Love is In the Air!

February 01, 2024

Love is In the Air!



February is the month we always associate with love, and while the symbol we use most often to represent it is a heart, at partager la joie we’ve come to think of love as a circle. The love in our lives surrounds us, as we encircle our loved ones. And the love we give out into the world circles back around to enrich us in more ways than we can count—for us this is the true meaning of sharing the joy. As part of our February focus on love, let’s take some time to think about the important people in our lives who are part of that circle. This means our family and friends. Think of that person you love getting together with because they make you laugh so hard. That person who really inspires you, and brings a ray of sunshine to your day. That person who genuinely wants the best for you and is always there for you. That person who listens to what you're saying and makes you feel heard and understood. That person who would do anything for you, and loves you always and unconditionally.

It’s vital to us, as human beings, to focus on taking care of each other by sharing our sorrows and joys with people who care about us. Identifying and reflecting on our inner circle of positive, supportive love and celebrating those bonds is a beautiful way to experience gratitude and nurture each other. February is the shortest month of the year, so let’s make the most of these spirited winter days—celebrate love and look forward to spring blooms ahead!

On Our February Agenda

Love Notes

Cherishing the art of a hand-written note

Have you noticed how we seem to keep moving further and further away from handwriting? The convenience and speed of our technology is certainly responsible, but the act of writing as compared to typing words has been shown to stimulate brain development, creativity, and memory. It seems fitting this month that we give this some thought and consider taking the time to create a beautiful handwritten note as a wonderful expression of our love. 

 I’d like to share a little story with you, something I remember fondly as a kind of love note. My grandmother addressed all her letters and cards in calligraphy—it was just what she always did. As you could imagine, this could be a tedious task.. Looking back on it, I guess you could say this was her brand. When it came time for our wedding, I asked her if she would hand-address our invitations with her calligraphy. At first she was a bit reluctant because she felt her writing wasn’t up to her own standards. But for me this personalization—her writing, the time and detail she put into every card—meant everything to me, and is something that I hold so dearly in my heart to this day. It was an amazing and thoughtful gift of love from an incredibly inspiring, special grandmother.

The gift of our written expressions of love can become treasures for the beloved recipient. So, in celebration of the month of love, your Valentine’s plj challenge is to choose a few people who are very special to you and write them a love note, by hand. 

A Note on Valentines Day 

Do you remember the thrill of getting Valentine’s cards from friends at school when you were a child? Be inspired to create your own sentiments for your circle of love this year. Perhaps it's sharing a favorite photo with a caption, a simple card, a video message, a small gift, or of course a handwritten note. Remember, it's the thoughtful little things that bring smiles and unforgettable moments of joy! Valentine’s Day is associated with romantic love, but it can also be a day for expressing all the affection of friendship and other close bonds we have in our lives.


And while we’re at it, what about love notes for ourselves? We consider keeping our own notes, thoughts, and inspirations organized in a journal or beautiful book as a great way to save our ideas. These notes can serve as brainstorming points for upcoming projects, gatherings or design goals. They are also helpful to facilitate communication with our team or family and a wonderful keepsake for us to remember our important moments, dreams, and aspirations.

 Winter Wellness

Tips for staying motivated during the winter:

  • Start your morning off with wellness in mind. Bring bright and sunny into your day no matter what the winter weather is! Figure out what motivates you and invigorates your senses in the morning, be it a little extra time over tea with your journal, exercise, a walk in nature, watching the sunrise or some other activity that gives you a little burst of positive energy.
  • Focus on a project. Choosing a task to accomplish during the winter months especially gives us extra motivation and something tangible to feel proud of when it’s completed.
  • Fresh air and time in nature are an absolute must, especially in winter. Being active outdoors does wonders to elevate our mood and broaden our perspectives.
  • Create a reading list. You might have already done this as part of a New Year’s intention, but if you haven’t, give yourself some reading goals to either learn something new or just to have a fun read to get yourself through winter! Inviting a friend or two to read along is also a lively way to share that joy.
  • Focus on simplifying healthy meal prep by planning ahead. First, make a shopping list based on the recipes that you’d like to make. It's helpful if you buy fresh produce and herbs that you can use in multiple dishes. One time-saving tip is to prepare all salad ingredients at once and store them in airtight containers so they are readily available when you need them—think of it as a salad bar in your refrigerator! This simplifies the process for having healthy choices readily available for nutritious meals as well as healthy snacking. 

