I snapped a picture of the treat table I put together for the Valentine’s Day Party we hosted (for the second year in a row!). We served water, apple juice, Yummy Earth lollipops (amazon affiliate link, we pick out the grape flavor from the variety pack since E can’t have grape but she’s had no issue with the other flavors though the company has told me that they do end up on the same table in the factory), apple sauce pouches, and heart shaped orange spritz cookies.
Hosting events like this one of those things I try to do so that my children can safely enjoy a holiday get together without my having to follow them everywhere just in case there’s unsafe food they might be exposed to. It is especially at gatherings like this that I realize just how I operate on edge almost all the time. It is wonderful to just chat with friends while our children play! The kids had a lot of fun and all our guests loved the treats. My mother in law even made little cloth bags the kids could decorate before exchanging food-free valentines.
Days like that, where you just get to interact with other human beings and enjoy getting to know one another a little better, remind me that the kind people outweigh the negative ones and always will, even if the negative ones seem more numerous. Make someone smile, let them know you understand their struggles. Even if you just let the parent with the crying child go in front of you at the grocery store or send a card to a friend just to say hello, you could help make someone’s day a little easier.
Elsewhere, and since I am posting about something that happened months ago, here are some of the last few months’ reviews of mine over at VegBooks.org!
Over in the Forest – My Sister in Law has since borrowed this book and her kindergarten students loved it
Mercy Watson to the Rescue – E received this as a gift, wonderful early chapter book
Molly’s Organic Farm – Follow a farm through the seasons and through the eyes of a stray cat
Something From Nothing – A childhood favorite of mine, a sweet adaptation of a Jewish folktale
If All the Animals Came Inside – A boy imagines the chaos in his home if the title scenario happened
Forget-me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart – A few strange selections aside, this is such a cool book to get kids memorizing poems, for now E and I just read them and talk about what we think they’re about
The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s First Case – A fantastic mystery chapter book for kids under 10 following a character I love in her adult version (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series)