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Love Tree

Love Tree - Perfect idea to use in February up to Easter. Easy, memorable and affordable!

In an effort to avoid having to store (or rebuild every year) my Thanksgiving Tree, I am trying to find ways to re-theme it throughout the year.

In November you could find this on our table: Valentine's Tree @ From this Kitchen Table Then at Christmas it looked like this:

Love Tree - Perfect idea to use in February up to Easter

The past month it’s been on our table bare and I decided it was time to revitalize the tree.

Now, it’s become a love tree. The perfect theme for February and leading up to Easter.

If you already have a tree, putting this together will be simple – skip ahead to step 2.

I’m not a crafty person. My crafts have to be affordable and fairly easy otherwise they won’t happen. This one meets both of those requirements.

Love Tree

1. Find sticks of varying sizes and arrange them into a vase. Use small rocks or glass pebbles to weight down the vase or else it will topple over on you.

2. Cut hearts of varying sizes out of different color construction paper or card stock. I used pinks and red, but blues, greens, and grays would work too.

I have a pdf of 3 different size hearts you can use if you’d like.

Love Tree - Perfect idea to use in February up to Easter. Easy, memorable and affordable!Love Tree - Perfect idea to use in February up to Easter. Easy, memorable and affordable!

To access the pdf, click here!

3. Hang the hearts. I used a needle and white thread. On the large hearts, it would look pretty to use a hole punch and hang it up with ribbon.

4. Between now and when you use your tree for Easter, take time each day to write something/one you love, someone that loves you, a way you showed love or were shown love, or a scripture verse about love on the hearts. Toddlers could color on the hearts or dictate to you.

What a great time and memorable way to focus on God’s love for us and the way that He and others show love for us.

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3 Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Your Family

This is the second post on celebrating Valentine’s Day. Today I have some ideas on how to celebrate the day in your family. One of these I looked forward to every year and am excited to do with my daughter this year. 3 Fun ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day as a family. Affordable and fun ideas the kids will love!

Secret Pals

Valentine’s morning, draw names in your family to be a secret pal. You then get to (sneakily):

  • Do acts of service for them: – Make their bed – Do their chore – Clean their car – etc
  • Give little gifts: – Draw a picture – Write a note – Leave a favorite candy bar on their chair

That evening before bed, everyone can reveal their secret pal. Even assuming that everyone has already figured it out, it’s still a good time to reminisce and share stories and thanks.

Treasure Hunt

This is one of my favorite Valentine’s memories growing up. Each year my mom would come up with a series of clues. She handed us the first clue and off we went. Each clue would lead to a piece of candy with another clue taped onto it. We went to six different places to find our treasures.  We didn’t want it to end.

  • Pre-Reading/Toddler: This is actually easier with younger kids. All you have to do is draw a picture to send them on their way. For instance, draw a picture of their toy box. They walk to their toy box and find a piece of candy with a picture of their pillow pet on it. The next piece will be on the pillow pet. You get the idea!
  • Reading Kids: Write a riddle. Here’s where you have to get a little more creative. Adjust the difficulty of the clues based on age. For a little older pre-reading kids you can read the clues aloud.
    To begin, go to where
    of a visitor you are made aware.

     

    In the bedroom, you will see
    Under your pillow, something from me!

     

    Next to your chair, you will find
    Another treat of a different kind!

     

    You got to that one very fast,
    Run to the bookshelf to get the last!

Valentine’s Food

Be creative. I’m sure you can come up with so many options. 3 Fun ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day as a family. Affordable and fun ideas the kids will love!

  • Form food into a heart – last year we did this with homemade pizza – heart shaped sugar cookies – heart shaped pancakes – cut brownies with a heart cookie cutter
  • Make dishes with lots of red – spaghetti – lasagna – soup
  • Eat by candlelight and turn your normal fare into something special or make a fancy dinner even more over the top.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your house? Do you have any of the same traditions you did as a kid?

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Celebrating a Meaningful Valentine’s Day with Children

3 Days to Celebrating a meaningful Valentine's Day with your Children. Focus on Hands of Love, Voice of Love, and Deed of Love. Great ideas!

Valentine’s Day. How do we turn this holiday into one of meaning for our children? Today I’m going to share with you ideas to use on the three days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Ideas that your kids will enjoy and that will also make lasting impressions on them.

Gather your kids together and tell them that Valentine’s Day is coming up and the next few days you are going to be doing things to help prepare. You can do as many or as few of the ideas as you’d like and can easily adapt for age.

Day 1: Hand of Love

These ideas focus on writing and drawing.

Draw a picture

It could be as simple as drawing hearts or as elaborate as coloring pictures of ways people show love or minister to others.

Make Up A Poem

Get the creativity flowing. It could be about images that come to mind on Valentine’s Day or ways love has been shown to you. Maybe a way a parent or grandparent has shown love.

Write a Story

How much fun could this be? Older kids could write it out and younger ones can dictate their plot to you. Fiction or non-fiction, this would be something you’d want to keep for when the kids are older.

