Party Under the Big Top #14

Well we are finally live after a little bit of delay. As you may know, my wonderful co-host Lysa does most of the heavy lifting as far as getting this link-up ready every week. Well she has been on an epic road trip the past few weeks and if you’ve ever been on a road trip you know internet is sometimes hard to come by. So we got a late start, but that doesn’t mean our party can’t be great! We’ve extended the end of the link-up until Saturday at noon to make up for the late start.

We’ve also made some changes this week. Instead of our usual Social Media link-up at the bottom we are going to mix it up. We want you to post your most viewed post of all time, whatever that might be. Stop and take a look at others’ most viewed posts and see if you can see any patterns emerging as to what makes a post great.

I know I’m going to be studying them to see if I can write my next “viral” post!

As always don’t forget to comment on a few other posts and link back to us so others can join in too if they want. Have a blessed week!  -Mike Continue reading Party Under the Big Top #14

DIY: Handprint Bouquet

Every year for Mother’s Day I stress out about what to get my wife. I prefer to give sentimental  gifts that can have value beyond Mother’s Day. So things like jewelry or framed photos instead of flowers or a spa day. I understand women love flowers and spa days and those things might be part of a gift but in 2 years the flowers will be dead and the toe nail polish will have long since worn off.  Something like a necklace can be worn for years and will serve as a constant reminder of the Mother’s Day.

This year I decided I would make a personalized art project that could be displayed in our home for years to come. Continue reading DIY: Handprint Bouquet

A 2nd Child Makes You a Better Parent

Nothing is more awesome than the birth of your first child. You get to experience so many things for the first time.  And while parenting is difficult and sleep is hard to come by, you persevere and you become the best possible parent you can. You have read the books, you have gotten advice from all of your friends on social media and you have been to a parenting class or two. You have no other child to steal your attention away from this joyous little bundle and you become the perfect parent. Continue reading A 2nd Child Makes You a Better Parent

Party Under the Big Top #13


The Mother’s Day Edition

Last week we set a new record for posts linked up with over 60! Thank you all so much for linking up and helping to spread the word to make this a great link-up. Please don’t forget to add our party button so others can see where you are linking up and come join in too.

We had a first time winner last week get the most views, so that was exciting.

Mother’s day is coming up soon and we have modified the linkup to reflect that 🙂 Enough of my rambling, go link up your post and don’t forget to scroll down even further and link up your twitter account. Have a great week and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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You say “Breast is Best” I say “Pumping is Perfect”

Due to the health benefits of breast milk and the catchy rhyming factor the term Breast is Best has been an oft repeated term that any mother of a newborn cannot escape from hearing. It gets repeated ad nauseam until you are tossing and turning in your bed at night mumbling breast is best, breast is best.

There is little doubt that  breast milk contains an incredible amount of nutrients and antibodies that help your little ones in the early stages of his or her life but none of these benefits are negated by pumping your milk into a bottle first and then feeding it to your child. In fact you actually gain quite a number of extra benefits by doing this. Continue reading You say “Breast is Best” I say “Pumping is Perfect”

So, You want to start a blog?

I started my blog a few months ago just as naive as a person could possibly be. I didn’t read any blog regularly and would really only read a blog if someone shared a post on my Facebook timeline. A few people suggested to me from time to time that I start a blog but I kept brushing them off. I didn’t really know the first thing about blogging. Plus in school, I didn’t really like writing. Why would I willingly start writing now?

After hearing several people explain how writing a blog was not to be compared with writing an English term paper and realizing I enjoyed posting some longer Facebook posts, I decided to take the plunge. I started a free blog and wrote in secret for 2 weeks just in case I hated it. Turns out I did kinda enjoy it and I eventually let it be known I had a blog.

As time had past I realized I had no clue what I was getting into and it began to take up more and more of my time. My TV watching really began to take a hit. I’m entire seasons behind on some of my favorite shows. I have no idea how I’m going to ever be able to catch up.

I also found out you have to read all these other blogs. Dozens and dozens of other blogs. It’s sort of a blogger courtesy; you read my blog I’ll read yours. Aside from the incredible amount of time this takes up, some blogs are really bad. Like really bad. Not that I want to go around judging people but sometimes it looks like the person didn’t even try. Like this blog for example or this one.  You have to wade through the bad ones to find some real gems!

Did you really just click on those links to try and see a terrible blog? You should be ashamed. I mean honestly.

The other thing that keeps happening to me is that every time something even remotely funny happens everyone around informs me I’ll have to make a blog post about it. You wouldn’t believe how many things are only funny if you were there.

The thing that trips me out the most is when acquaintances will tell me they have read my blog or while we are talking they will randomly start a sentence with “It’s like that one post you made…” Wait, wait, hold on. You’ve read my blog? Thanks for never leaving a comment anywhere ever or even giving me a lame “like” when I share my post to my Facebook page. I had absolutely no idea you were reading my blog. But I’m honored.

It makes me wonder who else reads my blog and isn’t letting on. Probably Mr. Obama if I had to guess, he has 2 daughters and he can likely relate to some of my parenting posts. So anyhow, thanks for reading Mr. President, if you could just work it into your next speech: “It’s like the Sunshine Dad says: ‘Parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever have: good parenting is even harder than that!'”

Until next time, you have yourself a great week. And please don’t forget, if you are so inclined to do so, you can click on the Top Daddy Blogs logo below or in my sidebar once a day to vote for me. Thanks.

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