Last Minute Gift Idea For The Techie Dad

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Do you have a dad or husband who has to have the best and newest tech available? If so, you are going to want to read this post to learn about this Samsung phone + Gear VR bundle special. Thanks to Best Buy for sponsoring this post.

Mobile virtual reality has finally arrived. Dad can be at the center of exciting games, watch the best of Hollywood in his own private cinema, socialize with friends, and so much more. The Samsung Gear VR drops him right in the action — and it’s only from Samsung and Oculus.

The Samsung Gear VR is comfortable and durable. It’s light, ergonomic design features a wide facial interface, flexible padding and an easy-to-use touchpad. Plus, it fits over most eyeglasses.

Does dad love tv and movies? With the Oculus Video app, you can customize trailers, clips and even your own movie files. Plus you can buy hundreds of full-length Hollywood movies and TV shows. He can stream over 1 million short films and videos from Vimeo. There is also a Netflix app on Gear VR that offers a living room experience, so it feels like you’re on your couch watching TV shows, movies and more, wherever you are. He’d love that!

Is dad more of a gamer? He can purchase and play premium games with Gear VR. He can also keep up with the best gamers in Twitch.

This bundle makes a great gift idea and if you are considering it you’ll want to head on over to Best Buy today because they have a great deal going on right now. You can get a free Samsung Gear VR, plus $50 of Virtual Reality content with purchase, or lease, and activation of select Samsung Smartphones now though 6/18 online or in stores. Isn’t that awesome!? If you were getting dad a phone anyways (like we are) why not shop at Best Buy to get the amazing free gift? Learn more and see other Samsung at Best Buy deals here.


The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.




5 Gift Ideas For Dads

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Father’s Day is this weekend and if you are still looking for a gift for the dads in your life, don’t worry. I have you covered! Here are 5 gifts that I think any dad would love. Thanks to the companies featured in this post for sending me samples so I can make Sinisa’s Father’s Day extra special this year.


This is the perfect gift for any dad who loves to travel or has a special place in his heart for any city. I chose to order a map of Sinisa’s hometown, Zagreb, Croatia, that we are going to add to our travel wall. Though I’ve never been there I hope to visit someday with our children and I love that it will remind him of his home country.

GrafoMap uses Open Street Maps – an open source database – to make it possible for users to create an artistic map print of any cityin the world to hang on their walls and enjoy for years. GrafoMap users act as designer, choosing from a range of text and color options to create the perfect map art for their home. 

Learn more and order here.

Mr. Awesome Tshirt by Load Failure

Does your dad or husband have a great sense of humor? Let him show it by wearing a tshirt by Load Failure. He will wear his Load Failure proudly because well, who doesn’t want to make a statement with not-so-subtle humor? And these are not your typical silly shirts in those unflattering boxy shapes that always seem to look loose and too large. These shirts combine both humor and fashion with sayings like “Mr. Awesome,” “This is my Drinking Shirt,” and “Best Husband Ever.”

View all their styles and order here.

Gift Card to a Favorite Restaurant

If going out to eat is rare for your family consider getting him a gift card to his favorite restaurant so that he can go out with friends, enjoy a date night with you or go out to dinner with his family. One of our favorite restaurants, Hard Rock Cafe, has a Burger Tour going on that Sinisa was excited about. Some dads love nothing better than a burger and beer! Along with the meal consider going on a hike together, catching a movie, or doing something else he loves to do.

Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth

Does the dad in your life love technology? Let him geek out over the Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth. Everything else in his home is “smart” so why not his toothbrush, too? This “smart” toothbrush removes up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush and offers up to six different cleaning levels.

This toothbrush connects to the enhanced Oral-B app that provides real-time guidance while users brush, and records brushing activity that he can also share with his dental professional. It helps users focus brushing on their most important areas by allowing users to work with their dental professional and set time in each quadrant of the mouth. The app also motivates users to brush the dentist-recommended 2 minutes with entertaining news and weather, plus helpful oral care tips and rewards.

Learn more here and look for it at your favorite retailers.

What man wouldn’t be excited to get tickets to a local festival, a sports game, his favorite band’s concert or a fun event? Think about what your dad or husband enjoys and then get him tickets for that. I took Sinisa to a live WWE event and he loved it! He would also enjoy going to a soccer game or country concert.

What are you getting the dad in your life for Father’s Day?

World’s Toughest Job


(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.)

Can you all believe it’s June already?! The whole month of May just flew by and now we are into June which means Father’s Day is just around the corner. Father’s Day celebrates dads who have one of the World’s toughest jobs. Check out the cute video below and see just how unscripted life can be as a dad!

