Simple Ways To Show Your Guy You Care

You don’t need to wait for Valentine’s Day to show you care and strengthen your your relationship. Besides special occasion gifts, there are things you can do anytime as a “just because I love you” gesture. Some of the tips below may be ideas that can make any day a special day for the man in your life.

Give a Gift of Service

Doing something special to let him know he still comes first is always a welcome gift. Have his automobile professionally detailed and washed as a surprise. Leave a sweet note in the visor or console. Speaking of notes, leave a dozen or so notes hidden around the house in places he will find them over time. This may include a drawer in his desk, his sock drawer, or even his side of the medicine cabinet. It may sound trite, but make him breakfast in bed – and do not forget to make enough for two. Chances are he will enjoy it twice as much if you share that time with him.

Give Him Something He Needs

When you give him something he has been needing, it shows you are paying attention to him and that you want him to be happy. This might include such things as the missing piece to his chess set, a book he has been looking for, or a special tool he needs for his hobby. If he is a sports enthusiast, you might consider a new duffle bag or the Luminox Men’s 3051.BO sports watch. He may also get excited about tickets to watch his favorite team play rather than tuning in on the television.

Give Him the Gift of Time

Take him out to your favorite restaurant, whether that is a fine dining establishment or a dive that makes the world’s best fries, what matters is that you both have some connection to it. The same goes for taking him to a concert by your favorite musicians. Try a group painting class where there is no pressure. Take a series of cooking classes or a culinary walking tour of the city. Pack a picnic for two and go fishing together, attend a flea market or street fair or take a walk along the river and feed the geese.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you want something that makes him happy and meets his interests. It will be all the more special because he will know you thought of him.

 

Aquabeads For Creative Holiday Gifting #HolidayGiftGuide

 

Aquabeads arts and crafts products are new and improved as they allow for a quicker drying time to create even more incredible designs in less time.  The new sets feature an innovative Flip Tray and Bead Receiver to set art work aside for faster drying while continuing to create additional masterpieces.  This is a great gift for kids of all ages- my son is 12 and he still enjoys playing with Aquabeads. The pieces are small, so supervise small children. 

Kids can make Aquabeads creations from included templates or their own imaginations. They place beads onto the layout tray, then spray with water to fuse the beads together, letting them set with time.  Once dried, the creations can be shared with friends and family. 

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Kids can get started with the Beginners Studio. They can create designs even faster than before using the flip tray to let one creation dry, as they work on another. With more than 840 shining jewels and solid beads in 16 colors, there are plenty of options for creative play. Beginners Studio includes the case, flip tray with bead receiver, sprayer, bead pen, template sheets and instructions to ensure kids have everything to get started. As kids collect studios for more fun, they can connect them for easy storage and travel. Beginners Studio, Ages 4+/ $19.95

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Kids can double the fun with the Deluxe Studio as they can now create fun 3D designs with 2 flip trays This Deluxe set contains more than 1,300 jewel & solid beads in 24 colors, a container, and two flip trays and bead receivers, rainbow bead pen, easy trays, sprayer, template sheets & instructions. This set connects to the Beginners Studio or Glamorous Designer Set for even more fun. Deluxe Studio, Ages 4+/ $29.95

frozen toys

Just in time for the premiere of Disney’s Frozen 2 on November 22nd, kids can craft their favorite Frozen characters of Arendelle with included templates featuring Anna, her sister Elsa and friend, Olaf! To play, place beads onto the layout tray, then spray with water to fuse the beads together and bring the artwork to life. Once dried, the character creations can be shared with fellow movie fans, friends and family. Aquabeads Frozen 2 Character Set for ages 4+/$9.95.

FOCO Series Two of WWE Bobblehead Series #GiftGuide

FOCO is excited to introduce Series Two of their WWE collectable bobbleheads highlighting some of the biggest personalities in WWE. These are really fun and would be perfect for the WWE Super-Fan on your list. 

This series of officially licensed bobbleheads features WWE superstars Seth Rollins, “The Man” Becky Lynch, Brock Lesnar with his advocate Paul Heyman, Jeff Hardy, and WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin, with more Superstars to be added soon.

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Each Superstar is depicted in an action pose in his or her ring gear on top of a steel entrance ramp with a 3D backdrop featuring the Superstar’s logos and mottos.

FOCO has previously released bobbleheads featuring WWE Superstars and Legends John Cena, AJ Styles, Ronda Rousey, Ric Flair, and Andre the Giant.

These bobbleheads are handcrafted to depict WWE stars that wrestling fans cheered for and will continue to cheer on for years to come. Each bobble stands approximately eight inches tall, making them the perfect addition to any collection at home, or any desk at work or school.

