We are doing things a little differently this year for Valentine’s Day! We are giving flowers to our neighbors that are kind to us all year long. Typically we only do things for each child’s class room and our own family. I decided to mix things up a bit this year!  Our one neighbor directly across from our house helps us out with Charlie our black lab, quite often.  They will have him over  for play dates with their two little dogs!! We take their dogs from time to time as well, but their help with Charlie when we are ridiculously busy with the kids  is invaluable! The kids and I decided to gift them with flowers  this year because we really wanted to say thanks, but also I  know that I always feel SO special when I get flowers randomly, so why not spread some love!!

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We have another neighbor and friend a few blocks down that has helped me out with carpool and play-dates  with my oldest daughter, Ava since she was in Kindergarten.  We are always saying thank you and tend to get little gifts for them for Christmas but, I wanted to show the kids that we can do little acts of kindness for others, on special holiday’s like Valentine’s Day as well.  We will be gifting them with flowers  this week!l! To me, flowers always say “You are special”, “I appreciate you”, “I am thinking of you”.  Everyone deserves to feel this way!!  I had a neighbor bring me brownies once, and it is something I will never forget.  I want to teach my kids that we can do small things that are very impactful.  It doesn’t have to be flowers, there are a million ways to show someone you appreciate them.

Here are 10 other ways to love on your neighbor:

  • Have them over for dinner or buy them take out.
  • Make your neighbor a plate of baked goods.
  • Surprise them with a pair of Movie Tickets.
  • Make them a personalized craft and a candy gram.
  • Have your kids each write a note with something special they like about their neighbors and stick it in their mailbox.
  • Rake leaves, weed their garden, water their plants, paint their fence, mow their lawn or wash their windows.
  • Offer to babysit for free so they can enjoy a Valentine’s Day evening  or date night together.
  • Offer to walk their dogs.
  • Offer to wash their cars while you are washing your own.
  • Invite a neighbor over for a game night.


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How would you show love to your neighbor!? I would love to hear!! We are always looking for new ideas.  For those of you looking to buy flowers for a friend or loved one this Valentine’s Day, 1-800-Flowers.com is the perfect place for a thoughtful  and convenient gift and the best part is that they sell more than flowers!! Head over to 1800Flowers.com to purchase your Valentine’s gift to show your neighbor, friend, spouse or kids how much you care about and love them!  Use my exclusive code WHYILOVE for 20% off of your purchase here. This code is good for the entire month of February!! Happy month of love, friends!!

Much love,

  • Comments ( 40 )

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    Vet Leow

    I love all your ideas! These are all very good ways to show a neighbour, a friend, a co-worker or even the person who serves us coffee at star bucks everyday that we care! Thanks so much for the promo code too!

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    Lauren B.

    I love this idea! flowers are definitely a go-to gift of mine. It’s proven people are happier when they have living things in their home & flowers are an instant mood booster. So sweet!
    xx, Lo {www.rosesandrainboots.com}

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    Flowers are always a gift I love to give and get!! They always make my home so happy!


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    Laura B

    Oh my goodness, he is a doll! We used 1800flowers.com a couple years ago, and they had the best customer service!

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    This is such a sweet idea! I think including as many as you can during any holiday can ensure that people who really need the love and attention get it! It really can be the smallest things that will help someone!



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    Taylor Aube

    Aww he’s so cute! And I love all of these simple tips to get to know your neighbors, movie tickets is such a great gift that is thoughtful and inexpensive!! I love this post Ruthie 🙂

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    This is such a great post Ruthie! I love all your ideas! xo, Nataly

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    omg how sweet is this post!!! love this and your heart!

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    This is such a sweet sentiment! I think neighbors and the people we interact with every day often get overlooked on loving holidays such as Valentine’s Day, which is so silly because we love them and they love us, every day! I like that this is about your neighbors and other special people in your life that don’t immediately come to mind, like a spouse or parent <3

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

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    Melissa yvonne

    How incredibley sweet! I love that you are teaching your little ones to do this, your neighbours will love this.

