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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to you…

My Sister and I growing up...

My father owned a camera store growing up so we some how defaulted to his test models for every new toy and every new costume in his photo studio… this was taken some 23+ years ago… not shabby – huh…

Well its been a while since my last post — and well there is some major reasons behind that – I’ve been working a lot on LateNightParents.com but I’m also doing a huge backend update/theme update to dadarocks.com. I’ve long talked about how this was coming – this large shift and I thought the weeks following Father’s Day would be a nice period for me to work on that….

Turns out even a few weeks wasn’t enough time… but just hang around – you’ll see new topics and some amazing summer giveaways coming your way…

The future of DadaRocks and Cision Names Top 50 Daddy Bloggers

If you read my blog you know I’ve started someplace very different then where I am today based on input from family, friends, PR, Brands, Bloggers, and my own ideas of trying to move forward (without a direction)… no matter what… writing for me isnt the easiest – while if you sit down with me; I can just talk and talk and talk… usually with a pretty good idea of the topic I’m talking about…. but here it is over a year and half after starting this project (which I thought was going to be a little hobby) never excepting it to have grown into what it is today.  Since that time I’ve co-founded numerous other daddy projects like dadrevolution.com and dadstalking.com with great dads in the community of twitter.  Lately I’ve been working with Josh Becker of DadStreet.com on LateNightParents.com which is a little different then other projects because its not just writing its video and its also a live show.

Why am I saying all this — for a very long time I’ve been tinkering with a DADAROCKS overhaul and between some recent interactions and some desire to push myself a little bit more… its going to be happening soon…  I’ll be doing more personal content (that hasnt been there in a while), bring in some video into dadarocks, covering more of things I’d like to see and do, some travel, some of my day job which is web programming and social media – just overall I’m hoping to move it all forward and to the next level but I have a better idea this time around of the direction.

When I recieved an email saying I was going to be listed as a top daddy blogger I did a little happy dance – its nice to get a little pat on the back. You know a little at-a-boy.  Being named number two – yes thats RIGHT #2 daddy blogger based on klout score is pretty pretty awesome.  Congrats to the other 49 Dads who are on this list – I know the hours we put in to this isnt just one or two a week.  Check out the Cision Top 50 Daddy Bloggers List and stayed tuned as you’ll start to see some changes first in content and then in design…. then a of new stuff should be exciting or it’ll be a terrible fail but one things for sure you cant just sit still and let it all just pass you by.

Do you know about Late Night Parents and a Mamas & Papas Mylo Stroller Giveaway

Hopefully by now you’ve seen a few of the dadarocks tweets or a few of the dadarocks facebook page updates, but if not you might have missed the news about Late Night Parents.  Really Late Night Parents was born from the desire for a parenting show that could be hosted at night for when those that have 9-5s could catch up or simply have the kids fast asleep to enjoy hearing the latest in parenting news and products.

I asked my good internet friend Josh Becker of DadStreet.com to take the 2nd seat and away it went… fast forward 9 weeks, we’ve had our glitches but more then that we’ve found great success and a real audience (I was worried there would be crickets). The best part is that if you’re not watching it live there is great content in watching the show in replay. The replays are up on iTunes, Vimeo, Blip, Boxee, Roku, and MomTV (along with a few others).

The show is geared for expecting parents, new parents, parents of toddlers, and parents of little kids/tweens. We really try to cover the range and by doing so we also get to help parents out with amazing giveaways.  This week we have a few great giveaways up and going up.  The biggest of which is Mamas & Papas Mylo Stroller Giveaway.

The live show is Monday Nights at 11PM est.  and I really hope you get a chance to check it out! For more information please check out http://latenightparents.com

Ending the decade that was

Its hard to imagine that tomorrow we start a new decade, of course its a new year and a new chance do right were we did wrong the year before. This statement along with a new year and a new you are the ones that will be with me for a long time… you’ll see some changes happening around here – just to keep up with the new year and the fact that in less then a week this site turns 1 year old.

I know many people stop doing resolutions once they hit a point in their life, I know many say weight loss and that usually just covers the holiday weight they’ve put on over the last month.  For me I have a long list along with the idea its time to start crossing items off my bucket list as well… If you follow me on twitter and if you read my christmas post you know that a few weeks ago I had a major health crisis and to be able to walk away from that is amazing. More so to walk away from that event and be able to change my life in hopes of seeing my grandchildren one day is the new mission of life.

