The Valentine’s Day Countdown of Love

valentine's day countdown

Hello February!  It’s time for a countdown to love.

I’ve been sitting on the idea of an advent-like countdown to Valentine’s Day for a while.   The boys love our Christmas advent calendar so much and I love Valentine’s Day so I thought I’d combine the two loves.  I saw something on Pinterest (way back when) that used sewn paper hearts filled with candy as Vday cards.  Of course, the last thing we need around here is more candy.

Instead, I opted for different loving activities;  love the earth by picking up some trash, love a friend by telling them a joke, love the cat by giving her a treat,  love your ears and make up a song, etc.  The activities are really simple and easy to accomplish. I think one of the most involved activities is “love your tummy: make something sweet to eat”.  My intent is not to make life more complicated or hectic but to slip a small something loving into our day.

Ta-da the birth of the Valentine’s Day Countdown of Love!

Of course, I woke up this morning surprised to realize it was actually February 1st.  Seriously, where did January go?  Sheesh.  I quickly made this up this morning.  14 different paper hearts sewn together with love-based activities inside.

love messages for valentine's day countdown

Next, I rolled up and tucked the messages between two pieces of pretty origami paper and used a heart cookie cutter to trace a heart.

valentine's day countdown

valentine's day countdown

I used the traced heart marking as a guide for sewing the hearts together.  I love sewing on paper. Feels like I’m a sewist gone rogue.  So naughty.

valentine's day countdown

I made 13 hearts in regular origami paper and 1 in silver paper.  The boys get to trade off who opens the day’s heart to reveal the day’s activity but the silver heart is saved for the Valentine’s Day itself.

valentine's day countdown

The boys were definitely excited about ripping open the hearts and it took them a long bit of negotiating to decide who got to go first.  (Everything is a learning opportunity, isn’t it?  Even when mama is a little “done” with learning opportunities.)

valentine's day countdown Let the countdown begin!

valentine's day countdown

12 Comments on The Valentine’s Day Countdown of Love

  1. Leticia Cataldi
    February 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I love you MQ. You are an inspiration to all.

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Aw shucks. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Anna @authenticparenting.com
    February 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Melissa,
    This is such a cute idea!
    This reminds me of my daughter’s idea.
    She drew some art on little pieces of paper, wrote some notes on each of them and taped all over our home for me and my husband to find surprises every day. V-day is our wedding anniversary and she wanted it to be special.
    I think by doing the countdown for her will be a nice gesture. I do have origami but I have to glue my hearts:)
    Thanks.

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh my goodness. Your daughter is such a sweetheart. I might steal that idea from her on Valentine’s Day! So fantastic. I’m so thrilled to hear I’ve inspired you, Anna!! It’s mutual (obviously)

      Reply
  3. Jessica
    February 2, 2014 at 9:12 am (3 years ago)

    Oh I love your love ideas!! My daughters would have such fun with this. I enjoy the simplicity!

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  4. Daniela D
    February 2, 2014 at 10:01 am (3 years ago)

    Yep. Exactly what Leticia said. : )

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh, thank you.

      Reply
  5. Pat
    February 2, 2014 at 10:43 am (3 years ago)

    So special. I wonder who will be there to see the silver heart get ripped open. I can’t wait. love Mom.

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  6. Jess Abbott
    February 7, 2014 at 9:10 am (3 years ago)

    This is such a cute idea!!! My girls would love this!

    Reply

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