Buying Your Kid’s First Car

I always love getting into those “first car” conversations with people. “I had a 67 blah-blah-blah with a 289 and three-on-the-tree…” or “It was a little red convertible with daisy floor mats and a Roxy sticker on the window…” And then they usually follow that with: the year they got it how much they paid … Continue Reading


Back-to-School Tool Guide

Here at dadand HQ the school supply lists are starting to trickle in. That got us thinking that we should make some kind of list of cool non-essential-but-cool-to-have school tools. Now you might be saying to yourself, “But you’re tool guys, why are you doing back to school stuff?” Well, for one, tools are tools. Tools … Continue Reading


3 cool products for new parents

I’m about to become a new dad. I guess I should say a “fresh” dad, because I’m already a dad, but I’m becoming a new dad, for the third time. And man has technology changed. In my searches over the past few months I’ve found 3 things that I’ve fallen in love with, so I … Continue Reading


Strollin’ with Target

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Target. It’s not a typical post because we’re not talking about tools or DIY, but we do have “dad” in our title and we do actually talk about fatherhood from time-to-time, so they asked me to discuss my take on fatherhood and style. Little did they know I only … Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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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