Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Father’s Day is right around the corner and if you haven’t already, you need to start thinking about what to get for your Dad, your Husband, or that Special Man in your life. I always have a hard time trying to figure out what to get for my Dad. He already has almost everything it seems and I usually have a limited budget to shop with. Those things combined kind of poses a slight problem. Today we will discuss some Father’s Day Gift Ideas that can fit into any budget.

Types of Dads

There are several types of Dad’s. First, we need to determine what category yours falls into.  Does your Dad like outdoor activities like hunting and fishing? You know, the outdoor enthusiast. Their interests include hiking, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, climbing, and camping. That’s definitely my husband! When one season ends another one begins.

Maybe your Dad is a car guy. It has been said that car enthusiasts eats, sleeps and breathes cars. I don’t know if this is true for all car lovers but I do know that most of them love keeping their ride clean and shiny and having the latest aftermarket parts and accessories.

Possibly your Dad is a sports fanatic. They love when it’s time for their favorite sports team to take the field or court. They get in front of the TV and yell and cheer their team to victory…At least we hope they win. If they don’t we will be dealing with an upset Dad or Husband for a few hours or more.

There are also many Golfer Dad’s out there too. They look forward to their T time every week. That is their time to relax and unwind and become one with nature (and the putting green).

Your Dad might be a combination of these or he might not fall into any of them. Either way, we will find something that your Dad or Husband will love!

Outdoor Sportsman

  1. Waterproof Dry Bag– Waterproof bag will keep all camping or hiking gear dry.
  2. Emergency Survival Kit– This includes it all, a firestarter kit, a fishing kit, knife and other necessities.
  3. BBQ Gloves and Meat Claws– I’m definitely getting my Husband these.
  4. Camping Cookware Set– Small compact cookware and bowl set.
  5. Solar Power Lantern Set– Set of two solar powered lanterns with charging port for Android devices.
  6. Beer Belt Holster– No description necessary.
  7. Fishing Rod Organizer– He can keep all his rods organized and in one place.
  8. BBQ Tools Set-Heavy Duty grilling tools.
  9. BBQ Grill Cleaning Tool– Handy tool to help clean the grill.
  10. Fishing Tackle Kit– Assorted lures and storage box.

Car Enthusiast

  1. Tire Coffee Mug– Cute mug for his coffee or other hot beverage.
  2. Roadside Emergency Kit– Everything he needs in case of emergency.
  3. Car Cleaning Kit-Complete cleaning kit.
  4. Car Wash Foam Gun-Attaches to the water hose.
  5. Radar/Laser Detector – Every speed demon needs one of these.
  6. Bluetooth Speaker Phone– I think every car needs hands-free phone operation.
  7. Ventilated Seat Cushion-This can be used at home or in the car.
  8. Car Mount for Smartphones– Another great hands-free option.
  9. Car Cover– To cover up his prized possession.
  10. Navigation System-For the Dads who aren’t great with directions.

Sports Fanatic

  1. Football Tee-Favorite team tee.
  2. MLB Team Hat-Team hat to wear on game day
  3. Tailgating Table-Great for tailgating with friends
  4. Grilling Tools-Perfect for tailgating.
  5. NFL Team Hoodie-Great to keep warm on those cool game days.
  6. NFL Grill Cover-Protect the grill and show some love to his favorite team.
  7. Sports Cooler-Essential for game time.
  8. Insulated Can Holder-Keep drinks cold and refreshing.
  9. Travel Binoculars-Great for taking to games.
  10. Tabletop Grill-Perfect for tailgating.

Golf Lovers

  1. Office Desk Set-Great for work or home.
  2. Portable Golf Putting Travel Set-Dad can take his favorite game on the road.
  3. Driver Tracking System-Perfect for the gadget-loving Dad.
  4. Swing and Stroke Analyzer-Help Dad perfect his game.
  5. Personalized Golf Ball-Crystal engraved set.
  6. Leather Bound Golf Log-Embossed with your Dad’s name.
  7. Golf Bag Cooler-Great to take on the go.
  8. Golf Club Cleaning Kit-Dad can keep his clubs in tip-top shape.
  9. Wine and Cheese Gift Basket-For the wine lover.
  10. Rosewood Finish Golf Set-Very nice golf set.

