Monster Energy Supercross!

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Monster Energy Supercross was super intense yesterday. We here at St. Louis Dad had never been to a supercross event and we’re not exactly sure what we were going to see. We looked it up and see that it involved some racing and some awesome stunts.

IMG_4224We were all impressed with the days races and stunts. It wasn’t as loud as I had anticipated it would be but there was a high amount of energy through out the Edward Jones Dome. I am impressed with the amount of dirt brought in to make this event happen. All of the racers were incredible. Jumping and racing has got to be hard work, so I applaud anyone that can do both.

IMG_4222The day opened up with an awesome showing with some cool pyrotechnics that wowed everyone in our group. I honestly do not know any of the racers names as I do not follow along but I am impressed with their skill. It takes a lot to do what these racers are doing. I’m not even sure if I could ride a straight line on a dirt bike, let alone jump a dirt ramp.

If you didn’t get a chance to check out Monster Energy Supercross be sure to keep an eye out for when they will be back. We were happy with this show so I can see us revisiting some racing events in the future.

Here are some awesome highlights from yesterday’s event provided by Monster Energy!

Feld Family Entertainment and Monster Energy Supercross provided St. Louis Dad with tickets for compensation for this review and promotion for this event.

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StLouisDad.com Instrumentals Vol. 9

StLouisDad.com Instrumentals Vol. 09

This batch of instrumentals contains a few of my favorite tracks that I have made. I probably say that about everything I make, but there are some really cool instrumentals in this download. If you haven’t grabbed any of my previous releases be sure to grab them as well!

StLouisDad.com Instrumentals – Vol.09 will be released under a Creative Commons license. Read more about the specific license attached to these instrumentals here. If you have any questions about any of the instrumentals I can do my best to answer them, just send me an email.

Please comment below or email me with a link to your project if you use one of these instrumentals. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did making them and be sure to subscribe and follow me on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook to find out when Vol. 10 will be released!

Listen to a sample of this download!

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We’re Not Awesome Parents

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A lot of people compliment my wife and I at how awesome of parents we are and all of the cool activities we do with our kids. We play with cars, trains, robots and superheros. We craft with paint, glue, glitter, and paper. We have dance parties and watch movies. We go on adventures out in the world and in our own backyard. It seems awesome, but it’s not. It is a lot of work parenting like this. It would be so easy to just tell the kids to play with their toys in front of the t.v.

But that’s not what my wife and I are after, and it’s definitely not easy. What pictures don’t show are the moments where Alex is having a breakdown because he can’t use Abby’s yellow paint, or Abby crying because Alex pulled her hair for the fiftieth time. There is always a story in between the camera flashes.

IMG_1307Moments like those are what test your patience and make you wonder why you even got the paint out in the first place. I will say that it is worth it even if it begins and ends with a meltdown. The reason it’s worthwhile is simple. Doing these activities is what will shape our kids in the future. If we don’t do anything then where will our kids learn from, school? Most kids don’t even start school until they are five, sometimes even six. That’s five years worth of learning they are missing out on. Learning is forever and not only are your kids constantly learning but so are you. Keeping these activities going takes a lot out of you and at first it’s difficult, but you learn what works and what doesn’t and you get better at handling your children when it comes to projects.

We’re not awesome parents by any stretch of the imagination. We’re just doing what we need to do to make sure our kids are independently equipped for whatever their future holds, whatever path they choose they will be ready. So when you see me or my family posting pictures from a fun activity going down at our house or from a night out, just know in that particular moment all was well, but there’s a 99.9999% chance that there was a meltdown before if not after that flash went off.

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Turntable Toddler Time

IMG_3921Growing up my dad had a turntable and some records. So naturally when I got older I had some of my own. When it came time to buy a house I parted ways with my small collection to gain some additional funds for our big move. It was a dumb thing to do now that I think about it but there’s not much I can do to change the past, but let’s talk about the future.

Vinyl is now as big as ever. Many artists are releasing their albums on vinyl as well as digital download. I think this is awesome and my good friends over at 1byOne recognize this trend and have made their very own Portable Stereo Turntable available. They even sent one over for me to try out with my kids’ dance parties. I really like what they have come up with. Like the name suggests this turntable is portable in nature, meaning it comes self contained in its own case and has built in speakers so you do not have to hook it up to a stereo system if you don’t have one. However, if you do have a stereo you can use the aux out to easily connect up.

IMG_3912There is also an 3.5mm input jack as well. With this you could potentially hook up an mp3 player and play through the turntables built in speakers. The sound quality of the speakers are not going to win any awards but it does sound nice. I really like the design of the case and how easy it is to store. Plus you can play 33’s, 45’s, 78’s!

I don’t plan on storing mine anytime soon. I also have mine hooked up to my stereo for maximum sound quality. Alex loves jamming out to my old Joe Walsh records and I can’t blame him, it’s a good one. I myself like to listen to some of the newer releases on vinyl. Alabama Shakes is a perfect example of a relatively new band that translates perfectly to vinyl. Dance parties do not skip a beat when using vinyl over streaming media or CDs. The party keeps moving and the added novelty of the turntable keeps the kids interested in what’s going on with the music.

IMG_3922Abby likes watching the vinyl spin in it’s hypnotizing fashion, where as Alex thinks he is the next Funkmaster Flex and has to touch the record while it’s spinning. The turntable is relatively inexpensive compared to higher end dj equipment, so if it falls and breaks you’re not going to be out too much money. We’re practicing on handling vinyl records gently and being nice to the turntable. Abby understands but it will take a little bit for Alex to fully understand that he can’t touch the record player right now.

The 1byOne portable stereo turntable is an excellent turntable to keep around the house to play those old and new vinyl records. I can see many years of use with this product and if you’re in the market for one I would definitely recommend 1byOne’s.

Life is definitely good. #turntable #vinyl #1byone

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