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Our 21st Century Family
Our 21st Century Family

Doting father, husband, child caregiver, and social advocate for today’s involved dad. Working mother, career woman, and advocate for women’s equality in the workforce. When I was a kid I would read about women in history who changed the world and broke down boundaries. I was determined to make a difference in this world just […]

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NASCAR, Crown Royal & Justin Moore Need Your Help To Find Heroes
NASCAR, Crown Royal & Justin Moore Need Your Help To Find Heroes

There are a lot of good people out there. Unfortunately those everyday heroes sometimes go unnoticed. Thankfully the great work that is done by NASCAR and Crown Royal looks to celebrate these people whose stories should be shared. The “Your Hero’s Name Here” program is where Crown Royal renames the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard […]

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Playlist Elevated, — New Music, Old Music, Good Music — #18 — Stiff Little Fingers
Playlist Elevated, — New Music, Old Music, Good Music — #18 — Stiff Little Fingers

Introducing you to bands you might not know, but totally should. Stiff Little Fingers A day will come when some of you have kids that will love Punk Rock, which is a wonderful thing. While they are discovering bands like The Ramones, The Clash and other classic staples of punk that everyone everywhere knows at least […]

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Disney Junior Looks To Get Fancy
Disney Junior Looks To Get Fancy

I have some good news. No scratch that. I have some exquisite news. It looks like the lovable character Fancy Nancy will be getting her own show on Disney Junior. My daughters will be ecstatic once I tell them. We are big fans of the “Fancy Nancy” books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. Disney […]

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Good Luck with THAT!
Good Luck with THAT!

The other day, I watched the Great Mouse Detective with my boys. My son, Eli, said “it said ‘the end’ like it was a book” as the movie was going off and the credits started rolling. I said, “sometimes movies say that too. Especially movies based on books like this one.” Excited that we may […]

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You Get What You Pay For
You Get What You Pay For

Eli spilled something on the floor the other night.  Ok, if I am to be perfectly honest, I had a hand in the spill as well because I was making him tilt his head back so that I could spray whip cream into his mouth.  I guess I sprayed too much because he spit some of […]

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Get A Player’s Perspective On March Madness
Get A Player’s Perspective On March Madness

Recently at SXSW during a roundtable discussion that was called “Real Strength: Tournament Tales,” Dove Men+Care spokesperson Alonzo Mourning, along with Jason Collins and Bo Kimble, spoke to the ways in which they have discovered strength in their lives. The Players’ Tribune the site created by Derek Jeter, has created this video which highlights the […]

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Now What Should I Watch?? —- 2, The Fall
Now What Should I Watch?? —- 2, The Fall

Finding Netflix gems to add to your queue. I try not to binge watch shows. I like letting them draw out a bit, because I don’t want them to end. When I started watching The Fall, however, all bets were off. Not only did I NEED to know what was going to happen, I was […]

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“K.C. Undercover” Star Kadeem Hardison – My Life of Dad
“K.C. Undercover” Star Kadeem Hardison – My Life of Dad

“When I found out that Kadeem Hardison was going to be in a new sitcom I couldn’t wait to check it out. I was a huge fan of his when he played Dwayne Wayne on the hit show “A Different World.” I thought he was hilarious. Now fast forward to the present Kadeem has teamed […]

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Just For Kicks – Michael Jordan’s Other Jersey Numbers
Just For Kicks – Michael Jordan’s Other Jersey Numbers

This upcoming weekend Nike and the Jordan Brand are bringing back the Air Jordan X with the number 45 sewn on them. Most people think of the number 23 when it comes to MJ, but Jordan did wear few different numbers in his career. Along with the different jersey numbers brought some alterations to some […]

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Who Do You Manage In FIFA 15?
Who Do You Manage In FIFA 15?

