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Gift Ideas for Dear Old Dad…..

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…..more celebrating fathers! In my experience, dads are the unsung heroes. When the winning quarterback is honored after the Super Bowl, who does he thank? Mom! Who put a football in his hand before he could even walk and played catch with him in the yard? Well, that would have been his dear old dad.


While moms are fairly easy to shop for, dads are usually stuck with the same old boring cliché’s; tie, Old Spice aftershave or a World’s Greatest Dad coffee mug. Certainly there must be better ways to celebrate dad…….

Watch: If mom likes jewelry, then a great counter point would be a beautiful time-piece for dad. To be a well appointed gentleman doesn’t take much; good haircut, polished shoes, well tailored clothes and a fabulous watch.

Wallet or money clip: A nice wallet for a man is the equivalent a good handbag for a woman. Some men like something extremely small, just enough room to fit identification and a credit card, while most like a traditional wallet. Another nice option is a slim cut billfold that fits nicely in the breast pocket of a sport or suit coat. An engraved money clip is a good alternative to a rubber band.

Cufflinks: It can’t be casual Friday everyday! A classic french knot in brushed gold or silver is very smart, while monogrammed cufflinks are a really personal touch.

Leather desk set or leather portfolio: Make the drudgery of the work day a little more sophisticated with beautiful leather desk accessories. Dad will look great at his meetings and appointments when he takes notes in his leather portfolio, at his nicely appointed desk.

Pen: While a disposable ball point is the most practical, nothing says elegant man like a beautiful pen. Dad can use it, ceremoniously, while signing all of his most important documents.

Cologne: Don’t let the rugged exterior fool you; dads like to smell good too. Visit your favorite department store for a fantastic new scent.

Electronics: E-reader, I-Pad, I-Pod, portable navigation device, camera, video camera….there are all sorts of fun gadgets, one suitable for every dad.

Hard cover books: I personally like to keep it old school. There is nothing quite like holding a real book in your hand, dog-earring the pages. Get dad the latest best seller from his favorite author or a coffee table book on his favorite subject (such as golf, sailing, fishing, cars, etc).

BBQ accoutrements: For the grill master that LOVES to cook, why not a new assortment of spices, rubs and marinades? A case of steaks would be delicious too.

Hobbies: Outfit dad for his favorite hobby, from hats, clothes and outerwear to anything he’s missing in his collection (i.e., for the golfer; bag, club, shoes, balls, gadgets, gift card)

An experience: Spend the day with dad doing what he likes to do; golfing, fishing, water sports, yard work, whatever it is he likes to do.


More appreciating fathers, more thoughtful gifts, more spending time with dad…..


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Cocktails Anyone?

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……….more cocktails before game time! When you have kids, your time is never your own. Like a doctor (while I don’t play one on TV, I do pretend to be one in real life. My customary response is, “In my expert opinion, you’re fine.”), parents are always on call. Can you drive me here? Can you drive me there? Tell him to stop touching me! Tell her I don’t want her in my room! I have nothing to wear (oh wait, that’s me)! Where are my shoes? Where is my homework? Can I have friends over to watch the Super Bowl tonight? And, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

However, when opportunity presents itself, we parents have to rally. We totally have to be prepared to take full advantage, even when we’re eaking out a whopping 60 minutes to ourselves. Saturday night, Nick was scheduled to play his very last hockey game, of his High School hockey career, of the regular season before playoffs. The pre-game ritual usually consists of me whipping up a quick pasta dinner (you know; carb loading) before packing up the car for parts unknown. Before we can leave, he has to get his bag together. Have you ever seen or smelled a hockey bag? It’s big enough to conceal a dead body and it reeks of decomposition too. He stick handles to loosen up, packs a few bottles of water (good hydration is vital), grabs a banana and when he’s feeling it, packs a PB&J just like Sydney Crosby. We’re exhausted before we pull out of the driveway.

Our game was in Niles at 8pm, Saturday night. Woo hoo! Chuck and I dropped Nick off at the rink at 7; we had an entire hour to spare. I suppose we could have popped into a Starbucks for a warm caffeinated beverage, but it was a Saturday night (or as the Bay City Rollers would say S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night!).  Surely, we assumed, we could find a cocktail in Niles. We were right next door to the Golf Mill Mall for Heaven’s sake.

We pulled away from the rink and headed down Milwaukee Ave (apparently in the wrong direction). Surely, we thought, we would run into a strip mall with an Outback Steakhouse or a Chili’s (with a pleasant little bar. You know, hockey games are at their very best when fueled with alcohol), but the more we drove, the less we saw. We’re not quitters, but I was about to give up hope of ever finding a glass of Pino Grigio. As we wound our way back to the rink, Chuck spotted a sports lounge, which sounded promising.  


We pulled into the parking lot of Lucky Magee’s and made our way to the front door. Never in my life have I seen so many cigarette butts! People, huddled outside, in the sub zero temperatures, having a smoke. I was about to enter…the Twilight Zone. Clearly, I live under a rock, because I’ve never been to OTD, otherwise known as Off Track Betting.

A total sucker for old movies, I felt like we were on the soundstage of the Robert Redford/Paul Newman classic; The Sting. There were cocktail waitresses, betting windows, racing forums, TV screens; wall to wall, floor to ceiling, all featuring horse races. I’ve never seen anything like it.

All I can say is, “Thank God for OTB!” We enjoyed a cold beverage, a little conversation and a few moments to ourselves to reconnect before game time.

More family life, more stolen moments, more Off Track Betting…….

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