Apr 2010

Attention Dads: Don’t become an Invisible Couch!

Tips for being part of your wife’s life and being a great dad after children hit the scene. Let’s face it guys, husbands are low on your wife’s priority list when you have children. If you have one child, you ranking drops to #2  (actual about 7 months before the child is born).  If you […]

Category: Family Relationships

Tags: #Dads #Family #Fatherhood #Relationships

Apr 2010

Cross-Training for Kids: 7 sports for skills and thrills

I’m not trying to train my kids for the Olympics in 2024.  What I am doing is  teaching them about the love of the outdoors, sports and health.  And in doing so,  it gives me the opportunity to run around and get my heart pumping blood.  Cross-training gives kids a chance to learn different sports […]

Category: Playtime Sports for Kids

Tags: #Cross-training #Health #Kids sports #Outdoors #Parenting

Apr 2010

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes: A Kid Planet Recipe

One of my favorite side dishes to make is cheesy scalloped potatoes…wow, SO yummy!  This recipe makes quite a bit, but they are great leftover, if they don’t all get eaten up the first time around!  Potatoes are Lucas’ favorite food these days, and he couldn’t get enough of these.  I had to eventually cut […]

Category: Uncategorized

Tags: #Cheesy #Recipe #Scalloped Potatoes

Apr 2010

Retro Wednesday: Don’t Waste Food

If you are like me, you just love those vintage magazine ads.  Here’s a retro-mom following our government’s sound advice and using her dried bread.  It’s actually great advice.  I use stale bread to make breadcrumbs for meatballs and other dishes calling for bread crumbs. (And for you Internet geeks… bread crumbs are an actually […]

Category: Retro Wednesday Thrifty Living

Tags: #Advertising #Don't Waste #Food #Green #Retro #Retro-Mom

Apr 2010

Supervising Kids: Man to Man or Zone Defense?

Supervising the playtime of children is one of the most important responsibilities of parents.  Let’s face it, kids move fast and sometimes even get into things that they shouldn’t be getting into.  Just sayin’. Kids by the Water The more children you have, the more challenging it can be to keep a close eye on […]

Apr 2010

First Trimester: anxiety, exhaustion, nausea, and elation

As the first trimester winds down, and I was getting ready to go to my first appointment with the doctor, I felt the same nervous anticipation I felt three other times.  Would I hear that rapid heartbeat of a living being inside of me that has made me smile every time I’ve heard it?  What would […]

Apr 2010

Easter Brunch: Honey Baked Spiral Ham with Pineapples

One of the best things about Easter Sunday is spending time with family.  And when it comes to Easter brunch, you have a couple of options.  I love going out to one of those incredible Sunday brunches.  No cooking or cleaning; the kids make a mess and we go home to rub our bellies and […]

Mar 2010

A Greener and Healthier Easter Basket

If you’re like me, you always have good intentions and start thinking about things like getting Easter baskets together a month before Easter.  Here it is, though, just five short days before the big day, and I haven’t figured out exactly what we’ll put in the kids’ baskets this year. I’m a little conflicted on […]

Category: Green Living Health & Nutrition

Tags: #Easter Baskets #Green #Healthy Snacks

Mar 2010

Earth Hour Magic: For anyone who was once a kid

Earth Hour brought three hours of magic into our home Saturday night. It was important for us to share this world-wide event with our kids and help educate them about the importance of conservation.  We do talk about reducing, reusing and recycling everyday, but Earth Hour gave us a perfect opportunity to turn out the […]

Category: Green Living

Tags: #EarthHour #Green #Kids

Mar 2010

Fatherhood at 50: Three Promises to My Children

I’m a 51 year old father of three beautiful children, ages 5,3,1.  And check this out.  My incredible wife is continuing to do what she does best… make babies!  So in October I’ll have four children, 6 years and younger (God willing). Since I’m such an old dude… I mean since I have more life […]