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Our Kind of Show: The Clorox Ick Awards

By Daddy Clay April 4th, 2014

Historically, “Ick” has been under appreciated. In the context of raising kids, Ick is an integral part of the experience, essential to bonding. Our children know instinctively that their parents love them because we don’t flee at the sight of their massive Ick. Now, finally, Clorox is casting a spotlight on Ick.

After all, the best parts of our lives are those everyday moments – true, spontaneous and imperfect. Unfortunately some of these moments are downright icky, but Clorox is here to help you laugh through the mess.
Clorox and famed improv group, The Second City Communications, are teaming up for the first ever Clorox Ick Awards, a live interactive experience celebrating life’s ickiest (and funniest) moments. And you can be a part of the show.

The Clorox Ick Awards is your “reality” award show, honoring those situations and experiences that we can all relate to. Your real-life, real-time submissions will inspire The Second City Communications’ icky improv sketches, which will be shared live on Twitter Wednesday, April 9 from 6 – 10 p.m. ET. There are even rumors that a SNL alum may be joining the festivities (Hint: this person is the only SNL cast member ever to have the privilege of going to college with Daddy Clay).

The hilarious dudes from How To Be A Dad will be hosting the proceedings on Twitter, with an assist from DadLabs for the first hour, so don’t miss a minute of the action! The Clorox Ick Awards on happening on Wednesday, April 9 from 6-10 p.m. ET. Join the conversation, share your Ick Awards nominations, win prizes ($2500 worth!) and watch The Second City Communications’ hilariously icky sketches on Twitter using #ickies.
Have a hilariously icky moment you want to nominate in advance? Share it using #ickies and “tune in” to see if it is featured in an improv sketch from The Second City Communications and visit Clorox.com and sign up for Clorox’s email newsletter to learn more about how Clorox can help you laugh through the mess.


Disclosure: Hard to believe, but we are being compensated to spend time cracking up at the Ickies. This sponsorship has in no way compromised our commitment to celebrating the disgusting grandeur of fatherhood.

Equal Opportunity SuperHero Meh

By concretin_nik March 31st, 2014

We all know I’m a Super Hero fan. I’m no Super Geek and won’t go ballistic on a movie production if they don’t follow the original comic storyline. To. The. Letter. I mean come on, we’re supposed to buy the idea that glasses and wardrobe change are a sufficient disguise for Superman and Wonder Woman? If it’s entertaining, I’m in. If my kid digs it, I’m REALLY in… so my frustration continues… because even with Super Hero toys and a t-shirt or two, he still says, “I’m really not into them. They’re ok.” Not Marvel. Not DC. *crushyourDadwhydon’tya*

But it’s not for lack of exposure. He digs the toys we have, and he’ll mention them when he sees Super Hero shows/images/random sightings, because he knows I like them. “You’ll like this toy aisle Daddy, it has Super Heroes.” (Such a sweet kid.) But even throwing a Cheerios promo in the mix of fantastically abnormal humanoids apparently isn’t gonna do it. Don’t think for a second that’s gonna stop me from trying! How else am I going to justify buying thousands of dollars worth of action figures!? (Seriously, I’m asking!)

If YOUR kid digs comics and DC Heroes, check out specially marked boxes of General Mills cereals through April for exclusive in-box comic books featuring various Super Heroes from the iconic DC Comics Justice League. And if you’re a serious collector, there is a bonus issue only available at Target.

Special Edition Comic and Cheerios

Get this...

The boxes will have Super costume pieces ready to cut and wear printed on the back.

The back of the Cheerios box.

Cut these out... Be Super!

Get in on the action and share your photos tagged “#SuperHeroing” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

SuperBoy!

