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Shoe Box Valentine Holder

This Friday (more than likely) is the day in which schools will celebrate Valentine’s Day.  During this, kids usually pass out little (and absolutely adorable) Valentine cards.  With all the cards and no where to put them…..let’s just say that’s a big problem.  I’m writing this today to solve that problem by creating the Shoe Box Valentine Holder.

This box is a super easy and fun way for kids to express creativity while preventing a possible disaster of loose Valentines.

All You Need Is: a shoe box, wrapping paper, and any heart/Valentine decorations!  We  mainly used cut out hearts and glitter stickers!

To Make Your Shoe Box Valentine Holder: Wrap a regular sized shoe box in wrapping paper.  I used red because it looks lovey and it acts as a simple background.

red box

Cut a 3 inch rectangular slit in the middle of the shoe box.  This is where the Valentines will go.


hearts around slit

Then, cut out hearts from construction paper and use stickers to decorate.  I used tape, but glue would work on the wrapping paper.  When decorating the box, try not to cover the slit.  Also, keep in mind that the hearts can overlap and bend over the edges of the box.  Not every part needs to be covered.

hearts cut out

big cut out heart

Be open and let your kids go crazy with creativity!

heart box

heart box angle

heart box side

Plus…..for a little extra fun, “write” your child’s name on their box with duct tape (example below).  You can also use duct tape to make a border on Valentines!

name on heart box

duct tape heart

Wishing you and yours an amazing Valentine’s Day!

happy heart day

P.S.  I may have a duct tape problem/obsession! 🙂

Strawberry Heart Cake + Homemade Icing Recipe

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!  It’s one of my favorite days because you get to express how much you love someone.  There are many ways to express love, but by far my favorite is in food!  Especially sweets!!!

Today, I’m going to show you how to transform a sweet strawberry box cake into a fantastic heart delight!

You Will Need:

For Cake:

  • Box of Strawberry Cake Mix
  • Heart Shaped Cake Pan
  • Crisco
  • Flour (for dusting pan)

The Following Depend on the Cake Mix You Use:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 3(ish) eggs

For Icing:

  • 1 Cup of  Room Temperature Butter
  • 3 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Tbsp of Milk
  • 4 Cups of  Powdered Sugar

To make your box cake, you combine your ingredients in a mixer bowl and blend them for 30 seconds – 1 minute, stir, and then mix for about 3 minutes.  Preheat your oven to temperature on box.  Coat you cake pan with a thin layer of Crisco and dust with flour.  Bake the cake for approximately 30-35 minutes.  Cool for 30 minutes.  Cut off all uneven parts of the cake.  Now…for my favorite part….the icing!

cake batter



To make you icing…beat (with a hand mixer) the butter, sugar, and vanilla until combined.  Then,  pour in milk and mix for 4 minutes.  I used food coloring to make my icing pink.


icing close

I used a decorating bag and flower tip to make my design on my cake.  First, I Should Have done a thin crumb coat on the cake.  Load some icing into the bag and twist.  Gently squeeze the bag and release after 2 seconds to make the flowers.

cake with icing

cake cool

I hope you and your family have a great Valentines Day!

BTT: Scripture Memory Book

Yes, it’s Wednesday.  Sorry about the late post.  This week, we memorized a verse of scripture.  I am very forgetful…..very…  Kids can be, too (especially if it’s “boring”).  I have come up with a way to get kids involved in a craft while memorizing scripture at the same time.

Scripture Memory Book:

I used the following verse –

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”  -Psalm 19:14

You Will Need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Staple or Metal Circle Clips (If you do this, you will need a hole puncher)
  • Markers

How To:

  1. Break the verse up into parts (you want to be able to draw pictures about each part).  This is how I broke up my verse:  Let the words of my mouth (BREAK 1) and the meditation of my heart (BREAK 2) be acceptable (BREAK 4) in thy sight (BREAK 5) O LORD (BREAK 6), my rock (BREAK 7) and my redeemer.
  2. Draw the pictures!  We drew a mouth for our first part, a heart for part 2, a square with positive words for part 3, “God’s eye” for break 4, a letter ‘o’ with Jesus written across it, a rock with the word ‘my’ written on it, and finally a cross with ‘my’ written on it.  The pictures explain them better.  🙂                                                                                         mouthheartacceptableeye paperJesus omy rockmy redeemer
  3. Put ’em all together!  Align your pictures in order, and staple or hole punch them.  Have fun memorizing!

flip bookscripture book

Peanuts Crafts Part 3: My Favorites

This is the final post in the mini series: Peanuts Crafts.  Now that you’ve seen some of my crafts, I’d like you to see other people’s crafts.  Have a great day!

My Favorite Peanuts Crafts:

And of course, don’t forget to check out my other Peanuts Crafts.

