36 Questions That Lead to Love

36 Questions That Lead to Love

With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, I thought it might be kismet timing to either experiment with a “future” loved one or deepen your relationship with a current one. Psychologist Arthur Aron explored whether intimacy between a stranger could be accelerated through answering a series of increasingly personal questions. The participants were strangers and over the course of 45 minutes, asked each other the follow questions, shifting sets every 15 minutes.

“Making” someone “fall” in love simply by asking “staged” questions might not feel terribly romantic, but for someone who’s love language is “verbal affirmation”, I think there’s a lot of merit to it. Imagine starting with innocuous questions you disarm your conversation companion and creating a trusting environment. You don’t have to rush through the list but use them as conversation starters. At the end of a long day of work, family, life, stress, you might not have enough energy to come up with anything meaningful. Regardless you have to make the time because a relationship with your partner is no different from the work you put into any other friendship, professional connection, or family member. Effort is required and maybe this list will help.

36 Questions that Lead to Love Conversation Starters

If you’re feeling particularly craft (or behind in your Valentine’s Day present creation) check out Pinterest for some wonderful inspirations, searching for “Conversation Starters“.

Figure out your Love Language with this online quiz. It will change your life and your relationships (family, friends, co-workers…)

Set I

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30yearold for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?


Set II

13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

16. What do you value most in a friendship?

17. What is your most treasured memory?

18. What is your most terrible memory?

19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

20. What does friendship mean to you?

21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?

22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?



25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling … ”

26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share … ”

27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

28. Tell your partner what you like about them? be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.

29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.

32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen

36 Questions that Lead to Love - Great Conversation Starters

Best Valentine’s Gifts for Guys

With a little less than a month until Valentine’s Day, you might want to start looking for that great gift for the guy in your life. In addition to this list of suggestions, here are some more ideas:

Or check out all my gift list ideas here.

Of course you want to get something that is functional, that they’ll use and maybe make their life more easy or fun. If you’re like that though, you’ll want it to be sweet, romantic, heartfelt, something that tugs the heart strings a little bit. Or not. Either way, here’s a list of ideas that any guy would be really excited to receive that also can be tied to something sweet.

And don’t worry if you’re a procrastinator this year…all the images and links are direct affiliate links to Amazon Prime so you can take advantage of next day shipping!

Best Valentine's Gifts for Guys

Pebble Watch

  • View notifications from email, SMS, Caller ID, calendar and your favorite apps on your wrist.
  • Download watch faces and apps to suit your style and interests.
  • Control music playing on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more.
  • Rechargeable battery lasts 5-7 days on a single charge
  • Compatible with both Apple and Android devices

These are pretty popular among the guys at work right now, especially since they can maintain a professional demeanor without having to pull out the phone, simply to check the time.


Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys


Old School Shaving Supplies (3 parts)


1. Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl

  • Cream prepare your beard for shaving and moisturizes your face
  • Rich woody blend of exotic sweet scented Sandalwood and Cedar, with Lavender and Rosemary for subtle floralcy and Jasmine and Rose, for a vivacious, enticing, confidently masculine bouquet
  • Included bowl makes the lathering easy
  • Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl

Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys


2. Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush

  • 100% Badger hair bristles
  • Gently exfoliates the skin
  • Creates a rich lather
  • Brings water to the face for a true wet shave

Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys

3. Merkur Double-Edge Razo

  • An extra close shave
  • Merkur high quality shaving
  • Chrome finish sturdy razor
  • Long handle – great for people with large hands
  • Made in Germany

Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys


Nest Learning Thermostat

  • Auto-Schedule – Remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
  • Auto-Away – Saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away
  • Remote control – Connect the Nest thermostat to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet

At first glance this might not sound like the most romantic or fun gift in the world…but if you household is anything like mine your husband goes up and down the stairs, lovingly to make sure the house is climate controlled to your very specific preference. 😉 This is a great gift for the begrudging loved one manning the thermostat.

Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys

Belkin WeMo Switch

  • Turn electronics on or off from anywhere. Perfect for lamps and space heaters!
  • You’ve already got everything you need: WeMo works with your existing Wi-Fi router and any Apple iOS (v5 or higher) and Android smartphones and tablets
  • Modular system – You can add additional WeMo Switches and WeMo Motion sensors easily, any time. Control as much or as little of your house as you want to.
  • Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet, at home and away
  • Included: WeMo Switch, Electrical Rating120V/15A/60Hz/1800W

Similarly, this gift is really fun to bring your man one step closer to home automation! Plug anything in to this wifi enabled switch and control on/off from your phone! Monitor usage and hook up to other controllers. More to come later.

Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys

Google Chromecast HDMI

  • Stream online video, music to your TV using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop
  • Supports Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and Google Play Movies and Music mobile apps as well as select content through Chrome browser
  • Works with Android, iOS, Chrome for Mac, and Chrome for Windows
  • Easy setup: Plug into any HDTV and connect to your home WiFi network
  • Box includes Chromecast, HDMI extender, USB power cable, and power adapter

For only $35 this is a much cheaper alternative to an Apple TV or even Roku Player! This device plugs into any HDMI plug and you’re ready to stream from almost anything! If you man has a man cave or a TV in the garage this is a great way to do things!

Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys

*Exclusive Offer for Amazon Student Members: $5.01 Off the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player!!!


PS4 Charger Cable

I’m not sure why but PS4 consoles only come with one controller charger. If your husband (or son or child) got a PS4 with two controllers, they’re probably always complaining about only being able to charge on controller at a time. And who wants to remember to switch them later?

  • The USB charging cable is actually the same used on many smart phones…so there’s lots of 3rd party cords that don’t cost $50 for an additional cable
  • Get the 10 ft cable for extra reach (charge during game play!!)
  • 2.0 Micro-USB to USB Cable

Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys

Kinivo 5 Port HDMI Switch

  • Switches 5 high speed HDMI inputs into one output
  • Can switch automatically (based on active input)
  • Supports manual switching using the supplied IR wireless remote or the button on the device
  • Supports 3D and HD resolutions upto 1080p


A lot of TVs come with only one HDMI cable. If you have a dvd player, a Xbox, a PS4, an Apple TV, and a Wii your entertainment center might be cluttered with lots of different cables. This always you to plug 3 devices into one for even easier wireless control!

Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys

Weber Spirit Liquid Propane Gas Grill

  • Two stainless steel burners put out 26,500 BTU-per-hour
  • 360 -square inch of cooking area and 90 -square inch for warming
  • Porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates and porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars
  • Electronic Crossover ignition system starts with the push of a button
  • Assembled dimensions with the lid open 63-inch by 60-inch by 32-inch

If you want to rekindle the flame, this grill is a great gift for those going all the way. I got my husband this gift as a graduation present and he has been incredibly happy with it! (Blog post to come…) I also put it together very quickly, very easy to assemble.

Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys

Sennheiser RS120 On-Ear 926MHz Wireless RF Headphones

  • Detailed, Analytical Sound Reproduction With Strong
  • Bass Response
  • Perfectly Suitable For All Types Of Modern Music & Tv Applications
  • Receives Reception Through Walls, Ceilings & Outdoors

Does he always have a game playing? Always? Get him these headphones and let him enjoy the game in peace! The cradle charges them and it has a great distance range so he can listen to the game while he’s tooling around in the garage…or folding the laundry in the bedroom.

Best Valentine’s Gift for Guys


Additional Gift Ideas

Browse through these ideas as well:



Best Gifts for Travelers

For the jetsetter in your life, here’s a list of Amazon Prime gifts (still time to order!!) in time to surprise your loved one for Christmas.

Click on the link or image for a direct affiliate link for an instant Amazon purchase!

Munchkin Light My Way Nightlight

  • Owl light provides a comforting friend at bedtime
  • Easy-grasp handle and one-button operation are perfect for toddlers
  • 20 minute timer automatically shuts off to conserve batteries
  • LED technology is cool to the touch
  • Includes 3 AAA batteries

Best Gifts for Travelers

The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada

The New York Times has been offering up dream weekends with practical itineraries in its popular weekly “36 Hours” column since 2002.

Best Gifts for Travelers

VinniBag Inflatable Travel Bag

  • Reusable, Recyclable, Made in the USA
  • Protects single or multiple items by suspending them in an air cushion.
  • Can accommodate wine & spirits, olive oil, gourmet treats, breakable keepsakes, perfumes, camera lenses, toiletries, and more.

