Fun Friday – How Rad Is Your Dad? Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is over…now it’s Dad’s turn!  Woo-Hoo!  Ok, now we know that no two Dads are the same, but I’ve come across a few ideas & gadgets that I think most Dads will give the ‘Thumbs Up’ 🙂

 

 

1)  Helping Dad Organize

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Do you remember that pile of tools & stuff that’s all over the garage or shed out back?   You know what I’m talking about… 😉  You can purchase some great shelving & storage containers at your local Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Sears store…etc.  Get the kids involved. Everyone can pitch in to help dad’s work space look like a true, Handy-Man Professional! Get a new tool set to go in the organized space, if he doesn’t have one or if the old ones are shot.  Even if he did attach the handlebars on your bike backwards…it’s worth the effort 🙂

 

2)  I Feel The Need, For Speed!

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Whoa!  Look at this baby right here…Need I say more?   Please, guys…do NOT break the computer screen in attempt to grab this mower 🙂  I am sure you will have NO problem getting dad to mow the lawn with this cool ride! Again, you can shop around for one similar at your local Home Depot, Lowes, etc.  Okay, Ok…to be fair, SOME guys are not really into the mower thing…& maybe this would be a bit much for some dads…no worries.  You can hire a lawn service company for the month (or for just a few weeks), to give dad a break…or, you can just get the kid next door 😉

 

3)  Stylin’ Dad

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How about taking dad to the mall?  Or, to his favorite sports store to get his favorite jersey? I know we’re all familiar with the typical “tie” as a traditional Father’s Day gift, but it’s time to help dad spruce up!  Don’t just get the tie; get him a nice shirt or a sports jacket to go with it. And, if you really want to go all out, an entire outfit!  If you chose casual wear, how about throwing in a nice new set of golf clubs too!  Now, if things are tight, you can always improvise & just get one simple item that you think dad would appreciate, like a new sports watch, pair of shoes…etc. Or, you can just get him the tie 😉

 

4)  Fit For A King

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There are always other, more practical ways you can express to dad, just how loved he is. For instance, you can prepare his favorite dishes & sweets. For meat eaters…let the pigs fly!  Fire up the grill, better yet, let HIM fire up the grill, (most dads prefer that 🙂 )   If you don’t have one, buy him a new grill!  Take him out to his favorite restaurant or sports event, (if you planned ahead of time) to a show or movie of his choice.  Or, simply just let him watch the game on TV, spend the day fishing, or, just NAP ALL DAY long. NO, To-Do-List, NO, mediating between the kids, just a day of peace & rest, allowing him to just…BE.   Now, that’s relaxing 😊

 

5)  Keep It Simple

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For some families, most of the suggestions above may not be feasible. Ok, I got it covered. Give him you!  Yes, ALL of you make possible the awesome day we celebrate Dads to begin with!  So make the cards/gifts out of paper if you prefer…& the tie. 🙂 All of the fancy grills, tools & gadgets in the world, CANNOT compare to the Hugs, Kisses, Respect & LOVE that only a Family can give.

Shout out to all of the awesome Dads out there!

Have an awesome Father’s Day!  Until next time, “Toodles!” 😀

Fun Friday – 5 Thrilling Summer Camp Activities Your Kids Will Love

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It’s June! If not already, school for most will soon be out, & summer will officially begin within a matter of weeks! Unbelievable right? Well, I have some great ideas to help keep the kiddies busy. Enjoy! 😊

 

 

Scavenger Hunt

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“I spy with my little eye”… there’s nothing like a good game of clue, or a scavenger hunt. Kids love the chance to look for various treasures & prizes with a few fun clues to lead them.  It’s an amazing way to create a fun activity for all to participate in, & can be used to create healthy competition between campers.

 

 

Rope Swings

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This is an oldie, but a goodie form of fun. Rope swings have been around forever, but I assure you, the fun remains the same! Usually, you can also increase or decrease, this ultra-thrilling experience to fit your liking, by using different platform heights to swing high over bodies of water ending in a safe yet thrilling splash!

 

 

Mega Slip-N-Slide

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A mega slip n slide isn’t like any other slip n slide you’ve seen before. You can transform any hill or steady slope from ordinary to extraordinary, by adding tarps and other slick materials. (within safety measures) This slip n slide can be as long and as wide as desired which ensures maximum fun for campers.

 

 

Extreme Zipline

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Now, this is for the brave! Extreme caution goes without saying with this sport, but if done safely…is nothing short of a blast!  Thrill seekers travel all over the world to take part in zip lining experiences. Zip lines are a great way to see the campground’s surroundings. This is a surefire way to get campers involved and ready for an exciting ride. 🙂

 

 

Horseback Riding

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I’ve always been a great fan of horses growing up myself, so this would be an amazing adventure for most kids.  Horseback riding is a great way to experience the outdoors & ones own surroundings. Interacting with animals in a hands on way makes horseback riding a unique way to experience nature.

 

Awesome huh? Now go & get the kiddies signed up! Enjoy your weekend, “Toodles!”😀

Fun Friday – Memorial Weekend Easy Craft Ideas

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Hey all, I’m sure many of you will be scurrying about, preparing for your holiday weekend to-do’s. So, why not add to the fun huh? Here are some simple, creative ideas to help liven up your festivities. 🙂

 

 

Festive Candles

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All you need is some rice, beans & food coloring! 🙂

 

 

Festive Water-bottles

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Get refreshed with a patriotic twist! Simple online print-outs to the rescue 🙂

 

 

Festive Floral Salute

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Liven up the garden with some red, white, & blue!

