DYI Family Fun for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day was very different prior to having children. It was an opportunity to have dinner and some quiet time with my husband and to be reminded of how much we valued and loved one another. Post kids, things are much different but I wouldn’t change it for a minute.  Now I find this "holiday" to be a genuine way to show my kids how much I love them.

Some of the family traditions we have started with our children, include making a heart shaped dinner, usually consisting of breakfast foods, because don’t all children like breakfast foods? I usually also get a heart shaped balloon to tie on the back of the breakfast bar stools they sit at, so they can see a giant heart when they walk in. I have also found making my children meals has always been my way of showing my love for them, by filling their bellies and always carving out time for discussion to hear about their days.

Additionally, here are some additional ways and special treats to create your own Valentine’s Day fun traditions.

Dylans Candy Bar

A trip to Dylan's Candy Bar on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is always fun. I let them splurge and pick out their favorite treats.  This year we've been so busy after the new year and staying nestled indoors, that we ordered online and had it shipped right to us. Of course, we dress for the occasion too and do a mini photo shoot. Target has the cutest Valentine's Day tees and this year we maxed out our girl power and matched.

Target Valentines Day Tee Shirts

We also each write each other heartfelt Valentines on blank DIY stationary like these letting them add their special messages to each other.  

Let’s not forget a little something for your special Valentine. Here are some cool personalized gift ideas that Huffington Post curated but I have done the heart post-it note on the bathroom mirror sentiment from Pinterest before, as a playful and romantic way to tell your partner how much you appreciate them and why.

Happy Valentine's Day!  

-Allison Childs

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