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Thursday, June 22, 2017

T-shirt Thursday!

I am NOT having a good day with technology. Camera doesn't work, phone won't upload pics, Air Book won't charge...ugh. About the only thing that's gone right today is that both Loot Crate and MCC boxes showed up today!

More Than Meets the Eye!
This beauty showed up today in our Loot Crate. Very timely as Transformers: The Last Knight is in theaters now! (Funny how that works) The Marvel Collector Corps box also had a nice shirt, but we'll feature that one next week!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Adventure Continues, #ThanksBaby

Disclosure: The Fandads have partnered with Life of Dad  and Pampers for this promotion. 

Remember those mornings when you would just wake up and not want to get out of bed? There have been many times in my past that I would wish that the days would just fly by. A lot of the times I would not want to get out of bed, but I knew that I had classes to attend and a job to go to, so I did it. I would go through those monotonous days and just feel like this is what my life was going to be. To quote Aesop Rock "Wake, Work, Sleep" and that is not what I wanted for my life.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide

(Disclaimer: Some of the items on the list are affiliate links but all thoughts and opinions are our own.)

It's that time of year again. That time where you start seeing the "Dads and Grads" (why are these two always combined?) signs everywhere and you start wondering what tie you should get your father this year.  Well, if you are in that particular dilemma right now, put down that tie and check out our list of things that dads would like for Father's Day.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

ARMS Review

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a downloadable copy of ARMS for this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

ARMS has been in heavy rotation around the studio for the past couple of weeks. When I found out we were going to have early access to the game it was an awesome and unexpected surprise. Our access came along the same time that the Global Testpunch was happening and it gave me a good chance to try out the game with a lot of other people.

There are a variety of modes to check out online!
My first impressions were that it was a unique game. It's kind of hard to describe and/or compare to anything else. Yes, it's a fighting game, but it's also something else. Grappling? Wrestling? Not quite, but there are elements somewhere in there.

The learning curve seemed to be tough, especially in "thumbs up" mode, which I assume is the way the game is meant to be played. (Thumbs up mode is basically having one Joy-Con in each hand and controlling your fighter by moving your hands and punching to attack.) I got my rear handed to me pretty easily and frequently, even on lower difficulty settings. Master Mummy is the only character I've actually gotten to be somewhat proficient with. Seeing as how I was having some difficulty with the game, I thought I'd give the next generation a try.

I let my girls play for a while, with an extra pair of Joy-Cons they were both able to experience the game in "thumbs up" mode, and they had wildly different experiences. One of my girls was frustrated and couldn't get the game to do what she wanted it to. Unfortunately she ended up being upset and quickly gave up on the game. Daughter #2 though, couldn't get enough. She was sticking and moving like a pro and quickly decimated her sister. She then moved on to me and it wasn't pretty. I can 100% assure you that I wasn't trying to let her win and she mopped the floor with me.

Although it was fun for her, I believe that this is one of the issues I have with the game. My five year daughter was able to beat me to a pulp by essentially button-mashing with the right character. Again, it might be me and my lack of experience with the game, but it didn't interest me enough to want to keep playing it so I could actually get better.

The Hoops, V-Ball, and Skill Shot modes offer some depth to the game, I actually found those modes more enjoyable than the fighting, but the "story" mode, or Grand Prix, didn't hold my attention. The characters aren't very interesting either. Yes, they look cool, and ARMS is definitely different, but it still wasn't wowing me.

Determined to give it more of a chance, I let my "focus group" AKA students at school, try it out. Well,  it turns out maybe this game isn't for me. The kids loved it. the characters, the colors, they really got into it. They also didn't seem to be having too many problems learning the controls. I'm sure part of it was because kids are so quick to pick up games these days, but it also could have been that they were playing "traditionally" with the Joy-Cons. I didn't want any kids accidentally punching themselves so I had them play with one Joy-Con each and it seemed to work out well. I actually started playing this way and with the controls attached to the Switch and the game seems to be a bit more bearable this way. I guess it's just not my cup of tea.

