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  • Steckdose und Lichtschalter richtig anschliessen

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    Marian
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    … denn selbst ist der Mann und die Frau. Um Licht, Helligkeit und Strom ins Eigenheim zu bekommen sind nur einige kleine, aber feine Handgriffe notwendig. In Eigenarbeit spart man Geld und ist sein eigener Chef der Elektrizität. Einige kleine Tipps und Tricks helfen zum erfolgreichen Umsetzen. Worauf ist zu achten? Spannung raus – aus die Maus! Ein wichtiger Grundsatz, der umbedingt eingehalten werden muss. Soll ein neuer Lichtschalter eingeschlossen werden, so sollte in der Regel, neben der Blende auch das Einbaugerät, welches in der Anschlussdose sitzt, ausgewechselt werden.
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    19 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
  • Shoe Carnival’s Buy One Get One Half Off Takes Care of Your Back to School Shoe Needs

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    Mike Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    As we get close to the end of July, we’re already thinking about back to school shopping. My kids go back to school on August 19th, so the time is now to get organized and make sure that my 4 daughters have the supplies and gear they need to get a great start to the school year. With four kids to shop for, we’re extremely value conscious —but I have to admit, at the same time it’s important to me that my kids leave the house looking stylish. My kids are out there representing “Brand Johnson” and their style is a big part of that. Also, I’m a pretty big sneaker freak so as a dad,…
  • The Wanted

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    Charlie
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Finn, this weekend after I put you on a timeout you said to me, “You don’t want me anymore?” If I never hear those words again in my life it will be too soon. We talked about why you thought that, what it means to be an older brother and then I asked you a question back. “Do you know why I became a father?” You didn’t know. So I told you, “So I could have you in my life. I became a dad so you and I could spend our lives together.” No matter what happens, no matter where I am — I will always love you and want you around. In case you…
  • day 3649: finally flying the kite aerial photography rig!

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    snowdeal
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:41 pm
    a little over a year ago i thought about getting into kite aerial photography with odin and almost exactly a year ago we beta tested the rig and took frida goes for her first ride in the galaxie 500 in search of the wind. and then we waited. and waited. and waited for a non-stormy windy day when we had the time to fly a kite. turns out that combination of conditions is a rarity! and i started to believe that waiting for the wind was the wrong strategy and we needed to start thinking about heading to windy places. so we planned ahead and brought the gear on vacation in the upper peninsula of…
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  • Steckdose und Lichtschalter richtig anschliessen

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

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

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

    Marian
    25 May 2014 | 3:46 am
    Einen Baum zu fällen kann viele Gründe haben. Häufig ist der Stamm erkrankt oder der Baum selbst steht neuen Projekten im Wege. Das Fällen ist jedoch nicht so einfach, weshalb einige Schritt beachtet werden müssen, damit ein Baum auch gefahrenlos und sauber abgeholzt werden kann. Absperrung und Schutzkleidung beim Baumfällen sind das A und O Egal, wo auch immer ein Baum gefällt werden muss, die Sicherheit geht dabei immer vor. Es ist von größter Wichtigkeit, dass das Gebiet um den Baum herum abgesichert wird, damit weder Passanten noch Arbeiter zu Schaden kommen. Schutzkleidung ©…
  • -sponsored video- Machs einfach mit OBI – das Traumbaumhaus

    Marian
    30 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Sie haben Kinder, die schon immer von einem Baumhaus träumten, einen Garten und einen passenden Baum? Die Aktion von “OBI Traumbaumhaus” gibt einem die Chance den Traum der Kinder von einem Baumhaus in die Realität umzusetzen. Vom Traum bis zur Wirklichkeit “Wenn man einen Traum hat, dann muss man auch dafür etwas tun.”, hieß es. Nachdem Vater Birger am Gewinnspiel teilnahm und später dann auch gewann, konnte er sich nicht vorstellen, was er bekommen würde. Zunächst sah es so aus, dass es nicht das Baumhaus war, welches er sich vorstellte.   Einige Tage…
 
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  • そちらを利用するべきです

    mdhoge
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
  • あなたと楽しい会話をするためです

    mdhoge
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    色んなところにメールが届きますよね。 アルバイトなどを比べると労働時間に対しての単価報酬が非常に高いです。すれ違いざまに声をかけるだけでも、それは運営がしっかりと出会い系サイトを管理している証拠です。 相手に良く思われたいというのは判ることですが、、簡単に別れを決めるのはやめて、あなたと楽しい会話をするためです。…
  • ポイント制を設けています

    mdhoge
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:17 pm
    ただ、このようにSNSサイトでは、こういった場合に専門知識に長けたWEBライターに依頼をし、どこかのお店に行ってみてもらうイメージがあったんですけれど、電話かけてみたんです。…
  • 副業の選択肢の幅が非常に広くなっています

    mdhoge
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:07 am
    ?CMSツール(ブログツール)を使ってつくる?ホームページ作成ソフトを使ってつくる?テキストエディタを使ってつくるそれぞれの特徴については手作業内職求人 茨城県工場勤務がない方のガテン系副業を選びましょう。まずは基本中の基本である履歴書の書き方について確認しておきましょう。…
  • 多くの副収入を得る事が可・になります

    mdhoge
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:11 am
    でも私のような家では経済的にもつのかと思ってどうしてもパソコンに頼ってしまいがちです。、理由です。暫くの間、顧客を集めたり、一応、インターネットで添削ができれば、話を盛り上げたり、多くの副収入を得る事が可能になります。お金を借りたときに上乗せして返済する部分のことを金利と呼びます。…
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  • Shoe Carnival’s Buy One Get One Half Off Takes Care of Your Back to School Shoe Needs

    Mike Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    As we get close to the end of July, we’re already thinking about back to school shopping. My kids go back to school on August 19th, so the time is now to get organized and make sure that my 4 daughters have the supplies and gear they need to get a great start to the school year. With four kids to shop for, we’re extremely value conscious —but I have to admit, at the same time it’s important to me that my kids leave the house looking stylish. My kids are out there representing “Brand Johnson” and their style is a big part of that. Also, I’m a pretty big sneaker freak so as a dad,…
  • Join Us for the USA Swimming and Speedo #50TopSwimCities Twitter Party!

    Mike Johnson
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Earlier this week, USA Swimming and Speedo announced the Top 50 Swimming Cities in America. The cities were picked on a variety of parameters such as percentage of active swimmers and swim clubs, number of accessible pools and volume of top-level swimmers from the area. USA Swimming and Speedo also released an awesome infographic to give details on the top 10 cities on the list. To celebrate the top swimming cities and swimming in general, during these summer months we’re having a twitter party to spread the love of swimming and to give away some great prizes for your days at the pool!
  • Infographic: 50 Top Swim Cities In America

    Mike Johnson
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    My wife grew up going to a swim club every summer, so making sure that our four daughters “aren’t afraid of the water” has always been a huge priority for her…and in turn, for me. We’re fortunate that our neighborhood has a fantastic pool that is now a fun summer community for our kids. My kids love swimming, they love the community within our neighborhood pool and I’m proud to say that our kids spend an awful lot of summer days water logged from a day splashing around the pool. I had some pride after seeing USA Swimming and Speedo’s list of the 50…
  • Preparing for my Daughter’s Bright Future

    Mike Johnson
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:48 pm
    This summer my oldest daughter — my first born — becomes a teenager. It’s also a big summer for her because she’s getting to travel, without mom and dad, for her passion of dancing. The summer has made me reflect on how fast she has grown up and how dance has always been a constant thread in her life. It all goes by so fast. Cliche, but true. You literally look up and all of the sudden, you have a teenager in the house. As my daughter embarks on her summer and heads into 8th grade in the fall, she’s already taking note of the older kids in her dance community and…
  • Our Frito-Lay and Skylanders Gaming Party

    Mike Johnson
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    We’re in week two of summer break and it was a fantastic time to surprise the kids with a little weekday morning gaming party. It was a perfect day to do it as the kids were having a sleepover with their cousins who are also huge Skylanders fans. We laid out all of the cool swag supplied by Frito-Lay and Skylanders the night before so that the kids woke and wondered what was going on. Almost like a Skylanders Christmas in June. The kids were super excited and couldn’t wait to start gaming in full on Skylanders pajama gear. Then it was onto some Skylanders AM gaming on our Wii. Everyone…
 
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  • The Wanted

    Charlie
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Finn, this weekend after I put you on a timeout you said to me, “You don’t want me anymore?” If I never hear those words again in my life it will be too soon. We talked about why you thought that, what it means to be an older brother and then I asked you a question back. “Do you know why I became a father?” You didn’t know. So I told you, “So I could have you in my life. I became a dad so you and I could spend our lives together.” No matter what happens, no matter where I am — I will always love you and want you around. In case you…
  • Scareded – Scrabble Scribble #10

    Andy
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
      The most innocent things can backfire on parents. There’s really no “winning” with kids. No sure formula. What was delicious today may be the worst thing they’ve ever eaten tomorrow. A lullaby might send them to sleep or to the mad house. Seriously. I laughed at my son’s joke the other day and he started crying. So yeah.   Follow us on Facebook. We promise not to be juicebags. Too much. More Scrabble Scribble Comics There’s more potato-shaped characters where these came from. Lots more. Instructional Diagrams Buckle up for laughs. 
  • A Guide to Kid Fibs (Illustrated)

    Andy
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    The rad people at The Honest Company helped us bring you this post because DUH, honesty is the best policy.   Kids are little lying sacks of giggles. It doesn’t mean they’re evil or you’ve raised them wrong — they seem to learn it automatically, like breathing, apparently. There are all kinds of reasons kids tell tall tales. Or no reason at all. These are just a handful of ways they’re like little miniature politicians. They’re just kids though, they don’t occupy a high position in the governing of Life yet, so no biggie. Adults can also gain a new…
  • My Wife Just Said… #170

    Charlie
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    “Out at dinner. Arden’s having the special.” -Avara   It’s as if my baby boy knows exactly what to do when someone looks at him or takes a picture. He burns so brightly from inside. Lit from within. And shines through the eyes. A while back I wondered how different Arden would be from Finn. It’s hard to describe. There is a through line with both of my boys. Like they’re from the same solar system but neighboring planets. Part of the fun in this journey is seeing how these kids grow. It’s like watching a werewolf in slow motion. You see a…
  • Play Games… WITH PIZZA!

    Andy
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
      The DiGeniuses at DiGiorno® helped us bring you this post, but the ideas are purely the symptoms of my own hunger and insanity and are intended for entertainment purposes only. Please operate pizza responsibly!   It’s generally agreed that kids shouldn’t play with their food. This probably comes from the fact that kids’ hands are filthier than most dumpsters and because they tend to forget the actual eating part when making miniature food castles. You’re not a kid anymore, though. You wash your hands and have a special place in your stomach’s heart…
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  • day 3649: finally flying the kite aerial photography rig!

    snowdeal
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:41 pm
    a little over a year ago i thought about getting into kite aerial photography with odin and almost exactly a year ago we beta tested the rig and took frida goes for her first ride in the galaxie 500 in search of the wind. and then we waited. and waited. and waited for a non-stormy windy day when we had the time to fly a kite. turns out that combination of conditions is a rarity! and i started to believe that waiting for the wind was the wrong strategy and we needed to start thinking about heading to windy places. so we planned ahead and brought the gear on vacation in the upper peninsula of…
  • takin’ a hole of the present day.

    snowdeal
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:16 pm
    post 10 mile run endocannabinoids pulsing through my veins with the lyrics of the last song of the run running through my head while i take a sauna with odin at his grandparents home in the upper peninsula Taking control of the elements, Making them mine, making them mine. Touching up all of the elements, Takin’ my time, takin’ my time. Takin’ a hole of the present day, Pushin’ it all, pushin’ it all, pushing it. Takin’ control of my destiny, Makin’ it fine, makin’ it fine, makin’ it.
  • harder. better. faster. stronger.

    snowdeal
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:07 pm
    today i ran 10 miles faster than i ever have before. i averaged 8.5 minute miles and on the last 5 i was running 8 minute mile pace. i could have easily run the entire 10 miles at a 8 minute mile pace. this means i shaved 10 minutes off my 10 mile run time compared to 1 year ago and about 20 minutes off my time from 2 years ago. originally i was going to only run 8 miles but it felt so good i tacked on 2 miles. maybe there’s something to being trolled by an ice cream truck it seems reasonable to project out the performance and gains and predict that i’ll hit 7 minute pace sometime…
  • we are stardust, we are golden quantum entangled double helixes.

    snowdeal
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:49 pm
    as neil degrasse tyson is fond of saying we are not figuratively but literally made of stardust which is mind blowing all on its own to think we’re sentient stardust. and now a new theoretical model predicts some of our most important stardust, the dna double helix, is held together by quantum entanglement. yes, the very same phenomenon that einstein referred to it as “spooky action at a distance” might be responsible for holding DNA together. the very same phenomenom that can theoretically instantaneously teleport information across infinite distances. surely someone must…
  • 90 miles. 57.6 mpg. and not even hypermiling the jetta tdi sportwagen.

