Dad Hacks: Sunburn Remover

tales from the dad side - sunburn

I know it’s technically fall, but we’ve still got some sunny days ahead of us, at least where I live, and sunburn is a very real possibility. I tend to burn easily, especially on my neck and shoulders, and so having a handy way to get rid of the redness and eliminate the inevitable peel is always welcome, even if this method is a little…strange. I learned this from a former manager from my retail days. I was skeptical that it would work, but it really does. Are you ready…

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Dad Hacks: Bloody Nose be Gone!

tales from the dad side - bloody nose

This should probably be called a grandma hack, because this little trick was something passed down from my grandma to my dad to me. For whatever reason, maybe because it’s been pretty dry around my house lately, I’ve had to deal with my fair share of kids’ nose bleeds recently. A week or so ago my son was outside playing with his friend from down the street. My son came inside to use the bathroom and BOOM out of nowhere his friend’s nose started bleeding. He was just standing on…

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Brushing up on my Ninja Skills

Tales from the dad side - ninja

Over the weekend, about the worst thing I can think of happened. My toddler started climbing out of her crib. We were camping and after I figured she was good and tired, I laid her down in the pack n play and walked out of the tent to sit by the fire ring with the rest of the family. We’ve had the same pack n play for more than a decade and it’s served us well. I can’t remember either of the other two kids climbing out of it, but…

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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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Woodworking Projects for Dad

woodworking projects

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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It’s Making Slime with Borax Time!

Tales from the Dad Side - Making Slime with Borax

Apparently, making slime with borax is all the rage among the kids today! The kids make slime in school, they make slime with their friends, and they ask to make slime at home. It’s slime time all the time! What time is it? It’s slime time!!! And making slime with borax is really easy to do! My kids have been home on Spring Break and they’ve been asking us when they can start making slime with borax. So, on a dreary midwest afternoon we made a couple batches of slime.…

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