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February 14th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Last Minute Valentine’s Ideas

IMG_3183I feel like Valentine’s Day sneaks up on me every year. I always have the best intentions, but alas it is Valentine’s morning and I am still trying to figure out how to “treat” the boys in my life – big and small. Valentine’s Day is always last minute. We were completing our actual cards for school just last night. (You can guess how thrilled the Kindergartener was to write 21 names in one sitting)

Here are some of my last minute ideas:

Decorate the kids bedroom door with reasons I love them – I cut out hearts and wrote reasons that I love the boys. Then I taped them all over their bedroom door to surprise them in the morning!

Special note in their lunchbox – There were so many great ideas on Pinterest that I just found a printable to use. I put this note and a special sweet treat in their lunch box. I also cut their sandwich in a heart shape using a cookie cutter. What a fun surprise! I also love this idea to add some fun to milk.

Valentine waiting for them after school – When we get home at the end of the day I will have some homemade cookies along with a special Valentine book surprise.

Valentine Coupons for my husband- Since we don’t really do presents (although he always gets me flowers) I am surprising him with some valentine coupons I found here or here.

Special Valentine’s Day Dinner – I’ve toyed with the idea of cheese and chocolate fondue, a heart shaped pizza, or maybe even some heart shaped grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. One of my favorite treats for the kids is a Cherry Soda float!

Here are some other good last minute Valentine ideas I found:

Last Minute Toddler Ideas

Homemade Valentine Socks

Last Minute Valentine for Older Kids

Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!

 Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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February 10th, 2014 at 10:25 am

Favorite Valentine’s Day Books

ValentinebooksOne of my favorite things to do to prepare for Valentine’s Day is to share stories of love with my little ones. A tradition of ours is to snuggle on the couch with some fresh chocolate chip cookies and milk while we read some of our favorite Valentine’s Day books. I wanted to share a list of some of our favorites that we have shared through the years.

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to.

Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George! by N. Di Angelo

George and his friend celebrate Valentine’s Day with decorating, card making and the kind of mischief that only a monkey can make!

Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day by Norman Bridwell

When Clifford was a baby he got into so much trouble on Valentine’s Day, but continues to be Emily Elizabeth’s favorite year after year.

Hedgehug, A Sharp Lesson in Love by Dan Pinto

A great story that you have to find the right person to love you for who you are.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

Our favorite mouse from If you Give a Mouse a Cookie celebrates Valentine’s Day.

Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat

The story of a prank gone wrong changes the pranksters heart in the end.

The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting

An old favorite from my childhood shows that even if you have never celebrated Valentine’s Day you can always start!

There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Rose! by Lucille Colandro

If you have read any of the books in this series you know that this book makes the classic song come alive in a different manner.

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

This book shows that a mother’s unconditional love will never be changed.

Olive, My Love by Vivian Walsh

We love the book Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh so were excited to see this title.  This funny story is a great example that anything can happen if you follow your heart.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mc Bratney

My boys have heard this story since they were first born. They love the story of the endless amounts of love a father and son can have for one another.

Pete the Cat Valentines Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean

Pete discovers how special Valentines can be and makes Valentines for everyone.

Print this list and take it to your local library, then snuggle up and enjoy the stories of love with your little ones all this week!

 Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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February 6th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Valentine’s Day Treats



Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, and a great way to show your little ones how much you love them (even though you show them everyday!) is by making them some tasty treats! We’ve collected some of the most delicious valentine recipes on the Web right here in this blog post. Everything pink, red, heart-shaped and YUMMY! If you have older kids who bring valentines into school for classmates, be sure to check out the free Valentine’s Day printables links so you can package them into some individual sweet treats.


Conversation Heart Rice Krispy Treat Pops

Chocolate Pretzel Treats

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Pops

Valentine’s Oreo Balls

Candy Cane Heart Lollipops

Red Velvet Brownies

S’more Treat Bites

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Pink Velvet Cake Pops


Links to FREE Valentine’s Day Printables:

Valentine’s Day Printables

Valentine’s Day Printable Treat Bag Tags

Printable Monster Valentine Envelopes

Valentine’s Day Printable Treat Toppers

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February 11th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Making Valentines Day Fun for the Family

It is almost here, the day of LOVE! You can make it a day filled with Valentine’s Fun by planning a little ahead! First of all, do you have your cards made? If not, check out the ideas we shared here and here, or you could even just go to the store and buy some. To tell you the truth, that’s what I ended up doing….and it’s ok. I threw my back out last week and everything got put on hold while I spent lots of time in bed. This weekend I decided instead of stressing about it to just let it go, and let my kids pick some out at the store. They love what they picked, so life goes on! Sometimes you just can’t do it all!

