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  • 3 Bad Moments in Advertising for Parents

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    Charlie
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Advertising has hit an all-new level of weird, guys. Not only are advertisers taking over social networks and the entire internet with paid ads, but sometimes these “marketers” lack in creativity and common sense often found in the hands of thoughtful artists and publishers so much that we are subjected to some really ridiculous media. Besides the “dumb dad” and “just for moms” messages that we routinely hear, there is just simple “badvertising.” Here are a things I’ve found while roaming around the internet. If you see any, post them here…
  • Bodengleiche Dusche fliesen – diese Tipps müssen beim Verlegen beachtet werden

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    Marian
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Wer sein Bad modern einrichten möchte, entscheidet sich häufig für eine ebenerdige bzw. bodengleiche Dusche. Sie ist zum einen elegant und ästhetisch und zum anderen auch praktisch. Gerade für ältere Menschen ist es eine Erleichterung, einfach in die Dusche gehen zu können, ohne steigen zu müssen. Gerade bei kleineren Badezimmern ist so eine Dusche auch eine Möglichkeit, den Raum optisch zu vergrößern. Wer handwerklich etwas geschickt ist, die richtige Anleitung erhält und das passende Material kauft, kann eine solche Dusche durchaus selbst einbauen. Die Vorbereitung des…
  • Never Say Never!

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    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:08 pm
    State Farm has nailed the male experience with its latest “NEVER” commercial. The dude tells his buds how he’s never ever going to get married then he’s in the jewelry store getting the rock… and well you know the rest!  
  • Boys Night – Chrysler 200

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

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    Mike Johnson
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Here’s what tends to happen in my house during the holidays… My wife sends me a spreadsheet or shared Evernote note of things she wants to buy each of our four daughters for Christmas. I say something like, “looks cool, I’ll look at it more later.” I never look at it. She pings me again to take a look and give feedback. I give her another head fake. Because she’s getting zero participation from her husband, she goes online and strategically buys awesome gifts for our kids while elegantly maximizing our budget for the holiday. Then, because I’m a jerk…
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  • Bodengleiche Dusche fliesen – diese Tipps müssen beim Verlegen beachtet werden

    Marian
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Wer sein Bad modern einrichten möchte, entscheidet sich häufig für eine ebenerdige bzw. bodengleiche Dusche. Sie ist zum einen elegant und ästhetisch und zum anderen auch praktisch. Gerade für ältere Menschen ist es eine Erleichterung, einfach in die Dusche gehen zu können, ohne steigen zu müssen. Gerade bei kleineren Badezimmern ist so eine Dusche auch eine Möglichkeit, den Raum optisch zu vergrößern. Wer handwerklich etwas geschickt ist, die richtige Anleitung erhält und das passende Material kauft, kann eine solche Dusche durchaus selbst einbauen. Die Vorbereitung des…
  • Die richtige Pflege für ein Gartenhaus aus Holz

    Marian
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Schon bei der Planung eines Gartenhauses entscheidet man mit über den späteren Pflegeaufwand und macht sich die künftig notwendig werdende Arbeit eventuell schwerer als es sein muss. Holz des Gartenhauses bestimmt die Pflege Es beginnt mit der Auswahl des Holzes, aus dem das Gartenhaus besteht. Hier gibt es Sorten, die witterungsbeständiger sind als andere. Wählt man aus optischen oder Kostengründen eine Sorte, die empfindlicher auf Umwelteinflüsse wie Regen, Wind und UV-Strahlung reagiert, erhöht man damit automatisch den späteren Pflegeaufwand. Auch die Platzierung des Hauses auf…
  • Gardena Spaltaxt 2800 S und Universalbeil 900 B im Test – Holz hacken war noch nie so einfach

    Marian
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Die Gardena Spaltaxt 2800 S und das Universalbeil 900 B sind die größte und die kleinste Axt des Gartengeräte-Herstellers Gardena. Die in den für Gardena typischen Farben Blau und Schwarz gehaltenen Äxte unterscheiden sich in Bezug auf Material und Konstruktion von Äxten anderer Hersteller. Statt der üblichen Kombination von Stahl und Holz verwendet Gardena hier Stahl und glasfaserverstärkten Kunststoff (GFK), wie er auch bei der Herstellung von Flugzeugen und Booten verwendet wird. Außerdem werden bei der Spaltaxt 2800 S und ihrem kleineren Pendant nicht wie sonst üblich der Kopf…
  • Boxspringbetten: Ihr besonderer Aufbau sorgt für hohen Schlaf-Komfort

    Marian
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Kein Wunder, dass ihre Fanbase immer größer wird: Boxspringbetten sind eine Wohltat für den Rücken und garantieren so eine erholsame Nachtruhe. Verantwortlich für den hohen Liegekomfort ist ihr stattlicher Aufbau. Doch aus welchen Bestandteilen besteht eigentlich das Trend-Bett aus Amerika? Unterbau oder Untermatratze Die Basis eines Boxspringbettes besteht aus dem sogenannten Unterbau, der auch als Boxspring oder Untermatratze bezeichnet wird. Wichtig ist eine gute Qualität des Unterbaus, damit das komplette System halten kann, was es verspricht. Viele Innenausstatter wie zum Beispiel…
  • Ab wann ist der Stromanbieterwechsel am lukrativsten?

    Marian
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Sind sie auch immer etwas schockiert wenn die viel zu hohe Stromrechnung ins Haus flattert? Vielleicht hilft Ihnen, sich einen anderen Stromanbieter auszusuchen. Doch worauf kommt es eigentlich an, welchen Anbieter man auswählt. Studien haben gezeigt, dass sich durch die Wahl des richtigen Stromanbieters bis zu 500€ sparen lassen. Für diese Summe sollte man schon etwas Zeit investieren und sich einmal Gedanken darüber machen, ob ein Anbieterwechsel oder vielleicht Einsparungen im Hause in Frage kommen. Viele beziehen ihren Strom vom örtlichen Grundversorger. Obwohl, das sicher die…
 
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  • Never Say Never!

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

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

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

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

    Doriano "Paisano" Carta
    26 Sep 2013 | 6:53 pm
    I was blown away by this Reader’s Digest piece called “FATHER FORGETS” by W. Livingston Larned which was printed a long time ago. It’s the type of thing that would go viral today had it come out now. The kind of thing that everyone shares in emails before the social interwebs came on the scene. As a father of three and under a great deal of pressure juggling many things at once, I have been guilty of forgetting what’s most important in life on occasion. I will use this as a reminder to stop myself from ever getting upset with my children and never lose sight of…
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  • Boys Night – Chrysler 200

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

    concretin_nik
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    As a DadBlogger, the internet today would have me believe I should be outraged with Kix cereal and the “Kid Tested. Mother Approved” tag line. Sure, it could say Dad Approved. Or perhaps, Parent approved. But guess, what? (ChickenButt) I don’t care. It really doesn’t bother me. They’re not dissing Dads like so many companies and sitcoms. Just stating that Moms dig ‘em. Well, me too. And now, even MORE. Why? I’m glad you asked. Crafting. That’s right… cardboard, construction paper, glue sticks, and make-a-mess-with-your-kids creativity. Kix has launched new packaging with…
  • GenderBent Halloween 2014

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

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

    Mike Johnson
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Here’s what tends to happen in my house during the holidays… My wife sends me a spreadsheet or shared Evernote note of things she wants to buy each of our four daughters for Christmas. I say something like, “looks cool, I’ll look at it more later.” I never look at it. She pings me again to take a look and give feedback. I give her another head fake. Because she’s getting zero participation from her husband, she goes online and strategically buys awesome gifts for our kids while elegantly maximizing our budget for the holiday. Then, because I’m a jerk…
  • Awesome Motivational Video Reminds Us to be the Tortoise Not the Hare

    Mike Johnson
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
    I thought this video was really well done and absolutely reminded me of the need to take things slower; appreciate the journey and not to get caught up in all of the things that are constantly being thrown our way. Check out the 3 minute video above by the Zach Kempf and Executive Producer Jacob Hoehne of Issimo Productions. [design taxi] The post Awesome Motivational Video Reminds Us to be the Tortoise Not the Hare appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • Lego Built Kids Room from the 80’s Brings Back Memories

    Mike Johnson
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The folks at LegoJalex built this awesome Lego model of a kid’s room from the 80’s. The beauty is in the details of the toys that make up that era…oh and I definitely had that light in my room as a kid. The top of it used to burn my hand non stop. [the brothers brick] The post Lego Built Kids Room from the 80’s Brings Back Memories appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • Infographic: 7 Sleep Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making and How to Fix Them

    Mike Johnson
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Besides money, there is one resource that most parents need more of…that’s sleep. If I see sleep information while scouring the interwebs, I like to share it with my friends. Here’s a pretty informative infographic from the blog of a UK bed and furniture company called Dreams. Graphic is below. I’m certainly guilty of drinking coffee too late in the day and the occasional nightcap… The post Infographic: 7 Sleep Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making and How to Fix Them appeared first on Playground Dad.
  • 5 SKIPPY Peanut Butter Recipes For Your Holiday Season

    Playground Dad Staff
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Need some recipe ideas this holiday season? You are in luck! We have joined forces with SKIPPY Peanut Butter to bring you new cooking material for your arsenal of holiday recipes. There’s something for every sweet tooth in your family. Check out our top 5 peanut butter recipe recommendations for this holiday season! Peanut Butter Chocolate Drop Cookies: Santa Clause just ordered 2 dozen of these delicious cookies. Spice up your warm peanut butter cookie by dropping a chocolate candy in the center. Santa Clause will eat every cookie on the plate. Fluffy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes:…
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  • Dad Uses His Kid as a Human Drum Machine (VIDEO)

    Andy
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    If rhythm was a language, it’s clear I’d have both a stutter and Tourette’s. I can’t tap out the simplest beat on my steering wheel, let alone my kids. So, this video is super specially especially amazing to me. It’s not okay to beat your kid… unless you’re harmlessly dropping mad beats like this dad. Really though, the most amazing part of this short video is the sounds that come out of this boy once he starts giggling. You’ll probably need to watch it at least twice to believe it. Source: AtticusAvenue   Follow us on Facebook. You don’t…
  • What It’s Like Being A Parent: Part Eight

    Charlie
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:38 am
    Last time, we described what it’s like having twins. Today, let’s talk about friendship, shall we? Friendship with kids is unlike any other kind human relationship. Between the volatility, lack of cohesive thought, and quicksilver amendments, kid friendship borders on looking like an abusive relationship with a stuffed animal. But rather than type all the words about it, why don’t I just show you the perfect example of what childhood friendship looks like. This video says it all. What It’s Like Being A Parent: Part One Let’s start from the beginning. It’s a…
  • Robots Will Want Babies Too

    Andy
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Let’s face it. Science fiction has done a pretty interstellar job of predicting the future. Computers, smartphones, lasers, 3D printing, space travel, velcro, all fortune-told by sci-fi long long ago in a galaxy, well… right here. Of course we’ll impose our stereotypes and body-image issues onto robots, so they’re not likely to look like a floating roboctopus. Countless movies and books have depicted a world with robots built to serve mankind, which then become artificially intelligent, a race of sentient beings that live among us. It may not be a question of IF there will…
  • “Zebras” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

    Andy
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Playing with a little kid can turn into a wild goose chase, or zebra chase as the case may be. When searching, parent’s have pretty poor vision when it comes to being able to see where the fictional characters of a toddler mind may be, so you’re completely reliant on them as your guide in the wild safari of their imaginations. It may take a while, but kids are expert trackers. Just follow their lead. Everywhere. Subscribe to ConvosWith2YrOld to follow the series. (Liking, favoriting and commenting helps videos on YouTube, so go nuts.)   Follow us on Facebook. No zebras there,…
  • 3 Bad Moments in Advertising for Parents

    Charlie
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Advertising has hit an all-new level of weird, guys. Not only are advertisers taking over social networks and the entire internet with paid ads, but sometimes these “marketers” lack in creativity and common sense often found in the hands of thoughtful artists and publishers so much that we are subjected to some really ridiculous media. Besides the “dumb dad” and “just for moms” messages that we routinely hear, there is just simple “badvertising.” Here are a things I’ve found while roaming around the internet. If you see any, post them here…
 
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  • shhhhhhh – field notes stocking stuffers.

    snowdeal
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
    kris was bummed when her field notes pen broke due to some mishap or another and odin loves pencils. glad i actually remembered to order them as stocking stuffers ( and threw in a steno book for good measure )
  • the surprising ways that chickens changed the world

    snowdeal
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    “But when I started to dig into it, I discovered that the chicken has actually played more roles across human history, in more societies, than any other animal, and I include the dog and the cat and cows and pigs. The chicken is a kind of a zelig of human history, which pops up in all kinds of different societies.” national geographic
  • day 3822: getting trounced by kris and odin while playing cribbage at the driftless cafe.

    snowdeal
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:39 pm
    one of life’s little pleasures in the driftless region – hanging out at the driftless cafe playing cribbage with kris and odin while waiting for local, organic dinner to be served. the lake louie ipa makes the impending defeat just a little easier. the cafe is a special place and they have a kickstarter thing going to help fund their expansion. check it out and feel free to kick in a few bucks whether or not you live in the area
  • how the halo effect turns uncertainty into false certainty

    snowdeal
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:10 pm
    “When faced with a set of complex information, you tend to turn the volume down on the things that are difficult to quantify and evaluate and instead focus on the few things (sometimes the one thing) that is most tangible and concrete. You then use the way you feel about what is more-salient to determine how you feel about the things that are less-salient, even if the other traits are unrelated.” boingboing
  • a good night’s sleep is hard to find

    snowdeal
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    “Cue Thomas Edison, whose invention of the light bulb revolutionized and regularized sleeping schedules, eliminating segmented sleeping: The longer a house had lighting, the later a household would go to bed. Electricity had elbowed out night-waking, along with its valuable qualities. “By turning night into day,” wrote Ekirch, “modern technology has obstructed our oldest avenue to the human psyche, making us, to invoke the words of the 17th-century English playwright Thomas Middleton, ‘disannulled of our first sleep, and cheated of our dreams and fantasies.’” Wehr agreed,…
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  • Dad is Santa Claus #Christmas #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
  • Too Old to Party #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    It was my birthday recently and we were invited to a big gala charity event. Before the entertainment began, my wife was nodding off. When she briefly awoke, she nudged me and said, “Let’s go.” Usually, I’m there right beside her wanting to leave and go home to sleep. This time I actually wanted to stay, but you know the saying, “Happy Wife, Happy Life,” so we left and looking on the bright side, we didn’t have to wait long for our car at the valet! That, however, is the only bright side of this story. By my unscientific observation I was perhaps the oldest person in the room.
  • Groovin’ with The Manhattan Transfer at #Christmas Time

    Bruce Sallan
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Enjoy some clips from the December 16, 2014 Christmas Show of The Manhattan Transfer at Disney Hall in Downtown Los Angeles!
  • Men vs. Women: Aging #DadChat

    Bruce Sallan
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Ahhh, is there anything more different between men and women than aging? Are our attitudes aligned in any aspect of this topic? Let’s explore this in our 23rd column in the Men vs. Women (blog) series! I ALWAYS add the caveat that my observations are unscientific, casual, and that there are exceptions to every one. But, generalities are based in realities so have fun with this column (and series) and don’t have a cow if you disagree, BUT feel free to say so in a comment! Aging. Something we all do – hopefully. But, do men and women age the same as far as their behavior and attitude?
  • The #Christmas Music Radio Show That Never Gets Old!

