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Did you forget Valentine’s Day?

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I know. It happens to the best of us sometimes. You really didn’t “forget” Valentine’s Day. You really planned on getting something amazing. And you started looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift a month ago. Couldn’t find anything. So you decided to wait and keep looking.

And now it’s the day before Valentine’s Day and you never found that perfect gift. So you’re kind of stuck. The great but not quite great enough gifts that you saw in the stores last month are all gone. And the rest of the gifts at your local store are all picked over, leaving you a choice between a cheesy gift and a corny one.

Believe me. I know what you’re going through. I’ve been there. While I’ve always had grand plans for Valentine’s Day, and think I’m planning ahead, I’ve found myself stuck in this exact position on a few occasions. Maybe you’re like me. You have some great ideas but you’re lacking in the execution department.

If that’s you, have no fear. I have some last-minute ideas that should help rescue your Valentine’s Day this year. You could start off with some love notes. Not sure what to say? No worries. Here are some suggestions.

I also put together a few suggestions for some sweet, simple gifts for Sweetest Day. You could easily adapt them for Valentine’s Day. And these items won’t be picked over because you won’t find them in the Valentine’s Day section of your local store.

I get it, though. That might not be enough. You want to do the chocolates and the flowers and the whole shebang. But you definitely don’t have time to hit the stores today and shopping on Valentine’s Day is out of the question. Fortunately, the answer is right at your fingertips.

Here are some last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts you can order right now.

Roses from offers flowers delivered the very next day! This is a great resource to have for many occasions, but it’s especially great when it’s the day before Valentine’s Day and you don’t have any flowers in hand.  This beautiful My Heart to Yours bouquet  includes between 7 and 14 roses, depending on the size you choose.

According to the page, “Same-day florist delivery is available for this item, for orders placed before Noon in the recipient’s timezone.” Just be sure to check out their delivery policy first.

Shari’s Berries Chocolate Dipped Be Still My Heart Valentines Strawberries via

Chocolate dipped strawberries and Valentine’s Day go together like…well, they go together like strawberries and chocolate. Am I right?

Of course I am. That’s why Shari’s Berries are so popular this time of year. And there’s still time to order them today.

You can’t wait, though. Same day delivery is not available. But why would you want to wait, anyway? Go ahead and order these.

You’ll thank me later.

Footed PJs from

Baby, it’s still cold outside!

Footed PJs are a fun gift that will help keep her warm during the cold nights that are still bound to come our way.

Of course, if footed PJs aren’t her thing, they have plenty of other styles available.

You have to hurry, though. I think next-day shipment has to be ordered by 1 p.m.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I hope you have a memorable day celebrating this crazy little thing called love.

Sweetest Day is almost here!

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Sweetest Day #SweetestDay

What? You’ve never heard of Sweetest Day?

That’s OK. I’d never heard of Sweetest Day until a friend of mine from Chicago mentioned it while we were at Milligan.  I wondered.


Yeah. It is. It’s a made up holiday. Its roots have something to do with candy makers wanting to “bring happiness to those who were forgotten,” like the poor, old folks, and orphans. Since the first Sweetest Day in the early 1920s, the day has evolved into a day to spread goodness and cheer to everyone – especially your significant other, and especially if you decide to give away sweets. Because that’s what makes it sweet, right?

So, it might be true that Sweetest Day really is nothing more than a made up holiday in a thinly-veiled attempt to get us to buy more chocolate on the third Saturday of October, even though we’re already stocking up for Halloween. It’s still a good opportunity to make sure that Special Someone knows you’re thinking about him or her. Right? I mean, who doesn’t like being told that they’re on someone’s mind?

Go Big or Go Home?

You could choose to go all-out and do something like plan a romantic getaway with Since Sweetest Day is always the third weekend in October, you might want to check out south central Indiana. It’s beautiful this time of year!

eCreamery $10 Off Banner AdOr there’s ice cream. There’s always ice cream. What’s sweeter than ice cream? That’s the perfect gift for Sweetest Day, do’t you think?

And what makes ice cream an even better treat for Sweetest Day? Personalized ice cream!

We like to say that there’s always room for ice cream, even if you’re full beyond full. That’s because ice cream oozes through the cracks. It’s proven.* Because science.

Of course, if you haven’t done it yet, you could always try your hand at writing a love note.

Or, there are a few other small gifts you could give for Sweetest Day. They’re simple. They’re corny. And they’re sweet. For Sweetest Day. Get it? And you can find many of these items at Dollar Tree (you can order them online with FREE In-Store Pickup. [Restrictions may apply]). So it’s a pretty good deal!


Sweetest Day gift

Who says you have to give food for Sweetest Day? You could give a pair of socks with a note attached that says something like “You knock my socks off!” They could be serious socks. They could be silly socks. It’s really up to you!

Corny? Yes. Absolutely. But wait. There’s more!


Donut you know I love you? #SweetestDay Sweetest Day

Or you could always surprise that Special Someone with donuts (or some other type of snack cake) with a silly note like “Donut you know I love you hole lot?” Or something like that.

