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First hand DIY experiences, tips, and suggestions from an average DIY family!

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Home Security Products help us feel safe in our homes, and I love having that additional security. I do not, however, love the price that comes along with security subscriptions. ADT can end up costing hundreds of dollars a month, and though the service is beyond compare, a lot of us just can’t afford that. Here are some alternatives that have proven just as effective!

Ring Video Doorbell

I’m paranoid, so I love this Ring Video Doorbell. You can see if someone is trying to ding-dong ditch you, and you can see if someone looks dangerous before you open the door. Of course, we have peepholes for this reason, but this doorbell saves videos in case of foul play.

Zmodo Wireless Camera

I love these Zmodo Wireless Cameras. They run off a wifi and do not require a subscription of any kind. We have these cameras posted all around our house. They have come in handy so many times. We get notifications every time there is movement on our property, and we switch off notifications when we are at home. These cameras are incredible for a small price.

Fortress Home Security System

The Fortress Home Security System is another item we use at our home. This home system does not require any type of subscription or commitment. It has a one time price and comes with tons of tools! Our system came with a home key pad, 3 keychain keys, 4 toggle keys, 8 door and window sensors, 4 motion sensors, an indoor alarm, and an outdoor alarm. This system will not call the police for you, but it will alert your neighbors of an emergency. Trust me, these alarms are loud!

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Every week, I try to come up with a few recipes for the upcoming evenings. As a full time teacher, I have very little energy for detailed recipes, and we don’t have enough of a budget to eat out every night. Here is our menu for the week:

Homemade Pizza

I love to buy pre-made pizza crusts, instead of making my own. I’ll admit, I have yet to be successful with pizza crust and breads, despite my best efforts, and to be honest, I don’t have time to conjure up a crust on a Monday night. I love to take advantage of Amazon Prime Pantry, which is where I was able to find 3 pack Flatzza Pizza Crust. These crusts do not require pre-baking, so they are optimal for weekly meals!

I toss a few dollops of Ragu Pasta Sauce to the crust, and spread it around. I do not like a lot of sauce, so I usually only use about 3 teaspoons of sauce, I purposefully use pasta sauce instead of Marinara sauce. Marinara sauce is hard to reuse, and I prefer the pasta sauce taste. I add shredded Cheddar and Colby Jack cheese on top of the pizza, sliced tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and olives. The beauty of this recipe is that it can be topped with anything you like. Once topped, bake this pizza on 500 degrees for 10 minutes.

Roasted Garlic Veggies with Chicken Breast

Roasted veggies can really be delicious, and this week, I’ll be making my favorites. I roast broccoli florets and brussel sprouts in olive oil and minced garlic. It is so easy. Lather your broccoli and brussel sprouts in olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic (I use about a teaspoon). Bake your veggies at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

At the same time, saute your chicken breast (I like to thinly slice the breast before I cook it) in lemon pepper seasoning. It is easy and tasty!

Pancakes and Homemade Syrup

This barely counts as a recipe because I am mixing up Bisquick to make some tried and true pancakes. I will top my pancakes with homemade syrup. If you’ve never made homemade syrup, you’re missing out. It is so easy!

For this syrup, you mix equal parts water and brown sugar. Simmer your simply syrup on low heat, and toss in a little bit of Maple Extract (the amount is up to you).

Cold Chicken Pasta

This week is parent-teacher conference for my school district, so I have to do a little meal prepping. This Cold Chicken Pasta is perfect.

I boil some penne noodles in salted water, drain, and toss in about a tablespoon of butter, fresh spinach, diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Top with the dressing of your choice, I’ve made Carmy’s Homemade Garlic Dressing. Carmy has a very similar Cold Chicken Pasta, that I love, from which I adapted this recipe!

Blue Apron – Seared Steak and Roasted Potatoes

Doesn’t this look delicious? This will be delivered straight to my door Friday. I will be enjoying seared steak, roasted potatoes, spinach, and mushrooms. It is a fan favorite, and I cannot wait. All ingredients are included. Isn’t this an awesome Valentine’s day celebration?

Are you interested in trying a Blue Apron meal? To the first person that comments with your first and last name and email, you will be sent a free Blue Apron meal of your choice! You will get a meal request from me (Kendra!), for which you will pay absolutely nothing for one subscription box! It’s a Valentine’s day gift from my family to yours!

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I love puppies, which is why we have so many dogs! The first puppy I ever had was a real pain in the butt, though. These are the tips I wish someone would have told me before I got my first puppy.

