Is your husband a devoted father? Show your appreciation for all he does for your kids by treating him to a new shirt from DaddyScrubs.
My personal favorite from the DaddyScrubs website is the adorable Captain Daddy tee featured in this post. The shirt comes in M, L, XL, and XXL sizes. It’s made from a soft 60/40 Cotton/Poly blend and sells for $24.95.
For a super cute photo op, you can buy a matching 1st Mate tee for your child. This shirt comes in 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months sizes. The 1st Mate tee sells for $14.95.
Daddy Scrubs provides a wide selection of gifts for Dads. In addition to the tees, there are also hoodies, scrub tops, hats, fatherhood themed books, and gifts like diaper bags and Daddy rubber ducks. Everything is very reasonably priced and shipping is free on orders of $25 or more.
DaddyScrubs was founded by Robert Nickell, who is the father of five children. He created DaddyScrubs to provide stylish medical scrubs for new fathers to wear in the delivery room. His company soon branched out to offer other fatherhood themed items.
DaddyScrubs is a favorite resource for celebrities like James Van Der Beek, Jeremy Sisto, Joey Lawrence, and Cory Hardrict. Ian Ziering, best known for his role on Beverly Hills, 90210, is the DaddyScrubs 2013 Daddy of the Year. Ziering is the proud father of two young girls.
What do you think of the DaddyScrubs website?
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If you love using your slow cooker, the Wonderbag looks like a new kitchen must-have.
The Wonderbag is a portable slow cooker that continues to cook food that has been brought to a boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours. It can be used without the additional use of fuel or plugs.
To use the Wonderbag:
I like the idea of the Wonderbag because it would be handy for parties and potlucks when you don’t have enough electrical outlets to use multiple slow cookers. Since the Wonderbag doesn’t use direct heat, you can’t overcook or burn whatever you’re making.
The Wonderbag can be used with with 2 to 9 quart pots with short handles and a lid, although metal and cast iron pots work best.
In addition to being a handy kitchen gadget for the busy mother, the Wonderbag is also a socially responsible product. For every Wonderbag that is purchased in the United States, one is donated to a family in need in Africa.
Using a Wonderbag instead of traditional wood fire cooking lets a family in Africa save up to 30% of their annual income while reducing the risk of smoke inhalation diseases and deaths from accidental fires.
You can purchase the Wonderbag on Amazon for $50. Shipping is free and the Wonderbag comes with a Knorr recipe book
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If you’re looking for unique wall art for your home that’s kid-friendly without being overly babyish, you can’t go wrong with the fairy tale themed collection of prints by Christian Jackson of Square Inch Design.
These hyper-minimalist, iconographic prints capture the essential spirit of classic children’s stories with eye catching imagery, rich color, and old world texture. They’d be a lovely addition to any home with a modern decor.
The prints are available in several different sizes, so you can pick the option that best fits your budget as well as your decorating needs.
You can also buy the designs as framed gallery works or unstretched canvas, if you prefer. However, these options are considerably more expensive.
Visit the Image Kind website to to see all of the images in Volume One and Volume Two of the collection. My personal favorite is the Little Red Riding Hood print featured in this post, although I also like The Ugly Duckling and Snow White designs.
I’d probably go with something a little more traditional in my child’s bedroom, but I’d love one of these prints to display near the bookshelf in my living room.
What do you think of these unique fairy tale inspired prints? Which one is your favorite?
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I am definitely an introvert. Given a choice, I’d much rather hang out at home with my family than go someplace surrounded by strangers. And, since I spend so much time at home, it’s important to me to create a calming environment.
If you feel the same way as I do, here are some easy ways to turn your home into a sanctuary.
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Do you plan regular date nights with your spouse? My husband I were together for seven years before our son was born. I definitely agree that it’s easier to plan special dates pre-kid, but even married parents need time alone together!
If you can’t afford a sitter, get takeout from your favorite restaurant and have a picnic after the kids go to bed. You could watch a movie together in the living room or snuggle up under the stars outside.
If there’s a community college or rec center nearby, consider taking a class together. A cooking class is a great choice because you’ll have fun and learn a new skill. Mastering a foreign language for that trip you’ve always want to take could be an option as well.
If you’re more the athletic type, you could try working out together. A competitive game of tennis or one-on-one basketball burns calories and releases endorphins that put you in the mood for some post-workout loving.
Not all men are going to be open to the idea, but a date night with a home spa theme can actually be kind of fun. Take a bubble bath together, give each other massages with scented oils, or do his and hers pedicures. (You can skip the actual nail polish part if your husband doesn’t have very steady hands, although I’ve heard thatÂ Incoco’s pedicure nail polish strips are supposed to be easy enough for a guy to use.)
