Five on Friday: Valentine’s Edition

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Since I was in middle school, Valentine’s Day has been one of my favorite holidays. Maybe it’s my love for red or the fact that I felt it was a holiday where I could shape my own traditions, but something about it has captured my excitement. I feel like it’s a day to celebrate all the love you have in your life… friends, family, animals, the sunshine etc. I have never limited myself to just one Valentine. I like to tell everyone how much they mean to me on Valentine’s Day! (although sometimes I’m cryptic about it…) Here are some of the ways we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day…

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I’ve seen a million renditions of the love frame on Pinterest and wanted to do my own take on it. I found the frame at Michael’s, as well as the gold and red scrapbook paper. This project was so easy, I literally made it while I cooked dinner. The letters were the hardest part, I cut out a template from white paper and then used an exacto knife to cut them out from the gold paper. In hindsight, I wish I would’ve done capital letters. The other frame is from Target during my big score where I got this basket, and has the same red paper plus the poem Wild Nights by Emily Dickinson. They are both festive, and easily reused for other purposes!

{TWO}

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What is a national holiday without a chalkboard? I went simple with this one because I think this chalkboard might be on it’s last leg… And the drink? Only the classiest for this girl! Ok. It’s Crystal Light.

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I made these Valentines with my class where the outside said ‘I *picture of a mustache* ask you a question…’ The inside had their picture like mine with the words ‘Will you be my Valentine?’ The got the mustache prop is from Michael’s for $1 and I threw some black paint on it during our snow days. You would’ve thought I had a puppy for them to hold they were so excited! And yes, this will be the card Zach gets for Valentine’s Day.

{FOUR}

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I mentioned in a previous post that I was sending cards to my Valentines who are far away, here is what I did for my Valentines at work! I’m a sucker for Target’s Dollar Spot paper straws! The tags are from the gift wrapping section of Target and were $1 for 4. The ribbon I already had, so the only real cost was the $3 Izze! And of course, they were sold out of the Pomegranate which would’ve fit the theme better but all their flavors are delicious!

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Today I was looking through pictures and found these. I feel they are proof that Zach and I were totally destined to be each others Valentines. The top picture is from when we were in college and the bottom picture is from a family trip to the zoo when I was little.     Trouble. Makers.

Our Valentine’s Day plan for the evening is dinner at our favorite restaurant to celebrate over spirits and beer battered fries, then big plans to come home and cuddle with Noah while watching a classic movie. It seems like only yesterday we were poor college kids celebrating Valentine’s Day with Subway and Top Gear!

How do you celebrate the day?

EDIT: How rude! I didn’t provide you with the link to all the other great blogs! Click the picture to see more!

Five on Friday

Five on Friday

I’ve been kind of stuck lately on what to share in my Five on Friday because I always assume that everyone else already knows about all of the things I know about. But then I realized that that was ok because then we could share in our mutual love of these five random things! That’s what I’m telling myself at least…

{ONE}

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The continental United States seems to be stuck in an icebox and with that comes one of the worst Itch-uarys on record. Snow shovel makers and lotion producers rejoice. It doesn’t help that in every effort to avoid getting sick from the munchkins I am constantly washing my hands. To help prevent my hands from splitting, and thus allowing me to still cook with lemons, I’ve been using Bath and Body Work’s True Blue Spa Super-Softening Hand Lotion (why so many words?!). I put it on while I’m doing my make up in the morning and then before bed, what a difference it makes!

{TWO}

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I have high hopes that it’ll get warm soon and flowers will start blooming but until then, I’ve decided to just wear the flowers. I found this at Target this week and was very happy to see it marked down to $13. Technically I’m still on my spending hiatus but being stuck in a grey and gloomy weather pattern, I felt it necessary to add some color to my life. I picture it with my olive pants and a chambray shirt. It would also pair well with item three…

{THREE}

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I cannot afford these boots. But I love them and dream of them.

{FOUR}

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It is with shame and orange fingertips that I include Lay’s potato chips in my Friday Faves. I can’t stop eating these! The crunch, the sweet and salty flavor. Guh. Who needs fruit and vegetables?! It is impossible to think of swimsuit season under 5 blankets.

