Celebrate Valentine's Day at home

Celebrating Valentine's Day when you have kids is difficult isn't it? You're either fighting to get the kids to stay in bed, as usual, or you're so tired that you want to go to bed yourself. Or both! Either way Valentine's Day can be the last thing on your mind. The thought of having to go out and buy gifts, going to extra effort for a day that is usually the same as any other.

Sometimes though you have to make the effort don't you? That doesn't mean you have to spend money - just go to some effort to make your partner feel special.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

Mignon McLaughlin

Making your partner feel special is super easy, you just have to give them some of your time!

Do a jigsaw

The Hubby and I love jigsaws and we got a few for each other for Christmas. We have a stash of them in the cupboards and get them out occasionally - we even have one planned for the weekend. Since Christmas we've gone through a few of them but we've still got a couple left and I have no doubt we'll get through them in no time.

Celebrate Valentine's Day At Home | Jigsaws are a great way of coming together to celebrate, you spend time together!

Doing a jigsaw together is a great way to be together, even when the kids are around. You can both sit at the table and work towards a common goal as you fit the pieces together. And when you finish you can celebrate together too!

Build a Lego set

Like jigsaws we LOVE Lego and have lots of sets - Taj Mahal, Tower Bridge, and Cinderella's Castle to name a few. Every so often we'll decide it's time to build another one we'll get a set out. It can take anywhere from a week to a few weeks/months (depending on the set) but it gives us a slot of time every day to be together, much like when doing jigsaws. The best thing about building Lego sets together is you get to laugh at all the little touches as you find them during the build. And then when it's finished you can leave it for a while, until it's time to break it up and put it away - ready for the next build!

Celebrate Valentine's Day At Home | Building towards a common goal, and you're working together.
One of our favourite builds!

Again you're working towards a common goal, and the Lego sets are great because you can split them up so you're both building. If you're looking for a set or series of sets to get so you can build together I'd check out the Street sets, there's a bank, a cafe, even a detective's office! They're loads of fun and you get to spend time with that special someone.

Play a board game

I usually save these for when the kids can play but sometimes it's nice to just be a couple. We used to play Scrabble all the time before the kids could join in. I never won - but to be honest it wasn't about the winning, it was about spending time together. Of course there was always some competition but really it was about the time.

When was the last time you played a board game with your partner?


You might be the kind that likes ballroom dancing or simply jumping about the living room, but either way when you do it together you smile. You connect. Again this can be done when the kids are about - your kids will see you having fun together - a bonus.

Celebrate Valentine's Day At Home | Dancing together will bring you closer and help you reconnect.

I always have to laugh when the Hubby attempts to do the Floss, which he does regularly, and in turn he'll laugh at me when I try to dance at all - needless to say I'm a bit rubbish! But either way we laugh, and the laughing brings us closer.

Laugh together

Watch your favourite comedy movie, a stand up comedian you both like, even a game show with comedians (we like Would I Lie To You), or just tell each other jokes! Laughing together is so important and when you can make each other happy just by being together it'll bring you closer. Hubby and I often end up in tears we laugh so much. When you've had a rough day laughing with your partner can make everything feel better.

Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing.

Torquato Tasso

Be affectionate

Whenever I leave the house I give the Hubby a kiss, and again when I return. I don't know what started it but I've always felt the need to do it. To me it's just a way for me to say "I love you" as I leave the house, and that way he always knows how I feel.

Celebrate Valentine's Day At Home | It doesn't hurt to be affectionate towards one another.

We hold hands when walking, and give each other cuddles "just because". Being affectionate to your partner is essential to a healthy relationship and is a great way to show how you feel without using words.

Celebrate Valentine's Day At Home | Ways to celebrate without leaving the house!

It's easy to give a nod to Valentine's Day without going to too much effort and you don't need to go to a fancy restaurant to do it either. No need for cards or gifts, just yourself.

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Do you have any special plans for Valentine's Day or is it just like any other day?

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And to keep the kids busy for a while so you can start that jigsaw grab this Wonderful Winter Activity Book.