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Every time a baby is born, a dad is born… #ThanksBaby

I have partnered with Life of Dad and Pampers for this promotion.

When a baby is born, a dad is born. This Father’s Day, Pampers celebrates that incredible feeling little ones bring to the hearts of dads through unconditional love.

I think I’m a pretty good dad… I try to gut check things but while there are books written on being a dad, its still all gut. Without Suzanne in my corner, I’m really not sure I’d be half the dad I am today without her loving support.  First Suzanne gave me the best gift in the world of be coming a dad… Here are the first shots from the hospital bed of Marc being held by Suzanne after he was born.

I wasnt always a comfortable in those first few weeks… I’m not sure many first time dads are comfortable. I remember the bris, first I was a nervous wreck… dozens of friends and family members in a room celebrating the birth of my son and well the actions that are done during a bris. Suzanne was nervous (maybe the only one more so than me)… but she was a champ… me on the other hand I didnt have a clue… I got to take the first photo of four generations, my son, my father, and my grandfather in a photo.  Since this photo was taken my grandfather has passed on, but thankfully he was able to see me grow into the man I am today… see his 3 great grandchildren and know that Marc got to know him.

Fatherhood is a journey… hopefully you grow and learn things about yourself, about the world around you, maybe when it comes time for homework maybe a new trick or two (if you have any for common core – I’m all ears)….

On this father’s day remember… we all were nervous, we all made mistakes, we all have stuff to deal with… but on this one day of the year hopefully you can block some of that out and just enjoy being a dad. Cause the time really does fly… in a blink of a year its almost been 9 years.

 

Pampers has released a new #ThanksBaby video that captures the amazing relationship that is created between a dad and his baby when a baby is born and the beautiful journey of fatherhood begins.

Pampers honors dads for just being dads and thanks them for all the amazing things, big and small, they do to help little ones have a better, loving, more fulfilling life.

Please join us by tweeting why you are most thankful for baby with the hashtag #ThanksBaby.

For more than 50 years, moms and dads have trusted Pampers to care for their babies’ happy, healthy development. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage.

Visit www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.

Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad  and Pampers for this promotion.

GameStop Father’s day gift guide 2017

With Father’s day quickly approaching I know there are a bunch of people trying to figure out what to get dad… so here’s a round up of gifts from GameStop that almost any gamer or comic book loving dad would enjoy.

Father’s Day interview with Christopher Gavigan co-founder of The Honest Company

At The Honest Company’s summer 2016 product launch we spoke with co-founder and Chief Product Officer Christoper Gavigan.  Christopher is a dad of 4, lives out in California and has dedicated the last 10 years of his life to making this earth a better place.

Christopher is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World (a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks), and an author of a best-selling book.

Father’s Day shopping at BJ’s for Dove Men + Care items #DoveMenDads

BJ_DMC_FathersDay_Social_01_060316You know by now I love Dove Men+Care, so when Mirum Shopper sponsored me to talk about shopping at BJ’s for Father’s Day and their great selection of Dove Men+Care it was easy to say yes and give you 100% my own opinions.

First start shopping at BJ’s it has saved me a TON of money.  You get way more for your dollar at that store then traditional supermarkets. To help with you shopping at BJ’s on the dadarocks facebook page I’m giving away a 1 year membership to BJ’s wholesale club!

Now we all know that most Dads are heroes to their children and Dove Men+Care did it again by making the perfect Father’s Day commercial celebrating that fact.

DoveMenCare-fathersdayThis year care for the Hero In Dad this Father’s Day by giving him Dove Men + Care items from BJ’s Wholesale Clubhouse by giving dad something new to try… Dove Men + Care is made to help him look and feel his best.  My quick tip: Use the Dove Men+Care after shave balm its life altering, if you’ve never tried it before.

Find a BJ’s Wholesale near you by using their location tool. You can click here to see the great selection of Dove Men+Care products that BJ’s carry.

Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. Rules for the giveaway

 

The best tech gifts from Logitech for Father’s Day 2016 #LogiSmiles

For those Dads that love Technology, I’ve got some amazing picks from Logitech that you might want to grab for that special husband or father in your life. Not to be out done my friends over at Logitech want to see someone win all four of these prizes! (skip to the bottom to see how to enter to win!)

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Logitech Harmony Elite  [amazon]
If Dad loves the latest connected home gadgets, get him the one device that works with everything in the living room and beyond – the Logitech Harmony Elite ($349.99). With a large 2.4” touchscreen for simple tap and point gesture commands, Dad can control his entertainment system and any compatible home automation device, from Philips Hue lights to Lutron shades, with one sleek remote. With the optional Harmony Smartphone App, he can even turn his smartphone into a personal universal remote. Furthermore, he can create customized Harmony Activities to fit his lifestyle, so his “Good Morning” setting could automatically turn on the light next to his side of the bed, open the shades in the living room, turn on the morning news on mute and start the coffee pot, all without waking the family.

