Blue Monday – Most Depressing Day of the Year


Tip for beating the blues

Have you heard of Blue Monday? Until recently, neither have I. According to my research, Blue Monday is suppose to be the most depressing day of the year. The date was calculated by Psychologist Cliff Arnall for a travel company to boost sales during the winter. The formula is based on factors such as weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since giving up on our New Year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. According to the material I received from Weight Watchers, the first ever Blue Monday was January 24, 2005.

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My Weird Kids on National Reading Day – save 10% Pinhole photo products

Book of Life Reading

Friday was National Reading Day. My kids love books. Some of their favorites are Magic Tree House; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; The Sword of Summer; Winter Turning; The World According to Humphrey; and The Year of the Book. To help celebrate reading day and to kick off the release of Book of Life (January 27), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me a kit to help my kids tell the story of our family. I told my kids to use the kit to illustrate a story about our family. What I got was something totally unexpected. I also learned something about my kids — they are weird. Really weird. Continue reading for the big reveal.

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Walk Among the Tombstones and Book of Life Giveaways Winners

Good morning, dads and moms. The kids don’t have school this Monday… again. It seems like they get a day off every week. Anyway, I have two winner announcements this morning. But first, below is the current giveaway running on my dad blog.

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The Best of Me Blu-ray Giveaway

The Best of Me Blu-ray (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan)

The Best of Me will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 3rd. I have not seen the movie yet, but I do know it’s based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. If this story is like his other books, the film will be perfect for Valentine’s Day. If you’ve seen movie, you should be happy to know the new release includes a “Tears of Joy” New Storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending. And thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my dad blog can win The Best of Me Blu-ray. Continue reading to find out how to enter.

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Get On Up and Guest Giveaways Winners

Hello people. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The kids don’t have school that day, but I still have to go to work. What a shame. Anyway, I have two winner announcements this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad blog.

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The Book of Life Blu-ray Giveaway

The Book of Life Blu-ray

The Book of Life will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 27th. But thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my dad blog can enter to win The Book of Life Blu-ray today. I have not seen it yet, but according to the press material, the movie is about a man who goes on a quest to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. The animated film features the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, Christina Applegate and Ice Cube.

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Book Review – JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Nick Morgan

No Starch Press sent me their new JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming book for review on my dad blog. As you can tell by the title, the book is intended for kids. However, in my opinion, the book is a useful book for beginner programmers of all ages. JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming (by Nick Morgan) is available now. It has a list price of $34.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $25.59.

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A Walk Among the Tombstones Blu-ray Giveaway

A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones is out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD today. The film stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop turned unlicensed private investigator who reluctantly agrees to help a drug trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who brutally murdered his wife. Thanks to Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, two readers of my dad blog can each win A Walk Among the Tombstones Blu-ray Combo Pack. Continue reading to find out how to enter.

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Boxtrolls Sweepstakes Winner

Good morning, moms and dads. I have to start gathering my paperwork for taxes this weekend. What fun. Before I get started, I have a winner announcement this morning. But first, below are the current giveaways running on my dad blog.

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The Guest Giveaway – win the Blu-ray, soundtrack, and shotglass

The Guest - Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

It’s Danuary month. By that I mean Dan Stevens stars in two movies that will be released this month (January). The first one is called The Guest (review), which was released this week on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital HD. The second film is called A Walk Among the Tombstones, which will be released next week. Thanks to Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, two readers of my dad blog will each win a prize pack consisting of The Guest Blu-ray, Guest-themed shot glass, and The Guest Soundtrack. Continue reading to find out how you can win The Guest prize pack.

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