This series is sponsored by Ghirardelli Chocolate and Josh Cellars. I’m delighted to share my original opinions and ideas as part of their #asweetpairing campaign.

valentine planner

Today I’m kicking off a 10 Day Valentine Planner series. The inspiration for this series is to help busy moms plan and organize the plethora of activities for Valentine’s Day, to reduce some of the stress associated with being a super mom and to focus more on self-care.

I’ve assigned themes to each day from now until V-day (see image). Today’s theme is all about making a plan. Having a plan reduces stress. Here are some steps to help you prioritize activities. This will be the foundation for your plan.

  1. Take a few minutes to jot down all the Valentine related activities you would like to do between now and then. Write them all down even if you know you don’t have time to do them all. Include things like Valentine boxes, class party favors, teacher gifts, girlfriend time, mani/pedi, sweets for your sweet, etc.
  2. Next go through the list and circle the three tasks that are must-do’s. For example, when my son was in elementary school my top three must do’s would have been the Valentine box, the Valentine cards for the classroom party and chocolates for my sweet.
  3. Take another pass through the list and put a star next to three items that you really want to do. Note, some of these may overlap from the previous list in some way. In my example, my must do’s would be a Valentine box and Valentines. My want to do’s would be super cool Valentine box and fun Valentines/favors. My third would be to get a mani/pedi before date night.
  4. Take one more pass through the list and put a square around two more items. My next two would be to add Valentine cheer around the home and make creative teacher gifts. I’m crafty like that. It’s OK if that’s not your jam. This is your plan.
  5. You now have a prioritized list to work from over the next week or so. You may want to rewrite these tasks on a pretty piece of paper and hang on your fridge or snap a picture with your phone to have handy at all times.
  6. Give yourself a little pep talk letting yourself off the hook for all the other activities. Maybe you will have time to work deeper into your list. Maybe not and that’s OK.

Now that we have our prioritized list, our goal is to complete these eight tasks over the next nine days. Doesn’t that sound a lot better than having all those items rattling around in your head with all that self-talk about not getting it all done?  We will divvy up the tasks over the remaining days and sprinkle in a little pampering and self-care along the way. Tomorrow will be the busiest day of all. Our theme for Day 2 is to get it started. A plan is only as good as the action put behind it.

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To finish off Day 1 I recommend making a quick trip to the store to pick up Ghirardelli Valentine chocolates (for inspiration, of course) and a bottle of Josh Cellars wine. Once the evening must-do’s are complete, grab a few delectable squares, pour yourself a glass of wine and finalize your plan. If you are crafty like me that might involve spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for inspiration to complete your activities.

Then get a good night’s rest.

Tomorrow we Get It Started…

Posts in this Series…

Valentine Planner – Day 1 – Plan

Valentine Planner – Day 2 – Let’s Get It Started

Valentine Planner – Day 3 – Relax & Refresh

Valentine Planner – Day 4 – Bless Your Heart

Valentine Planner – Day 5 – Protect Your Sanity

Valentine Planner – Day 6 – Bless Here Heart

Valentine Planner – Day 7 – Treat Yourself

Valentine Planner – Day 8 – Party & Shop

Valentine Planner – Day 9 – Prep & Play

Valentine Planner – Day 10 – Celebrate