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Support the March of Dimes this Father’s Day

By concretin_nik June 9th, 2015

Father’s Day is different for every family. Some Dads want to relax and do nothing all day, while others want time and tools to do a Summer project. Some want to get away for a round of golf, and some want to spend every moment with their children.

No matter how you or the Dad in your life plans to spend Father’s Day, please consider the one thing absolutely required to get that title… a child. Did you know that 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely in the U.S. each year? The March of Dimes is committed to researching and developing treatments and preventions for the serious problems that threaten the health of babies.

Now through June 21, you can help the #MoDSquad raise money for the March of Dimes by selecting a Father’s Day gift from these partners. Your purchases and support will save lives.

Get your Father's Day gift from them, they'll donate to the March of Dimes


It’s easy join the the #imbornto campaign on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Share a childhood story or photo about how your Dad helped you become what you were born to be. Use #imbornto and be sure to tag us too! We’ll be participating in a Twitter party as well on June 10, at 1pm EST. You could win prizes from the MoDSquad retail partners or a $25 Visa gift card (3 to be given away).

Visit www.imbornto.com for partner offers and more information. And be sure to check out a couple of others Dads on the #MoDSquad: Out With The Kids and Daddy Mojo

While we were compensated for this post, we are happy to have joined the #MoDSquad and to support the March of Dimes #imbornto campaign. As always, our opinions are our own.

Stouffer's is your mealtime Wingman

By concretin_nik June 3rd, 2015

I’m a pretty picky eater. “Meat and potatoes” is pretty much my meal mantra. When I find something new that I like, I’m going to eat it. And probably often. (If it’s healthier for me, that’s just a bonus.) Last week, Life of Dad approached me to try out STOUFFER’S new FitKitchen meals. Bring it!

Now I remember STOUFFER’S French Bread Pizzas from my college days. Very fondly. To say I ate hundreds of those might not be much of an exaggeration. And we’ve eaten many of their chicken enchiladas in this house. (So good.)

For this review, I picked up the Cilantro Lime Chicken and the Steak Fajita (because steak fajita!). If your regular wingman isn’t around to get you to a good meal before a run, a workout, hike, or a skate session, STOUFFER’S FitKitchen is stepping in for ya. I’ve been known to just grab a sandwich and a soda before heading out for a session, but this is soooo much better! I actually feel like I had more energy from a real sit down meal, not just something from the microwave. But the convenience of FitKitchen meant I didn’t waste precious skate time with prep. Delicious, healthy, and quick. Well done Meal Wingman. Now let’s skate!

Pre-session #wingman.

Don’t take my word for it, pick up one of these six protein-packed meals and see for yourself.

◦ STEAK FAJITA in smoked red chile sauce with a mix of red and green peppers and seasoned brown rice

◦ CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN white meat chicken with a black bean and corn mix, seasoned brown rice and a verde tomatillo sauce

◦ ROTISSERIE SEASONED TURKEY with a mix of diced red skin sweet potatoes and green beans

◦ MONTEREY CHICKEN with diced red skin & sweet potatoes, lightly buttered green beans with BBQ style sauce

◦ BOURBON STEAK with chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned broccoli and red peppers

◦ OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN with diced red skin potatoes, seasoned broccoli and a savory wine sauce

#FitKitchen steppin' in as your mealtime #wingman.

I have partnered with Life of Dad and STOUFFER’S® for this promotion. I have received compensation and product for my participation, but my opinions are my own.

Healthy Babies by the March of Dimes

By concretin_nik May 14th, 2015

We are happy to have joined the #MoDSquad and the March of Dimes #imbornto campaign.

Every baby is born to do something special and unique.

But they can’t do it alone. This is a celebration of their parents, the moms and dads who keep
them healthy and safe, before and after birth. This campaign is a thank you to them. To you.

Share a childhood photo or story with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and tag it with #imbornto.
Check out this gem from Concretin Nik!

Are you brave enough to share yours?

The research and treatments developed by the March of Dimes have helped millions of babies live longer, happier lives. We know there are so many wonderful charities to choose from for your donation dollars. We urge you to consider the March of Dimes. You can even help by shopping. Visit www.imbornto.com for partner offers and more information. And be sure to check out a couple of others Dads on the #MoDSquad: Out With The Kids and Daddy Mojo

CHANGES ARE COMING TO DADLABS!

By concretin_nik February 26th, 2015

Hello everyone! We have good news and we have bad news.

Both are this: There are changes coming to DadLabs.com.

We will still bring you Dad-centric parenting advice/suggestions/information/entertainment as well as car, travel, gear, app, and toy reviews via blog posts and video formats. We will still interact with you as much as we can via comments (and it will get easier for you to comment) here on the site and our Facebook page (facebook.com/thedadlabs). We will still be twits, er, twittererers. I mean, we will still send out tweets (@dadlabs – twitter.com/dadlabs) and we’re starting to use instagram more (instagram.com/dadlabs/).

Life as Dad is still our number 1 priority. Helping YOU, with your children and your families is what created DadLabs, and it is what will keep us going.

Aside from a slightly new look, the biggest change for the site will be the removal of the forums. We know there are some great (though rather old and slow) conversations there, but the format just doesn’t work as well as we hoped, and let’s not forget the massive amounts of spam and spambot members we delete on a regular basis.

The removal of the forums, is really the only bad news. The team is still our fearless leader and DadLabs co-founder DaddyClay in Austin, TX, film-maker media man extraordinaire DaddyDanny in L.A., and father of 2, master of none, me, Concretin Nik in Louisville, KY.

Daddy Clay, Daddy Danny, Concretin Nik


We will be bringing you new stuff on a more regular basis. We’ll be sharing lots of things from other DadBlogs by great Dads all over the globe. We’ll bring you some local stuff from our regions, to encourage you to find similar things in your area. There will be guest posts, photo, craft, and kid posts. Who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of some other old familiar faces every once in awhile.

The bottom line is this: We love you. We have a great audience and want to continue to help you be/support all the great Dads in your lives. We’re getting a makeover, but it’s simply cosmetic. We still want to share in this fantastic journey as parents. Stay with us, won’t you?

Thank you.


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