Father's Day Gift Idea #TheGiftOfClean

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Father's day is just around the corner and I don't know about you, but I always have the hardest time shopping for my dad. He is the kinda guy who has everything. I can buy him another shirt with his favorite team on it, but he has plenty. Now that I have my little ones, Father's day has become more of Papa's day for my Dad. This Father's day I have combined two of my daughter's favorite things to do for a gift idea for their Papa: A giant homemade Father's Day card and a Car Care Gift Pack from Armor All®

One of my daughter's favorite things to do with their Papa is helping him wash his car, so of course this gift is perfect! Of course to go along with this perfect gift, we had to give him something handmade. See: the giant Father's Day card above. The girls drew a picture of them helping their Papa wash his car, these will be some of their favorite memories when they grow up. They included everything important in their card, themselves and their Papa, Toby our dog, Papa's boat (car) and the tree that's in the front of our house. I know my Dad will keep his this giant card forever, it may even find a new home up in his office. 

Whenever my dad washes his car, which is pretty often, like a few times a week, my girls run outside to help. I love to watch them because, as precious as my Dad's car is to him, he still lets them help... a little. Mostly, they play with the bubbles and the water hose and chase each other around while my dad makes his car nice and shiny.

It's fun for me to see my girls spend this time with their Papa, my Dad. I remember the day my Dad came home with this car. It was so big to me, I called it a boat. I still refer to it as the boat and my dad as the skipper, he kinda hates that. Haha! When the car was new I remember taking trips to Las Vegas and Palm Springs in that car. We would sing the theme songs to some of our favorite childhood TV shows like 

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Saved by the Bell and play road trip games with my sister while in the backseat.

Can you see the pride? He loves his car and I think he loves his big bucket of car goodies. He probably loves it the most because it was from his granddaughters and now washing his car means spending time with them.

So how do you wash your car? This is how we wash ours:

  • Park your car in a shaded area and rinse the loose dirt with water.
  • Empty all products out of the wash bucket and put aside.
  • Pour 1 oz of the Armor All Ultra Shine Wash and Wax per gallon of water. Use your judgement based on the size of your car.
  • Dip your sponge in the bubbly water and wash the surface of your car.
  • Rinse the soapy water with water and use the Armor All Towel to dry.
  • Use the Armor All Glass Wipes to clean the windows and mirrors.
  • For the interior of the car you can use the Armor All Cleaning Wipes or Armor All Original Pump to make the inside of your car nice and shiny! I like the wipes a lot! They make this task go easier.
  • Next use the Armor All Extreme Tire Shine to make the black on your tires even blacker.
  • We always save the wheels for last, Armor All Quick Silver Wheel & Tire Cleaner make both the wheels and caps shine bright.. like a diamond.. haha!
  • Stand back and admire your car in all of it's shiny glory. Cars always feel better when they are nice and clean. Take it for a spin and enjoy!

Check out this bucket of fun! Well, not as much fun for me, but this is such a fun gift for Dads. Look at all of the products you get inside a new wash bucket. 

Father's Day Buckets include following products:

Armor All Orange Bucket with Lid

Armor All Extreme Tire Shine

Armor All Original Pump 10oz

Armor All Ultra Shine Wash & Wax

Armor All Cleaning Wipes

Armor All Glass Wipes

Armor All Quick Silver Wheel & Tire Cleaner

Armor All Towel

Armor All Pro Tips Booklet


The value of the bucket and the products are valued at more than $30, which at the current cost, is a little more than 42% savings at Walmart. And I have a coupon to share with you too! Save $2 here! (while supplies last.)

If the Dad in your life loves his car then this is such a great gift at an even better value. Armor All products help people preserve and protect the value and appearance of their cars. From interior products like Armor All®

Protectant Wipes to exterior items like Armor All Wash & Wax, Armor All products go beyond simply washing to help maintain the appearance of a car for the long term.

Such a fun gift idea right? It's such a great deal at Walmart especially with the coupon. Go out and pick one up for the Dad in your life. 

