Culture Checklist: May 27, 2016

Culture Checklist: May 27, 2016

This Memorial Day Weekend, rock out to new punk music, drool over food porn, figure out your teenager, up your burger game, and crush some cans. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: PUP – The Dream Is Over

on Spotify.

Watch this: Chef’s Table, Season 2, Part 1

on Netflix.

Read this: Who are these kids? Inside the race to decipher today’s teens, who will transform society as we know it

via The Washington Post.

Eat this: Power Burger

via NYT Cooking.

Drink this: Booming Rollers IPA (6.8% ABV)

by Modern Times Brewing Co.

Bonus: The Strokes surprised us with not one, not two, but three new songs yesterday. The whole EP, Future Present Past is streaming now at Spotify.

How Cool Is Action Movie Kid?

How Cool Is Action Movie Kid?

“When my son says get in the boat. I get in the boat” says Daniel Hashimoto who is the dad to Action Movie Kid. Action Movie Kid is one of the luckiest kids around since his dad Daniel works for Dreamworks and many other visual animation studios. In the duo’s latest video James aka Action Movie Kid is steering a giant playground ship when he yells for his father to get in the boat. You can soon understand why as the swells grow rapidly and things take a turn for the worst. What will make you love this Youtube series is that this father just takes everyday situations from his son’s life and turns them into giant adventures. In other words, he is just seeing things through his growing son’s eyes. Imagination is a beautiful gift. Check out Daniel’s book Action Movie Kid, a tale of a kid who defends his own tiny universe from monsters and aliens alike. With a little editing software and a childlike imagination your kid can be the next Action Movie Kid.

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Hey Kid, Let’s Play With Our Food

Hey Kid, Let’s Play With Our Food

Ever told your kids not to play with their food? Ever feel the painful irony immediately after saying it because you sound just like your parents? No more! It’s 2016 and it’s OK to play with your food! Well, only if you have these awesome new melamine trays from the clever folks at Fred & Friends. They know what you know – that sometimes the only way to get your kid to eat anything is to make a game out of it. Dinner Winner trays are available in four different artwork versions, each has nine areas to place food leading up to the secret covered “treat” in the final space. Regardless of how your child feels when they finish, I think we all know who the real winner is here, dad.

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What I Want For Father’s Day: 24 Hours to Act Like We Are 24 Again

What I Want For Father’s Day: 24 Hours to Act Like We Are 24 Again

Yeah, I mean that new album is really cool so is the bottle of scotch you got me but do you know what I really want for Father’s Day this year? I want you my darling for 24 uninterrupted hours to myself. Let’s start after work on Friday okay? Send the kids to your parents and let’s pretend we are 24 again.happyhourRelevantDad

Meet me for happy hour at that charming dive bar that we frequented just after college. You know the one with the free wings and sticky floors with the amazing smell of youth and wasted afternoons? Then let’s go downtown to the club and see who is playing. I just want to feel your body against mine as you scream woo-hoo and wave your one hand in the air as you spill some of your drink on my jeans with the other. When the crowd thins out let’s find a late night taco truck and scarf down some carnitas and al pastor. I will be sure to tell them to hold the cilantro. See, I remember.

Then let’s stumble around downtown and people watch through all of the windows at all of the young lovers who will be where we are in 10 years. There is a park bench on the way back to the car where we once sat eating ice cream and talking about the names of our future kids, let’s sit there for awhile as you rest your head on my shoulder trying not to fall asleep. When we get back home let’s stow all of the rubber ducks and squeeze into the bath together with big glasses of wine and just soak in the night alone. Let’s get drunk like we used to when it was just me and you on a random Friday. We can put on the Bright Eyes album we fell in love to and pretend we’re back in our first apartment. You remember the one right, with the dripping sink and the upstairs neighbors who stomped around all night? Then, then bed.trailsadventure.com (2)

I don’t care when you wake up just stay in bed with me until at least 9. Stop thinking about the laundry, the full dishwasher and resist the urge to be productive. Just lay here. Just snooze for awhile. Then we can hop in the shower together for as long as we can stand it when we then fall back into bed where we can spend as long as we want being thankful that we are so familiar with each other’s bodies. Some things do get better with time.

