Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

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Father’s Day 2021 Gift Guide

I curated this gift guide for any father figure in your life! Most of these gifts I have already gotten for Dan and if he approves, that means it must be good.

Hydro Flask will keep dad’s drink hot or cold all day long no matter how distracted he gets.
Your loved one will appreciate you forever with Tushy’s portable bidets. Great for traveling and camping.
These shaving kits from Harry’s will be dad’s new best friend.
This Yeti cooler is great for parties, camping and trips to the beach.
The Pax 3 dual use cannabis vaporizer provides perfect flavor and vapor, long lasting battery, and a 10-year limited warranty.
For the survivalist, this Mystery Tackle Box subscription is perfect.
Anova Precsion Cooker provides the technique of low, slow water-bath simmering creates exceptionally fork-tender, mouthwatering meals. Designed to work with any pot in your kitchen, this sous-vide device heats and circulates water, cooking food evenly to a precise internal temperature for restaurant-quality results every time. Control cooking from your phone using the Anova Culinary app via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro: Six different modes ensure an ultra-reliable vacuum seal for all types of food
The Oura Ring combines advanced sensor technology and a minimal design with an easy-to-use mobile app to deliver precise, personalized health insights straight from the most reliable source: your body.
The 10-in-1 Flip Pillow transforms into a variety of positions to help with sleep, read, relax or watch TV in total comfort. It combines advanced sensor technology and a minimal design with an easy-to-use mobile app to deliver precise, personalized health insights straight from the most reliable source: your body.
Dad will fall in love with the most comfortable loungewear from Cozy Earth. Use code CE-NEST for 40% off your purchase

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Easy Copycat KFC’s Famous Bowl

Easy Copycat KFC’s Famous Bowl

Start of the busy week calls for an easy night’s meal. I made these copycat KFC’s Famous Bowl and they did not disappoint.

It was actually my first time making them and couldn’t believe what I was missing out on.

The secret to the delicious bowls was how I made the chicken. I made double so we can have it throughout the week as well.

How to make the chicken cutlets:

  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets (we are a dark meat family so we did 2 lbs of boneless chicken thighs)
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs (add more if needed.)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese together in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl add mayonnaise.

Lightly grease baking pan and pound your chicken. Spread Mayo on one side of the chicken and dip chicken in breadcrumb mixture. Once fully coated spread repeat on the other side of the chicken.

Bake chicken for about 20-25 minutes.

Now that you have your chicken, he is the easy part.

KFC copycat Famous Bowl:

  • 1 package of instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 jar of chicken gravy
  • 1 bag of cheddar shredded cheese

Make mashed potatoes according to package directions and heat up both corn and gravy.

Add mashed potatoes first into your bowl. Cut up your chicken into large cubes and add on top of potatoes. Next add your corn and cheese and top with loads of gravy.

How to Throw a Golden Girls Themed Party

How to Throw a Golden Girls Themed Party

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My favorite show of all time is The Golden Girls. I can recite the words to every episode and laugh like it was the first seeing them.

I think we can all agree that The Golden Girls are heartfelt and can give you a good giggle when needed.

A few years ago we threw this little Golden Girls themed birthday party and I plan to recreate it again. I am going to share how to throw a Golden Girls themed party with similar and new ideas.

I made sure to have palm tree and gold decorations including plates, table cloth, cutlery and balloons.
Tea cups and designer coffee cups are great decoration pieces (not just for drinking!)
I painted this Golden Girl piece at a paint and sip but this is a fun activity to do during the party. You provide the supplies everyone provides the creativity!
Straw toppers are great additions! We had these but in my Golden Girls free printables set you will get a bunch with some pretty funny quotes.
Cupcake and cake toppers of the girls heads are funny and the perfect addition to your cheesecake. These also come with my free printable set including an easy recipe for blueberry cheesecake!
There are so many Golden Girls themed games you will want to play all of them. I have this trivia game and whoever fills all of their cheesecake first wins.
If board games aren’t your thing I have created this super fun Pin The Toupee on Stan! this is included in my Free Golden Girl Game pack printables.
What’s a party without a cocktail? Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get access to this recipe printable and more in The Golden Girls party pack.

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Back to My Future- Words From a Working Mom

Back to My Future- Words From a Working Mom

Did you ever think you could literally go back towards your future? Sometimes taking two steps back helps you move forward. Let me explain.

Two years ago I took a leap of faith and accepted a job offer I couldn’t refuse. I was not planning to leave my current job that I absolutely loved. I had a flexible schedule, supportive co-workers, and I was valued there. What made me really appreciate my job was my family came first and upper management never questioned that. I was always provided a healthy balance of work and taking care of my son.

I was not looking for a new job at the time, but this new offer came to me so quick that I didn’t have that much time to think about it. This new job offered job security, a pension and opportunity to move up. I knew I needed to accept this opportunity because it would help my future significantly.

