In the spirit of Valentine’s Day…

Do you all remember Valentine Grams? It was a thing we did in middle school.

A secret admirer/friend would purchase a Valentine’s Gram to give to another kid, and during 4th period on Valentine’s Day, volunteers came into the classrooms to deliver the gram.

Still don’t remember?

Imagine red paper with a picture and simple message about love printed by an outdated photocopy machine taped to a lollipop.

Yes! Valentine Grams!

We remember those few lucky people who somehow ended up getting a ton of grams, while the rest of us stared at our desks thinking…”Who wants a lollipop, anyway?”

Really, we have no qualms with Valentine’s Day or the coveted Valentine Gram. 🙂 We are all for hoarding pink-colored, heart-shaped chocolates at clearance prices the day after V-Day. Who’s with me!?! Gordon actually has very fond memories of dealing with the awkwardness of not getting any Valentine Grams. Trying to beat the system, he bought a jumbo pack of caramel apple lollipops the day before Valentine’s Day and passed it out to his other buddies that didn’t get any lollipop love. Good times.

Any opportunity to give a person a reason to be intentional and love on others is worth celebrating. Valentine’s Day is no exception. But sometimes…amidst the festivities, the celebration becomes exclusive, tense, or awkward to some. We get it..

So in an attempt to be more mindful this Valentine’s Day, we racked our brains for something to say that would be meaningful to even the most cautious Valentine’s Day person. We landed on the phrase in the photo: YOU ARE LOVED. You…your story, your purpose…on this day – you are worth celebrating. So, Happy Valentine’s Day to you.


This month, we’re spotlighting Ruby’s Place, a non-profit in Hayward, CA that provides comprehensive prevention and supportive services to the community and people impacted by domestic violence, human trafficking or homelessness. Please take a moment to visit their website and learn about the wealth of services they provide – this shout-out doesn’t even scratch the surface of the incredible work they do.

We started our relationship with Ruby’s Place last year, making quarterly soap donations to their shelters. Every time we go to drop off the bars, we are met with the most compassionate and friendly people – it’s one of those encounters that leave you smiling as you walk out the door, and you find yourself still smiling when you get to the car. We couldn’t be more proud to support an organization that provides for the practical and emotional needs of the individuals they serve. BRAVO!

10% of all purchases this month will be donated to Ruby’s Place, and of course, look for additional ways to support them on their website!

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