Monthly Archives: November 2013

How to Eat a Cupcake like a Pro

How to Eat a Cupcake like a Pro

I learned this technique years ago, and it has served me well in avoiding a dreaded case of Frosting Bite on my nose. But it always amazes me how many people have never heard of it.

Consider yourself enlightened to a better way!

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Parenting Win: Our House Restaurant

Parenting Win: Our House Restaurant

I posted about this on my personal Facebook page and had so many people love the idea I thought it would be sort of dumb not to share it here too. I hope you enjoy this Parenting Win I managed to pull off. 🙂

After a full morning out, running various errands with the boys, we started making our way home to get some lunch. When they boys figured out where we were headed, much whining ensued, with pleads that we go out for lunch instead. This was par for the course that morning, and the whining was making my head hurt.

Honestly, lunch out sounded great to me –I don’t mind not having to cook anything or clean up the inevitable mess!– but we’d already eaten out that week, and I wanted to honor the budget we live by. So I had to put my foot down and say “no.”

The whining continued, while I ran through my head what we actually had on hand to fix that they might actually like today.

“But Dadaaaaa, I really like going to restaurants…”

“Yeah, I wan go westawant tooooo…”

It was then that I came up with an idea. It might create a little bit more work for me, but if I pulled it off…

“Okay boys, listen up,” I said, and miraculously, they did, “This is what we’re going to do: We’re going to go to a restaurant. It’s called Our House.”

Our House Restaurant?” asked Tucker.

“That’s right,” I said.  “Our House Restaurant. I think you’ll really like it. The whole place is set up to look exactly like our house.”

The boys giggled, and I knew the hook was in. At the very least, the whining had stopped.

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I made a DIY Illustrated Advent Calendar Nativity Set! Want one too?

I made a DIY Illustrated Advent Calendar Nativity Set! Want one too?

One of the things I love about Portland is the DIY culture. It’s the place where Pinterest ideas are not only born, but actually real (as opposed to just “pinned” so one can, I dunno, feel bad later for not doing it) and more often genuinely about I’m-too-poor-to-buy-that practicality and personal creative expression than about trying to make your home and life look to the world like a twee hipster utopia.

Anyhow, this weekend at Imago Dei Community they are hosting a massive DIY Fair, and I will be sharing one small project I have been wanting to do for some time now, which was constructing my own Advent Calendar to use with my boys as we enter into the Christmas season, where we can count down the days to Christmas in a fun way together.

I know there are a lot of Advent Calendar ideas out there, and some really cool ones that I’m sure I would have LOVED as a kid. You know the ones. A chocolate a day. A Lego figure a day. Fun! But…

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I look like a giant baby, and that’s okay.

I look like a giant baby, and that’s okay.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a creepy mustache must be in want of a razor.

– Jane Austen

Sorry, not this month, Ms. Austen.

It’s that happy time of the year again, when you start noticing men around you who normally sport facial hair suddenly shaving it all off and starting fresh, and men who normally go clean-shaven seeming to let themselves go all of a sudden.

Yep, it’s Movember!

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