Father’s Day was created to make sure our dads know just how special they are to us and what better way to express our love and thanks than with a heartfelt card? Since I do everything online, it’s only natural that I was drawn to Cardstore, a greeting card website where I can create a custom card that is then printed and mailed for me. This means that I can design the card at night when the boys are asleep and save myself time at the store and post office. It also ensures that the card I give doesn’t look like anyone else’s because it’s a one of a kind creation by me!

I started by looking at Cardstore’s designs and found a cute one that featured the reason why kids loved their dad. I then asked each of my kids why they loved their daddy. Jacob’s response was: “because he does everything for me”. I added that to the card and then picked out a recent picture of Jacob.

I also asked Jacob if there was anything else he wanted to say to his daddy and he said: “you’re the best daddy ever”. I added that note on the inside along with “Love, Jacob”. I then went to send it which was as easy as entering an address, choosing the date I wanted it sent and then paying for it.

What will your next custom card say? Use the code CCG4527 for a Father’s Day card at the discount rate of $2.49 through tomorrow, June 9th.



UncommonGoods Unique Gifts {$50 Gift Card Giveaway}


Do you have people in your life who are hard to shop for? I do, so I’m so glad that sites like UncommonGoods exist. This site has so many unique gift ideas that it makes it easy to find the perfect gift for everyone. I recently received some products for men including a wrench bottle opener, stone drink chillers, and a scented candle.

The wrench bottle opener has been a great item to have in the kitchen. It was heavy in my hand and I could tell that it was made of high quality materials. I liked that it had a long handle and was easy to grip.

This “On The Rocks” set would make a wonderful gift. It’s a set of six solid granite drink chillers with two cups. They are easy to use. They just need to be put in the freezer for a couple hours and then can be used in place of ice cubes. These stones are great for keeping drinks like whiskey and other spirits cold because they don’t melt and water down the drinks. Once they are used they just get rinsed off and put back in the freezer for the next use.

The last item I tried out was their scented candles for men. Instead of vanilla and pumpkin, these candles have scents like “pizza”, “fresh cut grass” and “sawdust”. I only had a chance to smell the pizza one but I was not a fan of it. I thought the smell was overpowering even before it was lit.

Some of my favorite items on the site:

For Kids: Foreign Language Blocks


For The Kitchen: Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Presses


For Mom: Necklace


One reader will win a $50 gift certificate to UncommonGoods


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Happy Father’s Day! {From Disney-Pixar’s BRAVE}

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$50 Gift Certificate Giveaway From Xperience Days {Unique Experience Gifts}

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I always struggle with what to get the males in my life. With Father’s Day coming up I am busy thinking of what to get my dad and want something more creative than socks {my go-to gift for him}. When I was contacted by Xperience Days I was excited because they have a lot of unique gifts that are perfect for the man who has everything.

Xperience Days helps you give more than just a material gift, you can give an experience that they will remember forever. The website has things like food tours, hot air balloon rides, shopping experiences, and sailboat rides. For the more adventurous there are extreme experiences like skydiving, air combat dogfighting, and driving a NASCAR.

I’m really excited that I get to offer one of you a $50 Xperience Days gift certificate good towards an experience for yourself or a loved one.


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It is a perfect time to find what gifts you would like to give to your father. Makobi Scribe is proud to present Father’s Day Gift Ideas Giveaway Event from June 10 12:01 PM EST to June 18 at midnight EST and is accepting signups now. This is a free event if you write a post about it. You can find out more details and sign up here.

Happy Father’s Day, Sinisa!

Sinisa is an awesome father and I have millions of pictures I love of him with Jacob and Lucas but I narrowed it down to my top 10 favorite pictures of the past couple years:

His first day of being a daddy

Sinisa becomes a daddy of two

First Father's Day (2008)

Jacob turns one

Daddy and Jacob

Jacob sleeping on daddy's shoulder

Having fun at the Pumpkin Patch

Daddy and his boys

Daddy holding Lucas in the hospital

Resting with daddy

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Jacob and I with my dad last Father's Day

My dad with Morgan at her Junior High graduation

Grandpa holding Lucas for the first time

Grandpa and Maddie at Easter

Dad with Brock before Prom

Grandpa with Camden

To a great Father and Grandpa… Happy Father’s Day! We love you!

Happy Father’s Day, Andrew!

I know it’s not Father’s Day yet but I wanted to wish my brother a Happy Father’s Day! Here are some of my favorite pictures of him with his children:




Wordless Wednesday: Father’s Day

Lucas and Jacob with Daddy (picture taken by "The Picture People")

Jacob and Lucas (picture taken by "The Picture People")

I have linked this picture to: Wordless Wednesday Home
5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom ~ Look What Mom Found… ~ Mom of 3 Girls ~
Momspective ~ MomStart ~ Two of a Kind… ~ Frosted Fingers


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