Adopt – Don’t Shop

Right before my husband and I got married, we decided to get our first pet together. I knew I wanted a Golden Doodle, so I was hoping to find one “discounted.” This was my first mistake. I went on Craigslist and found a listing for a small, fluffy “Goldendoodle” puppy. He was only $400. Had I been wiser, I would have sensed the red flags going off, saved up for the dog I really wanted, or adopted a dog instead.

We ended up getting a Border Collie Golden Retriever mix, whom we named Duke. He really is beautiful, and he was probably actually worth $400, but he wasn’t what we bought. Over the years, I realized that buying a dog is almost never worth the cost. I would have rather adopted a dog, rather than purchasing one.
Duke was actually in horrible condition when we got him home. He had a bad stomach condition, from which he has never truly recovered. He is more prone to worms and other stomach infections. Due to his belly troubles as a baby, he developed heart worms despite taking regular preventives.

Of course, any of this could happen to a shelter dog, but at least you will be completely aware of the health of your dog before you get him home. Plus, your dog will likely not cost $400.

All of this to say, consider adopting. Shopping for a dog isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I wouldn’t do it without much consideration.

Potty Training is Hard

When we first brought Duke home, he was only 6 weeks old. He was not, to say the least, potty trained. At the time, we lived in a 1 bedroom apartment, and we had no idea what we were in for.

We did not have a size-appropriate crate, so crate training was out of the question. What a mistake! Instead, we locked him inside the bathroom during the day, where he pooped, peed, and chewed on everything. It was a disaster. We had no structure.

Before you get your first pup, have a size appropriate crate for crate training and night time. You do not want you crate to be much bigger than your dog. This might mean you have to upgrade your crate as your dog grows.

If your crate is too big, your puppy will poop on one side and sleep on the other, defeating the crate training. You want a crate that is big enough for your puppy to sleep, and nothing else. Do remember your puppy can only hold his bladder for an hour or two at a time, so be prepared to come home to messes, if you do not take him out to potty.
It is important that your puppy spends most of his time in his crate, while crate training. Luckily, we taught Duke to potty outside, but it took a long time.

Immunizations are Important

When we first got Duke, he had had his first rounds of immunizations (Canine Spectra 5), and we didn’t give him anything else until we moved to a new town a year later. He got his Rabies vaccination, first, and the next year, we actually realized how important it was for him to finish his immunizations.

Be sure you give your dogs all necessary immunizations. It is not just a money scam; they are important.

Quality Food Matters

Naively, I thought any food was fine for my dog. I was wrong. It actually wasn’t until after Duke got his immunizations that I realized I was doing him a disservice by giving him cheap food.

Many dog food brands end up essentially being McDonald’s for dogs. They lack key nutrients, contain dyes and chemicals, and are hard on bellies. We now buy Rachel Ray’s dog food for our dogs.

If you can’t afford quality food for your dog, you should reconsider adopting.

Pets Are Forever

Remember, puppies are a lot of work. They require constant attention, and they make huge messes. In the long run, your dog can end up costing you thousands of dollars. Make sure you are ready for that commitment before you adopt. Please, do not adopt a pet if you are not committed to it for a lifetime. Pets are not until you have a baby, move, or change your mind. Do not adopt a pet unless you are ready to keep it until it dies. Pets and babies can coexist.

We’ve all been there. Heck, I’m there at least once a month! When the money is tight, but you still get hungry, make these tasty recipes.

Lemon Butter Pasta

For this recipe, you will need:
– thin spaghetti (1 lb for $1)
– 1 lemon ($0.25)
– butter (4 sticks for $1)

I love this recipe, to be completely honest. We eat this weekly, even right after payday. In total, you can make 6+ services for less than $3. Not bad!

Lemon Butter Pasta

Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thin spaghetti
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook your spaghetti with salted water until al dente. Drain spaghetti and add 1 stick of butter, the juice of 1 lemon, and salt and pepper to taste.

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

For this recipe, you will need:
– frozen broccoli ($1)
– rice ($1.30)
– cheddar cheese ($4)

This is another staple in our household. It’s tasty, quick, and a crowd pleaser!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb rice cooked
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli
  • cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • combine cooked rice, frozen broccoli, and cheddar cheese in a casserole dish. Bake for 15-25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown.

Sloppy Joes

For this recipe, you will need:
– 1 lb ground beef ($4)
– 1 c. ketchup (<$1)
– 1 TBS mustard (<$1)
1 Tbs brown sugar (<$1)

My husband loves this recipe because it only has 4 ingredients!

