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Wagons Through The Years
Wagons Through The Years

I don’t have a great memory. Mabye that’s why I started a blog. I want to remember my son and daughter’s childhood much more than I remember my own. I tend to remember images better than stories. One image that is very vivid from my childhood is the wagon we used to have. I didn’t […]

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Art and Crafts: Butterfly Craft
Art and Crafts: Butterfly Craft

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making butterflies out of coffee filters. My daughters love butterflies and this is craft that has a spring theme to it. So as nature starts to produce butterflies in real life you and your children can mimic Mother Nature by […]

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#LatteRomeo – DadScribe – Carter Gaddis
#LatteRomeo – DadScribe – Carter Gaddis

Bacon, Eggs, Banana, Chips, Cookies, Tic Tacs, Watermelon, and STARBUCKS VIA® LATTE…That is how this #LatteRomeo prepares Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. Click here to see all of the #LatteRomeo entries!

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More Proof That Everything is Better With LEGO.
More Proof That Everything is Better With LEGO.

  Why do Minifigs hate going to the doctor? Because plastic surgery (literally) costs an arm and a leg! Why do your kids hate going to the doctor? Well, probably because you let a stranger poke them with needles, shove popsicle sticks down their throat, and they get yelled at as soon as they start […]

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Top Ten NBA Plays of the Year
Top Ten NBA Plays of the Year

The NBA Playoffs are now in full swing. The regular season is done, but there have been some memorable plays. The NBA and Crown Royal have put together the best of the best plays from this year. From sensational dunks to great defensive stops here they are! Which one is your favorite? Sit back and […]

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#LatteRomeo – Dad of Divas – Chris Lewis
#LatteRomeo – Dad of Divas – Chris Lewis

Omelette, cinnamon roll, strawberries, and STARBUCKS VIA® LATTE.   Click here to see all of the #LatteRomeo entries!

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A Man, a Passion, and a Plan – Ranger Up Inspires Dads Everywhere
A Man, a Passion, and a Plan – Ranger Up Inspires Dads Everywhere

Ranger Up doesn’t just sell military inspired T-shirts; they sell ideas in all categories from comedy to bravado. “My Ops are blacker than your ops,” “Freedom isn’t free; I paid for it,” and one of my favorites, “Lord, make me fast and accurate. Let my aim be true and my hand faster than those who […]

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Randy Kaplan – My Life of Dad
Randy Kaplan – My Life of Dad

Randy Kaplan is one of the most talented children’s singers in the country. On June 1st Randy will be releasing his family friendly album “Jam on Rye.” That record will showcase Kaplan’s trademark fast-talking and half-singing Rap-Bluegrass barnburners as well as a Dan Bern cover. He will also have a calypso tune and a couple […]

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Going Strong: High Intensity Interval Mowing with Fiskars
Going Strong: High Intensity Interval Mowing with Fiskars

We’ve all heard of high intensity interval training (HIIT) as a great way to workout in a short amount of time. The most common form of HIIT is sprinting, and for good reason, it will get your blood flowing and lungs burning fast. This equates to an efficient calorie burning, do anywhere exercise anyone can […]

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Top 10 Parenting Tips for Raising Teens
Top 10 Parenting Tips for Raising Teens

So, your child no longer wants to talk to you, or even go shopping with you anymore? Well, guess what? You’re raising normal teenagers. It’s not only natural, but also important that your kids break away from you when they get to this age group. Separating themselves from parents emotionally helps them grow into well-adjusted […]

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The Importance of Eating as a Family
The Importance of Eating as a Family

Family dinners are important. However, both children and parents tend to have busy schedules, making it harder to eat together as a family. But, there are some great benefits that come out of eating at the table together regularly. According to research, eating dinner as a family four or more times weekly can positively affect […]

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Can you spot all of the Pixar Easter Eggs?
Can you spot all of the Pixar Easter Eggs?

 With Easter right around the corner I thought it would be cool to share some Easter eggs with you. No they are not the ones that are filled with chocolate or jelly beans. These Easter eggs come from the magical and fun world of Disney. In some movies there are things that are put into […]

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Art and Crafts: Easter Bunny Egg Holder
Art and Crafts: Easter Bunny Egg Holder

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are celebrating Easter with creating an Easter Bunny Egg Holder. I picked up this kit at Michael’s. The cool thing about this craft is that you can use it as a tabletop decoration for your Easter meal. The kids were able […]

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Chop chop!
Chop chop!

