July 23, 2014

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The TORO Recycler® with SmartStow™ Technology

The TORO Recycler® Lawnmower with SmartStow™ Technology

If garage space is always an issue for you, and having one of those outdoor sheds in the corner of your yard isn’t an option, let us introduce you to the The TORO Recycler® Lawnmower with SmartStow™ Technology. This mower showed up at the Dadand HQ and I immediately uncrated it and started mowing. I … Continue Reading

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The BUG-A-SALT Original Salt Gun Fly Swatter

Mouse traps. Cars. Phones. Someone’s always trying to make them better. And guess what… they DO. You know why? Because the technology moves us forward or else you’d have a horse and buggy in your garage. But the fly swatter is perfect as is, right? Psshhh, NO! A super-genius named Lorenzo (who would fit in perfectly … Continue Reading

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Photography: Content Aware Awareness

When I’m taking shots of the family, I’m trying to be aware of what’s going on in the subject…are they looking at the camera, smiling, tall in back/short in front? …and then I’m all adjusting the camera settings, fiddling with a lens…blah blah blah. There’s a lot of multi-tasking going on when you’re making memories. … Continue Reading

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Kobalt 40V Max Electric Outdoor Power Equipment

The Kobalt 40V Max Electric Outdoor Power Equipment is a new line of rugged outdoor tools by Lowe’s all powered by the same rechargeable 40-volt max lithium-ion battery system. Plus they’re all backed by a 5-year hassle-free tool guarantee. This might just be the line of tools to convince die-hard gas lovers to go electric. There are 7 … Continue Reading

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Photography: Fixing Group Photos

It never fails. You take a group shot and something (someone) always ruins it. They blink. They look away. A rabbit ear here, a nose pick there. Little Billy vomits or the dog is humping Aunt Dot’s leg. Well, I got a fix for most of those. Crate the dog Tell everyone to say “cheese.” … Continue Reading

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Holiday Dad Gift Guide – Tool Edition

This is my favorite time of year. For two reasons only. I get to spend even more time with my family. My holiday wish list is dominated by tools I couldn’t justify to purchase during the year. The stuff listed here is in use, everyday, in the Dadand Garage compound. We buy and use this … Continue Reading

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The Toyota Sienna Minivan – Dadand Approved

I get why people make fun of minivans. I used to goof on them, too. They’re an easy target. They’re the sweatpants of the car world. People say you’ve given up on your individuality and next you’ll be wearing a white belt and pulling your pants up to your nipples, old man.  But that’s all crap, … Continue Reading

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Painting Awkwardly-shaped Objects (Patio Chairs)

Waaay back in this post, I built a small deck on the front of my house. Concealed in a planting bed, the deck offers us a place to sit, relax and watch the kids play out front. I can’t believe it’s been two years already. Two years. Two years since I bought some Adirondack chairs … Continue Reading

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Featuring Subjects in Busy Photographs

I wrestled with the title of this post. It could also be called… “Faking a Short Depth of Field in your photos” or “Photographing your child—making them stand out.” After you read this, you might want to call it “brilliant”, “easy” or “The Best Post You’ll Read all Summer.” Or perhaps something nsfw. Please leave … Continue Reading

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Dadand meets Photoshop Elements

We’ve been Photoshopped. Errr… Photoshop Elemented. You’ve heard the infamous software noun used as a verb lately—mostly when they refer to fashion mag covers and making some super skinny model even skinnier. Well Pete and I will be putting some nouns and verbs together, along with other parts of the English language, over the next … Continue Reading

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