Fathers Day Day

Yesterday was Fathers Day and me, Caleb, and Hannah (Gabe was in Jonesboro) went to church in Conway with dad. I was a bit disappointed that Rick didn’t speak (the head pastor at New Life Church) but associate pastor Mark Pagley did a pretty decent job. The message was geared towards fathers (of course) and how they should set positive examples for their children, pray with them, and be the spiritual leader of their household. I appreciated the fact that he noted “fathers are not perfect and do make mistakes” because I didn’t want my dad to feel bad…

Growing up he was every bit the God-loving father he should have been. We went to church every Sunday and Wednesday night and prayed over every meal. When I was in my late teens (and my parents in their 25th year of marriage) an unfortunate course of events began to unwind… My father was constantly traveling and his relationship with my mother, slowly deteriorating… To make a (very) long story short, they ended up in divorce. It was a difficult time in all of our lives but definitely something we learned from. A marriage takes a LOT of hard work and a lifetime commitment. Both parties must stay focused on each other and the Lord or else life can easily get in the way and cause cracks that are sometimes impossible to repair…

So while my dad did make a mistake, he was always an awesome father. His focus for the last 10 years has been entirely on his children. While both parents are now remarried, my father has always taken the time to show us how important we are in his life. I, being the oldest, am especially thankful for the relationship I have with him. I’ve always been a daddy’s girl-  he is my best friend and the wisest man I know. I am very fortunate to have him and can only pray that we have many (many!) more years to spend together.

Love you dad!

Me and Dad

Me and Dad

Caleb and Dad

Caleb and Dad

Hannah, Caleb, & Megan Knight

Hannah, Caleb, & Megan Knight

Sisters (11 years apart!)

Sisters (11 years apart!)

Swimming Trunks

Swimming Trunks

amazing Hawiian shirt (totally my dad's style)

amazing Hawiian shirt (totally my dad's style)

TGIFridays

TGIFridays

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Father’s Day gifts are the hardest to come by… Some problems that all of us girls encounter is where in the world to start. I mean, our dad’s already seem to have everything they want (that we could afford) and it’s not as if we would ever like the same things… So this year, I’m weeding through the web, reading blogs and review sites, to come up with a list of some of the best gift ideas out there ALL UNDER $20!!! (Why? B/c it makes it way more difficult, and who isn’t on a budget nowadays?)

(please leave comments/suggestions!)


Gift Idea #1: Smith’s “POCKET PAL” Pocket Knife Sharpener

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Pocket Knife Sharpener

This super useful little tool will make that 10-year-old much loved pocket knife BRAND NEW again! It sharpens both straight and serrated edged knives and is lightweight, durable, and extremely easy to use. It also has a 5-star rating from its YouTube video!!

Purchase Smiths Edge “Pocket Pal” Pocket Knife Sharpener- $9.99

(Smith’s actually has a lot of great knife sharpening products you could try if looking to spend a little more $$$… From diamond stones to gourmet electric sharpeners, they are the leader in sharpening technology– And they are based here in Arkansas!)


Gift Idea #2: Family Handy Man Magazine Subscription

61zcgbcwhcl_ss400_My coworker Jonathan swears that this is one of the best magazines a guy could ever get- and I’d never heard of it until now! It’s a monthly “how-to” full of tips, advice, and factual information on home remodeling, repair and maintenance, energy efficiency, home furnishings and decorating, yard and garden care, woodworking, auto maintenance, new products and housing. What Dad doesn’t love that kind of stuff? (Or should at least)

It’s a great deal on Amazon for only $19.97 (%50 off regular subscription rate!)


Gift Idea # 3: Easy Aeration WINE FUNNEL

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Wine Funnel

If your dad enjoys a good glass of wine every now and then and doesn’t have time to decant it every time, reach for this quick, effective wine funnel. As you pour your wine through the funnel, it disperses into eight separate streams, causing air bubbles to travel through and aerate the wine, smooth out the tannic flavor and improve the taste.

Super affordable from Uncommon Goods- $20.00


Gift Idea #4: Minor League Baseball Tickets

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Major doesn’t fit within our budget, and Arkansas doesn’t even have a team, so this idea is a perfect under $20 gift! I know my dad would like to watch a game, but (hopefully) enjoy the quality time with his daughter even more!

Tickets are less than $7 a piece! Purchase online at Arkansas Travelers website.


Gift Idea #5: Nike Elite Feel Golf Glove

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My dad is a huge golfer and this product has excellent reviews from Overstock customers. Premium cabretta leather tanning and pre-curved fingers provide a soft, supple feel along with enduring comfort and shape retention.

Purchase for $18.99 (plus free shipping) on Overstock now!


Gift Idea #6: The Art of Shaving Shave Cream7af3_1

My dad’s favorite shaving cream is probably Barbasol (?) or something equally inexpensive he can grab at the grocery store. So why not show him how so many of my metro-sexual friends experience luxuriously smooth skin and a rosy glow with the premium Art of Shaving shave cream (in a pretty twist- off container). This product claims to “soften and lift the beard for a close and comfortable shave, and protect the skin from irritation and razor burn.”

Regularly $22 (from Art of Shaving website) but I found it on ebay for only $17!


Gift Idea # 7: Digital Instant-Read Pocket Thermometer

41mhad7edzl_sl500_aa150_gifI have to admit I copied this idea from LifeHacker’s recent post on 5 Must-Have Tools for the Kitchen and I had to agree with them. I think I purchased my cheapo thermometer from the Dollar Store and you can’t really risk an inaccurate reading.

Cooks Illustrated rated this particular digital brand (Taylor) as best value overall. It’s currently on sale at Amazon for only $12.79!


Gift Idea #8: Smart Money Clip

smart_money_clipThis gift has rave reviews from it’s home on AsSeenOnTv (Guys) and is a stylish and simplified alternative to the age-old wallet gift. A Smart Money Clip allows you to keep just the bare essentials at hand- securing your cash on one side and up to 5 credit cards in the card channel on the other. It’s simple, sleek, and currently on sale for just under $20!

Purchase on AsSeenonTVGuys.com for only $19.95!


Gift Idea # 9: Custom Photo Book

photo-bookFor a truly unique and personal gift, create a Father’s Day Photo Book from Shutterfly.com. They have pre-built pages for Father’s Day, or you can get creative and create your own!

These books allow you to showcase your favorite fun photos of you and dad and add your own words to tell your story. Photobooks make lasting keepsakes your dad is sure to love!

Buy one (on sale) now for only $15.99!


Gift Idea #10: Chef’s Planet Grill & BBQ Mat

31khf7dyr2l_sl500_aa280_My dad has always loved to grill – and certain foods (fish, veggies, shrimp, etc) seem to often fall through the cracks. That’s why this affordable (and 5-star rated) grill mat is the perfect gift that he probably hasn’t thought to buy for himself.

Dishwasher save and perfect for gas or charcoal grills.

Find if on Amazon for only $19.99

41idjnc5g2l_sl500_aa280_(While you’re at it, you might as well through in some environmentally safe, all natural lump charcoal. Cowboy Charcoal lacks all the carbon-spewing pollutants, chemicals, and coal as what dad  is used to, and comes in this super cute (dad-appropriate) bag! Also available on Amazon- $7.98

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