November 1, 2016

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Broken Rock Band Guitar Whammy Bar Fix

The Rock Band Guitar Whammy Bar Fix. I broke down and bought Rock Band 2 and the instruments off of Craigslist for my 10-year-old. The ad warned of “Broken Whammy Bars”. To me, “Broken Whammy Bars” is an opportunity. I can crack open an adult beverage, sit at my workbench, tinker, and come up with my whammy bar fix. I … Continue Reading

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Painting Furniture: Makeover a Child’s Chair with A Dr. Who Theme

“EXTERMINATE…EXTERMINATE!” Ugh. I shudder. The shrill, modulated cheap voice effect screams from my television. “EXTERMINATE.” For those of you who don’t know Who, then the Who I refer to, is the Doctor. Dr. Who. I don’t mind it, but there are these robot things that yell “exterminate” all the time—those I can’t take. My kids … Continue Reading

DIY Harry Potter and Hermione Granger Wand

How to Make a DIY Harry Potter Wand and a Hermione Granger Wand

After reading all of the Harry Potter books and watching all of the Harry Potter movies, my daughter was using anything she could find as a wand.  I decided to step it up and make a DIY Harry Potter wand. What is a wand, after all? It’s a stick. That’s what Ollivander used, so that’s what … Continue Reading

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Strollin’ with Target

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Target. It’s not a typical dadand.com post because we’re not talking about tools or DIY, but we do have “dad” in our title and we do actually talk about fatherhood from time-to-time, so they asked me to discuss my take on fatherhood and style. Little did they know I only … Continue Reading

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Photography: Lighten Dark or Uneven Exposures

Living in a town that is driven by travel and tourism, I notice two things are frequently happening around me—people taking photos, and people asking for directions to some place they will undoubtedly take more photos. We’re in the theme parks all the time and I see many photo faux pas: shooting into the sun … Continue Reading

The Maclaren BMW Stroller

The Maclaren BMW Stroller

The Maclaren BMW Buggy (or as we say in the USA, stroller) is sleek and cool, combining the best materials and design details to create what we found to be a pretty rad stroller. Maclaren contacted Dadand to be one of the first sites in the US to have their new BMW stroller and put … Continue Reading

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Building Model Boats

I was fascinated with PT-109. The boat. The stories. Infamously chopped in half by a Japanese destroyer while on patrol in the Solomon Islands—and the crew rescued by John F. Kennedy. But mostly, I was mesmerized by the guns and torpedoes. I was seven or eight, and weirdly into war stuff. Maybe not so weird. … Continue Reading

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Fixing a Broken Kid’s Art Table

Something happened to my daughter’s el cheapo, white art table a couple weeks ago. It could have been some serious painting and coloring going on, or it could have been me standing on it to hang some Christmas decorations, but let’s not point fingers. Here’s what happened. I turned it into a tri-pod I mean … Continue Reading

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Do you wrap the gifts from Santa?

Do you wrap the gifts from Santa? Or are they just out there in the morning, like BLAM! SANTA! Much of it is about creating a sense of magic. The way I think my parents did it was you write the letter to santa and ask for ONE THING (not 50 things). And in the … Continue Reading

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Assembling Kid’s Bikes

Assembling the Mongoose Mutant 16″ Boys Freestyle Bike to be exact. The kids went from swaddled little burritos to training wheels…awfully fast. Today my son and daughter, fraternal twins, turned four. I remember on the morning they were born—I was remembering bringing home my first born. Got that? You know, there’s no manual. You don’t … Continue Reading

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