I Have to be Honest
I am totally the Pinterest mom. Like, Pinterest was made for me. Like, I am so in love with crafty, creative things and it just fires me up to see what other people are doing so that I can put my own spin on the same idea. Fires me up in a good way. Being creative has always been a big part of who I am and I truly love the outlet.
With that being said, I’m not trying to one up anyone. Truly, I’m not. I just really really love doing stuff like that. It makes me happy!
See Exhibit A:
I saw the idea on Pinterest (obviously), picked up a stamp set of the alphabet and hand stamped all of these adorable Valentine’s for Ayden’s first ever school Valentine’s Day party, back when he was 2. I got the brown paper and the jute string from Michael’s. I got the animals off of Amazon. I even got him a Valentine’s Day shirt (from a fellow crafty friend, The Green Elephant Co on Etsy) that had a digger on it, digging up a giant heart. And then he was sick. Luckily, they gave the kids like 2 or 3 days to pass out Valentines so he still got to do it the next day.
Last year, I totally punked out and bought the little boxes of conversation hearts. I didn’t quite have a newborn then, but was very pregnant and lacking all things motivation. I haven’t bought a Valentine’s Day shirt for anyone since that first year.
Now what makes me sad is that this year, the kids are older, we are at a new school and I figured this would be a great time to get back into it for both kids. But, I just didn’t have it in me. I ran out of time, I ran out of energy, I ran out of supplies. We are still living like nomads with the bulk of our stuff back in our house in a different state. I have my sewing box but not my specific craft box. I have one kid, literally one out of 3, sleeping through the night, one creeping into my bed every night and one more waking up and needing attention at least once in the night. It just wasn’t happening. So, this year, I outsourced. I really didn’t even think of it until I saw her post on Instagram. I couldn’t be more happy with the result.
Valentine, You A-Maze Me!
Hand lettered and everything. A girl after my own heart. Plus, these came as a unit of 30 and I was able to mix and match so that I had enough for each kid in the one order. Y’all, it’s too late for this year, but for next year, Dee at Afropiquancy was SO easy to work with and the quality was top notch. I highly recommend her!
So What's Your Stance?
Do you let your kid pick out their one Valentines from the store? I may need to do this next year, actually. Ayden is already saying that he doesn’t want to give these to his friends. I don’t know if that’s because they are so cool or because he just doesn’t quite get the concept yet.
Or do you go a little overboard like me? Neither is wrong or right. We can all be friends here, right?
I do love that I could support a fellow creative mind, this year. Sometimes we just have to delegate because we can’t do it all. And that, folks, that is just fine, too!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Or Wednesday, if you’re not into celebrating.