Family Time – Importance of Slowing down

It feels like we are always on the go. Constantly going from one activity to the next. Whether it’s the kids sports practices, games, or a family event, we rarely have a moment of downtime. While I love that my kids play sports and I enjoy watching them play (well…except for when it’s freezing or raining…I don’t really like those days), I do sometimes wonder what life would be like if they didn’t play sports and we had more time to do other things. However, those are just little passing thoughts, the reality is, our kids are very involved in travel sports and that’s OK! With that said, when we have those days (or weekends…weekends are glorious) when we have nothing scheduled, but family time, I get very excited!

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Why Family Time is Important

In this day and age, where everyone is always on the run, it is so important to remember to take whatever time we have to slow down and enjoy family time. What you do with that time is solely up to you. In our house, when we have a free moment, we like to do the following:

  • Play board games and card games

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  • Watch movies
  • Watch HGTV (my daughter is literally obsessed with this channel…she’s 11!)
  • Play outside

This Weekend’s Family Time

This weekend was one of those rare weekends when we didn’t have much of anything going on. It was truly lovely! Sunday afternoon, we all piled up on the couches and watched Woody Woodpecker. Remember that show?!? I watched the cartoon all the time when I was a kid! The fun thing about this new Woody Woodpeckerfamily time movie is that it seamlessly blends live action and CGI animation.

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About Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son Tommy (Verchere), and fiancée, Vanessa (Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he’ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone’s favorite woodpecker!

My kids, especially my daughter, really enjoyed this movie. She found it rather funny that I used to watch Woody Woodpecker when I was a kid. Interestingly enough, the legendary icon was created in 1940 and appeared in theaters until it debuted on television in 1957!


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Unique Prints with Photowall

Finding the right piece of art to hang on your wall can be frustrating. Especially if you are indecisive like me. When we redid our family room, I knew what I wanted the wall over the couch to look like, but finding the right pieces and then making the decision to buy those pieces, took some time. For some people (me included, in some regards), they may be looking for unique prints or a way to print their own images on a canvas or even as a wall mural! I have a picture that I took when I was in Northern Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes that would be gorgeous printed as a canvas! No matter what you are looking to do when it comes to the wall art for your home, Photowall has you covered!

*I received a canvas of my choosing for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own*

When I was approached by Photowall to receive a canvas print or wall mural of my choice, I got really excited! We had just finished our family room remodel, but had one small wall that needed something. After searching store after store, I couldn’t find that piece that screamed out to me that it just had to be on my wall. Being indecisive, it was a bit overwhelming to look through the Photowall site and choose just one image. I knew I was looking for unique prints; something I couldn’t find at the store, but what exactly, I wasn’t sure. Then I started thinking about the things that I liked. The style that we were going for in our home. As we remodel different area’s of our home, we are taking on a more rustic, farmhouse look with our home. My husband really likes pictures of barns. So I did a search for barns on the Photowall site and found the perfect picture for our family room!

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The picture is absolutely stunning! As you can see in the next  picture, it looks amazing next to the wood wall we did in our family room. As much as I hate to say it, my husband was right about the barn photo being the picture we needed for that wall!

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About Photowall and their Unique Prints

Photowall is a Swedish company that has a passion for both design and quality. Each of their prints are environmentally friendly, fire retardant (in accordance with Swedish standards), and they do not fade in sunlight. All of their prints carry a 100% guarantee. They offer worldwide shipping with free delivery in EU and free 2-3 day shipping in the U.S. I ordered my print a couple days before Christmas. I fully expected to receive my print after Christmas. However, I received in three days later…before Christmas!

If you are ordering a canvas, you have the ability to choose whether you want it to include the DIY frame or just the canvas. I chose the DIY frame. With assembly videos that Photowall provides on their website and the directions included in the shipment, it was very easy to get this canvas put together and up on the wall.

Take a look at the Photowall website. There are definitely prints there for everyone and every room in your house! If you are a U.S. customer, then you will need to order from this site. Enjoy!

