Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch
the greatest Valentine's Day book of all time!
dipped candles - we made rose colored candles by alternating layers of red and golden beeswax
sweet family valentines activity - set out slips of paper and colored pens and let people write secret notes of appreciation to each other - fold up and place in a vase - save them all and then open up and read on Valentine's Day
handmade paper with flower seeds in it - enjoy as a decoration and then plant in your yard - made heart shaped by pouring pulp into a cookie cutter as a mold - we did these one year for Christmas ornaments / handmade presents but we used a star cookie cutter and dyed the paper yellow
pinecone bird feeders for the birds
valentine tea bags - an idea too cute to pass up
AWESOME wool felt crown!
Many years ago when Natalie was in kindergarten she and I made a Martha Stewart Living project for Valentine's Day. It was a pattern and instructions for a heart shaped oven mitt, quilted using red fabrics, but we made a little one that fit her hand using a huge copper heart-shaped cookie cutter. It was so adorable!
I'd love to give the children gifts. I have my eye on the Haba Color Buttons Pegging Game for Zac...
... and Magic Wool Mermaids, Fairies and Nymphs through the Seasons for the older girls.
And if I were going so far as to give myself a Valentine's Day gift?
Well, the most practical thing would be The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living because it's the book that goes along with one of my new therapies (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
The truth is that I can't afford store bought presents right now and so I need to focus on homemade things that will be just as wonderful (if not more so) and make all four of my children feel special and important to me!
I just don't have any Valentine's Day recipes figured out yet... Hmmm.
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