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Eco-Friendly Valentines

What a romantic time of year. A time to show those you love how much you care. This Valentine’s Day, share your love as naturally as you can with these eco-friendly Valentine craft ideas.

For your honey, the significant other in your life whom you love, cherish and are truly happy to be with, there are a few natural Valentines you can share.

1. If you live near the beach or plan on taking a walk on a beach, sneak out there ahead of time to draw the biggest heart possible in the sand. Of course, add any romantic message that is meaningful to you both inside the heart. As you are walking along the sand together your love will be surprised and warmed all at once upon seeing this naturally romantic masterpiece.
2. Time spent together can be a Valentine all on its own. When was the last time you and your honey took a walk together and shared compliments, laughter and memories? Pick a favorite and beautiful spot, a hiking trail in the forest or a walk around a pond, or a jaunt through the city park, and fall in love all over again.
3. Little romantic poems, phrases only the two of you know, or quotes can easily be painted onto small rocks and hidden in different spots for your love to find throughout the day on Valentine’s Day. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, if your honey is headed off to work, hide a small heart shaped rock, which oddly enough you can find many of these out in nature anywhere, in his or her briefcase or purse. When your sweet finds this sentiment she or he will enjoy the surprise, thoughtfulness, and be able to keep this sentiment rock. Be sure to use water-based, non-toxic paint to make this Valentine even greener.

For your children, Valentine’s Day crafts can be absolutely green and fun!

1. Most of us seem to have a sewing box or bag filled with scraps of old material. Pull that out from hiding and let your children be as creative as possible in using the material to create a Valentine. It is very easy to stuff a piece of colorful material and tie it at the bottom with a piece of string to create a Valentine Ball of Fun! Your child can write any Valentine sentiment on the Ball with non-toxic fabric pen and play toss with these messages of love or give them to another to keep and enjoy. They can also attach the fabric pieces to construction paper to create a Valentine card.
2. Children love giving their parents or teachers flowers. This Valentine’s Day, help them to give an even more eco-friendly gift by sharing flowers that are still potted and can be replanted by the recipient. The Valentine flower won’t last just a week, but years to come.
3. One of the most delicious Valentines we can give is a box of chocolates. First, help your child to re-use a clean box. Second, melt organic chocolate and dip delicious strawberries in that chocolate and let it cool. Place those chocolate covered strawberries in the box and then tie the box with a ribbon and voila! A delicious eco-friendly Valentine gift!

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