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3 cool fall vacations that wont break the bank

3 Cool Fall Vacations that Won’t Break the Bank

3 cool fall vacations that wont break the bank

Taking a Fall vacation may be the better option for many people- they’re cheaper, they have less of a chance of being overbooked, and you may have more time off work to actually enjoy one. If you are looking for a great fall vacation that won’t break the bank, check out one of these cool options and get to enjoying your time off.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park USA

Utah has five national parks and Capitol Reef is the least known — which means it is the least visited. Which also equates to it being the least expensive! If you have ever wanted to see the natural beauty of Utah and get away for a few days, this is the best option for your money.

Book a room at the Lodge at Red River Ranch and enjoy its 2,000 acres of open pastures and beautiful rivers. When you get there, spend an extra $5 for a week long pass to the nearby 3,100-tree orchard, where the cherries, apricots, peaches, and pears are yours to pick at your liking.

While at Capitol Reef, enjoy climbing and hiking, stargazing, and an outdoor concert series by Utah Symphony (in August).

Fredericksburg, Texas

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Did you know Texas is the fifth largest producer of wine in the country?

If that lone isn’t a reason to get you to Fredericksburg- which boasts the award-winning Pedernales Cellars – maybe you’d like to visit the city for its authentic German charm. The Roadrunner Inn is cheap and nice, and it sits close to authentic local food. The Marburger Orchard is close by, as well, and allows you to pick your own peaches.

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After all the food and wine, take a walk along the Enchanted Rock or the Gorman Falls in Colorado Bend State Park to enjoy a quiet evening under the stars. For the person looking for a relaxing getaway that won’t demand too much attention, time, stress, or money, this is perfect for you.

Burlington, Vermont

Lake Champlain

If you really love Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, this is the place to be — since it is the headquarters! But there’s more to see than just that in this quaint little town. This town is chic, rustic, and eco-friendly. Check out the Hotel Vermont for great lodging at a fair price, or go a little cheaper and stay at the famed The Little Place Guest House.

For a great dinner (that may be a bit of a splurge) many people recommend the Hen of the Wood, or check out a smaller restaurant along the main strip. After you eat, take a bike ride or a walk along the Island Line Trail. Be sure to visit Lake Champlain and the Shelburne Farms. Enjoy the walking trails and handcrafted cheddar, fresh milk, and event the classes on sheep shearing.

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10 Summer Games and Activities for Kids

It’s that time of year where, if you’re not homeschooling year round, you may have found that you’ve exhausted your repertoire of fun stuff to do outdoors.

Not quite ready to start thinking about school yet?  Try one of the fun and unique summer games or activities today!  (It’s really 209, if you count that #6 has 200 ideas!)

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 10 Summer Games and Activities for Kids

  1. Rain Cloud in a Jar ~Parenting Chaos
  2. Making Terrariums with Betta Fish ~We Know Stuff
  3. DIY How to Make Sponge Bombs ~Stockpiling Moms
  4. 5 Night Games Using Glow Sticks ~Premeditated Leftovers
  5. Homemade Super Bubble Recipe ~Grocery Shop for FREE!!
  6. 200 Free Summer Activities for Kids ~The Jenny Evolution
  7. How to Tie Dye T-Shirts with Sugar ~Stockpiling Moms
  8. DIY Pool Cards ~Parenting Chaos
  9. A Dinosaur Egg Ice Smash! ~A House Full of Sunshine
  10. Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe ~One Creative Mommy
Traveling with Kids

Top Tips for Travelling with Kids

Traveling with Kids

Woo hoo! It’s summer! Maybe you let your homeschool out during the summer or maybe you school year round. It’s still a great time to travel with the family and enjoy the great weather while on vacation.

Here’s a few parent-tested tips for smooth travel with your family:

Ask the Hotel About Child Facilities

Some resorts are built for couples, with lots of spas and romantic nooks. Kids will hate this. You need a resort with plenty of indoor recreational facilities, where they can play safely, and happily. Some hotels will even offer babysitting or child care services, so you can do some shopping or sight seeing on your own, without someone tugging at your knee and saying, “Mommy, can we go now?”

