By Drew Bennett

Husband, Dad, Blogger, Photographer, Transformers Fan and Wired Kayaker

  • Beat Bugs - Netflix for Kids

    Yesterday my email inbox was pinging like crazy with announcements from Netflix. I received no less than six emails with press release information about release date, upcoming shows and more. As part of the Netflix #StreamTeam I’m happy to bring you all sorts of Netflix related information. But rather than a whole bunch of separate posts about what is coming, when things are being released and new things just announced, I’ll do a sport of roundup announcement for you this time around.

    For the Younger Kids

    Beat Bugs - Netflix Kids show with songs from The Beatles

    The biggest deal announcement for the kids, pre-schoolers specifically but I think that Eva may still enjoy it, is the show Beat Bugs. This show premieres on August 3rd and is a celebration of the songs of The Beatles as done by many different artists. Here is the lineup in order of show appearance which also includes season two. Yes, a second season has already been announced before the first season debut. Here is the trailer and then the listing of artists.

    Beat Bugs Season 1

    • P!nk: “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
    • James Corden: “I’m A Loser”
    • Aloe Blacc: “Rain”
    • Robbie Williams: “Good Day Sunshine”
    • Eddie Vedder: “Magical Mystery Tour”
    • Frances: “In My Life”
    • The Shins: “The Word”
    • The Lumineers: “Honey Pie”
    • Sia: “Blackbird”

    Beat Bugs Season 2

    • Rod Stewart: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
    • Chris Cornell: “Drive My Car”
    • Regina Spektor: “And Your Bird Can Sing”
    • Jennifer Hudson: “I’ll Follow The Sun”
    • Of Monsters and Men: “Eleanor Rigby”
    • James Bay: “Hey Bulldog”
    • Tori Kelly: “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You”

    Other hit songs to be featured in the Netflix original series and the soundtracks will include Beat Bugs renditions of Beatles classics like “Help,” “Come Together,” “Penny Lane,” “Yellow Submarine,” “We Can Work it Out,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Hello Goodbye” and “Across the Universe,” among others. read more!

  • Sunset over Newport Beach Harbor
    Photo-A-Day #4123

    Today was a great day in Irvine California. While I did wake up at 4am and could not go back to sleep I was okay most of the day. The information that I learned at Kelley Blue Book Headquarters was invaluable for my next trip to the dealership to negotiate for a new (either actually new or new to me).We learned all about the Kelley Blue Book approach to evaluating cars during the morning session. We broke for lunch, which were burgers from TK Burgers. They were awesome. So fresh and delicious.

    After lunch there was a Facebook Live session with a couple of Kelley Blue Book Executives and Tommy Riles from Life of Dad. You cna see the video at the Life of Dad page or this link – It was fun to be a part of that Live event.

    After the Facebook Live event we took a road test with one of the editorial staff in one of the five top Dad cars that were picked from the top 16 Family cars of 2016. I chose the Honda Civic to ride in and it had come a very long way since my 2002 EX.

    Later on we took a bus down to Newport Beach to take rides in some Duffy Boats. The Newport Beach Harbor is incredible. So many boats and so many million dollar houses. Simply too much to take in.

    When we were finished with the Duffy boat we then had a great dinner at 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront Restaurant. Dinner was way too much food and great conversation. Try not to drool on today’s vlog.

  • Hanging with Dad of Divas
    Photo-A-Day #4122

    This morning I headed to California. I flew from Providence to Newark and then met up with my friend Chris from Dad of Divas. We were on the same plane for the second half of the trip. While we tried to sit next to each other or near each other it didn’t end up working out. It was a long flight but we each got some work done.

    When we arrived we walked over the the Spectrum Irvine which was a big outdoor mall. We had a fun lunch over at Red Robin. I tried their burger in a lettuce wrap for the first time and it was very good.

    Then we got back to the hotel to relax before having a great dinner with a bunch of the other #KBBDads. We went to Del Frisco’s Grille for dinner. It was a great night when we got to meet the Kelley Blue Book team and enjoy some delicious food.

  • Doctor Strange Poster

    Amazing, Astonishing, Incredible and Mind Bending are terms that you will hear around the upcoming Marvel movie, DOCTOR STRANGE. I’ve watched the trailer a few times now and it looks sensational. Benedict Cumberbatch looks fantastic as DOCTOR Stephen Strange. I’m also very interested in another Benedict, Benedict Wong who plays Wong in the movie. I’ve been watching Marco Polo and love his work as Kublai Khan. It would be amazing if I was able to get into a room with each of these men and talk with them. I’d have to work on the best questions to ask them. I’d also like to see what they were like on the other side of the lens.

    In front of the lens they are excellent actors. I cannot wait to see them breathe life into these characters. Take a look at the trailer below to get a sneak peek.

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    DOCTOR STRANGE opens in theatres everywhere on November 4th!

  • Front Porch Sitting
    Photo-A-Day #4121

    I was at the Cape today. I had gone down yesterday after we returned from New Hampshire. Allison and I flew home, packed quickly and headed to the Cape as quickly as we could. We went there to visit my grandfather who was in the ICU at Cape Cod Hospital. I needed to get there to see him before I left for a week to California. He was certainly in a feisty mood when we got there. He’s a fighter.

    So, I was there this morning with the kids before Eva left for her first day of Science school. I read her another chapter of Harry Potter. She loves that book so much and I’m happy to read it to here anytime. She and Allison will finish it this week and start the second book. I hope that they wait for me to watch the movie.

    I headed home early so that I could get ready for my trip. I stopped along the way at Betty Ann’s Dairy Freeze and got myself a Hot Fudge Sundae for National Hot Fudge Sundae Day.

    Today is National #HotFudgeSundaeDay I don't go traditional. I mix it up. Celebrate your own way. #tw

    A photo posted by Drew Bennett (@benspark) on

    When I got home I packed up for the trip and caught up on a few of my blog posts and videos from the past few days. I had a lot to catch up on before heading out. I also caught up on a whole bunch of my TV shows.


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