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Lucky Winner + A Wish

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Valentine’s Day giveaway!

Sarah is the big winner, so if you are reading this, please email me your mailing information at

If I could, I’d send you all care packages but sadly my meager budget is restricting me. I love hearing all your thoughts on Valentines Day. Who knew it was such a hot topic?! From the majority of your comments, it seems that the overall day seems a bit kitschy and overhyped, but you all still want to show your loved ones how special they are. I couldn’t agree more! This year, I find myself single and without any prospects on the horizon. Traditionally, I’d mourn my single status with endless glasses of champagne and more chocolate truffles than I could imagine. Feeling sorry for yourself when everyone else seems to be coupled up is so easy, right?

But this year, I’m taking a stand. I’m saying no to the pity party. Instead, I’m celebrating my single status. (For those of you who don’t know me, this is a big big deal. I can be pretty miserable when I’m single.) I’m not going to focus on what I don’t have; I’m going to focus on the many blessings I have. This Sunday, I’m having a huge party for all my fellow single gals and we are going to have a blast. More importantly, we are to celebrate the choices we’ve made and the lives we live. Instead of pining over a lost love, I’m going to show myself some love. I know that sounds weird and most of you are thinking I’ve taking too many crazy pills. But think about it. When was the last time you congratulated yourself for something you’ve done?

If you ask me, we don’t give ourselves enough credit for all we do. Shuttling the kids to school//ballet/soccer practice, making countless lunches, doing the laundry, doing asinine projects at work, holding back the tears when you see your ex with someone new, finishing college, walking the dog. We do all these things without any praise and while we aren’t saving the world, I think we deserve some credit. So, this Valentine’s Day, why not take a moment to show some compassion to yourself for all the things you do. As my guru would say, “It’s a hard knock life.” (Yes, I just quoted Jay Z.)

Alright, I’m off my soapbox. No matter what you all do, I hope you know that you are loved by me.

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February 8, 2010 - 9:02 am

Dolce - Lucky gal :)

February 8, 2010 - 10:01 am

musketnuss - I love that! Your party is an awesome idea. I’ll join in not-mourning but celebrating life!

February 8, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Tracy - your Valentine party sounds like a blast! great idea. x

February 8, 2010 - 5:06 pm

rachellake - I love the idea of Valentine’s Day, the cute decorations and the chocolate, but I hate the random pressure society seems to put on this one day. There’s too much angst centered on the single people and too many expectations for the couples. So I’m just using it as an excuse to throw a party for my single friends. The historic movie theatre here is playing Casablanca and I’m making chicken stew with heart shaped biscuits and tiny red velvet cupcakes. Hope yours is equally as fun :)

February 8, 2010 - 10:57 pm

adoptmepaula - Such a nice idea! My friends and I plan on wandering the Valentine’s Day expo at Whole Foods–free samples of cheese and chocolate all around :)

February 9, 2010 - 7:48 am

tiina - In Scandinavia, Valentine’s Day is actually called “Friends’ Day”. It’s a day to remember how lucky you are to have all those lovely people in your life and letting them know that. We are going to spend the 14th mixing the American romantic Valentine’s Day and Friends’ Day + celebrating my sister’s birthday. So I’m all for making the day your own and just having fun with those crazy pink and red decoration and baking:) Your party sounds like a lot of fun – enjoy!

February 9, 2010 - 7:55 am

radish - never been a fan of valentine’s day. ever. aside from the fact that there is nothing less romantic than a gift/gesture expected, it’s all the pressure and the awfulness of making single people feel like they’re somehow deficient. I think appreciating one’s singledom (like kingdom) is a thing of getting older. you learn to appreciate yourself more and realize that you’re single because you’re not going to settle. :) I think a party for your friends is a great idea. I’m hanging out with one of my married friends, her hubby and their baby. And we’re going to make dinner and watch a movie. In my mind – it’s pure bliss!

February 9, 2010 - 6:20 pm

christine louise - have a wonderful valentine’s day! it sounds like you have some really special girlfriends. (:

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