Thursday, February 9, 2017

Girl Chat - Valentine's Day Plans

We have never really been the type of people to do anything super spectacular for Valentine’s Day.  Instead we prefer to keep it low-key.  It used to consist of going out to dinner with an exchange of cards and small gifts, but now that we have kiddos, we typically just stay home and cook, and then still exchange cards and a small gift or two.  We learned years ago that it’s pretty much impossible to get in any restaurant on Valentine’s Day anyway, so it’s much easier to stay at home.

Before I get into the plans for this year I thought that I would share a few things that would make great gifts for your gals or for yourself.  Because everyone should buy themselves a Valentine's Day gift, no?

How fun is all of that stuff??  Mackensey actually posted about that crossover ring last week, and I ordered it immediately... you cannot beat that price!  And I just had to mention the gold S'well Bottle because I just love mine so much!

Now on to the plans for this year…

And Brian, you better not be reading…

I’m warning you, please stop now!  :o)

Gifts for Brian:

Valentine’s Day is a great time to get fun gifts!  B loves to wear wild socks, so those always make for a great small gift.  This year I’m loving these and these.  I also love to get him new boxers every Valentine’s Day.  As a matter of fact, this is pretty much a tradition even though I never realized it until now.  These have my heart this year, and I also love these (even though he would probably kill me if I gave him those!)  Lol.

Last year for B’s birthday I gave him a beer cap map like this one so any gift-giving holiday is the perfect opportunity for me to find a new craft beer for him to try so he can add a new cap to his map.  I am taking care to see which states he needs caps for and then trying to find beers from those states so he can fill in his map!

We both share a love for cookie cakes, so it’s not uncommon for us to both order one to surprise the other and then we end up with two!  Ha!

Another one of my favorite gifts to give?  Lotto tickets!  Who doesn’t want the chance to win a million dollars?!

I am really big on cards for birthdays and holidays and I spend so much time in the card aisles to make sure I find the perfect card!  This is something that he always gets for Valentine’s Day.  Sometimes I even give him two… a funny one and a sweet one because I can’t make up my mind which I like better!

One of the best gifts that I’ve ever given him was this Moscow Mule Gift Basket.  I gave this to him last year for Father’s Day and he loved it!  Those copper mugs get a ton of use in our household.  It would make for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift if you’re looking for ideas!

Gifts for the Kids:

The kids’ gifts typically look like this: a card, a treat, and a small Valentine’s Day related toy or book.

This year, Jacob is getting a singing Star Wars card a box of Star Wars chocolates, some fun Valentine's Day Band-Aids that I found in the Target Dollar Spot, and this Lego Valentine's Dog that Lizzie mentioned on her blog a couple of weeks ago.  He is obsessed with Legos so I know he will love it!

Olivia is getting a singing Belle from Beauty and the Beast card, a box of Disney Frozen chocolates, some fun Valentine's Day Band-Aids that I found in the Target Dollar Spot, and the book The Day it Rained Hearts.  (It's not pictured below because we haven't received it yet.)  We don’t have that one in our collection yet and I’ve heard it’s great, so I can’t wait to read it to her on Valentine’s night.  :o) 

If you’re looking for any other book ideas, you should check out Love is You and Me and In My Heart.  Love is You and Me teaches kids what love should feel like from a relationship standpoint… I cannot recommend it enough!  And In My Heart teaches kids about feelings.  We have both and they are both favorites.


I don’t typically try to do any kind of themed dinner or anything, so I will probably try to keep it easy.  We love breakfast for dinner – eggs, grits, bacon, and toast – and this year I was thinking of making homemade confetti waffles in place of toast.  You can see my recipe for the confetti waffles here, but you’ll obviously want Valentine’s Day colored sprinkles for the “confetti.”  They are so festive for the kids!

Valentines for the Class:

Target Dollar Spot for the win!  This year they had a bunch of premade Valentines that came with bubbles or erasers or slime, so we decided to go with those this year instead of making something Pinteresty like last year.