“We are very excited to add to our WWE series of bobbleheads that showcase these extremely talented entertainers,” said Matthew Katz, Senior Licensing Manager at FOCO. “We think wrestling fans young and old will be thrilled to add their favorite Superstars to their WWE collections,” Katz continued.

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Series Two of these WWE Bobbleheads are just a few of many products the company plans to release featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Keep an eye out for additional bobbleheads and other products from FOCO that will highlight the careers of some of the biggest names from the world of WWE.

Thanks to their unique design and top-of-the-line craftsmanship, FOCO’s bobbleheads are unlike anything on the market today, making them must-haves for fans and collectors alike.

Bobbleheads in the WWE series will be available online at www.FOCO.com. Each bobblehead is available at this link now for $45.00 plus shipping and handling.

Looking for CBD and Hemp Tinctures and Products? #GiftGuide #MadeInTheUSA

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Let me introduce Extract Labs out of Boulder, CO. They make an amazing selection of exceptionally pure Hemp Tinctures that are the highest quality, but offered at the lowest price points possible since the company keeps every step of production in-house. Yes, they are made here in the USA. 

 

Extract Labs was founded by a former combat veteran turned CO2 extraction expert, Craig Henderson. The Hemp Tinctures are made of oil that has been CO2-extracted from industrial hemp plants grown only in Colorado. It’s rich in CBD and uses a base of fractionated coconut oil – the purest form of coconut oil. Consumer testimonials indicate the tinctures are used to support wellness in a number of ways, including relieving symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, inflammation, epilepsy, chronic pain, PTSD, etc.  It is available in different sizes and dosages. There are even options for your 4 legged friends! 
 
They also make the most AMAZING Extra Strength Muscle Cream, Face Cream, Softgels and Lip Balm.  
They feel as good as they look.
I also recently checked out a new CBD line called Green Grove CBD – a Kansas City based broad spectrum line (meaning no THC). Made here in the USA, they have a really cool initiative where for every product purchase, a tree is planted. The line offers amazing CBD energy packets that go into water, Bath Bombs, CBD Candles, Soft Gels, Vitamin CBD packets for water (that give you energy) and more. Also fantastic  sleep CBD Tinctures with Melatonin. Again, there are options for your pets as well. 
If you are looking for great healthcare products your friends and family will love, look no further. Happy Holidays 🙂

Why A Smiley Face Cookie Can Be The Best Gift To Give

So you’ve been going around shops trying to find that one gift you can give to your special someone. But after three long hours of gawking at stalls and walking pass through numerous stores, you still haven’t found anything interesting at all. 

Well, here’s an idea! Why not just bake or order some smiley face cookies? 

Why smiley face cookies, you may ask. For the record, there are many reasons why these sweet treats are the best gift you can give on literally any occasion. Here are only some of them:

  1. Smiley face cookies make people smile, literally. 

Oftentimes, you can’t help but also smile if you see a smiley face in front of you. This is actually a scientific fact. According to a study published in the Trends in Cognitive Sciences report in 2016, people really have a natural tendency to mimic a facial expression of emotion. The mimicry, as it is called, allows them to recognize and feel the emotion that the messenger was conveying in the first place.

But it’s not just the smiley face that will make your special someone crack that grin. It’s actually also the cookies themselves. Cookies contain a bit of sugar, and an intake of this leads to a surge in levels of dopamine in the body. Dopamine is a feel-good transmitter and it contributes to people’s feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.

So if your special someone had a bad day, once he sees those cookies you gave him through an Eat’n Park e-Gift card, you will surely put a big smile on his face.

  1. Cookies provide good health benefits. 

Cookies are rich in proteins. Proteins are required for the structure, regulation, and functions of the body’s tissues and organs. They are what the body’s metabolism converts into energy.

But apart from this, researchers from Tel Aviv University actually found that eating dessert with breakfast can help with weight loss. For their study published in the journal Steroids, the researchers divided participants into two groups that were given a low carbohydrate diet for breakfast. One group, however, was allowed to eat dessert, which could be cookies, cake or ice cream. 

After 16 weeks, the researchers found that people on the dessert regimen lost 13 pounds apart from the 32 pounds they lost previously. On the other hand, those in the other group gained back 3.5 pounds of the 32 pounds they had already lost.

When you give cookies as a gift, you’re not only making the person feel good but you are also making him or her look good.

  1. Cookies are just delicious.

There are many cookie flavors at your disposal. You have chocolate cookies, strawberry cookies, or perhaps, sugary cookies are more to your liking. Whichever flavor you choose actually doesn’t even matter. All of them, after all, have a common denominator: they have the ability to stimulate your tastebuds. 

