valentines day 

What You Need to Know About Chocolate

Ah, Valentine's Day. Love is in the air, and chocolate is on the shelves. Many of us dream of chocolate and feel drawn to its taste, its texture and how it makes us feel. There is almost something other-worldly about chocolate, isn't there? And not...

Chocolate: Safe or Scary?

Is chocolate really good for your heart? Credit: Rev Dan Catt, Flickr
Chocolate season is upon us. Whether you're nibbling on the assorteds from a red satin box or your kids are popping mini hearts bequeathed by adoring schoolmates, chances are...

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Crafts

I'll admit it: Cabin Fever is not a Craft Queen. But every year our dining room table turns into a factory for mass Valentine production. The children bring home class lists, we clear crafting space and then set about making a Valentine for everyone...

Choco-Bites Recipe: A Great Dessert or Snack

With Valentine's Day sneaking up on us -- as it does every year -- it's time we found a healthy alternative to the traditional candy treats that have been popping up on store shelves for months now. Instead of stocking up on chocolate hearts, bars,...

How to Play: Valentine Puzzle

Cut up paper hearts to make puzzles. Credit: Ctd 2005, Flickr
What you need: To make the puzzles, you need five large hearts, cardboard, paste and scissors. Paste the hearts to the cardboard, and then cut each one into small pieces. How to...

How to Play: Heart Pricks

Stick the arrow on the paper heart to win this game. Credit: anne.oeldorfhirsch, Flickr
What you need: A blindfold, a poster board-sized red heart, white paper arrows and poster tack. How to play: Tack the red heart onto a wall. Line the...

How to Play: Heart Hunt

Cut hearts out of paper to play this game. Credit: helgasms!, Flickr
What you need: Using scissors, you need to make red, white, yellow, green and blue hearts of all sizes and shapes out of construction paper. Next, cut each heart into four...

How to Play: Initial Compliments

Start this game by writing your name on a slip of paper. Credit: henrybloomfield, Flickr
What you need: Pens or pencils, a box (or hat) and slips of paper. How to play: Each player writes his or her name down on a slip of paper, puts it in a...

Valentine's Day Messages from Our Kids

On this Valentine's Day, ParentDish wishes all our readers and your families a day of happiness and love. And lots of kisses and candy. You know how we're always asking you questions, for your opinions and comments? (Mmm, doing it again!) It must...

Nadya Suleman, Rick Astley, and Letterboxing - Links We Love

Dad Rick Astley doesn't talk about his singing career, but even his daughter couldn't escape the Rick Roll. How does Emile, now 17, feel about dad's short-lived life as a pop star? "My daughter is suitably embarrassed and proud at the same time,"...

Too Young for Romance

Valentine's Day is almost upon us. Children of all ages will exchange cards, hugs and candy hearts. It starts as young as kindergarten, and continues until the kids discover that sometimes "love" is more fun in private. I know this will make some...

Valentine's Day Best Gifts, Goodies and Games for Families

Valentine's Day is, for many people, a very special time. It can be difficult, however, when you have kids to keep that romantic feeling alive, especially without excluding the kids. A diamond bracelet or pearl necklace may be beautiful and great to...

Valentine Crafts, DIY Candy Hearts, and More - Links We Love

Save your Xs and Os for kisses and hugs -- this Valentine-themed tic tac toe game uses colored hearts instead. And don't forget to check out these adorable and free printable valentines! -- AlphaMom Think you've got the cutest little love in town?...

Mommy Brain, Ivy and Bean, and Girl Scout Cookies - Links We Love

It's a confounding phenomenon: Once you have kids, it's like you suddenly can't hold all the information you need in your head anymore. Some people call it Mommy Brain, but I prefer the term Momnesia. -- The Mommy Blog Childhood is far too short....

Michelle Duggar, Nursery Decorating Tips, and Bad Babysitters - Links We Love

So your baby is turning one, or maybe two. Do you throw them a big, blowout neighborhood party, or is it smarter to keep their celebration small and simple? It's a smackdown! Which side are you on? -- Strollerderby The Duggars can't get enough of...

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