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While I’m dreaming up our next family vacation, or what photo I might want to hang in my new Mom Cave, my husband is making plans for a space of his own.

The garage is his domain. And he’s turned it from a regular two-car garage to a fitness oasis. And just when I think he’s done, he informs me of his plans to add more. But I don’t complain or even mind, because his man cave is open to all. And by all I mean our kids. Which is a huge bonus for me.

BYU Garage gym, Craftsman products from Sears

Recently he decided he wanted to give his space a little makeover. A couple years ago we went to Sears and got him some Craftsman products to help improve his space: A wet/dry vac to keep the floors clean; a storage cabinet to keep his equipment organized; a fan to cool the room when we were working out and a toolbox. He had a lot of the supplies he needed, but the look could use an upgrade. And if your husband is like mine and loves a good toolbox or DIY project, Sears is offering up to 50% off of Craftsman tools from now until 6/18.

He went and eyeballed some blue paint and had painters cover the three walls from white to cobalt blue.

When it was done? He HATED it. The blue wasn’t BYU blue. I liked it, but he held up posters and t-shirts to compare and show me it was off. For a week he researched official blues and came up with a whole color scheme and design idea.

We had the painters come back, re-do it with new colors, then installed a BYU border along the top. Now it’s perfect! … Or so I thought.

little girl doing box jumps in a garage man cave

“I think I want a TV in there,” my husband said a couple days ago.

We have two TVs in the house and four tablets. I’m not exactly too keen on the idea of more screens. But he says it would be nice for the kids to have something to watch while he finishes his workouts–Giving me more alone time. He was definitely trying to make it sound appealing. And it was working!

With Father’s Day coming up I’m sorta in the “why not?” boat. Smart TVs are pretty inexpensive these days and it would really top off his Man Cave. So this week I’m heading back to Sears to pick one out with the kids, and maybe even a mini fridge if I’m feeling extra generous. In all honesty it’ll likely end up being stocked with water, snacks and juice boxes for the kids, because that’s the kind of dad he is. And exactly why he deserves it.
What are you getting the man in your life for Father’s Day this year?

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I’m sharing our story in partnership with Sears, however all opinions are my own. Whether you’re looking to makeover your dad’s look or where he spends his time, Sears offers a wide range of home merchandise, apparel, and automotive products and services, so you will find just the right gifts for all the dads in your life at all different price points to fit your budget. Visit: to find something for the man in your life.

creating the perfect man cave

You know a sign that you’ve got a great guy? When he invites his kids into his man cave.

On the mornings, when my son wakes up, and my husband is off of work, they have their own little routine.

“He tells me he wants juice, and ‘BALL,’” my husband explained. “Which means he wants me to turn on basketball.”

They sit together and watch ESPN while my daughter and I sleep in a little bit. Then, when Big T finishes his bottle he turns to my husband and says:

“Guh-RAJ,” urging daddy to take him to the garage.


I have my own special thing with each of our kids. My son loves when I push him in the swing, or build him elaborate (in my mind) train tracks. Lil’ J loves when I do her hair while we munch on snacks and enjoy a Disney movie. But special time with daddy means time in the garage.

I have no idea what they do in there most of the time, but it’s their thing.

It’s funny because when we built our house, he envisioned the garage being his man cave. A place he’d go to workout, and maybe even get away. Watch a game, and hang out. Now it’s evolved into a training facility for his two little recruits.


My daughter looks forward to when daddy gets home from work so they can go in the garage, turn on Disney radio and have a “dance party.”

My husband claims he doesn’t do much dancing but I’ve walked in on him busting some moves. He once was a complete disgrace at our “name that tunes” game, but now can hold his own. And our son gets in on it too. When someone shouts the name of the song to say “OOOOOOHHHHHHHH!” As in “in your FACE!” (I know… it’s terrible).

So this special place and time with daddy is something I just can’t touch.

In preparation for Father’s Day I teamed up with Sears to make this space a little more memorable for them.

It’s funny because most people think of a dad who loves to work in the garage they probably imagine handy dads who love to build stuff with their bare hands. Fancy tools are probably on the dream list for many husbands, but it’s just not my guy’s strong-suit. And I’m totally ok with that.


There are some exceptions. My husband built a platform for his garage gym. He got the wood, sawed some rubber horse stall mats down to size, and drilled it all together to make an awesome platform that otherwise would have cost us thousands. Oh but notice the little “B” detail in the center? That was my idea.

He also assembled all of his fancy workout equipment.

So anything to enhance the gym he already had, while giving him some ways to organize his thing what what I looked for . We had strollers, workout accessories, and balls all over the place. He wanted a space to put some of his loose equipment.

I’m not that great of a designer but I’m going to show you how it went down anyway. Focus on the back right corner because that’s where most of the change occurred.



I ordered him a Craftsman storage cabinet, and a workbench that he could use to build things, but will most likely be used for holding his portable speaker, and maybe eventually a TV. I placed the order online and most of the items came with free shipping started to arrive the next day.

Garage gym man cave before after

I also got him a toolbox and a stronger fan because the one we had before was pretty puny. And a Craftsman wet/dry vac because oddly enough, it’s the one room in the house my husband likes to vacuum.

We hung some pictures from his favorite sports moments, and some flags to give it a sporty edge.

He was so giddy getting his upgrades and rearranging everything in the garage. It’s his early father’s day gift, and although he’s already totally spoiled, we may get him a Fitbit watch as a cherry on top for Sunday. It’s hard to say no when I see how he involves our kids in his routine, and how much they bond together.


It may be a man+kid cave, but he seems ok with that. And the more they’re in his part of the house, the more I get done on the other end. Win win.

And here’s where I get mushy: This guy is the man of my dreams. The longer we’re married the more I love him and am so grateful for the perspective, dedication, and his love for me and our children. Wishing a happy early father’s day to this special guy.


Moments like these make me hope I can get just one more baby out of him! … Wait, what?

Does the man in your live have a man cave? What are you planning for Father’s Day?

~My husband is 32, Lil’ J is 4yrs 11 months, and Big T is 2yrs 2 months at the time of this post.


*This story was sponsored by Sears, however all opinions are my own. Whether you’re looking to makeover your dad’s look or where he spends his time, Sears has the largest assortment of gifts for Dad under one roof, so you will find just the right gifts for all the dads in your life at all different price points to fit your budget. Visit: to find something for the man in your life. 

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