When your special someone chows down those cookies, he or she will surely be asking for more. Yes, there’s actually a reason Cookie Monster loves stuffing those sweet delights down his throat. 

  1. Smiley cookies remind people not to sweat the small stuff. 

A boy eating his cookies with a glass of milk in one hand has already become a common scene in any household. It serves as a bond food or comfort food of the family before they all go about their activities for the day.

But when people grow older and become adults, that scene inevitably fades into just a memory and is replaced by more recent scenes. That once-small boy now has to deal with responsibilities, after all, and has much less time to spend with his old man and family members over a snack.

So, what will the smiley cookies do? They can actually bring your special someone back to those days when he or she did not care for anything aside from dipping the cookies in a glass of milk. More importantly, it will remind them that it’s actually not worth it to be too serious about life. 

Without even saying anything, those smiley cookies will surely teach people a valuable lesson: Live a little and enjoy life!

Conclusion

Smiley cookies are the perfect gift for anyone, precisely because they are sweet and sentimental, especially if you baked them personally. They can also serve as a reminder on how to live a little while, at the same, giving that gustatory satisfaction.

Those little round smiley face cookies ensure both the emotional and physical well-being of people. In short, they are food for the body and food for the soul. 

 

Fathers Day Gifts He Will Love

With Father’s Day right around the corner, here are some fun and funky gifts we think Dad will love.

Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? The only thing with coffee can be, as we get older (aging like fine wines, of course) sometimes the acid or the caffine can be less then ideal. You can try a low acid brand like trücup low-acid coffee in either regular or decaf to help with those problems, while not sacrificing on taste.

These low acid coffee options remove what can be harmful or painful for some people’s stomachs, like those who have acid reflux, GERD, IBS, or about a zillion other stomach issues. I know it can get to me, personally. With bold or mild, espresso, decaf, and other choices, there is one that is sure to tickle dad’s fancy. Using a natural steam process to remove acids, but leaving in all the flavors and aromas, your dad will enjoy this healthier, low-acid coffee alternative. Check out https://trucup.com to choose your dad’s favorite roast.

Taking dad out on the town? Check out Tenth Street Hats for something to help him stand out. From the classic to the bold, traditional or funky, these hats are well made and will be a hit- a for sure conversation piece. Some of the best sellers as per the company-

“All-American Dad: Our high quality, American-made Biltmore Collection includes classic, colonial styles in materials ranging from luxurious fur to breathable straw.
BBQ King: For the dad leading the Memorial Day, July 4th and every BBQ this summer, our Sun Protection hats with UPF50+ keeps him protected while he’s grilling (so he doesn’t roast too).
Cool Dad: From our fedoras to our bold prints, our Staff Picks are perfect for cool dads who aren’t afraid to make a statement and accessorize.” Outdoorsy Dads:  for all the dads that love the outdoors, you can’t go wrong with this list of the best fathers day gifts.

Fun loving dads will love a cool statement piece. Standing out from the crowd these days isn’t easy, but doing it with style is always preferred. Head to https://tenthstreethats.com and see what your dad would love.

From the classic to the outdoorsy, Mountain Khakis has durable, long lasting clothing men everywhere will enjoy wearing. Timeless designs that will last him ages (because honestly, many men are not the most avid shoppers), these clothes are destined to be favorites. They feel nice as well- soft and light, breathable and comfortable to wear, they are exactly the kind of clothing my husband likes to wear, and he is incredibly picky. The clothing runs as to size, so pay attention to the charts, or ask if you are unsure. You can find something for any occasion or just lounging around.  Check out https://www.mountainkhakis.com and pick out what you think your dad will like. 

Fun Summer Finds for Active Women

As active parents, we are excited that warm weather has finally decided to visit us (and here’s hoping it stops raining for a few minutes so we can stay outdoors to enjoy it!)

Now that Spring has spring and Summer is on the way, here are a few of our favorites for moms on the go.

Sand Cloud, an environmentally aware company that donates %10 of it’s profits to #SaveTheFishes (help protect and preserve marine life) offers a wide array of items that are sustainable, adorable, and environmentally friendly. From super useful items mom will love like reusable glass bottles with beautiful and fun designs on them to metal straws that you can take anywhere (avoid those unnecessary plastic ones), soft towels with lovely artwork, to organic tees and tanks and more. Visit https://www.sandcloud.com to see what strikes your fancy.

yoga gear

Yoga lover? Me too, we hit the mat almost daily, it is one of the best ways to center yourself and have a few minutes of peace. Slightly Buddha is a yoga company for yoga lovers, by yoga lovers. The items on the site are simple, pretty, and express the ideas of living a zen lifestyle. They make, as they describe them, “well made, cute clothes” that offer value to the customer. As the owner describes the collection, “Slightly Buddha is a manifestation of my love for yoga, art and clothes.”  The clothing is soft and comfortable, and perfect for hitting a class or running errands. Pay attention to the photos and the reviews, they are honest and helpful when choosing a size.  Visit https://www.slightlybuddha.com and check out the graceful designs that are easy to mix and match.

