All I need to know I learned from Phineas and Ferb

phineas-and-ferbIf you’ve never watched the Disney Channel’s cartoon “Phineas and Ferb” stop what you’re doing and get ready for the most satisfying binge-watching experience of your life.

No. Really. Stop what you’re doing. This cartoon is seriously that good! I can’t tell you how many life lessons I’ve learned by watching this show. Well, actually I can tell you. And I’m going to. It’s my blog and I can do what I want.

But really…you need to stop what you’re doing and make Netflix your life priority right now. You’ll thank me later.

If I were to list every life lesson Phineas and Ferb have taught me, I’d break the internet so instead, I’m just going to list my top 10 (in no particular order):

10. – Music makes everything better! The song-writers on this show deserve an award. I mean just listen to some of the titles: “Squirrels in my pants”, “My Nemesis”, “Phinedroids and Ferbots”, “Funky Noises in the Bathroom”…you know what? The titles don’t even do them justice.Except for that last one. Kind of like taking a picture of a beautiful sunset and then showing it to somebody and they are all like, “Yup. It’s a sunset.” Just go to iTunes and take a listen. You won’t be disappointed!

9. – Carpe Diem! Each day the two main characters (Phineas and Ferb), who are half brothers, come up with something fun and original to do. There comes a time in each episode, right at the beginning, when Phineas has a stroke of genius and says, “Ferb, I know what we’re going to do today!”. Then they actually go out and do amazing things!

8. – Busy-bodies suck! Phineas and Ferb’s sister, Candace, is constantly trying to find ways to bust the boys for their shenanigans. Don’t get me wrong, I actually think she is one of the funniest characters, but eventually when is she gonna learn to just chill out. Life could be so much more if only she’d let it!

7. – Platypus’ are awesome. If you haven’t seen the show, you’re gonna have to trust me on that one.

6. – Panda’s aren’t as innocent as China would have us believe. You know what I’m talking about Peter the Panda from Seattle!

5. – Beneath every bully there is a kind, gentle soul just waiting to be set free. Ah, Buford….

4. – Unrequited love is real. Just ask Isabella. Poor, poor Isabella.

3. – A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but sometimes a look is all you need. Right, Ferb? Right, Perry? They know what I’m talking about! (If you don’t, then pick up on my not so subtle vague references here and go check this show out already!)

2. – Who wants pie? This guy! Seriously, pie should be served more often!

1. – Evil isn’t always…well evil! Sometimes it’s just misunderstood. I love ya’ Doof!

Okay, why are you still reading this? Shouldn’t you be checking out Phineas and Ferb for yourself?

My list is paltry, but I look forward to hearing about the lessons you’ve learned from this show of shows!

Advice From a Wise Canadian

My inspiration lately has come from my good friend, the Canadian hockey parent (purposefully not putting name here), as you know. And, actually, the Beatles, but we’ll get into that a little later. One of the most inspiring thing about my friend is that she happens to find her inspiration in every day things. For example, she got his carpets cleaned not too long ago, and that simple chore made her realize that sometimes we start to let things in our life get a little out of control. But when we take the time to notice them, and change them, our lives begin to feel more organized and healthy.

If you think about my friend’s philosophy further, you can see how it truly applies to our lives. Sometimes things go unnoticed. Our carpets are used every day. It’s difficult to keep them clean, especially in my household, when you’ve got kids running around, guests who forget to remove their shoes, and relatives who refuse to remove their shoes. No matter how careful you are with your family room carpets, they always seem to become dirty, because that’s just how life is. But isn’t it refreshing when you get the chance to have them cleaned? I know for myself that I always try to keep them looking freshly cleaned as long as I possibly can in the beginning. And then life happens and you forget to care.

So it made me think… what in my life have I forgotten to care about? What has started to become a dirty carpet in my life? And I know this is different for all of us, but it’s good to think about every once in a while. Time to bust out the ole carpet cleaner, my friends, I’ve got some cleaning to do, figuratively and, well, literally too if I’m being honest.

P.S. – I found out that she actually got her carpets cleaned from another friend of mine. So if you happen to live in Southern Utah, you may want to check them out:

So…what do you think about my new site?

I know what you’re thinking. “Wait…where’s the hockey stuff? I want hockey stuff! Who makes a site titled, ‘CanadianHockeyParents’ without putting anything about hockey on it?”

Well first of all, I technically have a picture of some hockey players. And one of them is doing some sick splits, so….







Secondly, I’m very sorry if I disappointed you. You could check out or something if you really need your hockey fix.

Thirdly, I do. You asked, “Who creates a site like this without hockey stuff on it?” I do. I create a site named ‘CanadianHockeyParents’ without putting hockey stuff on it. That’s apparently how I roll.

But I have a purpose in mind for this site. You can actually read about it on my About page. Long story short: I met a Canadian hockey parent who
gave me some good advice and I wanted to share it with the world. Boy, that sounded a lot cooler in my head….

But here’s the deal, I really do think that some of the stuff I’m going to share will be helpful. I’ve received some out-of-this-world advice/help/inspiration and I’m excited to share it with all of you.

So thanks for joining me on this journey of self-discovery and discovery-sharing. Be sure to check out the next post where I tell you about the great advice from my Canadian friend.