Daddy’s Grounded was started by Joel Gratcyk as a way of remembering the personal experiences of fatherhood in all its details, with photos, video and written thought. Joel lives with his family in the western suburbs of Chicago.
The all new Woody Woodpecker movie is out on DVD, & Digital now. It is a hilarious revisiting of a classic cartoon personality in a modern format. My, nearly 5-year-old, son has seen it at least a billion times since we got it on DVD. This is a family-friendly comedy I’d recommend to anyone who is a fan of the franchise. You can enter to win a copy of your own via the entry form below thanks to my partnership with Universal.
The film blends live action and CGI animation to tell the crazy and humorous story of an all-out turf war between the mischievous prankster and a big city lawyer who wants to build his dream home in Woody’s backyard. Directed by Alex Zamm (Inspector Gadget 2, The Little Rascals Save the Day), Woody Woodpecker stars Timothy Omundson (“Psych”), Thaila Ayala (“Rio Heat”), Graham Verchere (“Fargo”) Jordana Largy (Monster Trucks) and Eric Bauza (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water), as the voice of Woody.
Woody Woodpecker - Trailer - Own it 2/6 on DVD & Digital - YouTube
This Woody Woodpecker release features deleted scenes and an exclusive inside look at the making of the film. It also features an overview of the evolution of Woody’s iconic cartoon character over the decades. The movie features some ableist language, but it also shows that Woody has come a long way since his questionable cultural commentaries in the 1940s & 50s.
Woody Woodpecker is a legendary icon created by Walter Lantz in 1940. Woody Woodpecker & Friends have entertained kids for more than 75 years! Woody Woodpecker cartoons appeared in theaters until they debuted on television in 1957. Woody’s popularity resulted in new shows airing across several decades. “The Woody Woodpecker Show” has been broadcast in over 155 territories and 105 languages worldwide. He is one of the most memorable cartoon characters in animation history, featuring the little red –headed bird with the unforgettable laugh, who’s forever pecking his way out of trouble. Woody has evolved from a cartoon TV character to a Pop Culture Icon with his fearlessness, goofy antics and smarts.
BONUS FEATURES on DVD and Digital
Guess Who? The Evolution of Woody – Woody Woodpecker is one of the world’s most iconic animated characters. In this featurette, we explore how Woody’s look and personality have changed since his introduction in 1940.
The Making of Woody Woodpecker – Filmmakers and cast discuss why this version of theWoody character is so appealing and how his brand of physical humor translates across audiences.
Working with Woody – Filmmakers, cast and crew reveal the specific challenges of filming a movie whose main character is CGI.
I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team. Based on my partnership with them I think you should know that Woody Woodpecker is also currently available to watch on Netflix (without the bonus materials).
This week is the week the Dad 2.0 Summit meets in New Orleans, LA for the second time. I am so excited about it I can hardly wait. I look forward to attending the conference every year. Why? The speakers are cool (even if often sports-focused), the brands are fun (looking at you, Dove Men+Care, LEGO, Best Buy & KIA), the outings are epic, and I get to spend time with other guys who understand me.
Dad bloggers are a unique breed. We’re varied in socioeconomic terms, cover the religious and political beliefs spectrum, and are growing in our diversity. We, however, all understand what it is to work hard to keep our families together, raise our children for a better future, and discuss our issues online and publicly for all to see.
Blogging about life takes an open honesty that a lot of people don’t like to share online. Life’s struggles, victories, and losses fill out lives and our feeds daily. It is great to re-connect and spend some time in real life. There is something about that in person time that is so much better than community through our screens.
I’m not staying at the official conference hotel this time around. $199 is an amazing price for the Ritz Carlton, but I can’t swing it right now. A hostel walking distance from the hotel will be my home for a few days while in New Orleans. It’ll give me to see a new part of the city I’ve not visited yet.
Are you going to Dad 2.0 Summit 2018 and like local craft beer? Let’s hang out! I hear there is an unofficial conference bottle share.
