January 20, 2012

"You Made My Heart Happy" Message and Printable

I have to be honest, bedtime in our house is usually not the calm, loving end to our day that I'd like it to be.  By 7:30 -8:00, I'm exhausted, the kids are whiny, everyone's tired, but no one is falling asleep.  Quite often, I end up yelling, they get upset, and after they are finally asleep and the house is quiet, I feel awful.  I want them to drift off to sleep knowing how much they are loved and how much I really do appreciate the wonderful things they do each day, not thinking about the fact that Mommy is frustrated and just wants them in bed already.  (And even though I would never actually read it to them or say it out loud,  this book totally sums up my frame of mind many evenings)  

Then I came across the cute idea (on Pinterest) to put "I love you because..." in a frame and use a dry erase marker to write the reasons why.  I decided that a special message every evening might be a good addition to our bedtime routine. 

I simply used Picnik to make up a 5x7 print with the message, put it in a frame, and put it in their bedrooms.  I did change the saying a bit from the ones I saw on Pinterest.  Because they're my kids, I love them unconditionally.  I often tell them that I always LOVE them, but sometimes they do things that make my heart happy and sometimes their behavior makes my heart sad.  With these little frames and a dry erase marker, I can now write down something they did that day that made my heart happy.

I'm hoping that the focus on the good they did each day will encourage even better behavior, and they'll fall asleep each night knowing how much they're valued and loved.  However, if nothing else, I think it will help me take a minute to recognize just how blessed I am to have these three rambunctious, yet loveable, kids.

Now, I'm completely new to the idea of putting a printable on the blog here, but if anyone might want to make one for their own home, I *think* I have this set up where you can print or download your own copy.  They should be a 5x7" sized picture, but will print on a regular-sized sheet of paper.  Or, I believe you can just right click the image and save it to resize however you want it.

Click HERE for the message on the blue background.

Click HERE for the message on the pink background.

I'm not kidding myself that bedtime will suddenly become calm and relaxing for everyone, but at least the kids (and I) can take a minute to reflect on something good they did that day.


  1. Can I say that I am happy to hear I'm not the only one? Bed time is my least favorite time of day because even though I tell myself I won't get upset, I usually do. Then they go to sleep and I can't even enjoy it, because I feel bad! This is a great idea!

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  2. This is such a cute idea. I've seen the same things pinned that you were talking about, but the idea behind yours and what it says is so cute. I thing it's a great thing to do for bedtime!

  3. I'm glad you have the same kinds of nights, Lorie. Well, not glad they're rough, but glad you understand. So far, these have been a hit.

  4. I agree that it feels sooooo good to hear that I'm not the only one who is like that at bedtime! I have friends who read their kiddos stories at bedtime and send them off to slumberland. Me, I'm trying to get them into their beds as fast as possible without yet one more thing they have to do before they can possibly fall asleep! And since we moved into this new (smaller) house, my boys have to share a room and I spend about 20 minutes each night yelling up the stairs to be quiet and go to sleep or they'll be grounded! They always get a kiss and hug and a heartfelt I love you, but bedtime is just such a struggle. Thank you for saying/writing it out loud! I'll still feel bad about it, but maybe not quite as much tonight knowing I'm not alone!

    1. I know the feeling. At the very end of the day the last thing I want to do is go up the stairs after bedtime because its possible to have to go up and down the stairs more than once. <3

  5. wow, Laura, that is amazingly adorably cute and I agree that we could use something like that around here!!! Also, how funny that I just posted on my blog the EXACT SAME 'I love you because' reference and plan on making a similar project this weekend!

    and one more side note... Picnik is closing in April and I'm sad! I just discovered it and was hoping to use it, but don't have an account and they aren't taking new users - boo! Thanks for including the image you created :)

  6. Oh, thank you for sharing this!

  7. This is so creative. I feel the same way some nights. And I know the book you are referring to even though I didn't click on the link :) Thanks for linking up to my party.

  8. Lovely printable. Besides my weekly Anything goes Fri-Monday linky, I am hosting a Valentine contest with some great prizes. I hope you will link up for a chance to win.

  9. I love this idea! I am totally with you bedtime (or I was!) I stick to the things I say but at bedtime I become mushy because I don't want stern words to be the last thing they hear. I think the message is great for parent and kids. ;)

    I will tell you a little secret I learned about 6 months ago... it was bedtime altering! My kids used to have a bedtime of 7, they would yell for me, play around, be loud... ugh! I just wanted to sit down. A book I read said "Let the kids decide". I thought it was crazy but I gave it a shot. We get them ready for bed, read a book and they prep a "quiet time activity" for their room. Around 7 I kiss them good night and go down stairs. They play quietly in their room until they are ready to sleep. (I tuck them in the 1st time they come down for anything to avoid back and forth.) they get me and I tuck them in. EASY! And guess what. They always ask for sleep by 8. Sorry for this long comment but this has really changed my "Mommy Rest Time" and made a huge difference for how I feel about bedtime. I even spend more quality time reading because I know there is no fight coming.

  10. This is so great. I was thinking about making compliment books for my children for Valentine's Day, but I think I'll do this instead. I love that it can change daily, and become a part of our daily routine.

  11. This is such a great idea and super cute, too! I would love it if you would link this up to the Tuesday Talent Show this Tuesday at Chef in Training! I hope to see you next Tuesday!
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  12. This turned out great! Good job. I love the idea! I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party!

  13. Hey Laura - I know already commented on this uber cute project (and can't wait to use the printable myself), but I'd love it if you'd link up to my new Sunday linky party - Show It Off Sunday: From Pins to Projects!


  14. what a sweet idea I hope you'll add this to my What We Wore and Made link party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

  15. Thanks for linking up - I think this would make a great gift idea, too!

  16. I have been thinking the same thing about the "I love you because". So glad you changed it up!

  17. What a precious idea! Thank you for the printable too! Would love for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours link party! ;)


  18. What a great idea! Thanks for the printable!

  19. What a great printable and activity to do with your child. I just pinned it. : ) I would love if you shared this post on my linky party. I am looking for posts that are fun, frugal, and kid-friendly. Please stop by and link up. www.funfrugalmommy.blogspot.com

  20. I totally love this and am so sad I don't have a colored printer! I'll be featuring this tonight at my Sunday Spotlights!

  21. We have something to do this week end.The idea is cute. I am excited of when I am making my daughter happy.Brilliant!

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