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Fatherhood Mastery

"Mastering The Father in You"

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A fatherhood mastery utility bag for a new dad is a must-have. It's a place where dads can keep all of their essentials in one place, so they don't have to worry about forgetting anything important like diapers or wipes.


It's also the perfect gift for new dads because it will help them feel prepared for everything that comes with having a baby.


What should be included in your fatherhood mastery utility bag?


The Fatherhood Mastery Utility Bag is a modular system that enables new dads to carry all of their essential baby gear in a single bag.


The bag is designed to balance flexibility and organization, allowing you to carry everything you need with minimal hassle.


It looks like any other backpack, but it has two sets of shoulder straps and two hip belts, so you can wear it however you like. The main compartment of the bag has a large, padded pocket with multiple compartments for bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups. On the outside of this pocket are three mesh pockets for smaller items like diapers or wipes. The front pocket in the main compartment contains another large, padded pocket as well as two zippered mesh pockets for carrying bottles or extra diapers/wipes.


A good bag is going to include things like:


Baby essentials - Diapers and wipes are essential when you're out with your little one. You can never have too many diapers or wipes, so make sure you've got plenty of both in your utility bag!


Snacks - Snacks are great because they can keep your child happy while you're out and about. It also helps them stay healthy, especially breastfeeding or formula feeding!


Extra clothes - Whether it's just a pair of pants or a shirt and pants set, having extra clothes on hand is always helpful! If something happens (like spitting), you won't be stuck without something clean to put on it!


Your belongings - Pack your laptop, books, study equipment, home, and your wallet and keys.


Simply stated, the fatherhood mastery utility bag is a miniature burn bag for a dad to do one of the things he enjoys most in the world: being a dad. The fathers that utilize this bag won't worry about searching through an old diaper bag to find their favorite burp cloth, sippy cup, and interactive games. Instead, they will open the zipper pocket on their bags and pull out everything that is needed for their child in one easy-to-use utility bag.

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When my wife and I are out on town with our kids, it does not matter where we are going or coming from, one of our four children (it’s really one of our three because the youngest is not even a year yet) is complaining about how hungry he/she is or requesting to go eat at a restaurant (that would be our oldest son, the 7-year-old, always asking to eat at a “res-ter-not”). I mean, they act as if they are starving sometimes and then the challenge becomes trying to figure out what we can get them besides Chick-fil-A, Pizza, or Panda Express. My wife and I will eat almost anything but you know how kids can be, super picky! So we are trying to find clever ways to introduce them to other foods outside the norm whenever we are out.

We recently visited an Asian noodle bar called the Soupa Saiyan located at 5689 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819 near Universal Studios. What makes this place so cool is that the entire theme of the restaurant is Dragon Ball Z!!! Yes, I’m very serious. Yelp gave it 4 stars out of 868 reviews so we had to check it out! For $12 you have the option to build your own bowl. Choose either a chicken, beef, or veggie broth. Noodle options are rice (PHO), zoodles (zucchini noodles), ramen, kale ramen, and udon. Then choose your choice of protein between beef brisket, beef meatballs, thinly sliced steak, steamed veggies, fish balls, chicken, shrimp, fried tofu, and steamed tofu. The kid's bowls for ages 10 and under are $7.50 and they have a choice of 1 protein. If you don’t want to make your own bowl, you can choose from any 5 of the signature soupa bowls they have.


My wife and I decided to make our own bowls. We both did the chicken broth with chicken and beef brisket. I had udon noodles and the wife had the ramen. For the kiddos, they all did the chicken broth, one did shrimp and the other two did chicken. We also did 3 of their signature drinks, 2 strawberry lemonades, and 1 mango lemonade. The signature drinks were $5 each. We didn’t realize they had fountain drinks that were cheaper until it was too late but other alternatives include ramune (Japanese soda), fruit juice with pulp, bottled water, hot tea, and their DBZ Energy drink which I did not get to try but some reviewers say it’s like drinking a red bull. Before tip, we spent $68.26 to feed five of us at Soupa Saiyan. Would we eat at the Soupa Saiyan again? We definitely would. For all my die-hard DBZ anime fans reading this, you would absolutely love this place for the DBZ memorabilia and the ramen was most definitely delicious!




