How to Throw the Most Bodacious ’80s Pizza Party

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“I gave her my heart. She gave me a pen.” Wiser words have never been spoken on the Big Screen, and if you’re a fan of John Cusack or the ’80s, those two short sentences speak volumes. They come from 1989’s Say Anything, which cued a perfect ending to the perfect Bubble Gum Decade. Yes, the […]

To Counter All the Hate, Here’s 101 Things I Truly Love

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There’s a lot of hate going on in the world these days. I’m not going to start talking politics here at all, nor am I blindly ignoring the reasons behind all this hate. Instead, however, I’m preaching love. Love. Compassion. Caring. You can do all of that while still disagreeing with one another on things. […]

You’ll Be Surprised How I Bond with My Kids These Days

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I want to talk about bonds. No not James, not Barry and not savings. I’m talking about the bond I have with my two boys. It’s a crazy cliche but it’s so insanely true. Time flies when you’re having fun. And while there’ve been plenty of ups, downs and scares, having kids is easily the most rewarding […]

Building Fabulous Memories with Photo Books

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Know what I miss? Sitting around with friends and family on the couch, flipping through a photo album. Y’know, the kind where you carefully place two or three photos on a page and then slide the plastic covering over it to keep them all in place. Except, over time, the pages yellow. The photos slide […]

Getting Emotional With My Kids Inside and Out

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlayNGrow #CollectiveBias Despite the numerous pitches from PR folks for crazy things such as maternity bras, I am in fact a guy. And as a guy, I’m not too big on sharing my emotions. Guys in general are […]

Bye, Bye Training Wheels

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For over a year, we’ve been trying to get Ryan to ride his bike. Sure, when he had training wheels it was easy and he rode it as much as any other kid. But last summer, we popped them off and… got nowhere. Jason learned when he was 9, and Ryan turns 9 this summer. […]

Happy Mother’s Day 2014

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Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms out there! You’ve got the toughest job in the world out there but also the most rewarding one. Hope your day is filled with loads of love, family, fun and appreciation! Though, really, shouldn’t every day be filled with that? Celebrating Mothers Anywhere – Happy Mother’s Day […]

Wookiees, Robots and Math at the Intrepid #Kidsweek2014

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If you live in the NYC area and you’re already pulling your hair out from your kids being on vacation this week, don’t despair. Put the wine down, it’s going to be all right. I highly encourage you to pack up the kids and head over to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and take […]

Puzzles, Legos and Puke, Oh My!

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When you’re a parent, you soon realize that “planning is for the childless.” Sure you can try your best to be somewhere on time but chances are that someone’s sick, can’t find their shoes or really needs to go to the bathroom. It just comes with the territory. Let’s take my Saturday for example. I […]

Blog Spotlight: Audrey from Barking Mad

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Meet Audrey from Barking Mad Blogger: Audrey Blog Name: Barking Mad, Magnificently Flawed What are you barking mad about? “Barking Mad” is a British euphemism for insanity or craziness. My husband is British and I had lived over in the UK before and after we were married. I’d hear the phrase during the course of […]

A Night of Ice Skating Leads to a Sushi Feast

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Last week when it was, what, like 40 degrees out, Ryan picked tennis as our family activity.  It’s tough to say no (even when it’s freezing out) if your kid asks you to do something that’s physically active. So this week, it’s even colder. Closer to 30 degrees or so. And thankfully for this weekend’s […]

Ugh. Moving. AmIRight?

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This featured post was brought to you by Sam Peters Nobody but nobody thinks that moving is fun. In fact, it’s probably a safe bet to say that most of us avoid moving like the plague it is. Still, sometimes you have to move. Maybe you’re moving for work. Maybe you’re moving for family reasons. […]

7 Ways I Keep My Kids Healthy in the Summer

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Summer’s nearing an end. I know lots of people around the country are already sending their kids back to school for a new year. That just blows my mind. Where we live in New York, school doesn’t start up again until after Labor Day. It was like that for me when I was a kid […]