The Nintendo 2DS Brings Handheld Gaming Back!

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My family loves gaming and especially being able to take video games with us on the road. I had tried out the Nintendo 3DS in the past, but recently had been sent a Nintendo 2DS gaming system to try with my family as well.


I took the Nintendo 2DS for a test drive over the past few weeks and from the first moment that you see this, it looks different than other gaming devices. It is distinctive and stands out, but also made me think of older style gaming devices too (think back to the Original GameBoy or GameBoy Advance – where they also had unique designs). That being said, this is not the same as either of those. Instead, you get a square design with some great color options (crimson red or electric blue). These have been the two main colors, and while there have been a few other special releases, these are the tried and true ones!

You might first think that because this is called a Nintendo 2DS that the 3DS is superior. This is very subjective. To be clear the Nintendo 2DS does play all of the DS and 3DS games in 2D.

One of the best things about the Nintendo 2DS is their price. The Nintendo 2DS has a new price that was just unveiled. The new price is affordable at only $99 (it was $129). Also, for the $99 you also get Mario Kart 7 with the system too! This is a great value, and for the same price you would spend on a momre expensive console you could add on a few games for this and be set for a while too.


The Nintendo 2Ds does have a smaller screen than the 3DS XL, but I came to find that it was just as enjoyable for me to play the the Nintendo 2DS as it was on the 3DS and both my daughters did not seem to mind either. The screen was actually the same size as the original 3DS.

In playing the Nintendo 2DS I found that the device offered great graphics and the system was very responsive to me as a player. The battery life was good but not stellar compared to some other devices that I have tried in the past. I have found that it will last about 4-5 hours before I need to recharge (based on usage) and it takes about 3 hours to be back up to full charge again.

In the end as a consumer you really have to consider what you want and what you need and purchase accordingly. I will say personally, for the price, I love the Nintendo 2DS, and think you will too!


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Using Best Buy For Your Wedding Needs

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It’s fall and that means it is wedding season, at least it seems to be for us this year. While it has been a number of years since my own wedding, I always get excited by the love and promise of the future that comes with each wedding that we are able to attend.
As we prepare for the wedding this fall that we are attending and get the indications about where people are registered, I am always intrigued to see what people register for. I think back to my own wedding and at that time we only registered at one place. Now I am seeing more and more places that have registry options and that even includes stores like Best Buy.
I have talked about my love for technology many times in the past and as a fan of technology and of Best Buy, I can see why Best Buy would have a wedding registry available to its’ customers. While this was the case, I did not know it existed until recently. In exploring the Best Buy Wedding Registry site I was really impressed by first the setup and search-ability of the site, but also on how wide an array of items that you can have on the registry that can really complete you registry and make a house a home.
I went through the site myself and picked out five must-have items for any registry (in my opinion).


1) A Good DSLR
You want to get a great camera like the Nikon D3200 or the Samsung – NX30 to be able to get great photos to document your new life together!

Save $280 on Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera with 2 Lenses, Sale $499.99, Plus Free Wi-Fi Adapter and Free Shipping

Free camera bag with the purchase of select point & shoot cameras

2) Look For Great Appliances
Sometimes when you get marries you are moving into a new place so having new appliances is a must. Whether you need a new refrigerator, stove, dishwasher or microwave, Best But has them all and a ton to choose from too!

There are some great deals right now on appliances at Best Buy.Save up to 30% on Our Major Appliance Top Deals, Exclusions Apply


3) A Ninja Blender
I love my Ninja and I love making smoothies daily. This blender can do everything and is so powerful. A must Have!

Save 20% on 1 Regular-Priced Small Kitchen Appliance with Promotional Code SAVE20


4) A New HDTV
 Having a great television is fun for a movie night or for the big game. So whether it is a Samsung or a LG you can find great deals at Best Buy!

Save up to $300 on Select HDTVs, Plus Free Delivery on TVs 51″ or Larger


5) Get a Great GPS
Whether you pick up a Garmin – Nüvi 2589lmt  or Tomtom – Via 1515m or some other GPS, if you do not already have a built in GPS in your vehicle this is a must have as you will definitely want to explore the world together as a married couple and while you may want to get lost sometimes, this is not usually the case.

