The Force Is Strong In Her – She Will Win #PopWars

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I have partnered with Life of Dad and Pop Secret and was compensated for my participation in this promotion.

 

A New Snack….

A long time ago, in a kitchen far,
far away….

It is a period of after school unrest.
Kids recently have arrived home with
sounds of “I’m hungry” ringing from
their mouths and the battle of light and
dark reign true as the choices of snacks
weigh heavily on the homefront.

During the Search, parents, both
managed to find new Pop Secret
filled with great ingredients, flavors
and more, but even forces of evil lurk
in the wings ready to take control of
the snack for themselves.

Darth Vader, now raising his daughter
in his ways, he finds parenting to be
even harder than running the inner-workings
of the Death Star or a Galactic Destroyer.
Can Darth Vader teach his child to control the
power of the dark side to quench her hunger
and ultimately save the galaxy???

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My daughters and I love Star Wars™ and we love dressing up. Over the past year I have introduced the girls to all of the Star Wars movies, and yes we watched them in the correct order, from A New Beginning to the last. We now wait in anticipation for the new movie Episode VIII to come out this December too!

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I mean what father would not want to have their daughters learning from the likes of the wise green one, Yoda, or even Obi Wan and staying away from creeps like Boba Fet or even Darth Sidius (or are they just misunderstood).

Pop Secret recently sent me some of their great Pop Secret Pre-popped Popcorn, we were given the opportunity to channel The Force to join #PopWars and to show you how we or even Darth Vader and his daughter could find the ultimate snack.

However, first we decided to take a break and eat watch our favorite Star Wars™ movie, The Empire Strikes Back as a part of The Empire Strikes Back set that we have (what fan would not want this).DarthVader&Daughter

While we only had one of the Pop Secret Pre-Popped Popcorn bags to try ourselves, we were very excited to see that there were actually five to choose from including:

  • Salted
  • Homestyle
  • Kettle Corn
  • White Cheddar
  • Extra Cheesy

These pre-popped Pop Secret bags make movie time a cinch since the snack is already ready for you and you can simply start of the movie and go!

The girls loved the new Star Wars™ packaging on the bag that we had (I mean who would not love a Wookie on their popcorn), but there are a ton of other great characters spotlighted too! Check them all our while they last!

The popcorn itself was light and so flavorful. I can tell you that even though we were channeling The Force while eating this snack, I would be as clumsy as Jar Jar Binks if I was to say that the bag of Pop Secret lasted long in our home.DarthVader&Daughter

I not am looking forward to trying out the other varieties as I can see and tell that Pop Secret is being consistent in delivering quality products that I know that I am more than happy to share with my family and friends for my next Star Wars movie night – anyone game?

After watching our movie we got into the fun and decided to throw in our luck with the below movie submission to a great Life of Dad contest where you can win $1000 in Pop Secret popcorn and Star Wars™ prizes – completely awesome! I hope you will watch and let me know your thoughts and let me know what variety of Pop Secret Popcorn you would channel The Force to get. I want to know!

If you’re looking to get in on the Star Wars™ Pop Secret fun, you too can join in to win #PopWars ! Simply create your own #PopWars video to possibly win $1000 in Pop Secret popcorn and Star Wars™ prizes! Just head over to Life of Dad for details.

Pop Secret Star Wars Pre-popped Popcorn #PopWars Social Media info:
Pop Secret website: http://popsecret.com
Pop Secret Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/popsecret
Pop Secret Twitter: http://twitter.com/popsecret
Pop Secret Instagram: http://instagram.com/popsecretpop

 

AND Here’s More #PopWars Fun!

Join us for the #PopWars Twitter Party Date:  Wednesday, June 10th at 8PM ET!

About Pop Secret Pre-Popped Popcorn

Pop Secret pre-popped popcorn is the perfect snack to make any opportunity pop with fun! Make sure you have some on-hand for impromptu movie nights at home, picnics in the park, beach trips or soccer practice. The Pop Secret pre-popped popcorn line is launching this year with four delicious flavors, White Cheddar, Salted, Homestyle, and Kettle Corn.