Best Gifts for Travelers


Lewis N. Clark 4-In-1 Adapter Plug

  • For use in more than 175 countries, including most parts of Africa, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand, North America, and Russia
  • Surge indicator light
  • Includes travel pouch

Best Gifts for Travelers

AUDIO TECHNICA Noise-Canceling Headphones

  • QuietPoint active noise reduction up to 18 dB
  • 40mm driver diameter
  • 106 dB sensitivity; Max. input power 500 mW
  • 20-20,000 Hz frequency response

Best Gifts for Travelers

Alfie Pet by Petoga Couture – Set of 3 Ros Silicone Pet Expandable/Collapsible Travel Bowl

  • Collapsible travel bowl ready to store or take anywhere.
  • Easily fits in a pocket, great for travel, parks and walks.
  • Made from durable non-porous silicone and dishwasher safe.

Best Gifts for Travelers

Bucky Shades Sleep Mask With Earplugs

  • 100% Light Blocking For Deep Sleep Or Relaxation Soft Sculpted Cotton Lining No Pressure On Eyes Adjustable Straps Built In Pocket Stores Reusable Ear Plugs Earplugs Included

\Best Gifts for Travelers


World Vision Gifts

Part of our family tradition includes putting envelopes on the tree of the different gifts we’ve purchased in honor of the intended recipient from World Vision.  For my mom, an avid sewer, I got a quilting machine for someone to use to make a living off of.  For my daughter I have gotten her favorite animal so that she would know that because of her “cow” people were getting milk and other food.

The World Vision Gift Catalog offers more than 250 items that help fight poverty and save lives here in U.S. and around the world. With a financial contribution, donors can select one of the 30+ handcrafted gifts that can be shared with a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.  Tax deductible gift that continues to give, exemplifying the true reason for the season.

For those procrastinators that don’t have time to receive the associated gift items in the mail, World Vision allows easily printable cards to include in the gift.

World Vision Gift Catalog Perfect Christmas Gifts

Some of my favorite gifts include:

Goat and Two Chickens to nourish hungry children and families with healthy milk, cheese, and yogurt as well as fresh eggs to eat with extra eggs to sell.

World Vision gift goat and 2 chickens



Fresh Water More than 6,000 children die each day from diseases spread by unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation and hygiene.


Donate to the Clean Water Fund world vision gifts


Social Media


Here’s a link to all of the videos posted by World Vision on Youtube.  The below video is an animated explanation describes the World Vision Gift Catalog.

2013 Best Toys for Geeky Kids

This list is completely my own personal opinion, based on hours and hours of research, searching for the perfect gifts for (geeky) kids this holiday season. My daughter is 10 years old, LOVES to play with LEGO sets, is very into Star Wars, and loves the periodic table of elements. Although you won’t find Barbie on this list, you might find some great alternatives for the daughter/son, niece/nephew, friend’s kid, etc in your life. 🙂


BTW, everything is a direct link to an affiliate Amazon Prime link for your shipping convenience! I’ll be adding to this list throughout the week but here’s an initial stab!


Elenco Snap Circuits Green – Alternative Energy Kit

2013 Best Toys for Kids

Blocks & Marbles Super Set

  • This was literally one of my FAVORITE toys as a child, I spent hours making all kinds of paths for the marbles to run down!
  • Anyone can create hundreds of unique working constructions
  • Includes 45 blocks, 14 marbles, and a storage bag to build towering masterpieces


2013 Best Toys for Kids


LEGO Minecraft The Village

I’m not sure if you’ve heard…but there’s this game kids are playing called “Minecraft”! Popular last year as well, now LEGO has cashed in and is offering a Minecraft set(s) to recreate the digital game sweeping parents’ ipads and PCs.

2013 Best Toys for Kids


Straws & Connectors

We played this awesome game at the Space Museum in Huntsville, AL while the Smithsonian Museum was offering a free activity. The key are the connectors that allow kids to connect the straws into any architectural feat their imagination can deliver.

2013 Best Toys for Kids

LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Everyone is in a different place and one day I will get this for my daughter! Awesome set, I took a class in college using Mindstorm robots and I LOVED it!

  • Intelligent EV3 Brick with powerful ARM9 processor, Wi-Fi USB port and Internet connectivity, Micro SD card reader, back-lit buttons and 4 motor ports
  • 3 interactive servo motors, remote control, imp. and redesigned color sensor, redesigned touch sensor, infrared sensor, 550+ LEGO Technic elements
  • Control your robot via the infrared sensor system; intuitive software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming interface
  • Building instructions for 5 robots included; Download bonus building instructions developed by real fans and endorsed by LEGO at LEGO.com/mindstorms
  • Control and command your robot with the enclosed remote control or download the free app for your smart device

2013 Best Toys for Kids

100-Trick Spectacular Magic Show Suitcase with Instructional DVD

My daughter got this as a gift one year and LOVED it! Spent the entire year wowing us with her magical powers!

