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FREE Printable Valentines

FREE Printable Valentines

I had so much fun creating and sharing my Valentine’s Day printables with you last year, that I whipped up some new ones for this year. The ones I designed last year are still super cute, so if you didn’t get a chance to use them, here’s the link: http://lovepaperpaint.com/2013/02/03/free-love-paper-paint-valentines/ As with most kids of elementary school age around here, my boys are into Rainbow Loom and Minecraft. We’re not allowed to give away candy with Valentines at school, but the boys didn’t want to do dollar store pencils or stickers again…so they’re looming and crafting something for each and every classmate! That means 30+ rubber band heart charms and 27+ Perler bead “pixel” charms (that my husband and I will most likely be helping them with). Wish us luck! Seriously, I’d much rather be giving (and receiving) candy conversation hearts or chocolates, but rules are rules! To go with my kids’ handmade Valentine’s crafts, I’ve created both Rainbow Loom and Minecraft themed cards. There’s also a third set of custom designed cards that are more my style (note my obsession with black and gold continues). There are four designs on each of three files, for a total of TWELVE custom Valentine’s printables from me to you. 🙂 Print them for your kids to hand out to classmates, share them with your family, friends and co-workers. Enjoy! Instructions are simple…download or open the PDF files. Print them out onto 8.5″ X 11″ card stock or paper and cut into 4.25″ X 5.5″ pieces (there are dashed lines for cutting guides). You can layer them onto colored card stock, put them in an A-2 envelope to send in the mail, or use them as gift tags for goodies. For the Rainbow Loom version, punch a hole and attach a handmade rubber band bracelet with ribbon or twist-tie. Note: These are for your personal use only. You will not be able to edit these and please don’t sell or distribute for profit. If you’d like to share these on your blog or website, please link back to this original post. Feel free to Pin the link to Pinterest.  I’d love to see what you do with them, so if you Instagram…snap a pic and hashtag #lovepaperpaint, or let me know on my Facebook page. Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXO ~ Katie LPP Free Valentines 2014 FREE MineCraft VALENTINES FREE LOOM...

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“I” is for Isaac and Ironman

“I” is for Isaac and Ironman

This is a personal post, not “paper” or “paint” related…but there’s certainly “love” involved. And while it ends with some cool painting that I did and how I scored “Rad Mom” points with the kids, it’s really about an experience my son, our family, and our neighborhood went through. It wasn’t an entirely uncommon occurrence for kids or parents…but it was the first (and hopefully last) time something like this has happened to us. Ah yes, the life of a Mom of BOYS. I guess scraped knees, bumps and bruises, a plethora of holes in new jeans and shoes, and dirty fingernails are to be expected when you’re raising two rambunctious boys (and I haven’t even begun to describe the kids…lol!). Just kidding, I try to keep my fingernails clean at least. 😉 No, really…having two boys is so much fun and it keeps me on my toes. And even though I grew up with two younger sisters, I think my interests and hobbies help me relate to my boys. My self-professed geekery and affinity for comic books, Star Wars, animation, cartoons, sci-fi, action heroes, video games, etc. means that I can pretty much hold my own with most kids. I’m really just a big kid at heart, preferring a weekend at Comic-Con with my family over a spa/glam getaway any day. I like being the fun Mom: trying out cool science projects, going to museums, drawing pictures for them, face painting, planning awesome birthday parties, playing games, hiking/exploring, making up weird stories, eating interesting things, trying out new experiences, encouraging them to be different and unique. But, I’m not the daredevil or adrenaline junkie Mom. You won’t see me parachuting out of an airplane. Ever. I’m afraid of heights. I don’t drive fast. So when it comes to that aspect of being a mom of two boys, I have a lot of anxiety about letting them do things where they could get hurt. My husband is the one who oversees the sporty activities…he’s the motorcyclist, waterskier, wakeboarder, snowboarder, mountain biker, football/lacrosse player, risk taker of the family. As much as I would like to keep my babies in a protective bubble every second of the day, I know that is just not realistic. I have to remind myself that falling down, getting hurt, making mistakes are the only way for them to learn how to get up, shake it off and be more careful next time. These are the lessons that we all learn as children and a part of growth and development…right? And as much as I’m constantly yelling, “be careful” or “don’t do that” or “watch out”, there’s just no way I could be there at every waking moment to protect them or prevent them from getting hurt. That being said, it’s certainly easier said than done (to give in to not being able to control everything)…and I was in no way prepared for what happened to my six year-old last week. So, we had just returned from our family vacation visiting Nana and Papa’s in the Bay Area, and the boys couldn’t wait to get home and play with their neighborhood buddies. They had been gone for almost three weeks and missed all their friends. Plus an eight hour drive had them antsy for some outdoor time and running around. No more than a few hours after we got home (I was in the middle of making dinner and still hadn’t unpacked or started laundry), there was a frantic knock at our front door. Our neighbor Jon, visibly shaken, said “Isaac broke his arm!” Apparently, he...

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