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Je t’aime means I love you. A valentines day card for dad.

Valentines day card

This valentines day card we made with my girl last week for her Papa. I like this kind of crafts that take a bit more time. They let her practice her fine motor skills while she’s having fun creating something special with a little bit of my help .
So first what you need to do, is to draw a heart for your child. Then help them roll little balls out a of tissue paper. When it seemed like you have enough , let them glue the little bolls inside the heart.



When this step is done, cut out the heart, and let your child glue it on the nice card stock. Give them a pretty pen, and let them decorate around the heart. Lily had fun at this step, and I kind of had to stop her from decorating the heart as well.


On the inside of the heart she had glued another little heart, and then I asked her if she wanted to say: I love you dad ( in French, since she speaks French with her dad) or kisses. She decided on I love you, so here it is :


We had a lot of fun preparing this card 🙂

what you’ll need

Card stock
Tissue paper
Pretty gold pen

Last minute Valentines treat


Today at 7.15 I realized that my daughter was supposed not only to dress in red and white to day care today, but also bring a small hand made treat/gift to exchange with other children. Luckily we had left the toilet paper heart-stamped cards that we made last week together !


I added some xoxo’s and love here and there, and stapled one mini package of cookies:



It took me probably 3 minutes, including the frenetic search for a stapler.
And of course I had to explain to my little girl the principle of a gift exchange. She didn’t seemed to be convinced .


Potato stamp valentine toddler craft


With Valentines day approaching , I decided it’s about time to prepare some cards with my two year old. I wanted it to be something that she can do entirely alone ( or almost ). So potato stamp is one of these cheap, easy crafts that any toddler can do, and it will actually turn out quite nice !


So first I cut these stamps for her. After she played a bit with them, we made actual valentines cards.


I used hand paint, to add her original signature :


And when I asked her if she wanted me to add I love you , or Xoxo , she chose the second one. After all, it was her card 🙂


All you need for this craft is :
Card stock
Finger paint

Have fun!

Valentine’s day triple berry parfait

triple berry parfait

Today I have got together with a group of inspiring Canadian bloggers to bring to you the best of Valentines day ideas : 30 Valentine’s Day Ideas to Make, Bake and Create. You’ll find them all at the end of this post! 

So for me and my family,  Valentines day means sweet treats and everything pink! So this year I have decided to make a special healthy-ish treat for my girls that could be served as a special Valentine’s breakfast, or as an anytime treat!

To be honest, this recipe has come to life manly because I’m pregnant and obsessed with fresh smoothie bowls and I’m craving fruit desserts all day every day now! And because my girls love anything with a bit of whipped cream on it!

So this parfait is a mix of a thick very berry smoothie, with crushed chocolate chip cookies, whipped cream and fresh raspberries. And of course, the special ingredient is love !triple berry parfait

What you’ll need

For the smoothie layer:

  • one banana
  • one cup of strawberry greek yogurt
  • one cup of frozen mixed berries

For the cookie and cream layer:

  • your favourite chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies
  • one cup of cream with a teaspoon of sugar
  • fresh raspberries

Make your smoothie and set aside. Whip the cream. Crush the cookies. Wash the raspberries.

Now layer it all in small glasses, and don’t forget to be generous with cookies and cream!

triple berry parfait

triple berry parfait

Serve to your loved ones for breakfast – or eat alone, I won’t judge you! I already had two of these triple berry parfaits ! They were just too good!

triple berry parfait

Now come see other gorgeous Valentines day inspirations ! From decor to recipes to easy DIY projects, this tour has it all!

30 Valentine's Day Ideas to Make, Bake and Create

Valentine’s Day Cherry Pie by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life

Valentine’s Triple Berry Breakfast Parfait by Joanna at Lazy Moms Blog

Valentine’s Day Mini Bouquet with Printable Wrap by Lucy of Craftberry Bush

DIY Iron-On Mini Tote Bags for Galentine’s Day by Joann of Woman in Real Life

DIY Clay Valentine Heart Wall Hanging by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Valentine’s Day Smoothie Bowl by Kristeena of Motherhood in Stilettos

Chunky Crochet Heart Banner by Christina of The DIY Mommy

‘I’m Stuck On You Valentine’ Free Printable by Chandra of HashtagBlessed Blog

DIY Love Tees by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

Red Velvet Cheesecake by Kim of Kim Power Style

Custom Floral Dishware DIY with Temporary Tattoos by Christine of Amidst the Chaos

Valentine’s Day Keto Cheesecake by Thalita of The Learner Observer

How to Host a Mother/Daughter Galentine’s by Kelsey of Kelsey Diane Blog

Free Printable Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Cards by Shannon of AKA Design

