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February 7th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Some Fun Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for Valentine’s Day ideas that go beyond the chocolate, flowers and candy hearts? Here’s a few ideas that might help you add an extra level of creativity and fun to your celebration.

Create a heart-shaped photo collage or one in the shape of the word love at

How about a photo or video greeting card with your favorite love song soundtrack? You can download the Smilebox app and create a customized Valentine.

Want to play around with customized logos, playing cards or text layouts? Go to and find some really fun ways to personalize your name, your brand or your favorite sentiment. I got lost on this site for a while making a great love quote into a heart-shaped design and a turning my daughter’s name into a Facebook logo.

Show your romantic side by telling your loved ones “I Love You” in different languages. There’s a 99¢ itunes app called 100 Ways to Say I Love You.

Need some good music to go along with the celebration? Check out the free Valentine’s Day radio app that links you to the most romantic radio stations on the web.

And if you want some good gift ideas, try for some inspiration.

In the past, I was never a huge fan of all the Valentine’s Day hoopla, or chocolate and flowers. But once I had kids, the “Be My Valentine” sentiment took on a whole new meaning. Getting their construction-paper hearts and adorable heart-themed crafts made it special.

I just love the segment of the new Hallmark Valentine’s commercial where the little boy wants to be told that “I’m your superhero”. Oh that fabulous stage when your kids just adore everything about you. Does anything capture it better than that clip? Gets me every time.

“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.
H. Jackson Brown

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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February 6th, 2012 at 5:00 am

The Perfect Valentines Kit – A Date Kit

Valentines Day is coming up and you may be searching for that perfect gift. As a parent to young children, nothing is more perfect than a date with my Hubby. I’ve talked about it before – the importance of spending some quality time with the person in your life.

We have two problems with dating in my family. First, we let too much time go between dates. We get busy and before you know it, our last date was 4 months ago. This happens way too often around here. The second problem is that sometimes when we go on a date we do the same thing most every time. We go out to dinner and then we run shopping errands. Not very exciting. We are usually home by 9:30pm and are in bed by our regular time. BORING!

So, for Valentines I am trying to spice things up a bit. I am going to pre-plan 12 dates for the next year. The great part is that some will involve spending money while others will be free; some will be at home and others will need a babysitter. They are going to be all types. But they will be set.

Let me walk you through how I did this……

First I selected what the dates will encompass. Along with writing some of our personal favorite things to do I searched one of my favorite dating blogs for some new ideas.

These are some of the ideas I am using:

Comedy Club Date Night- My husband is a huge Star Wars fan so I found some Star Wars Mad Libs for us to use. We’ll watch some videos of our favorite comics and Saturday Night Live clips and end the night with a fun dessert.

Geocaching Date- For this date I am going to find some geocaches located at a picturesque park. I’ll pack a picnic dinner for us to enjoy in between caches.

Restaurant Hopping Date- There are two rules to this date #1 – You can only have ONE part of a meal at any given place. #2 You can’t go to any sit down “leave a tip” type restaurants. (That doesn’t mean you can’t eat in the bar at these restaurants)

This means will we be at a minimum of 3 restaurants (appetizer, entree, and dessert), but depending on the mood could go to as many as we want! Can you say soup, salad, another dessert? Also, going to places you’ve never been, like “mom and pop” type places, and non-chain restaurants will make your night that much more enjoyable. Do a little research online or ask some friends about places they recommend to help you break out of the restaurant chain box.

After I had the dates decided I wrote up a little explanation of each. I stuck the explanation in the envelope and decorated the envelope.  I also coded the envelope so we could identify whether this date was something we could do. For codes I used different $$$ signs to signify how expensive, whether a babysitter was needed, and if it was an outside event or not.

After I give it to him we are going to execute by drawing an envelope at the beginning of each month. This will give some time to pick the specific date and mark it on the calendar, plan some last minute details like where to go and babysitting, plus it will build some anticipation.

I can’t wait to have the fun on our different dates all year long! Do you have any fun date ideas?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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January 30th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Making a Valentines Day T-Shirt

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I needed to make something fun for my Goddaughter and decided a T-shirt would be just right. She is already concerned about her clothes at the age of two. I wanted something that shouted Valentines, but she could also wear later, so I decided on a heart design.

I used some pink and purple puffy paints that I found in the craft section at the store. They were only about a $1 each. Along with a simple T-shirt makes this a very inexpensive project. Easy and inexpensive, some of my favorite words.

My design is super simple, because I am not the greatest artist. After completing this project I learned that a good way to plan out your design is by using pencil lightly on the shirt first. If it is a darker color shirt you could use chalk.

Also, be sure to read the instructions on your fabric paints. Mine were very simple to use. I inserted a piece of cardboard inside the shirt for something flat to paint on and to make sure when I moved the shirt to dry it didn’t wreck the design.I just painted them on and they puffed as I painted. Once I was done painting they needed to dry for 4 hours and could not be washed for 72 hours.

Looking for some more inspiration? You need to check out these puff paint onesies that I came across.

Think of all the holiday possibilities. Plus, what a great way to use old T-shirts that may have a stain on them. I have also heard that puff paints on the bottoms of socks is a great way to make them non-slip. That will definitely be one of my next projects.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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January 27th, 2012 at 5:00 am

5 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas for Date Night

I remember my very first Valentine’s Day with my husband. We had only been dating for 4 months, but he made it so special for us. It probably still ranks as the best Valentine’s Day we have ever spent together. He was living in Pittsburgh at the time while I was finishing my last year at Brown… I was so sad to think that we’d be spending our first Valentine’s Day 9 hours apart, but he surprised me by sending me a plane ticket. At that time – back in 1999 – Nicholas Sparks book “Message in a Bottle” was just out and it was very popular. I had read the book and just fallen in love with the story and the characters. When I arrived at the airport and came off my plane (I got in early), I couldn’t find Matt (those were the days you could meet people at the gates). But then I saw him… sitting between people reading the book “Message in a Bottle.” My heart stood still. And then beyond that… he surprised me that night with a message in a bottle, my own message. Would you believe that till this day, I still have it. My special note. My special date. My husband.

Well… let’s fast forward to present day. 15 years later. 4 kids. Valentine’s Day is still very special to me, to both of us. We always make sure we do something, but now.. it’s mostly with the boys (which I love).

I’m all about wearing red and dressing for the special, lovey-dovey day! I wanted to share some special Valentine’s Day outfits for date night for you and your valentine!
It’s easy to bring some reds in and I wanted to show you how!

1. Gorgeous Red Blazer… I love pairing a blazer with jeans and heels. It’s the perfect combination of comfortable fashion.

2. Trendy red jeans and striped sweater… I love the chicness of red jeans, they’re very trendy and fashionable right now and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take them out!

3. Beautiful wrap dress… I love always having a dress option and nothing is more fabulous than a wrap dress! They’re easy to wear and just flattering for every body type!

4. Luxurious silk blouse… I love a silk blouse paired with jeans and flats. It’s always fun to find a blouse with a beautiful print and something that’s ultra-fashion forward.

5. Perfect red jewelry… If you don’t feel like wearing red, add it through your accessories. Feather earrings are still so “hot” right now, add them in – along with red bracelets, rings, necklaces – you name it! They’ll pop if you wear them monochromatically!

Audrey McClelland can also be found at MomGenerations.comLifetime Beauty/ and She is also the co-author of The Digital Mom Handbook.

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