The management career mode in FIFA has always been one of its most addictive features. It allows you to do all the things you would definitely do if they put you in charge of a team. You can also develop players, and see just how good that youngster you like at your club might become […]

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Art and Crafts: Create Your Own Colorful Magnets
Art and Crafts: Create Your Own Colorful Magnets

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making colorful magnets. As parents we get a bevy of crafts, drawings, and awards that we like to place on the fridge. We like to display our children’s art work and school accomplishments. In our house we are always looking […]

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Check Out The New Mission: Impossible, Rogue Nation Trailer
Check Out The New Mission: Impossible, Rogue Nation Trailer

Tom Cruise is back, playing Ethan Hunt in the newest of the Mission Impossible franchise. This marks his 5th time playing the role and also marks the instance where I said “They made a 4th??” While that one may be at least moderately forgettable, this one looks like it will be anything but. One of the […]

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I Miss My Mom
I Miss My Mom

“We put the fun in dysfunction.” “When times get tough, hug a baby.” “WOW is MOM spelled upside down.” -Barbara W. Bansley- My Mom passed away 6 years ago today. Unlike most deaths you experience in life, time doesn’t heal this type of loss. Not when it comes to the passing of your Mom or […]

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Playlist Elevated, — New Music, Old Music, Good Music — #17 – Amanda Blank
Playlist Elevated, — New Music, Old Music, Good Music — #17 – Amanda Blank

Introducing you to bands you might not know, but totally should. Amanda Blank   I just surprised myself at how little Hip-Hop I’ve covered. 17 music posts in and this is the first one I’ve made?? For shame. Well this week I’m featuring Philadelphia based rapper/ singer Amanda Blank and if you don’t know her […]

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Celebrate The First Day Of Spring With These Cocktails
Celebrate The First Day Of Spring With These Cocktails

Spring is finally here. If you live in the Northeast like myself you are ecstatic that winter is in the rear view mirror. The snow may still be here on the ground, but it is melting. The colder temps seem to be rising and people are looking to spend time outside. This calls for a […]

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#TBT Diaper Style
#TBT Diaper Style

    How many feet of paper towels piled on the floor gives you comfort to change your baby’s diaper underneath the changing pad in a public restroom? For me….it is about 700 feet!!! (the average roll is between 600-800 feet)   What do you do as a father when there is no changing table […]

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The Avengers Tell Us Who Is The Boss
The Avengers Tell Us Who Is The Boss

Who leads the Avengers? Who is the boss? Is it Captain America? Maybe it is Thor or Iron Man. What about Nick Fury? Well Tony Stark tells us who the boss is in the latest “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer. Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero […]

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Into The Woods Available On Blu-ray And DVD March 24th
Into The Woods Available On Blu-ray And DVD March 24th

Disney’s “Into the Woods” arrives on Blu-ray & Digital HD March 24th!  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 […]

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Just For Kicks – March Madness Edition
Just For Kicks – March Madness Edition

Today is the day that basketball fans rejoice. March Madness is here. Hopefully you are happy with your bracket. There are many questions we have as this tournament begins. Will Kentucky win it all? Who will be knocked out early? Which Cinderella team will shine in this year’s tournament? In all this madness one thing […]

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I took my boys on a snowboarding #dadventure
I took my boys on a snowboarding #dadventure

We finally got around to introducing our boys on the slopes.  Like many great adventures it was a happy little accident of sorts, but it has opened a new chapter of winter fun for our family. We live a few hours away from the Wisconsin Dells, where they have a ridiculous amount of indoor (and outdoor) […]

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A Rose By Any Other
A Rose By Any Other

From the outset, my wife and I knew this was going to happen, but every so often someone takes something innocent to an extreme. My daughter’s name is Hillary. She is Hillary because it’s easy to say and spell, and it’s both common and uncommon. Those were the criteria for labeling our children: easily recognized […]

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Fun Toys Inspired From The Latest Family Films
Fun Toys Inspired From The Latest Family Films

There have been some fun and entertaining family movies that hit the movie theater and Netflix recently. Along with those films there has been some great toys to complement those movies. With these toys your child can continue the story where the film ended. My family and I recently saw Disney’s “Cinderella” and my daughters […]

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Art and Crafts: Paper Daffodils
Art and Crafts: Paper Daffodils

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are thinking Spring. We here in the Northeast are tired of winter. Thankfully we are starting to see grass in our yards instead of snow. With that in mind we decided to make paper daffodils. Materials Needed: Craft sticks Glue/tape Construction […]

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Keep Up the Chatter
Keep Up the Chatter

This post was originally published on the Huffington Post’s sports blog, The Tackle. The same post is below, but if you’d like to see my name and head-shot on The Huffington Post, feel free to take a gander with this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-yavelberg/keep-up-the-chatter-youth_b_6865492.html?utm_hp_ref=the-tackle Enjoy! I played a number of sports when I was younger. I played […]

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Making Sense Of The Madness
Making Sense Of The Madness

