Valentine’s Day in the Suburbs

When Dave and I were dating we used to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 13th. On our first Valentine’s together he had a convention on the 14th (convenient, right?) so we went out the night before instead. We liked the quietness of the restaurant – no crowds or “special” (overpriced) menus – and carried on the tradition of February 13th for years after.

We gloated a bit in our cleverness. We had Valentine’s down!

One  year early in our marriage Dave was heading out of town Valentine’s morning, most likely to that same convention, and casually asked me if I still made the bed when he went out of town.

“Of course,” I told him.

“Have fun  making the bed,” he said as he kissed me and headed out the door.

I found a white-ribboned blue box that made me squeal with delight hidden in the tangled sheets. Inside was a silver necklace. Or maybe it was a bracelet earrings. To be honest I can’t remember. I used to get a lot of jewelry in blue boxes back in those days.

On Saturday night I posted this photo on Instagram and Facebook:

Valentines Dessert
Valentine’s In the suburbs

Our Valentine’s dessert after a dinner of sweet hot mustard chicken thighs (a recipe I’d been wanting to try that I knew Dave and I would like, but the kids wouldn’t), asparagus and roasted potatoes.

Please don’t assume that because I made something the kids wouldn’t like that we dined alone. I made their chicken plain and the four of us enjoyed a lovely dinner together.

After dinner we told the kids they had to watch a romantic comedy with us. We chose Music and Lyrics with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. As a lover of 80’s music (and former 80’s sort-of-groupie), it’s one of my favorites. Marley lasted three quarters of the way through before tapping out (that girl has no taste), but Chandler liked the movie and watched the all way through. He says he still can’t get the song Pop Goes My Heart out of his head.

It is pretty catchy in all of its fake-80’s fabulousness.

(By the way, if you’ve never seen Music and Lyrics you must first watch this spectacular video and then do whatever you have to do -cable, Netflix, your local library- to watch it. You will totally thank me because it’s awesome. So I will preemptively say, “You’re welcome!”)


I made a homemade Valentine with a printed someecards & taped it to a dark chocolate bar and stuck it under Dave’s pillow.

someecards Valentines Day
This was not his card, but it’s pretty appropriate for this post.


Yeah, I go all out. Dave said he thought we agreed that we weren’t doing Valentines this year. Uh… no. But perhaps after (almost) 21 years of marriage that agreement is implied. If I told you that his neglect of a forced Hallmark holiday hurt my feelings I’d be lying. In fact I’d have been shocked if he had done something. And now I get to eat the chocolate I gave him (conveniently the kind I like) without guilt.

Hmmm… a recipe I’ve been wanting to try, a good bottle of wine, one of  my favorite cheesy romantic comedies and  my husband’s dark chocolate all for me? Turns out I’m still pretty clever when it  comes to Valentine’s Day.

My Valentine’s Day Aboard the Love Boat with MIXIM Greek Yogurt

I know you are all wondering how my Valentine’s date with Dave on the Queen Mary was. In a word: AWESOME!

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, Really? Yes, really!

Getting ready to board the Love Boat

I was invited to attend the MIXIM Greek Yogurt launch at the Queen Mary for Valentine’s Day last Friday night. It sounded like a lot of fun and Dave and I were really excited to go. In fact, we were so determined to spend a fun Valentine’s night doing something different, we suffered through 2 1/2 hours in get-out-of-town President’s Day traffic to get there. Okay, I admit – that, not so awesome. But once we got there – so fun!

Once we arrived at the Queen Mary we checked in and were escorted to the VIP lounge where we immediately headed to the bar. One big sip gulp of a vodka cranberry, and our traffic stress immediately drained away.

I’ll tell you what, Ehrmann, the makers of MIXIM Greek yogurt, sure do know how to throw a party. The VIP lounge not only had free cocktails, but pass around trays of fabulous hors d’oeuvres, a yummy pasta bar, and to-die-for cupcakes. (And I don’t even usually like cupcakes.) And of course all the yogurt your little heart desired.

These girls are adorable. And the yogurt? Delicious!

In case you haven’t noticed, this is a sponsored post, so a little about the yogurt…

I am a HUGE Greek yogurt fan. I eat it every day. (And I mean every day.) The thing is, I usually am not a huge fan of fat free Greek yogurt. It tastes a bit chalky to me so I wasn’t sure I would really enjoy MIXIM very much. Oh how wrong I was! MIXIM fat free yogurt get in my belly now! MIXIM Greek yogurt comes in an adorable heart-shaped container that has a crunchy mix-in and a fruit or honey mix-in. They have six flavors – all of them were delicious, but my favorite was the dark chocolate/cherry. YUM!

Mix it in and mix it up!

Oh, and one very, very important thing to note: MIXIM does not use rBST. I do not eat or endorse products with rBST. (With a teenage daughter and a never-mind-it’s-none-of-your-business-mid-life-change me, we have all the hormones we need in our household thankyouverymuch!)

Okay, back to the party…

After Dave and I ate our body weight in pasta and fat-free, rBST-free, creamy delicious yogurt (and perhaps had another drink or two) we decided to join the party outside.

Hangin’ with the cool kids on the deck of the Queen Mary.

Before we knew it, it was time for the Guinness Book of World Records attempt of the most couples simultaneously feeding each other.

Ehrmann MIXIM Greek Yogurt Love Boat
Look in the lower left hand corner – that’s me!

What? Can’t see me? Okay, I will totally humiliate myself by posting the worst picture of me ever. (Oh the things I will do for this blog!)

Look Mom! We’re in the Guinness Book of World Records!

That’s right! We made the record. We were 2 of the 436 individuals simultaneously spoon feeding each other.

After the attempt at the world record was deemed a success, Christian Ehrmann, owner of Ehrmann USA presented a $20,000 check to The Children’s Heart Foundation during the celebration.

Ehrmann MIXIM Greek Yogurt Love Boat Christian Ehrmann

Then the Journey tribute band Don’t Stop Believin’ rocked the house. (Or rather rocked the boat!) And if that wasn’t enough, the night ended with a spectacular fireworks display.

MIXIM Queen Mary Fireworks
A perfect way to end an awesome night!

But wait, there’s more! No, not of my Valentine’s night (and if there was, that part is private!) – there’s more MIXIM LOVE, but this time, for you!


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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Ehrmann MIXIM. But the time I had? Fabulous. And the yogurt? Delicious!

P.S. All of the crisp, sharp, clear, un-dark photographs on this post were courtesy of MIXIM.