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My Wife’s $400 Hair Dryer was Totally Worth It

$400 hairdryer | dyson | beauty | hair styling | beauty tips
I should probably preface this post by saying that I am, in fact, a bald man with no use for a hairdryer.And when my wife told me she wanted to spend $400 on one, I insisted that she was on crack.But then, our sponsor Best Buy offered to send us the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer to review. The very one my...

A Purple Peacock Wedding at Leo Carrillo

Casual mason jar flowers at an outdoor wedding
I was at the most awesome wedding recently. The colors were purple and cream and there were peacocks everywhere.It was held at Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad, a park that serves as a historic preservation center, lush public garden with walking trails and - yes - home to dozens of peacocks.When I say this was "recent," I should probably clarify that...

Bonaparte’s Wi-Fi Solution

A Wi-Fi solution for when the whole family's streaming at once.
The holidays are upon us and that means relatives. It means movies cuddled up by the fire. Unfortunately, it also still means work. The world has changed in so many ways since I was kid, yet it’s still the same old game. We strive to be welcoming hosts who put our guests at ease but it seems no matter how much...

Feeling Beautiful in the Third Trimester

Comfy clothes and a few purse essentials keep me feeling comfy and beautiful in the third trimester!
We are well into the third trimester with baby number four (due in just five or six weeks) and this time around I've been working extremely hard on self-care and self-respect. None of my pregnancies are what you'd describe as "easy," but this one's definitely done a number on my body and I've noticed myself slipping into habits of nitpicking everything...

What it looks like to Work from Home on your Dream Gig

What it looks like to work from home on your dream gig.
When people find out I work from home, they frequently ask how I manage it all. Incredulous responses vary from "I'd never want to be isolated, I need the office interaction!" to "How on earth do you keep the kids from interrupting?"The truth is that at-home work can look like so many things. It's totally different for every influencer...

Back to School Dad

While we were stocking up for "back to school" for the kids, we took the opportunity to upgrade dad's closet as well! This line of clothes goes from school drop-off to afternoon meetings to a night out without skipping a beat.
It’s that time of year again. Time to wake up at the crack of dawn and prepare school lunches. Time to become the drill instructor of brain soldiers. Time to become the tank commander of school drop-off lines.This is the first year Some Boy is going to “big boy” school. I was worried even putting him in daycare/preschool when...

Cutting the Cord? There IS a Middle Ground

Cutting the cord? Here are your options to ease away from cable while keeping some network programming.
When we bought our home in the boondocks, we knew that certain services would be limited. The nearest grocery store's about half an hour away and cable channels are a no-go unless we want to shell out an absurd amount of money to the monopoly provider in our neighborhood.We eventually obtained internet access through a complicated mash-up of high-priced local services, add-on Wi-Fi,...

Making Hand-Me-Downs Last

Before and after - removing stains from kids' clothing.
I'm not sentimental about much, but hand-me-downs have a weird way of tugging at my heartstrings. We invest in well-made clothing for the boys because it's fun to see them transition through the same outfits. It's also nice to not have to go shopping every five minutes. I get weepy, though, when it's actually time to pass something on from one kid to the next.Time...

8 Ways Cable’s Come a Long Way

8 way's cable has come a LONG way over the last couple years (including voice search, filtering and auto-recording without setting a DVR)
As we've embarked recently on a mission to get our home updated with all sorts of cool high-tech features to make our lives easier, a ton of people have been asking about cable and television services.We honestly didn't watch a whole lot of TV until the last year or so, when we found ourselves a little more couch-bound than usual...

7 Motivational Audiobooks for Moms

7 best motivational audiobooks for moms (get organized and find inspiration when you feel totally overwhelmed by the mundane)
So many of my friends are becoming parents right now, and I'm thrilled that I can share a little bit of knowledge with them - including my favorite motivational audiobooks!I always offer new moms and dads some essential baby tips and bedtime tricks, of course, but the most important message for parents is that they shouldn't forget about themselves. Every new mom slips into a bit of...