I’ve been having a look around for some simple, last-minute valentines to make with kids. (And not just any kids: Preschoolers are my target demographic.) I love the simplicity of this one—a red balloon (heart-shaped if you wish) with washi tape!
We don’t have any specific rules in Hudson’s class. Candy is A-Okay. Store-bought is just fine. (What’s this I hear about some schools requiring homemade cards only?) So there’s no pressure to do anything ambitious, but I do think Hudson is getting to an age where he might enjoy handing out things he had a part in making.
Last year, he and I went to the drugstore and bought some little cards, and I asked him to color or write his name on each before sneaking in a few SweetTarts and sealing them up in little envelopes for bringing to school—which he was excited about. There were 30, which doesn’t seem like a lot until you watch a three-year-old lose interest after writing on two. In other words, whatever you decide to do for a preschooler’s valentines, be prepared to do it yourself.
Then, at his school, each child makes a little bag for collecting mail, which is stapled shut and sent home with him or her at the end of the day. Here’s a few things I’ve gleaned from watching him tear open his own goody bag at the end of the day. The ones with a treat or a game are really the only ones that get any attention; I read them all aloud to him, but I couldn’t be sure he was listening over the sounds of that lollipop smacking. Which is all just to say that, at this age, it should probably matter more that he feels excited about making and delivering the valentines he gives than about the ones he gets. The cute factor, the clever puns… that’s probably more for the grown-up trying to read them aloud beside them. At least for now.
Here are a few more really cute ideas that might be in our future…
It’s always a good sign when you get something new in the mail and you want to rip off the tags and wear it immediately. Still, I’m never completely certain what’s going to become that item I reach for over and over again until I’ve had it for a while. Last year it turned out to be a slightly boxy white blouse. It would barely make it into the wash before I’d be rifling around to find it.
The truth is: I almost always prefer simple classics (white, denim, stripes, and such) but I still want the thrill of something new when the seasons change—and when the new catalogues arrive to tempt. It seems the safest bet is to acknowledge this and to look for new takes on those tried-and-true favorites.
Boden reached out with their new lookbook for spring and there’s so much good stuff. (Warning: it will make you want to go on vacation somewhere sunny.) I usually order the kids’ swimsuits and rashguards from them around now; this time I added some items for myself to the cart…
I also tried out a new swimsuit (their Sorrento remains one of my all-time favorite one-pieces), a ruched dress (curve-hugging if you’re body conscious, but flattering like their swimsuits), and a pair of red heels (I loved the black ones over the holidays, and these are a little lower).
The pocket sweater has a relaxed fit, but manages to still feel flattering (and it has just a bit of cashmere, so it’s very soft). And I think these dress pants might become a staple. What do you think of the leapord print flats? I like the pointy toes on this style for wearing with skinny jeans.
The Eton Cropped pants are a denim trend I’ve been curious to try out, in case I feel like breaking out of the skinny ankle style once in a while. What do you think? And then there’s the jumpsuit—I had a hard time choosing between the black and brown ankle boots. (The silver-and-gold slingbacks and cross-body purse are my own, but these shoes and this bag have similar looks.)
Like I said, I promptly wore the denim jumpsuit out the night it arrived—to a dinner date in Oakland that included a visit to Temescal Alley. I wonder which of these items is destined to become “that” piece this spring. Any idea what will be yours?
Update: Boden is offering 15% off plus free shipping on orders over $49 with the code 4N9Z.