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Just for Kicks – Derek Jeter Lux 2.0
Just for Kicks – Derek Jeter Lux 2.0

We all know that this is Derek Jeter’s last year. The future Hall of Famer has been having a farewell tour so to speak when he and the Yankees play on the road away in different ballparks. It is great to see the respect he has been given as teams honor him with gifts and […]

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Holy Crap! I’m a Bad Father….Maybe
Holy Crap! I’m a Bad Father….Maybe

Almost every day that I close my eyes to sleep (I work night shift), I think about how I did that day as a husband and a father.  Usually, I feel like crap.  I think about the missed opportunities.  I think about how stupid I was to have lost my temper and yelled at the […]

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Tips for Enjoying Alexandria’s Allure on the Cheap
Tips for Enjoying Alexandria’s Allure on the Cheap

Alexandria, Virginia is a stone’s throw from Washington, D.C., but the nation’s capital does not overshadow Alexandria’s charm. Whether you are traveling there for business or because you want a gorgeous getaway in a culturally rich town, you can stay in Alexandria without emptying all your pockets. Book accommodations via handy sites like Hipmunk and […]

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Domestic Violence and Fantasy Sports
Domestic Violence and Fantasy Sports

My fantasy football team has a problem and it’s names are Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice.1 The draft for this team’s league was held on August 31st, five days before the NFL’s opening Thursday night game and a week before the opening weekend. At that point, Ray Rice, the starting running back for the Baltimore […]

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Crystal’s Mushroom Shaped Quiche — (Blendability)
Crystal’s Mushroom Shaped Quiche — (Blendability)

Crystal decided to go full tilt with her blendability and didn’t just replace some of the meat, she replaced it all with delicious mushrooms! Technically not a “blend” per se, but with all of the nutrition she has added to her meal, we say it counts! This is 100% going to be an appetizer I’ll be […]

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Art and Crafts: Fall Leaf Garland
Art and Crafts: Fall Leaf Garland

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making a leaf garland that will make a perfect fall decoration for your house. Whether your kids will want to hang it up in their room or you display it in the family room it will add a nice fall […]

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Film School for Dads – Techniques for Coming Up with Story Ideas
Film School for Dads – Techniques for Coming Up with Story Ideas

  How do you come up with cool story ideas for movies with your kids?  Here are a few ways.   Start with a Location: Creative boundaries are helpful.  One simple creative boundary is the location where you’ll be filming, which can help you and your kids come up with ideas.  If you’re planning to […]

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Starting a YouTube Channel – #LifeofDadChat
Starting a YouTube Channel – #LifeofDadChat

  So you want your own YouTube Channel do ya…? Lucky for you there is a #LifeofDadChat just for that.  This Wednesday  log onto www.lifeofdad.com and Join Tom Riles (@LifeofDadShow) and Chris Read (@CanadianDadBlog) as they discuss the ins and out of creating a YouTube channel with their guests: Jessi Sanfilippo (@Shuggilippo) – Host of […]

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Tiff’s Turkey and Mushroom Meatball Stroganoff — (Blendability)
Tiff’s Turkey and Mushroom Meatball Stroganoff — (Blendability)

Tiff blew our minds last week with her Cheesy Parmesan Mushroom Chicken. This week she’s back with another excellent looking meal using the Blendability of mushrooms in a fantastic looking meatball. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next week for the final challenge. TURKEY & MUSHROOM MEATBALL STROGANOFF INGREDIENTS For meatballs: 1 pound lean […]

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David’s Mushroom and Beef Marinara Meatballs — (Blendability)
David’s Mushroom and Beef Marinara Meatballs — (Blendability)

Here’s my recipe for the Week 2 Blended Paradise mushroom cooking competition.  As you can see from my photo montage, I did this all with my little girl, Delia, which made for the best Saturday night of all time. Mushroom and Beef Marinara Meatballs 3 Cups Bay Bella Mushrooms 2 Pounds Lean Ground Beef 1/2 […]

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R.C.’s Turkey Pumpkin Mushroom Casserole — (Blendability)
R.C.’s Turkey Pumpkin Mushroom Casserole — (Blendability)

I think it’s quite possible that R.C. has invented the most Autumn thing that has ever been created. If this meal were a person, it would be wearing a warm sweater, playing in piles of fallen leaves and enjoying a hot cup of tea while watching football and trick or treating. Knowing it’s coming from […]

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Happy National PLAY-DOH Day!
Happy National PLAY-DOH Day!

