Creative Places to Hide an “I Love You” Note

There is no rule that says you are only allowed to celebrate being in love on February 14th.  In fact, I think it is a good thing to do every day! But having Valentine’s day come around every year does give us a little reminder to put forth some extra effort and do something a little special. I thought I’d share something I have been doing for my husband for years.  I LOVE to leave little notes for him to find.  Nothing big or spectacular, but just a tiny note that shows I was thinking about him and wanted to tell him I loved him. He always loves finding them when he least expects it. Sometimes he finds them right away, or at least on the same day I hid the note. Sometimes it may be awhile before they are found and then it is a pleasant surprise to both of us!  Here are some of my favorite places to leave a note:

Dealing with the trash is definitely one of my least favorite chores.  Especially taking it out to the stinky, smelly big garbage can outside. Whenever my man takes it out (which he almost always does) then I feel he definitely deserves a big “I Love You!”

In the mood for a yummy PB&J?  How about a happy surprise with your sandwich?  This is easily done by using a toothpick on a new jar of peanut butter.

If you have children then chances are you have multiple toys lying around with the alphabet on them. Put those magnets/puzzle pieces/blocks etc. to good use and spell out a message on the kitchen counter or table!

Where do men spend a lot of their time? At least give them something to smile about while they are…taking care of business.  :)

Any fruit with a peel you won’t eat is perfect for this! Throw it into their lunchbox or simply leave it in the fruit bowl for them to find when they reach for a healthy snack.

Leave a note so that when they are getting dressed they’ll see a note from you helping them get their day off to a great start!

Fighting over who has control of the TV? Stop the fight before it even begins with this peace-offering.

Get off on the right foot (sorry, I couldn’t resist) by tucking a love note into a favorite pair of shoes!

Let them know you are thinking of them even when they are out on the road. Whether just a quick drive around the corner to the store or away on a business trip, they’ll know they are on your mind!

These are just a few places to get you started!  Look around your house and think about drawers, doors, and cabinets that are used frequently.  Hide them in other pieces of clothing, under their pillow, taped onto food in the fridge, etc. There is no wrong way or place! And don’t forget, if you are on a budget this Valentine’s Day (or for an anniversary!) then this is a fantastic way to still make the day sweet and memorable! Have fun!


Christmas Stovetop Potpourri and Gift Tag

I know it has been awhile since my last post but I just had to stop by and share this amazing stovetop potpourri recipe!  I have had a pot on my stove with this delicious combination for the last two weeks and I cannot get enough of it.  It fills up my entire house with an amazing scent and it smells exactly like how I think the holidays should smell.

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Recipe and Gift Tag

It is super easy to put together and also makes a beautiful gift!  You can use a small jar like I did (I found this at Walmart for under $5) or use a clear cellophane gift bag and tie with some pretty ribbon.

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Recipe and Gift TagTake it to your neighbors, your child’s teacher, co-workers, etc.  I’m pretty sure everybody enjoys a wonderful smell in their home.  It is much better than the alternative, right?  :)  Also, we actually have a family friend that is allergic to an ingredient found in scented candles so an all natural option like this is perfect for her!

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Recipe and Gift TagSo what to put inside?  The measurements don’t need to be perfectly exact but here is a general idea:

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Recipe and Gift Tag

  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Cup Cranberries
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Tablespoon Cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon Nutmeg
  • 2 Sprigs Rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 Cups of Water

To give as a gift include the orange, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, and rosemary.  Then attach the printable tag with the instructions to slice the orange, add vanilla and water, and simmer on low heat.


Christmas Stovetop Potpourri Recipe and Gift TagI used one batch for an entire week and then remade it again a second time.  After I turned the stove off I covered the sauce pan with a lid until I was ready to use it again.  You just have to make sure it always have enough water in the pan.  It is a perfect recipe for the perfect holiday scent!


Man Up this Father’s Day

SAM!  If you are reading this post, stop now!  You will ruin your Father’s Day and then your wife and children will cry big tears of utter sadness and despair.  You don’t want that so STOP READING!!!

Just to clarify, if you name is Sam and you are not my husband then you can continue reading.  The Sam ban only applies to the man who lives in my house.   :)

I wanted to put together a quick little gift idea for Father’s Day since it is only a few days away.  Something that didn’t cost any money, or take lots of time to put together but that is still thoughtful and will definitely be enjoyed.  I tried to think of something my own wonderful husband and the best father to my children would like, and this is what I came up with!

