Valentines Day – Acts of Love

Fourteen years ago at around this time of year I was busy trying to find a someone. Getting the guts up to ask a curly brunette out on a date was an incredibly tough thing. What made it hard was after you said no. Yup turn downed. I went along with your excuse and gave you the benefit of a doubt. So I fought back the first rejection to once again ask you out again. Only to be rejected again. By this time I became more frustrated then totally and ultimately rejected. Although it was far worse the second time. Luckily for me I had a recent self realization to enable a baseball mentality to dating. Before I even asked you to go out on a date I started the “three strikes your out” program. I would give girls three chances before they were knocked off my list. You were on strike two. So there we were, two strikes and we still had to see each other every day at the same dealership that we worked at together. So not long after the second strike I caught you walking up to the front office and caught you and asked again. Sure everyone by now is thinking oh just give the guy a mercy date. But what did you say – NO! I instantly reacted and told you you just got your third strike. After your confusing look I explained my Three Strike Your Out Program, and you then quickly said “Well Maybe.” Maybe go out with me after three strikes? So I told you that I would give you 2 3/4 strikes and we planned a date on another day then the one I just asked.
You were confused as to why I kept asking, thinking I wasn’t interested in the cute country farm girl. So the date was to a collage theater play where we went to and we both realized there that it was love on Third Strike. Later learning from you that you knew that night that you felt the same as I did that night. All to only see us engaged three months later and married in August of that year. Fast forward over 14 years, you are still the one I would ask out again and again. After all the things we have been through both rough and fun, we still snuggle up at night. Even if we are fighting off 5 kids. ūüėČ

Prior to that first date together I had hoped to find you for a thousand years. So as we continue to grow and evolve together, just like our first date, where we know we will be together for a thousand years more.
I Love You more then that first day!

“A Thousand Years”

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone,
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.One step closer[Chorus:]
I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What’s standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

[Chorus:]
I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

One step closer
One step closer

[Chorus:]
I have died every day waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

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Easy DIY Card ideas, Love Bug Finger Print Card, perfect for Valentines Day, Mothers day ideas, Kids Craft Ideas, Handmade CardsMy house has lots of little finger prints ALL over it, in fact I wipe them off mirrors, windows and counters almost daily. ¬†BUT someday I am going to miss these cute little finger prints. ¬†That is why I ADORE this Love Bug Finger Print Cards. ¬†My kids like to make me little “finger monsters” and write me notes on the back. ¬†I thought I would pass the idea along to you. These are perfect for Valentines, Mothers Day cards or just to say Hello.

Easy DIY Card ideas, Love Bug Finger Print Card, perfect for Valentines Day, Mothers day ideas, Kids Craft Ideas, Handmade CardsFirst you will need:

Easy DIY Card ideas, Love Bug Finger Print Card, perfect for Valentines Day, Mothers day ideas, Kids Craft Ideas, Handmade CardsStart by painting your child’s finger with a thin-medium coat of paint. Quickly press it down on the paper to create a finger print. ¬†You can do them all the same color or mix it up as seen in the photo above. Start with the lighter color so you do not have to clean the finger off as mush between prints.

Allow the paint to dry. Then use the sharpie marker to draw faces, arms and legs on them.  Layer on scrapbook paper or cardstock to create a custom card.

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Printable Valentines I Love You More and More Everyday

Printable Valentines I Love You More and More Everyday

Valentines Day is right around the corner. Here are some great FREE Printable Valentine tags, you can use them alone or add them to a jar (see photo below) for a quick and easy gift idea.Free Valentines Printable, I Love You More and More everyday, Valentine Tag, Free Valentines, Mason Jar Craft, DIY Heart Craft

FREE —¬†Printable Valentines I Love You More and More Everyday

M&M Valentine Jar Materials ­

  • 1 large bag of Valentine M&M’s
  • Printable gift tags
  • 16 oz mason jars
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Single hole punch

Directions ­

#1. Wash and dry the jars.
#2. Once the jars are completely dry, pour the Valentine M&M’s in the jar filling all the way¬†to the top.
#3. Close and seal with the lid.
#4. Print and cut out the gift tag, use the single hole punch and then string the twine or ribbon through and attach it to the gift jar.

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Cherry Pie heart pops, a quick and easy dessert idea for Valentines day, made from scratch dough, finger food, shaped food for pre school

Valentines Treat ~ CHERRY PIE HEART POPS

Heart shaped pies an a stick, it does not get much cuter than that. Food on ¬†stick is always better right lol. ¬†These tasty DIY treats are easy to make and festive as well. You can use premade pie dough but I prefer the recipe from scratch below. I like to make cherry pie for the red color…but you can fill them with any pie filling (apple is always my favorite).

