Five Gifts for Guys

Here are five Christmas gifts for men.  I never know what to get my guy for Christmas.  These are some he’s already opened and some he will get this Christmas.  When I say guys, I mean men.  It still seems old to call them men.  My 13 year old is almost a man!  Aaaah!

The #5 Gift for Guys is performance shorts that are really casual.  Here are 3 brands my guy has:

This men’s performance flex short has a zip front, flat front performance short for men that is 96% polyester, 4% spandex.  These men’s shorts have two pockets in the back, but one pocket is a zipper pocket.  Then there’s a tech pocket on the right leg that zips as well.  Pockets are breathable mesh, and these Performance Shorts feel like they’re lined with a workout short fabric.  They can look dressed up or they can look like men’s athletic performance shorts.  There are belt loops.  The fabric is so soft, slicky but thick, lightweight material for men’s performance. He can style flexibility based on his day’s activities.

Cargo dress shorts that are actually casual shorts – slicky material that would repel water, but that is not why this guy likes these Gerry Shorts.  Stretch fabrication. These look like cargo shorts, but the fabric is performance style for a rugged lifestyle or for dressing up your guy.  Two zip pockets on the legs and both back pockets are zip closure.  Nice a long for a cargo look.  They have belt loops.  My husband thinks they’re heavy, weighted feeling.  But these are my favorite on him.  They’re not huge, bulky cargo shorts. The flaps are not bulky.  I think they’re a slimming long short that guys like.

BirdDogs Shorts – gym shorts you could wear on a date in New England.  They are expensive though.  #1 reason these shorts are on the list is: They look nice but are slicky lined with boxers.  Don’t restrict movement, boxers don’t get out of place, 4 pockets,

There is no fly or button, but it looks like there is a zipper.  These are very expensive, and my husband has the Extra Large Long, and they’re above his knee.  Great for men below 5’10”.

#4 Gift for Guys is this set of headrest hooks that are for the headrest.  My guy likes his car pretty clean.  They are not shaped like hooks; they don’t protrude down.  These are super sturdy plastic holders for reusable grocery bags, trash bags, and my very own purse.  These hooks help you get organized in your car.  These headrest hooks get the clutter off the back seat.  Gives passengers more leg room by getting back seat clutter off the floor board.

The above video shows how my top five list really work.  There is this thick rubber in the C shape that helps you slide it off with easy elbow grease but keeps the hook on the headrest securely.

A set of two is great because I really just need one from the driver’s perspective.  I would put the other one behind my driver’s head rest so that the passenger could reach behind me to hang the trash bag.

Easily accessible for back seat passengers as well as front seat passenger and driver.

Holds up to 18 pounds but they only recommend 10 pounds.

#3 Gift for Men: Bedside caddy show pic of how many books it really could hold

If your man likes to read a little before bed, this bedside caddy is perfect!  Books or magazines before bedtime, pens, and a notepad can all be kept in this bedside caddy.  The super strong velcro straps hold the caddy with additional weight in its pockets.  It comes in colors, but gray is the one I got. This particular one seems to have too big of a pocket for our needs, but look how much room there really is in this pocket!

#2 Gift for Men:  This is a car seat gap filler.  It blocks all change or coins that fall in-between your console and seat.  Since this cushion is stuffed in-between the seat and console, there is no space for even just one coin to drop in-between there.  I lost my phone down in that gap, and this catch-all would’ve stopped the phone.  There’s a slot that fits around the seat belt base. You squeeze this long piece in-between your middle console and seat cushion  and the front just pushes down further.  I’m comparing these two for $9 to the original Drop Stop for $19.99.  They say if it’s a knock off it’s not the best.  I can attest that there is absolutely no gap.  Comes in cream, brown and black.

#1 Gift for Guys is a periodic table shirt.  We’e been fans of these for years!  They use the letters from minerals and metals? from the periodic table to spell words.  They have Ge N I U S for genius.  There’s Ba C O N for bacon.  Super cute!