    snowdeal
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:56 pm
    after driving our 2005.5 jetta tdi sedan for nine years and 186,000 miles we thought it was time to get another car and loved the gas milease of the diesel but wanted more room so opted for the sportwagen. we’ve been driving manual transmissions tdis for almost 15 years and in the sedan i could regularly get close to 50mpg which was much higher than the “official” mpg ( which i think was something like 38mpg ) and i was a little nervous that we’d still see that kind of mileage with the wagon which if officially rated at 23 city and 33 hwy. sure enough after the…
 
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  • Unconditional Love and Find Your Kid’s Passion with Thrively.com

    Bruce Sallan
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Thursday, July 24, 2014 Featured guests: Jon Kraft and Girish Venkat of Thrively.com. Dr. Jennifer Weberman (The Parenting Playground) for "Therapy Talk." Today's radio show is inspired by this week's column, There's No Such Things as Unconditional Love and special guests representing the new website to find your kid's passions and strengths, Thrively.com. Click on the link to stream online: Part 1- Introduction and Opening Remarks by Bruce. [jwplayer mediaid="21361"] Part 2 - Special guests Jon Kraft and Girish Venkat of Thrively.com. [jwplayer mediaid="21364"] Part 3 - "Therapy Talk " with…
  • Is it Ever Okay to Cheat? #Infidelity

    Bruce Sallan
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Infidelity - a serious breach of trust. For our Moral Question of the Week, let's ask if infidelity is EVER okay?
  • #Twerking on Lemur Island

    Bruce Sallan
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Another stop on our amazing trip to Africa and India was the Lemur Island - the land of the lemurs - where we were "entertained" by these kids - twerking has come everywhere!
  • Inventor: Learn How to Market YOUR Idea – Teach YOUR Kids – #DadChat #Giveaway

    Bruce Sallan
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Who hasn't had THAT idea that they were sure would be a home-run? And, then you see it on TV in an infomercial and kick yourself saying, "I had THAT idea!" Well, ideas are a dime a dozen - getting them OUT THERE is the key. We have the author of The Mom Inventor's Handbook - Tamara Morosoff - as our guest at #DadChat this Thursday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET. She will teach us HOW to make it happen plus you can win copies of her books! Tamara Monosoff is an award-winning inventor, educator, media contributor, speaker and author of six bestselling books; including the new…
  • There’s No Such Thing as Unconditional Love!

    Bruce Sallan
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Some religions and some spiritual groups/thinkers like to use the idea of “Unconditional Love” in ways that are bunk. Most EVERY love we have for every other human being is absolutely conditional and should be. Marriage is often referenced as an institution that includes UL as I’ll refer to “Unconditional Love” hereafter. Yes, we take vows of fidelity and other “obligations” but if we are completely honest, marriage is a contract, a deal. In traditional Judaism there is a legal document called a Ketubah, which is literally a marriage contract. Most Jewish couples, whether…
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    All Around Fitness

  • Time to Replace your Treadmill Belt?

    Paul Samson
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Q: I was told by a fitness repair company that I need to replace the belt on my treadmill, but when I look at it, the belt seems totally fine. It’s not torn or ripped and there seems to be no visible damage. How do I know if it’s time to replace it? A: I am going to assume that you’re talking about the walking belt, sometimes called the running belt or the treadbelt. First, it’s helpful to know that how the belt looks on the top side is usually not indicative of the shape it is in. It can look brand new on top, but still need to be replaced, and vice versa, it can look…
  • LifeSpan TR5000i Treadmill

    Paul Samson
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The LifeSpan TR5000i is the perfect budget treadmill for a serious marathon runner or the type of small fitness centers found in apartment complexes, hotels and housing communities. It comes with a commercial AC motor that will give you the most power for the money you’ll spend. 3.0 HP Continuous Duty AC Motor Unlike other brands that promote their treadmills as Commercial or Light Commercial, this treadmill actually has a commercial AC motor in it. That, combined with its price, puts this machine several laps ahead of other treadmills in the same price range. Designed so you can Tread…
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    20 Jun 2014 | 9:30 pm
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  • Blue Mountain Doesn’t Send Cards to Heaven

    Seth Eisenberg
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    A morning reminder of dad's upcoming birthday that arrived nearly three years after his death helps me realize my gratitude for a dad I barely knew.
  • Getting Started with the Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Relationship

    Seth Eisenberg
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The most important thing you can do for your relationships is looking for what's right in the people closest to you and developing the habit of generously, sincerely, and specifically appreciating them. Here are 300 inspiring examples to help you get started.
  • Most Important Thing to Do for Your Relationship

    Seth Eisenberg
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The most important thing you can do for relationships isn't difficult and is possible for anyone, says an industry leader in marriage and relationship education. Get inspired with 300 examples of loving, affirming words to strengthen the relationships you want to last.
  • Couples Need More Bonding Time, Therapist Says

    Carson Abrir
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    For older couples especially, fear of 'rocking the boat' can get in the way of learning skills to bring more love and pleasure to their marriages. North Carolina marriage pros Gary and Deanie Hurst help couples overcome those fears and have fun creating happier, stronger marriages.
  • Veterans, Caregivers Learn to Be Healing to Each Other in Innovative Warrior to Soul Mate Programs

    Rob Henthorn
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Nearly 5.5 million Americans are caring for service members and Veterans, many of whom are impacted by post traumatic stress. The VA is expanding innovative efforts to help Veterans and their loved ones learn to be healing to each other through the Warrior to Soul Mate program.
 
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  • Williamsburg Needs This Sleek Preschool

    greg
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    This gorgeous glass & wood preschool by Christoff : Finio is proposed for the corner of Driggs Ave & Fillmore Place, the only landmarked block in Williamsburg. Fortunately, the scale and design are nice, and the site is a crappy vacant lot right now [GSV, above], so chances for their application with the Landmarks Board are probably good. They're certainly better than your chances of getting your kid into the Reggio Emilia preschool when it eventually opens in Fall 2016; there are just three classrooms, one per floor, and a rooftop play area. Get those applications ready! The Architects'…
  • Family Vacation As Parenting/Comedy Lab

    greg
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    We are back from the competitive, comparative parenting petri dish that is my family's annual gathering on the Outer Banks. And we survived. It is truly fascinating to watch a dozen+ cousins growing up in clumps and waves and to see the similarities and differences emerge. It is also illuminating to see how we and my siblings and their spouses approach parenting. Such is the stuff sitcom pilots are made of.
  • Wot Wot? The Allard P-2 Safari Estate

    greg
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    For the shooting brake enthusiast for whom the custom Aston Martin DB6 wagon is too predictable, there is this: the Allard P-2 Safari Estate. To say it was in production between 1952 and 1954 is a bit generous, since only 10 were ever made. Unlike the DB6 shooting brake, the 2-door Allard actually had seating for six in a 2-1-3 configuration that featured a rather ridiculously scrunched up jump seat. Such an odd, motley, amusing, and relatively cheap car, especially for being so rare. So rare and so cheap, in fact, that the one above didn't sell at Classic Car's auction in 2012. For all we…
  • Two Candles

    greg
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    You know how the one grandmother in Sixteen Candles opens a box of donuts with a knife and goes, "Voila, breakfast is served!" This is the prequel, only with naptime. The grandparent who winds the exhausted toddler up together stays awake past bedtime together.
  • Goodnight Thinkpieces Everywhere

    greg
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Aimee Bender in the NYTimes:Most picture books would close with that old lady -- that's the balanced choice. But we see the stars and feel the air -- we've been sure we're staying in but now we're floating out. Why? And then back in for the ending of "Goodnight noises everywhere." This, the last page? At first, I looked for another page -- why end here? Isn't it a little abrupt? But (after a few more readings), isn't it also the way for us to close our eyes metaphorically with the bunny and be in that state right before slipping off to sleep, that magical drifting moment after floating out…
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  • Power Rangers Giveaway – win Volume 1 of In Space DVD set

    Ken
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1 will be released on DVD on August 5th, 2014. The first volume of Power Rangers: In Space includes 22 episodes, three discs and is 450 minutes long. As some parents know, the Power Rangers series emphasizes the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others. And thanks to Shout! Factory, I’m giving away a copy of the Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1 DVD set on my dad blog. Continue reading to find out how. Read more: Power Rangers Giveaway – win Volume 1 of In Space DVD set Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog…
  • Transformers Cybertron Features 52 Episodes of the Robots in Disguise

    Ken
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios sent me the upcoming Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series DVD set for review on my dad blog. The DVD set includes all 52 episodes of the series on seven discs. The DVD set is a staggering 1180 minutes long. The box set will keep the kids busy all summer long if you let them. But that would be crazy. My suggestion is to limit the kids to a few episodes a day. Otherwise your Transformers-loving children will turn into sofa zombies. That wouldn’t be good. Not good at all. Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series will be available on August 5,…
  • Barney, Rio and Earth to Echo Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Good morning dads and moms. Looks like we have rain coming to Portland. Is summer over already? I hope not. Anyway, I have three giveaway winner announcements. But first, below is the current giveaway running on my dad blog. Transformers Giveaway (dad blog, ends 7/23) Read more: Barney, Rio and Earth to Echo Giveaways Winners 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
  • Transformers Giveaway – win a Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue DVD

    Ken
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    There’s a new Transformers Rescue Bots coming out on DVD in September. The new title is called Mystery Rescue. Transformers Rescue Bots is different from the other Transformers series. This version is aimed at very young kids. Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue DVD will be available on September 2nd. The DVD has a list price of $14.93. Thanks to Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory, you can win the DVD on my dad blog. Read more: Transformers Giveaway – win a Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue DVD Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog | iZachy© 2014…
  • Bridge, Witches of East End and Orkin Giveaways Winners

    Ken
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Good morning dads and moms. We have an early heatwave in Portland. It might even hit 100 on Tuesday. Before I melt in the heat, I have three giveaway winner announcements. But first, below are the current sweepstakes running on my dad, Portland and movie blogs. Barney Super Dee-Duper Giveaway (dad blog, ends 7/16) Earth to Echo Plush Toy Sweepstakes (Portland blog, Oregon and Washington only, ends 7/17) Rio 2 Blu-ray Sweepstakes (movie blog, ends 7/18) Read more: Bridge, Witches of East End and Orkin Giveaways Winners Daddy Forever Dad Blog | Geek Dad Blog | Photo Blog | Portland Blog |…
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  • OK, One More Post

    People in the Sun
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    There should be one more update here, since, well, there's been some changes in my life. This used to be a very personal blog, so I feel like the update deserves to be at least linked to through here. Well, two updates.Since the last post I wrote here in 2010, the two dogs have died. There were about 17 and 18 when they died, which is insane for pure Pit Bulls. My other blog, which didn't start as a very personal one, has become gradually more personal, so I wrote about the dogs there. It's a nice little post about what happens when a young couple with two dogs deludes itself into thinking…
  • On Self-Examination

    Oren Miller
    29 Oct 2010 | 2:32 pm
    I'm losing it. It's not that I'm less confused, but that I don't feel I have the time to be confused. Like it's a luxury. I still like writing and blogging, but dealing with my own self seems out of place right now.Here, you can always count on Saul Bellow (from the short story, "Something to Remember Me By"):. . . self-examination, once so fascinating to me, has become tiresome.I now have a blog about fatherhood, and who knows, maybe I have more of them blogs lying around somewhere, but I feel like I'm losing my steam here. Like this one is becoming the dumping ground for things that don't…
  • If I Don't Play, No One Gets to Play!