Next, think about the food for Valentine’s. Do you have a tradition that you do every year? I have some friends that love doing chocolate fondue for dessert and heart shaped pizza for dinner. Others make a dinner for their kids and spoil their husband with a dinner later after the kids go in bed! I love the treats that Liz shared earlier this week. To make lunch special I am planning on cutting their sandwiches with a heart shaped cookie cutter, enclosing a valentine for each from myself and a special treat of some sort. I might even thaw some of our frozen strawberries and cool whip to serve on frozen waffles for breakfast.

Then, make it fun with an activity or two! I may print out some fun mazes or word searches to do while having breakfast. I plan on filling their mailboxes with a little candy, some love coupons, and a little trinket. Encourage them to do the same for you! We have lots of snow here so I might make some hearts in the snow, an easy mixture of food coloring and water in a spray bottle, to welcome the boys home from school.

Other fun things to do is dressing in Valentine colors, braiding girls hair with hearts, or leave love notes all over the house! Making the holiday fun is all about unexpected surprises that make the day special!

How are you making Valentine’s fun?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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February 8th, 2013 at 11:35 am

Fun Valentine Activities

Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be for couples. My husband and I actually gave up celebrating Valentine’s Day a long time ago, but since we have had kids it has come back to life. One of the things I like to do is make it fun with “heart” themed activities.

One that we are doing this year is making mailboxes. I found some cute metal mailboxes from the dollar spot that each of us are decorating with heart and letter stickers. For the week of Valentine’s we can place notes or treats in each others boxes to remind everyone in the family how much we love each other. I originally saw the idea here, and love the printable notes that are included. For my youngest, who can really only write his name, he can enclose little pictures and even little lego creations for us.

Another fun activity to make is a magnetic maze that will also increase hand motor coordination. For older kids, there are some great Valentine Printables with word searches, mazes, dot to dot activities and more. If you are looking for an art project check out these cute love bugs, or some decorations for your windows. Check out this site for more window decorations using recycled crayons, a love bird, or even a lavabottle.

Valentines can be lots of fun with kids! What activities are you doing to make Valentines special?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.



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February 7th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Homemade Valentines


Hooray, it’s almost Valentine’s Day!  Kids, particularly school-aged ones, love this special February day for two reasons.  One reason is for the chocolate and heart-shaped candy (come to think of it, that’s my main reason, too).  The other reason is for the Valentines they’ll get from classmates!  While exchanging cute cards with positive messages in them is exciting for the kids, it can also get expensive (especially if you’re including candy!).  Try some of these homemade Valentines that your little Cupid will have fun making and their recipients will love, too!

Super Sweets

It’s a Valentine and a treat at the same time!  Who wouldn’t love to receive something like this?

Thumbprint Heart Card

This is truly a “hands on” craft!  You can also use a red ink stamp pad in lieu of red acrylic paint.

Secret Code Valentine

This is best for children 8 years and older.  Those who enjoy riddles will have fun cracking the codes your child creates!  Don’t feel limited to just jokes; with the provided secret code, your child can make any message he or she wants!

Swedish Fish Valentine

The template is free to download and print.  This is a sweet way to show appreciation for a classmate!

What are some of the most creative Valentines you ever seen?

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February 5th, 2013 at 5:01 am

5 Bilingual Children’s Books to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February is the month of love and I wanted to share a list of great bilingual and Spanish children’s books you can read to your kids to talk about Valentine’s Day — which is less than two weeks away — and just love and other feelings in general.

Some of the books on this list are strictly about Valentine’s, but some others are about relationships, friendships and family. So you can have a little bit of everything to read to your little ones.

El primer San Valentín de Clifford — Like most kids, mine love Clifford and this adventure is as fun as usual. Join Clifford before he became the Big Red Dog as he gets into all sorts of trouble on his first Valentine’s Day.

Dora quiere mucho a Boots — Another well known characters that both my children like. In this book about Valentine’s Day, Dora tells kids just how much her adorable little monkey, Boots.

