Supercharging My Home With APEX Siding #apexsiding #ad

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As a home owner I work hard to try and keep up my home in great shape. As you look at the outside of my home you might say that there are no problems with it, but as you get closer you see imperfections and small issues that start to compound over the years. Lately, my wife and I have grown concerned about our siding. Our home is not too old, only being 16 years old, but the vinyl siding that we have on the home is completely washed out in color, especially because of the fact that we have a large portion of the home that is facing south and west, so a large portion of the home has really gotten hit hard by the sun. We also have a section of the back of the home that has cracked and has lost a section of the vinyl and it cannot be repaired, and if we replace it, the color cannot be matched.

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Also, in the front of the home, at some point in the past, people used spray paint on a windy day and there are many splatters that will not come off no matter what we try. All of these reasons alone have made us think hard about changing the siding and even changing the color.

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As I considered siding for my own home, I had to do my research, as there was so many options. I mean I could stay with vinyl and have similar issues that we have had in the past, or I could look at other options. This was a similar process to what my wife and I did when we looked into decking materials this summer as well. In starting this research, I knew about concrete board, aluminum and wood, but as I did my research I found out about a new product that intrigued me called APEX which is a fiberglass siding product.  To get more information about this product I checked out website and then called over to a dealer in Southeast Detroit that I was aware of, Performance Fiberglass, in Shelby Township. When I talked to the representative there I was drawn in by his enthusiasm for the product. He talked about the strength and told me to watch the below videos that really show the strength of the product itself.

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In watching these videos I have to say that I loved the idea of being able to have things hitting the siding without concern of it cracking (like the hole I have in the back of my siding now).

I also asked about how well it holds up to the weather. I have a very exposed home and we get high winds and when it rains it really hits the house hard and when it snows, I know that we get a ton of contracting with the current siding that we have. First off, I learned about the water management system that APEX has created (See below).

 

Beyond the strength and the water system, I loved that there were a ton of colors too with this product. You all saw the picture of my house, and you can see that is quite neutral. That being said, J-mom and I have really wanted to add color to this and also possibly widen the size of the overall boards themselves. APEX offers both four inch and seven inch wide boards.

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J-Mom and I loved the Mount Etna color, though as you can see there are a ton of other colors too.  APEX brings forth an acrylic finish that is not something that I saw when comparing the other possible siding options for my family. The only challenge that I know we might have is convincing the neighborhood association to allow us to have a color like this as in our association bylaws we are supposed to have a neutral color. With that in mind, if we could not get this color approved we probably would select clay, earthtone or earl gray. We also loved the wood grain, as we currently have a smooth vinyl and having some grain to the siding would greatly change our style which is what we really want to do.

As we considered APEX versus fiber cement board and vinyl, we quickly wrote off vinyl due to the lack of strength in general and the overall ability to last longer. For us that left fiber cement board and APEX. Why did we whittle it down to these? Well, for us, we based our decision-making on a few factors.  My wife and I were both looking at a product that would give us durability, color and the ability to stand up well to sustained heating and cooling, especially from where I live and how our home is situated. We loved looking at the below graph and even though we did not consider all of the products (due to their availability), we did find that we were most impressed with APEX in regards to the products that we considered.

 

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There were a few other issues that brought us to wanting to select APEX over other options and the below image that I found really solidified this. The one last thing that also is on the below image that was also very cool was that APEX is a “Green” Siding. Of the siding that we looked into we loved that it is sustainable and that it really does not take much to keep this siding looking great. With the fact that the siding fits so snugly together I no longer have to worry as much about bugs or other creatures getting behind the siding as I have had to with our vinyl siding either. All of these facts have been reasons that we have come to the final conclusion that we really want to set aside the money to move toward using this product when we can.

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My wife and I are sold. We have done our research and we love what we see with APEX. I will mention that yes, it is a bit more than what you would spend on vinyl and somewhat comparable to concrete board once it is all installed, but for all of the factors that I mention above we have come to find that the additional expense is definitely worth it and in the end we will end up having a beautiful looking home that will stay looking great and that will safeguard our home for many years to come! On top of this, one additional added bonus that I did not mention was the fact that APEX offers a limited lifetime warranty that covers so much more for the life of your home! I highly encourage all of you to check out APEX for yourself. I do not think you will be disappointed – http://www.apexsiding.com/

One great deal that is happening right now is that Window Pro in Metro Detroit, which is another dealer of APEX, is offering some great deals on any purchase, including APEX.  Currently they are offering $200 off per square plus 12 Months same as cash. Offer ends 12-14-14! Talk about saving money!

