Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s day’

Valentines Day Activity: Love Coupons for the Family

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by by

valentines day love coupons

Acts of Love are the best gifts you can give, in my opinion. You are going to love this Acts of Love Coupons for the family idea and all the fun that comes with it.

I prefer gifts that tell me that you actually thought about me and considered my likes and desires when purchasing a gift. Or that you spent time making me something. And even better, spending time with you and sharing life over coffee. Those are gifts I enjoy receiving. When we first got married my husband liked to purchase extravagant and expensive gifts for me. I always ended up returning them because I prefer the gift of time, service and conversation any day than an expensive $200 bracelet. (more…)


Valentines for Boys

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 by by

In Kindergarten, at Christmas, the kids made calendars for the adults in their life (parents/grandparents/whoever – they call them “your adult” to be safe). For January, Eric drew a family of snowmen, and it was cute. For February…

“Mommy, I drew you some hearts for Valentines Day, because I love you! But the hearts are all bombs, and they’re hooked up together. The guy, he’s a spy, and he made the heart bombs. They have a timer, and it counts down – 3! 2! 1! BOOM!!!!! But then the spy, he was standing too close to the hearts, so his leg got blown up when they exploded. He had to go to the hospital, Mommy, because he lost his leg.”

Yep, I’ve got boys.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear Marrieds, Help a Single Sister Out on V-day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 by by

Singleness Awareness Day by Leslie Foster-Ponderings From an Ohio Farm Girl, Contributing Writer

As the New Year rolls into February, the world begins to turn pink.  Don’t get me wrong- I like a little pink in my world.  But Valentine’s Day takes pink to a whole new level of overkill.  My feelings about the pink tend to match my feelings about the holiday in general.  As a single woman, V-Day, (or S.A.D./Singleness Awareness Day, as I can’t help but think of it) is not exactly something I look forward to.

Therefore, from my venerated position of surviving 10 years as a single woman, I would like to offer you, the married world, some advice for making S.A.D. a little less sad for your single friends and family.

How to Not Be an Obnoxious Married Person on Valentine’s Day

-Do not ask your single friends or family to babysit.  For the love of Pete, the only thing worse than (more…)

Valentine Heart Craft for Kids

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by by

I wanted to get a jump on Valentines Day, because lately I seem to be surprised when holidays roll around. This year, I’m hoping to do handmade valentines for The Older’s classmates, and I thought about what would be easy and fun for him.

This seemed like an easy Valentine’s Day craft for preschoolers and older kids, so I set up The Younger and let her go to work to test my theory. Supplies are easy:

  • Glitter Glue
  • Tempera Paint
  • Construction Paper
  • Marbles
  • Plastic Cups (or other containers)
  • Box or Baking Dish or Bucket
  • Scissors



The Redemption of Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 19th, 2011 by by

After a somewhat shaky start yesterday, I managed to pull out of the swerve and end my Valentine’s Day on a high note.

First there were these two.  I told them that on Valentine’s Day you had to give lots of hugs and kisses to people you love.  They were more than willing to oblige.

I don’t need a reason…I’m all about Mommy EVERY day.
To a point:



Friday, February 18th, 2011 by by

“I got a lot of Valentines from school, Mom.”

“You sure did.”

“I got 16. I counted.”

“I thought it was 15.”

“It was but then I made another Valentine for myself because I love me.”

Something to be reminded of…

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 by by

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and once again, I heard and read stories about people frantically searching for the right gift to give their loved ones or of those feeling sad because they were “alone” this year. This is one of the main reasons I don’t enjoy Valentine’s Day. There is so much pressure to give just the right gift or do the right thing and for those who are single, it’s even worse because then you get to see all of this happening and feel left out. SIGH Just not a fan of it and never have been. Jay and I don’t do gifts so the pressure is off of both of us. What’s really ironic is that our anniversary is 2/15 so people used to give me a hard time about making this so tough on him–”a Valentine’s Day gift AND anniversary gift, now that’s just cruel”. News flash–I don’t do anniversary gifts either so I think it was perfect timing to get married. We just have a nice evening out when it suits and celebrate making it another year! Having children though does help me enjoy Valentine’s Day more because it’s fun to watch the boys make gifts for family and friends. They get very excited about doing it and I know that for a few years anyway, this will just get better as we get to try more crafts and fun ideas.

However, I read something today that made me realize something. We often ignore the person we should love the most–ourselves. A friend posted this link on Facebook and it really hit me that maybe Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be about just our love for others but also our love for ourselves. Rather than worrying so much about the perfect gift for a significant other, maybe it would be better to pledge to do something to show more love for yourself? This way EVERYONE can enjoy the day rather than feeling lonely, sad, pressured….So next year when this time rolls around again, go ahead and find something for others, just don’t forget to feed your own heart and soul.


My Funny Valentine

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by by

Yes, I am the type of mom that draws hearts in my kids’ hot cereal with chocolate syrup on Valentine’s day. And I’m probably going to continue to be that type of mom even when they are teenagers and roll their eyes at me. How do I know? Because that’s not even my kid’s breakfast bowl; it’s mine. Jonah’s bowl is green and plastic, and it had a chocolate heart too.

I think it’s important to do something special for those that we love. It’s important to take time out, to let our loved ones know that they mean so much to us, that we’re willing to take the time to make something special just for them, while thinking of them.

That is why we had a special Valentine’s day. We finished breakfast, and I read one of Jonah’s favorite books: I Love You More Than Rainbows by Susan E Crites. Jonah calls this book “Rainbows.” He loves it, and makes references to it quite a bit. (more…)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by by

Instead of having the romantic dinner ALONE,
we opted for a family day to the zoo.
Our wonderful neighbor (and more like an auntie) Jane,
got us a year pass to the zoo.


Despite Ian’s constant challenges to do as he pleased,
it was a great morning.
Gabi was by far the most well behaved (WOW).
Sofi a close 2nd.

Ian Giovanni.
John John. (more…)

Happy Valentine’s Day 2011!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by by

Clearly these are people without children.
You know, of all the love songs ever written, I think Pat Benetar said it best when she crooned, “Love is a Battlefield.”

I have a vague recollection of people waking up around me this morning because unlike the rest of my family, my REM sleep didn’t begin until approximately 3:15 a.m.  Eliza interrupted my sleep last night with a 1:30 visit to inform me that she couldn’t sleep.  Guess what?  Now neither can I!  That turned out to be a good thing, because 20 minutes later Larissa loudly advised me that her pacifier had apparently traveled 1″ out of her grasp and it was up to me to lead the recovery effort.  45 minutes after that, Kellan materialized out of the darkness and wordlessly shoved himself into bed next to me.  Lying next to him is like trying to sleep with a pile of constantly shifting lumber – all sharp angles and hard edges.  The remainder of the night I stared at the ceiling listening to the dulcet tones of my husband’s Darth Vader-like CPAP machine, which is only slightly more soothing than the actual snoring it is supposed to prevent.

This morning Rob attempted to wake me from my coma with a hug and kiss and whisper of “Happy Valentine’s Day”.  That whole wake the sleeping beauty routine might work in the world of Disney, but in real life, when the “beauty” in question is sprawled face down on the bed like a beached starfish, it’s going to take a whole lot more than a kiss to get her in the mood.  Or out of bed for that matter.

I have temporarily lost my loving feeling, but I’m sure it will return — at approximately the same time that the kids come home with their sacks of V-day loot.

Seriously – I’m still getting into the groove.  I’ll have a more uplifting Vday report right after I rendezvous with my Keurig coffee maker.  Hello lover!