It ain’t summer vacation without…

...an outdoor shower, of course! We've finished up two vacations with a third less than a month away. In late June, we headed down the shore to Sea Isle City, NJ for an awesome seven-day stay a block from the beach. Earlier this month, we made a short-ish drive for a weeklong  to Narragansett, RI. And … Continue reading It ain’t summer vacation without…

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Sea Isle City: the beach, Fudgy Wudgy, and much more

Not even a week removed from our visit to the glorious shores of Sea Isle City, NJ, I'm already longing for the return. My father-in-law's side of the family has spent countless summers "down the shore," almost 30 years worth, and we've been fortunate to tag along a couple of times, including the past two … Continue reading Sea Isle City: the beach, Fudgy Wudgy, and much more

You asked for WHAT for Father’s Day!?

It seemed like a bunch of dads I "know" and a lot I don't (but saw on social media) were hoping to get/requesting/wishing for some type of gift for Father's Day; anything from gear to tech to not having to do X, Y, or Z. Father's Day has been celebrated in the USA since 1910 and … Continue reading You asked for WHAT for Father’s Day!?

7 Reasons to Throw Your Kid’s Party at Home

As I sit here sipping my fourth mint julep in as many days, I decided to reflect upon the combo birthday party we threw for Nolan (7th) and Austin (2nd) this past weekend. Granted, at this stage in their lives, it's a bit easier, but you never know. We offered Nolan two options for his … Continue reading 7 Reasons to Throw Your Kid’s Party at Home

Book Review: The Job

Way back when, I took the Suffolk County police exam. Suffice to say, I never got a call so I probably bombed the test, but reading The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne, a first-hand account of what his life and cop life was like makes … Continue reading Book Review: The Job

Flag of the Day: Azerbaijan

Location: Western Asia, its Eastern border is the Caspian Sea Population: 9.8+ million Area: 33,400 sq. mi. Famous Person: Fun Fact 1: Azerbaijan is home to over 400 mud volcanoes, more than half the total throughout the world Fun Fact 2: Garry Kasparov, a former world chess champion, was born in the capital city of … Continue reading Flag of the Day: Azerbaijan

Nolan’s Flags of the Day: The Bahamas, Madagascar (4/19/18)

The Bahamas Location: located within the Lucayan Archipelago in the Caribbean, north of Cuba and Haiti Population: 391,000+ Area: 5,300+ sq. mi. Famous Person: Sir Sidney Poitier, actor, author, director, diplomat; 1st black actor to win Academy Award for Best Actor (Lillies in the Field, 1964) Fun Fact 1: 98.2% of the population of The … Continue reading Nolan’s Flags of the Day: The Bahamas, Madagascar (4/19/18)

7th Birthday Surprise at Six Flags New England

If you followed along on my Instagram stories yesterday, then you realized that we were at Six Flags New England. I'm not sorry for the amount of stories I posted. It started with a trip to Mrs. Murphy's Donuts in Southwick, MA, a must stop for "breakfast" if you're within a 30-mile radius.  We surprised … Continue reading 7th Birthday Surprise at Six Flags New England

Nolan’s Flag of the Day: Republic of the Congo (4/18/18)

Location: Central Africa Population: 4.7+ million Area: 132,000 sq. mi. Fun Fact 1: The great apes (bonobos and eastern lowland) can only be found in Congo. Fun Fact 2: Half of the country lies north of the equator and half of it lies to the south.

Flag of the Day: China (4/6/18)

  Location: East Asia Population: 1.4+ billion people Area: 3,700,000+ sq. mi. Famous Person: Lee Jun-fan, AKA Bruce Lee, actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher Fun Fact 1: Half of all the pigs on Earth are living in China Fun Fact 2: Paper was invented in China over 1,900 years ago