Valentine’s Day Love + HM #218

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Valentine’s Day Love + HM #218

It’s easy to share some Valentine’s Day love without spending a lot of money or going anywhere fancy. Show those who are special to you how much you care with some of the fabulous breakfast or dessert ideas that make Valentine’s Day fun. Check out the 8 great date ideas, as well as some cute home decor. Plus, you can find even more wonderful Valentine’s Day ideas from t he other gals of Home Matters. Enjoy with love!

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas from Liz @ Love and Marriage

 

Valentine Home Decor Ideas from Ashley @ Frugal Coupon Living

 

75+ Cute Valentine’s Day Desserts from Ashton @ Something  Swanky

 

8 Great Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

Valentine’s Day Love Blog Hop

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A Home Matters Themed Roundup

Last Week’s Theme: Hot Tea for Everything!

Next Week’s Theme: Winter Blues – Blues Busters



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Valentine’s Day Saltine Toffee from Erin @ Suburban Simplicity

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DIY Valentine’s Day Crackers from Bird @ Bird’s Party

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Iced Sugar Cookie Hearts from Wendy @ The Monday Box

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Farmhouse Inspired Valentine’s Decor from Jenny @ Refresh Living

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Vintage Keepsakes Fabric Collection from Bev @ Flamingo Toes

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Valentine’s Day Fun and Romance + HM #170

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Valentine’s Day Fun and Romance + HM #170

Ah, the season of love. Whether you are looking for some fun and crafty decor ideas, sweet and tasty treats, or romantic dinners, I gathered some great ideas for Valentine’s Day fun and romance in my mini-roundup. I know my fellow co-host have some great ideas too, so please hop around to see them all.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY Valentine’s Tissue Paper Cone Tree from Shirley @ Intelligent Domestications

 

Healthy Appetizers for Valentine’s Day from Vicki @ Five Spot Green Living

 

Free Valentine’s Day Printables from Jenn @ Clean & Scentsible

 

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Recipe from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Last Week’s Theme: Mardi Gras Celebration Ideas

Next Week’s Theme: Snow Day Ideas – Rock the Boredom



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Under the Stairs Closet Makeover Reveal from Emily @ Sprinkled With Color

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Flank Steak Sandwich with Blue Cheese from Linda @ Poinsettia Drive

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Chocolate Trifles for Two Recipe from Miranda @ Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt

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Painted Upholstered Chair Makeover Tutorial from Wendi @ H2O Bungalow & The North House

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Easy DIY Candy Heart Bath Bombs from Crystal @ Hello Creative Family

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Picky Husband’s Valentine Gift Guide Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and the age-old conundrum of what to get your loved one is upon you. Don’t worry, we have a picky husband’s Valentine gift guide for you. Celebrate your man with confidence and style.

 

A Picky Husband’s Valentine Gift Guide

Let’s call it like it is – men are hard to shop for. They might say the same about women, but that would be completely untrue. Now, add a picky man to the equation and you’ve got Valentine’s day shopping nightmare on your hands.

Sometimes the pickiness revolves around the fact that he’s too fashion-savvy and there is nothing anyone can pick out that would be ‘to his taste’. Other times it’s the guy who has no interest in fashion, which in some ways is an even worse scenario.

Then, there are the types of husbands who have literally everything, which leaves you with zero options for innovation. Whatever kind of picky husband you have on your hands, worry not, there is still something that can be done, so stay tuned and let’s crack this perfect present mystery together.

Why buy it when you can make it?

The best gifts come from the heart, and that’s not a cheesy line. For some people, store-bought goods aren’t nearly as exciting and meaningful as the ones that were made with the loved one’s own two hands.

You don’t even have to be the craftiest person in the world to make a gift; there are amazingly simple presents that even a total DIY dummy can make quite perfectly. One such gift can be the 365 jar. All you need is a nice vintage label, a beautiful jar, and papers in different colors. On them, you can write whatever you want – reasons you love him, silly things that bug you, inside jokes, things you’ve accomplished together this year, memories you’ve shared – whatever you can think of. Tell him to read one each day and aside from being original, it will also serve as a constant reminder of the love you share and all the great, even mundane moments that make you a perfect couple.

The Connoisseur:

There is a specific breed of men who have a deep knowledge and passion for great wines. If your hubby is always dragging you to wine tastings and talking about which wines go with which types of foods, the solution is simple. Go online, browse for deals on biodynamic wine.

