Father’s Day Gifts He Will Love From Best Buy #GreatestDad

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Father's Day gifts at Best Buy

Daddy Fussybuckets is a huge entertainment guy.  He loves to sing, play the drums, and the piano, watch movies, and basketball games, too.  His favorite thing to do, though, is to make sure we are taking tons of pictures and videos of the boys AND backing them up so they won't be lost.  He keeps our iPhones updated and the pictures saved on our hard drive.  He is always making clever videos that the boys will cherish always.  He recently told me about the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Action Camcorder and was listing off all the fabulous things he could use it for.  Think soccer games, home videos, riding a bike, and more.  The GoPro is right up his alley, like it was made for him!  He could be hands free as he records special moments in the boys' lives!

Best Buy has a great selection of Father's Day gifts for your father, husband, or special guy in your life.  Whatever your guy's personality may be, Best Buy has you covered with a long list of gifts at different prices, so you're sure to find the *perfect* gift.  

More Great Gift Ideas for "Memory Maker" Dads:

  • Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens
  • GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Action Camcorder
  • GoPro Headstrap Mount
  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 IS 16.0MP Digital Camera
  • Samsung Galaxy 2 Camera
  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm IS STM Lens
  • Canon VIXIA HF R50 8GB HD Flash Memory Camcorder
  • Geneva 10 Camera Case
  • Newport 30 Camera Case
  • SanDisk 32GB Ultra Micro Memory Card
  • Canon SELPHY Wireless Compact Photo Printer
  • OlloClip Photo Lens for iPhone
  • mophie space pack
  • HTC One (M8) Amber Gold
  • $50 iTunes Card

Best Buy also offers free shipping on qualified orders and a low-price guarantee.  Check out Best Buy for the perfect Father's Day gift!

What will the special dad in your life be getting this Father's Day?

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25 Delicious, Real Food, No-Bake Recipes for Summertime

This no-bake recipes post has been brought to you by Foodie.  All opinions are mine.

25 Delicious, Real Food, No-Bake Recipes

Summer is coming and soon our days will be H-O-T.  We don't like to turn on the oven much during the summer because the air conditioner just can't keep up and it makes it miserable inside.  I've made a Foodie collection of delicious no-bake recipes made with REAL food.  There are snacks, desserts, and even a few dinner meal ideas in my collection, and you're sure to enjoy them.  

Check out 25 Delicious, Real Food, No-Bake Recipes

by Gena at Foodie.com

Create your own Foodie collection with these and any other recipe on the internet, so your favorites will always be right at your fingertips.  Be sure to check out my 13 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes for Grilling Season, too.  Have a great, safe summer and enjoy the air conditioning!

Win a RECARO Performance SPORT Harness to Booster Car Seat

Disclosure: I was not compensated for sharing this post. The Sponsor (RECARO) is responsible for prize fulfillment.  This post contains affiliate links.

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For more than 100 years, RECARO has been manufacturing high quality, innovative, durable seating of all kinds including aircraft seats, automotive seats, stadium seats, children's car seats, and seats for special fields of operation.

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You can purchase one of RECARO's top-of-the-line car seats via various local and online retailers including Babies R Us or Amazon.com.

The Prize

RECARO Performance SPORT in HazeOne RECARO Performance SPORT In the Color Haze $270 ARV

Features

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  • Car Seat Dimensions
    • 27.5" to 31.5" high by 19" wide by 21.5" deep
  • Seat Weight
    • 25 pounds
  • Child's Weight/Height
    • Harness Mode: 20 to 65 pounds/27 to 49 inches
    • Booster Mode: 30 to 120 pounds/37 to 59 inches

features

  1. Mesh Pockets. Two mesh pockets on either side are provided to hold cups, snacks, or toys that are easily within reach.
  2. Safety Stripe System. This one-of-a-kind racing-inspired white stripe, clearly visible on the outside edge of the 5-point harness, alerts parents to improper harness alignment.
  3. CoolMesh Air Ventilation. Four zones of luxurious, temperature balancing fabrics to prevent child from sweating.
  4. EasyAdjust 5-Point Harness. Whether in Harness or Booster mode, each belt guide is color-coded so you can easily identify the proper belt path and positioning of either the LATCH strap or vehicle seat belt.
  5. Side Impact Protection. RECARO's Side Impact Protection is designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision–their head, neck, face, torso, and pelvis.
  6. SoftTouch Seat Cushion. Memory foam cushion in the seat of the Performance SPORT ensures a comfortable ride.
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Making A Good First Impression: Tips to Help You Land a New Job

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Making a Good First Impression:  Tips to help you land a new job

When I was looking for my first real job after college, I went through 13 interviews to find the perfect one.  It was a time of high anxiety for me.  I really went into the interview process blindly.  Well, I learned a few things in college, but I could have used some more tips and extra support.  Interviews are ROUGH…especially when you're faced with a panel of judges interviewers who are there to pick you apart to see if you are the best fit for their team.

