Dad Hacks: Bloody Nose be Gone!

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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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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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The Most Memorable Homemade Present

tales from the dad side - Hurl Cam

If your kids are anything like mine, you get at least one homemade present every time your birthday or Father’s Day rolls around. It could be a handmade card, a collage, or some kind of little cardboard box. For me, there’s one homemade present that is more memorable than any of the others of I’ve received since. For the purposes of this story the words “homemade” and “present” are taken very loosely. Warning! Things are going to get gross!!! This happened about 10 years ago. I had been a father…

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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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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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Poo-Pourri, a Refreshing way to Refresh your Toilet

Tales from the Dad Side Poo-Pourri

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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Oh the Horror! Head Lice Prevention Made Easy

Tales from the Dad Side - Head Lice Prevention

A few days before Christmas I was off from work and standing around in the kitchen with my kids and somehow we got on the subject of lice and I asked if the kids had been checked at school recently. They had no idea what I was talking about. Needless to say I was pretty surprised. I grew up thinking head lice prevention was a regular part of the school day, but either it isn’t any more or it isn’t in my kids’ school district. I don’t know about you,…

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