At this point of the morning, we can stumble out into the Saturday and grab brunch without skipping on the Bellinis. Eggs Benedict, frites, frittata, and plenty of coffee. Is there anything better than 5-course breakfasts? On our way home let’s pick up Starbucks to go and crash on the couch spending the next few hours clearing off the DVR. We still have episodes from last Fall to watch and frankly that is embarrassing for everyone. I’d say let’s grab steak and cheese subs from our favorite deli but the thought of getting up and driving is horrid. So let’s order cheap Chinese and not be stingy about it. I expect the bill to be over $35 like it was when we used egg rolls to soak up the cheap beer. read more…

For Your Little Ballerina

For Your Little Ballerina

Dance recital season is upon us which means if you have a child enrolled at a dance studio you’re about to trade a weekend outdoors in the beautiful spring weather for a weekend in a school auditorium jockeying for an unobstructed seat position. This year we are going to eschew the traditional grocery store bouquet of flowers for a gift that will get a lot more use by our preschooler – this limited edition Misty Copeland Barbie Doll. For those dads out there who are not up to date on who’s who in the dance world, Ms. Copeland has broken barriers by becoming the first African-American Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theater. While internet comments that the doll looks a more “Barbie” than it looks “Misty” are totally valid (especially when it comes to skin color), we’re still in support of the positive message Mattel was trying to convey. What version of Barbie would you prefer your daughter was playing with? While regular Barbie is at the mall Misty’s Barbie is busy breaking glass ceilings. Get one while you can – they’re selling out everywhere.

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Culture Checklist: May 20, 2016

Culture Checklist: May 20, 2016

The debut studio album (even though it’s his 13th full-length album) from indie rock’s Next Big Thing is out today, Metacritic says this new comedy series is the best Netflix Original of the year, Jonathan Franzen goes to Antarctica, an easy taco recipe that has our mouths watering, and the beer to trick you into thinking it’s already summer. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial 

on Spotify.

Watch this: Lady Dynamite Season 1

on Netflix.

Read this: The End of The End of The World

via The New Yorker.

Eat this: Sizzling Pork Tacos

via NYT Cooking.

Drink this: Mandarina Tart Farmhouse Ale (4.3% ABV)

by Almanac Beer Co.

Family Friendly Netflix Streaming Categories

Family Friendly Netflix Streaming Categories

End the hassle of scrolling through page after page of Netflix movies trying to find the perfect flick for family movie night. Netflix has tons of secret unpublished categories and we have curated a list of  family friendly Netflix streaming categories for you to peruse. So pop up that popcorn, fluff the pillows on the couch and pull your offspring close. It’s family movie night guys. (Insert crowd cheers.)

Children & Family Movies 

Movies Aimed at 0-2 Year Olds

Movies Aimed at 2-4 Year Olds

Movies Aimed at 5-7 Year Olds

Movies Aimed at 8-10 Year Olds

Movies Aimed at 10-12 Year Olds read more…

Chalkboard Playhouse

Chalkboard Playhouse

What you are looking at here is a chalkboard playhouse that will be passed down from your kids to your grandkids and then to your great grandchildren. Heirloom toys are worth investing in especially when you imagine yourself in 50-60 years watching your great grandchildren playing in a playhouse that you bought your kids. Drawplay is creating an exciting line of chalkboard play houses that will awe and delight your kids today. Made in Texas with personal craftsmanship each playhouse is easy to piece together and easy to move from yard to house in minutes. Drawplay features chalkboard walls that are sure to encourage your kids to express their creativity and draw all over the house. “Each day can be a new adventure.” The playhouse featured in the photo and “buy” button below is Kaitlyn’s Cottage that boasts writeable walls and a large picture window perfect for puppet shows or selling lemonade out of this Summer. Several move models can be found on Drawplay’s website. read more…

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Hip Hampers for Your Baby

Hip Hampers for Your Baby

If you are a new parent you are swimming in dirty baby laundry. Listen, guys, you just have to be better than that mesh laundry hamper that you got at Target when you were single and in your 20’s. This is your kid’s nursery we are talking about, class it up with some of these charming laundry hampers. Without them, you will quickly get lost in a pile of dirty onesies and cute little socks. Seriously, baby socks are hitting a 10 on the cute meter aren’t they?

