Of Bathroom Vanities and Eyeballs

Bathroom vanity

Unless you’re doing some renovating in your home, you probably never really think about bathroom vanities. I, on the other hand always think about them. And it’s solely because of my eyes. Since I wear contact lenses, I always put them on first thing after I shower each day. Which means I need a bit […]

The Best Treat on Halloween – Browns Fan Dresses Up As Troy Polamalu

Is this the real Troy?

This past weekend before Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, we attended a Halloween Party at one of our friends’ house. (Thanks for an awesome time, Tracy and Doug!) Most people were in costumes and while the kids entertained themselves with Halloween Twister, us adults hung out stuffing our faces with amazing food (Tracy makes […]

Happy Halloween from Minecraft’s Creeper

Minecraft Creeper Costume

My son Jason is truly an expert at picking the most obscure characters around for Halloween. Sure, he’s had his fair share of  Thomas the Tank Engine type costumes but the last few years, my wife’s made his costumes. And that’s only because the characters he picks aren’t available to purchase. Case in point: He […]

The Fallout From Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane A-Rod

Well, we survived another hurricane over here in New York. Thankfully we got away pretty lucky this time. We never lost power and the only real damage is a handful of shingles ripped off the roof and one of the huge trees in our backyard was downed. But let me tell you, those winds are […]

Emergency Fire Starter Kit #Giveaway from Zippo (Ends 11/13)

Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit

I’m writing this as Hurricane Sandy is currently clobbering the East Coast. Here in NY it’s just getting pretty windy out and the rain just started coming down. The brunt of Frankenstorm should be hitting us later tonight. Apparently this storm is unprecedented for our area. All the schools in our area were closed today […]

There are Giant Honkin’ Spiders in our Tree

Garbage Bag Spider

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Not just because its a day where you’re encouraged to stuff your mouth with 400 pounds of Kit-Kats. But because you can go crazy with the decorations. My kids are still pretty young and neither of them are really into scary stuff at all. But that’s the fun […]

Lil’ Teammates NFL Collectible Team Set #Giveaway (Ends 11/7)

Cleveland Browns

We’re almost halfway through another crazy NFL season and seriously, this year is nuttier than ever. There are so many teams that are just playing pretty poorly that at this stage of the game, it’s anybody’s guess who’s going to the Super Bowl! (Except for the Jets, of course. Haw haw!) Back in August, I […]

Happy Birthday, Iron Man

Iron Man 3

May 10, 2013 is a pretty special day. My little guy turns 10. That’s double digits. We’re talking heavy stuff here for parents! Besides being Jason’s birthday, it’s also the day Marvel’s Iron Man 3 comes out! And if you haven’t heard anything about it yet, cast your peepers on this just-released trailer. That’s the […]

Desserts with Dad – Where Sugar and Reading are Highly Encouraged

Three kinds of cookies, three kinds of donuts, cupcakes, and so much more. And yes, note the pink tablecloths. That's just how us desserting dads roll.

One of my favorite school events is the annual Desserts with Dad. It’s a chance for dads (and anyone else special in your kids’ family) to go to school with their kids at night, buy them some books, and eat some cupcakes and cookies with them. Allie’s been volunteering for it the past few years, […]

Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese Microwaveable Bowls #Giveaway (Ends 11/4)

Andrew Loves Cheese

Is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t like mac and cheese? (Apologies to all you lactose-intolerant folks out there.) Next to chicken nuggets, mac & cheese is one of my kids’ favorite meals. I think Ryan’s blood must be fluorescent orange by now from all that cheesy powder he’s ingested the past few years. […]

Ryan in a Box – A One-Man Play in One Minute

Ryan in a box

So Allie started making Jason’s Halloween costume. (That’s a topic for another blog post…) She needed a large box for his body and bought two different sized ones. While she was working on the more narrow of the boxes, Ryan made a discovery. Like a cat who simply can’t resist an empty bag, Ryan was […]

Legos, Assemble!

Lego Avengers Quinjet

Back in June, I celebrated my 40th birthday and got one of the coolest gifts ever: a Lego Avengers Quinjet. I started putting it together with my boys but various parties and events kept distracting us from finishing it. Until this weekend! Ryan really wanted to finish it, so we dove in on Saturday and started. […]

Transformers Fall of Cybertron Xbox 360 #Giveaway (Ends 10/30)


I have a confession to make. Please don’t judge me but… Well… I just never got into the Transformers as a kid. I knew who they were, read a few of their comic books (GI Joe vs Transformers!), but never really watched the cartoon or had any of the toys. Heck, I actually owned a […]

Ain’t No Party Like a NYCC Hasbro Party

Star Wars Angry Birds

This weekend was New York Comic Con. I’ve gone the last few years but just didn’t bother getting tickets this year. It’s a fun show but insanely packed and my kids end up just playing video games at the Nintendo booth for most of the time. It’s been a crazy few months too so the […]