14 Days of LOVE- Day 10 “I like the way you roll”, among other things…

Disney’s Family Fun magazine/website is probably one of my favorite “go-to”‘s when I need a silly but child friendly activity.  Right now they also have a great Valentine’s Day section with tons of fun ideas.   Whether it be a candy card to give out or a Valentine’s Day printable, whoever comes up with their stuff is brilliant and very clever.  Here are some of my favorites .

I’m always looking for cute valentine’s for my boys.   You know, ones that aren’t covered in pink hearts…

Caped Cute-sader - Image Collection

Valentine, YOU RULE! or I Love You beyond measure.  Very practical 🙂

You Rule!

Great for friends, great for significant others. 🙂   I made one for hubby last year that said “Dynamic Duo!”.   Isn’t it so cheesy!  I love it!  There really are thousands of things you could say for this one.

Dynamic Duo

You Make my heart glow.  Awww…

Hearts Aglow

I dig you!

A Sweet Shovel

And this is the one I made hubby this year.  I don’t have a picture because, well quite frankly this is a family blog and I don’t want to make anyone feel weird.  Let’s just say it does say ” I like the way you roll…” among other things. 😛

Valentines Day

I could spend hours posting all the things I love from this site,  but I’ll just let you check out for yourself 🙂

**Oh and I am in no way affiliated with Disney’s Family Fun.  I just think they’re stuff is super cute and I love their magazine :)**

14 Days of Love – Day 9


So now that you have a ton of M&M’s just lying around from yesterday’s LOVE messages, here’s a super fun way to eat use them.  I found this adorable BINGO template from Heather over at Simply Fresh Designs.

Aren’t they just the cutest?!

Click on the link above and you can download your very own BINGO cards.  Use the leftover M&M’s as BINGO markers.  That’s assuming you haven’t eaten them all of course! 😛

Super fun (and yummy) game for the fam!


14 Days of LOVE Day 8 – M&M Messages of Love

Candy messages are fun in any way, shape or form. Taking the time to spell it out means so much more, don’t you think?

B was delighted to see his little message when he got up from his rest. (He doesn’t like the word “nap”. Babies take naps, big boys take a “rest”. Got it.

Here’s hubby’s

I have to work tonight, so I’m a little bummed I won’t get to see his reaction. I’m sure it will be wonderful and worth all the hard work 🙂 He is and always will be the man of my dreams. I am so very, very blessed.

The boys and I made one for Grammy (my mom) but she got to hers before I could snap a pic. It said “U R The Best Grammy” In case you couldn’t tell. 🙂

People ask me all the time how I have time to do all of these fun things for my family. Well I’ll tell you. Actually why don’t I show you…

I have 3 loads of laundry sitting on my couch waiting to be folded. Not sure that’s ever going to happen but at least they are clean. I’ve embraced the fact that the laundry will always be there, chores will always need to be done. ..but these happy moments to make cherished memories won’t.


This is what I came home to late last night after work.  I couldn’t help but grin ear to ear.  Hubby isn’t one to do things like this often, which is totally fine.  But man, when he does, it sure does make my heart flutter.

14 Days of Love – Day 3 LOVE Verses

I try really hard to incorporate our family’s Christian values into every holiday we celebrate.  What better way to teach my boys about love than from the author of love himself.

I searched through Bible Gateway for 14 different love verses and printed them out.  I cut them out using a bracket design on my Silhouette (you could easily cut these out by hand though).  I also cut out 14 scalloped hearts.   I purchased this adorable digital scrapbook paper from Sara over at Moonsteam Design.  I layered them all together and voila.   A super easy way to share God’s word with my little guys in a fun and Valentine-y kind of way.

Each day we read one verse and talk about how we can apply it to our lives.  Braden looks forward to reading each verse everyday and that makes me a very happy mommy.

Don’t they look cute hanging on my old Christmas Card twine?

LOVE dual purpose decor.  Hate the ugly paneling.

14 Days of Love – Day 2 DIY “Love Story” sign

I have been working on this sign for a few days and I am so excited (and quite surprised) I was actually able to complete it BEFORE Valentine’s Day! Ha!


I originally saw this sign on Pinterest and almost bought it from the seller on Etsy. However the more I looked at it sitting in my Esty cart, the more I kept thinking “I can probably make this…” There wasn’t a tutorial or anything that I followed, although there are plenty of different ones out there.   I realize this project could have been WAAAAAAAY easier if I would have just cut out some vinyl lettering using my Cameo. However, I didn’t have any vinyl on hand and I didn’t feel like ordering it and having to wait another week to do this project. I did have contact paper though! I figured I could use the same technique that I used on my hand painted canvas to make this sign. I didn’t create a tutorial for that one so I thought I’d go ahead and do one for this.  So here’s whatcha do.

