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From the Kids…From the Heart!

Valentine’s Day is, again, upon us! And, people are running around, frantically, calling florist, candy, and jewelry stores to find the perfect Valentine for their sweetie. 

But, what about the kids? Kids love to give gifts. They are always so proud to see the surprise on the recipients face. But, what can they do that is within their skill level and financial budget? Hmm…crafts! Valentine crafts!

So, I recruited my stepson and husband (to his dismay) and we headed out to get a few supplies. Majority of the craft supplies, we had at home. We just needed some ‘filler’ for the ‘gift’ part of our project. 

My stepson couldn’t wait to get started on the crafts. However, we, quickly, learned that he was more excited, when the craft took less than 5 minutes. It turned out to be a fun Saturday evening, which, also, turned into a Sunday afternoon too. I,definitely, need to get better at calculating the time it takes to DO the projects. Wait, I should clarify, by saying, how long it takes ME to complete all of the crafts. Pinterest is full, I mean, full, of ideas. But, it doesn’t tell you that if you plan on doing 5+ projects it is going to take you quite a bit of time. I digress….

We had FUN!! 

And the final results: 

Our Gifts

Here is what we have for our gifts: 

“We are ‘mint’ to be” – a jar filled with mints

“You’ve got the ‘write’ stuff” – pens and pencils wrapped in Valentine’s ribbon

“Coffee and Cream. You make my heart beam.” – White coffee cup with handwritten notes on it (via sharpie marker) filled with a small package of coffee, candy, and hand cream. 

“I am ‘nuts’ about you.” – a jar of almonds with Valentine’s decorations. 

“You are one in a million” – a chocolate bar in a ‘one million’ dollar wrapping

“My Pop Rocks” – a bucket filled with tootsie pops and pop rocks

“You are sweet” – a bucket filled with miniature candy bars on sticks

Homemade Art

And, nothing beats original art work by your child/children. It’s a keepsake that will last forever, as well as a perfect holiday decoration too! I LOVE the ‘Super Dad’ heart drawing (on the other side is a picture of a heart with a neck tie – that is “Work Dad”)! It has to be one of my favorites! The other heart was made by ‘finger tip painting’. And, the little frame is decorated with leftover puzzle pieces and it says, “love you to pieces”. Ok, that is one of my favorites too! 

And, I think the ‘Valentine bug’ and the ‘craft bug’ rubbed off on my stepson and husband, because look at what I was surprised with during our Valentine craft weekend…..

My own homemade Valentine gift! I LOVE IT and to be cherished always!!  (Sorry – photo is a little dark- it’s a white tee with a hand written Valentine)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day…Local Style…

Here are some great ideas for Valentine’s Day from local Tulsa retailers.

Going out on a date: Check out the strapless dress from Flirt (Utica Square) or this gorgeous jewel tone top from Little Black Dress (Cherry Street)
Gift ideas from TA Lorton (Cherry Street) – Pictured Above:
Ban.do hair accessories – ALL THE RAGE in major markets!
Yummy cookies
Fun bedazzled cell phone covers
Other great ideas:
Spa gift ideas – Spa Luxe (91st and Memorial) is offering some great packages for the romantic holiday!
Lingerie – check out Muse Intimates (Utica Square)
Soaps/bubble Bath – TA Lorton (Cherry Street), Bath & Body Works (Utica Square)
Candy/Cupcakes – Sweet Tooth Candy and Gift Company (3747 S Harvard), Wanda’s Cakes (Cherry Street), Kupcakes (71st/Mingo)
Don’t delay….Buy your Valentine’s Gift local…Today!

A Valentine’s Gift He Will NEVER Forget…And NEITHER WILL YOU!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! The most romantic day of the year is upon us in a few weeks! Have you already found the perfect gift for your Valentine? Well, if you haven’t, I HAVE the perfect gift!

