For as long as I can remember I have LOVED Valentine’s day. I love everything about it. Getting and receiving gifts, reminding people how much you love them, and giving out Valentines. We had a great Valentine’s day this year. Here are a couple of the things we did.
Photoshoot with Mavi.
We have a beautiful model that we love to dress up and take pictures of as often as possible. Shawn limits me to every 3 months…#thestruggleisreal. Usually I go to Pinterest, get some inspiration (like here and here), and then combine a bunch of ideas into 1 totally adorable one. Anyways…I set the shoot up with Aubrey’s help and then my brother Bran and Mom make the magic happen while the rest of us try to keep “the talent” happy. Her posing seriously KILLS me!
Everyone loves getting them and I love making them. We have to get creative around our house because my Mom is gluten AND dairy free and my BIL Cody is allergic red 40 or whatever. Valentines without the color red…NOT an easy task.
My family has a tradition of “kicking Valentines” to each other. You make a Valentine and then door bell ditch it to each other trying not to get caught. My parents house makes this pretty difficult. The last time I kicked their Valentines I did get away, BUT I locked my keys in my car so that was short lived. Haha. I haven’t kicked Valentines since but have plans to when Mavi gets a little bit older. The Bodily clan is a little more spread out so usually we hand deliver them when we get together for family dinner or something. For some reason his family also has a thing about Utah State. They go up there to school and NEVER want to come home (well…Amanda didn’t want to come home. Krista at least visits!) so we usually have to mail their Valentines. This year Krista got a special delivery from her mom that was headed up to see her for a visit!
Anyways I saw this Popcorn Valentine while browsing Pinterest and decided to use it as my model. I changed the popcorn to fit our dietary restrictions with a family favorite recipe, Mother Goose Popcorn, but used their printable for the tag.
Mother Goose Popcorn
2 C sugar
1/2 C Water
1/8 t Cream of Tarter
1 t Vanilla
Food coloring of your choice.
1 1/2 c unpopped popcorn.
Air pop popcorn. Put popped Popcorn in a grocery store sized paper bag. Add all of the ingredients to a sauce pan. Stir to combine. Bring to boil. Boil for 4 minutes stirring constantly. Pour mixture over popcorn in paper bag, trying to evenly spread mixture around. Staple top of paper bag together (to help prevent a MASSIVE mess) and shake fiercely until you can hear the popcorn breaking apart. I recruit Shawn to do the shaking, I hate it. Anyways after you are done shaking either package and enjoy, or just enjoy! I added a paper doily and some Jute (twine) to add a little extra cuteness. You will love this popcorn, I promise!