Father’s Day Gifts That Guys Really Want!




We just breezed through Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and now Father’s Day is right around the corner. 

If your struggling to come up with some Daddy Day Gifts, here’s some suggestions that most guys really want. 


JBL Clip 3 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker



JBL Clip 3 Rechargeable Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
I know that there are a lot of Dad’s out there who not only love the outdoors, but music too.  So, this little clip on bluetooth speaker is perfect for outdoor sports, especially fishing because it’s waterproof.  $39.99 at Ebay.      

DIY Cornhole Board Game



My family loves playing cornhole, and I know that most guys (Daddy’s) love competing and getting those bean bags in the hole!  So, if you’re a DIYer, why not build one and personalize it just for him.  
(If your not a DIYer, then here’s a budget friendly, portable option for $39.95 at Amazon):

Portable PVC Framed Cornhole Toss Game Set with 8 Bean Bags and Travel Carrying Case

Portable cornhole game

Viking Revolution Beard Care Kit


Viking Beard Gift Set


Since facial hair is in, why not give that bearded guy a kit to keep it soft and looking good. 

This gift set has a super manly tin box to go along with it.  $20 on Amazon


Drink Cooler with Speakers


Drink Cooler With Speakers


I don’t know many guys who don’t drink a little beer or toddy once in awhile.  Well, why not give your man a portable drink cooler with speakers?  Check out this baby for only $89 on Amazon. 

He will love bragging about it to his friends.  LOL


Grill Instructor Apron with Beer Holder and Opener


Grill Instructor Apron


Finally, for a little fun, how about this Grill Instructor Apron with pockets for: matches, beer, phone, ketchup and mustard.  Best part is that it’s only $10 with prime on Amazon.  


No matter gift you finally give this Father’s Day, I hope that you get to spend time with the one you love and express how much you appreciate them and all that they do.   











These are just a few suggested Father’s Day gift ideas that I think the guys would really enjoy, and I have collected some more ideas on my Pinterest board: Father’s Day DIY Ideas & Gifts
Just so ya know that some of the links above are my referral links, which means I may get a small commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you of course.  Thank you for your support!!    :-)




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Wedding Day Ways To Save! The Jewelry!


Although the wedding day is very special, it’s the ring that let’s everyone know that you found your someone special in life.  In my own love story, I’m going to tell you that I lost my wedding ring twice.  You heard it, and how that happened I have no idea, but I did, and I was young, and didn’t have insurance on it.  Ouch!  

Having said that,  I decided to replace it with something that had some bling, without the price.  I opted for a simple 1 ct. 14K gold band ring with simulated diamonds, that if it were real deal, would cost me over $2000 today.  In reality I got this simple beauty for the super saving price of $200.  Cha-Ching!  🙂          



I have had this ring for over 20 years now, and it looks just as good as when I purchased it all those years ago.  In fact, I have bought several other pieces though out the years, and I am a huge fan of all things big, bold & beautiful without the huge price!   AND this brings me to your wedding day and how you can save on your jewelry accessories for yourself and your bridal party.  



EleQueen Women’s Cubic Zirconia Simulated Pearl Flower Bridal Necklace Earrings Jewelry Set Ivory Color



EleQueen Womens Cubic Zirconia Simulated Pearl Flower Bridal Necklace Earrings Jewelry Set Ivory Color Gold tone Clothing



This bridal set is available at Amazon for around $35, and I love how it incorporates the classic pearl element with a little modern bling.  It comes in rose, white, and yellow gold combination and is a perfect choice for the entire bridal party at this price.  Click here for more ideas:  Wedding Party Jewelry Sets






Triple Row of Crystal Leaf Gatsby Inspired Bridal Tiara Headband



Another great place to find bridal or themed jewelry is BlingJewelry.com.   For instance, this Triple Row Tiara is only $35, and if you’re looking for gift ideas for the bridesmaids or groomsmen to wear this is a super stop to shop.    





Rhinestone Wedding Bag Clutch





This silver glitter clutch is simply stunning with all its bling, and cute bow closure on the top.  It’s available at the bridal page at Amazon.com, along with bride to be, bachelor or bachelorette party, and day of wedding gift ideas that will surely make your day special for a fraction of the price.  



These are just a few places that are worth checking out for your wedding day jewelry & accessories, not only for the beauty and design, but more importantly the super prices.  I also like how each place gives you themed visual blueprint, with style tips to help you with all the details.  




Just to let you know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and if you decide to buy I may get a small commission fee.  I really appreciate your continued support of my website, and I hope that you stop back by, and let me know about your wedding day savings.  

