Jacob’s Valentines This Year

This is Jacob’s first year of school which means it’s his first time exchanging valentines with classmates. He is in Preschool so I wanted to make something fun that the children in his class could enjoy. He wanted to do Valentines with candy but edible items aren’t allowed. I had a bunch of ideas I had found when putting together my 10 DIY Valentines post so I chose to make the heart shaped crayons. I wanted to do something a little different so I got little notepads at the store and Jacob decorated each one with stickers. We got all of the stickers out and he decided what each of his classmates would like the most so each little notebook was personalized. I then printed out handwriting sheets and had him practice writing his name 15 times and used those for the “from”. I think they turned out really cute.

Making Heart Shaped Crayons

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Jacob's Mailbox To Receive Valentines

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Ready for the Valentines Exchange

10 Valentine’s Day Themed Lunches

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7 Valentine’s Day Decorations

Love these DIY Valentine’s Decorations {click on links to be taken to the posts they come from}:

Valentine's Day Tree

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Yarn Love Letters

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Framed Prints

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Valentine's Mobile

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Ribbon Tree

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Valentines Centerpieces

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Twig Heart

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Looking for more ideas?

Check out these 8 DIY Valentine’s wreaths :)

NanoStyle Jewelry Review & Giveaway {From Our Hearts To Yours Event}

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Welcome to From Our Hearts To Yours hosted by Life With Two Boys, With Our Best, and Mama-Nibbles. There are over 100 bloggers participating in this hop, and each blogger has their own prize package of at least $25 worth of Valentine-related items! So after you have entered my giveaway, I encourage you to hop along and see what the other bloggers are giving away too!

My sponsor for this giveaway is NanoStyle Jewelry. I received a beautiful necklace for review. The necklace chain was very good quality and the pendant was black onyx. On the pendant is “I Love You” in 120 different languages engraved in 14 karat gold. I’m not normally a silver mixed with gold jewelry wearer but I love the uniqueness of this necklace. It also came with a key chain that has a mini magnifying glass on it so that you could read the words on the necklace. I thought that was a nice little touch that really made this company stand out. I can’t wait to wear it!

I am really excited because I get to give away a $50 gift certificate to this online jewelry store. You can see more items that they sell here. I liked the “I Love You” jewelry the most but they also have ones with crosses that were pretty, too.

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each you do)

1) Leave a comment telling me who you want to win this for

2) Like NanoStyle Jewelry on Facebook

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Follow NanoStyle Jewelry on Twitter

5) Follow me on Twitter

6) Share this giveaway on a social network

7) Enter another one of my giveaways {found here}

Giveaway ends on February 14, 2012 at 11:59pm CST. Open to Worldwide.

(Disclosure: I received a necklace to review but all thoughts are my own.)

(Disclaimer: Please note that the From Our Hearts To Yours Giveaway Hop hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prize. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation that they will fulfill their prize in a timely manner. While we are not responsible, we will make every effort to assist the winner in obtaining their prize.)

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10 Valentine’s Day Treats

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Find other top 10 lists here :)

{Bloggers} Sign Up For The All For Love Valentine’s Event

I just signed up for the All For Love Valentine’s Event which is a giveaway hop event being hosted by Real Mom Reviews and Mama Chocolate. I love these types of events because they introduce our readers to new blogs and they can enter to win lots of amazing prizes. This hop runs from February 1-7, 2012 and all giveaways must have a value of $25 or more.

If you are a blogger and are interested in signing up for this giveaway hop you can visit Real Mom Reviews to learn more and sign up!

(Disclosure: I am posting to participate in this giveaway hop and want to spread the word so more blogs join in. All thoughts are my own.)

RedEnvelope.com Giveaway

Still looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one? Check out RedEnvelope.com! Here are five of my favorite items in their online store:

 

Nickname Coffee Cups

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Sculpted Jewelry Organizer

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Monogrammable Locket Cuff Links

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Picnic Backpack

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10 Reasons I Love You Truffle Box

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Find all these items and more at RedEnvelope.com. Want to shop for free? Enter to win a gift certificate!

GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win a $50 gift code to RedEnvelope.com!

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Leave a comment below telling me who you would buy a gift for (it’s ok to say yourself!)

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) “Like” RedEnvelope on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @redenvelope on Twitter

5) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email

6) Tweet: “Enter to win a @redenvelope gift certificate from @aliciamarie112 at http://www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered.

Giveaway ends 2/10/11 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I was given a gift certificate to RedEnvelope.com as compensation for this post but all opinions are my own.)

