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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy [Homemade] Valentine’s Day <3

If you are a last minute holiday gift-giver like myself, you might still be looking for some ideas for the big V-Day tomorrow.  Of course, I’m not talking about running out to the store to buy a card and some chocolates (although those are nice, too).  And I’m not really a jewelry sort of person. 

 

I’m talking about whipping something up with what you might already have in your refrigerator and making a homemade card from your crafting supplies. 

 

Because it doesn’t (have to) take much to show our love to those who really matter.  And love is all we need to celebrate Valentine’s Day together. 

 

So, if you’d like a few quick ideas that won’t take much time or money, I’d like to share what we have planned for Valentine’s Day this year. 

 

The boys and I prepped a yummy, healthy (and all pink!) breakfast for tomorrow morning. 

 

homemade Valentine's Day breakfast

 

 

We will probably serve some eggs on the side to make it a heartier meal.  This could also be served as a Valentine’s Day snack at any time of the day. 

 

(We got the idea from an issue of High Five magazine.  The recipes are at the end of the post….)

 

We also make homemade Valentines every year for classmates, grandparents, and other special people in our lives. 

 

I usually Google some fun ideas and this year I found three fun animal quotes and decided to print out pictures and have the kids cut them out and glue them on heart-shaped cards (which they also traced and cut out) and then write the quotes on the cards.  Here’s what they looked like:

 

homemade Valentine's Day cards - toad, bee, fish

 

 

Joe and I also make homemade Valentines for the kids each year.  We always include a few simple coupons that take hardly any time to make and are easy to follow through on but mean so much to the boys. 

 

We actually haven’t finished ours yet for this year but here is an example of one of the coupons that was leftover from last year:

 

homemade Valentine's Day coupon for kids

 

 

Some other coupon ideas are:

Get out of one chore free

Schedule a date night with Mommy or Daddy

Choose an extra book to read at bedtime

 

Whatever you choose to do, I hope that you give and receive LOVE tomorrow!  <3

 

Valentine's Day Heart Snacks
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Ingredients
  1. heart-shaped cookie cutter
  2. whole wheat bread
  3. spreadable cream cheese
  4. strawberry or raspberry jelly
  5. sliced ham
Instructions
  1. Use a cookie cutter to cut heart-shaped pieces out of the bread. If desired, toast the hearts.
  2. Spread cream cheese on each heart.
  3. Top with either jelly or a slice of heart-shaped ham (also cut with the cookie cutter).
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Valentine's Day Berry Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup yogurt
  2. 2 cups milk
  3. 2 frozen bananas
  4. 2 cups frozen raspberries
  5. 2 cups frozen strawberries
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Pulse a few times. Blend on high for one minute, or until frozen fruit is all incorporated and smoothie is smooth 😉
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Cinnamon Ginger Hot Cocoa

We are finally getting our first proper snowstorm of the winter and the boys are super excited.  Snow day! 

This hot cocoa is the number one thing that the kids request when they go outside for a snow day in the wintertime. 

 

This is another recipe where it is easy to make a large batch and store the rest in the fridge for another day (or one hour later when you decide that you want another cup of steaming awesomeness!). 

 

Joe and I actually prefer to combine the hot cocoa with equal part coffee for a sort of homemade mocha pick-me-up.  In fact, I am enjoying a mug of it right now.  Yum…..

 

As with the Cinnamon Ginger Comfort Tea, this recipe contains cinnamon, ginger, and honey – all of which are super healthy for your immune system.  

[However, due to the risk of botulism, never give honey to a child under the age of one.]

 

ingredients to make cinnamon ginger hot cocoa

 

Cinnamon Ginger Hot Cocoa
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups milk of your choice (cow, soy, rice, almond, coconut) or water
  2. 2 Tablespoons honey
  3. ¼ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  4. ½ teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
  5. ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Warm milk and honey in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, cinnamon, and ginger, stirring constantly until completely incorporated. Serve warm.
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Here are some more pictures from our snow day…hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are today!

 

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