Father's Day

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Father's Day Gift Ideas

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Alright ladies, Father's Day is just around the corner... June 19th is only ten days away!

It took me a minute to decide what to purchase my lovely hubby for this special day.  He is a big fan of the Carolina Panthers (no booing please.... hahha) and his Carolina Panthers Jacket has seen better days.

When I say that his jacket has seen better days, believe me, it has.  The inside of the jacket has come undone.  I wanted to trash it but he refuses and every time this hideous jacket has manages to find itself in the trash, it miraculously appears back in the coat closet.   Now, we all know objects cannot walk as they don't have feet, so we all know how that jacket always finds its way back.  

After browsing through so many amazing ideas from Amazon.com, Aloha.com, 1stinCofee, and other sites, I have found a few items I believe any father will love.

So here is the list we have compiled for you: 

I wish I could share what our big daddy will be getting for Father's Day this year but if I do, it wouldn't be a surprise for him... just know that it has to do with the Carolina Panthers!

My husband loves receiving personalized items.  For his very first "Father's Day" I gifted him a personalized "Father & Son Footprints" image, which was framed in a beautiful cherry wood color frame and when our daughter was born, I ordered a personalized "Quilt".  The frame now hangs in our son's room and he uses that quilt and he also travels with it.   

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I am considering obtaining this amazing bundle for hubby.  Since the kids have upgraded to the new Samsung and  I have taken over Ms. Bree's old Kindle Fire.  I think it's only fair for him to have his own.  What I like about this bundle is that includes the following: 

  • Includes the latest Fire 10" Tablet with Special Offers ($229.99), Amazon Keyboard case ($99.99), Amazon Stylus ($14.99) and Nupro Screen Protector ($14.99).
  • Beautiful widescreen 10.1" HD display with over a million pixels (149 ppi / 1280 x 800). Rear and front facing camera.
  • All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free - including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more
  • Enjoy more than 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and games
  • Create personal profiles, link two Amazon accounts to share books, apps and games, and set device usage limits for kids
  • Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz for quick app launches and fluid graphics

Hubby has been in a "clean diet" lately and I am very happy that he decided to be a bit more conscientious as to what he eats and drinks.

Make sure you browse through their products, Aloha has a a variety of Teas, Protein Powders, Greens, Vitamins, Snacks, Sweetners and Special Kits, all of which make a great gift for any Dad! 
Ninja Coffee Bar™ Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe

HoMedics Dual Shiatsu Massage Cushion

Our big Daddy spends a lot of hours in his car patrolling the streets or at his office completing paperwork.  I bought one of this Massage Cushion for him about a year ago and he loved it.  Now, I have never used it since he keeps it in his office but I do know that this bad boy works great on his lower back.   

product information as shown on site: HoMedics® Dual Shiatsu Massage Cushion, 12 massage nodes move up and down the back for a relaxing massage, soothing heat, 2 massage styles (kneading for a deep massage or spot for a focused massage), 3 massage zones (full, upper or lower back), removable cover lets you customize the massage intensity, programmable remote control and integrated strapping systems fits most chairs.

But Father's Day is not only about our husbands.  Our friend and Author Kelly Greenawalt has something special for the "Grandfathers": 

"It's almost father's day!! Is there a special Grandpa, Pop, Papa or Pawpaw in your life? Our children's book, Fishing With Pop, would make a fantastic gift from the little fisherman in your life. This book captures the magical connection between grandfathers and grandsons. It's a FUN read for little boys and old farts. It's available on Amazon here: "Fishing with Pop"

If none of the above gifts work, hey, you can always give him a "Gift Card" :

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Recap and This Month's Protective Style!

Hello my beautiful people!! 

This is a recap of the last week of May.  I know, I know, I have been unplugged and "MIA" for a few days but it was good to just relax at the beach with our kiddos.  No phones, no Ipads... just lots of sun and fun with our children.

Well, May is gone, gone, gone and June has arrived!!  I can't believe school is officially over and summer vacation has started.

Although school was over on May 20th, 2016, Calvary Day Summer Camp program, which by the way is our children's favorite summer program, didn't begin until June 3rd.

