I’ve been admiring a blackwatch plaid dress from Vineyard Vines, but it was already sold out by the time I found it. So instead I replicated the look in an outfit idea with a bell sleeve blackwatch plaid top from J Crew Factory, pairing with Tory Burch accessories.
Here are the items from today’s outfit:
Two blogs I follow, Taz and Belly and Fall Into Life each have a monthly challenge to share about a day in your life. I’ve been wanting to participate in the challenge, but most days around here wouldn’t be too interesting – weekdays I spend the whole day working my “real job”. So today I thought I’d flash back to the Saturday before Valentine’s day and share a little about how we spent the day.
The boys had two Valentine’s parties to attend the next week, so we needed to put together their cards for each. For one of the parties, they used Secret Agent valentines, and gave handmade Lego Man crayons we made last year.
For the other party, they each needed about 50 Valentines so we went the easy route and gave Heart Lollipops with Spider Man Valentines. I had two boxes of the cards already, but ended up picking up two more boxes that day when I realized we needed more. Weirdly, the boxes I bought that day were pre-punched, but the boxes I already had weren’t! Cade had me laughing when he got so excited that he didn’t have to punch out more cards!
Next, the boys needed to finish making their Valentines Boxes. Growing up in Illinois, we always made our boxes as a school project, but here in Kentucky, kids are expected to make their boxes at home on their own. Aiden wanted to make a Pokeball box, and Cade wanted a Pikachu box. I left them with Kevin to work on their boxes while I went to a hair appointment.
I used the time at the hair salon to spend some quiet time reading my bible. I’m working my way through a Bible in a Year plan on my phone app, which I’ve really found to be helpful. I’m a few days behind; some days I read 3-4 days worth, and other days I miss.
When I arrived home, the boys hadn’t made any progress on their Valentine’s boxes, but that was ok because Kevin had them helping him clean instead (can’t beat that!). We helped them finish off their boxes. They were both really happy with how they turned out. (And yes, the boys wore their pajamas all day apparently – they love pajama day at home.)
After we finished the boxes, I had the boys help me with a couple of cooking projects. We needed treats to take to one of the Valentine’s Parties, and we also planned to take some treats to a few single friends/family members on Valentines Day. Here is an easy treat to make – easy but SO yummy!
To make these, just line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lay out pretzels, and place a Hershey Hug on each one. Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature (ours is 170 degrees). Heat until the Hug is soft, about 4 minutes. Then press an M&M into each hug. Cool completely and then store in a cool place. We placed ours in treat bags to give out and filled a Valentine’s Tin to take to the party. If you are teaching your kids to bake, this is an easy treat for them to make themselves too.
Kevin made us some keto-friendly lemon pepper baked chicken wings for supper – so yummy! But I forgot to take a picture! I was so hungry from making the yummy Valentines treats, but not eating any, that I just dove right into the chicken.
After supper the boys wanted to play a game with Kevin on the computer, but I didn’t feel like playing. So I took some me-time and read my book and drank this caramel-apple flavored tea. It is so good hot, very relaxing.
By then it was bedtime, but we decided to float the Origami Boats Aiden has been making first:
He received this origami book for his birthday last year, and rediscovered it recently. I may need to buy some more paper soon…
Then the boys were off to bed, and I decided to go too.
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