Valentine's Day Ideas * Crafts & DIY Projects

I just adore this big Red Heart from Little Peanut. It reminds me of the tissue paper hearts we made in elementary school for Valentine's Day. 

Old fashioned Vintage Valentine's are other love of mine. The graphics and sayings are just so charming. I have the sweetest old valentine that was given to my great-grandmother that I place on my mantel every year. A local antique shop here in Provo, UT has a whole collection of vintage valentines. I am making Creative Breathing's Vintage Valentine Wreath  this year. 
Craftberry Bush has directions for this lovely Heart & Love Sheet Music Wreath. It easy to make and you probably have all the supplies already on hand.
I love that this Simple Punch Ruffle Wreath is so easy even the least crafty of us all can make it.
Make some cute DIY Arrows to go with your hearts for a Valentine's Day Mantel decor. Your kids will surely be tempted to play with them. I promise. 
Do you have some fire wood logs? This is such a fun and very simple home decorating idea from Today's Fabulous Finds. Carve you and your lover's initials into a "tree"  for Valentine's Day-
I Love You Log.

Happy Decorating xo

April- founder & editorial director

Avocado Party Dip Recipe * Game Day Food

This simple Avocado Party Dip will be the rave of our party. It's soooo addicting so be sure to make extra. You might even want to make a batch for yourself.

  • 2 Large Haas Avocados
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

In a small mixing bowl add all ingredients squeezing in the juice of the lime. Smash together with a fork. Top with a light sprinkling of red pepper for garnish.

Serve with tortilla chips, veggies or potato chips. Enjoy!

Note: The lime keeps the avocado from turning brown. I left mine out for a good hour to test it and it works quite nicely.

Here are some supplies for serving your party dip similar to the ones pictured above. 

Marble & Wood Cheese Boards at William Sonoma

It's Snowing * Cozy Up Collection of Ideas

"Oh, the weather outside is frightful," for many of us this week. Massive amounts of snow have been dumped. Did you see that time lapse video of the snow falling on someone's back porch in Virginia? The snow buried their patio furniture!

I wander into Food 52's online shop today and saw this photo and was immediately inspired by it. I just love sitting next to my fireplace with a nice fire going. As you can see in their photo if you don't have a working fireplace some great pillar candles will do a in a pinch.

I have some Cozy ideas for those of you staying inside and staying warm. Maybe a date night idea for this weekend? Or a nice cozy evening after winter snow fun?

Let's pop some popcorn the old fashioned way over an open fire. The long handle and those stars on the top! Plus it's only $30!! A fun night in by the fire with a popcorn treat.
Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper Food 52

Cozying up in the winter requires a nice warm throw or blanket. Pottery Barn has a lovely collection of faux fur throws and pillow covers or you can go for a gray one from Target.
I bought one for Christmas and it's everyone's favorite. I think I will be ordering more so no one has to fight over it.
Pottery Barn Faux Fur Throw
Threshold Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Hot cocoa is a must for snow days. For a while my son Tanner had to have a cup of hot cocoa every day. He would it with some crunchy toast for breakfast.
Popcorn and creamy frothy cocoa in front of the fire after a day of playing in the snow sledding, building snowmen or skiing some like the perfect evening.
Breville Milk Cafe Electric Frother

For family night or a date night in skip your dessert and make some decadent hot chocolate. This recipes look amazingly delicious and sure to tempt you.

  1. Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate
  2. Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha
  3. S'mores Hot Chocolate
  4. Cheesecake Hot Chocolate-I know! I'm intrigued by this and must try it.
Board games are so fun to play together. Everyone gets a chance to sit down and play, visit and bond. It's one of my favorite family time activities. Plus it's free. Gather the fresh popped popcorn, yummy hot chocolate and wrap up in your cozy blanket to play games.
Loving the Luxury Edition of Clue

Get to know you games are great even if you think you know someone really well. You might be surprised. 

If it's a date night in why not learn some new card games together. Loving this instructional book.

What do you do to cosy up with it cold outside?

xo April