Pimp Your Stuff: Valentine’s Day Fun

Some of February's "Pimp Your Stuff" entries were time sensitive, so I'm going to post just the items which pertain to Valentine's Day for now. Some fun stuff here:

First of all, I admit it. I'm a weirdo. I'm not expecting candy, bears, flowers or jewelry. Actually, I'm not expecting anything at all. For whatever reason, I've fallen out of love with Valentine's Day, and my husband knows this. I am definitely a romantic, girlie-girl, but I do like my practical gifts. One of my favorite gifts had a note attached which read, "Because life is never dull with you." It was a set of steak knives. I love those knives! Give me knives over flowers any day of the week…..

Although I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day, I'm sure I'm in the minority, which is why I have to admit that this marketing campaign is very, very clever. I'm sure it's quite effective, too. But for goodness sakes, if you're going to put your man in the world's most public doghouse, do you have to list his full name? Ouch!

Next up – a freebie. Oh, how I wish I had Mariah Carey's pipes…..

Hi Andi, Hope all is well with you! I work with Sony Music and Mariah Carey, who just released Mariah Carey: The Ballads last week. I'm actually a Marine brat myself, so I grew up in a military family. I knew Valentines Day was hard on my parents when they couldn't be together when my dad was stationed overseas. So I wanted to let you know about a Mariah Carey eCard we made, which includes the video for Hero. I thought this card might be a fun way for the significant others of people in the military, to send a Valentine to their loved ones (here or overseas), as the song is very uplifting. There is even a space on the ecard to send personalized messages.

I played around on the site, and like it. You can record your own song, or send one of Mariah's (for those of us who can't carry a tune). You can also personalize the card. Hero is particularly appropriate for milspouses. Click here to get started.

And finally, Anne is engaged to a soldier and has an Etsy store which features some vintage Valentine's day jewelry, like this. Very cute! I apologize to Anne for missing the due date to get orders in for Valentine's Day (Feb. 6), but check out her stuff anyway! Good luck with the store and the wedding, Anne.

About the Author


Andi is married to an active-duty soldier and is the founder and former editor of SpouseBUZZ.

She is the founder of the Annual MilBlog Conference. The MilBlog Conference is the premiere event of the year for military bloggers. President George W. Bush, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, GEN David Petraeus, LTG Mike Oates, LTG William Caldwell, RADM Mark Fox, MG Kevin Bergner, MG David Hogg and The Honorable Pete Geren have addressed previous conferences.

While living in Washington, DC, Andi was the Ambassador to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Sew Much Comfort, a non-profit organization which makes and delivers, free of charge, special adaptive clothing for wounded service members. Andi has worked with several non-profits to help our wounded heroes and their families. She finds that work to be the most rewarding and meaningful of all.

Andi strives to find humor in the good, bad and ugly of life and is a firm believer that laughter has the ability to cure most ills.

  • DB

    Am I the only one who is sick of the word “pimp”? It has a really specific meaning, and usage as a slang term troubles me. It certainly doesn’t fit with the content of this page. ARGH!

  • carroll guthrie

    Don’t know where to post this:
    I bought a 2006 Ford Taurus SE , Oct 11, 2008 from CarMax-White Marsh, MD.
    Paid $1849 for an extended warranty . Three months later on Jan 31, 2009, the engine froze. I believe it was an improper anti-freeze mix. CarMax denied my claim because they sell their warranties to:
    The Warranty Group, Chicago (phone: 800 731 2834).
    Prior to the engine event, I had the the windshield repaired Nov 14th for severe leaking (invoice #:818351).
    Bob Bell Ford, Glen Burnie, MD is replacing the engine for $3124. Steve Tappa there has been most helpful.
    I am a disabled, retired Army First Sergeant. I am a single parent due to breast cancer. I bought the vehicle for my child who attends college full time, and works two jobs.
    Thank you for your service to our country.

  • http://homefrontsix.blogspot.com HomefrontSix

    We don’t “do” Valentine’s Day either. Never really been a fan of it.

  • http://something-about-harry.com/ brettbum

    I’ve been out of the Army for almost 13 years now. I have distinct memories of a real ‘pimp’ that came on base one Saturday to bang on the barracks door of an NCO downstairs that had a severe crack addiction issue. He wanted her to get back to work to pay off her crack debt.
    I’m no prude by a long shot, but the term pimp when used in the context of ‘improving’ something really needs to go.

  • Andi

    Readers of SpouseBUZZ know that this site is, and always has been, a non-controversial, spousal support site. Pimp Your Stuff is a series we’ve had in place for over a year and this is the first time we’ve received a complaint.
    I think, in this context (giving people and businesses links and free advertising once per month), the meaning is clear and is not, in any way, connected to the singular meaning that the term once carried. Now, there’s pimp your pooch (animal planet), pimp your ride, pimp your layout, pimp your profile and on and on. For better or worse, the term has a new meaning in pop culture now.
    It’s not our intention to offend here and I’m sorry that some of you find the term objectionable. I can relate, though. I was called a prude yesterday because I loathe those commercials where the little baby talks like a grown-up, and acts like a jerk. I find that distasteful, but the people I were with found it funny. It’s all a matter of personal taste and preference and sometimes we just have to agree to disagree.
    Agree or disagree, we always appreciate the feedback.

  • DB

    I hate all those “Pimp your whatever” references, too! That’s my beef — that pop culture has embraced something so sordid. Think I’ll drum up a grassroots campaign to eliminate its slinking its way into common conversation. Can you imaging a 4-year-old saying, “Hey, Mom — let’s pimp my tricycle!”
    By the way, the complaint wasn’t about SpouseBUZZ but about the pervasive use of that slimy term “pimp.” I think SpouseBUZZ is great.

  • Andi

    I gotcha, DB. I do understand where you’re coming from, I just didn’t want to give first-time readers the impression that we’re potty-mouths around here so I felt the need to explain the use of the slogan in this context.

  • Disco

    I really loved that commercial too! It’s great.
    Also check out: http://pimpeverything.com