What to Get a Man for Valentine’s Day

Valentine Beer Bottle Labels

What to get a man for Valentine’s Day is hardly a question we women need to stress over. You know what I’m saying – wink, wink. But, on the chance you’re wondering about a “man gift”, I’ve found some terrific ones to help you out.

No balloons, or gooey cards, or Heaven forbid POEMS here, my sisters. No, no. These are very cool Valentine gifts for your man. Let’s get started!

1. Maple Candied Bacon. If you make this recipe for your man for Valentine’s Day, he will love you harder than a goat loves a stump. That’s a medical fact.

The Clever Carrot says the hardest part of making this stuff is taking the bacon out of the package. I’m saying anyone who can improve upon bacon is a genius and should be nominated for some kind of major humanitarian award.

Valentine's gift for a man - bacon
Maple Candied Bacon by The Clever Carrot

2. Pizza Bouquet. All human men love pizza. If you know a man who does not love pizza you should proceed with caution as he may be a slimy alien. This bouquet is made with homemade pizza bites and a six-pack on the side. Although the card in the photo says “congratulations”, I think this is a super fantabulous Valentine gift for the man you heart. Big props to From Glitter to Gumdrops for dreaming this dealio up.

Make a pizza bouquet for your man for Valentine's Day.
Pizza Bouquet created by From Glitter to Gumdrops.

3. Manly Cupcakes. Nothing says “I am a manly man’s cupcake” like Butch’s Bakery. From beer infused butter cream to maple cake with bacon crumbles to a brandy soaked cake with orange frosting – this is a sexy, manly bakery for sexy, manly men. Butch it up, Buttercup!

Valentine's gifts for men from Butch's Bakery.
Manly cupcakes from Butch’s Bakery.

4. Retro Candy. If you’re going to do candy for V-Day for a guy, don’t you even think about giving him some heart-shaped, toothpaste-filled chocolates. That’s some bad candy karma you’d be putting out there.

What you can do, while still maintaining your rightful place as Queen of the Wicked Cool Gifts, is order him a nice Retro Candy Crate on Amazon. Depending on which era you purchase, for just $29.90, your fella could be lovin’ him some wax lips, cinnamon toothpicks, Atomic Fireballs, or the always sexy Candy Cigarettes.

Retro Candy Crate for Valentine's Day - $29.90
Retro Candy Crate $29.90


5. Valentine’s Beer. The male of our species will often appreciate a nice brown beverage from time to time. I know it’s true because I read it in National Geographic. Or maybe it was National Enquirer. Either way, if someone publishes it, it has to be true.

Rather than just slapping a plain old six pack on the Valentine’s altar of love, spend a measly $15 and nab these ultra-awesome Valentine beer labels from Etsy shop Make The Best Crafts. I’m seriously lovin’ on them and also seriously asking myself why I can’t come up with ideas like this.

Valentine Beer Bottle Labels
From Etsy Shop “Make the Best Crafts.”

6. DIY Beef Jerky Bouquet. Nothing says lovin’ like dried meat on a stick. Tara of Moms of All Trades, Masters of Little just took Jack Links beef jerky to a whole ‘nuther level. Very cool, my friend. Very cool.

How to make a jerky bouquet for Valentine's Day.
Beef jerky bouquet how-to by Tara at Moms of All Trades.

7. Massage. Even if you don’t know how to properly massage someone, you’ll find your honey-cakes will love it just because you are touching him. First, order some massage oil, and second, pick up some You Tube tips that will help you give a great massage. (Here’s a great how-to massage video.)

Give a Valentine's Day massage to your husband.
Massage Oil for less than $20 via Amazon.

So there’s my Top 7 list of great gifts for your man for Valentine’s Day. What do you think???

If these don’t float your boat, what about some Chicken & Waffle cupcakes for your guy or maybe some DIY cutie pie pictures of your kiddos for his desk? Go ahead. You’ll knock his socks off!

