Happy Valentine’s Day!

valentines1It’s always fun have have a whole holiday dedicated to love, don’t you think?! I love that there’s an entire holiday dedicated solely to love, and what a gift it is to celebrate the gift of love with family, friends, and significant others. Single or not, what could be better than spreading as much love as possible, on Valentine’s Day – and every day!

This year, I’m gearing up for a fun “Galentine’s Day” with a winery visit followed by a girl’s night filled with wine, chocolate, and chick flicks. I’m excited to spend quality time with some darling girlfriends! A few days ago, my small group and I spent some time crafting handmade Valentines for the children at Jill’s House, a respite home for children with disabilities that’s affiliated with our church. And, of course, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to calligraphy some love notes to mail out to family & friends!



What are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year? Are you doing anything in particular to spread a little extra love into the world?!

Valentine’s Goodies

It’s Valentine’s month! I love a holiday dedicated solely to love, and what a gift it is to celebrate the gift of love with family, friends, and significant others. Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s goodies to treat those you love:


Always & Forever card | Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies | Conversation Heart Cookies | gold embossed LOVE card | Pink Heart Rice Krispie Treats

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Do you have any big plans, surprises, or traditions for the day? I think you’d be a big hit with any friends, co-workers, or family members you bake any of the above treats for! I just put my Valentine’s cards in the mail, and it’s so special to spread just a little extra love around.

My grandparents (on my Mom’s side) have a tradition of going to White Castle in Ohio for Valentine’s Day every year, and I love this sweet tradition! White Castle even takes reservations for a sit down dinner on Valentine’s Day, which I adore. I love that my grandparents have such a long-standing tradition (and have passed it down through the family!) and that their plans are meaningful without being extravagant. In fact, I’m headed to Ohio to visit all four of my grandparents that weekend, so I also get to partake in the family tradition of eating Whities on Valentine’s Day!

These same grandparents have mailed, for every single year that I recall, an ‘anonymous’ Valentine to me! It really is the little things in life that bring me such joy, as I eagerly anticipate the Valentine that arrives in my mailbox with a big red question mark on the back of it. I may be in my mid (or late..) twenties, but this tradition is so special, and I hope to continue it one day!