Orlando Science Center (picture taken from hhcp.com)

When the weekend comes, sometimes my wife and I feel like we’re scratching our heads trying to figure out, “What are we going to do today?” When you have four kids as we do and the weekend arrives, the goal is to get everyone out of the house and doing something fun, or at least doing something to keep your kids occupied long enough for you to have a break. You would think that by living in central Florida, this would be easy since it is known for its many attractions. Unfortunately, not all Floridians can afford some of the overpriced theme parks Central Florida is known for. Sure, you could take your kids to some of the local parks, but good luck with that on those hot, sunny, and humid days. The Florida heat can be treacherous and not all local parks have a water section like a splash pad for the kids to cool off in. So, what else can you do?


My family has found the Orlando Science Center to be a huge answer to this question because it’s great for all ages, it's air-conditioned, so you can breathe a little easier on those hot Florida days knowing that you and your family won’t be walking around or doing activities in the heat, and it's a lot more cost-effective than the Theme Parks or some of the other attractions. The Orlando Science Center is open from 10am - 5pm on weekdays and weekends. The Science Center does offer different annual membership packages and general admission for adults is $21 and for youth 2-11, it’s $15. Children 2 and under are free. Military and first responders receive discounts on their admission along with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) or WIC cardholders (please check the Science Center website for the most updated pricing).


When it comes to things to do there, there are four floors in the center your kids and family have access to. On the first floor, you can find the reptile and insect exhibit where you get to experience up close and personal (well behind some glass) some of the lizards, snakes, and other animals Florida has as well as a few exotic creatures from other parts of the world. My kids love spending time digging for fossils in the Dino exhibit located on the fourth floor. On the other side of this exhibit are a Planet and Atmospheric exhibit where you can experience what it feels like to stand in the middle of a hurricane. On the second floor where the main entrance is, there is normally a featured themed exhibit there every few months. One time I took my kids, it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and most recently they were doing Science Fiction, Science Future featuring exhibits that explored teleportation, holograms, mind control, and invisibility. My kids look forward to these kinds of featured exhibits and are never disappointed.




The Science Center is not all about just exhibits. There are also areas where your kids can experience some free play while still learning like in KidsTown, the Science Center’s 11,000 sqft play area for kids ages 0-7. This area offers a lot of skill-based activities such as the Orange Grove experience where kids play and learn how oranges travel from tree to table. In the Drip Drop Splash, kids learn about cause and effect while having fun with water. They get to use water and various props for tools as they experiment with physics, material science, fluid dynamics, and engineering as they test and develop their ideas about the way water moves. Right next to this is the KidsTown studios for the artistically creative kids who like to build and create things from nothing. For your high-energy kids like my 7-old-year-son, the Issacs Family ClimbTime is like the perfect obstacle course/playground for him and his other siblings to burn off some energy. For toddler children, age 2-years and younger, parents can take them to toddler town, where they have their own little designated play area.



The final great and awesome feature about the Orlando Science Center is its two theaters that they play movies and documentaries in. The first one is the Dr. Phillips CineDome. This is not your regular movie theater. When you’re sitting in it, you literally feel like you’re sitting in a dome as the movie is projected onto an 8,000 square-foot screen from a projector’s fish-eye lens, creating a 180-degree image that surrounds the audience and extends beyond their peripheral vision. The second theater is the Digital Adventure Theater where they show movies in 2D and 3D (3D glasses provided). I have been taking my kids to the Orlando Science Center for a few years now and for them, it never gets old. It's a great environment for your kids to learn and have fun in all at the same time. It's also a great alternative on a rainy day!


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