happy mail giveaway

In honor of hitting my 500th post and because I haven’t had a giveaway in forever

I gathered up some goodies that make me happy.

And hopefully when they arrive on someone’s doorstep, they will make them happy too.

Thus, the “happy mail” giveaway.


It includes an 8 x 10 chalkboard print (ready to be popped into a frame), mini valentine’s bunting, handmade vintage brooch art, a hotel ware spoon, and a dozen striped straws.

To be entered in the giveaway…

Leave a comment at the end of this post with a favorite Valentine’s memory or tradition.

Here’s one of mine…from the time I was little until I got married, each Valentine’s Day my Dad gave me a small heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. My mom was the shopper extraordinaire at Christmas, birthdays, etc. but on Valentine’s Day…it was all him. Such a small thing, but a special memory to me.

The comments will be open until midnight on Sunday, 2/10. The winner will be announced on Monday morning. 🙂

87 Responses to happy mail giveaway

  1. Joni Loper February 8, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Love this. My little guy and I say this daily to one another

  2. Andrea February 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    This is actually hard for me because generally my valentine’s days have not been very memorable (and if they were memorable it was not for good reasons, sadly). But I have a few memories that are good for different reasons. One was having my mom as my valentine. That’s a sweet memory for me. The other was celebrating myself on Valentine’s Day, by just treating myself well and doing something that I enjoyed. 🙂 And then the last one is accidentally writing “Happy Valentine’s Day” to someone who I had gone on a date with which didn’t end well at all. That one is just funny.

  3. Rosemary February 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    My dad always gave us Valentine’s Cards. I have always been a Daddy’s girl so it always made me feel special! He also always stopped to get my Mom something special. There is something so wonderful about seeing your parents doing something for each other!

  4. Kimberly Breier February 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway!! My boys and I exchange those words every night at bedtime. Favorite Valentine’s Day tradition… hmmmm… well each year my boys and I spend a Sunday afternoon baking and making valentines for all of our favorite people. We end the party with hot chocolate and homemade heart marshmallows.

  5. Linda@Coastal Charm February 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    This year just might be the best one…we will be celebrating at a company breakfast…where my hubs will be announced as the top sales person in his office for 2012 (has come in second place for the ast three years)…I’m sooooo proud of him.


  6. Dottie February 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Sweet, silly or just plain wrong messages written with candy hearts. Looking back in my mind’s eye and reliving some of them. Laughing & happy. (And I’ve gotta tell you that I LOVE red and white stripped straws.)

  7. Dottie February 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Striped ones. The stripped ones, not so much.

  8. Dhara February 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    My Grandparents are the most romantic couple I have known, they are so sweet together.. As a kid when I used to visit my grandparents, he would not start his dinner, until my grandmother comes and sits and eats with instead of coking something in kitchen.(She would insist that he enjoys something hot & fresh while she is cooking) 😉

    Every Valentine’s day… He would always get her a rose (as of today), I think it is such a sweet gesture and so romantic .Though my parents are separated and did not have happy marriage but looking at my grandparents( my faith and hope in love & marriage stayed strong)…I recently got married and I hope that I can have my married life like them( I will take a single rose happily every valentine day, instead of any expensive gift).

  9. Gena in Texas February 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    40 years ago this Valentine’s day, my now husband brought me my Valentine present to my house. We had just started dating 8 days earlier. I was not at home so he put the paper sack with the box of chocolates and a card on the front porch. I made him a chocolate heart cake.

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  10. Donna February 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    My grandma and granddaughter were both born on Valentines Day so it’s a special day in our family. Grandma raised me from the age of 5 and she will always be my most special Valentine!

  11. Shannon February 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    so cute! My favorite memory was 10 years ago when my husband proposed to me on Valentine’s Day 😉

  12. Korrie@RedHenHome February 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    My mom usually took care of the Valentine shopping at our house, but one year when I was just little, my dad decided he wanted to get us something special just from him. He bought us each a box of conversation hearts. We were delighted, and happily shared them with him. He thought they were NASTY! In fact, he thought they were so bad that *he* felt bad, so went out to buy us a substitute treat! This time it involved chocolate 😉

  13. Crystal Lee February 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Valentines Day always meant boxes of conversation hearts when we were kids. 🙂 I love making Valentines Day special for our children and loved ones. It’s not that big a deal for my husband and I because we spoil each other all year long!