Check out my 5 Gifts Under $15 for the Person Who Has Everything video for other Christmas present ideas.

5 gifts for a car guy, husband, college student, teenager

These are gifts for men that my husband has used and reviewed.   None of these items for guys  is sponsored; we bought them all with our money.  I’m sharing five gifts for the man in your life-your hubby, dad, boys…

The video above shows you how they all work and look.

5) This gift is for guys who like to look good while living an active lifestyle…or whose wives want them to look good while living. 

My husband appreciates these mens’ performance shorts because of the fabric.  Me personally, I like the way the shorts hang and the thin material.

Three different brands for three different reasons.  My guy only has one of the expensive one, but it’s his favorite.  This short has boxers already in them so your husband doesn’t have to wear boxers!  Caution though because he’s wearing the XL Long, and they come to the top of his knee.  He’s 5’10”.

These shorts look like cargo shorts, but the material is a dry fit kind of fabrication.  Made for an active lifestyle, they move and groove but can be worn with a nice collared shirt.

These shorts are super thin and smooth.  He likes them because they’re not gym shorts, but they feel smooth like them.  And again this type of performance shorts hangs right and can be worn on a date.

Huge Review of Hearth & Hand With Magnolia

Chip and Joanna Gaines launched their new line at Target stores called Hearth & Hand With Magnolia.  I’m very proud of them for bringing HGTV’s Fixer Upper to an end.  Now we can get their vibes by going on a Target run.  I am sharing a huge review of Hearth & Hand With Magnolia.  I’ll show you what I bought online, what I like and what I did not like from their new line.

The video above will take you to the YouTube channel, and you can see all links there.  EEEEK, it’s so great, but I didn’t like everything…

8 Things to Know Right Now About Renting an RV

Pack your glamping shirt because we are renting an RV for the first time!  Here are eight things you need to know right now about renting an RV for the first time:

#1 If you do not enjoy camping, you will like using an RV.  If this is your first time renting a Recreational Vehicle, you will do fine.  Newbies will discover that renting an RV for the first time is easy!  If you are a non-camper, renting an Motor Vehicle is the way to go.  Campgrounds are only $40-$50 per night.  An RV rental is around $200 per night because we rented 500 mile from CruiseAmerica.  If you go under that amount, they will reimburse you 35 center per mile.  And the same goes for going over 500 miles.  We chose campgrounds that would keep us in the 500 mile range.

In an RV you will see so many different cities in one vacation!  RV-ing through mountains, through the prairies, through green and golden waves of grain;rent-rv-recreational-vehicle-cruise-america God bless America my home sweet home!

#2 You will have quality family time.  Being stretched and living outside of your comfort zone is good for you; your kids feel empowered, tough and get in touch with their creative, nature side. 

Campgrounds have awesome websites so you will easily be able to choose a few to suit your family’s needs.  What we would do next time is check out trip advisor forums where visitors post pics of the showers and up to date pictures of the grounds themselves. rv-rent-recreational-vehicle-motor

We first stopped at Amish Country in Lancaster, PA.  White Oak Campground was absolutely beautiful.  Our second one was called a Family Campground so they had many more kid activities.  The third one had the creeks that I wanted my child to experience.  They’re amazing!  And these all had pools and a playground!  We are city folk, and my child learned how to light matches on this RV rental trip…at age 12!  Our RV broke down, and my child experienced blue collar tire center talk and getting the giggles while we were waiting.  Sometimes those totally rainy days on vacation or those moments you’re broken down on the side of the road are your best memories.

Now, my husband does not like that campgrounds offer free wi-fi because older children exist through social media.  So just do like you do at home and limit the times, make them eat a snack while walking around the campsite; not inside the RV. 

#3  You or your spouse will know how to work all of the RV and you will know how to troubleshoot.

