What I Love

In the past I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day, but now that I have kids, I’m in a major ‘love it’ phase. I loved creating little valentines for their friends and I loved the craft Clara made at school and I loved that Clara was so excited about the whole thing.

Valentine’s Day morning I had such high hopes… Tim was going to take a few hours off work so he could stay at home in the morning and make heart-shaped pancakes for the girls. And they were going to be pink! We had it all figured out!

Well, in true Tim & Lisa fashion, we didn’t really plan ahead. The heart-shaped cookie cutters (that I swear we own) were nowhere to be found, and the food dye was too light, so we ended up with regular-colored start shaped pancakes instead. Wah wah. Clara and Isabelle still loved them so I’m considering it a win.

Things I Love

Clara is so proud of her (first handmade) Valentine’s Day card!

But enough about that. I want to share a  list of…

Things I Love

(in no particular order)

  • My faith
  • Dark chocolate
  • Being active
  • Learning
  • This vacuum. I have to explaiin… I hate cleaning with a passion, but I use this vacuum at least five times per day. With two excessively messy eaters on my hands, I feel like all I do is clean the floors – and this has been a life saver. Not to mention all of the dog hair I’m also always cleaning up…
  • Prosecco
  • Finishing something. Anything.
  • Dry humor
  • Changes
  • Relationships
  • Clara’s preschool
  • Political podcasts
  • Trying something new
  • Baking
  • Scandal and Olivia Pope’s wardrobe
  • Tinybeans. If you have a kid and are not using this app, I think you are doing it wrong. I just went through all 2.5 years of pics I have on it (starting with Clara’s birth) and was in tears by the end. Download this one.
  • Hot chocolate from Chocolati Cafe
  • My library card and alllllll of the books
  • The concept of minimalism. I am not yet a minimalist, but I am actively working on it.
  • A new recipe
  • Blogging
  • This tea
  • The newborn baby phase. Am I the only person who loves this phase? I might be.
  • Personality quizzes
  • Traveling
  • Handwritten letters
  • Instagram
  • Being outdoors
  • French fries
  • Mountains. I had always wondered if living in a place with mountains would make me immune to their beauty… and I can say that after 18 months, the answer is still, nope!
  • Chatting with a good friend
  • Slippers or comfy socks
  • Self reflection
  • Doing taxes (I’m crazy, I know.)
  • Reading
  • This nail polish
  • Getting to know my girls’ unique personalities
  • Being intentional
  • Road trips
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Surprises
  • Taking photos
  • Learning about people’s lives
  • Bath and Body Works candles
  • March Madness. And football.
  • My daily coffee
  • Raw cookie dough and brownie batter
  • Neutral color
  • Living in cities
  • Rainy days
  • Snapchat
  • Shopping at thrift/consignment stores
  • Cheese

And Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my husband and our two girls! I love that Tim is silly, kind, generous, and loyal. I love that Clara is independent, smart, goofy, and joyful. I love that Isabelle is squishy, determined, resilient, and cuddly. And (because self-love is important, too!) I love that I’m intentional, witty, motivated, and friendly.

I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating love!

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17 Responses to What I Love

  1. Snapchat is the bombdiggity. Pretty sure I didn’t know what I did before the deer filter filled that squeaky voice/pretty eyes shaped hole in my life.

  2. I love this! My bff has two babies and uses Tinybeans. I love waking up to emails with all their pictures!
    Similar to your mountains-love, I live in a place where the stars are brilliant. I don’t see them from my house as well as one would in the country, so every time I’m out of town driving around on a clear night I pull over and just stare at the sky 🙂 (Well, I think our stars are awesome… I’d love to go somewhere that’s KNOWN for its star-gazing!)

    • Lisa says:

      Tinybeans is the best! I love that some of my friends use it, too. And you bring up such a great point about stars… when I’m in places I can see them it’s MAGICAL.

  3. I love this 🙂 I just went to Chocolati for the first time and omg. Also, comfy socks – I didn’t realize how much I love them until you made me think about it. And the mountains NEVER get old. Going on 29 years here and every day you get a different view, clouds or no clouds, sun or no sun, even with or without snow, they’re always magical to me 🙂

  4. erinhzauner says:

    This is such a sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! I’m with you on a lot of your loves too.

  5. Can I PLEASE have Olivia’s wardrobe?

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  7. oh my gosh, I LOVE doing our taxes as well!!

  8. Steph Gregerson says:

    YES! I feel like you could write my Valentines for me 🙂 I don’t know what Chocolati is, but I’d sign up blind as this point. Also, NYC just opened a raw cookie dough place that is safe to eat (you know, no raw eggs) and I haven’t been yet, but it’s high on the list. Happy love week, month, year… who needs a day for this?

    • Lisa says:

      Ohmygoodness there is a raw cookie dough ice cream place in my hometown and I am OBSESSED. It is delicious and I can only imagine the one in NYC will be amazing, too. Please keep me posted!!!

  9. Ohh I love the honestly here! I second you on that list of things you love! Sounds like such a sweet little Valentine’s Day 🙂


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