Losing the Hair with Harry's

If you haven't heard, the beard is gone. 

*Insert reverent moment of silence*

That means I have to get used to shaving for a while. I miss the beard, but I have to make sure that I'm taking care of my face until a suitable time for the man mask to grow back. Now, I've been out of the shaving game for a while now, so with my return to a regular shaving schedule, I was confronted with a litany of different products and shaving options. Since a lot of dads shave, I figured I'd try a bunch of different products and talk about what I liked the most.

The first thing that was waiting for me back in the land of baby smoothness: Razors. Geez, these things are expensive. I wasn't ready to drop 20 bucks on a handle and two blades, especially if this shaving thing was going to be a regular occurrence. So, I decided to opt for one of the more inexpensive options, a shaving subscription box. After a quick comparison, I decided to go with Harry's. I chose Harry's for a couple of reasons. 

  • The Trial set is free. There is $3 shipping, but still. Dollar Shave Club trial set is $5.
  • Harry's subscription plan is cheaper month to month. I get 8 blades every two months. In contrast, DSC would run me about $18/month. 
  • I like the style and design aesthetic of Harry's over DSC. I know that this one is a bit personal, but it's important. 
  • They donate a percentage of their sales and their employees time to charity. It's great to support change with something as simple as a shave.

 

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It took about a week for the box to arrive. The items were smartly packaged.

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The save was pretty smooth. I'm happy with this product, and I'm looking forward to shaving for a while. I might try a few more products and let you guys know how it goes.

Before I sign off, a couple things to cover:

  • I'm still raising diapers for the Houston Diaper Bank. Any diaper donations can be sent to: Bradford Traywick 9818 Fry Rd. Ste #150-19 Cypress, TX 77433
  • There were some complications with the first venue for the big diaper event, so it has been moved and postponed to January 13th, 2018. I'll be releasing more details right after Christmas. 
  • I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of initial support. I only hope it continues and spreads. 

Have a very Merry Christmas!

-Brad

Snow Snow Snow...and More

We were snowed in!...for about 5 minutes.  

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But before I get to the snow, I’ve got to handle some quick business. I’m really appreciative of all the initial support and pledges for diapers. I’m am off to a great start on the road to raising 10,000 diapers for the Houston Diaper Bank.  

If you are looking to assist and send me diapers, please send them to: 

Bradford Traywick

9818 Fry Rd. Suite #150-19

Cypress, TX 77433

When you send diapers, please include a copy of the receipt, so that I can provide you with a proper letter of acknowledgment for tax purposes.  

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. I am only taking diapers, no cash or anything else. The sooner I reach 10,000 diapers, the sooner I can start growing my beard back, and my wife would really like that.  

 

Okay, with that out of the way, back to the snow! When my wife and I woke up and realized that our neighborhood was covered in snow, we had to wake up the little guy and wrap him up as warm as possible so he could enjoy a rare opportunity at home. 

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The little guy was definitely confused at first. After a few snowballs to the chest (courtesy of yours truly, ha!), I think he enjoyed himself. I was kind of sad that it didn’t last all day,  but it was enough to make a nice memory. 

 

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The snow was great, but we needed to have a fun activity to warm us up this weekend as well. Some of you might be thinking hot chocolate right? We decided to do things a bit differently. HOMEMADE PIZZAS!  

They are really simple to do. The crust we found came with pizza sauce, but we added a little marinara sauce just to fill it out. 

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Add some cheese and whatever toppings that you can think of. I think we ended up with a pepperoni, banana peppers, and mushroom combo when all was said and done.  

I definitely recommend making your own pizzas to parents as a fun family bonding activity. It’s a great way to get little ones involved in the kitchen AND you get to eat when it’s all finished! 

 

What are your family’s favorite things to cook and eat?  

PLEASE COMMENT AND SHARE!

 

Doing the Dad Thing

-Brad

Back in the Groove

Greetings good people!

I know I haven't posted in some time, and I apologize. Things have been crazy around the house and the upcoming holidays haven't slowed the pace down either. The good news is that I have so much to catch you guys up on and so much more to share with you as we get ready to roll into a new year. For right now, I have one thing I want to talk to you all about.

Reading is fundamental. Helping your little one learn to read efficiently at an early age is key in their development in school and the ramifications last long after they leave school. Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chi­cago where he was Founding Di­rector of the UIC Center for Literacy and author of the blog Shanahan on Literacy, points to a British study published in 2013 which showed that children's literacy and math levels were predictive of their overall earnings at the age of 42.

So we have to get in their and read with our kids as soon as possible. If your kid is anything like mine, sometimes we struggle with reading time.  Sometimes he's totally engaged and other times he'll just snatch the book and throw it on the floor. However, just like anything else, it is important to introduce reading gradually into every day life, and make them an active participant in reading time. Picture books give you the unique opportunity to point to pictures and ask your child to identify different objects or people, as well as ask them to relay what is happening in the pictures as you point to the words. If you have the fidgety type of toddler (which, let's be honest, whose toddler is fidgety?) take what you can get. If you can only make it through half of the book before they totally lose interest and it becomes more of an awkward wrestling match instead of reading time, that's fine. Build up to a whole book, find a book that is their favorite, or create incentives like snacks. 

I think reading is so important, that I'm doing a giveaway of the book that is in the picture, Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer. It's a fun short story about a kid and their dad on a short camping trip. Great for boys and girls. I'll post some more information about how to get entered into the giveaway a little later. 

Always doing the dad thing,

Brad

Ernesto Mejia Interview

Alright good people, I have some great news!

First, I had the awesome opportunity to sit down With Ernesto Mejia from CoolSpeak about life as a father. Ernesto is described on CoolSpeak as "the proud son of Mexican immigrants, is a true example of the American dream. Diagnosed with the rare disease of Guillain-Barré Syndrome at the age of 16 that left him temporarily paralyzed, he was not supposed to be a successful student, much less a College Dean of Students. Through his hardships, Ernesto learned to never give up on life, he now speaks to students, parents, and teachers about overcoming obstacles and never giving up on the American dream: education."

Second, this is also the launch of the Official Doing The Dad Thing Podcast! Check out both the launch and the podcast on the link below! If you like what you hear, make sure that you share and subscribe!