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You’ve heard of The 12 Days of Christmas? Well, here we’re doing The 14 Days of Valentines.

Because I don’t live with a small child (I suppose this is arguable), Dan tends to be the one to benefit from these silly little projects that I get myself all excited over. Side note: STILL upset about not having an Elf on the Shelf and am thisclose to buying one for next Christmas so I can create obnoxious and un-kid-friendly scenes all over our apartment. I’m not even sure if I would rather be the one hiding the elf, or the one finding him, so I would have to coerce Dan into participating at least half the time. I know there must be other 30somethings out there that hide elves for each other even though they have no children and one of them is Jewish. Please email me and we can start a support group.

Anyway.

This project came about while I was shopping at The Paper Source and finding millions of cute things for Valentine’s Day. I originally thought of putting together a little basket, similar to a Christmas stocking, but hey, why do that when you can complicate things and do 14 days of gifts instead of just one?

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Each gift was under $5 with the exception of the coffee above and a cute little book from The Paper Source that I will show you below. Lesson learned = do not step foot into Paper Source unless you are prepared to want EVERY.THING. Oddly enough, I had never been to a Paper Source before this shopping trip and figured it was mainly stationery. Surprise! It’s not. Tons of small little gifts, games, home decor, food items, etc. I used to think the same thing about The Paper Store until I actually went inside and discovered they sold books, clothes, shoes, jewelry, and candles there, too. I kept confusing The Paper Store with The Paper Source, but now that I’ve been to both, I know it doesn’t matter because I just want all of it.

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These books are just adorable. There are 50 pages with fill-in-the-blank phrases and sentences where you can personalize everything for the person you’re giving it to.

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Positive reinforcement, right? Dan actually IS very good at vacuuming and goes over places multiple times and even does the closet, which I would totally be lazy and skip.

There are several different versions of these little books, and I actually bought the one above for Dan and the What I Love About Mom journal for….wait for it….my mom.

Every gift had a Valentine’s Day theme to it, or was red and/or pink, except for Dan’s favorite kind of muffin because they’re blueberries, not redberries. I can’t change nature.

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A few were food-related because, hello, have you met me?

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Others were more practical.

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Some were fun!

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Some ended up being a bit disappointing.

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And some were cute, if you can consider The Dark Side cute.

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Today’s gift was a Valentine’s Day card.

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Does that seem lame after all of the other gifts? Like I should have ended with a grand finale of pink confetti and stuffed (or live) snuggly animals with a trail of rose petals to the door where one of The Avengers was waiting with flowers? Oh well. But! We will also be going out to dinner later at a new restaurant we’ve been wanting to try and food is always exciting, right?

I knew we were internet friends for a reason.

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