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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!