Chicken Fried Rice

August 22, 2017

I’m going to be honest with you all and say that we are having a hard time finding some authentic and delicious Asian cuisine here in AZ.  Have we found Asian food here? Yes.  Is it always delicious? No. Lots of trial and error going on here. We have yet to find a teriyaki joint nearby which is rough because that was a once a week thing of us in WA.  However, we did have a big win on Saturday when we finally found a fantastic pho place and our hearts were all jumping for joy as we ate pho for the first in the three months.  The boys were relishing every sip.  It was pretty hilarious hearing them say, “Oh yeah, this is authentic…this is the good stuff.”

Another favorite of ours is fried rice and this recipe is easy enough for you to make at home and still taste as good as take out!  I actually did some research on this and found this food blogger guy who did several experiments using all different kinds of rice etc. and I was happy to learn that you do not need to cook the rice the day before.  You do however, need to have the rice cooled off.  For my recipe, I rinsed the rice, cooked it and then spread it on a sheet pan to cool for about 30 minutes while I did other stuff. Easy peasy.  Jasmine rice is ideal but you can use brown or regular long grain white like I did.

And you know me so you know this recipe is very quick and easy to come together. It was even faster because I used prepackaged rotisserie chicken but you can easily cook up some chicken (or really any meat).   I am a huge fan of the prepackaged rotisserie chicken from Costco.  I can get two to three meals out of one package and it’s just a perfect match for my lazy self.  Ha!

Of course you can add in any veggies you like but I kept this simple with the classic peas, carrots, green and white onions, and eggs.  It was sooooo good you guys! All my boys (including the big one) inhaled it and I even made a second batch for the next day’s lunch. Winner winner chicken fried rice dinner.  Hope you love it as much as we all did! Full recipe below.



Chicken Fried Rice

1.5 cups shredded chicken
1/2 onion, finely diced
1 Tablespoon butter*
3 chopped green onions
3 eggs
1 cup peas and carrots, thawed
3 cups cooked and cooled white rice
3 Tablespoons soy sauce (add more to taste)
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

  1. Melt butter on medium/ high heat in large pan and add in onion, carrots, peas and chicken. Cook 4-5 minutes until onions are tender and chicken is starting to brown.
  2. Move chicken mixture to one side of the pan and throw in eggs on the empty side. Cook until scrambled and break up as small you can.
  3. Turn heat to high and add in rice, soy sauce, sesame oil and green onions and cook on high, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Let the rice crisp a bit. Serve with sesame seeds on top.

*You can totally make this dairy/egg allergy friendly with margarine instead of butter and omitting the eggs. (I did this for Da Fuss).

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Terracotta Brown Sugar Savers

August 1, 2017

Yesterday,  I found myself in a real Mom predicament at Costco.  I needed brown sugar but they only had 25 pound bags of it.  I had to buy that bag or else I’d have to stop at the grocery store with three kids just for one item.  You feel my pain right?  I love to bake and make cookies but 25 pounds?  I knew I had enough storage containers at home for all of it but I knew that keeping all of it soft was going to be tricky especially out here in the desert.  I had heard that using bread or an apple slice kept it fresh but it kind of grossed me out leaving it in there for who knows how long.  When I got home, I did a little digging online and someone said terracotta would keep brown sugar soft and ready to use.  Huh? So of course I searched on Amazon and found these adorable and reusable terracotta disks. They are very simple to use since you just soak them for 15 minutes in water, dry them and then toss them in your brown sugar container.  It will keep your brown sugar soft for three months and then you just repeat the process again! Pretty amazing! Ignore me if you knew about these already!

The best part about these little cuties is that you can use them with anything you want to keep soft and fresh like marshmallows, dried fruit, cookies and cakes. You can even make already hard brown sugar soft again buy using them.  They are cheap, useful AND cute which makes them a winner in my book!  The perfect gift for your baker pals!  These ones came individually packed in a set of six for about $20.00  Click here to buy on Amazon.


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Gemstone Soaps

July 20, 2017

I must give credit where credit is due. My awesome gift giver husband gave me these for Mother’s Day and I just adore them!  I think they are so uniquely beautiful and useful.  Funny back story here; our middle child was/is really into rocks and collecting them.  I looked on my phone one morning and saw that there was an Amazon order for $50 worth of amethysts and other rocks.  I immediately reversed the charge and called my husband all upset that this kid ordered rocks without asking! How could he just spend $50 and not even think twice?  It was then that my husband told me that he had ordered them for me and they weren’t actually rocks but soap gemstones! Ha! I kind of ruined my own surprise but I still love them the same.  I immediately reordered them for myself and am so glad I did.

