This Post is sponsored by Target, as always all opinions are my own.
Since having my kids, Valentine’s Day has a whole new meaning; it is no longer about my husband and I. It is now about our familia (family), learning about amor (love) and kindness in different ways other that the typical cards and chocolate.
One of the first things we do as a family to start preparing for Valentine’s Day is decorating the house. We add a few little touches here and there all around the house, small reminders of the love that exists in our home. This is particularly fun for my 6-year-old because she gets a kick out of any holiday and she enjoys the little changes and the activities I plan for them.
During the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, I begin to talk to the kids about the meaning of the day, and we read books and discuss the importance of spreading love and kindness wherever we go. I found some great children’s books at Target that were just perfect for my 6-year-old and 1-year-old. My 6-year-old is currently learning about cities and towns at school, so when I found “Love Is All Around New Jersey” by Wendi Silvano, I knew she would love it—especially because we live in N.J. I also picked up “You Are My Heart” by Marianne Richmond. It is a shorter read and it is perfect for my 1-year-old and his short attention span.
For my kids, nothing screams te amo (I love you) like a cupcake. This is probably their favorite part of celebrating Valentine’s Day. I am far from a baker, but I try—and, lucky for me, I found Valentine’s Day–themed cupcake pans, baking cups, toppers, box cake, frosting and sprinkles at Target. The box cake took all of three steps to make and 20 short minutes to bake. I was in heaven. It is so important for me to include my children in these types of kitchen activities, but it is only fun when it can be done quick and easy—no fuss, no mess, and my children were happy. Once the cupcakes were ready for frosting, we added some amor by sprinkling the cupcakes with “magical love sprinkles” because they were made with mucho amor (lots of love). My kids know that love is shown in many different ways, and that sometimes without knowing you can make someone feel loved just by simply being kind.