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Chocolates Top Our List for Valentine’s Day

Like other families, February 14th puts chocolates at the top of our list for Valentine’s Day.

My daughter is already talking about Valentine’s Day! It’s her favorite holiday, and she expects chocolates! It’s The Divine Miss M’s favorite holiday. It always has been, even when she was tiny. I find it peculiar–after all, she’s eight! Maybe it is all pink and red?

She squees when we walk the aisles of stores. The heart-shaped boxes, cheesy cards, and even the prospects of flowers moves her into a state of giddiness.

Chocolates Top Our List for Valentine's Day.

This year The Divine Miss M is asking for the most ginormous box of chocolates Cupid can find. Isn’t that what we’re all dreaming of? That bright, heart-shaped red box. I know I am! The difference between us is The Divine Miss M will swoon over her box. She’ll take in the details–if it’s flocked or shiny. If it has a satin bow or one simply etched into the box. She’ll enjoy the box. Me? I’m more apt to open it right away and see the assortment of chocolates! I don’t need a “code” to identify them. I like them all, and to ensure they’re mine, I take a bite of everyone!

Gifts of Chocolate to Put at the Top of the List:

The homemade gift giver in me loves this Ghiradelli Advent to help Miss M count down the days to her favorite holiday. She also loves making Hershey Kiss Roses; they are easy to make and cost about 50-cents each, so two dozen for about $12 is saving over roses, and they are chocolate!

Valentine’s Day by the numbers in 2018 shows U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $143.56 on Valentine’s Day this year, an increase from last year’s $136.57. While our house keeps it simple and far under that average, we still love the holiday and the reminder to love one another.

There are many fun gift ideas and ways to make Valentine’s Day a celebration for every age.

What’s your preferred gift for Valentine’s Day?

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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