googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Get a "Power Up" in your next Happy Meal. 

Starting today and running through May 22, anyone who purchases a Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s restaurants across the U.S. will receive one of eight fun toys based on Super Mario characters. These classic and instantly recognizable characters are also featured in the upcoming Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game for Nintendo’s newest system, Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo fans will want to collect each of the eight toys, which include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Invincible Mario, a Red Koopa Shell and 1-Up Mushroom. Each one of the toys has a special function, like a translucent Mario that lights up in different colors.

In addition to the toys, families can take their fun to the next level by entering a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 100 Nintendo Switch Prize Packs inclusive of a Nintendo Switch system and the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game. Eligible customers that scan and purchase a meal at McDonald’s using the McDonald’s mobile app between now and May 22 will be entered. Customers get one entry for redeeming any deal in the app and two entries when they purchase a Happy Meal. No purchase is necessary to enter. The sweepstakes is open only to residents of the United States who are 13 and older. Official rules for the sweepstakes, including details about how to enter without making a purchase, can be found at online and and at participating McDonald’s restaurants.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Getting the sleep I need thanks to the Beautyrest #SleepTracker monitor.

Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Life of Dad and Beautyrest for this campaign. All thoughts, opinions and good night sleep are our own. 

Parents, remember the good old days when you really did not care about sleep? Those days where you used to go out all night with your friends and sleep in the next day until the afternoon?

How many of us wish we had all those missed sleep opportunities back? I, for one, wish I could sleep again like I used to in my pre-children days. It's not that I don't sleep enough, it's just that I think I need healthier habits for my sleep routine.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Things to do!

The Fandads have been thinking about doing these type of post for a while and here is the debut of a new section where we will highlight things to do in Chicago over the weekend. Depending on what activities are going on we will highlight a few things that we think you and your family will enjoy doing in the city.

Let’s begin.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

National Husband Appreciation Day (yeah, that's a thing)

Hey Dads, does the image above look familiar? You come home from work and are trying to relax or in my case, trying to catch up on some posts and you are overwhelmed. Well, what not treat yourself to something nice this like a show and a massage to celebrate National Husband Appreciation Day.  (Yes, friends, this is a thing.)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Eating to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital. 

Disclaimer: The Fandads are St. Jude Ambassadors and we want to share with our Chicagoland readers an upcoming event that may be of interest to them. Photos provided by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Being a "sporty dad" I try to watch what I eat, especially since I'm starting to train again for some upcoming runs. So while I limit certain intakes of food, I make sure to have a cheat day every now and then. Well my friends, if I'm going to have a cheat day, May 2 seems like the best day to do it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Becoming agents with #SafehouseChicago

The following post might have or have not happened. The Fandads were invited to attend the grand opening of Safehouse. All thoughts and opinions are our own. I think we said too much already.

After getting the clearance from Control, the Fandads can tell you about a new location where you can hang out with fellow agents, have some drinks and regal about your latest missions. This place is called Safehouse.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Silicon Valley Season 3 review and giveaway.

Disclaimer: The Fandads were supplied with a review copy of Silicon Valley Season 3 and all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

HBO continues to deliver the strong and smart comedies and Silicon Valley had been one that I have been watching since season 2. That's right, I did not start watching this show when it first premiered. I caught a few episodes of the second season and had to go back to watch the first season and catch up. Clearly, that was a smart move, because this show is great, especially if you are in the tech industry like some of us bloggers are. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Comes Home. #RogueOne 

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a copy of Rogue One:A Star Wars Story for this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

As I sat down and started watching Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I had to stop it half way through the movie. It was not that I did not like the movie. The reason that I did that is because I knew what was going to happen to these characters and I just wanted to have more time with them before the movie was over. (If you have not seen this movie yet, STOP READING NOW! There will be spoilers ahead, so you have been warned.)

T-Shirt Thursday. On a Friday. Again.


They've got a new character. I still haven't had the time to try. (Or I haven't been able to pull myself away from BOTW) Anyway, here's our T-Shirt this week!

Primal Rage!
Winston! Ok that's it for this week, thanks for reading as always! Oh and can you believe we missed our Fandadaversiary, seven years yesterday! Crazy!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dadlete in Progress - T-Shirt Thursday

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with gear free of charge. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

This isn't our usual T-Shirt Thursday post. I know you're used to seeing nerdy shirts from comic books or video games but today I'm posting a pic of some of my latest workout gear. (I know it's also on a Friday

Russell hooked us up with some workout gear and a sweet #DADLETE bag. It's comfortable to work out in, looks pretty good, and best of all they have my size!

I'm a little bit on the larger side and it can be hard to find clothes sometimes, especially comfy workout clothes, but these clothes have been an awesome fit so far.

