Don’t get me wrong, I love the traditional Valentine’s Day flowers and chocolate. But the most memorable Valentine gifts I’ve gotten have been the ones that weren’t things but rather experiences! So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Valentine gifts to give and receive. (One of the great things about these options too is if you’re a little late to the game, you can put one of these ideas together last minute!)
One of the holiday treats I remember having the most from my childhood were peanut butter balls. (That and those peanut butter Ritz cracker sandwiches dipped in chocolate. The peanut butter and chocolate loved started early with this one.) While I’m all for enjoying the real deal in moderation, I also figured it might be fun to try my hand at making a clean eating version of this family favorite!
I had a conversation with several of the mamas in my local moms group a few days ago revolving around our likes and dislikes of the holiday season. And during that conversation the idea of tradition came up…
Now, I’ll be honest. I’ve worked pretty hard in an attempt to establish some fun (mostly) and meaningful traditions for our family during the Christmas season. But the more we discussed, the more I realized that much of what I viewed as tradition have actually become obligations…A need to do more, to be more, to have more this time of year.
As we rounded the bend to yet another display and another handful of candy, one of the “treaters” said to me…”It’s your favorite night of the year, right?” As we laughed knowing that she was being sarcastic and making light of the fact that we typically try to keep our candy and namely sugar intake to a minimum, it made me think. I don’t necessarily love the onslaught of candy that the Halloween is known for, but truth be told, because our focus is balance, I don’t mind the occasional treat (or trick) here or there. I do try to do my best to keep it all in moderation, though, so I thought I’d share a few of my tips for enjoying a healthy and Happy Halloween!
It’s all too easy for me to get caught up in my to-do list and schedule this time of year. I’m trying to make this year different though and being really intentional about simplifying the season and really taking time to savor this holiday.
I know we all have a tendency to get caught up this time of year, so I decided to share a few of my tips with you! If you’d like to make your holiday season a little simpler too, give these ideas a try! Continue reading