The Mans Diaper Bag

The Mans Diaper Bag

  Alright dads, new dads, soon to be dads, and new again dads this ones for you. A few months after Nikki and I found out we were going to have our first little one, Nikki started window shopping for diaper bags. We just happened to be visiting family, and I needed a new pair of jeans. My sister tagged along choosing to spend a little more time with us, when the girls started talking about diaper bags. Now, I…

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Apple Jack Pumpkin Patch

Apple Jack Pumpkin Patch

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year! How can you resist, the cooler weather, the leaves changing to brilliant orange and red colors, and the wonderful smell of harvest in the air. While working in childcare a few years ago, we would go on family fieldtrips with my classroom full of two year olds. Let me tell you, how much of a handful that was! Every year our class would go to Apple Jack Pumpkin Patch and I always…

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Readiness for Storm Season

Readiness for Storm Season

There is always something to be prepared for. Whether you live along the east coast and the gulf where hurricanes thrive, the heart of tornado alley in the Midwest, or along the west coast where drought, mudslides, and wildfires seem to all happen in conjunction with each other or anywhere in between. The thought of ice storms and blizzards to someone from the south is rather intimidating. Hurricanes and earthquakes the same for someone from the central states. The more…

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Beautiful Moab, UT

Beautiful Moab, UT

Being an outdoor enthusiast and being in Moab, UT is like a kid being in a candy shop. This small tourist town certainly packs a punch and can keep you entertained for days. I couldn’t tell you how excited I was to be able to put this place on the “to do” list with our recent move.  Being an owner of a Jeep Wrangler, I was itching to get out on the red dirt and get the Jeep dirty. I couldn’t…

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Naps in the Driveway

Naps in the Driveway

I know I can’t be the only mom who does this! It never fails, no matter what time of the day either. If I’m running errands, H always manages to fall asleep. 90% of the time it’s within minutes of pulling into the drive way. You bet your ass I let her sleep too! There is nothing more vengeful than dealing with a toddler who just got woken up from a much needed nap. Of course, we can’t do this…

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Get the Campfire Rollin’

Get the Campfire Rollin’

Written by Tim Gottschalk The worst possible scenario, you get out to the campsite everyone is excited to get the marsh mellows roasting and hot dogs cooking, and you forgot your gas grille. Oops…or was it an oops. Personally, I love the smell of a campfire and the flavor you get from smoke of the wood. Now I know a lot of folks out there prefer the propane gas approach because its quick and easy and there is hardly any…

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Jay the Jamaican Turtle

Jay the Jamaican Turtle

Recently, my father in law went to Jamaica and brought back H this adorable little stuffed turtle. She has been obsessed with it ever since. Unfortunately, our golden retriever Tucker, has also become infatuated with Jay. Tucker has been house broken for a very long time. Typically we can leave anything out and he won’t touch them. In the past, we have left many of H’s stuffed toys out and not once has he even gone near them. Well, something…

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Blackberry Picking at Solo Point

Blackberry Picking at Solo Point

  On a Sunday afternoon, we decided to go scope out the blackberries at Solo Point on The South Pudget Sound near JBLM. We had gone last year while H was only a few months old. It was a hot and dry summer but we ended up getting a good collection of blackberries. This year was even more hot and a very dry summer so I didn’t have my hopes up for getting a lot of blackberries. Well to my…

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The Green Smoothie Experiment

The Green Smoothie Experiment

So I needed some fresh spinach for for a recipe the other night. Of course, I only needed a handful out of the container so we were left with an abundance of spinach that I wasn’t sure what to do with. One thing that drives me crazy is wasting food! It breaks my heart sometimes to throw something out once it’s gone bad. So, I made a few random dishes like omelettes and mixed some spinach into some pasta sauces…

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To Unplug or Not to Unplug

To Unplug or Not to Unplug

Personally, I know where I stand on this and there isn’t any hesitation on my stance. When it’s time for a weekend on the trail, at the campground or heck even in the back yard firing up the grill I would love to just ditch the screen and take in the scenery, sounds, and smells. I get it though, mobile phones have made a huge difference in responding to accidents and help in saving lives in emergency situations. I’m all…

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