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Updated: 2017-12-18T18:10:50.701-08:00


5 Couples Valentine’s Ideas


1.    Once the children go to bed, it is time for you and your loved one to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Prepare a special Valentine’s dessert for you and your Valentine. Focus your attention on what your loved one’s favorite desert is. If they are a fan of chocolate, you can make a molten chocolate mini cake for each of you. Tiramisu is another easy desert option for you to make for your loved one. If you are not the baking type, you can make a fruit parfait. Create layers with pound cake, vanilla pudding, and fresh fruit to make the parfait. You can finish the parfait with whipped topping.

2.    Lay out a blanket pm the floor of your living room to make it a special picnic desert for Valentine’s Day. Light candles around your living room to set the mood in the room for your special desert. You want the lighting to be dim, if you can do this with your lights that will work too. Place some pillows around the edges of the blanket that you laid out to give you something to lean on. You can also turn on soft romantic music to keep the theme of romance going.

3.    Watch a romantic dinner on your picnic blanket after you have enjoyed your Valentine’s Day desert. Open a bottle of wine and relax as you watch a movie that you would not normally get to watch with the children around. Some of the best movies to use for this special evening are the old romantic movies that you can get on DVD. Plan a movie marathon based around one of your favorite actors to make the evening last even longer.

4.    Slow dance with your Valentine after the movie is over. This is a traditional way to celebrate Valentine’s Day that is often forgotten. You do not need to be out in a fancy restaurant to be able to slow dance with the one that you love. Place a couple of slow romantic CD’s on repeat so that you do not have to end your special slow dance.

5.    Finish your romantic Valentine’s Day by giving each other a sensual massage. You can get massage oil at any drug store and use the blanket that you laid out for your picnic as the place to give each other the massage. If you do not want to stay out in the living room, you can move into the bedroom to finish off your Valentine’s Day.

Share the love with your family this Valentine’s Day. Although this special day has become alarmingly commercial over the past few years, there’s no need to break the family budget. After all family bonding is always free.

7 Valentine’s Ideas for Families


1.    Start Valentine’s Day for your family with a big surprise for each family member. Everyone likes to get little gifts through out the day on Valentine’s Day. Make small mailboxes to place on the back of each family member’s chair. This is a craft that can be done the day before Valentine’s Day with your children. Use half of a cereal box to make each mailbox. Cover the outside of the mailbox in either red or pink construction paper. Decorate each mailbox with the person’s name and cut out hearts and glitter to make it special for each person. Use a hole punch to place two holes on the back of the mailbox. Use these holes to attach the mailbox to the back of each person’s chair at the kitchen table with ribbon.2.    Before everyone gets up Valentine’s Day morning place a card and a small gift into each person’s Valentine’s Day mailbox. The gift can be a small stuffed animal or even a little bit of chocolate. The idea is to give each family member a small surprise gift to start their Valentine’s Day off right. A great way to build on this idea is to have each child place a special card from them in your spouse’s mailbox.3.    Prepare a special Valentine’s Day breakfast for your family. This should be a big meal that includes all of your family’s favorite breakfast foods. You will want to make heart shaped pancakes for this event. You can attempt to make these by hand or use stencils that they sell in cooking stores. You can place chocolate chips in some of the pancakes for those in your family that enjoy chocolate. Make sure to include fresh fruit like strawberries to place on the pancakes. You can also make heart shaped toast. Once the toast is out of the toaster and buttered use a heart shaped cookie cutter on them.  Make eggs, bacon, and any other breakfast favorites of your family.4.    Pack each family member their favorite lunch for the day. If Valentine’s Day falls during the week, this is a great way to show your family members how much you love them when they are away from you. Include a small desert to finish off your loved one’s favorite lunch. A special thing to add to this Valentine’s lunch is a little note from you that tells them that you love them and miss them. You can pack this special lunch in their usual lunch bag so that is a surprise or use a brown paper lunch bag that is decorated for Valentine’s Day.5.    If Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, it is a good idea to do a family fun day. One of the best things to do is to take your family to the park if the weather is good. Even on a brisk day, a day out at the park can be a day for your family to bond and explore nature. This is a fun and great exercise for you and your family. Many parks have playgrounds for the younger children to play on. You can pack a lunch or a special treat to have on your outing.6.    You could also have each family member choose an activity to do on Valentine’s Day. This would give your family a fun way to try new things. It also helps you to get to know your family members even better. Let your children choose whatever they would like to do from the zoo to a movie. Make the only rule that the family needs to follow is that you must do at least one thing that each family member suggests. It is a good idea to plan this type of Valentine’s Day celebration in advance so that you are sure to get to everyone’s ideas.7.    Finish your family’s Valentine’s Day fun with a special sit down dinner. Use your best dishes to set the table and even place a centerpiece on the table to make the dinner special. You can even go so far as to request each family member dress up for the dinner. Make a homemade meal for your entire family to enjoy. You can go around the table and share everyone’s favorite part of their Valentine’s Day. This is one of the best things to do if you hand to spend Valentine’s Day away from each day because it is a work and scho[...]

