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So Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I have to admit tonight's episode of GLEE really put me in the mood for celebration.  To my defense, I have already been prepping for the love-fest by handcrafting Dum Dum lollipop flowers for Paige's preschool party on Thursday -- and making extra for her playgroup party on V-Day.  Note the picture and presentation.  Quite impressive, if I do say so myself.

I gotta say, the girl (Paige) was excited to do the craft with me...for about five minutes.  After that she was happy to just stick as many doilies she could -- using sparkle glitter glue pens (of course) to pieces of paper she was whipped out of nowhere.  Grandparents be warned this blog post is a Valentine's Day spoiler....as you will be receiving the multi doily abstract art pieces in the mail shortly!

But I gotta say, I'm a little confused as to the real reason and meaning as to why we celebrate Valentine's Day....maybe it's a flashback from my single days when Valentine's Day was more like D-day.  Well, I decided to do what all people do when they want to learn about something....I googled it.  And it seems it has something to do with a possible Saint, something about falling in love when in jail, blah, blah.  But I did find these fun facts...

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.

Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women.

In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum.

Who knew?  Well, here's to hoping that the three year olds appreciate all the love I put into hand making all those Dum Dum lollipop Valentine's Day cards.  Yeah, I didn't think so.  Happy V-day!

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