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Our Favorite Romantic PEOPLE Magazine Covers (Plus a Subscription Deal to Love)

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Love is in the air today on Valentine’s Day, and there’s certainly no shortage of the agony and ecstasy of it on celebrity magazine covers pretty much every day.

So many headlines focus on breakups, makeups, engagements (broken and otherwise), marriages, and divorces.

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In the spirit of this day devoted to the celebration of love, we’re going to highlight our favorite romantic PEOPLE magazine covers. Get ready to fall head over heels for these:

The Royal Wedding, May 16, 2011: We all love a good fairy tale, and the courtship and marriage of William and Katherine had the makings of a modern-day one. This special collector’s issue cover captured the beauty and bliss of their big day.

Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth, April 18, 2011: The second time down the aisle appears to be a charm for actress Reese Witherspoon. She stunned in the role of blushing bride during her California wedding to talent agent Jim Toth.

Beyonce & Jay-Z, April 21, 2008: This super-musical couple tied the knot in a super-secret New York City affair. Of course, Beyonce—the celebrity magazine’s “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” honoree in 2012—lived up to that coveted title.

Trista & Ryan Sutter, December 22, 2003: In proof that sometimes love can be found on a reality show, the star of the first season of “The Bachelorette” found happiness at the end of her journey. She and firefighter Ryan Sutter wed in California in a televised ceremony—what else!

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5 (Fairly) Easy Desserts to Impress Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day DessertsWant to do something sweet (literally) for your sweetie? Whether you’re at ease in the kitchen or just learning your way around, try your hand at one of these heartwarming desserts.

You can earn a lot of brownie points for the effort put forth in making something homemade this Valentine’s Day.

Thankfully, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in this month’s food and cooking magazines with recipes inspired by everything from the traditional sweet staple (chocolate) to the popular color of the season (red).

Even if you’re crunched for time or want to slowly test the waters, these five fairly easy Valentine’s Day desserts will help you impress your sweetheart with your thoughtfulness.

Chocolate-Cinnamon Pudding, Taste of the South: Pudding isn’t just for kids anymore, not with this dressed-up version topped with chocolate shavings and cinnamon sticks. You’ll have to use the stovetop to make this dessert—no instant shortcuts here—so if you can manage that, you can pull this one off. But, judging by the photo, it looks like it’s worth the risk.

Valentine Sorbet Sandwiches, Everyday Food: A lighter, heart-healthier version of the ice cream sandwich, this treat makes use of sorbet that’s store-bought for a time-saving bonus. The cookie part of the sandwich is made from scratch but isn’t too complicated for a curious or experienced baker to pull off. Some may want to have a store-bought backup just in case.

Red Velvet Cheesecake, Food Network Magazine: This incorporates (almost) all you need for a perfect night: chocolate, red velvet and decadent cheesecake. The magazine says this recipe clocks in at a little over 30 minutes of active preparation, but you’ll want to keep in mind that you’ll have to chill this treat for at least four hours before you can slice and serve.

Strawberry Jam Cake, Cooking With Paula Deen: This fresh confection is perfect for the person who’s not much of a chocolate fan. The light cake gets its berry flavor from strawberry jam spread between its layers, which are then topped with a frosting that incorporates fresh berries. This one’s a little higher on the difficulty level but definitely not impossible.

“Puppy Love” Cherry Crunchies, Every Day With Rachael Ray: You read that right. If the love of your life (at least right now) is your four-legged friend, remember him or her this Valentine’s Day with these dog biscuits flavored with dried cherries. Bonus points for using heart-shaped cookie cutters when cutting out the dough. But either way, your pooch will love you.

Indulge in Valentine's Day Without Regret

Indulge in Valentine’s Day Without Regret

Everyday Food magazine January/February 2012

Everyday Food Jan/Feb 2012

It’s pretty impossible not to crave chocolate on a day like today–the pinnacle of National Chocolate Month–but indulgence doesn’t have to mean guilty regret.