Therefore, our kids had to spend a few days with Grandmother and Papa so that we could work and make the last minute preparations for our Annual Myrtle Beach Vacation.

Basically our children were only gone for four days (Sunday Night 5/22 - Thursday 5/26th) but it was far too long for this mama! They may try my last nerve but the reality is, they are all mine and I do feel a little bit lost without them.   

This mama was supper happy when they arrived home late Thursday night.   Unfortunately, I was unable to accompany my husband to pick them up because our new puppies needed supervision.  Yes, wait until I share my "Boxer Puppies Post" with all of you!

Little man arrived back home just in time to receive a very important piece of mail.  We posted a quick video sharing the news on our Facebook Page.. click: HE MADE HONOR ROLL!!  

I must confess that I do worry about him and his grades.  I see a lot of me in him when it comes to "math" and we did struggle a bit a couple of times through out the year.  While I have to learn how to "NOT" stress him and me about his studies, I am glad that we have established a routine for those nights when he has to be at practice and/or games.

Having a plan and putting that plan into action has saved a lot of headaches and his grades. Otherwise I truly believe his grades would have suffered at great deal.  Stay tuned because I will share tips and ideas on how we prepare them for the next school year and how we are able to have good grades even when they play sports three nights at week.  

June's Protective Style

Because the warm and dry days have also arrived, it is time to style Ms. Bree's hair into a protective style.   This style also worked perfectly for our Myrtle Beach Vacation.  

I used the following products in the following order (on freshly washed and conditioned hair): 

Blended Beauty Curly Cake Shaker;
Creme of Nature Argan Oil; 
Blended Beauty "Down & Out"; with 
(a bit of) Eco Styler Gel with Argan Oil. 

Using the Eco Styler Gel allows her braids to last a bit longer.  It also helps with a more defined "braid out" if she decides she wants to rock her hair out for a few days before restyling.  

The practicality of this style is amazing.  I was able to easily co-wash and moisturize her scalp as well as her ends after every trip to the water park and beach. 

TIP: Remember, it is imperative to co-wash and moisturize their curly tresses every time they spend time at the pool or beach. Too much sun and chlorine can be damaging to their hair.

Now, stay tuned because we will be sharing wit you our Father's Day Gift Ideas, Ms. Bree's Recital, Billy's 2016 Baseball Season, Our Family Adventures in Myrtle Beach, and we will also be sharing our tips on how to prepare them ready for the next school year!!!  


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day Sales....

Hello everyone!

We hope that everyone is having a wonderful three day weekend so far.  My steaks and hamburgers are happily marinating in the refrigerator at the moment.  

But before I start on the rest of my "Memorial Day" menu, I wanted to share this amazing sales... 

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Click here to learn more about it Beauty Box 5 is celebrating Memorial Day!

My all time favorite product, Bee Mine Organics is having a sale this weekend too!

Bee Mine's "End of School"  sale starts NOW through Tuesday May 31st, 2016 (11:59PM EST)


Please note: This code will give you 25% off with a minimum purchase of $35.00 This discount cannot be combined with any other discount code. 

and who can forget the infamous sales from Target, JCPenney, Macy's, Belks and Walmart!! 

Banana Republic also has a Memorial Day Sales:  50% - 70% OFF the entire store.  Online and In Factory Stores.  Their sale ends May 30th, 2016.
(and you can save even more if you are a cardholder)

We will try to keep this list updated for all of our shoppers out there.  Please be careful if you choose to visit the stores this weekend.  This is going to be  a very busy weekend and thieves don't take time off, put your packages in the trunk of your car.    

HAVE FUN and be safe! 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Day Activities and Favorite Recipes....

Our children are officially out of school and their summer vacation has begun.  I know, I know, Summer doesn't technically starts until June 20th. 

The last week of May doesn't only bring the end of the school year but it also brings a very important date to remember.  Memorial Day is a day of prayer for absolute and permanent peace.. 

While many of us will be firing up our grill, having pool parties with some fireworks or maybe you have plans to enjoy the weather by visiting your local beach.  