  • Filled with over (100) of the greatest magic tricks and props
  • Includes a special magician’s magic deck of cards to perform mind-blowing card tricks
  • Suitcase doubles as a performance table measuring 10-inches high and 19.5-inches wide
  • Perform magic in no time with step-by-step instructional magic trick DVD starring magician Ryan Oakes
  • Recommended for children 8-years of age and older

2013 Best Toys for Kids

Magformers Lighted Set

  • 51 pieces, aged 3+, comes with lighted cube, rechargeable LED comes with USB cable. 6 new pyramid shaped elements.

2013 Best Toys for Kids

Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away….

Kids love origami—and what could be cooler than transforming a piece of paper into Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Yoda, or R2-D2?!

2013 Best Toys for Kids




Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

This dedicated to all the pug lovers out there, especially a special family with a pug named Misha who has a very special tongue. I came across one pug thing and it just led to another and another!

Click on these affiliate links to immediately be able to purchase in time for the holidays!  Which do you like the best?  What else would you recommend for the pug lover in your life?

Educational Insights Shelby’S Snack Shack Game

  • Develops number, counting and early math skills
  • Develops fine motor and social skills
  • Great for the whole family

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Beige Pug W/ Red Bowtie OEM Goda Mypetcase Plush Snap On Case W/ Stand For iPhone 5

  • Detachable/Washable Puppy
  • 360 Degree Rotating Stand
  • Front Legs provide extra stand and can be hooked on the inside of your pocket
  • Super soft plush material (just like a comfortable blanket)


Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers


Apple Iphone Custom Case 4 4s White Plastic Snap on – Keep Calm and Love Pugs



Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Keep Calm And Pug On baby one-piece infant clothing

  • Printed with water-based, eco-friendly inks.
  • Prints are super soft and permanently dyed in the fabric

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers


Head Case Piper The Pug And Kisses Design Back Case Cover For Apple iPad Mini

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Kurt Adler 3-1/2-Inch Noble Gems Glass Ornament

Best Gifts to Buy Pug Lovers

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper

At work the other day, I was talking to my old manager who was struggling to think of great gifts for his grown up daughter who loves the outdoors. I’m dedicating this post to him. As someone who is not super outdoorsy, I struggled to think of any ideas on the spot but know a lot of people, especially as people shift away from everything technological and crave a closer relationship to nature, would be interested in. Creating this list almost makes me want to go camping! Almost…

Best Gifts for the Outdoors Camper list

Leave a comment for anything this newbie camper left off the list. What are some of your favorite tools when enjoying the great outdoors? Good luck shopping! For those last minute shoppers, I included the direct affiliate link to purchase each of these items on Amazon Prime for next day delivery. Until Amazon works out their drone situation, Prime is still the next best shipping option.

Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill

  • From Coleman, 36-inch collapsible propane grill for use at home or on the road
  • With 285 square inches cooking space, grill features porcelain-coated cast-iron grates for durability and cleaning ease
  • Meats cook over 2 10,000 BTU straight burners; requires separate purchase of a 16.4-ounce disposable propane cylinder
  • Additional features include towing handle, wheels, and detachable side tables; assembly required
  • The collapsed grill measures 36 by 22 by 13 inches with a shipping weight of 60 pounds; limited 5-year warranty

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Camelbak Classic 70 oz Hydration Pack

  • Nylon
  • Essentials pocket big enough for multitool or wallet
  • Stash pocket
  • Reflectivity accents for safety
  • Elastic cord system holds shed layers
  • Hydration Capacity: 70 ounces or 2 liters


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Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

  • Double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours
  • Premium grade 18/8 Stainless Steel BPA free Sports Bottle
  • High quality colorful powder-coated matte finish exterior that never sweats
  • A great way to give back Hydro Flask donates 5% back to a charity of your choice
  • The Lifetime Warranty makes Hydro Flasks the best water bottles

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Better Houseware Collapsible Tea Kettle

  • Silicone and stainless steel
  • 5-cup, 40-ounce capacity
  • For use on gas and electric stove tops
  • Collapses for storage
  • Expands for use/collapses for storage

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Gerber 30-000419 Steady Tripod Multi-Tool

