You’ll be the smartest parent on the block with these parenting tips no one tells you. You’ll be less stressed, too, because parenting is stressful enough.

The Parenting Tips No One Tells You

Any woman who has ever been pregnant knows that everyone on the planet has parenting tips. They feel compelled to share those tips with you constantly and unsolicited. They tell you the “correct” way to feed your baby, hold your baby, whether or not you should co-sleep… if you can think of it, it has probably been said. What you don’t hear is, “If you let the toddler roam the car while buckling the baby, then check all of your dials before leaving.” Or that baby gates are challenges more than actual baby-proofing. With that in mind, I’m sharing the parenting tips no one tells you to help you prepare for where the baby books run out.

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You’ll be the smartest parent on the block with these parenting tips no one tells you. You’ll be less stressed, too, because parenting is stressful enough.

Always Take Your Keys

Any time you step outside without kids, take your house key. Whether you are walking the oldest to the bus stop or grabbing the mail, always take your keys. Little hands love to explore and that little tab on the door knob is like a magnet for them. Don’t think you are safe if they are in the pack-n-play either. The second your back is turned they transform in acrobatic little ninjas who will escape.

Interior Door Keys

Speaking of locked doors, stock up keys for your interior doors too. Independent 3-year-olds will lock themselves in the bathroom. Teenagers will be naïve enough to think they “own” their room. We keep one of these above every door in the house and have used them so many times I have lost count.

Handle Guards

If you are using the rubber ones to prevent head bashing, great! If you are using those crazy contraption ones to prevent little hands from opening doors, you are wasting your money. We had one on our front door. The irony was that the toddlers it was supposed to keep safe were the only ones who could work it. Save yourself the trouble and money; invest in a door chain. They can get the door open but not enough to get out of the house.

Bonus:

  • Remember to unlatch it before your husband gets home. Turns out he gets cranky when he’s chained out of the house after work… especially if you’re downstairs and don’t hear him yelling.

Move the Baby Gate

These are fine on the floor when baby first starts moving. Once they become toddlers, though, the baby gate turns into an obstacle to overcome. It is their baby Everest and they are up to the challenge. That is why you should move the gate up a few inches during the toddler years. It will be harder for them to climb.

 

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Utilize Stickers

Stickers are your new best friend. They are inexpensive and can be used to re-enforce everything from potty training to acts of kindness. Yes, you will find stickers everywhere but which would you rather clean: a sticker mosaic or a feces Van Gough?

Bonus Tip:

  • If you do find yourself forced to clean up that Van Gough, use a foaming bathtub cleaner like Scrubbing Bubbles. It will stay in place on walls to make cleaning easier.

Tie Up the Play Yard

At some point after the “throw all my toys out and watch you pick them up” phase of the pack-n-play your child will move on to a new game. This fun game is called “run and throw all of my weight against the side”. My son could move his clear across the living room in 2 runs at 2 years old. You can prevent this by tying the leg of the pack-n-play to a sturdy furniture leg like the couch or a sturdy coffee table.

Use a Pizza Cutter

Don’t use a pizza cutter only for pizza. This little miracle can cut up tons of foods quickly and easily. We have used it on salads, spaghetti, hot dogs, fruit, and cookies. It will save you a ton of time!

Set Up 2 Wi-fi Accounts

Did you know that you can set up 2 accounts on the same router that both pull from the same internet? You can even choose the speed of each one. Use one wi-fi to connect all of your household devices to like your Fire Stick and DVD players. Use the other one for all of your kids’ devices like phones, laptops, and Xboxes. If the kids are grounded you can easily disable their electronic with affecting your own.

 

You’ll be the smartest parent on the block with these parenting tips no one tells you. You’ll be less stressed, too, because parenting is stressful enough.

