Getting Good Sleep Is Just a Pillow Away #dadchat

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Sleep is something that I get way too little of, but it is something that I know is SO important. You read, you hear reports, you get told from doctors, but alas, there is just so much going on in all of our lives that finding a good night’s sleep is usually illusive, especially for me. That being said though I have come to find that when I do sleep I need to be able to sleep deeply to be able to keep up my energy and be  as productive as I can be. How do I find this deep sleep? I find a good pillow and Headleveler is a company that has truly provided it to me!

Finding a good pillow may sound crazy, but it isn’t. It actually makes a HUGE difference! I have tried many different types of pillows from the store. I have tried feather pillows, memory foam, firmer, softer, but have always been disappointed with the overall results. That was until recently. i was asked by Headleveler, a Canadian pillow manufacturing company to try out their pillow and see what I thought. In speaking with them I talked with them also about the possibility of making this a family affair, as even though I know that I do not get enough sleep, my girls on the other hand NEED their sleep, and I put my foot down on that (do as I say, not as I do, right?). The company was gracious enough to say yes and we were off.

The thing that was different than others. You don’t just find their pillows by going to the store. Instead you work directly with the company to have a pillow custom made for you. I had a few conversations where they asked about our weights, heights, how we slept, etc. This experience was so different, though so exciting. This is the first time that I felt catered to, and felt that I was finding a pillow that was actually for me, not just a shot in the dark that you take a few minutes in a store, hoping among hope that you picked the right one!

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Once I gave all of the information to the company it took about a week and the pillows were at my door. The pillows were different sizes, at least my youngest’s was. Because of this smaller size they even sent a pillowcase, which was awesome! Otherwise, the pillows were regular size. I found the the pillows rippled a bit with their custom-made Ortho-Cerv nature. With that being said though we all were excited to see how the pillows effected our overall sleep.

The first few nights I found that the kids seemed to sleep better. They mentioned that the pillows were comfortable. They said that they were sad to lose their old pillow, but that the pillow they now had was comfortable and they seemed to really love the experience. When I tried it, I came to find that it took a few nights to get used to the pillow. Once I did though I found that I was waking up with far less neck pain and feeling much better rested in general.

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I now have been using this pillow for a few weeks and I am sold. I am sold, not only for myself, but for my kids too. I am getting great sleep, for the sleep that I do get, and my kids are sleeping much better than they did in the past.

With all of this in mind, I would recommend all to have the personalized experience that I had to find the right pillow for you and your family. You will not be disappointed and you will get far more deep sleep than you ever have in the past.
 

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Rockport Offers a Great Deal To My Readers! #RockportChallenge

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As a part of Rockport’s Inner Circle program, not only do I get to try out their shoes, but I get to share some great deals with you too! This time I get to share a 20% off code redeemable for any item on www.rockport.com
Promo Code:  DADOFDIVAS20

Summer Travel Is Here: Tips To Play Educational Games @hookedonphonics

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 Summer Travel Is Here: Tips To Play Educational Games

Whether or not your family’s summer vacation plans involve travel—by car, plane, boat or train—these 5 easy tips will help you make the most of your vacation time with your kids, while creating fun experiences that encourage reading and learning. Hooked On Phonics (www.HookedOnPhonics.com) Editorial Director (who has two young kids) Julie Temple Stan put this tips together for parents and kids to make their summer trips educational this summer:

  • Have your child pack his own backpack of favorite items: Even better? Make it kid-sized with your child’s favorite characters on it (like the one from Elmo’s Learning Adventure), so that your child can carry it himself. Include a favorite stuffed animal and small blanket, a couple of small books, crayons and paper, a small container of snacks, a couple of toy cars or figurines for pretend play. Don’t pack anything difficult (or expensive) to replace, so it won’t be the end of the world if your child leaves it in the waiting room at the airport. (Been there. Done that.)
  • Download fun learning apps before you go: Hooked On Phonics Learn to Read (iOSGoogle Play, or Kindle) has music, activities, games and even a library of eBooks that are perfect for kids who know their alphabet. Download one or two Units before you leave, so you’re not dependent on an Internet connection. The rest of the library will be safely stored in the Cloud for whenever your child is ready for them. Don’t forget the headphones, but be careful that that the device’s volume stays at an appropriate level for little ears.
  • Play “You’ve Got Mail!” This question has plagued many a parent: How do you keep a child quiet in a restaurant, car, plane, without resorting to electronics? Answer? Write secret messages and pass them around! If your child’s not a reader yet, draw a picture instead, leaving room for replies. Fold your note so that the message is hidden and write your child’s name on the outside. Then say, “Mail . . . mail for [Katie]!” After “reading” her message, have your child write a one back to you or to another person at the table. This is a fun way to practice writing skills—and it gives everyone around you 15 minutes of peace and quiet.
  • Try a new twist on a classic road-trip boredom buster: Play “I Spy with My Little Eye,” but rather than finding items that are various colors, try to find items that rhyme with simple words. For example, you might spy something that rhymes with meat—street, seat, feet, treat; or fire—tire, wire, spire; or flea – tree, me; etc. If that’s too challenging, play the game spying words that start with different letters of the alphabet. Bonus points for anyone who can spot something that begins with X!
  • Rather than yet another T-shirt, get your kids a special book as a souvenir: While you’re on vacation, purchase a book that ties into whatever you’re doing or wherever you’re visiting. Download the book, or—better yet!—visit a locally owned used bookstore for age-appropriate recommendations. Use it for relaxing bedtime reading with your child while you’re there. That way the book about the . . . [beach, museum, city, etc] will always remind you and your child of that special family vacation.

