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  • Wohnhoroskop – so unterschiedlich wohnen die Sternzeichen

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    Marian
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Wohnen ist ein zentrales Thema in unserer Gesellschaft. Wie möchten wir wohnen? Legen wir Wert auf teure, luxuriöse Möbel oder sind wir bescheidene Wohntypen? Neben diversen Einrichtungsstilen, egal ob Landhausstil, Vintage Style oder FengShui spielen nicht nur die unterschiedlichen Geschmäcker eine entscheidene Rolle sondern als ein weiterer relativ neuer Aspekt bei der Auswahl von Möbeln oder Accessoires werden typische Charaktereigenschaften der Sternzeichen hinzugezogen. So kann es also sein, dass Sie zuvor erst einmal ins Horoskop schauen sollten, bevor es ins Möbelgeschäft…
  • My Wife Just Said… #228

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    Charlie
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    “Let’s play a game called, ‘Don’t touch Mama.’ Okay?” -Avara   When you spend time with kids there are often side effects. But if you spend excessive time, the side effects can read like a pharmaceutical commercial. And those things go on endlessly. Recently, we went on a trip and let’s just say the kids kinda got to us a bit. Both started feeling under the weather, and each had their idiosyncrasies. We had to start playing the game. Love. It's what's for breakfast. A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Aug 29, 2015 at…
  • 髪の毛の成長

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    20 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
  • How To Deal With Kids Nightmares

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    Creative-Type Dad
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    *3:12 AMI was awoken abruptly by my 5-year old standing 5 inches from my head saying he was too scared to sleep because Zombie’s outside were going to eat his brain if they got in the house.Then he started walking over to my sleeping wife to which I told him immediately, in a whisper-panic, “NO, NO! NO! Don’t tell mommy!!”Why? Because then I would get in trouble and that just can’t happen (again.) Yesterday, I downloaded this game Plants Vs. Zombies to his iPad after he saw some older kids playing it over the weekend. And by "older" I mean 6-7 year old’s. He thought it was…
  • 238/365. purported genuine maine sea glass.

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    snowdeal
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:43 pm
    i remain optimistic ( or is it delusional ) that the affordable large mason jar of sea glass we purchased in machias, maine at parlin’s flowers is 100% legit and not the imposter mass produced tumbled glass that you might find in more touristy areas. according to wikipedia ( SO IT MUST BE TRUE! ) genuine sea glass takes 20-30 years to get its smooth and frosty appearance.
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  • Wohnhoroskop – so unterschiedlich wohnen die Sternzeichen

    Marian
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Wohnen ist ein zentrales Thema in unserer Gesellschaft. Wie möchten wir wohnen? Legen wir Wert auf teure, luxuriöse Möbel oder sind wir bescheidene Wohntypen? Neben diversen Einrichtungsstilen, egal ob Landhausstil, Vintage Style oder FengShui spielen nicht nur die unterschiedlichen Geschmäcker eine entscheidene Rolle sondern als ein weiterer relativ neuer Aspekt bei der Auswahl von Möbeln oder Accessoires werden typische Charaktereigenschaften der Sternzeichen hinzugezogen. So kann es also sein, dass Sie zuvor erst einmal ins Horoskop schauen sollten, bevor es ins Möbelgeschäft…
  • Die Wahl der richtigen Autoversicherung für Familien

    Marian
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Die Versicherungsnehmer müssen beim Autoversicherer die Fahrzeugnutzer angeben. Gibt es bezüglich des Fahrerkreises eine spätere Änderung, so muss dies dem Autoversicherer umgehend mitgeteilt werden. Das Verleihen des Autos an Freunde oder Verwandte ist manchmal gratis möglich. Die Einschränkungen sind von der Versicherungsseite vertretbar, da ein Autoversicherer den verursachten Unfallschaden bezahlen muss, auch wenn ein nicht eingetragener Fahrer am Lenkrad saß. Flexibler Fahrerkreis am Wochenende Eine Familien-KFZ-Versicherung ist ideal, wenn mehrere Fahrer das Auto nutzen möchten.
  • Entrümpeln leicht gemacht – mit Plan aufräumen

    Marian
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Vermehren sich Dinge heimlich? Nein, das tun sie nicht, auch wenn es uns manchmal so vorkommt. Im vergangenen Jahr war das gekaufte Regal noch halb leer, jetzt quillt es über. Schubladen klemmen wegen Überfüllung, im Kleiderschrank ist absolut kein Platz mehr und die Garage gleicht dem örtlichen Recyclinghof. Jetzt wird es Zeit, über eine planmäßige Entrümpelungnachzudenken. Man möchte wieder die Übersicht gewinnen, Platz schaffen und somit ein schöneres Zuhause haben. Planvoll vorgehen Nach dem Lustprinzip vorzugehen klappt so gut wie nie. Deshalb ist es sinnvoll, sich einen…
  • Das Esszimmer einrichten – mehr als nur ein Raum zum Essen

    Marian
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Esszimmer mögen ihren Namen dem Essen verdanken, dass in ihnen in gemeinsamer familiärer Runde eingenommen wird. Doch Esszimmer gehen über ihren ursprünglichen Sinn und ihre ursprüngliche Funktion hinaus. Sie sind Gemeinschafts- und Aufenthaltsraum. Hier kommen Familie und Freunde zusammen, tauschen sich aus, lache gemeinsam und verbringen ihre Zeit. Die Einrichtung des eigenen Esszimmers ist daher umso wichtiger. Geschaffen werden soll ein Raum mit Atmosphäre, zum Wohlfühlen und Leben. Da Geschmäcker bekanntlicher Weise unterschiedlich sind, so fällt auch der Geschmack zur…
  • Empfehlung für eine Waschmaschine – Fassungsvermögen und Energieeffizienzklasse ist nicht alles

    Marian
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Wäscht Ihre alte Waschmaschine nicht mehr richtig und tragen Sie sich mit dem Gedanken, eine Neue zu kaufen? Haben Sie begonnen, sich nach einem anderen Gerät umzuschauen, werden Sie sich zunächst fragen, welche Waschmaschine für Sie die Richtige ist. Frontlader oder Toplader? Grundsätzlich wird zwischen zwei Bauformen unterschieden. Zum einen gibt es Toplader, die von oben befüllt werden. Diese Geräte sind vorwiegend für den Einsatz in engen Räumen geeignet und weisen eine Breite von 40 bis 45 cm auf. Frontlader hingegen können, sofern sie unterbaufähig sind, problemlos in eine…
 
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  • My Wife Just Said… #228

    Charlie
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    “Let’s play a game called, ‘Don’t touch Mama.’ Okay?” -Avara   When you spend time with kids there are often side effects. But if you spend excessive time, the side effects can read like a pharmaceutical commercial. And those things go on endlessly. Recently, we went on a trip and let’s just say the kids kinda got to us a bit. Both started feeling under the weather, and each had their idiosyncrasies. We had to start playing the game. Love. It's what's for breakfast. A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Aug 29, 2015 at…
  • “SHARK!” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

    Andy
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    Why watch Jaws or Sharknado when you can have a shark panic attack playing with your kid? I love how he immediately jumps into pretend mode. Those kids do train us well. The awesome visual effects were done by YouTuber, Daniel Hashimoto (Action Movie Kid). Don’t worry no sharks or little girls (or full-grown men playing the part of a little girl) were harmed in the making of this video. Subscribe to ConvosWith2YrOld to follow the series. (Liking, favoriting and commenting helps videos on YouTube, so go nuts.)   Follow us on Facebook. You won’t lose a limb.  See All the…
  • My Son’s Receding Hairline

    Charlie
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:25 am
    Of my many faults, some stand out more than others in my day-to-day activities. Being born to Irish descent, I contend with more than a few stereotypical issues I feared my first son would inherit, namely: bad teeth, skin and devout stubbornness. I am piously pigheaded. When my first son was born with a pretty good head of brown hair I felt like he was leaning towards his mom’s side. Good teeth, great skin and hair. Then it all fell out. Since then his hair grew back in but it transformed into a reddish, gold – something neither of us can claim to have had as babies or later, without the…
  • 13 Texts Toddlers Would Send if they Could

    Andy
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:19 am
    Kids are getting their own phones earlier and earlier these days, but I think we can all agree that it’s a TOO SOON situation with kids that haven’t fully mastered things like walking or not drooling or keeping their head upright all the time. Toddlers. BUT! Imagine if they did have phones, and could text with the clarity of adults, you would see hilarity like this…   1) And the bad news is…   2) You can run, kitty cat, but you can’t hide.   3) Sharing the litter box.   4) Worst cat roommate ever.   5) Caught popcorn-handed.   6)…
  • Little Girl Gets A Rad Helping Hand!

    Charlie
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:44 am
    It occurs to me occasionally that I’m complaining endlessly about nothing. I have a lot to be thankful for. This thought is usually dashed by something new to complain about, or something that hasn’t gone my way. But you know what? There are certain things in life I’ve never had to worry or wonder about. Little Isabella is 8 years-old. And she has no left arm. I’ve never had to worry about that. So, for one moment, let’s watch this video and witness what it feels like to gain mobility and graspability with the help of a mega-rad device just for her. The look on…
 
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  • How To Deal With Kids Nightmares

    Creative-Type Dad
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    *3:12 AMI was awoken abruptly by my 5-year old standing 5 inches from my head saying he was too scared to sleep because Zombie’s outside were going to eat his brain if they got in the house.Then he started walking over to my sleeping wife to which I told him immediately, in a whisper-panic, “NO, NO! NO! Don’t tell mommy!!”Why? Because then I would get in trouble and that just can’t happen (again.) Yesterday, I downloaded this game Plants Vs. Zombies to his iPad after he saw some older kids playing it over the weekend. And by "older" I mean 6-7 year old’s. He thought it was…
  • Yes, Kids Are On Instagram

    Creative-Type Dad
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    Back in 2011 I signed up for a little photo-sharing App called Instagram. I loved it from the start - the filters, the creativity of people from around the world of photographers, artists, interesting hobbyist, vinyl record collectors, hand-letterer's, foodies taking pictures of food - who knew that could be so interesting? Oh, and of course, close friends!What I like most about it is that everybody is mostly anonymous, unlike Facebook which I'm no fan of at all (ironically Facebook bought Instagram in 2012.) Instagram still remains my favorite and go-to, even when I'm taking a break…
  • Happy 10th Birthday!

    Creative-Type Dad
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    (A letter to my daughter on her 10th birthday)Happy 10th Birthday Miss B or as you call it, “finally in the double-digits.”A few things you did and said this past year that I’m going to remember forever:Hearing all about your new adventures in your new school this year. The day you said you can’t order off the kids menu anymore because "somebody might find out” and you are not a kid anymore.You’re still completely obsessed with stuffed animals. You don’t mind being, “the cat lady of stuffed animals.”You still like it when I put little doodles in your lunch and…
  • A Real Review of Dollar Shave Club

    Creative-Type Dad
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:29 pm
    A friend sent me a hilarious video on YouTube called “Let’s Talk About #2” from a place called Dollar Shave Club. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend watching when the kids aren’t looking over your shoulder. I remember hearing about DSC a few years ago but didn’t think much of them. But after watching the video I thought, “hey, why not try it out... seems pretty cheap and useful” so I broke out the credit card and ordered the famous $1 razor along with some other items that were pretty reasonably priced.The humor of the site really sold me over from the…
  • Preschool Graduation: just like watching an episode of the Muppet Show except with lots of crying!

    Creative-Type Dad
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    And it wasn’t the parents doing the crying. My son graduated preschool yesterday, which is a little bittersweet, because it still amazes me how fast the time just flew by with the second child. Sometimes I just stare at him and think, “whoa little man - when did you get so tall? And how did you beat that FRAMED game on your iPad all by yourself? I can’t even do that. ”I must admit preschool graduations have to be one of the most entertaining events on planet earth. I nearly forgot as the last one I’ve been to was around 5 years ago when my daughter graduated.Kids walking out,…
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  • 238/365. purported genuine maine sea glass.

    snowdeal
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:43 pm
    i remain optimistic ( or is it delusional ) that the affordable large mason jar of sea glass we purchased in machias, maine at parlin’s flowers is 100% legit and not the imposter mass produced tumbled glass that you might find in more touristy areas. according to wikipedia ( SO IT MUST BE TRUE! ) genuine sea glass takes 20-30 years to get its smooth and frosty appearance.
  • day 4072 – 237/365. almost the end of 10 months of hockey.

    snowdeal
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm
    between the regular hockey season, clinics and off season practice we’ve been watching odin play hockey for 10 straight months. odin loves every minute of it ( he’s skating in the red socks in this picture ) but i can’t say i’m not going to enjoy taking a month or so off before the regular season starts up in october.
  • 236/365. in case you were wondering.

    snowdeal
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    odin and i agree that the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream gets even better with a little age and because this is my 365 project, i can post pictures of ice cream everyday if i want!
  • 235/365. making mossariums.

    snowdeal
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    jessamyn west, a long time internet friend, maintains a jessamyn’s mossarium emporium which we think is pretty neat. on a recent trip to maine, we collected some moss and when we returned to wisconsin we thought it’d be fun to make a few mossariums to have around the house to remind us of the trip and the area. this 4 inch hanging orb is one of several we made. a simple and fun project that’s a great reminder of a time and place. thanks jessamyn for the easy to follow instructions ( and hurray for the independent web )!
  • 234/365. a driftless commute revisited.

    snowdeal
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    it occurs to me that i should start a semi-occasional series of scenes while commuting from here to there in the driftless region. STRONG SCENES!
 