    Bruce Sallan
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Featured guests: Best Christmas Music Special with Special Guests: Dean Martin, The Beach Boys, Brenda Lee, The Jackson Five, Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, The Sallan Boys, The Andrews Sisters, The Ventures, The Ronnettes, Kate Smith, The Drifters, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Bruce Springsteen, The Dickies, Gene Autry, Bobby Helms, The Cadillacs, The Four Seasons, Darlene Love, The Crystals, Shedaisy, Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Boyd, Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Peter, Paul & Mary, Jose Feliciano, Burl Ives, Eartha Kitt, and Spike Jones. This…
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  • My procrastination means that Mini Hornit is the entire BusyDad Gift Guide

    Jim Lin
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A few months ago, I got a pitch for a cool kids' gadget. It's called the Mini Hornit, and it's a bicycle horn/light that makes a bunch of different sounds and lights. I usually would have passed on it, but all the kids had coincidentally acquired new bikes this year, so I sent an email back that said something along the lines of "this is really cool, but unless you can send me five, there will be bickering." That usually thwarts my having to open this blog and put words in it. But not this time. They sent me five. Man! Foiled by generosity.So here I am, months later. I've…
  • The OneDay App is really a diabolical time machine disguised as an easy movie maker

    Jim Lin
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Don’t be fooled! There’s an app out there called the OneDay App. It’s this free app that supposedly helps you create really cool “interview” movies of your loved ones answering questions without requiring any editing skills whatsoever. In fact, you do it all via your smartphone. They asked me to try it out and even compensated me for it (for those of you more comfortable with legalese, “the following post is a sponsored piece of content” and for those more comfortable with Jim-ese “I played with a wicked cool app and will now entertain you with content I made with it…
  • Fried Chicken Fried Rice. Y'all.

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

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

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

    greg
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Susan Copich's Domestic Bliss photographs look like pathological, dystopian stock photography, a Stepford Cindy Sherman, about as funny as an electrocution in the tub. I hope she makes a million dollars from them. They've been turning up on various websites who have a more nuanced view of copyright, ranging from the brazenly infringey to the fairest of uses. I was going to post one here, but between the images and this text All Artworks on this Website are Copyright © by Artist Susan Copich and may not be copied, linked to, distributed, downloaded, modified, reused, reposited, reproduced or…
  • Onesie Shopper Does Not Simply Walk Into CIA Gift Shop

    greg
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The Washington Post went shopping at various government agency gift shops, and all I got is this CIA Onesie made in one of the Agency's growth markets: Pakistan. Kind of has a Circle of Life-level warm fuzziness to it, doesn't it? The CIA gift shop is, alas, not open to the public. There is also a teddy bear with a black leather vest and a DEA logo embroidered to its chest, which seems like a prop in a nature vs. nurture experiment for kinkiness. Have fun with that one. Gifts of cheer -- from mugs to microbe toys -- from your friends at the FBI, CIA and NIH [washingtonpost]
  • DT Friday Freakout: Pollution Causes Autism, Vacctivism Causes Whooping Cough Edition

    greg
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    As far as Friday Freakouts go, this is it. It's like having a drought and a flood at the same time. Not coincidentally. There is a whooping cough wave crashing on California right now. We're closing in on 10,000 cases in 2014, a 24% increase over last year. The cause is unvaccinated yuppy hippy children. Whose parents read blogs and facebooks and stop vaccinating their children because they hear it causes autism. It does not. Just vaccinate your kids already, or they will get pertussis when it comes around. But autism? What about autism, you say? AH, BUT AUTISM IS CAUSED BY CARS. A new…
  • Eames For Vintage Kids

    greg
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    Some magic Eames moments from my recent immersion in the archives of esoteric survey: Here is Baby Valastro perched on the family's red CTM coffee table. The Valastros used their wedding money in 1954 to buy a houseful of Eames furniture, which they lived with for 50 years. JF Chen bought it all, and David Ostroff made a book documenting their modernist life.[pics here] And here's a snapshot from an Eames for Kids roundup which I assume is an actual Eames Kid? That does not compute. How old are Lucia's kids? Does this make the giant rooster mask a grandparent project. HAHA, NO, turns out the…
  • OG Craig Ellwood Bunk Beds

    greg
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    In 1955-7, Jerrold Lomax, working at Craig Ellwood's architecture firm, designed basically the greatest Southern California modernist beach house ever: the 2BR, 1,350-sq ft Hunt House in Malibu. Ellwood's firm also designed the amazing bunk beds seen above, in vintage photos from Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California. Whoever grew up sleeping in those beds apparently survived, because the house didn't come up for sale until 2012, which is when the modern design gurus from Esoteric Survey visited, and found the bed was still there, with only the slightest of alterations: a safety rail made…
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  • Nest for Geeks – holiday gift ideas

    Ken
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:16 pm
    There are only a few days left before Christmas. If you’re still looking for a gift idea, think about one of the cool Nest gadgets. They are nerdy gifts for the geek in your life. Read more: Nest for Geeks – holiday gift ideas Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • Pumping Iron Giveaway Winners

    Ken
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    Good morning, dads and moms. Christmas is only five days away and I still have to get a couple more gifts. Before I go, I have two winner announcements this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad blog. M-GO Movies Giveaway (dad blog, ends 12/20) Peter Pan Live! DVD Giveaway (dad blog, ends 12/24) MGM Movie Classics Giveaway (dad blog, ends 12/26) Angels Sing DVD Giveaway (dad blog, ends 12/27) Read more: Pumping Iron Giveaway Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a…
  • Angels Sing DVD Giveaway

    Ken
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I reviewed Angels Sing earlier in the week. Now’s your chance to win the DVD on my dad blog. Angels Sing is about a man who doesn’t like Christmas. The film stars Harry Connick Jr. and Connie Britton. It is a movie that the whole family can watch and enjoy during the holidays. Angels Sing (Cowgirl Up) is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. Read more: Angels Sing DVD Giveaway Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014 Online Destiny Ltd : : Daddy Forever is a trademark of Online Destiny Ltd
  • MGM Movies Classics Giveaway – win Princess Bride, Legally Blonde, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Ken
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Are you looking for a stocking stuffer idea? If you are, you should consider a classic from MGM’s movie library: The Princess Bride, Legally Blonde, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The Secret of NIMH and The Pebble and the Penguin. BTW, MGM is celebrating its 90th anniversary. As part of the celebration, I’m giving away a Blu-ray prize pack on my dad blog. The prize pack consists of Princess Bride, Legally Blonde, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Read more: MGM Movies Classics Giveaway – win Princess Bride, Legally Blonde, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Daddy Forever…
  • 5 Things About the Angel Sing DVD

    Ken
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    I received the Angels Sing DVD for review on my dad blog. The movie is about a man who can’t get into Christmas. In fact, he dislikes Christmas and thinks the holiday is over commercialized. Angels Sing isn’t the greatest holiday film ever, but it is a movie the whole family can watch and enjoy during the holidays. It stars Harry Connick Jr. and Connie Britton. Angels Sing (Cowgirl Up) is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading to learn five things about Angels Sing. Read more: 5 Things About the Angel Sing DVD Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog |…
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  • The Path of Least Resistance

    Brett Nordquist
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    I stood at the Qdoba register fumbling for my loyalty card when I realized I’d given up. Life has become a sea of suckage, and I’m tired of swimming in it. Remember when, to pay for a meal, you handed cash or a credit card to your friendly cashier? The transaction took less than 20 seconds. You give me food in exchange for money. But loyalty cards add an extra layer of negotiation.  Am I paying more because I’m not as loyal? Are there some amazing benefits the card affords me? I don’t know. But I long for days of the simple transaction. No, “Do you have a Qboda card?” No…
  • Haircuts

    Brett Nordquist
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    A friend from grade school shared with me that he had asked to be released from a time-consuming church calling to spend more time with his children. Another friend lamented how his son had recently left for college, and he wished they had spent more time together. My 6-year old son approached me after school, and asked if I’d play a computer game with him. What we do together matters little. He’ll throw a semi-flat football with me in the house until I tire out. “Sure, I’ll play with you. Just give me a few minutes to finish my work.” Just a few minutes turned…
  • Controlling God

    Brett Nordquist
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I used to believe that I could control God. I know that sounds odd. It feels strange to write it out and read it, but it’s the truth. From a young age I was taught that god was watching my every move. Not only was he watching what I did and said, but he could read my thoughts. Based on that information, god would divvy out rewards based on how closely they matched his rule book. His rule book consisted of what I was taught at church and included a lot of “don’ts”. Don’t date till you’re 16. Don’t think impure thoughts. Don’t drink coffee, tea or alcohol. Don’t have sex till…
  • Tactile Joy

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

    Brett Nordquist
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    My brother-in-law recommend a film called Searching for Sugar Man. I began listening to the soundtrack and came across this song.
 
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  • I Hated Driving the 2015 BMW M3…Here’s Why!

    Michael Sheehan
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    It’s not often that I really hate driving a car. But I just had to say it this time. I got to drive the 2015 BMW M3 for about ten days and I hated it. Honestly though, it really had nothing to do about the vehicle itself. I actually really loved the M3. It was the fact that I had to drive it in an everyday environment, that is to say, in rush-hour traffic, around the city, picking up kids down the block, you get the picture. The 2015 BMW M3 really deserves a better, more fun driving environment like a race track, in a mountain road, or on a long stretch of empty, police-free highway.
  • 20 Things to “Jump” About DISH TV, Hoppers & Joeys

    Michael Sheehan
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Uh, this review is a bit overdue. Originally, I was going to write about DISH’s “new” Hopper and Joey hardware  I actually started this review back in September  2012. But for one reason or another, I kept holding off. Part of me wanted to really use this new hardware for a while in order to fully understand it. Another part of me had a feeling that more was to come. I was actually smart in holding off. And actually, the changes kept coming from Dish. So I figured that I would draw a line in the sand and write about all of the things that my DISH environment has (as of…
  • Connected Working (or Playing) on the Go with the AT&T Unite Pro

    Michael Sheehan
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I started writing this review sitting on the sand at Stinson Beach, CA. I had the football game streaming on my WiFi-only iPad, my MacBook Air was connected to the Internet where I was uploading and downloading photos I had taken for this review, and I was synching my article with Evernote as the waves crashed in the background. My sandy office had its connectivity brought to me by a 4G LTE AT&T Unite Pro WiFi Hotspot. Finding a WiFi connection while out on-the-go can range from being difficult to being simply maddening. While HotSpots are pretty prevalent in urban environments, there is…
  • Taking the Family High Road in the 2014 Toyota Highlander

    Michael Sheehan
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    When my kids were toddlers, the minivan was the vehicle of choice with it essentially being a house on wheels. We even removed one of the seats and put a fake polar bear rug on the ground to make diaper changes a bit more cozy. Fast forward almost a decade and our mini van is long gone, replaced with an economical 4-door and a crossover. But when I got behind the wheel of the 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum SUV  I started having some visions of road trips, camping, or heading to the snow. The Highlander seemed to be a way to potentially enable those activities. SPONSORED: This review…
  • Drones, Beats and Radio Shack Means #GiftSmart Shopping

    Michael Sheehan
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Who doesn’t like when holiday gifts arrive early! And normally, you just stick those gifts under the tree or save them to open at the appropriate time, but in this case, I needed to open the package right away. The funny thing is, I knew what the gift contained and who it was from. But that didn’t matter, I couldn’t wait to play…er…let my kids play with these #GiftSmart items from Radio Shack. Underneath the appropriately red ribbon and nestled in the box were three items found at Radio Shack, specifically, the 2.4GHz RC Surveyor Drone ($59.99) and the Beats by Dr. Dre Pill 2.0…
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  • Christmas Lights: Them’s The Breaks