  14. Maureen February 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    15 yrs ago this Valentine’s Day I got engaged. !1

  15. Melissa February 8, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Mom’s heart shaped sugar cookies are my favorite Valentine’s Day memory!!

  16. Dawn February 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    My favorite (and will always be) is that my Grandfather would buy me a “valentine ” of some sort, a card, candy etc. And of course I would LOVE it but he would always say “Now shhhh… you can’t tell your Grandma,,, I didn’t get anything for her, because you are my best girl.” …. of course I knew he had since my Grandmother was the moon and stars to him ,,, but I’ll never forget how special that made me feel. I miss him everyday , but LOTS on Valentines day…

  17. Gina February 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    The tradition in our house is to sing Happy Birthday!! It’s my husband’s. 😉 Thanks for your generosity!! Love the eclectic mix of goodies. 😉

  18. Elzabeth@ Blue Clear Sky February 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    That was very sweet of your Dad. My husband and I prefer to do nice things for each other year round, but we never forget Valentines. We just don’t go all out crazy buying expensive gifts. My favourite Valentines memory together these past 20 years was one of the first Valentine’s cards he bought. One of those cartoon types with fold outs and the characters sounded like long married complaining types and super super mushy at the same time -so not reflecting our young and fresh new marriage. But it was the thought that counted and he is much more careful finding a suitable, and not sappy, card now. Oh, and just about any school made Valentine’s craft from our boys.

  19. Karen February 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    I love old fashioned valentines. I have such wonderful memories of buying valentines and addressing them to my classmates. Making my little valentine “mailbox” for my school desk. Oh the anticipation of the class party and receiving all those cute cards. I would always give the secret admirer one to the boy I had a crush on and hope I would get one in return.
    To this day I find myself looking at the little boxes of cards and smiling. Oh the Sweet memories of Valentine’s Day.


  20. Cara Shoemaker February 8, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    I love your blog and would love to win the Valentine’s goodies! As a kid, Valentine’s always meant making and decorating sugar cookies with my mom. Now I get to continue the tradition with my girls!

  21. Jenna February 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    This was the day before Valentine’s Day, but in 2008 it was when my hubby proposed. It was the 6 month mark of us dating. So that’s my favorite memory associated with Valentine’s Day!

  22. Jessica February 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    My favorite memory was when my mom sent valentine’s balloons to school for each of us. I remember the feeling of being called out of class to go pick something up in the office and I was so happy when I realized it was a present from my momma.

  23. martha.anne February 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    My now hubby waited by my locker in high school (he went to a different school) and when the bell rang I was greeted with a stuffed bear and a dozen roses. Nothing is more sweet than 16 year old love on valentine’s day!!

  24. Michele @ Primp February 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Definitely my most memorable Valentine’s Day is getting engaged to my husband of now 17 years! A few years ago I started a tradition of giving my kids a special valentine balloon attached to a small, sweet treat–simple yet memorable (I hope).

  25. Stacey February 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    This one is easy for me. 25 years ago this Valentine’s we were married on a beautiful cool winter day. The day was completely dreamy and I love remembering it. 🙂

  26. Polly February 8, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Making my own valentine mailbox (embellished & bedazzled)for classmates to place the valentines in during our exchange in grade school

  27. Evelyn February 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    My best memories are at school making the boxes to put our valentines in! It was a fun time decorating and anticipating the valentines! Such fond memories in elementary school!
    I am now a Nana in my 50’s and the rush of memories come with the same excitement!!

