Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Just in Time for Valentine's Day.....a Shutterfly Surprise!

Shutterfly wants to know what Valentine's Day means to me....and you!  So, when I found out I was going to do this blog post I started thinking about memorable Valentine's.  My husband and I have been married for almost 13 years and to be honest.....we've never made Valentine's Day to big of a deal.   About the most memorable Valentine's present from my hubby would be a Valentine's card that you open and it sings "Wild Thing".  Which by the way is a kick butt classic, take a listen and click the link.  You'll be happy you did.  My 2nd most memorable thing about Valentine's Day was the one where I threw our oldest son, who I had taken out of his pre-school days before his class Valentine's party, a Valentine's Day party at our house.  I worked my butt off to make construction paper hearts and hang them from the ceiling.  I made cookies and made it a huge deal so he would feel special.  He loved it!  Valentine's Day has taken on a whole new meaning since we've had children.  Instead of thinking of it as just a made up holiday that you want to ignore...take this one day of the year to go out of your way, over the top, goofy, and gaudy with your kids and spouse.  Make those heart shaped pancakes, hang up heart garland, take the Christmas wreath off the door (c'mon, it's February, it's time) and hang up some LOVE signs.  Smother your kiddos with kisses and hugs before school, no matter how many times they slither away from you or how many eye rolls you get.  Sneak notes in lunchboxes, briefcases or mailboxes.  If you are single....have a lonely hearts dinner, places set for all of your single friends and have a blast.  I will be enjoying my singing cards from B, my homemade cards from the kids and if I'm smart about dropping hints....maybe I will get a photo mug (HINT:I like the one that says I heart My Family) from them too!
Since we have had a kiddo around since our 2nd Valentine's Day, we've really made Valentine's about the kids.  The best part of Valentine's Day as a kid would definitely be the Valentine's you get to give to everyone in the class!  Plus, the super cool Valentine's shoe box with all the glitter and foam hearts you can heap on there.  The hardest part about finding Valentine's  cards is finding one for each of my kids.  With the age gaps; I've got one pre-teen, one tween and a 4 year old, you really can't just pick out the kind you think they'll like.  They have to be involved and it can't be too babyish for the big kids or too grown up for the munchkin.  Shutterfly has a great idea of Valentine's Photo Cards.  This would be a great thing for grandparents, aunts, uncles, close friends and other family.  If you're feeling super ambitious go ahead and snag a whole 24 for the class!  This would make a great teacher's gift as well.  They have so many ideas and designs; from funky to sweet you will find one that is perfect for your children or for your whole family.  If you were like me and didn't send out Christmas cards this year.....try sending out Valentine's Day cards instead! 
I love this one because it looks fresh and not too typical of Valentine's Day.

There so much more than cards and stationary though.  Shutterfly has a great selection of photo mugs, notebooks, mouse pads, magnets and so much more.  The photo mug would work for pretty much any adult you know....and even a hot chocolate lovin' kiddo.  Another teacher gift idea, you could get the class picture or a picture you took of your child and their teacher, pop it onto the mug and have it shipped before Valentine's Day!  There is even a package where you can have the mug filled with chocolate......yes, please!  And what grandparent doesn't want something with their grandchild's face plastered to it? Every grandparent wants that.  The magnets are my favorite for an easy, small gift.  My fridge is covered with cool magnets and pictures.  Think of it as a Valentine's stocking stuffer.

Now for the next holiday on your list....Shutterfly has you set! What is that next holiday? Just all of the Birthday parties that will fill the rest of your year!  Shutterfly has the cutest designs for photo invites and thank you notes

Whether you are having a large or small get together, these personalized invites and thank yous would really be perfect. 

Now for the FUN part!  GIVEAWAY TIME!
One lucky winner will receive a *top secret* code for 25 FREE VALENTINE'S CARDS!
Here's what you will need to do try to win this bad boy:
1. Be a public follower of Staying Home and Staying Sane MANDATORY
2. Tell me what Valentine's means to you! MANDATORY
3. Leave a way for me to contact you in case you're the winner! Without this, you will never know and I would have to pick another winner. MANDATORY

Extra entries:
Please leave an extra comment per entry.
1. "LIKE" Staying Home and Staying Sane on Facebook (1 extra entry)
2.  Share this awesome giveaway on your blog and let me know about it! (2 extra entries)
3.  Tell me something else you would like from Shutterfly (1 extra entry)

This giveaway will end in  just a few days, February 6th at MIDNIGHT (Texas time) :)
So get to commenting! And Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. i am now a follower of Staying Home and Staying Sane.

    Valentine's day for me is like any ordinary day - a day to show our utmost love to all family members in a non-routine and extraordinary way. ;)

    XOXO Caroline

  2. I'm such a follower :)
    Hmm, Valentine's Day prior to having kids was a day to be disappointed that no one thought of me.. Or, even worse, that day you got some crummy gift b/c your significant other "had to". But now with little ones it gives me an extra reason to do silly things.

    Happy Wednesday!

  3. Public follower! :o)

    Valentine's Day is really just another day for me...but I try to make it special for my kids. This year we're going to bake a heart shaped cake.

    (PS - Thanks for the comment over at!)

  4. I used shutterfly before.
    their prints are great.

    im your latest follower from bloggymoms.

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by The Blog Entourage! Please join me on Facebook at where you can post your own blog links!

  6. Adorable! Love the idea of Valentine's photo cards. I'm following you now.

  7. You can contact me via my google link under my name, at or at my blog :)

  8. Valentine's, to me, is a day to make sure that the people I love KNOW it! I try to make it special, give them a little gift and show them a lot of love :)

  9. I love Shutterfly and order there prints for my scrapbooking :) One day I want to order magnets too.

  10. I love free stuff! :)
    I have friends that boycott V day bc its just another day hyped up by greeting card companies to get your money. I can believe that but so what if it is. I look at it as a great excuse to make my loved ones feel special. I strive to do that daily but I'm sure I don't always do the best job so I love good reminders.

    My hubbie always takes me out to eat even though I tell him it's going to be crowded and I'm fine with waiting till another night. He likes to make me feel special but he's such a people watcher I bet he also does it to see the interesting couples we see out that night. :)

  11. Thanks for the follow. cute cute blog and kiddos. followering back

  12. Hi! I'm a new follower of your lovely blog.

    Have a nice day!

  13. sad, I forgot to get my extra entries in for the shutterfly giveaway! I guess that's what happens when I go to bed before 10...extremely rare but I think my head cold is better today!

    If I got lucky and won anyway, you can message me on FB.

    Have a great day!

  14. Very cute! Great stuff~ I'm following from Bloggy Moms, check us out at!


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