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A #FlushIQ Bathroom Twitter Potty
A #FlushIQ Bathroom Twitter Potty

When How to Be a Dad and Delta Faucet came to us and said, “We want to party with you guys about toilets” — we couldn’t say YES fast enough. Getting a chance to talk about bathroom bravery and funny mishaps? SOUNDS AMAZING. Delta Faucet wants to tell you all about their #FlushIQ toilet, which sounds like […]

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Disney Unveils “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast”‏
Disney Unveils “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast”‏

DisneyToon Studios is pleased to announce that Ginnifer Goodwin (“Once Upon a Time”) will voice the character Fawn in the new Disney Fairies adventure, “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast”. “Fawn is a character who loves all animals unconditionally,” said director Steve Loter. “She will help any animal that needs her, but sometimes Fawn thinks […]

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Fulcrum the Squid: Over-Planning for the Future
Fulcrum the Squid: Over-Planning for the Future

When it comes to my life, I’ve never been truly capable of living in the present. Nearly every moment of every day is spent looking ahead, whether it’s 20 minutes or 20 years. Rarely do I enter any situation without mentally coming up with a flowchart of how every last thing I do or say […]

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Fulcrum the Squid: Good News, Meet Bad News
Fulcrum the Squid: Good News, Meet Bad News

If you prefer to watch videos instead of reading, check out my new Vlog series on my personal channel. Recently some major events have happened in my life; events that have caused me to majorly restructure not just my life, but also my the entirety of how my mind works. Anyone who has listened to […]

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Part I – Looking at Options for your Child’s Financial Future
Part I – Looking at Options for your Child’s Financial Future

Taking Stock Congratulations!! you have become a proud parent of a beautiful child.  You have won the life lottery and now have a tiny life form that is 100 percent dependent on you for the foreseeable future.  They will rely on you for the nourishment that sustains them, the heat that keeps them warm, the […]

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Hard Work and Discipline Trumps IQ
Hard Work and Discipline Trumps IQ

Hard Work and Discipline Trumps IQ By John Dadlez, aka The Mommy Daddy My wife is a teacher. When she was in the classroom I got to observe her students and the students of her colleagues on a regular basis. What I observed, and the numerous stories from other educators about their students, flew in […]

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Video Games That Help You Become Better Parents
Video Games That Help You Become Better Parents

These days everyone is offering advice to new parents. Guys and gals who are expecting are still going to prenatal classes. The book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is still very popular. Those methods of learning how to become a parent are all well and good, but they are outdated. Let’s face it. The […]

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Danny Boome – My Life of Dad
Danny Boome – My Life of Dad

Danny Boome, internationally-acclaimed TV personality and Chef known to audiences for his culinary work and dynamic personality, is back on television with a new network and show. Following the success of hosting two of 2013’s hit shows: ABC Daytime’s “Recipe Rehab” and Food Network “The Cooking Channel’s Donut Showdown” – Danny has taken to the […]

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6 Ways to Simplify Your Life
6 Ways to Simplify Your Life

If you feel like life is getting more hectic and stressful every day, you’re not alone. Many people complain that life is moving too fast, and they simply don’t have enough time to get everything done in one day. They also complain that home is no longer a sanctuary, and they even feel stress there, as […]

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Fulcrum the Squid: In Utero Nicknames
Fulcrum the Squid: In Utero Nicknames

First off, thank you everyone for the kind words and support since I started this new series two weeks back. The outpouring of support was to say the least, humbling. That being said, starting today, “Fulcrum the Squid” is going to become a twice monthly, every other week blog and vlog series here on Constantly […]

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The Lineup: 5 Tips for Kids from Performance Coach Tom Shaw
The Lineup: 5 Tips for Kids from Performance Coach Tom Shaw

This is head-spinning time for fans of big-time sports. It’s the one time of year it’s all happening – the World Series, NFL and college football, NHL hockey and NBA basketball. (Not to mention the English Premier League. Ahem.) So many super athletes in action, all over the world. And every one of them is […]

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Just for Kicks – NFL Players Who Rock Air Jordans On The Field
Just for Kicks – NFL Players Who Rock Air Jordans On The Field