Don’t Overload the Itinerary

Kids get tired more easily, or can rapidly become overstimulated and cranky. Make sure that the itinerary leaves lots of room for resting, snacks, or (if you’re taking toddlers) even naps. Ideally you should only cover two major destinations in one day (one in the morning, another in the afternoon). If you want to see more sights, make arrangements to leave your child to rest in the hotel (see tip number one) and do it on your own.

Bring a “Child Care Pack”

This includes lots of water (kids get dehydrated more easily), an extra change of clothes, and small toys to amuse them at restaurants.

If you are going to a warm place (like a beach or a tropical country) remember that kids are more vulnerable to sunstroke and sunburn. Bring sunblock, a handheld battery-operated fan, and sports drinks (which will help them retain water). Avoid bringing them out in the hottest times of the day.

Choose a Kid-Friendly Itinerary

Consider your child’s age. A toddler will not be able to appreciate a historical tour of the country’s Medieval churches, and even a seven year old may not be able to stay still in a museum.

Look at the places you plan to visit and think, “Will he be able to understand this?” Compare the length of the tour with the average amount of time he can concentrate on one activity. Do this even before you choose a destination

Family vacations are a great way to make those family memories. But without proper planning, it can easily become stressful and disappointing for everyone. So, do yourself a favor and plan ahead!

8 Ways to Encourage Kids to Save Money

8 Ways to Encourage Kids to Save Money

8 Ways to Encourage Kids to Save MoneySaving money isn’t easy as adults, imagine how hard it is for kids! Teaching children to save at an early age can help establish good habits that last long into adulthood.

It might seem like teaching them this process will take forever, but it is possible. Take a look at these different ways to help encourage your child to save money.

Show Them the Money

Find a video that your child will watch and show them this way. Some children will never “get it” until you find a way to reach them. There are some incredible videos out there. For starters, see what YouTube has to offer.

Rewards, not Bribes

Show your child that there are rewards to saving money. One of those rewards is actually saving up to purchase something large. Another reward could be that you give them a certain dollar amount for every dollar they save. for example: you can give $10 for every 100 dollars they save. Remember, kids are kids and they deserve to be rewarded for saving their money properly.

The Gimmies

There is going to come a time when your child wants to buy something they don’t need. This is a great way to teach your child the importance of saving. Of course, it’s also vital to talk about purchasing something when you need it.

Chat It Up

So many people have money trouble and do not talk to their kids about saving money. This is because most adults can’t even save money. Talk to your child about the value of savings and this will do wonders for their life.

Pretend Money

If your child is really little, then teaching them to save with fake money is brilliant. You can eventually replace the fake money with real money, when the child is ready to spend it. Every time they do something worthy (chores), then give them the money and allow them to put it in their savings.

Ditch the Piggy Bank

Piggy banks are so 1955. Clear jars are the way to save money now. For one, they are free in most cases, and secondly the child can see how much money they are saving overtime.

Set a Good Example

If you are out blowing your money and not saving, then your child will realize it. They learn by watching. Make it a point to set a better example anytime you are spending or saving.

Just Say No to Plastic

It’s important for kids to learn how to save money and they can’t do that with plastic. Always show your child how to save by using cash. Pay them in cash and then show them how to take it to the bank and put that cash into the bank. They need to know that real money takes hard work.

Helping your children learn to save money is a task on its own, but an important one. Without mom and dad teaching them how to save, they may never truly grasp it. Don’t forget children turn into adults and will have to make their own money decisions some day. Helping them get on the right path now can help them have a secure financial future!

Top Tips Crusing with Kids

Top Tips for Cruising with Kids

Top Tips Crusing with Kids

Parents want a vacation that doesn’t leave them stressed out and exhausted. Cruises are a great option because they have a variety of programs for all ages, childcare, a multitude of dining options, and swimming pools! There’s nothing more stressful when planning a vacation than worrying about whether your child will whine, be bored, throw a tantrum, bother others, or not find anything he wants to eat on the menu. Cruises geared towards families with children are a great solution – the staff deals with fussy babies, sullen teens, and everything in between, week in and week out!Most of the other passengers on these kinds of cruises have the same worries and won’t notice or be bothered if your child is having a hard day. What else should you consider before cruising with children?