Gift giving doesn’t have to be hard. Something unique or something that your Dad wouldn’t buy for himself is always a nice choice. Gift cards and clothing are other options. Whatever you chose just remember that it’s the thought that counts. Most Dad’s would just love to get to spend the day with you. We can’t put a price on time spent with our loved ones. It’s invaluable. The greatest give that we can give is ourselves.

I hope you all you Dads out there have an amazing Father’s Day spent making wonderful memories with your children and family!

Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

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Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

It’s finally summertime and kids everywhere are jumping for joy at the thoughts of staying up late, sleeping in and playing video games all day. Consequently, we have parents everywhere that wondering just what the heck they’re going to do with these hyper kids all summer long. I remember those days. You’re excited to spend time with them and you’re also dreading it just a little. Oh, it’s okay. You can admit it. We all feel the same way. Today we will come up with some ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer!

I remember the days when my kids were in school. All they wanted to do was to have someone over, go somewhere, or sit in front of the TV with a game controller in their hands for hours. It seemed to be a challenge to find something that they both wanted to do…at the same time.

Plan Your Day

Planning your day in advance will help out in a number of ways. I recommend planning a week in advance. First of all, it will get the kids excited. They will have something to look forward to. I like having a calendar on the refrigerator. You could even plan lunches for the week and put them on the calendar as well as the daily activities. I think it’s great to keep kids on a consistent schedule. That way it won’t be so hard when the first day of school rolls around. Kids really do like schedules. They may not ever admit it but they do.

Below are some of my recommendations. Having lived (and survived) through those years, I’ve gained a little insight and a lot of hindsight. I was a young Mom and not all that wise. Looking back there are a lot of things that I wish I’d have done differently with my kids. The main thing is to make fun memories and to keep them active and keep the electronic out of their hands! Also, keep them on a consistent sleeping schedule. I remember my kids sleeping half the day away sometimes. At the time I was okay with it as bad as that sounds. While it gave me time to get my work done I regret it now. I wish I had planned more activities.

Activities

When I say activities I don’t mean going to a lot of expensive places. I don’t think that’s good for kids either. I know some parents that are always trying to come up with the next great fun place to take their kids to. The next more grand and expensive than the last. They are constantly trying to “top the last trip”. This behavior only spoils kids in my opinion. They shouldn’t be raised to think that they have to always be going somewhere grand or expensive. Those trips are great and I think they should be taken, however, the best memories are made when you’re one on one with your kids. The things that actually cost the least most of the time end up being the most memorable to the kids.

Indoor Activities

  • Board Game
  • Color
  • Watch a Movie
  • Read a Book
  • Bake Cookies
  • Paint
  • Build a Fort
  • Make a Craft
  • Play Cards
  • Go to the Library
  • Puzzles

Outdoor Activities

  • Play Ball
  • Throw a Frisbee
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Water Balloons
  • Make a Bird Feeder
  • Plant Flowers
  • Grow Some Vegetables
  • Lawn Games
  • Have a Picnic
  • Go to the Park
  • Go Swimming

Get Kids Involved With Cleaning

I know this sounds crazy but you can actually give them chores to do and then reward them at the end of the day for their contribution. Some kids really love to help around the house. My youngest nephew loves working! It’s crazy but he actually asks for things to do…Why couldn’t he have been my kid?

Another great thing about having the little ones help out is that it teaches them responsibility. I stayed at home with my kids when they were young and I ended up doing everything for them. I thought I was making life good for them but it was actually a disservice to them. That’s definitely one thing I wish I could go back and change.

And it goes without saying, getting those kids to help out with chores will take a little of the load off you!

Volunteer

Volunteering with the kids is another awesome thing to do. You could pick up trash at your local park or ball field. Animal shelters are another option depending on the age of your children, of course. Another great thing is to go to your local nursing home or assisted living facility and spend some time with the residents. If you contact the facility administrators they will most always allow visitors to come in to read to the residents or to bring them baked goods.

 

Whatever it is that you decide to do, Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer! I hope that you have an amazing fun-filled summer with your kids and all your family!

