Spring gift ideas from Tiny Love

Spring gift ideas from Tiny Love

Personally I feel like spring time is when you start to do all new and exciting things outside – especially if you’ve been cooped up … so today we’re talking some great gifting ideas for taking outside to play with baby this spring.

Into the Forest Musical Nature Stroll [amazon]
This sunny on-the-go flexible arch features 6 different baby-activated toys that encourage the development of fine motor skills and is compatible with baby’s age and preferences.

Meadow Days Thomas Jitter [amazon]
Thomas, an all-smiles inquisitive bunny, is a charming on-the-go clip toy with jittery feedback that stimulates the senses and helps develop fine motor skills.

Meadow Day Dynamic Gymini [amazon]
A uniquely versatile baby activity mat with adjustable moving arches that adapt to baby’s age and stage, encouraging the development of fine and gross motor skills from day one.

We’re giving away a prize pack from Tiny Love that includes The Meadow Days Dynamic Gymini and the Thomas Jitter.

How to win it:  Leave a comment with which animal you think the cutest is…

Contest ends 11:59 pm EST on May 16, 2018. Limited to US residents only. Must be over the age of 18 to enter. Winner chosen at random.

Creating paper Memories for mom #HowLifeUnfolds

Creating paper Memories for mom #HowLifeUnfolds

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching it’s time to think of those last minute gifts to purchase (we have plenty more to say on that) but it’s also time to start thinking about the card. Rather than buying a card, why not make something from the heart. So I’ve partnered with the Paper & Packaging- How Life Unfolds campaign to share some creative ideas on how you can make your own cards and gifts for mom.

As you can see below, my girls are making mom some one-of-a-kind cards using colorful construction paper. Another simple project I love is taking colored sticky notes and having my kids write little personal notes to mom. Then they can stick them around the house and mom will find little surprise notes throughout the day.

This is a really, really beyond simple project, but it teaches the kids to remember all the small things that mom does for them. Like “Thanks for making my lunches”…. “Thanks for reading me my bed time stories”…. “Thanks for picking out my school outfits”…. “I love singing songs in the car with you”…   think of it as little notes of appreciation.

Plus we’re giving away 1 – $150 Amazon giftcard to make sure a mom has an extra special day thanks to #HowLifeUnfolds

But first the step-by-step guide.

  • We’re using this great paper set we found at staples or amazon.
  • Have the children take a sheet of paper and you can do a daily note (365 of them – if you go with this option if you write the month and a day in a corner it could become a pull calendar too) a weekly note (52) of them or just keep filling out notes till you feel like that’s enough.  
  • Place notes back into plastic and gift wrap it up.


How to win it:  Leave a comment with one saying you’d like to write on a note to mom.

Contest ends 11:59 pm EST on May 12, 2018. Limited to US residents only. Must be over the age of 18 to enter. Winners chosen at random.


Time to start… PLAYING WITH FIRE by The Chew co-host and celebrated Iron Chef Michael Symon

Time to start… PLAYING WITH FIRE by The Chew co-host and celebrated Iron Chef Michael Symon

As we finally had our first taste of spring this weekend it means that its time to start prepping the BBQ grills for those family cookouts.  My wife watches The Chew daily (sometimes even cooks a thing or two from the show) when I heard that Michael Symon (one of The Chew co-hosts) had a new book out called “Playing With Fire” I just had to check this out.

The 72 finger-licking, lip-smacking recipes here draw inspiration from his favorites, including dry ribs from Memphis, wet ribs from Nashville, brisket from Texas, pork steak from St. Louis, and burnt ends from Kansas City–to name just a few–as well as the unique and now signature Cleveland-style barbecue he developed to showcase the flavors of his hometown. Michael offers expert guidance on working with different styles of grills and smokers, choosing aromatic woods for smoking, cooking various cuts of meat, and successfully pairing proteins with rubs, sauces, and sides.

Clarkson Potter sent me a copy of Playing With Fire AND they’re providing a prize pack for one of you! The Grillmaster prize pack includes:

Michael Symon cooks with soul, having grown up in a Greek and Sicilian family. The Cleveland native shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh with viewers as an Iron Chef on Food Network and as a co-host on ABC’s The Chew. Michael is the chef and owner of more than 18 restaurants, including Lola and Mabel’s BBQ in downtown Cleveland, locals of B-Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, and Angeline at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. He is also the author of five cookbooks.

