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Fall Lesson Planning with Let the Little Children Come @SMGurusNetwork #BTS18

The Halloween Tracts are perfect for the holidays this fall! Definitely want to order them for your classroom now!

Fall Lesson Planning with Let the Little Children Come @SMGurusNetwork #BTS18Let the Little Children Come has some great products for every classroom! They have a ton of relevant tracts that make learning lessons fun and easy! I highly recommend their selection and they have some great free resources as well!!!

In the interest of preparation, we have brought you the perfect lesson for this fall! I don’t know about you, but I prefer to have my lessons ready to go as early as I can. No stress when the time comes! Lesson planning is always best in advance!

The Halloween Tract is absolutely perfect for this fall! On the outside it asks ‘Is there anything better than candy?’ and comes on a flat sheet, with the inside of each pumpkin having a part of the lesson written on it.

Each pack comes with 20 fold-able pumpkins and comes ready to assemble with a hard piece of cardboard on the back to keep them from getting before they arrive. They were very well received and the kids absolute loved them!  We also did a Friendship Lesson with them!

Halloween Tract from Let the Little Children Come

There are two ways one could utilize the pumpkins to teach:

1.  Allow the Children to Assemble the pumpkins as a group. The students could take turns reading each of the lessons, then fold them together to form a pumpkin! Not only is it a fun way to learn, it’s something the kids can take with them for years to come!

2.  If you prefer to hand the out rather than do them as a classroom project, you can form them and place inside some of the kids’ favorite candies and treats. Either way, it’s a great product to help teach and reinforce the gospel message!

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Here are some additional free resources for your enjoyment:

Salvation Bracelet Tutorial ~ Gospel Plane Printable

Free Gospel String Magic Lesson ~ Free Bracelet Tutorial

15 Lessons You Can Teach with Paracord

5 Great Lessons Using Optical Illusions

Super Simple Diaper Cake with Step By Step Instructions

Step by Step Diaper Cake Instructions! So easy anyone can do it!

I’ve always loved diaper cakes, thought they were absolutely adorable. With the upcoming arrival of a new family member, I thought this was the perfect time to try one out. I was pleased to learn that it wasn’t as hard as I always thought it would be and am excited to share this simple diaper cake with you! For this diaper cake, I used two packages of diapers, you can make the cake larger with more diapers

Step by Step Diaper Cake Tutorial

Step 1: Find something round you can use a guide. I found a couple of embroidery hoops that worked perfectly for me, but you could use anything round. I’ve even seen tutorials where they used skillets and pots. Just make sure you have a couple of different sizes so that you can make different layers.

 

 

Step 2: Line up the diapers stair stepping each slightly from the last one. Then place them into the loop, curving them around to fit properly. If you haven’t put in enough diapers, you can easily place another in to make a tighter fit.

Super Easy Step by Step Diaper Cake Tutorial

Step 3: On the bottom layer, place something that will serve as a stability pole for

the upper layer. I used a bottle of baby oil, which is great because it serves dual purposes (stability and gift). Tie a string or ribbon around them to hold them secure when you remove the loop.

Step 4: Secure the bottom layer of the cake to a stable platform, I used the top of a box wrapped with tissue paper. Utilize the ‘stability pole’ for securement. You can use a hot glue gun or even glue dots. A strong tape may work as well, it won’t be seen.

DIY Diaper Cake

Step 5: Repeat the previous steps for the next layer. (If you’d like to do another layer, place another ‘stability pole’ in a different place to hold the third layer on. If it looks a little crooked, don’t worry it will work out when the project is complete.
Step 6: Decorate your cake! I used other baby gifts, securing them with pins or tape. The sky is the limit! I also used tissue paper to help make it a little prettier. Have fun with it, Mom to be will love it so don’t think you are over doing it.

DIY Diaper Cake Tutorial

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A Complete Guide to Choosing Wedding Favors

Wedding Favors can be an overwhelming choice.  With so many other important decisions, this one should be fun. We’ve come up with a guide to help do just that!

