This is the big dog, bad boy, mother of all that is holy, shut the front door, check yo self, shut it down diaper bag of all diaper bags. When you need a bag that holds more than what you need for a simple trip to the grocery store THIS is the bag you need. Baby K’tan has long been one of the premier brands in the baby gear world and this weekender bag is no exception. Boasting (huge breath in) nine compartments, a wet bag for dirty diapers, a changing pad, wipes dispenser, a damn COOLER pocket for keeping things cold, binky pouch (gasp in) antibacterial nylon, secure velcro opening, laptop compartment and 100% cotton exterior, oh baby give daddy one of these. The only thing this beast doesn’t come with is a baby but you can work on that right guys? read more…
Oh shit…Valentine’s Day is like right now. You’ve known that for weeks but you still haven’t picked up anything yet, have you? Thought so. Sure, you could overnight something on Amazon but she’ll see right through that. Besides, she may not even want stuff. Chances are she just wants some downtime to herself. Here are some last-minute ideas that could potentially save your ass this year.
Flowers from Urbanstems ($35+)
Sure, flowers die and it’s kinda cliche, but you should still get them anyway. If you don’t have a garden where you can pick your own, Urbanstems is a new startup that offers a selection of fresh, seasonal bouquets hand delivered within hours via bicycle in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and DC areas.
Breakfast in Bed (or Out)
The point is: don’t let her cook. Find an easy recipe on Yummly and let her stay in bed while you cook (tip: make sure you have some Nutella on hand. Moms love Nutella). The kids will probably want to help, too. If you’re the type of guy who can’t even make toast, then take her out to brunch or, better yet, pick up her favorite breakfast dish from her favorite restaurant and serve it to her in bed.
Make a Card
Any guy can swing by the corner drugstore the day before and pick from a limited/terrible selection of Hallmark cards. But don’t. Make your own. It doesn’t have to look nice. The most appreciated cards we’ve ever given our wives were made in Microsoft Word and printed on computer paper because the sentiment and words came 100% from the heart.
I’m so tired. Why won’t she sleep? I got what…4 hours total last night? It’s okay if I curl up under my desk for a few right?
You give up a lot of yourself when you become a parent, but perhaps the thing you will miss the most is sleep. Oh, sleep sweet sleep where did you go? Listen, we don’t know how to help you sleep more once you have kids, it never gets better, at least not for years. So, in lieu of not having any advice on how to sleep more, we can offer you some products that will help you and your partner sleep better.
Moonlight Pajamas ($70) For the relevant mom, a super nice pair of pajamas that will make her feel like a starlet from the silver screen.
Vintage Pajama Set ($95) Relevant Mom swears by these J-Crew pajamas, ultimate style and comfort.
It is not a cliche to say that one’s coffee consumption skyrockets upon the arrival of a new baby and never really plateaus until they leave for college. Okay, maybe not college maybe just sleeping through the night but both milestones will seem eons away in those first months of parenthood. You know, come to think about it ones coffee consumptions really just increase with the child’s age, speaking as a father of a 3 year old and a 9 month old coffee may be the most important thing in my life. So, why not consume it in style? What’s that told adage? Work smarter not harder? Well, I say drink smarter not harder. No, that makes no sense. Drink smarter not hotte…nevermind I need a coffee to figure this tagline out. In the meantime check out our list of coffee items we are enjoying here at Relevant Dad.
Ember Ceramic Mug – $80 The number of times you will find a cold cup of coffee forgotten in the microwave will go from 5,000 to 0 with this mug that keeps your coffee at the exact temperature you want it from “this first sip to the last drop.”
La Colombe Coffee Flask – $30 Because give me one good reason not to have a coffee flask? Exactly.
Ten Cup Chemex – $48 With pour over coffee in vogue and quite frankly a better cup this Chemex is the way to go when you have the time. It’s way prettier than a Keurig and your taste buds will thank you.
Cafflano Portable Pourover Kit – $110 Speaking of pour over superiority this portable kit from Cafflano is just amazing. Impress your significant other on the picnic or family hike or just enjoy while watching soccer practice from the sidelines.
