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Wooden Watches A Favorite Fall Accessory

Wooden Watches A Favorite Fall Accessory

*This post was sponsored by JORD Wooden Watches, and the experiences and opinion expressed here are our own.

There’s something innately interesting about a watch made from wood, especially as the leaves change and the branches become more visible in the Autumn weather. The colors this time of year lend themselves naturally to the warm tans, browns and blacks of wood. Because of this, wooden watches are a favorite fall accessory for both men and women. And particularly 2Dads!

men's wooden watches for Fall

Dressed up or down, the JORD Ebony and Iron Hyde Series is a great men’s watch for all seasons.

Now, most of my friends know I’m kind of a watch collector. Just like some women like a closet full of shoes, I’m the kind of man that likes a collection of signature watches. People often ask me to show them what unique timepiece is on my wrist for the day, and I’m proud to show them off. Although there are a few really nice ones in the bunch that could be considered valuable, I think they are all of great value simply because I lovingly picked each one.

JORD Delmar Zebra wood watch

We love the chunky design and interesting Zebra wood tones of the JORD Delmar men’s watch.

So it’s natural that I would want to add wooden watches to my collection. And since I came across the collection at JORD, I’ve found so many I love.

And you can love a JORD wooden watch too! Enter our drawing for a chance to win $100 to shop the JORD collection of men’s and women’s wooden watches! 

*The contest will close 11/11/2018 at 11:59pm CST. Both the $100 and the 10% off codes will expire on 12/09/2018.


Whether I’m searching for the perfect men’s watches or women’s watches, I like the option of wooden watches more than anything for the Fall season. The warm natural tones of wood go nicely with clothes that celebrate the colors of Fall, which makes wooden watches a favorite fall accessory.

Driving has never been so stylish! My JORD wood men’s watch makes me smile on my morning commute.

I’m partial to the stripey Zebrawood and White Carbon JORD Watches Delmar Series, which is a standout because of the unusual wood grain and striking color combo. With a super chunky wooden band, my Delmar watch looks great with a sport coat during the workday. On the weekend, it looks just as cool with a sweater and jeans as I bop around town. Because we live in San Diego, I think my JORD Delmar watch is popular because of its surf and beach vibe.

Another one of our favorites is the JORD Ebony and Iron Hyde Series watch, and Triton’s been sporting that one to work and play. He likes the black-on-black finish, and the sleek design that looks both conservative and edgy at the same time – just like him.

JORD ebony wood watch at work

Even at work with a business suit, the JORD ebony and iron wood watch looks smart and fashionable.

Of course, since we wear the same size we can wear both JORD wooden watches interchangeably. Benefits of being 2 dads, y’know.


Ever since I was a little kid, watches have always fascinated me. I can remember my first watch – it was a Timex with a NASA astronaut theme and a really cool watchband. Wish I still had that baby now!

Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection. My timepieces range from my dad’s old fifties styles that you have to wind by hand, all the way to several nice watches by renowned jewelers. All in all, I must have about thirty in my collection. Each one tells a story, and I can remember wearing them and feeling so cool – regardless of the watch style, Hell, I even remember rocking a white Swatch Watch when they were all the rage. (That is one I did not keep!)

Add to your own collection! 

Enter to win our drawing for a chance to win $100 to shop the JORD collection of men’s and women’s wooden watches!

*The contest will close 11/11/2018 at 11:59pm CST. Both the $100 and the 10% off codes will expire on 12/09/2018.

Wooden Wrist Watch

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Gifting With Easy-To-Use Happy Cards, Everybody Wins!

Gifting With Easy-To-Use Happy Cards, Everybody Wins!

*This post was sponsored by Happy Cards, and the opinions expressed here are our own as always.

A darn good idea, these Happy Cards. By bundling like brands together on one gift card, Happy Cards create gifting opportunities for people like us that don’t quite know what to get someone. The Happy Cards line of curated gift cards feature multiple brands, and are perfect for gifting on special occasions to specific recipients, such as women, men, kids, teens and foodies. Simply put, Happy Cards make great gifts for the entire family.

Happy Teen gift cards, Sephora, Regal Cinemas, Barnes& Noble, American Eagle, Jamba Juice, Dave & Buster's and Nike.

Happy Teen gift cards can be preloaded with a variety of gift amounts ranging from $20 to $500.

We love the idea of Happy Cards, because we can send a gift to someone knowing they will use the card at places they enjoy. No more random gifts from Aunt Sally that you will toss as soon as she leaves the house. In our case, our lucky teen daughters were the guinea pigs and the Happy Teen Cards concept was a huge success in our family. 


         Official Rules

Ava and Sophia were excited to each try out the Happy Teen cards, with options to spend a preloaded dollar amount at American Eagle Outfitters, Barnes & Noble, Dave & Buster’s, Jamba Juice, Regal Cinemas and Sephora. Knowing our daughters, we predicted they would want to make a bee-line for American Eagle Outfitters and Sephora immediately. And we were right.

