my favorite printable valentines

Val PicMonkey Collage

It’s our first official school valentines week!

Last year for valentines we used a cute balloon printable that I found online. It was so much easier then the store bought cards and ended up being a huge hit with our friends and family.

So this year, I went rummaging through Pinterest again to find a printable that would be school worthy. Since we are doing our best to stay away from all things candy, I found some fun options that we could include a little gift with instead. I rounded up a few of my favorites in case you are looking for some fun candy free ideas this valentines as well.

1. Rae’s heart day freebie

2. Allison’s noodle necklace valentine

3. Play-Doh cards

4. Awesome sauce, apple sauce valentine

5. Lip balm tags


sharing the love {garland} || giveaway

Heart Garland

To follow up on yesterday’s somewhat rambling post about my relationship with blogging, I thought it would be nice to up the mood and focus on sharing some love. Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us (reminder…get those dinner reservations in!) so I whipped up a few garlands for the occasion. They didn’t quite hit the shop in time for a true Valentine’s Day sale so I figured, lets give one away!

If you would like to win a heart garland please leave a comment below letting me know where your garland would hang in your home. A winner will be selected at random on Friday, January 24th. For an extra entry, please share this post on whatever social media site you prefer and let me know you ‘shared’ in your comment.

CONGRATULATIONS Jenna! YOU WON! Enjoy your garland and thank you to all who entered. If you are interested in purchasing a Valentine’s Garland, there is still time! Shoot me an email and we’ll get one over to you. 

Enjoy! Melissa

*Sorry, limited to US readers only. Please only leave your contact information in the allotted boxes, not in the body of your comment. Winner will be emailed after selection is made. 

Heart Day




As I plan out Little M’s Easter basket, I got to thinking that her Valentines ‘basket’ might be fun to share. It was full of fun goodies and so far, she has loved them all. The Valentines bunny, or cupid or whoever leaves you presents on the day of love left Little M:

  • A super cute little knit hippo. This was one of those, ‘you probably won’t love it M but mama does so enjoy’ type of gifts. But, surprise! M has been snuggling this little guy in her crib and it’s so stinkin’ cute! 
  • A super sleek pink girl handle car . If there are any pretend people in this car, they are horrid drivers. M’s use of the handle generally ends in a crash but she’s learning and likes to push it around the hard wood floors. 
  • And on every holiday you must receive a book {because your mom gets so tired of reading the same books over and over} because it’s educational! Valentine’s Day called for Little Pea . Just adorable! 
  • To top it off, M got a stylish little Gap swimsuit.  She’s planning to show off this beaut at swim lessons and then again on vacation. 

And well, just because I was so proud of the card I got for Ky, I have to share that. I ordered it from Hen & Co., a sweet Etsy shop. I just want to order one of everything available. Kendra of Hen & Co. does an amazing job choosing fonts and hip prints on all of her merch. For this card, I was able to customize three lines. So fun! Ky knew which were straight from my crazy brain right away. {Umm, ice in my Pepsi….obviously}

Oh but side note, as I was putting out all these fun gifts, I glanced at myself in the early morning mirror. Sick. Just look at what I looked like when I delivered up these gifts I took so much time picking out. Get it together Melissa! Nobody wants a gift from a troll.

Now the trick will be to find some fun Easter items to live up!

Enjoy! Melissa