A few great tips that I've learned to be successful at your job interview:

  1. Know the company.  Do your homework, study up on what the company does and what it stands for.  You will be better prepared to answer any questions about how you will fit in.
  2. Dress appropriately – think about what kind of first impression you want to make.  Remember that modesty goes a long way.
  3. Have a portfolio to show off your past work
  4. Make sure that your resumé is up to date.
  5. Offer a firm handshake when you first meet your interviewer(s).
  6. Speak clearly and be aware of your body language.
  7. Be honest with all of your answers.
  8. Be professional
  9. Come with your own questions to ask afterwards.
  10. Send a thank you note after the interview.

I’ve partnered with Mom Corps YOU to share all the great innovations and resources the site has to offer.  Mom Corps YOU has many more great tips and advice for job interviews, creating your resumé, building a personal brand, and getting the support you  need from your peers.  And once you land that job, you can be prepared to manage your finances and other aspects of being a working mom.

Mom Corps YOU has some great webinars coming up to help working moms or those looking to reenter the work force.  TOMORROW, May 22nd, you can see "Transform Your Resume on Social Media" to learn how to enhance your online reputation.  On May 27th, join Mom Corps president and CEO Allison O'Kelly as she answers questions about the quest for work/life satisfaction.  Events like this are happening ALL of the time at Mom Corps YOU, to help and encourage the working mom!  And if you just can't find the answers you need, career counselors are always available to help!  These great features and more are included in your Mom Corps YOU subscription and available for an introductory price of $99.99 or $19.99 a month.  Visit Mom Corps YOU and check it out. 

So after you've landed your new job, may this be your next problem:  (haha)

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DIY Splash Pad for Summer Fun, Year After Year!

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When the weather begins to become even slightly warm each year, the boys start talking about summer and asking to play in the water.  Thank goodness we live in Texas, because the Captain and D LOVE playing in the water in the backyard!  A couple of years ago, Hubby built a DIY Splash Pad for them to play in and it has been a huge hit.  The boys started asking to set it up a few weeks ago, and since it stores well and is a snap to set up, we bring it out year after year.

Below is a step-by-step guide to purchasing and setting up your splash pad just like the one in the picture – courtsey of my awesome hubby!

supplies for a 25' x 8' DIY sprinkler/splash pad:

  • 140 feet of three-quarter inch PVC pipe (they come in 20' sections)
  • ten 90° PVC connections
  • ten T connections
  • two ball valves
  • one female water hose adapter
  • two PVC 3/4" caps‚Äč (All the pieces must match the 3/4" PVC pipe fitting.)
  • hand powered PVC cutter
  • PVC cement
  • a long hose

directions:

1. Using the PVC pipe cutter, cut your pieces into these measurements: four 2' pieces, eight 5' pieces, ten 5' pieces, five 8' pieces, 

2. Gather your base materials. You will use the 2' and 5' pieces as well as two caps, two ball valves, the female water hose adapter, and all 10 T connections, to assemble your base. 

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3. Lay all of your base materials out in two 25' assembly lines. Start by laying out your PVC pipes in this order. One 2', four 5', one 2'. Then, in between your pipes, place a T connection.  Do the exact same thing with your other 2', 5' pipes, and T connections. you will have two identicaly assembly lines (unglued).  See the picture to help see what it will look like once assembled. To finalize your base, you will need to lay your caps, ball valves, and hose adapter just outside each of the 4 ends of your assembly line.  Each assebly line will have a cap glued on one end, and a ball valve glued on the other end. Pick which ever ball valve you want your hose adapter on the end of.  I chose to put the hose adapter at the end of my splash pad that is closest to my water spicket.

