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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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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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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Fidget Toys for Fidgety Boys (and Girls)

Last December I took my 10-year-old to see Star Wars Rogue One with my best friend growing up. The movie was incredible, but my 10-year-old didn’t stop shifting around in his seat the entire time. It drove me a nuts and I felt a little bad for the guy sitting on my son’s left. He’s always been fidgety like that (just like me) and has problems sitting still, just like a lot of other kids (and some adults) I know. If I’ve got a quarter in my pocket I’ll take…

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Dinosaur Dig Kit is Surprisingly Engaging

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For Christmas my 10-year-old got a dinosaur dig kit, actually a couple of them, and they’ve been sitting in his room waiting for a day when he needed something to do. So last weekend, when his friends weren’t around and he was at his limit for video game time and there just wasn’t anything he wanted to do, we told him to go up to his room and get one of these dinosaur dig kits. Dinosaur Dig Kit The dinosaur dig kit is pretty simple. It comes with a small wooden…

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Poo-Pourri, a Refreshing way to Refresh your Toilet

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There’s a running joke at home about toilet smells and their ability to spread throughout the house like a spilled glass of grape juice will spread across the couch. Time and again, odors from the porcelain throne have been a scourge upon my kingdom. So when I pulled a bottle of Poo-Pourri out of my stocking this last Christmas it was the answer we were looking for. My wife thought it was funny when she bought it as a stocking stuffer, but little did she know how well this stuff…

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Fantastic Gymnastics, a Surprise Hit

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In my house there’s a lot of talk about gymnastics. My wife was a gymnast growing up and older two kids have been doing tumbling or gymnastics since about the time they could walk. I’ve spent a lot of time driving to and from the gym, participating in parent/tot classes, and watching as the kids moved on to more progressive lessons. So the other day when my wife happened upon this new game called Fantastic Gymnastics she picked it up. I was skeptical about the game myself, but the kids…

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Help! Toddler Congestion Grosses me Out!

Warning: this post contains tales of toddler congestion and other grossness! If you’re easily grossed out by kids and the nasty things that come out of their bodies, you may want to turn back now. As a father there’s a lot I deal with on a day-to-day basis. Most days it’s the normal kind of stuff, feeding my kids, making sure they’re dressed appropriately, helping with homework, that kind of thing. Every once in awhile there are those days when the kids aren’t feeling so great, or someone has one…

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