Bed Rest While Pregnant – Top 10 Things Moms-To-Be Need

bed rest while pregnant

Last week my daughter Kitten was sent to the hospital. She is twenty-four weeks pregnant, and long story short, she is on hospitalized bed rest from now until…

She is allowed up to shower, use the bathroom, and she gets to go on one 30 minute wheelchair ride a day. Kitten is blessed to have so many people in her life who have brought her books, magazines, snacks, etc. But still, she’s going nuts in here. I sit beside her bed each day and try to keep her company. It’s not nearly enough. My poor baby.

We’ve had a good laugh at the huge number of people who say, “Let me know if I can do anything.” It’s only funny because we imagine what it would be like to actually call every one who has said that and provide a list of all the things a Mom-T0-Be needs while on bed rest.

1. Kitten is already Mom to my perfect 20 month old grandmonkey. She misses him terribly even though he comes to see her often with his Daddy. Recordable story books are a must have for a Mom who is on bed rest while she’s pregnant with another child.

Recordable story book

 

2. My daughter has a TV and DVD player in her hospital room, so now would be the perfect time for her to catch up on TV seasons she’s missed. A Mom-to-be on bed rest may appreciate DVDs of her favorite TV series.

One Tree Hill First Season

3. Imagine eating hospital food day in and day out. It’s driving her mad already, and she’s only been here a week. People have been so sweet to bring her TONS of snacks (candy, chips, cookies). But as she has a mini-fridge and a microwave in her hospital room, sometimes she’d like something different to snack on. Kraft Mac & Cheese Easy Mac is something she’s mentioned.

kraft easy mac and cheese

4. Kitten doesn’t know how to crochet – yet. The hospital sent in a “crochet coach” of sorts, and with all this free time I’m thinking she’ll be a pro in no time. A gift of pink yarn would be awesome.

baby pink yarn]5. This hospital smells like a hospital. Kitten thinks these Febreze Flameless Luminaries might be a nice thing to have in her room.

Febreze Flameless Luminary

6. While I can manage the Easy Mac and some yarn, the Bose Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Headphones are out of my price range. Because she is on the antepartum ward, Kitten hears baby monitors and other noises at night when she’s trying to settle in and sleep. It makes it hard to ever really rest well in the hospital. She and I can both see how noise cancelling headphones would make life much, much more pleasant for a pregnant mom-to-be while on bed rest.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones are perfect for hospital stays while pregnant.

7. Nice, comfy socks – you can’t have too many of these when you’re on bed rest in the hospital. The “cushionery”, the better!

White cushion socks for the hospital

 

8. When you’re stuck in the hospital on bed rest, it’s not the time to get cheap lotion from Walmart. She says anything that could help her feel like a “girl” is a good thing, and great lotion is perfect. True Blue is an awesome choice.

true-blue-spa-shea-cashmere-lotion

9. Kitten has plenty of time to do her nails now. She did them just the other day. OPI makes this little kit of 10 nail polishes that would be a cool way to keep your nails looking great while the pregnancy keeps you in bed.

OPI best of the best

10. At first blush, this might sound nuts. But, 3M Removable Hooks are super cool to have while you’re in the hospital for a long time. Kitten and I have looked for a way today to hang things on her hospital room walls to no avail. These removable hooks would be perfect and would help make this place a nicer place to live while she’s on bed rest.

Removable hooks for hospital walls

 

 

Valentine Day Quotes

]Whether you’re going to be making your Valentine Day gifts or you’re buying something from the store for your Honey Bunch, you may want to punch it up a little with some Valentine Day Quotes. I’ve found plenty of the best, sweetest, Valentine Day Quotes to help you out!

Hint: Try using some of these quotes in a Valentine letter you write to the one you love. Words from your heart will mean more than anything else.

love quote
via Elvitria

“If I could be anything in the world I would want to be a teardrop because I would be born in your eyes, live on your cheeks, and die on your lips.”

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”

“To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.” Karen Sunde

via We Heart It

“Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.” Rosemonde Gerard

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.” Robert Fulghum, True Love

“Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.” Robert Browning


“Are we not like two volumes of one book?” Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

“I’ve fallen in love many times… always with you.”

 

“I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren’t even there before.” Mignon McLaughlin