  28. Leah February 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    My senior year in college I was single and Valentines Day was a depressing affair. My roommates boyfriend called (he was at college in another state) and I clearly remember answering the phone “Happy Frickin’ Valentine’s Day.” (Strong words for me). That weekend I met my husband.
    Now, we spend Valentines eating a big steak and seafood dinner with our kids. I set a “fancy” table and light candles. We go around the table talking about things we love.

  29. Holly February 8, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    My memory is the same as yours!!! My parent’s anniversary was on Valentine’s day so it was always a big deal at our house. My mom decorated and made cute sugar cookies, but my dad always got us all our own box of chocolates, in the shape of a heart of course! My mom always got a HUGE one and us kids got little ones. But I would save those boxes and store all of my special treasures in them!!!

    Thanks for bringing back such a fun memory!

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!

  30. kelly February 9, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    My husband gives our daughter a charm to add to her braceket on Valentines Day.

  31. Lori February 9, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    500th – fantastic!
    What a sweet memory for you to always cherish of your dad.
    I love surprising my kiddos with special treats (books, fun socks, pencils, lip gloss, etc.)
    at their place setting for our “fancy” family dinner each Valentine’s Day.
    Btw, the vintage brooch art is simply wonderful!! Fun giveaway.

  32. cassie February 9, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    i loved as a kid that every valentine’s day my parents gave me a gift…. right up through college. it always made it special!

  33. Nadine johnson February 9, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    My auntie Rose would make my sister and I matching dresses in red and white.I carried on the tradition when I had my daughte and niece.

  34. Wendy February 9, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    My husband proposed to me on Valentine’s Day, 1988. We had candy and small gifts for each other and as I started to look in my little bag, he said, “Before you open your gifts, I have something I want to ask you…” He got down on one knee and proposed. The ring was in the bottom of the gift bag. ♥

  35. pamela February 9, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    By far, my favorite Valentine memory is of the box I made for school. Always loved my box and the cards exchanged — cards from the fifties are so much better than those exchanged today.

  36. Laura/Readerwoman February 9, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    40 years ago, when my husband and I were dating, He always gave me a HUGE Valentine’s Day card. Usually a couple of feet high! We have been married 39 years now, but even these days he always remembers to do something different, funny or sweet just to say “I love you…”

  37. Jan February 9, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    When I left home to go to college, (Samford University in Birmingham, AL), my dad sent me flowers every valentine’s day. Very special to me. I was such a daddy’s girl.

  38. Kate D. February 9, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    I remember the fun of making a shoebox into a “mailbox” so that my classmates and I could exchange Valentine’s Day cards at school. I also remember the fun of picking out and addressing the cards.

  39. dawn February 9, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    I am loving your blog!! My favorite tradition is making the kids lunch for school. I make the sandwiches heart shaped, add heart shaped cookies and candy, and write a sweet note on their napkins. I am afraid my children will soon ask me to stop doing this since they are getting older. Thank you for a chance to win. i am so excited!!!

  40. Jann Olson February 9, 2013 at 3:59 am #

    Congrats on your #500. I am almost at that same point. The give away is so sweet. Love your special memory. I have two that are so memorable that I couldn’t pick just one. the first is when I was in 2nd grade I had Rheumatic Fever. I was unable to attend school. By Feb. I was doing better and I got to go to school on Valentines Day. The other is in 1981 when my 4th child was born on Valentines. We named him Dalan and he calls it Dalantines Day.

  41. Nancy Carr February 9, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    Many, many years ago when I was young at an event after school the girls were to bring a picnic basket and the boys bid on the baskets and got to eat with the girl who had brought the basket. The boy I had a crush on (at the time) bid highest on my picnic basket and we ate together. It was sweet.

  42. Kara February 9, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    Fantastic giveaway! Your valentine memory sounds a lot like mine! My Dad would always bring my Mom, my sister and me a big heart of candy! I always thought the box was the prettiest thing and would save it long after valentine’s day! You know the kind of box, lacy, with lots of fabric roses and he’d always make sure mine was pink! I’d immediately open it and proceed to mash each chocolate to see what was in the middle! Oh what a great memory, thx for taking me back!

