The Evolution of the Valentine’s Day Card: Eight Decades of Love

Valentine’s Day cards have come a long way.

Which decade has your favorite card?

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Get In The Valentine’s Spirit With Romantic Movie Clips

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I like cheesy romance. There I said it. In the afternoon when my brain turns to mush I can hide out in my room, put my headphones on, and watch some cheesy romantic videos on my laptop.

Surely, I’m not the only one…anyone? After I goe lost in Fantasy Land, I can put the laptop down and head back out to dishes, laundry, and more.  With a smile.

Here’s some that that make me smile or give me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

First a short film from Disney:

The line from the classic Princess Bride: “Death Cannot Stop True Love.”

Of course I have to include something from Pride & Prejudice. But what scene to pick? I like the second proposal in the early morning light as well as the scene at the very end where she is “Mrs. Darcy;” but I think that my favorite is when they dance together and everyone else disappears.


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This is a 6 webisode series. Very cute.

What’s your favorite romantic movie?

Embracing Retro Valentine’s Cards: Slacker Mom Confession

Last year was my very first Pinterest Valentine’s Day. I was inspired. I was MOTIVATED. I was smug.
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I USED PROPS!

Actually the cards that my son and I made together last year are a million kinds of adorable. The problem is that this year I have zero crafty mojo.

My son and I race through grocery shopping and I am catching myself slowing down in the red and pink aisle.

Remember when we were kids? Remember we just had those {insert character of your choice here} perforated cards that we hastily scribbled out names on and then folded over and jammed them into envelopes that were just a tad too small?

When I was a kid I was all about the numbers. We had bags on the back of our chairs and on February 14th we casually dropped cards into each other’s bags. We got home and did the math. “There are 26 kids in my class and I got 24 cards.” WHO DIDN’T CARD ME?!!!!

There was always someone who obviously had their Mom make and sign the cards. Personal messages? Seriously?

Then there were the cards with candy. BEST CARDS EVER. Who were they from? No idea. nom nom nom candy!!

So this is me slowly inching towards being that mom this year. Looks like I will get {cartoon character} cards and then go to town with candy.

Because, um, I am being retro.

How about you?  

What are you doing for Valentine’s cards this year?

The Single Mom’s Guide to Surviving Valentine’s Day

The Single Mom's Guide to Valentine's Day So. You’re a single mom. And it’s February. AWESOME.

I won’t lie, it can be hard.

Walking through every store this month you can’t help but trip over messages of LOVE.  Various brand e-mails will begin to arrive letting you know what items you may purchase for your sweetie to show him that you really care.

If you let it, this holiday can really rock making you feel like a loser. But I can help you! Seriously! Ready for it?

The Single Mom’s Guide to Surviving Valentine’s Day

STEP ONE: Love being a mom

That’s it!

Sure, it would be great to have someone to share a dessert for two with on February 14th. But I bet your kid/s will love that hot fudge brownie just as much as an absent husband/boyfriend would.

No. They would love it MORE.

Love is a many splendored thing and it does not need to be tucked away in a box waiting for a significant other. This year let go of what should have been, what might have been, and what never was.

Embrace the silliness, the magic, the adorableness, the perfection of your child.

You are their first love, you always will be. Celebrate it.

Free Valentine’s Day Printables and Worksheets from Pinterest

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I am a huge fan of all things printable, just ask my kids, so every holiday I scour Pinterest for the cutest printables and most fun holiday worksheets to use with my family.  I’m sure you feel the same, so I rounded up some of my favorite Valentine’s Day printables and worksheets just for you!

Fab Cool Kids Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

 

Pop Pop Pop! Valentine’s Day is popping with these fun Valentines!

 

My love for you to infinity and beyond. Print this out for your home this Valentine’s Day!

 

Treat that special someone to Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed in style with these adorable print-outs.

 

Valentine’s Day Writing Worksheet

 

I’ll never forget how much I love you!

 

Valentine’s Day Addition Worksheet for Early Elementary School

 

How many hearts? Valentine’s Day worksheet

 

Valentine’s Day reading worksheet

Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday filled with love and the opportunity to share our feelings with those closest to us.  We can do that through lovely printouts, fun Valentine’s Day gifts, and even through the homework we assign at home.  Enjoy!  And feel free to leave your favorite Valentine’s Day printable links here!

Adorable Homemade Valentines – Target Dollar Spot Diaries

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but walking through stores you can easily find boxes and boxes of cheap valentines. I don’t mean cheap in the good sense of the word either – more like lame Batman or Barbie Valentine’s Day cards with perforated edges. By the time you’ve spent an hour in the Valentine’s day section of the store watching you child debate the merits of each type of cards and then argued over the $15 bag of treats they simply must get to hand out with their cards you’ve completely lost your mind. Not to mention you are now out $20 for some silly Bieber Fever cards and little bags of junk filled treats.

Cute, easy, and inexpensive homemade valentine's day cards

Target Dollar Spot to the rescue! For about $5 you and your child can join forces to make cute valentines complete with fun treat in less time than it would take them to decide on a lame pre-printed box of valentines.

What to grab from the Dollar Spot bins:

supplies need to make valentines

  • Valentine’s Day Pencils (they come in packs of 8)
  • 1 package of Acid Free Cardstock (comes in a pack of 12 sheets with 4 different Valentine’s day colors)
  • 1 package of Valentine’s Day Foam Stickers (These are optional but fun!)

The tools you’ll need:

supplies to make valentine's day cards

  • Black marker
  • Scissors or a paper-cutter
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil sharpener

Homemade Valentine Directions:

Easy creative homemade  valentines

Step 1: Cut the paper into roughly 1 1/2  to 2 inch wide strips. You’ll need one strip per valentine.
Step 2: Punch a hole in the top and bottom of the strips of paper, about an inch in from the ends.
Step 3: Write “I think you’re sharp!” and “From_______” using your child’s name on the paper strips, long ways. Add foam stickers if you like.

You're sharp valentines

Step 4: Sharpen the pencils.
Step 5: Feed the pencils through the holes of the paper strips so the message faces out.

Viola! Cute, inexpensive, easy and practical valentines thanks to the Dollar Spot at Target and about 20 minutes of your time.

The best part? If your kid can wield a pair of scissors and a pen on their own your home free to take a little break while they craft their cards!

Time, money and sanity saved.

Dollar Spot, will you be my Valentine?

Cute and easy homemade Valentine's Day cards

Have you figured out Valentine’s Day cards for your kids yet?

Crafts I Should Be Making

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Source: rustsunshine.blogspot.com via Michelle on Pinterest

 

In my non existant free time I like to beat myself up over all of the crafts that I should be making with my toddler son. Pinterest is my favorite tool for flogging as I can always find SOMETHING on that site that makes me feel like a crap craft parent.

Pin after pin shows up in my Pinterest feed showing smiling happy people with toilet paper rolls or empty milk jugs or the dreaded “great idea for the busy box” comments.

Crap. I don’t have a busy box. I don’t even know what that IS. So minus three points for that. (what? You don’t keep score?)

I should be finding time to smock up and get my craft on. I should have shelves dedicated to crafty supplies. I SHOULD be making things with empty milk jugs.

But, in reality, the big craft day in our house is when we get a delivery and I let my son play with the empty box until recycling day.