Valentines Day Gifts for the Man in Your Life

Are you struggling with what to get for your boyfriend or husband this Valentines Day? Well, you’re not alone – women around the world agree that choosing a Valentines Day gift for the man in their lives can be almost impossible. It doesn’t seem fair that there isn’t a masculine equivalent to a bunch of red roses or a bottle of perfume – most men don’t seem to know what they want anyway! Don’t despair; here are our top tips for making your man happy this February 14th.

Themed Slippers

Most men like slippers but don’t make the mistake of getting him boring ‘old man’ slippers. Get him something he will actually care about, something that ignites a dash of passion. You could get him NFL slippers of his favorite team, for example.


Every man loves a nice wristwatch and without spending a fortune there are hundreds of models available in a wide range of traditional and modern styles. Something is available for the most outdoor man to the elegant gent about town.

Computer Games

Even though guys are not usually good at dropping hints, you will have heard him or his buddies talking about the new ‘must have’ computer game. The only downside with this gift is that he may spend more time with it than with you for a while, unless of course you are into it too!

Tickets to an Event

Buy two tickets to see his favorite band or singer – this has two advantages; you get a night out as well and the anticipation of waiting until the date of the gig means he will feel like he’s getting a gift every day!

If he’s into theatre, the tickets might be for a show or you could of course get him tickets to his choice of sports event but be careful – choose something you’d like to go to too.

Magazine Subscription

No matter what he’s into; fishing, auto sports or the history of air travel, there is a magazine or a choice of magazines that specialize in the subject. Get him a subscription and have every edition for a year delivered to him at home. Again, he’ll be reminded of your thoughtfulness all year round.


They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and it is usually true. Take him out for a meal that you know he’ll like or put together a hamper of his favorite treats, no matter how peculiar the mix might be. If you choose it right, he’ll know you care and that you’ve been thinking about him.

Revisit his childhood

It is also said that all men are big kids at heart so why not consider getting him something that will indulge the boyish side of his nature? Nobody is too old to enjoy flying a kite or a toy glider and for the less adventurous there are some really cool radio controlled indoor helicopters now available.

This article was written by Amanda Walters, an experienced freelance writer and regular contributor to Huffington Post. Follow her here: @Amanda_W84

The Boys Birthday Party #birthdayparty #raisingboys

For the first time in their five and seven years of living, my sons had their first real birthday party ever this past weekend. Both boys were allowed to invite any friends they wanted and, of course, any that I could find a way to contact as this was Summer break from school. The boys were happy to have friends here for a party, and of course relatives as well. Some relatives I haven’t seen much of in the past, such as my cousin Troy and his girlfriend even arrived!

Boys Birthday Party

I had to rush to the store first thing in the morning, well when I woke up which was closer to 10am, for the ice cream, balloons and while out I decided that punching balloons just had to be at these boys birthday party, for sure! Dollar Tree is like one of the best stores to visit because every single thing in there is $1, okay some things are under $1 but nothing is above $1. A true dollar store. Two bags of punching balloons at $1 per 3 balloon pack were picked up and quickly blown up upon my arrival back home.

Punching Balloons

Wat-AAH! was the refreshment of choice for this party too, we had a cooler full of drinks for all to enjoy. I had to laugh about serving Wat-AAH! because it’s water, bottled water, well it’s more than just that, it’s Wat-AAH! and the guests had fun laughing at how my kids pronounce it all pirate-ish to their friends and the family. The boys were not impressed at first that all I had in the cooler of ice was bottled wat-aah! but it was all they drank and boy did they drink. It was a pretty hot day with sunshine shining down, so those kiddos needed to stay hydrated and they did.


The boys originally wanted me to have two cakes for them, but me not being a great cake maker went to purchase the cakes only to realize they were close to $15 each. Two cakes were not an option, not one bit. Thankfully my sons were able to fight until they agreed come to an agreement on one gold cake with a birthday greeting written on top from the bakery at Market Basket.

boys turn five and seven

The party was a super hit and I am so happy that the boys were able to celebrate their birthdays in a unique way this year; it started with each having one special day alone with their Dad and ended with this amazing party blast of a day!

Mama and her boys

I am now the proud Mom of two boys who are five and seven… boy how time flies!

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Preserve Old Photo Albums in Digital Fashion via @yesvideo

YesVideo recently announced the ability to not only work with your video and digital works of art as a way to preserve family memories but now they are able to take your old photo albums and make those photos digital page by page! YesVideo can easily use their no touch technique to transfer your old albums into a digital version.

I have always loved photos, as a young child I had a 35mm camera, I believe it was called, where I took so many photos that I filled three huge albums with pictures of me growing up, hanging with friends and family moments.  This picture shown above is the outside of a really old album, let’s say it’s around 4th grade and forward into 8th grade pictures. The cover is lamented with various clippings of photos because back in the day I was in love with making collages.

I can’t imagine having old memories transferred into the digital age. I heard wind of this new service from YesVideo prior to it’s public release and felt extremely anxious to test out the service. I will be working on utilizing this transfer of old albums to digital DVD album as soon as I possibly can to ensure the preservation of albums that could be lost in a natural weather disaster or such in the home.

I can’t wait to see photos of my old friends in digital format, to be able to watch a slide-show on my computer of the good old days! The number of albums I have is well over five at this time in my life for I switched over to digital pictures many years ago, but the albums I do have are worth preserving forever!

Head on over to YesVideo today to find out more regarding their product and services. May was a huge month for weddings and recently my sister got married so I do know that you can use YesVideo to preserve a variety of memories now at a reasonable price!

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Checking Out my YesVideo VHS to DVD Transfers

As most of you know I am a YesVideo Blog Ambassador Member and with that came a perk of being able to test out their service with a transfer of my wish. Using the gift code provided, I decided to get my two oldest VHS tapes transferred over to DVD. The two VHS tapes I have that are the most meaningful are one with the last Christmas with my Mom, Dad and sister before they divorced and then the other VHS memory is when I was in fourth and fifth grade chorus and band.

Reluctantly I sent off my two VHS tapes in a very safe box, covered with bubble wrap and any additional material I could find to ensure my VHS tapes would make the travel from NH to CA without being hurt during UPS delivery. My VHS tapes arrived and within just a couple of weeks I had my two VHS tapes returned in a box with 2 DVD’s as well as a bag of microwave popcorn! YesVideo works hard to ensure your products sent to them for transfer are stored safely, your memories mean something to them, their service is all about preserving memories, which means your memories are safe with them and I am impressed with how well the transaction went regarding shipping and timing. My transfers were completed within just a couple short weeks.

Once the DVD’s arrived, I had to open up the box and really check them out. You see the VHS tape of my parents together was from either 1991 or 1992 Christmas and I had not been able to even play the VHS tape on my VHS player for it was so old. The transfer to DVD from VHS worked amazing, I could not believe the quality for such an old VHS tape transfer! The DVD’s played very well and I have not one complaint about the quality of the VHS to DVD transfer.

I am extremely excited that I can now show my daughter, who is currently in chorus, what I looked like at her age singing in the chorus concert at the same school she will be attending next year! Memories have been preserved that will allow my children to relate to the younger me in ways words can not create!

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