A Complete Guide to Choosing Wedding Favors

We want every detail to be perfect: the venue, the dress, photographer, flowers, cake, wedding favors… the list goes on and on. The details can quickly become overwhelming, especially as the days countdown to the BIG day. If you are in the process, you know that already.

For most of us, our wedding day is the closest we will ever get to a fairy tale so naturally we want it to be perfect! I’ve known people that started planning their wedding, or at least imagining what they wanted it to be when they were little girls.

No need to panic, I wish that I could assure you in such a way that would ease the anxiety. Unfortunately, we both know that I can’t. So, I set out to come up with an easy way to narrow down the list of choices and get to choosing the perfect one for your wedding.

Growing up in a flower shop, I’ve helped with more weddings than I can count. I grew up watching the professional florists and event planners, assisting them and taking orders to help make the bride’s day perfect. Assisting in wedding planning is one of my favorite things that I’ve done. My hope is that I can help you as well!

Wedding Favors can be almost anything, any design, style and so on. Whether your choice be personalized wedding favours or not, choose a favor that means something specifically to the happy couple. Favors are personal, a reflection of the happy couple. If you like silly, find a silly one. If you like things to be different, there are unusual wedding favours. If you are a couple who loves the classics, choose something more traditional. There are no rules, it’s your day. Do as you wish!

I’ve prepared a guide to help you in choosing the perfect wedding favors for your wedding, and we’ll soon have a list of ideas for you! So be sure and check back!

A Complete Guide to Choosing Wedding Favors

By the time you get to choosing the right favor, you’ve no doubt chosen your theme, have an idea of what your wedding will look like and are fantasizing about your new life with the love of your life. This is absolutely wonderful, and it will help make the decision easier!

  1. What is your theme?If you don’t have one, that is okay. Just skip this question and go to the next. If you do have one, do you want your wedding favor to reflect that theme or do you want it to be more personal to the bride and groom? Once you’ve answered these questions, it will help you screen out many of the cute options you have pinned or saved that aren’t perfect.
  2. What purpose do you want the favor to serve?There are favors that are designed to be used and there are some that are designed to become a treasured memento for your guests. Honestly, I think this question can also be narrowed down by asking yourself: are my friends and family the type of people that will actually keep it? If not, that’s okay. It’s your day, not theirs.
  3. What is your budget?Trust me, favors are not the place you want to splurge for your wedding. They are great, but they aren’t the most important place one can put money. So, if you have a small budget that’s okay. Make it work. No one leaves a wedding talking about the favors. They are not the most important part of planning. Honestly, there are many you can make (with no talent at all if you aren’t crafty) that are simple and perfect!
  4. What is your timeline?Now that you know what your budget is, you need to figure out how much time you have. Knowing how much time you have will let you know what is feasible. If you have a long time, you can DIY something a little more in depth. If not, perhaps go with something simple.
  5. For DIY and a time crunch, have a favor Assembly party!If DIY is what you want, don’t completely give up. Gather those bridesmaids, friends, or whomever and create an assembly line. If you come prepared, you can have an assembly line going and complete a lot more work in a short amount of time. It doesn’t matter if your people are crafty, they just have to be able to follow instructions!

We hope these help you find the perfect wedding favor for your special day. You can find a list of other wedding resources on our site to further help you with wedding plans! A lot of them are free, so they fit every budget! Event planning is a passion for me and I hope that I’ve been able to help you with yours!

Simple DIY Room Transformations

We are in the process of adding a room onto our house and it got me on a decorating journey.  The room is for my husband, so I get no say but I’m play decorating anyway.  Haha.  It through that journey that I was inspired to share some stuff I came across with you!

Simple DIY Ways to Completely Transform Any Room

I love DIY and decorating, I have a great time coming up with projects and enjoy the hard work that they take.  More so, I enjoy the finished products of my labor.  I’ve been itching to do some work to our house lately so I’ve gathered some of my favorite ideas to share with you.

