My Fun Valentine’s Day Date

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.  For the last couple of years, Hubs and I have forgone traditional “gift exchanging”.  Sure, occasionally we give each other a little present on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, and Santa always brings a little something for Mommy and Papi.  But, for the most part, we tend save the money we would have spent on a gift and go out to a nice dinner instead.  We are foodies…

Since we live so far from our relatives, and can’t exactly see spending more on a sitter than what our kids would spend at a restaurant, our “date nights” usually consist of a party of 4.  Believe it or not, we LIKE it that way!

Even so, it is always nice to be able to spend a little QT without the kiddos.  We decided that instead of a fancy Valentine’s Dinner, we would have a yummy Valentine’s lunch.  We had been wanting to try this new restaurant that the paper and friends have been buzzing about, and this was the perfect opportunity.  After all, it was our 20th Valentine’s Day together!

Let’s rewind a bit…

For the last few months, I have looked like a bag lady from morning until 5pm, which is when I shower and put my PJs back on.  I’ll admit, this winter weather has me in a fashion RUT!  It doesn’t help that we have to be out of the house by 7:30 every morning, and once you hit your “mid-30s”, lip gloss and a pony tail just doesn’t cover it….ANY OF IT.

So, yesterday morning I decided that Hubs could take the kids to school while I prettified.  I was at a loss for what to wear, and that is when I remembered my clothing board on Pinterest.  The fact that it was going to go up to the 60s was a big deal!

I was inspired by this photo:


Here is my recreation:

I found all of the elements (the cheetah print shoes, the brown slacks, the white top, the cropped denim jacket, the wooden bracelets and the beaded necklace) right in my closet!  HOORAY for inspiration!!

I decided to pull my hair down from its perpetual pony tail and curled it a bit for volume.

I felt like a million bucks!

The drive to the restaurant was BEAUTIFUL:

We were pretty early, so we popped in to some amazing neighborhoods and drooled over their million dollar mansions!

When we finally sat down for lunch, what did we see? One of our favorite wines on the wine list!  THIS is exactly why we don’t do gifts.  This wine was a gift to both of us!

This afternoon ranked in my top 2 Valentine’s Days.  The weather was perfect, the food was yummy, and I had the best company!

How was your Valentine’s Day?  Tell me in the comments!



Kisses and Summer News

I hope you are all enjoying your Valentine’s Day!  I’m sorry that it’s been a few days since my last post, but I have been working hard on a couple of new projects as well as listing some items in my shop.

My friend emailed me a couple of weeks ago with a list of summer activities she already had set up for her kids.  My first reaction was “SUMMER?!?”  We hadn’t even seen a snow flake, yet! But as I started to contemplate the next few months, I realized that summer really IS right around the corner.

June will mark ONE YEAR (can you believe it?) that we’ve lived here in Virginia.  Last summer was a roller coaster, to say the least.  The moving trucks arrived the same day that the kids got out of school, and the next day I was on an 800 mile journey to start a brand new life.  It was a very tough transition for us, and even though we did our best to give our kids an awesome summer, I feel as though my heart wasn’t 100% into it. 

I decided that this summer would be different, and this is what it means to you, my friends, readers and clients:

For the next three months, I am going to do my best to create my little fingers off.  There is a spring trunk show in the works, and I will be filling my shop as quickly as possible.

Once the kiddos are out of school, I will only be working on special order items.  I will still be blogging and updating my Facebook and Twitter pages with personal DIY projects, handmade gifts, and crafts, but the shop will likely not have any new items until the fall.

My goal is to completely immerse myself in the summertime.  I am looking forward to hanging out with some new friends by the pool, read lots of trashy magazines, and catch up with the stacks of books on my nightstand.

Now that we have summer on the brain, let me bring you back to my current reality.  Here are some pics from this weekend’s first snow fall:

The kids were so stoked!
Don’t hate on the face.  It was the middle of the day and we were all still in our PJs.
I promise I looked much better after showering and putting on some make up!