Today is National PLAY-DOH Day. For years PLAY-DOH has been keeping kids and parents busy with their famous compound and their many different playsets. My family and I have had fun and continue to enjoy playing with PLAY-DOH. From Disney Princess playsets to creating butterflies to making our favorite football team logos we are always […]

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Joya’s Mushroom Quinoa — (Blendability)
Joya’s Mushroom Quinoa — (Blendability)

Joya has mixed up a delicious looking meal that can be served both hot or cold. Not only that, but it is one of the more simple to make meals we have seen so far. Living with a vegetarian, I can see that this will be a big hit in my house when I whip […]

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Jenn’s Sausage and Mushroom, Stuffed Mushrooms — (Blendability)
Jenn’s Sausage and Mushroom, Stuffed Mushrooms — (Blendability)

Jenn has taken blendability and done some Inception-like work to it. Mushrooms inside of meat inside of mushrooms. It’s brilliant. I almost want to go another level deeper and stuff all of that into an even larger mushroom just to see what happens. This recipe is a fantastic way to kick off our second week […]

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Josh’s Bruschetta Portobello Burgers — (Simple Meals)
Josh’s Bruschetta Portobello Burgers — (Simple Meals)

Josh has put together a fantastic burger for week one of out #ShroomTember contest. Adding elements of Italian cooking to a good old mushroom burger has produced fantastic results. Seriously, look at that thing. I can’t imagine anything better right now. Check out the full recipe at his outstanding site Studio City Dad and look around […]

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Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 2
Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 2

Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season is in the books. For those of you, who like me, drafted Drew Brees in their league thinking that you would dominate I feel your pain. The Saints QB is off to a slow start. The good news is that it is just Week 2. No one in […]

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The Power of Music – Life of Dad University
The Power of Music – Life of Dad University

Course Number: MUSI 101 Course Name: The Power of Music “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius If the Chinese thinker and philosopher was right about one thing, this would be it.  He may have been right about other stuff too, but I’ve never taken the time to […]

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Strangers More Likely To Help Than Friends When Starting a Business?
Strangers More Likely To Help Than Friends When Starting a Business?

Since I got the idea to start WeMontage three years ago, I’ve had to rely on the support of both friends and strangers. So I started wondering, which group has been more helpful-friends or strangers? My immediate answer to that question was, strangers have been more helpful. And there were a few times friends have disappointed […]

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Ryan’s Vegetable Stir Fry with Baby Bella Mushrooms — (Simple Meals)
Ryan’s Vegetable Stir Fry with Baby Bella Mushrooms — (Simple Meals)

A while back, as part of an effort to get his life and his health back on track, Ryan made the decision to start living a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, and he has naturally begun to incorporate mushrooms into his daily regimen. All of the tremendous health benefits of mushrooms aside, he finds them to be very […]

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Charles Tillman – My Life of Dad
Charles Tillman – My Life of Dad

At Life of Dad we look to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). Charles Tillman, who plays cornerback for the Chicago Bears looks to do the same thing. His foundation, the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation looks to provide opportunities and resources to children and their families who are in need. Tillman and our own […]

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Chris’ Mushroom-Stuffed Ricotta Gnocchi w/ Mushroom-Herb Browned Butter — (Simple Meals)
Chris’ Mushroom-Stuffed Ricotta Gnocchi w/ Mushroom-Herb Browned Butter — (Simple Meals)