Sloppy Joes

Servings: 3 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef browned
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 TBS mustard
  • 1 TBS brown sugar

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef, drain oil, and add ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Mix together and simmer fo 20 minutes.

Cheesy Fries

For this recipe, you will need:
– frozen French Fries ($1)
– cheddar cheese ($4)
– pickled jalapeños (<$1)

These fries are a favorite of mine! They remind me of the State Fair, with the comfort of home.

Cheesy Fries

Servings: 3 people

Ingredients

  • 5 lb frozen fries baked
  • cheddar cheese
  • jalapeños
  • bacon bits

Instructions

  • Top pre-baked fries with cheddar cheese and bake until cheese is melted. Top with Jalapeños and bacon bits. 

Vegetable Fried Rice

For this recipe, you will need:
– 1 lb rice ($1.30)
– soy sauce ($1)
– mixed vegetables, frozen ($1)

Yet another favorite. Can you tell I love all of these recipes? This recipe is great because it doesn’t feel like a “cheap” recipe!

Vegetable Fried Rice

Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb rice cooked
  • soy sauce to taste
  • mixed vegetables frozen

Instructions

  • Combine the cooked rice, mixed vegetables, and soy sauce in a sauce pan that has been greased. Sauté on medium heat until golden brown and crispy.

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As an expecting mother, I cannot get enough freebies. I look for them constantly! Here, I have compiled a list of legit baby freebies. This list will not require you to sign up for email newsletters, and none of these websites give off that “sketchy” feel. Those who have searched for freebies know what I’m talking about!

You will have to pay shipping for these items, but the shipping is not much compared to the product! Some of these freebies have been recruited from Moms&Crafters and Freebies For Baby.

Belly Button Band

Body Band

The Belly Band has two options: a Body Band for $40 (pictured above), or a Belly Band (pictured below). Both are meant to extend your pant-life throughout maternity.

The Body Band covers your belly and your unbuttoned pre-pregnancy pants. The Belly Band attaches to your pre-pregnancy pants. The Belly Band is adjustable, so it offers security for that “in-between” stage, where you aren’t big enough to wear maternity clothes, but you’re too bloated to wear your normal pants comfortably.

Use the code: FREEBIES4BABY for $39 off your order

Belly Band

Breast Pads

Here, you can get Breast Pads (4 for $7) in multiple patterns and a Breast Feeding Bracelet ($7). Breast Pads are essential for any breast feeding moms, and the bracelet can help you remember which breast you recently fed out of. As we know, new moms usually can’t remember much for a few weeks, so this bracelet is great and comfy. I have already stocked up on both!

Use the code: FREEBIES4BABY for $35 off your purchase.

Breast Feeding Bracelet
Breast Pads

3 Free Ruffle Buns

Ruffle Buns are cute diaper covers, and you can get 3 for free with this code: FREEBIES4BABY

Ruffle Buns

5 Free Baby Leggings

These baby leggings are great for winter weather! Use the code: PJBABY for $50 off your order. This website also sells bibs and gift sets!

Baby Leggings

Free Carseat Canopy

I already indulged in this freebie! This canopy is high quality, soft, and otherwise wonderful. There are several fabric options, which will allow you to customize the canopy for optimal results. A carseat canopy is a must for new babies, so why not get it free?

Use the code: PJBABY for $50 off your purchase.

Car Seat Canopy

Nursing Pillow

I hear moms rave about these pillows, though I have not bought one yet. With the code PJBABY, you can get this 100% free!

Free Sling-Style Baby Carrier

This was one of the first things I bought when we found out we were expecting. I love this sling! It is durable, yet soft enough for a baby’s sensitive skin.

Use the code: PJBABY for $40 off.

Baby Carrier

Amazon Prime Goodie Box

I’ve already gotten my Prime Goodie Box, and it was cram packed with awesome things! I got a bottle, 2 onesies, a muslin swaddle wrap, diapers, full-sized wipes, lotion, shampoo, breast pads, and coupons!

You have to be a prime member to receive your box of goodies, but you can use a Prime Free Trial! Look for the link below to get your free trial. It is 100% free for 30 days, and you can cancel at any time!

To start your registry, go here!

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Do we have any single ladies out there? My best friend is happily single. She loves going on dates, but she doesn’t need a man! She prefers to live life to the fullest, regardless of her relationship status on Facebook. Women like her are popping up everywhere, and rightfully so! With Valentine’s Day approaching, I will share with you a few fun Galentine’s Day plans that you can make your own!

