iving little, thoughtful gifts is one of my favorite things. A couple of years ago, I stumbled on to these things called “Aqua Love Notes.” “What?!” I thought. “This is preposterous! A pad of paper in the shower?!? Too good to be true.”
But here’s the stunning reality: this miracle of an invention is, indeed, legit.
I bought two of the notepads and gifted them to Bobby. When we lived in New Orleans, we only had one of the pads up and had the other tucked away as back-up. When the spirit moved us, we would leave notes for each other.
The love notes make appearances during big life transitions – like this one from Bobby when we got a puppy…
Or when one of us is leaving on a trip…
*One spring, Bobby left for a month to work the Masters Tournament. As a surprise, he had filled in one shower love note for every day he’d be away. On days when my heart was ache-y that he was gone, I SO looked forward to peeling away the previous day’s note during my shower and seeing what words he had left for me.
Sometimes the notes focus on those
non-consequential crucial details, and deal with life-shattering stuff like bath sponges:
This summer, we decided to get really wild and pulled both notepads out so that we could have conversations on them and leave notes for each other at the same time. Mind blowing, I know.
We’re getting towards the last few pages on both pads, so I’ll be ordering more soon to keep this good thing going. If you’d like to join in the fun, you can find them here. (P.S. I’m not getting any kick-back from that link, we just endorse these whole-heartedly!)
What is that you say? You don’t have anyone with whom to exchange shower love notes? Have no fear, I’ve already brainstormed around that one…
If you have roommates, maybe you can start leaving little bits of shower encouragement for one another. Live alone? Gift one of these to a friend and have all the love notes pre-filled in (like Bobby did for me). Then give them strict instructions to only tear off one a day, no peeking.
I also think these would make a great supplement to a wedding present.
Or sneak one into your best friend’s shower and write a note whenever you’re over at their house.
Get one for yourself and write some welcoming words anytime you have an overnight guest stay with you.
I’m telling you, the possibilities are endless!
Showers were just taken to a whole new level, yeah?
Let’s go out and spread some love!
I’m looking forward to writing in your shower when we come to visit you! :)
Yeah, that will be the best! We are so excited that you’ll be here!!
Very fun idea! It would encourage me to shower more often too! Hahahs
Haha Leah, I never thought of the added incentive to bathe! These notes just keep getting better and better.
Grace! I LOVE your blog. So cheery – it brightens my day. And this aqua notes thing was just the inspiration I needed to steal some of my 2 year olds “bathtub” crayons (yes, Crayola makes washable bath crayons!!) and use them to write notes in our shower. So fun. Thanks for the great idea.
Ruth, thank you so much for commenting! What a treat to hear from you after so many years! That means the world to me that you’re following along and I love that you’re writing notes with the bathtub crayons. Genius!
Wow! That’s so exciting! It would get me to shower more often too. ;) It’s an unexpected place for messages, but what a fun experience.
Especially since showering gives you time to really think about the message. Sometimes, it can be really easy to look over a note and not get a chance to really take it in, but with a shower, you’re already committed (for at least five minutes or so).
As the holidays come around, these are something I’m definitely thinking about getting as gifts. Thanks for the tip!
Yay, so glad you’re looking into them as potential gifts! I never thought much about the added benefit of savoring the words a little longer since you’re stuck in the shower for at least 5 minutes – but you’re absolutely right, I do get multiple smiles when Bobby writes me a note through this medium!