Back-to-School Goodness

Back-to-school time is in full-swing at our house. My youngest son started his first year of high school last Friday (Yikes!) and my oldest son heads back to college in just a few days to begin his sophomore year.

It’s a crazy-busy time of the year, for sure.

And yes, it’s totally true what they say: time flies. At warp speed!

Check out these four (4) great products that might just make the academic year a little easier for you.

Easy is good, right? Heck yes!

Read on.

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A Quick Tutorial: Salad-in-a-Jar

three canning jars


Several of my Instagram followers have asked me about the photos of I post with food in canning jars.

First, as much as I’d like to claim to be the original “food jar guy”, I’m not.  Hey, honesty is a virtue.  Just being straight up with you, okay?

I also know a good thing when I see it.  So…I want to share some food-in-a-jar ideas with you.

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Nesquik Ready-to-Drink Makes a Great Addition to a School Lunch


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.

lunch on kiddie picnic table

Back to school time is (Ugh!) only a few weeks away.

Summer goes by way too fast, doesn’t it?

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Coming Up on Crafty Dad dot com





Lots of things are planned here at Crafty Dad dot com.

Here’s a quick list of some upcoming blog posts:

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Low-Carb Recipe :: Grilled Chicken Salad

It’s summertime.

It’s grilling time.

No one wants to stand over a hot stove.

Turning on the oven is a no-no on a hot summer day.

Solution:  Grilled Chicken Salad.

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June was National Safety Awareness Month

safety cones


Did you know that June was National Safety Awareness Month?

It’s true.  And although summer is speeding by and we’re already into the month of July, I wanted to share some safety tips with you.

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Book Giveaway: “Crockett’s Victory Garden”

Gardening has been in my blood for many years.  Probably more than 50 years if I think hard enough about it. My grandfather taught me everything he knew – from soil preparation to harvest.

And all the sweat-filled, mosquito-swatting tasks in between.


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Wednesday Wipe Down

Wednesday Wipe Down


What day is it?

Well, yes, it’s Huuuuuuump Day.

No doubt about that.

It’s also Wednesday Wipe Down at the Crafty Dad house.


It’s quick, easy, and effective at keeping your home looking good.

(And it’s a great way to keep clutter from taking over too!)


Here’s the Rub:

1.  Deal with the mail.  Put it away.  Trash it. Recycle it. Shred it. Whatever you need to do. Just DO IT.

2.  Wipe down the kitchen counters, sink, stove top, and refrigerator.  Nothing fancy.  A damp cleaning rag is really all we’re talking about here.  Wipe off the grime and fingerprints.  Make your sink shine.  Done.

3.  Bathrooms.  We have three of them.  I was done in less than FIVE minutes.  It’s easy.  A damp rag takes care of the sinks and counter top area.  A second damp rag for wiping off the toilet.  Toss the dirty hand towels in the laundry.  Put out fresh ones.  Boom!  Done.

4. De-clutter.  Find all the TV remotes.  Put them in their basket, or bowl, or whatever you use to corral them.  Make sure the kids’ toys are put away.  (Strongly encourage them to help you with this task.  I mean really.)  If things are really a mess, I put all the clutter in a laundry basket and then ask each family member to deal with his/her stuff. PUT IT AWAY.  We all have trouble with that one, don’t we? Oh, it’s SO easy to get it out. But putting things away seems to be an ageless shortcoming.


That’s it!

It only takes a few minutes.  And, if everyone pitches in, it goes WAY faster.  And the grumbling is minimized too.

Ask me how I know!







Your Chance to Win a Copy of the Book “Success for Teens”


Win a free book



Two years ago I had the privilege of speaking to my son’s sixth-grade class. It was their graduation ceremony from elementary school.

I shared lots of ideas with the kids and their parents. And when the speech was over, I presented each of them with a book called Success for Teens. The book is by the good people at the Success Foundation. You can learn about them here.

Here’s a list of the chapters in the book:

One: Little Things Matter

Two: Attitude is Everything

Three: Use the Moment

Four: Everything Starts with Small Steps

Five: There’s No Such Thing as Failure

Six: Habits are Powerful

Seven: You’re Always Learning

Eight: Make Your Dreams Come True

All the kids + their teachers + the principal received a book. I still have some boxed up at home. They are not doing anyone any good sitting in my basement, so I’m giving away five copies*.

It’s a great paperback book and makes a nice gift – whether it’s for a student moving into middle-school or high school; or a young person graduating from high school – the principles covered in the book are timeless and very helpful.


enter to win a free book

Your Chance to Win One of Five Copies

To enter the random drawing for the book, all you have to do is leave a quick comment below. And, please, be sure to provide a valid email address so I can contact you if you’re one of the lucky winners.

Entries need to be made by 11:59 EST Sunday, May 11th.

The winners will be drawn sometime on Monday (May 12th) and announced here on the blog on Tuesday, May 13th.

Thanks and good luck to you!


*U.S. shipping addresses only

Easy Paleo Meal :: Eggs, Ham, and Organic Greens

You’re busy.

I’m busy.

Who has time for fancy food-making these days?  Not me.

Here’s an easy Paleo meal you can whip up today.

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