Archive | creative VALENTINE

We LOVE Fall…

12145119_1691364757753297_558587174_nWe love Fall. I use a hashtag with this phrase {#welovefall} because I truly love it! My family has gotten on board because they don’t’ really have a choice. So when I say “we” it may truly be “me” who loves it.

In light of this love of a season, that comes and goes so quickly, we have enjoyed the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, dressing up as a family for Halloween, Trick-Or-Treating with our neighboors, a Costume Bash with Quest {a ministry of young adults at church that we just LOVE} and school parades and crafts. It was super fun to dress up as the Incredibles family. We are just the right cast of characters to reflect this funny cartoon fam. And while everyone I saw that night thought I had cut and colored my hair I assure that my loyalty to a costume does not run that deep.

We have been busy and were totally sick of the heat until this past week or so. I got to tap into my creative outlet by making a funny Nutella costume for our favorite babysitter {and friend} Shawna. And of course a Halloween party is just not complete without a puking pumpkin…right? I’ve also enjoyed a few PSL’s {pumpkin spice latte’s} and planning for a few events at church.

We are always at work around here but loving our silly, crazy little life {well most of the time}. You will find me posting most of my creative adventures and family photo’s on Instagram {you can follow me at: everydayvalentine}.

So as the cold weather and time change are settling in {they sort of collided all at once} I’m thankful for a chance to hunker down a little and stay warm under piles of cozy blankets every evening.

What do you do this time of year to celebrate Autumn?

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Happy New Year!

It’a almost february’s 10 on 10 and I have not even said Happy New Year…how is this possible?

Life is moving along so quick I cannot catch my breath, but we are having fun and enjoying each little new stage of Blakey’s first year!

I have worked hard for the past month to focus on things at home and to be really intentional about how I spend my time {blogging has obviously not made it on the “must-do” list}. I can be so scattered and “in-the-moment” that I have decided it’s time to change things up. In this season of life I have to learn to just get into a daily routine, develop some healthy habits and focus on enjoying the spontaneity of life when it does happen but not live in that everyday. So naturally with all that in mind my word of the year {actually phrase of the year} is:

embrace routine

I realize that for some of you this is a real head-scratcher. Why would I need to embrace routine or even focus on this as a concept? I’m certain that routine comes naturally to most people {and especially during the motherhood stage of life}. But I am not one of those people that it comes by it naturally. I will talk more about it more some other time but for now here are a few of my favorite posts from last year! Enjoy!

A few of my favorite posts from 2014:

TEA party girl

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what will baby #3 be?

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{HOMEgirl} a practical space vs. a beautiful space

HOMEgirlmaking faith FUN for kids

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make your own {DISNEY} t-shirt

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ten on ten {july 2014} & waiting for baby

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it doesn’t get any better than this {BLAKE scott’s arrival}

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{coffee & showers}

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{teaching my kids to be BRAVE}

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{31 days recap & happy halloween}

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random THANKGIVING stuff

It’s Thanksgiving week! Yay! Here are a few last-minute tips for the coming week:

Check out my Travel Tips HERE & being road trip ready HERE.

Enjoy and Happy Travels!
And of course there is even more to check out on my Pinterest board: travelBUG

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THESE cookies. Divine!

Great hostess gift or take-a-longs for that crazy Black Friday shopping!

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They are delicious & so pretty!

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Check out my Thanksgiving kids table decor & crafts from last year HERE!

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{LOVE LETTERS}

A few years ago I wrote this post but never got around to finishing/editing it. I think LOVE LETTERS are wonderful during Valentine’s Day…but honestly they are just as valuable the rest of the year! Paigey made these sweet & simple Valentine’s for her friends {with doily’s and some glitter letters} a couple of years ago. They got me thinking about how simple it really is to sit down and write a little love letter.
Grown-ups need notes of affection too {not just home-made Valentine’s once a year}! And kids need to hear from their parents about how and why they are loved. This can easily be done by writing texts or Facebook messages but isn’t it great to get something tangible? Like a hand written letter or lunchbox note that can be held…or something beautifully typed that can be looked at again and again? Here are a few ideas to make Love Letter’s a priority {something I absolutely struggle with but want to improve}!
::Love Letter Journals::
Couples write in them regularly for each other as a way of documenting their letters in one spot. I used to make them as gifts by covering inexpensive composition notebooks with nice paper or magazine images. I eventually started covering them with mod-podge or packing tape to make them more  durable. Each book included a set of “fill-in-the-blank” prompt options to help inspire words of affection and appreciation {for those who don’t feel it’s as easy to write a letter off the top of their heads}. Some of the “fill-in-the-blank” prompt options that we used were:
I love you because…
Today I feel…
One thing you may not know about me…
One thing I need from you right now…
I wish I told you…more often
Thank you for…
You get the idea right? My husband and I have written in our LOVE LETTER journals {from time to time} over the years. It has been a great way to connect and truly communicate some of our feelings in a simple and tangible way.

::Simple Love Letters::

Some of my favorite love letters are simple, sweet letters from my guy that are scribbled on envelopes or napkins. Sometimes they are taped on the mirror and I leave them there. Sometimes they end up in my bible as a bookmark or I add them to my smashbook. I just love the “spur-of-the-moment” nature of these little notes and I will always cherish them.

::Letters to my Children::

Some people write a letter to their kids every year on their birthday. I love this. I am inspired to do it but haven’t made it a tradition yet. Some people do the LOVE LETTER journals with their kids also {don’t forget the easy “fill-in-the-blank” prompts above under LOVE LETTER journals}. I do know that even simple notes go a long way with my sweet babes. Sometimes we make special meals and I include a note of encouragement at their place setting {they love it}. Every so often I slip something sweet in their lunch boxes or write on their food with an edible pen…they think these gestures are great too! Let me just say that as a child myself I cherish notes from my parents. Now that my dad is gone I cling to the handful of notes he wrote me {and there were only a few} because they help me know I was loved and thought of by him. I want my kids to feel that way from me and have a tangible way to see it.

::Letters to my Friends::

I’m not great about this. I do try to text my friends when I am thinking about them but writing an actual note and sending it is not easy for me {totally lame, I know}. One of these days I’m going to get better about this and in the meantime I love looking at all the fun printable note-cards out there {just check out Etsy and/or Pinterest for some good finds as many are even free}. I have even heard of friends using the journals to create a “Circle Journal” where they write in it and then pass it on to each other and keep going from there {don’t forget the easy “fill-in-the-blank” prompts above under LOVE LETTER journals}.

::Type it Up::

I cherish handwritten notes from my loved ones {especially those who have passed away} but if journals or handwritten notes are not your thing you can always type something up. Here are a few LOVE LETTER FONTS from Ella Claire.

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{HOMEgirl} lighting BABY

I’m still working on the nursery for baby boy BLAKE {but it’s almost done}!

Here are a few ideas for lighting up his room:

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I love THIS light little from Target!

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THIS one above and even THIS one below.

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HERE is another one from Pottery Barn below.

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HERE is a whole line of great lights including mason jar pendants that I found on Etsy!

THIS chicken wire pendants is perfect but probably too pricey!

I also love THIS, THIS and THIS from Shades of Light.

HERE is one more list of 20 pendant lights that I found on Pinterest!

THIS blog had a great way of making a light from a barrel and a pendant light kit.

Again, HERE is my idea board, HERE is my pinterest board and HERE are my thoughts on the room’s design if you want more inspiration.

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