February 11th, 2017
I love the rhythm and language of the poem "A Negro Love Song" by Paul Dunbar. It seems fitting to share given that Valentine’s Day is coming soon and it’s Black History Month. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906) was born in Ohio. He wrote poems, plays and novels in both English and Historical Black […]
February 10th, 2017
Ayako Egawa wrote to us from Japan about how she makes chocolate ganache to celebrate Valentine’s Day. She shared her recipe with us below! "Valentine’s day is coming. I made chocolate ganache for my friends. Sweet chocolate makes them happy! :)" -Ayako Recipe for Chocolate Ganache Ingredients 70 grams Chocolate 50 ml Whipping Cream Sprinkles […]
February 10th, 2016
Coconut Macaroons are extremely easy to make! They’re a perfect little treat for holidays like Valentine’s Day. Dipping them in chocolate makes them extra special! Here’s the recipe… Recipe for Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons Ingredients 14 ounce bag of Sweetened Shredded Coconut 14 ounce can of Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract 2 […]
February 11th, 2015
Carolina L. M. wrote to us from Colombia about Love and Friendship Day (El Día de Amor y Amistad)… Hello! My name is Carolina I am a teacher in Colombia, South America! In schools we do not celebrate Valentine’s Day in February, but we do celebrate Love and Friendship Day the third Saturday in September! […]
January 27th, 2014
Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I wanted to post this little love poem called "A Scrawl" by James Whitcomb Riley. You can listen to a recording of it below and read along with the poem. MP3 Recording of A Scrawl A Scrawl By James Whitcomb Riley I want to sing something– but […]
February 13th, 2013
MP3 of Love Is Enough Love Is Enough By William Morris Love is enough: though the World be a-waning, And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining, Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder, Though the hills be held shadows, and […]
Here’s the poem, Poet To His Love by Maxwell Bodenheim (1892-1954) with an mp3 recording… MP3 of Poet to His Love 2nd Recording of Poet to His Love Poet to His Love An old silver church in a forest Is my love for you. The trees around it Are words that I have stolen from […]
February 12th, 2013
Sometimes, life is grand because of that one perfect moment, like in the poem below… MP3 of Jenny kiss’d Me Jenny kiss’d Me By Leigh Hunt Jenny kiss’d me when we met, Jumping from the chair she sat in; Time, you thief, who love to get Sweets into your list, put that in! Say I’m […]
February 14th, 2012
Skidamarink… A great song for Valentine’s Day! Skidamarink a dink a dink Skiamarink a doo I love you! Skidamarink a dink a dink Skiamarink a doo I love you! I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, I love you in the evening and underneath the moon. Oh! Skidamarink a dink a dink […]
February 12th, 2012
Here’s the poem A Valentine by Matilda Betham Edwards: A Valentine What shall I send my love today When all the woods attune to love, And I would show the lark and dove That I can love as well as they? … I’ll send a kiss, for that would be The quickest sent, the lightest […]
January 30th, 2012
In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, here’s a poem called "Valentine Song" written by Robert Argyle Campbell with an MP3 recording. MP3 of Valentine Song Valentine Song Dearest, let these roses In their purity, Be a present symbol Of my love for thee. Underneath the blossom Thorns are sure to grow; Take heed lest you touch […]
January 19th, 2012
There are different theories about where the American Red Velvet Cake is originally from, ranging from the South (perhaps the time of the Civil War?) to a creation of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. No one seems to really know for sure! What’s certain is that this cake feels special, and in fact, […]
October 18th, 2011
Let happiness the guarded treasure be of the mind’s padlock, and true love be key. -from The Padlock (circa 1788) Love Padlocks can bee seen throughout much of Europe and other places around the world like Taiwan. Peter wrote, "Couples put their names on a lock and then lock them onto some public object to […]
February 15th, 2011
Chocolate Fondue is sooo easy to make! All you need is your favorite chocolate for melting and heavy cream. I used Ghirardelli’s milk chocolate chips and a little semi-sweet chocolate chips (to make the chocolate flavor stronger). We dip strawberries, slices of bananas and kiwi, and honey-wheat pretzel sticks. Some people also dip marshmallows, cubes […]
February 12th, 2011
