psst…need an idea?

Does the thought of heading to Target with children in tow to pick out armloads of Valentine’s strike fear in your heart? It’s not too late to whip up a batch of homemade bad boys! This is hardly an original idea but I was happy with how it turned out so I thought I’d pass it along…



I thought briefly about adding each child’s name to the top but I lost energy and motivation before the end of that thought. The entire project (from taking the photos to printing the cards and sticking the candies) was less than an hour from start to finish. It was actually more like five hours in real time but only because my life consists of countless interruptions. Sound familiar? Anyone? Anyone?

Lest you all think I deserve any mom of the year awards for the featured adorableness allow me to tell a little story…

Yesterday around noonish Sarah and Ephraim were playing together in his room. I was cleaning up the lunch dishes and enjoying a rare moment of respite from the havoc. Then Ephraim (predictably) let out his signature my-sister-did-something-to-me-that-pissed-me-off scream so I marched down the hall to see what was the matter. Sarah had (predictably) darted across the room so as to appear innocent by virtue of sheer distance from the injured. So I (predictably) sent her to her room for a timeout stating for the umpteenth time of the day, “you may not hurt/hit/push/roughly tickle your brother. 10 minute timeout.”


Sarah does not take kindly to 10 minute timeouts. (shocking, I know) As soon as I had walked all the way through the house and back into the kitchen to continue my much-needed respite she started pounding on her door (or so I thought) and shouting, “I gotta go potty!” I hollered (yelled) back, “You’ll have to wait! 10 minutes!”. To which she answered, “I CAN’T WAIT!!! I GOTTA GO NOW!!!” to which I slowly began to lose my cool. And then more pounding. So I started marching (stomping) down the hall, grabbed the baby potty from the bathroom (haven’t used that thing in 6+ months), stuck it in her bedroom hollering all the way, “IF YOU’RE GOING TO ACT LIKE A BABY YOU CAN JUST GO POTTY LIKE A BABY!!!”.

And then more pounding. Oh no she di’n’t! And then the phone rang…and when I looked at the caller ID I instantly knew where the (what I thought was) pounding was coming from. For on the front porch stood a dear client who had earlier called to say she was stopping by to pick up her order. Apparently when I hadn’t heard all her knocking she picked up her cell phone and called me.  And, yes my friends, she got the audio version of my tirade. Oh my. Sheepish much?

So save the mom of the year awards. I’ll wait and collect once I can keep my cool for longer than half a day (read: never).

j.j.February 11, 2009 - 8:54 pm

oh, gosh. i hear you. something like this happens to me on a daily basis. love that you’re brave enough to give us the play by play. and the valentine’s are adorable. storing that one away for another year! i cannot wait to see what valentine’s alla gets tomorrow! ron of course said to me, j.j., just buy her some shrek valentines for three dollars. is your time not worth three dollars? oh yes it is but of course i cannot let her hand out store-bought valentines, so there was our craft project for the beginning of february. maybe i’ll remember to photograph them before she takes them!

BeccaFebruary 11, 2009 - 9:14 pm

Beautiful card and HILARIOUS story!!

AmyFebruary 11, 2009 - 9:33 pm

Oh, you’re RIGHT! Those are just adorable. And reading your story is better after actually hearing it from you yesterday. 🙂

KarenFebruary 11, 2009 - 10:02 pm

So cute!! Wonderful valentine cards….so creative!!

Sarah P.February 11, 2009 - 10:41 pm

YAY! Someone else who makes their kids Valentines w/ photos. I do the same, and the other parents seem to enjoy it more than the kids do. 😉 Oh, goodness what a story. I have so been there!

laura vegasFebruary 11, 2009 - 10:47 pm

super cute cards! and yes, my life is a constant interruption too. which is why i can picture myself in your story so easily. lol! hilarious!

RachaelFebruary 11, 2009 - 10:51 pm

Too darn cute!! I’m going to have to remember this for next year!! I wish I was as creative (and as good with a camera) as you!!

ShannonFebruary 11, 2009 - 10:54 pm

Super cute cards! Did you actually print them from home? Way to go! I forget, sometimes, I even have a home printer. 🙂 Oh, and don’t be too hard on yourself. I have at least one tirade a day!

LisaFebruary 12, 2009 - 5:18 am

LOVE the Valentine!! I did photos, too, but I will definitely store this item in my memory banks for next year!! Or maybe for Easter???

