Sunday, February 13, 2011

Last Minute I Love You's...No Rush Shipping Required

This is for those of you out there who are still scratching your head about what to give your Valentine, and for those of you who may not have a lot in the budget for frivolous gifts this year. Take heart, and remember, the best ways to say "I love you" don't come from the candy-laden aisles at Wal-mart, but from the heart. And letting someone know that you took the time & effort to be creative just for them can mean more than you could imagine. And it's totally ok to get your ideas from someone else. I do it all the time.

Here are a few last minute ideas that are perfect for Valentine's Day. I'm putting them out here in case you need to borrow them.

Heart-shaped PB&J's

Don't forget your cookie cutters aren't just for cookies. Use them to cut some hearts out of bread for sandwiches for your sweethearts. Cut a smaller heart on the top piece to let the strawberry jelly show through. My kids LOVE it when I make their sandwiches like this. Works great for toast, too!

Hot Cocoa with Marshmallow Hearts

I honestly can't remember where I first saw this idea. Maybe it was Martha, maybe it was a magazine, but either way, it's easy & fun & your Valentine will love it. Create these little hearts by starting with a jumbo marshmallow. Use some clean scissors to cut it in half to give you 2 discs.

Next, cut the bottom of the disc into a "V" shape as pictured:

And lastly, cut a small "V" at the top to finish it off.

Add these to your favorite hot chocolate & you're sure to get a smile. Click here to get a recipe for a yummy homemade version of a hot cocoa you'll love.

Your Undivided Attention

This may be the single greatest gift you can give to your Valentine, no matter who they are. We have arrived at a point in time where there are more things than ever that compete for our attention. TV, video games, internet, and phones are just a few of them. It's quite possible that the most romantic thing you could say to your Valentine is "My phone is off for you." You could spend $15 & buy this service-blocking hanky from Uncommon Goods to wrap your phone in during a romantic Valentine's dinner...
Or, you could simply turn off your electronic addictions & give someone your undivided attention this Valentine's Day. They'll love you for it.

I hope these ideas help you out. I'll be sharing them with a few of these sites.

Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. I love your ideas! I'm ashamed to say that I don't own even one heart-shaped cookie cutter (hoping the post-Valentine's Day sales will put an end to that!) so I especially like your marshmallow idea :)

  2. Julie- Love that little marshmallow trick...and now there are pink marshmallows and the little girls would love them. Thanks- Diana


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