Happy February!

Happy first day of February! Earlier this week I gathered several links from across the blogosphere and pinterest-world into one awesome Valentine’s Day Decor, Gifts, Food and Freebies post over at Newlywed’s Bliss. It’s a giant love-fest of hearts, roses, chocolates, and goodness, so I hope you’ll check it out!

If you’re looking for more inspiration, try my tutorial for my Easy Valentine’s Day Banner from last year. Tragically, I can’t find it anywhere, which means I’ll have to make a new one.

And, if you’re looking for more gift ideas, this post has something for everyone.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?
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Valentines For Everyone {including a free one for you!}

Hallmark and Hollywood try to make Valentine’s Day exclusive to couples and all about buying expensive gifts. That’s never been my philosophy.

I’ve never thought of Valentines Day as being all about your significant other. Ever since I was a kid, I would make valentines for my family, and when I was older, I made them for my friends. As a teenager, friends and I had a tradition of making valentines for everyone in the youth group.

So I look at it as a day to tell all the special people in your life that you love them, and that they matter. If you have a significant other, that’s a message I hope you’ll convey to them, but don’t leave out your kids, parents, or friends. Valentine’s Day should be for the whole family!

Yes, it’s horribly commercialized, but I’m still grateful that someone started the holiday. Like Thanksgiving, I don’t want to just celebrate on one day a year, but I’m grateful for the structure of having one day totally devoted to showing love.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, it would be a travesty if I didn’t give you, my readers, a valentine! I made one just for you!

owl image from The Graphics Fairy

I also made an 8×10 printable of this cute little owl. This is where I put mine.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Share the love, and pass this love bird on to the love birds in your life!

Download the valentines HERE. Download the 8×10 HERE.

If you have any trouble or any questions about downloading the documents, email me at emi_jo08(at)hotmail(dot)com.

{Edit: I’ve added a more boyish valentine! Download it HERE}

If you’re still looking for something to show your love to all the special people in your life, I’ve got some ideas for you!

For Kids

Children's Boxed Valentines- Sweet Sprinkles - 34 Cards
Love Bug Ruffled Onesie, Sweet Birdie Boutique $12.00

For Him

Mr. & Mrs. - Coupon Book

These coupons are awesome! The sample one on the website says, “I’m making a special effort today to pray for you,” and they include scripture on each coupon.

Mr. Love Notes - 32 Note Set

Mr. Love Notes – 32 Note Set $4.99

Get “The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men” from Ligonier.org. Only $10.80 when you use ‘SPRING10’ at checkout. Shop now!
Hardcover $12.00, ebook $5.00
“There is a crying need in the church today for men to be men. But competing visions for what a man is to be —some growing out of popular culture and others arising from flawed teaching in the church—are exacerbating the problem.” 

For Her

My Beloved - Heart Pendant and Cord

For The Family

Pillowcase- I Love You by Faceplant™

These would be perfect for couples, but kids would love them too.
I love you eye chart, Bates  MecantileCo’s Shop, on Etsy, $2.00

The Family Worship Book, Ligonier.org $16.00

For Friends

From The Mercy House Shop, $12.00
Sweet Talk Embroidered Towels, Organize.com temporarily out of stock 🙁

Reisenthel® City Shopper - Love

Do you make or buy your valentines? Maybe a little of both?

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