You’ll be the smartest parent on the block with these parenting tips no one tells you. Hopefully you’ll be less stressed, too, because parenting is stressful enough on its own. Want more super-simple parenting ideas to save you sanity? Check out these DIY Busted Cards and these 5 Tips to Get Kids to Sleep. Do you have a parenting tip no one tells you? Share it with us in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

DIY Upcycled Pink Flamingo Wall Hanging

Have you ever seen those country wooden geese at the thrift store? They remind me of an old kitchen painted dusty rose and blue. Not my style at all. Yuck! The last time I came across one I was struck with inspiration. I have wanted to add a flamingo to my wall for a while and this would be a perfect base. The hardest part is figuring out the legs. Well guess what! I figured it out and I’m finally ready to share this awesome makeover at the Monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Find out how to turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome DIY upcycled pink flamingo wall hanging.

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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

 

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Materials

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 1

Clean your wall art.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 2

Paint a coat of white over the entire goose.

Step 3

Let the paint dry.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 4

Paint a second coat of white paint.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 5

Start adding red paint as seen in the photo above before your second coat of white dries.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Tips:

  • Only brush your paint in one direction to give the illusion of feathers.
  • Leave a white area in the middle of the wing.
  • Add the red paint more heavily on the tail, base of the neck, and the top of the head.

Step 6

Set your goose off to the side to dry.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 7

Now it is time to form the legs. At the end of one of your pipe cleaners (about 1 inch from the bottom) twist a second pipe cleaner.

Step 8

Snip off the excess of the twisted pipe cleaner so that you are left with 2 claw-like ends.

Step 9

Next, bend your pipe cleaner at the ‘knee’.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 10

Cut a second pipe cleaner in half.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 11

Fold each half into an upside down triangle.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 12

Attach one triangle, point side down to the end of your pipe cleaner opposite the claws. Do this by twisting the open points around the end.

Step 13

Repeat step twelve on a fresh pipe cleaner.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 14

Next, wrap tape around the triangle end of your pipe cleaner legs.

 

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 15

Continue wrapping the legs until they are completely covered.

Tips:

  • Thoroughly cover your pipe cleaners with the tape paying special attention to the joints.
  • Wrap your tape in a way that adds volume to your legs. The tape is to make them bigger as well as secure them.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 16

If needed, fix the bend in your clawed leg.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 17

Place your legs on a paper towel and cover with a coat of white paint. Set aside to dry.

Step 18

Now, mix together a small amount of red and yellow paint to get a dark red-orange.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 19

Next, add the orange to the dark red areas on your goose.

Tip:

  • It’s fine if your paint hasn’t quite dried yet.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 20

Lastly, paint the black beak and the eye. Set aside to finish drying.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 21

Add a second coat of white paint to your legs.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 22

Without waiting for the second coat of white to dry, dab your legs with black paint.

Tip:

  • The black should be heavier at the bottom and lighter on top.

Step 23

Allow your paint to dry completely before moving on.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 24

Attach your legs to your swan with hot glue.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Step 25

Secure the bent leg to the straight leg with a dab of hot glue.

 

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

See the newest makeover at the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome pink flamingo wall hanging.

Now hang your flamingo on the wall and enjoy. Can you believe how amazing this turned out? Who would have thought you could turn an ugly thrift store goose into an awesome flamingo wall hanging with pipe cleaners and some tape? This is my favorite thrift store makeover so far! *Insert giddy girl squeal here.* Before you run out to buy your own ugly goose, make sure you check out the awesome projects from my friends below!


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Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

8 Tips for Dealing with Depression

Dealing with depression isn’t easy. Cultural stigma tells you to get over it. Friends and family don’t understand it. Then add on the fact that everyone is different so there is no standard treatment and it feels like a battle you can’t win. I would love to tell you I have a magic cure but I don’t. Instead, I can share with you my 8 tips for dealing with depression after nearly 20 years of doing so.

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Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

 

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Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Plan Ahead

It sounds so simple but you need to be specific. Bad days are going to come when you can’t function like you need to. Right now you’re trying to power through but that can actually make it worse. Don’t try to power through and instead plan ahead for these days.