I have a fast-paced tech career in the mobile advertising industry. By day, I write massive amounts of code and construct cutting-edge mobile ads for many of the world’s top brands. I also develop innovative ad technologies with the pioneers and world leaders in location-powered mobile advertising. Despite the fast pace of it all, I […]

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Avast, a Great Family Movie Adventure Awaits in Disney’s “The Pirate Fairy.”
Avast, a Great Family Movie Adventure Awaits in Disney’s “The Pirate Fairy.”

Last Friday night my wife and I told our daughters that we were going to have a family movie night. Family movie night consists of us eating dinner while watching a movie. We don’t always do this so for my daughters it was a treat in itself. Our girls literally jumped for joy once we […]

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Tony Meola – My Life of Dad
Tony Meola – My Life of Dad

 Even though Tony Meola is retired from soccer he still has a passion for the game. He played on the U.S. Men’s National Team and played in the MLS. He was in three FIFA World Cups and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. During his time playing in the MLS, Tony […]

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Going Reviews: The Onya Baby Outback Carrier
Going Reviews: The Onya Baby Outback Carrier

As a new parent, I had no babywearing experience or knowledge of types of carriers before Avery was born. Without researching, we picked up an original Baby Bjorn carrier and felt that’s all we needed. Several weeks and two very tired shoulders later, Going Mom and I felt there had to be something better. Turns […]

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Boys vs. Girls
Boys vs. Girls

There’s this activity we do around the house sometimes. I guess it’s called “Putting Daddy to Bed.” It’s pretty self-explanatory. My two girls lay me down on the floor and cover me with a blanket. Then they put a towel over my eyes and rub my hands or head, all the while speaking in whispers […]

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The Playground Extortionists
The Playground Extortionists

The other day I was at a park with my kids and some friends. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining. A lovely breeze was blowing off the Pacific just a mile away and all was peaceful amongst the children. Then it happened. Much like the terror inducing E-F-E-F baseline that preceded an […]

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#DearFutureWife – This is how I eat granola.
#DearFutureWife – This is how I eat granola.

Dear Future Wife…. This is how I eat granola.

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3 Ways Uber Makes Trips Easier
3 Ways Uber Makes Trips Easier

Last week I had the opportunity to visit NYC for the first time. Ever. To say that I was excited is an understatement. I began looking at sites and searching for what to do and see and eat. And then my wife asked the question I had been ignoring- “How are you going to get […]

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Our First Trail Hike with the Onya and a Trip to Whole Foods
Our First Trail Hike with the Onya and a Trip to Whole Foods

Hiking can be something as simple as just walking out your door and going around the neighborhood. It’s easy, healthy, and fun! I’ve been hiking with Avery in our Onya Baby Outback around our neighborhood almost daily, and even mowed the lawn, but getting off the paved road is always more exciting! I had this […]

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Great Easter Basket Gift Ideas
Great Easter Basket Gift Ideas

Easter is right around the corner. With that our family is excited to spend time with relatives and friends. My daughters also can’t wait for the Easter bunny to come make a visit at our house. They have even asked if we are going to put out some carrots for the bunny. As many times […]

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Coffee in Scotland’s Garden
Coffee in Scotland’s Garden

Over the past month, my wife has turned one of the corners of our backyard into the most peaceful and thoughtful place I can think of. In memory of our dear son, Scotland (read his story here), my wife and kids built this garden, one flower, one plant, and one stepping stone at a time. […]

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Going Dad’s Top Ten Pinterest Picks (2): Baby Play Ideas
Going Dad’s Top Ten Pinterest Picks (2): Baby Play Ideas

I’m an impatient dad when it comes to playtime. I was ready to start playing games with Avery right after cutting her umbilical cord at the hospital! But, I reluctantly held off. Once we brought her home, I attempted playtime in some form or fashion on a daily basis. It wasn’t well received…. I kept […]

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Art and Crafts: Window Clings
Art and Crafts: Window Clings

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we made window clings. Now that spring has sprung for most of the country I thought it would be great to do a craft that utilizes the sunny days ahead. My daughters love to paint and this craft helped make decorations for […]

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The Life of Dad Bracket Buster Challenge Winner
The Life of Dad Bracket Buster Challenge Winner

Well what a wild ride it has been, but now the madness is over. The Huskies of UConn are the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion. The Huskies were led Shabazz Napier as they went full throttle all game long. The Kentucky Wildcats did hang in there and made it interesting especially in the second half. […]

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Resistance is Futile. Embrace the Chaos.
Resistance is Futile. Embrace the Chaos.

