Must Read BEFORE Choosing Names

If you haven’t been to Cool Mom Picks, you need to go check them out. A few days ago they posted regarding a book offered by Amazon called “Bad Baby Names.”

With all the so-called creative naming going on these days around baby names I think it would be prudent to drop the $9.95 on this one.

Don’t believe me? Have a peak at Celebrity baby names, or better yet have a look at the review scores for the book over at Amazon.

I’m including a few example names below. See if you can figure out who’s responsible ;)
Piper Maru
Sailor Lee
Phoenix Chi
Heavenly Hiraani
Tiger Lily
I could go on and on…
Note: if I’ve offended anyone with this list, I apologize. This wasn’t meant to be personal… but if you’re on here your name is weird.

Without The Internet Would You Have Ever Discovered Va-J-J-Jelly?

Va-j-j jelly and bum cream. Something for everyone.

Thank God for the internet!

Sites like this crack me up… my hat’s off to any genius that can interject humour into a painful or otherwise humourless topic. In this case, diaper rash, sore nipples, dry va-j-j and, um, hemorrhoids. offers all of the above in some pretty attractive packaging. Whether you actually need these, want them for friends, or are due for a gag gift you need to check this out.

Niche Post. Parents With Children Who Dislike Sharks Please Disregard

If I were your kid I'd love Casey Millard's shark paintings

You’ve been warned.

I tend to have an odd (relative to most people) taste in art. I’m not a hunter, but for some reason I’m curious about taxidermy. I like art by Luke Chueh and Blaine Fontana… and enjoy bonsai and tropical fish. Weird.

Anyway. I’ve always liked sharks, and Home Canary recently posted about an artist that appears to have a serious, albeit somewhat strange love of sharks. I’ll leave you to decide whether or not your kid would like these, but I suspect that there are a few of you out there that wouldn’t mind sharing some wall space with these creative pieces.

The artist’s name is Casey Riordan Millard and apparently here pieces can presently be seen at Chicago’s Packer Schopf Gallery. If I lived there I would go. I hope some of you will.

Here’s One For The Ladies (And The Guys With Taste)

April Scott designs on Etsy will allow your child to shine brighter than spring!

Kidhaus recently posted some seriously bright, seriously spring-appropriate patterned dresses by a designer named April Scott. This is yet another case of fantastic product available over at Etsy.

There are some very fun patterns up at April’s Etsy site right now, although the technicolor item used as her icon appears to have been sold. Might be worth a visit back in case she lists another.

I’ve always been a sucker for bright colours… don’t tell the guys.

Golf And Your Child. Everyone’s A Critic

You know the little guy loves you, but will he embarrass you in front of your friends if you bring him along to the course? If this video is any indication, the answer is a resounding “YES!”

It might be worthwhile teaching him to direct his excitement towards the OTHER golfers and remain passive and approving when dad steps up.

I Heard A Joke The Other Day

Actually it was sent to me via email, and I’ll repost it here for you tonight so you can enjoy this heartwarming story. I hope this doesn’t make me one of those ‘spammy’ people…

A young couple and their daughter moved into a house next door to which was an empty lot. One day a construction crew arrived to start work on a new home that was to occupy the empty lot. The little 5-year-old naturally took an interest in all the activity in the empty lot and spent hours of every day watching the workers.

The workers, all of them softies underneath the grime, basically adopted the little girl as their unofficial project mascot. They chatted with her regularly, let her sit with them during coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her tasks here and there to make her feel part of the crew.

At week’s end they presented her with a pay envelope containing an official payroll check! It was only two dollars, but the girl took it home to her mother who said all the appropriate words of admiration and suggested that they take the two-dollar “pay” she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.

Upon arriving at the bank, the teller was impressed as well and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own paycheck at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, “I worked last week with the crew building the house next door to us.”

“My goodness!” said the teller. “And will you continue to work on the house this coming week as well?”

The little girl smiled and responded, “I will if those dirtbags at Home Depot ever deliver the damned sheetrock!”