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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and since I became a mom, I've enjoyed celebrating the occasion with my littles, too. 'Course, now they're not so little, and now that many of them have left home, we tend to have to be a bit more creative about celebrating... But I digress...
Anyway, I have lots of memories of good times, and I'm still able to appreciate that our youngest is still at home, so it's all good. Plus, dear hubby and I still enjoy the holiday 😉
So, in an effort to "share the love", I've listed some ideas here for your consideration. Adapt them as you see fit, and make 'em your own. And if you're feeling really generous, leave an idea or two of your own below!
And if, after going through all these, you're still stumped, the gift that says "I love you!" all year long could be right at your fingertips. Consider a gift of Amazon Prime (course if you already have it, you could get a bunch of Valentine's Day gifts delivered straight to your door just in time!); or a Kindle and an Audible subscription (to be ready for lots of summertime reading); or a renewable Amazon Gift Card...
Now without further ado, here are some family-friendly ideas for simple gifts. And, even better, activities that you can use to spend time together, because, after all, that is really the most precious gift of all, isn't it?!
These are perfect for any family:
homeschoolin' or not!
Valentine's for Mom (and wife)
- At any time, the best gifts you can give come from the heart, And at times, coming from the heart means they can be homemade. These recipes for homemade body butter or scrubs can be a fun project for the kids and are able to be personalized to mom's favorite scents and oils.
- I know more-than-a-few moms who would just love some personal quiet time or time to read or study... And if she's really been stressed out, consider a devotional from this list of devotionals for homeschool moms.
- I have to admit that there's a little personal bias in this list of Me-Time Gifts for Mom. Basically, I'd love any one of these items, too! (wink-wink, kiddos!)
- Or perhaps a beautiful coloring book of her own. You know, NOT the kind the little ones can scribble in... And a really nice set of colored pencils. Again, not to share (sorry, kids!)
- And if you're into podcasts, head over to the You Can Homeschool podcast! In this episode, I have a candid conversation with Teresa Wiedrick from CapturingTheCharmedLife. In this special Valentine's Day edition for homeschool moms, we chat about how to love on ourselves just a bit during this celebration!
Valentine's for Dad (and hubby)
- Showing love to those around you isn't relegated to Valentine's Day, right? One of the articles in my series, "5 Days of Serving Others at Christmas" contains ideas that you can use during this holiday, too! Check out "Showing love to your spouse."
- This gift guide - Just for Dad: Gifts that He'll Appreciate - has some unique suggestions to pick up from Amazon. (And if you've got Prime, you can get them delivered in time for the occasion!)
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And don't forget to bless your kiddos, too!
I know, I know... we homeschool moms are with our kids 24/7 (or so it seems like, sometimes), but don't let that be an excuse to let the day go by uncelebrated. Just as we want to feel loved and special, our kids like a little extra dose of that, too. Here are some simple ideas that can fit the bill, especially if they're not already in your repertoire.
- How to Bless Your Teen - Check out this post for 8 simple ways to show your teen love and respect on Valentine's Day...and every day!
- This post, again from my series "5 Days of Serving Others at Christmas", suggests other ways to show love by serving your kids.
- How 'bout a special family evening? Unless this is a regular event, why not try a family game night? Or, if you have little ones, too, have some printables ready and get your teens to get involved for a night of Valentine's Day crafts and activities (your little ones will LOVE this, and you'd be surprised how much fun your teens will end up having, too...).
Valentine's Day is all about showing love and appreciation, right? And I don't think it's coincidental that the Great Kindness Challenge is scheduled for this month. (Did you see the post I shared on Instagram about it?) Here are some more ideas to show all the people in your life love and appreciation or head on over to the "official" Great Kindness Challenge website!
Yet I know that many of us may be struggling during this holiday; feeling, perhaps, alone and even unlovable. If you're that person, or know someone who is, you may want to read this post from the Boundless blog: The Secret to a Great Valentine's Day. Actually, perhaps we should all read it, and consider changing up our approach...
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
~ Ephesians 4:2