If I'd been a boy...

...my parents would've named me Valentine. An old family name. For a dude. Seriously. I'm pretty sure I hit the chromosomal lottery and dodged a real bullet there.

That said, I have a soft spot for Valentine's Day. Sure, it's a little sappy and mushy and obnoxious when you're single. But I fondly remember when I was a little girl (thankfully!) handing out tiny cards to everyone in my class at school. I would spend hours decorating my Valentine's Day mail box, anticipating the cards I would receive. I loved the colorful little messages, love-struck cartoon characters, and candy hearts. As I grew older, I developed an appreciation for vintage Valentine's cards with their corny puns, slightly-forced rhymes, and beautiful illustrations. Here are some favorites from my collection.

In anticipation of Valentine's Day this year, I designed free printable valentines for you!

Don't worry - I haven't forgotten about this month's coloring page...I did get a little carried away with the valentine, but I still have a brand new free printable coloring page for you, too!