Take the time to remember the kinds he appreciates the most, compare quality and prices, and without almost no stress at all (or endless store browsing), you’ll have your perfect gift. Besides, it can be a great ‘addition’ to a romantic night you’ll spend at home during this festive time.

Men and Their Gadgets:

There are very few men in the world who don’t have a thing for gadgets, and this is definitely the first route you should take. Pay close attention to the things he’s been talking about, as it’s far less intrusive than snooping into their browser history.

Perhaps he’s mentioned that his favorite company is releasing a new phone. In that case, do your research and find what the phone in question is. If you have to, ask his best friend what it is – men talk about this sort of stuff.

If he’s a gamer, the Xbox One X is a gift that will make him jump for joy, even if he’s not the ‘jumping’ kind of guy. Bluetooth speakers are always a great gift if you want to make a tech-obsessed hubby happy but still remain within your budget limits. In the world of toys, you can never go wrong, you just have to know where to look.

Groom Away:

Most men don’t like to buy grooming and cosmetics products, but at the end of the day, they all want to look good. So, meet them halfway, and instead of making them shop for these kinds of supplies, pick a kit yourself and just present it to him. It can be any kind of kit really – if he has a beard, a beard oil, comb and little scissors will be highly appreciated. If you’ve noticed he hasn’t been taking care of his skin, buy him a minimalistic skincare set, and make him use it. After a bit of a struggle, soon enough he’ll be hooked.

Picky Husband’s Valentine Gift Guide

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Marshmallow Pops – Recipe For A Sweet Treat

Who doesn’t love spoiling the special people in our lives? Well, I have a quick and easy recipe that puts a little pizzazz and pop in a sweet treat. Everyone will love these Marshmallow Pops.

Marshmallow Pops

A Sweet Treat

If you are looking for something super simple to give as a Valentine treat, this Marshmallow Pops Recipe is for you. It would be fantastic for kids to share at school, as a party treat bag, or even as a cute dessert platter. Plus, they can be decorated for anytime of year, not just for Valentine’s Day.

Honestly, you can make a bunch of these marshmallow pops in 15-minutes! I was pleasantly surprised, and it takes very little by way of ingredients too.

 

 

Here’s What You Need:

Your choice of dipping mediums. I used Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Chips, and Caramel Bits (If using caramel, you’ll want a splash of milk). Marshmallows, and Lollipop Sticks. Optional Decorating Sugars–I had pink and red. You could also use sprinkles, jimmies, nuts, crushed candies, etc.

 

How-to Make the Pops:

Pour chips or caramels into separate bowls. Heat the chocolate chips for one minute in the microwave, and then, for additional 30 seconds at a time until thoroughly melted. The caramel bits melt faster, so check them at 30 seconds, and then, go 15 seconds at a time.

 

Take a lollipop stick and dip the pointed end (if there is a pointed end) into the melted chocolate of choice. Push the covered stick down into (almost all the way through) the marshmallow. Place sticks in all of your marshmallows.

 

Dip your marshmallow pops!

I did a couple different types of dipping with my marshmallows:

  • Caramel Chocolate Double Dip
  • Chocolate Dipped and Decorated

I made a dozen marshmallows, 3 of each: caramel with white chocolate, caramel with semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate decorated, and semi-sweet chocolate decorated.

 

Starting with the caramel marshmallows, I dipped them all in the caramel, and set them aside to dry a little, Then, I worked on the decorated marshmallows–dipping them in the chocolate of choice and immediately sprinkling them with the Colored Sugars. Once those are finished, go back to the caramel marshmallows and dip them in the chocolate of choice.

You are finished. It’s as easy as that. You can eat them right away, or set them in the refrigerator for a few minutes to allow the chocolate to harden up a bit.

 

Serve these cute marshmallow pops on a plate, or package them in a cellophane bag to hand out as a special treat.

 

 

Here is a Printable Recipe just for YOU!

