If you like the idea of the heart cake, but want something a little less formal, a poundcake is just as impressive! The technique behind it is completely different, using a heart shaped cookie cutter to get your surprise heart design.
Grateful Jar: The year just started! Set up a jar and write down your happy moments as you have them on pieces of paper and put them in the jar. At the end of the year, you can read back through them. More like a "Happy Moments of the Year" Jar