I love Valentine's Day.
I know to a lot of people it is just a Hallmark holiday, a holiday companies make up to encourage us to spend more money and buy more cards. But I like the idea of showing the people in your life that you love them - our husbands, but also our kids, our family, and our friends!
Valentine's Day was always a family affair for us growing up - Mom and Dad went on their date, but every year they would have some sort of surprise for us too. Sometimes it was candy, sometimes it was stuffed animals, once it was even a new Adventures In Oddyssey set! But I love that they did that. I think it would have been easy to become depressed about having no romantic prospects every Valentine's Day since I didn't have a boyfriend (Derek) until I was 18, but my parent's gifts made Valentine's Day something fun. I want to do that for my kids, and for the other people in my life that are important to me.
I had so much fun making Valentine's for Wyatt and Gwen's little friends last year, so I decided I wanted to create a Valentine printable again this year, just for fun. This is what I came up with.
I drew this little Valentine. The phrase came from a magnet that I have had on my fridge for a long time. I think it's a cute pun. I printed up the graphic, cut it out, and taped it to some card stock using pink, glittery washi tape that I got for a dollar at Walmart. I thought these valentines would be especially cute with a coffee-related gift, so I bought some Starbucks Via packets and taped one to the back of each valentine. A Starbucks gift card would be great to include with these too.
I am planning on giving this to my mom and sister. I might even sneak one into Derek's work bag during Valentine's week, even though we will still do something special to celebrate!
And as a little pre-Valentine's Day gift to my readers, I am giving you these valentine printables for free! You can download them here (light pink variation) and here (dark pink variation). I hope you have fun with them, and if you think of any other creative ways to use them, I'd love to see!
I also thought these would be cute to use for a "I'm thinking about you" card, so my newsletter subscribers will be getting the non-valentine version to use for any occasion! If you would like the non-valentine version, sign up for my newsletter. The February edition is coming out next week, so sign up quick if you would like that version as well!