Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Next Best Thing to a Real Puppy – PEPPY PETS

Today is National Puppy Day!  A date to take a moment to appreciate the magic and unconditional love that puppies provide to us.  Do you have a special puppy in your life to celebrate the day with?  If not, today would be a great occasion to consider adopting an unwanted puppy that needs a home from an animal shelter.  Click here for some useful tips from the ASPCA when it comes to adopting a pet.

While every child would love to have a puppy, unfortunately there are often a variety of reasons why having one isn't a good fit for a family.  Someone may be allergic to dogs.  Maybe a home just isn't big enough or suitable for a pet.  Busy and hectic schedules may not provide enough quality time for people to spend with a puppy.  Parents may feel their children aren't mature enough to care for a pet.  While puppies are adorable and fun to play with owning and taking care of a real one is a lot of responsibility that isn't for everyone.

If your family wants a puppy but can't have a real one at the moment, you really should take a look at Peppy Pets. Children and parents alike will love the irresistible personality of these adorable toys! The cuddly plush puppy has a spring in its step and when walked by its owner, can run, jump and wag its tail like a real dog.  This toy will walk and run alongside you just like a real pet with no batteries required!  Peppy Pets wiggle waggle walking action is really cool.  Check it out:



In celebration of #NationalPuppyDay, A GEEK DADDY has teamed up with TPF Toys to giveaway one of these great Peppy Pets to one lucky randomly selected winner who completes the entries in the Rafflecopter form below:

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Whether for National Puppy Day (March 23rd), or anytime - Peppy Pets from TPF Toys are a perfect addition to the family.  Ideal for children ages 4+, Peppy Pups are available in soft brown or black and white versions at Toys “R” Us nationwide for $19.99.


DISCLAIMERA Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided the same items being provided as a prize for personal use. The prize is provided by TPF TOYS and A Geek Daddy is hosting the promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US resident over the age of 18 to participate.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. Boxes allowed for delivery of the prize. TPF TOYS will be responsible for shipping the prize to the selected winner.  One winner will be chosen at random on, about, or after April 7, 2017, and will be notified via email to confirm. If no response within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. This promotion is not  sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ROTO-ROOTER TO THE RESCUE

**  Roto-Rooter sponsored this post  **
My wife and daughter both have gorgeous long flowing blond hair they like to comb over the sink which combined with my facial shaving regularly leaves our home's upstairs bathroom plumbing clogged up.  Snaking out the clog is a time consuming messy job that is regularly placed on my "honey do" list which I really hate dealing with.  So when Roto-Rooter® reached out to me about reviewing their new drain care products I was excited to give them a try.

Water was barely draining from this clogged sink before I used the Roto-Rooter Hair Clog Remover that was provided to me on it.  Following the directions I poured 1/4 of the bottle down the drain, waited 10 minutes, then flushed the plumbing with hot water.  Whoosh the water ran straight through the drain and the clog was gone!  

Wow that really was impressive!  No more having to continually pour and flush the drain over and over again as I've experienced with other liquid clog removers in the past or having to spend a half hour or an hour trying to scrape the hair all out of the pipe by hand with a snake.  Using Roto-Rooter Hair Clog Remover was a quick, efficient and clean way to accomplish a task that is normally a pain to deal with.

Roto-Rooter Hair Clog Remover works so well because it utilizes a professional formula with 25% more hair dissolving ingredients than other similar products on the market.  Independent lab studies have shown that tough clogs are cleared up to 50% faster than other national brands when using this product.  Plus no need to worry about your plumbing being damaged by chemicals when pouring Roto-Rooter Hair Clog Remover down your drain as its formula is designed specifically to disintegrate hair and is safe for all pipes and septic systems.



In fact, Roto-Rooter is so confident its line of home drain care products will satisfy you they provide a double guarantee.  If you are not completely satisfied with the product they will refund your money. Plus if you need to call in a Roto-Rooter plumber for help give your bottle to the visiting service tech to receive 10% off your next service call. For complete details on how to redeem a refund on this guarantee please visit rotorooter-products.com for more information.

If you have more stubborn clogs caused by soap scum, grease and other gunk try Roto-Rooter's Gel Clog Remover. It has the precise viscosity to power through what has plugged up your drain.  In addition to being useful in bathrooms this product is also great for kitchen sinks because in addition to not harming pipes it also can be used without worrying about damaging a garbage disposal.  Note though that neither of these products are meant to be used for stopped up toilets or pipes that are blocked by tree roots.

I've been so impressed by my experience using these products, I've agreed to become a 2017 Brand Ambassador for Roto-Rooter Drain Care Products.  Throughout the year, I will be posting sponsored content featuring their different products, providing tips on simple plumbing problem fixes you can do yourself, and hosting some great giveaways.  Whether is it discussing routine maintenance by providing simple steps to protect your pipes or giving an overview about the most common ways clogs occur, A Geek Daddy will be providing a lot of useful information through this partnership with Roto-Rooter Drain Care Products to help you save money and keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.


