Modarri Promotes Creative Play & Learning!

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As a father I love being able to encourage my kids to get involved in creative play. When I find toys that not only promote this, but also take a known toy concept in a whole new direction, I am always interested in experiencing the toy. I initially heard about Modarri toys last fall and back in October I shared my thoughts on jumpstarting your inner mechanic with Modarri last fall too and even gave a few thoughts on video.

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Since then I have to say that my girls continue to love to use these. What they love most is the ability that Modarri provides them to take these cars and completely make them their own. You are not made to settle on the colors, body style or really anything on the cars and instead you can mix and match and make the cars into whatever you want along the way. 
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 As someone who loves to think outside the box, this company continues to inspire creativity in my kids, but also in their friends. Anytime that my daughters have friends over and they play cars, they pull these out and inevitably their friends always want to know more and they always want to show these to their parents when they leave. Thus, I have become a sideline spokesperson for Modarri letting so many parents know about this company through the creative play that their kids engaged in while at our home.

Modarri keeps coming out with so many unique cars with differing body types and styles. Each of the Modarri cars are colorful, aerodynamic and best of all, completely interchangeable with each other. In the end you and your kids can work to create the ultimate car through the mixing and matching of the Modarri car bodies, wheels, etc.

Modarri continues to innovate and create amazing toys that your kids will love to play with for years to come.

If you like these (and I believe that you will) I am able to  provide you a discount code to use at www.modarri.com. You can get free shipping and a 10% discount off the retail price by using the unique Dad of Divas reader promo code: “SAVE10”. 

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Share A Great Story & Get a Close Shave on #FaTHURSday!

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Growing up I was always the type of child that loved to be building things, especially out of boxes. You could find me no matter what time of the year with boxes around the house, creating rocket ships, mazes, and so much more. This was a creative outlet that I loved, and it continued through elementary school until I loved out of my local school district and into a new home. This move really made me grow up quickly, for better or for worse.

This move hit me hard and it took a lot to bounce back. It was the beginning of my 6th grade year and let me tell you, with that being the last year that you are to be in elementary, you are the odd one out and making friends becomes not very easy.

All of this being said I have to give props to my father, as he went out of his way to work with me, being there for me, while trying to make me know that he and my mom were there. While he was not the most skilled at building things, he always encouraged me to work on my own things. Whether it was providing more boxes, working on a pinewood derby car, or some other simple act, I always knew he was there even when he was busy and having to work long hours as a Principal of the local middle school.

These acts are similar ones that I try to emulate myself. I do what I can to be there for my kids. I try to be at all of their school activities, sports, and other extra-curricular passions to let them know that I am there for them no matter what.

I feel strongly that it is this support that will help them to understand the importance of perseverance and balance. I know and see the importance of being a involved dad on a daily basis and it simply kills me when I hear my kids upset if for some reason I cannot be at an event (though I do not miss too many).

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Seeing that I get out in the public to provide this support, I also know that it is very important that at home, in the community and professionally that I need to look good and appear professional. To do this, not only do I need to dress well, but I also need to make sure that I look healthy and fresh-faced (my words!). To do this I need a razor that shaves close and holds a charge well. The new Philips Norelco Shaver 9000 grooming tool was an amazing shaver that allows you to gain a very close shave, while holding a charge that I seemed to find held at least for the whole first week that I was using it.

The Philips Norelco Shaver 9000 is lightweight and portable. The cleaning system that it arrives with was easy to setup and completely cleans the Philips Norelco Shaver 9000, leaving no hairs behind. I loved that the Philips Norelco Shaver 9000 could be used both wet or dry and using it both ways worked well. I found that no matter which way I used it, it still cut completely and thoroughly.

Watch below for a bit more information about my thoughts on the Philips Norelco Shaver 9000:

Get involved and use #faTHURSday  on Twitter or Facebook to tell them about your own innovation stories and tips to be entered into a giveaway!

