Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Put Down the Phone, and Play with your Kid

I take my kids to community playgroups that occur every week.  Sometimes, we go out to a nearby park for them to run around and go crazy.

Without fail, I see a parent that's sitting on a bench, looking at their smartphone, and sometimes even a tablet, instead of watching their kid.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Boxes Are The Best Toys

 All the best toys come with big boxes.  This is because your kid is going to have way more fun with the box than they ever will with the toy that came in the box!

This is one of Murphy's Law's of parenting.

Luckily, I remember my fondness for boxes, so we skipped the toy step, and just gave our kid's the biggest boxes we could find.

They like these boxes so much, that they hardly play with their other toys.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

REVIEW: Alpha Omega Elite

If you have a car, and you have a kid, then you are going to need a car seat.

You are going to probably need 3 actually: Infant carrier, toddler car seat, and eventually a big kid booster.  Not all at once, luckily.

Sadly, these seats aren't cheap.

But, what if you could buy one seat that could last you from newborn to big kid, and get it cheaper than any one of the above mentioned seats?

What if I told you that you can?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Japanese Food: It's part of the Deal

japanese sukiyaki
Sukiyaki. It's Delicious!
Part of the fun of dating someone from a different culture is learning and experiencing their culture, as well as sharing yours with them. Part of that culture is the food.

If you discover that you do not like the food at all from their culture, it may be hard to continue the relationship. Think of a hard core vegan dating a butcher. There's going to be some difficulties in the relationship.

So, I'm sure you can imagine my surprise when I meet a married couple , and one of them can't stand the food of the other's culture.

Usually, it's one partner that can not bring themselves to eat Japanese food.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

White Day - The Valentine's Day for Guys

White Food on White Day
White Day is Japan's version of Valentine's Day.  It occurs a month later on March 14th, and The Guys are obligated to get things for The Girls.

For Japanese Valentine's Day, things are reversed from the American tradition, where the Guys have to get Girls things on Valentine's day.

Japanese Guys don't get it that easy though.  They have to return the favor a month later.