Valentine’s Day for Busy Parents

Happy Valentine’s Day Napkin Hoarders!

Every year, I try to come up with something different for Valentine’s Day cards for Ninjette. I try to stick to something that is relatively gender neutral, fun, related to Ninjette’s latest interests, and candy free.

This year, I decided to go with Yoda Valentine’s since Star Wars has been very much on the radar of Ninjette. We are avid fans of the Disney XD show Star Wars Rebels. It’s well done and Ninette’s favorite souvenir from our recent trip to Disney was her Star Wars Jedi Mickey Lightsaber (the WHOLE family has enjoyed that souvenir!).

I searched on Pinterest for some ideas and discovered the cutest Yoda Valentine from the Meet the Dubiens blog. The writer, Jill, has a lot of other adorable ideas that don’t seem to take too much time AND are easy. (Two huge criteria for me!) I ended up printing them out on cardstock and then tried to cut a little slot at Yoda’s hand, but it got to complicated, so I just taped it on. It still looked great! 

Ninjette helped with the taping and writing her name – we didn’t write the names of the kids in the class. That saved us LOTS of time. Luckily, we only had to make 24 (including the teachers). I know there are some parents who have to help their kids make 60 or more per kid. If that was the case for me, I would run out to CVS right now and go buy some of those boxed sets.

Today, for Ninjette’s lunch, I cut her sandwich into a heart and gave her raspberries and strawberries. The strawberries were cut in a way so that they looked heart-shaped (just cut the top stem area off in a v-shape and then slice the strawberries – instant hearts!). I also gave her a sweet treat and BAM – a heart filled lunch made with love.

Ninjette made up a game for us to play called, “Find the Hearts,” where she cut out a zillion paper hearts on her own and hid them all over the house. I have a feeling we will be playing this game for a long time.

Lastly, we will finish off our Valentine’s celebrations with a phone call to my brother (who was born on this lovely day!) and have a little dance party. I’m always searching for good playlists of songs that are kid-friendly and enjoyable for adults. Well, my master mixer friend and fellow blogger Melisa at Suburban Scrawl came up with a perfect one! My favorite on her list? Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You.

And with that, I leave you with Stevie… Make sure you sing a long at the top of your lungs!

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