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The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer GT is Sporty & Offers Great Power

 

 

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer GT is Sporty & Offers Great Power 

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In my last trip to Tampa Bay I had the opportunity to try out a new vehicle that I had never tried before, the Mitsubishi Lancer GT! When driving in a new place I am always looking for a vehicle that will allow me to have full comfort and full control and the Mitsubishi Lancer GT provided.

The Mitsubishi Lancer is a sporty car that has a ton of power. I loved the ability to use paddles for additional power if I chose. I also found that the car had a ton more room within it than I would have thought when I first saw the car.

You see, when you see this vehicle from the outside it does look small. However, as you enter the vehicle you find yourself enveloped in comfortable seats as well as room.

 

The Mitsubishi Lancer also has great traction control and I found that even on the most sharp turns the vehicle performed flawlessly.

I also appreciated the extra room that you got when you put the back seats down and received a ton more room to carry items that you might need to carry. This allowed me to transport a few items that I would not have been able to without the extra room!

I have only talked about a few of the specifications of the Mitsubishi Lancer in this post but there are a ton more. of Mitsubishi Lancer specifications that are available!

 

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My Take on the Car
Below are my thoughts after driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer GT over the past week. I hope you will give it a listen and let me know what your thoughts are on the car itself!

Black or White: Love Has No Color

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About the Movie
Black or White is the story of a grandfather (Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.


My Take on the Movie

Young Eloise never knew her mother . She died the day Eloise was born. Her father is a drug addict, so her Caucasian grandparents raised her from the day their daughter died. Now her Caucasian grandmother is dead and that leaves her grandfather to raise her alone. He is loving and caring, but he is drinking too much. Her African American grandmother wants full custody of Eloise . Eloise’s father shows up at the custody battle and a battle it becomes .
As you watch this movie you will ask yourself so many questions. Who has the right to raise Eloise? What needs to be done in the best interest of Eloise now and as she grows up? Can grandparents in two different environments work together to nurture and raise this beautiful child who loved them all?
There are misunderstandings, the lack of forgiveness and then forgiveness, feelings of hopelessness, anger, sorrow, there is redemption, and lots of love. You will see two different family groups who love Eloise. It is a complicated matter, but Eloise knows all along who she wants to live with.
The movie is based on real events. It is an emotional movie and issue, but I think you will come away with a feeling that these family members are going to do what is right for Eloise.

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HASBRO Avengers : Age of Ultron Toys Promote Imagination

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With the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie now out, I know that my girls at least are ones that are excited to play with the toys that are now available. As someone that has been an Avengers fan for a long time, and one that now is trying to share that with my girls, I am happy that HASBRO now has some fun toys that really encourage imagination and creativity. HASBRO has introduced so many great toys from action figures to the ones that you see in my video below.

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If you love the Avengers like I do, share that love with your own kids with these great toys!

 

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I am STOK ‘d to Be Grilling Again!!

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I enjoy cooking and making great food for my family. To do that I need great equipment and equipment that it easy to use and versatile and STOK grills fit all of these aspects but I wanted to try one out for myself tosee if my first impressions that I encountered at the Dad 2.0 conference in San Francisco were correct!STOKGrills

Also, with the weather getting warmer that means that I can get outside and grill again too. I love the taste of good grilled food, so I was excited to try out a STOK Grill and get grilling again! I was lucky enough to be able to work with STOK in trying out their new STOK QUATTRO 4 burner LP gas grill.STOKGrills 

When the STOK QUATTRO 4 burner LP gas grill arrived, I unpacked and assembled the new grill. The entire process took approximately two hours, but not being real good with my hands, others may be able to assemble this in a shorter amount of time. I was very impressed with the careful packing process used for shipping. Every part was protected and nothing was missing. The instructions were complete and it was easy to find each and every part without a problem.

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The assembly was very easy and I only needed a second person for about two minutes. The instructions were clear and included clear diagrams. The grill is attractive, sturdy and easy to move because of very sturdy casters. The best part begins as I start using this and grilling!