7 Valentine's Fun Ideas For Kids


Valentine’s Day is a day to share with the ones that you love. If you’re like many people, this includes your children. There are many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children…this ideas gives you plenty of ideas to do just that. 1.    Children love to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their friends. This is the day of the year that they can show their friends how much they mean to them. One of the best crafts that your children can do is to make homemade Valentine’s Day cards to hand out at school. There is no need to spend money on the boring store bought cards when your children can make cards. Start out by helping your children to cut out card sized hearts for the cards. The hearts can be cut from red and pink construction paper. The front of the heart can decorated with stickers, glitter and even ribbon to make each homemade Valentine card special. A personal note written on the back and signed by your child finishes the back of the card.2.    Your children will need a way to carry their homemade Valentine’s Day cards to school. A special Valentine’s Day tote bag will be the best thing to carry cards to school and bring all of their cards back home. Start this simple craft with a paper grocery bag. Attach ribbons to the top of the bag to make handles for the Valentine’s Day tote bag. The tote bag it self can be decorated with cut out hearts, markers, ribbons, glitter and stickers.3.    Your children can make special treat bags to go with each of the Valentine’s cards that they hand out. Start by choosing either chocolate candies or conversation hearts to fill the treat bags. You can get pink and red color tulle from your local craft store that can be cut into squares to make the treat bags. Place the square of tulle on the table. In the center of the square, you can help your children to place a small pile of candy. Finish off the treat bags by pulling up the sides and tying them together with ribbon.4.    Create homemade chocolate candies for friends. The school may not let you bring these treats because they are homemade but your child can take them to a Valentine’s Day party at a friend’s house or a church gathering. Many stores offer kits that include the candy molds and instructions for melting the chocolate. Another idea is to create chocolate spoons. They can be used as stirrers in hot chocolate since February is technically still the winter season.5.    Many children like to give Valentine’s Day gifts to their teachers. There are a few gifts that your children can make for the many teachers that they have. The first gift idea is to give the teacher her own special candy stash. This usually works best with small chocolate candies but can be done with any type. Start with a clean dry mayonnaise jar with the label removed. Fill the jar with the candy that you have chosen to use. Cover the lid with a square piece of fabric in colors that remind you of Valentine’s Day. Tie the cloth onto the lid with a ribbon. You can help your children to print up labels for the jar saving a special message for the teacher.6.    The second gift that you can help your children make for their teachers is cookie bouquets. Start by helping your children to bake heart shaped sugar cookies. Before you bake the cookies you will want to place a wooden dowel into them to make the stem for the heart flowers.  Ice the cookies with red and pink icing and allow the icing to set. Place a piece of floral foam in the bottom of a container to set your flower cookies in. Arrange your heart cookie flowers to finish this gift with your children.7.    A final gift option for your children to give their teacher is a Valentine’s Day apron.  Start out by getting a plain apron from a craft store or cooking store. You will want to make sure that the fabric that you choose for the aprons will take paint. Have your children use paint pens to decorate [...]

