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Works For Me Wednesday- The Valentine's Day Edition

worksformewednesday.jpg I bet you think this post is going to be about how to make adorable homemade valentines for your child to take to school for their valentine party. I bet if you think that you don’t know me very well.

Here is my REAL tip. If your kid is like most kids, they are way more excited about the store bought valentine that has candy attached to it than any heart felt, lovingly created handmade valentine that you spend 4 hour slaving over. Plus, my bet is on the fact that those babies without candy attached are going straight in the garbage after the mom looks through the bag and decides to despise you over the fact that you took the time to make homemade, painstakingly beautiful cards showing up her lame store bought ones.

But what about the quality time you spend creating that masterpiece with your child, bonding over glue and glitter? Yeah, quality time is over-rated. You’ll be a much bigger hero if you let her get those Disney princess valentines she’s been coveting from the drug store. Then you can spend that extra 4 hours you saved doing some other quality activity that doesn’t end with you wanting to jab your eyes out with scissors

Let’s recap:

  1. I am a lazy mom who buys store bought cards
  2. I resent those mommies that make like Martha Stewart and show me up with their homemade work of art
  3. The kids like me better anyway cause I stick candy on their card

Whose with me??

For more Works For Me Wednesday tips head over to Don’t Try This At Home who is hosting WFMW this week while Shannon is in Africa.

*It’s very possible I have become unusually irritable due to the 45 inches of snow that have fallen here in the past few weeks trapping me in the house with 2 slightly whiny children and making it nearly impossible for me to head to the store for the chocolate that would be necessary for me to regain my sanity. Sorry bout that :)

Comments

  1. Amen SISTER! I am so tired of all the snow too. Please come spring.

    And amen on the store bought valentines. Last year when I had one in school I did the homemade Valentines. VERY OVERRATED. 1/2 way through making them, the 1st grader was completely overwhelmed with finishing them. So this year with 2 in school and 2 at home…. I did what every mama should do…..let them pick out the valentines themselves at the store. Attach the candy and call it a day. :)

  2. Awww..I would send you some Girl Scout cookies if I could. If I had any left. I totally ate a spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar with chocolate chips sprinkled on it last night. I’m not ashamed to admit it. OK maybe a little. PMS anyone?

  3. Princesses and candies. Yep. That’s what I would do! :)

    I CAN’T WAIT for the snow to stop.

  4. ROFL!!! You’re hilarious. But just so you know, some people make valentines AND put in candy. I’m not saying the valentines are adorable, but they are homemade. Wanna see? Lookee here: http://4boys4me.blogspot.com/2008/02/space-invaders.html

  5. This is a funny one! Know what? YOU ARE RIGHT! I learned the hard way. We tried to do the homemade Valentines a couple different times. It took so long, even when we picked a pretty simple idea, that hubby and I did most of the work cause our son got so bored. Hubby was complaining. The kids ripped our handiwork apart in like two seconds flat. Yeah. Totally not worth it. The last couple years I got the store bought ones, and my son filled in the “To” and “From.” Took him very little time.

    Works for me, too.

  6. Jessie's Attic says:

    I agree! I am always the mom with the store valentines and a candy attached :) I am NO Martha when it comes to that lol

  7. cheer up valentine!
    i’ve got 10 valentine’s giveaways with 75 prizes worth $3500 on my blog, so come on over + spread the word. there’s a $100 gift card from whole foods too

  8. infinitygoods says:

    I absolutely agree for the school valentines. The kids won’t care and some moms will hate it.
    Now for my own family, we like to do at least one special thing each year. If anyone is interested in seeing some of what we have done in the past, plus two Valentine dessert recipes, then come to my blog. :-) Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

  9. LOL!! I’m right there with ya. I actually made a post about that last night. We bought store bought Valentine cards with some M&M minis to attatch to them. I’m calling it good.

  10. Totally!! Our homeschooling co-op asked that each family bring in a decorated box for Valentine’s Day this year. We went over to a friend’s house to work on our box and make Valentines. The boxes came out FANTASTIC but after 10 sticker/glue/messy Valentines, the other mom and I both decided a trip to the Dollar Store was in our future.

    ha!! Thanks for the freedom to go with Store Bought!