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman Blu-Ray #Giveaway #PeabodyInsiders

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About the Movie

Unleash the fun at home with the hilarious comedy-adventure, DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN!  Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future.

Directed by Rob Minkoff (THE LION KING, STUART LITTLE) and from the team behind family favorite franchises THE CROODS and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN is “fun” and “fast moving” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney.

MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is based upon the beloved characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” produced by Jay Ward.

Sit back and go WABAC to experience the ultimate joy ride and loads of laughs when MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN arrives on Digital HD on September 23 and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on October 14.

 

Talent
Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Ellie Kemper, Leslie Mann, Lake Bell, Stanley Tucci, Dennis Haysbert, Mel Brooks, Patrick Warburton, Zach Callison, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky
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Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on October 11, 2014.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

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Even After School Begins Lee Jeans ( @LeeJeans ) Offers Amazing Kids Clothes

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As a parent I am always looking for clothes that are not only well fitting, but also clothes that look stylish and that my kids love. On top of this the clothes also have to be durable, especially when it comes to kids as any parents know how rough kids can be on clothes in general. With that in mind I was excited to be able to have my kids try out some of the clothes from the Lee Jeans kids line. As many of you may know I have tried Lee Jeans before, and personally have been very impressed with the high quality as well as the fit the the Jeans as well as Jean Jackets that I have tried.

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I let my kids decide what they wanted to try out and this made them even more excited as they felt in control of their fashion statement (Yes I am in trouble). The both selected jeans that I approved of (not that there were any on the Lee Jeans sight that I would not have approved of. The only thing that they were disappointed about was that Lee Jeans did not have Jean Jackets for young girls, only boys, men and women. Seeing this, I made a comment to the person that I was working with and she was so receptive to the comment and said that it was a good point and that it would be shared with the company, so maybe things will change in the future, you never know!

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It did not take long for us to receive the Lee Jeans that the kids had ordered, and of course they had to put on a fashion show for me. The girls loved the jeans and they both told me that they fir great too. The next day, both had pulled out their Lee Jeans to wear, so it took no time until they wanted to show off their new jeans to others. For my girls, both loved the frilly jeans that they picked over the more traditional. I guess that they both like making some type of a fashion statement with the clothes that they wear….alas, I do live in a divadom!

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All-in-all I was very impressed with the variety, fit, colors and more of the jeans that my girls were able to try from Lee Jeans. The prices were also reasonable, which is always a consideration when it comes to shopping for clothes for my girls. The durability of the clothes is still to be seen, but if they last as long as the jeans that I have from Lee Jeans, I do not think that there will be a problem, and even my youngest might be able to have some hand-me-downs from her older sister too!

 

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#HeForShe ( @heforshe ) , #Feminism, the #NFL, @EmWatson, Boys & Men, at #DadChat

 

Emma Watson gave a stirring speech at the UN recently (hear it above). She was as poised a young speaker as I’ve ever seen and spoke passionately about the need for gender equality, usually two words I tend to disdain. She made good points. Is the UN the right forum for ANY positive efforts? A good question, but OUR forum is certainly worthy of discussing the underlying issue. NOT about “gender equality” and girls/women, but about what is happening to our boys and men as a result of feminism, and where we parents must work to educate our girls and boys to be the BEST PEOPLE they can be – regardless of what is between their legs! Join us for this provocative dialogue Thursday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET.

 

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This issue has arose, it seems, right on the heels of the ongoing NFL scandal in which many players seem to be thugs (towards women). What is going on? What is happening in the homes of our boys and girls. When the nuclear family is no longer the majority and every permutation of family unit IS the norm, where do our kids get the best adult (role) models? Tough questions. And, we have a #DadChat regular – Noelle Campbell – who brought this topic up and will co-host. She is not a parent (yet), but she cares about our community AND about the future of our girls AND boys!

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Noelle’s auto-biography: To answer your question, no, I wasn’t born on Christmas. I am a writer with wanderlust in spades and a serious addiction to the Caribbean. I currently work a job that pays the bills, but am slowly working towards being location independent with blogging, social media management, and photography. I need to see the world and can’t do that with only two weeks vacation a year. I love hearing people’s stories and what they are passionate about, because it inspires me to keep exploring what that is for me. I dream to leave Minnesota winters behind and live on St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Noelle’s blog and photography

Here are some talking points and questions to share and discuss. Feel free to use any as tweets to invite people to join us this week:

  • Have you heard about #HeForShe & Emma Watson’s speech? What did you think? #DadChat Thursday (or tomorrow, or tonight)
  • What place do think men should have in the feminism/gender equality discussion? #DadChat Thursday (or tomorrow, or tonight)
  • Do you think the gender equality discussion can help men? How? #DadChat Thursday (or tomorrow, or tonight)
  • How good/bad do you think the NFL has handled recent violence issues like Ray Rice? #DadChat Thursday (or tomorrow, or tonight)
  • Do you think feminism/gender equality is hurting our boys/young men? How? #DadChat Thursday (or tomorrow, or tonight)
  • How should we be teaching our kids/young adults about gender equality? #DadChat Thursday (or tomorrow, or tonight)
  • How can the gender equality movement help our boys/young men?#DadChat Thursday (or tomorrow, or tonight)
  • How have you discussed the Ray Rice/NFL issue with your teens/young adults?#DadChat Thursday (or tomorrow, or tonight)
  • Should men be a louder voice in the feminism/gender equality discussion?#DadChat Thursday (or tomorrow, or tonight)
  • What stereotypes about men do you think #HeForShe & gender equality can help?#DadChat Thursday (or tomorrow, or tonight)
  • MEN – Do you feel pigeonholed by feminism/gender equality? Do you want to be a bigger part of the movement, finding common ground?
  • WOMEN –  Do you want men to be a bigger part of gender equality? Do you think woman have hindered men from being a bigger part?
  • Do you think gender equality/feminism has created bad stereotypes of men? i.e. predators, always violent, etc. How should the movement be addressing these stereotypes?

 

 

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends #Giveaway #BerryBestFriends

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It’s friends first for Strawberry Shortcake and her favorite gal pals in Berry Best Friends! When Orange Blossom’s general store overflows with a new line of fruits and veggies, she tries to handle all of the details without any help from others, and, as a result, she’s exhausted! Strawberry is excited to be building a new marketplace, but has a tough time learning how to graciously say, “no, thank you.” Both soon learn that talking about what you need is the berry best thing to do. When the BFFs form a new band called Strawberry and the Sweet Beats, they’re all jazzed to head out on the road…except for Orange, who is afraid to admit that she doesn’t want to leave home. Once she tells her friends how she feels, she’s ready to set out for a rockin’ good time!

DVD Special Features

  • Printable Coloring Page
  • Bonus Digital Copy of Berry Best Friends
  • Bonus Digital Copy of Strawberry Shortcake: The Sweet Dreams Movie (for limited time)

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Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on October 5, 2014.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

 

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Dads in the Limelight ( #limelightdads ) – Mike Armstrong ( @mikedaddyreal ) #dadchat

Dads in the Limelight Series

Our 475th Dad in the Limelight is Mike Armstrong. I want to thank Mike for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.

 

Mike-Armstrong1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
What’s up! First, I just wanted to say that it is real cool to be apart of such a great, long-running series, that’s featured some amazing people!

I’m from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Husband and dad, with a day job at a lumber distribution company.  Recently, in my spare time, I’ve become involved in the world of Dad Bloggers with my blog, daddyrealness.com.  It’s mainly me talking about some of the difficulties I’ve experienced as a parent, with a humorous spin. Well, humorous to me, anyway.

2) Tell me about your family
I’ve been married for five years now to my awesome wife, who’s a school teacher. We have a son, who’s four years old, and is the maniac in our family, and a daughter, who’s two, and is the sassy one in the house.  We got the blended family thing going on, as I’m black, and my wife is white.
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3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?

Man, it was definitely that initial period after our son was born, and actually being a father.  Becoming a parent was a huge adjustment.  Going from living life one way, to doing basically a 180, because you’re now responsible for this tiny, totally dependent human being who you love more than anything, was hard. With our daughter, there was still a big adjustment, but it wasn’t as extreme. It was just different.

