Father’s Day is Around the Corner! 8 Perfect Gifts for Dad

Mother’s Day has come and gone, but now it’s time for Father’s Day! We had a great time at our house celebrating our mom, doing some crafts and just visiting, but now we get to look forward to the day for our dad. We are just over a month away now (June 17th!) but it is never too early to brainstorm gift ideas!

For me, at least, I think that Father’s Day gifts can almost be more tricky than Mother’s Day gifts are. For my dad at least, it can be difficult to pick out something that he would both like and use. Let me throw you a life line and show you some ideas for dad this year!

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Gifts for the Outdoorsy Father

Dad looking to get outside more and get more active? Maybe the new FitBit Versa would be a good gift! I love my fitbit, it helps me to be more active, and encourages me to get outside and get more steps everyday. Maybe dad would like one, too! I feel like I always mention these, but I love S’well bottles and they would be a perfect gift! I use mine all the time, and everyone could drink more water! Reusable bottles make drinking more water easier, more economical and better for the environment than traditional plastic bottles. Plus, you can save dad some money by ditching plastic bottles for good!

Live someplace sunny and warm? Nike Baseball Caps help keep the sun out of dads eyes when he’s working outside or getting some sun. High quality and sturdy, a good baseball cap can keep up with all the running around he does on the daily. Plus, they come in a million different colors!

Gifts for the Tech-y Father

Get dad a new virtual assistant! The Echo Spot displays as a clock, but also integrates Alexa to help to play music, podcasts, make calls and more. We love using Alexa in our house to play music and more. This would be a great gift for dad that will keep working for him all year long!

I have to say, I LOVE my Beats wireless headphonesThey make working out so much more fun, and the fact that they’re wireless seals the deal! This makes them a perfect gift for dads that may have their hands full already, but want to listen to music or podcasts when they get a free second!

As I’ve mentioned in previous gift guidesAnker Portable Chargers are perfect for anyone these days. Every dad has a phone, and having back up power for when you can’t get to an outlet is priceless. I love mine for day trips and travel, but these are great to keep with you all the time to help keep you (or dad!) connected!

Gifts for the Active Father

A Gaiam Yoga Mat is good for more than just yoga! Great for stretching, home workouts, and of course, yoga. Gaiam’s products are super high quality, last forever and come in tons of fun colors (or neutrals!). Active dads would love a good mat to take their workouts up a notch.

A new pair of running shoes is always a good idea! Perfect for running or anything else dad would need, a new pair of tennis shoes are always needed. This pair from Nike comes in a variety of colors and sizes, perfect to fit just about any dad’s personality.

What are you planning on picking up for the father in your life this year? Let me know in the comments below; the more ideas the merrier!

XOXO Em

Constant Anxiety – What It’s Like Living With Anxiety Disorders

If you know me personally, good chances are that you are more than aware that I have had chronic anxiety for around 12 years now. At this point, mental health awareness and understanding has become a little more than important to me, because, in my humble opinion, it is one of the most misunderstood things around right now. The US hasn’t quite caught up to the rest of the world in the means of healthcare, which can leave mental health services in the dust. I’ve never shared what my day to day with anxiety is like before, but I figured that it was about time.

I’ve known the feeling of anxiety since I was pretty young. The earliest I felt it was probably around when I was in third grade, but I didn’t recognize it as anything other than feeling nervous. I was really young, and for the most part, it probably looked like I was just going through a phase as a kid. Over the years, it was pretty clear that I was always anxious about something, even if there wasn’t anything worth worrying about.

So, what does anxiety look like now?

Now that I’m starting into adulthood, anxiety is a little different because I recognize the confused and messy feelings as being anxiety. As a kid, it was a little more confusing, but now I know that it’s only temporary.

On a normal day, I usually wake up feeling that familiar nervous feeling in my chest or stomach. Once I start moving, it usually lifts, and I start to feel ready to start the day, have some breakfast, and either get to class, work, or hang around home on the off days. For me, anxiety is usually felt in my chest, with a tingling feeling, racing heart, and sometimes heart palpitations. You get that feeling that something absolutely terrible is about to happen, even when you’re totally safe at home. It can throw a wrench into a normal day, turning it into something terrible for no reason. That is the worst part, in my opinion.

How is someone affected by anxiety?

