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Breakfast Bonding Reminds Me It’s #TheLittleThings That Matter Most

Editor’s Note: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Entenmann’s® Little Bites® for this campaign, but the story and thoughts are my own.

I want to share my typical mornings with you.

I’m the one always dealing with morning rush to get out of the house and get the kids to school… so I have just a few moments to think about getting a breakfast together, but typically my son doesn’t want more than a snack. Therefore, I’m always looking for convenient breakfast snack solutions that’ll work every day. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins pack the perfect portion that will be sure to keep us smiling together, and him awake for class.

These delicious baked muffins are made with real ingredients like blueberries, banana and cocoa, with zero Grams of trans fat and no high fructose corn syrup. Also once in a while they’ll run Seasonal flavors like the new Chocolate Party Cakes, which have been a big hit in my house. I also really LOVE the Strawberry Yogurt ones so much – I was eating them for breakfast on the subway. They were originally part of the Seasonal Favorites line and have been recently introduced to the everyday lineup! There are more than 10 varieties, there’s a flavor to fit every snacking occasion. And for members of the tribe, they’re certified Kosher.

Best part, I can easily grab a pouch or two and toss it into my bag for the kids when we go out for the day. Most varieties are 200 calories or less per pouch, so I can feel good about what we’re eating.

As the school year ends, I think back over the year of 3rd grade that my son just completed. We spent many (and I mean many) mornings talking about what his day had in store for him over those Little Bites muffins. It has become part of our breakfast ritual, I guess. Whether I was eating Little Bites with him, or watching him eat them as I rushed to get dressed, it was these little moments that shape our memories together. From talking about the latest math problems he was learning or some tidbit of New York City history that I either never knew or more than likely forgot. It was those moments getting him out the door and walking to school that I’ll cherish.

Of course when the weekend rolls around my daughter Harper would want to be just like her big brother and eat a pouch or two. I was more than happy to give her some Blueberry Muffins and sit and watch Saturday morning cartoons with her before the rest of the family was up.

Just remember it’s about the little things in life, those little moments we get to create with our kids.

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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.

Love is a Clean Kitchen #HeroClean

One of man’s greatest pet peeves about cleaning is most of the soaps leave you smelling flowery-fresh. Which sometimes is ok, but other times I’d rather just be clean. Enter Hero Clean this new product—that’s made in the USA—is pretty awesome, but the best part … Every bottle sold supports our nation’s veterans.

My wife and I have a “soft” rule about whoever cooks dinner, the other person cleans. I say soft because there is a number of times we order in food and I’m still doing the dishes but I guess its all worth it for the happy wife, happy life aspect. So I do two or three pumps into a sink full of dishes and Hero Clean goes to work. it makes great soapy water and has world class Grease Cutter, No-Scrub Technology for dried on food, has been dermatology tested, and is Bleach and Phosphate Free.

The Hero Clean All-Purpose Cleaner is fragrances with Juniper…. Why Juniper? Well, it’s the flavoring ingredient in Gin. Ahhhh, now you got it.  And the All-Purpose cleaner is really just that it could be used on tile, wood, laminate, pretty much anything.

Ready to Hero Clean your home? 

Hero Clean products are available now in select stores: Ace Hardware, Wegman’s, Runnings, and Target.

Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

A basket full of laundry #HeroClean

A-tisket … A-tasket … all my laundry filled in a basket.  I am actually terrible at remembering nursery rhymes . . .

There are tons of “mens” products out there—I should know, I use many of them, well, because I’m a man. Although, whenever I have to go pickup cleaning supplies—I have a choice between lemon scent or flowers—there really isn’t a good guy smell. That’s where Hero Clean comes into play. This new product—that’s made in the USA—is pretty awesome, but the best part … Every bottle sold supports our nation’s veterans.

My son is now 8.5, and really isn’t that good at doing chores . . . even the simple ones like dirty clothes go in the laundry basket . . . but years ago, I figured a good trick out that I’m now playing with my 4-year-old daughter … it’s the a cross between basketball and laundry basket: stuff and dunk.