Write a Song

If you are super creative, you could even write it for a melody that your kids know well. (Twinkle Twinke Little Star is a favorite of my daughter.)

Make a Heart Mobile

Cut hearts of various sizes out of red, pink, white and whatever other color construction paper or card stock you’d like. On each heart, write names of people you love and those who love you.
“Mommy loves little brother” “Daddy loves mommy” “Sister loves Grandma”
Hang the hearts to the light fixture above your dining room table with string or twine.

Create Invitations for a Tea Party

More on this fun idea coming up!

Day 2: Voice of Love

Here we focus on our voice and verbally communicating love to others.

Phone Call

Make that phone call to the friend, relative, or individual that your child has been influenced by or who has done kind things for them. The call doesn’t have to be fancy. Keep it simple and if your child feels uncomfortable help them come up with a simple script before hand. They can even rehearse it with you.

“Hi, Mrs. Sue! I want to say thank you for being my Sunday School teacher. I always want to come to class and I love the Bible stories and crafts you do with us.”

Or perhaps they can call someone that’s sick and just let them know they are thinking of them and give their love.

Call Daddy

Have your child surprise Daddy with a call at work just to say, “I love you.”

Visit

Maybe there’s a shut it you know or an individual that’s going through a rough time that would appreciate a short visit and maybe a picture drawn or poem written yesterday.

Skype

Some people we care about live too far away to visit and it can be costly to call. Skype is a great alternative. Set up a date for your child to call the missionary friend that moved to the other side of the equator and let them know they are being thought of.

Day 3: Deed of Love

Finally, we are going to do an act of love.

Tea Party for Widows

This one would take a little bit of advance planning, but would be memorable.

  • If your children are young and your space is limited just have over 1 or 2 widows (this is often a lonely day for them).
  • Simple invitations would have to be mailed or phone calls made before the afternoon of the    event
  • Plan a basic menu. Cookies and tea or juice that your child helps make would be sufficient.
  • Your child could even draw a picture for each guest.
  • Help your child come up with conversation starters.

Make Cookies or Treats

Make up little goody plates (similar to what we did here). Attach a valentine your child made and and deliver to widows, widowers, friends, and others that could use the encouragement. Your child can carry the plate, ring the door bell, say Happy Valentine’s Day, and give a hug. Depending on age, you can watch from the car.

Financial Donation

Your child can do some extra chores and collect their change. You can make a donation online or in person to an organization that helps care for and love others.

Toy Donations

Have your child pick out a toy and donate it to a pregnancy center, shelter, or any where else that could use it.

How do you make Valentine’s Day meaningful for your children?

Come back Thursday for ideas on how to celebrate the actual Valentine’s Day in your home with your children!

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Love Songs for Valentine’s Day

Playlist of love songs perfect for your Valentine's Day at home date night!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Now is the time to start coming up with ideas and making plans otherwise we’ll find it sneaking up on us. 

Some of us might spend a night on the town with our love and others might have a quiet evening at home. Maybe it’s because money is tight and there isn’t anything extra in the budget for a meal out or baby-sitter for the kids. Maybe it’s just simpler and more enjoyable to stay home.

That doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Whatever the reason, I have the perfect thing to making your evening at home a little more special.

I have a valentine’s playlist for you (and an idea for how to turn it into a gift). Perfect background music for eating your late supper after the little kids are put to bed, to visit and play games by over dessert, or to snuggle up on the couch in front of the fire place and chat by.

To be honest, I know little about music. The radio is on when we are driving in the car and that’s about it. Don’t worry, I didn’t come up with this list. My husband did and he is a music person. Maybe a little more than just a music person. He might verge on being a music hoarder. With probably over 1500 CDs in his collection (and he’s recently gotten rid of several) and having worked in radio for years, he knows what he’s talking about.

You could actually turn this (or a playlist of your favorite love songs) into a personalized gift. While we were dating, my husband compiled a CD of love songs and had a letter to go with it saying what each song was and how it reminded him of me and our relationship. It was pretty sweet and we still have it after being married 7 1/2 years.

If you have a Spotify account, we have a playlist all set up for you to stream! (If you don’t have one, it’s free and easy)

  1. I Could Not Ask for More – Edwin McCain
  2. Groovy Kind Of Love – Phil Collins
  3. You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
  4. Hands To Heavens – Breathe
  5. I’ll Be Over You – Toto
  6. Open Arms – Journey
  7. Love of My Life – Jim Brickman
  8. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
  9. At My Most Beautiful – R.E.M.
  10. I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis
  11. Meet Me Half Way – Kenny Loggins
  12. Godsend – DC Talk
  13. Will You Still Love Me? – Chicago
  14. That’s What Love Is For – Amy Grant
  15. More Than Words Can Say – Alias
  16. I Will Be Here For You – Michael W. Smith
  17. Only You – Yaz
  18. Faithfully – Journey
  19. Glory of Love – Peter Cetera
  20. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure

What’s your favorite love song?

Playlist of love songs perfect for your Valentine's Day at home date night!

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