While not every project I have done has been great, they have been fun and I’ve enjoyed the processes. For example, the glitter floor was a TOTAL fail but it was fun doing it and it completely changed the look of our hallway!  The bathroom countertop I re-did in our bathroom did turnout really well, so I’m working under good odds!

Though it isn’t quite time for me to start my own project, I’m gathering ideas and making plans!  I hope you enjoy this and would love to hear some of your projects, whether completed or in the dream phase!

Simple DIY Room Transformations

Fresh Paint

This seems like an obvious one, but it’s worth mentioning.  A new coat of paint freshens up and can totally transform a room!  Some people tend to shy away from change, but a new color may be just what a room needs to be completely renewed!

Don’t feel like painting?  The picture posted is stick on paint!  Takes the really hard work away!  I’m crazy over this one!

Ceiling Tiles

Faux ceiling tiles can seriously take a room to the next level without costing an arm and leg!  We have one that is absolutely gorgeous, unfortunately we do not have enough to tile our ceiling.  If it’s a look you love, go for it!

Wall Panels

We all remember wood paneling right?  I have a love hate relationship with those things.  I don’t think I’d want to have them, but I love the houses I see them in.  I know, I’m a mess.  Today’s wall panels are very different and there is a huge variety.  I love so many of them, especially the different colors and textures!  Oddly, I kind of want brick wall panels to put inside my brick house.  Haha

Fake Plants

My house doesn’t have the lighting or space that would allow me to grow those gorgeous trees indoors and I don’t trust my ability to keep plants alive enough to buy an expensive potted tree for my porch.  I do, however, totally trust my ability to pay for and keep a faux tree for decoration!  This is on my list to buy next time hubby releases the pocket books!  Ha.  Who am I kidding?  I’ll be getting one when I find the one that I feel is perfect for the look I want.  LOL

Shelving

Since we are adding onto our house, a window got completely covered.  Rather than adding wall back over it, we opted to add a shelf in the window hole.  I love the way it looks, it’s certainly better than having additional wall space!  Of course, now I have to figure out what to put on the shelves, but I have no doubt that I will do so!

If you don’t have a window hole to fill, adding shelves to a room can not only be functional, it can also completely change the feel of a room!  I especially love the floating shelves!  I’d love to add some in my living room, but that’s for another day.

Countertops

When we bought our home, the bathroom countertop was that lovely old plastic countertop.  I re-did it with Giani Countertop Kit.  It was crazy easy and not that labor intensive!  I highly recommend it, for less than a hundred bucks you can totally change a room!

 I love that there are so many ways we can completely revamp a room! I’m looking forward to hubby’s project being behind us so that I can start one of my own!

Photography Tips to Help You Take Shots Like a Pro Every Time!

The combination of families for a lifetime of love and happiness is the most important thing about a wedding.  The photography is second, distant but super important.

4 Tips that Simplify Wedding, Event & Life Photography

Photography is such an important part of preserving memories of any special occasion, especially weddings.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked through our wedding album in the last 11 years, but it always brings me joy to do so.  Seeing the love of a newly wedded couple flow through the photos, the laughter and happiness, is  like a warm blanket on a cold night or that perfect glass of iced tea on a hot summer day.

The only problem is that we don’t all have an unlimited supply of funds for our weddings and great photography is not cheap.  Fortunately, it’s totally plausible for us to learn to take great pictures or even just ensure that we get some of our most desired shots through a little research.  It’s difficult to ‘practice’ wedding photography, as one doesn’t typically go to weddings constantly and events such as these are not ones where we want to realize too late that we missed something great or used the wrong camera settings.

One thing I absolutely love is how easily accessible the internet has made sharing pictures and such.  I love that there are all these platforms that make a Wedding Photo Swap so easy.  The candid shots from guests can often be some of the best ones to see!  I’ve gathered some tips to help you make shooting great shots a little easier!