Part 1- Fluffy Snoopy

snoopy craft

Part 2- Striped Kite


Peanuts Crafts Part 1: Fluffy Snoopy

Today, I begin my mini series called “Peanuts Crafts.”  We recently saw the Peanuts Movie and loved it!  It was so cute and a lot like the cartoons.  Definitely will be buying this one!  Anyway, I wanted to do a 3 part mini post series on 3 crafts to do with the Peanuts Movie!

Fluffy Snoopy

I love Snoopy!  He’s my favorite character!  Using household items, you and your child can make a Snoopy head that can be used for many things.  Of course, you can hang it up as a piece of artwork, hang it on the door, or give it away as a gift.

You Will Need:

  • Glue (regular white glue)
  • About 30 cotton balls
  • Black paint
  • 2 paper plates
  • Scissors

How To:

  1. Squeeze some black paint into one of the paper plates.  On the other plate, trace an outline of Snoopy’s head.  Look at a picture of him if you need to.
  2. Fill in the outlined shape with cotton balls and glue them down.  Save about 12 cotton balls at least.                                                                                                                                      snoopy outline
  3. Using the paint, dip the tops of the rest of the cotton balls.  Set them out to dry.             black balls
  4. When dry, glue about 10 cotton balls to the back of Snoopy’s head to look like an ear.
  5. Use the next cotton ball to make the eye.  Glue it in the middle of the face.
  6. Next, put the last cotton ball on the tip of the face to make the nose.
  7. Lastly, using your finger, dab a smile on the bottom of one of the cotton balls.

snoopy craft

Tada!  There’s Snoopy!  Feel free to cut it out and hang it.  I pray you had a great Thanksgiving!  Happy Friday!

My Favorite Rainy Day Activities

A rainy day can be a bummer for all members of the family.  Moms need to run errands and kids want to play! But with these fun activities from other bloggers, you’ll never have a boring rainy day again.

My Favorite Rainy Day Activities:

choc bars


btt egg matt

you are special wall

You Are Special: A Craft

Today, we were reading the book You’re All My Favorites by Sam McBratney.  It brought to mind a craft and popular struggle in kids.  Sometimes, their little minds try to compare.  Yes, this can be a good thing, but when kids start comparing themselves to other people for unnecessary reasons, it can get out of hand.  So, thus is born the craft I call You Are Special.

What We Used:

  • Paper cutouts of little people
  • Markers, googly eyes, buttons,etc.(Basically, things to decorate the people)
  • 3 Black, 2 white, and a 1 brightly colored (I used yellow) sheet of construction paper
  • Tape/Glue
  • Open space to hang

What We Did:

First off, call to mind the Bible verse Psalms 139:14.  It says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Talk to your kids about how God made everyone differently.  We are all special, and that is a GOOD THING!  Ask your kids: What makes you special?  What makes {Insert name – Mommy, sister, friend} special?

Everyone should decorate their cutout to look like them.  Then, have them write on it their name and what is special about them.  These should be personal.  Let them come from the heart.

you are special cutout


Have everyone in your house make a ‘person’, so you have a little family.  Next, make a pair of big eyes!  Yes, these will be “God’s Eyes”.  Eventually, we want this to look like God’s watching down on us and calling us special.  In order to make these eyes, cut off the corners of 2 of your black pieces of construction paper to form  2 octagons.  Then, using the white paper, cut 2 smaller octagons.  You should be able to overlap the black and white octagons and have about an inch of the black visible.  Then use your last piece of black paper to form the pupil.  Cut a circle with about a 3 inch diameter.  Glue or tape them together in the order you made them.  Big black octagon on the bottom, then the white octagon, and the black circle.  Hopefully this looks like an eye.

eyes for special

Finally, use your brightly colored paper to make your title.  We wrote: We are all special in God’s eyes.  You could say something like: God made us unique or When we listen to God (you could make an ear instead of an eye), our potential is revealed.

I hung up our people on a wall, kind of like a bulletin board.  You could hang them in a common family room or on the child’s door.

you are special wall

zoom special wall

This is a great activity to do with family and even friends!  Have a great day!

Flower Tags

This is a super cute craft that was brought to my attention by one of my dear subscribers and friend, Mary T.  It’s very fun and it allows kids to express their individuality.  These tags can be used for a gift tag (To and From) or a decoration to hang off of a door handle.

Simply cut a tag shape out of Kraft paper.  I went with the flower theme, but you can always make something else.  Maybe an initial?  I cut a flower out of construction paper (honestly, just the petals).  I glued buttons and glitter on it, but you can do more than that.  Use household items to create your masterpiece.  When you’re done, punch a hole in the top.  Punch hole reinforcements are great for making sure they don’t rip.  Tie your favorite ribbon by inserting it through the hole and knot it at the top!

flower  23Perhaps even give your kids a theme, like ‘summer’, and see what they come up with.  The point is, just be creative and let them go from there.  Enjoy!

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