When we bought our home, put the Christmas tree up, I decided, I’m now the matriarch of the family, so it’s now my duty to continue the tradition of the Holiday Tree. My husband wasn’t exactly “jumping for joy” when I made this decision, however, he knows what it means to me. He tends to go along with a lot of my crazy ideas, a lot of times he drags his feet on the ideas, but he’ll still join me on the crazy ride. Anyway, a lot of the decorations that my mom had were either damaged from storage because the totes weren’t sealed right or they were broken and I didn’t realize it, so I had to make new decorations or get creative.
Valentine’s Day is one of the two love holidays of the year (Sweetest day is the second one and it’s in October if you’re in the Great Lakes Region for a heads up.) It’s a day where most men buy their ladies candies, roses, and jewelry to profess their undying love. It originally started off as a ritual performed by the Romans from February 13th to 15th to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. I won’t go into the details of what entailed during the ritual, you can do that research yourself. Around the 3rd century, Emperor Claudius II executed 2 men with the name Valentine on February 14th in two different years and eventually the Catholic Church declared February 14th as “St. Valentine’s day”.
Over the past several years I’ve inherited so many decorations, that when we moved into our new home in July of 2018, all of the decorations took over the entire second floor of our barn. When it was time to bring in the decorations for the different holidays, it took my husband and our youngest son at least 10 trips (with a dolly full of at least 3 totes) to bring everything in. As the holidays have been coming around, I’ve been going through; organizing and thinning the decorations at least a little bit. Having so many decorations that I’ve inherited or had personally bought over the years has taught me a few things.
I dabble a little in some craftiness and a little DIY. Growing up I kinda had no choice with a mom who had the knack for putting together two or three things that you would never think to put together and made them work. If you’ve ever watched any of my live videos over on my Facebook page, you’ll see a few of the videos that I have done in the past and at least one I did a lil’ crafting live. There is not a single type of craft that is not mixed with at least something else. All crafts, no matter what have creativity, personality, and a story. For that, all crafts (even if it’s not your “thing” or style) need to be praised and shared.
My family consists of gamers, techies or geeks. And I LOVE IT! That’s why this Holiday Gift Guide for Techy & Gamers is probably my favorite. My 13yr old is obsessed with FortNite and my Oldest loves the racing games like Grand Theft Auto 5 or Forza. My husband loves Final Fantasy Games (he pretty much loves all of them) and my obsession with The Elder Scrolls Series or Assassin’s Creed. Gaming aside, I love tech. ALL things tech! If I could have everything, I would. I’d probably have all of the latest computers, tablets, cell phones, smart devices, etc. My husband always rolls his eyes whenever I talk about swapping out the old out dated thermostats for new smart thermostats.
Okay Ladies, it’s that time of year to buy our guys something for Christmas. But what do we buy the guy who has just about everything or nothing or worse, doesn’t give us any hints? EVERYTHING! Okay, not really, unless you have those deep pocketbooks that you can. But Seriously, Christmas tends to be another one of those holidays like Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day (if you live in the Ohio region) that women tend to get spoiled. I tend to spoil my husband because he busts his cute lil’ tushy at work so I can focus on my blog and homeschooling our son. However, I know a lot of guys are next to impossible to buy for. So I have compiled a few great items to help us ladies out.
Guys, I know it’s sometimes not easy for you to purchase items for the lady in your life. So, coming from a lady, I’m going to give you some ideas to help you purchase the best items for your woman this holiday season. The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Ladies doesn’t give you all of the typical “jewelry” or high dollar expensive things. (There still is a few items, so don’t get your hopes up) Nope. That’s not how I do things around these parts. You’re going to have legit usable, thoughtful items. (Make sure you scroll to the bottom though, I have a freebie for you also).
So it’s obvious that I don’t have teen girls, if you check out the rest of my blog. However, I do have teen sons, who are friends with tons of teen girls so I’m going off the things that these girls would like for this year’s Holiday Gift Guide for Teen Girls. Surprisingly, the teen girls that I’ve encountered, are not as picky as my boys, however, there are definitely a few things more that girls like make up, glitter, etc. The hottest things on the girls lists of course are the glitter, unicorn and rainbows. That’s really all ages though! There’s a few things on this guide that I secretly want. Maybe I can hint to my husband and tell him to look over every guide for hints for me this year!
Being a mom of two teen sons, they are confusing lil’ boogers for holiday gift giving. So, I asked them what the “cool kids” are wanting this year for Christmas, in hopes to help you, folks, out. The kids are on top of what they want/need for Christmas sometimes more than “consumer marketing” so that’s why I asked for their input this year. My youngest tends to be the one that knows the “stuff” that’s popular so I consulted him a little more this year than I have in the past. Kids today are so picky. It’s just crazy! You have the joggers, hoodies, games, etc. Raising two boys, I just don’t get the “Girls are so hard to buy for! They are soo picky!” My boys are freakin’ picky I tell ya! REALLY picky!