It’s just as simple as it sounds … take the laundry, ball it up, and slam it into your laundry basket. Sure, it helps that my kids have laundry baskets that look like basketball hoops, but it’s the idea of the game that really matters.

Now back to that great Hero Clean … it’s pretty new to market but you can already find it at the following stores (but not in all locations): Ace Hardware, Wegman’s, Runnings, and Target.

There is a ton of science that goes behind the first-ever home cleaning line scientifically formulated for guys’ unique sweat, stains, odors and messes. The Laundry Detergent has Odor Defeater in addition to six enzymes for stains, brighter whites and colors, and fabric longevity. What is Odor Defeater? It’s cutting edge Odor Eliminator technology that targets bacteria at its source and prevents its return for fabrics, shoes, gear and more.

Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

 

 

BlueSmart mia makes bottle feeding a dream

bluesmart-mia-logo-600x259If this is your first baby prepping is fairly common but if your on your second or third or fourth child you kind of know the drill of sleepless nights.  The one common thing with newborns is that every doctor asks how much milk is the baby taking in… which usually you just blink at the doctor saying huh what?! I’m barely awake at feedings and now you want me to measure out how much they consume.  Which is always meet by a Yup that would be great.

bluesmart-mia-close-upWell thanks to the smart people who created BlueSmart mia a smart sleeve for baby bottles. Allowing you now to make any bottle a smart bottle… giving you a wealth of knowledge that you can share with the Doctor.

If having a perfect record keeper for all the bottle feedings isnt enough, the BlueSmart mia will alert you to temperature of the milk/formula. You cant imagine how many times a half asleep parent forgot to warm the bottle or worst OVER warmed the bottle.

bluesmart-mia-app-shotJust another wonderful little helper that you wont have to be jumping for pens and paper right after feeding. Really the last thing you need is another thing to try to remember to do at 3:45am.

Lets talk about the key features of BlueSmart mia.

  • Real time monitoring
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Tracking patterns
  • journaling feature that allows you to note important milestones in the app

Since the product just launched you can find the BlueSmart mia on amazon.com and on BlueSmartmia.com.

Knowing How Much to Dose Your Child When It Comes to Medicine

100965_007_chpa_report_v11r19-147x190When I was asked by the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition’s Know Your Dose campaign to write an article on knowing how much medicine to give your child, I of course said yes.  Who hasn’t been there with a sick child that just is eating you up on the inside that there really isn’t anything you could do to help them at the moment.  It’s brutal. Sometimes as parents we say they can just tough it out.  Other times we start to look in the medicine cabinet for what might make them better.  I know more often than not for our first child it was certainly the tough it out, but as we had more children I see we’re quick to grab the medicine.  That’s in large part due to knowing what medicine to use when and the dosing around that medicine.

Some of us may fear accidentally exceeding the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen and creating an overdose issue.  This sometimes happens because many people don’t realize there are over 600 over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications that contain acetaminophen.  Acetaminophen is safe and effective when it is used as directed (even your pharmacists can help give you advice, if they’re your regular and know what medicines your children are taking), but there is a limit on how much you can take in one day.

You can easily check out the Know Your Dose website, which has tips for how to use medicines with acetaminophen safely.  There is a list of all the different medicines with acetaminophen with information on keeping your family safe.

Here are a few easy steps from KnowYourDose:

  • Always read and follow the medication’s label.
  • Know if your medicine contains acetaminophen.
  • Take only one medicine at a time that contains acetaminophen.  Double check, don’t double up!
  • Ask your healthcare provider or a pharmacist if you have questions about dosing instructions or medicines that contain acetaminophen.

Just as an FYI, the US FDA has set a maximum daily dose of 4,000 milligrams of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period, and taking more than directed can lead to liver damage, so really be sure to visit KnowYourDose.org for more information.