  • Have freezer meals ready to throw in the oven or in the Crock-Pot.
  • Stash a set of clean clothes for each of your kids in case you can’t do laundry.
  • Batch your work so that you are ahead when bad days hit.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Have a Bag of Tricks

Keep a physical list of things that can improve your mood. Think of this list as your bag of tricks that you can pull from on bad days. Maybe getting lost in a good book helps you pull out of it. It may take some time but any time an activity helps make the bad days a little better, write it on your list. My top 3 activities are:

  1. Throwing on headphones and blasting music: I usually start with sad songs but put my IPod on shuffle so upbeat songs eventually come on. This keeps me from wallowing.
  2. Getting sunlight or visiting a tanning bed: In the summer this is easier because I can go outside and the sun physically warms me up. That helps warm my mood, too.
  3. Taking a nap or going to bed early: When I sleep it helps my levels go back to normal. While this one isn’t always an option, it does always help.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Be Open About It

I’m not saying have an all-out breakdown in front of people. None of my friends or extended family have seen me on the days that I am literally rocking in a corner bawling my eyes out. However, everyone in my life knows that I have depression and also that some days I am just going to be different. Trying to hide it isn’t worth it. Let people know when you’re having a bad day. If they can’t handle that, you don’t need them in your life.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Meal Plan

This goes along with planning ahead. If you have a weekly meal plan in place you can easily shuffle meals if needed. Move frozen pizza night to Tuesday and switch stir fry to Friday. Also, don’t forget about lunches if you have little ones at home during the day. Don’t feel guilty about heating up leftovers or serving a cheese sandwich for lunch. Your kids will love it, anyway.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Create Kid Kits

Speaking of kids, being a mom doesn’t stop when depression hits hard. Creating kid kits will make life so much easier. Keep a bag stocked with new, quiet toys and activities. When a bad day happens, surprise your kids with something from the bag. They will love getting a new surprise and it will help keep them entertained when you don’t have the energy. To help you out, here are some ideas for what to put in the bag:

  1. Coloring Books
  2. Crayons
  3. Puzzles
  4. Movies
  5. Dolls
  6. Figurines
  7. Play-Doh
  8. ISpy Books
  9. Hand-Held Mazes
  10. Magnetic Draw Pad
  11. Lego Kits
  12. Memory Game
  13. Look and Feel Book
  14. Deck of Cards

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Be Specific

Friends and family don’t know what you need. Be specific when telling them what you need, how they can help, and what is currently going on. If you need your husband to take the kids outside so that you can have some quiet, tell him. When friends keep calling and you can’t deal with it, tell them. Not everyone is going to understand and that’s okay. They simply have to respect it. My mom doesn’t love the fact that I can’t always bring myself to respond to her but she respects that sometimes it may be 24 hours before I can let her know that I’m okay. If I’m still not up for talking, a simple text will suffice. These are the specifics and boundaries that you need to set.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Keep Your Home Clean

Trust me; I know how hard this is. I have small kiddos, a tiny kitchen, and too much stuff. My house is always a mess. When you add a bad depression day to that mixture you get so far behind that it is a monster to tackle. If you can’t keep your whole house clean, aim for one room. For me, that room is my office because it is the only room in the house that no one else is allowed in. However, I actually recommend that you do it with your bedroom. If you can keep your bedroom clean then you will have one room to retreat to that doesn’t feel like it is adding to the chaos going on inside of you.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Don’t Be Ashamed to Take Meds

Honestly, I see so many people who write, post, and talk about avoiding medicine at any cost. Decide right now that your life is worth more than that. My body is sick and cannot produce the chemicals that I need to keep from spiraling into depression. No amount of positive thinking, therapy, or homeopathic remedy can “fix” that. It is the same as needing to take insulin to process sugar. So don’t be ashamed if you need medicine and don’t be afraid to speak up when it’s not working. There are a ton of different kinds in a variety of strengths so that you can find the perfect fit for your body and your depression.

 

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them.

