Happy Valentine's Day, lovies (a bit early)! I used to dread this holiday back when I was in high school... and then through most of college, as well. I never seemed to have a boyfriend on February 14, and I remember feeling totally hopeless. (Oh, the dramatics of adolescence and young adulthood!)
I met my husband in my early twenties and things turned around. We celebrated big the first few Februaries we were together, and then settled into a more subdued V-Day routine. Now that we have kids, it's become less about "us" as a couple and more about "us" as a family. In fact, I fully admit that I love this holiday way more with little ones at home. They're so appreciative of every sweet gesture—and let's face it, they're pretty easy to please (one heart-shaped cookie and you're a Valentine's Day hero in my kids' books.)
Of course, I enjoy spoiling them with little trinkets and sweet activities on Valentine's Day, but why stop there? Spread out the sweetness and enjoy this whole "month of love." I have a few simple ideas for showing just how much you care today, tomorrow, and happily ever after.
New Pajamas: Nothing says "snuggle up" like a sweet new pair of pajamas. I snagged these "loved" jam-jams for my tiniest Valentine at Old Navy just a couple of day ago, and I think she'll be pretty much living in them all month.
I'm crazy about the eight cozy sleep sets below for little ladies and mini gents. Loaded with red, pink, and happy hearts, they're perfect for Valentine's Day and beyond. No worries that there's not enough time to order online—I picked a few that should be available at a local mall near you!From top left to bottom right: Hanna Andersson Heart-Print Pajamas, $30 / Gap Sunny-side Hearts and Bacon Pajamas, $ / Old Navy Mom + Dad Pajamas, $8 / Gap Love Monster Pajamas, $27
A Sweet Breakfast: Fret not, you don't have to be a Pinterest-maven in order to make a super sweet and craftily cute breakfast. All you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter and you're officially in the business of love. Since V-Day falls on a Tuesday, chances are you won't have a lot of time to whip up something more complicated than toast or frozen waffles. A little strawberry jam on heart toast, and my kids will be delighted.
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Pick Up a New Book or Read an Oldie: Hop to your local store and snag a book about Valentine's Day, like "The Day It Rained Heart," or "Happy Valentine's Day Mouse," an addition to the beloved "If You Give" series. Or, go with a classic about love, like "I Love You, Stinky Face," about a mother's unconditional love for her child. "Everyone Says I Love You," is a sweet pop-up that teaches kids to say the phrase in multiple languages.
Top left to bottom right: Heart-Man Craft via The Resourceful Mama / Race-to-Count-the-Hearts Game via Mom Inspired Life / Conversation-Heart Bingo via Create Craft Love / Emoji Heart Craft via Housing a Forest
Get Your Craft (or Game!) On: Glitter, construction paper, and safety scissors. Get your hands—and floor—dirty (and sticky!) and enjoy the process. And don't worry if you're not artistically inclined, it's about spending quality time together.
Watch a Movie Together: Curl up on the couch with a big blanket and some popcorn and chocolate (or perhaps a whole pizza pie!), and enjoy a family-friendly flick about love. You can't go wrong with an animated Disney classic like Lady & the Tramp or Beauty and the Beast. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown will get the kids excited about the special day. Or if they're a bit older, introduce them to The Princess Bride. Snuggling encouraged!
Bake a Treat Together: Get out the mommy-and-me aprons and bake up a goodie for two. I love these organic mixes from foodstirs! They send you a complete kit with all the dry ingredients and creative tools you'll need to make something truly special—and sine they carefully source their ingredients, I feel good about indulging my sweet tooth and spoiling my little loves. The company's mission is to bring families together for quality hands-on fun. And if that's not what Valentine's Day is about, I don't know what is.
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