Dear Jack: What I Learned from Father’s Day 2017

6 years, 7 months.

Dear Jack,

Father’s Day morning was quite special, as my very first gift was getting to sleep in, thanks to Mommy. I didn’t wake up until 9:30. It was glorious!

We then made our way to the living room, where I was bombarded with goodies from you and your sister. I now have a Captain America dad shirt. (He’s my favorite super hero.) Plus Mommy got me some vegan treats too.

And of course I was especially delighted to see crafts from you and your sister. You made me a special “shrinky dink” keychain, featuring a drawing you made of your and me; where you’ve again drawn us the same size. I’m so happy because I was a little jealous when Mommy got one for Mother’s Day last month…

Your sister made me a glittery “World’s Best Dad” award, based on the shape of her hand.

I took special care to read through all the questionnaire answers you gave,

as they reveal how you perceive having me as your Daddy:

My dad’s hair is black. (That’s darker than I realized!)

He’s as tall as a boy. (Are you saying I’m short?)

He weighs about 60 pounds. (Last time I checked, I was closer to 160. Guess I recently lost 100 pounds!)

My dad looks handsome when he wears hair gel. (I think you gave this answer because I fix your hair and mine at the same time.)

My dad always says “no.” (Hey, just trying to balance out how nice Mommy is to you. Though on the next page, you said, “My dad is my superhero because he is nice.”)

He’s not very good at cooking. Once Daddy was cooking before I was born and Mommy didn’t like it. (Very true- and very good memory!)

My dad’s favorite song is Metallica. (Yes, just Metallica. I’ll always think of you when I think of them because I really got into them back in January when I stayed overnight without you in the hospital, of all things!)

My dad’s favorite place to go is Whole Foods. (True, I’m there nearly every day, picking up groceries on my mountain bike during my lunch break.)

He always forgets… I don’t think he forgets anything. (True, unless it relates to where some obscure kitchen utensil goes in the drawer. In that case, I need Mommy to draw me a diagram with directions and instructions!)

He really likes to hike. (Yes! And I love the creative way you drew us hiking together, with our backs turned. That’s cool.)

My dad’s job is truck driving. (Actually, I’m the manager of the retention department for a trucking company- but that’s a mouthful!)

He likes to wear plaid shirts. (Right on, good eye!)

He reminds me of a bozo. (If you’re saying I’m funny, I’ll take the compliment!)

I love my dad because he plays Hungry Sharks with me. (Not only did I spent countless hours of our Christmas vacation earning you extra points on that game, it also was a game we took turns playing while you were in the hospital.)

Father’s Day really was special. It actually reminded me of a birthday or something.

I very much enjoyed celebrating fatherhood with you and your sister, and gaining your personal perspective.



Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

5 years, 7 months.

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

Dear Jack,

This past weekend made our 4th time in 3 years to go to a Monster Jam show. Clearly, we are fans! However, this made the first time that Papa got to go with us. He filled in for Mommy, since she was home with your baby sister Holly, along with Nonna.

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

You and Holly got Papa and me our own special t-shirts for Father’s Day. Plus, you drew Papa a special Father’s Day picture which features you, Papa, and me as dogs, as well as Whiskers; a stray cat that stayed with Nonna and Papa for a few weeks around Thanksgiving last year.

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

Another thing that made this time special was that it marked the first time Monster Jam was held at the Nissan Stadium in downtown Nashville, which is outdoors; as compared to the Bridgestone Area where it is normally held.

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

Not only was the noise not so bad since it was outdoors, but there was more room for the trucks to do their thing. And, you counted over 13 different trucks… maybe even 20! That’s the most we’ve ever seen at a Monster Jam event.

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

This was definitely my favorite Monster Jam show so far! So much action…

We had really good seats- any closer and we may have gotten mud slung on us!

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

You were very happy to see your favorite monster truck, Zombie, was there. I don’t think the driver intended this to happen, but the truck was smoking as it flew through the air. And just like the last time we saw Zombie, the truck lost one of its arms during all the action.

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

That’s similar to the case with El Toro Loco, which lost one of its horns after the truck did a back flip. To our surprise, as seen on the big screen, the driver apparently gave away the broken horn to one lucky fan.

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

Ultimately, it seems that the “back flip ramp” had a lot to do with which truck would ultimately win the completion, as doing a backf lip earned the driver extra bonus points, but at the same time greatly risked putting the truck out of commission if it landed upside-down.

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

The show ended with the winner being announced: Hot Wheels. Then we were all pleasantly surprised by fireworks!

Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

Getting to go to the Monster Jam really made Father’s Day special for Papa and me. As always, you and I are looking forward to going back to Monster Jam the next time it comes to Nashville.



Dear Jack: Monster Jam at the Nissan Stadium for Father’s Day 2016

Or… You Could Literally Give Dad “Nothing” for Father’s Day

Photograph of a 19th-Century stock certificate***not under copyright****

Photograph of a 19th-Century stock certificate***not under copyright****

You’ve probably already seen my “Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Target” post. If not, check it out, because I’m really proud of it. But, today I came across another idea; one that is much more unconventional.

