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Traditional Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts

November 4, 2016
Traditional second wedding anniversary gifts

When A and I got married, we decided to stick to traditional gifts for each wedding anniversary. Ok. If I’m being honest, A had nothing to do with the decision. It was all my idea, but he got on board pretty quickly. So with our anniversary coming up, it’s time to start looking for traditional second wedding anniversary gifts!

The traditional second anniversary gift is cotton which sounds a little dull on the surface, but when I started brainstorming, I found that there were a lot of great options out there! That’s the great part of traditional wedding gifts: you can get really creative with your interpretation of the theme.

Traditional Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts


When you think cotton, you don’t necessarily think art, but if you have something done on canvas, it totally counts! You could do a wedding photo or your first dance lyrics and places like Shutterfly do them for fairly reasonable prices.

Another fun option is this custom cross stitch piece from Etsy. It’s so stinking cute and would be a great family heirloom!


You may think that bedding sounds a little too practical to be a good anniversary gift, but then you’ve never slept on these Vera Wang sheets. They’re a little on the pricey side, but are amazingly soft and last a really long time. I heart mine.

If you want to go with something a little less expensive (and more DIY), these scripted pillowcases could be super cute! If the DIY route isn’t for you, this one would be perfect. Most use your first dance song lyrics, but you could also do your wedding vows! I’m definitely leaning towards this option for A’s gift.

Clothing and accessories

Another great way to give traditional second wedding anniversary gifts is clothing and accessories! I love this funny cotton apron for when A’s in the kitchen; now if only I could convince him to wear it. If your guy is a little more conservative, these anniversary socks or cuff links are nice options too.  Last, but not least, can someone buy me these warming slippers? Don’t they look cozy?!

How would you give cotton as an anniversary present?


I Cross My Heart

November 13, 2015

We’ve been married for a whole year! Well technically it’s a whole year minus one day, as our anniversary is technically tomorrow, but we’ll just go ahead and call it even.

It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s already been a year since this happened.

Just before we tied the knot, I had a friend tell me that being married was so much fun, even more fun than dating. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I believed her. Not because I didn’t think being married would be fun, but rather because I was having a large amount of fun dating A.

But you know what? She was totally right! Somehow everything we do is more fun now that we’re married. Vacations? Totally cooler when I check in with my new last name.  Date night? More special now that we’re making life-long memories. Lazy nights at home on the sofa? My heart jumps when I see A’s left hand resting on my leg.

Our wedding day was the most perfect day we could have ever imagined, but I think we’d both agree that the days that have followed are the better ones. Here’s to another 50 plus years full of more fun, more laughter and a whole lot of love.

Gift Guides

Five First Anniversary Presents for Guys

November 6, 2015

They say time flies when you’re having fun, so it really shouldn’t be a surprise that our first anniversary has come out of nowhere! It’s hard to believe that A and I will have been married for an entire year next week, luckily we get to keep that newlywed feeling going for a bit longer/forever.

We decided fairly early on that we would try to stick to the traditional wedding anniversary presents because it will keep our gifts creative.  I did not really take into account the work that went into making those said gifts creative, considering that our anniversary is a week away and I may have literally just decided on what I wanted to give A.

Part of the problem was that the first anniversary gift, paper, lends itself to a lot of really great ideas that I loved. But I had to find something that A would love, which means the flowery love letter was probably out.  So I’m sharing five first anniversary present ideas for your fella that will keep you from making any last minute decisions.


