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Father’s Day

‘Jurassic World’s Chris Pratt wins Cool Dad for the Day

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June is Dad Appreciation Month!

Ok, so we made that up. But Father’s Day is coming up. And who is the coolest dad in Hollywood these days? Chris Pratt, that’s who! Yeah, your pudgy friend who became the buffed up superhero in Guardians of the Galaxy (excellent movie) and will be a dino whisper in Jurassic World is a cool dad.

Here is Bellyitch’s cheat sheet as to why Jack’s dad is so cool.

1. Chris was the voice of Emmet Brickowski in the Lego Movie. Having seen this 10+ times with my 3 year old – Everything is awesome, alright! And Emmet is our superhero of ordinary to extraordinary feats.

2. He’s a jock who loves rocks. He knows what a geode is. He collects them and gives them to wife Anna Faris as gifts.

3. He knows the lyrics to Taylor Swift songs. He’s that dad who would totally rock car karaoke.

4. He’s comedy squared. Did we mention that he’s married to funny woman Anna Faris?

5. Kids love him. Jack’s dad is basically a big kid who knows how to act like an adult. And we love it!

Read the entire article and find out more about Chris here:http://ow.ly/NP9zA

– Chelsea Social

17 Father’s Day Meals to Make for Dad

Bellyitch Rewind

This Father’s Day why not go brave and try to make your dad or your kids’ dad a meal and surprise him. Breakfast in Bed, or a special griller or a nice snack before the big game would make an excellent option and alternative to going out to eat, waiting a long time to get seated and spending a lot of money. 
We’ve assembled 17 recipes including options for various ethnic dishes, deserts, side dishes and main options to pick from and we tried to get recipes that are fairly easy to make or require not too many ingredients or complicated steps. 
Check out the collection and feel free to share! Enjoy!

Check out 17 Easy to Make Father’s Day Dinner Recipes

by JJ Ghatt at Foodie.com

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10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad

Bellyitch Rewind
If you are racking your brain trying to figure out what to get for your dad, husband or partner this upcoming Father’s Day, here are some gift ideas you can consider putting together or gifting him:
  1. The Academic: A basket filled with a collection of books and book marks and/or downloads of his favorite titles on Nook, Kindle or Audible.com.
  2. The Sports Dad: Two tickets to a game or his favorite team’s jersey and cap.
  3. The Movie Loving Dad: A movie prize pack including theater ticket vouchers, a sample of movies, microwave popcorn and/or candy assembled in a basket.
  4. The Cigar Loving Dad: A couple of his favorite cigars and/or a cigar holder, engraved with his initials if you still have time to get that done.
  5. The Jazz Loving Dad: An old jazz album of his that you put in a frame that you can pick up from Target or Walmart and/or tickets to a local jazz performance or club
  6. The Outdoorsy Dad: A collection of common accessories items he needs for a day out hiking, or bike riding or kayaking  that has gotten worn down and need replacing. Assemble a few items of each with some sporting magazines in a basket.
  7. The Businessman Dad: Cuff links, suspenders, a tie tack and/or the traditional tie would be perfect. Anything that can be quickly monogrammed is a plus.
  8. The Nascar loving dad: A poster, cap and other car accessories featuring the logos of his favorite driver
  9. The Hipster dad: A coffee mug with a Starbucks gift card and an iTunes gift card (and or a music mix on a jump drive or CD of his favorite songs)
  10. The Wine Loving dad: A basket with an assortment of his favorite wines, a pack of gourmet crackers, a wedge of aged cheese and a wine bottle opener

Good luck!

