Love is in the air – and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! But, if you’ve just had a baby or spent too much money, feeling tired, unmotivated or just un-pretty, romance is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Life’s day to day obstacles can put enough stress on yourself and your relationships, without the pressure of a day that requires more of you. So why not make Valentine’s Day a time for exactly what you and your family needs – love! Keep it simple, cheap and from the heart. Here are a few of our favourite ideas to help inspire…
For new parents – today, the housework can wait.
Appreciate each other. Plan ahead. This way, you can work around your baby’s routine and still make it a special occasion. Plan a surprise – write a love note on baby’s nappy or surprise him with a gift! Take some baby-free time once it’s past bedtime, throw a blanket on the living room floor and enjoy a picnic.
For babies and toddlers – arts and crafts will be loads of fun, and give you something to keep as a memory of the day. A potato can be cut out or a toilet roll can easily be bent into the shape of a heart to be used as stamps for their works of art. Also, old left over crayons can be melted into any shape you want! Place the crayons into a baking tray (heart shaped, even) and heat in the oven at 120 degrees for 20 minutes, then leave to cool completely. A great way to recycle and makes a gift they can keep on enjoying.
For kids at school – try a clever and cute labelled gift to surprise the other kids!
‘You put the bounce in my step’ with a bouncing ball
‘You blow me away’ with bubbles
‘I’m glad you’re in my school’ with a bag of fish marshmallows
For the family – A scavenger hunt is always a firm favourite. Cut four or five hearts out of red/pink paper, label them 1 to 5 on the backside, and write a clue on the front that describes something you love about the recipient, but at the same time, leads them to a spot around the house where they will find the next clue.
Just to get your creative juices flowing, here are a few ideas:
“I admire the dedication you showed in order to get an A in Maths. Where is the last place you left your Maths book?” “You have such a big, kind heart when you help your little brother pick up his puzzles . Where do we keep his puzzles?”
Wishing you all the love this February!