It takes a special Father to be a Daddy

 I look like him, and although I always deny it, I am a lot like him. 
My dad has always been a provider, a protector and my daddy. 
It must be a strange thought for some people, that I still live with my Dad. For us, it works. 
Like every father-daughter relationship, we went through our rough patch for a while when I grew up. I think the best thing any Father can do, and that my Dad has done, is apologize for the mistakes that they have made because, well, they are human too.
 I don't think you can understand or appreciate that apology until you are a parent yourself. Because, now I know, being a parent is not easy.  I have a pretty great relationship with my Dad at this point in life. He is a great Papa to my girls and I really couldn't ask for anything more. 
I am so glad that I have albums filled with memories like this, because for some reason I don't remember very much of my childhood. Here are some things I do remember of my Daddy from when I was growing up.

My dad worked a lot. I remember him coming home in the evening and asking what we were watching on TV. We'd say, "Who's the Boss?" and he'd always say, "I am. But what are you watching."

My dad played softball with his brothers on the weekends and because of that, I got to see and play with my cousins a lot.

I remember my dad taking me to several fire stations for Open House one time and I was so cool, because I got to hold the big fire hose. 

I remember watching my Dad dressed in a long sleeve sweatshirt, gloves, jeans tucked into his boots, and a pool net over his head as he knocked down the wasps nests outside. 

I remember calling my dad to pick me up from a friends house around the block because a dog had chased me while I was riding my bike.

I remember going over to my grandpa's house on football Sundays so he could hang out with his Dad (while my sister and I watched American Gladiators on a 4 inch black and white television).

I remember my Dad signing Brad Pitt's name on a pledge form for a jump rope competition that I was raising money for. 
My Dad hasn't changed much. 
He does the same things with my kids, as their Papa, as he did when I was little. He teases them the way he used to tease me, says the same corny jokes from when I was a kid, and mostly, I wouldn't have it any other way. 

A New Film from the Creators of Coraline: #TheBoxtrolls

Do you remember the first movie that your child sat through?
When my daughter was almost two years old, she sat on the couch and watched Coraline from start to finish. She loved Coraline and we are so excited that the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman are coming out with a new film, The BoxTrolls!

A film event for the whole family from the creators of "Coraline" and "ParaNorman", which introduces audiences to a new kind of family: 
The Boxtrolls, a community of bizarre creatures and sleepers who have raised a child with love, human orphan called Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous house they have built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the villain of the people, Archibald Snatcher (winner of the Academy Award Ben Kingsley), proposes a plan to eliminate the Boxtrolls, Eggs decide to venture to the surface, "to find the light," and there he meets and befriends Winnie the fabulously energetic (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save the family of Eggs.

My girls and I are so excited to see it! We can not wait until 9/26/14!
Check them out on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Oh and just in time for Father's day, a printable card for Día del Padre!

My husband Mark

With Father's Day being just around the corner, I wanted to mention what a great Daddy my husband is to our two little girls. The girls love him and look up to him, and really think he is super dad, actually, they think he is the Incredible Hulk. Haha! They wait for him to get home from work and countdown to when he will be home for the weekend.  

Mark is the Dad who plays hide and seek for an hour before going to bed, he is the dad who will always give them a cookie if they ask him, he is the dad who will find a lizard or shark for the girls to hold and experience, he is the dad who will give a real answer to the never ending questions, he is the dad who will watch Phineas and Ferb, he is the dad who will play Candyland, he is the dad who will bring out his GI Joe's to play alongside two little girls, and finally he is the dad who makes pancakes with the girls almost every weekend. Mark is a great dad, I couldn't ask for a better father to my two little girls....

Okay, so whenever I write a new post, at some point in the day I will ask my husband, "Hey, did you read my post today?" and without fail, he will say, "Oh, no not yet, I haven't had a chance... I will later." And that's that, I never hear feedback, he doesn't "like" my stuff on Facebook, "share" my blog or ReTweet my tweets. I don't know why, and I know that by putting him on blast like this, it makes him sound like he doesn't support me. But that's not exactly the case, if I talk, he listens and is (somewhat) attentive, and if I am really requiring his support, he definitely will give it to me. 

So, I asked my darling husband to guest post, he said no. I bitched at him about not being supportive blah blah blah and got something better than a guest post, a video!!! Here is my hubby Mark playing/singing "I will follow you into the dark" by Death Cab for Cutie.