9 Days Left and a Valentine’s Day Recap

How was everyone’s Valentine’s Days?

I had a lot of fun staying up way too late putting up a few simple decorations in the kitchen for the Happy Buddy to find when he woke up.

Then I plastered the master bathroom with these ridiculous love notes for the Happy Hubby to find. :-)

The Happy Buddy and I put together this little “‘Riesens’ Why I Love My Teacher” Box for the gals who love on him at school every day – which  I just realized I misspelled ‘Riesen’ in the photos below!

love box for teacherlove box 2love box 3I love that the Happy Buddy sees discipline as something that is for his benefit. :-)

It was also Grandparent’s Day at the Happy Buddy’s preschool so I got to see him perform in the sweetest little concert, singing songs about how much Jesus loves him.

On our way home from that, we got to Heart Attack a sweet friend of mine’s house (I posted the photo of it on my Facebook page!).

Later, the Happy Hubby came home from work a bit early and watched the boys so I could take a quick nap – BEST VALENTINE GIFT EVER. :-)

Then my in-loves came over to babysit so the Happy Hubby and I could go on a date.

We went to Longhorn.  I am obsessed with their Grilled Salmon Salad…  Mmmm… Still dreaming about it.

Real romance here – I had to pump in the car while we waited for our table.  The Happy Hubby serenaded me with a stream of iPod favorites to drown out the wah-wah-wah of our delightful third wheel.

We ended our evening with some House reruns and then the Happy Buddy waking up every 10 minutes all night long because he had a fever.

Reality Check!!

One of the things the Happy Hubby and I talked about on our date was how amazing my Happy Home Fairy readers are.

This Parents Blog Awards competition has filled my heart to overflowing as I have been blessed by your support and votes.

I mean, the girls I am ‘competing’ (I don’t care much for that word as I’d love it if everyone could win!) against are AMAZING.

We’re talking they have like 50,000+ followers, incredible website design, beautiful photography, fabulous content, etc., etc.!

But for some reason – only the Lord knows! – many of y’all are voting for the Fairy (and my I-don’t-even-know-how-to-do-hashtags-on-Twitter-self), and that has been just so precious.

But things are definitely neck and neck and there are only 9 days left to vote!

You can vote once a day – and we’ve found that it is set up that you can vote 24 hours from your previous vote (so if you voted at 10 pm one night, you can’t vote until 10 pm the next night).

Would you keep voting for Happy Home Fairy and sharing it with all your friends and family??

Simply click on the image below and it will zip you right to the voting gallery.

Parents Blog Award Finalist

I cannot thank you enough!!!

And if you have any fun Valentine’s Day stories of Heart Attacking or what your mail carrier thought of his/her Valentine, I’d LOVE to hear about them!  (But maybe keep the topless movie stories to yourselves!  Haha!) :-)

Happy Voting Some More-ing! :-)

14 Ways to Love Your Happy Hubby (PG-13)

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If you’re reading this, I hope you’re 1. A woman, and 2. Married. :-)  Note – I am posting this at midnight because I am hoping no little eyes are around to read it! :-)

Every year when Valentine’s Day rolls around, I have to spend a few minutes checking my expectations.

Ahh… expectations.  Those little boogers can really put a damper on days that are supposed to be fun and memorable.

If I expect the Happy Hubby to spend Valentine’s Day lavishing me with flowers and cards and candy, and maybe he doesn’t do any of those things, then those crushed expectations will make me want to spend the entire day moping and grumbling and feeling bitter wondering why the man I married isn’t more like Nicholas Sparks.

This is not healthy, my friends.

I love the way Courtney from Women Living Well put it in her awesome post about Valentine’s Day expectations“There are no exceptions in the Bible where it says on Birthdays, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day we have permission to be selfish and self-centered.”

And then she shares this humbling verse from Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”

So what do we do with that?

We, as wives, let our Happy Hubbies off the hook tomorrow.

We stop expecting them to serve us all day long and instead find ways to serve them.

And we do it with joy in our hearts because it puts joy in God’s heart to see His daughters walking in obedience.

Now I am not saying that the Happy Hubby never makes me feel loved or never serves me.

