It’s been a tough couple of years for my kids, and our family. We’ve lived in three states and moved cross country twice over that short period of time, and that’s meant a lot of changes, including leaving the only place they’ve ever really known. We are starting to get settled here in upstate New York, and in the process of building a home, where we hope to live for a very long time. I’ve felt like doing some extra-special things for my kids and my husband, to show them how much I love them, and give them a little extra joy, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do that. I created a really fun 14 Days of Valentines, and I know they are all going to love it!
I gathered cute Valentine candy, and some other treats and snacks I know they love, then made “cheesy” Valentine printables to along with them…14 in all! Starting February 1st, they’ll have something fun when they wake up, all the way until Valentine’s Day!
To make things MUCH easier for myself, I actually made the printables to be labels, so all I had to do was peel and stick. I have six kids and a husband, so over 14 days, that’s 98 valentines! Yep, it definitely needed to be labels.
Here are the items I used:
1. Gummi Bears (You are loved beary much)
2. York Peppermint Patties (We were mint for each other)
3. Starburst (You’re a star)
4. Mini boxes of cereal (I cereal-sly love you)
5. Swedish Fish (You are o”fish”ally my valentine)
6. Blow Pops (You blow me away)
7. Hershey Hugs & Kisses (Hugs & Kisses)
8. Peanut M&M’s ( I love you More & More)
9. Reeses Pieces (I love you to pieces)
10. Mini Popcorn Bags (You make my heart pop)
11. Bag of chips (You’re all that and a bag of chips)
12. Pop Rocks (You rock)
13. Flavored Milk Straws (You are ex-straw-ordinary)
14. Sweetheart Conversation Hearts (You are sweet)
How I put them together:
Some of the items I bought were in individual boxes or pieces (like the Reese Pieces, Pop Rocks, Conversation Hearts), because it actually ended up being less expensive that way. Most of them I bought in bags or in bulk, and then divided them up. I used snack bags to portion them out, added the printable label, then placed all the snack bags for that item in a large gallon bag. In the end I had 13 large gallon bags, and one larger bag for the cereal. This way I can just grab one each night, and they’re totally ready to go. The gallon bags can right back in my pantry, since they’ll still be clean!
I’m going to put them on their kitchen stools each night, so they’ll be sure to find them at breakfast. You can give them in the morning, put them in their lunches, in your husbands car, or even have them after dinner–whatever works the best for you!
These can also be used individually as Valentines, and I think we might be doing the mini popcorn bags. You could fancy them up a little by tying bakers twine around the popcorn bag, and placing the label right on top of it to keep it in place. Super cute, and super easy…love that!
If you’d like to print the labels, click on the link below. They’re designed for Avery Address Labels (8160). If you want to make tags instead, just print it onto white card stock, cut them out, punch a hole in the corner, and tie on!
PRINTING TIP: Make sure your printer settings are set to “actual size” and not to “fit”. They should print correctly.
You might also enjoy these darling Peek-a-boo Valentine Jars…super easy and awesome gifts!