Father’s Day is here! How are you planning on celebrating the special guy in your life?
If you aren’t sure yet… not to fret. Perhaps the day snuck up on you, or you simply had a difficult time thinking of a the perfect way to spend time with dad this weekend. It’s a beautiful day, so why not spend it outdoors? Propose one or more of the following ideas… the smile on dad’s face will be astounding!
Find an outdoor brewery. For the beer-loving dad, find a brewery in your area that does tours and head on over to try a bunch of different brews. Who knows, maybe he’ll find his new favorite.
Visit a food truck festival. With the growing popularity of food trucks, it seems that every weekend a food truck festival is popping up in the area. Search online and find one close to you, then bring dad to try a diverse array of unique food.
Head over to the ballpark. Last minute tickets for professional or semi-pro sports teams are typically pretty cheap and let you into the game in the nick of time. For the sports-loving dad, search your area for cheap tickets on the fly. On the flip side, pick your dad’s favorite sport and practice with him in the backyard.
Tour your town’s historical sites. Every city or town has a rich history waiting to be explored. Look online for your town’s best historical sites, write down the significance, and visit them with your history-loving father.
Hop on your bike. Whether you visit the local state park or bike slowly around your town, a nice bike ride is a great way to get some exercise, bond over the local happenings, and soak in the sun’s rays.
Get on the water. If your dad adores being near the lake or ocean, plan an impromptu trip to go kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boating, or paddle-boarding. The opportunities are endless to soak up the sun and get a bit wet.
Check out a car show. If you find your father always talking about cars, let him peruse some beautiful ones in awe at a local car show. If you can’t find any in the area that day, take him go-carting! The cars might not be quite as gorgeous, but they’ll certainly be a blast.
Build something. There’s nothing that bonds two people quite like building something together. Whether it’s the beginning of a shed or a small birdhouse, head to your local hardware store with dad, pick up supplies, and get to work – together.
Run a race. If your dad is the athletic type, find a race in your area, sign up, and get moving! A short one-miler or 5K allows you to spend time together while getting your heart pumping.
Head out on the open road. Plan a spontaneous trip, get in the car, and go. Whether your dad loves the beach, mountains, lakes, or rivers, surprise him with an impromptu getaway to his favorite spot. He’ll adore you for it!
What are you doing with your dad today?
Summer is a time for freedom. It’s the time when the sun shines brightly, the air blows warmly, and people just seem happier. Rather than walking around quickly to get from one indoor location to another, people saunter and sway with the breeze. It’s a tangible difference that anyone living in a seasonal climate knows well.
It’s the feeling of letting loose from the confines of cold, hats, gloves, scarves, jackets, and long sleeves. As you’re embracing the relaxing, freeing feeling of summer, we encourage you to let your feet run free in a pair of amazing sandals.
After months of being confined to snow boots and rain gear, your toes are finally able to be set free. Whether you’re more into casual slip-ons, strappy flat sandals, or high-heeled beauties, there’s a sandal for everyone this summer season.
Casual, flat slip-on sandals (like Birkenstocks) are all the rage this season, and we understand why. These easy, carefree styles match with anything: from dresses to shorts, white pants to skirts, slip-on sandals are the ultimate sign of relaxation.
Strappy flat sandals play up your feminine style with a small hint of playful fun. The straps keep you looking sharp, fresh, and stylish. They also keep your feet strapped in all day long, helping you avoid foot injuries and keeping you comfortable the whole day through.
Seen above: Fly London Ynes
Heeled sandals have their place during weekend dinners, casual work soirees, or Sunday barbecues. Wherever your social life takes you this season, heeled sandals will get you there with fashion in tow. The difference in our heeled sandals? They’re truly comfortable… so comfortable that you’ll find yourself wanting to wear them just as often as you wear your flat sandals!
Embrace summer this June and slip into a pair of comfortable, cool, casual sandals. Let the warmth envelop your feet, the sun spray its rays on your cheeks, and enjoy all the season has to offer.
