Valentine’s Day DIY: Honey-Inspired Lip Balm

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For me, Valentine’s Day has seen some changes over the years. Before kids, it was all about romance and quiet dinners, chocolate and roses (or, at the very least, a restaurant meal where no one cried about the “green stuffs” in their food). And it was lovely. But now, with two little girls in the mix, Valentine’s Day is a sweet, goopy, glitter glue-smeared love-fest.

And it’s funny, but I actually think I appreciate it more in its current incarnation, because the focus is so squarely on love. Real love — messy, sticky, gooey love. My husband and I (though we do find ways to have a grown-up version of the holiday after our girls are in bed) have found Valentine’s Day to be a great time not only for giving extra love around our house – sometimes in the form of pink pancakes for breakfast, but also for teaching and reminding our kids about the importance of giving by encouraging simple acts of kindness and expressions of love and appreciation. Making and sharing Valentine’s gifts with friends and family hits the bulls-eye there.

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A Non-Candy Treat

This DIY lip balm is one of our favorite non-candy treats for kids to make and share. And it’s perfect for the middle of February when everyone’s lips are dry and chapped. With all-natural ingredients, such as Shea butter and coconut oil, it’s silky, smooth and glides on with ease. The added honey makes it ever so slightly sweet and extra moisturizing and the peppermint oil gives it a fun, cooling sensation. And speaking of oils, this recipe is completely customizable, s … say, you don’t like peppermint? No problem! Use something else, such as lavender, vanilla, orange, or — in true keeping with Valentine’s Day — chocolate (yes!). You can even get creative and add color or shimmer to your lip balm. Little ones will need lots of supervision handling hot ingredients, but this recipe is simple enough for older kids with kitchen experience to make themselves.

The Presentation

For a really festive touch, have your kids decorate the pots or tubes with cute labels, a bit of pink or red paper or some Valentine-themed decorative craft tape. Then do what I do, sit back, relax and watch your children ploddingly write the names of every kid in their class on every gift tag. Every. Single. One. Sure, it feels like time has actually stopped (now what letter, mommy?) but just
think of all that togetherness we’re getting. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Homemade Lip Balm

Makes 10 to 12 pots or tubes

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. beeswax pellets
  • 1 tsp. shea butter or cocoa butter
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 6-8 drops food-grade peppermint oil
  • Lip balm tubes or tins (available in craft stores or easy to find online)

Directions

  • Combine the coconut oil, beeswax, and Shea butter in a small, heat-safe bowl or Mason jar and place into a small saucepan filled with water over medium-low heat, stirring until the mixture is completely melted. add the honey and stir to incorporate.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the peppermint oil, then carefully pour into tubes or tins and let set for at least 1 hour.
  • Store in a cool, dry place.
  • Note: To add color to homemade lip balm, add a bit of lipstick to your wax and oils as they are melting by just scraping a bit off the end of the lipstick. the more you add, the more intense your hue will be. stir well for even color. and if you (or your kids) want to add a touch of sparkle – use edible glitter! Yep, find it in the baking aisle of your local craft store.
  • Important note: pediatricians recommend waiting until babies are at least 12 months old before feeding them honey because it can contain bacteria that can cause botulism. These bacteria are harmless to adults and children over the age of 1, but they can make babies, whose digestive and immune systems are still immature, very sick.

Suzy Scherr is the author of The Apple Cider Vinegar Companion, The Baking Soda Companion. She is a personal chef, writer, culinary instructor, and busy mom with a knack for finding new ways to make being in the kitchen or at the table exciting, fun, and accessible.

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Cucu's PlayHouse

<div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;">Interactive, live-streaming music and movement class in Spanish for babies, toddlers and preschoolers!<br />Join us every day from Monday through Saturday at 1:30 pm EST to sing, dance and play together while learning Spanish from your home.</div> <div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;"> </div> <div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;">This class is part of a Spanish Immersion Program where your child will be introduced to basic concepts like the animals, colors, numbers and letters. All of these through the universal language of Music. Each session is fun, interactive and engaging.<br />A selection of Children Songs in Spanish guides the class from start to finish. Activities are related to the lyrics, in order to familiarize the children with the words and their meanings. Some of the songs encourage the children to dance. Nilda uses puppets, musical instruments, and props to teach children basic vocabulary through action and interaction, rather than through translation.</div> <div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;"><br />The classes are streamed on Zoom's webinar platform. Participants (children, parents, nannies) are able to join the video from their homes and interact with us in real-time, it is a fun and engaging experience.</div>

TADA! Youth Theater

<div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>TADA! Youth Theater Summer Camps (July 10-August 25, 2023)</strong> Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! TADA! is excited to be back in person with our popular Week-long Musical Theater Summer Camps!  Every week your child will:</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <ul> <li>ENGAGE IN MUSICAL THEATER TRAINING</li> <li>CREATE, REHEARSE & PERFORM AN ORIGINAL MINI- MUSICAL</li> <li>EXPLORE THEIR INTERESTS AND IDENTITY</li> <li>SHARE THEIR VOICE AND BE HEARD</li> <li>RECEIVE INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION AND SOLO OPPORTUNITIES</li> <li>EXPERIENCE ENSEMBLE-BASED INSTRUCTION BY TWO PROFESSIONAL NYC TEACHING ARTISTS</li> <li>MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH NEW FRIENDS</li> </ul> On the last day of camp, we invite friends and family to attend the debut of your child’s original mini-musical!<br /> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">Limited spots available! All of our classes take place in-person at 15 W. 28th Street (between Broadway & 5th) and culminate in a final sharing for an invited audience.  </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>For more info or to register for our Summer Camps, visit our website <a href="https://tadatheater.com/summercamps/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tadatheater.com/summercamps/&source=gmail&ust=1682524227382000&usg=AOvVaw1jPPuT0S0YVPJg0I1oXofv">HERE!</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Looking for a sample class before registering?</strong> Join us Saturday, June 3rd for an in-person sample class, Q&A, and the best discount of the summer!  Registration required to attend! </p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>For more info. or to register for our Summer Open house, click <a href="https://tadatheater.com/open-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tadatheater.com/open-house/&source=gmail&ust=1682524227382000&usg=AOvVaw2CheiFLQooj66wqzmTeKCc">HERE!</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>No child should be turned away because of their inability to pay. </strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="https://tadatheater.com/financial-assistance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tadatheater.com/financial-assistance/&source=gmail&ust=1682524227382000&usg=AOvVaw1-oTxJlL31iv2yEG3kUDrj">Financial Assistance available. </a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Questions?</strong></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Email us at <a href="mailto:[email protected]" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[email protected]</a></strong></div> </div> <div> <div dir="ltr" data-smartmail="gmail_signature"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>