Posts tagged The Good Things
I love to read and one thing I hope is that my son also finds joy in reading. If he doesn’t, so be it, but seeing as though he is only going to be 4 next month, he will be getting at the very least one or more night time stories for the foreseeable future. And as parents, we all know that our children will ask for more books if they know it pushes back their bedtime.
I am not overly picky about the books we read before my son goes to bed. If they are educational, great, but the winners More >
After quite a few rants (and an extended time not posting), I figure it is about time to do another review. I have been light on these because I have found that the costly, quintessential items you needed for a newborn do not carry over into the toddler years. I do have some thoughts on Thomas the Train and the multiple variations therein, but one toy I came across that I love (as well as the most important review, my son), is the Discovery Toys Motor Works (link is to where you can buy it on Amazon).
I will caveat and say More >
Not cool, I know. We took the easy way out. Rather than fly someplace exhilarating and fun for the whole family (me, Wifey and the meatball), we took the easy way out and decided to pick a place in driving distance.
So we set out on our 14 hour drive to Nashville to visit family, followed by a cross-Tennessee drive to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. Since I am not a travel review site, I will leave the tourist reviews out — but I can say that I have always loved Nashville and the Smoky Mountains were amazing.
Overall, it More >
If you are a dad — or soon to be a dad, then you have most likely heard the horror stories of television for children. Anything Disney produces is like crack. Once they get a taste, they want more and more until you can not only recite full episodes by memory but you can also animate an entire episode yourself with a pencil, crayon and a few sheets of paper.
I covered the stuff that makes being a dad not so fun, but the truth is — the good stuff so far outweighs the bad stuff, it isn’t even a comparison. There are many, many things to list — like taking the kiddo to the grocery store without a wedding ring on — but I am going to keep it to six (that way I have at least one more than my list of un-fun things).
6. Waking him up in the morning. I wasn’t a morning person until my son came along. Seeing him laugh when I walk in his More >
When we left the hospital with our little bundle of diapered joy, I realized a lot of things. The first was that I should have wrapped the entire car in bubble wrap and had the folks at NASCAR install a steel role cage in the car. The second was: What diaper brand should we choose? (not really, but I needed an opening)
Each diaper company vies for our attention with promises of leak protection and comfort, but for me it ultimately came down to personal preference on one item — the tabs that secure the diaper. Our own debate was More >
Every time I walk down the toy aisle, I get distracted. Lately, it seems like Little Tikes toys catch my eye more than anything else (I am in no way affiliated with them or endorsing all their products). But c’mon — check out the Little Tikes Gas ‘ N Go Mower — has a throttle, key, pull start, kick butt tires and it makes the balls on the deck pop when you push it. AND — the little gas can is removable!
I will say this — it is labeled as 1 1/2 years and up — but if your kid More >
First — this is going into the Good Things file simply due to the look on our son’s face as he rounded the corner and saw the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe – 30th Anniversary Edition sitting in the center of the room.
The one criticism across the sites where you can purchase this was that it is difficult to assemble. As you can see in the first pic — it is definitely a bit more complicated than the seeming simplicity of the product would suggest. There are 30 steps involved that have no written direction — just pictures. Overall, it is More >
We didn’t start out with an idea to decorate the nursery in all IKEA — it honestly just happened that way. The Mammut stuff was simply too fun not to use (even the green carpets on the floor are from IKEA — but THAT was because the matched).
The IKEA Expedit Bookcase was something we had in a former house. It was our first house and IKEA was ideal because it was flat out cheap. Now, it came back as a perfect blend of form and function. We knew we needed something that was multifunctional in that it needed to hold a More >
Not much to review on this thing — the IKEA Mammut Three Drawer Chest has three drawers and works — but I did want to show a picture of how it looks in a room. The curtains in the background are from IKEA as well — but we had bought them years before for a different room. They just happened to match everything else.
Basically, in all of our searching we didn’t find anything similar to this set. I know it isn’t solid wood, much less wood, but the pieces definitely brighten his room. I really wanted to get the wardrobe, but More >