Tag: Valentine’s Day

Web Coolness: Amazing Valentine’s treats, a commercial to make you cry, and big news for the Downton Abbey obsessed

It’s Friday! That means it’s time for us to share some of our favorite links from around the web with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.   Love these adorable and easy arrow cupcake toppers for Valentine’s Day. Nice touch. [h/t Handmade Charlotte] From our editor Kristen: The one thing you’re doing wrong that’s making you feel like a failure.  Must-read. From our editor Liz: An encouraging look at the future of fatherhood. Check out the Home Hour podcast, this week featuring not one but two of our very favorite parent bloggers. Tearing up at this Argentinian Coke...

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Having a heart for Valentine’s Day

While I’m all for fun chocolates and roses and jewelry on Valentine’s Day (I’m sentimental like that) I also love a gift that gives back for any holiday at all. A great idea: The Project (RED) heart tote bag now on sale at Fab.com. For a mere $11, you get a sweet, sturdy, canvas tote that lets you boldly show your support of Project (RED), one of our very favorite organizations, while knowing a portion of the proceeds directly funds HIV/AIDS programs that happen to be wildly effective. Also, here’s a hint: chicks love guys who have a heart. Trust...

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10 easy-to-make DIY Valentine’s Day classroom treats for crafty kids

If there’s one time of year you’ll find me getting crafty with the kids, it’s around Valentine’s Day. But only under two conditions: 1) I get to sip wine while we craft and 2) the craft involves treats. These printables, crafts, and recipes make for perfect Valentine’s Day classroom treats and Mama stays happy. Sweet deal all around.     Printable Teddy Graham Valentine’s Day cards  Instead of  kisses, kids can be giving out bear hugs! The Big Bear Hug Valentine’s Day tags (above) by Bloom Designs on Skip to My Lou are the cutest things ever and pair...

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A lovely keepsake Valentine’s Day necklace for moms (and it’s affordable too, hint, hint)

I’m a sucker for personalized jewelry, especially on Valentine’s Day, but not so stoked about the expensive pricetags. But when I found these affordable heart necklaces at My Tiny Star Shining, I felt like Oprah. “You get a necklace! And you get a necklace!” which is pretty much not a joke, considering they start at just $34. Nice! So lovely for a new mom, especially with her own initial added for bonus points, or hey, any mom. Yes, that was a hint. You can order the keepsake personalized heart necklace at My Tiny Star Shining, but do it soon, so you’ll...

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Lay off those tree trunks, lovers. This personalized ring holder will do just fine.

Yes, we all hope our love will be as everlasting as engraving our initials into a tree. But let’s lay off the trees and opt for a more modern approach, shall we? Check out this sweet little monogrammed ring dish from the oh-so endearing Wandersketch. Put aside the fact that I love the faux bois (that’s fake wood, folks) trend in personalized gifts, like this favorite personalized pillow cover from Cozy Blue, and Lisa Leonard’s Sweetheart necklace. A ring dish is one of those house items I have always wanted but have never secured. And I want it. Now. This...

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Custom portrait pendants: A modern mom jewelry alternative. (Just uh, don’t wear your own portrait.)

The classic locket in which we keep our gorgeous children close to us at all times is a wonderful tradition but we always love seeing updates, from custom Instagram  photo necklaces to USB necklaces with hundreds of photos of your beloved brood. There’s also the awesome embroidered portrait necklaces from Dandelyne and now we’ve turned up another great find for you in the form of Todd Borka’s fabulous wooden customizable portrait pendants. These are a wonderful gift for the mom who wants a more modern version of personalized keepsake jewelry to flaunt her kids, or the family that’s already thinking ahead to Mother’s...

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Irreverent (and irresistible) Valentine’s Day cards for you non-mushy types.

Count me in the camp of Valentine’s Day cynics. It’s not that I object to the sentiment and the sugar, but I don’t need to set aside a special day to cover my family in kisses and stuff my face with chocolate — both are everyday occurrences around here. Still, I might be persuaded to send one of these awesomely irreverent Valentines from CMP-fave Wit & Whistle.   (Oh, don’t even tell me that doesn’t strike a chord.) If your sensibilities are on the delicate side — or hey, if they’re even more vulgar — grab the Valentine Decoder...

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5 delicious recipes for Valentine’s Day pancakes that will really hit their sweet spot.

Love is in the air. Or is that the smell of Valentine’s Day pancakes from truly creative recipes? I can think of no better way to treat your family this Valentine’s Day (or the whole Valentine’s Day weekend) than to surprise them with a stack of fluffy, gorgeously festive, super indulgent pancakes. Okay, fashionista mamas, we’re bringing ombre to the breakfast table. These beautiful pink ombre pancakes (above) from This Mama Loves feel like French macarons, don’t they? They’re easy, too. All you need is your favorite pancake mix and food coloring. You can get three coordinating colors or try one color...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like these every day.   1. An awesome free printable coloring page for kids. 2. Gorgeous idea for framing your favorite Instagram photos. 3. Every woman in the world would want to get this sweet Valentine’s card on Etsy. 4. Will someone please buy us these hot designer shoes? 5. Nachos! (Well, it is Super Bowl weekend.)...

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Valentine gifts for babies: 10 ideas for our littlest loves.

Yeah, they’re too young for chocolate hearts. But if you’re the sentimental type like me, Valentine gifts for babies aren’t entirely out of the question. Here are some ridiculously cute ideas. Bonus: You won’t mind having these items around for a long time after February has come and gone.   1. Baby hat with tattooed heart Since it’ll be a while before he can scrawl an “I Love You” card of his own, let him wear his heart on his sleeve — or head — this Valentine’s Day with this super-cute, crocheted winter hat with a tattoo-style MOM on the...

