Harley Davidson Has Some Great Christmas Gifts For All! #dadchat

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Are you looking for some great gifts for the Harley Davidson fan? If so, take a look at some of the below gifts that are available this holiday season!

 

 
LED Resin Biker Santa Ornament

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$20.00

 

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Set of Wine Charms

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$35.00

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Men’s Valve Full-Finger Gloves

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$60.00

 

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Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Handle

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$20.00

 

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Women’s Mystic Dual Chamber Full-Finger Leather Gloves

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$85.00

 

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Women’s Cable Knit Scarf

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$45.00

 

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Holiday Stocking

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$25.00

 

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The gloves that I tried were a great fit. I was really impressed with the overall quality of these gloves. I measured my hand like they recommended and when they arrived they fit exactly like promised. The gloves also had great grip and from driving these gloves were perfect and they allowed me to be able to have good feeling as well as control over driving and controlling the steering of my vehicle which was great seeing that gloves are usually too bulky!

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All of this being said I have to say that I loved my new gloves and for any Harley Davidson fan you will love them too!

 


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Papa John’s Says Enjoy Pizza This Holiday Season #dadchat #Giveaway

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Papa John’s is getting into the holiday spirit. To celebrate this time of family and giving, Papa John’s revealed its latest culinary innovations, the Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and The Salvation Army Red Kettle Cookie. A portion of the proceeds from each cookie sold during this period will go to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, the longest fundraising program for the Army and one of most recognizable sights and sounds of the holiday season.
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A limited time product offering through December 28, the Philly Cheesesteak Pizza is Papa’s own take on the traditional flavors and ingredients of the Philly Cheesesteak, stacked up on top of his signature, hand-tossed pizza dough. The pizza is then layered with creamy garlic sauce and thinly-sliced steak made by the famous Original Philly Cheesesteak Company. Additional toppings include fresh sliced onion and green peppers, then covered with mozzarella and provolone cheese and baked fresh for the whole family to enjoy.
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The Red Kettle Cookie, another unique holiday twist on Papa John’s popular treat, the Chocolate Chip Cookie, was created in partnership with The Salvation Army to support the annual Red Kettle Campaign. By teaming up with The Salvation Army on one of the most recognizable sights and sounds of the holiday season, Papa John’s is providing customers the opportunity to support this organization by purchasing a delicious holiday treat.

Also, until December 31, for every $25 spent on a gift card purchasers get a free large one topping pizza. Check it out here – http://www.papajohns.com/papacard/index.shtm

 

My Take on the Pizza

I was given the opportunity to try out this pizza and as you know I have two girls. For them this was an amazing gift and we were able to use it online. What we loved was that no matter are we are able to simply go online and get the pizza that we wanted when we wanted it. Ordering online was easy and the pizza was ready when we needed it to be. I remember back in college when we got pizza all the time from Papa John’s. I wish that they had this ordering feature available then. Alas, we were not able to as it was before they had online ordering.

If you have never had Papa John’s Pizza you should. It has amazing flavor and the amount of toppings that you get on the specialty pizzas was remarkable. I, for one am very impressed with what you get when you purchase a Papa John’s pizza and think that you will be too!

Having an electronic gift certificate to order pizza was such a great way to go. I was able to order without having to worry about any money and it covered everything that I needed. With that in mind I have to say that I could easily see giving this to another person this holiday season. Check out the deals on Papa John’s giftcards today!

 

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 December 30, 2014.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

Papa John’s Giveaway

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

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Dads in the Limelight ( #limelightdads ) – Jordan Glass ( @Glass4YorkCen ) #dadchat

Dads in the Limelight Series

Our 498th Dad in the Limelight is Jordan Glass. I want to thank Jordan for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.