They smell so good and they actually work well. My hands feel clean after I use it and each gemstone lasts a long time!  I’ve been using the same one since May! I don’t know how they do it, but they look like real gemstones with pearly hues and veining.  I love looking at them when I wash my hands.  I told you I’m like a bird that loves shiny and pretty things.  

You can buy all different gemstones like jade, jaspar, moonstone, malachite, rose quartz, opal, aqua marine, amethyst, geode and amber. I plan on adding more to my collection. I think I’ll get the jade one next, it’s so pretty!  The prices range from $11-$20 per soap but they are large (see pic below).  Go to and search for “Gemstone Soap” and it will come up with many different options. Keep this idea in your back pocket for when you’re looking for something unique to give a friend or a fun way to treat yo’self.  Hope you love this fun gift idea as much as I do! 




15 minute Stir Fry

July 18, 2017

I love Asian food so much but cooking it? Not so much. I feel like a lot of the recipes I find call for 700 ingredients, many of which I’ll only use once.  This little pearl of a recipe is quite simple with no crazy-unique ingredients and with a couple shortcuts, it comes together so fast.

I picked up a pre-packaged bag of stir fry veggies and threw in a few more snap peas (our fave). If I had a little more time, I would have cut up an onion and some mushrooms too.  While the noodles cooked, I sliced up and cooked the chicken. The stir fry sauce is super simple and tastes perfect. Not too salty, not too tangy, not too sweet…just right! My boys asked for seconds and thirds! I kind of love one pot meals like this. The protein, starch and veggies in one pot is just my style.  I served it with some fresh strawberries on the side.  And for the record, a little Sriracha on this is (imagine me kissing my finger tips like an Italian would). Yum. Hope you enjoy this well rounded and quick little meal.

Full recipe below.



Chicken Noodle Stir Fry

12 oz chow mein or rice noodles
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 chicken breasts, sliced thinly
1 package of stir fry vegetables
1 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 1/2 Tablespoon fresh ginger
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2  teaspoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon sesame oil

Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook noodles. Rinse in cold water when done.
  2. While noodles are cooking, slice chicken.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in large skillet. Add in chicken and cook until done. Set aside.
  4. In same pan, add in stir fry veggies and cook until tender, 5-6 minutes.
  5. In small bowl, combine broth, soy sauce, ketchup, cornstarch and sesame oil.
  6. Add sauce mixture to veggies, add in chicken. Stir to combine. Cook until sauce thickens, 1-2 minutes.
  7. Pour chicken and veggie mix on top of noodles and stir to combine. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and enjoy.

Muy Easy Carne Guisada

July 11, 2017

This yummy meat dish is so muy delicioso and so muy easy. Just how I like it.  Not surprisingly, I don’t have a lot of motivation to cook with 110 degree weather but it’s odd because I still have a very intense desire to eat big and delicious meals preferably ones that I don’t have to cook.  Ha! Funny how that works. This is the next best thing though; a set-it-and-forget-it meal that is also super satisfying. If you’ve never had carne guisada, it is basically simply seasoned stew meat cooked in it’s own delicious gravy.  You typically eat this with some Mexican rice and tortillas.  It’s so full of flavor since it cooks for three hours and with simple ingredients, it’s just an all around winner.  The tender meat can easily be scooped up and eaten with a tortilla, you won’t even have to dirty a utensil. Ha!   You can make this stove top,  in the Instant Pot, or crock pot.  You just cannot mess this one up!

I love Costco’s precut stew meat because it’s excellent quality and well priced. My kids devour this so you can bet it’s a crowd pleaser.  I remember my  mom cooking an enormous amount of carne guisada for one of my brother’s wedding reception. Yep, that good. Good enough to share with all of your loved ones and easy enough to not stress over making it.

Full recipe below.
**I forgot to add in fresh garlic to the photo of ingredients**


Carne Guisada

green bell pepper
1 large onion
5 cloves of garlic
3 lb boneless beef shoulder roast (or stew meat)
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

2-3 tsp of salt (I used 2.5tsp)

1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp flour 
1. Cut up stew meat into inch cubes.  In a large pot, heat oil and add in stew meat.
2. Roughly chop tomatoes, pepper and onion and add to the meat.
3. Add in cumin, garlic, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
4. Cover and let it cook on low for 3 hours or until meat is tender. Stir occasionally.
5. About 30 minutes before it’s done, combine water and flour and mix well. Add mixtures to meat and simmer last 30 minutes.

