Valentine Love Note Printables from Our Best Bites Kate and I were talking recently about how blogging and social media have led to every minor thing in life transforming into a major thing.  We both have been avoiding Pinterest this entire month because the onslaught of Valentine Day stressed us out.  When I was a kid, you went to the store and picked out the little cardboard box with the cartoon character you liked the best on it.  Inside there were those cheap little paper envelopes that you tried to lick shut but they’d never stay shut.  Now, if you judge the average Valentine by what you see on Pinterest, we’re all Martha-freaking-Stewart, and the blogosphere is full of tutorials and DIY entertaining and decor ideas for holidays I didn’t know people actually celebrated with things they needed tutorials for.  I actually have a tendency to get caught up in things like that because I LOVE holidays.   I love traditions.  I love making things absolutely magical for my kids.  But I also like having a balance, and making things meaningful.  I’ve been thinking about Valentines Day lately and wanted to do something with my family that wasn’t about games and candy and presents as it seems every holiday is.  We get plenty of treats around here, but within our home I wanted to really focus this year on the actual love part of Valentines.

Cutting out Love Notes

Every Monday night at our house is “Family Night.”  We sing a song together, read from our scriptures, have a little lesson/message about a value, and then play a game and have a treat.  A couple of weeks ago our lesson was about kindness and I blasted back to 1st grade when we learned about “warm fuzzies” and “cold pricklies.”  Did everyone do that?  I taught my kids all about warm-fuzzies and had them go around in a circle and say something kind about everyone else in the family.  They loved it.  And they thought of the cutest things to say.

It reminded me about how important it is to say things and not just show them.  And how much confidence it instills in a person to receive a compliment, and call out all of the wonderful things about them that you love.  I remember very specific instances in my life when people did that for me, and what a difference it made.  I still have a little folded up piece of paper from youth group activity we did when I was about 13 where we exchanged papers and wrote things we admired about the other person on it.  It says awesome teenage things like, “Sara is so super sweet to everyone!” and still, it makes me smile every time I read it.

Love notes for my kiddos

I still cling to a letter my Mom wrote to me when I was a teenager when she noted qualities she loved about me and traits she admired.  Things I never saw in myself until I read them from her and things I aspired to live up to after that moment.  I remember having a thoughtful chemistry teacher in high school who pulled me aside after class one day and asked me if I had considered what I would study in college.  She told me I was bright, and that I had a keen understanding of chemistry, and that the world needed more smart women in the science field.  Until that moment, I had never considered myself anything but completely average, but that one little compliment set me on a path that eventually led to a college degree in the science field.  I think about that teacher often and how much confidence she gave me with a few simple words.

Notes to Brothers

Experiences like that remind me of how important it is to express things to the people I love, and especially to help my children recognize in themselves what I see so clearly:  their strengths, their unique traits, their good behavior.  The things I’m proud of, the things that make me laugh, the things I love.  I love it when my sons see those things in each other, too.

So we did another little family activity.  I made these little love-notes and thought about each one of my kids.  This actually takes some time; it caused my husband and I to really ponder about the special attributes of each of our kids and realize how unique they all are.

Love Notes for Kids

I filled some out, my husband filled some out, and we had our boys fill a few out for each other.  That was probably my favorite part; seeing each of them express things they love about their brothers.

Notes to their brothers

It was fun reminiscing about things we’d done together in the past and some of our favorite family moments.

I made the notes little; just perfect for a quick little phrase or two, and perfectly sized to fit inside of those cute little treat bags.  (Mine are all from Orson Gygi)

Gygi Bags

My kids absolutely love our Christmas advent, and the waking-up-first-thing-in-the-morning-and-checking-it part is probably even more exciting than seeing what was actually in there.

Washi Tape

So I packaged up all of our little love notes

Love Notes

and have them waiting to be delivered.

Valentines in Paper Bags

And although I know my little boys will adore hand-written expressions of love from their parents, they will adore them much more if there’s candy involved.  So they’ll get a little of that too.  Packaged in their mail boxes in the days leading up to Valentines day.  And before they can use them to make paper airplanes, I’ll tuck them away for them to read again someday and be reminded of how much they’re loved.

Valentine Love Note Printables

You can use these little notes like I did, or for a fun family night of your own where you read them out loud, or slip them into a lunch box or tape them to a bathroom mirror for someone.  They’re just for sharin’ the love, so do that any way you like :)

Valentine Love Notes from Our Best Bites

(Little mail boxes from Target dollar section.) I’m having technical issues that are preventing me from putting all of these pages together in file, but you can can print them all separately using the links below.  I included all of the little phrases and questions starters I used for my family, plus a sheet of blank notes to use however you like.

Valentine Printables from Our Best Bites

Love Notes Set #1
Love Notes Set #2
Love Notes Set #3
Love Notes (Blank)

Click below for more Valentine Fun!