See this Week’s Special Offers on GPS, Plus Free Shipping on Orders $35 and Up


Now the items that I shared with you above are a bit expensive for some, and the nice thing is that Best Buy offers something called Group Gifting! Group Gifting  allows gift-givers to contribute any amount they want, so couples can ask for the gifts they really want and not worry about price point. So you can ask for the moon and people can chip in and work on getting what you really want, without asking your guests to spend more than they are comfortable with—so you can dream big.

Another great point – Best Buy Wedding Registry has Free Shipping, No Minimum. So no matter what size the gift, big or small, expensive or affordable, all of your own Top Five would ship for free!

So how does this sound to you? Do you have a wedding coming up in the future? What would you add to your registry list? What would be your top 5?

If you wan to set up a registry for yourself click on the below links for more information!


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Dads in the Limelight – David Blackwood of Underdaddy

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Our 574th Dad in the Limelight is Engineer and father David Blackwood. I want to thank David Blackwood for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing David Blackwood with all of you.


1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge) 

My name is David Blackwood and I am a father of four girls, a husband to a beautiful wife, and my day job is in Engineering. By night I am the average hero known as Underdaddy. I tell people that my claim to fame is that I have a blog that is read by tens of people worldwide. Thanks to WordPress and other social media that is actually true. (You might make a note to your readers that tens of readers is not exactly syndicated television levels of exposure but quality over quantity I guess.)The real limelight comes from my family. The girls hear friends and family comment on various posts and stories. I always answer “why” questions to the n-th degree. They think Daddy is some sort of genius and celebrity. That probably feels better than actually being a genius and a celebrity but alas I doubt I will ever be able to compare.


2) Tell me about your family

I have the best family. The girls range in age from eight down to eighteen months. We have a black and white cat. Her name is actually Cat. We have a Boxer dog named Biscuit who wears a diaper because she is eleven and leaks like an old faucet. All of them are female. I leave my house in the mornings wondering if Estrogen has a smell and if it follows me like old cigarettes on a smoker’s jacket. Probably. I think my menstrual cycle is synced up too.


3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?

The largest challenge as a father has to be keeping my composure during the trying times. The things that people think of as hard are actually what I think are easiest. Loving your children is easy. Worrying about their health, their minds, and how they are treated by others is effortless. I can panic without even trying when they run face-long into a bedframe, hit their head on tile floors, or randomly have a febrile seizure. I know… it is a gift. But not losing my cool when I slip on a plastic hanger and step in their discarded lunch while they sit idly by and stare at the television – entranced by “My Little Pony”. That is the hardest thing ever. Ever.

That and watching an entire episode of Dora.


4) What advice would you give to other fathers?

Having several children close together often earns the question of “How do you do it?” The truth is I don’t. Not as well as I would like to anyway. The advice I think is most helpful is not some lip-service about “hang in there” (doesn’t that make you think of a cat poster at the dentist’s office?) or “it gets easier”. That isn’t helpful to someone who is overwhelmed. I tell people and myself to relax and watch what you do. You can tell kids what is right and educate kids on how to behave but the truth is they only learn how to handle life by watching you handle life. If you whine about people or things not being fair. They will too. If you keep your composure under stress and don’t exaggerate your reactions. They are more likely to follow that lead. More than anything… relax. Life marches on so enjoy today, forget yesterday, and let tomorrow worry about itself.



5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?

I don’t have an outside life. DO parents have outside lives? No one told me that was an option. It isn’t as dire as it sounds because my inside life is pretty awesome. My safety float in this whirlpool is my wife. We have grown stronger because we are outnumbered and co-prisoners of war in our own home. Sometimes we get weekend babysitters and are free to do anything we want. We usually watch some disappointing television and dose up on Nyquil for a nice long sleep.


6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?

I’ve learned much more than I thought I ever would from all the dads. Hearing people with similar struggles and feelings makes you aware that you aren’t alone. I have also learned that whatever embarrassing story that you have, if you share it with another dad you will find out that they have something equally embarrassing that they are dying to share. I don’t know why but I told one dad about my kid taking a dump in the yard and he immediately relayed a story about his kid eating diaper paste and rubbing it into his ears with Q-tips. Under our facades of looking like responsible and confident parents we are all clueless and scared of screwing everything up.

If we are talking fathers in general, I have two fathers since I was two and I learned different things from each. Together it is temperament, hard work, and dedication to family. And swearing while working on lawn equipment. If you want that shit to work you need to swear and hit it with a wrench.



7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?

