On my daughter’s first Valentine’s Day, we dressed her in some red and pink hearts and called it a day.

Happy Valentines Day

 

On her second Valentine’s Day (19 months old), I might have dressed her in a pink shirt – I can’t really remember. What I do remember is feeling like a total loser when she came home with a bag full of Valentines when I had sent her in with none. I think 19 months old is a little young for Valentines and most people who gave them out in her class had older siblings. Luckily, she was too young to even realize she hadn’t given them out.

Looking through her Valentines at 19 months old.

Looking through her Valentines at 19 months old.

The next year, I went with store bought Valentines with a bag of Goldfish attached. Easy as pie and not much expense.

This year, I decided it’d be fun to make Valentines. And we had a snow day coming up so I went to the craft store and bought all the supplies we’d need. I had the silly notion that I’d actually save money by making Valentines. Yeah, right.

I’d seen some super cute ideas on Pinterest that I considered: glow stick Valentines, doily Valentines, hand print Valentines and Valentine felt hearts.  Ultimately, I used the stamp idea from these watercolor cards and went with blank white cards and a few stamps.

I swear she owns more than this one pair of PJs that she's wearing in all my photos.

I swear she owns more than this one pair of PJs that she’s wearing in all my photos.

I got her setup assembly line style and it took her about an hour to crank out 25 cards. The price point might have been a bit higher to invest in the ink pads and the stamps, but I really love the way they turned out and she’s really proud of her hard work.

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Here’s a couple of tips if you’ve got a young child and you’re considering sending them to school with Valentines:

1. Get a headcount ahead of time from the teacher – I  had to go back and have her make ONE MORE!
2. Ask the teacher about addressing Valentines. Both schools we’ve been to have said not to address them with the children’s names so that it’s easier to just put one in each bag.
3. If you’re giving candy, really think about what kind. There are lots of types of candy that just aren’t practical for little kids.
4. If you’re unsure about the etiquette (if any) around Valentines at your child’s school – just ask.

Making Valentine’s Day Special

I recently finished reading Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin and one of her resolutions was to have a fun breakfast on each holiday and I was a little inspired. Since we eat breakfast on I-84 at 7am, the idea of doing a special breakfast with heart shaped pancakes and pink milk didn’t really appeal to me. However, I can do something to make the holiday special for the girls. In addition to the homemade cards, I’m also planning to put a heart on their door everyday for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. On each heart I will share a positive thing about each girl and I’ll tape the hearts to their bedroom doors (thanks again Pinterest!).

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And yesterday we attended a super fun kids’ craft event that my friend Michelle put on where the kids got to make wooden Valentines bead necklaces. While I’m not overly crafty (really) and I’m not super into Valentines Day (seriously, I’m not), it’s been fun to teach her about this holiday that’s all about LOVE and to do a few fun things with the girls and for the girls with a Valentine’s Day theme. How about you – how do you celebrate?

How cute is this necklace my older daughter made me for Valentine's Day?!

How cute is this necklace my older daughter made me for Valentine’s Day?!

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