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Simple & Special Ideas for Valentine’s Day

I’ve got a brand new Valentine tutorial up on the mom channel at eHow and – I must say – I’m pretty excited about it.  It’s a jumbo, and much healthier, version of the classic conversation heart. Go check it out, if you’re so inclined, then head back here for 13 more easy ways to make the 14th special.

Two reminders first though:

      1. The FREE parenting webinar we’re hosting with Today Show expert Amy McCready is tonight at 6pm PST/9pm EST.  If you’re tired of yelling, nagging, etc. to get the kids to listen be sure to join us.  RSVP is required – go here to grab your spot.

      3. If you have a second, I’d love for you to chime in below on the question of the day:

Where do you stand on sugary snacks?  Not phased by them, completely outlawed at your house, or somewhere in between?

13 More Easy-to-Do Valentine Ideas

This love balloon delivery idea would be so fun for nieces, nephews and cousins.


Remember that question of the day?  We fall somewhere in the middle, avoiding sugar as much as we can in our daily routine but don’t have a problem with it for special occasions. These homemade marshmallows would definitely be on the list for just such a day.

You all know I’m big of art for making memories with the littles, especially on special days. These birdseed feeders are a lovely little project and I know my kiddos would love gazing out the window to see if the birds took the bait.

Need a simple strategy for giving your space some love?  Check out this DIY heart garland from MPMK contributor Kaley.

Real Simple‘s tutorial on how to bake a heart cake would come in handy for a party.

Don’t forget to check out a book, or five, from our list of LOVE-ly Valentine Reads.


These sprinkle treats would be a sweet surprise packed in a lunch box.

I adore this idea of writing love letters to your children – what a fabulous Valentine’s Day tradition.


And while you’re at it, why not make some easy heart envelopes to house your love notes.

These heart jellies are yet another good option for your sweet tooth.


Do your kids flip over special drinks like mine do? (Maybe I’ve just conditioned them by usually only allowing milk and water.) Whatever the reason, my littles would love these floats.

Last week we suggested a nap picnic as a way for even the busiest couples to squeeze in some romance.


Finally, how stinking cute is this DIY hair bow? I’m thinking of whipping up a set – one for me and one for S.

That’s my list – will you try one of these projects next week?

Question of the day: 

Where do you stand on your kids and sugary snacks?  

a) Not phased by them

b) They’re completely outlawed at your house

c) Somewhere in between



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