Five Movies To Watch On Valentine's Day (And Other Fun)



Well, it's here! The day that keeps February from being a throwaway month.  The day of love.  Valentines's Day!

In the spirit of the day, I thought today's old-fashioned blog post could surround the holiday.  How often do major holidays land on a Tuesday, after all?  Not often.

(If you are here for the movie suggestions, scroll down.)


Valentine's Day Spirit

I'm sure you are all well aware by now that I love Valentine's Day - mainly because every year I mention repeatedly how I love Valentine's Day.  If you need to get into the Valentine's Day spirit, I suggest these previous musings on the subject.


Now that we are all on the same page...

The year that Gwen was born I started taking a Valentine's Day photo of the kids each year, so in the spirit of tradition I did the same this year.  I think this might be my favorite setup because it was so colorful!  The kids did most of the painting for those hearts, and they loved the little background I set up.




Best decision of 2016 - painting the house that grey color.  I just love it so much.

(More adorable kid photos on my family Instagram today!)


Valentine's Day Buckets

For the kids' Valentine's gifts I had to be a little thrifty this year, so we just kept it simple.






Cute Valentine's Buckets - Target
Educational Card Decks (wrapped in DIY wrapping paper) - Target
Valentine's Pencils - Walmart
Glittery Hearts - Walmart
Rolos - Anywhere

As of this typing they haven't seen their Valentine's treats yet, but I'm confident they'll be a hit.

I ordered a present for Derek a couple of weeks ago, but it has yet to arrive.  I was quite disappointed by this, because Derek always out-does me when it comes to gift giving, and I was excited to out-do him this time.  I've decided instead to sneak a little Valentine's gift into his work bag for each day leading up to the arrival of his gift.  That will keep up the suspense and gift-giving excellence, right?



Old School Movies For Valentine's Day 

Excuse me for using my old-fashioned post for something slightly Pinterest-y.  Last week I bemoaned the fact that there are very few new chick flicks out these days, and I am still stretching to think of a recent good romantic comedy.  I don't like my romantic movies heavy in any sense.  I appreciate light and happy.  I considered sharing my favorite modern chick flicks, but then I realized that I am sure all of you reading this blog have seen those many times over, so I reached a little farther back.  I present to you, for your Valentine's Day viewing consideration:

The African Queen (1951) - I admit, it's been quite a while since I watched this one, but I may have to remedy that soon.  Humphrey Bogart! Katherine Hepburn! A quirky love story that takes place on a boat! I can almost guarantee it will leave you grinning, for one reason or another.

How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) - Lauren Bacall! Marilyn Monroe! I realize I should probably stop exclaiming all these actor names, because unless you already into old movies it won't really make a difference to you.  But, just trust me, it's a winning combination.  This movie is funny, and outrageous, and just cute.  An old-school romantic comedy if ever there was one.

The Shop Around The Corner (1940) - Remember You've Got Mail (how could you not)?  This is the movie that inspired that movie.  I watched it several years ago, and thought it was different than the original but not in a way that ruined either one!

McClintock! (1963) - Imagine a John Wayne western and a romantic comedy got married and had a baby.  This is that movie.  Can't picture it?  Let me tell you, it's a lot of fun!  About a married couple on the brink of separation as they reconnect, all set in the old west.

If A Man Answers (1962) - And this one I'd call more of a "Galentine's Day" movie.  Not that you couldn't watch with your husband, but there is some (respectful) comparing of husbands to dogs, so it's more fun to chuckle at it with your girlfriends than with your man!

A couple of these are one Netflix, but if you don't have any luck there, I suggest checking your local library!

What are your Valentine's date plans (if you have any?).  We went bowling and shopping last week, so we'll probably just hang out and watch a movie tonight.

 (Photo taken by Wyatt!)


Old School Blogger Shoutout

I think I need to create a spreadsheet because I'm losing track of who I already mentioned! 

