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Free Printable: “Dino-Mite” Valentine’s Card Tags


My son C wanted something fun for his Valentines this year, and we decided to do something a little different than our standard cards – we sent his friends dinosaurs! I found these for $1 each at Walmart, but you can also often find bags of dinosaurs at the dollar store. Either way, I’ve got an adorable tag ready for you to use along with the dinosaurs. I’m kind of in love with these!





Just click here to download a free printable PDF. The file has two pages. The first has 8 tags laid out. The second page has a repeating dinosaur pattern that looks really great printed on the back of the tags. We typed friends’ names on the tag, but I’ve left space on these for you to write in the names (and your child can write his or her name at the bottom of the tag, which is what we did). Enjoy!

Free “You Rock” Valentine’s Printable for Pop Rocks


If you’re looking for an easy last-minute Valentine idea, look no further! Simply print out this adorable tag, fold it, and tape it to the top of a Pop Rocks bag. Voila! Here’s how cute ours turned out:



Just click here to download a free PDF file of the tag (just one single tag), or you can right-click and save the JPG below. If you’d like a whole sheet of the tags, click hereOh, and the hardest part for us was finding where to buy Pop Rocks (Target and Walmart had none!). We finally found them at Dollar Tree, where you can get a pack of 3 for $1.




LOVE to Bake with Great Value!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! We’re going to bake some fun Valentine’s goodies this weekend with friends at our Great Value baking party and I’m looking forward to trying out some new and creative ideas! We’re going to make two different kinds of easy but creative cookies, and then we’re going to make mini heart-shaped mixed-berry pies. Fun and sweet!

First we’re dressing up some standard sugar cookies, and it’s incredibly easy since we’ll be using the Great Value sugar cookie dough. All we’ll have to do is cut out another heart out of the center of a larger heart-shaped piece of cookie dough (we’ll use the cutouts to make some iced sugar cookies) and then in the hole place two hard candies. Bake as the package directs, and voila! Stained glass cookies.


Another easy cookie idea – we’re taking Great Value chocolate chip cookie dough and adding chocolate hearts to make them a special sweet treat. They’ll look like this, only the ones in this picture are made with peanut butter dough. This would be a great little gift for neighbors or for your kids’ teachers! I think we’ll be using them to put in our boys’ lunches for dessert next week building up to Valentine’s Day.


Of course, I mentioned that we’ll be doing pies, too. I’m not following a particular recipe for these. I bought some Great Value pie crusts and frozen berries, and some strawberry preserves to make a nice berry pie – yum!

GreatValue_PieCrust   GreatValue_Berries

We’ll just use cookie cutters to cut out two large heart shapes, fill with some berries and preserves, and press the edges together using a fork. I got some decorating sugar to sprinkle on top of these to give them a little sparkle. Couldn’t be easier, and I think they’ll turn out adorably! I am thinking about packaging these with cellophane & ribbon and putting a tag that says “You’re Berry Sweet!”

I think this will be so fun and can’t wait to share the results with you! What kind of treats do you like to make for Valentine’s Day?


Note: I am participating in the Great Value program with The Motherhood. I have been compensated for my time.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.


Shari’s Berries Make a Sweet Valentine’s Gift!

SharisBoxesI am one of those that LOVES Valentine’s Day. It can be hard to come up with a good gift idea, especially for someone who has everything… and guys don’t really want a bouquet of flowers, so it can be difficult for girls to find gift ideas for the men in their lives.

Are you needing an idea too? Well, I’ve got one… check out the boxes in this photo and there’s your solution – Shari’s Berries! They have a ton of different items from chocolate covered strawberries, wine, nuts, cookies, cake, and more.

Edible Valentine’s gifts are a perfect choice, in my opinion. Who’s got room for a giant stuffed bear? Delicious treats from Shari’s Berries are something everyone can enjoy. I can imagine everyone from my kids to my grandma liking something from their site.

I got a chance to review some chocolate covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries, and I had them delivered to my office. Let me tell you, they were a hit with everyone! They came with a variety of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate – and there are some you can also select that have nuts and other toppings – yum!

The berries came well-packed and were in perfect condition. Doesn’t this photo make you want to dive right in?


We were all impressed with how juicy the strawberries were, especially for this time of year. And the strawberries are big, so they definitely feel like a decadent indulgence! I had two dozen strawberries, and they were gone within a matter of minutes – it just goes to show how much everyone – men and women alike – loved them!