What you will need

*12×24 plywood board. You can find these at Michaels or JoAnnes already cut to size for around $2 with a 40% coupon.

*Red and white acrylic paint (or any other color you like. You can even use leftover latex paint. For the letters I used Martha Stewart’s acrylic in “Holly Berry” and some leftover latex paint in “Quail Egg” from Valspar for the main color.)

*small roller

*#2 flat acrylic paintbrush

*contact paper, cut into 2 12 x12 sheets

*Silhouette Cameo or letter stencils

First paint your entire board red (or whatever color you want your letters to be). This will be the color you want to show through once you peel your letters off.

While that is drying, created your the letters in the Silhouette program and cut them out of the contact paper. I used Franklin Gothic Heavy as the font type at mulitiple sizes. **If you don’t have a silhouette machine, don’t fret! You can buy letter stencils at any craft store, buy them on Etsy or just go ahead and buy the vinyl lettering.

Your board should be dry by now. If not, WAIT until it is completely dry before moving on. Measure 3/4 of an inch around your entire board. This will be your guide to make sure all of your letters line up properly and there is equal amount of space around the words.

Take some tweezers and very carefully weed/peel each letter off the contact paper and placed them on your board sticky side down.

Once you complete each row of letters, measure about 1/4 of an inch from the bottom of the row and draw a line. This line will indicate the top of the next line. Use this as a guide to align the top of the next line of letters. Do this for the following line of letters on the top half of the sign. Once you get to the bottom half, use the same technique except now work your way from bottom to top. Start with the last line and measure 1/4 of an inch from the top of those letters and draw a line. This line will be your guide to align the bottom of the previous line of letters. Doing it this way will ensure that there is equal amount of space at the very top and very bottom of the board and that the blank space in the center is actually centered. I hope this is not too confusing… and if you have an easier, less confusing way to do this, let me know!!

Once all your letters are placed on your board go back and make sure they are firmly pressed down and that there are no edges peeling up…

Now it’s time to paint the board again, this time with the main color.  Paint first coat, let dry for at least 1hour and paint a second coat.

I made the mistake of painting my first coat with a sponge applicator instead of a roller and the white paint seeped through the edge of pretty much every letter. I think if I would have rolled it on with a roller the first time, I could have saved myself A LOT of time in the end. I rolled my second coat on with a roller and it was so much easier and WAY faster. USE A ROLLER!! Just be careful not to get too much paint on the roller or you might experience the same thing.

Once your paint is dry, take your tweezers and gently peel off each letter.

See all the seeping paint I was talking about. Ugh.

This is where the time consuming make your eyes bug out craziness begins. Take your itty bitty #2 flat paintbrush and your red paint and paint over all the spots the white paint seeped through.

This is about the time I realized maybe I should have just ordered the vinyl!

Nah – then I couldn’t say I painted it myself 😛

Once that dries, go back with your white and clean up any areas that aren’t as clean as you’d like.

Almost finished…

Add some twine and a few paper hearts and you’re finished!

A completely hand made, hand painted work of art.

So beautiful and SO true. I’m hoping to give you a little glimpse of our love story soon. But for now, just know that it IS truly my favorite, as I’m sure all of yours are as well.

14 Days of LOVE – Day 1 Love Notes

It’s here!! It’s here!! February and the 14 Days of Love madness is finally here!!  I have so many exciting things lined up this year and I am just beside myself.  First up – Mailboxes filled with love – notes, that is.

It seems as though everyone’s love language in my house is “Words of Affirmation” except mine. So expressing love through words is very difficult for me.   It’s not that I can’t think of a million reasons why I love my husband, it just that I forget to actually TELL him!  Poor guy.   This is why I picked these adorable little guys  as my Day 1 – The more I do it (14 days straight) the less harder it will be to continue.  At lease that’s the goal.  We made these last year and they were so much fun.    *You can find them in the dollar bin at Target, but you better hurry.  I was there yesterday and there were only a few dozen left!

These were the perfect little reminder for me to tell my family in words what I personally love about each one of them.  Great for me and super uplifting for them!

Sooo what are you waiting for?  Go and get one for each of your family members right now, before they’re gone!  And have fun writing, and remembering, all the wonderful reasons YOU love them.  🙂