Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Happy 41st Birthday Darren!

To my FABULOUS husband,
May I have 41+ more years in this life, with you, until eternity!!!
Lilah and Jax worked on a birthday banner, one day after school, for their daddy! We hung it up during his morning shower.  He was surprised when he came down.
I greeted Darren with his favorite coffee, from the Fresh Market, on the morning of his birthday!
In addition, I purchased (2) handpainted canvases of our dogs: Simon and Sadie.  
I gave Michelle, the artist, (2) photos of Sadie and Simon and she replicated them perfectly, on canvas.  Darren joked and said, "I see you bought yourself a gift on my birthday!"  
Michelle loved Sadie's canvas so much, she now wants a Rhodesian Ridgeback.  LOL!
These photos will be forever precious to me.  They now hang in our kitchen.  Darren also joked and said, "Can we keep the artwork and get rid of the dogs!" 
At lunch, he was greeted with a lightbox note... LOLOLOLOL!  We are MARRIED.
Then, I switched it to "Eat Fit Cake" before my children got home.  LOL! I didn't want to make them gag.  Hahahahahaha.  
Darren refuses to eat dessert, so peanut butter was another gift that I purchased for him.  It took the place of a birthday cake. Snore!
 After work, we decided take Darren out to eat.  He chose Longhorn Steakhouse.  BUT FIRST, gifts.
We bought him new barstools. He has been egging for barstools to replace the old, crappy ones, in our family office.  
Darren treated himself to an iPhone X and I bought him the wireless charger for it. The SAME day we were gifting it to him, an amazon box arrived, with the same dang item inside.  
We also bought him Bose Wireless Headphones and a bottle of his favorite scotch, for his scotch collection.
After gifts, off to dinner we went.  
We are so very thankful for this man.  He is simply amazing. He cares for us so well.  Truly, he ever disappoints us.  The best gift I ever received was given to me on Sunday, February 27, 1977.  

Darren, I pray you felt loved, cherished, and valued on your special day, BECAUSE you are!  "And many more..."

Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy Valen-PRIME'S-Day!

What do you get your kids for Valentine's Day?!
My kids are obsessed with ordering things on Amazon, so I designed a cute, catchy phrase and a printable to attach an Amazon gift card to. If you would like to use this idea NEXT Valentine's Day, click here.
It all started after a customer of mine, in Connecticut, asked for ideas, for her son.  It got my wheels spinning and we BOTH used this idea.  The gift to her son is the LAST photo in this post.  BOTH ideas are darling.  
My kids were very happy and thankful.  NEEDLESS TO SAY, the gift cards have zero balances on them already.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Valentine's Day ~ 2018

Darren and I started a new tradition, years ago. We celebrate Valentine's Day with our kids FIRST and then wait for the best time for us, as a couple, to celebrate. I love finding unique things to show my love for them.  Starting with the cute card above, Jax received that and all of the below. Each kid received a $25 amazon gift card. I made the printable and I will be sharing it on the blog soon!
 A framed photo of his favorite Dallas Cowboys player.
Jax also received a cute pair of boxers and an outfit, but he had it on the day I took photos of everything.  
Each kid received a gummy pizza to replace the heart shaped box of chocolates.
Ty received this card and...
A red polo.
A framed photo of one of his favorite Steeler's football players. Along with all of the other items mentioned above.
Lilah Received...
Each kid received a heart-shaped ring pop.
"Be The Light" journal.
A "Fluffy Slime" kit.
A fun pen.  Every time you click on it, it says something different.  It's kind of like an 8 ball in pen form.
"Life Is Sweet" cup.  LOVE THIS! The sprinkles shake and make noises.  
Scented, macaroon cookie, bath fizzers.
And of course all of the other items mentioned above too (Amazon gift card, gummy pizza, etc). I always blind fold my kids, make them wait until the count of 3, and then, they all turn around and look at their gifts. 
I got the best reaction when they opened the gummy pizza.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Candy Bouquet!

Lilah's opening night ARRIVED!!! It was so anticipated and we were so ready to watch her perform in her first debut!  What would I give her on opening night after she finished? I know my daughter well enough, AND really ANY KID for that matter, to know that flowers would only excite her momentarily.  THEN, they are a burden, a responsibility, and... quite frankly a waste of money because they die. Don't get me wrong... flowers are gorgeous.  I love God's creation of a flower, but I think flowers should just remain on a table, in the ground, or in the most necessary times, used for weddings and funerals.  

CANDY is a HUGE favorite in our home. Not by me, but by my children.  SO... I scouted the local stores for UNIQUE candy items and/or Lilah's favorite candies.  Some of the candies below she had never tried.  Some she only gets to have on occasion.  
I taped a lollipop stick to the back of each pack of candy! Then, I inserted the stick into a cylinder shape piece of foam, just as you would arrange flowers into a vase.
I inserted a printable that read, "Lilah, Break A Leg! Love Daddy & Mommy"
I almost forgot to take pictures of the finished product, so these photos aren't the greatest.  I took these outside of the restaurant our family was eating at, right before the play started.  LOL!  Talk about last minute.  Lilah's expression when we handed the candy bouquet to her was BEYOND priceless.  She was so impressed AND so were the rest of her castmates.  The younger ones were slightly jealous.  LOL!  As their eyes bugged out, even one exclaimed, "Is that for US?" I felt so bad that I had to say, "No honey! It's for Lilah!" Eeeeek! The next few plays, I saw parents arriving with store bought candy bouquets from Kroger. I felt flattered that both the parents and castmates loved my idea.

When giving a gift, really consider who you are giving it to and what they love.  Be UNIQUE.  Be INTENTIONAL.  Don't just give the ordinary.