Upon renting an RV, you will decide on the length.  That will tell you the size mattresses that will be in your RV.  We had queen in the master, the kids’ loft cushion area above the cab of the RV as well as the table.  Our RV was 32 feet.

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They called this the Man-Cave!

Then you will commit to watching a couple of their required videos.  Those videos are golden!  If you want any peace of mind during your vacation, you must watch those videos.  And y’all this is for your own happiness; watching these will make your vacation better because you are prepared!  For instance: Our AC circuit breaker tripped, and immediately my hubby knew to go under the table and flip the circuit breaker switch because he had watched the video.  It never happened again. clean-dishes-rv-rent

The generator buttons are easily visible.  There’s a holding tank that holds lots of water for when you’re on the road or unable to hook up to water while en route to the next campground.  The tank level that tells you it’s near full or full is with the other buttons.  When you rent an RV you can pay for a propane tank for cooking.  The dump tank process is easy and very clean; you too can empty it as easily as Uncle Eddie did.  They started us off with one tablet of blue dissolving powder to throw down the toilet after the first use; the tank needed to have water in it though so wait till you can hook up to water for the first drop.   We bought additional ones because the Cruise America guy said to put a new one in after each dumping.  So for us, we dumped before leaving the first campsite; then we put in a new tablet, etc. rent-rv-first-time

We rented 500 miles.  Paying for gasoline is really expensive if you will be doing a lot of driving.  We flew to Virginia and drove the RV from there.  We had a friend who let us use camp chairs, bedding and towels.  We rented a kitchen set. 

The generator is the machine you can hear, but you will only use it when you cannot be plugged in at a campground.  When you’re in the campground, you hear your AC running, and you can hear happy birds chirping and the babbling creek water.  Amazing sights and sounds!

#4 It’s a moving hotel suit.

Renting an RV gives you the convenience of traveling with your own kitchen and towels and pillows.

Our shower was like 4 feet; we did not use it but to clean the boys’ feet one day after playing in the GaGa Ball Pit at one of the family campgrounds.

We all used the campground showers.  Some are nice and some are “primitive.” Be prepared by taking flimsy flip flops.  Aaah you feel so clean after a warm shower.

The best part is you do not have to pack everything back into suitcases before moving to a new campground in a city 2 hours away. rent-rv-first-time-storage

#5 Kids feel cool because they can eat lunch in a moving RV while sitting at the kitchen table.

#6 Storage is okay, and the fridge is as tall as I am 5”8’ and held enough food for us four guests for 5 days.  I would next time bring tupperware to maximize storage for dry foods that you can store under the kitchen table for example…or between the driver and passenger chairs.  There are not a lot of cabinets for dry, preservative foods.  Like cereal, boxes of microwave popcorn.  We had the cabinets above the table and skinny, narrow ones above the door.  I am really glad we had ziploc baggies because we put dry noodles, half the ground beef, opened graham cracker package, the rest of the marshmallows since we didn’t use the whole bag of marshmallows the first night. refrigerator-rental-rv

Storage under the back of the RV is amazing and huge!  Camping chairs, suitcases, kayaks, bulk dry foods, picnic table cloths that you would use if the ground was wet, that’s what we stored under there.  CruiseAmerica offered to keep our suitcases stored at their location for us since we flew in, but we didn’t need them to.

#7 There is no dishwasher so you’re it! rent-rv-coffee-maker-portable

Bring at least three dish towels – one for washing dishes, one to set the washed dishes on, and one to dry hands.  Bring Dawn or Ajax and hand soap for washing hands.

#8 There was no coffee maker and no oven.  My husband brought the neatest thing.  It’s a French Press that doesn’t have to be plugged in.  You boil water in a kettle.  Put 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of coffee into the mug, pour the boiling water over it to the top, seal it with the plunger device, and set the timer for 4 minutes.  Then slowly push the plunger all the way down, and that filters all the grounds to the bottom.  I poured my cup into a mug that was provided, but this kind of mug is created so that you can drink out of this while the grounds at the bottom don’t leak out.  So he drank out of this mug.

