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Valentines Day

  • 14 Homemade Valentine Card Ideas (for kids)

    I feel as though we live in a “Fast Food” society.  One in which, the faster we can be done with something, the faster we can move on to the next task.  Very few people take joy in the little things anymore.  I can’t stand on a pedestal here, as I am just as guilty as the next person, BUT I am working on changing this trait. I want to instill a sense of calmness and appreciation in my children (and myself) that is rooted to their being, not just something they sometimes think about.  I want my children to always know that a handmade gift is better than store bought, that a letter sent snail mail is more fun than an e-mail or text message, and that a made by hand valentine is full of more love than anything bought in a store. Continue reading

  • Valentine Craft Ideas that Double as Fine Motor Skills

    My four-year-old has sensory processing disorder and a significant speech delay.  He is brilliant (and pretty much the cutest, sweetest kid around), but he struggles with fine motor skills as well as his other challenges.  I’ve started searching for project ideas that will double as occupational therapy tasks for him.  Does he know it? No.  He just thinks that he is making something fun! But I love knowing that we are working on a specific skill together. Continue reading

  • Easy Valentine`s Day Traditions to Start with Your Kids

    The true meaning of Valentine's Day is to celebrate love, friendship, and family in any way you choose.  My husband and I have never been big on Valentine’s Day gifts or flowers (I bow down to those willing to shell out a day’s worth of pay on a bundle of cut flowers), but we do like to take the time to talk about our marriage, our relationship with our children, and our children’s relationship with one another.  We like to spend the day (or evening) doing something we all love, whatever that may be each year. Continue reading

  • A Couple and a Baby on Valentine`s Day

    As life grows and relationships progress, the meaning of certain days may be altered slightly.

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect example.

    Once a baby is introduced into a relationship, the original love that has been celebrated in the past is at a new level.  A level that is not understood until it is experienced.  It’s no wonder that couples who have just experienced parenthood tend to highlight their first Valentine’s day as a family.  A husband (or partner) is looking at the new mother as superwoman, and the woman sees her partner as the person who helped create this new life.  What an amazing new stage of a relationship to celebrate!

    So how should you celebrate?  I listed wonderful ideas to begin Valentine’s Day Traditions last week, but those tend to start once the child(ren) are a little older.  I want to focus on the infant period.  The stage of parenthood when the new love is still in its babymoon period, sleep is sporadic, life is still adjusting, and attention to the relationship at its core is needed. Continue reading

  • Fall in Love with My Baby`s Heartbeat Bear

    Here at My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, we take Valentine’s Day very seriously. You see, we truly love our heartbeat animals, the people we are surrounded by, our wholesalers and everyone who supports us!  Once you have held and listened to one of our (stuffed) animals with a heartbeat pounding away, you too will fall in love!

    I wanted to take a moment and write about our heartbeat animals and who we are.

    You see, I may be the content writer for this company, but the truth is that I love my job more than most would understand.  I was welcomed into a family when I began writing for My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear.  I knew that the product was a great idea, but in reality, I didn’t think much past that.  That is until, I had a miscarriage.  There is this little secret that isn’t shared in our society:  holding life within can be as fleeting as a candle flame.  The beautiful flame can be blown out, leaving a trail of smoke in its wake.  You never think that it will happen to you, and to experience that lingering smoke can cause the heart so much pain.  I realized that I had nothing, nothing, to remember this baby by. Continue reading

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