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Father’s Day

The Perfect Tech Gift for Dad’s this Father’s Day! @BestBuy @SamsungMobileUS #GearRV

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Father’s Day is one of the hardest holidays to shop for in my family.  My dad and husband both have everything so trying to find something they don’t have yet and will love can be stressful.  However not this year!  Thanks to Samsung and Best Buy, I have found the perfect Father’s Day gift, the Gear VR!

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The Father He Didn’t Have to Be, The Anchor in My Life! #NauticaforDad

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As Father’s Day approaches I want to share the story about my Dad.  I don’t talk about it often because it’s not really necessary to talk about it but for Father’s Day I thought it would be nice to share.  My Dad is the Father he never needed to be!

 

I met my Dad before my first birthday,  when my mom started dating him and later married.  I always new my birth father and even lived with him for a period of time while I was a teenager, however my Dad has always been my Dad.
 
This man walked into my life and took on all the responsibility that another man couldn’t handle.  He was the one who made the rules, went to father/daughter dances, fixed my car, and walked me down the isle.  He taught me how to ride a bike, how to be responsible, and the unfaltering love of father.  He also showed me that love and loyalty are what makes a family, not blood and as a result I have countless friends who have become family over the years and I am one of the most loyal people you’ll ever meet.

He has been an anchor in my life for day one, there is no conditions upon the love he has shown me.  I am his daughter, unconditionally.

Now 31 years later, he is an anchor in my kids life.  He is the papa who plays baseball, builds bounce houses, and plays with Lego’s.  He is a man my boys can look up to and a man my daughter can rely on.  They love him with all their hearts and he loves them right back!

So what am I buying the anchor in my life for Father’s Day?  The Nautica Voyage Gift Set!  It’s a great gift set that has a cool, aquatic and masculine scent.  The set includes a shower gel, aftershave balm, and 2 bottles of cologne.  I love the smell of Nautica Voyage and I also love the price of this deluxe gift set, It is a $128 value available at Macy’s for only $65!

The set also comes in a great gift box, making wrapping very easy.

I can’t wait to relax by the pool on Father’s Day, BBQ, and celebrate with the two best Dad’s I know.  My Dad and my Husband!

Enter Nautica’s amazing giveaway! 
1 Grand Prize Winner will win a $4,000 Cruise Vacation Package
5 Second Place Winners will win a Nautica Men’s Fragrance Gift Package
Winner must be 18+
I’ve shared some memories about my father. Who is the anchor in your life?



5 Ways to Save Money this Summer and How We’re Celebrating Father’s Day with the Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans!

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Father’s Day is this weekend, Summer vacation starts next week, and there are countless things the kids want to do this summer.  Like most families, summer is an expensive time for our household.  The kids are home and eating our cabinets bare, plus day trips and vacations can add up quickly.
 
I like to start preparing for summer break a few months ahead of time by trying to lower our bills with great deals like Walmart’s low priced unlimited talk, text and data cell plans, and eating outside while creating a restaurant feel. 

 
Here are my 5 Summer Money Saving Tips:
1.  Buy in bulk before the kids get out of school.  I hate grocery shopping with the kids!  I always end up spending double what I intended on spending and leave the grocery store with a carriage full of junk food when I have the kids with me.  So I like to do a huge grocery shopping right before school breaks.
The kids are out of school for 2 months, so I like to get a large supply of juice boxes, freeze pops, fruit snacks, and other foods that wont go bad in a two month time frame.  This way I only need to do small and quick grocery shopping trips each week, that I can do easily without the kids.  I keep the stock pile of food in the basement and bring up a weeks supply at a time, so that the kids don’t eat it all in the first week.
 
2.  Make a list of fun and free things to do over the summer.  Day trips can add up quickly, so I like to make a list of places we can visit for little to know cash.  In my area there are several local playgrounds, water spray parks, pools, and beaches that we can spend the day at without spending a dime.  There are also some great monuments, beaches that have weekly fireworks, and some museums that have free admittance on certain days, and all I would need to pay for is parking to take the kids.  These are great boredom busters that can keep the cash in my wallet.
 
3.  We also pack our lunches and snacks whenever possible.  A day at the beach can go from free to $50 quick if I have to buy 5 lunches and bottled water all day.  So I like to pack the cooler each day with the snacks I had stocked up on ahead of time.  I  also have the back of the mini-van well stocked and it stays like that all summer.  I keep an extra bathing suit, towel, and life jacket for each of the kids in the van.  We also have some pool toys and sand toys in there, this way we don’t need to buy anything at those fun beach side stores if we decide to take a sporadic swim. 
 
