Valentines Family Fun 0 5

Valentines Family Fun
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Valentines Family Fun

I love to take the current holiday or season and celebrate with my family, even the simple ones like Valentines, or those fun National Day’s.  In life, we can get so busy with work, homework, and activities that we don’t take time to pause and just appreciate the little things.

I love this quote that I’ve heard before “Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” -Kurt Vonnegut

Sometimes we can even get wrapped up in the work-around celebrating the holiday that we don’t truly appreciate it.  I know as a mom of four boys, with school Valentine’s parties and church Valentines class parties, sometimes it can seem like more work more than celebrating.

The thing that helps me be mindful and in the moment rather than focus on making the snacks for class parties and getting the items needed is to take the entire week or even a couple of weeks and do “little” things with my family each day or a few days throughout the week.

Some of our favorite things for Valentines that we do is heart-shaped pizzas.  We have made homemade heart-shaped pizzas which is a lot of fun, but we have also picked up a Papa Murphy’s heart-shaped pizza, so depending on the time you have, do what works for you.  Remember it doesn’t have to be on the actual Valentines Day, pick a day that you will be home with your family and have a heart-shaped pizza night.

We have made heart shaped quesadillas, cookies and pancakes, these are small special touches that add to the fun and a way I get to express my love for my little ones.

We have made Valentines Popcorn, adding in red and pink candies in our popcorn for a movie night.  My boys love this and it’s so simple to do.

I have sent heart-shaped notes in their lunch boxes leading up to Valentines. I’m sure you’ve seen on Pinterest the heart-shaped notes of things you love about your kids on their door. I used heart-shaped dollies from the Dollar Store, so I didn’t even have to cut out or print anything out and then I wrote things on them.

I encourage you to utilize Valentines Day and other holidays to create memories with your family.  Embrace them at whatever level you’re at.  Maybe you’re not into painting or maybe you don’t own a Cricut, I don’t, but what do you have?  What can you do?  Can you bake or cook something on the special day?  Can you color a picture together?  I promise once you start and you see the joy in your little one’s eyes over something so simple, you will want to do more next time.

It really is about the quality time together.  It’s about getting out of the normal everyday routine of dishes, laundry, homework and life and doing something fun together.  With Pinterest around it makes it so much easier for us.  There are a ton of ideas out there to help you create, cook, bake, paint, craft with your kids.  Another great tip is to use the Dollar Store or 99 Cent Store, they usually have a ton of inexpensive things around the current holiday or event.  It does not have to cost you a lot of money to celebrate and create memories.

On my blog, I share pictures of some of our favorite Valentines Traditions as well as links for fun easy ideas to do with your family this Valentines!

Things to Remember:

  • Start where you’re at.  Keep this in mind for yourself and for your little ones.  If you pick out a craft that is not age appropriate you might end up doing the craft alone.  Save/Pin those other ideas for when they are older or when you have more time to plan and prepare.
  • Have fun!  Even if it doesn’t turn out as you planned, or how it looked on Pinterest. It is about the time spent together.
  • It does not have to cost a lot of money.  Look around your house you may already have everything you need.  Improvise on some items, visit the Dollar Stor or local Thrift Store.
  • Go Outside!  Use rocks, leaves, and things in your own backyard, my kids have loved when we have painted rocks.  Created our own Tic Tac Toe using rocks and a tree stump.  Visit parks or local museums to help celebrate and learn more about certain holidays or events.
  • Plan for next year!  The best time to purchase holiday or event centered decorations or a craft item is AFTER the holiday.  Purchase it when it’s on sale and then put it in a “labeled” box so you don’t lose it or forget about it because it’s buried in the back of your closet, I’ve done that plenty of times.
  • Take Pictures.  Don’t just take pictures of the finished product, but take pictures of your kids while they are creating and get in the picture with them (I take pictures but am not in many, this is something I need to get better at).

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My name is Jessica I have been married for 15 years and I have 4 boys ages 11, 9, 7, and 3. I love Jesus am actively involved in my local church and community. I love to budget, save money, and all things mommy. I created this blog to encourage others by sharing my life stories and experiences. I hope that you find some of these posts amusing, inspiring and helpful.

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I had thought that I would start this article off with a walk down memory lane – and remind you of how neat it was to be a kid and have something with your name on it. Do you remember buying pencils or keychains with your name? As a kid, I loved that.

But I’ll be honest – as an adult – I still love it. I’m putting my name, our last name or initials all over the place! So in reality, who doesn’t love it at any age?

It’s still fun to find items in a store that has my name or my children’s name on it – but I think it’s even more fun and quite useful to put our name on whatever I want!

Sticker Kid sent over the cutest labels – and I got to do just that. They have so many sticker shapes, sizes, uses — they even have posters!

I spent the weekend labeling-up the kid’s stuff and a few things of my own.

sticker kid personalized labels
You know what I love the most about Sticker Kid labels – other than the fun, personalization factor? The fact that it helps the kiddos (and me) keep track of their items. There used to be a time when I knew exactly which pencil and eraser belonged to my child. I also knew exactly how many items I sent with them out of the house. But, my brain is a little more frazzled and I need a little help remembering what I’ve purchased and sent with them. So, Sticker Kid can help me keep all of that in order.

Is that the backpack I bought for you, Joey? Yep! It has your name tag on it. Savannah, did I really buy you that water bottle? Yep! It has our name label on it.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one with a perpetual case of “mom brain”?
I had been worried that the labels and tags would be easily removable to the point where they could just fall off and be lost. But they are securely on each item.

sticker kid personalized labels
You may be tempted to solely use the labels on the typical items such as school supplies, and shoes. But I think they’re going to work very well when the kids head to camp and go on day-adventures.

I plan to label items such as hair dryers, safety kids, flashlights, combs, leave-in conditioners, sunblock, pool toys, bite cream, and the list goes on. What else would you label?

sticker kid personalized labels
I was excited to see their collection of kitchen labels and home decor items. Having just revamped one of my brands, I wanted to pay homage to it. These kitchen labels were the perfect item to keep it close.

I plan to use these to organize not only spices, but my espresso, flours, sugars, and oats.

sticker kid personalized labels
So, the poster is probably my most favorite item of all. Because I love putting our names everywhere! Right now, I’m attaching it to this old calendar board I thrifted last year.

I painted the frame white, added wood to the inner portion and covered it with chalk paint. This will hang in our kitchen – but I may rotate the poster throughout the house.

sticker kid personalized labels
I’d love to hear what your ideas on labeling are! What should I label next? Which item are you going to order or which one should I order next?

I love being creative but I’d love your suggestions as well. What would you use these labels on?

Here’s a list of some of their different label options:

  • Iron-on name labels for clothes
  • Medium labels
  • Mini labels
  • “Preschool Super Pack” of 154 labels
  • Kindergarten pack with 150 name labels – perfect for toddlers
  • “School Mega Pack” pack of 214 labels
  • Large labels
  • 80 Peel and Stick Clothing Labels
  • Small name labels
  • Heart labels
  • Square Photo labels
  • Shoe labels
  • “Book Pack” labels
  • 9 Right-left shoe labels
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