The Ultimate Valentine’s Brunch

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I could pretty much eat it for every meal with all the savory and sweet offerings. So celebrating Valentine’s with my loved ones with a celebratory brunch seems like the best way to show them how much I adore them! Here are my perfect details with my sample menu:

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Ina Garten’s French toast bread pudding recipe is for the sweet lovers

Mario Batali’s Chorizo and Monchego strata recipe is for those that want to start with a savory treat

Valentine’s tablecloth, Sears, $62

Flower burst mug, Tenereze, just $8.40 through Valentine’s Day!

Foil dot napkins, Anthropologie, $24

A luscious red velvet cake, Williams-Sonoma, $70 *You could make one yourself too!

Personalized cylinder toasting flutes, set of 2, Tenereze, $25

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Valentines of the Past and Present

There’s nothing quite like receiving the unexpected Valentine. They’re sweet and to the point. Here’s a look through time of Valentines from the past up to the present. How have they changed and do you like the older versions or our new interpretations?

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vintage-valentines-day-card-a-prayeVia Pinteres

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And now…

Valentine-craft_Foxy-favor-boxFoxy favors Valentines box via Paper Source

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Valentine’s Day Sale!

We hope you’re feeling the love. From now until February 14th, 2013, we’re offering 30% off all our Valentines themed items.

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Whale You Be Mine mug, now just $8.80

love-pillowLove Pillow, now just $18.90

frames_horizontal_vday6Colorful Conversation Hearts Frame, now just $16.80

white_ichewseyou_1Bubble Gum Machine Shirt, now just $12.80

mug_vday_loveLove Mug, now just $8.40

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Porcelain heart dishes, set of 10, now just $7.70

And there’s plenty more. See the full list of items on sale here!

The Sweetest Valentine’s Gifts + Activities for Kids

One of my favorite holidays when I was a kid was Valentine’s Day. I relished writing out each person’s name and dropping them in the little makeshift “mailboxes” we made for the special day. I excluded no one (that would be cruel!) and adored getting little hearts and treats in return. What better way to encourage acceptance, love and friendship with a kid than through Valentine’s Day? I don’t see any reason to fret or feel left out – ever.

I love making Valentines with my niece and I always get her a little treat to celebrate the day. Here are some of my top picks!

bubble-gum-machine-pillowTotally custom! Bubble Gum Machine Pillow, on sale now for $18.90

mla102749_0207_candy_bag_xlWe love custom projects. Include a cute photo of your little ones and make a sweet custom tag for candy-giving.

Valentine-heart-cookies-5Help them make something sweet like these iced heart cookies from Cake Journal

Screen shot 2013-01-17 at 10.22.35 PMChocolate hearts from Dylan’s Candy Bar, $18

frames_horizontal_vday2I Love You frame, on sale now for $16.80 (and it’s made in the USA!)

1Let them pick an adorable Valentine’s Day card from Tiny Prints or make your own!

10 Sweet Gestures for Valentine’s Day | Print Out List

I love to plan surprises. Parties, gifts, anything. So with under a month left, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to plant lots of surprises and little goodies for my husband to discover. I’m hoping to pull off at least five of these!

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A Yummy DIY for Valentine’s : Creamy Fudge Hearts

I love to cook and I love to craft. So this DIY is the perfect combination project for Valentine’s Day or a wedding favor. Creamy Fudge Hearts are easy to make and look so pretty in a variety of packaging with your colors and themes. See the full instructions via Martha Stewart Weddings.

And Happy Friday, everyone!

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favorboxesFavor box kit includes 20 boxes with coordinating ribbon, $25 for 20

10-1815Sweet little dots for a unique favor box, $9 for

12407450With a large sheet of paper, cut long strips the width of your favor box to size and fold over fudge hearts. Voila! Pretty white blossom paper to line the boxes, $8 per sheet

Too Cute DIY! Valentine’s Day Crackers via Not Martha

I walked into the grocery store the other day and there was Easter candy. Yes, Easter candy out on the shelves already! I thought, “what happened to Valentine’s Day?” Low and behold, I made my way into the center of the store where an explosion of red and pink was awaiting me. Whew! My hubby and I don’t go out on Valentine’s anymore (we had our share in 2006 when balloon and curly string ended up in our coq au vin…) but we do like to give little gifts to one another.

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For a loved one, colleague, kid or just a kid at heart, here’s a do-it-yourself that’s going to knock your socks off. It takes a little dedication but these Valentine’s crackers are just too adorable to ignore. Thanks to Not Martha for the complete instructions here.

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