Fitness is important to us here at Fandads, and while I've been kind of keeping my progress quiet, I'm steadily making my way toward being a more fit father and a better example for my children. I've still got a long road ahead of me but inspiration can be found everywhere if you just look.

Another Target Knocked Down
Thanks for reading! #Dadlete, #GetHealthy, #LetsGoChamp, #NDCQ.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Digital HD Giveaway #RogueOne  

The Star Wars universe is so massive that there are infinite stories that can be told about it. Why is Boba Fett the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy? Why do people age so fast on Tatooine and why did Willrow Hood decide to save his ice cream maker when the Empire invaded Cloud City? 

Monday, March 27, 2017

It's time to start running again!

Last year's Shamrock Shuffle

Next Sunday, April 2, I will be running in my fourth Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. I will be running with thousands of other runners throughout Chicago's downtown area and celebrating the beginning of the running season. Last year I ran the race in a pair of Lee Khakis just because they were so flexible and comfortable. This year, I don't know how I'll dress, but if you follow us on Instagram, you will probably see a picture or two of the run.

So why do I run? Why would I wake up early on a Sunday morning and run 5 miles? Well, one reason is: "Why not?" Why not take advantage of the time you have on this planet and go out and do something new and different that you have never done before. I like the notion of running on these busy downtown streets without the worries of cars hitting me when I am crossing the streets. It is also exciting to see all the people cheering you on as you run through the city and getting that rush when you cross the finish line. Yeah, I can't wait for that moment.

Mario Sports Superstars Review

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a downloadable copy of Mario Sports Superstars for this review. All thoughts, opinions and sore thumbs are our own.

Mario Sports Superstars brought me back to the days of the Wii U. It felt similar to what Wii Sports was. Enjoyable, easy to pick up, and a good way to spend some time. Playing on the 3DS is a nice bonus in that you can take it to go. Want to get a quick soccer match in? No problem. Hit the links for a quick nine? Mario Sports Superstars has you covered.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

T-Shirt Thursday!

With the new Power Rangers movie hitting theaters tomorrow, we thought this would be the perfect tee for T-Shirt Thursday!

It's Morphin' Time!
Once again another t-shirt from Loot Crate. This tee was shipped in their latest crate! Go Go Power Rangers!

What do your actions say about you?

Every morning when I go to work I take the train for a 45 minute ride to Downtown Chicago. The ride is usually quiet at the beginning and then the noise starts to amp up as we get closer to the center of the city. During the ride I, like mostly everyone on the train, am staring down at my phone, catching up on emails, reading Facebook posts and reading posts by my fellow dad bloggers. You know, trying to be productive while riding the train.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Get your voices ready to Sing! #SingMovie Review

Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Illumination Entertainment for this review and giveaway. All thoughts, opinions, and singing out loud are our own. 

Animated movies have come a long way since I first started watching them when I was little. Back then the stories were simple and not too complex for children to enjoy them. Nowadays, a lot of animated movies have authentic emotions attached to them, that there is a lot to see than just what is on the surface. When I first saw commercials for Sing, I thought it was just going to be a movie about a talent competition, but there was a lot more to it than that.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Relive a tale as old as time #BeautyandtheBeast Review

As most children, my daughter goes through phases with her Disney movies. Most parents know this routine. One movie is played constantly on a loop until they find another movie to replace it. So with all these movies being played endlessly, I'm kind of glad that one of those was not Beauty and the Beast. The reason I say that is because when we were able to see it on the big screen again after not seeing it for so long, it brought back feelings of nostalgia and made, at least for me, the experience feel like I was watching it for the first time.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

One door closes, another one will open, eventually

So here it is again. That feeling of disappointment. That feeling that I let others down. I get this feeling every now and then, but today it just hit me at the worst time.

Today I was running late for work due to shoveling the March snow in the morning. Yeah. You read that right. Snow in March. Well, anyways I woke up early to shovel the snow and then I had to drive my children to my in-laws house and drop off the car and head to work.

The snow ensured that everyone would drive like they have never seen the powdery stuff before. The normal five minute ride almost tripled and I'm including the return trip home.

When I got to work I had a message from the recruiting department if I had a minute to talk.

Here's a thing about me; even though I post a lot of things for the Fandads social media pages, I try to keep some personal life moments to myself. There have been plenty of times when I would mention something to someone or post something online and it falls apart.

A few examples. I used to work for a marketing and promotion company once and sometimes I would be in charge of setting the itineraries up for artists that were coming to town. I would call the stores, set up times and pass it to my manager for approval. I would usually get "since you made the itinerary, you can ride along with artist "so-and-so" for the in-stores." I would let me friends know and then, either the artist cancels or something else comes up that I can't go.

There have been many other instances like that, but I don't want to bore you with my bad luck stories.

Ok, so what's the point in all of this and why was someone from recruiting messaging me? Well, since the week I returned from Dad 2.0 I had a few interviews with another department at the company I'm currently working for. This new position would be permanent and will help me in achieving my goal of providing for my family.

