Millennial parents have grown up in a hyper sensitive world where seemingly every week a new study arrives telling us what we should or should not be eating or drinking and what we should or should not be putting into out children’s bodies. Too much of this, too little of that and never this but sometimes that and it all gets a little crazy. One thing we can all agree on is that homeopathic medicines are not a fad and are often just what Dr. Mom/Dad ordered. Boiron is the world leader in these medicines that you surely have seen at your local drugstore but have you checked them out? We have. What ails you? It doesn’t really matter they have a fix for nearly everything, stomach ache, cuts and bruises, allergies, colic, teething, flu & cold, sore throat, digestive issues, even your football Sunday hangover. Nux Vomica goes by the common name poison nut and is used to treat, “heartburn or drowsiness due to excessive eating or drinking.” It works, we tried it the morning after our fantasy football draft. Boiron is a name that families can trust, so stock your medicine cabinet with natural relief today. We suggest the products below for your family. (Enter our giveaway HERE for a limited time!)
We have all been that couple standing in the middle of Babies-R-Us testing all the different strollers feeling completely overwhelmed. Stroller shopping is maybe the most stressful part of maternity next to you know…financial planning. Here is something that can help you out in both departments, get a Mia Moda 3-in-1 Marisa stroller. Not only are Mia Moda strollers sleek, not only are they affordable, not only are they a time saver, they are also so very versatile. Versatile is a golden word when it comes to all things, toddler and baby. You want that flexibility to lay your kid flat for nap time on the go. You want that versatility to fold the stroller flat and compact for trips to stores with tiny aisles, you just want options because if option A results in hysterics (for you, your wife or the baby) you want the versatility to move on to option B, and C, and D. Parenting is just 18 years of laying out options for your kids, why not give them as many as possible?
“You go girl” is something a parent of every little girl should be saying all the time. It’s no secret we live in a world where it’s hard growing up female. We can make it a little bit easier for them by offering constant positive encouragement and support and before long our daughters might just be saying “Gomee!” We support the Gomee brand because of it’s message to our girls, “you can do anything, you are amazing!” Gomee has created a line of patches that offer stylish and unique to the individual positive reinforcement. Attaching these patches to shirts, jackets or bag will empower our girls and also open up an important ongoing dialogue on the importance of being one’s true self. Parents can use these great products as a teachable moment that will help shape your daughter’s path forward in life as they grow.
When the editor-in-chief says you have to listen to an album you oblige, of course. Boy are we glad we did this week, Michael Kiwanuka’s new album Love & Hate sounds like it’s from decades ago and given much of it’s message that is not necessarily a good thing. Never the less you need to give it a spin this weekend. Amazon also pushed out a few more of those awesome Pilots you can vote on. Take an hour and check out Jean-Claude Van Johnson and let us know what you think! If you enjoy dark secrets, who doesn’t, check out the tale of an island off the coast of Maine while you swing in your hammock this weekend. In NYC August is street fair season and you can’t escape the smell and allure of street corn. If you can’t make it to NYC worry not you can make it at home too. Has 2016’s election season made you need a beer? Yeah, us too. No matter what side you relate to Half Moon’s Alection IPA has your brew. You’ve gotta…
Hear This: Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
Watch this: The New Amazon Pilots, including “Jean-Claude Van Johnson”
Read this: The Dark Secrets of This Now-Empty Island in Maine
via Atlas Obscura
Eat this: Mexican Street Corn
via Serious Eats
Drink this: Alection IPA’s
From Half Moon Brewing
We may be headed #BackToSchool but there is still some juice left to be squeezed from the waning weekends of summer. We’ve told you how to make the most of your trip to the beach, but we have a few more items you might want to check out to maximize your summer fun.
Get The Coolerbobs Experience! – ($10) Do you need neon lights in your cooler? No. Do you want them? Yup!
Float on Pizza! – ($40) Nothing says you rock the end of summer better than laying on a piece of blown up pizza. (*Model not included, sorry.)
Enjoy the remaining sun & #FreeLochte!
“Are you really still paying for that?” When you have kids you pay for a lot of things. Diapers, wipes, food, bottles, binkies etc. Then you add on all your normal bills and life becomes stressful. In your 30’s you begin to pay for so many different things you start to lose track. Take this for example just the other day my darling wife says “what did you buy at Amazon last week for $9?” “Nothing as I recall.” Well, it turns out when we cut the cord last year but wanted to watch Homeland (Quinns not dead) I added on Showtime to our Prime account. Well, it’s been months and I had forgotten about it and we haven’t watched Showtime in Prime in that ensuing time.
