Spoil Your Dad With Your Love This Father's Day

Of all the holidays in the year, Father’s Day is my favorite. I love being able to show my dad just how much he means to me, as well as to my children. They might have their own wonderful father - my husband, but my kids also have a close bond with their grandfather.

I am thankful for many things in my life - my husband and children, our good health, and our happy home. But one thing that I am thankful for above all else is my dad. Ever since I was a child, I have been extremely close to him; no matter what ups and downs I have faced, he has always been there for me.

From the moment his first child was born, my dad has always been an incredible hands-on father. From playing with us as children to being there to support us as we grew, there is nothing he hasn’t helped us through.

me and my Dad

For everything my father has done for me, Father’s Day gives me a chance to say a little thank you by showing him how much I care.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the only way to show your dad you love him is with an expensive gift. There are many simple ways you can show your dad that you care without spending a fortune. Instead of shelling out for a present, show your father that you care about him by spending time together making memories.

If you are stuck for ideas of how you can show him that you care without buying a gift, here are a few of my favorite ideas:

Ask him about his childhood

There is nothing that says “I love you” more than taking an interest in your dad's life. Spend some time together just the two of you and ask him about his childhood.

my Dad during his teenage years

If you don’t already know where he grew up, what school he went to or who his best friend was, ask him. Pull out your dad’s old childhood photo album and ask him about your favorite pictures. What’s the story about that goofy picture of him at prom? Who is he fighting with in that black and white photo?

It’s sad to think about, but we only have limited time with our dads. So if you don’t ask about his past now, you might never have the chance.

Plan a Father’s Day BBQ

You can show your dad how much you care about him by planning a special Father’s Day BBQ in his honor. Invite your siblings and their children along, and plan a special family day in celebration of your father.

Create a list of all his favorite grill food and prepare a BBQ feast that he will love. If your dad is a real foodie and is happy to eat anything, pick up a mixture of yummy meats, salads bits, and specialty breads. Grill steaks, king prawns, chicken wings, and sausages, always go down well.

Surprise him

If you live a long way away from your parents, surprise your dad with a special Father’s Day visit. Get your mom and siblings in on it and ask them to help you plan your big surprise.

My Dad is always happy to dine with his favorite restaurant :)

Perhaps you could ‘bump’ into him at the grocery store or maybe at his favorite restaurant? No matter where you surprise him, you coming home is sure to be the best Father’s Day present ever.

Help him in the garden

If your dad has a green thumb and loves his garden, why not get involved and offer to give him a hand? While you could spend the day helping him out with all his least favorite gardening chores, you could also help him with a new project.

If your dad has wanted to create his own allotment, rockery or a new flower bed for a while, why not spend the day helping him to do that? You could even buy him a couple of Father’s Day plants for his new project.

Ask him to help you fix something

Since my siblings and I were young, my dad has been teaching us how to fix things ourselves. He’s a proper handyman and a jack of all trades and is always happy to be asked to help us with any DIY problem.

my Dad and my eldest son doing some carpentry

Most men are natural problem-solvers, and so, love being asked to help solve DIY issues. If there is something you have wanted to learn how to do for a while, ask your dad to help you with it.

Allowing your father to share his DIY knowledge will teach you something new, and will make him happy that he is the one you asked for help. My dad loves knowing that although my siblings and I are all grown up, if ever we have a problem it is always him we turn to.

Get creative

Although buying a present isn’t necessary, I always like to give my dad a Father’s Day card. Sometimes I buy the card, but most years I choose to get a little crafty instead and make it myself.

As well as making him a card, sometimes I like to make a little DIY gift as well. Unlike a store bought present or card, making something yourself has a lot more meaning. The fact you spent time creating something special just for him means a lot.

