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Valentines Day Nostalgia

How about a walk down memory lane?  Here are a bunch of valentines/love themed posts from the New Nostalgia archives.  Enjoy!

Our family tradition is for the kids to wake up to a breakfast table full of treats and small gifts.  Sugar for breakfast on Valentines day!!  Todd gives the girls a few bucks to spend on me for Valentines Day.  They get so into it, I always love to see what they chose for me.


This mosaic Valentine coloring pages post is one of the most popular with google search engines.  It has been viewed many, many times on the blog.  Who would have thought it would be so popular?  My youngest just came in the room and said “Ooo, I remember that!  I want to color that when I get home from school.”  For the link and 4 more designs to choose from, click here.


White Chocolate Raspberry Valentine Bites–this is the perfect snack for little ones to have on Valentines Day, or even for a loved one to wake up to for breakfast!


Healthy Valentine Chocolate Mudballs.  They make great gifts for co-workers or

the neighbors

!  My youngest girl had so much fun helping me make these last year.  It is an easy, 6- ingredient recipe

no bake


Healthy Chocolate Mudballs

1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup chocolate chips 
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Cook the peanut butter on honey over low heat until melted. Add remaining ingredients. When cool enough to handle roll into ooey gooey mud balls.
This batch made 12 balls, next time I will double the recipe.


For many people, Valentines Day can be a drag.


A reminder of what you don’t feel.

A reminder of a desire that has not been granted.

A reminder that even if you have a love, they will never fulfill the void.
A reminder of a heart that is broken.


If you are one of those people, I want you to know that


Creator God


you many, many love letters.  Here is one that puts a few of His many words towards you and me, into one.   Below is a taste, click through to read and listen to the entire

Fathers Love Letter.

…You are fearfully and wonderfully made. 
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb. 
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born. 
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.

John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love. 

1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 
1 John 3:1…



Going Green Valentines Holders.  These are made from paper grocery sacks.  They are really cute, and once the stencil is made, quite easy for little ones to trace, cut and make a little work of art on the inside.  For older kids, it is fun to tuck a dollar bill or 2 inside.  For co-workers or teachers, a gift card fits!


Homemade Valentine Gift Bags made from envelopes!  These are really cute, perfect size for little treats or gift cards.  You can send the envelopes through the printer and print whatever your heart desires on them.  Use any fun ribbon for the handles.


Homemade Valentine Treat Containers.  These are so fun and my girls LOVED making them.  Pretty printed paper and stickers make this a super easy project.  Put toys, money or treats inside.  Even just a little love note would be great, too!


Last but not least, Chocolate Fudgy Buttons!  We make these whenever a quick, sweet treat is called for.  They taste amazing, you would never know they only take minutes to make!

Fudgy Buttons

4 Tbls butter or margarine

3 tsp. baking cocoa

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp. milk

4 Tbls creamy peanut butter

In a small saucepan, melt the butter; remove from heat.  Add cocoa and mix well.  Stir in sugar. (will be quite thick) Add milk and stir until smooth. (you will feel like you should add more milk- don’t.  The peanut butter will make it creamy and perfect) Add peanut butter and mix well.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper; roll into balls and flatten with your thumb.

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?  Traditions?

Valentine's Day

Awesome Valentine Ideas

Awesome Valentine Ideas

1. A Valentine surprise in their lunch

2. Valentine pancake hearts for breakfast.

3. Heart-shaped melons kabobs. This would be cute done with cheese, too!

4. Need a heart-shaped cake but no heart pan? No problem!

5. Valentine garland. So whimsical!


1. I {heart} U card. For Valentines day or any day!

2. Valentine cupcakes-kisses and hugs.

3. & 4.How to crochet a heart

5. Kiss stickers – Staples sells stickers that fit kisses perfectly and they have a free template you can download so you can print out stickers at home. Cute table decoration.


1. Wear and make a Valentines hat!

 2. Free printable pie box template.  Recipe included.

 3. Yogurt with strawberry flowers.

 4. Valentine popcorn bags.  Simple!

 5. Valentine boiled eggs.  Too cool.

1. Frozen pink milk hearts.  When they melt, the milk will turn pink.

2. Tissue paper roses.

3. Homemade window clings

4. Pretty in pink cupcakes. Use pink frosting, sliced strawberries, use red sprinkles!

5. Valentine math!


Update: if there is no link, it means the site no longer exists…so sorry for any inconvenience!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day

White Chocolate Raspberry Valentine Breakfast Bites

I think the raspberry is pretty much perfection, just how it is.
But when I saw this idea on Sasha Libby via Pinterest, I knew my girls would have a blast stuffing raspberries with white chocolate chips and popping them in their mouths.  They did..:)
Cute, huh?
These would be great at a Valentines Day brunch or a fun 4th of July snack.
My girls called them candy.
That made me happy.
Valentine's Day

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!


