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Tuesday Tunes – Happy Anniversary & Valentines Day Hun

Today is my 9th anniversary with my Jon and conveniently enough it’s also Valentine’s Day!

What a great wife I was to help him out that way.

When Jon and I first met I was a bit of a mess…I won’t go into why or anything right now, but take my word for it I was.  Of course, one could also argue that he wasn’t too much better off himself and that we did a bit of saving each other.  The only thing I know for sure is that he saved me.

This man who can hold his ground with me, love me, laugh with and at me…this man…he saved me 10+ years ago.  We met fresh out of high school, Jon and I,  certain of our disdain for the world around us.  Both also fresh out of relationships…though I would argue my last relationship before Jon was a bit more meaningful than his last before me, but that’s neither here nor there…Uncertain of my self worth and unsure of whether I even cared,  I was truly a mess.  Jon loved me unlike anyone I’d ever been with.

He loved me.

All of me.

He didn’t care how scarred my past was…or how many lies I had told to make myself seem more interesting.

This was his song to me then…and it’s still my favorite NIN song.  I’m not that same girl now, but I remember her…and I remember the love that saved her.


Another song that I felt was descriptive of myself at the time and one that I would play on repeat was this Stir song, Climbing the walls.


I’m thankful everyday for Jon, but today I’m reminded a little more vividly of the little whys that get lost in the day to day.  I’m a lucky girl.  He’s a lucky guy.

Our ‘song’ I guess now is this fun song by Weezer, Trippin Down the Freeway – I smile the instant it comes on, it’s Jon’s ringtone, and it’s the truth.  We’re in this forever.  And I am sure ‘our song’ will continue to change as we do. (And yes, I realize how corny this song is.)

What are you listening to this week?

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Valentines Day Craft – Conversation Hearts

Think back to your childhood Valentine’s Days….what is the one treat that stands out most vividly for you?  That’s right…conversation hearts.  Those hard, not terribly great tasting, heart-shaped candies with the sometimes witty-sweet sayings on them.  Rather than breaking your kid’s teeth with the rock hard-sweet treat why not try making a construction-paper version?  This quick and easy Conversation Hearts Valentine’s Day craft is perfect for a snowy afternoon home with the kids or special Valentine’s Day cards for loved ones.  You don’t need much, just some construction paper, a pair of scissors, and several glitter glue pens.

Valentine’s Day Conversation Hearts

Step 1: Fold the construction paper in half {or smaller if you want small hearts}. Cut hearts out of the paper.  This would be great to let your preschooler do with safety scissors, or you can do it yourself.

Valentines Day Craft Conversation Hearts

Step 2: Write cute sayings {like on the conversation hearts}on each heart {ie: “Be mine” or “Best Friends”} or let your child write their own sayings.  Now is the perfect time for your child to practice writing letters or penmanship.

Valentines Day Craft Conversation Hearts

Step 3: Trace the words with glitter glue pens.  What a fun way to practice writing letters and tracing!

Valentines Day Craft Conversation Hearts

Step 4: Decorate the hearts with glitter glue.

Valentines Day Craft Conversation Hearts

Step 5: Let Dry.

Now you’re ready to share some sweet sentiments that won’t break the teeth!  Feel free to share the fun with everyone!

What’s your favorite conversation hearts saying?

Homemade Chocolate Fudge Pudding {#Recipe}

*Side-note: I honestly already had this written, but WP apparently ate it…so this month’s link up is a little late. Sorry everyone!*

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, you may already be thinking about what to get your honey…but I challenge you to save your money and try out the age-old adage: “The way to a man’s heart is through is stomach.” with this month’s recipe: Homemade Chocolate Fudge Pudding. Sure you can go out an buy the cheap box version or you can show him you care by going to all the “trouble” of making the most delicious fudge pudding he’ll ever put in his mouth. And your kids will thank you too!

Homemade Chocolate Fudge Pudding


  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water


Preheat your oven to 350.  Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, granulated sugar, and two table spoons cocoa.  Add milk, margarine, and vanilla and mix until smooth.  Pour into greased 1/2 quart casserole dish.  Mix the brown sugar with the remaining four tablespoons cocoa.  Sprinkle over mixture in casserole dish.  Pour the boiling water evenly on top.  Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.  Cool until desired temperature.

This is a favorite in our house for special occasions and while it does take a bit (ok a lot) longer than the boxed variety, I can promise you it also tastes A LOT better than it as well.  So I vote if you really want to show your family some love this Valentine’s Day, whip up a batch of this pudding and serve it on your best china with their favorite meal.  What is your favorite way to say “I love you”?

If you’ve also got a great recipe to share, be sure and link up with Mr. Linky!

*Image Credit: Lin Pernille Photography*

Help! Creative Gift Ideas Needed!

Help! I need creative gift ideas!Eeek! Next month is Valentine’s Day and my seventh anniversary, but we are going to be so tight on cash from now until mid-summer or so due to all the conferences, training programs, and day-to-day bills…it will be nearly impossible for us to afford to “give” each other anything. However, I think it would be so special to spend the day showing my darling husband how much he is loved and appreciated with little creative gift ideas.

This is where you come in (I hope) I need creative (and affordable) gift ideas!

Dear Readers,

Please share your best, most creative, and affordable gift ideas to use for my honey!

Any help is much appreciated! I can’t wait to read all your ideas!

This post is happily share on We are THAT Family’s Works for Me Wednesday.

Valentines Day dinner

photoshop-heart-brushes-21Valentine’s Day is just a week away and now is the perfect time to get your kids in the kitchen with some quick and easy recipes and promises of taste tests.  Instead of sending the same paper Valentine’s Day cards with the same old hard to chew Sweetheart candy, try spending a little time with your kids in the kitchen and create some one of a kind Valentines you and your kids will remember for many years to come.

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