Category Archives: Holiday

Valentines Cards

Valentines Day is only 4 days away….yikes! If you’re anything like my family, we are always trying to finish up our class Valentines at the last minute. Instead of scrambling to CVS the night before and buying up any leftover box of premade cards, here are a few simple Valentines sure to please. They may take a little longer, but they are definitely worth it.

First is a puzzle Valentine, it reads “I Love you to pieces”. This is probably the easiest, in terms of supplies needed. I used an old pink manila folder and traced the shape of a puzzle piece along the edge, so it would open like a card. We then printed the slogan, but instead of using the word love, we put a heart.

puzzle valentine

puzzle valentine





Next up.. this Valentine reads, “You’re A GEM”(due to the ring pop theme). For this project I used stamps because I wanted my 5 year old to do all 18 herself and I knew if I asked her to sign that many cards, it wouldn’t get done till next month. However, if you don’t have letter stamps readily available (aka not many parents), a print out would work just as well. To make the “bling” show better, we unwrapped the store packaging and put the rings in clear plastic bags, along with the card. We then sealed the bag with a sticker.

Last, is a Valentine I did a few years ago. I had found a bag of chocolate “Luscious Lips” and thought it would be cute to attach to a photo of my daughter to make it look like she was blowing a kiss. This is easier than it looks. I had her decorate a card, while I cut out an image of her and hot glued the envelope with the kiss (get it… SWAK). Maybe a little corny, but it is for Valentines Day. DSC_0926 DSC_0922 DSC_0923 DSC_0927

Happy Valentines!! SWAK, Erin

Holiday Gift Ideas

I don’t know about your kids, after one clean up I feel my kids have more than enough “stuff”. This year, in an attempt to corral the focus on toys and things, we have decided to gift experiences instead. This movement has been building momentum in the past couple of years and I think our family is ready to jump on board. Examples of different experiences include, but are not limited to classes (ahem… Artworks), ice skating, sporting events, movies, theatre tickets, concerts, restaurants (last year we gifted an American girl doll tea at Tyson’s Corner), vacations, you name it, I bet there is a gift card available. A great source of inspiration is Groupon, Living Social, and Certifikid.

What to do about gifts under the tree or Menorah? We all love the feeling of watching the joy on our children’s face as they see all the goodies about to be devoured. Instead of more plastic “made in China stuff”, how about books, art supplies, games for the Xbox or Wii, or even clothing?

Still not ready to convert? How about giving some hand-made gifts? One of my personal favorites is paper white bulbs in a beautiful vase, this might not fly with the kiddos but it is a fantastic party gift.


paper whites xmas giftHowever your family decides to give this season, we wish you health, happiness, and joy. Happy Holidays!