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With Father’s Day coming soon, you and your family will be celebrating one of the most important men in your life- Dad. As a child, he was your hero, your protector, and your solid rock. Now that you are older, you admire him for all that he has done for you and you still look to him for advice and wisdom. Picking out the perfect gift for Dad is not easy!

School is almost out for summer! Many of us want to gift our child’s teacher something special at the end of the year for all the love, kindness, and patience they have poured out on our little ones. Being a teacher is not easy, and they are so deserving of our gratitude especially after this wild 20/21 school year! Some common go-to gifts you might have thought of are bath and body products, Starbucks gift cards and mugs, but below are some additional gift ideas your child’s teacher will be touched to receive:

School is almost out for summer! Many of us want to gift our child’s teacher something special at the end of the year for all the love, kindness, and patience they have poured out on our little ones. Being a teacher is not easy, and they are so deserving of our gratitude especially after this wild 20/21 school year! Some common go-to gifts you might have thought of are bath and body products, Starbucks gift cards and mugs, but below are some additional gift ideas your child’s teacher will be touched to receive:

Graduation is a pivotal point in a young person’s life. It is the beginning of a season of responsibility, coming of age, and independence. As these twenty-somethings are about to discover the meaning of “adulting,” here are some gift ideas that will no doubt be a blessing in your college grad’s new life.

If some of you are thinking, “I believe I have read this letter before,” you would be correct. Our son and daughter (in law) had a beautiful wedding ceremony planned for April of 2020. As with thousands around the country, they had to postpone the big event, but chose to hold a private covenant ceremony in our backyard. Well, we are finally celebrating their wedding vows, and it was on my heart to re-post the letter I wrote to my son last year. Some things have changed (he is now 25, not 24 as the letter states), but I hope you enjoy!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! As a busy mom, Mother’s Day can sneak up on you with the chaos of end of the year school activities, home projects, and travel plans. Moms have a heart of gold and do not have expectations of presents, but we still love the gesture of gifting to make the day special and show our appreciation for everything she does for the family.

“We read a lot of articles and books about how to get through the engagement process, but no one ever talked to us about what it would be like the first year of our marriage. I wish we had known what to expect,” said one of the couples my husband and I mentor. This is a common comment, and if you find yourself having similar feelings, do not fret! You are not alone. The first year of marriage is fabulous, but it can also be difficult. Two people learning to become one does not happen overnight.

We all like to think we have good manners in marriage, but with the people that are closest to us, we can sometimes find ourselves slipping a bit. As stated by Cindy Grosso of the Charleston School of Protocol, manners are not about a bunch of rules. Manners are the outward manifestation of the condition of our heart. If we have a heart that loves, honors, respects, and cherishes our spouse, then these traits will show in how we behave.

Society is opening and people are resuming long overdue vacations. This is great news! I recently posted some tips on making your travels successful, but let’s focus on dos and don’ts of traveling with friends.

 

1. Boundaries: When traveling with others, set guidelines, boundaries, and expectations before leaving town. If you know you and your husband want one night to yourselves, express this up front. If a quiet breakfast in bed is necessary to start your day, see if this fits with the group’s schedule. 

The world is opening, and it is time to celebrate! One of the first things people are doing as they exercise their recaptured freedom is heading out of town to new destinations. I thought a few refresher tips on travel might be good for all of us.

Walking into the room, my husband pauses in front of the TV. Turning to me with a spoiler alert about my favorite Hallmark movie he says, “Hey Lisa…they get married.” And you know what? He’s right! The girl found her prince charming, and the couple has a happy ending, every time.

How many mornings have we left home in a state of utter chaos? Breakfast was late, children were crying, and we hurriedly throw on clothes from the night before only to realize how wrinkled we look. This mad dash makes for an unpleasant parting from our family and it is usually caused by a disorganized approach to our routine. So much of the bedlam we experience at the beginning of the day can be avoided if we are willing to implement a few tasks the night before.

The mamor (mother-in-law) and damor (daughter-in-law) relationship is meant to be beautiful and strong. In parts 1 and 2 of our series we learned why women in these roles might have certain feelings in their new family dynamics. Once we learned the “why” we then explored practical steps we can take to strengthen these special bonds. As we bring our series to a close, I want to impart some words of wisdom we all need to hear, and be reminded of, to ensure we create a healthy, life-long bond between the mamor/damor.

In part one of our series on the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship we learned why the women who find themselves in these roles often experience emotions ranging from pure joy to hurt and sadness. Once we discovered the answers, our understanding of this special relationship came into focus. We had an “aha” moment which makes our path forward easier to navigate.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas


Even in the middle of summer, this father loves family time by the fire.


With Father’s Day coming soon, you and your family will be celebrating one of the most important men in your life- Dad. As a child, he was your hero, your protector, and your solid rock. Now that you are older, you admire him for all that he has done for you and you still look to him for advice and wisdom. Picking out the perfect gift for Dad is not easy! He often says he wants nothing, and if he does want something he just buys it himself! Regardless of what he says, here are some great gifts that Dad is sure to love.

For Dad or Father-in-Law:

*Temperature Control Ceramic Mug: Dad has an impressive coffee mug collection, but this is not just any old mug! Ember makes an electric mug that keeps coffee at a constant temperature so Dad can enjoy his perfect cup of coffee all morning long.


*Fishing Rod/Tackle Box: Have someone at Bass Pro Shops or your local outdoor store help you pick one out. Dad will not be able to contain his excitement when he sees his new fishing gear!


*Digital Tile “Finder”: Dad will never lose his keys or wallet again with this device. He will appreciate that you helped make his life a little easier!


*Plan Some Fun: Fun is always a good idea, especially for Dad. Unwind at Top Golf, go axe throwing, head to the shooting range, or go see a movie together. Dad will love that you went out of your way to make plans just for him. Take lots of photos!


*Survival Bracelet: Dad is an outdoorsman and will take this on his next hunting trip. The Paracord survival bracelet contains a compass, knife, several feet of cord, and a fire starter.


*Bombas Socks: Sometimes, it is the simple things in life that are the best gifts. I gave my dad these socks for Christmas and he still talks about how comfortable they are and how much he loves them.


*Dinner/Homemade Treats: They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! This could not be truer for the men in my life. Honor Dad with a Father’s Day dinner or visit him with his favorite homemade treats in hand.


*Personalized Gifts: Dads tend to become more sentimental as they get older. My dad proudly displays any type of personalized gift we have given him over the years. Some ideas are engraved whisky glasses, a monogrammed baseball cap, or a personalized golf ball gift set.

For Son or Son-in-Law:

BBQ Tool Set: Son prides himself on his grilling skills, so why not get him something he will want to use every week? We love what Williams Sonoma has to offer! Bonus points for you: your daughter/daughter-in-law will be thrilled when he takes over the cooking more often!

For Brother or Brother-in-Law:

A Pocketknife: Any man’s eyes will light up when he unwraps this new tool. We recommend a quality, made in the US brand, like Benchmade.

For Grandpa:

Grooming Set: Treat Grandpa to a fancy grooming set that includes a shaver, face wash, moisturizer, and cologne. He will feel ten years younger!


Let’s celebrate the men in our lives who have been there for us!

Samantha Reyna

Mom to 2 toddlers and loving wife