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DIY Love Lotto Scratch-Off Ticket

Within the past couple of days we have heard over and over again: “Oh Valentine’s Day is almost here! I still need to buy a card!”

At 8th Continent Soymilk we do fully believe that it is the thought that counts, so why not put a little more effort and creativity into it than grabbing a witty/touching card at the store?

A handmade craft for Valentine’s Day is not only one of the easiest ways to say you care, but since you are making it; you can make it say whatever you want! With this simple DIY Love Lotto Ticket tutorial you will be ready to impress your Valentine and say exactly what you mean.


  • Colored Card Stock
  • Paper with your Lotto reveal message on it.
  • Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Silver Colored Acrylic paint
  • Glue stick
  • Dish washing soap


  • First and foremost, think of what you want your message to say! You can print this out on regular paper and cut down to size.
  • Using the glue stick, adhere the paper with your Lotto Reveal Message onto your choice of decorative card stock paper and cut that down to size as well.
  • Cut a square of contact paper and stick it over your Lotto Reveal message.
  • Mix 2 parts paint to one part Dish Washing soap and paint over the contact paper and your Lotto Reveal Message.
  • Let the paint dry.

Give your Love Lotto Ticket to your Valentine, hand them a penny and watch their faces light up as your unique message is revealed by them scratching away the paint.

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Create Something Saturday- A Sweet Photo Display for Your Sweet

That time of year is here again. The time when most of us draw a blank as to how to express our love for the people in our lives. But what are we to do? There is an entire day dedicated to it! With this Sweet Candy Photo Display, you will have a colorful candy dish and the perfect gift for the one you love!


Glass vase

Boston Baked Beans, Sweetheart Conversation Candy

A picture

To start, make sure you photocopy the original picture so that you won’t get the picture all sticky form the candy you will be using.

Cut the picture to the right size

Hold the picture against the side of the vase as you fill it with candy.

Give the vase to your loved one on Valentine’s Day and be prepared to be showered in kisses!

Do you have any great ideas for Valentine’s Day? Let us know on our Twitter or Facebook!

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The Most Unique Ties for Father’s Day!

Article By: Sara Lopez

Sunday June 20th is Father’s Day and if you are like me, you have probably waited to the last minute to look into a gift. So what is that go-to gift for father’s day that is always loved and appreciated? A tie of course! But I know you don’t want to buy that lame, everyone has it, not this again, gift of a regular tie. So I am going to help you find the coolest and most unique ties on the internet!

For the music loving dad- we have the turntable tie! If he has a vinyl collection, a turntable, or maybe even two- he is going to love rocking this stylish tie that ranges from $30-$85. ($85 being the heavyweight pure silk)

If you have a father who is particularly fond of the gaming world- then I have the ties for you! These classic gaming ties are very fairly prices at $24.95 and they will leave your papa rocking his tie proudly and looking like the coolest dude in the office meeting.

These ties are not only dashing in black, grey, and brown- but they are also environmentally friendly. The “sonic fabric” is made from 50% cotton and 50% recycled recorded audiocassette tape. Although it is very cool, this is one of the more expensive ties on this list at $120 each.

Maybe your dad needs a little more magic in his life? Well, if he is secure enough to wear it, he will definitely look all sorts of mystical in this unicorn tie! And if he is really brave, he can even get it in the light pink color. These ties go for $30-$40

Or is your dad the sophisticated sarcastic type? Well this tie is perfect for just that. Written across the tie in French is: Ceci n’est pas une cravate. Which means: This is not a Tie. And being priced at $30-40 makes this one of a kind tie a great gift.

How about the dad who doesn’t even know how to tie a tie? No worries! We have got you covered with this how to tie a tie neck tie! Save your dad the embarrassment of not knowing how to tie his tie for only $19.95

Is your dad the type of guy that has to look professional, but deep down inside you know he has just never grown up? This tie appears to be a standard office suit tie, but at the times when dad just needs to let the goofy out, he can flip it around and have a huge tongue hanging out of his mouth. And at $14.99 I can confidently say it is worth it.

Is your dad constantly on the go? Maybe you should get him the Commuter tie. This tie comes in all sorts of different colors and has a discrete pocket in the back for his iPod to keep him entertained with tunes the entire time he is traveling.