We all know that exercise is great for us. The benefits of a regular workout are innumerable, including increased longevity, decreased risk for heart disease, weight loss, and a faster metabolism, just to name a few.
These benefits are so great that they even make the hassle that can come with working out seem worth it. Between sweaty, expensive clothes, blisters, and the logistics of planning a post-work exercise session, fitness isn’t all about the glitz and glamour it’s cracked up to be on television and in magazines. In reality, fitness can be uncomfortable!
In an attempt to prove how worth it these annoyances can be, we’ve compiled a list of the top ones – and easy ways to deal with them.
Sweat. During and after a grueling workout, everything’s a bit sweaty, from your clothing to your iPod. They might even be a bit smelly. While this sweat simply means you got a great workout, it also isn’t the most fun to deal with. Always be sure to wipe your iPod or phone down with a sanitizing wipe after a particularly sweaty exercise session. If your clothes are extra stinky, soak them in one part vinegar, four parts water to give a deep clean prior to throwing in the wash.
Chafing. If you’re a runner in the summer, you know all about this problem. Avoid leg chafing by wearing runners’ capri tights. Wear clothing that fits, particularly quality sports bras and shirts to avoid underarm chafing. If all else fails, glide products like Aquaphor provide just the right amount of anti-chafing properties.
Blisters. Every athlete has experienced a painful blister or two in his or her day. In fact, many athletes have feet covered in calluses and blisters – not the most attractive way to show off your toes. To help prevent blisters, always make sure to wear shoes that fit right. Shoes that are too big, two small, or too old do a serious number on your feet. Socks are important too, as they serve to wick away sweat and moisture that can cause infections.
Your bag is always full. Whether you go to the gym on your way to work or on your way home, chances are your bag is probably filled with a ton of stuff: clothing, shoes, toiletries, a gym lock, water bottle… the list goes on and on. Protect your shoulders and back from the weight of lugging all this around by finding a backpack that sits lightly on both shoulders. Make sure your bag only has the absolute essentials; while having a little makeup in your bag might be necessary, perhaps your entire makeup collection isn’t.
You’re sore. With all that muscle work, chances are you may feel sore from time to time. That’s okay – as long as it isn’t after every workout, every day. Light workouts have their place in your routine and have numerous benefits. That said, make sure to always stretch after heavy workouts, and use ice on your sore muscles if needed.
What workout woes do you encounter regularly? How do you deal?
Do you find yourself often apologizing to friends, family, and coworkers for running 10 minutes late? Are you often stressed out, perpetually running from one thing to the next with the feeling that you can’t catch up?
You aren’t alone. Studies show that nearly 20% of Americans are chronically quite late. The reasons for this abound, but one’s relationship to time is said to be formed in the early years of life and perpetuated throughout. Many people can be grouped into one or two categories – always on time or consistently late – due to habits formed in the early stages of life.
And, like any habits, being late is a habit that can be hard to break. So how can you begin to break the habit of tardiness?
First, it’s necessary to admit you have a problem, and that you’d like to fix it (step one: complete… you did keep reading this article, didn’t you?). From there, you need to figure out exactly why you’re often tardy. Do you secretly like the thrill of rushing from one appointment to the other? Do you pack your schedule too tight with activities? Are you constantly underestimating the time it takes for you to get ready, or to travel to particular places? Figuring out your why makes it easier to target solutions.
How do punctual people combat these issues? For one, they’re realistic about timing, and always incorporate a bit of extra time to combat any bumps in the road that might arise. For a few weeks, try writing down how long particular activities take you. How long does it really take you to get ready in the morning? How long does it truly take to get to work, traffic and slow trains included?
Studies show that chronically late people engage in “magical thinking.” Say one day, you hit all the lights just right, and it takes 30 minutes to get to work. A magical thinker will have this time stuck in his or her mind – even if 45 minutes is more accurate on any given day. By timing your activities, and giving a little extra buffer time, lateness easily fades.