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1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
My name is Jordan Glass. I am running for public school board trustee in the area of Ward 5 – York Centre at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have been a political aide and advisor with experience in political offices at varying levels of government. I regularly comment on issues pertaining to municipal politics in Toronto. My insights have been featured on numerous websites. I currently work for Lindt & Spüngli and writes on a freelance basis on the side. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in 20th century European history and political science with a minor in religious studies.
2) Tell me about your family
I am the proud father of a beautiful girl, Rachel, whom I raise with my wife, Christina. Rachel has autism. The inability of our local school board to meet Rachel’s special needs has been my driving force to seek a seat on the School Board. Her ability to adapt to her challenges (and I can see when the world around her sometimes challenges her) is an inspiration. She participates in ballet and swim classes. I could watch her dance for hours. Her expression is one of pure joy when she enters the water to swim. There is nothing that makes me happier than to see my “Babygirl” (as I sometimes call her) happy.
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3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Obviously raising a child with special needs is not something that many parents plan for, so initially adjusting my plan for the future had been a challenge. But the truth is; overcoming my fears of fatherhood was probably my greatest challenge. While I had a father growing up, I did not meet my biological father until I was in my twenties. I believe there was something about his departure from my mother’s life prior to my birth gave me a fear of my ability to be a father. I had limited experience with children. Prior to 29 September 2008 I had never changed a diaper, but I believe I have overcome any doubts I previously had. I do not think it conceded to say that I now consider myself a good father.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Above all else, stay calm. Being a father is not easy. Nearly every moment is going to be challenge. But this is parenting. There are no second chances. Stay calm and remember your kids see everything. Whether you realize it or not you are their role model. Live life and behave in a way that if they did the same you would be proud.
5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? 
TJordan-Glasshis is a difficult question to answer. In some ways I don’t. I do still have my own friends and my own career; however, there is nothing that I do without my daughter in mind. More to the point, I love spending time with my daughter. But I still do manage to have time to work and run a political.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
Honestly, when speaking with other fathers we don’t speak much about parenting. Conversations revolve around baseball, football, hockey, the finale of Breaking Bad, etc. Perhaps this goes to the previous question. Fathers understand the necessities of fatherhood, but we all have our own interests.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
Always put your children first. Everything you do must be for him/her/them. And do not for a second, underestimate your influence.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?Jordan-Glass
The day of my daughter’s birth will always rank high. I cried in the delivery room. Perhaps this is cliché, but it also true. I would like to also acknowledge a moment prior to Rachel’s birth date. I don’t believe I will ever forget what it was like to watch her heartbeat on the monitor for the first time. That was the moment that things became REAL for me. Suddenly becoming a father did not seem so abstract. I could see that little blinking dot. And I was going to love it forever.

If you have any questions for Jordan, 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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Show #YourHolidayWorkshop With Office Depot @OfficeDepot

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During this holiday season you can get a bit lost in all of the activities and hectic nature of the season. Sometimes this can lead to things being not as efficient as you may like. That’s why it is important to have things organized and ready for when you have to get all of your Christmas Cards ready as well as your Christmas presents wrapped. Office Depot has you covered with anything and everything you need to make your holiday run a bit smoother. From tape to labels and bubble wrap, scissors and more, you can find it all. You can even make customized items that are super special, such as calendars too.

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I was lucky enough to be able to work with Office Depot to work on my own Holiday workshop. As you can see I was given a bit of everything including earphones to rock out to while I was doing my wrapping. All of these items became a part of the work area that I have in my basement and allowed me to be able to get my holiday gifts wrapped in a timely manner and allowed me to be able to feel secure in the fact that I was able to be ready without worrying much.

What does #YourHolidayWorkshop look like? Is it organized, cluttered, or already cleaned out? Let me know, I want to hear about it!

 

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Give Voice Lessons To Go This Christmas #dadchat #giveaway

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I have always been the type of person that has enjoyed singing. I was the young kid singing with the radio in the back seat of the car and I had the high voice in middle school (that they made me sing with the girls – geez).

It was not until high school when I started to sing in a more formal way, first in a barbershop chorus, and then in high school musicals. Finally, I was even selected to be a part of the most select singing group in high school called Madrigals. Beyond high school I sang in college in formal choirs and continued to sing as I could in church and beyond. Singing lesson to improve my overall singing craft.

Throughout all of this I have to say that I never had formal voice lessons. I had great directors hat taught me a ton about singing and about music, but I never took a formal singing lesson, that was until recently. What is funny is that the lesson that I took was not like what I would have expected. Instead it came on a number of CD’s and allowed me to learn at my own pace. That’s right, I had the opportunity to try out Ariella Vaccarino’s Voice Lessons to Go and I have to say that I am glad that I did.

The CD’s are set up for easy understanding and implementation. Each CD is set so that you can easily listen to while you sit in the comfort of your home or when you are on the go. I enjoyed the lessons and learned a lot. I found that the voice repair CD is something that anyone that uses their voice could benefit from. Beyond that though the CD’s really push you to grown and learn, developing a stringer voice that you can use and share with others.