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  • Technicolor and Thunder – #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    The post Technicolor and Thunder – #DadChat appeared first on .
  • How #Millennials (#Dads and #Moms) Are Changing EVERYTHING with Special Guest Brian Fanzo at #DadChat Thursday

    Bruce Sallan
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Millennials. MILLENNIALS. Jokes and more surround them. It used to be the Baby Boomers and “my” generation still wants to think it’s all about them. But, WE gotta face reality as we are getting older – the boomers – in spite of botox and face-lifts! This Thursday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. MT/9:00 p.m. ET we will be discussing the IMPACT of Millennials with special guest, Brian Fanzo.  The post How #Millennials (#Dads and #Moms) Are Changing EVERYTHING with Special Guest Brian Fanzo at #DadChat Thursday appeared first on .
  • Poetry in Motion – #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
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  • Oktoberfest at Snowbird – #Beer #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
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  • Men vs. Women: #Breasts

    Bruce Sallan
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    I’m a baby boomer. That means I grew up wanting to see breasts. Playboy magazine was the Holy Grail and this was long before they showed much of anything other than a glimpse of breasts and artfully staged photographs that covered up everything else. I distinctly remember going to drugstores, where most magazines were sold and displayed, watching for the salesman, and trying to get a peek. Once, I saw magazines other than my revered Playboy and actually put one in my pants and stole it. That was my prized possession for a long time. Around this same time I discovered how to make collages…
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  • A Boy Learns to Use All of His Strength

    Fatherhood Channel
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    "I am working so hard to clear this stump. I am getting nowhere," a son exhorts. "My son, why don't you use all of your strength," his father questions.
  • We Wait too Long

    PAIRS Foundation
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    We wait too long to do what must be done today, in a world which gives us only one day at a time, without any assurance of tomorrow.
  • Rx for the Ashley Madison Crossroad

    Seth Eisenberg
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Can getting busted on Ashley Madison be the beginning of true love and a happier, stronger marriage?
  • Can Couples Keep that Loving Feeling?

    Seth Eisenberg
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    Can couples in a marriage and relationship skills training retreat learn to keep that loving feeling alive? Will those who lost each other years ago be able to rekindle what they once had?
  • My Sweet Baton Rouge

    Seth Eisenberg
    15 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    Mike and Barb were no longer that young couple in love. They were in a weekend retreat searching for any last-ditch sign of hope for a marriage that had more years of sour than sweetness. For a moment, he remembered his sweet Baton Rouge. And there she was, sitting beside him.
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  • Get In On This Viral Toddler-Gorilla Video Early! Just 26,000 Views!

    greg
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:41 pm
    A wonderful video of a toddler playing hide and seek with a baby gorilla is available for licensing across all platforms. It's probably being ripped off and reloaded to Facebook as I type this. Toddler playing Gorilla Toddler at the Columbus Zoo! [youtube via @moorehn]
  • I'm Sorry, Baby Naming Rights??

    greg
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    I just, I mean, I, I, what? WLS, ABC7 in Chicago is reporting:Chicago rapper Chief Keef has named his son after his record label in an effort to promote his latest album, according to a statement from the CEO of FilmOn Records. "Chief Keef and his newest baby mama have agreed to name the newborn Sno FilmOn Dot Com Cozart in order to promote the release of Sosa's double album Bang 3 with FilmOn Music and MondoTunes on September 18," Alki David said in a statement Thursday. However, David released an updated statement Thursday following an apparent paternity dispute between Chief Keef and the…
  • The What?? Fiberglass Magic Cradle By Stauffer Reducing

    greg
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:06 pm
    A few days ago DT reader Nathan spotted this amazing-looking vintage cradle on eBay in St Louis. [Turns out it's also on craigslist.] "Had this been up a year ago," Nathan wrote, "I would have considered it for our second kid." Right? But what even is it? I gotta admit, this one had me stumped. It's a two-part molded fiberglass shell, which looks very Eames technology, if not exactly Eames design. But it's mounted on a vibrating/rocking motor base. The eBay description says the seller used it for their own kids, and their grandkids, and it's still going strong. The label on the bottom says…
  • For Sale: Onesies, Lightly Used. At The Peter Brant Family Flea Market

    greg
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The artist Rob Pruitt has been selling all kinds of his own random clutter on eBay for a couple of years now. This summer, he's turned his Rob Pruitt Flea Market into a Brant Family Flea Market, by setting up shop in the Greenwich art barn of collector/publisher/polo magnate Peter Brant, and his supermodel wife Stephanie Seymour. While the Versace gowns and English suits and Louboutins are all priced up where you'd expect, the Brant Family Flea Market also includes mountains of cheap stuff, too. So you can buy this five-pack of 0-3mo Gerber Onesies knowing that one might have been worn once…
  • Piet Klaarhamer Rolling Cradle

    greg
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Look what I found while surfing around the website of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, looking for more info on Piet Klaarhamer, Gerrit Rietveld's mentor and De Stijl collaborator. It's a cradle! More importantly, it's a cradle on wheels, like a wheelbarrow. This feels good to me. As good as the big arched cornice feels bad. But whatever, it was 1910; De Stijl was not even a twinkle in Klaarhamer's eye at that point. Wieg/Cradle (ca. 1910) P.J.C. Klaarhamer [centraalmuseum.nl]
 
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  • The Vampire Diaries and Originals Giveaway

    Ken
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I have a great giveaway for vampire fans. Thanks to Warner Bros, I’m giving away either Vampire Diaries: Season 6 or The Originals: Season 2 on my dad blog. The title will be randomly selected by the studio. The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season is available today (September 1) on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The new release contains all 22 episodes from season 6 plus two featurettes, an audio commentary, the 2014 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. The Originals The Complete Second Season is also available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The new release…
  • Thomas & Friends DVD Giveaway Winners

    Ken
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    Good morning, dads and moms. The rain arrived early this year. Now, I’m not sure how I’m going to build a roof over my deck. Anyways, I have one winner announcement this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways on my dad blog. Transformers DVD Giveaway (dad blog, 9/1) Picture of Grace Giveaway (dad blog, 9/3) Orkin Giveaway (dad blog, 9/4) Read more: Thomas & Friends DVD 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 Destiny Ltd
  • Orkin Back-To-School Giveaway

    Ken
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Can you believe it’s almost back to school time already? The summer went by fast. Speaking of back-to-school, I have a giveaway sponsored by Orkin. I’m giving away a back to school prize pack on my dad blog: Silver USB Portable Charger You’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle. Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Lid Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning… this stainless steel travel…
  • Picture of Grace Giveaway – 2 winners

    Ken
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I have a nice giveaway for dads and moms today. Thanks to Josh Armstrong, author of Picture of Grace, I’m giving away two hardcover copies of his book on my dad blog. According to Josh Armstrong, Picture of Grace is for anyone, young or old, who is facing a challenge similar to Grace’s. The book encourages readers to remember, honor and stand up for those they love. Picture of Grace is available now in hardback, paperback, and for the Kindle. Continue reading to find out how to win this beautiful book. Read more: Picture of Grace Giveaway – 2 winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog |…
  • Transformers Rescue Bots: Dinobots! Review and Giveaway

    Ken
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There’s a new Transformers Rescue Bots DVD coming out. It’s called Dinobots! And thanks to Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios, I’m giving away a copy of Transformers Rescue Bots: Dinobots! on my dad blog. As you can guess from the title, the new DVD has a dinosaur theme. In this latest DVD, Optimus Prime, Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder go on prehistoric adventures. My little one loves the new DVD. Right now he’s into dinosaurs so this title is perfect for him. Transformers Rescue Bots: Dinobots! will be available tomorrow (August 25th). It has a list price of…
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  • How To Fix “Information Store Cannot Be Opened” on Outlook, Windows 10 & iCloud

    Michael Sheehan
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    There is nothing better than upgrading your computer to the latest and greatest operating system. Windows 10 is quite a nice refresh to PCs running Windows 7 or 8 and so when Microsoft announced the free upgrade, I quickly upgraded all of the PCs in my household. The upgrade process went relatively well. I did have to force some upgrades to happen ahead of cycle and do a manual install of Windows 10, but that’s another story. And everything seemed to be working great…until my wife couldn’t access the shared family calendar we had set up in iCloud and in Outlook 2013. Suddenly, kids were…
  • Content Creation & Social Media Advice: Don’t Force It!

    Michael Sheehan
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    One of the most difficult things being a content producer is, duh, producing content. Whether you are under a deadline, asked to write about something that you aren’t passionate about, or your content creation engine is simply stale, getting inspiration to write about something…anything…can be like getting blood from a stone. Content writing should be inspired, otherwise you risk coming across as forcing your writing. And your audience is savvy to this. Content, whether in the form of writing, photos, videos, or what-have-you, is what fuels social media. Social media allows…
  • 10 Apple Watch Tips You Might Not Know About But Probably Should

    Michael Sheehan
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    If you have an Apple Watch, and you are like me, you have probably pressed every possible physical and virtual button and played with Force Touch to the point where you know each and every secret and consider yourself an Apple Watch expert. Well, here are a few Apple Watch Tips that you might not know about but probably should as they are pretty darn useful. While I personally didn’t know about these tricks (and I tend NOT to read user manuals unless I haven’t received a device or gadget and I want to experience it “virtually”), there is a possibility that you might know about these.
  • How to Find and Fix a Leak in a Pool (Video)

    Michael Sheehan
    7 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    If you own a pool, you have a lot of responsibilities. You need to ensure that it is safe. You need to make sure that it stays clean and doesn’t turn green. But most importantly, you need to make sure it doesn’t have any leaks, especially if you live in drought-stricken California. It turns out, I had a pool leak and I was losing water daily. I didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to a company to find the pool leak. So I decided to figure out how to do it myself, all for about $40. I have a fairly large, in-ground pool. It’s not heated (some day, I’m going to install solar heating…
  • “Your Call is Important to Us” – Is It? Really? #HoldNoMore

    Michael Sheehan
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Back in 2009, I wrote an article called “The Do’s and Don’ts of Customer Service in a Social Media Age.” In it I outlined some ideas, complaints and thoughts about how Customer Service should be reworked to better handle concerns, complaints and feedback from consumers. Almost 6 years to the day, things HAVE actually changed. Companies have adopted Social Media as a critical form of customer communication. But there is one thing that HASN’T changed, and it’s just as bad, if not worse than before…being PLACED ON HOLD! It’s pretty amazing, actually, that with all of the…
 
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  • The Elusive Place

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt:I guess for me, I'm simply looking for the place where Schuyler will be happy. I suppose I'm looking for my own happy place, too. Those two are bound together, I know. And as I've gotten older, I've come to see how complicated and elusive that might be. Now that she's a teenager, Schuyler's best bet isn't The Perfect School. And when she transitions to her adult living situation, her own level of success is going to be driven by factors depending less on the services she receives and more on the life she wants to build and the willingness of the…
  • Seriously. Just Stop.

