… is a red fur coat. And maybe anything that sparkles. (Just to set the scene: I type this as my Mr. is snoring away next to me. So romantic.)
Before I start, I want to register a mea culpa for the lack of posts lately. So much for my 2018 intention to post more frequently… Promise, I have good reason. Mama has been extra sleep deprived, more than normal, as of late. My son was going through sleep regression which meant sleep training all over again. So… staying up to work on YL after the babies were tucked away in bed after a long day at work + dinner, bath time, bed time and so on… proved to be a struggle, to say the least.
Let’s get to it. Here is my first-ever gift guide on YL (scroll down to find it). I am sharing a personally curated Valentine’s Day gift guide. Not because there is a shortage of gift guides, but largely because I like perusing gift guides in all its lovey dovey glory.
I also want to take the opportunity to inject something else into the ether that perhaps you won’t read in other V-Day blog posts. And I’m about to contradict myself since I just announced that this blog post comes with a gift guide. Nonetheless, here’s a thought I have been wrestling with in anticipation of V-Day. Consumerism. Eyebrow raise, I know. But, hear me out.
Holidays are fun AF. I love love, and love any opportunity to be extra, such as on Valentine’s Day. I’ll happily take the gifts that come with. And, I should note February is special to us because S and I met on February 8. The cherry on top is that our twin girls were born on Feb 5. Therefore, February carries a lot of love in my life.
But this V-Day, I want to celebrate a little differently. Without expectations of this or that fancy gift, but with the expectation to have memorable moments — and not just with my Mr but also with my babies. I enjoy that the girls are at an age that these holidays have meaning to them and they partake in the festivities. Together we will fill out V-Day cards for their classmates, stuffing them with candy. These are the moments that will stand out in our minds, years from now, evoking the sentiments that we feel now. How special is that. I’m at a point in my life where I increasingly appreciate meaningful gifts that offer lasting memories. I can buy myself stuff anytime — and I sure do love buying myself stuff, not gonna lie — but lately, I’ve noticed myself gravitating towards celebrating special occasions with gifts that keep giving, such as getaways, for instance. If you have the option, consider a mini getaway with your boo this V-Day. It doesn’t have to be fancy or anything outrageous. But, imagine, a relaxed day and night at a hotel with fresh linens, fluffed pillows that feel like you’re laying in the clouds, housekeeping cleaning up after you, room service a phone call away, and where you can do absolutely nothing and unwind. I want to do absolutely nothing. Or option 2, add the kiddos if you’re a parent and make it a family V-Day getaway (just keep sugar out of reach when possible, or they’ll be climbing the walls).
So there it is. A gift guide. My thoughts on consumerism and how I want to tweak my V-Day celebrations this year. Happy Valentine’s Day, and hope you enjoyed the read. x
P.S. outfit details and inspo at the end.