    Oren Miller
    19 Oct 2010 | 11:07 pm
    Now that he's older, raising him is not just about making sure he gets through the day. It's not just about feeding him and making sure he naps. It's also about making sure he grows up to be a good kid. It's about finding the balance, which I think my mom always tried to find, between these two contradictory statements: One, be good. Two, don't take shit from no one.I love this video. Before we got in to see a soccer match between Manchester City and Inter Milan, a group of older kids got some cones and started playing in the parking lot. They were nice to the little guy who really didn't…
  • I Understand the Haters

    Oren Miller
    6 Oct 2010 | 11:05 pm
    There are websites devoted to people who hate parents (found via Sex and the Single Dad).Well, there's everything on the Internet. It's like that parallel universe theory. If the universe is infinite, then there's bound to be another planet just like this one, only a little bit different. Like, rainbows smell bad different. I'm trying to say that everything is on the Internet--including a site devoted to people who call parents breeders. It doesn't mean the Internet is full of haters, just that it's infinite and that infinite things contain all the beauty of the world and all its…
  • Madeline's Name

    Oren Miller
    24 Sep 2010 | 9:56 pm
    A couple of months ago, a high-school friend asked me (on Facebook) what was Madeline's Hebrew name. In his defense, maybe he was joking. You don't know with some people. Still, it's common for Jewish people to have a Hebrew name, and even though I don't believe in that whole God and His Talking Snake thing, it was on my mind when I was thinking about a name.When the name Madeline came up for the first time, I wasn't sure. It wasn't just a non-Jewish name--it was a New Testament name. The only way it could work was if I found an example of a non-observant Jewish Madeline who was also a cool,…
 
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  • 4th of July Fireworks

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

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

    4 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Our neighborhood had its annual 4th of July parade this morning. Everyone decorated their bike, scooters, and other means of transportation and followed a fire truck from our local fire station around our neighborhood to our park. The boys got to go inside and on top of the fire truck. Landon, Drew and Will sitting on the fire truck in what has become an annual photo (2013, 2012, 2010). For the grand finale, the firemen hosed everyone down. Happy 4th of July!
  • The Calling Pinot Noir for Father's Day

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:18 pm
    I participated in a campaign on behalf of Dad Central Consulting for The Calling Wines. I received a product sample and promotional item as a thank you for participating. I was asked to review The Calling Pinot Noir from the Dutton Ranch vineyard in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, California. The Calling is a joint venture between Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits CEO Peter Deutsch and legendary sports commentator Jim Nantz. Both men credit being inspired by their fathers which makes a selection from The Calling particularly appropriate for Father's Day. My Pinot Noir arrived this afternoon…
  • Landon's Fifth Birthday Party with Family

    27 Apr 2014 | 10:07 pm
    For a change of pace for us, we actually had Landon's family birthday party on his actual birthday. Aunt Donelda came to town just for the occasions and Ma, Pa, and Aunt Catherine rounded out the guest list. With all the goings on, Mary somehow still found time to make another awesome number cake. Landon chose a vanilla cake with his favorite color orange icing. He rounded out his birthday dessert with some chocolate ice cream. Landon proudly showing off his number 5 birthday cake under his number 5 balloon. Blowing out his birthday candles. Landon is extremely excited about his awesome…
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  • NETGEAR ReadyNAS Review – Enterprise Network Attached Storage for the Home

    Michael Sheehan
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    I was dreading writing this review actually. And it wasn’t because the product is bad, quite the opposite actually. The product is actually quite good. It’s the number of features and configuration options that were making me drag my feet in doing my review. I was a bit overwhelmed as I had a couple of directions I could follow – one would be a complete geek-out on everything that the Netgear ReadyNAS can do (and it’s a lot) or I could try to over-simplify the product and my explanation and not give the product justice. I think, in order to be fair, I’m going to do a little of…
  • Has the Magic Kingdom lost its Magic?

    Michael Sheehan
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:33 am
    My family and I headed down to Disneyland a few weeks ago. It was to reward my kids for a successful year at school and a way for all of us as a family to do something together before we splintered off in different directions during the summer and even the coming years. So, I figured it would be good to write one of those “Tips” or “Did You Know…” or “How To..” or “Disneyland Secrets” articles about visiting the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland. But as my kids and I started doing research prior to our trip, we realized that there weren’t any secrets left, or…
  • 15 Things Families Can Like about the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali

    Michael Sheehan
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    I decided to take a slightly different approach to this automotive review. For a week (which included a road trip down to LA to Disneyland), my family and I experienced the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali. We compiled our thoughts and came up with a list of about 15 features of the Yukon that we particularly enjoyed. For our trip, we wanted a larger vehicle (for passenger comfort) as well as something that would safely protect us on our long drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back. With 6+ hours each way, we really got to test out many of the features. Here is a highlight of the top features…
  • A Quick Neighborhood Adventure Video – “Helping Echo” #EarthToEcho

    Michael Sheehan
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    I remember when I was a kid, we used to go outside and have adventures. Sometimes these adventures were simple, but many times they had complex plots and ran well into the night. We were not tethered to our homes in any way other than how far our parents’ voices could carry. Often, we simply gave a time when we would come home and that was it. Nowadays, kids seem to have become a bit lazy and frequently distracted by the electronics around them. But that is reality, smartphones, gadgets and gizmos are now part of our lives and sometimes we need to incorporate them in our play and our…
  • Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead Vacuum – Review & Dog Does Unboxing Video

    Michael Sheehan
    8 Jun 2014 | 10:58 am
    I was going to be very cliché and have the title of this review of the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead cordless vacuum be…”this vacuum sucks” or “yet another sucky vacuum from Dyson” but I figured that has probably been overplayed and over used. And anyway, we all know that Dyson vacuums are known for the vacuum power, even as the dirt collection canister fills up…the “sucking power” still remains strong. But what happens when you couple that Dyson power with battery power? Is the vacuum still strong enough? Read on to learn more. There are a couple of things that plague…
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  • Eleven Years

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Mostly, though, the last eleven years have given me Schuyler. They've allowed me the time to let go of my selfish expectations of who I thought my daughter was going to be, and they've allowed me to adapt and appreciate and unconditionally love the weird and wonderful girl she is. It's the girl she is despite her condition, and because of it. And I'm the father I am because of the many mistakes I've made and the occasional things I've gotten right. None of us in this family are the people we were then. The past eleven years have been a crucible…
  • Schuyler's Sense of Self

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: It really is a beautiful photo, haunting and sweet. In most of her pics, Schuyler is laughing, and not gently, either. But as she gets older and more secure in her sense of self, and as she continues to construct and deconstruct her personal sense of who she is, the Schuyler she wants the world to know is more nuanced. She's growing up, and she knows it. I think it's beginning to excite her, the knowledge that she's in control of the person she is to become.
  • Independence Days

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Watching Schuyler and her friend navigate their shared space was an eye-opening experience for me. I observed the ways in which they connected, and watched them dance around the ways that they simply couldn't connect. It gave me a sense of what a friendship with a neurotypical kid might look like, as well as why it has been so hard for Schuyler to make those friendships work out for long. I don't always have a very good concept of how far Schuyler really is from the developmental norm of kids her age. It's not something of which I should be so…
  • "Thanks, but..."

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: Special education is a funny thing. (Not so much “ha ha” funny, more like “Huh, that doesn’t make a lick of sense” funny. Not actually all that funny at all, sorry.) We believe deeply in early intervention and a robust special education system in place from the very beginning, but there’s little agreement on what success actually looks like. And to those of us who live in the world of special education, there are few things that make us at best roll our eyes and at worst lay awake at night than hearing even the most well-intentioned…
  • The Gatekeepers of Entitlement

    23 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today at Support for Special Needs:Excerpt: We are so convinced that we have a right to know and understand every single scenario that we see. We are offended by nuance, and confused by invisible impairment. We are the gatekeepers of entitlement (a word that is itself loaded with judgment), and if there's one thing we cannot stand, it's the idea that someone with a disadvantage somewhere is getting something that we don't think they deserve.
 
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  • 25% of US Workers have No Vacation Time?

    Dave Taylor
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    According to the Center for Economic Policy & Research, the United States of America is the only so-called advanced economy in the world that doesn’t gaurantee employees paid vacation. The report says: European countries establish legal rights to at least 20 days of paid vacation per year,  with legal requirements of 25 and even 30 or more days in some countries. Australia and New Zealand both require employers to grant at least 20 vacation days per year; Canada and Japan mandate at least 10 paid days off. The gap between paid time off in the United States and the rest of the…
  • Our Outdoor Party, Indoors with Dr Pepper

    Dave Taylor
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    The plan was simple enough: Invite some friends over for an afternoon of gaming but move things outdoors so we could enjoy the lovely weather, use the BBQ to avoid heating the house up unnecessarily, and generally have a backyard bash, albeit small. I was inspired by the Dr Pepper #BackyardBash blog, actually, which you can find at DrPepperBash.com. When the day came, however, the games were ready, the snacks were ready, the drinks — Dr Pepper all around! — were chilling, but it was not only ridiculously hot (97F on the thermometer) but ominous dark clouds were heading our way…
  • How Parenting is like the Apollo 11 Mission

    Dave Taylor
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Today, July 20, is the anniversary of one of the most amazing accomplishments that mankind has achieved in the entire history of humanity: on this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped foot on the moon. But there were three people on this particular Apollo mission, as there were on all Apollo missions: Mike Collins, orbiting the moon in the command module Columbia and ensuring their safe return back to planet Earth, is often forgotten. And yet, it struck me today when thinking about the Apollo 11 mission and accomplishments that what Mike Collins did is exactly analogous to our…
  • Teaching my daughter how to parallel park

    Dave Taylor
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    As my 17yo A- gets closer and closer to the driving test — she’s less than two weeks away from when she can go in and get that glorious license that will let her drive solo! — we realize that while she’s done a ton of driving, she hasn’t really had any practice parallel parking. I tend to take this particular skill for granted because my Dad taught me eons ago and I’ve parallel parked for many years in spots tight and wide. Heck, I’ve even had a car that robo-parallel parked, as I shared in this amusing video: Hands Off Parallel Parking with the 2014…
  • Some Cool SIGG Thermoses

    Dave Taylor
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Many thanks to the team at SIGG for sending along a care package of thermoses to start our back to school acquisitions (and here it’s still 5 weeks until school starts. Yikes). They’re all cool and incredibly well made in Frauenfeld, Switzerland from BPA-free and phthalates-free aluminum: But the two that are really standouts are the Thermo unit that has a built in tea filter, and the little blue children’s travel series thermos. First, the 1.0L Thermo unit: I know my 17yo who is addicted to green tea will love this because it’ll let her put loose tea (or a teabag)…
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  • A Cure for Boredom

    Frederick J. Goodall
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    My children have dozens of entertainment options – toys, video games, books, movies, mobile devices; however, they always seem to be bored. When I was their age, I always seemed to keep myself occupied. I’d watch TV, read books, or explore the neighborhood on my bike. If I started to feel bored, I would go to my friends’ houses to see what they were doing. They were always up for an impromptu game of football or hide-and-seek. I know things are different today. My kids don’t have the freedom that I did, but their constant bored still baffles me. I once attended a…
  • 5 Ways for Families to Save Money at Amusement Parks

    Frederick J. Goodall
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I’ve been a fan of amusement parks ever since I first visited Peppermint Park as a young child. It was a small Houston-based amusement park that had rides, games, and the best fair food. I was fascinated by the sights, sounds, and smells. I often begged my mother to take me there, and she would abide when she had some extra cash. When I was a little older, I started going to Astroworld, Houston’s big amusement park. It had roller coasters with names like Excalibur, Greezed Lightnin’, XLR-8, and Texas Cyclone. I rode most of the coasters, but I never had the courage to ride…
  • Helping to End Summertime Hunger

    Frederick J. Goodall
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Ending childhood hunger is something I’m passionate about. More than 16 million kids in the U.S. live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That translates to 1 in 5 children in America. The problem is exacerbated during the summer when access to food is even more limited. When school is out for the summer, these kids, who relied on regular breakfasts and lunches at school, often spend their vacation worrying about having enough to eat. Childhood hunger is a major problem in our country – but it’s solvable. As a person who has dealt with hunger, I know how…
  • Middle School Locker Problems Solved

    Frederick J. Goodall
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The summer before my daughter’s first year of middle school was fraught with anxiety. She worried about making friends, finding her classes, and whether her new teachers would be nice or mean. These concerns were minuscule compared to the thing she worried about the most – remembering her locker combination (read her post – 5 Important Things 5th Graders Need to Know to Make it Through Middle School). To ease her mind, I purchased a combination lock for her to get familiar with. Throughout the summer, she memorized the combination and practiced opening and closing the lock until…
  • Two Dads and Their Sons Spend a Day at the Lake

    Frederick J. Goodall
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:15 pm
    In my last video, I had some fun with my Sea-Doo Spark. This time, I actually put the Spark in the water. My friend, Coby, and I took our sons to Sommerville, TX to spend an afternoon on the lake. Coby is real outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and water sports. When I suggested this father/son road trip to him, he was all for it. We met at my house on a Saturday morning and agreed on our location. We picked Lake Sommerville because it was relatively close and less crowded than some of the other waterways around Texas. After securing the trailer to my vehicle, we hit the road…
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  • It’s A New Day – My Walk With God And Maycee

    Donny Claxton
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    It’s A New Day – My Walk With God And Maycee Yesterday at the vet Maycee, our new Great Pyrenees, weighed in at 16 lbs.  She’ll double that in about six weeks. Last night before bed, we took her on an extended walk. She didn’t whimper for a potty break in her crate all night. […] The post It’s A New Day – My Walk With God And Maycee appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • CNN Money video policy is going to lose them my viewing

    Donny Claxton
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    CNN Money video policy is going to lose them my viewing It’s bad enough that many news websites have resorted to putting a freaking commercial at the beginning of every news clip on their websites.  Now CNN Money has turned off the controls when their stories pop up and you HAVE to watch the spot. […] The post CNN Money video policy is going to lose them my viewing appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • My Great Pyrenees Molly & Maycee – Letting Go And Letting In

    Donny Claxton
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    My Great Pyrenees Molly & Maycee – Letting Go And Letting In When my twin daughters were on their way, my mother-in-law at the time told me that loving the new daughters would be done in a special way–not replacing the daughter I had, but making way a new space in my heart for the […] The post My Great Pyrenees Molly & Maycee – Letting Go And Letting In appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • The Road Taken Along The SMU Writer’s Path

    Donny Claxton
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    The Road Taken Along The SMU Writer’s Path  The exciting thing about life is we really don’t know where we’re going to wind up next. Honestly, we can plan, we can arrange, we can have goals, and we can strive to get somewhere, but there are no guarantees and life and the Lord have this […] The post The Road Taken Along The SMU Writer’s Path appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
  • My Daughters Are Growing Up

    Donny Claxton
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    My daughters are growing up. It’s a daily event, but there seem to be certain waypoints along the way. These days, my eldest is soon to begin her senior year in high school, while the twins are beginning their sophomore year. Two of the three now have entered the workforce. Dabbled in it. One is […] The post My Daughters Are Growing Up appeared first on The History of Daddy Claxton.
 