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Hallmark’s Mahogany line of Father’s Day cards for Single Black Mothers stirs emotions…again

For this Father’s Day, the division of Hallmark that targets the African American audience, Mahogany, sold a line of cards targeting single black mothers, as it has since introducing it in 2011. This year, it is creating controversy again. 
No one can doubt that there is a market and some women who have to do twice as much work as a two-parent household may appreciate the sentiment.
After all 2 out of 3 African-American children live in homes where a father is not present, compared to 1 out of 3 nationally.  Pew Research Center data states that about 44% of black fathers were living apart from at least one child 18 years old or younger, citing data from 2008, compared to 35% of Hispanic fathers and 21% of white fathers.  An Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that 72 % of black American children rely on a single parent. 
It is a reality. Go to a drug store in an urban inner city neighborhood on Mother’s Day for a card and you’d be out of luck, but go there on Father’s Day and you’d find plenty left over to choose from so there is a market. Can you blame Mahogany?
Hallmark created its Mahogany line of cards in 1987 and  it has been a best seller for the company and a staple in stores since 1991. In defense to the outrage, a spokesperson for the company told The Grio in 2011 that the company has introduced Father’s day cards for moms and Mother’s Day card for dads at the request of people who have lost a parent who passed away. 
Hallmark’s card in its general line
“We were sent two styles of the Father’s Day cards for mothers, and we sold out almost immediately,” a store owner told The Grio about the demand. “In fact, they were all gone nearly two weeks before the holiday occurred, which is pretty good considering most people wait until last minute to buy gifts for their dad.”
 So what’s the big deal?
But some have said the initiative is an insult. Radio show host and award-winning journalist Wil LaVeist  wrote in Urban Faith.com on this issue a few years back, stating: 

Being a dedicated black father of three grown children who looks forward to this one day that celebrates what I willingly do every day, I find this offensive and even dangerous, particularly for the black community. By marketing ‘some love’ to single moms on Father’s Day, the role of dads is devalued, especially in a community that badly needs fathers to step up and be real parents. It’s also capitalizing on a self-inflicted wound. Society should be lifting men who are honoring their role.

Valid point, and the study suggests that despite the absentee Black father stereotype, when the father is present and living in the home with his child, they provide a critical role and ARE indeed active. 
A national study released in December 2013 found that black fathers who live with their children are just as involved in parenting as other dads — or even more so. In the group studied by the National Center for Health Statistics, more black fathers reported reading to their children daily, feeding or eating meals with them daily and bathing or dressing them than Hispanic or white fathers.
But that’s just it, they have to be living in the home for it to count, but that also bolsters the suggestion that a father’s role is supplementary and complementary and not necessarily something that can be duplicated by mom. Mom can be a provider, a nurturer, and fix things that break around the home but she cannot be the same kind or level of disciplinarian a father can be neither show a son how to care for and be a partner to his future wife or treat women he dates later in life. A father can show, by example, his a daughter how to expect to be treated by a man and to demand only the best treatment. 
Some single moms and those who support them and are against single black mother shaming may see this issue as an attack on them and their choices, or circumstances created by absentee fathers who abandon the children they help create after no longer romantically involved with the mothers.  As an aside, some will also point to dysfunction among married couples or the high divorce rate. 
All fair in the debate, though La Veist’s point about the cards part being part of the normalization of single parenthood in the African American community  is a valid one as well. No doubt, if possible, a child is better served by having two sources of income to meet its needs, two sources to go to for homework help, two sources of accountability for health, security, consistent care and presence.
In an online discussion about this topic, one person asked if those passionate about this topic have a less visceral response to those who are single parents because of death of a spouse than because of a relationship that soured.

What do you think?

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Celebrity First Father’s Day in PHOTOS

Some of our the Bellyitch Bumpwatch Alums shared photos of their partners or spouses who were having their very first Father’s Day or father’s day after fathering their first child together. 

British former JLS boyband singer Marvin Humes spoke at the Father’s Day Church ser

It’s Lady GaGa producer Vince Herbert’s first Father’s day too, seen here with son Logan in Tamar Braxton’s Instagram share today.
Kim Kardashian is vacationing in Punta Cana, Mexico to celebrate daughter Nori’s 1st Birthday and Kanye’s first Father’s Day

Monica Brown saluted NBA player hubby Shannon Brown on their First Father’s day after having their first biological child together.

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Father’s Day: 17 Easy-to-Make Meals for Dad

This Father’s Day why not go brave and try to make your dad or your kids’ dad a meal and surprise him. Breakfast in Bed, or a special griller or a nice snack before the big game would make an excellent option and alternative to going out to eat, waiting a long time to get seated and spending a lot of money. 
We’ve assembled 17 recipes including options for various ethnic dishes, deserts, side dishes and main options to pick from and we tried to get recipes that are fairly easy to make or require not too many ingrediencts or complicated steps. 
Check out the collection and feel free to share! Enjoy!

