Best Buy Is Offering 4K Ultra HD In-Store Events

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I am a big fan of technology and have shared that with all of you over the years, and thus I am always excited to have the opportunity to be able to work with Best Buy to get the word out about fun events where you can experience technology for yourself. As you can see from the image above you have a great opportunity by attending a 4K Ultra HD Best Buy Event to win some prizes just for experience some amazing technology – talk about a win-win situation, right?

From my own experience, if you go and check out the 4K Ultra HD, you are going to be blown away. Blown away in regards to the picture quality, color and more. I mean what more can I say but 4K Ultra HD resolution – amazing!

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So I highly encourage you to get out to your local Best Buy for one of the 4k Ultra HD vendor demonstration days on select  Saturdays May 23 – September 26. You will have the opportunity to meet with specialists from Samsung, Sony, LG, Vizio, and Sharp who will share their knowledge with you so that you can learn all about 4K UHD.

Also, while you are at the event, make sure to enter for a chance to win a big screen 4K Ultra HD television!

 

For more information about this Go to www.bestbuy.com/4kuhdevents for details and locations

 

Fatherhood Friday Tips and Advice – Dan Nessel from DadDoes.com

Our next contribution to Fatherhood Fridays Tips and Advice (T and A – where was your mind?) is from Dan Nessel from DadDoes.com. My goal with these posts is to share with you great dads that are providing sage advice for you to ponder. I hope that you enjoy and look forward to your comments!

So what are your thoughts on this video and the tips and advice that Dan Nessel has shared? I look forward to hearing from each of you!

Taste of Home Dream Kitchen Makeover & Course Giveaway

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Thanks to Taste of HomeAmerica’s largest cooking magazineyou can turn this vision into a reality. Enter the Dream Kitchen Sweepstakes for a chance to win:

  • One lucky winner will receive the Grand Prize of a $50,000 kitchen makeover
  • Five Monthly 1st Prize winners will receive $500 gift cards to spend on groceries, new kitchenware or whatever you dream up

 

Every course you purchase from the Taste of Home Online Cooking School is another chance to win. The Taste of Home Cooking School Online is a convenient at-home experience where home cooks can learn new recipes, perfect their kitchen techniques and get the inside scoop on tricks of the trade. You can also enter without purchase by visiting the site.

 

About Taste of Home Cooking School

Taste of Home Cooking School is America’s leading cooking school program, inspiring more than 250,000 passionate home chefs each year at 250 events across the country. At a Taste of Home Cooking School show, Culinary Specialists demonstrate step-by-step instructions to create satisfying and flavorful dishes. The jam-packed program offers tips on easy-to-prepare recipes with step-by-step instructions to create dishes that feature familiar, everyday ingredients. Taste of Home Cooking School Online is a convenient at-home experience that delivers the same blend of energy and expertise that those who attend the live Cooking School shows enjoy.

 

Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on June 5, 2015.

 
Taste of Home Online Cooking School Course Giveaway

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

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This was the car I hoped to win last night!

This was the car I hoped to win last night! Didn’t happen, but we had a good time anyway!

Love all the Star Wars toys from the past and present!


This is a very cool Star Wars calendar counting down some of the past and present toys that have been released in regards to the Star Wars universe!

Dads in the Limelight – Jeremy Harbottle of the Serious Dad Issues Blog

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Our 543rd Dad in the Limelight is Jeremy Harbottle of seriousdadissues.com. I want to thank Jeremy Harbottle for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing Jeremy Harbottle with all of you.

 

Jeremy-Harbottle1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)

My name is Jeremy Harbottle and I became a dad later in life. My wife and I wanted to wait until I had finished college before starting a family and it just took me longer than expected to finish.

So here I am, an almost 40 year old new father. This has been both challenging and rewarding. Challenging because I don’t have the energy I used to, but rewarding because I feel I was ready for the challenges being a father brings.

Besides being a full-time father and husband, I am a struggling writer trying to find the stories stuck in my head, trying to find the dream job I have been pining for and trying to figure out how to squeeze more time into what feels like a horribly short day to accomplish everything.

 

2) Tell me about your family

I am the proud father of a one and a half year old boy named William and a husband to a wonderful and supportive wife, Tonya.

We’ve been married almost 15 years and have had some of the best years of our marriage in the last few. We’ve lived in Chicago for the last 7 years, but both grew up in Michigan.

This new adventure we’ve taken on by being parents has challenged us but has also made us stronger.

 

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

Patience. My wife can attest that when it comes to patience I really have none. My son however has been a great teacher in how to be patient when things are not going as planned. I’ve always been one who likes things planned out and sticking to that plan, but who knew having a child would throw such structure out the window?

Every day is a test to my patience and every day I fight my old urges to get upset when things don’t go as planned, but I’m getting better at understanding that sometimes the things that cause the problems are sometimes the best things to happen to me.

 

Jeremy-Harbottle4) What advice would you give to other fathers?

Relax and enjoy the small things. The big moments in a child’s life are fun to have as memories, but it’s the small moments that stick with you longer. The times when it’s just you and your child sitting and playing with their favorite toy, take that in and remember that moment because in that moment is how being a father truly feels. It’s not how happy you can make them with a great gift or trip, it’s how happy you make them feel when all they want to do is spend time with you.