 

See, I told ya they were simple. 😉  Now, these are only a few ideas, per you don’t want to over do it…but, wanna know another perk? You can save them for the upcoming 4th too, so don’t put them away just yet…two for one! Enjoy your weekend! “Toodles!”😊

Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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There’s nothing that says, ‘I love you’ more than a thoughtful gift!  Here are some great gift ideas that I’m sure any mom would appreciate 😊

 

 

1)  Customized Jewelry

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We all know most women LOVE anything that has some bling!  This is a great time to pick out cute little bracelets or necklaces, or whatever little trinket you think she’ll like. And don’t just stop there…personalize it! Go the extra mile & put her name on it, or say something that’s cute & sentimental, it’s sure to make her smile 🙂

 

 

2) Breakfast in Bed

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Now, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in bed, she is allowed to come sit at the table if she prefers!  The point is, it’s her turn to be served. Prepare for her the breakfast, lunch & dinner of champions! Whip up her absolute favorites. You’re allowed to get some help with this, just order in if no one else is that good of a cook. Or, if she prefers, take her out to eat….just make sure she’ll be stuffed with culinary delight! 😍 

 

 

3) Spa Day

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Ahh….just the sound of that sounds relaxing!  What better way to melt away the worries of the world than a spa day!  A day of nothing but soothing baths, massages & pampering!  Even if you can’t afford to send mom to an ‘official spa’ you can give her a day of pampering right at home, with her favorite bath salts, relaxing music, & peace & quiet.

 

 

4) Flowers

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What mom doesn’t love flowers? Beautiful roses of various colors, orchids, lilies, or whatever flowers she likes will always be a winner.  If mom is allergic, no problem, there’s nothing like a home-made craft project of love! Cut out a variety of floral patterns in different sizes & shapes with colored paper.  Add felt, glitter…or the fabric of your choice.  There are various materials you can use to create the perfect floral bouquet, even balloons! This for sure won’t make her sneeze. 🙂 

 

5)  Family! ❤ ❤

It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day for any mom, without the rest of the family.  Hopefully, everyone will be on their best behavior, & will treat mom like the Queen she is! She will appreciate ALL of the love & affection that her family can give, (Everyday, would be even better) 😉  Which is really….the BEST gift. ❤

 

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed the suggestions, & whether you will celebrate with your mom, or if YOU’RE the mom…Have a Happy Mother’s Day! Until next time, “Toodles!” 😀

Fun Friday – Cinco De Mayo! 3 Hot Recipes You’ll Want To Try

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Happy Cinco De Mayo! I love Mexican food, & in celebration of today, I have 3 of the Top, Tasty & Tangy recipes you’ll definitely want to sink your taste buds into, & help kick off the weekend. Enjoy!😊

 

Chicken Tostadas

Fry tortillas until very crispy (otherwise they will become rubbery), then top them with a mixture of chicken, beans, avocado, lettuce and salsa.

 

Chicken Chili & Cheese Quesadillas

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Top cheesy quesadillas with a homemade salsa that gets heat from hot sauce (try chipotle or Mexican green chili sauce) Yum yum…Smokin’!

 

Crispy Chicken Mini Tacos

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Roll shredded chicken in a corn tortilla and fry until golden brown. Top with a freshly made salsa, a drizzle of Mexican crema and a sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco. Delish!

Now, feel free to substitute any ingredients that you wish.

I don’t know about you, but after all of this talk about food….now, I need to go & stuff my face! So, I hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes, & until next time…”Toodles!” 😀

Fun Friday – Go Green! How 3 Simple Tips Can Save YOU Some Green

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Hey, happy Friday.  Last week we celebrated Earth Day as a reminder to everyone how important it is to protect our resources. Well, today is Arbor Day, so in honor to take care of our trees, I have some simple tips that will not only help the planet, but also your pocket-book!

 

Heat/Air Systems

Did you know that indoor air pollutants are up 100X higher than outside? Yuk! Time to open up some windows! Better indoor air quality keeps the heat & a/c components from dirt & debris.

So keep your systems up to date. Regular heating & a/c tune-ups can save you up to 30% on your energy bills. Upgrading your heat & air systems can save you a whopping 50% on your energy bills! Also, just turning your a/c up by 2º degrees can save energy by 12%!

 

Recycling

Now, most of us are already familiar with recycling, per in many states in the U.S. it is now mandatory.  But, did you also know, that recycling just ONE plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W light bulb for at least 6 hrs? Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees & 7000 gallons of water! Trees provide vital protection for the Earth’s topsoil from erosion, oxygen, and homes for wildlife. They are also a renewable resource that provides a variety of materials for building, fuel & office supplies. If we could increase our recycling rate from 35% to 75%, it could create 1.5 million permanent new jobs! Show me the money! If you’re not recycling, that should be enough motivation to inspire you to start…& for others, to take your recycling up a notch!

 

Buy Smart

Buying only bottled water, should be avoided as much as possible, per it can be expensive.  If you do purchase, make sure you are properly disposing it by recycling! Otherwise, they will just add to the landfills causing more waste.  Buying a home water filter, & also investing in a portable filtered thermos, will save you more money in the long run. Also, try to invest in more natural foods & natural cleaners for your home. Looking for items without the extra additives & extra chemicals, will cut down on the toxicity levels you inhale & ingest, which can save you & your family’s health…which is priceless!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these simple tips that can not only help you individually, but our planet as a whole…& as you know, we’re in this together!😊

Now, do YOU Recycle? Please share any suggestions you have to Go green or what you are doing to personally contribute.