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All Day Valentine

All Day Valentine


Making Valentine’s Day special doesn’t necessitate huge gestures or emptying your bank account.  Instead, consider small, meaningful gestures throughout the day for all of the loves in your life.

Some ideas:

Who wouldn’t love heart-shaped bacon for breakfast (turkey bacon & veggie bacon would also work)?  I’m thinking this would go splendidly with heart-shaped pancakes.  Sophie would be beyond ecstatic for such a meal on a “school morning.”

And I love the idea of kicking off the day by giving Sophie a bubblegum necklace and a sweet card:

Doug may not appreciate the bubblegum, but he has a soft spot for a thoughtful card.  And this is the year to make  a good one!  Check out this great idea from Pink and Green Mama:

Not feeling too crafty?  These free printables from Pumpkins and Posies are cute and will still have that homemade feel:

And how about a lunch to remember?  How simple to cut a PB&J into a heart shape, slice strawberries and add a little cup of Valentine sweets?  I love it!

And for your significant other?  Send a lunch time text or email, stating just one thing you love about your partner.  Better yet, send an email/text for each hour of the work day with a word or phrase that captures your loved one’s best qualities.

And since it’s Valentine’s Day, why not celebrate with a sweet before-dinner cocktail:

The French Kiss

  • 1 oz. Chambord
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. dark crème de cacao
  • 1.5 oz. half and halfShake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
  • 6 ounces Godiva White Chocolate liqueur
    2 ounces Pinnacle Whipped Cream vodka
  • Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour ingredients into the cocktail shaker, and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Strain and serve into martini glasses.

Next, you can pop the bubbly and cook up a memorable meal.  Stay tuned for an upcoming post where I will learn to make this delicious feast:

  • Lobster Thermidor
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Chocolate Mousse

And to bring the day to a perfect close:  place a chocolate on each of your loves’ pillows with a tiny “I love you” note–sending them to sleep with sweet dreams.

If you need some beautiful words and thoughts for your cards and notes, a few suggestions:

Love is the only gold.” –Tennyson

Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.” –van Gogh

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

–e.e. cummings




  1. The bubblegum necklace is the cutest thing ever! And that French Kiss drink looks soooo good!

  2. Great ideas Mandi. Heart shaped bacon? Yes, please!

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