Christmas Gifts for Last Minute Shoppers

Christmas is right around the corner. I am pretty much done with Christmas gifts for my kids, but my husband…I have just one thing for him. A Travel Squatty Potty. Not even joking! He hasn’t given me any ideas, so…Travel Squatty Potty it is! While I am done with my kids, I still have more shopping to do. Now that the weather has gotten colder, I don’t want to go outside so I will be getting the rest of my last minute shopping done online. Gotta love Amazon Prime!

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Christmas Gifts for Husbands and Dads

Since I still have my husband to shop for, I am scouring Amazon for different ideas for him. He’s very difficult to shop for. He never wants much, and the things he does want, he usually just picks up for himself. Which is rather annoying this time of year! Since he has an Apple Watch, I was thinking a new band or two would be great.

Walcase Apple Watch Band 42mm, Fully Magnetic Closure Clasp Mesh Loop Milanese Stainless Steel iWatch Band for Apple Watch Series 3 Series 2 Series 1 Sport and Edition - BlackWalcase Apple Watch Band 42mm, Fully Magnetic Closure Clasp Mesh Loop Milanese Stainless Steel iWatch Band for Apple Watch Series 3 Series 2 Series 1 Sport and Edition – BlackApple Watch Band 42mm, OUHENG Retro Vintage Genuine Leather iWatch Strap Replacement for Apple Watch Series 3 Series 2 Series 1, Dark Brown with Black AdapterApple Watch Band 42mm, OUHENG Retro Vintage Genuine Leather iWatch Strap Replacement for Apple Watch Series 3 Series 2 Series 1, Dark Brown with Black Adapter

Another great gift idea, and one that would get used a lot, is a bathrobe. My husband is tall, so finding a bathrobe, in the store, that fits his arm length is difficult. But not on Amazon…simply search “men’s tall bathrobe” and you get lots of options!

Kingsize Men's Big & Tall Terry Velour Hooded Maxi Robe, Navy Tall-L/XKingsize Men’s Big & Tall Terry Velour Hooded Maxi Robe, Navy Tall-L/X

Christmas Gifts for Kids

I don’t about your kids, but mine love playing board games. We love when Santa brings board games for the kids and gives it to them as a joint gift! Here are some of our favorites (and almost all of them are on a super sale right now so be sure to pick them up while they are so cheap)!

5 Second Rule5 Second RuleWatch Ya' Mouth Family Edition - The Authentic, Hilarious, Mouthguard Party Card GameWatch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition – The Authentic, Hilarious, Mouthguard Party Card GameHedBanz Game - Edition may varyHedBanz Game – Edition may varySay Anything FamilySay Anything FamilyBounce-Off GameBounce-Off GameScattergories GameScattergories Game

Christmas Gifts for Wives and Moms

Being a stay at home mom, I am always like gifts that help me relax or make my life easier. Some of my favorite gift ideas are:

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and WarmerInstant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and WarmerAdult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal DesignsAdult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal DesignsDual Tip Brush Marker Pens, Tanmit 0.4 Fineliners & Brush Highlighter Pen Set of 36 for Adults Coloring Book Bullet Journal Note Taking Art Writing PensDual Tip Brush Marker Pens, Tanmit 0.4 Fineliners & Brush Highlighter Pen Set of 36 for Adults Coloring Book Bullet Journal Note Taking Art Writing PensChanasya Super Soft Fuzzy Faux Fur Cozy Warm Fluffy Plush Sherpa Dark Gray Fur Microfiber Bed Throw Blanket (50Chanasya Super Soft Fuzzy Faux Fur Cozy Warm Fluffy Plush Sherpa Dark Gray Fur Microfiber Bed Throw Blanket (50Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6Bath Bombs Gift Set, Ultra Large Bath Bomb Kit, Lush Spa Floating Fizzies, Best Gift Ideas for Kids, Women, Must-have Bath Products, Add to Bubble Bath, Bath Salts – Pack of 6Bath Bombs Gift Set, Ultra Large Bath Bomb Kit, Lush Spa Floating Fizzies, Best Gift Ideas for Kids, Women, Must-have Bath Products, Add to Bubble Bath, Bath Salts – Pack of 6

Shopping for the holidays doesn’t need to be stressful. I think we put so much pressure on ourselves to get the perfect gift. So long as the gift is well thought out and comes from the heart, then it is the perfect gift. For more gift ideas, be sure to check out the gift section on Diaries of a Domestic Goddess. I have gift ideas for all ages!

