5 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Special for Under $5
I know that Valentine’s Day is a cheesy hallmark holiday but I have always loved it; not for the romantic aspect (although now that I have my forever valentine I do love celebrating the romantic side) but even more then that I love that there is a day out of the year dedicated to spreading love!
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31). I love that the 10 commandments can be simplified into two part: Love God, and Love People. I try to live by these two principles everyday; I think one of reasons why I love Valentine’s Day so much is because it’s all about loving others.
My mom always made a big deal about Valentine’s Day when we were growing up and now that I am a mom I want to do the same thing. Every year my mom would bake something special like a huge heart shaped sugar cookie and put together little gift bags. It was never anything really expensive but it meant a lot to me. The bag would have my favorite candy or a lip-gloss or just a little something extra to say I love you. As I got older and left for college my mom would send amazing care packages for Valentine’s Day or come to visit and give the care package in person. My favorite part was always her signature Valentine’s Day Brownies. They were cut into little hearts, sprinkled with powdered sugar and simply the most delicious, chewy, extra chocolatey brownies!
Here are 5 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Special for your kids for under $5.
1. Make Pink Pancakes
I made these last year and everyone loved them! Pancakes are special in our family because the day my husband and I started dating we made pancakes together, so now every time we eat pancakes we are reminded of that sweet memory. We have tried a lot of recipes and finally found our favorite pancake recipe. All you have to do is add a little food coloring and you can turn these into Valentine pancakes!
2. Make M&M Cookies
For every holiday there are special M&M colors. Take your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and substitute the chocolate chips for the holiday M&M’s. They are easy and fun to make. Depending on the age of your children, let them help you bake the cookies. It may be messier and take longer, but the memories you will make in the kitchen together are what your kids will remember and cherish.
3. Popcorn & a Movie
I don’t know about you but our family LOVES popcorn. Honestly we could eat it every night for a snack. Popcorn and a movie are the perfect pair; so let your kids pick out their favorite movie and enjoy a family night together cuddled on the couch.
4. Gifts/ Toys from the Target Dollar Spot
I am obsessed with Target and their dollar spot. It calls to me every time I walk in the door. Now I’m not one to encourage buying useless crap for your kids but they have some great finds in there. Just search around and who knows you might even find something for yourself too!
5. Tell your children how much you love them!
This one is completely FREE and will probably mean the most to them. I cannot even count the number of times a day that my husband and I tell our sons that we love them. I don’t think that children can ever hear the words “I love you” too many times. Sometimes I feel as though I am smothering my two boys with love but that’s what us moms do!