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Hall Stars 2 in 1 Shooter for Indoor Play

Indoor Play with Hall Stars

I have a soft spot in my heart for Little Kids Inc. Maybe it is because they are located one town over from me and every time I drive by their place I have to tell anyone in the car that I review their products. Maybe it is because I like Bubbles. Who knows, I […]

Winter Camping Gear

Winter Camping Must Haves

For any outdoorsman, there’s no better place in the world than being close to nature. But when it comes to winter camping, nature can be a miserable place if not prepared. That’s why I’ve put together this short list of winter camping necessities.   1. What To Wear for Winter Camping The most deadly combination […]

Camping Smokies

Return to the Smokies, Part 2

So there we were. Right smack dab in the middle of the Smokies in the middle of nowhere, feeling ready for adventure. And let me tell you, the Smokies brought all the adventure we could stand by the end of the weekend. Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? This […]

Smoky Mountain Adventure

My Great Smoky Mountain Adventure Final Chapter

Day 6 Cont. We made the tunnel, said our fairwells to our new and dear friends, Sarah and Michael  and made our way to town. Days 7 & 8 A couple days of rest and relaxation greatly benefited both the horses and riders of this Crossroads trek. We enjoyed our three days off at Deep […]

Engagement Dad and Daughter Sledding

-Engagement: It’s Not Just for Moms Anymore

Engagement: It’s Not Just for Moms Anymore How to Be More Engaged With Your Kids as a Dad     Recently I’ve been doing some reflecting on the complexity of fatherhood.  There are just so many responsibilities, rules, regulations, lessons, advice, do this, don’t do that, etc. It can get insanely overwhelming. Can I get […]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Adventure: Part 2

Part 2 of My Trip Through Great Smoky Mountains National Park Day 1 Loaded up and on the road, we were cowboys with a cause: to conquer the heights of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The plan was to cover the park from the Western side to the Eastern side.  About 120 miles of mountainous […]

Smoky Mountain Pack Trip

My Great Smoky Mountain Adventure

This entry will be the first of a series journaling my adventure in the Smoky Mountains. If you enjoy hiking or riding the Appalachian Trail or any mountain terrain, I think you’ll enjoy this.   The Great Smoky Mountains. What a sight to behold. When I first had the idea to do a long ride, […]


Shire The Amazing Horse And The Loss Of A Dear Friend

I lost a dear friend of mine in a hunting accident. He was an amazing man who thoroughly loved people and God. He left me and everyone around him a legacy. This is his story.   John went hunting alone at about 2pm on a cold December day. As usual he called to let me know […]

saddle training

How to Deal With Failure Even When it Kills Your Dreams

  The first horse I ever tamed was a beautiful little Quarter Horse filly named Perci. I’d done all the groundwork a cowboy could do with her and she was ready to be ridden. I saddled her up and away we went. Had a nice ride! However when I went to “tack her down” I […]

Power Squats for Optimal Parenting

Power Squats; Heavy Lifting for Optimal Parenting

News Flash! Parenting is tough! It challenges every fiber in your being. Some weeks I feel great…I stayed patient, and calm; I listened to their needs and empathized with their struggles;  I shut down the laptop and say “yes” to the things that are important to them. Other weeks are the opposite…I’m quick to anger […]

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