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Baby-Proofing Tips to Stop Ruining Your Tech

Being a dad can be a life changer in many different ways. And you learn a lot about yourself. And also how these tiny human minds work. You might find yourself wondering what on earth you are doing spending lots of money on new toys for the kids, when they find plenty of non-toy toys around the house that they find much more fascinating. If it blinks, beeps, has a bright screen, or is any way expensive, they will find it. And they will cause damage to it (because let’s not forget, they’re also interested in things that make a splash, so smartphone, meet the bath or the toilet bowl).

So if you’ve been scarred in the past from a non-toy toy situation, then here are some ways to help protect your gadgets and tech, going forward.

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Get Cases

When we’re teaching our children how to ride a bike or their scooter, we teach them to wear a helmet. So why don’t we equip our technology and gadgets with such a device? The good news is that it does exist, and you can protect your devices with such a thing. You can get cases that reduce the impact when dropped, cases that protect screens, and cases that are waterproof or shatterproof. So it is a no-brainer that you need one of these in your life. If you’re shopping around for device cases, then be sure to look out for the ones that state they have an Ingress Protection rating on them. According to www.dsmt.com, if the rating is over 67, then it means it is waterproof up to a meter deep, and can prevent dust from entering.

Check Reviews

When buying tech and gadgets in the home and you have little ones, then you need to know what you are letting yourself in for. Does it stand up to all that you need it to? Is it going to be able to cope with some dribble or spilt milk on the keyboard? Will it survive a gnawing during teething? So looking at a site like laptop.review could be helpful if you’re after a new bit of tech, especially a laptop, as you can check out how well they are rated for different things. Of course, keeping them at arm’s length from little ones is desirable, where possible!

Be Cable-Savvy

Picture the scene; a laptop charging quietly on top of a desk or table. Then your toddler walks up to it, and sees a cable that is totally in reach. They pull it, taking the laptop down with it. Not to mention loose charging cables left on the floor can be gnawed or chewed on if you are crawlers. So be savvy with how you store your cables. You could use storage clips to attach under your desk, as well as keeping cables in a drawer when they’re not being used for charging anything. It gives your gear a longer lease of life, and will reduce the temptation for little ones to cause damage, to the equipment or themselves.

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

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10 Costco Membership Benefits You Didn’t Know About

There are significant upsides to shopping at Costco besides sampling the tasty foods and consuming some great hot dogs. The annual membership fee is one of them. Shop at the warehouse a few times and the membership costs are absorbed. What to know a couple more benefits about shopping at Costco? Here are 10 of the lesser-known benefits you may be missing out on by not having a Costco membership:

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1. Costco has Medical Insurance

Are you looking for new medical insurance for you and/or family? Costco has you covered. It offers competitive rates for its members. For instance, Costco offers small business and personal plans. It is important to read all the details of the plan to make sure the coverage is exactly what you need.

2.Want to Check Your Health While Shopping? Costco has Health Screenings.

We just discussed health insurance in the number two spot of benefits you don’t know about. So, let’s stay on the topic. Costco also offers free health screenings via its pharmacy department. Costco offers screenings for a variety of conditions ranging from osteoporosis and diabetes. For more information about health screenings offered, check the local store events listed on online.

3. Costco has Group Vision Plans and Budget eyewear for Its Members

You have time to shop. That is not in dispute. You often don’t have time to stop for reading classes. Worry no more! There are some great deals to be found on reading glasses at Costco. It is even has multi-pack of reading glasses for those who lose them constantly (we won’t mention any names). If your medical plan doesn’t have vision insurance, once again Costco has you covered. It offers group vision plans for those who need eyewear and eye screenings.

4. Get Need Prescriptions at a Low Cost

You may not know, but it makes a difference where you buy your prescription medications. One retail pharmacy may charge more than a large pharmacy. This means if you go to the wrong pharmacy, you’re going to pay too much. Costco’s pharmacy department is one of the pharmacies that charge less for prescription medications. In fact, the prescriptions may be significantly lower than other pharmacies. Always check with various pharmacies, including Costco, to determine which is the lowest price.

5. You Will Find Unique Gift Sets

You may not know this, but sometimes Costco will package items together in gift sets. The are often available an excellent price. The gift sets include housewares and beauty supplies. They always a great buy during the holidays.