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Is it fair, taking that word away from you? Don't you have a right to use whatever word you please? Surely brave patriots gave their lives at Lexington and Bunker Hill so that King George the Third couldn't keep you from watching reality TV and saying "This show is so retarded." I don't have an answer for you, because at this point, the question isn't about your rights. It's not. You're an American; you've got the right to say whatever you please. (If you're not an American, then check your local listings, I guess.) You've also got the right to…
  • This Year

    17 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today, at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: This is going to be the year that Schuyler finds her way. This is going to be the year that no tense meetings will be called and no krakens will be released, a year without confused tears and crippling social anxiety and a father feeling like a failure because his daughter has again slipped into the cracks of the world. This is going to be Schuyler's year.
  • The Girl Unseen

    10 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    This morning, at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: More than anyone else I know or have ever known, Schuyler possesses grace. It touches us all. The one thing that I can say for certain is that it's nearly impossible to meet Schuyler and to know her without being fundamentally changed. She has limitations, that is very true, and they are almost certainly more challenging than most people truly understand. But the limitations that hold her back the most are ours, I think. Our inability to grasp the world as she understands it, and our failure to make that world a better place for her.
  • Schuyler Answers

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Back in June ("Schuyler Will Now Take Your Questions"), I invited you to submit questions for Schuyler to address in our joint presentation, the first we'd ever given, at the Region 10 Education Service Center's Summer LifeSkills Boot Camp 2015. The presentation took place yesterday, and as I mentioned over at Support for Special Needs, it went really well.I think it's safe to say that for as long as Schuyler wants to do it, and assuming we're asked to speak again, this will be the format my future presentations will follow, with ever-increeasing participation from Schuyler. She says she's…
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    Luke, I Am Your Father

  • How to Win Treats and Influence People

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:04 pm
    "I pee pee in the POTTY!" Annabelle emphatically declared earlier this evening.I turned my head toward the bathroom just in time to see my sweet little thing doing what can only be described as a Frankenwalk in my direction while holding her little green potty above her head with both hands.  "Don't spill" I warned.I knew what was coming next."Treat?" she asked, as she reached me in time to hold out said potty in front of me as verification that she had, indeed, clocked in this particular evening and thus she was entitled to her just compensation."Treat Daddy?" she again inquired, giving…
  • They Saw The Sign, It Opened Up Their Eyes

    14 Aug 2015 | 10:27 pm
    As has happened countless times in the past few weeks, Lukas and I passed several groups of people at the Zoo today while in his wheelchair - only to hear them whispering behind us. Most of the time it was obviously about him, not matter how quiet they were trying to be. But we didn't mind.  Especially Lukas.In fact he welcomed it.Other times, we were actually approached by friendly folks who wanted to chat about our 8 year old's predicament.   But it wasn't always that way.As I mentioned recently in a post here, our son is spending the summer in the aforementioned wheelchair…
  • Channeling Her Inner Herve

    11 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Cleared for taking off....Annabelle is now 2 1/2 and what I can only describe as a force of nature.A super cute force of nature, but definitely a force of nature.  She always likes to do things her way, and without help.  That will serve her well someday.  Now, at 2, it makes things 'interesting'. And, even though she can be 'strong willed' at times, I love every ounce of her.In addition to being strong willed, she also laughs, hugs, and does tons of silly things.  But most of all she is very loving towards Mrs. LIAFY and I, and her brother too.....Yeah, she loves her…
  • Break a Leg

    6 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Lukas, with 'Dan' one of only 7 LegoMaster Builders in the USA!I know, I know.  Let's just dispense with the obligatory "It's been so long since my last post....blah, blah, blah"  garbage and get right into the meat, or should I say 'meat and bone' of this mini blog-resurrection post.  Nope, this blog is not dead.Lukas, who is now 8 years old, is smack in the middle of spending his entire summer break in a wheelchair.  Okay, to be perfectly accurate, he is not spending the ENTIRE summer in a wheelchair.  There are times when he sleeps, and we are not lifting the…
  • Saved By The Belle

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Annabelle doesn't have a ton of words yet.  But that certainly doesn't stop her from wanting to participate in family discussions.Case in point.  A couple of nights ago, as we do every night, the family sat down for dinner together, sans media, to fortify ourselves and talk about our respective days.  Mrs. LIAYF went first, telling us about what she had learned that day at her work.  For all that she already knows, it's pretty cool that she never fails to think of something new that she picked up during the course of her day.Next, we asked Lukas about his day at school,…
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  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the WordPress.com Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at learn.wordpress.com

    Krista
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
  • Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

    Anne McCarthy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.
  • What a difference a header makes!

    Michelle W.
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Our websites are our online homes. It makes sense that we want to give them personality and warmth, just like we do with our physical homes. One of the simplest updates with the biggest impact is a custom header, a completely free feature that’s available to the majority of themes on WordPress.com. A header instantly sets your blog apart — and with free online photo and graphic editing tools, a custom look is accessible to any blogger, no graphic design experience needed. Take a look at the world of possibilities with these ten blogs: Text, taken up a notch A custom header…
 
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    Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads

  • Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

    Armin
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    Amy McCready, author of The Me, Me, Me Epidemic. Topic: A guide to raising capable, grateful kids in an over-entitled world Issues: Signs that you may have an entitlement problem in your home; how to hand over age-appropriate decision making; how to cut back on giving in; offering real-life support to your kids; and much […] The post Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • 10 Days to a Less-Defiant Child + The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic

    Armin
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:52 am
    Jeffrey Bernstein, author of 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child. Topic: The breakthrough program for overcoming your child’s difficult behavior. Issues: Grasping why your child acts defiantly; understanding your defiant child; avoiding the yelling trap; rising above power struggles; reinforcing positive Changes in your child; discipline without desperation; and much more. Amy McCready, author […] The post 10 Days to a Less-Defiant Child + The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens,…
  • Project MC2: Smart is the New Cool

    Armin
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team and occasionally receive access and goodies from Netflix to facilitate my posts. But everything I write is my own.   Project MC² is a new live-action Netflix original aimed at tweens (mostly girls). Season 1, which consists of only three episodes, introduces us to super-smart teenage […] The post Project MC2: Smart is the New Cool appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • We’re Baaaaack—in School

    Armin
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Back to school is a crazy time of year, and not many parents relish all the last-minute shopping for supplies. But no matter what your kids need for school this year, they’ll definitely need a backpack to haul it around in. Here are some fun and functional choices for your students.   Bixbee Got a […] The post We’re Baaaaack—in School appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
  • Pre-game Rituals: What They Are and Why We Need Them

    Armin
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    By nature, humans are pretty superstitious and we do all sorts of things to bring us good luck (rub a rabbit’s foot, pick a four-leaf clover, pull wishbones apart, hang horseshoes with the open end up) or prevent bad luck (try not to break a mirror, don’t open an umbrella indoors, throw salt over your […] The post Pre-game Rituals: What They Are and Why We Need Them appeared first on Mr. Dad | Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads.
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  • How a Bamboo Bedding Set Keeps You Cool on Scorching Summer Nights

    Derek Markham
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    You’re hot, sweaty, tossing and turning, unable to sleep. You kick off the sheets and try opening a window to let in a cool breeze. Instead you let in a fly. Now you’re hot, sweaty, and keep hearing the roaring buzz of your unwanted visitor. You pull the sheets over head to try to protect […] The post How a Bamboo Bedding Set Keeps You Cool on Scorching Summer Nights appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • An October Vacation Can Be More Relaxing

    Guest Author
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    It may sound counter to what most people normally do, but if you can save your vacation time until October and take a trip with your spouse and your family if you have one, you will not only save a lot of money, you will also enjoy one of the quietest times possible in many […] The post An October Vacation Can Be More Relaxing appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Are You Haunted by Ghosts or Mold?

    Derek Markham
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:10 pm
    People around the world have reported seeing ghosts and experiencing paranormal occurrences for eons, especially in dank, dark, older buildings. Coincidentally, these seemingly haunted environments are also prime breeding grounds for toxic molds and fungi. Is there a connection? Associate professor Shane Rogers decided to find out by looking at the link between ghosts, mold, […] The post Are You Haunted by Ghosts or Mold? appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • A Truly Affordable & Efficient Solar Vehicle

    Derek Markham
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The affordable and efficient solar vehicle solution you’ve been waiting for is here! A vehicle so amazing, so quick, so quiet, so green and so easy to obtain! Never before has there been such an abundance of parts and fuel! Never before has there been such a wide variety of colors and sizes and custom accessories! And […] The post A Truly Affordable & Efficient Solar Vehicle appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • The Many Advantages of Using a Water Softener

    Derek Markham
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Hard water can cause a number of problems that some homeowners find frustrating, and that others barely notice, yet can be costly to remedy. Hard water causes scale build-ups that can clog pipes and make water-using appliances run less efficiently. Hard water also reduces the effectiveness of soap, which results in dry skin, dull hair, water […] The post The Many Advantages of Using a Water Softener appeared first on Natural Papa.
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  • How Good Is Ribby Hall Village?

    Ian Newbold
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    I’m easily amused, yet ridiculously difficult to please at the same time.When it comes to holidays, particularly those taken within the UK, I have a short but very optimistic wish list.The first and overriding problem is I’m not very good with people, or more accurately put, at sharing space with other living creatures.So at the busiest times of the year (school holidays) I yearn for a peaceful place.Straightforward enough, but conversely I want loads of facilities and attractions to keep my family and I entertained.Hmmmm, the term inversely proportional comes to mind.Despite my inability…
  • Is Blackpool Pleasure Beach Good for Toddlers?

    Ian Newbold
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    The very short answer is: YES.We were back at the best UK family theme park this summer, and this time we had our 16 month-old nephew, with us.TICKETS OR WRISTBANDIf your child is under two, they are granted free entry to the Pleasure Beach.  But won’t be able to get on any rides without tickets or a wristband.Whether you opt to get a wristband or a few ride tickets will depend on your particular child and circumstance.  A wristband makes it uncomplicated, and means your child can ride as many times as they want, rather than just watch others enjoy them.However if your child is…
  • 5 Top Tips for a cheap trip to Nice, Cote D’Azur in the school holidays

    Ian Newbold
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Get budget flights & only have carry on luggageFlights to Nice only take around two hours from most UK airports, so no need for luxury.  Based near Stafford we consider lots of regional airports.  Birmingham, Manchester, East Midlands, Liverpool and even Coventry.This time we got EasyJet flights from Liverpool to Nice for around £200 each. Flying out on a Thursday at 7am and back in on a Monday night at 9pm, meant we have five full days to enjoy on the Cote D’Azur.Apparently there’s a work around to get better EasyJet prices.  Involving booking Flexifare tickets for…
  • Wanted: An epic holiday (and a normal bilirubin level)

    Ian Newbold
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:21 am
    Anyone got one going spare?We are 72 hours or so from the end of the school year, which means both of the most important people in my life will be on holiday.The boy and the wife are both excited to get their feet up, go off on adventures and spend some quality time together.They’ve both worked so hard in 2015.Complications with gallbladder removal, and obstructive jaundice, have left me a literal shadow of my former self.  I’ve lost 4 stone, or put a more dramatic way, 30% of my total body weight.I’ve literally been off my feet from the start of May, so they’ve picked up most of…
  • Win some fabulous sports equipment for your kids

    Ian Newbold
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:36 am
    We are a relatively sporty household here.I’ve played amateur sport since childhood.  I was a member of a cricket club, a hockey club, played football for my school and a local boys team as well as playing golf, badminton, tennis, volleyball and trying other things like horse riding and skateboarding.We had a giant sports cupboard in our home, it had huge double doors, and if you opened them without thought you were likely to get buried under an avalanche of sporting equipment.I was regularly extolled the costs of all these things, and how expensive children getting into sport is,…
 
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  • Oh MTV, You Still Make VMA Magic…

    C.C. Chapman
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:03 am
    Watching the MTV Video Music Awards is something I’ve always done. I love the creativity shown through music videos and back when MTV showed them on a regular basis I’d quite often leave the channel on for hours on end. Last night, me and the kids kicked back to watch the spectacle that is the #VMAs. The performances are always over the top, the on stage hijinks always lead to conversation and you just never know when a boob (or Prince ass cheeks) is going to pop out on camera. Kanye West received the Video Vanguard (where did the Michael Jackson part of the name go?) award. We…
  • Technology Could Help Keep Teen Drivers Safer

    C.C. Chapman
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    This morning marks another parenting milestone for me. The day my first child gets their drivers license. It has only been a few hours since I saw his smiling face after passing the driving test. I’m excited for him, but also scared to death. I know how many distracted and bad drivers there are out there on the roads. As a lover of technology, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’d love to see car manufacturers and cell phone makers work together to make the time our teenagers spend in the car a bit more safe. Here are some ideas on things I’d like to see. Some of…
  • Samsung Portable SSD T1 Hard Drive Has Made Me a Fan

    C.C. Chapman
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:24 am
    Some days it feels like I live out of an aisle seat. Running between gates, finding power where I can and dealing with idiot passengers is the story of my life. If you see me in an airport, you’ll always see my trusty GORUCK GR0 with me and the contents inside rarely change since only the most critical things are allowed in there. You’ll find my iPad, Field Notes notebook, a couple of magazines, a Cliff Bar, flashlight, laptop, cable bag, Jackery charger, portable hard drive and my camera gear. When I’m on the road taking photographs and capturing stories, I need my gear to…
  • Don’t Let Humility Be Your Downfall

    C.C. Chapman
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:14 am
    Speaking to audiences of all sizes is something I love doing. Recently, I was asked to speak at CreativeMornings Boston around the theme of “Humility.” It was one of my favorite talks I’ve ever given and I hope you enjoy it. Photo Credit: Dan Powell  
  • Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride.