Bake him a batch of his favorite cookies - my dad loves these chocolate chip and banana ones. Make him a mixed CD of all his favorite songs. Record a funny video for him - perhaps you could get your siblings involved too and each record a message for him?

my dad's most requested banana muffins
Baking more of these rolled oats with choco chips cookies, my Dad's fave cookies

Showing your dad how you feel about him has nothing to do with money. Buying an expensive gift doesn’t show him that you care. Showing your dad that you love him is about spending time with him and making memories.

To show your dad how much he means to your, instead of buying a gift this Father’s Day, spend the day doing something more memorable with him. It might not be the traditional way to celebrate, but spending time with you, will top any present.

Lovingly written by Joy

Orderly Move: 4 Tips for Making Your Move a Breeze

As exciting as moving to a new place can be, the process of getting there is typically a drag. From packing to organizing and transporting everything, the whole process is tiring and gets a bit stressful. However, there are a few things you can do to make the process a little more enjoyable, or at least a lot less daunting. Check out these tips and make your next move a breeze.

1. Start Early

One of the biggest stresses associated with moving is the seemingly unavoidable “time crunch.” Do yourself a favor and start planning, preparing, and packing for your move as soon as you can. Ideally, your process will begin 1 to 2 months ahead of time.

As you start packing, designate a room or corner in your house for filled boxes and get packing. Start with things that you won’t need until after the move first. Packing your out-of-season clothes and shoes, unnecessary kitchen items, and even toys first. Be sure to label each box, so you know where to find things as you unpack. It’s easiest to just write with permanent marker directly on the box.

2. Get All of the Packing Supplies You Need

As you begin packing, you will almost undoubtedly run into issues. Having boxes that aren’t the right size or that aren’t sturdy enough will only add to the headache of moving. So do yourself a favor and get high-quality moving boxes and supplies in all of the sizes you need. Boxes 4 U or a similar boxing company can provide you with everything you need.

Moving boxes are specifically designed to withstand the weight and repeated rearranging that is typical of the moving process. You’ll also need specific supplies like kitchen packing options, tape, picture and mirror boxes, wardrobe boxes, mattress cartons, and others. Don’t forget to get the moving equipment you need either. A dolly, furniture pads, and bungee cords will make the process much easier.

3. Pack an Essentials Box

Do not forget to do this. After a long day of packing, traveling, and unpacking, the last thing you’ll want to do is search through all of those boxes to find what you need. Make it easy on yourself and pack a box with all of your essentials. Remember toiletries, a change of clothes, and anything you’ll need the next morning. You may also want to include a few dishes, silverware, and even your hairdryer.

4. Enlist Help

The worst thing about moving is having to do it all alone. Call a few friends or even your family to get some help packing and unpacking. It will make the process faster and easier. And, besides, who isn’t willing to move a few boxes if there is pizza (or some other free food) involved?

Moving can be tough, but if you start early, pack smart, and get some help, the process will be a breeze. Happy moving!

Lovingly written by Joy

Canoeing through pristine landscape: planning your family adventure trip to Canada

A family adventure trip can be the vacation of a lifetime, and if you want unspoiled wilderness and beautiful landscapes, then a canoeing trip to Canada is an ideal choice. If you are introducing your children to nature or helping them to appreciate it better, a canoeing holiday is great for doing so. Canoeing makes for a relaxed, leisurely experience that can be enjoyed by the entire family, taking in all that the great Canadian outdoors has to offer.


Traveling by canoe is a great way to see the landscape at a slow and serene pace. Out on the water, you begin to feel immersed in your surroundings, almost like you have become part of the landscape. A canoeing vacation brings you back in time as you share in an activity that was begun by native tribes hundreds of years ago.

Canada offers so many great destinations for a canoeing vacation with the family. Three of the best locations are:

  • Muskoka, Ontario: Muskoka is a region with more than 1,600 freshwater lakes to explore. Add in stunning granite cliffs and beautiful pine and maple forests and you have a pristine environment to explore by canoe.
  • Lake Louise, Alberta: This Lake is noted, in particular, for its emerald color, the result of rock flour being carried by melt water from nearby glaciers into the lake itself. A tranquil setting, Lake Louise is a great destination for a family canoe getaway.
  • Liscombe River, Nova Scotia: The Liscombe River offers the opportunity to immerse you and your family fully in nature while enjoying a canoeing vacation at the same time. The river is noted, in particular, for its seasonal salmon runs, beginning in June and lasting until late October.