  43. Wanita February 9, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    When I was in elementary school way back in the 50’s and 60’s, we always exchanged valentines and had a little party on Valentine’s day. In third grade, I had a big crush on a handsome boy named Jim. That Valentine’s Day he gave me the biggest and best Valentine card he had. I was thrilled! I loved the parties every year, but that year was the best of all.

  44. Jen February 9, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    What a wonderful collection of goodies! My memories of Valentine’s Day have been with my husband. Together for 23 years and every Valentine’s Day he buys me the most romantic card. He’s not a man of many words, but he always finds a mushy card that speaks for him. I love that.

  45. Joi February 9, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Quite a few years ago when my husband and I had been married for about six years – we had two small little boys at the time – his job sent him traveling Valentine’s Day week. We had always spent the holiday together; I would fix a special dinner to have after the boys had been put to bed, and we gave each other some sweet little remembrance that didn’t break our meager bank account at the time. That particular year was special to me because in the middle of the afternoon my doorbell rang, and there stood a very cold delivery man with a sweet little glass perfume bottle filled with the most precious little pink rose bouquet. The bouquet itself was exquisite, but the small enclosure card with a sweet note in his handwriting was the most beautiful thing I have ever received from him. Knowing he had preplanned the delivery knowing I would be a little sad being home alone meant the world to me. He continues to be that same thoughtful man he was all those years ago, and our boys have turned out to be thoughtful and loving husbands due to the example my husband has set. I thank the Lord that He gave him to me…

  46. Kayla T February 9, 2013 at 5:36 am #

    Congratulations, i will have to share your page on my blog. I must say that all your ideas are 100% original and brilliant. Absolutely love this. I know this is going to sound weird, but my favorite Valentine memory would have to be the time I broke my fingers at cheerleading a couple years back. Everything was fine and normal then I was in the ER. My dad felt bad so he got all these hot wings (because I love those), which were hard to eat, and my mom got me this giant teddy bear that is with me at college now. Every time I see my teddy bear I just think of that day and just chuckle to my self. It has become quite the on going joke in the household. Ever since then my parents ask every year “what are you going to break this year, Kayla?” That is a Valentines day I will never forget.

  47. Kelly Griglione February 9, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    First and foremost, BIG CONGRATS on your 500th post. Wow-ee, that’s sayin’ something!

    Being a paper fanatic, I love Valentine’s day because I get to take out some of my Victorian Valentines. They are incredibly made … thick chipboard, die cut, embossed, honeycombs, mechanics, 16 colors, old ink writing on the back, completely awesome. And 150-100 years old.

  48. Colleen Gibbs February 9, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    I LOVE Valentines Day because I get to combine those things I love the most: my husband and three sweet kiddos, creating beautiful things, and giving gifts. Each year, starting sometime in January, I start to think of what type of special Valentines ill create that year. Every year I try to make something totally original and super special for each one. My kids cant wait to see what their Valentine will look like. I love the tradition because I get to show how much I love them in a special way.

  49. Susan M. February 9, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I was adopted at the age of 4 and very quickly became a daddy’s girl. Each year I got a Valentine card from him with a note saying how glad he was that “I had chosen him”. I am now 59, he is coming up on 90 and you guessed it… I’m looking forward to receiving my card in the mail this next week!

    We live in two different states and a few years ago, I made a Valentine tree with all the saved cards and notes, took a picture, made it in to a puzzle and sent it to him. This simple gesture was probably the best Valentine gift I’ve ever given and his response was the best I’ve ever received.