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3. Now it's time to asseble the base. Please note, the PVC cement dries very quickly so you will want to apply it and connect it quickly to avoid errors, thus saving you money.  The cement takes less than one minute to dry and become un-changable. Apply the cement liberally when connecting PVC and other plastic pieces.  Starting with the 2' PVC pipe end of the assembly line, apply cement liberally with the applicator, where this piece connects with a T connection. Make sure and cover the connected surface area of both pieces you are gluing before you connect them.  Once connected, you can lay them down and move to the next piece of PVC pipe (5').  The T connection you just glued will have an open end where you'll place the 5' piece. Using the same gluing method, connect them.  All T connections need to be pointing up in the same direction. Follow this same pattern for both assembly lines, gluing each piece together, until you have two identical 25' foot pieces, with 5 T connections connecting each one.  It's important that these two 25' pieces are identical at this point. Using the same gluing method, you will glue your caps, and ball valves to the ends you placed them on. You'll want to make sure that your ball valves are pointed up, in the same directions each of your T connections are. Then, glue your hose adapter to the end of one of your ball valves. The other ball valve, connected to the other 25' piece is there to drain your pipes, which will help keep mildew from buildling up.

4. Now you will drill your holes (water spouts) into your 5' and 8' PVC pieces. All of your holes will need to be on the same side of your PVC pipe (in linear fashion) and only need to enter through one wall of your pipe. Using a saw horse, or work table, and your 1/16 in. drill bit, drill 2 holes equidistant from each other into each of your 5' pieces. Using the same method, take 4 of your 8' pieces and drill 5 holes equidistant from each other in linear fashion.  For the fifth 8' piece, you'll drill 15 holes in linear fashion equidistant from each other. There is some flexibility on your hole placement, if you would like a different spray pattern than what you see in the pictures. 

5. Assembling the gates. Once all of your holes are drilled, you'll need to assemble your U-shaped, PVC "gates." Notice in the picture there are 5 "gates" and they are connected ot the base at each T connection.  To assemble each gate, lay out two 5' pieces at the ends of one of your 8' pieces, thus making a U-shape. You will use your 90 degree connections to connnect your 5' pieces to your 8' piece. It's important that you line up your pipe's holes in linear fashion so that the water that sprays out of them is all directed inwardly. Except, your 8' piece with the 15 holes will be an unique "gate" where the holes on that piece will face up at a diagonal (creating an entrance or exit soaking). Once you get your pipes and connections ready, glue them using the same PVC cement and gluing method you used for the other pipes.  Make sure your gate measurements are identical when assembling.  Please use the picture if you have any questions about assembling gates. Give all of your pipes and connections 2 hours to dry in low-moisture conditions. 

IMPORTANT NOTE***Your gates will NOT be glued to your base. They will remain push-to-fit so they can be detachable for easier storage.  

6. Final assembly. After 2 hours of drying, you will push-to-fit your final assembly. Push-to-fit assembly means that you will not need to use any more cement.  You will just need to line up your two bases, on a flat, grassy area with the T connections pointed up. Then you will take each gate one by one and push the uprights of the gates into the open holes of the T connections on each base, to fit tightly (see pictures below).  It helps to have 2 people put the gates into the base, but it can be done alone. Then, close the ball valve opposite the hose adapter end, and open the one that's attached to the hose adapter.  Then, screw in any kind of water hose to your water hose adapter. At this point, the only place water should be able to escape, is your 55 water spouts you drilled into the pipes.  Turn on your water hose, and give it a few minutes to build up pressure before expecting optimal performance.  After 5 minutes, you should see water shooting out of every one of the 55 holes, with a strong but not a fast flow, similar to a shower head. In our splash pad, we chose to place a 15 foot slip and slide underneath the "tunnel" of "gates." You could do all kinds of variations of "soaking" with this splash pad. For older kids, you may consider placing this portable splash pad at the top of a grassy hill, and placing some heavy plastic underneath it, extending down the hill for for 50' or 100'. 

7. Storing the splash pad – it's very simple to detach and move the splash pad. By hand, firmly pull up each gate, separating it from the T connections on the base.  This leaves you with 7 large pieces. You can store them in direct sunlight, or in a garage.You don't have to worry about wrapping or protecting your pipes. They can handle the elements for years.  

The boys love it, but what really made it great as they got older was putting a slip and slide underneath it:

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You can add different things to make a mega splash pad for a party.  Here are a few more fun backyard water ideas:

Water Scope

Spongeballs

Inflatable Pools

Water Games

And don't forget to brush up on your summer safety tips, too!

Teachers Change Lives – One Student at a Time

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Call it following in my parents' footsteps or possibly just being a creature of habit, but I knew from a very youngage that I wanted to become a teacher.  My father was a high school English/Theater Arts teacher who also wore a lot of hats during his teaching career.  My mother has taught pre-k, kindergarten, and fourth grade.  They lived and breathed teaching.  I spent a lot of time at school when school wasn't in session and I learned what teaching was like through watching and listening to my parents.  I admired the hard work and dedication that both of my parents had to their profession.  I saw that to them, it was much more than a career choice, it was a love.

