Valentine’s Love Bites

Valentine's Day Love Bites Desserts

Thank you for letting me share with you a little about the love of a special family yesterday. Fitting that Valentine’s Day and all things *love* is just around the corner, no?

Here’s a clever theme idea for a Valentine’s Day party: Love Bites. Whether it’s you and the girls (and you’re all boycotting boys) or it’s a couples/family party and everyone is assigned a finger food (little love bites in the dessert form), here’s a delicious recipe by Dricoll’s to get you started. Mmmmm.

Valentine's Day Love Bites


More Valentine’s Day inspiration (including party themes, decorations and recipes) here. And don’t forget to follow the jump for the above recipe….

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Life is Precious

Very recently friends of ours lost their five-year-old daughter to an unknown cause while she was taking a nap. Stella Maria was a bright, vibrant young lady that brought much joy to her family and friends. Her death stopped us all in our tracks.

Their family has asked me to share her story with you as a testament to the beauty of life – and as a reminder of how very precious it is. Stella’s aunt (fashion blogger Made by Lex) has captured, most eloquently, the peace and love of this beautiful little girl and her young family.

“A 5 year old child taught me purity, innocence and unbridled joy in daily life. It’s reminded me to love my God with the innocence and passion of a  child… Stella was such a joyful girl with a strong love for Jesus. She was a sensitive soul and a heart not of this world. She had the sweetest voice, the curliest curls and dimples that melted you.

We are never to young. We are never to old. It is never too early. It is never too late. We are never too rich or poor. We are never not good enough or too good. NOW is the time to choose LOVE.

…We have today. I have this one special day to show LOVE. I don’t know about the future but I know I have now. I want each moment to count and know I’ve done all I can to love fully each day and to live with the joy of a child.”

Read more of her story and about the services here.

I’m holding my own daughter a little tighter today as I lift up Francesca, Phillip, Stella and their extended family in my prayers. Stella is among the dancing angels watching down on us now. (To learn more on how you can help their family, please visit this link.)

Guest Bathroom Sneak Peek

I’m letting the cat out of the bag a little early on this one… because I can’t stand the anticipation any longer.

We officially won’t break ground on our new guest bathroom until March, but that hasn’t stopped me from numerous trips to Lowe’s and plenty of mock-ups to design a brand new, sweet little modern bath for our visitors (and Olivia, it will officially be Liv’s bathroom as we plan to have it accessible via the hallway as well as her bedroom).

New Guest Bathroom Layout

Sure, we still have the old-kitchen-turned-office to finish, the nursery-that’s-75%-done and the brand-spankin’-NEW-kitchen (oh poor new kitchen with its teeny tiny details that just won’t wrap up) – but why not dive into this amazing project that will leave us one bathtub closer to a clean and modern space for visitors to enjoy?

And we don’t currently have a bathtub as our current bathroom’s tub is broken (aka so old it has stopped working all together). And it’s been over a year. And I’m a bathtub person. And I’d so desperately like to sooth my tired body in one that I’m willing to halt all other projects if necessary (though it’s not and they won’t) to add one to our home.

Can you believe Olivia’s four weeks already!! Just for fun, here we are getting coffee with a friend.

I could stare at that yawn for hours.

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