googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

How do you define aging? #DadsDisruptAging

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by Disrupt Aging from AARP. All thoughts, opinions and body pains are my own. 

Have you ever thought about why you do the things you do? For me, it's trying to be athletic and show my children how athletic I am, but that has not always been the story. I was never much of an athlete when I was younger. I ran around with my friends playing games like freeze tag, and hide-n-seek, but never anything too strenuous. When I went to high school, I joined a few teams, but not being physically fit, my high school athletic career did not advance at all. After graduation, I started thinking that I passed my prime. I passed my time to be fit and to be athletic, but all that changed when I had my daughter.

I have written before about how I knew I needed to get in some type of shape when my daughter was born. I mean a good percentage of parenting is cardio, right? Chasing your children around at home. Chasing them around at the park. Running them from one activity to another. So with all of this running, it was a no-brainer for me to take up running. Running was my sport of choice, by default and it not only proved to be beneficial but also good for my soul.

As I ran I would think about what I needed to do throughout the week. I would plan ways to potty train my daughter and think about what fun adventures we can have at home, but I also had time for myself to reflect. I started thinking about how good running made me feel and why I did not start doing this earlier. I also started thinking about how I can start pushing myself to do more physically.

So here I am. A dad in my mid-thirties and I have just discovered running and I started looking into doing obstacle course racing. When I went to my first race I stood out like a sore thumb. I did not look physically fit like the other participants, but my mind was ready. I figured that I would go into this race with the same mindset that I have for running: Just keep moving forward and don't stop. I survived my first race and I was hooked.

Let's fast forward a little. As I am approaching my mid-40s I have run two full marathons and have done five Spartan races. One of the great things is that by doing these races my children have seen that even though dad is an "old man" he can compete with the other people on the field. By seeing this, they have started running the children's race themselves and that is a great thing. 

I am always trying to instill in my children that they can do anything that they want if they put their minds to it. I tell them that it does not matter how old they are, how tall they are or how fast they are, as long as they believe in themselves they can accomplish anything. 

I feel that as I am getting older I am getting younger mentally because I do not define myself by my age. I define myself by the person I am and right now I do not think I am in my mid-40s. I think that by my children seeing me run through mud and jump over obstacles, they will feel that they can do that too when they become my age. They will see that age is really just a number and they can accomplish many great things no matter what their real age is. 

Can you imagine that? A world where we are judged on our actual values and experience and not just age. I think that this generation of parents can help redefine that mindset and show people that we should not place people in a box due to their age. Age just equals experience and old dogs can show younger dog new tricks. I'm glad that I can be mentally and physically fit for my children and I can not wait until the day that we can all run an obstacle course race together. 

How do you define aging? Please join me in this discussion in the comments below. You can also visit or follow the hashtag #daddisruptaging on Twitter and Instagram to see how some dads are Disrupting aging.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mary Poppins Returns: An Amazing Experience to Watch at Home

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Mary Poppins Returns in exchange for a review and giveaway opportunity for our readers. All thoughts, opinions, and elated feelings of joy are our own. 

Sometimes there are movies that you do not et the chance to see in the theaters and you kick yourself when you watch them at home. Mary Poppins Returns is one of those movies that should have been experienced in the theaters, but with its recent release on digital and now on Blu-ray, it is a movie that just needs to be experienced by your family.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Wonder Park shows us that our imagination is a wonderful thing.

Disclaimer: The Fandads attended an early screening of Wonder Park in exchange for a review and product for a giveaway. All words, thoughts, opinions, and love of chimpan-zombies are our own. 

As a child, the one thing that we have that makes playing with our toys so much fun is our imagination. With our imagination, we take our toys to far away worlds and have adventures that some time rival the books and movies that we see. In these worlds, our characters have lives of their own and rely on you for their next adventure. What would happen to these characters if you lose your imagination? What would happen to this world if you never went back? Thankfully, Wonder Park is here to give us some answers to those questions.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Cartoon Network Arcade launches today!!

Cartoon Network fans, today a new app was released that will keep you entertained for hours. The Cartoon Network Arcade launches today and you have to get your hands on it. Let us tell you why.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Saving the universe with Captain Marvel

Why is her name missing from the plane? 

Who is Carol Danvers? Who is Captain Marvel? Why is she getting a movie now and where was she all of this time? These are probably a few questions that many people who are not familiar with the Marvel character have, but these questions do get answered and show us why Captain Marvel is a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Being Internet Awesome with Wreck-It Ralph and Google.

In Ralph Breaks the Internet we see Ralph and Venellope traveling inside the internet and meeting all types of characters. From the cool and fast driving Shank to the strange and seedy Double Dan. While this was an animated movie and we knew that Ralph and Venellope would be safe by the end, we all need to know how to traverse the internet and Google's Be Internet Awesome initiative is a great way to help parents teach their children how to be safe online. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Make Ariel Part of Your World with this Signature Edition Home Release

Disclaimer: The Fandads received a review copy in exchange for promoting the home release of The Little Mermaid and hosting a giveaway. All thoughts, opinions and what is that called? Oh yeah, laughs, are our own. 