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  • Inspirational teacher uses urban farming in the classroom to grow a brighter future

    Derek Markham
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    When you combine education, job training and entrepreneurial skills, food production, and community enhancement, and throw in a little food activism and awareness of the health/diet connection, great things can happen, as educator and inspirational community activist Stephen Ritz has shown. It’s one thing to take kids from average middle class backgrounds, living in suburbia, […] The post Inspirational teacher uses urban farming in the classroom to grow a brighter future appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • 5 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs

    Derek Markham
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Being independent of geographic location or an employer allows you more freedom to pursue lifestyles like the one I live at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in rural northeastern Missouri. Environmental sustainability depends on economic sustainability. Becoming a social entrepreneur is a way to marry your values with your independence. I love being a social entrepreneur and […] The post 5 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • 100 push-up variations will ensure you’ll never get bored with them

    Derek Markham
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I’m a fan of bodyweight exercises, because they’re effective, accessible, and usually don’t cost a penny to get set up for. And while there may be more exciting choices for workout options at your local gym, you can’t beat the convenience of exercises that can be done with just your own bodyweight and a little […] The post 100 push-up variations will ensure you’ll never get bored with them appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Buying Your Teen a Car: Is It Always a Good Idea?

    Guest Author
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    I can speak as somewhat of an authority on this subject because I have experienced the consequences of handing out cars with both positive and negative results. I have thus far supplied two children with vehicles which resulted in very different outcomes. My oldest child is a girl and has always been of a practical […] The post Buying Your Teen a Car: Is It Always a Good Idea? appeared first on Natural Papa.
  • Natural Ways to Help Your Child Focus

    Guest Author
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    Approximately 20 percent of ADHD cases in the United States are misdiagnosed, which leads to many kids being medicated when they do not need it. One reason for these children being misdiagnosed is the age difference within school classes. Children who are in the same grade can be born 364 days apart, so the younger […] The post Natural Ways to Help Your Child Focus appeared first on Natural Papa.
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  • Sport of a Different Sort

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

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

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

    DaddyCast
    1 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    Well, it’s been four weeks with the puppies.  Twenty-seven days to be exact.  Twenty-seven nights of interrupted sleep.  We aren’t regretting it but it has been trying at times.  The puppies are more like babies than we would like to recall.  But they are getting better about house training.  They generally let us know when they need to go outside (which isn’t always welcome when it is fifteen degrees out).  And they are getting big – when we got them they weighed 14 pounds.  This past week they weighed in at 20.4 and 21!! For the boys, it continues to be a learning…
  • Dog days of Winter

    DaddyCast
    8 Feb 2014 | 6:13 pm
    I am still not asking “What have we done?” but that is probably because I am too tired to think.  But then I sit and look at the cute (because she is sleeping) puppy under my left arm as I type this and realize there are benefits.  After several years without a dog, we have become dog owners again and like several other things in our life, we didn’t go small or easy.  We got two puppies at the same time. The Proclaimers had their song “I’m Gonna Be” where they say they will walk 500 miles and 500 miles more.  Well, we didn’t walk but we did drive 1000 miles for these pups.
 
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  • Managing the Gray 136 – Updates and Thoughts

    C.C. Chapman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    With summer upon us, I wanted to share some updates on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. Plus, share some thoughts on recent news and events. Enjoy the latest episode of Managing the Gray. Links to items mentioned on the show. Turks and Caicos Social Business Summit Scott Monty joins SHIFT Communications GORUCK Kammok and National Hammock Day Esther Havens Aphex Microphone X Caleb Chapman Hope you are all doing well and be sure to let me know if you have any leads on organizations who might want to work with me.  
  • Sailboat Lunch in the Ocean

    C.C. Chapman
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Captain Tibi cut the engine and we slowly coasted directly for the island in front of us. Laura joked that it looked like another boat had crashed into the limestone on the beach and she hoped we wouldn’t share their fate. Like a graceful dancer, the seventy seven foot boat softly slid into the sand without so much as a nudge upon settling. We were in Turks and Caicos to speak at the first annual Turks and Caicos Social Business Summit and the organizer wanted to thank us with a day out on a sailboat before the conference. The water was the most beautiful shade of blue that I’ve…
  • Move & Make Up – Two Inspiring Videos to Make Your Day Better

    C.C. Chapman
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Sharing beautiful things I find online is something I love to do. Follow me on any social network and you are bound to discover a variety of content that crosses my path and that creates a response in me that makes me want to share it with other. This week two videos jumped out at me so much that I wanted to share them again here on the site. The first came via my daughter. Emily and I are close and understand each other because we are extremely similar. She is a fellow misfit who is going to change the world in some way, so whenever she tells me that she thinks I’ll like something I…
  • 2014 Toyota Highlander Review

    C.C. Chapman
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    We are a family of four that loves to go places with our dog. We are also a family that are not fans of big SUVs. This means that our options for what automobile we own is severely limited. Currently, we own a 2010 Ford Flex and we love everything about it except for how often it breaks and has to be repaired. When I was asked if I wanted a 2014 Toyota Highlander to test drive for a week, I said yes. They gave it to me for free and all they asked was if I posted anything about it that I use their #ToyotaHighlander hashtag. They also gave me a summer stadium chair and a movie gift card as a…
  • Nothing to Complain About

    C.C. Chapman
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Most mornings, I wake up to my beautiful wife telling me she is leaving for work. I sit up, stretch and give her a hug and hold her close. That is not a bad way to start any morning and I get to do it more often than not. There has been a lot of reflection happening here for me over the past few weeks. Ever since I left YSN, I’ve been a bit lost. The fact that the talent, team and time was squandered has weighed heavier on me than I ever expected possible. Perhaps it as simple as I hadn’t had a dream squashed in a long while? Looking down the road there is plenty of unknown, but…
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    DadCAMP

  • Pulling Out Your Kid’s Loose Tooth Is Like Pulling Teeth [VIDEO]

    Buzz
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Zacharie has had a loose tooth for a while now. The first one came out easy, the second hung in. I tried creative ways to pull the loose tooth, but it was like .. pulling teeth. Continue Reading → The post Pulling Out Your Kid’s Loose Tooth Is Like Pulling Teeth [VIDEO] appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • A Modern Day Back-To-School Supply Shopping List

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    From USB keys to water bottles to hand sanitizer, the modern day back to school shopping list has a few things it didn't back in the day. Share what's on your Back To School shopping list here and win $100 to get it done. Continue Reading → The post A Modern Day Back-To-School Supply Shopping List appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • 8 Creative Ways To Pull A Loose Tooth

    Buzz
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    My son has a loose tooth. It wants to come out, but we want to get it done creatively. Here are the best ways to pull a loose tooth on your kids. Continue Reading → The post 8 Creative Ways To Pull A Loose Tooth appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Summer Tan Lines Are The Best

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    I love the little tan lines on my boys. A sign of summer done right, spent playing in the sun and exploring the world and baking into a toasted marshmallow glow. Continue Reading → The post Summer Tan Lines Are The Best appeared first on DadCAMP.
  • Tag! You’re It!

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Playing tag with your kids is a simple way to have fun and stay fit. Can't get to the gym? Play with your kids, it's the best workout ever. Continue Reading → The post Tag! You’re It! appeared first on DadCAMP.
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    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • A Gaggle Of Girls

    Jack Steiner
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Got a gaggle of girls in the house today for the never ending slumber party. Taking a quick moment of quiet to type these words before we head to the pool.Love seeing my daughter smile and having such a good time but I don't know how much I'll love it if they don't go to sleep at a relatively decent hour.Guess I am old and cranky. ;)As per my custom here are other posts to read:Your Best Posts Aren’t Always The Most PopularWhen Fathers Become Human16 Sensational Ways To Murder Using LinkbaitWhat Door Will You Choose?The Guest Post That Was Too Provocative To RunA Battle Between Heart &…
  • Reality Check

    Jack Steiner
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Andrew Sullivan's post about Israel made me wonder what sort of reality he lives in. It is inaccurate, misinformed, misguided and wrong.Not to mention it is misleading and a mischaracterization of what is really happening. I suppose I should mention that the people he talks about in such loving terms, Hamas would kill or beat him for being gay.Sometimes we have to accept that the world doesn't think as we do or act as we wish they would. We like to believe that if we are nice to people they will be nice to us. We like to believe if we act in good faith they will to.Sadly that is the kind of…
  • The Apology

    Jack Steiner
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    listen to ‘The Apology’ on Audioboo
  • What Sherman Said

    Jack Steiner
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    What Steiner said can be found here.
  • Spam I Am

    Jack Steiner
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Lately there has been an inordinate amount of spam attacking my blogs. I wonder how these spammers would feel if I shoved a rake up their behind, metal end first, and called it a thank you for the spam.Who Do We Thank For All This?Sometimes The Past Meets The PresentDo People Think You Are Weird?Life In TransitionContent Marketers Dance Naked With Feather BoasFear Is A Writer’s Friend
 
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Can We Travel Once the Twins Arrive?

    Joe
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    One of our readers asked, “Will we be able to continue traveling once the twins arrive?” You will, but not at first. We traveled with our girls for day trips by car when they were still infants and by plane when they were just shy of one year old. Traveling with your twins is totally possible, and if you have to travel out of necessity even when they’re newborns, as we’ve talked about in a previous episode of the podcast, it is possible and you can do it. The logistical challenges, of course, change over time based on the age of your children. You may want to…
  • Communicating with Your Partner About Raising Twins

    Joe
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I was asked, “Will I be able to communicate with my partner about what is needed to be productive and caring parents?” You should be able to do this, and you should be able to start right now. That starts with being open and honest in your communications with your spouse even during the pregnancy. You don’t have to wait for the twins to arrive. In fact it’s probably better that you get practice in before the twins arrive so you can get in a good rhythm of communicating and having open, frank, and honest discussions so that when the twins come you can quickly and easily…
  • How to Stop Twins From Biting Each Other

    Joe
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Here is a question from Justin. He says he has 20-month-old boy/girl twins, and he says the biggest issue right now is biting. “Do you have any advice on how to keep them from biting each other? That would be great.” Biting is a challenge with any kid, of course. But particularly twins because they’re usually playing together, or spending time together and it’s much easier for them to want to reach out and bite each other. So when our twins would bite each other, we would stop the behavior, we would verbally explain that biting was not acceptable, and then we would…
  • Getting Older Kids Settled

    Joe
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    So I got a question from a dad who asks about an issue that he’s having. He says, “I’m having trouble getting my other four young children situated or should I say settled so my wife and I can focus on the twins.” Well first of all, if you already have four kids and you have twins… I thought I had it hard with having two kids already when the twins were born. So congratulations to you for being able to juggle all six at once. Here are a few things you can try and things that my wife and I tried as well, to juggle our two other children and the twins at the same…
  • Organizing Preparations for Twins

    Joe
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I looked at all of the different tips, advice, and tricks that I’ve recommended, and boiled it down to five things I think are most important. No. 1: Be Ready for Newborns Make sure you get everything in place that you’ll need to take care of newborn babies. Focus on what you’ll need for them to eat, sleep, be clean, and stay warm. Taking care of these basic needs is going to be your top priority when you bring the twins home from the hospital. Some things you are going to need before the twins are born. These include things like car seats for save driving. They won’t…
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    Beta Dad

  • Talking about Death and Asking for Help

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

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

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

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

    5 Mar 2014 | 10:32 am
    Hi! I'm not dead! I've been really busy building stuff and doing kid stuff, and doing some writing, but not so much in this space. Life is full and rich and interesting and dizzying. This just occurred to me: Kids, like grownups, are sometimes inconsistent in their thinking. For instance, the other day, after watching a movie, walking around a fun part of town, stopping for hot chocolate,
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    DaDa Rocks!

