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By Daddy Clay Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Some last-minute Father’s Day ideas inspired by BlogHer Food, recently held here in Austin, Texas.
Add to that list the people from BlogHer.
So when they contacted me about the possibility of leading an excursion for the attendees of BlogHer Food here in Austin, my response was instantaneous. I’m in. What could be more fun than leading a group of mom bloggers through South Boston’s funkiest eateries?
I also thought of the conference would be a perfect place to test out my leading candidates for the ultimate Father’s Day gift: a Korchmar Marshall backpack and briefcase combo. It will be a tough sell. I have loved my North Face backpack. Its numerous slots compartments and pockets are perfect for a gadget toting geek. The question is is it really suitable for a man of 46 to be hauling around a shapeless black backpack to professional events?
The Korchmar is a grown-up’s alternative to the collegiate knapsack. With its canvas material and leather trim, the craftsmanship is as sturdy as it is gorgeous to look at. With the straps stowed in their dedicated pocket the bag is a squarish briefcase. With pockets for laptop gadgets and gizmos, the commodious main pocket, and two large side pockets this bag easily swallowed all the gear that I transferred from my North Face.
With the straps deployed, this nifty little pack fits neatly on your upper back. You feel ready to move through an urban environment with the knowledge that you look spiffy while doing so. This is a rugged, handmade, leather-trimmed product lovingly made here in the USA and the price reflects that ($522). It’s a premium bag for a premium price. But you’ve been a good dad right? And you’ll probably never need another one.
If you’re expecting more new dad looking for something slightly lower down the price chain have a look at the Diaper Dude. Always dependable for creating thoughtful well-made bags at a reasonable price point ($78). And now they’ve made licensing deals with some of your favorite sports teams. The Boston Red Sox logo emblazoned on the front this bag dispels any notion that taking care of the baby is exclusively a mom’s responsibility. You can call it a diaper bag, but this piece can clearly outlast infancy.
It won’t be here in time for Father’s Day, but if the guy in your life is a fitness nut, a data guy, or somebody interested in living up to their health and fitness resolutions, I suggest a fitbit Flex ($99). This item is certainly on the top of my list this year. I feel like this unit would complement my Nike+ running applications to give me a complete picture of the activity I’m doing when not running and also help me improve my sleeping habits. The units are currently backordered on fitbit’s website, but I think it would be worth the wait.
And I will say this again this year — there is no better gift than a gift certificate to a high end barbershop. A straight razor shave is an indulgence that many guys are hesitant to shell out for, but once you’ve had one, look out. A full man-spa haircut/shave/treatment is an awesome gift, and something dad isn’t likely to do for himself. These services will cost somewhere from $30-$75.
Have a great Father’s Day everyone.
Disclosure: I was provided test samples of the Korchmar and Diaper Dude bags, but was not otherwise compensated for the post. Opinions are my own.
By concretin_nik Sunday, May 12th, 2013
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother.” – Theodore Hesburgh
This gave us* the idea for a collective Mother’s day card from a group of Dad Bloggers* to the moms in our lives.
Mother’s Day has new meaning these days. For me, it’s not about MY Mother any more. She’s got Grandparent’s Day now. But today is for that woman who made me the man I am today. A Father. She is quite simply amazing. I mean, TheBoy LIVED IN HER! All that I am, all that he is, I owe to her. (I’d also like to personally thank these and the many other Dad Bloggers of the world for their continued inspiration to be not only a better blogger, but a better Dad. When you have a spare moment, check out their sites and you’ll see what I mean.) ~Nik
Please feel free to add your sentiments to the Mothers in your life in the comments.
Concretin Nik, DadLabs. www.DadLabs.com
“Mother is the word for God on the lips and hearts of all children.”
From Eric Draven(The Crow), those are the first words I spoke to HisMother after the birth of TheBoy. I make a point to repeat them on his birthday.
The greatest thing that’s ever happened to me is a direct result of the (now) second greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I love you both. Happy Mother’s Day!
