Father’s Day Favorite’s Round Up

I decided to do a post of all of my husband’s favorite items in this Father’s Day Favorite’s Round Up. Why reinvent the wheel, right? All these items are tried and true, and let’s be honest, what we really want is a gift he won’t take back. That’s what I want, anyway. Now, I can’t make any promises, but it sure does beat taking a shot in the dark. The best part is two of his favorites are on SALE! Wahoo! So without further ado, here are my husband’s favorites:

one. These Peter Millar Regular Sport Shirts are my husband’s go-to casual button down shirts. I originally posted about them here. My husband is a big guy. He’s 6′ 5″, and shirts are usually baggy on him but not these. The fit is just right. He usually wears an XL, but since this is a ‘regular fit’, the large keeps the shirt from being too baggy.

two. These are my husbands favorite shorts. He has been wearing them for the last two years, since I originally posted about them here.  He wears them casually, but he also wears them golfing. They are not too tight, not too short, they stretch, and they are a great fit. My husband’s shorts have stains all over them, that shows how much he wears them. He probably doesn’t appreciate me sharing this. Ha! The shorts run true to size.

three.  I posted “The Best Casual Pant EVER” last year and the title says it all. They are not too tight, not too baggy, not too casual, not too dressy… they’re the best casual pant ever. These also have stains all over them. Hmmmm, maybe I need to do a post titled, “what has stains on it from my husband’s closets”… he would kill me. Let’s hope he doesn’t read this post.

four. I know you’ve seen SWIMS on here a thousand times (not really, but it does feel like I blog about them a lot), but that’s because they are really that good! All my husband’s friends love them, too. They really are the perfect casual shoe and flip flop alternative!

five. This is where I deviate from my husband’s favorite’s to let you all know what I’m getting my husband for Father’s Day, since he already has all of the above. Now I really hope he’s not reading this post. HA!

Vinglace Vinglace

VINGLACE is the coolest invention ever! Think of it as a YETI cooler for your wine bottle. This is THE PERFECT GIFT FOR MY HUSBAND. My husband collects wine like people do baseball cards. Ok, he collects those, too. He’s a collector. I digress. Anyway, he loves wine, and he loves to drink it at the ideal temperature. I swear he’s not a snoot. Ha! Anyway, for this reason, we have two wine fridges – one for reds, one for whites so they are kept at the ideal temperature. Clearly a VINGLACE is the perfect gift for him!

On a side note, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wrapped ice packs around my white wine with rubber bands to keep it cold. It’s so tacky (which I don’t care about), but it didn’t really keep my wine cold, and I kept forgetting my ice packs at my friend’s houses. So it’s the perfect gift for the both of us! Wait, is that bad?

I hope I was able to help you check Father’s Day off your list with this post!

What I Really Want For Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

For some reason, this Mother’s Day week has me feeling nostalgic. Looking back on all the Mother’s Days I’ve celebrated since becoming a mom has been kind of therapeutic for me. I have to say, for one reason or another, they can be emotional for me and a bit confusing. There are lots of emotions that roll around in my head on Mother’s Day.

First off, it can be hard for me because I lost my mom, but it can also be hard because my relationship with my mom was, and still is, a bit confusing (she was an alcoholic). But there is also the part of celebrating me being a mom, which is the very best and hardest job (as we all know). Looking back on any given Mother’s Day, I’ve wanted to celebrate in a variety of different ways.  For instance, when my boys were babies, I just wanted to sleep. When my boys were toddlers, I just wanted to getaway and enjoy some peace and quiet (which I felt guilty about). On other Mother’s Days, I didn’t even know what I wanted because I didn’t know myself anymore. I wonder what a Mother’s Day will be like when my kids are grown.

What I do know is, on every Mother’s day, all I really want is to feel loved and appreciated. I want my family to see and feel the love I have for them. I want them to know how hard I try and how much I love them. As we come to yet another Mother’s Day, I’m not sure what the day will hold for me, so when my husband asked me what I wanted to do and what I wanted for Mother’s Day, I knew I needed to take care of myself. To be honest, my impulse was to just say something like, “I don’t know, whatever…”, but then I thought about it for a second longer and realized I knew exactly what I want to do and what I want (frankly this is cause for a personal celebration, since there were many years I didn’t even know what I liked to do). So why not tell him?! I’m grateful he prompted me to have this conversation because as I’ve learned, he can’t read my mind, so I’ve got to tell him!

I told him that I don’t want to go to a Mother’s Day Brunch or a fancy restaurant, I want to hang out at the house with the boys by the pool. I want to grill out, have a glass of white wine, and maybe watch a movie or a show with the boys, too.

Then I sent him these two pictures of what I wanted:

I mean he asked, right?! HA! I’m loving Ariel Gordon‘s jewelry that my friend Nicole (@gobendie) introduced me to. I knew immediately I wanted to share her stuff with you guys! It’s unique jewelry that I can wear everyday! EVERYDAY! And you know I love EVERYDAY style!

Here’s a few more of my favorites from her site (click on pictures):

These are the coolest birthstone necklaces I’ve seen. They’re so unique! One birthstone for every kiddo! As my friend pointed out, you could do your whole family including yourself and your husband, too.

Here are my other favorites (click on pictures):

How pretty is all the jewelry?! Well, and the nail polish. I had to include it- it’s rainbow!

FYI- If you decide you want a little Ariel Gordon sussy for yourself this Mother’s Day, you probably won’t get your item in time, but good things come to those who wait, right? HA!

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