Felt arrow "shot through the heart" valentines

Aw, a Bon Jovi reference ('80's baby). I have a fond college memory of a bunch of us belting out "Livin' On A Prayer", backed up with surprisingly synchronized dance moves,  on the campus quad during finals week.  At least I remember us being synchronized.....and I'm pretty sure that I wasn't the only one singing/dancing.....& heavens to Dawson's Creek, was I wearing a choker necklace with my flared jeans?

Quinn started pre-school last fall & she's been loving every minute of it.  I'm so grateful that she adores her wonderful teachers & classmates.  I just bore her when we hang out now.

I look forward to the projects we're assigned to do together at home.  Like the cereal box castle for storing the valentines they receive this week (there's a Valentine's Day Royal Ball theme).  Daddy was all over that one.  He & Quinn bonded over the geological origins of castle bedrock & engineering specifics of drawbridges.  I stepped in when it came time for making valentines for her classmates.
I'm sure we'll buy store-bought valentines one of these years, but we love a good art project around here so why not make our own eh?  Quinnie & I had fun with these!  Ask me if we're still having fun by the time kindergarten rolls around ;-)

There are SO many variations of these all over Pinterest/the interwebs so I'm unsure whom I should credit but thank you!  And thank you Target Dollar Spot for these felt arrow pens!  I scooped up their whole supply that day, but I'm thinking you could easily diy these with felt & hot glue.

Quinn went to town with paints & glitter on a few sheets of construction paper.  After they dried, I churned out some hearts (Quinn helped trace them out).  

Using an exacto knife, I cut two slits in the paper hearts for the felt arrow pens.  Quinn wrote her name on the back & for added valentine-y sweetness, we taped a lolly on the back of each one.
I love that Yummy Earth lollipops are free of artificial dyes, amongst other things.  
We hand these out every Halloween.  (Not a sponsored post.)
Quinn's so excited to hand these out.  I'm so excited just seeing her excited little face.  
Happy Valentine's Day, friends!

And some photo fun before we cheered on our beloved Denver Broncos at our friends' Super Bowl 50 party on Sunday.  It was sweet victory for "our football boys" as Quinn refers to them.  (I'd like to thank queso dip, jalapeno poppers, & Sauvignon Blanc for helping me thru those nerve-wracking plays.)

Plans for a big girl room

First & foremost, THANK YOU for reading my previous post.  It was a piece of my heart & mind put on 'paper' & it was so comforting to hear from some of you. Thank you for sharing your own emotions & thoughts....hearing your 'voice' is my most favorite part of blogging :-)

We're emerging from the holiday hangover which brought with it lots of merry get-togethers plus visiting family members (we miss you crazy Austin, TX crew).  I hope the first days of 2016 are bringing you good health, good spirits, & a bright perspective!  And that you're not still writing 2015 on checks, forms, etc. 

I don't have resolutions to share nor do I have one of those blog-year-in-review thingies because, well, I think you actually have to blog to have one of those ;-)  I aim to practice mindfulness more than ever this year.  Last year I made an effort to put down my phone & be more present......my blog & Instagram suffered but my bank of memories did not.  I hope to build on more habits like this in 2016.

A goal this month is to set up Quinn's new bed & implement some other small changes to her room.   Being the mindful mother that I aim to be, I asked Quinn for her input on how she wanted her big girl room.  My recently turned 4 year old rambled: "I want yovey (lovely) butterflies-superheroes-princesses-and-hedgehogs.  But dat is OK if you can't find hedgehogs as yong as you give me the other tings."

What the f#*$  kind of room theme did my kid just ask for?!?  I stared at her & then laughed & then covered my face with my hair because I don't think you're supposed to laugh this hard at your kid's opinions.  (I'll let you know when you can pre-order my book on succeeding daily at parenting.  Will probs be on Amazon's best-seller list.)

For lack of a better term, I'm calling this phase 'Quinn's Big Girl Room' but honestly not too many major things are changing from her original nursery reveal.  Wall color (Benjamin Moore Grant Beige), armchair, drapes, rug, & clear book shelves are all staying.  The branch wall decal's coming down.  The dresser was sold last year.  Here's the Big Girl Room plan.  Some items have already been purchased &  I WILL blog the result, I swear!  Unless I don't ;-)

feather butterflies / sconce / print / felt ball garland (locally made) / 
Folkland pillow / ruffle crochet duvet / superhero sheets / bed / hedgehog / stool

Happy 2016!