Social Media and the Nissan 370Z - Erich Marx, Nissan's Director of Social Media & Interactive Marketing talks about ProjectZ and Nissan's commitment to fans by way of social media. ProjectZ is a 10 week program running on the Nissan Performance Facebook page culminating with the creation of the ultimate "Street Z" with features and accessories chosen by the fans. There is a passionate fanbase and Nissan is dedicated to not just using social media as a marketing tool, but to build relationships with those customers. Episode 855 is brought to you by Nissan.
Trout Fishing in America Visits DadLabs. A live performance from one of our favorite bands! Trout Fishing in America consistently create some of the best kids music to be found anywhere. We love the tuneful, witty, playful music of Trout Fishing in America. Here we see Keith and Ezra as they perform their new songs for Daddy Brad's kids (and their school). The guys discuss their new book Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important, starring Chicken Joe, who is a cat. The project brings together storytelling and music, two strengths of TroutFishing. The best thing about this music is that kids and adults can both enjoy Trout Fishing in America. Just watch how the kids respond! Hey, Idaho, are you listening? Episode 823 is brought to you by BabyBjorn.
Lisa Loeb Talks About Her Latest for Kids on DadLabs. Lisa Loeb has just released a new book and CD entitled Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing Along and she discussed it with Clay Nichols in this episode of DadLabs. Her new CD has ten awesome tracks, featuring both traditional and original songs. Some great old camp songs alongside delightful new material from this talented songwriter, and mom! Inspired by the TV show Zoom, Lisa Loeb has created an album that can be an activity for the whole family. The accompanying book has fun illustrations, crafts ideas and all the lyrics to the songs so mom and dad can sing along with the kids. Many of the songs are inspired by summer camp. Steve Martin even plays banjo on the album. Sweet! We love this book/CD combo and your family will, too. Clay Nichols hosts. Episode 822 is brought to you by BabyBjorn.
CycoCYCLE Review: Wins DadLabs Seal of Approval. It's not a tricycle. It's not a unicycle. It's a Cyco Cyle, and we're putting it to the test in the DadLabs.This unique wheeled and pedal driven riding toy is the invention of the brothers Scott and Kurt Comstock. We interview them to find out what inspired them to make such and unusual and fun toy. Then we turn some kids loose on the Cyco Cycle to try it out. This fun bike-like hybrid is fun for stunts, riding two up and generally goofing around. Kids are drawn to the CycoCycle and find creative ways to use it. This really extends the life of this toy. We love that encourages kids to be outside, getting exercise, and also encourages them to be creative and adventuresome. Dads can ride double with their kids on the CycoCycle and that is double awesome. Thats why we awarded the CycoCYCLE the DadLabs sea of approval.Episode 821 is brought to you by BabyBjorn.
How to Make a Scary Halloween Video with Your Kids. The really scary thing about Halloween is that it is over so fast. The day after parents are left with a pile of used costumes and spooky decorations. All the makings of an amazing movie! One way to get the most value for your Halloween budget -- make a video that you can share with friends and family and enjoy for years to come. This videe includes tips on choosing a subject, the right camera, shooting editing and posting your scary home horror movie online. Practical advice on making an amazing Halloween video with your kids from the dads that have more than 700 video episodes to their credit. Get your little zombies on film, or video, and they might be the next YouTube star, or at least the bobbing apple of grandmas (googly) eye. Episode 820 is brought to you by Kmart and Kmart.com
Nissan Leaf Test Drive at Livestrong Challenge. Daddy Clay and his two sons head to the Expo for the Livestrong Challenge fitness and fundraising event and while there meet champion cyclists and test drive the new Nissan Leaf. We interviewed professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer, and got a sense of the sacrifices required of an Olympic medalist and Tour de France stage winner. He also explains the Innovation for Endurance initiative. Meanwhile, Daddy Clay likes the roominess of the Leaf, the torque off the line, and the electronic gadgetry. Daddy Clay's teen son declares the car very un-golf-cart-like. It's the DadLabs version of Top Gear, as we take a look at the Nissan Leaf. Hosted by Clay Nichols. Episode 819 is brought to you by BabyBjorn.
How to Prevent RSV. It's almost cold and flu season, and there's one bug that parents really need to be aware of during the winter months: RSV. RSV is an infection of the respiratory tract. RSV infection can (and probably will) happen throughout your lifetime and is usually not a cause for concern. It is a threat to certain populations -- like small or pre-term (preemie) babies, or babies with heart or lung disease. The threat lasts until 18 months of age. Kids with siblings, that attend daycare, or have parents that smoke have increased risk. If you suspect that your child has RSV, see your doctor. RSV is one of the few viral infections that can be prevented. A substance called Synagis can help prevent RSV. If you child is in one of the risk groups, ask you doctor about Synagis. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and the American Association of Pediatrics for more information. Episode 818 is brought to you by BabyBjorn.
Top Strollers 2011 ABC Kids Expo. There were dozens of strollers on display at the 2011 ABC Kids Expo - some specialized, like umbrella strollers or jogging strollers, some for general use with impressive new engineering and features. Daddy Clay took a look at a lot of the strollers on display at the show, but picked only three to feature here. The Britax B-Agile comes from a brand known for safety and quality engineering -- a feature rich stroller. The self-folding Oragami from 4Moms has got the gadget wow factor. The Orbit Helix takes the art of the double stroller to a new level. All three are high-tech and beautifully engineered strollers that any dad would be proud to roll with. Ep 817 is hosted by Clay Nichols and brought to you by BabyBjorn
Create Your Halloween Front Yard - DadLabs For many a Halloween, Daddy Brad has been humiliated by his neighbor's spooky front yard display. Not this year! Brad vows to create the scariest (but not too scary) backyard boo scape. How to put up fun Halloween decorations that won't be too scary for younger kids? We've partnered with Kmart to find the best in decorations. Go online for a really cool selection of creepy Halloween decorations. Are you ready to get your spook on? Highlights include and inflatable Vampire coffin, giant spider web, tombstones, flying ghosts, orange lights, pumpkins, and Marcus the Carcass. Decorating for Halloween can be scary good quality time with your kids. Then celebrate your accomplishments with a 50 Foot Party! Episode 816 is brought to you by Kmart.
Buying the right technology for our kids can be a daunting and terrifying task. Today in the Lab we are joined by Emmy winning television journalist Jennifer Jolly. A long time tech reporter, Jennifer is an expert at spotting trends in the world of kids and digital gadgetry. Jennifer Jolly has some suggestions and tips about what kinds of electronic gadgets that students needs, and which ones parents can skip. Kids as young as two years old know their way around tablets and smart phones, but is that a good thing? That Laptop may be the best starting place for smaller kids because parental controls are easy to set up. Jennifer stresses the importance of setting boundaries for kids on their tech journey. Technology is not the enemy of parents if used wisely. Ep 815 is brought to you by BabyBjorn
The 2011 Kids Expo is pretty cool and full of fun, and amazing baby products. Danny prowls the floor of the 2011 ABC Kids Expo looking for baby products that can be repurposed to extend their useful life. Danny is on the hunt for products at the ABC Kids Expo that could have an Afterlife. A baby tub as a beer cooler? A crib that doubles as a coffee table? A baby travel bag as a tailgating man purse? Why not be creative with products? Think outside the crib? Reduce, re-use and recycle is the mantra right? What could reduce waste more than giving products more than one use? Products from Okkatots, Upspring Baby, Orbit Baby, and So-ro.Episode 814 is brought to you by BabyBjorn.