Truebill would have fixed that. Truebill is an app that scours all of your subscriptions and keeps you up to date on what you are paying for, when and how much. You have a one-stop shop where you can cancel and unneeded services instantly and use that money for more important things like late night Wendys runs. All those handy subscriptions really add up by the end of the year so just think about how much money you could be saving with this FREE service. Download today and thank us later.
“Carrots?” “Noe Dadd-ie.” “How about some beans, you love beans?” “Mummy, noooo.” “Ravioli?” “Noe!” “But, listen, you loved ravioli last week just try some okay?” “Noooooo.” What if I put it in this cool fish placemat?” – – – “More…pwease?” If you have a kid over the age of one you know the joys of dinner time, right? Nothing will make it easy unless you want to serve up Lunchables every night so you have to find fun ways to introduce new foods and sometimes that included the foods presentation to the toddler. Hexnub has created a really great silicone placemat/plate that not only makes your life easier but will entertain your fickle kid too.
If you have a kid over the age of one you know the joys of dinner time, right? Nothing will make it easy unless you want to serve up Lunchables every night so you have to find fun ways to introduce new foods and sometimes that included the foods presentation to the toddler. Hexnub has created a really great silicone placemat/plate that not only makes your life easier but will entertain your fickle kid too. “The Fish Placemat is easy to transport and stack. Mats can be rinsed with warm soapy water or placed in the dishwasher. Our placemats are also oven & freezer safe, made out of the highest quality silicone that meets all safety standards (BPA, fishPVC, lead and phthalate free).” We encourage your kids to play with their food on this non-slip placemat. Move those peas from the tail to the eye, stack the eggs along the edge and fill the fish eye with syrup so they dunk those pancakes! We have been using this placemat in our home for a few weeks and while string beans can still be a challenge, things have gotten a lot smoother.
You’re a man. You just spent the afternoon mowing the lawn and weeding the flowerbeds or maybe you spent it ignoring these chores and watching Chopped instead. You split and stacked a half cord of wood before breakfast or maybe you slept off a hangover you got because last night was “Saturday’s Are For The Boys.” You’re a man whether you work up a sweat lugging bales of hay or laying on the couch doing nothing at all and you deserve a laundry detergent that acts like it knows that you are a guy. The only free and clear you want in a detergent is free and of perfumey smells. Frey’s new Oak & Musk has been formulated for the male sensibilities after your wash cycle is complete your clothing will not only be cleaner than using your normal detergent, it will smell subtlety amazing. Two other things you will lover about Frey, each bottle you buy from them they will donate a bottle to someone in need and 10% of each unit sold goes to charity as well. Smell good, do good, be a man.
If you are a Spotify user like most of us are you probably have tons of playlists and starred songs that you never get back around to. Between all the podcasts you have to listen to and you know, being a dad where is the time? Well, a beautiful man named Paul Lamere has got your back. He created a super awesome way to keep your music organized in an endless about or ways, well, not endless that would defeat the point, right? So now, you can choose your mood, your genre preference, your favorite musical era and more with a simple mouse click. Here is how:
With Organize Your Music you can easily organize your saved music. Just follow these steps:
- Select what music you’d like to organize: Your Saved Music; Music you’ve added to playlists; Music in playlists you follow; or all of it.
- Click on Organize your Music. If this is your first visit, you will be asked to …
- Login with your Spotify credentials. Organize Your Music will place all of your tracks into a number of bins. There are Genres, Moods, Decades, Popularity and more, bins with more being added all the time.
- Pick pick one of the bins. You can listen to previews of the songs in the bin. If you like it you can …
- Save the bin to Spotify as a playlist
Don’t worry. Organize Your Music will never modify any of the songs in your saved music or playlists. It will only save new playlists for you, and only when you explictly click on the save button.
We picked a lot of stuff outside the norm for you this weekend. First, listen to a visual list of every #1 song since 1958 (trust us, that sentence makes sense). And we know we focus a lot on beer and the occasional cocktail around here but we still love a good wine which is why we’re checking out this new Hulu docu-series starring Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys. If you read this article you will never look at bounce house the same ever again. And to eat and drink? The two biggest announcements that made waves this week that you really need to incorporate into your imaginary healthy diet. You’ve gotta…
Hear This: Every Top 5 Song From 1958 – 2016
Watch this: The Wine Show
on Hulu (premieres 8/13).