So now you know what to give your father on Father’s Day! A tie- but not just any old boring tie, one of these awesome ones. Or have you decided to get your Dad something else? What is it? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter!

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Cupid’s 8th Continent 12 Days of Valentines- Day 4

Valentine’s Day is ALMOST HERE!!! EEK! Only 4 days left and Cupid and I have been giving you ideas, recipes, romantic outings and all!

So you probably have your gift bought, or made. Good job friend!

Did you make or buy a card? Yes? Yes! You are on top of it!

Now, you think you are finished? Oh don’t be so naive! This is one of the most important, if not THE most important part of giving a gift on Valentine’s Day. What are you going to write in that card?

If you are like me, and well, most everyone that exists, emotions may be the hardest thing to really express. Don’t you worry dear friend! We are not going to leave you hanging this close to the finish line. We are here for you all the way through this holiday of love! Check out the following. First we will start off with some charmingly nerdy love quotes and sayings, and then we will get into the serious tear-up, heart-beating, happy-sobbing, lovey-dovey sayings to fill your card, and hearts with that special feeling.


  • You changed my world, without even needing the source code.
  • I know you would never <br /> my heart.
  • You are the dot com to my perfect domain name.
  • I RT you just so I can see your Twitter handle twice.
  • Do you understand when I say that I less than three you?
  • Baby, you and I go back to Beta.
  • Today I changed my Twitter password to your name.
  • I don’t poke just anyone on Facebook.
  • On Twitter I @ you instead of DM you because I want everyone to know our love.


  • “To The World You May Be One Person But To One Person You May Be The World”
  • “Without you, I have nothing. But with you, I have everything.”
  • “I cannot show you I love you. Time will show you I love you.”
  • “Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, falling in love with you was beyond my control.”
  • “Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”  Franklin P. Jones
  • “I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” Roy Croft
  • “To be your friend was all I ever wanted; to be your lover was all I ever dreamed.”
  • “Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.”  Irish wedding toast
  • “I put your name in a circle instead of a heart because hearts can be broken but circles go on forever.”
  • “Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.”
  • “You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss
  • “There is no land so distant, no hole so deep, no fear so great that love cannot find us there.”
  • “Trying to explain how much I love you is explaining how water tastes- completely impossible.”
  • “Do you love me because I am beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?” Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella
  • “Other men have seen angels, But I have seen thee, And thou art enough.” G. Moore
  • “If I am pressed to say why I loved him, I feel it can only be explained by replying: ‘Because it was he; because it was me.’” Montaigne
  • “I have said nothing because there is nothing I can say that would describe how I feel as perfectly as you deserve it.” Kyle Schmidt
  • “Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.” Ice T

Are you going to use one of these? Which one?

Have any more you want me to add to the list?

Make sure to leave your suggestions in the comment section or you can hit me up on Facebook or Twitter!

And if you have found the perfect thing to say, but still don’t know what to make/buy/do… then you obviously haven’t read the posts that I have been writing to count down the days to Valentine’s Day!

Check them out:

Day 12- Make a pop-up Valentine’s Day card!

Day 11- Make a heart-shaped Vegan Chocolate Cake!

Day 10- A DIY project to make “U Complete Me” Pillow set!

Day 9- My music picks- both a pro-love and anti-love playlist!

Day 8- The Perfect Valentine’s Day presents from Etsy!

Day 7- Perfect Vegan recipe for Penna alla Vodka!

Day 6- Forget the material things! Do something sweet with your Valentine!

Day 5- Easy and Tasty recipe for Vegan Chocolate “Ice Cream”!

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Cupid’s 8th Continent 12 Days of Valentines- Day 6

I have been teaming up with Cupid to count down the days until Valentine’s Day and provide you with great gift ideas, recipes, playlists and all! But so far I haven’t discussed my favorite thing to do on Valentine’s Day. I know you are all thinking the same thing- isn’t it obvious what two people do when they are alone, in love, and want to share something with each other? Forget the material things, the things you can eat and purchase. The most romantic thing to do on Valentine’s Day is share an experience. Here are a few ideas that will ensure this will be the most romantic Valentine’s Day that neither you or your significant other will forget!

