Crafty Friday: Valentine Heart Tree Decor

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

Why? Because it’s cool. And because I’m in Florida right now and wanted to share while I’m away.

MAINLY, it’s because Valentine’s Day is totally my thing. I’d call it my favorite holiday, but since I don’t actually have a favorite holiday, I’ll say what I love about it. It’s my favorite holiday for decorations. It’s my favorite holiday for decor in general, and for colors, socks, leggings, shirts, and boxes of chocolate. I have so many stories about Valentine’s Day, but each one deserves its own post. They’re all coming, I promise. I’ll leave you with one Valentine’s Day story today.

I think you deserve that!

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

It was February 9th, 1989 (but who’s counting)? I was settling down for a nice night in front of the TV. Specifically it was TGIF – remember that amazing lineup of shows on ABC? Surely you do! Full House was my personal delight, and I could quote a mean Steve Urkel from my Family Matters love. My sister wanted to go out with friends but my mom said we all had to stay because they were having “close” friends over and these “close” friends had a new baby my parents wanted us to meet. What?? Well, ok. I didn’t question it. I got set up in my TV bliss. Then the guests arrived and came downstairs holding the whitest, fluffiest, cutest puppy I’d ever seen. I just figured, “Oh, ok. They brought their cute puppy AND their baby.”

My mom had tears in her eyes when they placed the puppy on the floor. “Do you know whose puppy this is?” “Yes. Theirs.”

“No, it’s ours.”

Ours.

That was the best valentine I ever did get, especially as a kid. Ours. My parents always told us we couldn’t get pets. Turns out we could. Also, the guests weren’t their close friends (breeders) and there was no baby either. I bet you knew that.

Now, onto Valentine’s Day! It’s NOT too early to decorate. Let it be a month long! Let it be a year long!

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

Valentine Heart Tree Decor:

Materials:

Dead branch with many small limbs
Cardboard
Scissors
Thick yarn
Clear jar of vase
Jewels, stones or sand for the bottom of your clear container
Gold spray paint

Instructions:

1 – Begin by spray painting your tree branch gold. Do this outside and leave it out to dry.
2 – While the branch is drying, cut out some heart shapes from cardboard. You want the heart shapes to be empty inside, as they will act as your forms for making your small yarn heart ornaments for the Valentine tree.
3 – Begin to wrap each of the cardboard heart shapes with thick yarn. You can use any yarn you have on hand, but thick yarn gives better coverage and helps you get the forms covered much faster.
4 – Once you finish wrapping each heart, tie off the end in the back.
5 – Loop a piece of yarn around the top of each yarn covered cardboard heart and tie it in a knot. This will serve as the hanger for your yarn heart ornament.
6 – Fill the bottom of a clear jar or vase with your choice of colored jewels, stones or even sand.
7 – Stick the spray painted branch into the jar and decorate it with your yarn heart ornaments.

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

Enjoy!

7 Ways to Welcome a New Year as a Family

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I’m proud to be partnering with ScriptSave® WellRx in the New Year, as my family has used them for the past six months. We’re excited to welcome a new year and find all of the ways you can stay active, healthy, and close for your 2018!

Are you looking to make great New Year's resolutions and stay active and healthy and happy with your family? Here are 7 ways to welcome in a new year as a family! AD @ScriptSave

It seems like only yesterday that I started using ScriptSave® WellRx back in the summer before school started.

I got such a great perspective of how to get organized and inspired for a new school year. It was Des’ first year in elementary school, and Scarlet was starting third grade. I was almost unbearably nervous at the thought of two in school. Two sets of paperwork, two little immune systems to help protect, two new wardrobes, two backpacks, two lunch boxes, two water bottles, etc. You get the idea! I needed to get organized in order to feel less nervous about the transition.

I’m happy to say that it worked.

Now we’re four months into the school year, which I honestly can’t believe, and I’m happy at the way my family has rolled with the punches. Now we’re at the eve of brand new changes! Next month, our long-term home renovations will finally be over. Cassidy and I will have a finished bedroom and bathroom, and we’ll be splitting up the kids and giving them their own rooms. These seem like such big changes! At work, Cassidy is as busy as ever and has big resolutions for his own health and for his company. Me? I’m still managing the family and my three jobs and focused more than ever on taking care of myself, and thus, taking care of my family even better than before. It’s time to welcome this new year of 2018 as a family.

