I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Not everyone enjoy’s celebrating it but it’s special to me because my Mom made it meaningful. Growing up, it meant an extra special evening as a family eating a scrumptious meal by candle light. As well as exchanging those cute Valentine cards that come in a box with stickers or silly temporary tattoos and maybe a small homemade gift. Mom would buy a new DVD for the whole family to watch, or a new board game. These good memories inspire me to carry on fun traditions. Yet it should not become a burden or an overwhelming obligation to do something for every single person in your life each year.
For example; this year my husband and I are house hunting as first time home buyers, so we already have plenty going on. That’s why we ordered P.F. Chang’s take out and ate on the living room floor in a blanket nest, surrounded by candles. Followed by Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites for dessert from Trader Joes (ohmyword, you HAVE to try them!). Simple, inexpensive but special. A moment to do something out of the ordinary and take our mind off of the lack of homes listed on the Colorado market (I won’t even go there right now).
For me the holiday this year just meant intentionally calling each of my siblings to say “I love you”. Not because I don’t remember so say it otherwise, but because you can’t tell someone “I love you” enough. Perhaps the saying “it’s the thought that counts”, can actually apply to this nationally recognized day devoted to love.
Among the long to-do lists we have right now, I enjoyed coming up with a new adornment for our front door. Post holiday craft sales are the best! Hobby Lobby’s Valentine’s day decor goes 50% off or more the week of and after. I found a Valentine’s Day chalk board, gave it an easy makeover and now I have something for spring and Easter all in one cute sign. You can find the chalk board here for $5!
Spring and Easter Chalk Board Sign
- If you aren’t a fan of your own handwriting, try using a stencil with your chalk pen. I can freehand but the stencil was great to get me started. Have fun and write whatever saying or greeting you like! The great thing is, I can wipe it off later and write something else like “Hello there…”, “Welcome” or more specifically “He is Risen!”
- If you pick out a fancier ribbon, you don’t even have to glue on the flowers.
- The possibilities for extra charms are endless. As I’m writing this, I just realized that one of those clip on butterflies could be really lovely!