Family, Holidays

Ideas For an At-Home Valentine’s Day

Love when Valentine’s Day falls on the weekend! While I am definitely in the fan club of not making a big deal out of Valentine’s Day from year to year, I am however a fan of sharing love with my family and taking the time to show them how much I appreciate them. We could all use a little extra love during a pandemic I think. Here’s how I’m planning on spending Valentine’s Day at home with my husband and three kids.

First off, keep it simple! In other words, don’t treat it like Christmas with lots of hoopla and presents. Kids are simple, even the teens, they want to know they are loved and that does not mean spoiling them. Little things go a long way.

Candy! My kids are candy fans, I mean, who’s not?! I bought special Valentine specific candies for them ~ conversation heart boxes, Dove chocolate hearts, Valentine tick-tacks and will put them in cute heart shaped bowls. All from Target online. I like keeping it to three.

Decorate! Even as simple as homemade decor. My girls are getting older and sadly not as much into crafts for holidays, but in years past we would make construction paper hearts and tape them all over the kitchen. This year I bought a love balloon, the one in the picture above, from Target. It comes with red and pink balloons too. It’ll add to the festive look, and I keep this all primarily in the kitchen/eating area even though I do have general valentine decor though out the first floor of our house. Have I mentioned I kept up our fake tree from Christmas and made it a love tree?! Yeah, went a little overboard with that this year!

Lots of the decor is from Hobby Lobby online

Notes! Love notes are an easy way for kids to show their feelings without talking out loud about nice things about their siblings. I can hear “ughs” from my teens. This works well with my autistic girls, one in particular that has a slower processing quality and hates being put on the spot. I’m going to have us all write one nice thing about each other and have an area for every person for their love notes. Sometimes the kids will surprise you with what they have to say!

Going to add, family dinner together. We do this regularly, but being that Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday I’m going to make it an extra nice family dinner date night. That means I’ll make sure to make one favorite dish for each person; extra work, sure, extra love and smiles, you bet.

I’m thinking of also doing a picnic date night by the fire with my husband. I made these heart ice cubes this weekend to prep. I posted a video reel on Instagram this weekend of how simple. Little gestures!

Frozen rose petals!

I’d love to hear how you are spending the day!

Family, Get Healthy

One Way I’ve Gotten My Kids To Eat Healthier While At Home

Eating healthy during the holidays is hard enough on a regular year, never mind during a pandemic while the kids are home 100% of the time. We all had that cookie-candy-desserts-all-day mentality. Except my husband, he has the will power of Superman, but the four females in the house, nada, will power was at zero.

I had a New Year’s goal to get us females back on track when online school started up again. The key for me is planning. If I don’t plan snacks and meals we end up grabbing whatever is easiest when we are starving and usually that entails processed foods alone. And the more we eat mostly processed foods the more we want only processed foods. It’s a slippery slope man.

My one easy way I’ve gotten the kids to eat better, put out a snack tray on the kitchen table about mid morning. We usually do well with breakfast, I’m pretty sure it’s everyone’s favorite meal here. Once that first snack craving starts after the kids have one or two classes under their belt, I have to be prepared with healthy options.

I usually do a mix of fresh veggies and fruit, one something that’s crunchy and then a dip. Our preferred dip is hummus but ranch dressing, sunflower butter or even Nutella if I’m feeling nice all work too. Don’t let me fool you, I’m the only one who eats tomatoes, but this tray has become something for me too.

They tray I use is from Pampered Chef and includes an ice pack to place under the top tray and it also includes the lid. Since my girls are all on three different schedules the ice pack is extremely helpful for keeping everything fresh for a long time. I’ve had it over a year and absolutely love it. Worked well for the beach last summer too.

Bottom layer tray, slim ice pack, divider tray

I’ve been keeping this on the table all day, refilling if need be and it’s usually empty by dinner time. It gives me peace of mine that I don’t belong in the Worst Mom Prison. If you’ve read my essays you’ll know what I’m talking about 😉

How are you handling the snacks and meals while your kids are home?