NFL football. Air Jordans. Two things that I think by now you all know that I love. I remember back in the day hearing that Randy Moss was going to sign a shoe deal with the Jordan Brand family. I couldn’t wait to see what he was going to wear come game day. He wore […]

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Film School for Dads – Don’t Let It Suck Butt! – How to Incorporate Your Kids’ Ideas into the Script
Film School for Dads – Don’t Let It Suck Butt! – How to Incorporate Your Kids’ Ideas into the Script

  You’ll notice a common theme with making films with your kids.  How do you create something that comes from their wonderfully vivid ideas, while also making it good?  Keep in mind, you’re not trying to make this movie good for yourself for any reason.  If you want to create the next great movie for […]

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How to Make Your Car Shine Like it’s Been Professionally Valeted, But For Free!!
How to Make Your Car Shine Like it’s Been Professionally Valeted, But For Free!!

There are lots of reasons that you may decide that you would rather clean your car yourself than run it through a car wash, use a valet cleaning, or auto detailing service. Some people decide that they would rather clean their cars themselves to save money when on a budget, while others do not trust […]

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Way-Back-Wednesday
Way-Back-Wednesday

  In a moment of reminiscing, I was thinking about growing up and how simple life was. A couple of things that stood out…… Chromies were cool to have on your bike tire valves (even though they came from cars) Trading baseball cards could take hours to complete the perfect trade Buying a box of […]

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New and Noteworthy: Children’s Books Edition
New and Noteworthy: Children’s Books Edition

Receiving books for Christmas is second only to the extra time I get to spend with my wife and kids. When I found out I was going to be a father, I knew I had to have goals – that I’d have to be intentional in my parenting if I were to be a success. […]

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Art and Crafts: Balloon Ghosts
Art and Crafts: Balloon Ghosts

This week for Art and Crafts here at Life of Dad we are making ghosts. Halloween is coming up and these ghosts will make a great decoration that you can hang around your door to greet your trick or treaters. We had fun making this fun and easy craft. Hopefully you will too! Materials Needed: […]

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Monsters University Invites You to “Party Central”
Monsters University Invites You to “Party Central”

Join a monster of a party with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of PARTY CENTRAL. The Disney•Pixar short is now available to view for free for the first time, and reunites everyone’s favorite monsters, Mike and Sulley, for another hilarious adventure. Download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad to watch Party Central […]

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7 Ways A Puppy Prepares You For Babies
7 Ways A Puppy Prepares You For Babies

  It’s funny to me that when people think about parenting but aren’t ready for a human life to take care of, they often say “How can I take care of a baby when I can barely care for myself ?” Somehow they believe that they need a test run, usually on a pet that […]

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Teaching Your Young Adult About Other Government’s Crimes
Teaching Your Young Adult About Other Government’s Crimes

There are a lot of things that are hard to talk to your teenagers and younger teens about. With all of the turmoil around the globe, one of these things is the indiscretions of other governments. Things like beheadings and other forms of public execution is hard for a younger person to wrap their heads […]

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Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 7
Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 7

Football fans know the significance of that number this week in the NFL. For those who don’t, it is the total number of touchdown passes that Peyton Manning had thrown in his career. Well actually he has a total of 510 touchdown passes. 509 is the notable number because he needed to reach that amount […]

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Bedtime Battle – Getting Your Kids To Stay In Their Bed And Go To Sleep
Bedtime Battle – Getting Your Kids To Stay In Their Bed And Go To Sleep

My daughter is a strong-willed kid. She does what she wants to do, when she wants to do it. Over the four-and-a-half years that she has been on this earth, we’ve had multiple battles with her. Potty Training. Getting her to eat healthy foods. Stopping her from running off when we were in big crowds. […]

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Two Milk Minimum: Under The Influence Of Dads
Two Milk Minimum: Under The Influence Of Dads

This past week has been dominated by influential dudes trying to convince each other of absolutely ridiculous things, like keeping jellyfish as pets and buying tour jackets and used-Band Aids from a marathon runner. Here’s a sampling of what it’s been like living Under The Influence of Dads in October: Dad or Alive’s Adrian Kulp […]

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Bill Polian – My Life of Dad
Bill Polian – My Life of Dad

