QuickPic: Stars & Stripes for Dinner

November 6, 2012 | By Brent Almond | THINGS MY KID DIGS

Election night-inspired dinner for JJ: Old Glory composed of Gorton’s Tilapia fish sticks and ketchup stripes with Swiss and American (duh) cheese stars. Delicious AND patriotic!

Trip to Italy: Designer Album

September 20, 2012 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF, MAKING MEMORIES

We’ve been back from Italy over a week now, and I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things. We left during summer, came back and it’s fall, with rumblings of Christmas off in the distance. Yikes.

I haven’t had the time/energy to do any proper blogging, so I’m going the “picture is worth a thousand words” route and sharing some of my favorites from the trip. I took over 1,600 photos during our 10 days abroad, which I painstakingly (there was literal pain) narrowed down to about 350 for Facebook. For my DD readers, I’m breaking them up into two smaller collections: the Designer Album and the Daddy Album, natch.

This Designer Album features 10 of my favorite designery shots. Even narrowing down these was difficult, so I chose photos that were not only nice to look at, but best narrated highlights of this unique trip. You can see photos of the Sistine ceiling or Mount Vesuvius any old day, but we spent most of our time with family in non-touristy areas. So these may not be the 10 prettiest, but they are the 10 most personal images. And as always, click on the images to see them molto grande.

Papa's parents, aunts, uncles and cousins all live in Rutigliano near the southeastern coast of Italy (top of the boot heel) This shot was taken from Nonna's terrace depicting a somewhat dismal suburban landscape (aren't they all?) backlit by dramatic Adriatic clouds.


Back-to-School Giveaway!

August 18, 2012 | By Brent Almond | LESSONS LEARNED

Just in time for back to school — or, for my non-parent / math nerd readers — I’m giving away a pair of numerically awesome goodies! The prize includes magnetic numbers from Mudpuppy and a tin of Fox Run mini number cookie cutters.

The varnished wooden numbers (that come in this awesome storage carton) are exponentially cooler than your run-of-the-mill fridge magnets! They’re bright, bold and funky, and the 40-piece set includes numerals 0 to 9, plus symbols for adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and equaling. Among their many other gorgeous and creative products, Mudpuppy also makes a matching set of letter magnets.

I also own a tin of these cute-as-pie cookie cutters, and have put them to good use in many attempts to lure my toddler to eat. I haven’t yet used them to make cookies, (And really, who wants a cookie that small? Seems pointless.) but they’re great for using cheese to turn dinosaurs into cars or cars into racecars or whatever shapes these nuggets were supposed to originally be.

In any event, magnets + cookies x numbers = MATH FUN! And anything that helps make math less torturous is tops in my book.

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In the comments, share an idea for how you’d use the cookie cutters
Share a word or phrase you can spell upside down with numbers (like on a calculator).
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Winner chosen at random. Contest closes midnight (EST) on TUESDAY, AUGUST 22.

Terrific Twos!

November 25, 2011 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF, MAKING MEMORIES

Since it would have been impossible to top last year’s birthday invitation (and because we hosted another party at the house just a couple weeks prior) I opted for an email invitation for JJ’s second birthday party. I’m such a slacker, I know… Realizing the “Two” birthday is most frequently preceded by the word “Terrible,” I put a preemptive, positive spin on the graphic I attached with the invite:

The asterisk read, “*There will be no mention of the ‘Terrible Twos.’ Hey, a little wishful thinking never hurt anyone!”

The party was a blast and JJ had all kinds of fun – opening presents, wallowing in piles of leaves, and romping around with visiting cousins. Speaking of presents, one particularly awesome but oddly-shaped gift was shipped direct from Amazon, which I un-boxed at the very last minute and realized was next to impossible to wrap. So I quickly tied on a twisty ribbon and tucked it behind all the other baby booty.

Of course JJ discovered it while goofing around under the food table. I caught him red-handed, and he turned around and gave this adorably impish grin:

…which also worked perfectly for the Thank You emails.

So far the Twos are pretty terrific. Besides, how can you stay mad at that face?

Captionpalooza 2011: The Winners!

August 1, 2011 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES, THINGS DAD DIGS

At long, long, LONG last, here are my top pics for each photo from Captionpalooza 2011. Thanks again to all who participated — I’m honored to have such creative (and sarcastic) readers!

Photo 1 winner: Ryan W

No officer, I don’t know what happened to Papa Smurf.


How Not to Take Crappy Baby Pictures

April 4, 2011 | By Brent Almond | LESSONS LEARNED, MAKING MEMORIES

Do most of the photos of your kids look like this?

Or this?                                                                                        . . . or perhaps this?

As JJ has become increasingly mobile, I’ve gotten increasingly frustrated with the lack of angelic portraits…the kind I used to get on a regular basis. Before he could walk. I had sadly resigned myself to albums full of blurry, oddly-angled, poorly-lit photos of my son’s formative years.

Then I remembered… “Hey, I know a lot of awesome photographers! Why don’t I ask their advice?”

So I polled my fave photogs (as well as a few recommended to me), and got tons of excellent feedback on everything from lighting to distraction techniques to iPhone tips. I compiled and edited (and included some photos from these great shutterbugs) and am thrilled to present to you…




Top 10 things of 2010

December 30, 2010 | By Brent Almond | MAKING MEMORIES, THINGS MY KID DIGS

Since Designer Daddy has only been in existence a couple of months, this inaugural Top 10 list will be a compilation of favorite things of both mine and JJ’s. Maybe next year I’ll create separate lists. But for now enjoy figuring out which favorites belong to whom… READ FULL ARTICLE >>

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