Well after a few weeks and constant prodding by co-workers I found out today that I did not get the position. I made a point of not saying anything to anyone in fear that I might jinx it. My wife obviously knew and just told me to let her know when I hear something. She knows I don't like talking about things like this until it's official.

Being told I wasn't getting the position stung. I had, what I thought were two pretty stellar interviews. We were laughing and intrigued  in what we were saying to each other, so I thought my shot was good. I knew not to get cocky though and just decided to wait and see what will happen.

So after all of this build up and receiving the news today I feel like I let my family down. I feel like this could have been the beginning of something bigger, but now it won't be.

Am I sad about this? Yes. Yes I am, but I know when one door closes another one will open. I'll let myself feel disappointed about this for awhile, but as soon as my train reaches my stop and I step out the door to walk home, those feeling of sadness will stay on the train and keep going. I'm not going to stop and will keep moving forward.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Getting electric with Monster High: Electrified #giveaway

When I was little I always wanted to hang out with the Hollywood Monsters. I thought it would be fun to go to the mall with Frankenstein and the Wolfman. Can you imagine that? Walking around in the mall with these two monsters and all the hi-jinx that you would get into. That would be a fantastic time. Am I the only one that thought this way?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 trailer! #GOTGVol2

Last night the latest trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was released and it shows our favorite group of misfits, with some new friends, doing what they do best: shooting stuff up and showing the quirky relationship that they have with each other.

Let's talk about the poster for a minute. This poster is a great throwback to late 70's, early 80's science fiction movies. I like the way it looks like Star-Lord is disco dancing while everyone else is in an action pose. This is definitely a poster I want in my office at home.

"Here I am" A weekend in San Diego with Dadbloggers, LEGO Batman and Andrew McCarthy.

Going to Dad 2.0 Summit is one of my favorite times of the year. I get to hang out with the fellow dads I talk to online throughout the year and I get to learn some new things for the blog. Trying to recap the Dad 2.0 Summit is pretty hard to do in one post, so I am just going to highlight some events that happened this year.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tee Shirt Thor's Day!

I probably should've saved that tagline for when we were posting a Thor T-shirt...

Anyway since we once again missed a week, you're getting a two for! Twofer? Twinsies?

Another awesome couple of shirts. I especially like the Xavier's shirt. I acquired these through my Marvel Collector's Corp subscription box but they're also available at Walmart.

That's it for today, better late than never!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Have a Red Valentine's Day with Game of Thrones

Just in time for Valentine's Day HBO is bringing you some fun Valentine's Cards to share with your loved one on this special day. So if you want to call someone the moon to your life or break some vows that you were told to uphold there is a card for you. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

T-Shirt Thursday

Today's T-shirt Thursday comes to you from sunny San Diego. The fantastic folks at Fodada have supplied the shirts for this year's Dad 2.0 Summit and they are comfortable.  The back of the shirt reads "San Diego 2017" and with the long sleeves it will keep me warm on those cold Chicago nights.

Until next week, friends!

Lessons from Dad 2.0 Summit in Washington D.C.

By the time you read this I will already be home. Depending on the day I post this I might be doing laundry, working at one of my two jobs or just hanging out with my children. The Dad 2.0 summit would have been over and everything has returned back to normal. 

Don’t get me wrong I am happy with everything going back to normal. The weekend of the summit feels so rushed and busy that I feel better with the slowed down pace of my home life. I enjoy soaking in all the moments with my family at home. As much I as am happy to be home though, I am also sad that the Summit has ended too fast.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Getting Schooled by the Vice Principals and HBO

I have been a fan of Danny McBride for a good while. From the Foot Fist Way to the HBO series, "Eastbound and Down" his type of raw humor always made me laugh out loud. If you are a fan of his humor and his HBO show then I hope you have been watching him in the hilarious "Vice Principals" on HBO

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Latest look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 #GotGVol2

What an awesome new poster! I am so excited about this movie that just seeing this new teaser spot has me wishing it was May already! This new spot shows us a lot of great moments: Drax about to jump into some big monster's mouth, Gamora firing a "HOLY CRAP IS THAT GUN HUGE!" gun, Rocket being Rocket with the quips and Yondu walking around while controlling his arrow with his whistles.

While there a lot other great moments, I recommend checking out the trailer below and mark your calendar for May 5th.  Who knows what other great scenes we will see in the movie.

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2" continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel Cinematic universe continues to expand. 

Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The Screenplay is by James Gunn. Marvel's Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2" Blast into theaters on May 5, 2017. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

T-Shirt Thursday!

I know, I know another Loot Crate shirt, I'll try to find something that's not from them but they make cool shirts and I sub, so what can I say!