Low Carb Almond Meal Muffins

Low Carb Almond Meal Muffins

Low Carb Almond Meal Muffins

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Everyone loves muffins. Well, at least I do, however, they don’t all fit in a low carb diet. I personally, keep my carb intake pretty low, most of the time anyway. Today I want to share with you a new recipe that I tried. Low Carb Almond Meal Muffins are super easy and quick to make and they taste great.

Not all almond flour/meal is the same. Almond flour is blanched almonds that are ground, then sifted into a fine powdery flour, it is very different from almond meal. Almond meal is ground almonds that have NOT been blanched, meaning the skin is left on. It is much more coarse. You can use either one however, I prefer the almond flour. I have had the muffins made with both and while they are both good, the almond flour was my preference.

The recipe calls for 1/3 cup of water. I used a 50/50 water and milk combination to equal the 1/3 cup. You can use almond milk or 2 % milk, whichever you prefer. Also, the original recipe that I tried did not include any spices. I did add cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel free to mix it up and come up with your own spice combo.

Low Carb Almond Meal Muffins

Yields 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water (or half water half milk)
  • 1/3 cup artificial sweetener of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a muffin tin.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together well.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Fill muffin tins 1/2 to 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.

 

Please note that you should grease your muffin tin very well or better yet, use cupcake liners. I just used spray on one batch and they stuck to the pan. I hope you enjoy these as much as we did 🙂

How Many Calories Should You Eat?

How Many Calories Should You Eat?

This is the age old question. How Many Calories Should You Eat? There are so many different answers to that question, however, it really depends on what your goal is. Do you want to maintain your current weight? Are you looking to lose five or ten pounds? Maybe you want to drop 50 or more pounds. I want to break it down for you today. When you look at it from a different perspective, weight loss becomes a little easier to understand. Therefore it becomes easier to reach your goal.

How Many Calories Are In A Pound?

First, we need to start by determining how many calories equal one pound of body weight. There are 3500 calories in one pound. Now that has been established we will move on to the next factor in the equation.

How Many Calories Do I Need To Maintain My Current Weight?

This is where math comes in. If you are a female you should have about 10 calories for every pound of your current body weight daily. Let me explain. If you currently weigh 120 lbs. and you are looking to maintain that weight you will want to have 1200 calories (120 x 10=1200) daily. This is called your maintenance calories. That is if you don’t do any exercise and live a fairly sedentary lifestyle. If you do exercise and are physically active, you can have more calories. If you are a male, you will want to have 11 to 12 calories for each pound of your current weight.

How Does Exercise Affect My Daily Calorie Count?

You will need to do a little more math to find that out or you can go here and plug in your numbers to find out. You can bookmark that site so that it’s easy to determine the number of calories burned during each workout. It asks you the type of exercise you did, how long you did it, and your current body weight. It will calculate your calories burned for that session. You may add that amount to your daily caloric intake to maintain current body weight. This will become your new maintenance calorie number. Of course, if you don’t exercise every day or if you do different workouts, you can’t add that number. You will need to adjust your maintenance calories based on your daily physical activity.

How Many Calories Do I Need To Lose Weight?

So now that you know how many calories are in a pound and how many you need to maintain your current weight, we want to find out how to lose weight. It really is calories in and calories out. You want to end up with a deficit each day. Knowing this equation, you can calculate how many calories you need to consume each day. If you are looking to lose about one pound per week which is reasonable in my opinion, you will want to end up with a deficit of 500 calories each day. In other words, your caloric intake should be at least 500 calories less than your maintenance calories every day of the week.

How Many Calories Should You Eat?

Once you realize that weight loss is all calories in and calories out, you can begin to devise a plan to get where you want to be. I know that you can do it. You are smart and determined and most of all, you are worth it! Life is what we make it. You just have to believe in yourself. I’m happy to help in any way. My recommendation is to start a food journal today. I know I’ve mentioned it in previous posts but it really does help open our eyes to how many calories that we are consuming each day. It’s a great tool and no one has to see it but you.

Good Luck!

 

Water For Weight Loss

Water For Weight Loss

Water is vital to all life and there are many benefits of drinking water. We all know that. Although, I think that people lose sight of how important it really is. It is said that an adult male’s body is made up of approximately 60% water and an adult female is about 50 %. Staying hydrated improves all body process. It affects our energy levels, flushes our toxins, keeps our skin supple, and helps keep us regular. Also, you need Water For Weight Loss.

