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Happy weekend!

Is it freezing cold where you live right now?

Because it sure is here!

At the beginning of the week, we had a taste of spring: it was 67 degrees out according to my minivan’s thermometer!

Oh hey, this is Anne writing to you this week, by the way. 🙂

That little taste of spring?

Well, let’s just say it’s made this latest wintry blast that much harder.

We know it’s still winter according to the calendar, but usually it’s starting to warm up by now here in North Carolina.

Although, my three kitties are loving the cold because it means the fireplace is on all. the. time.

In fact, they’re all curled up in front of it as I type!

In completely random news, I got a haircut this week and learned how to curl my hair so that the curls don’t look like a throwback to the 80s.

After months of admiring AnnMarie’s pretty waves, I asked my hairdresser to show me how to do it too, and I love it!

Three of my fingers are sporting some new burns thanks to learning how to use a wand that doesn’t have a clamp on it…

Say a little prayer I figure out how to do the curls without the burns soon?

On Sunday, I’ll be making my family’s traditional Valentine’s Day dinner: steak, roasted potatoes, salads, and chocolate lava cakes.

Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions?

In the spirit of Valentines, AnnMarie and I shared our “love stories” on the blog.

Guess who met their husband in college, and who was engaged to someone else!

We’ve had a busy week here on the blog.

I shared how to paint laminate cabinets.

Laundry room with white cabinets with opening above holding cleaning supplies
You won’t believe how this room looks now!

AnnMarie showed you how to install floating luxury vinyl floors and a clever (and easy!) project to protect those floors.

view of laundry room vinyl floor from hardwoodo floor in hallway shelf and washer and dryer on left side of room wire shelving above
Learn how to install flooring over old sheet vinyl!

You’re gonna love AnnMarie’s easy-to-follow instructions for creating a faux shiplap feature wall.

woman using nail gun to install shiplap board holding wood with one hand and nailer with other hand

And I shared one of my family’s favorite fast dinner recipes that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes. For those of you who are Trim Healthy Mamas, this is a Deep S recipe!

Half of a plate filled with ground beef and zucchini stirfry

We found some other great inspiration for you from around the web!

Like this amazing Valentine’s charcuterie board.

And this dessert charcuterie board.

This IKEA vase makeover.

These yummy cookies.

These hot cocoa bombs.

Celebration ideas for the lunar new year.

These super easy Valentine treats.

This special gift idea.

These beautiful and budget-friendly boards.

These winter gardening tips.

This gorgeous Valentine’s table for two.

This vintage furniture makeover.

And these tips for organizing your home.

We hope you have an amazing week!

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Sunday 14th of February 2021

I love your Simply Stated blog post! This was a lot of fun and loved your features, especially my friend Stacy's winter gardening tips. Loved your shiplap wall post too!


Monday 15th of February 2021

Thanks so much for taking the time to read our post. Stacy shares so many great gardening tips! We love learning more about gardening from both of you!!


Sunday 14th of February 2021

Love how the laundry cabinets turned out!!!! Both of your laundry rooms look so good!!! Thanks for including me this week! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!


Monday 15th of February 2021

Thanks so much Stacy! We are so happy with our laundry room makeovers! Hope you had a sweet weekend :)

Kim Waldorf

Saturday 13th of February 2021

That was a full week! Both your projects turned out great. Thank you for the link share!


Monday 15th of February 2021

Thanks so much for reading our blog. We love to share amazing projects like yours with our subscribers. :)

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Saturday 13th of February 2021

THANK YOU thank you thank you for the link to my cookies! I cannot wait to check out all of the links you shared. Have a wonderful day ladies.


Monday 15th of February 2021

You're so welcome, Elizabeth! They look so delicious!


Monday 15th of February 2021

Thanks so much for sharing your cookie recipe with us Elizabeth. We were excited to share it with our subscribers this week. :)

Leslie Watkins

Saturday 13th of February 2021

I love all the inspiration! Thanks for sharing!! You have a new subscriber here!


Monday 15th of February 2021

Thanks so much for subscribing to our blog Leslie. And thank you for sending us your hot cocoa bomb recipe to share with our readers. I'm sure they will LOVE it!