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Starting a New Life.


There’s nothing harder than picking up the life you’ve grown accustomed to and moving on. There’s also nothing more exciting. I was forced to do this almost twenty years ago as a college student after losing everything I owned in an apartment fire. And I’ve done it again as a husband and father with three


Getting Old: Sexy AND Comfortable.


On the heels of turning 40 this past Friday, I got all the classic ‘old dude’ gifts, complete with an ‘Over the Hill’ coffee mug and a 6-pack of handkerchiefs (for me to cry into) from wife’s grandparents. But then I also had a few people tell me that ’40 is the new 30′ and


Don’t Be Lazy, Make Your Own Pickles.

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It’s February 29th, which only happens every four years and I’m still rollin’ deep in pickles that I made (myself) back in late August. Maybe it’s not the height of summer pickling, but you might wanna tuck this away – bookmark it – for the coming weeks, because there’s nothing sweeter, crispier and snappier than


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


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,


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


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


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


Thanks for Everything + A Ristorante Holiday Giveaway!


It’s nice to finally have the last few weeks behind me, the sliced and bleeding, spray-paint tipped fingers from box-cutting and taping together our family Lego Halloween costumes, has me in stitches. Well, not really, just band-aids. I finally got the pumpkin gloop out from underneath my fingernails and several showers got the colored hairspray


So You’re Gonna Be a Dad?


Last month I celebrated five years since first becoming a dad. Wow, time flies when you’re in the trenches clawing at the dirt struggling for air, eh? It feels like just yesterday, I was one of the first of my friends to become a dad. I was scrambling around, trying to install car seats and pack