    C.C. Chapman
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:40 am
    This post is a part of the Blogust ’15 campaign. For every comment, like or share of this post, another child in need receives the vaccines they need to get a Shot@Life. Inspiring my children to live their life to the fullest is something I strive for every single day. But, life rarely goes as planned. The corporate ladder has fallen over, the promise of a tranquil retirement is a myth and what we love today might not exist tomorrow. When asked to share an inspirational quote as part of this years Blogust team I wanted to chose one that was different than most and that I was sure no…
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  • What I Learned On My Summer Vacation

    buzz
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Summer vacation isn't just for kids to get out and explore and take a break from their routine, it's for the entire family. And this summer I learned that in a big way. The post What I Learned On My Summer Vacation appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • This Is What It Feels Like Meeting Trevor Guthrie

    buzz
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Trevor Guthrie is my son's favorite singer. It just so happens he's a friend of mine. This is what it feels like watching your kid meet their favorite artist. The post This Is What It Feels Like Meeting Trevor Guthrie appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • A Simple Apple Galette Recipe

    buzz
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    A rustic apple galette is a fast and simple way to make a pie with fruit on hand. For me, I ran to the backyard, picked some apples, and got to work! The post A Simple Apple Galette Recipe appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • #TeamJurassic Gets Ready For Round 2

    buzz
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    #TeamJurassic is getting ready for the next big cycle. Here's all the info about the digital, dvd, on demand, and Blu-ray release of the year's biggest movie. The post #TeamJurassic Gets Ready For Round 2 appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • My Kid Is Not Allowed To Walk To School, And It’s Not For The Reason You Might Think

    buzz
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    At what age is it okay for kids to walk to school? My son is 8, in grade 3, and I won't let him. And it's not for the reason you might think. The post My Kid Is Not Allowed To Walk To School, And It’s Not For The Reason You Might Think appeared first on DadCAMP.
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • Our Time

    Jack Steiner
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Being this busy may keep a guy out of trouble but it doesn't lend itself to doing the things that help a man truly relax. I'm ready for this stage to end so that I can get back to real life. Besides, it's time to update www.thejackb.com.
  • The Things We Do

    Jack Steiner
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:06 pm
    The hardest part about some business travel is having to adjust our schedule to a 24 hour time table that is based upon someone else's priority. It is exacerbated by sleep deprivation and the inability to easily find your own space, but it beats being unemployed... Mostly.
  • The Angry Dwarf

    Jack Steiner
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:30 pm
    He is a 5'6 man in his early fifties who doesn't like me because I am bigger, stronger and unwilling to listen to his bullshit.We met on the basketball court and were on opposite teams.The first time we played together he told me to be gentle because he had a busted rib. I told him that if he chose to play it was his problem and not mine.He said that was rude and I said that someone who chose to play with a bad rib might lack judgment and could be considered slow.That came after a couple of exchanges, one of which consisted of "it is not fair that you are bigger than I am."I laughed and said…
  • A Story About Two Tuxedos

    Jack Steiner
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:05 pm
    You can find it here.Or you can just read these:Recent PostsThe 983rd Greatest Story Ever ToldIt Is What A Blog Should BeTime Moves Too QuicklySaturday Night Used To Begin At MidnightThe Strength Of A Writer
  • Some of My Best Work

    Jack Steiner
    8 Aug 2015 | 1:53 am
    Some of my best work, maybe not the best, but some of it.The Strength Of A WriterSnapshots In TimeAre Twitter & Podcasts Still Relevant?Where Fire Meets WaterIf Facebook Disappeared Would You Notice?
 
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  • Hotel for Alligators?

    Steve
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
      I did some last-minute fact checking this past weekend as I get closer to the launch of my new book, Secret of the Staircase (The Virginia Mysteries Book 4). The story takes place at Richmond’s historic downtown hotel, The Jefferson. The new book is schedule to release in late October, so be on the lookout! I’m always looking for readers who would like an advance copy in exchange for an honest review, so if you’re interested please contact me! Kindle versions can also now be preordered on Amazon. A few fun facts about The Jefferson: Live alligators once resided in…
  • City of Blinding Lights

    Steve
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:56 pm
    I flipped up the video screen in our SUV just in time for my two oldest boys to catch the New York skyline. They immediately began to argue about which building was the Empire State versus World Trade versus Dad’s office. As Mom held the EZ-Pass against the windshield to pay the $12 to enter the Lincoln Tunnel, we officially entered the Twilight Zone (a.k.a. Manhattan) for the weekend. My wife and I moved away from the city of blinding lights 14 years ago. Since then we were married, moved to NJ, had three boys, and moved to Virginia. While I still get back once a month or so for work,…
  • Vote for New Book Title!

    Steve
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    The Virginia Mysteries Book #4 is nearing completion! I’m looking for feedback from kids 8-12 (and their parents) on which title sounds more exciting! The choices are: 1. “A Night at The Jefferson” 2. “Secret of the Staircase” 3. “Mystery at The Jefferson” If you could leave your vote in the comments section of this blog post, that would be fantastic! Here’s a draft summary of the new book: Sam and Derek visit The Jefferson, Richmond’s historic downtown hotel, for a fancy wedding. When things start going missing and Sam is blamed,…
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Twin Baby Log Book – Review

    Joe
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the early months with twins, time blurs and your memory fails you. The sleep deprivation makes it nearly impossible to keep track of what is happening. Unfortunately, this can cause serious issues when you are trying to remember which baby ate last and how much they had. All this combines to remind you that you need a daily baby log book for your babies. A daily log will help you ensure that your babies are eating, pooping, and sleeping as they should. This makes identifying problems much easier and can aid in conversations with your pediatrician. But guess what? Daily logs don’t…
  • Twingaroo Review – Will this twin baby carrier work for you?

    Joe
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    One of the challenges with twins is carrying them around when you are by yourself. Even though there are many different types of carriers for twins on the market, the Twingaroo Twin Carrier holds a unique position. Read on for a full Twingaroo review, its major pros and cons, and other product details that will help you decide if the carrier will work for you. Twingaroo Twin Carrier Overview The Twingaroo is a twin carrier with built in diaper bag. The carrier includes two insulated bottle holders and 2 compartments for diapers. You don’t have to worry about hauling around a diaper bag…
  • Should I work after twins or stay at home full-time? – Podcast 96

    Joe
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Episode 96 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss the following: Working vs. the cost of day care for twins How your job factors in a decision to stay home with the twins How you want your twins raised Get your free audio book of my Dad’s Guide to Twins book, click here. Transcript Hi there and welcome to the 96th episode of The Dad’s Guide to Twins podcast. This is Joe Rawlinson. As always you can find me on the web at twindadpodcast.com or you’ll find much more information on having and raising twins, along with the show notes for this…
  • Overcoming emotions and doubts of fathering twins with Kevin Valudes – Podcast 95

    Joe
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Episode 95 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen to Kevin Valudes, father of identical twin girls, share the story of his twin journey including: How they found out they were expecting twins and his reaction Overcoming challenges and fears of preparing for twins Being scared about having identical twins that shared a placenta How they let their family know they were expecting twins Dealing with dad’s emotions of accepting reality of having twins What to expect with a twin c-section How their twins were switched at birth Difficult health condition for mom in final…
  • Why You Should Give Up When Parenting Your Twins

    Joe
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I heard a recent podcast over at Power of Moms Radio that reminded me of something that has helped me as a father immensely: it is just fine to give up. Sometimes we think that giving up or throwing in the towel is a sign of weakness. We should never give up! We must persevere despite the challenges we face! However, this isn’t always the case. In the game of parenting, you can’t be stubborn as a mule and expect to be successful. It is perfectly fine to quit as a parent. You just can’t quit being a parent. There is a difference. You can never surrender your role as a dad in…
 
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  • Demystifying the myths on shaving! Be Epic! Schick Hydro #MakeItEpic

    Ted Hicks
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    I’m sharing my epic moments thanks to Schick Hydro as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #MakeItEpic Basic shaving can be quick and easy. Just pick up a razor and drag it across your face until the stubble’s gone. A really good shave, on the other hand, requires a little more effort and know-how. Even if you’ve been shaving for years, you might learn something, from someone who’s been shaving for decades, about what you need to do to get the best shave possible.  We wanted to discuss how to demystify some of the myths on shaving! Myth vs. Fact The following myths about…
  • ARTHAMPTON 2015 – Another successful season

    Stan Cohen
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Moving it’s location to ScuttleHole Road and Lumber Lane and having the event on the 4th of July weekend served the community well. We walked the event and met with many gallerists and artists. We spoke to gallery owners like Roy Seifert of Contempop Gallery of Tel Aviv, Rachel Teachout of Edgewater Gallery of New Jersey. Michael Joseph of Artblend spoke to us about the photos of a herd of white horses gracefully galloping in the Camargue, in the South of France. We interviewed artist Paul Gerben, who was represented by Chase Edwards Gallery of Bridgehampton, showing his iconic art of…
  • The South Street Seaport Museum is the place to watch Macy’s Fireworks

    DaDa Rocks!
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Over the years of living in NYC – I’ve seen my fair share of Macy’s 4th of July fireworks.  For 2015 they’re again Macy’s fireworks will be based in the East River (around lower manhattan).  Which means one of the best spots to view the fireworks will be from the South Street Seaport Museum which controls Pier 16. The South Street Seaport Museum has a limited number of tickets available for entrance into the pier.  The views of the fireworks are SPECTACULAR (see the picture above – taken from the pier last year). Typically tickets are $40 per person via…
  • Cliki the new case with a removable remote

    DaDa Rocks!
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I’d say daily, if not weekly I receive an email about the latest new gadget, gizmo or down right stupid idea available via crowd sourcing, whether that be Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Typically I find myself reading the first line or two, seeing if the product is truly worth my time and if not, I delete the email and never think about it again. Every once in a while, I come across a product that truly has merit. It’s either that unique or amazing, or it solves a real problem I deal with on a regular basis. Well, CLIKI is both! That being said, I’m sure we can all agree that smart-phones…
  • HAPPY FATHERS DAY from WWE Diva Natalya!

    DaDa Rocks!
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Most people know that I have followed in my dad’s footsteps professionally, carrying on the Hart family legacy in WWE. However, what people don’t know, is how much I’ve followed his example outside of the ring. It’s easy for people to think that because of my last name, I was handed my position as a WWE Diva.  The truth is, I struggled a lot to make it to the WWE.  I am grateful for those doors being slammed in my face. I kept going, following my heartbeat, my pulse, and what made me excited to wake up every morning, my love for wrestling. I didn’t realize it at the time, but…
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    Man Vs Words

  • How to Thrive When They Say You Suck

    Craig Playstead
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “I like criticism. It makes you strong.” – LeBron James They’ll say you suck. They’ll also claim you’re dumb, unqualified and have three typos in the first paragraph of the piece you worked on for months. And that’s just your family. The rest will call into question your education, looks, writing credits, haircut, sanity, research, sandwich choice and worst of all: your originality. Putting your creative work out there is not only opening yourself up to criticism, it’s asking for it. And that’s okay. Dealing with criticism is part of the sick and twisted game…
  • Why No One Understands You

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

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

    Craig Playstead
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    “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 click-through rate hovers…
  • 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…
 
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  • MiPosaur Review, Your Prehistoric Pet Dino From The Future Arrives In The Present

    nessel
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    Admit it, after reading the title above, your brain just gave up.  It makes no sense – dinosaurs are a thing from the distant past.  There is nothing futuristic about a dino and they certainly would not make good pets! You clearly have never met MiPosaur from WowWee. MiPosaur is a prehistoric robotic pet toy, that is filled with some pretty amazing futuristic technology, that you can buy today.  All make sense now?  Probably not, but this in-depth video review should help… Please watch our video review of the MiPosaur from WowWee - //www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jxg-1m6cM8 3 Fun…
  • All Natural Baobab Ice Cream, The Perfect Way to Beat The Summer Heat

    nessel
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    It’s hot and you need to cool down.  You can hardly move, getting out of the chair feels like a herculean task.  You need… ice cream!  You need that cool sweet treat freezing your insides. But what happens after you finish that giant bowl of ice cream.  Sure it was cool and delicious, but it was also void of any real nutrients.  The sugar high is wearing off and you feel yourself slipping back into that chair again.  You scream, “Damn you delicious ice cream, couldn’t you be nutritious as well???” Yes, yes it can.  Say hello to All Natural Baobab Ice…
  • Kano Computer Kit Review, The Perfect Way For Kids To Learn About Computers

    nessel
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    On the one hand, kids are incredibly tech savvy.  Give a 5 year old an iPad and they immediately know how to swipe, resize and tap away until good things happen.  Can’t figure out what in the world SnapChat is good for?  Ask a teenager and they can show you. Kids today, they know computers…sort of.  They know games, social media, how to edit photos and videos…but do they know what makes a computer work?  Do they know about the hardware, the 1’s and 0’s and the basic logic of programming?  Yeah, not so much. What if kids could build their own computer, much…
  • Livescribe 3 Review, Move Over Smartphone Now We Have a Smartpen

    nessel
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Does it get more old school than pen and paper?  You move your pen along the paper, ink is transferred, words are created, doodles are made – it really is a lovely thing.  The problem comes a month later when you want to find the notes you took.  Where is that scrap of paper?  Did you throw it out by accident?  If you do find it, how do you share that lovely analog creation with everyone else who lives in the digital world? What if when you wrote on paper, a digital version was also stored on your phone or tablet?  What if your analog creation was then converted into text for easy…
  • Glow Show Sticker Launcher Review, Shooting Stars Just Took On A New Meaning

    nessel
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    What is a shooting star?  If you said a small, rapidly moving meteor burning up on entering the earth’s atmosphere, you clearly have never seen the Glow Show Sticker Launcher. Us Sticker Launcher veterans know that a shooting star is when you put a glow in the dark star sticker on your foam dart and shoot it up to your ceiling.  If you really want to have some fun, blast that star sticker with light from the Sticker Launcher and then project a few spaceships on the ceiling. Confused?  Please watch our video review of the Glow Show Sticker Launcher from Moose Toys - Where In The…
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    The Committed Parent

  • The Other Question My Brain is Always Asking

    Mark Brady
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:25 am
    I am sitting at the back of a meditation hall at a children’s camp just north of Malibu in Southern California. It is 9:40 AM, on a warm May morning. Approximately 200 students are here, waiting to hear a dharma talk by a revered Buddhist teacher. This weekend, six hundred people – triple the current number – will flood this small, oceanside arroyo for a Day of Mindfulness. I have read many of this teacher’s books as they have been published, and I have practiced the meditations. I am at this five-day retreat to gain direct experience of this teacher whose prose and poetry I…
  • How to Use Your Best Money Brain When Borrowing or Lending

