Back from Vacation and Ready to Kick Some Ass

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Ahhh, vacation. I’m currently sitting in my kitchen drinking a glass of wine while I write this, but I spent the last week enjoying the sun and shore of Corolla Beach in the Outer Banks. Actually, we got back Saturday evening (we drove the 400+ miles each way), went to a friend’s BBQ/pool party on […]

Backyard Projects and Wish List

My daughter Gabriella is turning ten later this month and we’re planning a small backyard party for her.  it’s nothing out of control, just the family and a couple of close friends over for an afternoon of socializing over some expertly grilled burgers and dogs. The other night my wife and I sat outside going […]

Teaching Your Kids to Appreciate What They Have

Do your kids think the whole world revolves around them? Have they become spoiled and ungrateful? Are they never satisfied with what they have and always want more toys, more games, more money, more everything? It is easy for us parents to say “They’re just spoiled and don’t appreciate everything I do for them!” But […]

Goodbye Mom

I’ve been a bit less active in the blogosphere than usual lately but I had a very good reason…my Mom was dying. My mother has been battling several serious health issues over the last few years and she had deteriorated significantly in recent months.  She was no longer able to live on her own (even […]

My SitterCity Review – How to Find a Babysitter

My review of SitterCity and how we used it to find a reliable babysitter quickly and easily. A few months ago my wife and I decided we needed to find a reliable babysitter.  In the past we’ve always relied on my sister watch our kids, or we traded babysitting services with friends who also had […]

Develop an Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Child This Summer

If you have a child between the ages of 7 and 12, chances are that they enjoy earning money, but there aren’t many opportunities for them to earn as much money as they would like.  This summer, help them utilize their time off to develop an entrepreneurial spirit. Of course, we have all heard of […]

Getting Dinner on the Table on Busy Week Nights

There is an image of the 1950s housewife, complete with her red and white ruffle apron, presenting her husband a nice roast fresh from the oven after he has returned from work and had time to read the paper. Obviously, we are now far from those days; in many families both parents work and the […]

Setting Mom Up in Long Term Care

The last few months have been very difficult for my family.  My mom’s health is in serious decline and we’ve had to deal with a whole slew of unpleasant situations.  We’re going through the Medicaid approval process, we pre-paid funeral expenses for when the inevitable occurs, and we’re working on getting her house up for […]

How to Have an Organic Garden Even If You Rent

If you are a renter, you may think gardening is not possible for you.  After all, if you do have a yard, it is not yours to dig up and create a garden.  Often, you may not even have room to garden.  However, there are other ways you can garden even if you are a […]

7 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Guarantee You’ll Spend the Night on the Couch


Give your wife any of these crappy Mother’s Day gifts and you’ll be looking for a new place to sleep. Guys are not exactly known for their ability to pick out the perfect gift.  And with Mother’s Day just a few days away there is bound to be a lot of last minute scrambling to […]

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