    Congrats on your 500th post and thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Cortney Jenkins February 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    When my husband and I started dating, we couldn’t afford a nice meal for our first Valentines Day so we went to Moe’s Southwest Grill with a coupon. We’ve gone every year since just to remember that first time. 🙂

  51. Deni February 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    My husband and I have been married for 22 years and over the years gifts have become less often. So, last year to my great surprise, after work he came home with an orchid, and adorable teddy bear and 2 dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme! I was so pleasantly surprised but had to laugh at the 2 dozen donuts : )

  52. Di@Cottage-wishes February 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    My favorite Valentines are the silver heart charms my sweet girls and hubby gave me each year! I would love to win your sweet give away. I’m a silver girl too. Di @ Cottage-Wishes.
    P. S. congrats on your 500 post! Di

  53. Michelle February 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Valentine memory for me…coming in the door after school, answering the phone and yelling “It’s a boy.” I was ten and my seven year old sister went stomping and screaming down the stairs, yelling “I wanted a girl!” My brother will be 44 this week….and my sister still stomps 🙂

  54. Ellen Hunt February 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    The first year we were dating my husband and I were in college. We had those old fashioned wooden mailboxes near the cafeteria. Valentines morning I found my mailbox filled to the brim with Hershey kisses. A card and balloons followed. It was our first Valentines Day as a couple and he made me feel very special.

  55. Mary S February 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    My favorite valentines memory is probably last year when my 6, 5 and 2 year old “waited” on my husband and me for dinner. We ate in the dining room and the kids ate in the kitchen. We were probably interrupted 50 times but our kids had the time of their lives.

  56. Kathleen Fisher February 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I loved when my kids were little and they’d dump out their shoebox of valentines and sit around the table where we’d look at each one. Nearly all were store bought, but the sentiments were sweet. Ahhhhh………a day to celebrate love no matter the age. Congrats on #500. Great blog 🙂

  57. lori lucas February 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    I struggle with the commercialism of Valentines Day, so I like to go old-school. My grandmother made my siblings and me a layered chocolate heart-shaped cake each Valentines Day and delivered it to us. She did this for us until the year she died. It was such a sweet gesture that I had to carry on that tradition with my own five children. Several years ago when my oldest son had married he called and wanted to know if he could come over and “borrow my kitchen”. He used my kitchen to make his wife a hand-made cherry heart cake for Valentines Day (because cherry is his wife’s favorite). …AND, he used the same heart pans that my grandmother used all those years. The tradition continues!! P.S. My sons wife loved her cake!! Lori Lucas

  58. Regan February 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    My favorite valentines day was my senior year of high school when a bunch o girlfriends and I all went out to dinner together to celebrate not having boyfriends!

  59. amanda s. February 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    My husband and I had our 2nd date on Valentine’s day.

  60. Jill Jones February 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    What a great give-away! Congrats on the 500th post, too.

    My favorite V-Day memory is the cherry chip cake with 7 minute frosting my mom made us every year. It is still my favorite flavor of cake and so pretty in pink 🙂

  61. Lisa Phipps February 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    When my sister and I were in elementary school, every year our Mom would make us a each a heart shaped cake to take to school. She would frost it with pink icing. We always got to help. Way back then, 40 years ago, we didn’t have a heart shaped pan. She would bake a square cake and a round cake and cut the round one in half and butt each half against two sides of the square to make a heart. We thought it was really cool that our Mom was so smart. =) It was always a special treat. Thanks for bringing this special memory back for me.

  62. Tania February 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Congratulations on 500 posts! (501 now! tee hee!) I love your selection for the giveaway. I don’t really have a memory from Valentine’s day but I do have my very first Valentine that my “boyfriend” in the 3rd grade gave me! It’s got a prominent place on my Valentine’s day tree! http://littlevintagecottage.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-valentine-tree.html


  63. Michele O February 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    A lovely give-away from a lovely blog. One Valentines Day my step Dad (one of the least romantic men on the planet) got me a cute pin with two bears holding a heart, I must have been about 15 and I am now 45 and still have that pin. Now I am a Mom and I am sure that every Valentines Day my Son gets a cute card and a sweet present. I love hearts out in the house all year but I get a few more out for this fun Holiday.

  64. Deb February 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Such a sweet bundle of give-aways! I think the chalk board is my favorite. Thanks for the offer!

  65. lbreid25 February 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    What a sweet give-away! Love it! I always loved making valentines special from when I was a child….selecting the perfect valentine for classmates, friends and family. Even addressing those little envelopes!