One Free Man Day Card2Between work, family and church commitments, and the day to day stresses of mowing the lawn, taking out the trash, etc. my man doesn’t get much time to focus on his hobbies.  Sam loves to go out in his workshop building and creating but he usually has to do it in short spurts during the rare moments he has some free time.  Your man might enjoy hitting the golf course, spending the day on the lake fishing, or holed up with their favorite video games.  This gift card gives them the whole day to enjoy their “man time” without any guilt or worry!

Printable Father's Day Gift Card for the Manly Man in your life!DOWNLOAD THE PDF

And Sam, if you kept reading…well then Happy Early Father’s Day.  We love you!

This Post is Nothing Bundt Adorable!

I have a cute gift idea to share that centers around a bundt cake pan.  When I was planning the post I thought to myself, “Self…wouldn’t it be great to make a pretty bundt cake to use for staging the pictures?  And then I’ll have a tasty cake to eat after I’m done!  Win!”  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you saw how that fabulous idea turned out.  If you missed it, here is my pretty cake in all its glory.

Bundt Pan Gift Idea and Printable TagI should have taken a picture after I managed to carve the cake out of the pan and then frosted it.  You would think the frosting would help cover all manner of sins, but it actually looked worse.  Oh well…you better believe we still ate it and hey, my oven got a really good cleaning!

So now back to the gift idea.  Since wedding season is upon us I put together a gift idea and tag that is perfect for a bridal shower or as a wedding present.  Wish the new couple “Nothing Bundt Love and Joy!”

Bundt Pan Gift Idea and Printable TagThis gift requires a bundt cake pan, but after that it is up to you what you want to put in. I used some dishtowels, dishcloths, measuring cups, kitchen utensils, and a cute mason jar.  You could also put in a boxed cake mix and frosting, spices like vanilla or cinnamon, toothpicks and cupcake liners, etc.  Anything “baking” will totally fit!

Bundt Pan Gift Idea and Printable Tag

Download the PDF Gift Tag

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I also wanted to let you know about a Coupon Code I have going for my Etsy Shop right now!  If you use the code ORGANIZE20 to purchase one of my matching Calendar and Menu Planner sets then you’ll receive 20% off.  This code is good for the next week so don’t miss out on this chance to get one of my favorite items! Here’s just a few of the sets for sale!

Joy Calendar and Menu2 Wild Flowers Calendar and Menu Chalkboard Calendar and Menu

Calendar and Menu Planner Sets+Giveaway Time!!

There is something on our kitchen wall that I look at every single day.  And I’m not talking about the smeared macaroni courtesy of my two year old.  No, these are two items that I depend on to keep me sane and organized!  They are a must in my life.  One is our Monthly Calendar and the other is our Menu Planner. Each is kept in a frame and I use dry erase markers to write on the glass but you could also laminate them and use markers on them that way.

I keep track of each family members activities and appointments, work schedules, and a to do list on the calendar.  We are constantly stopping by it to double check dates and times and plan our week.  Every day my husband asks me, “What’s for dinner?”  And every day I am able to glance over at the Menu Planner, see what is for dinner, and then tell him to start cooking.  :)  Planning out our menu each week helps with our grocery budget and simplifies the shopping.  I can’t live without them!!!

For the last year or so I have been selling my Monthly Calendar in my Etsy Shop and it is easily my number one item.  I sell more of the Monthly Calendar then all the other items combined so I must not be the only one who loves them!  But up until now there has only been one style available of the Calendar and I haven’t had a coordinating Menu Planner.  Well that tragic mistake has been remedied!  I now have six different styles (with more on the way!), each set comes with a Monthly Calendar and Menu Planner, and today I am going to give away THREE full sets!  But first, let me show you the new designs!

This is the set I currently am using in my own home.  The soft white roses look great against the rustic, weathered wood.  (and yes, I know it isn’t currently November but I wanted to fill it out so you could see how much space there is to write and I picked a random month. :)

White Roses Calendar and Menu Planner Set

White Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetWhite Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetWhite Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetWhite Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetFor the next style I added in some color to the roses design with pretty pinks, soft greens, and light teals.  The wood is a little deeper and the overall look is pretty and fresh.

Pink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Pink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetPink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner Set Pink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetPink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetI also printed off this next set to use so I can switch out the white roses when I want a little change.  I love the simple, modern look and I can’t say no to anything with some gold.

Mint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Mint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner SetMint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner SetMint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner Set Mint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner SetBright and sunny more your style?  This set is cheerful and happy with yellows and blues plus lots of daisies.

