Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, friends!!  

For the record, I actually stopped at CVS on Valentine's Day last year for something random (and possibly a card of my own....) and this really was what I saw.  


Are you a Valentine's Day lover or hater?  I think I fall somewhere in the middle.  I've never been very big on it but I did LOVE the excitement that it provided when I was in school.  

This was basically me...just add braces.  #eek

Back in the day, Valentine's Day was so exciting.

I still remember a boy in 4th grade pretty much shoving a box of chocolate covered cherries at me after school and running away to his mom's waiting car.  And even though I didn't like him "like that" or have any clue he liked me, it made me feel so special.  I forced myself to eat those chocolate covered cherries too even though I hate them.  Just the smell of them takes me back to that day immediately.

In junior high and high school, I always looked forward to sending out a select few Candy Grams to my besties and maybe a cute boy or two.  Then I would wait to see who sent me one and PRAY a cute boy was in the mix.  

Do y'all remember Candy Grams?  That's what we called them.  You paid $1 or whatevere it was and then you got to fill out a little card for whoever you wanted and your card plus some candy/flower was delivered to them in the middle of class. So fun.  As long as someone sent you one.  If not...ughh.  Serious damage was done.

Valentine's Day always reminds me of my childhood so I thought I'd drop in a few nostalgic pictures in case y'all are like me and miss those sweet days.  ;)

Since Barbie was pretty much the theme of my childhood we'll start with Valentine Barbie.

And oh my goodness...look at these awesome 80s Valentines!  Duck Tales!!  Muppets!  Chip and Dale!  (Not the strippers.)  Man, I loved the 80s. 

Aaaaannnddd....I now have the Duck Tales theme song stuck in my head.  
"Duck Tales!  Whooo-hooo!"

Popples!!  Do y'all remember these!!??

They were so cute!!

And possibly my very favorite.  Strawberry Shortcake.

How did I ever decide which ones to get?! 

I'm sweating just thinking about my elementary school self trying to choose the perfect Valentine's box set. 

 Decisions, decisions.

And you could never go wrong with some Valentine's Day MASH!  How else were you supposed to know who you were going to marry, how many kids you would have and if you would live in a mansion, apartment, shack or house?!

My dream ending to a Valentine's Day in the 90s was of course, curling up on a couch in a living room (preferably not my own) with someone who looked and acted remarkably like Jake from Sixteen Candles while watching...Sixteen Candles.  Or Ghost.  Or Dirty Dancing.  Or Sleepless in Seattle.  Or something equally romantic that you now know that boy just HATED.  #ohwell #butdidyouholdhands

I mean...

Those were the days.

Nowadays, Craig and I tend to leave the Valentine's Day fun to our kids.  It's hard enough trying to figure out what the other person might want for Christmas.  It's a gift in itself not to have to worry about that again 6 weeks later.  And then again in a few weeks for our anniversary.  #nothanks

And for those wondering if I get all crafty for Valentine's Day (like my business would lead you to believe), the answer is no.  I don't.

Believe it or not, I'm not a super crafty girl outside of my Etsy shop!  Maybe if I had more time I would be.  My kids' Valentine's are picked up at Walmart or CVS.   I don't add anything special to them.  I just don't have time for that although I wish I did.

Here's what I had going on last night.  I sat on the bed and put together all of Matthew and Mason's cards and threw them in a ziplock for them to pass out tomorrow.  Each card has an animal tattoo.  That's exciting, right?  ;)

And as for their Valentine's boxes, here's what I decided long ago.

When Matthew needed his first Valentine's box in Kindergarten, I made a cute Pinteresty one.  (Remember, this was before my Etsy shop.  I had a lot more time to be a cool mom back then.)  But I did this knowing that this was going to be his Valentine's box all through elementary school.  And if he ever wanted a new one, it was all on him to make it.

I did the same when Mason got to Kindergarten.  And since my kids are 1) boys and 2) super low maintenance, they couldn't care less about switching it up every year.  #thankyouCupid  They love bringing the same one to school year after year.  And I know I will save these things forever.  It will always remind me of their childhood.

These guys aren't exactly in tip-top shape anymore.  They've both gone through some facelifts to get them looking as fresh as possible again.  I've had to replace the eye on Matthew's minion a couple of times now.  And Mason's Hulk/Frankenstein (????) has had a couple of teeth replacements.  Plus he's got some random stains on his as well.  Thankfully, no one cares and they are excited to see what kind of loot they get today.  ;)

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day big?  I'm always curious how other people do things! 

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!



  1. Oh Amanda! This post took me back! Both big kiddos have some sort of activity so we’re gonna have our Valentine dinner tomorrow. We typically go out for something non-Valentine like tacos or breakfast OR we stay in, all cook, and eat in the dining room because that’s fancy. ;)

  2. That first meme had me rolling!! Hahahaha!

  3. Love all the 80's pictures, and your boy's Valentine's boxes are awesome!

  4. I love Valentine's Day but it depends on the year what we are doing! Last year we were moving 9 hours away three days after Valentine's Day so we got pizza delivered and spent the entire night packing up boxes. This year we are going to a nice dinner at our favorite restaurant on the beach to make up for it!

  5. Anonymous2:39 PM

    Hi Amanda - I am new to your post and have to say with genuine admiration that this post is a touch of genius! I had numerous 'OMG' moments of things I had (almost) forgotten about from my childhood - the Barbie, the Love quiz, Strawberry shortcake (I had Strawberry Shortcake scented STATIONARY). It was a truly brilliant post! And Candace Cameron-Bure in a side-bunch. I had a lush side-bunch aged 11 (as well as a jump suit and Crayola makeup). 90s crush - Joey from Blossom, ha! I am a firm fan of your blog now - looking forward to reading more!Europafox

  6. My hubby and I always take in a movie and dinner. Tonight we will finish the trilogy of Mr Grey! Yea baby! So we will be watching Fifty Shades Freed and then grab a bite to eat somewhere that he can have grilled cheese and I can have eggs because hello Ash Wednesday and "catholic guilt" if we didn't abide by our faith. Yes its a thing. But no biggie! Its all good and we always get each other super mushy cards because #secondmarriage and all that fun stuff! We love it! Second chances are pretty awesome. Happy Valentines Day!

  7. Once the kids get into first grade in our school they bring their own box so my daughter (now in 3rd) has used the same unicorn box for the past three years and I plan to use it for two more until she’s in middle school!! Next year my middle daughter will be in first grade and she’ll need her own box...hope daddy’s up for the challenge!! ;)

  8. OMG I love a good flashback to my childhood!


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