Is there a word that’s more fun to say, or spell than Gnocchi? I don’t think so. Gnocchi gnocchi gnocchi. Well Chris has come up with a meal that looks fantastic and super fun to make. I don’t know about you, but I love cooking with my kids, but have always thought making a gnocchi […]

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Lisa’s Korean Mushroom Lettuce Wraps —  (Simple Meals)
Lisa’s Korean Mushroom Lettuce Wraps — (Simple Meals)

Lisa has brought us something different from many of the excellent dishes we have seen so far. This looks light and refreshing and can probably qualify as a handheld meal (albeit a potentially messy one). Can’t wait to whip this up in my kitchen. Korean Mushroom Lettuce Wraps 1 Asian or firm ripe bosc pear, […]

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Sky’s Cheesy Skillet Fry — (Simple Meals)
Sky’s Cheesy Skillet Fry — (Simple Meals)

Sky has submitted a dish that is not only easy, but super versatile. The veggies can be switched out to accommodate what you have in your fridge, and as long as mushrooms are in there it’s going to be awesome. I have a very strong feeling that once I make this for my family it […]

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Mr. Kulp’s Mushroom Bruschetta — (Simple Meals)
Mr. Kulp’s Mushroom Bruschetta — (Simple Meals)

We’ve seen quite a few fantastic meals coming out of this contest and Adrian Kulp has added a new variation to the mix. His dish could be a full meal, or can be simply used as an excellent hors d’oeuvres. A most welcome recipe as holiday party season is not far away! His twist on […]

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Deepa’s Mushroom and Peas Pulav — (Simple Meals)
Deepa’s Mushroom and Peas Pulav — (Simple Meals)

Ready to have your mind blown with flavoring? Well Deepa’s dish is going to do that for you. At least, that’s what I’ll assume. I haven’t made it yet, but with the combination of spices with the mushrooms, I can’t imagine it being anything short of a cranial detonation. Basmati rice         […]

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Jennifer’s Coffee & Garlic Rubbed Mushroom Sirloin Skewers — (Simple Meals)
Jennifer’s Coffee & Garlic Rubbed Mushroom Sirloin Skewers — (Simple Meals)

Holy guacamole. Jennifer seems to have raised the bar of this cooking contest with her insanely delicious looking skewers. I want to try the dry rub on just about everything now. Coffee and Garlic Rubbed Mushroom Sirloin Skewers (makes 4 servings) 2 tsp espresso powder 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp dry mustard 1 tsp […]

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Under Construction
Under Construction

Ever since I bought my house, I always thought my bathroom was great. Well, not great, but definitely adequate. The toilet flushed, the shower showered, most of the lights turned on. I even used floor paint to spruce it up a bit. Then Beth moved in and all of my illusions were shattered. “It’s disgusting,” […]

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Dan L’s Polenta-Mushroom Bites — (Simple Meal)
Dan L’s Polenta-Mushroom Bites — (Simple Meal)

I love cooking shows.  One of my favorite cooking shows is “Chopped,” on The Food Channel.  In the show, contestants are provided their 4 mystery basket ingredients, then asked to cook something up.  I am no chef, but when I cook, I like to combine different ingredients I like to eat…or whatever is left in […]

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Dan’s English Muffin Shroom Pizzas — (Simple Meal)
Dan’s English Muffin Shroom Pizzas — (Simple Meal)

*Dan took the simplicity of this week’s challenge to heart and knocked it out of the park. Simple ingredients. Simple to put together and simply delicious.* The English Muffin Pizza is an old tradition in our house but the addition of Bacon Loaded Shrooms was awesome!  My wife and I seriously at like 15 of […]

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Lisa’s Mediterranean Mushroom Pitas with Feta Yogurt — (Simple Meals)
Lisa’s Mediterranean Mushroom Pitas with Feta Yogurt — (Simple Meals)

*I absolutely LOVE Mediterranean food. So I was very excited to see this entry in our contest. Without even making it yet, I already know that this will become a staple in my house.* Mediterranean Mushroom Pitas with Feta Yogurt 1 ½  cups cooked faro or bulgar wheat* ½  cup canned garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed 1 small […]

