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OC Kids loved a beachy Valentine’s Day! â¤ðŸŒŠï»¿

Some might call it a Hallmark Holiday, but that’s okay- we love a good V-Day around here!

This week I was so busy with t-ball, taxes, soccer camp, trying to get the website off the ground, and gathering cookies, cupcakes, and other random items for Gino’s V-Day party at his preschool, I completely forgot about the very essential V-Day preschool basics- the cards!

I figured the morning of V-Day would be plenty of time to stop at the Neighborhood Walmart Market and grab a box of good ole’ love day cards plastered with faces of his favorite cartoon character. Low and behold, not a single box left. With 15 minutes left before the start of school and the festivities, panic also started as Gino began asking me what cards we were going to get. With nothing but candy and stuffed animals from the bottom of the barell of unwanted V-Day items, I went in to full “Pinterest Mama” mode. I grabbed a couple bags of candy, hidden $0.84 plastic heart tumblers stuffed in a corner behind the brand new Easter candy display, multi-color plastic straws, 3×5 lined index cards, sharpies, and tape. Gino said, “Mom, are those the cards?”, with an intrigued look on his face. I said, “Yes baby, we are going to make our own special cards. It will be great.”

I am glad my little guy is a bit young to sense fear in others. Sadness? Yes. Happiness? For sure. But fear? Not yet. Thank God! Because I sure was scared about what the heck these things were going to look like. Look, I am the first to admit that I am NO Pinterest worthy crafting Momma okay? I enjoy a fun homemade craft as much as the next Mom, but original pin worthy ideas? So not me.

Anyhow, with minutes left before the other little ones and parents started pouring into the classroom and could see the look of shame from my “mom fail” of forgetting cards, I got to work with this “stuff”:

Big pile of…”stuff”
The look on Gino’s face was like I had just invented the wheel 😂. He thought the end result was the most amazing thing he had ever seen. These won’t be featured on any DIY Valentine tutorial anytime soon, but nonetheless, I am happy that he was happy and that his teacher only got to see me finishing them at the tail end!

Not too shabby, right?

Doesn’t he look like the happiest boy ever? 😍
We decided to have a family Valentine’s Day lunch this year. This was a first. Typically Valentine’s is just with my Hubby and I, and we get a sitter for a few hours to have a nice little date night dinner. Two kids is a game changer though! Mustering up the energy for hair, makeup, heels, and reservations is a lot for me these days. I’m just starting to get back into working out and putting lipstick on again, and our “baby” girl is already a year old! Lunch with the kids was fun though. We headed to Huntington Beach for a rooftop lunch at BLK. It was my first time there. The food was tasty but the view was what drew me there. What a view it was!

Check out that backdrop! 🌊
We headed to the pier after lunch for a quick walk and some people watching. HB sure has some great shops, sites, and places to walk. A designated beach day with a home packed picnic is always an amazing kid-friendly event, that can be 100% free if you find the right parking space! The beaches in Orange County are chock-full of free events during the Summer that we love to go to. I can’t wait to share them with you on our OC Family Calendar of Events soon! Did all of you have a good Valentine’s Day?

From mine to yours ❌⭕️❌⭕️ ❤

Lauren

 

 

 

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