A New Challenge for Valentine's Day

I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!  For a very important date!  Yes, it is February 8th and I have absolutely NO plan for Valentine's Day.  It's not making me feel any better to see updates from all my lovely friends with their cute kiddos making VDay crafts and treats.  It has been on my to-do list to get safe VDay chocolate to give out for days now.  I am not sure why, but I have been a master procrastinator this year.  I keep putting off my "order safe chocolate" to-do item and haven't really been in the VDay spirit.  Then I saw a "Pop Quiz" about VDay from Mylan (makers of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.) that got me thinking outside of my box and excited to try something new.  This year, I am challenging myself.  No food treats for Vday this year! FACT or MYTH:  Everyone loves to get a box of chocolates:  MYTH!

"For people who have potentially life threatening (severe) allergies, getting a box of chocolates might not be a welcome gift.  Many chocolates may contain some of the most common food allergens like cow's milk, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts." - Mylan

There are some more fun facts and myths from Mylan below (click on the graphic to enlarge it) but the above stood out to me the most.

It is no secret that I love chocolate.  If you look around my blog, chocolate is a very common theme that pops up often.  So naturally, for VDay, I have always done chocolate.  That said, just because no-nut chocolate is safe for us, it might not be safe or a welcome gift for other families.  Aside from allergies, other parents might not want their kids cracked out on VDay sugar, artificial flavoring, and food dyes.

Please join me by not going the candy and treat route for VDay this year.  Need some last minute non-food VDay ideas like I do?!?!  I got em' for ya!  Check out the links below for some awesome VDay ideas that will get you and your kids looking like crafty (not foodie) little Martha Stewarts!

Foam roses, heart shaped animal cards, paper heart chains, stained glass hearts all from Allergic Living

Heart shaped crayons, heart people, love bugs, tissue paper hearts, stained glass window hangers, cute caterpillars, heart shaped pillows all from Allergic Living

10 non-candy ideas from She Knows Parenting

Peanut Free Zone's Valentines Day Pinterest Board (is Ah-Ma-Zing!)

I just updated my to-do list from "Order safe chocolate for VDay" to "Buy crafts for VDay cards."

Let me know your fabulous non-food Valentine gift ideas in the comments below!

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Posted on February 8, 2014 and filed under Holidays.