As a father to all girls I have had the chance to observe firsthand how people shape preference and gender stereotypes. Both extremes of this gender war have some flaws. What hit the hardest for me was my oldest child starting school. I always tried not to decide what she should like and as a small child she really loved Batman. She watched all the Batman’s and superheroes in general were what she enjoyed. She had a pink bedroom and stuffed animals but blue Batman pjs and superhero toys too. Watching her develop socially in school and feel that she should not enjoy something because of being a girl flew all over me.

My second child wants to be a Ballerina and wear nothing but dresses. For someone to tell me that I am advancing gender bias by encouraging her being “girlie” is equally offensive.

Just tonight, the oldest asked me, “What the manliest thing that you have ever done?” I told her that dressing up as a My Little Pony for Halloween so as a family we would be the six friends on the show was pretty manly. I was only half joking. She laughed and asked me if I thought that was really manly. I asked her a question, “Do you know who worries about what other people think?”

She shrugged her shoulders.

I told her, “Little boys worry. Real men play with their daughters and have fun.”



8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?

I have hundreds of special memories but two were special because they were the type of moment that you know is unique. You sit in it and soak it in. You try not to cry and fail miserably.

The first was a set of coincidences. I met my wife at a country line dance bar and one of our first slow dances was a Tim McGraw song titled “My Best Friend”. It was fitting as our official song and thereby I was a Tim McGraw fan. (I am as surprised as anyone.) Then as we are waiting on the arrival of the first born, Tim released “My Little Girl” and it is pure daddy kryptonite and I got to the point I couldn’t listen to it while driving for fear of blurred vision. There is a specific part about putting the girl to bed and he tells her “Love You” and his daughter replies “Love You More!”. Fast forward to my own daughter being able to talk and one night I am putting her to bed and we have this short conversation:


“Yes honey?”

“I Love You… You are my Best Friend…”

“*sniffles * … You too baby. I love you too.”


The second moment was after the birth of our fourth child. We had a homebirth after the first three being delivered in the hospital. The first were all normal deliveries but we found a nurse-midwife that we really liked and it was just something we wanted to do. The delivery went fast and I actually caught the baby as my wife pushed. I delivered our baby with my wife as a team. I was the first person my daughter saw with open eyes and my wife was the first to know that she was a girl. Our oldest was there to help cut the cord. Within four hours the whole event was over and we were all resting on the couch watching TV with this new little baby. It was all so peaceful and happy. That isn’t everyone’s experience but it was mine and there was a moment of knowing our family was complete. That was on Father’s Day in 2013. Pretty special.


I had a T-Shirt with a hand doing the “Rock” signal. Later the Underdaddy motto would become “Rock On.”

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Brings Star Wars To Life!

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“May the Force Be With You!” Such sage words from such a little green Jedi master! As a tried and true Star Wars fan I have been excited about Disney Infinity 3.0 for some time, so I was ecstatic when the folks from Disney Interactive sent me one to try for myself just prior to all of the fun #ForceFriday events!

As I talked about before when I wrote about Star Wars Joining Disney Infinity, in this new version, you get the following:


  • Three Star Wars Play Sets, one set in the timeline of Episodes I-III, the second set during the original trilogy, Episodes IV-VI, and the third available this winter based on Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™
  • Additional Play Sets offering distinct gameplay and environments, including a Disney•Pixar Play Set based on the upcoming film Inside Out, and a Marvel Play Set featuring Hulkbuster Iron Man, Ultron, and other Marvel characters
  • A fully enhanced Toy Box with two new multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Games, Toy Box Speedway (kart racing) and Toy Box Takeover (action-adventure)
  • More figures of fan-favorite characters from across The Walt Disney Company, like Mickey and Minnie, Sam Flynn and Quorra from Amazon, Mulan and Olaf, among many others. Check out the entire cast of characters in my Amazon Store!


The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack will include the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Base and video game software, the Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices.  Other Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Play Sets, figures, and Toy Box Expansion Games will be sold separately.

All figures and Power Discs from the 1.0 and 2.0 editions of Disney Infinity will be compatible with Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition in the enhanced Toy Box and, for the first time, Power Discs will be sold in labeled franchise-specific packs of four.  Additional Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel and Star Warsfigures and Play Sets will be announced in the coming months.


My take on the Game!

My daughters and I tried out the system this weekend and we loved the game play, although everyone was fighting over who wanted to be Yoda at first! We found that there was a ton of great action and you can really get into the characters whether you are on a mission or in the toybox itself.