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My Take on Hooked On Phonics
My youngest who just finished Kindergarten has been very interested in reading over the last few months, picking up whatever she can and working through the books with J-Mom and I. That being said, we have always encouraged reading, though she has struggled at times with being able to do it herself. It was just this summer that she really seemed to blossom and we wanted to capitalize on this and work with her to become and even stronger reader this summer prior to starting 1st grade.

This is where Hooked On Phonics came in. I had never used this product, but I had definitely heard about it over the years and was always intrigued to try it myself. This was my first shot at using this and the Android version of the product and I have to say that it works. We started with the first grade reading material and while my daughter knew some of the words, there were still challenging parts too that allowed her to grow and learn. My daughter loved the DVD sets that accompany the materials and found the workbooks and accompanying books to be fun and engaging too.

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The online app, was a great supplement, and allowed us to take her learning on the road with us. This was perfect as we had a number of summer road trips planned, and I would much rather her work on something educational while in the car, than play another mindless game that might work on your dexterity, but it does not expand your mind in any way.

The program works so well and it works at your childs’ pace. I have shared some of the materials with a friend who’s son is younger than my daughter and also has caught the reading bug but was having challenges. I am waiting to hear his thoughts, but I am confidant that it will help his son too.

If you have never tried this product for yourself, I highly encourage it, as we have found that it helped immensely and I know it will help your child too.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX is a Powerhouse @AmazonKindle

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About the Kindle HDX

Breakthrough HDX Display

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ has the highest resolution (2560×1600) and the best pixel density (339 ppi) of any Kindle Fire tablet, providing an incredible multimedia experience. The HDX display features over 4 million pixels for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD.

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Perfect Color

Both the 7″ and 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX displays feature perfect color (100% sRGB), displaying images and videos as the photographer or videographer intended.

Better Viewing Indoors and Out

The HDX display features dynamic image contrast, a unique feature that automatically optimizes the color of each pixel based on the amount of light in your surroundings. This makes images and videos even easier to see in any lighting conditions, including outdoors.

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Astonishingly Light

At 13.2 ounces (13.5 ounces for 4G version), the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ is 34% lighter than the previous generation. To achieve this revolutionary light weight, Amazon integrated the capacitive touch layer directly into the glass display, and created a unique magnesium unibody from a single piece of machined magnesium and a blend of glass and nylon—the same material used in high-performance race cars. The result is a light, durable, portable tablet.

Smaller Bezel, Cleaner Lines

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ is engineered for increased usability, and features an all-new design with a smaller bezel, cleaner lines, and optimized button and charger port placements. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ is designed to disappear in your hands, so you can get lost in your viewing experience.

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Powerful Quad-Core Processor

Kindle Fire HDX tablets are the first tablets to be powered by the 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, making them the first to clock in at over 2 GHz. It provides 3x more processing power than the previous-generation Kindle Fire HD and, combined with 2GB of RAM, provides faster app launch times, quicker website load times, smoother multi-tasking, and better overall performance.

Console-Quality Graphics

The new Adreno 330 graphics processor on Kindle Fire HDX delivers high frame rates and console quality graphics—4x the performance of the previous generation Kindle Fire HD.

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Custom Dolby Audio

Kindle Fire HDX uses the power of Dolby Digital Plus to create a world class audio experience. Dolby Digital Plus includes technology that adjusts volume, creates virtual surround sound, and delivers easier-to-understand dialogue in movies and TV shows. Kindle Fire HDX is designed to automatically optimize the audio profile based on what you’re doing (with or without headphones), such as watching a movie, listening to music, or talking on Skype.

Uncompromised Battery Life

With advanced power management technology, Kindle Fire HDX delivers an uncompromised 12 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music. When you’re just reading, Kindle Fire HDX automatically powers down unused system components, extending battery life to 18 hours.

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Rear-Facing Camera

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ features an 8MP rear-facing camera that allows for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video. The rear camera includes an LED flash, Electronic Image Stabilization to remove hand jitters, a wide-aperture lens, and support for panorama and High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging. Our updated camera app also includes photo editing features and a new camera mode with filmstrip.

