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Tips for Cooking With Your Kids

In Family, General, How To, Parenting, Sponsored by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Don’t you ever wish you could have a personal chef? Well, you actually may already have one in your home—you just don’t know it yet. Your children are little chefs in the making. In fact, my two older daughters have separately started teaching themselves (with some help from my wife and I) to prepare meals and bake. With some initial encouragement and assistance from us, and LOTS of inspiration from social media sites like Instagram, they are learning the “tools of the trade” and becoming a bit more independent in the process while now cooking up a storm.

HTD Kid Cooking Tips - a TippyToeGirl salad

However, and understandably, many parents don’t see their children in as chefs or bakers or sous-chefs, especially when it comes to doing chores or tasks around the house. Sometimes it feels easier to do the task yourself than enlist the help of your children. However, parents are potentially missing out on ways to teach children about healthy eating habits and developing a life-long skill.Read More

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A Backyard Conversation: Cord-Cutting Couldn’t Be Easier with Sling TV – #TakeBackTV

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Review, Software, Sponsored, Tech News, Technology by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Just the other night, I was at an end-of-school neighborhood party. The family hosting the party had a big screen TV, but no cable or satellite service. They consumed shows and movies without cords, purely through the downloading of media on a streaming box. This was one of the few families I encountered that did not have some sort of traditional TV service. Given that I had been testing out Sling TV, this was a perfect opportunity for me to talk about the Sling TV experience.

“This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Sling TV blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.”

While talking with my neighbor, I learned that one of his biggest complaints about cable TV was that they were just too darn expensive, and pricey subscriptions came with channels that my neighbor just didn’t use. He preferred purchasing or renting shows or movies, either physically, digitally or via download.

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Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill is a 1 Button Press to Perfectly Grilled Sausages

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Sponsored by Michael Sheehan

Still scratching your head about a good Father’s Day gift? Or perhaps you are looking for that perfect gift for the person who has everything. Or maybe you like the smell of cooking sausages just as much as the smell of bacon frying in a pan. Or maybe you, as a busy parent or individual, just want a super convenient way to cook sausages. Well, I have the product to solve those use cases. It’s the Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill! (Oh, and at the end of this article is a promo code that will get you $20 off this grill!)

HighTechDad Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill - grill closed

Normally on my site I talk about technology and how it works in the family environment. I write about how to fix strange technical issues with software, computers, hardware and other things. So, it was simply amazing to me to know the “super complicated” directions to using the Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill. I’m kidding of course. Using this grill couldn’t be easier. And I have lots of photos below to prove it. But basically you put some Johnsonville sausages into the form-fitting grill, press the on button, and wait about 15 minutes. Then you eat them. Wow, talk about easy!

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HighTechDad’s 2016 Father’s Day Technology & Gadget #GiftGuide

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Parenting, Review, Technology by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

It’s that time of year again when I produce the HighTechDad Father’s Day Gift Guide. I do Gift Guides a couple of times a year (one around the holidays and one in June). Father’s Day is always an important time for me. It gives me an occasion to think back on my role as a dad, to think about my own father and what he provides in my life, and also to offer some suggestions for that father or dad figure in your life and how a gift of sorts may make them happy.

For me, the biggest gift is seeing my three daughters grow into adults. I’m by far not a perfect parent by any means. I nag. I yell. I get frustrated. But I also see them becoming their own individuals, striving to become independent, to assert their own ideas and willpower, to become powerful beings who will change the world. I am proud of their personal achievements, their individuality, their strengths and their contributions to the world around them.

I couldn’t ask for more.

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ecobee3 Smart Thermostat Review – Bees Know How To Do It, So Does ecobee

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Technology by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

“Welcome to the hive!” That is the line often heard coming from the folks at ecobee. And a hive and bees are great metaphors for the ecobee3 smart home thermostat, it turns out. Believe it or not, bee hives have highly regulated temperatures, controlled by not one “heater bee” but by many. Similarly, the ecobee3 also uses multiple remote thermostats to control your own hive, your home. And the ecobee saying “for homes with more than one room” can be likened to the hive with multiple cells.

Yes, I probably could stretch the comparison between the ecobee hive and a regular bee hive on a bit more. According to, it was recently discovered that a new “role” exists within the Honey bee hive, that of the “heater bees” whose job it is warm up the hive when the brood senses that the temperatures are too low. In much the same way, one of the unique features of the ecobee3 smart thermostat is that you can place multiple temperature and activity sensors around the house so that you get an average temperature. Bees slow down when the temperature drops too much – if the same thing happens at my home, all body movement seems to slow and remain cuddled beneath blankets.

But I digress. This article is not about Honey bees…it’s about ecobee, specifically the ecobee3.

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Enter @HighTechDad’s Logitech #Giveaway – Help Make a Dad Smile! #LogiSmiles

In Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Technology by Michael Sheehan38 Comments

I make it a point to try to get my kids to laugh or smile every day. Some days are harder than others. Some days I laugh at them (bad, right?) and others I laugh with them. They definitely laugh at me. A lot! Bringing smiles to your kids’ faces is definitely a dad requirement. I think I got a lot of my humor from my own dad. I’m hoping to pass some of it on to my girls as well. Making your dad smile can be tough. But I, with the help of some tech goodies provided by Logitech and the Art of Shaving, might be able to give that dad or father-figure in your life a big reason to SMILE! #LogiSmiles!


HighTechDad #LogiSmiles Father's Day Giveaway -

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Review: HopperGO, a Tiny Mobile Storage Device Let’s You Bring Your DISH Recordings Anywhere

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Tech News, Technology by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

The title of this review really doesn’t do the DISH HopperGO justice. In my opinion, this is one of those gadgets that when you learn about it, you have a forehead-slapping, “why doesn’t anyone else have this” moment. Simply stated, the HopperGO is a small storage device with a built in battery and the ability to create an ad hoc WiFi network, enabling other smart devices like a smartphone or tablet to stream your TV or Movie recordings stored on the HopperGO.

It’s that simple.

DISH HopperGO Review - the back of the HopperGO

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