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Father's Day is coming! What a wonderful day to celebrate fathers, soon-to-be fathers and men that hope to be fathers someday. They do so much for us and deserve lots of hugs and kisses today!
For those of you still looking for a gift Esquire has 13 Unique Gifts to Get Dad This Father's Day...
- A cool I-phone case
- A rare book
- Car racing school
- A keychain that is also a diary
- A Ukulele
- Top Quality Aged Meat
- A Fancy Pencil Holder
- A Vintage Watch
- An Old Time Leather Baseball
- A Made-To-Measure Shirt
- Custom Rocks Glasses
- A 100+ Year Old Bottle of Scotch
- A Rare Signed Lithograph
As for me my gift is a secret, but I am sure my husband will love it! He better.... ;)
For all the wonderfully supportive, protective Dads out there, check out the below fun fact:
In 1950, after the Washington Post music critic gave Harry Truman's daughter's concert a negative review, the president came out swinging: "Some day I hope to meet you," he wrote. "When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"
WHAT SHOULD I DO THIS JUNE?
Dancing Under the Stars
6/2–8/25 Ready to groove your way through summer? Whether you feel like learning how to salsa, cha-cha, or jitterbug, this Jack London Square dance series has got you covered every Friday night. jacklondonsquare.com.
Walnut Creek Art And Wine Festival
6/3–6/4 Soak up summer at Heather Farm Park during this 36th annual event. With more than 250 arts and crafts booths, live music, food and drinks, a craft beer garden, and an interactive kids zone, this is a can’t-miss event for all ages. artwinefestivalwc.com.
Opera in the Park
6/11 Grab your picnic blanket, and join Festival Opera at this free event in Walnut Creek’s Civic Park. This year’s performance will feature opera stars Alex Boyer, Rebecca Garcia, and the rest of the Festival Opera Chorus. festivalopera.org.
Alameda County Fair
6/16–7/9 This Pleasanton fair is back and better than ever. Kicking off with its first-ever Opening Day Cattle Drive down Main Street, the fair will have its spectacular annual fireworks show on the Fourth of July. alamedacountyfair.com.
6/16 Take me out to the ballgame, and then stay for the fireworks at the Oakland Coliseum. Watch the A’s take on the Yankees, then stay tuned after the game for a light show timed to music. mlb.com/athletics.
Father’s Day Car Show
6/18 Take Dad out for a day of hot rods, muscle cars, and classic autos at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville. Enjoy live music and a Father’s Day brunch (for an additional cost) at this 11th annual event. blackhawkmuseum.org.
Walnut Creek Wine Walk
6/21 Stroll through downtown Walnut Creek businesses while sipping local wines and savoring bites from downtown restaurants—and maybe even do a little shopping—at this year’s event. walnutcreekdowntown.com
Walk in the Wild
6/24 Lions and tigers and beers—oh, my! The Oakland Zoo’s 25th annual fundraising event features bites and sips from top local restaurants, wineries, and breweries.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
6/29–7/16 A wedding, a play, and plenty of magical mischief abound at Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s production of this Elizabethan-era classic. Watch the production alfresco at Wente Vineyards, and enjoy the magic of a midsummer night. livermoreshakes.org.
Sweet n Low: An International Juried Show of Cute
6/22–9/3 This eclectic exhibition is a unique collection of everything from cuddly and precious (Hello Kitty, rainbows, unicorns) to creepy and ironic (friendly monsters and sardonic teddy bears) at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. bedfordgallery.org.
I always feel super crunched for time in the morning. Getting the kids out the door for school before heading to work doesn't always leave a lot of time for breakfast. When the daily recipe I received from Better Homes was titled" Grab-and-Go Breakfasts for your Busiest Mornings" I got so excited. Check out one of the recipes below.
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 frozen waffles, thawed
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 2 slices cheese (american, cheddar, colby jack, etc)
- 2 slices bacon, crisp cooked
- Toppers such as avocado, tomato, spinach, etc. (optional)
1. In a small bowl beat together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Lightly coat a 6-inch nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spay. Preheat skillet over medium heat. Add egg mixture. Cook, without stirring, until mixture begins to set on the bottom and around edge. Using a large spoon or spatula, lift and fold partially cooked egg mixture so uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until egg mixture is cooked through but is still glossy and moist. Remove from heat immediately.
2. Brush one side of each waffle with melted butter. Top the unbuttered side of one waffle with 1 slice of cheese, the eggs, bacon, remaining slice of cheese, and any additional Toppings, if desired. Top with remaining waffle, buttered side up. Return skillet to medium heat and cook sandwich for 3 minutes per side or until waffle is golden and cheese melts. To serve, slice in half.
Credit: Breakfast Grilled Cheese
I follow Forbes on Instagram and they posted an image of a new cocktail. The post noted that mustard is becoming a go-to ingredient for mixologists. At Washington DC.'s La Jambe, mixologist French Marshall is making a cocktail called the "All French Everything" using mustard as an ingredient. I love mustard on sandwiches, hot dogs and pretzels, so I am super intrigued by this new drink. If I ever get to travel to D.C., I am definitely going to check it out. However, I am super hopeful that some restaurants here in the Bay Area will try it out, so it's a shorter trip ;)
Curb Appeal is extremely important if you are considering selling your home. One of the fastest ways to get potential buyers to notice your home is to give it a new paint job! We recently painted our house and the process of picking outside paint colors can be both fun and really stressful. I wanted something clean and fresh, so we chose a farmhouse white (thank you Joanna Gaines for the inspiration). It has made such a huge difference.
HGTV just did a great article on 28 exterior home paint combinations and so many of them were really inspired. Make sure to choose based on your type of exterior as the material can really change the affect of the paint color. One of my favorites is below.
Taupe + Beige + Brown + Rustic Red
Paint colors: Tavern Taupe, Pavillion Beige, Homestead Brown and Rustic Red by Sherwin-Williams
I always get so excited when I first make summer vacation plans. Then I think about packing, as well as the travel itself and I start to break into a cold sweat. Before I had kids, I could pack the morning of a trip or get in the car for a road trip without a real plan. That is definitely no longer the case. There is so much prep that has to be done to go on a trip. I am always looking for tips to make things go more smoothly. I read a great article on Buzz Feed with 28 great tips. Below are the seven I found most useful:
1. Store your loose cables/chargers in an old sunglasses case to keep everything in one place.
2. Use a pill container to store and sort your jewelry.
3. If you're heading to a theme park or the beach, put your phone in a plastic bag to prevent it from getting wet.
4. If you want to bring a small amount of concealer or lotions, put them in contact cases.
5. If the back of your plane seat doesn't have TVs, put your phone in a plastic bag and hook it to the back of the tray table (or use a barf bag).
6. To keep your headphones and chargers tangle free, wrap them around old gift cards.
7. Roll up your belt and stick it inside your collard shirts to keep them clean and stiff.
To see the entire list, below is a link to the full article:
28 Brilliant Travel Hacks You Need To Know For Summer Vacations