Glam Up

Your ultimate goal is to celebrate yourself. Yes, that’s right! Celebrate your awesome self. Glam up!

My favorite thing to do on special occasions is shave my legs, give myself a quick Self Tan, do my nails, fix my hair and dress real cute. This might just mean glamming up to lay in bed and watch Netflix, or you might go out with other single Gal Pals. All options are fantastic! Just feel your best on your Gal-entine’s Day.

Go Out by Yourself

My bestie loves going out by herself. She always feels empowers, and enjoys spending time with herself. With self-love being so important, you should learn (if you haven’t already) how to spend time by yourself in public and have fun! You can practice this on February 14th. Treat yourself to a movie, a nice dinner, and some dessert. You deserve it. No one should be expected to stay home on Valentine’s Day just because you’re single.

Throw a “Singles” Valentine’s Party

A fun way to make the most of your single status is to throw a singles party! You can invite all of your single friends and do your favorite activities! Your friends and you might like hiking, so go hiking with a group. You might like games, so play glow in the dark volleyball with blaring music. You might even just like food, so throw a dinner party for your favorite friends. The sky is the limit for what you can do at your Singles Party!

Moral of the story, don’t be ashamed because you are single on Valentine’s Day. It is fun to be single, so make the most of it!

Don’t forget to like, follow, and comment your favorite Galentine’s Day activity below!

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Hello, all! This week, I’ll tell you about my experience with DIY Dip Powder Nails. If you checked out my earlier post of my weekly faves, you will have already saw this product. I love so many things about this DIY Dip Powder Kit, but this affection did not come without a learning curve.


I ended up “dipping” my nails twice, both with failures of their own. The first time I used the dip powder, I had prior acrylic nails on. This made the powder build up entirely too tall and hard to file down. The second time, I used acrylic tips, and did not glue the tips down all the way, leaving a gap between my natural nail and my “dip” nails.

It wasn’t until I practice on someone else was I truly able to achieve success. I hope you can learn from my mistakes!

Nail Prep


To prep your nails, you will need:
– an electric nail file or a course manual nail file
protein bond
nail tip extenders
nail glue
rubbing alcohol
cotton pads

Begin by gently filing your natural nails. If you have acrylic nails on, soak your nails in pure Acetone nail polish remover for 30-40 minutes, until you can painlessly remove nails.

Once your nails have been filed, wipe away the dust with a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol and immediately apply protein bond.

If you would like to extend the length of your nails, apply the nail tip extenders by covering the tip with nail glue.


Once the tips are applied, gently sand around the edge of the artificial tip, to create a seamless look. Once again, clean your nails with a cotton pad and rubbing alcohol.

Dip Powder Kit

I found this Dip Powder Kit on Amazon, and I love it. The price of this kit is cheaper than it costs for me to go to the salon!

I got the french tip kit, but this brand also has an assortment of Color Kits.

To begin, I coated my nail in “Base 1,” this is a glue that bonds with the powder. I dipped my finger completely in pink powder. RepeatI repeated this one more time, dusting the excess off each finger after 1 minute. I then dipped the tip of my finger into the white powder to make a french tip. Though you can do this on your own, I liked to have this Dip Powder Tray to perfect the shape of my tip. I redipped my tip twice, following each dip with an additional dip into the pink powder. Don’t worry! This will not affect your french tip.

By this point, you nail is getting pretty thick. I took my electric nail file and thinned my nails down. You want to be careful not to take off the white tip.

Once my nails were shaped, I dipped them in the clear powder. I remanded gently, and buffed my nails with this Nail Buffer. I apply the “Applicator,” which hardens the Dip Nails. Let the “Applicator” dry completely before reapplying.

The last step is to apply the “Top” coat, twice. This feels more like a glue, so be careful not to touch anything that will leave dust or fuzz behind. I also like to top my nails with gel topcoat, but you can apply any glossy top coat for a glossy finish!

With this kit, you can fill in your nails as soon as they grow out, too! Oh, the money I’ll save!

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Okay, guys! I have a lot of awesome things to tell you about this week. All of which I have testing personally and ended up loving!

Fake Bake Self Tanner

I purchased this Fake Bake Self Tanner a week ago, and I have been loving it! I use it every other day, to create a base tan. The tan stays even after I shower, but I reapply to build a darker tan. Once your desired tan is established, you only have to reapply weekly. This tan actually looks very natural. It comes in a 6 ounce spray bottle with a glove included. It costs $16.