What is your favorite gift you are giving this year?

Gifts for Him – Holiday Gift List Ideas

The Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza is almost here! I don’t know about you, but the idea of sitting on the couch and ordering the rest of your holiday gifts, while wearing your pjs and watching TV…it sounds like Heaven! My husband and I went shopping for Black Friday, like we do every year, but it’s tiring and cold! Last week, I gave you a bunch of gift ideas for that special lady in your life. Gifts for him is the theme of today’s holiday gift list ideas!

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Guys think women are hard to shop for. I totally disagree. Men, in my opinion, are SOOOO hard to shop for. My husband, for example, buys whatever he wants for himself, whenever he wants, so when it comes time to find him something for a gift, I struggle. Usually, in those instances, I try to think of something outside the box that he wouldn’t think to get for himself. Something like this bluetooth beanie.

XIKEZAN Unisex Bluetooth Beanie w/ Mouth Mask Winter Knit Hat V4.1 Wireless Musical Headphones Earphones w/ Speakers Beanies Hats Cap Unique Christmas Tech Gifts for Teen Young Boys Girls Men WomenXIKEZAN Unisex Bluetooth Beanie w/ Mouth Mask Winter Knit Hat V4.1 Wireless Musical Headphones Earphones w/ Speakers Beanies Hats Cap Unique Christmas Tech Gifts for Teen Young Boys Girls Men Women

I can honestly say, this is one of those gifts that my husband probably wouldn’t buy for himself, but he would like it if it were given to him.

Gifts for the Handy Man

Tools seems to be the hot gift item for men. While some women don’t always like to get appliances as gifts, men always seem to like tools. It’s like a status thing for them! I’ve heard my husband, on a number of occasions, discussing tools with other guys. If you are looking to get tools for someone, these tools below are definitely something they would like.

Little Giant 22-Foot Velocity Multi-Use Ladder, 300-Pound Duty Rating, 15422-001Little Giant 22-Foot Velocity Multi-Use Ladder, 300-Pound Duty Rating, 15422-001DEWALT DCK240C2 20v Lithium Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit (1.3Ah)DEWALT DCK240C2 20v Lithium Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit (1.3Ah)Craftsman 165 pc Mechanics Tool Set # 38165Craftsman 165 pc Mechanics Tool Set # 38165DEWALT DGL573 Lighted Technician's Tool BagDEWALT DGL573 Lighted Technician’s Tool Bag

Gifts for Video Game Lovers

Lets face it, men are just giant kids…and it’s OK. My husband still loves video games, and truth be told, so do I. If I am running out of ideas on what to get him, I always know I can pick up a video game and he’d be thrilled. In fact, he and I drove to all the Walmart’s around us to get the SNES Classic that came out a few months ago. We found one, by the way!

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Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsman

If your special guy is really into the great outdoors, then this next list is for them. For some guys, especially those that spend their entire week in an office, taking the time to spend time outdoors is exactly what they need after a hard work week. Any one of these gifts for him items would be well received this holiday season!

PLUSINNO Telescopic Fishing Rod and Reel Combos FULL Kit, Spinning Fishing Gear Organizer Pole Sets with Line Lures Hooks Reel and Fishing Carrier Bag Case Accessories (1.8M 5.91Ft Fishing Full Kit) …PLUSINNO Telescopic Fishing Rod and Reel Combos FULL Kit, Spinning Fishing Gear Organizer Pole Sets with Line Lures Hooks Reel and Fishing Carrier Bag Case Accessories (1.8M 5.91Ft Fishing Full Kit) …Sun Dolphin Seaquest Stand Up Paddleboard (Ocean, 10-Feet)Sun Dolphin Seaquest Stand Up Paddleboard (Ocean, 10-Feet)KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot,Shitake/Brindle,10 M USKEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot,Shitake/Brindle,10 M USMongoose men's Dolomite Fat Tire Bike, Blue, 26 inchMongoose men’s Dolomite Fat Tire Bike, Blue, 26 inch

Truly One of a Kind and Unique Gifts

If you are looking for your gift to stand out and be one of a kind, then these unique gifts for him are perfect for you! There are just those people on your gift list that you know will truly appreciate unique gifts like this travel spork.

