To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
This month we’re thrilled to have Ann from On Sutton Place guest hosting with us! Ann blogs about all things home – decor, gardening, food, sewing, crafts!! When I recently had the flu I was poking around Pinterest and came across this post on zhushing up your front door. I ended up spending eons over On Sutton Place; there are so many great take-aways from Ann’s pretty abode to implement in your own home!
Now I’m already daydreaming about what to do with my front steps this spring – isn’t this beautiful? I love Ann’s planters and how inviting this space is. Be sure to pop over and pay Ann a visit, you’ll be so glad you did!
Today, the five of us are all dishing on ways to make Valentines special!
When my kids were little we did tons and tons of crafts and baking and Valentine-making, and that was what Valentines was all about. Mark and I are not into going out to dinner or buying gifts for each other for this occasion and I really don’t want Mark to buy a $7 card for me, but we typically do have a nice dinner together at home and really I think the holiday is just a good excuse for everyone to be a little sweeter, a little kinder, a little less argumentative than usual 🙂 One of my missions as a mother is to teach my kids that love is an action word – so even though these ideas are all lighthearted, I hope the act of doing them impresses upon my kids that small efforts and thoughtful gestures make a difference to others.
Here are a few simple ideas of ways you can delight those you love on February 14, or any day of the year!
Spread love everywhere you go. -Mother Teresa
CINNAMON ROLLS ***WITH SPRINKLES***
YES. Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls. Twenty minutes and your kids are voting you Mom Of The Year. Just like that. Make sure you add the sprinkles!!
PS!***Don’t forget the Valentines napkins from your grocery store!!!*** THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, otherwise you will fail Valentines Day. NAPKINS.
Trader Joe’s chocolate croissants or monkey bread would make mighty fine Valentines breakfasts or after school snacks as well, or if you’re an overachiever, make the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls that everyone raves about!
ICE CREAM SHAKES ***WITH SPRINKLES***
If you use Valentines sprinkles for this, you get bonus points and are eligible to win a cruise to the Bahamas :). Stick those little suckers to the edge of your fanciest glasses by rubbing a little corn syrup around the rim, then dipping it onto a plate of sprinkles. (The shake is just ice cream or frozen yogurt whipped with a little milk in the blender.)
FANCY HORS D’OEUVRES (FOLLOWED BY TAKE OUT)
This one is for the grown-ups, and by “fancy” I mean two-ingredient bites of deliciousness to tide you over until Chinese food delivery arrives. A glass of wine to celebrate the day of love wouldn’t hurt either 🙂
Other extremely fancy hors d’oeuvres perfect for Valentines, right here.
HOMEMADE GIFTS OF LOVE
Share some love with your friends, mom, or a special teacher. Everyone needs a little extra kindness sometimes!
FLOWERS ARE ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA
A dozen long stemmed roses are nice, but honestly a $5 bouquet from Trader Joes is just fine with me! These are perfect to give a little love to one of the beautiful ladies in your life, or to yourself!
Love wasn’t put in your heart to stay. Love isn’t love until you give it away.
Wishing you an entire February of feeling (& giving) the love!
Stop by these wonderful blogs and see what ideas Ann, Kris, Pam and Jennifer have for you:
Ann of On Sutton Place
Kris of Driven By Decor,
Pam of Simple Details and
Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles
A few other posts from the My Five Favorites series you may enjoy!
TLA & 4-EVER! LYLAS!
What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. – Mother Teresa