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Marshmallow Pops
 
Prep time
Total time
 
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Type: Dessert
Ingredients:
  • Your choice of dipping mediums - here's what I used:
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Caramel Bits (If using caramel, you'll want a splash of milk).
  • Marshmallows
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Optional Decorating Sugars (I had pink and red. You could also use sprinkles, jimmies, nuts, crushed candies. etc.)
Directions:
  1. Pour chips or caramels into separate bowls.
  2. Heat the chocolate chips for one minute in the microwave, and then, for additional 30 seconds at a time until thoroughly melted.
  3. The caramel bits melt faster, so check them at 30 seconds, and then, go 15 seconds at a time.
  4. Take a lollipop stick and dip the pointed end (if there is a pointed end) into the melted chocolate of choice.
  5. Push the covered stick down into (almost all the way through) the marshmallow. Place sticks in all of your marshmallows.
    (I did a couple different types of dipping with my marshmallows: Caramel Chocolate Double Dip and Chocolate Dipped and Decorated. I made a dozen marshmallows, 3 of each: caramel with white chocolate, caramel with semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate decorated, and semi-sweet chocolate decorated.)
  6. Starting with the caramel marshmallows, dip them all in the caramel, and set them aside to dry a little,
  7. Then, work on the decorated marshmallows
  8. Dip them in the chocolate of choice and immediately sprinkle them with the Colored Sugars.
  9. Once those are finished, go back to the caramel marshmallows
  10. Dip them in the chocolate of choice.
  11. Eat them right away, or set them in the refrigerator for a few minutes to allow the chocolate to harden up a bit.
Notes
Suggestions:

Serve these cute marshmallow pops on a plate, or package them in a cellophane bag to hand out as a special treat.
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Everyone will love these tasty treats!

Can you believe how easy these Marshmallow Pops are to make?

Do you have an simple treat ideas?

You might also like my Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies.

 

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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Recipe

Remember when you were a kid, and your mom baked you cookies? Well, today, I’m baking up something tasty and delicious just for you. And, it’s a perfect treat with your favorite cup of coffee. As promised in my newsletter, Coffee With Lorelai, here is a fantastic Sugar Cookie Recipe.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Recipe

A Delicious Heart-Shaped Treat

 

This recipe is so simple and can be used whether you are rolling out your sugar cookie dough, or pressing it into a cookie mold. For these heart-shaped sweeties, I used a beautiful cookie mold pan.

 

 

This pan is always fun to use any time of year, but for obvious reasons, it is especially nice at Valentine’s Day.

Here are a few TIPS for using a non-stick Cookie Mold Pan:

  1. Do not over bake the cookies. The raised edges around the cookies will hold in heat while they cool.
  1. Let the cookies cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes on a cooling rack. Then, turn the pan over and give the bottom of each shape a gentle, yet forceful, smack to release the cookies.
  1. Remember that the cookies will raise a little during baking. You can adjust the thickness of the final bake by adding more or less dough to the mold.

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Here’s What You Need:

Butter, Sugar, Salt, Eggs, Vanilla extract, Almond extract, and Flour. Optional: Frosting or Cookie Glaze.

How-To:

  • Pre-heat oven to 375° F

  • Cream softened Butter, Sugar, and Salt until light and fluffy. (I use my new KitchenAid mixer on medium speed).
  • Add one Egg Yolk, beat slightly
  • Add one Whole Egg, Vanilla extract, and Almond extract, beat slightly. (If you don’t have almond extract, Rum extract is very tasty).
  • Add Flour, and beat on low until well mixed. Do not over beat. The dough will be sticky-ish.

 

  • Press dough into ungreased cookie molds. Fill each shape about half way.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges are slightly browned

 

  • Let cool in pan for 15 minutes
  • Remove cookies from pan, and finish cooling on wire racks
  • When cookies are room temperature, you can Frost or Glaze.

 

 

If you are Rolling your Sugar Cookie Dough to use Cookie Cutters:

  • Wait to pre-heat your oven
  • Once Dough is mixed, Divide in half and wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour, or over night
  • Take sugar cookie dough out of freezer, and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes
  • Pre-heat oven to 375° F
  • Knead dough until smooth
  • Sprinkle work surface and rolling pin with flour
  • Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness for best results
  • Sprinkle flour as needed to prevent dough from sticking
  • Use Cookie Cutters to stamp out desired shapes
  • Place cookies on baking sheets covered in Parchment Paper
  • You can bake your cookies and they will hold their shape, but if you need them to be absolutely perfect, place prepared cookie sheets in the freezer for exactly 10 minutes to re-chill
  • Once re-chilled, take out of freezer and bake for 8 to 10 minutes
  • These cookies should not have browned edges
  • Now, you have the perfect Sugar Cookie

 

These cookies are great for sharing. We put a special package together to take to Luke’s dad for his 85th birthday this past week. He loved them!

