Valentine Table Decorations: DIY Chic Decor on a Dime

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When thinking about cute Valentine’s ideas, you might think you need to invest a great deal of time or money. But the reality is, there are many cheap Valentine’s Day ideas out there that you too can create for little to nothing! In fact, why not make a quick trip to your local dollar store or Walmart and see how easy it is to whip up your own Valentine’s table decorations on the cheap? And the best part? It will still look chic!

Take a peek at how you can create your own whimsical Valentine’s Day table decor on a dime!

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Easy Valentine Recipes | Chocolate Pretzel Hearts

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If you’re wanting some easy Valentine Recipes to make with the kids – here’s a super simple crowd pleaser!

These Chocolate Heart Pretzels only take minutes to make and are easy enough to let the kids help. Plus – you can send them to school for their class Valentine Party!

Keep reading for directions to make this and other easy Valentine recipes:

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Cheap Valentine’s Ideas | 5 Frugal Ideas for Your Honey or Your Kids!

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to involve spending lots of money (or any at all) – but if you need some cheap Valentine’s ideas, we’re here to help!

Find MANY MORE  frugal Valentine’s Day Ideas HERE!

Sometimes we need to be reminded to pause and give our loved ones a little extra attention – whether it be your “honey”, your kids, a family member, or someone you know who just needs a special reminder that they are loved.

Here are 5 Frugal Valentine’s Ideas for your sweetheart, 5 More for your kiddos and even a few for those outside your inner circle :)

For Your Honey:

  1. Have a Date Night “In” and plan some special touches.  After the kids are in bed, make a late supper together, eat by candlelight, listen to grown-up music (No “Kids Bop allowed!), and watch a romantic movie together.  Room for desert?  Whip up this Fantasy Fudge recipe (totally fail-proof, I promise!)
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  2. A no-fail classic is a Homemade Card. Spend a little quiet time one afternoon to sit down and think about what you want to say.  Make it special.  If you start thinking early enough, you might even want to check out this cool idea for a Love List Challenge
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  3. Make a thoughtful Coupon Booklet.  These don’t have to be romantic – just something you know the other person will truly appreciate!  Young mothers, for instance, would probably love to get some coupons for “One hour to be all alone and read” or “One Free Sleep-In Saturday”!Back/foot rubs are very high on my list.  Some others: “Do something with you I normally wouldn’t like for a date”, “Read a book with you of your choosing”,  “One homemade dessert of your choice” etc…
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  4. My favorite…. make a personalized Truth or Dare type game.  It’s as simple as writing questions on slips of paper and placing them in a bowl – questions like “Do you remember the place we first kissed” or “If we could take a second honeymoon – where would you want to go?”  We’ve even created a Free Printable for you so you don’t have to come up with your own ideas!  Valentine’s Day Ideas: FREE Printable Date Night Conversation Starters
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  5. The Romantic Mix-Tape! We’ve all made a mix tape, cd, or mp3 play-list before – but how long has it been since you made one that wasn’t a workout mix?  It’s time for a “Make-Out Mix!”  Have fun with this one – rewind to the days when you first met, use songs that are special or remind you of a certain time.
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For Your Kidlets:

  1. Spend a little time in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day to write your child a letter telling them how much you love them, why they are so precious to you, how your life is better with them in it.  Make this the kind of letter they will keep and treasure for years to come.  Consider making this a tradition.
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  2. Create a fun scavenger hunt with little lovey-dovey clues and prizes.
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  3. Glue their photo to a piece of cardboard (or a puzzle!), and cut it into puzzle pieces. Put it in a ziploc baggies with a note that says “You Complete Me, Valentine!
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  4. Heart-Shaped Pancakes: The breakfast of champions!  You could even add a little pink dye to the batter!  (See our tutorial HERE)
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  5. Love Notes in the Lunchbox: Give them that warm fuzzy feeling inside when they open up their lunchbox.

For Others:

  • Send a “Thinking of You” card to a widow you know.  This could be done anonymously.  The Bible tells us to look after the widows and orphans!
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  • Consider hosting a Valentine’s Dinner for Singles.  A sweet mother in my Mom’s group does this every year, for all the single folks they know.  She and her husband simply celebrate on a different day – but they try to make Valentine’s Day special for them on a  day when they might otherwise feel left out or down.
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  • Have a girl’s night with some girlfriends – do manicures, pedicures, makeovers, chocolate binging, etc…   Celebrate your friendship- and leave boys out of it entirely!

Do you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?  Share it in the comment section!

Free Printable Date Night Conversation Starters

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FREE Printable Date Night Conversation Starters

Jamie here!  We posted this previously as part of our frugal Valentine’s Day Ideas for a night in, but I wanted to repost for those of you who haven’t seen it before.  Now that my kids are back in school, I’m trying to focus on my marriage a little more, and I’ve been thinking that this long weekend might be a perfect time to use this idea again :)

One Valentine’s Day years ago – my husband and I were once again planning an evening in with our four kids because we were a) too broke for both a babysitter and dinner and b) didn’t know any babysitters anyway…

A couple days ahead of time, I decided to think up enough questions to create a little Valentine’s game to play with him.  I came up with several questions, some fun instructions and a few dares and wrote them down on slips of paper.  I folded each one up and put them in a heart bowl and waited for Valentine’s Day.
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Last Minute Valentine Gifts with Groupon

Looking for last minute Valentine gifts?  Get something they’ll really appreciate (and use!) with a Groupon for a favorite restaurant, manicure/pedicure, spa day or massage!
Here are some handy links to the most “Giftable” categories:

Massages ($30 and Under)

Saver Tips Tuesday | 2/11 (Valentine’s Day Tips)

Come link up on Saver Tips Tuesday

Welcome back to Saver Tips Tuesday – Valentine’s Day Edition!

Check in each week to see lots of helpful tips for your everyday life. We will be talking about DIY projects, recipes, tips for organization, ways to repurpose items and more! You might see a recipe post that is a “time saver”, a budgeting post that is a “money saver” or a rainy day activity for the kiddos that is a “life saver”!

This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Here are this week’s top tips:

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Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure! Each week, we will also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

Here are the Top 3 Posts from the Linky Last Week:

  1. How to Make Valentine’s Day Fit Into Your Budget- A Mitten Full of Saving
  2. How to Save on Clothes- It’s a Fabulous Life
  3. Frugal Iced Coffee Recipe- Couponers United

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Free Printable Valentine Cards: Mustache Valentines!

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None of my boys are into giving “sweet” Valentines to their classes – they’re much more interested in “Cool” or Funny”.  Last year we made these awesome Mustache Valentines and they asked to do it again this year.  As you can see by this photo of my kitchen table last Valentine’s Eve – I was up to my elbows in mustache hair and fake lips. ;)

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