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Fruit and Fun Printable Class Valentines

It’s here!  Hooray!  I love making these every year.  This is my third annual free Valentine’s Card printable & I went a with a bit of vintage inspired fruit & fun theme.  This is my most popular post every year – hooray!!  I’ve added the links to the previous years’ Valentine’s below in case you’d like to see them all.  They’re perfect for your kid’s classroom Valentine Party or your very own Galentine celebration with your bestie!

It’s still early enough that you won’t have to stay up the night before Valentine’s Day, frantically gluing, glittering and stickering…I’ve got your back, mama.  Just print, cut & have your kiddo sign them.  Super easy peasy.

Okay, lovelies, I printed mine on matte photo paper (matte, so that they can be signed by your little).  But honestly, card stock will totally work in a pinch!  Don’t fret!  You’ve totally got this.  If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can send them to a photo printing place like Staples or Walmart, otherwise your home printer is just fine.

If you’re feeling super extra fancy, feel free to tape a heart chocolate on the back of the card (or a quarter for older kids if you’re looking for a candy-free Valentine option).  Voila, chocolate, cute cards, signed by your kiddo…score one for mom!

Okay, so click the button below to download your PDF printable.  Then print away!  It will print on a regular old 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, and the cards measure 3.5″ square (that will help when you’re measuring out to cut).

How did it go?  If you use the cards (from any of the years), I would sooooo love to hear your stories & see how they turned out for you!  If you tag them #littlegirlspearls when you post them, I will be able to find them.  I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Are you looking for more Valentine Printables?  Check out our other free sets:

Happy Valentine’s Day, you lovely mama!

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Easy Thanksgiving Activities to Keep Your Kids Entertained While You Cook

Your family probably already has a few traditions of your own for Thanksgiving. Maybe you have a special routine for saying what you’re thankful for, or maybe everyone looks forward to grandma’s signature pie all year long. Thanksgiving is also a great time to start some new traditions, particularly if you’re looking for fun activities that kids will love to take part in.

1.    Succulent Place Cards
This is such a fun and easy activity for kiddos during the holidays!  While the house is a big hub of craziness and activity, you can send the kids outside for this quick and easy Thanksgiving or Christmas craft.  Littles and bigs will love making place cards for everyone around the holiday table.  Then all of the guests can have a sweet little succulent planter to take home after the delicious dinner.  Head HERE for full step-by-step photo instructions to show you how to make them.

Step-by-Step photo instructions to make succulent place cards for your holiday table

2.    Get the Kids Involved with Foraged Bouquets for the Table
The hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving can get overwhelming for kids.  Everyone is excited, the house smells amazing, family and friends are ringing the bell…chaos is sure to follow.  One thing our boys love to do is head outside in the fresh air to get some energy out.  Send an older kid or an adult with the kids to pick a bouquet of “foraged” leaves, flowers and sticks (or several small bouquets).  Then they can put them in mason jars or vases on the Thanksgiving table.  Fun, festive & it gets the wiggles out!

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3.    A Thankful Book
Instead of simply saying what you’re thankful for around the dinner table, how about having each person write it down? Then save the notes in a scrapbook or binder. It’s fun to set out a blank book or paper with pencils, crayons, stickers and markers for everyone to write down their thankful list while dinner is cooking.  It keeps the kids busy, and you can look back on it together every Thanksgiving.  Erin over at Home Literacy Blueprint made the cutest thankful books with her kiddos!

Idea and adorable photo from Home Literacy Blueprint

4.    Pin the Feather on the Turkey
If you have a lot of young kids in your family (or teenagers who like to be goofy like mine), pin the feather on the turkey is a great game to keep them entertained and get them in the Thanksgiving spirit. This is just like pin the tail on the donkey, except you’re using a paper turkey and feathers of different colors. For added fun, have each kid create and decorate their own feather out of card stock, stickers, pens, pencils…whatever you have lying around. They can write what they are thankful for & it makes the turkey so adorable when they’re finished!  Make sure you take a picture as a memento!

precious graphic from Living Well Mom – head on over there for instructions

What fun family traditions or kid activities does your family do for the holidays?  I’d love to learn some new ideas! ♥

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Easy Succulent Place Cards for Your Holiday Table

I’m always looking for fun things to do with my boys that gets them involved in the holidays.  These sweet little succulent place cards are perfect for kids (and adults) and will brighten up your holiday table!  These would even be adorable for a rustic outdoor wedding.

With just a few “ingredients” – most of which can be found in your back yard, you can make sweet little name cards for your holiday or wedding table.

  • small votive holder (or other small container – a tiny mason jar would work well, too)
  • sphagnum moss (I found a bag of it at Home Depot)
  • twigs of greenery from the garden
  • a stick
  • a tiny clothes pin or clip
  • a succulent rosette – or really any succulent sprig will do
  • a small name tag – or slip of paper

Wet your sphagnum moss & pack it relatively tightly into the holder.

Using your finger (or a pencil), make a hole down the center of your moss for the stem of your succulent.

Carefully place your succulent stem into the hole.  Add a bit of extra moss around it to secure it into the little container.

Add your stick.  If you don’t have a stick from a tree or bush, you can use a popsicle stick or even a skewer.  Make sure the stick is high enough to allow the name tag to show above the succulent.

