Monthly Archives: November 2015

Christmas Gifts – Ideas for Him

In our recent conversation with friends about Christmas gifting ideas, the men were pretty easy-going about receiving with 2 exceptions – ties and underwear.  Tim’s comment – “I’m no Magic Mike, so how about getting me something with a little more thought behind it.”

Final Touch Black Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit  – We didn’t even know this was a thing, however, the guys had several ideas for using it.

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Anything Star Wars –

Star Wars Stein – This might work well with his watermelon keg!

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Star Wars Death Star Imperial Watch

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Han Solo in Carbonite Shower Curtain

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Heck, almost anything from ThinkGeek.com would make a fun gift.

Earth Spinning Globe  A great conversation starter for his desk. (If you are picking up one of these, we have empty stockings!)

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Sky Viper Video Surveillance Drone

Not every man who took part in our discussion spoke enthusiastically about having one of these, but all of them had an ideas on how they would use it, from filming their child’s soccer game to hiking up a mountain and launching it over a cliff. Larry, whose daughter just started dating, thought he could put it to good use keeping her potential suitors in line.

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How about a unique watch, something out of the ordinary for that special guy?

Iron Samurai Wristwatch With Glowing ‘Red Lava’ Digits

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Kisai Neutron LED Watch

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or the popular Apple Watch

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Awesome Door Stop 

A nice touch of nostalgia for the man cave or tool shed

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Are you always helping him find his keys? This is a very classy looking tracking tag.

Bluetooth Tracking Tag

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Baby, It’s cold outside! Keeping him warm this winter was a common theme

Black Diamond Gloves

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Men’s Beanie

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The #1 gift idea – on which they all agreed?

Vacation!

Where would he like to go?

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Our take-away from this conversation is that everyone appreciates it when you put a little thought into your gift. Celebrate the holidays in whatever way brings joy to you and your loved ones.  Keep it playful and fun, take a pass on anything stressful.

Here’s to a happy life!

🎅 MaryBeth & Sherry

 

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A Christmas List – Gift Ideas for Her

Recently, while hanging out with a group of friends, the stress of giving and getting Christmas gifts came up. What does she really want?  What will he actually use?

So we asked, what would you like to receive?  Below is a list of gift ideas for her from their responses. We will do a gifts for him blog too.

These laptop cases have style and make her life a bit easier.

Laptop Carrying Case – Bellino Mason Messenger – this bag is faux leather and gets great reviews. The strap is adjustable for either shoulder or cross-body. This bag works for men or women. The price is great too!

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Looking for a more colorful case? Try this one – McKlein Women’s Tote – this one is leather and comes is a nice variety of colors for her.

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For the High-End Gift Giver try this Prada bag – Prada

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Are you a jewelry giver? How about this simple yet elegant necklace? It’s perfect for either the office or a night out.  Black Pearl Necklace.

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The forecast for this winter is COLD! How about some warm items to help her survive?

These Muk-Luk items are perfect when you are outside on a cold winter’s day. I’ve given these as gifts and own a set myself. Muk-Luk 3-in-1 Gloves and Muk-Luk Trappers Hat

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These hat is perfect when you need warmth but desire a more fashionable look. Crochet Hat

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(A side note – if you haven’t yet shopped on Etsy.com please do, these shops offer so many unique items.)

You can pair either of the above accessories with this Cold Weather Coat – Columbia TurboDown Jacket

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Finally, a little something for her long winter’s nap.

These pj’s are incredibly soft and comfortable while still providing warmth – Gisele Long Pajamas  or if you live in a warmer climate Gisele Shorts Set 

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Comfy Slippers?  Minnetonka Cally Slipper or Bob’s from Skechers Slippers

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These gifts sweeten the atmosphere while provided a romantic glow. Himalayan Salt Lamp or Honest Organic Candle

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We learned that when it comes to choosing a gift for someone the best way to figure out what they would really like is to listen. Most people unwittingly give clues in conversation.  What would you like for Christmas this year?

Here’s to a Happy Life!

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🎁MaryBeth & Sherry

 

 

 

One of My Greatest Gifts

Today my first-born turns 35-years-old! And yes, I instantly think where did the time go? More importantly though as I reminisce about his life I feel such joy at having spent the last 35 years with him.

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He was such a happy baby, a real smiler. Even today, his smile melts my heart. That smile probably allowed him to get away with more than he should have!

He was then and is now very inquisitive. Although today he can pretty much “google it” whenever he wants to learn something new, then he would come to either his father or I with questions about a myriad of things. Often these questions would result in a trip to the library for a solid explanation.

What propels a rocket into space? How do worms actually move? Apparently, butterflies come from cocoons, why?

His love for all things Star Wars and Disney was unrivaled in our neighborhood. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ran a close second.

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When he was 4-1/2-years-old, his little sister was born and for the most part he adored her. Dressing her up in her walker as Princess Leia, then “flying” her all over “space” aka the basement, building with Legos, patiently reading to her or coloring beside her.

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To this day, they are the best of friends.

Some of our best memories come from family vacations. Road trips to Dinosaur, CO; through the Grand Staircase in Utah and Arizona: Mesa Verde then Disneyland. He was our navigator, telling his Dad to take I-70 318 miles to I-15 then head south or the like.

We hiked the trails, read every sign at the trail head, took pictures galore. We laughed at the silly things we saw. We stopped dead in our tracks watching a tarantula crawl up a man’s leg while his friend shot video, hiked Bryce Canyon in a rare early summer snowfall, sat through a torrential rainstorm in a cave at Zion National Park. I do miss those days.

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We enjoyed many a family game night, trying out so many new boards games that the games had their own closet. We still meet for game night as often as we can.

Our Christmas light tour was a must every year. We packed hot chocolate and snacks, put Christmas music on the radio and drove all over looking for the houses with the best lights.

I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything, they make us who we are today.

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He is a remarkable human being, with more empathy, intuition, and knowledge than I could ever hope to have. Now he patiently explains to his parents why things are the way they are. He still talks to his sister every day and worries about her living so far away.

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I cherish the memories of the little boy, I am so proud of the person he has become and I look forward to at least 35 more years.

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Reminiscing about my children reminds me once again, that experiences are far more important than things.

Here’s to a Happy Life!

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🎉MaryBeth & Sherry