Red lipstick and a Valentine’s date.


You know what’s amazing? When you have the grand idea to book a babysitter on the eve of a hallmark holiday so you can go out with your hubby for a fun Valentine’s Date, and then you also make plans to celebrate the actual hallmark holiday with a fancy dinner served on your well-loved kitchen table at home. Bonus!

Last night I met Zack at his work and hopped into the other seat, and away we went on our evening dinner date. We drove over to Santa Monica and did some window shopping on The Promenade, where I just so happened to buy my first tube of red lipstick. I was wearing a different color but I felt like it was screaming, “MOM!” And then I thought, “I am out on a date with my man, I do not need to be wearing mom lipstick.” And then oh look, Sephora is right across from us, let’s pop in and see if someone can help me find the perfect shade of red. We rarely go out on dates, especially without our babe, so last night was super special to me :) I ended up buying this shade of red and you guys, it changed my life. I wore a smile so big it made Zack’s famous smile look small. It’s the little things, right? And by the way, this tube of lipstick? Only $12.50 — totally affordable and the perfect addition to our date. (I’m terrible at picking out the right lipstick color so having a pro at Sephora help me was one of my best ideas ever.)

It was a lovely evening out with Zack, really truly. And just as I finished typing this I receive this text, “Thanks for being willing to be seen with me last night. I was honored to date you.”

I am the luckiest.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

PS. Have you entered our $1,200+ Valentine’s Day giveaway extravaganza? The entry deadline is tonight.


Valentine’s Day giveaway extravaganza! ($1,200+ in prizes)


One of the sweetest holidays (in my book at least -wink) will be here on Friday and I looooove any excuse to eat chocolate. Just ask my husband! It’s always fun to receive a couple additional gifts to make a lady feel even more appreciated, right? Which is exactly why I’ve put together these super colorful and inspiring giveaway bundles featuring over $1,200 in prizes from 36 shops! Yeowza :) Four lucky winners will receive one of the bundles below. Now, let’s get this Valentine’s Day giveaway extravaganza started!


BUNDLE ONE DETAILS: 1. & 2. Heart Ring and Thick Hammered Ring from Lisa Leonard Designs, 3. Big Blooms Magenta Floral Headband from Mila Rose Designs, 4. Custom Portrait Silhouette from Fox and Paper, 5. Fleur de Sel Caramels in a mason jar from The Caramel Jar, 6./7./10. Rosette Necklace in any color choice, a set of Pixie Dust Elastic Hair Ties and an Elastic Felt Flower Headband from Little Pixie Crafts, 8. Metallic Gray Druzy Dangle Drop Earrings Gold from Wrenn Jewelry, 9. set of 3 Knotted Baby Turban Headbands from Mama Owl Shop, 11. “You’re My Cup of Tea” 8×10 Print from The Printed Palette, 12. Custom Addresses/Places Print from Sweet Sycamore. Total bundle value is $351.00 USD.

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Custom Valentine’s Day cards (featuring Maxwell).

As hard as it is on my mama heart to admit Maxwell is no longer a tiny baby, but a toddler boy, watching him grow up & experience life blesses me immensely. Last year at this time I was on my way to being super pregnant. And now, an entire year later, I have a 10-month-old son who’s full of charm and blonde curls. And lucky me, I get to have two Valentine’s this year — but don’t tell Maxwell that ;)

As the months pass I find myself saving little mementos to tuck away in his baby book. A few of my favorites are a deflated balloon from Zack’s parents while in the hospital, a Thanksgiving card from my parents and a copy of our family Christmas card. But Valentine’s day is quickly approaching, so you can understand why I squealed a little when I saw his first Valentine’s Day card — right? You betcha an extra copy will get tucked away in his baby book.


Are you a memory keeper? My guess is yes. Lucky you, because someone is going to win a $50 gift card to order their own set of custom Valentine’s from Pear Tree Greetings.

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