Hiding Veggies: Cauliflower

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It’s a struggle to get my kids to eat their veggies. That’s a struggle that I know a lot of parents go through. My oldest dislikes veggies in general. If absolutely forced to eat a vegetable he may resort to putting as small a piece as he can in his mouth and then swallowing it with some water, like a pill. My middle child will eat some veggies. Spinach usually isn’t a problem, carrots if they’re raw, sometimes broccoli. The toddler is still pretty good about eating the vegetables I…

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Pumpkin Carving Tool of Choice

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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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Dad Hacks: Sunburn Remover

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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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Climbing Dunes with Baggage

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File this one under: The Things We do for Our Kids! A week ago we went camping. We’d booked the trip well in advance, figuring that the last weekend in September would be kinda cool (weather wise) and we’d be huddled up in sweatshirts enjoying camp fires and all the fall things that go with that. We couldn’t have been more wrong. We arrived to our campsite with 85F and sunny, crystal clear skies. Aside from everyone being a little hot and sticky, this was fine. The place where we…

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Brushing up on my Ninja Skills

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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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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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