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As you can see the Grill, cover and more are slick. Even better is the technology and the idea behind the grill itself. STOK Grills are unique because they use inserts to allow you to grill the items that you want to grill the way you want to grill them. The Grill inserts easily come in and out of the grill itself and each is tailored to the type of food you are making.

So whether you love to grill vegetables, chicken steaks, full turkeys or even pizza, STOK has inserts to allow you to have fun with your family and I found the inserts to be SO easy to use, and the concept to be so unique. I have to say that I was very surprised to see that no other grill companies are using a similar concept, but I am glad that they are not, as this STOK grill is awesome and I am glad to have found it.

Some videos of the Stok Grill in action!

I put the STOK Grill to work and recorded a few videos of the grill in action.

As you can see the STOK Grill works amazingly well and thus far I have been very impressed with how well the food turns out when using the inserts.

As mentioned, I am so glad tat I was able to try the STOK QUATTRO 4 burner LP gas grill and let me tell you, if you are looking for a great grill with unique inserts that will cook your food thoroughly, look no further than STOK Grill!

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Time to Get My #DIY On With RYOBI!

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I am not the biggest #DIY person on the block to be sure, but I do know how to use tools and I know the value of having good tools around when you need them.

Recently, when I was at the Dad 2.0 conference I was able to try out a number of the RYOBI line of tools and I have to say that I was completely floored by how well they were built, the power they held and the breadth and depth of diversity in regards to the number of tools that they had that could be powered by the same power source.

While I was at the Dad 2.0 conference I built what you see here. Not too shabby for a person that is not too skilled, right? I did have some good instructors, but I also had great tools as well.

The power did not fluctuate on the tools that I used, which is something that I have not seen in all rechargeable tools in the past. I also found the tools to charge quite quickly too, much faster than the previous rechargeable drill that I own.

RYOBI continues to come out with new items to round out its’ supply, and I love that they are standing by the same design for all of these tools so that you truly can mix and match when it comes to the power supplies themselves.

While I have yet to have an HUGE projects to do yet with my RYOBI tools, I know that there will be a time soon when I will, and at that time I know that I will be ready, and if ever I need to add to my tool set, I can always swap battery pack into a new RYOBI product as well – that’ quite the guarantee that they offer customers!

I am really looking forward to trying to using this and RYOBI tools in the future and I highly encourage you to consider them too for all of your #DIY projects – you will not want to look back after you do!

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Maya the Bee is A Fun Family Movie

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About the Movie

Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.

 

While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!

 

One of the best-known and beloved children’s brands of all-time, the stories of Maya The Bee have been passed down among generations of families for years. Originally a German children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels, The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published over a hundred years ago in 1912. Since the original publishing, the book has been translated into many other languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In addition to the book, Maya The Bee is also a comic book series, appeared in various iterations as animated series and now a major animated feature film.



My Take on the Movie

Maya emerges from her little cubicle eager for life and very curious. She is not the typical bee. It seems the only other insects that appreciate her are her young bee friend, a violin playing grasshopper and a hornet, named Sting.

Maya wants to know where she can fly to encounter adventure and danger. With the help of other insects, Maya saves the queen by locating the missing Royal Jelly and the bees and the hornets become friends.

This movie is a wonderful family movie. There are so many good values to learn. Characters are caught in dishonesty and must pay the consequences of their actions. Truth prevails in many of the movie situations. Perseverance and the courage to follow your heart help Maya to continue her quest to save the queen.

I believe your family will enjoy seeing the movie and you will probably want to watch it more than once.

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You Too Can Be A Soccer #SidelineHero!

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She shoots, she scores! That is always something that a father loves to hear, especially when it comes to his own daughter this time of year. Being a Soccer Dad, you are called on to not only be there to cheer on your own child and the entire soccer team, but many times you are also called on, sometimes at the last minute to be a #SidelineHero during practices or during or prior to a game. There have been many instances where I have been called on to bring in a snack, and while I know it would be oh so easy to purchase unhealthy snacks, I know that what the girls really need is healthy snacks and other things that will allow them to recoup their own energy lost during the game or practice and one way I do that is with a Powerade Game 12-pack and some fresh fruit!

