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November 18, 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Hello, hello! With the holiday-like chilly weather rolling in and Thanksgiving quickly approaching next week (!!!), I thought it would be a good time to start rolling out this year’s Holiday Gift Guides.

I’ve featured a collection of Fitness Goodies and then an Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, and this year I wanted to break it down and feature more items per category. I’m not sure exactly how many I will put together, but I thought it would be good to start with shopping for the special men in our lives. That is the category that is usually the hardest for me.

It’s a long one, so let’s jump right in!

Holiday Gift Guide for Men Housewife Glamour

• puffer vests

You probably already know my obsession with with puffer vests, but Scott loves them too. He bought one on his own last year and wore it constantly! I took a clue and bought him two more from The North Face outlet soon after for Christmas last year, and he continuously rotates them when it’s cool (or warm) enough to wear them.

Mens puffer vests holiday gift idea

Keep a lookout at stores like Old Navy, Target, H&M and discount retailers for great deals! (All the vests pictured above are from those stores.)

I even found a blue plaid printed boy’s XL in the clearance section at The North Face outlet for half the price. It was legitimately the same size as an Adult Medium, and is currently the one he pulls out to wear the most.

If you don’t tell him, I won’t.

• update or replace their favorite cologne

Scott bought a bottle of Terre D’Hermes after a friend of his suggested it a couple of years ago, and it has been is absolute favorite ever since! This scent is on the pricier side, but Scott claims it’s the best cologne he has ever used. Plus, the bottle lasts quite a while. The cheapest (or most value in ounces) I’ve seen it available for purchase is on Amazon.

Terre D'hermes mens cologne


My favorites from his collection: Diesel Fuel for Life & DKNY Be Delicious

• Supra sneakers

I wouldn’t normally put a specific sneaker as a bullet point on a gift guide, but Scott and at least a handful of other guys I know are ridiculously into Supra Footwear. Supra sells high tops, mid tops, and low tops in a variety of colors, prints, styles, and price points.

supra sneakers

I recently purchased these Supra Vaider high tops for Scott as a birthday present, and what do you know… two pairs arrived the day they came in. He had ordered an additional low top in grey for himself!

He’s crazy, but seriously a fan.

• happy socks

Patterned and printed socks are a great step up from the classic pack of black dress socks men always need. Scott prefers to buy and wear bright and borderline obnoxious socks, and we both love the designs of Happy Socks. They really do make me happy!

Happy Socks for men

You can find them on the Happy Socks website, in department stores, and even on Amazon.

• headphones/ear buds

You can never go wrong with a quality pair of head phones or ear buds. Even if your guy doesn’t frequent the gym, a good pair of noise canceling headphones or earbuds like these Beats by Dre are perfect for any traveler. I surprised Scott with these two years ago and he takes them everywhere.

Studio Beats By Dr. Dre earphones

I’ve found competitive prices and a great selection at Best Buy!

• warm “manly” slippers

After Scott asked for a pair of warm slippers for Christmas last year, he received the Men’s Minnetonka Makato Trapper II from my family. They are so comfortable you guys. I stole and wore them every chance I got until I finally picked up a version of my own a couple weeks ago!

Minnetonka Men's Slippers

I’m pretty sure my mom ordered them from Zappos, but you can usually walk into any department store or even discount retailer like TJMaxx or Marshalls and find similar styles.

If he didn’t already have a pair of slippers, I would be eyeing: thesethese, these, or these (for warmer climates).

• unique phone charger(s)

This may sound silly, but you can never have too many of these… especially if you have an iPhone and your friends want to borrow yours. Right? I can’t tell you how many times Scott and I playfully fight over using the same iPhone 5 charger at home.

wrapped iphone charger cord

We used to have several, but they keep “walking off”. I fully blame the husband for hoarding them somewhere I don’t know about.

Anyways, I have a couple bookmarked to order off of Amazon. I really like the cloth wrapped cords the best! The idea of ordering a specific color for Scott so he knows it’s without a doubt his charger is genius.

I better order a few.

 • giftcards for “manpering”

I thought I just made that word up, until I found it on Urban Dictionary.

Anyways, Manpering. Like pampering… but for men. Whether they admit to it or not, most men do like to get pampered every once in a while!

barber shop gift cards

Gift him with a service he wouldn’t necessarily pay for himself.

