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Office Depot is Helping Us Keep Organized

Office Depot is Helping Us Keep Organized

Tracking PixelOffice Depot sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

You already know we travel a lot. I mean A LOT. It’s our passion and our business. In order to do a good job creating content about travel and lifestyle, we have to travel and live! In the course of doing just that, we amass a great deal of information in all sorts of random forms. Thank goodness there is technology from Office Depot and HP like the HP OfficeJet Pro that helps keep us organized. (Well, to be honest Triton is already super organized. Jon, not so much.)

man with brochures and laptop at table

It’s pretty darn cool what home printers will do now. The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015, that Office Depot provided us to try out, is just the ticket for us, because it prints, copies, scans and faxes all-in-one.

Okay, so maybe I’m the one that really needs organizing. On all these trips to far off lands, I gather up all sorts of great tidbits of information. It can’t all stay in my head as much as I would like. Without a photographic memory, I resort to making notes on my phone, and jotting down details on random pieces of paper. I collect lots and lots of brochures, catalogs and other documents to help me remember all the cool things we’ve seen.

And then I come home with messy file folders packed full of stuff.

HP Helps Keep Us Organized

I’ve really needed a solution to digitize and store all this stuff I’ve gathered. For example, we just went on a trip for Spring Break to San Francisco and Mendocino. We stayed in three different hotels: The Clift Sonesta Royal Hotel in San Francisco, and the Brewery Gulch Inn and Hill House in Mendocino. We were loaned an amazing truck to drive on the trip. We visited tons of cool places, including The Presidio San Francisco and the Walt Disney Family Museum. In the Mendocino area, we rode on the Skunk Train, pedaled on rail bikes, visited the Botanical Gardens and more.

In all of those places, I listened to tour guides, paid attention to the details, and wrote down all the pertinent data I thought was most interesting. If they had written documents or brochures I could grab, I grabbed them. Hungry for all the details to share with our audiences, I didn’t want to leave any stone unturned. Since I knew we would want to write about this trip very soon after leaving, I needed to get the facts right for my stories.

Back at home, I have a file folder full of all this good stuff. In fact, this happens on every trip – I come home with tons of papers. And those file folders are really starting to stack up.

The King of Scanning

Now that I’ve completed the super-easy set up of the HP OfficeJet Pro in our home office, I am the King of Scanning. I’ve been going through all my folders from the past several months of trips and scanning all the paper to digitize everything I need to keep. The HP OfficeJet Pro has wireless networking, so it connects via self-healing Wi-Fi directly to my laptop and mobile devices. Now I have all this data with me, and my office is on the go!

Features of the HP OfficeJet Pro include:

  • Color print, copy, scan, fax all in one device
  • Wireless and wired networking for ease in printing
  • Time-saving Smart Tasks shortcuts
  • Print & scan from anywhere
  • Self-healing Wi-Fi
  • Best-in-class security
  • Voice-enabled printing
  • Auto 2-sided document feeder

If you operate a small business like 2DadsWithBaggage, or even have organizational challenges with your home filing systems like me, we highly recommend the HP OfficeJet Pro. You can check out all the product details here.

Office Anywhere

Now that I don’t have to lug any paper files around and I’ve scanned it all to digital files, I can work from anywhere. The other day I woke up, ran to the gym for a quick work-out and then dropped into a coffee house with my laptop for a little catch up. While sipping my latte, I accessed my scanned documents sent from my HP OfficeJet Pro and went to work on my next travel story.

Another latte and an apricot-ginger scone later (delicious, by the way) I had my story done and ready for proofing! I’m kind of old-school that way. I still like to proof my work from a hard copy, so I print the story out so I can see what it looks like on paper. From the coffee house, I am now able to send the document to print on the HP OfficeJet Pro in my home office. It was waiting for me when I returned home. Just. Like. That.

For bigger print jobs, tech services and more, we can turn to Office Depot’s Workonomy™ Business Services. Office Depot also has a partnership with to bring business owners like me better, faster and cheaper solutions. You can view more information on Office Depot’s collaboration with Alibaba here.

Just Call Me Organized

Now that I’ve got the new HP OfficeJet Pro for scanning, digitizing and storing all my documents from travel, I’m so much more efficient and productive. All my travel notes are in one place, filed digitally under the name of that destination or trip.

What am I going to do with all this extra time I have saved, you ask? Travel more, of course!


Office Depot sponsored this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.



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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