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By Eric on October 20, 2014 +

Based on my last post, you now know that I love coffee. And by love, I mean that it’s a vice of mine. And while I try to keep my coffee budget in check, there is still this little scientist inside of me that wants to experiment to find the best way to make a cup of coffee at home.

Most days I’m content waking up to some Dunkin’ Original blend (easy peasy and cheap when you buy in bulk from Costco). But, then I’m also left wondering what else is out there?

I’ve entertained the thought of giving bulletproof coffee a try, but the price tag for the coffee alone has kept that experiment at bay for awhile. I’ve never ventured beyond a Keurig, or your standard automatic coffee maker, so thoughts of mastering a fresh press, or chemex seem to be a hurdle for me.

Regardless, I’ve still wanted to try grinding my own beans to see if it makes for a better cup of joe in the morning.

Which is why I was excited when UncommonGoods reached out to see if we wanted to pick something out from their website. Free stuff is always great, but I was super stoked when I saw this Steampunk Coffee Mill and fell in love with the old school hand-crafted look of it. Not to mention it would grind coffee beans!

Uncommon Goods


To conclude the experiment, I’ll state that freshly ground coffee does in fact taste better than standard coffee grounds. Plus, I get a little workout grinding up my own beans every morning. It’s kind of therapeutic….

If you’re not into grinding your own beans, but looking for some sweet gifts for yourself or others for the upcoming holiday season, check out Uncommon Goods.

Bonus: Kelsey is running a giveaway on Snappy Casual that ends today, and she’s hand-picked 11 things you might like. (Plus see some photos of Rooney using her construction plate!)

Although… Kelsey’s picks are kind of… how do I say… girly… so, if you are a dude, or looking for a gift for a dude, check out these selections:

What would you pick out for yourself or for someone else from Uncommon Goods?

Thanks to Tom from Uncommon Goods for letting all three of us pick out something for ourselves in exchange for sharing their website with you. 

By Eric on August 14, 2014 8

Last Friday I was reminded in three different ways that being a dad is awesome. First at the Men’s bible study. Second, was when Kelsey sent me a video about “How to Dad” (video below). And, Third was a blog post on Design for Minikind by Erin Loechner about a day in the life of a dad.

Being a dad…a noble calling of which we have a massive responsibility. The tasks are endless, the work never ends, and sometimes the rewards are hard to see. Take heart fellas and enjoy the awesomeness that is being a dad.

Because there will be days of craziness, and if you’re living in toddlerville like we are right now, you might even have a day like we had Tuesday. The morning started with a huge tantrum, and the evening ended with a trip to Noodles of which Rooney took one bite and then screamed at the top of her lungs. It seemed like it might of been hot or spicy, but it was neither. So, we boxed up our meals and went home. And…we’re still not sure what was wrong with her, but she kept whimpering all evening, and wouldn’t eat or drink anything.

In those moments we feel helpless. This parenting stuff is hard. But, for every day like we had on Tuesday, there are probably 100 awesome days. If this sounds like a roller coaster… that’s because it is one…

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By Eric on June 3, 2014 5

When I was a teenager, I wanted nothing more than to own a Ford Mustang. As a young lad, having a sweet ride was really all I thought about. My cousin who was one year older than me had two of them. Old ones that he was fixing up. A 1968 and a 1973. They were sweet pieces of American muscle car machinery. They were works in progress, but as I watched him work on his cars, I would dream of one day owning my own.

A dream car
Photo Credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ via Compfight cc

Well, I’m 30 now and I’ve still never owned a Mustang. It’s still on my bucket list, but right now, it’s on the back burner. Somewhere along the line, I had to trade in the dream of owning an American muscle car for the American family vehicle… the minivan.

After getting married, buying a house, and purchasing our first vehicle together, I realized that my dreams might have to wait. Love has delayed my dream of owning a Mustang. Love for my wife, love for my daughter, and love for our family as a whole.

washing the minivan

The cost of owning a mustang at this point in my life doesn’t make sense give our current circumstances. Could I make it happen if I really wanted to? Probably. Would it be the best decision for our family? No.

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By Eric on May 6, 2014 1

It’s official. The Williams house has been infected with the Frozen bug for quite some time. Infected to the point that it follows us everywhere. Rooney enjoys watching it on the TV, iPad, listening to the soundtrack in the minivan, and sings herself to sleep while lying in her crib.

Let’s be honest, it’s a good movie with great characters, and some great tunes to sing along to. And since we’ve been through all the Curious George episodes on Netflix at least three times, Frozen has been a welcomed change of pace.

One can only listen to the Frozen soundtrack so many times before the lyrics start to sink in. I guess I’ve hit that point. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, keep listening, you’ll get there too.

We’ve been traveling a lot the past month and the soundtrack has been on repeat for all of our travels. But, now we even have a new way of measuring distance by how many times we go through the Frozen soundtrack or movie…for example…

  • Home to the zoo: 1 Frozen soundtrack
  • Home to Nana and Papa’s house: 1.25 Frozen movies
  • Home to Grandma D’s house: 1 Frozen movie
  • Home to downtown – Woody’s BBQ: 1 Frozen soundtrack
  • Home to church (round-trip): 1 Frozen soundtrack

Frozen Family Photo

^ This photo was taken on a 1.25 Frozen movies trip to Nana and Papa’s (Kelsey’s parents)

So, as we’ve listened and mumbled through the lyrics near countless times over the past few months and watched about a dozen times as well, there have been a few lyrics that got me thinking. (I could be brainwashed, I’m not completely sure, I’ll let you decide.)

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By Eric on March 12, 2014 5

There was a lot of talk and work around the Williams house about a special golden birthday that was happening on March 2, 2014, but not a lot of buzz about the other early March birthday coming up. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m a little jealous that Rooney swooped into our lives three days before my big day. And it’s been tough for me to hand over the attention the past few years.

I’d pretty much accepted it this year though, knowing that this coming weekend Kelsey and I would be getting away to Omaha for three days to reconnect at the Weekend to Remember marriage conference. (Yes, I consider this a great investment in our marriage and there’s nothing I would rather do to celebrate my 30th birthday.)

But, to my delight, Kelsey had some awesome surprises up her sleeve. On March 1, while we were in a mad dash to put the finishing touches on Rooney’s golden birthday party, Kelsey handed me an envelope starting a daily surprise leading up to my birthday on the 5th.

Day 1

Day 1 birthday surprise

hey! it’s your birth month! and we’re gonna celebrate!
for the next five days, you will receive an envelope with that day’s surprise!
day 1: tonight we are going on a date! our parents have agreed to hold down the fort while we get away after Roo goes to bed.
be thinking about what you’d like to do!

A date night! Which was an awesome surprise. But, we took a slight detour on Day 1 because Kelsey’s parents and my mom and nephew were planning on staying at our house after Rooney’s birthday party, so we decided to delay the date night until the following weekend (this past weekend). My mom was already planning on coming down, so we planned to go to a movie. We saw 12 Years a Slave. Whoa! Intense.

Thanks to my mom for babysitting while we were able to get out to a movie.

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