While living in Orlando, I often bought Scott gift cards to go get a professional shave from Kennedy’s Barber Shop. That was a solid go-to he always appreciated! I haven’t found anything similar up in Michigan yet, but I’m sure they exist. I need to find one.

You could also gift a massage, a pedicure (seriously, most men love them if you take them!), or a facial. No shame!

 • athletic/running shoes

Is the guy you’re buying for a runner? A CrossFitter? A fan of athletic shoes whether he’s working out or not?

Scott has more gym shoes than I care to mention, but I ordered him one of my favorite versatile sneakers in a fun color last year, and now wears them more than any others. Unfortunately, the Reebok CrossFit Nano Speed sneakers I purchased are no longer available (though it seems?), but my second choice for an all-over versatile athletic shoe is the Reebok ZQuick.

Reebok Men's ZQuick shoes

Scott likes color, so I would choose something similar to what I pictured. They do, of course, sell less neon options as well, and you can find a variety online or at several retailers like these or these.

 • SAXX underwear

To end with a bang, the last item might make you blush a little.

Hey, I’m blushing too.

I asked Scott if it would be appropriate to share these self-proclaimed “junk holders” and he insisted. They’re called SAXX and, well… come equipped with a patented ergonomic comfort pouch to hold in all the goods.

SAXX underwear

I like to compare it to girls wearing sports bras. They’re comfy and practical when you’re looking for some support. They’re definitely on the pricey side, but Scott has quickly become a fan, and I always hear him talk about them to his man friends. Check out Amazon (scroll through the pages for cool and colorful prints) for the best deals!

Additional ideas worth checking out:

>> Dollar Shave Club – Scott just ordered the $9 monthly membership! They provide cheap, quality razors and have awesome products too.

>> Man-Pack – a product seen on Shark Tank Scott really wants.

>> Jack Threads – a member’s only shopping community that offers quality brands and pieces at huge discounts!


I hope this helps, or at least gets you on the same level as excitement as I am on with the holidays. Please feel free to share some of your gift ideas for men in the comments below.

Happy Shopping!

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. This series features items I genuinely want to share with you, and have possibly purchased myself. Please understand, however, that affiliate links are included. As always, I really appreciate your support! <3

July 7, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend Adventures

Hello, hello! Hopefully by now you have embraced the fact that Monday is happening and the extra long holiday weekend has come to an end.

I know… I’m still dealing with it too.

roadie laying funny

Scott and I had a great Fourth! Friday and Saturday were both spent with friends while Sunday was left to… well… rest. Or fight off the plague that has slowly taken over my body, either way.

I’m the type of person that will deny the signs and pretend I’m not getting sick for days… until I finally have no choice but to succumb to what is happening and raise my little white flag.

Yup, today is for sure a sick day. Yesterday was too. And I hate sick days.

I can appreciate a sick morning or afternoon every now and then, but when they fully take over my functionality and workout plans, I start to have issues.

I guess all I can do is get rest and move on, right? Good thing I have these snuggle bugs by my side for inspiration.

cali sleeping

But enough about that. Lets take a step back and highlight the fun parts of the weekend shall we?


My Fourth of July started early by driving a sported out ambulance in a parade and keeping up with this nut of a mascot we call HOOPER.

Driving the HOOPER truck

With just a bit of patriotic flair, we set out in a local parade with my American Playlist (minus a few tracks) jamming.

HOOPER in 4th of july parade

parade people

Parades with the furry crazy horse are never dull, that’s for sure. We tend to get in trouble for at least one thing every time. This go around it was for throwing mini-basketballs.

As soon as I got home from the appearance, I quickly changed, got a picnic lunch and drinks together, and Scott and I headed out to meet some friends to spend the afternoon at Stoney Creek Metropark.

stoney creek park

The park is awesome and I can’t believe we haven’t taken advantage of living relatively close to it in the close to two years we’ve been here. There’s several hiking trails, camp grounds, and even a beach!

stoney creek beach

Scott, Alex, Alex and I spent the afternoon in the sun and it was the first time it actually felt like summer had arrived in Michigan.

alex and at the beach july 4th

The boys went towards the sand to throw a football while Alex and I stayed on our towels, perfectly content with our surroundings.

beach picnic 4th of july

presley on propel ad

(Oh, hey there Presley!)

