Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day! Here I have some last minute gift ideas for dad…

If your dad adores a certain sports teams, go with team items such as key chains, mugs, team jerseys, license plate holders, photo frames (add a photo of the two of you), throws or whatever else he may he like! Go Ravens, Dolphins, Bull Dogs, Bruins, Red Sox, Yankees, Cowboys, Blackhawks, Gators, or whatever sports team he cheers for!

Next up… sports equipment. Maybe he has a great golf swing but could use a new driver, and you can never have too many golf balls! You even can get them monogrammed with his initials! If he’s not into golf maybe he likes tennis, and needs his racquet stringed. Or maybe hes mentioned he wants to toss a ball around with the grandkids. Get him a glove, baseball and bring the kids by for some outdoor fun! You could even go the extra mile and fire up the grill while they play catch.

While I’m still on sports, get tickets to take him to a game, or set it up the two of you, or the whole family can see a pee wee game some day, if he can bear to watch children play (some dads just can’t suffer through that many fouls, but hey, some have a blast watching kids learn sports!).

If your dad has a sweet tooth opt for his favorite candy. Some dads like Swedish Fish, some Lindt chocolates, while others prefer chocolate covered banana chips or chocolate covered raisins. Make up a gift bag to get him through those candy cravings!

Two words… gift cards. JC Penny, Starbucks, Auto Zone, Amazon or any other places you know he loves to shop/dine at!

Other good gift ideas are a watch, or tie. These are great if dad works as a CEO, lawyer, etc. Music is another great gift, buy a CD for his daily commute, or burn one from songs you downloaded for the special day.

You can also get a subscription to ESPN, or his favorite magazine. If he’s not into sports or reading, offer up a Prime account from Amazon, or a subscription to Netflix! Movies are perfect for the movie buff dads, but if he’s not into tech, consider a dvd or movie tickets. Don’t forget the popcorn!

If he’s handy, tools are a sure fire win. There’s no such thing as too many screw drivers! And hey, didn’t he need a new power drill!

You can even bring his old chainsaw into the shop for tooth repairs. Repairing what he already has can be fairly inexpensive, and saves dad the hassle of doing it. So take his mower blades in to be sharpened, or if likes to do this stuff himself, offer to help fix that cord on old mower with him!
Quality bonding time is great motivation! And it gets your mom off his back!

But then again, maybe its a old car he wants restored and not a mower, no worries, print out a faux coupon for 1 free day of restoration help. Or if dads not into restoring cars, get his new baby a full detail! If you cant afford it, take it to the local car wash and make it a DIY (if he let’s you drive it!).

If you have a funny pet dad in your life, give him a gag gift, a squeak toy works great! Or make a card from the bunny, dog or cats!

Lastly if you have money issues and your dads been helping you foot your bills, he’ll understand that you can’t get an expensive gift. And, he’ll be touched that you popped in, thanked him for all the support and gave him a warm hug.

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Parenting Rant

Really glad my mother threw out my toys if I didn’t pick them up, grounded me, and made me return the candy I stole. Glad she told me no and glad my grandmother beat my butt when I didn’t sit on the couch properly. Thankful she pulled my ear, smacked me with her hairbrush and had a paint stick with my name on it. It wasn’t child abuse, they didn’t beat me for the heck of it, they were teaching me life lessons.

If it wasn’t for my mother making me return the candy, I would be a thief, and probably in jail, if she didn’t throw away my toys, I wouldn’t value and take care of what I have. If my grandmother didn’t smack me for not sitting “properly”, I would never have learned to sit like a lady and portray confidence while doing so. If she didn’t smack me with her brush, I would be a lot less inclined to sit under a hot hair dryer to get a perm and more likely to whine about every little hair pull. Without that paint stick and being grounded I would have grown up to believe that the world revolved around me and it would have been a much harder lesson to learn as an adult.

I’m posting this because I’m sick of seeing young woman behave like trollops, kids throwing violent fits when someone tells them no. I’m feed up with parents not having control. As hard as it for some parents to believe, when your child’s screaming in the store, running into people with shopping carts and swearing at you, I don’t think its cute. I don’t find it to be funny, or charming in ANY way. I find that type of behavior to be alarming.

By giving your children whatever they want and never telling them no, your hurting them. Your not being nice to other people, your not being nice to your child, and your not helping yourself, because it will only get worse. Worse for those of us who have to put up with your child in public, more crushing for the child when they grow up and reality hits like a boulder, and as a parent, you’ll be left to always pick up the pieces.

So I am asking parents to please, please, set boundaries. Enforce them, even if you don’t believe in spanking, you can follow through with time outs, etc. Children, even small ones, are not stupid, most can comprehend right from wrong, and understand the concept of repercussions. Nothing bothers me more than a parent that’s just lazy, always “the friend” or afraid of their child.

It saddens me to see the way some of these kids end up, dropping out, pregnant, on the streets, on drugs. These are kids that will have to learn some very tough life lessons, and too many will have to struggle to make a better life for themselves. I think if they had more guidance and discipline, they may have had more confidence, greater opportunities, and brighter futures.

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Fat People… And An Oscar Dress Issue.

Okay, so some of you already heard that Melissa McCarthy (played in Heat, Identity Thief, The Hangover Part III, Gilmore Girls, etc.) was turned down by a number of designers when she asked to have an Oscar dress made. Though, I do need to state that Mark Zunino is reported to have sent her a couple sketches and was eager to dress the actress for the occasion.

Now with that being said, fashion, especially high end fashion, has always been a skinny girls world, even off the rack designer clothes don’t typically cater to “plus size” woman, and I personally don’t have a problem with that. Do I think designer clothes need to run a little larger? Yes. By a size or two, but I also don’t think that every article should run larger, some just look awful in larger sizes, point blank. Am I fat hater? No, defiantly not, weight has always been an issue for me, so I most certainly can not judge. I have never been a 0, nor will I ever be, I have never even been 6, nor will I ever be, but the truth is, there are certain dresses that us fat chicks just simply can not pull off.

Do I think a handful of designers should have told her no? Most certainly not. If your a talented designer, you can create dresses that look fabulous on larger woman. If your work only looks good skinny gals, your not very good at your job. And, I think your a closed minded if you turn someone down just for having a higher BMI than your used to. I’m not asking for every designer to promote cellulite and fat rolls, though it would be nice to see more cover a range of healthy weights on the runway.

Hollywood is tough enough, you don’t need them criticizing your weight, viewers critiquing your body and designers telling you your too fat for them to make you a dress. Wendy Williams (known for The Wendy Show and being an on air personality) stated that she too has had issues with designers because she doesn’t conform to their ideal measurements. I believe her term was husky, hefty? Either way, as a designer, you run a business, you can turn people down, but its still a business, its not personal, so please push aside your skinny girl ideals when it comes to these events. These woman are not asking to own the runway, be front and center on swimsuit magazines, and become spokes people for designers, they are simply asking for a dress. One custom dress.

But hey, Melissa rocked her off the rack dress (Marina Rinaldi), looking like a well fed GODDESS with cherub cheeks at the 2012 Oscars. And, I feel like those designers are getting what they deserve by Wendy and Melissa not name dropping, congrats gals on not giving them any more exposure! They obviously don’t need it. And good luck to Melissa’s own fashion line! Can’t wait to see it, and I can’t wait to see what sizes she will cover! Who knows, maybe I’ll be wearing her in the future!

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