Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas Bursting with Love

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Image via MarthaStewart.com

Hey Ya’ll,

As promised, I’m sharing some of the cute ideas for Valentine’s Day meals that I’ve seen scattered across the web. To kick things off, I figured I’d focus on the very first meal of the day: Breakfast!

1407443603064762_vRXIOFTr_cYou can keep things fast and easy by simply changing the shape of your breakfast, like these adorable hard-boiled eggs (pictured above) or these very tempting cinnamon rolls (pictured below).

9e97cdb0662c1e1360fe32ebf09543fbOr you can really put your heart into it by preparing a heart-y spread that’s sure to start your Valentine’s day off on the right foot…

Invest in various sized heart-shaped cookie cutters. They come in handy for more than just pancakes!

Invest in various sized heart-shaped cookie cutters. They come in handy for more than just pancakes!

Bacon is the way to most anyone's heart. That is, unless they're a vegetarian.

Bacon is the way to most anyone’s heart. That is, unless they’re a vegetarian.

Cut your potatoes into flat discs, then use your smallest heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out individual hearts before tossing them into your skillet with some olive oil.

Cut your potatoes into flat discs, then use your smallest heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out individual hearts before tossing them into your skillet with some olive oil and rosemary.

Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to remove the center of your toast and place in warm skillet. Crack your egg into the center of the bread and cook for 3 minutes.

Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to remove the center of your toast and place in warm skillet. Crack your egg into the center of the bread and cook for 3 minutes.

If you’d like to take a more decadent approach to breakfast, try making red velvet scones with cream cheese frosting (click the photo below for the recipe) or strawberry Nutella stacked french toast (click photo below for the recipe)!

Whatever you decide to make for breakfast, be sure to include a festive beverage with your meal. Again, you can keep it simple by adding a splash of O.J. and a strawberry to a glass of champagne or pour your sweetheart their usual coffee with a little extra love!

Screen Shot 2013-01-22 at 4.34.56 PM86201780337208456_IF6Qi502_bNow all you need to do is decide where you’ll be serving your Valentine their breakfast. You could serve them breakfast in bed… in the kitchen… dining room… outside on the patio… or even on a picnic blanket after your morning hike (assuming that it’s warm where you live!).

I hope you fell in love with a few of these ideas. More Valentine’s Day meal ideas to come so be sure to check back!
-Brian

DIY Patio Lighting Perfect for Savoring Summer Nights!

Hey Ya’ll,

Since the summer is almost over, I thought I’d feature a few cool DIY solutions for lighting up everyone’s favorite place to spend a hot summer night: the patio!

Most of the projects I found require either a string of lights or votive candles, in addition to the materials you decide to accessorize with (many of which can be found around the house and up-cycled!).

Think Green: If you want to be more eco-friendly, opt for the projects that utilize candles and recycled items. If you decide to use string lights, be sure to purchase energy-efficient LED lights.

One thing is for sure, no matter which one of the projects below strikes your fancy, you’ll end up with lovely patio lighting that’s perfect for savoring what’s left of these hot summer nights under the stars. Enjoy!

Items you’ll need to make these mini fabric lamps via http://www.itstaylormade.com/2012/06/mini-fabric-lamps.html

Drill holes to hang from string lights or simply insert candles! Image and Tutorial via http://inhabitat.com/how-to-recycle-a-tin-can-into-a-gorgeous-outdoor-lantern-for-summer-parties/

Same idea as above, but with bright spray paint! Image and Tutorial via
http://narcissusfloralstudio.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/diy-patio-lights/

Fun project to do with the kids! Image and Tutorial via http://putitinajar.com/crafts/solar_powered_fabric_mason_jar/

Which one of these projects is your favorite? If you have any other fantastic ideas for DIY patio lighting, leave them in the comment section below.
-Brian

“25 Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier” via the Daily Buzz

Via The Daily Buzz: http://www.thedailybuzz.com.au

Hey Ya’ll,
Thanks to a heads-up from my mother, today I’m re-blogging this excellent post entitled ’25 Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier’ from The Daily Buzz blog. These ingenious ideas will have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that!?!”
Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a straw
Via: amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com

Use a straw to make hulling strawberries a snap!

Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture scratches
Via: apartmenttherapy.com

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.

Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screens
Via: unplggd.com

Remove crayon drawings from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).

Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brown
Via: athomewithrealfood.blogspot.com

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcases
Via: marthastewart.com

Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifier
Via: realsimple.com

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music.

Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storage
Via: savvyhousekeeping.com

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Clever ideas: baby powder to remove sand from feet
Via: iheartnaptime.net

Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily – who knew?!

Clever ideas: velcro strip on wall to hold soft toys
Via: realsimple.com

Attach a velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

Clever ideas: gift wrap storage on cupboard ceiling
Via: flickr.com

Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

Clever idea: stocking over vacuum to pick up lost items
Via: instructables.com

Gotcha! Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.

Clever idea: box lid cupcake holder
Via: realsimple.com

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.

Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheet
Via: stephmodo.com

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Clever idea: magnetic bobbypin storage
Via: sprwmn.blogspot.com

Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins (and tweezers and clippers) behind a vanity door

Clever idea: use shower caps to hold shoes when packing
Via: realsimple.com

A tip for holiday packing. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel!

Clever idea: muffin pan craft storage
Via: familyfun.go.com

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.

Clever idea: bread tags as cable labels
Via: unplggd.com

Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels.

Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream cones
Via: kiboomu.com

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Definitely doing this!

Clever idea: microwave your own popcorn in a plain paper bag
Via: squawkfox.com

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.

Clever idea: use a tension rod to hang spray bottles
Via: jengrantmorris.blogspot.com

Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius!

Clever idea: how to make heart-shaped eggs
Via: 9gag.com

Win friends at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial.

Clever idea: use upside-down muffic pan to make cookie bowls
Via: wilton.com

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila – you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. Click here for recipe.

Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burns
Via: realsimple.com

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.

Clever idea: gutter veggie garden
Via: lifehacker.com.au

Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

Clever idea: egg cartons for Christmas ornament storage
Via: re-nest.com

Idea #25: Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

BONUS TIP: Egg cartons also make egg-cellent jewelry and hair accessory organizers in bathroom drawers (for both kids and adults!).

For more awesome tips and tricks, head to www.TheDailyBuzz.com.au. Let me know in the comment section below if any of these tricks surprised you!
-Brian