the gift of love.

the holiday to shout your love from the rooftops is a mere three days away. and the pressure to not drop the ball is bigger than ever.

I’m not a cynic. I love love. but valentine’s day sets men all over the world up for failure. because expectations are through the roof.

one thing I’m sure of ..

I don’t want flowers. I don’t want flowers. you must repeat if you actually mean it. I’m not saying I don’t want them, but secretly do. whoever thought that was a good idea was crazily mistaken. men won’t don’t spend the time to read between the lines, just tell them the truth.

[*editor’s note: I like flowers. but not on valentine’s day. any other day, I’ll happily take a bouquet. or two].

personally I love the little, heartfelt gestures. the day should be thoughtful not standard. it should scream “I know you & I know you’ll love this”.

acceptable valentine’s day gifts.

• surprise coffee in bed from a local coffee shop.

• homemade chocolate chip pancakes, in the shape of hearts.

• a love letter on a sticky note.

• dinner & a bottle of wine at home.

• or this coffee mug ..

Ashley Brooke Designs //

from ashley brooke designs.

all I’m saying is be thoughtful. and do something for someone. for the love of love.

and women, if you want your man to do something ..tell him. otherwise you’ll spend the day angry that he didn’t do anything. and he’ll spend the day wondering why you told him not to do anything, but then got mad he didn’t. #OhTheGamesWePlay

happy tuesday.

funday monday.

funday monday //

or lack thereof.

yesterday I forced asked [J] to accompany me while I filmed for a blog project. [coming soon!]. below zero temperatures aside, we made our way to some of our favorite spots in des moines. and what began as a couple hours of work turned into a day date. we had so much fun.

I am majorly playing catch up today. with so many things needing my attention; boxing up our apartment in preparation for the move. wedding planning. many fun blog projects. volunteering within the community. and hopefully a professional change coming soon. fingers crossed.

happy monday.

see you all tomorrow.