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The late Mel Torme, back before he croaked, sang that there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway. As I will not be outdone by any one nicknamed “The Velvet Fog,” let me croon about my developing a headache for every broken light at my house. Ooh, the colors of Hell ARE pretty … when lit. CONTINUE READING » + + + Don’t be selfish – share this on social media. The writer needs to prove to his wife what he's up to all day at home. Cheers!
  • I'm an always home and uncool #HealthyDad

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Being a #HealthyDad is all about making time for myself as well as my family. That’s why I have been working hard at working out of late, hitting the elliptical and treadmill to lose my annual summer microbrew gut.Getting enough exercise isn’t just good for the body, it is good for the mind, and when you are healthy it makes everyone around you feel healthier, too. Hence, I’m proud to be part of the #HealthyDad campaign.Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield -- which has very good to our family in dealing with Lil Diva's Juvenile Myositis treatments over the years -- knows a thing or two…
  • Lost in Political Translations

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

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

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

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It's funny, I've always written with the idea that one day, Schuyler would be old enough to understand the things I've expressed. It was a driving force behind my book, the thought that one day, she'd be able to read those pages and see what we experienced in her earliest days, and how flawed I was but how very much I loved her, even when I made mistakes. The same has gone for the online writing I've done over the years.But now, as she turns fifteen, suddenly I'm writing less for the Schuyler of the future and more for the Schuyler who exists now. She's a young woman now, taller than her…
  • Some Thoughts on a Very Very Very Bad Idea

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:11 pm
    This week at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: When news stories come out detailing the mistreatment of special needs kids, I tend to think that the best thing we can do is shine a light on them, to try to force change through awareness. I'm not always sure that actually works, though; when you turn on the lights, the roaches scatter and run under the fridge, but they don't actually go away. Maybe I'm just helping give the roaches a little exercise.
  • A Scene, and a Revelation

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Schuyler's percussion teacher doesn't sign, but rather reads lips. That's not much help with Schuyler, whose lips aren't doing a lot of heavy lifting when she speaks. And so a big part of what Schuyler is likely to get from her private percussion lessons has little to do with drumming and everything to do with communication and information exchange.
  • Then and Now

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: When I think back to my high school years, there's a significant difference between then and now. It's a difference that matters, and one that I suspect most people my age might appreciate. When I was in high school, I knew a few people with physical disabilities, but absolutely none with developmental disabilities like Schuyler's. To this day, I have no idea where they were even educated. I'm not going to suggest they were hidden away in some evil dungeon somewhere, eating bugs in the dark or whatever. For all I know, they were receiving a…
  • Thanksgiving 2014

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: I worry for Schuyler around my birthday more then usual, especially with the grey skies and desaturated colors of fall settling in for the coming months. It's just as well that Thanksgiving arrives at the same time. A day for examining the things for which I should give thanks, followed by a season of celebrating the better impulses of humanity, these might be parachutes in an otherwise rapid loss of emotional altitude. Perhaps I should simply be thankful for Thanksgiving and it's slightly contrived but much needed sense of "Quit your bitching…
 
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  • Comparing Fatherhood to a Hamburger

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    When I was young my family rarely went out save for Easter Sundays when after church we’d drive to the other side of the county to have lunch at a regional chain restaurant. For an eight year-old it was quite fancy, especially when compared to the only other eatery I had been exposed to, the one that served burger patties in a Styrophoam clam shell boxes and hadn’t yet introduced kid’s meals accompanied by little plastic toys. (Yes, I’m older than the Happy Meal.)I sometimes think of this when I take my boys out to eat which is more than when I was their age but still just enough that…
  • Still Tuning In To Kentucky Basketball with TuneIn

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Since my last post, the University Kentucky has beat, in addition to the then #6 Texas Longhorns, Eastern Kentucky, Columbia, and #21 North Carolina to maintain their #1 on ranking in men's college basketball. For all these games I was nowhere near a TV (and I don't pay for cable), so guess what? That's right. I used my TuneIn app to listen to the game, and like my original experience I was able to listen to each of the games without an issue.What was even more fun was the TuneIn feature that tied in with my social networks to let me know which of my friends were available to follow, and…
  • What's The Deal With Me And Kentucky Basketball? TuneIn

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Fun fact: For a short (I emphasis short) period I attended Liberty University. Yes, that Liberty University, which, given the school’s history and depending on what side of the liberal-conservative fence you’re planted on, may or may not seem like an interesting choice for perusing my degree in—I think it was political science? Who knows anymore? It was 20-some years ago, but whatever the case, apparently that one semester was enough to qualify me for frequent (mail) flyer miles on LU’s alumni donations list. (I swear, I could move to outer Mongolia and those guys would find…
  • Porn: A Personal History

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    I am by no means a porn fiend. I have no enslaving compulsions that keep me shackled in front of a computer screen pulsating with digital smut. In fact, my feelings about porn in general are on par with the same ambivalence I reserve for the release of another Fast and Furious movie, which is probably the reason why the whole idea of porn addiction baffles me. I’m not denying that pornography has tragically ruined lives, marriages, and families. It's just that when I think of addiction I envision gaunt junkies shooting up the second they get out of bed in the morning or douchey Wall Street…
  • Gone Girl

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

    Frederick J. Goodall
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Sometimes dads are an afterthought when it comes to gift giving. This season, you can delight your father with a gift he was always remember. If you are unsure of what to get dad for Christmas, here are 40 gift ideas that are sure to make your dad smile on Christmas morning. 1. Awesome  Dad Key Chain – Show dad how much you care with this inspirational key chain. Made of fine pewter with a antiqued finish, this sentimental piece is a gift dad will cherish ($32) 2. Fossil Grant Chronograph Leather Watch – If classic is your choice, our one-of-a-kind Grant is a wrist…
  • A Conversation on Death Row Inmate’s Mental Competency, Krispy Kreme, and How Stick Shifts can Thwart Car-jackers [Audio]

    Frederick J. Goodall
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    In this episode of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, my esteemed colleagues, Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen; Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg; Vladimir Davidiuk, Chairman of the College Republicans & Junior Senator in the Student Government Association at the University of St Thomas.; and I discuss  re-evaluation of a death row inmate’s mental competency,  the return of Krispy Kreme to Houston, and young car thieves’ being thwarted by a stick shift (you can also read my story – My First Time Driving a Manual Transmission Car).  Listen to our conversation…
  • RadioShack #GiftSmart Giveaway

    Frederick J. Goodall
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    When I was a child, one of my favorite gifts was a chemistry set I received for Christmas. I was the type of curious kid who always wanted to know how and why things worked. I’d dismantle my toys, electronics, and small household appliances. I think my mother may have bought me the chemistry set as a distraction. She probably wanted to keep me occupied to prevent the TV from becoming the object of my curiosity. I spent hours playing with that chemistry set doing experiments and concocting amazing potions that I would try out on my sister’s dolls. Now that I think about it, some…
  • Holiday Gift Guide – Hot Toys 2014

    Frederick J. Goodall
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    I love the holiday season – the food, the music, the time spent with family. One of my favorite things about the holidays is shopping for toys for my kids. I’m a big kid at heart and I love toys (I have a huge collection of Hot Wheel Cars and Super Hero Action Figures, but don’t tell my kids or else they’ll want to play with them). This year, I’d like to share my picks for the Hot Toys of 2014. I selected these items after researching the web, talking to manufacturers, and most importantly by interviewing kids. Click on the photo below to see my picks. You…
  • World Vision Colors of Africa Bracelet & Earring Set Giveaway

    Frederick J. Goodall
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
      Since it began in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative. In 2013, more than 822,000 people were helped through the Catalog. More than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, are available online and in the print catalog to help improve quality of life for women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world. I’d like to give one Mocha Dad reader a chance to win some beautiful, handcrafted jewelry from the catalog. The prize is a Colors of Africa Bracelet & Earring Set. Add some color and sophistication to…
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  • Christmastime is Here

    Donny Claxton
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Merry Dec. 4, 2014. Is Christmastime just a day for you at the end of the month or do you celebrate throughout December? I often find that Dec. 23 and 24 get here so fast that I’ve largely trudged through each day of the month as though it didn’t count. Terminal cancer patients often seem […] The post Christmastime is Here appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • The Artist’s Way

    Donny Claxton
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Artist’s Way This morning I began something new. Morning Pages. They came at the behest of Julie Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, a book that’s been referred to multiple times now in the work I’m doing in the SMU Writer’s Path program. Morning Pages are simple. You wake up. You grab a […] The post The Artist’s Way appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • The Holidays: Leaving Friends And Loved Ones To Be With Family

    Donny Claxton
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    A counseling friend of mine once described the Holidays as “the time we leave friends and loved ones to go be with family.” My own family has been going through a painful trial the past few weeks, the details of which I will not go into. But it has been a time for prayer, consoling, […] The post The Holidays: Leaving Friends And Loved Ones To Be With Family appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • Binge Watching HBO’s The Newsroom – A Lesson In Character Development

    Donny Claxton
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    THE NEWSROOM Several of my friends posted on my Facebook wall Saturday p.m. about how distraught I must have been about Auburn losing to Texas A&M.  I really was not. Truth is, I didn’t even watch the game, and for that matter, haven’t sat beginning to end for an entire collegiate game all season. I’ve […] The post Binge Watching HBO’s The Newsroom – A Lesson In Character Development appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • It’s My Seven Year Appleversary! #Mac #Apple

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

    Daniel W. Robert
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We’re excited to introduce Radcliffe, a crisp new free theme. Radcliffe is a contemporary responsive theme with beautiful typography. It puts your content in the forefront, featuring gorgeous full-width header images. Learn more about Radcliffe at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
  • One Central Hub for All Your Content

    Andy Peatling
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Last week, we announced a few updates to the WordPress.com interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all WordPress.com sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using. From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 9

    Mark Armstrong
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner (yours truly) in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous when we stepped out of the car and onto the street. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic. 2. Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of Boogie…
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  • A writer writes, right?

    mattdaddy
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Heh, that was punny. So, if I ever want to write, I need to just shut up and write. So many people, books, articles, and signs all say the same thing – shut up and do it.  How do you prioritize things so that you can accomplish the things you want to, along with the things that you need to?  I have a lot of things I want to do, I’m just inherently lazy – or that’s just the excuse that makes sense for right now. “Make the time” is the most common response.  So, how do I make it so that there are more than 24 hours in a day?  Seriously though, I’ve…
  • Captain America – Winter Soldier

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

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

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

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

    Guest Author
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    There are all sorts of options available for downsizing your living arrangements, ranging from the very basic tactic of just moving into a smaller conventional home, all the way up to the more radical step of moving into a very tiny home, by either building or buying a tiny house of some sort. For those […] The post Yurt Life: Downsized Living for the Modern Age appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • The Tiny House Movement (Video)

    Derek Markham
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Curious about tiny homes? You’re not alone, because the tiny house movement continues to gather steam, and more people take up the tiny house challenge every year, thanks in no small part to the power of the internet and social media. It wasn’t that long ago that tiny homes were just a cool fringe idea […] The post The Tiny House Movement (Video) appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • There’s one answer. It’s at the back. And don’t look.

    Derek Markham
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    As a lifelong learning enthusiast, I’m always looking to continue my education, and I’ve found some amazing resources to do so that are accessible and affordable (read “free”). And as a homeschooling dad, I’m really interested in ideas about the hows and whys of learning, because it informs me (as an accidental teacher) to be […] The post There’s one answer. It’s at the back. And don’t look. appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • What are the top gaming tablets of 2014?

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

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

  • Birthdays and Technology

    C.C. Chapman
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Today is my birthday. Google told me so. *grin* One of the few things on my to do list for the day included writing my monthly post as part of the #LifeOnFiOS team. While op-ed and thought pieces are not the usual fare for this type of post, I found it strangely relevant this morning and I hope they do too. In the world we live in, connecting with others is almost too easy. A click of a button on one side and a click of another on the other end. Now you are connected. For some reasons birthdays have become simply another one of those moments when you aimlessly connect with someone with…
  • Presence

    C.C. Chapman
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    Life is full of things that you never notice until they are gone. Ever notice how quiet a house sounds when the power is off and then how loud it comes in the moments after the power returns? Roxie hasn’t been gone 48 hours yet and I’m constantly confused by the lack of her presence around me. I look for her when I get up. I expect her to be laying at the end of the couch. Dropping something on the floor in the kitchen I turned to see her coming to eat it. I had to run out to the grocery store a few minutes ago and as I put on my boots and hat I turned to tell her she…
  • Rest in Peace Roxie (2002 – 2014)

    C.C. Chapman
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    A good dog is the soul of a happy family. We adopted Roxie when she was twelve weeks old. She came from a kill shelter in the South and the moment we saw her on Petfinder, we knew we had our girl. Laura and I picked her up and there was some confusion over which dog was ours. The dog we had seen in the photos was the one we were playing with, but another couple was adamant that it was the one they were adopting. Being who we are, we said ok we’ll take the other one than. The whole way home she sat in Laura’s lap and licked the condensation off her window. She was so happy and we…
  • Humans, We Have a Problem

    C.C. Chapman
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I don’t know how to write what I have to say, but I knew that if I didn’t start typing they’d never come out. I’m a forty year old white guy living in the suburbs. I have two great kids, a loving wife and a dog who loves me. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m an optimist. but passionate about making the world around me a better place. The United States of America is a country I love with my heart and soul. But, over the last few years it continues to become apparent that we’ve got a lot of work to do when it comes to respecting our fellow man. When the…
  • The Crunch of Snow Under My Hiking Boots

    C.C. Chapman
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    The crunch of snow under my hiking boots is a sound that I hadn’t heard in a long time. The quiet solitude of rucking around Ashland Reservoir was what my mind needed and what my lungs craved. Twenty nine degrees is cold, but with no clouds in the sky and the sun out in full force it was a perfect Thanksgiving weekend day. A day to get outside, clear my head and put more miles in. As much as I would have liked to have Roxie with me, her legs would not have done well. I knew the trail would be slippery and jagged. Lots of tree roots, mud and rocks to climb over. She doesn’t realize…
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    DadCAMP