6. Costco has Low Cost Vaccinations for the Members

Costco understands that vaccinations are important to staying healthy. That’s why they are also offered at Costco’s pharmacy. The vaccinations pricing is competitive. So you can find a great deal on vaccinations for the family. If your medical insurance company doesn’t cover vaccinations, get a Costco membership.

7. Love Buying Gifts and Movie Tickets? These are Two More Benefits Costco has.

By the time you buy movie tickets and everything that goes with it (popcorn and drinks), you’ve made a big investment. One way to put the joy back into going to the movies is by buying discounted movie tickets at Costco. In fact, you can save about 25 percent. You can save the same percentage on store gift cards too.

8. Get Your Groceries at a Lower Price

Shopping at Costco can save you a lot of money. When you are there, check out the peanut butter and cheese. You’ll find some great prices. You can also stock up of many grocery items because of the price.

9. Save Money on Birthday Cakes

Some of the most amazing birthday cakes are found in Costco’s bakery department. They look beautiful, taste great and cost less than other bakeries.

10. Get Your Ink Cartridge Refills at Costco

This may be the best tip on the list. Costco will refill your ink cartridges. Take your old ink cartridges into Costco. It will refill them. You can save about 70 percent when you do this (compared to buying a new one).

There is no doubt about it. Costco is a fabulous place to find all your family’s needs from clothing to groceries and auto repair. A Costco membership is definitely a great value with many benefits.

 

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100% Fresh Beef Quarter Pounder Giveaway

Which words from the title caught your attention? Was it 100% fresh beef? Quarter Pounder? Or how about Giveaway? No matter which I think you’re going to like what you’re about to read.

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McDonald’s is excited to announce that they are launching a new 100% Fresh Beef Quarter Pounder! These new Quarter Pounders are cooked to order and are hotter and juicier than ever before. As a dad, I like to think of myself a burger aficionado to some degree, and I already enjoyed a good Quarter Pounder, now they are even better.

So, head on down to one of your local or worldwide McDonald’s locations and try out the new Quarter Pounder. This dad give it two thumbs up, as does mom. Perfectly cooked, tasty, and made to order. Maybe make a little day trip as a family for dad on Father’s Day next weekend.

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There’s a reason I suggest that. If you’re familiar with McDonald’s, they have the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and on June 14 th through June 17 th, Father’s Day Weekend, the McDonald’s Co-op of Metro St. Louis will host a fundraiser to highlight McDonald’s new 100% fresh beef Quarter Pounder and Signature Fresh Beef burgers. Each time a customer purchases a fresh beef burger this weekend, owner/operators will donate 25¢ to the newly remodeled Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Louis Children’s Hospital near the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Craig Moeller from KSDK/Channel 5 is helping promote the event and if you can you can donate as well. All you have to do is drop your change into the Ronald McDonald House Charities donation box that is located in each restaurant.

Small Change. Big Difference

Here in the St. Louis metropolitan region, all of the 156 McDonald’s are locally owned by business people who care about the community and the lives of their customers and employees. That’s why McDonald’s owner/operators support numerous nonprofits, particularly Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis.

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“Small Change. Big Difference” will help pay for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Louis Children’s Hospital near the Neonatal Intensive Care unit that is currently being remodeled. It was  ten-years-old and needed upgrading. St. Louis has four Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which last year alone served more than 12,000 families at no charge and saw more than 60,000 visits at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Mercy Children’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Each family room offers an “oasis” within the hospital so families can access hot showers, laundry facilities, a small kitchen with complimentary snacks and coffee, TV, internet access, toys and games for siblings of ill children, and a quiet area – all free-of-charge and just steps away from their child’s hospital room. These rooms are especially important to the St. Louis community because they serve our local families.

Giveaway!!!

But St. Louis Dad, didn’t you say “giveaway”? That I did, and let’s get into that. For reading my pitch above about supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities I want to offer up some gift cards and other cool prizes.

First up is if you see me out and about, just come up and say “hi” and I will hook you up with a coupon for a free Quarter Pounder, Happy Meal, French Fries, or GoGurt (while supplies last). That’s it, just say “hi”.

The second giveaway is just as easy, all you have to do is comment below with your favorite memory from McDonald’s. I will then collect all of the comments and randomly select four winners to receive a $20 McDonald’s Gift Card! 

The final giveaway will be a surprise mini Happy Meal box with a couple really cool prizes inside! I will select my favorite comment from those submitted for the final giveaway! So share your stories!

