Valentine’s Day in a Mason Jar

Feb 6, 2015 by

I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day.  I think it’s totally sweet to celebrate love and romance, but spending $100 on a bouquet of roses seems more crazy than in-love! This year, I’m keeping V-Day simple and wrapping up some simple homemade gifts that cost a little more than a Hallmark card.  Here are a few ideas!


Sweet Kisses

Layer your favorite candies in a mason jar: Hershey’s Kisses, Red Hots, candy hearts, M&M’s in a jar (put the Kisses on top so the other candy doesn’t fall between them!

Healthy Hugs

Not into candy? Create a healthier version by layering granola, dried cherries, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and mini-marshmallows in a mason jar.

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways…

Stuff a mason jar with love notes for your sweetheart!  Write the notes on slips of red and pink construction paper and fold them up and stick them in the jar!

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Fun Valentine’s Day Activity (Starts Feb. 1st)

Jan 22, 2015 by


Last year I started a new Valentine’s Day tradition with my daughter. I was inspired by one of our writers (I think Elise) who did something similar for her child’s birthday.

Each day leading up to V-Day, starting on Feb. 1st, I would add a heart to my daughters bedroom door at night while she was sleeping. Each heart reflected something I love about her, ranging from things like “I love that you like animals” to “I love how kind you are.” It felt like a great way to reinforce positive attributes and each morning my daughter was excited to see what the next heart said!

I kept things simple and cut out big hearts using construction paper. I then decorated many of the hearts with different stickers or crafty things to add a little pizzazz to the activity and I really enjoyed thinking about all the things I cherish about her. On the last day of the activity, Valentine’s Day, I stuck some fun surprises on her door like chocolate hearts and it really was a blast!

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An Apology Letter on Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 2014 by

Ladies – I know a lot of you can relate to what I’ve been going through lately. A lack of energy, irritability and a never-ending to-do list can really cause us moms to be too tired after our kids bedtimes, that we basically fall asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow.  Even worse, we can become distant with our significant others, which takes a large toll on our already strained relationships. That being said, instead of giving my husband a traditional Valentine’s Day card this year, I gave him an apology letter right before bed, with sincere, raw wording that no Hallmark card could ever provide.  


I know sometimes I can be irritating and come across as frustrated and distant, but I want you to know that tonight, as I lay beside you, that it is me, Melissa. Tonight, I’m no one else, but the person you married. I am the happy, excited, somewhat quirky woman who married you five years ago.

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Making Valentine’s Day Memories

Feb 14, 2014 by

Like my fellow blogger Elise, I love Valentine’s Day because I love telling people I love them! I just love the love. I’m also a bit sappy and cheesy so I take full advantage of this special day.

I tend to get a lot of craft and activity ideas from my fellow bloggers and Elise had posted something on Facebook back in January about an activity/craft idea for Valentine’s Day. Essentially the idea is to decorate your child’s door with a heart each night so that when they wake up in the morning they enjoy the excitement of seeing what’s new. I started on Feb. 1st and put up the last heart last night.

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An 11 Year-Old’s Musings On Romance

Feb 14, 2014 by

An 11 Year-Old’s Musings On Romance

So, I asked my 11 year old son what he thought about Valentine’s Day.

“I don’t have a girlfriend or anything like that, so I don’t really think about it,” he replied, completely uninterested in the conversation.

Aaaand of course, I pressed the issue.

“Well, what if you did have a girlfriend? What would you do for her for Valentine’s Day?” I asked.

“I would buy her chocolates…because it’s one thing that mankind can really get excited about,” he wisely told me.

Ah, the romantic ideals of an 11 year old boy.

“But what if you were interested in a girl, what types of things would you do to get her interested in you?” I asked.

Counting off on his fingers, he shared his strategy for winning over a potential mate:

1. Be really kind, smile at her, and say hi.

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