If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift this year, be sure and check out Shari’s Berries for all of their many delicious choices. AND they have coupons very often – just click here to take a look!

Note: I received chocolate-covered strawberries to facilitate my review. I was not compensated monetarily. All opinions in this post are honest and my own.



Give a Personalized Gift this Valentine’s Day from!


I have always been a fan of Valentine’s Day. I think it’s great to have a day especially for showering love on people you care most about! It’s easier for me to think of things to give the kids, but sometimes it can be a challenge thinking of something for Brian. For one thing, he’a got specific interests and hobbies that might be hard to find gifts to fit! Thankfully Cafe Press has a ton of Valentine’s gift options available (and I can make something completely custom, too)!

I took a look at all the gifts for guys – they have everything from phone cases to messenger bags to cups and more!



My husband is a big gamer, so it’d be fun to find something that relates to video games for him! He’d love that a whole lot more than some generic box of chocolate from the store, for sure. I think everyone would prefer a personalized gift – it means more, don’t you think? I had fun looking through the “gifts for her” page – I’d love a custom necklace or bag!



I think it would be fun to pick something for the kids from CafePress too – a personalized stuffed animal would be really special! What would you get for your loved ones from CafePress?

Note: I received a promotional item as thanks for this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas


I know people either love or hate Valentine’s Day. I fall in the former category. I get that it’s a contrived holiday, that it was created to give people more reasons to shop, but I don’t care. I love the idea of a day set apart to focus on expressing love.

Brian and I don’t make a big fuss out of the day, but we usually exchange cards and have a date. In college we’d set price limits and have to make gifts for each other, which was a lot of fun. Since he loves to play video games, several years back I got him Lego Star Wars so we could play together. Not something I’d pick, necessarily, but it was right up his alley and showed him I paid attention to what he liked. And it really was fun playing together, even if I’m pretty awful at it.

When it comes to gifts for me, I’m pretty simple. Flowers are always a favorite, of course, and anything handmade. And now that we have kids, I love trying to think of creative ideas to do for them. Last year on Valentine’s Day I was sick with the flu, so I just lined their trains up to make a heart and stuck some store-bought treats in the middle. I like sending Valentine’s treats to my 90-year-old grandma too – it’s so easy to send cookies or flowers by post now and get them to her quickly. Plus, it’s always fun to get good mail, right?

I thought it’d be fun to share a few Valentines Day ideas to get your creativity going.

For Him:

A book made out of a deck of cards, highlighting 52 reasons you love him! I think this is so cute – and who doesn’t want to hear a ton of reasons they are loved?

For Kids:

I love this idea! I think it’d be fun to get a cheap bucket too and stick a few other goodies in there. The candy can be enjoyed right away and the shovel can be saved for a trip to the beach!

For Your Kids’ Friends:

We are SO making these valentines this year!! Simple, personalized and adorable. LOVE!

Note: Be sure and click the photos to go to their sources and get tips on how to make each of the projects.

Homemade Valentine’s Pouches – Easy, Cute, & Cheap!

Like I mentioned in my Menu Plan Monday post, we were snowed in almost all of last week. By Friday we were starting to run out of ideas, so I decided to get creative and come up with a craft project. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make something for the boys to take to their friends at day care. This is something easy, inexpensive, and it provides a little bit of a twist on the traditional Valentine.

I wasn’t well-stocked with art supplies, but I looked around and found some unused sponges (thank goodness for being lazy about housework!):

I used scissors to cut out some shapes. At first I tried cutting the sponges dry and then after a minute of seeing how impossible that was going to be, it finally dawned on me to wet the sponges – then it was much easier!

Then I found some paint – I had red & white, so I mixed different amounts together to get some pinks to work with too:

Then J got to work stamping paint onto folded cardstock.

He made a LOT (C wasn’t too interested, so J did all the stamping):

and he was pretty proud of his work:

Instead of stamping the designs on like you normally would, we did it with the fold at the bottom, so we could turn the Valentines into little pouches to carry treats in. I hot glued the sides and attached ribbon as a handle – super easy, and cute!

We’re going to stamp a J or C on the backs of the pouches and write a little Valentine’s message to personalize them. You could do all kinds of fun things for the design, too! What kind of Valentines are your kids going to take this year?


RedEnvelope Valentine’s Winner

I hope the winner of this giveaway enjoys their selection from Red Envelope as much as I’ve enjoyed mine! The winner is…..

Congratulations, Aline! Thanks so much to everyone that entered – I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.