1. Think Big: Parents and cruise directors alike know that kids get bored easily and need lots of things to do. A small ship may not be the best choice for children because there are likely to be fewer options, but a mega ship, will offer a wealth of options.

2. Traveling with Teens: Parents of teens should make sure there are plenty of “older” activities such as an Internet café, video games, and even a teen-friendly disco or night club. Keep in mind what your kids are interested in, and check to make sure your cruise can meet the grade. There’s nothing like a 16 year old being stuck in a character parade with 6 year-olds to ruin his vacation!

3. Childcare: If it’s important to have childcare options then be sure to check with the cruise before you book. Some offer childcare programs during the day and babysitting services at night while others don’t. You will also want to verify any age requirements that there are for childcare.

4. Disney: For families cruising with young kids especially Disney cruises are almost always a hit. While the price tag is more than other cruise lines the day to night activities and complete catering to children can’t be beat.

5. Cabins: When choosing a cabin be realistic. If you are trying to save money, it might seem like a no brainer to cram your family of five into a small, windowless cabin. You know your family best but don’t make your time in your room miserable to save money. Instead consider two adjoining rooms to keep everyone sane, have an extra bathroom, and more space to spread out. This option is also likely to be less expensive than booking a suite.

6. Destinations: Get everyone together to decide where they would like to visit on the cruise. You may want to select a few options ahead of time that fit in your budget. Once a general destination is agreed on, let each child have a say in choosing an excursion or onboard activity. Let them research an area or activity and contribute their findings to the meeting. Planning the trip can be just as memorable as actually taking the trip. If kids are invested in the process from the beginning it’s also more meaningful.

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10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

Mother’s Day is approaching fast.  No need to worry or stress, though; Amazon has a great selection of gift baskets you can have shipped directly to the lucky recipient!

Here’s a few of our favorites (picked by moms!).

Victorian Lace Gourmet Food and Spa Gift Basket Set with Clock

Victorian

A special gift perfect for any occasion designed to celebrate elegant Victorian style, relaxation and good taste. We start with a unique antique style wooden gift chest detailed in hand painted English Roses and inlaid with a real working clock, sure to become a lovely addition to her home’s decor. She can relax and enjoy our exclusive Art d’ Moi spa products, sip a cup of tea, nibble on gourmet cookies and more with this great gift arrangement. Each basket is hand crafted with attention to detail, shrink wrapped and tied with a bow for presentation. To include a personalized gift message or to notify your recipient who purchased this thoughtful gift, you must select GIFT during checkout.Includes: Art d’ Moi Floral Bath Gel, Art d’ Moi Floral Body Lotion, Art d’ Moi Floral Body Butter, Art d’ Moi Floral Body Scrub, Victorian Cherub Candle, Floral Stationary Set, Primo Dolce Dipped Cookies, EnLight-Tea-Ments English Breakfast Tea, Keepsake Picture Frame, Hand Painted Wooden Gift Chest with Clock. An original gift basket arrangement created and designed by Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets. The spa products featured in this gift are part of the luxurious Art de’ Moi Spa Line, manufactured and distributed exclusively by Art of Appreciation.

Coffee Lovers Care Package Snacks and Treats Gift Box

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This thoughtful Coffee Lovers Care Package is a great gift box arrangement, complete with a coffee mug, then filled to overflowing with premium coffee and gourmet go togethers for your java loving recipient to enjoy. Cleverly presented, boxed and bowed, open the lid to find all the gourmet goodies tucked inside – Enjoy! Includes: Premium Columbian Coffee, Jamocha Almond Fudge Coffee, Butterscotch Flavored Coffee, Tiramisu Flavored Coffee, Torani Almond Hazelnut Biscotti, Keepsake Coffee Themed Mug, Barista Blend Café Latte Mix, Amaretto White Chocolate Wafer Cookie, Dark Chocolate Wafer Cookie, Bali’s Best Espresso Candy , Heavenly Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mocha Hazelnut Java Wafer Cookie, Coffee Themed Care Package Gift Box. Each basket is hand crafted with attention to detail and tied with a bow for presentation. Please mark GIFT during check to include a personalized gift message to convey your best wishes. This is an original gift basket arrangement designed by Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets.

