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THE New Dad, A to Z

The New Dad from A to Z Wednesday, already?? OK, folks, last week’s Backyardigans DVD is heading off to our winner, Marci, and we’re getting ready for this week’s giveaway … a tad late. This time, we’re showcasing “The New Dad from A to A: Real Tips for a Surreal Time,” by Dan Consiglio, who promises to answer such tough questions as “Will I get pooped on?” (Yes) “Will I ever sleep again?” (In about a decade) and “What the hell is a onesie?” It’s a very fun, very real little book for new and about-to-be dads, mixing plenty of humor with a good dash of reality. And it’s arranged, as you’d expect from the title, from A (is for anxiety) to Z. Great little gift for baby showers or Father’s Day.

And we’re giving away a copy to one lucky family. All you have to do to enter is click “comments” and share your best piece of advice for the new dads out there. We’ll draw a winner’s name on Monday, May 10!

Posted on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Under: Babies & Tots, Books, Dads | 5 Comments »

FATHER’s Day Barbecues

Family Meals (Courtesy Williams Sonoma) We really should not be reading recipes anywhere near lunchtime. Hungry!! After awhile even paper begins looking tasty. But if you’re planning a Father’s Day BBQ, and you’re looking for recipe ideas, well, we’ve found some good ones! The first, Chicken Kebabs, is perfect for doing with the kids. It’s from Williams Sonoma’s new and gorgeous “Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen,” by Maria Helm Sinskey.

1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons olive oil
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Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
Under: Cuisine, Dads | No Comments »

FATHER’S DAY: Awesome Kids’ Gifts #3

stepping stone DIY stepping stones are a wonderful craft for kids and teens, and the creative possibilities are endless. You can do handprints, add mosaics, broken tiles and all sorts of embellishments. Here’s how:

1 12-14″ plastic plant saucer, the cheap kind you stick under a potted plant

Newspapers to cover your work surface plus one extra sheet

A bucket that will likely get trashed

A cheap ruler, paint stirring stick or trowel for mixing


Quikrete mortar mix

Mosaic tiles, glass marbles, and other embellishments
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Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
Under: Crafts, Dads | No Comments »

FATHER’S DAY: Picnic Time!

Picnic basket (Photo by Bob Fila/Chicago Tribune/MCT) There are few pleasures in life as simple and sweet as a picnic. Or rather, attending a picnic. Prepping all the food, packing up all the gear and then serving it atop wet grass or an ant-strewn picnic table? Not so fun. So we’ve gathered up five great tips for throwing together the perfect picnic. Ready?

1. Plan for imperfect conditions.
Planning to use the park picnic tables? Pack a big tablecloth to cover the grimy (or ant-y) surface, and pretty things up. Aiming for the lawn? Pack blankets and throw a tarp in the trunk. If the grass is wet, say the folks at, place the tarp down first, then blankets on top. Add a few waterproof cushions (like the kind for outdoor furniture) for extra comfort.

2. Make a splash with your drinks.
We’re loving the spectacular Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers – diced, sweetened strawberries, lemonade and club soda – suggested on Epicurious’ picnic planner. Perfect for kids as well as adults.
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Posted on Sunday, June 14th, 2009
Under: Cuisine, Dads | 1 Comment »

FATHER’S Day: Awesome Kids’ Gifts #1

Pint-Size Car Wash (MCT Direct)
Washing the family car is a classic Father’s Day gift – of course the kids in the photo are scrub-a-dubbing the Little Tikes equivalent, but you get the point. And Dads are always delighted to get their wheels sudsed … as long as the washer does a passable job and remembers to wash off the soap, not just apply it. But a DIY car washing kit also makes a great, inexpensive gift for Father’s Day. Martha Stewart’s web site has suggestions for assembling one by filling a galvanized bucket with all the necessities, including natural sponges, soap, a squeegee and glass cleaner, and then attaching a coupon promising to assist in using the contents. The thing looks fabulous, as all her crafts inevitably do. But we also like the idea of using a bright red, plastic bucket and turning the kids loose with the sharpie markers to decorate the outside.

Posted on Saturday, June 13th, 2009
Under: Crafts, Dads | No Comments »

DAD’S DAY: Lawn Mower Cupcakes

Lawnmower Cupcake (Courtesy Family Fun Magazine) Father’s Day is just over a week away, so we’re launching our Dad-inspired countdown of crafts, recipes and cool ways to celebrate the big guy. And as usual, our buddies at Family Fun Magazine have a million great ideas. Erin, in their press office, told us to get a load of the “sweet lawn mower cupcakes” in the June issue, calling them “a cut above” other daddy-themed desserts. We grabbed the recipe before she could make any more terrible puns. Basically, you start with a basic chocolate-frosted cupcake and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2009
Under: Cuisine, Dads | 2 Comments »

FATHER’S Day Countdown!

Father's Day (Photo by Joanne Hoyoung Lee/SJ Mercury News)
Dads rock. That’s all there is to it! And we are loving all the different ways you guys are planning to celebrate Father’s Day! Earlier this week, we asked you to share your plans for the big day. Now, that list – which is growing by the moment – is an absolute gem. If you’re looking for Father’s Day inspiration, look no farther!

There are picnics at the park with a game of “crispy” (which is what Courtney’s charming daughter calls Frisbee), plus “swings, slides and lots of loving.” Marci’s family is combining Father’s Day with a trip to celebrate her in-laws’ 60th wedding anniversary – “It’s been a long time since my hubby was able to spend time with his Dad on Fathers day,” she says. Kelly Ann’s church does a big dinner for all the dads, then they’re hitting the movie theater. (And may we recommend “Up”? LOVED that movie!) Go-karting, baseball games, “grilling and chillin'” – the list goes on and on. Check it out, then add your own suggestions.

Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2009
Under: Dads | No Comments »

DAD OF YEAR CANDIDATE: Gun fired during prom night argument

I can’t wait to hear the dad’s explanation. From Union City:

Police: Union City dad fires gun during argument with daughter over prom night

UNION CITY — A father upset with his teenage daughter for being out late on prom night was arrested Monday after he fired a gun during the argument and nearly hit his wife, who jumped in the way to protect their daughter, police said.

Full story

Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Under: Dads, Health & Safety, Just Bizarre, Teens | 3 Comments »

Live chat, noon Friday: Our obsession with youth sports

Whether they admit it or not, I suspect most fathers of Little Leaguers live vicariously through their children. Am I projecting? Perhaps. I’ve always told myself it’s OK so long as the kid isn’t aware of the old man’s vicarious thrills. Am I rationalizing? Perhaps.

Maybe I’ll get some answers tomorrow: Join us for a live chat at noon Friday with sports reporter Carl Steward.

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Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Under: Dads, Parenting Issues, Sports | No Comments »

‘RELIGULOUS’ AT THE CERRITO: Tuning out the baby brigade the manly way

Couple after couple parked their minivans and walked into the Cerrito Speakeasy carrying an infant in a car seat. It was Baby Brigade night. I walked in with a two-pint glass of Eye of the Hawk.

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Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2008
Under: Babies & Tots, Dads, Movies | No Comments »