{FIVE}

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This last one is for Noah dog (hopefully the picture gave that away). Noah is a very strong chewer. He doesn’t usually get into too much that he isn’t supposed to, although I can think of a few examples… a tube of MAC concealer, tissues, pens… but when he does, it’s demolished. We try to keep lots of mental stimulation toys (or as I like to call them, dog sudoku)  around the house to avoid these disaster. But we have learned that just because a toy says its indestructible, does not make it so. Generally, if it isn’t in a million pieces in the first 20 minutes, it has passed the test. This Everlasting Treat Wheel by Starmark has become his new favorite thing. Even when it’s empty, he likes to toss it around and chase it as it rolls away. It’s become my favorite thing because when we have company over that isn’t as interested in his TSA sniff-downs, we can pop a disk in and he spends the next 3 hours entertained nearby. Win-Win!

Now let’s have it, are any of these YOUR favorite things? Check out The Good Life to see more Five on Friday posts!

Five on Friday

Friday Faves

After a crazy week of on and off snow days, it is finally Friday! Better yet, the weather is expected to be nice AND it’s Zach’s birthday Saturday! The day will be celebrated with birthday breakfast, friends, bowling and beer. May the good times, and cold brew, roll!

One of the link-ups I’ve enjoyed following the past few months is Five on Friday hosted by The Good Life Blog. The concept is list five things that make you happy, then link-up and click around to other blogs to read similar posts. Secret confession: I’ve been fake writing these in my head for months now. Ex: Mmm this Toni & Joe’s mimosa is totally worthy of Five on Friday. Without further hesitation, here is my first, official Five on Friday (minus the pretty image clusters because I haven’t quite figured how to do those yet…)

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I made my first J.Crew purchase this week! I signed up for their emails last year but was able to avoid the temptation until recently (darn you snow days!). 40% off clearance? Bright red skies? Deal.Image

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I’m thinking red plaid shirt (mine is from Marshalls but here is similiar: shirt, shirt) with this tee underneath and some red boot socks (ideas: socks, socks). The giraffe necklace doesn’t go with the outfit but I couldn’t pass up its charm and I’m bad about skipping out on accessories.

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I went to Target on Thursday for a binder and left with a cart full of clearanced home goods. True story: women were swarming while they were marking things down 70%. Shame on me for being one of those swarmers but getting this basket for $10 was pretty awesome. It is currently being used as an attractive hamper.

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(sold out online, similar here)

{THREE}

My hair is naturally pretty straight and grows easily but it gets staticy in the winter and dry in the summer. Enter the best hair oil I’ve ever used. It’s less than six dollars and doesn’t leave hair too greasy. I use a drop the size of a dime before blow drying. (Note: The bottle used to be blue, but I’ve found the product stayed the same. So no need for a change-of-packaging-heartattack like I had.)

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{FOUR}

Today was ‘Eat Lunch with the Teacher’ day, an incentive for reading 20 nights out of the month. It’s just 15 minutes, but the kids go nuts for it and I enjoy hearing the little things they like to talk about with each other. It’s a lot of voting like, raise your hand if you like peanut butter, raise your hand if you like Monsters University. It sounds like silly conversation but I think it’s how they figure out where they fit in with the world. My favorite from today was this little gem: “I love all kinds of dogs, Ms. Kay. I love hot dogs, corn dogs, AND Golden Retrievers! One time, I even saw a Dachshund dressed up as a hot dog.” Her mind was blown and my day was made 🙂

Since this item doesn’t have a picture to go with it, here is another animal related treasure: kitty photo shoot

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This last one goes out to dairy, grains, alcohol, soda, beans, peanut butter, soy and ketchup. Random? Almost. Starting Monday, Zach and I are embarking on a Whole30 adventure. We picked the 13th because it’s after his birthday but ends in time for Valentine’s Day (i.e. my favorite holiday). We’re hoping it gets us back into better eating habits and moving more. So this weekend is for you fatty, sugary foods and booze! (Check back next week for Whole30 recipes and updates on how it’s going!)

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I should also mention the hair oil smells good enough to eat. Here Noah is testing that out.

Five on Friday