When you make your resolutions make ones that you can meet, why because its important to set realistic goals telling yourself to become a millionaire isnt really realistic unless you have the means or the ability to do that… Telling yourself to drop 40% of your body weight isnt either…  try more reasonable goals like I’m going to go credit card free in 2011, managing a better budget within the family, I’m going to loose 25 pounds in 6 months  and keep it off, and I’m going to run a marathon within 3 years.

My true resolutions are much simpler – its to be a better husband, a better father, a better friend, and most important to take better care of myself (in terms of health and fitness). What are your resolutions?

The Ultimate Guys Gift Guide 2010

We have to start off by saying the holidays for some started super early and adding a little delay to my posting has really held this up… Sorry if you’re shopping done (dont worry you can return it and get some of these! – LOL I kid I’m sure they’ll love it – maybe)…

Xbox360 w/ kinect [Link with 250gb harddrive: http://amzn.to/b4iKwh or 4gb harddrive: http://amzn.to/cCn4Jt ]

Who didnt love growing up with games but now there is no controller -great for dads and the kids and might become the family game night

Nikon D5000 DSLR [Link: http://amzn.to/c30dHD ]

Having that fast moving kid isnt going to cut it with that small point and shot always setup up into the wonderful world of DSLR!

Kodak Playsport [Link: http://amzn.to/a19i3Q ]

This camera can do it all! its got the benefits over others that it has exchangable batteries & memory cards. Plus it can go up to 10 feet under water. Just remember to pickup that SD memory card so they can record right away with it! Also a good note is if you know they’ll keep it open it up precharge the battery and put in a memory card so they can film the kids opening their gifts too.

Canon PowerShot D10  (Bonus can go under water) [Link: http://amzn.to/8XnD3v ]
Ok sooo you really dont want that wonderful DSLR this is a great pocket camera plus you can take it swimming to capture images of those little feet learning how to swim! or the fish on your next snorkeling trip

Apple iPad 64gb [Link wifi: http://amzn.to/cgNopz or Link wifi+3g: http://amzn.to/dxnvzS ]
Its Apple, its an oversize iPhone but its seriously awesome! Just remember you toddler will want this just as bad as dad! The other thing to note is that there are no upgrades, so whatever size you buy you’re stuck with so I recommend go large those HD videos take up space!

Vacation together [Link: http://travelybyjen.com ]
Nothing says i love you then planning a getaway! Book a getaway for you and your partner and arrange for some child care or take the whole family.

Denali 115-Piece Home Repair Tool Kit [Link: http://amzn.to/cHCNUQ ]
Having a handy man around the house without tools is like a cop without a gun. This certainly is a starter set but it’ll make do for any apartment or home with a light handy man around the house.

Golden Eye for Wii [Link: http://amzn.to/cEs0gp ]
By far one of the most popular games when I was growing up was golden eye this new release for Wii is awesome and will totally melt you video game playing dad into a little boy when he starts to play this again.

Yes men need a backrub and some pretty time too.

BeerTender from Heineken and Krups B90 Home Beer-Tap System [Link: http://amzn.to/aIdsaL ]
Who doesnt love beer – this personal kegerator goes great next to the instant coffee maker and you can buy refills at most any supermarkets.

Bacon of the month [Link: thepignextdoor.com ]
See above because with Beer goes Bacon

Books for dad to read to kids [Link: barefootbooks.com or scholastic.com ]
Reading for themselves is good but reading to the kids is priceless.

All-Clad BBQ Tool Set in Carrying Case [Link: http://amzn.to/au1HDY ]
Most city dads dont have a BBQ but any where else its one of the staple food groups to grill! When I wasnt in the city I grilled year round – even in the snow. its truly part of the man laws! So having the tools to grill with is key, buying quality gear that lasts years will save in the long run!

Super Dad T-Shirt [Link: http://amzn.to/aoKOC9 ]
Do you have a proud dada on your hands, have them rock a shirt that lets everyone know they’re a super dad.

Mont Blanc Starwalker Black Resin Ballpoint Pen [Link: http://amzn.to/csLXFr ]
High end pens might be useless for some dads but those executives whose signatures matter are worth it. Nothing says done deal like a pen from the kids that cost more then some people make in a week! No really impressions are always a first in business and sometimes a bic wont cut it!

Callaway Golf Solaire 14-Piece Complete Club Set [Link: http://amzn.to/allXnN ]
Some guys already play and some guys are dying to learn. This is a great set as it isn’t a true starter set but its not a professional set either.  Picking this up with some lessons from the pro shop at a resort will give you 4-5 hours of alone time at the spa.

Quagmire Colorfusion golf shirts [Link: http://store.quagmiregolf.com ]
Not your average golf wear! for sure… for those that remember hypercolor in the 80’s its back but this time made for the golfer. If he’s playing golf in tshirts this is the perfect gift – it still says I’m too cool for those plaid pants but has some funk to it.

