Sunday, January 25, 2009

Valentines Day Smackdown

I am throwing down the gauntlet my friends, the time has come for the 2009 Smart Mama Valentines Day Challenge. As we all know, smart mama is a big fan of love. As a professional in the field, by this I am referring to my graduate degree not my amazing kissing abilities, I am here to entreat you to engage in more "loving behaviors". Yes, I could enumerate from a psychological standpoint the importance of acts of care, empathy, affection, intimacy, but I will spare you the gritty details from old grad school papers in emotional and moral development (it was a great class Dr. Scoresby- no slight intended).

So this year smart mama is signing up participants for the 14 days of valentines challenge. Yes it's still January, I am just giving you a heads up so you can formulate ideas or pickup a few extra things as you do your shopping this week. Which means everyday from the first through the 14th of February you do something nice, something extra for your spouse, your kids, or your friends- or all of them. It's about personalizing our lives and putting more effort into the thing that matters most -- relationships. You can chose to take this your own direction, give it your own personal flair-- some like it cheesy (Like my friend emily of heart shaped hot dog and mac n cheese fame) or my friend becky with her stuffed animal bear with photobelly. Some like it sweet, others spicy-- pick your flavor. Your call. All that matters is that you do something. Here is a link to smart mama's 250 ways to say I love you page because I will not leave you idealess. And seriously if you can't think of 14 nice things to do for the people you love well it might be time for smart mama to take you on in the ring mano y mano for a real smackdown.

So bring your A game-- or rather you L-O-V-E game. Suit up and show me what you're made of!
Let me know if you're in...there will be prizes for participants--because oh how smart mama loves prizes!
So yes- keep track, take pics if you want. And either tell me at the end or as you go along about some of the great things you do! I want to feel the love and reward you!!
1. pie=love 2. a challenge 3. deserving recipients

33 comments:

Joy and Ted said...

Love it, love it, love it. Count me in! I'll e-mail you with more details. :)

Becky said...

Sign me up! Sounds like lots of fun.

Michelle said...

I'm in. totally and completely. so... I'd better take photos if I want a prize eh?

smart mama said...

yes michelle I want some of your glorious pics of the "love".

feel free to challenge your friends and family memebrs- a great FHE challenge.

I am sure there will probably be a painting or two in the prize mix and few other things- so go--fight-win-- I mean LOVE!

Swimmingmom said...

Funny, I've been thinking about this as I realized that we'd be away for most of the time. Not that we can't do things then,but just an extra complication to throw into the ring. This year I'm going for cheap, thoughtful, free, inexpensive, not much money involved, etc etc. Better get creative.

LL said...

You KNOW i'm in...how can i not be when I have HEART TOILET PAPER in my home :) THANKS!!!

I love this, reminds me of our convo the other day in the car. Good good stuff...

GAME ON love cupid!!!

Angie said...

just what my family--and I--need this year. Thanks for the great idea.

smart mama said...

hey swimming mom - no excuses you cans till do it- there are plenty of cost free ideas...I expect good work from you

and you LL- after taking last year off to train-- glad to see you stepping into the ring tis year
so glad you can feel the love even in your bathroom- C was tempted to save it as a february surprise he must not have been able to resist- many thanks for the scripture delivery service!

sherry said...

Is family exempt from participating? :)

Tamlynn said...

I need to do this. And it doesn't hurt that my bday is at the end of Feb, so after feeling all that love the first half of the month, dh should be in a reciprocating mindset. Yeah, its all about the prizes. :)

sherry said...

ooops. I did not mean "exempt" I meant ineligible from participating!

Smilin' sunshine said...

I guess I can be in............

If there are prizes involved!

smart mama said...

mom- family is eligible to participate but not eligible for prizes (nepotism and all)

glad to see you guys throwing your hats in the ring.

nanci said...

This is a fun idea. I'll be participating.

Jenny said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the LOVE! What a great idea, Smart Mama! I'm IN. And thanks a million for the school supplies--got them yesterday from JJ, and Roger was so appreciative. He was amazed that someone who doesn't even know him would do that! THANKS.

smart mama said...

glad to help roger- I hope he has a fabulous time- when he goes and sees the need I am sure he'll understand why you can't help but give to such causes!

Blackeyedsue said...

Well, I was going to do the 14-days of love anyways, but a challenge commits me! Count me in!

Marcy said...

That is a fabulous idea~ count me in too!

Andrea said...

I can't decide if I'd rather participate or go mano a mano in the ring. They both sound fun honestly.

smart mama said...

andrea you know I could take you mano y mano

you are so cut out for the challenge if you do it I might even do my montezuma impersonation as a prize just fot you!

Courtney said...

I'm in!

Andrea said...

twist my arm. I'm in.

Trueman twins said...

Count me in too! I was on the fence until Alyssa left me a sweet note with my pjs so kindly left out for me. It made my heart happy and that's what I plan to do for others!

Alissa said...

fo sho!

Shelah said...

you had me at "smackdown"

Johnna said...

okay I'm in.

but I'm a little nervous. I'm so bad at this kind of thing.

smart mama said...

YES! johnna- you can do this- just give it your own style- it's just making an extra effort for 14 days-

Becky said...

I LOVE to LOVE! :) This is a no-brainer for me.

Snigger Fam said...

Oh I'm in! I already have my 14-day Love Marathon planned out... my husband won't know what hit him.

ellen said...

I'm in!

Leah said...

Count me in! I'd love to give it a try!

Jo Jo said...

Count me in. I'm Becky's sister and Jennifer's twin. Wish I was closer to meet such a smart mama. I love your blog! I admit, I've been peeking. I will dedicate February 14th to my 14 acts of love. Really, really, love this post. Amy Jo

smart mama said...

welcome amy jo- glad you are in- I wish i go to meet you too because your sisters rock!! hence you do my association- shared genes