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Memorial Day
Memorial Day

As the morning dew glistens off the crisp green grass 33 Buglers sound 24 notes. That too familiar sound of Taps echoes throughout our nation’s most hallowed ground. That stagnant smell of sulfur lingers in the air due to a 21 gun salute hours before. Another soldier is lowered in the ground after giving the […]

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You Play With Raptors?
You Play With Raptors?

There are times in life as a parent where things come together at the right time. I recently had one of those moments. My oldest daughter went on a field trip to a museum with her class into the city to check out dinosaurs. At school she was learning all about the different prehistoric creatures. […]

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The Chicago Legacy
The Chicago Legacy

Spring is a great time of year to be a sports fan. March gives us the men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments that cripple workplace productivity as people replace spreadsheets and phone calls with box scores and online play-by-play logs. It’s the time of year when NBA and NHL teams really start to jockey for […]

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Help “Crown” A Winner For The “Your Hero’s Name Here” Program
Help “Crown” A Winner For The “Your Hero’s Name Here” Program

 Since NASCAR began running the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1994, a select group of race winners including Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson have been brave enough to face the challenge and made their mark as kings of the historic track. This year, another name will join their ranks without ever […]

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Digging for Dinosaurs
Digging for Dinosaurs

A friend of mine, Kobeyeh, suggested this activity to me.  Get some small dinosaurs and freeze them in a block of ice.  Once frozen, let your kids pretend they’re archeologists…or paleontologists.  I’m not sure which, but I THINK archeologists dig ’em up and give them to paleontologists to study.  Either way, the kids will get […]

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Treehouse of Horror part 4
Treehouse of Horror part 4

Ok…just when I thought my briar-scratched skin and hammer-smashed fingers and floor-joist-bumped noggin issues were nearing their end, my itchy eye that has itched all week is now read and looks like pink eye.  It’s NOT pink eye, but try telling that to all the people who’s paths I cross that look at me like […]

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Just for Kicks – New Kicks For The G.O.A.T.S At The Wide Receiver Position
Just for Kicks – New Kicks For The G.O.A.T.S At The Wide Receiver Position

For those who know me know that I am a San Francisco 49ers fan. Right now it is tough to see what the 49ers are becoming with everyone leaving the team. I have no idea what to expect this year. Yet I will always have the happy memories of great players like Jerry Rice. In […]

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My Daughters Review The Disney Princess Palace Pets Beauty & Bliss Playset
My Daughters Review The Disney Princess Palace Pets Beauty & Bliss Playset

My daughters are big fans of the Disney Princess Palace Pets toy line from Blip Toys. Ever since they saw the adorable dogs, cats, and other animals from the world of Disney Princesses they wanted to take all of them home. There is even an app that goes along with these pets. The Palace Pets have […]

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Domestic God Mode: How to Dominate your Household Like a Deity
Domestic God Mode: How to Dominate your Household Like a Deity

Domestic Goddess: An informal, humorous term used to describe a woman with exceptional domestic skills, especially one who excels in preparing meals. God mode: A mode found in many video games, usually requiring a cheat code or fulfilling certain requirements within the game. During this mode the player can access powers of a ‘god’ within […]

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Treehouse of Horror part 3
Treehouse of Horror part 3

So, progress on the treehouse is finally underway.  The first weekend, 2 of my nephews and a buddy of theirs helped me do parts that I couldn’t do by myself, namely the floor joists.  It was a bit slow moving as I didn’t have all the tools required.  But, thankfully, the nephew buddy had access […]

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Chechen Roulette
Chechen Roulette

For his role in the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnev, a name that makes spell check say, “Are you kidding me?” was sentenced to death by lethal injection… Read all:   http://nathantimmel.com/2015/chechen-roulette/

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Great Food And Cocktail Recipes For Memorial Day Weekend
Great Food And Cocktail Recipes For Memorial Day Weekend

Are you always looking for that new recipe to break out for a summer party? Well I can help you out. Below are some fantastic cocktail recipes as well as some sauces you can use for your barbecue. The newest wine brand from Diageo Chateau & Estates, Truvée, is derived from the French word meaning […]

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Art and Crafts: Patriotic Oreo Pops
Art and Crafts: Patriotic Oreo Pops

