HAPPY VALENTINES

kevin has come a long way. i love to remind him of the gift he gave me our first valentines. we were poor college students, engaged to be married. we set a budget to spend on each other. $10 each.

back at his apartment we exchanged gifts. he brought out his pillow. on it, in black permanent marker, he had scrawled “I love you!”, and sprayed it with his cologne. with difficulty i kept myself from laughing at it. “Look inside”, he said. inside was deathcab for cutie’s newly released cd, which i knew he was more eager to have than me.

here we are 8 valentines later and i can now look forward to his valentine gifts. today he made pink chocolate chip pancakes with fresh strawberries for all of us this morning. and gave me a dozen of the cutest valentines cupcakes to enjoy over the next few days.

Yum 🍥

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Happy Valentine's Day- celebrating w/adorable cupcakes from Sweet!

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happy valentines day!

STACKED MOTHERS RING

we have entered a new era here. all the babies have been born. we are complete. no more members to join for at least another 10 years when they get to marriage age. i am proud of my 5 sons and all that they are and will become.

as i thought about this last week, while anticipating baby adam’s arrival, i decided i needed something physical to display like a name tag telling the world what i have that is so valuable to me.

my mom had mentioned a handstamped, birthstone mothers necklace. but as i thought about it. i am a bit of a necklace collector and like to coordinate my necklace to what i’m wearing.  i worried a mothers necklace would not get enough wear time. i wanted something i would wear everyday.

i also ruled out bracelets, because they can get in the way and i don’t see myself wearing them unless i’m dressing up.

a ring seemed like the way to go. i’m always good at wearing my wedding ring and don’t often add in other rings on my hands. i can dedicate my left hand to my husband and my right to my boys. together they equal the most important people to me in this world.

i figured i would go with birthstones, as is the tradition. but as i pictured how all their birth stones would look together (blue, red, white, purple) i wasn’t feeling it. nor did i think a purple gem really represents a boy, ya know?

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so i thought something like this could work, with just blue gems (blue=boy)

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but then i stumbled across these adorable initial heart rings on etsy. they are tiny enough that i can stack all 5 initials with varied bands in-between and fit all my boys on my ring finger.

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WELCOME NEIGHBOR!

time to meet the new neighbors!

neighbori am super excited to have new backyard neighbors! a few years ago the people living there seemed normal enough. the only thing that bugged me was if their dog was in their backyard while we were in our backyard he would sustain a constant bark, which made our backyard less enjoyable.

little did we know there was more going on. one day my husband heard a huge bang and ran out to see what happened. there was an entire SWAT team in their side yard breaking the windows in and throwing in flash bang grenades! i think they were producing drugs of some kind. wow. literally “in our own backyard”.

i found this cute printable over at dose of happy there are actually a few different bird colors and other ‘welcome neighbor’ designs to choose from, go take a look! i backed it with some patterned cardstock, rounded corners with my corner chomper and affixed it to the box of cookies. then i wrapped baker’s twinearound a few times and tied it off. simple but i think it came together cute.

HUGS AND KISSES FOR DADDY

i’m going to be mailing these in daddy’s father’s day package as well as help all my primary kids personalize them for their daddies.

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my plan is to bring just the cut out cards the sunday before and have the kids color them. then during the week i’ll assemble and bring them, ready to go on father’s day.

i found this cute gift idea at the ever inspiring blog my sister’s suitcase. there you will find the printable i used.

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i found hershey’s kisses with blue wrappers which seemed very appropriate for father’s day. i actually had a little trouble finding hugs, but succeeded eventually.

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i really like how the baker’s twine looks with the polka dot treat bags.

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i used my corner chomper to round the bottom two corners of the cardstock to make it look a little more polished