My girl, Jenna, wrote a great post on Love.  I printed it and hope to refer back to it often.

So what do you do to celebrate Valentines Day?

Our family tradition is for the kids to wake up to a breakfast table full of treats and small gifts.  Sugar for breakfast on Valentines day!!

Todd gives the girls a few bucks to spend on me for Valentines Day.  They get so into it, I always love to see what they chose for me.

This year, we are so excited about a gift that is being given to our family.

 During my cancer battle, we have had meals provided by people at my church, at least 5 days a week.  We have been getting meals since September and it will continue until the end of February!

One of the people in the meal rotation is a guy named Mark.  He is just awesome.  He is a great cook. He helps with children’s church so my girls know and love him.  We have had a blast getting to know him.  He was scheduled to bring a meal on Valentines Day, and asked if he and his girlfriend, Joy, could take the girls for the evening while Todd and I enjoy a quiet house and a special gourmet meal made by them.   The girls are so excited because they will be spending the evening at Chuck E. Cheese with Mr. Mark and Miss Joy.  I can’t wait to enjoy the food–he said they have “practiced” making our meal and that “it’s gonna be goooood!”  How awesome is that???

We feel so loved.

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Thank you so much for reading, supporting and loving me!

FUN/DIY/ Homemade Gifts/ Valentine's Day

Healthy Valentine Chocolate Mud Balls

I’ve posted this recipe here at New Nostalgia before.  It is a favorite of ours.  It is a great way to get a chocolate fix and at the same time some wholesome goodness from healthy ingredients.  I had these miniature red polka dot paper holders on hand and thought they would be a great holder for our Chocolate Mud Balls.  I think they make great little Valentine treats!

The original recipe calls for wheat germ, oatmeal, chocolate chips, sesame seeds, peanut butter, and honey.  I was out of sesame seeds, so instead, we threw some homemade granola into my food processor and gave it a whirl. I also didn’t have enough peanut butter on hand, so I added some almond butter.  It worked out well, although I do think I should have added a touch more honey for a bit more sweetness.

Peanut butter & honey, melting together.  The spoon had some dry ingredients left on it, which is why you see some chocolate chips and lumps in there. 🙂

My youngest is really getting into cooking and baking lately.  It has been so much fun to have her in the kitchen with me.  She is confident and very independent in her skills, which is really refreshing when it comes to cooking!  It was her idea to make a homemade Valentine treat to take to our neighbors, so she got really into this project!

Adding dry ingredients to wet.

It is quite thick…takes some muscle.

No baking! Here is the finished product, rolled and packaged to hand out to our neighbors for

 Valentines Day.  You can find these containers at the Dollar Tree, 4 for $1.00 for this small size (6×6), and 3 for $1.00 for a round cake pan size. (8×8)  I have talked about these pans before, when I used them to package up  Christmas Cinnamon Rolls for our neighbors


We used this fun printed tape to secure the packages.  I found it on clearance at Micheal’s for .50 cents.  Great deal.

My little one found a heart sticker and wrote a little love note on it.

She had great fun delivering them to our neighbors.  It was so fun to see her walk in the snow delivering her gifts.  I was really proud that it was her idea and she followed through until it was complete.  She is my perfect Lil’ Valentine!

DIY/Crafts/ Holidays/Parties/ Roundups/ Valentine's Day

Valentines Day Craft Ideas

7 Valentines Day Craft Ideas

Egg Carton Heart Art from A Little Hut

I just love this. You could make all kinds of shapes and colors out of these egg cartons. What fun!


Button Heart Valentine’s Day Card from K Werner Design Blog
Simple and Beautiful.


Puffy Tissue Heart from Kaboose
I remember making tissue art as a kid. These are cute, my girls could do this craft without much direction from me. Bonus!


I think this is so elegant. You could use any color felt and a heart-shaped foam form. These white ones would be beautiful to decorate a winter wedding. Red would be great for Christmas. Brown for fall.


Potato Stamp Art from Cafe Mom
I plan on using the inside of brown paper grocery sacks for this project.


This idea almost seems cruel! It smells like chocolate, looks like chocolate, but you can’t eat it!


I have never seen this craft before. What a great way to package little Valentine treats!