Have you ever wondered about your family history? I have always been curious about my DNA and what it would reveal. Do I have a high probability of getting some rare disorder when I am older? Do I have Native American ancestry like my grandfather always claimed? Here’s what I found out with the 23andMe DNA Test Home Kit, and how you can learn about your genetics makeup too!
A big thanks to Just Porter for partnering for today’s post! All opinions are my own.
Did you know that almost 80% percent of all backpacks are made by just two companies? If your backpack experiences have been anything like mine you might want to consider something different, like Just Porter backpacks.
The company founder, Chris Bahr, was doing humanitarian work in the Philippines when an idea inspired him to create the company. When you buy a bag from Just Porter they donate a filled backpack full of school supplies to children in need. Just think about that for a second…because you bought a hip next-generation bag from Just Porter, a community in need is hired, school supplies are delivered to a needy school, and children are educated because of that. [Read more…]
Back to school time brings a fresh start, new ideas, and great opportunities for both teachers and students. Often times, students favorite subjects include science projects like making a volcano erupt, or creating a robot. With the growing national interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects I am excited to team up with the Orkin Start with Science Initiative.
The Importance of STEM in our Classrooms
Are you looking for educationally relevant ways to keep your child engaged? I don’t know about your kids, but my sons love their iPads! When looking for something that will keep them entertained, educated, and allow them to play with their tablet I stumbled across Dash – a robot toy for kids. We were lucky to partner with Best Buy to review this cool tech toy with the boys. Check it out below!
More about Dash
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I love playing ping pong! I was first introduced to the sport in 4th grade. My teacher let students come to the class during lunch and challenge him in a game of ping pong. If you won you received 5 dollars worth of classroom money, which you could use to buy cool things at the end of each month. Fast forward 26 years and I have an amazing Killerspin Professional Ping Pong Table of my very own.
The MyT Street Edition table is so easy to set up and store. With a quick release fastener, all you have to do is pull it up and then push it down to unfold the table. Do that to both sides and then connect them by setting up the net. The table moves so nicely with the rotating wheels and to make sure that it doesn’t move while you are playing, all of the wheels have locks on them. Once you are done playing it nicely folds back up within seconds and can easily be stored. We store the Killerspin ping pong table in the garage alongside my wife’s SUV. [Read more…]
This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint, P&G and Gillette. All opinions are my own.
Sometimes life can be so distracting, don’t you think? I can’t believe we’re in the thick of summer already. It seems like life is so eager to move on by, but we have to remind ourselves to be present and remember the moments that are gone too soon. Dads this post is for you! It’s a reminder to make those memorable father-son moments before the kids are grown. The time is now to nurture and build upon that relationship so it can sustain the long haul called life.
This post was sponsored by Mondelez International as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my review.
Are you a soccer fan, and have a sweet tooth? Well, I have just the event for you! This Wednesday, April 27th at The Pointe Orlando, the Official Snacks of U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer: OREO Cookies, RITZ BITS crackers, and CHIPS AHOY! cookies are sponsoring their third year of the Pass The Love Back Fundraising Bake Sale. This event focuses on the need to bridge the divide and offer communities nationwide an opportunity to get a 1,000 dollar scholarship to help fund local youth soccer teams.
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Have you ever caught yourself asking your little one, “can’t you just listen?” Well, if this is a common problem in your household I have just the App for you. Hamaguchi’s Listening Power Preschool trains your little one to listen. Great, right? This learning app comes with 5 different activities that are sure to help increase your child’s auditory skills.
More about Hamaguchi’s Listening App for Preschoolers
The first activity is Listening for Grammar and Meaning. This activity helps your child listen for grammatical elements in language. For example, plurals, verb tenses, pronouns, who/what/where concepts, and preposition concepts. There are three levels of difficulty and 150 grammar questions total for this activity.
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In the world of education S.T.E.M. is growing ever popular. This is the combination of science, technology, engineering, and math. The world that we live in continues to grow and develop and the skills needed for 21st century jobs seem to fall into one or all of the S.T.E.M. categories. So the question arises, how do I prepare my child to be successfully in the world that is to come? Well, MindWare can help you with that. This award-winning company has one mission and that is market a collection of unique learning products that engage, educate and entertain. [Read more…]
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Having trouble figuring out what to get that special man in your life? Whether you’re shopping for dad, grandpa, or your spouse, JORD offers a variety of beautiful timepieces to choose from. The Jord Watch Co is modeled after a modern lifestyle, using sustainable products like sandalwood, maple and bamboo.