  • Christmas, Making Me Feel Like A Kid Again Since 2007

    buzz
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Christmas makes me feel like a kid again. It has to. How can it not? On this throwback thursday a look back at my second love of Christmas .. so far. Continue Reading → The post Christmas, Making Me Feel Like A Kid Again Since 2007 appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Elf On The Shelf Hacks: How To Make Your Elf Stand Up And Pose

    buzz
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    The Elf on the Shelf is terrible. If you really want to have fun with your Elf, it needs surgery. Here are some simple Elf on the Shelf hacks so it can pose, stand, hold things, and perform all sorts of genius tricks your kids will love. Continue Reading → The post Elf On The Shelf Hacks: How To Make Your Elf Stand Up And Pose appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • The Best Way To Give Baking As A Gift

    buzz
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    A great holiday tradition is to give baking as a gift. A tray of cookies, a lemon loaf, some cupcakes. The PC Baker's Gift Loaf Pan is the best way to bake and give someone your special sweets this season. Continue Reading → The post The Best Way To Give Baking As A Gift appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • The Best Place To Get Pictures With Santa In Calgary

    buzz
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    Our favorite place for pictures with Santa in Calgary is at Chinook Centre. Here's a directory of malls and Santa hours for Calgary so you can get a picture with Santa Continue Reading → The post The Best Place To Get Pictures With Santa In Calgary appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Easy Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas

    buzz
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    Christmas morning breakfast can be just as special as your Christmas feast with these easy ideas for fancing crescents, and a french toast bake. Continue Reading → The post Easy Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas appeared first on DadCAMP.
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • Rocket Man Revisited

    Jack Steiner
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Men are taught to hide that softer side. Told to be hard and to be strong. To be otherwise is to be less and no matter how much new age crap you read you can't figure out how less is more. Or maybe you can. Maybe you can come to accept that this is the path you are on and if you keep pushing you can influence it in more than a small way. Maybe if you keep walking you'll find that trail again.Faith. It all comes back to faith. Faith in yourself and your convictions. Trust your instinct and your abilities. Believe. Live and learn how to love again."And I think it’s gonna be a long long…
  • The Reasons Why Don't Matter

    Jack Steiner
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I never get tired of seeing her with her hair down and it is not just because most of time she has some sort of clip or rubber band thing in it.Maybe it is because of how it frames her face and takes my eyes straight to hers or how it outlines her smile.Could be because I love grabbing a handful of it when we kiss or how when I play with it I can see the stress fall right off of her. Doesn't really matter why, how or what because it just is.She doesn't see herself the way I do. Doesn't see how the signs of age turn me on because I don't see her as being tired and worn out, instead I see…
  • Is There Such A Thing As Too Many Gifts?

    Jack Steiner
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    listen to ‘Is There Such A Thing As Too Many Gifts?’ on audioBoom
  • Where Have I Been

    Jack Steiner
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Might have noticed that I haven't updated things here in a while. That is unusual for me and not something that I am used to having to write about because it just doesn't happen.Been writing elsewhere fairly steadily which is probably part of the reason you haven't seen me around these parts.And some of it is because somehow I fell down the rabbit hole again and I am working my ass off to try and get out of it. Add a dose of frustration and a double dose of WTF and you'll have an idea of where my head is at.The other thing that is worth mentioning is I hate feeling like I am whining so I'll…
  • Sometimes People Disappoint You

    Jack Steiner
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Sometimes people disappoint you. Sometimes they are unreliable, illogical, irresponsible and impossible but you put up with them anyway, or so the experts say.As for me, well there is a very simple test I use.Do I notice if you are around or not.If I don't notice when you are here or not I tend to just let you go because life is too short to waste on people who don't add to our lives and only take.
 
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    MyBoys3

  • The Truth About Charlie

    Steve
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Today is our golden retriever Charlie’s second birthday. Normally I wouldn’t remember the actual birthday of our dog, but his is easy to remember, even for me. 12/12/12. Not bad. Enough to earn him a new doggy bed and an extra-large bone this morning. Of course he didn’t know what to do with it and was desperate to take it outside to bury it (which I didn’t allow as the last thing I need right now is for him to put another big hole in my yard.) While still a bundle of energy most days, Charlie is an awesome dog and we couldn’t imagine our family without him. We…
  • Thankful

    Steve
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
      It’s the little things, sometimes. The ones that catch my breath. Make it hard to take my eyes off her. Show me a glimpse of what he’s going to be like in ten years. It hits me hard, like a punch to the gut sometimes. Usually when I’m not expecting it. Because the days can roll by, one after another, sometimes indistinguishable sometimes filled with a million details and seemingly a hundred annoyances. It’s too easy, for me at least, to get caught up, swallowed whole by the chaos. Too easy to get lost in the banter, the day-to-day and the ordinary. But when I step back and see…
  • Tales Between the Pages Interview

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

  • Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black)

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    List Price: $299.95Buy New: $196.95 You Save: $103.00 (34%)New (7) Used (6) Refurbished (2) from $174.9534x optical zoom plus an astounding 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom, Comfortable design, elegantly simple controls and intuitive menu system, 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies...
  • GoPro HERO4 SILVER

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Buy New: $399.99New (5) Used (20) Refurbished (4) from $349.99Built-In Touch Display: Frame your shots. Easily adjust settings. Play back videos and photos. Improved Camera Control: New dedicated button enables quick access to camera settings. Simplified menus make navigating settings easier than ever., Fast, Powerful Photo Capture: Captures high-quality 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 fps., Built-In WiFi + Bluetooth: Delivers enhanced connectivity to the GoPro App, Smart Remote, Protune - Now for Video + Photos: Cinema-quality capture and manual control of color, ISO limit, exposure and…
  • GoPro HERO4 BLACK

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Buy New: $499.99New (2) Used (13) Refurbished (5) from $430.002x the Performance: With improved image quality, a 2x more powerful processor and 2x faster video frame rates, HERO4 Black is the most advanced GoPro ever. With professional Video up to 4K30 - records ultra high-resolution, high frame rate 4K30, 2.7K50, and 1080p120 video., Fast, Powerful Photo Capture: Captures high-quality 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 fps., Built-In WiFi + Bluetooth: Delivers enhanced connectivity to the GoPro App, Smart Remote, Protune - Now for Video + Photos: Cinema-quality capture and manual control of…
  • Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens (Black)

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    List Price: $649.95Buy New: $496.95 You Save: $153.00 (24%)New (20) Used (25) Refurbished (18) from $419.9924.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor, 5 frames per second continuous shooting, 11 AF points with 3D tracking, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps) HD video (MPEG-4/H.264/MOV), 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots, Expeed 4 processing, Easy panorama mode and beginner-friendly Guide mode, Wi-Fi enabled with WU-1a Wireless Adapter and compatible smartphone or tablet (not included), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory...
  • Sony NEX-5TL Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    List Price: $698.00Buy New: $399.99 You Save: $298.01 (43%)New (3) Used (21) Refurbished (9) from $299.00DSLR-quality in about half the size and weight, 16 MP APS-C sensor with fast 10 fps shooting speed, Fast Hybrid phase-detection AF for DSLR-like focus...
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Affordable Chairs for Feeding Time with Twins

    Joe
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    This question is from a parent who says, “I have 1-year-old twin boys. What would you recommend for feeding them? I used to feed my boys in their walkers. But since now they’re walking they throw fits to get out of their chairs. And when they throw fits, they don’t eat. So it’s hard to figure out ways to get them to sit down and eat. We are on a tight budget. And it does seem expensive to get two high chairs. What would you recommend?” Our boys came one at time before our twin girls were born. We did have a high chair for each of our singleton boys. But when the…
  • Preventing your Twins From Constantly Interrupting Each Other

    Joe
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Okay, so our question today comes from a mom who’s got 6-year-old twins. And she says, “There’s a lot of arguing between them when they want to talk to me about something that happened at school. Or just in general. It almost always ends up with one of them crying because the other one talked first and now they forgot what they wanted to say. Or when they interrupt one another they are also crying. We’re trying to teach them not to interrupt. But when they get upset because the other one talks too long they forget what they wanted to say. Do you have any suggestions on…
  • When Can the Sex of Both Twins Be Determined?

    Joe
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Recently I got the question, “When can the sex of both twins be determined?” You can find out pretty early, maybe 12 to 13 weeks in the pregnancy. But most often you’re going to find out the gender of your twins at around 18 weeks. You’re going to be more likely to find out early since you’ll be having more frequent ultrasounds and more frequent doctor visits. And because twin pregnancy tends to be a higher-risk pregnancy your doctor is going to want to keep a close eye on mom and the babies. And so you may get a sneak peek earlier than a singleton pregnancy at…
  • Affordable Feeding Chairs, Finding Out Gender, Talking Interruptions – Podcast 76

    Joe
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Episode 76 of the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Show Notes Listen as we discuss: Affordable chairs for feeding time with twins. (I recommend the Fisher-Price Booster Seats) When can the sex of both twins be determined? Preventing your twins from constantly interrupting each other. Subscribe to the Podcast To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: iTunes (for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.) Stitcher Subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed) Share Your Thoughts Please let me know what you think of this episode of the podcast, you can contact me with any questions or comments or leave a…
  • What to Be Grateful for With Twins

    Joe
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    It is always a good time to reflect on our many blessings and give thanks for the things that we have and the life that we have. In the past, I’ve talked about things to be grateful for with twins — three things in particular which are still very valid right now and for you. One is that they teach you priorities, what’s important in life and what’s not. Second, they are an adventure, and if you haven’t experienced that yet, just hang on. And number three they are different. They are different from each other and different from a singleton child and this provides…
 
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    Beta Dad

  • #BeTheSolution to End Domestic Violence

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    I have a lot of disclosures to make. This is a sponsored post, which means, yes, I'm getting paid for it. Also, I have to disclose that I tried to back out of writing it because I didn't think I had anything to add to the conversation. I was supposed to write something about my personal experience with domestic violence, or what we, especially we men, can do to prevent it. And I drew a
  • SHE ALWAYS GETS EVERYTHING RIGHT!

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    One day I went to the Celebration of Writing. It was today actually; but as I learned at the event, good stories usually start with "One day..." The participants were the 26 kids in my girls' kindergarten class. They had been working on writing and revising their stories in "Writers' Workshop" for the last several weeks, and today was the day they presented them to an audience of their
  • Champagne Girls!

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

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

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

  • Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb interviews with the cast

    Stan Cohen
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Night At the Museum is a franchise that has become part of our national heritage. One of the reasons Ben Stiller’s night watchman is an iconic character is because he feels so at home at his museum. We learned that when Ben Stiller was growing up, more than a few times, he cut class and hung at the Natural History Museum on Central Park West. “And, in that era, you can be sure, I wasn’t there smoking clove cigarettes”. Watch for the scene of Owen Wilson as Jedediah and Steve Coogan as Octavius, the two miniature men, being flown across the screen by the museum’s air exchange.
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb could be the Best Sequel Ever!

    Stan Cohen
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    Night At the Museum opens Christmas Day and with all the choices for your entertainment dollar, this is a don’t miss. Hollywood stars make this movie which has it all, just a little bit more because of the place in history it will have. The franchise has been around since 2006. We’ve grown to love Larry, the night watchman, Jedediah and Octavius, (Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck) and this even returns old favorites like Dick Van Dyke, whose role is to show he’s can still really shake ‘em down. Mickey Rooney (who died in 2014) and now add a bit of Ben Kingsley and…
  • “All Hail King Julien” Premieres on Netflix Today!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The world’s biggest party animal is getting ready to ascend to the throne in DreamWorks Animation’s ALL HAIL KING JULIEN, an all-new Netflix original TV series. The first five 22-minute episodes will be available to Netflix members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France to watch instantly beginning today, Friday, Dec. 19. Long before the Zoosters arrive on Madagascar, King Julien holds court –not to mention nightly revelries – over a colorful cast that includes fan favorites Mort and Maurice, along with a host of all-new jungle dwellers…
  • All 50 Free Comic Book Day Comics Announced!

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    Yesterday, the Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Selection Committee revealed the 50 free comic books that will be available during the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day, taking place Saturday, May 2nd at participating comic book shops worldwide.   The 2015 event marks the fourteenth year Free Comic Book Day will be celebrated by new and devoted comic book, gaming, and pop-culture fans of all ages. FCBD was created to be an industry-wide outreach event to introduce the world of printed comics to a generation who have grown up with the characters in…
  • The Best Video Games Gifts for Older Kids (and Dads)

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Even though we may be a bit older than the kids you typically think of playing video games, for teens, twentysomethings, and even dads, video games are always going to be a popular choice. So if you’re still searching for the perfect gift this holiday season, check out our top picks for video games, head down to your local GameStop, and pick one out– we guarantee yours will be the favorite present!   Destiny, $44.99, PS4 Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned our solar system, but it didn’t last.
 
