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How to Make a Birthday Box (Idea #1)

An easy way to give someone special a memorable birthday gift: A Birthday Box! Caleb turned 20 yesterday, and every year for his birthday, I make him a Birthday Box filled with gifts/surprises. This fun idea is something we both look forward to each year. Sometimes the box is huge, sometimes not, and it's different every year. Since I didn't get to document last year's Birthday Box, today I'm going to show you what I did this year so you can use to begin making Birthday Boxes for the special people in your life.

Last year I took a huge box (purchased from U-Haul) and filled the bottom with unwrapped gifts. I then went and purchased a bunch of balloons and taped them to the bottom of the inside of the box. When everything was ready, I stuffed all the balloons inside the box and used a small, single piece of tape to tape close the flaps. When he opened the box, balloons sprang up into his face! It was super amusing to watch :)

This year, I filled a box with smaller wrapped presents using the theme of 2.0 (because he turned 20. Get it? 2.0 .... 20. Haha!) It was a lot of fun to assemble and he really enjoyed opening it! Here's a breakdown on what I did:

Materials Needed

  • Square box (I purchased a 36x36 one from Walmart)
  • Various sized smaller boxes
  • Two different patterned wrapping paper
  • Ribbon/bows
  • Tissue paper
  • Balloons
  • Packing tape
  • Regular tape
  • Scissors
  • Gift tags (optional)

1. Assemble the larger box by using taping the bottom of the box together. Turn the box on it's side. Take one style of wrapping paper and wrap it all the way around the sides of the box, leaving a bit extra on the top and bottom. Tape in place. Cut the paper down the corners to fold the paper over the top flaps as well as the bottom.

2. Decide what box to put each of your gifts in. I used the theme of 2.0 (for example, 2.0 things to read: a non-fiction book and this Why You're So Awesome book) so each pair was put in a different box. Use tissue paper to help hide your gifts in the boxes. Wrap each smaller box with the second style of wrapping paper. Embellish with bows or ribbon or however else you like.

3. Put everything into the box and tie it close with ribbon (or you could tape it, but I didn't want him to ruin my amazing wrapping paper skills on that big box!). Tie a bunch of balloons on the top and volià!

One thing you could do that I didn't (because finals week is here) is to put the age the recipient is turning on the outside of the box. I want to do every year, but I always run out of time...

So there you have it! One easy way to give a memorable birthday present to someone you love :) Every year I'll share the Birthday Boxes I make for Caleb, and each year I hope it gets more creative!

An easy way to give someone special a memorable birthday gift: A Birthday Box!

An easy way to give someone special a memorable birthday gift: A Birthday Box!

An easy way to give someone special a memorable birthday gift: A Birthday Box!

An easy way to give someone special a memorable birthday gift: A Birthday Box!

An easy way to give someone special a memorable birthday gift: A Birthday Box!

An easy way to give someone special a memorable birthday gift: A Birthday Box!

An easy way to give someone special a memorable birthday gift: A Birthday Box!

 

Have you ever made a Birthday Box?

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A Birthday Boy Interview!

Caleb's 20th Birthday Interview Yesterday was Caleb's last day before he ventures into his 20s. That means that today is his birthday! :) I have a surprise for him later today that you'll see on the blog tomorrow. So in honor of him beginning a new decade, we had a little interview.

How do you feel about turning 20?

Well it definitely sounds better.

That's it?!

Yeah.

What do you mean?

19 sounds like a baby, and 20 sounds like a man.

Do you feel older?

Kind of. I feel like 20 years ago should be in the 80s sometime.

What year of life has been your favorite so far?

This one.

Why?

Every year gets better. We're making dreams come true a little bit at a time.

Well, what have been your top three favorite memories of your life so far?

  1. Finding the most beautiful woman in the world and somehow getting her to like me.
  2. Fixing the mill with Daddy
  3. Going on long walks with Mommy and getting lost in the woods when I was little.

What are three lessons you've learned that you'd like to tell others?

