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Napkin folding heart


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Dress up your table with a flair, and make this valentine meal a memorable one.

Beauty is in details, one small decorative element can add all the glamour needed, for a romantic ambiance . To fold a napkin into heart, will only take 2 minutes of your time. Follow the step by step tutorial scheme:

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So easy! You don’t need to be an origami master to energize your valentine table with this beautiful heart. With a will and passion everything can be done, and the most important is your personal touch that makes the occasion memorable.

Choose the paper napkin color to suit the mood you are creating. You can use towel as well, but to have a perfect outcome you need to iron the folds to keep them pressed.

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I hope you all get an unforgettable Valentine, pink in your love, white in your heart and gold in your pocket 😉 euhhhh or diamond….

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Endless ways i love you


endless loveAfter the success of last year’s wheel of love i found an urge to revisit this activity, to express my endless reasons i love my family especially my family has grown since then.

As said before, telling your children “I love you” more often and expressing it for every occasion develops their secure attachment to you, knowing that they are loved unconditionally. Strong closeness to the family will lead no doubt to positive relationships in adulthood and high self esteem.

endless love 2I still have faith in celebrating love if done in deep and expressive ways. Lot of you including me, find Valentines day becoming very shallow and commercial. Lets not go this path and teach our children the true meaning of love, the way of Valentinus the patron saint of lovers.

I used an old wood tray; i gave it some festive bright look by painting it with vivid colors.

endless love 3I prepared our homemade clay dough, and hand it to Nady to cut out heart shapes and color them.

A quick reminder on how to do the dough:

You will need:

  • 1 cup cornstarch (cornflour)
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to medium heat. Whisk continually  until it starts to thicken. It will take couple of minutes to look like mashed potato in consistency, remove it immediately from the heat. Place it in a bowl and cover it with damp cloth until it’s cool. Knead it on a smooth surface by adding cornstarch if it feels a bit sticky.  And it’s ready!

Stick the hearts on the tray:

endless love 4Enjoy writing on the hearts the many and endless reasons why you love your children and husband/wife too 😉 It’s not just for kids! Do it to your significant other and let love flourishes in your hearts and homes!

endless love 5Hang it on the wall as a frame, and if your children are old enough to write, you can get them involved in the game and stretch it for a longer time. Ask them to write the reasons they love you too and play this mutual love game starting a week ahead, hanging everyday one heart from each, until valentines day when you have filled all the hearts.

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My boys are still too small to be able to read, Antoun and I filled all the hearts and read  them to Nady. Joud (6months) was enjoying the colors and kisses!

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I wasn’t surprised with my Nady who visually memorized them and was telling me each heart is saying what! This is a reason why i love my smart boy.

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Don’t forget that love is not only words, it should be followed by actions, and the most important the presence. Be present for your kids, in love, protection and service. Happy love xxx

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Endless reasons i love you…


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It’s so important to tell your children “I love you” everyday. Knowing that they are loved unconditionally, develops their secure attachment to you. Strong closeness to the family will lead no doubt to positive relationships in adulthood and high self esteem.

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We celebrate love everyday at home, I never miss a chance to express my love to my precious son (verbally or by actions)  and for this valentines i decided to put the reasons i love him in written words on cutout hearts to celebrate love.

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I know many of you stopped celebrating valentines for how commercial it became. Don’t lose faith in this beautiful occasion and teach your children about love in deep and expressive ways.

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It won’t take too much of your time. Cut a big circle of styrofoam then a smaller one within to make it look like a hoop. Wrap it with colorful ribbons (or paper, whatever you have available at home). Cut out heart shaped papers. I attached to you an A3 paper with many drawn hearts. Click hearts to download the file.

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Enjoy writing on the hearts the many and endless reasons why you love your children then stick them on the hoop.

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Hang it on their bedroom door as a wreath or simply on the wall as a frame. This is Nady’s wreath of love written by papa Antoun and I. We will be reading it to him for now…

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If your children are old enough to write, you can get them involved in the game and stretch it for a longer time. Ask them to write the reasons they love you too and play this mutual love game starting a week ahead, hanging everyday one heart from each, until valentines day when you have a full wreath.

By the way, it’s not just for kids! Do it to your significant other and let love flourishes in your hearts and homes!

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Don’t forget that love is not only words, it should be followed by actions, and the most important the presence. Be present for your kids, in love, protection and service. Happy valentines xx

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What about homemade gifts for Christmas?!


homemade christmas giftIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, the time when you most receive and offer gifts. Personally, i love homemade gifts, adding your personal touch and thoughts, turns any simple gesture to a gift of love. At the end this is what Christmas is all about, no?!

homemade cookies for christmas giftLet your presents this year be expressive, offer JOY, PEACE, LOVE, HOPE… homemade shortbread cookies to your loved ones. Remember my motto?! (Mother teresa quote) we don’t do big things, we do small things with big love!

Very simple and creative! Bake letter cookies and create the word you would love to wish for the one you are offering to. Place it in a box, bag or any package of your choice and spread the joy!

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Doesn’t make you smile to receive one of these cute packages? or see your name made with cookies on your plate at the Christmas eve?

I am sure your colleagues at work, neighbors or friends will be happy to know you were thinking of them and that you made specially for them this little unique gift full of love.

christmas homemade giftThis year I am offering joy to my loved ones. Wishing you all the happiness in the world, and may the birth of Jesus flourishes joy in your hearts!

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