Christmas Dinner Ideas From Around The World


Letting Christmas sneak up on you pretty much guarantees that you’ll be shelling out money for a lot of last minute items but likely a lot of products and services with jacked up prices as well.  You’ll probably be trying to stretch a Christmas fund you’ve taken no time to save for and budgeting will seem like a lost cause.  With a little advance preparation you can avoid the blind panic that comes with scrambling to put together a lovely Christmas at the very last minute.  Make Lists (Lots and Lots of Lists)Make a list of everyone you need to buy a gift for. Then, figure out how much you can spend on gifts and assign a value limit to each person.  If your budget starts looking like it’s going to be a $2 per person kind of Christmas, get out the Santa pen and start crossing people off your list.  We would all love to get a present for everyone we know but when money’s tight it’s important to prioritize your spending and avoid going into major debt over the holidays just so you can appease your nagging commercial Christmas spirit.  Your list making doesn’t end with the gift giving one.  You’ll need to make another list for expected expenses.  If you buy a certain amount of decoration at Christmas keep these expenditures in mind.  Not only will this give you time to start saving enough for what you think you’ll spend, it also gives you the opportunity to keep your eyes open for gifts or necessities that are on sale earlier in the year. The more gifts and expenses that can be purchased and crossed off your list early in the year, the better off you’ll be when Christmas rolls around. Homemade Gifts and DecorationsIf you’re a crafty type of person and you’ve given yourself enough time to prepare for Christmas, you can save quite a bit of money by making some of your Christmas items by hand.  A good idea is to hit the sales right after Christmas and buy up all that garland and left over ornaments in the discount bins.  Throughout the year you could probably come up with some pretty spectacular set of decorations for a fraction of what you’d spend during the holiday season.  With plenty of time to make homemade gifts you should investigate for gift ideas from your friends and come up with personalized and heartfelt gifts.  Putting together a scrapbook of your favourite memories with photos is an incredibly thoughtful gift that usually would take quite a bit of time but can be easily finished in time if started earlier in the year.Start a Christmas Savings FundThinking about Christmas early enough in the year will give you a chance to put some money aside.  Making a budget early will give you a clear idea of how much you’ll need so you don’t feel like you’re getting slammed with Christmas expenses all at once come December.  Factor in all the dinners, parties, and presents that you’ll need to buy and don’t forget to add a little extra to the budget in case of surprises.  Having a Christmas fund ready will make a huge difference with the standard holiday stress and panic that comes with shopping, preparing, and planning for Christmas.  Prices tend to go up around Christmas and popular toys and other products sell out.  Planning early gives you the opportunity to hit all the big summer sales and will save you a ton of money, stress, and grief.  Sign up for email notifications from your favourite stores so you can be alerted to any upcoming sales.  You can even feel safe shopping online for better deals since you’ll have plenty of time to wait for items to be shipped and even return anything that doesn’t satisfy you.  Getting a head start on Christmas will give you that much more time to relax and enjoy the holiday season when it finally arrives.[...]

Chistmas Gift Basket Ideas


It is hard to match the dramatic impact a Christmas gift basket produces. Usually packaged with an innovative container, filled with goodies and tied with a bow, the presentation is bigger than life. The display of generosity is personalized by a theme related to a hobby or obscure taste of the recipient. Here are a few Christmas gift basket ideas to wow the lucky people on your list.Christian Christmas Basket - A religious themed basket makes a divine family gift. Consider adding items personalized with a scripture such as a family picture frame, bookmark, or calendar. Add a devotional or memories journal for the upcoming year. Fill up the rest of the basket with edible treats such as, Christmas cookies, truffles, specialty coffees and teas for a festive touch. Christmas Wonder – A collection of Christmas accessories also make a nice seasonal basket. Items can include a Christmas cd, a classic Christmas movie and an illustration books for younger children. Include a personalized family Christmas ornament for their Xmas tree.  Add peanut brittle, fudge and a few candy canes to complete the package. Spa – Pamper a friend or family with a beauty basket. A spa basket includes luxurious bathroom toiletries such as bubble bath, lotions, and specialty soaps. Other items to add are scented candles and other gifts, like bathrobes, slippers and an eye mask, or a nice touch. Baskets for men should include masculine scented products like sandalwood and include foot and hand grooming items.Night at the Movies – Another popular Christmas gift basket idea is a night at the movies. Instead of a basket, use a stovetop kettle cooker as the base. Add three flavors of uncooked popcorn, a couple of family movies and an assortment of popular movie theater candy. Recipients can enjoy popcorns and family movie nights throughout the year.Garden- The avid gardener will enjoy a basket built around their passion. Fill a gardening tote bag with small hand tools like a weeder, shovel, and a hand fork. Add a few natural snacks like gourmet trail mix, apple chips, and assorted nuts to round out the bundle.Wine and Cheese - Wine and cheese make for a tasteful Christmas gift basket made even more special in a basket. Place one or two bottles of wine in the basket with an assortment of cheese, hors d’oeuvre crackers, hickory and smoked sausage and bruschetta.  A variation is a specialty beer gift with flavored beers from around the world complimenting snacks like beef jerky, pretzels and peanuts. Put the items in a tin ice bucket to complete the theme. You can take the time to find and buy all the items for the Christmas gift basket  then create the basket yourself. But this takes a lot of extra time and energy in an all-ready busy season. There are many reputable companies online that will help you gift your baskets in style. With a click of a button they will assemble and deliver the themed basket of your choice at very affordable prices.Shop now and get 3-5% discount on more than 30,000 products Save 3% on orders above $75. Use code PBCJ03Save 5% on our orders above $150. Use code PBCJ05[...]