Oh that blessed man serves me every single day!  For starters, he drives the Happy Buddy to school every morning, battling 8 am traffic before he has even had a chance to drink a cup of coffee, he never complains when I don’t have anything planned for dinner and he has to eat leftovers (again), he helps get our boys in bed on the nights he is home, he bought me a new computer when I dropped my old one in our church’s parking lot, he subscribes to my blog, he went against everything he felt about Social Media and opened up a Facebook account last week just so that he could vote for Happy Home Fairy every day in the Parents Blog Awards competition, he gives me massages on occasion, shows me grace when I screw up (like when the Happy Baby fell off the changing table he didn’t judge me or make me feel like an irresponsible parent and that blessed me more than he will ever know), makes me laugh ’til my sides hurt, keeps our house safe, fluffs the pillows on the couch before coming to bed because he knows I like waking up to a nice-looking sofa, tells me I am a good mommy when I get up in the middle of the night to pump, listens to me when I have had a bad day wrestling anxiety concerning the Happy Baby, gives me the wisest counsel when I need it, occasionally breaks out his guitar and leads our family in worship, prays with me, cleans up poopy diapers or the Happy Buddy’s 24-hour stomach bug vomit without complaining, works hard every day to provide for our family…

Ohhh… the list goes on and on.

Why should I forget all these wonderful, precious things just because our society has made a day on the calendar demand red roses (which don’t even last) and chocolates (which make you want to break out the elastic waistbands)?

What lasts is an attitude that isn’t about what I want but what God wants.  An attitude that says, “I am going to make it my mission to love and serve the people God has put in my family without expecting anything in return because that brings glory to God.

And isn’t that the whole point of Happy Home Fairy?

The happiest homes are the ones that understand this calling.

So take a good long look over this list of 14 ways to love your man and pick one or two or three to rock his socks (or his pants – I’m just sayin’) off tomorrow. :-)

Happy Best Valentine’s Day Ever-ing!

*I must credit To Love, Honor, and Vacuum for several of these ideas.  She has an AMAZING post on How to Flirt with Your Husband that will bless your marriage so much!*

14 Ways to Love Your Kids

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I am trying to make it my mission to do most of these ideas with my boys this week in honor of Valentine’s Day. :-)

The other night when we were reading a story before bed and the Happy Buddy asked, “Can we read that again?”

I remembered this list and said, “Yup!”

He almost fell off the mattress he was so excited.

It’s the little things!

Happy 14 Ways to Love Your Kids-ing! :-)

*I must credit Little Wonders’ Days for several of these ideas – she is doing an amazing series each month called 10 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them.  All of her ideas, photos, and posts are absolutely adorable and inspiring.  You will love it!*

Love Your Neighbor

3 ways to love your neighbor this valentine's day at happyhomefairy.comThe second greatest command Jesus gave to us is to love our neighbors.

Neighbors can be anyone – your mail carrier, your pastor, a mom at church, the grocery store employee, bank teller, etc.

Today I’d like to take the word ‘neighbor’ quite literally.

Meaning the precious people who God has chosen for you to live next to or near.

Here are 3 ways you can brighten up your neighborhood this Valentine’s Day with a little of His love.

heart attack#1 – Give your neighbor a HEART ATTACK.

Not the kind that lands your neighbor in a hospital bed, but the kind that will hopefully leave them feeling better than ever. :-)

Simply cut up a bunch of hearts from pink, red or purple paper, write sweet messages on them, then tape them up on your neighbor’s outside front windows.

They will be so surprised when they come home.

The Happy Buddy and I did this for our next door neighbors last year on Valentine’s Day (you can see more of our secret mission HERE).  They left their Heart Attack up for like 2 months!

*Note – Whipperberry has created a FREE Printable set of hearts for you to use on your Heart Attack adventure.  They are so cute!  You can find them HERE.*

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#2 – Bake them a TREAT.

Who wouldn’t like receiving something homemade from your kitchen??

We all know that food is a great way to get to someone’s heart!

Cookies, brownies, cupcakes, or a fresh loaf of bread, whatever you fancy.  (Personally, I love making and delivering THESE simple Pretzel Dots to neighbors.)

I also love these FREE Printable Baked With Love Tags from Lil’ Luna.  They are perfect for sharing a bit of deliciousness.

candy gram for the neighbors#3 – Spread the love with a Candy Gram.

A few years ago the Happy Buddy and I hit up our local CVS for various candies and snacks and turned it into a fun little candy gram.

We bought a red poster board from the Dollar Tree and cut it into a heart before writing our message and attaching the treats with a little tape.

