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30 Gifts For 30 Years

30 Gifts for 30 YearsAround the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to give my husband 30 gifts for 30 years. One gift for each year of his life so far.
This birthday present has been months in the making & I’ve been working on a list of gifts since the start of the year. I’ve asked friends for suggestions & even called upon the help of Google.

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It was really hard coming up with 30 different yet useful things. Lets just say I’m just glad that I didn’t wait until he was 40 to do this! I did my best to try to find things that were useful, but I ended up needing quite a few gag gifts. I also did my best to keep track of how much each item cost because I was curious what the total might be.

THE GIFTS

  1. Apple Watch series 3
  2. Novelty socks
  3. Black Tshirt
  4. White tshirt
  5. Sweater
  6. Shorts
  7. Trackies
  8. Thongs
  9. Chinos
  10. Drink bottle
  11. Pancake mix
  12. Dairy Milk Block
  13. Caramello Block
  14. Beef jerky
  15. Pop Tarts
  16. Milkos
  17. V.I.Poo
  18. Nerf Gun
  19. Nerf Gun bullets
  20. Hair product
  21. Stick Bot
  22. Sprint by Jane Knapp
  23. Shower gel
  24. Novelty toilet paper
  25. Fart in a can
  26. Water Blaster
  27. Water Pistols
  28. Shaving Cream
  29. BBQ Light
  30. Scratchie

I was originally going to give him a gift voucher for the Apple Watch so he could pick out the one he wanted. However once the series 3 was released he decided that he really wanted one. I had no choice but to reveal that was what I was going to buy one for his birthday. He chose the one he wanted then I ordered it online.

It was quite a feat to wrap everything but it was well worth it. The dining table was covered in gifts and what a spectacular sight it was. My husband was so surprised by all the gift and the amount of effort involved.

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Housewarming Gift Ideas

My friends have just finished building their first house & have finally moved in. I know when we moved in we had to do a massive trip to the supermarket to get everything we needed from cleaning supplies to fresh food. We were lucky enough to receive a huge hamper for our engagement party that had the majority of the kitchen utensils & oven trays.

housewarming gift

Here is a list of what I gave my friend:

• Bucket
• Dishwashing liquid
• Rubber gloves
• Kitchen wipes
• Glass wipes
• Air freshener spray
• Batteries
• Pain killers
• Bandaids
• Bathroom/kitchen cleaner
• Tea towels
• Blue loo
• Kitchen cloths
• Hand soap
• Bunnings voucher

Other housewarming gift ideas

Some things I will include if I make up another basket:
• Tissues – always handy to have in a few spots around the house
• Toilet paper – you can never have too much
• Candles – for when the power goes out

Some other great ideas for housewarming gifts are:
• Indoor plant – because they are generally difficult to kill
• Lawn ornament – they make a great talking piece. Although I suggest putting it in the back yard to save it from getting stolen.
• Door mat – my grandmother purchased ours

Owl Themed Baby Shower

Owl Themed Baby Shower

My third niece arrived into the world on September 21. I had a bit of a mad rush to crochet as much as I could before the baby shower which was back in July. The baby shower is done and dusted now, I can finally take a bit of a break from crochet.

Here are some photos of the things I made (both food and crochet) as well as links to the patterns and recipes.

Owl Blanket – My mother in law found this pattern & knew it would be perfect as the baby’s room was being decorated with an owl theme. It’s probably the most effort I have put into anything crochet, beside’s my Krista blanket.

Ugg Boots – This was the first pattern that I paid for. I struggled at the start but it really helps to pay close attention to the pattern. I’m incredibly happy with how they have turned out and I have made a few more since.

Bunny rattle – This is a baby shower staple, everyone that invited me to their baby shower is guaranteed to get one of these. I put a bell inside the head when I was stuffing it.

Owl Snuggle Buddy – This was actually requested by the mum to be. I’m happy with how it turned out & will probably make some more in the future with different animals.

Food

I also volunteered to make some food. I think I may have bitten off more than I could chew as I was up until midnight the Thursday before icing the shortbreads & crocheting madly at 7 am the day of.

Owl cupcakes – These were so simple to make! Again, I’m glad I made the cupcakes on Wednesday night. I iced them with a tub of Betty Crocker icing, halved Oreos, orange and brown M&M’s.

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Iced shortbreads – I have a stack of different cookie cutters that I have hardly used. I used the butterfly & flower shaped cutters. There were too many dramas while trying to icing them. I borrowed my mother’s icing set which just happens to be her grandmother’s. Unfortunately, the plunger part came out!! I was very lucky in that I had another icing set, but the same thing happened!! As a last resort, I used a ziplock bag which worked a treat.

Breakfast Bites – This was also so simple to make. Baguette cut on an angle, smashed avo, scrambled eggs & chopped cherry tomatoes.

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