Wasn't easy, but eventually got him to humor me. *sigh* #SuperHeroing

Disclosure: DadLabs was not compensated for this post, though I did receive the Cheerios and the Superman shirt free. But the story of angst above is all mine. –Concretin Nik

Avengers Assemble! Redefined

By concretin_nik February 18th, 2014

TheBoy doesn’t dig super heroes like most little boys. Much to my dismay. I mean, it’s ok, kids like what they like. But his lack of any obsessiveness with super heroes also means I don’t have an excuse to buy action figures like I have been counting on for the last 6 years. My action figure desires are somewhat quelled by his fondness of My Little Ponies. (MLP for you hipsters.) At least they do have small plastic action figures, even if they do have hair and are presented in pastels and rainbows. I can still work with this. Crafting playsets out of cardboard and making stop motion movies gets us playing together, and sparks his imagination. And that’s the whole point of action figures (for me anyway). Perhaps the citizens of Equestria will be gateway figures to more ‘core toys like Star Wars, Batman, and The Avengers. Hope springs eternal.

Hasbro has perhaps come through for me with Super Hero Mashers. These are action figures with extremities that have the interchangeability of Legos. Want to see what Spiderman would look like with Iron Patriot’s head? You can do that. Want a hero with the smash power of the Hulk, yet wears the drapes of Thor’s mother. Tada! Easy. (Didja catch that Avengers reference?)

Hasbro Super Hero Mashers

The All American Super Hero Mashers

I received a package of 2 Mashers. Let me first say that on both figures, the elbow joints took some serious elbow grease (see what I did there?) to get moving, as they were locked up out of the box. They loosened up enough after a bit o’ working them back and forth. Other than that, these seem like toys with a cool design that your 11 year old will dig, but are also durable enough that your 5 year old won’t destroy them.

They sent me a Fourth of July set, if you will, of Iron Patriot and Captain America. So the typical mishmashing of trading out arms and legs didn’t produce a particularly dramatic result, though TheBoy was already laughing and having fun. (Score 1!) But let’s see if we can’t come up with something even more fun. Enter… IRON PRIMATE, and CAPTAIN MONKEYPANTS!

Our Mashups

Gorillas be super patriotic, yo! #mymashup

We laughed and laughed and made gorilla noises the entire time. I’m not sure these will ever get switched up again. Thank you (again) Hasbro! The Super Hero Mashers are a hit in the Cretin house!

You can get in on the fun and share your mashups on Facebook and Instagram tagging with #MyMashUp.

Disclosure: I received the toys free from Hasbro in exchange for my honest review and opinion. –Concretin Nik

Hair today, gone tomorrow. Or maybe not.

By concretin_nik January 29th, 2014

(Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Dad Central for ROGAINE®. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for participating.)

Hair. As a Dad, as a man, how important is your hair? For some, it’s just hair. For some, essential. For others, it’s a chore, perhaps even a hassle. For me, it’s leaving. And that’s ok. It’s been leaving for about 10 years now. I REALLY don’t mind, as it stuck around for about decade longer than it did for my older brothers. Until I was 26, I even flaunted a ponytail(not a mullet, thank you very much) in their faces, and in turn I was often threatened to be held down and scalped. Probably would have happened too if a career choice didn’t require me to cull my locks(screw you Kinkos!). Older brothers are harsh.

So my thinning and receding hairline was never a big deal. I knew it was gonna suck, but hey, it happens. I’m married to a woman who doesn’t mind, my son has never seen me with more hair than a buzz cut.

Follicle Generation Gap. For now.

And my career now, well, I recognize my office is a 6’x10’ storage closet in a basement. I’m not exactly “the face” of my department. So my hair loss still really doesn’t matter. To me. Do I wish it didn’t happen? Of course. But it’s not devastating or anything, and there’s nothing to be done about it, really. Exactly, except for that last part. You actually can do something about it.

ROGAINE® has come a long way in reversing hair loss for so many, but using it is not without its commitments. I struggle to remember a single vitamin everyday, and their foam treatment requires a twice daily application. But if it works, imagine the feeling every day when you comb your hair. Every time you look in the mirror not worrying about if someone is looking at your bald spot, because it’s gone. Self-esteem, and self-confidence, that’s good stuff. And it comes from within. Not from ROGAINE®.

To help you “Grow Your Game” in all aspects of your life, not just under your hat, ROGAINE® has teamed up Men’s Health and entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker Bill Rancic. Even if you’re not looking to regrow hair, check out mhgrowyourgame.com and learn how you can grow YOUR game in 2014. Follow along as 5 guys get daily practical direction from professional coaches.


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