Feed Me! Valentine’s Box

By Emily.

Oh man, we’ve been laughing about this DIY since it was hatched. Hayes loves to be creative with me and plan out projects. We were talking about what kind of Valentine’s Box he’d want for his party at school and he worked this one out pretty much all on his own. It’s totally whacky maybe even a titch disturbing, but he and Cal are both so proud and can’t wait to show their friends, so really what more needs to be said? They can’t all be perfectly beautiful, sometimes they gotta be weird, too. So, with that, we give you: The Feed Me! Valentine’s Box:Feed Me! Valentine's Box

Here’s how you’ll do it:

First, take a high resolution picture of your kids in front of a pretty plain wall and tell them to open up those mouths nice and big. Then print them out at your local print shop on a 100 pound semi-glossy¬†cardstock. They can recommend their best material, but for sure something photo quality! You’ll want their faces to be about a foot tall and just about the same wide, simply so their mouths are big enough to actually fit Valentine’s in them. I printed these onto 11×17.Feed Me! Valentine's BoxCut their faces out and carefully, their mouths as well. Leave their lips or they’ll look even more insane. ūüėČFeed Me! Valentine's BoxOnce their mouth’s are done you can sort of map out on their actual Valentine’s box where the mouth hole will match up. Using a knife or scissors mark a dotted line showing where the mouth will go. Then use a serrated knife to cut out the cardboard.Feed Me! Valentine's BoxCover with duct tape. We always go for the duct because it reinforces the cardboard and makes it that much sturdier for transport.Feed Me! Valentine's BoxNow affix the face. Lots of tape, hot glue, whatever you prefer.¬†Feed Me! Valentine's BoxTo keep the face from bending and to allow it to stand on its own, back the picture with a BBQ skewer or paint stirrer. Tape it in place and stick the skewer down far enough that its sort of planted between cardboard and the picture.Feed Me! Valentine's BoxThere you have it! We’ve been storing ours in the garage and it actually scares the crap out of me every time I pull in!Feed Me! Valentine's Box

Land Of Nod Holiday Kits

You all know how much we love to use Land of Nod’s Holiday Kits and we had to share the details of this Valentine’s themed one we used for a few posts this season!

We’ve used their kits for and¬†Easter¬†party on the beach, Small Fry’s 1st Birthday, Halloween. They’re such a great jumping off point for any party and saves us so much time rounding up themed party and paper goods.Valentine's Kit Valentine's Kit Valentine's Kit Valentine's Kit Valentine's Kit

Find the whole kit right here!

Love Around the Web

February 1st!! We are officially kicking off our Love Day marathon. What could be better than a holiday celebrating love that gives an excuse to decorate and dress in excessive amounts of pink?? NOTHING. See our favorite Valentine picks from around the world wide!vdayroundValentine’s Party Decor¬†//¬†Heart Teether¬†// Heart Kid’s Scarf¬†//¬†White Heart Banner¬†//¬†Big Heart Dress¬†// ¬†Tiered Heart Dress¬†//¬†Heart Tulle Dress¬†//¬†100% love blanket¬†//¬†Spearmint Love Heart Blanket¬†//¬†Heart Jumper¬†//¬†Heart Flutter Swimsuit¬†//¬†Heart to Heart Rug¬†//¬†State Heart Pillow¬†Metal I Love You banner¬†//

 

 

 

candy free valentine’s cards

Since we always find ourselves scrambling for a Valentine’s day card for our kids, we’re getting ahead of the game this year! We’ll be sharing our own DIYs throughout the rest of the month, but we had to share these amazing printables from around the web! Our kids love getting trinkets and toys as much if not more than the candy so here’s a head start with ideas we love! Even better, nearly all include a free printable to make your life extra simple!

