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Oh, Valentine’s Day. There is something about this saccharine little holiday that makes me miss Elmer’s glue, glitter (yes, glitter, the nasty coarse dollar store kind to boot), and red construction paper. It brings back memories of shoebox Valentine holders and that schoolroom vulnerability. It reminds me of anxiously waiting to see who slipped in one of their perforated Transformers card into that glittered little vessel. How I read into what each preprinted message could possibility insinuate, yes even in first grade. I remember that foreboding fear that my mailbox might be empty, and the heartache when it’s reaping was in fact pretty sparse.
I also remember that time I spent with my mom who tireless helped us make each and every Valentine by hand. I can still smell the hot glue gun and feel it’s stringy trails tracing over our kitchen table. She always spent so much time fostering our creativity and imaginations and seized opportunities like making Valentines to do so.
I guess Valentine’s Day makes me all kinds of uncharacteristically nostalgic. I just really cherish the idea of being purposeful in conveying love to those dearest to you. So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are some of my favorite lovely things:
1.Penguin Poems for Love ; Selected by Laura Barber 2. Sugar Paper Happy Valentine’s Day Card 3. Voluspa Belle Sucre 3 Wick Candle 4. 51 Love Stories by Paul Octavious (This is my new most favorite thing, I mean a heart made out of books of love stories, genius!)
1. Make this Jalapeno Popper Dip. It’s an easy recipe that was loved by everyone at the Super Bowl party.
2. I just cleaned my oven using this simple formula. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your oven, pour on a little vinegar, wait 20 minutes, and wipe away.
3. This print would make the sweetest gift for Valentine’s Day. Or any day, really.
4. Try this hair tutorial. If you have stick straight hair like me, it was a totally new technique for making pretty waves. I tried it yesterday and the curls lasted all day long.
Hope you have a happy Monday!
I spotted this image of a gorgeous picnic on Pinterest and it got me all dreamy.
Apologizes to those of you who are buried in snow, but here in Phoenix we are enjoying highs in the 60s-70s this time of year. It makes up for our hellish 8 months of summer (kind of). The trees are full of citrus, there is sun but with a cool breeze- it is a wonderful time to be outdoors in the Valley. And what fun would it be to create a picnic in the groves like this inspirational scene?
My sweet little son’s birthday lands a couple of weeks after Christmas. Which means he has gotten cheated in the birthday department. The last few years in addition to not wanting to do anything after the Christmas craziness we have had family emergencies that have prevented his having a proper birthday party. He has been asking about having a “Curious George Birthday Party” for over a year. Every time we would go to another child’s party he would ask me if he could have a birthday party. I will tell you right now if he looked at you with those blue eyes and asked that you would have thrown him a party too.
I am pretty sure he would have been cool with some Curious George plates and a cake, but I had Mommy’s guilt for not doing anything for his birthday for the last two years. So…we did a little bit more than Curious George plates.
And of course I had to do Curious George themed food, which I couldn’t think of so I just gave the food names with various characters from the show. I came up with Renkins’ Farm Fresh Veggies, Chef Pisgetti’s Speciale Macaroni and Cheese, Hundley’s Hotdogs and The Man With the Yellow Hat’s Elixir.
Then we had the dessert table, or as I liked to call it ” Chef Pisghetti Ristorante.” Again with a sign painted by my mom. And what Italian restaurant would be complete with out a red and white awning? There was enough sugar to fuel 25 small children for several hours and coat my house in a thin layer of sticky for a week or so. And those cake pops? Goodnight, NEVER again. Every time someone would eat one I wanted to weep and ask them if they knew how long it took me to make it. Then I decided that wouldn’t be very hospitable of me.
And of course there were centerpieces, with bananas, and pinwheels. That’s normal for a four year old’s party right?
I told my son that was the last party I was going throw for him until his rehearsal dinner before his wedding. But, I don’t know, sometimes I just can’t say no to this little face.
A million thank yous to my dear friend Brittany @ DTL Photo for capturing photos of the event while I was running around like a mad woman!
I’m sure you can tell from the pink and red rainbow that has vomited all over everything from Target to Pinterest that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. You may roll your eyes at the cheesiness, be exhausted from the December rush, or think it is a corporate, meaningless holiday. And to that I say- why do you want to kill love? (Imagine me with a pout and doing the heart sign with my hands.) But truly, I fully embrace the love fest. Pink, hearts, candy, chocolate, and sweetness around every corner! Valentine’s is the Hallmark Movie of holidays and I will always get sucked right in.