Valentine link

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  1. 1
    Ellie says:

    “Super sweet” post. Thanks for the printable! These will be fantastic for FHE tonight.

  2. 2
    Lindsey says:

    What a cute idea, thanks for sharing!

  3. 3
    Rachel says:

    This is a cool idea. Thank you

  4. 4
    Sara says:

    Sara–where did you get those cute mailboxes? I want some for my family!

    • 4.1
      sara says:

      Target dollar section! They have them every year in pink and blue- but they seem to get bought up pretty fast so go check your store!

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    Jen says:

    Thanks for FHE activity tonight! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  6. 6
    Lindsay says:

    Just what I’ve been looking for–cute and meaningful valentines!

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    Tristen Van Leeuwen says:

    Oh these are so sweet! Just what I have been looking for. We have those little mailboxes that my kids covered in BLING. You can barely see the mailboxes now, but these are perfect to fill them up with notes. Thanks for doing these! You ladies are both amazing! I may be an obsessed fan. Love everything you do.

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    Ang says:

    What a fantastic idea and really lovely read. Thank you!

  9. 9
    Wendy says:

    What a lovely post. Thanks for the printables!

  10. 10
    Ada says:

    Thank you so much! They are adorable!!
    I’ve already been preparing for Valentines Day. (Red stuff on Christmas clearance!!) Pinterest has given me some fun homemade ideas too…I’m about to get my Martha on.

    :)

  11. 11
    Stacey says:

    Sara – Loved your post. I love the cute, crafty stuff as much as the next mom (maybe more than most), but I really appreciated your thoughts on what is meaningful. It is so easy to go overboard. I loved picking out the boxed valentine’s as a kid too. One of my sons was thrilled to find a box of Angry Bird valentines on his bed a couple of days ago (he told me what he wanted). I’m doing this for FHE tonight! ….and its been a while since we’ve had an FHE…but this is meaningful and do-able.

  12. 12
    Teresa says:

    I love these. I have a love hate relationship with Pintrest. I love the ideas, hate that I’ll never actually do any of them.

  13. 13
    Susan says:

    I love this idea! So adorable and sweet and simple and…. Thank you!

  14. 14
    Momma Megan says:

    Super cute! Thanks for sharing!!

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    leeanne says:

    thank you for these! We have done the valentine’s mailboxes for years, but I always just have blank hearts for us to write note to each other all throughout February. I love that these are so specific and it will encourage better notes. My kids put a lot of ‘I love you’s, or you’re the best _____ (mom, dad, brother, etc) ever’. I will be printing these today!

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    Gina says:

    Thank you for these little printable notes. It’s a great idea. I can’t wait to use them. BUT..I have to thank you even more for the link to Orson Gygi. Oh my, oh my….love that website. And they should thank you, because I just placed an order filled with goodies.

    • 16.1
      sara says:

      Oh Gina, isn’t it wonderful?? If you are ever in the Salt Lake City area you will just die when you go in the actual store. It’s amazing! Definitely one of my favorite places to shop, thank goodness for on-line ordering, right??

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    Celia Elliott says:

    this is a great idea, and I think it’s especially good for teenagers who are way too old for the cute little cards you give to your elementary school classes but still need (maybe need even more) the positive reassurance of their qualities and that they are loved. thank you!

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    Emily says:

    One of my favorite things about this blog is how excited it makes me to have kids :-) I have been a teacher now for 5 years and I love doing crafts and fun things in the classroom, but your blog sheds a beautiful light on the joys of being a parent :-)

    Thank you for that!

    • 18.1
      sara says:

      Oh thank you Emily, that comment means a lot to us. Sometimes I hope that our stories don’t prevent people from wanting kids, haha!

  19. 19
    Toni Romero says:

    Beautiful. For some reason, reading through this, it made me cry (tenderly) – I guess it made me miss my mom. I so want to do something like this for my best friend.

  20. 20
    loni reynolds says:

    couldn’t agree more with telling lovies. thanx for all the adorable labels you have created and shared with us at no cost. you da bomb!

  21. 21
    Linda N. says:

    So cute! I love that this is so much more personal than the regular cards you get at the store. Thanks!

  22. 22
    Whitney Kay says:

    I already purchased these mailboxes from Target and was going to have my family write one “love note” to each other from Feb 1 to Feb 14. Now I have an easy printable to use. Thanks!

  23. 23
    Barb Phillips says:

    such a great idea…I will be making plans…thanks

  24. 24
    Emilee says:

    My husband is leaving for a month and will be gone for V-Day. These will be perfect for me to fill out and tuck into his suitcase for reminders of why I love him even though he’ll be far away. Thank you!