About Pop Secret
Since 1984, Pop Secret has been offering popcorn fans a quality product that makes watching movies at home just as fun as going to the theater! We’re committed to providing popcorn lovers with a convenient, delicious, quality snack for wherever and whenever they want it – whether settling down on the couch to watch a movie at home or on the go with your busy family!

 

Find Our More About Pop Secret

Website:  http://popsecret.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/popsecret

Twitter: http://twitter.com/popsecret

Instagram: http://twitter.com/popsecret

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Getting Safe with Epson LabelWorks

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Sometimes there are times when you need to keep track of items, make things better seen, or even making your own home safer. To do this people do many different things but Epson has created an amazing safety pack with their new Epson LabelWorks Safety Label Kit for the Epson LW-400 Label Printer that places safety at your fingertips.

This kit not only gives you the Epson LW-400 Label Printer but it also includes: Glow in the Dark and Black on Silver tape. This tape really stands out, especially in a dark room!

The Epson LW-400 Label Printer runs on six AAA batteries. I found that it worked best to use Lithium batteries as these tended to last the longest and allowed us to be able to use the printer for the longest period of time.

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I used this for a few totes in our closet to make them stand out, especially in a black-out or emergency situation. That being said once set up, the tape set well and did not end up curling or not sticking (at least as of yet).

There were a few features on the Epson LW-400 Label Printer that I liked quite a bit. Outside of the interchangeable tapes that can be used, the printer itself has a wide array of font types (14) and font styles (10) from which to choose.

I found making labels to be pretty easy. The device itself is straight forward and the instructions were self-explanatory. In my last trip to OfficeMax I saw this on the shelf, but I also know that you can find it online at places such as Amazon.com.

So whether you are organizing your home, simply want to add some reflection to your helmets, bikes, strollers or running shoes, adding some nighttime reflection to your life through glow-in-the-dark tape or more this kit can help you with all of these needs!

 

 

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Pley.com Lets All LEGO Fans Continue Their Passion!

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I have been a big LEGO fan for years and since I have been a father I have loved sharing this love with them. I grew up in the 1980’s and for me the bit sets were the space LEGO sets. Today there are so many other sets for people to choose from that incorporate popular movies culture and more.

I have to appreciate all that LEGO has done to create amazing sets for beginners to experts as well as both male and females. As a father to two girls I love that my girls can have fun with any type of LEGO brick set that they want no matter if it may be seen as gender specific.

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Pley.com lets you take your love for LEGO and lets you explore your passion for LEGO sets to the next level. No matter what type of LEGO sets you like, Pley.com works to get to know the LEGO likes of the LEGO fanatic in your life and lets you then rent those LEGO sets for yourself. Whether you love Star Wars, Fairies, Space or Forest, you can find LEGO brick sets that will meet your interests at Pley.com.

All for a reasonable monthly price, you can take out sets, build them, return them and get more for the future. Big sets, small sets and everything in-between, this company seems to have it all.

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While this seems to be a bit of a novel idea, it actually was a lot of fun and in the end my daughters and I had a blast building together and so will you and your own LEGO lover!

 

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Taking Control of your Garage With Chamberlain MyQ

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Picture it, you are away on vacation, you have a neighbor watching your home, and they lose your key. How the heck are you supposed to help? What if you have pets that must be fed? Do you pay them to have a locksmith come out? Talk about expensive! Now there is a better way!

Recently I learned about the Chamberlain MyQ Garage device. This is a new device that you install in your garage and connect to your garage door. By connecting these, you are able to control your garage door remotely through an App that you can download on your phone.

The MyQ device was easy to set up and though it does take a bit of time to set this up in your garage, when you do get it set up, it takes only a few minutes to get things set up once complete.

