Holidays

Sweetheart Table

Are you feeling the love around here yet? Valentine’s Day is getting closer and closer. Have you made your plans yet? We don’t ever plan anything to elaborate for Valentine’s Day, but we do like to carve out a little time to slow down and commemorate our love. Do you know what that does not include? Fighting huge crowds to sit in a noisy restaurant to be served by an overworked waiter. We did that once or twice while we were dating. We waited a couple of hours for a decent Italian meal only to be hurried out so they could quickly bus the table and seat the next lovestruck couple. 

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in.

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. Our typical Valentine’s Day now is spent quietly at home. We stay busy all week with our jobs, freelance work, keeping the house afloat, church stuff, friend stuff, family stuff…..whew! Sometimes it’s just nice to plan an evening without the craziness and enjoy the quiet comforts of our own home. 

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in.

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. Our happy heart day tradition is takeout. Oh, glorious takeout. All the tastiness of our favorite restaurants, none of the crowds or craziness. More importantly, none of the cooking. {holla!}. You can’t just eat straight out of the take out containers, though. Not on the day of love! 

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in.

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. Pull out your “fancy dishes”, whatever those may be. Grab some grocery store flowers and light a candle or two. Use this day as an excuse to slow down. Don’t think about whether this day is just commercial or now. Forget about your to-do list. Take some time to just be with the one you love. Remember why you fell in love in the first place. 

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. Aside from the $4 bouquet of flowers from Kroger, I already had everything on hand for this table setting. I just shopped my house and mixed and matched. 

 Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. It’s easy for us to do this now. We’re enjoying this time with just the two of us while we can. For those of you with Littles, you may have to be more intentional about carving out time. Maybe you need to wait until after the kiddos’ bedtime for a dessert date. That’s ok. Just make time for each other. It doesn’t even have to be a lot of time. You’ll be glad you did! 

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in.

Sweetheart table - Valentine's Day table setting  |||  Carve out a little time to slow down and spend time with your loved one. Skip the crowds and create a nice night in. What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day? Do you prefer to go out or stay in? 

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Valentine’s Day Porch {and a FREE Chalkboard Printable!}

Happy heart week! I already professed my love for all things Valentine decor {and treats!}, so you know this week  will be all things lovey dovey! :) 

Whenever a new season or holiday rolls around, my mantel and front porch automatically get the seasonal treatment. These are the easiest spaces to make festive with a little bit of tweaking and a whole lot of shopping the house. I’m still so in love with my giant chalkboard on the porch and I’m so glad I took the 5 minutes to make it. I have really enjoyed drawing new chalk art for every season. 

Valentine's Day Porch First things first, though. No porch decor is complete without a wreath! I swapped out my winter yarn wreath for a more love-inspired look. I layered this Valentine’s Day medallion {from Target last year} on my red berry wreath. The reds don’t match, but it still works. When decorating, don’t be paralyzed by thinking everything has to match exactly. It only has to “go”. Take a risk and try out your idea, then take a step back to look at it. If you like the way it looks, keep it! That’ my philosophy.

Valentine's Day Porch - <3 day medallion layered over berry wreathLayering the wreaths added both depth and texture to the look. 

Valentine's Day Porch - <3 day medallion layered over berry wreathI’ve had this “LOVE” wall hanging for several years. I think it was a Hobby Lobby find. I just plopped it down with the trees to make them a little more festive. 

Valentine's Day Porch 

Valentine's Day PorchThis may be my favorite porch chalk art to date. {Maybe. I’m still awfully fond of my Christmas chalk art, and the one I did last summer}. I definitely get this song stuck in my head daily from seeing it coming and going, but I don’t mind! 

Valentine's Day Porch - All You Need is Love chalkboard art

Valentine's Day PorchAnd since I love y’all so much, I turned my chalk art into a little printable for you.

All You Need is Love - FREE Printable! You can access the non-watermarked version here. ***FREE Printable is available for personal use ONLY***

Have a great Tuesday! 