Don't be like everyone else. The average man never becomes great. So if you want to be great, you can't be a follower. Your value as a person goes up when theres less people that can do what you do. If you think like everyone else, when you approach a problem, you won't have a solution that other people didn't already think of.

Don't reinvent the wheel. You're life is short, you don't have hundreds of years to become good at different things. So whenever you can absorb other people's experience, it's a good thing. Always keep your eyes open for people that are succeeding in your field and try to figure out what it is that makes them great and then copy them.

Don't listen to people that tell you that you can't do something. When I was first starting New-Tech Tooling, I needed a part made for my mill so I went to some of my teachers at school and asked if they knew of a student that could make it for me and I could pay them. When I told them the part was for a mill, they would say things like, "Don't waste your money", "This would be a great thing to do in 15 years" and one of them just busted out laughing at me. Then he said in front of his whole class, "Hey everybody, this kid's going to have his own shop!" Anyway, none of them really knew what they were talking about, because none of them had ever done it before. If I had listened to them and become discouraged, I would have missed out on all the success we're having now.

What are the top three goals you have for the next decade?

That's a long time. (Pause as he takes a think) Have children, become the top die mold shop in Minnesota...well, that's really all I want to do. At the end of the decade, I would like to start stepping back from the business a bit and have less to do with the day to day operations.

Do you plan on having any pets?

Yes! I'm going to have an Amstaff named Colonel Jefferson III...

But, he's not the third!

I don't care. I love that name! I also want two labs, a boy and girl, named Diesel and Mia. I would also like a bloodhound named Otis. And a goat named Dude.

Well everyone looks like you'll be seeing some goat videos on here someday. Happy Birthday honey!

The Guy Behind the Blog // 03

The Guy Behind the Blog // 03 It's that time again! Caleb loves “addressing the blog-o-sphere!” As a part of Betsy Gettis’s linkup, it’s time to get to know some more about the man behind this blog! :)

Do you have a good luck charm or ritual? (like a lucky coin, or you always used to listen to a certain pump-up song when you played sports in high school or college?)

Well, sort of. When my dad and I work together we always listen to our bluegrass music. So when I’m working alone I turn it up nice and loud and it’s like he’s right there with me.

What is your favorite dish that your girlfriend makes for you?  Do you have any fun memories of a time when she tried to cook and it totally flopped or does she get it right every time?

My parents are here to visit, so the other day Brittany and my mom made these spinach fritters. They are my new favorite!

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be an inventor. Ever since I can remember I’ve been building things. I loved any sort of machinery! Even when I was only three or four I was obsessed with the trains that would go by our house. I would run around screaming ‘TRAIN!’ when I heard them coming. Then, I’d count every last car. When I was a couple years older I started building remote controlled airplanes and small rockets. I loved experimenting with my own designs. As I got older I got into building robots and other more complex things, like welding and fabrication skills. Later, I got a job at a machine shop and loved every minute of it.  I read everything I can about how things work and how they are made.  Wow, this is turning into a book!

Which of the five senses is your strongest?

Well, it’s definitely not my ears. Brittany always gets perturbed when I don’t hear her. She’s cute when she’s mad.

Would you ever run for president?

You know all those aptitude tests they make you take in highschool and college? I always got ‘leader’ or ‘manager’. I’m nothing like that though! I don’t like being in the lead! I guess they figure if you’re not going to be a follower than you have to be a leader. What if you just want to do what you want? Why don’t those tests have a Loneranger option? So no, I wouldn’t want to be president. I would be a king though! King is totally different.

If you were a king what would your palace look like?

I am so glad you asked! It would have a moat full of alligators. On the tops of the walls would live a family of honey badgers! So even if you could climb the walls you’d be finished because honey badger don’t care! Oh, and definitely a helipad. Got to have a helipad.

He's a king to me :) Come link up with Betsy Gettis and let others know more about the man behind your blog!