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I also received the Kids’ CD too entitled “Voice Lessons on the Go For Kids“. This CD was a ton of fun and my girls enjoyed trying it out for themselves. While my girls are different in their vocal abilities, they both enjoyed the CD and have asked for it to be played a few times thus far and we have only had it for a short period of time.

All of this being said, I have to encourage all of you to consider a last minute unique Christmas gift. Think about a unique gift for that special person that loves to sing or uses their voice on a regular basis. You also could give a younger child the gift of good vocal technique as a part of their own singing. I highly recommend these CD’s as they really work and I think that you too will agree with the results that you see in yourself as well if you too try them.

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About the Product

“Voice Lessons To Go,” the acclaimed vocal warm-up CD series that has sold over 100,000 CDs and downloads, has several CDs and downloads that make perfectly unique and memorable holiday gifts. Ariella Vaccarino, creator of Voice Lessons To Go™, guides listeners through a wide range of singing exercises, providing explanations and vocal examples to piano accompaniment.

The “Voice Lessons To Go” collection includes the recently-released “Vocal Repair,” a singing curriculum specifically designed for the tired, over-taxed, and recovering voice. Other CDs include “Voice Lessons To Go: v.1 Vocalize and Breath,” “Voice Lessons To Go: v.2 Do Re Mi Ear and Pitch Training,” “Voice Lessons To Go: v.3 Pure Vowels,” “Voice Lessons To Go: v.4 Stamina,” all of which are for teens and adults. “Sing Out Proud!”, meanwhile, is a popular singing CD for children. The CDs and downloads are available at voicelessonstogo.com, iTunes, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Best Buy and other popular e-tailers.

Everyone from karaoke fans to Broadway singers, from novices who don’t want to pay for voice lessons to parents who want a fun CD to entertain kids in the car, can enjoy and learn from Ariella. “Vocal Repair,” for example, is an inexpensive tool to help maintain and recover a healthy voice for singers, actors, teachers, speaker, dancers, and anyone who uses their voice for work or performance. The other CDs in the collection can help singers of all types improve their voice and technique.

“I am very excited to bring these CDs and downloads to singers during this holiday season,” notes Ariella Vaccarino. “It’s about giving unique gifts that are meaningful and special to recipients. Everyone knows somebody who loves to sing, and these lessons are the perfect gift!”

For more information, please visit voicelessonstogo.com.

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 December 27, 2014.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

Voice Lessons on the Go Giveaway

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

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Dads in the Limelight ( #limelightdads ) – Richard Katrovas ( @katrovas ) #dadchat

Dads in the Limelight Series

Our 497th Dad in the Limelight is Richard Katrovas. I want to thank Richard for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.

 

Richard-Katrovas1)      Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)

RICHARD KATROVAS, author of Raising Girls in Bohemia: Meditations of an American Father: A Memoir in Essays

 

I was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1953, and spent my first seven years on the roads and highways of America as my father committed petty crimes and was wanted, eventually, in 47 states by the FBI. He was caught in Florida, and my mother and four siblings and I lived for three years in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on welfare. My father was paroled three years later, and continued his criminal ways. He was caught a year later and my family subsequently lived in the projects of Norfolk, Virginia, on welfare. While living in the projects, my mother contracted multiple sclerosis. Relatives adopted a brother and me when I was thirteen, and we moved to Sasebo, Japan, for three years. I earned a second-degree black belt in sho-bu-kan Okinawa-te karate in Sasebo.

 

I received a BA in English from San Diego State University, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I was a Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia. I taught for twenty years at the University of New Orleans, and have taught for the past twelve at Western Michigan University. On a Fulbright Fellowship, I witnessed Prague’s Velvet Revolution in 1989. I founded the Prague Summer Program in 1993, and have directed the PSP ever since. I’m the author of fourteen books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. My poems, stories and essays have appeared in scores of the best literary journals and anthologies. I’ve received numerous grants and awards.

