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Everly celebrated Valentine’s Day at preschool today since she doesn’t go on Thursdays. Last weekend I mentioned to her we could put together a fun Valentine outfit for her to wear for the occasion . She insisted we do it immediately, and so we gathered everything we could find in her closet with pink, red, or hearts on it. She has asked to wear it every day this week and it was all I could do to hold her off until today.  This morning I helped her put it all on and then she went to the mirror, came back, and told me she looked “so fun!”

Last night we set to work getting all of her little treats ready for her friends and we baked and decorated sugar cookies to give her teachers. She was so excited and proud to walk into school today and hand out her goodies. All of her teachers got a kick out of her outfit, but by now they’ve grown accustomed to Everly’s adventurous fashion sense. 

She came home with a bunch of little handmade cards and crafts for Brent and I and a bag full of valentine’s cards and candy from her friends at school. After lunch we sat down and went through them all. Reading all of the cards and taking stock in the sunglasses, tattoos, baked goods, and candy they had given her. I remember just loving that activity as a child and it was so fun to see her experience it for the first time.

I’m so lucky this little sweetheart is mine.

Love,

M

Everly’s Outfit:

Lace Jacket c/o Sweet Girl. (Love this teensy clothing line full of feminine little girl pieces)

Tutu: Zulily

Tights: c/o Jeffries socks

Legwarmers: Ebay

Shoes: Converse (with pink sparkle laces from Target)

Headband: Etsy

Oh Dang, It’s Almost Valentine’s Day.

I love to think that I’m a planner and organized enough not to be a last minute scrambler, but the truth is, more times than not I am a “by the skin of my teeth” type of mom. 

(Maybe it’s because I do some of my best work under pressure. yeah, I  like that excuse)

I saw an email about Minted's classroom sized, customizable valentine's in early January and I really wanted to order some for Everly to pass out during her preschool Valentine's Day party. Last night I looked at the date and said, “Oh crap! I should have ordered those a week ago!” I jumped on their site and whew, sure enough I had a day or two left to get them ordered.

Evie picked her favorite design then we personalized it with her photo and a little message to her classmates:

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Gah, that photo makes me smile. And they come in a 2.5 x 3.5” size that fits perfectly inside their little handmade construction paper mailboxes.  A pack of 25 with envelopes is only $21. My friends at Minted agreed to spread the last minute love with a few of you too.

I’m giving away two, $75 credits to Minted so that you can order your own customized valentines, or a special gift for someone on your list. Don’t need kiddie cards? Here are a few other fantastic V-day picks:

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Minted has a slew of Valentine’s Day themed art prints that are perfect for framing and giving to someone you love.

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I love this idea of a custom journal. You can personalize the outside and inside for just $16!

So that you can use your credit in time for Valentine’s Day, I’ll announce the two winners tomorrow at lunch. To enter, leave a message below and tell me about someone you love. Anyone at all!  I can’t wait to read them.

Good Luck,

M

Happy Valentine’s Day

I know a lot of people loathe this holiday, but I’m a sucker for any and all reasons to make heart shaped food and eat chocolate and lay a few extra kisses on my little family. Everly has been working on pronouncing “Happy Valentine’s Day!” all morning and she’s almost nailed it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a lunch date with the three loves of my life. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love,

Melissa

P.S. Did I actually go out and buy mini angel wings a month ago in anticipation of dressing my son up like cupid? You better believe it. When your baby boy already looks like a little cherub, you gotta take full advantage of the situation.

Love, Love here we are.

We try our best to celebrate the themes of Valentine’s day every day. We try to say I love you often. To leave kisses on cheeks and lips. To show our gratitude for one another in gestures big and small. So in a lot of ways, Valentine’s day feels like all the rest, save for a few extra red hearts.

Here’s what we did to celebrate:

Late afternoon soccer playing to take advantage of the gorgeous weather

Big, silly inflatable hearts in the front yard

Then we headed out to celebrate Valentine’s Day Diner Dinner at an adorable little spot in Cary called Gypsy’s Shiny Diner. As predicted, we practically had the place to ourselves.

This sweet little teapot dress was handmade by Dear Baby reader, Sara. She sent Everly a dress from her etsy shop, Rooster Legs and it was perfect for our family date night. Thank you Sara!