Another part that people don’t seem to totally grasp is that anxiety has such a massive effect on a person’s energy. For me, I’ve learned to adjust to living while constantly pretty tired. Be patient with us, please! We’re constantly trying to reason with our minds, reassuring ourselves that the world is, in fact, not ending and all will be okay. Doing this all day long is exhausting. It might not sound like much, but when your mind refuses to quiet down all day, it takes a serious toll. For myself personally, I work pretty hard to keep the emotions and panicked feeling way below the surface, so I can work and function on a daily basis. This takes an insane amount of energy, and leaves me usually pretty drained. But, hey, it works for me, and lets me live my life.

Some days are better than others, but every once in a while, it can be hard to smoosh all the feelings down. It is so easy to get overwhelmed, stressed, and upset over seemingly menial things. When you’re constantly bargaining with yourself mentally, it can be hard to keep up.

With all the negative, it doesn’t mean that life is all dreary and sad for me. Yeah, it can definitely complicate things, but for the most part, I live just like everyone else, just with little adjustments here and there. The media can demonize people who live with mental health issues, but in all reality, 99.9% of people are just trying to be happy and healthy like everyone else. And, you more than likely have someone in your life who has a similar struggle.

So, how can I help a friend with anxiety?

Everyone is different. Just like any illness, it effects everyone differently, and everyone likes different things to help with the stress. For me, I like the following things:

  • Support from friends and family. Just asking me how I’m doing lets me know someone is there for me, and opens up the conversation if I haven’t been feeling very well. However, this is something that everyone needs, regardless if they suffer from anxiety or any similar ailments. Everyone needs support!
  • Understand that it isn’t something we are doing on purpose. These feelings are usually out of our hands! While it doesn’t excuse any behavior, it is really helpful to understand that we are doing our best to manage how we feel.
  • Understand that somedays I need a day off. I can get really overwhelmed, and a day off is worth its weight in gold.

In addition, if you need some self care yourself, feel free to check out my post about my favorite forms of self care! Everyone can use a little TLC now and again!

Do you know someone that has anxiety, or maybe you do? Want to share any experiences or advice? Share in my comment section below!

XOXO Em

April Favorites – What I’m Loving This Spring!

Another month has come and gone and with it, it brings so many new products and treats that I’m loving! Getting to choose favorites are a great way to reflect back on the month, what I did, and the things that I came to acquire. April brought so many nice surprises!

While the weather has been on the gross side, April has been both great and difficult for me. School is coming to a close (yay!) but so far the weather hasn’t warmed enough to start getting spring clothes. I can’t wait for spring dresses, no more coats, and sandals!

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April Style Favorites

I bought this cactus dress for a presentation last month, and I have fallen in love! It was super affordable, comfortable, and cute! I can be picky about lengths of dresses, and this one was perfect, hitting just above the knee. It is perfect for work, going out to dinner, or in my case, student presentations! For around $30, it doesn’t get much better than this dress.

I’m a little obsessed with anything with hamsa, so I love this Alex and Ani Hamsa Bangle! I love how easy bangles are to wear, the pretty sounds they make when they jingle on the arm, and how you can wear as many as you’d like. They’re an easy and really fun way to add personality to an outfit without breaking the bank.

April Lifestyle Favorites

I finally got my hands on another Happy Planner! I’ve felt all over the place as of late, so I wanted a paper planner that I could record my thoughts and appointments in. I’m purchasing it at the end of the semester ironically, but I just want a solid place that I can reference. Of course, I have a digital planner in my phone, but nothing is better than having a hard copy you can toss in your bag with you.Tervis cups and bottles have always been a favorite of mine, but I have fallen back in love with them this month! They’re pretty much indestructible, keep your drink cold all day, and help you to cut down on the number of disposable bottles you use. I keep a cup or tumbler with me at all times so I don’t need to buy water, I can just either fill up at the tap or a water fountain. A money saver, and good for the environment. This hydrangea patterned tumbler is really beautiful!

April Beauty Favorites

I recently started to use Deva Curl Products to wash and condition my hair, and I love them! Their products are great for people who have naturally curly hair, with a moisturizing conditioner and a no lather shampoo. In addition, their products smell delicious and I am totally addicted.


I will forever be obsessed with Mario Badescu Facial Sprays and all the different scents that they come in! My favorite is rose water, and its perfect for this time of year where the weather is changing rapidly and your skin might take a hit. They’re inexpensive, and perfect to toss in your bag!

What were your favorite things you found this last month? Check out March’s Favorites for more great products!

Let me know if you found anything great this month in the comments below!

XOXO Em

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