Guest Guru: Melissa Chapman of The Staten Island Family

July 13, 2011    |    By +
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Melissa Chapman is one busy lady! She regularly blogs about her marriage, family life,  and everything in between at Married My Sugar Daddy and The Staten Island Family.

In addition, you can find her work in ABC News, Momtourage, Lifetime Moms, Babble, The Washington Post, Time Out NY Kids and iVillage.

So it’s safe to say, she’s earned her honorary “Guest Guru” title alright.

Continuing our “What Type of Dad Are You + Britax Series”, we asked Melissa to highlight her favorite picks for the Gadget-loving Dads out there.



Gear-Obsessed Dad

If you’ve got a dad, in your life, who likes to be in the know about the latest gear, aka, the gear guy, then these four products will be RIGHT UP his alley! Whether he collects accessories to outfit his bike, iPad is a gamer or he simply likes to arm his kidlets with essential pieces this gift guide will have him covered!

Chariot Carriers

The versatility of Chariot Carriers products makes them appealing to the dad who enjoys life outdoors, and is a gear addict. Their conversion kits allow the child carrier to be transformed into a stroller, jogging trailer, biking trailer, hiking trailer and, even, a cross country skiing trailer – which offers a fun way to keep dad and the entire family active throughout the year. And if your guy fancies himself a sports enthusiast you can let him know the The Chariot Carrier is also a favorite of many top athletes.

iCADE Gaming Cabinet

This sturdy, retro-styled cabinet is designed specifically to house an iPad or iPad 2 and will transport users to the days when they spent endless hours playing classic arcade games! The iCADE is a desktop-sized arcade game cabinet that features a fully-functional game-pad, complete with retro arcade joystick and buttons.

Dad’s gameplay is made simple by just sliding an iPad into the built-in cradle and connecting it to the iCADE via Bluetooth. Dads can play classic Atari games available now for download from the Apple App Store, including beloved games like Pong, Asteroids, Centipede and many more.

Britax Frontier Booster Car Seat

Like all his gear, this combination harness-2 booster seat is chocked full of features and is adaptable to fit Dad’s busy lifestyle. With 10 different harness heights and three buckle positions, this seat grows with kids and can hold up to 85 lbs in harness mode and 120lbs in booster mode.

After all, as much as he wants the newest, coolest gear for himself, he wants nothing but the top of the line for his kids. Along with all the safety features, the Britax is a snap to remove and attach. It can go from the driveway to the runway in a snap with a simple push button for easy release. And you can enter for a chance to WIN one of your very own today.

The Extreme Sleeve™ 2 for iPad

G-Form, an athletic gear company that recently released the Extreme Sleeve  for iPad famous for its 500-foot airplane drop and 12-pound bowling ball drop, has introduced the latest model of its innovative sleeve, the Extreme Sleeve 2 for iPad.

This light-weight, flexible, and water-resistant sleeve has all of the qualities of the company’s original sleeve, but now has added an additional RPT (Reactive Protection Technology) edge layer that also runs under the zipper for even more impact absorption. In this newest edition, G-form has also expanded the interior room to better accommodate the iPad 2 with Smart Cover.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.