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Father’s Day with Lowe’s and Dadand

To our very special wives, and oddly, many others who are looking for the perfect Father’s Day inspiration, we’re here to present you with something we like to call “The Perfect Manly Day Family Day Father’s Day” (wow, that’s a bad name). Cue the music. You ask us a lot what we want for Father’s Day. … Continue Reading

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Pete is Old.

Yup. Pete is old. In fact, today he is another year older. Everyone say Happy Birthday to Pete. I’ve been saying Happy Birthday to Pete for over 3o-something years. We’ve never missed each other’s birthday. Sometimes we’re there in person, others, we’re there in spirit. Two years ago, I came up to see Pete, Emily … Continue Reading

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Building Model Boats

I was fascinated with PT-109. The boat. The stories. Infamously chopped in half by a Japanese destroyer while on patrol in the Solomon Islands—and the crew rescued by John F. Kennedy. But mostly, I was mesmerized by the guns and torpedoes. I was seven or eight, and weirdly into war stuff. Maybe not so weird. … Continue Reading

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Build a DIY Cat Condo, Kitty Tower, Scratching Post, Cat Tree

If you just want some cat tree plans, download them. Otherwise begin to read. You’ll need to read anyway. A few months back, the family was in the pet store and we came upon those things. Things for cats to climb on, sleep, scratch…cough up hairballs. My Daughter: “Dad can we get one of these … Continue Reading

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Fixing a Broken Kid’s Art Table

Something happened to my daughter’s el cheapo, white art table a couple weeks ago. It could have been some serious painting and coloring going on, or it could have been me standing on it to hang some Christmas decorations, but let’s not point fingers. Here’s what happened. I turned it into a tri-pod I mean … Continue Reading

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Do you wrap the gifts from Santa?

Do you wrap the gifts from Santa? Or are they just out there in the morning, like BLAM! SANTA! Much of it is about creating a sense of magic. The way I think my parents did it was you write the letter to santa and ask for ONE THING (not 50 things). And in the … Continue Reading

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Best Gift EVER! The Peg Pérego John Deere Gator HPX Review

I know my Julia. She’s a girly girl but she LOVES helping outside, finding bugs, getting dirty, and driving grandpa’s lawnmower. So when birthday time rolled around what could be better than her own set of wheels for grandma and grandpa’s land? I considered a pink 4-wheeler. I considered a pink Barbie jeep. Knowing how … Continue Reading

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My Little Pony Birthday Cake Fail

I make my daughter’s birthday cakes by hand. They’re not professional level, and neither of us care (at least she doesn’t yet). They’re usually a little crooked, slanted, and never perfect, but nothing this bad… the My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Birthday Cake Fail. OK, so I KNOW I can go to the grocery store … Continue Reading

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Assembling Kid’s Bikes

Assembling the Mongoose Mutant 16″ Boys Freestyle Bike to be exact. The kids went from swaddled little burritos to training wheels…awfully fast. Today my son and daughter, fraternal twins, turned four. I remember on the morning they were born—I was remembering bringing home my first born. Got that? You know, there’s no manual. You don’t … Continue Reading

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Ancient Chinese Secret, Huh? (It’s Free Printable Clothing Drawer Labels)

I’ve got a secret. Well, not really a secret, but more like a discovery.  I found this room in my house. It was kinda like stumbling upon the lost city of Atlantis. A dirty, smelly Atlantis where there is an abundance of lonely unmatched socks. Yes, under piles of clothes, empty detergent jugs, mop buckets … Continue Reading

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