Chocolate tempts us even more than usual this time of year, what with all that Valentine’s Day candy on the shelves since just after Christmas.

With the sweet stuff so prominently featured just about everywhere, it’s no surprise, really, that February is National Chocolate Month. But don’t think that if you’re (still) sticking to your New Year’s resolutions to get fit or if a restricted diet prevents you from indulging that you can’t get in on the celebration.

Three magazines tackled chocolates and other desserts in their February issues, all with the purpose of offering some seasonally appropriate desserts on the lighter side.

Cooking Light magazine’s February issue took some inspiration from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament format and presented a Sweet 16 Bake-Off to find the “best light chocolate recipe ever” that had been published in its pages in the past 25 years.

Sixteen finalists were culled from the last quarter-century of recipes, and the field was eliminated in a head-to-head showdown until only one dessert was left standing. The top four recipes were published in the February issue, and each boasts 10 grams of fat or fewer per serving.

Among double chocolate ice cream, chocolate-frangelico fondue, Texas sheet cake and classic fudge-walnut brownies, the brownies came out on top. (Though none of the other finalists’ recipes were published in the magazine, the issue was noted so devoted readers can consult their archived copies.)

For even lighter chocolate recipes, Food & Wine magazine featured three from Joy the Baker blogger Joy Wilson. Each of these weigh in at 6 grams of fat or fewer per serving, thanks to her use of lighter ingredients like cocoa nibs and Greek yogurt.

Wilson shares her tips for making chocolate frozen yogurt with caramelized bananas, cocoa-pepper waffle cookies and cocoa nib pavlova with raspberries. Each promises maximum chocolate flavor without the guilt.

Finally, Everyday Food magazine lets readers in on some unlikely ingredients that can help trim fat in desserts like brownies and cupcakes. A triple-chocolate brownie recipe uses pureed black beans as a substitute for some of the butter, resulting in four fewer fat grams per serving.

Not a chocolate lover? No problem. The magazine also includes recipes for vanilla cupcakes with fruit glaze, which uses pureed white beans to get its sweetness. Gingerbread mini cakes are moist—and good for you—thanks to pumpkin puree.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With a Workout Built for Two

Shape magazine February 2012 coverIf you want to get outside and burn calories while feeling close to your significant other, Shape magazine has just the workout for you.

Imagine, you’re looking into your husband’s eyes. Your hearts are pounding. Sweat is dripping down his chest. Adrenaline is rushing through you. No, ladies, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about working out together.

With Valentine’s Day in mind, Shape magazine designed a workout that’s built specifically for two. This flirty and fun workout takes less than a half hour and targets your whole body.  A couple of the moves look fairly easy, like the side shuffle and the power punch. Others, however–like the partner press and pull together–look a bit more challenging.

I think my personal favorite is the rescue me, a move that works your back, core, arms and shoulders. It looks a little bit like a one-on-one game of tug of war, and it works like this: While sitting facing each other with knees bent and feet touching, each person holds the end of a towel. You start by lying on your back and then pulling yourself up, hand over hand, until you’re sitting up straight again. Repeat for 30 seconds and then switch.

My husband and I aren’t big believers in Valentine’s Day. We can get chocolate any time of the year. The prices for roses are inflated way too high in February. And he thinks it’s a holiday the card companies invented just to make money. But together, we’re taking our health and fitness much more seriously these days. This 20-minute strengthener will be a great addition to our Valentine’s Day evening.

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Make a Valentine’s Day Card Personal with Your Own Font

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You may not love your handwriting, but a little personal touch can go a long way when it comes to card making. Here’s one great idea for Valentine’s Day.

Fonts are just awesome. I love different fonts and typography, and my favorite stamps are quite often sentiment stamps. I suppose part of the reason I love these stamps is my inability to write beautifully. I do not love my handwriting, and I’m in awe of beautiful lettering. Sometimes in a coffee shop I forget to pick something out because I get distracted by the colorful, blocky letters.