Camera-Ready Case

The Origami cover for the 8.9″ Fire HDX features a custom slide feature that quickly exposes the rear-facing camera and automatically launches the camera application so you don’t miss a great photo opportunity. Learn more

Front-Facing Camera

Both the 7″ and 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX tablets have a front-facing 720p HD camera, perfect for Skype HD video calls and taking photos to share via Facebook or e-mail.

Edit & Share Photos

Our beautifully designed photo app makes it easy to view your albums or watch personal videos. And sharing your photos couldn’t be easier—simply tap on individual images to e-mail them to anyone you like. Editing on your Kindle Fire is simple—just select a photo to begin editing.

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Live Support with Mayday

NEW—Simply tap the “Mayday” button to be connected for free to an Amazon expert who can co-pilot you through any feature by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something yourself, or doing it for you—whatever works best. Mayday is available 24×7, 365 days a year, and it’s free. Throughout the process, you will be able to see your Amazon Tech advisor live on your screen, but they won’t see you. 15 seconds or less is the Mayday response time goal.

AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

My Take on the Kindle Fire HDX

 


 

The @verykool KolorPad Tablet Is Perfect For Kids

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The verykool T742, nicknamed the KolorPadTM, is a 7-inch tablet powered by a 1.3 GHz dual core processor and the Android 4.2 operating system. This full-featured tablet is being offered at a suggested retail price of $149.

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Additional details on the T742 are as follows:

  • 3G HSDPA (21Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps) Dual band (850/1900) and 2G GSM Quad band (850/900/1800/1900)
  • WAP, SMS and MMS e-mail (POP3, IMAP), plus push e-mail
  • GPS, gravity sensor, and turn by turn navigation
  • 3 megapixel rear camera plus front facing VGA camera
  • Built-in FM radio and MP3 music player
  • 2,500 mAh Li-ion battery
  • USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, and loudspeaker

The verykool® T742 KolorPadTM Tablet is available now.  To learn more about the device, visit our verykool® website at http://www.verykool.net/Products/T742

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My Take on the VeryKool KolorPad

Below is my video review of the verykool KolorPad

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Oral-B ( @Oralb ) Black 7000 Offers All But The Kitchen Sink! #PowerofDad

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Mouth care is something that I have felt strongly about for many years. This goes back to an experience I had with my grandfather as he was preparing for his death. As he was ill, in the hospital we had a conversation that ended up turning into talking about regrets and things that he wished he had done. In this conversation he mentioned to me that the one things that he regret the most in his life was that he did not take good care of his teeth which is why he ended up having to have all of his teeth removed from his mouth in his life. This was a turning point for me and made me really rethink the ways in which I took care of my own teeth. No longer did I feel that a normal toothbrush would do it for me, nor that I could fail to floss.

 

I preface all of this because I was very excited to try out this new Oral-B Black 7000 Toothbrush. Why, because this toothbrush provides a bit of everything for anyone, no matter what your dental health situation. When this first came to me I was impressed by the sleek design as well as all of the other bells and whistles that the toothbrush offered.

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This toothbrush has a number of settings that will help any person no matter what issues you are dealing with. Whether you have sensitive teeth, you need a regular toothbrush, you want deeper cleaning, or you need some massaging action on your gums or other areas this toothbrush does it all. I have loved that it comes with a timer that will break your teeth      into four quadrants and you will know how long you should be taking in each of the areas. This allowed me to make sure that I was spending all of the time that I needed in each of my teeth which is important to me.

 

On top of this I found that the battery was very long-lasting. In using this over the week I did not need to recharge it once. At full power the toothbrush is quite powerful and I could feel the plaque getting decimated from all of my teeth.

 

All-in-all this is a toothbrush that gave me everything that I needed and wanted and I know that I will be using this for quite a long time in the future!

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Klondike Kandy Bars Are Perfect For Summer! #KandyBar #WeaveMade #ad

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Klondike, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #KandyBar #adhttp://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH

What is better in the summer than ice cream With Kids? Klondike Kandy Bars with kids. Klondike has combined some very cool flavors into their Klondike Bars to turn them into an ice cream extravaganza in your mouth! I was lucky enough to try these and I found them at my local Super Walmart. I decided to pick up two of the three varieties even though I knew my kids would eat all three without any complaints.

The price of these was reasonable and I was impressed that the bars were larger than a regular Klondike Bar. My daughter started with the Cookies and Cream ice cream bar. In trying it she said that it tasted amazing and that she wanted a second one. Of course as a good dad I said “no” but I was happy to see that she enjoyed the bar itself.

These candy bars are a perfect summer treat for all, as these are not just for kids and they can be taken pretty much anywhere that you want to go! I highly recommend these to all!