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FREE Valentine's Day #printable - All You Need is LOVE

 

Greeting Card Organizer {Stocked with Hallmark Value Cards}

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The last couple of years have been just plain crazy, and I let that craziness take over any forms of organization that were in place in our home. I’ve been working really hard to reclaim a sense of organization for 2014. I’m excited to be bringing you several posts over the next couple of weeks that will hopefully inspire you to do the same. Having less stuff and keeping it in an organized way helps life feel just a little bit more doable. I’ve been tackling anything from big projects like getting the garage back in shape, all the way to smaller items like creating a better system to get our bills in the mail. 

Sometimes getting organized can help us with other things in life that we want to do better. I’m not that great at getting cards out to people. I love to give gifts and send notes of encouragement, but I’m usually scrambling at the last second to get a card in the mail. Many times I just forgo the card all together. When it already feels like your to-do list is a mile long, it’s sometimes hard to add even the tiniest thing. And have you seen the price of cards lately? Many are running for $6-7! Eesh! 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)

I set a goal to be better at loving on people through the written word. I wanted to at the very least make sure each birthday is remembered, and then to send out encouraging notes here and there throughout the year. My other goal was to do this affordably! 

Enter : Hallmark Value Cards. While picking up a couple of things from Walmart, I stumbled upon this section of greeting cards. Hallmark Value Cards are all less than $1 – either 47 or 97 cents! Hello. That is one fourteenth of what a normal birthday card will run you. So I did what any normal human being would do and I grabbed every single card I liked. I stocked up for the year and more. The cards are cute and simple. That’s the other thing I struggle about with cards — the long cheesy poems full of things I would probably never say. It’s rare to find one that makes me thing “Yes! Those are all of the things in my heart ready to burst from my heart to birthday card!”. I appreciate a card with a simple saying, and plenty of space to write a meaningful note. 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)

{You can also sign up for the Hallmark Rewards Program. You earn a reward for every 5 Hallmark cards purchased — and they’re really fun rewards, too! You can sign up online or download the app onto your phone. Easy!}

Hallmark Value RewardsGreeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)

This is a small selection of the awesome Hallmark Value Cards I was able to stock up on

So, to actually accomplish this goal of mine I knew I needed to get a good system in place so these cards would actually be filled with kind words and placed into the intended recipients hands. I decided to put together a greeting card organizer using a mini-binder. Mini-binders are awesome and will make your life 10 million times more awesome. It’s science. 

To make your own card organizer, you’ll need a mini-binder, dividers, sheet protectors, pockets, and of course…your stash of cards.

Supplies needed to make a mini-binder greeting card organizerI labeled each section by category : Birthdays, Anniversary, Thank You, Holidays, Sympathy, Get Well, and Blank. 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder -- fully stocked with Hallmark Value Cards (they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)Behind each tab divider is a pocket. This is where I keep the cards. Simple as that! 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)To further my organization, I created a perpetual calendar where I can keep a list of everyone’s birthdays and other important dates to remember. 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)At the beginning of the month I can flip to these pages and see what cards need to be sent out. I go ahead and write a note in the cards and stick them in a stamped and addressed envelope . I put a sticky note on the outside of the envelope with the date the card needs to be put in the mail and then it sits on our outgoing mail envelope until it’s time. No more last minute scrambling !

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)I’ve made the binder cover and perpetual calendar available to you as free printables! You can click on the PDF download links at the bottom of this post. 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)I’m excited to have a good system in place to send out cards this year! I feel like I’m killing three birds with one stone – I’m getting myself a bit more organized, sending out notes to my loved ones, and saving money while doing it. It feels awesome! :)

Make sure you check out connectionsfromhallmark.com to sign up for Hallmark Rewards, and to see great content from other bloggers. Join in the #valuecards conversation on Twitter!  

Free Printables: 

Greeting Card Binder Cover

Perpetual Calendar Jan – June

Perpetual Calendar July – Dec

As always, I’d love to see photos of your own if you decide to attempt this project! 

Have an awesome day! 

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