Dealing with depression is hard. These tips can help make it easier. When the bad days come you can have tools to get through them. Even better, when you come out on the other side you won’t be as behind because of you planning ahead. Don’t let depression define you. It is simply a part of you and you are so much more than a single part.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

8 Resources for a Clean and Organized Kitchen + Merry Monday Link Party 142

Are you tired of your kitchen always being a mess? Unwashed dishes sit in the sink, your recipes are never where you can find them, and everything feels chaotic. Me too! That’s why I put together this list of 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s Merry Monday Link Party. Now you can get back your clean and organized kitchen from meal planning to creating a cleaning checklist. Then read on and link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

 

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Dollar Store Meal Planner for Your Home (Angie at The Country Chic Cottage)

This is a super cute and inexpensive way to keep your meal plan organized! Find out how she made it at The Country Chic Cottage!

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Tips for Organizing Your Recipes and Cookbooks (Angie at The Country Chic Cottage for ForRent.com)

This post is full of ideas to organize your recipes from your cookbooks to your loose recipes. The bonus is that a lot of the ideas are gorgeous too!

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist (Heather at Setting for Four)

Are you staring at your kitchen wondering where to even start? Then this printable cleaning checklist is perfect for you. It lists everything you need to do to clean your kitchen!

 

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Foldable Recipe Stand (Ashley at Cherished Bliss)

I am absolutely in love with this recipe stand! Why? Because it’s not only gorgeous but it folds down for easy storage. You could fit it in a drawer!

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Tree Branch Apron Rack (Wendi at H2O Bungalow)

Speaking of gorgeous organization, how pretty is this apron rack? You won’t mind looking at this pretty piece everyday on your wall.

 

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7 Kitchen Island Ideas (Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof)

Does your kitchen need more storage? These 7 kitchen island ideas are here to save the day!

 

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Cast Iron 101 (Holly at Pink Fortitude)

If you have cast iron but no idea how to take care of it, Holly has you covered over at Pink Fortitude. Find out how to season it, clean it, and care for it.

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

DIY Thrifted Chalkboard Menu Sign (from me!)

If you’re simply looking for an easy DIY to allay the constant questions from the kiddos about what’s for dinner this is it. Plus chalkboard decor is always pretty!

 

Don't miss these 8 resources for a clean and organized kitchen featuring links from last week’s party. Then link up at the Merry Monday Link Party 142.

Now that you have somewhere to start get started. Having a clean and organized kitchen will make you want to cook dinner or bake up some cookies with the kids. Okay, it’s time to share your awesome ideas with us at the Merry Monday Link Party 142! I can’t wait to see what you have been creating!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

10 Tips to Fit in Fitness

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? It is hard to find time to work out when you have a family to take care of, chores to do, meals to cook… the list goes on and on. Don’t give up on your goals. Instead, find ways to work it into your daily routine. Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list. From watching TV to cooking dinner, I’ve got ideas to add more activeness to your day.

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Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Brushing Your Teeth

There are a number of easy exercises you can do while you brush your teeth. 2 of my favorite ones are wall sits and stepping in place. While this won’t make you thin overnight, it will add 2 more minutes of activity to your day.

During Commercials

Doing some sort of exercise during commercial breaks of your favorite shows is an excellent way to fit in fitness. Jumping jacks and crunches are popular for this but I prefer plank. It is an excellent core workout that also doesn’t make a lot of noise (in case you watch TV after the kiddos go to bed like me). If you are more of a Netflix binge-watcher, change it up by doing 2 minutes of activity between episodes.

Shopping

Park your car in the very back of the lot when you go shopping or run errands. This is a great way to get in extra steps. If you want to up the ante, don’t get a cart in the parking lot. Instead carry your kids from the car to the door. Trust me that will turn your shopping trip into a full-blown workout.

 

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Making Dinner

Let’s face it: even with careful meal planning moms still spend of good chunk of our lives in the kitchen. The next time you’re stuck by the stove or hovering over the sink, step in place. It will help keep you energy level up and add some movement to your day.

Dance

Dance a lot. Like, dance any chance you get to shake your body. We dance down the hallway to naptime. I dance in the shower (although I don’t necessarily recommend this as I have fallen a few times… I just can help it). We hold random dance parties in the living room. Find times every day to dance even if it is only for a moment.