Candy Free Valentine's

  1. We love this DIY idea for cards and decor! Tape on a festive trinket of your choice and call it good. Clean, simple and modern never hurt anyone! Via Style Me PrettyValentine's Ideas
  2. Another graphic option, just add a dollar store plastic animal! Via Sara M Style
  3. Dandee Designs kills it in this genre. Who hasn’t seen her darling love bug printable all over Pinterest? We also love this Magnifying glass printable.Valentine's Ideas
  4. You know how we love our Mer Mag. Another awesome just-add-a-toy option, if you can find candy cute enough to deserve such a card. Valentine's Ideas
  5. What kid doesn’t love glow sticks? Via Delia Creates
  6. Oh Happy Day has a whole series of this genre, each is darling!Valetine's Day Ideas
  7. Another Dandee homerun! Awesome option for a boy. Astronaut printable here.
  8. We love this idea and could easily be swapped out for regular sunglasses for a boy. Dollar store here we come! (Hey hey Studio DIY!)
  9. You know your kid’s teacher will be cursing you for this one, but you also know your kid’s Valentine will be the hit of the school! Via Paging Supermom

A few more we can’t get enough of from Merrythought: First this¬†Tic Tac Toe XO game.¬†Send your kid into the yard to collect some rocks or grab a bag at a craft store.Valentine's Day Ideaand this¬†Mini Bow and ArrowMini Bow and Arrow

Catch all our Valentine’s Archives here!

Valentine’s Day Breakfast

We whipped up this special love day breakfast, which is pretty simple for one festive pay-out, so if you’re looking for a way to make this¬†Saturday morning extra special we’ve got you covered!¬†First we started with¬†Caravan Shoppe‘s darling line-up of digital downloads for Valentine’s Day:¬†their back drop and ¬†table topper are so pretty and the kids can color right on both!

Valentine's BreakfastA bundle of tulips, plump raspberries and sliced strawberries with whipped cream on our favorite¬†Kodiak Cakes pancakes.Valentine's BreakfastValentine's BreakfastNext coat glass milk bottles (we use these – over and over again!) with a little icing and dunk in a plate of sprinkles¬†and top with a cute straw or two.Valentine's BreakfastAnd because it’s only Valentine’s once a year, powdered donuts sprinkled with this Wilton set.Valentine's Breakfast Valentine's BreakfastAnd to top off your stack of pancakes, a little pipe cleaner heart! All you need is a skewer and a red pipe cleaner. Start with the middle of the pipe cleaner and form your heart. Then take the two remaining tails and wrap them down and around the skewer to keep it in place. Easy enough!Valentine's Breakfast

Need more Love Day food? Check out our Love Day Lunch (with printable lunch sacks!), and this gorgeous heart shaped pita and hummus!Love Day Food

 

Valentine’s Printables

In a crunch? Here are some of our favorite printable cards, projects and easy DIYs for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Printables3D Smooch Strand // Babushka Valentine’s // Paper Bag Puppets // Hi-Chews Valentines Printable // Love Pennant Flags // Red Velvet Rice Krispie Arrows // Superhero Mask Printable Valentines // Tie-Dye Love leggings

See the whole archive here.

Pixelated Valentine’s Box

Just in the nick of time for our kids’ classroom Valentine’s Day parties! Valentine’s boxes are tricky for boys, so here’s a colorful and cool option that avoids all that yucky love stuff. Their words, not ours.

You’ll need colorful squares in a small color palette:
Pixelated Valentine's BoxGlue or glue stick and a cardboard box. Cut your envelope hole and then start glueing on the squares.Pixelated Valentine's BoxCover the box overlapping only slightly and trimming squares when you hit corners and slots. (Card via Paper Bandit Press)Pixelated Valentine's BoxBest of all, the boys could do it basically from start to finish (except for cutting the slot) and they love being able to be involved, so this one wins!Pixelated Valentine's BoxWould it be the week of¬†Valentine’s Day if we didn’t dust this baby off? It’s our pride and joy and it never gets old!

valentine’s gifts

Two more gift guides for your man, and for your man to give to you! We tried to source most things from Amazon (Prime! Still plenty of time)¬†so if you’re looking for a last minute gift, look no further!