The story is so true to life. That could completely have happened to me. 🙂

erinFebruary 12, 2009 - 6:12 am

Thanks for the encouragement you guys! I’m so glad to know I’m no the only one whose fuse is a tad short most days. 😉

Shannon, yes, I printed them at home. It’s just regular thick white cardstock and it worked out pretty well. I thought it was going to take some trial and error to get the sizing right with the size of the hearts but it worked out on the first try.

elizabethFebruary 12, 2009 - 7:17 am

It’s a relief to know that I’m not the only one with a short fuse, especially about sibling antagonizing and baby behavior by those who should know better ; )

lyndsayFebruary 12, 2009 - 7:18 am

hehe….sounds EXACTLY like my house (sans client busting me lol)

MarlaFebruary 12, 2009 - 8:37 am

OMGosh, Erin, that is an absolutely hysterical story. I’m laughing with you though, believe me, not at you. 🙂

TrishFebruary 12, 2009 - 9:06 am

So adorable! Would you mind sharing what the outline valentine font is?

crissyFebruary 12, 2009 - 10:03 am

we did something really similar for my son’s valentine’s , but w/o the added chocolate – that’s a great idea. He just held out a heart that he had signed. and I did this b/c I was so done prompting my 4 yr. old to write anymore names (his teacher requested that the students print out all their classmates names….uh, yeah, can you say patience buster?). and i just love, LOVE that you shared that story with us. That has so been me lately too. Thanks for keepin’ it real!

SharonFebruary 12, 2009 - 10:16 am

FANTASTIC!!! I love that story! I love it! I love it, because you know that has happened to me more then once!
Thank you so much for being open and sharing your story with us.
You are an awesome mom!

The card is darling!

SonjaFebruary 12, 2009 - 10:17 am

So So Sooo adorably, fantastically, super duper cute! From the photo to the chocolate to the idea. and hehehe that’s a really funny story :o)

TammyFebruary 12, 2009 - 12:39 pm

I LOVE it! I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one who yells at her kids JUST like that. Sounds like a typical day at our house. Especially the part about “You may not hit/throw things at/push over your sister!” And everytime my almost three year old has time out, she yells that she needs to potty or that she is hungry. Everytime!

And the Valentine is a-dor-able!!

tina rFebruary 12, 2009 - 1:08 pm

Such a cute valentine! Uh, that sounds like something that would happen to me. And so glad to hear that I’m not the only one that can’t keep my cool a whole day!! 🙂

adminFebruary 12, 2009 - 1:23 pm

Thanks again you guys! Glad you liked the idea. Like I said, it’s not original -I’ve seen similar versions before – but it was fun and pretty easy. The font is called “Clementine Sketch” and I downloaded it from You can find it here:

karenFebruary 12, 2009 - 2:47 pm

I feel like I just read my life story… I feel for you! 🙂

SusieFebruary 12, 2009 - 3:26 pm

Oh goodness! I can’t imagine being busted! I actually came over to say how cute that Valentine idea is! My girls are all commercialized now and want what everyone else has (read: Littlest Pet Shop cards). Too bad mama has 43 heart stamps not getting any use for kid cards, boo.

JeannineFebruary 12, 2009 - 3:53 pm

Super cute! What did you use to attach the candy to the photo?

JenniferFebruary 12, 2009 - 4:46 pm

OMG – do you know what this means DeeDee? You’re – sniff – HUMAN! What is this world coming toooo?!?!?! 🙂
Actually, those totally adorable valentines still put you a step ahead of the rest of us. Thanks for sharing!

erinFebruary 12, 2009 - 6:41 pm

Jennifer you crack me up, girl!

Jeannine I just used a tape runner that I use for scrapbooking. Any double-sided tape produce would work I’m sure.

JoeyFebruary 12, 2009 - 6:59 pm

I LOVE!!!!! these valentines! It must have been tricky to get Sarah’s hands the right size to fit the actual candy…was it tricky to figure out? They are precious, I am sticking this idea into my mental files for next year. PS – I am glad to hear that you lose you temper at times…we all do it!

LaceyFebruary 12, 2009 - 8:11 pm

You know what? I already thought you were awesome. But now I downright LOVE YOU for telling that story & actually making me laugh. Not just your standard, LOL……I got one helluva snicker out of that narration of events. I still have a shit-eatin’ grin on my face. Why? Because, if we’re all honest, you just told nearly ALL MOM’S story. We’ve all been there. And you owned up to it. I loved every. hilarious. detail! YOU GO GIRL! You’re a real momma who loves her kids & is entitled to the occasional blow-up!

Amy T.February 12, 2009 - 8:59 pm

Love the idea, I need to store that one in my idea box. Thanks for the story and choosing to be real! I think us moms need to know we are not alone and with the “following” that you have, you have just blessed many of us. Thanks!

AlissaFebruary 13, 2009 - 1:19 pm

Now that is FUNNY! I’m so glad to know it’s not just me…

Love the cards. I think I might copy it next year.

nickiFebruary 14, 2009 - 8:00 am

adorable, of course, do you do anything not adorable ? 😉
loved the honesty of the story too!

BrandyFebruary 15, 2009 - 4:18 pm

I love those Valentine’s! I can’t even tell you the number of tirades we’ve had lately. It just means that you are normal.

heatherFebruary 15, 2009 - 8:00 pm

Could be one of my FAVORITE stories ever!!! I love that you threw her the potty. That is something that I would do!! 🙂 Oh what a Godsent you are to me!

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