There is an up and coming trend in the photography world called “boudoir photo shoots”. It started in the bridal industry, brides wanting to take a few intimate photos for their soon-to-be hubby as they are getting ready for the wedding, what they could expect AFTER the wedding, or what they may have on UNDER that wedding gown. Do you see where I’m going with this? They end up being these amazing intimate photos and an absolutely unforgettable gift.
So, women, as well as photographers, are taking this one step further by offering “boudoir photo shoots” that is stepping out past the realm of bridal and into the “everday’ world”. Why not? It’s a great opportunity to do something “out of the ordinary” for your companion, a.k.a Valentine, for the upcoming sweetheart holiday, a birthday, or even an anniversary.
The first step: you need a good reputable photographer that has experience in these types of shots. I say that, because a good photographer will take it beyond the sterotype of “trashy lingerie photos” and turn the photos into beautiful works of art! Another reason that you want an experienced photographer for something like this is, they will respect the intimacy level of these photos, do everything they can to make you comfortable, and will let YOU call the shots to what level of comfort you are needing in regards to setting the scene, what you choose to wear, etc. Sure, the photos can be sensual with varying degrees of lingerie, but, have FUN with it too! My hubby loves cake, which is why I did the shot of me eating a cupcake. I did lingerie, but, he also loves cars, so I did a few photos that incorporated that too. Take who you are, think about what your companion loves… mix the two together and you will have some wonderful works of art!
As it’s been revealed with this blog, I did a boudoir photo shoot for my husband with a fantastic photographer (in Tulsa) by the name of Jesse Reich. I can’t believe I’m “letting the world” know about this. Eeks! But, it was important to share about the feelings and emotions I had from doing something “out of the norm” for me. I have to say, it was the most amazing experience! I had worked with Jesse on some other projects and he was sharing with me this new avenue of business. It started out to be this fun, “out-of-the-box” gift for my hubby’s birthday. But, it turned out to be this really great gift for me too.
I know, you are wondering what in the world am I talking about. But, it really was an amazing gift for me too! It gave me a renewed confidence within myself. I scheduled my appointment, picked out my outfits, thought about the type of shots I wanted, and headed to my photo shoot. When I arrived, I was SO NERVOUS! During the first part of the shoot, I thought my heart was going to come right out of my chest. I have done photo shoots before, but, nothing on such an intimate level (especially knowing they were for my hubby). I was FREAKING OUT! But, Jesse was amazing and he calmed me down, respected me, and told me to have fun!
As we turned the music up and I started to relax, I found myself having a ball with it! Knowing they were for my hubby, it gave me this little kick of adrenaline. I can’t really explain it, but, I was having so much fun! All of a sudden this air of confidence came over me. I didn’t care that my skin is/was not perfect, that the “dimples” on my thighs and bum were shining through, that my teeth were crooked or not glowing white…it didn’t matter. None of it mattered! At that moment, I felt like I was the most beautiful woman in the world and I left the studio feeling like I could really “kick some a**”! My apologies on the choice of words, but, it’s the only way to describe this level of self-esteem and confidence that had come over me from doing something that I thought I could NEVER do and stepping “out-of-my-box”. It was an amazing feeling of confidence that I can’t ever really explain in words. I left feeling like I could conquer the world!
This gift that started out for my husband turned out to be a gift for myself. It was a perfect way to surprise him (he was TOTALLY blown away) and I suprised myself too. It is a gift that we will both cherish!
I’m telling you ladies, it’s a great way to surprise your Valentine and do something for yourself too. You may be wondering WHY I shared this idea with you? It is a personal one. But, I think it’s important to see the “moral” of the story. I walked away with a whole new level of CONFIDENCE that I didn’t even know that I had. Style, your own personal style, isn’t just about what you put ON your body, it’s about how you feel on the inside too. Confidence is HUGE when it comes to personal style! A person’s aura is entirely different when you are filled with confidence! Try this, I’m telling you, you won’t regret it! And, even if it’s not a boudoir photo shoot, every once in awhile, do something that you thought you would NEVER do. When you accomplish it, you will feel so empowered!
So, don’t delay….book your boudoir photo shoot for Valentine’s today!

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