Dip Powder Starter Kit

This Dip Powder Kit is also a new investment. I love having pretty nails, but I do not love paying the price for those nails. This kit makes strong nails that last as long as salon nails. Dip nails are easier to do than regular nail polish, and it lasts longer! This kit comes in a color set and a french tip set. I got mine for $36. I also bought these BeYou Natural Tips to extend my nail length – these were $8.

“You Are Loved” Mug

This Porcelain Collins Mug is so cute, and, if you’re a coffee drinker like me, you really can’t ever have enough mugs. This would make a great birthday or Valentine’s gift or even just a gift for yourself. You can get it for only $12.99!

Dooney & Bourke Crossbody Pebble Letter Carrier

I only have one “designer” handbag, and it is a Dooney & Bourke. Dooney & Bourke bags last for years, and all bags come with a full year of warranty. This crossbody Pebble Letter Carrier comes in multiple shades, and is genuine, pebble-grained leather. You can get this bag for $178.

Shein

Get this Maxi Dress for $25!

Shein is a website with high quality affordable clothing. I have purchased over 11 different pieces, all for under $100. I first heard of this website from a family friend. She is so well dressed all the time, so I decided to check this website out. The clothing is all from $3 – $30, depending on the item. All of the products I’ve purchased have high quality fabric, and everything is exactly as described. Shein also accepts returns! Shein runs sales periodically, making it easy to get out with tons of products for a little price.

I hope you enjoy my weekly favorites! Don’t forget to like, share, and follow my page for more content like this!

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This post will not be like my usual blog posts. This post is real and raw. It hurts to write, so I must tell my story.

Did you know that 40% of pregnancies end in loss? Such a depressing statistic that has been looming over my head and in my heart for the last 4 months. Our pregnancy ended in miscarriage this September.

The 6th of September was the most exciting moment of my life thus far. I would see my sweet baby, and I did, but he was dead. He? Did I know the gender? No, but I wanted this baby to be a boy, so I decided that’s what I would call him from that day on.

We didn’t have a support system; I was our support system.



Our baby was 8 weeks and 4 days when he stopped growing. I got to see his tiny finger nubs, his little legs, and his big head. He was cute, and he was mine. You see, I had never had an ultrasound before. I didn’t realize there was supposed to be a heartbeat, so I sat their grinning at my little bean without even realizing we had already lost him.

I hadn’t felt my heart in my throat for so long, but in that moment, the familiar feeling of middle and high school rushed back to me. “I’m sorry,” the nurse murmured, “let me get the doctor.” I didn’t understand, yet, but I would.

The doctor came in and explained to me that it wasn’t my fault, and I couldn’t have done anything to prevent it. I didn’t even know what “it” was until my OBGYN started talking. Realization rushed over me. “Oh,” I heard myself say.

I didn’t really experience infertility, but it felt like I would.



My husband was in the room, but I forgot he even existed in that moment. How would I tell my family? I had just announced my pregnancy to my family, two days before. My pregnancy app said I was probably in the green. My baby should have been okay, but I didn’t realize that there is no “green” in life.

I numbly had my blood drawn to ensure my baby really was gone. Life was hard for the following months. The medical bills made it harder. Before the bleeding even trickled away, medical bills started flooding in by the hundreds. “I have insurance,” I thought as I opened the fifth bill, this time for a follow up appointment that lasted 6 minutes – $400. We still haven’t paid them all off.

I knew it would be expensive to have a baby, but I didn’t realize it would be so expensive to lose one, too.

Maybe I had angered God, and he was punishing me?


Family and friends tried to be supportive, but they failed. For a week, people understand why you’re pulling away, but after a month, they don’t understand anymore. People will say, “at least you know the pipes work,” or “you can always make another one.” Even my own grandmother said, “next time don’t tell people so soon,” and, “I told you not to be using acrylic paints.” Just as there are rude people in every day, there will be rude people during loss. This trial attacked my spirit. My husband and I felt alone, and, in a way, we were. We didn’t have a support system; I was our support system.

A majority of people will not address your loss. It makes them uncomfortable, so they pretend it didn’t happen.

The hardest part of my miscarriage, however, was the seemingly infertility that followed. Though I didn’t really experience infertility, but it felt like I would. I was so afraid that I would never be able to have a child. I thought I might be too fat, too active, or too medicated. Maybe I had angered God, and he was punishing me?

