Thank You St. Louis Magazine!

STLMag-Dad5Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of talking with Stefene Russell from St. Louis Magazine. She and her editor thought it would be great to feature St. Louis Dad in their fall family issue. I was super excited and very nervous to take part in the interview. I had set the interview up for a Friday afternoon a little after lunch time. I had the day off because of my work schedule and thought it would be perfect timing. Little did I know I was wrong.

Originally I had planned on having my wife watch the kiddos while I did the interview. This would be helpful so I can concentrate on the conversation. Unfortunately my wife needed to work that day at the last minute. As someone who has a hard time saying no to work, i.e. money, I told my wife to go and not to worry about it, I got this I told her.

Then the a/c went out. Of course it was one of the hotter weeks of the year and the a/c service techs would be running in and out of the house all day replacing our entire system. So on top of tending to the kids, I was making sure everything the techs needed was made available, along with sweating my booty off (as Abby would put it). Either way I was going to make it through this interview. About thirty minutes before I was to start the interview I laid Alex down for his nap. I got him to sleep and felt that I was in the clear to handle this like a professional. Boy was I wrong… again. Alex woke up literally two minutes before the phone call and I rushed to keep as calm and relaxed as possible.

During the interview Stefene could tell that I had a lot happening on my side of the phone, she was an ebullient professional who showed extreme patience with me needing to pause to get Abby or Alex a drink, cartoons, etc. I want to express sincere gratitude for featuring me on their website and magazine. I never expected any sort of recognition for writing about my kids and a few products. I gotta say it makes you feel good to be a dad.

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StLouisDad.com Instrumentals Vol.01

StLouisDad.com Instrumentals Vol.1

One of the many things that I did before I became a dad was create mixtapes, remixes, and some instrumentals. Over those years I have grown quite the collection of instrumentals that are not being used. So I had the brilliant idea of giving them away royalty free. Some instrumentals do have samples that have not been cleared, so it would be your responsibility to clear those with the original artists if you plan to commercialize these instrumentals.

StLouisDad.com Instrumentals – Vol.01 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.

This first download features five instrumentals with a variety of sounds. Project 005 has a great Halloween feel to it. Very spooky! 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. 02 will be released!

Listen to a sample of this download!

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Playskool Heroes Jurassic World Dino Tracker!

IMG_0517The hype behind Jurassic World is real. The movie is exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you have been busy all summer I suggest you get a chance to see it on the big screen before it’s too late. Fortunately for my little ones they get to bring the action home thanks to Hasbro’s line of Playskool Heroes!

This four piece set includes the Dino Tracker 4X4 with working Dino Tracking Technology this vehicle emits a red light showing the dino footprints needed to track and capture the included Velociraptor figure. You can secure the raptor in the included cage that attaches to the Dino Tracker. And let’s not forget the hero of our adventure. He does not have a name listed on the box but we like to pretend it’s Owen from the movie.

What I really like about this toy is that it has very simple pieces. Things do not get too complicated for my daughter and son to figure out. The vehicle rolls great and the cage actually stays attached. My son let out a squeal of excitement when we unboxed the raptor. His bright orange color make him easy to spot by any child. One thing you will probably notice is that Hasbro has done an excellent job at making this vehicle work with other Playskool Heroes figures. Such as the Marvel or Star Wars characters. The figures fit perfectly with Owen and the Dino Tracker, making an expanded Jurassic/Marvel/Star Wars universe a possibility.

IMG_0589Making these toys compatible with each other is every kids dream. It keeps things in scale and a lot more fun for the kids. We as parents spend hours upon hours making sure our children’s toys are separated. Action figures in this box, cars in another, ponies in another. Adults like to keep things clean and organized. But let’s be real, kids like to use their imagination, and if that means Twilight Sparkle is being hunted by Spider-Man riding the Dino Tracker than so be it!

There is also a Dino Copter that you can purchase to go along with the Dino Tracker. It has a figure and a dinosaur to go with it as well. Check out the images below to see both of these great toys in high quality!

jurassic-world-deluxe-vehicle-tracker-4x4 Jurassic World Deluxe Vehicle - Dino Tracker Copter

Hasbro provided St. Louis Dad with this product as compensation in exchange for an honest review. Please visit Hasbro.com for more toys, games, and other products your children will sure to enjoy!

Boo Bar Treats for Halloween!

chewy.comThis month Chewy has the perfect treat for your doggies this Halloween season. Boo Bar treats are a mix of pumpkin and cinnamon baked together with whole grains, fruits, and veggies. Made by The Blue Buffalo Co. these were very loved by both Clark and Miss Lady. Too be perfectly honest I wasn’t optimistic about these treats at first. I wasn’t sure the dogs would like a pumpkin and cinnamon flavored treat. Like usual, I was wrong. The dogs loved them and were begging for them every time we got them out.

IMG_0444Holiday themed treats are a fantastic way to switch it up from the normal treats you may get for your dogs. If you get to enjoy some pumpkin in your latte, why not give your pets a nice pumpkin and spice treat too! These would be great to give out to any dogs that may be out trick or treating (with their owners permission of course).

Again, like some of the other dog treats we get, we had to put these ones up so the kids could not see them. The fun packaging can really fool those that cannot read yet. My son Alex threw a nice tantrum when we would not give him a treat. He is only 19 months right now so he just doesn’t understand, and it’s kinda funny when you think about it. I’m sure he would probably think these are pretty tasty too! We’ll keep them away from him just in case.

Chewy.com provided St. Louis Dad with these products as compensation in exchange for an honest review. Please visit Chewy.com for more toys, treats, and other items needed for your pets!