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You see, so often this time of year my daughter is running from one game to the next. Even this past weekend, we had soccer practice on Friday, and a game on Saturday and Sunday. By the end of the weekend she is wiped and so are her teammates. As a dad, I can definitely empathize with that and I want to do what I can to help.

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Sometimes even when I am not asked to I will head over to my local Walmart to pick up some POWERADE® Game 12-Pack drinks just to give the girls a pick-me-up. Why POWERADE®? For me, as a dad, I like that the POWERADE® ION4® Advanced Electrolyte System helps replenish four electrolytes lost in sweat: sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium that they lose when they perspire (or is it glisten. Also that POWERADE® is formulated with Vitamins B3, B6, & B12 to support energy metabolism, and a 6% carbohydrate solution to help provide energy to working muscles. I also mix this with fresh fruit. Sometimes I go all out and create something unique like you see below, and sometimes it is simply having something like apples, or bananas on hand to fill them up just enough with good stuff and not just bringing the traditional processed food that I know tastes good to them, but also that I know will not be good for their growing bodies.

I do what I can to be a #SidelineHero. I am not trying to be a Superdad in any sense, just a Dad that wants the best for his daughters and for her teammates too!

Below is a recipe that you can try at home!

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Game Day #SidelineHero Soccer Skewers

Select your favorite fruit. There are so may to choose from at your local Walmart! I chose the following for my Skewers based on their texture, flavor and color:

  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Apple Slices
  • Strawberries
  • Rasberries
  • Blackberries

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Take the fruit and cut into 1 inch X 1/2 inch sections (all except the blueberries and strawberries) – large enough to make sure that they can fit through the skewers themselves.

Once cut, take wooden skewers and thread the fruit on individual skewers. You can select the order of the fruit and get creative.

There is no set number that you have to make, but I typically make enough so that each girl on the team can have two skewers and I bring enough for their brothers and sisters that are inevitably there and want a snack too!

 

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Look for a coupon on the 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE® packages and you can get $1 off Walmart fresh produce when you buy two 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE®. Hurry this deal is only available while supplies lasts!

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Keeping Cool With Arctic Cove This Summer!

 

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It is soccer season and the weather is getting warmer. With my daughter in soccer many days during the week for practice and multiple days on the weekends for games, I know how hot it gets and how much the girls on her soccer team want to cool off. With that being said I decided to try out the Arctic Cove 18V Bucket Top Mounting Fan and their Cooling Towel with my daughter at her recent soccer game as I knew it was supposed to be hot.
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While I got a few strange glares while I was carrying our a bucket full of water, once I told them what the fan could do, the other parents were all ears and they loved the idea of keeping the team cool in this way. The great thing about this fan is that it is SO easy to set up. The simplicity of the design is what makes it genius in my opinion. I mean, I think everyone I know has a 5 gallon bucket sitting around their garage but no one has ever thought about how to turn those buckets into something that could be used in this way until Arctic Cove stepped in, not at least that I am not aware of it.

Having the water at the game also let me provide my daughter with a cooling towel as well. She loved being able to use this around her neck especially as she was coming off the field. She told me afterward that the towel really did keep cooling her even after she had it on her for a while. I did not expect her to tell me that, but I was so glad to hear that was the case.

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By the end of the game the rest of the team were asking if I would bring the far back with me to the next game. I told them of course. I mean, with it being as easy as it is, why wouldn’t I, right?

I didn’t have enough of the cooling towels for the whole team or I would have passed those on to the girls as well, but I will say that they definitely work and if you work outside, play a sport, workout or know someone who does, these towels really provide relief from the heat!

If you have never heard of Arctic Cove, I encourage you to check them out. They have an amazing array of products that will work well to keep you cool this summer, just like me!

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