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Fitness Ridge Resort Review and GIVEAWAY (Win a week there for yourself!)

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It’s funny where life leads you . . .
A couple of years ago, I heard about Fitness Ridge in St. George, UT, but as a first-time mother living on a grad school budget, I knew it wasn’t something that was in the cards for me.

Fast forward to today- three kids later, both husband and I working, and life only getting faster with each passing day. My husband and I were getting ready to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and discussing what we should do to celebrate – some tropical location, maybe a cool trip back East . . . and then I suggested Fitness Ridge.

See, my husband is a physical therapist and a fitness blogger. He is in great shape and his weight has only fluctuated 3 pounds in the 10 years that we’ve been married. Me, on the other hand . . . I tipped the scales with my first child right around 190 pounds. Not even joking. I gained a good 50 pounds with her.

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I’m the one on the end . . . a couple of days before having my first baby.

Thankfully my cute husband gave me workout plans and helped me get back in shape after each child, but as I learned more about Fitness Ridge, I thought that it would be the perfect way to kickstart my goal of losing the last 10 pounds of baby weight that I have been carrying around for 7 years.

So we signed up, kissed our kids goodbye, and drove down the 5 hours to St.George, UT for a week that would seriously change my life.

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The resort is absolutely gorgeous. Southern Utah is known for it’s red rocks and Fitness Ridge is nestled in a gorgeous valley with beautiful rocks all around. Jared and I pulled up, got our name tags and room info, then headed to our room to unpack. We had appointments to get weighed in (something that I was dreading a little bit, especially since I pigged out on junk food on the way down . . . it was like a last supper thing for me), measured, and assessed. The staff was incredibly friendly and didn’t make you feel the least bit uncomfortable as they measured various body parts and had you stand on the scale. I learned what percent of body fat I was carrying around, how much lean mass muscles was under my skin, and how many calories I burn in a day just living- things I had never thought twice about!

After the weigh-in, we headed over to the dining hall for dinner. It was a large gorgeous room with huge windows so you could see the beautiful surroundings outside. I knew that we were going to be on a pretty strict diet while we were there, so I was a little nervous to see what exactly we would be eating. Surprisingly enough, every meal was ABSOLUTELY delicious- full of flavor and left you feeling satisfied.

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The dining room . . . you could also eat outside on the patio, which I loved.

After dinner, we headed over to the lecture hall. The owners and staff introduced themselves and we each introduced ourselves and said what it was that brought us here. I talked about how after having three kids in a short amount of time, I was there to spend some time on me and remember who Camille was. I was so surprised- 75% of the people there that week had been there before. Their experience had been so powerful that they needed/wanted to come back. It was so interesting listening to everyone’s stories – many were there to lose weight, but some had other reasons (wanting to find themselves again, going through a divorce, trying to quit smoking). Every story was powerful and many of us were in tears as we shared some of our most intimate thoughts. I hardly knew these people, but felt an instant connection. After all of us had shared our story (there were about 55 of us total), we headed to bed to gear up for what lied ahead tomorrow.

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(We took this picture right after we arrived on Sunday evening. It was the last time I would wear make-up for the rest of the week, have my hair done, and not reek of sweat. Ha ha! It was also the last time I had a normal bra on- I wore a sports bra for the duration of my time there. I must say that it was pretty comfy! Ha ha!)

The Days At Fitness Ridge . . .
. . . are action packed!!! You just don’t stop!
The alarm clock went off Monday morning right around 5:50 am. We were meeting in the dining hall to grab a quick snack (apple, banana, string cheese, or almonds) to give you some morning energy, and then we loaded the vans to head up to the mountains (which were seriously only 5-10 minutes away from the resort). I can honestly say that I have never really loved hiking, but something about being up there early in the morning and watching the sun come up, pushing my body to do hard things, and burning a couple hundred calories right after waking up was something I really missed after returning home. Each hike is usually about 2 hours long and it’s an amazing start to the day (don’t worry- not every hike is as crazy hard as some of the ones that I went on. When they do your Fitness Assessment on the day you arrive, they determine what kind of hike will be best for you and put you with a group of 4-5 other people who are about the same level as you. I loved that everything was so tailored to our needs). I’ll admit, I am a little scared of hikes, but this week was all about proving to myself how strong Camille is and how much my body is capable of – I had to do that for myself. I actually surprised myself with how much I could push myself . . . I need to do that more at home!

