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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

The day is here! Valentine's Day. You either love it or hate it, but it rolls around every year no matter how you feel about it. Are you one of those people who keep every card, every note, every handmade Valentine card you ever received? Typically, I'm not that much of a keeper, but for some reason I did keep some old Valentines from my school days. They are a little bit different from today's card styles for sure. Valentine's Day at school in my younger years, meant a little bit of a party in the afternoon before school was out. Everyone would decorate a Valentine box to bring to school to hold the Valentines received that day. There would be a big box on the teacher's desk that everyone dropped their Valentines in, all sealed up in envelopes with first names written on the front. Getting a new box of Valentines was always a special treat. Sometimes we were never sure if our parents were going to spring for a new box of Valentines. I was lucky, my mother always came through with a package of Valentines for me to give my classmates. Sometimes during the passing out of the Valentines, you would receive one from one of your friends and the previous name had been carefully erased and a new name added. Re-gifting or re-purposing we call it now. Back then, it was pretty obvious that that child had to save their Valentines from years previous and erase names that had been written in pencil so they could be used again. Each pack of new Valentines contained a couple of "special" Valentines that were larger in size, and there was always one for the teacher. Once everyone had deposited all their Valentines into the big box, the teacher would reach in and call out the names. You would walk up to the desk and get your Valentine. Sometimes a couple of lucky kids might be chosen to pass out the Valentines that the teacher pulled out. Everyone would start ripping into the envelopes and showing them off, then safely store their treasures in their decorated shoebox to take home. The teacher might give out a Valentine with a sucker attached or we might get a cookie sometimes. Never was there anything to drink at these parties that I recall. Only on egg hunt day when each person had to bring their own something to drink out of. Most people brought a jelly jar, but some of the luckier kids had those cool little metal fold up cups to use. Well, Valentine's Day is here and my husband and I recently started on the keto diet.....so you know that meant no candy for me today((( But, I also love fresh flowers.....but that didn't happen either((( I got something really much better....this fabulous perfume. My husband is not one to spend a lot of time shopping for me, he doesn't mind spending money on me at all, if it's easy. Having a daughter like Carrie makes it easy for him))) He just says, get your mama something she would like, doesn't matter what it costs. So, for this Valentine day, I got this fantastic perfume. Well, not technically perfume, it toilet water. I don't know where that name comes from, but it really should be changed to something else! Years ago I would never leave the house without a bit of fragrance of some sort. Estee Lauder and Coco Chanel were among my favorites. But being a nurse you quickly learned to leave off fragrances when going to work. So that limited using perfumes to the weekend, and I just really got out of the habit and old perfume doesn't do well, so I just stopped all together. Aging makes a difference to! It seemed the older I got, the more sensitive I was to smells and any fragrance that I tried, just seemed to overpowering. I thought as you got older your sense of smell decreased! Then I received this bottle of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. It is just the most perfect fragrance! It's light, as the name suggests, it's not sweet or flowery and has a clean smell. It's really difficult to describe. The company describes the fragrance as: The Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue perfumes represent the aroma of sparkling summer days yielding to evocative evenings. They describe a story in which man meets woman. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are extremely proud of Light Blue’s legacy, which includes several perfume awards. Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York as one of the century’s most ground-breaking scents. Well, I don't know about that, but to me it's reminiscent of walking into a sparkling clean drugstore from yesteryear. Not a drugstore or pharmacy smelling of medicine! If you check out the company's images....wow...don't know if those are real pics of Dolce & Gabbana....but that's not what sells me on the fragrance. I think they could go a whole other route on advertising! May your shoebox be overflowing! Happy Valentine's Day *this post contains affiliate links
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