All the group of us wanted for our holiday weekend was to find some sun and be by the water, even if it was for just a few hours. Our location turned out to serve us perfectly and we have plans to return in the very near future!

4th of july at the beach

alex and alex 4th of july

We wrapped up our time at the park around 5:30 p.m. and had plans to attend a get together at Alex’s friends house. That was the first time I felt a sickness trying to creep in, but I ignored it and enjoyed the rest of our holiday doing American things.

We dressed in red, white, and blue, ate pizza and patriotic desserts, and spent the majority of our time outside in the front yard.

Have you ever heard of the game KanJam? It’s an ultimate frisbee disc game that tests your aim and teamwork skills. Here are the deets.

To sum it up, Alex and I are not too great at it and left the competition spots on teams to the boys.

scott playing kan jam

We also played a few rounds of cornhole before the sunset and left with the group to watch the Lake Orion fireworks.

Going off of the past thirty years or so, there was supposed to be a great show set up to go off above the trees, right about here.

set up for fireworks

We had prime real estate… or so we thought.

watching fireworks

Before long, we started seeing a few test fireworks go off and realized the show had moved across the lake this year. We now had the absolute worst seats in the house. Literally.

fireworks fail

The people who have been attending this fireworks show for years were pretty upset! Scott and I thought it was a bummer, but more humorous than anything.

Eventually, we gave up and walked back to our ride to try to see if we could see anything from the other side of the lake. Just our luck, more trees!

watching fireworks fail

Eh, you win some you lose some.


I woke up feeling achy Saturday, so I let myself sleep in and laid low with laundry and a little bit of housework through the afternoon.

I had plenty of help and entertainment from these guys, as you might have seen via Instagram.

roadie playing with dryer sheets

I swear, they’re like toddlers. So funny!

We were invited to attend a backyard barbeque for Alex’s father’s surprise birthday that evening, so I wasn’t going to let feeling “achy” stop us. It was great to get out of the house and enjoy another summer night outdoors.

backyard barbeque

healthy barbeque dinner

(Loved the food, and especially that pasta salad!)

We finished off the night with a bon fire in the backyard, which felt amazing when the sun went down and it got chilly.

backyard bonfire

Alex and I have plans to go up north next weekend, so this little preview got me really excited for it!

Right before we were about to go back inside, we heard loud bangs coming from a few doors down. Finally, fireworks we could see!

4th of july fireworks

Three cheers for you, neighbors I’ve never met!


Sunday was pretty uneventful, considering I felt the opposite of incredible. After church, I finally gave in and let myself rest in order to fight off whatever is trying to take it over.

For the past couple of days, I have heated up a lot of soup.

vegetable soup and grilled cheese

(This one was with a small side of grilled cheese!)

And eaten a lot of fresh fruit.

fruit bowl

That’s all my body has really been wanting, and I’m okay with it.

After an entire day of lounging around, I finally started feeling a little better and decided to take Roadie out for a long walk to celebrate.

walk with roadie on the trails

(Don’t mind my bright and obnoxious attire, by the way.)

I felt bad for the guy. When we let him out before bed Saturday night, he came inside smelling awful. Think a mix between a chimney, sewer, dead bodies, and feet kind of awful. I asked Scott what the heck happened on their late night adventures outside and he said “that’s definitely skunk.”

Yup, Roadie got sprayed by a skunk.

Lucky for us, it was just a little one, because normally it can take a week of showers and several tomato baths to get a normal smell back.

We immediately gave him a long bath and sprayed him with some doggie cologne. When it was all said and done, he surprisingly smelled fine. Our carpet, on the other hand, took a beating when he came inside and rubbed a lot of it off before we noticed anything.

I feel like only Roadie would get himself in this kind of trouble.

Gotta love the crazy guy!

walk with roadie

(Also, ignore my hairstyle here. That’s what you call attempting a french braid while you’re laying down, then sleeping in it for hours. Pretty stylish.)

And that was our weekend in a nutshell. Hopefully yours included better views of fireworks and less funky smells!

Linking our weekend fun up with Katie, and off to tackle the day!

What was your favorite part of your weekend?

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