I like cupcakes, truffles, cookies and other goodies as much as the next gal. But I also really dread the sugar fest that accompanies Valentine's Day. So. Much. Sugary. Junk. Second only to Halloween, Valentine's Day is like a non-stop sugar high for kids who are indulged with sweets and treats all day long.
I figure that my kids are going to load up on enough sugar from the treats they get from their class mates, grandparents, etc. My plan is to break out my heart-shaped cookie cutters and make them some healthier Valentine's Day treats.
I think is is possible to say a love you without conversation hearts or those limited-edition Hershey's Kisses with the pink wrappers.
This year, my Valentine's Day message to my kids is, "I love you a lot, but not enough to let you stay up until 10:00 because you can't come down from your sugar high. Hugs and kisses! Mommy."
I wrote a story for the February issue of Chicago Parent with some alternative Valentine's Day treat ideas. Have a look -- maybe you'll be inspired to swap out some sugar for something a little bit healthier.