Culture Checklist: October 28, 2016

Culture Checklist: October 28, 2016

Want to hear eight great Beatles-esque songs in only ten minutes? We’ve got you covered. And what’s more relaxing than a new Werner Herzog documentary about volcano exploration to ease you into a lazy weekend? We’ve also got a great piece by Andrew Sullivan about information addiction (guilty), an easy fall recipe to knock out, and if you’re gonna drink a pumpkin beer to get in the Halloween spirit, you could do a lot worse than this one. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Tony Molina – Confront the Truth 

on Spotify.

Watch this: Into the Inferno

on Netflix.

Read this: I Used to Be a Human Being

via New York Magazine.

Eat this: Creamy Autumn Pumpkin Pasta

via Yummly.

Drink this: Warlock (10% ABV)

by Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Invite A Fairy Into Your Home

Invite A Fairy Into Your Home

Guy. Guys, you won’t believe what I saw today. I was at the Playwright for happy hour and you know they have those free wings that I like, and well, of course, I had had a couple pints and had to use the men’s room. So I walk down this hallway and I notice this tiny little door on the baseboard which I thought was silly. What was that? So I got down on my hands and knees, (which is a very brave thing to do on an Irish pub floor) and I see a tiny notepad with the words “who are you voting for” on it. What the heck, I thought? So, I asked the bartender and she told me that the door was from the Irish Fairy Door Company and if you wrote notes to the resident fairy, or left them gifts they would respond, but, only when you were not watching. Amazing! I asked if I could find a fairy door for my house because my kids would love to have a secret fairy friend to leave notes for. The bartender told me of course  and that “each Irish fairy door comes with a magic key in a bottle, three stepping stones, the Family / Fairy Lease Agreement, a notepad for your fairy and the Fairy Welcome Guide for all you need to help settle your fairy into their new human home!” Your kids can have a charming fairy door too, imagine all the fun your family can have with your in home fairy? Now, I still want to know who the fairy is voting for? I will just have to go back for a few pints right?

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Culture Checklist: October 21, 2016

Culture Checklist: October 21, 2016

It’s been 17 years since this band’s last album which means any of our millennial readers who dabbled in emo at it’s peak will want to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane today. There’s also great new music that you should check out from Leonard Cohen & Agnes Obel this week, too. Speaking of long-awaited, our favorite near-future sci fi series returns with six new episodes today. We’ve also got a longread you should dig into this weekend about one man’s plan to stop Silicon Valley from addicting us to our phones, a breakfast recipe from a world famous chef, and a good fall beer to check out (we’ve been digging a lot of saisons lately). You’ve gotta…

Hear this: American Football (LP2)

on Spotify.

Watch this: Black Mirror Season 3

On Netflix.

Read this: The Binge Breaker

via The Atlantic.

Eat this: Chef Eric Ripert’s Go-To Crepe Recipe

via Eater.

Drink this: Fall Saison (6.3% ABV)

by Blackberry Farm.

Welcome To Ooka Island

Welcome To Ooka Island

There is nothing more rewarding and nothing more frustrating for children than learning to read. That is why there are so, so, so many products in the childsphere catered to that very task. In the 90’s Hooke On Phonics might have been the rage but we live in a modern world and we want you to check out Ooka Island. “Where?” Ooka Island ‘rents’, you gotta visit today! Reading as you know is a learned skill and you know what Malcolm Gladwell says about mastering a skill, but our kids don’t have the patience to wait 10,000 hours to learn to read do they? The reason Ooka Island is so cool is that your child is tasked with teaching the Ooka elves (in the game) how to read, and in doing so…they learn to read themselves. Clever. Ooka Island is created with over 25 years of clinical research so you can rest assures that it works. The game will even track and analyze your kid’s progress and cater that rest of the tasks to their needs. Skip the cartoons for a half and hour three times a week and before the end of the year, your child will be reading.

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Culture Checklist: October 14, 2016

Culture Checklist: October 14, 2016

Listen…it, it’s been a week huh? There really isn’t much to say about it that has not been said yet. So, take the weekend. Relax, listen to the new Kings of Leon album on your coffee run Saturday morning, watch a pretty funny new show (Mascots) Saturday night, do some heavy reading on your favorite dark poet, eat some fall themed chili and open that bottle of wine. It is time for some #SelfCare right? Also, don’t turn on CNN, just don’t. It’s not worth it anymore.

Hear this: Kings of Leon – Walls

via Spotify.

Watch this: Mascots

via Netflix.

Read this: Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker

via The New Yorker.