4.  Slim down the bills.  We spend less on electricity by spending time outside and keeping the air conditioner off.  Cooking outside is a big one, this way the house doesn’t get extra hot from the oven going.
You can have the cable turned off during the summer months while most shows are off for the season and most nights are spent outside anyways.  Then once the fall comes back, negotiate with the cable company to only restart up without a contract.  We do this each year and it easily saves us $150+ a year.
  We also saved on our cell phone bill by switching to Walmart’s Family Mobile.  The phones are priced great, Alcatel Pop Astro is only $64.88 and is a great smartphone. 
Plus a plan with unlimited talk, text and data which includes  1G of 4G LTE data is just $29.88 a month for the first phone line with no contract, credit check or overage charges.  That’s more than a 50% savings on what we were playing for our phone plans before switching!  That’s a great chunk of change back in my wallet for some summer fun!
 
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/8e03 or your local Walmart for current pricing.
5.  Stay home while enjoying holidays.  Father’s Day is this weekend and instead of spending a ton of money on going out to eat, we will be cooking out by my parents pool and relaxing.  We can eat great, within our grocery budget and it’s a lot less stressful than taking 3 kids to a restaurant. 
 
So what are the kids getting Dad for Father’s day?  One of his presents is of course the Alcatel Pop Astro Cell Phone.  The phone is sleek and has all the bells and whistles he likes in a phone including a great camera, touch screen, and best of all it’s budget friendly! (Luckily he rarely reads this so he wont know)


DIY Fathers Day Gifts on a Budget

DIY Fathers Day Gifts on a Budget
 

Arе уоu lооking fоr some idеаѕ fоr Fаthеrѕ Dау gifts to make? Our fаthеrѕ undоubtеdlу are some оf thе mоѕt imроrtаnt реорlе in оur lives, аnd hе dеѕеrvеѕ a ѕресiаl gift on Fаthеrѕ Dау.

Every уеаr уоu аlwауѕ buy a gift for him аnd yes, hе really appreciates it. But thiѕ year whу nоt give him ѕоmеthing ѕресiаl thаt you mаdе уоurѕеlf. Crеаting an extra special gift juѕt for him iѕ nоt аѕ difficult as уоu may think. Hе would bе thrillеd tо get a hаndmаdе рrеѕеnt thаt уоu рut thought and love into сrеаting.
To get started уоu nееd tо dесidе оn what Fаthеrѕ day giftѕ to mаkе or even соnѕidеr. Thе bеѕt wау tо mаkе thiѕ dесiѕiоn iѕ to сhооѕе whiсh tуре of itеmѕ you аrе аblе to mаkе. Putting уоur ѕеwing ѕkillѕ tо wоrk will be a grеаt money ѕаvеr.
Unique Homemade Fathers Day Giftѕ
One саn сhооѕе from mаnу tуреѕ оf Fathers day giftѕ tо make uѕing уоur sewing skills, such аѕ a ѕhаving роuсh. Where he саn keep hiѕ ѕhаving kit оr even аn еlесtriс ѕhаvеr, mауbе a quilt thаt hе can uѕе on hiѕ bеd оr ѕоmе соvеrеd coat hаngеrѕ that hеlрѕ in keeping thе ѕuit and coats сlеаn аnd сrеаѕе free whilе traveling.
You саn start your shaving pouch by buуing a hаlf mеtеr рiесе of рrintеd cloth, a рiесе of thin fоаm аnd a ziрреr thаt will bе used for ореning аnd closing the pouch. Thе nеxt ѕtер involved iѕ cutting thе сlоth in a rectangular shape dереnding uроn thе size уоu want. If уоur fаthеr uѕеѕ an еlесtriс ѕhаvеr you dо not need a very large pouch. Nаturаllу if your fаthеr ѕhаvеѕ uѕing ѕhаving gеl оr fоаm аlоng with a rаzоr thеn уоu would rеԛuirе a lаrgеr роuсh.
Cut оut fоur рiесеѕ оf thе cloth and two pieces оf fоаm in a rectangular shape ассоrding tо mеаѕurеmеntѕ. Take twо рiесеѕ of thеѕе сut рiесеѕ оf сlоth on either ѕidе оf thе fоаm аnd sew it in a quilted style. Repeat the ѕаmе рrосеdurе with thе other рiесеѕ оf fоаm and сlоth. Thеn ѕtitсh thе twо ԛuiltеd рiесеѕ and attach thе zipper on оnе side.
If уоu hаvе chosen a printed fаbriс уоu dо nоt nееd аnу kind of раtсhwоrk to make it mоrе appealing. But in саѕе оnе chooses a рlаin fаbriс, thеn you соuld sew hiѕ initiаlѕ оn the pouch tо givе it a mоrе ѕорhiѕtiсаtеd реrѕоnаlizеd lооk.
Whеn уоur father rесеivеѕ thiѕ gift оn hiѕ special dау hе will be thrilled you gаvе thiѕ special thоught аnd love. Sо inѕtеаd of thinking аbоut buying him a store bought gift соnѕidеr, Iѕ there some fathers dау gifts tо mаkе? and ѕhоw him you care еnоugh tо put ѕоmе effort intо it.