Spread the Love

This year, my kids are doing store bought Valentine’s Day cards. That’s right. After years of trolling Pinterest for the perfect Valentine, spending ridiculous amounts of time and money on crafty cards, we’re moving in a new direction. First because Target has great dollar bin cards!

And secondly, because you know what happens to your Valentines? Your kids dig through them for the candy, then leave them scattered on the living room floor, only to be tossed in the trash can.

My kids have never kept a single Valentine. Not one perfectly crafted photo card with a super hero and a sucker; not one mason jar card filled with candy hearts and not one organic, sugar-free, handwritten card on recycled paper. They ALL end up in the trash after 24 hours.

Now perhaps my kids aren’t sentimental or they share my disdain for clutter but even if your kids have a few treasured cards from the past, I think we can all agree that there are better ways to spend our time, money and energy.

Here are a few ways that you and your family can spread the love this Valentine’s Day:

  • Hang a bag of Valentine’s Day candy with a thank you card for your postal worker on the mailbox.
  • Bake muffins and write a thank you card for the janitorial staff at your school or workplace.
  • Take a few boxes of donuts to a school that serves lower-income students with a thank you note for their important work.
  • Make sack lunches for a local shelter and put Valentine cards inside.
  • Grab a few bouquets of flowers from Trader Joe’s and drop them by a local women’s shelter with cards of love and encouragement.
  • Surprise a friend with sick kids by dropping off a bag of groceries on their door step. Gatorade, Pedialyte, soup, popsicles, crackers and a bottle of wine can go a long way in a sick household.
  • Drop-off flowers and candy to a neighbor who is without a partner this Valentine’s Day.
  • Take a box of coffee and a thank you note to your pediatrician’s office. They are over-worked and in need of encouragement, not to mention caffeine this flu season!

There are so many people in need of a little extra love this season. Our family will be serving breakfast to the staff of a great school in the heart of Nashville. Let me know how your family plans to help spread the love this Valentine’s Day.

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