The wrapping was simple. All it took was some wax paper and ribbon. I placed the cookies pretty side down on the wax paper, and folded the wax paper around the sugar cookies. Then, I turned the package over so the pretty side of the cookies were up, and tied my ribbon around the wax paper to hold it closed. It was a perfect old-fashioned wrapping for an old-fashioned style sugar cookie.

 

 

Now, I mentioned above that these incredible sugar cookies would be fantastic with your coffee. So, I want to know…

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Want a Printable Recipe? Well, here you go:

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Sugar Cookie Recipe
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
from:
Type: Dessert
Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup - Salted Butter (softened)
  • 1 Cup - Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Salt
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 large Whole Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Almond extract
  • 2-1/2 Cups - All Purpose Flour

    Optional: Frosting or Cookie Glaze.
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375° F
  2. Cream softened Butter, Sugar, and Salt until light and fluffy. (I use my new KitchenAid mixer on medium speed).
  3. Add one Egg Yolk, beat slightly
  4. Add one Whole Egg, Vanilla extract, and Almond extract, beat slightly. (If you don't have almond extract, Rum extract is very tasty).
  5. Add Flour, and beat on low until well mixed. Do not over beat. The dough will be sticky-ish.
  6. Press dough into ungreased cookie molds. Fill each shape about half way.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges are slightly browned
  8. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes
  9. Remove cookies from pan, and finish cooling on wire racks
  10. When cookies are room temperature, you can Frost or Glaze.

    If you are Rolling your Sugar Cookie Dough to use Cookie Cutters:

  11. Wait to pre-heat your oven
  12. Once Dough is mixed, Divide in half and wrap in plastic wrap.
  13. Refrigerate for at least one hour, or over night
  14. Take sugar cookie dough out of freezer, and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes
  15. Pre-heat oven to 375° F
  16. Knead dough until smooth
  17. Sprinkle work surface and rolling pin with flour
  18. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness for best results
  19. Sprinkle flour as needed to prevent dough from sticking
  20. Use Cookie Cutters to stamp out desired shapes
  21. Place cookies on baking sheets covered in Parchment Paper
  22. You can bake your cookies and they will hold their shape, but if you need them to be absolutely perfect, place prepared cookie sheets in the freezer for exactly 10 minutes to re-chill
  23. Once re-chilled, take out of freezer and bake for 8 to 10 minutes
  24. These cookies should not have browned edges
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8 Romantic Dinner Ideas For Two

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to spending some special time with your special someone. And one of the things every couple loves to do is eat. So, today I am bringing you 8 Romantic Dinner Ideas For Two, and I’m even including some great tips to help keep the romance in the night.

8 Romantic Dinner Ideas For Two

And Tips to help keep the Romance in the night…

Sharing a meal not only nourishes our bodies, but it provides quality time to interact. Do not underestimate how important or how sensual talking across the table can be–looking into each others faces, gazing into their eyes, enjoying your meal together. Don’t waste time driving around town and waiting on dinner reservations, or loose the mood in traffic on the way home. Have a romantic dinner at home. Whether you make it for your honey, or you get in the kitchen together and cook up some fun, enjoy the evening.

I have a collection of eight romantic dinner ideas that would perfectly set the mood for an amorous night. So, turn on some soft music, light some candles, and let your taste buds (among other things) run wild…

 

Châteaubriand for Two with Sauce Béarnaise


Châteaubriand for Two with Sauce Béarnaise from Lynne at My Gourmet Connection

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta


Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta from Marion at Life Tastes Good

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Baked Thai Salmon


Baked Thai Salmon from Olena at iFoodReal

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Chicken Thighs Marsala


Chicken Thighs Marsala from Sue at The View from Great Island

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Three-Cheese Stuffed Shells For Two


Three-Cheese Stuffed Shells For Two from Carla at Chocolate Moosey

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Chicken Piccata


Chicken Piccata from Deb at Cooking on the Front Burner

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15 Minute Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce


15 Minute Shrimp Linguine with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce from Julia at A Cedar Spoon

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Spiced Sirloin Roast for Two


Spiced Sirloin Roast for Two from Faith at An Edible Mosaic

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Here’s a few TIPS to help keep the Romance in the Night:

  • Keep your meal light. Even if you are serving something on the rich or heavy side, you can keep the portions smaller. Don’t let a food coma ruin your night.
  • Make the food playful. Serve sides or dessert you can eat with your hands, and feed each other.
  • Pre-prep as much of the dinner as you can.
  • Relax and let your feelings lead the night.