I slept fairly well last night. Wes was only up once and Theo was a minimal amount of fussy once he finally fell asleep. That meant I woke up feeling ambitious about breakfast. We had bacon, eggs, fruit, and biscuit ingredients in the house so I thought I’d make a nice breakfast. Abigail obviously was up with the kids last night so I let her sleep in while I got up with the kids.
The kids started with a small snack while I started cooking. After several minutes Wes was excused from the table and started playing video games in the living room while Theo kept snacking and making baby chat with me while I prepped breakfast. I got the biscuits and the bacon in the oven at the same time. That’s when I started the eggs on top of the stove at low and smelled a very unkitchen-friendly smell coming from the highchair.
Theo was leaning over to the side in his chair with the “I’m making poop come out of me so leave me alone” face. A minute later… Yep. The diaper had somehow shifted and most of it missed the diaper. It hit his PJs and leaked out into the highchair AND onto the floor.
That’s when I forgot about everything on the stove and took the kiddo to the bathroom for clean up. Everything got cleaned up. In the meantime, the biscuits were perfect and the eggs just about ready. The bacon, however, was burnt. I took it out and spilled some grease. While Theo was digging into a biscuit I got some paper towels to clean off the grease from the stove top.
Wes let out a loud scream in the living room and my attention shifted thinking he was hurt or there was some other emergency. I shouted, “Are you okay?” He responded that he was and it was “Just a Super Mario thing that surprised him.”
That’s when I felt the heat on my hand. I had turned when checking on Mr. Dude and caught the paper towels on fire. The fire moved too quickly for me to get the paper towels over to the sink so I dropped it. The flaming paper towels attached themselves to my boxers and caught them on fire.
Yup, I like cooking without pants on. Might reconsider that after recent events though.
I took my boxers off so fast it was impressive. The flaming heap hit the carpet my mother-in-law likes having in front of the sink. I was able to stomp it out with my feet, but it left a few burn marks. She’s in Florida visiting family and hasn’t seen the rug yet.
So the good news is everyone except a pair of pjs, a tray full of bacon, my boxers and a rug survived without injury. I’ll call that an overall win. Cheers to the weekend and flaming boxers!
Do you have any embarrassing kitchen stories? I’d love to hear them!
Disclosures: Thank you DreamWorks for the free DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Activity Set and Hasbro toys.
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I was skeptical about the Trolls movie before I saw it the first time. I then fell in love with the whole idea (music and all) once I saw it. Dreamworks found a magic formula that worked with audiences around the globe. I think they’ve done it again with the new animated series on Netflix. Just take a look at the opening credits…
Trolls: The Beat Goes On! is an all-new chapter in the hair-raising adventures of DreamWorks Trolls.
Join Poppy, Branch and all of Troll Village as they keep the dance party raving in their fantastical forest home. Picking up where the blockbuster film left off, the Trolls are quickly adjusting to a life of cohabitation with Bridget, King Gristle, and those grumpy Bergens and the resulting culture clash. Bursting with their signature positivity, irreverence and a whole lotta music, Trolls: The Beat Goes On opens up the colorful world of Trolls for new adventures and a dance party around every corner!
Dreamworks sent us a package full of goodies from the new toy roll out from DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! this spring. Wes was obviously ecstatic about it. Have you watched the show yet? Check out a few of the toys they have on sale now:
DreamWorks Trolls Camp Critter Pod Playset
Everything is cupcakes and rainbows at the DreamWorks Trolls Camp Critter Pod! The fun starts as soon as you unlock the pod and the petals “bloom” open revealing the playset. Kids can send critters friends down the critter slide, take them for a spin on the merry-go-round, wash them in the bath or hang out with them on the swing! Some critter’s even glow in the dark! This totally fabulous DreamWorks Trolls Poppy figure is approximately 5-inches from hair to toe and comes with ukulele, headband, cupcake and 8 critter friends to hide, hang and care for! Camp Critter Pod attaches to DreamWorks Trolls Pod’ular Tree. Sold separately.
DreamWorks Trolls Maddy Collectible Figure with Printed Hair
Put your hair in the air! DreamWorks Trolls Maddy isn’t just a hair stylist, she’s a hair sculptor, working wonders with the Trolls’ already magical locks! Collectible and totally fabulous, this Maddy figure sports wild, colorful hair printed with an adorable scissor design to match her love for styling. She’s approximately 5-inches tall (including hair!) and ready for fun adventures around town. Collect them all! (Each sold separately.)