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2) Tell me about your family

I spoke of my original family answering your first question. Regarding the family I’ve made, I have three very bright, big-hearted, pretty, Czech-American daughters. Ema turns twenty-four in August. She’s earning her Masters at the Prague Conservatory of Music, and is beginning her professional career as an opera singer (she recently transitioned from mezzo to soprano). Carnegie Mellon University Press published her translations of the marvelous Czech poet Pavel Srut several years ago. Her translations and original stories have been published in several quite good venues. At fifteen she published a personal essay in Lidove Noveny, the most respected culture magazine in the Czech Republic. Annie, eighteen in November, is finishing high school online, and is probably one of the three or four coolest persons on the planet. Ellie, nine, is extremely bright and loquacious. She’s 5’2”, and Czech doctors predict that she’ll shoot past 6’. Of course I dream of a basketball or volleyball scholarship. She will attend fourth grade in Kalamazoo this year.

 

3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?

The biggest challenge has been parenting on two continents. The girls have racked up more frequent-flyer miles than most grizzled business mavens.

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4) What advice would you give to other fathers?

Don’t subcontract the major parenting role to your parenting partner, and don’t ever forget that divorce, or any sort of separation from your partner, does not render her or him any less a partner, someone to whom you owe allegiance and respect.

 

5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? 

Precariously. Though I don’t really perceive an “outside life” relative to parenting. I subsumes, or should, everything.

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6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?

From my stepfather, a navel officer who was as right-wing as anyone I’ve every known, I’ve learned to engage with and listen to my daughters. He would sit at the diner table and talk to my brother and me for an hour or two almost every night. We disagreed about everything, but he taught me by example to disagree gracefully, and I’ve tried to pass that along to my daughters.

 

7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?

At the risk of seeming glib, I’ll simply say that everything I know and feel on this subject is in my new book, Raising Girls in Bohemia: Meditations of an American Father: A Memoir in Essays
(pub. date: October 14, Three Rooms Press. New York: 2014).

 

8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?

I’ll refer you to answer # 7!

If you have any questions for Richard, 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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Steven Spielberg finds Sophie for THE BFG!

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DreamWorks Studios announced that newcomer Ruby Barnhill has been cast as the young girl, Sophie, in Roald Dahl’s beloved classic story, “The BFG.”  Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaptation of the children’s novel.  Published in 1982, “The BFG” is the tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. Barnhill joins Mark Rylance who has been cast as the “Big Friendly Giant.”

 

“The BFG” will be 10-year-old Ruby Barnhill’s first feature film role.  She has been acting for two years and will appear in the upcoming BBC BAFTA award-winning children’s drama “Four O’Clock Club.”  Ruby lives in Cheshire with her parents, younger sister and Tom the cat and is a member of her local youth theatre.

 

“I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy,” said Ruby Barnhill.  “Sophie gets to go on this wonderful adventure and I’m so excited that I get to play her.”

 

“After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvelous as we do,” said Steven Spielberg.  “We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”

 

Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson, said, “The character of Sophie is one of the most endearing young heroes in Roald Dahl’s stories. She is as brave as she is curious and has an innate sense of wonder. Many congratulations to Ruby on landing the role. We hope that making ‘The BFG’ proves an utterly magical adventure for her.”

 

DreamWorks acquired the rights to the book in 2010 after Kathleen Kennedy brought it to the company.  Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg and Kennedy on “E.T.,” has written the screenplay.  Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer will produce while Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel are on board as Executive Producers.  Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner are Co-Producers.

 

Spielberg will begin production on “The BFG” in early 2015 and it will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016.  The Walt Disney Company is distributing the film in the U.S. and select international territories while Mister Smith Entertainment is handling distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  DreamWorks’ partner, Reliance, will distribute the film in India.

 

Strange Magic New Poster & Video! #DadChat

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“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.

 

Notes:

  • Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango.”
  • Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

 

Like STRANGE MAGIC on Facebook: http://facebook.com/StrangeMagicMovie

 

Follow STRANGE MAGIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StrangeMagic

 

STRANGE MAGIC opens in theatres everywhere on January 23rd!

Emmett The Elf – Day 17 #NX1 #Imagelogger #dadchat

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Emmett the Elf is back for Christmas 2014. Each day I’ll share Emmett’s adventures with all of you! Follow along and see what this elf has in store.

Emmett The Elf – Day 16 #NX1 #Imagelogger #dadchat

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Emmett the Elf is back for Christmas 2014. Each day I’ll share Emmett’s adventures with all of you! Follow along and see what this elf has in store.

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