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I Sent 10 DIY Valentine’s Day Cards To Strangers To Get Out Of My Love Funk

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I’ve been obsessed with Valentine’s Day ever since I was a kid. But this year, with all of the political turmoil, I didn’t feel like celebrating a day of love — until I heard about Handmade Valentine Exchange.

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My friend told me about this project that was launched three years ago by Julia Parris, which basically entails mailing Valentine’s Day cards to strangers. The thought of sending real Valentine’s Day cards to people I had never met helped get me out of my funk.

Here was a real way to spread love remind people that we’re not alone; that despite all the bullshit happening in the world, love will always matter.

These little buggers are ready to go, sending ❤️ from the PNW! #handmadevalentineexchange

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So here’s how it works: By signing up, you commit to making 10 Valentine cards for people around the world. You’ll provide your mailing address and you’ll receive a list of names and addresses from people from around the world to send Valentines to. By signing up, you’ll get 10 cards, too!

Parris started this project five years ago, but she said this year more people were eager to participate.

Don't forget to mail your #handmadevalentineexchange!

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“This year we received overwhelming participation from countries including U.S., Mexico, Canada, UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, South Africa, India and New Zealand!” wrote Parris, a Brooklyn-based photographer and art director, via email.



The project first began simply because Parris loves receiving mail the old-fashioned way — you know, in a mailbox. Participation has grown to include over 2,000 people worldwide.

For inspiration, I checked #handmadevalentineexchange  to see what people were creating.

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People are so creative!

Some creations sent messages of hope.

So glad to see that my cards will be at home with other heart-supportive messages in the #handmadevalentineexchange

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While others reminded strangers how beautiful they are.

You are Beautiful. – Card 4/10 of #handmadevalentineexchange | Ink and watercolor

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I turned to Lotería for my inspo.

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I used the cards to send messages of empowerment and love.

I wanted my culture to be reflected in my card, while reminding people how beautiful love is. What do you think of the finished product?

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CREDIT: Araceli Cruz

I know they’re not as elaborate and stylish as the other ones, but I sent them with the best of intentions, lots of love, and that’s what counts, right?

READ: Forgot To Get The Valentine’s Day Cards? We Got You Covered With These Hilarious Cards

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Sweet And Sexy Lingerie To Buy Just For You This Valentine’s Day

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Sweet And Sexy Lingerie To Buy Just For You This Valentine’s Day

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One of the greatest falsehoods of our time is that lingerie is to be bought for others. Sure, lingerie can be fun to share with others but often times we underestimate the fun of wearing something sexy just for ourselves. That’s why we rounded up some of the sweetest and sexiest itty bitty pieces to wear for yourself this Valentine’s Day.

If you invite someone to come see it then lucky them and happy Valentine’s Day!

Fenty Embroidered Lace Corset

 But it here: Regular:$99.95

Draped Back Jacquard Cami Set

Victoria’s Secret

Buy it here: $49.50

VS Wicked Unlined Balconette Satin Bow Teddy

Victoria’s Secret

Buy it here: $119.50

Love Stories Lacy satin-trimmed stretch-lace soft-cup triangle bra

Net-a-Porter

Buy it here for: $70

VS Chiffon Pleated Babydoll

Victoria’s Secret

Buy it here for: Price$59.50 Current Price$49.50

Linking Hearts Embroidery G-String

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But it here: $22.95

On the Rocks Pasties 3-Pack

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But it here: $32.950 Reviews

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Man Records His Mother’s Vile Anti-Gay Religious Rant After He Tells Her He Is Engaged

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Man Records His Mother’s Vile Anti-Gay Religious Rant After He Tells Her He Is Engaged

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Henry Jimenez wanted to share the news with his mother that he was finally engaged to his boyfriend. Instead of her being kind to him she launched into a vile and hateful anti-gay rant she disguised as a religious matter. The video of the encounter will break your heart and the son breaks down in tears over her angry words.

Henry Jimenez broke hearts when he posted a video of his mother’s anti-gay, religious rant.

Jimenez shared the news with his mother that he was engaged. The influencer, as so many Latinos, wanted to share in the moment with his mother. He knew what would happen but still wanted to give his mother a chance to know. What followed was a hateful rant that would leave any child in tears.

At one point in the video, the mother says that her son being gay and engaged is going to kill her faster. You can see Jimenez’s heart break when his mother continued her verbal assault about how he is a sinner.

People are stunned that the mother could speak that way to her child.

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“How sad that she is so blind,” wrote _fanyluu. “And how ugly that she is such a blackmailer telling you that you are going to kill her…very bad on her part.”

Seeing moments like this are heartbreaking but create a stronger community of support.

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Being gay is one of the scariest things. The moment someone realizes that they are gay they immediately become different and have a secret from everyone else. It can be alienating and terrifying to navigate alone. Fortunately, social media created a safe space for LGBTQ+ people to connect and continues to be a valuable resource for LGBTQ+ people.

Despite the video, Jimenez’s love for his fiance is real and enduring.

Congratulations on your engagement, Henry! Love is love is love. We love to see two people happy and in love. May your marriage be filled with all of the happiness and love you two clearly deserve.

READ: A Gay Single Father Of 3 Is Using TikTok To Share His Family’s Love With The World

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