I hear they also dabble in electronics

Monday, January 30, 2017

Making big moves with HBO's Ballers and The Rock!

Disclaimer: HBO provided the Fandads with a review copy for this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Dwayne Johnson is having a pretty good year. From hit comedies with Kevin Hart, playing a demigod in the Disney movie Moana and starring on the hit HBO show Ballers, its seem like The Rock has been busy cooking a lot of great stuff.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

What does it take to be the #KingOfSoup #Sponsored

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Idahoan® Foods for this campaign, but my opinions, dirty dishes, and a full stomach are all my own.

I remember in the early 2000's BC (Before Children), my wife and I would spend countless nights eating dinner at nice, not too fancy, restaurants and enjoying our meals at our own pace. We would talk about the state of the world and life in general. Who am I kidding, I was probably rambling on and on about some comic books I read and she was probably just being nice and listening to me. You know, good conversation.

All that changed once our first child was born. When she was a baby it was all candy and glitter as she slept in her car seat and we enjoyed our meal. If she started getting antsy, we would give her a bottle or her pacifier and all would be golden.  As she got older, things started to change. Fussiness would become crying and crying would lead to tantrums. It would get to the point that we would have to rush sometimes and our nice long dinners turned into asking for to-go containers once our food arrived.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Finding out Who you Are with Moana

In the middle of singing "How Far I'll Go", Moana looks out to the sea and says "What is wrong with me?".  I remember the first time I saw Moana, I did not really pay attention to those words, but the second time I saw it, those words hit me because I knew I said something similar to that when I was a young boy.

A Healthy Resolution with Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions, bumps and bruises are my own. 

With the beginning of the new year, everyone makes a resolution to start doing something different for themselves. Whether it is to lose weight, eat healthier or stop smoking, we all look to change ourselves for the new year.

As for myself, I decided that I am going to start saving money on some of the things I love doing: running and obstacle races. Every year, I spend around $300 or more dollars on entrance fees to do some of these events, but I realized that I can cut down on these expenses if I started using Groupon more.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Another Thursday means another T-Shirt!

This week's shirt is the latest one from Loot Crate! I swear they're not sponsors, I just love their Tees!

God I'm old.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Long Way North makes the journey home tomorrow

Last year, the Fandads were lucky enough to see the animated movie Long Way North. With all the animated movies that were released last year, it was refreshing to see one that did not have musical numbers or 3D rendered characters. Although Long Way North did not have the same conventions as those movies, it did follow the tradition of having a strong female character in the lead role. You can read our review here and then you can experience it at home starting today on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital HD. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Get transported to a new world with Barbie Video Game Hero

Barbie has been around forever and will probably still be around after we are long gone, but throughout the years Barbie keeps changing with the times. With video games and virtual reality being big right now, it only makes sense for Barbie to find her way into a video game world with the upcoming release of her new adventure: Barbie Video Game Hero

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Return of T-Shirt Thursday!

I know Thursday is almost over and it's the second Thursday of the month but one of our resolutions for 2017 was to bring back T-Shirt Thursday!

Everyone knows that 2016 sucked for a lot of reasons but one thing that was absolutely amazing was the World Series. So how could we NOT have this shirt as one of our Thursday Tees.

Since we missed last week, here's a bonus tee from our friends at Loot Crate.

By the way if you're not watching Mr. Robot you are missing out!

That's it for this week! Keep an eye out for our podcast coming soon!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Get ready to have fun with #RockDog

With winter hitting hard in some areas and children looking for something to keep them busy while indoors, why not rock out to some fun activity sheets from the upcoming movie, Rock Dog.  

Look out here comes the Lion Guard!

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Look out, here comes the Lion Guard!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tackling Divorce with HBO's new comedy series

(Disclaimer: Our friends at HBO provided us with a copy of their show Divorce for a review and giveaway. All thoughts, opinions, and uncomfortable laughs are our own.) 

The topic of divorce is not one that seems like it is made for a comedy, but the new HBO series Divorce finds the right balance of humor and seriousness that makes it work. The series stars Sarah Jessica Parker, back on HBO after her long run as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, and Thomas Haden Church as a couple that has come to the end of their run after a hilarious incident at the birthday party of a close friend.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Blue Man Group announces new Winter Dates!

The Fandads have been lucky to experience the fantastic show that the Blue Man Group throw and if you have not gone yet, we highly recommend checking it out. With the winter season here, why not spend some time indoors and catch a show at the Briar Street Theater. Check out the new performance dates that have been announced.

Here is Disney's movie slate for 2017. Are you ready?

Yesterday, Disney released their line-up of movies that are going to be released in 2017 and there are a few that have me really excited! The obvious ones are Star Wars and the Marvel movies, but Coco and Cars 3 has me really intrigued. Check out the movies below and let us know which ones you are excited about in the comment section.