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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the kids are getting ready to make their own Valentine’s Day crafts for school. That’s 25 per class x my 4 kids = 100 homemade cards! So, my goal going into February is to come up with original, affordable, and easy-to-assemble cards, especially because I have twins in kindergarten. I definitely don’t want to get stuck cutting, pasting, and assembling 100 valentines by myself.
 
From cute mustache pops to superhero suckers, these DIY Valentine’s Day crafts can make this special day even better.
 
Mustache and Lips Blow Pops
 

DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts – Mustache and Lips Blow Pops
The Mustache and Lips Blow Pops is easy to make, especially for the kids; Photos by Jennifer Lutz

 
This year, I bought four (4) bags of blow pops and tootsie pops, and thought of as many simple, DIY cards made from cardstock and construction paper that I have at the house! For my first one, this Mustache and Lips Blow Pops is fun and easy, even for the kids. I found a template on Pinterest, downloaded the PDF, and printed it on white cardstock. Then, the kids and I cut them out. Afterwards, we attached the mustache and lips to the blow pops, and that’s it!
 
My nine-year-old son wants to give these to his classmates. For the mustache, I think he’ll write something like, “Valentine, I found this is my ‘stache.” And “My lips are sealed” for the other.
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  Jan
   28

 

If you’re looking to update a room with minimal investment, window treatments are a great place to start. Dated, uninspired, or ill-fitting windows treatments can really drag down a room. Freshen up your space with quick and easy ideas for finding the perfect curtains or blinds for your windows. From simple shades to textured blinds, these window treatment ideas help create a spacious and welcoming home!
 
Choose the Best Shade for the Room
 

 
A common mistake when trimming your windows is using the wrong type of window treatment for the room. Make sure that the curtain or shade you put up matches the look and function of the room and the season. For example, if your bedroom gets too much sunlight in the mornings for your taste, choose heavy draperies or light-canceling blinds. Sheer curtains are perfect for summer or spring, while blinds are great all year ‘round. You can even combine two types of treatments such as wooden roman shades and light curtains, for a more versatile look.
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  Jan
   27

 

Having photos stored online or in your smartphone is typical, but nothing beats the appeal of a printed photo displayed for everyone to see. While it’s common to see these photos displayed on the mantel or hanging from the living room wall, there are other, more creative ways to showcase your favorite memories. From a frameless wall collage to a magazine-style photobook, put your most cherished holiday photos on display with this guide from Christmas Tree Market.

Cherish Precious Moments with a Frameless Wall Collage

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  Jan
   21

 

Christmas has come and gone, but winter is far from over. While taking down holiday décor is at the top of your to-do list, make sure your front porch stays warm and inviting throughout the cold season. From rustic decor to warm lights, here are three easy ways to transition your front porch from Christmas to winter.

Introduce Rustic and Woodsy Elements 

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  Jan
   16

 

You’ve finished packing away your holiday decorations, and now your home might look a bit bare. If you’re worried about home decorating for the rest of winter, there are plenty of ways you can maintain a warm and beautiful home using items that can easily be found in your house or at the local store. From pinecones to faux fur, here are some tricks you can use to keep a lovely winter haven for your family.
 
Cluster up Some Pinecones
 

 
Hang up a few pinecones on your front door or your windows and add a natural touch to your home. To make these, just collect some pinecones, then attach them to ribbons. Afterwards, gather them in a cluster before attaching them to windows or doors. You can even use these pinecones as a centerpiece for your mantle or hang them up in the middle of your dining room.
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