Cool breezes & hot cider…
Pumpkin pies & cozy fires,
Freshly picked apples, filling baskets…
Warmed toes under thick blankets
Fallen leaves crumpling under our feet…
Children going trick-or-treat,
Welcome, fall ©JLH
Hello everyone. 🙂 I hope you all have been enjoying your summer thus far. It’s hard to believe it’s almost over! Say it ain’t so! Well, unfortunately…it is soon winding down & the kids will be going back to school soon. Bummer! No, worries…I have some last-minute vacation spots that may help cheer you up. 🙂
Aloha! No one can resist the beautiful sandy beaches of beautiful Hawaii… Check out these deals & jump on it before they get away 🙂
The land of Mickey Mouse & Shamu, never really has an “off” season, but hotel rates are often around their lowest points of the year at the end of the summer. The reason? With schools nearly back in session, very few families are taking the kids to the Magic Kingdom in August or September. The result? Shorter lines at popular attractions & savings of as much as 50% on Orlando hotels and entertainment. Yay for you! 🙂
Got calypso? If summer tanning didn’t pan out, there’s still time. Resorts across the Caribbean and Mexico’s East Coast are offering savings of 50% or more this time of year, as “hurricane season” keeps travelers away. Armed with travel insurance, however, sun-seekers can score a great last-minute deal for all-inclusive resorts and luxury getaways. Also, great fares to Puerto Rico and vacation deals to popular spots such as the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and the Cayman Islands.
Postcard-perfect views, luxury resorts, top-rated golf courses and spas … the Western U.S. has a lot to offer, and for savvy travelers, now’s the time to go! You’ll find Arizona resorts looking to lure back visitors after a hot summer and Colorado resorts attempting to fill room nights before ski season starts. In a few months, prices will double or triple at these resorts.
Well, I hope some of you will be able to take advantage & travel to some of these awesome places, but if not…hey, there’s nothing like a short drive across town, or another cook-out in the backyard! Bon voyage! Until next time… “Toodles!” 🙂
Ha, Ha, So funny! Lesson learned, never leave the kids unattended!
Having just celebrated Father’s Day, just a sweet reminder to relish 😊
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
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!
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
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
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
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!” 😀