Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With June starting, it’s time to start thinking about gifts to get for the fatherly figures in your life. Though we celebrate the fathers in our lives year round, Father’s Day is the time to give them a gift for everything they do. If you’re struggling to think of the perfect gift, here are some presents that are sure to put a smile on any father’s face. 

  1. Weighted Blanket

For dad’s that struggle to fall asleep, a weighted blanket could be a life saver. This blanket feels like a big hug and has been shown to raise serotonin and melatonin levels, reduce anxiety, calm the mind, and create a sense of security. 

Weighted Blanket

  1. Garden Kneeler and Tool Pouch

This gift is perfect for the dad who loves to garden. After a long day of gardening, his knees probably hurt and his pants are covered in grass stains. With a garden kneeler, his knees will be happy and so will your washing machine! Not to mention that it has a built in tool pouch, making it easier for him to access tools when gardening. All things considered, this item will become an essential part of his gardening routine. 

Garden Kneeler and Tool Pouch

  1. Indoor George Foreman Grill

Already got him a grill last year? Then how about a tiny indoor grill! Perfect for rainy days when he can’t grill outside but still wants to make burgers for the family. 

George Foreman Grill

  1. Wireless Earbuds

No matter what hobby he has, he will find a use for wireless earbuds. Whether he runs, gardens, woodworks, or cooks, listening to music or podcasts can make the time go by much faster. With wireless earbuds, he will be able to enjoy his hobby without wires getting in his way. 

Wireless Earbuds

  1. Custom Wood Branding Iron

If the father figure in your life enjoys woodworking, a wood branding iron customized for him is an item that will take his craft to the next level. After he finishes a project, he can proudly mark that he was the one who made it. This adds a personal touch that will last a lifetime. 

Custom electric branding iron

Roland Garros furniture

How to Reduce Stress in your Life

Stress is common to go through no matter who you are. Whether you are stressing over when you will have time to go get groceries or something way more serious, stress pops up in many different forms. Being stressed is a normal part of life as long as you don’t let it consume your every thought. If you’re struggling to cope with stressful things in your life right now, fear not because here is a list of things to do to help you reduce stress in your life:

  1. Make a List

Lists are super helpful in allowing you to regain control over your life. It helps people to regroup and prioritize when dealing with a lot at once. When making lists you can also add dates to help you keep track of when things are due and also add encouraging quotes to remind you to stay calm even when feeling overwhelmed.

  1. Go for a Walk

Sometimes just getting outside and stepping back from everything in your life is all you need. A little fresh air gives you time to go get exercise while also allowing your mind time to process everything going on in your life.

  1. Take a Bath

Baths always help the body destress in stressful times. If you aren’t big into baths though, find another way to pamper your body. You could simply get a new haircut or go and get a massage. Finding ways for your body to release tension can really impact your overall mood.

  1. Talk to Someone

People usually forget about this simple solution. Many feel as if they are burdening others when they speak up or that their struggles are insignificant in comparison to others, but people are allowed to express themselves and not feel guilt. Whether you talk to a friend or family member, sometimes it is helpful to just get things off your chest. 

  1. Find a New Hobby

A new hobby can help direct your attention on something you enjoy doing. When life gets hectic and you feel like you can’t control anything, find something you can control like your new love of gardening or your newly created workout routine that you are dedicated to working on. Find something that either challenges you or something you simply want to learn more about.

Stress can often cause us to struggle every now and then, but realizing that you are stressed and then reducing the amount will help you in the long run. If you are still feeling extremely stressed after trying a few of these stress reducers, maybe you need to take a little break from some things and people in your life. Remember that there are always professionals that you can reach out to and chat with as well to help you create a personal plan to destress your life.

Indoor Activities to do on any Rainy Day

 Rainy days aren’t always fun when they come around and sometimes they end up ruining plans. It may make you feel trapped and leave you feeling bored. Despite this, rainy days can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. It may allow you to take a much needed break or catch up on some things around the house. Needless to say, being cooped up can feel restricting, but here is some indoor activities to help keep you busy:

  1. Read a book

Now is the time to pick up that book that you’ve been planning to read, but haven’t been able to get around to. Go ahead and grab that book and find yourself a comfy spot to seclude yourself for that quiet time you need.

  1. Take a nap

What better time to catch up on your beauty sleep than now? Get cozy, snuggle up, and relax!

  1. Watch that new movie or tv show

Like that book that you kept promising to get around to, put on that new tv show or movie your friends have been raving about. Sitting down long enough to watch a few episodes of that new show won’t harm anyone.

  1. Bake

This one can be helpful in also curing that craving for chocolate you’ve had since last week. Depending on what kind of ingredients you have currently in your house you might have help in deciding what to make and how much of it too.

  1. Game night

Get all the kids out of their rooms! A little family time will be sure to leave you with plenty of laughs to help you pass the time. 

  1. Clean your house

Catch up on those odd jobs around the house that you know needs to get done, but keeps getting avoided. Cleaning can help you regain some control and order in your life too.

  1. Facetime your friends

Chances are if you’re cooped up, so are they. Give them a ring and enjoy a fun conversation with some of your closest pals.

Remember that everyday is a chance for you to make it your own, so despite the cards you may be dealt, enjoy each moment you have!

Winterfest

Winterfest begins this Saturday in Lake Geneva! This nine day festival runs from January 26th until February 3rd and celebrates winter, family, art, and fun! There is something there for everyone and over a dozen events!

Here’s a sneak peak of the events:

  • Human Dog Sled Races
  • The Amazing Ice Castles
  • Chili Cook-off
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Live Music
  • Cocoa Crawl
  • And More!

