Guess who's going to be a Big Brother?...
I just wanted to make a very quick post to announce....
Henry is going to be a Big Brother!!
Baby #2 is due in April and everything is progressing great so far.
I guess my wife and I felt that sleep really is over rated!! ;)
Exciting times ahead...
Hello everyone,Just a quick post to announce the launch of another (smaller) online business venture - www.pramplates.com.auMy wife and I discovered these funky personalized licence plates for your kids stroller while we were over in Sweden on a holiday, and I thought they'd be popular here in Oz too. So I hooked up with the manufacturer's over in Sweden and launched the website above.You can put your child's name on them along with their date of birth, and up to 2 national flags to show your kid's nationality.
Check out the website, and please feel free to place an order if you'd like one for your kids stroller, bicycle, or just to put on their bedroom doors!
An Experiment in Online Business
Today I want to tell you about my first ever foray into the world of online business. Any one who's ever read the Four Hour Work Week
, or similar books, will be familiar with the idea of a 'Muse' Business - a sort of side biz that people from all walks of life are setting up to add a little extra income, maybe replace their current income and even to simply free themselves of their regular 9-5 jobs completely.
Well, I have been wanting to try my hand at something like this for a long time now, after having read the Four Hour Work Week, and having spent my commute to and from work listening to podcasts about the subject from guys like Neville Medhora
and Noah Kagan
, Chase, Corbett and Caleb over at fizzle.net
, and Jason and Jeremy at Internet Business Mastery
and this year, I finally took action!
After spending a loooong time doing some research on the subject, reading countless articles on websites like - The Four Hour Work Week Blog
, NevBlog, ecommercefuel
, and Internet Business Mastery, I found that the quickest ways to get a start making money on the internet were the following:
- Sell 'Information' Products - These are things like ebooks, video courses, podcast subscriptions, etc
- Affiliate Marketing - This involves setting up websites that basically market other people's products and you take a cut. The Sandbag Fitness banner link on my site is an example of this, as is the Amazon Associates program.
- Sell Physical products - I could make and ship products myself, buy from an established supplier and ship myself, or 'drop ship' - which is where my customer buys from me, i order from my supplier, and the supplier sends the product out to the customer.
One whole year already, where does it go?...
I can't believe it's been a whole year already since the little bundle of joy we call Henry came into our lives. To say that my life has changed this past year would be the BIGGEST UNDERSTATEMENT EVER!!
The last 12 months have been so incredible, and exciting, and funny, scary, happy, joyful...and I'm out of words to describe it!
12 months ago a tiny, wrinkly, blue, noisy little creature came into the world, and came home with us three days later.
It's hard to believe just how much the little guy has developed in the last year. I mean, seriously, in only 12 months, he can walk already! I really wish us adults still had this kind of learning curve, we'd all be freakin' superheroes!Let's see, he has learned to make noises (a LOT of noises), roll over, sit up, crawl, clap (sort of...), do a Native American war cry, walk while pushing his wagon, walk all by himself, laugh uncontrollably, climb down off stuff, wave goodbye, throw a ball (his aim ain't that great though!) and sort of, kind of feed himself, though most of it ends up ON him as opposed to IN him!
We just got back from a weekend visit to my folks in Melbourne. My mum through a party to FINALLY introduce little Henry to all our friends down there. I ate WAY too much good food....and most of the desserts! Oh well, back on the Healthy Train today....
So I like to read.
I used to go through a couple of books a month, though that has slowed a fair bit since we've had Henry. It's not as easy to find the time to just chill with a good book, but I still try and read as much as I can.
So I recently added a little box on the sidebar of this blog called What I'm Reading Right Now. The title is pretty self explanatory, don't you think? ;)
I'll be putting up whatever book I happen to be reading at the time on the sidebar, unless it's a crappy book....no recommendations if they suck! If you'd like to know more about the book just click on the image of the cover.
At the moment I'm reading Father's Who Dare, Win by Ian Grant. I read a couple of fatherhood books when we were expecting Henry, but really wish I had read this one first. Its a REALLY great read for all new or expecting Dads, I highly recommend it.