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The Guy Behind the Blog // 02

Couple | The Guy Behind the Blog linkup! Happy pre-Friday everyone! :) Today you get to learn a little more about the special man in my life who supports me in everything I do. I really enjoy this linkup because it gives the man behind your blog recognition and, in Caleb's words, allows them to "address the blog-o-sphere!" As a part of Betsy Gettis’s linkup, it’s time to get to know some more about the man behind this blog! :)

If you could write a book, what topic would you write about and why?

Something that I’m always trying to do is build more discipline. So maybe when I’m old and have lots of discipline I could write a book about it!

What is one thing on your bucket list, or one thing that you’d like to do or accomplish in your lifetime?

I want to raise children that are honoring to God.

If you could look out your window and only see one view for the rest of your life, what would you want to see?

Hmmm… I don’t know. I like penguins!

Me tooooo!!! :)

Imagine you’re opening a shop.  What are you selling?

Well that’s easy I already did and I’m selling precision machining service.

If you could have 50lbs of anything other than money, what would it be?

Does it have to be exactly 50lbs? I would like 80 pounds of American Staffordshire Terrier! I’m going to name him Colonel Jefferson III (pronounced ‘the third’)!!! He’ll be my buddy and keep me company while I’m working.

Time to brag on your girl…tell us one thing that makes you proud of your girlfriend/fiance/wife!

I am most proud of this blog. She has poured her heart into every post! I’m always telling people about it!

He's the absolute best :) Come link up with Betsy Gettis and let others know more about the man behind your blog!

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The Guy Behind the Blog // 01

guys-behind-the-blog I saw this linkup floating around the blog-o-sphere yesterday and thought it was a great idea! Not many people realize that behind the girl blogger is a supportive man who listens/helps/encourages/inspires her on a daily basis. Whether he's your photographer, your editor, your business partner, or your listener, he'll always be there for you. As a part of Betsy Gettis's linkup, it's time to get to know the man behind this blog! :)

Introduce yourself!

Hi I'm Caleb. I'm Brittany's boyfriend. Uh. What about me? I really love building things, I love physics, I love machining and I've been working really hard these past few months to get my machines ready for my business.

I'm super proud of him :)

What do you think about my blog and what do I blog about?

I'm super excited about the blog! I get get all tingly and giddy every time I get one of the blog emails. I'm incredibly proud of the hard work Brittany has put into this blog.

It's a lifestyle blog. Not sure that that means. I think it just means anything, but it's pretty good, having that freedom.

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What is your favorite post that I've written?

Man, that's a good question. *pause as he looks up what his favorite post is* I like them all a lot. I like the goals one a lot. I also like the Currently ones...those are cool.

Have you ever had a blog or have you ever considered starting one?

Yes. Every day. I do want to have a blog, except it's going to be about Caleb type of things like, machines I'm building, and tools, and money, and things like that.

If you could be a member of any band, which one would it be?

Oh man. *extra long pause* I'm going to have to go with...wait. I have three! I'd like to be in either Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder, or Alison Krauss and Union Station, or the Zac Brown Band. I'd play the guitar in all of these!

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Valentine’s Day is on the horizon…are you the date-planner type or do you fly by the seat of your pants?

I really enjoy planning dates. I like dates where I can eat. Cause I like eating.

Tell us about a date-night-gone-wrong for you and your girlfriend/fiancé/wife.  

I don't let things go wrong.

C'mon, tell a story, babe!

Ok, well once upon a time, back when I was a wee lad, I didn't have anything all that great for Valentine's day, so I figured that if I didn't have anything good I'd better do something big. So I went and I shoveled a huge heart in the football field. Except, when I texted my boss if I could get off work early to shovel it, I accidentally texted Brittany instead. And then I only realized it after I spent an hour shoveling in sub-zero weather. But since it was already made, I showed it to her, and we looked at it from a distance with our faces frozen in the super cold wind.

And let’s cover all the topics…sports…who are you rooting for in the Superbowl and why? 

My friend's nephew is a punter for the Ravens (Sam Koch).

Turns out, Caleb really likes these interviews! Tune in next month for more about the guy behind the blog! :)

Tell me about the guy behind your blog!

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