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A Fathers Day Reflection #PowerOfDad

Being a Dad is what I wanted to be when I grew up and it is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.  It did not come easy.  Our oldest was conceived via In Vitro Fertilization and my younger two were both adopted.  At the time we were “trying”, I always like Why Me?  Now, everyday I SMILE and say thank you for choosing me!

I know every Dad says this, but I really do have 3 of the most amazing, unique and caring kids a father could ask for.  Good things seem to come in three’s for us.  Here are 3 of my favorite Dad moments.

Moment number 1 is something my oldest son said recently.  When asked if his new friends go to Walt Disney World, he said “No, even though they have passes it’s a privilege.”  My wife asked “Is it not a privilege for you?” and he responded “No, we have Daddy and he is ready to go any time we say we want to go.”  While I may be a grown up, I love knowing that my children can see the fun loving side of me and know that I want nothing more than to make memories with them.


Moment number 2 is watching my younger son excel after overcoming so many obstacles in his young life.  You see, he was in foster care for 2 years and I can still remember the moment he came out of his shell.  It was the first time his foot touched a soccer ball.  Watching him learn to focus on the field and to lead his team to victory carried over into his home and school life.  Though my voice may be hoarse after every single game, my heart screams with joy at every milestone he crosses.


Moment number 3 involves my Princess.  She knows how to push all the right buttons and pull all the right heart strings.  Next to my wife, she is probably the best date I’ve ever had.  Whether it be our first Daddy/Daughter dance, our Daddy/Daughter day at Disney Hollywood Studios to meet Doc McStuffins or the two of us going to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen.  All were great memories, but none as great as when she and I are in the car blaring the radio.  Who would have thought I’d know every One Direction song, but I do and I credit my Princess for that and wouldn’t have it any other way.


My crew is truly special and making memories is key for me.  Along with all of the wonderful memories, they also bring out the best in my “Dad Brain”.  I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the handiest or most analytical Dad to walk the earth.  Dad Brain, for those that may not be aware, is when my kids present me with a problem or scenario that truly seems to have no answer or solution, and all of a sudden the perfect response pops into my head.  It doesn’t last long, but it’s a miracle when it happens.  One of those Dad Brain moments was teaching my kids to be responsible about brushing their teeth.  Instead of filling their stockings with candy, they were gifted with brand new Oral-B toothbrushes.  With all of the bells and whistles they were super excited and just got a great report on their last dental checkup.  Dad Brain at it’s best!

This Father’s Day, Oral-B is supporting the #PowerofDad by showcasing those moments most important to dads. Those moments where the Power of Dad brings out those smiles we all love to see and well, makes memories.

When it comes to being a dad, it’s the little moments that power the biggest smiles. So this Father’s Day, Oral-B is celebrating fatherhood’s little moments and the dads that bring smiles to their families every day.

Watch the video and share your favorite fatherhood moment and photo/video with #powerofdad

I’m very proud and excited to announce that Oral-B (P&G Oral Care) is teaming up with not only The March Of Dimes, but also football royalty, Eli Manning, to support dads everywhere!

From P&G Oral Care * In our second year of this Father’s Day program, P&G Oral Care has partnered with March of Dimes, a leading organization for healthy, happy families that celebrates mothers and fathers every day.

* P&G Oral Care is also joining forces with members of “Football’s First Family,” New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning, his father Archie and his daughter Ava – to celebrate fatherhood’s little moments.

To make sure your smile is in top form, Oral-B is offering the following awesome coupon…

Give dad the special gift of a beautiful, healthy smile this Father’s Day with an Oral-B power brush with a $7-off coupon at

Engineered to perform, the new Oral-B 7000 BLACK is our most technologically advanced and sophisticated brush yet. The stylish, sleek, precision-engineered gift for the gadget obsessed guy.

About Oral-B and the fantastic Oral-B 7000 Black

Oral-B, the worldwide leader in the toothbrush market, is taking oral care to the extreme with the introduction of its newest and most technologically advanced power toothbrush, the Oral-B 7000 BLACK. As the premium option for the Oral-B lineup, the Oral-B 7000 BLACK features Oral-B’s signature oscillating, rotating and pulsating technology and provides superior cleaning and a more personalized brushing experience compared to a regular manual toothbrush. With its sleek design and top of the line features, even the most discerning consumers will note, and benefit from, the unparalleled design and technology it offers.

Engineered To Perform. * Oral-B’s signature oscillating, rotating and pulsating technology provides a superior tooth-by-tooth clean to remove up to two times more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.

* Features 8,800 oscillations per minute and 40,000 pulsations per minute to create shearing forces for excellent cleaning efficacy.

* Six modes for a more personalized brushing experience including an extra “Tongue Cleaner Mode” along with standard Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, and Massage modes.

* Quadrant pacing signals every 30 seconds to guide quadrant switching; at the end of two minutes a longer signal indicates when the dental professional recommended brushing time period has been reached.

* SmartGuide wireless display with while-you-brush feedback to help you brush thoroughly, gently and for the dentist-recommended two minutes.

* Indicator® bristles remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months, or once they’ve faded halfway.

* Accelerates to top speed faster than a race car

Unparalleled Design * Features a premium travel case

* Unique book style packaging

I want to wish all you dads a very happy Father’s Day! Don’t forget to use the coupon and give the Oral-B 7000 Black a try, so you can show off your best smile!

And may the Power of Dad be with you all!

PS: I know I have a lot of awesome MOMS are reading Taking the Florida Plunge blog, and I sincerely thank all of you for making our jobs as dads that much more rewarding!

Now go out and get the dad in your life this fantastic toothbrush!

Disclosure: I partnered with Oral-B and Life of Dad, LLC for the #PowerofDad Father’s Day promotion and was compensated for my involvement.

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