My youngest particularly liked to play in the toybox with some of the 1.0 and 2.0 characters that we have and have them interact with the Star Wars characters. Let me tell you, having the Hulk and Yoda hanging out was a bit comical, but fun, never-the-less!

In the playset itself you get a great game/mission that comes with it which is fun and for younger players takes a bit of concentration and control, but it is doable. That being said, the game will take you from alien planets to outer space and more, which makes it a ton of fun for the whole family!

There are also a ton of new vehicles and a place right in the toybox for practicing this which is great too.

We have been having a blast thus far with the interactivity of the system as well as the story in the mission too. We also really have been loving the graphics as they truly do jump off the screen and allow you to become a part of the action.

Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, this is a great addition to the Disney Infinity universe, and actually, with the addition of the Inside Out characters along with some additional ones, you can expand into far different worlds too!


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The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack will be available this fall at a suggested retail price of $64.99, and Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition promises to deliver kids and families with a wider breadth of content and variety of gameplay than ever offered from Disney Infinity, including:

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I’m Heading to San Francisco For An Amazing Event!

Disclosure: I am being provided with an all-expense paid trip as part of a press Junket with Disney in exchange for my press coverage.  All opinions are 100% my own.



As many of you know I had the amazing experience about a year ago to go out to California to experience the press junket and viewing of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie as well as a number of ABC Family shows and the movie Hundred Foot Journey. I had an amazing experience at this event and I am VERY excited to be heading back to California at the end of this month to be able to experience and report back to you great information on the new movie, The Good Dinosaur as well as a number of different other experiences.

These trips are whirlwind adventures, but they are definitely exciting. On this trip some of the things we will be doing include:

  1. Viewing and Learning More about the new Disney Pixar Film, The Good Dinosaur


About the Movie
Have you ever sometimes wondered what it would be like if animals, moreover, dinosaurs roamed the world as we humans do everyday?  “The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. In theatres on November 25th!


You can follow along with me and all of the other bloggers on the trip with me on social media using the #GoodDinoEvent hashtag.


2. Celebrate the Release of Disney’s Inside/Out With a Press Junket!



My family and I are big fans of this movie and I am looking forward to hearing from some of the actors form this film too. I have yet to find out who I will be meeting, but I know that it will be eye-opening and a ton of fun too!

About the Movie

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (MindyKaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

3) Seeing and Learning About the new Short, Sunjay’s Super Team

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About the Short
Sunjay’s Super Team follows the daydreams of a young Indian boy who is bored with his father’s religious medication, and imagines the Hindu Gods as superheroes. See it in theatres on November 25th!


4) Pixar Press Day & Miles From Tomorrowland



I have always wanted to go behind the scenes to explore the Pixar Animation Studios and I will be at the end of the month! During this day I will be having an exclusive press day trip to Pixar where I will also be able to interview some of the amazing and talented filmmakers and animators of The Good Dinosaur as well as learn more about Disney Junior’s Miles From Tomorrowland at Google Headquarters and interview with some of the voice talent from the show.


About Miles From Tomorrowland

Disney Junior’s “Miles from Tomorrowland” is an intergalactic adventure that charts the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family – mom and ship captain, Phoebe; mechanical engineer dad, Leo; tech-savvy big sister, Loretta; and best friend robo-ostrich pet, Merc – as they help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Miles, Merc and the Callisto family explore wondrous and diverse new worlds, taking young viewers and their families on a futuristic journey designed to fuel kids’ natural interest in space, and at the same time reminding them of the importance of what lies close to home – the family bond.

You can follow along with me and all of the other bloggers at the event on social media using the #MilesEvent hashtag.


5) Visiting the The Walt Disney Family Museum


I am super excited about visiting this museum. As a lifelong Disney fan I have always wanted to see this museum since it opened and now I can say that I will! If you want to follow along on the fun and geez out with me on all things Disney, follow along with me and the other bloggers at the event on social media using the #Waltagram hashtag.


As you can tell I am very excited to be heading to San Francisco from September 29-October 2. Stay in touch with me on all of my social channels to live vicariously through me!  You can follow along with me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

It’s Back to School and That Means New Shoes From!

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My daughters will start school this week, and I guess I can say that I think that they are ready, but whether I am ready or not is still to be seen. As a part of this process we went through the obligatory shopping for school supplies, clothes and this year, we also had to shop for new shoes!