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One of the hardest things to do for me is finding a stud in the ceiling of your garage that will allow you to hook the receiver to the ceiling of your garage. I did find one and once I did, I was able to easily connect the receiver to the ceiling. The second piece that you must connect is the MyQ receiver that you connect to the door itself. You have two ways to do this. You can either connect this with adhesive strips, or you can screw this onto the door itself.

I have tried to control the garage with my new MyQ device when both near and far and so far I have had no problem using it whether 10 or 50 miles away, so it is working perfectly!

Thus, in the end, if you are interested in taking control of your garage door and make your house more accessible when you need it to be, look no further than using this new Chamberlain MyQ device!

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Features of the Chamberlain MyQ Device

Creating the Smartest Garage on the Block

  • The new Chamberlain Wi-Fi MyQ Garage Door Opener with Smartphone Control lets you monitor, open and close your garage door from anywhere in the world with a smartphone.
  • Alerts to your smartphone when the door opens or closes tell you when your kids make it home safely from school or when anyone is coming and going from home.
  • The new product turns your smartphone into a house key so you can go for a jog without taking your key, or let your neighbors or kids inside when you’re miles away.
  • The MyQ opener will work with Apple HomeKit, SmartThings by Samsung, Google’s Nest and the Wink App, so you can connect your garage door to other home devices.
  • The product will be available in two models this May at Home Depot, with expected retail prices of $250 to $270.
  • Chamberlain also offers MyQ Garage, a simple, $129 add-on to existing garage door openers, offering the same benefits if a new opener isn’t needed.

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 11, 2015.

 

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

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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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New Avengers, Star Wars & Transformer Toys From Hasbro


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I was super excited to receive a few boxes from HASBRO the other day with some amazing Avengers, Star Wars and Transformer toys within it. I am in toy overload right now. I wanted to share the unboxing videos with you so you can see some of the great new toys that are not available!

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Samsung 4K Ultra SUHD Offers Amazing Visual & Sound!

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

I have always been a big fan of technology and there has been some amazing technology that is changing so much, so quickly. This is definitely that case when it comes to televisions. About a two years ago we purchased a television and at that time the biggest difference was Plasma or LCD. Now that games have changed and you have that plus so much more, including 3D, and even more in depth, crisper, cleaner displays that will completely knock your socks off like the Samsung 4K Ultra SUHD.

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When I went to Best Buy to experience the Samsung 4k Ultra SUHD Television, I was amazed at first the amazing colors and picture that you get when watching this. Asking one of the representatives from the store I came to find out that the Samsung 4K SUHD television is powered with Nano-crystal technology which is new to the market. The display itself has what is called an immersive curve and really gives you the feeling of depth when you watch.  screen portrays a greater sense of depth.

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As I watched the display and the clips that cycled on the display, the amount of colors that you saw on this was remarkable. The definition and contrast was better than any other television I have watched in the past. I even found out that the television has something called Sart View 2.0 which allows you to watch your TV from your mobile device – talk about cutting edge!

When I went to the store that were showing an exclusive sneak peek of Jurassic World on the Samsung 4K Ultra SUHD television in the Samsung Entertainment Experience Shop at the Best Buy I visited. I found out that this was only for a limited time only from 5/31-6/13 at some of the stores, so I definitely felt lucky and pleased as I am looking forward to seeing this new movie and the clip on this television just made the movie come alive! If you want to find out more about this limited experience, visit BestBuy.com/JurassicWorld

 

 

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If you have never experienced the Samsung 4K Ultra SUHD television, you have to! You will be amazed at the difference that you will see and hear.

Also, it is a great time to consider this because between now you can save up to $1500 on Samsung 4K Ultra SUHD TVs at Best Buy stores May 31st – June 13th. So check this Samsung 4K Ultra SUHD TV out for yourself, you will not be disappointed!

 

 

Finally, If you love twitter parties @BestBuy and Brand Ambassador @dodomesticdad will be hosting an SUHD Twitter Party on Thursday June 9th at 7:00pm CST. Feel free to join the twitter party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1ecE5Ru

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

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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

 

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!


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