So my final verdict is that Dads could probably give this one a pass, if you're into fighting games there are definitely better options out there. That being said, this might be a good pick up for the kids. There isn't any blood and the characters are pretty abstract. It's rated E 10+, so it's good for anyone 10 and up but my kids, both under 10, seemed to be fine with it.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

T-Shirt Thursday

Today's T-shirt Thursday shirt comes from our friends at Super7. We featured them a few weeks ago with the Veritech Fighter t-shirt and this time we are featuring them again with another awesome shirt. This Hawkins Power & Light shirt looks vaguely familiar...almost like I have scene this scene before. The image on this shirt is fantastic in how it brings up memories of old Activision games box art and reminds me of Pitfall in a way. I bought this shirt for my wife at C2E2 a few months back and I think I want to get one for myself.

When you get a chance, check out Super7's website and browse the other fun shirts that they have there.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Black Panther Teaser Trailer is here!

If you were watching the NBA Finals tonight you might have caught the first teaser trailer for Marvel Studio's Black Panther and it was amazing. If you have not seen it check it out below and be prepared to have your mind blown. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Resident Evil Vendetta One night only Screening

Hey friends, what's better than playing Resident Evil on a big screen television? How about watching a Resident Evil movie at the theaters. Yes, friends Fathom Events is having a special one night only screening on June 19th of Resident Evil:Vendetta. Now, while this is not the Milla Jovovich Resident Evil, this is the third in a series of computer animated Resident Evil movies.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cars 3 Activity Sheets and Screening

Lighting McQueen is heading back to the big screen in Cars 3 later this month and to get your ready for that day we have some cool activity sheets for you and your children. From a race track maze to building an actual race track to race with your children, we have got you covered. For our friends in Chicago, we have something extra for you, keep reading to find out what.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wonder Woman Premium Statue Giveaway

Disclaimer: Sideshow Collectibles is an affiliate with Fandads and they are sponsoring this contest. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

With the release of the new Wonder Woman movie the Fandads have the fantastic opportunity to be involved in an awesome giveaway with our friends at Sideshow Collectibles. Sideshow is giving our readers the opportunity to win this fantastic Wonder Woman statue. All you need to do is click on this link and and write "Fandads" in the box that asks where you learned about this contest.

Handcrafted with austere beauty and fierce determination, Princess Diana of Themyscira dons her iconic costume of stars and stripes, sworn to protect the world and uphold her mantle as Wonder Woman. Granted divine superhuman powers and superior combat skills, the warrior princess is ready to gracefully accept any challenge, armed with her golden Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets, and tiara. The Wonder Woman collectible figure carries a long spear across her shoulders, and her iconic shield grasped firmly at her side - but above all, she carries the Amazons’ message of peace and justice.

Contest ends June 8th. 

Pretty simple and easy to do. Enter today!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

T-Shirt Thursday!

The Goonies Never Say Die!

I have to say that my Loot Crates have been somewhat lacking as of late, that being said, this month's edition was awesome!

Wonder Woman review and giveaway.

It is kind of crazy when you think about it, but Wonder Woman has not had a big screen appearance in all of her 75 years until Batman v Superman came out last year.  The movie itself was decent, but when the chords from the electric cello drops and she appears on screen you sat up in your chair and probably said to yourself, “Oh, things are going to get good now.” Well friends, not only did it get good, but her first full-length movie took that to another level. Yes, Wonder Woman was worth the wait.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Amazon Prints is REALLY worth the try!’ $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won! #ad #AmazonPrints

Disclaimer: Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post and providing prizes for the giveaway!

With the summer coming up and the children getting out of school, now is the best time to let you know about Amazon's photo printing service. Amazon has launched a photo printing service that allows all customers to print their memories.  Prime members can upload images to their Prime Photos account, print the product of their choice, and receive free delivery. If you’re not a Prime member, you’ll receive 5 GB of storage free on Prime Photos and be able to print your favorite photos.  Prints start as low as $0.09.

