Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine's Day Countdown

Instead of doing a standard Friday Favorites post, I thought I'd share how we celebrate one of my favorite holidays: Valentine's Day! My #oneword for 2016 was love, and I seriously considered making it my word of the year for 2017 as well (I went with joy instead), so Valentine's Day is definitely one of my favorite holidays. I just LOVE love! Today I thought I'd share what I'm doing to spoil my littlest Valentines!

Love Banner

Several years ago I purchased Valentine's Day Mailbox Chairbackers for Sophia and Carter. A few years ago they decided that Michael and I needed to leave them "mail" every day leading up to Valentine's Day, and last year I decided to step up my game a little and leave them little treats along with the notes. I decided it would be fun to share each day with you in case you want to join in the fun! I was originally planning on making cute printables for each day, but ended up just writing them notes on cute Valentine's paper I found in the Target dollar spot. If you Google the phrases you can probably find some cute printables, or you can just hand write the notes like I did.

Valentine's Day Mailbox Chairbacker

Day #1: We Couldn't Love You S'more - Both Sophia and Carter love making snack bags, so I thought this Valentine's S'mores Snack Mix would be perfect. I purchased Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish, mini marshmallows, Valentine's M&M's, and these fun Cupid's Message M&M's. I found these cute treat cups to hold their snack mix. It was the perfect treat for working on their homework!

Day #2: We Go Together Like Cookies & Milk - I found these adorable cookie stamps at Williams-Sonoma and knew that they would be perfect for some Valentine's Day baking! Unfortunately I bought premade sugar cookie dough just to save time, and I really wish I hadn't. The dough was really sticky even though I took it out of the refrigerator right before we used it and kept sticking to the non-stick cookie stamps. I ended up dipping the stamps in flour to prevent sticking, and it did work, but then when I baked them the cookies expanded and the stamps disappeared! Oh well. They still tasted good and the kids had fun with them. This just gives us an excuse to try it again with homemade dough! What's your favorite sugar cookie recipe?

I'm having so much fun coming up with new and different ideas to celebrate each day, and Sophia and Carter are loving it! Each day they run to their mailboxes to find the note for the day. It's funny because both days I've had the table set up and they don't even pay attention to what's there - they want to see the love note! I'll be sharing the next three days on Monday, so be sure to check back!



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