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As promised, here’s Part Deux of our Father’s Day extravaganza at JCPenney. Last time, the Cool Bros scoured the store for the coolest possible Father’s Day outfit. Now, we jump right into the essential trope of any ugly duckling-type comedy: the rapid-fire montage of wardrobe changes.

Two things you should know:

1. All clothing choices were strictly made by the Cool Bros. I did not try to sway their decisions. I hope that’s obvious.
2. Although JCPenney made this post possible, all opinions are my own.

Despite the endless options, the Bros were able to come to a consensus that narrowly exceeded the $50 gift card JCP gave us. However, the store associate, who kindly helped us after closing time, rang up a 20% off coupon that took us under the limit. What already seemed like good prices got even better.

I wasn’t sure of what JCPenney had to offer going in, but I was impressed. Between the sales and coupons – a rare combo in New York shopping – we’ll definitely make a trip to the store in Herald Square, just a few subway stops away. As well, I recommend checking out your local store for your Father’s Day shopping.

Make sure to celebrate a little bit of Father’s Day with us and stop in for the big reveal on Sunday!

But there’s more!


JCPenney has provided us with a $50 gift card to give to one lucky Cool Reader. You too can let your kids, friend, mailman, or stranger you meet in the parking lot dress you! Or style yo’self. Either way, this is a superb prize.

Use the widget below to enter. The contest ends June 26. And apologies to our international readers and those in high, middle, elementary, and pre school: The winner must be a U.S. resident at least 18 years of age. Good luck!

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With Father’s Day coming up, I wondered what the Cool Bros had in store for me. Given their limited budget (Cool Newbie celebrates his current horde of pennies in an old yogurt carton), I was expecting some beautiful handcrafted goods.

However, JCPenney reached out to us with a fun Father’s Day project, so in addition to some thoughtful crayon artwork, I’m getting me a fancy new outfit! And the Cool Bros are going to choose it! This should be interesting!

There was so much to choose from, we stayed past closing time so the Bros could make their perfect pick. Thanks to the fine folks at the Hendersonville, NC store for working with us!

Here’s part one of our Father’s Day shopping trip at JCP: The Hunt. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see the various combos my two budding stylists put together!

During our recent anniversary lunch, Cool Mum and I reminisced about all of the homes we’ve had during our marriage. It took most of our lunch date to reconstruct the timeline.

In all, we’ve lived in 12 places over the 13 years of the Cool Marriage. And that doesn’t include the 12 or so places we stayed for anywhere from one night to a month when we had no place to call our own.

In chronological order with a rough estimate of size, we’ve lived in:

1. A 400 sq ft one bedroom, Gainesville, FL


A cozy starter place across the street from the UF campus. A family member may or may not have cried after seeing how cozy the apartment was. We were there a year.  Continue reading