Use your tiny clothes pin (I gilded mine with a gold-leafing pen just for fun) to clip the name tag and the greenery to your stick.  Set them on the table as place cards & you’ll have a beautiful holiday or wedding tablescape!  The best part is that your guests will have a great little gift to take home with them.  {so much fun}

What will you use it for?  I would love to see your version!  Be sure to use #littlegirlspearls, so I can find it!!  Have fun. ♥

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Printable Valentine Cards

Free Forest Friends Printable Valentines

For the second year in a row, I’m a bit early with my Valentine cards for the friends and schoolmates.  Hooray!  I totally feel like I should get a gold star (and a latte).  I wanted to share the printable forest friends Valentine cards with you – so you’ll be ahead of the game, too!! ♥

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Now you and I can have a nice evening the day before your kiddo’s classroom Valentine party instead of frantically scouring Pinterest for a last-minute Valentine gift card idea for 50 fourth graders!

Click on the image below to download your printable Valentine cards.  It’s a PDF document.  You just need a free PDF reader to open it.  If you run across any questions or issues, just give me a holler.

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Simply print on card stock or photo paper & cut.  You cut 1/2″ off the right and 1/2″ off the left side.  Then each card measures 3.75″ square.  If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can tape a lollipop or a quarter (for older kids) to the back.  Just cut a small slit in the card & slip a lollipop stick through & tape it on the back.  Now you can check that crazy Valentine’s Day box off your to-do list! ♥

Are you looking for more inspiration or a little something different?  Be sure to check out last year’s Valentine printables, too.

Printable Valentine cards 2015
xoxoxo

10 Sweet Valentine Gift Card Message Ideas

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Valentine’s Day isn’t really a romantic holiday around here.  My hubby has never been a practitioner of big romantic gestures, so ever since we welcomed our boys into our family, we have always treated Valentine’s Day as a great time to show them how very special they are to us!  I’m sure your sweetie daughters, granddaughters and nieces all know that they are important to you, but Valentine’s Day can be a fun time to celebrate your how much she means to you & make her feel extra special.

For our boys, Valentine’s Day has always been a day that we shower them with love and hugs and kisses and special little things like heart-shaped pancakes and special little notes.  Flowers, chocolate and conversation hearts sometimes make their way into our family day, but really it’s the little gestures of love and appreciation that make the day one of my favorite days of the year.

One of my favorite family traditions centers around the little mailbox we got each boy when they were little.  It’s a little red metal mail box (it’s absolutely precious), and each of our kiddos sets it outside of their room on February 1st.  Then every day through February 14th I leave them a new little note letting them know how much I appreciate them and love them.  I make sure to let them know what I love about them and why they are so special to our family.  I also leave little candies, toys, and other special goodies in their mailboxes.  Wouldn’t a keepsake pearl bracelet make the perfect gift for her mail box on Valentine’s day???

If you’re stumped on what to write to your special little Valentine, here are 10 Valentine’s Day gift card messages to help you show your littles how very much you love them!  There are 10 different messages & then below them I have included the messages written out in case you want to copy & paste any of the messages into your special gift card.

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All you really need to do is to take a little extra time to make your little one feel happy and let her know she’s loved.  How about a special family dinner that you all make together?  A family walk around the block or to the park?  Or a quick trip out for her favorite ice cream (this is my boys’ favorite).  Family dance parties are also a big hit at our house.  Even now that the boys are older, they love being totally crazy and weird dancing around the house with hubby & I!

One thing that was surprising to me was that my youngest loves to pick me little bouquets of flowers for my office desk.  So I decided to pick him a little bouquet for his desk.  He was absolutely thrilled!  There are infinite ways to celebrate with your Valentine!

Whatever your plans for Valentine’s Day, start a fun tradition that you can repeat year after year.  Especially now that the boys are older, it’s fun to see how they’ve hung on to even the smallest of traditions – never forgetting *anything*.  Seriously, they have the minds of elephants!!  So have some fun with your little Valentine!!  They’ll remember it forever. ♥

Thankful free printable

Thankful printable from Little Girl's Pearls.

I am thankful for you.  Each and every day for the last 16+ years, I’ve gotten to make pretty things.  I get to do what I love, and help families with their lovely celebrations.  I have the very best job in the whole world because of YOU.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to create sparkly things for your special events.  I can never truly put into words how very grateful I am for you.

Free 8x10 thankful printable for Thanksgiving.

I wanted to make you something sweet and fun and lovely.  Here is a little thankful free printable for you on this beautiful Thanksgiving week.  You can print it on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper or photo paper.  It prints out to fit in an 8×10 frame.

DOWNLOAD THE THANKFUL PRINTABLE HERE.  It is a PDF document.  You can open it with a free PDF reader.  If you run across any questions or issues, just let me know.

Wishing you and your family an amazing Thanksgiving!

 

printable valentines

a lovely collection of free printable animal Valentine cards

If you’re anything like me, you look at the calendar on February 13th, grumble a little & then surf Pinterest for quick & easy, but cute Valentine’s cards!  This year I decided to take things into my own two little hands – EARLY – and get them finished and ready for Valentine’s Day.

free printable valentine classroom cards | Little Girl's Pearls blog ♥

I wanted something colorful, whimsical and a bit more handcrafted than the cards you frantically buy in a box at the grocery store.  But I also wanted something that was easy, quick and had a bit of character.  My sweet sister is an amazing artist.  Years ago she hand-drew and watercolored these sweet little animals for our Whimsy Kisses shop.  I thought they were just perfect for this project!

sweet water color animals - FREE printable Valentine's card tags | Little Girl's Pearls blog

Simply print on a piece of card stock or thick matte photo paper and cut them out.  Have your kiddos (or you) fill out the “to” and “from” and voila – sweet little Valentine cards that are both unique and surprisingly frugal!  If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can punch a hole in them, add a bit of twine or ribbon & tie them to a treat like a lollipop, a cutie orange or a small toy.  Hooray!  Valentine’s Day is checked off your never ending “to do” list!

Click on the image below for your free printable Valentine Cards:

{FREE} printable watercolor animal Valentine cards | Little Girl's Pearls blog

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