Football was and still is huge in my family. My parents and sisters were born in Buffalo, New York. My mom loved cheering on the Buffalo Bills. My sisters followed suit. In our household the Bills game was always on Sunday afternoons. I remember the Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, and Bruce Smith era. […]

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Take A Special Look At Disney’s “Feast”
Take A Special Look At Disney’s “Feast”

Disney’s Feast premieres in front of Big Hero 6 in 3D on November 7. “Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite […]

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Your Parent Teacher Conference – Communicating with Teachers
Your Parent Teacher Conference – Communicating with Teachers

Dear Parents, Thanks again for joining me. Last week we chatted about sports and the balancing act it requires for not only you, but also your student athlete. This week I would like to return to the classroom (sometimes it feels like I never leave) and chat about communicating with your child’s teachers. I would […]

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Tune Dad- New Music, Old Music, Good Music #6 Wolf Parade
Tune Dad- New Music, Old Music, Good Music #6 Wolf Parade

Don’t let the hipsters win. Know your music better than they do so you can go toe to buckle booted toe with them, and avoid the pitfalls of the old and cantankerous. Tune Dad will give you the education you need to be radder than ever. Wolf Parade Wolf Parade has been one of my […]

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A #BedtimeBattle Twitter Party sponsored by @EloPillow
A #BedtimeBattle Twitter Party sponsored by @EloPillow

Thursday October 23rd Life of Dad  and elo (@EloPillow) want to help you win the #BedtimeBattle! That is right we will be having a #BedtimeBattle Twitter Party sponsored by elo (@EloPillow). Make sure to set it up in your calendar cause you won’t want to miss it you could win an elo Pillow + gift card […]

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Shaq, Toys For Tots, & Toys R Us Needs Your Help
Shaq, Toys For Tots, & Toys R Us Needs Your Help

To help bring holiday joy to some of the 14.7 million U.S. children living in poverty, Toys“R”Us® today announced the launch of its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Now through Sunday, December 7, consumers can donate new, unwrapped toys at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us® store across the country […]

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The Lineup: Every American Needs a Favorite English Soccer Team
The Lineup: Every American Needs a Favorite English Soccer Team

The British are coming. In fact, they already are here. And it looks like they’re here to stay. Every English Premier League* (EPL) match is available to watch live in the United States, thanks to NBC’s three-year, $250-million broadcast rights contract. ESPN is eyeing those rights after the current deal expires in 2016. On a […]

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Just For Kicks – Movies That Made Sneakers Famous
Just For Kicks – Movies That Made Sneakers Famous

For every sneakerhead there are certain shoes that mean something to them. It could be a childhood memory, their favorite athlete’s signature shoe, or something in pop culture that triggers a response about a certain sneaker. It may sound funny, but some kicks became popular to the public from its time on the silver screen. […]

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FATHER
FATHER

Funny          Advisor          Teacher          Hero         Encouraging          Real   I will apologize up front for the randomness of this share, but after seeing some things online recently, this is how my thoughts are, random. After being a stay […]

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Leasing A Vehicle To Save Money For Your Family and Business
Leasing A Vehicle To Save Money For Your Family and Business

As a small business owner, you may already have a private vehicle you use for the business, or perhaps you have bought a company car that doubles as your company car. These are both viable options for small businesses, but if you have not considered leasing a vehicle you could be wasting the opportunity to […]

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Art and Crafts: Halloween Spider Craft
Art and Crafts: Halloween Spider Craft

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we keep going in the spirit of Halloween. We are making creepy, crawly, scary spiders to be used as Halloween decorations. It is a fun craft where you can make a bunch of them in no time. The kids will love making […]

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Film School for Dads  – Helping Your Kids Write Their Screenplay
Film School for Dads – Helping Your Kids Write Their Screenplay

  No matter how short your film will be (and I’m a big fan of keeping movies short), you should write a script for it with your kids.  You can always change the story around when you’re filming, but writing a screenplay beforehand is good for a number of reasons.  A script helps your kids […]

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Search Engine Optimization – #LifeofDad Chat
Search Engine Optimization – #LifeofDad Chat

