Classroom Valentines From Minted!

It’s not too early to talk about Valentine’s Day, is it??

I suppose considering that I’ve already done another Valentine’s Day post, I’ve already made that decision for myself, haven’t I? I probably should have thought that question through before I typed it.

Anyway, let’s talk Valentine’s Day!

Choosing out the classroom Valentine is always a big decision in this house.  In the past, we’ve designed our own, we’ve gone with character Valentines, we’ve attached candy…we’ve done it all.  It’s always fun to see what my kids will want, based on whatever it is that they are “in to” at that moment.

When Minted contacted me asking if I’d be willing to review their new classroom Valentines, I went to their site and immediately knew which one would be perfect for my little guy to take to his friends at school.

My baseball loving boy will be happy to share these with his friends! I love them because they’re very boyish with a baseball and bat, but not too boyish that he’ll feel strange giving them to the girls in his class.  (In the past we’ve actually given one Valentine to boys and one Valentine to girls because my daughter didn’t feel right giving a princess Valentine to a BOY!)

Now…do you want to see MY favorite part??

Ahhhh!! They’re two sided with stripes on the back! It’s an added expense, but to me, it really makes the card.  So cute! These are the size of a standard classroom Valentine and come with an envelope for each card.  The paper is very thick, just the quality you would expect from Minted.

So cute and so sweet, these Valentine’s Day classroom cards are something you’ll definitely want to check out.

To see the full line of Minted Classroom Valentine Cards, click here.
{To see the adorable line of Minted Valentine’s Day partyware, click here.  It’s amazing!}

Now, just one more thing before I sign off…

Is this not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen on a package??

Darling! It totally made me chuckle!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

DIY Valentine’s Day Plate

Recently, my friend Melissa posted the cutest DIY coffee mug project that was perfect for Valentine’s Day.  I filed it away in the back of my mind as something I’d like to do someday and moved on…

Little did I know how quickly I’d need that tutorial!

While working on a guest post for another amazing website, I wanted a simple plate to add a little style to photos of the recipe I was sharing.  I knew a Valentine’s Day plate would be perfect, but I’m kind of picky about my decor when it comes to Love Day.  I like things simple, not the over-the-top hearts and flowers that we sometimes associate with this holiday.  I’m a bit of a Valentine’s Day Scrooge that way, I suppose…

So, this Love Day plate is right in my comfort zone.  And unbelievably easy to make.  We all know the process.

1.  Draw on plate with Sharpie./2. Bake plate in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes./3. Allow plate to cool./4.  Hand wash only.

I made a pattern on a piece of paper and used a hole punch to punch out the circles so that I’d have perfect little circles on my plate.  If you’re brave enough to freehand it, go for it! I taped my template down on the plate to keep it from scooting around while I was making my circles.  {And yes, that would be my son’s hockey tape holding the template in place…why can I NEVER find Scotch tape around here?!?!}

Up close and personal with my Love Day plate.

It’s cute and it’s definitely going into my prop stash for future Valentine’s Day posts.  If you wanted to be adventurous and make a whole set of these, you could have the whole thing done in about 45 minutes, which includes the baking time for the plates.

Happy Monday, everyone!

 

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!

With Valentine’s Day upon us, I thought it would be fun to take a moment and admire several of the delicious ways you can enjoy chocolate on the day of love. Because really, Valentine’s Day isn’t Valentine’s Day without chocolate, is it?

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Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Pudding…both of these recipes are quick and easy, the chocolate mousse is ready in less than 5 minutes, and they pudding is BAKED! Super simple!

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Delicious chocolate cake and one of my favorites, Frozen Hot Chocolate!

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I’m not sure if this is a cake or a truffle, but either way, I like it! The white writing on the chocolate is so striking! And the cake truffles on the right are just what I’m making for my family this Valentine’s Day!

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Chocolate candies…always a special treat on Valentine’s Day…or any day!

Now, what will YOU be having for Valentine’s Day???

Valentine’s Day Decor I Adore

Is it me, or has Pottery Barn really hit it out of the park this year with their Valentine’s Day decor? As I mentioned yesterday, I’m generally not one to decorate for this holiday, but after seeing what I saw today on PB’s site, I may have to change my opinion…this is easily the best Valentine’s Day decor I’ve ever seen! (In all honesty, I have a real weak spot for vintage letters, so it’s no surprise that these really struck a chord with me.)

My goodness, those napkins, I can hardly stand it! And that pillow would look wonderful in my living room! Hmmmm, where’s my credit card?

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Love sign
Love note napkins
Love note candles
Postcard pillow

Valentine’s Day Decorating…Done Simply

I generally don’t do much, if any decorating for Valentine’s Day.  I don’t know why, but I think a big part of it is because I’m not really one to decorate my home with bright red and bright pink, which is what you first think of when thinking of Valentine’s Day, isn’t it?

But, this year I decided to give it a try…surely there had to be a way to celebrate this holiday without going overboard with hearts and bright colors, isn’t there? I wasn’t looking for a ton of decorations, just enough to be able to say I decorated for Valentine’s Day, and here’s what I did!

 

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