Blooming Gift Bag of Tea, Sweets and Treats

Tea

Your love and appreciation for all she’s done shines through with this beautiful gift bag designed like a flower bouquet. It’s filled with an assortment of teas and treats to sample and try making it a great alternative to fresh flowers that can wilt away. Each gift set is crafted with attention to detail, shrink wrapped and tied with a bow for presentation. To include a personalized gift message or to notify your recipient who purchased this thoughtful gift, you must select GIFT during checkout. Includes: Ravishing Raspberry Tea Cookies, White Frosted Pretzels,Butterfly Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies, Primo Dolce Cookies, Butter Toffee Popcorn, Ashby ‘s Individual Cinnamon Plum Tea, Ashby’s Individual Chamomile Tea, Ashby’s Individual Raspberry Tea, Enlight-Tea-ments English Breakfast Tea, Jelly Belly Dutch Mint Candy, Luscious Lemon Biscotti Bites, Gift Bag Tote with Flower Design.PLEASE NOTE: This item is presented in a paperboard gift bag with a picture of roses printed on it. While it is very realistic and beautifully detailed to look like real flowers, it is not. This gift does not contain real flowers. An original gift basket arrangement designed and created by Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets.

Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets, Sweet Gardening Pleasures Gift Basket

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Delight your favorite gardener with this great gift featuring everything she needs to create a beautiful wildflower arrangement on her windowsill or deck! The unique wooden planter is perfect for patios, porches or as a decorative accent for her home. It’s then filled with a delightful array of teas, treats, handy gardening accessories and even flower seeds. Each basket is hand crafted with attention to detail, shrink wrapped and tied with a bow for presentation. To include a personalized gift message or to notify your recipient who purchased this thoughtful gift, you must select GIFT during checkout. Includes: Pair of Gardening Gloves, (3) Wildflower Garden Seed Packs, Gardening Trowel Tool, Longevity Green Tea Chai Tea Mix, Peace Vanilla Chai Tea Mix, Joy Spiced Chai Tea Mix, Cinnamon Butterfly Sugar Cookies, Sunny Candy Coated Sunflower Seeds, Primo Dolce Dipped Cookies, Fruity Gummi Worm Candy, Nylon Nail Brush, presented in a Wooden Planter. An original gift basket arrangement designed and created by Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets tm.

Snack Lovers Gourmet Treats Gift Basket

Snack Lover

What’s not to love in this snack-filled sampler gift basket? Whether cravings lean toward a taste that’s sweet or more savory, there is always something satisfying here! Each basket is hand crafted with attention to detail, shrink wrapped and tied with a bow for presentation. To include a personalized gift message or to notify your recipient who purchased this thoughtful gift, you must select GIFT during checkout. Your gift includes: Heavenly Gourmet Cookies, Three Pepper Blend Water Crackers, Gourmet Salted Caramel Popcorn, Savory Summer Sausage, Camembert Cheese Spread, Tuscan Italian Seasoned Almonds, Petite Fruit Bonbon Candies, Silk Crunch Cookie, Tangy Dill Seasoned Pretzels, Claey’s Kettle Fresh Candy, Almond Toffee Candy, presented in a checker cloth lined gift basket. An original gift basket arrangement designed and created by Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets.

Mothers Are Forever Gourmet Gift Basket

Mothers are Forever

Mothers ARE forever! Show her how much you care with this incredibly beautiful gift basket adorned in silk flowers and roses made in honor of Mom. This gift is offered in three generous sizes, with each size featuring the inspirational book “Mothers Are Forever”, a keepsake picture frame, candles, teas, treats and more! Each basket is hand crafted with attention to detail, shrink wrapped and tied with a bow for presentation. To include a personalized gift message or to notify your recipient who purchased this thoughtful gift, you must select GIFT during checkout. MEDIUM Includes: Mothers Are Forever Inspirational Book, Rose Shaped Tea Light Candles, 5×7 Keepsake Picture Frame, Floral Scented Body Spray, Floral Scented Potpourri, Enlight-Tea-Ments English Breakfast Tea, Jelly Belly Candy Coated Dutch Mints, Ravishing Raspberry Tea Cookies, Primo Dolce Dipped Cookies, Individually Wrapped Butter Mint Candies, Medium White Wicker Basket with Handle. An original gift basket arrangement designed and created by Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets.