Do you see the term SEO and say WTF? Never fear we have a #LifeofDad Chat just for you!  Watch Tom Riles (@LifeofDadShow) and Chris Read (@CanadianDadBlog) as they discuss the ins and outs of search engine optimization with: John Kinnear (@askdadblog) – The mind behind Ask Your Dad Blog   <—-Click here to let […]

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Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 6
Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 6

Have you ever tied in your fantasy league? Did it drive you crazy? Hopefully it didn’t. The reason is that a tie can be a good thing. I have seen someone who made it into the playoffs because they had tied earlier in the year. It can also happen in real life like it did […]

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Traveling with Your Dog in Panama City
Traveling with Your Dog in Panama City

It always feels like a member of the family is missing when you travel without your dog. While many hotels now welcome pets, there are still few public places that allow dogs. Don’t settle for a vacation that means leaving your dog in the hotel room all day; check out these Panama City destinations that […]

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5 Reasons Why Dads Needs to Dress Sharp
5 Reasons Why Dads Needs to Dress Sharp

Tell me again, why is it that dads need to dress well? What exactly does this mean and how does it work? Just when we’re getting comfortable in last decade’s sweats, you’re telling me that it’s time to step things up. OK then, here goes, five good reasons that dads need to look good. 1 […]

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Fall Family Fun – A Trip to the Planetarium and and Museum
Fall Family Fun – A Trip to the Planetarium and and Museum

As per usual this time of year in the Midwest, we’ve been hit with windy, wet days. More often than not, the thermometer fails to climb above the mid-50’s.What’s a dad to do on his day off if not spend it creating lasting memories with his munchkins? Given the large mud puddles on the playground […]

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You are … NOT … the father!
You are … NOT … the father!

Of course, I started with a title to get your attention … and maybe a laugh. Most of my previous posts have been something that hopefully got you to laugh with me (or at me). This may be my most serious post … proceed at your own peril … Hopefully, another father can learn from […]

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STAR WARS READS DAY STRIKES BACK
STAR WARS READS DAY STRIKES BACK

Star Wars Reads Day III lands tomorrow all over the place and if the last 2 years are any indication it is going to be epic.  There are tons of events scheduled and lots of Star Wars themed fun to be had.  Check with your local library or bookstore to see if they are hosting and […]

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BirthQuakes
BirthQuakes

Having a baby is probably the most amazing thing most of us can do during our lives. We are creating a whole new person. We are introducing the world to a whole new being capable of astonishing things for the future decades ahead. And yet, the terminology surrounding this magic would be better suited for […]

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Your Parent Teacher Conference: Sports
Your Parent Teacher Conference: Sports

Dear Parents, I hope that you are having a great week. Last week we chatted about Student Teachers, and this week we will talk about one of the more anxiety producing elements of school – sports. As a former athlete, I will tell you that while I enjoyed my time on the field, it was […]

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Q&A with Dr. D. – Life of Dad University
Q&A with Dr. D. – Life of Dad University

Course Number: MEDI 005 Course Name: Q&A with Dr. D. Life of Dad University is proud and honored to welcome Dr. Dragan Djordjevic, MD to its esteemed faculty.  “Dr. D.,” as he is affectionately called by his patients, is a doctor in internal medicine with MDVIP, a personalized healthcare program that empowers people to reach their health […]

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NFL Teams Inspired By Parenthood
NFL Teams Inspired By Parenthood

The 2014 NFL season is in full swing. Is your team doing well or are you already saying, “There is always next year.” Hopefully for you it is the former. If your team has a below 500 record I have some good news. I just heard that the NFL has invited a few new teams […]

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Check Out The Tomorrowland Teaser Trailer
Check Out The Tomorrowland Teaser Trailer

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place […]

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The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back
The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back by John Dadlez, aka The Mommy Daddy Boy, time really does pass fast. You blink your eyes and years goes by. Then something happens which slaps you in the face and you end up taking a cold hard look at yourself. About two hours before writing this week’s […]

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The Lineup: Sportswriting Wasn’t Just About the Games
The Lineup: Sportswriting Wasn’t Just About the Games

1. A Rainy Morning in London I set out from the hotel on a drizzly Saturday morning. The streets of London beckoned. A light, late-October rain was no deterrent. I had walked this path before, nearly a decade earlier, the trip of a lifetime at the turn of the century. I knew my way around […]

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