gallamore west: Valentine's Day Countdown Calendar!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Valentine's Day Countdown Calendar!

I told you the other day that I LOVE Valentine's Day, right?!  It's over a month away still, but we're ready for it here already.  This year instead of trying to squish a ton of stuff into one day, we're spreading out the love over the weeks of February leading up to the 14th by doing a Valentine's Day Countdown Calendar!

This huge vintage chalkboard that I found from an adorable new little craft boutique {stitched.} was a bargain at just $22 and I'm loving it.  I already used it for our Christmas Countdown Calendar and it's all ready to go for the Day of Love now too.

I used "Chalk Ink" pens to write because I'm horrible at writing with real chalk.  Those pens are amazing!  

Then I just cut out some little hearts on my Silhouette and clipped them onto a piece of jute wrapped onto the chalkboard.  Some of the little hearts are flipping around so I taped them down {and they're still flipping around... oh well!}

Every day starting on February 1st and leading up to February 14th, each heart will have something written on the back- a fun activity, craft, special treat, love note, heart shaped meal... and more!

Here are the things I'm planning on for our 14 day Valentine's Day Countdown {The order of these activities will change around for sure because I'll probably write the next day's activity on the back of the heart the night before once I decide if that activity, craft, meal or whatever will actually work into our schedule for the next day...}

#1:  Enjoy Valentine's Day Chex Mix while listening to one of their favorite Valentine's Day books

#2: Make Valentines to send in the mail to grandparents.  Here's what we made last year... I love looking at Luke's little Cupid foot.  We made one for Daddy too, and it's already hanging on our wall this year.

#3: Surprise someone special with flowers, like their teacher, classroom helper, or Mom :).  We're fortunate to have gorgeous pink and white flowers blooming in our front yard... not peonies like this, but still very pretty.


#4: Surprise neighbors with a little treat... maybe something sweet like these cupcakes topped with heart shaped brownies that we made last year.

#5: We're going to make a hanging heart birdseed craft to hang from our trees.

#6:  A special little treat with a heart shaped chipboard mini book I'm making for them will be waiting in their mailboxes.

#7: A special dessert, like maybe these peanut butter blossoms with heart shaped Reese's on top like we made and loved last year.

#8: Decorate sugar cookies 

#9: Make "Love Shacks" like these we made last year.  

{Look at that crazy sugar-filled smile!}

#10: Surprise the boys with a heart-shaped lunch, something like this adorable lunch...

#11: A special heart shaped breakfast on a weekend day before Valentine's Day {since the actual day is on a Tuesday and that's one of our early mornings here, there's no way we'd have time for a fun breakfast that day!}  I'm thinking the menu will have some goodies like this on it...

{these 3 breakfast photos with sources can be found on my xoxo board on Pinterest}

#12: Make Valentines together to hand out to classmates.  Here's what we made last year... we're still deciding on what to make this year!

 {idea from Seasonal Expressions}

{printable from How Does She?}

#13: You've Got Mail!  
Mailboxes will be filled with love notes from Mommy and Daddy, along with lots of little sweets.  I'll post a separate post about my piano decorations soon, including instructions to make your red heart burlap wreath... I'm in love with it!

#14:  It's Valentine's Day!!!  
This day will be filled with goodies and sweets, along with our annual quiet, romantic dinner for 5 {minus the quiet, romantic part!}  We also give the boys a gift, festively wrapped, each year on Valentine's Day.

Whew!!  I told you we love Valentine's Day around here, right?  EVERY morning already my boys are asking if there is something waiting for them in their mailboxes.  We're excited to get started here on February 1st!

I'm hoping by listing out our 14 activities here that I will be much better about actually doing them than I ended up doing with our Christmas Countdown... oops!  I'd love to see your ideas and decorations for Valentine's Day too.  Feel free to leave a comment with a link to your blog!  xoxo

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Colleen said...

very cute Laurie!!

Shannon said...

such cute ideas! Love your blog by the way :)

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

I am in love with your idea of spreading v-day activities out over the 13 days leading up to the 14th! And all of your activities are soo cute! :) I'm pinning this now! PS I am jealous of your chalkboard!

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

You are one Hot Loving Mama to those boys! Love all your ideas- they are very lucky to have you! Cutest ideas ever!!

Trace and Sarah said...

Th mailboxes are so cute! Did you make these or purchase?

Anonymous said...

Love all these fun ideas, especially the peanut butter ones. We always make those at Christmas times with Hershey kisses, but I never thought about using heart Reese's to make them. Yum!

Naiman Family said...

Fabulous and inspiring ideas, Laurie. THanks for sharing. :)

The Jenson's said...

I'm liking the ideas for your countdown. I was gonna do little mailboxes too and a heart wreath, but mine will be felt. Hope you are able to do it all

Unknown said...

These are some seriously cute Vday ideas! I got those same mailboxes from target and just ordered my vinyl to go on them! Thanks for the follow!

Unknown said...

So cute!! I love that monastery music frame too! Beautiful treats as always girly! Happy {early} Valentine's Day! xo

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi there! What absolutely darling ideas you have for counting down to Valentine's Day! I'm wanting to do something similar and now my mind is racing with the possibilities. :-) Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday and for becoming a new friend to us at the Fence!

Unknown said...

This is such a cute idea! I'm going to pin it for sure. We love to do count downs :)

Melissa said...

Amazing ideas! I have a similar vintage chalkboard hanging in my kitchen...where do you find the "chalk" pens? I've never heard of those before!! Must have!

Michelle Paige said...

This post is loaded with so many adorable ideas! I love the mini mailboxes for love notes! Would you be willing to link up this post to my Valentine Link Party going on now? I'd love to share your great ideas! Thanks, Michelle

Unknown said...

That's adorable! I love how you guys count down and celebrate everything! Cutest family ever!! Thanks for linking up to my party and helping to spread the word!

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

How cute! Your celebration ideas are great too! I'm pinning this post, hope to do a lot of these activities with my girls this year too! :) Oh, and that chalkboard is awesome - I can't believe it was only $22! I'm off to check out that shop! Thanks for sharing! :) Michelle

Unknown said...

Tracee and Sarah- The mailboxes are in the $1 section at Target!

Melissa- The "chalk ink" pens are from Michael's... they come in a set of 4 pens for around $11 so I used my 40% off coupon! :)


Hani said...

what great idea.. Love the activity part.. Thanks for sharing..

Becky said...

I LOVE this! I gotta try at least some of these! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

Six Sisters said...

So many cute ideas! Thank you for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you come back to share more great ideas next Saturday. -The Sisters

Lindsi B said...

Oh my word these ideas are AMAZING!!! I am so glad I visited! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays.

Michelle Paige said...

I featured your Valentine Countdown today!

Heidi said...

Ha Ha! You and I are both featured on Jaime Paige together today! :)


erin said...

I pulled out our mailboxes (and finally decorated them with vinyl today!) and my kids have been filling them with love notes for each other every day. Such great ideas!


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