How My Family Celebrates Valentine’s Day


In the spirit of love (well, the commercialized version) I like to do a little extra for my loved ones for Valentine’s Day.

Now, I will admit that I have slowed down a lot since my teen has outgrown the festivities, and because life gets busier and busier. However, this year I am encouraging everyone, including myself, to get in the spirit! Yes, we should show love year round, and in my house, we do.

I just take these commercial holidays as an opportunity to be a little extra and have fun!  But, there’s no need to go broke celebrating Valentine’s Day. There are so many affordable ways to celebrate the day! 

Here are some ways my family celebrates Valentine’s Day. Maybe they will inspire you to celebrate in a similar way. 

1. For My Husband

My husband has a sweet tooth so I tend to include sweets in any gift I get him. I made these faux sticks of dynamites filled with Reeces. The best part? It was cheap and easy! Some other things I’ve done are:

  • A love coupon book
  • Date night jar
  • A basket with snacks and scratch off lottery tickets

2. Valentine’s Day Boxes

One year, I was scrolling through Facebook the night before Valentine’s Day and an acquaintance posted a picture of a Valentine’s Day box she made for her daughter. In my head I was like “That’s a thing?!” Never one to not rise to a challenge (I challenge myself), I set out to make my daughter her own Valentine’s Day box. Thanks to an old box of huggies and crafts lying around the house, I made her a fun unicorn Valentine’s Day box. 

The next year I was prepared to go a little harder, and I made this cute little Valentine’s Day box to look like a vanity. 

3. Cute Valentine’s Gifts for School 

Now, I used to always excel in this area. I’ve scaled back in recent years but before that, I made some cute stuff. Some examples are: 

  • Cute sloth cards holding lollipops
  • Gumball machines out of cups and candy
  • Cups filled with candy and small toys. 

4. Surprise Gifts on the Table in the Morning

Growing up, every Valentine’s Day, waiting for my when I woke up would be a gift on the dining room table. My dad carried on with this tradition from before I can remember until I moved out of the house. My husband and I have carried on this tradition with our own kids.

I hope this gives you some ideas and maybe even some reasons to celebrate this year! How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family? 

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Simone Praylow is wife and bestest friend in the world to Otis (better known as Odor) and mom to football and soccer loving Grayson 12, competitive cheerleader Elind, 7 and tantrum expert Ozzy Voltaire, 2. She is a native of New Jersey but relocated to Key West and later Columbia. As an overachiever, she believes learning is the best gift she can give her children and spends much of her time teaching her children at home (Grayson attends school, but the learning doesn't end when he leaves the classroom). Simone finds motherhood and family life are most easily managed by having a system in place for homelife, kids' schedules (including learning, screen time and reading) and meal planning. She is an avid reader who finds books are one of the best ways to unwind at the end of the day. She spends a lot of time boxing and at Pure Barre getting her burn on. You'll often find her buried in a book or on Pinterest getting ideas for her next project or yummy meals for the family menu.


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