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Valentine’s Day for the Family!

Spreading the love on Valentine’s Day is even more special when it’s done with the people you love most—your family! Make this Valentine’s Day a family affair with these fun activities that mom, dad and kiddies can do together.

Arts and Crafts are fun!

There are so many options for fun arts and crafts to do with the family, how do you choose? We have gathered our 3 favorite Arts & Crafts activities that are perfect for the whole family.

1| Handmade Valentines Sealed with a Kiss

kissNothing says ‘made with love’ more than a handmade valentine. Here’s how to make the perfect handmade valentine your kids will be proud to give to friends and family. Plus, they’re easy to make and virtually mess-free! Grab a pack of Hershey’s Kisses and construction paper in any color of your choosing (we suggest red or pink!). Cut the construction paper in small heart shapes. Place a mini glue dot on the paper heart and stick the Hershey kisses right on top. To add a personal touch, have your child write the names of their friends and fellow classmates on the heart paper. Now they are ready to spread the love! Once you have made all your Valentines don’t forget to wipe off your craft area! Grab Green All Purpose Cleaner is easy to use and can be used on almost any surface.

2.| DIY Rosey Wreath Decoration

Bring a touch of love to your home this Valentine’s Day with this sweet and simple craft! It’s fun and easy to do it yourself. Gather a 12″ foam wreath, lots of push pins and rose petals. Cover the wreath in the rose petals, and secure them with your pins. Once fully covered, you’ve got the perfect decor for your front door!

3 | Make a Mailbox for Love

MasonJarHanding out Valentine’s is a common tradition in many children’s classrooms. This year send them to school with this easy-to-make and adorable valentine holder that will keep their gifts safe and sound. Gather a mason jar, red wool felt, chunky natural white string and doilies. Cut the red wool felt into heart shapes and cut enough chunky string to wrap around the jar two or three times. Glue the heart to the doily, and secure the doily to the jar by wrapping the string around it. If the glue gets onto some unwanted surfaces try out the Power Degreaser – just spray and wipe!

Valentine’s Day Treats to Spread the Love!

Baking1 | Brownie Heart Cupcakes

What’s Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate? Here’s the perfect chocolate dessert recipe that’ll get the family’s taste buds watering (courtesy of MarthaStewart.com).

Gather vegetable oil, cooking spray, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, 3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces, 12 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped, 3 cups sugar, 6 large eggs, room temperature and 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper lines, coat an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray, line bottom with parchment, and spray. Whisk flower, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof mixer bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Stir until chocolate melts. Attach bowl to mixer, add sugar, whisk on medium-high speed until smooth (about 3 minutes in length).

Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then add vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture. Then, divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Spread remaining batter in square pan, and bake until set but still soft (about 18 minutes). Let them cool in tins and pan on wire racks. Frost cupcakes with butter-cream. Cut out 24 hearts from brownie in pan using a 1 1/2 inch heart-shaped cutter, topping each cupcake with a heart.

After you’re done baking make sure to use the Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods on your pans – it takes the annoying scrubbing process out of cleaning!

candy2 | Chocolate Buttons

Switch out the traditional store-bought Valentine’s Day sweets for this homemade recipe. Your child will love making them with you as much as he/she will love handing them out! Gather pretzel snaps (square pretzels), white or pink chocolate melting disks and valentine M&Ms. Place pretzels on a baking sheet, and center chocolate disks on each pretzel in the oven set at 350 degrees for 2 minutes. Then, quickly place an M&M in the center of each chocolate disk. Let the pretzels chill in the fridge overnight. Are you worried that all that chocolate might be a little too messy for the family? Well Grab Green is here to give you the perfect Chocolate Stain Removal Remedy!

3 | Stacked Tomato and Burrata Salad

Need a little break from the sweet? Serve up some love with an all-red dish that evokes the spirit of Valentine’s Day in every delicious bite. Check out this recipe that’s fresh, easy and for the whole family to enjoy. Gather vine-ripened tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2 slices, flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, burrata cheese, fresh basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Place bottom tomato on a plate and season with sea salt and black pepper. Spread burrata cheese over tomato slice and basil leaves, drizzling olive oil on top. Top next tomato slice, and repeat cheese-tomato layering until you have a perfectly stacked treat. Show your dishes some love too by washing them with naturally-derived Grab Green Automatic Dishwasher Detergent.

Lovable activities that show you care!

1 | Plan a Picnic

We think that a family picnic is a great way to share the love. Pack some sweet snacks, gather your loved ones and head to your favorite park to enjoy some quality family-time on the loveliest day of the year. It’s okay to let your kids get a little messy because those pesky grass stains are no match for this great grass stain removal how to.

picnic

2 | Explore the Great Outdoors

Just because Valentine’s Day is a day of yummy sweets and decadent chocolates, doesn’t mean you can’t be active. Do some family bonding on a close-by trail, the beach, or any of your favorite outdoor locations!

3 | Watch a Family Film

Is there anything better than snuggling up on the couch to watch a movie? This Valentine’s Day, we recommend picking a movie and inviting your family to spend a cozy evening together on the couch! Don’t forget the popcorn!

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One Response to Valentine’s Day for the Family!

  1. Sarah G. says:

    How about taking your family out in the world to spread the love? Everyone remembers those in shelters around Christmas, but help is needed all year. Show your kids what love is by rolling up your sleeves and helping at your local soup kitchen, food pantry, or animal shelter. Spread the love locally and globally!

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