My favorite date night idea, however, is strip Scrabble! Urban Dictionary says the rules of strip Scrabble are:
My husband and I are pretty evenly matched at Scrabble, so this is always an interesting game for us.
What are your favorite cheap date night ideas?
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Did you know that 55% of women in the United States will eventually suffer from spider veins and/or varicose veins?
Spider and varicose veins can be caused by many things, including age, obesity, pregnancy, and menopause. Your family history also plays a role. If you have a mother or grandmother with vein problems, you’re at a higher risk of developing unsightly spider or varicose veins as you age.
Spider or varicose veins are seldom indicative of a serious health problem, but they can be uncomfortable and make you feel self conscious about your appearance.
Dr. Luis Navarro, Founder and Director of The Vein Treatment Center, says there are many things you can do at home to help prevent spider veins or varicose veins.
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Max Daniel Designs offers luxurious and super soft blankets for both babies and adults. If you’re looking for a special baby shower gift or a pampering treat for yourself, you can’t go wrong with a Max Daniels blanket.
Max Daniel Designs is a female-owned business. The company has grown from a small specialty collection based in Los Angeles to a luxury brand featured in showrooms in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Tokyo, and Taipai.
Max Daniel Designs have been spotted with Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, and Jennifer Garner. Garner’s daughter Violet is said to own Max Daniel Designs baby blankets in a dozen colors.
All Max Daniel Designs blanket and throws are proudly made in the USA. The company firmly beliefs in supporting local manufacturers to provide job opportunities for as many people as possible.
Max Daniel Designs blankets are machine washable in cold water, but need to be air dried flat to preserve their softness.
Blankets from Max Daniels Designs come in animal prints or solid colors. The selection seems to skew towards girlish designs, but there is a chocolate and blue polka dot blanket that would be really cute for a baby boy. The solid colored chocolate, platinum, champagne, and celery blankets would also be at home in a baby’s nursery.
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If you’re a whiz at math, fluent in Spanish, or an awesome writing coach, tutoring can be a great way to make some extra money in your spare time. You can look for potential clients at local schools or colleges. I’ve also heard of people offering their services for homeschooling families who need help mastering a specific subject area.
If you can’t pick up clients locally, you can try working for a company that hires tutors online.
I was a virtual tutor through Brainfuse for about a year after my son was first born. I tutored elementary and junior high school students in science and English. All tutors for the company have to have a four year college degree, although you don’t necessarily need experience as a teacher. (I have a BA in journalism.)
There are several preliminary tests and interviews you have to go through before you are hired. You also need to give them permission to do a background check.
My experience as a virtual tutor was fairly positive. The only reason I quit when I did was that I landed a slightly better paying writing position that offered more flexibility in terms of managing my schedule. As a tutor, I needed to commit to certain blocks of time to meet with my students. Writing, of course, can be done in between your child’s napping.
Another company I’ve heard good things about is Tutor ABC. This company provides English tutoring to adult ESL students. Your sessions are conducted as webcam chats. My friends who have done this say it’s interesting work, but it can be tricky to manage because of the time zone difference.
When I applied for a position with this company, I found that their peak hours ended up being in the middle of the night in my time zone.
If you have a teaching degree or can handle tutoring tough subjects like physics or calculus, Smart Thinking seems to get very positive reviews online. I’ve never been able to get past the initial application process with them, however.
If you’ve ever tried working as an online tutor, what was your experience like?
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If you love trying out new products and sharing your opinions, writing reviews for Viewpoints can be a fun way to earn extra money.
Viewpoints is a website that visitors can use to search for “real people” reviews of various products. If you sign up for a free account, you can contribute your own reviews and earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards. Each qualifying review needs to be at least 700 characters, which is roughly 350 words.
Occasionally, Viewpoints has special promotions where reviews in certain categories are worth more. From what I’ve seen as a newish member of the site, the special promotions give you 100 points per review instead of the typical 25.
My first experience with Viewpoints was writing reviews in the beauty products category. I received 100 points in my account for each review and was able to cash out 500 points for a $5 Amazon gift card. The gift card code was displayed immediately after redemption, so I was able to add it to my Amazon account right away.
It took me about 40 minutes to write my reviews, so Viewpoints wasn’t a huge money maker. However, if you’re looking for an easy side project to help you earn money to put towards Christmas shopping or buying birthday presents for your kids, Viewpoints might be worth considering.
Even earning $10 a week in gift cards would give you $520 to buy presents with at the end of the year.
Your reviews for Viewpoints need to be honest and reasonably coherent, but they don’t need to be professional quality writing. I probably could have written mine a little faster, but I’m fussy about what I post online even if it’s not one of my regular paid gigs. If you can let go of your perfectionist tendencies, you’ll definitely make more with this site.
If you’ve ever tried writing for Viewpoints, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this opportunity!
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