Happy Teen gift card at Sephora

Ava checks out the glam at Sephora as she shops with her Happy Teen gift card.

Happy Cards Make Great Gifts for Everyone

Other cards in the Happy Cards line are targeted to audiences with brands that fit them best, such as:

  • Happy Lady: Bed Bath & Beyond, The Cheesecake Factory, Sephora, Spafinder and more
  • Happy Kid: buybuy BABY, Gymboree, Jamba Juice, Regal Cinemas and more
  • Happy Teen: American Eagle Outfitters, Barnes & Noble, Dave & Buster’s, Jamba Juice, Regal Cinemas and Sephora
  • Happy Guy: AutoZone, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Dell and more
  • Happy Eats: Buffalo Wild Wings, Dave & Buster’s and more
  • Happy Bites: Burger King, Jamba Juice, Peet’s Coffee and more
  • Happy Dining: The Cheesecake Factory, Red Lobster, Texas de Brazil and more
American Eagle and Happy Teen gift card

Score! A new pair of jeans and a top from American Eagle are added to Sophia’s closet, courtesy of the Happy Teen gift card.

Easy to Use

Just like any debit or gift card can be used at the register, the Happy Cards can be used at point of purchase via the card reader or manually entered by the sales associate. At both Sephora and American Eagle Outfitters, the girls just slid the card through the check-out unit. The purchase amount was automatically deducted from the card’s total, leaving a balance left on the the card for future purchases.

Happy Teen gift card at American Eagle Outfitters

The Happy Teen gift card came in handy for Sophia as she shopped at American Eagle Outfitters.

Sephora Wins the Prize

Sophia spent some of her card first at American Eagle Outfitters, and then the rest at Sephora. Ava chose to go all in on Sephora, and both girls had tons of fun on their shopping sprees. They got to pick out what they wanted without the hassle of returning an unwanted gift.

Sephora bag, beauty products and Happy Teen gift card

Some of the loot from the girls’ epic Sephora raid, using their Happy Teen cards to stock their makeup drawers.

Sophia ended up with a pair of jeans and a top from American Eagle, and some makeup from Sephora. Ava spent her Happy Teen card on all sorts of makeup things at Sephora. We waited patiently nearby, completely out of our element. There is NO WAY either dad could have known what to buy these teen girls at either store. These cards are a real lifesaver!


Courtesy of 2DadsWithBaggage, enter to win a Happy Teen card by Thursday, November 1, 2018. One winner will receive a $50 Gift Card.

Happy Cards make great gifts, and are available at gift card kiosks in Kroger, Safeway, Albertsons and other locations nationwide. They are also available for purchase online at or

teen girls at mall with Happy Teen gift cards

And they’re off and running! Sophia and Ava are ready for their shopping spree with Happy Teen gift cards. Ready. Set. Shop!

Happy Card Sweepstakes

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Kicking Off Summer with StitchFix Men

Kicking Off Summer with StitchFix Men

*We are happy to work with StitchFix as sponsors of this post, and as usual the sentiments expressed here are ours and ours alone.

I’ve always thought of myself as style conscious and a good dresser, but as life gets busier and more complicated I rarely have time to shop anymore. What with raising two teens, playing chauffeur to their activities, keeping the house in somewhat working order and holding down a job, I’m barely able to get dressed in the morning, let alone stylishly. That’s why I’m kicking off summer with StitchFix Men, because – GO FIGURE! – they have an entire men’s service.

StitchFix Men delivers fashion to my door

Unpacking my delivery from StitchFix Men, and then packing it right back up into our luggage.

Kicking Off Summer with StitchFix Men

When I was introduced to the nice folks at StitchFix, I was surprised to learn they also have a men’s service. We have a bunch of women friends that regularly use StitchFix and love it, but none of our guy friends ever mentioned it. Who knew? They have a ton of guys’ stuff, and when I scanned through the brands and clothing examples I realized they could be a great solution to my shopping dilemma.

StitchFix Men delivery is a hit

When our delivery from StitchFix arrived, I was so happy to open it and find these cool items.

They had me at Original Penguin, Rag & Bone and Ben Sherman, which we already have stocked in our closet and are comfortable with the look and fit of their clothes. This made us feel good about trusting them to find us some really good stuff.

WIN A SUMMER VACATION WITH STITCHFIX! Check out this chance to win one of 10 getaways anywhere in the continental U.S., with a bunch of new vacation clothes thrown in. (Not just for men only!)

No Time for the Mall

The shopping mall used to be our playground. Before kids, Triton and I would sometimes just go to the mall without any real reason. We would wander aimlessly through the stores and shops, sometimes buying a bunch of things and sometime a little – but always something. But these days, the mall has become a pseudo babysitter for teen girls. We drop them off in gangs, where they roam wildly in giggling herds until we swing back to pick them up. As I grow older (ahem) I have less and less appetite for being around all that.

