Celebrating love. We work to celebrate love every day; it’s a family moto. After losing my father suddenly when I was 14 years old, I learned the importance of living every day to the fullest as I know firsthand life changes in an instant. We never go to bed angry, fights are few and far between, and we share a lot of laughs, hugs, and kisses. I know it all sounds like way too much sunshine and rainbows but I want to make sure my daughter grows up surrounded by love. It sounds like every day is Valentine’s Day at our house, doesn’t it? No, we are still “normal” … well, whatever that means, and live with life’s everyday events so when Valentine’s Day is upon us, we still work to celebrate the day; just in our own way.
Valentine’s Day! Thinking back to my teenage years I remember hearts, flowers, and cards. As I moved into my twenties and had a serious boyfriend, now my husband, the day became more romanticized with dinner, small gifts, and lovey dovey everything. Then I became a parent and I started thinking back to my childhood. Mom and dad rarely went out to celebrate the night. We would have a special family dinner; normally dad grilled steaks and they would give us, the littles, and a small gift with a card. As we got older we started getting them small gifts, often homemade, too. My husband and I decided to follow suit.
Our Valentine’s Day started out with a special day of grocery shopping for some fun foods to go along with our surprise fondue dinner. We all love fondue but going to a restaurant can be really expensive, so we bought our own pot and enjoy it on special occasions. We went through the store picking up ingredients and dropping hints until she figured out what was for dinner. When we left the store it was SNOWING! And I don’t mean just a little snow; I mean it was really SNOWING. This was perfect because for weeks my daughter has been asking, “Do you want to build a snowman?” Unfortunately, our weather hasn’t been cooperating but this day, this day was going to be different.
As soon as we got home, my little one and husband geared up to head outdoors. I stayed in and prepped for our meal. Between chopping and sorting I took a moment to put together gifts for my two loves. Thanks to visit to the mall for a small gift for my husband and a special delivery from Hallmark, this was easy! By the time they came inside to warm up by the fire, their gifts were wrapped and dinner was just moments away. We enjoyed our evening with a fire, fondue, a great family film, a few small gifts (which they both loved) and togetherness. The perfect way for our little family to celebrate a special day dedicated to love.
Wondering what my little one received from Hallmark? Check out the details below and then enter for the chance to win a lovely prize package of your own!
Dr. Seuss Thing One and Thing Two itty bittys® Stuffed Animal
3” W x 4” H x 2.25” D
Love-a-Saurus Interactive Stuffed Dinosaur
We’ve got big love right here, ready to roar and shuffle into your heart. Press button to watch Love-a-saurus sing and dance to a parody of U Can’t Touch This.
My, my, this music makes me feel good
I’d dance all day, if I could
Let’s go! Just tape your feet!
Let’s all ROAR to the beat
Favorite move? The Love-a-saurus Dance!
Wiggle like you got ants in your pants
Nod your head, jump and snap
I can do it all, except I can’t clap!
Requires three (3) AA batteries (included)
To play, slide switch to ON and push (finger icon)
Turn OFF to save batteries
5.25” W x 10.25” H x 8.5” D
Pink Ninja Blogger has partnered with Love, Hallmark to celebrate love. One (1) lucky reader will win a pair of Thing 1 and Thing 2 itty bitts, a pack of Hallmark greeting cards, and an extra “every day” itty bitty to share a little love with someone special whenever you like!
This giveaway will run through Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.
Please note, this giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18 years or older.
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