GALentine’s Day Tea Party by Shauna of Satori Design for Living

Valentine Heart Necklace by Christine of The DIY Dreamer

Simple Valentine’s Day Decor by Alicia of A Burst of Beautiful

Valentine’s Sushi Recipe by Stefania of From the Playpen

Valentine’s Day Decor by Dannyelle of Life is a Party

Valentine Countdown for Kids by Heather of Raising Memories

Love Sign by Meagan of Row House Nest

Valentine’s Day Kindness Countdown Calendar by Jen of Rambling Renovators

Rustic Valentine’s Day Decor by Sarah of The Project Pile

Peach Raspberry Crisp by Brittany of My Daily Randomness

How to Make Pine Cone Roses by Jane & Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit

Handmade Paper Gift Boxes by Jessica of The Vanderveen House

DIY Valentine’s Day Pouch by Lidia of Design Inside the Box

Valentine Oreo Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Valentine’s Day Lunch Idea by Adriana of Chaos and Caffeine by Emily of daydreaming of elsewhere

Valentine’s day ideas that you can really make with your kids

Valentine's day ideas that you can really make with your kids: toddlers and preschoolers! Easy a valentine,s card tutorial and other doable ideas! ,

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and it means that Pinterest is flooded with cute and perfect ideas to keep everyone occupied! If you’re single, you might be organizing a Galentine party, if you’re dating it’s time for a super romantic get-together, and if you’re a mom it means that you’ll be cutting out heart-shaped sandwiches, filling in your kids cards and baking complicated desserts all nigh long!

Or, we can just take it easy.

So while I really want my kids to feel special, and to enjoy the change of the seasons with their distinctive holidays, I thing it’s important to plan activities that they can actually make on their own!

And so these here, are three doable, easy and fun ideas that you can really make at home with toddlers and preschoolers alike:

1. Easy DIY Valentine’s day card

2. Home made Valentine’s day play-dough hearts

3. Simple Valentines day brownie bites

We have actually made all of these more than once, and here is how:

The DIY Valentine’s day card:

Every year we make our own cards (you can see the evolution of our ideas here and here!) This one is equally simple as fun, it leaves space inside for some sweet wishes (or scribbles!) and can be made with pre-cut by mom pieces, or made from start to finish by a bigger kid.

What you’ll need:

– Black pink and purple crafting paper
– Scissors and glue
– Glitter

Cut two long rectangles out of the black crafting paper, and fold them in two, so you have two little square booklets. Cut out 2 different sizes of hearts in two different colors ( I suggest purple and pink) and leave the smaller cut out paper aside (to glue it inside of the card) Let your bigger kid cut hearts out, and prepare it all for the toddler. Glue the bigger heart on the first page, then glue the smaller one on top and decorate with glitter. Inside glue the cut out rectangle with a heart-shaped hole, and write in your wishes on the empty side! ( Or let your toddler scribble something they think looks like a sweet note!) Here’s how my daughters did it:

Valentines days ideas to do with kids, that they can actually make alone!

Valentine's day ideas : easy DIY card that your kids can really make!

Valentine's day ideas

Valentine's day ideas

Valentine’s day home-made play dough:

This is the activity that Lili wants to make every year! Some years we would just play with it as with any other play dough. And some years we would make garlands. Here’s the recipe for my simple salt dough, perfect for cutting out hearts!

And here’s what we did this year: a dough without salt, so it would feel more like a real baking dough, and we pretended to be baking pink cakes for dolls with it!

Play dough that feels like a real dough:

– 1 cup flour
– 1 cup cornstarch
– 1/4 cup warm water
– 1/4 cup oil
– pink food colorant ( or some beet juice)

Mix it all well, if the dough is too sticky, add flour, if it’s too dry, add water and oil. For more sensory fun, you can add some dry pasta like we did!

Valentine's day ideas

easy Valentine's day craft ideas for kids

Valentine's day ideas

This dough keeps well in the fridge for 2 -3 days. Lili wanted to make some hearts and give them as her tokens of love, so we made these and baked just as you would bake any other cookie.

Valentine’s day brownie bites with cream cheese frosting:

Now this is so yummy and looks so festive, while being really simple.
Of course I encourage you to make your own brownies ( you can even find an amazing healthy version here) but you can also use a brownie box mix just like we did!

easy Valentine's day ideas that you can acctuale make: like these cute brownie bites!

What you’ll need:

– baked brownies
– heart shaped cookie cutters
– 1 cup cream cheese
– 1/2 cup icing sugar
– pink food colorant (or beet juice!)

Bake your brownies. Wait a bit until they cool down, and cut out hearts: we found that in order for them not to break it’s best to cut out bigger rectangular pieces, and then cut out the hearts:

Valentine's day ideas

Valentine's day ideas for kids activities

Now prepare your cheese cream frosting ( combine everything in a kitchen-aid mixer and mix well for around a minute) and decorate your brownie bites!

simple valentine's day dessert: brownie bites with cream cheese frosting!

easy to make Valentine's day brownie bites with cheese cream frosting!

Wishing you all a lovely and uncomplicated Valentine’s day!