  • Here are 5 Signs You Need New Tires

    Ted Hicks
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Checking your tires is like going to the dentist. “It’s something we don’t do often enough, that we put off until we absolutely have to.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire failure causes around 11,000 car crashes each year. The NHTSA recommend doing a quick tire inspection once a month. Here’s what to look for: Bulges, gouges or cracks When a tire deflates, it bulges at the sides. This is a sign of low tire pressure or a slow air leak. “If you see cracks in the sidewall, gouges or anything that looks odd, take it…
  • Self-Confidence Begins in the Home

    Ted Hicks
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    A child’s sense of self is shaped by every interaction he or she has, but is shaped most powerfully by how they are loved and parented in their home.  How a child sees themselves will influence every aspect of their life from their education, relationships and over-all well-being.  Life is about feeling good enough, competent, loved, successful and happy and the outer world doesn’t always reflect this, so the unconditional love and acceptance at home is the catalyst for their greatness. 6 Truths Our Children Deserve to Hear About Themselves 1. They are amazing:  They are amazing just…
  • CE Week Highlights

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Aside from what we saw via Techlicious, there was plenty of exciting technology to get a look at during this year’s CE Week. Here are our highlights from the show: Paper and Pencil by FiftyThree App developer FiftyThree kicks off our list of CE Week hits with their app and stylus combo “Paper” and “Pencil.” The simply-titled inventions work together to give artists, designers, and the like a unique way to work with and create digital art. Pencil in particular (which connects with its precursor and companion Paper through Bluetooth integration) is an easy-to-use,…
  • CE Week 2014: Techlicious Lunch and Presentations

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    As part of our CE Week coverage, we were treated to a private lunch event at BLT Fish. The lunch included special presentations of the leading products and services from Phillips, LG, and TripIt, as well as one-on-one time with representatives from those companies and our host, Techlicious. Phillips’ presentation focused mainly on their audio devices. The company showed off their line of water-resistant sports headphones (which can easily even be washed without damage to the product), two different types of portable handheld speaker, and headphones of various styles and price points for the…
  • CE Week 2014 Techlicious Tour

    DaDa Rocks Writer
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Courtesy of electronics site Techlicious, we recently got a look at some of the great offerings at New York City’s CE Week 2014. The week brings together some of the hottest names in electronics today to display and demonstrate some of their latest products. Including companies like Sony, Sharp, LG, Phillips, TiVO, and more, this year’s CE Week was loaded with things to see and do. Thankfully, Techlicious set up a tour for us that showcased some of the most exciting products from the show. Check out our highlights from that tour below: Activité by Withings Often, when you hear…
 
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    Dazed Dad

  • Catlike Kitten Helmet Review: A Great Bike Helmet for Toddlers

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

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

    Adam
    29 Dec 2013 | 7:22 pm
    Caleb turns two tomorrow. I can’t believe it. As I was putting him to bed tonight, we sat in the chair in his room and talked a little bit about how it was going to be a big day tomorrow – he was going to turn TWO. Well, it was more like me talking and…I don’t think he was really listening that much. I said to Caleb, “Caleb, can I tell you something?” And he replied, “Yes…” And slowly took his fingers and stuck them in his ears. He took them out and laughed…I said, “Caleb. Dude. Not funny” and kept talking to him about…
  • Support This Site

    Adam
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Some of you may know this, but…there are times when I’m not above shameless self-promotion. So, this holiday season, if you’re going to be buying a lot of Christmas and holiday gifts for friends and family through Amazon…maybe you could take 10 extra seconds and go to Dazed Dad first, and then click to Amazon through the banner on the right of my site. I used to be able to cover at least my hosting costs for this site (and others) through ad sales on my other blog, Pomomusings, but those have been falling through over the past year or so, and so it’d be really…
  • Born in Silence: Creating Space for Healing

    Adam
    8 Nov 2013 | 1:32 pm
    A friend sent this to me a few weeks ago, and as I watched it, and as I reflected on my own journey through infant loss, I remembered the first few weeks after we lost the boys, when I was just doing a ton of reading. For some reason, it was both cathartic and therapeutic to read through the grief journeys of others as I was starting mine. Of the many books that I read, one of the most meaningful was Hope Deferred: Heart-Healing Reflections on Reproductive Loss; I highly recommend it. It was very moving to hear how these women had dealt with their miscarriages and losses. And they were…
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    shake your foundation

  • 5 New Sleeping Tips That’ll Stop You From Being a Zombie

    Craig Playstead
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    You don’t look this good after 5 hours of sleep. It’s been a while since I’ve published anything here (more on that later), but I promise these sleeping tips and health “test” will worth the effort and make life a little better. I recently turned 45 which doesn’t freak me out. What freaks me out is that in five years I’ll be 50. That’s almost too much to stomach. Plus, I’ve been waiting for my mustache to come in ever since a girlfriend in high school said I’d look good with one when I grew up. So that didn’t happen. As I get older, my body is…
  • A Big Annoucement: Read This or the Puppy Gets It

    Craig Playstead
    30 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    Well, I did it. We have lift off for Man Vs. Words. Embracing the “it’s better late than never” motto, I finally launched my new blog over at Man Vs. Words. I’d love to say it was inevitable, but it was touch-and-go there for a while. I’m thrilled, relieved and a little freaked out. You’d think we’d finally get to an age where we stopped getting freaked out, but no such luck. In any creative project, there comes a point where you begin to hate the sight of what you’re working on. This was no different. The nice part is if you can grind through the fog you can…
  • Do You Remember Your First Concert? Mine Had Firecrackers and Fear

    Craig Playstead
    26 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    That first concert is an experience. Few things classify as life-changing anymore. Your first concert used to be one of those life-changing events that you talked about forever. It was for me and my buddies when Rush invaded Tacoma, WA in 1984. I suppose you could argue just how life changing it was for me since I saw Wang Chung four months later (they opened for the Cars), but seeing Rush back when concerts were still crazy, lawless and dangerous gave me a glimpse at life outside my little neighborhood tucked in the suburbs. It was brought to my attention last week that this was the 30th…
 
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    Dad Does

  • It’s Official, Kale is King!

    nessel
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    How long before Disney options the rights to Kale.  Come on, who doesn’t love a good rags to riches story?  Hmm, I wonder how one becomes the agent for a green leafy vegetable… You Better Get On The Kale Bandwagon While You Can Way back in the day, kale was an inexpensive dark, leafy green – a sort of poor man’s lettuce.  Back in these ancient times, kale was at best a garnish.  I am of course talking about the heady days of 2001.  Then a guy did a “Eat More Kale” shirt and things started to change for this chewy, leafy green.  Flash forward to today…
  • Review: Mattel BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster – Fast, Sticky Fun

    nessel
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The Nerf line from Hasbro have long ruled the kids blaster world.  Is it possible for any other toy company to blast its way into the world of flying darts?  Mattel thinks so!  New for 2014 is the line of BoomCO blasters from Mattel that feature Smart Stick darts.  To test the BoomCO line out we tested the awesomely named Rapid Madness Blaster.  Who doesn’t like Madness?  Rapid Madness…even better! Please watch our video review of the Mattel BoomCO Rapid Madness Blaster - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaP9VIhO-uA The Smart Stick Darts Are Pretty Smart When we heard about…
  • Review: The Pocket Tripod, Your iPhone Has A New Best Friend

    nessel
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    What is a best friend?  A best friend is always there for you and always supports you.  By this definition, The Pocket Tripod is your iPhone’s new best friend.  It is the size of a credit card, so small and easy to carry – it is always there for your iPhone.  A couple of quick twists and turns and the Pocket Tripod fully supports your iPhone as a stand that offers 90 degrees of rotation. Pocket Tripod and your iPhone are BFFs. Please watch out video review of the Pocket Tripod - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNsmHVzvgM0 Sure, Technically This Is Not A Tripod Tripod (n)…
  • eZoom GPS Tracker, Keep Track of Your Bag, Bike, Car and Teens

    nessel
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    When your teenager says he is just driving to Jimmy’s house, is that all he is doing? Does your teen have a lead foot? Did someone just steal your car? Maybe, most important of all, who keeps stealing your lunch? All of these questions can now be answered thanks to the eZoom GPS Tracker.  The eZoom is a tiny box that you can place in your car, bike, bag, pocket or even lunch box.  Using an app or web browser you can track the eZoom and get instant alerts based on its location and speed…at least those are the claims in the press release. Of course here at Dad Does we review…
  • Review: Lenovo U530 Touch Laptop, A Slim Laptop That Is Easy On Your Eyes…And Wallet

    nessel
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Remember computers and laptops?  Yep, those quaint devices we used to use, back in the prehistoric days before the advent of tablets and smartphones.  Kids, ask your parents, they can tell you stories of these devices.  Guess what?  It turns out the reports of the death of laptops and computers has been greatly exaggerated. Side note, Mark Twain is dead, so reports of his death are actually quite accurate. How do we really know the PC laptop is still very much alive?  We have just spent a few weeks with the Lenovo ideaPad U530 Touch Ultrabook.  At just over 5 pounds and less than…
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    Short Order Dad

  • Selecting Italian Red Wines, A Helpful Guide

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

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

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

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

    admin
    18 Jan 2014 | 8:31 am
    A very complete visual guide.
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    The Committed Parent

  • How to Know Where You’re Going

    Mark Brady
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Whether we realize it or not; whether we agree with it or not; whether we believe it or not, the human race is on a developmental trajectory. Individually, or as a species, we’re not fully cooked yet. Below is a list, borrowed from former Hospice of Seattle director, Rodney Smith’s book, Awakening, indicating the direction that your development and mine is generally taking, even if in our day-t0-day living, we may feel far removed from this reality… From form to formless From noise to stillness Rodney Smith From self to selflessness From divided mind to unified mind From…
  • How to Tame the Narrative of You

    Mark Brady
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    Like many things in life, my brain acquiring language at around age 2 had some pluses and some minuses. On the plus side of the ledger, I could use words to let people know what I needed, I could understand that they used words and took actions differently than me, and I could use words to socially connect with people (although many other things can connect us to others much more powerfully than words. Things like similarities of experience, humor, kindness, well-matched, interlocking trauma histories, simple proximity, energy intensity and resonance, for starters). Those are a few of the…
  • Unraveling the Anatomy of Intention

    Mark Brady
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Way back in the day, the days of free love and the back-to-the-land movement, I was particularly enamored of the freedom and flexibility of a lifestyle like the one being lived by Scott and Helen Nearing. No bosses, no schedules, nowhere to go and nothing to do. Except by personal, deliberate intention. I didn’t need a lot of external motivation to set my own intention to work toward getting some of that freedom and flexibility for myself. First on the Freedom List: I would have to learn to build my own house. Since I was working a minimum wage job at the time and knew next to nothing…
  • How to Increase the Probability of Making Wise Choices

    Mark Brady
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:01 am
    Houston child advocate and neuroscientist Bruce Perry likes to say that “no matter what business you’re in, first and foremost, you’re in the brain change business.” And if you’re in the Operational Wisdom Business, it’s probably a good idea to know how what you’re trying to change actually works. And it’s probably an equally good idea to start knowing how your brain works as early as possible. Especially whether or not your TUBB5 gene is running mutant on you. Before we get to the TUBB5 gene though we might take Bruce’s advice to heart,…
  • How to Rebuild Your Relational Brain

    Mark Brady
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    When I was in my early forties I bought a piece of property that had a run-down, 100 year old barn on it. The plan was to restore the barn to its former structural glory and then live in it. But building and zoning regulations turned out to make that project financially prohibitive; the barn would have to be torn down (Note to Self: Check zoning and building regs before signing future real estate purchase agreements). My initial impulse was to hire a guy with a bulldozer and a dump truck and have the thing razed in two days for a couple thousand dollars. But sitting one day out on the two…
 
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    Geekasms

  • BATMAN #33 (Zero Year Finale) Review

    Frank Arena
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    I have been waiting for this event to finish for a while now and I will have to say I was not disappointed.  Picking up this book on National Batman Day made it even better.  The cover work was awesome although the lions didn’t appear in this issue.  I am also glad to see FCO [...]The post BATMAN #33 (Zero Year Finale) Review appeared first on Geekasms.
  • It’s just the beginning—REVIVAL #23, an all-new story arc

    Troy Lyons
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    The post It’s just the beginning—REVIVAL #23, an all-new story arc appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Marvel Unveils ANT-MAN Concept Art Poster

    Michael
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:16 pm
    For this year’s Comic-Con, Marvel has released this concept art poster from Andy Park, giving us our first look at the Ant-Man suit, along with looks at both Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.The post Marvel Unveils ANT-MAN Concept Art Poster appeared first on Geekasms.
  • THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES New Poster

    Michael
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Warner Bros. has released the poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  While the title might be long as hell, the poster is pretty sweet, featuring Bard facing off against Smaug.The post THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES New Poster appeared first on Geekasms.
  • Dynamite celebrates The Spirit’s 75th anniversary with publishing deal

    Troy Lyons
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    DYNAMITE TO PUBLISH WILL EISNER’S THE SPIRIT; ICONIC CHARACTER ADDED TO DYNAMITE’S PUBLISHING SLATE IN TIME FOR THE SPIRIT‘S 75TH ANNIVERSARY July 23, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Will Eisner’s iconic hero, The Spirit, has a new home thanks to a licensing agreement with the Eisner estate.  The Spirit, [...]The post Dynamite celebrates The Spirit’s 75th anniversary with publishing deal appeared first on Geekasms.
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    The JackB