    Mark Brady
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    Earlier this year a friend whom I greatly admire and respect – let’s call him Justin – received notice that his landlord had sold the house he was living in and Justin would have to move out. Surprised by the notice, Justin didn’t have the thousands of dollars he needed to immediately move into a new place, mostly because the landlord refused to return his cleaning and security deposit until after he moved. I could tell Justin was seriously stressed by this situation and too proud to ask to borrow money from me, so I took the initiative and offered to lend him the…
  • Why Struggling to Keep Up with Your Brain is Worth the Challenge

    Mark Brady
    16 Aug 2015 | 3:25 am
    A confession: I have a hard time keeping up with my own brain. Since I discovered my brain buried at the root of so much of the dysfunction in my life about 20 years ago, I’ve been learning more and more about how it works and paying ever-increasing attention to it. The only problem is that it’s really a challenge to keep up with. And I don’t just mean keep up with the 300,000 peer-reviewed neuroscience studies published every year. I mean keeping up with the changes that take place in my own brain day in and day out, sometimes minute by minute – often painful,…
  • The Dark Side of Highly Sensitive People

    Mark Brady
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
    The Dark Side of Highly Sensitive People by Sally Mynewskin* I work with a lot with Highly Sensitive People in my private psychotherapy practice. I have two very different perspectives on them. (When I am finished with this article I expect to get a lot of unhappy, critical responses.Years ago I would not have written this article. I didn’t want to take the crap I expect to get. Yes, a part of me is an HSP. But because of my evolution, I have toughened my hide and am jumping into the pit and bracing for blowback). What You See and What You Get Perspective 1: Indeed HSP folks are creative,…
  • The Hidden Brain Blessing that Can Turn the Poison of Alcohol, Food, Sex, Drugs, Romance or Facebook Addiction into Big Medicine

    Mark Brady
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    Earlier this summer I went out into the garden and began removing the sucker stems from our tomato plants. Sucker stems are those small, pesky branches that grow at a 45 degree angle between the main stalk and large stems. While I’m not a botanist, I’m imagining that this pruning becomes an energy-channeling intervention that allows the tomato plant to concentrate its energy and maximally deploy nutrients in the service of actually growing tomatoes. Well, it turns out that the brain has its own natural “sucker” pruning process. It’s called apoptosis (the second “p” is usually…
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    Geekasms

  • What if Disney Owned DOCTOR WHO?

    Geekasms Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Disney owns pretty much everything these days it seems.  After buying up Marvel and Star Wars, one would think the next franchise to go after would be Doctor Who.  The mashup possibilities alone would be like printing money for them, and DeviantArt user CharlesThurston has taken that and made the concept real with his line of “Who di Doctors”.  Not only do I think all these mashups are spot-on character wise, but the images having a look and feel reminiscent to Disney Golden Books just makes it all the more perfect in my book.  Check them all out below. Professor Ludwig von Drake as…
  • DOCTOR WHO – Come See the Choptors; All the Doctors as Reindeers

    Geekasms Staff
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    Check out these reindeer versions of all the Doctors, from DeviantArt user dekarogue, that he calls the Choptors. After a little research, I’ve learned that these versions of the Doctors are based off a character named Tony Tony Chopper from the anime and manga series  One Piece (Thanks Wikipedia!).  While I’m not familiar with the character at all, that doesn’t change or alter my appreciation for these designs, and how the artist managed to capture each Doctor, in reindeer form. You can check out all 12 Doctors, and the War Doctor, below. 1st Doctor 2nd Doctor   3rd Doctor 4th…
  • Why Geekasms Is The Perfect Page If You Are A Bit Weird

    Southpawed
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Geekasms is a multimedia page that covers movies, TV, comics, Doctor Who and technology. As the name implies, the target audience of the page are “geeks,” hence, people who have a very strong interest in these particular topics. Therefore, the information provided on the page is in-depth and not just advertisement or blabbering. Although most of the articles are written for young people, the discussed topics attract older readers as well. The start page provides a good overview of the site. The visitor can see the latest articles which were published on the page and the right…
  • I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me: 4 Ways Google is Stalking You

    Southpawed
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    If you’ve ever been surfing online and noticed a banner ad on a website that seems to have read your mind, that’s because Google practically is. With every algorithm change, Google becomes smarter and more adept at learning about user interests, activity, history, etc. Call it creepy, call it artificial intelligence—call it whatever you want—here’s how Google is keeping tabs on you: Gmail Google sorts out your inbox based on primary (regular correspondence), social (notifications from interactions on your social accounts) and promotions (deals and offers from stores that…
  • DOCTOR WHO – Hi-Res Pics from “The Magician’s Apprentice”

    Geekasms Staff
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:17 pm
    The BBC has released high resolution images from the season 9 premiere episode; The Magician’s Apprentice.  Check them out below. The post DOCTOR WHO – Hi-Res Pics from “The Magician’s Apprentice” appeared first on Geekasms.
 
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    The JackB

  • How Many Times Can You Break A Heart?

    Jack Steiner
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    It is the question you knew or know is/was coming from your kid or your nieces/nephews but knowing is far different from answering. That is because the experience is different for different people and the depth is rarely if ever the same. People like to say that your first heartbreak is the hardest but it […] (Visited 3 times, 3 visits today) The post How Many Times Can You Break A Heart? appeared first on The JackB.
  • Saturday Night Laundry Service

    Jack Steiner
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Ever wonder who invented the Spork or why? It is not quite a spoon and not a fork but much, much more than that, at least in concept. Sometimes I wonder if my blog is like a Spork, an attempt to be all things to all people. This place isn’t your niche blog about parenting, […] (Visited 16 times, 16 visits today) The post Saturday Night Laundry Service appeared first on The JackB.
  • I Used To Like Flying

    Jack Steiner
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    Headphones cover my ears so that John, Paul, George and Ringo can sing about places they remember and memories that lose their meanings but I am trying not to pay attention. It is one of those songs that sometimes catches me off guard and sends me on journeys to places best left undisturbed because it […] (Visited 35 times, 20 visits today) The post I Used To Like Flying appeared first on The JackB.
  • The Joy Of A Broken Blog

    Jack Steiner
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    The most frustrating moments as a writer aren’t limited to feeling the pain of not being to tell the story you want to tell because the words won’t work with you. Sometimes they come because the tools you use to tell your tales decide to bend you over from behind and violate you in the most […] (Visited 25 times, 7 visits today) The post The Joy Of A Broken Blog appeared first on The JackB.
  • 69 Shades Of Grey

    Jack Steiner
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    There is a teenager down the hall who told me today that he intends to win our bet. It is a friendly wager between father and son, “$40 bucks says he’ll kiss a girl by the time he is 20.” Part of me wonders if sharing this online will lead to a wave of criticism […] (Visited 22 times, 4 visits today) The post 69 Shades Of Grey appeared first on The JackB.
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    TwisterMc » FluidDad

  • Backyard Dragonfly Up Close & Personal

    Thomas
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Lily found a dragonfly on her play house today. He stayed there nearly all day too and allowed us to get an up close and personal look at the amazing insect. You can see an even bigger version on Flickr. The post Backyard Dragonfly Up Close & Personal appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • This is why we live outside the city.

    Thomas
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:55 pm
    We live outside the city because of views like this from our backyard. We see trees, not houses, we have a large yard for our daughter to run around in, and we have the ability to look up at night and see stars. It is quiet, it is spacious, and it is beautiful. The post This is why we live outside the city. appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Just Another Day At The Park

    Thomas
    9 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    We sure have fun finding parks. Some of the equipment at this one in Hopkins is challenging but we still love it!   The post Just Another Day At The Park appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Lily’s playhouse was not a fan of the storms last night.

    Thomas
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    In the height of the storms, I turned on the backyard lights to find a pretty sizable branch in our back yard from the neighbors tree. Our playhouse looked a little scared. When I looked again this morning, I noticed there two branches (0ne out of the photo) which missed the fence and the playhouse. Luckily this appears to be our only storm damage. The post Lily’s playhouse was not a fan of the storms last night. appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Enjoying the neighbors pool.

    Thomas
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Love the fact the neighbors have a pool and let us play in it. It goes great with a 90 degree day. The post Enjoying the neighbors pool. appeared first on TwisterMc.
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    The Daddy Files » The Daddy Files-

  • Sports Rivalries: Why It’s Fun to Hate Other Teams

    Aaron Gouveia
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Me reacting to the last-second interception to seal the Patriots Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Loving my Boston sports teams isn’t enough. I need a rival to hate. Look, I know it’s crazy. I know I’M crazy. When it comes to sports, I have issues because essentially I’m just rooting for laundry. But I don’t care. I don’t care that I place an unnatural significance on the outcome of professional sporting events played by millionaires who don’t care about me personally. Want to know why? Because it’s fun. It’s fun to love a team…
  • How Are Parents Voting for Donald Trump?

    Aaron Gouveia
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    “I don’t like him. He’s STUPID!” My oldest son, 7, was having some problems getting along with another kid at camp. Frustrated by the inability and unwillingness of the other boy to agree on the rules for a new game they had created, Will waited until camp was over and we were in the car to lash out and vent his anger which had been building all week. My son is a good kid. A very good kid, actually. But he has very specific and strong opinions as to how things should work, and when someone opposes those beliefs he gets instantly frazzled. As soon as he called the other…
  • Dinotrux Roars onto Netflix

    Aaron Gouveia
    9 Aug 2015 | 8:26 pm
    As part of the Netflix StreamTeam, the company paid for my travel & hotel accommodations to visit DreamWorks Animation in June. But as always all opinions are my own. Have you ever seen certain people and judged them immediately without ever having so much as a conversation with them? Have you ever been completely wrong in your assumption? Welcome to the premise of Dinotrux — a fantastic new show from DreamWorks airing on Netflix August 14. Two months ago I was lucky enough to fly out to DreamWorks in California, where I was able to get a behind the scenes peek at how Dinotrux was…
  • Should We Tell Kids They’re Special?

    Aaron Gouveia
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    photo credit: I am Special via photopin (license) “Dad, am I special?” What seems at first glance to be a question with an easy, straightforward answer from a parent (“Yes son, of course you’re the most specialiest specialty in the history of special!”), suddenly wasn’t so simple. If you think about it, that question is fraught with unexpected complications and potential repercussions depending on your answer. As a result I had to think long and hard about how I responded. Some parents are recoiling in horror at this very moment because I didn’t…
  • When Our Dragons Leave the Nest

    Aaron Gouveia
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    It took me a bit to figure out why I was having such a visceral reaction to the Netflix Originals series Dragons: Race to the Edge. But when I finally figured it out, it made perfect sense. This DreamWorks animated show is related to the feature films, but takes place between the first and second movies. Whereas the first How to Train Your Dragon was Hiccup finding himself discovering how to interact with people in his world, the show takes place a few years later. Hiccup and the dragon riders are older — well into their teenage years — and teeming with youthful pride, arrogance,…
 
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    CuteMonster.com

  • Fun Videos from the Web – #4

    CuteMonster Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    Fun videos from the web including a Duck Army, a 2015 Republican debate, and a conversation with a 4 year old. The post Fun Videos from the Web – #4 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Nintendo Super Mario Maker Preview

    CuteMonster Staff
    16 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    Preview of Nintendo Super Mario Maker for the Wii U. The post Nintendo Super Mario Maker Preview appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Cool Gadget – Review of the Kenu Stance

    Vincent Daly
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Review of the Kenu Stance, a miniature tripod stand for the iPhone 5, 5s, 6, and 6 plus. The post Cool Gadget – Review of the Kenu Stance appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Paul Rudd gives big performance in Marvel’s Ant-Man

    Vincent Daly
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    Review of Marvel Studio's feature film Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd. The post Paul Rudd gives big performance in Marvel’s Ant-Man appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • CuteMonster Web Comic #2

    Vincent Daly
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this CuteMonster web comic, keeping still can be nearly impossible. The post CuteMonster Web Comic #2 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
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    Fatherhood Channel

  • A Boy Learns to Use All of His Strength

    Fatherhood Channel
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    "I am working so hard to clear this stump. I am getting nowhere," a son exhorts. "My son, why don't you use all of your strength," his father questions.
  • We Wait too Long

    PAIRS Foundation
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    We wait too long to do what must be done today, in a world which gives us only one day at a time, without any assurance of tomorrow.
  • Rx for the Ashley Madison Crossroad

    Seth Eisenberg
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Can getting busted on Ashley Madison be the beginning of true love and a happier, stronger marriage?
  • Can Couples Keep that Loving Feeling?

