Feb 022015
 

Bubbles has been very excited about Valentine’s Day this year.  I think part of it is how closely it both follows Christmas and precedes her birthday.  It’s just an exciting time of year.

She has been asking what we’re going to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and as this is the first year she’s showed much interest, I’m leaving it up to her.  (Within reason, of course.)  So while that’s unlikely to mean a fancy dinner out for hubby and I, it will mean a lot of family fun for all of us, and I prefer that any day of the week, anyway.

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Jan 202015
 

Bubbles has been asking me for the last few days if it was Valentine’s Day yet.  In order to smooth the transition after Christmas, I kind of talked up Valentine’s Day and how it wasn’t that far away, and that how after Valentine’s Day it would be her birthday.  No need to be sad about taking down the Christmas tree, because we had two other reasons to decorate.

White Chocolate Candy Valentine Hearts are an easy Valentine's treat that you can make to keep or give as gifts. Only 2 ingredients and easy enough to make that your kiddos can help or make on their own!

So far she’s colored a number of construction paper hearts which she then taped to the inside of the front door.  After assessing her work she suggested that I should probably pick up a few more decorations the next time I was at the store.  Thanks to the Target Dollar Spot we now have a few other items up, too. Continue reading »

Feb 122013
 

Easy Valentine’s Knotted Fleece Pillow

DIY Crafts for Valentine's - "Torn" Pillow

Even before having a family of my own Family Fun magazine has always been one of my favorites.  I subscribe to a number of magazines but Family Fun is one that I save each issue to refer to later.  It always has lots of fun activities, recipes, and crafts to do and make with the kiddos.  In their recent December/January edition they had some cute DIY gifts that kids could make and one suggestion was for baseball and football knotted fleece pillows.  As soon as I saw them I knew I’d love to do a heart-shaped one for Valentine’s Day.

One of the best parts of this craft project is how quick and easy it is to complete.  Bubbles generally naps for about 45 minutes and I had time to do a couple of chores before sitting down to make the pillow.  I think they’re really cute and will be a nice homemade addition to Bubbles’ Valentine’s gift. Continue reading »

Feb 102013
 

Suggestions for Valentine Crafts, Recipes, and DIY

Valentine’s Day is this week but there is still plenty of time to make or bake some treats if you’re feeling crafty.  I hope to have one more craft tutorial for an easy gift and one more quick recipe for you before the big day.  Until then I wanted to share some of my favorite Valentine’s ideas from both Pinterest and some fellow bloggers.

(Really, what did we do for inspiration before Pinterest?)

Valentine’s Recipes

Heart Cupcakes from A Helicopter Mom

Valentine recipes

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Valentine recipes

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Jan 222013
 

Hallmark Valentine’s Gifts for Kids

Hallmark Valentine's Gifts for Kids

When you hear Valentine’s Day it’s natural to think about a spouse or significant other and the flowers, chocolates, and dinners out that may come with the day.  But let’s not forget about the kiddos!  We tell our children every day that we love them but Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to go just a little further and do something extra-special for them.

What’s more special for your child than to be able to hear your voice whenever they want?  That’s exactly the concept behind the “Until We Hug Again” bear and bunny.  They’re also great for family members that live in other parts of the country, need to travel over the holiday, or for moms and dads that are currently deployed.  The bear and bunny are incredibly sweet and soft and make the perfect vessel for your personal greeting.  As soon as Bubbles saw it she squealed “Teddy!” and decided he was her new best friend.  I managed to hold on to it long enough to record her a little message and she’s been fascinated to hear my voice every time she hugs him. Continue reading »