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If you procrastinated Father's Day shopping, I'm here to help. These last minute gift ideas for Dad are so good your guy will think you spent weeks planning

Father’s Day Gift Guide For Every Kind Of Dad

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Check out my Father’s Day Gift Guide for every kind of dad. Whether he’s an outdoorsman, a foodie father, or just a classy guy, I found the perfect gift ideas.

You’ve heard it said before, “My dad is the BEST dad in the world!” Perhaps you’ve even said it a time or two, and if I’m being totally honest, I believe my dad is the very best.

Bob and Tara

Me and Dad

Every dad has unique qualities that make him worthy of that description. Those special, individual traits that set our fathers apart from one another,  so shouldn’t the gifts that we give them match their personalities? I think so! Check out the following guide, help the kids pick out the perfect gift for dad, or get your own pop a thing or two.


The Outdoor Dad

The Outdoor DadPack up the goods, the outdoorsy dad is ready for an adventure! Some dads spend time with their families at the movies or out to dinner, but not the outdoor dad! He loves gathering the family together on the mountainside and out in the fresh air.


Hiking Shoes for Dad and the Kids
Take a hike…in a good way, in these “Daddy and me” VERSATRAIL KEEN hiking shoes. These stylish and comfortable shoes come in big and small, matching sizes, so the whole family can be in on the adventure. See large selection on the Keen site.

Keen "Daddy and Me" Shoes

Eco-Friendly Fish-Shaped Cutting Board
If dad likes to cook in wide open spaces, he needs a cutting board for the job. These Epicurean Camp Series Cutting Boards come in a fish shapes! How great is that? They also come in standard sizes, but the quality remains the same. Made from natural wood fiber, and heat-resistant up to 350ºF, they’re light, durable, eco-friendly and work just as good in the home as they do outdoors.

Epicurean Camp Series Boards


One Skillet, Full Meal
For dad, the campfire cooking doesn’t stop with the cutting board! He’ll need a skillet if he wants to whip up a fantastic meal under those blankets of stars. This Master Pan Non-Stick Divided Grill/Fry/Oven Skillet allows dad to make a full meal with just one pan. I mean, it only takes one propane burner for the skillet to grill up a hot meal? Amazing!

Master Pan Non Stick Skillet

Good Lookin’ Board Shorts
Beach and pool trips are coming up now that the kids are out of school and Father’s Day is here. If dad needs a new suit, swim suit that is, check out this stylish pair from Target. The Mossimo Supply Co. swim trunks are crafted with a durable poplin weave and a touch of spandex for a great fit.

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The Classy Dad

The Classy DadThe classy dad values quality. He likes a nice thing or two. He loves those tech gadgets that keep him up to speed and on time. A nice shave kit and great pants are his thing. And maybe your classy dad even likes a cocktail/mocktail here and there.


Cool Shades
Dad will look good in these Aviator Polarized Sunglasses no matter where he’s going. Classy or not dad’s lose sunglasses, or maybe he just needs a pair in every car, or mansion he owns. Either way you won’t go wrong with these stylish shades on Father’s Day.

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Hanging Travel Bag
A shave kit that doesn’t have to sit on the wet sink! It hangs on the door knob, hook or towel rack, so no matter where dad goes he stays classy. This Perry Ellis travel bag is compact and looks cool and manly! Plus it’s on sale! Get it now!
Perry Ellis Mens Hanging Travel Bag

Hanging Travel Bag, Black, hi-res






Mix It Up All In One
Shake things up with the Tovolo 4-in-1 Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker. This cocktail shaker allows you juice, jig, strain and mix cocktails all with one shaker. Your dad will not only be impressed with the simplicity of the shaker, but he’ll also be excited to put it to good use!

Tovolo 4-in-1 Cocktail Shaker

A Little Down Time
A classy dad is ever the busy dad. Whether playing ball with the kids, or fixing the garage door, or repairing his little girl’s bike, he keeps it all going strong. Give him a little break with a Massage Envy Gift Card. Receive a free 30-minute upgrade and choice of a free Enhanced Therapy with $125 in gift card purchases – or get discounts on these items during this next week: Murad Shaving Essentials Set – $67 value, $50 – Whish Shaving Kit with reusable travel bag – $50 value, $25 – Spongelle Men’s Super Buffer, $14 value, $10.

Treatment Gift Card


The Foodie Father

The Foodie FatherThe foodie father loves to spend time in the kitchen cooking up a masterpiece for his family to enjoy, so why not make his hobby a little bit more enjoyable?

The next steak that your dad makes will be the best one yet with help from the SteakChamp Ultimate Steak Thermometer. Any great grill master knows that the perfect steak takes time and patience, and this thermometer lets dad know exactly when the steak is done to perfection. LED lights guide the way and the probe reads heat along it’s entire length. Good stuff.

