Finding Peace Through Decluttering

Finding Peace Through Decluttering

Disclosure: I was provided product to review from SONGMICS, but all opinions are my own.

I truly hate cleaning. I absolutely detest having to pick up and put things away. And anyone out there who has kids will tell you; that’s about 70% of parenting. The other 30% is split between yelling at those same kids for the mess they made, and you’re about to pick up; yelling for them to stop fighting; yelling at them to quiet down; yelling….well….just more yelling.

But, the thing I hate more than having to pick up after others is…a mess. I can’t stand mess!!

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5 Awesome #CampingHacks from a Dad


Disclosure:  This post is in collaboration with Jellystone Park Camps and Resorts, yet all opinions and hack concepts are mine.
I love to go camping! I know, you’re probably finding that hard to believe, considering how much of an introvert and lover of laying on my couch, that I am. But it’s true! It’s one of the only things I miss about being in the military.
I didn’t appreciate it at the time, because like most things, youth is wasted on the young. But looking back now, going to the field or going camping (as everyone back home thought that’s all we did in the Army) were some of my best memories. You wouldn’t know it then, because we mostly complained about having to go out for drills and do exercises (I’m not talking about jumping jacks and sit-ups here, people).
Some of my fondest memories are of the (borderline genius) hacks that we soldiers would come up with to make life out there easier. Like the time we made a homemade portable shower. Read more

I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night, and Eat Pizza Everyday – #80sPizzaParty

Lately I’ve been trying to share some of my favorite musical influences with my son. I mean, there’s only so much of the annoying cartoon theme songs I can listen to. Cartoons these days are garbage.
The other day I picked up my son from pre-school. As we buckled up in the car and headed home, I popped on some music from the greatest decade of all – the 1980s. So you know what that means; power ballads, big voices, and most of all big hair!!
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Creating a Safe HAVEN For Your Family

I don’t know if it’s because 40 is rapidly approaching, or if it’s because I’m watching my children grow up, but I have been thinking about the future lately. Specifically, I’ve been thinking a lot about how my family will fare if/when I’m not here someday.
It’s funny, but life insurance never seems to come up when you’re “planning for the future.” When you’re in college, planning for the future means finding a job; maybe buying a home and starting a family. When you have that family and home, planning for the future means college for your kids, and retirement down the road. Life insurance never seems to come up in the conversation. Why?
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Protect Yourself From The Snack Attack And #FuelYourAwesome

Oddly enough, the key to losing weight isn’t about eating less, but eating more. I know, crazy, right?!? If you took one quick look at my waistline, you’d see I got that whole “eating more” thing down to a science. But wait, that doesn’t make sense. If I’m eating more, why am I not weighing less?
I know increased activity is one of the main factors in weight loss, and my activity level isn’t even close to where it needs to be for me to have sustainable weight loss, or even no weight gain. Maybe my diet has something to do with it.
I don’t eat that bad anymore though. Sure, I have the occasional sandwich from a sandwich shop, and yes, those are high in carbs, but I’ve severely decreased coffee intake thanks to Bulletproof, which has helped decrease my sugar intake, and rarely will you find me eating fast food anymore. So, even with my decreased activity, I should be loosing some weight; I’m still doing pretty good, right? WRONG!!
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Fixing Bad Habits and Finding Structure: A Journey to Better Health

It’s said that every journey starts with a single step…or something like that. Well, it feels like I’ve been on this journey of trying to lose weight forever, and that I’ve taken that first step hundreds of times. Needless to say, it’s frustrating.
When last we spoke about my weight loss goals, I told you I had this grand idea that I wanted to get into better shape before I turned 40 (just 13 short months away). Unlike other times I have started this journey, this time I’m really committed to making this happened; I even made a video about it, calling it Operation Fit By 40.
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Butter Coffee and Being Almost 40 (Kind Of)

It’s hard to believe that I’m almost 40. When I was a kid, 40 seemed ancient, and now, it’s right around the corner for me. In fact, you can find me most days obsessing about that fact, much to the annoyance of my wife.

She tells me to stop stressing over such trivial things; even going as far as saying crazy stuff like, “Stop worrying so much. 40 is not right around the corner. You have 15 months before you’re 40. Hell, you’re not even 39 yet!”

See what I mean? She clearly doesn’t get it.

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

How many times have you found yourself thinking, “Man, if I could only go back and talk to my younger self.” If only I could tell them to make better choices.” We’ve all thought that. It comes with getting older.
Sure, if we could go back we’d warn our younger selves about the downfalls of not doing better in school, choosing different career paths, picking who we spend our time with better, and most certainly, taking better care of our bodies. I know I would. But what do you think your future self would say to you right now? What if the *right now* you needed the talking to? What would it sound like?
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#GuardYourYard From the Invading Forces of Summer – DynaTrap Sponsored Post

No matter where you live in the U.S., certain things are just synonymous with summer – hot days, swimming pools, and grilling every chance you get.
When my wife and I purchased our home 3 years ago, the backyard was less than appealing:
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To Be a Dad is to Be Flawed, and Loved

I’ve talked before how I wasn’t ever sure I wanted to have kids of my own. I was content in being selfish. I enjoyed not having any major responsibilities, outside of paying my rent, and having enough money to go hang out with my friends after the bills were paid.
Even after I started dating my wife; we would go on winery tours or weekend-long trips to Vegas at a moment’s notice like we didn’t have a care in the world. Because we didn’t. Then this funny thing happens. You get married, you start taking life a little more seriously; you start settling down, and naturally the conversation of having kids comes up. Even then, I wasn’t sure I wanted kids.
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