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Star Wars Mashups With Other Disney Characters
Star Wars Mashups With Other Disney Characters

My family and I love “Star Wars.” If you have read a few of my recent articles here at Life of Dad you already know that. Not a day goes by where at least one of my daughters asks me to play with my old action figures or have a lightsaber battle. We definitely have […]

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The First Day
The First Day

Eitan started school this week. It’s not a long program; three days per week, for three hours each day, and they’re only doing two hours for the first month to help the kids adjust. It’s a program for two-year-olds, after all, and most of the kids are attending an organized school program for the first […]

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Your Parent Teacher Conference: Meet The Teacher Night
Your Parent Teacher Conference: Meet The Teacher Night

Dear Parents, Last week we discussed the importance of having a sharable calendar. Again, I highly recommend the Cozi App if you have a smartphone, but if you are rolling without technology, I would still recommend using a central calendar and pocket calendars to keep your family synchronized. I realize that some of you are […]

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Beau’s Mushroom and Pesto Pizza — (Simple Meals)
Beau’s Mushroom and Pesto Pizza — (Simple Meals)

Oh man. Mushrooms, Pesto and Pizza. Seriously three of my favorite foods and I’ve never thought to combine them before. Luckily. Beau has crafted this beautiful meal for us to gaze upon. Soon I’ll be running to the store to pick up the ingredients and making my own. Beau is no stranger to making great […]

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Just for Kicks – The Air Jordan XX9 Arrives
Just for Kicks – The Air Jordan XX9 Arrives

 This past weekend marked the launch of the latest shoe in the iconic Air Jordan franchise, the Air Jordan XX9. Following a full summer championing performance basketball across North America and around the world, the brand hosted a celebration of flight in New York and Los Angeles as consumers lined up for their first chance […]

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Jeff’s Mushroom and Cauliflower Ravioli with Sauteed Shrimp in a Limoncello Cream Sauce Recipe — (Simple Meal)
Jeff’s Mushroom and Cauliflower Ravioli with Sauteed Shrimp in a Limoncello Cream Sauce Recipe — (Simple Meal)

Our first pasta entry comes from Jeff Bogle and it looks amazing. You can make his recipe with shrimp or, as he points out, add any other protein you have in the fridge. You can even opt to do this vegetarian and it will be just as delicious. I’ve never made a Limoncello sauce before, […]

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Film School for Dads – Coming up with Original Story Ideas with your Kids
Film School for Dads – Coming up with Original Story Ideas with your Kids

  Everyone loves to wax poetic about the imaginative minds of children. “Watching them play and invent new ideas is amazing. Their imaginations soar with abandon, untouched by the stresses and blocks of the grown-up world,” someone will often say—who doesn’t spend much time around kids. Truth be told, the minds of kids are actually […]

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Art and Crafts: Autumn Handprint Wreath
Art and Crafts: Autumn Handprint Wreath

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we looking ahead to the fall season. We are making an autumn handprint wreath. This craft is an excellent way to help your kids work on their motor skills while having fun. You can help them learn how to trace, cut, and […]

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Surprisingly Scenic Hiking in La Jolla
Surprisingly Scenic Hiking in La Jolla

Blog Post Type: Expert Opinion Piece The fashionable and trendy La Jolla village, outside of San Diego, is best known for boutique shopping, luxury spas, fine dining, and stellar surf conditions. Somehow, the premier hiking in this area is surprisingly overlooked. If you’re visiting La Jolla, don’t miss the natural beauty of the Torrey Pine hiking trails. […]

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R.C.’s Easy Cheesy Microwave Mushroom Mini Beer Bread Loaves — (Simple Recipe)
R.C.’s Easy Cheesy Microwave Mushroom Mini Beer Bread Loaves — (Simple Recipe)