Check out 17 Easy to Make Father’s Day Dinner Recipes

by JJ Ghatt at Foodie.com

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50 Father’s Day 2014 Freebies & Deals

1. Applebees: Get a free $10 digital bonus card to use at Applebee’s for purchasing $50 in Father’s Day gift cards

2. BJ Brewhouse – Free limited edition pint glass for every day on Saturday and Sunday

3. Bob Evans Free breakfast entrée with the purchase of another entrée and two drinks through June 15.

4. Boston Market: On Sunday only, use a coupon for a “Buy One Get One Free” deal for any barbecue ribs individual meal.

5. Denny’s: Free pancake puppies sundae with free e-card

6. Einstein Brothers- Use a coupon through June 25 for a free sandwich after the purchase of one

7. Firehouse Subs:  Free medium sub when you purchase a sub, chips and medium drink

8. Hallmark: Buy one Father’s Day card, get one free.

9. IKEA: Dad gets a free breakfast at the stores in Sunrise before 11 a.m. He gets scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon and a cup of coffee.

10. Hooters: On Sunday, families can advantage of Hooters’ buy 10, get 10 free wings deal exclusive to dads. And if you can’t dine-in, get $5 in Dad’s Bonus Bucks with the purchase of a $25 gift certificate for dad.

11. Hurricane Grill & Wings: Dads get five free wings in the flavor of his choice with entree purchase at participating South Florida locations.

12. McDonald’s: Free breakfast sandwich or entrée and drink to dads accompanied by their children at select locations.
13. Medieval Times-If you live in (or near) Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington D.C, Buena Park, Chicago, Dallas, Lyndhurst, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, or Toronto,  Medieval TimesThrough June 15th are offering a FREE admission for dad when you make a full-priced adult purchase, valid on shows from June 3rd-15th.  Purchase in advance and  use promo code FDWEB at checkout.  OR you can add the Father’s Day special package for $25 which will include a FREE picture of dad in a frame, commemorative scroll to honor his special day and a 25-oz beer stein (with choice of draft beer or soda). 
14. Miami Subs Grill: Dad’s get a free Cocolate Chip Cook for Dads with any purchase on Sunday.
15. P.F. Chang’s –  When you purchase $50 in P.F Chang’s gift cards, you’ll earn a  FREE $10 bonus gift card for yourself! Check out their Facebook page for more information. Go HERE to purchase a gift card.
16. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Dad’s who dine at one of its 140 locations during Father’s Day weekend will get a free special gift
17. Smokey Bones: Dads who dine on Sunday get a buy-one-get-one free entree coupon to use during a visit on June 16-29. 
18. Spaghetti Warehouse – On Father’s Day dad’s get a  FREE dinner entree – no coupon needed but there is a limit of 2 FREE meals per party.

19. TGIFridays -Through Sunday, buy one adult entree, get one free (with the purchase of two beverages) if you use a coupon

20. Texas de Brazil – Dad’s who dine with them on Father’s Day at one of its locations in 16 states will get a certificate for a free complimentary dinner, valid June 16 through August 28.

Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T050-C011-S001-father-s-day-freebies-and-deals-2014.html#Tzqz9Rpy0sVLk4xz.99

21. Wendys – Not a freebie but  participating Wendy’s restaurants will donate 50 cents from the sale of every Frosty product to support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which helps find permanent families for the more than 134,000 children in foster care waiting for adoption in North America. The charitable program is part of Wendy’s Father’s Day Frosty Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

22. Zoos– Several zoos are offering FREE admission for dads on June 15th! Check Here to see if your local zoo is participating.