Combined with lack of time, and the mall has become a distant memory reserved for a few choice times when I need a retail fix.

StitchFix Men at the Cat Therapy Cafe in Santa Barbara

Visiting the Cat Therapy Cafe in Santa Barbara, I was the best dressed person there!

Enjoying a Personal Shopper

I used to think having a Personal Shopper was for rich people. (Didn’t Kim Kardashian basically get her start this way?) It seemed so nice to think that someone would know me well enough to understand what I like and just bring me stuff to consider. I could just sit in a chair and say “yes” or “no” like some baller. Thinking that was out of my range, I ran around trying to match things to the best of my abilities.

Here’s another cool thing about our StitchFix experience: you are assigned a personal shopper who does it all for you. Our personal stylist is Tiffany, and she worked from some simple questions I answered to find us some great fashion matches. She sent me five things and I said “yes” to all of them. This made kicking off summer with StitchFix Men a more easier thing to continue.

StitchFix Men swimtrunks

I was even outfitted with cool new clothes for the beach, including these awesome swim trunks.

Permission to Move Outside your Comfort Zone

Don’t know about you guys, but when I decide to make a bolder fashion statement outside of my comfort zone it freaks me out. I second guess myself the whole time: Should I buy it? Should I not buy it? Even when I do decide to buy the thing, the whole time I am wearing it I constantly wonder if I’ve overdone it or am out of my fashion league.

Your StitchFix personal shopper may send me things she knows will work for me, and I would never have had the balls to pick out for myself. Somehow with her permission and the comfort in knowing the pieces actually do look good together, I pulled it off without anxious overthinking.

StitchFix Men at the taco shop

I look like a male model eating a taco. (Well at least the taco part.)

Stress-Free Vacation Packing

Because life is hectic, I rarely have time to pack my bags until the night before we are leaving. And making things worse, we invariably have an early morning flight scheduled. Packing amounts to a frenzy of pulling things out of drawers and off hangers, tossing them around to try and make things match. At night. After a long day at work/school. This is almost always a recipe for forgotten items or worse yet, unmatched clothes because I forgot something that matches something else. In these circumstances, I’ve taken up room in my luggage and carted around a bunch of stuff I will end up not wearing.

Sound familiar?

Kicking off summer with StitchFix Men makes the process makes vacation packing a whole lot easier. I already know what to pack and what goes together because my personal stylist already told you so! These outfits were even chosen and sent to me BECAUSE THEY MATCH and can be recombined with other items in all kinds of ways. Tiffany even sent me a note telling me what to wear together, and what we could grab from our our closet to augment the outfits. Brilliant.

Win A Summer Vacation with StitchFix

Check out this chance to win one of 10 getaways anywhere in the continental U.S., with a bunch of new vacation clothes thrown in. (Not just for men only!)

SUP in Santa Barbara

A stand up paddle board lesson on the calm waters of Santa Barbara Bay (photo taken from Stearns Wharf.)

Next Order Already on the Way

No joking, I am so happy with shipment and choices I received from StitchFix that I’ve already scheduled the next Fix. It’s on the way to me now in advance of our trip to Playa del Carmen later this month. I’ll keep you posted on how that package turns out.

Bottom line: StitchFix Men is totally worth it, and I’m sold. Now what to do with all that time I just gained back???

The view from the Hilton Santa Barbara Resort was pretty darn good, just across from the beach and a walk or bike ride to pretty much anything.


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Shopping For Unmentionables

Shopping For Unmentionables

Panty shopping on a Tuesday night. Sooooo many choices. 5 for $27.50!#papilife 

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Schoolyard Fashionistas

Schoolyard Fashionistas

Reblogged from 2008 — Sometimes I feel the pressure to live up to my reputation as a proper gay dad by dressing my daughters with a little style. It sounds cliché, I know – a gay father dressing his daughters to the nines.

But since being fashionable matters to me, and I possess the proper gene to inform my fashion sense, therefore it matters that my girls look good too. Triton and I are not ones to go overboard. The girls are not wearing Gucci sundresses and carrying Louis Vuitton’s latest multi-colored backpack (yet). They just….look good. Whether the clothes came from Neiman-Marcus or Gap Kids, they wear it well.

What’s so interesting is that everyone (translation: all the mothers at school during morning drop off) has a comment to share. As we walk on to the playground each morning, bright and shiny and ready for a new day, I see the mommy once-overs and an occasional side-eye.

Yep. The hand moves to the sunglasses, pulls them down the for a better visual, the eyes take it all in from head to toe, and a look of awe (or is it inadequacy?) comes over their faces as they try to refocus back on the school day’s beginnings.

I can almost hear the collective “oh-no-you-diddunt”.

Sure, they all make positive statements like “Your girls always look so perfect” or “Where did you get those tights?” But underneath their breath, are they saying “How dare you upstage my daughter, you nasty drag queen” or “What will those damn gays be up to next”?

Hmmm. I wonder.