10 Reasons I Kinda Like Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Do you remember Valentine Boxes? As in the shoeboxes you used to decorate in grade school with lace and glitter and then cut a hole in the top so the other kids in your class could drop their Valentines in?

I made this vending machine candy box in 4th grade and it was the best ever... jk! I actually just found this on Pinterest and was reminded how much kids (moms) have stepped up their game in EVERYTHING. I would have gone nuts for this as a kid....err also as an adult.

I've never been a crafty person, details aren't really my thing, so no matter how hard I tried I always had the ugliest box in class. (I'll resist the urge to make a box joke here, but if you've got your own don't let me hold you back.)

Regardless, I took so much delight in creating those little Valentine boxes. They were a highlight of my year.

I was thinking about that today when I heard someone mention how much they hate Valentines Day. Other than a brief stint in college, I've always kinda liked Valentines Day.

Thus I present to you, Ten Reasons I Kinda Like Valentines Day.

Also, I'd just like to go ahead and apologize for the abundance of lists posts I'm throwing your way this week. I know, I know, they're crappy writing. I'm not happy about it either. Honestly, I've just got a lot on my plate right now and my ability to focus is at an all time low.

So let's just embrace it until I'm able to focus long enough to actually construct a well written post. Your patience is very much appreciated! After all, I'm dying to tell you about my audition yesterday and how I'm probably going to be booked in 100 movies this year. Never mind the fact that the casting director cut me off half way through my very intense monologue about my politician father killing an intern he was sleeping with. I was showing my RANGE!

Anyway, what was I saying? I'm having trouble focusing. Oh yes, I like Valentines Day. Here's just a few reasons why.

1. Valentine Boxes.
I kinda covered this one above. Because they're fun, that's why.

2. Candy hearts with words on them.
These things may taste like shit, but you have to admit they're pretty cute!

3. Valentine style.
Clothes with red or pink or hearts on them. Stuff I'd never normally wear, but on Valentines Day it feels okay.

Oh who am I kidding? I've worn this red striped shirt 100 times since I bought it. Get ready for three very very cool fashion photos coming your way in 3.2.1... Jacket casually thrown over the back. YES!

The walking one. So hard to nail. So hard. This pic is definitely going on Insta later because yasss flares. 

4. Flowers.
And by flowers I mean wine. Which is what I tell Chris every year. "Please don't spend money on roses, but if you insist on buying flowers just go to Trader Joes and get me a $7 bunch and top it off with a couple of bottles of wine."

5. Valentine cards/grams.
Like the cheap ones that kids buy to pass out in class and drop in Valentine boxes. Those are my favs.

6. Gummy hearts.
My teeth are rotting just thinking about all of the candy I used to consume as a kid on Valentines Day.

7. This scene from Billy Madison.

8. Mushy Valentine movies.
The good ones, not the 50 Shade ones. I still haven't seen that entire movie. I've started it but just can't finish it. I just think it's SO BAD. I can only watch Dakota Johnson bite her lip so many times before I've had enough.

9. Spending a day with my Valentines, Chris and Harlow, doing what we love most- eating too much food and being lazy on the couch. Ahh I can't wait.

10. Valentine presents.
For myself: this mug. (But with Harlow's face, duh.)

For Chris: probably his standard Arnold Palmer six pack and beef jerky.
For Harlow: a giant heart sized bone like last year.

And there we go. I've met my Valentine post quota for the year. What are your thoughts on this day? Are we fans? Or no not at all?


  1. Gosh, that Valentine box is just amazing. I'm glad I'm not a kid trying to make up something like that. I'd be using my phone a friend...Oh hey mom.

  2. I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day (people I know take it too seriously), but I still remember the best shoebox I ever made. My mom and I sat on her bed cutting out a million pictures from magazines, and we carefully pasted them to the lid. Then we glued lace and ribbon around the sides of the lid to take it to the next level. There was a contest at school, and I was determined to win. Well, I won. And so did everyone else in my class. It was second grade. I guess you can't really have real contests for eight-year-olds. But my box was so cool. I kept it for storage until my dog chewed it up when she was a puppy. That's my favorite Valentine's memory.

  3. I love Valentine's Day because it's my birthday!

  4. I love Valentine's Day. Maybe it's because I'm sappy or maybe because I could eat my weight in reese's hearts.

  5. I love Valentine's day. I find that we are always so busy. Its nice to have a day where we can all make time for the one we love, and romance, and all of the mushy, sappy things.

    My fiance however, not so much a fan.

  6. Omg Valentine's boxes.... I totally forgot about those!! Those were the days! I remember always fishing out the Valentine from the guy I liked in my 1st grade class and cherishing it... even though he had to give everyone Valentines because that's how 1st grade worked. LOL.

    Emma | Seeking the South

  7. I kinda like Valentine's Day too (: you're rocking the flares girl!

  8. Errgh Dakota Johnson. I was also bothered that she was putting everything in her mouth, no one does that!! Anyways, Valentines day...I am such a girl and I love flowers. Like, you just reminded me that I might be getting flowers this weekend and now I'm exited. I told John I'm making him slutty brownies this weekend and he is a little more excited than he should be haha. He'll be upset when he realizes its really just brownies lol.

  9. I love everything about this post! I was cracking up at that vending machine box before you said it was from Pinterest - I was going to say you've got mad skills, girl! Anyways, conversation hearts taste like complete crap yet I can't stop eating them this time of year. I feel like it's a right of passage or something. Oh, and how friggen cute is that dog mug? I think I need one with my little man's face on it. Love it!

  10. Valentine's Day I can take it or leave it, Tim isn't into the whole Valentine's Day thing never has been so not expecting anything to change he says he tells me he loves me all the time and he does but still at times it would be nice to be thought of on the day

  11. Oh man, I miss Valentine's boxes. Those were the shit. But alas like you said in the world of Pinterest mine wouldn't be so cool and I don't think my mom would've been the type of parent to get into the zone on that without heavy bribery.

  12. I love Valentine's Day, and that mug is adorable!! Honestly I had kind of forgotten about Valentine's Day boxes but I can't believe I ever did.. They. Were. AWesome.

    toast the girl almighty

  13. Ehh, we're okay with it. I like to get fun stuff. But I kinda put Vday on the back burner this year. Life is too busy. But i want candy.

  14. I can't believe you forgot to list those soft sugar cookies with the thick frosting! I see the homage to them in the form of the pic up top but damn. so chemically delicious! I was just starting to miss them from Christmas when the rear their perfect little heads out again.

  15. Thinking about those boxes (mine was also always awful too...I do have skills, but that kind of decorating is not among them) made me remember the time when I was in elementary school and I'd gotten a bag of candy to give out along with the valentines. It was my own favorite candy, Reese's peanut butter cups. As it so happened, I was ill on Valentine's Day, and so I didn't end up giving them out after all. I ended up eating the entire bag by myself in one day and made myself so violently sick I cannot eat them to this day. I'm 30. Despite this, I'm pro-Valentine's Day, though we tend to not make a big fuss out of it (we order in pizza, exchange small gifts, and drink some champagne). It is kind of nice to have a day that's just about reminding each other how much you love each other. Which sounds totally schmoopy and gross, but I'm okay with that.