Want some ideas for Foods? Try some of these Aphrodisiacs:

  • Arugula, Asparagus, Avocado
  • Chili Pepper, Cinnamon, Honey, Vanilla
  • Walnuts, Pine Nuts (pignolia)
  • Banana, Cherry, Fig, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Watermelon
  • Salmon, Oyster, Truffle
  • Chocolate, Whipped Cream
  • Chai Tea, Coffee, Red Wine

 

I hope these amazing dishes and fantastic tips help you put a little romance into your Valentine’s Day. Make it a memory to cherish…

If you are looking for other Valentine’s Day date ideas, check out 8 Great Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day.

 

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Easy Valentines Ideas

Today, we have some super cute and super easy Valentines DIY Ideas for you from Regular Contributor, Michelle James. These are perfect for anyone…enjoy!

Easy Valentine’s Day Ideas

Make an Impression with these DIY Valentines

I can’t believe we are almost done with the first month of 2016. Wow! What this means to me is Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. This is one of those holidays that sneaks up on you. Then, you are scrambling to get Valentines ready for the kids, your friends, your co-workers, etc.

I have come up with some easy Valentine ideas that you can throw together quickly without any trouble at all.

 

Easy Valentine Ideas

Supplies needed:

  • Scrapbook paper and Stickers – Valentine themed – I am using Echo Park Blowing Kisses Collection. It is the same one I used for my card class. I love making cards and these were a lot of fun.
  • Raffia
  • Adhesive
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Stapler and staples
  • Ink – Optional
  • Candy Bars – full size
  • Candy Bars – fun size

Step 1

Measure the width of the full size candy bar. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper that is just slightly smaller and will wrap around and overlap. Mine ended up being 6×6.

Step 2

Ink the edges of the paper. This is an optional step and you can’t see it very much but I don’t like to see the white core of the paper. This takes that away and gives it a more finished look. But, if you are making these for the entire Kindergarten class; then, it may be a step to skip, and save yourself some time.

 

Step 3

Place adhesive on the back of the piece at the top and the bottom. Place one of the sides with the adhesive onto the candy bar, and wrap it around as tight as you can.

 

I did the same thing for the smaller, fun size candy bars.

 

 

Step 4

For the smaller candy bars, I like to place a few in a bag or baggie and create a fun topper. This is something everyone loves to receive.

There are several bag choices.

 

I wanted a clear bag since I had spent some time decorating the actual candy but you could use a brown or patterned bag and decorate that instead. This would be super cute.

I chose the plain baggie because the cello swirly bag was a little too big.

Step 5

Place the candy inside the baggie, then create a topper. Measure the width of the baggie, and cut a piece that is slightly wider and long enough to fold over.

I added another piece on top of the folded piece, and then added some raffia to the top.

Step 6

Place the baggie between the two folded ends and staple in place.

 

Step 7

Decorate the larger candy bars with raffia and some stickers.

 

So, there you have it. Some easy Valentine ideas that will surely impress everyone you give them to. Enjoy!
~Michelle

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Holiday Sidebar – Valentine’s Day 2015

 

Holiday Sidebar Decorations

Valentine’s Day 2015

 

You have seen my sidebar all decked out for Christmas with its snowy lighted village and mistletoe stick here. But I wanted to share with you my holiday sidebar decor for Valentine’s Day. I had so much fun putting it all together. I even created a special PRINTABLE frame that you can Download for FREE.

So, here it is…

The Valentine’s Day Holiday Sidebar

Here’s what we’ve got going.

Above the Sidebar:

A Victorian Valentine wood plaque with a red rose heart wreath hanging below.

The Sidebar Centerpiece:

I have been using this centerpiece for probably 15 years or more…yes with the same conversation hearts! I double bag the hearts in zipper-lock bags for storage. This is always a fun decoration, and brings lots of fun conversation each year. This year I set it on my new red charger plate.

The Chalkboard:

The Birdcage Candle Holder:

The Flower Vases:

The Valentine Pedestal Frame:

I really had a great time creating this photo graphic for the frame. You can Download the FREE PRINTABLE frame and add your own pictures to it for a special Valentine of your own.

Here’s a picture of the free printable:

Download FREE Printable here.

I balanced out the sidebar and added a couple of Valentine candy dishes. I hope you enjoy it, as much as I loved decorating the Holiday Sidebar.

