Valentine’s Weekend 2014

cuddles.  snow.  surprises.  candy.  flowers.  take-out.  workouts.  shopping.  movies.

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Sleepless in Seattle

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Robocop

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Question:  What’s your favorite “classic” chick flick?  Have you seen Sleepless in Seattle?  Watching Meg Ryan made me wanna watch You’ve Got Mail

Question:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

— Allison

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Favorite Finds: Candy Grams

Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend!  Over the years I’ve heard numerous stories about how/when Valentine’s Day first started, so this morning I decided to research it for myself.  The History Channel has a fun Valentine’s Day page.

History of Valentine's Day

Let’s rewind…  In 2010 {my junior year in college} I had a 4-day weekend and planned to fly home.  Ryan planned a romantic evening for us, including dinner at Farmers & Fishers, which is now Farmers Fishers Bakers.  Unfortunately, much like this past week, DC shut down due to snow {which then traveled north up to me in Boston} so my flight was cancelled.  I still need to try Farmers Fishers Bakers!

In 2012 we took the train up to New York City – it was Ryan’s first time riding a train!  One of my girlfriends gifted us our engagement pictures and we couldn’t refuse her gracious offer.  The weather wasn’t cooperative {misty, biting wind}, but we had a fabulous time exploring the city, seeing my friend, dining at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, and we still love our engagement pictures!

Last year was our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple.  We ordered takeout from Morton’s and watched a movie.  It wasn’t big, but it was perfect.  Regardless of where we are or what we do, what matters the most is that we’re together.

This year our Valentine’s Day celebration is extending over two days, so I’ll wait to share my recap on Monday.  One thing that I will share is one of my gifts to Ryan.  I’ve seen the idea numerous times throughout the blog world and it’s plastered all over Pinterest {especially around Valentine’s Day}…  Candy grams.

Candy Gram Candies

Directions:

  1. Write/type what you want to say.  If you’re stuck, there’s tons of inspiration online.
  2. Buy candy.  Wegmans is our local grocery store and they have a ton of candy{!}.  Both large bars or snack sized pieces will work, it’s personal preference.
  3. Edit the message to substitute candy for words.
  4. Write the message on a poster board or if typed, print the message.  I printed one sentence per piece of computer paper – larger text makes it easier to read and adds more space between lines so no words get covered by a piece of candy.

Materials:

  • Paper *to outline ideas*
  • Candy
  • Poster board/computer paper/colored paper
  • Tape or glue

Ryan absolutely loved his gift and kept saying “This is so creative!”  Candy grams would be fun for other holidays too since the messages are personalized.

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Candy Heart by Kitchen Concoctions

Candy Heart

Candy Heart 2

Candy Bar Card by Repeat Crafter Me

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Candy Heart by Just Another Day in Paradise

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Question:  What’s your favorite candy?

Question:  Ryan and I are cooking together tonight and figured out what to make for dinner, but still don’t know what to make for dessert…  Suggestions?!

— Allison

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Thinking Out Loud: Mrs. Green’s

I didn’t sleep very well last night and have a 14-hour day ahead, so I’m struggling to come up with an interesting opener today…  Let’s just dive into my random thoughts.  Oh wait, did y’all see that I shared our current favorite dinner yesterday?  Mini Mexican Meatloaves…  Let me know if you try them!

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Thanks Amanda for hosting another week of Thinking Out Loud!

Thought #1:  By the time you read this I’ll have already been to the chiropractor and been adjusted…  I still need to attend a 4th grade team meeting, teach a full day, drive to Potomac River Running, work my first shift and learn all things running, squeeze in a late workout, and eat dinner hopefully before 10PM.  It’s a long Thursday!

Thought #2:  Ryan tried spaghetti squash for the first time and thought it was less than delicious.  I shared his thoughts via Twitter and a handful of ladies responded saying that their husbands don’t like it either…  Maybe it’s in our DNA?

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Thought #3:  Tuesday night Ryan and I had a headstand/handstand contest.  I struggled to do a headstand and he easily kicked his feet up into a handstand.  A computer wiz and a secret handstander…  I never saw it coming.  Considering I ended up at the chiropractor yesterday and again today, he clearly won.

image Tip: it’s called a HEADstand, but you’re not actually supposed to put any weight on your head – use your arms!

Thought #4:  Quest did it again.  I took a break from buying Quest Bars for the past few months, but the (bad) habit is back because of their newest, latest, greatest bar…  Cookies & Cream.  Get your hands on one or a dozen of them ASAP!  And if you don’t like them, you can most definitely send them to me ;)

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Thought #5:  This year I’m tracking my miles and cardio minutes for no real reason, but because I wanna know.  I’ve tried using the Nike Running App, but I always forget to turn it when I do a treadmill run.  A couple of weeks ago I outlined my workouts in iCal and it’s been good so far…  If I switch days or change workouts, I simply have to edit the event.  It doesn’t total numbers, but I don’t mind doing it myself.

  • Running:  54.6 miles
  • Walking:  7 miles
  • Cardio:  840 minutes

Thought #6:  Charlie loves getting tangled up in his t-shirt…

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Thought #7:  Hot dogs were our Super Bowl Sunday dinner.  I used to eat hot dogs frequently as a kid (my momma made franks and beans), but nowadays we typically buy chicken sausages.  The jalapeno chicken sausages from Trader Joe’s are our favorite!

Thought #8:  Over the weekend we swung by Mrs. Green’s, a new natural market that offers 100% organic produce, all-natural meats and dairy, artisan baked goods, supplements, and household, pet, and baby products.  It immediately reminded me of Whole Foods, but the prices were whopping expensive.  Ryan said it’s called Mrs. GREEN’S for a reason – you’ve gotta have a lot of green to shop there.

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Thought #9:  I forgot my lunch at home today and the thought of eating cafeteria food makes my stomach churn.  True story: A kid found a plastic knife in his hot dog one day at lunch when I was in elementary school.  Thankfully (or unthankfully?) Ryan is working from home today because he’s not feeling well, so he and Charlie saved me from having to buy.  I love my boys!

Thought #10:  Saturday morning I proctored another SSAT test and afterwards treated myself to my favorite “me time” – a mani + pedi…

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Question:  Did you usually bring or buy your lunch in grade school?

Question:  Spaghetti squash – yay or nay?  What’s your favorite way to eat it?

— Allison

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