Bus Stops

Walk with your kid to the bus top and meet them at it after school. Even if the bus stop is only at the end of your driveway those are still extra steps.

Bonus Tip:

  • If your kid gets embarrassed about you being at the bus stop, one afternoon wait with a huge “Welcome” sign and cheer as he or she gets off of the bus. They won’t mind you just standing there so much.

 

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Take the Steps

If you have a family room in your basement, hang out there. Then use the stairs to go to the restroom or get a drink of water. Even if you have a bathroom on the same level, take the steps to another one. It only takes an extra 2 minutes of your time and your body will thank you for it.

Toss Your Kids

Tossing your kids in the air is another excellent workout. Okay, so you don’t have to actually toss them in the air if that makes you nervous. Instead, try mimicking the motion but never letting go. The kids will still love it and you’ll be getting a varied shoulder press workout.

 

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Get on the Park Equipment

You can find tons of “playground workouts” on Pinterest but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Your kids love it when you push them on the swings and it’s good for you, too. Spinning them on a merry-go-round is another easy way to fit in fitness. If you’re feeling ambitious, run with it and jump on like you did as a kid. Lastly, don’t forget to climb on the monkey bars. Show your kids how it’s done or lift them up and let them give it try.

Vacuum Twice a Day

Vacuuming is one of my favorite active chores to get up and moving. Instead of only doing this chore once a day, do it twice each day. That’s more steps each day and it has the added bonus of keeping your house extra clean.

 

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Choose one of these ideas or utilize all 10 tips to fit in fitness daily. You will find that the more your move each day, the more you will want to move. Want one more easy idea to get active? Play outside with your kids. They will love getting to run off that extra energy and will remember you making play with them a priority. My kids love being pushed around the yard in their Cozy Coupe. It’s an excellent workout for me that they have a blast with. Do you have tips to fit in fitness each day? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Easy DIY Valentine Gift Card Box

Did you miss 15 Totally Awesome Valentine Gifts for Guys last week and wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. Dress it up a little instead of sticking it in a boring card. This easy DIY Valentine gift card box can be whipped up quickly to add some pizzazz to your man’s Valentine’s gift. Giving it in something handmade adds a little extra love to your gift almost effortlessly.

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Materials

Step 1

Cut your tissue paper into squares.

Tip:

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 2

Take the lid off of your box and set it to the side.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 3

Spread glue on the bottom of your box.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 4

Add squares of tissue paper to the glue.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 5

Continue covering your box and lid with glue and tissue paper until your entire box is covered.

Tip:

  • Do not add too many layers. If you do, your lid won’t go back on. Your box will also take longer to dry.

Step 6

Next, allow your box to dry.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 7

Add your washi tape to your box so that it looks like a present.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Tip:

  • Start on the bottom of your box and cover it first. Then add your lid to the top to easily line up the top “ribbons”.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 8

Next, add your Valentine sticker to the top, center of your box lid.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 9

Now cut a strip of your cardstock that is 1-2 inches wide.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 10

Fold your strip of cardstock accordion style so that you have 9 small rectangles.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 11

Write your Valentine’s message on the center 7 rectangles (leaving one black at the top and one blank at the bottom). If you want, you can totally steal mine:

For all you do

Throughout the year

Here’s a gift

To bring you cheer!

Happy

Valentine’s

Day!

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 12

After you’ve written your Valentine’s message, glue the top blank rectangle to the underside of your lid.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 13

Next, glue the bottom blank rectangle to the front of your gift card.

Step 14

Allow your glue to dry.

 

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Step 15

Place your gift card in the bottom of your box with the glued side up.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 16

Lastly, place your lid on the box.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Now you can turn procrastination into a pretty present. Your husband will appreciate the thoughtfulness and you’ll love how quickly it comes together. Your husband can totally reuse the box later to surprise you with an easy gift. You have to love that multipurpose packaging! Planning a date night for Valentine’s Day, too? These free printable Marriage Conversation Cards are the perfect, quick date night addition whether you’re staying home or going out! Print yours out today.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

DIY Pokemon Card Valentines

We’re back again with another awesome Pokemon Valentine idea! Since so many of you love the Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box and because my oldest still loves all things Pokemon, I’ve created another fun DIY for you. These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Your little Pokemon trainer will be ecstatic to help you make these for his or her school Valentine’s party. Make yours today for a fully awesome party day!