 

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

To be honest I haven’t quite figured out the right balance. My focus has changed from myself to what’s best for my son and sometimes I think I focus too much on my son’s needs and not my own. I do use fitness though to try and gain some time to myself so I can regroup when things haven’t gone well.

I’ll spend time on long bike rides letting my mind free itself of stress in order to work on making sure I’m balanced in life.

 

6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
I’m not alone. Even though at times I feel as if there is no possible way someone could understand what I’m going through more than likely there are so many others who can relate. One thing I can’t deny is that my father and I didn’t always see eye to eye as I grew up. It was the typical stuff that would cause the strife, but he also taught me how it’s the little things that matter. Some of my fondest memories of my father are the simple things he did for me and my siblings. Teaching me how to drive, taking me for motorcycle rides or just being there when I needed him.

These are things I’m using as a father and I couldn’t have done it without the knowledge my father gave me.

 

Jeremy-Harbottle7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?

I love being a father. There’s constant fear on whether you’re doing the right thing or if what you’re doing is going to hurt your child, but I wouldn’t give up being a father for anything.

 

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

My son yelling daddy with his arms wide running to the door as I come home from work. The pure joy he displays when seeing me and wanting to play with me. Just holding my son in my arms and telling him I love him. Spending quality time on walks through our neighborhood and playing at the park. Watching his expressions as he experiences new things and how he looks at the world in wonderment. Being there to help him learn and picking him up when he falls.

If you have any questions for Jeremy, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!

Also, do you know a Dad in the Limelight? If so, please email me their contact information so that they too can be a part of this series!

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PicturesonGold.com Fathers Day Giveaway

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Pictures on Gold (Sterling Silver Photo Dog Tag Pendant) is holding a Fathers Day Giveaway for Dad of Divas readers for a Sterling Silver Photo Dog Tag Pendant with an 18 inch Sterling Silver Role chain. 1 Winner from each participating blog will receive the Pendant, along with a  permanently engraved photo– in either color or black & white,  and a personalized message on the reverse side. The item is Valued at $134.95 + Free Shipping.

 

Giveaway

How would you like to win this PicturesOnGold.com prize for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on June 3, 2015.

 

Pictures on Gold ( PicturesonGold.com ) Sterling Silver Photo Dog Tag Pendant with an 18 inch Sterling Silver Role chain Giveaway

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

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Tuesday Talking – Being One Of The Forgotten

TuesdayTalkingIn a past article that I wrote about the song “Remember Me” by Mark Shultz, I talked about my struggle with knowing what I should do to make a difference and to not be forgotten and be remembered. Since I wrote that article I started thinking more about those individuals who are forgotten or as what I would say have been forgotten.

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Who am I talking about? I see these people every Tuesday at my weekly Rotary meeting. You see we meet at a senior living facility, and unfortunately I see in the eyes of many of the residents a loss, or a sadness that has set in. Though I am making some assumptions in this case, I would say that many of them do not see their families much. I can say this from experience in some of the people that lived in other facilities that I had frequented in my past. Many of these aging people did have friendships, but in my conversations with them, they yearned for more contact and conversation. They had family, but their family was not there often, leaving them alone to their memories.

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The more conversations that I seem to have with these people the more I think that though I know I will get older, I dread the idea of becoming one of the forgotten. I hope that I am able to instill in my own children the responsibility to stay connected with their parents.

My Question for the Day?

  1. What about you? What experiences have you had with “the forgotten”? How will you instill in others the importance of not forgetting those around you?


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Jim Joseph’s New Book – Out & About Dad

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About the Book

“A book about being a father?” “Good, maybe it’ll help someone.” “Are you going to tell stories about us?” “Yes, a few.” “Well, we have a lot of them!” That was my children’s reaction when I first told them I was writing another book, but this one was going to be about fatherhood. I guess they’ve gotten used to me writing marketing books and daily blog posts and all of the comments that come along with them. But this time it’s personal. This one hits close to home – our home.

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About the Author

Entrepreneur of the Year, Agency of the Year, Consumer Launch Campaign of the Year, Most Creative Agency, Best Place to Work, Social Media Icon, Hall of Fame these are the accolades that Jim Joseph has amassed through his long career in marketing. But none are more important than the badge he wears with the most pride – Dad. Jim Joseph is the proud father of two children. He has spent the last twenty-plus years raising them, looking after their physical and emotional well-being, and building their confidence to tackle their own lives. While he has written a trilogy of marketing books and is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur and Huffington Post, it’s his newest book and corresponding blog posts that represent what’s most important to him: being an Out and About Dad.

