If you need extra ideas the Christmas gift guide I made with Russ is chock full of ideas, too! Today’s idea is so great for any dad, any age! Keep scrolling for both posts today, but I wanted to focus on an amazing discount Minky Couture offered you guys! 45% off a blanket!! WOOT!
My husband loves a good blanket to sleep or cuddle up with, I wanted to find something super masculine for him and almost un-blanket like. Something chic we could leave out or on a chair. Enter the Premium Plush blanket by Minky Couture — it really is the perfect blanket. It looks like a fur but feels like a dream and runs so much cooler than fur or a faux. Its beautiful enough to sit out on a chair or bedside but is the coziest thing! My kids love to get down to their skivvies so they can really get a good wrap up in it, its what Minky Couture is famous for and they have already poached Russ’ blanket hard core.They’re offering you guys 45% off!! Just use “EMILY45” at checkout! Check out their site for more ideas but in my opinion these are the most amazing. You can also find collegiate teams, patterns, and silk-tipped, too!
My next purchase for sure will be the Gold! It is so fur like and but the color adds that rustic, organic touch. The difference between the premium and regular Sorbet is the double lining. So you’ll get a heavier more substantial blanket or the Sorbet is going to be lighter and also less expensive! I prefer the premium because it looks so luxe!
Here’s some more shots of the blanket so you can get a feel for the texture and quality!!
Pickleball. My man is obsessed and so are all his friends. It’s not as tricky or tough on your body as tennis, but is as fast paced and fun! Something I can see us playing as as couple until we’re old! We are planning on putting a court at the new house (its a LOT smaller!) Don’t bother with wood paddles, get the graphite or carbon fiber!
Our friend Davis was wearing this Le Labo cologne on a double date last week and it stopped me in my tracks. Sorry for sniffing you all night Davis.
If you can’t commit to one scent try this discovery set from Le Labo. Find your fave and then invest!
Dip Clip – this thing is killing it on Kickstarter and for good reason. Slides onto your vent and holds your dip. Great for the man on the go. I know mine needs this! (Heck I do too, how many times has our sauce gone flying with a sharp turn, embarrassingly many times.
Loopy Case. If you’re new here I am their longest-time user ever. Pretty sure.
I love the Mentionables business idea. It’s a lingerie shop but it’s not modeled – just on mannequins – so your man doesn’t need to feel like a creep shopping for you. Get him a gift card and let him pick, could be fun right? I debated on which gift guide to put Mentionables, but I think men appreciate it the most. Ha!
I asked Russ what tool set is best and he said stick to Crafstman because it’s guaranteed for life! A good starter set that he’ll be stoked about!
The best gift I gave my husband was a good night’s rest. Intellibed is our mattress and its $1500 off right now! A splurge for sure, but its guaranteed for 30 years and we had been buying new mattresses every few years so I think it pays for itself!
Another suggestion from Russ which I had never heard of. This compact gadget will jump your car without having another car present! Leave it in the trunk for a rainy day! Also its 70% off and a limited Amazon deal, so HURRY!
When you just need a black shift dress! I posted this earlier today and got a bunch of questions looking for something similar (and longer, which I get you, I wish mine was too! Although it hits the knee when my arms are down) Here are the best I found from my favorite stops!
I tried my friend Lisa’s Sweet Corn Salad recipe a few weeks ago and I kept thinking how good it would be in a pizza format! I teamed up with Full Circle Foods – a brand I know and love that is committed to clean foods for families. Here are some of the standards they hold to:
Simplified, recognizable ingredients.
Nothing artificial (sweeteners, dyes, flavors or preservatives)
No high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils.
No antibiotics or steroids in their meat or dairy.
Certified with both Aquaculture Practices (BAP) or Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for their seafood!
I am always looking for brands I know I can pick over another in the aisle and feel like its going to be the cleaner, better option! Full Circle has a huge line-up of items you will find woven throughout your entire grocery store. (Find your best shopping option here!)
