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The Busy Parents Guide To Valentine’s Day

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Like most things, the Romance of Valentine’s Day changes after having kids. If you are anything like me, then chances are you 1.Didn’t even notice even though you have walked past the massive hearts display about a million times at Sainsbury’s 2. Have a million things to do and the idea of finding a babysitter for an overpriced crowded meal at a restaurant makes your toes curl. With our heavy schedules it is easy to fob off this romantic holiday, however as gimmicky as it is there is no reason why you cannot dip into the fun of Valentine’s Day. As parents we often neglect ourselves and this is a good excuses to get back to basics with your partner. So here is my Busy Parents Guide To Valentine’s Day.

Romantic Meal for Two ( in Your Dining Room)

Going out to a restaurant is probably not going to happen unless you are lucky to find a babysitter. So you need to be creative. If you are up to cooking a nice meal for you and your partner then there some some great recipes on Jamie Olivers Website or at  to inspire you. However if you are like me and the best present anyone can give you is a night off cooking, then order a Take Away. Who says Take Aways can’t be romantic? Add some candles and a bottle (or 2) of wine and presto! Best Valentine’s Date Ever!

Date Night On The Couch

You don’t need to go to the cinema to have a Cinema Night! And after the whirlwind of the bath, bottle, sleep routine who even wants to lift there butts of the couch. Choose a romantic film, pop some popcorn in the microwave. Then cosy up on the couch with your partner and a nice cosy blanket. Cinema Night in the comfort of your living room! Plus if you fall asleep there is no embarrassment.

Quality Gifts….

Don’t buy me expensive gifts, just let me have a shower in peace. Nothing is more valuable to a busy mum or dad than having some ALONE time. Why not gift each other with some quiet time without the kids (and you) during the day. Maybe start reading the first chapter of that new book while your other half does bath time. Alone time is worth more than gold in the world of parenting! Find you and your partner argue over stupid things? Check out my post on the most stupid arguments we have had in the name of sleep deprivation

Shake The Dust Off Those Sexy PJ’s

Lets face it, being sexy at the end of the day is not a busy mums priority. Especially when you have been running around with a toddler all day long. However if there was ever a time to sexy it up, it would be now. At least you have got it over and done with right??. So why not slip into something a little more appealing compared to the usual yoga pants and hoodie combo to get the sparks going.


Make it a family tradition.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about the love shared between life partners. It can also be about the love shared with your family. Start a new tradition with your kids and have a Valentine’s Family Meal or Movie Night. Valentine’s Day is about love, and celebrating it with your family is a nice modern spin to this little holiday.

I hope these easy ideas inspire you to have a hassle free Valentine’s Day. I think we will have a Family Valentine’s Meal to celebrate with our little munchkin this year.

What about you?


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  • semalee
    February 8, 2018

    We always celebrate as a family. I don’t miss the busy restaurants one bit 😉

    • Kylie Abreu
      February 9, 2018

      I know! I don’t miss the busy restaurants at all

  • aliajanelsullivan
    February 8, 2018

    I love at home dates! That dinner looks amazing too.

    • Kylie Abreu
      February 9, 2018

      Thanks! It was delicious!

    • Kylie Abreu
      February 10, 2018

      Thank you! It was a recipe from BBC good food chicken and creamy mushroom

  • Evelyn Lo Foreman
    February 9, 2018

    When we become parents, it is all about the kids & the family. Thank you for raising awareness of how to celebrate Valentines as a family. It is, after all, about love like you said. More than just the two of you, it is all of you. 💗

    • Kylie Abreu
      February 10, 2018

      Yes I love the idea of celebrating with our baby. It’s cute!!

  • Sarah’s Sage Advice
    February 9, 2018

    This is great. There’s so much you can do to just relax together. It doesn’t have to be flashy and I love that.

    • Kylie Abreu
      February 10, 2018

      Yes I agree! Simple things can make the best moments

  • Kody @ The OptiMom Blog
    February 9, 2018

    I love this. A peaceful shower? Yes please! For super busy parents, the gift of relaxation is the best gift of all.

    • Kylie Abreu
      February 10, 2018

      Hahaha tell me about it! I long for a shower or toilet break to myself 😂

  • Barbara Alfeo
    February 10, 2018

    love how real this is! we definitely have done the date night at home.

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