DreamWorks Trolls Hug Time Poppy
Welcome to the magical world of the DreamWorks Trolls, where a song can lift anyone up and it’s especially encouraged to let your true colors shine. While their town is vibrant and fun, the trolls have to be careful to avoid getting captured by the Bergens — in Bergentown, they’re considered a rare and delicious snack! From the DreamWorks Animation movie, this line of dolls and playsets lets kids express their true colors through a variety of play patterns. It’s all about bright colors, fun songs, funky fashion, and wild hair — definitely the hair!
She was sharing about how her son was feeling empty and didn’t want to be alive. The fact that he was living means he had to die one day and he didn’t wish to die. She went on to say that she gave him a version of the “Life is Like a Donut” talk. A great one if you’ve not already heard it.
This got me thinking about how we’ve talked with our son about death. The two most real examples of death he’s seen so far were when we lost Our Friend Phoebe two years ago and when his great grandpa passed away last year. He wasn’t old enough (and his little brother not even around) when his grandpa on his mother’s side died. The idea of an afterlife hasn’t come up. We don’t go to church or practice any sort of spiritual beliefs. Our conversations were pretty standard and dry. We explained that nothing happens after you die. Once you’re gone you are gone. Every once in a while Wes and I will have this conversation:
“Phoebe died right?”
“She’s not gonna come back, huh?”
“I’m sorry, Wes. That is true.”
“I miss her.”
We try to instill in him during every day (and especially in moments like this) that life is fragile. It is temporary. It is important.
These very reasons are why we teach our children it is imperative that we make our lives and those of others the best they possibly can be in what short time we have to live.
There is no do-over.
There is no reset.
There is no happily ever after life that cleanses the “sins” of those who have wronged others.
There is nothing.
Only the harsh lens of history to view our actions in microscopic detail.
Religion might have “easy answers” for those dealing with death by saying “there is an afterlife.” I feel, however, that such answers are often used as excuses to not deal with very real and present issues facing humanity today and in the future.
Global warming, the risk of nuclear war, and various international humanitarian crises don’t matter to those who think there is an easy escape to a “better place.”
When life is viewed as a one-time thing it is valued, honored, and cherished far more than it ever could be when viewed as only a stepping stone to another dimension. Happiness may only be a moment, but happiness is worth having and sharing nonetheless.
“What if you’re wrong? What if everyone believed this way?” Many have asked me.
My answer? The world would be better-taken care of and life more enjoyable for billions of people.
Not such a bad result of such skepticism.
What are you doing to make life more bearable for you, your family, and even complete strangers?
Having a newborn in the house was difficult both times around for us. Mr. Dude was noticeably more difficult than Theo. They both didn’t sleep well to varying degrees. The fussiness levels changed from night-to-night.
One of the things that got me through those first several months each go around was an understanding that I didn’t completely understand what my sons were going through. Sure, I was a baby once but, like most, don’t remember the language barrier or complete wonder/confusion of the new world that surrounded me.
I’ve been to countries where I was a complete outsider. I didn’t speak or understand those around me. I didn’t know what the cultural norms were or comprehend the complexities of the society I was in for a few weeks.
Experiences like that were the most interesting, and yet infuriating, things I’ve experienced in my life.
I’ve been sick and unable to make my body move like I wanted it to.
I’ve been hungry but had to wait on someone else to provide me food. Maybe it was as a kid. Maybe it was after ordering at a restaurant. Maybe it was while on a group outing and I didn’t bring any snacks.
I’ve been exhausted and just wanted to sleep but was prevented from doing so because of others lack of understanding or compassion.
I’ve had to rely on others in these moments and others have not been the most helpful in taking care of me. Almost all of these instances were caused by poor or non-existent communication.
Hollywood makes babies talk all the time. There are jokes, negotiations, even outright action-packed adventures. It isn’t that way in real life. Small kids can’t talk or share their feelings very well. That’s got to be frustrating as Hell and explains why my sons sometimes act up or act out.