23. Amazon.com: $20 off $100  purchase with code DAD20CLT.

24. Groupon.com: $20 to spend at Sears for $10; expires June 21.

25. JC Penney: $10 off $25 purchase; expires Sunday.

26. JC Penney: Free $50 ScoreBig.com ticket with any $50 purcahse; expires Sunday.

27. Macy’s: $20 off $50 purchase until 1 p.m. Saturday.

28. Visa gift card: Save $10 on a $50 gift card at Publix with a $50 grocery purchase. Ask for the coupon at the service desk. Expires June 16


 29. Barnes & Noble: 50 percent off select DVDs and Blu-ray titles through June 16.

 30. Best Buy: 20 percent off one regular-priced small appliance using this coupon or code SUMMERSAVE20 through August 28.

31.  CafePress: 25 percent off sitewide using code SUMMERSAV through July 31.

32. Finish Line: 20 percent off orders $150 or more.

33. Kohl’s: 20 percent off using coupon code YES2FAM or this coupon through June 15.

34. Lacoste: 25 percent off purchases of $150 or more; 30 percent off purchases of $250 or more online and in stores.

35. Levi’s.com: Up to 80 percent off men’s items.

36. LivingSocial: 15 percent off purchases through June 15 using code RADDAD.

37. Lowe’s: 10 percent off at checkout using code 47000RRRRR2404R.

38. Macy’s: $10 off purchases of $25 or more using the savings pass on the Macy’s website.

39. Old Navy: Up to 40 percent off men’s items.

40. RadioShack: $10 coupon towards next your purchase when you spend $30 through July 12.

41. Sears: Up to 50 percent off tools; $10 off purchases of $75 or more using code 10OFF75.

42 Target: $100 off 16GB Apple iPad Mini and free shipping.


43. Starbucks -Get a $10 Starbucks eGift card for $5 through Groupon. Expires Dec. 31, 2014. Limit 1 per person.

44. CVS Photo is offering a 8″ x 10″ Personalized Photo Collage Print for $4.49, which ends Saturday. Use the coupon code “DADCOLLAGE.” Opt for free in-store pickup to avoid the $5.99 shipping charge, DealNews said.

45. Visa Signature cardholders can get a free Friday Fandango movie ticket after purchasing one, through August 8

46. The Counter Burger – No coupon required. On Sunday, just say “BFD” to get a free burger for the father in your life after the purchase of another burger

47. Firehouse Subs: On Sunday, get a free medium sub when you purchase a sub, chips and medium drink, as posted on Firehouse Subs’ Facebook page on Thursday.

48. First Watch Daytime Cafe- When you dine-in for Father’s Day brunch on Sunday, get a free bottle of maple syrup.

49.  Carrabba’s: $10 off the purchase of two entrées using this printable coupon through July 27.

50. Old-Time Candy:  10 percent off any order using coupon code OLDTIME181 through July 7

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Father’s Day: Jimmy Fallon and NJ Gov Chris Christie’s “Evolution of Dad Dancing”(VIDEO)

In honor of Father’s Day, New Jersey governor Chris Christie  joined The Tonight Show  host Jimmie Fallon to present this hilarious “Evolution of Dad Dancing” which was a follow up to his equally funny “Evolution of Mom Dancing” Fallon did with First Lady Michelle Obama last year to celebrate the anniversary of her Let’s Move campaign.
Watch and enjoy!

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Father’s Day: Rebecca Gayheart, Eric Dane support Huggies #HugsDelivered effort (RT!)

Yesterday wasn’t an ordinary day for our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum actress Rebecca Gayheart and her hubby actor Eric Dane.

The two helped out the Los Angeles, California-based charity Baby2Baby haul Huggies diapers delivered by the disposable nappies maker to the organization’s headquarters on June 10.

In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, for every use of the hashtag #HugsDelivered through Father’s Day, Huggies will donate additional diapers to the group which Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba both serve as board members.
Gayheart and Dane in the past have supported the non-profits efforts to collect cash and product donations that go to help impoverished pregnant and new moms and their babies in the LA area so they can get a good start in parenthood and life.
Other past celebrity supporters and ambassadors/angels include our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums: Sarah Drew, currently preggers Alyssa Milano, Busy Phillips, Ellen Pompeo, Jessica Capeheart, Molly Sims, Selma Blair, Drew Barrymore,  Rachel Zoe, Jaime King, Gwen Stefani and Holly Madison.

Please RETWEET this on Twitter to help more moms!

photos: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Huggies.

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