Pop-Up Valentine’s Day Cards

A few years ago, I was sorting through one of those boxes of random things that just end up in a corner at the back of the wardrobe, when I found a small box filled with letters my mother had written to me when I was a teenager.  The thing is, my mom had died three months before and finding those letters were like a little gift from heaven. I decided then that I had to make sure that my girls received letters from me. Letters that I will keep in their memory boxes for them, that they can rediscover one day. When we received our #BostikBloggers box this month, with its Valentine’s Day theme, I decided this was a perfect opportunity to write each of my girls a letter.

Pop Up Valentine's Day Cards

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7 Valentines Gifts To Give Yourself

I’ve finally managed to get the last of the Christmas wrapping out with the recycle bins last week, so you know what that means? Time to think about Valentines Day! Yay!  Well, actually, I’ve not celebrated Valentine’s day in a long while, but while the shops are filling up with red hearts and bad chocolate, what better time to treat yourself (myself!) to something that no one else is likely to give me?


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365-42 to 365-48 A Week in Pictures

The days around here are cold and wet at the moment.  Our holiday was cancelled, and our roof is leaking rain water.  There is much to be frustrated about and down about, and yet days are filled with moments of beauty. And it’s in those moments that we make our memories.

I do take photos every day, but unless you want to see the same child in different clothes doing about the same thing every day, some leniency with timeframe is required!  All these photos were taken within the correct week, if not on the exact days.

Day 42 – Ceiling Lights

These make a full circle in the interior of a London restaurant, and change colour. It’s so pretty.

Day 43 – Patterns

Patterns on walls

Day 44 – Twinings Tea Shop

I saw this as I was walking along in the West End area, and thought it was quite a nice way of advertising.

Day 45 – Valentines Treasures

I didn’t have much money this year for Valentines gifts, so decided to go low-key and hand made. I took an old jam jar and cleaned it out. I decorated it with glitter gells and made a slot in the lid (for coins, later) and filled it with love heart, heart shaped chocolates and jelly beans. Then I took 25 black strips of card and wrote love notes on each, “I love how you…”, “I love that you…”, “I love your…” and so on so that he could read the notes as he emptied out the jar. (Thanks to Simple Mom’s great article on making Valentines day more meaningful for the initial idea)

What I particularly love about this shot, and why I chose it even though  it wasn’t the best one of the jar, is the backdrop of one of our photo walls, memories of our life together.

Day 46 – Going Nowhere

I initially wanted to call this ‘Take a Long Walk Off a Short Pier’, which is one of my favourite ways of saying ‘get lost’. But I’m a nice person, so I don’t say it very often 🙂 Decided ‘Going Nowhere’ was perhaps more apt – more moody.

Day 47 – Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

There’s little nicer on a rainy day than pancakes with sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. And this was a particularly rainy day in a particularly rainy week.

Day 48 – Asleep in Daddy’s Arms

This one is actually from a few weeks ago, but I felt it deserved to be featured. It’s precious. And there should be at least one picture of a baby in my week!

Thank you for joining me for our week in pictures, part of the Mommytography 365 Project