Ties [Link: Nordstrom http://bit.ly/9AKil6 ]
Really its not original but its sure needed! (along with socks and underwear – we’re guys we’ll wear them with holes in them :P)

Photo Calendar [Link:  Snapfish by HP http://bit.ly/8WWyLH ]
Remember the times that were, and the times that will be with a great photo calendar that can go on the wall of an office or at home

Family Photography Session with Suzanne Cohen [Link: http://suzannecohenphotography.com ]
Someone will always be behind the camera and miss out on those amazing family shoots, book a session for the family and capture amazing moments in time because these kids dont stay small long.

The Dapper Dad’s watch Skagen Men’s 331XLSL1 [Link: http://amzn.to/9fHI8Z ] or Skagen Men’s 809XLTTM [Link: http://amzn.to/9S1hVJ ]
While you can get an omega or rolex sometimes you want a watch thats screams style but doesnt cost an arm and a leg.  I consider this a great family time watch as who knows the pitfalls that might happen while tending to the kids.

Donate in their honor [Link: JDRF http://bit.ly/9Cb3K1 ]
Sometimes its better to keep giving then it is to receive, while its the thought that counts putting that together with charity is double nice points!

The longest its ever been – 7 days its a killer

The title might have you thinking that this post might be about something else but its really about the testament about being away from home at seven days.  To some that seems like just a moment for me it was like pulling away my oxygen.  My wife is my counter balance and my son is my world being away for such a long period was sooo incredibility hard.

Of course I stayed in touch over phone, text, email, and one time was able to get facetime up and running over a Sprint MiFi *dear at&t please let facetime over 3g!* but it was not being there watching my son change that kills me.  I know many don’t believe how much a 25 month old can change in the course of the week but change has come.  My son has new words, new phrases, is a much better dancer (lol).

I arriaved home after he was asleep so I really didnt get to see him till the following morning when I was awaken by “Da Da?!  DA DA!!!!!” ohhhh it was sooo great – followed by a little baby hug. It made my day, then having to go to work and leave him again was tough and being at work was slightly more then distracting. Some of it because I might have had 3-4 hours of sleep, some of it because I was thinking of hanging out with my son again.

Why I was gone seven long days is all work, its social media where I spent 4 days at BlogWorld Expo and another 3 days before that at the ABCKids Expo.  Both events were great and you’ll see the effects of attending both events in the near future.  The key to the success of this time away, was my mother in law… because without her coming to NYC I’m pretty sure there wouldnt be another dadarocks post as my wife would had killed me.

Of course I can highlight all the amazing people I met – or all the session I attended – or the old friends that I got a chance to catch up with… its times like those that I really appreciate my wife for going above the call of duty and let me do something like that.

I look forward to catching up some sleep and getting some more time with my son over the next few days.

Whats the longest you’ve been away from home? What did you miss?

NYC Weekend Roundup: Oct 1st – Oct 3rd

In the city that never sleeps – these kids might never get a nap…

Here are a few of the highlights of the weekend…

Oct 1st – Meet and Greet with Yo Gabba Gabba Cast at Best Buy Union Square

You need to be there at 9am to buy the volume 2 CD  First 200 get a bracelet for a 4pm meet and greet with the cast. Details are a little iffy but thats what I got from Best Buy and Yo Gabba Gabba sites.

Oct 2nd – Dag Hammarskjold Plaza hosts its 7th Annual Oktoberfest and Children’s Jamboree TIME: 1-4PM WHERE: its 47th street and 1st ave.

iOct 2nd & 3rd – Yo Gabba Gabba Party in my city stops by Radio City music hall. There is also Boo at the Zoo where the Bronx Zoo is ready for some spooky fun.

Oct 3rd – Laurie Berkner has a concert in the city TIME: 11am & 3pm WHERE: The Town Hall 43rd St @ 6th Ave & Broadway. LEGO will be celebrating ‘Play’ in Central Park with Ultimate Block Party TIME: 11am to 5pm WHERE: At the Naumburg Bandshell in NY’s Central Park (enter at 72nd St & 5th Ave) WHY: To ensure that all children are provided with competitive skills for the 21st century global world and to build a public groundswell about the value of play for fostering lifelong learning. WHAT is it?: Families can build and contribute their own original designs to our LEGO imagination construction zone. They will choose from 250,000 loose green bricks to construct a model for a creative landscape designed and built by Ultimate Block Party attendees.

I’m a busy beaver this weekend…