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Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment

This is what the BF got me for Valentine’s Day:

  • -Beautifull flowers
  • -Hello Kitty balloon (I LOVE HELLO KITTY)
  • -An album of pictures of us and Sasha (my cat, who we both adore) that he got developed.

I LOVE IT!

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I got the BF:

  • -A big,soft fleece blanket from Shutterfly that I got to customize with pictures of us and Sasha on it
  • -Homemade “edible arrangements” (one for him and one for his mom)

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We also went out to lunch, and rented all kinds of movies from the redbox to watch.

All in all, it was a great Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s Day Wish List

February 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Mint Life Blog reports that:

“According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $130.97 on Valentine’s Day gifts this year, with men spending significantly more than women, and total holiday spending expected to reach $18.6 billion.”

Now, I know that the notion of Valentine’s Day is about expressing your love for one another, and that it’s not about how much you spend or the gifts you receive OVER the importance of the solid fact that one individual is loved by another and vice versa.

HOWEVER, since V-Day is coming up and maybe you were going to get your special someone something anyway but wondering what to get, I figured I’d post a Valentine’s Day Wish List of various items and ideas for you! 🙂

Some of the items on this list may seem extravagent, or this list may seem very long, but it’s just a “Wish List”, not a “List-Of-Everything-I-Must-Get-On-Valentine’s-Day”. And I’m pretty sure that the BF doesn’t read my blog, so it’s okay to have a wish list like this. Hahaha :p

ALSO, I can’t stress enough how important the thought is. It’s always the thought that counts. The more thought you put into the gift, the more cherished the gift is. It doesn’t matter how much it costs, or if you bought it or made it…

Okay, so here goes:

Does your lover like to collect anything? Coins? Snow globes? Pins? Hats? Get her/him something to add to their collection.

For me, I’ve started a collection of Hello Kitty dolls that I leave in my car. Everytime I stumble across a new one, I end up buying, winning, or some how [legally] obtaining them. The BF has bought me several of the dolls in my collection and I know I’d love to receive another! This is the Tokidoki for Hello Kitty doll that I absolutely LOVE from Sanrio.

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Another idea if you’re sort of sweetly old-fashioned, madly in love with your sweetheart and want to show your committment to them, or if your girl is just a jewelry type of person, a promise ring is something that a lot of women like to receive. And what better a time to give them such a token then on V-Day! Zales has a large assortment of promise rings that could fit a wide array of budgets. Of course you want to pick one that fits your budget as well as your gal, but personally, this one is my FAVORITE so far after reading the customer reviews, ratings, and after looking at the reviewers’ personal pictures of the ring on the site:

1/4 CT. T.W. Diamond Crisscross Ring in 10K White Gold

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Or, is your girl a techie at heart? Is there a specific gadget she’s had her eye on for a while? Something she really wants but would never buy for herself? Does she need a specific gadget? Maybe a digital camera to capture memories for that upcoming trip? Maybe her phone is falling apart or works only every other call? Maybe she needs a laptop to work on the go? Or an iPod to go to the gym with? Whatever it may be, just make sure you put some thought into it.

For me, I’d have two gadgets in mind that fall into the category of “I’d-love-to-have-one-but-I’d-never-buy-it-for-myself“. One is a 13-inch Apple Macbook Pro laptop with retina display, and the other is a Samsung Galaxy Note II cell phone.

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Another timeless gift is a gift of flowers. If she likes them, pick out your girl’s favorite colored flower, or her favorite flower in general. If you’re on a budget, Costco, or even Safeway has some nice arrangments or bunches of flowers.

Personally, I love lilies and roses. Or just a giant bushel of roses. I’m talking like 3 dozen roses. And I love pink. And red. Or orange is nice. LOL Well, I guess I just really like flowers, and the bigger the arrangement the better. But boy, can it get costly. I used to work at a florist and BOY! Some arrangments get really expensive!

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So, maybe she’s not a flowers person? But is she a food person? What’s her favorite type of food? Her favorite restaurant? Her favorite eating spot? If you’re good at cooking, maybe you can cook her something? If you’re not so good at cooking, cook her something anyway–She’ll probably be flattered that you spent the time doing that.

If you’re not so handy, order something. If she likes to eat clean, order her a fruit arrangment! Those are really popular now. They’re pretty AND healthy! Personally, I’d LOVE to receive one of these. They’re DELICIOUS! Edible Arrangments even delivers!

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Is your lady the type that likes to do her nails or get her nails done? You could pick out a few nail polishes for her or get her a certificate to her favorite nail salon for a manicure/pedicure combo!

Some really good quality brands for polishes are OPI or China Glaze. These run about $8.00-$9.00 a piece. If you’re looking for something a little cheaper but still good quality, I love Revlon and Essie. They’ll run you $5.00-$6.00 each. Nicole (by OPI) is pretty good too and can be found at places like Target for about $7.00. There are also other brands that I’ve heard are good too like Butter London. That might be something new to her and might be fun to try out.

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If you’re on a smaller budget, Mint Life Blog also has a V-Day idea post that has gifts ranging in price from $1.95 – $15.00! And these are all cute ideas too!

OR, if you’re the creative type, MAKE HER SOMETHING! This is always really impressive because you actually took the time out to pinpoint something she’d like, get the supplies, make the gift, and present it to her. There are a lot of sites on how to make Do-It-Yourself gifts.