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(See that road down below? That’s where we started. I climbed all the way to the top and didn’t die. That’s a pretty good day in my book!)

When you return from the hike, it’s time for breakfast. And seriously, food never tasted so good! I’m a green smoothie drinker each morning (thanks, hubby!), so I was hoping that there would be something for me like that to have. I was pleasantly surprised to find that breakfast was an assortment each morning and I could choose whatever I was feeling: smoothies, eggs, oatmeal, granola, etc. I am also a cold cereal lover (that’s just what I grew up on and that’s what is quick and easy), but I learned at the resort the importance of a balanced meal: carbs, protein and healthy fats. Every meal we ate had a lot of protein and I think that is what left me feeling so full for so long each day. Each day our diet carefully consisted of 1500 calories, which I had no idea that 1500 calories could fill me up and actually taste good. For reals, though.

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(It was seriously so nice to have someone make your food for you every day . . . I think I need a personal chef at home . . . ha ha! And that Chocolate Smoothie option on the bottom was AMAZING! I will be sharing the recipe soon!)

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(I went with the egg scramble on day one and actually ended up eating that about half of the mornings I was there . . . it was delicious! This picture was taken when it was about half way gone and I remember being sad that I had already eaten half of it so quickly! And yes, that is real butter than you get with your toast!)

Thankfully, after breakfast they give you a little break and you get to spend the next hour in class. To be honest, I really thought that these classes were going to be so boring. I was there to get fit, not sit on my butt and do nothing. However, little did I know how thankful I was going to be for those lectures to have a break, ice my sore body, and learn about how to make the things I was learning at the resort apply to my life at home. The classes and teachers seriously blew my mind. Some of the teachers were people who had come to Fitness Ridge years ago, changed their lives, and wanted to come back and share it. I loved that they could relate with us and what we were going through. The class on emotional eating was so powerful. All the classes linked together- I just didn’t realize how much my emotions related to my values and in turn, affected how I see myself, what foods I feed my body, and how I react to different situations. It really was such a life-changing experience for me and opened my eyes to things I needed to hear and learn.

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(My notes are all over the place . . . but I learned some amazing stuff!)

One of my favorite quotes came from a speaker by the name of Hyrum Smith (the founder of Franklin Covey, a rather large and successful company). He said, “Pain is inevitable; misery is optional.” We are all going to go through hard things in life and they are going to cause us pain. We, of course, need time to grieve and go through that pain, but it’s going to get to a point where we can decide to be miserable everyday and continue to suffer, or choose to be something else. That hit me hard. Like I said: life-changing!

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(One of my favorite lectures was Chef Sam- he did a cooking demo of the recipes he makes at the resort, the healthy products he uses, and some recipes for us to take home to our families. He seriously does amazing work!)

After the morning lecture, it was time for my first workout – I had three options that morning: 1. Stretching (the instructor leads you through various stretches to help those tight muscles while listening to relaxing music like Enya- little did I know how much I would come to LOVE that stretching class as the week went on!), 2. Triathlon (in one hour, you were going to bike so many miles, run/walk so far, and swim so many laps . . . this class terrified me a little bit), and 3. Intro to X-fit (aka Cross Fit). I went with X-Fit, just so that I could learn more of the basics (I like that it’s a hard core workout in a short amount of time) and because the trainer is someone that I was a little starstruck over: Sione Fa! Any Biggest Loser fans out there? Sione and his cousin Filipe were two of the contestants on the show and I absolutely loved them. Anyway, it was so fun to be in a class taught by Sione . . . and he would continue to kick my butt as the week went on . . .

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Took this picture with Sione right after a killer bootcamp workout. I was seriously limping out of there – I don’t think that I could have done one more squat if my life depended on it! So yes, that was naturally the best time to take a photo with him. ;)

Lunch is the biggest meal of the day. They always start out with a delicious soup- flavors that I would have never tried on my own, but here you wanted to eat all your food to make sure that you had enough calories to get you through the rest of your day. And guess what? I ended up loving all the different soups that they served! The main dish is always something delicious, but even if you don’t like it, I highly recommend trying some of the other options they serve every day, like the chicken salad. It’s incredible! Every meal is between 300-400 calories, but it tastes incredible. I really did lick my plate clean at every meal. Had I been at home, I probably would have had a second helping most days . . . :) Thankfully, the resort does have an all you can eat salad bar that is open for every meal. However, be warned: there is no dressing or oil- just vinegar. That took some getting used to, but I have learned to love balsamic vinegar on my salads . . .

