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30 last minute Valentine’s Day ideas

Happy Monday everyone! I can’t believe tomorrow is Valentine’s Day already. It totally snuck up on me! I know that there’s quite a few people who would disagree with me, but I think that Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday. It gives you a reason to celebrate the love you have not just for your significant other but for your children, family, and friends, too! There are so many fun ideas out there in Pinterest land for Valentine’s Day. Heart-shaped food, handmade cards, chocolatey desserts, crafts for kids, gift ideas, and on and on it goes. If you’re anything like me, however, you didn’t plan ahead and here you are on the day before Valentine’s Day searching for some last minute ideas. Look no further! I’ve created a round-up of some last minute ideas for you from crafts to food to gift ideas. You can still make the day special, it’s not too late! All of these ideas are super easy, very low cost, and won’t take too much time. Enjoy!

FORHIM  

Root Beer Float Kit – Super easy to put together! Add a DVD to the basket and you have a fun stay-at-home date night!

5 Guys Gift Card – For the husband who loves a good burger!

Movies and Milkduds  – Gift your movie-loving husband a free Red Box movie with this cute idea.

Valentine Snack Notes – Pack your husband a lunch on Valentine’s Day and add a few of these fun notes to some special treats.

Top 5 Things – Not giving gifts this year? Take some time to write down 5 things you really appreciate about your husband (or wife). They’ll love it, trust me!

Valentine’s Search and Find for him – I love this unique idea from The Dating Divas! He’ll love this one!

12 months of pre-planned dates – Plan out date nights for the rest of the year. Be creative. You could even include gift cards. You’ll both enjoy date nights more without the “where should we eat” or “what should we do” question every time! (or is that just me and my husband?!)

Quite the Catch – An inexpensive but cute idea. For the guy (or girl) who loves Swedish Fish.

Candy Bar Bouquet – Perfect for any candy-loving husband! He’ll appreciate this as much as you appreciate the bouquet of flowers he gets you (or maybe you’d rather have candy bouquet than a floral one, too!)

52 things I love about you – Take the time to tell your husband why you love him. An inexpensive but very meaningful idea!

FORKIDS

Valentine’s Day Jenga – A fun game to play with your kids on Valentine’s Day.

A-Doh-Able Valentines  – A great idea if you need something quick for your kid’s friends and even something you can give your own kids!

Bubblegum Valentines – Another fun idea for kids to make for their friends or for you to give to them.

Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Printables – Add a little love to your kid’s school lunches on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Slime – A fun project for Valentine’s Day! What kid doesn’t love slime?!

Secret Messages – Leave your kids some secret messages on these sweet valentines. Put one in their school lunch, under the bedroom door, or on their plate at dinnertime.

Valentine’s Search and Find for kids – I love this idea! Hide a few gifts (candy, trinkets, whatever!) around your child’s room or the house while they’re sleeping or at school and then send them on a scavenger hunt.

Valentine’s Day Yahtzee – another fun game to play with your kids on Valentine’s Day.

Printable Bookmark to color – print out these fun bookmarks for your kids to color. They can give them way to grandparents, aunts and uncles, and friends!

Heart Attack – This is such a sweet idea! Write down what you love about your child(ren) on hearts and attach to their bedroom door. What a fun way for them to wake up on Valentine’s Day morning!

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Easy Heart Cinnamon Rolls – SO easy yet sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Valentine’s Day Pancake Kabobs – An easy to way to turn breakfast into something special.

Valentine’s Day Snack Mix – A perfect after-school snack or little gift for your nieces and nephews, students, or grandkids!

Heart-shaped Rice Krispie treats – For any Rice Krispie lover that you know!

Heart Pretzels – Super cute snack that’s also quick and easy.

Strawberry Brownie Kabobs – Need a fast dessert for Valentine’s Day? This one looks very impressive but yet takes very little time and effort!

Brownie Trifles  – Again, this dessert looks quite fancy without the work most fancy desserts require! I think warm brownie sundaes served this way would be delicious, too!

Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies – This is a fun snack for you to make for or with your kids!

Heart-shaped Fruit Kabobs – Who says Valentine’s Day treats can’t be healthy?

Mini Heart Pizzas – A fun way to add a bit of Valentine’s Day fun to dinnertime. It’s easy and your kids will love it. You can even turn it into a “make your own pizza night” complete with a fun movie and some popcorn.

 

Enjoy your last minute planning! Happy Valentine’s Day!

beating the winter blues

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Hey there friends!

It’s February which means we’re only SIX Fridays away from Spring! Yay! It might be a little longer than that, however, before warmer weather officially arrives. Wintertime can make one a bit stir crazy after awhile. Especially as a stay at home mom…the days and evenings can get pretty long when you’re cooped up inside. So I’m here to bring you 10 ways to beat those winter blues and bring some fun to the monotony of these cold and dreary days!

