Mad for Dad: Shop Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day can be bittersweet if you’ve lost your dad.  Mine passed in the summer of 2008 and Father’s Day was the last holiday that I spent with him.  During the visit it was clear he was ill and sure enough, the day after we headed back to Ohio he was diagnosed with colon cancer and passed a scant three weeks later.  Am so glad I have that last memory of spending the week with him!

If you still have your dad, give him a call, a hug or try one of the ideas below to celebrate the one who was likely the first man in your life!

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All Birds Wool Runners

We came upon this Kickstarter company when looking for a pair of lightweight and comfortable shoes for travel (see original post here).  A year plus later and Natty Guy still loves wearing them and gets tons of compliments when he’s out and about.  We’ve gifted them to several people, all with rave reviews!

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Five Thoughts on Turning Fifty

This past week I celebrated a milestone birthday – the BIG FIVE-OH! Perhaps it’s because I’m a notoriously late bloomer but this transition out of my forties and into a new decade wasn’t particularly difficult for me. My past decade was filled with changes…some good, some bad…but the result of all those changes has been a more sure sense of self and an ongoing contentedness.  This post discusses five thoughts/lessons that have helped create this state of well-being and satisfaction.

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Easy-to-Make Appetizers: Sensational Skewers

One of my favorite easy-to-make appetizers are skewers!  They’re visually appealing, are super quick and easy to make and the variations on flavors are never-ending.

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This weekend my neighborhood wine group had a small summer kick-off cookout on Saturday. It had been a busy week so I was looking for something quick and easy to take.  I came up with these Greek inspired feta, cucumber and Kalamata olive skewers with Greek dressing for dipping on the side. Assembly for a couple dozen pieces took 5 minutes or less.  People commented that they looked fancy/festive yet they were so easy!

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