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply.

Benefits of Drinking Water

  1. Improves Mood
  2. Flushes Out Toxins and Improves Skin Complexion
  3. Increases Energy and Relieves Fatigue
  4. Improves Regularity
  5. Boosts Immune System
  6. Promotes Weight Loss

The benefits listed above are just a drop in the bucket (small pun intended :)) of benefits of drinking water. However, they all do have one thing in common. They all aid in weight loss.

Mood

The amount of water you drink affects your mood. When you become even slightly dehydrated your body function becomes sluggish and therefore you can become irritable. When you feel good and have a positive mood, it makes it easier to make good food choices and stick to a plan.

Flush Toxins

High fluid intake increases the amount of urine that passes through your kidneys, helping to flush toxins from them and supporting normal kidney functions. It also helps prevent the buildup of minerals which could turn into kidney stones. Keeping your body free of toxins will keep you from getting ill which will aid in your weight loss.

Increases Energy and Relieves Fatigue

Since your brain is made up of mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better. It increases your alertness and also, your energy levels are boosted. All of these things will make it easier to exercise and lose weight.

Improves Regularity

Water aids in digestion and is essential to food digestion and the prevention of constipation. Proper digestion of food will ensure that you’re not holding onto weight that you shouldn’t be…literally.

Boosts Immune System

Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other illness and disease. Staying healthy will help ensure that you stick to your eating and exercise plan.

Water For Weight Loss

Water is a key factor in weight loss. Not only does it removes by-products of fat, it reduces overeating by making you feel full. Did you know that not all of those hunger pangs that you feel are actually from true hunger? Next time you feel one of those pesky pangs grab a glass of water. Drink it down and then reassess your hunger. I promise it works. Water also raises your metabolism by ensuring that your body is functioning properly and it has zero calories. What could be better that that?

To sum it all up, you absolutely need plenty of water daily in order to lose weight. How much do you ask? Well, that will vary slightly depending on your gender and weight. A good rule of thumb is eight 8 oz. glasses, or 2 quarts daily. This is the recommendation for people with a normal BMI. I feel that this should be a starting point. For most people that are overweight, I recommend at least 3 quarts daily.

Common signs of dehydration are headache, fatigue, constipation and dizziness. If you have any of the symptoms, increase your water intake.

I hope this motivates you to start drinking more water today. I’d love to hear your stories or comments.

Good luck on reaching your goals. Let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.

Until next time!

Juicing vs. Smoothies

Juicing vs. Smoothies

Juicing and Smoothies have been pretty popular for quite a while now. Although there are mixed opinions on which is healthier. Today we will take a look at why I believe that smoothies are the winner in Juicing vs. Smoothies.

I think that people sometimes consider juicing and smoothies to be one of the same. The terms are used interchangeably by some folks, however, there is a pretty significant difference.

Juicing

First, let’s start with juicing.  As you probably know juicing is the process of extracting juice from fruit or vegetables. Most people feel that you need to buy a fancy juicer for this however, they can be very expensive and in my opinion, you don’t really have to have one. It takes a little more work to juice with a blender because you have to strain the juice from the more solid contents. This can be done with a cheesecloth or something similar.

Juicing leaves behind the pulp. The pulp contains nutrients and fiber that you end up tossing away…What a waste 🙁

Smoothies

Now let’s discuss smoothies. First of all, smoothies can be made in the blender which is more convenient, since most all of us have one. Not only that but you are actually using the whole fruit or vegetable which means that you’re not wasting part of it. Also, you get the benefit of the nutrients and fiber that are in the pulp. Actually, the skin of fruits and vegetables contain the most nutrients. And finally, the pulp makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time and it aids in the digestion process.

And The Winner Is:

Smoothies! Don’t get me wrong, juicing and smoothies are both good for you. They both provide you with vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Additionally, they both taste good. But this is how I see it. I want to get the most bang for my buck, so to speak. Wasting food is not my thing. I don’t like to waste anything actually. Also, I want to get all the nutrients possible so this is why smoothies are the clear winner in my opinion.

I’d love to know what you think. What is your favorite juice or smoothie?