Top Three Valentine Gifts for Men

Top 3 Valentine's Gifts for MenLadies, V-day is just around the corner and as much as we love the romance, chocolate,  and flowers of this holiday, it’s also important that we don’t forget about our husbands.  They like to feel loved too!

But if you are like me you may sometimes find it hard to shop for your man.  I mean take Michael Luke for instance… he wears scrubs everyday to work, barely has time to read, and doesn’t have time to do much else besides spending time with the girls and me.  What do you get a guy like that?  It’s hard. I understand. That’s why I am here to offer my top three Valentine gifts for men.

FitBit

 


The FitBit is a great gift for men because it takes a simple thing like counting your steps and turns it into a competition with all your friends who also have a FitBit.

There are several models available but one of the latest is the Fitbit Charge HR.  It’s worn as a wristband and monitors your daily steps, stairs climbed, heart rate, active minutes, sleep, and even works as a caller id and watch.  It syncs wirelessly to your phone or desktop and makes improving your health fun.

Shutran

Shutran is an empowering essential oil blend that is specially designed for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence. Its inspiring aroma appeals to both men and women, and although used like a cologne, Shutran does not contain any synthetic ingredients. Instead, it is formulated with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils, including the exclusive-to-Young-Living Idaho Blue Spruce, a refreshing, invigorating essential oil to both body and mind.

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I gave Shutran to Michael Luke for Christmas and I absolutely love the way it smells on him! He’s a fan of it too.  If your husband is iffy about essential oils this may be the perfect way to introduce them to him.  Shutran simply replaces the chemical overloaded colognes that are on the market today.  It is so important to be aware of what we put on our bodies and breathe everyday.

To order your bottle of Shutran click here and follow the directions for placing an order as a retail customer… or feel free to check out the benefits of becoming a wholesale customer.

Audible

Audible

Michael Luke has been wanting an Audible membership for a while.  What is it?  It’s a monthly membership program that lets you listen to one audio book a month and then access other audio books at a 30% discount.  He has a twenty to thirty minute commute to work each day… around an hour total and is a really slow reader.  Audible is appealing to him because he can tackle his long list of books he would love to read without having to carve out impossible to find free time in his day.

Your man may find himself in the same place as ML and look forward to “reading” a little on the way to and from work each day.  Plus, that still leaves plenty of time for him to help you with chores around the house.

So there you have it!  My list of the top three gifts to give that special man in your life for Valentine’s Day this year.  I’ll be back later this week with an update on our moving and more details on our future.

Until then, I want to know what was the best Valentin’es gift you ever received?  One year Michael Luke cooked an entire meal from scratch… this particular meal included mushrooms and it just happened to be the night that Michael Luke discovered that he loved mushrooms.  A love for mushrooms was pretty much a prerequisite for marriage… so thankfully this story has a happy ending. :)

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Hired!

Thank you everyone for all your support and encouragement for our move to Collierville, Tennessee.  It’s hard to believe that we have three weeks left here in Birmingham.  Change is exciting though and we are looking forward to our new adventure.

A couple of weeks ago we packed up a U-Haul trailer full of some of our belongings and headed to Memphis.

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Of course we would pick the coldest day of the season to make the journey.  Michael Luke and some of the guys in his family ended up having to unload the trailer in twenty degree weather!  I know for some of you up north that’s like a heat wave in January but for us it was like the frozen tundra.  Brrr!!!

Michael Luke spent the next few days interviewing at various hospitals in the Memphis area while the girls and I hung out at his parents house where I took on this project.  It didn’t take him long though to identify his favorite potential employer.  By Thursday, I could tell just by listening to him talk that he had his sights set on Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.  After that interview we celebrated at Huey’s Restaurant.

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There was still one other interview on Friday and we had to wait on offers.  Would we hear from Methodist University Hospital?  Monday came and went without an offer AND then Tuesday he received the call he had been waiting on… the call from Methodist University Hospital offering him a full time physical therapy position!!!

He is incredibly excited and I am too.  Methodist University Hospital is a great hospital and places a huge emphasis on the quality of care.  It’s also nice knowing that we are moving to Collierville and that he has a job.  Landing a job will take a little stress over your shoulders, you know?