Friday, May 26, 2017

What to do: The Tattoos and Fighting Edition

Looking for some fun stuff to do in the Chicagoland area this weekend or something you can do at home. Check out our latest episode of What to Do! (Still taking suggestions for a better title for this.)

Despicable Me 3 Tattoo Parlor

If you are in the downtown area and want to get a holographic tattoo by a few minions, head on over to Millennium Park this weekend for the Despicable Me 3 Traveling Tattoo Parlor. At the parlor kids of all ages can get a holographic tattoo and pose for a photo or two.

The parlor will be near the Chase Promenade South and will run Saturday through Monday from 11am to 6pm. 

Looking to fight with old friends?

If you have a Nintendo Switch Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers  is now available to buy through the Nintendo eShop. The fighting game features the full Street Fighter II roster, plus two new roster additions – Evil Ryu and Violent Ken – as well as a host of new single- and multiplayer features. 

Some of these features are:

  •  Co-Op Battle: In this new mode, players can join forces in teams of two as they battle together against a computer-controlled opponent. Players share a health bar and can coordinate attacks to perform powerful combos.
  •  "Way of the Hado": In "Way of the Hado" mode, players can fight enemies in first-person using the Joy-Con controllers. Iconic special moves like the HADOKEN can be activated using the motion controls of the Joy-Con.
  •  Two graphic modes: With the simple push of a button, players can change between the game's classic pixel art and modern high-definition graphics.
  •  Arcade Mode returns: The classic Arcade Mode returns in Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. After battling through all the computer-controlled characters in the game, players can view character-specific endings.
  •  Color Editor: Customize characters and costume colors using this new mode. Players can now bring their favorite character into battle with more style and personality than ever before!

So there you go. Get yourself a tattoo this weekend and show how tough you can be virtually by fighting other fighters from around the world.  Enjoy you weekend friends! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Get ready to meet Sqweeks from Transformers: The Last Knight this summer!

With the upcoming release of Transformers: The Last Knight this summer get ready to meet one of the stars of the movie. Throughout the summer Sqweeks will be making appearances at various cons and festivals to give fans a sneak peek into the latest Transformers movie.

Make sure you check the calendar below to see when he in your city. At these stops attendees will be able to take their selfies with this rising star before he gets too big for photos. So snap a picture and share it on the Transformers social networks: Facebook: / TransformersMovie, Twitter: @Transformers, Instagram: @TransformersMovie, Snapchat: TFMovie. Just be careful that that Decepticons do not catch you.

May 25-28           Phoenix – Phoenix Comic Con

May 27-28           San Francisco – San Francisco Carnival

June 1-4              Philadelphia – Wizard World Comic Con

June 3-4              San Diego – San Diego County Fair at Del Mar Fairgrounds

June 5                 Wilkes Barre, PA – WWE Monday Night Raw

June 9-11            Dallas – Taste of Dallas

June 10               New York – 116th Street Festival/Puerto Rican Pride Weekend

June 13               Boston - Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies

June 16-18          Detroit (Brooklyn, MI) – Firekeepers 500 NASCAR

                           Last Stop – TBD

Transformers: The Last Knight

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

Transformers: The Last Knight releases in theaters on June 21.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rocking out with Rock Dog Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Rock Dog in exchange for a giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

I missed seeing Rock Dog when it was out in the theaters and was excited to get a copy to review with my family. The story is one that we have seen many times: the father has a set goal for his son. The son has his own dreams and goals and before long the son's new talent comes in handy. Now why that may sound like a quick recap of the movie, there is so much more to it.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Having fun for a great cause. #RedNoseDay