As any co-sleeping parent will tell you, the hours between the time you lay your head on the pillow and the moment your alarm clock starts playing ‘Everything is Awesome‘ to wake you for the new day can be the most dreaded, frightful, rage inducing part an your life. And like Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog […]

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Is Stay-at-Home Parenting a Job?
Is Stay-at-Home Parenting a Job?

You’re one person against one or more tiny people all dependent on you. While your significant other earns the family income by heading to work every day, you are feeding, changing, cleaning house (or trying), cooking, playing, shopping, washing dishes, and somehow, finding time to eat for yourself. Yep, you’re a stay-at-home parent, but is […]

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5 things I wished I knew before I started a family
5 things I wished I knew before I started a family

Starting a family will definitely have a huge effect on your personal and financial life. From your wedding  to having babies and sending them to school, to living a happy life together until your retirement –expect that there will be no end to your money concerns! At the start of the relationship, it may seem […]

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The 5 Most Affordable Mercedes Hybrid Vehicles
The 5 Most Affordable Mercedes Hybrid Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz has always been the hallmark of luxury vehicles. For the buyer who wants something affordable and eco-friendly without compromising luxury, Mercedes delivers some fabulous models. Not only does it offer hybrid cars, it also offers clean diesel technology that provides great fuel efficiency and cuts down on greenhouse emissions. Sedan or SUV, hybrid or […]

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The Bathroom of Solace
The Bathroom of Solace

Bathroom – A room containing a bathtub or shower and usually also a sink and a toilet. Solace – Comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness No, I’m not sad, far from, but as a parent, aren’t we all a little distressed? If you said no, what pills are you taking? As […]

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Join Us For The Twitter Party To End All Twitter Parties
Join Us For The Twitter Party To End All Twitter Parties

A bunch of daddy bloggers are teaming up with HowToBeADad.com to give away free stuff. Why? Because we care about you, our readers. This is an online event unlike anything you’ve been part of before, or anything they’ve EVER done. It’s going to be insanely amazing. Insanzing? What happens when you combine $2,500 in Twitter […]

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Cal Ripken Jr. – My Life of Dad
Cal Ripken Jr. – My Life of Dad

 There are those athletes who talk the talk and then there are those athletes who use their actions to do all the talking. One of the best players to step on the diamond has to be Cal Ripken Jr. The Hall of Famer who played 21 season all with the Baltimore Orioles is a two […]

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The Life of Dad Bracket Buster Challenge Recap Week 3
The Life of Dad Bracket Buster Challenge Recap Week 3

 The hits keep on coming. Two teams punched their tickets to tomorrow’s NCAA National Championship game. Those schools are Kentucky and Connecticut. The Final Four was highly entertaining especially the second game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Wisconsin Badgers. The young men of Kentucky keep surprising everyone expect themselves. Aaron Harrison led his Kentucky […]

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10 Things Baby Wearing Dads Should Never Say in a Public Restroom
10 Things Baby Wearing Dads Should Never Say in a Public Restroom

  Yesterday, Avery and I made our usual two store grocery trip to Sprouts and Costco in hopes that we won’t have to go this weekend. We live only a few miles from the Texas Motor Speedway, and since it’s race weekend, driving anywhere is worse than most days.   Since we don’t head out […]

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Saturday with the Boys
Saturday with the Boys

I would like to thank Dove Men Care for giving me four tickets to last Saturday’s western championship bracket game in Anaheim between Wisconsin and Arizona.  Many guys would get four incredible tickets like these, and then think, “Who should I invite?  Who’s been nice to me?  Who could I use a favor from?  Who […]

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Dad Can Read: Crazy Stories, Sane God
Dad Can Read: Crazy Stories, Sane God

With only twenty-four hours allotted to you each day, you had better be sure you’re spending it intentionally. Reading is a fine way to pass the time, but not all reading material is created equal. Whether you enjoy Sports Illustrated, Guns & Ammo, or Men’s Health, you can admit its value is fleeting. The same […]

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Get in the Ring with WWE StackDown Toys
Get in the Ring with WWE StackDown Toys

