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Sweet Ways to Show Your Love

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.

Simple Ways to Show Your Love

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

girls valentine's day pajamas

Top left to bottom right: Old Navy Heart Breaker Pajamas, $13 / Gap Eye Heart You Pajamas, $15 / 3. Gap I Dig You Pajamas, $ / 4. Hanna Andersson Skywriting Pajamas, $30

valentine's day pajamas boys
valentine toast

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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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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