Parents how many time does this scenario sound familiar? You're children are telling you that they are hungry and when you get dinner prepared and set on the table they say that they are not hungry. Sometimes they say that they do not like what you made for dinner or come up with some other excuse. Sadly, while your children have the luxury of being picky about what they eat there are many children that do not have this option.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray release and Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Disney to help promote the upcoming release of Beauty and the Beast in exchange for digital copies of the movie to giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Earlier this year the Fandads were invited to an advance screening of Beauty and the Beast and we were blown away by how magical the movie was with actual actors in the roles instead of animated characters.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sharing our memories of Bambi #Giveaway

(Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Disney to promote the 75th Anniversary release of Bambi in exchange for a giveaway opportunity for our readers. All thoughts, opinions belong to the Fandads and our fellow contributors.) 

With the 75th anniversary of Bambi being released on Blu-ray soon, the Fandads wanted to celebrate the release of the film by thinking back to what our favorite memories of the movie were.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Another Fantastic Time at C2E2!

C2E2 has come and gone and the Fandads were there to take in all the wonders it had to offer, and this year did it offer some goodies for the entire family. The Fandads went down there with a few missions and were we able to accomplish them? Keep reading to find out.

T-Shirt Thursday

Today's shirt is bought to you from the team at Super7. I saw this shirt at C2E2 and like the lady in Napoleon Dynamite who saw the model ship, I looked at my wife and said "I want that!" This shirt stood out to me from all the shirts they had on display. I mean this is Rick Hunter's Veritech Fighter! How could you not want a shirt with this vehicle on it!

For those of you that do not know where this vehicle is from you need to go to Netflix and binge watch Robotech. This was one of my favorite shows growing up and I can not wait to share it with my children. I hope they love it as much as I did. What's not to love? Amazing space battles, fantastic vehicles that can transform and a pretty great storyline. Robotech was one of the coolest shows I would watch growing up and I'm glad I can share it with my children and rock this shirt to show others about the greatness that is Robotech.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Horsing around with Spirit: Riding Free #giveaway

(Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Netflix to promote Spirit: Riding Free in exchange for a giveaway opportunity for our readers. All thoughts, opinions are our own or that of our children.) 

On May 5th a new show premiered on Netflix about a group of girls and the horses they befriend called Spirit: Riding Free. Now while this show is not a continuation of the movie that came out during some of our childhood, it does have a connection to it. The Fandaughters caught a few of the episodes over the weekend and they enjoyed what they saw.

Friday, May 5, 2017

What to do! 

Yeah, yeah we know. We are still working on a better title.

Ok, now that we got that out of the way let's begin with things we can do in the city this weekend.

The Super Hero we need right now. #WonderWoman

I think I talked about how when I was younger my babysitter would always have a stack of comic books for me to read while she took care of me. While many of the books were Marvel, there would be a few DC books hidden among the pile and these were my first introduction to Wonder Woman.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review #GotGVol2

Opening today in theaters across the country is the continuation of the adventures of The Guardians of the Galaxy. The Fandads were lucky to see an advance screening of this movie on Monday and it was a delight to see our old friends on the big screen again along with some new ones. There will be some spoilers in this review, so be warned if you continue reading.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

T-Shirt Thursday - Star Wars Day Edition 

Happy Star Wars Day friends! Today's T-Shirt come from the good folks at Thirteenth Floor. I first saw their designs a few years ago at Wizard World, but back then they only had prints and posters for sale. This year at C2E2, they had a pretty sizable booth on the show floor which not only had the prints, but also shirts and sweaters for men and women. 

I really like their SWVSWWII designs because they have amazing photos from Wolrd War II with Star Wars characters or vehicles embedded in them. The shirt I bought has a group of soldiers looking at a downed Tie-Fighter. Check out their website when you can and look at their other designs. 

Thanks for reading and May the 4th be with you! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a downloadable copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

The second must buy title for the Nintendo Switch has finally arrived! Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is out and it's time to start your engines! Most of you are probably quite familiar with the Mario Kart series, some of you might even be owners of Mario Kart 8, so you're probably thinking why do I need another copy?

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!