This Valentines I've chosen to give more with less.
I'm a gift giver naturally, it's how I most comfortably show my love language. But I've realized that not everyone feels loved the most in receiving gifts. And that's a hard concept to grasp! Our love languages aren't all the same, which is totally fine, but it can be a difficult concept for couples to figure out when we feel like we're desperately showing love and it's not being received.
It's not only important to learn how you show love best, but it's equally as important to learn how your significant other receives love the best! Luckily, Blake and I have figured this out pretty well over the years and I know that while he may not need tangible gifts to feel loved, there's one tangible gift that goes straight to his heart.
And tummy. :)
Food and sweets are the way to my man's heart. He got that sweet tooth from his momma. :) And while I may not be the best in the kitchen, I've learned so much from my mom and his mom over the years with recipes that they've handed down, and now I've become a self proclaimed chef! Now, I get lost in the kitchen (both literally and figuratively, ha!) but it's because I know just how much a good home cooked meal means to him. It's because I know baked goods speak straight to his soul. His eyes light up at the smell of homemade apple crisp. His smile widens at the sight of homemade cream cheese icing for his cookies. He's such a foodie, so I've learned to show him love this way.
You may have seen that I am transitioning out of Active Duty Army service to the Army Reserves this summer. And with that comes a huge pay cut - a $6,000 one to be exact. We've been revamping our budget over the last year, and have learned that happiness isn't found in our bank account. I've been learning that I don't need all the things all the time, and have mastered the fill the cart up but put it all back at the checkout line with one final pep talk with myself. (the cashiers hate me haha!)
So for the last year I've been strategically and diligently living with less, needing less, buying less and giving less. Which honestly is super hard for me, because it's naturally what I love to do. But I've realized that the decisions I make with our money now are going to have lasting impacts on our future. In the last year, we've realized the truth behind one cliche phrase after another.
Money can't buy our happiness, but our memories can.
Hence, why we created The Ever Co.
Writing is a lost art, and it's an art that my sweet daddy did such a beautiful job of teaching me. I never want to lose the passion I have for writing, and I'm passionate about instilling the art of writing in our girls. A handwritten note goes a long way.
For Valentines I created these "I love you Most" printables (found here) for him. All week long I'll bake tons of yummy goodies for him to come home to after work. With each yummy surprise there'll be a card, and on the back a note that reminds him why I love him more. A note that reminds him all the reasons that I fell in love with him in the first place. I've printed off a ton of these and have hid them all throughout the house for him to find throughout the week of Valentines, but also even long after! Cause I know just how much a note of love means when it's least expected. There's something so special about the subtle surprise of words that pull on heartstrings.
And now, I think we have a new Valentine's tradition.
We're learning to live a more abundant life with less in our bank account.
So we challenge you this Valentines (and for holidays after) to not necessarily go out and buy all the things, but to make something-create something-go somewhere, to do something that creates a tradition and that makes lasting memories for you and yours truly. Sure they'll remember the coolest techy gadget, but will they remember a trip to the place your first met and a picnic even more?
We challenge you to do things that have tons of meaning and make tons of memory.
I have a good feeling it'll be just as special. (your bank account will thank you too) ;)
With the printables purchase from our shop, you get all three of these designs for just $2.99 to print as many as you'd like at home or at an office store! We want to bring you affordable, modern + hip designs in all that we create! We guarantee you can't find these at Target. ;)
Printables- you can find the printables here for just $2.99 in our shop!
Our cookie cutters were found at Home Goods for just $3.99, but here's similar ones from Target for $8.99!
Here's my all time favorite rolled sugar cookie recipe!
- 1 1/2 cups softened butter
- 2 cups white sugar (I use 1 1/4 cup and we still love them!)
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 cups flour
- 2 tspns baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
Here's my all time favorite cream cheese frosting!
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.
- Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
Happy baking and note writing, loves!