Raising Bella Blog Posts

  • Best Stop-motion Film Shot with a Phone
    on Aug 5, 2011 in Fun
    Mobile devices are so advanced these days, that they’ve enabled a limitless amount of creativity. This is a fun and imaginative piece of art, and when you throw in the fact that it was shot with the video capabilities of a mobile phone… i...
  • Cool Web Stuff
    on Jul 28, 2011 in Fun
    So I’m basically on the internet 8 hours of the day and am somewhat informed when cool stuff come along… so I figured I’d share the things that relate to raising children on this blog. Cool little site that’s marketing an infa...
  • Girls are so Sensitive
    on Jul 27, 2011 in My Point of View
    Ok, Bella was watching Toy Story 3. It’s her last week of summer and my wife and I decided to let her have movie night for the first part of the week, every night. Yes, she was excited to get to watch a movie each night. So after I had put Maya...
  • Crying Baby
    on Jun 1, 2011 in My Point of View
    No one tells the dad that there will be times when no matter what you do, your bundle of joy will not stop crying. At least no one told me. No one told me that rocking and sing could not stop little sissy from crying. I didn’t know that babies...
  • I Think my Daughter Cheated on a Spelling Test
    on May 23, 2011 in My Point of View
    So, Bella told me she cheated the other day. She didn’t come out and say, “dad, I cheated on my spelling test today.” But she did tell me that she wrote her spelling words on a bookmark before the test and copied the words from the...
  • Baby Books
    on May 17, 2011 in Uncategorized
    So got a couple recommendations on baby books. It’s great to have some type guide to this parenting deal. Baby Books Here’s a great novel to pass the time, while the kids are sleeping. Bittersweet (California Historical Series #2)...
  • More Decorating a Girl’s Room – Appliques
    on Apr 25, 2011 in Fun My Point of View
    Alright dads, hard pressed to find some way to spruce up your daughter’s room? How about Princess self stick room appliques? Or any type of applique. What is that you ask? They are self-adhesive stickers that can be applied to a room and can be...
  • Bella is a Big Sis… Advice to expectant dads.
    on Apr 5, 2011 in My Point of View
    So something cool happened the other day, my wife gave birth to our second daughter. Bella is now, officially, a big sis. Yeah, I know, “cool”? That’s the best way I can explain it… well ok, not the best way but at the moment,...
  • Decorating a Girl’s Room
    on Mar 24, 2011 in Fun My Point of View
    So Bella wanted a pink room. So she wanted Disney Princesses plastered all over her wall, check. So she wanted a slide… she got that too. Wait, what? A slide? Yes, a slide. My wife had heard of this brand of bedroom furniture call Flexa. Great...
  • Little Sissy Coming
    on Mar 21, 2011 in My Point of View
    So Bella is going to be a big sister. And she’s handling it really well. My wife and I have been preparing her for the big moment. A lot of the prep working is going into how much fun it’ll be to have a baby sister and on names and the ro...
  • Get your toys 70% off
    on Dec 16, 2010 in Fun
    Ok… if you haven’t gotten your gifts yet, you need to get them today. Amazon is offering 70% off toys. There really isn’t anything better than seeing your child open a gift that turns out to be exactly what they wanted. It’s t...
  • Set Goals
    on Dec 7, 2010 in My Point of View
    Goals are super important. Personal goals, professional goals, spiritual goals… they all matter in the huge scheme of things. I’ve spend most of my life having no real goal for myself. I’ve never said… I want to accomplish thi...
  • Grandparents… oh fudge
    on Dec 6, 2010 in Discipline Fun My Point of View
    So grandparents… where do I begin. Bella loves her grandparents. And that’s exactly why we moved closer to home. But living with them has been a challenge. It almost feels like they are challenging us for our daughter’s affections.
  • Know the Barbie, Love the Barbie
    on Nov 26, 2010 in Fun
    My daughter loves anything Barbie.  I don’t understand the attraction, but girls just love Barbie.  With Christmas around the corner, getting Barbie dolls or if you daughter already has her share of dolls, then accessories are the next best t...
  • Toy Shopping with Bella
    on Nov 26, 2010 in Fun
    Here’s a link to her very own Amazon.com store. http://astore.amazon.com/raisingbella-toys-20 All Bella’s favorite toys and others that are on her wish list.
  • You Don’t Need Cable Anymore!
    on Nov 17, 2010 in Fun My Point of View
    ok… if you are anything like me, you hate the cable company.  Cable is expensive, their onDemand service is hit or miss and their customer service just plain sucks.  I don’t want to generalize all customer service people, but I would sa...
  • Texting – How Much is Too Much?
    on Nov 9, 2010 in Discipline
    Apparently 200 texts a day is too much.  Just read an article, that said kids between the ages of 8 and 18 who text more than 200 times a day, are more likely to have sex, take drugs and other risky behavior.  Ok, so I have a couple more years befo...
  • Volcanoes are Super Cool!
    on Nov 9, 2010 in Fun
    So Bella was asking about volcanoes the other day and I started to explain to her what volcanoes are and why they are a great natural occurrence.  I explained that the earth was made up of a molten core and a hard rock crust.  After going into how...
  • TV Usage, How Much is Too Much?
    on Nov 8, 2010 in Discipline Fun
    Ok… I have to start by saying that my TV usage is through the roof.  I grew up on TV, all kinds of TV… cartoons, network television, cable (wink, wink) and I don’t want my daughter wasting her hours away in front of something that...
  • Dealing with a Break-in
    on Oct 20, 2010 in Uncategorized
    Last night some broke into our home, taking a few items totally about $1000… an SLR camera, my wedding ring (don’t ask me why I left it at home, I’m kicking myself as I type) and $100 in cash.  We got home at about 8pm, and my wife noticed tha...