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Just because Valentine’s has come and went, it doesn’t mean that there is nothing left to celebrate in the month of February. There is still plenty to look forward to.

February is Wild Bird Feeding Month, National Cherry Month, Library Lovers’ Month, Responsible Pet Owner’s Month, and Black History Month. Plus you still have Friendship week, which lands the 21-27 and Tootsie Roll Anniversary on the 23.

So there is no time like today than to plan some extra fun for the month.

Make a bird feeder for the birds this week. Birds need help finding food during the winter and this is a great time to help. Find a pinecone and put peanut butter on it and roll it in birdseed. Find a place to hang it outside so you can see the birds enjoy the food. Make more than one and hang them all over the place.

Here is one more recipe for the birds. Take a saucepan mix 2 quarts of water and 1 cup margarine. Boil. Add 4 cups cereal like cornmeal, rolled oats, or grain. Mix in 1 cup  butter and 1 cup chopped fruit like raisins or dates. Pack mixture into plastic containers and let cool. Set bowls outside so the birds can enjoy it.

Take a trip to the store and find a neat bird feeder for your yard and install it so that you can feed the birds all year around.

Get books from the library to help you identify the birds that visit your yard. (This also helps you celebrate Library Lovers’ Month)

To help with National Cherry Month bake something new with cherries in it. There are many recipes out there that sound wonderful and would make a perfect treat for you and your family.

Make cherry jello and kool-aid. Cut out shapes in your jello with cookie cutters and make popsicles with the kool-aid. Take an ice cube tray and add kool-aid and cover it with plastic wrap and use toothpicks to poke holes in each cube and leave them in. Put in freezer and enjoy when frozen.

Enjoy cherry cheesecake. You can make one from scratch or by the box mix at the store.

Mix a cherry smoothie with frozen cherries.

Use dried cherries in your cereal or salad.

Websites for more information on birds and cherries:

Wild-Bird-Watching.com/

WhatBird.com/

Backyard-Bird-Watching.com/

Kraftfoods.com

AllRecipes.com

Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Are you ready? If not here are some extra tips to help you out.

Theater Night -

Turn your living room into a theater. Don’t forget to include a concession stand.

For this idea you will need some poster board or construction paper, markers, popcorn, candy, drinks and a couple of movies.

Take your poster board and make a name for your theater. Take another piece of board or paper and list your movies and show times. Make extra signs too for the restrooms, exits and concession. For the concession stand list your items and a cost. Like $1 for popcorn, $2 for candy and drinks. Make play money and tickets to give to your guests.

Invite your guests through a hand made card and include the tickets and play money.

Turn your living room into a theater. Hang up signs in the house to tell your guests what time the movie starts and signs for the restroom, exits and concession. If you have a bar in your kitchen you can make this your concession stand or use a table.

When it’s time for the guests to arrive make sure you take their tickets and be ready to serve at the concession stand.

Have fun and enjoy the movie.

Valentine Peanut Butter Cookies –

Make your favorite peanut butter cookies and add Hersey kisses to them when they come out of the oven. It’s the best peanut butter cookies you’ll ever have.

Make a college –

Take a piece of paper and add words and pictures that tell your loved one what they mean to you.

Make a flower pot –

Get flower seeds and a small pot. Decorate the outside and add soil and seeds. The recipient can transplant the flower outside in their own garden to watch it grow all spring.

Be creative this Valentine’s Day and show someone how much they mean to you. A homemade gift can really speak to a persons heart.

Looking to add a little romance to your Valentine’s Day without spending to much money?  Here is an idea that won’t break you.

Have a nice evening with a candle light dinner.

Find a recipe that you’ve never tried before but looks elegant and fun to make. Make it for your special person and set your table with candles in different sizes or shapes. Use the nicest plates you have along with a fork, spoon, knife and napkins. Champagne or wine glasses are great for drinks even if it’s just water or tea. Add confetti hearts or make your own out of construction paper. For place mats use 12×12 decorative paper.

Make a nice dessert to go with it. Chocolate covered strawberries or an inexpensive cheesecake.

Serve your loved one dinner and then end the night with a long walk together, a trip the lake, or a great romantic movie.

To learn how to set at table look here for instructions http://www.silverqueen.com/Sterling-Silver-Flatware/Set-Your-Table.asp

Valentine’s Day Coupon Book:

This is something you can make for your husband, wife or children. It’s a great project for everyone and something fun to receive.

Supplies:

Card stock or construction paper

Stickers

Markers

stapler or hole punch

And this link: Valentine’s Day Coupon (to use template you must have Word)

Valentine’s Day Coupon:

Redeem this coupon for __________________________________

From ____________________________________

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Use the template above to make the coupons. Add what you would like to it using your computer. You can add your own images.

Print them out and cut them. Print them on regular paper or colored card stock.

Take a piece of paper and cut out a rectangle a little bigger than your coupons. You will need two.

Take one of the rectangles and make this your cover. Add writing, stickers and drawings.

Put the finished coupons together and add the cover and back. Use a stapler to hold it together or a hole punch and tie it up with ribbon or string.

Don’t know what to write, here are some ideas:

Take out the trash

Make a puzzle together

Play a board game

Hugs and kisses

Back rub

Clean room

Dinner and movie

Make a tent together

Camp out inside the house

Play football

Love CD:

Put together a list of songs for your husband, wife or children that have a special meaning between the two of you. Like the first song you heard together,  danced together, songs you played at your wedding.  For the kids you might include songs that you sing together, silly songs or that show them you love them.

Include songs that your loved one will enjoy or just make them a mixed cd of new artists that they might like.

Add a cd cover that you made or print one out. You could also include a play list with the name of songs and artists.

Take construction paper in red, white and pink and cut hearts out of them. Write little love notes on them.

Then take them and put them all around the house. Like in the sock drawer, pocket of a shirt in the closet that you know they will wear, wallet, inside the fridge on an item they will pick up, coffee pot or mug, on the mirror, on the tv or computer. Where ever you think they will find them.

Make sure you make a lot of them. They might be finding them for a couple of days if you hide them good.

You could use post it notes too if you wanted but sometimes they don’t stick very good.


Mirror love notes:

Get some draw erase markets and leave love notes on the mirror everyday. It’s really easy to do and they wipe right off with your finger or a paper towel.

Let the kids do it too. They will have writing and drawing on the mirrors but make sure you tell them only on the mirrors and put the markers in a safe place until you use them next time.

You can keep this going all year long too. Friends and family that visit can add their own special messages to you.

Notes of encouragement and love go a long way.

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