Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine's Day Festiveness

There are a million reasons why Valentine's Day is amazing. Cupcakes are one of them. Or in this case, six of them. My husband doesn't have near the sweet tooth that I do & since we are saving cake for Harper's first birthday, I whipped these up all. for. myself. I'm not even mad about it.  You can file these under how not to lose baby weight.

My little Valentine has also been very festive lately, rocking her heart shaped elbow patches!

"Posing for a quick pic, mama. But then I gotta get back here & tear pages out of these books!"

Hat, Gap Outlet Jacket (similar here)

I grabbed this adorable Envelope Chair Backer right after Christmas (it's on sale now!) for all of Harper's Valentine's Day goodies!


So what exactly is going in her sweet little envelope? Here are a few of my ideas!


I love buying Harper books for every holiday & writing inside of them. It makes bedtime stories much more fun & I know we will love looking back at her old books as she grows up!
Kids are the easy ones to give Valentine's Day gifts to.... husbands, on the other hand? Not so much. We usually do something fun together like dinner & maybe a few small goodies. Think along the lines of these stocking stuffers! My go-to is usually some heart shaped pancakes, some sort of gadget from the hardware store (with a heartfelt note saying something along the lines of "Thanks for not being a TOOL!") and some festive balloons tied to mini-booze-bottles! :)
We are so classy over here.

What are your plans for Valentine's Day gifting?

48 comments:

  1. Harper is such a doll! My valentine's gift ideas are along similar lines to yours! It's my birthday on the 14th, so Matt has to make more of an effort though ;-) xx

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  2. gosh! those cupcake looks delish!
    love the heart elbow patches,,,,,too cute to be true!

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  3. I am so obsessed with that swimsuit!

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  4. Heart shaped donuts from DD of course!! Dinner with my love. He usually gets me flowers and a card. and I get him a shirt every year haha. He's hard to shop for.
    We do dinner the day before because last time we waited two hours to eat and it was horrible haha we were starving. happy valentines day, Harper!!!

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  5. That envelope on the back of the chair is beyond precious!!

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  6. I bought the exact same chair backer for B at the beginning of Jan lol love it!

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  7. That chair backer, AHHHH I love it! And I need it! NOW.

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  8. HAHA! I have my baby boy on my lap...and he just started laughing when we came to Harper's picture....He thinks she's adorable too...he likes those older women;) Have a good day!

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  9. lol love the "thanks for not being a tool" that's gold!

    teapotsandtrinkets.blogspot.com

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  10. Hi! I'm a new visitor to your site, although I have known about your chalkboard "bumpdates" on Pinterest for some time now! So happy to have found your blog though. The ideas and baby items/gifts you post here are super cute and creative. How do you put together the items you find? Is it with a computer program or certain website (reminds me of Polyvore)?

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  11. We have the Romeo & Juliet book, my daughter loves it! I have little metal buckets (red for my boys, pink for my girl) that I tie a valentine balloon too and fill with little candies and a valentines card (and some other stuff just not sure what). My husband always gets a card and he "buys" (meaning i buy it) me a box of my favorite chocolates. He always forgets about valentines day even though I decorate and remind him!

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  12. Last V-day our little guy was 8 days old and we did a newborn photo shoot! Hard to top that this year!!! However im hoping to have a heart shaped them to breakfast/lunch/dinner. I LOVE getting our LO books as well. He just looks at them so seriously its hillarious!

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  13. Such sweet pictures of that precious baby girl! You've got some great ideas for Valentine goodies as well! Oh, and I just repinned the cupcake! Yummmm!!! My Megan's Valentines so far consist of a Dora baseball glove and baseball for toddlers....she tries to play baseball with the dog's ball and a bath mitt. Bless her heart. ;) She's also got some bath crayons, cowgirl boots, Crayola twist up crayons and a coloring book. She may get a few M&M's, as those are her favorite candy! Now my husband....well, I'm sure I won't see him on <3 day. He's Active Duty Army and I rarely see him during the week. He's good about surprises for me, but when it comes to him, it's rather difficult! A cookie cake from the Great American Cookie Company is usually on tap for him (he has a HUGE sweet tooth!) and I'll try and think of some other little prize for him. I'm sure we'll go have a nice lunch or dinner out that weekend. Valentine's Day has become so much sweeter since I had my baby girl. I love putting together little goodies for her! Oh, and your GroopDealz printable looks fabulous on my mantel with my other Valentine's decor!! :)

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  14. Love the heart bathing suit!!! Too cute.