Out of all the Disney movies that I have seen with my daughter I am surprised that we have never introduced her to The Little Mermaid. She knows most of the Disney Princesses, but Ariel was the one that she has heard of, but never seen. With the upcoming release 30th anniversary release of this beloved classic, it arrived digitally on February 12th, we will finally go to that magical world under the sea together.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Who you gonna call? Transformers!!

Autobots, Decepticons and ghosts?! Hasbro, Inc. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products today revealed the first-ever TRANSFORMERS-Ghostbusters Collaborative figure, the ECTO-1 ECTOTRON, available at GameStop summer of 2019 and for pre-order starting February 15 at, GameStop and EB Games Canada. This year marks the 35th anniversary of both the TRANSFORMERS brand & the original Ghostbusters film.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Get Ready for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Last year there were so many great movies that came out at the theaters and sadly we were not able to see them all. One movie that I wished that we saw in the theaters was The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. This was an amazing movie filled with fantastic images that would require multiple viewings. Now you can re-watch this Disney hit over and over again since it was just released this past Tuesday. 

Get Ready to Break Stuff with Ralph Breaks the Internet

One of the funniest movies we saw earlier this year was Ralph Breaks the Internet and it is coming home for you to enjoy again in a few weeks. You can read our review of the theater release here and read what the home release is going to come packed with below. Our review of the home release will come soon.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Get Ready for a Fun Adventure with The Kid Who Would Be King

From the first time I saw the trailer to "The Kid Who Would Be King", I instantly thought of "The Goonies", "Explorers", and "E.T.". What I have been hearing from early reviews is that this movie is a lot of fun and great for the entire family.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Get Ready for Mickey's Search Party

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests alike. This show starts on January 24th at Allstate Area and runs until the 27th.

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic to Appear at The Chicago Theatre

Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic. Featuring favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage. Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic will visit Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 10, for six performances at The Chicago Theatre. Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is produced by family entertainment giant, Feld Entertainment, in partnership with the non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Are You Ready for the Rexcelsior?

The Lego Movie 2 is coming out next month and the blitz of figures and sets are hitting the stores with a vengeance. While we covered the biggest LEGO set to come out, now we have word on a new set that is sure to be one that you would like in your collection if you are a fan of The Lego Movie. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Shape Comes Home Again

Halloween is one of those horror movies that I watch every time I see it on the television. I remember watching it when I was younger and just being scared everytime Micheal Myers appeared on the screen. While I never got the chance to see the latest Halloween movie, I can now watch it as it comes home today, January 15th.

Are you ready to be scared again with Goosebumps 2?

The first Goosebumps movie was a fun way to see what happens when most of the characters from the Goosebumps stories come to life. It was cool to see them on the screen, but it was also a little scary to see them live, I'm talking to you Slappy!  Get ready to get scared again on January 15th.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Get Ready to Bring Home the Grinch

It seems like the Grinch has been everywhere this winter season in Chicago. He graced the stage of the Chicago Theater in November and was on the big screen at our local theaters. While we did not get a chance to see him on the big screen, we will get the chance to see him on the small screen when Dr. Seuss' The Grinch comes home digitally on January 22 and physically on Feb 5.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Walk on the Moon with First Man

Disclaimer: The Fandads received a review copy of First Man in exchange for promoting the home release of the movie and product to host a giveaway. All thoughts, opinions, and claustrophobic moments are our own. 

Imagine sitting in an experimental rocket and hearing all of the nuts and bolts creak and jiggle as you are shooting into space. That feeling of claustrophobia hitting you as you realize how tight the quarters are for you and your fellow astronauts. Damien Chazelle's First Man makes you feel like you are in all of these scenes in the amazing story of Neil Armstrong's trip to the moon. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Let's Not Make This a Yearly Thing, please!

A few weeks into 2018 my son had a seizure. We did not know it was a seizure at the moment and we spent the day in the ER having all sort of tests and bloodwork done on him. Although it was an interesting way to start the new year, we decided that we were going to make the best of 2018 and not let his condition prevent us from having a great year. 

Well, here we are at the beginning of 2019 and we made another trip to the ER and my son has been admitted. This time we stayed overnight and are looking at another night at the hospital. Before I get ahead of myself, let me start at the beginning. 

LEGO Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg Set is Awesome!

Yesterday was a fun day at the Fandads household because we received the new LEGO catalog with the latest sets coming out in January. While my children and I were excited for all of the new Star Wars sets, Darth Vader's Castle, we also were excited to see all of the set for the new LEGO 2 movie. Little did we know that not all of the sets were on display in the catalog. There was one more that not listed or shown...until now!