 

My Take on the Book 

In Jim Joseph’s new book, Out and About Dad: My Journey as a Father with all its Twists, Turns, and a Few Twirls, he delves deep into his own experience in being a father. He shares raw insights into his steps in being a dad, but beyond that a single gay father and what he and his child went through during this time in his life. He talks about dating and finding positive, meaningful relationships that changed his life and so much more. The book is filled with stories that will make you laugh, but others that will make you choke up with emotion. Jim Joseph is a powerful writer and does an amazing job at sharing passion and a positive outlook on life throughout the book. Even through some of the tougher stories, Jim Joseph does a great job at sharing a message that will uplift and inspire. As I was reading this I could empathize with what he was sharing. I truly appreciated how honest and open Jim Joseph was with sharing his own experience, but also in the fact that through this re-telling, we as readers are really getting a glimpse into a modern life family story, which is more and more common. This was a great book that any parent will love!

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Dads in the Limelight – Mike Holtz of TheDADsignal

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Our 542nd Dad in the Limelight is Mike Holtz of TheDADsignal. I want to thank Mike Holtz for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing Mike Holtz with all of you.

 

Mike-Holtz1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
Hi, my name is Mike Holtz and I’m a Dad and Husband. I just started a Youtube channel called TheDADsignal where my insane and sweet 5 year old daughter and I share our love for the things we share. Everything from Superheroes and movies to food & really bad jokes. (The last one is mainly my fault….totally my fault.) I have ran a Youtube channel about movies called WeWatchedAMovie for the past 3 years & amidst my A.D.D. fueled rampage of a life I also work as a Customer Logistics Coordinator.
2) Tell me about your family
I have been with my Wife Katie for seven years. Five years and three months ago we were blessed with our Daughter Memphis. She is the single most individual human being I’ve ever known & can’t even put her shoes on the right feet yet. (Seriously, with a 50/50 chance you’d imagine it’d  happen JUST once in a while. No dice.) She’s hilarious, cool, never shuts up and could melt the heart of a monster. I can honestly say I find it pretty easy to be a Dad. Mainly because her Mom, much like my own leaves nothing to be desired. She is everything for her that you could imagine a Mom to be. We are still deciding on whether or not to have more kids, or maybe adopt.
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3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
We went through a hard time financially a few years ago and it hit my pride hard. Nothing crazy, just not an optimal situation. I became so obsessed with success in the name of my family that I stopped spending time with my family. I became hell bent on it and couldn’t understand why nobody “got it”. I was doing this for them because I loved them. I felt as if I had to forge a future out of blood, sweat and time. Precious time that I wish I could get back. Don’t get me wrong, there are times where in order to take care of our families we have to make sacrifices. But for me the biggest challenge was learning that being a Dad means doing both. To take on the world during your own damn time, because what’s truly important is that she has you there to play “My Little Pony” on hers.
Mike-Holtz4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Be a kid again through your kid. Granted, I’m very lucky because my Daughter happens to adore all the same things I do and I also happen to be a giant man-child. I showed her the things I loved as a kid and some things I (as a huge geek) still love today. Some of them she adopted as her own (Everything Batman) and some of them she wanted nothing to do with (She hates Superman). But we have all been in or seen that parent moment of “If I hear the name Dora again I will SET MYSELF ON FIRE!!!!!” But it doesn’t have to be that way! Go through some old school shows you loved as a kid on Netflix or dig out the old “Goosebumps” books. They’ll love learning about it and connecting with you. Even if you are into something really boring like…I don’t know…Nascar. Get some really cool  race car toys and build a track with them or take them go cart racing. You don’t have to be tied down to whatever terrible super-marketed kid fad there is at the moment. (DISCLAIMER: There is no total escape. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and be Diego, man.)
Mike-Holtz5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? 
 We have an awesome support system that allows us plenty of time for social lives as well. My daughter is really close with both sets of her Grandparents and even goes to my own Mothers Daycare. Again, very lucky.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with? 
That everybody is different and has opposing opinions and techniques. But a Dad who loves, cares and is there for their kids is un-mistakable. Even if they make mistakes.
Mike-Holtz7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
It is the most fleeting and tender thing in the world. I struggle a bit with A.D.D. which makes it a constant battle to not just blaze through the day. To stop and force my self to appreciate and be present in any moment is hard. It hurts sometimes to realize all the moments I was thinking of the next thing when I should have stopped and just appreciated my kid, that day, doing something totally normal. Every day she’s one day closer to being too big for me to hold in my arms and I just want to say, because I personally need the reminder…..stop and take it in. There was a guy alone in a Grocery store that saw her one day and told me “My little girl is in her twenties now. Appreciate every second you have her because it goes by quick and you WILL regret every moment you didn’t.”
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
I was so paranoid that something was going to go wrong that when she finally entered this world and let out that cry…..I have never been that emotional and relieved in my entire life. The first time she smiled at me even though they said babies couldn’t smile at her age. We were alone early in the morning and the light coming into our tiny house seemed brighter than ever and she looked me dead in the eyes and smiled. I don’t think I had ever been that at peace before in my life. The first time she was old enough to go see a movie with us. She held the popcorn (Half as big as she was) and snuggled between us. I truly realized that I had a little girl and a best friend…… I could go on for a while. Those just come to mind. That was definitely the easiest to answer of pretty much any question ever. Thank you so much for having me!

If you have any questions for Mike Holtz, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!

Also, do you know a Dad in the Limelight? If so, please email me their contact information so that they too can be a part of this series!

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