Free Woodworking Classes

Watch woodworking classes at myBluprint.com


Holy Moly!  My hubby has decided that he is going to finally start learning how to use his wood router and design some custom pieces for our home.  (Hopefully, an entertainment center)  🙂  

When he mentioned this to me,  I told him to check out this online woodworking class at BluPrint.com,called “Flawless Finishing“.  And here’s why:

  • A professional is teaching this online class
  • It’s FREE
  • He’s a visual person, and doesn’t like to read directions
  • He’s a man
  • Did I mention it’s FREE


Flawless Finishing


Class Description

Never fear finishing again! Learn accessible techniques and troubleshooting tips from furniture maker and instructor Robert Spiece in this free mini-class. Find out how to pick the right finish based on the wood grain and desired outcome for your piece. Then, experiment with a variety of finishes to make the grain pop as you master wipe-on, brush-on and rottenstone hand-rub techniques. Robert will demonstrate how to prepare your wood for a smooth finish and share application methods for flawless results. You’ll even learn how to easily and efficiently work with curved and offset pieces. Plus, get important safety tips to protect you and your shop!



I know a ton of people who are wanting to save some money by learning how to update or create their own cabinetry masterpieces.  Here’s a mini-class to get you started.


Sawing Success


What good does it do to buy all of that those tools and not have a clue as to how to use them, and…..honestly I would rather learn from someone else than my hubby at times.  LOL


Just so ya know….that I am proud to be an affiliate with the BluPrint community, and the links above are my affiliate links.  This means that I may get a small commission at no cost to you of course, and I really appreciate your continued support.  As always….I encourage everyone to learn how to do something new and enjoy those savings.  Enjoy.  🙂



How To Order A Prom Dress Online


If your kid is going to prom, it’s exciting but really expensive.

When my daughter went, we had a hard time finding a dress in our local stores, simply because they either didn’t fit or were way out of our budget.  So, we decided to order her dress, shoes, and accessories on Amazon, and she looked fabulous.

If you’re shopping for a prom dress, and having sticker shock, here’s how to buy that dress online.


Just so you know, that there are affiliate links in this post.  So, if you click and buy, I might get a commission fee.  Thanks for your support.   


Read Reviews


PLEASE read the online reviews from people that have already purchased the dress that you are interested in!  Hopefully, some of these ladies have taken the time to post a picture of them wearing the dress.   It doesn’t hurt to ask that person questions either.


Measure, Measure, and Measure Again


Get the measuring tape out, and write those body parts down.  It’s even better if you can get someone else to help you do this, because you have to know your exact measurements, and compare them to the sizing chart that goes along with the dress.

If your measurements are not lining up with the sizing chart, (which is the case for most of us ladies out there), then you must customize your dress.  Each dress company goes into detail on how to do this, so pay close attention.  My daughter and I had to do this for her dress, and it turned out perfect, except my mom had to shorten the length a little bit, which leads me to my last tip.




Have a Back Up Seamstress


Just in case your dress needs a little more customization, make sure you know a seamstress or tailor.  You will still same some money by going this route, and it doesn’t hurt to know one for future events.  Weddings, hint, hint.

Give Yourself Plenty Of Time


Buy your dress way in advance if you can, trust me this is a must, and here’s and example why I say this.

I bought the sleeveless bridesmaid dress below for my daughter on Amazon, and unfortunately I ordered the wrong color.  I emailed the company to see if there was time to change it, and I was thrilled when I got an email back saying, “No worries Brandi, we will change the color”.  What a relief that was, and I was glad that I had ordered this dress way ahead of time.



In Closing


If you do decide to buy a dress online, please review your purchase, and post some pics of you wearing it.  All of us ladies come in different shapes and sizes, and since we can’t actually put this dress on ourselves, it’s nice to see it on someone with a similar body type, like these beauties below!


My daughter is on the right….look at that smile and dress.





What Makes Me A Super Saver You Ask?

What Makes Me A Super Saver You Ask?

I’ve been challenged to write a post about what makes me a super saver?  The truth is that in 2012 my hubby had lost his job, and we were faced with how to pay our bills on a reduced income.   


As I was searching for job openings online, I happened to come across a blogger who was sharing tips on how to save money. 


The #1 tip that jumped out at me was clipping coupons from the Sunday paper.  


What’s funny about this, is that as a kid, I used to think that my Grams was nuts for using coupons at the store. 


(I guess she knew a thing or two about saving money).  🙂  

Sunday Coupons

Sunday Coupons


So, I decided to get a little nutty myself, clips some coupons, and ended up buying 4 bottles of shampoo for only .50 cents each.  I was so excited, because I knew that with a little effort I could help reduce some expenses, and I was hooked.  


Since then, I have become a DIY enthusiast and learned how to grow a garden, can my veggies, and even tile my own bathroom floors. 


(YES, I tiled my own bathroom floors thanks to You Tube)!  🙂  

My DIY Tiled Floor

I Tiled My Own Bathroom Floor


I had learned so much, that I wanted to share my experiences with others and started this blog. 


It’s interesting to me as I reflect back, that blogging became a therapeutic blessing during this difficult time.  I have become an affiliate marketer & influenster who gets the opportunity to try products and services and share my findings with my family, friends, and online community.   