HELLO! And goodbye dry summer feet!

July 8, 2017

I’m baaaaaaaack. I feel terrible it’s been so long since I’ve blogged, but it feels great to have some time to dedicate to it again.  It’s a nice non-“mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom” outlet for me.  I looked at the date of my last blog post and noticed it was right around the time that we were making the life changing decision to uproot our family (and everything else that goes along with that).  So.Much.Stress. Never did I think we’d be living in Arizona, but here we are and we’re loving it!  I finally feel like I’ve got things pretty close to ‘normal.’ Cue angels singing Hallelujah!

We love Arizona, though at times it feels like I’m an alien on a foreign planet.  It’s polar opposite from Seattle in so many ways.  Even with the extreme desert heat, we still enjoy the sunshine and feel grateful for it every day. One thing is constant though – I miss all my Washington connections a lot. Years of relationships and friendships are very difficult to leave. Good thing we’ll be back each summer to see all our lovely PNW peeps. Arizona has treated us well already with lots of new budding friendships and we were blessed to choose a fabulous neighborhood with so many sweet and kind hearted people. I’ve kind of been blown away with the genuine kindness of people here.  New adventures are so scary but so fun! Okay, back to bloggity blogging.

Arizona’s desert weather brought out a problem I’ve never had before. To be honest, I’ve never suffered with dry or cracked feet in my life, but the lack of humidity and daily sandal wearing did a number on my feet. Gross, gross, I know. But truth is truth.  I found this gem product called “O’Keefe’s For Healthy Feet Foot Cream” on Amazon (duh).  O’Keefe’s had quite a lot of hype in the reviews but I was a little skeptical that it would be different than any other moisturizing cream available. Wrong.  I applied it to both of my feet each night and by the 6th day, they were almost completely healed, moisturized and super soft.  They feel and look amazing! I mean, compared to the peeling-dry-scratch-your-bedsheets feet I had before.  I’ll spare you the before/after pics but trust me there was a dramatic difference. I’m sold on this stuff and will never stop using it! The instructions say to use at night, so that’s what I did.  One thing I didn’t like is the sticky residue left on my hands after applying. You’ll definitely want to wash your hands after putting it on. It doesn’t have the consistency of a typical body butter; it’s more silky, but also kind of watery.   I read in several reviews that it took some people a couple weeks to start working, so I suppose it depends on how dry your feet are. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you. Here’s to soft and smooth summer feet! It sells for around $9 on Amazon (Click here to see on Amazon. ) and you can buy this at a lot of other places too.  By the way, their hand cream is also fabulous!



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Chatbooks – Everything you need to know!

March 9, 2017

If you already do the whole Chatbooks thing, ignore this post.  I just felt that this service and product is so amazing that I had to make sure everyone knew about it! I started with this service about three years ago and I haven’t looked back! They are cherished little 6×6 inch books that I keep in my living room and because they are so cheap, I don’t fret when I find them in the boy’s bedroom or in the bathroom! (Their reading material choice sometimes). A few of mine are beat up but again, cheap! So I suppose I will let my littles enjoy them too. Ha! We all love just picking one up and reading through.

Chatbooks really simplifies photo books by automatically taking care of it for you. And it’s just my style because I’m lazy when it comes to journaling, photobooks and scrapbooks etc.  I don’t want to take the time to scrapbook but I love the idea.

The way it works is you download the Chatbooks app on you phone. I have linked my Instagram to it so it’s even more effortless. Each time you post an Instagram photo, it will automatically add it to your current Chatbook. Once you have 60 pages worth of photos, Chatbooks will automatically bill you eight dollars and ship it to you with no shipping costs.  They will alert you once your book is complete and remind you to edit your book before they print it. You can choose your cover photo and edit any captions.  There have been times I decided to delete some photos from the book or add in different photos from my iPhone photos. You can pay an additional five dollars for hard cover books too! Note: You do not have to use Instagram to make the books. You can totally plug in photos from your phone manually too!

And because they thought of everything, if you sign up and see that you have 15 books worth of photos that you want printed, they offer to just send you one a month until you’ve caught up since you most likely aren’t making them at the rate of one a month. You can also just pay for all 15 books at the beginning to get caught up. Either way, it’s awesome! My parents and family like to pick them up and just thumb through them when they are visiting. They would be a great gift for grandparents!

