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As the kids get older, it becomes more difficult to make Valentine’s day special (especially when your two oldest are teenage boys!). Still, no matter how old (or cool) they get I know I can show my crew how much I love them by baking up some sweet treats! This year chocolate cupcakes with cherry flavoured icing will greet them when they get home from school.
I have never been a big fan of spending on a lot on gifts for my kids on VD. I feel like, aside from the usual birthday and Christmas kids get stuff all year long, all of the time -am I right? New clothes, shoes, movies, McDonald’s, amusement parks, craft supplies, ice cream …it never ends.
Still, I will usually gift them some Valentine’s chocolates (this year I purchased a little less candy and opted for pop tarts – I never, ever buy them, so they will probably devour that before anything else! – and I usually also purchase a small little item, like a book or a month’s worth of mints or gum to keep in their lockers for fresh breath at school! For little kids think; pack of small toy animals, a new headband or colouring book.
More importantly though I think, something from the heart is really what Valentine’s Day is all about. Everyone, no matter the age wants to know they are loved and to hear something positive about themselves. You don’t have to buy a card …get out a pen and piece of paper or hop on the laptop and print out a little something thoughtful about each child to slip it in with their Valentine’s treat!
In addition this year I managed to take some pictures of our dog Kaya (she has a weird fear-hate with the camera so it’s almost impossible to ever actually get a photo of her looking straight on) and I made a funny little collage of them using PIXLR express (Efficient) I put it on Facebook and tagged them as a surprise (…I know, I know… but when it comes to their dog, it’s perfectly OK! Public messages from me or any other photos of course are an absolute no-no!)
Happy Valentines Day!