Digital Dad Round Up #1 Chromecast, Daughter Buys Car on eBay


Happy Friday!

At the Digital Dad we are launching a new weekly round up of the latest happenings in the world of Dads. The Digital Dad Round up covers news from technology, culture and/or politics. Enjoy.

Tech: Chromecast from Google. Google Play on Your TV

According to Google.. “The easiest way to enjoy online video and music on your TV. Plug Chromecast into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button.”
Chromecast is set to ship by August 7, 2013.
Learn more in the Google Chromecast FAQ
Buy it now on the Google Play Store

Baby Buys Car on eBay Using Her Dad’s Phone

Paul Stoute’s 14-month-old daughter has been drawn to technology throughout her short life, but he underestimated her tech savvy. Last month, Stoute received an email from eBay that he had the winning bid. Here’s your warning Dads. (Via MSNBC)

Jimmy Fallon is a Dad, Welcomes Daughter

The Late Night host, 38, and wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon welcomed a baby girl on Tuesday, July 23 at 6:21 a.m. The couple’s latest addition will join Gary, the pair’s female golden retriever who often appears on his Emmy-nominated talk show. (Via PEOPLE)

A Picture a Day – “Kayaking with Dad”

What could be better than kayaking with Dad?

Walgreen’s PrintWorthy Photo Service – Show your photos some love

The Digital Daughter recently had her ballet recital, and to mark the occasion we took photos. Like many parents we shared the pictures on Facebook. I was so blown away by the positive reaction to one picture that I thought this photo might be worth printing. {gasp} Digital Dad printing a photo? No way.

I remembered the Walgreen’s app on my smartphone had a way to print to store. So, I started down the path of printing the picture like I had many times before. But, with a recent upgrade to the app a new option, Facebook PrintWorthy™ ,was available and I was curious. So, I dove in. And who could pass up a 5″ x 7″ print of their kid anyway?


Walgreens PrintWorthy review

After authorizing the app to access my Facebook account and photos I was served up a selection screen.



Go through a few more easy selection and order screens. And then, place your order. Ready to be picked up the next day.

Here’s a sneak peek at what the finished product will look like.



So have you tried the Walgreen’s PrintWorthy photo printing service? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

ALDI opening in Houston & Pearland, TX. What’s ALDI like?

Recently, we relocated from NC and were thrilled to see ALDI coming to Texas. Some Facebook chatter made me realize that Texans might not be familiar with ALDI , why it’s worth a trip and what it offers. So, this post was born.

The Digital Mom and myself have to admit when we first visited an ALDI we walked in, walked around and walked out. Years later we returned when we tightened our fiscal belts.

So, What’s ALDI Like?

ALDI Texas – What you’ll see outside,

It starts outside. In a word.. bring a quarter and some shopping bags. Why? So, you can get a shopping cart (with the quarter). At ALDI there are no baggers and no lot attendants. So, the cashier puts your groceries back in the cart… then, you can bag them to the counters near the exit. Less staff, Lower prices.

What You Will See Inside ALDI in Houston and Pearland

Items like flour, sugar, cereal and canned goods are on pallets. Everything has a sign above.

Smaller items are on shelves.

What Can I Buy at ALDI in Texas?

At ALDI you will find the most frequently purchased items with ALDI’s private label brand along with Special Buys on Brand Name products. In a typical trip to ALDI stores in NC we purchased 90% of our groceries at ALDI and picked up the rest at another market. Your mileage may vary.. you may be able to buy 100% or less than we did. A trip for our family of 3 was rarely above $200.

Some Tips for Shopping ALDI in Texas

Here are our shopping tips for making the most of ALDI shopping.

  1. Bring shopping bags. The reusable ones are best. We use one from IKEA (a blue and yellow one) and purchased several from ALDI.. they were larger than the ones sold at other supermarkets.
  2. Sauces, canned items, dairy, meat and frozen items were of good quality.
  3. From what I could figure out the breakfast cereal is/was manufactured by Malt O Meal and offers a VERY good value for the money. The Digital Daughter wants you to know that it’s “ripped off brands that taste exactly the same.”
  4. I tend to watch the exp. dates… and this comes in handy at ALDI as some categories of food (dairy and bread) may not sell as quickly as others.
  5. ALDI changes suppliers sometimes monthly and this may mean that the frozen pizza you purchased last week isn’t quite the same next month or, it may be in a slightly different package.
  6. The fresh  produce is a mixed bag…  (no pun intended) some items like bell peppers were great. While fresh berries tended to perish quicker.
  7. The Wine is a great value. 
  8. The Wine is a great value. 
  9. The Digital Mom says “If you can get past the non brand name orientation you will discover some serious savings.”

Turning the Page: North Carolina in the Rear View

When my girlfriend (now Digital Mom) and I relocated to North Carolina from Texas 16 years ago we’d never imagined that we would move back to Texas. But, recently that is exactly what has happened. And as we put a final wrap on things in North Carolina








I’ve had a little time to reflect on all the life events that occurred in North Carolina for me.

  • Married Digital Mom
  • 9/11
  • Bought, remodeled or otherwise upgraded and sold four properties some of which is documented here and here.
  • Had our Digital household increase with the addition of cat, child and dog.
  • Marked the passing of two grandparents
  • Met several friends, co-workers, and clients.

Now that the house is under contract and nearly closed and sold it’s time to move forward but, not forget the great times and people we’ve met and the wild and crazy rollercoaster ride we’ve had.

SouthWest Airlines New Year’s Day flight

Who knew flying thrifty SWA on New Year’s Day would hold a special reward… until Digital Mom spotted this


free adult beverage.. for me and Digital Mom. Win!


If you’re flying SWA keep these special beverage days in mind.

January 1: Complimentary beverage of choice

February 14: Noting say “Be Mine” like a free drink

March 17: Enjoy a drink from your Green airline of choice.

We flew through BNA on our flight out and a direct return flight was equally without issue. Except for a small delay at departure. Thanks SWA

Happy New Year!