Make: Valentine’s Day Wine Spitzer

In preparation for Valentines' Day, which is just around the corner, I created this Valentine's Day inspired wine spritzer.

Valentine's Day Wine Spritzer | My Darling Days

We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, but the “Hallmark Holiday” is a nice reminder to give your significant other a little extra love & gratitude.

Our plans include staying in, making dinner together, & sipping this homemade wine spritzer.  We’ll probably end the evening with a movie or board game, and likely be in bed by 9.  We really know how to party these days...

Valentine's Day Wine Spritzer | My Darling Days

To make this festive little beverage, you’ll need:
- 2 wine glasses
- 1 jar with lid
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- Red food coloring
- Wedge of lemon, line, or orange
- Your favorite wine
- Frozen berries (all I had on hand were strawberries)
- Spritz of club soda

Step 1: To make the colored sugar, add sugar to a jar.  Add a couple drops of food coloring, seal the lid, & shake well until the color is evenly dispersed.  The more food coloring you add, the darker the color, however be careful not to over add as it will make the sugar clump or become soggy.

Step 2: Use a wedge of lemon, lime, or an orange to rim your glass.  Then tip the glass over & twist the rim in the colored sugar.

Valentine's Day Wine Spritzer | My Darling Days

Step 3: Add a few of the frozen berries to the glass.

Step 4: Fill the glass 3/4 full with wine & top with a spritz of club soda.

Valentine's Day Wine Spritzer | My Darling Days

The colored sugar is festive, fun, & adds a nice little punch to an otherwise boring glass of wine.

It is Valentine’s Day, after all – add the extra touch!

Valentine's Day Wine Spritzer | My Darling Days

Valentine's Day Wine Spritzer | My Darling Days

What do your plans look like for Valentine's Day this year?

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Happy Sunday.

I'm kind of a nerd, and love a good Ted talk. I haven't watched this one yet, but I'm putting it on my To Do list.  How to live a fulling, happy life?  Sign me up.

Secrets of Central Park.

An interesting read about how getting your finances in order, can lead to a better attitude about yourself.

I found this time simulation of how 1,000 people spend their day interesting.  Play it in fast mode.

Enjoyed this read about managing your to do list & loving your space.  I get the itch a few times every year to organize & purge -- and it's like Freya says --  going through your things helps you realize where you are & how you got there.

Cheers friends, it's Sunday!

Five Year Anniversary Photos

Zac & I celebrated 5 years of marriage on October 9th 2015.  I suppose it’s about time I share our yearly anniversary photos, as family & friends have been asking to see them…

Anniversary Photos | My Darling Days

Anniversary Photos | My Darling Days

We take them ourselves via a tripod & remote, so they're not fancy...
But we're not very fancy people, so it works.

Anniversary Photos | My Darling Days

Anniversary Photos | My Darling Days

Typically by the end of our "shoot", we are upset with each other.

Just kidding. Well, kind of..  You see, taking these photos by ourselves is a true test of patience on both our parts...
It's more complicated than you think to set up the camera on the tripod, get the lighting & exposure just right, & then making sure the focus is on point.  Then trying to pose yourself, by yourself... forget it.  And just when you think everything is good, the remote doesn't work.  So then you have to fiddle with the settings again, and ahhg!  It's a pain.

The photos typically turn out nothing like the vision I had in my head, but I end up saying screw it.  My hands are cold & I'm sick of doing this.  This is the best we're gonna get.

But!  We I have every intention of keeping this a yearly tradition.  It’s so fun to look at previous years to see how we've changed or haven’t changed. Some of us lost some weight, gained some weight, lost some hair, got curlier hair(?), lost glasses, etc.

Anniversary Photos | My Darling Days
Anniversary Photos | My Darling Days
Anniversary Photos | My Darling Days
Anniversary Photos | My Darling Days
Anniversary Photos | My Darling Days

It will be especially fun to look back twenty years from now to see how different we look.  And if we are ever blessed with children, I can image they will love to look back at these as well.

Anniversary Photos | My Darling Days

What are some anniversary traditions you do with your spouse?  I'd love to hear!

Happy Sunday.

Rather obsessed with 'My Church' by Maren Morris.  It's been on repeat all weekend.

Pinning this for a lenten meal idea, looks so good!

How to determine how much water you should drink in a day.

Loved Stormy's post this week about things nobody tells you about childbirth, yikes!

Check out this laundry basket organizer DIY -- brilliant!


This handsome husband of mine turns thirty today.  THIRTY.  30.

Five Year Wedding Anniversary Photo | My Darling Days
This photo taken for our 5 year wedding anniversary, taken this past October

Gosh, I just feel like 30 seems so old...  I clearly know that it's not, but it seems like, well. This is it.
You're not in your twenties anymore.  You officially have to be a responsible member of society.
Because you're THIRTY.  You should know life stuff...
You should have a successful career, a house with a white picket fence, a handful of kids, life insurance, and a 401k.

I know all that is silly, because age is just a number.  But for some reason, thirty just stings for me...
Thank God I'm not turning 30 for a couple more years :)

Okay, that was kind of depressing, and I didn't mean it to be.  I do really want to wish my Zachary the best of Birthdays. We've had a couple really sucky weeks & it's time we celebrate something fun.

So in honor of you turning 30, here are 30 things that I love about you!

1. The way you love me.
2. That you're a dreamer.
3. How you ALWAYS find the positive in every situation.
4. When you hug me, that you always tell me I feel so small in your arms.
5. Your smile.  Even that snaggle tooth on the bottom.
6. The way your eyebrows move when you talk about something you're really passionate about.
7. When you start a new hobby, how you go all in (this also drives me crazy, too) ;)
8. When you laugh or giggle, how your head kind of tips back and to the side. It's so cute!
9. Your hands.  I know this is weird, but I think you have the best hands & fingers.
10.  That you make the best coffee.
11. Also that you make the best eggs.
12. How thoughtful you are.
13. That I know you will never let us fail, no matter what life hands us.
14. How much you love God & that you are continually reminding me to trust in Him, always.
15. The way you look when you're sleeping.
16. I equal parts love & despise how smart you are.
17. How you can look at something & figure out how it works in an instant.
18. That you're never afraid to try something new.
19. How much you genuinely care for your family & friends.
20. When you read a magazine, how you always lay down on the floor to do it.
21. That you let me pester you.
22. The way you laugh uncontrollably when I can find your one ticklish spot.
23. How patient you are with me, even when I'm easily frustrated.
24. When you bring my crazy ideas to life.
25. That you always wear your wedding ring.
26. When you scoop me up off the couch like a baby because I'm too lazy to get up.
27. How you know me better than I know myself sometimes.
28. That you clean the toilets.
29. How you always hold the door open for me.
30. That we were lucky enough to cross paths 11 years ago, and you persistently "chased" me for 5 months until I would officially say yes to being your girlfriend.

(For the record, I contemplated keeping these private; writing them in a card & not sharing them with the world.  But the world needs to know how great you are, and how much I love you).

I love you more than you know & more than I show sometimes.  Always remember that.

Here's to 30 years, babe.  Cheers!