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After lunch, you grab your afternoon snack, which is the same as the morning: apple, banana, string cheese, hard boiled egg, or peanut butter with celery sticks. Even if you aren’t hungry, grab a snack and save it for later. My cute friend Miquewas seriously hoarding apples in her room! :) If she had tried to sell them, I bet that she would have made a killing!!

After lunch, you head to another lecture, which is good because then you can let your food digest before you head into your 3 HOUR AFTERNOON WORKOUT session. That’s right- 3 hours!!! I had to mentally gear up each day for it. Thankfully they divide it into 3 different classes, so you never get bored. On this day, I started with a cardio circuit workout the basketball court, then headed over to circuit training in the gym, and then a HIIT workout (High Intensity Interval Workout). They also had a stretching class and a water aerobics class (which seriously ended up being WAY more intense than I ever imagined! Have you ever sweat in a pool before? Well – it can happen!). By the third class, you are WASTED. Even feeling as tired as I did, I had this weird adrenaline going on. I couldn’t believe how good my body felt after a day of eating nutritious food, working my tail off, and flushing out all those toxins and sweating bucket loads. I felt awesome.

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Jared, myself, and cute Diana getting ready to conquer “Mount Kilimanjaro” on the treadmill. Every two minutes, we had to increase the incline and/or the speed. After 30 minutes, my legs were on FIRE!!! Then, when we got to the top, we had a lovely 2 minutes sprint. I walked around for the rest of the day with jello legs. Totally worth it though. And these two pushed me the whole time.

As we sat and talked over dinner (which is served at 5:30, but the way . . . but you are so ready for it by the time it comes around!), we all felt the same way. I loved meal time and having the chance to sit with the other guests and learn more about them. As I mentioned before, everyone has their story and it was so interesting to hear theirs. Many of the people there were from thousands of miles away and had never been to Utah before, so it was fun to swap stories and talk about kids and pets and jobs and home. Some of the people were there for one week, others for a month, some for 3-4 months.
IMG_0403(Oven Baked “Fried” Chicken  served over roasted vegetables and with honey mustard . . . dang! This was GOOD!)

I was a little worried with the food at the resort because at home, I usually end my lunch and dinner with something sweet – a little cookie, a gummy worm, whatever I could find in the pantry. However, at Fitness Ridge, I was impressed by the meals that they served and the fact that my sweet cravings were totally curbed. And the fruit down there had never tasted so good!

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(The famous Chicken Salad! They served it with pita bread and it was amazing. This recipe will be coming soon also!! I know that it has some Greek Yogurt in it . . . but you would never know!)

After dinner, you had free time until lights out at 10 pm. I laughed when I first heard that we actually had a “curfew” at Fitness Ridge, but by 9:30, my body was shutting down. A couple of people actually squeezed in one more workout before going to sleep, but I seriously don’t know where they found the energy to do that. I remember thinking how amazing that bed felt when it was finally time to sleep and unfortunately, that alarm went off WAY too early the next morning.

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See that mountain behind me? Yep, totally climbed it. Probably the hardest thing I had ever done . . .

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But the view from the top was pretty amazing!

For the most part, every day is pretty much the same schedule. They give you a different hike to do each day, change up the menu, and change the workout classes to give you tons of variety. While at Fitness Ridge, I did Zumba, bootcamp, tabata, kickboxing, strength training, spinning, an 80’s step class (complete with leg warmers!!), barre, running, every piece of cardio equipment in the gym, and so much more. My body was constantly moving and burning calories. My FitBit was broken while I was there, but some of my friends heart rate monitors would show that they burned almost 3,000 calories during the day. It was UNREAL.

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(I would like to introduce you to Sharon . . . I know that she looks nice and beautiful right now, but seriously, this lady unleashes her inner beast! Especially in her kickboxing class! You know when you see people working out so hard that they have sweat literally dripping off their chin into a puddle on the floor? Yeah- that happened in her class.)

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(See?!?! Look at that face! Her famous line . . . “You can do anything for 2 minutes!” or “You can do anything for 30 seconds!” or whatever time we needed to kick it into high gear for . . . as much as I hated how hard she made me push myself, she was an AMAZING trainer. Absolutely amazing.)

