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Getting my kids to eat vegetables is like showering with sandpaper.  I am always trying to find new ways to get my kids to eat vegetables without them knowing it. The so called “sneaky” foods are terrible and I end up throwing most of it away. It is an uphill battle, but occasionally I claim victory. Amazeballs is a recipe that is sure to pass the test for any picky eater who loves spaghetti and meatballs. Continue reading

5 Ways to Understand Your Stay-at-Home Spouse

5 waysI have been a stay-at-home dad for two years and the most surprising thing to me are the similarities between the male and female experiences.  I will admit it, before I started staying at home, I did not think much of people who did it.  I did not look down on them for what they were doing, I was simply not impressed. Their tales of frustration and loneliness fell on my deaf ears. It reminded me of stories regarding pregnancy. It was an issue, I as a man, would never have to deal with.  After being home full time, I looked to “Dad” groups for support and saw them dealing with issues I thought to be purely feminine.  These men’s wives were asking why the house was not clean, berating them for spending money they had not earned, and wondering where their dinner was.  It was amazing to me that these traditionally chauvinist thoughts were coming from the female breadwinners.  It became clear that these feelings were attached to being the at-home caretaker and not limited to gender.  Many people still think like I once did and marriages have suffered for it.  The only way to love someone is to understand what they are going through, so here are five ways to understand your stay-at-home spouse. Continue reading

Stay-at-Home Dad Entices Wife With Digital Valentine

I am a stay-at-home dad of two young boys.  My wife is a flight attendant and leaves me on my own with our boys for days at a time while she travels the friendly skies.  My boys and I greatly appreciate the sacrifice she makes every time she goes to work, so that we can have a parent at home with our children.  This Valentine’s Day she is working in the morning, but will be able to make it home for a Valentine’s dinner with me.  I wanted to do something special for her to make the day go a little quicker. My wife loves two things; humor and cleanliness.  I decided to combine the two in this Digital Valentine in hopes of enticing her into a frenzy before she arrives home.


I think we’re going to have a good night.

Tree Bookshelf with Growth Chart

tree-bookshelf2When The Wife and I were preparing for The Understudy to be born, I knew I wanted to build something for him to be in his room. I looked all over Pinterest (yes, cool dads look at Pinterest) for some inspiration. I found the growth chart rulers and knew I wanted to make that. That looked easy and it would be something we could keep forever. Then, I saw some amazing tree bookshelves. They were so cool, and I knew that if I could come up with an idea, I could use my resources and make it come to life. Continue reading