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Classroom Valentines

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Cardstore invited me to try out their personalized school valentines… my girls had fun picking out which design they wanted, and I was really pleased with the ease of ordering and quick delivery. The past couple of years we made our own valentines, and it was a nice change to order some custom ones that still felt special. The girls can’t wait to give these to their classmates!

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The girls “addressed” their envelopes using cut out photos from a xerox copy of their class picture. They added a “stamp” too. 😉

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The girls’ class was encouraged to refrain from including candies, so we went to the dollar store and bought some erasers and stickers to include in each valentine.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned as a parent about preparing valentines with young kids five and under:
1. Start early and make/prepare the valentines in small sessions… doing it in stages will make it less overwhelming for everyone.
2. Choose a valentine that is skill level appropriate or, if anything, a little easier than what you and your child can manage… it’s easy to forget that you have to make them for an entire class, not just a few.
3. Remember that these are your child’s valentines and they don’t have to be perfect! Sometimes if you’re a parent with even a bit of a crafty streak in you, it’s tempting to try to take over… resist the urge!

And lastly, for nostalgia sake, here are glimpses of the valentines the girls gave out during their preschool and pre-K days:
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Saying Thanks

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Cardstore recently invited me to check out their website and choose a complimentary card, and I was really impressed with their selection and customization options. I chose this adorable ice cream cone card for my girls to use next time they receive a gift. You can check out more Cardstore thank you cards here. 🙂

I also thought this would be a nice opportunity to say thank you for reading and to give extra thanks to Evani, Stephanie, and Andieee for their recent recognition of Pretty and Delectable on their blogs! Here are my answers to some of their questions:

1.  My favorite thing to buy under $20 is frozen yogurt/ice cream for me and my girls. The three of us have been going out for frozen treats on a regular basis (yes, even during the winter!) ever since the girls were toddlers and it’s one of our favorite traditions.

2.  I read books almost exclusively on a Kindle now with the exception of children’s books that I read to the girls. I’m currently reading this hilarious novel on my Kindle and I recently bought this incredibly cute book about crayons for my girls.

3.  The food I cannot live without is seafood! My favorites are salmon, halibut, scallops, and sushi.

4.  A favorite quote of mine: “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” -Henry Ward Beecher

5.  If I could eat any dessert right now, it would be a chocolate pot de creme… I’ve had several of these over the years at various restaurants and they are always fantastic! I’ve never tried making it myself… I’m sure I’d be horrified to discover how much butter/cream/chocolate is involved. 😛

Hope you’re having a great week and a smooth back to school transition for those of you with kids in your family! Our girls really enjoyed their first day of kindergarten… their favorite parts of the day were meeting new friends, hot lunch in the cafeteria, and recess. 😀