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Boy friendly Valentine’s Ideas

February is almost here, and some of you may be getting ready for that day of love. Valentine’s Day can be hard for some boys. They want to participate but a lot of the valentines available are a little too cutesy for them to imagine giving out to their friends or class. That is why we try to give some boy-friendly valentine ideas every year. Because your boys shouldn’t be embarrassed to give out a token of friendship to the people in their lives.

 

Star Wars Pixie Stick Light Saber Printable: This fun printable is incredibly boy-friendly. Star Wars is a beloved movie, and you cannot go wrong with lightsabers. This simple printable is available from The Idea Room. Simply print the template, tape some pixie sticks to the page, and handout to friends! Simple, straightforward, sweet, and not too cutesy! Thank you to The Idea Room for such a  perfect valentine!  

Hot Wheels Valentine: This fun printable from Little Bit Funky is fun and sweet. For those boys that love to get and give candy this is a fun play on words. I am Wheely Glad we are friends is a safe and fin sentiment and it comes with candy! How can you go wrong? Thank you to Little Bit Funky for such a  perfect valentine!

 

Pokemon Valentine: I choose you! This fun tutorial available from Parenting Healthy is right on the ball for those Pokemon lovers. Simply follow their tutorial to create a Pokeball valentine and attach a pokemon card for fun. This will catch everyone’s heart. Thank you to  Parenting Healthy  for such a  perfect valentine!

Christmas Storage Organization Ideas

I have not cleaned up Christmas, and I won’t for a few more weeks. But I love looking at great Christmas storage ideas for the cleanup when I do. Since I usually get a little bit more decor at the end of Christmas (sales hello!) and I have extra money from gifts, I like to purchase things for next year. One thing I love to do is purchase storage containers. They not only make excellent storage for decor, they also make excellent storage for all the extra toys and clothes my kids have received during the holidays.

Some great places to get storage containers inexpensively after Christmas is Home Depot, Target, Wal Mart, Lowes, Big Lots, and Dollar Tree. I love to purchase bins, wall organizers, closet organizers, and cases that I can put things in all year long. Check out some incredible storage ideas here.

You can also repurpose items to be used in different ways that can enable you to have more storage. Check out some incredibly cool ideas here from Spunky Junky.

It always feels great to start the new year off right with everything organized and clean. I feel great knowing I know where everything is and can get to it easily.

Self Care During the Holiday’s: Stress Less

The holidays can indeed be stressful. We try so hard to make everything perfect that we run ourselves ragged. It is only December 7th and I have already found myself taking on too much for the holiday season. Why do we try to be overachievers? Why do we try to do so much when we know it will only wipe us out? Well, this year let us all make a pact to avoid stressing ourselves out. In fact, here is a list of things we should remember when we are asked to help with something or we think we should just do one more thing to make the season great.

      1. Set boundaries! It is ok to say NO! We do not need to volunteer for everything, we o not need to bake cookies, cupcakes, gingerbread houses, and make bread and meals from scratch just because it is the holiday season. Our kids do not need everything to be perfect. We have the ability to make things special without making them more work. Pick one or two special things you want to do this holiday season. Set aside time for it, enjoy it, and tell everyone you are not available to do anything else!
      2. Self-Care! Self-care is very important during the holidays. We matter too! Take a walk, get in a workout, go out for coffee with a friend, take a nap, do something for YOU. We stretch ourselves thin all year long and even more so during the holidays. So take a few moments to yourself this season. Carve out time for something you enjoy, and do not let anyone guilt you for it. Remember, when you are on the airplane and they are giving safety instructions they tell you to apply your own oxygen mask before your child’s? This is the same principle you should apply now. You cannot take care of anyone else until you have taken care of yourself. You cannot refill someone’s cup from an empty cup of your own. Make the time.
      3. Try not to make everything perfect. Nothing will take up your time more than trying to make the holiday season perfect. You will be so busy working to attain perfection that you will miss out on the beauty of the imperfections. Take a hint from Charlie Brown. Life is beautiful if you just slow down and see the deeper meaning. Don’t get caught up in the commercialism and the grandeur. Find the beauty in the small moments, and enjoy them as long as you can.

We hope you have a great holiday season. We want everyone to stay safe and enjoy the small things.