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Inkoos: Part Pillow, Part Craft
Inkoos: Part Pillow, Part Craft

For me I am always looking for something different for my kids and me to do. Recently I saw a product called Inkoos that was very different. Now it might sound like a funny name, but my daughters loved playing and cuddling with the Inkoos. What are Inkoos you might ask? Well they are a […]

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The Horrible Truth About Online Product Reviews
The Horrible Truth About Online Product Reviews

Online shopping definitely changed the way we all shop. We are faced with so many interesting opportunities that are available and nowadays you can basically buy everything from the internet from cars to services. You can even book a plumber to come to your home when an emergency that appears. When you want to shop […]

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Terry Crews – My Life of Dad
Terry Crews – My Life of Dad

From the gridiron to Hollywood, Terry Crews seems to always be fully committed to the task at hand when he looks to accomplish a goal. The always energetic Crews looks to share his positive outlook on life with anyone who will listen. He even wrote a book called “Manhood: How to Be a Better Man-or […]

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Playlist Elevated —- New Music, Old Music, Good Music   #14 — World Order
Playlist Elevated —- New Music, Old Music, Good Music #14 — World Order

Introducing you to bands you might not know, but totally should.    Most of my articles so far have been (at least in my opinion) great music. World Order is in that category. They are a good band to listen to, but they are a GREAT band to listen to and watch, which I can’t […]

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Haley Tju Talks Acting, New Show “Bella and the Bulldogs” & More
Haley Tju Talks Acting, New Show “Bella and the Bulldogs” & More

 Haley Tju is a fresh face to the Nickelodeon network and currently can be seen on their brand new television series “Bella and the Bulldogs.” The series follows Bella, a high schooler who tries to balance both being a cheerleader and being a quarterback on the football team. Haley can be seen as ‘Pepper,’ a […]

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There Is A New LEGO Star Wars Series On The Way
There Is A New LEGO Star Wars Series On The Way

The LEGO Group, world renowned manufacturer of construction toys, today announced that Disney XD has acquired LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales for airing later this year. The animated content series consists of five 22-minute episodes that re-tell the Star Wars saga in chronological order from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars: Return […]

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New York vs. San Diego
New York vs. San Diego

Amidst yet another brutal NY winter, I cannot help but ask myself why I chose to move from SD to NY. Which is the better place to live?   I moved to San Diego at age 23 because the quality of life is unbelievable. I moved back to the New York area at age 38 […]

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Your Parent – Teacher Conference: Standardized Stressing
Your Parent – Teacher Conference: Standardized Stressing

Dear Parents, Welcome back to those returning and hello to those just joining us. Last time we talked about the Peer Power and the impact, both positively and negatively, that it can have on your student. Today we are going to talk about something that most people don’t like to discuss – standardized tests. Most […]

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Dad 2.0 Summit: Riding the Tailwind into 2016 and Beyond
Dad 2.0 Summit: Riding the Tailwind into 2016 and Beyond

As the fourth Dad 2.0 Summit ended Saturday at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco, founders Doug French and John Pacini broke with precedent by announcing the city and venue for the next annual get-together of fathers and brands: Washington, D.C., at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Feb. 18-20, 2016. The significance was clear: Where better […]

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“Star Wars Rebels” Season Finale Sneak Peek Video‏
“Star Wars Rebels” Season Finale Sneak Peek Video‏

 In the exciting season finale of Star Wars Rebels, the Rebels must infiltrate an Imperial fleet over Mustafar to save Kanan.  With the Imperials bearing down on them, the team receives help from an unexpected ally in “Fire Across the Galaxy” – an episode directed by Dave Filoni and written by Simon Kinberg! The season […]

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Box Trolls
Box Trolls

I painted the boys like Box Trolls, and they danced around, played drums on their chest boxes, and muttered the little Box Troll language to each other.  Later, my wife washed the green paint off of them.   Once washed, I was trying to get one of my sons, Eli, out of the tub. My wife said “I guess it’s […]

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Just for Kicks – Signature Baseball Sneakers
Just for Kicks – Signature Baseball Sneakers

Spring training is underway. Fans of the MLB can’t wait to travel to a warmer climate to catch an early glimpse of what their favorite team will look like this year. To celebrate the upcoming baseball season I am going to share with you some of the coolest kicks that a few of the well-known […]