  66. Deborah Oakley February 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Growing up in Colorado there is a sweet little town called Loveland, CO. And that was one of our favorite places to go visit once in awhile but around Valentines Day that little town does some very sweet things and it is a place where my parents and 3 of my sisters now live. They decorate all of the street lamps that go around Loveland Lake with big red wooden hearts that are dedicated every year to a certain sweetheart like Deborah n Brian 4 ever…they are so cute! Then there is a group of women who volunteer every year and hand stamp your Valentines and it gets post marked with Sent with Love from Loveland, CO or what ever there theme is for the year. We would all get so excited to get our Valentine in the mail with the red stamped cupid from Loveland, CO! There were 5 of us girls and we all got our very own card! That was super special cause we always had to share! Congrats Susan on your 500th post you go girl!

  67. Maribeth VanderWoude February 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    My favorite Valentine tradition/memory? Just last night I baked a two layer Red Velvet in the heart shaped pans I have from my dear mama who made us sweet treats in them every Valentine’s Day! She’s been gone for 7 years now but her memory lingers on in so many ways! She was so good at loving others!

  68. Stacey February 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    I remember from my childhood, those little conversation hearts. My brother, sister, and I would get the biggest kick out of reading them to each other, teasing each other with them, then eating them-by the handfuls! I especially am fond of that memory because as adults, living in different states, we barely talk or see each other anymore.

  69. Jean February 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    When I married my husband I had a little girl 3 years old. Our first Valentine’s Day my husband brought home two red roses and a yellow one representing my daughter. Every year he continued that tradition. Our sons saw how their dad honored me and their sister and learned from it. I’ll never forget the year that one of my sons sent flowers to his sister on Valentine’s Day. I knew my husband had taught them well. I love your blogs and your ideas. Your home is just beautiful. Lots of great ideas!

  70. Linda S. in NE February 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Because my husband of 41 years was placed in an Alzheimer’s Care Unit this past year, I find myself treasuring every Valentine Day memory we shared in those years. I am hoping that my best memory will occur this upcoming Valentine’s Day when he receives my handmade card, and may even know who “Linda” is.

  71. Laura B February 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    I love that my husband sends me flowers at work~it’s such a nice gesture in the hustle and bustle of my workplace, and I smile all day at my desk looking at them.

  72. Anne P February 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    My favorite memory is receiving my annual Valentine Card in the mail with $5 in it from my Papa. I don’t know what was better, getting something in the mail or the $5 inside.
    I am now 37 and my Papa is 88 and I still look forward to my Valentine from him. What makes it even more special is that he continued the tradition with my daughter!

  73. Lin February 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Thank you for this nice give-a-way.

    When I was in grade school (a long time ago btw) we hung up our little white bags for Valentine’s and when I checked mine I had a beautiful Catholic Rosary! No one would clame they gave it to me, but whoever did wrote they loved me in green ink. Every time I see green ink, I think of that little boy and his beautiful gift!

  74. Jeanne February 10, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    My favorite Valentine memory was creating a Valentine box to put on my desk during my classroom Valentine party. I loved using all the red construction paper, crepe paper, paper lace doilies and heart shaped stickers. I guess it was the beginning of my love of collage art. It was so exciting to open the box at the end of the day to see who gave you a Valentine.
    Congratulations on your 500th post!

  75. Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale February 10, 2013 at 2:53 am #

    Super cute! You sure can rock the chalkboard art, it’s awesome!! Soooo, I don’t particularly like valentine’s day, so I never really do much revolving around it, therefore no outstanding memories. I like your memory though, very sweet!

