I am the mom that does not give candy to the kids classmates on Valentine’s Day. Believe me, my kids eat plenty of treats and that is why I try not to give them on Valentine’s!
The little guy is really into animals, so I wanted to incorporate that into the valentine’s he gave to his friends.
I searched Pinterest and found some great ideas…you can see them on my valentine’s day board.
This is what we came up with…
I used perforated business card paper and printed the saying on them.
We tore them apart, punched two holes in the paper, the kids signed their names on the back (make sure to do this before you tie the animals on, but after you punch the holes) and tied each animal on with twine!
I found the animals at JoAnn Fabric, but you can also find them at Michael’s.
The kids loved them!
Also, here is our no candy valentine from last year…
My favorite part of valentines day was spending time in the kids classrooms…
and Lorelai’s homemade valentines…
When I was assembling the animal valentines, Lorelai asked me for paper and tape and ran up to her room. She made her own valentines using her own crayons and some pictures she cut out from a book.
I love that she wanted to create and give on her own.
We stamped them with a “homemade with love…” stamp and signed her name.
home is…homemade from the heart.
i think we can get into a rythmn this week…a good groove.
last week we got derailed by colds and strep. reece and lorelai were home from school all week. by thursday we found out that reece had strep and got him onto antibiotics. seeing my kiddos sick is always hard. i feel so blessed to be able to make the decision to keep them home with me on the days they are not feeling well…so thankful for how hard ryan works so that it can be that way.
today we are back to our “normal” routine.
we walked to school as a family today…the fresh air felt so good.
it made me so happy to see reece smiling again with his friends at school.
here are a few photos from this past week…
we were able to take care of some yard clean up after some heavy rain…preparing for late fall and winter.
odyssey and i have taken a break from running the last couple of weeks…he got “fixed” so he had to take it easy for 10-14 days…we’ll get back to it this week!
when the sun shines after the rain everything glistens.
i did some crafting and minimal fall decorating while the kids were home last week.
a happy room.
the neighborhood horses eating green grass in the sun over the weekend.
pacific northwest fall color.
home is…a good groove.
If you follow me on instagram this morning you got a sneak peek of the rug I picked for our family room.
If you don’t follow me on instagram, here is the rug…
Last week I posted this photo on instagram…
I made the choice I did for a few reasons:
1. Price…this is a huge rug at a great price on overstock.com
2. Color…while some of the lighter backgrounds would have made the room brighter, we have two black labs and young children…light rugs would have shown more dirt and hair
3. Pattern…the floral rugs are BEAUTIFUL and I had a hard time steering away from them, but I subject my husband to lots of flowers and “pretty” things…this is a rug in the room (other than his office) that he spends the most time in, so I wanted it to lean a bit to the masculine side.
A grey day doesn’t help these photos much (I’ll have to get some better photos with good light), but I think the rug is perfect fit for grey days this coming fall and winter in the Pacific Northwest.
Can’t you just picture a fire in the fireplace, rain falling outside, and a football game on the TV?
home is…warm and cozy.
I love the colors in this treasury that features one of the vintage afghans available in the shop!
Oh, and the fox, the cactus collections, the pillows, the s’more…gorgeous!
home is…treasured, again.
Valentine’s Day is this week, and while I feel it is a bit of an over rated holiday (we SHOULD love our loved ones EVERYDAY) I still decorate for it and get excited about it.
More for my kiddos than anything else.
I wanted to go ALL OUT for Reece’s first Valentine’s party at preschool when he was 3, but held back because he was only in preschool.
Not to mention, I was an exhausted mom of a 3-1/2 and 1-1/2 year old and could only handle buying what was cheapest at the dollar store (is there such a thing?!) and MAYBE sign his name.
Last year, same story different year.
Although, I think I made HIM sign his name.
This year, I decided to do something fun!
Around here we are fans of maps and color, so I decided to combine the two…
I found these adorable crayon packages at Target…
Tear pages out of the atlas.
Cut out heart shapes…about 6″ large.
Glue a crayon pack onto one side of the heart.
Write “You color my world, friend!” on the other side.
Sign your name.
Share the love!
and a giveaway
In the same section of Target where I found the awesome packs of crayons I also found the fun felted heart garland. I swore that I could and would make something like it on my own, but gave in and bought TWO for our house. Then, I went back and bought one more…for one of you! I know you won’t get it in time for Valentines Day, but this is something I may keep up in my house year round! And, you can too! To enter leave an answer to the following question as a comment:
What are your plans for Valentines Day?
Deadline is Wednesday, February 13th at 9pm Pacific. Winner will be announced on Thursday, February 14th!
home is…sharing the love.
I was feeling a little out of sorts this morning.
I’ve been itching to start my exercise routine up once again.
I want to be able to run 4-6 miles three times a week.
My plan was to get started this week, but I was frustrated with rain (I don’t run in the rain) and sick kids (which means no gym childcare).
Then the sun came out this morning.
I hit the pavement with Lorelai and the BOB.
I needed it.
I walked for over an hour.
I took occasional photos of the beautiful fall colors.
I let my mind go blank and just focused on what was in front of me.
It’s been months since I have exercised regularly.
Oh, who am I kidding?
It’s been months since I have exercised. Period.
I’m feeling it.
In my mood.
In my body.
I’m not going to go into why I stopped, but I know I want to get started again.
It felt good to put one foot in front of the other.
I am hoping we get another dry day tomorrow so I can do it again.
It felt fabulous.
So, I’m going to have to find a way to fit it all in.
All the things that make me feel good.
They make me a better person.
A better wife.
A better mom.
A better friend.
A better ME.
home is…hitting the pavement.
I was supposed to post about using color in our home today.
Once again, I ask you to be patient.
I’m not even going to tell you that I will write about it next week.
I will write about it, I just don’t know when.
I can tell you it will be on a Friday.
home is…seeing colors (and auras).