4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
There’s so much advice and information out there, that it can really seem like other fathers have it easier than you do (Cheap plug! I wrote a post about this recently, where I sought some advice, and the tips that I got didn’t work out so well: http://daddyrealness.com/?p=622).  I would say to other fathers – be patient, and don’t let other people’s situations get you down. I’m sure that we all struggle differently, so all that we can do is find out what works for dealing with our own kids, and go with it.
5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?
Luckily, my wife is a teacher, so she is the one with the organizational skills in our household! We both work five days a week during the day, so we are home during the evenings and on weekends. From there, we’re a pretty active family.  Something is almost always going on. Family comes first, of course, and I try to spend as much time with the kids as I can.   I do think it’s important to make a little bit of time for yourself too, though. My wife and I both get involved in various activities occasionally (mainly sports), on our own, just for that little bit of down time.
Mike-Armstrong6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
You know what? Based on my fairly limited experiences with other Dad Bloggers, I’ve learned that my time management skills kind of suck, in comparison!
In all honesty, since I’ve become a dad, I have found myself picking the brains and sharing ‘horror’ stories with other dads that I know (friends, co-workers).  As messed up as I think something is, with my kids, other dudes  that I talk to have had something similar happen to them, with their kids. So that’s been one main thing that I’ve learned – that I’m really not alone in my experiences. If I’m struggling or at my wit’s end, there’s  almost always someone  else who can relate to what I’m dealing with.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
It ain’t easy, it’s a constant struggle, but it’s the greatest feeling in the world……thus far!
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
I think, like a lot of fathers, the most memorable experiences have been the ‘firsts’.
The first steps, first words, first day of school, first time someone looked at my son and asked how old ‘she’ was, first time my son hit me in the groin as a joke, first time my daughter rolled her eyes like a teenager and said “No, daddy!” etc.  Stuff like that, I’ll remember forever.

If you have any questions for Mike, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!

Also, do you know a Dad in the Limelight? If so, please email me their contact information so that they too can be a part of this series!

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A Family Trip to Alcúdia, Mallorca #travel #dadchat

A Family Trip to Alcúdia, Mallorca

A historic, palm-fringed town on the island of Mallorca, Alcúdia has been a hit with vacationing families since the first tourists arrived there, suitcases in tow, in the 1920s. In the 70s it experienced a major boom, and has since thrived from a tiny fishing village to a bustling resort with tourism as its principal economy, and over one million visitors annually. So what is it that makes this little idyll so worthy of attention?

 

It’s inexpensive

When you’re looking after a young family, every penny is a prisoner. Fortunately, the Balearics are a popular destination for people looking to save money on their getaway, and plenty of competition usually equates to cheap holidays.  The main strip offers price-conscious restaurants and bars, geared around offering family-friendly entertainment, and accommodation is very affordable.

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It’s a natural beauty

S’Albufera Natural Park lies just to the south of the town, a protected belt of dunes and wetland which is home to a whopping 271 species of birds. While it’s free to visit, a permit is required which must be applied for in advance. Especially with older children, exploring the 12 kilometer trail by bike can make for a rewarding day’s excursion. There are also horse trek tours through the mountainside that will delight equestrians.

 

You can discover the vestiges of an empire

The principal Roman city of Pollentia (Roman for ‘power’) was founded in 123BC, and its site is still being excavated. Visitors to the area can explore the forum, theater and living areas which were constructed in prime vantage of the bay. Then, visit the Pollentia Monographic Museum to view the many artefacts that have been recovered so far.

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The beach is blinding

White sands and clean waters make this 14 kilometer strip of beach a treat for visitors. Hire a sunbed for four euros, or enjoy drinks in one of the many cafes that fringe the waterside. Tour the bay and nearby coves in a glass-bottomed catamaran, or hire a kayak and chart your own path through the waves.

Natural beauty, adventure and history make Alcúdia a jackpot location that’s easy on the wallet. With its extensive range of entertainment options for kids old and young, it might just be the star attraction of the Balearics for family vacations.

Images by chrsalg01 and Morfheos, used under Creative Commons license.

 

Chicken Soup For The Soul: Reboot Your Life #Giveaway

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About the Book

We all fall into ruts at times, with our jobs, our relationships, our fitness, and other aspects of our daily lives. Time to do something about that. These 101 inspiring personal stories of change will motivate and encourage you to find your own new path to happiness. With its powerful stories of taking chances, positive life and attitude changes, and finding new paths to happiness, you will be inspired to find the courage to reboot your own life!

 

Purpose of the Books

After 20 years of bringing real people and their stories together to touch the lives of others, Chicken Soup for the Soul® has gone beyond the bookstore to become a world leader in life improvement. Chicken Soup for the Soul is home to the largest catalog of user-generated, life-changing stories. Through books, movies, DVDs, online resources and other partnerships it brings hope, courage, inspiration and love to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Chicken Soup for the Soul authors and readers belong to a one-of-a-kind global community that shares advice, support, guidance, comfort, and knowledge.

 

About the Company

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes all the latest titles in the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series which are distributed through Simon and Schuster, Inc. Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold more than 112 million copies, with titles translated into more than 40 languages. Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing also licenses the right to use its famous trademark to high quality licensees through IMG, the world’s premier licensing agent. The company is currently implementing a plan to expand into all media, is working with TV networks on several TV shows and is developing a major Internet presence dedicated to life improvement, emotional support and inspiration. In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable and impactful books in the last quarter century. For more information visit: http://www.chickensoup.com/.

