{Mostly} Handmade Valentine’s Gift Ideas

I love Valentine’s Day but I don’t think you need to spend a fortune to make it special.  There are lots of great ideas around the internet for things that you can make or you can make and then purchase.  Here are some of the ones I have thought about.



12 Months of Dates.  I am sure you have seen this on multiple blogs but Clean & Scentsible has free printables for it as well.  You can prepay for the dates or just have ideas for the following 12 months.  What an adorable (and thoughtful!) idea.


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Shutterfly Photo Books.  I am a huge fan of these books.  I make them all the time.  Watch for their sales because you can normally get free shipping and then some amount off.


If you don’t have as much time to make a Shutterfly book or want something a little smaller, have you heard of chatbooks?  They are smaller and you can make your own with one picture and captions on each page.  I made Josiah one for Christmas and he keeps it on his desk at work.  Use this code to receive your first one for free: 9PETNKKA.  Just download the app.



How about some food?  You can never go wrong with some homemade cookies or bread.  You put time into it and it tastes absolutely delicious!

Another cute idea is the Alphabet of Our Love.  I have seen a few versions of this but here is one from The Twinery Blog that came out really cute.

Buzzfeed has a great post on lots of ideas that you can check out right here.  If you find any other ideas I would love to hear them!




Happy New Year: 2015

Happy 2015 everyone!  I feel like time goes by so quickly and cannot imagine we are already in 2015!  This is going to be a fabulous (and busy!) year with wedding planning!  But I cannot wait!  I hope you and your families all have a blessed 2015!


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas to you and your families and friends!  I am wishing you a wonderful day full of laughter, love and remembering the true reason of the season.


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US!  I have so much to be thankful for this year.  I have an amazing family and amazing friends, a great job, a roof over my head, food to eat and oh so much more!  I wish you all a wonderful day with those you love and pray that as we officially kick of the holiday season we can remember why we celebrate the way we do and treat each other with love.

Psalm 92:2-3- Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

1 Thessalonians 5:18- give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

And here is a great article on when & why we started celebrating Thanksgiving.  I didn’t know that it wasn’t until President Lincoln made it an official holiday in 1863.  So thank you to President Lincoln and a lady named Sarah Josepha Hale for lobbying him to do so.

Now if you will excuse me I am going to sit back, watch the parade and then go eat some delicious food!  And I will probably be going shopping…. but not until tomorrow :)