love it. I had no idea how fulfilling this job could be when I signed on. I had no idea how exciting and humbling and awe-inspiring it would be to watch a student write his name for the first time. I get more high fives and fist bumps and hugs in one week than I did during my entire tenure at my previous place of employment. I love these kids. And I work with a great…
  • H is for Heroes!

    Matt Todd
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Oh man.The Age of Ultron is almost here. I’m a sucker for hero movies. So I can’t wait for the second installment of Avengers! It promises to be a great way to kick off Summer!How about you? What movies are you looking forward to this Summer?**I’m participating in the April A to Z Challenge. This post is part of that endeavor. You can see my other entries to this year’s challenge here. A lot of people are doing the same thing. You should check out some of their posts!**The post H is for Heroes! appeared first on Life in the Fishbowl.
  • G is for Getting Organized

    Matt Todd
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    All my life, keeping things organized has been an issue for me. It started in elementary school and got worse throughout my academic career. Let’s not talk about my pitiful excuse of a science fair experiment that I tried to throw together over night in middle school. Or the semester-long research paper that I scrambled to research and write the weekend before it was due my Junior year of high school. And that poetry project I pulled an all-nighter to create during my Freshman year of college? Although the final product was pretty good, I’m convinced it could’ve been…
  • F is for Final Four Fan Fest

    Matt Todd
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
     “Basketball really had its origin in Indiana, which remains the center of the sport.” – James NaismithRumor has it that Indianapolis received some rave reviews about this year’s Final Four. And why not? Basketball rules the roost in Indiana. And Men’s Final Four weekend is a great celebration of all things basketball. Combining the two? Well, it just makes sense. Kind of like peanut butter and jelly. It’s the perfect combination.So we spent Sunday afternoon/evening in Indy. It was not your typical Easter Sunday for us, but at least we managed to have some ham…
 
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    A Daddy Blog

  • Best Orlando Stroller Rental for Disney World Vacation

    Michael Schmid
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    Looking for clean, safe and affordable stroller rentals to use at Orlando's theme parks like Walt Disney World? Here's who we chose and why I recommend them.
  • Vintage Parenting Tip #42 – Fresh Air for Baby

    Michael Schmid
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    Often our ancestors had tremendous wisdom concerning the best way to raise healthy, happy children. Sometimes... not so much.
  • Make a Time Lapse Video of your Child – Easily!

    Michael Schmid
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    BlinkBuggy is an intuitive and helpful smartphone App that allows you to easily upload photos from your computer and even Facebook, and then organizes them into an online digital baby book! And now it will even make time lapse videos!
  • Daddy Needs New Wheels

    Michael Schmid
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I've been thinking for some time about buying a new car, and being a father has changed the way I think about transportation. When I was born my father traded in his sexy two seat convertible for a wood-paneled Ford station-wagon. So what choices are available to the modern dad? Let's look at some of the options...
  • Dads Just Want to Have Fun

    Michael Schmid
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Or at least they should. Let me explain. It was brought to my attention by my loving wife and also by at least one commenter on my recent blog: 7 Ways to be a Better Dad (aka: “Stop and Smell the Diapers”) that I had left something important off my list. So, here is that missing guideline on how to be a better dad: HAVE FUN!
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    City Dads Group

  • Find Time to Work, Love, Play While ‘Overwhelmed’

    City Dads Group
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Washington Post journalist and author Brigid Schulte discusses her new book, Overwhelmed: How To Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time on the latest The Modern Dads Podcast. We also dive into her research on changing workplaces and relationships and the importance of play for adults. The Parents’ Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins again to encourage us to make time for fun in our lives that is purely for ourselves. Listen to The Modern Dads Podcast with Brigid Schulte now! Related posts: Finding the Balance Among Work, Life and Family Author Discusses Mission to Help Moms…
  • Ex-Pat Parents Handle Race Issues in Hong Kong

    City Dads Group
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    “We knew moving to Hong Kong did not mean everything would be magic dragon dances and bottomless plates of delicious dim sum. The pronounced race and class issues in Hong Kong is not ‘just under the surface’ but right in your face on a daily basis, and we knew this.”  Those the words of NYC Dads Group member Marty Forth (top right), who moved with his family to Hong Kong earlier this year. Marty writes a fascinating post on that’s group site about his experience with the unique cultural differences he and his partner face in raising a child of mixed race in a…
  • Lunchtime Funtime

