Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

I’m not sure if you’re like me, but I’m usually a late Christmas shopper.  Ok, I don’t wait until the last week of shopping like some last minute shoppers.. but I usually don’t remember until December.  I’ve started looking earlier this year probably since it’s hard to find time to do anything with a little baby.  Being a new mum has been amazing, but it’s hard to do anything like shower, get a haircut or go shopping. 

I came up with a Christmas gift list filled with cool things that are reasonably priced.

For your tech lover friend, purchase an Anker® Classic Portable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker for $44.99. It has great high-def sound and a 20 hour rechargeable battery.  The speaker also comes in blue or white.


For the cat lover in your life, buy I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats book for $8.50.


For your mermaid loving friend or a girly girl friend, purchase a funny Sorry I Can’t Run,I’m a Mermaid t-shirt. It’s usually $29, but currently on sale for $24.


For your friend who loves shower products, get the Lalicious Brown Sugar Vanilla Sugar Scrub for $34.  My friend Cory bought me their Sugar Kiss Sugar Scrub for my birthday and I love it! I seriously wanted to eat it since it smells so good.  It leaves your skin feeling soft. 


For your chocolate lover friend, purchase a lovely Vintage Ganache Cake for $40.  I love the limited edition book box it comes in.


For the baby with Star Wars loving parents, buy a funny Darth Vader onesie for $19.95.


For a tween, buy the Dabble board game for $18.17.  It’s a fast paced thinking game that’s fun and educational.


For your friend who is obsessed with going to the gym, buy the Sex, Weight and Protein Shakes t-shirt for $13.95-$17.95 depending on the size. Pick from the colors: black, grey, gold, white, blue, purple, green, pink, red, orange, navy blue, maroon and safety green.

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For your boozy friend, pick up a pair of classy diamond glasses for $34.


For your skull loving friend (you know you have at least one!), get a cool skull shot glass for $9.95 or buy the 4 pack for $14.95.


For your tea loving friend, get a Mr. T teapot or teabag holder in orange or red for $8 and add a pink Mr. T teapot for $40.


For your friend who just loves to cook, pick up a cool comic apron for $45.


For the Alice in Wonderland fan, grab a cute Alice in Wonderland bracelet for $29.03.  There’s a couple different Alice in Wonderland bracelets in the EveisScrapping Etsy store like Tweedledum and Red Queen.


Hope my list helps you out.  Let me know in a comment below.  Happy Shopping!  Hope you have a great Christmas!


Day 3 in Southend & A Walk along the River Thames

On the morning of June 29th Neal made a great big breakfast for Ivan and me. The meal consisted of scrambled eggs, vegetarian sausages, mushrooms, bread, cheddar cheese, tea and strawberry smoothies. It was the best home made breakfast I’ve had in years. Wow, it was really delicious!! It was such a sweet thing for him to wake up early and make everything for us.
We drove towards the pier and walked around Southend. There’s actually some places with Las Vegas names like the Circus Circus.

The places have games and arcade games right near the pier.
We went inside one place and played a game. It’s like bingo.. but you have to cover the numbers with a little black plastic thing that’s attached to all the numbers.

Numbers Game

Numbers Game

I actually won once. It must have been beginner’s luck. There’s a free theme park right by the pier. It has cool rides and roller coasters. We didn’t ride anything.

I think Ivan really wanted to ride the big yellow roller coaster. Then we walked to the Southend Pier with Ivan’s parents. This pier is the longest in the world.

It’s 1.34 miles according to Wikipedia. Yes, we did walk down most of the pier and then took the train back to the beginning.

Me & Ivan on the Southend pier

I am taller than Ivan for once!

It was a little cold and windy on the pier.

Denise & Ken

Denise & Ken

It was definitely good exercise! It was quite a walk.

My feet were hurting afterwards.
We went to the Cliffs Pavilion to have tea and a scone. It’s nice to have a cup of tea to just relax and talk.
I really enjoyed my time in Southend. It’s a nice place. There’s things to do that are different from London. Ivan’s family were all so welcoming and friendly. I see where Ivan gets his kindness from. Ivan’s mum Denise is so sweet. She’s just like any cool mom. She’s always willing to help you out. She told me if I needed anything I shouldn’t be shy and just ask. Ivan’s dad Ken is full of knowledge. He’s a little quiet but a nice guy. Neal, Ivan’s brother, is a funny and cool guy. He’s also a good cook. I wish we spent more time with Ivan’s family in Southend.
Ivan’s parents drove us to the train station. We took the train back to London. The ride is about an hour long. We dropped off our luggage at Ivan’s flat. We went down to the River Thames to walk around. It’s a great walk since there’s so much great things to see.

Tower of London

Tower of London

We walked past Tower of London and I took some pictures. We walked down Tower Bridge.

It’s a beautiful bridge.

We also walked past the HMS Belfast. It’s a big floating Naval museum. We walked a lot and got to see the Tower Bridge at night time.

What a great view! It’s really weird since it doesn’t get dark until like 10 pm in London. But, Ivan said in the winter it can get dark really early like 3 pm.  It was a good day with a lot of beautiful sights.

That’s it for now! I’ll have another post up as soon as I can. It’s been a lot of editing of pictures. Also, I must head to the library to get internet access. I’ll have some Scotland pictures next time!