• Activities for Kids,  Gifts for Kids,  Valentine's Day

    14 Ways to Tell Your Kids You Love Them on Valentine’s Day

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    It’s 3 simple little words — I love you — yet actions speak louder than words, right? This Valentine’s Day, instead of actually speaking the words, you can show your kids how much you love them.

    It’s the little things that count.

    Here are some creative ideas to get you started.

    1. Start out their day with heart-shaped red velvet pancakes for breakfast. Add whip cream to top it off with a special treat.
    2. Pack their lunch (if it falls on a school day). Add a special love note that simply says, “I love you” or “I hope you have a great day!”
    3. Put a surprise in their lunch, such as a sweet treat, that they can share with a few of their friends at school.
    4. Decorate their lunch bags with paper heart doilies, Valentine’s Day stickers, or both. Go on a dinner date with your child. You can treat them to dinner at their favorite restaurant or try out a new spot.
    5. Write a sweet, silly or heartfelt poem to your child about love, Valentine’s Day, how your child is special to you + how much you love them + why you love them.
    6. Pull out a picture of your child with you when they were a baby to show to them.
    7. Take your daughter(s) with you to the nail salon or spa for a mani-pedi. Ooooolala!
    8. Plan a Valentine’s Day theme scavenger hunt. Britni over at Play. Party. Plan. offers a free printable + instructions on how to set up this Valentine’s Day themed scavenger hunt.
    9. Let your child create the dinner menu with you + help you prepare the meal. You can stick to age-appropriate help such as stirring, mixing + adding ingredients.
    10. Go on a dinner date with your child. You can treat them to dinner at their favorite restaurant or try out a new spot.
    11. Make a heart shaped pizza + decorate with toppings that are shaped like hearts, Xs + Os.
    12. Host an ice cream sundae bar, where your child can make their own ice cream sundae, complete with Valentine’s candy like red hot, M&Ms, Hershey kisses + more!the toppings.
    13. Read your child her favorite bedtime story.
    14. Serve your child heart shaped cookies + a glass of milk in bed. (Then have them brush their teeth!)

    Saying I love you doesn’t have to be a fancy or expensive gesture. Use one, two or all of these ways to show your kids how much you love them on Valentine’s Day (+ every day, really). 

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  • Holidays,  Recipes,  Valentine's Day

    3 Valentine’s Day Foods + Goodies for Your Sweetie

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    Food is LOVE  🧡🧡🧡

    It doesn’t have to be unhealthy food but it does have to be YUMMY food.

    Check out these foods + yummies especially for Valentine’s Day!

    Red Velvet Pancakes Mix

    Get creative this Valentine’s Day + spoil your honey with decadent + festive red velvet pancakes

    Delicious and colorful, this indulgent meal looks absolutely stunning on a beautiful tray for a special breakfast-in-bed treat.  Add a special touch + cut them into heart shapes with heart shape cookie cutters.

    These pancakes are extra decadent, studded with mini chocolate chips + drizzled with a cream cheese glaze. 

    Strawberry Fluff Graham Icebox Cake

    A delicious no-bake cake, filled with strawberry marshmallow fluffy layer featuring real strawberry marshmallows. 

    This yummy icebox cake takes minutes to whip up + no baking is required. 

    Luscious layers of graham, strawberry fluff mixed with cream cheese, topped with strawberries + whipped cream. 

    Just add whipped cream, real strawberries, cream cheese + butter. This is a four-layer frozen dessert that’ll keep your sweetie coming back for more!

    Make is a perfect V-Day treat by making it in a heart-shaped dish/pan!

    Gourmet Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Classic red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are always a hit! 
    These cupcakes are so moist + the cocoa-buttermilk flavor will make you or your sweetie swoon.

    The mix features the decadent red velvet cupcake mix, naturally colored with red beets + pitaya powder + includes a light but lovely vanilla bean cream cheese frosting. 

    Makes 12 cupcakes. Bake them in a heart shaped muffin pan for an added special touch.

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  • Activities for Kids,  Holidays,  Valentine's Day

    10 Valentine’s Day Activities for Young Kids

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    My little people range in age from 11 months to 5 years. My oldest daughter is learning the months of the year in kindergarten so she is always asking us what month it is + what holidays take place during the month.

    She’s going to flip her lid when we get to February + she gets to do stuff for Valentine’s Day.

    Here are 10 activities you can do with your young kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day with them.

    1. Make Heart Ice Cubes

    Use these adorable ice cube trays to create heart ice cubes. Your kiddos will get a kick out of drinking + watching you drink with heart ice in your drinks all day long.

    2. Cookie Cutter Painting

    Using a heart cookie cutter, give your child some red, white or pink paint + some paper. They can dip the cookie cutter in paint + make their own masterpiece.

    3. Heart Tree

    This is a simple but fun craft for kids of all ages. Grab a tree branch from your front or back yard. Cut out different color hearts from construction paper. Glue the hearts onto the tree branches. Once the hearts are dry, place the branch in a vase to display.

    4. Musical Hearts Game

    It is similar to musical chairs but without the chairs. You can buy big foam hearts at your local craft store or cut hearts out from sheets of foam or even construction paper. You might want to tape construction paper hearts down with painter’s tape or masking tape so they don’t move.

    Make a circle with the hearts. Put on the music + have them move around from heart to heart. When the music stops they have to find a heart. Take one heart away + start over again. The last one standing wins.

    5. Valentine’s Theme Sensory Bin

    You can use the bottom of one of those shallow plastic storage bins to create a Valentine’s theme sensory bin for the kids to play. Start with dyed rice (pink or red is fun). You can also use white rice.

    You can add items such as gifts bows, heart cookie cutters, plastic bowls + spoons to the rice in the tub so kids can experience different textures, scoop, pour + play.

    6. Valentine’s Day Paper Chain

    You can buy Valentine’s theme scrapbooking paper from your local craft store. Cut the paper into strips that are approximately 2-3″ wide + long enough to make a ring out of it.

    Fold each strip to make a ring. You can staple the overlapping ends together as you loop through another loop to create a chain.

    This makes a great garland decoration for your home so you can make the chain as long or as short as you would like.

    7. Handprint Heart Doilies

    This is an easy project for babies + toddlers. Plus, it makes an adorable keepsake!

    Take two paper heart doilies and glue them together so that the edge of one overlaps the edge of the other (side by side). Paint your baby or toddler’s hand red or pink + press their right hand onto the right doily. Repeat for the left hand + the left doily.

    8. Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

    A good old-fashioned scavenger hunt is fun for all ages. Of course, if your kiddos aren’t reading yet, you’ll have to help them out a bit with the clues. Britni over at Play. Party. Plan. offers a free printable + instructions on how to set up this Valentine’s Day themed scavenger hunt.

    9. Heart Hopscotch

    Cut out hearts big enough to create the hopscotch board. Write the numbers 1-10 on the hearts and tape them to the floor using painter’s tape or masking tape.

    You can use a small stone, coin or even a plastic lid from a playdough container for tossing.

    10. Jello Dig

    Put objects in a big plastic tub. You can use the shallow bottom of a storage bin for this activity too. Space the objects out. Mix + add 3 packets of Jello to the tub. Allow Jello to “harden” according to the instructions on the package.

    Your kiddos will love digging through the Jello to “uncover” the objects.

    Warning: Some dyed Jellos can stain your baby or toddler’s hands. It’ll wash off–eventually 🙂

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