For the last 2 weeks I have  included a Valentine joke in the lunchboxes.

One day I placed the following joke in my  first grader’s lunchbox:

What did the bat say to his girlfriend?

You’re fun to hang around with!







Or so I thought.

He came home complaining about the  joke in his lunch.

“Gloria and Farrah were making fun of me saying that Lauren and me are boyfriend and girlfriend just like the bats.”

“What did you do?”

“I told them I was going to tell the teacher.”

“And then what happened?”

“Gloria said, “Please please forgive me.”

“And then?”

“I told her I would forgive her but I was still  going to tell the teacher.”


“I told the teacher.”

“”And then what happened?”

“She gave them tally marks when we got back in the classroom.”


“And I feel good about that.”

I decided not to send a Valentine in his lunchbox the next day.

Happy Valentine’s Day

My husband and I were watching a taped Katie Couric show the other day.

In the beginning he fained interest but was disappointed when I turned it off.

The show was about plastic surgery mishaps.

The stories, pictures, and agony these guests went thru truly made my stomach turn.

Anyway, after viewing the stories I said, “Well, you’ll just have to except that I will be old, saggy, and gray.”

There are many replies he could have had but he chose this one.

“It’s okay that you are going to be old, saggy, and gray.”

I was thinking more along the lines of, “You will be beautiful to me no matter what,” or even, “You will always be beautiful to me.”

 But that’s not what I got.

I teased him and we laughed.

He made it up to me by buying a few boxes of girl scout cookies which I thought was perfect.

Now he will have to love me old, saggy, gray, and fat 🙂

Love you always Derek!


Valentine Coupon Book

 Just finished creating Valentine Coupon Books for the 5th grade party next week.

My fifth grader has informed me he is going to make his coupons good for one playing of XBOX.

That gift more than makes up for everything I do for him – almost.

Anyway, here’s the cover sheet and coupons. Print them off on colored paper & it’s a quick thoughtful gift.

At least it could be a thoughtful gift. Nudge nudge Alex 🙂

Valentine Coupons


Cover Sheet


Print, fill out, staple together- done!

Click here to download both sheets.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Valentine Round Up

Here’s a quick sampling of FREE PRINTABLE Valentines I found:

Zebra Valentines from Bunny Cakes


Angry Birds Valentines from Big D & Me!


Star Wars Valentines by MeckMom

Star Wars Valentines Collection

Pop Rock Valentines from Onesie Twosie


Playdough Valentines from g*rated


Color Me Valentines by With Envy Studios


Fun(tache) Tic Valentines by plum adorable


I “Wheelie” Like You by Yvonne Byatt’s Family Fun

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and finally…here are some LUNCHBOX Valentine printables from Over the Big Moon



Storybook Valentines

While the Angry Bird Valentines I made for my boys are great, they weren’t really appropriate for my 2 year old.

So…I made Storybook Valentines.

All of her favorites characters are here.

We taped a silly band bracelet to the back of the card and called it DONE!

If you’d like a copy of these valentines,click here.

If you decide to download, please consider becoming a follower of Big D & Me.

Angry Birds Valentines

My six year old requested Angry Birds valentines this year.

I just made them and he is “super” excited to give them to his friends.

If you’d like a copy of the valentines, click here.

Please consider becoming a follower of Big D & Me if you decide to download.

I found the Angry Bird art work on this blog. He has t-shirts and bumper stickers to buy of these super hero birds. I’m thinking those might make a great birthday gift for someone.

 If you’d like something for the younger crowd, I have some Storybook Character Printable Valentines.

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Valentine Love

I  love my kids and husband more than I can express to you. They are the ones who make me get up in the morning (horizontal children in your bed tend to do that) and the ones who put smiles on my face. I have the deepest love for our children and the man who is my partner.carolineI love that you go to bed with dolls but insist on playing Legos too.

Derek and Caroline in the snowI love what an amazing dad you are to our children.

I love that you two always want to be together and do the same silly things.

caroline - schoolI love how independent and self assured you are.

I love how all three of you can play in the same room with the same activity.

andrew sewingI love that you enjoy crafty things and singing in the shower for all to hear.

alex footballI love that you are passionate about sports and can recall every statistic you’ve read in the newspaper for the last 3 years.

I love that you are always talking on the phone, going through my purse, or playing on the computer – all while smiling.

I love that you are willing to do things for our children that are out of your comfort zone – just because you want to make them smile.

I love that you are always finding ways to have fun together.

I love that you are passionate about animals and your life’s dream is to work at the zoo (at the cash register).

I love what an amazing big brother you are. You are always willing to watch, follow, or play with your brother or sister.

I love how much you love our children and me.

I love that you make us all laugh everyday.

I love that you love each other.

I love that you are my equal for taking care of our children. You are always cleaning, cooking, going to practices, and taking care of us.

I love that you were so proud of yourself for accomplishing this.

I love that you are willing to try new things with your brother just because it interests him.

I love that I get to spend everyday with my family.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Moustaches for the Masses

When looking around blog world I noticed many handmade Valentine’s. I especially liked the idea I found on Cupcakes Kisses n ‘Crumbs and thought my boys would too.

Steps we took to make Valentine Moustaches:

1) Alex found a mustache shape he liked on the Silhouette machine. We played with the size until he was satisfied with “the look.” The machine then cut out 50 moustaches from black card stock.

2) Next I took paint pens and wrote “Happy (Heart) Day!” Alex then wrote his name.

moustache3) Buy a ridiculously huge bag of Dum Dum lollipops since it’s the only bag at Walmart. I’m talking 300 Dum Dums people. I’ll have these for the next two Halloweens. Well, at least till the beginning of March.

4) The tricky part was getting just the right size hold to place our lollipop in. We made the hole by using an awl.

5)  We then simply slid the lollipop on.

Here’s a look at the finished project. Not the best photo. It was bedtime and I thought this was good enough at the time. Probably should have been patient for another photo.The boys were thrilled with the lollipop moustaches and can’t wait to give them to their friends.

Do you have any Valentine’s Day creations or plans?