Who says Valentine’s Day is only a celebration of romantic love? We think it should be a celebration of love in all of its wondrous forms, which is why we’re smitten with this family’s themed photo shoot.
Amanda, the beautiful mother of this family, admits that she hasn’t always been a fan of Valentine’s Day. “I hated the commercialism and forced feeling of it all,” she says. “Now that I have a family, though, I have found a new appreciation for the holiday. It is all about celebrating the unconditional love our family shares and showing our boys how to love.”
You’d be hard pressed to find that kind of sincere emotion in a Hallmark card! Scroll through the photos from Hough Photography to see vintage-inspired celebration of the love this family shares, especially on Valentine’s Day.
More from Amanda… “When Liz approached us about modelling for a vintage Valentine’s Day shoot, I jumped at the opportunity. My husband and I love the vintage style and simplicity of the ’40s and thought it would be a wonderful fit for the outdoor shoot. I took inspiration from movies like The Notebook and put together a look for us all with simple things we already had.
"When I’m excited about a project I do it 100 per cent so I even learned how to pin curl my hair and do a period updo! I loved getting all dressed up, having beautiful hair, and bright red lipstick! It actually makes you feel different and approach the whole experience from a very different perspective. My husband and boys simply enjoyed running around in the fields, getting muddy and taking wagon rides!"
This year they are spending their first Valentine’s Day in their new home, Amanda notes. "It will be quiet and include a nature walk, baking cookies, and lots of hugs and kisses. And if my husband and I are lucky it will also include a quiet snuggle on the couch watching TV with a glass of wine after the boys are in bed! I can’t think of a better way to spend Valentine’s Day!”
Image(s): Hough Photography
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It Says It All
Is your mom a T-shirt wearer? Well, she will be after she gets this one (even if it's just to work out in her basement). <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/168821775/valentines-day-best-mom-ever-t-shirt?ref=sr_gallery_23&ga_search_query=mom+gifts&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=CA&ga_max=30&ga_page=9&ga_search_type=all" target="_blank">Valentine's Day Best Mom Ever t-shirt, $15, Etsy</a>.
Pay Your Respects
If your mom always had a spectacular dinner on the table every night, she'll love this cookbook/memoir that tells of other families' bonds over meals. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dinner-Story-begins-family-table/dp/0062080903" target="_blank">Dinner, A Love Story, $21, Amazon.ca</a>.
Make It Personal
Perhaps your mom is now a grandma, but that doesn't mean she should be overlooked when doling out the love. Especially not if she can get this adorable keychain. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/127208646/personalized-grandma-keychain-pink-white?ref=sr_gallery_19&ga_search_query=mom+gifts&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=CA&ga_max=30&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all" target="_blank">Personalized Grandma Keychain, $24, Etsy</a>.
So Much Better Than A Bouquet
If your mom is into gardening (or has always wanted to be), this kit with seeds for growing sweet peas, pinks, forget-me-nots, daisies, lavender and baby's breath, either inside or outside, will bring her tons of — wait for it — joy. And will last longer than any V-Day bouquet. <a href="http://store01.prostores.com/servlet/pottingshedcreations/the-473/growing-wishes-Flowers-sweet/Detail" target="_blank">Growing Wishes Joy kit, $20, Potting Shed Creations</a>.
Does your mom need a new picture for her kitchen? This one should suit her just fine. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/113093042/home-is-wherever-my-family-or-mom-is?ref=sr_gallery_2&sref=sr_ae293e350d91c359a9cb710d1925478fe8ecb0eb3156652c16219d81ea622607_1391196044_14333695_mom&ga_search_query=mom+gifts&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=CA&ga_search_type=all" target="_blank">Home Is Wherever My Family Is Map, $23, Etsy</a>.
If your mom loves Sunday mornings in bed, these PJs will make them feel a little more special — because they're from you, of course! <a href="https://www.joefresh.com/Categories/Women/Sleepwear/Sateen-Sleep-Set/p/WS14SL4001_961" target="_blank">Sateen Sleep Set, $29, Joe Fresh</a>.
Your mom probably has a mirror in her purse, but it's likely all scratched up by now. Give her a new one that reminds her how much you love her every time she checks her lipstick. <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/style/compact-mirror-with-hearts-white/882709110507-item.html?ref=shop%3aseasonal%3avday-forher%3afor-her%3a3%3a" target="_blank">Compact Mirror With Hearts, $12, Indigo</a>.
A Daily Reminder
You could save this one for Mother's Day, but if you're feeling like giving your mom some inspiration, this beautifully designed picture would look lovely in any home. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/171304794/wedding-gift-for-mom-gift-for-mother-of?ref=sr_gallery_17&ga_search_query=mom+gifts&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=CA&ga_max=30&ga_search_type=all" target="_blank">Thank You Sign, $22, Etsy</a>.