For HIM

Love Day for DadThe Rail Splitter Henley is incredibly attractive on every guy we’ve seen it on. The description alone of the shirt has us sold! Via Rhone. Get 20% off their line with “SMALLFRY” at check out all month long! // We have all recently fallen in love with our BlueTooth capable speakers, so much so that we don’t really care to share. This waterproof, shock proof 360 degree sound Turtle Shell speaker will do the trick and then some! // This Patagonia Micro Puffer is a huge hit over here, great for transitioning back into the warmer months and as tough and durable as they come. Patagonia for the whole family here.¬†// It might be a sort of cop-out gift on its own but when you purchase a few movies you know he loves, albums he’s been raving about, books on tape or podcasts he’s interested in, load them on his phone — that’s a good lady love right there! // We’ve already stressed the importance of this Saffron Jo Malone Cologne, but one more time with feeling: buy this for him and thank us later. // We’re always a little bit surprised when we saw ALL of guys’ gear out¬†at once. With the lap tops, phones, iPads, and other devices this Calamari 3-in-1 cord keeps them all in working order on a trip, at his bedside and on the go. // Kiehl’s is long trusted and the branding is perfectly manly. This starter kit is a steal and all your man needs to take care of that moneymaker of his. // A new pair of sneakers is always in order! The Sk8-HI is a favorite for sure, definitely comes in lots of other colors if red isn’t your thing.// We know Go-Pro is the industry favorite but this tiny Polaroid Cube looks incredible! Put it virtually anywhere an d capture film footage of all his favorite adventures. // If they are already on the Go-Pro train this Selfie Monopod will extend his reach (for selfies on his phone too, although he’d NEVER admit to doing that.)

For our Valentine’s Day gift guide for HER after getting a influx of questions and requests from our male supporters (maybe acknowledgers is a more fitting term) we decided this year we wouldn’t tell you¬†what items to buy but how to give them. So, here’s 5 ways to win this Valentine’s Day!5 Ways to Win on Valentine's Day

1. Every girl agrees that if they were to come home to a big box with a pretty¬†dress in it and instructions to put it on¬†and the rest is taken care of (it doesn’t matter if you go Wendy’s) the excitement will never be forgotten. Plan a special night that represents favorite moments in your relationship and watch her eyes light up.¬†Dress 1, Dress 2, Dress 3.

2. There is not one thing wrong with flowers, but put it over the top by putting the flowers in a face, basket, laid on a tray that suits her style¬†and will use forever after. Every time she uses it again she’ll think of you. Bud Vase,¬†Copper Basket,¬†Gold Tray.

3. We have a few items we’ve come to love and use daily and finding her next favorite thing could be as easy as the Flip 2 BlueTooth Speaker (awesome sound and so easy to carry around), the Shuttr Remote for her phone so she can get that perfect shot every time. Or the Instax Smartphone Printer which will turn her favorite phone pictures into Instax! S’cute.

4. Buying presents with good causes always feels good to give and receive. Let her know that those soft pajamas are helping create pathways to freedom from sex slavery in India. [INTERNATIONAL PRINCESS PROJECT] or this Heart Snapshot Mix donates 2% of proceeds to ending preventable deaths in pregnancy and childbirth in 3rd World Countries. [EVERY MOM COUNTS]

5. Lastly, give her the gift that keeps on giving, the last month we’ve tried out two local services that have made our lives so much easier and they’d make the best gifts! Washed:¬†a delivery service for your laundry and dry-cleaning, or Your Life Revamped is a company who will come into your home and organize it for you! We’re certain these services are available all around, but for you Utahans our stamp of approval goes to both of these!