Then we left the heart on our neighbor’s doorstep, knocked, and made a run for it!

These simple ideas are inexpensive and something you can throw together in the next couple of days (which is usually how we roll around our Happy Home!).

I hope your neighbors will be feeling God’s love through you this Valentine’s Day! :-)

Happy Love Your Neighbor-ing!

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

Easy Valentine Windsock

easy valentine windsock at happyhomefairy.comHere is one more last-minute craft you can do with your Happy Buddy’s this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

What you will need:valentine windsock 9

Large piece of a cereal box (I cut the front off of a Cheerios box)

Scissors

Tape

Paint in Valentine’s Day colors (we used red, pink, and fuchsia)

Foam Stickers – letters and hearts (I got the ones in the photo from my second home – the Dollar Tree)

Streamers in Valentine’s Day colors (also from the Dollar Tree)

Ribbon (forgot to put that in the photo!)

How to make your windsock:

valentine windsock 10Step 1 – Paint the cereal box.  Let dry.

valentine windsock 1Step 2 – Cut out the shape of a heart.

valentine windsock 11Step 3 – Pick out your letters.  We wanted ours to celebrate the kind of love that Valentine’s Day is all about. :-)

valentine windsock 2Step 4 – Stick the letters on your heart.  Add heart stickers if you’d like.

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Step 5 – Cut streamers and attach to the back of the heart with tape.

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Step 6 – Cut a piece of ribbon and loop at the top, attaching with tape.

valentine windsock 6valentine windsock 8Step 7 – Hang it up.

That’s it!

Isn’t it lovely??

A precious reminder of our great God and His unfailing, perfect love for us.

Happy East Valentine Windsock-ing! :-)

“God is love.” 1 John 4:8

How to Flirt Text Your Happy Hubby

how to flirt text your husband - so funny i have to try this!!!

I like to occasionally ‘pop’ into the Happy Hubby’s cell phone with a random text that isn’t the standard “Are you picking up the boys?” or “Can you get some milk from the store on your way home from work?”

It’s good to throw your Happy Hubby a few curve balls.  Keep him guessing.  Keep the magic and mystery of your love alive.

I thought I would share with you some of the text messages I have been sending my man lately because I love him and want him to know it. (You can read more about why it’s important to appreciate your Happy Hubby in THIS POST.)

I shared a few of these text ideas at our church’s February MOMs group meeting.

I made all the ladies choose their favorite text and then take out their cells and text their Happy Hubbies the flirty message right then and there.

One lady said her husband would not stop calling her all day.  (This was a good thing.)

One gal scored a lunch date with her hubby!

And one woman shared that after receiving her scandalous text, her husband wrote back asking if she could be waiting at home wrapped in saran wrap.

I got a great giggle out of that!

What I loved seeing was all these women being obedient to love and honor and cherish (and have fun with!) the men God has put in their lives.

So without further ado…  Here are 7 great messages you can flirt text your Happy Hubby right this instant.hubby text 1hubby text 3hubby texthubby text 4hubby text 5hubby text 6hubby text 7

Which one do you think your Happy Hubby will love the most?

They need to hear our adoration, my precious friends.

Go ahead, click send and see what happens.

Maybe you’ll end up in saran wrap. :-)

*DISCLAIMER*

I told my friends at our MOMs group not to worry or be resentful of their husbands if they didn’t respond to their loving text, because it’s quite possible that this happened…

*I don't remember where I found this image! If you do, please let me know so I can properly credit!*

Happy Flirty Text-ing! :-)

Valentines That Won’t Leave Your Kids Wrecking Things

5 healthy valentine ideas at happyhomefairy.comI’ve been noticing more and more lately that if the Happy Buddy has a few M&Ms it doesn’t take long before his skin takes on a greenish glow, his eyes get all buggy, and suddenly every item in our Happy Home becomes subject to his destructive whims.

Not to mention I have to remove the Happy Baby from his brother’s presence entirely or he will inevitably be trampled or smothered.

So here are some Valentine options that are healthy and hopefully will leave your Happy Home (and Happy Buddy) intact.

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Attach these adorable FREE Printable Valentine Fruit Tags from Craftaholics Anonymous to an apple or orange and there will be no trips to the doctor this Valentine’s Day! :-)

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Cheese sticks make excellent little Valentines!

I love this “Let’s Stick Together” idea from Bless This Mess.

