Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. I, for one, am excited because quite frankly, it’s a good excuse to pamper my loved ones. I might even find an excuse to indulge and spoil myself too.
I have fond memories of Valentine’s Day from my childhood. My parents tried to make it fun and special for us. We’d get cute handcrafted cards and letters. I remember the one year I got a cute pink squeaky stuffed toy that I adored. And another year, we got treats and went out for cheesesteaks to celebrate (we NEVER went out to dinner; it was extremely rare). That day served as a reminder to me that it’s fun to get a little spoiled now and then.
I also have fond memories of all the fun we would have at school. Every year, we would craft our own valentines decorated box that would we used to receive our cards from our classmates. It’s these simple traditions we take with us from our childhood into adulthood that make me want to continue to do the same for my own kids.
The one downside to Valentine’s Day is that often so many junk-filled sweets are offered or shared. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some festive yet healthier alternatives to the common gifts, like candy hearts or boxes of chocolates.
So first, here are a couple alternatives for the kids to take to school and share. I also make my kids a Valentine’s gift bag that I load up with fun toys, which will entertain them much longer than any candy.
Healthier Valentine’s Treats for Kids
One tradition I’ve tried to keep for my boys is making them heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast on Valentine’s Day. All you need is their favorite pancake recipe, a heart-shaped cookie cutter and some fresh raspberries or if you like to get fancy pants, make some raspberry drizzle sauce (2 parts melted raspberry jam to 1 part butter).
My kids don’t often eat candy, so for Valentine’s Day, I love to spoil them with chocolates. I either make my own or I choose organic fair trade chocolates. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Homemade Chocolate Candies
- Theo Classic Organic Dark Chocolate (70% Cacao) with Cherry & Almond
- Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Spicing It Up With Your Lover
Now, let’s not forget that grown-ups enjoy this sweet holiday too. I find it’s a fun time to lavish your partner/spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend with affection in creative ways. My guy and I usually go out to one of our favorite Farm-To-Table restaurants and enjoy and indulge in a nice meal that we would never make for ourselves. I still remember the one year we went to Harvest Seasonal Bar & Grill and had the most amazing mousse trio for dessert, after an exquisite dish of duck for my main dish and oysters as an appetizer. Oh my, talk about getting pampered.
However, it doesn’t have to be that decadent. It could be as simple as a night in and couple’s massage with this lover’s essential oils kit. Or a fun treat like this passion chocolate elixir over some rich ice cream, all cuddled up in front of a fire and a romantic flick.
Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day recipes:
- Dark Cherry Cacao Kiss Smoothie
- Valentine’s Day – Sharing the Chocolate Love!
- Valentine’s Day Progressive Dinner – Part 1 (Main Courses)
- Valentine’s Day Progressive Dinner – Part 2 (Desserts)
The Family Valentine Celebration
Every year, I deck my dinner table with a vase of flowers and whip up my favorite cake in the shape of a heart (get that recipe here). The kids LOVE it, just as much as I remember loving it when I was a kid. We all wear red and hand out cards and just have a good old time hanging out. I even carried on the tradition of getting the younger kids a cutesy stuffed plush toy cause I’m a sappy sucker like that.
Valentine Heart Cake Recipe
Get the recipe here and make this year extra special for your loved ones!
Check out that sweet note my now 10-year-old son wrote for me four years ago. It still melts my heart. We all need a dose of love and pampering every now and then. Such a key piece of our overall health and wellness!
Pamper Yourself This Valentine’s Day
If you’re like me, you are always busy with a lot going on. From managing children, to a business, to trying to make days like this a special occasion for everyone, it has great potential for being stressful and draining. Which is why I wanted to throw in a few suggestions to pamper yourself this year.
Here are a few of my key strategies +recipes!
- Need Stress Relief? Try this!
- Schisandra Five-Flavor Tea (a great adaptogenic tea for stress)
- The Importance of Self Care
- Take A Bath & Relax (be sure to even light some lavender candles and let this time be all yours!)
- Do something fun, that is something you love to do!
- Take time to disconnect with Adult Coloring Books or Binging on an online TV series
- Get in a gentle workout
- Anything that will rejuvenate you and fill your heart with love for those around you
“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.”
— Thomas Carlyle
How about you? How will you pamper yourself and the ones you love this Valentine’s Day? Be sure to share with me in the comments below!
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