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My Valentine’s Day Story

Herb and I have been married for 15 years.  We were discussing recently how this mile marker is impactful.  We’re not newlyweds anymore.  We are starting to approach that time in a marriage where you realize your partner has been your closest friend for longer than you lived under your parents roof.

It’s more than a short story.  It’s officially a novel.

We like to spend Valentine’s Day in the fantastic city we call home – Portland.  We make a day of it, each of us choosing a place for breakfast, coffee, lunch, happy hour & dinner…yes…its a “full-filling” day.  The charm of our little city warms our hearts and reminds us of why we chose this picturesque coastal community filled with good food, incredible art, fantastic music & gorgeous scenery.

Our local paper wrote a story on how other Maine couples (including a little bit on us) celebrate Valentine’s Day.  We’re flattered to be included!



It’s Maine Blueberry season.  That means time for our annual family outing to the fields in Limerick at Libby’s in Limerick  We call it “blueberry-ing” – a phrase coined by Papa – my dad – a verb for picking blueberries!  And not just picking a quart or’s a commitment!


Perfect weather. Perfect picking.

Pounds of blueberries…70 pounds to be exact!  Dried & frozen for use all year through…smoothies, pies, jams or a simple frozen treat!

But first we baked mufins…and shared with our new neighbors!

Hope you find yourself outside this week enjoying the summer sun & local fun at your farm or market!



Advent Calendar DIY







Tiny Olive Advent Calendar

24 Small Notecards

1 Sharpie

Your Handwriting











Your Tiny Olive Advent Calendar includes 23 bags in our Loretta pattern and 1 bag in the Alice design.

Using your sharpie, number each bag for every day of the advent leading up to Christmas.  The green bag is your last bag – #24.

Rather than candy or small toys, we placed small handwritten note cards in each bag.  On the note card, we wrote each day’s special gift for the advent.

Some ideas include:

  • Drive through the Neighborhood to look at Christmas Lights
  • Make Pumpkin Bread and deliver it to a neighbor
  • Create Paper Snowflakes for the windows
  • Read our favorite Christmas book
  • Look under your pillow for your Christmas Eve PJs

Tiny Olive Tips:

* Start a Family Collection
* Kids love 'em to stash their stuff.
* Cord Managment....keep organized.
* Wine bag fits 1 lb of coffee.
* Shoe/Travel Bags.

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