 SteakChamp Ultimate Steak Thermometer


Dad will be obsessed with this Sphere Ice Maker from Tovolo. At least I am! He can make perfectly round, clear ice cubes with this awesome gadget. The insulated stand creates two ice spheres that won’t dilute drinks. Plus they look super cool and dad will get all the praise!

Sphere Ice Maker

Decorate A Cake You Didn’t Have To Make
No fuss, with all the glory! Any dad will be grateful for a delicious ice cream cake. Did you know you can get an un-decorated Carvel Ice Cream Cake at the store, then decorate it yourself? What a great way to send your own message on Father’s Day and get the kids involved. Eat fast! It melts. GET IT at your local grocery store!

Decorate An Ice Cream Cake


The Coolest Dish Ever
Take dad’s cooking game to a whole new level with the Le Creuset Dish with Platter. The multi-function design of the dish allows your dad to keep things simple and delicious around the grill by cutting out multiple dishes that hardly keep the food at the sizzling heat of deliciousness. Marinate meat in the dish and serve it on the cool platter included!

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So Much More Than Ice Cream
I have to say I think this is a pretty cool kitchen appliance! It’s not just an ice cream maker. The new Cuisinart Fruit Scoop Dessert Maker churns fresh fruit into a frozen dessert. So if dad is on a health kick he’ll absolutely love it! The special mashing paddle gets the fruit perfectly smashed with no extra ingredients. No when his health kick is over…The machine makes regular ice cream and frozen yogurt like a dream!

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The Tech Dad

The Tech Dad

Father’s who love technology are the most fun to shop for because they’re interested in the latest and greatest gadget. Sometimes shopping for the techy dad can be dangerous because you end up shopping for yourself after finding all the cool things there are out there.


Never Miss A Thing
Dad might lose his wallet or phone every once in a while (or maybe the kids just play tricks on him), but the techy TrackR Bravo helps him track it. Dad sends a request through his phone and the tracker rings on his keys. Dad’s phone goes missing? Well, this little device works on the opposite way too, and calls his phone to set off a ring, even if it’s on silent!

 TrackR Bravo  TrackR Bravo


Keep It Together
His smart phone can do one more amazing thing – double as his wallet! Get dad this Card/ID Holder iphone Case and lighten his load. No more bulky wallet, it’s all in one place!

Card/ID Holder iphone Case


Dad On The Go
For a gadget guy on the go there’s nothing better than having all the right cords, cables and chargers. This portable, waterproof case keeps his cords and hard drive in one place. Easy to carry on, or keep at home. Velcro straps and pockets allow everything to stay separated and untangled. I want one! Forget Father’s Day, when is Single Girl’s Day?

portable, waterproof case

Happy Shopping! And Happy Father’s Day!

Get your snack on with these ingenious and delicious bites using frozen mozzarella sticks.

5 Mozzarella Stick Snack Hacks

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Get your snack on with these ingenious and delicious bites using frozen mozzarella sticks.



Rock and roll with these Mozzarella Stick Cordon Bleu Bites from The Frugal Fairy. Roll, eat. Roll, eat. My kind of snack!

Mozzarella Stick Cordon Bleu Bites


Fried Mozzarella Caprese Bites are calling my name. So loud! Can you hear them too? Oh thank you Easy Peasy Mealz for sharing such a loud and delicious snack!

Fried Mozzarella Caprese Bites

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Just for the record I will not complain if you make this Mozzarella Stick Grilled Cheese Sandwich for me. Ever. And if you have some tomato soup to go along with it I might even hug you. Fair warning.

 Mozzarella Stick Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Bacon Fried Mozzarella Sticks are two-ingredient gifts from heaven. Try them here. Then check out 101 Ways To Love Bacon for more heaven-sent genius.

Bacon Fried Mozzarella Sticks


Thank you Brown Sugar for this snack gift. Oh the spicy, blue cheesy, mozzarella gooeyness that makes my mouth water! Buffalo Cheese Sticks are to die for.

Buffalo Cheese Sticks

real-life good

Thank you to FarmRich for the most delicious Mozzarella Sticks  

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Valentine’s Day Hacks (that cover all your bases)

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Valentine’s Day is on Sunday! Whew that’s soon. You still have all week for kids boxes, gifts, decor and treats.

Valentine’s Day sneaks up on us in the middle of a quiet winter month. But if you forget about it well, you’re in big trouble. If you’ve let something slip your mind this V-Day, don’t worry, because I’ve got your back with these 9 Valentine’s Hacks that cover all your bases.


Blog Valentines Garland

Even if you’re late to the game on the Valentine’s Day décor, the good news is the entire month of February is dedicated to love. My friend Liz used to live in New York, and she posted this cute 10-minute vellum heart garland on her blog, Say Yes. If you’re in a pinch and don’t have any vellum on hand, you could use construction paper, yardstick, or even regular paper for a cute and simple look.