Ladies, what gifts or experiences have you been given that you won’t soon forget? Let’s help our brothers out.

valentine’s day cards

We’ve gone just about every route for Valentine’s Day cards for our boys. Designing our own, you can see last year’s card here, buying the cheesy grocery store kind that our kids die over but we cringe at. But this year, (just like our Christmas cards, ha!) we really just wanted someone to take care of business for us. We used Pear Tree Greetings and once again feeling pretty good about ourselves for taking this shortcut! Here’s what we picked for our¬†kids Valentine‚Äôs day cards:

This darling fish themed Valentine is perfect for Dash’s classmates! Pack it up with Swedish Fish and Bubble-gum (get it?) and you’re ready to go! Nicole loved that this one was more understated in color and theme.

Valentine's Day Cards

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For Hayes, Emily loves sending Valentines not just to classmates, but to¬†to neighbors, ¬†and family members near and far. The¬†Valentine‚Äôs Day photo cards¬†options are so vast, but she chose the Photo Booth strip design and added two of Hayes’ happiest photos.

Valentine's Day CardsThe card is about the same width as an Airhead so that was an easy sweet treat to add.Valentine's Day CardsQuinn picked the super hero themed card and got a kick out of sticking his head on this buff guy body!¬†What are you guys whipping up for your Valentine’s cards this year? We have some mailboxes coming your way that we think you’re going to love! Stay tuned.

Thank you to Pear Tree Greetings for hooking us up with these darling cards!

love day picks

You knew it was coming, so here it is! Our favorite picks for festive decorating, dressing, and gifting, all for your little ones! Valentine’s day is such a fun holiday to go all out for, and so much of our favorites are easily used year round – because who doesn’t love love?

FOR GIRLS:valentine's clothing for girls

A crochet sweater that can be worn no matter what the season! // Sweet pajamas that can be mixed and matched. // Gold foil smooch shirt! // Blush sneakers that balance femininity with function. Also, no laces to slow her down! // These sewing cards are such a fun project for the kids and then you can double them up as Valentine’s cards for classmates or loved ones. // A twirl dress that she will love. // Mini hearts bleached into our favorite style of jeans. // A festive sock collection is of the utmost importance.// Another Valentine’s card kit that is calling her (our) name. // These¬†rad wellies!

FOR BOYS:

valentines clothes for boys

The perfect hat (in 3 colors and cheap, too!) // Natives new line of 80’s Babies style shoes are so amazing. These are perfect for Valentine’s! // Our friend Alison of the Alison Show loves love like we do, so her new collection¬†with & Apparel is of course, amazing! (Guapo Tee) // Freshly Picked’s floral print is a fun direction for Valentine’s when you¬†need a break from¬†red + hearts. // These Secret Message kit is right up our boys’ alley! // This famous Commes De Garcon heart knock off shirt is now in tiny sizes! // Bandaids for your little bruiser/heartbreaker. // Sometimes a standard striped tee is harder to find then you’d think. Old Navy has a whole trundle! // This Magna board is a fun quiet time activity. // Cutest, festive PJs.

FOR BABY:love day for baby

This soft knit blush suit is incredible! // A cozy friend is always a great gift, and so many options! // This soft coral zip up is a great unisex piece. // Socks in all her favorite colors, blush and bashful. // Another great unisex collection in this great coral pinwheel print. // One more heart print tee for the road. // A cozy twirl skirt for any day of the week! // Perfect little striped tee. // For sweet kicks, Zuzii is our top pick. // What babe wouldn’t like to pound out a love song to you on this piano? // We tend to turn away from graphic tees with cheese messages, but on socks? We’ll take ’em all.

FOR THE HOME:valentines decor

As we said above we love decking our homes out for this sweet holiday. Here are a few picks that caught our eyes:

A plush heart garland. // Cookie cutters and stamps to make your cookie session extra special. // Two festive trays: Love letter and Watercolor. // A blush + gold side table that has us swooning. 20% off too! // Brush stroke pillow cases. // Books of course. // A gold tiny heart mug. // Heart shaped molds for ice, yellow, and whatever else you can think of. // This Toymail raccoon is really a Wi-Fi hub where you can send voice message to and from devices. A great way for kids to keep in touch with grandparents, cousins and far away loved ones.

Nothing gets us out of our Monday slump like a little shopping, enjoy!