My husband and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this month, and I wanted to gift him something extra special for the occasion. The JORD Dover Koa & Black watch seemed like a perfect choice for him. When it arrived I was blown away by the beautiful wooden box it arrived in. It’s quality made and has a sliding door to reveal the watch inside. I expected the watch to be pretty heavy-duty, but it’s surprisingly lightweight. [Read more…]
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hasbro. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Are you excited about the new Star Wars movie? Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18th which just happens to be my wife and I’s 10th anniversary! The boys and I already have our tickets. Sorry mom – boy’s night out!
Personally, I grew up dreaming about living in a galaxy far, far away. I had one of those Darth Vader toy cases for all of my Star Wars action figures, my favorite being the little Ewok Wicket. Then my mom sold them all at a garage sale…yea I’m still holding that grudge. Fast forward 28 years and I am just as excited now as I was then to watch the Return of the Jedi for the 100th time. I love that Disney is bringing back the characters that I grew up with. When I saw Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) tell Chewie that it is good to be home I got chills!
Have you or your child ever had trouble spelling a word? Thanks to the new app Easy Spelling Aid, that’s a thing of the past! The app makes spelling super fast and easy, and is especially helpful for children who are in special needs education. Using the app is simple, just press the large mic button, say the word that you are having trouble spelling, and it appears on the screen in an instant.
The Easy Spelling Aid app is so easy to use! With its high tech voice recognition software your child will be able to improve their vocabulary quickly. The Easy Spelling Aid app is the perfect tool to help children learn how to spell and write any word at home and at school. This app can spell words or phrases instantly by utilizing superior speech recognition, finely tuned to pick up on your child’s voice or accent. That’s right – the app supports 22 different languages! [Read more…]
If you’re a fan of wireless keyboards then Logitech’s k400 Plus is the one for you. This keyboard was designed with wireless entertainment in mind. It’s also lightweight and compact, and combines the functionality of a keyboard with the convenience of a touchpad mouse.
If you would like to turn your tv into a smart tv you can connect your laptop to the tv using a HDMI cable and then use the k400 Plus to navigate the web or any other multimedia device on your laptop. [Read more…]
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine.
Growing up in the 80’s there was rarely a week where I did not have sloppy joes from the school cafeteria or at home. Sloppy Joes is definitely a favorite meal of mine.
Whenever I think of sloppy joes I think of the cafeteria lady in Billy Madison, and yes I like mine extra sloppy. 🙂
Now that I am a dad of two adorable boys I definitely have them eating Hunt’s Manwich. In fact we have started a little tradition here at the Hay House, and that is Manwich Monday. You’ve probably heard of Taco Tuesday, but let me tell you after a full day at the office, I tend to drag when I get home, and this meal is so quick and easy to make that Manwich Monday is becoming the norm. [Read more…]
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Our boys can’t enough of the iPad, and yes we do limit their screen time, but sometimes it is nice to have a break, especially when traveling, or on an important phone call. The problem is you need something to keep their attention for more than just 10 seconds. That is where the app store comes into play. Our boys enjoy quick paced games that keep them engaged, and that is what the new Numb Chucks: Chuck Fu app is all about.
If your kids are a fan of the Numb Chucks animated television series, then they are going to enjoy playing the new app Numb Chucks: Chuck Fu. Players are challenged through 8 random mini-games to master the art of Chuck Fu, playing as the lead characters, Dillweed and Fungus. The app begins with 8 out of the 12 step mini-games, and you can buy the other 4 steps through in-app purchases for 2.99. Each mini game is a different challenge from balancing at a bowling alley to honing your inner Chuck Fu in swatting bees away. [Read more…]
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Perfection is here! Get a closer shave every time with the Philips Norelco 9700 shaver. It’s their most advanced shaving system yet! Dads can use it wet or dry for the perfect shave.
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When I look back at my life and think about all of the memories I have that were truly great, going fishing with my dad on charter boats are some of my favorite, and how I learned all about boating. The first time we went charter boat fishing was in Sitka, Alaska. I was 21 and we chartered a boat from a friend of a friend. I had never been to Alaska, but we slept on his friend’s boat in the marina and the subtle waves rocked you to sleep at night. In the mornings we would ride out into the Sitka Sound on our way to the Pacific Ocean, while Eagles flew above and bears walked the coastline. We caught a boatload of salmon and halibut and it really allowed my father and me to create a stronger bond.