What a better time to try out this Sweet Corn Pizza that’s been on my mind! I used Full Circle’s Gluten Free Pizza Dough Mix and honestly I am so so impressed. I had super low expectations for this dough being Gluten Free, and it was so delicious! The batter looks like cake but ends up crunchy and crispy on the edges, and soft and chewy in the middle. They tout that you don’t need sauce for their dough and I wasn’t sure, but they’re right! It’s so good plain with whatever toppings you like!
As per the recipe I used for the salad I added feta, sweet corn (Full Circle sells whole kernel corn frozen, or you can do fresh, too!) olive oil, cherry tomatoes and cilantro! It’s fresh, sweet, acidic and that salty feta cuts through everything so nicely!
We’re doing giveaway with Full Circle Foods on my instagram so be sure and check it out!
Circe: I feel like this word is cheesy, but I really was dazzled by this book. Ha! It was so beautifully written! I don’t know a ton about Greek Mythology so I wasn’t sure I’d even care about this story, but I was totally enthralled by it. And my friends who do know a lot about it said it stayed true to all the stories and characters, so I felt like I learned a lot about the subject too! I listened to it and was obsessed with the narrator, but there are pros to reading it. Right off the bat they introduce a ton of characters and it can feel overwhelming, but push through and it really only focuses on a small handful throughout. Reading it you can refer to the list of characters in the back, which is nice! But really, such insightful poignant writing about parenthood, the nature of power and what we’ve all come to know about Gods. LOVED it! I even bought her other book Song of Achilles!
Just wow. This book was so fascinating and also hits close to home. As a Mormon / LDS person there was obviously a lot to recognize, and cringe at! This is the story of a girl from a devout Mormon (they practiced a self-interpreted take on Mormonism that would likely get them kicked out, if you’re worried) Idaho family who even though had no formal education of her own ended up with a PhD from Harvard. Her story and her journey was really amazing to follow. But so so much to say on this book. If you read this and wonder WTF Mormons are even doing, let me assure you — those parents were cray. Mixing aspects of the gospel with paranoia, mental illness, scrupulosity, abuse, denial. So bad that as she described Mormons I would consider super devout, to the Westover family would have been called a “whore”. Ha! I read it with a pit in my stomach, but ultimately found it fascinating and eye opening. In general this story hits on the things we learn as kids and then the rite of passage of unlearning, reconciling or embracing as adults. Trigger Warnings: Abuse – both emotional and physical.
Summertime means one thing for the Frames! We do really strict morning routines before we go off and play and that includes reading and also working from workbooks! I love these brain quest books and my kids just grab them and pick whatever page they want to work on each morning! They have books for all ages and grades, grab yours here!
Panzanella via Barefoot Contessa (I make this without the bread most of the time but it is SO good with it in! I don’t toss it in until we’re serving, better for storing leftovers and the bread is best fresh and not dressed.)
Watermelon Blueberry Salad via The Crumby Kitchen – I love that salty bite with the feta. Such a tasty salad!
Fruit Cup with Tajin
Tajin gives a hit of spice and lime and will kick up any fruit platter! My friend Rashelle threw a Cinco de Mayo party and had them all in individual cups which is such a good idea for a BBQ! Watermelon, Mango and Pineapple cut super nicely into spears for easy grabbing and munching!
She also paired it with a super fresh and clean ceviche! I love this light option for a BBQ so you can stay on track with eating, I know after holidays I tend to go overboard, so I am always glad for these tasty options that don’t feel like a sacrifice in the slightest.
Shrimp and Cucumber Ceviche – serves 8
1 cup diced seeded peeled cucumber ( ¼-inch dice)
½ cup finely chopped red onion
Optional if you want spice: 2 serrano chiles, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup diced seeded tomato
1 avocado, chopped into ½-inch pieces
1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantro leaves, plus more leaves for garnish