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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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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?

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9 Love Songs In Spanish To Set The Valentine's Night Mood

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9 Love Songs In Spanish To Set The Valentine’s Night Mood

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Whether you’re a cynic about love or a hopeless romantic, there’s no denying Valentine’s Day is here. To embrace the official day of love, I’ll be listening to these love songs en español nonstop. Think of it as your V-day CD mix.

“Tu Carcel” by Los Bukis


Yes, this song is super old school, but you can’t help but sigh every time you hear Marco Antonio Solis’s voice.

“No Me Queda Más” by Selena


You cannot have a love song playlist without including Selena. This song, is the most heartbreaking, which is why it can’t go MIA from your Valentine’s Day mix.

“Incondicional” by Luis Miguel


Love is supposed to be unconditional, and no one says that better than Luis Miguel.

“Entre Más Me Ignoras” by Mexrrissey


Morrissey is the epitome of sadness, so when you sing his songs in Spanish it’s 100 times worse, in the best way possible.

“Eres” by Café Tacvba


This song perfectly pens everything you love about your significant other. It describes why you love them and says everything you think of them – but a million times better.

“Luz De Día” by Enanitos Verdes


I seriously considered this song to be my wedding song. Its soothing melody and incredible lyrics are enough to make any heart melt.

“Ciega, Sordomuda” by Shakira


Old school Shakira is completely bad ass. This song speaks to me on a deep level because it reminds me of how blind I can get when it comes to love. That’s what you call pasión.

“Trátame Suavemente” by Soda Estereo


We miss Gustavo Cerati — lead singer of Soda Stereo — so much! But one listen to this song and it’ll feel like he’s serenading you outside your window.

“Amor” by Cristian Castro


We often wonder whatever happened to Christian Castro. Either way, he’s left us so many great love songs, but this one is the best. Listen to it once and it’ll be ringing in your head all day long.


READ: Here Are How Some Latin American Countries Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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