If I had it my way, I’d like to eat every meal while Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, and Elvis Presley sing in the background.

The grand finale - milkshakes and kisses for everyone. Everly gets the biggest smile whenever Brent and I kiss in front of her. It seriously tickles her to no end. Who can blame her though, she comes by her love of smooching honestly.

Hope your Valentine’s day was just as sweet!

Love,

Melissa

Valentine’s Day Diner Dinner

Our plans for Lovie Dovie day this year are pretty simple. We’re going to visit my mom in Asheville this weekend, enjoy the beauty of the mountains, and then head back to Raleigh in time to celebrate our annual Valentine’s Day Diner Dinner. 

It started a few years back. Natasha and Scotty had just moved out to San Francisco and none of us were in the mood to fight the crowds at the typical fancy-shmance restaurants around town. So instead we got dolled up and went to our favorite Mel’s Diner on Geary

Just as we had hoped, the place was practically empty on Valentine’s night. We grabbed a corner booth, put a few quarters in the tableside jukebox and giggled over the kitschy V-day decor

Our meal ended with milkshakes and the declaration that we would be spending all Valentine’s Day dinners thus forward in a diner with ketchup bottles on the tables and coke floats on the menu.

So 2010 rolls around and of course we had to take our brand new little valentine out for year two of Valentine’s Day Diner Dinner (VDDD).

We got her all gussied up and off we went to Mel’s to celebrate again

Since we’re no longer in San Francisco, we’ve got a few spots scoped out for our third annual VDDD here in Raleigh. Avoiding the typical restaurants and opting for cheeseburgers, jukeboxes and milkshakes makes it the perfect way to include Everly (and next year Arlo!) in celebrating the day as a famliy.

Love,

M

How sweet it is to be loved by you.

Valentine’s Day already, Melissa?!?!

Yes, already. I have two modes - way ahead of the game or three days late. If I don’t start thinking about it now, I’ll be that crazy mom scrounging the last picked over bag of hershey kisses off the bottom rack at Target during my lunch break on Valentine’s day.

To ensure you don’t wind up in the same spot, here’s some sweet inspiration I’ve found for lovie dovie day.

Love Happens Robot Print, vol25

Boys Red Car Romper, Blue Bird Lucy’s

Love and Smile Pillow, Decology

Bundle Mouse, Little A Shop

Recycled cupcake crayons, Red Elm Designs

Custom heart tree pillow, Cozy Blue

Plush Valentine Owl, BWinks

1950’s Vintage Valentines, ShitzuWest

Coco Valentines Doll, Goodbye Blue Monday

Brother/Sister heart applique set, Wee Whimsy Couture

LuvBot Plushie, Snow Machine

Wooden sailboat, Willowbaus

All my heart tunic dress, Little Boats

Valentine Mary Jane Booties, Sunflower Express

Mom heart onesie, Glitz N Giggles

In our house, we feel really strongly that love should be celebrated every day (and not just on Valentine’s day) but we’re always up for any celebration that involves red hearts, chocolate, and extra excuses to lay on the kisses.

Love,

M

My funny valentine. 
I’ve already bought Everly a sweet little red and white dress for her first valentine’s day - but with February 14th fast approaching,  I wanted to feature some of my other favorite lovie-dovie day finds.
(Sweetheart hat above, $22, Lulu & Charlie)


Valentine baby shoes, $15, Salty Starfish

Valentine Pirate Onesie, $19, Tadpoles & Tutus

LOVE onesie, $14, Four Sewing Sisters

Sweet Bottoms Diaper Cover, $25, Sweet Smiles Baby

Secret Pocket Plush Owl, $30, Buttercup Bloom

My funny valentine.

I’ve already bought Everly a sweet little red and white dress for her first valentine’s day - but with February 14th fast approaching,  I wanted to feature some of my other favorite lovie-dovie day finds.

(Sweetheart hat above, $22, Lulu & Charlie)

Valentine baby shoes, $15, Salty Starfish

Valentine Pirate Onesie, $19, Tadpoles & Tutus

LOVE onesie, $14, Four Sewing Sisters

Sweet Bottoms Diaper Cover, $25, Sweet Smiles Baby

Secret Pocket Plush Owl, $30, Buttercup Bloom

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