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Sharing Family Photos with My Parents Just Got Simple Thanks to ibi

This post is sponsored by the makers of ibi. I still remember fondly sitting in the living room with my family as my dad pulled out the slide projector and adjusted the screen. Then he'd go through the latest reel of slides from our summer vacation out in Cape Cod. Usually this'd happen when either my cousins were over or family friends were visiting. I guess you could say that was the precursor to someone's Facebook wall these days. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love technology! I can be at my son's baseball game and quickly text a photo of Ryan up at bat to my parents and sister. Or I ...

Be Safe and Strike out the Dirty Side of Baseball with Tide PODs

Disclosure:  “This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of Proctor & Gamble and Tide. All opinions and dirty laundry are mine.” Ah, baseball season. Not only is this spectacular sport a national pastime, it's also the arch-nemesis of cleanliness! You don't even need to be playing the sport to get dirty. Don't believe me? Take my older son Jason to a game and he'll show you! Yep, every time we go to Yankee Stadium to take in a showdown, Jason craves the cotton candy. Not pink mind you, but the light blue colored one. And every time he eats it, his face looks like he just mutated into a Smurf. We probably go through ...

Countdown the New Year with Netflix

Life is funny. When our kids were younger, they'd beg and plead to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve. We'd put them to bed early and then enjoy the ball drop on our own. These days? Yeah, I'm lucky if I'm not passed out on the couch by 10:30 on a regular weeknight. I honestly have no idea when Ryan (he's 12 now) heads off to bed. I don't even know which side of midnight he falls asleep. So this year, when New Year's Eve comes around, we'll certainly be pushing hard to keep our eyes open as we countdown to 2018. But for you parents out there with little ones ...

Dad’s Guide to Summer Will Prepare You for Any Adventure – Plus a $150 Giveaway

If there's a Guide to Summer out there, my dad read it annually.  When I was a kid, my family went on a lot of summer vacations from Cape Cod to Disney World. While we did fly occasionally, we mostly went on big road trips. And of course, that meant we were always in for an adventure! While we didn't go camping too often, I clearly remember this one time quite vividly. I'm not sure how old I was, maybe seven or eight. We drove to some campsite and my dad actually pitched the tent for us and we all squeezed in with our sleeping bags. We were completely roughing it and while it ...

How to Throw the Most Bodacious ’80s Pizza Party

"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 '80s. Atari. Bubble Yum. Cartoons. Star Wars. And the land of horrifically awful (yet I loved every single one) sitcoms. If I could freeze a decade in time, it'd be the '80s. The '80s were my teen years. The end of Little League and the start of Junior High and ultimately High School. I must've mowed our lawn ...

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

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. That said, I'm doing my part to spread as much positive vibes as I can these days. I know it's not all chocolate and bunnies and rainbows, but if my little piece of the Interweb can help distract you from the political rants on Facebook for even five minutes, then I'm doing my job. I recently wrote ...