 How many NCAA Men’s Basketball brackets do you fill out each year? 10? 20? 30? It could seem like a lot of work to some, but for some this is the fun part of the “madness.” For those who fake a cold, bring in a tablet to work, or take a two hour lunch; March […]

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Leprechaun Pee
Leprechaun Pee

Tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s a day to remember the accomplishments and sacrifices of the great Saint of Ireland. A day to celebrate Irish culture. Within Ireland and a few other countries it’s a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. In my household, and in deference to my own heritage we celebrate it in […]

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Dave Barry – My Life of Dad
Dave Barry – My Life of Dad

For years humor columnist Dave Barry has been entertaining us with his take on life. Recently Dave added to his fantastic collection of work with his new book, “Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster).” In this book Dave passes on home truths to his new grandson and to his daughter Sophie, […]

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#3 or Vasectomy – That is the question.
#3 or Vasectomy – That is the question.

Whether ’tis nobler in life to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous love Or take a knife against a sea of troubles And by opposing them, end them.   “I do not want to be responsible for anymore human beings” – is what my friend said to me when I ribbed him for deciding to get […]

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Playlist Elevated, — New Music, Old Music, Good Music — #16 – William Elliott Whitmore
Playlist Elevated, — New Music, Old Music, Good Music — #16 – William Elliott Whitmore

Introducing you to bands you might not know, but totally should William Elliott Whitmore   Blues typically isn’t my thing. Except for the times that it totally is. Generally speaking, William Elliott Whitmore’s music is a blend of sparse Blues/ Country/ Folk Bluegrass and it’s almost all wonderful. What isn’t wonderful is merely very good. […]

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Celebrate Pi Day With These Cocktails
Celebrate Pi Day With These Cocktails

It’s almost the weekend. Even with today being the ominous Friday the 13th you can still look forward to celebrate the mathematical holiday known as Pi Day tomorrow Saturday, March 14. What is even cooler is that this year’s only comes once every 100 years with more numbers of the irrational sequence replicated this year […]

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A DAY WITH CINDERELLA:  Making a Five Year Old Feel Like a Princess
A DAY WITH CINDERELLA: Making a Five Year Old Feel Like a Princess

Want to make your daughter feel like a princess? Well, put her in her favorite gown, and take her out to see Disney’s new Cinderella movie this weekend. We were invited to an advance screening last week at the historic El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, and my daughter could not have been more excited.  Once […]

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Do You Want A Frozen Sequel?
Do You Want A Frozen Sequel?

If so than you and your kids are in luck. Frozen 2 is officially in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho, the Oscar-winning filmmaking team behind Frozen. The news was announced at Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders this morning by Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer […]

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Now What Should I Watch??
Now What Should I Watch??

Finding Netflix gems to add to your queue. In this, the inaugural post for “Now What Should I Watch”, I’m keeping it light with an excellent show from across the Atlantic. The British are known for their dry wit, mastery of uncomfortable situations and understated cerebral humor. Luckily for this series they’ve abandoned that almost […]

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So…I Went Toe To Toe With Joey Chestnut
So…I Went Toe To Toe With Joey Chestnut

It was Saturday, March 7th. My son’s foundation, Yellow Brick Road, (cheap plug, but check us out!) had a booth at the Orlando Chili Cook-off. This year was our 4th year competing, and we were hot, having walked off with a trophy last year. I typically try to stick close to our table, slinging ungodly […]

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Just For Kicks – Cool Kicks For Your Kids
Just For Kicks – Cool Kicks For Your Kids

Most of my posts for this column here at Life of Dad have been geared towards us adults. Since this is a site that does focus on being a dad I would be remiss if I didn’t have at least one post that pointed out some sweet kicks for your kids. So I gathered a […]

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It’s Never Been So Bad as it Always Is
It’s Never Been So Bad as it Always Is

I read an article about school children practicing exiting their school. It wasn’t a fire drill, this was to prepare for a gunman roaming their hallways; the children were being trained to climb out windows and run. At first I thought, “How sad, that we have to prepare kids to live in such a world.” […]

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Changing Table Locator Has Solution for Ashton Kutcher
Changing Table Locator Has Solution for Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher is on fire recently, and rightfully so. His latest public post regarding his fatherhood said…”There are NEVER diaper changing stations in mens public restrooms. The first public men’s room that I go into that has one gets a free shout out on my FB page!” ‪#‎BeTheChange‬ I applaud him for speaking up about […]

