Why I Love Valentine's Day + V-Day Swap Reveal

February 14, 2014
I didn't always used to love Valentine's Day. When I was younger, I felt bad about myself on this day for not having a boyfriend and was jealous of all those who went on nice dates, received flowers, and who just got spoiled by their boyfriends. I've changed my mind about Valentine's Day in the past years, but I promise you it is not because I have a boyfriend now.  Here's why...

Why I Love V-Day

It's so much fun to celebrate it with kids.  Even though I'm only subbing, I did get to share in the excitement of the kids bringing in their Valentine's Day boxes.  A few kids shared theirs, and the boxes are just so creative and tell you a little bit about each child.  One girl's V-Day box was shaped like a barn because she lives on a farm.  To put the card in, you have to open the barn's doors, which I thought was pretty crafty.  Yesterday when I was subbing in kindergarten, some of the girls told me that they had a secret for me and then whispered to me about what kind of Valentine's they would be giving out on Friday during their party.  They made me pinkie promise not to tell their classmates what cartoon characters were on their cards because they wanted it to be a surprise.  The kids' excitement is contagious!

It's an excuse to eat treats.  Some of the 3rd grade boys I was subbing reluctantly admitted that they also liked Valentine's Day.  I asked them why and they mentioned, "Well, we do get to have candy and chocolate."  I have to agree with them on this, although my personal favorite for this time of year is chocolate covered strawberries.

Celebrating Valentine's Day is a tradition and brings back fond childhood memories.  Every time I eat one of those disgusting chalky hearts with the sayings on them, I'm reminded of Valentine's Day parties at school, signing cards for all of my friends, and getting a few special gifts from my mom. 

I love the colors!  Red, pink, and purple are my favorite colors (besides black), so I'm certainly not sad to see more of those colors around.  During this time of year, the colors pop up more in clothing and in makeup.  I love putting on a red lipstick on Valentine's Day or painting my nails with heart designs.

I'm a hopeless romantic, so of course I'm going to be all for a holiday that celebrates love.  Even when I didn't have a boyfriend in my mid-twenties, I still had fun celebrating with my friends that I loved.  My gay best friend at the time and I bought each other V-Day treats and cards and had a "date" of our own.  Seeing other people in love gave me hope that I might one day find love myself.

The cards! You don't have to have a significant other to participate in this holiday.  I have bought cards for my friends, co-workers, and for my students in the past.  Maybe it's old fashioned of me, but I like getting actual cards as opposed to a Facebook message or e-card...especially if they are handmade.  I keep them forever! 

Why do you or don't you like Valentine's Day?

Now for my Valentine's Day Swap reveal... I'm linking up with Rachael and Ashliegh for this.

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My partner was Lola, a friendly gal from North Carolina who blogs over at Lovely Lola.  She was a great partner and was easy to talk to!  I hope that we can stay in touch through the blogging world.


What a great collection of V-Day themed treats!  I've already started eating those Twizzlers, the necklace/earring set is adorable, and no one can go wrong with B&BW lotion!  The teacher pin was a nice touch since Lola knows that I'm subbing and that's what my degree is in.  Thanks, girl!!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!! 
20 comments on "Why I Love Valentine's Day + V-Day Swap Reveal"
  1. we don't celebrate it but my 5yr old celebrates anything! this morning she woke up at a lovely 620am, opened the door to her room and shouted (into the dark hallway): HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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    1. Hahaha, sounds like a great way to start off the day! :)

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  2. Your blog is one of my favorites so I nominated you for the Liebster award! I have it posted on my blog @ jessacana.blogspot.com

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  3. I love celebrating with kids, I miss making those fun mailboxes and handing out the Valentines to each other!

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    1. Me too...When I'm a teacher and not just subbing, I'm totally going to make my own mailbox and maybe do mailboxes or a bag with the kids.

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  4. Thanks for participating in the box swap! Any reason to eat as much chocolate as possible is good by me! Happy Valentine's Day! XOXO

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    1. Thanks--I hope you had a great V-Day yourself. I didn't eat any chocolate this year, but did have an iced heart cookie from Panera.

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  5. Ahhh! I'm so glad you like everything! Glad it got there safely! I loved getting to know you as well! :)

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    1. I've been pigging out on the Twizzlers and have already worn the necklace to work! Thanks again!

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  6. That lotion smells amazing! Lola's pretty cool too! :)

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    1. Yes, she is! Swaps are always better when you click with your partner!

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  7. Ah, how fun! Any excuse for random happy mail is a good things. :D

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    1. I agree! I have had positive experiences with almost all of the blogging swaps I've participated in!

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  8. You got an awesome box! :) I am honestly kicking myself that I didn't sign up for this on time. But I am happy to see the cute things you got! I also think it's wonderful that you are a teacher and you get to share Valentine's Day with your little ones. I used to love that day at school! :) Thank you for sharing!

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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    1. I just love swaps. They are so much fun and it's how I "met" some of my favorite bloggers! I just signed up for a mug swap @ But First, Coffee. If you're interested in that sort of thing, you are still able to sign up for a few more days.

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  9. I so want to come over and steal your owl and you see my blog name and you'll know why or read my about me which is a new post and you'll know i love owls.

    hotpinkowl02.blogspot.com

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    1. Hahaha, yeah, it's pretty cute. It reminded me of my best friend because she is expecting a baby any day now and she did her daughter's room in a pink owl theme!

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  10. That stuffed animal is cute LOL. Valentine's day is what you make of it, I went out with my hubby but my sister and I always give each other little gifts as well. We also give my mom gifts. Its about love.

    -Erica

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    1. Where did you guys go? I wish my sisters lived closer so that I could go out with them more!

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