St. Louis Dad’s Holiday Gift List 2019

The holidays are here! So what better time than to list off some of my favorite gift ideas for this holiday season. In this list I have ideas for everyone in the family… Or at least I hope you’ll find something that they’ll like, if not then just get them some coal.

To start off the list why not hop on the bandwagon and get something that the entire family will enjoy, Disney+.

With the new content and the large catalog of Disney content, Disney+ is sure to be a hit for all in the family. You cannot go wrong with this subscription stuffed into a stocking.

Holiday His and Her Stocking Stuffer

Speaking of stockings, a great stocking stuffer from Shinesty.com are these very cute and very sexy “So that’s how coke is made trio”, a set of boxer, bralette, and cheeky underwear pack.

This set and many of the other combo packs feature adorable animals in very naughty predicaments. A great way to surprise your significant other and keep things exciting during the holiday season. Shinesty.com has a wide range of options in their holiday collection. Head on over to their site to see more!

A View Into Space

For the kid in your life it’s always important to find things for dad and child to do together. That’s where I believe science can play an important role in both of your lives!

One of my favorite things to do is to gaze up at the stars. So why not explore all of great options of telescopes out there. Amazon has a lot of options, but there are even options out there to build your own. Grab a kit or watch a few YouTube videos and see what you and your kiddo can find in the sky!

A Lifetime Memory

Another great idea for gifts this year is instead of actual gifts, give memories. There are so many cool places to go around St. Louis that you can create some amazing memories with your family. A few ideas can be…

  • Any of the numerous theaters
  • Top Golf
  • City Museum
  • The Gateway Arch Museum
  • Six Flags
  • Union Station
  • The Fabulous Fox
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Grants Farm
  • A Cardinals or Blues game

The Christmas Tie

The holidays can’t be complete without dad wearing some crazy holiday tie! So head back on over to Shinesty and grab dad this awesome 8-bit Ugly Christmas tie! They even have a matching suit, so use that information wisely…

The tie even by itself is amazing, I am sure any dad, uncle, or grandpa would love to be sporting this great piece of fashion.

Canvas Print

Always, always, and I mean always a perfect gift for mom is a great canvas print. Smartphones have these great cameras that can take amazing photos and these photos can be printed in high quality and look fantastic on canvas print.

Lazers

Last but not least… a laser! No, not a laser blaster (although that would be cool), what I am referring to is a full spectrum laser. One of these puppies can etch, cut, and help you create some amazing projects. I won’t tell you the price tag but I recommend getting your order placed today!

So there it is! A crazy laser and a bunch of other cool stuff that completes this St. Louis Dad’s holiday gift guide for this year. You are more than welcome to pick me up any of these items, wrapped, and placed under my tree this year.

St. Louis Dad was provided compensation for some items to appears in this gift guide.

Easy Ways To Make Money Online

Making money online has never been easier. And you don’t need to be an expert online to be able to earn money. So if you need that extra money to put towards a new family car or just to have some extra cash, here are some easy ways to make money online. 

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Review Websites

With a lot of the online world nowadays, having a great website counts and a lot of businesses are willing to invest money into people testing their websites and giving their feedback based on a number of things like the functionality of it, the speed at which it loads and how obvious it is when it comes to distinguishing the purpose of the site. There are a number of sites that recruit website reviewers to help test out client websites, and some make you record your voice as you go, and others will ask you to take notes or give video feedback. There will be others where you need to complete certain tasks, and there might be timing issues with how quickly you can do them on the site, and that might be beneficial for the client to be aware of. Some of these websites can offer quite a bit of money for reviewing a site, and that could be done in your lunch break or at home on the couch. 

Play Online Games

Online games are a great way to pass the time, but with some sites, you can actually make money from them. Sites that have a poker hub or gambling are some of the most popular places to make money. There are also a lot of online gaming sites where you build up your account through roleplay, and the value of your account will increase depending on what you get within the game or how far you progress within it. So there’s a real opportunity to earn money whilst playing and having fun online. It’s something that we certainly wouldn’t have expected would be possible a few years back, but it is!

Sell Your Services Online

If you’ve got a talent or skill that you think is worth, then you might want to sell your services online. There’s plenty of websites, like Gumtree being an original example, of advertising your services or finding jobs or tasks that other people will put up. There are sites specific to certain job requirements like handyman services or babysitting. Depending on what it is you want to sell, you can also open online shops, with sites like Etsy.

Start Your Own Blog

Perhaps you’ve got a skill for writing or love discussing topics that create conversation? Owning a blog never really was much of a money earner until now. With blogs in this day and age, you can make money from advertising brands and collaborating on sponsorships. Some have even made full-time careers from it.

Being able to make money online is certainly something we as a generation now have a great privilege to do, so try it out.

Welcome to Earth with Men in Black International!

Sony Pictures has recently released the hit Men in Black International on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital and you can pick up your own copy today! We here at St. Louis Dad love all things aliens and so when Sony Pictures and Budsies reached out to help with a promotion for the upcoming release we could not pass up this awesome opportunity.

Our task was to create our own alien that would fit right into the Men in Black universe and then Budsies would take our drawing and turn it into a reality. Being the excellent delegate of the family I assigned the task of illustrating this creature to my favorite artist, my daughter! With her materials she went to work crafting an alien that represented her, our family, and of course the Men in Black!

In no time our master doodler had an alien worth bringing home to Earth to send over to the wonderful folks at Sony Pictures and Budsies.