  76. Emily Hunter February 10, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories is every year my mom would get me a chocolate rose. You can find them about everywhere, and they are only a dollar. But its a nice childhood memory ; Now that I’m married and this is our second V-Day. We have made a tradition not to buy gifts but to spend time together. Last year we went to dinner and to the Zoo. Can’t wait to see what we do this year. I would love to win the black chalkboard 😉

  77. Sharon H February 10, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    one of mine is my mother in law makes all the kids and grand kids heart shaped pink iced cookies! Then she delivers them personally every valentine s day! She has been doing this for as long as I have been married to her son…25 years!
    Congrats on your 500th post!
    I am new to your blog and I am enjoying it very much!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. Katie February 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I love that print! I love finding new valentine ideas each year for my kids to hand out, so much more fun than the box of tear-aways we had as kids!

  79. tami February 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    I happened, accidentally, onto this website some weeks ago and I just want to say thanks. I am new to the blog world and love it! Who woulda thunk that I like technology this much….shhhh….don’t tell my kids….I’ve got ’em fooled. Thanks for sharing your ideas, it is inspiring and reminds all of us of the abundance of GOOD in this life.

    Anywho, a valentine tradition I would like to share with you involves my neices. I have 28 neices and nephews….yes that’s right….28. When a neice turns 13, I send them a pair of valentine socks and a card to starbucks/panera/DD, because every girl needs a valentine on that special day. Not sure how long I have been doing this, but my family says I should take “sock” out in DD for all I have spent there!

    Thanks again for the blog, it does make a diference and congrats on the 500th post! 🙂

  80. Michelle February 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I love the Chalkboard print. I say that to my boys often. I use to love coming home from school on Valentines Day and find treats that my mom would get us. I also loved the cards my dad would give us.

  81. Nicole Palser February 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    I’m still enjoying the single life, waiting for “Mr. Right,” so my gal pals and I have created a Valentine’s tradition of getting dressed up and going out for dessert and a movie! A couple years ago, we went to a late showing of Valentine’s Day. The theatre was packed, and apparently had been most of the day, because by the time our movie started the theatre had a unique smell that was reminiscent of a junior high locker room. It was awful – but definitely memorable! This year, we’re doing a Valentine’s-Day-In, making fun desserts and watching Pitch Perfect!

    Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and congrats on your 500th post!

  82. Patty Soriano February 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Catching up on emails today and glad I found this before the deadline ! Whew! Thank you for offering this SWEEEEET giveaway. Most holidays make me a little sad since I’ve lost my mom and dad. I’d have to say that my memory would be of my mom who always made sure we got a little valentine card and a small box of chocolates on this sweetest of days. I thought I had forgotten that…. so glad to remember it again.


  83. Kris February 11, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    Hi Susan,
    Congrats on your 500th post!!! Wow that is great. My fondest memory was helping my two daughters when they were younger and in school to make the valentines for their friends. We would buy store bought valentines and then get out the glue and glitter etc. and decorate them and make them more personalized for each child in their class. It was so much fun to sit around the table and decorate the cute valentines all together.

  84. Kim B. February 11, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    Congratulations on your 500th post, that’s so amazing! I loved reading everyones stories! I am a holiday fanatic, you name a holiday or a special occassion type day and I’m all over it! I have always given/sent my closest friends/close coworkers Valentines day cards…and as I grew older I still continued the tradition, and still only send the childrens Valentines Day boxed cards. Some of my friends used to think this was funny that as an adult they were receiving a kids Valentine card, but over the years they have commented that they look forward to seeing what type of card they will receive this year, I also send some kind of a sweet treat with the card as well. Last year was Tweety Bird! This year is Snoopy! I am a giant kid! That’s how I roll! 🙂

  85. Lindsey February 11, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    My most memorable Valentine’s Day goes way way back to 5th grade…my 5th grade crush walked up to my mom’s van while she was waiting to pick me up after school. He was carrying a chocolate rose and a bejeweled gold heart necklace in a pretty little box. He asked my mom to please give me the gifts because I was his one and only Valentine! My mom thought it was the most precious thing…she kept the chocolate rose in our freezer for YEARS! I of course was beyond embarrassed but also so secretly excited!

  86. Debbie w February 11, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    Wonderful give away! My sweetest memories of valentine’s day are the years as a kindergarten teacher and coming home with those small hearts filled with chocolate candy! Still makes me smile as I type this!

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