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    Dad Does

  • Review: Ollie The App Controlled Robot That Has All The Right Moves

    nessel
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    When you imagine a robot, do you see an app controlled cylinder, traveling at 14 MPH and doing almost magical moves in mid air? Yeah, probably not – but that might all change when you see our video review of Ollie The App Controlled Robot from the fine folks at Orbotix (who brought us Sphero and Sphero 2). Please watch our video review of Ollie The App Controlled Robot - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw06XhG8Bxs We Only Scratched The Surface of What Ollie Can Do We are now suffering from a case of “Ollievision”.  Every object we look at now… we wonder what Ollie…
  • FiLIP 2 Review, Awesome Technology That Lets Kids Be Kids and Parents Be Parents

    nessel
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Kids want to run, play, explore and be free to discover new things.  Parents want to make sure their kids are safe, secure, out of danger and yes, happy and having fun!  As a Dad I often struggle with the balance between my kids desire to be free and my need to know they are safe.   Now a new product called FiLIP 2 promises to use technology to allow kids to be kids and parents to be parents. The FiLIP 2 is a wearable phone, smart locator and watch for kids (ages 4-11).  The idea is to provide kids with a very easy to use watch based phone, while providing parents with an app that…
  • The Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset Invasion Is Happening, Are You Ready?

    nessel
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    It’s On Like Donkey Kong.  Or Virtual, 3D Donkey Kong at least.  The Google Cardboard invasion is here.  Don’t know what Google Cardboard is?  At a Google I/O conference in July, a couple of Google workers demonstrated how with a phone, some cardboard and few a cheap lenses you could build a Virtual Reality Headset.  Forget about waiting for Oculus Rift and spending hundreds of dollars, with Google Cardboard you could enter the Virtual World today…for under $20! With 500,000 Google Cardboards Shipped, Things Are Getting Real Google recently announced that over 500,000…
  • The Living Guide To Virtual Reality On The Cheap

    nessel
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Reality, I think it is time I see other realities.  Don’t take it personally, it’s not you, it’s me.  I mean, you have your gravity, logic, physics and consequences – which are all totally cool, but I just need a little more freedom at this point in my life.   I need to experience what it is like to fly, float and nauseously spin through other worlds.  I need to run with the Dinosaurs and live in that Minecraft world my son just built.  Yes Reality, I am leaving you for Virtual Reality. Virtual Reality Has A New BFF – Your SmartPhone The idea of putting on a…
  • Give a Toy, Get a Lap Dance…We Certainly Live in Interesting Times

    nessel
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    Wife: Were You Off Blowing Our Money At The Strip Club Again? Husband: No, I Was Doing a Toy Drive For the Needy Wife: Why Does the Credit Card Bill Have All These Charges from The Strip Club? Husband: Well, It Is Rude Not to Tip The Person Who Takes Your Toys! Yep, that is the conversation that will start playing out in Chicago starting tomorrow.  The World Famous (Infamous?) Admiral Theatre (aka Strip Club) is launching their Annual Toy Drive: Lap Dances for the Needy.  The Admiral is offering a free lap dance to anyone who donates an unused, unwrapped toy (with a value of at least $15)…
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    Short Order Dad

  • 5 Questions to Ask at the Dinner Table

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    Source: http://mindvalleyacademy.com
  • Let’s do lunch — the healthy way

    admin
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    I receive a regular newsletter from Harvard Medical School. I’m posting this week’s message in its entirety here. Basically, it’s all you need to know about having a salad that is tasty and healthy. Salad can be a good way to go, but you need to be careful. Regular salad dressings, cheeses, and mayonnaise-based salads (such as tuna, chicken, and egg salads) can contain unhealthy fats, hidden sugar, and salt. Not to mention lots of calories. Here’s the trick to a healthy and satisfying lunch salad. Step 1: Build a vegetable base. Load your plate with leafy greens and raw or…
  • Crack is whack!

    admin
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    I am not referring to crack cocaine. Nor am I alluding the prodigious posterior of Kim Kardashian. This is about toffee. Killer toffee. So addictive, you’ll understand why it’s called crack. Biggies Crack. Toffee is what you get when you caramelize sugar with butter. What makes Biggies better is that it’s super thin. It’s a delicate, crispy, crunchy candy. Five flavors are available to choose from, each quite wonderful in its own way. Pistachio with Sea Salt features my favorite nut, and for those who prefer another, there’s Toasted Almond with Maldon Sea Salt. The Cranberry Toasted…
  • On-the-street interviews

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

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

  • 10 Diabolical Ways Your Brain is a Devious Genius at Deluding You

    Mark Brady
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
    Greetings as this year winds down. I thought I would end it with another one of my blog presentation experiments. Only instead of a Vimeo with audio and video, this time I thought I would just make the case in a dozen illustrative pictures. Theoretically they should be equivalent to 10000 words or 11 blog posts. Feel free to weigh in with an opinion. Here’s the Link: 10 Diabolical Ways Your Brain is a Devious Genius at Deluding You If you want a copy of the slides, I’m happy to send them. Email me: floweringbrain@gmail.com PS. If you want to see how your own kick-butt,…
  • Can a Jackassectomy on the Toxic People in Your Life Benefit Your Brain?

    Mark Brady
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    In my early 30s, one way I would bestud my social circle with manageable testosterone was to be part of a monthly poker group made up mostly of doctors, lawyers and psychologists. Each month 8-10 of us would get together and eat, drink beer, cuss, play cards and smoke the occasional cigar. None of us were particularly skilled at poker; we mostly got together to socialize, tell off-color jokes and assorted lies and just relax and have fun. Guy fun. Except for one of us. Let’s call him … Cade. In his professional life Cade was a “Special Master.” A Special Master is a…
  • Crowdsourcing Your Brain’s Creative Capacity

    Mark Brady
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Many years ago I did a home remodeling project for Marilyn Ferguson, the author of a popular best-seller at the time, The Aquarian Conspiracy. Hanging out in the energy field of this “one-woman movement for hope” I learned a lot of things, mostly through observation and osmosis. For example, I learned the power of exciting ideas from her monthly newsletter, The Brain Mind Bulletin (I’m surprised at how early I was interested in the brain!). I also saw how grace handled pressure (until it didn’t – Marilyn died of a sudden heart attack at age 70 in 2008). I learned…
  • How a Social-Purposed Life Awesome-izes the Brain

    Mark Brady
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Having a strong purpose in life is considered to be one of the six core elements of psychological well-being (the other five are autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relationships, and self-acceptance). Having a life purpose means I can describe specific goals and objectives that give me a sense of direction and meaning. It means I have one or more juicy reasons to get up every morning. Here are six ways that juice-flow benefits my brain … 1. It takes me away from my own old, repetitive story. We only need to look into our own lives to recognize that our brain…
  • Why You’re Not a Slug or a Slacker for Sleeping In

    Mark Brady
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Rather than me putting together a thousand words or so, giving you my filtered explanation, I thought this week I would simply invite you to listen to Dr. Jeff Iliff’s TEDMED talk. He does a great job clearly and dramatically explaining how the brain’s R & S Department (Recycling and Sanitation) works night after night after night to keep your neural roadways pristine and debris-free: One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep. A reassuringly enjoyable talk. P.S. You can still sign up for the novel series “Managing Weight with the Brain in Mind,” and attend…
 
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  • For the Ultimate Lord of the Ring fan – A Bag End Litter Box and Eye of Sauron Scratching Post

    Michael
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    In celebration of the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the fine folks over at Super Fan Builds have turned to warm the hearts of all cat lovers, and of a major Tolkien fan by turning Bag End into a kitty litter box and the Eye of Sauron into a cat [...]The post For the Ultimate Lord of the Ring fan – A Bag End Litter Box and Eye of Sauron Scratching Post appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Top Reasons You Should Invest In An Apple Computer

    Michael
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    Roland Tanglao We all know how much more expensive Apple computers can be compared to their Microsoft counterparts. However, there are many reasons machines from that manufacturer are far superior to anything else on the market today. If you’re completely new to Apple computers, you’ll want to pay close attention to all the points made [...]The post Top Reasons You Should Invest In An Apple Computer appeared first on Geekasms.
  • THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Final Trailer

    Michael
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The final trailer has been released for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and it takes us back through the Hobbit trilogy. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the [...]The post THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Final Trailer appeared first on Geekasms.
  • DOCTOR WHO – New Trailer for “Last Christmas”

    Michael
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    The BBC has released a short new trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who 2014 Christmas Special “Last Christmas” The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an Arctic base and under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!The post DOCTOR WHO – New Trailer for “Last Christmas” appeared first on Geekasms.
  • This Is What The Future Of Driving Looks Like

    Michael
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:59 pm
    If science fiction has taught us anything, it’s that the cars of the future will be amazing. Sci-fi writers and filmmakers have always explored the future of cars. From the flying vehicles of Star Wars to the talking cars of Nightrider, the future has been already been predicted. The good news is that the real [...]The post This Is What The Future Of Driving Looks Like appeared first on Geekasms.
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  • It Is The End Of The Beginning

    Jack
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:32 pm
    When they ask me to describe this moment I am going to tell them it is the end of the beginning and then when they scratch their heads and screw up their faces I’ll laugh and walk away. The few that stick around and ask me to explain it will hear me rattle on about […] (Visited 26 times, 26 visits today) The post It Is The End Of The Beginning appeared first on The JackB.
  • Bloggers Need The Write Stuff

    Jack
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Bloggers need the write stuff is sort of tongue in cheek for me, a comment about the eternal chase to write a post that goes viral. It is a dread disease that I have succumbed to more than once for no reason other than blog envy. You read some post that is being passed around […] (Visited 29 times, 29 visits today) The post Bloggers Need The Write Stuff appeared first on The JackB.
  • Success Is More About Effort Than Luck

    Jack
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    “It is only a game, you don’t have to hit me so hard.” I smile and tell him that is why his team is going to lose. He tells me I need to back up the trash talk or it doesn’t count. Fifteen minutes later my team has won and he is yelling for us […] (Visited 23 times, 23 visits today) The post Success Is More About Effort Than Luck appeared first on The JackB.
  • He Named His Intention Texas

    Jack
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Texas 1993-1994-1995 The boys and I hit Texas for a wedding. It is my first visit to the Lone Star State and I fall in love with it but I don’t really recognize it. At the time I figure the four days in Houston were memorable because so many of my friends are there and […] (Visited 10 times, 10 visits today) The post He Named His Intention Texas appeared first on The JackB.
  • What’s Your Story?

    Jack
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:28 am
    Morning comes far too soon but 1 AM is the first moment I have had to throw some words upon the page so I’ll take the time to share that Count Basie quote again and think aloud with you. If I trust my gut and listen to the little voice inside my head I can […] (Visited 21 times, 21 visits today) The post What’s Your Story? appeared first on The JackB.
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  • Frozen Christmas Coloring Pages

    Thomas
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    My daughter and I were looking for some Christmas coloring pictures to print out and she keep asking for Frozen ones. Since we couldn’t find any, I created some. These are just mash-ups of other images I found. I just tossed a few things together and now we can all enjoy some Frozen coloring pictures. The post Frozen Christmas Coloring Pages appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Lily lost her first tooth. I’m so not ready for this.

    Thomas
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:14 pm
    I know kids teeth fall out eventually, but she’s only 5! Lily has had a loose tooth for a few days and now she lost her first one tonight. I don’t think I’m ready for this. When I was a kid, I remember being older (or at least I think I was) and I swear it involved some pain. But she said hers didn’t hurt. It was just loose and she kept wiggling it until it came out. Now, when do teeth fill back in? The post Lily lost her first tooth. I’m so not ready for this. appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Carnival Fun with Rainbow Hair and a Fish

    Thomas
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Lily’s school had a carnival today and she had a lot of fun. There were lots of games and she even won a fish! Plus she got rainbow hair so she was pretty darn happy. We’re hoping the fish lasts longer than a day. The post Carnival Fun with Rainbow Hair and a Fish appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Why be a princess when you can have the keys to the kingdom?

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

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

    Aaron Gouveia
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    A year ago, MJ and I were in the throes of Sam’s unrelenting colic. And it was horrible. While we had the run of the mill newborn experience with Will, Sam was a different animal altogether. An angry, howling, strictly nocturnal creature who refused to sleep or go gently into any good night. His colic was intense and nightmarish, and — well, I didn’t deal with it very well. But that doesn’t mean you need to make the same mistake. Here are some of the tricks of the trade I learned over the years when dealing with a colicky baby.
  • My Son Is Starting to Doubt Santa – And That’s OK

    Aaron Gouveia
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:02 pm
    “Dad, I know the Santa Alarm isn’t real.” The alarm my 6-year-old references is a tool we use to keep him upstairs on Christmas morning until he wakes us up and we’re all able to go down together.  It’s something my father did to my brother and I for years (more than I’m willing to admit here). I’ve never actually specified what happens if the Santa Alarm is tripped, but years ago Will chose to believe all of his presents would disappear. I never confirmed that fear, but I didn’t exactly refute it either. But apparently he broached the topic…
  • Let’s Be frank – I Stink!

    Aaron Gouveia
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Look, it’s not that I don’t care about hygiene. I do. Kinda. I mean, I work mostly from home so it’s easy to just roll out of bed and go to work (the couch). The only people I have to impress are my wife and my 16-month-old, and he craps himself every morning so I’m easily winning the smell battle there. But then there’s my wife. As the woman who pledged to sleep with me for the rest of our lives, she does care what I smell like. And rightly so. That’s why when I told her about an opportunity to try out frank — a zany Australian body scrub company…
  • From Nightclubs to Netflix: How New Year’s Eve Changes for Parents

    Aaron Gouveia
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Before I became a parent, the words “New Year’s Eve” sent me into a fit of anticipatory glee. Maybe it meant going to a friend’s house and meeting up with all the guys to imbibe a metric ton of few cocktails. Or perhaps we’d splurge and plan to go to First Night festivities, followed by a night out at a series of bars and clubs where we’d dance our faces off and ring in the New Year in debaucherous fashion. Those New Year’s were always filled with a lot of fun (if you could manage to remember the night them the next morning), and I’ll always be…
  • Why Some White People Can’t See White Privilege

    Aaron Gouveia
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I was 23 years old when I heard the term “white privilege” for the first time. And I immediately hated and resented it. First I had to learn what white privilege meant. Simply put, it’s a term that describes the inherent advantages people like me enjoy simply from being born white. For instance, I don’t have to worry about being pulled over by the police just because of my skin color. I can live my daily life absent any and all concerns about race and how it affects my career, negative judgments during daily interactions with people, and my personal safety. Basically, white privilege…
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  • The Cat in The Hat – Live!

