Painted Aloe Plant

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We have always had every reason to believe in love. This year our grandparents will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary {once celebrated by our other grandparent’s, also}. Our parents will celebrate 38 years together in August. We had an amazing childhood in a house full of love, and a large family that loved us unconditionally. We fell in love with and married our high school sweet hearts. Love was easy. Until it wasn’t. Love hurt us in 2015. It hurt us, particularly one of us, bad.

For the first time, love wasn’t enough. What? Love is always enough, isn’t it? Well, not when the person on the receiving end stomps on it, cheats on it, is reluctant to receiving it and lies through it without any remorse. Can you tell one of the high school sweet hearts wasn’t really sweet after all?

So, does love really just stink? Some of you may answer yes and some may answer no – either is ok and the answer is likely based on your current situation or your life’s circumstance thus far.

Well, we are not love experts, but we do know that love is complicated and hard, love is essential, love can unite, love can instigate change, love can cause heartbreak, love comes in many forms, love is passion and ultimately love heals.

We have a little aloe plant, also known for it’s healing properties, we lovingly named Hope. Hope because we are hopeful for all the wonderful things love will bring our way. And, because now she has LOVE HEALS and hearts written all over her! It’s a good, hopeful reminder for us all.

This is a 5-minute project anyone can do. And, it may just bring a little love to you.

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Materials:

  • Aloe plant
  • Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Pens

Directions:

All you have to do is draw. Sweet!

Give the DIY painted aloe plant as a gift this Valentine’s Day, or any day! Love isn’t just limited to one day in a calendar year – it lives in us 365 days a year – if we let it!

Maybe it’s not about the fairytale ending, it’s about the journey. Make love a part of your story, in whatever form it may be. There is no sense in living our lives without love.

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Valentine’s Day Party for Kids

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This Valentine’s Day party is simple, and a bright dose of yellow sunshine in the middle of a snowy, cold winter. It’s just what we needed, and it’s just what our kids needed to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day. Love comes in all shapes and forms, and we try to teach and show them what love means everyday. Love for themselves and love for others.

As you know, it’s wonderful when the sibling bickering subsides and they can hug, kiss and play with one another. We captured it on camera, so next time they are fighting, we can remind them how much they love each other.

Banana’s For You stemmed from a recent find similar to those Silly Bandz we were obsessed with in 2010. The tiny banana bracelets are going to be our kids Valentine’s this year, but we wanted to have a little extra fun at home, too. It was an everything banana party, including the color yellow, banana ice cream, banana cut-out details, and banana bracelets.

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Materials:

Directions:

  • Cut out the letters for Banana’s For You. We used our amazing Silhouette to cut out the letters, bananas, hearts and arrows.

bananas-for-you-yellow-valentines-day-party-kid-birthday-hearts This Valentine's Day party is simple, and a bright dose of yellow sunshine in the middle of a snowy, cold winter. It's just what we needed, and it's just what our kids needed to celebrate love this Valentine's Day. Love comes in all shapes and forms, and we try to teach them what love means everyday. Love for themselves and love for others. It's wonderful when the sibling bickering subsides and they can hug, kiss and play with one another.  We captured it on camera, so next time they are fighting, we can remind them how much they love each other.  Banana's For You stemmed from a recent find similar to those Silly Bandz we were obsessed with. The tiny banana bracelets are going to be our kids Valentine's this year, but we wanted to have a little extra fun at home, too. It was everything banana, including the color yellow, banana ice cream, banana cut-out details, and banana bracelets.  bananas-for-you-yellow-valentines-day-party-kid-birthday-silly-bandz  Materials:  Astrobrights Paper, yellow and pink yellow washi tape banana bracelets X-acto knife Double-sided tape bowls or ice cream pint containers Directions:  Cut out the letters for Banana's For You. We used our amazing Silhouette Electronic cutting tool to cut out the letters, bananas, hearts and arrows. bananas-for-you-yellow-valentines-day-party-kid-birthday-hearts  Find a wall and use washi tape to hang the letter and bananas. bananas-for-you-yellow-valentines-day-party-kid-birthday-hearts-cupids-arrow     bananas-for-you-kid-party-valentines-day-diy-yellow-banana-pink-hearts  For the placemats, trace a banana on yellow paper with a black sharpie. Fill in the ends and lines in the middle with black marker. Use an X-acto knife to cut the side of the top-half of the banana and the line down the middle, half-way down. This will be the 'peel' effect. Place double-sided tape on all 4 corners and tape to a sheet of pink paper. Draw the name of the child on the pink paper under the banana peel, and add the words PEEL ME on top of the banana peel. banana-peel-me-placemat-kid-party  banana-peel-me-placemat-kid-party  banana-peel-me-placemat-kid-party-ice-cream-pint  banana-peel-me-placemat-kid-party  Glue or tape the small size bananas and mini hearts on the lid of the pint container. banana-peel-me-placemat-kid-party-silly-bandz-banana-ice-cream-pint  Make banana ice cream. Follow this recipe. It's amazing - frozen banana's blended in a food processor literally makes ice cream. Fill a bowl with toppings so the kids can their chocolate fix. banana-chocolate-ice-cream-party-yellow-bananas-for-you  Serve and par-tay. ice-cream-valentines-party-bananas-for-you-yellow-hearts  ice-cream-valentines-party-bananas-for-you-yellow-hearts  ice-cream-valentines-party-bananas-for-you-yellow-hearts  ice-cream-valentines-party-bananas-for-you-yellow-heartsice-cream-valentines-party-bananas-for-you-yellow-hearts

  • Find a wall and use washi tape to hang the letter and bananas.