  • Make a playlist that includes songs that remind you of a time you spent together and explain each one. Cuddle up and let the bands or singer/songwriters do the talking for you! A great site to use for this is Grooveshark. You can find just about any song on there and save your playlist- and it’s free!
  • Go get a couple’s massage together. This is a perfect way to relax. And afterward I can assure you will be in that light-headed romantic refreshed mood!
  • Read your Horoscopes for that day and do something based on each person’s fortune.
  • Do a photo shoot! There is no need to have a professional photographer when you have each other. Capture some artsy shots of your hands intertwined, or of that smile that has left you intoxicated for the other person. Or take a picture of that cute freckle she has on her shoulder blade. Or a picture of that scar he got on his knee from when you two went hiking together. Sometimes we forget to appreciate the small special things that truly matter. This is a great way to let the other person know you do not take them for granted and you appreciate them and your experiences you have shared together.
  • If you are where there is tons of snow- play King/Queen of the mountain! The snow plows have officially cleared the streets and there are bound to be piles near you. Let yourselves be kids again and have a cute competition on who can get to the top first, or who makes the best snow angels. After that you can make a wonderful cup of hot chocolate and giggle away reflecting on how silly you both just were.
  • Spend a couple hours together writing romantic ideas on separate slips of paper. After you get a total of 100 romantic ideas on 100 pieces of paper, then fill a jar with them. Every Sunday, from this day on, alternate who picks one and has to implement it by the following Sunday — at which point the other partner will pick a new romantic idea and have a week to follow through with it. (courtesy of The Fun Times Guide)
  • Cuddle. It is simple, cost efficient, and couples don’t do it enough.

Have any more ideas that I have missed? Make sure to include them in the comments section!

And if none of the above suit you, no worries! You can take a look at some of the posts I have already put up, or you can come back here in the following days because I will be continuing the romantic countdown to Valentine’s Day!

Day 12- Make a pop-up Valentine’s Day card!

Day 11- Make a heart-shaped Vegan Chocolate Cake!

Day 10- A DIY project to make “U Complete Me” Pillow set!

Day 9- My music picks- both a pro-love and anti-love playlist!

Day 8- The Perfect Valentine’s Day presents from Etsy!

Day 7- Perfect Vegan recipe for Penna alla Vodka!

Have any ideas for future posts and gifts for Valentine’s Day? Help a chica out! Hit me up on Facebook or Twitter and let me know. In other words, spread the love. :-)


Cupid’s 8th Continent 12 Days of Valentines- Day 8

Oh my goodness! Only eight days left!?!

What are you to do? Well, I have offered you crafts, recipes, playalists, and you still don’t know what to do?!? Shame on you.

What is the best way to solve this problem? Buy something from someone else who does make things with their hands. This sounds like a job from my friends at Etsy!

I have gathered the cutest most nauseatingly adorable pieces of art, jewelry and clothing from some of my favorite Etsy artists. Since these are all handmade unique things, you may want to act fast, quite often there is only one of each item made.

Just click on the picture and shop away!

Love Suits You

Hearts and Stars Necklace


I love the Way You Love Me

Better Loving Through Chemistry

Do What You Like (Love)

Love Like the Bunnies

Love is Spoken Here

Love and Be Loved

You are My Deer

Graffiti Love

My Heart

Warm Your Heart

Wear Your Heart on Your Coffee Sleeve

Fishing For Love

Mending Your Heart

Love You Deer

Still haven’t found what you are looking for even after seeing all of these awesome items? No worries! 8th Continent Soymilk and I want you to be all set for the big day of love, so we will continue to give you ideas until Feb 14th!

Have you shown your love yet on Facebook or Twitter? You should, it is that time of year.

Also Check out the other ideas I have posted so far!

Day 12- Make an awesome pop-up Valentine’s Day card all out of recycled materials!

Day 11- Make a delicious heart-shaped vegan chocolate cake!

Day 10- A great DIY project-  “U Complete Me” Pillowcases.

Day 9- The perfect Playlists! One for pro-love and one for anti-love!

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