919GC-5CXxL._SL1500_Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse  [amazon]
With hand-sculpted comfort contour, the perfectly sculpted, hand crafted shape* of this comfort mouse supports your hand and wrist in a comfortable, natural position. Experience fine-motion control and fluid experience with well-positioned buttons and wheels. Featuring a speed-adaptive scroll wheel, scroll through long documents or web pages faster and easier. The precision wheel auto-shifts from click-to-click to hyper-fast scroll. And the unique thumb wheel, let’s you experience side-to-side scrolling with a stroke of your thumb.

91IzReQbtrL._SL1500_Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Surround Sound Gaming Headset   [amazon]
Patent pending advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the audiophile-like performance gaming fans have been demanding. From your favorite music to expansive game soundtracks, the Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones. Experience incredible 7.1 surround sound with Dolbyreg; or DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound,* creating lifelike in-game special awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around or special ability cues.

91gQ5c-nICL._SL1500_Logitech ZeroTouch   [amazon]
ZeroTouch is a smart car phone holder with voice-command app that gives you the best features of a connected car. After installing the app, just snap your Android phone to the universal magnetic car phone holder and speak freely so you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Place calls easily with voice-activated calling, voice to text, reply to incoming messages, control music, navigate or share your location — all without ever touching your phone.

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. June 15th, 2016.

You must comment telling us who you’d want to win all these prizes for and why they’re an awesome dad? please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email)

  • You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information: #LogiSmiles @logitech @dadarocks http://dad.am/25WaBAk — and you must also leave comment on this blog with the link to your tweet.

    Example: I want to win all the tech gifts for #fathersday from @logitech #LogiSmiles from @dadarocks  – http://dad.am/25WaBAk

  • You get 1 extra entry for following @DadaRocks on twitter –twitter.com/dadarocks you must comment back here that you’re now following
  • You get 1 extra entry for becoming a Fan on facebook –facebook.com/dadarocks you must comment back here that you’re a fan (and leave a little note on the wall)

You will have 6 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

Disclosure: Contest limited to USA. Must be 18+ years old to enter to win.

Cool things to get to give as Fathers Day gifts

We’re over the tie by this point, right? World’s best dad mug but you only need one… so what else is there, try these gift ideas on for size.

unnamedNew sneakers from New Balance’s newest addition to the Vazee collection. The Vazee Prism running shoe was engineered for those always in beta and constantly pushing to be better. Featuring a medial post for extra stability when you need it the most, the Vazee Prism was designed optimal speed and the superior support required for all the miles you have planned.

nanotex-sheetsNew bed sheets that help cool off, Nanotex sheets use  Coolest Comfort and Wrinkle Defense technology help you stay dry and comfortable all night long, while keeping smooth and strong. Their advanced moisture wicking system pulls moisture away from your skin and keeps you dry, helping balance your body temperature. These life-changing sheets are available at retail stores such as Wal-Mart and Cabela’s and in multiple colors (Coffee, Cream, Mocha, Aqua, Ivory and Taupe).

unnamedNeed help locating your car when you park in that giant mall parking lot? how about getting an actual charge from your car charger well then the ZUS Car Finder and Smart Car Charger is the solution for you. The ZUS chargers 2x faster then typical car chargers it split plug design give you two USB ports to plug 2 different devices into.  Plus remember when I said if you needed help finding your car… ZUS saves your car’s location automatically. To find your car, open the ZUS app and be guided back to your car.

tile-on-key-chain_centerIf you cant find your car then most likely I’m betting you’re always loosing your keys. Tile is the solution for that problem. This little square that you sync to your phone can be found within 30 feet with the simple touch of a button on your app.  Plus if you miss place your phone you can tap the tile and it’ll ring your phone (if the app is open in the backround). They sell them in different counts cause it doesnt just have to be keys a little tape or glue and you can stick it to a remote control or place one in a wallet maybe even hide one in your kids favorite stuffed animal 🙂 For more info on Tile check out their website or purchase from amazon.

61uaiTkIRSL._SL1000_If you’re an Amazon fan and have a Amazon Prime account then you need the Amazon Echo, not only can it play music off of the amazon music access that you get from being a prime member you can also ask alexa for the weather, to add diapers to your cart – while say youre in the middle of changing the last diaper, plus dozens of other cool commands. I was recently gifted one from my friends at Huggies and its pretty awesome. The Amazon Echo comes in 3 different sizes the original amazon echo, the echo dot, and a portable version called amazon tap.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY from WWE Diva Natalya!

