Post Valentine’s Celebrations

So Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to be.

Even if you don’t have a Valentine per-say, this is a great time to hang out with your girls and do something fun.

Here are some really fun things to do to celebrate Heart Day with your best friends:

  1. Cook something! – cook together or have a pot luck at one of your apartments, making one fantastic meal for everyone to enjoy with a glass of wine. There are tons of fun meal ideas on Pinterest to try!
  2. Have a glam night – get dolled up in “going out” outfits, your heels, and sparkly make out, hit a bar or a club, dance, and have a great, carefree time! What could be better than dancing with your girls?
  3. Spa day – treat yourselves to a spa day! Get facials, massages, and gossip in the sauna for a relaxing and fun time.
  4. Have a fondue/dessert night – set up fondue, get lots of great stuff to dip, play board games, and have a night full of sweet treats. Isn’t Valentine’s Day meant for chocolate?
  5. Have a movie night – pop the popcorn and get out the Diet Cokes, it’s time for a movie night! Watch your favorite love flicks like The Notebook or go old school with some Mary Kate and Ashley films! It will have you laughing and crying.

Whatever you do, make sure to celebrate with your friends! Enjoy the last of this Valentine’s season whether you love it or hate it and make it a night (or day) to remember.

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Books on my Shelf: Love Stories

Since it’s still Valentine’s Day week (even though the holiday technically passed!) I thought it’d be fun to write about some of my favorite love novels. These portray the best love stories that I just couldn’t put down.

Here they are:

  1. Nicholas Sparks books, particularly The Best of Me, Dear John, and The Choice – sorry for being so cliche but I really love these books. I get so obsessed with them! Sparks has an amazing way of writing a love story that makes any girl swoon. These are a great book to read over and over again and the movies that go along with them are also great (but not nearly as good as the books!). I also can’t wait to see the movie Safe Haven. And as one side note…check out this awesome Levo League article about how to write like Nicholas Sparks. Love that!
  2. The Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brashares – this is an amazing love story with so many complexities. It truly tells a great story that is sure to keep you guessing!
  3. Sarah Dessen books, particularly Along for the Ride, Just Listen, and Lock and Key – These are some of the best books that I have ever read and will always be my favorites. They all center around love and relationships and have well developed characters you can’t help but love. I haven’t read the latest one yet, but can’t wait to over spring break!
  4. The Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin – I’ve blogged about this book before, because it is one of my most recent favorites. This is a fantastic love story with so many twists and turns that you’ll be dying to know what happens next. I can’t wait to read the rest of Giffin’s books in the hopes of them being just as amazing as this one.
  5. The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Stittenfeld – this is definitely a different love story. It’s totally unique. I thought it was really great though and really interesting to read. Definitely something new when you are looking of an unconventional love story.

What are your favorite love stories? Any good recommendations?

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Beauty Blitz: In the Pink

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s time to get dressed up in shades of pink for the day, and that doesn’t omit your makeup!

Check out these amazing products to complete your Heart Day look today!:

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Smashbox Blush | Amazing Grace | Sephora Eyeshadow | Urban Decay Eyeshadow | Butter Nail Lacquer | Sephora Retractable Brush | Stila Color Balm | Dior Lip Gloss | Urban Decay Glitter Liner | OCC Colour Concentrate | Makeup Forever Eyeshadow | Coach Poppy Fragrance | Hand Food Hand Cream | Lavanila Deodorant

 

As Seen on Pinterest: Heart Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, this As Seen on Pinterest edition obviously centers all around the heart-obsessed, pink studded holiday.

There are so many great ideas for Valentine’s Day on Pinterest. I seriously don’t know what people did before Pinterest, especially when it came to Valentine’s Day!

V-day is such a great holiday to craft and bake for, and especially make cards for!

Here are some Pinterest gems for this holiday:

Crafts:

I love this canvas! Totally cute!:

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My dad would love these…he’s owl obsessed!:

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Baking:

Red velvet whoopee pies are absolutely de-lish!:

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This cake is so simple but so…perfect! Reeses heart shape on a cake? Sugar overload but I love it!:

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Obsessed with the Heart Day baby!:

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Words of the Week: Love

Since I have been so focused on Valentine’s Day this week, I thought this quote was only fitting:

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Even though I picked it for Valentine’s Day, I love this quote no matter what the season. The idea is so simple yet so right.

Think of how many things you do each week out of anger, jealousy, hate, or frustration. Then think of how many things you do out of love. What is the ratio like?

I know that even for myself, I need to work on doing more things out of love, happiness, and peacefulness and less out of frustration, jealously, and anger.

If I did everything out of love, everything I did would make me happy. Everything I put into the world would project positive attitude and influence, in turn, making myself happy and enriching my day to day life.

Take time this week, in honor of Valentine’s Day, to do things you enjoy, be inspired by the people you love, and commit to actions that are catalyzed purely by love. Your life will undoubtedly be better from it.

Imagine how peaceful the world would be if every action done was done out of love?

Paper, Please!: Valentines

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and that can only mean one thing – lots and lots of Happy Heart Day cards!

Cards are one of the best things about this special holiday and I always love sending them to everyone. Every person deserves to get a card on this day and feel special and loved.

I did a post about cards from Card Store for the holidays, so here are some of their (many) amazing V-Day cards!:

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Which is your favorite, lover?