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TrackR Bravo with keys

Tech gifts under $30 for dads (and grads)

Trying to find something a little different this year? The TrackR (pronounced “track-R” is a great little gadget for distracted dads prone to losing their keys around the house, or even around town. It looks like a little key charm, but thanks to a low energy Bluetooth signal that will connect to any phone running the TrackR app. It can ...read more

3 great push present ideas for dads

Moms-to-be are used to getting all the attention when it comes to having a baby, but as a father, you may now be able to join in on the fun as well.And who do you have to thank for this? None other than Jessica Simpson. The new mom of two is reported to have given her fiance, Eric Johnson, his own "push present" after the birth of their s ...read more

Are you fostering bad eating habits in your children?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one-third of American children were obese in 2008. If you don't want your kids to be among them, you must begin fostering good eating habits in the home. Every parent occasionally has trouble convincing kids to eat their veggies, but with childhood obesity rates at an all-time high, making s ...read more

Are you bonding well enough with your newborn?

Mom's had nine months to bond with her baby, but you're just meeting the little guy or gal for the first time in the delivery room - so what can you do to ensure that you and your newborn will have a happy, healthy and meaningful relationship from day one onwards?While mom gets to bond with the baby through pregnancy, labor and breastfeedin ...read more

Review: IDAPT i4 Universal Power Charger

The IDAPT universal power charger sets out to provide the convenience of one power charging station that does it all. Imagine being able to plug in four devices simply on a nice organized pad without needing four separate brick chargers hogging all the outlet or power strip space. The IDAPT i4 does that for four devices at a time, but, as with many ...read more

Food gift ideas for Fathers Day

Here are a few father's day consumables for the dad who has everything and wants nothing left on the shelf, or on the plate. Get him something to eat! 1. Cookies from Sweet Sally's Bakeshop (www.Sweetsallys.com). Owner Sally Minier makes homebaked cookies and sends them anywhere in the world. These are just like homemade or church bake sale, made w ...read more

Four Golf Books for Dads

For a lot of fathers, the Sunday of Father's Day means taking time to be away from the kids to play golf. This, I find, is more than a littte sad. Of all the loves I had before kids, golf was probably the hardest to give up in order to spend time with my family, but I've never mourned it enough to spend more than a few Sundays away. Six to eight ho ...read more

Notable Novelists Card Game experience

Imagine the scene: A warm Spring evening. Good French wine and an authentic steak-frites. Talk of Edith Wharton, Kurt Vonnegut and Ernest Hemingway. Are we in Paris? No, I'm with my 7 and 11 year old son and daughter in a local restaurant and we're playing a new card game, Notable Novelists of the 20th Century while waiting for dessert. For a book ...read more

NeoCube, Nanobots and Bucky Balls: great toys for kids or for Father’s Day

My 5 year old son bought a version of these magnets "with his own money" at the SFMOMA two years ago and they were a hit at our house. Evidently, the ones we bought, Bucky Balls, weren't in any way protected and the 2011 New York Toy Fair was filled with versions of them including a major display of NanoDots. As with Lego displays, they even showed ...read more

New Icon LED flashlight

Just in time for camping season, comes the new Rogue 2 flashlight from Icon. I had not seen these ultra-cool flashlights, but imagine carrying what looks to be a light saber in your hand that emits a very strong 100 lumen beam out of just a few LEDs. I supposed it depends on your battery choice, but packaging says 72 hours of run life on one set of ...read more

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