 

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Turtle Wax Makes Car Care So Easy @TurtleWax

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Turtle Wax makes car care so easy. It’s summer and for all of those of us that live in the upper Midwest that means that we can get outside and actually take care of our cars ourselves instead of paying to have a lackluster job done on my car by the car wash that I have taken it to.

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Whenever I do go outside to take care of my car, I am looking for high quality products that really perform well. I will be honest and say that in waxing my car I have always used turtle wax because of the great job that it does and the results that it provides me always astound me and let me see that shine that I want to see on my car, as it is that shine that tells me that my car is protected.

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In the products that I was sent I got to try a ton of other turtle wax products that I didn’t even know were on the market. I loved the Easy Dash and Glass cleaner as well as the Interior Cleaner. Both of these products made the interior of my cars simply glow on the inside and of course the exterior wax did wonders for the exterior of my car as I knew that they would and that they always do.

 

What is your own Turtle Wax Story? 

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Beautiful Flowers Anytime With The Bouqs! #Bouqlove

When you are in a relationship, whether it is marriage, or something else you want to keep it fresh and fun and for many that means flowers. Now you can get your old run of the mill flowers or you can go above and beyond to get flowers that have some WOW factor. For me, just recently I had the chance to check out a new company called The Bouqs. This company is set up to provide amazing blooms right to your door, some from the United States, but many from much more exotic locations.

I ended up trying out some of the flowers from their volcano collection. Why did I choose them? Well, first, they were colors I knew that J-Mom would love, and second, they looked beautiful. The website offers you three sizes to choose from. I got the smallest to at least try it out, even though the website recommended the second size. In receiving my wife’s bouquet I think next time I will spend the extra money to go to the second size as they say you get double the blooms!

The website was super easy to use and you can select dates that work for you in regards to delivery. I will warn you that for the more exotic bouquets, you have to order early as it is not next day delivery, as they are being shipped from quite a ways away, but what you get is exquisite.

The bouquet that we received (The flowers you see at the top of the post) was beautiful and was something that I know J-Mom loved. The bouquet we got has blooms that open slowly, so I know we will be enjoying this for sometime to come.

Another unique thing that this company provides is a monthly delivery service that you can set up so that your special person gets flowers every month or whatever increment of time that you would like to identify – cool idea!

If you have never checked out this company you should. Click here to see some of their amazing bouquets!

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Rockport Shoes Offer Style & Comfort #RockportChallenge

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I was recently asked by Rockport shoes to become a part of their inner circle. What this means is that over the next year I will be sporting some new shoes to try out and give you a taste of what Rockport has to offer you as a customer. For the first shoe that I was able to try as a part of this program I was given the Total Motion Moc Toe in Coach Brown. 

 

One question that I must ask each of you is whether you are the type of person that dresses up for work? If you do, are you on your feet a lot each day? If you answered yes to both of these, answer the final question, which is How do your feet feel by the end of the day? For me, I wear dress shoes daily and I do a lot of standing and walking around. By the end of the day my feet are exhausted and so am I. This is especially true when I am at events where I am forced to stand on hard floors for long periods of time. I find myself shifting from foot to foot trying to get comfortable, but only ending up more uncomfortable in the end.

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With this in mind I chose to take the #RockportChallenge and try these shoes and compare them to my sneakers. Rockport claims that their shoes are as comfortable as your sneakers are, and I have to say, in starting this challenge that this would definitely be a first for me if the shoes were this comfortable. So, let me fast forward now. I decided to wear these new shoes religiously for a few days at work. I had a number of events where I was standing and walking and I contrasted these to my sneakers on another day. I have to be blunt and say that I did not honestly notice much of a difference at all between wearing these shoes and tennis shoes they were that comfortable. At the end of the day after wearing the Rockport shoes my feet were not tired, and instead they felt well supported and in complete comfort. This was really a shock for me because I was not expecting this at all.

 

I also was able to select ask someone to try out the same show that I tried. This go around I asked CC Chapman (http://www.cc-chapman.com/) to give it a go and see what he thought! Below is his reaction:

I try to wear dress shoes as little as possible. So, when I do they need to be comfortable and something I can wear all day and forget about them. I had never word Rockports before and I liked their fit and feel. These new shoes are definitely ones I won’t mind wearing in the future.” – CC Chapman

 

In researching Rockport Shoes more, I came to find that one of the reasons my feet were feeling as good as they were was that all Rockport shoes are equipped with ADIPRENE by adidas sport technology , making their dress shoes feel like a pair of running shoes.  One of the other things that was amazing was how these shoes looked because they were definitely dress shoes, not semi-dress, but true dress. I have wished in the past that I could sneak my sneakers into work, but with the fact that I have to wear suits everyday it is an expectation to look my best which means no sneakers. With all this said, comfort is key and after wearing these Rockport shoes I have to say that they definitely deliver.

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