Jacob picked out the vehicle erasers for the boys in his class, and the slime in little plastic hearts for the girls.  Olivia will be giving the ones with bubbles for all of her classmates.  Simple and easy!

Valentines for the Teachers:

I’m still not sure exactly what I’m doing yet, but I saw a great idea to send a mug with PayDay and 100 Grand candy bars and some lotto tickets with the printable “I won the jackpot having you as a teacher!”  I mean, again, who doesn’t love the chance to win a million dollars?!


Target always has my heart for their themed holiday aisles, and pretty much for every holiday I pick up one of their special cake mixes and frostings.  This year they had Funfetti cake (my favorite) in Valentine’s colors with pink frosting and Valentine’s sprinkles.  We will probably make this the weekend before V-Day and take it to Sunday dinner at my parents’ house. 

Well, did I cover it all?  Whew!  I guess “keeping it low-key” is still pretty involved, huh?  So what are some of the things that you are doing?  Do you celebrate as well?  Don’t forget to link up with us down below!

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  1. Love all those gift ideas!!
    We usually just give small gifts, too!! and I didn't even include that in my post! oops!
    Have a great day!
    What a fun link up!

    1. Thanks so much, Heather! And thanks for joining in! Your VDay decorations... LOVE!

  2. Thank you for hosting. Guess who has completely forgotten to grab teacher gifts?! At least it's not too late yet....

  3. I'm still debating on teacher gifts. I'm thinking a donut with a cute little tag. :) Cuz who doesn't love donuts? Ha ha! We usually do a card and I make a themed dinner. The kids usually get a card and book. Just a little bit of fun. Ha ha

  4. I love the different gift ideas. And I am kind of obsessing over those striped pjs!!! So cute! Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorites - I will have to be making that sometime soon! Love the gifts for the kids - sounds perfect for them!

  5. We keep our V-day pretty low key too....especially if it's during the week. And I love my swell bottle Dustin bought me for Christmas! I think everyone should get one!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  6. Love this. We keep our v day low key too. I love getting cards for patrick. I think I'm going to do that Moscow mule basket this year. Looks so fun!

  7. Hahaha I had to laugh at the end, yes even with low key we still do so much!

    I got those same band aids for the kids and that little lego dog :) I wish I would have been on my game and saw those pre-made valentines but there were none left when we went! I'm also all about the cards, I don't really care about getting flowers or chocolate, but I better get a card and it better be written in - of course I do the same :) Such a fun post!

  8. I have been swooning over every pair of aviators I have seen lately. I definitely think I need some and see a pair in my very near future.

  9. Those are great sweaters...anything with wine on it!

  10. Aw love your breakfast for dinner idea! Those waffles look delish! I might have to add a gluten free option to our dinner plans next week!

  11. I love a low key Valentine's Day. We usually try to stay away from going out to eat on the actual day. I love those PJs you found and that ruffle top is perfect. The kids would love those confetti waffles! Beautifully Candid

  12. I love your Valentine's ideas! That ring - seriously $7 - I am ordering that ring. Have a great day!

  13. Love all of those ideas. I need to go out and get my girls Valentine's presents too. It's on my to do list.

  14. I just clicked on that pink ruffle cold shoulder top! OMG $15!! So cheap! My spending budget is totally depleted and I'm so bummed because it's so cute!

  15. My husband is traveling for work next week so my Valentine plans include hanging out with my 4 year old and watching Finding Dory! #partyanimals I am going to get C a gift and James and I will have to celebrate late.

  16. Such fun ideas! I love the rose all day shirt! We are usually pretty low key around here too.

  17. Okay, first, I totally need a waffle maker!! Confetti waffles?? I'm all about that!! And breakfast for dinner?? It's special but secretly easy - GENIUS! :)

  18. We tend to keep V-day low key as well. I will take one of each of the things you listed! Love them all. Especially that necklace, those aviators and that swell bottle! I am just thinking of all the things I could create with my cricut for that swell bottle!

  19. I'd love to link up next month. I love all your fun Valentine's Day picks here! Hope you had a wonderful night!

    1. Thank you Julie! We would definitely love to have you next month!


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