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Netflix in July: Castlevania! Friends From College! Rogue One! Castlevania!!
3 mins ago

Netflix in July: Castlevania! Friends From College! Rogue One! Castlevania!!

(Disclosure: I’m partnered with Netflix as a #StreamTeam member. I was not directly compensated for this article. All words, thoughts and crippling nostalgia are mine.)

Every month, the Netflix life cycle evolves and we get some new content while saying goodbye to some old content. In July, we say goodbye to some old favorites (so watch them NOW before they’re gone) but say hello to some new, sexy content.

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The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube Teaches Kids the Science of Sound
1 month ago

The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube Teaches Kids the Science of Sound

(DISCLOSURE: I’ve partnered with BOSEbuild and Life of Dad for this article. I was compensated and provided product, but opinions, words, photos and video are all my own.)

I can’t imagine my life without music. I bring speakers everywhere. I keep one in my bag as part of my everyday carry. I have a speaker I keep in the kitchen for when I’m doing dishes. I even have a speaker I bring outside for when I’m grilling. And I connect to these speakers wherever and whenever I want to make music of my own – through apps or with gadgets. My son loves music too – he goes to bed listening to a streaming station and we’ll oftentimes choose a station while doing homework together.

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How Excited Am I to NOT Share Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix With My Kid?
4 months ago

How Excited Am I to NOT Share Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix With My Kid?

Disclosure: I’m part of Netflix’s Stream Team. All views are mine. I wasn’t paid for this post.

That being said: Iron Fist! Hype!

If you’ve had a conversation with me about Marvel in the last two years (and you totally have), you know that I’m all about the Marvel shows on Netflix. It’s Marvel stuff that appeals to me as an adult – in lieu of the family-friendly, big screen, in-your-face superhero PEW PEW fights and cake mix dialogue, the Netflix shows have a lot more time and space to create human drama. And because they’re on Netflix, they can have adult language and violence that wouldn’t pass on regular television. You’d be surprised how much more engaging a superhero show is for me when someone drops an f-bomb or gets their arm broken in two places.

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Lovely Beards, Why You Should Grow A Beard Right Now
5 months ago

Lovely Beards, Why You Should Grow A Beard Right Now

New year, new you, new face. Since Movember is long gone, it’s time to turn that “mo” into a monster beard. Much like a fine wine, beards never go out of style. Sure, hipsters had a good run, but there is no better time than the present to grow your facial hair and let everyone know that you’re an animal. I’ve had my beard for over two years and have used many products to keep my beard soft and in check with a variety of waxes and balms. My kids dig it and luckily my wife loves it. So when you are looking for help in growing your facial hair, check out the natural beard balm from Lovely Beards.

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Z-Ro, the Last Game Counselor, with Tips & Tricks for the NES Classic Edition
7 months ago

Z-Ro, the Last Game Counselor, with Tips & Tricks for the NES Classic Edition

(Disclosure: I’m a Nintendo Ambassador and they sent me an NES Classic Edition to play with. Boom!)

Sup, nerds. It’s been great walking among the people, but the truth is that for years, I’ve been hiding my true identity, and I think it’s finally time you know it.

The truth is, I’m Z-Ro, the last Nintendo Game Counselor. Born in the 80s, honed by playing with power until I bled pixels. By the time the Nintendo Power Line faded away, I had gone into hiding with nothing but an NES and a dream that one day I may use my power again. That day, friends, is today.

There can only be one, baby, and I’m it! Cowabunga!

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What Playskool Doesn’t Tell You About Their Super Hero Toys
2 years ago

What Playskool Doesn’t Tell You About Their Super Hero Toys

There’s a unique generational thing going on right now – the stuff that we enjoyed as kids is all cool again. I can’t think of many toys I had as a kid in the 1980s that represented brands and characters that my parents also loved as kids. The opposite is true for my son and I now – I can’t think of many brands and characters that my son and I don’t love together. This means that toy companies like Playskool are making toys for my son…but deviously so, they appeal to me too.

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Swiffer Brand Continues Focus on Dads with ‘Swiffer Dad’ Campaign
2 years ago

Swiffer Brand Continues Focus on Dads with ‘Swiffer Dad’ Campaign

Hey, up front: this is a sponsored post. Though we’re going to talk about some typical 8BitDad dad commercial stuff, I’m letting you know that I was compensated by the Swiffer folks with money and product to talk about their #SwifferDad campaign. Opinions, as always, are all mine.

You know the Swiffer commercials: a green box shows up on someone’s front porch, and suddenly the family enjoys cleaning. But what you might not have noticed is that Swiffer commercials have been really kind to fathers.

With the new “Swiffer Dad” campaign (HASHTAG!), P&G really put their money behind dads, even enlisting some dad bloggers for their commercials. Seem legit, right?

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Being a Healthy Dad is Difficult, But Important
3 years ago

Being a Healthy Dad is Difficult, But Important

One of the most terrifying things about growing up is balancing health. And becoming a dad, you are all of the sudden in charge of another person’s life: your child’s. So while worrying about your kid’s health, it’s natural to kind of forget about your own.

And that’s what’s terrifying me about getting older. I’ve hit the age where my friends and I have more frequent conversations about whose mother or father had died, or which of my graduating class (1998!) was the first to have a heart attack. I’ve got an incredible group of friends, online and off – and it terrifies me when I more frequently hear about them “hitting that age” where health is starting to catch up with them. I wonder when it’ll catch up with me.

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