Chocolate Treasures Gourmet Food Gift Basket

Chocolate

Chocolate Treasures is one of our best selling gift basket, requested time and again! The only thing that can beat an assortment of premium chocolates is presenting it beautifully in a handsome wicker basket that will compliment any homes decor. Thank your valued clients and their hard working staff, or celebrate a special occasion with friends and family, even if you can’t be there in person. Everyone loves chocolate and this irresistible assortment is the perfect selection for any gifting event. Includes: Chocolate Belgian Truffles, Double Chocolate Brownie, Confetti Chocolate Drizzled Toffee Popcorn, White Chocolate Hazelnut Cocoa Mix, Single Origin Chocolate Cookie Crisps , Chambery Chocolate Raspberry Truffles, (3) Individually Wrapped Chocolate Truffles, Almond Roca Toffee Candy, Godiva Assorted Chocolate Gem Truffles, Chocolate Classique Chocolate Truffles, Ghirardelli Chocolate Toffee Bar, Heavenly Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies, Big Dipper 6 Piece Belgian Dipped Cookies and Pretzels, Ice Wine Milk Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Meltaway Bites, presented in an Oval Willow Woven Basket. Each basket is hand crafted with attention to detail, shrink wrapped and tied with a bow for presentation, ready for gift giving. To include a personalized gift message or to notify your recipient who purchased this thoughtful gift, you must select GIFT during checkout, allowing you to input your own personalized best wishes. This is an original gift basket arrangement designed by Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets

Mother’s Day Fruit Gift Basket

Fruit

A delicious collection of treats in an attractive reusable basket for Mom! Fresh fruits are paired with a handmade cheese, nuts, strawberry jam and more.

Mother’s Day Gift Basket – Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast

She used to make you the best breakfasts ever, right? Well, it’s time to return the favor. Show her how much you appreciate her years of hard work by sending her an unbeatable breakfast. Comprised of gourmet foods like wild Maine blueberries, Stonewall Kitchen’s pancake mix, and artisan coffee, this gift makes a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget.

Mother’s Day Gardner Organic Gardening Gift Tote

Organic Garden

Earthly pleasures abound in this adorable gardening tote filled with the tools of the trade, and organic snacks to boot. When you’re ready to take a break from composting, planting or harvesting your garden, treat yourself to an organic bite. This healthy gift basket includes: -Gardening tools -Shortbread cookies -Indulgent lemon tea cookies -Dried fruit snacks, -Soothing tea and more. Also includes refreshing rosemary and mint hand wash. Truly a lovely and unique gift!

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What You Need to Know About Children and Chores

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At some point, parents almost always find themselves questioning whether their children should do chores or not. While this is a parenting choice that will differ from home to home, there are a few reasons every parent should consider adding chores to their child’s list of daily activities. Here are some to consider:

  • Chores teach children responsibility: Even younger children can benefit from learning responsibility, which includes completing expected tasks at reasonable times. Taking responsibility for small tasks now prepares children for becoming responsible adults later.
  • Chores teach children about community: Parents are responsible for providing a home for their children, but children can benefit from learning that their home is a type of community that they can (and should) contribute to keeping clean and organized. The actions of each person are important in a community and can affect whether the community thrives.
  • Chores teach life skills: As parents, we prepare our children as best we can for life beyond our homes once they reach adulthood. An education and money-management skills are important, but so are things like knowing how to fold clothes, use a washing machine, and keep a floor clear of pest-attracting debris.
  • When everyone pitches in, maintaining a safe, comfortable home becomes easier. That translates into happier parents, which can only lead to a happier family overall.