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    I took my daughter to see the live show of Cat in The Hat at The Pleasance theatre in London this week and it was incredible. M adored it and was totally caught up in the mad adventures. With a revolving stage, balloons, bubbles, incredible costumes that brought the book’s animation to life and interaction with the audience it was fabulous 50 minutes of surreal fun.
  • How to accommodate an ever growing family

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    In this day and age where economic pressures are making families struggle, from higher costs to legislation such as the bedroom tax, it can be difficult to cover everyday costs for middle income families. One of the biggest struggles for the modern day nuclear family is accommodating for an expanding family. If you’re looking to grow your brood, make sure you’re prepared for any surprises by following these tips. Make space This is easier said than done, but one of the precious commodities you will value when you have a bigger family is space – but there are a few little tricks…
  • Dream cars for dads

    10 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    You’ve got the house, the accompanying mortgage and the 2.4 children. It’s time to get some sensible transportation – a people carrier perhaps, something that’s safe, economical and practical. In other words, something that is lacklustre, unexciting and monotonous. The good news is that doesn’t have to be the case. There are cars out there that are safe, economical and practical as well as being thrilling, stirring and electrifying. Here is the pick of the dream cars for dads. Jeep Cherokee Longitude No one could ever accuse Jeep Cherokee of producing cars that are bland and the…
  • 5 Ways to Stay Cheerful and Relaxed at Christmas

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    The most stressful time of the year is just around the corner. The kids are demanding the latest toys, the turkey needs ordering and the relatives need visiting. It’s going to seem impossible that you’ll get any time to yourself, but there are actually plenty of ways for you to wind down this Christmas. Get Outside It’s rare to see sunlight over the winter, but make sure if it’s there, you enjoy it. Sunlight can help your body produce vitamin D, which has been scientifically proven to improve your mood and aid any health issues, particularly in bones and skin, such as…
  • Are we nearly there yet?

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Everyone who has ever driven their family in a car knows that sooner or later they will hear the words “are we nearly there yet?” In a recent survey by Parkdean Holidays of over 1,400 parents they discovered that parents are likely to hear “are we nearly there yet” in less than an hour of the car journey. In my car I’m lucky if we can last ten minutes before the question is asked – and its usually first uttered by my wife! The majority of parents used iPads and electronic tablets to keep their little ones entertained in the car. But 532 parents still favoured a trusty old book as…
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    C.C. Chapman

  • Birthdays and Technology

    C.C. Chapman
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Today is my birthday. Google told me so. *grin* One of the few things on my to do list for the day included writing my monthly post as part of the #LifeOnFiOS team. While op-ed and thought pieces are not the usual fare for this type of post, I found it strangely relevant this morning and I hope they do too. In the world we live in, connecting with others is almost too easy. A click of a button on one side and a click of another on the other end. Now you are connected. For some reasons birthdays have become simply another one of those moments when you aimlessly connect with someone with…
  • Presence

    C.C. Chapman
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    Life is full of things that you never notice until they are gone. Ever notice how quiet a house sounds when the power is off and then how loud it comes in the moments after the power returns? Roxie hasn’t been gone 48 hours yet and I’m constantly confused by the lack of her presence around me. I look for her when I get up. I expect her to be laying at the end of the couch. Dropping something on the floor in the kitchen I turned to see her coming to eat it. I had to run out to the grocery store a few minutes ago and as I put on my boots and hat I turned to tell her she…
  • Rest in Peace Roxie (2002 – 2014)

    C.C. Chapman
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    A good dog is the soul of a happy family. We adopted Roxie when she was twelve weeks old. She came from a kill shelter in the South and the moment we saw her on Petfinder, we knew we had our girl. Laura and I picked her up and there was some confusion over which dog was ours. The dog we had seen in the photos was the one we were playing with, but another couple was adamant that it was the one they were adopting. Being who we are, we said ok we’ll take the other one than. The whole way home she sat in Laura’s lap and licked the condensation off her window. She was so happy and we…
  • Humans, We Have a Problem

    C.C. Chapman
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I don’t know how to write what I have to say, but I knew that if I didn’t start typing they’d never come out. I’m a forty year old white guy living in the suburbs. I have two great kids, a loving wife and a dog who loves me. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m an optimist. but passionate about making the world around me a better place. The United States of America is a country I love with my heart and soul. But, over the last few years it continues to become apparent that we’ve got a lot of work to do when it comes to respecting our fellow man. When the…
  • The Crunch of Snow Under My Hiking Boots

    C.C. Chapman
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    The crunch of snow under my hiking boots is a sound that I hadn’t heard in a long time. The quiet solitude of rucking around Ashland Reservoir was what my mind needed and what my lungs craved. Twenty nine degrees is cold, but with no clouds in the sky and the sun out in full force it was a perfect Thanksgiving weekend day. A day to get outside, clear my head and put more miles in. As much as I would have liked to have Roxie with me, her legs would not have done well. I knew the trail would be slippery and jagged. Lots of tree roots, mud and rocks to climb over. She doesn’t realize…
 
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  • Dad Uses His Kid as a Human Drum Machine (VIDEO)

    Andy
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    If rhythm was a language, it’s clear I’d have both a stutter and Tourette’s. I can’t tap out the simplest beat on my steering wheel, let alone my kids. So, this video is super specially especially amazing to me. It’s not okay to beat your kid… unless you’re harmlessly dropping mad beats like this dad. Really though, the most amazing part of this short video is the sounds that come out of this boy once he starts giggling. You’ll probably need to watch it at least twice to believe it. Source: AtticusAvenue   Follow us on Facebook. You don’t…
  • What It’s Like Being A Parent: Part Eight

    Charlie
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:38 am
    Last time, we described what it’s like having twins. Today, let’s talk about friendship, shall we? Friendship with kids is unlike any other kind human relationship. Between the volatility, lack of cohesive thought, and quicksilver amendments, kid friendship borders on looking like an abusive relationship with a stuffed animal. But rather than type all the words about it, why don’t I just show you the perfect example of what childhood friendship looks like. This video says it all. What It’s Like Being A Parent: Part One Let’s start from the beginning. It’s a…
  • Robots Will Want Babies Too

    Andy
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Let’s face it. Science fiction has done a pretty interstellar job of predicting the future. Computers, smartphones, lasers, 3D printing, space travel, velcro, all fortune-told by sci-fi long long ago in a galaxy, well… right here. Of course we’ll impose our stereotypes and body-image issues onto robots, so they’re not likely to look like a floating roboctopus. Countless movies and books have depicted a world with robots built to serve mankind, which then become artificially intelligent, a race of sentient beings that live among us. It may not be a question of IF there will…
  • “Zebras” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

    Andy
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Playing with a little kid can turn into a wild goose chase, or zebra chase as the case may be. When searching, parent’s have pretty poor vision when it comes to being able to see where the fictional characters of a toddler mind may be, so you’re completely reliant on them as your guide in the wild safari of their imaginations. It may take a while, but kids are expert trackers. Just follow their lead. Everywhere. Subscribe to ConvosWith2YrOld to follow the series. (Liking, favoriting and commenting helps videos on YouTube, so go nuts.)   Follow us on Facebook. No zebras there,…
  • 3 Bad Moments in Advertising for Parents

    Charlie
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Advertising has hit an all-new level of weird, guys. Not only are advertisers taking over social networks and the entire internet with paid ads, but sometimes these “marketers” lack in creativity and common sense often found in the hands of thoughtful artists and publishers so much that we are subjected to some really ridiculous media. Besides the “dumb dad” and “just for moms” messages that we routinely hear, there is just simple “badvertising.” Here are a things I’ve found while roaming around the internet. If you see any, post them here…
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  • Do I Need Heavy Equipment Mats?

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    If you’re working with heavy equipment in areas of land that are less than perfect, it’s important that you consider the use and implementation of heavy equipment mats on your job site. These mats not only make the job much easier, but also protect sensitive ground and provide the utmost stabilization and level work base to ensure your crew, your equipment, and yourself are protected and able t...
  • I feel a little down.

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:16 am
    Hello to all my fellow SAHD. Im new here all so pardon me if i make mistakes where to post. I joined this forum to seek support and advice for being a stay at home dad. Im just going to lay it all out and wait to hear what all of you have to say.a little about me.. I'm 29 years old, I just quit my job of armed security about a month ago. I have been a SAHD before but I had ran into issues I wi...
  • Tips for Having a Supportive Marriage

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Marriage isn’t easy, no matter how well you two get along and how long you’ve been together. When the going gets rough, some people simply get going, while others stay the course and work through their issues. While divorce isn’t unavoidable in every situation, most couples should put in a little more elbow grease when it comes to staying together.Get a Move OnIf you think that your re...
  • Running A Tool Cart Around The Garage

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    When someone wants to repair their own cars at home, they need to make sure they are using tool carts to manage their tool supply. The person who is doing regular maintenance on their vehicles will want to keep their tools on the cart for simple organization. Also, the owner of the cart will be able to power and label all their tools in this...
  • Curb Appeal

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Whether you want to simply change the look of your home or you want to ad value to your home, renovating is an option. There are numerous benefits to renovating the outside of your home that you might not think about. If you want to sell your home, then you might get it sold faster if you renovate. You don't have to do ext...
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    The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy

  • We had a great time Blogging!

    Chris Hall
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Jaydon and Daddy started Blogging in October of 2011 and it’s been great. Unfortunately with work, raising a child, family and other activities I had to cut back on blogging from every few days to once a week to a couple of times a month. Now it’s been 7 months since my last post. So I have decided to stop blogging all together. But don’t worry, that’s not the end of Jaydon and Daddy! I have several other social media sites that I post to all the time. So if you can’t get enough of us (or just Jaydon) please follow or like one or more of my other social media…
  • Popcorn

    Chris Hall
    17 May 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Jaydon sits holding a large bag of popcorn waiting for night to come. He and 100 other children are getting ready to watch the movie Frozen on an outdoor screen in the park. PopcornFiled under: Adventures, Father and Son, Outdoors, Parenting, Photography Tagged: Children, Family, Frozen, movie, outdoors, parenting, photography, popcorn, toddler
  • Fire Station Birthday Party

    Chris Hall
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Jaydon and Ryley are 3!!!!! Today Jaydon and Ryley celebrate their third birthday by having a party at the Summerville Fire Station. Sound the alarm, Invitations. Fire Truck birthday cake, cupcakes, hats, and presents. Specially designed water bottles labels celebrating Jaydon and Ryley’s birthday. Jaydon enjoys his birthday lunch. Jaydon & Ryley stand next to Summerville Fire and Rescue Engine number 4. Ryley, Jaydon and their friends get ready for a fire truck race. Jaydon and Ryley take part hitting a fire truck piñata. Jaydon and Ryley look at their fire truck birthday cake…
  • The Citadel Bulldog

    Chris Hall
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Wordless Wednesday Jaydon stands next to The Citadel Bulldog Monument in front of the Johnson Haygood Memorial Stadium.Filed under: Adventures, Father and Son, Humor, Outdoors, Parenting, Photography, Wordless Wednesday Tagged: Charleston, child, Jaydon, Johnson Hagood Stadium, Monument, Statue, The Citadel, The Citadel Bulldogs, toddler, Wordless Wednesday
  • Summerville Flowertown Festival

    Chris Hall
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The Summerville YMCA Flowertown Festival is a 3-day event held in the spring usually the first weekend in April. It is a festival celebrating the azaleas, wisteria and dogwood. It is one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast, consistently ranked one of the Top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Society. Jaydon eating ice cream. Jaydon checks out an interesting looking machine. Jaydon rides a truck/train. Every year Jaydon likes to stop and listen to the exotic music. Jaydon tries out a John Deere tractor.Filed under: Adventures, Education, Father and Son, Humor, Outdoors,…
 
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  • A Message For Stressed-Out Parents This Holiday Season

    jimhigley
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    I live in a new neighborhood. So it’s been fun the last few weeks walking around to enjoy the assortment of holiday decorations. My environs have taken on an entirely magical quality. I’m amazed at the amount of work people put into the outside of their homes. Which leads me to believe the inside of their homes are equally impressive. Pinterest comes to life. And I can’t help but think of the days not all that long ago when I spent hours and hours – actually days – trying to create a magical world for my own three children during the holiday season. And I…
  • The Most Important Thing My Dad Taught Me…

    jimhigley
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:04 am
      That’s my dad. And me. He’s the bald one. I’m the young one. Now I’m the bald one. And not the young one. And my dad’s the gone one. 17 years. Today. So that’s why I’m writing. Because even after 17 years of being gone, every dad deserves a nod. My dad would have liked what’s going on in my head today because it’s mostly numbers. He was an accountant. At least by education. What he really did, I never fully understood. But he loved numbers. When I started thinking about the approaching anniversary of his death a week or so ago it…
  • Random Acts of Kindness 101

    jimhigley
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m a sucker for random acts of kindness. Doing them. Receiving them. Watching them. From every angle, I’m convinced they are the secret sauce to a more tolerant and peace-filled world. That’s why I loved seeing this video posted on my friend, Meredith Sinclair’s social media sites the other day. If you don’t know her, check her out at MeredithPlays.com. She’s always up for a random act of kindness. And fun. Enjoy the video. And then go out and surprise someone with a little kindness. Post by Daniel Pinto.
  • Raising Boys Rocks – Says My Mom

    jimhigley
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    This recent story in the Huffington Post caught my eye. It’s written by Abby Rodman, a mom of boys. She’s setting the world straight on the joys and benefits of having a clan of all boys. Contrary to what the many naysayers have shared with her. “You poor thing!” “I’m glad I’m not you!” Those were the comments my own mother – the mom of five boys – heard regularly. And she always shared the same answer: “I’m the luckiest woman in the world. I have six men who will always love and protect me.” And she was right. So…
  • 38 Years as a Driver. And the Pledge I’m Taking to Improve.

    jimhigley
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Raising teenagers isn’t a bed of roses. Trust me. I’ve got two down and one to go. One still in the thick of it at the age of 18. Old enough to vote and serve our country. Too young to drink. He’s stuck in never-never land. A child waiting to become an adult. And I get to go along for the ride. There are a lot of potholes parents need to navigate through during the teen years. Bad attitudes. Stressed communication. And the pushing of boundaries and the breaking of rules. But it’s all part of a kid’s road map to independence. The list is long. Some of it is agonizing. And some of it…
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  • Happy Birthday!

