Pumpkin Carving Tool of Choice

tales from the dad side pumpkin

It’s Halloween, which means, among other things, that we carve pumpkins to put out on the front steps. My wife insists on everyone in the house having their own pumpkin. With 5 people in the house, this means that every year I end up carving somewhere between 1 and 5 pumpkins. (This year I did 3.) We’ve gone through our share of pumpkin carving kits, you know the ones. They come with a couple of safety saws that won’t cut your skin, a scraper, and maybe a thingie for tracing…

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Flu Shot Follies

Yesterday I loaded the toddler into the car, picked up the kids from school, and headed to the pediatrician for annual checkups! What fun! You see, my oldest two kids have birthdays that are 4 days apart, so we can double up on things and get a two-fer in for trips to the doctor. (Our pediatrician is almost an hour’s drive away. We moved when my oldest turned 1, but the doctor is so good we’ve kept going back to her rather than find someone closer.) It’s also fall, which…

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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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Toddler Tips for the Hardware Store

Tales from the Dad Side - hardware store

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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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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Is My Toddlers Car Seat Safe for Them?

Is My Toddlers Car Seat Safe for Them? - TFDS

Can you drive anywhere without asking “Is my toddlers car seat safe for them?” My wife is driving down the highway with me in the passenger seat and I happen to look back to see my son almost out of his seat! Now I know I personally tightened the belt snug! (And after 3 kids, I should know how to make sure a care seat is secure!) How the heck is he able to get out of the seat? Well, I found out that he reaches up and loosens the…

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