 

Facts About The Reach of The Books

  • Total retail sales of Chicken Soup for the Soul branded merchandise have topped $1.3 billion.
  • The Chicken Soup for the Soul book series of over 200 titles has sold over 112 million copies, with titles translated into more than 40 languages.
  • In 2008, Chicken Soup for the Soul became the best-selling trade paperback series in the history of publishing.
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul is one of the world’s most well-known brands– 88.7% of the US public not only recognizes the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand, but knows what it is (source—Harris Polls).
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul holds the world record for having the most titles on the New York Times bestseller list at one time.
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul receives millions of monthly media impressions, with cross-promotion relationships in place with top media brands like King Features, Woman’s World, BeliefNet and others.
  • Many of the world’s leading consumer brands have looked to Chicken Soup for the Soul for co-branding opportunities, including American Idol®, Coke®, NASCAR®, Marriott®, Campbell’s®, Arby’s®, Golf Digest® and others.
  • Time Magazine called the Chicken Soup for the Soul series the “Publishing phenomenon of the decade.”
  • In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable and impactful books in the last quarter century.
  • In 2008, Chicken Soup for the Soul and dick clark productions entered into an agreement to develop a television series based on the brand.

 

My Take On The Book

There have been numerous times in my own life where I have felt that I need to recharge, or that I have hit a wall in regards to forward momentum. This book makes you re-assess and reboot your life in a positive new way. The stories are motivational and inspiring and make you really push yourself further. The enclosed stories really show people in so many different situations that pull themselves up to make a happier life for themselves and their families. This is the type of book that I know that I could pick up even on my darkest days and feel the dun on my back. A Great book!

 
Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on October 4, 2014.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S or Canada.

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BIG HERO 6 – New Trailer #BigHero6

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

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Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

 

From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter), who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

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Notes:

  • “Big Hero 6” is the 54th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
  • Disney veteran Don Hall helmed 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh” and has earned screenplay and/or story credits on Disney features, including “Meet the Robinsons,” “Tarzan” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Chris Williams directed the 2008 feature “Bolt,” as well as the short “Glago’s Guest.” Williams was a key member of the “Mulan” story team, and was nominated for an Annie Award for outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature presentation for his work on “The Emperor’s New Groove.”
  • Producer Roy Conli counts among his credits Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2010 hit “Tangled,” as well as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Hercules,” “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet.”

Dads in the Limelight ( #limelightdads ) – Joseph Pollifrone #dadchat

Dads in the Limelight Series

Our 474th Dad in the Limelight is Owner of Joseph’s Florist in Secaucus, NJ and BloomNation.com florist, Joseph Pollifrone. I want to thank Joseph for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.

 

bloomnation1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
I was brought up in an Italian family in Jersey City, NJ.  I became a special education teacher at the age of 21, and at 28 I opened my first flower shop.  I will be retiring from teaching in January 2015, but I assume, depending on my health, that I will be working at my flower shop, Joseph’s Florist, until I can’t any longer.

2) Tell me about your family
My mother is 92 and still very active.  She cooks and shops every day and most recently fired her cleaning lady and began doing her own cleaning.  My sister recently retired from her career as a superintendent of schools.  My wife of 34 years works in the flower shops with me.  I have three children; Nicole is my oldest, she is 31, a teacher and a guidance counselor.  Marc, 27, is a writer and a musician.  And Amanda, 23, is a graduate student, soon to be a school psychologist.

josepollifronefamily3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
I think the largest challenge in being a father has been learning to step back and allowing my children to learn life lessons on their own, it is the most challenging, but it’s also the most rewarding aspect.

4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
I’ll just say that life is often much messier than most people would come to believe, but it is also more beautiful at the same time.

5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?
In our case, children were the priority.  Being in retail requires a lot of hours so sometimes balancing was difficult, but it got easier as time went on.

6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
I listened to a close friend who also had 3 children who were older than mine.  He thought patience, listening, and learning when and how to challenge kids without making it so easy that they didn’t learn or so hard that they would fail were vital aspects of parenting.

7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
Every age of the kids has had its fun and its challenges.  They were great as babies, as children, as adolescents, as teenagers and as adults.  Probably my favorite ongoing experience is that they really care about each other.

If you have any questions for Joseph, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!

Also, do you know a Dad in the Limelight? If so, please email me their contact information so that they too can be a part of this series!

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