At the beginning of the week, the guests who had been there before warned us that Wednesday is the hard day. By Wednesday, your body will start to feel sore and tired from the workouts that you did on Monday, and your blisters from the first hike will be angry. We had been prepping by stretching and icing and doing all kinds of blister prevention, but man!! When my alarm went off on Wednesday morning, I could hardly move my body. I was SO sore. But your cute hike guides are there and ready to take you up a mountain with a smile on their face. How can you say no to that?! (Did I mention that they take roll at every class, so if you fail to show up, they come and get you! There is no getting out of a workout at this place! And no time for naps!)

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I’m the one in the purple shirt, shaking my head as I walk towards it thinking “How in the heck am I going to climb that?”
No worries- we didn’t climb it to the top- just a little ways up for a sweet photo opportunity. Ha ha!
And aren’t those rocks amazing? It’s so gorgeous there!

On Friday, Fitness Ridge puts on their own 5K and 10K. It’s a great opportunity for guests to experience being in a race in a very safe environment. You get a T-shirt and a bib number and they time you, while all the trainers and friends you have made cheer you on. Some walk it, some jog it, and some run at an incredible place, but everyone cheers for each other. It’s an awesome thing.

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I have a love/hate relationship with those ellipticals. But, I did burn over 400 calories in about 35 minutes during one of the interval workouts! It was intense!

Saturday is a bittersweet day as you prepare to say goodbye. You get one final hike, then a last chance workout (which is really as brutal as it sounds! 2 intense hours to burn some last minute calories!), and then a weigh in and graduation. Graduation is kind of like that final assembly at the end of the school year- they play a video of pictures taken throughout the week and everyone is invited to share some final thoughts about their stay. It’s a very moving and humbling experience- you’ve been through a week of heck with these people and grown to love them. It’s crazy how in just a couple of days, my views on life and my fitness journey have completely changed.

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Now let’s talk about “Slimmy” – a.k.a. our tour guides, Slade and Kimmy. These two were absolutely my favorite. They led us over mountains, through crazy sand stretches, and across all kinds of trails (and off-the-trails) that I would have never done if they hadn’t been there. I loved hiking with them each morning. And they pretty much have the best job in the world, except for the fact that they have to wake up at the crack of dawn each morning.

So for the nitty gritty . . . did I lose weight? Yes, yes I did. I ended up losing 3 pounds. Which seriously, to lose three pounds in 6 days . . . that’s crazy! But to be honest, it really wasn’t about the weight loss. It was about reconnecting with Camille again. Remembering who I was . . . not “Camille the Mom” or “Camille the Wife” or “Camille the Blogger” . . . it was just about me. I also wanted to take home with me some ideas on how to help my kids have a healthier life and learn to love themselves and their bodies. I went there to unplug from the craziness of home life and just refocus on what was more important. It really helped me put things into perspective and I came home happy, energized, and a better mother and wife than before I left.

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A week all about me needs to include a massage, right?! Did I mention that they have a complete spa at the resort? Trust me- you will want this massage!
PS If you go and get a massage, ask for Martin. He is AMAZING.

Since returning home a couple of weeks ago, I have made a couple of changes . . .
1. I try to only eat food made with ingredients that my great-grandma would have known of. I love the idea of eating a lot of fresh food and food from local farmers. However, sometimes I will still make something with cream of chicken soup and you know what? I feel okay about it. I also believe that moderation in all things is a good rule of thumb. :)

2. Cut back on treats. Remember how I said that I used to have a treat after both lunch and dinner? Well, not anymore!! I will maybe have a small treat once every couple of days. I have learned that fruit is plenty sweet for me and one of my favorite “treats” are smoothies. My cute husband has got me hooked on these smoothies and I not only have one for breakfast, but sometimes also as a snack (like when I hit that wall at 3 o’clock and usually go for a candy bar!).

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I just had to keep reminding myself to not look down . . .

3. I try to eat protein at every meal. I guess that I just didn’t realize how important protein was. Most of my meals are pretty carb heavy and I need that protein to balance it out. I especially liked starting each day with protein at Fitness Ridge- I was amazed how I could go for so long each morning without needing a snack!

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(That really is me up there! I tried to take an easier short cut, which ended up being a longer hard cut . . . ha ha! Story of my life . . .)