4 Tips that Simplify Wedding, Event & Life Photography

Simple Photography Tips

  1. ISO Settings

If you are using a manual camera, ISO settings are  a lot to remember! Here’s a quick and easy list that totally simplifies the setting requirements:

Daytime: 100-200

Darker settings: 800-1600

For Movement Shots: use a higher shutter speed and higher ISO

  1. Angles

Different angles bring different feelings within shots.  To make your subject even more compelling, shoot from a lower angle by lying on the ground or crouching when you take the shot.

  1. Scan the Full View!

Often after we’ve developed a photo, we realize that there was something unsightly in the background that we didn’t notice. Getting yourself in the habit of looking completely around the view before you take a shot will save you a ton of frustration later!

After you’ve scanned the surroundings, now is the time to make sure the subjects are in good order.  Double check that hair is in place, no double chin is appearing, or a top doesn’t need to be adjusted to keep things in or hidden.  When we look at a photo of ourselves, we naturally look first at our own perceived flaws.  Catch them and modify your shot (or politely help them to do so) before they become a permanent frustration in the photo album!

  1. Make Your Subject Comfortable

I find that the best shots have natural, real facial expressions in them.  Everyone has a fake smile that they use, but a genuine smile or shot of laughter jumps out of a photo.  I often pretend that I’m adjusting things and make conversation, this helps my subjects relax and I end up getting genuine smiles as I ‘accidentally’ click at the right times.  It’s an art, but you can do it.  LOL

If you are interested in free wedding and event resources, check out this post!  It’s an ever-growing list so be sure and check back from time to time!

If you practice and incorporate these tips into your photography, they may help you spend less time when processing your photos.  I absolutely hate that part, so I’ve done my best over the years to eliminate the need for it!  I would love for you share your own tips for making photography simple!

 

 

JaneGreen House Party

JaneGreenPartyWe had an amazing time having a Jane Green House Party!  The ladies and I enjoyed discussing Tempting Fate and are looking forward to having a follow up party to discuss Another Piece of My Heart!!!

The author, Jane Green, provided a great intro video to get the conversation rolling then we chatted about the book as we snacked on some amazing Moravian Cookies from the Salem Baking Company and enjoyed hot tea from Twinings Tea Company.  If you haven’t had their Vanilla Chai or Orange Cinnamon teas, I highly recommend them!  I think all of my guests will be heading to the store for those!

Parties just wouldn’t be complete without goodies, so each guest took home a copy of Jane Green’s Another Piece of My Heart, a Tempting Fate Sampler, recipe cards and a ‘Mix and Mingle Key Lime Margarita Mix!  Can’t wait to get together again!

Sending out a special thank you for my friends that could make it!  For those who were ill or unable to come, you missed a great time!

It’s a lot more fun when you can join in, so since you couldn’t be here personally I have decided to provide a winner with some party swag of their own!  swag

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Originally posted 2014-03-28 20:11:35.

#DisneySide @Home Celebration Party

DisneySwagMy friends and I had the most awesome time with a group of very excited little ones!  Much planning happened, but we can talk about that another time!  Today, I want to tell you all about our DisneySide party!  My bestie and I had a ton of fun planning!  We even got her girl to join us in coming up with the games and leading them!

In the picture is the fabulous swag provided for our party!  The inspiration for the bags came from Pinterest!  Follow the link to check out my board.  The cards came straight from my Bestie’s imagination!  She is amazing!  I used the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge to cut the castle out and we traced and cut Mickey’s head with a cookie cutter.  I thought they turned out pretty great!

The Games

OlafWe found this printable Olaf via A Thrifty Mom.  I took it to the local print shop and had it blown up then laminated.  Altogether it cost about $5 and an hour or so of time.  As for Olaf’s nose, my Bestie cut out carrot shaped pieces from foam.  We stuck on some sticky tack, blind folded the kiddos and sent them on.  The laughter that filled the room was priceless!  Couldn’t have thought of a better way to let them enjoy the game!  They went back repeatedly to re-pin the nose as eventually the game became what was the silliest place to pin it.  LOL.  Love the sound of children’s laughter!

balloons  Included in our DisneySide @Home Celebration Party pack were yellow balloons.  Initially, we couldn’t figure out what to do with them.  We decided to hang them from the ceiling as part of the decorations but the kids had more fun ideas.  Balloon fights and games ensued and kept the party hoppin’!