Read this: Bouncy houses are actually bubbles of dangerous, megahot air
via Ars Technica.
Eat this: RXBAR ($26)
Drink this: Soylent Coffiest ($39)
Look, we can’t all be hipster bartenders from Williamsburg mixing up cocktails like we are gunning for an alcohol soaked Michelin Star, now can we? In fact these days it’s hard to find the time to mix more than two kinds of booze together without screwing it up royally. That is why we here at Relevant Dad normally stick–to–beer. When we found EZ-Drinks on Kickstarter we knew we had found the best tool a dad can have for entertaining. With the pitcher and cocktail rulers, you can make 20 different drinks that will impress your friends and woo your wife. With EZ-Drinks you can become a flawless bartender 48oz at a time. The best part of EZ-Drinks is that you can take it on the go. Take it to the tailgate, take it to the beach, take it to your buddies house for football Sunday, take it camping, just don’t let your son take it to college. He has to pay his dues with cheap beers and cheap shots. Back this Kickstarter now and enjoy drinks by the pitcher full very, very soon. read more…
Today is #NationalBookLoversDay, well, maybe not today it really depends on when you are reading this. Caveat time, we think every day can be book lovers day right? Science proves it, your parents proved it, time has proved it, reading to your kids is super important. One of the best books to a dad can read to their kiddo is Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli. We also suggest grabbing the English/Spanish version Faster! Faster!/Mas Rapido! Mas Rapido! because there is nothing cuter than your son riding daddy horsey yelling “Mas Rapido daddy!” Buy it today and your own personal #NationalBookLoversDay can be any day you choose.
We are officially in the dog days of summer kids. It’s hot here on the east coast and we found an amazing watermelon mojito you need to perfect this august. While the Olympics are in full swing we doubt you will watch much else but if you do check out the much-anticipated doc on HBO, Hitchcock/Truffaut, two of the greats squaring off, it should be fascinating. On your lazy Sunday morning take a listen to the godmother of post-punk who helped shape a movement in its hour of conception. It’s amazing. Also, about those killer hangovers you have been getting since, oh, 27ish…yeah, there is an explanation. If only there was a cure. You’ve Gotta…
Hear this: Vivien Goldman Resolutionary (Songs 1978-1982)
Watch this: Hitchcock/Truffaut (8/8)
Read this: Why Your Hangovers Just Keep Getting Worse With Age
Via New York Magazine.
Eat this: Roasted Artichoke with Anchovies & Aioli
Via House & Garden
Drink this: Watermelon Mojito
Via Bite Me More
“To be the perfect parent is impossible…to know that by taking the risk of trying hard you are going to make mistakes. And then the most important thing is hopefully realizing that and doing something about it and making adjustments you know? Being a good dad is not a static thing.” Viggo Mortensen on Here’s The Thing WNYC
With all of the recent news about mosquito-borne illnesses, we wanted to share with you a great brand we first found when vacationing abroad. Para’Kito is the global leader in mosquito protection and it’s now available in the states. Parents love and trust Para’Kito because it is DEET free, easy to use/apply, and it only uses natural-based active ingredients like citronella, rosemary and geranium oils to repel those pesky bugs. Their repellents come in a few different forms like the refillable band & clip, a roll-on gel, and a unidose gel. We used the refillable bands (they last for two weeks) while on vacation in a swampy part of Italy last year upon a local’s suggestion. What we loved was the comfort and protection our family had. You almost forget you are even wearing the bands they are so stylish and comfortable. While the summer here in America ramps up so does the threat of itchy swelling bites and rapidly spreading disease from mosquitoes. The bands and clips are perfect for your camp bound kids, your weekend hiking adventures or just for playtime in your backyard. The whole family will look stylish in the wide variety of bands. We love the Brazilian band the most, maybe all of our Olympians should be wearing Para’Kito for the duration of these games! #Rio2016 read more…
Your kid needs a balance bike. But if mom & dad are gonna fork over a couple hundred for it, you better believe it’s gonna look good. Built for 2-6 year olds with a certain je ne sais quoi too cool for other balance bikes, BrumBrum pairs simplicity and ingenuity for a result that’s one of the best designs we’ve come across for any children’s product in any category. Sure, the puncture-proof tires, natural suspension and Baltic birch and oak plywood construction are great but the list of design awards it’s received are nothing to sneeze at either. What’s that you say? You don’t want to spend that much money on something your kids will outgrow? Well, the wheels can be moved into three positions to grow with your child (which is more than you can say for that car seat, high chair and bassinet you spent even more on). BrumBrum, indeed.
