Take a tour, win some cash! It’s a giveaway!

Welcome to the soft opening of our new blog!  We are celebrating with a Giveaway!


If you dig a little you will see that we are still working diligently on categorizing five years worth of posts. We are also tinkering with some new ideas.  In light of that, we invite you to look around and tell us what you think. In addition to our heart-felt gratitude, your opinions will earn you a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card!

If there is one thing that we have learned in the last five years, it is that we need to seek feedback from you, our readers. That is exactly what this soft opening is all about. You! For the next few days we invite you to look, ask questions, and make suggestions.  Tell us what you love, what desperately needs help, and what should be tweaked a bit.  We want to do our best to ensure that we are giving you the content you enjoy, in a format that is most appealing.

How do you win?

Starting the morning of 12/01/2016 and ending at midnight (EST) on 12/04/2016 you can comment on the entry below.  You can comment once a day, and each comment earns you an entry!  You can also follow either of us on Twitter for an additional entry.  Finally, you can ask others to review our page as well. Each person who enters that you have invited will earn you another entry!

On 12/05/2016 a winner will be drawn at random and notified.  We will reach out to the winner via email or social media to get their address and then will send them a $25 pre-paid Visa Gift Card!

Most importantly, between 12/05/2016 and New Year’s Eve we will take all of your ideas into consideration to see what we can make happen.  Our plan is to go live with a united, Brand New Blog on New Year’s Day with ANOTHER contest! So, please subscribe and keep up to date with all we have going on. You won’t want to miss it!

Thank you so much for your time and your input.  We are very excited about what we have in store for you, and we hope that you are too.

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Hello Products #familiesthatbrushtogether Sweepstakes!

I am still riding high from my attendance at my first ever Dad 2.0 Summit earlier this year.  It was a fantastic experience, and has been the catalyst for many of the changes that you, my dear readers, have seen.  Being able to meet so many of the dads that I have been following, reading, and chatting with for years was an extremely positive experience. Also, being able to meet and speak with brand representatives was an eye-opening experience.  Now, there were a ton of amazing brands, in-fact… they all were.  But there is one that quickly came to mind due to some of my recent adventures in fatherhood.

Teething. Near the top of the list of reasons we lose sleep, this is the bane of peace for many parents.  None seem worse than the two-year molars.  These cantankerous crushers cause a pain that even scotch cannot cure, for parents or the kids. We have been going through this with our exo-utero youngest, David, for the last few weeks, and it has been a peach. And by peach I mean the pit.  However, there is one saving grace in this.

Since Dad 2.0 I have been fortunate enough to have been supplied with toothpaste to try from the company Hello Products.  It may sound weird, but this toothpaste has completely changed our brush-time and habits, for the better.


Now, let me start by giving you their accolades. You want to talk about dental health that both you and your kids will love, this is your product! Hello makes their products as natural as they can make them. This means they are without dyes, artificial sweetners, triclosan, microbeads or parabens. Hello loves animals and would never test on them. Every product is vegan, cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny Certified.  Hello is also a member of PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies program. Hello products are globally sourced and made right here in the USA. With an offering of both fluoride and fluoride free, encased in BPA-Free, phthalates free and crinkle free tubes housed in 100% recyclable paper boxes sourced from sustainable resources.  That is a mouthful! Needless to say, Hello is on a mission to make the world a friendlier place, starting with your mouth.

I have tried quite a few natural products before, and all of them lacked something… taste.  That all changed the moment that I tried Hello Products (wait for it) Mojito Mint.  I was sold the moment I tasted it, and more than happy with the results.  I eagerly brought a selection home, and went from a once-a-day brusher to three overnight.  My wife fell in love with the SuperMint and it was then that we decided to try some with the kids.  With the flavors Blue Raspberry and Bubble Gum, we had an idea that it would be a huge hit.  It was.

Knowing that kids learn so much by watching us (seriously, they NEVER stop) the idea came to us that we needed to try brushing at night as a family.  After all, as avid readers of all things medical thanks to the word Craniosynostosis (see the rest of my blog for more on that) we know that there is a huge connection between oral health and overall health.  According to the Mayo Clinic there may be links between poor oral health and endocarditis, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and much more. Having products that taste as amazing as the selections from hello, and work even better than some of the ‘other’ brands that we have used before made this family brush time much easier to swallow.

So, I am excited to hold a sweepstakes for a product that has now become a staple in our home.  I mean, we have our four year old AND two year old ASKING to brush their teeth.  NO MORE FIGHTING!

I reached out to hello products for this opportunity, and in honor of my son, David, cutting his 2 year old molars like a champ, Hello Products is excited to sponsor this contest!

What do you win?

There will be two winners selected!

Each will receive one of each of the hello products Toothpastes AS WELL AS a $50 Wal-Mart gift card! That means a tube of Mojito Mint (trust me, it is good!), Supermint, Pure Mint (extra whitening), Kids Blue Raspberry, Kids Bubblegum, Fluoride Free & SLS Free Watermelon and Fluoride Free & SLS Free Sweet Mint!

How to enter:

To enter, take a picture of yourself with your family, brushing your teeth together.  After all, the #familiesthatbrushtogether stays healthy together, and longer! Make sure to post your picture on my Facebook site using the hashtag #familiesthatbrushtogether .  There are also 6 more ways you can interact with social media to earn additional entries.

To start, click the button below.

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This contest is open to anyone in the United States and will run from 7/18/2016 until 7/29/2016.  I will notify the Winners myself, and I will be asking for your shipping address to provide to hello products, who will be directly fulfilling the prizes.  Winners will have 24 hours to confirm and send their shipping addresses.  After confirmation, they will then be announced on my blog. Two winners will be chosen at random, so more entries mean more chances to win.

Try before you win!

Hello kids’ toothpastes are available now at Walmart stores nationwide and my favorite Mojito Mint and my beloved’s favorite Supermint Extra Whitening are available at select Walmart Locations.  So, if you want to try out these amazing product while waiting to win, you can get a $2 off coupon here and see how amazing it is.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and are not influenced by the company in any way. Any product claim, statistic, quite or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. I have been given products for testing free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

New set up, and a contest!

So, many changes as usual around here.  Thanks to some amazing help over the last few months I have moved my wordpress over to hosted!  This means so many awesome tools at my disposal, all to help you.

In honor of this, and in a way to test a couple of the tools that I am really excited to use, I am running a contest! So, starting today feel free to use the links below and complete each step for a chance to win.

What do you win? What does the victor of this contest get to take as the spoils? Well, how about a handwritten letter from me, delivered to you in your mailbox!


Not an email, but real paper, written on with real pen, put into a real envelope, and even a real stamp (or two or three)!  It may not seem like one of those awesome giveaways that you see all over the place, but it is my chance to personally thank you for helping me, for following me, for… being awesome.

So, take a moment, enter the contest, who knows… you may be getting a letter from me! This contest closes at the end of the month and the winner will be notified on (or around) Saturday July 9th 2016.

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