Birthday ‘Experience’ Gift Ideas

#A2Z Challenge - Birthday 'Experience' Gift Ideas

When you live thousands of miles away from your closest relative, sometimes getting gifts can be challenging. However, we are trying to transition away from ‘things’ in our life anyways, so we are asking for ‘experience’ gifts for the littles from here on out.

Research indicates that experiences make us happier than things do. With that in mind, some are turning from the mall to the museum, looking for experiences their friends and family can enjoy all year. Giving an experience gift is riskier, he notes, because it falls outside social norms. To choose such a gift, you need to know the recipient’s taste in music, theater, magazines or museums. But the right experience gift rates high on the happiness scale.

What the heck does that even mean? It means that we’d rather give them memories rather than clutter. New learning opportunities rather than something else to pick up and take care of.


Happy 1st Birthday E!

Healthy-ish Smash Cake | @Emmmmrz

I was priviliged enough to make a smash cake for my friend’s son’s very first birthday; while I am in no way a good baker, it didn’t turn out completely terrible. I am looking forward to seeing his photo-shoot.

Healthy-ish Smash Cake | @Emmmmrz

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Avocado Chocolate Cake
Creamsicle Cake

Layering idea:
Checkerboard Birthday Cake

Wilton Kosher Icing colors
Wilton Dessert Decorator
Round cake pan set (that I wish I’d had)
Gluten Free Flour
Cacao Powder

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Where’s the Party? Camping Birthday!

Jam turns 5 today; OMG, how did that flipping happen?!? He is growing into such an amazing man, and I am so blessed to be able to watch him grow and change every day. 😥

Since we are about to move (YAY! FINALLY!!) We decided to skip the party this year (being 9 months preggo helps with that too, lol) and go camping! He’s never really been before so we are all super excited for it. Of course, since he’s the special guest, he gets to choose the meal on his actual day, and being a 5 year old boy, he wants cake and pizza, lol.

Camping Recipe Roundup |

31 Things about me

It’s my birthday again! Birthday’s are very important to me, I take them as a reminder of why I am so thankful for the person and their part in my life. For my own I like to reflect on what makes me, me, and how to improve that me. Here are random things, facts, habits, or goals about me.

  1. I had a cat growing up, she was 20 when she died in 2007.
  2. I love chocolate, coffee, and mashed potatoes…separately.
  3. I used to want to change my name; but grew to love how unique it is (Well, was. Emma made top 10 girl names since 2002).
  4. I tend to wear my levi’s to death, and hate to part with them.
  5. I adore reading…and will stay up all night with a cliffhanger.
  6. Purple is my all time fave color, especially lavender (scent too).
  7. I have a black thumb, and have killed every plant I have tried to keep.
  8. I don’t like apple pie, cheesecake, orange juice, or toffee.
  9. If you pull up beside me in my car, I am probably singing along with the radio.
  10. One of my nicknames is Tigger.
  11. Happy bunny always makes me smile.
  12. As does Grumpy Cat.
  13. I have bad knees.
  14. And am a very reliable weather vane.
  15. Ry calls me CDO (it’s like OCD, but alphabetized).
  16. I pretend to be artistic, and sometimes succeed.
  17. Our current duty station has brought out my craftastic side.
  18. I refuse to EVER drunk/tipsy drive, and do my damnedest to stop others from doing so.
  19. Don’t understand serious celebrity crushes.
  20. Can be rather vain about my hair.
  21. Makeup is more work than I am willing to put towards my appearance 99% of the time.
  22. All 4 of us (Ry, Jam, Lea and me) were born on a Monday.
  23. Car seat safety is incredibly important to me, and seeing kids not being protected by their parents gives me anxiety.
  24. Country linedancing is a great workout and I really miss going every week.
  25. I don’t really follow astrology/tarot/etc but it fascinates me nonetheless.
  26. I still try to learn something new every day, if nothing else it encourages my son’s thirst for knowledge.
  27. Brutally honest and lacking in sympathy.
  28. I HATE exercising for execising sake. Give me a to do list with some good old fashioned hard work any day!
  29. Parents that don’t do their own research on as much as possible for their kids drive me batty.
  30. I don’t do ‘drama’
  31. Reality TV is trash, mainstream news is biased, and society needs to read more.

Birth Day Celebration

It’s my birthday today! So I thought I’d share some birthday facts

November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 54 days remaining until the end of the year.

I share my birthday with *TWO* local MilSpouses, Madame Curie, James Cook, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Boris Gromov, Billy Gillispie, David Petraeus, Archie Campbell, Jason and Jeremy London, Billy Graham, Joan Sutherland, Adam Devine, Eric Kandel, Morgan Spurlock, Nathan Adrian, Christopher Knight, Lauren Elaine, Forrest Kline, & Joni Mitchell.


An Artful Birthday

My son turns 3 this week, and I can hardly contain my excitement for his birthday party. We are doing an “Art” theme, which means we will have a bunch of different little art project tables set up as stations for his little friends to move through and get creative.

UntitledI toned down the planning for this year, and am just doing some simple rainbow decorations left over from my baby shower a few weeks ago, along with a printed banner and super simple rainbow hued fruits&veggies + cupcakes and mini pb&j’s served with some juice.

Birthday Photos

Yes or No?

tektek Emmmmerz

That time of year again, to learn about the one behind the blog. This year let’s play this Social Media game 😀

(Found via Facebook)

1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No!
2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments and asks!

Now, here’s what you’re supposed to do… And please do not spoil the Fun. Copy and paste this into your notes, delete my answers, type in your answers and tag as many of your friends (including me so I can read your answers too) as you’d like to. Then see what happens.


My Autobiography (According to Social Media)

weemee Emmmmerz

Birthdays come and go, everyone grows up a year every year, and gifts are opened and cake eaten, but the best birthday wishes stay with you forever. I survived another 365, had a lot of fun, just spinning around the sun.

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, Fill this out IN YOUR OWN WORDS and repost as, “My Autobiography” … And use your own answers, not anyone else’s.



Simpson's Emma Caricature

Birthdays are incomplete without the ones who love and care for you. Thank you to my family and friends for making my every day special, and my birthday even more so. Whenever I get a new calender, I flip straight to my birthday month to see which picture I got. Don’t you too?

Since it’s that time of year again, I am sharing another fun post.

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