    Seth Eisenberg
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    Can couples in a marriage and relationship skills training retreat learn to keep that loving feeling alive? Will those who lost each other years ago be able to rekindle what they once had?
  • My Sweet Baton Rouge

    Seth Eisenberg
    15 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    Mike and Barb were no longer that young couple in love. They were in a weekend retreat searching for any last-ditch sign of hope for a marriage that had more years of sour than sweetness. For a moment, he remembered his sweet Baton Rouge. And there she was, sitting beside him.
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    Daddy Dazed » Dad Blog Parenting Fatherhood

  • Playing Computer Games

    12 Aug 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Daddy Dazed loves these Kids Snippets – kids tales voiced by children, acted by adults.  
  • Indoor activities a dad can perform

    11 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    There are many things that you can do indoors to keep the cheeriest moods intact in gloomy weather. Reveal the photographer in you to capture and preserve the precious family memories. It’s not every day that you get to see the kids cutely sleeping on the table or in the washing basket! You can re-work and edit the taken pictures to give it a funky and funny side! Play cards with the family. We know that you’d prefer playing with your mates, but it can be equally fun to play with the kids and wife. There are many games such as ‘Go Fish’, ‘Crazy Eights’, ‘Old Maid’, ‘War’,…
  • Rainy day activities

    16 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    It’s the UK and the chances are that, even in the summer, it’ll be raining somewhere. It’s an accepted, if irritating, part of life, but what are you going to do with your child during a rainy day? Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do, some at home and some by heading off to a local museum or art gallery. Imagination and inspiration Children need to be stimulated, and you can so easily do this in the home if you’re prepared to take the time. Use your imagination to inspire your kid, and in no time they’ll have a whole range of new experiences and…
  • Lounge Casino

    4 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    INT. HOUSE  – LOUNGE – LATE EVENING Six men pushing middle age are seated round the lounge table covered in a piece of green beize bought from Argos, smoking cigars and joints, sipping beer and believing they are in a Vegas Casino. It’s poker night. MIKE How’s being a stay at home dad? JAKE Fucking exhausting! There is a reason why for centuries men have chosen not to do it – they worked out that hunting animals or going down the pits or even going to war was preferable. But childcare is so expensive it doesn’t really make sense for me to work. She earns far more…
  • Netflix TV treats for Dads

    2 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Some Netflix recommendations for dads to watch in their man cave. BREAKING BAD Put-upon teacher turns into bad ass drug dealer. If you are one of the few that hasn’t watched it yet, join the party. You won’t regret it. BETTER CALL SAUL Watch it when you have caned Breaking Bad and you are still craving for a Vince Gilligan fix. HOUSE OF CARDS Politics has never been so watchable or so sexy. FARGO If you can get past Sherlock’s sidekick / The Hobbit doing a William H Macey impression this is one helluva ride. Billy Bob Thornton at his menacing best. #netflixstreamteam
 
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    C.C. Chapman

  • Oh MTV, You Still Make VMA Magic…

    C.C. Chapman
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:03 am
    Watching the MTV Video Music Awards is something I’ve always done. I love the creativity shown through music videos and back when MTV showed them on a regular basis I’d quite often leave the channel on for hours on end. Last night, me and the kids kicked back to watch the spectacle that is the #VMAs. The performances are always over the top, the on stage hijinks always lead to conversation and you just never know when a boob (or Prince ass cheeks) is going to pop out on camera. Kanye West received the Video Vanguard (where did the Michael Jackson part of the name go?) award. We…
  • Technology Could Help Keep Teen Drivers Safer

    C.C. Chapman
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    This morning marks another parenting milestone for me. The day my first child gets their drivers license. It has only been a few hours since I saw his smiling face after passing the driving test. I’m excited for him, but also scared to death. I know how many distracted and bad drivers there are out there on the roads. As a lover of technology, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’d love to see car manufacturers and cell phone makers work together to make the time our teenagers spend in the car a bit more safe. Here are some ideas on things I’d like to see. Some of…
  • Samsung Portable SSD T1 Hard Drive Has Made Me a Fan

    C.C. Chapman
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:24 am
    Some days it feels like I live out of an aisle seat. Running between gates, finding power where I can and dealing with idiot passengers is the story of my life. If you see me in an airport, you’ll always see my trusty GORUCK GR0 with me and the contents inside rarely change since only the most critical things are allowed in there. You’ll find my iPad, Field Notes notebook, a couple of magazines, a Cliff Bar, flashlight, laptop, cable bag, Jackery charger, portable hard drive and my camera gear. When I’m on the road taking photographs and capturing stories, I need my gear to…
  • Don’t Let Humility Be Your Downfall

    C.C. Chapman
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:14 am
    Speaking to audiences of all sizes is something I love doing. Recently, I was asked to speak at CreativeMornings Boston around the theme of “Humility.” It was one of my favorite talks I’ve ever given and I hope you enjoy it. Photo Credit: Dan Powell  
  • Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride.

    C.C. Chapman
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:40 am
    This post is a part of the Blogust ’15 campaign. For every comment, like or share of this post, another child in need receives the vaccines they need to get a Shot@Life. Inspiring my children to live their life to the fullest is something I strive for every single day. But, life rarely goes as planned. The corporate ladder has fallen over, the promise of a tranquil retirement is a myth and what we love today might not exist tomorrow. When asked to share an inspirational quote as part of this years Blogust team I wanted to chose one that was different than most and that I was sure no…
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  • My Wife Just Said… #228

    Charlie
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    “Let’s play a game called, ‘Don’t touch Mama.’ Okay?” -Avara   When you spend time with kids there are often side effects. But if you spend excessive time, the side effects can read like a pharmaceutical commercial. And those things go on endlessly. Recently, we went on a trip and let’s just say the kids kinda got to us a bit. Both started feeling under the weather, and each had their idiosyncrasies. We had to start playing the game. Love. It's what's for breakfast. A photo posted by Charlie Capen (@charliecapen) on Aug 29, 2015 at…
  • “SHARK!” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

    Andy
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    Why watch Jaws or Sharknado when you can have a shark panic attack playing with your kid? I love how he immediately jumps into pretend mode. Those kids do train us well. The awesome visual effects were done by YouTuber, Daniel Hashimoto (Action Movie Kid). Don’t worry no sharks or little girls (or full-grown men playing the part of a little girl) were harmed in the making of this video. Subscribe to ConvosWith2YrOld to follow the series. (Liking, favoriting and commenting helps videos on YouTube, so go nuts.)   Follow us on Facebook. You won’t lose a limb.  See All the…
  • My Son’s Receding Hairline

    Charlie
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:25 am
    Of my many faults, some stand out more than others in my day-to-day activities. Being born to Irish descent, I contend with more than a few stereotypical issues I feared my first son would inherit, namely: bad teeth, skin and devout stubbornness. I am piously pigheaded. When my first son was born with a pretty good head of brown hair I felt like he was leaning towards his mom’s side. Good teeth, great skin and hair. Then it all fell out. Since then his hair grew back in but it transformed into a reddish, gold – something neither of us can claim to have had as babies or later, without the…
  • 13 Texts Toddlers Would Send if they Could

    Andy
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:19 am
    Kids are getting their own phones earlier and earlier these days, but I think we can all agree that it’s a TOO SOON situation with kids that haven’t fully mastered things like walking or not drooling or keeping their head upright all the time. Toddlers. BUT! Imagine if they did have phones, and could text with the clarity of adults, you would see hilarity like this…   1) And the bad news is…   2) You can run, kitty cat, but you can’t hide.   3) Sharing the litter box.   4) Worst cat roommate ever.   5) Caught popcorn-handed.   6)…
  • Little Girl Gets A Rad Helping Hand!

    Charlie
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:44 am
    It occurs to me occasionally that I’m complaining endlessly about nothing. I have a lot to be thankful for. This thought is usually dashed by something new to complain about, or something that hasn’t gone my way. But you know what? There are certain things in life I’ve never had to worry or wonder about. Little Isabella is 8 years-old. And she has no left arm. I’ve never had to worry about that. So, for one moment, let’s watch this video and witness what it feels like to gain mobility and graspability with the help of a mega-rad device just for her. The look on…
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    Daddyplace.com

  • About Me

    5 Aug 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Hello Everyone,White is a guest blogger and she write on several topics including home and garden, Pavers, Travertine, Granite, Castlemaine Slate and Dry Stone Walling etc.I found this forum site very interesting and engaging.Stone Paving For Your Home : http://www.yarrabee.com.au/stone-paving
  • About Me

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Hi Keith, i found this site on search engine. This site contains informative content. By profession i am a freelance write and loves to write on home improvement topics.Know more about Awnings Design for your home here : http://www.energywindowfashions.com.au/awnings
  • Simple Tips for Conserving Electricity

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    Parents who want to save money on their monthly electric bill can move closer to this goal by talking with their kids about conserving electricity. There are a number of simple things that families can do to cut down on their daily consumption of electricity. Take a look at a few useful reminders that parents can give to their kids.Turn Off the Computer at NightSometimes kids and parents alik...
  • What am i doing wrong

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:37 pm
    My son, William, does not like to listen.  I know we all say this, but it appears that he does stuff just to upset us.  He is 6 years old and we will sit there and tell him not to do us, and it is like he does not hear us.  He says that he tries to listen to us, but we end up yelling at him more then anything else for stuff that he choses not to do, or chooses to do when we tell him not to.  It...
  • Mats For Restaurants

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Working in a kitchen in a restaurant can be difficult at times. Liquids could be spilled on the floor, creating a potential for slipping while working. There could also be food on the floor, which can make it hard to walk without stepping on small lumps. Non slip kitchen mats can be used to help ensure workers don't f...
 
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    Bobblehead Dad

  • My Mom’s Message to You: Do it Now

    jimhigley
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    This post is my contribution to Blogust ‘15 to—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for children in need around the world. But this is more about you than me because YOU are the one who can help change the life of a child by making sure they get vaccinated.All you need to do is either “comment” (with anything!) at the end of this post.Also you can “Tweet” this, “Like” or share on social media.  (Details at the end of the post.) Thank you for supporting this important effort! — Jim Actions speak louder than words. But, sometimes, we need a delicious…
  • How I Found $$$$ For Me. And Maybe You.

    jimhigley
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    Money may not grow on trees. But I’m living proof (and you might be, too) that it sometimes can fall into your lap. I was watching the Chicago Sunday morning news a while back. And somewhere in between coverage of one of the Windy City’s unending list of parades and their weekly cooking segment – there was a brief, four minute story that caught my attention: The Illinois Treasurer’s I-Cash program. No, not the program that involves transponders for your car. I-Cash. Money. And, apparently, the Illinois Treasurer has over over 2 billion dollars in cash (and over 20…
  • Kid Connection Tip: Self-Worth – For You and the Kids

    jimhigley
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    Dear Kids, Want to know a little secret? For years I’ve had one goal for you as my child. And I’ve tried every day of my life to help make that goal become a reality. The goal wasn’t found on the playing field. I was never concerned about home runs, what position you played or how much playing time you had. I loved the fact that you tried things, that you experienced the fun (and challenges) of being part of a team. And while I sometimes tired from driving you back and forth from practice after practice, I knew it was important to help you keep the commitment you made each…
  • When the Caregiver Learns How to be Cared For

    jimhigley
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    This is part of a series of stories and videos I’m sharing during the months of May and June – highlighting the importance of connecting with our children. These memories are brought to you by the wonderful folks at Kimberly-Clark who have compensated me for my writing. All opinions are my own.  Visit the Kimberly-Clark website Join in the Kimberly-Clark Facebook fun Check out Kimberly-Clark on Twitter #CelebrateFamilyValues
  • Never Too Old for a Father-Son Moment

    jimhigley
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    I’ve been to many “Father-Son” events in my life. And the most recent one made me realize that my son is looking less like my “son” more like the other dads in the room. Last weekend I had the fun job of hosting and moderating two different “NBA Fantasy Camps” for a bunch of dads and their children – ranging in age from 5 to 15. The highlight of each 3-hour event was one-on-one time with NBA legend, Robert Horry who – after putting the dads and kids through a 90-minute workout – shared his thoughts about being a dad in a moderated…
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    The Gizzard Stone

  • Origin Myth

    Wolfy
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    So we were reading The Hobbit (Michael Hague Illustrated version) my son and I. My dad read it to me when I was a boy. He loved the book. The elements of adventure, courage and fantasy drew me in as well. My boy just loves dragons. The Michael Hague illustrations are what drew him in, and the story has kept him interested night after night. Pretty quick into the story, though, I needed to pause and let him know that, though it sounded authoritative and referenced history and a greater knowledge like a non-fiction book or article might, it was just a story. “Trolls aren’t…
  • The Muncher

    aee1412004564098
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    This is funny. That’s all… The video is titled: “Hand swallowing cars and traffic.” I call it The Muncher. Brilliant stuff. -Mike
  • Maurice Sendak Google Doodle

    Wolfy
    9 Jun 2013 | 10:46 pm
    I usually don’t post, or really care about Google Doodles, but this one is too good not to stop and take a look. Google honors Maurice Sendak with an nice animated doodle. He was born on June 10, 1928 — 85 years ago. Maurice Bernard Sendak was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books. He is best known for his book „Where the Wild Things Are”, first published in 1963. The book’s depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents, as his characters were somewhat grotesque in appearance. More about Sendak:…
  • Shredding with your kid

    Wolfy
    6 Jun 2013 | 7:31 am
    The best thing about being a kid is shredding with your dad. All my life, from the time I could walk, to this very day, I’ve been hiking, skiing, riding, climbing and adventuring with my dad. Stoked to be doing the same with my boy now. Here’s a video Andy and Charlie from How To Be A Dad made about shredding with their boys. Love it! What’s your favorite father son activity? -M
  • Dad Gear: REI Nesting Tableware Set