 

 

 

bingoAnother fabulous addition to the party pack was Disney Bingo.  The kiddos had fun playing using super yummy skittles to keep their Bingo spots!  No worries about cheating, I think they’d rather have eaten them than added in extras!

Food

foodLast but certainly not least we had to have some yummy snacks!  The kids enjoyed hot dogs, cheetos, fruits, veggies and just loved cupcakes!  I don’t know if the party or the sugar hyped them up more, but they sure had tons of fun!

I can’t wait to have another fabulous party!  All of our Moms are looking forward to booking a reservation at Disney!  We hooked them up with a wonderful woman to help them plan the perfect vacation and look forward to hearing their amazing stories!  If you are needing help planning, be sure and check out this page!  Let her know My Crafty Zoo sent ya!  They will help you get the vacation of your dreams!  I’m looking forward to being able to plan one of my own!

All in all, the party was a huge success!  We had happy children and happy Mommies!  Not a single complaint!  Especially when the little ones went home and went straight to bed!  Pretty good night for all of us if I do say so myself!

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Originally posted 2014-03-20 06:27:17.

How Hobbies Can Benefit Your Health: Guest Post By Leslie Vandever

UntitledThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “mental health” this way: a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Practicing a hobby achieves every one of those mental health goals. Let’s go over them one by one. Mental health:

·       “[is] a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities …” When you take up a hobby, whether it’s knitting, woodcarving, gardening or even just walking the dog, you’re doing something that you get better at over time. You can see the changes in your ability to accomplish your hobby, which makes you feel good and increases your self-esteem. Your knitting goes from being too loose or too tight to being just right. You have the confidence to challenge yourself with increasingly more intricate and difficult patterns. Your end result goes from a crooked scarf to a beautiful sweater. It takes time, but it’s worth it.

·       “[the individual] … can cope with the normal stresses of life …” Practicing a hobby is a great stress reliever. It can’t make problems go away, but by distracting your mind from dwelling on them—particularly the kind of problems that you can do little about—you allow it to rest and relax. The mind-body connection is so intertwined that by resting your mind with a hobby you enjoy—maybe even love—your body relaxes too. And often, taking your mind off troubles for a while can let your subconscious mind find the creative solution to them you’ve been looking for.

·       “[the individual] … can work productively and fruitfully …” Practicing a hobby project that has a clear beginning and end is immensely satisfying. If your hobby is carving ducks, for instance, the challenge of transforming that plain block of wood into a sculpture that showcases the quiet, glowing beauty of the shaped and finished wood, the beauty of the duck in nature, and your mastery of your craft gives you confidence in your ability to be productive and fruitful, not only with your hobby, but in your life in general.

·       [the individual] … is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Practicing your hobby, even when it’s one that you only practice at home, can allow you to contribute to your community in several ways. Using the duck example again: procuring the wood for your project may take you into the community and give you opportunities to talk with others about what you’re planning. You may make some new friends in the process. Once you’ve finished the carving, you can display it in your home or show it at the local co-op art gallery you volunteer at a couple times a month. You might sell your duck carving there or, to help with a local cause, donate it for sale at a fundraising auction. Any of these things make you an active contributor to your community at large.

Your hobby can also have a beneficial effect on your physical health. Again, this is true because the mind has such a profound effect on the body. When we’re happy with ourselves, or challenged in an intriguing way, we feel better, even if we’re physically ill or limited by chronic pain. And doing a hobby—using our hands, concentrating, enjoying ourselves—calms and focuses the mind, and contributes to our overall well-being.

The best thing of all about hobbies is that there are so many to choose from. Anyone can take up a hobby and reap the benefits in both mind and body.

