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My Five Favorite Ways To Show The Love

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.

Welcome to February and to My Five Favorites, the monthly series I co-host along with friends Kris of Driven By Decor, Pam of Simple Details and Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles.

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!

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Welcome, Ann!!

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

Ideas to make your family feel special on Valentines Day (or any day!)


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!


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.)

THIS, people. THIS is why we go to these lengths for Valentine’s Day. Because this boy is now a freshman in high school. So GET THE VALENTINE’S SPRINKLES!! This is an emergency. All the babies are growing up at lightning fast speed so get the Valentine’s sprinkles while you have the chance. ***See very important note on Valentines napkins above.***



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.



Share some love with your friends, mom, or a special teacher. Everyone needs a little extra kindness sometimes!

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Gift jars of homemade cinnamon honey butter are easy to whip up.

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 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!

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What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. – Mother Teresa

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Thursday 2nd of February 2017

Valentine napkins and sprinkles have been added to my grocery list! I'm no overachiever in the kitchen, so Pillsbury cinnamon rolls are on the list too (unless Pioneer Woman decides to send me a fresh batch of her rolls). :) Love your entire list of ideas!


Monday 6th of February 2017

Carol, I keep hearing rave reviews about those Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls but never find the time to make them. One of these days!

Pam @ Simple Details

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

Can you believe we never make milk shakes ~ my boys would be all over it! Definitely on the list this year, with sprinkles of course! :) Isn't it amazing how flowers just take it up a notch,, and I so agree with not needing pricey roses, my tulips were from the King Soopers clearance spot, haha!


Wednesday 1st of February 2017

My boys used to make milk shakes all the time when they were trying to gain weight. Tough problem to have :) Clearance flowers are my absolute favorite!!


Wednesday 1st of February 2017

What a combo...cinnamon, honey and butter! I am definitely trying that one. Thank you so much for letting me join your Five Favorites party. I have loved it...Happy Valentine's Day!


Wednesday 1st of February 2017

Cinnamon honey butter is such a treat on everything Ann! My kids put it on toaster waffles. I love it on my 12 grain toast so can pretend it's halfway healthy :)

Jennifer Griffin

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

You are too funny... checking my Valentine napkin stash right now!! :) And, why have I never thought to put sprinkles on cinnamon rolls? Such fun ideas, Lisa!


Wednesday 1st of February 2017

We're super fancy over here with the sprinkles Jennifer. They elevate everything to a whole new level!