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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Dandelion Wine for the DIYer with Weeds

Tales from the Dad Side - dandelion wine

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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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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Smart Thermostat Saves Money – FTW!

Tales from the Dad Side - Nest

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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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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Simple DIY Gardening Project

Tales from the Dad Side -- Seed Packs

In addition to all the things I do on a day-to-day basis, a few years ago I began volunteering as a leader in my son’s Cub Scout Pack. This means that, among other things, every month I need to coordinate a meeting for about 25 scouts and assorted siblings and provide them with some kind of activity. For our next meeting I’ve been working on a simple DIY gardening product to welcome spring. This simple DIY gardening project uses some pretty basic stuff and will easily transition to a pot…

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