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Dad’s Guide to Summer Will Prepare You for Any Adventure – Plus a $150 Giveaway

If there's a Guide to Summer out there, my dad read it annually.  When I was a kid, my family went on a lot of summer vacations from Cape Cod to Disney World. While we did fly occasionally, we mostly went on big road trips. And of course, that meant we were always in for an adventure! While we didn't go camping too often, I clearly remember this one time quite vividly. I'm not sure how old I was, maybe seven or eight. We drove to some campsite and my dad actually pitched the tent for us and we all squeezed in with our sleeping bags. We were completely roughing it and while it ...

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How to Throw the Most Bodacious ’80s Pizza Party

"I gave her my heart. She gave me a pen." Wiser words have never been spoken on the Big Screen, and if you're a fan of John Cusack or the '80s, those two short sentences speak volumes. They come from 1989's Say Anything, which cued a perfect ending to the perfect Bubble Gum Decade. Yes, the '80s. Atari. Bubble Yum. Cartoons. Star Wars. And the land of horrifically awful (yet I loved every single one) sitcoms. If I could freeze a decade in time, it'd be the '80s. The '80s were my teen years. The end of Little League and the start of Junior High and ultimately High School. I must've mowed our lawn ...

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To Counter All the Hate, Here’s 101 Things I Truly Love

There's a lot of hate going on in the world these days. I'm not going to start talking politics here at all, nor am I blindly ignoring the reasons behind all this hate. Instead, however, I'm preaching love. Love. Compassion. Caring. You can do all of that while still disagreeing with one another on things. That said, I'm doing my part to spread as much positive vibes as I can these days. I know it's not all chocolate and bunnies and rainbows, but if my little piece of the Interweb can help distract you from the political rants on Facebook for even five minutes, then I'm doing my job. I recently wrote ...

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You’ll Be Surprised How I Bond with My Kids These Days

I want to talk about bonds. No not James, not Barry and not savings. I'm talking about the bond I have with my two boys. It's a crazy cliche but it's so insanely true. Time flies when you're having fun. And while there've been plenty of ups, downs and scares, having kids is easily the most rewarding thing I've ever done in my life. I'll admit that I couldn't have done this without my beautiful wife Allison. Well yes, it would've been physically impossible to do without her, but I mean raising these little guys. She's done (and still does) an insanely amazing job bringing these boys up. And that goes much deeper than simply chauffeuring ...

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I Was Angela Lansbury’s Guest at the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Event

One of the first movies I saw with my wife was Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Allie and I had been dating for just about a year at that point and both were real excited to see this new Disney animated film. We both had loved The Little Mermaid and were looking forward to this follow-up. All the talk about this crazy new CGI technology that animated films were starting to use certainly peeked my curiousity. We both absolutely loved the film and I even began regularly belting out, "...she didn't shudder at myyyy pawwww" in the deepest overly dramatic voice I could muster. We had the movie on VHS (that's a video ...

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Sweet! We visited the PEZ Factory in Orange, Connecticut!

While on our way back from a family wedding in New Haven, Connecticut, I convinced Allie to make a stop in the city of Orange. We had seen a billboard on I-95 for a PEZ Visitor Center and I was most definitely curious. Jason LOVES PEZ. With his nut and seed allergies, it's tough finding sweets he likes but thankfully he's very into sugary (not chocolatey) candy. And PEZ is near the top of his list. A quick search online and after reading some rave reviews, I was convinced we had to stop. So we did. Allie was up for it but not really too excited to be honest. That would all ...

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