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Check Out The New Trailer For Inside Out
Check Out The New Trailer For Inside Out

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind. Growing up can be a bumpy […]

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Art and Crafts: Create Your Own Storage Box for Disney Infinity Game Pieces
Art and Crafts: Create Your Own Storage Box for Disney Infinity Game Pieces

This week for our Art and Crafts segment here at Life of Dad we are making a storage box for our Disney Infinity characters. You can use this idea for any toy that your kids might have a lot of. Just find a few pictures of that toy to use as decorations for that box. […]

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#GameDaySteaks Twitter Party Official Rules
#GameDaySteaks Twitter Party Official Rules

The #GameDaySteaks Twitter Party Sweepstakes Official Rules NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE A PARTICIPANT’S CHANCES OF WINNING. ODDS OF WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL U.S. RESIDENTS, RESIDING IN THE 50 […]

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Connor Michalek Is WWE’s First Ever Warrior Award Recipient
Connor Michalek Is WWE’s First Ever Warrior Award Recipient

Connor Michalek, a Pittsburgh native and passionate WWE fan who passed away last year from cancer, will be the first-ever recipient of The Warrior Award, which will be presented each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Warrior Award will be given to someone who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and […]

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Spice Up St. Patrick’s Day With Guinness Hooley Recipes And Cocktails
Spice Up St. Patrick’s Day With Guinness Hooley Recipes And Cocktails

Next Tuesday the Irish bars and pubs will be full of people looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We all know that Guinness Draught goes hand in hand with that special day. So while enjoying a traditional Guinness is great I have a few cocktail recipes and a food recipe that you might want to […]

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A #GameDaySteaks Twitter Party
A #GameDaySteaks Twitter Party

  Tuesday March 10th Life of Dad is presenting a #GameDaySteaks Twitter Party! Get ready to talk March Madness and Big 12 Basketball with @ck_lunchbox @GeekDad248 @Dadlabs and @LifeofDadShow. Oh yeah did we mention you could win Steaks… We are giving a way a Grand Prize consisting of: Two (2) Sponsor-selected steak collection (ARV $89.99 each) and (1) $50 Sponsor-selected steak gift card.  Total ARV = […]

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Johny Hendricks – My Life of Dad (Part 2)
Johny Hendricks – My Life of Dad (Part 2)

Johny Hendricks has definitely made a name for himself in the octagon fighting in the UFC. He is a mixed martial artist and an accomplished former collegiate wrestler. This month he will be taking on Matt Brown at the UFC 185 on March 14th. Thanks to Reebok I was able to chat with Johny about […]

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The Many Levels Of LEGO
The Many Levels Of LEGO

It first started out when my oldest daughter, Lily got a LEGO set for her birthday. It was from the Friends series. When we opened up the box Lily and her sister, Jordan just wanted to create the people. My job was to put the set together. I didn’t mind doing that at all. At […]

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Playlist Elevated, — New Music, Old Music, Good Music — #15 – The Growlers
Playlist Elevated, — New Music, Old Music, Good Music — #15 – The Growlers

Introducing you to bands you might not know, but totally should The Growlers   When I first heard The Growlers’ music I thought I was listening to a band from the 60’s that I hadn’t heard of. With their low-fi recording, background distortions and liberal use of surf guitar, you could mistake them for the […]

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Before there was Halo… There was Wumpus…
Before there was Halo… There was Wumpus…

Every once in a while we get into a video game nostalgia at my house.  My boys have grown up in an age of the Nintendo Wii. So when I trot out something like an Atari emulator and hook it up to our TV it is like Back to the Future at our house.  This week […]

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Olesya Rulin Stars In “Powers” A Playstation’s First Original Series‏
Olesya Rulin Stars In “Powers” A Playstation’s First Original Series‏

 Sony Pictures Television will debut a brand new original series for Playstation titled “Powers” and cast in a major role on the breakthrough series is “High School Musical” alum, Olesya Rulin. Co-starring award winning actor Eddie Izzard (“Hannibal,” “Oceans 13”), “Powers” is based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. […]

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The Flintstones Team Up With The WWE!
The Flintstones Team Up With The WWE!

The Flintstones join forces with WWE and go back to the Stone Age in the all-new animated film, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, co-produced by WWE Studios and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Timed to debut leading into WrestleMania 31, this all-new original movie is available on DVD, Blu-ray Combo, and Digital HD for […]

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