  • 69 Bloggers Who Are Doing It Better Than You Are

    Jack Steiner
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    “Do you know there is a big hole in the shirt you are wearing?” I nodded and smiled, “Sure there is. Every time I flex the guns that happens. Know why the Hulk is green? Because he is green with envy.” “Dad, you are weird.” I smiled and told her that she is extra smart […] (Visited 31 times, 31 visits today) The post 69 Bloggers Who Are Doing It Better Than You Are appeared first on The JackB.
  • 10 Years Proves You Can’t Stop The Clock

    Jack Steiner
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    Midnight approaches and I who am never at a loss for words is struggling to find the right ones. The ones that help me tell the story in a way that will help you understand. You are going to turn ten tomorrow and if history has proven anything you’ll round home plate and keep running […] (Visited 17 times, 17 visits today) The post 10 Years Proves You Can’t Stop The Clock appeared first on The JackB.
  • The Shackled Writer Part II

    Jack Steiner
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    The Shackled Writer didn’t have to search for mysterious doors or draw circles on the ground to create magic portholes to other places. And he still doesn’t but he looks for those places everywhere he goes, even when he is talking in third person and not using words like you and I. So let’s correct […] (Visited 13 times, 13 visits today) The post The Shackled Writer Part II appeared first on The JackB.
  • My Dog Is An Idiot But He Is Smarter Than You

    Jack Steiner
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    My Dog Is An Idiot But He Is Smarter Than You–That is not a fair statement because it clearly insults my dog and he doesn’t deserve it. Ok, neither do some of  you but I can’t say how many people I include because the idiots are spawning like the heads of the Hydra. Every time […] (Visited 17 times, 18 visits today) The post My Dog Is An Idiot But He Is Smarter Than You appeared first on The JackB.
  • Learn How To Write More Interesting Posts

    Jack Steiner
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    I publish more content than most people. Part of that is because blogging is how I prepare for work. It is like priming the pump or stretching before a game. This story that I am working on is a hell of a lot of fun but part of that is because it is different. I find […] (Visited 24 times, 24 visits today) The post Learn How To Write More Interesting Posts appeared first on The JackB.
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  • On an Adventure at Book Worm Gardens

    Thomas
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Book Worm Gardens is a garden filled with book themed statues and play things. It’s a great place for little readers. The post On an Adventure at Book Worm Gardens appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Lily’s Boat Themed Hotel Room

    Thomas
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    One of the reasons we picked Blue Harbor resort for our vacation was that Lily got her own themed room. She has a boat bed and a bunk bed in there. Plus the wallpaper is animals and other lake scenery. It’s really cool and she feels very special. The post Lily’s Boat Themed Hotel Room appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Sparklers!

    Thomas
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:23 pm
    At a safe distance if course. The post Sparklers! appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Making Chicken in Lily’s Oven

    Thomas
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:38 am
    Lily has a frozen chicken in her oven. She’s making it for supper. Hopefully it’ll be done by then. The post Making Chicken in Lily’s Oven appeared first on TwisterMc.
  • Relaxing at the Park

    Thomas
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    Sometimes it’s fun to find the relaxing chairs in the shade and just sit there. Lily sat in one and I was in the other. The post Relaxing at the Park appeared first on TwisterMc.
 
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  • Please Look Back Every Once in a While

    Aaron Gouveia
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I worry sometimes about losing sight of you. Today it’s scenic Borderland State Park, a wooded expanse of trails, trees, ponds, and greenery so lush it should be it’s own Crayola color. The seat belt can barely contain you as we look for a parking space, as your energy has you bouncing in your seat, waiting for the millisecond I put the car in park so you can tear open the door and breathe in the scent of the outdoors. I used to demand you carry your own fishing rod, which you did without complaint. But your running combined with the sheer jubilation of being 6 in a state park is…
  • An Open Letter to My Son About Closed Minds

    Aaron Gouveia
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Dear Will, Today you came home near tears because someone told you two gay people can’t get married because it’s wrong and gross. Your aunts are gay and your cousins — who you love with a wonderful ferocity — are a product of their very much legal marriage (Massachusetts has had gay marriage since 2004). When someone insults your family, it hurts. You hurt right now, and I’m sorry for that. I’m also sorry that it’s not the first time, nor will it be the last. I absolutely despise having to tell you about this ugliness at such a young age. Last year,…
  • Why I’m Fine With My Kids Growing Up So Fast

    Aaron Gouveia
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    Sometimes I look around at all the other people on this parent blogger landscape and wonder what the hell is wrong with me. As the month of June stretches its legs and summer takes off into a full gallop, school is coming to an end for our kids. That means lots of photo montages of the first day of school in September compared with the last day this month. Which is great — I did the same thing. But what I didn’t do — what I can’t seem to understand — is the average parent constantly lamenting the supersonic speed at which time passes and their inability to stop…
  • Of Time, Cancer, and Snapping Turtles

    Aaron Gouveia
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Will was getting sick and I was just starting to feel the beginning stages of what would turn out to be a raging case of poison ivy. We had just spent two hours outside in the hot sun. I was sweaty, tired, and I just wanted to get back home and mentally check out for a while. As I was driving home I noticed what looked like an odd rock on the side of the road — but then the rock started moving. As we passed it I realized it was a fairly immense snapping turtle. I instinctively let out a “Whoa! Huge snapping turtle!!” and then immediately kicked myself. Although Will’s…
  • The #PowerofDad is a Lasting Legacy

    Aaron Gouveia
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Even though I’ve been a dad for six years, I’m not sure Father’s Day will ever truly feel like it’s for me. Because it’s for my dad. When I talk about the #PowerofDad, I’m talking about the impact dads truly have on kids. Despite grounding me and harping on me at every turn for my entire life, my dad is and will continue to be one of my best friends. My mentor. My guide through uncertainty. He’s the first one I want to call with good news and he’s the one whose advice I seek when things go awry. In short, the #PowerofDad is the ability to raise…
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  • Batman Day: July 23, 2014

    CuteMonster Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Batman has always held a special place in comic book fans’ hearts. He has no superpowers yet may be arguably the greatest superhero ever. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight. To celebrate, DC Entertainment is partnering with thousands of comic book stores nationwide for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.... The post Batman Day: July 23, 2014 appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” wins like School House Rock

    CuteMonster Staff
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Weird Al released a new song called "Word Crimes." We think the music video is brilliant. The post Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” wins like School House Rock appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • A Parent’s Dilemma: Where are the G-Rated Movies for my Kids?

    Vincent Daly
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    An open question about why there is a lack of G-Rated movies for kids and what Parents can do about it. The post A Parent’s Dilemma: Where are the G-Rated Movies for my Kids? appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • How Time Travel and Fatherhood are one in the Same

    Vincent Daly
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Thoughts about how time travel and fatherhood are one and the same. The post How Time Travel and Fatherhood are one in the Same appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
  • Father’s Day Giveaway – Razor RIFT Scooter and A5 Lux

    CuteMonster Staff
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Father’s Day offers the opportunity to reflect on what’s truly important in the life of a Dad. Being a Dad may well be one of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs a man will ever undertake in his lifetime. Yet parenthood often means putting the welfare of one’s family first. As noble a premise as... The post Father’s Day Giveaway – Razor RIFT Scooter and A5 Lux appeared first on CuteMonster.com.
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  • Blue Mountain Doesn’t Send Cards to Heaven

    Seth Eisenberg
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    A morning reminder of dad's upcoming birthday that arrived nearly three years after his death helps me realize my gratitude for a dad I barely knew.
  • Getting Started with the Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Relationship

    Seth Eisenberg
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The most important thing you can do for your relationships is looking for what's right in the people closest to you and developing the habit of generously, sincerely, and specifically appreciating them. Here are 300 inspiring examples to help you get started.
  • Most Important Thing to Do for Your Relationship

    Seth Eisenberg
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The most important thing you can do for relationships isn't difficult and is possible for anyone, says an industry leader in marriage and relationship education. Get inspired with 300 examples of loving, affirming words to strengthen the relationships you want to last.
  • Couples Need More Bonding Time, Therapist Says

    Carson Abrir
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    For older couples especially, fear of 'rocking the boat' can get in the way of learning skills to bring more love and pleasure to their marriages. North Carolina marriage pros Gary and Deanie Hurst help couples overcome those fears and have fun creating happier, stronger marriages.
  • Veterans, Caregivers Learn to Be Healing to Each Other in Innovative Warrior to Soul Mate Programs

    Rob Henthorn
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Nearly 5.5 million Americans are caring for service members and Veterans, many of whom are impacted by post traumatic stress. The VA is expanding innovative efforts to help Veterans and their loved ones learn to be healing to each other through the Warrior to Soul Mate program.
 
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  • World Cup Competition

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

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

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:06 am
    A message to my daughter. It’s fathers day this year and I’d really like a present. Last year the hand painted card was lovely and all but what I really want is something a bit more substantial. I know you have been hinting that you have made me something special – something about a card with your footprint on it in pink and with glitter – but if you were to look deep inside yourself you’d probably realise that you made that card more for you than me. When have I ever said “Oh what I really want is a splodgy picture of your foot”? So here I have a…
  • Baby Jumping Festival

    9 Jun 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Are you worried that your baby might be possessed by evil spirits. Well don’t worry all you need is a man in fancy dress to jump over your child. Every year in Spain they hold a Baby Jumping Festival to purify babies. El Colacho as it is known  is held in Castillo de Murcia near Burgos in the Spring. It is the culmination of the Spanish Catholic Festival of Corpus Christi. The babies are laid on the ground and then grown men, dressed as devils (or bizarrely Elvis) jump over them. The act of flying in the air over the babies is supposed to cleanse them of all evil spirits. This bizarre…
  • The joy of reading to a 2 year old

    3 Jun 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Charlie Brooker, father of a two year old boy,  writes about the godless world of Mr Men, the creepy world of Snow White and why his son is a moron. I moved house recently and was once again stunned by how much dead media I’m lugging around. First it was vinyl. Then CDs. Now the DVD collection has joined the VHS collection in my personal poorly curated Museum of Obsolete Clutter. I can chart my history with each format. The surviving remnants of my VHS era, for instance, commence with an off-air recording of series one of The Young Ones transferred from Betamax in my teens, and…
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    C.C. Chapman

  • Managing the Gray 136 – Updates and Thoughts

    C.C. Chapman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    With summer upon us, I wanted to share some updates on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. Plus, share some thoughts on recent news and events. Enjoy the latest episode of Managing the Gray. Links to items mentioned on the show. Turks and Caicos Social Business Summit Scott Monty joins SHIFT Communications GORUCK Kammok and National Hammock Day Esther Havens Aphex Microphone X Caleb Chapman Hope you are all doing well and be sure to let me know if you have any leads on organizations who might want to work with me.  
  • Sailboat Lunch in the Ocean

    C.C. Chapman
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Captain Tibi cut the engine and we slowly coasted directly for the island in front of us. Laura joked that it looked like another boat had crashed into the limestone on the beach and she hoped we wouldn’t share their fate. Like a graceful dancer, the seventy seven foot boat softly slid into the sand without so much as a nudge upon settling. We were in Turks and Caicos to speak at the first annual Turks and Caicos Social Business Summit and the organizer wanted to thank us with a day out on a sailboat before the conference. The water was the most beautiful shade of blue that I’ve…
  • Move & Make Up – Two Inspiring Videos to Make Your Day Better

    C.C. Chapman
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Sharing beautiful things I find online is something I love to do. Follow me on any social network and you are bound to discover a variety of content that crosses my path and that creates a response in me that makes me want to share it with other. This week two videos jumped out at me so much that I wanted to share them again here on the site. The first came via my daughter. Emily and I are close and understand each other because we are extremely similar. She is a fellow misfit who is going to change the world in some way, so whenever she tells me that she thinks I’ll like something I…
  • 2014 Toyota Highlander Review

    C.C. Chapman
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    We are a family of four that loves to go places with our dog. We are also a family that are not fans of big SUVs. This means that our options for what automobile we own is severely limited. Currently, we own a 2010 Ford Flex and we love everything about it except for how often it breaks and has to be repaired. When I was asked if I wanted a 2014 Toyota Highlander to test drive for a week, I said yes. They gave it to me for free and all they asked was if I posted anything about it that I use their #ToyotaHighlander hashtag. They also gave me a summer stadium chair and a movie gift card as a…
  • Nothing to Complain About

    C.C. Chapman
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Most mornings, I wake up to my beautiful wife telling me she is leaving for work. I sit up, stretch and give her a hug and hold her close. That is not a bad way to start any morning and I get to do it more often than not. There has been a lot of reflection happening here for me over the past few weeks. Ever since I left YSN, I’ve been a bit lost. The fact that the talent, team and time was squandered has weighed heavier on me than I ever expected possible. Perhaps it as simple as I hadn’t had a dream squashed in a long while? Looking down the road there is plenty of unknown, but…
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    Memoirs of a Single Dad

  • Confessions of a Co-Parent Dad: Top 5 Crazy Ex Conversations

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

    Daniel Ruyter
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    According to the U.S. Council on Contemporary Families there are five times as many stepfathers as stepmothers.  Stepdads are a majority.  Really?  Well, this data is based on census figures which don’t count stepmothers who don’t live in the same house with their children. This is usually the case for the majority of stepmoms who […] The post Are Stepmoms > Stepdads? appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Four Things Every Parent Wants to Say to Society (but Doesn’t)

    Daniel Ruyter
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re a parent, then I can pretty much guarantee that there’s been at least one instance since the birth of your child that you just wanted to slap the sense into someone. A stranger said something to you that made you stop, think for a moment, and debate either telling them off or slapping […] The post Four Things Every Parent Wants to Say to Society (but Doesn’t) appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Is Fast Food Recycling America’s “Other” Fast Food Epidemic?

