Stay At Home Dad, Work From Home Dad

It was a long week. 7 days that felt like a month. Running an Ohio digital marketing and web design agency. Building a leather goods business. Birthday shopping for Benjamin. Hanging out with Cohen. Helping Lily navigate the increasingly complex almost-middle-school politics of who said what to whom. Working on the house. Finding time to connect. Alaina […]

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Flashback Friday: Motocamping in the Great Smoky Mountains

Last July, my brothers and I went motocamping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I load up my Harley Ben and Nathanael pack their Harley and Victory, respectively. About noon, we ride South, down to the Great Smoky Mountains. Not much better than motocamping in the mountains. Ben and I probably should’ve gotten new front tires […]

Foggy morning

It was foggy out there at 5am. So foggy, in fact, the schools are on a two-hour delay. More time to hang out with Lily, Benjamin, and Cohen, I guess. Foster doesn’t really care, except that the “bus time” alarm on my phone still goes off at the normal time. He runs around, as usual, yelling “buth […]

Made in America: a Leather Briefcase by Beauty and the Biker

On Ethical Consumption. Or: what Made in America means

Seth and I had the extreme discomfort of being in Las Vegas a few weeks back. We immediately sought out the nearest Harley and escaped into the surrounding deserts to make these videos. Seth and I had the extreme discomfort of being in Las Vegas a few weeks back. I hate Vegas. Sorry, World, I’m […]

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Some darn fine leather.

Seth and I had the extreme discomfort of being in Las Vegas a few weeks back. I hate Vegas. Sorry, World, I’m just not a Vegas girl. So, we immediately sought out the nearest Harley dealer, rented a bike and escaped into the

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Leather Biker Wallet Prototype 1 & 2

Turns out the Smokey Mountains are “smokey” because they’re This morning I asked Alaina if she could take a picture of the leather biker wallet prototype I’ve been working on. Actually, I asked if she’d take a picture of me wearing it. Really only needed three shots: wide, closeup, and side view. She took about […]

My single-dad muscles have atrophied

Day 3 of 4.5 is mostly done. Whew. Alaina is traveling for work. She misses us, and we miss her. My single-dad muscles are wonderfully out of shape. Atrophied, more like. The kids are amazing. And

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2014 In Review: family, the house, motorcycles, and leather goods

How did that happen so quickly? Weren’t we just here? The Holidays and another year over, with a couple months of dark, cold, gray winter still looming. To cheer us all up, we thought we’d put together a look back at 2014– it was a great year, and believe it or not, the top posts […]

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The Christmas tree hunt

Last Sunday, we load up the kids and set off in search of a Christmas tree farm. We find one, but, as Alaina says, “it’s a sea of Charlie Brown trees.” We search and search for a tree. The right tree. Foster searches too. Eventually we find one, cut it, and

My littlest one.

This is divine. Motherhood to the tiniest of guys. To little Foster, I am just “mama”. For that, I am infinitely grateful. While this lasts, this adoring love and endless source of snuggles and nuzzles, I will bask in its innocence. As I help him down his first flight of stairs, as I change his […]