I admit to being a fan of Valentine’s Day, but really only for my kid’s sake. My nature tends towards practicality. Sappy notes, stale boxed chocolates, or overpriced flowers aren’t my ‘thing.’ The part I like – the focus on being kind to others. It’s a holiday message that’s easy to explain to elementary school daughters. And, my most favorite part of the holiday – helping my kids craft homemade Valentine’s for their friends and classmates.
We skip the boxes of pre-made pieces of paper and instead raid the art supply bins. Let’s be clear, though. I’m not the crafty parent that can whip up a creative Valentine on my own. Instead, I turn to experts (and Google) to pick a design. Then, we organize supplies and my kids get set loose on an afternoon of cutting, drawing, and gluing. This year, the girls are just finishing up a stack of office dot monsters courtesy of Jennifer Crain’s homemade Valentine article.
If you need a quick reminder of our Valentine’s Day related stories, just look below and click where appropriate. Be mine!
- Romantics – look here to plan your memorable night out with your sweetheart.
- The perfect bottle of wine or spirits can be found at Ralph’s Thriftway. Swing by on your way home.
- Homemade Valentines are a snap with this list of six styles that you can crank through quickly.
- Find a special dessert at Bayview Thriftway. The bakery department is overflowing with tasty treats from local vendors.
- After the sugary treats, take your kids to the Hands On Children’s Museum for free dental screenings and related activities each Saturday in February.
- Grab a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Finishing Touch Florist.
- Read this sweet love story about Hartley Jewelers crafting an unusual love token.
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