I remember being in grade school (go KCES Coyotes!) and being so excited about Valentines Day. All of the red cupcakes, hearts, and super sugary punch for our class parties made me jump out of bed excited to get the day started. It sometimes feels like the older we get, the more we lose that sense of excitement about the small things. Is Valentines Day a commercialized Hallmark-made holiday? Maybe, but one that at least makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Or at least it should! I think that of the problem has been that our Americanized version centers around romantic love, rather than just the love you feel for everyone around you. In Mexico, this day is called “Dia del Amor y la Amistad”, which is literally the day of love and friendship. I can never remember what my mom bought for my dad, but I do remember that she and all of her sisters exchanged cards and small gifts. They thanked each other for being friends and sisters through one more year of life.
I’ve got to tell you that this is something that I have an easier time getting down with. I am in love with my husband, and will do my hair and put on make-up today (which IS an effort for me) and buy him a gift. However, I hope that I also find the time to, at the very least send my friends/cousin/mom a note telling them what they mean to me. I work hard every day to show my husband with my actions and my words that I love him. Sadly, I don’t know that I make that effort with the ladies that fill my life with joy. Here are some last minute thoughts if you would like to do the same!!
Is a best friend necklace played out? What about the same sentiment in ring form? Check out this freaking awesome ring by Melody Ehsani! The greatest things about friends is that they know you forever! Xochitl and I were browsing around the bookstore the other day and saw this awesome 5 year journal. I hate journals, but this asked you to answer a question every day…for 5 years. So 5 years from now you can see how you felt about the same thing through the years. I want to give these to each of my friends. I can only imagine the laughs when we look back at our answers 5 years from now! What about something fun to match her fun style? What about this colorful necklace from JCrew?
Last but not least, who can’t use a cheat day? These Sweetheart cookies from One Girl Cookies would make anyone’s day! So, have yourself a Happy Valentines Day! What will you be doing today?