Lin wrote to me about Valentine’s Day traditions for both adults and kids in Indonesia. Here’s what she wrote: Lisa, Valentine’s Day is well known here in Indonesia in big cities, many events are held (between February 14 – 28/29) usually having Valentine’s themes. We call Valentine Day Hari Kasih Sayang (Love/Caring Day). We usually […]
I asked Ayako about how kids and adults celebrate Valentine’s Day in Japan. Here’s what she wrote: Hi Lisa, In Japan, we give chocolate to the people we like, boyfriend, husband, father … and recently kids give chocolate to their friends, especially girls to girls. My friend says that her daughter makes chocolate sweets by […]
Here’s some material to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Feel free to share your traditions with us in the comments below or by emailing me. Happy Valentine’s Day! xo Mama Lisa
February 8th, 2011
This year my daughter’s class is doing a nice, simple project. They’re not buying Valentines from the store to give to all the kids in the class. Instead, they’re each cutting out hearts out of construction paper. On one side they’re putting a classmate’s name and on the other side they’re writing something nice about […]
Valentine’s Day for Kids in the US In the US, kids celebrate Valentine’s Day in grade school. They give Valentines to each other. These are little cards, often flat. Often they will attach a little piece of candy to each Valentine to give to their classmates. Nowadays, children are asked to give a Valentine to […]
February 2nd, 2011
It’s very satisfying to make your own food coloring out of natural ingredients. It’s also educational for children to see how people used to get color out of fruits and vegetables. Not everything has to come pre-bottled from a factory! Since Valentine’s Day is coming soon, today I’ll explain how to make red and pink […]
January 25th, 2011
Valentines is a poem about a boy giving and receiving a Valentine card through the mail. Sweet! MP3 of the Poem Valentines Valentines by Ellen D. Masters The wind was blowing down our street, And it was snowing some; But I watched from the chilly porch To see the postman come. Across the street to […]
January 16th, 2011
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We’re posting poems about love that can be given in a letter, a card, or simply read for Valentine’s Day. Below you can read and listen to A Red, Red Rose from the Scottish poet Robert Burns. He wrote the New Year’s poem and song Auld Lang Syne. […]
January 13th, 2011
Valentine’s Day is only a month away. Here’s a sweet poem that you have a month to memorize! If Apples Were Pears If Apples Were Pears And peaches were plums And the rose had a different name If tigers were bears And fingers were thumbs I’d love you just the same. -Anonymous Hooray for love! […]
February 11th, 2009
I’ve been asked… “about gift customs around the world like the one of the temari balls in Japan. Which gifts do people around the world traditionally give for special events such as marriages, births, etc.?” FYI Temari balls are fancy balls with colorful, intricate patterns on them. They originally come from China, but are also […]
February 7th, 2008
GUEST BLOGGER Lisa Smith of Regionz Kidz has graciously shared this interesting post about international Valentine’s Day traditions. February 14th has come to mean red and pink hearts, flowers, chocolates and Hallmark cards here in the US. But, how did Valentine’s Day become a day that we celebrate with our loved ones? Valentine’s Day began […]
February 15th, 2007
Cheryl wrote… Hi mamalisa, I was wondering if you know or have the lyrics to the Valentine day song by Edward G Espejo. The only verse I can find is: Good morning to you, Valentine Curl your locks as I do mine Two before and three behind. Good morning to you Valentine. This would be […]
February 19th, 2006
Visit Head, Shoulders, Knees and all that and read about Valentine traditions in Japan. On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, women in Japan give chocolate to the men. The men give candy to the women on White Day, March 14th. White Day was originally conceived of by a candy maker who hoped to promote the sales […]
February 13th, 2006
Everyone who grows up speaking English knows Roses Are Red. But you may not be familiar with all the versions there are. Of course, there’s the one that’s most well known and that basically sounds like a cliché… Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are you! Then there’s the following […]
February 12th, 2006
How did February 14th become associated with romance? It started with a pretty little story that on the eve of St. Valentine’s Day the birds begin to sing. On Valentine’s Day itself, so the legend went, they mate. This idea of birdly courtship hopped over to humans and developed into the custom of celebrating love […]
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