All winners will be selected and contacted on Monday June 18th, 2018. Winners will have 24 hours to respond.

McDonald’s provided St. Louis Dad with the coupons, gift cards, and other prizes for the giveaway. Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win!

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FREE “INCREDIBLES 2” FAMILY PARTIES

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On June 16-17 from 10 a.m. to noon, celebrate the opening of “Incredibles 2” at participating Marcus Theatres’ and Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres’ locations! Dress like your favorite superhero (no masks or face coverings, please) for a variety of games and crafts, including make-your-own superhero mask* and coloring stations, plus complimentary snacks. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the movie, with admission sold separately. Visit MarcusTheatres.com for a list of participating locations and showtimes:http://www.marcustheatres.com/marcus-specials/family-friendly-films/free-incredibles-2-party.

*Although masks are not allowed in the theatre per Marcus Theatres’ admittance policy, participants will be able to make a superhero mask as part of this activity.

Kids Dream Summer Film Series Presented by American Family Insurance, Value Programs and Kids Parties Provide Options All Season Long

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OVERVIEW:

With summer break in session and blockbuster season in full swing, Marcus Theatres® and Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres are turning up the heat at the box office with a variety of family-friendly offerings including value programs, free family parties and the highly anticipated Kids Dream Summer Film Series.

VALUE PROGRAMS:

See this summer’s hottest blockbusters on the big screen, without breaking the bank:

  • Movie Tuesdays: At all locations, see any movie for just $5 every Tuesday. Plus, Magical Movie Rewards (MMR) members receive free complimentary-size popcorn.
  • Student Thursdays: At participating locations, students and faculty can show their ID to see any movie for $6. They can also receive free complimentary-size popcorn.
  • Young at Heart®: At all locations, seniors ages 60 and up can catch any movie for $6 every Friday before 5:30 p.m.
  • Early Bird Movies: At participating locations, early risers can see any movie for $6 before 11 a.m.

With the exception of Movie Tuesdays, an additional charge for 3D, 4DX, SuperScreen DLX®UltraScreen DLX® and IMAX® applies. Visit MarcusTheatres.com for a list of participating locations: http://www.marcustheatres.com/marcus-specials/value-pricing/super-saver-.

There’s no better way to escape the heat than the Kids Dream Summer Film Series presented by American Family Insurance! Between June 24 and August 29, moviegoers can see family-favorite films on the big screen at participating Marcus Theatres’ and Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres’ locations on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. — plus Saturdays in August.
Admission for all showtimes is just $3. Attendees can also enjoy concessions specials, including popcorn and fountain drinks for $2.75 each. Titles, dates and showtimes are subject to change. All titles will be shown in standard 2D only and rated PG in accordance with standard MPAA guidelines.

While the Kids Dream Summer Film Series has a cost of admission, guests can visit their American Family Insurance agent or the series’ website for free tickets courtesy of American Family Insurance. Visit MarcusTheatres.com for more information, showtimes and free tickets: www.marcustheatres.com/kidsdream. The film schedule and participating locations follow.

KIDS DREAM SCHEDULE:

June 24, 25 and 27: “Ferdinand” – Rated PG

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

July 1, 2 and 4: “Wonder” – Rated PG

Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy born with facial differences who enters mainstream school for the first time.

July 8, 9 and 11: “Trolls” – Rated PG

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey full of adventure and mishaps to rescue her friends.

July 15, 16 and 18: “The Lego Ninjago Movie”– Rated PG

Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat his father with the help of his fellow ninjas.

July 22, 23 and 25: “Paddington 2” – Rated PG
Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

July 29, 30 and August 1: “Early Man” – Rated PG
A cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to their simple existence when Lord Nooth plans to take over their land and turn it into a giant mine.

“Despicable Me 3:” August 4, 5, 6 and 8 – Rated PG

Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.

“My Little Pony: The Movie:” August 11, 12, 13 and 15 – Rated PG

When a dark force threatens Ponyville, the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to save their home.

“Peter Rabbit:” August 18, 19, 20 and 22 – Rated PG

Peter Rabbit enjoys spending his days in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. When one of McGregor’s relatives suddenly moves in, he discovers a family of new rabbits in his home and a battle of wits ensues.

“Sherlock Gnomes:” August 25, 26, 27 and 29 – Rated PG

After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo and Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.

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