Recently, we chartered a 41 foot Jersey Sportfisherman out of New Smyrna Beach. This trip was amazing! We had never been deep sea fishing in Florida, and since I moved to Florida in 2003 it was about time. We had a great time fighting amberjack and mahi mahi. I caught 2 shark, 3 triggerfish, 3 amberjack, a bunch of red-eye snapper, 3 sea bass, and barracuda. The weather was perfect and we came home with a bunch of delicious fresh fish.
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In the technology driven society that we live in today it is important to have a device that meets your family’s needs. The HP Envy TouchSmart 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop is that device. This laptop provides extreme performance with AMD’s most powerful mobile processor to deliver exceptional Gaming and Entertainment experience.
The HP Envy TouchSmart 15.6” touch screen laptop makes multitasking a breeze, so you can spend more time with your family! The Quick AMD FX series processor is great for daily tasks such as managing your personal life or streaming movies or videos and provides great video quality for gaming or catching up on your favorite YouTube videos. It’s lightweight and sleek design make it easy to travel with. With its award-winning graphics the gamer in your house is sure to love it because of its unbelievable PC performance and the exceptional gaming experience it provides. The touch screen and Windows 8.1 operating system makes it a breeze to mega-multitask too! [Read more…]
Recently I started a Biggest Loser Challenge at my school to encourage the teachers and myself to get back in shape for the New Year. My number one way to lose weight is to walk/run on my treadmill while either watching a movie on my iPad, or listening to my favorite tunes.
The problem is my headphones. It seemed like every time I got into a groove I would hit the wires on my headphones with my hand and it would trip up my workout. I have finally found a solution to my problem: Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbud Headphones from Best Buy.
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During the holiday season it can be a challenge to find that perfect gift. Thankfully Best Buys great deals and large assortment of all things tech makes it a one-stop shop for our loved ones. One item that is on my wife’s wish list this year is a new camera. She needs something that is easy to operate and takes crystal clear pictures.
Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. One example of this is the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. This is one of the best-selling DSLR cameras that Best Buy sells. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.
VTech is known for their interactive educational games and toys and this week we had the privilege to review Bronco the RC Triceratops from their Switch and Go Dinos Turbo selection.
About VTech’s Switch and Go Dinos Turbo Bronco
This remote control dino/vehicle is really cool. It is perfect for those little ones who are interested in remote control vehicles, but just learning the skills to control them. The remote control for Bronco is really easy to use. It does require some practice because you have to be able to push the forward level, while at the same time use the knob to steer. My 3-year-old, L, really loved playing with it and his favorite part was the easy one push switch and go button, which transformed the vehicle into Bronco the Triceratops. [Read more…]
This is a compensated post by Global Influence.
I love sports! Being a graduate from the University of Illinois I used to tailgate before all of our big games. The local radio station would hand out free beer tickets the night before at a local pub, and my friends and I would make sure that we were there to collect, so when it came to NCAA pregame time we were able to tailgate with the best of them.
I love watching TV! You name it and I watch it, and with the invention of the DVR my addiction has grown leaps and bounds because now, I can record it! With that comes hours of viewing pleasure, but to be honest my TV has become a bit outdated and now there are so many options to pick from like plasma, LCD, LED, 4K, and OLED.
So what is a person to do if they are in my predicament? Well, with the holidays around the corner, Best Buy is the place to go to see all your options up close and personal. They have multiple displays available so you can do your own picture comparison. The TV that impressed me the most were the OLEDs. These TVs not only look great with their futuristic curved design, but the picture quality is amazing and the price continues to drop. Best Buy has the LG OLED 55’’ TV for an everyday low price of just $3,499.99, which is a $500 discount. [Read more…]
I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
If you are like me you can’t live without your cell phone. I use it to communicate, look up directions, play games, and check out my fantasy football roster. The all-new Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport gives me yet another reason to keep my phone attached to me at all times: Sprint Fit Live fitness apps.
It is the middle of August and football season is just around the corner. Here at the Hay house we have teamed up with Tudor Games to welcome the coming of football by reviewing their Red Zone Electric Football tabletop game. Being a child of the 80’s this game brought back some distant memories of what is was like before gaming systems such Nintendo and PlayStation.
This post was created in partnership with American Century Investments. I have received compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Did you tune in last weekend to the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament? Besides the money raised to support a good cause, there were some pretty great highlights. The difference between a celebrity golf tournament and a professional tournament is the level of seriousness. The celebrities looked like they were having a great time as they played even though the weather was not ideal.
One of my favorite moments of the tournament was AJ Hawk, linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, tackling a fan to the ground. The crowd loved it and what a story for that fan to tell his friends and family.