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These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

 

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Materials

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 1

Fold your card inside out so that the white is on the outside.

Step 2

Turn your card so that the folded side is at the bottom.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 3

Cut your card in half down the center so that you have 2 smaller folded cards.

Note:

  • Set one card to the side.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 4

Next, cut the top half off of the front flap of your card. When folded, your card should now be half red and half white from the front.

Note:

  • Set aside the piece you cut off for later in the project.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 5

Now cut a 1.5 inch strip from your black cardstock.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 6

Trim the strip of black cardstock to the width of your card.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 7

Attach your black strip to the white flap on the front of your card so that half of it overlaps the red.

Note:

  • Do not add glue to the red portion of your card.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 8

Next, grab the piece of your card that you cut off in step 4 and draw a circle on it with your compass.

Tip:

  • Do this on the red side so that your pencil marks do not show in the finished product.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 9

Cut out your circle and trace around the edges of the white side with your black marker.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 10

Attach your circle to the center of your black strip.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 11

Next, carefully add glue to the inside edges of your card.

Note:

  • The width of your glue runner will be too big to leave a large enough pocket for your Pokemon card. Place your card on a piece of scrap paper and run your glue runner so that only ¼ of the glue is on the card edges.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 12

Now, write “I Choose You” in the center of your circle with your black marker.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 13

Next, write “From” and draw a line at the bottom of your card for your kid to sign.

Step 14

Repeat steps 1-14 until you have made enough cards for your child’s class.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 15

Lastly, open a pack of Pokemon cards and add one to each Valentine.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Now your child will have an awesome, unique Valentine to hand out at his or her party this year. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that your kid will get to keep any of the extra Pokemon cards (sorry, Mom). It’s also a fantastic alternative to candy Valentines. Pair these DIY Pokemon card Valentines with this recycled Pokeball Valentine Box to complete the whole theme. Your little Pokemon trainer will love you for it!

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These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Don't miss these 10 fantastic furniture makeovers to steal for your own home. Then stick around to check out the Merry Monday Link Party 141!

10 Fantastic Furniture Makeovers to Steal + Merry Monday Link Party 141

When you start planning for your spring cleaning you also start longing to update your furniture. I mean, you’re refreshing your whole house so it only seems right that your furniture reflects all of that work. Unfortunately, your budget has other plans. There’s good news for your style and your budget. You can update the furniture that you already own and make it shine like new. It saves you money while still allowing you to update your home style. Get started with these 10 fantastic furniture makeovers to steal for your own home. Then check out the Merry Monday Link Party 141!

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Don't miss these 10 fantastic furniture makeovers to steal for your own home. Then stick around to check out the Merry Monday Link Party 141!

Balayage Inspired Painted Media Console (Carrie at Thirty Eighth Street)

Add some old-world charm to your home with this media console makeover. It is gorgeous!

 

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Redoing a Vintage Sewing Cabinet (Robin at Redo It Yourself)

I firmly believe that you are more likely to utilize organizational tools and systems that are pretty. This vintage sewing cabinet makeover will have you actually wanting to put your tools away.

 

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IKEA Moppe Hack Apothecary Cabinet (Marie at The Interior Frugalista)

Is anyone else in love with apothecary cabinets? Make your own for a fraction of the price with the awesome IKEA hack!

 

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Bentwood Pedestal Cafe Table (Marie at The Interior Frugalista)

This adorable café table is perfect inside or outside of your home. The color is fun and cheery but the entire piece remains sophisticated.

 

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DIY Card Catalog IKEA Hack (Roxanna at The Honeycomb Home)

Speaking of IKEA hacks, why not make some more beautiful storage but turning it into a card catalog piece. Again, you’ll want to store all of your stuff correctly when you have a fantastic piece like this to put it in!

