Feb 112016

If you need some last minute valentines for the kids to give to family or friends, here are some free printable valentines from DreamWorks Animation.  These cards feature the characters from some of the fun animated shows available on Netflix.

Free printable valentines from some of your favorite DreamWorks Animation characters

Just click the image below to above and print out the valentines. Continue reading »

Jan 212016

In the last week or so, we’ve started reading a lot of Valentine’s Day books for preschoolers. Bubbles is getting really excited for the holiday for two reasons.  First, it’s all about love and hearts, and secondly because it’s the signifier that her birthday is just a few days away.

10 Sweet Valentine's Day Books for Preschoolers

My Mom kept most of the books from when my brothers and I were little and she’s been mailing me some of them to share with Bubbles as she gets older.  So in addition to some of the newer titles I’ve recently found, I’ve also been reading her some of my childhood favorites. Continue reading »

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.

7 Family-Friendly Valentines Movies and Shows for Valentine's Day Continue reading »

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 »