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June 22, 2024

Valentine’s Day Things We Love!

Does your little sweetie have a sweet tooth? For Valentine’s Day, let them indulge in a treat without any sugar guilt. With just 3g of sugar per bag and no artificial anything added, SmartSweets are a delicious and smart choice. Flavors available include yummy options like Sweet Fish, Sour Blast Buddies and both fruity and sour Gummy Bears.

Along with having natural ingredients, these tasty treats are gluten, nut, soy, dairy, lactose and dye-free! They make a great addition to class parties and are popular with playdates. For Valentine’s Day gatherings, be sure to check out their snack size bags that come with stickers!

Look for SmartSweets in store at Whole Foods, Jungle Jim’s Eastgate and GNC, or ship them right to your doorstep and shop online at

Does your love bug love bath time? Make bath time even more fun and add Bubbsi skincare to your routine. Bubbsi is a natural coconut oil based line that is great for all skin types and the products are also adorable. The whipped coconut oil body cream, creamy coconut oil shampoo + wash and coconut oil balm are bottled with cute animal toppers that kids will love! This ultra moisturizing line is free of parabens, phthalates and sulfates and would make a great Valentine’s present for your bath-loving babe.

Beyond being cute and great for Valentine’s Day, Bubbsi is a product that works. If your child has trouble areas with their skin, give Bubbsi a try! My son was experiencing extremely dry, bumpy and horribly itchy winter skin. We tried oatmeal baths, slathering him in products claiming to treat dry skin and cut back on baths. Nothing really worked, and he was scratching himself to the point of bleeding! Enter Bubbsi, and his skin is amazingly baby soft again. The coconut oil body cream is thick and creamy with a light and pleasant smell. It doesn’t leave skin oily and greasy like when you use plain coconut oil, it only leaves just a slight sheen and mega softness. This is a product I WILL purchase in the future, because it was extremely effective in curing my sons skin issues.

Get cute coconut oil based skin care items and learn more at

Does your kiddo love animals? Then they will love Rescue Runts Babies! These sweet critters come packaged looking like they need a friend and a new home. Their crate transforms into a home that can be decorated with windows and other fun stickers. Show the baby some TLC and brush their hair, then make the pet adoption official with a name tag for the new family fur baby. Be sure to print out an extra large adoption certificate from There are over 20 Rescue Runts Babies available for adoption at local Walmart stores including a fluffy white kitty, a unicorn, monkey, pups and even a bunny that would make a great addition to any Easter basket, too!

Is your child a sleepy head who loves to stay in their jammies all day, lounging and cuddling? Are you looking for adorable, picture-perfect matching PJ’s? Pink Elephant Organics has sweet styles for the kiddies and the misses. The gender neutral line offers high quality pajamas in sizes for babies, toddlers, boys, girls and mom! Wake up on Valentine’s Day in super soft organic cotton, looking and feeling great! If you know an expectant momma, be sure to check out the Mommy and Me trunks that are perfectly soft and adorable for postpartum momma and babe. Read more at!

Does your kiddo want to explore the world? For Valentine’s Day, gift them a monthly subscription box from Little Passports! Each month, a package containing toys, souvenirs, activities and more to help your child discover different countries around the world. Choose to send a one time gift, a 6 or 12 month subscription for a year long of learning and fun. Visit for more information.

Looking to dine out for Valentine’s Day, but can’t get a sitter? Bring the kids to dinner at Rusty Bucket! Kids can choose a meal from the kids menu for FREE with paying adults, and they will get a super cute cupid cup kids drink. This event is popular, and while reservations are not required, they are recommended.

Rusty Bucket locations:

Rookwood- 2692 Madison Road 513-841-2739

Mason- 5035 Deerfield Blvd., Mason 513-339-0150

Liberty Center- 7524 Bales St., Liberty Township 513-463-2600

Visit for more information.

About the Author

Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).