You know what I love about R.C. Lileys website GoingDad.com? He writes about eating healthy and staying healthy. It motivates me to make better choices when I’m feeding my kids and myself and it makes him the perfect person to be entering this contest! He knows that mushrooms are a super-food and has created an […]

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Tiff’s Cheesy Parmesan Mushroom Chicken — (Simple Dinner)
Tiff’s Cheesy Parmesan Mushroom Chicken — (Simple Dinner)

Tiff has submitted this stunning work of mushroom art for week one of our #ShroomTember contest and it looks like it can be a real frontrunner for the first week’s prize. Mushrooms…. cheese… bacon…. there is nothing in here that I don’t love and the best part is, that it seems pretty easy to make. […]

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Carter’s Mushroom Brie Bisque a’la Florida — (Simple Meals)
Carter’s Mushroom Brie Bisque a’la Florida — (Simple Meals)

What could be better on a cool #ShroomTember evening than throwing on a sweater and sipping down a delicious creamy bisque? Carter Gaddis has the perfect recipe for us mushroom lovers. Don’t let the fancy name fool you into thinking that this is a recipe you can’t handle, because it’s surprisingly simple to make. The […]

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Art’s 4 Cheese Portobello Burger ——- (Game Day Burgers)
Art’s 4 Cheese Portobello Burger ——- (Game Day Burgers)

I remember the first time I tried this burger. It happened when I did my first radio station promotion. We were doing an event at a restaurant and the staff was going to cook us dinner. I asked the staff what their specialties were and they said that I should try their Portobello mushroom burger. […]

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Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 1
Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 1

Tuesday Morning Quarterback (TMQ) is back for another year here at Life of Dad. This will be a weekly column during this NFL season. Each week I will let you know who scored the most points out of the 24 dads in our league. The dad with the most points will win a weekly prize. […]

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Danny Trejo – My Life of Dad
Danny Trejo – My Life of Dad

Danny Trejo has made a name for himself in the movie business. Yet in the beginning he didn’t have that much success. Danny grew up on the streets of Los Angeles. Even though he spent some of his early adulthood incarcerated, he rose above that and turned his life around. Upon his release from Soledad […]

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A #ShroomTember Twitter Party sponsored by @MushroomChannel
A #ShroomTember Twitter Party sponsored by @MushroomChannel

  Tuesday September 23rd is the Life of Dad #ShroomTember Twitter Party sponsored by The Mushroom Council (@MushroomChannel). Make sure to set it up in your calendar cause you won’t want to miss it you could win a VISA gift card worth $250! On Tuesday the @2nd at 1pm ET/1o am PT join us on Twitter by following […]

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Portobello Mushroom Burgers – #ShroomTember: The Simple Dinner
Portobello Mushroom Burgers – #ShroomTember: The Simple Dinner

We here at Life of Dad are celebrating ShroomTember by looking to create a quick, simple dinner featuring mushrooms that any parent can throw together after a long day of school, soccer practice and work. So I am going to share a Portobello mushroom burger recipe. I remember the first time I tried this burger. […]

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The Bullying dilemma, do you know your role?
The Bullying dilemma, do you know your role?

“Don’t turn your face away. Once you’ve seen, you can no longer act like you don’t know. Open your eyes to the truth. It’s all around you. Don’t deny what the eyes to your soul have revealed to you. Now that you know, you cannot feign ignorance. Now that you’re aware of the problem, you […]

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7 Scams Most First-Timers Fall For
7 Scams Most First-Timers Fall For

First post in over a month here, things have been a bit crazy around my house and haven’t found time to sit down and write it out.  Being a first-timer myself, I fell for the marketing ploys offered by many compensated bloggers out there as well as the bright flashy packaging. Basically I’m a gullible […]

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Your Parent Teacher Conference: Calendar Tips
Your Parent Teacher Conference: Calendar Tips

Dear Parents, For those returning – welcome back. For those clicking in for the first time – welcome. First thing we have to do is check to see if you did your homework. Did you send a quick note or email to a teacher/counselor that works with your son/daughter? If not, take five minutes today […]

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