Taking Freezer Meals on Vacation to Save Money on Food

Freezer Meals Kids Love | Life as MomHitting the road? Plan on taking freezer meals on vacation with you to save money on food costs. You’ll eat well without breaking the bank. Cheese Enchiladas The activity, hot weather, and entertainment factor of summertime can wreak havoc on one’s grocery budget. How can summer fun affect your food costs, you say? In summertime […]

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5 Great Gift Ideas for Your Groomsmen

Weddings are complicated and crazy to plan, and with so many teeny details you have to figure out, it can be easy to accidentally let things slip through the cracks – especially the things that aren’t imperative to the ceremony. Usually, it is the bridesmaids and groomsmen who pick up the slack and really make sure the bride and groom have all the help they need, so you need to make sure that their thank-you gifts don’t fall through the cracks. With so many articles out there for the bride, we thought it would be a good idea to help the groom out a little, so here are five great gift ideas for your groomsmen!


You can really never go wrong with a pair of cool sunglasses by MVMT. Everyone wears them, even when it’s not sunny enough outside to actually warrant them, so it’s a pretty good can’t-fail groomsmen gift. But don’t go with something boring and expected. Find styles and materials that not everyone already owns, such as a cool wood pair, so the gift is truly unique. Maybe stick with the same style of frame, but get each groomsman a different type of material. That way, everyone gets to stand out and the gifts will seem far more thought out.

Luggage Tags

This idea is better if the wedding is destination-based and requires everyone to go abroad. Either you can order something online (we’re sure someone on Etsy sells customized luggage tags) or you can make them yourself, which will be way more meaningful. One idea is to gather up leather scraps (most craft stores sells bags of different colored pieces of leather) and cut them into mismatching shapes. Punch out a hole on one end and emboss each groomsman’s initials somewhere on the tag, then use leather cord to loop through the hole. Vary them up however you like and gift them to your groomsmen before the trip.

Weekender Bag

Even if the wedding doesn’t require them to hop on a plane, giving your groomsmen a weekender bag is a great idea. Everyone needs a good bag, whether they travel a lot for business or they just take the occasional three-day weekend trip, which means that this gift will actually get used more than once and will be appreciated for quite a while. You can go for a cool canvas weekender, a classic leather or a stylish twill. You can buy them all the same one or get each man something different that speaks to their personal style. Maybe customize them or even pair them with those luggage tags we just told you about.

Monthly Club

Does your friend group get super excited over food or cocktails? If so, gifting them with some sort of monthly delivery might be the winning ticket. There are countless options out there, from salami and bacon to wine and whiskey subscription services, so you will have plenty to choose from. The great thing about this idea is that you can give each groomsman a different one depending on who likes what. Maybe one friend would die over craft beers, while another prefers artisanal coffee and another loves bourbon.

Go for an Experience

If you don’t want to give them anything that can be popped in a box, go with an experience-based gift that you can all do together as a group. You can either combine the groomsmen gift with the bachelor party and plan a big trip or plan a cool outing that is separate from the wedding festivities entirely. Is there anything you all have been talking about wanting to do? Like go skydiving or bungee jumping? Maybe you all love sports cars and spending the day at a professional racetrack zooming around in Aston Martins is the answer. Or you can plan individual outings to enjoy with each groomsman separately. Check out Cloud9Living to get a bit of inspiration. Whatever you decide to do, it will certainly be remembered fondly for the rest of your lives.

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Taco Shop Style Salsa – Be the Hit of the Fiesta

Save money and enjoy a delicious Taco Shop Style Salsa with this easy recipe. You’ll be the hit of the fiesta this summer. I grew up thinking it was better to buy commercially made sauces than to make them yourself. I have no idea where I got that notion other than the hours and hours […]

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FREE Weekly Meal Plan to Print & Cook #7

Print this easy, kid-friendly menu plan and grocery list to make dinnertimes come together in a snap. As you know I’m a big believer in meal planning. I’ve honestly always looked at it as something fun to do, mainly because I love to eat or think about eating. But, sometimes you just want a break, […]

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Be Prepared with a Day Trip Checklist

Be prepared for a fun day out and about when you have a day trip checklist. Don’t recreate the wheel; reuse your own brain power. As you plan out your summer, no doubt you see a few day trips in your future. No biggie, right? No need to pack much, no need to sleep in […]

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Cubbie Lee Toys Noah’s Ark Review + Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Cubbie Lee Toys.

Cubbie Lee Toys Review - Noahs Ark Toy - Wooden Toy

Finding faith-based toys is important to me and my family. Of course Disney Princesses and Hot Wheels fill our playroom, but it’s nice to have toys that help to illustrate biblical teachings and stories from the Bible. I was recently introduced to Cubbie Lee Toys, a wooden toy company that offers puzzles, train tracks, and, my personal favorite, a little Noah’s Ark!

My mom still has a plethora of my childhood toys and books. While we were over her and my stepdad’s house a few weekends ago, I found my super, SUPER old Noah’s Ark childhood book. Bear loves storytime and of course asked me to read it to her.

Cubbie Lee Toys Review - Noahs Ark

As we read about Noah’s mission from God, Bear became enthralled. She asked why people made fun of Noah and if the flood would ever come. Now I catch her and her brother reenacting the story of Noah’s Ark with the toy version from Cubbie Lee Toys!

Cubbie Lee Toys Review - Noahs Ark Toy

How adorable and beautifully crafted is this wooden toy? Made from durable and sustainable wood, this toddler toy includes 14 animals (seven types of animals x2), Noah, his wife and the ark, which turns into a storage base for the animals and people while not in play.

Cubbie Lee Toys Review - Noahs Ark Toy - Puzzle

Cubbie Lee Toys Review - Noahs Ark Toy - Animals

I was a little concerned that this toy may have rough edges since it’s wood, but it is completely smooth and not a concern whatsoever. Another worry was that the ramp could pinch little fingers, but Cubbie Lee Toys thought of everything when it came to tiny humans. The ramp is hinged and gently closes.

Cubbie Lee Toys Review - Noahs Ark Toy - Noah

Some days they play two by two, and other days Bear houses her Shopkins in the boat and they cruise to the Barbie house. I love that this toy is themed, yet encourages creative and imaginative play.

That’s why Cubbie Lee Toys is such an awesome company. It’s family-owned (Cubbie Lee is the name of the owners’ beloved furry friend) and the owners, Zach and Sarah, began the company when they became parents. Their mission was to bring the finest wooden toys to parents around the US.

Cubbie Lee Toys Review - Noahs Ark Toy - Zebra

All Cubbie Lee Toys come with a 30 day no-quibble return policy and 5, yes FIVE, year warranty. You can buy directly from CubbieLeeToys.com or on their recently launched Amazon shop. They also look for toy reviewers, so if interested, you can sign up for the Cubbie Lee VIP Club for a chance to test a toy!



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