Trees Knees Coffee Maple – $14 Okay, so this one is a cheat but dammit it’s sooooo good. Drizzle on ice cream or pancakes just about anything that brings you comfort can take a dollop of this gem.
Not going to try and blow smoke here guys, it’s been awhile since we have exercised to the point of ruining a pair of headphones with sweat. In our 20’s it happened on more than one occasion, oh how we long for the days. Running around town shirtless looking like a slightly older Zac Efron (or not) waving to the passers-by while listening to Graduation on the awesome iPod Nano.
The time has come to get back into shape and we found our new favorite headphones from Hexnub. These sweatproof earbuds are perfect for exercise, connect wirelessly with Bluetooth and are actually comfortable to wear. The battery life is around 8 hours and the price is amazing for the quality of these earbuds. At the rate that we break or lose headphones, you bet we will have these bookmarked for repeat buying. It’s been a few weeks of playing with these guys on our commute, doing yard work and yes even on the elliptical while watching The Office on Netflix. The sound holds up in all settings and we could not be happier. Check them out below by clicking the BUY button and grab some for a gift this holiday season as well.
Google has just released a new smart camera that you can set up in your home to capture those oft-forgotten or missed candid moments. “Google Clips is smart enough to recognize great expressions, lighting and framing. So the camera captures beautiful, spontaneous images. And it gets smarter over time.” The AI tech on this camera seems pretty fun. The more it recognizes a face or your pets the more it will take clips of that subject which means the quality of clips that you save will improve over time. The shots will save to your phone’s Clips app and you can edit them into moments using the amazing Google Photo’s app. This is just the perfect app for families who want to spend time IN the moment and not sit behind the screen snapping photos. Now you can laugh with your partner and capture the moment remotely as your toddler puts their legs over their head and mimicks farting while yelling “toot, toot, toot from the butt, butt, butt!” Wait…is that just in our house?
If you are stuck on what to get the mom in your life for Mother’s Day (which you should not be, cough) we suggest you get her a fun picture session from a local photographer. If you live in the lower New England area we have a good deal for you. Our friend KFP Photography has put together a few perfect gift sets for mom that she will love. Each set comes with a few items that she can instantly pamper herself with and a family photo session that will produce memories for her to keep forever. We know you try hard with your iPhone to capture the fun and insanity of being a parent, but sometimes it’s best to let a pro get those few perfect framable shots that will hang proudly above your couch for years to come. Nothing will make mom happier. Contact KFP today to set up your gift box!
Tulum Weekender by Vaalbara ($232) – It’s a step up from her diaper bag and a step closer to her feeling as fabulous as you see her.
Manual Coffee Maker ($99) – Coffee is a gift in and of itself. Just make it for her.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon ($14) For a little inspiration. #resist
This book might hit too close to home if you are cube monkey or as the author put it a “parasitic employee” of a faceless corporation grinding out a work day, after day after day. This collection of interconnected short stories is a great weekend read, you can finish it with just before you are sucked back into your office full of other parasitic employees as the nest closes in around you. Buy it below on Kindle.
Read the piece that Jack did on David Letterman for us here.
Life comes at your fast. Especially once you have kids. You can win the husband of the week award with your s/o by making their life a teensy bit easier. The on the go momma would love to have Stowaway Cosmetics Every Day kit nearly tucked into the side of their diaper/gym/bug out bag.
The Everyday Kit includes 6 of their core products: Beauty Balm, Creaseless Concealer, Cheek & Lip Rouge, Creme Lipstick, Effortless Eyeliner, and Mascara. All of the products are TSA and EU compliant, 100% paraben, phthalate and Animal Cruelty-free! The set is customizable as they understand women have different preferences when it comes to makeup. And they have an excellent Beauty Concierge team who are happy to help with selecting the right shade and colors for your partner in parenting!
