Friday, March 20, 2015

Our Candy-Free Easter

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I think everyone naturally wants their kids to take after them. In looks, personality, kindness to humanity, that funny way you kind of half-snort when you laugh. It’s the narcissist in all of us. But there are those little things that you secretly hope your kids don’t catch on to. For me, it’s sugar.

Admittedly, I’m the sugar fiend of the house. I may or may not have secretly purchased a separate order of Girl Scout cookies that stay hidden at all times. I have a problem. But it’s not one I want my kids to get. It’s a problem and it’s one I try to keep well hidden.

We’ve tried to steer clear of too much sugar for Duchess and Captain. Obviously, that doesn’t work all the time. But we did successfully convince Duchess that Chocolate Milk was only allowed in Grandma’s house (it’s illegal everywhere else). Captain thinks that the serving size of Skittles is a single Skittle. Needless to say, we eventually end up throwing away ¾ of our Halloween candy.

While most of the time it’s easy enough to just not bring sugar into the house, holidays can be hard. They all seem to be so centered on how many different shapes we can form marshmallows and Reese’s into (there’s only one shape for that, btw. And that’s round. Every other shape is wrong. There’s a chocolate to peanut butter ratio issue. But that’s for another day).



With Easter coming up, I ventured to Walmart to see what kinds of non-candy items we could find to fill the kids’ baskets with this year. I skipped past the pre-packed Easter baskets and went straight for the Disney buckets. It wasn’t hard to find plenty of things to fill them up with! We got an assortment of Avengers and Disney Princess toys, along with a few other non-candy goodies like some seeds for the Duchess’s garden and a water color kit for Captain.







So what do you have planned for your Easter basket this year? If you’re also looking to avoid the sugar, here’s a list of 20 non-candy “treats” to help you along. Add more to our list in the comments!

1. Playdough
2. Hot Wheels
3. Bubble Bath
4. Party store grab bag items
5. Chapstick
6. Temporary tattoos
7. Crayons
8. Nail Polish
9. Sidewalk Chalk
10. Stickers
11. Watercolor Set
12. Kite
13. Seeds (to plant a garden)
14. Finger Puppets
15. Card games
16. Bubbles
17. Frisbee
18. Sunglasses
19. Books
20. Movie Tickets
21.   Water bottles
22.   Flash Cards

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dude, Where’s My Changing Station? I Feel Your Pain, Ashton Kutcher.




According to his Facebook Page, ‘That 70’s Show’ star Ashton Kutcher recently experienced one of the more unfortunate rites of passage into fatherhood: frantically looking for a place to lay your kid down and wipe their ass.

Any time your kid needs a diaper changed, it can be an intense situation. On rare, explosive occasions it is an emergency. In these more urgent moments, it is not uncommon to see a parent holding their kid out in front of them at arms-length, as if they are radioactive, or as if shit has breached the protective barriers of the diapers and is invading the multitude of spaces that shit should not invade.

It is this scenario that I choose to picture Kelso in as he runs into the bathroom of some unnamed LA restaurant only to find a cold marble countertop, soap dispensers, and a couple lonely urinals. I know how you feel, Ashton. I have been there too. It is infuriating.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Why Amazon Should Change “Amazon Mom” to “Amazon Family”

When I told my wife that me and a few of my buddies were going to try to get Amazon Mom, the division of Amazon that markets to parents, to change their name to Amazon Family, she rolled her eyes. I understand why. It seems a bit nit-picky, and there are definitely many other issues out there we could pick from. But she could see from the look on my face that it meant a lot to me, apologized for rolling her eyes, and said “Why?”
It’s a really good question. Why throw our weight behind trying to change how a company spends their marketing dollars? Who cares? Are they hurting anyone? What’s wrong with moms?

Monday, March 2, 2015

How to Make Big Hero 6 T-Shirts

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Mom here. Guess what we got? 


You all know we don't hesitate to throw a party for Duchess and Captain, so when we were given the opportunity to pick up the Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray combo pack, we jumped on it. When it was in theaters, John took Duchess to see this one without me and I have been dying to see it ever since. So I headed down to Walmart and picked up the Blu-Ray, along with a Baymax figurine for our Disney Infinity.