Baby Gear for Dads – The Essential Tools

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Having the right baby gear can be great, but not knowing what the right baby gear for dads is and what is even out there can be troublesome! This is where I hope to help you find the right baby gear for Dads of all sizes. When my wife had a baby shower for our oldest, there were a few presents just for me. These were the kind of half gag gift, half practical gift that one might expect for a first time dad. The main gift was this diaper…

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Protect Your Garden from Slugs!

I enjoy gardening. I’ve even thought about going hard core and getting into aquaponic gardening. It’s a good way to get outside, do something with my hands, and, if I’m successful, I can provide my family with some fresh produce throughout the summer. This year I went with cucumbers, zucchini, squash, and snow peas. My kids have enjoyed some fresh cucumber salads, zucchini bread, zucchini pancakes, and the occasional handful of fresh peas (if my wife and I don’t get to them first). The garden has been going pretty well…

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Advanced Technique for Catching Vomit

It starts with a runny nose and a lot of sniffles during the day. You know it’s coming, but you just don’t want to believe it. You make the kids stay away from milk and dairy and anything else you’ve heard an old wive’s tale about that might be linked to increased mucus production. Eventually, the time comes that you have to send your kids to bed with a wicked head cold. So you send your kid to bed, prop him up with all the pillows you can, maybe put…

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Toddler Tips for the Hardware Store

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This is a post for all the toddlers out there! When you’re going to the hardware store, it’s important to be properly prepared. There’s a lot going on at a big box home improvement store with customers, employees, forklifts, and who knows what else that you might encounter. If you’re accompanying dad to get a bucket and some hand tools, you need to be prepared. A successful trip to the hardware store, much like tools that you might use when you get home starts with safety! You never know what…

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Sleep is Good for Parents, Duh

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When my son was born, I lost some sleep. Scratch that, when my son was born I lost a shit-ton of sleep. It was so bad that when I finally had to return to work, my coworkers made me go into an empty office to take a nap. Then, on my lunch break that day I ended up sleeping in my car for a while too. I’m pretty sure I ended up taking a lot of naps in my car around that time (I was working two jobs so my…

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Labors of Love

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There are plenty of things dads do for their kids that are labors of love, things that we do for our kids that maybe they don’t really think about or don’t fully appreciate. These are things that we dads (and moms) do because we love our kids and while we don’t expect them to recognize the efforts we make now, we hope that one day in the future they’ll look at it and realize all the effort we put into something on their behalf. These labors of love can take…

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Slide Belts: a Review

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My wife can certainly agree to this statement: I do not enjoy spending money on clothes. My normal attire from day to day is t-shirts and jeans, and I don’t often buy new clothes for myself. When I do buy new clothes, I try to spend as little as possible. So, after a couple of belt failures, I spent a little more on myself than I normally would, and I ordered a Slide Belt, and I can say that this is probably the best belt I have ever owned. (Note:…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming, a Dad’s Review

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Last Friday night, due to a thunderstorm cancelling a school event, my wife and I got the opportunity to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13). Now I know that the movie has been out for two weeks, but chances are, if you’re on this site you’re a dad and you might not be able to get out to see a new movie right when it comes out. So, without further pause, here goes with the Tales from the Dad Side spoiler-free Spider-Man: Homecoming review. In case you didn’t know, Spider-Man: Homecoming brings…

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The Most Memorable Homemade Present

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If your kids are anything like mine, you get at least one homemade present every time your birthday or Father’s Day rolls around. It could be a handmade card, a collage, or some kind of little cardboard box. For me, there’s one homemade present that is more memorable than any of the others of I’ve received since. For the purposes of this story the words “homemade” and “present” are taken very loosely. Warning! Things are going to get gross!!! This happened about 10 years ago. I had been a father…

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The Blind Bag Phenomenon

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Have you noticed when you’re walking through the toy aisles that there are a heck of a lot of “blind bag” toys on the shelves? What do I mean by blind bag? It’s usually some kind of small toy that is part of a series in a bag or box with no indication of which toy from that series you’re getting. I don’t know about your kids, but my kids go nuts for them! It doesn’t matter what toy line or franchise the blind bags are from — Minecraft, Teenage…

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