    Chong Beng LING
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Some day in November 2014.On leave and after my usual morning walk in the forest, received a SMS from yt:"Think you wait for her to wake up then go lunch and bathe."My reply was short as usual:"Ok."Then I remembered..."Happy Birthday baobei. Give me advance notice. Walking in the forest."Next this SMS came in:"Can send previous SMS again? First part only, haha."My sweet wife. Love you, ever, forever….In the photograph: my sweet daughter working hard on her batik painting.
  • That Report Book!

    Chong Beng LING
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014.Reaching home after work, yt said..."Your that friend ah... Aiyo, you want to sign her report book?"Taking tz's report book, my heart was pumping... pumping very fast till I am wondering if I am going to get a heart attack?Phew~Not good, not among the top in her school. Not that bad either, I think. Not that bad I think it would be. At least the lowest among her 3 subjects is still above my expected marks.tz!Next, I started practicing my signature on a piece of paper. Once, twice, three times... I continue practicing to get that perfect signature in tz's report book. It…
  • The girl that got addicted to blogging.

    Chong Beng LING
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
     Saturday, 22 Nov 2014.Over dinner last night with me, tz asked:"Daddy, can you put my video of in-line skates on your blog and write something about it?"I nodded."Daddy, now la. Ok?"Aiyo, speaking Singish again. Mummy is going to have headache you know? Anyway, your daddy is not a professional writer. I really can't just write in any place at any time. Well, a promise is a promise and that's why I sat in McDonald's writing about it today. After a long long time, my blog. Not that I have nothing to write or no mood to write. Just no time... Or lazy? Haha...No time, or rather can't find…
  • It hurts, but it's ok.

    Chong Beng LING
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 at 6pm.Had a long walk home this evening and it had been awhile since I last did that. That must have accounted to my recent increase in weight. Haha...Today's walk is not only about the need to log that 10,000 steps per day, but also to expel my anger and reflect on the event that happened just hours ago.Everybody have their weaknesses and so do I. For this particular weakness or rather fear, I had been trying to look for opportunities to fight it. I had been taking baby steps, but constantly so that I hope to conquer it sooner rather than later. It's one of my…
  • Shouldering the responsibility of parents.

    Chong Beng LING
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The train along Circle Line reached Caldecott, its door opened and a young Chinese couple walked into the cabin. The lady was seen holding very tightly to the arm of the trendy, well dressed gentleman. Soothing his hand, the lady doesn't talk along the journey, neither did the gentleman. At Bishan Station, a motorized wheelchair's siren started buzzing when it reversed itself into the cabin. Everybody in the cabin was shocked, not by the wheelchair's buzzing, but the high pitch and continuous screaming from the gentleman. The lady was visibly troubled by the behaviour of the gentleman. She…
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    Dad and Buried

  • What Parents Want for Christmas

    Dad and Buried
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    Growing up, when I asked my parents what they wanted for Christmas, they always made a (sad) joke out of it. They knew my brothers and I didn’t have any money, so they didn’t bother asking for anything real, like a new car, or a box of Cuban cigars, or a new furniture set. Instead, they used Santa the way someone might use a genie: by asking my brothers and me for things that were abstract, theoretical, and totally unattainable. Just to make a point. They’d make requests like, “for you and your brothers to get along” or “a little peace and quiet” or…
  • [E-Card] Parenting Euphemisms

    Dad and Buried
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Sometimes we parents have to lie to our kids. To put it another way, if it makes you feel better: sometimes we have to use “parenting euphemisms.” Like these… The post [E-Card] Parenting Euphemisms appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • Clean Enough to Eat

    Dad and Buried
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    I love coffee. I don’t know how you can be a parent and not love coffee. The smell alone is Pavlovian, and a few cups a day are just plain necessary for survival! I also love both the taste and the smell of coconut. Like, a lot. No joke: I have seriously considered drinking Mom and Buried’s coconut-scented conditioner. But I didn’t want to die. So here’s the problem with frank body’s otherwise highly effective frank coconut coffee scrub: I WANT TO EAT IT. Not everyone knows what I mean. Like my pal Aaron. (I use “pal” loosely, because I don’t like Patriots fans. And I…
  • How to Act Like a Child at Work

    Dad and Buried
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    My four-year-old’s commitment to being irrational is so absolute, it’s like living with Andy Kaufman. While he’s in character as Tony Clifton. I honestly can’t tell where the act ends and the real person begins. Or if there even is an act. Or a real person. Children are little terminators. To paraphrase Kyle Reese, “They can’t be bargained with. They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.” The only difference between my son and Arnold Schwarzenegger in…
  • Jingle Hell

    Dad and Buried
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Mom and Buried is obsessed with Christmas. Every December, she puts together a long list of holiday-based activities that we absolutely have to make time for, including visiting specific landmarks (the tree in Rock Center), attending specific events (Santa – at the busiest Macy’s in the world) and watching every single Christmas movie and TV special (even the grade-Z stuff on Hallmark and Lifetime). The most important activity of all? Listening to Christmas music. As soon as Thanksgiving (which has its own set of obligations) is over, it’s all Christmas music all the time. When I…
 
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    Joshua Wilner

  • It Is The Most Important Part Of Your Blog

    Joshua
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
    You must find your voice. Don’t ask Silverman to tell you what happened because you won’t get any answers but McGinty is a different story altogether. That guy hasn’t ever met a secret he can keep or a story he can’t embellish. That is not the reason we call him “Iron Joe” but you won’t hear me tell you that story because Joe McGinty and I operate off of Mutual Assured Destruction which is my way of saying he has as much dirt on me as I do on him. If you are wondering how this applies to writing/blogging the answer is simple. The best bloggers are…
  • Sometimes It Doesn’t Pay To Manage Your Anger

    Joshua
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    It is true I have a temper but what isn’t true is that it always gets the best of me. Nor is it fair to say it hasn’t been of help. When the man approached me at the ATM and told me he wanted my money I got angry. Worked too hard for too long to give it to some skinny guy who thought holding a kid size version of a Louisville Slugger. So I smiled at him and took the twenties in my hand and flung them into the wind and then when he looked away I took the bat out of his hands and smacked him twice. Once in the ribs and once downstairs. Maybe next time he’ll recognize that…
  • Different Is Not Wrong

    Joshua
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    What lies beyond the bend. Can’t tell you how many times people have told me I am weird or that they don’t understand what I am talking about. Can’t tell you how many times people have told me they wished they could communicate thoughts as well as I do. If that is not a contradiction I don’t know what is. A thousand years ago a high school English teacher told me she wouldn’t recommend me for AP English because my writing skills weren’t strong enough to merit her recommendation. When I tried to push her to reconsider she blew me off and said something about…
  • Four Ways To Make Time For Blogging

    Joshua
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging and you feel like you haven’t got enough time to produce a proper post. If you find yourself facing that particular set of circumstances you can choose to handle it in a number of ways: Stop blogging until you find free time to write. Find guest posters. Run old evergreen blog posts. Create a list post out of old posts and ask your readers to hang on just a bit longer for new content. I’ll take my own advice and share some links to old material you may or may not have read. 18 Links To Tide You Over Before The Next Post Comes Some Styles Are…
  • The Danger Of Being Honest On Social Media

    Joshua
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Almost two years ago while searching for a place to live I was surprised when I found Cleveland in Texas. I was looking for temporary housing in Fort Worth and while I wasn’t surprised to see building or complexes with the names of exotic island hideaways or cowboy sounding names I didn’t expect to find a place in the Southwest that was named after a city in the Midwest. Ask me how that relates to the dangers of being honest on social media and I’ll tell you we live in a time in which people preach tolerance but are intolerant of views that are not in line with their own. If…
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • Holiday Giveaway: Win ANGELS SING (Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton) on DVD!

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:23 pm
    With Christmas just days away, I didn't think I'd be launching anymore Holiday Wish Guide Giveaways. But, this little movie just landed on my desk and will be viewed here tomorrow, and along with it comes an opportunity to share a copy with one of you. From Cowgirl Up Entertainment and Lionsgate comes ANGELS SING, a new holiday film with a really cool cast including Harry Connick Jr., NASHVILLE's Connie Britton, 1/2 of THE HIGHWAYMEN with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson checking-in, and Lyle Lovett in the mix. Check out the trailer and synopsis below, then enter for your chance to win…
  • Watch - CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE gets even more star-studded for EXO ZOMBIES DLC

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:25 pm
    CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (a top gift in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide) is taking things to another level with a whole new breed of zombies. Following in the star-studded DLC of year's past,  John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal star in Exo Zombies, coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC in 2015 as part of the Havoc DLC Pack. This quartet of top talent stars as Atlas employees facing a new threat with no training or preparation. The first teaser is below - and it's not for the kiddies... Rose McGowanJohn MalkovichDLCCall…
  • Watch: Spanish STAR WARS REBELS Action Figure Commercial from Hasbro Gets it Right...

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Coming from the original STAR WARS generation, I miss the old-school kind of toy commercials - the ones that Kenner did so right back then. Kids playing with the toys in a slightly-elevated reality was the way of those original spots, and with the newer Hasbro figures making a return to 5POA (thats, "five points of articulation") like the toys I grew up with, it's even cooler to see a more vintage approach in commercial form. The first spot to surface for Hasbro's new line of figures and vehicles based on Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS comes from an unlikely location - Spain. Hopefully the U.S.
  • Culinary Adventures: Going All-In with Applebee's New Burgers + a #BurgerSelfie Twitter Party!

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:58 pm
    THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Life of Dad and Applebee's for the #BurgerSelfie promotion. I am an unapologetic burger aficionado. Yes, I will eat a turkey burger, but what I really need is beef - a real burger, cooked properly with a little pink in the middle. You could say that when I approach a good burger that I'm "all-in" (just like how I raise the girls) and that's exactly what my friends at Applebee's have tapped into with their new collection of All-In Burgers - four varieties of proper burgers with flavors hand-smashed and seared-in, much like you'd do at home. They're hand-made…
  • JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2: On-Set Part II, and a Very Jingle Party! #JingleInsiders

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    Out of all the adventures that I've had this year (and there have been many), one of my favorites was the trip I took to the Vancouver set of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 back in March. When word came down that Twentieth Century Fox and WWE Studios were doing a follow-up to The Greatest Holiday Film of All-Time (the 1996 classic JINGLE ALL THE WAY), I was in. Little did I know that I'd have a chance to actually spend some time on-set with Larry the Cable Guy, WWE Superstar Santino Marella and Director Alex Zamm. With the film now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD ahead of it's World Television…
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    The Talking Dad

  • Monster Jam at Ford Field, Ticket Discount and Giveaway

    Christopher
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The biggest, baddest trucks on Earth are set to destroy Ford Field on January 10th. Ticket discount and giveaway for Talking Dad readers below. Monster Jam® is the most exciting form of family motorsports entertainment on the planet. The stars of the show are the biggest performers on four wheels: the Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over – OR smash through. The 2015 touring season brings more Monster Jam excitement providing entertainment tailored…
  • Third time’s the charm for NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB

    Christopher
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Often when you arrive at the third entry in a franchise trilogy, the entire concept has lost its polish and originality. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb regurgitates plenty of the themes and jokes we’ve seen before, however, it triples down on charm and clever humor, making it a viable movie-going experience. Secret of the Tomb once again employs Ben Stiller as night watchman Larry of the Museum of Natural History in New York. The magical tablet that brings life to the museum exhibits is beginning to corrode and lose its power. Larry, along with Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams),…
  • WWE’s John Cena is proof real life Superheroes exist

    Christopher
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Hustle. Loyalty. Respect. John Cena’s mantra and character are that of those spandex-clad, butt-kicking heroes from your favorite comic books. Love him or hate him, there isn’t a current professional wrestler as polarizing as WWE’s banner man, John Cena. Whether or not he is deserving of his success, which includes 11 championships in the last decade and a fairly consistent Hollywood career, his value has been discussed ad nauseam. Truth be told, I wasn’t impressed the first time I witnessed his in-ring antics. But his impact on the lives of children is the stuff of…
  • Harlem Globetrotters at The Palace, Ticket Discount and Giveaway

    Christopher
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet, to The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 2PM. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime. The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to beat the…
  • Giveaway: THE TOM AND JERRY SHOW – FUNNY SIDE UP on DVD

    Christopher
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    There’s more laughs, chases and races when everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo storm back on the scene in The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up, available on DVD January 13, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment! The timeless adventures of Tom and Jerry are back in a brand-new TV show the whole family can enjoy! The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up features 13 exciting escapades featuring Tom and Jerry and their favorite pals, including Spike and Tuffy. The pursuit takes off as Tom, Jerry and the gang fly through unfriendly skies in Just Plane Nuts.
 
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • The Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser is REALLY here!