How to win it:  Leave a comment with your favorite food to grill!

Contest ends 11:59pm EST on April 21st, 2018. Limited to USA residents only. Must be over the age of 18 to enter.


Enter to win a Star Wars Easter basket!

Enter to win a Star Wars Easter basket!

In honor of the release of Star Wars Lego Freemaker Adventures Season 2 on DVD [amazon].

This is an incredible Easter Basket featuring the following items…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-ray
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures: Season 2 DVD 
  • Porg mug  [link]
  • Blue lightsaber [link]
  • Rebel Alliance pin [link]
  • Chewbacca 4” wind-up toy [link]
  • Star Wars Easter Egg decorating kit  [link]
  • Yoda plush pet toy (sizes may vary) [link]
  • BB-8 Plush [link]
  • R2D2 bean bag plush [link]

How to win it:  Leave a comment with the name of your (or your child’s) favorite Star Wars character.

Contest ends 11:59pm EST on March 21st, 2018. Limited to USA residents only. Must be over the age of 18 to enter.

Have you been watching Star Wars Lego Freemaker Adventures?

“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures,” the animated television series on Disney XD, is set between Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and stars three siblings who scour the galaxy for useful debris that they use to build new vehicles of their own design. Rowan Freemaker is a spunky Force-sensitive 12-and-a-half-year-old with a thirst for adventure; his quick-witted older sister, Kordi, manages the family business and is the glue that holds the family together; ace pilot and charming rogue, Zander, is the oldest brother and the family’s self-proclaimed starship connoisseur; and R0-GR is their refurbished battle droid from the Clone Wars. When Rowan has visions of an ancient and powerful Jedi starship called The Arrowhead, he and his family set out on an epic quest to rebuild it so they can turn the tide of battle for the Rebellion. Together, they explore new worlds, meet new characters and Star Wars icons, and have unforgettable adventures.

In season two of “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures,” the three Freemaker siblings—Rowan, Kordi and Zander—have found a new home with the Rebel fleet. But working with the Rebels in their fight to bring down the Empire brings them face to face with brutal Imperial forces, desperate Hutts, conniving Sith Lords and the Emperor’s latest plaything, M-OC.

AmpliFi Mesh Wi-Fi is going to the dark side…

AmpliFi Mesh Wi-Fi is going to the dark side…

In honor of Star Wars Day on May the 4th, Ubiquiti Labs is announced a new limited edition black AmpliFi HD Mesh Router fit for the “dark side.”

Now I’ve been using an AmpliFi router for the better part of 4 months… its actually life changing.  Living in NYC there is a TON of wifi signals and AmpliFi’s mesh network has allowed me to have full wifi with incredible through put anywhere in my apartment.

One of the most incredible things is seeing the speed I’m getting over my wifi from my Verizon FiOS gigabit connection.  I’m seeing well over 200+ megs on an iphone 7.   Thats why I love the front display showing the speed test for the line your connected too. Plus the Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi System Delivers Up to 5.25 Gbps Aggregate Speed.

One of the best features of AmpliFi HD family is the ability to scale the number of access points to cover an incredible amount of square footage and multiple levels of a home.

Lets boil it down… AmpliFi HD is designed to offer simple, elegant solutions to support smart home capabilities. It delivers fast internet bandwidth throughout the entire home even when supporting multiple devices at the same time. The AmpliFi HD family includes the AmpliFi HD Mesh System [amazon] (MSRP $349.99), standalone AmpliFi HD Router [amazon] (MSRP $149.99) and standalone AmpliFi HD MeshPoint [amazon] (MSRP $129.99). The AmpliFi HD family features unlimited scalability and is fully customizable for any home no matter the square footage.

The new limited edition black AmpliFi HD Mesh Router is now available to consumers first on AmpliFi.com!

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. May 10th, 2017.

You must comment telling us one feature of AmpliFi that you love? 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: @AmpliFiHome  @dadarocks http://dad.am/2pdXiIJ — and you must also leave comment on this blog with the link to your tweet.

Example: I want to win the @AmpliFiHome Dark Side HD Mesh Router from  @dadarocks http://dad.am/2pdXiIJ

  • 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 saying hi)
  • You get 1 extra entry for following @AmpliFiHome on twitter –twitter.com/AmpliFiHome  you must comment back here that you’re now following

You will have 12 hours to reply before we pick another winner!

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