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The New Frozen Fever Trailer Now Available
The New Frozen Fever Trailer Now Available

On March 13, it’s the perfect day for a new Frozen treat. Watch the new trailer for Frozen Fever only in theatres with Cinderella! Get tickets today! In “Frozen Fever,” it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put […]

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Let your child roam in their world of imagination with Play tents toys
Let your child roam in their world of imagination with Play tents toys

Life is never a dull moment and the finest charm comes to everyone in the childhood. This is the time when one explores his imagination, stays in touch with his joyful soul and evolves as an individual. The person that one becomes much depends on his activities as a child, which is often referred by […]

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Art and Crafts: Bubble Wrap Painting
Art and Crafts: Bubble Wrap Painting

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are using some of the bubble wrap we had hanging around the house to help with our painting project. Most of the time when we get bubble wrap my kids and I like to pop the bubbles. My girls will put […]

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Tinker Bell and The Legend of the NeverBeast on Blu-ray 3/3‏
Tinker Bell and The Legend of the NeverBeast on Blu-ray 3/3‏

 Return to Pixie Hollow for the heartwarming and humorous adventure “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast!” An ancient myth of a fabled creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature […]

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Disney’s Into the Woods Arrives on DMA and Blu-ray 03/24‏
Disney’s Into the Woods Arrives on DMA and Blu-ray 03/24‏

From the director of “Chicago” and the producer of “Wicked” comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Academy Award®-Winning actress Meryl Streep (Best Actress, The Iron Lady), leads an all-star cast in this enchanted adventure about daring to venture “Into The Woods.” Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red […]

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Two Milk Minimum: The Magic of Dad 2.0
Two Milk Minimum: The Magic of Dad 2.0

Pixie dust ain’t got nothing on Dad 2.0. The annual summit of digital daddyhood is a mystical bottle of potion enabling men to do remarkable things. For example, certain Amateur Idiots summon the power to rise on 3 hours of sleep for an intense yoga session one morning and a brisk 5K run the next. […]

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Bananagram
Bananagram

Pack your kids’ lunch with a Bananagram!  They’ll love it and feel the love from you. My twin boys are in kindergarten this year.  I packed 1 of these in each of their lunches, and they just loved it.  They knew their parents loved them, and better yet, their little buddies all knew it.  Now, […]

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The Day I Went To Endor….Or Just Right Next To It
The Day I Went To Endor….Or Just Right Next To It

 George Lucas modeled the forest moon of Endor in “The Return of the Jedi” from the Redwood Forest in California. A few years back my wife and I went to San Francisco to celebrate our wedding anniversary. One of our stops was to check out the redwood trees on the outskirts of San Francisco. We […]

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You Know You Are Addicted to Disney When… (Part II)
You Know You Are Addicted to Disney When… (Part II)

Part II Seeing the castle brings you to tears You buy the spa products for comfort You can always feel the magic whether it is your 1st trip or 20th You worked there for 15 years, and after you retired, you miss your job You travel 2800 KM 3 times a year to go to […]

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Jorge Gutierrez – My Life of Dad
Jorge Gutierrez – My Life of Dad

Jorge Gutierrez is the director of the wildly popular film “The Book of Life.” Since he was a young boy he would borrow his father’s video cameras to make his own movies. Now as a father himself, Jorge looks to work with his son once he gets a bit older on making their own cartoons. […]

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The Importance of an Experienced Divorce Attorney for Men
The Importance of an Experienced Divorce Attorney for Men

Everyone goes into a marriage hoping it will last forever. The harsh reality is that a huge percentage of marriages do not even last five years. In these cases where a relationship ends, the breakup is sometimes messy. A man’s wealth is often at stake, as well as his right to raise his children. For […]

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The Road Less Travelled… aka Off-Roading at the Grand Canyon in a Rental
The Road Less Travelled… aka Off-Roading at the Grand Canyon in a Rental

October 2013. Does that mean anything to my fellow travelers? That was the time of the last government shutdown. Sure, the Senate and the House doesn’t open, bills don’t get passed, etc. But every federal employee goes without a check? Well, that’s not good. Luckily I’m not a federal employee. But, you know who is? […]

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Academy Award Themed Cocktails
Academy Award Themed Cocktails

As momentum builds for the upcoming Academy Awards, Courvoisier Cognac has a few cool cocktails for you to enjoy at home or at party that will bring the glamour of the red-carpet right to you. These fantastic cocktails are evocative of the exceptional journeys and triumphs experienced by some of this year’s most talked about […]

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Frozen Bubbles or Frozen Fingers??
Frozen Bubbles or Frozen Fingers??

