March of Dimes Dad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post , but all thoughts are my own.

I am a brother. I am a son. At work I am a manager. When I have time I am a soccer player. We all have many roles in our daily life. My favorite role above all is being a father. I was born to be a good father and make my kids safe and happy. When my boys were born all I wished for was that they would be healthy with all 10 fingers and 10 toes. And whenever I see parents to be I wish the same for them. There is an organization called March Of Dimes that feels the same way.

For more than 75 years, the March of Dimes has been a leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Founded in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, of the March of Dimes original mission was to defeat polio. By 1955, with funding from the March of Dimes, the Salk vaccine had been developed and tested, followed by the Sabin oral vaccine in 1962, and polio was on its way out.

Throughout its history, the March of Dimes has tackled infant health problems.Campaigns have supported programs related to polio, birth defects, folic acid, newborn screening and premature birth.

Today, the March of Dimes is inspired by all babies – those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. These babies are the millions of reasons behind our urgent mission and why the March of Dimes:

 

  • supports all important research into the causes and preventions for premature birth and birth defects;
  • fights for health insurance for all pregnant women and children;
  • pushes for expanded newborn screening that could save lives and prevent disabilities;
  • reaches out to women with healthy pregnancy information and services;
  • provides comfort and information to families with a newborn in intensive care.

I am very proud to announce I am a Dad Ambassador for the imbornto campaign for March of Dimes.

imbornto is a national cause marketing campaign that benefits the March of Dimes. It taps into the collective hopes, dreams and aspirations that we have for our babies and ourselves. All babies are born to do something great; something special and theirs alone. But they can’t do it on their own. Thanks to your support, the March of Dimes can help babies be born strong and healthy. The imbornto campaign raises money for the organization’s vital research and programs that improve the lives of babies and families everywhere.

Doing well as a company leads to doing good for the community. March of Dimes has several partners that have created special deals for its customers that wish to support March of Dimes and  #imbornto campaign. With Fathers day on the horizon check out the deals and make Dad happy and proud to help babies.

 

Make the time to visit  www.imbornto.com and http://www.marchofdimes.org to learn more and get involved. Checkout Twitter for the conversation  #imbornto (secondary hashtag: #MoDSquad).

Keep up with me and my kids to see what I get for Fathers day and to learn more about March of Dimes.

Dads Love Minivans Too

A big part of becoming a Dad for me was accepting ideas that were not my own to be successful at raising kids and leading a great family. One big rule I always stuck to though was “happy wife, happy life”. A big challenge to that rule came with a decision to buy a minivan. As a guy I felt like minivans were fine vehicles but my car should be macho all the way. I had a collision earlier in the year and at some point I was in need of a new vehicle and I looked at trucks and sport cars, but everything in my heart kept saying happy wife, happy life, so I got a minivan. Alicia’s dream car has been a Chrysler Town and Country ever since she was in junior high school so while she was out of town I set out to get one and surprise her.

Obviously she was thrilled when she came home and the boys were psyched but my opinions on minivans started to change for the better. Soon I was in love with her minivan, but do not tell her that. Driving it home from the lot I noticed the driver sits pretty high up but also it sort of drove like a truck a little bit. I drive an  SUV so I was used to having room but there was extra room between the seats and in the back and there were magical storage spaces under the seats. This just made life easier when shopping and traveling.

My favorite thing about our minivan quickly became the side auto-sliding doors. One day I was leaving Sam’s Club with our youngest child and it started to rain. I carried him, but the real hero of the story were the doors. A simple touch of the button and they were opened and he was inside. The doors make a world of difference when picking up kids from school and dropping them off and at all their other activities.

Sometimes I think the kids love the minivan more than their mom. They have the DVD player and between their seats they have books and car friendly toys. Strangely enough their favorite part is the 3rd row where they can just jump around and pretend they are hiding.

My wife truly loves the car and was happy that was her gift. She was very happy that we had it for our family vacation last April. We drove all the way to Florida from the Midwest. It was a blast for the whole family. The car was comfortable and it completely made every mile wonderful.

It is funny to think a car has such a huge impact on our family but it did wonders to bring us closer together and make life easier for our family. This is one time I am happy I followed the old “Happy Wife, Happy Life” rule and bought her a minivan as a surprise.

Making Time For Mommy…And Daddy, Too!!

Happy Thursday everyone! I have some really exciting news to share today. Since 2008 I have been running this blog all on my own but as of this week I’m going to have some help… “Daddy” will be joining me! Sinisa will be working at a location that is much closer to our home so he will have at least 10 to 15 extra hours back in his week and he has volunteered to help me run this site {awww}. While I will still create most of the content you read and take care of the behind the scenes things, Sinisa will be writing some posts as well. He will write about a variety of topics including posts about raising boys and recipes {two of his specialities!}

I’m really looking forward to being able to work with him on this hobby turned business. This will free me up to write more craft, DIY and home related posts which I’ve been wanting to do since we moved but haven’t had time for. I already shared one organizing post a few days ago and have one DIY project in the works and a couple more organizing posts that will be up soon! Working full-time, running this blog, taking care of two active boys and keeping my house tidy keep me busy so I welcome the help and occasionally may even get a day off :)

Now on to the fun part of introducing you to Sinisa. The boys absolutely adore their daddy, and not just because he gives them sweets and helps get them to the next video game level. The boys run into his arms when he gets home and his days off are their favorite days of the week!

He moved to the US with his mom and sister over 15 years ago. Having lost his mother to Cancer last year and his sister moving back home, he is the only one in his family who is living here in the states still. We are looking forward to visiting his family in Croatia next year and showing the boys where he grew up.

I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A with him so you could learn even more about him.

Mommy: What are your favorite things about being a dad?

Daddy: Teaching them things and creating memories.

Mommy: What is your favorite meal to make?

Daddy: Crepes {The kids always love to watch them be flipped and they eat them with Nutella!}

Mommy: If you could share one thing with someone who was about to be a parent what would it be?

Daddy: Enjoy the little things.

Mommy: What is your least favorite chore?

Daddy: Folding and putting away the laundry.

Mommy: What is one thing that excites you about this blogging adventure you are joining me on?

Daddy: Being able to share my experiences.

So there you have it! What types of posts do you hope to see from a dad’s perspective? Any recipes or DIY projects you hope we will share? Let us know in the comments below!

P.S.- All posts written by me will have “Alicia Marie” under the title and all posts written by Sinisa will say “Sinisa” under the post title so you can tell who the author is. Though I’m pretty sure my use of exclamation points gives me away ;)