Favorite Non-Candy Valentines

My kids go to a school where candy Valentines are discouraged. I get it, but I am also a little disappointed. But, I over the years we have done some pretty fun non-candy things (that I found on Pinterest of course). Here are links to these awesome free printables for Valentine’s Day gifts.

Yoda Best



Make my Heart Bounce

exSTRAW special

All That and a Bag of Chips

S’More friends like you

You A-Maze Me


Lego Birthday

It should come as no surprise that my 8 year old likes the Lego Movie (don’t all 8 year old boys?). So, for his birthday he requested a Lego party.

Lego PartyI have a 1.5 inch circle punch, so it was pretty easy to make the decorations. We had this lego block banner and some lego head balloons (yellow balloons with faces drawn on in sharpie).

For activities we did “pin the head on the lego man”, a lego tower building contest, lego coloring (blank lego body for them to design a costume), and a lego pull-string pinata (homemade). For treats we had pizza, cut in squares with pepperoni lego dots, and some regular finger foods. In the thank you/goody bags we had some brick candies and a small lego set I found at wally-world for a couple bucks a piece. They also got some extra candy from the pinata. It was a hit.

More Disney Crafts

We just finished up our Disney World trip (and one day at Universal Studios), and it was amazing. Seriously, so fun. We spent the week hanging out with my family, and our kids had a blast together.
I made my kids t-shirts for each day. A vague take on various Disney characters.

-Mulan, Lightning McQueen, Snow White, Nemo

-the Incredibles

-Tiana, Adventureland-lost boys expedition, Rapunzel, pirate Mickey

-Mike (from Monsters, Inc), Jasmine, Simba, and Merida

-Harry Potter themed shirts for Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

And I customized water bottles for all 14 of us going.

I also made an autograph book, though we barely ended up using it because the lines were so long.

I had it printed through Blurb, then got it spiral bound at Office Depot for about $4.

Disney World Prep

Our family will be going to a family reunion at Walt Disney World in Florida, this spring. So, of course I over prepare. I have a binder, read and printed lots of info, checked out just about every guidebook the library had and have started planning crafts to make for the trip.
One of the things I look forward to is taking photos. So, I scoured the web for photo ideas and lists. This is a list of photo ops I put together and it could even be used as a photo scavenger hunt. I have one for each of the parks at WDW, and one extra just for fun miscellaneous stuff. They are 4×6 for easy printing and carrying with you to the parks.
We are also going to spend one day at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure (my kids love Harry Potter and Jurassic Park). So there is a Universal IOA photo hunt list as well.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Photo Hunt List
Disney's Epcot Photo Hunt List
Disney's Hollywood Studios Photo Hunt List
Disney's Magic Kingdom Photo Hunt List
Misc Disney Photo Hunt List
Universal Studios Orlando Island's Of Adventure Photo Hunt List