So my kids get a ton of candy for Valentine’s Day so I went on a hunt for some fun no candy Valentine’s Ideas. I got all the ideas from Pinterest and you can click through each one to get directions to make them yourself. If you are interested in just one of these valentine cards, be sure to pin the original source. Each of these ideas has free printable and instructions for a no candy valentine. Also, if you are not following me on Pinterest yet, you should because I pin lots of great stuff. Follow me on Pinterest. [Read more…]
Looking for an easy mocktail recipe for Valentine’s Day? This is so simple but is perfect for kids and adults and can make for a special valentine’s meal or party. I love these cute Valentine straws that make any drink special. They come in a large pack but they don’t cost much more than a smaller pack and you can make any event just a bit more special with a fun straw. [Read more…]
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you will love our cute free printable cards, made to hold those cool EOS lip balms. My tween loves to collect different EOS lip balms and these make fun Valentine’s Day treats for kids, tweens, teens or adults. These are so simple to make and we have created two different printable cards. One is Valentine’s Day themed and the other, you can use to give these fun lip balms as small gifts, all year long.
You can buy EOS lip balms just about everywhere. They sell them at Target, Walmart and at most drug stores for around $3-4. I sometimes buy them with coupons at Ulta stores too. CVS and Walgreens carries the Beauty 360 brand, made by Revo, which is a similar size to the EOS lip balm brand. You can also buy the Revo brand at the Dollar Tree, under the name Chap Ice for just a dollar! It is about half the size, but at a better price. I have included smaller printable cards to fit the smaller Dollar Tree Chap Ice/Revo lip balms.
Easy Budget Friendly Tips for Hosting a Valentine’s Day Party for Children
Hosting a Valentine’s Day party for children can be a load of fun and accomplished inexpensively with a little preparation and planning. Jennifer Carver, of Spaceships and Laser Beams, is here sharing her tips for hosting a budget friendly celebration your children will love (we think you’ll love her money saving ideas for invitations, decorations, treats and activities too!)!
Tip #1: Handcraft your invitations. Instead of buying expensive store bought, boxed invitations, create your own! Using basic craft materials and hand cut paper hearts, add all of the essential party details including date, time, and location and whether guests should bring Valentines to pass out or a treat to share. Another fun idea is to inflate heart shaped balloons with helium and tie the party details to the balloon with pink or red twine. Hand deliver the invitations for extra excitement (and to save money on postage and envelopes). Not crafty? There are lots of free Valentine’s printables boys and girls will love.
Tip #2: Invite guests to bring a Valentine’s Day treat to add to your dessert spread. Whether you are going all out on a full dessert table or just setting up a small display of tried and true favorites, inviting guests to RSVP with a treat they’d like to bring will help you provide a sweet variety, save on out-of-pocket costs and reduce your party prep time. Plus, most guests will bring something that they personally like, which means satisfaction guaranteed! Win-win! One great activity and treat is to decorate heart shaped cookies. Here is a can’t miss no spread sugar cookie recipe and tips for cookie decorating with kids.
Tip #3: Choose no fuss decorations from your party and entertaining stash and purchase remaining items at after-Christmas clearance sales or dollar stores. With many holidays throughout the year that traditionally incorporate red and white (4th of July and Christmas quickly come to mind), chances are you already have a few décor staples on hand that you can reuse and repurpose. Gather up linens (tablecloths, runners and napkins), serving trays, platters and cake stands and leftover tableware such as paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils. All of these items will make perfect additions to your décor!
If you plan ahead you can take advantage of after-Christmas sales to bulk up your décor and party essentials. Many basic red and white items can be found for practically nothing! Even solid color holiday wrapping paper or something with stripes and dots could be used for a table runner, for making disposable place mats, to line trays or spruce up water bottles. Plain packaging items on clearance can be used to create party favors or to package sugar cookies if your party includes a sugar cookie decorating station.
Additional items can be purchased from dollar stores. Many dollar stores sell cute red and pink plastic heart embellished glasses, red and pink plates, cutlery and even small heart confetti. Add heart shaped helium balloons, some DIY tissue tassel garland, a love banner cut from cardstock and you are set!
Tip #4: Plan a few simple games and crafts geared towards Valentine’s Day. Keep costs down by focusing on the sharing of Valentines. Guests can be invited to bring Valentines premade, or you can provide simple card making materials at the party. Valentine mail bags or boxes can also be made as a simple craft. Other party games can include classic party games twisted to match the party theme. “Cupid Says” or “Pin the Arrow on Cupid” are easy adaptations of crowd favorites.
These five budget friendly tips will help you host a Valentine’s Day party the kids will be smiling about for a long time! Plus they are so easy that you can throw together in no time at all!
