Anniversary Gifts Through the Years!

*Tip to my husband on anniversary gift ideas. Or to any of you needing help!

So have you ever been told by someone older “Oh it’s your first anniversary? That’s the year of a paper gift.” Well I have and I am not even at my first wedding anniversary. I decided it’d be fun to look anniversary gift themes through out the years of someones marriage. I then realized I had no idea what I would get my husband or even what I’d want him to get me that would follow along with the gift list.  Now obviously this is a traditional gift list probably made before we had new modern things like DVD’s, video games, and expensive jewelry. So for paper they probably gave just that paper to write on, and for tin maybe they forged a nice cup to drink out of. As years when by the gifts became more extravagant.

So today I will make a list of gift themes from 1st anniversary to 10th anniversary. To help out all you men and women struggling for ideas I also thought I’d give an example of what to buy. My hope is also to make the gifts 50$ or less because in my opinion a gift shouldn’t need to be expensive for it to be meaningful. I think that’s why these gift themes are so basic because they didn’t need to be expensive.

1st Anniversary Paper

 

Male & Female: Book

*This can be christian, fantasy, non-fiction whatever you think he/she would love the most. Maybe go into it together and get a book to read together.

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2nd Anniversary Cotton

Male: Find them a nice comfy shirt. Or Dress Shirt.

Female: Fuzzy Socks. (I know maybe this isn’t cotton but in my opinion it’s pretty close.)

3rd Anniversary Leather

Male & Female: Hey maybe get a little kinky? 😉

*Obviously think about what your spouse would want. If they don’t like kink do a new wallet.

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4th Anniversary Linen or Silk

Male: Comfy PJ’s

Female: Silky lingerie

5th Anniversary Wood

Male & Female: Carve your own little wooden trinket that represents your love.

*Not crafty you can always find little wooden trinkets carved in native american shops (my favorite place) and crafty stores.

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6th Anniversary Iron

*This was a very hard idea for me to come up with a gift suggestion. I talked with my husband and he also had no clue what to get. So I did what anyone of our time would do, I went online.

Male: Iron grilling utensils or iron tools for the handyman in your husband.

Female: Cast iron skillet or iron candlestick holders.

*After talking with my husband I’d rather go somewhere like Iron Ore Bay in Michigan or Iron Mountain in California.

7th Anniversary Wool or Copper

Male & Female: Wool socks

Male: Copper mug (this also works well for women)

Female: Picture frame of 7 pennies formed into a 7. (Think of what your women would want. This is cheese sure but it’s totally something that would make me melt with happiness.)

8th Anniversary Bronze 

Male: Bronze specialty pen or Watch

*May be more than 50$

Female: Bronze ring/Necklace or Bronze Him&Her statue

9th Anniversary Pottery

 

Male & Female: Go to a pottery making class where you get to spend a few hours making your own piece of work.

*This way you make what you’d want for yourself.

10th Anniversary Tin or Aluminum 

Male: Pocket Knife

Female:Wind Chimes

 

Now these are just ideas.

This is also just a traditional themed list. I saw while doing research there is also a modern list. If you go with the modern list it may be easier. I’m a traditional kind of person so I like the old kind of list.

 

Do any of you have ideas?

 

Talk soon,

Marena

P.S Anyone who knows my husband and I they’d know that the macaroni photo fits perfect with us!

 

*Photos are not mine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Activities for Children!

My favorite activities that are also educational to do with children. Plus I always find them to be fun as well.

 

The Egg and Bottle Trick

Equipment:

A cooked egg without the shell, A bottle (glass) with the neck slightly smaller than the egg, a piece of paper, and a match.

Procedure:

  1. Place the egg on top of the bottle showing the children it doesn’t fit. *Great to let the children do themselves.
  2. Crumple the piece of paper and drop into the bottle. *Great to let the children do themselves.
  3. Drop the burning match into the bottle.
  4. Quickly put the egg on top of the bottle.
  5. The egg will make some noises like a gurgle and a pop then it’ll drop into the bottle!

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How Does This Work?

As the paper burns the fire burns away the oxygen in the air. The egg seals the top of the bottle not allowing air into the bottle to replace the oxygen. This reduces air pressure inside the jar and the egg is sucked in. then allowing more oxygen in.

 

Color Spinners

Equipment: 

Card stock paper, scissors, pencil with sharp point (preferably half the size of a normal pencil), coloring supplies.

