To be a YouTuber

My kids’ aspirations look to YouTube! I don’t get it, but apparently “YouTuber” is now a profession, at least in my kids’ eyes. Lately talk around the table or in the car of what do you want to do when you grow up turns to becoming a YouTuber. For those of you that don’t know, a YouTuber, I guess, is someone who makes videos on YouTube all day and somehow makes a living off of that, maybe. My kids don’t have a real firm grasp on the fact that they’ll…

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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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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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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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How a Simple List Can Help Your Relationship AND Relieve Stress

How a Simple List Can Help Your Relationship AND Relieve Stress To help your relationship, start discussing your chores! This is what is recommended to start helping you and your partner. I hate doing chores! Who doesn’t? However, when you’re a parent, the chore lists seem to grow and grow! After a while, these chores may make you start to resent your partner or think that you do more than they do. Well, according to Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger who have a podcast about work and life balance, there…

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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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Labors of Love

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There are plenty of things dads do for their kids that are labors of love, things that we do for our kids that maybe they don’t really think about or don’t fully appreciate. These are things that we dads (and moms) do because we love our kids and while we don’t expect them to recognize the efforts we make now, we hope that one day in the future they’ll look at it and realize all the effort we put into something on their behalf. These labors of love can take…

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