It is imperative that we explain to our children that Memorial Day it's an occasion to honor the men and women who have died serving our country. 

Did you know.....

"Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day to honor American Civil War dead.  Following World War I, Memorial Day became a day to honor soldiers killed in all war"...

Find memorial Day Lessons here: NEA: Memorial Day Lesson Ideas K-5th

My Favorite Activities....
Patriotic Wreath

This easy to make wreath can be used for Memorial Day, Independence Day and/or Fourth of July.  This craft will not break your bank when buying the required materials and it can be used year after year, saving you even more money.

However, I will warn you, it can be time consuming and if you choose to do a larger size wreath, you will most likely spend an entire afternoon wrapping the yard around the foam wreath.


Popsicle Stick Star Streamers

"Pom-Pom" American Flag Painting

My Favorite Recipes....

Strawberry Blueberry Limeade 
The Taylor House. 

The perfect Memorial Day Drink: Strawberry Blueberry Limeade recipe!:

Check out her website to get this delicious recipe The Taylor House: Strawberry Blueberry Limeade Recipe.

Watermelon Stars with Strawberries and Blueberries
4th of July: make watermelon stars with cookie cutters:

Baked Beans Cowboy Style

Secrets include a 4-bean medley, plenty of chopped Applewood-smoked bacon, sweet Vidalia onion and sweet red bell pepper in a vegetable sauté as well as a rich, dark beer reduction for the sauce. Everyone will LOVE this recipe! Perfect for summer cookouts and the 4th of July!:

How delicious!! Of course we all have our own special recipes our families love... you know the ones that have your kids lick their fingers!!  :)

Now, who can forget the special sales from clothing stores! After all we do have to get all of our swimwear ready for the beach!! 

We hope you have a safe and fabulous three day weekend!! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

End of the Year Awards....

So much to share.... First, a big CONGRATULATIONS to our baby girl for achieving her first Honor Roll!! (yes, first, she's only in first grade) :)

Today, my husband and I attended a second "Award Ceremony" for our daughter.  Their official ceremony was this past Monday.  Unfortunately, due to some miscommunication in within the staff, some students were overlooked, including our hard working daughter who had only one B (88) in Language Arts.

Both of my children are hard working kids, but this girl... she is the definition of "committed".  You may remember her monthly illnesses and her second surgery which forced her to be out more days that any child is allowed.  If you have not, you can read about her struggle here: A Little Girl's Journey to Surgery: Tonsillectomy

Ms. Bree studied very hard even during the days she was sick.  She would often take two tests in one week because it was important to her to make up all the work and tests she had missed while she was absent.  Ms. Bree never cared for scoring anything lower than a 90, and whenever she would score anything in the 80s (which is still a B by the way), she would be very upset, to the point of tears but it also made her more determined to do better.

There were times, when she couldn't stand knowing she didn't get an A, she would beg me to talk to her teacher and asked her if it was possible for her to re-take the test, "because I wasn't ready mama, I was sick for three days and I couldn't remember it all, I got confused".  What kind of kids does that??  I sure didn't!! I would just put extra patting on my butt and pray my mama beating would be a quick one!!   

Imagine our surprise when she received a "Reading Award"!! I was informed that her Lexile Level is 460!! (In Georgia, 2016 Lexile Gateway Requirements in order to be promoted, students in the 2ND Grade must meet a 345 Lexile Level)  Well, let's just say that I don't anticipate her having any problems in the reading department.  Regardless of her level, she will continue to do lessons from her Common Core Language Art Book and we will continue to practice dictation and spelling through out the summer.

Now, all of you know I'm a planner, and my entire week was consumed by the planning of "Summer Lessons".  Yes, I'm that kind of mom that makes her kids work even during the summer.....

I had already compiled a list of possible titled for Ms. Bree to read this summer but now I have to pick new titles.  We were under the impression her reading level was in the 200s... Boy, did she have us fooled!! Her list of books must be in the 400 to 500 range.  Jeesshhh!

Continue the good work my mini me, mommy and daddy are so proud of you!

We will continue to give you all the tools you need to do better in school, but remember that it's really your hard work and your determination to be an amazing student that made this possible!!