(AND….in some cases I get a little commission fee if someone clicks on my affiliate link and buys a product that I have reviewed.  This is a wonderful perk, because it helps me pay for the upkeep of my blog.  Yay)!


Below are some pics of some products that I have had the wonderful opportunity to try and review.




In closing, I’m glad that I was challenged to write this post, because it’s important to remember why I started this blog to begin with, and I am humbled when visitors take the time to visit my little place on the web.  

I’m also a real, live, social person, who would love to hear your super savings stories or tips, so please comment below.  🙂    

Who Else Has The Guts To Cancel Their Gym Membership?


This past weekend, I finally had the guts to cancel my gym membership.  I felt a little guilty at first, but the reality is that I don’t use it, and I knew that I wouldn’t go in the future either.

So, I’ve come up with a health and fitness blueprint that has worked for me in the past, and it includes an app, inspiration, and exercise.  Read on if your needing a fitness plan that’s budget friendly too.

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and I will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through my links. Read my disclosure policy here .)




MyFitnessPal is my favorite app for tracking calories, carbs, fiber, and workout steps.  I will be the first to admit, that if I don’t pay attention to how much I’m eating, the pounds pile on.  This app keeps me in reality with how much I’m actually eating per day, which for me makes or breaks my health goals.  I also sync it with my Mac & Apple watch.  This app is also available on on other devices.



Lower Carb Lifestyle


Any eating plan that helps you feel better, and obtain your goals is awesome.  For me, I do really well on a lower carb plan, in fact at my last yearly wellness checkup, my doc handed me this Basic Dos & Dont’s of Healthy Eating sheet.



If your into this type of eating lifestyle too, I would love for you to join me on my Low Carb Love FB page or Pinterest page .  I share easy, delicious, and simple tips from some of the best low carb bloggers out there.  (They deserve all the credit for helping me keep variety in my life, and stay on track).

I also have a Low Carb Love amazon page with different kitchen gadgets to help make your meals easier, because ahead of time prep is key with any eating plan.


Stationary Bike


Next up, exercise.

When I did go to the health club, I always ended up on a stationary upright or recumbent bikes.  Well heck, I can save some money and time by doing this at home, and after some research, I decided to buy this Sunny Health And Fitness Pro Exercise Bike .


Sunny Health And Fitness Pro Exercise Bike



The reviews are high, it’s a super price at $240, and I got free assembly, in which someone comes to my home and puts it together.  This will save an argument between my hubby and I putting it together ourselves.  LOL


I’ve also bought an earlier version of this, Exerpeutic Gold 525XLR Folding Recumbent Exercise Bikewhich I would recommend to anyone because it folds, rolls, and has a high weight capacity weight limit up to 400 lbs, which is great on the knees.  Heck, my sister puts her’s under her desk at home while she works.  Check out the pic below.






This Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike is still available on Amazon, it’s the perfect starter bike.  It holds up to 300 lbs, rolls, and folds in a limited amount of space, and for around $150, you can’t beat the price.  Plus, if you have low back pain, knee, or hip problems, (which I do) this is a great non-bearing indoor bike to try.



Well, that’s it, I quit the gym, and I look forward to creating my own home workout space.

I will update you on my progress, but more importantly, my hope is that all of you who are trying to get healthier succeed in you quest.  Baby steps, seem to work best, and Here’s to a Happy Healthy Year!











How My Guy Saves On His RX Glasses!

My hubby and I have reached the age where we both have to wear those dreaded prescription glasses, and I don’t consider a trip to the eyewear store a fun date for the two of us.   Plus, by the time you pick out your glasses, add the features that you want, you always end up paying well over $150-$300.

That’s great if you have vision insurance that will cover a pair of specs per year, but let’s face it, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need several back up pair of glasses.  Heck, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost and found my glasses over the years, and thank goodness for places like Zenni Optical, my guy and I save big time on our RX glasses each year.

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and I will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through my links. Read my disclosure policy here .)


Get your Prescription Glasses from Zenni Optical! Prices starting at $6.95. Shop Now!


So, how do we do it?  First you upload your eyeglass prescription to Zenni, measure out what size you need, pick out a stylish pair of pair, and some features that you want.  Next, add them to your cart, check for any coupons, and buy!  Within a week or so they are in your mailbox, and here’s are recent purchase that only cost us $20 bucks shipped.  Woo Hoo!


Zenni Package



The best part, is opening that package up, and seeing your masterpiece with your own eyes!  Well, technically we will see it better after we our glasses on!  🙂



Zenni Package 2



So, if your into savings like I am, and you need some extra pairs of glasses, I highly recommend that you give Zenni Optical a try.  As you can see from the picture above, they have glasses that start at $6.95, so for that kind of money you could get a couple pairs.  Their website has some wonderful how to videos so I encourage you to watch them, and don’t forget to sign up for their e-mail, so you can always know what promotions they are running and save even more.

New Styles for a New Year. Start the year off right with fresh eyewear. SHOP NOW at Zenni Optical.