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Last week we took the kids down to Williamsburg, Virginia to explore some historical landmarks and also celebrate a belated 2nd birthday for Mason at the Great Wolf Lodge – more on that next week as the Dad or Alive travel section debuts. Our planning couldn’t have been more complicated, as Snowmageddon was gripping our...

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

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Head Lice: Jump in, the Nightmare is Scalding.

Head lice has been around forever. In fact, analysis of Peruvian mummies suggests that it was passed from the New World to the Old World, instead of the other way around. For those non-history majors, that’s a long frickin’ time ago. Head lice are wingless insects that spend their entire life on the human scalp,...
DOA family at Manna Food Pantry

Getting Food and Milk to Families in your Neighborhood this Holiday.

As part of my ongoing commitment through the month of December to help raise money on behalf of The Great American Milk Drive, I’ve been hosting my own Milk Drive through Crowdrise. It’s a safe, secure and easy-to-use portal that enables you to donate as much or little to the cause as you want, with...
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5 Necessary Steps to Prepare for Holiday Company.

My wife and I hosted family at our house over Halloween AND the Thanksgiving holiday but luckily we’re traveling for Christmas, because it’s not easy to prepare your house for a full-on family invasion and we need a break. It’s tough enough to manage a household of five, including three kids under six and a...
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MILK: Please Help Me Give Back to Your Community.

We just pulled into the driveway after having an early Christmas with my Pennsylvania family and it has me thinking about this post. Honestly, it’s pure coincidence that it plays into my partnership with The Great American Milk Drive. While we were visiting my childhood home over this past weekend, my mom was brave enough...

Dad's In Deep Sh!t

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

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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...
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DAD’S IN DEEP SH!T #28 – TEENY HOUDINI.

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...
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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.

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AVA FULL OF GRACE #8: A HAIRY SITUATION.

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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...

An Interview With...

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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A collection of recent branded campaign work.

Ava lice closeup

Head Lice: Jump in, the Nightmare is Scalding.

Head lice has been around forever. In fact, analysis of Peruvian mummies suggests that it was passed from the New World to the Old World, instead of the other way around. For those non-history majors, that’s a long frickin’ time ago. Head lice are wingless insects that spend their entire life on the human scalp,...
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My First Car was a Truck.

As a teenager, I spent my summers (most notably ’89, ’90, ’91) working my tail off, baling hay, fixing tractors, unloading feed trucks and using a pitchfork to empty cow stalls into an awaiting manure spreader. My best friend was Dave, and his grandparents were farmers… I was a farmhand, and I loved it. I...
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What’s in Your Kid’s Water?

When I was like four or five years old, I vaguely remember the massive drilling truck driving up the double-tracked dirt pathway that, at the time, was our driveway. My parents hadn’t broken ground to build yet, as it was somewhat contingent upon the location of our well. My dad anticipated a water table somewhere...
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Northern Heart on a Southern Stomach.

It may come as no surprise to those who have followed my personal circus over the past few years, that every mid-December we gear up to embark on an almost 700-mile journey to visit my in-laws just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Our family in the southern states continues to grow and even though I’m in...

What's Cookin'

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

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Bangin’ Banana Nut Bread.

Last week we took the kids down to Williamsburg, Virginia to explore some historical landmarks and also celebrate a belated 2nd birthday for Mason at the Great Wolf Lodge – more on that next week as the Dad or Alive travel section debuts. Our planning couldn’t have been more complicated, as Snowmageddon was gripping our...
Mallow Doh

Edible Marshmallow Playdough.

With winter in full swing in ‘most’ parts of the country, with it comes days on end in which it’s too cold for the littles to go outside and play – it’s just too frickin’ cold. We’ve watched every movie, played every game, alphabetized our entire collection of Shopkins and are beginning to run out...
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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...

Do-It-Yourself

Dad or Alive gets crafty around the house.

Mallow Doh

Edible Marshmallow Playdough.

With winter in full swing in ‘most’ parts of the country, with it comes days on end in which it’s too cold for the littles to go outside and play – it’s just too frickin’ cold. We’ve watched every movie, played every game, alphabetized our entire collection of Shopkins and are beginning to run out...
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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...
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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...
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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...