I’ve been tossing around the idea of handmaking some little love tokens to send out or give to close friends. And I want it to be something that Claire could help me with too. I need to be more intentional about including her in these things. She may not be able to participate in the traditional sense, but I want her to know and feel that she is a part of these celebrations. Just as I would do if she were a typically functioning child. So that may mean letting her feel the craft supplies, guiding her hand to stick something on a card, having her smell the ingredients of a treat, and showing/explaining what we are making.
Here are a few options I’m thinking through. Maybe you’ll see something that inspires you to share a little love as well!
Felt Fortune Cookies via Martha Stewart
Gumball Valentine Necklace via One Charming Party
Mini Baked Donuts via My Baking Addiction
Eye Love You cards via Kraze4paper
and lastly this cute Cupid Kit can be purchased from Paper and Twine on Etsy.
Today I am commandeering HLB and getting all family blog-ish on you guys. It is just that I had such an amazing Christmas day, I feel I should share it with you. The kids were hilarious, the food was good, the table was pretty and the company was the best. Santa brought the kids wheelbarrows. Seriously, wheelbarrows. But if you know my kids, you know that wheelbarrows are undoubtedly the best gift they could have received, they are just weird like that.
I was way more into the “tablescape” this year than the food. The food just kind of messed it up, truth be told. I thought about making everyone eat off of paper plates on the floor just so I could preserve the table for a bit longer. It started with a rabid obsession with finding gold flatware, an obsession that was satiated thanks to Craigslist. It kind of built from there. I have now decided pink and gold should be the official Christmas colors.
I hope your Christmas was absolutely wonderful!
Merry Christmas! This is our official Olbinski family Christmas card, and I thought you each deserved to get one hand-delivered to your computer screen.
As a family, we have had a crazy year, full of ups and downs. But if there is one thing I know about the Christmas season is that there is hope. Hope for the future; peace and joy in the present. Some days it is hard to see it, hard to feel it. While other days these realities cannot be contained by the edges of our lives. They so abound. But no matter where you are today, know that you are loved… to a point that is undeniable, uncomfortable, and unencumbered.
Now on to some frivolous fun. Here are a few things that have been sparking my heart over the past few days:
- Glass ornaments made in to relational gifts. Love this tradition!
- Another purpose for those Christmas cards – contact pictures for your phone.
- Tricky parents can capture Santa in their own living room.
- An extreme Santa who will deliver the gifts.
- Oh, and have you downloaded our Pride & Prejudice bookmarks? You must, right now! We’ll wait…
Share your own links in the comments. And enjoy the weekend with family and friends and yummy food. Merry Christmas friends!
Hopefully you are done with your holiday shopping and moving onto the task of wrapping up all those lovely packages. (Confession: I’m not there yet.) I truly enjoy wrapping gifts, but I often find I am totally overwhelmed by the number of options and the complicated designs. Kind of like how I feel in the paper aisle at the craft store, it’s all too much! I want the presents I give to be pretty but I don’t want to add too much to my schedule by committing to a huge craft project! So here are a few easy yet beautiful ideas to inspire your (and my) wrap time this year:
At this time of year, it is almost too easy to get caught up in the busyness- the shopping, the parties, the baking, the eating of the baking. And don’t get me wrong, those are all good things. And I love them. But for me, Christmastime means so much more. And I have to purposefully take time at this point to sit still, to reflect, and to really absorb what this season is truly about. Because otherwise I get lost in the shuffle, and eventually all those good things I mentioned earlier become agents of stress or perfectionism, or even worse- discontent.
I found this free printable from Jones Design Company, printed it out on cardstock, and added it to a little table in my family room. I can’t miss it since I pass by it a million times a day. Sure it’s pretty and festive to look at, but I hope it will serve as a visual reminder of what matters most about Christmas and what matters most to my heart.
I’ll be spending some time this week getting my holiday decorations finalized. Have you already finished decorating? One thing that is a must while I trim the tree is Christmas-y tunes. But I am 150% anti-cheeseball holiday music. I cannot stand elaborate sax fest versions from a certain curly mulleted man. Or lame songs about buying Christmas shoes- barf. Now this doesn’t mean I don’t groove to old school 80s holiday hits like Last Christmas, duh… that song is pure gold. Especially the Jimmy Eat World version. But I have to draw the line somewhere. And that line involves music that conjures up visions of bad Christmas sweaters.
Which brings me to good Christmas music- there is so much out there lately! One site I love is Noisetrade.com. They offer tons of free downloads and it is a site backed by the artists themselves. Such a cool idea. If you are looking for legit Holiday albums, they have quite a few. The one I am loving is from Sleeping At Last. It is beautiful, honest, and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Go download it now!