Simple Ways to Create a Valentine’s Day
Your Sweetheart & Kids Will Love
Valentine’s Day has definitely changed for me post baby-making. When once we were doing delightful and delicious Valentine’s excursions, each year with more sizzle and romance than the last, now we are squeezing this celebration of love in the middle of a busy week loaded with kid stuff and obligations.
Since baby was born, we’ve tweaked our Valentine’s Day festivities to include the little man so he can feel the gratitude and love we share as a family. What we’ve found is a holiday that is richer in spirit and deeper in meaning.
Here are my favorite ways to keep Valentine’s Day simple – spicy for daddy and sweet for kids.
1. Set the stage: When we were kids, we would wake up to our kitchen table filled with candy and cards and red and pink balloons everywhere. It was such a loving treat to receive from our parents and started the day so sweetly. This is something you can do for everyone in the family.
2. Write love notes: Who doesn’t appreciate some gratitude and a little attention from time to time? Something we do at both Valentine’s Day and Christmas is to write love notes to each other. They can be short and sweet, a poem, a word, an inside joke or a note letting the other person know the ways they bring joy to our life. You’d be amazed at how the energy changes and grows golden when you give and receive notes from the heart. Writing love notes can help you celebrate your child or partner and express those hard-to-say feelings without feeling afraid or being inhibited. It also gives you a way to flirt (away from kid ears) with your partner and create excitement for what’s to come later in the evening. Love notes are fun for everyone!
3. Set the table: Before dinner, show LOVE a little respect by actually setting the table with a table cloth (get your kids in on the action, they can get it set), arrange fresh flowers and loads of candles on the table to show the kids this is a special time and signal to your man that romance is on the agenda.
4. Make a feast: You don’t have to make dinner fancy for it to be special. Preparing a quick and simple meal with love will do the trick. Here are my favorite recipes that will delight the family while making you look like a pro…the best part is they are easy too!
VALENTINE’S DAY MENU
dairy, gluten & sugar-free!
Cranberry Crush – kid and adult versions
Seductive Roast Chicken with Sweet Potato Mash 5. Set some time: Now, that you’ve spent a day cherishing your family, it’s time to show some affection to yourself and your partner. So, set some time for the two of you to connect after the kiddos go to bed. Do those special things you did for each other before your rascals hit the scene and use the time to reconnect to the person who stole your heart all that time ago.
Ms. or Mr. Right not in the picture yet? Well, shower yourself with some love and luxuriate in a bubble bath listening to upbeat or relaxing music, do something you really enjoy like watching your favorite movie, reading that book you’ve been waiting ages to read, writing in your journal or taking some time to breathe and be still and appreciate all that you are.
Happy Valentine’s Day!