Love Language 

Love is what makes the world go round every day of the year, but February14th is a special moment to express it. We talked about Valentine’s cards/love notes above, but this celebration can also take the form of compliments, encouragement, and other kind words and gestures. If you’re proud of or impressed by someone and their efforts or achievements, tell them—it will make their day! Little things go a long way to building a healthy community of people who feel loved, so be inspired by the littlest acts of love today and everyday. Create a playlist of your favorite songs expressing love or affection and send it to someone special. Plan a special dinner or lunch, bake a healthy treat, meet for a coffee or take a walk, or plan another type of wellness-focused day with a friend. There are so many meaningful ways to share the joy! If you have a great idea for a special Valentine’s gesture, let us know or tag us in a post—we’d love to share your inspiration with the plj community!

We love the sweet sentiments and treats that always accompany Valentine’s Day but not the commercial aspect of those cute but superficial elements of the celebration. We’d like to dig a little deeper into the theme of love, taking it apart letter by letter.

LLive with wellness in mind. Incorporate more healthy habits into your day.

OOffer kindness in your day and look for opportunities to share this joy with those around you.

VVary the everyday. Indulge your spontaneous side. Laugh a lot and make changes to vary your daily routine, home, and menu. 

EExperience the new. This topic is woven into almost all our blogs because it is so important. We as humans are naturally curious and inquisitive; it’s discovering what we’d like to do that sometimes hinders us. Start small, choose something you’d like to learn about, and give it a try. If it's not for you, move on to something else. If you’re interested, dig deeper! Continuously learning and gaining new skills keeps us active, healthy, vibrant and connected to the special people in our lives. Let February serve as an opportunity to choose to learn a new skill or explore something you have interest in. 

At plj we’ve taken our desire for new experiences to heart in many ways with our love for travel, motivation to live well, and desire to learn the many skills needed to grow our brand. Every day can present a new learning experience and many times challenging ones, but one thing's for sure, we love every minute!  Follow along with us on IG and let us know if you’re embarking on something new—we’d love to hear from you! Inspiring each other is the best way to grow a community focused on positivity and joy.

Travel Well

If travel is part of your winter plans, we’re here to share our tips!  We’ve been traveling quite a bit and have created a foolproof carry-on packing list template for you and your family, so everyone has what they need on their next flight:

For your carry on/personal items:

  • Travel documents, ID, passport/visa, and other wallet items (cards, cash) 
  • Comfy change of clothes ( think layers- never quite sure of temperature when in transit) and a full set of clothes to change into in case of lost/ delayed checked luggage
  • Travel pouch with blanket and eye mask
  • Slippers/lounge socks
  • Travel scarf or poncho
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand cream
  • Lip balm
  • Sanitizer wipes
  • Facial spritz and moisturizer
  • Electronics: earbuds, headphones, chargers, phone, laptop/tablet
  • Reading material/glasses if needed
  • A few dry snacks
  • Eye drops/vitamins/medications
  • Disposable mask
  • Pen and small notepad
  • Purchase a bottle of water and any other fresh food at the gate
  • If traveling with young children, a favorite toy and fully stocked diaper bag

  • Take February to Heart

    We put a lot of emphasis on hearts as an emotional symbol in February, but let’s not forget that it is Heart Health Awareness month! As you may know, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. At partager la joie we’re always striving toward a healthy lifestyle and look at this month as an opportunity to renew our focus on heart health and encourage the ones we love to do the same. After all, is there a better way to show love for yourself and the people around you than by embracing a heart-healthy lifestyle? We can make a significant impact on our wellbeing by eating plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, daily exercise, adequate sleep, and reducing stressors—all simple changes to keep our hearts healthy. 

    Here’s our ❤️healthy reminder to renew or consider taking a class to learn how to perform simple but life-saving CPR. It may not be something we like to think about, but people with basic CPR and AED training are most likely to use those skills on a loved one or close friend. Let’s increase our awareness and readiness to give the kind of help that can save a life. For more information on cardiovascular disease and tips for a heart-healthy lifestyle or CPR classes, visit the American Heart Association.