Eat this: Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

via Bite Me More.

Drink this: 2015 Château Cambon Beajolais, France

by Chateau Cambon.

Culture Checklist: October 7, 2016

Culture Checklist: October 7, 2016

This indie singer songwriter recorded an album in less than 48 hours and you can hear it a week before it comes out. Forget Sunday Night football, Hills and Donny face off once again, this time town hall style (shout out to Mashable for the Trillary Photoshop pictured above). When was the last time you picked up a book? You can’t go wrong with any on this shortlist. Tis the season for delicious autumn foods, including this recipe for the world’s best soup. Oh, and Patagonia (yes, the one you’re wearing right now), started brewing beer. So, yeah. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Conor Oberst – Ruminations

via NPR First Listen.

Watch this: The 2nd Presidential Debate 

live Sunday night at 9pm EST.

Read this: Anything on the 2016 National Book Award shortlist

via Vox.

Eat this: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

via Thrive.

Drink this: Long Root Ale (5.5% ABV)

by Patagonia Provisions.

Drop The EFFBOMB!

Drop The EFFBOMB!

We are all getting to the age where we a.) feel it & b.) have to stop and think about how old we are. Is it 34 or 35? We are also at the age where we have been saying for far too many years that we need to start taking a daily multivitamin. It’s easy to say you will start taking vitamins but we all know that you have tried 2-3 times in the past for just forget for a few days and then a few weeks and soon you just forget altogether. If only there was an easy way to make taking your daily dose a part of your morning routine. Well, we found one. EFFBOMB is a dissolvable multivitamin that you slip into your morning coffee and don’t have to give a second thought. Easy right? Just dissolve a tab (think tab like Airborne) into your joe and off you go. With your morning kick of caffeine, you will also be getting your daily dose of 20 essential vitamins and minerals that will help your aging dadbod feel like it’s in its 20’s again. The tabs come in three flavor profiles to compliment your coffee, mocha, vanilla or hazelnut. So hurry up and back this Indiegogo EFFBOMB that was created by a dad like you!

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Mealtime Just Got ezpz Fun

Mealtime Just Got ezpz Fun

I mean when we start something with a Dad joke you just know the product we want to share with you must be awesome right? What’s the joke you ask? Well, we got a chance to check out some of the amazing products from ezpz (Less Mess, More Fun) and let me tell you they rock. Not just the cool silicone tableware but the people at the company too. (Just look how good their inventions are for kids with special needs!)

Their flagship product is the Happy Mat which is available in a few different colors, this patented mat suctions to your table with its food grade silicone and is much fun to eat off of as it is to look at.

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We also fell in love with the super versatile Happy Bowl mat’s in our house because you can put ANYTHING in them so keep mealtime and playtime cleaner. Yeah, we said playtime because these mats are so super easy to clean that we thought hey why not fill them with Play-Doh or finger paints? You can easily wash off any mess in seconds or even throw it in the dishwasher for harder jobs, or if you are lazy like us.

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Listen, these mats are just amazing in so many ways. All of your kids will love them no matter what their needs are. Mealtime can be a challenge and ezpz helps alleviate the mess and contain your kid’s food. If only they could ezpz the floors and walls you might have a spotless house after that mac & cheese dinner.

Culture Checklist: September 30, 2016

Culture Checklist: September 30, 2016

There’s one album that you need to hear this week, even if you probably won’t end up liking it the first time through. It’s a grower. Lot’s of love for the new Luke Cage series on Netflix, but since we’re still suckers for the true crime genre, we’ll be checking out this new documentary instead. Also, love him or hate him, you need to read this Obama interview. Since it’s finally starting to feel like fall, why not try to make your own cider donuts? And last but not least, a fall beer that has nothing to do with pumpkin. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

on Spotify.

Watch this: Amanda Knox

on Netflix.

Read this: Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview

via Vanity Fair.

Eat this: Apple Cider Doughnuts

via NY Times Cooking.

Drink this: Tesla Hop Charged Lager (7.1% ABV)

by Sixpoint Brewery.

Family Game Night Just Got Mental

Family Game Night Just Got Mental

As Millennials, we are naturally drawn to anything that looks like Tetris so when we were sent Mental Blox 360° it was game over. This isn’t any old puzzle game, this one really makes you think, it’s almost like playing a Tetris/Monuments Valley mashup in real life.prod9284_dt

You get these cards with an innocuous picture on them and then with the allotted blocks you have to figure out as quickly as you can how to make the design. Really, it is mental. We have seen a few 3D Building Game’s but this one has a fun alternate perspective take on it that really makes it fun for the whole family. You can even compete in teams to see who can create their cards image the quickest. Family game night just got mental!