Here is Sillie The Alien! Sillie was created by my 8 year old daughter and she said that Sillie is a small, soft, friendly, green alien that floats around the dark side of the Earth’s Moon! Sillie has a big blue and pink heart that is separated by an EKG line that beats to the rhythm of Sillie’s favorite music! With big adorable black eyes Sillie is sure to steal hearts, and when Sillie is happy, big blue circles and hearts appear!

This drawing was submitted to Sony Pictures and Budsies and they immediately got to work on the alien creature! A few weeks later and there was a box on this dad’s doorstep with a very recognizable creature inside… it was Sillie The Alien!!!

Along with a blu-ray copy of Men in Black International was this amazing plush alien provided by Sony Pictures and Budsies. So now not only can we watch the new Men in Black International movie with Sillie at home, but we can watch it on the go with digital as well!

Grab a copy of MIB anywhere you grab your favorite movies and enjoy another amazing installment to the MIB universe!

And if you want your very own alien creature… just head on over to Budsies and get started today! Act now to take advantage of their early bird discount for the holiday season that is quickly approaching!!!

Sony Pictures and Budsie provided this opportunity in exchange for social media postings to promote the new MIB blu-ray release!

 

Turn Commute Into Productive Time On Your Phone

The average American employee commute at least 25 minutes to work. However, more and more professionals are forced to commute over an hour to get to the office each day – and, of course, one hour back in the evening. If you’re driving, it’s a lot of full. Additionally, you need to stay focused on the road for long periods. 

However, if you’re commuting on the train, the bus or the tram, you may find yourself quietly dozing off each morning on your way to the office. If you’re lucky, you can get a seat, and you wait until you’ve reached your stop. It’s a lot of idle time in the day! While it’s not a bad thing, idle time can make your commute appear more tiresome than it actually is. Indeed, our addiction to digital technology has turned us into impatient users. We’re so used to click to get what we want that waiting for an hour or more without having anything to do can feel dull and draining in comparison. Can you turn your commute into something a little more exciting without moving out to live closer to the office? The answer is yes, and, believe it or not, all you need is your faithful smartphone device! Indeed, transforming the purposeless wait on the tram into productive time can change your perception of the daily commute. Are you ready to spice up your bus or train journey to work? Charge your phone and explore these different options: 

Relax on the go

Work is stressful. Most of us work in a hectic and fast-paced environment. It makes no doubt that the stress accumulated during your workday doesn’t disappear when you leave the office. One of the most effective stress relief remedies is to exercise regularly. Unfortunately, if you work long hours, hitting the gym after a long day at the office may not be a solution. However, you can use your commute time to de-stress. There are many entertainment options available on your phone. Don’t rush to your favorite social media platforms and instead try some video games. If you haven’t played games on your phone since the Snake games on the old Nokia, it’s time to explore what’s available in the App Store or Google Play Store, depending on whether you’re an iPhone or an Android owner. Games offer the perfect distraction from stress, and, because they demand your attention, they help your mind to move away from work-related thoughts. 

Win, big or little, as long as you win

Day after day, the same routine; it makes no doubt that the office life can be draining. For many employees, each day ends up looking just like the others. There’s no other way to put it; the routine makes everything dull. Your days have lost their excitement, and somehow you wish you could call on sick and forget about work. But you can’t, and every morning you’re heading back to the office for another day of dullness. More often than not, changing jobs isn’t going to help. Indeed, when you struggle with mental fatigue, it’s tricky to get enthusiastic about finding another office to sit in. However, you can bring some excitement to your daily commute with hot spins games. Indeed, you could set a reasonable and safe budget to play every week – for instance, you can save your lunch money by preparing your meals, and repurpose it for a few spins. The prospect of potentially winning can inject some much-needed enthusiasm into the routine. 

Keep in touch with your clients 

With a solid network of contacts, you can do almost anything. Platforms such as LinkedIn are hugely useful to make connections and build a list of professional contacts. Unfortunately, you need to invest a lot of time into the platform to gain any benefit from it. Being on LinkedIn isn’t enough to land you the next best job or to grab a client’s attention. You need to be active on LinkedIn to grow your network. So why not use your commute time to create a memorable and productive profile? Start by personalizing your connection requests. You can’t just hit the ‘connect’ button and hope for the best. Instead, visit the person’s profile and use the ‘connect’ button there as it lets you write a small note. Similarly, following up face-to-face meetings on LinkedIn, such as trade show business card exchanges or even your yoga instructor can make a great deal of difference. 

Take a course 

Who doesn’t want to boost their professional skills? However, when you can’t juggle going back to school with work, you need to find smart alternatives. Thankfully, there are plenty of mobile apps that let you learn new skills every day, directly from your smartphone. Udemy is a favorite as you can find almost any topic online. One word of advice, though, not all course materials are cheap. However, the app runs regular sales, letting you buy expensive courses for as little as $10. 

Build your online expert presence

It’s never too late to start a blog and establish your presence online. You can use a blog to promote your expertise within the industry or even to build your own business that could one day replace your office job. Some bloggers have only created a blog because they enjoy sharing their opinions and ideas. Regardless of your reason for blogging, there is a lot to gain, for your reputation, your income and your mental health. A blogging platform such as WordPress lets you create exciting posts directly from the smartphone app. You can edit your photos with an app such as Pixlr Express that enables you to adjust, correct, crop and filter your images for a consistent look. 

Run a profitable side hustle 

Last but not least, why not start a side hustle that brings a little pocket money to your household? An online selling platform such as eBay allows you to earn supplemental income by decluttering your home. You can also buy things wholesale and sell individual items on eBay. Admittedly, you need to know your market first as you might end up wasting your money on products nobody wants! 

Making the commute to and from work more enjoyable and productive can dramatically impact on your mental health. More importantly, you can use the time to boost your income, your skills and your personal image online.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.