This year the kids can literally give Dad “nothing”… this story has been receiving some great online coverage from the Huffington Post, AdWeek and many local broadcast affiliates.

I admit, if my wife asks me what I want for Father’s Day (or really, any holiday), it is typical for me not to easily be able to think of something.

If that is common among dads, I would theorize part of it has to do with a husband and father feeling funny about being served by our his family.

We as husbands and fathers are wired to provide for our family. Especially with my wife and I being serious Dave Ramsey followers (a few weeks ago we bought a new car and already had the money saved in the bank, not because we’re rich, because we are that strict with our budget), I always feel like I’m making an irresponsible decision if I give my family the green light to spend money on me for something I simply want, but don’t need.

Or… You Could Literally Give Dad “Nothing” for Father’s Day

So yeah, I admit, “nothing” is a much more practical answer to give when my family asks me what to get me for a gift.

This year, Century 21 decided to help families actually give dad nothing; as in a piece of Nothing, Arizona, an uninhabited ghost town about 120 miles Northwest of Phoenix.

From now through Father’s Day, families can go to and enter their father’s name to lease a piece of Nothing, Arizona, for one day; June 19th, 2016 for free.

Then they can then download, print, or email a certificate bestowing “Nothing” on their father – all free of charge.

Yep, it’s true- and you heard it first from me!

Now, granted, I would personally still recommend by giving Dad something. But first, start off by giving him nothing.

Or… You Could Literally Give Dad “Nothing” for Father’s Day

*All photos and images courtesy of Century 21 Real Estate.

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Target

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas at Target

A month ago during Mother’s Day, I told the story of how my son and I took the short drive to Target to purchase Mother’s Day gifts. My wife was perfectly delighted with what we picked out for her there.

Undeniably and by default, we are a Target family. We are there all throughout the week. Just a few days ago, I did an Instragram on how I finally spent some of my birthday money there on some good music:

nickshellwritesFinally getting around to spending some birthday money. #target

nickshellwrites Finally getting around to spending some birthday money. #target

Right now I’m thinking of the lyrics from the song “Spend Your $$$”, from Walk the Moon’s CD that I bought: “What do you spend your money on?”

With my wife and I being Dave Ramsey followers, we live by the concept of having designated “blow money”. Everything else goes to pay bills or it goes into our savings, which is how we recently bought a new car and already had the money in the bank.

When I think about it, though, when I do spend my money, I spend a good amount of my “blow money” at Target.

Well, the folks at Target had no idea about any of this; nor were they aware of my Mother’s Day post or about my birthday money Instagram. So it is a complete coincidence that Target reached out to me a few days ago and asked me to do a “Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Idea” post, simply based on the fact I am one of America’s most popular daddy bloggers.

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas at Target

Merona Men’s Sleep Pants in Black, $14.99

Men’s Accessories Surf Sunglasses in Black, $14.99

Bevel Shave System Starter Kit, $89.95

Nate Berkus Cross Hatch Ceramic Photo Frame, $12.99

Bose® SoundSport® In-Ear Headphone, $99.99

Threshold Wall Mount Bear Bottle Opener, $7.99

A+ Men’s Eddie Sneakers in Tan, $34.99

Merona Men’s Weekender Bag in Navy, $29.99

S’ip by S’well Blue Raspberry Gummy Stainless Steel Water Bottle 15oz, $24.99

Merona Men’s Dopp Kit in Black, $12.99

Merona Men’s Five Link Bracelet Watch in Gunmetal, $19.99

Merona Men’s Bi-Fold Wallet in Black, $12.99

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas at Target

C9 Champion® – Men’s Softshell Jacket Ebony Heather, $49.99

Men’s Dad/Kid Sock Sets Pair of Thieves, $9.99

Merona Men’s Pique Polo in Grey, $12.99

Merona Men’s Belt in Cognac, $14.99

Merona Men’s Tie in Navy Pindot, $19.99

‘Dad’ Copper Mug, $39.99

Fitbit Alta Activity and Sleep Tracker, $129.99

Room Essentials 3 Piece BBQ Tool Set with Colored Handles, $10.00

iDevices iGrill Mini Thermometer, $35.99

Threshold Bryant Faux Wood Patio Bar Cart, $90.99

Threshold Beer Pint Decal 6-Piece Glass Set, $11.99

They sent me a nice new, classy belt (I desperately needed one!) as well as some leather sneakers (okay, I admit- I own more shoes than my wife, but I can always handle more!).

I say dads are easy to pick gifts for. As for me, I like practical stuff. So if you’re still trying to figure out what to get Dad for Father’s Day weekend, I suggest just go by Target.

As a husband and a dad, I can tell you for a fact that Target is always one of the easiest places for me to spend gift cards. (It’s the main place my wife and I were registered for our newborn daughter.) It really is one of my favorite stores. I consider it an honor they reached out to me to help people figure out what to get Dad for Father’s Day.