It’s goofy. I know. You might even call it punny. But it’s a simple way to celebrate Sweetest Day, don’t you think?

I know there are other simple, punny Sweetest Day gifts you can give. Share your ideas in the comments below!

I hope you have a fun day, sharing sweetness with your friends and family!



*No. It isn’t proven. This is just a joke. But it sounds good. Doesn’t it? That’s why we use it as an excuse to eat ice cream.

Just a kid in a See’s Candies shop

See's Candy Grand Opening in Indianapolis, Indiana

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a grand opening event at See’s Candies at the Keystone Mall. I was vaguely familiar with See’s because of this glorious sign:
Free samples at See's Candies!

I found out during the tour that See’s Candies gives away over one million pounds of chocolate every year. It’s great marketing because they know they’ve got a great product. Once you try some, you find yourself counting down the days until you’re able to make a return trip to See’s to have even more of their chocolate. It’s not like I would know anything about that or anything. Let’s just say that giving away that candy is a great investment on their part. And they get a great return on that investment.

Even though See’s isn’t very well-known here in the Midwest, we definitely know our classic television episodes. OK…maybe not all of us. But sure do! One of the most memorable bits in the history of sit-coms has a connection with See’s Candies:

Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance trained for this episode at the See’s factory. And it seems that the good folks at See’s are proud of this connection. As they should be. And so as part of the grand opening, they invited all of us to try our hand at packing our own quarter-pound boxes of candy. Just to keep things interesting, we had to race our fellow participants.

Man in hair net. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

I’ve made and cut pizzas before. I’ve scooped countless scoops of ice cream before. But I’ve never done anything as complicated as picking a piece of chocolate and packing it in a tiny box. You have to hold the paper cups just so. And it’s much more difficult than it looks at first glance. So I watched other participants and picked up a few tips from the great employees who were there to answer any questions we had. Oh – these employees were also holding boxes of chocolate for us to sample. I think I tried five different pieces. Really loved the Polar Bear Paw and the Scotchmallow. The most unique, however, was the  the pineapple dark chocolate. I even texted Christy about it, to which she responded:

Ummm -the dumbest thing to do is give your wife a play by play of each of the yummy chocolates you are trying at a candy store’s grand opening, just FYI. 😉

Note to self: You’ve known this woman since 1995. You know that was a pretty boneheaded thing to do. It doesn’t matter if you knew you’d be bringing some kind of chocolate home. This is the perfect way to get yourself in the doghouse and a great way to make sure you’re sleeping on the floor in the Living Room for a month. No. You don’t even get to sleep on the couch. Not a wise move there, Matty.

So I need to remember that next time. Or better yet, figure out a way to bring her with me! 😀

But anyway…back to boxing the candies. I gathered up my tips from the experts and prepared to be humiliated by my lack of co-ordination. Remember: this is the guy who can’t sing and clap at the same time. How is it that I made it through marching band again?

Re-enacting the I Love Lucy episode at See's Candies in IndianapolisAs you can see, I was hardly a natural. And, like Lucy, I was tempted to just shove the chocolates in my mouth. Didn’t think the fine folk at See’s would appreciate that though. They’re quite proud of their chocolates. And they should be.

Doing a really bad job at packing the candy at See's Candies in IndianapolisPaper cups were flying around. Arms were flailing. And chocolates were bouncing out of the box. See the lady on the left? I think she’s getting a kick out of my performance. It was quite pitiful.

Grand Opening at See's Candies in Indianapolis

Can I help it that I was doing such a poor job of keeping the chocolates in the box that she decided to help? No. Absolutely not. And in spite of what some people might say, she wasn’t my private coach. Just a good Samaritan. And there was definitely no illegal doping going on. I was already too jacked up on sugar.

That's a fancy box of chocolates from See's CandiesYou know, Forrest’s mama makes even more sense. You never know what you’re gonna get. Especially if I’m the one packing your box of chocolates. You might not even get them turned the right way. I know. It’s sad.

See's Candies at Keystone Mall in IndianapolisDid I mention I won the race? Well…I guess I should say that we won the race. But that’ll be our little secret.


I mean…I’ll gladly have a rematch if See’s wants to provide the candies again. 😉

It was a great evening of camaraderie, chocolates, and a little friendly competition. In addition to learning about the great story behind See’s Candies, meeting some pretty cool people who work with the company, and seeing first-hand how proud they are of their chocolates, I came away with one great tidbit about their chocolates.

Almost all of their candies are gluten-free! The only candies that contain gluten are the ones that have a decoration on them (like this). This was amazing news for our family. It might even be life-changing.

When all was said and done, the good people at See’s Candies sent us home with enough candy to last well past Valentine’s Day – unless some children find the secret stash. That’s a good thing, too. I really didn’t want to have to sleep on the Living Room floor. Thanks again, See’s for a wonderful evening!

Bag of candy from See's Candies at the Keystone Mall in Indianapolis