4. Find time each day to workout. I learned down there how good your body feels when you are active. I love to workout before my kids wake up (whether at the gym or at home), but some mornings I need sleep more than a workout (or so I tell myself), so on those days, I usually don’t do any sort of physical activity. The other day was one of those days and I was feeling sluggish that I hadn’t been able to workout. So, I grabbed the kids and we headed in the backyard for a game of tag. We ran around and I chased them for a good 15 minutes. I had sweat dripping down my back when we were finished, but I felt good. And my kids LOVED it. I was the coolest mom ever at that point (of course it changed a couple of minutes later when I made them clean up their toys). But I need to find more ways to workout and include my kids in the process. I want them to know how important my health and wellness is to me.

IMG_0461I took a ton of pictures on the hikes because that meant that I could stop and catch my breath for a minute, much to Slade’s disliking . . . :)

As I mentioned before, my experience at Fitness Ridge was a game changer. It really wasn’t about the weight loss (even though that was an added bonus and I have lost a couple more pounds since returning home), but more about living a healthier life. I heard one of the trainers say to strive for progress, not perfection. I will admit that I came home and ate pizza and root beer. And pigged out on junk food. But the next day, I worked twice as hard at the gym to make up for it and refocused on having a better day the next day. I have my Fitness Ridge Family in a Facebook group and we still talk on a daily basis. I am accountable to them, so I want to do my best each day so that I have good things to tell them. I know that because of Fitness Ridge, my life will never be the same and I am so grateful.

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For some reason, we always took our pictures at the END of the workouts when we were dripping in sweat and looked well . . . haggard. Ha ha!

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These are a couple of the amazing friends that I made while staying at Fitness Ridge:
Diana, Emily, Jessica, and Mique (and me on the end)

You can check out their experiences here:
Diana from Livy Loves to Run (this girl has lost 100 pounds on her own!)
Emily from Favorite Family Recipes
Jessica from What Does The Cox Say
Mique from 30 Days

Plus, be sure to check out my husband’s experience (he’s a pretty cute guy . . . not that I’m biased or anything!):

Jared from Tone and Tighten

I now want to share with one of you the opportunity to go to Fitness Ridge for yourself!! One lucky person will win a week-long stay at Fitness Ridge to experience what I did. Just simply enter below:

 

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 cost for one week stay at Fitness Ridge

 

 

 

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10 Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

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I have always loved St. Patrick’s Day! Mostly because I knew our mom would be making some kind of delicious green dessert! Here are a few of our favorites!

Thin Mint Cookie Truffles

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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day printables - NoBiggie.netSt. Patrick’s Day Muddy Buddies

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Green Grasshopper Pie

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

Living in a house with 7 girls, we always tried to make Father’s day a big deal for our dad. After all those years of settling fights over boys, clothes, and wiping away our tears (and now that he manages our entire company), we figured he needed something really good this year. And instead of  rushing last minute to find a gift, Mommerce has put together this awesome gift guide for us (and you!). Now you can get your dad (or husband) something great – because let’s be honest, they probably deserve it.

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Brooks Brothers Gingham Shirt

Growing up, clothes for Father’s day were always a staple. Our dad just never took the time to find clothes for himself, so we would take the task upon ourselves. And that way, we could spruce up his wardrobe, too. This Brooks Brothers Gingham Shirt is a non-iron (thank heavens!) sport shirt , made from Supima® cotton oxford. It’s an original Polo® button-down collar with a center back pleat and front placket. Golden Fleece® embroidery at left chest. We love the contrast color on inside collar and cuffs – and even though it’s imported, it’s machine washable.  Also available in Slim fit.

They have tons of different colors to choose from, but we think this blue color is perfect for summer. As the country’s oldest clothing retailer, Brooks Brothers is proud to uphold the same traditions and values for nearly two centuries. That’s why they believe their customers consider them to be far more than a store. You can learn more about the Brooks Brother’s history and heritage HERE. But, be Sure to take a look at their full Father’s Day Gift Guide! You’re gonna love what they have to offer.