    Let’s talk about passion fruit

    Did you know that passion fruit is a superfood? It’s full of health benefits—iron, and antioxidants the body uses to make cartilage, muscle, bone, and collagen. It's also relatively low in sugar compared to other fruit, and helps with lowering inflammation in the body and protecting against cell damage. Could there be a more fitting fruit for this month of love? Have one as a snack or check out our epicure for a few ideas of how to incorporate this superfruit into your February menu. In addition to all things passion, our epicure this month is inspired by healthy recipes and a little bit of chocolate love!

    Passion Fruit Juice

    Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie

    Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

    No-Bake Superfood Brownies

    Chocolate Avocado Pudding

    Lilikoi Posset (Passion Fruit Pudding)

    Raspberry Bread Pudding

    Soy Ginger Salmon with Bok Choy

    Pasta Fagioli

    Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

    Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Reduction

    Roasted Beets

    Vietnamese Fresh Rolls 

    Love Staying Home

    Flowers we adore

    Subtle, simple, seasonal arrangements that hint at spring are our inspiration this month. Quince and cherry blossoms bring a joyous bundle of pale pink or white to an entrance, kitchen island, or dining table. Flowering branches alone make a beautiful statement, or you can anchor a few blooming cherry branches with hydrangeas and ornamental greens for a fragrant and stunning arrangement.

    Set your table with nature’s blooms

    Incorporating nature into your tablescapes during winter months adds brightness and a sense of new life to your gatherings. Flowering branches, potted plants, and assorted fragrant greens or herbs are all wonderful choices. Let spring come early to your interiors and try growing some beautiful bulbs now indoors. Daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are perfect choices for indoor containers. 

    Here’s how we do it:

    1. Line the bottom of a tall vase or container with a few stones (this will anchor the bulbs as they begin to bloom) 
    2. Add water to cover the stones
    3. Place bulbs on top of the rock layer wide end down
    4. Add water as needed to keep the roots of the bulbs wet
    5. Bloom time varies.

    Remember to keep your bulbs in a cool, dark place until you’re ready to use them.

    Brighten and Refresh Indoor Living Spaces

    Forage through your home, both indoors and out, for unique elements to lighten up your living style. This is a fantastic way to utilize what you already have—something as simple as restyling your nightstand or coffee table or filling a vase with fresh or faux greens or flowering branches in your entryway or kitchen. Small containers with a simple sprig or a bouquet of favorite flowers bring a welcome touch to any room. A freshly painted creamy white wall, changing up the pillows on a sofa, adding a new area rug or a new piece of artwork… These are all easy ways to revitalize and brighten a tired space. Once you get comfortable with your own creativity and style, you’re going to love looking forward to editing your style design with every season.

    If you’d love to give your home an edit but you’re not feeling particularly inspired or you’d like a fresh perspective, we’d love to help! Reach out for more information on scheduling an Inspiration Workshop with us.


    Gifts from the Heart

    Looking for something special? Browse our style, home, and wellness collections to shop our February finds—luxurious loungewear, stylish faux fur separates, cute caps and mittens, and charmingly practical wool pouches and carryalls to keep cozy on blustery days. We’ve got you covered for all your winter plans with our super soft travel collection and accessories to keep you comfortable on the go. Give your table a little love and warmth with beautiful linens and olive wood and woven accessories. Shop our Refresh and Relax bath salts, lavender eye pillows, rose hydrating mist, and a rose quartz Love & Harmony candle—perfect for creating balance with your winter self-care routine. Our luxurious throw blankets, soft leather blush journals, adorable striped tees adorned with a red heart and can't wait for spring floral dress make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts.

    Love is at the Heart

    Often the most important gift we can give our loved ones is spending time with them. Quality time with family, friends, and the community is how we draw and connect with our circle of love. The sweet little touches of thoughtfulness we share during this month of love are wonderful symbols of love, but it's truly this connection that matters most. The memories we create together can last a lifetime. Make the effort to nurture these relationships—celebrate love by living, laughing, and making time for each other. Embrace your circle of love and celebrate them by letting them know how special they are❤️

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