I would’ve packed:

*Aluminum travel mug just for holding my hotness vs the RV ceramic mug

*Plastic gloves for cleaning and handling meat and the dump station handles-you can fit a ton in a plastic baggie

*More antibacterial wipes for cleaning surfaces and rough cleaning the floor

*Dish towels for laying your wet, cleaned dishes on and another dish towel to dry them

*Sharpie marker to write initials on water bottles – refill them with gallon water jug water; you cannot use the sink water! We only bought water bottles and kept buying them and kept buying them.  We used bottled water for our coffee by the way.

*Shoes that can walk through muddy-ish grounds.  It had poured all night before we arrived at a campsite so our site was pretty muddy.  We bought a picnic table cloth with the flannel underneath and laid that under our step so we could take a few steps on it before coming back inside the RV. rent-rv-first-time-rain

*CruiseAmerica provided us with a towel on the two steps; that caught so much mulch, pine straw and dirt.  It was great having that towel on the steps.  We also used a bath towel in the middle of our floor just to help with extra debris on our shoes.

*Car charger

*String Lights string-lights-rv

*Magnetic clamp for use outside the RV-look how cute this one is! rv-rent-first-time

*Flannel backed picnic table cloth

*Happy Glamper T-Shirt

Sweep daily at night – maybe that can be a child’s chore.  It helps with your mental sanity. Our small broom came with our rented kitchen set.  

Didn’t like:

feeling damp

towels don’t get all the way dry and smell damp/moldy

mental about bugs but i never saw one the whole 6 days!!

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Five Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything

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5 Gifts to Get the Person Who Has Everything

I’m sharing five gifts for that person who has everything.  Shopping early for Christmas? Know someone who appreciates quirky or odd gifts?  POP into my YouTube Channel video above to see them in action.

I bought all of these on Amazon Prime because duh 2 day free shipping.  I haven’t tried Amazon Video or Amazon Music yet; anybody tried them?

My favorite gift is the toilet bowl night light.  As soon as it’s dark in the bathroom, eight colors rotate to light your guest’s way to the toilet.  So fun!  No need to change the bulb colors; it’s all done in a gadget that fits in your hand and over the edge of your toilet bowl.

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The fidget spinner is no longer cool and trendy for this Christmas.  Get your preteens and students a fidget cube.  Shaped like a dice and fits in your pocket, this will be a fun present for 2017.

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Flaming straws that fit in any cup and lid make you feel beachy and girly!  Plus the 3D flamingo is near where the straw bends making her look so cheery and pretty.  If you are flamingling for a girls night in, POP these cuties out.

Before ladies arrive, you can clean your microwave with this steam vinegar cleaner.  It steams after two minutes in, and loosens all the grime and stuck on food.  The smell is ripe though!

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After having RTIC/Yeti mugs for a year and a half, I finally found a 100% spill proof lid.  You can see my proof experiment in the video above.  I gave one to my flight attendant friend, and hers has spilled twice and not leaked yet.  We now have four at my house.  And they’re much easier to clean than the slide closure ones.  Be careful you’re getting one for the cup size you have-30 ounce or 20 ounce.

Merry Christmas in August and happy shopping!

Let me know if you find another odd or quirky gift.

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How To Make a Cup Cozy Out of Fleece

My YouTube above gives visual steps of how I made a Cup Cozy with Fleece.  They’re great for coffee cups or water bottles…or two other FABULOUS ideas you’ll see in the video above near the end.

Isn’t it so cute?  I chose an 80s color that is back, and like, totally, I grabbed it with a spoon!

Supplies

Two strips of 3.5 X 14 ” of fleece, pretty sides touching (Fleece in plaid or solid on Amazon). Yours may not have a pretty side; sometimes both are the same.  That’s fine.