If you’re not the crafty type, then maybe you can pick out something that has been handmade by someone else! A website called Etsy is a site specifically for sellers who make handmade goods. You can find ALL KINDS OF HANDMADE GIFTS on there! There’s GOT to be SOMETHING that your significant other would like on there. There’s handmade jewelry, handmade clothing, handmade dolls, handmade baby items, handmade EVERYTHING! They even have lists of compiled items specifically for V-Day that you can look at!

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For now, this is all I have time for, but I’ll post more as I think of things. Hope this helps so far!

Christmas Gifts

December 25, 2012 Leave a comment

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Got some really thoughtful gifts this year!! Loved them all!

One was a Hunger Games themed bracelet that has a quote from the book… The “real or not real” quote… Love it. (That was from Vanessa).

Another was a Clarisonic brush for my face. My sister bought this for me because I had been talking with her about skin care. And it was something I’d never buy for myself so I thought it was a nice present.

And another gift was from the BF and my other sister. It was a Garmin Forerunner runner’s watch. It keeps track of your heart rate, time, and distance. I can’t wait to try it out!!!

So grateful for all my gifts.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful one and got to spend time with loved ones!!!!

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Halloween 2012!

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment

For Halloween this year, we decided to give out candy and we also used our little canon photo printer, and our digital camera, and we printed on-site pictures for people that wanted to have a keepsake for Halloween! The BF bought me extra photo paper and printer ink for the little canon printer, so we had extra to print out photos! We also gave out Halloween stickers, and these printable coupons that the American Dental Association put out that was for a free download of Plants Vs. Zombies for your PC or Mac computer. Apparently, it costs $19.99 usually, but was free with the code on the coupon!! Those were both the BF’s ideas. He’s so creative! Something different than the usual candy.

This was our setup. 🙂 And the BF also set up his portable speaker, and streamed Halloween themed music from it! It sounded so scary! Everything was so cool.

Mika was also in the Halloween spirit with her orange Halloween bandana. (She had a groomer’s appointment today, so they put on an orange bandana for her.) LOL

Visit From Vanessa! (Post San Fran)

February 18, 2012 1 comment

Today, Vanessa, from Apostrophe The Cat, visited me today! She brought me back goodies from her San Fran trip! I got a VERY cute H&M bag, HELLO KITTY origami paper, angry birds gummy candy, and some DELICIOUS looking pancake/waffle mix! Thanks Mess!

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Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts!

January 24, 2012 3 comments

Hello all! I am SO excited for Valentine’s Day. I’ve only celebrated V-day once with a significant other (because I’ve never really had a significant other on V-Day really), but it’s STILL one of my favorite holidays! You can just feel the love and romance in the air! And I like to show my loved ones and friends that I love them. Before I had my significant other, I made extra special valentines for my best friend for years. (It just so happens that he’s my significant other now. ;))

I always start my V-Day projects early. I’ve been searching and searching for ideas on what to make as a homemade gift. I like the sentiment that a homemade gift carries.

So, I’ve picked out one thing that I’ve found on the internet to do. I can’t tell you what it is yet. I’m fairly sure my boyfriend doesn’t read my blog, but I’d like to keep it under wraps til I actually give it to him.

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You might be able to guess what it is if you Google “creative Valentine’s gifts”.

I’ve been googling and searchig for weeks, and have looked at every site possible for ideas.
If you’re looking for ideas, here are some good sites, for good ideas:

10 Things I Love About You (I really like this one.)

14 Love Notes (I really  like this one too!)

Martha Stewart V-Day Gifts

16 Homemade V-Day Gifts

Creative, Thoughtful, and CHEAP!

What type of gifts do you make for your significant other?? 🙂

Creative and Thoughtful Gift Ideas

December 8, 2010 2 comments

God. Has it REALLY been a month since I last posted?! Sheesh. I need to get on this more often!

I visit all kinds of sites for shopping, but one of my favorites is Etsy.com almost daily these days. It is a site dedicated to handmade crafts and products. I am amazed at the sheer volume of products on Etsy.

While browsing, I try to remember to “favorite” some of the things that really catch my eye, that would make GREAT gifts. Here are some of them. I think they’d make for AMAZING gifts for all kinds of people!

Sealed With A Kiss Ear Posts – Love Letter Stud Earrings – White

I thought these were absolutely darling when I first came across them!

Superhero Shoes- Gold Wings

These would be a good gift for the average Converse-wearing person(s), like my sister(s). They’re unique ,decorative, additions that you can just string onto your classic Converses! There are also lightning bolt ones too! In many different colors!

Adventure Book Inspired by the movie UP (MADE TO ORDER)

I REALLY love this Adventure Book. Inspired by the movie, “Up”, it is a scrapbook/photo album that people can keep memorabilia in. I think it’s a perfect gift to share with your significant other, AND it can be an ongoing thing, seeing as the good times and memorable moments never seem to stop!

Shark Coverall Hat 9-18 months

This item is currently sold out, HOWEVER, I would keep watch to see when this seller restocks on items. I think this would be THE CUTEST gift to give to a fun baby or parent! (P.S. I LOVE THIS BABY)

Johnny Depp Style Brown Leather Cuff

These cuffs are pretty trendy. I’d get one. Oh. And Johnny Depp. ‘Nuff said. 😀

This is all I have for now, but I’ll keep posting as I find other neat gifts!