My girls really grew over the last year, and with that came them growing out of the shoes that they had previously. My girls tend to be ones that are always on the go, so when we are looking for shoes we are always looking for a place that has a wide array of great shoes at good prices. Sometimes we can find these in big box stores, but more and more we are shopping online.


This year we found out about a new company called I had never heard of this company before, but in looking through the site, I was really impressed with the breadth and depth of shoes that were available on the site. They have brands that you know and trust, as well as high end brands that you may have thought you would never be able to afford. There were even brands that I had never heard of, but in looking into them they were very well known shoes (though I, nor my kids had ever worn them).

We looked through the entire site, which was very user friendly. The search options were very simple to follow and you could easily specify what you were looking for when you were looking for it. You could specify brand, color, size and more, which made the searching even easier.


The breadth and depth on the site was a big plus as it allowed us to each find out own unique styles, as we all are very different in what we like. So whether you are looking for sneakers, dress shoes, boots, sandals or more, you can find them on

We found the shoes that we wanted with no problems, purchased them and received them in no time. We found that one of the shoes did not fit exactly right, so we called customer service and a return label was emailed to me immediately and we sent the shoes back and a new pair was sent right out. Everything in this process was seamless and easy, the way I want it!

I can say that we were very impressed with the experience that we had with and I know your family will be impressed too. Right now they are having a great sale where much of the site is 25% or more off and they are offering free shipping too – Check it Out!


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Dads in the Limelight – Steve Hazen

Dads in the Limelight Series

Our 573rd Dad in the Limelight is Steve Hazen. I want to thank Steve Hazen for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing Steve Hazen with all of you.


1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
My name is Steve Hazen, and my wife (Sara) and I have been happily married for a little over 4 years when we decided we wanted a child.  From that moment onward everything happened so fast.  We got pregnant right away and those nine months went by in a flash.  I know it is such a cliché to say it, but my life truly changed so much after my daughter was born.  I never knew I could love someone so entirely.  I found myself trying to better her life in every way possible, which is how I ended up in the limelight.  I started to get increasingly frustrated with the lack of changing stations available in men’s restrooms.  When I got a non-committal response from my state representative, I thought I would try to make a difference myself.  That is when I created my twitter account (@DiaperChangingD) and have been encouraging commercial companies who cater to children, to also cater towards their male caregivers.

2) Tell me about your family
Sara and I have been married for almost five years now and have an 11 month old daughter named Skylar.  I work as a software developer and project manager for a nuclear energy company and Sara works in the banking industry while also running her own business called Embellish.  We are both incredibly busy, but our favorite part of the day is coming home to spend time with our daughter.
Steve-Hazen3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
For me the hardest challenge was the adjustment to the new sleeping schedule.  I was never one to require much more than 6 hours of sleep a night, but it was always a continuous 6 hours of sleep.  With a new baby, a night with a continuous 6 hours of sleep is only a thing of dreams! It was tough to accept that I would be waking up sometimes 2-3 times a night in the early weeks to get up with the baby.  Sara and I found ourselves catching a nap or going to bed when we put the baby down.  However, after a few months, they do start sleeping through the night and you’re able to get a good nights sleep again.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Unfortunately, the advice I have to give to fathers applies mostly to those fathers who would not bother to read this blog.  Many of these fathers are more concerned with trying to uphold that tough guy or cool guy persona; wondering what other people think of them and whether they fit in or not.  They also think many of the tasks associated with raising a baby are “women’s work”.  Raising your child is not women’s work.  Further, by refusing to help out with things like a diaper change, or bath time, will result in watching your child grow up from the sidelines, missing many opportunities to bond and love your new baby.  My advice to these fathers is to give up worrying about what others think, and start worrying about what you want your child to think of you, and then do what you need to do to get there.  Your child looks up to you for everything.  So be there for them in every way.  If that means doing something that makes you look like a complete dork in order to make them laugh, then don’t hold back!  If that means stepping out of your comfort zone to ask the manager of your favorite restaurant to install a diaper changing station in the men’s restroom, then do that too.  Be engaged in your child’s life, and it will in turn give you a more satisfying and rewarding life.
5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?

