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Thanksgiving 2015

Food, Football and Memories.

For my family, Thanksgiving has evolved over the years. We’ve had people come and go and the location and volume has certainly seen its ebb and flow. As far back as I can remember, we started out at my Nana and Pop-Pop’s… the brown Pfaltzgraff plates and matching crocks strewn across the same table linen that...

My Stories

My journey as a father and full-time stay-at-home parent.

Daddy and the Super Heroes

My 4th Birthday Party was Awesome. Kidding, it was Charlie’s.

I’ve long thought that my wife only wanted kids as an excuse to plan their birthday parties… and I was partially right. The very first birthday party we (she) planned (for Ava) should have given me some insight into how her mind works, sending me running for cover, terrified about what the future had in store for...
Tylenol Dinner 2

How Does Your Family Eat Dinner?

These days, it could be any night of the week. It’s 6pm, halfway through what I call the ‘witching hour’. I’ve done it all. We went on a walk to the park, we pulled out the play-doh (and put the rock hard nuggets from last week in the trash), built a nostalgic-yet-stupid balsa flyer that...
Adrian kissing Cinderella

10 Things I’ve Done Wrong as a Stay-at-Home Dad.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been a full-time stay-at-home dad for almost six years. There wasn’t one moment in the 90’s, where I sat back on my grody college sofa after pulling a hefty bong rip and thought, ‘Man, I’m really glad that I’m spending all this time and money to get a hearty...
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Just Strollin’ Along on Father’s Day.

Six years ago, I wasn’t sure what kind of dad I might be. Certainly, I’d had an amazing influence in my own father, as well as my grandfathers and uncles, my father-and-brother-in-law, but as you hold your wife’s hand in the delivery room, I think you’re waiting for that identity to be born (so to...

Dad's In Deep Sh!t

OMFG. There he is. Right in the middle of it.

Mason waits for help

DAD’S IN DEEP SH!T #27 – King Arthur Lives.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Earlier today, unbeknownst to you, it came in the form of this guy. Unfortunately, here he is again… All 6’1″ and 230 pounds of mouth-breathing sexiness with stickers on his face. He may not look like much, but after making the kids breakfast, packing their lunches and running...
Charlie with toilet seat on head


With the recent birth of our third child, I’ve felt confident that Ava (4½) and Charlie (2½) were in a pretty good place for the most part, able to listen and follow most directions and on occasion even lend a hand with the baby.  Ava has been a great big sister so far, helping to...
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DAD’S IN DEEP SH!T #26 – Is That Chocolate?

I’ve always wanted to be on a game show…but never realized that my dreams had already come true.  I’ve been on one for the last four years and never even knew it. I’ve been living life as a contestant on one of the most riveting hidden-camera competitions to date.  It’s not for the faint of...
Spilled pickles

DAD’S IN DEEP SH!T #25: Clean Up On Aisle Two.

“We’re gonna need a wet clean-up in aisle two”, I heard over the PA system of my local grocery store.  We froze in our tracks, tipped our hats and offered a curtsy towards the other shoppers in our vicinity.  I’d love to tell you that this was the first and last time this ever happened,...

Ava Full Of Grace

Some of Ava’s less graceful performances.

Avas First Self Haircut


It was only a matter of time. After getting beat down on a daily basis over the last five years, I’ve gotten tired. Some people might call it lazy, but those people can suck it. I prefer tired. I pretty much let my kids do whatever they want these days. Well, not really, but you...
Dad watching football with post-its

AVA FULL OF GRACE #7: Put Me In The Game, Coach. I’m Ready.

Ten years ago, if you wanted to find me on a Sunday, I’d be at O’Briens Irish Pub in Santa Monica, California.  I’d ride my bike there from Marina Del Rey, wearing my Randall Cunningham jersey, donning a foam Philadelphia Eagles helmet. I could do that.  I was in neutral territory.  LA doesn’t have a...
Daddy and Ava at Pitt Childrens Museum car

AVA FULL OF GRACE #6: She’s Driving Me Insane.

In my 20’s, I was a force to be reckoned with.  I was in superior shape, had great metabolism and could literally eat a handful of dirt and wash it down with a handle of Banker’s Club vodka and go run a marathon. But I’m not 20 anymore.  I’m on the backside of my 30’s,...
Ava sleeping on the stairs

AVA FULL OF GRACE #5: Get To Steppin’.

Recently Ava is going through this phase where, after we put her and Charlie to bed, she sneaks back down the stairs to see what ‘mommy and daddy time’ is all about.  Maybe she thinks she’s going to stumble in on us making a big heroin deal or having some Eyes Wide Shut party in...

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LARSON on stage in LA

An Interview with Jay Larson, Star of Esquire Network’s ‘Best Bars in America’.

