Gifts of Love to Give All Year

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Written by contributor Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute.

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and the web is abuzz with all kinds of brilliant ideas for making the day special for your kids.  You can write them secret love letters requiring spy-grade decoder wheels to translate.  You can send them on a sweet and simple scavanger hunt for a fun surprise.  And you can make a special V-Day breakfast that’s as simple or complex as you like.   All of these are spectacular ideas, and I plan on putting a few of them to work in my own house this week.

But while these celebrations are fun and important, they aren’t nearly as important as the gifts of love we can give our children all year long.  Here are just a few of the most important gifts we can give every day. [Read more…]

Pink smoothies for my Valentines

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Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

I‘m one of those mushy folks who loves Valentine’s day and all of the silliness and sweetness that go along with it. Actually, I tend to enjoy silly and sweet all year long, but especially in the name of love.

During the month of February I like to decorate with hearts and pinks and reds and lots of X’s and O’s.  My Valentiney silliness spills over into the kitchen, too, where I cannot help but spoil my sweets with sweets.

Yesterday was a rainy day and kind of dreary.  We needed a little treat to add some sunshine to the day.  So, I made pink smoothies for my Valentines.  Lucy, my four year old, was my sidekick in the kitchen (as she usually is).

While a food photographer I am not, I thought I’d share what Lucy and I whipped up so you and your Valentines can enjoy a sweet treat, too.

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Weekend links

Sunsetwalk

I also wanted to mention the Family Book Festival going on this month over at Jump Into a Book (a blog you definitely should be reading).  All month long they will be sharing the favorite children”s books of authors, illustrators, and bloggers.  I”ve already discovered a few new to me titles to add to our family”s library list.

I know that parts of the country have a couple of feet of snow on the ground, but most of our snow here in central Indiana has melted.  Last night it was even warm enough to take a family walk at sunset. After weeks being stuck indoors, it felt good to venture outdoors, even just for a walk around the neighborhood.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!