galentine’s day goodies

galentine's day goodies I’ve been leaving Ben a little surprise every day since February started, and we have the girls’  Valentine’s gifts ready, so I put together a little something in honor of Galentine’s Day! By the way, did you know 62% of women think Valentine’s Day isn’t that big of a deal, and 74% think there should be a holiday just for celebrating friendships (so enter Galentine’s Day!). Thus today, the girls and I (they’re my favorite gal pals) are going to go deliver these to some of my local friends. Most of these ladies are people with whom I have been friends with since high school, and we’ve experienced a whole lot of life’s ups and downs together. One of my close friends is THE reason my ex-boyfriend and I broke up (and well, I met Ben not too long after that, so the rest is history!) I always joke with my friend and tell her, “I’m so glad you were there to break us up!” HA! My friends and I have had fights too over the years, but I’m so thankful for all the forgiveness that has countered.

Anyway, the package has lots of goodies… some of Skinny Cows’ newest, gratifying treats, which include their ice cream (did someone say ice cream?!), chocolate candy (would you like milk chocolate or dark chocolate?), and creamy iced coffee (comes in vanilla latte, mocha latte, and creamy cappuccino). There are also some handmade things too, and of course, flowers. Each gift also came with a special poem; some are some silly (cheesy) poems I came up with, and others are a play off familiar poems. I used my (very novice) calligraphy skills to write out the poems, then I scanned them, digitalized my writing, and printed them out on card stock. Once I cut them out, I did a few watercolor brushstrokes on each one, and there you have it, every gift had a corresponding poem. I put all the pieces of the gift together in a berry carton, and now they are ready to be dropped off.

To go with the handmade necklaces (made with simple beads and leather cording)…
Galentine, O, Galentine
I’ll be your friend, and you’ll be mine,
Our friendship has gone through rain and shine,
Here’s a token to decorate your neckline.

galentine's day goodies To go with the flowers…
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I treasure our friendship,
And I hope you do too.

galentine's day goodies To go with Skinny Cow’s Creamy Iced Coffee…
Love is what makes the world go round,
I know for some in coffee that’s found.
If you find that statement to ring true,
Savor the Skinny Cow Iced Coffee that’s here for you.

skinny cow Accompanied with the Skinny Cow® Blissful Truffle Candy Bars (or the Skinny Cow® Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Bars for the friends coming over)…
You dear friend are a sweet gal,
We’ve talked about everything,
Even when our kids went through our birth canal.
You bring laughter and make my life bright,
So for you, enjoy this Galentine delight!

galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies Heart Strings Garland

Supplies:
Cardstock
Heart puncher
1/8″ hold puncher
1 yard paper rope (per garland)

Directions:
Cut out a lot of hearts in a plethora of colors, then hole punch the center of each heart. Mix up the colors and string onto your rope. Double knot each ends, so the hearts can fall out. I attached another one of my silly poems to the end of it, and wrapped the garland around all the gifts.

galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies galentine's day goodies The poem that came attached to the heart strings garland and sums up the whole surprise…
Days go by, in and out they go,
Our lives get busy, as I’m sure you well know.
Even still, our friendship has stood the test of time,
You are special, dear friend, you are my Galentine!

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9 Responses to “galentine’s day goodies”

  1. Kamisha says:

    I love this idea for some lady friends. I mostly love the hand written poems attached to each item.

  2. Denise says:

    How beautiful of you to do this for your friends. I’ve never though to do something so thoughtful like this. I’m now inspired by your post.
    We’ve never celebrated valentines day ourselves. I’ve always felt rather cynical towards it, mainly I think because it seems to come across as rather one sided, with the female being lavished on and the male often forgotten about which I don’t agree with. If were to express love it grow both ways equally, I believe. The other thing that I felt was that there seemed to be this one day where love seemed to be lavished on each other and others and then the rest of the year it’s cast aside, I know I sound really anti here and I guess I am, but with my love language being acts of service, I feel I am most loved when my husband helps me around the house. With the family or makes me a cup of tea, rather than gifts, not that we have any money for gifts. My husband does all those things for me, so I feels loved every day of the year. But I do like the way you celebrate with your kids and friends too. That is sweet and to be honest it’s lovely to read about. Things like this May just change my mindset on valentines day to showing love to all in special ways unique to the receiver. Refreshing :)
    Happy galentines day and valentines day to you and yours from down under xo

    • Rubyellen says:

      I agree! Love should be expressed everyday in even the little things, but we still have fun celebrating these commercialized days too. Not that we expect much, but sometimes it’s nice to be intentional in the effort to show each other (again, should happen everyday though!). After doing a little special for my friends, I am so convicted how much more I should be loving others this way. Not that I need to gifts everyday, but just extending generosity and really loving others just as you love yourself kind of thing. I was so encouraged by receiving texts from my friends how much my surprise encouraged them, and it really encouraged me to think of others more.

  3. bribri says:

    Super blog et une jolie petite famille , j adore!

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