When I graduated high school, I went to college to become a teacher, as well.  I always have had a love for children and a desire to help them learn and grow.  College classes were fun…I got to make cute things and laminate them.  I had the opportunity to work with amazing kids and learn from amazing teachers.  But when I stepped into "teacher" role….things got real….very quickly.

Teaching is something you don't really understand until you're doing it.  You don't really learn a whole lot until you're put into a teaching role.  As much as I learned from my parents, teachers, and books, I never learned more than my first year as a kindergarten teacher.  It was such a hard year and I actually had a lot of support, unlike many teachers their first year.  The one thing that I found, though, was I spent a LOT of money on things for my classroom.  To get a classroom up and running effectively and smoothly is hard.  I even had lots of stuff given to me, but there were still things I needed and I had to pay for them out of my own pocket.  I cannot imagine how hard it is for teachers who have literally nothing.  What about the schools that have no money, the families they're serving have no money to spare, and these teachers are most likely struggling to pay their student loans and bills themselves?  These teachers need help, and Office Depot, along with the Adopt-A-Classroom nonprofit organization, have made it their mission to help teachers enhance the learning environment for their students.  Adopt-A-Classroom connects donors to teachers to help, and you can, too!  

Register Your Classroom as a Teacher:

  1. Go to the Teachers Change Lives website.
  2. Click on the red box that says "Register Your Classroom," which will take you the Adopt-A-School website.
  3. Follow the steps from there!

Donate to a Teacher:

  1. Go to the Teachers Change Lives website.
  2. Click on the teal "Donate to a Teacher" box, which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website.
  3. Follow the steps from there!

Easy as pie to either register or donate!

I heard a statistic that most teachers teach fewer than five years and then switch careers.  Well, I taught for three years and then decided, along with my husband, that I would stay home with our first child.  Teaching gave me so many tricks and tips for raising my own children and my three years as a teacher were so important and such a life changing experience.  I wouldn't take those years back for anything.  Now, I appreciate my children's teachers SO much.  We need to support teachers and I'm thrilled that Office Depot and Adopt-A-Classroom are helping out!

Watch this video of Stephen Ritz, a teacher in the South Bronx. Stephen and his students built a tower garden in their classroom and turned it into a farm. He teaches his students how to go from seed to plate. Stephen hopes to help change schools in this generation, and fight juvenile diabetes and childhood obesity:

 

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Create April Showers with a Watercolor Resist Stormy Day Craft for Kids

 

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I learned the fine art of watercolor resist back in elementary school, third grade, if I remember correctly.  After the first time, you will realize how beautiful it can look after it's finished…and if you're like me, realize that you don't need to be so lazy the next time.  This craft does take time and elbow grease, but it is totally worth it in the end.  

Whenever there is any type of change…seasons, months, sometimes even days, the Captain gets in a crafty mood.  The other afternoon, he said, "Mommy, let's make a Spring craft!"  I love Pinterest as much as the next mom, but this time, I just consulted the crafts in my brain and came up with this stormy day craft for the boys.  I do not recommend this craft if you have a lazy unmotivated three year old who just recently began to actually enjoy coloring.  D became disinterested in about 2 seconds, after I instructed him to "color super hard!"  The Captain and I worked on this one together because he wasn't quite grasping the concept of "color super hard."  After seeing the final product though, they both get the idea and know that a little effort produces a beautiful picture.

So, here's what you do.  Gather your materials first:

  • one piece of manila construction paper (or plain white paper will work, too)
  • crayons (preferably the good ones, not the cheapos…you know what I mean)
  • watercolors
  • water
  • paintbrush

Directions:

  1. Draw a pretty picture of whatever your heart desires on the piece of paper.
  2. Color in the picture.
  3. Color harder on the picture to make all of the colors very dark, because every part that isn't colored will turn blue.  This is our picture before and clearly, we didn't color hard enough, but that doesn't really matter because we can just say it's rain that is on the trees and flowers in the final picture, right?

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  1. Get your watercolors and water and paint a layer of blue all over the picture.  You don't want it too dark, but make sure the whole picture is covered in blue paint.
  2. Now, use a wadded up paper towel or old rag and gently blot the entire picture.  The crayon wax will repel the water, so you want to get all of the droplets off.

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You'll end up with a beautiful picture of a stormy, rainy day!

