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So, Valentines 2009 was everything I did not expect it to be. Even though I thought I was prepared, I realized that having 2 kiddies around takes much more than just a week or two of advance planning for any holiday celebration or event. Because really, anything could happen.

But in all, I was pleased. It was nice to have 3 people to call my Valentine. My hubby is the sweetest. He got me a MSi that he converted to a MAC and pimped out Hello Kitty style. (Stickers courtesy of my Kuya and Mel). I LOVE IT! I got him a GPS. He almost ended up with a Knight Rider one but he changed his mind at the last minute. Aaron made Valentine’s Day cards and I love the cards me and hubby exchanged.

Here’s our table the night before Valentine’s day, with sweets, the gifts and the cards. He got me planted roses. What a smart idea! He knows I dislike stems of flowers.

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And on Sunday, one of the kids from Sunday School gave me this…what a sweetie!

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These are tough times, and everyone is trying to stretch their budgets, but it doesn’t mean that you have to skimp out on celebrating with your Valentine. Here are a few ideas on celebrating without breaking the bank.

1. When going out for dinner, go at “off peak” hours. Try brunch or lunch. And make sure you scope the local restaurants for special deals. Go through local magazines, mailers, etc.

2. Make your own Valentine’s card. Instead of buying one, grab a pen, cardstock and some markers. Draw a big heart on the outside and write how you feel on the inside. It’s more personal and it will save you a few bucks as well.

3. Eat in. Cook for your valentine. Try to recreate your favorite restaurant food at home by looking for the recipes online. Or if you absolutely prefer the food from the restaurant, order it to go. You can save money from the drinks, dessert and tip.

4. Rent a movie. Many movies can now be rented for one dollar. Pick a classic or something that shows your love story. Make sure you have plenty of snacks.

5. Agree to a gift maximum. It’s okay to give each other presents, but discuss the amount you can spare in your budget, and stick to it!

6. Make a homemade Valentines gift. Make a music cd, a slideshow, a homemade movie, a scrapbook or even a cake for your special someone.

7. Split a meal. Talk about being economical and romantic at the same time. Enjoy each other’s company and share wonderful food together.

8. Read poetry. Hang out at a bookstore and pick a poetry book. Read to each other as you sip your favorite coffee or frappuccinos.

9. Say I LOVE YOU. Many times, we get caught up with the hustle and bustle of this Hallmark holiday. Don’t forget to tell them you love them and why you do. It’s that simple!

Whatever you do, just have fun! And remember, things are exactly that, just THINGS! Moments are more precious!

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Want an easy valentine’s craft for Valentine’s Day? Try the Hershey’s Kisses Rosebud Craft. It’s really easy and fun to make. Enjoy making a lot for your family and friends!

Hershey's Kisses RoseBud

Materials:
Red cellophane paper
Bamboo skewers
Green floral tape
Silk leaves
Hershey’s kisses

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Directions:

1. Measure and cut the red cellophane paper into a 3 x 4 inch rectangle

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2. Take a bamboo skewer and stick it on the top of one of the Hershey’s kisses.

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3. Put another Hershey’s kiss on the opposite end of the kiss with a skewer and lay diagonally on the cellophane paper.

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4. With one hand keep the two Hershey’s kisses together and wrap with the red cellophane with another hand.

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5. Using the green floral tape, cover the bottom of the cellophane and start wrapping the bamboo skewer.

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6. Add the silk leaf and keep wrapping the floral tape.

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7. Determine how long you want your stem to be and cut to size. Finish wrapping your stem with the tape.

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These favor boxes are cute for any occasion but I made this one particularly for Valentine’s Day. They would make a wonderful gift to my co-workers and people from church.

Valentine's Tent Box

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Materials:
Card stock
Bone Folder
Ruler
Paper cutter
Glue
Stapler
Decorative scissors
Embellishments (ribbons, buttons, die cuts, flowers, etc.)
Small plastic bags
Square puncher or craft knife
MMs candy

Directions:

1. Cut the cardstock into 10 inches x 2 1/2 inches.

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2. Mark and fold the cardstock at these measurements:
1 inch, 5 inch and 6.25 inch

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