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Valentine’s Day ideas…

I thought I would share a few Valentine’s Day ideas today.  It’s not really a big holiday in our house because we homeschool and never have to go through the pick-out-a-box-of-cards-at-Target-and-stick-a-pencil-in-it-to-share-with-your-classmates deal.  Whew!  Thank goodness and God bless those of you that do.

My parents will be coming into town on Thursday, so we will be having a family celebration.  We are making cards this year to send to close family and I’ll share what we did once the holiday passes.  I already have a good idea of what I am doing for the fam, but scrolled through Pinterest to see what other (budget-friendly) ideas were out there.

A funny story that I’m not sure I have shared on here.  For the past, oh, I don’t know, probably 6-7 years, my hubby and I have a certain little thing we do when it comes to cards.  We were going through a very rough time financially and we decided that we would go to a store, search for the perfect card, show it to each other, and then put it back on the shelf.  It works perfectly for us.  Occasionally, we will give a handmade card, but typically we do the store thing.

So here are some great Valentine’s Day ideas:

1.  Make a “Date Night at Home” basket.  This could be filled with a movie (a fav that you already own), popcorn, a favorite treat, a board game, the menu for a special supper that you are going to cook; anything that you can think of to make it an enjoyable evening.  You could use a regular basket that you have on hand (or an inexpensive thrifted one); a large bowl; a decorated cardboard box; anything really.

2.  I love you because…letter.  What a great idea!  I came across this on Pinterest last night.  I hope to get one done for my hubby and kiddos.

3.  Special Meal.  I know that there are certain meals that my family loves that are more labor intensive.  On a day that we are supposed to show love, making these meals is not too much to ask at all!  A well fed family is a happy family!

4.  Love Coupons.  This is something that can be done any time of year.  It can be for your significant other or your kids.  The biggest thing here would be to make sure you fulfill the coupon when the person comes to collect!  🙂

5.  Potted Plant.  I, for one, am not all that into a big, expensive bouquet of flowers.  I would much rather receive a potted plant that will continue living long after the holiday passes.  Or better yet, one that can be planted outside that you can enjoy for years to come.

6.  Homemade cards.  These are always the best.  Here are a few links to free printables:


I also think that this year we will make some decorations.  I want to use things we have on hand to keep the cost down and there are really some great ideas out there.


source – only pics on this page, but pretty self-explanatory

And a few things for the kids:

The main thing is that any special effort or display of love will go a long way.

What type of things are you doing for/with our family for Valentine’s Day?



More {Pin}spiration…

Today, I’m going to post inspiration pics for the kitchen.  The heart of the home, where so much time is spent.  Some days I feel like a short-order cook.  I’d like for the entire kitchen floor to be made out of that soft cushion mat.  However, one of the best ways for me to show my family how much I love then is to provide healthy (most of the time), hearty meals.

There are currently darker wood cabinets in the home we have a contract on.  I have fallen for the light, bright, airy spaces that are plastered all over the web, but when I try to envision my family living there, I’m not sure it will work.

This kitchen of Edie’s, while still light and bright, feels super homey and lived-in.  She has a new kitchen now, which is equally as fabulous, but I keep coming back to this one when I think of kitchens.  Selling Hubby on the Woodlawn Charm cabinets?  That could be a little tricky.

I really like the dark wood floors with these slate lower cabinets.

Again, I love the dark wood floors with the white cabinets.  Butcher block counters, chandelier, blue walls, crown moulding, farmhouse sink, dark hardware.  What’s not to love!

Love these pendants!

These upper cabinets are backed with windows looking out onto the yard.  How cool is that?



This kitchen is one of my all time favorites.  I first saw it in an issue of Southern Living and I immediately ripped it out for my inspiration binder.  It is so warm even with the white cabinets.  I love the butcher lock on the island.


And for a little humor…


Lettuce Turnip the Beet!  Hahaha!  It cracks me up every time.  Just in case anyone needs a gift idea for me ;).

See ya on the flip side,

Daily {Pin}spiration…

Thought I would share some pictures from Pinterest that I’m getting inspiration from for the new house.

First, for the bathrooms:

I like the way they updated this builder basic mirror.  We’ve added moulding to just the outside edge before, but I like how it looks like three mirrors now.  I also like the texture the bamboo shade adds.

In the home we are buying, the master bath has a long vanity with only one sink and an open area like the picture above.  I like the way the knobs contrast with the dark wood.  I LOVE the marble counter tops.  What I really like is the flooring.  You have to look closely, but a strip of mosaic tiles were inserted between the larger tiles.  It adds a nice texture without looking too busy.

I LOVE the color of this vanity!  The designer did not disclose the color, but I would like to try to find something similar.  I’m still not over my love of stripes and these shower curtains are scrumptious.  I have been seeing a lot of pics with the double shower curtains like this.  However, I don’t know how well it would work out with kids and a gap in the curtains when they’re pulled together.  Maybe a double rod with a liner that will push to one side and the outside curtains just for show?  Subway tile…always a favorite.

With so many doors in one space, some direction is always welcome.  Maybe I can find one of these antique bathroom signs at a local flea market or antiques store.

How darling are these colors together?  And using a quilt rack as a towel holder…genius.  Quirky, fun, youthful.  This mirror from IKEA would provide a similar effect.

That’s all for now.  I’ll be back soon with more {pin}spiration.

Daily Favorite Pin – Gary Riggs Home bedroom

As I was perusing the Pinterest Home Decor page today, I saw this bedroom and it stopped me in my tracks.  I just wanted to climb right into this bed.  I also love that the lamps and side tables are different heights, but it works with the light of the lamps being at the same level.  I’m still working on my ability to mix patterns within the same space as this room does so well.

Upon finding the original source (, I discovered that every bedroom on the designer’s page gave me the same feeling.  While some of them are a little too decorated for my taste, there are certain design elements in each one that draws me in.  A few of them have a very masculine-woodsy-cigar room vibe…and I’m totally diggin’ it.

As for the room above, I don’t know that Hubby would be super excited about the yellow, but I am going to hold on to this one for inspiration once we purchase our next home.  The walls are neutral though, so I may attempt it in the rental we’ll be living in for the next six months.  Maybe I can find a way to work in my current obsession – navy-and-white horizontal stripes; or navy-and-white chevron.  I know chevron is all the rage right now, but I’ve loved it since I saw a designer (I believe her name was Loni?) on Design Star do it on one wall.  I don’t remember which season that was, but I haven’t had cable in almost 3 years so it was a while ago.  Before Baby A was born, I had time to keep up with it by watching online, but that’s not really a possibility right now.

(OK, it’s getting late and I’m rambling, so I’ll just stop now.)

See ya on the flip side!

Daily Favorite Pin – IKEA Spice Rack “Bookshelves”…

If you know me well, you know I am quite the book hoarder.  It doesn’t matter if the books are for me, the boys, Baby A, or gifts I might give sometime later on.  I hope to instill the same love of reading in our children.  I’m working on the boys, but they are kind of hit or miss.  Baby A loves books right now and I want to keep that interest alive.  Once we move into our new home I want her to have her books on display so that she can reach for whichever one she wants.  I saw this on Pinterest and think it is a great idea.

Here is my favorite “pin” from Pinterest yesterday:

IKEA Spice Rack “Bookshelves”