Eat It Up
Decorative and useful? Oh, you know this is something your mother could get into. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/164636795/we-love-you-mom-customizable-childrens?ref=sr_gallery_41&ga_search_query=mom+gifts&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=CA&ga_max=30&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=all" target="_blank">We Love You Mom Serving Spoon, $34, Etsy</a>.
A Home Spa
If your mom isn't into indulging at a spa, but instead, loves her bath at home, get her a pillow that can allow for hours of soothing soaking time. <a href="http://www.homedics.ca/massage/vibration-massage-bath-pillow.html" target="_blank">Vibration Massage Bath Pillow, $29, Homedics</a>.
Loving The Bubbly
Mom deserves a celebration as much — or more — than anyone, so give her the tools she needs. <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sonoma-champagne-glass/?pkey=cvalentines-day-glassware-bar&cm_src=valentines-day-glassware-bar||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-" target="_blank">Williams-Sonoma Champagne Flutes, Set of 2, $40</a>.
Remember that bath pillow from a few slides back? She might want some bubbles to go with it, so make sure to get her the kind that smell really, really good. <a href="http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/product/index.jsp?productId=28674316" target="_blank">Japanese Cherry Blossom Gift Set, $30, Bath & Body Works</a>.
Kisses That Stick
Dior lipstick is universally acknowledged as amazing, but your mom might not want to dole out the kind of cash it requires — so make this one a Valentine's treat (and maybe a tradition). <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/gift-guides/bq-2014valentines-gifts-75/rouge-dior-0002-86458753--24" target="_blank">Dior Rouge Dior, $36, The Bay</a>.
Hug A Mug
For nights spent in the armchair reading, Mom needs a big mug to make sure she has all the tea (or coffee) she wants. <a href="http://www.starbucksstore.ca/valentines-day-mug-14-fl-oz/011032264,en_CA,pd.html?&srule=Featured&start=0&sz=16&cm_sp=HPA1CA-_-valentines_day-_-012914&cgid=valentines-day" target="_blank">Valentine's Day Mug, $10, Starbucks</a>.
Sitting By The Fire
Candle collectors often get tons of interesting and creative candles for gifts, but they don't get beautiful votives nearly enough. Change that up this year. <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/gift-guides/bq-2014valentines-gifts-75/valentino-votive-holder-with-tea-light-0053-6530562--24" target="_blank">ORREFORS KOSTA BODA Valentino Votive Holder With Tea Light, $40, The Bay</a>.
Keep It Simple
Just giving your mom one small, sweet addition to her home will undoubtedly be more than enough for her. <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/65066886/all-you-need-is-love-tea-towel?ref=sr_gallery_16&ga_search_query=tea+towel+and+love&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=CA&ga_search_type=all" target="_blank">All You Need Is Love Tea Towel, $8, Etsy</a>.
Standing Room Only
This is meant to be a cookbook stand, but can also function perfectly well as a book holder for an e-reader or tablet. Plus, it'll replace that old plastic thing she's been using for years. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-CookBook-Compact-Folding-Bookstand/dp/B006BSBYGO/ref=sr_1_24?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1339669857&sr=1-24" target="_blank">Joseph Joseph CookBook Compact Folding Bookstand, $30, Amazon.com</a>.
Spruce It Up
If your mom has a Kitchenaid stand mixer that she got for her wedding, she might be a bit sick of looking at it. Give it a surprise makeover with a decal from Etsy (<a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/96645082/vinyl-damask-decals-for-kitchenaid-mixer?ref=sr_gallery_12&ga_search_query=kitchenaid+mixer+decals&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=handmade&ga_view_type=gallery" target="_blank">there are tons on the site</a>).
Bite Into It
Obviously, you know chocolates are the biggest food item going on Valentine's Day, but if you want to switch it up for your mom's sweet tooth, try out a candy-covered pretzel. <a href="http://www.twistedsisters.ca/products.html" target="_blank">Twisted Sister, approximately $2.25</a>.
Get Away With Her
As much as you might want to treat your mom to a trip, that may not be in the cards right now. So set the intention with a set of notebooks that will help keep her organized (and hopefully help her plan for your someday trip!). <a href="http://www.papyrusonline.com/gifts/journals-and-notebooks/cavallini-paris-mini-notebooks-set-of-3.html" target="_blank">Paris Mini Notebooks (Set of 3) by Cavallini & Co., $9.95, Papyrus</a>.
NEXT: Check out 50 of the sweetest vintage valentines imaginable.
Frankly, I Like You
You're A Dear
Register Your Heart
Can I Have Your Number?
Nuts About You
Don't Fiddle Around
Bear To Be Without You
It's Getting Hot In Here
Can't Erase You From My Mind
Let's Make Music
Storing Up My Love
For A Teacher
Soaping You'll Be Mine
I Got This Figured Out
Ice Cream For You
Make My Time Your Time
Let's Hook Up
Don't Be An Old Pickle
Batty About You
The Big Cheese In My Life
Take Your Vitamins
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