Great Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Whole Family

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 28, 2014

Valentine Ideas for the Whole Family

Valentine’s Day can be a day to celebrate your love for each other as an entire family. There are so many great activities and goodies that everyone can enjoy together. Here are some great ideas. (Most of them incredibly easy for this craft-challenged mama!)

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Ray and I have never really gone out and made a big deal of Valentine’s Day. It really is just another day for us to show our love and appreciation for each other, as we try to do every day. Actually, just a couple of days later is a big anniversary for us. This year, on February 16th, Ray and I will have been an official couple for 17 years! SEVENTEEN YEARS!!!

So, on Valentine’s Day this year, like most, we will be staying in. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t make the day special or still have a romantic evening of our own. I’ve gathered just a few ideas on Pinterest to inspire the same for you.

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What do you and your family do for Valentine’s Day? Any special traditions?

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Thanksgiving Place Cards

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 20, 2012

Christmas decorations go up right after Halloween and Thanksgiving is all but forgotten. But, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and Fall is my all-time favorite season.

Fall means sweaters and boots, hot apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes, baking and crafts.

Wait… what?

Okay, y’all know I’m not a big crafter. But, this year I wanted to make some fun place cards to set on our table for our Thanksgiving meal. I tried last year, but 13-month-old Timmy wasn’t havin’ it. This year I was determined! With help from Sara, Julia, Noah, and Ben, I made these cute little Turkey Day Place Cards for everyone.

Cute, huh?

Here’s what you need for each turkey ::

  • 3 corks
  • 2 bobby pins
  • a medium pom pom
  • two small wooden beads
  • a small diamond cut from yellow felt
  • two small teardrops cut from red felt
  • feathers
  • a toothpick
  • name card

Here’s how we made them ::

  1. Hot glue three wine corks together to make a triangle.
  2. Glue the bobby pins to the bottom of the corks for the feet.
  3. Attach the red felt tear drops to the front of the cork with a bit of glue.
  4. Glue the pom pom to the top of the cork.
  5. Add beads and beak to the pom pom.
  6. Glue a variety of feathers to the back of the two rear corks, and attach the name card with a toothpick.

We made 23 of these little boogers! Let me know if you make some.

Maybe tomorrow we’ll make Oreo Turkeys. You know, just because.

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Noah’s New Friends

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 2, 2012

Noah and Ben were playing together nicely in the other room. I could hear them giggling and talking. There was no way I was going to disturb them.

I decided to take a peek at what they were doing and found craft supplies all around them. The room was a mess, but the boys were having fun. Together.

Ben hopped up the second he saw me with my camera in hand. I did, however, manage to capture Noah and the creation of his new friends. He even set them up, all ready for a walk. And a picture.

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Badgemaker Kit

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 30, 2007

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Contest closes Monday 7/30/07 at midnight MST.

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