Army Man Bottle Opener by One Hundred 80 DegreesArmy Man Bottle Opener by One Hundred 80 DegreesSUPER STRONG Magnetic Wristband, Holds Small Metal Tools, Screws, Nails, Bolts Tightly While Working. Embedded with Super Powerful Magnets, Perfect Solution to Making Endless Trips to the Toolbox!SUPER STRONG Magnetic Wristband, Holds Small Metal Tools, Screws, Nails, Bolts Tightly While Working. Embedded with Super Powerful Magnets, Perfect Solution to Making Endless Trips to the Toolbox!Beard Comb and Brush Set - Men's Wooden Beard Shaping Tool - Perfect Facial Hair Grooming Kit, Exclusive Moustache, Goatee & Neckline Shaving Accessory,Symmetry & Styling, Unique Brush KitBeard Comb and Brush Set – Men’s Wooden Beard Shaping Tool – Perfect Facial Hair Grooming Kit, Exclusive Moustache, Goatee & Neckline Shaving Accessory,Symmetry & Styling, Unique Brush KitAposon Men's Unique Analog Watch Fashion Dress Quartz Watches Dual Time Wrist Watch with Dual Dial Cool Leather Band Design,Steel Case,Comfortable Leather Band,Two Time Zone - BlackAposon Men’s Unique Analog Watch Fashion Dress Quartz Watches Dual Time Wrist Watch with Dual Dial Cool Leather Band Design,Steel Case,Comfortable Leather Band,Two Time Zone – BlackPlaymaker Toys Flingshot Flying MonkeyPlaymaker Toys Flingshot Flying MonkeyTrout Soap on a Rope by Dope on a Rope, Eucalyptus Peppermint Soap, Beauty & Personal Care, Gifts for Men, Gifts for Dad, Handmade Soap, Best Stocking Stuffers,Trout Soap on a Rope by Dope on a Rope, Eucalyptus Peppermint Soap, Beauty & Personal Care, Gifts for Men, Gifts for Dad, Handmade Soap, Best Stocking Stuffers,

Hope this gifts for him holiday gift list helps you find the perfect gift for that special guy in your life. What items would you add to this list?

Gifts for Her – Holiday Gift List

Thinking about holiday gifts stresses me out. I would love to say I always know what to get everyone on my holiday gift list, but sometimes I have a little trouble. My husband says I am difficult to shop for. Mainly that’s because the things I want, you can’t buy. For instance, when he asks me what I want, I say something like, “for the kids to stop fighting with each other”. Obviously he can’t buy that! So…for all of you out there struggling on what to get that special female in your life, this “gifts for her” holiday gift list is for you!

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Great Gifts for Her

When I start thinking about those things that I have to have, they are usually appliance related. I know some women get upset if they were to get a vacuum or some other appliance as a gift, but for me, I would love it. On my appliance wish list, a few things I would be thrilled to get are:

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and WarmerInstant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

I don’t know about you, but there are some nights that I really struggle with what to get on the table for dinner. It will be 5:30 pm and I will realize that I didn’t take meat out or even start anything. With the Instant Pot, you can have meals on the table, ready to go, so quickly. I’ve been told by people that have one, that you should go for the 8 qt right away.


Another little appliance that I would be dying to see under my tree this Christmas, is the Air Fryer. If you don’t have one, or don’t know what it is…keep reading! You will want one after this! My friend Lynsey has an Air Fryer and she has said many times over how amazing Brussels sprouts are in it. She even made a steak in it. I swear, between the Air Fryer below and the Instant Pot above…I’d be killing it in the New Year when it comes to meal time!

Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 QuartPower Air Fryer XL 5.3 Quart

Gifts for the Book Lovers

While I would love one of the two appliance above, I also would love anything book related. My Kindle Paperwhite goes everywhere with me. Since I am forever driving my kids to sports practices and waiting for them to get done, I spend that time reading. I like the portability of the Kindle Paperwhite. With it being backlit, it doesn’t matter if it is light out or not. I can always read!