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  15. I may have to scope up that romeo & juliet book, how cute. Harper is looking awfully festive!! Still can't believe she is taking her first steps, jeez. Cupcakes look yummy!! I stopped by the cupcake store up the road today for one, everyone seems to be posting about sweets, got me in the mood!!

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  16. bravo with the homemade cupcakes and of course Love all your holiday spirit!!!

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  17. I just love your blog!! My hubby is deployed so I am sending him a special valentines day package:)

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  18. Love the boon sippy! I picked up some of the cute valentine's day sippy cups and snack containers at target the other day, they are the cutest!

    And for the record, do you see that dupreestilllllllll copies all of your posts literally days after you write them???? That girl needs to get some original content.

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    1. Hahaha!! I was looking @ that today! I can't help but read it--pisses me off everytime. Be your own person. Of course, Jessica & her blog are so inspiring but that Dupree chick is out of control.

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    2. She literally copies almost EVERY word!! It's kind of scary?

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    3. What's the name of this copycat blog? I've tried looking it up a few other times but could never find it....which is a good thing, I guess! I just want to be nosey and see for myself. Maybe we should all leave her a comment suggesting (nicely) that she get her own material! Bahaha

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    4. I have been curious, too. tried to look her up.

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    5. Spearmint baby....google it

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    7. DAMN! There are literally word for word sentences in there that have come straight from your blog. And holiday outfit boards to top it off!

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  19. My little man is sending our family and friends "hugs" made with his handprints ... Got the idea from Pinterest!!

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  20. How the heck do you keep those pretty bows in her hair?!

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  21. I love love all of your holiday ideas! I'm going to have to snatch up that envelope ASAP! I'm so glad Harper was born five months before my little princess, so I can read all your monthly recommendations, and buy most of them! Lol My husband is in the Army and will be out in the field, so I'm glad I've got a tiny valentine to spoil at home.
    Ps, just checked out the blog that previous person mentioned, holy copycat!

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  22. So many things to love here! Those cupcakes...yum! Adore her cute shirt...where is it from? And totally checking out all these fun gifts! You are theee best mama!!

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  23. I have those plates from target too! and those cupcakes look amazing! reminds me I need to make my bf some yummy cupcakes for vday! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  24. Those cupcakes look AH-MAZING! Well done! I went to that Zuzii website and how ridiculous are those boots? Wish they made them in adult sizes and, now, kinda wishing I had a baby girl!

    Maegan
    lovethemama.blogspot.com

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  25. I thought you would enjoy this adorable Valentines chalkboard printable I shared on my blog!!

    http://thestotzfamilystory.blogspot.com/2013/01/valentines-day-printable.html

    Jillian

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  26. Those cupcakes look delish! And once again, love all of your holiday festiveness!

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  27. What kind of things do you write in Harper's books? That is such a sweet idea! I so love the Romeo & Juliet book! Might have to scoop that up.

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  28. Can you please please please write your post about exclusively pumping and doing formula for Harper? I had my son in May and wasn't able to nurse and it was the most devastating thing I think I have been through! Would love some tips on pumping for our second child (some day) ;)

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    1. Lacy, I just saw this and don't mean to intervene but I exclusively pumped (long story) for 13 months without having to use ANY formula (son had a dairy allergy) and went back to work full time doing it. If you have any questions that I can help you with, please feel free to ask. I would be more than willing to help. :-)

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  29. Happy Valentine's Day to you in advance..!! Baby Dresses

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  30. That tiny little red heart bathing suit may have just made my ovaries explode. :) DYING.

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  31. Oh.my.word.... I recently found your blog and have decided I want to be bff's? Too much for a 1st time introduction? ;)

    Just added you to my 'favorites' so I can follow along!!!
    -Darci
    www.littlepinkshadetree.blogspot.com

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  32. I'm thinking about getting hubby those whiskey stones on your stocking stuffer post! Or maybe a 2 liter oak barrel to age his whiskey :)

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  33. I'm thinking about getting hubby those whiskey stones on your stocking stuffer post! Or maybe a 2 liter oak barrel to age his whiskey :)

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  34. Your cupcakes look just like Sprinkles' Cupcakes! Pretty! Is it really "the best batter recipe"?

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  35. Those cupcakes look amazing! And I LOVE your book suggestions for little ones. My cousin's little girls generally benefit from those.

    I made and sent Valentine's Day photo accordion books. Tutorial on my blog at: http://violetandgreyllc.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-accordion-photo-book.html

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  36. I just got a book for my son that I thought you would be interested in! It's called The Night Before Valentines Day. I have read about your love of the eves of holidays especially valentines day and I figured you might want to get it for little Harper! She is just precious by the way :) I got the book from Target in case you do want to get it!

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