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Holy Crap Review! Old Spice Inadvertently Makes The World’s Best Bubble Bath
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OVERALL:

8.5

Old Spice Hair-Body Wash 2-in-1
Parent Rating3.5
Kid Approval5
Manufacturer: Old Spice, Proctor & Gamble

You know those Bud Light “Real Men of Genius” ads you hear on the radio? Well, I can hear another one spinning up right now… “Reeeeaaaal Men of GeeeniusssssssssHere’s to you, Mr. Dad who forgot to pick up more bubble bath for the kids, and had to use his own new shower soap to pacify the kid’s demands for bubbles at bath time. Like Charles Goodyear who accidentally invented vulcanized rubber, or that other jack-wagon who invented silly putty, you single-handedly discovered the best possible use for Old Spice Hair-Body Wash 2-in-1 – making epic amounts of durable bubbles for your kids to play in.”

And that’s exactly what happened about a week ago when I ran out of bubble bath for the kids.

Now we’ve reviewed bubble bath products before, and recommended them merely on the lack of any alternative products out there. We are still right about making that call, because all baby bath and bubble products are crap. Trust me. I’ve tried them all. If you find one I haven’t tried, I defy you post the name of it here, and I will try it.

Or maybe I won’t, because Old Spice just unintentionally solved the problem of crappy bubble bath. Period.

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Review & Giveaway! Easy Lunchboxes
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Review & Giveaway! Easy Lunchboxes
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OVERALL:

8

Easy Lunchboxes
Parent Rating4
Kid Approval4
Developer(s): Kelly Lester

When I first started talking to Kelly Lester about her “Easy Lunchboxes,” she suggested that I use catch-phrases like:

  • “eco-friendly!”
  • “waste-free lunches!”
  • “bento lunch box!”

But I insisted that since this is a father’s website, that, no offense to the charm of her products, dudes like me think in a different way. That’s why I’m proud to announce these features of Easy Lunchboxes:

  • Fits a full pork chop!
  • Strong plastic!
  • Fits a full pork chop!

No matter whether you think like me or Kelly, however, I’ve got to say, these Easy Lunchboxes are big winners. Really. Everyone – man, woman and child – have something to use these things for. And despite some very minor details, these containers are one of the more useful tupperware-type things you can use for a toddler’s food and snacks. Okay, that’s over-stating it a little, but Easy Lunchboxes are awesome. And I love them.

Also – 8BitDad and Kelly Lester also wants to GIVE YOU a set for free! Find out how at the end of the review!

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Review: The Gyro Bowl
Review: The Gyro Bowl
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OVERALL:

8

Gyro Bowl
Parent Rating3
Kid Approval5
Manufacturer: Löopa
Developer(s): Plymouth Direct Inc.

Look, let’s not muddle up the main point with facts: the Löopa Gyro Bowl isn’t perfect. Yes, it’s dishwasher-safe. It’s BPA-free. It’s (according to their website) “virtually indestructible.” That means, as far as I know, that you can’t destroy it in virtual reality worlds like Second Life. The Gyro Bowl is a whole lot of great things, I guess. But unfortunately, it also looks like a toy and a challenge for kids. The minute some punk kid (read: your kid) sees that the inner-bowl rotates 360 degrees in every direction, the kid is most-definitely going to try to spill whatever’s in the bowl. Adults, believe it or not, will try to spill whatever’s in the bowl too.

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Review & Giveaway: ‘Go the F**k to Sleep’ by Adam Mansbach
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OVERALL:

9

Go the F**k to Sleep
Parent Rating5
Kid Approval2.5
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Publisher(s): Akashic Books
Author(s): Adam Mansbach
Genre(s): Adult-Humor

One of the most exciting books to come out in awhile has got to be Adam Mansbach’s book, “Go the F**k to Sleep,” which came out this week – just in time for Father’s Day. Styled like a children’s story, this tale of a father’s frustration with his daughter’s bedtime routine perfectly crystallizes what every father surely feels as they tuck the blankets, kiss their kid’s cheek one last time, and turn the light out, slinking into the hallway, whispering “no whammy no whammy no whammy.”

As you can tell, this book speaks directly to me.

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Review: ‘Man With a Pan’ by John Donohue
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OVERALL:

7.5

Man With a Pan
Parent Rating5
Kid Approval2.5
Release Date: May 17, 2011
Publisher(s): Algonquin Books
Author(s): John Donohue
Genre(s): Non-Fiction / Cooking

Back in February, we shoveled you over to a Time interview with John Donohue, the “Stay at Stove Dad.” Donohue’s back with a book out that’s a great read for kitchen-savvy fathers, called “Man With a Pan.” I don’t want to tell you how to live your life, but if your dad’s into cooking, this would be a great Father’s Day gift.

John was nice enough to send a copy out to 8BitDad, and unfortunately, reading it took me longer than expected. I was planning on giving it a skim and letting you guys know it was a “wonderful jaunt through food and fatherhood.” But then I started reading it and, well hell, if this book isn’t one of the most easy-to-read, interesting fatherhood AND food books, I don’t know what is.

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Review: snakebyte MiniMote for the Wii (by Sunflex)
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OVERALL:

9

snakebyte MiniMote
Parent Rating4
Kid Approval5
Platforms: Wii
Manufacturer: Sunflex

The Review (Giveaway at the bottom)

When my wife and I first let our son play Wii Music, he loved the fact that he could swing the controller and make his avatar play the piano. The controller, however, was towering out of his hands – and when I’d try to point to a button for him to press, he had to put down the nunchuk attachment and press the button with the other hand. Though he was just fine with the idea, I knew eventually, when he wasn’t just swinging his arms and making noise, he’d need either bigger hands or a smaller remote. My problem was then having to decide between expensive hand-transplant surgery for my son, or having to crack open a Wii remote and mod it to be shorter.

Or, I could just Google “mini wii remote”.

Sunflex had the answer: their snakebyte MiniMote, which is 25% smaller than Nintendo’s original remote. Sunflex’s remote can, according to their website, “be used by people with small hands and assures them the same control, comfort and game play as those with larger hands.” What a great idea – and thank god, I didn’t have to keep saving my pennies for my kid’s hand-transplant surgery.

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Now that the current-generation Nintendo DS is sailing out the door and the 3DS is just a couple of days away from kicking us in the eyes with 3D handheld gaming, we thought we’d go back through some of the best DS games for fathers and kids – that you’ll probably end up playing even when your kids aren’t around. Also, your pocketbook (do people even have those anymore) will be pleased to know that the 3DS does in fact play DS cartridges – so if you do get your hands on a 3DS this weekend, you don’t need to feel pressured to buy a launch title if there’s not something that immediately grabs your fancy.

Pro Tip: Something will grab your kid’s fancy, so stick around for a couple of upcoming Nintendo 3DS game previews after our look at some excellent last-gen DS games you can enjoy with (or without) your kid.

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Review: H2-Whoa! Water Drawing Board
Review: H2-Whoa! Water Drawing Board
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OVERALL:

9.5

H2-Whoa!
Parent Rating4.5
Kid Approval5
Release Date: May 10, 2010
Publisher(s): B. toys

There’s something pleasant and organic about doodling with the H2-Whoa! by B. toys. It could be because the H2-Whoa! has no moving pieces, or maybe because it doesn’t make any obnoxious noises. Maybe it’s because you don’t need anything “extra” to operate it.

The H2-Whoa! is an awesome alternative to the typical magnetic doodle-boards, and I’d wager to bet lasts twice as long.

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