marvelous movie marathon

Ready for movie marathon Sunday

I enjoyed a marvelous, two-day movie marathon over Valentine’s weekend; I can think of nothing better to do, especially given the frigid temps (what one person described as “weather is expected get really rugged”) we’ve been having – we woke up to -10 (actual temp) with a wind chill of -30 on Sunday morning, and it was -15 (actual temp) here this morning…#winterainteasy. Ryan picked out and lined up the following in our Netflix queue, we piled up blankets and pillows in front of the tv (Melody was in hog heaven!), lit a fire in our fireplace, and watched as many as we could in two days – some we’d seen before and some were new to us and I can’t wait to do it all again:

Sunday movie marathon

Valentine's Day snuggles

And I got this specially designed, screen-printed Valentine along with some beautiful roses!

My valentine from Ryan

VDay blooms

by Valerie | 02.16.15 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Putting the Val in Valentine’s Day

Valentines 2015

I’m looking forward to spending my Valentine’s Day in with my sweetie tomorrow, ordering pizza, with a nice glass of wine, and enjoying some delightful romcoms together by the fire. Here are some fun ideas, in case you are looking for inspiration:

I used the photo app Over to create these Valentines for Ryan with photos I’ve taken over the last year. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentines 2015

Valentines 2015

by Valerie | 02.13.15 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

DIY Valentine

by Valerie | 02.14.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Be my VALentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Red and pink, x’s and o’s, hearts, flowers, and chocolates – what’s not to love; and how could I not love this holiday when my name is in it? I was thrilled to receive 2 dozen stunning pink roses from Ryan, which I’ve spread around our home – my personal favorite arrangement is the one pictured in the photo above where I used a beautiful, silver pitcher given to me by my mother-in-law.

Here are some fun Valentine’s Day things, for your enjoyment:

by Valerie | 02.14.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Putting the Val in Valentine’s Day

Ryan surprised me with not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 lovely flower arrangements, which he put together himself, for Valentine’s Day this year. Ain’t love grand? Here’s hoping your Valentine’s Day is filled with sweet treats & spectacular surprises.

  • Have you used Songza? I really like it for free music streaming & they’ve got “Valentine’s Day” on their Music Concierge list today.
  • These With Love Straws are adorable!
  • I do like naps.

by Valerie | 02.14.13 | Holidaze | No Comments »

2012: Week 7

2012: Week 7

by Valerie | 02.20.12 | Holidaze, Photography | No Comments »


The picture above is of my father-in-law & mother-in-law. Ain’t love grand? For me, the answer is a definite & very loud, “Yes!” Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • I found this article, Love Ever After: A Valentine’s Day Special, on TIME LightBox; I just love the 3rd photo here – so sweet.
  • Google Valentine
  • Pucker up
  • “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” – Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

by Valerie | 02.14.12 | Holidaze | No Comments »

365 – Day 357

365 – Day 357

by Valerie | 02.14.12 | Photography | No Comments »

Putting the Val in Valentine’s Day

As I’m anxiously awaiting my delicious, home-cooked, gourmet Valentine’s Day feast next Tuesday by my darling husband,  I was thinking about all things xoxo & hearts & flowers & whatnot…

Putting the Val in Valentine’s Day since 1978 – you’re welcome.

by Valerie | 02.10.12 | Holidaze | No Comments »

Valentine’s Day Feast

Valentine's Day Roses

I cook a lot, so as one of my colleagues whose husband also cooks a lot noted, cooking isn’t something that is necessarily a special occasion. But for Valentine’s Day I usually try to up my game and make something that I have never made or try to experiment by making something a bit more complicated than normal. This year I wanted to turn up the heat, bring something sweet, and make a meal with food items known for the aphrodisiac qualities. So with that in mind chiles, avocados, and chocolate were in store. For a bit of food history these foods were commonly used by the Aztecs for their aphrodisiac properties. With that in mind I set out to make a Mexican inspired meal, far beyond any Mexican food I have ever made before. To accomplish that goal I served up a corn, black bean, and avocado salad with a creamy avocado citrus dressing followed by seitan in mole sauce with faux-rizo smashed potatoes. Without too much bragging, our dinner was a display of mad cooking skills. Mad props to me.

Dessert was not my creation, but our meal closed with a couple chocolate covered strawberries and a cookie. We couldn’t eat much more than that after the rest of the dinner.

Oh and why potatoes? They don’t seem to have any sex appeal. Well if you know Val, potatoes are well at the top of her favorite foods list, and a surefire way to her heart.

She loves flowers too, so I picked up this bouquet of pink roses & blooming eucalyptus for her from Pot & Box.

Valentine's Day Roses

by Ryan | 02.16.11 | Holidaze, Recipes | No Comments »

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