It is nice that people can now go to the store and buy easy to use diy products backed by America's top name in plumbing, Roto-Rooter, that will allow them to conveniently and economically tackle basic plumbing issues without having to hire a professional for assistance.  Roto-Rooter Drain Care Products are available at a variety of retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, Kroger, Lowes, Meijer, Menards and Walmart.  Before you pick some up for yourself make sure to print out a coupon from their website for a $1 off any product.

For more information, please visit rotorooter-products.com


DISCLAIMER:  A Geek Daddy is financially compensated and receives free products to review as a Roto-Rooter Ambassador.  Opinions expressed are honest and my own.  Your experiences may differ.  I am not obligated to write positive reviews and the brand has requested that I be honest in my appraisals of their products.

Free Shipping Available to Mail in Toys for Recycling

Want to feel good about saying bye to broken toys that can't otherwise be resold at a yard sale or donated to charity?  Don't toss them away in the trash because starting TODAY you can recycle them instead. Tom's of Maine, a leading manufacturer of personal care products, and the recycling experts at TerraCycle are working together to put broken toys to good use.  From March 21 through April 28, 2017 ship broken toys directly to TerraCycle for FREE to be recycled into new products as part of Tom's of Maine's #LessWasteChallenge.

Families can send in their broken toys by following four simple steps:
  • Visit www.tomsofmaine.com/lesswaste
  • Enter contact information to receive a free UPS shipping label via email that can be printed out
  • Fill an old box with up to ten pounds of broken toys
  • Attach the free shipping label to the box and drop it off at a UPS pick-up location
“Knowing what to do with broken toys is a challenge because as parents we don’t want to be wasteful and throw them away. We want to show our kids there are better solutions,”  Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine, to A Geek Daddy. “The act of recycling a toy together can be a way for parents to start a conversation with their kids about what we can all do to take care of the planet for generations.”

“Toys are a waste stream people don’t think about that often, but the amount of broken toys sent to landfills is significant and there hasn’t been a way to dispose of them,” added Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle. “Parents can now feel good knowing that broken toys can be 100% recycled or reused, which helps planet Earth.”

Did know that according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency the average American family produces nearly 125 pounds of trash every week? While you are Spring Cleaning around the house take advantage of this toy recycling drive.  Beyond toys, consider becoming more actively involved with recycling by ting in the Tom's of Maine Less Waste Challenge which asks families to reduce household waste by one pound per week through the remainder of the year.  


Visit tomsofmaine.com/lesswaste to make the pledge as well as to find suggestions for fun DIY projects that can get the whole family involved in reducing waste to make a personal contribution towards a clean and healthy environment in your community.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Family of 5-year-old Transplant Recipient asks People to have a Heart

Every parent worries about the health and safety of a child.  Experiencing a true life-or-death incident with a child though takes that parental concern and bond up a notch.  That occurred for me when my family discovered my daughter had a severe food allergy after she went into a condition called anaphylactic shock which sent us to emergency room as her face turned red with hives while her eyes and throat swelled shut.  Doctors told us if we had arrived at the hospital just a few minutes later brain damage could have occurred, her organs would have begun shutting down, and she could have even died.  Fortunately, everything turned out alright and she's doing just fine.  We've had to learn about this medical condition and have to take daily precautions to avoid a repeat of the incident but I have to say our situation pales in comparison to getting the news as a parent that your preschool aged child needs a heart transplant in order to survive.

That is the story of the Schultz family who found out that their son Ari would die without a heart transplant.  Ari stayed in-patient at Boston's Children Hospital for 211 days receiving care and waiting for news about whether he'd be able to get a transplant before it was too late.  Then one day the news came:



Ari recently received a new heart and now he's slowly recuperating in the hospital's ICU dealing with some rejection issues his body is having.  Unfortunately, while Ari's mom and dad have been focused on his care they didn't realize that water damage from a storm had caused their family home to become infested with mold.  A mutual friend relayed to me that the Schultz's homeowners insurance will only cover less than half the cost of making the house suitable for Ari to return home to.  To help cover some of the mounting expenses the Schultz are confronting, friends and family of Ari have set-up a Go Fund Me page asking people to show some heart and provide some support.

Making a donation of $10, $20 or more will help Ari get better and will make you feel good.  Every contribution adds up and even making a small donation can have a big impact in helping this family in need.   Have a heart and help Ari out!



Saturday, March 18, 2017

SING -- SPECIAL EDITION

SING was one of my kids favorite movies that came out last year and they've been regularly asking if we could get it to add to our home video library ever since seeing the animated film at the theater.  The wait is almost over for them as I received a complimentary SING -- SPECIAL EDITION Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Download movie combo pack as part of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment's promotion of its Tuesday, March 21, 2017 release date.  With food allergies being a serious concern when it comes to my kids, we minimize candy at Easter and replace it with other fun things.  SING -- SPECIAL EDITION came out just in time to be a perfect addition to their Easter baskets!

The studio behind the production of SING, Illumination (which also created Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets) wasn't content with just re-releasing the original theatrical movie on home video.  So Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have put together SING -- SPECIAL EDITION which in addition to the featured presentation also includes 3 new mini-movie that include the cast from the movie as well as an exclusive Tori Kelly music video and a variety of musical extras.  You'll definitely get your groove on when watching the movies, music videos and other special extras included in SING -- SPECIAL EDITION.