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3 Sprout Laundry Hamper – Lion ($20)

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Grey Bee Laundry Hamper – Racoon ($20)

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3 Sprouts Laundry Hamper – Octopus ($20)

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Culture Checklist: May 13th 2016

Culture Checklist: May 13th 2016

Don’t you feel like setting off on an adventure? Maybe it’s the gloomy weather outside of Relevant Dad HQ today but we have the itch to escape. That might be caused by the super nostalgic 90’s-esq dreamy new album, Tired of Tomorrow by the Philly band Nothing. This will seriously bring you back to sitting in your room with those big foam headphones on just forgetting everything for awhile. We also hope you carve out some time to watch fellow dad Casey Neistat’s daily vlogs. This guy is living out a dream and is taking us along for the ride. When you get a free second you should also read why you and your toddler need to hit the road together. End your Sunday with some Italian Pork Chops and a smooth coffee inspired beer from Modern Times and you have a great weekend ahead. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow

via Spotify or NPR

Watch this: Casey Neistat’s Vlogs…from the beginning.

on Youtube

Read this: Why Every Father Should Bring His Toddler Out For A Mini Adventure

via Stefen Chow on Medium

Eat this: Italian Pork Chops

via Dad In The Kitchen

Drink this: Mega Black House

By Modern Times Beer

Enter Sesame Studios

Enter Sesame Studios

The brand new Sesame Studios (Youtube Channel) is like the SNL Digital Shorts of the children’s television world. In short, it’s awesome. We spent some time after work with our kids and all the testers in the Relevant Dad extended family loved these videos. Your kids will continue to get the same Sesame Street quality nuggets of wacky fun and worthwhile educational tips and you as parents won’t have to feel guilty for plopping them down in front of the tube for longer episodes of tv shows. Short and sweet, Sesame Studios is sure to be a perpetual hit in your household.

The makers of Sesame Street welcome you to Sesame Studios, a brand new YouTube channel hosted by Marvie. Original stories and songs, full of new friends, all with the same educational goodness you’d expect from Sesame Street. Learn humongous words with the Puffballs, dance along to fun songs that will have you moving and grooving, and play along with Marvie: your lively host and new best friend.

The Best Baby Safety Locks

The Best Baby Safety Locks

While some of the dads who work here at Relevant Dad have older kids, the guy writing this has a toddler who wants to explore every square inch of my house. Yes, we are talking about peeking under couches, into the back of closets, behind books and in every, let me spell that out… E-V-E-R-Y cabinet and drawer she can find. Recently, this adventurous little toddler of mine came out of the bathroom with a roll of toilet paper, a nail file and a bottle of nail polish remover in her hands squealing “yaaaaay” at her newly plundered treasures. So, it was totally time to find the best baby safety locks we could find for all of the cabinets within her reach. This is a wholehearted endorsement of Safety Pwease’s Baby Safety Locks. They are super simple to install and just as easy to open even one handed when you have a crying kid in your other arm because you took away their new found toy the bottle of unused shampoo. To install you don’t need screws and you don’t even need time. Just open the box of locks, peel off the adhesive backs and stick them where you want them. With Safety Pwease’s locks, you won’t have to worry about your child’s safety any longer and the only “pwease” you will hear is you kid crying because their treasure chests are now off limits. (Note: We received a set of Safety Pwease Baby Safety Locks at a discounted price for use and review.)

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Cool Kids Bike Helmets

Cool Kids Bike Helmets

Soon enough your neighborhood streets and sidewalks will be filled with out of school kids tearing it up on their bikes. Your little spinners are sure to be among the pack of wild ones racing up and down the streets before they are called home for dinner. As a father, of course, you worry about their safety and as kids, of course, they worry about their style. We found a perfect compromise when it comes to bike helmets. Who says there can’t be cool kids bike helmets? Crazy Safety has created a patented line of 3D designed animal bike helmets that will have your kids looking ferocious if not totally cute this Summer. Their line of unique bike helmets for kids range from the black dragon (below & via the buy link) to a leopard, zebra, Cheshire Cat and even a chipmunk. We can’t promise your kids will listen when the dinner bell rings this Summer but we can promise that they will look really cool riding their bike/scooter/hoverboard/skateboard up and down your block.

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What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

Hint: It’s not flowers.

It’s no surprise that “winter holidays” account for the largest U.S. spending of the year. But did you know that Mother’s Day comes in second, with families spending, on average, nearly $200 on their beloved moms?

I have two things to say on the subject: First, I’m pretty sure the handmade picture frame I get from my son every year costs nowhere close to that. Second, what if the gift that moms really want this year costs nothing at all?

I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, how sweet, they just want time with their families!” Nope, wrong again: we actually want to be alone.