HOWEVER, I DIDN’T REALIZE SOMETHING THAT COULD BENEFIT MY FUTURE MIGHT NOT BENEFIT ME RIGHT NOW.

Leaving the job I adored was very hard for me, so I decided to not cut ties entirely and stay on per diem. I always knew I was welcomed back there if I ever needed to come back full time.

My new job was definitely an adjustment and I had a hard time getting into the groove of things. It took me close to a year to finally get a grasp on my position but as a result I spent less time with my son. Previously, if my son got sick at daycare I was only a 5 minute car ride away. With my new job I would have to take a bus home so I could get my car and then go pick him up. Sometimes it just wouldn’t be possible and my husband would get him instead. I was no longer able to drop him off or pick him up from daycare daily so my husband also took that on. As much as I appreciated this, I missed that quality time we had together talking about our day and what we plan to do when we get home. It was frowned upon when I needed to be home with my son whether he was sick or if it was a snow day so once again I would rely on my husband to do this. I felt guilty for not being able to take care of my son when I felt like he needed me the most.

A year later the pandemic hit and things became much more difficult for me as it did for every other parent across the world. I was working from home with a four year old who was used to going to preschool everyday. He needed my attention and it killed me not being able to give him 100% of me.

A few months into quarantine I got a call from two of my supervisors unexpectedly and it caught me off guard. They told me upper management was concerned with my productivity and they wanted to know why I was not meeting expectations. I started to laugh thinking it was a joke but quickly realized they were serious. I told them that my work environment was not ideal which caused some distractions, I never received proper IT support, I have a four year old who needs my undivided attention and WE ARE IN A GLOBAL STATE OF EMERGENCY.

None of my reasons were good enough and quite frankly they didn’t want to hear it. They proceeded to tell me my tasks are not hard and if they can get this work done so can I despite any barriers. I was then informed if I do not produce more work within next week further discipline would be taken. As they were telling me this my son was yelling from the bathroom for me to “wipe his butt”. I was able to keep myself composed despite the tears filling my eyes but as soon as I hung up the phone I lost it.

I have worked so hard despite my barriers and still was presented with threats and possible retaliation. I was never asked if I needed any support and they completely ignored the fact that I had a child I needed to take care of. After that phone call I worked in fear of losing my job. I spent less attention on Franco and became obsessed with my work. Despite all of this, I continued to be threatened of being disciplined and being transferred to an office 4 hours away if I couldn’t reach expectations.

I WAS COMPLETELY STRIPPED OF MY CONFIDENCE AS A WORKING PROFESSIONAL AND AS A MOTHER.

My self esteem declined all while being feared by the pandemic. Since March, I lost a family member, my psychiatrist dumped me and my husband lost his job. I was unable to cope because all of my focus was on my job. After 8 months of going back and forth I knew that I could no longer do this and decided to seek other employment.

I always stayed in touch with my previous supervisor since I still worked per diem and I opened up to her about how my job was affecting my mental health significantly. I always valued our relationship and her honesty with me. Ironically while all of this was happening my previous position had an opening. I was offered this position again but this time with more pay and benefits.

I wanted to yell ‘Heck yes!’ but I know it wasn’t a black and white decision. Although my salary would be significantly increased, was going backwards the right thing to do? Should I continue to go on interviews and completely start over on a clean slate? In all honesty, I wouldn’t be able to do that right now, not during this pandemic. I needed to go back to what always made me happy and value the mission of my work.

So that is what I did and it was an instant relief. I am able to take care of my son and efficiently get my work done because there is a healthy balance. Do I still struggle with guilt and feel like I am less of a person because I went back to my old position? I do, but in order to overcome this guilt I need to build my confidence and self esteem again.

If that means taking two steps back to help better my future then I will do just that.

Rosemary Lemon Blueberry Spritzer

Rosemary Lemon Blueberry Spritzer

Mother’s Day is this weekend and I am looking forward to hanging with my family and enjoying some sunshine outside. 

What’s a relaxing day without a delicious drink? This Rosemary lemon blueberry spritzer is refreshing and the perfect choice to have this weekend and the rest of the summer.

The best part is you can enjoy this cocktail with or without alcohol and still enjoy the same taste.

Here is the recipe for the cocktail, you will need:

8-10 blueberries
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 tbs agave
3 oz dry white wine
3 oz tonic water
1-2 sprigs of Rosemary

Mix blueberries, rosemary sprig and agave into a cocktail shaker. Muddle for about 30 seconds.

Add lemon juice and strain into glass.

Pour wine and tonic water and stir. Add additional blueberries and rosemary.

Here is what you need if you would like it as a mocktail:

8-10 fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon of agave
1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
6 oz of seltzer
2 Rosemary sprigs

Mix blueberries, 1 rosemary sprig and agave into a cocktail shaker. Muddle for about 30 seconds.

Add lemon juice and strain into glass.

Pour in seltzer and stir. Add additional blueberries and rosemary sprig.

Cheers, mama and whether you hold your child in your arms, your belly or your heart I hope you have a kind day.

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