  • Twelve components
  • Tripod functionally with camera and cell phone mount
  • Fine and serrated blade
  • Stand for your iPhone!
  • Micro flat. Square cross and medium flat screwdrivers
  • Bottle opener, needle nose pliers and wire cutters

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Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

  • The Sawyer Mini is ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
  • High performance filter fits in the palm of your hand, weighs 2 ounces and filters up to 100,000 gallons (30 times more than comparable filters)
  • Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source
  • Removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa
  • Sawyer’s certified 0.1 micron absolute filter removes bacteria and protozoa at a higher rate than accepted EPA guidelines

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AeroBed PakMat with Hand Pump

  • Hand pump included no batteries needed
  • 100-Percent phthalate-free, and puncture-resistant
  • Channel construction to keep you off the ground
  • Bed stores inside pump for compact storage
  • Measures 78-inch by 26-inch by 5-inch high when inflated

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Nite Ize Buglit LED Task Light

  • Available with a high visibility White LED
  • Fully bendable legs can be bent wrapped or twisted allowing the BugLit to sit stand stay or shine wherever you need it.
  • Gear Tie Technology – Tough rubber shell provides excellent grip anywhere but won’t scratch or mark
  • Be seen be safe
  • Innovation and fun all in one

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To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set in Avocado

Beautiful Bamboo Fork, Knife, Spoon and Chopstick Set Included Avocado Carrying Case Carrying Case

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Pass the Pigs

At the end of a long day hiking you might want to relax around the fireplace and play a game of “Pass the Pigs”!

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Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Light

  • Magnetic closure allows you to clip the Mini Hozuki anywhere or hang it from any stainless steel surface or hook to mini Hozuki lights together
  • Choose from 3 bright settings (low, medium, or high) so you can illuminate your whole campsite or just your tent
  • Runs on 3 AAA batteries (included) provides up to 70 hrs of operation on low and 40 hrs on high
  • Silicone rubber lantern shade diffuses light and withstands regular use while camping and traveling


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Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock

  • Breathable woven nylon microfiber for superior strength and wear resistance
  • High-quality aluminum wire gate carabineers and strength-tested nautical-grade line
  • Stuffs into attached compression sack, about the size of a softball

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Helinox Chair One Camp Chair

Featuring the same aluminum pole technology used by DAC in their Helinox trekking poles and tent poles, this camp chair is light, strong and comfortable.

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2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

Originally starting as a list of hostess/host gifts, I quickly saw a common theme in the gifts that I find based on recommendations from others. This year is the year for beer. Craft beer business is booming across America which means we also need the corresponding swag to go with it! Here is a list that I discovered for our beer drinker in our life. Dedicated to all the beer lovers in my life, you know who you are!


Hydro Flask Growler

The perfect tailgating gift, this insulated beer growler keeps beer cold (and fizzy!) for up to 24 hours! (Also keeps drinks hot for up to 12 hours…) Added bonus? 5% of the sale goes back to the charity of your choice! 😀

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller

Nobody wants to drink a hot beer right? Ensure that your drink is cold from the first sip to the last by freezing the corkcicle and simply inserting into any bottled beer and drinking right through it!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

Libbey Craft Brews Beer Flight 6-Ounce Clear Pilsner Glass Set

What beer drinker wouldn’t like to offer a beer flight of their favorite craft beers from the comfort of their own home? I could definitely envision said person enjoying multiple sets for when friends come over.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


Firewood Beer Soap- Made with Abita Purple Haze

Soap made with Abita Purple Haze, what?! More than 100 varieties of beer soap to choose from, this very personal gift will definitely surprise the recipient!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


The Oxford Companion to Beer

A collection of 1,100 A-Z beer stories highlighted by the most famous beer experts in the world. Perfect for the home brewer and beer importer, this book is filled with comprehensive resources and cultural references.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


HeadCase Hard Case and Bottle Opener

You might not always have a bottle opener with you but chances are you’ll have your phone! Use this two-in-one solution so you don’t have to ever find yourself in a precarious position again.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

DrinKlip Uni

Use this drink clip to provide an instant drink holder, no matter the surface! Never worry about spilling a drop again!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

Beer/Wine Safeguard Reusable Bottle Protector

If you’re making a beer pilgrimage and want to bring some of the bounty home, use this reusable bottle protector to keep your beer safe and your clothes dry! Protects during the dangers of traveling!