 WWE fans can’t wait for April 6th. That is when WrestleMania XXX is going down. As always around this time storylines are getting ready to reach their climax as the WWE Superstars prepare to bring the house down. As the years have passed by moms and dads share their favorite memories of the WWE with […]

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7 Reasons Why Parents Should Know About Online Security Features
7 Reasons Why Parents Should Know About Online Security Features

When it comes to your children, extra caution should always be exercised, especially with regard to Internet use. There’s a surprisingly large number of risks kids are exposed to whenever they go online—and we all know how early children these days get exposed to mobile devices and tablets. There’s no stopping this generation from keeping […]

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Fantastically Unprepared
Fantastically Unprepared

Let me first say that this isn’t going to be another tired piece about diving into parenthood without being prepared for the ins and outs of diaper changes, all nighters and all that new parenting entails. That has been written by people better than I and even then, it’s a tedious subject. Everyone knows that […]

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Art and Crafts: Paper Pinwheels
Art and Crafts: Paper Pinwheels

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we made paper pinwheels. This craft is perfect for the spring time as the weather gets warmer and you and your kids will be playing outside. Your kids can run around playing with these pinwheels. Another use for them is to place […]

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Your child’s first baseball game
Your child’s first baseball game

“Tell me about yourself,”my future wife asked, already bored on our first date at a tony Manhattan restaurant. It was January 2005. I told her I hit 300 my first year in Little League and life had been downhill until three months before. On October 27 at 11:40 pm things started to turn around. For […]

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#Ickies – Live Improv Comedy and Twitter Party
#Ickies – Live Improv Comedy and Twitter Party

The guys from How To Be A Dad are well-known for being all around fantastic gents. Well, Life of Dad has teamed up with them to help bring some genuinely exceptional awesomeness to anyone who wants to participate. Join us Wednesday, April 9 for the Clorox “Ick Awards” an online extravaganza where you can not […]

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Captain Morgan Introduces Taco Rum!
Captain Morgan Introduces Taco Rum!

Our prayers have been answered. We now have the perfect drink to go with Taco Tuesdays. Captain Morgan struck gold yet again with their latest spirit called Taco Rum. The Captain is “spicing” up its newest white rum offering and reinvigorating the entire category with a taco flavored rum, perfect for the loads of individuals […]

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#FrozenChefMadness – The WINNER!
#FrozenChefMadness – The WINNER!

Drumroll, please… The winner of Frozen Chef Madness, 2014 is… Beau Coffron from Lunchbox Dad! That’s right, his “Buzzer Beater Bacon Buffalo Wraps” took home the top prize of an $800 gift card!  Here is a photo of that deliciousness… For the entire “Buzzer Beater Bacon Buffalo Wraps” recipe, visit Lunchbox Dad. Second place, and […]

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Dads From Around The World Pull April Fool’s Prank On Their Kids
Dads From Around The World Pull April Fool’s Prank On Their Kids

We challenged dads from around the world to pull an April Fools prank on their kids.  The simplest one we could think of?  Toilet paper the kids rooms while they are sleeping.  Here are the results… Patrick Quinn from LifeofDad.com Tommy Riles from LifeofDad.com Jason Elrite from BalconyDads.com David Guest, LifeofDad.com David Guest, LifeofDad.com Mike […]

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An Open Letter to JJ Abrams about Star Wars
An Open Letter to JJ Abrams about Star Wars

Dear Mr. Abrams; For dads of a certain age, no film better exemplifies the joys of childhood like Star Wars. It ignited our imaginations like no other. Although I am very confident in your ability to carry the lightsaber-shaped torch into the future, I do want to communicate some guidelines to consider when it comes […]

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April Fool’s with Kids
April Fool’s with Kids

April Fool’s is a tough day with kids. On the one hand, I love pranking people when I can and generally tend to lean towards elaborate yet harmless jokes that all can laugh at. On the other hand, I have two small kids who probably wouldn’t quite comprehend anything too complicated and I’d hate to […]

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Dreams and Reality:  Ways to Finance Your Idea and Start a Company
Dreams and Reality: Ways to Finance Your Idea and Start a Company

To make money, you have to spend money. This adage often rings true for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start a new business. In today’s tough economy, however, there is really no such thing as extra money. If you’ve dreamed of owning your own company for years, but never knew how to get it started, […]

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