Let Cupid spark love, family style
(NC) Your children are still small so it's not surprising that you find yourself home-bound on the most romantic Friday night of the year. But Valentine's Day can be a great opportunity to fill the home with love.
Everyone decorates, wears red, shares the food they love, and selects — or makes — a special Valentine card for each member of the family. Older children and teens may also want to focus on the love for their mother — and Dad is going to be just the right collaborator to make that happen.
“As parents, our focus often switches from each other to family needs, but pulling off little surprises speaks volumes,” saysCanadian lifestyle expert, Janette Ewen. “And as a team effort it can even be more fun to spoil the lady of the house.”
Most women agree that a pretty piece of heart-shaped jewelry will do that every time she says, but so will the love that is shown though helpfulness, tidying toys, drawing a picture, and by heart-felt words on a card.
Ewen suggests a few more family-inspired ideas:
Make a special breakfast together complete with heart-shaped pancakes, red berries, red napkins, and red roses.
Set aside card-making time with coloured paper, crayons, glue, and glitter.
Plan a Skype call with loved ones.
Create food together. Bake cookies and decorate them with the colours of love. Let everyone help to make their own favourite desert.
Set aside some 'post-bedtime' time for Mom and Dad.
“That's right. Once the kids are in bed on February 14, a little couch cuddling for you two — plus that heart-shaped piece of jewelry — can do wonders to make up for lost time,” says Ewen.
She points out that every year, the leading retailer, Pandora, adds some dazzlers to its Valentine collection of pendants, charms, rings and earrings — and all of it is modestly priced, as shown at Pandora.net.
“And this season,” she says, “they have added pretty, vintage-style jewelry. The new pieces add a chic shine to any look.”
Ewen's favourites include a sterling silver heart locket, a stone-embellished heart bracelet, and delicate heart-shaped stud earrings.
“And, take a look at the Pandora Moments collection of charms,” she continued. “The Love 'dangle' (to be worn as a necklace pendant or bracelet charm) with its single salmon-hued heart placed inside the letter O, stands out as a reference to iconic pop art. The eye-catching stackable sterling silver rings, featuring colourful hearts and beaded details, add instant glamour for Valentine's Day.”
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