    Homemaker Man
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    “He stole my nuggets!” howled Bebe. “No I didn’t!” pleaded The Situation. He hadn’t either. Not that I saw. As The Peanut ate her carrot sticks, I informed the proper authorities of what I felt had gone down. Court date’s set for January 16th. I could hear it as we strode down the hall. We took our place at the end of the line. We entered through the big swinging doors and the sound ripped into me. My eyes watered and my head thrummed with it. I almost lost my footing. My nose bled. I steadied myself with the help of a large blue post and a tiny hand. One hundred five-year olds…
  • Life Learned Through Little League and Losing

    Kevin McKeever
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Retired New York Mets player Ed Kranepool, right, signs an autograph for the author during their noteable reunion in 2009. (photo courtesy: Kevin McKeever) Good day, fellow coaches! As you well know, across this great and glorious land of ours, another Little League baseball season is in full swing. (Check swing? Check your eyes, Blue!) In the coming weeks, we will learn many valuable lessons, such as proper player re-entry protocol, pitch count management, and to always avoid distributing post-game snacks containing peanuts (sorry about that, Johnny). The most important of these lessons,…
  • Don’t Single Out Dads Who Show Public Affection for Their Kids

    Don Jackson
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    “There are men out there who truly love their children – who love to cuddle, kiss and hug their children. Why should we deign to look at them in a funny way because they do it?” (photo: courtesy Don Jackson) I love my son and I love showing him that love whenever I can – be it a hug, cuddling, and, of course, kisses. I belong to a group of a few dad bloggers; and, I find that, like me, there are fellow dads who show love to their children in public and they receive funny looks from the other parents or strangers walking by. I, for one, don’t understand this. As a society,…
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    Father Nerds Best

  • BBC Earth Blu-Ray Giveaway!

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

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    There are plenty of things you take for granted before becoming a parent.  I've talked at length about a number of them, but one that is near and dear to my heart is the lack of changing tables in men's restrooms.  Recently, Ashton Kutcher posted on Facebook about this issue and the story was picked up by a number of news sources.  Most seemed to agree that this was a problem that needed addressing.  Ashton then went on to make a petition targeted at Costco and Target which was a huge missed opportunity because Target already has them in their stores.  Regardless,…
  • A Baby Memory Book for the Geeky Parent

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Finding out you are going to become a parent is a really exciting time.  A ton of emotions are pretty much par for the course and when they begin to settle, you'll begin to do a lot of research.  One form of research my wife and I did was buy pregnancy books.  We got the typical week by week pregnancy book that costs 60 bucks and weighs more than a newborn, plus I even got a few dad-centric ones as well.  Another type of book that is popular around this time is the baby memory book.  Your parents may have had one when you were younger and they typically document…
  • Why Having Kids Doesn't Kill Your Social Life

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    It's pretty much a known fact nowadays that having a child is going to do a number on your existing social life.  Before kids, you really only had to be accountable to two people, yourself and your partner.  If you chose the correct partner, chances are you guys like the same things and prefer to be in each others company, so staying out late to have drinks or sleeping off that hangover the next morning is no biggie.  When you have a child though, every fiber of your being is spent making sure this precious being is raised in the best possible manner (and is not killed by the…
  • New Nintendo 3DS XL Review

    16 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Nintendo recently released their newest handheld to market called The New Nintendo 3DS.  To the casual observer, there doesn't seem to be much different with this new installment, but nothing could be further from the truth.  After spending a weekend putting it through it's paces, I'm here to report on the changes in the latest handheld release and why it's the best Nintendo handheld ever to hit store shelves.The New Nintendo 3DS XL, which hit store shelves this past Friday, doesn't actually look that different from it's predecessor.  It's about the same size and the screens…
 
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    Top Daddies

  • 2015 Toyota Sienna | A Great Family Car

    Mike Granek
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    2015 Toyota Sienna | A Great Family Car by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. The All New 2015 Toyota Sienna Mike from TopDaddies.com visits the Vancouver International Auto Show to find a new vehicle for his family of five. After looking at a few options, Mike checks out the all new 2015 Toyota Sienna – a comfortable, safe, and roomy minivan with a ton of cargo space. The post 2015 Toyota Sienna | A Great Family Car was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • Toyota’s Eco-Friendly Solutions For The Family

    Mike Granek
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Toyota’s Eco-Friendly Solutions For The Family by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Toyota’s Eco-Friendly Solutions For The Family Mike from TopDaddies.com meets with Stephen from Toyota Canada, one of the Gold Sponsors at the Healthy Family Expo in Vancouver. Stephen talks about Toyota’s eco-friendly technology such as The Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) Concept – the inspiration behind the production ready Toyota Mirai, and Toyota’s i-Road, a unique three-wheeler that combines the convenience of a motorcycle with the stability of a car. We also take a look at…
  • Medela Breastpump Products | Harmony, Freestyle, Calma

