How Valentine’s Day Changed My Life…

    This Valentine's Day will make eighteen years since I met my husband for the first time.  I can still remember that day like it was yesterday... He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina at the time and we met in a chat room online.  Neither one of us had ever done that before but we really seemed to connect and had so many things in common.  That weekend, he had called me to tell me that he would be unable to take leave and drive up to New York with his roommate because he had been assigned guard duty.     Of course, I was extremely disappointed that I would not be able to see him but I resigned myself to the fact and just tried to keep busy.  Sometime in the evening, I received a call from Ben telling me that his roommate would be stopping off at my house on his way to Jersey to drop off my Valentine's Day present.  I could hear a lot of noise in the background during the call and he assured me that they were just running drills … [Read more...]

Dollar Store DIY: Heart Plate Wall Hanging

    Valentine's Day is right around the corner and couples are getting ready to celebrate their love for one another.  Now that I am a mom, I like to include my sons in all of our holiday celebrations.  Some of the ways that I express how much I love them is by making little sweetheart packages for them every year that contain some of their favorite chocolates and sweets.       I also like to create personalized gifts for them without spending a lot of money.  This year, I spent some time in our local Dollar Store and shopped around for some affordable arts and crafts.  Since we just bought them a new bedroom set and are redecorating their bedroom, I thought making a heart plate wall hanging would be the perfect gift for this Valentine's Day.  Not only can they hang it up in their room, but every time they look at it they will be reminded of how much I love both of them. Dollar Store DIY: Heart Plate Wall … [Read more...]

Cheap Valentine’s Day Ideas

    Let's face it, while most of us really enjoy celebrating Valentine's Day with our sweethearts, it can sometimes turn out to be a pretty expensive holiday.  The problem is that it lands less than three months after Christmas so many are still recovering from all the money they spent in December buying presents.  It's important to remember, however, that making time to show your partner how you feel about them and enjoying some romance together is a necessary part of having a good relationship.  The good news is that you can show your honey how much you love him or her without spending a lot of money. Make a love coupon book Love coupons are a great way to surprise your special someone on Valentine's Day.  You can create or print ones that are filled out already and also include blank ones that your partner can fill out with whatever task they want you to complete.  Some of the tasks that you can include on the coupons are enjoying a home cooked … [Read more...]

Show Love With Peanuts This Valentine’s Day! @Snoopy #Giveaway #Ad

    It's almost Valentine's Day and we are all trying to figure out creative and romantic ways to demonstrate to our sweethearts how much we love them.  Not to mention looking forward to all the chocolate treats that we also get to indulge in just because it's a special holiday.  Many of you probably don't know that, over the years, Charles Schulz created dozens of Valentine’s Day-themed Peanuts comic strips.       Many of the strips revolve around Charlie Brown’s eagerness to receive valentines…only to be disappointed, every. single. time. In several of the strips, Charlie Brown watches longingly as Snoopy sits on top of his doghouse reading his stacks of valentines—while his own mailbox remains embarrassingly empty.     At other times, Charlie Brown’s stomach is in knots as he focuses on getting a valentine from the Little Red-Haired Girl or giving one to her, but he never quite manages to get up the nerve to approach her. … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Poker Chip Heart Wreath

    I've always loved Valentine's Day.  Not only is it a special holiday for demonstrating your love for your sweetheart, but it is a lot of fun to get the kids involved and show them how important it is to tell their loved ones how they feel about them.       One of the ways that I have always gotten our boys involved during this sweet time of the year is by spending time doing arts and crafts with them.  Not only do they love creating things with their hands, but they also adore being able to spend this quality time with my husband and I.  This year, we decided that we wanted to come up with a unique Valentine's Day activity so we got really creative! Valentine's Day Poker Chip Heart Wreath Make this easy and inexpensive Valentine’ Day poker chip heart wreath in just minutes and with minimal supplies. Here is how you can get started.

 Supplies needed:
 Red and white poker chips (check your local dollar store) Hot glue, glue … [Read more...]

7 Healthy And Easy Valentine’s Day Snack Ideas

    Do you love celebrating Valentine’s Day but hate all of the sweet and sugary treats that come with it? Valentine’s Day can quickly turn into a sugar overload if you aren’t careful, but the good news is you do have some healthy alternatives. If you are looking for some tasty yet healthy Valentine’s Day treats, look no further. Take a peek below at 7 healthy and easy Valentine’s Day snack ideas, perfect for treating the sweethearts in your life! 

1. Grape Hearts. Take red grapes and slice them at an angle. Then, skew the two halves onto a toothpick matching the angles so they look like a heart. This is an easy snack for kids to make, and they will love dipping the grape hearts into yogurt dip or other fruit dips. 2. Banana Boats.
 Peel a banana and put it in a sundae dish. Add healthy toppings such as dried fruit, nuts, and coconut. For a little Valentine’s Day color, you can garnish with a few Conversation Hearts. This is a great way to eat healthy while getting … [Read more...]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Snoopy And Belle! @Snoopy #ThePeanutsMovie #Giveaway #Belle #Ad

    Ever since our boys were younger, we have always made sure that they were included in every holiday celebration.  For Valentine's Day every year, I have always made them goodie bags full of sweets and chocolate as well as gotten them little plush animals that they could cuddle with.  They have come to expect these little tokens of love whenever February rolls around.       Now that they are older, they usually bring treats into school to celebrate Valentine's Day with their teacher and classmates.  As you can see from the photos, my son is ready to start preparing his valentines and other treats to give out to his friends for their party Thursday.  It's a very sweet way to show his appreciation for his friends.     Last Saturday, adorable 10-year-old actress Francesca Capaldi—who stars as Charlie Brown’s beloved Little Red-Haired Girl in The Peanuts Movie, the 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios’ Peanuts 3D feature film debuting worldwide on Nov. 6—hosted a … [Read more...]

My Heart Belongs To You This Valentine’s Day! #MyHeartBelongsToYou #Giveaway

    Valentine's Day is a week away and many sweethearts are scrambling, at the last minute, to buy the perfect gift for their true love.  I am definitely one of them because I am desperately trying to get my husband something that he will never forget this year.  He is a great spouse and a wonderful father and I want to demonstrate to him just how much I love him.  It's a little easier to buy gifts for us ladies.  After all, what woman doesn't love diamonds or jewelry?     This lovely Topaz Heart Pendant from Super Jeweler is waiting to be won by someone who will love it. The pendant is made with 10k white gold. The blue topaz and diamond pendant have a total gem weight of 1/2 ct. Diamond content is .005 ct in I/J color and 12 clarity. It comes attached on a complementary 18" chain. The chain is delicately made and goes well with almost any outfit. Let's Discuss:  What types of gifts have you received for Valentine's Day throughout your life? GIVEAWAY: One lucky person is going … [Read more...]

Woo Your Sweetheart This Valentine’s Day! @PromoCodesSave #Ad

*I participated in this compensated campaign on behalf of PromotionalCodes.com. I received a promotional item to facilitate this post and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.       Every year I have the same problem during the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day.  Not only is it hard for me to find the perfect gift for my husband, but it is also difficult to try to stay on a budget when it comes to buying something for one's sweetheart.  After all, I would like to say that I have an unlimited supply of funds to buy him anything that he wants but the reality is that I do have to stay within a certain price range.     This is exactly why I love using PromotionalCodes.com to help me save money on every purchase that I make online.  They make it so easy to take advantage of literally thousands of coupons from some of your favorite retail stores.  When you use their coupons, you can save 10%, 20% and even 60% or more off purchases and cash in on free … [Read more...]

My Valentine’s Day Playlist! #Troop8x #HTC8X

      Valentine's Day is an extremely romantic time for my husband and I because we met on Valentine's day weekend 15 years ago.  He was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina at the time and he surprised me by showing up on my parents' doorstep unexpectedly with roses.     Unfortunately, social media and technology was not as advanced back then as it is now so I don't have photos and posts to remember those first blissful moments.  However, one thing that is timeless and has always been around is music.  There are many songs that my husband and I have shared over the years that have become part of our Valentine's Day playlist.     As we near the 15th anniversary of the day we met on February 12th, I would like to share this playlist with all of you to bring a little romance into your life that you can share with that special someone.  So, without further ado, here is the Tough Cookie Mommy Valentine's Day Playlist:           As you can … [Read more...]