So, if you want a super simple and cheap way to keep those adorable pics you’re posting, this is it! Couldn’t be easier! Chatbooks has been an awesome company to work with and they have fabulous customer service. Read more on their website HERE.  I do not have any affiliation with Chatbooks and have not been paid for this review. Just purely sharing a fabulous service!



Simple Meal Planning – How I get it done.

February 3, 2017

Brace yourself for lots of words. I try to keep my posts short and sweet but this topic takes some explaining.  Meal planning is one of those things that can be tedious to do but pays off in the long run.  I know there are many ways that work for people but I have had a few friends ask me how I do it,  so I thought I’d share how I roll!

I’m not huge into super complicated processes for meal planning. I can’t decide if it’s because I’m efficient or just lazy. Maybe a little of both.  Ha!   This process has worked for years for me.  With investing a little time every couple weeks, you’ll always have ingredients for several meals on hand at any given time. There is a catch for the way I do it but it’s not too hard to do. Follow my easy steps and get rid of that “Ugh, what should I make for dinner tonight?” feeling. Theeeee worst.

The very first thing you have to do is make a spreadsheet either in Excel or on your Google Drive where you will add every single recipe you make. This will be your database of recipes.  This step is necessary and very important.  I like Google Drive for a million reasons but one of the reasons is that I can access it from anywhere at anytime. If I’m in a pinch and need a meal idea on the spot, I can open it up on my phone app and be instantly inspired while standing in the aisle at the grocery store. Creating the meal database didn’t take me near as long as I thought it would. We did this one night as a family so the kids chimed in with what they liked and it came together quickly. It probably took me 30 minutes to set up. Keep it simple. Categorize your spreadsheet however you prefer but I did the following categories:

Meal Name

Lord Business told me I should make a “Ranking” category but I really I don’t make any meals unless they are A or B ranking.  Who is going to repeat a C rated meal? Not me. After you make your categories, just get to work racking your brain. This step is crucial because it will streamline your meal planning from here on out. The more the better. See image below for a glimpse of mine.  For example you’ll add in recipes like this:

Meal Name: Spaghetti & Meatballs
Type: Entree
Meat: Ground Beef
Speed: 30 minutes
Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe


Meal Name: Chicken Noodle Soup
Type: Soup
Meat: Chicken
Speed: 30 minutes

Under “Source” you put wherever you get that recipe from. Do you get it from an online website?  You don’t have to put the actual URL but can just put the title. Do you get it from a favorite recipe book? Put the title there. I like to use abbreviations like Pioneer Woman is PW or Our Best Bites is OBB.  If it’s a recipe from my own brain, I just put “Laurel.” Once that’s all done, you are ready to roll.

What works for me is to open up that list two times a month. Every two weeks I will pull 8-10 meals from my list and write the meals down on one piece of paper and then on another piece of paper I make the shopping list for what I need for those meals. I do 8-10 meals because we got out to eat or we’ll have leftovers or to be brutally honest, some nights are cereal or sandwich nights. Is my Cherrios and milk recipe Instagram worthy? Ha!  Anyway, for example on one piece of paper I’ll have my meals for that two week time period:

BBQ Pork Sliders
Hawaiian Haystacks
Chicken Tacos
Chicken Noodle Soup
Turkey Chili
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Homemade Pizzas

And on another piece of paper I’ll have my ingredients list. For example I’d have:

Pork Roast
BBQ Sauce
Slider rolls
Chow Mein Noodles
Green onions
Chicken Broth
Ground Turkey (2)
Black & Kidney Beans
Tomato Sauce
Bell Peppers
Cream Cheese

Of course my ingredients list would be much longer (or shorter) for whatever you have on hand already. I also add tons of staples that I use in the house at any given time like orange juice, bread, eggs, bagels, chips, cereal and other snacks. Every two weeks I do a ‘big shop’ where I go to Costco to load up on granola bars, meats, eggs, and anything I can get from my list. Then I head to stores like Fred Meyer or Safeway to get the smaller things from my list. I do this two times a month and it takes me based on where I live (10 min from Costco etc.) about 3 hours from start to finish. Finish as in groceries are put away and I’m done and exhausted, but relieved.  I also buy food that I commonly make as sides to meals. For our family that’s broccoli, green beans, fruit, cottage cheese, salad mixes etc.

The piece of paper with the list of meals on it is crucial so it’s best to either transfer those meals onto a calendar or stick on your fridge or somewhere where you won’t lose it.  I’ve lost my list a few times and I have a hard time remembering what I wrote down. A lot of times my oldest son will come home from school and look at the list and say, “Oh hmmm, let’s have X for dinner tonight.” I don’t like holding myself hostage to the idea of having a certain meal on a certain day because sometimes I don’t feel like putting forth the effort for that particular meal or we just don’t feel like eating it.

Some things to think about when you are meal planning. 1. Do you have a busy couple of weeks? If so, add in a bunch of slow cooker or Instant Pot meals. Keep it simple for yourself  2. Is the weather hot/cold? When it’s hot, look for salads or lighter meals. When it’s cold, add in more soups, comfort food etc. 3. Are you working towards a health goal? Maybe cut out pasta/rice in that two week time period and add in more low carb/healthy options.  I personally meal plan based on how busy my weeks are for our family so I usually have my calendar open simultaneously while planning. So if I’m slammed on a few early afternoons, I’ll add in extra simple meals to be prepared. Enter Instant Pot…:D

The actual meal planning part where you sit down to write it all down shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes every couple weeks. If you have a little more time to plan, you can browse on the Internet and add in new meals to try.  Then you can add them to your list if you love them!  The “BIG SHOP” is what takes much more time and effort but if you do right, you only have to do it every couple of weeks. Sure, you may have to make quick pit stops to get more bread or some fresh veggies and fruit but you can’t ever avoid that for too long anyway.

I hope you have been inspired to start meal planning if you don’t already. I’m not huge into freezer meals (they usually taste funny to me) but I know there are lots of other short cuts you can take. I know some people make double the amount and eat the left overs the next night.  I personally am a little picky and only eat leftovers of certain meals so I don’t usually make much  more than we’ll eat in one night. Like I said, this works for me beautifully and I love being able to make several meals at any given time. Thanks for making it this far!



Easy Poached Huevos Rancheros

February 2, 2017

Oh man, these huevos rancheros are so delicious! I put these right up there with tacos. Yes, I just put these on the same top shelf as the beloved and versatile taco. Don’t lose culinary respect for me quite yet.  I’m the kind of gal that can eat salsa by the spoonfuls and wash it down with some horchata. I guess you can say I a Mexi-fan. (I just made that up).  Anything Mexican, I want it.  Sometimes all I want in my life is some fresh and soft pan dulce with a mug of Mexican hot chocolate. I get a little self conscious when I’m with friends at a Mexican restaurant because I get the corn chips and just spoon the salsa into my mouth. Quieres mas salsa? Si, por favor.  Okay, I’m distracted and hungry. Back to eggs! That’s what makes these eggs so amazing. The super simple and robust flavor of the salsa with it. Eggs are good. But with salsa? And beans? And queso fresco?  Are you starting to understand my adoration for this stuff? So.much. flavor. You can eat these plain with some toast and bacon on the side or you can eat them the way I prefer which is on a bed of beans on top of a tostada. Party in your mouth.

And to give credit where credit is due, my fabulous sister-in-law made them for me a couple years ago and once you have had them,  I guarantee you’ll want them again and again!  If you are craving a simple and traditional Mexican breakfast, give this recipe a try. Huevos rancheros is just Spanish for ‘ranch eggs’ and were commonly eaten and prepared this way by farmers and ranchers in Mexico.  All they are are some eggs with some kind tomato based salsa, but that makes them sounds so basic and these are not just your basic eggs and salsa. What I love about this recipe is that I can throw it together in literally 15-20 minutes. And if I close my eyes and concentrate enough,  I feel like I’m sitting at our favorite breakfast cafe in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with the breeze in my hair, the sound of the markets around me and the smell of fresh corn tortillas. You can’t really mess this one up, so give this tasty and different breakfast a try!  Full recipe below.



Look for “Mexican Style” tomatoes. You have to use Mexican style or stewed tomatoes with added peppers and onions or similar.


Cooking finely chopped onions. Is there a better smell on earth?


Don’t hold back on that cilantro! It cooks down and adds so much flavor.


In my 12 inch sized skillet, I was able to fit six eggs perfectly.


Perfectly poached. 


***Sidenote, I love my pampered chef small steamer I bought years and years ago at a garage sale for 25 cents.  I just throw my canned beans in there, a little water so it’s not so thick, some dried onion, cumin, garlic and pepper and they come out of the microwave tasting homemade without all the work. My steamer is old and ugly  but I LOVE it.  Click ====>>>> Pampered Chef Small Micro-Cooker  to see it on Amazon for $17.98.


Huevos Rancheros

4-6 eggs
1/2 jalapeno, minced (optional)
1/4 large onion, chopped finely
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cans of Mexican stewed tomatoes
1 can refried beans
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste **Don’t forget to season and taste to your liking**
queso fresco
corn tostadas

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add in minced jalapeño and onion. Cook until tender.
2. In a blender, blend canned tomatoes just blended, not too long!
3. Add blended tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper into saucepan.  Stir and turn to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes to let flavors meld.
4. In steamer or small saucepan, add can of beans, about 3 Tablespoons of water, some dried onion flakes, pepper and a dash of cumin and heat. Set aside.
5. Crack eggs and carefully place them into the hot salsa. Use a spoon to make a little hole for eggs. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes on low or until the eggs are to your liking. I like over-medium.
6. Spread a layer of beans on a tostada, place egg and salsa on beans and garnish with cilantro and cheese.


Family Valentine’s Day Ideas

January 31, 2017

I love Valentine’s Day. I know some people dislike it because they feel that it’s a marketing ploy to get us all to spend lots of money for something we should be showing all year round but the way I see it, showing love is always a great thing. It’s a positive and sweet reason to celebrate! Why not? Why not spend an entire day (or month) to make everyone special to you feel extra loved?  If it doesn’t hurt anyone, I’m down. So major corporations, TAKE MY MONEY because I will happily spend a little extra to make it special for my loves.

I have scoured the Internet for creative and easy ideas along with a few of my own to help you give your loved ones a little extra affection this Valentine’s Day.  I appreciate fun family traditions but I also am not very interested in spending so much time stressing myself out doing things that are time consuming or complicated. Here we go!

I loved this idea from Mom On Timeout.  She put together an adorable and custom coupon book. All you have to do is print, customize and assemble.  I know my big kids will definitely find this really fun! She has the template all ready for you to go! Cheap, customized for kids of all ages (and spouses)…easy enough!  Click here ==>>>Valentine Coupon Book



I am definitely doing this one from Skip To my Lou. All you need is a package of heart doilies or you can cut out hearts yourself. Each day you write something you love about that person and put it on their door or somewhere they will see it. Do it each day from February 1st to the 14th and make someone smile. This is also known as a ‘heart attack’! I did this for Lord Business’s 35 birthday and put 35 hearts with things we loved about him taped to the inside of his car the night before so he saw it early when he went to work the next day. Cheesy? Yes. Did it make him smile and feel loved? YES.  Bring on the cheese!  Click Here ===>>> Valentine Heart Attack



The Dating Divas nailed it with these really sweet printables for your kid’s lunch for Valentine’s Day. They even have some for your spouse which would be fun! I like to pack a special treat for the holidays for our boys.  I think even putting some confetti in their lunches would be such a fun surprise too!  Simple and easy! Click here===>>>>Lunch Box Printables



Over The Big Moon did a nice round up for 10 great Valentine’s picture books. I love getting my boys a Valentine’s book each year.  Pretty cheap and a fun tradition. And a book about love? Who can resist? Love love it.  Target always has a nice display of seasonal books and of course Amazon has tons!



Socks! One thing I like to do every year is give my boys some socks and a card on Valentine’s Day morning. “I love you from your head to your toes!” They love it and it’s just a small gesture that goes a long way plus you can cross off socks from your Christmas stocking stuffers and move that to Valentine’s Day. Ha!  Marshalls and TJ Maxx always has a nice variety of good quality name brand socks.  Every now and then I’ll find Happy Socks brand men’s socks there (Lord Business’ faves). I found two pairs he didn’t already have so he’ll be thrilled in a couple weeks! Marshalls and TJ Maxx also have some really cool 3D greeting cards for much cheaper than you’d find at Target. I got my Valentine’s cards there, cheaper and very cute!



This has been our ‘go to’ for thoughtful and simple flirting. Beyond easy and a pleasant surprise in the morning when you look in the mirror. You can write sweet nothings for your spouse or words of affirmation for your teenagers or littles. Shortly after we were married, Lord Business wrote “You are beautymart” on the mirror for me. He combined the words beautiful and smart. So sweet and I’ll always remember that kind compliment. Mirror messages are SO fun and EASY.


I hope you were inspired with some ridiculously simple and fun ways to show love to your family this year! The world needs as much as love as it can get so why not start in your own home?