Once you’ve decided chores are in your children’s future, it’s time to tackle the hard part, which is deciding just which tasks to assign to little Jan and Junior. There are many, many choices, but the one thing to keep in mind is age-appropriateness. If you assign tasks that are not age appropriate, you risk either overwhelming your children or allowing them to think taking care of a home requires little effort. Here are some chores you might assign to your kids, based on their ages:

  1. Preschoolers: Yes, really. They are cute and pint-sized, but they can do chores too. They can pick up their toys and help put them away, put their worn clothing in a hamper, dust, wipe up minor spills, and help organize things like piles of books, games, and DVDs. You might even allow them to help set the table and fill a pet’s food bowl.
  2. 5 through 10: This age group can handle any task appropriate for the previous age group as well as chores like assisting with meal preparation, clearing the table after meals, emptying waste baskets, weeding and raking, unloading a dishwasher, washing several unbreakable dishes, sorting laundry, making their own beds, watering plants, and cleaning (or assisting with cleaning) their own bedrooms.
  3. 11 through 13: Children in this age group can babysit younger siblings when parents are at home, load the dishwasher, wash the car, wash clothes and fold laundry, clean windows, wash floors, vacuum, sweep, clean the bathroom and kitchen, and cook some simple meals. This is in addition to any task appropriate for a younger age group.
  4. 14 through 18: As teens approach adulthood, they can handle more responsibility and more complex tasks. In addition to everything the younger kids can tackle, 14 to 18 year olds can mow the lawn, shovel snow without assistance, cook dinner, run errands, grocery shop from a parent-provided list, babysit without supervision, iron, walk the dog, clean the litter box, clean the refrigerator, and replace light bulbs.

The above list is not exhaustive. It’s only meant to provide some ideas for each age group. Choose the tasks you feel are appropriate not only for your child’s age group but also for his ability level and personality.

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5 Fun & Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

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Are you ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  The whole family help get into the theme of thing with these 5 fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts!

easy st patricks towel

 

Proving that crafting doesn’t need to cost and arm & a leg, these cute towels started life at a dollar store.

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Turn a simple houseplant into a fun St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece for your table.

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Every time I look at these jars, they just put a smile on my face! They are just so full of vibrant color and whimsy, your day is sure to be a little brighter.

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How do you catch a leprechaun? Set a trap, of course!

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Looking for a treat to share? Why not try these Twisted Pretzel Shamrocks?

Kid Friendly Valentine Ideas

3 Last-Minute Ideas for Valentine’s Day With Kids

Kid Friendly Valentine Ideas

2014 is off to a speedy start, and if you’re like many parents, Valentine’s Day has snuck up on you while you were busy with other things. The post-holiday, back-to-school, back-to-work weeks have a way of doing that to you, and extreme winter weather definitely doesn’t help. If this is the tune you’re singing this February, and you are just now remembering that Valentine’s Day is coming, here are 3 last-minute ideas for you:

  1. While heart-shaped candies and decadent chocolates are the traditional way to say Happy Valentine’s Day to your sweethearts, they are expected and common. If you, or your loved ones, have become bored with these gifts, consider cooking their favorite meal or introducing them to a new dish you’re sure they’ll love. Then follow it up with a delicious homemade dessert. Set the table with a red tablecloth and decorate the room with cut-out hearts and glittery streamers for a nice touch. You can even serve the beverages in disposable champagne flutes to make the evening more festive. As a bonus, you can have the family help you prepare the meal and get some extra togetherness time. Here are some dessert ideas:

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Fantastic Fudge

Caramel-Drizzled Brownie Hearts

  1. Give the gift of your attention. Managing a family is a busy job, which becomes even more time consuming if you work, help with homework, or shuttle the kids around to all of their activities. When the school/work day is over this February 14th, make it all about spending time with your loved ones. Go see a movie the whole family will love and then head out to dinner. For family fun, pick a restaurant unlikely to draw couples. As a bonus, you won’t have to cook! Alternatively, stay in and pledge to do some of your kids’ favorite things (games, puzzles, crafts, hide and seek), giving them your undivided attention. This means you walk away from the smartphone, close the laptop, and turn off the television.
  2. We really should show our loved ones how much we care every day of the year (and as a parent, you probably do). Why not spend this Valentine’s Day (or the Saturday following it) opening your heart to others. Get out and help someone less fortunate or spread some joy to the lonely or shut in, such as an elderly person who can’t get around as well as he or she used to. I promise, it will make you feel great and teach your kids an important lesson about giving to others.

 

No matter what you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, give your kids extra hugs and kisses, and enjoy your time together!

 

 

 

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