A Message With A Bottle

About A Message With A Bottle And The Post-It Notes

The short version: Message With A Bottle is a lifestyle and parenting blog.

The long version: Alright, you asked for it.

After the birth of my first child, I quit my job to be a stay-at-home dad, or SAHD for short, though I never use that acronym because it looks and sounds too much like the word “sad.”

Daycare is obscenely expensive. It made more fiscal sense to stay home with my kid child than to collect a paycheck, only to hand it over to a day- care facility to watch my young son.

Still home on maternity leave, my wife left me alone with my newborn son for the first time. She reminded me, again and again, of all the duties I was to perform while she was gone. “I better write this down,” I joked, and grabbed some post-it notes and a black Sharpie.

As a joke (because I’ve never taken anything in life seriously), I wrote down even the simplest of tasks and pinned it to my bulletin board. I forgot all about
the note. I also forgot to change the baby.

On that day, the Message With a Bottle Tumblr was born.

The notes immediately struck a nerve with readers. I received emails, Facebook messages, Tumblr comments and tweets from men and women, parents of young children, grown children, parents, stay-at-home

In January, 2014, an editor at a website dedicated to the happenings in Claremore, Oklahoma did a short post about my website. The post went viral strictly on social media sharing. A few hours, and six million views later, my name, face and half-assed approach to parenting was the lead story on The Huffington Post, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Daily Mail, The Blaze, and countless other websites and media outlets. Television stations from across the United States emailed for interviews. Australian morning shows called to book me as a guest. G’day!

The outpouring for A Message With A Bottle was incredibly positive, humbling and borderline absurd.

Eventually, the notes turned into a full blown website, the one you’re reading this on right now. I’m glad you’re here and would love if you stuck around. You can do that many different ways, including:

Subscribing to the website, following on Facebookon Tumblron Pinterest or on Instagram.


HOLY CRAP!! If you’ve just found the website, welcome, and seriously WTF took you so long?!? This morning, my notes were featured on Good Morning America.

Good Morning America Post It Notes

The notes have also been featured on Mommyish, ABC News, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Cosmo, Refinery29, 22 Words, Working Mother, Redbook, How To Be A Dad and a ton of other places. I’m incredibly humbled by the outpouring and nervous I’ll never be funny again.

So that’s my story! If you’d like to learn more or have something you want to show me, send me, sell me, steal from me or want to advertise on MWAB, email me at messagewithabottle [@] gmail [dot] com. If you want to read my writing that isn’t about my kids, check out my official website.

11 Comments on “About”

  1. I am retired and don’t have grandchildren so your blog gives me joy without the need to spoil grandchildren. I’m on a limited budget! Keep writing and take us all through their teenage years. I will pray for your survival.

  2. Thanks Chris,
    Its very nice to put into words all that great experience. Just curious about the response from your wife and her take on it (reaction to the notes). Are you still full time dad or back working as kid has grown.

    1. She loves them and finds them funny. And I’m a stay-at-home dad almost full time. I get four hours a day to write while my youngest is in the preschool.

  3. You are truly blessed. I worked 50-65 hours a week while my children grew up around me. I missed so much of that precious time.

  4. You may be a dad but you express what I felt as a mom to a “T”. There is no way to raise kids without a sense of humor. It saved me from both alcoholism and (only once in awhile) wanting to string my son up by his thumbs. You love them but sometimes…
    In any case keep on keepin on you’re a lucky man with a very lucky family to have you around. 😉

  5. Such a fantastic way to enjoy your life and teach others to do so too! Keep it up! I stalked you on Instagram for an hour and my stomach aches from so much laughter, besides of course, almost peeing myself!

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