Monday Love…

Another edition of Monday Love… on Valentine’s Day no less!

A Quote: I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day.  When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.  ~Author Unknown

Fun Facts: Here are some interesting tidbits about this special holiday!

* 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

* 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

* About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

* About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

* Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine’s cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.

* In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.

* Only the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the U.K. celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Something personal: It has been said by many (mostly men I presume) that Valentine’s Day is a “Hallmark Holiday.”   I can understand this sentiment since Hallmark has over 1300 different cards for this particular holiday and every store is covered with cards, mini teddy bears, and boxes of chocolate.  But is there anything wrong with having a special day to celebrate our love for one another?   My poor husband complains because there is so much pressure in the first few months of the year for him.  First Jake’s B-Day, then Valentine’s Day, followed by Kylie’s Birthday, my Birthday, and finally Mother’s Day.  That’s a lot of cards in a short four months!   He always picks out great cards though – and sometimes I even get TWO! :)

A few weeks before Valentine’s Day I took Kylie and Jake to my studio to do some fun love-themed pictures.  Here are a bunch of my favorites — enjoy!!

I had some fun with the editing.  A little grain and vintage look.

Something fun to do:  I know today is already Valentine’s Day, but just in case you are looking for a cute craft, check out this link on the NAPCP website to make these adorable crayon hearts!  I saw all the holiday stuff on clearance at Michaels the other day, so stock up for next year too!

HAPPY MONDAY — AND HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TOO!

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