Still relatively new to Arizona. I have lived on both coasts...I may be working my way inward now. :) I am the mom of a pretty awesome 17-year-old boy (though at this point he would wig out on my saying boy, kid or anything less than teenager) and the wife of a very amazing man. I have been blessed beyond measure when it comes to love, and isn't that really where the blessings count the most? I like to watch people and often I like to comment. I also enjoying helping people, but I kind of get saddened by seeing the same person always in the same boat.
Enjoy EVERY moment in your wedding gown. You can't stay in it forever...SO UNFAIR!!!!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Thrifty Tips and Valentine Ideas
Whether you are all about Valentine's Day or not, I thought it would be nice to share some ideas and links for inexpensive Valentine gifts and crafts, because it is always nice to show the ones we love how much we love them. If money is tight, do not spend more than you can afford. There are lots of ways to share your love with the ones you love if you just get a little creative.
When I was a child, I loved crafts. Kaboose has some amazing crafts for the kids that are fun and frugal. Follow the link below to get lessons on making Valentine Cards, a Valentine Pinata, paper crafts (I just love the puffy paper heart) and candy rings. Seriously, you and your child can get lost for hours making fun treats to share. You will also notice on the right of their web page a video loop of fun crafts from Family Fun.
If you would like to spoil the love of your life with some yummy treats, Kaboose is the place for you too. They have scads of fabulous recipes for you to play around with. I was extremely intrigued by the dessert pizza and the cappuccino truffles really called to me. Of course I plan on making the treats and giving.
Mint Printables has free printable Valentine stationary that might be just right to make a sweet note for the ones you love.
Presentation Magazine has some lovely printable free Valentine Cards. All you need is some card stock and a printer.
I found some nice romantic coupons at parenting.leehansen.com. These are of the Breakfast in Bed, A Hug For No Reason variety with two coupons you can write in. Might I suggest the coupon for winning one argument no questions asked. That is a nice gift to give.
I can't draw a heart. I should correct that statement. I can draw a heart, but I cannot draw an even heart. My hearts always end up somewhat lopsided. This caused me to look around for some simple heart templates. I found one at Family Fun. This will work great for any kind of craft where you need a nice, perfect heart.
RANDOM ACTS OF VALENTINE'SNESS
Here are a few other things you can do for Valentine's Day. Surprise your children or spouse with love notes. This requires planning. Take the time to write some small love notes and leave them in various places where your loved ones will find them. Put them in pockets, under pillows, in lunch boxes, the car, silverware drawer, the bathroom mirror and wherever else it will be a surprise. Even if your loved one doesn't find the notes all in one day, it will be nice for them to randomly find these sweet notes from you.
Does your spouse like coffee? Send them off to work with their favorite blend.
Create a love jar. Pick up a Mason Jar or even recycle a jar you have at home. Fill this jar with candies (Hershey kisses, jelly bellies, those candy hearts with the sayings on them), little love notes from you, and some coupons like the printables above.
If your love likes crosswords, buy them a puzzle book. My husband loves Arizona Highways Magazine so one thing I like to do when at Thrift Stores is look for old issues so he can have fun looking at the past. Make a mixed CD of songs that remind you of him/her.
Hand massages. Yep. Hand or feet really, but if you are squeamish with feet, I totally recommend a hand massage. My husband didn't even know he liked having his hands massaged until I did that for him.
Instead of doing dinner which can be pricey and definitely crowded, go out for lunch or make a dinner at home. Rent a movie that will make your spouses day, and pick up their favorite theater treats and have a fun date night at home.
Always keep in mind that it is not what you do but who you do it with. Shower the people you love with kindness and love all day. You will all reap the benefits.
Looking to get your Omega 3 vitamin kick, but not sure what to buy? Walmart has a sample on their site for MegaRed Omega 3 Krill Oil. Follow the link below. Don't forget that these deals are available only while supplies last.
I am always looking for the next best thing to make my skin feel amazing. I jumped on the chance to get a free 1.5 ml sample of Origins Plantscription anti-aging serum. Like them on Facebook and you are in!
If you like almonds, check out this deal. On game day, February 6 at 6pm EST, you can go to Planter's Mr Peanut Facebook page and get a coupon for free Flavor Grove Almonds. They are giving 25,000 coupons away.
February 4th is free Coffee-Mate day. Coffee-Mate will be giving out 100,000 coupons for a free bottle of Coffee-Mate on February 4th at 9:00 am PST. You can sign up at their website or their facebook page. You can even text them for deals, but I would stick to the FB or website. Like them on Facebook now so you can get the signal when they start the giveaway.
H&R Block and Turbo Tax are offering free simple form tax online tax filing. When filing was simple, I was all about Turbo Tax. It is not so simple anymore for us, but if it is for you or you know someone who can use it, lead them to these links.
I hope that you were able to take advantage of some of the awesome free Kindle books that I posted a few weeks ago. They do change fast, and I have to say that I am glad that I picked the ones I did while I had a chance as many aren't free now. Remember you do not have to have a Kindle to get the free books. You can get the program on your iPhone, Windows PC, Mac, BlackBerry, iPad, Android (that is what I have), and Windows Phone 7 just go to this link.
Here are a couple free books that you might want to check out while they are still available.
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