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Category "Valentine’s Day"

Pillow Talk Celebrates How Couple Met

Where did your love story begin? Have a “pillow talk” that celebrates the start of something special. 

I was 13 years old when I met my future husband. He was 16 years old and rode a Yamaha 55 motorcycle. (The motors were small back then).

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Celebrate the Beginning of a Couple’s Love Story

He was visiting his cousin and gave all the boys on our block a ride on his motorcycle while I watched from my front porch.

I decided I wanted a ride too so I walked across the street and asked if he gave girls a ride on his motorcycle.

He, of course, said, “Yes!”

When we returned from our ride all of the boys including my two brothers were complaining Randy gave me a longer ride.

What Randy said next made me swoon. “She’s prettier than any of you!”

That was in 1967. We married in 1971 and will celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary this year. 

Personalized Pillow for Valentine’s Day and Anniversary Gifts

Personal Creations will personalize a pillow that brings back sweet memories of how a couple met.  

Our pillow reads…

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Clever & Comfy Men’s Underwear for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is mostly about girlfriends, wives, jewelry, flowers and chocolates. That means the guys are usually left out.

How about a package for their package?!

Yep! I can’t believe I just said that! I’m talking about men’s underwear, people! And not the boring white cotton briefs either.

My husband, Randy, and I were looking for men’s workwear clothing in Duluth’s Trading Co. when we came across some men’s underwear.

I started reading the names and descriptions of the underwear and started to giggle. The giggle became a laugh and eventually turned into an all-out snort-filled, eyes crying, bent over laughter extravaganza!

My husband just stood there acting like he didn’t know me.

Judge for yourself whether these are as funny as I thought they were.

Underwear For Him That’s Too Funny

Buck Naked Underwear – Like wearing Nothing at All.
No Pinch
No Stink
No Sweat
The next best thing to working in your birthday suit! Drop your drawers and go Buck Naked!

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Couple’s Gratitude Journal

I started journaling in grade school, and I’ve done it ever since. I enjoy writing down life’s moments, both big and small, that I always want to remember.

By deciding on what to write, I’m able to reflect on my life, my thoughts, and my feelings. It’s both therapeutic and satisfying.

My husband has never journaled so he has never gotten to experience the joys or the benefits from it. This Valentine’s Day that’s going to change!

Weekly Expressions of Gratitude

I’ve gotten us a Couple’s Gratitude Journal, where each week we both write about how much we appreciate the other person. I know we appreciate each other, but this is a chance for us to do a better of expressing it regularly.

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“You Are a Gem” Air Plant Gift

We all know people who are gems because they brighten our lives like a sparkling diamond.

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Have you let them know lately how much they mean to you?

This Air Plant Gift tells them “You Are a Gem” with words and a gift.

Air plants get the majority of their nutrients from the air. That means they are extremely low-maintenance and easy to keep alive! They will last for years.

Air plants are also attractive and come in interesting shapes and textures.

A Gift That Makes a Statement

For my mother’s birthday, I gave her a beautiful Amethyst Crystal Air Plant Gift. It came with a gift box and a card that reads “You Are a Gem.”

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Reinvent the Box of Chocolates

Maggie Louise Confections has reinvented the box of chocolates with color, personality and unique customization.

maggielouiseconfections-reinvent-box-of-chocolates-lipstick-thoughtful-gift-ideaEach box has fun bite-size chocolates to celebrate everyday indulgence.

The gourmet chocolate gift boxes and luxury confections are chocolate look-a-like creations of lipsticks, lips, jewels, precious stones, coffee cups, snowmen, mittens and the list goes on and on.

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Lightweight & Portable Nylon Hammock

When I think of a hammock, three things come to mind–rest, relaxation and sleep. With a portable hammock, you can enjoy those three things wherever you go!

lightweight-portable-nylon-hammock-giftDid you know the best hammocks are no longer made of rope?

They’re made of parachute nylon which makes them extremely soft and comfortable. It’s like sleeping in a cloud because the hammock stretches and conforms to your body.

The nylon material is also what makes them lightweight and portable, allowing them to pack down to a very compact size. A person doesn’t even have to roll or fold–simply shove the hammock back into the attached, small stuff sack.

In the stuff sack, a two-person hammock packs down to 6 inches X 9 inches. So small!

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Alternative to Fresh Cut Flowers | Flowering Plant Basket

I have a confession. I tell my husband NOT to buy me flowers.

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Flowering plants are arranged beautifully in this moss covered basket.

You’re probably thinking, “What’s wrong with her? Does she hate chocolate and unicorns too?”

There’s nothing wrong with me. I love flowers – just not the expensive type that comes in a vase and dies a few days later.

I’ve experienced the thrill of receiving a dozen roses or a spectacular flower arrangement, and I’m good. I treasure those memories, but I don’t need to experience them again.

I tell my husband I’d rather take the money he would have spent on flowers and go shopping with it. Yes, I’ve become practical like that.

In other words, flowers? No thank you. Instead, show me the money, honey!

Let me add, I’m not alone in this. Several of the ladies in my office agree with me and have told their husband the same thing.

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Changeable Felt Letter Board

Everyone has favorite quotes or sayings they absolutely love.

changeable-felt-letter-board-quoteThey could be inspiring, funny or motivational, and almost always elicit positive and powerful emotions from within us.

This one I probably say the most…

WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU
MAKES YOU STRONGER

It reminds me to see the positive side to something I’ve experienced that was hard, negative, or hurtful.

This one has changed my behavior…

WHAT WOULD YOU DO
IF YOU WEREN’T AFRAID?

Want to know my new favorite?

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Unique Knitted Metal Jewelry

My grandmother knitted throughout her lifetime. She tried to teach me, but I never really showed much interest.

Oh, how I wished I had learned because you never know when old skills can turn into new talent.

unqiue-knitted-metal-necklace-jewelry-thoughtful-gift-ideaThis past Mother’s Day weekend, my husband, Randy, and I attended an arts festival in our community. Over the years, we have purchased art, prints, pottery, jewelry and leather goods at this event.

Since we no longer need stuff to hang on the walls or decorate shelves, I’ve become interested in jewelry made by artists. Randy likes to look for unusual artistic designs on leather belts.

Arts festivals are wonderful places to have the opportunity to speak with artists face-to-face. To me, this makes the art more personal.

I’m always on the lookout for jewelry that is different when I spotted a booth by artist Susan Baile of Spiritus Designs.

I ooohed and awed over her necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. I asked her, “What are these made of?” Susan replied, “Metals and I knit them.”

Well… that really piqued my interest!

She went on to say she started knitting at the age of 11.  When Susan retired, she wanted to do something to keep her busy. Since she loved to knit, she found a way to knit metals into jewelry.

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