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Your New Favorite Sunglasses Are A Soda Bottle

Your New Favorite Sunglasses Are A Soda Bottle

Just because it’s officially fall doesn’t mean that you have to give up the sun. In fact, we contend that the best time to be outside is right now. It’s beautiful out (unless it’s not, it really depends on when you read this you know). Don’t forget to protect those sexy eyes of yours, the sun is still out there right? We just found your new fav sunglasses and they are from a little startup called Norton Point. What makes Norton Point sunglasses so kickass is that they are made from ocean plastic. You know all those bits of junk that are floating around in the current killing fish by the thousands? Yeah, so not that plastic, some but not enough of it, is being put to good use. Keeping your eyes safe. So pay some penance for the time you threw that Dr. Pepper bottle out the window on your college road trip to South Beach and grab some seriously cool shades.

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Culture Checklist: September 23, 2016

Culture Checklist: September 23, 2016

It’s another solid music week with new releases from Devendra BanhartHow to Dress WellWarpaint, & LVL UP out today but our hands-down fav is the new album from Rostam of Vampire Weekend and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. In TV, Transparent returns with season 3 today but our recommendation is for the highly acclaimed new show on FX from Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino aka that guy from Community. It’s 4 episodes deep already and currently the “it” show of the moment. Want to read something this weekend? How about a piece asking “How Much Do Parents Matter?” Yes, please. Instead of giving you a suggestion for something to cook this weekend, we think you should spend $5 on an individually packaged single chip that’s so spicy the company is betting you can only eat one. What a time to be alive. You’ll need a good beer to wash it down, too. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam: I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

on Spotify.

Watch this: Atlanta

on FX (airs Tuesdays at 10pm).

Read this: How Much Do Parents Matter?

via The Atlantic.

Eat this: Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness Chip

from Paqui.

Drink this: Hop Hop and Away (4.6% ABV)

by Aeronaut Brewing.

Culture Checklist: September 16, 2016

Culture Checklist: September 16, 2016

You probably think of The Beatles as a studio band, right? This new doc by Ron Howard will have you thinking otherwise. A new op-ed asks a question you’ve probably wrestled with yourself as you come to terms with being an adult. There’s also some new country rock that will set the mood for fall. Fall. Sigh. Where did summer go? Speaking of summer, did you miss out on the biggest food trend of the summer? Catch up this weekend with the easiest Poke Bowl recipe we could find. And since the weather is starting to feel a little more like fall, here’s a hard cider brand you should know. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Dawes – We’re All Gonna Die

on Spotify.

Watch this: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years

premieres on Hulu 9/17.

Read this: Can You Have a Good Life if You Don’t Have a Good Job?

via The New York Times.

Eat this: Tuna Poke Bowl

via POPSUGAR.

Drink this:  Rojo (5.4% ABV) / Wunderkind (6% ABV) / The Americain (5.2% ABV)

by Bantam Modern American Cider.

You Need The Robot Mouse Activity Set

You Need The Robot Mouse Activity Set

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From The Social Network

Do you want to know what is cooler than being a billionaire? Being young enough to still get an allowance! Which is perfect because your little Zucks are just at that age so why not set them up today to become a potential billionaire down the road? We are talking about learning to code and Learning Resources has a very cool tool that will set up the basics of coding for your kids to springboard from. Meet Code & Go’s Robot Mouse. This activity set was created to teach your children the basics of simple coding and to ignite their conceptual understanding of STEM ideas.

Credit: Learning Resources

Credit: Learning Resources

We have been having fun playing with this activity set in the offices for a couple of weeks during our down time and it’s actually pretty fun for adults too. You can use the provided grid, or even just program Colby to move around the table top or floor around obstacles of your choosing. This simple toy teaches and solidifies a whole host of STEM theories for your kids. The problem-solving skills that they develop alone make this set worth your purchase.

We are giving away one Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set to one lucky reader. You can find the details here: I WANT A CODE AND GO!