    Duckabush Blog

  11. dude. also trapped in house with kids by weather. also going insane! can hardly type. send help. heeee…..lllll…..ppp. getting..weaker….

  12. Too funny, and very true. The kids are looking for the cutesie cards and candy. The homemade cards are lost on them!

  13. SAHMmy Says says:

    Great point! My kiddos aren’t in school yet so we send valentines (yep just the store-bought kind–this year it’s Simpsons!) to all the cousins. I give candy to my son and my husband gives candy to my daughter–this year we bought reusable tins; the Star Wars candy tin will hold a stash of tiny Star Wars figures, natch, and the Disney Princess tin will hold little barrettes for the baby. Of course I’ll end up eating most of the candy myself :)

  14. Oh, I am so with you on this! I considered the homemade valentine’s for about 15 seconds. Then I realized that my daughter would much prefer something with a cartoon face on it! And some candy attached.

    So, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse valentines with heart suckers are on our agenda today!

  15. I am totally with you sistah! All the kids care about (and mine are no exception!) are the ones that have candy attached. I bought store bought ones for the class and we handmade cards for the teachers.

  16. canearl says:

    Anyone living in that much snow has every right to be irritable :). I don’t know how you guys up north do it.

    Totally agree about the valentines. My son actually really liked having all the store bought cards last year. He played with them- as mail- for about a week before I couldn’t take them anymore and threw them away. This year I had him make his own (no glitter- just markers) and they look a little ghetto, but he had fun. Next year we’ll be going back to store bought- way too much work.

  17. lifeafterbaby says:

    So yesterday at preschool a bunch of moms were…sharing…on how they didn’t have time to do V-day cards for kids in the class. I jokingly said “hey, if anyone else wants to not do V-day cards, I’ll jump on that wagon”. I got some really, really dirty looks. THEN I got home and found the note in Liam’s bag saying “please send in 21 V-day cards on Thursday for an exchange.” SO, I am a complete and total loser. And I’m sick of people giving my kids candy and sugar–I never thought I’d be ‘that mom’, but I am. We work really hard at eating healthy and the overinflux of candy and ‘junk’ toys to celebrate birthdays that has already begun at the preschool level is driving me crazy. I refuse to join in–so homemade V-day cards it is for us…with no candy and no cheapy, cheapy toys attached. And I just might inscribe verses from I Corinthians 13 on them if I get grumpy enough…

  18. So, I think you rock. Why is it again (I ask myself) that I don’t frequent your blog more? I always ALWAYS love your WFMW tips.

    Last year, I bought six boxes of children’s Valentine’s Day cards a few days after Valentine’s Day when they were 75% off. This year I pulled out three different themes for my oldest three: Cookie Monster, Blue’s Room, and Strawberry Shortcake. What a thrill for them! And you are so right. It’s the candy ones that win the prize. I remember it well. I still feel that way.

    I’m willing to make handmade cards for my hubby or even for my kids. But I’m not willing to do it for my kids’ friends. Their Valentine’s cards to their friends should be from them. not me. But when you’re six, four, and two, you don’t have very much money. So, I’m willing to pay the 75% off price and buy a box for each kid once a year.

    Luckily I homeschool and so don’t have to send 2 dozen cards with each child to school anyway. As it turns out, they each wrote half a dozen cards for each family member and then each kid had about five friends at church they wanted to give them to as well.

  19. Not only am I all for store bought Valentines, after the 7 hours it took my 4 year old to write out 11 cards I am totally teaching him how to do a mail merge on Word and do labels instead next year.

  20. I actually made my kids valentines this year, but I made them on the computer, and then printed them as wallet size pictures (like the size typically used for high school seniors complete with rounded corners). It was super easy though, and it saved me the time of having to sit with them while they signed their names over and over and over. Very painful for kids who have fine motor delays, let me tell ya! Oh…and I always do store bought candy too. LOL

  21. We made our own Valentines over here. It’s just one of the things that we have to do to keep sane at our house. And fortunately (or unfortunately) crafts keep them busy for HOURS! Give my girls some glue and glitter and they are set!

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