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The countdown continues! Here's yet another DIY valentine idea, handmade from recycled paper and pretty baker's twine. Hurry - tomorrow's date night!

The card: Love you - cross my heart (inspired by this card). You will need some brown recycled paper, twine (I used pink and red), a large needle, and a pen.

What to put inside: A love poem. Doesn't have to be your own. This one's my favorite.

The science: Start crafting your original love haiku. According to a 2013 fMRI study (love those), poetry - much like music - stimulates the part of the brain that deals with emotion, arousal, and "shivers-down-the-spine". In addition, certain passages of poetry activate the part of the brain associated with memory. You're welcome.


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