    Matt Todd
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Well, here it is, kids! After several fan-made versions faked out legions of fans this week (I’m sure Admiral Ackbar is shouting about how it was a trap), the official version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released about an hour ago.I have to admit that I was so excited about the release that I hooked the laptop to our big TV so I could watch it in as close to theatre as possible. I should’ve popped popcorn, but I didn’t. I’ll remember to do that next time, though.I’m still not happy that they’re releasing the film in December instead of the…
  • I’ve become a walking cliché

    Matt Todd
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A few weeks ago, I wrote a little bit about my new job with an elementary school in the area. Even though it’s a tough job and can be emotionally exhausting at times, I really do love the job. There was one day not too long ago that the whole day was one meltdown after another, followed by one blowout after another. And all I could do was smile. I just couldn’t help myself.I know.Predictable, right? It’s like I’m saying this because I’m supposed to say it. Much like an award nominee says “It’s an honor just to be nominated.” It’s so…cliché.Cliché: A phrase or opinion…
  • Looking back: 10 posts for 10 years!

    Matt Todd
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    It seems this has been a week of significant milestones for this humble little blog. I published my 2000th post a few days ago. And then this weekend marked the 10th anniversary…or “blogiversary”…of this blog. I want to thank you again for sticking with me. It’s been quite a ride, hasn’t it?Over this ten year span, I’ve written about a lot of different life experiences. Some were great. Some were awful. Horribly awful. Here are some highlights from the past decade…I shared my seminary experience.We said goodbye to my nephew.I discussed my most…
  • Just in time for Christmas: An Auction for our Adoption.

    Matt Todd
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Christy has been hard at work putting together an online auction to help cover some of our adoption fees. Generous friends, family, and businesses have donated some great items for this event. You should head on over to the auction’s facebook page and check it out.Here’s how it works. Once you find something you’d like to bid on, write your bid in a comment under that specific picture. Please include your name and email address . If you would like to bid over a current bid, simply comment under the original bid with your name and email address! The highest bid at the close…
  • 2000 posts!

    Matt Todd
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I started blogging 10 years ago this month. I think it’s kind of cool that I’ve reached this milestone during this month.With an average of 200 posts a year, that’s a lot of writing. Some of you have been with me from the very beginning. Some of you are visiting for the very first time. To all of you who have shared this journey with me, thanks for being part of my little corner of the interwebs! And I look forward to celebrating another 2,000+ posts with you 10 years from now.The post 2000 posts! appeared first on Life in the Fishbowl.
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    A Daddy Blog

  • ‘Twas the Night before Christmas – Wordless Wednesday Art

    Michael Schmid
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Hopefully Dr. Clement C. Moore who wrote "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" as a present for his children, isn't rolling over in his grave because of this post?
  • Do Not Buy This Watch if You Ever Hope to Have Sex

    Michael Schmid
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Did you do much shopping online this year? Do you find people's product reviews helpful? Have you ever left a review yourself? Here's a silly one that I wrote:
  • Top 10 Christmas Date Movies for Parents

    Michael Schmid
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    I find many Christmas films make great date movies for parents. Which are missing from this list you recommend we watch together after the kiddos are asleep?
  • Travel: London – Mind the Gap!

    Michael Schmid
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    London's one of my favorite travel destinations, and I love the ubiquitous signs they post in public places. Mind the Gap! Way Out! Look Right! Read more...
  • Reading – Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving

    Michael Schmid
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    Wondering what to buy that special child on your gift list this year? Skip the toys that will be broken and forgotten in a day or two...
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    The Amateur Dad

  • Review: Threadsmiths Hydrophobic 100% Cotton T-Shirt

    theamateurdad
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Less Laundry. Isn’t that what life as a parent is all about. ANYTHING that can help moms and us dads do less laundry during the week is something worth talking about. Enter Threadsmiths’ Hydrophobic 100% cotton T-shirt. Yes that was a mouth full to say, but for good reason. In simple terms, its a shirt made a special material that can resist stains easily by just applying water to it. Threadsmiths was kind enough to send me a free T-shirt to test and review on this blog. But before I go into my testing and results, here’s a few more details on the product: We make…
  • The Best Kept Secret To Getting Your Kids In Bed

    theamateurdad
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I know why you clicked on this link. Like most parents with young kids, it doesn’t seem like there’s an end in sight. You’re suffering. Every night its the same routine. And every night they defy that routine. “Why won’t they just stay in bed???!!” Your kids and my kids have this knack of, well…not wanting to go to sleep at their pre-scheduled bedtime. Starting from the terrible 2’s right up to 6-7 years old. There always, ALWAYS seems to be a reason to stay up longer. “Dad I’m thirsty.” “Can I get a glass of…
  • Saturday Video: The Birth Story You’re Looking For

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

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

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

  • Next Level Parenting

    Michael Berman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The post Next Level Parenting appeared first on Chilldad.
  • 5 Brand New Movies On Netflix Streaming

    Michael Berman
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    There’s nothing better than a stay-at-home movie night with your spouse… and nothing worse than spending 45+ minutes trying to find something decent to watch. Save yourself the pain and check out one of these 5 great new releases on Netflix this month. 1. The Wolf Of Wall Street Even with all the hype, in some ways it still feels like this movie got overlooked. The Wolf of Wall Street came out at the same time as American Hustle, which stole a lot of its thunder – but Wolf is by far the better film. DiCaprio is all sleaze and slink as Jordan Belfort, the stock broker who…
  • The Best Father-Daughter Post of 2014

    Michael Berman
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    The post The Best Father-Daughter Post of 2014 appeared first on Chilldad.
  • Viral Video: Story Time!

    Michael Berman
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    Hilarious video of a young man narrating what’s happening in the world around him, as people react. Thanks to site visitor Sheri S. for the tip on this one, great vid! The post Viral Video: Story Time! appeared first on Chilldad.
  • Mother Daughter Moment In NYC

    Michael Berman
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    This carefree mom and daughter give us a reminder that good parenting is also about having fun and being in the moment.  Song: “Me & My Uncle”, Grateful Dead. The post Mother Daughter Moment In NYC appeared first on Chilldad.
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    City Dads Group

  • Christmas Books for Kids That We Love

    Jeff Bogle
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Nutty Nutcracker Christmas Christmas is my favorite time of year: the smell of pine, the anticipation of what Santa will leave for everyone under the tree, the baking of cookies, the sights and sounds of the Yule season, and the big stack of children’s Christmas books that we have accumulated over the years. Here’s a list of the most cherished Christmas books for kids in our house: Gingerbread Mouse - My girls love that the young female character in this Christmas book by Katy Bratun knows that the mouse gets into the house and sets up shop inside the gingerbread house. That…
  • Questions, Fears Come with a Second Child

    Lance Somerfeld
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    My wife is pregnant and we’re expecting baby Number 2 in April 2015! I’m over the moon with excitement. And, I have some fears. About six years ago, when my son was nearly four months old, I started blogging and documenting my daily fatherhood experiences: being a new dad, being an at-home father with few resources, and the adventures our family went on around the big city that is New York, N.Y. When my wife returned to work after maternity leave, and I was flying solo with our son most of the day, I discovered that writing about my journey was therapeutic. For the past few…
  • Go the F**k to This Podcast Link

    City Dads Group
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    What kind of dad writes a children’s book called Go the F**k to Sleep? The same kind of father who follows it up with one called You Have to F*****g Eat. Adam Mansbach, the dad behind these best-selling “children’s books for adults,” reveals why he thinks swearing is a valid — as well as colorful form — of expression, and what he’s teaching his daughter about language appropriate for the situation in our interview with him on the latest edition of The Modern Dads Podcast. Mansbach also takes on his many critics and delves into his surreal Twitter…
  • Death or Santa Claus

    Homemaker Man
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    “It really feels like lying when I play up Santa. … Who am I to derail my tiny philosopher from her search for truth with my silly mythical bullshit?” Santa guilt. I never thought I’d have it. Santa is fun and we believe that fantasy is good for children and, Lord knows, everyone lies to their kids at some point, even if they don’t think they’re doing it. I have guilt because the following is the Peanut’s belief system, and the responsibility for it rests on my wife and me. “Marina and I were at school today.” Marina is her best friend…
  • Holiday Gift Guides for Parents Galore!

    City Dads Group
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The day of the great unwrapping quickly approaches and you are still in need of gifts for girls, boys and others. City Dads Group is here help. We’ve compiled links to gift guides, reviews and shopping tips written by our members and blogosphere buddies to help you out: Start with the 2014 Holiday Toys for Girls And Boys, a guide to hot items you’ll kids will love written by Chris Bernholdt, co-organizer of our Philly Dads Group and author of the DadnCharge blog. Junior wants something electronic? Read the Toy and Tech Gift Guide put together by Trey Burley, our Atlanta Dads…
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    Father Nerds Best

  • Creating Holiday Traditions

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Christmas time has always been one of my favorite times of the year.  This love of the holidays goes back to when I was a child and experienced Santa and all the magic that was involved in the giving and receiving of gifts.  It was also a special time when your parents didn't work, you hung out with family, and everyone was just in a much better mood than usual.  Plus, the no school thing was nice as well.  While I may have grown out of Santa and working a few days before Christmas tends to take the wind out of any holiday cheer, I intend to make sure my son grows up with…
  • Why the Elf on the Shelf Is Banned from Our Household

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    It's the holiday season and you know what that means, pictures of people's trees, decorations, and traditions.  Usually, this is a normal occurrence where I see people with a whole hell of a lot more time and dedication on their hands who deck out their house with awesome light shows or beautiful live trees that probably smell as good as they look decorated.  Most of the traditions that people share are awesome to hear about.  Decorating the tree the night of Thanksgiving, chopping down your own tree and displaying it proudly in your living room, etc.  These are all age…
  • Nintendo Amiibo Figures Review

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    With the recent release of the new Wii U game Super Smash Brothers, Nintendo has thrown it's hat into the gaming figuring market.  Previously, we have seen games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity use figures that are represented in game when they interact with some sort of "portal."  Nintendo has done the same thing with their figures and plan to utilize them across a number of games that are currently out and others that will be released in the near future.  I have picked up a few amiibos over the past week and put them through their paces.  Do I think they are the…
  • The First Birthday: A Year in the Life

    11 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    My son's first birthday party was a celebration.  It was a celebration of my son being alive for a full year and it was also a celebration of my wife and I successfully keeping a child alive for a full year.  Both are extremely valid reasons to party and party we did this past Saturday at Jack's grandparents house.  The setup for a 1 year old's party seems like it would be simple, but ask my wife and you'll hear a different tale.  Inviting people, making sure the food is ordered, decorations, a theme...these are all things that must be considered and executed on and she…
  • Halloween with a Little Yoshi

    3 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    Halloween has always been a fun holiday in my family.  Growing up, my parents fully embraced the holiday by going all out on decorations, costumes, and spending a nice amount of time taking us around the neighborhood to trick or treat.  As I got older and the costumes got more expensive, that love of Halloween continued but the childhood fascination of dressing up in a costume and fully embracing the fun that is shared in a neighborhood on October 31st was beginning to fade away.  By the time I was in my mid twenties and married Halloween meant costume parties and drinking. We…
 
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  • Importance Of Being A Healthy Dad

    Mike Granek
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Importance Of Being A Healthy Dad by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike from TopDaddies.com interviews Dai Manuel, dad, pro blogger and health junkie about why it is important to be a healthy dad. Dai shares his story of making a significant change in his life, going from being a morbidly obese teenager to fitness expert. He offers a few tips on how to get started with a healthy lifestyle. The post Importance Of Being A Healthy Dad was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original content!
  • Disney On Ice Let’s Party Brings Magic!

    Mike Granek
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Disney On Ice Let’s Party Brings Magic! by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Thank you Feld Entertainment for bringing some Disney magic to Vancouver!! If it wasn’t for Feld producing Disney On Ice shows, Vancouver would only have the local Disney Stores to get their Disney fix. While I love the Disney Stores, having a full Disney entertainment production come to our city every year, is like having Disneyland itself drop by for one special night! This year, Feld brought us Disney On Ice Let’s Party! which was truly a huge party on ice!! Disney On Ice isn’t just an ice show,…
  • Gift Ideas For Mom And Dad 2014

    Mike Granek
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Gift Ideas For Mom And Dad 2014 by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Mike visits London Drugs to get a few customizable gift ideas for moms & dads this holiday. Nikki from the Photo Lab shows us some products that you can personalize with your kids artwork or pictures to create heartfelt and one-of-a-kind gifts. Let your kids use their imagination and creativity to come up with their own ideas as they design a unique and special gift for mom or dad. The post Gift Ideas For Mom And Dad 2014 was written by Mike Granek for Top Daddies. Please visit Top Daddies for more original…
  • Top Daddies Approved Toys For 2014

    Mike Granek
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Top Daddies Approved Toys For 2014 by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. There are a lot of top gifts of the holiday season floating around this time of year. While most are based on top selling toys of the season, we decided to do something a little different. We teamed up with Cowboys and Angels this holiday season and collected a list of unique toys not necessarily found in the big box stores. Take a look at our 9 carefully chosen TopDaddies Approved Toys For 2014!   Elf on the Shelf Many of you may already be familiar with Elf on the Shelf, but for those who aren’t, it is an…
  • Neonatal Intensive Care – One Parent’s Experience

    Mike Granek
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Neonatal Intensive Care – One Parent’s Experience by Mike Granek is provided by Top Daddies. Sean Stynes, a father of three children shares his story of having a child in Neonatal Intensive Care for 8 months. His son was born premature at 28 weeks and only 1lb 10 ounces. Sean talks about his experience, the impact it had on his family, and offers some advice to other parents who might be in similar situations. To read more about Sean’s experience, visit the Styne family’s blog where they have documented all 233 days in the NICU: www.stynes.com The post Neonatal…
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