Do It Yourself Valentine Photo Card

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I thought I’d re-post one of my projects from last year.. I did this as a room mom activity for Bentley’s Kindergarten class. It’s so cute to look at just one year later and see how she’s changed.

I thought this was a fun idea for Valentine’s gifts for parents and grandparents. Super simple.. I just photoshopped the images together. If you don’t have photoshop, just print three different pictures and throw them in a frame together. Or put them on a card.. Have a great Valentine’s Day!

QuiCk FriEnd GifTs

I think one of the reasons that I love Valentine’s Day so much is because we used to always doorbell ditch and leave treats. There’s something about doing that that makes me laugh so hard every time. Now I get to take my little girl, and watching her cracks me up. She panics and runs frantically looking for a spot to hide.. i love it. So my mom let me know about these cute little pretzels.. super easy and perfect for a last minute homemade Valentine’s gift..

All you need are

small pretzels,

Hersey’s kisses (I tried hugs, caramel filled, cherry filled and then I tried a few Reese’s and Rollo’s)


I just laid mine out on a cookie sheet with wax paper. Plop one kiss on each and cook for 4-5 minutes in the oven at 180.

Some recipes I looked over warned that if you load the sheet too full, they will melt unevenly.. but I loaded it anyway because I’m seriously insane. I didn’t notice a problem, but I’m not really a perfectionist.

I did notice that if you’re going to do the cherry filled, they melt the fastest (but they were also a favorite).
Once they’re out, put an M&M or two on there.
Then all you need is a cute cellophane bag with a little ribbon tied on it and you’re good to go!
Happy doorbell ditching!

Day 14, 13 and 12

I tried to get to it earlier.. but here is my first post for the countdown to vDaY!! I have found so many cute ideas, taken some other ones to make them my own. The first one I wanted to share is vday mailboxes/buckets. At any big box chain, you can find these cute buckets and Target even had mailboxes in their dollar section. At a ward activity an idea was shared to put out mailboxes for everyone in your house so you can leave surprise notes. I love this idea! So here are my buckets…

I love decor that hangs from the ceiling.. this is something I’ve recently learned about myself. I hung these with some simple yarn from my curtain rod. I tied some pink and white tulle to spruce them up a little bit. Ribbon would be so cute, too.

I feel like it just adds the right amount of Valentine-ness to my dining room.

So next, I thought it would be fun to surprise my kids with a little gift counting down to Valentine’s Day. This technically would start 14 days before, but I got off to a late start. I wanted to go an inexpensive route.. so I found myself with my friend at Walmart at midnight shopping for random dollar items.. but I feel like we did well.

Everything but the Princess Tianna drawing kit was like a buck or less. At first I had ideas of the things I wanted to put in the buckets so that I could match some little cards I’d already written out but I found a few things that I thought the kids would like that wasn’t in my plan. So I have over 14 days worth of little cards that I’ve put together that I’ve made vague enough that if you want to copy and print them you can. They could work for 10 days of Valentines, or 3 days of Valentines.. whatever you want to do. You can also spend as little or as much as you want.. I only spent about 20 dollars for two kids.

So here are these cards. There are 15, so pick and choose which ones work for you for the gifts you want to give. Some of them are really general, and some of them are more specific. Here’s what you could give with my little cards..





sidewalk chalk

something heart shaped

something festive

a hat, a reading book (or coloring book)

a flute

glow sticks



and your final special gift.

I also am doing surprise for the husband, but they’re more all candy with funny sayings that I haven’t come up with yet. I try not to do candy for the kiddos, because they don’t know how to limit themselves and they’re wired and then super ornery. I wish I knew how to make a link so you could just download these. If anyone has any advice on how to do this through blogger, please let me know. Also, if you would like an email of just the rhymes without the pages, leave me a comment and I will do that.

Tomorrow I will be posting how to make festive VdAy pOm pOms.