A to Z Alphabet Groceries

A to Z Alphabet Groceries

Sure, it’s sweet that you scored a play kitchen for your kids but isn’t it sorta lame that all you have to stock it with an empty box of pasta and a can of coffee? Learning Resources has a fantastic A to Z Alphabet Groceries set that will cover your kid’s culinary needs from, well from A-Z right? Beyond that, each item is labeled with both the word and starting letter of the item inviting learning interactions each time your little Gordon Ramsey plays kitchen. Milk, beans, donuts, and yes even egg rolls will keep your child growing that awesome little imagination they are cultivating each and every play session. “Colorful, realistic groceries introduce early language skills and are great for imaginative play too! Each of the 26 groceries is labeled with a letter, word, and colorful picture. Reinforces letter recognition, everyday vocabulary, and creative role play. Cartons measure 6.5″H, Jars 4″H.”  Who doesn’t love playing with their food? Grab this set today and have a blast together making up all sorts of delish dishes.

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Travel The World Baby

Travel The World Baby

When you are a new dad or a seasoned dad for that matter, you will often stand like a creeper above your kid’s crib just watching them sleep. You could do it for hours. What do you think about? What they are dreaming about? Who they might become, where they might end up in life, what amazing adventures might they embark on? Maybe you just watch over their sleeping little bodies and wish for them to travel the world. We love the artwork of Jessie Husband (cool name) there is just something magical about her creations. We hope that when our children are dreaming at night, they dream in the style of her artwork, vibrant, colorful and full of adventure. Check out this wonderful infant one piece (and toddler t), it’s everything, isn’t it? “Someday I Am Going To Travel The World.” We hope so.

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Little Houses: A Counting Book

Little Houses: A Counting Book

The almost two-year-old and I were killing some time in downtown Montpelier Vermont last week while on vacation because “mummy” was off pillaging a Zutano that was closing it’s doors forever.  We stumbled into Bear Pond Books which has an amazing children’s section upstairs if you happen to be in the area ever. Once I got the kid out of the tree fort long enough to sit on my lap to read one of the many new books we found she instantly gravitated to Little Houses: A Counting Book by Helen Musselwhite. Sure, we have all seen counting books but Little Houses is so charming that we want you to add it to your must-read list with your toddler. Each page has the appropriate number of little houses and then other sets like cats, birds, bikes etc. I am happy to report that the book does work, we spent the rest of the trip hearing the toddler call out “won, tew, twee, foar, five, icks, evan, ate, nwine, tewn” from the backseat on an endless loop. Thanks, Helen, and thanks, Montpelier Zutano, our credit card bill should be interesting this month based on the number of bags my wife was carrying.

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We Live in a World Where Our Kids Can Design Their Own Clothes

We Live in a World Where Our Kids Can Design Their Own Clothes

If you have little girls, letting them pick out their own outfit is a pretty entertaining exercise. Clash City, here we come. Now imagine your kids could design their own clothes. Well, that just takes it from entertaining into awesome territory, right? With Picture This, just print out a template for a dress, let them draw/color it in, snap a picture of it, upload it, and within 15 days their dress will be shipped to your home. What an incredible time to be alive. (T shirts, boys stuff and adult sizes coming soon).

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The Road to Family Adventure Starts with the New Airstream Basecamp

The Road to Family Adventure Starts with the New Airstream Basecamp

Many of us likely have a dream of taking the family on an epic road trip around the country, making memories that will last a lifetime. Problem is, you drive a small SUV or crossover since you couldn’t stomach getting a minivan or the thought of a gas guzzling full-size SUV – you know, vehicles with towing capacity. Allow us to revive your family road trip dreams thanks to the all new Airstream Basecamp – a modern trailer for the modern family. Designed to be towable with a variety of small and mid-sized SUVs and Crossovers, Basecamp was hand crafted in Jackson Center, Ohio and comes loaded with features like convertible rear space for eating, sleeping, lounging or storing gear, a large rear cargo hatch and flexible storage space with tie downs, a bathroom with toilet and shower (including shower head pass through), a kitchen with a cooktop, stainless steel sink and refrigerator, and a wireless Bose Bluetooth Soundlink Color speaker. It’s the lightest trailer in the entire Airstreem fleet with a base weight of just 2,585 pounds. National Parks, you’re on notice. We’re coming for you.

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Let’s Go (Back) to Chipotle

Let’s Go (Back) to Chipotle

Remember that time everyone was freaking out because people were getting E coli at Chipotle? Neither do we (selective memory FTW) – besides, shorter lines are awesome. In an effort to put all that lost business behind them, Chipotle now has a new trick up their sleeve to lure you back to their restaurants: free tacos for your kids. “Every Sunday in September, kids eat FREE when you buy a burrito, bowl, an order of tacos or salad.” They’ll even throw in a free Dragons Love Tacos activity sheet to boot. Nice touch there but, seriously, you had us at free tacos (we’ll be fine). Get the deets here.

$Free


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