My husband and I have always been kinda-sorta into the whole romantic thing. You know, flowers, chocolates, heart-felt sentimental cards, little hidden notes, sneaky kisses and secretly planned getaways (nothing lavish like flying off to Paris overnight, although a girl could dream…). Don’t get me wrong, we are not that sappy couple you see cuddling each other on a park bench gazing into one another’s eyes or the one that walks with their hands in each others pockets as if it’s stuck there from some invisible glue or the ones that constantly change their FB statuses daily with stuff like: “I love you _______. You are still my world.” or “Hurry home _________. I can’t wait to cuddle!” (insert side eye).
But at the same time, I’m not going to judge those types either. They clearly love another (and I truly hope it’s not just for show purposes) and aren’t afraid to show it. Hey, the world would be one big beautiful place if people were truly that much in love and proud of it! We could use more of that.
I’m a firm believer that your children learn how to love, how to understand it, embrace it the right away with the right people, and accept it from others as they grow up because of the examples that start in the home. So although mommy and daddy’s little hugs and kisses may gross them out now (my daughter is five and use to love it but now is saying stuff like: “Ewwwww…. I don’t like kissing” *sad face*), this will stick in her head and heart and she will learn to love and be loved how she should be because she sees the love between her parents. That makes me happy.
Since the birth of my children, I have made it a point to celebrate these sweet occasions such as Valentines Day together and now that my daughter is old enough to help out and really comprehend what we’re celebrating and why, it makes it that much more exciting and fun.
We usually do a Valentines Day Dinner complete with lots of delicious food and treats based on a heart theme with lots of pink and reds of course (my hubby has learned to love it by now!). And hopefully my son won’t find it cringe-worthy when he starts getting older. I like to make dishes and treats that accommodate everyone. One of my daughters favourites I’ve been making for her every Valentines Day dinner since she was around 3 is my Red Velvet Milkshake. We love anything red velvet and this milkshake is a well-loved treat!
- - 1/2 cup milk (any kind - almond, 2%, skim, soya)
- - 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- - 1 cup vanilla ice cream
- - 3 tablespoons Red Velvet Cake Mix
- - Gay Lea Whipped Cream
- - Toppings (I use heart shaped sprinkles or small candies, maraschino cherry, mix of pink and reds)
- Throw everything into the blender and then pour into a nice glass. Add a nice dollop of Gay Lea Whipped Cream (a favourite and a must!) and whatever toppings you like.
I hope you enjoy; I’m sure your kids will love it (and you too!)
Do you celebrate Valentines Day with your kids or just you and your partner? What are ways you celebrate?
Have a Happy Hearts Day!
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