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas at Target

Review of Shaver 9700 Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shaver by Philips Norelco

Here on Family Friendly Daddy Blog, you’ve probably noticed that for the past 2 weeks, I’ve done a post featuring a video which spotlights the Philips Norelco Shaver 9700.

Review of Shaver 9700 Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shaver by Philips Norelco

First, the shaver showed up in the 2nd webisode of my superhero series, Jack-Man, as Jack-Man’s secret weapon to defeat the evil and stoic Bath-Man. That’s when my customized theme song for the 9700 was introduced:

“In your face!


In your face!

You’ll be glad you found it

It cleans itself like a smart razor should

The percentage display shows the charge is still good

In your face!”

Then last week I debuted my unboxing of the Philips Norelco 9700, again featuring my theme song:

So this week, leading up to Father’s Day, I now share my review of the product; now that I’ve had a few weeks to really try it out.

My favorite part about the 9700 is how easily I can switch from the shaver heard to trimmer, and back; it just simply snaps off; using the SmartClick system. So perfect.

On any other electric razor I’ve owned, I always had to depend on that flimsy, awkward trimmer on the side of the shaver that would always fold in when I used it.

Review of Shaver 9700 Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shaver by Philips Norelco

Not with the 9700; so easily I can switch back and forth.

I also love how the display screen shows you exactly what percentage charge remains. That’s awesome!

The last major thing I want to point out about the 9700 is how light it is. It’s the lightest I’ve ever had.

Beyond this, the 9700 also comes complete with its own self-cleaning station as well. And you can shave either wet or dry.

If you’re considering a very special Father’s Day gift, this could be the one.

I hope you’d enjoyed my review and my videos to go along with it. Thanks for reading and thanks for watching.

Review of Shaver 9700 Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shaver by Philips Norelco

My Classy (And Gassy) Father’s Day Gift

June 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm , by 

2 years, 7 months.

Dear Jack,

With today being a special day, Father’s Day to be exact, Mommy decided to make our family some of her magical vegan cupcakes.

You got lucky. She let you lick the cake batter from the mixing bowl.

To keep the chocolate “mud” from getting all over your clothes, Mommy and I decided it was best that we strip you down to just your diaper.

Immediately afterwards, Mommy went upstairs to fold the laundry.

That meant it was just you and me.

That’s when things got weird…

You placed the mixing bowl in the middle of the kitchen floor, then begin circling it while holding your spoon to your forehead. (Technically dangerous, though things often are when you’re on my watch.)

It didn’t help that you were by that point “toddler drunk” from the mix of the sugar and the missed nap.

I had a feeling I needed to capture this on video. I couldn’t have known what was about to happen during those 38 seconds I recorded you.

So, actually, here ya go…

Watch the clip of what happened:

That’s right. In the middle of your ancient tribal dance, you gave me the gift that keeps on giving… as you put it, “It was a gas!”

Thank you for my coffee cup. Thank you for my new swim trucks and t-shirt. Thank you for the cool dinosaur Father’s Day card you picked out especially for me.

And while I’m at it, I guess I might as well thank you for the… hilarious memory, too!




Reminder About Father’s Day Weekend 2013

June 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm , by 

Dear Jack,

It’s always cool to be a dad, but this week is prime time! The Father’s Day cards and gifts have been bought and it seems the Internet is a bit more abundant in “dad stuff” this week. I’ll share a few examples of what I am seeing…

Here’s a funny music video about poppin’ bottles; the song totally gets stuck in my head when I watch it:

And there’s this classy commercial Sears put out about dads being heroes, which I definitely approve of:

“He’s just super, ’cause he’s my dad.”

I like this guy’s comment on the video on YouTube, which itself earned 67 thumbs up:

Matt Young 2 weeks ago

“I’m surprised. Typically, the media picks on men and fathers.”

And then, of course, there’s this blog post, called “24 People Who Are Really Nailing This Parenting Thing.” It’s hilarious! From the dad who “helps” his daughter on the swing while drinking a beer…


To the dad who does his best to protect his daughter…


To the dad who evidently dresses in costume every day as he waves goodbye to his son…


I feel like in the past 3 years as I’ve been “daddy blogging,” I’m starting to noitice that I’m spending less time writing about examples of how dads are portrayed as idiots in media, and instead, spending more time spotlighting the examples of dads being celebrated instead.

That’s really exciting for me to see.

Sure, some of these examples I’ve shown today are lighthearted and show the dads poking fun of themselves, but that’s part of the celebration.

Fortunately, it’s becoming taboo for companies to portray the dad as a goofball. But it goes back to the concept that it’s better to make the crowd laugh yourself than to have them laugh at you at your expense thanks to someone else.

I definitely don’t mind laughing at myself. After all, it’s in my wiring to want to make people laugh… I’m a guy!

For the rest of this week, dads will officially be publicly celebrated. But in many households, dads are celebrated more than one special week a year.




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