    Daniel Ruyter
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    Most Americans already know about our addiction as a nation to convenience. Fast food is one convenience that many Americans abuse. The success of movies like Supersize Me by Morgan Spurlock illustrate the issue. While the movie’s facts may be debatable, the issue remains that Americans consume more fast food per person per year than […] The post Is Fast Food Recycling America’s “Other” Fast Food Epidemic? appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
  • Five Confessions of a Dad on Father’s Day

    Daniel Ruyter
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    Tomorrow is my day – Father’s Day, so I’m going to do what most dads would like to on this special occasion. I’m going to “let it all hang out“. Wait, sorry. I only mean figuratively. Don’t worry. Tomorrow is the day to celebrate our father’s (and father figures). Of course, I’d argue it should […] The post Five Confessions of a Dad on Father’s Day appeared first on Memoirs of a Single Dad.
 
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  • The Wanted

    Charlie
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Finn, this weekend after I put you on a timeout you said to me, “You don’t want me anymore?” If I never hear those words again in my life it will be too soon. We talked about why you thought that, what it means to be an older brother and then I asked you a question back. “Do you know why I became a father?” You didn’t know. So I told you, “So I could have you in my life. I became a dad so you and I could spend our lives together.” No matter what happens, no matter where I am — I will always love you and want you around. In case you…
  • Scareded – Scrabble Scribble #10

    Andy
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
      The most innocent things can backfire on parents. There’s really no “winning” with kids. No sure formula. What was delicious today may be the worst thing they’ve ever eaten tomorrow. A lullaby might send them to sleep or to the mad house. Seriously. I laughed at my son’s joke the other day and he started crying. So yeah.   Follow us on Facebook. We promise not to be juicebags. Too much. More Scrabble Scribble Comics There’s more potato-shaped characters where these came from. Lots more. Instructional Diagrams Buckle up for laughs. 
  • A Guide to Kid Fibs (Illustrated)

    Andy
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    The rad people at The Honest Company helped us bring you this post because DUH, honesty is the best policy.   Kids are little lying sacks of giggles. It doesn’t mean they’re evil or you’ve raised them wrong — they seem to learn it automatically, like breathing, apparently. There are all kinds of reasons kids tell tall tales. Or no reason at all. These are just a handful of ways they’re like little miniature politicians. They’re just kids though, they don’t occupy a high position in the governing of Life yet, so no biggie. Adults can also gain a new…
  • My Wife Just Said… #170

    Charlie
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    “Out at dinner. Arden’s having the special.” -Avara   It’s as if my baby boy knows exactly what to do when someone looks at him or takes a picture. He burns so brightly from inside. Lit from within. And shines through the eyes. A while back I wondered how different Arden would be from Finn. It’s hard to describe. There is a through line with both of my boys. Like they’re from the same solar system but neighboring planets. Part of the fun in this journey is seeing how these kids grow. It’s like watching a werewolf in slow motion. You see a…
  • Play Games… WITH PIZZA!

    Andy
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
      The DiGeniuses at DiGiorno® helped us bring you this post, but the ideas are purely the symptoms of my own hunger and insanity and are intended for entertainment purposes only. Please operate pizza responsibly!   It’s generally agreed that kids shouldn’t play with their food. This probably comes from the fact that kids’ hands are filthier than most dumpsters and because they tend to forget the actual eating part when making miniature food castles. You’re not a kid anymore, though. You wash your hands and have a special place in your stomach’s heart…
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  • I'm Back again!

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Well this is like the 5th time I've done this.. I come back to the forum and then disappear again.. I need some motivation to keep it consistent lol. I don't know probably anybody on here anymore and most of you won't remember me. But here is what I have been up to if anybody cares..• I am still in the Air Force (hit my 9 year mark this month)• My son is 7 now - geeze they grow fast• I am li...
  • High Quality Deck Projects

    21 Jun 2014 | 5:50 pm
    An outdoor deck or patio should be a comfortable setting for homeowners to entertain guests and enjoy some great family time. High quality hardwood should be used to construct a deck that is designed to last. There are plenty of problems that could be avoided when the right type of materials are used and installed properly. For example, splinters could cause injuries to people that walk barefoo...
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  • Winter Care Tips for Your Lawn Mower

    11 May 2014 | 5:48 pm
    As you pull your lawn mower out of the garage at the end of the winter, you may discover it's not running as well as it used to -- or possibly not at all. Lawn mowers are used heavily all summer long and then stashed away in cold, sometimes damp environments, so it's no wonder that they sometimes fall apart when it's time to use them again. Fortunately, a little extra maintenance before you put...
  • How to Shop for a Home Security System

    26 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    There are many options for home security systems. Depending on the size of your home and your level of concern for break-ins or vandalism, you may find that a basic system that monitors the main entrances to your home is sufficient. Or, you may want something a little more advanced, such as a system that monitors all entrances, all windows, and has motion sensors available for outdoor areas. Th...
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  • Just some random thoughts.

    Chong Beng LING
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It has been 2 years since I began this blog. It was started with a very simple objective. To leave words behind for my daughter if she does decide to find out about me and what we did when she was young.2 men were instrumental in getting me to write and put up this blog. My late father and father-in-law. Both were men of the 60s. The old resilient Asian men that we hardly see in today's generation. They were good men with few words who prefer to bring in the money and ensure a minimum standard of living for their family. Both prefer not to explain their action, and let their action speak for…
  • Characters vs Disability

    Chong Beng LING
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Vesak Day, Tuesday, 13 May 2014.Experience the opportunity to witness 2 entirely different people in the same restaurant while enjoying my buffet.See, when it comes to buffet, I don't just eat and eat. Haha...Person A is a Chinese Singaporean with well-to-do family. Both parents dressed well with expensive accessories. Father is only concerned with imitating the slang of his European friend and impressing him. Mother is busy giving in to person A.Person B is a European with an average family. The whole family, including his sister and her family were seated together, talking and enjoying…
  • Another bad dream?!

    Chong Beng LING
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Sunday, 1 June 2014.Remember the bad day dream I had about having a morning jog with yt and 小tz? I had been thinking about it and I really like the idea, but not the sport. So here comes the idea of having a morning swim together. That is what 小tz and I did this morning.Well, what happened next caught me by surprise. She brought along her new swimming board, we bought her upon her request. It is supposed to help her to better her strokes in front crawl, said her swimming instructor. Yes, her front crawl still needs lots of effort, but her kicks are powerful. Holding on to her board in…
  • Like father, like daughter, eh?

    Chong Beng LING
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Brought 小tz to dinner and discovered that she had the same habit as I, of leaving the best till the last. She finished most of her rice and what are left behind were the steam fish, steam eggs and sweet & sour pork.I always thought that the habit I had when I was young, were resulted from a poor background. The need to keep the best for raining days.Anyway, a delighted new discovery on my crazy girl.
  • Uncle Life.

    Chong Beng LING
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Life delivers a pretty unique ways of handling our affairs. You know, when you think you had the hardest time ever in your life, it added yet another challenge for you. When you are happy and in a celebrative mood, it hit you with a bad news. When you believe that you had been doing good, it continue to throw you challenges to fail you one after another. Don't you guys agree? He is just so unpredictable.Ladies and gentlemen, please say hi to uncle Life!He is an important part of my journey here on earth. I have numerous encounters with him and one more to add lately. He just told me a bad bad…
 
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  • Grayson And The Garden Hose

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

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

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

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

    dadastrophic
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    #FAIL REMEMBER KIDS, THIS IS NOT HOW YOU DO IT!
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  • [Ecard] Kids Are Gross

    Dad and Buried
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    The post [Ecard] Kids Are Gross appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • Bet On It

    Dad and Buried
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Over the weekend, professional golfer Rory McIlroy won the Open Championship. In the process he netted $1.66 million. His father, meanwhile, scored big himself, having placed a bet in 2005 that his son would win the Open Championship by 2015. Daddy McIlroy collected (approximately) $171,000 merely for having confidence in his son’s golfing ability. Which got me thinking… What would I bet on my own son to accomplish within the next 10 years? Mr. McIlroy made that bet when his son was 15; the wager wasn’t all that far-fetched. After all, Rory had already shown his talent for…
  • Permissive Slips

    Dad and Buried
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Last week, when I asked my Facebook followers for topic ideas, someone suggested I tackle the mixed feelings parents have when their kids misbehave. Which almost sounds crazy. Why would anyone have anything but bad feelings when their kids misbehave? Then, earlier this week, I got yelled at by a bunch of people who got angry that I let my son run rampant on airplanes. Never mind that I don’t do that, and that my son has (thus far) been very well-behaved on airplanes; these people said HURTFUL things that MADE ME CRY. And it got me reconsidering that reader’s request, especially…
  • The Parenting ‘Theory of Relativity’

    Dad and Buried
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    The post The Parenting ‘Theory of Relativity’ appeared first on Dad and Buried.
  • Guy Anxiety

    Dad and Buried
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    If you are one of the nearly 7000 people (dupes!) who follow my Facebook page, you probably got annoyed last week when I asked you for topic suggestions. Sue me; I had some writer’s block. And I have bigger things to worry about than your happiness. As one of my readers reminded me with her suggested topic: Mums suffer from constant ridiculous anxieties re our kids. Like is he eating enough, has dad put his woolly hat on properly, will he get to college if he doesn’t get into the right nursery… and is he eating enough? How about you share your worst and most ludicrous dad…
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    Joshua Wilner

  • These 15 Posts Will Change The World

    Joshua Wilner
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    My Facebook feed tends to be filled with a plethora of headlines that are similar to the one I used above. Certain colleagues of mine assure me the only way to get people to actually click on a post is to use something similar. I am not a big fan of that. It reminds me of the little boy who cried wolf. Sooner or later you destroy the trust people have in you and they stop paying attention/responding to those headlines. The ‘Importance of Analytics’ One of the things I try to do around here is a periodic analysis of what posts are the most popular. I base that upon the amount of…
  • What Is the Best Layout For Your Blog?

    Joshua Wilner
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    What Is the Best Layout For Your Blog? It is a question I ask with great regularity. I look at the themes I have and try to determine which ones provide me with the best tools and most effective ways to communicate with you. Which theme makes it easiest to read not only on the computer but on mobile devices. Responsive design is helpful for making sure that we have a uniform experience on all devices but I don’t just rely upon that. I like to try and figure out who is reading the blog and to do some tests to make sure that what we are producing here is designed to make it easy for as…
  • Is Content Shock Killing Your Blog?

    Joshua Wilner
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Eighteen months ago I sat in a job interview and listened to a man tell me he didn’t know why he asked me to come interview because he didn’t think I had the skill set to do the work. He told me the deciding factor was my cover letter because it had an almost zany quality to it. I did my best to leverage that moment and explained my goal was to overcome content shock and find a way to make sure someone took more than a quick glance at my resume, He nodded his head and complimented me on a job well done and I did my best to maintain a poker face and not do a celebratory dance. …
  • Free Advice Because You Need It

    Joshua Wilner
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Some people claim that free advice is worth as much as you paid for it but I can’t say I always agree with them because free is powerful. Or maybe it is more accurate to say free is one of the most powerful words in the English language. Business discovered long ago the power of free which is why it is common to see businesses try and lure new customers in by providing them with a free something or other. Sometimes people try to enhance the value of whatever free thing they are giving away by associating a dollar value to it. For example an attorney might offer 15 minutes of free…
  • Swimming Upstream Is More Rewarding

    Joshua Wilner
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    I am not supposed to tell you about why the shark in the picture is screaming because it would violate three tenets of being a Danger Man and I don’t want to embarrass him. But if you insist I suppose you ought to know that I punched that sucker in the nose and it made him cry. I am not really sure why he was such a baby about it because I used my left and did it while scuba diving. That had to take some of the edge off of it. Don’t ask me why I didn’t use my right, it is far too powerful and I didn’t want to be written up for killing a protected species. Ask me what…
 
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    THE ROCK FATHER™ - The Pop Culture and Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock!

  • PLASTIC GALAXY: The History of STAR WARS Toys makes the Kessel Run to DVD...

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    This is one of those posts where I have to preface things with the old "if you're new to the site" bit, as simply tossing up an item with STAR WARS in the title is bound to bring a few new readers in my general direction. You see, when it comes to STAR WARS, I'm old school - a kid that was there in the beginning, amassed an incredible collection of the vintage Kenner toys, saw those get sold in the late 80s, rekindled the collecting bug in '97, turned the whole thing into an addiction, and eventually sold 90% of what I had after "kicking the habit." I've also worked on a film about STAR WARS,…
  • Watch: "Love To Read" - The New Music Video from MISTER G...