Christmas Gift Ideas for Him


If men are so easy to please, how come Christmas gift ideas for him are so hard to come by? Make your list and check it twice. You have to find a gift for your man if he is naughty and even if he’s nice. But, finding a Christmas gift for a guy always seems to be a struggle. So, here is a list to help you find the perfect gift for your Santa this year.Microbrew of the month - Perfect for the beer aficionado, a microwbrew of the month club is the gift that keeps on giving. Each month the lucky recipient gets to sample specialty, handcrafted brews delivered right to their door. By the end of the year he will be a connoisseur of the premium stuff. There are quite a few reputable companies online to do all the hard work for you.Grilling Tools – Let your man be the king of his domain with a top of the line grilling set. There are packages of all sizes, with all the specialty tools needed to be a grill Master. Sets often include, grill tongs, spatula, basting brushes, cleaning brushes all in a carrying case. He’ll never need to borrow your utensils again.Automotive Accessories - Men love to pamper the number one lady in their life –their car. Any item them helps keep her in tip top shape well go over well. Automotive gadgets are some of the best gift ideas for him.  A portable code reader gives the auto enthusiast a way to check the diagnostic trouble codes. You can also give him personalized floor mats, a GPS, or an upgraded car stereo. Bar Accessories - Is the man in your life a genius behind the bar? If so, he will love a few tools to elevate his game. Pick him up one of the new infusion pitchers on the market that makes flavor infused beverages.  Another great idea is a soda maker for creating signature seltzers or a wine saver vacuum to keep the open bottles fresh.Poker Night- Give a Christmas gift idea for him he will love. Deliver to him everything he needs for a Poker night. Poker chip sets, an automatic card shuffler and a tabletop poker table is everything he needs for a night in with the boys.Movie Box Set - Let him experience his favorite movies again and again with a box set. There are quite a few genre specific special edition collections and popular movie series like Star Wars, the Omen, and Lord of the Rings.  There are also great historical documentaries and ESPN films gift set collections he can watch to his heart’s content.Video Games - There is a gamer in every man. Whether XBOX, PS3, PC or the Wii, there is a perfect video game to make him as giddy as a boy. And the best thing is you don’t have to browse through the stores to pick it up. You can buy one of these easy Christmas gift ideas for him online without leaving the couch.Shop now and get 3-5% discount on more than 30,000 products Save 3% on orders above $75. Use code PBCJ03Save 5% on our orders above $150. Use code PBCJ05 [...]

Inspirational Christmas Quotes


This the season for well wishes and there is no better way than with Christmas quotes. The Holidays may be the only time we express our love for friends and family. But, it is not easy articulating how we feel. Here are a few stand-out salutations to sign on this year’s holiday cards.•    We wish you a very happy Christmas and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.•    Warm wishes from our house to yours. •    May the Season bring only happiness and joy to you and your loved ones.•    Merry Christmas May God bless you richly.•    Wishing you harmony and love this Christmas.•    Wishing you peace and joy in the New Year.•    Warm Winter Wishes.A well thought out message is more memorable than any gift. For an even more personal sentiment, write your own cards and include a message straight from the heart. Use the following Christmas quotes:May the closeness of friends and the comfort of home, renew your spirits this Christmas.Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity in the coming New Year. May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love. Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty;not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~ Charles DickensMerry Christmas May the Good Lord fulfill you with His promises and bestow on you His many blessings If you don't have Christmas in your heart, you won't find it under the tree. Christmas is love with all the trimmings.May your neighbours respect you, Trouble neglect you, The angels protect you and Heaven accept you! Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.~ Dale EvansMay this Christmas find you surrounded by those you love and those who love you.Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget." With this thought, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the luck the New Year could possibly bring to you.At the close of another year, we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy Christmas Shorter Christmas quotes add an extra touch to homemade gifts like picture frames and ornaments.•    The true joy of Christmas is in the love shared with family and friends.•    For Christmas decorate yourself with a smile!•    Jesus is the reason for the season!•    Love is the best gift of all! •    It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. ~ W.T. EllisI hope you found inspiration in these Christmas quotes to help you spread cheer this Holiday season.[...]