I've admitted my newfound excitment over Valentine's day before. So I decided to come all the way out and share just how crazy I have gotten this year. My kids are in 4th and 1st grades and in all their years of choosing and passing out class valentines I have never gotten creative and helped them make something from scratch. We have always gone for the obnoxious Star Wars or Princess boxes of valentines that come with a sticker, pencil or in the worst case, a tatoo. In recent years its come to my attention that class valentines have become somewhat of a mom competition. Last year my kids came home with cards that included their classmates photos posing with something exploding in pink and red, homemade heart-shaped crayons and my personal favorite, the original poem complete with photo AND candy. This year I was having no more of those all inclusive boxes from Target. I felt the need to jump on the creative bandwagon and go for something that would throw me in that competative mix. Browsing Pinterest I came across a great idea to create a flower with card stock and a sucker. Now one thing I dont think I have shared before is that I rarely just take an idea and go with it. I like to make some changes, add a twist and make it my own. I decided to go really old school and use doilies instead of card stock and let the kids help - since they were their valentines after all - and go nuts with glitter foam stickers. A little marker and tape later we had bouquets of dum dum flowers all ready for classroom shoe box mailboxes. I am already plotting next year's creation - just in case I need to start a couple months early to really go over the top in the valentines "mom"petition.