It’s February!

That’s right, folks.  It’s the first Monday in the month of February.

Why is that significant?  Well, Valentine’s Day (it irks me when I hear people say “Valentime’s“) is quickly approaching.  It’s next Tuesday in fact (just a reminder for everyone).

Now, personally, I’m not a big fan of the holiday (maybe because I despise the color pink and I don‘t really care for the chocolates that come in that famous heart-shaped box) but a lot of people get into the spirit by grabbing up mushy cards, flowers, and boxes of chocolates.

Guys (and you girls too), those types of gifts may have worked when you were five and you wanted to get something for your mom, but they’re so overdone now that they’ve actually become quite boring.  How many people enjoy getting that same box of chocolates every year?

When I see the hordes of cards, cheesy stuffed animals, and candy I think…Last minute.  If the saying is true and it really is the thought that counts well then, shouldn’t the gift reflect the thought?  So, take a moment and put some serious thought and a little effort into your gifts.  Trust me, it will be appreciated ten times more.

Here’s an idea for you, get a two sided frame or a single frame with a mat that has space for two 5×7 prints.  In one side, give your significant other a portrait of yourself.  In the other, write a little message, love note, or poem.  My brother and I collaborated and actually did this for our mother one year for Mother’s Day and guess what?  She cried.  Score!  You know you’ve hit the mark when she (or even he!) cries in a good way!

And just to be more generous (like sharing the idea wasn‘t enough! [-_^]), I won’t even ask to be given credit if you happen to use this little idea of mine!  Though, if you do try it, or some variation of it, it would rock if you sent me an email or left a message on my Facebook page ( to let me how it worked out for you!

Until next time…




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