Valentine’s Day Activity: Giving Your Loved One a Healthy Heart Attack {Giveaway!}


Earlier this month, my husband @TroyPattee, went out of town. Even though Valentine's Day is not until the 14th, my two boys and I decided to celebrate it early as a family by surprising Troy with a heart attack. Don't worry! We're not talking about the life threatening variety. We're talking about a healthy and positive heart attack. Think paper. Think hearts. Think of showering of love in the form of lots and lots of hearts.

For our Valentine's Day activity, we "attacked" the garage and some of our interior doors and walls, by plastering hearts all over them along with a poster, welcoming our husband and father home and telling him we love him. And what a great surprise and expression of love it was!

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How to Surprise Your Sweetheart for Valentine's Day

To create the Valentine's Day activity masterpiece, we downloaded these heart printables from Mom It Forward's Love eBook, which includes 20 printables perfect for showing love on or around Valentine's Day. Then, we printed several copies on card stock and my boys and I dedicated an evening to cutting them out and making an "I Love You" poster out of red poster board.

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As you can see, the hearts have fun sayings on the front. (You can download this free printable here.)

On the back, they are blank. We chose to write a different thing we love about Troy on each of the hearts, 60 love notes in total. I especially loved this part of the process as it gave me a great opportunity to share my love for my husband with our kids as well as encourage them to identify the things they love about their dad.

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While we love getting messy while we're doing our Valentine's Day activity, we didn't want our random act of kindness to hurt the paint or damage our garage door. Therefore, we applied blue painter's tape to the hearts before hanging them, which we did an hour before Troy was due home so they would still be in tact when he arrived, which given our recent snow storms and winter weather, was a concern. Additionally, we made sure to have Shout® Trigger on hand to take care of any stains from our washable markers or other colorful art supplies.

The result? One very happy husband and father.

How Shout® is Helping Families Show Love

To encourage families to take a fresh look at their daily routines,  Shout® developed the “Reprogramming America for Fun” App on Facebook.

Upon log-in, the app integrates each user’s name and profile photo into a short, personalized video all about seizing the moment, setting you free to start living out loud and having fun, without the worry of getting a little messy—see how your personal video changes and highlight all the fun times you have had.

What tips do you have for showing love to your family members for Valentine's Day and beyond?


Here are a few things you can enter for a chance to win that will help you create meaningful memories over the Valentine's holiday as a family (ARV: $150):

  • Shout® Trigger and Triple Acting Formula Shout® Wipes
  • Candy Hearts
  • Craft Supplies to Create Personal Valentine's Day Cards
  • $100 Gift Card to Craft Store

Giveaway Requirements

All entrants must complete both requirements to be qualified for a chance to win this giveaway:

  1. Go to the Shout' Reprogramming America Facebook app ( and click on the Get Reprogrammed button to create your own custom “Reprogramming America for Fun” video.
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post answering the question, "What changes will you make to seize the moment (even if it means getting messy) and live life out loud?"

Giveaway Terms

One winner will be chosen using Giveaway closes at 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, February 10. Click to see the official terms of this giveaway.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Shout®, an SC Johnson Company. All opinions, tips, ideas, and information are my own.

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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