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Monthly Archives for June 2017

I’ve been procrastinating on this post, guys! In my book, men are the most difficult people to shop for. I think the two main reasons for this is that they tend to be fairly practical and/or when they need something they buy it! Can anyone else relate?

Well, with a little researching and a little discussion with my husband, we came up with a gift guide that I hope more than a few of you will find helpful! I didn’t look back on last year’s guide until I finished and luckily I only had one item overlap! Everything on that guide remains relevant however, so it may be worth checking out again as well: 2016 Gift Guide.

1. 23 And Me: Ancestry Report: My husband and father have both had this test done and we’re considering it for my FIL this year. They trace your DNA and give you a full report on your ancestry as well as a genetic health report (if selected). We found out, amongst other things, that Jack is 1% Sub-Saharan African, who knew!!

2. Google Home: Jack and Siri are pretty much BFF’s but he’s had this on his wishlist for a while now, and I have to say I’m rather tempted as well. A personal assistant for us both, hmmm!

3. Hyper Chiller: Just in time for summer, this device makes a perfect iced coffee in 60 seconds! I like benefiting from this gift, win/win!

4. Night Stand Valet: Beautiful and practical, I love this piece and I’m guessing a few fathers may too. I know this handmade piece would make good use on Jack’s nightstand or desk alike!

5. DAD t-shirt: No nonsense, straight to the point. You can’t go wrong with this guy!

6. Sneakers: A fresh pair of on-trend sneakers is something most guys can appreciate.

7. FiberFix: This was the first thing out of my husbands mouth when I asked him about the gift guide. At first I started laughing because I assumed it had something to do with giving his system a little kick ;) But it turns out it’s something of a duct tape on steroids. It claims to fix all breaks, tears and cracks and at under $10 my guess is that my husband isn’t the only one that would benefit from having this on hand ;)

8. Bose Headphones: Sport headphones can be difficult to find, but the reviews on these make me think they might be worth it!

9. Daddy/Baby Gift Set: For all of those first time Father’s, check out this adorable set! What dad wouldn’t be proud to sport this?

Pink, White and Blue

I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend! We spent most of ours celebrating my oldest child turning….8!! I’m still stomaching that one ;) He chose to visit Lake Tobias, an outdoor wildlife park north of Harrisburg, PA that’s totally worth checking out if you’re anywhere in the area. Jack loved it, but watching my two year old say ‘hello’ to every goat in the petting zoo (there must have been 50!) may have been the best part of our day ;) Needless to say, we were completely wiped by the end of it!

As for this outfit, I was smitten over the ruffled top as soon as I saw it. I’m frequently drawn to blue, but then find myself agonizing over what to pair the various blues with. Blue jeans don’t always cut it and in this case, white denim would have been over-kill. I knew I had to turn to a color and finally settled on pink, although had I a pair in a burnt orange, I may have gone for that too!

Details: SheIn top c/o / Zara pants (similar) / Shoes (similar) / Stella & Dot necklace (similar)

T-Shirt Dress

Anyone else love a good t-shirt (or tank) dress? For those of you that are in my boat and are about to embark on an adventurous summer at home with young ones, you’re likely to be reaching for cut-offs and t’s or a basic t-shirt dress regularly. And if not, I’m guessing they’ll be weekend staples for sure! I love the ease of t-shirt dresses. The way you can pair them with sneakers or sandals. The way you can wear them around town or throw them over your swimsuit. And I love the ease in which they can be tossed in the wash and thrown right back on again!

Here are a handful that are currently available to shop. All perfectly ready to toss on and get your summer rolling!