how we will do happy happy love day

So. It’s Valentine’s Day Eve.

I’m sorry? Let’s get it on? Leave me alone with a box of chocolates? Whatever.

But if you have kids of elementary age, you have no choice but to embrace the candy-coated mush. And if you’re like me, you’ll be staying up late tonight potentially baking sugary treats you don’t even want your kid to eat, while trying to avoid cutting off the top of your thumb with an exacto knife blade while crafting it up. Been there, done that, thankyouverymuch design school.

On Valentine’s Day Eve:

Semi-homemade class valentines half assembled. Nola needs to do hers tonight, but Piper got up early this morning to fancy hers up:

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Thank you, thank you, (thank you) pinterest, for introducing me to the wonders of Suite Muffin Suite. She’s an amazing graphic designer, and aspiring textile designer. Basically, we would get along really well. Her textiles are my furniture. Man, I really wish I designed furniture for a living. Looked into it once, but you know, KIDS HAPPEN!

It’s basically a free printable + Glitter Sparkle Pencils how we will do happy happy love day. Rad, right?

And while we’ve been getting our DIY on, we went ahead and grew a few of little amazing borax thing-a-ma-somethings:

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This little funzie consists of pipe cleaners, a bit of borax, and a mason jar. 24 hours later, beautiful heart shaped ornaments magically appear! I know what you’re thinking. She should totally home school her kids…

Sorry, I’d rather become a professional pinner.

This simple borax craft is super for for v-day, I also think it would be a good holiday activity as well. I can see it now…tiny little crystal snowflakes, Christmas trees, and candy canes…

And on a total treat myself because I’m worth it note, I pick up a little pretty this morning:

Hand-blown glass heart pendant on a silver chain.  My friend Shannon creates them, and I simply must support her business. I mean, it’s the friendly thing to do *ahem*.

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But when it comes to tomorrow night, we’re going to celebrate family style. I want to make something special for dinner (still trying to figure this one out, I was going to do heart-shaped pizzas, then remembered my kids are weird and don’t like pizza) and then it’s off to the girls to weekly violin lessons.

Nothing more romantic than being serenaded by a gaggle of 7 year old violinist. *shivers up my back*

Anyway. Whatcha doing tomorrow night? And a big fat NOTHING, THIS HOLIDAY IS FOR SUCKERS is a perfectly acceptable answer.

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  1. Hubby and I actually don’t celebrate V-Day. But the kids love it, so I’m making pink pancakes for dinner. (Yay for red food coloring!) And making rice crispie treats with valentine’s M&M’s mixed in them.

    That’s it.

    Oh, and then off to small group – it happens to be ladies night. Oops.

    We do it up right at the White house.
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    Emily Reply:

    and honestly, that’s all that it needs to be. But each of my girls have parties, so I’ve had to come up with class valentine’s….

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  2. Ginny Logan says:

    It is more about the kids and that’s the way I grew up too. I felt so loved by my parents when they got us cards, chocolates, and sometimes even a little gift. Nothing outlandish.

    I hate crowds and so for the past 8 years of our marriage we have ordered stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut (a bigger treat now since it’s like 30 minutes from where we live) and watch a movie. I decorate the table now for the kids and we enjoy a quiet family night to relax.

    I’m not a huge romantic by any means. It’s a fun holiday to wear pink (my favorite color) and a good excuse to put up a few pink decorations around the house. I look forward to it and I’m even more glad I got the hubby’s card picked out already too…that’s the hardest part for me.

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    Emily Reply:

    We’re eating leftovers, but I got the kids a little treat. I’ll give you that it’s a fun holiday, but nothing worth crazytown. Enjoy!

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  3. I’m tired. I’m pregnant. And food sounds like crap in the evenings. I was going to do a roast – we’ll see if that actually happens. Leftovers are sounding mighty good at this point. It was everything I had to haul out the v-day heart cut outs for the girls to do playdoh with the other day and i’ll make some easy pancakes in the morning and cut them out into hearts ;)

    …and I’ll be in bed at my usual 9pm most likely. this baby making stuff is no joke.

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    Emily Reply:

    It’s a known fact that anytime you’re pregnant or newly postpartum, you get a pass on dinner. Leftovers for everyone!

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  4. I made cheese and chocolate fondue for the family last year for Valentine’s Day, and I guess I started a tradition, because the kids asked for it this year! Better than making the sweet treats that like you, I don’t want them to eat anyway, so I went with it. I don’t do the oil and meat tho – too much trouble. I like the decorating the table idea, maybe I’ll pick up a pink tablecloth or something while I’m out tonight.

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    Emily Reply:

    well, cheese and chocolate fondue would blow my family’s minds. I’m not surprised you started something. :)

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  5. We don’t celebrate this day but we have a nice family dinner – my husband is making us a heart shaped meatloaf and homemade mashed potatoes. Our local cupcakery just moved to a new, bigger building and re-opened yesterday so I may try and stop there after work, see if there is anything left. We do the same for our wedding anniversary – celebrate as a family with our daughter. It’s just more enjoyable for us.

    J was actually excited about doing her class cards this year so she did them last week!! No homemade snacks allowed in our district so the PTO supplies treats (punch or juice with cookies and stickers and pencils).

    Have fun at violin lessons. Take headphones / earbuds?

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    Emily Reply:

    so I decided that because I cooked the past two nights, we’re eating leftovers. :)
    But just like you, we too have a great cupcake shop in town. I might hit it up tomorrow after school!

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  6. Yep. That’s how it is in my house too. The hubby and I just exchange cards and that’s about it. But I do try and make the day “special” for the family. Some kind of special meal and little presents or something. It’s fun day. :)
    Love the valentines!
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    Emily Reply:

    Yeah that’s basically where I’m at. I have a card for hubs, and I have little gifts (and I mean little) for the kids. Cheers!

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  7. My mom would always make seafood alfredo for valentine’s day. It was the happiest day of my life. And she always got me a box of chocolates and sometimes something else. Ahhh.. We are making a pot roast and mashed potatoes and rolls for dinner. I’m sure a carrot will show up for a side as well. I teach so I get to go hang with the sugar crazed kids for awhile so I also think a bottle of wine will be consumed tomorrow night. On the kid front, we have playgroup in the morning where we are doing some vday crafts/snacks and reading a book.
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  8. I’ll be working, helping all those star-crossed lovers get organized. Or the #foreveralone people. I love them all the same. I got the kids some cute Minecraft cards and buttons from Etsy. I’d love to make something special, but we move this weekend so it’s pretty much eat whatever you can find that hasn’t been packed! I pinned the Borax craft a long time ago. Glad to see it worked, we’ll have to give it a try!
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  9. Dude, we did those arrow valentines too. Twinsies.
    Tomorrow we’re doing steak, fruit pizza and milk with heart milk cubes for the kid. I heart love day because every holiday is more fun with kids.
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  10. Emily, you inspired me to pull out my crafty last night. I made the kids cards and they loved them. We also pulled together a few small gifts and the hubs got up early to made the kids waffles. They were thrilled. We even did crafty art projects in school today and the kids wrote stories using those conversation heart candies. They’ve had fun. Me? I’m tired and thinking of having the hubs pick up dinner. :)
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  11. I adore your little pendant, perfectly sweet! We grilled steaks and ate as a family and devoured some homemade sugar cookies I made the night before. Any reason for a good cookie. :)

    Hope you and your sweeties had a good V-Day!
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  12. I am totally loving that necklace! Methinks I need to go shopping…
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