Yields: 6
Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients:

For pie crust:
1 1?4 cups all purpose flour (plus more for rolling dough)
1?2 teaspoon salt
1?2 teaspoon sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons ice water

Additional ingredients and materials for pies:
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 large egg, with a splash of water
Cherry jam (or other filling of your choice)
Lollipop sticks (oven-safe)
Heart shaped cookie cutter
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Make pie crust: In a food processor, pulse flour, salt, and sugar several times to combine. Add butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed with fingers (if needed, add up to 2 tablespoons more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Do not over process.
3. Roll out dough until it is smooth and even, roughly 1?4‚ÄĚ thick.
4. Use heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts. Recombine the scraps of dough and repeat until you have 12 hearts.
5. Spoon a bit of cherry jam or filling of your choice into the center of half of the hearts. Keep the border around the outside of the hearts clean.
6. Place a lollipop stick on each crust, pushing down with a bit of pressure so it sticks into the dough. Then, place plain dough hearts on top. Place heart pies onto a baking sheet
7. Use a fork to pinch the edges of each pie together. Next, brush egg wash onto tops to allow them to get golden and crispy while baking.
8. Sprinkle a bit of white sugar on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

Cherry Pie heart pops, a quick and easy dessert idea for Valentines day, made from scratch dough, finger food party idea

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Valentines Treat ~ CHERRY PIE HEART POPS #recipe
 
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Cherry Tarts on a Stick
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Pie Crust:
  • 1¼ cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • 8 tablespoons Ice Water
  • Pie Filling:
  • Cherry Jam (or other filling of your choice)
  • Other ingredients and Materials:
  • 2 tablespoons White Sugar
  • 1 large egg with splash of water
  • Lollipop Sticks oven safe
  • Heart Shaped Cookie cutter (or other shape for other occasions)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. To make pie crust: in a food processor pulse Flour, Salt, and sugar several times to blend. Add butter and pulse till resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons ice water. Pulse dough till it is crumbly but holds together when squeezed. If needed add two more tablespoons of ice water only one at a time till texture is reached. Don't over process.
  3. Roll out dough till it is smooth and about ¼ inch thick
  4. Use cookie cutter to cut out shapes till you have 6 matching pairs
  5. Spoon the Cherry filling or other filling of choice into center of cut outs keeping the out side board clean of filling.
  6. Next firmly press down a lollipop end of the stick into the dough. And place the matching cutout on top.
  7. Using the tip of a fork gently pinch the two layers of dough tougher.
  8. Place lollipops on a baking sheet. Brush the top layer of dough with the egg and water mixture and sprinkle with the white sugar.
  9. Bake for 20 - 30 mins or until golden brown

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Candy In a Can~Thrifty Gift Idea

Here is a fun, unusual gift idea for Valentine’s day, or anytime really! ¬†It is thrifty, original and cute!

You will need

A can of fruit Must have the pull tab on top

Small candy

A smooth edge can opener like this one or this one

Super glue (not pictured) with a small hole for dispensing

Scrapbook paper or duct tape to decorate the can

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Begin by cutting your can open with the smooth top can opener. ¬†A regular can opener will not work for this! ¬†You may have a hard time when you get to the area with the pop top. Be gentle but try your best to get it around there. ¬†If you can’t get it off, just leave that part attached. Gently pry open the top, making sure not to distort the shape of the lid. ¬†You will be reattaching it in a few minutes. ¬†Dump your fruit into a bowl so that you don’t waste it, and rinse out your can. ¬†While your can dries, peel off the label. ¬†This would also be good for April fools day, just leave the label on!

Once your can is dry, fill it with candy. ¬†You will want something small. ¬†I used conversation hearts. ¬†Once your candy is in, set your lid back on to make sure that it isn’t too full and that there is still room for it to set right. ¬†Now, you will take your super glue and carefully glue the lid back on. ¬†You want to use a very thin layer so that it doesn’t drip into the can onto your candy. ¬†Let that dry. ¬†While it is drying, if you want to add some cute scrapbook paper to the outside, or other embellishments you can do that now. ¬†As you can see from my picture, I put the paper on before I glued it. ¬†It doesn’t really matter.

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Once that glue dries you have a unique gift to give. ¬† All that is left for the recipient is to pop the tab and enjoy the surprise inside! ¬†This would be such a cute, thrifty way to show someone that you are thinking about them this Valentine’s day. ¬†I am really thinking that sending my kids to school with some mandarin oranges in their lunch on April fools day would be so fun. ¬†You could leave a little note on top of the candy inside the can. ¬†For now though, these make a sweet little Valentine’s day gift.

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Anti-Valentine, Valentine’s Day “Sucks” Bouquet of Suckers

If you are looking for a silly way to share your dislike for Valentine’s day with your other single friends, here is a cheap and easy idea! ¬†All you need are some suckers and a note! ¬†Don’t even get Valentine’s day suckers, because that would be supporting the very holiday you are avoiding, right?

So here you go, on a piece of paper write “Valentine’s day sucks, but you are great!” and add some suckers. ¬†Easy enough right? ¬†This would be a cute idea for your office or cubicle at work to share with your co-workers. ¬†Obviously, you are writing the note so personalize or customize it to say whatever you would like. ¬†For some reason I love puns for Valentine’s day and think that you can get away with silly ones even more than any other holiday, right?

I think this would be a great gift idea for friends, roommates, anyone you know that doesn’t have someone to share Valentine’s with or just doesn’t like the holiday in general. ¬†A great way to share a laugh on a day that could be really miserable and lightens it up a little bit!

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