Ok, I did the frozen bubble experiment with my kids this morning.  If you’re wondering “what experiment is he talking about?”  It’s on the “Project Ideas” page of http://griswolddad.com and is basically where you take a bubble solution (homemade or actual bubbles from the store works too) out into the FREEZING cold, blow bubbles, and […]

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Those Are My Toys…
Those Are My Toys…

    Growing up in the 80’s was a great time for toys!!! I am sure most people say that about their upbringing, but I believe that the 80’s was one of the best! Of course I am bias, but why shouldn’t I be? Our toys were so good, that they have brought the best […]

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Just For Kicks – Sneakers: There Is An App For That
Just For Kicks – Sneakers: There Is An App For That

It seems now that every company has an app for your smartphone or tablet. Except for a Mortal Kombat II app that Ed Boon should have already made for us old school gamers. Sorry for that my little rant, but for you fellow snearkerheads Nike has made an app that you should download ASAP. It […]

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I Love You, Dear Daddy
I Love You, Dear Daddy

My kids were out of school due to the icy weather yesterday.  They sat down and did a little art project, each making a special note for me.  One is a tiny little paper heart that says, “I love Daddy”.  The other is a bigger note, saying, “I love you, dear Daddy.”  When it comes […]

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Locked In
Locked In

A while back, my son, Eli, started a game where he locks the car door from the inside while I’m trying to get him out of the car. An epic battle then ensues for who can get the door unlocked or keep it locked. I make a big play of painfully stretching from the driver […]

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Turn Your Kids’ Art Into a “Book”
Turn Your Kids’ Art Into a “Book”

Take all of your kid’s artwork (or as much as will fit) and “bind” it into a book.  Get as fancy as you want, or just staple into some cardboard.  Either way works, and then your child can decorate the cover.  My boys love this and have multiple “volumes”.  They’re very proud of them and […]

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5 Year Letter to Kids
5 Year Letter to Kids

When my boys were born, their baby books asked me to write a letter to each of them so that they could read it in the future. I did, and I’d like to think it was pretty good for the hopes and dreams of a first time father. Now that they are 5 and I’m 38 […]

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Art and Crafts: Paper Plate Snake
Art and Crafts: Paper Plate Snake

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making our own paper plate snake. This is an easy and fun craft that you and your child can do together. Most of the materials should be around the house. This craft will help your toddler learn how to use […]

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Sofia The First: The Curse of Princess Ivy Arrives on Disney DVD February 24th, 2015
Sofia The First: The Curse of Princess Ivy Arrives on Disney DVD February 24th, 2015

The revelation of a spellbinding secret sets in motion the most thrilling adventure in the history of Sofia the First! After learning that the Amulet of Avalor is magical, Amber snatches it while Sofia is sleeping. Unfortunately, she unwittingly unleashes a curse that summons evil Princess Ivy, who threatens to destroy the amulet, seize the […]

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Titus O’Neil Talks About What Black History Month
Titus O’Neil Talks About What Black History Month

 We had the great pleasure of talking with Titus O’Neal here at Life of Dad last year. Click here to read that interview. Titus is a fantastic father who leads by example. So we wanted to share his thoughts on Black History Month and what it means to him. Here are the words of Titus […]

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Children and Pests: Don’t Reach For the Spray Just Yet
Children and Pests: Don’t Reach For the Spray Just Yet

On one hand children bring us constant joy; on the other they prompt constant fear. The amount of dangers that these little people come across is terrifying to say the least and as parents, it’s our job to protect them by whatever means necessary. In the case of pests, whether its cockroaches, ants or whatever […]

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Board Games For Parents To Be
Board Games For Parents To Be

When The Game of Life came out it was very popular. For those who never played, it is a game that simulates a person’s travels through his or her life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and possible children along the way. I played that board game many times in my life. While I […]

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Jada Facer Talks “Melissa & Joey,” Acting & More
Jada Facer Talks “Melissa & Joey,” Acting & More

Jada Facer is a pint-sized actress who got her big break as the surprise daughter of Joey Lawrence in the fan favorite series ABC Family’s “Melissa and Joey.” “Melissa & Joey” is currently airing its last season on ABC Family. The series follows Mel, the grown-up former wild child of a political family, who is […]

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David Robinson – My Life of Dad
David Robinson – My Life of Dad

When I was growing up there were a few athletes that I looked up to. One of them was San Antonio Spurs star center, David Robinson. He was a team leader and helped lead the Spurs win two NBA Championships. Not only was he an outstanding player on the court, he was a role model. […]

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My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic: Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders out on DVD 2/24‏
My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic: Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders out on DVD 2/24‏

Los Angeles, CA – Everypony is unique! If you lived in Equestria, what would your CUTIE MARK be? The Cutie Mark Crusaders can help you find out! My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusaders is coming to DVD on February 24, 2015 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! […]

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Playlist Elevated-  New Music, Old Music, Good Music — #13 The Beta Band
Playlist Elevated- New Music, Old Music, Good Music — #13 The Beta Band

I’m always surprised at how few people know of The Beta Band. If you mention Radiohead to someone you’ll get instant recognition and yet The Beta Band who emerged at around the same time with an arguably superior grasp of the space they shared is still relatively obscure. If you’ve seen the movie High Fidelity, you’ve heard this […]

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Don’t be afraid of the big bad code
Don’t be afraid of the big bad code

When I was growing up, being a programmer was not widely considered a path to career success. We were encouraged to become lawyers and doctors… maybe accountants… if we were good at math.  I know that is a generalization, but that was the stereotype then.  Computers and programming were nerdy pursuits and nerdy=bad, at least […]

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MY DAUGHTER’S FIRST VALENTINE – The Man Who Fixed Her Broken Heart
MY DAUGHTER’S FIRST VALENTINE – The Man Who Fixed Her Broken Heart

“I was born with a broken heart. Then the doctor’s came in and fixed my special heart with a heart-breaker machine. Then they sewed me back up. Here’s my scar. Today I’m wearing red to honor all of the other kids that are born with broken hearts.” -Barbara, 5 years old. These were the words […]

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Tiny Pockets of Time to Sustain Sanity
Tiny Pockets of Time to Sustain Sanity

My wife gave birth to our second daughter this week. Enter chaos. (Disclaimer for all of you 3+ kid parents out there: I get that the idea of 2 kids does not impress you. However, try to remember what it was like when you first made the jump to man-to-man defense.) As if my mountain […]

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How To Help Your Child Deal With Losing At Games
How To Help Your Child Deal With Losing At Games

It is quite difficult for a parent to deal with what the child feels when he/she loses at a game. In many cases you would end up having to deal with a child that is crying. Kids see losing as being extremely frustrating and unexpected. With this in mind, you need to consider the following […]

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Flying Teeth… or Kids Really Do Say The Darndest Things
Flying Teeth… or Kids Really Do Say The Darndest Things

With streaming video providers like Netflix offering cartoons from ANY age, I get a kick out of watching some of the cartoons of my youth with my young boys.  GI Joe, Transformers, He-Man, you name it.  It connects us with together time, but it also connects our pop culture references so that my boys get […]

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Betamax vs Bay Max
Betamax vs Bay Max

As you get older, there are certain things that happen that make you notice your age.  Whether it’s the good side of that, in which you are “in” on the jokes of pop culture nostalgia, … or the bad side, in which you start noticing all the famous people are starting to be a lot […]

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Paddington the Movie
Paddington the Movie

We went to see Paddington today.  This was truly a wonderful, heart-warming movie with a ton of laughs.  Besides that, the director was able to pull off some really cool visuals.  Very realistic looking, very colorful, very action-packed.  I’d expect to see him directing bigger in the future, but not better, because this one was great!  […]

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TMNT Meets Goonies!
TMNT Meets Goonies!

Ok, so TMNT meeting Goonies isn’t a totally new concept since Corey Feldman voiced Donny in the 80’s TMNT movie and was Mouth in the Goonies…but, each time it happens should be a celebrated moment!  While watching today’s episode of TMNT, Raph swam up into a giant cave, looked around, and said, “so much for […]

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Kid Craft Failure
Kid Craft Failure

So, while working on today’s kid craft, a shoebox-rubber band guitar, we ran into a couple of issues.  The shoebox we used was just a little too big for the rubber bands we had.  But, we were determined.  We were unwavering.  We were making a shoebox-rubber band guitar, and we were going to jam on […]

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