Last summer, we spent a long weekend at the beach for our 16th anniversary. We had a great time… until we came back home. That’s when we discovered the garage door wouldn’t open. At first we couldn’t figure out why. My wife and I are not exactly garage door experts. The only thing we know about garage doors is that you push the button on the remote to open and close the door. We eventually found the cause of the problem — one of the garage door springs broke. Then we had to quickly track down a professional to fix the spring because the other car was stuck inside. This is actually what this blog post is about: maintaining a garage door and hiring a qualified professional. BTW, thanks to GarageDoorCare.com, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card on my dad blog.
Like many of you, I find this time of the year very hectic. Not only do we have to run around looking for presents, we also have to deal with the horrible holiday traffic. And good luck with finding good parking at the mall. So, if you’re wondering how to plan a stress-free holiday get together where you won’t miss out on any of the fun and find the perfect gifts for your loved ones, you’re in luck! I’m sharing some good holiday tips from on-air personality, and lifestyle and entertaining expert Limor Suss. And thanks to JCPenney, I’m giving away a $75 gift card on my dad blog. Awesome, right?
This winter, which officially started on Sunday, homeowners should be aware of important warning signs and potential heating system hazards to protect their homes from any accidents. According to the National Fire Protection Association, faulty and improperly used heating equipment accounted for nearly 400 deaths nationwide, more than 53,000 fires and $893 million in direct property damage in 2011. Fortunately, I have some tips to help make your home as comfy and safe this season.
Our family recently went on a Rio road trip. OK, it was actually just a day trip from Portland down to Corvallis and Marys Peak (highest peak in the Oregon Coast Range). My oldest child will be a freshman in high school this fall, so I wanted to introduce her to my alma mater, Oregon State University. She still has four years to decide where she wants to go to college, but I figure I should start the brainwashing as early as possible. The last thing I want to see happen is for my daughter to become an Oregon Duck, my school’s rival to the south. Anyway, this post isn’t about selecting a college. I’m actually sharing some road survival trips for parents of young kids.
It’s officially spring, but it’s been raining like crazy here in Portland. Last month was the second wettest March in Portland. As a result, our lawn is very green right now. But the grass is also growing wildly, which I don’t like. I’m one of those dads that likes a well groom lawn. Normally, I have one of the better lawns in the neighborhood. Many of my neighbors have told me they think my lawn looks great. In my opinion, a healthy, green lawn makes my home look better and increases it value. Few people want to buy a house with a horrible looking lawn, right? This is actually related to today’s blog post topic: tips for improving your lawn, which I am writing on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for TruGreen. I will receive a promotional item as a thank you for participating. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
Chuggington sent me the new Chuggington: Icy Escapades DVD (Anchor Bay) for review and giveaway on my dad blog. Wait, that’s not all. I’m also giving away the recently published Icy Escapades book (Scholastic). The Icy Escapades book is available now for $3.99. The DVD was released yesterday with a list price of $14.98. However, you can currently purchase the Chuggington: Icy Escapades DVD for $11.93 on Amazon.
(YouTube video link: Tailgating Tips from Chef Jody Denton)
I’m excited about the college football season. My team, Oregon State, beat the Wisconsin Badgers a couple of weeks ago. This Saturday, the Beavers open the Pac-12 season with a road game at UCLA. LA is too far for me to drive for a tailgater. Fortunately, the game is on national TV so I’m going to fire up the grill in my backyard. Speaking of tailgaters, I have some tailgating tips (see video above) and a giveaway on my dad blog. I’m giving away a Frito-Lay prize pack worth $75-$100. Yummy!
The kids are finally back in school, and fall is just around the corner. I guess now is a good time to share some fall family safety tips. Feel free to share your tips in the comments area.