I’ll be the first to admit that my first kids baby book is hidden away half filled out and a huge cause of guilt for my wife and me two and a half years later. You young parents know, it’s hard to find the time to fill that sucker out when Stranger Things is waiting to be binged in between midnight feedings with baby and potty training the toddler right? tl/dr, parenting is hard man, so why make it harder? The amazing folks over at Sticky Bellies have put out an awesome modern memory book that is well suited for the Millenial parents. The book is easy to use and features
52 total pages
10-inch x 9-inch hardcover
4 pages for pregnancy details
6 pages for details of baby’s arrival
12 pages for month-by-month documentation of baby’s first year
4 pages for holidays, special firsts and milestones
10 pages for birthday memories
2 pages for the first day of school
1 page for notable things the child says
1 page to write a letter to baby
6 blank pages to use as you like
packaged in a keepsake box
Add a reminder to your phone for every month and take the time to write down your memories and milestones. Trust me, you won’t regret it and you won’t be sitting her 29 months later trying to remember at what month did your kid do that amazing thing.
What better notebook to keep your dreams and the dreams you hold for your children? Write among the stars and remember all the memories they witness your family share.
Answer: gourmet coffee, premade meals, a 30min babysitting session so they can nap and these awesome mugs to put the gourmet coffee in. Question: What should I get my buddy and his wife who just had a kid? The first few
days, weeks, months with a newborn are super challenging for even the most hardened couple. So give them a hand, some food, and some good coffee and they will love you forever. These Hubby and Wifey mugs will remind your friends that they were “they” for a long time before their new life with baby, has made them thin versions of their once vibrant selves. The mugs will also remind them that things get easier and spending alone time with each other will happen once again. It wouldn’t hurt for you to remind them of all this as well, as the BFF of course.
Suggestion: Forget about your wife being a “mom” and get her something that will make her feel like her own “woman.” The other part of this, of course, is making sure you give her some time to herself to actually enjoy it so budget time and money accordingly. Here are our suggestions for the woman you decided to have kids with.
Meraki Nomad Smudge Stick ($12) A+ for presentation and anything smells better than dirty diapers.
Brooklinen Luxe Core Set ($149) You don’t spend enough time in bed but when you do, make it count.
Custom New York Times Front Page Jigsaw Puzzle ($45) For 10 minutes of sanity that doesn’t include colorful cartoon characters.
Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama Shirt ($138) Best sleep shirt ever.
Bibliobath Waterproof W.B Yeats Cloths of Heaven & Other Poems ($22) Because a bath and a book sounds great.
Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription ($7+) She needs coffee. Give her good coffee.
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook ($24) Tips from the best.
Solitare Cards ($14) She could use the downtime.
Splendies Subscription ($13+) Send her new underwear every month without feeling like a horny husband.
Everlane Chunky Wool Infinity Scarf ($85) Because everyone is wearing these. It is sure to be on all the “holiday gifts for wife” lists.
Clay Handprint & Footprint Keepsake Photo Wall Frame ($23) Ok, we said this list was for the woman you married, not mom, but she’s still sentimental and will probably dig this.
Kinfolk Subscription ($60) Hell of a lot better than US Weekly.
Causebox Subscription ($55 / quarter) A subscription box that does good and showers your wife with new items throughout the year.
Utter Nonsense Game ($23) Adult game night…
33 Bottles of Wine Tasting Journal ($5) …goes great with wine.
Kohler Moxie Rainhead with Wireless Speaker ($168) She just wants 15 mins to herself – now she can catch up on Serial in the shower.
Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit ($35) Fresh grown herbs make everything taste better.
Ten Cup Classic Chemex Pourover Coffee Maker ($48) Forget the drip. Go pour-over.
Rock Pillows ($120) Because she can never have enough pillows and these are just cool.
Quip ($50) Looks great and you never have to bother buying another toothbrush ever again.
A5 Memobottle ($25) Traditional water bottles don’t play nice with purses.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon ($14) For a little inspiration.
Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote ($195) She’s tired of the diaper bag. Get her something nice that can still carry a couple kids’ necessities.
Matching Friendship Collar & Bracelet ($35) She has a bond with her dog that kind of makes you jealous.
Luckies of London Scratch Map ($26) It feels good to visualize all the places you’ve traveled to before the kids came along.
A Very Naughty Girl E-Reader Cover ($30) A punch of personality.
I Miss Drugs Mug ($11) Because, yeah.
Still looking for more? Check out our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide here.
Don’t be that guy running through the aisles of your local Walgreens the day before Christmas trying to find non-lame stocking stuffers for your wife. She has enough nail polish remover and contact lens solution. How about something a little bit better this year? Here are a few handmade stocking stuffer suggestions from the little known Amazon Handmade.