Make marks 2.5″ down  on both sides of the top layer so that you know where to stop the curve when you cut the ends.

Fold them lengthwise and cut a curved line from the corner of the folded side to this mark. When you cut it, it looks like a crayon!  If your scissors are dull, you may need to do one piece at a time.

Stack them on top of each other again.  Pin around, leaving a 3 inch opening along a straight side.  Stitch all except for the opening.  Then trim around the edges just to remove bulk; it won’t fray-yay!  Go, fleece!

Turn it inside out and top stitch all the way around, closing up the opening.  That stitching will help it look polished and professional.

Buttons can be expensive and make your cozy cost as much as they do in local shops.  Sometimes I find odd buttons at yard sales.  But buttons, as well as the material pattern, will help your Cozy be unique to each person.  They help you express the personality and mood of the gift.

I absolutely adore these from Wanderlust Bee , and I just bought two. Check her out!

But, if you have 20 minutes and some fleece, try making one of these for someone.  This is a great craft for a new sewer.

Check out some of my other DIY projects for your guest room and for festive decor.

Or, you may like the Snowman Wreath from the video.

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Major Target Sweater Sale: Ends 12/17

This major sale ends Saturday-Code for Free Shipping is at the bottom too!

Target is making room for more inventory!!  Your shipping is free.  I’ve broken it down into brands for you.  The YouTube above will show you how I styled each piece.  The blue links will take you directly to each piece.

Merona Sweaters:

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The classic Almost White Cable Knit is thin and a classic.  It’s so close to white.  I recommend buying up a size.

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Their Argyle Classic in camel and light pink makes me swoon.  I love these colors together.

These Two Cocoon Cardigans are luxe without the deluxe price.  DSC_0235.jpgdsc_0167-1

Very fragile so don’t make a Snowman Wreath while wearing these.  They’re not super long on me, and I’m 5’8″.

DSC_0240.jpgI wanted to wear this Navy Vest Cardigan home from the store.  Super thick, not flying away with a breeze, and good pockets are why my brain said, “Add to cart.”

This Aztec Wrap Cardigan would be perfect on a cold, rainy day.  The fabric is dense and heavy and so soft.  I feel like I’m in a robe looking out the chalet in Breckenridge lol.  If you’re wanting a subtle Aztec print, this is your jam!

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Mossimo Sweaters:

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I’m loving this versatile Sleeveless Mock Sweater.  It’s a high low with a big slit so jeggings or a short, fitted skirt with leggings would be nice!

This Creamy Cable Knit is much thicker but hangs in a cute way.  Does that make sense?  It’s great for a more casual feel.

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Oh, I almost forgot-the Favorite Mossimo Cardigans that I have in three colors are also on sale!  EEK!

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Happy Sale Shopping!

I hope you saw this in time to snag some great sweaters.  Stay tuned with me here or on my LauriePOP Ideas That POP YouTube Channel or Pinterest page.  Let’s be friends on Instagram:  @lauriePOP2.  I’m linking up today with Shelbee on the Edge, Beauty 101 by Lisa, My New Happy, and The Wardrobe Stylist.

How to Make a Snowman Wreath

He’s so cute!

Have you made this Snowman Wreath yet?  My mom and I made him, and I highly suggest making this with a friend.  It took us about an hour and a half.  Watching my LauriePOP Ideas That POP YouTube Video will help so much!

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Wooden Ovals for the eyes

White Pipe Cleaners

Zip Ties

White Deco Mesh Ribbon

12 Inch Wire Wreath Ring

8 Inch Wire Wreath Ring to go inside the 12 inch one

One piece of orange felt

Batting

Black Foam Board

Top Hat – plastic

Plaid Christmas Ribbon

Pine Cone or Poinsetta Flower Bow

Hot Glue Gun – a good one

Printable Mouth and Nose

More Videos for y’all:

Adult Gifts Part One

Adult Gifts Part Two

Toys Part Two

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