Don’t get me wrong, I hope my three- and five-year-olds climb into bed with me at dawn (as long as they don’t wake me up). Later, we can cuddle and watch cartoons while I sip coffee and my husband makes pancakes. After breakfast, we’ll head off on a hike with my in-laws; the kids will hold my hands and hunt for endangered blue butterflies. Marlowe will give me the card she’s been furtively coloring and I can finally open the mystery gift that Teddy’s been working so hard on at school. (I hope it’s a picture frame).

Finally, it’s time for my husband to give me his gift. Hold the flowers and chocolate and heart shaped necklace, babe — I just want time.

As a working mom, time to myself is not something I have much of. My friends who are full-time moms have even less. Any spare time I do have is plagued with guilt and to-dos. “I should pick up the kids early today.” “I have got to get that email out.” “We have no food in the house.” “I still haven’t signed Teddy up for gymnastics, RSVP’d for that party, or bought my sister a birthday present.” “That load of laundry has been in the dryer since Wednesday.” “What am I going to make for dinner tonight?” “The house looks like a bomb went off.” “Have I really not exercised at all this week?” “I wonder what’s new on Instagram?” read more…

Culture Checklist: May 6, 2016

Culture Checklist: May 6, 2016

The latest surprise album you need to hear, the French House of Cards, an article for those still wrapping their head around Trump becoming the GOP’s presumptive nominee, something light & healthy to eat this weekend, and a beer for the start of pool season. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: James Blake – The Colour in Anything

via Spotify.

Watch this: Marseille Season 1

on Netflix.

Read this: The political scientist who saw Trump’s rise coming

via Vox.

Eat this: Healthy Turkey & Cucumber Lettuce Wrap

via Just a Pinch.

Drink this: Poolside Ale (5% ABV)

By Bells.

The Last-Minute Mother’s Day Bailout

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. You’ve known that for weeks but you still haven’t picked up anything yet, have you? Thought so. Sure, you could overnight something on Amazon but she’ll see right through that. Besides, she may not even want stuff for Mother’s Day. Chances are she just wants some downtime to herself. Here are some last-minute ideas that could potentially save your ass this weekend.

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Flowers from Urbanstems ($35+)

Sure, flowers die and it’s kinda cliche, but you should still get them anyway. If you don’t have a garden where you can pick your own, Urbanstems is a new startup that offers a selection of fresh, seasonal bouquets hand delivered withing hours via bicycle in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and DC areas.

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Breakfast in Bed (or Out)

The point is: don’t let her cook. Find an easy recipe on Yummly and  let her stay in bed while you cook (tip: make sure you have some Nutella on hand. Moms love Nutella). The kids will probably want to help, too. If you’re the type of guy who can’t even make toast, then take her out to brunch or, better yet, pick up her favorite breakfast dish from her favorite restaurant and serve it to her in bed.

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Make a Card

Any guy can swing by the corner drugstore the day before and pick from a limited/terrible selection of Hallmark cards. But don’t. Make your own. It doesn’t have to look nice. The most appreciated cards we’ve ever given our wives were made in Microsoft Word and printed on computer paper because the sentiment and words came 100% from the heart.

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Turn Your Kid Into A Baller

Turn Your Kid Into A Baller

With the Summer months coming upon on fast (#SummerIsComing), and your kid growing as fast as the weeds in your backyard, it’s time to freshen up their wardrobe. What we love about Etsy is going on deep dives finding ironic kids clothing and we sure found a winner here. Your little Summer camper will be the bell of the local JCC/YMCA  Summer camp playground with this baller tank.  We only wish it came in daddy sizes.

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5 Night Lights That Will Make You Dream Of Noms

The spiritual center of every kid’s bedroom is the night light. The constant radiating comfort that a night light emits calms and comforts your little sleepers but it can also send them into fever dreams of the local all you can eat buffet. Sure, you can buy a boring old night light at the pharmacy in the baby aisle but doesn’t your nursery deserve a little more…uh, pizza? Forgive us, we were looking up night lights and taking lunch orders for the office at the same time and got a little carried away. We do think, however, that you will fall in love with these night lights and so will your hungry kids.

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Crispy Bacon ($25) You can’t go wrong when you blink your eyes sleepily at 3am and see some bacon frying right? So good you can almost smell it.
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Ice Cream Cone ($15) The staple of Summer, this ice cream cone can glow all night in your child’s dreams.

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Kikkerland Pizza Night Light ($9) We might just order two of these. One for the kids room and one for ours. Pizza. Night. Light. (Obama mic drop.) read more…

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