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Those small boxes of raisins are pretty inexpensive so grab a few packs and stick on this FREE Printable from Just Married With Coupons.

That pun is the ‘raisin’ I am smiling right now!

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We go through like a dozen of these little pureed fruit squeeze-y things each week.

I got a kick out of these funny Fruit Squeeze Pouch Valentines from Kitchen Stewardship.

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Finally, the Happy Buddy just loves him some apple juice.

I find these You’re the Apple of My Eye Valentine Juice Boxes from C.R.A.F.T. so enchanting!

What do you do to keep your Happy Buddies from becoming a Valentine sugar wrecking ball?

Happy Healthy Valentine-ing! :-)

*Note – I may have posted all these healthy Valentine options, but I am very confident that I will succumb to my weak nature with one look into the Happy Buddy’s big brown eyes and will shower him with lots of Valentine chocolate (specifically of the M&M kind).  But maybe I will just have to hide the good dishes and wrap the Happy Baby in a protective pillow suit first.* :-)

Valentine Ideas for the Caffeinated Beverage Lover

cute coffee and tea valentine ideas at happyhomefairy.com

I know that for many of you, the morning cannot officially begin until your hands are wrapped around a warm, steaming mug of coffee or tea.

I thought you would appreciate this round-up of ideas featuring that beloved drink.

And as I found the ideas, I realized that many of them were designed with teachers in mind, so hopefully you will find some inspiration here whether for the educator in your Happy Buddy’s life or someone else who shares a passion for caffeinated things.

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Use this I Like You A latte Teacher Printable from eighteen25 and attach a little Starbucks gift card.

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Or this Starbucks Gift Card Printable Teacher Tag from Skip to My Lou is equally as adorable.

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And then there’s THIS Hot and Steamy Starbucks Gift Card Holder from Making Life Whimsical for the love of your life.

This just makes me so happy.

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Here is another simple Valentine morning blessing for your coffee-lovin’ Happy Hubby from Bubbly Nature Creations.

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Here are some sophisticated FREE Printable Coffee Cup Wrappers for your Valentine from eat drink chic.

Send your Happy Hubby off to work on Valentine’s Day with a love-wrapped cup of Joe. ;-)

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If your Happy Hubby can’t have his coffee without it being paired with a doughnut, then this FREE Printable Coffee Cup Sleeve from Oink! The Blog is for you.

The tag says ‘We go together like Doughnuts and Coffee” and on the back it says “Caution! This may be extremely HOT!” - too cute.

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A quick and inexpensive Valentine’s Day TEA-cher Gift Idea from PB&J Stories.

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How sweet is this little FREE Printable Tea Bag Tag from every last detail??

I also made a little list of some other sayings you could jot down on a Post-It and leave next to your spouse’s coffee cup on Valentine’s Day if none of these ideas work for you…

“You’re HOT.”

“You’re the cream to my coffee.”

“I am espresso-ly yours.”

“Valentine, our love is BREW-tiful.”

:-)

Happy Caffeine-ing!

A Valentine for the Mail Carrier – FREE Printable!

free printable valentine for your mail carrier! This is adorable! happyhomefairy.com

Well, y’all can be confident in how I feel about you as I  am letting you see a photo of my dirty, dirty mailbox! :-)

Just before Christmas, our  mail carrier (that had been bringing our mail since we moved in 8 years ago) was re-routed.

I was really disappointed!

But the Lord convicted me with this thought, “Yes, the old mail carrier will be missed, but I am bringing you someone new – someone else I want you to share My love with.”

Along came Mail Carrier Carla.

We’ve been busy getting to know her – so much so that the Happy Buddy has a little toy mail truck that he pretends is Miss Carla’s. :-)

I thought a special Valentine would help express our appreciation for her faithfulness…

Here is what Miss Carla will be receiving this Valentine’s Day.free printable valentine for your mail carrier at happyhomefairy.com!

free printable valentine for the mail carrierI’m thinking a plate of my Aunt Greta’s Famous Brownies are in order as well.

Would you like to bless your mail carrier too?

You can print your own FREE Mail Carrier Valentine by clicking HERE.

Happy FREE Printable Valentine for the Mail Carrier-ing! :-)

*I was inspired to make this FREE Printable by a similar one I found at the blog Over the Big Moon.  They created a special FREE Printable note for your mail carrier that works year ’round.  Check it out HERE.*