Listen, we know that in a moment of weakness you thought it would be effective to smash up your coffee maker because your old buddy Seany might retweet your vertical video. Look, man, how about you take a step back and think about why Keurig pulled their advertising. If you are all about family like we are here at Relevant Dad, then pay your penance and then buy a new Keurig so that you don’t look like a complete fool at best or at worst a supporter of a horrible man who did horrible things to kids. We suggest the K575, it’s what we brew with here in the office and it will fit into that empty spot on your counter perfectly. It also makes a great gift so why don’t you buy one for your neighbor whose old Keurig is in the trash bin holding down their Ed Gillespie lawn sign.
Google has just released a new smart camera that you can set up in your home to capture those oft-forgotten or missed candid moments. “Google Clips is smart enough to recognize great expressions, lighting and framing. So the camera captures beautiful, spontaneous images. And it gets smarter over time.” The AI tech on this camera seems pretty fun. The more it recognizes a face or your pets the more it will take clips of that subject which means the quality of clips that you save will improve over time. The shots will save to your phone’s Clips app and you can edit them into moments using the amazing Google Photo’s app. This is just the perfect app for families who want to spend time IN the moment and not sit behind the screen snapping photos. Now you can laugh with your partner and capture the moment remotely as your toddler puts their legs over their head and mimicks farting while yelling “toot, toot, toot from the butt, butt, butt!” Wait…is that just in our house?
Hey, fam. (waving hand emoji) Good morning, look outside. Ah yes, the dew is slowly drying in the grass as the sun peeks through the trees in the backyard. Coffee drips and children stir. It’s Saturday morning and today is going to be hot, you can feel it already. That blanket of humidity that turns to sweat on your forehead as soon as you step onto the porch is lurking. So, drink that coffee and fill up that pool you bought on Prime Day. Oh, you already have a pool? Look – at – you fancy man! Congrats on that I guess.
Now, step your pool game up a notch with Hydro Spring Hoops and make your pool a basketball court. This pool hoop is easy to set up and twist and fold down for storage and quick play. This is a great product, the base is heavy meaning it won’t tip over in the pool when the pace of play gets heated! The included ball is easy to grip and rip when pool time turns into NBA Jam 2k17. Have fun dunking on your kids and wife dad, this hoop is really really, fun.
If you follow us you know how much we love the eero home wifi system so we are super stoked that it is about to get even better. The fine folks at eero have just launched the eero Beacon a simple plug and go wifi extender that meshes into your existing eero wifi system seamlessly. What the eero Beacon means it that your system can cover even more hard to reach range inside and outside of your home. Take your family movie night outside without fear of buffering or signal loss. Better yet, Netflix and chill* on that patio set you paid for but never use. “No more dead spots, slow spots, drop-offs, or buffering — right out of the box.” Also, and the Beacon had a downward facing night light, did a parent invent this or what?
“…a projector isn’t a need; it’s a want. If you’re like me, and you had childhood fantasies of turning the garage door into a screen for Mario Kart and Monday Night Football, a projector might be for you — no mansion or screening room required.” The Verge
Look, we’ve already got everything we need. And if you’ve got a healthy family you do, too. But there’s still stuff that we wouldn’t mind being gifted with this Father’s Day so we rounded up 50 items and put together this handy gift guide for all the people who say we’re too hard to buy for. Check it out.
Summer is here and as we all climb out of our winter cocoon and shake off the Netflix binging to explore the warm weather some additional tools are needed. On a recent road trip that included an overnight at a hotel with the whole family we had the need to wash and dry some bottles for both baby and big sister. Ultimately we had to lay them out on a couple of those standard scratchy white hotel towels but who really knows how sanitary that was. That night I found the perfect solution to our on the go bottle drying woes, the b.box baby travel drying rack. Ingenious right? This 6 bottle rack folds almost flat so no need for extra space in the trunk. It is so portable that you can bring it along to the inlaws for the weekend, or for a long afternoon at the buddies house and have a safe place to store your drying bottles until your little one needs them again.
Listen, guys, this treat is the bomb. It’s so good. We found Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter awhile back and have been making yummy after school snacks with it ever since. Just peruse their Instagram account and try not to crawl through the screen and eat it all.
5 Minute No Bake PB Granola Slice
(V) (VG) (DF) Serves 12-14
An easy and really good quick slice for when you need a little pick me up and best of all its good for you!
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup puffed brown rice
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup ground flaxseed
½ cup honey or maple syrup
½ cup Pic’s Smooth Peanut Butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large pan blend the wet ingredients and warm on a low heat just to make everything a bit softer.