Theo can now communicate some small ideas through body language, voice inflection or hand signs. Simple things like “Up,” “Nurse,” or “More.” These small advances in communication have helped immensely when it comes to the peace and calm in our home.
It doesn’t go away by age four. Let me tell you.
Wes sometimes has what he and my wife call “big feelings.” He is still learning how to deal with disappointment, frustration, and communicating his wants and needs to us. Mr. Dude can make himself a small range of snacks or help us in the kitchen when we cook.
He doesn’t yet understand how his hunger or sleep patterns are linked with his emotions. Sometimes I have to step back and look at the time. Oh, it’s 3:45 p.m.? His grumpy mood or trouble listening is likely because he needs a snack before we have dinner in about an hour.
This is a process I fully expect to continue for years to come. There are some areas of my life where I’m still learning how to communicate wants/needs/expectations. And I’m in my mid-30s!
Luckily, my wife and sons are a family I’m more than thankful to continue working with and learning from as we move into the future together.
Disclosure: I’ve joined the Netflix #StreamTeam and have been compensated for writing this post.
I was often told that I could do anything I wanted when I grew up. Then I found out college and its associated costs would make this endeavor more difficult than I had imagined. Netflix, fortunately, makes it easy to get a non-accredited “degree” in a variety of professions. Just watch the following shows to find out if (sometimes how) you want to do a job in the following categories according to TV standards:
I was told by my doctor that I needed to take better care of myself at the end of 2016. My numbers were not where they needed to be so I had a choice to make. Keep treating my body like a trash can or fuel it like a car. That’s when things began to change.
I lost 30 pounds over the next several months.
I ate better than I had in years.
I dealt with my stress better
I started to get my anxiety under control.
The things that stressed me outside of my health haven’t changed. I still work too much trying to get the bills met. I don’t get enough sleep (thank you, two children in the under 5 crowd). I don’t get to hang out with my friends nearly enough.
That’s when it hit me in mid-2017. If I didn’t do something to document my life no one else likely would. Then I thought a podcast would be a fun way to both reconnect with my friends and document how they have affected my life.
I’d wanted to start a podcast of my own for years, but never took steps to do it myself. Thanks to my phone, Adobe Audition, WordPress, and the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin I started one. Be warned. Some episodes have swearing, so make your own choices about listening with little ears around. Episode #0 (the introduction episode) of FriendsBeer.Coffee is on iTunes and the web.
I recently got a Blue Yeti mic to use for in-person interviews vs over the phone ones. That is a really exciting development for me. The audio quality of issues with that mic will be substantially higher quality.
Thanks for reading this far. I hope you check out the podcast, learn a bit about me, and that we can grab a drink sometime. Cheers!
Influencer networks are an essential part of any bloggers income stream at some point in their career. The sponsored posts don’t always find you. Sometimes you have to find them.
Here are several networks I’ve worked with in the past and a few I haven’t. I’ve had great experiences with many of these. Some pay more than others. Just search out what fits you and your blog. Stay happy.
Back in the mid-1990s I learned that startling someone is not the best way to teach them how not to do something. And by “someone” I mean my dad. And by “mid-1990s” I mean like 6th-grade or so.
The year the Lion King came out on VHS (showing my age) we got a computer with a sound card that included a mic line in. That meant I could take a couple of wires I got at Radio Shack (remember them?) and splice them together with an adaptor to get sound from our VHS player into the computer. Trust me, it was cutting edge stuff at the time for this middle schooler.
I decided, with this awesome new upgrade, to change the famous Windows 3.11 error sound with the audio from this clip out of the Lion King.
Lion King Clip - "Don't Ever Do That Again" - YouTube
It only got to be used once. I was in the living room watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and my dad was in the bedroom down the hall working on a college paper. I don’t know what he did wrong, but he caused that clip to be played (at full volume mind you). Hehe.
A few seconds of silence then passed and my dad shouted for me in one of those tones that required immediate attention, “Joel! Get in here and change this back, right now!”
He was not nearly as amused about the new sound effect I had added to the computer.
It was basically the equivalent of the computer scolding my father for an honest mistake. Poor guy.