SING is an animated comedy with the theme of finding the music that lives inside all of us.  You'll be entertained by more than 60 hit songs while you watch it including a brand new song by Motown legend Stevie Wonder (featuring Ariana Grande), marking his first song for a major motion picture in 25 years.  The movie includes the vocal talents of Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon (an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world's greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater), Reese Witherspoon as Rosita (an overworked and unappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva), Scarlett Johansson as Ash (a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior), Taron Egerton as Johnny (a young gangster gorilla looking to break free from his family's history of felonies), Seth MacFarlane as Mike (a small time con artist of a mouse with big aspirations), Nick Kroll as Gunter (a pig who is not afraid to let it all hang out), and Tori Kelly as Meena (an elephant whose stage fright hides a huge talent).  This dramatic comedy filled with music is sure to delight both kids and kids-at-heart of all ages.


Whether you're giving SING as a surprise for a child's Easter basket or planning on watching it for a Friday Family Movie Night, I promise you this film is sure to get people tapping their feet, laughing and singing along as they view it.  To share my family's enjoyment of the film and enthusiasm about it becoming available on home video,  in addition to giving the movie A GEEK DADDY nod of approval for being an awesome movie for kids, I  am giving away a SING -- SPECIAL EDITION Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD combo pack to one lucky blog reader.  Complete the entries required in the Rafflecopter form below and a winner will be randomly selected from all eligible submissions.  The contest is open from 3/18/2017 to 3/26/2017.  Must be a US resident over 18 years old to participate for a chance to win.

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Listen up! You aren't going to want to miss the extra content in SING -- SPECIAL EDITION, especially the 3 mini-movies "Gunter Babysits", "Love At First Sight" and "Eddie's Life Coach"


Gunter Babysits:  Rosita's dance partner Gunter offers to watch all 25 of her piglets for the night to prove he's the best babysitter ever.

Love At First Sight:  During a piano lesson with Johnny, Miss Crawly becomes nostalgic about the dancing and romancing of her youth.  Johnny convinces her that it's not too late to find someone and helps her setup a profile on a dating website.

Eddie's Life Coach:  Eddie's mom signs her slacker son up for a digital training seminar to get his life back on track.

Additional extras contained in SING -- SPECIAL EDITION include music videos for the songs "Don't You Worry About A Thing", "Faith" and "Set It All Free"; behind the scenes documentaries on the making of the movie; and animated segments providing additional details about the characters you love from the film.  The SING Network shorts provide news and highlights on the business endeavors of some of the characters following the conclusion of the events in the movie such as Gunter's Dance Studio, The Moon Theater, Rosita's Babysitting Gizmo, and Miss Crawley's Matchmaking Service.  Plus "True Entertaining Stories" are segments that highlight each of the Moon Theater's newest stars, Gunter, Rosita, Johnny, Meena, Ash, and Mike.

For more information, please visit SINGmovie.com or follow the movie's social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter or InstagramSING -- SPECIAL EDITION is available to watch on 4K, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on March 21, 2017.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Madame Alexander Story Land Travel Friends

 ** A Geek Daddy received the featured products for free to review **
My daughter is so excited to see the new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie that is coming out this weekend.  To pass the time while waiting for mom and dad to take her to the show, she has been playing with Beauty from her Madame Alexander Story Land Travel Friends collection.  These 7" vinyl dolls are just the right size for playing with around the house, in the car while traveling about or to take along to a friend's sleepover.  My daughter really likes these toys because with moveable joints at the neck, shoulder, elbow, hip and knee they are more like fashionable action figures than the more traditional dolls that Madame Alexander is known for. With detailed facial features, stylish hair, and princess gowns these pocket-sized Story Land Travel Friends can provide hours of imaginative play.


The Story Land Travel Friends collection is based upon a variety of characters from classic fairy tales.  In addition to "Beauty" from Beauty and the Beast, Madame Alexander has included Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White among other princesses as Story Land Travel Friends.  Each toy is boxed individually and designed to look like how the character would have been portrayed in the original storybook telling of her tale. Beauty for example is dressed in a shimmer yellow dress with pink trim and a pink rose headband in her hair.  She has hip length brunette hair that children can brush and style in addition to a wide range of flexibility with posing the toy and moving its limbs around while playing due to the multiple joint points on its body.  My daughter really has a lot of fun playing with these dolls.

You can purchase these dolls individually at specialty toy and hobby shops across the United States and Canada such as the WHISTLE STOP HOBBY & TOY store in Metro Detroit for about $15 each or get the entire collection of these storybook princesses all at once from the Madame Alexander website.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Mary Poppins is Returning in a Brand New Movie

Here's a first glimpse of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt portraying Mary Poppins as filming has begun for MARY POPPINS RETURNS, the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film MARY POPPINS. Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, MARY POPPINS RETURNS also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The original movie is a family favorite so we'll be looking forward to an outing at the cinema when this sequel arrives at theaters!

The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep).

MARY POPPINS RETURNS will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018!