The Week of Love

Valentine’s Day is almost here!!

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Valentine’s day is such a fun holiday!

Everyone is happy and feeling the love on Valentine’s Day! Even if you don’t have a significant other to celebrate with, it is still such a sweet day. It’s the perfect day to spend time and talk with all of the people in your life that you love including friends and family.

In honor of the week of love, I’m sharing some of my favorite Valentine’s Day ideas:

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Starting with Outfits:

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How pretty is this dress for a date night out on Valentine’s Day?!

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Not doing anything fancy? No date for the night?

This shirt is for you! Who doesn’t love tacos??

Dress and Tee can both be found @ Southern Charm Boutique!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts:
Harry and I usually stick to simple yet meaningful gifts for Valentine’s Day.
Some things that come to mind from previous years:

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I made this cute little jar for Harry years ago when we were still in college! It’s still fun to go through the jar and read some of the things that I wrote. It always reminds me of our “dating” “pre- marriage” days!

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LOL, these are a few that make me smile 🙂

Simple gift, yet meaningful!

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Harry and I have always given each other silly cards too and we write sweet messages on the inside! A card is something so simple yet can mean so much. Harry gave me this one a couple of years ago!

Some other gifts that come to mind are:

-Heart shape doughnuts from Krispy Kreme

-Your time! Plan an evening with your special someone, it can mean a fancy dinner or pajamas & take out food! There is absolutely no better gift than giving someone your time.

I like to keep Valentine’s Day fun and light hearted! ❤

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This idea is for Teachers: Valentine gift idea for Students:
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I used this idea for my students last year and it turned out so cute that I’m using the idea again this year!!
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Valentine’s Day Dessert:

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Strawberry Buttermilk Cupcakes by Mix and Match Mama!

These are AMAZINGGG! Seriously, probably the best cupcakes I have EVER had. I made these cupcakes last summer and I’ve been looking for an excuse to make them again. I instantly thought about this recipe for Valentine’s Day!

Shopping List:

For the cupcakes:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup of chopped strawberries
For the frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
A splash or two of buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of chopped strawberries
Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line 2 (12 count) muffin tins with paper liners.
In a large mixing bowl, cream your butter and sugar together.  Next, beat in one egg at a time.  Beat in your vanilla.
In a second large bowl, combine your flour, baking soda and salt together with a spoon.
Slowly beat in a little of the flour mixture into your butter mixture.  Then beat in a little buttermilk.  Repeat two or three times or until everything is incorporated.  Do not over beat your batter.
Stir in your strawberries.
Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 of the way full of batter.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let cupcakes rest in pan 10 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
To make your frosting, beat your butter with powdered sugar.  Add in a splash of buttermilk.  Add more buttermilk if your frosting is too thick and more powdered sugar if it’s too thin.  Once it reaches the desired consistency, stir in your vanilla and chopped strawberries.
Frost cooled cupcakes.  Keep any leftovers refrigerated.
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Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!
XOXOXOXO,
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