October Surprises!

What a month! It was so jammed packed with fun that it took me an extra nine days just to write this post! Okay, not really, but October was a good month for candy, costumes, and more! Check out my October 2020 wrap-up below.

We kicked off October with #inktober2020. Abby, Alex, and I each did 31 different illustrations through-out the month of October using prompts provided by Inktober. It was a lot of fun sitting with the kids and doing our drawings each night. There were lots of fun and interesting ideas brought to the table by each of us. Check out my Instagram at dadSTL and Abby’s Instagram at AbbyDoodlesArt to see all of our awesome work!

One of the sadder days of October had us spending the day packing up and moving some of my mom’s stuff. My mom was a wonderful person and had so many ideas and projects, unfortunately she teetered on the line of hoarding. So this move was definitely a big project, one that is far from finished, but we made a big dent. There were a lot of memories packed away. We will eventually make our way through all of the boxes, it will just take some time.

In other crazy October news, a marina that I do web design work for caught on fire. That was a very interesting day.

Union Station had their Halloween Experience, so we had to check that out. It was a lot of fun and the kids had an absolute blast. Union Station has some of the coolest events during the various holidays. We are super excited for the new Polar Express setup this year. It looks so fun and unique compared to previous years!

Pumpkin painting, pumpkin patches, and trunk-or-treats filled up a few weekends for us. Halloween is always a great time of year to get together with family and start celebrating the end of the year! I think this year we did three different trunk-or-treats, one at a car dealership, one at a car show, and one at a church! We went to the Eagle Fork pumpkin patch this year as well, and to top it all off the kids even got to go trick-or-treating this year!

The night before Halloween was even a fun one for the kids. Mischief night as it is known to some, Devil’s night as known by others. The kids stayed with their mischievous aunt and uncle and decided to go out and cause mayhem as they toilet papered our house and sped off into the night!

This year the kids decided to dress up as Negan from The Walking Dead and Harley Quinn. I decided to dress up as the great and all powerful sorcerer. It was a lot of fun, I even read some tarot cards and predicted a few futures!

Finally, as Halloween came to a close, so did Daylight Savings and the time decided to fall back. So on the day after Halloween, we decided to smash our pumpkins for what will become a yearly tradition! Using a baseball bat, golf clubs, and a few other creative ideas the kids and I spent a couple hours smashing some pumpkins and then tossing the bits and pieces into our compost.

And there you have it! St. Louis Dad’s October! I am sure there is more, but I am getting old and tired, and it’s about time for my nap.

Winter Home Woes And How To Solve Them

It’s fair to say that through the winter months can bring numerous challenges for homeowners that you need to be aware of and prepare for. If you do this, you can avoid problems with property damage and expensive repairs. Let’s explore some of the biggest winter woes that you can face and how to handle them the right way. 

Snowed In

It’s possible that you get snow this winter. This can be quite the nightmare because it could stop kids getting to school or you being able to reach work in the morning. To tackle this issue, you ideally need to invest in a high quality snow blower. The best snow blowers will make fast work of snow that’s built up around your property. Of course, you could already have a snow blower that just isn’t working as well as it should. If that’s the case, then you might need to think about fixing it. If you navigate to these guys, you’ll find some great advice on how to make the right repairs here. 

Water Trouble

Alternatively, you might find that there are issues with water in your home. If the rain starts to fall, even the smallest hole or gap in your roof can be a complete and utter nightmare. The good news is that it’s easy to handle trouble like this. You just need to contact a roofer and get them to check your roof before the winter weather sets in. Ideall, you should make sure that you are exploring issues here around the fall to give you enough time to get them fixed. Remember, if you leave this for too long, the problem can get a lot worse. 

Lights Out 

You might find that you have issues with power outages through the winter months. This can occur due to problems with the wind or it might be due to snow falling on the lines. In either case, the power going out can be a massive problem. Particularly, if it occurs at an inopportune moment such as when you’re cooking a meal on Christmas day. That’s why you might want to think about investing in a backup generator. These are a lot more affordable than most people realize and will fit into a typical budget. 

Pesky Pests 


It’s a well known fact that insects in the home become more common through the winter season. However, people do tend to forget that this can also lead to a full blown infestation. You need to be wary of this problem and ensure that you are taking the right steps to prevent it. This can be a case of filling in any cracks along the walls of your property. You might also want to think about laying down some bug spray and traps to ensure that a problem like this doesn’t catch you by surprise. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the common issues that you can have with your home through the winter months and what you can do to solve these problems. If you take the right steps, then you can avoid a lot of problems with property damage and headaches further down the road. 

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

Accessories For Your Man Cave That You Really Need!

The ‘man cave’ can be a special room in your house, perhaps the basement, perhaps the attic or a small corner in the garage, but you know that there you will not find more than what you would turn your whole house into. With your wife’s permission, of course! Here’s a good collection of essential objects for your personal cave (aka personal paradise!) 

The first thing to consider for your man cave is definitely a sign, right? Because, without a sign, how can we tell people that this space is only for men? Currently you can find a large number of signs, from those that are made of metal or wood, for example, to neon signs or LEDS, for example. Depending on the style of your cave, it will be the type of sign that you can use since there are currently a large number of options on the market.

