My mom is the queen of putting her heart to paper. Each and every card she sends or delivers to you says something about how she feels about you and really manages to show you that she does know and love you. I know she spends hours finding just the right one whether it is for my daughter’s birthday or for any other holiday, she really manages to put her heart to paper – and out there – for the whole family. It’s not always easy to do that, so this year I’ve turned to Hallmark to help me put my heart out there, and on paper.
Put Your Heart to Paper
Finding the perfect greeting card for Valentine’s Day or any other special day can be done. It simply takes time. But in some cases no matter how perfect the card you want to add a little something to it. For some it is as simple as saying “I love you.” For others they would like to share even more of their thoughts and feelings. You can try other phrases like: “Thank you for all you do,” “I appreciate you.” “You are special to me.” Or recently my daughter’s put their heart to paper using some of their favorite quotes about love and friendship courtesy of Disney movies. There are all sorts of ideas for what to write in a Valentine’s Day card.
Why send a greeting card? In the world it has gotten so easy to express ourselves electronically. We can text and email, Skype or Facetime, Facebook, Tweet and even Pin. But no matter how easy all of that makes it there is nothing like the joy that comes from opening a card and knowing the message was made just for you. In the days of mass memes and group messages, the personal touch means so much more and really comes from the heart.
But there are so many more ways to express your love for someone. Here are 10 tips for putting your heart out there.
Put Your Heart Out There
Putting your heart and feelings out there for that special someone or your family to see doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as easy and these 10 ideas.
Walk in the park, visit a reservoir or other natural trail – feed the ducks, hold hands, and my favorite make up stores about other people as you pass by them.
Play games together – Board games, card games, electronic games. They all can be fun, we used to spend hours playing Gin Rummy just to have fun! Of course you can use your imagination too and find some other games to play,, (but this is a family friendly blog) .
Love on your Driveway-sure it sounds kinky but actually the whole family can get involved. Everyone takes sidewalk chalk and writes a love note, draws a heart or other love signs on the driveway so that mom or dad can see it when the get home. Great surprise and mom or dad will be thrilled that the thoughtfulness included the children.
Create a CD– we all know this but how often do we do it? My husband loves a variety of music all types and across the ages. How else could I give him a CD that will provide him with all the music he loves, show him I noticed his likes and created a one of a kind unique gift – for pennies.
Volunteer – if the holidays are approaching work in a soup kitchen to cook, clean up or prepare a meal. Clean out the house together and put all those coats and clothes to good use by dropping them off together and stop for a Starbuck’s on the way home.
Create a book– one of my Mr. MoneySavingParent’s favorite gifts was a wedding gift I had made for him. He is as you know the writer over at GreatBeerNow, so I found an electronic copy of all his reviews and informational articles on beer. I formatted them, organized and created a Bryan’s Brews Book. Binding costs very little and printing was done on my professional computer. Who knows maybe someday it will be a coffee table book.
Take on a responsibility -for a day that normally your significant other would be responsible for. For example, do the dishes for her, take out the trash for him. My personal favorite is when he “tucks” the girls in with me at night.
Cook a special meal- Whether it’s my husband’s favorite Meatloaf or the whole families favorite lasagna recipe, a special meal means a lot to my family because they know the effort I put into it. They also know that with that special meal or snack comes time together just us either in the kitchen or at the table- no electronics allowed.
Touch– seems silly to remind you doesn’t it? Don’t forget to kiss goodbye in the morning, hold hands while walking, touch while passing, giggle and be silly sometimes.
Whatever you have to say on this Valentine’s Day or any other day, just say it from the heart.