Valentine's Day is Almost Here!

With less than a week to go until Valentine's Day, I thought I would share a post about how we have been getting ready to celebrate in our home!

Last week I made cookies for my kids and took it one step further and set out some treats to celebrate a 4-day weekend from school with some Valentine's goodies...

For the past few years, we have used these cute little mailboxes I found at Target to exchange Valentines as a family. It's become a fun little tradition to open them up on February 14th!

I incorporated some Valentine's decorations onto our fireplace mantle in our family room...

On my kitchen island...

On my kitchen counter...

This is on an end table in our living room...

Valentine's Day cushions from Target a few years ago...

This button heart frame is something I made a few years ago and I still love it! It's on my fireplace mantle...

My daughter helped me put together these little goodie bags to hand out to her Kindergarten class along with her Valentines...

My son in grade 3 will be giving these goodie bags out to his class along with his Valentines...

My kids will also be giving a little thing of Lindor chocolates to their teachers. For my daughter in kindergarten, I added on a picture of her with both of her teachers onto the bagS (I covered the faceS with the hearts for privacy reasons)...

Have a Happy Love Day, everyone!


Check out some of my old Valentine's Day posts below:


"Basket of Sunshine" End of the Year Teacher Gift + 12 Free Printables!

School is in its final weeks here and this year I decided to give my son's teacher a "Basket of Sunshine" full of cheery yellow things. Yellow = Sunshine = SUMMER!

I made up a tag on the computer, mounted it on some patterned scrapbook paper, and attached it to the basket using double-sided tape.

I had fun brainstorming and hunting for yellow things to add to her gift. And of course I got a bit carried away. It would have been so much quicker and cheaper to pick up a gift card, but I think this is more fun. I hope she likes it!

I made up some extra tags that you can print off either with your regular printer paper or as a photo to mount on cardstock to add to the gift you give your child's teacher. Each tag is a 4x6 size.

Underneath each design, just click on the link to download the file without my blog's title on it. It's super easy and FREE! Enjoy!


'I hope your summer is "chalk" full of fun!' -Classmate/Classroom Year- End Gifts

The school year is ending this month and the countdown to summer holidays is on!

My son, age 7, helped me make up some little end-of-the-year gifts to hand out to his classmates on the last day of shool:

I picked these up at the dollar store (Dollarama for my fellow Canadians) for $3 each. I actually only needed 1 box as there are 20 kids in my son's class and each box has 30 pieces of chalk.

All we did was add 2 pieces of chalk into snack-size Ziplock bags and fold the labels over the bags and staple them. Super easy!

I didn't have colour ink in my printer at home, so I made some labels with the suns in black & white, then we coloured in the suns using pencil crayons!

I am sharing the version with the suns in colour, as well as the black & white version.

Each 8.5 x 11 printable I am sharing has 2 labels on it. You can have your child sign their name on the labels and cut them to fit over snack-size or regular Ziplock bags.

Coming soon.... what we're doing for a year-end teacher gift this year!


My Canada Day Decorations

Summer is on it's way and soon Canada Day will be here, on July 1st!
It's easy to find lots of neat ideas for the Fourth of July in the US, but Canada Day ideas are harder to come by it seems.

I decorated my mantle for Canada Day and I still have a few more projects I would like to do before Canada Day comes. Here's how my fireplace mantle looks.....

I got the pair of printables in the blue frames from this website
The 8x10 printable of the Canadian National Anthem with the blue & white striped background came from this website.
Keep Calm and Love Canada print from Etsy.
I found this print on Etsy.

Below are photos of my Canada Day crafts and desserts from past years. Click on each photo to go to the post!


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