We have been doing a lot of travel lately and oh boy, have we been loving these toothbrush shields from IntelliDent. Listen, we are the first to admit that we are getting older and maybe in our 20’s we would have thrown our toothbrush straight into the weekend bag willy nilly not caring what it touched. However, with age comes wisdom and we know how gross that is. IntelliDent makes these awesome little toothbrush shields that slip over the business end of your toothbrush and you don’t have to worry what germs you might be picking up from that Super 8’s sink area. The pro here is that they are disposable but also last for up to a week which is perfect for your vacation or even just a normal week around the house. Toddler proofing right? Don’t willingly contaminate your toothbrush, trust this toothbrush shield from IntelliDent, we do.
Since the beginning of time fathers and kids worldwide have had one thing in common, they all know that tooting is funny. Sure, moms get in on the action from time to time but in our experience, they are NOT amused. But, every relevant dad knows that the quickest way to make a kid laugh uncontrollably is to toot. Bad mood? Toot. Smiles. Meltdown in the back seat? Radio down, toot, laughter. Is the sermon a little boring this week? Toot. Okay, that one might be crossing the mom line…but
t it’s still funny. “You don’t have to be smart to laugh at a fart…but you would have to be stupid not to.” says Louie C.K. and he’s right. We all find them amusing, from day one of life even. “Oh look he’s smiling at us!” say the naive new parents only to be corrected by the veteran nurse on her rotation “Oh, no that’s just gas, honey.” Oh, toot. So of course Toot by Leslie Patricelli will be your new favorite book to read to your kids. read more…
Last weekend was the Newport Folk Festival which we’ve told you before is the best music festival to bring your whole family to. But assuming you missed it (as we did this year) you can still enjoy some of this year’s memorable sets thanks to NPR Music. Our biased personal favorite set, however, was Ryan Adams performing bluegrass versions of his long list of fan favs as well as Slayer and Black Sabbath covers for good measure. So damn good. There’s also a new Netflix original series debuting today that’s getting a lot of buzz. Think of it as a real life docuseries in the same vein as Friday Night Lights. Do you want to be a better parent? Just read this article and you will be!* We’ve also got a delicious recipe that you can easily knock out this weekend and if you’re glad to put the past two weeks of political conventions behind you then try to get your hands on this new small bath limited release from Stone. At 12.7% ABV you’re sure to forget some of the ridiculousness that occurred (drink responsibly – you’ve got kids now). You’ve gotta…
Hear this: Ryan Adams & the Infamous Stringdusters Live at Newport Folk Festival
via NPR Music.
Watch this: Last Chance U
Read this: Five things that can make you a better parent right now
via the Washington Post.
Eat this: Dark Roast Coffee Pork Sliders
via Tailgate Traditions.
Drink this: Bastard’s Midnight Brunch (12.7% ABV) American Strong Ale (w/ Coffee, Maple Syrup, Barrel Aged Bourbon)
by Arrogant Brewing.
*If only it was that easy.
What makes a song truly great is when it has it’s own atmosphere. Entwined within each note is a mix of emotion so palpable that you can almost touch, see and taste it. Think Robert Johnson’s Crossroad or Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb. Or, how about Blowing in the Wind, Life on Mars, Hallelujia, Valarie, God Only Knows… you get the points. Some music is so beautiful and so meaningful that it deserves the very best output. Sony knows that and thus they invented perhaps the most beautiful wireless speaker we have ever seen. The Sony Glass Sound Speaker looks more like a vintage hurricane lantern than a modern speaker and that is the point. One might never notice it sitting on a porch in Nantucket one August evening next to a glass of wine. The speaker was designed to blend into the atmosphere of your home and enhance the atmosphere of your music. The price tag is hefty for a speaker but for audio buffs and interior design nuts this speaker will be on the top of their must-have list. Let your music glow. read more…