What Works for Us | Favorite Gifts

Each year without fail, Christmas and birthdays come rolling around. They happen whether you are ready for them or not. Sometimes we feel like there is that special item our kids have been begging for or if you are a Dad like me, there is that item you gravitate towards every time you look down the toy aisle at Target.  Yep, I still love the toy aisle and I’m currently 33. Here are a few of those toys our kids can’t seem to put down (*Amazon affiliate links included): Magformers – on the pricier side, but our kids will build with these, take them apart, build something else over and over again and they are indestructible (thus far) Strider Bike – we got this for our son who is now 6 and he totally skipped the training wheel stage.  Our middle son, Pax, who is now 3 picked it up and loves cruising on […]

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What Works for Us | Getting Kids to Try New Foods

Kids are weird. One day they eat something and like it and the next, they don’t. How is a mom supposed to know what they like on which day? I love trying new foods and eating exotic ethnic dishes, but my boys aren’t always to apt to be so adventurous. For my first installment of “What Works for Us,” I’m sharing a few tips to getting kids to try new and different foods. What do you do to get your kids to try new foods?

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Dining Room Chair Makeover

Garage sales are my gig. I love them. As a little girl, I remember looking through the Saturday newspaper  with a paper folded map and circling the garage sales we wanted to check out (back in the 80s…pre-internet). Then spending Saturday morning driving around finding treasures (and lots of junk). I’ve continued this hobby into adulthood and always love finding a great deal. I’ve found lots of great things through the years, but my dining room chairs are one of my favorite finds. It was actually an estate sale where I found them. (Estate sale: a close and slightly more snooty relative to a garage sale.) I had seen the chairs at the beginning of the weekend, but didn’t want to pay the price they were asking and didn’t think much about it. However, by the end of the weekend, they decided to liquidate everything and marked it WAY down. […]

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Days With Dad | You Did What?

Sometimes my wife is watching the boys while I work, other times we are both with them, and then there are those OTHER times when it’s my turn.  I don’t claim to be like one of the dads from the movie, “Moms Night Out,” who have zero clue about how to take care of his kids and freak out when it’s game time. I know how to change a diaper, make a baby bottle, fill-up the dishwasher and my kids have never locked me up. I can tuck my kids into bed and even make a basic meal (notice how I said basic because I am nowhere near the cook my wife is).  BUT, there is something crazy that seems to always happen when I have the kids. For example… The other day, Paige had to leave town for some work stuff, we were out of milk, I had to run across […]

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welcome to real lifeish

Writing the very first post on a blog is hard. It’s like the awkward first moments meeting someone. Sizing them up, first impressions, small talk. Bleh. I read once that it only takes someone 7 seconds to decide if they like you or not. Hopefully you’re still reading. It’s probably already been 7 seconds and you’ve already decided whether to read on or give up and go directly to Pinterest. Anyway, welcome to Real Lifeish. This is our blog – we’re a husband and wife team who are both WAHP (work at home parents) who had the dream of blogging together about our life, our kids and our thoughts. We came up with the name because we wanted to make sure and share the good, the bad and the messy. We have 3 little boys (ages 6, 3 & 1), so our home is filled with plenty of noise, smells, […]

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