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making some patriotic Oreo cookie pops. With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, why not make this delicious treat for the parties and barbecues. Your guests or hosts will thank you for it! Materials Needed: One package of Oreos Red, white, […]

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New Toys To Hone Your Hoop Skills and Play With Turtles
New Toys To Hone Your Hoop Skills and Play With Turtles

I recently was able to review a few cool new toys that are now on the market. One is sports related and the other deals with animals. Both toys were fun for my daughters to play with in their own separate way. Here is some information on both the Mega Morph Super Hoop from Backyard […]

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Movie Posters Reimagined For Parents
Movie Posters Reimagined For Parents

We are almost ready for another year of summer blockbuster movies. This summer looks to be jam packed with intriguing films. To tell you the truth this whole year looks like it will be fantastic for movies. While I was waiting in line to pre-purchase tickets for “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” I […]

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I am the Father of a Celiac Kid – #TalkTellTest
I am the Father of a Celiac Kid – #TalkTellTest

You probably didn’t know that this month is Celiac Awareness month… just like some of you may be wondering “What does celiac mean?”  A celiac is someone who has celiac disease.  In our little family of four we just happen to have a celiac.  That means as a family, we do things a little different, […]

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Rutledge Wood – My Life of Dad
Rutledge Wood – My Life of Dad

Car addict, automotive expert and “Top Gear” co-host, Rutledge Wood is hitting the road to rescue and restore America’s underappreciated classic cars in the new History Channel series “Lost in Transmission.” The series began earlier this month. His passion for the eccentric comes alive in the series as he searches the barns and backyards of […]

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Strange Magic Comes Home On DVD And On-Demand May 19th
Strange Magic Comes Home On DVD And On-Demand May 19th

George Lucas brings you the story of a music-filled fairy tale about finding love in the unlikeliest of places in Strange Magic on DVD, Digital HD/SD and On-Demand May 19th! This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) who has sworn off love, a dubious villain […]

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Standing In Line
Standing In Line

Ever had someone tell you to shut your kid up? Well, it’s these moments I call teachable one’s, because I’m a father of a child that happens to be diagnosed with Autism. I’m 6’4″ and a bit over 300 lbs.   Some say I wear my weight well, but the reality is I can come […]

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Treehouse of Horror part 2
Treehouse of Horror part 2

The treehouse I’m building for my twin 5 year olds is going to be just behind my fenced in backyard in the woods.  I’ve had to clear away underbrush, chop down small trees…and then there’s the briars.  Briars, briars, briars, and behind those briars? More briars.  In years past, the briars and I have had […]

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Hosting a Memorable Father’s Day Brunch
Hosting a Memorable Father’s Day Brunch

Thinking of ways to celebrate dad on Father’s daycan be difficult. For those who are looking to take a more personal approach to this special holiday, you may want to try your hand at hosting your own brunch. No matter if you’re a culinary expert in the kitchen or your skills range toward the novice, […]

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Just for Kicks – LEGO Sneakers
Just for Kicks – LEGO Sneakers

This week some cool news surfaced with a new design of the Air Jordan XI. This time the patent leather was replaced with LEGO pieces. Yep, you read that right. An artist that goes under the name of tomyoo23 started up this project. He is looking to get his project funded and possibly have LEGO get […]

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The Future Needs a Big Kiss
The Future Needs a Big Kiss

Many negative words have been written about Millennials, also known as the “Participation Ribbon” generation For the most part I have tried not to be a grumpy old man in this situation. I read about the student who sued his professor over a bad grade, and shrugged it off as an isolated incident. I heard first-hand […]

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Art and Crafts: Making Jewelry With Strand Bands
Art and Crafts: Making Jewelry With Strand Bands

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making some cool and unique bracelets using the new fashion kits from Strand Bands. This summer these kits will be hitting stores. The stretchy-soft Strand Bands make it simple and fun to braid, weave, bead or fringe stylish one-of-a-kind accessories […]

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In Celebration of Men Supporting Men
In Celebration of Men Supporting Men

I’m hopeful a new era is coming for men and society. I am very excited to find the Life of Dad website and become a blogger because this site reinforces what I feel I’m seeing more and more these days: men emotionally supporting other men. And I think this new way of relating is deeply […]

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Grammar Police
Grammar Police

My boys are now reading pretty well and so have started reading signs everywhere we go.  While at Food Lion, Eli read “Thank You For Shopping Food Lion.”  After much discussion between the two boys, they decided the sign was missing the word “at” and should, of course, say “Thank you for shopping at Food […]

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Treehouse of Horror?
Treehouse of Horror?

