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Valentines February 10, 2008

Valentine’s day is coming up!

I really wasn’t into it too much (as long as I get my box of chocolates and flowers, I am happy girl), but since we’ve had children every single little holiday is something I want to share with my kids and create memories.

There are a ton of Valentine’s Day crafts and baking that you can take advantage of, that’ll I’ll talk about next week, but if you are going to buy something special for your little one, now is the time to do it.

Here are some great places to get some super cute things:

1. I know I just talked about their great company, but I really can’t say enough about KangarooBoo. They have great products, and stand for and behind great issues that you would really want your money going towards, such as inspiring creativity and imagination in your children, and giving back. They also have really cut (and great priced) gifts for valentine’s day. Such as,

This adorable bracelet by Haba, for just $5.90

These adoable threading hearts for your little “craftster” , for just $8.50

And for your little, little one this little Clutching Toy by Haba, at $10.60

They have a couple of great Valentine’s selections and tons of great toys so check it out!

2. There are a great number of Valentine’s Day books for kids that are adorable. I know you can not only get them at Barnes and Noble, but I have seen them at Toys R Us and believe it our not Wegmans. Here are some of my favorites:

Bloom by Maria Van Lieshout, a great story about true meaning of love and friendship. Perfect for message for all ages.

Olive, my love by Vivian Walsh and J.Otto Seibold

Guess how much I love you by SamMcBratney

and last but not least for baby, Where is baby’s Valentine? by Karen Katz

3. And my favorite, although my little girl’s heart belongs to daddy, since I’m the one buying the shirt, her heart and his belong to mommy.

Here is a cute mom t-shirt for the little man in your life by Pokkadots, their slogan is, “making little people happy”, but this shirt is definitely going to put a smile on big people’s faces as well.

Don’t forget place like Old Navy, I got my son 2 cute Valentine’s shirts there at a great price, you can also check Children’s Place. Right now all their Valentine’s Day wear is on sale for the last minute shoppers. Check out these cute selections from their website and in the stores, both for under $5.

Of course you don’t have to buy anything to make Valentine’s Day special. You just have to show your little ones and special ones, that you love them.

My husband always argues that he shouldn’t have to show me that he loves me once a year when he does stuff everyday that expresses his love. I used to think this was his excuses to getting out of a Valentine’s Day gift, which he stills surprises me with every year, but he does have a point.

Does it take a box of chocolates or a piece of jewelry to know that my husband loves me?

Love shouldn’t come in monetary value. Among many, many things he does every day, my husband will run to the store in the middle of the night for “emergency” products”, he’ll accompany me on weekend play dates, he’ll wash my car, wash the clothes and occasionally watch a chic flick instead of the basketball game or football game he has been dying to see.

Love can’t be measured in monetary value, just like the love we show our kids kissing boo-boos, wiping away tears or coming to their bedside in the middle of the night.

Teach your little ones the true meaning of love and friendship, but your actions.

Expression of love shouldn’t come once a year. True love is should be displayed year round!