My tween daughter recently started making all sorts of charms with her Rainbow Loom with the many tutorials online. Over the holidays, she made me a cute snowflake charm and I attached it to the pencil that I keep at my computer desk. My daughter makes these charms and since they stretch and loop around just about anything, she has charms attached to her backpack, her purse and her pencil case. She also makes them for friends at school.
I thought that Rainbow Loom charm valentines would be a cute idea for tweens since most are no longer buying the character valentines. There are many different types of Rainbow Loom charms and some are easy and others more complicated. If you are making them for the whole class, I suggest choosing an easier design or your tween can make them for siblings, neighbors or just for their close friends as something extra special. Some of the fun ones that I have seen are flowers, hearts, mustaches, animals. [Read more…]
Still looking for a Valentine’s Day Gift? A magazine subscription makes a great bargain gift. It shows your love each month when it arrives.
- Us Weekly (1yrs: $19.99, 2yrs: $39.98, 3yrs: $59.97)
- Shape (1yrs: $4.50, 2yrs: $9.00, 3yrs: $13.50)
- Cosmopolitan (1yrs: $4.99, 2yrs: $9.98, 3yrs: $14.97)
- O, The Oprah Magazine (1yrs: $6.99)
- Popular Science (1yrs: $4.99, 2yrs: $9.98, 3yrs: $14.97)
- Men’s Health (1yrs: $6.99, 2yrs: $13.98, 3yrs: $20.97)
- GQ (1yrs: $4.99, 2yrs: $9.98, 3yrs: $14.97)
- Motor Trend (1yrs: $4.50, 2yrs: $9.00, 3yrs: $13.50, 4yrs: $18.00)
These prices are good through midnight on 02/14/14.
If this magazine deal is not for you, remember you can use coupon code BARGAINSHOPPERMOM to get 20% off of all other titles at DiscountMags!
Looking for some cute personalized Kids Classroom Valentine’ s Day cards? Then check out cardstore.com. You can get a sheet of Valentine’s Day cards for just $.99! Just use coupon code CCA311 at checkout. This coupon code is valid thru 11:59pm PST 1/22/13. I used Cardstore.com for my Christmas cards this year and was very happy with the quality of the cards.
There are kinds of super cute templates too! Most have 4 cards per sheet so each card is only $.25.
Love this pirate one too!
Looking for some fun freebies and coupons for Valentine’s Day? Here is a great list. You can share everything from a FREE coffee, cookie, movie and more with your sweetie. Many of these offers require you to print out a coupon to bring with you.
- Caribou Coffee Buy One Beverage Get One Free on February 14, 2012.
- Quiznos Free Cookie With Printable Coupon on 2/14 ONLY
- FREE Redbox Movie Rental On 2/14 ONLY
- Lowe’s Free Valentine’s Day Card Creator At Lowes Build And Grow on Saturday Feb. 11th.
- Ben And Jerry’s — FREE Americone Ice Cream On 2/14 From 5-8 pm
- Krispy Kreme — Buy 1 Dozen Donuts, Get 12 FREE Valentine’s Day Cards + 12 Free Donut Coupons!
- FREE Travel Size Signature Collection Item At Bath & Body Works With Coupon Starting 2/14 (No Purchase Required!)
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf — Buy 1 Get 1 Free Beverages on 2/14 Only
- Qdoba — Buy 1 Entree, Get 1 Free When You Share A Kiss At Qdoba On Feb. 14th
- Boston Market Coupon for a FREE Dessert On 2/14 WYB An Individual Meal & Drink
Thanks Surviving the Stores.
How would you like a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style – with dinner on us!?! I have partnered with 12 other bloggers for a great Valentine’s Day giveaway. Not 1 or 2 but 6 lucky winners will each receive a $100 gift card to the restaurant of their choice.
It is very easy to enter. You just simply Like the following blogs on Facebook. You will get one entry for EACH blog you like – up to 13 possible entries.
Winners will be randomly chosen on 2/6/12 and the gift cards will be sent immediately after.
I found two places to make your Valentine a card for only 99¢!
Use code VDAY99 at checkout at Tiny Prints for a photo cars for just $.99! You’ll get FREE shipping if it is mailed to you or just pay the additional cost of the price of a stamp to have it sent directly to the recipient. These are beautiful cards and cheaper than you would pay at the drug store to grocery store. This code expires today so don’t delay!
If you are looking for adorable and different classroom Valentine Cards, Tiny Prints has a great selection! These all ship FREE with the coupon code FREESHIP12.
Also All Valentine’s Day Cards at Cardstore.com have been marked down to 99 Cents through the end of January. These cards ship FREE as well even to to the recipent!
Looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas. Check out these Valentine’s Day posts. Just scroll down past this one.