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05 February 2016

Valentine's Day Date Night In with Paper Source

Since Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, I am planning the ultimate date night in. And yes, you read that right...I'm planning Valentine's Day this year. Ladies, we have to admit that we set our Valentine's Day expectations a little high. Sometimes, they're met or even surpassed. Other times, we're left wondering where the disconnect was. Either way, there's a lot of pressure on our partners to create a great date, and this year, I am taking the pressure off of my husband, and preparing a date just for him: a Valentine's Day date night IN. 

When I thought about what the perfect date night in would look like for my husband, I thought about a few of his favorite things, and tops of the list is a good beer. Admittedly, I am not a huge beer drinker, but for this sweet holiday, I can make an exception. 

I also knew that a great date night in couldn't stop with beer...we had to eat, too! And that's when it came to me: we love charcuterie platters when we go out to dinner, and while typically paired with wine, who says you can't pair beer with cheese?! Finally, we would need a little entertainment, and for that, we'll be relying on good old Netflix (complete with candy, of course). After all, the couple that presses play together, stays together. 

Paper Source has long been my go-to destination for wrapping and cards, and their gifts are equally as fun. To recreate this date night at home, you will need:

- Heart Cutting Board - as a stable setting for your charcuterie
- Happy Thoughts Juice Glasses - for your favorite beer pairings
- Hey Sugar Gummy Lips - to share and snack-on during your movie 
- Letterpress Couples that Press Play Card - as something special for the one you love 

Select your husbands' favorite beers (or the ones that he's okay to share with you for the night), and a few meats and cheeses that pair well with the flavors. I picked up Parmigiano-Reggiano, white cheddar, Gruyere, salami, and flavored jerky. Once you have your selections, it's all about presentation. Fill your heart cutting board with cheese and meat, and set-up your beer pairing station. Make notes about which flavors pair well together (and which don't) and decide your favorite combinations. Most of all, have fun with it! 

The best part of this date night in is spending time with each other (and avoiding the dinner reservation crowds, too). Finish the evening with a movie of his choice and share some gummy lips. Enjoy your date night in! 

Thanks to Paper Source for partnering with me for this post. While I did receive the products seen here, all opinions (and date night plans!) are my own. 


01 February 2016

Valentine's Day Parfait

Add a little color and festivity to your breakfast for Valentine's Day with this quick Valentine's Day parfait. Since no one has time in the mornings, I am all about easy breakfasts that can be eaten on the go. This parfait fits that bill all while being cute and healthy, too. 

All you need to do is pick up your favorite granola, vanilla bean yogurt (or another flavor...your choice), and strawberries. Next scoop each item into a small glass (or mason jar for easy travel), layering each as you go. I like a tiny layer of yogurt on the bottom then strawberries and granola before piling it on. This breakfast parfait turns out super cute and adds a little fun to your morning routine! 

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