DIY Family Valentine’s Day Mailbox

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Valentine’s Day, everyone. That’s my jam!

It’s true that I love most holidays, for various reasons, and can never pick a favorite, but I have the softest spot in my heart for the holiday with all the hearts. I get it from my mom, who got it from her mom, and so on! My daughter loves it too:

I’ve never met bigger Valentine fans than my own family! My mom and I watch Hallmark movies year-round, and we don’t get as sad about Christmas ending as we used to, because we know there will be new movies in January and February! We send each other cards, year-round too, but especially for Valentine’s Day! Recently, my sister reminded us of our most amazing Valentine’s Day memories. My mom would make a giant, red “mailbox” with a slot for “mail” and one of the five of us kids would be the “mailman.” We would open the mailbox, reach in, and pull out the labeled cards to distribute to everyone in our family. As my sister said to my parents, “You raised us with so much love and appreciation for holidays.”

“I’m lucky – thank you.”

We were lucky, indeed. I come from a blended family, because my father passed away when I was nearly four, and my dad’s first wife passed away that same summer. My parents were set up by mutual friends and eventually we became a family of seven! Suddenly, I had four siblings. Holidays have always been a big deal for us because as a big, blended family, holidays were a way for us to connect and get to know each other – especially when we were all young and grieving. I will never forget what my parents did for us as kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day. What says love more than heartfelt cards to one another?

I LOVE me some Hallmark Signature Valentine’s Day Cards!

As a kid, my mom would make the giant Valentine’s Day mailbox and put it out a week or two before the holiday. The seven of us would then sneak our valentines to each other before Valentine’s Day, and then we’d wake up on Valentine’s Day morning for our tradition. The “mailman” of the family would dole out the cards, and we’d read them over heart-shaped breakfast and some small gifts. My mom has been an art teacher to children and adults for over 40 years, and she was the inspiration for this year’s family mailbox. We made it tailored for us, but some traditions have to stay the same for my kids.

A Valentine’s Day celebration!

What You Need:

Two-toned foam core – I chose pink and white
An X-ACTO blade/knife or something that cuts foam core
Paintbrush – we used the handle for the “mailbox flag”
Glue gun – and glue sticks (this tool is for adults)
Ruler, pen/pencil and what you need for measurements
Decorations! Go crazy – tags, wood stickers, imagination

What You Do:

1 – Choose your design! My mom made this adorable one:

2 – You may decide on other materials once you put your house mailbox together. Like construction paper or jewels!

3 – Have an adult cut out the walls, windows, roof, etc. Chimney? Doors? We actually used decorations to make windows and doors, but it’s certainly part of the fun to choose your pieces for the mailbox. Add a base too, and a roof that flips!

4 – Attach the pieces together with the glue gun. Air-dry the house.

5 – Decorate! With glue or paper or anything you want! Be inventive! You can use paints or jewels or stickers.

*For a final step, pick out amazing Hallmark greeting cards to put in your mailbox!

Gifting Hallmark Signature Valentine’s Day Cards is the perfect way to show your family or your sweetie that you love them! Just look for them at Walmart! And hurry, because Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!

And Walmart is featuring a collection of gorgeous Hallmark Signature cards for Valentine’s Day!

Right now there’s an in-aisle coupon offer! $2 off a 2 card purchase (min. $2 purchase required), expires 2/15!

Time to go to Walmart and get cards and the supplies to build the mailbox!

Find additional digital coupon offers and Valentine’s Day inspiration HERE.

And so, how would you decorate your family’s Valentine mailbox?

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Latte Loving in Just Three Steps

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Are you a latte lover like me? Learn how you can make a perfect latte right at home, without buying an espresso machine! 3 easy steps! #LatteMadeEasy #ad

Long ago and far away, like when I was starting this blog and all of the accompanying social media platforms, I was asked to fill out bios. Bios upon bios upon bios. What could I say about myself? I’m a professional photographer and a journalism school graduate. That seemed prudent to say. I completed two cross country moves in the span of two years (not recommended), and oh yeah – I’m a proud mama of two! I’m a pet parent too. What, though, of the really juicy things? What is that makes me – ME? Well, that’s where it gets interesting. Moose and whales and northern lights. Cookies, rainbow sprinkles and LATTES.

Yup. In every bio I’ve ever had to fill out, I’ve felt it necessary to mention my love for lattes. It’s a deep-rooted love. It’s meaningful. It’s both comforting and exciting. It’s often my favorite part of the day, especially during these cold winter mornings and afternoons – when even the shorter sun-lit days still seem long. Why not have a latte? Why not sip into a creamy, warm, frothy concoction. And the best news is that you can now make delicious lattes right in your home!

That’s why you need to experience an International Delight® One Touch Latte™ – the first ever frothing coffee creamer. Available in Vanilla, Caramel, and Mocha, at your local Walmart soon – so you can start your mornings (or afternoons) with a creamy and flavorful latte. You can be your own barista – transforming your home-brewed coffee into a coffeehouse-style latte. International Delight® One Touch Latte™ turns coffee into a latte in three easy steps. Ready?

1 – Fill your coffee cup 2/3 full to leave room for creamy froth.

2 – Shake the One Touch Latte™ can.

3 – Press and hold the can above coffee for 5-7 seconds.

Then, ENJOY!

This first FROTHING COFFEE CREAMER (holy cow!) available at your local Walmart. You’ll be able to make a latte in only seconds, and you can get seven uses out of one can. I love being my own barista!

It’s pretty much a party-in-a-can. One Touch Latte™ sweetens, creams, flavors, and even FROTHS! Seriously. I just shake it, press it, and within 5-7 seconds, I have a delicious, foam-topped latte waiting for me. With COOKIES. (sometimes)

Having a party? Each can makes seven lattes. You can do wonders with three cans! Or more.

Maybe you’re having friends over for brunch? Impress them with lattes.

Maybe it’s just a coffee date for two? Lattes.

Lattes make me happy. You probably already know this if you know me in person, or on any social media platform. I’m a frothy, creamy, dreamy, sweet coffee lover. I always have been and I always will be. Doing this at home is such a TREAT!

Now, which kind of One Touch Latte™ do you most want to try? I had trouble deciding, but Caramel was the first one!