• Spreading the Love

    Date: 2011.02.14 | Category: crafts, giveaway!, marriage, parenting, saving money | Tags: ,,,,,,,,

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    I am so excited to announce the winner of my first giveaway!  Susan, you’re a winner!  I’ll be emailing you today with the information on how to redeem your $20 voucher from Dayspring.  Don’t forget that they have many of their items on sale right now and you can use code LOVE25 for an extra 25% off of your order.

    I admit- I got a little geeky into Valentine’s Day this year.  Maybe it’s because I have a preschooler.  Or it could be because I extra appreciate my husband as I have a dear friend who was recently widowed.  Or possibly because I hadn’t done any crafting in a while and I just couldn’t hold back any longer.  In any case, I really enjoyed celebrating the love with my family and friends this year.  Here are a few of the (very) simple ideas I put into practice-

    I bought a package of Dr Seuss Valentines at the dollar store and handed them out at church

    I made three of those felt rosette heart wreaths– one for our house and two to give away

    I gave an entire case (60!) of Lindt Lindor White Chocolate Truffles to my Valentine (scored a great deal on Amazon!)

    I made heart shaped peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast yesterday

    I cut JT’s pb&j with a heart shaped cookie cutter and stuck a sheet of conversation heart stickers in his lunch box

    I made JT and Chris’ lunches last night (this is usually my hubby’s job)

    Last night after the kids went to bed my hubby and I enjoyed a candlelit steak dinner and played some card games

    I made an effort to ask Chris big questions as we lay (laid?) in bed last night  (you know- what are you thinking about your career, what is your favorite thing about JT, about Kate, about me, where would you like our next vacation to be… those questions)

    I dressed the kids and myself in festive (red or pink- with hearts too!) attire

    I texted my husband throughout the day with conversation heart sayings

    We gave each of the kids small (think dollar store items) gifts

    I gave lots of extra hugs, kisses and cuddles throughout the day- the kids got in on the love too!

    I made red heart shaped jello jigglers to go with dinner

    I invited my sister in law and nephews over for dinner tonight since my brother is out of town

    As you can see, most of these ideas were free or almost free- just a little effort was all it took to spread the love.  How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?