Everything Looks Better by Candlelight

I used to write a blog called Cute, Smart and Organized that was aimed at reminding you just how amazing you already are. The following is a post from that blog.

We always need beautiful moments in our lives, especially on special days like tomorrow.  But often, our lives are so full of regular, old boring stuff, it's hard to fit the "pretty" in.

So here's my Valentine tip for you: Everything looks better by candlelight.

I discovered this years ago while I was trying to cook up a romantic dinner for my husband and I.   We had just had our first baby, and he was right in that stage when it's not just difficult to keep the house up - it's impossible.  I was aching for the kind of quiet, pretty meals we had before baby, but as dinner timed rolled closer and closer, and the baby kept calling for my attention, I had to give up the idea of a pretty table...then a clean house...then brushing my teeth...

Have you been there?  I know you have.  But I made the discovery that night that everything looks better by candlelight.  I don't just mean that it makes lovely things look better, like a romantic dinner, or a warm tub full of rose petals, or a glittering evening wedding.   I mean everything.

Laundry.  English peas on your kid's plates.  Crow's feet and grown-out roots.  Spots on the carpet, the pile of junk at the end of the table, and the stack of bills under the pile of junk at the end of the table.  Your four-year-old who chose to come to dinner in his underwear.  Paper plates.  Your husband's favorite plaid shirt.

Trust me.  Everything.

But the real beauty of this is that it allows you to make a special occasion out of any day, whether circumstances are perfect, or not.  Tomorrow, on Valentine's Day - or anytime you need something special - enjoy your regular life by candlelight.

You're so Cute, Smart and Organized!