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John Varvatos Washed Linen Boat Shoe

Another thing that was frequently given for Father’s Day was shoes. Our dad always wore them out until they were ready to fall apart, just because he didn’t have the time to shop for himself! These John Varvatos Washed Linen Boat Shoes* are perfect for casual, everyday wear. And with a brand like John Varvatos you know you’re getting a quality shoe. Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, the brand now represents an entire lifestyle that includes belts, bags, footwear, eyewear, limited edition watches, luxury skincare and fragrances, as well as the younger, edgier John Varvatos Star USA collection and Converse by John Varvatos. John Varvatos is a brand that occupies a unique place in the landscape of American design. It unites old world craftsmanship and refined tailoring with modern innovations in textiles and a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility.  They’ve merged their signature Schooner silhouette with a classic boat shoe design for a remarkable everyday slip-on. We love the finish – with details like a laceless closure, vintage hardware as well as hand stitching on the washed linen exterior.  And bonus: They have complimentary shipping & returns.

* Size & Fit: This shoe runs small; Please order a half size up.

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Tessemae’s Father’s Day Grill Pack

You know we love food in our family, and our dad was the ULTIMATE grill master growing up (even in the dead of winter, he’d still go outside and fire up the grill for dinner!). He LOVES a good, hearty grilling recipe, and these Tessemae’s marinades, rubs, and sauces are right up his alley!

Tessemae’s All Natural is the world’s fastest growing fresh condiment company. It started when the oldest of three brothers marched a Tupperware container filled with their mother’s homemade salad dressing recipe into the grand opening of a local grocery store back in 2009.  Over the next 5 years, the brothers have achieved national distribution in Whole Foods Markets and Safeway grocery stores with a complete line of “clean” salad dressings, marinades, rubs, and sauces.

Tessemae’s has just launched their new Father’s Day Grill Pack. Complete with Ketchup, Honey Mustard, Teriyaki Sauce, Hot Sauce and brand new Slow Roasted Garlic Spread – this pack delivers the same real, simple, bold ingredients that can be expected from Tessemae’s. The must-have culinary accessory for any dad who wants to perfect his grilling skills this summer, Tessemae’s is the perfect complement to grilled veggies, meat or protein. Using only all-natural ingredients (ones you know and can actually pronounce!) and made with no refined sugars, these paleo-friendly, dairy free, spreads and marinades can turn any BBQ into a real culinary feast. From now until June 10th, Tessemae’s is offering a special price
($25) for the entire grill pack with guaranteed Father’s Day delivery.

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Our dad is always on the go, and he is always connected to his work with his phone. He is constantly plugging it in to random outlets to keep it charged – and that’s why he’s going to love this one! The Duracell Powermat Portable Charger Set is a great gift to give that special man in your life more power and protection for his iPhone 5s or 5. The Duracell Powermat wireless charging pad and PowerCase together make powering and protecting your iPhone 5s a breeze. The PowerCase’s built-in 2000 mAh battery provides up to 100% extra battery power, while shielding your iPhone from nicks and bruises. The PowerMat lets you recharge your iPhone and PowerCase wirelessly by simply placing them on the mat—no need to plug in your iPhone. And if you’re at a different location from the PowerMat, you can also recharge your iPhone and PowerCase with a micro USB cable through the USB port on the case. You can also find these at Sam’s Club!

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Does the man in your life loved smoked food? Because mine definitely does! This smoker is literally SMOKING and amazing! The smoker comes in 30″ (4 racks) and 40″ (6 racks). The smoker comes with Window and Stainless Steel Door — so you can see how your smoked meats, cheeses or vegetables are coming along through the integrated window. It has built-in meat probe displays the food temperature and digital temperature and time controls. With thermostatic-controlled temperature, and built-in internal cabinet light, it is hard to beat. The four-rack  smoker provides 730 sq. in. of cooking space, while the six-rack smoker can hold a total of 1,095 sq. in. of cooking area and a 25-lb capacity. Honestly, what father wouldn’t want one of these?

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Ray-Ban REMIX Sunglasses

Our sweet dad is still wearing sunglasses he bought in 2002. Luckily, they’ve lasted that long – but it’s time for a MAJOR upgrade! Ray-Ban is giving YOU the power to customize your own mix of sunglasses! You get to choose your style frame, lenses, and more. Ray-Ban has been producing timeless classics in eyewear for over 60 years.  From their Aviator Classics, to their ever-popular Wayfarer Sunglasses, Ray-Ban has been at the forefront of Eyewear style. Now with Ray-Ban Remix, you can fully customize the look of your Ray-Ban sunglasses. Choose your model, the frame color, lens colors and more.

You can even get a pair engraved just for your Dad.

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300x500_Mom_BoxHarry’s Father & Son Shave Set

This is definitely one of my favorite gift guide ideas! What a better way to bring Father & Son together to create bonding moments while shaving? (Or in our dad’s case – father and grandson!) We’re  big fans of family-together time like this! Plus, you can even get the razor handles monogrammed. Like most of the men in your life, they’ve long had to choose between over-priced, over-marketed razors that disrespect their intelligence, and low quality, cheap razors that disrespect their face. Harry’s knew there had to be a better way, so they created Harry’s as a return to the essential: a great shave at a fair price.

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Nike_690x430Nike+ Fuel Band

Camille’s husband Jared has one of these and LOVES it. While are husbands are trying to stay in shape, and get a little bit more fit, the Nike+ Fuelband is
the perfect present for them! The Nike+ FuelBand SE Silver features polished stainless steel clasp, bezel and screws. It has handworked, mirror polished surfaces to highlight craftsmanship and detail. Whether your dad is active, or maybe needs a little encouragement to get moving more – the Nike+ platform makes it easy to start tracking your progress and work towards higher goals.

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Omaha Steaks For Dad – The Dad Pack!

Need some meats to go with your Tessamae’s? Treat dad this Father’s Day with custom-built combos guaranteed to thrill! Omaha Steaks has assembled their customer favorites perfect for gifting and grilling and when you select the Father’s Day Deal, Father’s Day Favorites, Father’s Day Griller Package, or The Dad Pack, they’ll ship your entire order FREE and include 6 FREE Omaha Steaks Burgers to each address in your order! There’s never been a better time to spoil dad, and at these prices, you might as well treat yourself too!

Impress Dad this year and still get a deal from your friends at Omaha Steaks. Succulent and tender –  your Dad’s sure to love their Filet Mignons. Bold, beefy and naturally lean, Top Sirloins will take his grilling to new heights. Add genuine Omaha Steaks Burgers, ground from their own lean beef, and Boneless Pork Chops and you’ve got something to impress every pop! Order now -

Father’s Day will be here before you know it!

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Brooks Brothers Repp Billfold

Right now, my husband’s billfold is completely falling apart. He got it on a trip to Korea about five years ago – and it is time for a nicer (dare I say classier?)  replacement. I love this Brooks Brothers Repp Billfold! With it’s classic design and quality manufacturing, I won’t be embarrassed when he pulls it out of his pocket! ;)

As the country’s oldest clothing retailer, Brooks Brothers is proud to uphold the same traditions and values for nearly two centuries. That’s why they believe their customers consider them to be far more than a store. You can learn more about the Brooks Brother’s history and heritage HERE. But, be Sure to take a look at their full Father’s Day Gift Guide! You’re gonna love what they have to offer.

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So there you have it – a complete Father’s Day Gift Guide! Do you have any other ideas for Father’s Day?! What are you getting the men in your life this year?

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St. Patrick’s Day Craft Tutorial from Wood Creations

We are so excited to share with you one of our favorite finds . . .  
Wood Creations is a craft store like no other- they specialize in unfinished wood crafts for all seasons and for every room in your home.
There are so many creative people out there who can come up with fun crafts like this on their own and have the tools to make it happen. However, without a fancy wood saw and a creative idea, it’s hard to do. Wood Creations takes care of all the work- you just get to do the fun part!
Wood Creations is located in Utah, but they ship their items worldwide!
Check out their store here.
When you head into Wood Creations, you will see shelves loaded with unfinished wood designs. There are seriously so many fun projects and crafts that you don’t know where to start. I think that I walked around the store for 30 minutes before finally deciding which craft to take home that day (okay, I will be honest- I think that I walked out of there with about 4 crafts).
Here are some of my favorites:

 I absolutely love their fun assortment- this is really just a small sample of what they have to offer.
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share with you how I painted this darling Clover Dowel Set.
The set comes completely unfinshed, but they have ideas of at the store and online of how to make it your own. All the paint, paper, mod podge, and other supplies you need are available at their store.
I first painted all the different parts using fun shades of green.
To add some sparkle to this piece, I painted a thin coat of mod podge and sprinkled with glitter. I shook off the excess and what was left was the perfect coat of glitter.
 I painted my stands black, but you could add a shimmer of glitter or cover with mod podge and paper- whatever you want!
Finishing it was simple- I just used hot glue to stick it all together and wound some decorative wire around the dowels (which is also available at Wood Creations)!
 If you would like to visit the Wood Creations store in Utah, you can find all their location information on their website. They also host craft nights at the store where you can make your project in the store with professionals to help you, so be sure to check those out. It makes for a fun girls night out!

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Free St. Patrick’s Day Subway Art!

I randomly saw this subway art today . . . I haven’t printed it off yet, but I thought that it was kind of cute for St. Patrick’s Day!

(It’s over on the right hand side column . . . you might have to scroll down a little bit to see it)

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14 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

I know it is still a few weeks away, but Valentine’s Day always sneaks up on me!  We never spend a lot of money on occasions like this, but my husband is always so thoughtful!  This year I am ahead of the game with a few fun gifts for him!

14 Valentine's Day Gifts For Him

Here are 14 Valentine’s Day gifts for the man in your life:

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1.  Leatherman Squirt Keychain.
My husband has been dying for one of these!  It is small enough to go on a keychain, but comes with all the bells and whistles he could ever need!  You can order one HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-12 at 11.01.33 PM2.  iPhone 5 Rechargeable Battery Case.
I can’t even tell you how many times my husband’s phone has died in the middle of the day when his charger is at home.  This baby is an answer to our phone charging problems!  You can get it HERE!

 

Screen shot 2014-01-12 at 11.06.51 PM3.  Alpine Swiss Leather Money Clip Wallet.
My husband hates carrying around a bulky wallet in his pocket.  This wallet is the perfect solution!  He loves having easy access to cash using the money clip, rather than digging through a bulky wallet.  You can get it HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-12 at 11.12.42 PM4.  Duck Dynasty Seasons 1-3 Collectors Set.
I know that these aren’t romantic gifts by any means, but my husband loves Duck Dynasty.  He thinks it is just hilarious!  I haven’t met a man yet who doesn’t love it!  You can get it HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-12 at 11.15.57 PM5.  Anywhere Table Tennis Set.
My husband loves a little competition.  He keeps telling me he wants a ping pong table but we definitely don’t have room for one!  This little set turns any table into a ping pong table!  You can get it HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-12 at 11.18.53 PM6.  Mini Remote Control Helicopter.
I know, it sounds weird.  But my husband got one of these as a gift and he loves it. Haha!  He’s just a kid at heart. ;)  You can get it HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 3.18.45 PM7.  Universal Remote.
My husband has quite the electronics set up in our basement.  I can’t keep all the remotes straight!  This remote will help him control all his gadgets from one place!  You can find it HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 3.24.27 PM8.   Ipod Nano Watch Band.
My husband rarely asks for things, so when he took the time to show me this iPod Nano watch, I knew he really wanted it.  It’s stainless steel and you can just pop your iPod Nano (6th generation) right in!  You can find it HERE!

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I don’t know a man who doesn’t love food.  My husband loves grilling, but it isn’t very fun in the snow!  This griddler serves as a grill, panini press, full griddle and combinations of grill and griddle!  You can find it HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 3.42.13 PM10.  Garmin Forerunner Waterproof Running GPS and Heart Rate Monitor.
My husband has made a goal to get in better shape this year.  He said that running and swimming help him get in shape the fastest, so this GPS is perfect!  It tells you your position, distance, pace, heart rate, and helps you keep track of it by sending it wirelessly to your computer!  He loves swimming and I love that you can wear this in the water.  You can get it HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 3.47.49 PM11.  Dewalt 18-Volt Cordless Reciprocating Saw Kit.
According to my husband, this is the tool to have!  You can easily change the blades to cut whatever your heart desires!  You can find it HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 3.58.11 PM12.  HoMedics Heated Neck and Shoulder Massager.
I don’t know if anything would make my husband happier than a neck and shoulder massage.  And I’m pretty happy I don’t have to exert myself to do it! ;)  You can find it HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 4.01.24 PM13.  Philips Norelco Powertouch Aquatic Electric Razor.
My husband has this razor and LOVES it!  On days when he is in a hurry, he can even use it in the shower (TMI? haha!)!  You can find it HERE!

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 4.06.13 PM14.  Magazine Subscription.
If your husband is a golfer, he will love Golf Digest!  Or you can find hundreds of other magazine subscriptions on Amazon!  You can find this HERE!

Do you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?  If so, what are you giving to your significant other?!

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