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    MISTER G has been touring hard this summer - touring libraries - in support of his latest album, THE BOSSY E. From that record comes a brand-new animated music video that's making it's official debut this morning... "Love To Read." Take a look at the new video, right here on THE ROCK FATHER... Mister GKindieMusic Videos
  • The Great American Road Trip: 1,900 Miles, Six Days, Three Hotels, and Infinite Adventure...

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Around 30 years ago, my parents took my sister and I on a road trip to Washington, D.C. Along the way, we stopped at several locations in Pennsylvania, making memories that have lasted a lifetime. With our girls hitting two and five this year, my wife and I decided it was time for our first family vacation - and as such, it was to be a road trip. We plotted several potential courses, with the Philadelphia area set to be the focal point and ultimate destination for a couple of reasons. First off, we were going to finally take Sprout up on a long-standing offer to stop by the Comcast Center and…
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop releases the Minnie Mouse-themed Bear Collection...

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The folks over at Build-A-Bear Workshop just sent over word that their latest collection has been released, and it's dedicated to the pink-and-white polka-dotted world of MINNIE MOUSE. Now available are a 16" Minnie Mouse-themed bear, complete with Minnie's signature bow on top, and custom graphics on her paws. This bear is completely customizable with a full line of outfits and accessories - even her own little bear. Minnie MousePlush ToysBuild A Bear WorkshopDisneyToys
  • SDCC: Disney and Sony team-up for DISNEY INFINITY: MARVEL SUPER HEROES Collector's Edition

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
    When it comes to video gaming, I still have not yet entered the "Next Generation," which is technically already here. I've also not yet played DISNEY INFINITY, despite covering news on it for over a year at this point - but the upcoming release of DISNEY INFINITY: MARVEL SUPER HEROES (2.0 Edition) just might be the push I need. But then there's conflict since I've long been a loyalist to the Microsoft XBOX 360, but Sony's PS4 is looking more and more appealing with the news that landed here at Rock Father HQ this evening: Disney and Sony have teamed up for a Collector's Edition for both PS4…
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    The Talking Dad

  • Everything I know about Parenthood, I learned from Jack Burton

    Christopher
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Wildly entertaining, yet massively underappreciated; John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China was the quintessential 80′s pop-culture movie. Please hear me out. Big Trouble was flawlessly choreographed, B-movie level cinema. It displayed perfectly executed tongue-in-cheek humor, bad-ass kung fu, crazy cool sorcery and monsters, and let’s not forget the romantic undertone. It was pretty much everything you could ask for in a feature-length film, and it is still relevant today. Okay maybe not, however, it did have bad guys that could shoot lightening bolts out of their…
  • Hot summers call for energy-efficient NewAir AF-1000R Cooler, #AD

    Christopher
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Here we are approaching the hottest time of year and I can only imagine what my friends and family back in New Mexico, must be going through right about now. You see, the Talking Dad family haven’t always resided in the magnificent 4-season climate of Michigan. We are transplanted from the very dry, very hot southwest desert. Roof-top evaporative coolers (or swamp coolers as we so lovingly call them) were an absolute necessity, however, they weren’t always capable of cooling an entire home. Portable evaporative coolers were our saving grace. But here we are in Michigan. The summer…
  • Linklater’s BOYHOOD is astonishing, relatable childhood tale

    Christopher
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Astonishing, transcendent, relatable, sobering. All words that describe Richard Linklater’s sweeping coming-of-age tale, gradually debuting in theaters this week. Boyhood is a fictional drama of an ordinary boy, it refrains from bending to typical Hollywood melodramatics and plot twists. Filmed over the span of 12 years, Boyhood follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a boy raised within a fractured American family. Mason and his sister Samantha (Linklater’s daughter, Lorelai Linklater) undergo dramatic physical changes during the course of the movie as they, literally, grow up before our…
  • Giveaway: Celebrate RIO 2 on Blu-ray + Free Activity Sheets

    Christopher
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Rio 2 is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on July 15th! The cast of the animated hit comedy Rio returns — along with a new flock of all-star voice talent, including Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia and more — in this high-flying sequel for the whole family. The party continues when Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids take a walk on the wild side and embark on a colorful, comical, music-filled journey through the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit into his new surroundings, he goes beak-to-beak with the villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of…
  • Date Night: Win tickets to see SEX TAPE, in theaters July 18

    Christopher
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Have you heard? The new comedy, Sex Tape, is coming to theaters July 18th, 2014. I think it’s going to be a great parents-night-out type of movie! Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in THE JOY OF SEX in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea, until they discover that their most private video has gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of…
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    Life in the Fishbowl

  • Savior’s Serenade is changing the world

    Matt Todd
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    As part of the ongoing, yet somewhat irregular Change the World Wednesday series that I began in January, I’m taking a moment to highlight an organization called Savior’s Serenade…Our family has been in the hospital on a few occasions with Mihret. I know what it’s like to walk through those halls with some uncertainty on your heart. It can be confusing, heartbreaking, scary, and exhausting. It can be a very dark and lonely place for your body, mind, and spirit. I can only imagine that these feelings of fear and isolation would be magnified if you’re the patient…
  • Unfinished Sentence #2: “Next year will be better…”

    Matt Todd
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Complete this sentence…“Next year looks better to me because…”That was #52 on the list of incomplete sentences. Oh man. This one could be good.If you have something to share, don’t hesitate to send it to me - even if it’s just a sentence or two. This is a fun one!The post Unfinished Sentence #2: “Next year will be better…” appeared first on Life in the Fishbowl.
  • A return to Disciplines

    Matt Todd
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    “It’s difficult for me to have disciplined, consistent time with God because…”well…to be honest…I haven’t put forth the effort recently. I’ve allowed myself to act like I need to isolate myself from everything in order to have a consistent time. I don’t really believe it’s necessary to do that. In fact, I think pursuing God should be quite the opposite. I like the way Richard J. Foster explains it in the very first page of Celebration of Discipline:“God intends the Disciplines of the spiritual life to be for ordinary human beings: people who…
  • Connect with those you love with Hallmark Value Cards

    Matt Todd
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. While I have not been the greatest at keeping track of people’s birthdays and getting birthday cards sent out on time, I am a firm believer in the power of receiving a physical greeting card. Even the most simple of creative card ideas can communicate volumes to the recipient. In a world where technology can bring us together in the blink of an eye, the act of receiving a card can bring joy to…
  • This week’s writing assignment…

    Matt Todd
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    In case you had forgotten, I’m starting a series of posts based on unfinished sentences that were chosen by fans of the Life in the Fishbowl’s facebook page. I plan on writing my response later this week. I’d love it if you played along, too. If this sentence has encouraged you to write your own post, please feel free to send it to me. I’d be happy to share your insight.This week’s writing assignment is to complete this sentence:“It’s difficult for me to have disciplined, consistent time with God because…”The post This week’s writing…
 
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    The Amateur Dad

  • My First Dance Recital: A Dad’s Memoir

    theamateurdad
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    My wife and I try to de-brief on a nightly basis. You know, go over the day’s events and hopefully plan for next one. It’s one of the few things we’ve picked up now that our house is officially a full one. Having 4 kids is no joke. I mean, yes having one makes things interesting when you’ve never had any, but with each addition schedules have to be tighter, while our pocketbook gets lighter, and everything should be written down for fear or forgetting a permission slip, birthday party or dance recital. Yes the all too important dance recital. As a dad I feel a higher…
  • Saturday Video: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood

    theamateurdad
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood and other things dads would love on 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. Hey Everyone! I know I haven’t written a blog in a few weeks. My apologies friends. You can expect one this upcoming week and every week, once a week thereafter. This week’s Saturday Video is a piece I found a few months back called Father Figure – Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood by photographer Zun Lee. I’ve…
  • Saturday Video: A Boy’s Imagination, or Dad’s?

    theamateurdad
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Saturday Video is where I share creative films and videos of fatherhood and other things dads would love on 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. Hey Everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in for few weeks. Sometimes being a dad gets in the way of being a dad blogger. And that’s okay with me! This week’s Saturday Video is a breath of fresh air. What happens when a dad with special affects editing skills wants to make his son’s imagination come to life? A whole lot of awesome,…
  • 6 Dads Open Up On Becoming A Father

    theamateurdad
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Hey Everyone! I have to apologize. I really wanted to have this post done in time for Father’s Day, but due to circumstances beyond my control it never happened. Its probably a good thing it didn’t though as you were all more likely enjoying Father’s Day with loved ones and were too busy to read anything online. Many of you have followed my Dad blog journey here on my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, and have heard me open up on the many facets that fatherhood takes us through. So instead of giving you my point of view on this subject as per the norm, I’ve…
  • Review & Giveaway: Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments

    theamateurdad
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Before I launched my blog I though about how much time I really have to spend with my kids each day. I didn’t work out the  numbers initially in print, but I did in my head and realized in a 24 hour day, I only have a handful of hours with them as a working dad. Here’s what I’ve come up with: Work – 9 hrs. Work travel time, errands included – 1 hr. Sleep – about 6 hrs if lucky. Actually 5. That’s 14 hours so far. 10 hours left. Let’s continue. Morning chaos and breakfast – 2hrs. After work chaos and dinner – 1 hr. That’s 3…
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    Chilldad

  • 10 Tips For Surviving A Gymboree Class

    Michael Berman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    At this point, it’s almost a rite of passage for American parents. Maybe the weather stinks and you’re trapped indoors. Or maybe you’ve read that it’s good for your toddler to get a little group “socialization”. Or maybe your wife screams at you with a voice drawn up from the netherworld that you need to take the kids and get out of the house, now. It’s time for Gymboree. If you haven’t checked out one of these indoor play gyms yet, weather it’s Gymboree or Little Sport or My Gym, you’re in for a little shock to the system. Don’t misunderstand… they’re fantastic, in…
  • Viral Video: RUDE (Dad’s Side Of The Story)

    Michael Berman
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    If you listen to pop radio at all, you’ve probably heard the song “Rude” by Magic! a few hundred times already this summer.  It tells the story of a cocky young kid who wants to run off with a girl, despite her father’s objections.  Very sweet.  Very romantic, in a way. Well, here’s the dad’s side of the story.  Funny and well-sung acoustic version re-imagined by Benji Cowart with background vocals (and laundry) by his wife Jenna.       The post Viral Video: RUDE (Dad’s Side Of The Story) appeared first on Chilldad.
  • 10 Tells Your Kids Are Bluffing

    Michael Berman
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    For the most part, kids make terrible liars. But every now and then you find yourself in that tricky position as a parent when you just can’t tell if your child is lying or not. They may get violently defensive, or they may put on a stone-cold poker face that could fool even a seasoned gambler. Or they may create such a mindbogglingly elaborate story that you have to stand back, stunned, and quote Ron Burgundy from Anchorman: “I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.” Here are a few things to look for when you can’t quite figure out if your kid is pulling the wool over your…
  • Downward Facing Dad

    Michael Berman
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
      Somewhere along the voyage from ancient India to modern America, yoga transformed from spiritual discipline dominated by male practitioners to a billion dollar industry catering predominantly to women. How did that happen? And why? It’s great to see Western women discovering yoga, but where are all the dudes? Maybe we feel boxed out by the pretty purple mats, the stylish outfits or the general air of sisterhood that seems to permeate the yoga culture. But the truth is, guys should be doing yoga. Unfortunately, the numbers tell the story: with roughly 21 million people in America…
  • 10 Chill Celebrity Dads

    Michael Berman
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
      These celebrity dads rake in millions of dollars and are met by screaming fans wherever they go. And yet somehow, they always manage to come off as cool, laid back fathers. Here are the top 10 celebrity chill dads. 1. Brad Pitt (50) Northfoto It goes without saying that Pitt is at the top of the list. For 20 years this guy has managed to walk that tight rope of being ridiculously handsome while not alienating his male fan base. He’s one of the few actors who comes off like a rock star. So how does he do it? The good looks and perfect styling help, but there’s another factor at…
 
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    City Dads Group

  • Atlanta Children’s Museum: Hands-On Fun

    Trey Burley
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Oh, Atlanta - who loves your children's museum more than us? Our kids, of course.
  • Chicago’s Millennium Park Has It All for Families

    City Dads Group
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s Note: Your tour guide, Chicago Dads Group co-organizer Victor Aragon, takes you through one of the Windy City’s nicest outdoor venues in this morning’s stop on our week-long celebration of “Summer in Our City Dads Group […]
  • Discover Columbus at the Ballpark

    City Dads Group
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Play ball with us in Ohio as our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" takes us to see the Columbus Clippers baseball game.
  • Smith Memorial Playground Rocks with Philadelphia Dads

    Chris Bernholdt
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    We will, we will, rock you -- quite literally -- at Smith Memorial Playground in Philadelphia, our latest stop in our week-long celebration of “Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities” and site of the Kidchella children's rock fest on July 25.
  • Child Car Seat Use Made Easy

    Kevin McKeever
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We have answers to the most common (and frustrating) questions parents have about children's car seats and booster seats.
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