Thursday, February 9, 2012

Our Special Valentine's Day Envelopes!!!

I had been admiring those adorable PotteryBarn envelopes... so with lots of web-surfing I found a DIY version.

Starting a week before V-day, every night after the kids go to bed I place a special love note and a small treat in both of their envelopes. (treats like a sucker, candy, a dollar for their piggy banks, a crazy straw, paddle ball, crayons, color book. Each one will also get a Valentine book). I love the thought of the handwritten notes. I know how much I treasure the cards I find written in my Dad's handwriting.

I know Michaela would like it, and thought Jacob wouldn't really even notice them...LOL! I was wrong! They both are excited each morning.  Every morning as soon as Jake opens his eyes, he run straight  to the kitchen to check his "velop" for his "special I Love You"! I plan on doing this every year! Hoping next year to start Feb. 1.

Below are my versions.

For Jakey and Michaela

with a "love note"

Some other ones that I made:

I think this one is my favorite :) For sweet baby Lily.

For Mikey :)

I made one for siblings to share... not sure how that will work out,
 may have to make each their own for next year :)

For directions on how I made these head over to The crafting chicks
You will also find a download for the "love notes".

I am very excited about this new tradition we are starting and hope you enjoyed it too!

Wendy xoxo

Fun Valentine Printables

With Valentine's Day less than a week away,
I wanted to share these great Valentine's Day Printables I have come across:

Valentine Mad Libs:
The kids and I had a blast doing these last night. Michaela(11) had fun, really giving each one lots of thought. Jacob (3) loved it. His answers were completely honest but soooo funny! Can't wait for our family to get these next week. It is something that will be priceless to look back on in years to come :)

Since Jacob can not write I wrote his quotes for him :)

Michaela's mad lib for her Nana :)

I had the kids skip each sentence so that they created the letter together. I wrote what Jake said in black and Michaela wrote her answers in pink. On the first blank, I said how much do you love Grandma, he said alot! I said you love her more than..... what? He was a little confused, so I said think of something you love a whole lot. He said OK! Do you love her more than that? I love how he said he loves his Grandma more than his sissy. When he said that, his sister cracked up!!!

You can head over to over the big moon to print out this cute mad lib.

Fun Handprint Valentine:
Jacob is so proud of his adorable valentine!

To make handprints not so messy, this is a great tip, especially for little ones! Put a small amount of the paint on a paper towel and smear it around so it has a thin coat of paint on the paper towel.

Blot the paint on the palm of the child's hand. Make sure to get a thin layer of paint an the entire hand. This helps not to have big glops of paint between the fingers. :)

Place the handprints slightly tinted, the fingers will form the tip of the heart.

His hands look so much bigger than I thought :( they sure do grow up fast!

For the footprint, I did the same blotting technique as the hands. This will help when he applies pressure with his foot so it will not slide aound on the paper.

To complete this sweet keepsake, Jacob signed his name!

To print your own special Valentine go to over the big moon to print out your own!

 I hope you enjoyed my first real post :)
I have a few more Valentine's printables that I will post shortly.

Wendy xoxo

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My first blog....

  I have decided to start a blog.
I realize now, almost all of my most treasured memories are the sweet little moments you wish you could capture again. Making crafts with my mom, writing silly poems with my dad, and cooking in the kitchen as a family. Growing up my Mom and Dad gave my sisters and I memories we will always cherish. My mom made holidays and birthdays extra special for each one of us. She could also magically turn an ordinary day at home into an exciting day of fun! My Dad was not as "crafty" as my Mom but he could always make you smile. I treasure the memories of going on family drives and Dad letting us drive on the back country roads, cooking and baking in the kitchen for hours, telling jokes and leaving funny little rhymes around the house for each other. I would now give anything to share those little moments with him again!
Now that I am a Mommy, I want my two kiddos to cherish the little things in life too! I want them to remember the tooth fairy dust left on their cheek and pillow from a tiny fairy kiss. I want them to remember cooking as a family and making crafts. I want them to cherish our family traditions and one day pass them along to their kids.
I want this blog to help others turn the little moments in our lives to memories we will treasure forever!