My husband and I are in the midst of decluttering our house. It feels so great to drop off multiple loads to the thrift store and dump each weekend.
We're making great headway and I know that the very last thing my husband would want for Father's Day is a bunch of stuff to fill up the house again.
So when it comes to gifting we focus on edible and homemade. Here's what we've been doing to get ready for Father's Day:
Photo collages: My girls have made picture collages for their dad's office using these artist's boards that I found at Target. They picked a few photographs of them with dad (or her birthday cake, in the case of my younger daughter), glued them on the board and decorated it with paint and baubles.
Father's Day notepad: As part of our decluttering, we're also discovering just how much we have. Like 10 rolls of tape (really?!) And about a million Post-it notes. As soon as I saw this simple project on MarthaStewart.com, I started collecting those notepads and put my three-year-old to work. Not surprisingly, my daughter's version wasn't as perfect as the example from Stewart's website. But it all comes from the heart. If you look really, really closely, you might see a balloon and a happy face.
Love You This Much card: We rarely buy greeting cards at the store. For most holidays and celebrations, we make our own cards, usually with a handwritten poem inside. That tradition started during my own childhood. I absolutely love this idea for an adorable card featuring a child's hand prints and the phrase "I love you this much." Cut out two hand prints and connect them using a piece of paper folded accordion style to simulate a child spreading out her arms to show how much she loves her daddy. We didn't get as fancy as the writer in the original blog post. I just used card stock, construction paper and markers.
Interviews About Dad: Now that school is out, we'll get to work on these questions about dad and grandpa with my girls. This site features a handy printable worksheet where kids can finish sentences such as "my grandpa weighs ..." or "the first thing my dad does in the morning is ..." I can't wait to hear their answers and share them with dad and grandpas.
Happy Father's Day!