Yellow and Blue Blooms Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Yellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner SetYellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner SetYellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner Set Yellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner SetChalkboard is never going out of style right?  Can we all just agree on that right now?  Because I love me some chalkboard designs, and I always will.

Chalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Chalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner SetChalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner SetChalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner SetChalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner SetAnd lastly, the original design that now comes with a matching menu planner!  It will definitely bring some joy into your life!

Joy Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Joy Calendar and Menu Planner SetJoy Calendar and Menu Planner Set Joy Calendar and Menu Planner SetJoy Calendar and Menu Planner SetEach set is only $8.00 and you receive the files in high resolution JPEGs and PDFs.  I also love these items for more than just personal use.  I think they make GREAT gift ideas for so many occasions!  Bridal showers, weddings, teacher gifts, house warming, etc.  They are so useful and can be given for so many different occasions.  And the great thing about buying a digital file is you only have to buy it once, and then it is yours to print again and again, as many times as you need!  AWESOME, right?!

To celebrate the launch of these new items I’m going to host a giveaway on my Facebook page and give away THREE sets!  You can head on over to the page to enter and this weekend three people will randomly be chosen to pick any set they like!    Good luck and happy organizing!!!

A Treat For Me = A Treat For You

I recently had a dream where I was hiding in our greenhouse (we don’t actually have one) and I was desperately trying to protect a box of chocolates and a plate of donuts from the terrorists outside.  There I was crouching behind a potted palm, grasping a box of chocolates and donuts, and planning my escape route to get past the terrorists just waiting to take my delicious treats away.  Serious stuff.  When I awoke two things were immediately clear.  One: I probably need someone to evaluate me and tell me what is wrong in my head, and two: I love chocolate.  I actually didn’t need a dream to tell me the second part.  Whether I am awake or asleep I will never say no to chocolate.  If you like chocolate as much as me, then read on.  You’ll have a chance to enter a giveaway to win some free chocolate of your very own!

You can imagine my joy when I recently had the chance to try a product from  Do you need to hear anything other than that name right there?  Sign me up!  I was just a little excited when my package arrived in the mail containing Devilishly Delicious Chocolate Covered Cookies from Givens and Company.  The cookies arrived in a beautiful tin with a pretty little bow on top.  This would be so nice to send to someone as a present.  Who wouldn’t love getting such a pretty gift?

Chocolate Giveaway and Printable Halloween Treat Bag Toppers

When I opened up the tin the cookies were a bit melted but that is only because I live on the surface of the sun, aka Phoenix.  Can’t really complain about melted chocolate when it is approximately 1,284 degrees outside.  I placed the tin in the fridge for awhile to let the chocolate harden and let me tell you, the melting did not affect the taste at all.  They were so yummy!  I had a hard time saving enough to take pictures between myself, my husband, and our daughter.  We couldn’t stop at just one.  I especially love white chocolate and these spoke to my very soul.

Delicous Chocolate Covered Cookies from and Givens and CompanyI was worried that we would sit and eat them all in one go, because they were honestly that good, so I decided to put together a couple of little treat bags and take them to some friends.  I really appreciated that each cookie came individually wrapped which made it really easy to share them with friends.

Free Printable Treat Bag Toppers, perfect for Halloween!

Free Printable Treat Bag Toppers, perfect for Halloween!

And of course you know I have to share the cute treat bag topper with you.  The topper will fit perfectly on a little baggie which you can fill with any candy or treat you’d like.  Fun for friends, trick or treaters, to tuck into your kid’s lunch box, or take to the ladies you visit teach.

Download the PDF- Eek, Shriek, & Be Scary Treat Bag Toppers

To stay in the loop in all things chocolate you can follow on twitter @choctweets.

Now here is the fun part.  When I get a treat, so do you!


$40 Giveaway, ends Monday 10/12!

If you head over to Instagram I am giving away a $40 gift certificate to  All you have to do is follow me on Instagram @darlingdoodlesdesign and leave a comment on the post to enter!  And you could win $40 to spend on all the chocolate your heart desires.  Chocolate lovers, unite!  The giveaway will run through Monday at midnight and winner  announced on Tuesday.  Good luck!

A special thank you to and Givens and Company for making this great giveaway possible!  And for bringing delicious chocolate to people everywhere!  The next time you are looking for a treat for yourself or someone else I would not hesitate to recommend  They were great to work with, the package arrived quickly, I was very pleased with the taste (YUM!) as well as the appearance, and had a great experience overall.

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