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6Fintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite - The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Cover with Auto Sleep/Wake for all-new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits all 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), black, EKD0021AD-USFintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite – The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Cover with Auto Sleep/Wake for all-new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits all 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), black, EKD0021AD-US

For some other really great book related ideas, check out the gift ideas at my book blog, A Real Page Turner! Not only do I have gift ideas for her, but also kids and toddler books ideas too!

Unique Gift Ideas

Sometimes you just need to find something utterly unique or different. I can tell you right now, if my husband got me a T-Rex costume for Christmas, I would be so excited! I love that T-Rex costume and all the fun videos I see people post while wearing that costume.

Rubie's Costume Co Jurassic World T-Rex Inflatable Costume, Multi, One SizeRubie’s Costume Co Jurassic World T-Rex Inflatable Costume, Multi, One Size

While you are checking out the T-Rex costume, be sure to read the reviews. They are the best!! These next gifts are fun and unique. I can tell you right now, I would love to sit and watch TV with a mermaid tale. I’m just saying!

Fashion Bracelet Flask Creative Hidden Stainless Steel Wine Bangle with Funnel (Silver)Fashion Bracelet Flask Creative Hidden Stainless Steel Wine Bangle with Funnel (Silver)DDMY Mermaid Tail Blanket For Kids Teens Adult Handmade Wave Mermaid Blankets Crochet Knitting Blanket Seasons Warm Soft Living Room Sleeping Bag Best Birthday Christmas gift 74''x35'' Mint GreenDDMY Mermaid Tail Blanket For Kids Teens Adult Handmade Wave Mermaid Blankets Crochet Knitting Blanket Seasons Warm Soft Living Room Sleeping Bag Best Birthday Christmas gift 74”x35” Mint GreenClassy, Sassy and Smart-Assy Wine Glass in 12.5ozClassy, Sassy and Smart-Assy Wine Glass in 12.5ozPorn for WomenPorn for Women

For the Cat Lovers

You’re either a cat person or you’re not. You cat people out there, these next set of gifts are perfect! Every time I see the sweatshirt with the pouch for the cat…I just have to have it. I have visions of walking around my house with Roxie in the pouch!

AnVei-Nao Womens Girls Cartoon Cute Cat Pattern Cotton Soft Crew Socks 4 Pairs LongAnVei-Nao Womens Girls Cartoon Cute Cat Pattern Cotton Soft Crew Socks 4 Pairs LongSorry I cant..I Have Plans With My Cat Mens & Ladies Unisex Fit Slogan T-Shirt XX-LargeSorry I cant..I Have Plans With My Cat Mens & Ladies Unisex Fit Slogan T-Shirt XX-LargePrimitives by Kathy Wood Box Sign, Cat a Better Life, 5-Inch by 5-InchPrimitives by Kathy Wood Box Sign, Cat a Better Life, 5-Inch by 5-InchVOGRYE Womens Hoodies Pet Holder Cat Dog Kangaroo Pouch Carriers Pullover Sweatshirts hoodies (Medium )VOGRYE Womens Hoodies Pet Holder Cat Dog Kangaroo Pouch Carriers Pullover Sweatshirts hoodies (Medium )

Gifts for Board Game Lovers!

My husband and I love to play board games. In fact, our old tradition used to be that we played Trivial Pursuit EVERY SINGLE New Years Eve. We were so highly competitive with each other and that game. Some years he would win and then others years I would force him to pay the 90’s version and I’d wipe the floor with him! So as you can imagine, board games are definitely high on my “gifts for her” list. These are some of my favorite board games:

Trivial Pursuit Game: Classic EditionTrivial Pursuit Game: Classic EditionExploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes GoatsExploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes GoatsClue GameClue GameSequence GameSequence GamePhase 10 Card Game Styles May VaryPhase 10 Card Game Styles May Vary

Gift giving is supposed to be fun! Think about all the different people on your gift list. Are there any gifts for her here that you think someone on your list would like? What gifts for her would you add to this list?