Exchange Valentine’s Day Cards, Kid-Style
What’s not to love about Valentine’s Day? Just the sight of red and pink construction-paper hearts overlaid on white doilies makes us smile. It can be easy this time of year to go all anti-Valentines. But don’t let stale, store-bought cards and “sad singles” social memes bring down what is at heart, hi-yo, the sweetest holiday. To revive your love for Valentine’s Day, think like a kid, starting with Valentine’s Day cards. The best kid valentines are funny and sweet, often employing puns or rhymes and sometimes even a taped-on treat. Here are 30 kid valentines that will bring a smile to your face.
It’s Better to Make Than to Receive
Making something for others makes us feel good. We’ve seen the multiple studies showing that happiness is strongly associated with giving to others. Well, cooking provides unparalleled opportunity to give — and immediately receive a smile back. Who can resist a homemade cupcake with sprinkles? Cooking something delicious is a gift for others as well as a gift to ourselves. Plus, we get to lick the bowl.
Everyone Gets a Card
When we were kids, the school rule was, everyone gets a valentine. Admit it; it felt great to come home at the end of the day with a pile of cards with warm wishes from your classmates. Bring that feeling to your co-workers this year. Give everyone a funny valentine and see how it raises spirits. Besides, how hard is it to cut out and sign a bunch of cards? The best cards can start with a pun.
Take a Break
Part of the fun of Valentine’s Day when we were kids was cutting class a few hours early in order to have a party. So skip the Valentine’s-themed office happy hour and instead take a break in the afternoon to exchange cards and share delicious treats.
Dress Up Day
You don’t have to wear a cupid costume to the office, but it is fun to dress up in a red or pink sweater or wear some heart-shaped jewelry to mark the day. Planning what to wear can be fun; it gives you a good excuse to swipe through all those Valentine’s Day fashion guides, like these 20 heart-themed outfits.
No Judging Allowed
The fact is, Valentine’s Day is here and it isn’t going away anytime soon. Instead of hating on it for its commercialization, let’s take it back to its roots — by celebrating elementary-school style. Show friends, family and colleagues how much you appreciate them. And, yeah, wear your heart on your, um, sweater. You made it; now let it have its day!
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(Image via Insideways)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)