30th Birthday Guy Gift Ideas

Shopping for a guy that has a lot or gets things himself is very hard.  I have know my husband for 12 years.  We have been married for 5 years. So it was hard to figure out something for him after knowing him for many years. My husband loves to get things for himself, so that never gives anyone a chance to get anything for him.   My husband also has a lot of things so I didn’t want to clutter up his space with more things that mean nothing.

As my husband was turning 30, I started thinking of things to get him. I started with looking around the house for things that needed to be fixed or changed. My husband’s electronic toothbrush has been acting up so there was one gift.   His alarm clock was also not great, so that was another idea.   I kept thinking about all the things that matter to him and that helped figure out many things for him.   When my ideas came together it was exciting to order and wrap the gifts up.   The key to getting gifts for someone special is knowing them and getting things that mean something to them.

Here is a list of things that I got my husband for his 30th birthday:

  1. bath sponges
  2. nail clippers
  3. his favorite chocolates
  4. zippo
  5. zippo fluid
  6. his favorite author’s new book
  7. Yankees pajama pants
  8. Yankees shirt
  9. garden flags (something for him)
  10. alarm clock
  11. electronic toothbrush
  12. car wash
  13. air freshers for the car
  14. coffee (dark)
  15. cigars
  16. electronic toothbrush replacements
  17. tools
  18. Superman series
  19. Bug Bunny dvd
  20. beer opener
  21. iPhone chargers

 

Hope this helps you create your own 30th birthday gift idea.

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Orchid Show 2017

I love orchids.  They are one of my favorite flowers.  So of course, every year, we try to go to the orchid show at the Botanical Gardens in New York.   This year the orchid show was held from March until mid-April.   The theme of the orchid show was Thailand.

When you enter the conservatory, you enter a magical world.  There were huge elephants made from bushes covered in orchids.  It was beautiful.   As we continued through the conservatory, we saw many different types of orchids.  There were many different colors and sizes.

I was amazed by the beauty of these flowers and it of course inspired me to get my own orchid for my house.   When we got to another part of the conservatory, there were more orchids and beautiful in color.   They also had these cute little pineapples that grow in Thailand and were ripe and ready to eat.   I have never seen such cute pineapples.

I would recommend visiting the Botanical Gardens to see these orchids when they have them.  Every spring it is a nice way to start the beautiful season of rebirth.  Below are some photos from our trip to the Botanical Gardens. DSC_0732.jpg

 

Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden is located in San Francisco in the Golden Gate State Park.   We went and it was packed. It had a lot of people.  There was a charge for the garden. It was $8 for adults. My son was free so I don’t know how much it was for children.

The Japanese Tea Garden was a small garden with a lot of flowers and Japanese designs.  I wish there was a map because we just walked around.  I felt lost and noticed that we kept walking around in a circle.  Overall, I really enjoyed the Japanese Tea Garden.  It was peaceful.   Below is a poem I wrote about the garden.

Garden 

Simple

Peaceful

Simple rivers.

Simple flowers.

Simple bushes.

Pier 39

Pier 39 is the place to be when in San Francisco.  Pier 39 has many stores  and restaurants.  Some stores are: souvenir, Pandora, Hard Rock Cafe store and so many others.  Some restaurants are: Bubba Gump, Hard Rock Cafe, Wipe out and many others.   You can also just pick up dessert.  They have a place where you can get a small bucket of mini donuts.  They are made fresh and delicious.   They also have a place where you can get crepes: sweet and savory crepes.  There is also a carousel for the children to ride.  The carousel is also a double carousel.  It was very cool to see.

Another place at Pier 39 is the Aquarium at the Bay.  They have many ocean animals to view. There were sharks, jellyfish, otters, different kinds of fish and many other ocean animals. It is a nice place to visit with children.  We went to the Aquarium and we used a city pass which included the aquarium.

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Another popular place is at Pier 39 is to see the sea lions.  There are lots of sea lions that come and visit the pier. They lay, play and talk to one another.  Many people come  to Pier 39 just to see the sea lions.  My son was very excited to see them and we went a few times to visit them.  At times, we saw them swimming in the bay.

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At Pier 39, you can catch a cruise around the bay.  We took the Blue and Gold Cruise.  It was an hour long cruise. We learned a lot about San Francisco from the cruise.  We went all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge.  We sailed under it and of course took a lot of photos.   We also went around to Alcatraz Island.  We were able to see both sides of the island.  It was a nice and wonderful cruise.

When visiting San Francisco make sure to wear  layers because it does get cold when there.  We went in April and it was cold.  We were wearing long sleeve and hoodies.

Muir Woods

Muir Woods in California is a site to see.  It is a national park with lots of amazing Redwoods.  As I was researching places to visit in California, I found the Muir Woods.  I knew about the Redwood trees but this was just one of the places in California that have Redwoods.

There is a fee to pay when you get in. It’s $10 for an adult. We went with my 1 year old son who is free.  We started our hike at the front of the Muir Woods sign. We came across so many Redwoods.  It was so amazing to see these giant trees that date to prehistoric times. My husband at first didn’t want to go but then was amazed and was taking lots of photos.  I was in awe of these beautiful trees.  These trees were both really tall and thick.  We took lots of photos.

I highly recommend Muir Woods in California. It is 30 minute drive from San Francisco.  It’s a great hike because it is on flat land.  There are some bumps but it is so worth it. I would love to go back to see them again when my son get older.  Below are some photos that I took.

Valentine’s Day Toddler Photoshoot

I love taking photographs but it’s very hard with a toddler.  My son moved around so much and will not sit still.  So taking photos is very hard. I always get him looking away and not paying attention.  I still went ahead and had my husband try to help with a Valentine’s Day Photoshoot. I did my best and got what I got.  It was fun and I actually got a few photos of my son looking.

I always try to use props.  This year since he’s a toddler I had limit what I gave him because he would either throw it or put it in his mouth.  I of course got him a eligible bachelor onesie from Carters.  The rest of the props that were used were:  rose petals, cut-out red hearts and a few fake roses.  I placed the rose petals all over the floor and that actually got him to go to the floor and sit. On the closet door, I taped red glitter hearts. He of course picked at them but it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  I handed him a few fake roses and then the snapping started.

Below is a photo of my Photoshoot. The best that I could do as a new time at home photo taker.  I hope this inspires you to create your own backgrounds and use props for photography. Happy snapping!

 

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Valentine’s Day gifts

This year my husband and I hosted Valentine’s Day dinner for our family.  You can read my previous blog about the dinner.  This blog will be able the gifts that we gave.

The adults received chocolate hearts. Each adult had one on their plate before we started dinner.

The kids got more goodies.  My nieces got mailboxes with goodies inside.  Inside the mailboxes I placed goldfish. It’s nice to take when going somewhere with the kids and they want to snack.  I also gave them a rubber duck. The rubber duck was a Valentine’s Day one. My older niece who is in preschool got pencils that way she can use them when doing her homework.  I also placed a small stuffed animal inside the mailbox. The final things that were in the mailbox were candy: ring pop and lollipops.  Each mailbox had two balloons attached to them.

These gifts were simple and quick to put together.  I hope this inspires you to create your own Valentine’s Day gifts for your family.

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