Leslie Vandever is a professional journalist and freelance writer. Under the pen-name “Wren,” she also writes a blog about living well with rheumatoid arthritis called RheumaBlog (www.rheumablog.wordpress.com). In her spare time, Vandever enjoys cooking, reading and working on the Great American Novel.

References:

·       Do Something You’re Good At. (n.d.) Mental Health Foundation. Retrieved on February 13, 2014 from http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/10-ways-to-look-after-your-mental-health/do-something-youre-good-at/?view=Standard

·       Mental Health Basics. (2011, July 1) Mental Health. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved on February 13, 2014 from http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/basics.htm

·       Dich, D. Hobbies and Mental Health. (n.d.) All Things Depression: Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Anger. Retrieved on February 13, 2014 from http://allthingsdepression.com/2011/02/hobbies-and-mental-health/

Originally posted 2014-03-07 06:45:23.

Self Improvement in Just Moments!

MomentIt is said that you aren’t supposed to focus on I and me in writing.  I’m not sure where that rule came from or even why that is, though I can take a few guesses.  This post has a lot of those in them.  But that’s okay, it’s going to illustrate my point.

Today, I got up and was ready to work.  I spent the weekend in bed, sick and miserable.  Finally feeling decent enough to get out of bed and be productive I was so excited and ready to get to work.  I have reviews to do, giveaways to post and even just random things that I’ve jotted down that I plan to do posts on.  However, plans don’t work that way.  See, I’ve spent the last few days sick, tossing and turning in my own misery not thinking about anything at all except getting better, how I was behind on so many things, how I had ten million dishes and 300 thousand loads of laundry, along with a ton of things to do for my website and for my Mom and friends and how I needed to do things for my husband.  I don’t know if you noticed, but there are a lot of I’s in those worries.  Even when it was things about others, it landed on what I needed to do.

I decided that the first thing I was going to do was get some coffee then go straight to work.  Fortunately, God had other plans.  See, in all this insanity of my own thoughts, desires and problems, I forgot about Him.  Don’t get me wrong, I was praying like crazy for healing and for others, but that wasn’t about Him, that too was about me.  So when I began to work, God reminded me I needed to pray for a friend (a few specific requests I hadn’t quite paid enough attention to), then He sent me down a path to focus on Him for a minute.  Nay, a while.  I’m still not ready to get to work and that’s okay, because God is good and He knew just what I needed.  Physical healing is wonderful, but my spirit needed some lifting up and a little workout and a lot of reminding.

I had a deep desire to write this, it sort of hit me out of nowhere.  So, if you are reading this then perhaps God is trying to help you remember too.  Take a minute, take 5 or ten, do whatever you need to do to focus on Him for a while.  That other stuff, my huge to do list and pile of insanity, it’s still there and that’s okay.  I’m cool with that, as I needed more than anything this time with Him.

I’m sharing some videos that touched me and helped get me focused on Him.  Maybe they’ll help you too, maybe you don’t need to watch them at all and you can just get yourself focused on Him for a while.  Music helps me tune the world out.

May God bless you and Keep you,

Kaycee

Originally posted 2014-02-03 12:48:04.

Dad Pack: Tips, Themes & Ideas

How to Make Dad Feel Speical

Often Dad’s can feel left out when little ones (or even older ones) depend so much on Mom.  Then there are times when Dad just needs to be reminded he is special.  We decided to gather up a few things to make the Dad in our life feel special.  We’ve got our Dad Pack ‘ingredients all laid out for you to see, but you could put yours in a gift basket or even in a bucket if you want it to be more masculine!  Regardless of how you put it together, it will be sure to make him feel extra special and bring that smile to his face that you love so much!If you are on a budget, don’t worry, this can be done quite cheaply.  With the exception of the air filter (which he actually did need) our pack cost less that $10 but that smile was priceless.