WWE Diva Natalya and father Jim “The Anvil” NeidhartMost people know that I have followed in my dad’s footsteps professionally, carrying on the Hart family legacy in WWE. However, what people don’t know, is how much I’ve followed his example outside of the ring. It’s easy for people to think that because of my last name, I was handed my position as a WWE Diva.  The truth is, I struggled a lot to make it to the WWE.  I am grateful for those doors being slammed in my face. I kept going, following my heartbeat, my pulse, and what made me excited to wake up every morning, my love for wrestling. I didn’t realize it at the time, but all of the tiny wars and setbacks would make me stronger than I could ever imagine. My dad reminded me that I would become more skilled learning how to “drive” on that winding road, than on that straight, “perfect” road. So I kept going. I persevered through years of being rejected, trying to make it to WWE. It is true, I am my father’s daughter. Our professions may be the same, but I’ve learned much more about life from my father than I could ever learn about wrestling. Growing up, my father instilled in me several key values that have made me the person I am today. Most importantly, hard work and determination pay off, family will always come first and having fun is more important than winning. After all, in the end, it’s the fun stuff in life that we want to remember!

My father always had goals. Before he came to WWE, he was a world class shot-putter. He went to UCLA on a full scholarship. He played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders. Then, he went on to become a multiple-time WWE Tag Team Champion.  My dad was always working toward something. He had this incredible discipline inside of him. When he put his mind to it, there was nothing he couldn’t do. He showed me that if you never stop setting small goals, big dreams come true as long as you have enough determination and motivation to not give up. He taught me that just because someone tells you can’t do something or a door closes, doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel. That’s when you grab the towel and hit the ground running!  Each set back and each obstacle is a learning experience that provides the knowledge you need to achieve your goal on the next try. My dad showed me that it’s ok to fall down,  because when you get back up, you’ll be strong like an ANVIL.

I’m also incredibly grateful that my father showed me what unconditional love looks and feels like. He has lived through major triumphs and some difficult pitfalls. Through it all, he never forgot the importance of family. My father has always believed that family is EVERYTHING. Winning the Divas Championship was a wonderful feeling and getting to be in the ring during WrestleMania is indescribable. However, I came to the realization a long time ago, that for me, if I don’t build relationships with people that share in my joy and help carry me when I stumble, my accomplishments won’t mean anything. Every time my dad watches me wrestle & cheers me on, I feel like I’m the champion of the world.

Finally, my father taught me the importance of having fun… F-U-N! My father is my biggest supporter, and he is always there to remind me to smile, pause and enjoy the moment. I can still hear his words ringing loudly before I walk out for every match: “Don’t forget to look out at the crowd and connect with them. They believe in you the same way that I do.”  Being a WWE Diva is hard work, there’s no doubt about that. There are long hours, lots of traveling and intense training. However, I wouldn’t trade it for the world because I really love what I do. My father reminds me to this day how lucky I am that my passion is wrestling because I never have to work a day in my life.” (Insert ANVIL laugh while pulling his goatee!) For that reason, I never gave up on my dream, and now I get to live it every day. My dad pushed me to keep going because he knew I loved this. He knew how much fun it was for me. My happiness made him happy.

Recently, I moved to a new house. I hired movers, thinking I would just sit back and let them take care of everything. I hate moving! My cats hate moving. My goldfish hates moving (Ok, I don’t have a goldfish, but you get it!).  Instead, my father insisted on coming to oversee the move. He took such pride in taking the reins and making sure everything went smoothly. What is normally an exhausting and stressful event turned out to be one of the best days I’ve ever had with my dad. I also schemed up a plan with my dad to break a plastic lion head my mom bought me at a garage sale. I secretly thought it was absolutely hideous. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I did not want it hanging front and center in my living room. Who else could I turn to? Of course, I asked my dad for his assistance! I told him to pretend he tripped over the sprinkler outside and “accidentally” broke this horrendous plastic piece that was truly uglier than any garden gnome I’ve ever seen. Without fail, my dad happily body-slammed this plastic hunk of junk onto my driveway, risking my mom yelling at him if she had caught him. Imagine what the neighbors were thinking!?  My dad did it for me! Mission accomplished! He broke that plastic lion head and my mom’s feelings were spared! Now that is LOVE.  During the move, we worked hard, we laughed, and when he couldn’t quite get the giant couch out the door by himself, I got the other end and we moved it together.