We have always been very active in our social group, and we feared that having a baby would mean the end of hanging out with our friends (as I’m sure many parents have).  However, from the very beginning we took Skylar with us to the places where our friends gathered.  They were very welcoming of Skylar and accommodating to our schedule.  They understood that we wouldn’t be able to go out to bars on Friday and Saturday night, as well as that we would have to leave baseball games during the 7th inning stretch to put the baby to bed.  That didn’t stop them from inviting us, and it didn’t stop us from going to things.  It was important for us to maintain those relationships with our friends and to socialize Skylar from the very beginning.  After almost 2 years now (including Sara’s pregnancy and Skylar’s first year), we’ve continued to hang out with our friends on a regular basis, and they love her and protect her as if she were their own niece.  

6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
I have learned so much from the fathers that have been in my life.  I have seen all ranges of interaction with their children and from that I have decided how I would like to parent my own child.  I took the good and bad experiences from my life and really allowed it to shaped who I want to be as a father.  It daily serves me as a reminder of the person I want to be.

Steve-Hazen7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
Take lots of pictures.  Take lots of videos.  Slow down and pay attention to the little moments.  Put your phone down.  Facebook can wait until after your child goes to bed.  Get down on the floor (if able) and play with your child.  Love her unconditionally and enjoy her while she’s little, because they really do grow up fast.  It’s only been a year for us, but it’s gone by in the blink of an eye.

8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
The first time she looked up at me and said “Da!”.  My wife is exclusively nursing her, so its only natural that Skylar has her moments when all she wants is Mom.  I will never forget that first moment she saw me come home after work and even though she was in her mother’s arms- she reached out to me with a huge grin on her face and yelled “Da!”  It is the little moments like that which truly mean the most.

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Creating the Perfect Setup For A Podcasting Studio With Samson

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Many of you know that I started a podcast with Don Jackson over at Daddy Newbie in May called Dad Spotlight! We are fifteen episodes in and continue to love what we are doing and sharing with others.

On top of this I also started a podcast at my work called Law School Insider to help those people thinking about going to law school or those that were already in law school to give them a better understanding of law school success.


As I started along this journey at work I did not have much equipment.  I had one microphone at home that I would bring back and forth and its’ quality was a bit lacking. I also did not have a mixer either. Now starting off, I have to say that I do not know whether you have to have a mixer, but I will say that it is a lot easier, and you have so much more control when you do have a mixer.

So in starting a studio in my office at work, I knew I needed a good quality microphone and mixer to be able to take my podcasts to the next level. Lucky for me, I learned about some amazing products that Samson has on the market that really provide a very high quality experience for a very inexpensive price.


After doing some research and some talking to the folks at Samson, I found that the MixPad® MXP124FX and MTR101A Microphone Kit were really what I was looking for for my office. I wanted to be able to get great sound and control the audio levels both in my office and when I interviewed people from afar and both the microphone and mixer fit this bill implicitly.


You can find both of these great products on Amazon!


About the MixPad® MXP124FX

The all-new MixPad® MXP124FX Compact, 12-Channel Analog Stereo Mixer with Effects and USB demonstrates Samson‘s commitment to quality, affordability and professional specs. This lightweight mixer offers all of the sonic clarity, ease of use and premium performance that serious musicians demand.

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About the MTR101A Microphone Kit

Samson‘s MTR101A Studio Mic Kit brings exceptional performance and high-end quality to a variety of live and studio situations. Ideal for recording vocals, close miking instruments, use as a room microphone and more, the MTR101A (MTR101 Condenser Microphone, pop filter and shockmount included) solidifies, Samson‘s commitment to offering superior sound and the ability to capture the best audio possible.



I have been using both of these now for about a week and have been very impressed thus far to the quality of both. In talking to my co-host he mentioned that my audio-quality sounded crisper and I love the additional control that I receive from the mixer too. While I know that I have a lot to learn when it comes to all of the additional controls on the mixer itself, I am learning every day and that for me is a great thing!

If you are looking to set up your own podcast, these two items are definitely ones that I would recommend to all of you!


As mentioned before. you can find both of these great products on Amazon if you want to grab them for yourself!


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Disneynature and Tina Fey celebrate Monkey Kingdom with Special Screening in NYC


Disneynature celebrated its global conservation footprint, collaborations, and its upcoming Sept 15th in-home release of MONKEY KINGDOM during a special evening event held at The Crosby Hotel in NYC on September 2nd. Disneynature Ambassadors shared their personal stories and connections to the Disneynature franchise.