Elizabeth from Life In St. Petersburg - Elizabeth is an American mom living in Russia.  I always find her posts interesting, whether she delves into Russian culture or not!

Carol from Pur et Simple - Carol is a mom to eight kids spread across 20 years - so she has grown kids and little ones.  It's interesting to me to read what that looks like since mine are a lot closer together!

Both of these ladies are relatively newer reads to me, but it's so interesting to peek inside life with kids in different stages and places!

Who are your favorite old school bloggers?  If I don't get some new suggestions this section is going to peter out in the next couple weeks.  Or I might switch it to specific post shout-outs.  What do you think?  

Comment below if I haven't mentioned you yet and you'd like to be featured, or tell me your favorite old-fashioned blog to read (and read this post and this post again if you need a refresher on what I mean by "old-fashioned").

What I'm Drinking: Diet Lime Coke. I know. Where's the tea?  It's just a Diet Coke kind of day.









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12 comments

  1. I LOVE the Valentine's photo shoot. You make me want to have 4 kiddos every time I see them all together. Happy Valentine's Day

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  2. I got up early and made breakfast casserole for us this morning and then I made fudgy from-scratch brownies to deliver to all the single girls at Ryan's work. Tonight we'll go out to eat, which is actually a first for us. We've always cooked at home on Valentine's Day so we could avoid the crowds. But we live in a new city this year and there are more restaurant options - AND we have a gift card. So dinner out it will be! I gave Ryan a Scene-It game...thought that would be fun for us to play, and I'm not sure yet what I'm getting (other than roses, which I'm loving from my seat here) because the delivery got delayed and it's not here yet! I was single for 34 years, so I am grateful for a Valentine at long last!

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    1. That sounds like a lovely Valentine's Day! It's definitely a blessing to have a valentine to celebrate with. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. I'll have to check Netflix for those movies! I do own The African Queen. We didn't really celebrate Valentine's Day. We're usually so overwhelmed with life that we hardly have time to make or buy gifts for each other. I'd rather have my husband home earlier than have him go shopping. And I've never been out on my own with 2 kids. Hopefully when the kids are a little older we'll get more creative again. And the they will appreciate gifts more, too. My son was so excited that my husband came home with new gummy vitamins! I am working on a post about marriage, though. Thanks for the shout-out! Also, I love your photos, as usual.

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    1. Ah, thanks Elizabeth! We usually don't do much for Valentine's either as far as gifts go, which is why I thought I'd do something out of the ordinary this year! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Oh my goodness that Valentine's Day photo shoot is simply ADORABLE. Seriously so cute and you look gorgeous in your picture too mama!! Also- those movies are SO FUN and I haven't seen some of them in forever!! Such a great reminder of some really fun and classic movies out there!! :) I love "Shop Around the Corner" and haven't seen it in so long!! I hadn't heard of the two bloggers you mentioned so I am excited to check them out!! Also have you read Amanda from Marshalls Abroad? ADORE her and her blog. :)

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Blessings, Rebecca :)

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    1. Oh, I'm going to check out her blog! And thanks Rebecca, for the sweet comments on the photos! I have so much fun with it!

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  5. I wish I could recommend some blogs to read, but they're so hard to find! I follow a few "old-fashioned" blogs that don't update very often, and some more thought-out blogs that are interesting to read but not quite as candid as "what I did today." Lately I've been exploring some blogs related to culture and bilingualism. I noticed that a lot of people are using Instagram to blog. I'm not sure how I feel about that, kind of weirds me out! Interesting to read, but not sure why they can't put it on an actual blog. And how do they type it out?

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    1. I've noticed that too about Instagram! It's different for sure. Sometimes I'll write something longer on Instagram, but I don't think I'll ever let it replace my blog!

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    2. I should add that I haven't been noticing now when you reply to comments. I guess I used to get the Disqus notifications.

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    3. Do you have your email in your Blogger profile? If you add it into your profile settings, then I can respond via email! I usually do if there is an email attached!

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