Card Maker magazine offered a challenge to this long held opinion of my penmanship in the recent feature “Write it with Style–Stand Tall Alphabet.” The article features a beautiful card where the largest element is the word “Easter” handwritten by the artist in beautiful, tall letters. I stared at it for a while and decided I’d give it a whirl. I opted to make a card featuring the word “Love” in honor of Valentine’s Day. As I looked at my imperfect lettering, I thought of how imperfect my love can be and figured, “Why shouldn’t I allow my offering of love reflect that?”

Supplies:

Card stock
Paper cutter
Dimensional pop-ups
Marker
Glitter
Brads
Stamps
Red ink that coordinates with your card stock
Stamp-a-ma-jig*
hole punch
*All supplies I used were Stampin’ Up!
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Dimensions:
Base card: 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
Gray Background for element: 3″ x 3 1/2″
Project Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Project Difficulty: Very easy
Step One: Start by folding your base card and stamping the background. Remember that using a coordinating color will create a subtle background that won’t compete with your featured element.
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Step Two: Take your gray background and rough up the edges. You can use the edge of scissors or anything that will create a nice texture. I’ve even used my fingernail.
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Step Three: Map out your words. It was important for me to try out my writing first on scrap paper to judge the sizing of the letters but also to see how it would look.
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Step Four: I used just a few words from a stamp to add the “all my” to the card. To do that, I used a marker to ink only the words I wanted to stamp.
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Step Five: Center your wording using a Stamp-a-ma-jig. This little product is a must-have for stampers. By first stamping your image on the plastic sheet and then lining the block in the corner of the handle, you can then place the words using the plastic sheet and then place the handle. Remove the plastic sheet and put the block in its place and you will have a perfect placement of your image.
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Step Six: Now write out your word using your marker. Remember to be forgiving of your imperfections. It’s all part of the charm of the card.
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Step Seven: Place the dimensionals on your main element and adhere it to the background. Then punch holes along the side and add your brads. Use a ruler or your grid paper to help you line them up.
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Step Eight: Finish your card by placing your finished element using the dimensionals to your base card.
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How to Make Parents Magazine's Stuck on You Valentine

How to Make Parents Magazine’s Stuck on You Valentine

Now that the holidays are over and we’re well into 2012, it’s time to think about Valentine’s Day!  I hope you’re not crafted out from the gift-giving season because this little guy is pretty hard to resist.

Maybe you’ve never made a craft before and you’ve resolved that you will try to be crafty in 2012. This is the perfect thing to start with. It’s an easy paper craft from Parents magazine–the Stuck On You Valentine.

Here’s what you’ll need* to make this Toad-ally adorable (their words, not mine) card:

* The heart paper puncher in the photo does three different punches with one tool. A single solid heart hole punch is what you need for this craft.

Step One: Take one piece of paper and fold it in half. Then fold it in half again (as if you were making a paper snowflake). Draw a half heart at the folded corner, making sure the top and the inside edge of the heart are on the top and side folds.

Step Two: Punch out six hearts with your paper puncher and set them aside.

Step Three: Cut four legs like the ones in the photo. The straight legs should be 4 inches long, and the angled legs are about 5 inches long. I eyeballed the measurements but used a ruler to make the lines straight. Glue the heart to the legs, using two for each angled leg.

Step Four: Use glue to attach the legs to the bottom side of the heart (body) and allow the glue to dry.

Step Five: Create the frog’s eyes by cutting two sets of ovals from different papers–one set smaller than the other–and gluing them together. Draw the pupils with the black marker. Allow to dry and fold the bottom edge toward the back of the eyes.

Step Six: Use the spoon to create a long and skinny tongue for your frog.

Step Seven: Finish your frog by gluing the tongue to the inside of the mouth and the eyes to the top of the heart. Then you can write a message inside the mouth! Maybe something like: “You’re a catch!” or “Will you toad-ally be mine?” Have fun with it! It’s a great one to make with your kids for their friends.
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