Title Nine has everything the active woman needs, from running gear to swimwear to undergarments and more. Dresses that move with you, skirts that shake the rain off, leggings that actually stay in place. I can’t say enough good things about the company, which is run by amazing women for women, so they know what women want and need. I recently tried out the Roadster Convertible Underwire Bra and the Cuz She Say’s So Underwire Bra and I have to say, I’m in love. The “Roadster” in particular has become my “go to”- if it’s clean, I’m wearing it. Comfortable and keeping everything where it needs to be, even during vigorous workouts, this is the one to beat in my opinion. The “Cuz She Said So” was also comfortable and preformed well, and kept it all together.  The company is so passionate about their bras, they even have a program to help get them to girls in underprivileged communities. They know it’s hard to preform your best when you are being hindered- and that’s pretty cool. Visit https://www.titlenine.com to find your perfect match.

Looking for something pretty? Mountain Khakis puts a modern spin on classics, and the clothing is built to last. This company builds tough clothing that’s still pretty and soft to wear. You can find classic styles mom loves, which are durable and have the highest quality craftsmanship. A brand you can rely on not to fall apart on you. Not only that, but they are a company that cares, being Fair Trade Certified, members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and are organic and biodegradable, using only products and production methods that are safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. You can be tough and rugged and still look beautiful at the same time- all this while being environmentally responsible. Great gift options, take a look at https://www.mountainkhakis.com to see what strikes your fancy.

5 awesome Gifts a New Dad will love

The following is a guest post, and the opinions are those of the author. 

Most new dads are always excited about their new role of parenting. However, the role can be accompanied by fatigue and lack of sleep. Without a proper support system, new dads can easily breakdown. That is why it is crucial for family and friends to shower new dads with gifts once in a while as a way to show them that they are valued. If you are not sure on the kind of gift to offer a friend or relative who just had a baby, then here is a list.

1. Baby carrier

Previously, it would be hard to find a man carrying a baby in a carrier. However, things have changed and it looks super cool to find a dad carrying a baby in a carrier and walking majestically in the mall. As you make a choice on the best carrier to purchase, ensure that it is classy for a man and that it is sturdy enough to offer proper back support. Of course, you don’t want the new dad to start complaining of backaches. The colors should also be neutral so that the dad feels comfortable using it.

2. A Parenting Guide Book

You may think that a new dad has it all together but he is just acting strong. Most likely he does not have a clue about what to do with the baby or even how to support the mother. A book with loads of information regarding babies would be helpful. It should be comprehensive such that he can refer to it whenever he has doubts about anything. It will encourage and also teach the new dad ways of being a supportive husband and a loving dad.

3. Matching T-shirts

A t-shirt with some cool writings such as ‘papa bear’ and ‘baby bear’ would be appreciated by the new dad. Ever stared at a dad carrying a baby along the streets and they are both wearing matching clothes? It is cool, right? If you feel the mom will feel left out, then you can also include one for her. The whole family can get involved with this cool trend – grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, the possibilities are endless! I recently got matching outfits for my niece aged 6 and myself – kids of all ages love matching with a beloved family member!

4. A camera

There is nothing as memorable as having photos and videos of your small baby because it is impossible to go back in time once they are all grown up. Imagine presenting a gift of their childhood photos to your son or daughter when they turn 18 years old – it would be a gift they will treasure forever. A new dad would appreciate a camera so that he can capture memories of his small baby. Besides, most men love cameras and they might end up adopting photography as a new hobby.

5. Baby Stroller

These days it is not only moms who are expected to take babies for a walk. At times the mother needs a break so that she can relax. A stroller would come in handy because even babies calm down when they are taken outside for some sunbathing. Just as it feels good to go out for a walk when you feel stressed, it is the same effect for a small baby who has been crying for the better part of the day. If you are not sure which new gift to offer the newest dad in town, then a stroller would be a good bet.

Conclusion

New dads can feel awkward the first few months before they fully adopt their new roles. As a supportive friend or relative, you can help make them feel better with a great gift. A gift would be appreciated because it reminds them that someone, somewhere cares. Some of the best new gift ideas include a baby stroller, a baby carrier, matching t-shirts, a parenting guide book, and a camera.