It took me weeks to realize that I was really just another common statistic. Miscarriages happen everyday, and there is probably someone near you that is experiencing a miscarriage. If so, please be supportive of these mothers. They are experiencing intense pain, and they don’t understand why. Realize that this mother did not do anything to deserve this loss, and she didn’t do anything to aide it. Yes, she took her prenatal vitamins. No, she did not lift those boxes. It just happened. Bring her dinner and then leave. Let her cry. Do not say, “at least it happened early.”

Since that miscarriage, I have had 3 chemical pregnancies. I’ve struggled to lose “pregnancy weight,” even though I wasn’t very far along, and I’ve struggled with depression. It is not easy to lose a pregnancy; be kind to those that have.

If you have lost a pregnancy, it’s really not your fault. Don’t feel bad for missing work – some people miss 2 weeks. It’s okay. About a month into my grieving process, my husband gifted me this book: Grieving the Child You Never Knew by Kathe Wunnenberg. This book helped me immensely. I was able to process my thoughts and hear from those that have been through this. If your wife, sister, cousin, or coworker is going through a miscarriage, get her this book.

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It’s that time of year again! For some of you, this Valentine’s Day will be the first in your relationship; for other, this will be another year where you adorn your man with what he truly deserves. This gift giving guide gives tips depending on the length and commitment of each relationship.

“We’ve only gone on a few dates”

So maybe you just started talking to your Valentine, or you’ve only gone on a few days. Do not worry! There are still tons of gifts that you can get him, without coming on too strong.

Bamboo Mug

This Bamboo Mug is useful, affordable, and masculine. Your Valentine will love this!

The North Face Ball Cap

This ball cap by The North Face is cute and classy. It has the affordable price with the high quality aspects of a name brand.

Gratitude Journal

This Gratitude Journal for Men is a great gift for any occasion, but it is also and incredible Valentine’s Day gift.

“We’ve been dating for 6 months”

Beard Grooming Kit

This Beard Grooming Kit is great for any man who likes to keep up his appearances. Though this kit is designed for beards, it can be used for any hair!

Survival Gear Kit

This TRSCIND Survival Kit is perfect for the outdoor man! It comes with a paracord bracelet, a compass, a knife, a fire starter, a flashlight with adjustable modes, including strobe, heavy duty pen, compact wire saw and wood cutter, emergency blanket, compact carrying case, whistle, a heavy duty knife, a credit card knife, and carabiner clip. Is that not a crazy good deal for only $30?

Date Night

Treat your man to a date night, your treat! Take him to dinner, a movie, and then coffee after. Go bowling and out for ice cream down town, or even take him to an amusement park! Get creative and have fun doing what you guys love to do!

“We’ve been together forever”

Engraved Yeti

Engraved Yeti’s are my go to gift! I am a Yeti advocate because their cups are high quality. Ice will stay in my mug for over 24 hours, and coffee will stay scalding hot all day long. That’s a winner to me! Engrave your man’s name into his new Yeti, and I promise, he will love it!

Fossil Watch

Fossil is a reputable brand that always puts out high quality products. This Fossil Watch has an antique and rustic look with a modern, leather design. A few years ago, I bought my husband a watch like this, and he loves it! Your man will love it, too.

Beats Pill by Dre

The Beats by Dre brand is incredible. The Beats Pill is perfect for parties of any variety, even just cleaning on a Saturday morning! I have earnestly admired this brand since they came out, and I have never been disappointed. All of my Beats products have lasted for over 5 years, with hard wear. I highly recommend this product.

Romantic Gifts

50 Things I Love About You

This can be a great way to express creativity and make your man feel like 100 bucks! The day of Valentines day, decorate his planner, his shoes, his tooth brush, his steering wheel, and even his laptop with little notes letting you know how much you love him and why you love him. There’s nothing like feeling appreciated!

52 Uncommon Date Night Ideas

Spice up your relationship with these 52 Uncommon Dates! Try a new one each weekend.

Love Vouchers

These Love Vouchers can be fun and exciting. Your man can cash in a voucher for a back massage or a night out without responsibilities!

Bonus

Some of my teenage students asked to chime in some suggestions for this post. Here are some of their best suggestions on what you should get your man for Valentine’s day:

1. cologne
2. a nice t-shirt
3. football jersey
4. “open when” envelopes
5. chocolate covered strawberries
6. Edible Arrangements
7. gift cards
8. socks
9. a bae-cation (go on a vacation with your bae)
10. a massage

How do you plan on spoiling your Valentine this year? Comment below!