Food Stirs Valentines Baking Kits

I love the idea of a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Subscription boxes are all the rage right now, and the actress, Sarah Michelle Gellar, has developed the cutest subscription baking kits at Foodstirs. Each one is themed, and you can order a single kit, or a kit every month for a year. They are guaranteed to be crowd pleasers with your little chefs.


I Heart Naptime Valentines Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Four ingredients and five minutes, need I say more? Ok, I will, but only because this homemade vanilla sugar scrub from I Heart Naptime is such a fabulous idea. A homemade gift from the heart will surely make anyone feel special, and no one needs to know how easy it is to make.

Kid’s Valentines

Tatertots and Jello Valentines Box

Forget about complicated shoe box and construction paper menageries. This year, you can simplify your kid’s Valentine box with this cute hot air balloon. All you need is a helium balloon and a basket of some sort, and your kids will be ready for any delivery that comes their way.

Housing a Forest Emoji Valentines

Teens, tweens, elementary school kids, or even text-happy adults will flip out at these creative DIY Valentine. Housing a Forest has the full tutorial, but you can really let your imagination run wild as you create these.


The Paper Mama Valentines Bacon Hearts

Oh I heart bacon. I really do! The Paper Mama might just be the smartest woman in the world, because—bacon hearts! Nothing says “I Love You” better than the sizzling sounds of bacon. The simple and smart heart shape is just an added bonus.

The Idea Room Valentines Heart Salad

Fancy up a simple green salad with heart shaped tomatoes and carrots. Amy from The Idea Room has the simple tutorial for this salad of love.


Super Make It Valentines Treats

My friend Jodi from my Martha Stewart days is a creative crafter extraordinaire. She and I would  work on food craft projects together and she always had the most fun ideas. She has her own food craft book, and she recently shared this cute idea for a V-Day heart treat. It’s really a triple threat: a treat, décor, and it uses up leftover Christmas candy.


Date Night

Brit and Co Valentines Date Plan

I didn’t forget about date night! Sure, you could make reservations and go the traditional route with the crowds, or be with your love at home. Stick with the Ultimate Romantic Dinner Date Brit+Co outlines, and you’ll finish off Valentine’s Day looking like a champion.

What are some of your favorite Valentine hacks?

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DIY Mummies hold your Mozzarella Sticks for a Halloween Snack

Mozzarella Stick Mummy Bowls

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Cute craft alert!!!!

Mozzarella Stick Mummy Bowls

Who doesn’t love to eat a crispy mozzarella stick out of the top of a mummy head? Mozzarella sticks have got to be one of the best, quick, crowd-pleasing snacks around. (Seriously, I made some for my friends on a beach trip this summer and I almost didn’t even get one, they were gone in two seconds!) Also, how perfect are they for a pre trick-or-treating snack? Very perfect.

Kids are typically too excited to eat dinner on Halloween night. Thoughts of a sugar rush just around the corner. Any kid (or adult food blogger like me) would get a kick out of snacking on a toasty cheese stick with “bloody” marinara sauce. They can even help make the googly-eyed mummy bowls!

For instructions click to the Farm Rich site!



Photos and idea courtesy of Farm Rich

No-Carve Fall Pumpkin Crafts

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Let me count the ways I love no-carve pumpkin crafts.

No-Carve Fall Pumpkin Crafts You can leave the pumpkins in the house and on the porch from October through Thanksgiving! Then after two weeks I don’t end up with wilty jack-o-lanterns that look like angry old men.  The no-carve option gives you a full Fall season of decor. SCORE!

No-Carve Fall Pumpkin Crafts

Decoupage pumpkins with fall leaves are a pretty great craft. How fun to mix and match gorgeous fall leaves that the kids find. It’s simply done by sticking leaves to pumpkins with mod podge glue. (I used a few straight pins to hold them in place while they dried. Then I brushed another layer of mod podge over the top.)



Ribbon adorned pumpkins can last the entire fall season. Decorate with all types of ribbon and rick rack. The kids can even do this and choose their own designs and patterns.

Just look at these cute minis!

No-Carve Fall Pumpkin Crafts

You can do both of these crafts on real pumpkins or faux pumpkins!

No-Carve Fall Pumpkin CraftsCheck out the Fox and Friends Fall segment where these were featured by yours truly!

22 Things To Do With Silverware!

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I had the most fun on The Today Show before the Super Bowl! I demonstrated all sorts of game day crafts for entertaining with ideas off of The video is below.

The Today Show before the Super BowlWith such cool ideas, I had to keep going, and found a bazillion amazing things to do with silverware. (Ok bazillion is an exaggeration, but there are a lot!) Pinterest this graphic right up and link to endless amounts of inspiration and projects for you and the kids.

Take THAT Cold Freezing Winter. I’ve got you covered.


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