    Mike Granek
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Medela Breastpump Products | Harmony, Freestyle, Calma by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. MOMMY GUEST POST Tamara Granek | Mom Medela Breastpump Products Review | Harmony, Freestyle, Calma First of all I have to say that I have been extremely lucky to be able to breastfeed all 3 of my children. It is something that I have always wanted to do and am grateful that I am able to. I did not pump much for my first two children, so even though this is my third child, pumping is a new experience for me. The reason I am embarking on this new experience with my third child is because my middle…
  • Rob Evans Talks About Being A Dad

    Mike Granek
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Rob Evans Talks About Being A Dad by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Rob Evans Talks About Being A Dad & Parenting A Teen Rob Evans, dad and host of HGTV’s “The Expandables” talks about being a dad and parenting a teenager. About Rob Motorcycle aficionado, donut fanatic, and single dad, design-trained contractor Rob Evans is a man’s man with a point of view about almost everything. Now a specialist in renovating residential properties, Rob began his career as the owner and operator of a successful design firm which inform his creative and aesthetically…
  • Michael Eckford On Co-Parenting After Separation

    Mike Granek
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:24 am
    Michael Eckford On Co-Parenting After Separation by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Michael Eckford Talk About Co-Parenting After Separation Michael Eckford, radio host and dad to three kids, shares his story about making co-parenting work after a separation. Michael is currently the host of The Michael Eckford Show on CKNW98 in Vancouver, and has also co-hosted various television programs including Daytime, Urban Rush (later renamed The Rush), and Breakfast Television on CityTV. Find Michael on Twitter: @michaeleckford The post Michael Eckford On Co-Parenting After Separation was…
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    Dad Story Project blog

  • Sneak preview of next book

    admin
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    The second book in the project series, The Tug of the String: stories about staying connected, is just about ready for publication. (I’m waiting to get an awesome person to write the foreword). As if all three of you aren’t already salivating at the mere thought of this (yeah, not a lot of traffic on the site yet), here is one of the new stories.   Down to a great small sea I went sailing last Tuesday, tacking out into a light breeze until the shore faded to a thin grey line. I had last sailed professionally when I was seven, captaining a tiny merchant vessel that plied the…
  • The most exciting thing in the world…

    admin
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    E.B White, one of my favorite authors, once spoke about the raw excitement he felt as he ratcheted a blank sheet of paper into his typewriter. I feel the same way about writing—of course I’m dropping my words onto my computer screen instead of a sheet of erasable bond typewriter paper. But other than not needing whiteout, the thrill of all that blank potential is still the same when I sit down to write. But I also revel in the smooth wonderfulness of a big sheet of real paper. Arches, 140 lb, hot press, 22″ x 30″ in particular. And in the tactile intimacy of dragging a…
  • Just six words…

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Karen and I were having lunch with our daughter-in-law Jen and our granddaughter Sophie last Sunday after church when Sophie took off with her G-ma scurrying behind her in hot pursuit. The restaurant had a very distracting store in its lobby with brightly colored things all over the place and right at a toddler’s eye level. And Sophie’s favorite word is “Please?” Hold on to your debit cards, ladies! So Jen and I had a few minutes of perfect peace while the girls were off fingering trinkets. We talked about many little family things, and at one point this little dad…
  • The value of just two ginger snaps

    admin
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    My daughter Amanda lives 492 miles away from me. She’s in New York getting her second college degree. (Over-achiever.) We text and tweet and email a lot. Just little silly things, mostly. And sometimes I send her cookies. With maybe a sticky note inside. Or maybe nothing but a smiley face on the envelope. And sometimes I don’t even send the cookies at all because something bad happens to them on the way to the post office. It’s like a ten-minute drive, after all. Last week I sent her two homemade ginger snaps, all alone in an envelope without even a smiley.  And she posted…
  • New book on the way

    admin
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    I’ve begun working on Volume 2 in The Dad Story Project book series, and thought I’d share the cover with you. There are two main reasons for doing this: 1) to get people excited, and 2) to give myself a kick in the pants! Making books isn’t hard, it’s mostly just time consuming—but I always seem to figure out a way to point my time and energy in other directions. It’s all good, ministry stuff mostly, so it’s easy to rationalize doing the easier things (Bible study, writing letters, napping). The Kite Book (its short working title) will be very much like…
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