Download: Valentine’s Day 2019

Hard to believe we are already over half-way through February and that Valentine’s Day came and went last week. Thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos from all of our recent love-filled activities!

[fun with friends for an early V-day party]ValentinesDay2019_00002
[the perfect donuts from Krispy Kreme]ValentinesDay2019_00001ValentinesDay2019_00004ValentinesDay2019_00005
[Everett’s class party]ValentinesDay2019_00007
[Fitztie’s class party]ValentinesDay2019_00006ValentinesDay2019_00008ValentinesDay2019_00009
[nailed it]ValentinesDay2019_00010ValentinesDay2019_00011ValentinesDay2019_00012
[the perfect embroidered top from Old Navy]ValentinesDay2019_00014[the cutest free printable from XO-LP]

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Friday faves

BeforeWeKnew[my friend unearthed this photo sifting through piles #foreshadowing]

I’ve discussed this before, but I just had to bring it up again because I love it so much! If you have young kiddos, you should definitely sign them up for Mr. Boddington’s Secret Society of Letter Writers. Everett just got his first assignment (writing three notes/letters to people he knows) and we are waiting to hear back on who his penpal will be.

Stuffy noses and lots of coughs have been common place this winter and I, for one, am SO OVER IT! In hopes of helping the boys out while they sleep, I recently purchased this new diffuser/humidifier/nightlight combo on Amazon.

Every year right about this time, I’m always asking myself, “why do I live here?!” Then I try to make it over to the cactus/succulent room at Harvey’s Greenhouse in Adel, and everything seems to feel better. I highly recommend you check them out!

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Favorite things 2019

After last year’s first ever Favorite Things get together with my gal pals, I knew this would become an annual event. I think the timing of it around Valentine’s Day is perfect, because we all could use a little self-care these days.

This year we met up at the newly opened Teddy Maroon’s (fun because our group is made up of five Maroons and a Roughrider) for dinner, drinks and a gift exchange.

Here is the loot we left with:

[Skinnytaste One & Done Cookbook]FavoriteThings2019_00002
[Merle Norman Lip Pencil Plus in Mystic Pink]FavoriteThings2019_00003
[Vital Proteins collagen peptides, Tile, Mindfulness journal, Bing drink]FavoriteThings2019_00004
[L’Occitane Verveine hand cream, Gong Fu Tea, tea strainer, Stam Stroopwafels, soap from Eden]FavoriteThings2019_00005
[TAZO tea, wool socks (similar), Buff headband, colorful turban headband (similar)]FavoriteThings2019_00006[Dogpatch Urban Gardens chapstick, homemade Elderberry syrup]

And last, but not least, my favorite things this year were:
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
Ozark Trail Ot 10oz Lowball Tumbler
Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

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TTD DIY: Pop Rocks Valentines

I’m a little crazy and like to work way ahead on my kids valentines, but if you have been a reader for awhile, you know that I always share what I do so that you can do it too!

Here are a few past ideas: dinosaursdonuts

This year I decided to pick a candy that the boys both love- Pop Rocks! When Marcus is traveling through the Minneapolis airport for work, he always brings back a pack to share with them.


I ordered two packages off of Amazon (18 in each pack) and it was the perfect amount for their classrooms. Secure the tags with some black and white baker’s twine and you are good to go. Hopefully this helps if you are still on the hunt for Valentine’s!

[Download Pop Rocks Valentine PDF for FREE!]


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Friday faves

MahaloDonuts[warm + fresh Mahalo’s mini donuts]

I’m a sucker for heart-shaped food items on Valentine’s Day, so we will for sure be planning to hit up our favorites next week Thursday. Take and bake heart pizza from Papa Murphy’s and heart sprinkled donuts (for the boys’ teachers) from Dunkin Donuts.

Have any upcoming travel plans? May I suggest the packing cubes I swear by? I used these on our trip to Thailand and they are such a life (and space) saver.

Our local outdoor store, Active Endeavors, as their annual winter sale going on right now. Most items are 40% off and I was able to snag winter coats for the boys (Everett // Fitz) next year. I was also able to snag the coolest DSM sweatshirt from The Side Garage for myself. If you are local, get there soon as things tend to get picked over quickly!

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GIFT GUIDE: Valentine’s gifts for him

I’ve taken care of the ladies, but let’s not forget the gents. They need a little lovin’ too! I love having something set aside to gift to Marcus on Valentine’s Day and this year is no different. I’m pretty sure he is going to love his gift! (No sneaks because he reads this!)

If you are still hunting for the perfect gift for your man this Valentine’s Day, then check out my round-up below.

giftguide_valentinesdayforhim2019Kaufmann-Mercantile buffalo travel bag // AppleWatch Series4 GPS
Smathers and Branson Chill Needlepoint Can Cooler
Brooks Brothers Button-Down // Mark And Graham Harvey Wallet
Patagonia Men’s Micro Puff® Vest
H&M Textured-knit Scarf // Gap Heart Crew Socks

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GIFT GUIDE: Valentine’s gifts for her

I do really love Valentine’s Day. I know, I’m one of those people! Any reason for me to put together little gifts for my loved ones and I’m all over it. And while I don’t usually expect anything in return, I usually purchase a little “to:me, from:me” gift to package up alongside my gifts for the boys and the hubs.

Here are a few of my favorite ideas for gifts for the ladies this Valentine’s Day. Oh, and I purchased the pink fleece for myself and am dying to unwrap and wear it!giftguide_valentinesdayforher2019

Mark And Graham Heart Zip Perforated Pouch // Clare V. Petit Alistair Bag
Hanna Andersson PJ Set // Kiehl’s Love Oil For Lips
J. Crew Polartec® fleece jacket /// Gorjana Love Stud Earrings
French Girl Organics Lumiere Rose Doree Body Oil
Vince Camuto Kolissa Slingback Pump

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