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers

KegWorks Growler On Board Beer Transport Unit

Safety first! People always buckle up their most precious cargo and this growler transport unit allows the safe delivery of up to three growlers from point A to point B! Either securely traveling on the floor or additionally protected with a seatbelt, this eliminates any road trip stress.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers


Kikkerland Luchador Bottle Opener
Very popular right now, this bottle opener of a mini wrestler is sweeping the internet for its 15 minutes of fame. Token inclusion.

2013 Best Presents for Beer Drinkers and Lovers



Geeky Pregnancy Announcements | Maternity Shirts

Geeky Maternity Shirts Pregnancy Announcements

As someone who majored in Computer Science and minored in Mathematics (and couldn’t get enough) one of my favorite sites for geekware, Café Press has been a site that I have lost many an hour on. Recently, I was looking for a gift for a friend and came across one cute geek maternity shirt after another! I felt like I HAD to do a post on this, imagine these as some of the CUTEST and GEEKIEST ways to share your great news with friends and family. Although I have no plans for more little geeks in my own home, this would definitely be how I’d announce it!  Here are the 16 cutest that I found.


Click on any of the images to purchase one of these adorable shirts from Café Press!

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Top 10 List: Best Gifts for Foodies

UPDATED:  Originally created for Mother’s Day, these gifts are great for any male or female foodie in your life!  (Or yourself…)…enjoy and let me know what else I should add!

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, I wanted to come up with a recommended list of Foodie Mother’s Day gift ideas that are all available on Amazon Prime for immediate shipping! I tried to think outside the normal Mother’s Day box with things I have purchased for myself and loved, or received great recommendations for.

Prepara Herb Savor

I really like the following two items because they really extend the life of your herbs!  It says it also works with asparagus but I have not tried that yet…very easy to clean!
Prepara Herb Savor gifts for foodies

Prepara Herb Savor Pods, Set of 3
Prepara Herb Savor Pods, Set of 3 Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies

Growbottle – Basil

This is a special gift for anyone that is saving an empty bottle of wine from a special occasion.  Sometimes the bottle itself is too cute to recycle.  This is an awesome way to upcycle it and made it into a perfect herb garden.
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies

Gourmet Korean Barbeque Insert

You don’t have to be Korean to appreciate this grill enhancer!  Bulgogi is thinly sliced marinated beef, charred on the grill.  This device sits on top of the grill to perfectly cook the meet and catch drippings from the marinade!
Weber 8840 Gourmet Barbeque System Korean Barbeque Insert Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies

Lodge Logic Cast-iron Skillet

Everyone needs a good cast-iron skillet (fried chicken anyone?!) and this one comes very highly recommended!  For under $20 this is a steal.
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned cast iron Skillet

Hand – Harvested Pinot Noir Flake Sea Salt

Sea salt can finish any savory or sweet dish with the perfect taste.  Harvested in Oregon, this natural ingredient is a crowd pleaser!
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies Hand - Harvested Pinot Noir Flake Sea Salt: Jacobsen Salt Co

3-Pack of Organic Seed Bombs (Edible Flowers, Salad Greens, and Herbs)
For the chef that love to use fresh herbs, encourage them to grow their own with these “throw and grow” balls that require no digging.
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies 3-Pack of Organic Seed Bombs (Edible Flowers, Salad Greens, and Herbs)

My Life in France by Julia Child

The next two foodie gift recommendations are books.  Read this one over my honeymoon and devoured it before landing in the Dominican Republic!  An enjoyable read by Julia Child about the events leading up to whom she was meant to be!
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies By Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme: My Life in France

Ad Hoc at Home

Arguably the best chef in America, Thomas Keller’s “Ad Hoc at Home” is a beautiful cookbook accessible to the masses.  He goes into great, patient details about how to prepare the best fried chicken, enhancing dishes with gingerly tended ingredients.  Bright, delicious pictures, recipes that are easy to follow (also some are involved) that take homemade family style dishes to the next level!

Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies books Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller

Deluxe Rolling Utility Cart

Finally, for the foodie that always goes to the farmers market each week, help them carry this produce around by getting this fantastic utility cart.  I use mine every week and it can be spray painted any desired fun color!  Instead of struggling under the weight of many fabulous produce purchases, let them easily maneuver during their weekly shopping adventures.
Top 10 List: Gifts for Foodies Whitmor 6318-2678 Deluxe Rolling Utility Cart, Black