Monkey Kingdom is releasing on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on September 15, 2015.  The film is narrated by Tina Fey (Muppets Most Wanted, TV’s “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (Disneynature Chimpanzee & Earth) and co-produced by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill (Disneynature Chimpanzee & Earth). For more information, visit And to connect with Disneynature, like us on Facebook at;Tweet us at, post to our Instagram and Tumblr account



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LEGO Releases New Star Wars Sets In Time for #ForceFriday

LEGO announced new LEGO Star Wars sets to launch for #ForceFriday and they look amazing! Look below to check them out!

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75102 Poe’s X-Wing Fighter™
Battle the forces of the First Order with Poe’s X-Wing Fighter. This customized starfighter is packed with features, like the 4 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid. There’seven a loader with tool rack, extra ammunition, and a seat for a minifigure. So climb the access ladder, strap in and get ready to recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: Poe Dameron, Resistance ground crew and a Resistance X-Wing Pilot, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $79.99 USD
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75105 – LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon

One of the most iconic starships of the Star Wars saga is back, and it’s leaner and meaner than ever before! As featured in exciting scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this latest LEGO® version of the Millennium Falcon is crammed with new and updated external features, including an even more streamlined and detailed design, detachable cockpit with space for 2 minifigures, rotating top and bottom laser turrets with hatch and space for a minifigure, dual spring-loaded tools, sensor dish,ramp and an entrance hatch. Open up the hull plates to reveal even more great new and updated details inside, including the main hold with seating area and holochess board, more detailed hyperdrive, secret compartment, extra boxes and cables, and storage for spring-loaded tool. And of course no LEGO Millennium Falcon model would be complete without Han Solo and Chewbacca, as well as other great characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Activate the hyperdrive and set course for LEGO Star Wars fun! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Gang Member, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $149.99 USD

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75099 – Rey’s Speeder™ 

Hover into action on Rey’s Speeder! This cool landspeeder has everything Rey needs for scouting the surface of a desert planet, including dual stud shooters, opening storage hatch and side-mounted bag, blaster, buzzsaw and electrobinoculars. There’s also a detachable sled with space for a minifigure when Rey must make a quick escape down the desert dunes! Recreate your own fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 2 minifigures: Rey and Unkar’s Thug with a crowbar. $19.99 USD

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75100 – First Order Snowspeeder™ 

Call in weaponized support with the First Order Snowspeeder! With a crew of three, this rapid response vehicle features a forward storage compartment, fixed stud shooter in the cockpit, two rapid-fire stud shooters built into the engines and transparent wheels hidden out of site for a true ‘hover’ look. Now you can recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: 2 First Order Snowtroopers and a First Order Snowtrooper Officer. $39.99


75104 –Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle™ 

Enter the battle with Kylo Ren’s personal Command Shuttle! This fantastic, highly detailed starship has loads of features, including opening front, rear and bottom storage bays; wing-mounted, spring-loaded shooters and detachable tool racks. And when you’re ready for even more action, activate the amazing extending wing function! It’s time to hunt down the enemy and play out your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Kylo Ren, General Hux, First Order Officer, 2 First Order Crew and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer. $119.99 USD


75103 – First Order Transporter™ 

Lower the ramp, load the troopers and get ready to transport them into battle! This heavily armored First Order Transporter is packed with cool features, like dual spring-loaded shooters, top-mounted dual-stud shooter and hatch with space for a minifigure, pilot cabin with opening hatch and space for 4 minifigures in the hold, big engines at the rear, and hidden, transparent wheels for a cool ‘hover’ look. You can also remove the top section for easy access. Get ready to recreate incredible battle scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 7 minifigures with assorted accessories: 2 Resistance Soldiers, 2 First Order Flametroopers, 2 First Order Stormtroopers and Captain Phasma. $89.99 USD


75101 – First Order Special Forces TIE fighter™ 

Intercept the enemy with the impressive First Order Special Forces TIE fighter. The unmistakable shape of this iconic starfighter signifies the military might of the First Order, and features a 2-minifigure cockpit that opens from the top and bottom, 2 spring-loaded shooters and a rotating antenna for homing in on enemy starships. With this great model, you can recreate the epic excitement of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 4 minifigures with assorted accessories: 2 First Order TIE Fighter Pilots, First Order Officer and a First Order Crew. $69.99 USD


Have a blast with these new LEGO Star Wars sets, I know I will!

See some more of the awesome LEGO Star Wars sets form the past in my Amazon store!