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instaDUMP {FEB 2013}

 So I hope your Valentine’s Day was as lovely as mine! We have had a very fun February and I got very spoiled during my {self-proclaimed} birthday week. I wanted to share some of my recent Instagram pics because we have been having so much fun!
{from left to right} Paigey the heart girl…my sweet friend Cara made this for me {i’m inspired to copy it sometime soon}…i finally got this bag that i have been wanting for a long time {joe’s totes}…chalkboard love…me and my family on my 33rd birthday…washi tape and jewelry supplies {via the plaid barn}…flowers from my sweet man {who also surprised me with my a few gifts and my favorite dinner and cake on my birthday}…jewelry and accessories that my sister {aunt fifi} helped the kids pick out for me {after taking them out for a whole evening so i could get some much needed alone time}…my buddy at the zoo {getting to hang with a bunch of our little friends}
 
Look at this beautiful girl…she is growing up too fast!
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valentineFUN {DECOR}

Here are a few simple ways that I decorated for Valentine’s Day this year. First, I made these doily lights {see below}.

Isn’t this doily string of lights fun? I recently saw THIS idea on Pinterest and decided to try it myself. If I had an all-white strand of lights around I would have used it…but I didn’t and I still think it turned out great!

Easy, Cute & Cheap…my kind of craft!

::materials needed::
doily pack (whatever size & color you prefer)
one strand of lights

In about 10 minutes I completed this craft. I bought a small pack of doilies at the Dollar Tree and counted out how many I would need (so that each light was covered). Next, I punched the doily through each individual light in different configurations {see above} and hung them up over our front window. Ta-Da!

Next, I put some fun little touches around the house for decorations.

 

Don’t you love this banner that I hung from our kitchen light fixture {my sweet friend Katrina made it for me}!

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a VALENTINE advent project

Here are the steps I took to make this project …for my little Family!
I got the idea HERE from Shabby Chic Crafts blog
1st…I downloaded & printed 3 sets of these FREE “I love you because…” TAGS!
2nd…I filled them out for each member of my family & attached them to cute paper (I’m not a fussy crafter…so I do not worry about cutting perfect lines or the perfect paper…I just like to make it special and not worry too much about the details)!
3rd…I made a spot for each of them to find their notes each day! Paige & Grant get one each in this little mailbox every morning (from the $1 spot at Target)! And Aaron gets one on the mirror each morning!
4th…I will attach them to our little pink strand of lights that are currently hung on our decorative window in the kitchen.
5th…I will either save them in a little jar or attach them to the pages of their love letter journals or discard them…we’ll see how I am feeling when the project is all said and done!
What a fun way to tell your loved ones how much you care!
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valentineFUN…lets start at the very beginning!

In case you are wondering how it all began…here are a few Valentine’s Day Facts!

Saint Valentine’s Day is an annual commemoration held on February 14, celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine …it is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).

The day first became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US. Half of those valentines are given to family members other than husband or wife, usually to children. When you include the valentine-exchange cards made in school activities the figure goes up to 1 billion, and teachers become the people receiving the most valentines.

The rise of Internet popularity at the turn of the millennium is creating new traditions. Millions of people use, every year, digital means of creating and sending Valentine’s Day greeting messages such as e-cards, love coupons or printable greeting cards. About 15 million e-valentines were sent in 2010.

(According to Wikipedia)

Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight (Source: Hallmark research).(According to History.com!)

Here is one more source if you are just dying to know more about my favorite holiday: Valentine’s Day History
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