Date Night and a Chalkboard Word Search Puzzle

Valentine's Day date night at home atthepicketfence.com

It was the summer of 2003. My husband and I were sitting outside at a restaurant enjoying the warmth of the evening and sipping on our glasses of wine. Our newborn son slept soundly in his carrier at our feet and we smiled smugly at each other across the table as if to say, "Why do people always make it sound like life has to stop when you have … [Read more...]

5 Minute Valentine Craft and Free Printable

Valentine-card-crafts-for-kids from atthepicketfence.com

We're so excited to be welcoming back our fabulous contributor Julie who's sharing an easy-peasy craft with us today as part of our ongoing Take 5: 5 Minute Crafts series! … [Read more...]

Nutella Hand Pies for Valentine’s Day!

Nutella and Blackberry Valentine's Day Hand Pies

  Did you know there is a National Pie Day? Did you know it was TOMORROW! A WHOLE day to celebrate the goodness of PIE! What is it about pie that conjures up images of home and warmth and grandma’s kitchen table? … [Read more...]

Take Five: DIY Poppers for Valentines Day

DIY poppers for Valentine's Day

  I miss those days.  When they came home with a list of classmates and we headed to the store to carefully pick out the perfect pack of Valentines for their classes.   We've had Hello Kitty, and Princesses.  We've had Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Super Heroes. It was pre-Pinterest so I never had a chance to make all … [Read more...]

Five Minute Valentine’s Day Craft: Notes Jar

Five Minute Craft Valentine's Day Love Notes Jar

 Can you believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Here's a cute five minute craft tom our friend Maryann of Domestically Speaking! Be sure to stop by and pay her a visit!  Hi Guys!  I’m Maryann from Domestically Speaking and I’m thrilled to be over here today sharing a quick Valentine’s Gift.   We’ve got just over a month … [Read more...]

A Love Story

Pottery Barn Inspired Mercury Glass Cloche

Recently I fell in love. Mercury Glass Cloche love. But, the cost of this love was just too high. So, I had to settle for what might have seemed to be second best at the time, but in reality turned out to be the perfect one for me all along. That Pottery Barn kind of love is just too expensive for this heart! All I had to do was take a … [Read more...]

Hearts Made of Clay for Valentine’s Day

Clay Heart Tag2 At the Picket Fence

I have a confession to make. I don't buy my husband anything for Valentine's Day. Not even a card. And he doesn't buy me anything either. Not even a card. Do you still like me? I promise there's a good reason for this! You see, in the beginning we were poor. As in, root around in the car seat cushions looking for loose change so we could … [Read more...]

Decadent Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark

Decadent Valentines Day Chocolate Bark from At The Picket Fence

  What is it about CHOCOLATE that speaks to the soul?  It calls us with it's siren song...to open that bright red heart and bite into those little squares of goodness.  We know our favorites and savor those first, but eventually they will all be consumed down to the last coconut filled truffle. Or..how about the call to the pantry, … [Read more...]

Chocolate and Pink Salt Dipping Spoons

Chocolate and Himalayan Pink Salt Dipping Spoons from At The Picket Fence

  Chocolate and Salt.  Sweet and Salty. Opposite yet somehow so good together.   Isn't that how it seems to work? Two people who are so opposite can somehow manage to combine to make one great pair! I will be the first to admit that me and my sweetheart are often as different as night and day, yet after 20 years of marriage we are … [Read more...]

A Valentine’s Day Feature…Marty’s Musings

Valentines-Centerpiece-from-Martys-Musings-11

  I love Valentine's Day. No, let me change that. I adore Valentine's Day. I was married almost 26 years ago on that date. Last year for our 25th, my family gave me the ultimate gift of a surprise wedding anniversary vow renewal service. Wow. That was a mouthful. It was amazing and sentimental and sweet and a total miracle … [Read more...]