Here are 7 Ways to Welcome a New Year as a Family:

1 – Get your medical info organized, schedule your annual medical appointments, and learn all about our favorite time and money saving app for your prescription medications. And that’s with ScriptSave WellRx. When I used their website to search for discounts where we live, in Northampton, MA, I couldn’t believe the opportunities I found to save time and money. I had been skeptical when I first downloaded the app onto my phone, but I soon realized how wrong I had been.

This (below image) is a functioning savings card from ScriptSave WellRx! You can save the image on your computer or even take a screenshot on your phone to show at the pharmacy when you go fill a prescription! It’s so easy. Don’t wait!

Want to hear more? The ScriptSave WellRx card/app is free to download – so nothing ventured and nothing gained. It requires no credit card details to be entered, and there is no membership fee. Also, there is no way to pay more than you would have done without the program. In the worst case, you get no discount, although you’ll be getting no discount with the peace of mind that you KNOW you’re getting the lowest price available in your area. It can be draining and time-consuming to price shop, especially for something as important as medications. We also made our annual wellness appointments in advance. I had already downloaded the ScriptSave WellRx app, so we were already saving time and money on prescription medications. I feel more prepared.

Are you looking to make great New Year's resolutions and stay active and healthy and happy with your family? Here are 7 ways to welcome in a new year as a family! AD @ScriptSave

Recently the ScriptSave WellRx website and mobile app were updated to include brand-new functionality that I find useful for my family. They have “Medicine Chest Pricing” that allows a patient to enter the details of multiple prescriptions at the same time, and then click the “Price-check” button to see either the one single pharmacy that offers the lowest “one-stop price” OR the specific combination of pharmacies that will provide the lowest individual price for each single prescription. Amazing! You can also save all of your prescription to a secure “virtual medicine chest” for easy repricing every month. Using this will unlock access to pill reminders and refill reminders right within the mobile app. I’m astounded at both the money and time I’ve saved since the summer with ScriptSave WellRx. And that’s much more time and money to use for doing what matters.

Think about how fast, easy and free it is to unlock savings. Just the way you do that with flights or hotel rooms, you can “unlock” all prices at your local pharmacies on one screen. It’s important to know the cash price for your prescriptions, regardless of whether you have insurance or not. Sometimes, your insurance copay can be more expensive than buying medications without insurance. Knowledge is power in this case. Be informed and it won’t cost you a thing! Also, prescription prices can change daily and can vary in price at different pharmacies. You’ll have the best info.

I love how the arrival of a new year motivates us to make better choices and renew our commitment to self-care. The ScriptSave WellRx prescription savings program helps my family immeasurably. And here are our 6 other new year tips:

2 – Catch a sunrise together! You’ll have to bundle up for it, but we make a point to do this every January.

3 – Be a tourist in your own city, or one close to you. I love to read the articles of tourist attractions in Northampton (our city) and then go do those things with my family – either for the first time, or as if it’s our first time!

4 – Get outside as a family. Find a mild day or bundle up safely and go for a family walk, a family hike, family cross country skiing, or family snow tubing. It’s important to get that outdoors time together, even in the winter.

5 – Have an impromptu dinner party with neighbors. We had one just the other day with our neighbors three doors down. Our daughters were having an epic play date while we had tea and coffee together. That led to a delicious dinner.

6 – Make lists and check them off. It feels so good to be productive! Write down your appointments, schedules, renovations, shopping lists, etc. And don’t forget the wonders of using the ScriptSave WellRx app on your weekly to do list.

7 – Be intentional, of course, and go easy on yourself too! Self-care doesn’t mean to stop doing what you have to do – but it means doing it with more feeling and smarts. Enter the Invite Code: Camera when registering for your ScriptSave WellRx card or installing their mobile app. Link to do so HERE.

How do you welcome a new year?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ScriptSave® WellRx.