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    Kachet – The Lipstick Giraffe

    More than ever we need to be spreading love, cheer – and flowers to others. These ideas are great!

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    Heather Brown

    These are such good tips AND beautiful flowers!

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    Love these ideas! I always feel better when I’m serving others instead of focusing on my problems 🙂

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    Jessica Sheppard

    Fabulous post on tips to LOVE your neighbor! Each tip is so sweet and meaningful, especially in the times we live. Nothing shows love and care like fresh blooms…thank you for your inspo today! Love how you encourage everyone you touch, every day…we need each other!

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    Kimberly @ Berly’s Kitchen

    I love this post. 🙂 That’s so sweet of you and your family. Your neighbors are so lucky to have you guys.

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    These are great ideas – I love the idea of flowers! Our neighbor always helps me out, clearing the walkways of snow, blowing out our driveway when everyone in the house was sick … I’ve been wanting to do something nice for him for a while and this is a great idea!

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    I love this whole concept. Who doesn’t love a fresh bouquet of flowers. Such a great idea Ruthie. Not to mention that handsome little guy making an appearance.

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    Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    These are all such great ideas! I was raised in a very close community, so it is important to me to build relationships with my neighbors wherever I live!

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    Sarah Tripp

    Okay, this is such a sweet post! I love giving flowers! xx

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    Ivanna | Provocative Joy

    You are the sweetest neighbor! Can I move into your neighborhood haha?! I want to know how your neighbors respond when they get a bouquet of flowers!

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    Sharon Wu

    This is such a thoughtful post, and perfectly timed with Valentine’s Day coming up! It’s a time for us to show love to not only our loved ones but also the people around us 🙂 xo, sharon


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    Anna English

    I love giving and recieving fresh flowers! And look at how handsome he is!

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    This is such a beautiful post! You are always thinking of such creative ways to love others and make them feel significant.

    Meaghan xx

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    Oh how I love this – such good ideas, Ruthie! Our neighbor and us always exchange baked things…my hubby makes a MEAN pound cake, so we’ll make her one too, then she’ll drop cookies off…it’s win win!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Morgan Klein

    These flowers are amazing!!! Def going to check out 1800 flowers when I need to send flowers!

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    Such a great thing you are teaching your kids!! Super thoughtful too

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    Nicole McClean

    What a fantastic post!! It’s very thought provoking, I’ve lived in my house for almost 2 years & only know, actively speak to three different neighbours. I do live in the U.K. Where our streets are very long (30+ houses) however that really shouldn’t stop me from speaking and interacting more.

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    I have never been a big Valentine’s Day fan because of how commercial it is. I love this idea. I have great neighbors and would love to do something like this.

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    Anmaria Djong I Onelazychic

    What a beautiful post. I think I will bake some cookies for my lovely neighbour.

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    This is a really great idea! I have a neighbor do the hall from me who is always doing something or thinking of my mom and I in some way or another. I don’t think he would care for getting flowers but you did give me a great reminder that I should do something nice for him this Valentine’s Day. Thank you for sharing!

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    Such a sweet idea. I think Valentine’s is finally starting to branch out into showing love to a lot of people, not just significant others. Which I love!

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    Lexi Holzberg Kritzer

    What a sweet idea! I love the idea of flowers or movie tickets. So thoughtful!

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    Mndy Thompson

    What what a great way to spread love. This is so sweet!


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    These are such sweet, thoughtful ideas! I love them!

    By Lauren M

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    Heather Denniston

    Makes a HUGEEEEE difference if you have a good relationship with your neighbors or not! These are some great ideas and super simple gestures that can go a really long way!

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    Kimberly Lewis

    this is such a great post! And it helps that you have such a cutie in your pictures!

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    such a sweet post, I love this!

    Here’s The Skinny

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    Anna Cobbs

    Totally stealing this idea to do with our kids! Love it!

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    People noralmly pay me for this and you are giving it away!

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    This is literally gold and I’m totally going to do this!! I love a lovely random “I appreciate you” gift so I know other people will too!

    Nat xx

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