Since Skylar started her new school, I feel like I’ve started school, too.  Nearly every week there’s something that needs to be made, brought in for show and tell, supplies to gather and bring in for various craft projects the teachers are going to do with the kids, and this week it’s Valentine’s Day, which is code for: a Project That Mom Needs to Handle.  I’ve become good friends with tape, crayons, glue, and scissors lately.

I prepared a couple dozen Valentines for Skylar’s nearest and dearest, complete with candyless Valentine’s treats affixed.  I spotted these in the grocery store next to the pink-wrapped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and although I would have preferred handing out peanut butter cups (and as a kid I would have preferred receiving them), but for Skylar’s classmates I chose something fruit-based rather than chocolate-based.

I can’t wait to see what Valentines she brings home and how she likes the Valentine’s exchange with her classmates.

Later in the week it’s Count-To-100 Day and I have to send one hundred of something.  I’m sending 100 pennies.

I’d like to send Ritz-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups but once again, I’m sure others will appreciate pennies more than peanut butter cups.

Did you exchange Valentines with your classmates?

Do you remember wanting to receive Valentine’s from certain people?

I remember wanting to receive Valentines from a certain zit-faced fourteen year old junior varsity football quarterback with a crackling voice and overly gelled hair who I thought was so cute.  Valentines from certain popular girls at the lunch table who didn’t typically talk to me unless they wanted to copy my homework come to mind would have ironically been cherished, too.

I hope that Skylar gets Valentines from everyone her little heart desires and at this stage in the game (kindergarten-aged), everyone gets a Valentine from everyone, which I think is so sweet especially when they’re little.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!


  1. I loved making valentine’s day cards! I still do. I would definitely make homemade cards over bought ones if I have time to make them. I think I’ll have to make some almond-butter cups soon! Since I’ve been trying to work out my food allergies, it seems like a safe dessert to eat for Valentine’s Day!

  2. Looking at those pictures brings back so many school memories of exchanging Valentine cards at school!

  3. giving and receiving little valentine’s with classmates was one of the biggest things i looked forward to all school year! i remember we’d make little “mailboxes” to distribute our valentines in. so much fun!

  4. I love making the little valenti s day cards. Last year I went and helped with the v-day party but this year, sadly, she is spending the school year with her dad in another state. I’ll have to send her your peanut butter cups in the express mail! :-)

  5. I loved decorating my box that friends would put the cards in (and sometimes candy). One year I made mine into a mail box. I was so proud!

  6. I ADORED giving and receiving Valentine’s as a kid!! I still do as an adult ;)

  7. haha oh the joys of having a kindergarten aged child – I couldn’t be a kindergarten teacher, that’s for sure!

  8. aw yes we used to do a secret rose delivery service in middle school and it was always the biggest deal who ended up getting roses, and trying to figure out who they were from. Fun memories!

  9. I used to love the Valentine’s Day school-size cards but I hated giving them and receiving them was even worse. Never knew when a snotty-nosed brat boy was going to be, well, a brat, lol. My mom always gave me stuffed animals and my grandma would send a package in the mail, so I liked V-Day with family, but with strangers, meh. :)

  10. I used to love writing out and receiving all the generic valentines, and we all had a blast decorating our own “mailboxes” out of a shoe box to tape to our desks. In high school, basically only kids who are dating give valentines, and the rest of us don’t care ;)

  11. valentine’s day was the in elementary school! i remember coming home with my bag of cards and candy… i felt so very special (even though it was class rules you had to bring a valentine for everyone!) i am very much looking forward to making valentines with my kids some day :)

  12. Oh, I definitely remember wanting to receive valentines from certain people!!! I passed out valentines, and still do – to my students!! I made them cookies, wrote on valentine cards, and bought some goodies to fill little bags for them.

  13. I totally miss valentines day as a kid! It was so fun, we would make little cute bags to put on our desk and everyone would go around and put their valentines in the bags. It was also great that it was required if you decided to bring valentines to school, you had to bring one for everyone in the class so no one was left out. Totally miss those days :)

  14. What wonderful Valentines! Love that you included Peanut Butter Cups.

  15. I remember Valentine’s Day parties in grade school. I helped my mom make giant heart shaped frosted sugar cookies. Glad you included those ritz stuffed PB cups in this post–my husband loves buckeye candy and so I think he’ll love these!

  16. Ahh, I remember the days when we used to do valentine’s day cards… It’s so sad that we don’t do that in high school anymore… I feel like that would be a good tradition to continue.

  17. My high school student council sold carnations on V-Day as a fundraiser…red for love, pink for like, white for friendship. During the last period of the day, flowers would be delivered…we’d all be anxiously awaiting to see how many flowers and which colors we received!

  18. I know I would like peanut butter cups! Ha! Great job.

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  19. I always LOVED Valentine’s Day and filling out & giving away cute little Disney cards! The candy was definitely a bonus, too! =)

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Averie!

  20. AHH those pb cups look amazing, seriously! so perfectly photographed!

  21. I continue to want Valentines. I never wanted them from anyone specific though and didn’t expect them. I like them more as an adult when I can get more creative and DIY.

  22. I don’t ever remember exchanging cards/treats at school – it’s such a nice tradition, especially when the children are younger. I hope Skylar gets a good haul!

  23. Aww, this is so nostalgic – I used to love Valentine’s Day as a kid, with exchanging valentines and all. I think the kids will love the fruity snack :)

  24. Happy Valentines Day Averie! I am sure Skylar will love the exchange. Even as a teacher I find it fun helping the kids give their cards to one another (and yes, everyone gets one from everyone!). I remember the big thing in highschool was waiting to see if my boyfriend would ask me to the Valentines dance…. he did :)

  25. Used to love elementary school Valentine’s! I think it was waaaaay more fun back then! Making a fancy box, getting a couple dozen valentines, and sorting the cards from candy when home. I remember one year I made a box in the shape of a giant “Sweetheart,” and another I gave out red fortune cookies made from foam and filled with candy. Why can’t Valentine’s still be like that?

  26. This post brings back such fun memories of exchanging valentines. :)

  27. Those peanut butter cups look so yummy!!!!!

  28. My kids are still too young for school (I might do preschool for Abbi this fall – still not sure yet) but I can’t wait! I always loved valentines as a kid.

  29. Valentine’s Day is always so fun when you’re a little kid– I can’t wait to do things like this with Lila :-)

  30. My mom is really creative and artistic, so I always had amazing home made Valentines and the prettiest shoe box!

  31. Happy Valentine’s day to you, Averie! And can’t you just send a hundred peanut butter cups instead? To me?

  32. What a fun and cute post, I remember the days of exchanging corny valentines with classmates and got a kick that a co-worker brought some in for us today. :-)

  33. I actually don’t remember actually doing Valentine’s Day cards after elementary school where you were required to get one for each student. After that, I didn’t really think much about the day. Although, I certainly was boy-crazy all throughout school and wouldn’t have minded receiving a special card from one.

  34. My little one and I had great fun putting her Valentine’s cards together last night – we went with princess-shaped pretzels. Can’t wait to see what she brings home! She is in LOVE with Ritz crackers lately, we’ll have to give those a try.

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