The Best Christmas Present Ever is Our Baby Boy!

The best Christmas Present for 2017, that is. I don’t want our sweet 4 year old girl, Avery stumbling upon this post one day and forever having her feelings hurt. I promise, Avery, you were definitely the best Christmas present ever for 2013. 🙂

I don’t find much time for writing lately, and this one will be short, but I wanted to give an update to my last post about how we are having a boy. Since then, she grew from the 15 weeks pregnant pic in that post….

15 weeks with our baby boy.

…..to 36 weeks pregnant.

And right before hitting the 39 week mark, she gave birth to our boy!

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Hello, World, I’m here!

Going Mom gave birth naturally at an awesome birth center near our home to a handsome little guy named Weston on Sunday, November 19th, 2017. Just 5 days after his big sister’s birthday; talk about close!

People kept telling us the second child comes fast and makes for a quick labor, but my wife and I were both shocked at how fast the entire birth went. Her water broke at home around 7:50 pm and he was born that same night at 10:10 pm. We are forever thankful for having such an amazing midwifes and doula crew who knew how to support us, ensure everyone was safe, and keep calm throughout the process. Thanks to them, we had our boy in our arms, safe and sound to hold and snuggle with.

 

Our friends with 2 or more kids told us going from having a kid, to having kids is different, simply put, and so far that’s holding true. Different as in hard, different as in wonderful, different as in, awesome, different as in….well, you get, it’s a mixed bag of emotions! But I’ll be damned if it’s not the sweetest thing seeing Avery being a proud big sister.

It will take some time to adjust to not getting all of the attention, but overall, I’d say she’s coping fairly well. We get Going Mom at home for the next 4 months since her job has an awesome maternity leave policy, and man do we need it just to get somewhat adjusted to life as a family of four. Besides the crazy sleep schedule and constant diaper changes, I’d say we’re doing just fine though. We even picked out our (real) Christmas tree together and took the obligatory selfie.

We made Wes cut down the tree, that’s why he’s sleeping in the pic.

I’m cutting it short since I need sleep. Once things settle, I’ll try for more details, but until then, keep up to date on my Facebook and Instagram pages if you’d like.

If I don’t post before, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

10 Best Geeky Toys for Him

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I once read that kids are like little scientists. They learn about the world as they play. With the festive holidays coming along, you’ll need to get your smart kid an incredible toy. I am going to share with you some of the geeky gadgets that you could get your son this Christmas!

 

1.     Starter Kit from LittleBits

This fantastic kit from LitteBits has ten tiny and color-coded circuit boards which are attached to each other using magnets. Both of them perform different functions, and kids can easily see what’s happening as they add and take away modules. What I love most about it is that it allows children above eight years to follow the project plans to make essential objects.

 

2.     Anteater Bug Vac

Here is a baby anteater produced by Uncle Milton. It vacuums all the bugs using its snout and keeps them for closer observation in its stomach. Its belly is transparent to allow children to see and learn the insect movements.

 

3.     Makedo Find and Make Plane Kit

This fantastic set comes well equipped with hinges, clips, pins and some stickers. It gives children the chance of making a plane from just a cereal box! It’s a toy that teaches your kid the importance of creativity and recycling! I love that all you can still reuse its parts.

 

4.     Syma Helicopter

Although the name may roll off the tongue, it’s quite easy to fly. It’s designed to give your son impressive flying range every time. He’ll also love the multi-channeled remote meaning that he can operate more than one helicopter!

 

5.     Hosim All-Terrain RC Car

Thanks to its impressive power, this is arguably one of the best RC trucks for your smart boy. It can move on all kinds of terrain from grass, pavements and rough-roads. If he’s an outdoor person, then you should brighten up his holiday with this fantastic toy!

 

6.     RC Battling Trucks

Of course, we all know that remote control trucks are cool. In this awesome pack, you’ll get two intriguing infrared RC battle tanks. They’ll even sound like the real deal with matching cannon fire and engine sounds, and they come with other super cool features.

 

7.     Maisto R/C Rock Crawler RC Vehicle

Here’s a fantastic monster truck to give your son an improved outdoor playing experience. It may not be the fastest RC drift car for sale, but it’s quite affordable. Most importantly, your kid will love it!

 

8.     Nanoblocks Space Shuttle

These are just tiny construction blocks of 4mm. If your child is more than eight years old, he can remodel different things, for instance, the Taj Mahal or the Statue of Liberty. However, he’ll have to follow the instructions carefully.

 

9.     Fabric Sun Photo Kit

Here is one of the magical toys that you’re likely to come across. It boosts your child’s creativity as he draws on a sheet made from plastic using a particular kind of pencil. He should then put the plastic on some unique fabric allowing him to add things such as leaves, feather and paper shapes. Lastly, he needs to cover this using another plastic sheet and leave it to the sun to dry. In a world full of endless screens and beeping toys, this is a tasty and refreshing project for your smart boy.

 

10.  Roboraptor Toy

My son loves Dinosaurs and the movie Godzilla is one of his favorites. So, last Christmas I got him the Roboraptor. It’s a gadget that is fully assembled and ready to conquer the earth. Imagine controlling your own dinosaur?

Surprise your son with any of these toys and light up his world. Remember that with the growth of technology, video and computer games have taken our children captive. So, we must do all that we can to get them playing outside with other kids their age!

Share the Excitement of NASCAR with Your Kids & Win Prizes!

Do you love motorsports and/or have a kid who gets excited about all things that go VROOM? NASCAR has an amazing way to share the thrill with your kids, thru NASCAR Acceleration Nation. The website and app, which is available on Android and iPhone, features fun games, info on races, details on cars, and learning materials about the science of racing!

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In high school and college, I lived and breathed all things cars. When it came to racing, I would be all about watching and learning more about the types of races around the world and what cars performed best. Now, as a family man, I’ve lost touch of my auto addiction, and for good reason, I have a beautiful family to care for!

Thanks to NASCAR Acceleration Nation, I have a way to introduce my daughter (and boy on the way!) to NASCAR. Along with learning about NASCAR drivers and the racing tracks they drive one, they also learn about the science of speed, play kid games and more on the Acceleration Nation website and app.


Acceleration Nation is a great way to learn something new with your kids and spend quality bonding time together. If that’s not enough, the app is FREE on the App Store or Google Play Store, so there’s nothing to lose. Visit the Acceleration Nation website and download the app today to see what you can learn with your kids.

While you’re here, how about entering a giveaway to win a NASCAR gift card? Sound good? I thought so.

There’s a 1st prize of $400, 2nd of $150, and 3rd of $75 of NASCAR gift cards. Open to residents of US & Canada, and ends Sept 8th, 2017. The contest is open to US and Canada only. 18 and over.

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Now go check out what cool NASCAR facts you can learn with your kids and hope you win a great prize!

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An at-home dad on a mission to keep it real when it comes to food, fun, and raising a healthy, happy family.

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