I’ve decided to build the boys a treehouse.  I’m not sure if the end result will be quite what I see in my head, but as long as it’s done by their birthday and isn’t condemned, I’ll be happy.  Behind my backyard, there are 5…I want to say “Oak trees” …in something like a circle.  Planning […]

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Get Your Own Little Minions
Get Your Own Little Minions

While my family and I were enjoying a movie at the theater we saw the preview for the “Minions” movie. We were laughing through the whole trailer. We love those little yellow guys who are always in search for mischief and bananas. It was only a matter of time before the minions got their own […]

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Stepping Up My Cleaning Game With Dyson
Stepping Up My Cleaning Game With Dyson

Even before becoming an at home dad I was a creature of habit. Now being home with the kids I have become even more regimented with my schedule. Monday is laundry day. Tuesday is the laundry day for my kids. Thursday is my cleaning day. I finish the week by grocery shopping on Friday. Between […]

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Why Fatherhood is Like Becoming Iron Man
Why Fatherhood is Like Becoming Iron Man

When I became a father for the first time, a lot of people (who didn’t have kids) asked me things like “What’s it like being a father?” and “Did becoming a dad change you?” In response to the first question, “what’s it like being a father?”, I found it hard to answer as I had […]

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Ted Lange – My Life of Dad
Ted Lange – My Life of Dad

Ted Lange is perhaps best-known for starring as Isaac, the lovable bartender on the hit series “The Love Boat” for ten seasons. What people may not realize is that he is also a TV and theatre director and an award-winning playwright. He is a historian and that really comes through in his books and plays. […]

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WWE Superstar Roman Reigns Share His Thoughts About His Mom For Mother’s Day
WWE Superstar Roman Reigns Share His Thoughts About His Mom For Mother’s Day

WWE Superstar Roman Reigns penned this great blog in celebration of his own mother and all the incredible moms out there! My fans know me for being a WWE Superstar, a title that conveys images of muscle and strength. But it is my mother who showed me what real strength is. She is my own […]

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Stay-at-Home Dads: 5 Things to do While Your Kid is at School
Stay-at-Home Dads: 5 Things to do While Your Kid is at School

Being a stay-at-home dad is a big responsibility. You have made the decision to put your career on hold in order to take care of your children and keep up with the household responsibilities.   When you’re with your children, you days are usually filled to the second. You are playing games, doing laundry, doingarts […]

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The Marvel Universe Looks To Start A Civil War
The Marvel Universe Looks To Start A Civil War

Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on “Captain America: Civil War,” the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland. Set for […]

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Just for Kicks – The Air Jordan V
Just for Kicks – The Air Jordan V

 Hands down one of my favorite kicks of all time is the Air Jordan V. When this shoe popped up in 1990 I started to get my passion for sneakers. From MJ playing in them to seeing a white, purple, and green colorway (called the Grapes) on a free Wheaties calendar I wanted to get […]

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Art and Crafts: Mother’s Day Paper Flower Bouquet
Art and Crafts: Mother’s Day Paper Flower Bouquet

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making a craft for Mother’s Day. We are going to create a paper flower bouquet. Have your kids pick out some different colored tissue paper. Then you can get a plastic or glass vase that you have lying around the […]

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Disney Announces Infinity 3.0
Disney Announces Infinity 3.0

Today Disney announced Infinity 3.0 is coming and will include Star Wars characters and worlds along with even more Disney and Marvel. I know our family can’t wait! Here what Disney has said so far in regards to the Infinity 3.0. Disney Infinity 3.0 is joining forces with Star Wars. There will be three Star […]

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My Wife the Super Mom
My Wife the Super Mom

Lydia is a Super Mom, because she convinced me to become a Dad. My whole life, I didn’t want kids. I saw them as money and time drains. This was all rooted in personal issues and a childhood not worth going into, but when Lydia and I started dating we seemed to be on the […]

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Grilled Lemon and Limeade Cocktail
Grilled Lemon and Limeade Cocktail

We are now in the month of May. The weather is fantastic. We all have the urge to go outside and grill something. I have known a few friends in the past to have grilled their bacon for their breakfast to just enjoy the morning outside. Yes, it is that nice out even when the […]

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Set Director & Production Designer Roger Christian Talks Star Wars
Set Director & Production Designer Roger Christian Talks Star Wars

To continue the celebration of Star Wars Day, Disney is sharing some videos and interviews from people that made Star Wars what is today. If you use the Disney Movies Anywhere app you can watch some fantastic content from about a story that took place a long time ago. Here is an interview that Disney […]

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Hot Wheels Princess Leia Character Car Unveiled‏
Hot Wheels Princess Leia Character Car Unveiled‏

Hot Wheels and Star Wars recently joined forces to have favorite Star Wars characters reimagined as Hot Wheels cars. Each 1:64-scale car is individually designed to retain the “Force” of an iconic Star Wars character and combines the thrill and real racing excitement of Hot Wheels. Re-create your favorite storylines, send the cars flying at […]

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The Netflix Diaries: Daredevil
The Netflix Diaries: Daredevil

In this new series, I explore and discuss all the wonderfulness that is the behemoth of entertainment that is Netlix, and what i’m currently bingeing. This is my diary of my passive addiction to flicks and shows! This Week: Daredevil starring Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onfrio. (more…)

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Lost Tapes From Second Death Star Found!
Lost Tapes From Second Death Star Found!

There were so many things happening during the Battle of Endor. The Rebels were trying to destroy the second Death Star that the Empire was in the process of building. Luke was about to face his father, Darth Vader in an epic lightsaber battle. Before Admiral Ackbar yelled out his famous line did you ever […]

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Justin Moore – My Life of Dad Part 2
Justin Moore – My Life of Dad Part 2

Reigning ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore added a second consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Country Albums Chart to his list of accolades with “Off The Beaten Path.” This helped to produce Justin’s fourth and fifth #1 hits “Point At You” and “Lettin’ the Night Roll.” Combined with his previous GOLD-certified albums […]

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Hot Wheels Assembles A New Line Of Avengers Toys
Hot Wheels Assembles A New Line Of Avengers Toys

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” has to be one of the most anticipated films to come out this year. This weekend you will get to see “The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” take on Ultron. This all-star lineup of heroes from Marvel has teamed up with Hot Wheels. There are some very cool new toys from Hot Wheels […]

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Just For Kicks – Avengers Edition
Just For Kicks – Avengers Edition

 This weekend Marvel will release their second film from the Avengers series with “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” I was lucky enough to get to see the film earlier this week. It had action, humor, and scenes that looked like it came right out of a comic book. It was just as good or even a […]

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Film School for Dads – Travel Photography at the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel
Film School for Dads – Travel Photography at the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel

As part of my blog, Film School for Dads, on Life of Dad, I discuss great ways to get kids involved in the fun and adventure of filmmaking and photography. I believe that kids learn best when they are at the center of the activity, with a camera in their hands and their own ideas […]

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Marvel Salutes Real Life Heroes‏
Marvel Salutes Real Life Heroes‏

As excitement builds for the release of the highly-anticipated “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Disney Consumer Products and Marvel, in collaboration with licensee Entertainment Retail Enterprises (ERE), have created a new range of merchandise inspired by Marvel Super Heroes and celebrating real life military heroes. The collection includes t-shirts, hats, drinkware, pillows, blankets and more for […]

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Check Out A Cool Feature On Black Widow And Scarlet Witch
Check Out A Cool Feature On Black Widow And Scarlet Witch

Last night I got to check out a screening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” To my fellow comic book friends you will not be disappointed. To get you ready for this weekend’s release of the next chapter for “The World’s Mightiest Heroes” watch this cool featurette on Black Widow and Scarlet Witch. Marvel Studios presents […]

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Disney Junior’s “Miles From Tomorrowland” Gets Ready For Another Adventure
Disney Junior’s “Miles From Tomorrowland” Gets Ready For Another Adventure

Disney Junior has ordered a second season of “Miles from Tomorrowland,” this year’s #1 TV series across preschool networks in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5. Earlier this week it was announced by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide. The series, which charts the outer space missions of young adventurer […]

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