Scott Behson, Fathers, Work and Family. www.fathersworkandfamily.com
You know how revved up Nick gets on nights you come home late and he gets out of bed, hides/jumps out to surprise you, runs around like a loony, and can’t get enough of cuddling and laughing with you? I feel that way too.
Happy Mother’s Day to the best wife and mom I could imagine. You have given me the gifts of true love, the amazing life we’re building together, and of fatherhood. I can never repay what you have given me. But I’ll spend every day trying.
James W., Naturally Daddy. http://naturallydaddy.blogspot.com/
“Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
Mom, you taught me too much to explain all of the happiness that you brought into my life. To my wife, you are a very special woman and I could never imagine being in your shoes and our daughter could never have a more loving mother.
Jeff T., Ay yo, Be a Father http://ayyobeafather.wordpress.com
Happy Mother’s Day to four special women: To my mother, for unconditional love always, no matter what I ever did or said. To my mother in law, Nana, for the love and support. Seeing RJ with his Nana warms my heart. To my grandmother, matriarch of our family four generations strong, and enough love in her heart for many more. And lastly to my wife. RJ and I are so blessed to have you in our life.
Scotty Schrier, Dads Who Change Diapers. http://dadswhochangediapers.com/blog
There are only 26 paltry letters to describe the most important women in my life:
The one who gave birth to me and left this plane before meeting my sons.
The one who married me and gave birth to the two most amazing little miracles I have ever seen.
And the one who took my mother’s place and made me one of her own.
There are no words that can describe the debt I owe these women. I only hope that my actions can show them how much I truly care. For without them, I would be but a pale image of the man I am today. I love each and every one of you with all of the ferocity of a thousand suns. Thank you for putting up with me and loving me back. Especially when I didn’t deserve it.
Eric, Dad on The Run. dad-on-the-run.blogspot.com
My Mother looked life’s greatest obstacles in the eye and kept on trucking while I grew up with little understanding of that. Over the years Mom’s physical abilities have deteriorated due to her ongoing battle with MS. However, her mental steadfastness and unconditional love have remained unchanged. Her love is an anchor during any storm and it taught me what love could be and what I could find in a wife, which brings me to another great mother in my life. The love and encouragement my wife can deliver to another human amazes me and when she focuses those gifts on our children they light up in very special ways. Of course, I also have to thank my wife’s mother for raising not one, but two, fantastic Mom’s and I look on with pride and great expectations to my own sister who is a new Mom this year! Thank you to these mothers, and all great mothers, for what you do for your children and the world every day.
Victor Aragon Jr., FanDads. Fandads.com
This Mother’s Day is going to be a special one, because it will be our first one with our new addition. Last year, my wife worked and our plans with family members fell apart, so it wasn’t a good one for my wife. This year, I am hoping to erase that memory and hopefully have a great one. My wife and I have known each other for over sixteen years. In those years it seems like even with our ups and downs, we are constantly getting to know each other and our love keeps getting stronger. I am thankful for having her in my life and for all the hard work that she does for me and the little ones. Thank you for all you do babe, I love you.
There is another great woman in my life that if wasn’t for her I wouldn’t exist; my mother. My mom is a strong woman and I am very thankful for all that she does for my family. Even though I am not her little boy anymore, my mother still insists on giving me money for gas or to get something for my little girl. My mom and dad have always gone above and beyond for my sisters and me and I feel that I am trying the best that I can to repay them for everything they did. I would like to thank my mother for all her sacrifices and to tell her how much I love her. Thanks Mom.
As always, thanks for reading.
DorkDad, DorkDaddy.com. www.DorkDaddy.com
Because of the way you move through the room. Because of the way your smile sounds on your voice. Because every single curve on your body is in exactly the right place. Because of the way your hair smells and the way it tickles my face. Because of the twinkle in your eyes when you’re making mischief, and the look on your face when you’re asleep. Because of the feel of your heart and the warmth of your skin when you’re holding me. Because of the magic you made with our children, and the magic you make with our family. Because everything I love about my life I can trace directly back to you.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Dave Lesser, Amateur Idiot / Professional Dad. www.amateuridiotprofessionaldad.com
A Mother’s Day Haiku:
Mother’s Day is here
I forgot a card again
Glad I’ve got a blog!