Dinosaur Train Make A Match Game Giveaway

With Valentine’s Day coming up I am excited to share some Dinosaur Train Valentines that you can download FREE and share with friends and family. Click on the image below to get yours:

Now to the giveaway…

Game Description:

In the Dinosaur Train Make A Match game, buddy and his friends sharpen children’s memory skills  in this special matching game that features a Buddy figure! To begin play, 48 game cards featuring favorite dinosaurs from Dinosaur Train are shuffled and laid face down in 6 rows of 8 cards each. Players take  turns turning over any two cards–so all players can see them–to find a matching pair. The game features “Take Buddy” cards, “Wild Cards” and “Lose a Pair” cards to add to the excitement. Players count their matching card sets  at the end and add extra points for the player holding Buddy to determine who wins. The Dinosaur Train Make A Match Game is for 2 to 4 players, ages 3 to 6, and is available at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide for just $9.99.

One person will win a Dinosaur Train Make A Match Game!

How to enter:

1) Tell me who you are trying to win the game for.

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) “Like” Henson Company on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 (me) on Twitter

5) Follow @hensonparents on Twitter

6) Tweet “Enter to win a Dinosaur Train Make A Match Game from @aliciamarie112 at http://www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which you entered

Giveaway ends on February 25, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.)

 


Goodnight Sweetheart Review and Giveaway

With Valentine’s Day coming up, many of us are looking to reconnect with our significant others and I love this card game, Goodnight Sweetheart- Couple’s Edition. Their website says, “2 cards…2 people…2 minutes… Sweet, FUN, adorable!!!!  Create your “better together” today.  A card each before bed….or play it in its longer version for a DATE NIGHT that will become your favorite.”


There are “sweetheart cards”, “action cards”, “sharing cards” and “wild cards” for couples to choose from. Here are a couple of samples of what’s on the cards:

Action Card: “Give me three little kisses”

Sharing Card: “Who was your first crush? Describe him or her.”

Sweetheart Card: “Name something that I did early on in our relationship that made you think, “Hmmm…this person could REALLY be someone significant to me…”

Wild Card: “Draw a sharing card OR nuzzle me, behind each ear”

We are all busy so I love how this game reconnects couples in just two minutes a day. The game was fun to play and I like how there was a mix of serious questions and  fun questions.

It should also be noted that Goodnight Sweetheart also has other editions including Goodnight Sweetheart: My Teen, Goodnight Sweetheart: My Tween, and Goodnight Sweetheart: My Child. They also have Goodnight Sweetheart: Nightcap Notes, which are notes finished by you.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Goodnight Sweetheart: Couples Edition Card Game

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Visit the Goodnight Sweetheart site and tell me one thing you learned about the products.

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) “Like” Goodnight Sweetheart on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @GNsweetheart on Twitter

6) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via RSS or email

7) Enter another giveaway and tell me which one you entered

8) Tweet “I entered to win a @GNsweetheart game from @aliciamarie112 at http://www.makingtimeformommy.com”

Giveaway ends on 2/25/11 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I was given a copy of Goodnight Sweetheart: Couple’s Edition and Night Cap Notes to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

 

 

Pear Tree Greetings Valentines Giveaway

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Do you or your children hand out valentines? If so, you have to check out Pear Tree Greetings line of valentines. I love them! Here are a few of their designs:

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GIVEAWAY:

24 free Kids Valentine’s Day Cards of your choice

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Leave a comment telling me one fun thing you or your children will be doing for Valentine’s Day

2) Tweet: ” Enter to win Valentines from @PearTreeGrtngs and @aliciamarie112 at http://www.makingtimeformommy.com

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Giveaway ends on January 23, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts are my own.)

Tot School- Love (2/15-2/19)

Since Valentine’s Day is today (the 14th) I decided to focus on the theme of LOVE for the week after the Holiday.

Activities:

*Color the snow- put some red food coloring in a spray bottle of water and spray the snow to color it

* Heart path- Hearts taped to ground, jump from heart to heart

* Make Valentine’s Cupcakes

* Make Jello Jigglers

* Gather all heart shaped toys and count them into a red valentine’s basket

* Play with red playdough- make a heart shape

Crafts:

*Potato Heart Stamp Project from Elise Blaha (found on Cafe Mom)

*Decorate a construction paper heart with glitter, crayons, and stickers

* Handprint Valentine w/ words “I love you this much” in between hands

* Love Collage- pictures of people Jacob loves glued on paper

* “Things I Love Book” (idea found here at Creative Homemaking)

* Love Bugs (from Just For Fun)

* Popsicle Stick Picture Frame decorated with hearts and will put picture of family in it

* Kissing Hand Necklace (idea from No Time For Flashcards). As a working mom I love the idea of this necklace. The Kissing Hand is a great book. I own it but it is currently in storage with the rest of my preschool books.

Songs:

* “I Love You” (The Barney Song)

* If You Love Me (to the tune of: If You’re happy and you know it)

* Jesus Loves Me

Board Books:

* I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

* Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse

* Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

* I Love You Very by Flavia Weedn and Lisa Weedn

* Daddy Kisses by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben

* Max’s Valentine by Rosemary Wells

* Hugs and Kisses by Roberta Grobel Intrater

and a variety of other small books about love