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ten on ten {february 2014} & happy valentine’s day


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Our {ten on ten} was lovely. It has been a busy month but on Monday the kids were out of school so we had a lazy morning and then spent the after noon with friends playing dress-up and frolicking around the park. Over the past several weeks valentine touches filled our home and my baby bump arrived. Baby #3 is due to arrive at the end of July on our anniversary! We have so much to be thankful for! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours! xo

ten on ten button


love {NEVER} fails

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
{1st Corinthians 13:4-8}


recipe ROUND-UP {sweets for your SWEETS}

{we made these brownies the other day | check it out below}

Check out this recipe ROUND-UP for all the sweets in your life!

Are you making your sweeties Breakfast in Bed?

Purple & Pink-a-licious PANCAKES

Do you need something fun to bring to the Kids Class or Teacher…or perhaps an Office Party?
Nana’s SUGAR COOKIES {cut into heart shapes}
CAKE POPS {with pink chocolate}
Maybe you staying home and making a special dessert after a Sweet Heart Dinner?
COFFEE & ICE CREAM DESSERT {this is great with hot chocolate too}
Gabrielle’s CREPES
Whatever you do…ENJOY!


Brownies with Cherry Icing

brownie mix of choice & ingredients needed to make
{i used a gluten-free mix from Trader Joe’s}
chocolate chips
{i used a cup of mini chocolate chips}
powdered sugar
jar of maraschino cherries
decorative cup cake liners {optional}

To Make:
Simply make brownies according to the packages directions. Add chocolate chips to brownie batter {i used a cup of mini chocolate chips} and stir gently. Bake according to directions or add to cute cup cake liners and adjust baking time by reducing it to about 1/2 the time {so as not to burn them}. I had to play around with the timing a little. Another easy option is to bake them in a pan {as directed} and then cut them into shapes if you prefer. A brownie tastes like a brownie…regardless of its shape, right? While the brownies are baking, mix the juice from jarred maraschino cherries with powdered sugar {I mixed about 1 tablespoon juice per 1/2 cup of powdered sugar…but I honestly did not measure} until you reach desired consistency. If it’s too thick- add more juice and if its too thin- add more powdered sugar. Once your brownies have slightly cooled you can drizzle the cherry icing over according to your preference.

The cherry flavor is subtle…but the icing is pink and my sweet girl loved it!

*if you do not like cherry flavor with chocolate you can simply make the brownies and top them with this Peanut Butter Icing instead! It’s delicious! Trust me!


valentineFUN {I FEEL PRETTY}

If you are like me and you are going out this Valentine’s Day {with your sweetheart or your girls} I’m certain that you’ll want to feel PRETTY that night!

On a day-to-day basis I rarely get all dolled-up! I just don’t take the time or have the energy!

But once in a while it’s actually nice to get dressed up and try to figure out how to do my hair & make-up in a special way!

I’m not cut out for it all the time and i rarely know what I’m doing…but it sure can be FUN!

Here are a few ideas that have inspired me in prep for this week!

Outfits I Love:

How pretty is THIS?

And THIS…or THIS…or maybe THIS!

I wish I could pull off THIS!

Oh and of course for a night out with the girls I love THIS!

I guess I’m getting carried away!


Make-Up Fun:

I could probably never do THIS, but maybe you can!

I might be able to figure out THIS!

False Eyelashes are optional on THIS one!


Some Beautiful Hair Ideas:

THIS up-do is beautiful!

I Love THESE styles!

Look at THESE beautiful hair accessories!

And that’s all for now…for more of what I find pretty you can check out my Pinterest board styleVALENTINE!

So on February 14th…I hope you feel PRETTY…wherever you may be!



This year I’m making something special for myVALENTINES…Over the past few years I have done some simple Valentine’s Day gifts for my husband and kids.This year they each got their own mail box and I’m filling it with little tags of love and little Dollar Store gifts every day for about a week. It will be thoughtful, easy and fun {oh and of course thrifty, as well}!

Also, we have two special ladies in our life that we love very much. I think they {Aunt Fifi & Grammy} deserve presents too! This year I had pictures, from our Disneyland Trip, put on a metal water bottle for each of them. It turned out pretty cute and they loved it!

A few fun idea for ANYONE:

Memory Candles and Vintage Photo Pillows

Here are a few more ideas for HIM:
Game of Love52 Things I Love About YouGet Lucky Dice

Here are a few more ideas for the KIDS:

THIS list is great!

And THIS homemade play-doh!

What are you making or buying this year?

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