Love Bug – Cute Non-Candy Valentine

Earlier in the week I shared a cute kid’s valentine idea, and today I wanted to show you another!  Two kids, two totally different personalities, and two different Valentines to make.  This is a simple print, decorate, and attach a little surprise craft that will be as fun for the kids to put together as it is to give to friends!  With a simple mason jar printable and a happy Valentin’s Day Love Bug message, this is a great little valentine for kids of many ages whether they are boys or girls!

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Homemade Crayon Valentines For Kids

Valentines Day is closing in and I wanted to share what the kids made for their classmates this year for Valentines.  I am a pretty firm believer in giving non-cany valentines, considering the kiddos get plenty of other sweets between Christmas and this time of the year!  Here is a really fun valentine that my son made from start to finish for his friends that is a colorful way to give a surprise without the added sugar.  Homemade crayon rings with swirly colors and a message for friends to have a colorful Valentines day is the perfect sweet, but not TOO sweet gift!

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Simple And Inexpesnive Ways To Celebrate Valentines Day With Kids

 Next week is a big week in our house.  The festivities begin with Valentine’s day followed by both kids having a birthday within 4 days of that.  It is always an exciting and joyous time for our family!    With a busy and hectic schedule, and the chaos of Christmas time still looming over our heads I have decided to make it my mission, to keep things simple!  One of the things I am planning for this Valentines Day is so simple and inexpensive but still makes the day extra special for the kids.  Along with a little scavenger hunt to share some reasons why their daddy and I love them and homemade heart shaped doughnuts, they will be waking up to a couple of surprises on the 14th of February.

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Fun Valentines Day Breakfast – Homemade Heart Shaped Jelly Doughnuts

 I love finding new ways to make Valentines Day special for my kids.  Each meal on February 14th leaves me with an opportunity to make them something special that feeds their souls and shows them my love too.  On special occasions I usually don’t mind feeding their sweet tooth as well.  Here is a simple way to start your kid’s valentines day off on a sweet note!  Little bite sized and jelly filled sugar doughnuts are a special treat for the kids and simple to make using canned biscuits cut into heart shapes.  All you will need is strawberry jam, a roll of refrigerated biscuits, white sugar, and oil to make these for an extra special breakfast this Valentines Day.

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Non-Candy School Valentines Under 35 Cents Each

Valentines Day is just around the corner and we just finished up a special something for the kid’s to take to school for their friends.  With lots of new allergy related rules in schools I have decided that in lou of candy treats for Valentine’s Day that the kids and I could come up with some other inexpensive ideas that don’t involve food at all.  We put together three great valentines for under .35 cents each, and another for the teachers under .75 cents each.  Because my daughter has a slight straw obsession we choose crazy straws for her preschool friends, and my son choose bouncy balls for his kindergarten class.  We also made some crayon and marker valentines for teachers and a few their friends.

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Cherry Cheesecake Dip – Fun Family Valentines Day Dessert

I love making Valentines Day just a little bit out of the ordinary for my kids.  Things like a special packed lunch at school, heart shaped doughnuts for breakfast, an afterschool scarvenger hunt or a special dessert are just a few of the things that I have done to make their Valentine’s day special.  It doesn’t take a lot of extra time, or money to make their day exciting.  Here is a great recipe that is perfect for any get together where you need to feed a crowd, or a special after dinner treat for your family that is made with love.  We will be enjoying this on Valentine’s day as a special treat.   It is super simple, fast, tasty, and festive topped with red cherry pie filling that your family is sure to love.

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Easy Valentines Day Fudge That Is Fun For Kids – Brazilian Brigadeiros

Here is a simple fudge recipe that your kids will adore!  In just a few easy steps with a few common ingredients you have a chocolaty treat that is fit for any special occasion!  These Brazilian Brigadeiros are fun and easy to make with the kiddos and are totally tempting all covered in colorful sprinkles.  They are very common in Brazil at kid’s parties and festivities that involve children.  Try these covered in heart shaped sprinkles for a Valentines Day treat, or anytime you need a kid friendly dessert!  They are as fun to make as they are to eat!  make them for a special snack time treat at school or party to celebrate just about anything.

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Whooo’s Been Good? – Fun Kid’s Reward System

I think every mother wants to positively reinforce their children’s good behavior.  If you are like me, when you see bad behavior it is something you automatically “hone in on” – to correct it instantly.  Positive behaviors, on the other hand, often don’t get the same amount of attention.  We expect  our children to do certain things and act a certain way, and that is our job as parents to teach them.  Here is a great way to make a big deal out of good, positive behaviors and kind actions that your children choose to do on their own!  “Whooo’s been good” is a little surprise jar that we have in our house for when I catch the kids doing something unexpected and totally awesome!

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An Anniversary Gift For The Husband – A Year’s Worth Of Date Nights

My husband is the most important man in my life, of course, but when it comes to giving him gifts for special occasions I usually do best to do nothing at all.   Men are always impossible to shop for when it is an anniversary.  Here is a thoughtful gift idea that keeps on giving all year long.  A years worth of preplanned dates – one every month – to spend some quality time together.

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