Dad Pack Tips

  1. Make or buy his favorite snack.  My hubby loves Nutter Butter Cookies but we rarely buy them.  Just make sure it is something a little more special than what you’d keep stocked in your pantry!
  2. Add in his favorite soda, something he doesn’t have often.  We chose to go with the Dad soda theme, so he had his own Dad’s Sodas that no one else could touch…  After all, they were DAD’S!!!
  3. Scour the dollar store, or wherever, to find some inexpensive little thing that your husband would like.  My husband loves cooking, so we got him some syrup bottles for his kitchen.  His kitchen is done in the design of a pub, so they work for him.  😀  If your husband isn’t into cooking, you can replace this type of item with anything he is into.
  4. The Air Filter- get one ‘big ticket’ item to toss in.  The Dad in our house had just gotten a new used car and wanted to get an air filter, so that’s what he got.  Had that not been the case, it probably would have been a new book, video game or something to fit his hobbies.
  5. This is the big one, the one that will mean the most after all the excitement.  Add a notecard reminding him how much he means to you all.  If your husband isn’t all mushy, this is your excuse to be a little more mushy than normal and get away with it!  Just make sure you make the note emphasize how much you love him and how wonderful he is!

Dad Pack Theme Ideas

Remember to make your Dad pack cater to his hobbies and loves!

  1. Movie Pack– let the ‘big ticket’ item be a new movie he has been wanting to see, then clear the house so he can watch it in peace!  Add in his favorite snacks, maybe pick up a pizza for him (or have one ready to stick in the oven), or his favorite 6 pack.  You know what he loves when he is watching movies, just make sure it’s all right there for him!  Don’t wanna have to run to the kitchen when the movie is playing!
  2. Gaming Pack– Snag that game he has been hounding about!  Not sure what it is?  Clandestinely call his best buddy, or casually bring up the topic a few weeks in advance.  Don’t flat out ask, fish around a bit!  Mention some game you saw coming out and he will be sure to start talking!  Add some snacks and have the gaming area all set up for him when he gets home.  He will LOVE the surprise!
  3. For the Car Lover– If your husband is into cars, there are a multitude of things you can do for a themed pack!  Get him a new air freshener, some new car cleaning stuff (you could even make many of those), a new tool or two.  Think accessories.  Just remember, the more you make the cheaper it will be.  Plus, he will love that you put so much work into it!
  4. Athletic Pack– If your husband has a sport he is passionate about, there are a ton of magazines out there that will fit whatever sport he loves!  Again, think accessories.  Perhaps a video of his favorite sports highlights along with snacks, a magazine, and his favorite energy drink!  You could even go in the direction of energy stuff, new workout gear, etc.  This one can get as pricey as you’d like, but you could always do homemade stuff and keep it a little less expensive.  😀
  5. For the Outdoors Man– Ladies, if you aren’t into whatever outdoor activity your husband is into, fear not.  Just go to that section of the store and start looking around.  All you are doing is accessorizing!  Still not sure, tell the sales person what you are doing and they’ll be able to hook you up!  You can always take a gander at his gear and see what kind of stuff he already has to give yourself an idea.  You could even go for a magazine of that topic to go along with some snacks and one or two new ‘toys’.
  6. For the Music Lover– This one can be as expensive as you want it to be or not at all.  My husband is perfectly happy to have some time to listen uninterrupted to jazz and relax.  This pack can simply be a note for him to sit and enjoy his music, a ‘ticket’ to get him peace without interruption, a cigar and his favorite drink.  Or whatever his relaxation pleasures are!
  7. For the Handyman– Let the ‘big ticket’ item be a new tool, print him off some new patterns (yes, there are patterns for wood working and such!), get him a new magazine, or simply get him a load of snacks and a gift card!  If he is anything like some of the handymen I know, a ‘free pass’ to go spend some money at the hardware store is like Christmas!

Whatever you go with just make it around them.  If they don’t fit a theme, don’t fret, just get things they love!  Having a surprise will make them happy, at the end of the day it isn’t about what is in the pack but rather how it makes them feel!

 

 

 

Originally posted 2014-01-21 09:29:53.