Watercolor Fox Art Print Flask – ($23) Every classy gal needs a flask in her purse, or should we say every Mom needs a flask for a little relief at the end of a long day of cleaning up toys and chasing toddlers.
Hipster Ketchup Tea Towel – ($15) – We plow through bottles of “hipster ketchup” here at relevantdad HQ so this may be more of a gift for us than your wife, but chances are she will get a kick out of this tea towel too.
Hand Towel Hook – ($13) Need a funky place to hang that tea towel above or one of the many baby bibs you have laying around on the counters?
I Heart Pickles Coaster – ($25) Maybe the old cliche is spot on with the mama in your house and pickles were her pregnancy go to. Maybe not. Either way, everyone loves pickles right?
Zero Fox Given Mug – ($18) Cheeky women make the best partners in crime. Celebrate that.
Nola & Neighbors Beignets candle – ($16) While you won’t exactly be eating beignets and sipping mimosas in NOLA this Christmas at the very least your house will smell like you are.
We are all getting to the age where we a.) feel it & b.) have to stop and think about how old we are. Is it 34 or 35? We are also at the age where we have been saying for far too many years that we need to start taking a daily multivitamin. It’s easy to say you will start taking vitamins but we all know that you have tried 2-3 times in the past for just forget for a few days and then a few weeks and soon you just forget altogether. If only there was an easy way to make taking your daily dose a part of your morning routine. Well, we found one. EFFBOMB is a dissolvable multivitamin that you slip into your morning coffee and don’t have to give a second thought. Easy right? Just dissolve a tab (think tab like Airborne) into your joe and off you go. With your morning kick of caffeine, you will also be getting your daily dose of 20 essential vitamins and minerals that will help your aging dadbod feel like it’s in its 20’s again. The tabs come in three flavor profiles to compliment your coffee, mocha, vanilla or hazelnut. So hurry up and back this Indiegogo EFFBOMB that was created by a dad like you!
Just because it’s officially fall doesn’t mean that you have to give up the sun. In fact, we contend that the best time to be outside is right now. It’s beautiful out (unless it’s not, it really depends on when you read this you know). Don’t forget to protect those sexy eyes of yours, the sun is still out there right? We just found your new fav sunglasses and they are from a little startup called Norton Point. What makes Norton Point sunglasses so kickass is that they are made from ocean plastic. You know all those bits of junk that are floating around in the current killing fish by the thousands? Yeah, so not that plastic, some but not enough of it, is being put to good use. Keeping your eyes safe. So pay some penance for the time you threw that Dr. Pepper bottle out the window on your college road trip to South Beach and grab some seriously cool shades.
We may be headed #BackToSchool but there is still some juice left to be squeezed from the waning weekends of summer. We’ve told you how to make the most of your trip to the beach, but we have a few more items you might want to check out to maximize your summer fun.
Get The Coolerbobs Experience! – ($10) Do you need neon lights in your cooler? No. Do you want them? Yup!
Float on Pizza! – ($40) Nothing says you rock the end of summer better than laying on a piece of blown up pizza. (*Model not included, sorry.)
Enjoy the remaining sun & #FreeLochte!
“Are you really still paying for that?” When you have kids you pay for a lot of things. Diapers, wipes, food, bottles, binkies etc. Then you add on all your normal bills and life becomes stressful. In your 30’s you begin to pay for so many different things you start to lose track. Take this for example just the other day my darling wife says “what did you buy at Amazon last week for $9?” “Nothing as I recall.” Well, it turns out when we cut the cord last year but wanted to watch Homeland (Quinns not dead) I added on Showtime to our Prime account. Well, it’s been months and I had forgotten about it and we haven’t watched Showtime in Prime in that ensuing time.
Truebill would have fixed that. Truebill is an app that scours all of your subscriptions and keeps you up to date on what you are paying for, when and how much. You have a one-stop shop where you can cancel and unneeded services instantly and use that money for more important things like late night Wendys runs. All those handy subscriptions really add up by the end of the year so just think about how much money you could be saving with this FREE service. Download today and thank us later.