Gimme some LOVE!

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posted on January 30, 2012 by  |  posted under Family Time, Fun With Kids, Romance, Valentine's Day

Gimme Some Love Cute Valentines Notes

I love the Brady Bunch. That cute blended family nearly always gets along and they rally behind one another in times of need.

Sadly, we are not the Brady family.

This may come as a shock but, unlike your perfect families, there are moments around here when everyone seems to be looking out for #1. I hope this isn’t true at your house, but we’ve had a few Valentines Days that ended up being filled with way too much chocolate (if that’s possible) and not enough LOVE. The kids come bounding down the stairs full of expectations of candy from friends and a gift from the mama and the papa, but aren’t really worried about how they are going to show love for others. I’m sure when they’re teenagers I’ll be repressing their “expression” but for now a little thoughtful kindness would go a long way!

In an effort to prolong this fun holiday and refocus it on the love instead of the candy, we started a tradition that’s worked out quite nicely. SECRET CUPID! Here’s the gist of it: for the week prior to Valentines Day everyone gets one heart for each member of the family other than themselves. The baby was exempt. We figured that her generous smiles and the rarity of her blowouts are service enough.  The hearts say “I _________ because I love you. Love, Your Secret Cupid.” I just printed 6 to a page in 3 columns, drew hearts around them and cut them out. Easy.  In the blank the Cupid writes down what service, or kindness they did for the other person and leaves it where the recipient can find it. It’s fun to see the wheels turning and the excitement when one of our children is able to secretly serve someone.

Gimme Some Love Cute Valentines Notes

Here are some of the ideas our family has used:

I……

gave you a hug and kiss before I went to school

Gimme Some Love Cute Valentines Notes

made your bed

played with you

made cookies with you

cleaned your room

did your laundry

fixed your broken sleeping bag

played paper dolls with you

made you booties

folded your clothes

Gimme Some Love Cute Valentines Notes

and more!

I figure that most of what a mom does fits under the service category so I decided that I would do whatever each child wanted to do. My daughter and I had played with my circa 1979 paper dolls the day before and loved it, so when I gave her the choice of anything she chose paper dolls. I bet my Milton Bradley “Magic Mary Ann” was so excited to be played with two days in a row after 30 years of being in a box. We had so much fun! It made me realize that I needed to do this A LOT more often. One of my sons chose making cookies. I even told him that I would play video games if that’s what he wanted to do. I should make it clear that I do NOT like video games and he was shocked that I was willing, but realizing just how bad I would be, he opted for cookies. Smart boy! From that activity I realized that we should limit how frequently we make cookies because cookie dough = irresistibly delectable! We had a great time though. He had had a bummer of a day and it meant a lot to him that just he and I could spend that time together.

Discovering little hearts with thoughtful ideas all over the house has been wonderful. It’s also fun to see that sneaky sparkle in their eyes as they slyly do something nice for someone else. I love it! I love the results so much we may need to create “Secret Ground Hog” and “Secret Uncle Sam.” Okay, maybe not, but this is definitely a tradition that will last through the years in our family.

So get your hearts out and make this “Love Day” all about love!

MMMWAAA!

Gimme Some Love Cute Valentines Notes

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  1. January 30th, 2012 at 8:03 am
    alison@howdoesshe says:
    Amy this is so fun! So simple and so fun. Thanks for the darling post!!
  2. January 30th, 2012 at 8:42 am
    Shelley says:
    Awww. I love making this holiday all about LOVE and less about chocolate {although, there WILL be chocolate} ;). Thanks for the sweet idea.
  3. January 30th, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    dawn says:
    such a neat idea! easy too-not really a lot of monitoring by mom :) i bet my girls would love this-thanks
  4. January 31st, 2012 at 5:55 am
    Nancy's Couture says:
    This is such a great idea!!! I love that it takes the focus off of self and onto loving others. I will be doing this with my kids!
  5. January 31st, 2012 at 9:24 am
    kellie says:
    Love this! Many Thanks :)
  6. January 31st, 2012 at 10:11 am
    Dawn says:
    This is such a great idea! I think we just may do this for our FHE lesson next week!! Spread the LOVE... I am just hoping one of my secret cupids folds the laundry for me! :)
    • January 31st, 2012 at 11:24 am
      amy g. says:
      I hear ya! I am not the queen of folding, so I was very grateful. I'm kind of hoping that next year my big cupid might remodel the downstairs bathroom. Not too much to ask, right? HA HA! Actually I loved all of the sweet little gestures of love that they came up with.
  7. May 10th, 2012 at 2:32 pm
    heather elvis says:
    you are an awesome mom! i love this idea! we do something remotely like it around Christmas, but you are right, we need more love and less candy for valentine's day. thank you!
  8. January 29th, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    FawnDear says:
    This is such a super sweet idea. I just had to link up and share it with my friends too. Thank you so much for spreading the love.

    Tootles,
    Fawndear
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