Valentine’s Day Paper Crafts

Paper Crafts for Valentine's Day

This past week my girls and I had a few free moments together and we thought it would be fun to do a few Valentine’s Day paper crafts together. We decided to see if we could make some pretty decorations that could help decorate the house a bit for Valentine’s Day. We came up with two different, yet surprisingly easy, craft ideas — A Valentine’s Day winter branch bouquet and a paper heart wreath. Here is how we put them together…

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Valentine’s Heart Bouquet

Materials:Valentine's Day branch bouquet

  • An assortment of bare branches
  • A jar or vase
  • Dirt, sand, small stones or other material to anchor your branches
  • Colored paper (or other small decorations to hang on branches)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon (optional)


  1. Assemble your branches in your jar.
  2. Cut out some paper hearts and other decorations and glue them to your branches. (You might also add some glitter, stickers, or any other decorative elements that you like. Whatever strikes your fancy!)
  3. Finish by adding a bow to the neck  of your jar.

Paper Heart Wreath

Materials: Paper heart wreath

  • Colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue and glue dots
  • Ribbon


  1. Cut 2″ x 11″ strips of colored paper (between 8-12 strips makes a good size wreath.)
  2. Fold each strip in half, making a sharp crease.
  3. Fold the ends together and glue into the shape of a heart. (You’ll need to hold each one for a minute to make sure it stays in place.)
  4. Use glue dots to stick your hearts together and form a circular wreath.
  5. As you are forming your wreath, add your ribbon (still using the glue dots) between the top 3 or 4 hearts to form a hanger.

This project took only about a half hour from start to finish. Super easy! For more Valentine’s Day ideas, take a look at our Valentine Party page.


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Valentine Lunch Box Notes

free printable valentine lunch box notes to cut, print and send off!

Valentine’s Day is coming soon — time for hearts, flowers, and special surprises! One of my own kids’ very favorite treats has always been getting a special love note from home tucked into their lunch boxes (or as they got older hidden in their backpacks, gym clothes, or computer cases.) We thought it would be fun to create some free printable Valentine lunch box notes for you to give to your own kiddos in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. You might also use them as a little surprise for your sweetheart, because really, who ever outgrows the fun of a special love note!

We made two separate sheets of Valentine lunch box printables for you to choose from. One has pre-printed messages and one has blank hearts so you can write your own notes. Just click on the images below to access the downloadable pdf. file for each set of printables.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Valentine Lunch Box Notes

Free printable Valentine lunch box notes Free printable Valentine lunch box notes

Click on either picture to print!


Valentine's Day party ideasIf you are looking for even more ideas to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day, hop on over to our Valentine’s Day party ideas page for lots of inspirations!

Healthier Super Bowl snacks — Are you ready for some football?

It is Super Bowl weekend.  Here are four healthy options for your game time snacking!

Healthier Super Bowl Party Snacks

I just made a trip to the grocery store for dinner tonight, and couldn’t believe the displays of potato chips and soda pop beckoning soon-to-be Sunday Super Bowl watchers. Are you looking for something with a little more flair for the big game? Want some healthier Super Bowl snacking ideas that will keep the gang satisfied? Here are three great recipes that are sure to score this Sunday!

Here are some Healthier Super Bowl Snacks



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We’d love to hear from you, and share with our readers, some of your healthy Super Bowl snack recipes for the big game! Please feel free to comment below and share your favorite recipes for game day.

football party ideasWant some more great game day party ideas? Be sure to take a look at our Football Party page!

Winter Bonfire Party

host a winter bonfire party

Looking for a hot time?  Build your next winter party around a bonfire. Whether you are planning a cozy night for two or inviting the neighborhood, here are some ideas for a blazing good time!


Party Plans

  • Pick a spot for your party.  It could be your own backyard, a local park, or a nearby beach.  Check to see if you need to reserve a site.  Review local ordinances for outdoor fire regulations.  Make sure your bonfire area is free of debris and other hazards like dry brush and electrical sources.
  • Check the weather forecast.  A night with wind and rain will dampen the mood!
  • Set the date.


Whether you phone your friends or send invitations make sure you tell them these important details:

  • Dress warmly
  • Bring a blanket and a camp chair
  • Suggest or assign items to bring  to share like marshmallow roasters, s’more supplies, food or beverages.

Food Ideas

  • Make a soup, stew or chili and reheat in a Dutch oven over the fire embers.
  • Pre-cook baked potatoes in your oven.  Wrap in tin foil and heat over the fire. Prepare fixings for a baked potato bar.
  • Have an old fashioned hot dog roast.
  • S’mores—need we say more.



Fireside Play List

(compiled by Real Simple Magazine)

Light My Fire, The Doors

Burn Away, The Foo Fighters
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Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash

She’s on Fire, Train

On Fire, Van Halen

Burning Down the House, Talking Heads

Eternal Flame, The Bangles

I’m on Fire, Bruce Springsteen

The Roof is on Fire, Bloodhound Gang