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8 creative Valentine’s Day jewelry ideas for modern day gals. As in, no diamond tennis bracelets.

I realize that it might be a little cliche to give (or get) Valentine’s Day jewelry, though those of us jewelry lovers simply don’t care.  And when you see the baubles I tracked down, you’ll see why. No blingy expensive pieces or Victorian inspired swirls and flourishes; just modern, cool jewelry you can wear all year long–without scorching your retinas or bankrupting your sweetheart. It’s no secret that I’m completely obsessed with spiked jewelry this year, so of course I’m digging this black pavè and spiked heart necklace at top. ($55 at Shanalogic) I love this concept: A handmade card that comes with its...

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Stumped about the perfect Valentine’s gift for a man who’s hard to shop for?

If you want to branch out from the same-old Valentine’s gift for the stylish man in your life, these gorgeous, romantic, handmade Valentine’s Day Cufflinks from Digby & Iona will make all the other dudes green with envy. (Or you know, roll their eyes. Depends on the dudes. Hopefully yours has cool, artistic friends who can appreciate such coolness.) Each pair of cufflinks is handmade in Brooklyn of oxidized sterling silver and carved with the initials you indicate. If you loved Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree as a paean to selfless love, you’ll be glad to know it was...

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7 beyond adorable baby photo ideas for Valentine’s Day

Since you can’t give the gift of sleep for Valentine’s Day, we love the next best thing: An adorable photo of your sweet baby. We’ve scoured the web and rounded-up some of the most creative baby photo ideas ideas for Valentine’s Day, whether it’s for a card to send the relatives, or just a cute photo for the nursery wall. Best part, they’re all super easy; while the professionals provide wonderful inspiration, you can recreate plenty of these yourself. This post is part of our monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor babyGap, with tips to help you celebrate motherhood...

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Sexy maternity lingerie for Valentine’s Day: Yes, you can go there. And you should.

Sexy maternity lingerie when you’re pregnant or nursing? I’m on board! When I was pregnant and nursing, I always felt a little bummed about Valentine’s Day; it was hard for me to feel really attractive when I ballooned up to the size of a Smart Car or was leaking breast milk. So I’m super excited for my new-mama friends who get to buy from lingerie designers who are making women feel sexy in beautiful, sweet and even a little racy maternity lingerie like the ones here. The maternity bra-and-panty sets from You! Lingerie (at top) are super hot — and affordable....

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Custom map artwork makes our heart thump for Valentine’s Day

Whether your heart is in San Francisco, Madrid, or some little town on the outskirts of Quebec, a piece of custom map artwork for your beloved would make a most heartfelt gift for Valentine’s Day. Created by Bombus — that neat London-based company whose wooden storybook letters we recently discovered — their bespoke framed artwork is sentimental without being sappy. Plus, how cool would it be to show the kids that Mommy and Daddy met right there?   Globetrotters who can’t settle on any one spot should check out their trio of hearts, shown above, or the round-the-world 16 hearts (though...

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A Valentine’s cupcake frosting recipe, hold the artificial colors

With a heightened awareness of kids’ increasing sensitivity to artificial food colors, more parents are turning to natural alternatives for those Valentine’s cupcakes and bake sale treats. And no, that doesn’t mean you have to puree and strain down your own beets either. A while back, we discovered the wonderful natural food colors, sprinkles and other decoratifs from India Tree, and wow, how they’ve grown since then. They even have a nice recipe section right on their own site, with proportions especially measured for their own products. Check out their creamed frosting recipe right in time for pink Valentine’s...

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Valentine’s Day cards and gifts for people who don’t take Valentine’s Day too seriously

As much as I love funny Christmas cards and sarcastic Mother’s Day cards, I have to admit I have a thing for beautiful, artful Valentine’s Day cards — although yeah, I like funny Valentine’s Day cards too. So much to my delight, I found an artist on Etsy who delivers on both fronts. Look at this beautiful Valentine’s Day card from Emily McDowell Draws on Etsy. Then look closer…and suddenly I love it even more. That’s kind of the spirit of the whole shop — beautiful, feminine design with a whole lot of edge. The same goes for the...

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This past Valentine’s Day, love was spread!

We had the best time this week in New York, spreading a little love at our Valentine-making party in collaboration with our partner the U.S. Postal Service. In keeping with the theme, turns out either sleet nor snow nor Snowpocalypse Nemo could keep all these intrepid families from coming out on a wintry Saturday, eating some treats, getting creative with glitter glue and sparkles, and addressing all their gorgeous creations so we could send them out to their loved ones with the Sealed with Love stamp. Don’t miss a great giveaway for 5 readers below! Enjoy some of our...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Embroidered heart handmade card

Last up in our DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series, here’s an embroidered heart handmade card that your kids can easily sew and send, created by Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte and brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp. If you’re like us and get a little nervous when you see the word “sew,” you won’t believe how easy this card is to make and how truly wonderful it looks. You’ll just need a few craft supplies plus the free, printable heart card or XOXO card. For more Valentine’s Day...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Secret code Braille handmade card

We love Valentine’s Day cards you can make yourself, and up next in our DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series that’s brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp, here’s a DIY secret code braille card that your kids will love making and sending to their friends and family created by the amazing Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte. All you’ll need is a few simple supplies that you’ve probably got in your craft drawer, plus this free, printable Braille alphabet download. For more Valentine’s Day gift ideas you can make yourself, check out our...

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