Valentine’s Gifts for Kids…That don’t involve candies!

Every year we struggle with what to get our children that doesn’t involve candy or sugar. While material objects are nice, we try these days to limit the stuff we buy and just spend money on things we can experience as a family.

Nevertheless, we still find some small Valentines goodies to get for our girlies. When you want to buy a small gift to go along with those experiences, here are a few ideas.

1. Colorful knee socks from Sock it To Me

Who doesn’t want unicorn socks? These cute little socks are less than $10 a pair. And they unfortunately don’t come in adult sizes ☹️

2. Matching family pajamas from Primary

These pretty heart printed jammies are less than $20 per pair. Maybe you and your family can book a special trip and all wear these matching jammies…or just wear the jammies and watch a movie together.

3. Small gold heart necklace, $25

I am a huge fan of giving sentimental gifts that people can keep for years to come. I love this dainty little necklace- It would be cute for mothers and daughters to have matching necklaces like this one.

4. Pack of scrunchies, Amazon, $8.69

If your little girl is anything like mine, you have a house full of scrunchies. So why not buy her 12 more? And aren’t these cute?

5. Ella+Mila vegan and cruelty free nail polish

This pretty and extremely safe nail polish is available on Amazon for less than $12. If your little lady loves having her nails painted, then this is perfect for her.

I hope you have enjoyed this list of Valentine gift ideas for your little girl! Have a wonderful week!

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Four free Valentine’s Printables

Four free Valentine’s Printables

I have decided to take a break from the 21-Day Organizing Challenge to share some Valentine related goodies with you. Here are some super cute free Valentine’s Printables for you 🙂

This one is probably best suited for small prints, like a 5×5 or 4×6. I like the red and pink together and the fact that it’s on a background.

This one reminds me of our ultimate story of love: how Jesus loved us so much that we can trust in Him for a new heart.

You knew there’d be a simple farmhouse black and white print some place on this list, didn’t you?

This one might be my favorite print on the whole list. I want to print this and put it on my mantle.

For best results, please right click and save to your device. Do not print larger than 8.5×11, and you may find that using a print shop produces a much cleaner print. I like to use Staples Copy and Print.

I hope you enjoy these prints! Check back this Wednesday for garage organization tips, and on Friday for a farmhouse Friday roundup.

Have a wonderful week!

Why We Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Why We Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Last year, Americans spent about 19.7 billion on cards, flowers and candies for Valentine’s Day. This year, it is believed that Americans will spend on average $138 per person on the holiday.

But why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day each year? And who is St. Valentine? History.com says this:

The Catholic Church recognizes three different St. Valentines. One story involves Emperor Claudius III of Rome, who decided single men made better soldiers. As a result, he outlawed marriage. St. Valentine found the marriage ban to be unfair, so he defied the Emperor and married the soldiers in secret. When his actions were discovered, he was put to death.

Other stories suggest St. Valentine may have been killed for helping imprisoned Christians escape their harsh conditions. Yet another story says an imprisoned Valentine sent the first Valentine himself to his jailer’s daughter. He even signed it, “From your Valentine,” an expression we still use today.

While Valentines Day has pagan roots, the holiday became associated with love in the Middle Ages. The earliest written Valentines were thought to be from around 1400. The oldest known valentine in existence is from 1415, and was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife who was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Today, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with festivals, parades, gifts, and spending time with our loved ones.

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?

Free Valentine’s Printables

Free Valentine’s Printables

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a free printable Friday, so I decided to start off our weekend with a little free Valentine’s gift for my dear readers.

We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.

I created a few Valentine’s themed printables that are available to you for free. I love how simple and cute they are, and I hope you will, too.

First up, we have cold hands, warm heart. I once had a co-worker who used to say that every time one of us would complain of cold hands.

cold hands

I also created “all you need is love” in two fonts.

all you need is love 2

all you need is love

And, if Valentine’s Day isn’t your jam, I created a simple, winter-themed printable for you.

Cold days

For best results, please print them size 8×10. Due to the resolution, printing them larger than 8×10 may result in a highly pixelated image. Dowloading them is easy- simply right click on the picture of your choice, and save it to your device.

Have an amazing weekend!