The Perfect Anniversary Gift

The Perfect Anniversary Gift

When I imagined getting married, many eons ago, I alway thought I’d marry in the fall, more specifically, October. Both sets of grandparents (the 10th and 12th), one set of great-grandparents (the 6th), and even my parents (the 19th) married in October. I would continue the family tradition. However, when it came down to it, I married my husband, Chris, in the summer. It seemed best considering I was moving from Florida to Illinois to marry Chris. Selecting a date to marry was made easy by the priest. He let us know that only two dates were still available on

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8 Great Geek Gifts

As my girls grow up, I plan on telling them that they need to pay more attention to the smart boys than the jocks. They need to go for the geeks. Maybe I feel that way because I was secretly a geek growing up, trying to hide it and fit in. Or, perhaps it is because I married a science nerd. He was the shy, quiet geek in school that the girls ignored. Now, Chris is a smart, amazing man and incredible husband and father. Who can beat that? When it comes to buying gifts at Christmas, I love the

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9 Awesome Gifts for Mom

Recently, my dad wrote something about how it is difficult to shop for a woman. I respectfully disagree! I find women easier to shop for than men. It was always easier for me to find a Christmas gift for my mom every year than my dad. However, since he gave me the impression that men struggle with ideas for women, I thought I should create a gift guide for the moms in our lives.  Most moms I know would love the gift of time…time off to see a movie, go out with friends, a spa day, or even a weekend away.

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10 Great Gift Ideas for Cooks

Every year as I write down my Christmas list for my husband to peruse, most of the items I ask for are gadgets and small appliances for our kitchen. What can I say? I love cooking! And, cooking is always better when you have the right tool to use.  I have to admit that non-cooks might not get as excited about receiving a set of nesting measuring cups for Christmas as someone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. So, I created this list of great gift ideas for cooks!   1. Microplane® Grater-Zester ($14.95) I have had the hardest time trying

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10 Great Toddler Holiday Gifts

10 Great Toddler Holiday Gifts

Toddlers are a lot of fun, but shopping for them can be a challenge since they are often too young to express what they want for Christmas. I have two toddlers. One is 13 months old and the other 2 1/2 years old. They both follow the toddler rules of play (if it is a toy, it is mine) so whatever we give one, the other will play with it. My youngest loves to explore everything and has not shown any preferences. My oldest, on the other hand, loves to build tents, dress up, and has favorite T.V. programs, like

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11 Amazing Gifts for Him

11 Amazing Gifts for Him

Every Christmas, I have struggled with shopping for the men in my life, whether it was a friend, my dad, or my husband. I find it a lot harder to shop for men than women. Why is that? Who knows. After much searching and attempts at avoiding the stereotypical (which I was unable to do), I found several great gift possibilities for men.  1. Doctor Who Tardis Keychain/Flashlight ($16.95) Clever gift shaped like Tardis from Doctor Who with a button that turns on a blue flashlight.   2. Star Trek Insignia iPad Switch Case ($39.50) This case will help the man feel like

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10 Holiday Gifts for Her

Christmas is only 21 days away. 3 weeks. I have not done much actual shopping done yet, although I have spent a lot of time looking online. One of these days I will make it to a store. One day. Then again, I might do my shopping online. In the meantime, I will keep looking and narrowing down my choices for my husband and toddlers.  In my search, I have discovered some amazing gifts. Because of my discoveries, I decided to create a gift guide series for this holiday season. Here are some great gifts to give the women in

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Top 6 Odd Holiday Gifts

The other day I got a Hammacher Schlemmer Last Minute Gift 2013 catalog in the mail. As I perused the catalog with great amusement, I was struck with all the neat items they sell, like a fold away pool table for small spaces or a cassette to CD converter (which I would love!). Admittedly, looking through this catalog or even the Sky Mall catalog can be fun.  I remember when the Snuggie came out. I was convinced that it would fail because who would buy a blanket that looked like a robe being put on backward. Obviously, my assumption was

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