THE BEST VALENTINE'S DAY PROJECTS

i've been crazy busy lately but have been aching to create. i didn't get any time to make a valentine's diy or two, but i've rounded up some of my favorites. click on each image for the sources! 

the conversation heart ring dish is  probably one of my favorite projects i've ever made (from last year!). anna from in honor of design has some truly beautiful diy's... that raspberry milk? yum. have you seen any valentine projects that you've fallen in love with? (pun intended) or do you stick to store bought stuff around this time? happy almost valentine's day!

"we're a perfect match" | matchbox valentine printable

valentine's day has always been a weird holiday for me to celebrate. i've only been alive for seventeen of them, and my main association with the day is decorated shoeboxes and candy from walgreens. (throwback to elementary school, what what!) i can remember opening up my box and going through all the valentines from my fellow classmates - the funny ones were always my favorite. this year, i decided to make my own ironic valentine and channel my energy into a creating a cute and simple valentine printable, that has nothing to do with cheap candy or sparkly cardboard.

i had gotten a bunch of vintage matchboxes a few months ago, and needed to put them to good use. a few minutes of brainstorming and messing around on photoshop, the simple, corny, vintage, and (you have to admit) cute valentine was born. click here to download the printable!

wouldn't these little babies be the perfect galentine's party handout? what's your opinion on valentine's day? do you love a classic punny valentine, a box of chocolates, or prefer to just turn to your OG bae netflix? hahah, i want to know!

ROSEMARY + PEPPERMINT LIP SCRUB

the weather here in chicago has been crazy indecisive lately. it'l be below 31 degrees one day, with frost all over the grass, my car, everything. then the day after, it's 60 degrees and rainy! all this changing weather leaves my skin and lips really dry. which leads me to my lip scrub diy! not only does it smell (and taste) really good, but it really works too!

INSTRUCTIONS for the scrub

  • combine coconut oil and both sugars in a medium bowl. (i found its easier to use your hands)
  • add the tablespoon of peppermint oil and mix with a spoon
  • add the rosemary and mix until it's all evenly combined
  • place into jars and cover

INGREDIENTS for the scrub

  • one cup granulated sugar
  • one cup brown sugar
  • about one cup coconut oil
  • one tablespoon agave nectar (or honey for a stickier mixture)
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint oil
  • rosemary (as much or as little as desired)
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i found that it's alot easier to mix the oil and sugars with your hands for a more even combination

i've used it myself, and it really works! the mint leaves a tingly feeling and the coconut oil really helps to moisturize and soothe dry lips. it's perfect to make for the new year and for the rest of the winter. it also makes great gifts fir any late holiday parties you might be attending! here's to soft lips and a happy new year!