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52 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

  1. Write a note on a napkin or small piece of paper for your spouse’s or child’s lunch.
  2. Do a chore for your spouse.
  3. Cook your spouse a nice meal (their favorite).
  4. Cut out heart shapes and write little notes about what you appreciate the most.
  5. Send a letter of love to your parents.
  6. Send a thank you note to someone you appreciate.
  7. Really listen to someone who needs it.
  8. Do something nice for yourself.
  9. Color with your child.
  10. Make Valentine’s Day cards.
  11. Print out a love poem in a nice font on nice paper for your loved one.
  12. Leave love notes around the house.
  13. Fill a cute mug with red and white candies.
  14. Put together a “romantic movie night” basket – movie, popcorn/candy,  beverage (or a more romantic combination of wine, cheese, and a romantic movie).
  15. Unplug and spend time together as a family.
  16. Write down the story of who you met your spouse for your children.
  17. Cut sandwiches into heart shapes.
  18. Bake Valentine’s Day cookies with your child.
  19. Make a CD of love songs.
  20. Cook a romantic dinner.
  21. Make heart shaped muffins or pancakes.
  22. Frame a love quote or poem.
  23. Give someone you love a red scarf.
  24. Make heart-shaped pins for your loved ones.
  25. Buy a simple, inexpensive bouquet and put into a vase.
  26. Make a set of personalized “coupons”.
  27. Give a candy bouquet.
  28. Make a Valentine’s shirt by tracing your children’s hands on the shirt with fabric paint – good for grandparents or parents.
  29. Make a booklet of love poems or quotes.
  30. Really simple: just spend a quiet evening together.
  31. Write a letter to someone you love; children specifically love getting mail.
  32. Leave an affectionate note on the mirror for your child or spouse.
  33. Make a garland of hearts and decorate your room, your child’s room, the dining room…
  34. Leave flowers on a friend’s front porch.
  35. Make a jar of quotes for someone.
  36. Make a bookmark for a book lover.
  37. Give yourself a gift – time to read, write, play games, play ball, sit still…
  38. Make  Valentines messages to wrap around candy bars.
  39. Using candy kisses and stickers, make a Valentine’s matching game and play with your kids.
  40. Put a message in a bottle and decorate the bottle.
  41. Decorate your child’s bedroom door with hearts, one per day.
  42. Make handmade hand-warmers.
  43. Make heart envelopes.
  44. Do “14 Days of Valentines” – 14 small gifts, one per day up to Valentine’s Day.
  45. Make handshaped Valentines for grandparents.
  46. Make paper fortune cookies with messages.
  47. “I dig you” – attach a bag of goodies to a plastic shovel.
  48. Make a Valentine’s door hanger with a pocket to hold goodies.
  49. Get a small bottle of honey, decorate it, and attach a note – “Bee Mine”.
  50. Make Mommy and Me journals that you and your child can write messages in and pass back and forth between you.
  51. Put together a list of date ideas on strips of paper, place in a nice vase or decorated jar – so that you and your spouse have date ideas for those nights when you are indecisive.
  52. Get a box of donut holes and add a note: “Donut you know I love you a hole bunch”.

 

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Really Useful (or Interesting) Websites (January 2009)

The selection is shorter this month, I’m afraid – we’ve been recovering from the holidays and multiple illnesses in our household and I’m afraid my energy just gave out.  Still, I did find some sites that I thought were worth sharing!

  • Online Book Club for Readers – I was looking for a book club that I could take part in without set meetings, since I have a job and two young children.  I need something I can take part in whenever I have the time – and this fits.  I am now participating; we’ll see how it goes.
  • Dear Reader – this enables you to join online book clubs through libraries and also allows you to participate in forums.   There are publisher-sponsored clubs, recipes, and a blog.  I highly recommend taking a look!
  • Project Gutenberg – this is a fantastic site.  If you want to read a classic, but don’t have it in your home and don’t want to run to the library (or they don’t have it), check this site.  It could very well be online.  There are 0ver 27,000 books to read here, online, for free.  You can also look into helping add to the catalog.  Go check it out!
  • Presidential Trivia – this is a collection of links to other sites with information and tidbits about the presidents, including our current president.  Check it out; you are almost guaranteed to learn something surprising about at least one of the presidents.  Did you know that, despite Barak Obama being our 44th president, there have only been 43 presidents?  Grover Cleveland served two nonconsecutive terms and is counted as our 22nd and 24th president.
  • Headlinespot – I’ve been looking for a collection of links to news sites; I feel like I visit the same few sites over and over again and the variety of news articles and information hasn’t been what I would have hoped.  This is a great selection of links.  There are divisions such as Must-See Sites, Weather, Television, News Photos, and Sports.
  • Being Thrifty – This is a blog with some interesting links to freebies, as well as other blogs.  I found the freebies pretty interesting, and the commentary on “trashy garage sales” amusing.  I’m sure I’ll be going back – and I’m sure I’ll be checking out her other blogs; the author is hoping to write full time in the near future!
  • Tipnut – I started out looking at tips for saving money in the kitchen and moved on.  This is a fabulous site.  I love it and I’m subscribing!  There are DIY tips, crafts, cleaning tips and so much more.  I love it – and I love the story behind it (I really identify with having tips and needing a way to organize them!).  Go check it out!  There’s something there for everyone, I have no doubt!

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About that cleaning…

I’ve discovered a new approach to cleaning my house. I know I’m not the first, but this is a new idea to me and it is working so well for me that I thought I’d pass it on.

You see, I have this tendency to feel that the whole house has to be cleaned at the same time. If I start, I feel I have to finish it all. Now, really, who has time for that, particularly if you have small children? I don’t really want to spend the little time I have at the end of the day doing housework, although I suppose I could.

The silly thing about this is that it is so simple. I cannot believe that I never thought of it but, here it is: spend 10 minutes a day cleaning and/or organizing. That’s it. Do 10 minutes a day, and eventually everything will get done.

The benefits of this include:

  1. It allows you to break down bigger tasks into smaller ones.
  2. It gives you a chance to fit things in where you can, in small amounts of time.
  3. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment to know that even when you are short on time you are getting things accomplished.

I’ve worked it out in various ways. I clean the foyer and downstairs bathroom floors one day, organize my desk another. I file one day, then clean the bathroom the next. It works out very nicely and eventually everything does indeed get done. In addition, I’ve started organizing things that needed to be done but I hadn’t been able to get to before.

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