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Hooray for Friday Favorites! I wanted to share something just a bit different today…mostly because I realized Valentine’s Day isn’t that far away and it’s time to start thinking about how we want to celebrate it. I’ve always been a big fan of this holiday, and I love making it special for my kids. So here are my very favorite ways to make my kids feel loved on and around Valentine’s Day.

ONE

Bake with Them

My kids both love baking, so on Valentine’s Day (or a day or two before) I love including them in baking a simple recipe. We’ve made strawberry buttermilk cupcakes and sugar cookies in years past. Here’s the recipe I used for the delicious cupcakes below!

strawberry buttermilk cupcakes for Valentine's Day

In case you missed it, Sylvie just turned two, and so I have a little trick I use when we bake with her. I give her a bowl of flour to play with! She stays entertained the whole time, and everything washes out and wipes up easily. I also let her stir and taste the real batter, too. πŸ™‚

TWO

Heart Attack! {Decorate their Doors with Meaningful Hearts}

I’ve wanted to do this for a couple of years, and now that Sylvie is older and, well, more predictable, I feel like this is finally the year it will happen. You might have seen this tradition around the web, so I’ll be brief: every day from Feb. 1st until Valentine’s day, tape a heart to your child’s bedroom door that says one thing you love about them. By the 14th, their doors will be covered in hearts, and they will be feeling pretty loved, too.

I’ll be spending a night this weekend cutting out 28 hearts from construction paper and writing messages to my kids on them. I’m super excited!

heart attack for your kids on Valentine's Day
via Skip to My Lou – click for a free heart template!

 

THREE

Helium Balloons

I absolutely love grabbing a helium balloon for my kiddos on Valentine’s Day. They are affordable, they last much longer than a day, and they are just plain special. The first time we did this for Kai, he was thrilled! He was a one-year-old here. I have no words.

FOUR

Special Foods + Drinks

I’m also a fan of shaping all possible foods into hearts…scrambled eggs? Make them into a heart. Pizza? Also shape into a heart. A pile of veggies on the plate? Obviously: heart. Bonus points if you can grab something red or pink for this–raspberries or strawberries with breakfast, perhaps? I’ve made red velvet pancakes in the past, and those were easy and fun, too.

My favorite special drinks to create on Valentine’s day is the uber-trendy unicorn hot chocolate. I did this last year with Kai, but he requested orange coloring, and it didn’t look so great. But it tasted great and he was happy, so I’m calling that a win. This year, I’m going all out, and I’m sure it’ll look like this…I hope. πŸ˜‰

Unicorn Hot Chocolate for Valentine's Day
via Imperial Sugar–click for recipe

FIVE

My Favorite Valentine’s Gifts for Kids

I have to say it…I *love* these gift ideas! Isn’t the pillow below soooo cute? I think it could definitely work for grown-ups too. But if you’re looking to share a gift with your kiddo that’s especially meaningful, here’s a great place to start.

 

Tell me what you’re loving this week. And have a happy Friday!

6 Comments on Friday Favorites: Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Your Kids

  1. Laura,
    My computer has been down and just got it working yesterday so I am getting got up. I probably fit in your blog but it is good to read what is happening in the young peoples life’s I don’t know if you know Sue at Welcome Heart but she is my cousin down the line. Her Mom was my Dad’s 1st cousin. And she taught my youngest son in Senor Honor English. Great family.
    Becky.

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