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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

World War Two Gifts for Flyboys

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My husband has loved WWII airplanes for as long as I've known him.  He paints them on canvas, models them with plastic, flies them in simulators, and visits them at airshows.  My boys (5 and 4) have caught his enthusiasm and have learned many of the planes names.  Today's "All Wrapped Up" post is dedicated to all the Flyboys, from six months to 106 years.


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We have quite a collection of WW2 airplane books, but my husband is always adding more to his list.  Any one of these books (or others) would be great presents for adult historians.  Sadly, I didn't find a child-friendly one for my boys.  I think I'll have to make something for them someday- maybe a picture book called "B is for Blenheim."


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Those who grew up during WW2 or those who appreciate their music will love this collection of songs.  Perfect for letting the soothing jazz take you away into your memories.


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I bought these die-cast planes for the kids when we went to the WW2 fly-in this summer.  They loved them!  Each plane is about four inches long and has a four inch wingspan.  They would make great stocking stuffers or souvenirs for young pilots.


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We have a bit of history with Tex Hill and the Flying Tigers.  My husband prepared airplanes to go in a museum (including figuring out the engineering for how to hang them from the ceiling) and got to place his Flying Tiger nose art in the exhibit.


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When your Daddy loves airplanes, the son wears a bomber jacket.  I don't even know how many we've owned in our short family history.  The puzzle looks like something my boys might enjoy doing in the future.


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I was going to picture a different model, but my husband said this brand is his favorite.  He has made several models and has done a few with the kids as well.  I can see my whole house getting filled up with them very easily (wink).

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I'd love to find a book version of this poster, because I know my boys would love it.  It shows the common planes for the major countries and give a bit of stats about each one.  This poster would be great for enthusiasts.  They could even challenge themselves to see all of them in a certain amount of time.


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I found this ceiling fan and had to include it.  I would be so cool in a young pilot's bedroom or in a man cave.  The pilot photo would also be good in an airplane-themed room.




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Monday, November 20, 2017

80 Exciting Experiences for Everyone (a gift guide)

Today's All Wrapped Up series post is a bit different, because I wanted to focus on experiences instead of stuff.  I really liked the alliteration of "80 Exciting Experiences for Everyone" and was very surprised how easy it was to come up with eighty ideas.  I hope you find something for everyone on your list.


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For the Sophisticated
                                                     1- wine tasting
                                                     2- painting class with wine
                                                     3- vineyard tour
                                                     4- wine country tour
                                                     5- trip to Italy
                                                     6- train tour
                                                     7- wine club
                                                     8- wine and cheese picnic
                                                     9- hot air balloon
                                                     10- wine and chocolate club

                                                     *I don't even drink wine, but for
                                                     some reason the idea was in my 
                                                     head as I put together this list*



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For the Artistic
11- painting class
12- cake decorating class
13- knitting/crochet class
14- museum pass
15- craft box subscription
16- pottery painting
17- craft class
18- art festival
19- craft show
20- quilting/sewing class

*Fun fact- my husband and I own
every section of Hobby Lobby except floral*




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For the Homeschool Family
                                       21- zoo membership
                                       22- national/state park pass
                                       23- museum membership
                                       24- amusement park pass
                                       25- historic train tour
                                       26- monthly subscription box
                                       27- swimming lessons
                                       28- sleepover at the museum/zoo
                                       29- historical reenactment
                                       30- website subscription




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For the Adventurer
31- hot air ballooning
32- international vacation
33- scuba diving
34- bungee jumping
35- sky diving
36- cliff jumping
37- base jumping
38- trampoline park
39- white water rafting
40- snowboarding/skiing

*So this list is basically all my
husband's favorite things*



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                                                    41- Disney on Ice
                                                    42- Broadway musicals
                                                    43- orchestra
                                                    44- music festival
                                                    45- sporting event
                                                    46- monster truck rally
                                                    47- ballet
                                                    48- movie tickets
                                                    49- circus
                                                    50- magic show
                                                       

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For the Traveler
51- Disneyland/World
52- camping
53- road trip
54- left/right/left wander
55- destination resort
56- visit family
57- Legoland
58- famous landmark
59- beach
60- Washington D.C.





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                                                          For Her
                                                          61- coffee date
                                                          62- massage
                                                          63- pedicure/manicure
                                                          64- flower show
                                                          65- day off
                                                          66- lunch out
                                                          67- cooking box subscription
                                                          68- cleaning service
                                                          69- dance lessons
                                                          70- ethnic cooking class


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For the Thrill Seeker
71- laser tag
72- swim with sharks
73- rock climbing
74- mountain biking
75- para-sailing
76- ghost tour
77- hang-gliding
78- trapeze class
79- jet skiing
80- flying lessons


*all the pictures are from UnSplash*





Bonus Idea!
Gift cards to special restaurants, extra awesome if they deliver.



If you can think of any more experience gifts, add them to the list in the comments!


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

First Christmas Gifts for Babies

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We're past the baby stage for now, but I'm still near enough to it to remember what we liked.  For day 19 of the All Wrapped Up blog series, I present to you my top 10 picks for Baby's First Christmas.


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The first Christmas is a great opportunity for an adorable themed outfit that you probably won't be able to get away with when the baby is older.  This red and green dress comes with matching leggings, headband, and shoes.  And the tutu is just adorbs!


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Toothbrushes make great stocking stuffers and this banana gum brush is just right for your newest family member.  The peels make handles so the baby can practice sticking it in his/her mouth.  It comes in a few other colors, but I think the banana is the cutest.


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Older babies should find a lot of enjoyment with this robotic monster.  The blue plate spins and spits out balls for children to chase.  The monster has a sitter mode and a crawler mode to help the toy grow with your child.  Fill it, spill it, and chase it all day long.


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Sophie has become a childhood classic in recent years.  Her narrow neck and wide head means that she's perfectly suited for a toy leash.  She's safe for gnawing and chewing and has lots of places for kids to grip onto.  If you're one of the rare families that doesn't own a giraffe yet, or if you've decided that you need more than one, Sophie would be a great stocking stuffer.


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This cluster of colorful balls are all connected with a strong elastic cord.  Your baby will enjoy grabbing them, pulling them apart, and hearing them clank together.  Each ball is quite large, so they're not a choking hazard if the cord does break.  I think they look like a handful of gumballs.


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Pull-behind toys are another classic.  This dog is made from smooth wood and comes with a short, strangle-proof cord.  He'd a great addition to your natural toy collection and contrast nicely with the lights and sounds items that every parent can't seem to escape.


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We owned this toy and the kids enjoyed playing with it.  Older babies and toddlers can push down on the inchworm's back to squish it flat.  As the worm scrunches back together, it is propelled forward.  It's great for the cause and effect stage and encourages forward motion as they chase it around the house.


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Baby Stella is recommended for ages 1 and up so it might be a bit young to qualify in the strictly "first Christmas" category.  I love this doll for her washable cloth body, removable clothes, and many accessories.  It's a doll that can grow with kids for several years and be added to easily.


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I really wanted to have something outrageously Christmas themed on my list.  This Rudolph teether/toy fits the bill.  The description on the product says it "teaches holiday joy."  Know someone having a Christmas baby?  This reindeer toy would be a perfect shower gift.


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When my kids were babies, we had a Santa costume that we bought at Goodwill, which they each wore.  Start your kid's love of Elf culture early with this cute PJ set.


I never know how I should end these gift guides.  I promised a list, I gave you a list, and now what?  If there are other people on your list besides the baby be sure to check out my other lists on the All Wrapped Up launch page!

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