If you want an idea of the type of outdoor adventure vacations that can match your appetite for a wilderness canoeing vacation in Canada, then Outdoor-Traveler's blog is worth checking out. As a premier provider of outdoor lodging experiences with an authentic feel, Outdoor Traveler Destinations can offer you and your family the ideal base from which to explore Canada’s stunning and unspoiled wildernesses by canoe. Outdoor Traveler Destinations helps you explore the beautiful Muskoka region in Ontario, with accommodation at either the Hidden Valley Resort or the Deerhurst Resort.  

A family canoeing vacation in Canada is perfect if you want to do something at a slower pace yet experience the adventure of being in the great outdoors at the same time, spending quality family time together.

Image credits to Mathew Ingram - https://flic.kr/p/Tn3Y

Lovingly written by Joy

7 Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable in the Coming Warmer Months

When the intense heat of summer arrives, your home can start to feel uncomfortable if you have not prepared it properly. It is important that you take steps now to ensure that your home is ready to face the full intensity of the summer sun. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure that your home is cool all summer long. To help you get your home ready for the hottest months of the year, follow these seven steps to ensure that your home is a comfortable sanctuary during the coming warm weather.

1. Install a Ceiling Fan

One of the best ways to get your home ready for summer is to install a ceiling fan or two. Ceiling fans help to keep your home cool all summer long. If it is not too hot out, they can keep your home cool even if you do not have the air conditioner turned on. If your air conditioner is turned on, running a ceiling fan will allow it to cool your home more efficiently.

2. Upgrade Your Windows

If you have older windows, you should upgrade them with energy-efficient windows if you can afford to. Better insulated windows will help to keep your home cool and comfortable when the summer heat arrives.

3. Install Some Wooden Plantation Shutters

As well as installing better windows, you also should invest in some wooden plantation shutters to cover them. Wooden plantation shutters are perfect for the summer months. When it is hot out and the sun is baking your home, simply shutting your wooden plantation shutters can lower the temperature inside your home substantially. However, it is easy to throw them open during cooler days to allow the pleasant summer breezes inside your home as well.

4. Seal Your Ducts

Your HVAC system is your home’s central features when the temperature rises. You need to make sure it is ready for summer. One of the most important things you should do to prepare your HVAC system is to check your ducts for leaks. Seal all the leaks in your ducts up, and you will make your air conditioner more efficient. This keeps you cooler and saves you money.

5. Prep the Air Conditioner

As well as checking your ducts, you should also get your air conditioner inspected by a cooling professional before summer gets here. Having an air conditioner that has been given a thorough inspection before the heat of summer hits gives you tremendous peace of mind.

6. Check for Drafts

Just as it is important to have your air conditioner ready for summer, it is also important to make sure that the cold air it creates stays inside your home. Take some time in the fall to inspect your doors, siding and windows to make sure they are sealed well. Placing weather stripping around doors and windows is a great way to keep them free from drafts. Use caulk to patch any cracks you find in your siding.

7. Run a Humidifier

Even though your air conditioner will help to keep your home cool, it can also make the air inside your home feel slightly unpleasant by drying it out. To offset this, you should run a humidifier during the summer to keep the air in your home moist and comfortable. If possible, you should use a whole-home humidifier that is tied into your cooling system so that it turns on and off with the AC.

Summer can be unpleasant, but you can make it much more comfortable if you get your home ready. Follow these steps, and your home will be ready to handle the worst heat that summer can dish out. You will stay comfortable and cool all summer long with these seven tips.

Lovingly written by Joy

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