The Speech I Would Have Given at Mom 2.0…Had I Won

As many of you already know by now, I recently went on a bit of an extended trip; hoping to the West coast, and even leaving the country for a bit. The first 3 days of that trip, I hung out in beautiful, Pasadena, CA, where I attended the 2018 Mom 2.0 conference. Why would a dad be hanging out at a mom conference? First off, stop being so judgmental. Second, I was honored to be nominated for a 2018 Iris Award, for Best Dad Blogger of the Year (about damn time, lol)
The Iris Award is like the parent-blogging version of the Oscars. Ever since I started this blogging journey, I’ve wanted to win one. But, alas, the beautiful statue remains beyond my grasp…I did not win. As cliché as it sounds though, it *really* was an honor to be nominated.
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Lost in Familiarity with #TheNewKia

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves” ~ Henry David Thoreau
A friend once told me, “The problem with self discovery, is all the self you discover.” At the time, I can remember internally scoffing at, what I perceived as a lame attempt to sound deep; sort of chuckling a little and answering with my go-to “throw away comment” of, “Yeah, I hear ya.”
I turns out, I did not hear her at all, because I’m literally living that saying, right now. Or, maybe it’s the complete opposite. Maybe I’m not discovering much self at all, because I feel lost.
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Cleaning the House Just Became Mission Dadpossible With #AquavertClean

Look, I understand that we all love our kids. But let’s get real for a second here…can we?
Kids ruin everything!

From the moment the arrive, it’s like they’re on a mission to destroy. First, they destroy your sleep patterns, with all the crying and whining, and wanting to eat and stuff…ugh!! Then, they become mobile and ruin any sense of relaxation you may think you still had, because NOW you have to *literally* watch them every second of the day, or they just might crawl off and put something in their mouth, that they shouldn’t, sending you into a full-blown panic, causing you to shove their head under a sink, essentially waterboarding your child…or so I’ve heard.

But it’s when they get past that stage, and reach the next one, that they really become the destructive beasts we all know them to be. That’s right, toddlerhood to pre-teen is when kids are at their worst. Why, you might be wondering? Because kids are dirty, germ-carrying, factories of yuck, and they walk around your house touching everything, and rubbing their nose all over stuff, completely missing the toilet , even while sitting on it (how is that even possible?!?). It’s enough to make any parent throw their hands up in their air, and just give up. Read more

Women I Admire Day 23: Brooke Takhar, Conquering Fear With Laughter #WomensHistoryMonth

Fear is a natural part of life for most people. Sure, some people have more fears than others; fear of heights, fear of dogs, fear of clowns…because FUCK CLOWNS!! Hell, when you become a parent your fears grow 3 sizes, like they’re the Grinch’s heart or something. But while most of the these fears can be fixed or subsided by realizing that everything is going to be okay, there’s one kind of fear that can literally stop you in your tracks; stunt your growth in a number of areas (personally, professionally, emotionally) – the fear of failure.
As a creative person, I know this fear well; most, if not all creative people do. Being creative is mix wanting to be seen, but afraid of not being good enough. But, what if we didn’t do that? What if we weren’t afraid to put ourselves out there, or be afraid of being judged? What if we just took a leap, and trusted in ourselves?
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Women I Admire Day 12: Tara Wood, Writer #WomensHistoryMonth

It’s said that people come into your life fitting into 3 different categories; reason, season or forever. No matter where my friend Tara ends up falling, I’m already super thankful she’s there.
Like many of my online friends, Tara and I have never met. And, much like many of my online friends, Tara is downright hilarious. Tara is the writer and creator of the awesome blog Love Morning Wood. See, how can you not love someone who makes an in-your-face erection pun as her blog name.
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Women I Admire Day 10: The Ladies of Totally Profesh #WomensHistoryMonth

I’ve been in the social media/blog game for a hot minute. And no matter how many times we say it, or how many other creators you meet and even become friends with, we still see each other as competition.
Even as you grow in audience size or become for recognizable to brands, that doesn’t always take that feeling away either…not completely that is. Content creators haven’t have an example to follow, or someone to show us really how to not compare ourselves. That is until now.
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Women I Admire Day 9: Beth The Bourgeois Alien #WomensHistoryMonth

Melanie Trotsky from Beaverton, Oregon raised her son with wooden toys, no TV or video games, a vegan diet, and yet somehow her oldest son, Cole, still managed to become an enormous douche bag.
These were the first words I ever read from my friend Beth, and to say I was intrigued would be an understatement. I read on as she weaved this story of a douche bag hippie women, who raised her son in a douche bag elitist environment, only to be surprised he’s become a judgmental douche himself. Oh well, at least she has her Turkish worry beads to comfort her.
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A Very Berry Bonding Experience

It’s famously said in my all-time favorite movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, that “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” I’ve come to learn the same can be said for parenting.
If you’ve been around here a while, you’ve clearly picked up that I (nick)named my kid after the main character from said movie. Growing up, I always wanted to be Ferris Bueller. I loved everything about the character; his wit, his style, his comedic timing, and everything just worked in his favor. I did everything I could to emulate that character, and swore that if I ever had kids one day, I would raise them to the same way.
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I Have Been Crowned The King of Soup…By My Wife

My wife loves all things potato. And when I say she loves potatoes, I mean she “LOVES” potatoes. I’m pretty if someone told her she could only eat french fries the rest of her life, she’d be delighted.
That’s why she was over the moon excited when I told her I was doing a new campaign with Idahoan® Premium Steakhouse® Potato Soups. I’m pretty sure all she heard was “potato soup”.
When I saw excited my wife got about the soup, I had an awesome idea – why not treat the wife to an old fashion steakhouse dinner. You know, like the kind we use to be able to enjoy before to kids came in our lives and made everything so darn difficult.
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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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