Wednesday, February 13, 2008

OHNOES! Valentine's Day is Tomorrow?!

Need some quick, easy ideas for Valentine's Day? Here's some great (and easy!) ideas to help make the day special.

From comes this simple idea: Pancakes with powdered-sugar hearts. Just make your favorite kind of pancakes (it's okay to use a mix or heat up some frozen pancakes, just remember our motto here at Cool Moms Rule: homemade just means made at home!). Put a short stack of pancakes on pretty plate, and use a heart cookie cutter as a heart stencil. Then just shake some powdered sugar inside the heart and Voila! Instant Valentine's Breakfast. You can even serve your honey breakfast in bed for that extra special touch.

Easy-Smeasy homemade Valentines! Gather up all those old magazines collecting dust at your house, and use pinking shears or scissors (Fiskars scissors for the little ones) to cut out red and pink sections. Form into sweet heart shapes, lips or XXXs and OOOs, then glue to white paper doilies (you can even cut those into larger hearts by folding in half and cutting out a tear-drop shape). Fold the doily in half and seal with a red heart sticker.

If you are a little craftier, and have the time, use plain white card stock and leftover red Christmas ribbon or tissue to make your Valentines shine. For kids' Valentines, place a wallet-size pic of your little one on the front surrounded by a tissue-paper heart to hand out at school. Use a hole-punch to snip a small hole in the corner and thread a red ribbon through and tie it into a bow. Make sure your child brings enough for everyone in the class.

Don't forget your furry four-footed friends this Valentine's! As new pet owners, here at our house we are feeling especially loving this Valentine's, especially since our sweet little kitten, Leo, was just fixed today (ouch!). offers a great solution for sending out sweet Valentines while helping stranded pets at pet shelters around the country. For every dog e-mail or cat e-mail Valentine you send between today and the 15th, Purina will donate .50 to help care for homeless pets!

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