Friday Five #6

Posted by: Shel 17 Comments

Friday Five pre-Valentine editionFriday Five. It may be informational, entertaining, inspirational, or some combination. It may be five related thoughts, or five random topics. But it will be short. And it will leave you with a new thought, idea, or smile on your face.

Welcome to the pre-Valentine edition. I had planned to cover the Valentine’s Day idea in the next Friday Five – which will actually be Valentine’s Day. But then I realized, while timely, you wouldn’t have a chance to implement any of the ideas you liked. So here it is – a week ahead of time – for your using pleasure.

1. A blast-from-the-past Valentine greeting. Remember candy bar cards? They seemed to pop up everywhere in the 90s and then just sort of disappeared. The concept? Buy a bunch of candy bars and candy that you can create a message with. Get a poster board and write out your Valentine greeting, gluing in the candy in place of words. Great Valentine options are: Bliss, Hugs, Kisses, Symphony, Hot Tamales, Good & Plenty, Life Savers, Milky Way, Nutrageous, Sugar Babies, and Bit-o-Honey. Note: this is probably not a good time to use Chunky or Big Chunk – unless your adding “of my heart” after it!candy card


2. Start the day out with a breakfast Valentine. This picture was from a ‘he said/she said’ blog article entitled Romantic Aphrodisiacs! 12 Foods That Will Totally Improve Your Love Life. While the title may be a bit overstated, there were a few surprises on their list. Click here to read – but remember: I didn’t say I agreed with the list. Friday Five Valentine Breakfast


3. A collection of 7 printable Valentines Day greetings. “Wild About You” with the little wild animals attached and the cool cup wrappers caught my attention. To see the rest of them and/or print out, click here.Friday five valentine prinatables


4. A homemade gift that even you can make. If you can glue, you can make this charming little framed work of art for the one you love. An empty frame, wording can be stenciled on a painted card board or printed out on paper that you glue to a backing, get a couple of spoons from a discount or thrift store and voila – a thoughtful gift sure to put a smile on your mate’s face.

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5. Hmmmmm, I never thought of it that way.

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  • Natine

    Totally love those spoons! Fabulous idea. Too bad I’ll never get around to doing that…

    • Shel Harrington

      How about a quick version? Print out a colorful “Spooning Since ____” on your computer, glue two plastic spoons in place, scrawl a handwritten “Happy Valentines Day” and sign with a lipstick kiss.

  • What a cute post! I love the candy card! And the cartoon at the end! Happy birthday, Shel!

  • I have absolutely no memory of candy bar cards. I MISSED THE ENTIRE TREND.

    And, when I see the heart-shaped eggs, I think instead of makign heart-shaped crumpets. Ha ha!

    • Shel Harrington

      You could substitute a tea message for the candy, Sonia. You know, EARL GREY comes down for an ENGLISH BREAKFAST after OOLONG night . . . After all, what would go better with heart-shaped crumpets??

  • Gina Kishur

    Oh wow! I’ve never seen the candy bar card. I’m definitely on that one. I love the spoons too! I may have to set that one up to photograph.

    • Shel Harrington

      Not only do those cards work for any special occasion, Gina, but I’ve seen some done up for college students which included things like pain relievers and tums.

  • Lindsey Vanhooser

    I love those! The candy card is definitely a blast from the past… SO funny! The spooning since 2012 also cracked me up. Can you imagine walking into someone’s home and seeing that? Gives a quite graphic picture in one’s head! Or maybe I am just too visual… Either way, happy birthday and thanks for the Friday Five! You are so wonderful!

    • Shel Harrington

      Thanks Lindsey – you’re pretty awesome yourself! I have to agree with you about the picture – not really a living room (or dining room! ) piece!

  • Mutti

    Naturally, I like a different one. The Cupid/toddler one! It made me laugh. Thanks for all the good ideas…serious and fun!

    • Shel Harrington

      It cracked me up, too, Mutti. Glad to know I have a humor soul-sister out there! Have a great weekend!

  • I’m like Jill, love the egg hearts, spoons, and I also like the candy poster. What great ideas. Thanks, Shel.


    • Shel Harrington

      The candy poster IS a fun one. I received one for my birthday (in the 90s) and the giver had put it between the wood door and glass door of our front entrance so when I opened it up – BAM! Jumbo ‘card’ with a crack-me-up message. All the goodies were like a bunch of little gifts!

  • I love the heart shaped eggs and the spoons, great idea!

    • Shel Harrington

      I actually thought of you, Jill, when I came across the first heart-egg idea (for elsewhere) – a protein breakfast with heart!

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