Creating New Year resolutions for a healthier eating habits for kids. #chobanikids #ad

img_0880For the last year I’ve been working with Chobani to share my family’s love for their products. With a new year upon us, we as parents will talk about dieting and eating healthier.  Well, maybe this year it shouldn’t just be talk… maybe that means filling it with healthier foods, especially for kids.  It’s so easy to fall into bad snacking habits for kids – I know it’s happens to us from time to time… you’re on the go, it’s cheaper, it’s sometimes easier…. but for the better part of the last year we’ve been eating Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt Tubes… I learned to keep 3 tubes in the freezer at all times, cause as we get up and go we don’t have to worry about keeping them cold – they’ll melt into the perfect Greek Yogurt snack.  Made with creamy lowfat yogurt, real fruit, and with 5g of protein and 25% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt it’s simply a healthier choice.

img_0887When we are home, we give the kids all types of different snacks but the Chobani Kids® Greek Yogurt Pouches are perfect for snacks because you can twist the cap on and off (as we know our little ones have a very short attention span)… so I take a big role in that waste not want not… and since we go through 2 boxes of pouches a week – there shouldn’t be any waste.

Bottom line of why I’m choosing Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt as a snack choice:

  • Less Sugar. Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt Pouches contain 25% less sugar than leading kids’ yogurt*.
  • More Protein. Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt Pouches contain 2x protein than leading kids’ yogurt*.
  • Only Natural ingredients. Chobani Kids and Tots Pouches and Tubes are made with only natural, non-GMO ingredients, with no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.

kids-mixed-berry-tubes Now you might be saying I don’t see the kid pouches but I see Chobani Tots® Pouches.  Which are specifically designed for the littlest eaters in mind, perfect for infants 6 months to 24 months.

Only Natural ingredients. Chobani Tots Pouches are made with only natural, non-GMO ingredients, with no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.

tots-apple-sqpackPositive Nutrition. Chobani Tots Pouches are made with real fruits and vegetables, and contain 12 mg of Omega-3 DHA and come in three delicious flavors: Apple, Banana Pumpkin & Mango Spinach. *Chobani Kids® pouch: 10g sugar, 8g protein (16% DV); leading kids’ yogurt: 14g sugar, 3g protein (6% DV) per 3.5oz serving.

Protect your smart-home with Bitdefender Box

unnamedIt’s that great time of year again when CES show us what we’ll be drooling over in the months ahead… last year I talked about the previous iteration of the Bitdefender Box, which blocks connections to malicious URLs and scans local devices for vulnerabilities.  To me it was a safety net that I needed to have with all the smart devices (cameras, TVs, speakers, etc) but this newer version of the Bitdefender Box 2.0 takes it to another level with deep level packet inspection on network traffic, detect network intrusions and let the administrator to block any new device connecting to the network.

You might be saying – I already have a router – sure but here’s the thing that Smart TV and Fridge you just got arent running anything to protect themselves on the internet waiting for some 12 year old hacker to writer a script and make those items paperweights or worst part of a bot network attacking institutions. Because of poor security that leaves millions of home networks vulnerable to attack, its a pretty solid investment to make in the near future.

2017 will be a huge year for the IoT (internet of things) there will be more then ever connected smart devices that are really smart devices running different operating systems.  I’m betting you’re thinking what whos got one of those… but I’m sure you know a friend with an alexa or an echo the smart devices from Amazon, or an chromecast.  Those are all smart devices that could one day be hackable (I really hope not since I have both them but I still feel a lot safer thanks to having Box).

This year we got a peak at the second-generation Bitdefender BOX. It is now running on a 1.2 GHz, dual-core ARM Cortex A9 SoC, backed with 1GB of RAM. According to Bitdefender, the next generation of its hardware security solution can not only secure your smart home devices, but also your home network. By using machine learning to figure out your average internet traffic habits, the Box 2 will reportedly be able to spot any malicious traffic and put a stop to it. Pre-orders for the Box 2 will open up this summer, and shipments are expected to start by the middle of 2017 in the U.S.