Geek Family Adventure – MomoCon 2019

Join our Geek Family of 5 on an outing to MomoCon 2019. MomoCon is a multi-genre fan convention encompassing American and Japanese animation, gaming (video gaming, board and card gaming, Live Action role play gaming), comics and costuming, held every year in the Spring.

MomoCon was born from the hard work and dedication of a small group of committed people. Split between animation, gaming, comics and costuming, we strive to bring the very best aspects of these fandoms to our fellow fans. From parents bringing their curious “young’uns” to the most dedicated old-schoolers, everyone is welcome. Based out of Atlanta, extending Southern Hospitality is important to those at MomoCon. It is important for everyone to enjoy what MomoCon does best: having fun!

Walt Disney World – Top 10 Questions Disney Vacation Planners Get Asked

Join GeekMom as she discusses one of our favorite topics: Disney! We sit down with Disney Vacation Planner Kim Gerdes from Part of That World Vacations to talk about the top 10 questions she gets asked.

Planning a Disney vacation can be a daunting task and vacation planners can make that task much less stressful. We discuss Fast Pass, the Disney Dining Plan, the best parks for first timers and much more.

Also make sure you check our friend Kim’s company.

Website: www.partofthatworld.com
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A Classic Blunder

I fell victim to a classic blunder. No, I did not get involved in a land war in Asia. And no, I did not go in against a Sicilian when death was on the line. My classic blunder is blaming myself for my autistic son’s struggles.
Let’s be honest, all parents gauge their success at parenting on how their children are doing in life; school, sports, friends. Some parents even cross the line and try to “help” their kids in areas where they are struggling. We’ve set the bar so high for what is considered success that only a small percentage can achieve it. And then we compare ourselves and our kids to that small percentage. Continue reading

Snack Jail

There’s a great song by Larry Groce called Junk Food Junkie. If you Google it, you’ll find that it was released in 1976 but don’t dismiss this comic gem because of its age. It’s the story of a man living two lives. By day he is the epitome of natural living: Natural fibers, organic products, vegan meals, composting, recycling, low carbon footprint. But at night, when no one is watching, his alter ego emerges. He binges on Big Macs and twinkies and drinks corn syrup sweetened caffeinated beverages while hiding in his closet. Continue reading

Con Nooga 2019

Join the Geek Family of 5 on a fun family adventure to Con Nooga 2019. Con Nooga is Chattanooga, TN’s largest Multi-Fandom Convention covering everything from Anime, Comics, Authors, Artists, Music, Science Fiction, Horror, Cosplay, Costuming, Fantasy, British Media, Gaming, Paranormal and so much more! Continue reading

Theraplay Sensory Subscription Box – Feb 2019

Join the Geek Family for a review of the February 2019 Theraplay Sensory Box. When you have kids that are on the Autism Spectrum it can be a challenge to find appropriate toys and tools to help them master fine motor skills, regulate their emotions or just have some fun. We will help you find some new tools for your sensory toolbox.

Geek Family Visits Atlanta’s Own Knockturn Alley

Join our Geek Family of 5 on an outing to the Atlanta Oddities Market. The market featured vendors from near and far and offered the finest selection of the strange and unusual. We love to take our kids to interesting events that are a bit on the weird side. We believe it helps to round out their interests and helps them explore all the things the world has to offer.

The Atlanta Oddities Market was held at the Atlanta Circus School near Grant Park here in Atlanta. The vendors offered wares from the strange and macabre including serial killer collectors coins, skeleton keys, tarot card readings, and all manner preserved animals, insects and bones. The collections we saw were genuinely unique and interesting. Check out the video and enjoy!

Be Mine: Written On My Heart

This year Valentine’s Day is a little sadder than normal for a lot of us. I am not talking about the single geeks who always must endure the syrupy sweet bitterness of a lonely heart on February 14th. I am talking about the lack of Necco Conversation Hearts to share with that special someone.

I can still remember those elementary school days where we swapped valentines and if you were lucky maybe that special someone you had your eye on would give you a small green heart with “Be Mine” or “Kiss Me” stamped on it. I remember getting a box of them and going to school and doling out the tiny symbols of my affection to all of the little girls I had hopes of getting to hold my hand. If I was really lucky maybe I would get my name written in a paper fortune teller (look that one up if you don’t remember them).

You see, last year Necco, who had been making these staples of Valentine’s Day treats since 1902, went out of business leaving a hole in the hearts of little boys everywhere. In 2018 when they closed, Necco was producing billions of Sweethearts candies every year. In fact, according to Candystore.com (Link), the candy hearts business represents almost 1.8B in sales every year. The popular Sweethearts may make a comeback next year as they were bought by another company, Spangler Candy Company. This year there is a shortage as existing stocks of the beloved candies dwindle, and prices begin to creep up ($25 for a 5lb bag). 

  Sweethearts

Necco Sweethearts

Candy companies like Brach’s are looking to fill the gaps but to me, it still won’t be the same. I will have to be satisfied with telling my kids the ole “back when I was your age…” stories, scouring Amazon for some reasonably priced Necco candy, and waiting for next year to see if I can convince GeekMom to “Kiss Me” with a tiny green candy heart.

It Shouldn’t Be This Hard

It Shouldn't Be This Hard

Our frying pan died. It was a natural death. A part fell off and it was no longer useful.

This loss led my husband and me to discuss the state of our cookware. This, in turn, led to me pulling all the cookware out of the cabinet, with the lids, so we could further discuss which items were no longer useful or needed to be replaced. And that discussion led to a cleaner cabinet, a few more pots and pans in the dead pile, and a need to buy 3 non-stick saucepans. Continue reading

New Addition To Your Geek Tool Belt

GeekDad brings you his first product review of 2019. This addition to your Geek toolbelt with help you quickly unleash your precious Amazon booty from the tight grasp of packing tape, bubble wrap, and blister packs.