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Eight Great Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Here is a collection of some fun and easy date ideas to keep things fun and flirty for Valentine’s Day. You do not have to be extravagant to enjoy a little romance.

8 Great Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s, A Day For Lovers

Valentine’s Day–it’s just a few weeks away, and I know it has already crossed your mind. What are you going to do for your special loved one for Valentine’s Day?

I tend to like sweet and simple date ideas (ones from the heart that actually mean something) better than the over-the-top too expensive things that leave you (as a couple) feeling like you just wasted a lot of money. Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is just one day, and usually it falls on a weekday, which makes it hard to celebrate elaborately anyway.

This year, it does fall on a Friday, so it would be a perfect time to take advantage of a little weekend getaway, but remember, prices will be over-inflated. I would rather wait on that getaway until the prices were back to normal and be able to spend more on sight-seeing, food, or entertainment. The most important thing about Valentine’s Day is spending alone time with your loved one, and no boat-load of money is required to make that time special, romantic, and memorable.

So, I’ve put together eight easy and inexpensive ways to share your love.

Date Ideas

14 Days of Love Notes

Sometimes, anticipation can play a big part in the over-all experience of a date. Why not try leaving your Valentine a special note each day of February leading up to the big day. Need some fun and flirty inspiration or free printables? Click here.

Bursting with Love

Get a bag of balloons. Write little love notes (things you love about your loved one, things you’d miss about them, things you forgot to thank them for), roll the strips of paper and stuff each note inside the balloons. Inflate the balloons; and then, as your Valentine pops each balloon, it will burst with love.

Love is Blind Restaurant Hop

Let fate decide where you dine for Valentine’s Day. Every time you come to a stop sign or get stopped at a light, flip a coin. If it’s heads–turn right, tails–turn left. Stop at the first restaurant you come to for appetizers. Continue on doing the same thing until you come to the next restaurant for your meal. Flip the coin again until you arrive somewhere for dessert. If you don’t have that much time, you could always stay at the first restaurant for the entire meal. And who knows, maybe you will want to have dessert at home…

Come Away With Me

Clip pictures from a magazine or print some off the internet of someplace your Valentine has always dreamed of going. Maybe even purchase a few things to reflect the customs or ethnicity to give your evening the feeling of being at that special place. Make a playlist of music from that country or place, and prepare a meal with at least one dish that your sweetheart would love to try from your dream region. Talk about the things you would like to do if you were there, or maybe even plan your dream trip.

Picnic at Home in Front of the Fire

You just want to stay put and be home-bodies? No problem, make yourself a cozy indoor picnic. Throw some blankets and pillows on the floor, and settle in front of the fire for a romantic evening. Move the furniture around a little to give you more space if needed, and light candles all around the room. Listen to the crackle of the fire and feed each other tasty tidbits from your picnic. Put on a romantic playlist and do a little slow dancing.

Special Dates Road Trip

Every couple has dates that are special to them–your anniversary, first date, birthdays, Valentine’s Day. Find out where your significant dates will take you. Leave your house and get out to the main road, roll the dice: 1 or 4 = left, 2 or 5 = right, and 3 or 6 = straight ahead (only use stop signs and lights for changing directions). Use your date (month-day-year) to tell you how many stops or lights you will travel before changing direction. (You may want to use just the last digit in the day or year if it is too large a number). When you get to your location, look around and see what there is to do–eat dinner, play pub trivia, listen to a band, get a cup of coffee, go for a walk, maybe even go bowling or play miniature golf. Then you can move on to another special date if you want.

Change this date up a bit by going for a bike ride or walking. Instead of stop signs and street lights, ride for minutes before changing directions at the next intersection. This adventure may lead you to new discoveries within your own neighborhood.

Romantic Candlelight Movie

Light some candles, lay out some snacks, and cuddle-up with your love-bunny to watch a romantic movie. Who knows, a little playful kissing or flirting may set a nice tone for after the movie.

Chocolate-covered Strawberries and Champagne

Whether you have these pre-made or make them together, chocolate-covered strawberries are a decadent treat. Couple them with a bottle of champagne, and let the romance begin. Movie, dancing, bubble bath…

Take these 8 Great Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day and add your own creative twist, or mix and mingle them together. Add your own emotions and love, and let them carry you where they will. Whatever you do, have fun, relax and enjoy each other!

Looking for some romantic dinner ideas? Check out 8 Romantic Dinner Ideas For Two.

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