  1. Tickets. Now, this may not be the most creative gift idea, but I think you could really make it creative. Maybe spring for a game or concert in another city that will allow you both to make a real trip out of it. Or upgrade your seats so that you’re in the middle of the action.  The bonus here is that you’re giving him an experience, a fun memory, instead of stuff.
  2. Travel map.  If you and your husband love travel as much as A and I, then this would be a perfect idea! These travel maps allow you to keep track of all of your adventures together and serve as a great art piece for your house.  You can find a lot of different versions already created for you or get super creative and design your own.
  3. Date night jar or restaurant passport. Both of these would be fantastic ideas that are really presents for you too.  Come up with a date night idea for each week of the next year or a list of new restaurants to try and know that you’ll be enjoying this gift for the next year.  A bonus here is that this is super affordable to make and could totally be done last minute. Ahem.
  4. Year in review scrapbook. I’ve talked quite a few times about how much I enjoying scrapbooking our adventures together and love this for an anniversary gift idea.  Put together a scrapbook (or even a photo book you create online) of your first year as a married couple.  This is a great way to preserve memories for later on down the road, and you may even find that you’ve just created your own tradition.
  5. A special book. Does your husband have a favorite author or an all-time favorite book? If so, try tracking down a first edition or the newest book by that author. Add a special message on the inside cover to make it unique to your anniversary.
Do you give the traditional gifts on your anniversary? What ideas would you add to my list?
Care Packages

Anniversary Care Package

August 19, 2015

Happy Wednesday all! We’re halfway to the weekend and I’m back to share A’s most recent care package, so it’s a good day all the way around.

Even though we weren’t going to be together, I still wanted A to have something to celebrate our 3rd anniversary.  In the past, I’ve given A a scrapbook of all our adventures from the previous year, but I didn’t want to send a large scrapbook to him, especially one that I may not get back in the same condition.  So instead of creating one for the past year, I compiled one of the past three years, pulling together 36 of my favorite photos to make him smile.

I cropped them all down to squares so they would be uniform and printed them as a 4×6 via Shutterfly.  After cutting off the excess paper, I wrote a little note about each photo and tapped it onto the back.  Some were snarky, some were sweet and some were just plain silly.  I punched a whole in the corner and then put all the “pages” onto a binder ring, creating the perfect little mini scrapbook.

I decorated the rest of the box very simply, knowing that the oomph came from the mini scrapbook and the ridiculously good contents.

Things I included in this box:

  • Gatorade
  • Gatorade chews
  • Crackers
  • Nutella
  • Trail mix
  • Peanut butter
  • Popcorn snack
  • Mac and cheese (we ate gourmet mac and cheese on our first date)
  • Magazines
  • Comedy DVD (the $5 bin at Wal-Mart is a great place)
  • Anniversary scrapbook

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Sooner Than Later Isn’t Always A Good Thing

August 14, 2015

There’s this saying that opposites attract and I believe that wholeheartedly.  Being with someone who has different interests, different likes, different quirks, even different annoying habits keeps things fresh and exciting. It also hopefully keeps you both from fighting over the last bit of the same snack food, because that could get downright ugly.

But sometimes people can be too different to make a relationship work, their differences being fundamental, obstructive and unyielding.  That sentence describes A and I. Or at least the people we were in say high school or even college.

Sometimes we talk about us “in the old days” and try to figure out what our relationship would have been like had we met then. We unfailingly come to the same conclusion.  While we now complement each other with our different personalities working together to make a super couple, the people we were even just 5 years ago probably would not have gotten along. At all.

Take me in high school for example: I like to downplay it, but I was for sure the little Ms. Goodie Goodie.  I adored school and would drag myself there with pneumonia if I had to, just so I didn’t fall behind in any of my classes.  I studied like crazy, oftentimes doing homework until 10 at night.

Take A in high school for example: He likes to downplay it, but I’ve been told he was quite the troublemaker back in his day. Not really a fan of school, he ditched enough to have hangouts around town where he and his friends would go instead of English.  I’m not sure he ever really studied beyond listening in class and then showing up for the test.

Clearly if we had been paired together on a class project, I would have complained about him to no end.  He, of course, insists that he would have pulled his weight because he secretly would have liked me.  I probably would have made no secret of how he made me feel: irritated.

That’s why I’m pretty grateful that we didn’t find each other until three years ago. We both needed that time to become who we are now, the grown up versions of us who were ready to meet each other.

And now those versions of us (which are not always covered in colored cornstarch) have been together for three years (as of today!) and could not be happier.  Well I mean we would probably be happier if we were physically together, rather than doing this whole deployment thing, but you get the idea.

Happy anniversary to the best guy in the world, and the one I likely would have hated in high school!

Would you have gotten along with your significant other if you’d met earlier in life?

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