    Wolfy
    13 May 2013 | 4:07 pm
    Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Nesting Tableware Set? This is what qualifies as dad gear in your world? IT’S FOR CAMPING!!!! In my world, camping is the man’s domain. The kitchen at home is man’s domain too, but I really only get excited about the camping part, and this camp utensil and dish set is pretty nice. REI Nesting Tableware Set Service for 4: $44.95 REI Nesting Tableware Set Fork x 4 Knife x 4 Spoon x 4 Cup/Mug x 4 Bowl x 4 Plate x 4 Wash tub x 1 Cutting board x 1 Drying rack x 1 All of this nests inside a square plastic tub that doubles as a wash…
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    Dad and Buried

  • The Five People to Blame for Your Dad Bod

    Dad and Buried
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    The “dad bod” trend has been a boon to dads – and non-dads – everywhere. I was at the beach last week, and everywhere I looked, it was dad bod city. Who can blame us? Men suddenly have validation for our laziness, and apparently there’s an entire subset of women who find our beer bellies attractive! I admit that I have a dad bod of my own, but not on purpose. I go to the gym several times a week, and I try to eat healthy, give or take 100 beers a week. I don’t want a dad bod. I hate even saying dad bod. And I especially hate the people I blame for giving me one. I just know…
  • NRA: National Stifle Association

    Dad and Buried
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Disclaimer: This isn’t a parenting post, per se. Unless, like me, you have kids and are scared for their safety. Then it’s definitely a parenting post. As I said in a Facebook update late last night, one that has thus far cost me a devastating 18 followers (and counting), I don’t usually discuss this country’s gun control issue, for several reasons. (The least of which is that I prefer discussing how much I hate my son to discussing things I actually hate.) But when my friend Carter Gaddis posted an honest take on his concerns with NRA membership on his DadScribe…
  • [E-card] The Perfect Baby Name

    Dad and Buried
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    Last time we had to name a baby, it was a struggle. There are a ton of terrible names out there, and the list grows with every new series of young adult science-fiction books. We lucked out and the name we chose ended up perfectly suiting Detective Munch. But we left one name in the holster that might have made even more sense. Maybe it will work this time around. To my mind, this is the perfect baby name. But I’m not sure Mom and Buried will allow it. The post [E-card] The Perfect Baby Name appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • On the Dinotrux Bandwagon

    Dad and Buried
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    You may have heard that I’m having another kid. I have no idea what this child will be like, but if it’s a boy, I’m pretty sure there are two things I can bank on: 1) He’ll like trucks. 2) He’ll like dinosaurs. Detective Munch certainly does. I liked dinosaurs when I was a little kid. A lot. I still remember a favorite field trip to the Peabody Museum in New Haven, loving the fossils and leaving with an awesome dinosaur-shaped pencil eraser. And even thought I can’t be positive, and I’m not exactly a gear-head today, I probably liked trucks too. I…
  • Credit Fraud

    WordPress.com Support
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Last week, after I laid out why I agree with Target’s new non-gender assignation policy, a handful of people on social media praised me, called me a great dad, and said they wished more people would raise their kids like I’m raising mine. AWKWARD. I’ve never committed credit fraud, but when I get praise for being a good parent, that’s what it feels like. I prefer when people call me an asshole and a terrible father. Because, as my regular readers know (thanks, regular readers!), that’s a lot closer to the truth. It’s very easy to sit at a keyboard and…
 
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  • You Ought To Live In An Airport

    Joshua
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:18 pm
    It used to irritate me when older people would say things like I forgot I am not 20 anymore and then I reached an age where I began to understand how and why that happened. It is because I would hit days like today where I’d wake up in a different timezone than the one I started in and roll out of bed grumbling about the pile of laundry that was waiting and irked that I hadn’t stayed up to unpack all my gear. Grumbling because I have told the kids a million times that it is easier to stay up after a party to clean up than to wait for the next day and yet I hadn’t taken my…
  • The Conversations We Don’t Have

    Joshua
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:36 pm
    During an election cycle it is hard not to get irritated with the rhetoric and mud slinging and it has only become worse because of social media. The obvious answer is because if you are active on social media the conversations are everywhere you go. Unless you make an effort to mute or block them it is almost impossible not to be exposed to an tsunami of opinion disguised as fact. What bothers/concerns me the most isn’t that the discussions are taking place as much as it is the intolerance that so many people seem to have for those who disagree with them. It wasn’t always like…
  • Ever Wonder Who You Could Have Been?

    Joshua
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    The interesting thing about growing older is when you reach the point at which you can hear the clock ticking, not in the sense that death is imminent but an awareness of time. Maybe it comes when you recognize you have been in the working world longer than you were a student or maybe it is triggered by something else. I don’t know if I can pinpoint one moment in my life as having triggered it, I just know there are some moments where I take a hard look at what I am doing and ask if this is what I want my future to look like. That is because the goal is to live hard in a way so that…
  • Do You Read Newspapers?

    Joshua
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
    Until quite recently I received a hard copy of my local newspaper on a daily basis. I did it because I really enjoy reading the paper and because it was important to me for my children to see that we are active readers of both news and fiction. They need to be active participants in life and society and part of doing that involves making sure you are informed. However we reached a time where I realized that I consuming the majority of news online and just a portion of it via that hard copy of the paper so I had adjust my subscription. Actually I had to do it twice, the first was from daily to…
  • Do Things Bring Happiness?

    Joshua
    15 Aug 2015 | 9:14 pm
    I can’t tell you what made the truck burst into flames or if anyone was injured in the crash or the fire. All I know is that it created one hell of a traffic jam and that it extended my commute by an additional 45 minutes. When you are stuck between exits and know that unless your car develops wings you are going to be there until the vehicles in front of you start moving you find ways to occupy your mind. Sometimes that means listening to music, developing to-do lists in your head or just thinking about whatever crosses your mind. An RV Or Jet Would Be Nice After a solid ten minutes of…
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • Lalaloopsy Super Silly Party: BAND TOGETHER DVD + a Mini Doll Giveaway!

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:44 pm
    There comes a certain point with nearly every pop culture brand where eventually, the characters must form a band. I'm not sure why that is, but it's the rules, so we have to live with it. Being "The Rock Father," I can't claim to mind because I don't! In fact, I fully support anyone picking up an instrument and broadening their musical horizons - even if they're a cartoon or a doll! Did you know that the TRANSFORMERS were once a "Hair Metal" band? Well, it happened, so when word came down that Lalaloopsy was getting into the guitar-slinging action, I was in... but so were THE ROCK…
  • Pancake-isms, Protein & Hungry Jack Prize Packs: Are You Ready to Be Your Own Jack?

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    THE ROCK FATHER™ is a "Be Your Own Jack" Brand Ambassador for Hungry Jack. All opinions are that of James Zahn, because he is his own Jack.  Back in June, I shared with you my experience with Hungry Jack Racing, fueling-up with a great breakfast before the JTG Daugherty Racing Team took to the track. Back at home, it's always worth remembering that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - a chance to fuel-up for whatever adventures that the morning might bring. Here at Rock Father HQ, one new element of our breakfast routine just so happens to be a fresh spin on The Rock…
  • From MISTER ROGERS to MONSTER SQUAD, Here's What's Coming to Netflix in September (with THE ROCK FATHER's Picks)!

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    As we move into Fall, there's a ton of great content arriving on Netflix in September, and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine has the full rundown on what's coming to the streaming service... and when. This month I'm also marking a collection of "Rock Father Picks," selections that I just dig for one reason or another. Some of those lean to the spookier side of things, because Halloween is just two months from today! Here's what's new on Netflix for September 2015... Mister Rogers NeighborhoodThe Monster SquadNetflixStreaming Content
  • It's FORCE WEEK! Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Han Solo & Tauntaun - 4 Days to Go

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    It's #ForceWeek here at Rock Father HQ, with #ForceFriday just four days away! If you're just joining us, September 4th, 2015 is Force Friday - the day when STAR WARS fans will first be able to get their hands on the first merchandise from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Since May, we've been taking part in Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar - presenting a daily look at items from nearly four decades of STAR WARS toys. Today it's the 2015 Han Solo and Tauntaun from "The Black Series." STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENSLucasfilmDisneyStar WarsHasbroKennerForce Friday…
  • PROJECT Mc2: Rockin' with S.T.E.A.M. & Showing Kids that Smart is the New Cool...

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:45 pm
    When it comes to learning, sometimes kids need a reminder that learning new things is fun - something that I’m told happens more often with older kids - ones that sit in that “tween age.” While my girls (The Rock Daughters™) are still much younger, we’re really working to embrace that sense of wonder, exploration and curiosity that both have. For Addie, our oldest, there’s been a growing tendency to conduct “experiments” on her own, and she generally pulls little Finn into the mix. Things can get messy, but that’s just fine as the girls develop their own first-hand methods…
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    Talking Dad Blog

  • Target Stores to Eliminate Gender-based Signage

    Christopher
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    Target Corporation has announced plans to phase-out gender-based signage throughout it’s stores. The change comes following a twitter photo criticizing the company’s decision to distinguish “building sets” and “girls’ building sets” in one of the store’s most popular toy aisles. The image ignited a social media frenzy. “But we never want guests or their families to feel frustrated or limited by the way things are presented. Over the past year, guests have raised important questions about a handful of signs in our stores that offer product suggestions based on…
  • Like Von Doom’s Victims, FANTASTIC FOUR will Explode Heads

    Christopher
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Fantastic Snore. That’s what I was thinking about following the initial 45-minutes of what has to be the most inexcusably awful and frustratingly difficult-to-watch superhero movie ever made. Deep down in the ghastly depths of movie purgatory, director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot unseats Green Lantern from its unholy throne. The task was quite simple: study the previous film-adaption of Marvel’s famed “Fantastic Four” comic book series and correct the mistakes that led to its universally hated reception. Mistake #1: do not spend the bulk of your runtime…
  • Disney DESCENDANTS DVD Giveaway – 5 Winners!

    Christopher
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:45 pm
    The Disney Channel original film Descendants is now available to own on Disney DVD! From the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical” franchise) comes this original contemporary story of classic Disney characters reinvented and the introduction of modern Disney lore. Enter this new epic universe of relatable tween characters on a journey of self-discovery. New on Disney DVD, and complete with never-before-seen bonus and a FREE bracelet! In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from…
  • A LEGO Brickumentary is one very long, very cool Toy Commercial

    Christopher
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:13 pm
    There’s not much to say about A LEGO Brickumentary other than it is a meandering 90-minute toy commercial narrated by Jason Bateman in minifig form. The documentary opens to a very brief timeline about the creation of LEGO from its founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen in Denmark in the 1930’s. The history lesson precedes a platter of self-congratulatory segments that often feel drafted by an overzealous PR department. As a result, it’s frustratingly disjointed. But LEGO superfans will relish in the behind-the-scenes peek of their beloved toy brand. Never has such an unprecedented…
  • Free Activities & HOME Blu-ray Giveaway

    Christopher
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Home is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray formats this July 28th! Download these free activity and coloring sheets to celebrate! Celebrate family, friendship and fun in the surprise smash comedy hit of the year from the creators of How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek! In DreamWorks Animation’s Home, Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet meets a girl named Tip. The two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time…the journey home. Hailed by critics as “an animated triumph” (CBS Radio News) that is “family fun with tons of heart” (Fox TV). The Home Blu-ray…
 
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • A relative’s switch to bluPLUS+ e-Cigs

    Matt Todd
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:20 pm
    This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. Readers must be 18 years of age or older. All opinions are mine alone. #bluPLUS #CollectiveBiasWe have a relative who is tired of smoking cigarettes. She’s tired of the expense. She’s tired of the mess. She’s tired of smelling like smoke everywhere she goes. Our family is happy to help her make the switch from cigarettes to bluPLUS+ e-Cigs. Because we’re also tired of the mess. And we’re tired of the smell. Everyone in our household welcomes this change and we want to do whatever we can…
  • Star Wars spoilers and a new The Force Awakens trailer (with footnotes)

    Matt Todd
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    A long time ago…Back when they did the Star Wars Special Edition releases in 1997, I became a big fan of the website that was known as Red 5. The site leaked all kinds of information about the changes that were expected. I’m sure I visited that site several times a day in anticipation of this re-release. I’m a bit ashamed to admit it, but when the movies were finally released, I almost felt a little bit of Star Wars fatigue.I know. That’s borderline blasphemy.But it’s true. And I think some of it had to do with the fact that I was following all of the leaked…
  • Mihret in the Spotlight

    Matt Todd
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    You know, Christy and I think that Mihret is a pretty special little girl. I know, I know. We’re supposed to think that way because she’s our daughter. But she really is. I promise. And I have proof outside of our own objective biased opinion.You can ask the principal at her school. And you can also ask our district’s School Board. At the beginning of each School Board meeting, our district invites a school to shine a spotlight on one of their students. The schools rotate throughout the year. That gives each school two opportunities throughout the year to present a student…
  • Please stop running bus stop signs.

