Men’s Gift Guide : Part 1

I have been brain storming my husband’s Christmas list and began thinking about some of his favorite gifts from the past years. I thought I would share ten of his favorite gifts incase anyone is needing some ideas for the holiday season! Below are the first five…stay tuned for the next!

I would love to know some of your favorite gifts for men!

1.Range Finder

If you know someone who loves golf, a range finder would be a great gift! There are so many options and different price ranges to tailor to personal interests/needs.


This is a great thermometer for anyone who looks to cook or grill. We have gifted them to many men, and my husband uses his daily! They will also run deals throughout the year for a better price.

3.Weekend Bag

Purchasing a nice weekend/travel bag will be something your loved one can keep forever. I chose to purchase a weekend bag from Italy since my husband and I loved their leather products when we visited. It can be a splurge depending what size you purchase, but definitely worth the investment!

4.Water Bottle

Having a nice, sturdy water bottle is always nice! My husband loves his hydroflask (linked above) or his Super Sparrow one! He likes having a large stainless steal, and likes that the Sparrow one can fit in the cup holder!

5.Date Night/ Activity

Booking an activity is always a nice gesture and fun to do! It can be anything from a date night to an excursion on an upcoming trip, or just something to do together. I have gifted my husband a cooking class, my father in law a murder mystery family dinner, and my parents a wine tour on a vacation.

Part two will be coming soon!



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Contract Workers & Taxes

I was thinking about teaching and getting paid as a contract worker (receive 1099 instead of W2) and what that entails. I feel like there are so many jobs in our society where people are essentially working for themselves or considered a contract worker. I thought I would share some things to keep in mind as a contract worker when saving for taxes and making sure you are setting yourself up for success in that area.

Below are my top three things to keep in mind. I would love to know anything you do that helps!

1.Create A Tracking System

Having some type of system is crucial for keeping track or your payments and the amount set aside for taxes with each one. This can be created based off your pay structure or contract period. For example, with teaching I have contracts that are 6 months long. I set up my document to be in a 6 month period or contract period to keep it organized and to make the most sense for me! I use excel but there are many ways to keep things organized!

2. Create a Set Tax Percentage

Decide what percentage you are comfortable with setting aside each paycheck for taxes. 15% is the minimum with Social Security and Medicare, however most do around 30% to account for other taxes that will need to be taken out. This will all depend on your tax bracket at the end of the year! You also have earn $400 or more for the year to file as an independent contractor.

3.Make Quarterly Payments

Create an account with EFTPS (electronic federal tax payment system) to pay your quarterly taxes. This will all go towards your end of year tax return and eliminate one large payment at the end of the year. You can find the dates online and notate when they are due in your tracking system.

The main thing is to of course stay consistent with taking your taxes out and keeping yourself accountable so you aren’t in a bind at the end of the year!



Potty Training Take Aways

We are wrapping up our potty training journey and I must say it feels so good! Our son will be 3 at the end of December and our house is officially diaper free. I am so thankful we had the time to make it a priority and not rush each step. I thought I would share some things I learned during this process and what worked for us. Of course, every child is different and responds differently to specific approaches. I truly believe you have to do what works best for your child and their personality, interests, and needs.

I chose to use undies right away with our son to eliminate an additional step. We started out with a little potty that sat on the floor, however looking back I wish I would have used the potty seat immediately since that is what he currently uses for everything. It was something we had to adjust to and was a battle for a few days. We started with peeing in the potty (and outside), wearing undies at nap, pooping in the potty, and finally wearing undies at night. For each “stage” we talked about it for a week or so before we actually practiced. Our son responds really well to things when he is mentally “prepped” and understands what is happening.

Below are some things I learned along the way. I would love to know your potty training take aways!

1.Expectations = Frustrations

As parents, we have so many ideas of how things are supposed to happen and the timeline we want them to. Placing specific expectations on your child can lead to a lot of frustration on your end and put too much pressure on them. Go into with with an open mindset and give you and your child grace along the way!


Have something special your child receives for using the potty. Not every child wants the same thing so think about what your child loves. We used M&Ms in the beginning for peeing on the potty and then a piece of dove chocolate for pooping on the potty. Also make sure to let them know when that reward is stopping!

3.Create “Potty Times” & Be Consistent

Continuously have your child try to use the potty in the beginning, until they understand how to ask you. Provide them a lot of opportunities for them to try! Consistency is KEY!


Each step is a huge deal for your child. Celebrate each success and milestone and let them know how proud you are.

5.Decide Your Method

If you are someone who wants to follow a specific approach, do your research and decide what you are doing and be consistent with it. Decide if you are doing rewards, a chart, or anything else to keep your child accountable. Once again, consistency is key!

Potty Seat:

Potty Bench: (ours is from Pottery Barn but Amazon has them as well)