By Drew Bennett

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

  • This morning we took the kids outside to the patio table and did a little painting. Eva and Andrew were excited about the two paintings that we brought home from Drink and Dabble the other night. Eva wanted to try painting her own boat on the water scene. I had some Crayola kids paints and I put all the colors around a paper plate like they do during paint night. I gave one to everyone, myself and Allison included. We started to paint.

    Andrew promptly took his brush and spun it through all of the paints around the plate. It made a cool swirling design and then he mashed that onto his paper. And then he kept asking for more paint. I wouldn’t give him any more because he had plenty on his plate. He is not old enough to paint the rowboat like Eva was trying to paint. But he’s almost three and he gets bored quickly. Eventually he wandered over to the play house to play.

    Eva tried really hard to paint the boat. She did pretty good, too. She is really too hard on herself. She did enjoy that we spent the time painting and having fun. We also listened to the whole Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack. She wanted to know which character was singing the songs (too much Frozen).

  • Skylanders Eon's Elite

    With the release of Skylanders Trap Team players can pick up eight collectible versions of fan-favorite characters. So far we know that Spyro and Chop Chop will be part of this roster. This was annouced during the Skylanders panel at San Diego Comic-Con. The panel featured a conversation about one of the world’s most beloved Toys-to-Life video game franchises with comic book writer Ron Marz (Green Lantern, DC vs. Marvel), famed voice of Kaos Richard Horvitz (Billy and Mandy, Invader Zim), and Toys for Bob’s Director of Toy and Character Development, I-Wei Huang, moderated by Geoff Keighley.

    You can see what Spyro and Chop Chop look like after the jump and can read the full press release. read more!

  • I am a bit excited for the new Sonic the Hedgehog toys, video game and animated show. I received some information and images about four new characters and also the box art and release dates for the video games. The new characters will be a part of the game and also the animated show. First, the release dates and box art for the new game.

    Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Cover Image WII U
    Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U developed by LA-based Big Red Button will be released on November 18th read more!

  • Photo from The Hundred-Food Journey

    Last week I had the great fortune to see the movie The Hundred-Foot Journey and also have a cooking lesson at Le Cordon Bleu. It was fantastic and magical and amazing. the food we made was spectacular and the food that was made for us was even better. One of the themes of the movie is that Every Bite Takes You Home. Is there some food that brings back a memory for you? Allison teases me that every story I have revolves around food. I love food and I have food memories that take me back to experiences. I’ll be talking about just what food is the one that takes me back to one of my favorite memories ever in a post later this week when I talk about my experience with the movie and with the trip to Le Cordon Bleu.

    The recipes below were all created by Food Network star Chef Bar Arneson who was inspired to create 6 absolutely delicious dishes after she saw the film. Click on the images to see the full size recipe.

    Coriander Tuna read more!

  • Vin Diesel with the Bloggers
    Photo by: Marshall Weinbaum

    How does one decide to take on the role of a seven foot tall tree-like creature who says three words over and over? You have your kids help you out. That was the case with Vin Diesel deciding to play Groot the gentle yet extremely dangerous character in Guardians of the Galaxy. Groot may only say one phrase over and over, “I Am Groot” but as blogger Mitch of Gay NYC Dad puts it, “He says so much.” That may have been another one of Mitch’s clever quips but he certainly is not wrong in that statement. Groot is a character that communicates so much with his actions and even the inflection of his simple phrase that he does say so much. And actor, Vin Diesel, had even more to say on the subject of his character, Groot. read more!

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