Mom, I love you. I don’t say it often enough, but you’re awesome. You did an outstanding job raising me (and those two other dudes who kind of look like me).
Allie, what can I say? You’re an unbelievable mother and an amazing wife. This whole family would be lost without you. Literally. I just cannot follow the turn-by-turn directions on my phone without you in the passenger’s seat. Again, this is not a metaphor. Well, maybe it is a little. I’m an idiot. But I’m your idiot and you’re stuck with me. You and the kids are my world. Thank you for everything, everything you do. I love you a super friggin’ jillion much!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Neal Call, Raised by my daughter. http://raisedbymydaughter.blogspot.com/
I just want to say a humble thank you to my mother, my wife, and to all women who bear or nurture these little seeds that bring purity and wonder into the world. The “bearing” part is pretty awesome and mind-boggling, but at least as important is the part involving raising these creatures; of sacrificing what you want for what they need; of protecting them so desperately and then encouraging them to spread their wings. These are things that anybody can do, male or female, but I’ve learned the most about them from the women in my life. So, thanks.
Jeff Bogle, OutWithTheKids. OutWithTheKids.com
My ability to find the perfect set of curtains for the dining room and my knowledge of how to wash them and hang them damp to dry without creases. My need to vacuum my way out of a room. And my dry humor that has served me, mostly well. Most of what people like about me, I am because of you. And to this day I enjoy talking with you on the phone almost daily, even when it is you calling me because you, once again, cannot figure out how to properly interact with technological devices. I love you, Mom, more than I’ll ever be able to write down, because even though I string sentences together every day, for some kind of living, I have yet to be able to find the correct combination of letters and words to form the single sentence that does you justice. Thank you for everything, Mom.
James Rohl, Stay at Home Dad PDX. http://sahdpdx.com
Thank you mom for showing me how to be radically hospitable, fiercely loyal, and emotionally available. I am thankful to call you my mom, and proud to call you my friend. Happy Mother’s Day.
By Daddy Clay Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Do athletes make the best dads? The stars appearing in the Journey to Comfort spots from Dove Men + Care provide appealing portraits of fatherhood, obviously comfortable in their own skin. While not many dads are sports stars, or were in a small town track team kind of way, lots of them are former athletes. And for most of these dads, sports had a formative influence on them. Which leads me to pose the question: does having a history as an athlete make a man a better father? Read the rest of this entry »
By Daddy Clay Friday, November 16th, 2012
Another post in my ongoing work with Chevy Culture, a lifestyle and auto site sponsored by Chevrolet. Click through for the full post on Chevy Culture, and come back in the next few weeks and months for more.
My home town of Austin has gone completely car crazy. The first Formula One race held in the last five years is happening right here on Sunday, and we’ve all lost our minds. The news coverage of the traffic around The Circuit of the Americas race track is wall-to-wall. Most of downtown is shut down.
Half the citizenry is hunkered down muttering that the whole event is “un-Austin” in its excess (parties and clubs with $500+ admission charges are often cited by this faction), and half the citizenry is wearing headphones and partying with a dude from Montreal named Christoph (or waiting in traffic to do so).
It’s an all consuming mania. They even help a footrace around the track last week. Can you imagine? Oh, right, I did that with my older son last week. So cool!
I am both getting the hell out of town and jumping in to Formula One Madness with both feet — heading to a ranch south and east of town to rendezvous with a big group of friends who have come down for the race. It’s unclear whether I will make it to the track.
So where does all this car nuttiness come from? How could we all be so overwhelmed with excitement — positive or negative — about cars rolling around a track. Maybe it starts early in childhood. Maybe it starts with that very first Hot Wheels.
My most recent post over at the Chevy Culture site takes a look at the roots of a boy and his car obsession. It all starts with cleaning out the toy box.
Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines.