Monthly Archives: May 2014

Gift Ideas for Fathers on Father’s Day!

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This is pretty much basic: Know the head of the family.

If you are canvassing for gift ideas for fathers on the occasion we celebrate every third Sunday of June, take a pause and do not overanalyze. As mentioned in the first line of this article, you only have to know him well.

Okay. Maybe we are treating the matter very trivially. Easy for us to say because we had our fathers’ profiles all figured out weeks before the rush of the month of June is about to begin. But hang on! You still have time to do just what we did. Read the following for starters.

The want

This goes first as it is the easiest set of gift ideas for fathers to determine. The ones that are included in this list may not be what fathers consider as a priority, but nonetheless, these items are objects or possessions they so much desire.

What appliance or gadget has your father been eyeing on but refuse to purchase? What luxuries has he been talking about lately which he considers his ultimate lavish goal?

Luxury is relative anyway. Charm your father with a pleasant “luxurious” surprise. It could just be anything – like a new car stereo, or just a ticket to watch his favorite sport in action.

The need

Now, let’s be more practical here. Maybe your father’s eye glasses need some upgrade. May he needs new equipment for his seasonal mountain climbing gigs. Maybe just needs a new wrist watch to accompany him from day to night. Or maybe he just needs a few pairs of socks for his daily jogging exercises. These needs are always there. Skip the cheesy surprises and ask your dad directly what he needs.

Gift ideas for fathers may come in a variety of classes. Some are expensive, some are affordable, but the best ones are those that are practical.

The usual things

What does your father usually do? Aside from his usual stint at the office, what does he do during his free time? Take time to take a peek on your father’s usual routines and pick one interest. Does he always go out with his buddies to play golf? Give him a new set of golf clubs for his future games. Does he often go to the tennis court during weekends? Delight him with a customized comfy shirt he may use in one of his matches.

Taking a look at hobbies is the best way to gather gift ideas for fathers. Be a keen observer.

The small things

Some dads are not very vocal of what they really are into as they show their family more of their workaholic aspect being the provider of the family. In such cases, leave the vocal cues behind and focus on visual hints. It may be his fascination for desserts that will tell you to give him a box of cupcakes of different flavors. Or his enthrallment of The Beatles that will lead you to an old record store for an original vinyl.

If you successfully get these very quiet cues figured, you’ll find your father in very much delight come June! Looking for gift ideas for fathers is pretty much like a mystery that needs solution, one that gradually unfolds as days pass.

The purpose

In the past, they are considered hunters, and now providers. But is it just all that? Fathers, dads, pops, papa – however you call them, they play more than just one role in your family and in your household.

The head of the family might as well be your approachable garage guy when your car brokes, your fantastic griller during barbeque nights, your go-to mechanic for leaking plumbing tubes or squeaking door and window hinges, your outdoorsman, your woodworker, your best friend, your camping companion, your hero, your father.

Take note that the most fun part of gathering gift ideas for fathers is the selection! Enjoy the moment. Make your dad proud.

How to Have a Fun Home-Based Spring Break

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Spring breaks need not be spent with booze on beaches. As you may remember, those days were already a few years past you. You’re not the same adolescent whose main goal in life is to experience what it’s like to have fun on spring time.

The days are changing. Your maturity as a homeowner demands some other stuff from you. Staying at home can’t be all that boring. That’s if you know how to put the fun in it! Learn from these tips.

Get started from your garden’s fresh produce

Technically, you can’t enjoy the benefits of harvesting fresh produce from your garden instantaneously! This requires hardwork and a few seasons to prepare.

Here’s what you need to do. Put all you know about gardening and landscaping together. Not only will you taste fresh fruits and vegetables in the long run, but you’ll see the beauty in finding a new hobby as well. Spring time is about beginnings, they say. Begin a new chapter in your life by having a new interest!

If you feel like right now is too late, you can have it next spring time.

Host a movie night with neighbors and old friends

Commercial outdoor movies are a bit overrated. Instead of going to one, host your own instead with old friends or neighbors of the same age range in your backyard. With a projector and a few mats and popcorns, it’ll be a sure hit. It’s the perfect time to play an ultimate throwback movie that all of you can relate from, in reminiscence of your glorious years of adolescence.

Spring time is movie time too.

Hang out on the porch with coffee or tea

You can’t just keep yourself locked inside your house’s walls and windows in spring time. Spring is a beautiful season to behold and appreciate. So take time appreciating nature by sitting in your porch just a few hours before sunset.

Take a sip from your favorite coffee or tea and look at your surroundings. Those green leaves and blooming flowers do not last long enough.

We’re pretty much sure you’re afraid of the pollens, once or twice isn’t bad enough. The porch is all yours.

Set up a garage sale

There are some things you need to let go. Your old books, baseball caps, old furniture, toys – name it.

Invite the people in your community to buy your old stuff in big discounts. Gather the kids in your neighborhood and let them explore their first “shopping” experience. It’ll surely be a fun experience, not only for you, but for everyone who’s staying in-house in spring.

There’s no need to fret over losing some things you value. Endings are beginnings in disguise. You’ll eventually get something new out of the whole experience. Happy spring break!


To-do List to Celebrate the National Home Improvement Month

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Spring, as you may know, is not the only highlight in the month of May. Aside from the celebration of flowers, there is also what we call a celebration of houses and homes. Having been tagged as the National Home Improvement Month, you get your go signal to express that long been deprived affection for your home this May. Don’t know how to get started? We’ve got some guidelines for you.

A bird’s eye view will let you see the roofing better

You see the same parts of your house every day. But with the use of a sturdy ladder, you can pay close attention to the most underrated covering of your humble abode – the roof. Take some time to share the bird’s vision and notice the parts that need care, repair and home improvement. Be ahead of the consequences and do the needed fixing that will spare you from spending much in the future.

Use the human’s eye view to see the walls and sidings

After putting back the ladder into your garage, you may now focus your attention to the lose paints of your sidings. As long as nothing severe is noticed, replacement isn’t necessary. But in order for you to pay less whenever you hire the services of a painter, you may immediately remove the lose paints through the use of a pressure washer. Or better yet, if you have the leisure time, you can do the siding repainting yourself. Enjoy the process of home improvement!

Look up to inspect the unassuming gutters

Raise your head a little. Notice those gutters that have been very well been utilized during autumn and winter. While the gutters hibernate for a while, prepare them for the colder seasons by doing necessary repairs. The sun shines at its brightest in spring and summer, which means you have enough time to fix leaky gutter joints and patch gutter holes. Gutters aren’t supposed to be missed out when it comes to having a total home improvement makeover.

Check what’s happening a few feet under

And hey, don’t forget the basement! When was the last time you really stayed in there to have your moment? Just because it is hidden from visitors, doesn’t mean it deserves to be abandoned. Most problems root from external water coming in, causing drafts and moisture in your basement. Have this fixed before it causes bigger problems in your home and in your family’s health.

Do not be fooled when people tell you May is a National Home Improvement Month and that you must undertake on a specific home improvement project. It surely is, but it does not demand anything grand from you. The little details matter too. The said title only serves as a reminder. Enjoy the whole month of May!