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No Candy Valentines

This is going to be short but sweet.

The best item my daughter ever received in a loot bag was a reusable straw. Seriously I’ve already warned my friend I am completely stealing her idea and using it in a future birthday bag of my own. One cute little straw amidst the other trinkets in that bag and we still have it, use it and not spend money on more disposable straws. I still remember seeing theย stainless steel strawsย on Oprah and I thought “Now that I would pay money for.”

So when it came time to this years School Valentine’s cards and treats, because of the Peanut Free rule at my daughter’s school, we made up a bunch of Valentine’s to give out with re-usable swirly straws. An inedible Valentine but fun all the same.

School Valentine Treat

no candy valentine

The font on the label is called LoveNess. I am a font nut so I have to know what fonts people use in crafts.

No Candy Valentine Treat (3)

In case you’ve noticed a swirl discrepancy, the ones with the regular swirls are for the boys and the ones with the hearts in them are for the girls. I took an informal poll out of all my friends who had boys to see which they’d prefer and it was split 50/50 with answers such as “Eww a heart, that’s for girls” to “Whatever Mom”. My daughter however insisted that quote “Tyler would only like the regular swirly straw”.

All I got from that was “Who’s Tyler?”

26 Comments

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    Kate
    February 12, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I LOVE this Alex – such a cool change from candy, and brilliant fun to use (do you make them for grown-ups too?). Lovely font too….

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      Alex@northstory
      February 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      I’ll make them for grown ups and we’ll drink our expensive liquor out of them just because we can! :O

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    Victoria Elizabeth
    February 12, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Who is Tyler? I loved that you polled so as to avoid disappointing anyone!! Creative, but simple! Great idea… way better than yet another pencil with a heart eraser!!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      It gets harder and harder to find non-candy gifts. Most schools across the boards won’t allow baked good of any kind in the class. I don’t mind that so much b/c well me + baking.

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    Growing Up in the Garden
    February 12, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I love this! I won’t have to think about classroom Valentine exchanges until next year, but we will definitely be doing something homemade. Something that doesn’t get thrown away the next day is even better.

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      Alex@northstory
      February 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      I miss your blog!! Thank God you wrote b.c it hasn’t been appearing in my reader. For some reason I have been unfollowed and I never clicked unfollow!! This has happened with several blogs so I am reclicking right now.

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        Growing Up in the Garden
        February 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm

        So glad to have you back! I wonder if something happened when you made the switch to your new blog site? Happy Valentine’s Day ๐Ÿ™‚

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    ScrapAndSalvage
    February 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

    lol who IS tyler?!?!?!?!
    very cute idea. i remember swirly straws growing up. i had many in a variety of colors. i think these will be a huge hit!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Apparently the other cute boy in the class next the dreamboat in the PM class. Her teacher has already warned his mother about all the girls talking about him.

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    Stacey
    February 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Cute idea. I need one of those for my purse. I’d like my heart to swirl more regularly. (lol)

    I can only imagine that Tyler is some cute boy that has maybe made her heart swirl? I think I’d stick a straw in that one and try to get some more information out!!!

    I loved Valentines during school. Decorating shoe boxes for our valentine cards was the BEST! Getting a straw in it would have been the coolest. These are awesome, Alex!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      I think we should swirl them in Bailey’s and/or some good Whisky.

      He totally is that boy. I am like you’re FIVE!!!

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    Leah
    February 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Awww, these are super cute! I bet the kids will think they’re so fun too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Alex@northstory
      February 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks Leah!!

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    Tia & Jeff
    February 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Cute!! I would have loved this when I was a kid!

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      Alex@northstory
      February 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks Tia! Nice to meet another Canadian blogger. I always get excited whenever I read there’s more of us running around b/c for some reason I find Canucks so hard to find!

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    thethinkingcloset
    February 13, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Ha! You had me literally laughing out loud (llol) on that last line. I can see these Valentine’s being a hit for your daughter’s classmates this year. And I’m a font junky, too…especially after sifting through thousands of fonts in working on my blog re-design. After a while, they all start to look like Courier New.

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      Alex@northstory
      February 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Fonts are like the devil. They are so addicting and yet you cannot choose just one. I still want to sort out of how to fix up my font for comments so people can write in a cool type. One of my fav bloggers does this and I swear I would visit her site just for the font.

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    Kelly (Cobwebs, Cupcakes And Crayons)
    February 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Those are adorable! Isn’t it amazing how attached they can get to little things you wouldn’t think they’d look twice at? And I’m with Lauren…your last line made me laugh out loud! WHO is Tyler??

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      Alex@northstory
      February 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      One of the reasons they’re all the same colour is b/c having watched my girls start a war over the sole blue straw during dinnertime I thought I can just imagine that on a larger scale in the classroom with the “How come so and so got the green straw? I wanted the green one.”

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    the home tome
    February 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Love these! I also would have been tickled to get a crazy straw – watching the liquid travel northwards is entertaining indeed. Now, if when the kids get home, they sip some soda or chocolate milk…well, then these have served as candy vehicles (liquid candy that is…) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    cheryl
    February 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Yes, thanks for the no candy Valentines idea. I’m not a fan of candy for every holiday although one of my children would probably be very sad to hear me say that. ๐Ÿ™‚ I completely forgot about Valentine’s this year, so we created an emergency solution forty-five minutes before school started. ๐Ÿ˜‰ At least we got something out the door.

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      Alex@northstory
      February 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Oh let me tell you I’ve done the store bought stuff all the time. I think lately we do a lot more crafts b/c my daughter insists on it. She’s already like So when do we decorate my room for Easter and I am like come again? Please don’t make me use pastels. I hate pastels.

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    February 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I always enjoyed the non-sugar treats too. This is a great idea and one my girlie would still love. We don’t do the classroom treats anymore (which I’m both happy and sad about), but this is such a fun idea to just do for my own kiddos. Totally gonna steal this!

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