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  • For the placemats, trace a banana on yellow paper with a black sharpie. Fill in the ends and lines in the middle with black marker. Use an X-acto knife to cut the side of the top-half of the banana and the line down the middle, half-way down. This will be the ‘peel’ effect. Place double-sided tape on all 4 corners and tape to a sheet of pink paper. Draw the name of the child on the pink paper under the banana peel, and add the words PEEL ME on top of the banana peel.

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  • Glue or tape the small bananas and mini hearts on the lid of the pint container.

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  • Make banana ice cream. Follow this recipe. It’s amazing – frozen banana’s blended in a food processor literally makes ice cream.
  • Fill a bowl with yummy toppings so the kids can their chocolate fix.

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  • Serve and par-tay.

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DIY Concrete Heart Magnets with Gold Leaf

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Our first experience with concrete, thanks to The Home Depot, was a good one. We kept it simple, and made it all about the ambiance. It left an impression with us, because concrete continues to make the DIY supply list. We never thought we would mix concrete for a Valentine’s Day DIY simply for the idea of creating a heart of stone, but we never thought life would turn out as it did in 2015 either. Life continues to surprise us!

Make some DIY concrete heart magnets with gold gilding this Valentine’s day for friends who truly have hearts of gold.

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Materials:

Directions
Mix 1-2 cups concrete with water. I gradually added water until it was the right consistency, about ¼ cup. Mix thoroughly.

Spray the entire heart mold with cooking spray.

Use a spoon to fill the heart cavities with concrete. Make the top of the hearts as even and as smooth as you can.

Once all the hearts are filled, wipe the top of the mold {in between the hearts} with water and a paper towel. Let the hearts dry for 5-12 hours.

Push the hearts out of the molds – they should just ‘pop’ out.

Wipe the hearts with a dry paper towel to get the excess gravel off.

Apply E-6000 to small magnets and glue to the back of the hearts. Let sit for an hour.
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Apply gilding adhesive with random strokes. Follow the directions on the packaging, but you will have to wait until the adhesive dries {when it turns from white to clear, its tacky and ready}.

Press gold leaf sheets onto the clear spots.

Let the gold dry for 2 hours, and then use a soft brush to brush off the excess gold.

Seal the hearts.
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Hooray, you made concrete hearts of gold. Now you can hang a pretty printable from the magnets like this Love You one from Avery Street Design.

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DIY Heart Coasters with Gold Leaf

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Do you mom’s crave quiet moments where you can sit and sip your coffee and tea? We know we do. Our coffee moments consist of…

  1. re-heating the cup about 20 times because we don’t have a minute long enough to sit and drink them, only to find the half-drank cup sitting in the microwave at the end of the day.
  2. driving in the car while sipping our to-go coffee mug listening to Let It Go on repeat.
  3. wiping coffee spills from our kitchen counter, our car’s cup holders and our laps.
  4. being so utterly exhausted we can hardly enjoy the amazing taste of the miraculous, ground coffee bean; instead we wait for the kick-start energy boost we so desperately need.

It sounds worse that it is. We wouldn’t trade our lives of motherhood for anything or anyone. Those quiet moments will come one day, but for now our cup of joe that we love oh so much will be cold, on-the-go, covered with tiny hand-prints and extra strong.

Whether you get those quiet moments to drink your cup of tea or coffee, or not, we have DIY coasters you can make for yourself, a Valentine’s Day gift for a friend, or a special DIY engagement gift.

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Materials:

Directions:

Cut a heart shape from paper.

Set the two coasters together and place the heart on top. Trace the outside of the heart with a pencil.

Paint Martha Stewart Crafts gilding adhesive onto the coasters along the heart border and the inside of the heart.

After about 30 seconds to 1 minute, when the adhesive turns from white to clear, place the gold leaf sheets on top. Let it dry for about 2 hours, and then brush the excess gilding off.

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Seal the coaster with the metal leaf sealer.

Glue cork board or felt pads onto the bottom of the coasters.

This setting – a lovely tray with some favorite books, a hot cup of tea, new DIY heart coasters and a pretty-in-pink bed {linens from Land of Nod} – is a quiet moment just waiting for us.

This Valentine’s Day make a special place for you to spend time with loved ones or yourself doing something you love. We hope you get a chance to sip something warm and set your cup on these cute, new coasters.

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DIY Emoji Valentine with Lemons

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We use emoji’s to express our emotions on a daily basis, so it’s no surprise we decided to use emoji’s to express our feelings of love this Valentine’s Day.  It’s a cute, cheap and fun way to squeeze out a little extra love this Valentine’s Day, plus it makes for a great gift. We drink a cup of lemon water first thing in the morning, so to see a bowl full of little yellow, happy faces would be a lovely start to our day.

Materials:

 One-Step Directions {OMG, yay, one step}:

  1. Draw emoji faces on the lemons. We didn’t use any stencils – just free hand it, baby! We decided on all the ‘love-related’ faces…and went with the phrase, “Squeeze out a little extra love this Valentine’s Day!

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