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Valentine’s Day

Movie Night: The Lost Valentine

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Every now and then you just need a good cry… and this little movie delivers! It’s a truly sweet story with a Valentine’s theme woven in. You can help but feel all the feelings for The Lost Valentine.

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It’s a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that goes back and forth between World War 2 and today. The story includes a theme of letters that I incorporated into the tablescape. (This movie does show a little bit of violence so just a warning if you have little ones… not to worry, it’s Hallmark-movie violence… so not too terrible.)

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I found the cutest little air mail envelopes and just scattered them around.

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The little envelopes were such a simple, inexpensive touch but added so much.

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Not pictured: the dinner we ordered in from Maggiano’s and little tiramisu cups from Costco for dessert. Some weeks are just crazy and this was the way to go!

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If you love a touching story and have tissues nearby, watch The Lost Valentine and get swept up in sweet romance!

Movie Night: The Shop Around the Corner

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February has our eyes set on romance and romantic comedies are the perfect fare for that kind of mood. Our kids aren’t quite old enough for some of our rom-com favorites, so we went old school. The Shop Around the Corner is from 1940 and You’ve Got Mail is actually its remake. This is a darling movie! (We rented it from iTunes.)

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It was all hearts and flowers for the tablescape. I absolutely love all the pink and red this time of year.

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I used our dessert as part of the centerpiece. A pretty cake deserves center stage!

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The “Hey Valentine” napkins were in the January box from the Sassy Napkin Society.

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For dinner we enjoyed steak tips, Brussels sprouts and macaroni and cheese.

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Our little chocolate mousse cake from Trader Joe’s was just as delicious as it was pretty. It was a sweet ending to a great meal.

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This movie is funny, witty, surprising and charming.  After the kids went to bed my husband and I watched You’ve Got Mail.  It was fun to see what this movie drew from the original.  Meg Ryan’s character’s bookstore is called “The Shop Around the Corner” and a few scenes are taken directly from the 1940 version.

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We love old movies because they are cleaner and just refreshing. It’s fun to see the differences from life today that you don’t always think about. Here’s to a weekend full of love!

100 Ways to Say "I Love You"

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February is not just for romance, it’s for showing all kinds of love to people in your life. For those of you doing the Heart Attack or just wanting to spread some sweet thoughts, I came up with a list of creative ways to say “I love you.”

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  1. You are brave.

  2. You are strong.

  3. You are a quick learner.

  4. You are helpful.

  5. You are kind.

  6. You are a good friend.

  7. You are trustworthy.

  8. You are handsome.

  9. You are beautiful.

  10. You are fun to be with.

  11. You are clever.

  12. You are funny.

  13. You are creative.

  14. You are artistic.

  15. You are a problem solver.

  16. You are a good reader.

  17. You have a great memory.

  18. You are faithful to God.

  19. You are precious to me.

  20. You are a good brother.

  21. You are a good sister.

  22. You are good with younger kids.

  23. You are a good example.

  24. You are patient.

  25. You show perseverance.

  26. You are a good writer.

  27. You are a math whiz.

  28. You know the most interesting facts.

  29. You have a beautiful singing voice.

  30. You are a blessing.

  31. You love to worship God.

  32. You complete our family.

  33. You are the best at snuggling.

  34. You have a great imagination.

  35. You are loyal.

  36. You are a fun travel buddy.

  37. You are adventurous.

  38. You tell the best stories.

  39. You light up the room.

  40. You are cheerful.

  41. You are enchanting.

  42. You are a warrior.

  43. You have passion.

  44. You are a hard worker.

  45. You have great hair.

  46. You have unique style.

  47. You include everyone.

  48. You make me smile.

  49. You are adorable.

  50. You are captivating.

  51. You are elegant.

  52. You are a gentleman.

  53. You are fearless.

  54. You are spunky.

  55. You make the best sandwiches.

  56. You are fascinating.

  57. You are lionhearted.

  58. You are a good bike rider.

  59. You are a fast runner.

  60. You are detail-oriented.

  61. You are one in a million.

  62. You are dashing.

  63. You make me feel loved.

  64. You make my day.

  65. You are intelligent.

  66. You are energetic.

  67. You are athletic.

  68. You are talented.

  69. You are good with money.

  70. You are organized.

  71. You are diligent.

  72. You are entertaining.

  73. You are pleasant.

  74. You are lovely.

  75. You are a great dad.

  76. You are a wonderful mom.

  77. You are magnificent.

  78. You are awesome.

  79. You bring me joy.

  80. You have the best smile.

  81. You are generous.

  82. You are miraculous.

  83. You are God’s gift to me.

  84. You are charming.

  85. You give the best hugs.

  86. You make me proud.

  87. You are resilient.

  88. You see the best in everyone.

  89. You show God’s love.

  90. You have beautiful eyes.

  91. You have good manners.

  92. You are caring.

  93. You are kind to animals.

  94. You have a tender heart.

  95. You are encouraging.

  96. You are respectful.

  97. You laugh is contagious.

  98. You are tech savvy.

  99. You are trustworthy.

  100. You changed my life.