"If you do nothing, nothing will happen. If you do something, something will happen"
~ Bruce Lee
One of the hardest things any new dad is going to face when it comes to trying to get in shape once the little one arrives is simply finding the time to exercise.
You're going to be tired, sleep deprived, run off your feet looking after your wife and baby, and you'll let your health and fitness slide further and further down your list of priorities.
There simply won't be any time.
Well, not exactly...
Hey everyone, hope you all had a great Easter, and all had as much chocolate as I did!
We had my folks up to visit over the Easter Weekend, lots of spoiling of the only grandson occurred, and I don't think Henry complained once...
The little guy is 9 months old now, and has learned how to crawl, so he's mobile. Gone are the days of putting him down on his play mat for five minutes to get something done, knowing he'll be happy playing with his toys. If I try that now, the next half an hour will be spent searching our flat trying to figure out where the heck the little speed demon has got to!!
So for the last few weeks little Henry has been going for baby swim lessons with his mum. I was told he loves the water and all the splashing. There's a whole other baby bag that has to be taken along on swim lessons, with baby swim trunks, a baby wetsuit, and even special swimming diapers. It seems if you put a baby in a regular diaper into a body of water, they very quickly soak it all up like a sponge!
Apparently, this is an activity that most of the fathers do with their babies, but since I usually work weekends, I've never been able to go. Then this week I FINALLY got a whole weekend off, and got to take my son for his swim lesson. He enjoyed himself thoroughly.....for about 15 minutes, then he realized that I was not his mum and went berserk cos he wanted her in the pool instead of me!! Oh well, by some twist of rostering fate I have NEXT weekend off as well, so we'll try again next week.
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That's right...the instructor is wearing a swim cap AND a baseball cap!!
Just before the Easter weekend I managed to tweak something in my back pretty badly. I couldn't turn my neck, or move around much for a few days. I think it happened in the gym while trying to lift more weight than I probably should have....I know, stupid me.So because I don't wanna hurt my back again, I tweaked the workout program I'm doing to involve more bodyweight stuff (which also means I can do it anywhere), and switched to circuit training so I get more bang for my buck in the gym without spending more time in there. I'll post the details soon once I've ironed out a few kinks in the plan.I've also been getting healthy eating tips from my friend Nikki over at www.chequeredleopard.wordpress.com, check it out. And I REALLY recommend you check out these amazing recipes she just posted......YUM!!Stay tuned...~ Ryan
Photo Credit: Me! Cartoon Credit: Mark Anderson at www.andertoons.com
The many Voices of Henry
The little guy has started learning to use his voice. Check out the video's below for some examples...
His first word....
If you listen very carefully, you can here Henry say his first word....Dada!!
Ok, he may have been saying it to his Baby Elmo, or the pot plant, but whatever, it still counts...
Even Tantrum's are adorable...
I managed to capture this on video. Think it's going to come in handy at the little man's 21st birthday party!
I know we probably shouldn't have been laughing, but it was just so adorable!! He wasn't even actually upset about anything, he just decided, for whatever reason, that he needed to have a bit of a scream, and then play with his toys.
His nickname is now Henry the Hulk.
The Hulk strikes again...
Early on his only noises were his Hulk impressions, but he's also learned to do them on command!
He even does impressions...
This is his impression of a Harley Davidson....
It's AMAZING how much he's learned in only 8 & a half months, I wonder what he'll be doing next?
Henry's First Crawl
He's finally done it. You can see the look of accomplishment on the little guys face!
I am a VERY proud dad today!!
Today, in the first ever Dad Skills post (WOOHOO!!) we’re going to discuss the activity that is every new dad’s greatest fear. It’s sticky, icky work, but someone’s got to do it. That's right fellas, as you’ve probably already guessed, I’m talking about changing diapers!
Guys, listen up – pushing all the diaper changing duties on to your wife is NOT an option. With a newborn baby, I guarantee she'll already be doing most of the work anyway. So Man up and learn how to do the dirty deed!