Don’t forget to stop by the Lake Geneva Women’s Weekend booth in the Riviera on the 2nd or 3rd to hear all about the fun weekend they are planning for this April!

 

For more information about Winterfest follow this link!

For more information about Lake Geneva Women’s Weekend follow this link!

5 Easy Slow Cooker Meals For Busy Families

Are you looking for an easy dinner to feed your family after a long day at work? These slow cooker recipes are perfect for you! No more hassle to make dinner when you come home because it will already be cooked and ready to serve!

Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Soup is perfect for a snow day, sick day, or busy day! After all, what is more comforting than a nice hot bowl of homemade Chicken Noodle Soup?
  • Full recipe and directions here!

Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies

  • Having your main dish and veggies all cooked and ready to go? It doesn’t get easier than that! Throw everything together in the morning and let your slow cooker do the rest!
  • Full recipe and directions here!

Easy Chili Mac

  • This recipe requires only ten minutes of prep time, and it’s gluten free! This Easy Chili Mac is a dish your kids will love!
  • Full recipe and directions here!

Orange Chicken

  • Change things up and make this exciting Chinese Orange Chicken slow cooker dish! It only takes ten minutes of prep time!
  • Full recipe and directions here!

Chicken & Dumplings

  • Chicken and dumplings are another great comfort food for those cold, windy, or snowy days! Treat yourself to some delicious dumplings!
  • Full recipe and directions here!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy an easy home cooked meal with your family!

For more ideas, follow this link!

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Fun in the Snow!

Are you looking for a fun way to spend a day with your family this winter? Don’t let the cold keep you inside all day, go outside and play in the snow! Here are a few fun activities to get you started!

  1. Build Snowmen together

Nothing brings the world of Frozen to life quite as much as building a snowman with your family! Grab a scarf, a carrot, some buttons, and whatever else you want to use to dress it up and get started! You can even build your own little snow family!

  1. Make your own snow forts

Gather together as much snow as possible and make a fort! It is easiest if you build it where snow is naturally collected during the winter like the corner of a yard. You can carve out tunnels, build walls, and make the snow fort of your dreams! The only limit is your imagination!

  1. Have a snowball fight

Put those snow forts to good use with a snowball fight! This has been a tradition for a very long time and is the perfect activity for children and adults of all ages!

  1. Go sledding

Grab your sled and make a trip to the closest hill, or maybe just your backyard! Sledding is easy and fun for the whole family. You could even build a few jumps to change things up a bit!

Now that you have some ideas, go spend some quality time with your family! These are a great way to get some fresh air while creating memories that will last a lifetime!

New Year’s In Lake Geneva

2018 is almost over and New Year’s is just around the corner! How are you celebrating? Lake Geneva has all kinds of fun events going on this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to help you bring in the new year!

 

New Year’s Eve

Bubble’s Tasting

Start your New Year’s celebration off with a sparkling wine tasting! With multiple price points it is the perfect opportunity to spend a day with friends!

Where? Lake Geneva Country Meats

When? December 31st from 11AM-3PM

For more information follow this link!

 

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Enjoy a special three course meal with your loved ones and celebrate the New Year together!

Where? Hunt Club Steakhouse

When? December 31st from 5PM-10PM

For more information follow this link!

 

Rockin’ NTE at The Ridge

Do an open bar, country-rock music, dinner, champagne, dancing, and late night snacks sound like fun to you? The Rockin’ NTE Party is perfect for you! With party entry that includes overnight options, The Ridge has everything you need to celebrate!

Where? The Ridge Hotel

When? Starting December 31st at 9PM and going until January 1st at 1AM

For more information follow this link!

 

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Pajama Jam Brunch

Go out to brunch with your loved ones on New Year’s Day to start your new year off right! Bonus, you can even wear your pajamas!

Where? The Ridge Hotel

When? January 1st from 9AM-2PM

For more information follow this link!

 

New Year’s Day PJ Party

Thumbs up is hosting their very own PJ Party with Bloody Marys and domestic bottles!

Where? Thumbs Up

When? January 1st from 11AM-3PM

For more information follow this link!

 

These are just a few of the fun ways Lake Geneva is bringing in the new year. How are you going to celebrate?

 

Easter Sunday

We are only one month away from Women’s Weekend Lake Geneva so be sure to check us out and sign up!

Hoppy almost Easter! What are your holiday traditions? I personally go out to brunch with my family and here are some great options in the local area for you and your loved ones to go to Easter Sunday!

Easter Brunch at Lake Lawn to celebrate!

  • Served Easter Sunday beginning at 9:30 am, with last seating at 3:00 pm
  • Prices vary by age:
    • Adults $44.95
    • Children ages 4 -12 $16.95
    • Children 3 Years & Under Dine Free
  • There will be an Easter Egg Hunt in the inner courtyard for resort and Easter brunch guests at 9:00am!
  • Reservation required. Please call the Frontier Restaurant 262-725-9155.

Easter Brunch at 240° West at the Abbey Resort

  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Enjoy a bountiful buffet of all your brunch favorites as well as special holiday additions.
  • Complimentary Mimosas!
  • Prices vary by age:
    • $42.00 Adults
    • $16.00 Children 4-12 (under 4 free)
  • Reservations Required: 800-709-1323

Easter Dinner at the Hunt Club Steakhouse

  • Time: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • $50 per person three-course holiday menu along with a limited version of their new seasonal menu.
  • Check out the menu here
  • Reservations Required: Call 262.245.7200 or visit Open Table.