The Highly Overrated Valentine’s Day

With or without a beau, I always have a fantastic Valentine’s Day.  It’s just another excuse to make sure you have fun!  Last year, I was taken out for dinner and given a bouquet of roses.  The typical Valentine’s tradition was placed upon me for the first time and I can confidently say that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be.  Ladies, do yourself a favor and make sure you have a man who can come up with something a little more creative to captivate your attention.  I have a feeling that I’m going to have more fun this year with my 7 year-old friend, Fionna, who I am watching over the weekend.  I have made plans to take her to Lowe’s on Saturday morning for their kid’s workshop, give her a Jamberry manicure, bake cookies, dance around the house, craft a heart puzzle wreath, and to go to see Paddington.  Sometimes it’s freeing (and let’s not forget exhausting) to be a kid again.

Needless to say, I have the house all decorated for our Valentine’s festivities.  Hopefully they will inspire you to get into the spirit.

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I used mini cupcake liners to hold these candlesticks into place.
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I often use cake stands and swatches of fabric to decorate tabletops.
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I keep my Christmas tree up and decorate it with hearts.
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I’m constantly changing the decor on my Hoosier. I got the Hoosier Mama Book of Pie as a Christmas present and now display it on a cookbook holder.

Tonight, I am taking the Valentine’s theme to a party at the VIM thrift shop where I volunteer. We’re hosting a ladies’ night for heart awareness month. We’re having blood pressure checks and giving tips on keeping your heart healthy. We have to have snacks that are a little more health conscious than I would normally make. I whipped up some marshmallow treats made with Cheerios.  I also gave myself a heart friendly manicure with my new Jamberries!

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Cheerio Marshmallow Treats
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Jamberry Manicure
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Cupcakes for Fionna
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Hop on the Jamberry Train

This weekend I am throwing a Jamberry party.  Some of you who are like me and aren’t always up on the latest at-home party services might not be sure what that might entail.  Well it’s an experience you won’t forget.  I attended my first Jamberry party a few weeks ago when I was asked by my friend Allison to attend her launch party.  This means that she was having a party to announce her new endeavor as a Jamberry sales rep.  I fell in love with the product as much as she did (though I won’t become a sales rep anytime soon…I have enough hobbies already).  Let me get right down to it!

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As you can see in the manicure I did yesterday, the index finger and the fourth finger have the Jamberry product.  The Jamberry is a nail applique that lasts about two weeks when applied correctly.  It’s basically a long-lasting nail sticker.  They come in sheets for $15.50 and you can get a whole lot of bang for your buck out of them.  It’s way cheaper than going to the salon.  The application process involves the use of your hair dryer (for heating up the Jamberry in order to form it to your finger) and your basic manicure set.  I like to use the Jamberries as accents but you are welcome to do all your nails at once.  I prefer to mix it up with my own collection of polishes to give it a more eclectic look.  Plus you can get more manicures out of your Jamberry sheet.  Just call me Bargain Betty.  You can check them out and place your order here.  The deadline is Friday at midnight!  Get your Jamberry on!

Christmas Time is Here!

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It’s been a busy month for Sadie and I.  We have been getting ready for Christmas…baking, decorating, and enjoying the festivities.  Sadie and I were able to spend a weekend with our friend in the DC area since Sadie conveniently lives in Arlington, VA.  The pictures above are from our day in DC.

Meanwhile, back in Jersey I am all set for Christmas with one day to spare.  I literally just finished wrapping presents for my family. Getting ready for Christmas is a long process.  I always decorate the house Thanksgiving weekend, shop for gifts Cyber Monday and the rest of that week, bake cookies the next week, and then finish tying up any lose ends the last week before wrapping up the season of shopping literally!  I’m currently sitting in my winter wonderland (pictures below) and watching the sappy Hallmark Christmas movies.  I have already watched a few of my holiday movie staples (The Holiday, The Family Stone, and Love Actually).  Have a holly jolly Christmas everyone!

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