Well actually the whole job offer seems too good to be true because the interview for this job wasn’t even scheduled until after an interview with another hospital got cancelled that Wednesdsay night and then Michael Luke checked his e-mail to discover a lady from Methodist was wanting to schedule an interview for the same time as the cancelled interview had been scheduled.  In all honesty, it wasn’t even an opening that Michael Luke had even been considering but God opened some doors and answered our prayers in ways we couldn’t imagine. It was kind of one of those moments where God stole the show and it was awesome.

Oh, and you want to something else that’s cool?  He will have every other week off!  I mean somebody just pinch me.  Every other week.  It will be a little bit of an adjustment to get used to him working seven on seven off but I think we will enjoy. Working seven on, seven off means his work days will begin at 7:00 and end at 5:30.  It’s really not that big of a difference from his hours now.  It may even mean that he ends up leaving so early in the mornings that the girls actually sleep in or it may mean that they wake up even earlier so they can see him before he leaves for working.  I’m hoping for the first.

Another perk of Michael Luke working every other week is that he will be home to help the girls with school and to give me some extra time to work on my essential oil business.  I’ve already got my home office planned out!  Well actually have all the rooms planned out. Oh, and speaking of our next home, I’ve got details on that coming soon.  :)

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Simple DIY Pillowcase

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We spent part of our time last week in Memphis.  Michael Luke had three interviews… that went really well, and the girls and I hung out at his parents house for a few days.  One of the perks of moving to the Memphis area is that we will be within about an hour of each of our parents.  Let’s just say that makes for some happy grandparents.

Things have been so busy around our place that I had not had time to tackle one of the DIY gifts I wanted to give our girls for Christmas.  Back in December I found this Frozen fabric at Jo-Ann.upclose of pillowcase

 

I’m not really one for character prints, especially as part of the bedroom decor… that’s why their bedding is bold solids but when I saw this fabric I just had to have it.

First, it’s Frozen and unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past year and a half you know that Anna and Elsa are the biggest celebrities in the eyes of little girls.  And what proper fan doesn’t want their favorite celebrity’s picture everywhere?  Like underwear, dresses, dolls, stickers, and a pilowcase.  I’m so glad we don’t carry this trait with us into adulthood.  I mean ML knows that Johnny Depp is my favorite actor and all but it just might weird him out a little to see me sleeping peacefully on the face of Captain Jack Sparrow or a nightshirt with Johnny Depp’s face on it!  Either of those actually might weird me out.

Anyway back to the frozen print… the second reason I just had to get this fabric for Noah and Esther was because it had “Sisters Forever” on it!!!  As a mom of a biological and an adoptive child this just melted my heart. They truly are sisters forever.

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Oh, and the third reason (I didn’t even realize there was a third reason until just now.) I bought the fabric was because it was on sale.  I don’t remember the price but I’m pretty sure I got it for 40% off.

So I bought it.  I bought it knowing immediately that I wanted to make pillowcases with it.  I figured it couldn’t be too difficult and that they would enjoy having some princesses on their bed.

Well, Christmas came and Christmas went and my fabric just sat there.  I just couldn’t get up enough motivation to drag my 30+ pound sewing machine downstairs.  So, in my last sweep through of the house before we left for Memphis last Wednesday I grabbed my fabric hoping maybe to have time to work on them at his parent’s house.

His mom and I were able to work on them Friday afternoon and it was so easy that it’s a shame I put the project off this long.  Here’s how we did it.

Simple DIY Pillowcases

Simple DIY Pillowcase

  • We made two pillowcases using two yards of fabric.  We had the dimensions for a standard size pillowcase but it was so close to the width of the bolt of fabric and the length of a yard that we just cut each piece to be a yard long.
  • Next, the sides and one end were sewn together with the material facing inside out.  Finally, the open edge was folded down to a five inch hem with the rough edge folded in slightly so that it wasn’t exposed.
  • Within about twenty minute we were finished!  The girls were excited to receive Frozen pillowcases and I was a happy mommy.  These were so easy and it has me wanting to make more.

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Embellishments could be added, pretty ribbons, or even a different fabric for the hemmed edge.  There are all sorts of things you could do to dress them up… or you can take the simple route like I did.

Have you ever made your own pillowcases before? Do you have any little ones in love with Frozen my like girls are?  ML and I can’t help but like the movie too and eagerly await it’s appearance on Broadway!

 

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