June 16, 2014

10 Things you Need to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us.

As a parent it's my job to protect my kids at all costs.  If that means the world is being overrun by zombies, then I will destroy EVERY ZOMBIE IN MY PATH. I'm not the toughest guy around, but when it comes to my kids I will do everything in my power to protect them.  If it means I have to kill all the zombies, so be it.  If it means I have to run, we will run fast.  If it means that I have to put a plan in place to protect my family, I will.

Like with any disaster it's important to be prepared.  The good Boy Scout that I was is ALWAYS prepared. So naturally I have a plan in place just like the Pentagon does. From hoarding things, to knowing where to go I have it all covered over at TRUSTED CHOICE.

Please click on the photo above an you can find out all the rest.

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?


June 11, 2014

22 Things I Don't Want For Father's Day

I'm a pretty simple guy. 

Father's Day is never a day that I have really cared about much. I don't need anyone to celebrate me or put me on a pedestal.  I find it all awkward. Whenever I am asked what I want for Father's Day or what I want to do, I always respond that it doesn't matter.  I honestly don't care.  We could go to a ball game, watch the boys play ball, head to the beach, whatever we would normally do on any given Sunday in the summer is fine by me.  All I ask is that you don't go crazy buying things.  I have enough stuff and if I want anymore, I can go get it myself.  Here are 22 things I don't want to get on Father's Day:
  1. One of those "Hands Down Best Dad" Shirts. I'll never wear it and besides being a dad is not a competition.
  2. Breakfast in bed. I would be too worried about spilling coffee all over the bed.
  3. Flavored popcorn. I have a microwave. I can pop it myself.
  4. Some sort of golf gadget. I have clubs, it's all I need to play golf
  5. Fruit of the Month Club membership. They have grocery stores I can go to. I don't need overpriced produce.
  6. Coffee. I can't tell the difference between good and bad coffee.
  7. A blender. That's for my wife.
  8. A personalized calendar. There is an app on my phone for that.
  9. Flowers. They die.
  10. A spatula.  I can't tell you how many of these I have in my house.
  11. Tickets to a show/game/play/anything.  The last thing I want is to be forced to make future plans.
  12. Scotch.  It makes me gag.
  13. Chocolate.  I will eat too much and get fat.
  14. A wallet.  The one I have has perfectly conformed to my butt.  A new one would be too uncomfortable.
  15. Anything from a drug store. 
  16. A store bought card.  Save the $3.99 and buy yourself some gum. (Just don't chew it around me)
  17. Car wax. Who the hell has time to wash their own car?
  18. A photo book.  That's my thing for Mother's Day.
  19. A watch. My phone tells time.
  20. A tie. The last time I wore a suit was a Bar Mitzvah three years ago.
  21. A Roomba. I have a robotic vacuum cleaner in my garage that has never seen the light of day.
  22. Something in a picture frame.  I don't have a desk to display it.
You could just buy me beer, or head to Sears and get anything off their Destination Dad list. While you are there enter their "Snap you 'stache contest and beat these photos.

Anything like this stuff I MIGHT allow
*I was chosen by Sears and Life of Dad to be a brand ambassador this Father's Day.  I was compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own, unless my wife tells me otherwise.

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?


June 9, 2014

Power of Dad

I have never considered myself a good dad.

I am not one to put myself on a pedestal just because I have taken an active role in helping to raise my kids.  It's what any normal person would do.  It just so happens that I have a blog, so it's a little more noticeable than the millions of other dads that are doing the same thing.  Whether it's waking up and commuting to a job before the kids are even awake, being a stay at home dad, or even being deployed overseas, dads everywhere are doing whatever they have to to make their family run.

My dad was no different.

My dad woke up everyday at 2:00 in the morning to start the first of his three jobs.  He would deliver newspapers for four hours, then drive the school bus, and then deliver mail the rest of the day.  He was probably the hardest working man that I knew.  Of course this left him exhausted and time spent playing with him was limited, but he was present in my life. If I had a baseball or football game he was there.  At every single one of them.  Sometimes he even drove the bus to away game.  At the time this annoyed me, but looking back now, I totally get it.

I don't know what my boys are learning from me aside from their love of things like baseball and football, but I hope they see me as present in their lives.  I may spend some time on my phone (maybe too much at times) but I want them to know that I am there.  Whether it's lounging around or playing in the yard, their dad is playing an active role in their lives and is something that they should be doing when they become parents someday (though not TOO soon, I'm not grandpa material yet.)

When I was asked to share Oral-B's message about the #PowerofDad I jumped at the chance.  There are few companies that seem to get what being a father is all about, and they are one of them.  No longer are dads that bumbling idiots that only take out the garbage; they are the guys that are making dinner, reading to their kids at bedtime, and of course making sure that their teeth are clean.  I've had a lot of titles in my life, but the best one by far has been that of dad.   When it comes to being a dad, it’s the little moments that power the biggest smiles. So this Father’s Day, Oral-B is celebrating fatherhood’s little moments and the dads that bring smiles to their families every day.

In its second year of this Father’s Day program, P&G Oral Care has partnered with March of Dimes, a leading organization for healthy, happy families that celebrates mothers and fathers every day.

P&G Oral Care is also joining forces with members of “Football’s First Family,” New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning, his father Archie and his daughter Ava – to celebrate fatherhood’s little moments.

What better way to celebrate those little moments that bring a smile to dads face by giving him a new Oral-B Black toothbrush?  You can find a coupon for the new Oral B Black brush RIGHT HERE.  What tech obsessed dad wouldn't love something like this? Trust me, once you go Black you... well, I won't go there.

**I was asked to be a brand ambassador by Oral-B.  I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own unless told otherwise by my wife.**

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?