Be My Valentine! Oh wait, I saw Pinterest, I can do better.

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and with a toddler in preschool, I get to revisit that fine tradition of exchanging little valentine cards. Watch as I transform from mocking mother to Pinterest panic and hand make all his cards the night before the party. I don’t know what happened. WHO AM I??

When I found out my son’s class was exchanging cards I marched myself right to the drugstore and got a box of Lightning McQueen cards with stickers. OK, first thing I really did was look for them on Amazon and saw that they were $13 and figured that can’t be right. So then I took myself to the store and found out they were really only $2.50. Talk about a convenience charge.

I thought these were pretty fancy since they came with stickers. Then I got online and saw other people posting their last minute homemade valentine cards. I laughed and smugly thought “Ha! Just drive your butt to the drugstore like I did.”

img_9463So I got home, dumped out the cards and after separating the cards, separating the stickers, sliding each sticker into its tiny sticker slot, writing the “To and From” and then folding each card over, then sealing them with a little heart sticker, I realized I could’ve made my own damn cards if I was putting that much work into it. And they’d be way better than these dinky little things I’m sending my kid to school with.

Dammit. Those Pinterest moms are onto something.

I figured I’m just lucky he’s too young to be embarrassed and probably won’t remember any of this. So I packed up his sad little cards and put them in his school bag. I made plans to be all on it next year with fancy cards, and made myself a Pinterest board: Fun Handmade Valentine Cards for Kids

And then it started bugging me. I started thinking, you can do better. You have the resources. Why not just whip up some cards? There’s only seven kids in the whole class anyway! So I ended up using the template on this blog for Race Car Valentine’s Day Cards because I happen to have a ton of spare cars (I got this box of 100 off Amazon) and cardstock. I didn’t have the fancy washi tape (I don’t even know WTF washi tape is) but I did have some Scotch tape and that worked just fine. I even added every kid’s name to the cards. I’m pretty darn happy with myself:

Handmade valentine cards with cars

Now my son is ready for his Valentine party with really cool cards and I feel like some kind of crafty Super Mom, lol.

P.S. – I also now know what washi tape is, and I feel like I need to get some. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it, but seems like I may run across it on Pinterest again.

 

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Like a Toddler in a China Shop

In my big effort to “get out there and do stuff,” I signed us up for a handprint ornament class at one of those make it and paint it pottery places. In other words, I took a toddler to a fragile land of no-no filled with colorful animals, flowers and even tanks and video game controllers that he can’t touch! In case you are wondering how fun it is with a 19 month old, well on a scale of 1-10…it’s maybe a 3. And that’s if you just really like arts and crafts. And chasing toddlers. We spent 10% of our time on the handprint and 90% of the time it was me chasing him around going “No Touch! No Touch!”

It all sounded so lovely – a story time with snack and drink, followed by creating a pottery piece that went with the story. Unfortunately they started with the crafty part, so by the time the story time came he was WAY over it. Then the snack and drink were terribly inappropriate for his age group. Little hard gummy bear type things and juice in a small Styrofoam cup that he immediately grabbed and tried to crush in his tiny toddler hands as it sloshed all over my lap. I quickly ate all the gummy bears, took the shot of juice and then gave him a pouch from home. Oddly enough the only thing he didn’t try to crush was his handprint. I could barely make a dent. I was starting to worry I was hurting him, trying to cram his hand into the clay.

Other highlights include a kid peeing his pants in the corner and a mom who thought a loud airplane might be a tornado. I’m serious. She went outside to check the clouds.

So in just a couple weeks we will get a lovely $18 handprint turned Santa ornament to mark this occasion. I’m glad we tried it, but it will be a little while before we try it again. It is making me reconsider the $90 art class I’ve been eyeing. Maybe save that for a couple months from now…

I’m glad I didn’t stick around for the footprint (an additional $18) because I found this nifty idea online on how you can do the exact same thing at home for free:

santaornament