Wine Cork Cell Phone Charging Station

Wine Cork Phone Charging Station

Do you have a cell phone that needs to be charged and like to drink?  If you answered yes, then I have the project for you. I made the one you see above for my wife on her last birthday. She had been saving wine corks for years, writing the date we drank it and the event it was for in permanent marker. She got tired of the cords and wires on the kitchen counter, so I decided to put the evidence of our love for wine on display Continue reading

Wooden Photo Paperweight

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As a stay-at-home dad, I often send cute pictures to The Wife while she’s at work. After hearing her say, “I miss that face,” so many times, I thought she should have many of his faces at work. So, I got a small wood cube from a craft store and transferred some photos of his face onto each side. Then, while she’s at work, she can turn the cube around and see six of his faces. Continue reading

The Dad Brothers Do Spring Cleaning

The Dad Brothers Do Spring CleaningApril is known for showers and when it rains, it pours. In the past week Pat and I have collectively had an immobilizing strained back muscle, a meltdown on an airplane, Mimi dislocating her shoulder, a pee catastrophe in the airplane bathroom, my stupid cat ran away, and good friends of the family lost their 26 y/o child. When it rains…

Sometimes we’ve got to clean out the cobwebs. Priorities are the base of our best existence, should we not check occasionally where they are at? It’s tough for me to turn the light on myself, but thankfully, I’ve got a Dad Brother to do that with. I guess I’m looking at spring cleaning as more than a mop this year.

There is nothing wrong with admitting your own faults. Look at Pat. He’s wrong almost all the time and I’m still friends with him. In fact, that’s why old friends are so great to keep in our lives. They see the person you have been and the person you are trying to be. They take the good. They take the bad. They take them both and there you have…the facts of life. Continue reading

Amazeballs

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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

I’m Getting a Brother

imgettingalittlebrotherTo keep up with the Joneses, I took pictures of my oldest son holding a sign to announce our second child. The original idea was to catch my perfect child smiling while holding my nearly illegible message.

It started out innocently enough. My wife ironed our two year old’s clothes and I promised him treats as I handed him the sign. He did not like the sign.

I reminded him about the treats. His response was the third picture in the sequence. I kept snapping pictures trying to make him laugh, clinging to the futile hope that he would become happy and blotch-free. 

I had a plan and two year old ruined it. It’s funny how comically dumb that statement is.

My wife and I looked at the pictures later and cracked up at some of the moments that we caught on film. Most of the pictures you see here are out of order, but the idea struck me to make a little joke out of it.

Why shouldn’t we revel in the successes and failures of our children? If I only show people perfect smiles and pressed pants, I’m hiding who my children really are. They cry, they scream, and they don’t listen. They also learn, they succeed and they make me laugh. They are imperfect little blessings that are trying their best in a world that is constantly changing.

I could say the same about my own life.

The announcement was well received and the originals are on my youngest son’s wall. Maybe someday they will appreciate it.

Baked Ziti with Sausage and Broccoli

zitiBaked Ziti is good any way you make it. But with some sausage, provolone cheese and the texture of broccoli… Madone! This recipe makes a very good sized meal for 4-6 people, or in our case, dinner for tonight and enough leftovers for The Wife to take a couple lunches to work during the week. And, I get to snack on some too! It’s a win, win. There are more cooking vessels in this one than I usually like, but very few ingredients and once it’s done, it’s super worth it.
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Dadvertising: Choosy Moms Choose Jif Commercial

“Choosy Moms Choose Jif” has been around for for nearly four decades. Did you ever think a dad would be called “Choosy”?

In 2012 Jif Peanut Butter started incorporating “Choosy Moms and Dads Choose Jif” in their advertising campaigns. I have been a stay-at-home dad for coming up on two years and this is the first time I have seen this and it reminds me why Pat and I started this site.

A place where Stay-at-Home dads, dads who kind of like their kids, parents, Pat, and myself could find information, encouragement and stupidity when we needed some.

Advertising says a great deal about the climate of society. What do people buy into? Growing up, I never would have ever considered witnessing (much less, caring about) peanut butter acknowledging me.

I am seeing the tide of fatherhood change and I am proud to be a father.