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Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine Love Note Station


Every year for Valentine's Day, my kids and I make cards for each other. Nothing wrong with that. Some years it has been all I could do just to direct them in that small effort. 

This year, I thought it would be nice if I had a little more of a firm plan for helping my kids let each other know just what it is that they love and appreciate about each other {and their mom, too!}


I decided to set up a Love Note Station. I wanted to make an easy "destination" we will take turns at once a day until Valentine's Day. 

 




 
We can sit down and pick up a paper heart from the bird dish, or the message board, and just write one thing (or more!) about each family member that we love and/or appreciate that day.

 I showed you recently how I used a pretty kleenex tissue to print paper to use for some heart shaped notes.
 We also used some leftover red and white polka dot Christmas wrap to make heart shaped note paper.




After we write our notes {my five year old will need help from mom and sisters, of course} we will put them in our love note box.

We've already had a bumpy moment when my 9 year old just couldn't bring herself to come up with something nice to say about her 15 year old sister who had hurt her feelings. Sigh. We'll be working on that... {they really are great friends!}





 It was fun working on this together with Amelia! We started with an empty cereal box. We cut it in the shape we wanted and she glued some vintage sheet music love songs all over it. We cut a separate heart out of another cereal box and glued sheet music to that and stuck it (glue stick) to the front of the box.


 
Finally, I stuck on a couple of hearts cut out of red craft felt.

 


On Valentine's Day, while we are enjoying something sweet together, we're going to take out all of our hearts and read them out loud to each other.  

  

We have lots of "togetherness" in this family, and sometimes (many times) that means conflict. I'm really hoping that if they put some effort into seeing the good in each of their family members each day, those conflicts we be easier and quicker to resolve. A mom can hope, right? 

What are you appreciating about your loved ones today? I hope you will take a moment to let them know. 

Friday blessings to you, my friends! 



Sharing over at:
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Homemaker on a Dime-Creative Bloggers Party Hop
Cozy Little House-Tweak It Tuesday  
The Dedicated House-Make It Pretty Monday
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15 comments:

  1. I love all your valentine pics. I was just talking to my husband yesterday about how much I appreciate our close knit family - 2 adult children who we just spent a week with for Christmas in Kauai. We know that not every family is close or even care about one another.

    Just have to add that I love your blog header.

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  2. Very cute and a great idea! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. So creating and lovely my friend!! You are so talented, Pinning now :)

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  4. Jeanette,

    What a wonderful way to celebrate the truly important things in life!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  5. I love it! So pretty! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

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  6. Lol! Sisters can be that way when they're younger, hu? They'll be best pals later in life I bet. I love how you did the cereal box. Pinning!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

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  7. Everything about this is so sweet....the encouragement to create and to appreciate one another - although, as a sister to two and a mother of three girls, I recognize the (temporary) "writer's block" that can come when daily life gets in the way of expressing sisterly affection!

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  8. What a precious idea! I love it.

    Have a very Happy Valentine's week!

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  9. Oh how beautiful!~ I can't believe you never had a piece of burlap:) You must you must. Work with it though with something underneath to catch the mess. Your photos looks amazing too btw.

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  10. I found you from Diana Rambles Party! I'm your newest follower via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  11. So fun! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  12. What a precious idea, and fun way to get the kids thoughtful and creative! I'll be sharing your post on Be Inspired this Thursday. Thanks so much for joining in for the party!

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  13. Hi Jeannette--what a lovely Valentine's Day tradition!
    Cute story about your girls.
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

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