 

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Farmhouse Shelving Unit (Candace at She’s Crafty)

I love how simply adding wooden shelves to a metal shelving unit can turn it into a gorgeous farmhouse style piece. Find out how easy it is to make this Farmhouse Shelving Unit!

 

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DIY Crate Storage Unit (Ashley at Cherished Bliss)

Talk about love! This DIY crate storage unit could be used in so many rooms, in so many ways. It is perfect to help you organize after your spring cleaning.

 

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How to Recover a Garage Sale Bench in Fur (Jennifer at The Magic Brush)

For a style that is more glam you can’t beat this gorgeous bench makeover. The fur add luxury and style to glam up your décor.

 

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Farmhouse Table Makeover (Taryn at Design Dining Diapers)

This transformation is astounding! To take such a traditional table and turn it into a gorgeous farmhouse piece is so smart. Find out how easy it is at Design Dining Diapers.

 

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French Blue Dresser Makeover (Lauren at Bless’er House)

This dresser makeover is gorgeous. Display your new piece literally anywhere in your home for an instant style upgrade.

 

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Now that you’ve seen 10 fantastic furniture makeovers to steal which one will you choose? These makeovers can help you get more organized, add some much needed color, or just update your décor. I am so excited to start my spring cleaning this year (I’m crazy, I know) and get rid of all of the “stuff” bogging us down. A fresh, clean home definitely deserves some awesome furniture updates. Now, let’s get on to the Merry Monday Link Party 141!

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Merry Monday Link Party #141

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Each host will be choosing 8-10 posts from the previous party for a themed feature round-up for the Merry Monday party. For next week’s party, we’re looking to feature:

  • Organization – focus on bathroom organization
  • Storage ideas/solutions
  • Cleaning tips
  • DIY projects
  • Spring Ideas – crafts/recipes/home decor
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

How to Add Pops of Color to Your Winter Décor

If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

Snow is finally hitting our area and it seems to be trying to make up for lost time. While it is beautiful, the monochrome landscape isn’t doing much for my mood. Instead of twiddling my thumbs waiting for spring to arrive I’m getting proactive. If you are suffering from the winter blues too, bring the color inside your home. To help you get started, I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. It’s easier than you might think!

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If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are an easy way to add pops of color to your décor. You can find them in thousands of colors and styles to fit your décor and your mood. I love this family rules pillow from Shutterfly! Personalize it with your family name and throw it in a comfy chair. You have just created a bright and cheerful reading nook to relax in! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

 

If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

Mantel

Don’t forget to dress up your mantel, too. This is one of the easiest areas of your home to add some color to. Be creative when choosing items and layer sizes to create visual interest. Here are some awesome ideas for what to add to your mantel:

 

If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

Paintings/Pictures – Your child’s artwork can totally be utilized as mantel décor. Throw it in a frame and display it proudly. Your kids will love being included in your decorating!

Toys – I collect unique and nerdy toys that absolutely deserved to be displayed. I don’t recommend using your kids’ toys because they will likely try to scale your fireplace to play with them.

 

If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

Candles – These are another super easy way to add color to your décor. Up your décor personalization with colorful candles that display family photos. The awesome ones in the photos came from Shutterfly and are beautiful. They also smell incredible which makes me one happy momma.

Fabric – You can totally swag some colorful fabric across your mantel and then add your décor pieces on top. This adds additional depth and color to your home instantly.

 

If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

Bookshelves

Bookshelves aren’t just for books! Even if your shelves are packed to the brim with books, like mine, you can add some pops of color. Add some colorful toys or trinkets in front of your books. For some reason our family has an excess of fun banks. These make fantastic decorative pieces.

Tip:

  • Don’t overload your shelves or they will look cluttered. Stick with 2-3 items per shelf grouped in a corner.

 

If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

Wall Art

This is another fast and easy way to add some color to your winter décor. You can purchase your favorite family photo on a canvas from Shutterfly to display on your wall year-round. You can also make your artwork like this DIY Family Wall Art. Either way, you’ll have some gorgeous, colorful accents for your wall.

