“It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it.” – Tom Hanks, Sleepless In Seattle
Sticking with the theme of LOVE for the upcoming, grand occasion of Valentines, I have put together some tiny things that we do around our house to show our LOVE. Hope these ideas spark other little ideas to spread love in all you do.
Keep them cuddly: warm up robes and towels when they get out of the bath or shower. Throw a cozy blanket in the dryer when someone just needs to be bundled.
Do something sweet: write a little note (on the napkin or a tiny card) for someone’s lunch–add a fun joke, a sweet treat they will enjoy or a tiny surprise that is unexpected.
Hand writing: When my little girl is nervous about something at school, I draw a heart on her hand to remind her that my love will always be with her.
Hearts & flowers: We are big Dasani bottle drinkers (don’t worry we recycle!) so I write messages on my families water bottles…hearts, flowers, their names, love notes, feel betters, etc.
Dedications: Dedicate a song while you are driving or buy a special song that reminds you of someone you love and share it with them. (Some good ideas off the top of my head: Bruno Mars “Just the way you are” Rihanna “We found Love” Christina Perri “A Thousand Years” Usher “Without You” Harry Connick Jr ” We are in Love” Train “Marry Me” Colbie Caillat “I do” Joy Williams “Charmed Life”)
Sign Language: Have a fun personal language that you share with each other. Our family does XO with our fingers or signs I Love You or infiniti hearts, you get the idea. Make your own and make it yours. The love will follow.
Nicknames: Have fun, loving nick names that you call one another.
Make food with love: blow kisses into the meals you make, make heart pancakes, heart shaped brownies, swirl your soup in heart shapes.
Basic Care: make them take their vitamins, drink lots of water and wear their seat belt. It is the funniest thing to watch my parents fight over taking their vitamins, but my Dad simply looks at my mom and says, it’s because I love you. Who can argue with that!
Love Notes: leave little notes of love and appreciation anytime and everywhere. Leave them on the bathroom mirror, the car window, computer screen, under a pillow, etc. A cute text says you care. A fun note taped to their toothbrush that says, you make me smile=LOVE.
Pray and give thanks: pray always with a grateful heart for the little things you receive every day…for running water, for good health, that your child made it home from school, that your husband has a job, that you can run, walk, see the blue sky.
Thank you: Write a nice note on the envelopes of your bills, or on an email to your service providers thanking them for the services you receive. Thank them that you have power, heat, the Disney channel!! smile. smile.
Affection: ALWAYS give hugs and kisses, special rendezvous and intimate getaways
Surround your family with good things: Having beautiful things around helps your heart sing. Your heart=LOVE. Have pretty music playing, buy a beautiful bouquet of flowers, have inspiring quotes posted throughout the house, allow lots of light in through the windows
Quality time: I can’t stress this enough!! Go on walks, have reading time together, play games and talk.
Connect: Everyone needs to feel connection in their life, so our relationships are key. Take the time to connect. I am going to include some good Q& A topics to discuss with those you love:
Connect Questions for the one you LOVE:
1. What is something that makes you feel good about yourself?
2. What are 5 things you want to do in your life?
3. Has there ever been anything you were afraid to do? How did you handle it?
4. Some of your favorite things?
5. What trait do you feel people like most about you?
6. Do you feel it is easy to make friends? Do you feel you have good friends?
7. Do you feel you like to be social or would rather be home?
8. What is a truly great memory for you?
9. What does perfect mean to you?
10. What is a favorite gift you have received?
11. What would you like to do more of every day?
12. Answer this…I am happy when…
13. What do you love about your family?
14. What do you love most about your relationship?
15. Think of a tough time in your life…what did you learn from it?
16. Is there anything you worry about?
17. What do you desire most out of our relationship? (good things, things to work on)
18. If you could do anything, what would it be?
19. What is one thing you would change about your life?
20. What would be your ideal Valentines day?
Connect Questions for you to ask your Kids:
1. What is your happiest memory?
2. Why do you like being a kid?
3. One word to describe you would be _______.
4. What advice would you give your parents?
5. If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?
6. What do you like to do for fun?
7. Tell about a funny time in your life.
8. What is your favorite thing to do? Why?
9. What is your favorite thing to do with your friends?
10. What do you love most about your sibling (or being an only child)?
11. What was the nicest thing you did for someone?
12. What do you think you will be doing 10 years from now?
13. What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? the winter?
14. What would be the ideal allowance? Tell me how you would use it.
15. What do you think makes a person good-looking?
16. Name two things we should do as a family on the weekend.
17. What is the grossest thing you can think of?
18. What is something you love about your mom and dad?
19. What is your favorite vacation we have been on?
20. What are 5 things you would like to do by the time you are married? (or in your life)
Well, I hope these tiny ideas have inspired you to think of little things you can do to spread the love in your world.
Lots of LOVE to you and yours. -Heather