¡Feliz Día de la Amistad, Gus! — Gus wants to make a Valentine for his mom, but it’s turning out to be harder than he thought!

Before you were here, mi amor —  A tender story about how a family lovingly prepares for the birth of a child. I love reading this book to my kids because it allows me to explain how we prepared for them as a family and how excited we were to finally meet them!

El ladrón de estrellas — A super cute love story about what a little boy is willing to do to show how much he cares for a little girl. A great opportunity to talk about friendship and the value of friends with your kids.

What books do you read to your kids about Valentine’s Day?

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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February 4th, 2013 at 10:24 am

Valentine Cards

Every year my boys have a big decision to make about what they want for a Valentine Card. Gone are the years of purchased cards showing off a favorite character or theme from the retailer down the road. Here are some of my favorite ideas from around the web.

You Rock! Valentine

I Dig You Valentine

Love Bug Valentine

Fish Valentines

Star Wars Valentines

Starburst Valentine

You’re Kool Valentine

Bouncy Ball Valentine

ABC Valentine

What are you doing for a Valentine from your little one?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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February 13th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Making Valentine’s Special for Your Family

To tell you the truth, I never really have cared for Valentine’s Day, so my husband and I stopped celebrating it a long time ago, but then we had kids. For our family, Valentine’s is now celebrated as a family as a whole day affair.

We show the boys we love them by fitting in LOVE throughout the day. The easiest way to say I love you is with red, heart-shaped foods, love notes and special meals. So, here is my plan for the day…..

Breakfast – Since it is a school day I plan on getting up extra early to make these special cinnamon rolls. To make it easy I will use refrigerated rolls; I’m not getting up that early!

Lunch – I plan on filling the kids lunch with reminders that I love them. My oldest lunch bag will get a special note with a special treat, a heart shaped brownie. I also plan on cutting his PB&J out in a heart shape. I also think these strawberries may have to make an appearance.

The youngest will most likely have heart shaped grilled cheese along with the strawberries.

For our snack after school, I think Cherry Soda Floats are in order. Just add some Cherry Soda to a cup of Ice Cream!

Dinner – We have a yearly tradition of doing Fondue for Dinner and Dessert. So once again that will be on tap!

Special Activities – My kids love to do little worksheets every now and them so I found these fun ones to put out at snack and breakfast.


This is all I have planned for now…… but if you need more ideas feel free to check out my board on Pinterest. What do you have planned for Valentine’s?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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February 10th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas for your Kids

I always, always, always wear red on Valentine’s Day. I don’t think I’ve ever skipped one year throughout my whole life. My mom was one of those mom’s who loved dressing us in red for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Paddy’s Day, red/white/blue for the 4th of July, orange/black for Halloween, etc. I grew up truly embracing holidays and allowing my clothing to reflect it. I even remember being away at college and my mom still sending me a red top for Valentine’s Day!

When I became a mom in 2004, I became the same exact way with my boys. William’s first holiday was Halloween… oh, man. The poor little guy had about 4 outfit changes on October 31, 2004. My mother has totally impacted me on the dressing of my sons on holidays.

So Valentine’s Day. It’s days away and I’m all about bringing in some reds and pinks for kids to help make the holiday extra special. Many kids have Valentine’s Day parties at their school, so I thought it would be fun to come up with a few ideas that you can do with your children for the 14th.



I love anything with hearts on it. ANYTHING. I love the look of hearts, they beam passion and sweetness.

Think PINK socks and tights and shoes…

I love the delicate and ultra-girl look of pink socks and tights and socks. They’re super cute and just the perfect way to bring in some shades of pink on Valentine’s Day.

Think RED…

I love red. It’s bold and beautiful and gorgeous. Nothing is sweet as pie red.


Think RED ties…

I love the handsomeness of bow-ties and ties. Little men look so classic and cool with some ties.

Think RED polo tee…

My son loves a handsome tee, so I’m totally into a polo tee for Valentine’s Day… red or pink!

Think RED suspenders…

My grandfather used to wear suspenders and I loved them! It’s always fun to dress up a bit for Valentine’s Day and I thought suspenders would be the perfect added touch!

Happy LOVE Day everyone!

Audrey McClelland can also be found at MomGenerations.comLifetime Beauty/ and She is also the co-author of The Digital Mom Handbook.

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