DIY Valentine’s Day Cards for Little Ones

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine

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Nate started his Valentines by drawing on pieces of card stock with this set of double-sided Dieco markers.  I used a heart-shaped paper punch to make hearts, which we adhered to pieces of turquoise card stock (approximately 3.5”H x 2.75”W) using a tape runner (like this one).  I used a white gelly roll pen to write a simple message on each one.

These Valentine cards and little treats can be packaged in little envelopesglassine bags, cello bags or your favorite packaging.  I love how when we look back at these cards in the future, they’ll be a reminder of Nate as a three-year-old, in his current stage of scribbling, learning to draw and experimenting with markers.  Stay tuned for one more Valentine’s idea coming up in the next couple of weeks!

Thanks to The Land of Nod for providing us with garlands and the elephant friend for our Valentine-crafting session!

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Valentine’s Day Mocktail

Post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM Valentine's Day MocktailI know that lots of people out there are over Valentine’s Day, and I get that we don’t need a holiday to tell people we love them. But I love to take a little extra time on this holiday to show my kiddos just how special we think they are. It can’t hurt, right?! And nothing says celebration more to my loves than a kiddie Valentine’s Day mocktail — they think instant party! So I came up with an easy, not too sweet, Valentine’s Heart Mocktail. It technically even has fruit in it (and those pretty pomegranate seeds rise up and down with the bubbles, making for an even more fun treat).

Valentine’s Day Mocktail

Ingredients:

  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • Heart-shaped ice cube tray
  • Sparkling apple juice
  • Pink sparkling sugar**

 Directions:

  1. Place pomegranate seeds in ice cube tray; fill with water and freeze overnight.
  2. Wet rim of glass and roll in pink sparkling sugar.
  3. Fill glass with pomegranate heart ice cubes.
  4. Pour sparkling apple juice over the top. Spread the love!
  5. **To make pink sparkling sugar, mix 1/4 cup sugar and a few drops of food coloring together. spread onto baking sheet and bake in a 180 F oven for 5-10 minutes.

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Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM.

Valentine’s Day Craft – Heart Necklace

Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery & Augustine

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To make the necklaces, we used the thick edge of these great double-sided Djeco markers to make vertical lines on a strip of card stock, repeating the pattern from one edge of the card stock to the other.  I used a heart-shaped paper punch to cut out hearts, punched a hole at the top with this tool and strung some yarn through to complete the necklace.

These Valentine necklaces along with little treats can be packaged in glassine bags, cello bags or your favorite packaging.  They can also be given out on their own.  Can’t wait to see everyone’s Valentine ideas!  Dreaming up our Valentine’s cards and crafting them is one of our favorite times of the year. Happy Valentine-making!

Thanks to The Land of Nod for providing us with garlands and the elephant friend for our Valentine’s Day craft session!

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Easy New Years Eve Decorations

Post by Nick & Aleah Valley of Valley & Co.

New Years Eve is often thought of as an adult holiday, but why not create a fun and cheery celebration for the kids on New Years Eve morning to let them have a part in the celebration? It could be a fun new tradition. We staged a cozy party featuring easy New Years Eve decorations of silver ornaments from our tree and party goodies from Meri Meri at Land of Nod. The decorative pinwheels are the perfect accessories for dressing up our dining table and lending that extra bit of pizzazz to New Years Eve.

Easy New Year's Eve DecorationsOne idea, decorate with festive paper pinwheels – they make for a wonderful decorative table runner.

Think outside of the traditional New Years Eve color story of black and metallics and punch up the color by using bright cupcake toppers, party blowers and hats!Easy New Year's Eve Decorations 2Easy New Year's Eve Decorations 3Easy New Year's Eve Decorations 4Easy New Year's Eve Decorations 5Entertain kids by giving them their own noisemaker kit and cupcakes to decorate!

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Happy New Year!

Nick & Aleah Valley are the husband + wife owners and operators of Valley & Co. Lifestyle, based in the beautiful Emerald City {Seattle}. They love to make life grand and believe that any occasion, whether small or large, is cause for celebration. They believe that entertaining at home welcomes memories and laughter. Follow them on their blog and Instagram.