Mix very well to bring it all together (It will look curdled but don’t panic, keep mixing)
Remove from the heat and add the dry ingredients
Mix thoroughly to combine well and make sure all the seeds are well distributed
Pour the mixture into a shallow lined baking tray and press down firmly (I like to use a wide-bottomed glass)
Pop into the fridge to firm up for at least an hour then cut into slices.
Store in the fridge.
There is something magical about Sunday mornings right? Maybe you wake up a little bit tired from the long day before, breakfast is cooking on the stove top, your kids are playing and the sun is casting shadows across your living room. Bob Dylan’s new album Triplicate is the perfect Sunday morning soundtrack. This is Dylan’s third album of cuts from the great American songbook. So, these are the songs that your grandparents dances to in the moonlight, or maybe just maybe played on their radios for your parents when they were little. Introduce your kids to Dylan and this special take on Americana. NPR has a first listen here.
I’ll be the first to admit that my first kids baby book is hidden away half filled out and a huge cause of guilt for my wife and me two and a half years later. You young parents know, it’s hard to find the time to fill that sucker out when Stranger Things is waiting to be binged in between midnight feedings with baby and potty training the toddler right? tl/dr, parenting is hard man, so why make it harder? The amazing folks over at Sticky Bellies have put out an awesome modern memory book that is well suited for the Millenial parents. The book is easy to use and features
52 total pages
10-inch x 9-inch hardcover
4 pages for pregnancy details
6 pages for details of baby’s arrival
12 pages for month-by-month documentation of baby’s first year
4 pages for holidays, special firsts and milestones
10 pages for birthday memories
2 pages for the first day of school
1 page for notable things the child says
1 page to write a letter to baby
6 blank pages to use as you like
packaged in a keepsake box
Add a reminder to your phone for every month and take the time to write down your memories and milestones. Trust me, you won’t regret it and you won’t be sitting her 29 months later trying to remember at what month did your kid do that amazing thing.
The uses that a new parent can find for the Flo contact-free smart thermometer are endless. Check your sleeping babies temp my simply placing the sensor an inch from their forehead, check the temperature of that bathtub without guessing and magically make sure the milk you just heated up is the perfect drinking temp for your little guzzler. “Replace those outdated thermometers and stay on top of your family’s health with Flo!”
Answer: gourmet coffee, premade meals, a 30min babysitting session so they can nap and these awesome mugs to put the gourmet coffee in. Question: What should I get my buddy and his wife who just had a kid? The first few
days, weeks, months with a newborn are super challenging for even the most hardened couple. So give them a hand, some food, and some good coffee and they will love you forever. These Hubby and Wifey mugs will remind your friends that they were “they” for a long time before their new life with baby, has made them thin versions of their once vibrant selves. The mugs will also remind them that things get easier and spending alone time with each other will happen once again. It wouldn’t hurt for you to remind them of all this as well, as the BFF of course.
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?
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.
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!
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…
Do you know where your kids are? No, probably not. They have been outside chasing Pokemon all day and haven’t come home for dinner right? We know you might not know much about Pokemon Go but if you are a Millennial parent chances are you know a whole lot about NES games from the 90’s. Super Mario Bros, Tecmo Bowl, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and more will all be included in the new NES Classic Edition (available Nov 2016). “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.” What could be better than spending a few hours playing your childhood video games with your own children? We have a feeling that all of these games still hold up and your gamer kids will get a kick seeing how good their old man is at playing them. With the NES Classic Edition, you just might have a shot to beat your kids at video games for once. So head to your local Poke Gym and find those kids of yours, dinner is getting cold.
Nothing really. Right? Wait…you don’t know what an ice cream ball is? It’s okay, neither did we until last weekend when someone brought one to a picnic in the park and we spent the next three hours making ice cream inside of it while lawn bowling! Yaylabs Softshell Ice Cream Ball takes the same concept from your summer camp days in the 80’s when you would shake together some cream, sugar, salt and ice in Ziploc bags but this makes the “making” process so much more fun. You just add the ingredients for your flavor then shake, roll and play your way to fun. This is a perfect summer activity to keep the kids busy for 15-20min and then as an added bonus you get yummy ice cream at the end. The parts are BPA free and dishwasher safe so all you have to worry about is chocolate, vanilla or strawberry!
Happy 4th of July everyone. We hope you are enjoying the day with your family and friends. When we think of the American Flag we think of THE makers of the best American flags. Grace Alley is an American tradition and you should own one for your home. Happy Independence Day you all.
Can we get the data from Fitbit on the number of calories burned every day by people getting up off the couch or up out of bed to go downstairs to restart their wireless router because their internet is crawling? That number has got to be in the millions right? Just think about how many Frappuccinos that can add up to! Up until recently that caloric number in my house had to equal out to at least an extra scoop of mint chocolate chip at night, at least that is what I told myself on the trips to the freezer. What makes that even worse is that living with slow WiFi had become totally acceptable! Death, taxes and slow internet as the saying famously goes right?
