This Stay-at-Home Dad is an internet star thanks to the super funny parenting observations he shares on Post-it Notes.
Watch your backs, Romy and Michelle. There's a new Post-it Note luminary in town.
Meet Chris Illuminati (yup, that's his real last name). After the birth of his son Evan back in 2010, the former content editor quit his job in order to be a stay-at-home dad. And like so many of us busy parents, he started scribbling on Post-Its as a way to keep track of all the minutia involved in caring for a newborn.
In the beginning, the sticky reminders were just your basic "Take care of baby" and "Don't forget to feed baby." But eventually, the Sharpie-wielding dad started to get a little more adventurous, handcrafting hilarious yet totally relatable messages in order to elicit a laugh from his wife.
Like this one:
And this one:
And this one:
It's like he totally know us, right? I mean, couldn't you just read these bad boys all day? Lucky for us, Illuminati ultimately decided that his snarky little squares deserved a bigger audience—"If you write funny notes and share them online with others, you're entertaining," he told us. "If you leave them around just for yourself, you're slightly crazy"—and started a Tumblr called A Message With a Bottle so he could post them on the regular. The Internet just couldn't get enough.
"I received emails, Facebook messages, Tumblr comments and tweets from men and women, parents of young children, grown children, working parents, stay-at-home..." he explained. "The outpouring was incredibly positive, humbling and borderline absurd."
Fast forward seven years, and Illuminati now runs the popular Message With a Bottle website with over 60,000 followers and an Instagram account with upwards of 16,000. He's got two children now—4-year-old daughter Lila has since joined the mix—and says that while he doesn'think his kiddos are old enough to really understand what the notes are about, a penchant for Post-its may run in the fam, because both his son and daughter have been swiping his stash to draw on and stick up around their rooms.
"I'm not sure if it's coincidence or they're quick learners," he said.
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Um, Chris? Based on messages like this one, we're thinking they may actually be the teachers.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.