1) Get out of the house: Yes, it’s cold and you’ve got to get the kids all bundled up and buckled into their carseats. But it’s quite amazing the difference just one outing can make in your day. My little guy loves people and new places and things to look at. You could go to the library (look into what programs your local library has for kids this time of the year), the grocery store, a local museum, grandma’s house, a craft store, a local coffee shop, or a friend’s house for a playdate. We like to take lunch to my husband at work this time of the year…we get out of the house and B just loves to see daddy. And since evenings can get long trying to entertain a 9 month old with the same toys he’s been playing with all day, we often will come up with something to do after dinner. We grocery shop as a family, run errands, hang out with family, or get coffee at our local Starbucks.

2) Music: Music can be a great way to bring some joy to your days at home. Play some upbeat music and dance around with your kids. Play your favorite tunes while you eat lunch or fold laundry or do the dishes. Buy some new songs or a new album on iTunes. Music can boost your mood and add fun to your daily routine.

3) Pick a project: Give yourself some purpose this winter. Pick a project or two you want to accomplish this winter. It could be creating a photo album, redecorating a room, starting a blog, or organizing your cabinets and closets. You’ll feel so much better when you’re getting something done and not just watching Netflix or scrolling Facebook in your free time.

4) Toy rotation: Our baby is the 1st grandchild on my side of the family so he received a lot of Christmas presents. Instead of giving them all to him at once, I put about half of them away in a box. So now when he seems to be getting a bit bored with his current selection, I can pull out something new he hasn’t seen before. Didn’t do that at Christmas? Just put away a few of the toys and games your children have now and pull them back out in 2 or 3 weeks! 

5) Winter getaway: When we were young, my parents always took us away to a hotel with a pool for a weekend in the wintertime. We loved it and looked forward to it every winter. We still continue the tradition and look forward to introducing our little boy to it this year! It doesn’t have to be a hotel far away…as long as it has a pool, I’m sure your kids will be more than happy. Don’t have the funds or the time to do a whole weekend away? Just find a local indoor pool and go for an afternoon!

6) Puzzles and GamesEvenings can get long. My husband and I get tired of trying to find something to watch on TV every night after the baby goes to bed. Maybe you get tired of trying to find something other than TV to entertain your own kids before the magical bedtime hour. We recently pulled out a puzzle and work on that in the evenings instead of scrolling through our phones while half-watching something on TV.  Are you trying to find a way to entertain your kids in the evenings with something other than TV? Pull out those untouched board games in the closest or pick out a puzzle together. The time will pass quickly and you won’t regret the quality time spent together!

7) Work out: I can’t necessarily claim to be the most consistent in this area but I can tell you that I feel so much better when I fit a work out into my morning. Just being active for 30 minutes gives me energy for the rest of the day!

8) Read a bookThere’s no better time to pick up a good book than the dreary days of winter! Fit in a half hour of reading before bed or during nap time. I made it my goal this year to read one book a month. I snuggle my baby for the first 20 minutes of his nap while reading a chapter or two on my kindle. Now I really look forward to that time every day! 

9) Initiate get-togethers: Weeks go by so much faster when you have something to look forward to and one thing I love to look forward to is getting together with friends and family. It’s so easy to throw yourself a pity party…you never get invited anywhere, you have no friends, no weekend plans. But step out of your comfort zone! Call that mom from church who has some kids and see if she wants to come over for a cup of coffee while the kids play or see if the couple you met the other week wants to go out to dinner with you. Invite family and/or friends over for some games or a movie and dessert. Don’t worry if they’re a little older or younger or have kids that aren’t a different age than your own. I often find myself second-guessing and thinking “maybe they don’t want to hang out with us” or “what if they just say yes out of obligation?” but then there’s the other possibility…maybe they’re feeling the same way as you! You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain! 

10) Break Routine: Plan a date night with your husband. Pull out the paint and let the kids go crazy. Create a discovery box for your baby with kitchen utensils and other “toys” from around the house. Write letters or make cards for someone who needs encouragement. FaceTime a friend or family member that lives far away. Bake cookies with your kids to give to your neighbors. Pick out a project on Pinterest. Have a pizza and movie night. Build a fort. Try out a new recipe. Have a family camp-out. Let your kids pick out something at the Dollar Store. Find an indoor play area. Get manicures or paint nails with your little girl. Have a craft or game day. The options are endless! 

Here’s to six more weeks of winter (thanks, groundhog) and making them the best ever!

Happy Friday!

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