  25. 25
    Keith says:

    I was just thinking today that I love all the little things people have done for me recently, and how I’ve wanted to return the favor. This is a great idea for the people that I love

  26. 26
    Liz says:

    Such a cute idea. P.S. I am dying to see the kitchen in your new house, I hope it is still in the plan for January:)

    • 26.1
      sara says:

      YES! It’s still coming! I’ve been waiting on a piece of cabinetry that’s getting repaired so I can take some pictures and it’s taking forever! They’re supposed to be finishing it this week so a post is coming up!

  27. 27
    Paula Hansen says:

    I’d love to get your posts!

    I love your ideas and the beautiful spirit that accompanied all you have done to make this holiday of love, full of real LOVE!

  28. 28
    Maria says:

    Great project for kids of ALL ages (I’m gonna start a few right now) and the templates are a thoughtful addition.

  29. 29
    Kalie says:

    After I saw this cute post, I ran to Target and picked up some mini mailboxes of my own. Love! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  30. 30
    Ann says:

    LOVE your idea! I am also all about being intentional and making things meaningful along with fun!
    Can you share where you got those adorable little bags and tape?

  31. 31
    Alicia West says:

    Sara, This post brought tears to my eyes. So sweet and thoughtful and full of real love. Thank you for all that you do.

  32. 32
    Emily says:

    This is so great and such a fun idea to really make Valentine’s Day about more than candy. Thanks!

  33. 33
    Kathleen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! Love your website and yummy recipes!

  34. 34
    BJ says:

    I am in love with the tiny mail boxes. Where did you find those??

  35. 35
    Laurel Day says:

    Perfect! This is just what I was looking for today! And Sara IS so super sweet to everyone!!! :o)

  36. 36

    Hi! What a fun idea! The bag site you list has a variety of different bags. What size bags did you use? Just wondering if the Chevron Stripe Little Bitty Treat Bags would work? Thinking about using the blank ones for school valentines for the kids…..and for FHE of course! :)

  37. 37
    Suzanne says:

    Sara- I saw those mailboxes at Target and picked some up for my kids and thought to myself, ‘I could totally see Sara getting these and doing something fun with them for Valentines Day,’ like we are best friends or something. well, What do you know, here you are! I am all set with boxes and now I have the notes, thanks a bunch!!!

  38. 38
    Tiffany says:

    I am so glad I live in SL and was able to stop by Orson Gygi after reading your post. I left the store with way more than these cute treat bags… So many fun gadgets! LOVE it!! :) I already had my cute mailbox from Target so now I can fill it with sweet love notes for my 5 year old daughter. She will be so happy! Thank you!!

  39. 39
    Amy says:

    Love this idea!
    Am I the only one dying to know what Coldplay song you chose? :O

    • 39.1
      sara says:

      Haha. Funniest thing- my little 4 year-old’s favorite song in the whole world is Coldplay’s “Fix You.” He knows all the words and begs to turn it on every time we get in the car. He just closes his eyes and sings along, it’s hilarious. It will forever remind me of him!

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    Sarah Schmalle says:

    I absolutely love this, it made my heart pitter patter with excitement. I think a lot of us tend to get carried away and distracted from the real meaning of some of the holiday’s we celebrate. It brings our families back to the real meaning, and purpose for such a holiday and can be applied in so many different aspects. I have always loved Valentine’s day, even if I didn’t have a Valentine and this is such a fabulous way of making it special for our children. I agree, I think at times we tend to show more than tell others why we love them. We must practice verbalizing it all the time, because it enables communication, love, and respect to flow into our homes.

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    Pam I says:

    I want to know why you always find the CUTEST things in the Target dollar section and I never do? Maybe I will give you my cell phone number and you can call me when you are shopping and find all these little gems. Then I can run on over to my Target store and buy some! Do ya think?

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    Thesha says:

    This is so wonderful, thank you! I am all for getting back to the heart of our holidays.

  43. 43
    Callie says:

    Thanks SO much for the printables. These are adorable :) My family will love them.

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    Cheryl Simmons says:

    Thanks so much this is such a great Idea. I wished I would have had it when my kids were younger. I did love notes at Christmas time. Each week we wrote a love not and put it in the Christmas socks, And on Christmas eve we would sit in a circle, dump out the socks and each one would take turns reding out loud theri love note. It was so cool. Usually a big cry fest. But is helped everyone to know what we all thought and shared our love for each other.
    Thanks again for all the time an effort to share. I love it. Happy Valentines day.

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    Heidi hatch says:

    I guess I have never paid very close attention over the past three years following your blog. I have a Tyler and a Jack. Jack was almost an Owen. It is a family name, but my husband said no and we went with Jack. Just kind of funny. Thank you for your sweet ideas. Also, thank you for showing the world that motherhood is amazing and that just because you have a college education doesn’t mean you can’t stay home to raise special little people. You and Kate are really amazing!

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    garysgirl says:

    I just now finally read this post! So cute! Wish I’d read it before Valentine’s day! Lol Will pin it so I can do it next year! :))

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