Don’t Miss Out On Important Events Because Of Sinus Pressure!

This sinus pressure post has been brought to you by SUDAFED®.  All opinions are mine.

I remember being sick with a cold or allergies, especially when teaching kindergarten and I had to be outdoors every single day.  I would stand outside in the wind during playground time and just sneeze and sneeze.  With each sneeze, it felt like my head and sinuses were getting more and more clogged up and inflamed.  Have you ever tried to teach 22 kindergarten kids with a stuffy nose and sinus headache?  It's quite difficult, to say the least!  I was so miserable with sinus pressure and pain that all I could do was go to school and come home and rest on the couch.  I didn't want to do anything and sleeping at night was almost impossible.  One year I even had extreme teeth pain because my sinuses were so clogged.  In times like these, Hubby and I turn to SUDAFED® and it relieves the pressure so we can go about our lives.  We always make sure to have some on hand for those dreadful days.  SUDAFED® has been the only thing that works for us to relieve the pressure and thus, the pain, that comes along with sinus issues.  It allows us to go about our normal routine and get well sooner.  

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SUDAFED® has come to the rescue for millions of people with sinus pressure.  But to those of us who have missed out on events because of sinus pain and pressure, they've launched a fun sweepstakes on Facebook. Sinus sufferers can enter to win a SUDAFED REPLAY™ to help them relive their most regrettable, missed out moments.  By simply describing the activity they missed or suffered through due to sinus pain and congestion on the SUDAFED REPLAY™ app on the SUDAFED® Facebook page, sinus sufferers will be entered to win a $250 gift card for such experiences as a Flight Replay, Sporting Event Replay, or Movie Replay. The sweepstakes is open through April 6, 2014. 

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New Year, New Baby Giveaway featuring the DayDreamer

 
Happy New Year!  Join us in celebrating the new year and new, precious babies like Baby Brother with the New Year, New Baby Giveaway Hop, hosted by Mama's Baby Cupcakes and co-hosted by So Easy Being Green and Viva Veltoro!
This hop is focused on items you'd want/need for babies ages newborn to 1yr of age. I'm sure you'll enjoy what the bloggers have to offer. After visiting my giveaway, you can use the linky below to hop around the other blogs! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner.  Good luck!
 
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Here at Life With Captain Fussybuckets, I am giving away a DayDreamer inclined infant chair.  It is perfect for daytime naps for Baby or just lounging around.  The incline makes it great for babies who have reflux or colds, or just want to better see the world around them!
 
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Have You Considered Cord Blood Banking?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Cord Blood Registry. I received promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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I have heard a lot about cord blood banking over the years, especially during the times I was pregnant with the boys.  I never spoke with my doctors about it, and I do wish I had, to hear their opinion on the matter.  I feel like I never really got enough information, nor did I go read and search for information, and it is readily available online.  The tremendous medical advances that are being made with cord blood is remarkable and encouraging.  We all know what a vital part the placenta and umbilical cord play in a baby's life in the womb.  It almost seems wasteful to throw it away after birth.

Five things every parent should know about cord blood banking:

  1. Cord blood stem cells have been used in the treatment of more than 80 conditions such as certain cancers, blood disorders, immune deficiencies, and metabolic disorders.
  2. Cord blood stem cell use is being evaluated in FDA trials in common health issues including autism, cerebral palsy, pediatric stroke, and traumatic brain injury.
  3. Families should research their family history.  If an unborn child has a known risk of developing a disorder that is hereditary, cord blood banking might be a valuable option.
  4. There are many options to banking cord blood.  Parents can choose family banking to ensure that their child's cord blood will always be available for use, or choose public donation.  There is no guarantee that their child's cord blood will be available if needed, but it might be.
  5. Family members may also be able to benefit from the cord blood, not just the child.

I honestly haven't heard of many families that have used their child's cord blood, and that's probably because fewer than 10 percent of parents choose to bank their child's cord blood.  The stories I have heard, however, are so incredibly amazing and touching.  Listen to this woman's story about her daughter, who suffered a brain tumor and a stroke, and was helped within a month with her own cord blood:

Cord Blood Registry is the world’s largest family cord blood bank and the first and only newborn stem cell bank to pioneer FDA-regulated clinical trials with leading medical centers to explore the potential benefits of newborn stem cells for many conditions that presently have no cure.  For more information on cord blood banking, visit the Cord Blood Registry website.

Have you or someone you know been helped by cord blood banking?  Would you consider banking your baby's cord blood?  I'd love to hear your story!