5 Great Valentines Day Kids Craft Decorations

If you’re celebrating valentines day with some little ones this year.  Why not do some fun crafts to get them in the holiday spirit!  Here are a list of our favorite kid crafts that you can use to decorate for your celebration!

Valentines Day Sign Card from marthastewart.com

Valentines Day Sign Card from marthastewart.com

Create this card or large sign by making signs out of construction paper, doilies, and adhesive letters from any craft or office supply shop or Amazon. Photograph your child holding the signs, then tape the pictures to construction paper and fold the card accordion-style.

Paper Heart Wreath from thehybridchick.com

Paper Heart Wreath from thehybridchick.com

This adorable craft is made with printing photo paper but you can always use scrapbook paper or card stock to complete this adorable look.  You just need a little weight to the paper and then of course the ribbon to tie it off.  Check out instructions here at thehybridchick.com

Bonbon-Filled Hearts from marthastewart.com

Bonbon-Filled Hearts from marthastewart.com

These candy filled hearts are yummy and an adorable addition to decorate for valentines day.  All you need is some card stock, a pencil, a hole punch, some ribbon, and of course candy! For instructions please check out marthastewart.com.

Paper Mailbox from simplymodernmom.com

Paper Mailbox from simplymodernmom.com

Make and put out your very own Valentines Day mailbox for each family member to put their valentines in! Get the pattern and instructions at simplymodernmom.com.]

Flower Petal Lollypops from marthastewart.com

Flower Petal Lollypops from marthastewart.com

Put out a bowl of lolly pop flowers hand made by your kiddo’s to celebrate the holiday! Learn how to make this cute craft at marthastewart.com.

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Free Event Planning Guide

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So you want to plan your own event and need some help but don’t want to hire an event planner.  Or just need a helpful tool for you to plan your next floor event (RA’s what’s up).  Then here is a great tool for you!

Now some items in this guide wont apply to everyone’s events, there are items on here you might not need to worry about.  If that’s you just cross them off you don’t need to worry about doing them.  If you’d like a customized event plan for your next event I do offer that service for a fee and am happy to help just email me at easyeventideas@gmail.com.

Check out the guide here: Event Planning

Valentine’s Day Modern Movie Marathon (2000-2014)

Valentine's Day Modern Movie Marathon (2000-2014)

There are a million love themed older movies out there and you know what someday I will probably post an online list of those let’s face it I am a huge sap for When Harry Met Sally and anything Tom Hanks…  But today I am doing my Valentine’s Day movie marathon list based on movies that have come out in the last 15 years, 2000 to 2014. Before you continue reading, if you’re in the anti valentines day mood make sure you check out my un-valentines day post!

50 First Dates50 First Dates (2004)

Rated PG-13

This film is bridge between the normal goofy Adam Sandler movie and a more serious Adam Sandler Mvie.  Some how their quirky circumstances just happen to work out as the non-committal Adam Sandler meets the short-term memory loss sufferer Drew Barrymore.  It’s funny, it’s cute, it has cute aquarium animals, what’s not to like… This one also has the added bonus of guys will watch it because it’s funny and has Sandler in it, it’s hard to get a guy to watch a romcom…

Up_PosterUP (2009) 

Rated PG

Purely on the list for the first ten minutes this movie starts out with a love story conveyed without words and leaves an entire audience in tears.   It follows Carl and Ellie from childhood, through years of happy marriage ‘till death does them part. The rest of the movie is adorable of course but the real love story is those first ten minutes.

.The HolidayThe Holiday (2009)

Rated PG-13

Two Women down on their luck in love decide to switch lives and homes for a week. One heads off to England they other to L.A. where each meets a local gent and begin to mend their broken hearts.  Though I am not a Cameron Diaz fan I actually do like this movie, Eli Wallach really saves it with his adorable love stories about his past with his wife who has passed away.  

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27 Dresses (2008)

Rated PG-13

It was the age of the Katherine Heigl romcom, she ruled the screen as the misfortunate girl who couldn’t find love.  In this classic romcom she has served as a bridesmaid 27 times, and a young handsome James Marsden has come along and writes an expose on her life as a bridesmaid but never a bride, will they find love?  Of course they will it’s a romcom!

Silver Linings PlaybookSilver Linings Playbook (2012)

Rated R

It’s strange how two people can bond to form a relationship.  In this film he’s recovering from a nasty manic episode and she’s been sleeping around since her husband died.  Both are living at home with their parents and are going through what you may call a rough patch but strangely they work.

Love Actually

Love Actually (2003)

Rated R

Though it is on the surface Christmas themed this films real theme is love.  If you haven’t seen it yet (really how have you not seen it yet) Love Actually follows eight different couples dealing with their love lives through interrelated plots.  It’s a great film just don’t get fooled into watch Valentines Day the movie they tried to follow it up with… it didn’t have the same magic at all…

The ProposalThe Proposal(2009)

Rated PG-13

He’s the assistant she’s the pushy boss and she forces him to agree to marry her so that she can stay in the U.S.A and not be deported to Canada.  But in this cute romantic comedy before they can go through with it she has to go and visit his adorable family including grandma Betty White up in Alaska.  You can’t not like a movie with Betty White.

Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice (2005)

Rated PG

Another Jane Austin story remake yes, but it is good I promise.  Again probably can’t get your beau to watch a British Period Piece but hey if you’re watching it with your girlfriends go for it!  Keira Knightley plays Elizabeth and Matthew Macfadyen Mr. Darcy in this film and their performances are amazing.  The one downfall is over acting and poor british accent put on by Jena Malone playing Lydia (which is sad because I love her in Saved so much).  It is a classic love story of overcoming ones own ‘pride and prejudice’ (see what I did there).

Brokeback MountainBrokeback Mountain (2005)

Rated R

Ang Lee’s beautifully directed this story of forbidden and secretive love between two cowboys over the years. With amazing performances by the whole cast, especially Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, this is a movie that shouldn’t be missed.

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The NotebookThe Notebook (2004) 

Rated PG-13

This is the movie that put  Ryan Gossling on the map as the new leading crush in peoples lives.  Nicholas Sparks knows how to write a love story and this one is probably one of my favorites.  It was definitely the one that transferred from book to screen most successfully.   It has the star crossed lover effect of Romeo and Juliet, he’s poor and passionate, she’s rich and is flanked by over protective parents.  They are separated by their lives will they ever get together, you know the story… Still it’s a good one! Not sure I can get my husband to watch it though.

Do you have any other movies to add to the list?

Chocolate Tasting Party

Chocolate Tasting Party

Well Valentines Day is tomorrow and since I will most likely have to work I decided to host my own Chocolate tasting party for my husband and I today (we are having a snow day here in Virginia).  If you are an avid reader of my blog you’ll know I have already spoken about this great FREE chocolate tasting kit in my Easy Un-Valentines Day post.  But since this idea can be used for singles, couples, groups of friends, at parties, whenever really, and  I thought I would go more into detail about it for all of you!

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First I went to World Market last night so I could get a variety of chocolates.  I don’t particularly like dark chocolate so I decided to make my tasting party purely a milk chocolate party so we could compare and decide what is best.  I tried to get a eclectic array of chocolates from different countries as well.  In the end we ended up with World Market- Red Velvet, Godiva 31% Cacao, Lindt Milk Chocolate, Droste Milk Pastilles, Aero Milk Chocolate, and Milka Alpine Milk.Chocolate tasting mat

We then took a piece of each chocolate and placed them on the tasting mat that The Dating Divas Created. They suggest that you start out with the highest percentage of cacao first and then work your way down.   You then go over each chocolate cleansing you palate in between each kind with water and crackers.

Chocolate Tasting Scoring PadsYou judge them on five criteria: look, touch, listen, smell, taste and then give them all a final score.  In the end my favorite going into the competition was still my favorite at the end, the Lindt.  So I may have a had a little bias.  I was a bit surprised by my husbands favorite though.  He ended up going for the Milka, we even had him do a one off at the end between the Milka and the Lindt and he still picked the Milka.  If you would like to get all of the great free downloadable chocolate tasting sheets and information in time for Valentine’s Day then all you have to do is CLICK HERE.  They really have done a great job at making this easy for everyone! Which chocolate do you think you would have picked?

Easy Valentines Day Decorating With CANDY!

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Valentines Day is coming up one week from today and it’s time to start getting ready.  Here are just a few simple ideas for decorations using my favorite part of any holiday the CANDY.

Valentine-Decor-265x300Valentines Day like any other holiday comes with it’s cliché candies readily available for you to buy in the store.  Candies change their standard colors(i.e. m&m’s), or you can just use candies that come in red to begin with (ie. the entire twizler family of candies).

Then there are the candy hearts, which I think kind of taste like chalk… These candy hearts though are readily available inexpensive and people don’t really like eating them, so why not use them for 

sprinklesdecorations! 

As you can see in the Image to the right all you need are these candy hearts, a flat glass bowl and some candles to achieve this look!

If you don’t even want to buy those you can get some sprinkles to do the job for you too!

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Candy can also be displayed to be eaten.  It’s always handy to have some Mason Jars or glass vases in your home purely for flowers and candy!!!  Or Flowers in Candy as you can see below!  To achieve this look I took my throw bouquet from my wedding made of fake flowers and placed them in the Mason Jar full of M&M’s.

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As a special bonus in today’s posting I am including these free printables that I created for the bottoms of your hershey kisses.  All you need is to print them out and attach them with some glue.  Let them sit to dry and you are done.  I can also make you customizable printables for $5.  All you need to do is click the Image to copy the image to your computer and print!

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