Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I should write “For Me” at the end of the title of this post because the things pictured below are TOTALLY what *I* am wanting right now.  …so if any of you are looking to get me a present, HA!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

We’ll start from the top {just now realized I totally should of numbered these in the collage, OOPS!, you live and learn}:

  1. Free People Coastline tee. AND it’s currently 25% off (and you know Free People *never* goes on sale!). Comes in grey, red, and lavender and I love the flouncy hem. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day lunch.
  2. Away Carry-On in Green. They will even handpaint your monogram on there. Yes, please! C. travels for work weekly and I’m trying to find an excuse to buy him this suitcase {but with my initials…I kid I kid!} so that I can use it too.
  3. A custom watercolor of our house. This is totally frivolous as we already have one done in oils, but this is in watercolor AND it’s only $30. What an awesome gift for a new homeowner in your life!
  4. Living Proof ‘Perfect Hair Day’ Dry Shampoo. I ran out of the Pureology dry shampoo I have always used a couple of weeks ago and have heard great things about this one. I’m wanting to put it on BEFORE working out to see if it makes a difference afterwards. I’ll let you know!
  5. GapFit High Rise Barre Strap Leggings. I don’t do barre, but man, I love these leggings! They’ve been sitting in my shopping cart for weeks now. And today they’re 40% with code OVERTIME. Eek!
  6. Adjustable Rolling Pin with Removable Rings. I get so confused when a recipe says to roll something 1/4″- or 1/2″-thick. Like, how am I supposed to be able to tell the difference?! Please say it’s not just me that has this issue! I love this rolling pin because it has “rings” that you move to adjust the dough height so you get the right thickness.
  7. Lucky Brand ‘Bashina’ Booties (mine are ‘Brindle’). These are the booties I talked about last week that I wanted…and I ordered them. I told C. he did a great job picking out my Valentine’s Day present when I got them in the mail on Saturday. 😉
  8. Gap Eyelet Three-Quarter Blouse. Doesn’t it look like the most comfortable thing ever?! I think it’s a piece I could wear spring through fall (40% off wide code OVERTIME).
  9. Bobbi Brown Tube Soap. The saleslady I always work with at the Bobbi Brown counter at Macy*s {Hi, Denise!} raves about this soap.
  10. Hand Made Pottery Salad Plates. C. & I went to King + Duke in Buckhead for the anniversary of our first date (December 28, 2003) and they had the most beautiful hand made pottery for their bread plates…and really great food. I haven’t been able to get those plates off my mind since and have quite a few saved in my Etsy Favorites folder.
  11. Nike Juvenate Tennis Shoes {in ‘Melon’}. Oh, these are cute! And pink. And perfect. #allthehearteyes
  12. Crab & Cleek Tote {in ‘Vintage Thermos}. I mean, come on, how cute is this tote bag?! I so don’t need another tote bag {I kinda have a collection}, but it’s just so fabulous!

So there’s my random hodge podge list of things I’m currently crushing on and think would make great gifts. Is there anything in particular YOU’RE wanting for Valentine’s Day/birthday/because it’s Monday? I’d love to know!

February 3. daddy daughter date_0002_edited-1

Also, I mentioned on Friday that C. and MM had a special daddy-daughter date night and they had a blast. They ate at the very swanky Chick-Fil-A in our mall food court and then headed to the community center for a dance. She got a fancy new dress and wore her first pair of heels (sparkley gold, of course!). I let her wear the diamond necklace I wore the day I got married to her daddy and she felt oh-so-special. C. gave her a corsage wristlet with roses and a small orchid and she kept smelling it and smiling. I think she felt loved and wanted and protected and cherished–and I hope one day (a verrrrrrrry long time from now!) she’ll find another man that makes her feel that way too.

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And in case you want to go down Memory Lane with me, here’s the other daddy-daughter dates that started when she turned 2.

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February 2. date night. engagement party_0009-2

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february 5. daddy daughter date night. valentines day sibs_0002_edited-1

I think it must be getting dusty in here or something because my eyes are watering!
Happy Monday, y’all!

In honor of the Super Bowl yesterday I thought I would post the best cookie cake recipe I’ve ever found. Here’s a picture of the cookie cake I made for our hometown team {and yes, I’m 110% completely ignoring the outcome of the game!}–please don’t look at my icing work. I am so NOT skilled in this area. 😉

chocolate chip cookie cake

Natalie’s Everything But the Kitchen Sink Cookie Cake 

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups every kind of chocolate or PB or whatever chip you’ve got (I used white chocolate, mini semisweet, regular semisweet, bittersweet, and milk chocolate chips…what can I say I LOVE my chocolate, ha!)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 14-inch, light colored, round pizza pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment paper (*you can also use just cooking spray with flour*)
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, beating well after the addition of each.
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix with a whisk. Add to the butter mixture, mixing to incorporate, and add the vanilla extract. Fold in the dark and white chips and the nuts. Spread across the bottom of the prepared pan and bake until the edges are golden and the cookie is set but the center is still slightly soft, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Note: This recipe makes two of the cookie cakes seen above.

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One Response to Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

  1. Denise Thompson February 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the extra cookie cake…DELICIOUS! Love the pictures of MM and Daniel…time is flying by too fast!

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