Thursday, February 11, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

Ah, Valentine's Day, the day to celebrate love, the day to spend time with your special someone...Huge eye roll.  Having been single for so many years, Valentine's Day was always a nauseating day to watch other people buy flowers and candy while everything is awash in a sea of pink and red.  Gross.  Now that I'm married it is somewhat better, but I think I still have lingering PTSD from Valentine's Days of old.  In all honesty, I have had boyfriends on Valentine's Day before, but I've pretty much always thought Valentine's Day was a little silly.  It is fun though to have a day that it is perfectly acceptable to eat all the chocolate you want.  It is not fun to get the "Oh, what are you doing for V-Day, wait, oh I'm so sorry..." trails the voice of judgment and pity for being single.  It is almost like being in a relationship causes people to believe that being single is some sort of genetic defect.  This behavior makes me crazy.  My advice is if you are single, take a hot bath, relax, and treat yourself well.  If you are in a relationship, be nice, watch your words, and don't judge the single person - they may be much happier than you think, maybe even happier than you.   So for everyone out there Happy (ish) Valentine's Day.  

Perfect for Valentine's Day

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It's an Effortless Valentine's Day on WCCB!

Monday on WCCB Rising we had a Valentine's Day party - for less!!! You don't have to spend tons of time or money to show some love for Valentine's!  Check out the photos and video below for some easy and time saving ideas.

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Ideas That Won't Break The Bank - WCCB Charlotte


Chocolate Strawberry Pops

Serve some lunchtime love!

Tissue Paper Flowers

Rustic $5 Valentine Gifts

Easy $1 Valentine Gifts

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Easy Valentine's Pops

This Valentine's weekend make a twist on the standard chocolate dipped strawberries. (Not that anything is wrong with regular chocolate dipped strawberries.....) Easily create heart shaped chocolate pops that I think are actually easier to dip and make than dipping the entire berry.  Let's get started

Chocolate Heart Strawberry Pops!
You'll need strawberries, chocolate chips, and kabob skewers.  

Cut a strawberry in half and spear the two halves onto a kabob skewer.  The two halves make a heart shape.  Melt the chocolate and dip the pop as you would a regular strawberry.  It's that easy.

Dip the berry halves into melted chocolate
Allow the pops to set and harden on wax or parchment paper.  Placing the pops in the refrigerator accelerates the hardening process.  They're best left to set overnight.

Allow pops to harden
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

#valentinesday #valentine #Happyvalentinesday #bemyvalentine #chocolate #chocolatestrawberries

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Valentine's Day Gifts for $1

I love getting a Valentine.  As a kid, I LOVED the little Valentine's cards we exchanged at school - especially the ones with the lollipop attached.  It's always nice getting a small present on Valentine's Day.  You can make easy Valentine's for a teacher or special friend and spend $1 or less.  It takes very little effort to give a really big Valentine's smile!

Valentine's Day gifts for $1
The materials list is easy.  I went to a discount/dollar store and purchased candy, office supplies, and bling stickers.  Everything was $1 or less per item.  Use your computer to print out phrases to attach to each item.  You'll also need a piece or two of construction paper or card stock.

I cut out each phrase I printed for each item.  Using either a glue stick or clear tape, attach each phrase to a piece of colored construction paper or card stock cut to fit each item and corresponding phrase.

Cut out the phrases
Once the phrases are mounted on the color paper backing, attach them with clear tape to the items.

Tape phrases to items
For the candy peanuts I purchased add the phrase, "I'm Nuts about You!"

I'm NUTS about you
Using rulers (2 for $1), add the phrase, "You Rule!"

You Rule!
Pick up glue sticks and add, "I'm Stuck on You!"

I'm Stuck on You!
Highlighters make it easy to say, "You're the HIGHLIGHT of my day!"

You're the HIGHLIGHT of my day!
Everybody loves a Sharpie, for $1 you can write, "Thanks for making me SHARP!" to that special teacher!

Thanks for making me SHARP!
Happy Valentine's Day for less! 

Happy Valentine's Day!

#valentinesday #happyvalentinesday #sharpie #office #bemyvalentine #diy

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Valentine's Day Gifts under $5

It's easy to get swept up in the hearts and chocolate frenzy of Valentine's Day and spend too much money on love........isn't love supposed to be free?  Anyway, you don't have to go bananas to tell someone special you appreciate them.  It's actually silly.  Spending a few minutes of your time actually showing your love - handwriting a note, doing something around the house, or even making a phone call to say you care means way more (it does).  This Valentine's Day consider making a gift and Effortless Girl has a great idea for you!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Rustic is all the rage right now.  Rustic furniture, barn wood, or reclaimed anything can be found in any gift, furniture, or decor store.  Using the rustic theme, I though a very simple heart on a piece of old wood makes a huge statement without using any words at all.  The materials list is simple.  You'll need a piece of old wood, yarn (in Valentine colors), and a some small nails (97 cents per box).  I had the wood and yarn so my hears cost 97 cents for both.  You may purchase the yard for around $2 per roll.  It takes about 10 minutes to complete each heart.

Tap the nails lightly into the wood with a hammer.  You want them only to be secure in the wood but not driven in deeply.  I used a cut out heart as a template, but an imperfect heart is also very cool, so a template isn't totally necessary.

Make a heart with nails
Next wrap the yarn randomly around the nails.  There isn't a pattern to follow, I just went back and forth and side to side with the yarn - absolutely no rules.  You may also use several different colors of yarn on each heart to layer the colors also.  I did one in several colors and another in one solid color.

Add the yarn
The completed pink heart with several colors of yarn looks like this: 

Pink Yarn Heart
The completed heart with the red yarn looked like this:

Red Heart
The project is easy and a really sweet gift for someone special.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Rustic Hearts

#heart #valentinesday #happyvalentinesday #bemyvalentine #heartshaped #rustic #craft #diy

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Valentine's Day on WCCB Rising Tomorrow!

Did someone say Valentine's Day?  Already?  Wow, this year is passing FAST!  Tomorrow on WCCB Rising we're gonna have an Effortless Girl Valentine's Day - from snacks to decor to simple but heartfelt'll love what's in store!  (Nothing super sappy but just really sweet ideas to charm the ones you love for less).  Tune in around 8:30ish on Charlotte's WCCB.  If WCCB isn't in your channel line up, check out the online streaming broadcast here.  See you in the morning!

Valentine's Day on WCCB Rising

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Naturally Fresh Giveaway Winner!

The Effortless Girl is pleased to announce our Naturally Fresh products giveaway winner is Effortless Girl reader hward!  Congratulations to Hward, we'll email you with instructions on how to claim your yummy Naturally Fresh swag - deliciousness is on the way!!!


Naturally Fresh is a line of high-quality, homemade-tasting salad dressings and dips with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.  Naturally Fresh puts real, wholesome ingredients in their products – and you can taste the difference.   For instance, Naturally Fresh uses real chunks of aged bleu cheese and their own buttermilk in their Bleu Cheese dressing, and real herbs and spices like basil, black pepper, spicy ginger and tangy mustard seeds in many sweet and savory dressings and dips. 

Check for Naturally Fresh products at your local supermarket and check out Effortless Girl's Naturally Fresh recipe here

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