13 Tips on How to Plant Peonies

Peonies Tutorial

My sweet friend Lauryn from The Vintage Mom was so generous to give us some of the peonies from her new FARM. Guys, her backyard is killer – I can’t wait to see what it looks like this time next year. She’s got big plans. Anyhow, we took her up on those peonies and Chris planted [...]

How to Fix A Chevy Traverse Taillight

Is there anything more annoying than driving behind someone with a broken taillight? It’s dangerous too, and no one wants to be pulled over for something silly like that. And no one wants to take the car to the mechanic if you can help it, right? Once again, Chris taught himself how to repair a [...]

How To Make Your Own Hanging Basket

Hanging Basket How To

Everyone loves a beautiful hanging basket to make their house look pretty for the summer.  Rather than spending a bunch of money for a lackluster pre-made basket that is past its best by the time you buy it, why not make your own? It’s easy and you can pick plants that match your home and [...]

How to Replace a Chevrolet Traverse Rear Wiper

We all know it’s no fun bringing your car into the dealer. Most likely, you’ll be asked to fork over a bunch of dough, no matter what the problem is – big or small. Our rear wiper in our Chevy Traverse was recently broken. The rubber blade of the rear wiper had broken off during [...]

How To Make Shrimp and Pork Wonton Soup

Shrimp and Pork Wonton Soup

Can’t let a little puke bug mess with our vlogging efforts! We decided to vlog about Chris’s dinner last night because this #DadCanCook! In fact, Chris can do a lot of things and it’s all because his amazing mother (that’d be my super duper mother-in-law) taught him SO much when he was a little boy. [...]

How to Build a School Bus Stop Bench

How to Build a Bus Bench

Paternity leave = lots of quality family time. While waiting for the school bus with my kids this week, I noticed they had nowhere to sit.  So, I built them a bench. Materials: Three 10′ pressure treated 4x4s Three 8′ 1×6 decking boards 6″ TimberLok screws (50 pack) Stainless steel screws (2 1/4 inch) Instructions: [...]

2014 Toyota Corolla Preview

2014 Toyota Corolla

The all new 2014 Toyota Corolla replaces an outgoing model that everyone knew as a reliable and economical car.  It just wasn’t the most exciting thing on the road. Toyota invited Annie to experience the new Corolla in Miami a few weeks ago. UnFortunately, she was 9 months pregnant and couldn’t go, so I went [...]

Cast Off!

Cast halfway off

Little Owen broke his arm a few weeks ago.  He got his cast off this week. The latest x-rays showed that it was MOST definitely broken. Now we take care of the delicate little arm. No playgrounds, no falling, no jumping, no running, no rough housing – yeah right. We’ll do our best.    

Quesadillas – A Family Friendly Weeknight Meal

Family Friendly Quesadillas @anniestow

Finding a meal that everyone likes is a challenge for our family.  One reliable favorite that’s quick and easy to make, even on a weeknight, are chicken quesadillas.  I play around with different fillings for the grownups, but the basic recipe just needs chicken, cheese, salsa and tortillas.  The kids usually have a simple version [...]

Choosing a Family-Friendly Paddleboard

Paddleboarding in Dennis

I had a great time standup paddleboarding on our vacation in Dennis two years ago.  For that trip, I rented Bic 10’4″ ACS SUP from a local surf shop.  Unfortunately, the board was not very stable and, despite being one of the toughest boards around (made of thermoformed polyethylene), we managed to ding it and [...]