While Valentine’s Day itself was pretty uneventful, I cooked up a plan with some fun with some ladies on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the holiday a little more. What’s funny is that I’ve never really been into Valentine’s Day, but I think all the sweet treats have lured me in this year… they’re just too cute!
With the same group of ladies who I got together with for tea last month, I planned an event centered around the Valentine’s Day holiday. Afterall, everyone deserves to have a Valentine… and I thought it was a great idea for a get-together + gift exchange.
I spent Friday night getting my gift together for the exchange. I had found some fun Pink Hot Chocolate at Sur La Table and paired that with a cute mug from Target. I added in chick flick – – Valentine’s Day (of course), and voila! My gift was born!
Oh wait! What is that cute bag of goodies on the left, you ask??? Well, it wouldn’t be a gift from NTTC if it didn’t have a little something homemade. I did a spin on the Easter Pretzel Hugs I made for my grandpa last year… and transformed them into a REALLY yummy V-Day version made with Dove hearts and pink, red, and white M&Ms. BEYOND DELISH!
The event kicked off at the mall, where we had plans to see a movie. Since Nicholas Sparks had released his latest book-turned-movie on Valentine’s Day, that’s what we planned to see. And, even better… the matinee was only $5! The best!
AND… also amazing, the movie theater had a HEALTHY snack option! Seriously! Have you seen these?
Inside this box was the following: Chiquita Fruit Chips (No Sugar Added), Popcorners Kettle Corn Chips, an Odwalla Trail Mix bar, and a 20 oz. Dasani water! The price tag was a little steep at $7, but what great options… and I had snacks to bring home as well! This DEFINITELY makes me want to choose AMC theaters in the future. So nice to see theaters starting to cater to healthy folks like us!
Now that I’ve told you about my snacks… Let me tell you about the movie!
I adore Nicholas Sparks novels. I just do. They’re cheesy and romantic, but they tug at the heart strings and make me cry every time. I REALLY thought I would make it through Safe Haven without the waterworks starting… but oh no, good ol’ Nick got me again.
I just loved the couple in the story. They had great chemistry and they were pretty cute. Seeing Josh Duhamel’s abs a few times during the movie were also a plus, and even allowed me to forgive him for his 80’s haircut and the ‘stache he was rocking at the beginning of the movie. Julianna Hough was perfect as Katie, and beared a strange resemblance to Lindsay Lohan. I never would have guessed that… but just another observation during the movie.
Overall, it was a sweet story. A little cheesy at times, but definitely worth seeing… Go with the girls though. Leave your man at home. (He’ll appreciate that I just said that, trust me!) I definitely recommend the book, too… you can’t go wrong with Sparks. As my dad says, he’s a fantastic story teller.
After the movie, we moved to the food court area to exchange presents! I set a $15 limit for each present, and the ladies got really creative with what they put together.
I ended up picking my friend Alyssa’s bag, and got a mani/pedi kit, a cute nail file, and some Essie polish! LOVE! Considering that my nails looked a hot mess on Saturday, it was the PERFECT gift! Thanks, Alyssa!
I finished up my Saturday with a trip to the Apple store to give my MacBook a little TLC and some quick shopping at H&M before I headed home.
How was your weekend? Have you seen Safe Haven yet?