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Gift Guides for Mom and Dad

10 Dec

Gift for Mom

Justin Boots Black Deer Tan Santa Fe Roper Boots:  I received a pair of brow Justin Roper boots in the early fall.  I’ve been searching for a pair of boots for a while and can never decide on any pair because I worry about comfort .  The Justin Roper boot is very comfortable.  I love my brown so much, I would love another pair in black.

SoulSweat Drawstring Pant:  Love these pants for working out, to wear over my tights when heading to a SC class, or for relaxing at home.  If I have to pick-up my girls from school or a play date, I won’t feel so bad stepping out in these Soul Cycle drawstring pants.

Free People Crazy For Love Dress, $168:  We have a lot of upcoming weddings, showers, and events that this dress would be perfect for. Machine washable.  A Free People exclusive.

Nashelle Gold Stack Pure Bracelet, $248:  I have a few pieces of jewelry but I don’t have many bracelets or anything in gold.  I love this stacked bracelet because it is simple and can be dressed up or down.

Nerium Day and Night Cream, $120: No one likes to age, so products that help our skin look younger and fresh is important.  I recently tried the night cream I received at the Fashion Forward conference and fell in love with it.  I’m anxious to try the day and night cream together.

Stitched TriBeca Gift Certificate or class:  Every time I see Monica’s,Marinos Bambimos, handmade creations I am so amazed.  When I saw her gorgeous DIY Disney Frozen costume, I was inspired learn to sew.  Stitched in TriBeCa offers regularly scheduled sewing classes, pop-up DIY workshops and unique, functional hand crafted items dreamed up and created by local makers.  They also carry a curated selection of fun must-have crafting supplies and tools.  Click for a full schedule of classes for adults and kids.  Classes cost $100 ($90 for the class, $10 for materials)

Laughing Man Coffee Gift Certificate:  One of my favorite coffee shops in TriBeca.  After sleepless nights of kids in the bed, coffee is a much needed pick me up to make it through the day. The Flat White is their signature drink and my favorite.

The One Year Smartphone Backup Battery, $69.99:  Hammacher Schlemmer’s one year smartphone would have been perfect when the power went out during Hurricane Sandy.   We had to go to our car to recharge our phones, not ideal because we didn’t want to use up the gas since it was hard to get at the time.  The Backup battery holds it’s charge for one year, even if not used!  It fully charges an iPad Mini, iPhone, or Android in under three hours and can charge an iPhone three times before requiring a recharge itself. Smaller than a pack of gum, the device also incorporates an LED flashlight and emergency beacon.  In addition to being great for emergency situations, my phone is always running low on battery!  Great for days you are out of the house and can’t recharge or when traveling.

Gifts for Dad

Bionic RelaxGrip™ Black Palm Golf Glove, $16.99:  A great gift for Dad’s who love to golf.  A patented pad system evens out the surface of your hand for a lighter, more relaxed grip.  

Minuto SV Black Mobile Performance Headphones: The perfect gift for music lovers.  I received a pair and love them.  The are very comfortable.  When I go for runs you don’t need to unplug your earphones to answer.  The earphones come with a carrying case for when you aren’t using them.  My husband needs new earphones.  These are at the top of my list for him. MUNITIO SV™ earphones offer smooth, clear sound with striking vocal reproduction. Designed for comfort and mobility, they’re made with sturdy, lightweight ABS and anodized aircraft-grade aluminum with tangle free ribbon cables. MUNITIO SV feature 3 button [M]ic Control™ with full functionality on Apple® devices and audio playback on all industry leading MP3 and smartphones.

Soul Cycle Gift Card:  Soul Cycle is my outlet from crazy days with the kids and a great way to relieve stress.  My husband doesn’t understand why I love it!  This Holiday he will receive a card to join me at a class.  Not only will it be fun to do together, it’s a great workout to get back into shape after all of the Holiday festivities!

Gift Card to John Allan’s:  Dad’s deserve a relaxing day out.  The full service at John Allan’s includes; Scalp Massaging Shampoo, Conditioning Treatment, Hot Towel, Haircut, Manicure, Shoeshine, Beverages.

Frye James Wallet, $118: Tumbled full grain leather is hand burnished, precision stitched, and hand crafted. Finished with an embossing of Frye’s Double F logo.

House of Marley Get Up Stand Up bluetooth speaker, $299.99:  Walnut birchwood frame is made from earth-friendly materials. Get Up Stand Up Bluetooth takes audio systems to the next level by adding the convenience of wireless audio streaming. A USB power port allows you to charge hundreds of devices and a pair of auxiliary inputs make connecting any non-Bluetooth device simple and easy.

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That, :  This book is  a fun little gift for wine enthusiasts.  The scratch and sniff book will educate you on what you need to know when tasting wine from the fruits in white wines to the types of barrels used.

Hood River Distillers Broker’s London Dry Gin:  The 50 mL bottles are the perfect size for Daddy’s stocking and just the perfect portion for a late night cocktail after a stressful day at work!

American Beauty Dogfish Limited Edition Beer:  Created by and for Grateful Dead fans like my husband! American Beauty, an Imperial Pale Ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, captures the spirits of the band’s 30 years of touring and recording. Dogfish Head and the Dead both built their followings by connecting directly with beer lovers and music lovers, so we asked those loyal fans to help drive the recipe.  The main ingredient being granola, reminescent of parking lot meals. Image from pinterest!

Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  All images are from the linked website unless noted.  I received a few samples of products for including them in my gift guide, however that did not alter my opinions.

A Halloween Birthday Bash For Daddy

23 Oct

Yesterday was my husbands birthday. Since Halloween is next week, my oldest daughter wanted to have a Halloween themed party for my husband and his twin brother.  My daughter placed paper balloons she decorated around the apartment.  We baked cupcakes and she insisted we have “twin” Jack-o-lantern cakes for my husband and brother-in-law.  I started thinking about how I could create this idea for her with what we had at home. This is what we came up with:

I don’t have a round cake pan and I only had 1 box of cake mix.  I realized that our Oogga bowls are oven safe and the perfect size for personal size cakes. See my past Oogaa post.  We made the cake mix according to the package and then filled the two bowls.  We used the remaining mix to make twelve cupcakes for the guests.  I added green food coloring to the end of the batter to make one green cupcake for the stem (do not ice this cupcake when done baking).

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We only had a container of hot pink funfetti icing. We put a little pink icing to the side because both of my girls wanted a pink cupcake and started talking about how we could turn it orange.   My daughter did a color mixing unit at school last year and she pipped up, “we can mix yellow and red to make orange”.   I pulled out the food coloring and we started with yellow.  As we were mixing, it turned bright orange and she realized we didn’t need red.

Once the cakes and cupcakes were done baking, we started icing.  After we  finished icing both cakes, we cut the green cupcake in half and cut one end off.  We added it to the top of the cake.  We always keep chocolate chips handy because my oldest loves them. We decided they would be good to use for the eyes and mouth of the jack-o-lantern.  She insisted I put them on for her.  The “twin jack-o-lantern” cakes were ready.

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My oldest had so much fun she asked if we could make them again. There is a Halloween bake sale at her school next week so we plan to make a few to sell.  Leave the Jack-o-lantern face off for a great Thanksgiving dessert.

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Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this post.  All photos, ideas, and opinions expressed are my own.