My father has taught me about love, perseverance, reflection, and how to throw a great punch! I am so proud of my dad. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. I’m still working on growing my Anvil style goatee so I can be just like him 🙂

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!  And Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!

The 2015 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Samsung NX500Samsung NX500 Mirrorless Camera
The NX500 is defined by its advanced 28.2MP APS-C, BSI CMOS Sensor. Delivering up to 9 frames per second bursting with sharp detail and intense colors. The large sensor is ideal for creating detailed images and stunning 4k/UHD video.

Philips ShoqBox Mini
This rugged and water resistant portable wireless speaker can go wherever you want to go, in and out, up and down, rain and shine. It sounds as powerful as it is tough.

TabloTV
Tablo is a 2-Tuner Over-The-Air (OTA) DVR for Cord-Cutters using HDTV antennas to access broadcast TV signals. All Tablo units include dual band Wi-Fi enabling Tablo and the antenna to be placed in an optimal location for OTA reception. Browse, record and stream up to two simultaneous live or recorded HDTV programs on your iPad, Android tablet, laptop, smartphone, or your big screen TV using Roku, Chrome cast or Apple TV.

 

Roku 3 (2015 model)
Roku 3 is the fastest, most powerful Roku player. Enjoy more than 2,000 streaming channels offering access to 250,000+ movies and TV episodes, plus games, music, sports, and more

Plantronics Marque 2 (bluetooth headset)
Plantronics Marque 2 M165 Bluetooth headset is the perfect companion for smartphones, with universal-fit conformable gel eartips, a DeepSleep power-saving mode and dual microphones that reduce background and wind noise for crisp, clear call quality. Listen to music or stream audio and Internet radio, manage your calls without pressing buttons – just say “Answer” or “Ignore”.

Plantronics BackBeat PRO (noise canceling headphones)
Wireless, active noise canceling headphones + mic. Music makes any moment more personal.Every day, we stream our digital music to create a personal soundtrack while at home, work, running errands, and even while traveling.

Bose SoundSport (in-ear headphones)
SoundSport In-Ear Headphones energize your workout with full, balanced sound that conventional sports earbuds can’t match. And because they’re sweat-resistant and have proprietary StayHear tips, they survive and stay comfortably in place during vigorous exercises.

Izzi Gadgets (amazing iPhone cases for the Photographer)
You get five pro-grade interchangeable lenses with the twist of the rotating carousel, and your phone is safe from any bending. Life is better REMIXed.

WakaWaka solar powered charger (with a buy one give one twist)
The WakaWaka Power+ (WWP+) is the new version of the highly acclaimed, durable, lightweight and compact solar charger that is capable of charging virtually any type of smartphone or small electronic device within just a few hours and providing up to 150 hours of safe, sustainable light. Chargeable by the sun via a built-in high-efficiency solar panel and patented Intimation Sun Boost Chip, or through a standard wall outlet.

Ventev Powercell
This combination wall charger and backup battery is the ideal travel charger. The Ventev power cell 6000+ is a dual output, 6000mAh portable charger which has integrated folding AC prongs. No need to carry a wall charger for your backup battery. Charge your phone and tablet while plugged into the wall or with the power stored in the onboard battery. The battery delivers 25 hours of talk, 18 hours of internet, 20 hours of video use, plus 100 hours of audio playback.

Apple iPhone 6 / Samsung S6 Edge  / HTC One M9
Every year or two its time to get a new device sometimes we’re the last to get an upgrade ourselves… so check out these 3 options for new mobile phones.

Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home Remote
One remote to rule them all… Powerful home entertainment and automation control: One remote easily controls entertainment devices along with connected lights, locks, thermostats, blinds, sensors, and more

Western Digital My Passport X
My Passport X from WD expands your Xbox One or PC gaming experience. Connect this portable and powerful drive to immediately add storage capacity to your console. My Passport X is performance-tweaked to meet the desires of serious gamers.

D-Link  AC3200 ULTRA Performance Wi-Fi Router
You’re connecting more devices than ever to your home network. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, phones, Smart TVs, game consoles and more – all at the same time. That’s why we created the new AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router. With Tri-Band Technology and speeds up to 3.2GGbps, it delivers the necessary ultra-performance to power even the most demanding connected homes.

The Selfie Stick
This selfie stick is heads above others – it collapsable head makes it fold up into next to nothing… while there are bluetooth versions out there and they look so slick. Take it from an owner – stick to the cabled one… no pairing the extra 4 seconds to plug the wire into the headphone port wont make you miss the moment unlike pairing with bluetooth.