Bully Proofing your Child

Bullying has become a more serious issue for kids nowadays than I remember it being when I was a kid. There are plenty of news stories about the impact that bullying has on kids. And while a lot of schools are placing a greater emphasis on anti-bullying and being a safe space, your kids aren’t always at school or with you. That’s why bully proofing your child is so important. Whenever my kids come home from school or an outing in a bad mood, one of my first concerns is…

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School’s Out…Sorta

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As of last week, my kids are on summer break. School’s out! The kids got off the bus excited to leave homework and the like behind. And I was more than happy to let them have some time to unwind, however, we want my oldest to work on his reading so we’re having him work on book reports over the summer. Sounds like a bummer, huh? Well, we’ve worked out a system to help encourage him to keep up on the reading and hopefully not make it too much of…

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Dandelion Wine for the DIYer with Weeds

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I’m a big fan of DIY projects, especially if they’re a little unusual and double especially if they involve trying out foods that are tied into the natural world around us. So when life fills your front yard with dandelions, what better way to put them to use than to make dandelion wine? Now, this isn’t something that your kids can partake of when it’s done, but it’s certainly something they can help out with. I certainly don’t condone underage drinking and my kids have not, nor will they, be…

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Dissolving the Dad Bod, Part 2 Exercise

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Exercise. Ugh, that word, exercise, always seems like it’s accompanied by a groan (at least in my head if nothing else). But when you’ve got a gut like I do–affectionately referred to by my wife as a “papa belly”–and you want to get rid of it, exercise is a necessary thing. If you’re not familiar with the majesty that is the dad bod check out my previous post about it. Anyway, if you’ve got a dad bod and want to do something to get rid of it, there are probably…

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Woodworking Projects for Dad

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I have fond memories of doing woodworking projects with my dad as a kid. He had all sorts of tools and equipment and did a fair amount of woodworking on his own. I built a bookcase, completed a couple of projects on the lathe, and helped out with some odds and ends. My dad would say that he was never able to pound a nail straight, and that was a trait I inherited from him. I often think about starting a woodworking project, but I don’t always know where to…

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3D Drawing is Awesome!

I have been interested in 3D printing since it started hitting the consumer market a few years ago. The thought of being able to design and print just about anything you want is so futuristic, it’s like having a replicator from Star Trek. Unfortunately, the price is still too high for me to justify having a toy to print the occasional custom action figure or random thing I find online. But there are pens that function like a 3D printer, so instead of 3D printing you’re 3D drawing. I haven’t…

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Bang Boom Sore!

It’s Easter Sunday and everyone is in different stages of getting ready to go to grandma’s house. The kids are playing and in all the commotion, the toddler has gotten up to her sister’s room to play with her dolls and sit at her makeup table. I went upstairs to get the toddler and bring her down so she would stop messing with her sister’s stuff and hopefully get ready for a nap. There are some dirty clothes at the top of the stairs as usual (my kids still don’t…

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Smart Thermostat Saves Money – FTW!

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Every homeowner knows that you’re pretty much constantly doing something to your house, be it making a repair, changing decor, or making an improvement. The latest of the home improvement projects that I’ve put in is a smart thermostat. We’re still getting used to it, but this new gizmo satisfies my wife’s desire for new gadgets and satisfies my desire to save money. A smart thermostat saves money by learning the habits of your home and adjusting accordingly to run your furnace more efficiently. Since we moved into the house,…

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Dissolving the Dad Bod, part 1

Dad Bod Are you familiar with the term dad bod? According to Urban Dictionary a dad bod is “A guy who has kids and was once in shape and still has guns that can crush beer cans but also with a belly that says I drank those beers and I can eat 6 slices of pizza in one seating.” That’s basically me, accept maybe without the guns that could crush beer cans. The belly was definitely a problem though. My wife calls my dad bod a “papa belly,” but despite…

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Toilet Trouble is Flushing Fun!

Have you every shot your children’s great grandma with toilet water? I have! About a week ago the older two went to my mother-in-law’s house for a sleepover and when they came home they had a new game: Toilet Trouble. Toilet Trouble is a new game from Hasbro that, much like the original Pie Face is basically Russian roulette for kids. In Toilet Trouble players spin a plastic roll of toilet paper that tells them how many times to pull the flush handle. The bowl of this little plastic toilet…

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