Many of you might know who Jay Larson is. He might look oddly familiar. You may have seen him on Comedy Central or any of his multiple performances on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’. Or it was possibly one of his epic sets from ‘Conan’, including this one, which went viral and garnered over a million hits...

An Interview with the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees.

Yesterday was just a regular November Monday morning around my house, right? It was 6:30am and I stepped out on the front porch with a cup of joe to see if the Christmas lights and garland that I hung up on Sunday (don’t judge me) made it through the night’s brutal winds.  My 2 1/2...

Big League Dads.

Two of my favorite things are baseball and being a father (not necessarily in that order). So when I heard about a campaign between Major League Baseball and my friends at Dove Men+Care, I wanted to help spread the word. As a kid, I idolized guys like Mike Schmidt, Wally Joyner, Mark McGwire and Frank...

An Exclusive Interview with the cast from A&E’s ‘Modern Dads’.

As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to help produce a show (in all of my spare time, ha!) called ‘Modern Dads’ which premieres tonight on A&E after ‘Duck Dynasty’. Before the series kicks off, I thought it might be cool to get to know these Austin dads a little bit better. ...

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Thanksgiving 2015

Food, Football and Memories.

For my family, Thanksgiving has evolved over the years. We’ve had people come and go and the location and volume has certainly seen its ebb and flow. As far back as I can remember, we started out at my Nana and Pop-Pop’s… the brown Pfaltzgraff plates and matching crocks strewn across the same table linen that...
Ava Charlie and Mason in tgiving outfits outtake

The Struggle Behind the Perfect Holiday Picture.

Holidays are my jam and they’ve always played a special part in my life, as I’m sure most of you can relate. Since childhood, I’ve always looked forward to Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and quite honestly, everything in between. In the early years, mom and dad always took me to the mall to meet the Easter...
Fold versus wad for CHARMIN

Potty Training 101: Do you Ball or Fold?

Of all the things that we, as parents, must deal with during these early developmental years, potty training might just be the toughest. I’m not ignoring teething (and the diarrhea and screaming that comes with it) or sleep cycles, because those are hard-hitters too. But Potty training is an extra special beast. With Ava, I...
Lego family complete

Halloween Keeps Me on My Toes.

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. It was pretty simple when I was a kid. Me and my brothers loved coming up with original costume ideas and always got Mom’s help to put them into action. If we were really lucky, we went to the Sines 5 & 10 or maybe even...

What's Cookin'

Some favorite recipes from Dad or Alive and his foodie friends.

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The Best Succulent Thanksgiving Pumpkin Bread.

We’re all suckers for pumpkin around this time of year. We see it everywhere. We’ve got coffee, shampoo, conditioner, candles, ice cream, room and linen spray, kale and potato chips – at what point do we draw the line? Well, for me, personally, we never draw the line before we get to the bread. It’s...
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Black-Eyed Pea Cakes.

[ posted by jen kulp ] Black-Eyed Peas. You’d be hard pressed to find a southern staple as iconic as this youngin ‘ere. For years, my mother has made New Years Day lunch and in it is always this “lucky” food. When I was a kid, my sisters and brother and I would chew them up...

Your Wings Suck, Try Mine.

It’s the beginning of week 3 in the NFL and along with the joy and heartache comes with it, the excitement of tailgating. In my earlier years, tailgating in Philadelphia was something magnificent. Charcoal smoke wafting across the landscape, as we shotgunned canned Yuengling from the cooler while obese shirtless amateur neighborhood running backs dropped...
Tacos for FB


At least once a week I find myself yelling things like, ‘Attention, everyone! Who put a crap-ton of Legos in the garbage disposal!? Why is the dog drinking pee out of the training toilet?! Charley, where are your paaaaaants?!’ Followed with a raucous ‘You know what, don’t even worry about that. What you need to...


Dad or Alive gets crafty around the house.

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Thanksgiving Napkin Rings.

Thanksgiving is a relatively new holiday for US, even though we’ve been married for seven years. By that, I mean, traditionally we have traveled almost every single November and December, criss-crossing the country to spend time with both families. Three years ago, we started hosting a small Thanksgiving for my side of the family at...
Charlie and Dom playing with gak

Homemade Gak.

Well, here we go again. In the northeast or mid-atlantic, we have a few short weeks of next-to-no humidity with cool temps and the occasional breeze that finds it’s way up the leg of my shorts. I’m diggin’ it – ’tis the season. However, along with that comes rain and much cooler temperatures in the early...
Collection of finished crayon hearts

Broken Crayons Brought Back to Life.

Each one of my three kids has gone through a phase where the only thing they want to do, is break all of our crayons. Whether it’s the honest mistake by pressing too hard (like Ava) or the more barbaric and blatant anger (like Charlie and Mason) raged against the colorful sticks. Despite their cause of...