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Fathers Day Brunch & Pool Time

I was really excited for Ian to experience his first Fathers Day, and I wanted to make sure he spent it doing exactly what he wanted to do. To him, this meant a simple breakfast with his girls ... french toast being a must.


So, french toast we had. With a teeny tiny pitcher of syrup. Because even the most low-key breakfast can be turned up a few notches with a fancy little syrup pitcher.


I made the grape salad that has taken Pinterest by storm (recipe here) and it was good. Not as mind-blowing as I was hoping it would be, but not a dud, either. That's brown sugar sprinkled atop the bowl. I've found that I actually like mine with a little cinnamon mixed in, so next time I'll skip the brown sugar and just add in some cinnamon to the mix. Oh yeah, and I'll let my cream cheese come completely to room temp -- amateur mistake on my end. :)


We also had my FAVORITE kind of bacon, brown sugar baked bacon. All you have to do for this is add some brown sugar in a bowl and then coat your uncooked bacon on both sides with the brown sugar. I bake mine on a rack (that has been coated in Pam) atop a baking sheet. It only takes about 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees. It turns out like candied bacon strips. Divine.


Mimosas were definitely necessary! 


Ian had several cards to open, and I was super excited about my card for him this year. I used Treat.com (which is a branch of Shutterfly) and created a personalized card for Ian using photos of him and Camille. The card was $3.49 and an additional $0.99 to ship to me -- with most generic greeting cards nowadays costing $4.99, this still came in less expensive!

Another perk? Shutterfly has a location just about 20 minutes away from Charlotte, so my card arrived in the mail the day after I placed my order. Pretty fantastic.


When Ian opened this, he looked at it for a while before realizing that the daddy and daughter on the front? It was him and his sweet little baby! I took this photo of them in the hospital before we were discharged.


On the inside I also added a photo of them from our arrival day at home and a note. The card was such great quality, a thick cardstock with a matte finish.



I hope Ian wouldn't mind me sharing that this card brought tears to his eyes. Isn't that what we all hope for in a card for a loved one? I could not recommend more Treat.com (this is not a sponsored ad for them, by the way, just my opinion!). 

After breakfast, we just enjoyed a low-key day -- Ian watched the US Open and later we went to the pool with two other couples and their kids. 




It was a perfectly low-key day but a special day. It was an honor to spoil Daddy a little bit for all he does for us.

34 comments:

  1. I love the custom card, such a lovely idea and definitely affordable! You look amazing in your pool pictures and sweet Camille is beautiful! Have a great week love!

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  2. Your breakfast looks amazing and that grape salad looks delicious

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  3. That card is precious! You are so thoughtful!

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  4. LOVE that card. Great job, friend! So thoughtful!

    Also, maybe we overhyped the grape salad? Boo.

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  5. What a great Father's Day! The card you made for Ian is such a gift. I absolutely love Treat, and sometimes they send coupons, so it's definitely reasonable!

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  6. Great card idea! Thanks for sharing. I'll keep that site in my idea book!!

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  7. Looks like you all had a wonderful first Father's Day! And I absolutely love that card -- definitely doing that from now on! xo

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  8. This looks like a pretty awesome fathers day! Happy Tuesday!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  9. What a perfect first Father's Day! We use those personalized cards for every occasion now and love them!

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  10. you look awesome for just having a newborn!

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  11. We had a similar day with Mac's for lunch.
    I adore TREAT too. I make them for all sorts of occassions. Sometimes, just a Fall card to Aunts and Uncles.
    I did them for Mother's Day and both Moms always keep them on display!

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  12. You are so right about the tiny bottle of syrup - and of course the mimosas make everything a little fancier! Love the custom card - you did such a great job! I did those for the Grandmothers for Mother's day and they loved them! :)

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  13. Oh my word - that picture of Ian giving Camille a sweet kiss brings on the waterworks!!

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  14. Those cards and photos are so so precious!! I totally agree on the syrup pitcher by the way :)


    Xo,L
    simplylowcountry.com

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  15. LOVE the idea of creating a personalized, custom card. Wow! Incredibly meaningful...a treasure forever!!! xx

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  16. that custom card is really perfection! I should start doing that for our family!

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  17. that custom card is really perfection! I should start doing that for our family!

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  18. The personalized card is great - it looks SO nice. Sometimes those things can be so cheesy, but that is legit! :)

    I also love your swimming suit! Can I ask where it's from?

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  19. I adore the personalized card!!! I am so doing that next year!

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  20. looks like the perfect fathers day! now im craving french toast! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  21. That card is amazing. SO sweet. And girlfriend, you are looking AMAZING in a bathing suit so soon after having baby camille...go girl!!! xx.

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  22. What a great day! Low-key days are the best! I made a custom card for my hubby his first Father's Day also! I love those touches!!

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  23. What a great day! Low-key days are the best! I made a custom card for my hubby his first Father's Day also! I love those touches!!

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  24. Oh my gosh, I LOVE that card!!! How sweet! I will definitely have to try that out for the next card-giving occasion!!! :)

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  25. I love the custom card! I knew tiny prints did it but not shutterfly - and so close to Charlotte! And you are right it was cheaper than most generic cards! You look great too!! I have an almost two week old and cannot dream of putting on a swimsuit.

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  26. That card and Camille are so beautiful!!! you are a lucky mama :)

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  27. I love Treat!! Grandparents REALLY love the cards :)

    Also, I need to try your bacon recipe. That sounds awesome!

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  28. I've never checked into treat.com but that card was such a smart idea!!! You scored huge points with that one! Love your photos too of breakfast!

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  29. That card is adorable! I hadn't heard of treat.com before, so thanks for sharing. :)

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  30. That is such a sweet idea for a card! Obviously the thought that went in to it was appreciated. :)

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  31. That bacon sounds devine! And the card almost made me cry.. so sweet and personal! And what a deal?!

    Heather | Port City Prescription

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  32. Looks like the perfect Father's Day! The personalized Shutterfly card is so special!

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  33. Wow! That card is a great idea! I love it! Glad you guys had such a special day!!

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  34. Okay, Treat may be the best find yet! I had seen the brand, but had no clue what it was. Ordering some birthday thank you notes for Will now!

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