Buffering, router restarting, giving up on trying to load a funny gif, dropped facetime calls with family out of state, we have all become accustomed to waiting or giving up altogether. Things were so bad that we had to choose between keeping our baby monitor on or watching the next buffering episode of Orange Is The New Black smoothly. “Hun, do you have her on?” was a phrase I’d yell from our home office nightly because the internet signal coming from one room away was so bad that I felt like I was 15 again trying to load a picture of Pamela Anderson (hey, it was 1998) on my computer line by line by line before my parents came in.
A little over five months ago I had had enough of this weak signal, so I broke down and bought a brand new router on Amazon and had it overnighted to my house. I made sure it had good reviews and cost me a lot of money because that is the sensible thing one does right? We also changed our ISP in hopes that they would be better, faster and our lives would become easier. Things seemed okay at first but then quickly went back to being that same crappy internet acceptance lifestyle that we had become accustomed to. Looking back things were never better with the new router, it was just a brief psychological lift that we had been experiencing from having something new and shiny to look at. When we switched ISPs we opted for a plan that boasted 150mbps, our last speed test with the old company and router topped out a 4mbps. F-O-U-R. At this point, it didn’t take Benedict Cumberbatch to figure that our house was part of the problem.
One of the great things about working at Relevant Dad is that we spend a lot of out time finding new products that families might enjoy. On a post-it note full of products I had come across one way or another, I had written down eero and underlined it twice and noted next to it “better wifi” and then I had underlined that twice too, which told me through my keen deductive reasoning that eero was something I probably better check out. Call it fate or luck but the same day that I had a realization that my house was not built for a good wifi signal I took another look at eero.com. “Finally, WiFi That Works” were the words that greeted me as the page loaded. Okay, you have my interest eero. Now what. WFB, work from backyard the page proclaimed. Amusing, as if that is even possible! However, I like this idea that WiFi is a system not originating from one point in your house but from three. Multiple access points working together? Well, that sounded like the very thing my house required. If my life were like an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia this would be the point where the theme music begins to play and the title cards would read “The gang gets better internet.”
When my eero WiFi system came I knew from the moment I opened that package that it was going to change our time at home online for the better. Just the attention to detail that went into the packaging was impressive. You know that old adage, “dress for the job you want”? Well, eero comes dressed ready to impress at the MET gala. Each eero access point comes with supremely spooled power cords and slimline outlet plugs. I can’t emphasize enough how impressed I was at the packaging display, it was almost too pretty to disrupt but the lust for working WiFi conquers all. Give me my funny GIFs new wireless router overlords, please!
The setup from top to bottom took me less than 20 minutes, it literally was plug and play. From the comfort of the eero App I selected my personal preferences for the system and worked my way from the home base access point to one in our bedroom and then another in the office. Each step of the way the app guided me through my options. Once the system was up and running I took it for a test drive. Two iPad, two iPhones, one Apple TV, a baby monitor and a PC all were connected and working the network. My speed test topped out at 134 Mbps. I cried. You have to remember that just a week before it was 4 Mbps. What makes eero stand apart from the rest of the field is it’s mesh system that blankets your home with reliable WiFi. Our house works with three access points but the cool thing is we can add more if we want to and it will work even better. Inconceivable! It’s 2016 people, your furnace or central air are no longer the most important systems in your home. Without fast WiFi securely blanketing your abode your family will be left behind. So listen to my cautionary tale, don’t be fooled into buying a better cable package, or a new router with that one extra antenna, run, run, run to eero.com and fix your bad wifi forever.
It has been about two months of using our new eero system and we have had no complaints. The only time that it has powered off was when some guy took a joyride into a telephone pole a few streets over and we lost power for 3 hours. The system has even gotten faster due in part to some sort of magic on eero’s part. Software and security updates to the system to make it safe and efficient happen automatically so we don’t have to worry about a thing. When we have guests over it’s super easy to allow them access to our network through the App. No more yelling “19865356 lower case y k 6785 capitol TXY 1345″ from the notebook you have your network id written down in. Oh, and no more sharing your embarrassing password that you have had since signing up for AOL instant messenger in the late 90’s. It gets better, eero has even introduced parental controls that allow family time to stay family time with no distractions. FINALLY, WiFi that works! Sing it in high everyone! The only gripe that I have and it’s a big one is that all those extra calories I used to burn getting up off the couch to re-start the old solitary router are catching up on my waistline. #NoMoreFrappachinos