    Matt Todd
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    On the day a friend of mine received her driver’s license, she took her older brothers out for a drive. As they came up to an empty intersection, her brothers urged her to drive on through.“You can ignore the stop signs that have a white border. They’re optional,” they argued.She was convinced. And she rolled right through that intersection.Her brothers were shocked. They didn’t think she’d believe them. But they were the experienced drivers and she was just getting started. So she fell for their joke.In the end, it was just a silly prank that older…
  • Amazingly simple Peach Cobbler

    Matt Todd
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    There are few things better than sharing a dessert while sitting around a campfire at the end of a long day of camping. When you think of desserts cooked by campfire, you might think of the common ones: s’mores or baked apples. They’re great treats to have on a campout, or even at home. One of my favorite desserts from my Scouting days was a little more fancy. In reality, though, this dessert might be easier to make than s’mores. It’s peach cobbler. It’s so good. And it’s so amazingly simple to make.I learned how to bake this dessert in a Dutch Oven. But I…
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    The Amateur Dad

  • 5 Ways To NOT Hate Your Toddler

    theamateurdad
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Let’s face it. You clicked on this link for 1 of 2 reasons (or both): A – You can’t stand your toddler right now. and B – You could use some advice on the topic. Well like you, I have little patience as a dad. I cannot stand my toddler right now. Actually there are times I really just HATE him. Yeah  I said it, “I HATE MY TODDLER!!!” There. I feel better now. So with that over with, you as a reader will fall into one of 2 groups: 1 – The “I can’t believe you said you hate you own child!” group. or 2 – The “Finally…
  • How to Influence Our Kids the Right Way

    theamateurdad
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    You know when you know something about yourself, but refuse to admit it to yourself? Only to have someone else say it to you. Yeah, been there recently and it wasn’t fun. Because it was my 11 year son that decided to speak the truth to me. “Dad, I never wanted to play football. I only did it for you…..” BOOM. Yep. My first born, my own flesh and blood, called me out for living vicariously through him (He wasn’t supposed to know that!!). In reality I think I was fooling myself. While he is athletic, my son’s true talents and gifting are in other amazing…
  • 18 Ways to Be More Positive at Work

    theamateurdad
    8 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    I don’t know about you but I suffer from a “love / hate” relationship with work. Some days I love my job  and find purpose in it. Other times I can’t stand the place. I get it, not all of you feel the same way. There are some of you who hate all aspects of your job/career. Then there are some of you who love every minute of what you do for a living.   In the same way having a great day at work can completely change the atmosphere in your home and family   Whatever it is, as a parent, having a good work/life balance is probably something we all strive for.
  • Tool Box: How to Shake Things Up for Breakfast

    theamateurdad
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    The Tool Box is a monthly feature that covers practical help on everyday issues for Fathers. Okay Dads, I don’t know about you, but I find a bit redundant when its my day to prepare breakfast, which is usually on the weekends. The classics always seem to come out first: Eggs, toast, cereal, etc. And then there are breakfast mornings like this: Pancakes, waffles, sausages, hash browns, bacon, bacon, bac……okay you get the point. Yet still, there’s nothing really special or memorable about the mornings once the meal is over. Sure, kids will love you for making anything…
  • If You Want Your Kids to Succeed in Life, Do This

    theamateurdad
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    I think its pretty obvious we all want the same thing. As Dads and parents alike, we want our kids to be successful in life and all phases of it as they grow and mature. But how do we do that? How can we set them on track for guaranteed success. Is there even a set formula that works? While I know that failure is inevitable in life and that we will have to help our kids through their own challenges as they cross through each age threshold of being a kid. I also believe we can increase the percentage of them succeeding beyond anything we could have hoped for by applying one simple step. What…
 
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    City Dads Group

  • Is that Movie Age Appropriate?

    Adam Gertsacov
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Over the summer, two parents I respect told me they took their 6-year-old children to see the Avengers Movie – Age of Ultron. I was a little surprised as I’ve made ALL of the Marvel movies off limits for my 6-year-old, much to his dismay. He is a big Marvel/Avengers fan from Disney Infinity, and has seen a bunch of the old Spider-Man cartoons where some Avengers make an appearance. I’m a Marvel fan as well (long time reader, nearly 2000 comic books still collected) and while I’m excited to see his interest, and want to share it with him, I’m also concerned.
  • 9 (Fairly Dubious) Parenting Superpowers

    Mike Julianelle
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Photo: PublicDomainPictures.net Over the past five years, I’ve acquired some amazing talents that never would have manifested if I weren’t responsible for a child. Because with great responsibility comes great power … Speed Reading I had no idea how fast I could read until my son begged for his third bedtime story and my beer was left all half-finished and increasingly warm in the other room. Suddenly I summoned the will to finish “David Gets in Trouble” in less than 60 seconds! I can get it down to 30 if I skip pages. WHICH I DO. Gluttony A deadly sin and a talent every parent…
  • Catch a Spitting Star

    Homemaker Man
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re in the car the other day and I’m listening to the kids in the back. They are doing copious amounts of wet, sloppy, phlegmy raspberries into thin air. Over and over again. Little spit bombs exploding all over the backseat of the car. Then I hear the Peanut say, “Pumpkin Man. Catch them! Catch them!” I manage a glance over my shoulder, something I’m loathe to do as I really don’t like to get involved back there. I hazard a glance and I see fine, fine sprays of saliva in the air, the kids hands clapping madly through it, trying to make a catch. Awesome.
  • 10 Must-Know Tips for Dads-To-Be

    Chris Bernholdt
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Photo: Chris Bernholdt Your first kid is going to scare the crap out of you and, at the same time, make you cry with happiness. I was scared that I was going to do something wrong. The first time I changed my son’s diaper, I was shaking so hard I could barely do it. All the while, my wife laughed the entire time. That helped. This year, my son turned 10 years old. My baby is becoming more than just that little boy. If I knew then what I know now it sure would be a whole lot easier so I’ve put together 10 tips for new fathers. I did all the research, so you’re welcome.
  • National Geographic Teaches Kids to Take Photos Like a Pro

    Zach Rosenberg
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography by Nancy Honovich and Annie Griffiths People are sharing photos more than ever. With cameras on our cellphones, and a multitude of sites where we can share our images, people of all ages are looking to create compelling photos that tell their story. And since children are learning to shoot photos as well, they need a kid-friendly resource that will get them thinking like a photographer without intimidating them. National Geographic created an engaging book for kids with that in mind. National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography brings kids pro…
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    Father Nerds Best

  • App Review - ABCMouse

    12 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    If you've read any of my previous posts about kids and technology, you'll know that I am a staunch supporter of using it as a learning tool. Technology is not to be feared and banned, but rather to be utilized in a child's development. It's with that thinking that I decided to introduce a new feature on my site - app reviews. There are a ton of apps out there for children and some are pretty lousy. It's my hope that by in pointing out some of the better ones, you're better prepared to let technology help your children learn and for parents to become less hesitant to utilize it. Technology…
  • Why Vacations Matter

    10 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    The ideal vacation pre-kids vs. the ideal vacation post kids looks vastly different to the young family. Pre-kid, my wife and I would find somewhere we could go out to dinner a lot, maybe spend quality time somewhere, possibly experience nightlife, and stay out later doing things. Post kids, it's all about the family time and making sure naps can happen with as little interference as possible. These two vacation scenarios may be vastly different in appeal and approach, but one things remain constant between the two, they are both absolutely necessary.Ever since I was a kid, my family has done…
  • Quick Last Minute Gift Ideas for Father's Day - Books

    10 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Father's Day is right around the corner. There are a number of things you can get dad this year, least of which is your time and love will, which will be most appreciated. But, if you want something small to get your dad/spouse before Sunday, I have you covered with a few last minute gift ideas. I was given the chance to review a couple books and heard about another that would make excellent last minute gift ideas for the dad in your life. So, whether you are shopping for dad or buying for yourself, these are a couple dad friendly books that will be a hit come Father's Day next Sunday.Figure…
  • Why Video Games Aren't the Problem

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

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

  • Legoland California | 7 Tips & Travel Review

    Mike Granek
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Legoland California | 7 Tips & Travel Review by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. After visiting Legoland California Resort with his family, Mike from TopDaddies shares his 7 tips for visiting the park. What Is Mike Wearing? Check out the awesome Skechers shoes Mike is wearing in the video: Men’s Relaxed Fit: Expected – Mellor The post Legoland California | 7 Tips & Travel Review was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • Choosing The Right Kids Shoes For Back To School

    Mike Granek
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Choosing The Right Kids Shoes For Back To School by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike & his kids visit Sport Chek to pick out some shoes for back to school. Mike learns about what to look for when picking shoes for your kids and finds out about an amazing contest where you could win a ski trip for your family. ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN! a Rafflecopter giveaway Contest / Giveaway is open to all residents of Canada only excluding Quebec. For full contest / giveaway rules click here: CONTEST RULES Find out more about and enter the Skechers & Sport Check Snowcation contest…
  • KidCo PeaPod Baby Travel Bed Review & Giveaway!

    Mike Granek
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:07 pm
    KidCo PeaPod Baby Travel Bed Review & Giveaway! by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN! a Rafflecopter giveaway Contest / Giveaway is open to all residents of the contiguous 48 United States & Canada only excluding Quebec. For full contest / giveaway rules click here: CONTEST RULES About The Video Mike from TopDaddies.com reviews the KidCo PeaPod Travel Bed for baby. The PeaPod is the basic version accommodating children from 1-3 years of age. It comes fully assembled with a Micro-Lite sleeping pad already attached to the floor. This model also…
  • Portland Oregon | Family Travel Review & One-Day Guide

    Mike Granek
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:21 am
    Portland Oregon | Family Travel Review & One-Day Guide by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. About The Video On a road trip from Vancouver, BC to California, Mike & his family visit Portland, Oregon! With only one day to tour around, they choose to visit some family friendly attractions including the Portland Children’s Museum, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, Discovery Museum World Forestry Center and some food trucks for dinner! Mike also talks a bit about the city and some other things you could see while visiting with your family & kids. For more…
  • Healthy Blueberry Popsicles That Even Baby Can Have!

    Mike Granek
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Healthy Blueberry Popsicles That Even Baby Can Have! by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Using our Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker, we show how easy it is to make healthy blueberry popsicles that even baby can have! To make it easy for baby to eat, we used a Nuby Nibbler. The Nuby Nibbler is a great product for introducing your baby to soft whole foods without worrying about baby choking. All you have to do is put fresh fruit or vegetables in the mesh bag, squeeze and twist the handle to keep it from opening, and baby is ready to eat. Your baby can then chew and suck the food through the…
 
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  • New encouraging dad book released on Amazon!

    admin
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:19 pm
    The next book in The Dad Story Project series is up on Amazon and ready to read! The Tug of the String is another collection of 15 encouraging stories about being a dad and a husband and growing up with kids. There will be free-download period on Amazon from September 6 – 10. (But even if you have to buy it, it’s only 99 cents!) It had only been up about a couple of hours when the first nice comments began coming in: “The name and front cover say it all, and you will understand after you read the book! Yes, more short stories based on the author’s life and family. If…
  • Sucking up the ladybugs

    admin
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    I could never be single. My wife Karen and I do lots of stuff together. Have for over three decades. We don’t live extravagantly. Can’t afford it. Wouldn’t do it anyway. And so our days are simple and straightforward, ordinary; some might even think them lackluster and pedestrian. We recently cleaned out our shed, for instance. Nasty building, that old shed. In the not-so distant past when our daughter was in her “personal zoo” stage it housed chickens and rabbits, and is currently catch-all place for old farm and garden junk of all kinds, dead snow blowers, broken tools, empty fuel…
  • The girl in the crowd

    admin
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    [This first appeared in my hometown paper, The Bridgton News, in the spring of 2014] On paper I am the dumbest person in my family. Although I have a college degree, my son (the marine engineer) is twice as educated as I am, and my wife (the nutritionist) and my daughter (the exercise physiologist and soon-to-be physical therapy assistant) both have thrice the post-secondary schooling. I’m not ashamed or threatened by any of this, of course, because I have no problems with insecurity — plus, I’m losing my hair, which helps. It does, however, make it more logical (in a Spock-like sort of…
  • A long for the fork

    admin
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:38 am
    High from the north the new summer dawn slants in early, golden and burning above the distant ridge and slicing through a muggy haze over the meadow and blazing in through the window, streaking and glinting across the top of our dining room table. I bought the table sixteen years ago, new but unfinished, sanding it for hours, kneeling low to eye its surface for every imperfection, running my hand over the things I couldn’t see, then sanding again. I didn’t stain it, but left it natural, having on good authority the trust that over time it would deepen and darken under all the layers of…
  • Waving at the offspring

    admin
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    I thought I was alone in the house that evening so when I went in to take a bath I closed the curtain around the tub but left the door half open. I’m lying there, gently simmering with a good book, and my 21 year-old daughter just barges right in. “Oh! Hi Dad.” “Yikes! I’m naked!” I shout from under the suds. “Um, considering where you are, if you weren’t naked, I’d be concerned.” And then Amanda just sits down on the toilet lid and we spend the next twenty minutes talking about her day through a plastic curtain with butterflies on it. And then mom comes home and she’s…
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