Gaming tables and accessories

A man cave wouldn’t be a cave if it didn’t have some kind of board game for fun. One of the most popular options, and that without a doubt cannot be missing in your cave, are the famous pool tables. It doesn’t matter if your man cave is small or narrow, there are pool tables in all shapes and sizes. You can even find much more versatile options such as pool tables that can be transformed into tables or shelves. Depending on your budget and the characteristics of your cave, it will be the table that you should choose. You should also look at a dart board as this is certainly going to be something fun that the guys can enjoy over a beer. Although we are talking about pool tables, here it is worth mentioning other types of games, the so-called video games which offer a large number of advantages for users. You can find a lot of possibilities. You can mount a projector in your cave and connect it to a console to place only a television or a Gaming computer. 

Refrigerator

One of the basics of every man, and a man’s cave, is beer, this due to the great affection that men usually have for said drink. Nowadays having beer in your cave for men is easier than you think because there are options for everyone. A perfect example is the beer dispensers which can serve you beer directly into your glass. If you like to drink it in its container, a refrigerator may be a good option. Of course, in both we recommend some accessories such as wall openers or shelves for glasses and bottles.

Chairs and comfy seating

A cave for men has to be, yes or yes, comfortable because the main objective is to serve as a space to rest and relax. Currently in the market we can find options of all kinds, from bean bag chairs or classic armchairs to chairs of all kinds. Depending on the design of your man cave, it will be the type of armchairs and chairs recommended. For example, if you want it to be inspired by a video game theme, Gamers chairs can be a good option. If you want it to be sports-themed, a ball-shaped bean bag might be a good idea. There are so many chairs to look at. In fact you should look at A Guide To Buying The Best Man Cave Chairs. Now it’s really time to get that man cave up and running! 

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

Ideas for Stimulating Learning and Creativity at Home

The pandemic has forced millions of schools across the nation to close. As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, billions of students are studying from home, causing a new normal upon children and families who never saw this coming.

A study from June of this year showed that students struggle with online classes, saying that their virtual lessons are much inferior to in-person courses. Unless your children were home-schooled, they have most likely never seen your home as a place for learning and creativity. On the contrary, they probably grew up seeing your house as a place to rest, sleep, and play.

Unfortunately, our situation remains unchanged at the moment, and we can only try to make the best out of our circumstances. As parents, it’s our job to help our kids become the best people they can be. Here are some tips and tricks for inspiring learning and creativity at home, because our kids need and deserve all the help they can get.

Set up a separate work station for them.

Because your home is now a home-office-school-gym hybrid, you need to be able to set boundaries now more than ever. If you’re stressed out about this new setup or finding yourself having to combat Zoom fatigue, chances are your children are, too. And just like adults, they need to be emotionally regulated to access their brainpower fully.

Studies show that visually and spatially separating your rest, play, and work stations can go a long way in helping you be more productive when teleworking. The same is true for young students. Here are some tips for setting up their work station:

  1. Make sure the work station is facing the windows or the walls, not their beds. It will keep them from being tempted to study on their beds, which experts say isn’t a good idea.
  2. Consider your child’s age and learning style. Their desk and chair must be appropriate for their age and size and must do wonders for their backs. If they’re the type to get energized by seeing nature, set up the work station where they have a full view of the yard or some trees. If they’re easily distracted, remove devices, comic books, and other non-school-related activities beside them.
  3. Assist them in organizing their books and other school materials. Having them take the lead with you helping them will make them feel like they were part of building the work station.
  4. Make sure that the workspace supports their learning style. Because all kids are different,there is more than one way for them to learn-there’s no one-size-fits-all. Support your child’s schooling by adjusting the workstation according to their learning style. If your child is a visual learner, provide them with lots of art materials or surround them with stimulating artworks. If your child is a kinesthetic learner, make sure they have enough space to run around and do some stretching throughout the day.

Enforce structure and consistency.

Pandemic or not, kids need structure and consistency. Set some rules and boundaries with your kids. That may come in the form of a daily schedule or chores that they need to help out with at home. Whatever it is, teach your child essential values by being specific about the routines and family rules they need to follow. Remember to be kind and supportive about it, so they know you have your back even when they fail.

Add some greenery into your home.

There are multiple physical, mental, and emotional benefits to seeing greenery regularly. Scientists found that green spaces can encourage exercise and can provide a respite for weary and overstimulated minds. Even the simple act of seeing green in your home can be healing and therapeutic for you and your kids!

If your house is surrounded by nature, consider opening windows all the time or ditching the drapes. If not, takecare of some houseplants or have a moss wall setup.

Encourage rest.

When you see your child restless or frustrated, that’s a great time to encourage them to take a break. Cheer them up by giving them a light snack, letting them read a few pages of their favorite book, or play for a little. Do you remember emotional regulation? They’re only able to be the best student they can be if they’re emotionally healthy. So encourage rest when they need it.

Practice What You Preach

Being stuck at home together, your kids learn so much more from what they see rather than what they hear. If you want them to excel at their schooling, set an example for rhythms of work and rest that are both productive and healthy. So practice what you preach, and exemplify what it looks like to care for yourself as you work from home.