Procedure:

  1. Cut the card stock into perfect circles.
  2. Section the circle into 7 perfect sections like a pie.
  3. Let the children color each section with a different color. Yellow, Orange, Red, purple, Dark blue, light blue, green.
  4. Make a small hole in the middle of the circle just big enough for the pencil to fit into.
  5. Spin the disk quickly.
  6. Watch the colors blend together.

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*You can use other color ideas if you want to. Other than the 7 I gave. Have fun and experiment.

How Does it work?

When the circle spins your eyes can’t see the colors separately. You only see the different colors come together. The disk will look grayish or white.

 

Liquid Layers

Equipment:

Water, molasses, cooking oil, tall glass jar, slice of an apple, paperclip, eraser, cork, push pin, quarter.

Procedure:

  1. Fill the jar with roughly 1/2 a cup of molasses
  2. Fill the jar with 1/2 cup of water
  3. Fill jar with 1/2 cup of cooking oil
  4. Give it a minute or two for the liquids to settle.
  5. You will see how each liquid is heavier than the other meaning they don’t mix. They float on each other.
  6. Make a guess on where each object will float/sink at.
  7. Then place the objects in at different times and see what happens.

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*The picture I used show other liquids and objects you can use if you want to do more than the basics.

 

Here are some of my favorite activities to do with children!

 

Do you have any activities you like to do?

 

Talk soon,

Marena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Concept

So recently I have ordered a few things online furniture wise. What I wasn’t expecting was to have to put it together. I figures things like a table or dresser sure you would put that together. But a couch or love seat? Or even a box spring? My husband had a good laugh at this. I truly have never ordered things like this online so I wasn’t expecting something like this.

So here I am setting up my furniture. It’s a good learning experience to say the least. 🙂

Thank goodness for husbands who know what they are doing. 🙂

 

My favorite moment is to think of how my face had to look as these strange sized boxes showed up to my door.

 

Have any of you had funny moment like this?

Talk soon,

Marena

P.s. I think it’ll make it easier with moving for the military if it comes apart. Easier to travel.

Best and Worst Advice on Moving

Can you imagine anyone would give bad advice? Well trust me some do.

I was talking the other day to a lady about how I’m moving from Michigan to California to join my husband at the base he is stationed at me. she told me and I’ll use exact words “That is so great! I love moving it’s so easy.” I stopped short because so far moving has NOT been easy so I’m trying to figure out how in the world she thinks it’s easy. I ask and had to laugh by her answer because after she said it I understand why she thinks moving is so splendid. She told me she hires someone to pack here whole house and move it. I finally realized she A. has much more money than I realized B. I wish I could afford that and C. she is a tad nuts.

Of course if I had the money to hire someone I would. But I definitely don’t have that kind of cash hanging around. Plus I’m too OCD to let someone pack my stuff. And too grossed out thinking they’d see me unmentionables.

So that is my worst advice because it is it truly is. Most people don’t rely on others to pack. However I do know lots of people trust the help to do the actual moving part. And if done right it isn’t usually that expensive.

The best moving advise I was ever given is to pack by room and not to move to a new room till I’m done with the first. Then when the room is done write the room name on the box then leave in that room till it’s time to pack the moving van. The other advice that goes along with this is to pack like things in a box. So basically be very organized.

For me this works very well. But the only way it works is if I make sure all things are taken care of and the whole place is very clean.

Alright guys and gals I’m moving in the next few months. I’m trying to slowly send my things to the new place. My husband is there before me since it’s where he is stationed. What are some of your tips on moving?

Talk soon,

Marena

DIY Art

Have you ever been to store found beautiful art but it’s way to expensive?

Well I have and I HATE it. So I decided I’d make my own art.

All you have to do is get paint (I prefer acrylic), canvases, brushes, and don’t forget the inspiration.

For inspiration look online, pintrest, stores. Find a picture and make the art your own. It’s okay to copy as long as you make it your own. I do suggest making an outline on your canvas.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun. I found painting is relaxing. Even if it turns out looking awful.

My next suggesting is if your painting comes out not how you’d like paint over it. Make a pretty grey or black and cover the canvas. After it dries it’s easy enough to paint over again. It’s alright to mess up.

Her was my art masterpiece.

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It’s not amazing but it’s still pretty and I enjoy it.

My last thought to think about is to hang it up and be proud. Who cares if someone hates it? It’s only important that YOU love it

Talk soon,
Marena