Category: Valentine’s Day

XOXO

So you tried and tried to resist the Valentines Day merchandising but suddenly you’re jonesing for a wee bit of heart-embellished something-or-other for the baby come the 14th. Nothing huge; no $94 satin bolero jacket. Just maybe…something small? Festive? Red? Fear not, for we’ve found the cutest solution at Spoon Sisters in the Valentine’s baby socks. Small? Check. Festive? Check. Red? Check. On sale? Whoo – time to shop. –Liz Find the Valentine’s Day baby socks on sale at Spoon Sisters or if they’re sold out, directly from...

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I clutch myself

I’m not much for buying cutesie accessories that are intended to be used on one day only. But that’s the lovely part of Valentine’s Day (apart from the chocolate and wine and flowers, of course); red transcends the symbolism of the day, making it the perfect color for Valentine’s Day gifts that can be used all year long. Take for example this cool poppy clutch from Sakura Urban.  With red Italian leather and simple black and olive poppies, this perfect party purse will add some great-looking pizazz year-round. Rich, romantic, and not a whit of cutesy holiday kitsch. In...

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Conversation hearts actually worth talking about

Because, let’s face it, actual conversation heart candies are adorable but taste about 3% better than chalk, I love the idea of conversation heart cookies for Valentines Day. A half dozen yummy, almost cakey, pink frosted cookies from Cheryl&Co come with classic conversation heart statements like BE MINE and LOVE YOU. Ship a tin of fresh baked treats off to your grandma for February 14th, or grab a box yourself and let your kid hand each individually wrapped cookie out to friends and neighbors. They will go quickly; my sigOth downed four of them before I even had a...

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Totally doable DIY Valentines Day cards

If the big wall o’ children’s Valentine’s cards at your local big box store fills you with dread, don’t despair. You’ve heard of DIY, but have you heard of DIYBWALHFTWD? This acronym came to us from Three Wheels Design owner Vicki Shields, and it stands for Do It Yourself But With A Little Help From Three Wheel Designs. Obviously. It’s simple; you spend a few bucks on the Valentines Day card of your choice (I’m smitten with the robots, myself), and what you get is a ready-to-print PDF with six cards per standard sheet of paper. Print as many...

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Making Valentine’s Cards that don’t look like you did

I keep looking for cute Valentines Day cards for my daughter to give out to her beloved friends and family, but the truth is, I haven’t found anything that makes you go “awwwww….” as much as the handmade Valentines Day cards she could make herself. Especially with Martha’s help. Good thing we just received a whole boxload of the cutest ev-ah Valentine’s Craft Supplies from Martha Stewart. Even a craft spaz like me can put together something passably adorable with a combo of blank cards, craft punch tools, Valentine’s-themed ribbon and of course, the requisite pink and red glitter....

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The perfect way to shake things up this Valentine’s Day.

Growing up, no Valentine’s Day was complete without a bagful of Be Mine and Hug Me heart candies. Sure they were cute, but let’s be honest: they tasted like chewable antacids. Conversation Heart Rattles from Yellow Label Kids are a much more tasteful way of showing your love. These sweet, soft, heart-shaped knit rattles are embroidered with the sayings you remember as a kid. And as if that weren’t enough, how about the fact that the rattles are made following fair trade practices–at CMP you know we truly “heart” that.  Plus they have the added bonus that they won’t...

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The way to this mama’s heart is through her stomach

Besides unconditional love, the only thing that I want for Valentine’s Day is something chocolate and decadent. Like, say, these heart-shaped brownies from Kitchen Witch. I’ve already gushed about Casey’s ready-to-bake line of cookies, brownies and scones, but she also ships out an incredible line of pre-baked goodies including these made-for-Valentine’s-Day brownies. The best thing about Kitchen Witch’s many treats is that they taste fresh-from-the-oven homemade because Casey ships everything the day it is made. Cookies are still chewy, brownies are moist and marshmallows are springy and soft, just the way I’d make them if I had the talent....

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I just shopped to say I Love You

I think the sweet little $15 silver heart charm around your neck is a nice sentiment for a Valentine’s Day gift, but I’ll be honest, I outgrew that look a good while ago. These days, my tastes tend more towards the Silver Carneilan Love Fob, newly out from our favorite splurgetastic house o’ baubles, The Fine Art of Family. If your sigOth wants to get you something extra-special this February 14, consider leaving the url open up on your computer. The large red carnelian stone engraved with the word love is set into a sterling silver case which dangles...

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Little Love Monkeys

I know a few moms who think that Valentine’s day is strictly for adult-sized people. But knowing how much my toddler adores holidays, there’s no way I could leave her out entirely while her dad and I pop the Moet and scarf down truffles.  If you’ve got a pint-size love monkey come the 14th, check out the Luurve Monkey tote from etsy screenprinting shop Dogbone Art. It’s just the right size to fill up with inexpensive little goodies – maybe even from Dogbone Art? The shop also sells kids tees, magnets and cute sticker packs. But don’t forget the...

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