Fathers Day!

Fathers Day is right around the corner, June 21st to be exact. How are you going to celebrate the most important man in your life? Will you take him out to dinner? A ball game? Or maybe have a big BBQ? Whatever you decide to do don’t forget to celebrate Dad. Without him you would not be here, but I am not here to give a “Birds and the Bees” talk. No, I am here to talk about what to buy your dad!

Not every dad is the same. Some dad’s like sports while some, like my dad, could care less. So how do we shop for him? If your dad is like my dad then he is a man of few words that “never wants anything.” This makes shopping for him extremely difficult! This is why I have to be sneaky. I have to kind of spy on my dad. When we go shopping I pay close attention to the things he looks at. What does he pick up? What does he ponder over for a long time? What does he put back and why? These are important questions that need to be answered.

After watching my dad for a while I realized he is a huge The Walking Dead fan. Like massive. I can’t think of a time where I saw him watch anything other than The Walking Dead. Even though all of the seasons are on Netflix, he owns all of the DVD’s. He also owns a Walking Dead sweatshirt.

I’m not going to go out and buy him a Daryl Dixion poster (that’s for me). But I did go to CafePress and search “Walking Dead Apparel”. CafePress has everything from shirts, to glasses and zombie survival gear. I think my dad would love this Carl and Rick Grimes Mens Fitted Shirt.

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What is your dad a superfan of?

Bridesmaids/ Groomsman Gift Ideas!

Wedding season is upon us and while many people worry about what to get the bride and the groom on their special day, the bride and the groom worry about what to get the special people in their lives. I’m talking about bridesmaids and groomsman. Typically, bridesmaids and groomsman are either relatives or close friends of those to be wed. This means you have to get them something nice! After all being in a wedding is a lot more stressful than showing up the day of.

You could go with the traditional necklaces, cufflinks, what have you. OR you could get something a little more unique!

For the bridesmaids, try getting cute, silk, monogramed robes! The girls can wear them the day of while getting ready and they can use them for more than just one day! These satin robes from Etsy cost $35.00 a piece and come in seven different colors.

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Another idea that’s less noticeable is to get your bridesmaids jewelry in your wedding colors. So if your colors are coral and navy get them some coral and navy earrings like these ones from Etsy.

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This way your ladies can wear them whenever they want but they will still hold a special meaning for them.

I don’t want to generalize the whole category of “men” but they seem to be less picky to shop for than girls. I’m sure some are but the common theme seems to be buy them something beer related and they will be happy. So, going along with this you could get your groomsman some monogramed beer mugs!

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The one above is only $10.00

They will use it whenever and probably for more than just beer. But if you are looking for something special try also getting them some monogramed robes! Try avoiding the short, silky ones from above. Unless they’re into that of course!

Makeup Organization

If you love makeup as much as I do then chances are you have a lot of it. Whether its multiple shades of lipstick, eyeliner, or eye shadow you are probably swimming in it. So how do the pros keep it organized?

I have used a caboodle for a while. You probably had one in the 90s. And it probably looked like this

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You can still buy them, but they look a lot more like this now

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I always called it my tackle box.

These caboodles are a great way to store your makeup, but sometimes it is hard to find. No matter how many times I clean out my caboodle and organize it, I am always digging around!

This is why the pros use a  clear makeup storage drawers

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This is probably the best way to store your makeup. You can dedicate each drawer to a specific item, and you can easily find that item because the drawers are clear! These drawers come in many different sizes. The one pictured has five drawers but you can also get them from three drawers to 10. They are pretty cheap as well, and you can find them anywhere. Check Target, Walmart, Marshall’s, Ikea. Literally anywhere that sells storage units.

Now, this is a great way to store your actual makeup, but what about your brushes? Storing them in drawers can flatten the bristles. This is why you should store your brushes in jars.

A lot of places make storage units specifically for brushes, but I think it is more fun to make them!

I used a vase from the dollar store and filled it with beads.

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You can use coffee cups, jars, vases, whatever you can find in your home really! You can even use rice as a filler instead of buying beads like I did.

With all these great storage ideas its time to clean out your old makeup and buy new stuff!

Unique Gifts for the Chef in Your Life

Do you have someone in your life that likes to cook? That one person you always go to for tips or recipe ideas? I think we all have someone like that in our lives, at least I hope because your taste buds will always be happy if that is the case. If you are looking for something for the chef in your life look no further. These three products will get things cookin’ in no time!

  1. Garlic is a staple item in many recipes, and with good reason. Garlic can take your recipe from bland to BAM! Its a versitile ingredient that works with almost anything, and fresh garlic is the best kind of garlic. It’s just such a hassle to peel, press, and chop it! Or should I say it was a hassle now that the Garject Lite is available for purchase. It presses unpeeled garlic, scrapes itself clean and then ejects the scrapes. No more smelly hands! It’s available for $19.95.orbitslider_garject_lite_hero_1
  2. Scallions are another delicious staple in a chefs life. You can sprinkle them on almost anything to create the perfect final touch. However, chopping them, or any herb for that matter, can be a hassle. That is why you need to invest in these herb scissors! The scissors have five stainless steel blades that make chopping quick and easy. It also comes with a cleaning tool! All for $10.99
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  3. Measuring things can be hard. Too much and you’ve ruined your dish, too little and you can’t notice it at all. I always find myself measuring and re-measuring over and over again just to get the right amount of spice. That is why I need this Satin Auto Measure Spice Carousel. These spice tubes release 1/4 teaspoon with each click, and they open up at the top if you need more!
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Sweet Summer Treats

Water is number one when it comes to summer drinks. You have to stay hydrated if you want to have fun! Ending up in the hospital with an IV in your arm is not the way to spend a warm summer day. But we cannot always drink water! Sometimes we want a cool, tasty drink. Many people look to soda to quench this thirst. I love soda, but too much of it always hurts my stomach, and it is just really not good for you. So to curb this soda craving try these sweet alternatives.

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade:

  1. What You’ll Need:
    • 1½ cups water
    • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
    • 1 lemon, peeled & halved
    • 4 strawberries, hulled
    • 4 Tbsp. honey or agave
    • ½ – 1 cup ice cubes
  2. How To Do It:
    1. Add all ingredients into blender (I use my Vitamix) and blend until combined and frothy smooth.
    2. Pour into cups and garnish with lemon slices and a sprig of basil.

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Jamaica Hibiscus Flower Tea:

  1. What You’ll Need:
    • 7 cups water, divided
    • 3/4 cup whole dried hibiscus flowers
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • Lime wedges
    • Mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)
  2. How To Do It:
    1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
    2. Place the hibiscus flowers and sugar in a heat-safe bowl or other container and pour in the water.
    3. Let steep for 10 minutes.
    4. Strain into a pitcher and add the remaining three cups of water.
    5. Stir and taste, adding more sugar or water if desired.
    6. Let cool and serve over ice with a squeeze of lime and a mint sprig.

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Blueberry Orange Infused Water

  1. What You’ll Need:
    • 6 cups water
    • 2 mandarin oranges,cut into wedges
    • a handful of blueberries
    • ice
  2. How To Do It:
    1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse.
    2. You can also squeeze in the juice of one mandarin orange and muddle the blueberries to intensify flavor a bit.
    3. Serve cold.