 

If you are suffering from the winter blues, bring the color inside your home. I’m sharing some easy tips for how to add pops of color to your winter décor. #ad

Brighten up your winter with these tips to add pops of color to your winter décor! Shutterfly makes it so easy by making custom pieces designed by you that are delivered right to your door. Open the package, toss into place in your home, and you’re done. It’s the perfect easy solution for busy moms. Don’t forget to utilize what you have in new ways too. Don’t limit your décor to traditional items. Get creative and see what you can re-imagine. What is your favorite way to add color to your winter décor? Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys

15 Totally Awesome Valentine Gifts for Guys

Are you tired of the boring, unimaginative gifts you see everywhere this time of year? Seeing the selection at one store is like seeing the selection at every other store. Instead of settling for another year of chocolate boxes and balloons, give your guy something awesome. Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys. In fact, these are so cool that you’ll want to buy some for yourself, too!

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Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

 

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Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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I Donut Know What I’d Do Without You Candle

Candles don’t usually seem like a guy’s gift but no man could resist a candle that smells like the a freshly baked breakfast treat!

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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What I Love About You Today Notepad

This is a sweet gift that you can fill out for your guy on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year. Surprise him with these totally cute notes whenever the mood strikes!

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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Giant Frosted Donut Snow Tube

Are you living in a winter wonderland right now? Surprise your guy with this awesome donut snow tube and go sledding. It will be a chance to get outside and be kids again.

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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Letters to the Love of My Life Read Me When Box

If you want to up the romance then this “Read Me When” box is perfect. Beautifully bound and thoughtful, you don’t even need to wrap this gift.

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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I Love Your Stupid Face Mug

This is totally a term of endearment in our home. Give him a reminder of how awesome your quirky love is with a mug he can start his morning with.

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Retro Turntable with Bluetooth CR8005D

Does your man love to drop some sick beats? Surprise him with a portable, retro turntable. Bonus: he can serenade you the 2017 way!

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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Leather Heart Bookmark

These sweet leather heart bookmarks are perfect for the bookworm. Every time he opens his book he’ll see a little reminder of your love.

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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The I Love You More Than Video Games unBasket

Gaming, candy, and energy drinks go together like pizza and beer. Don’t settle for a boring gift basket and instead opt for this unBasket! Bonus: add a coupon to your gift for a video game date night with your sweetie. He’ll love it!

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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Atlas Moose Puzzle Plaque

Is your man a smarty pants? This puzzle will keep him entertained and becomes an awesome piece of décor when he has finished.

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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Hot Sauce Challenge Book of Pleasure & Pain

Spice things up with this set of hot sauces. Bonus: surprise your guy with plain, grilled wings to let him have a taste-testing night!

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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Ninja Garden Gnome

Your stealthy heart thief deserves a spot in your garden. What better way to pay homage to your honey than with a Ninja Garden Gnome?

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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The Handyman Bath Towel

If your man is a handyman then you know the pain of trying to pick out and buy the right tools that he wants or needs. Instead, show your handyman some love with this fun and flirty bath towel.

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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Triceratops Dinosaur Attack Plaque – 3D Wall Trophy

His man cave is his sanctuary to kick back and let loose. Help him make it absolutely awesome with a bad-a triceratops 3d wall trophy!

 

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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You’re My Hero Journal

Your guy probably knows that he is your hero but a sweet reminder is always cherished. Boost his ego with a reminder of just why he is your hero. He can read this sweet little journal any time he is having a rough day.

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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The Game Over Mug

After a late night of video games your man needs a cup of joe in the morning. Let him do it in style with this fantastic Game Over mug.

 

Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

Now that you have seen these 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys you have only one problem left. Now you have to decide on which one to surprise him with this year! Don’t forget to pair your gift with an amazing handmade card. I’ve got you covered with on the Papercrafts page. Now I have to know: which one of these awesome ideas is your favorite?

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Tired of boring gift ideas? Whether your sweetie is a gamer guy or a helpful handyman, here are 15 totally awesome Valentine gifts for guys.

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