Staying organized is another key part of the punctual puzzle. If you find yourself often running around looking for your keys before you leave, or looking through your pile of clothes for something to wear, organization might be your problem. Find a consistent place to keep your necessities – say, your keys and wallet – and you’ll never be late looking for them again. Prep your outfit the night before – mom was right, it really does work! – to save time and energy.
Adapting even just a few of these techniques will get you where you need to go – on time and not stressed.
How do you stay timely?
Grilling season is officially upon us, which means weekend dinners camped out by the barbeque with the full scent of smoke in the air. While this signifies a wonderful time of year, there’s always a question for vegetarians and those who choose to eat less meat of what exactly to throw on the grill. While vegetables are always a healthy, delicious addition to any grilled dinner, they aren’t always filled with protein.
Store-bought veggie burgers can be delicious, but it’s vital to look at the ingredient lists for these babies – many versions are chock full of ingredients we simply can’t pronounce. So what, exactly, can you throw on the grill to hit your protein quota?
Tofu is a great option to start with. Extra firm or firm versions work well on the grill, particularly if you sop up the majority of the water in them with paper towels beforehand. Tofu is infamous for soaking up whatever flavor you put into it, so lather with your favorite tasty sauce and grill away! Tempeh, tofu’s cousin, has similar properties with a nuttier flavor. Change it up every once in a while by throwing tempeh on the grill.
Have you ever used halloumi? This salty cheese has a high melting point that makes it perfect for grilling. It works great on veggie kebabs, on top of a salad, on your favorite veggie burger, or simply on its own brushed with olive oil and spices.
Speaking of cheeses, quesadillas and burritos are great conduits to fill with high-protein vegetarian options like beans, quinoa, and tofu. Hold them together with a little bit of your favorite cheese and some vegetables and you have yourself a deliciously grilled meal filled with protein and health.
If you tire of looking through and analyzing the ingredient list for store-bought veggie burgers, it’s time to make your own! With the right ingredients, a couple hours of freezing before use, and some patience, you can easily put together a bean-and-quinoa stuffed veggie burger that delights all those who visit your grill.
Need some ideas for using these protein-rich ideas on your grill? Try out the recipes below, and let us know how they turn out!
Father’s Day is one week away! Your dad is a special one, and he deserves a special day filled with happiness, kindness, and comfort. Luckily, we’re experts in the comfort portion of that statement, and we know that a great pair of foot-pampering shoes are just what dad needs for the year ahead.
Seen above: Olukai Mea Ola Leather Flip-Flops
When is your dad at his most relaxed, happiest self? If a casual beach day is his style, grab that special guy an amazing pair of high-quality, leather flip-flops. These sandals are perfect for lazy days around the house, beachside adventures, and backyard barbeques. No matter where relaxation takes him, slipping on a pair of flip-flops is easy, simple, and comforting.
Seen above: Sperry Authentic Original Boat Shoes
If boating is more his jam, grab your favorite guy a great pair of boat shoes. Whether he’s more comfortable on the ship deck or his back deck, boat shoes are a comfort-driven, casual way to keep his feet perfectly happy. Easy to dress up or down, these shoes can casually transition from day to a nice dinner out with ease.
Seen above: Olukai Nohea Moku Casual Sneakers
For adventurous dads who love constant activity, casual sneakers are the way to go. If your high-energy father is consistently on the lookout for the next big pursuit, keeping his feet comfortable and tied into foot-hugging sneakers is the ultimate gift that keeps him going quickly – the way he thrives.
Seen above: Bourgeois Boheme Harrison
Is your dad more fashion-forward than adventure-driven? Check out our Made in Europe shop for incredibly high-quality, beautifully-made, style-driven shoes that stand out. Even in natural browns and blacks to match with any suit, these gorgeous shoes shine through their European craftsmanship, perfect stitching, and intricate detailing that your detail-driven father will adore.
What is your dad like? We’d love to hear a little more about the special guy in your life, and can happily point you in the right direction of comfort-driven footwear that will be perfect for him!