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Sweet Surprises for the Whole Family

Written by: Camille Lucy

With the holidays quickly approaching, now is a great time to revisit, reconsider, revamp and sweeten the pot on the traditions we hold near and dear to us. Nothing says “I love you” and “you’re important to me” more than a thoughtful and unexpected surprise…in their drawers, on their egg hunt, or in a jar!




Love Notes Abound

Shower your family with love and adoration by slipping sweet love notes around the house! You can use them to show your gratitude, express your feelings, or share positive affirmations with your loved ones. Love notes are such a special surprise and are so much fun to receive. In today’s modern family, everyone is always on the go, go, go! Love notes are a creative way to let everyone know they’re thought of and loved unconditionally, always. They’re a nice way to bring everyone into the present moment and forget about the hustle bustle for just a moment. It’s a win-win for both the giver and receiver: everyone gets to feel good.

The New Hide-and-Seek

Not only is this a great surprise to receive, it’s super fun to create and hide the notes! Sprinkle a few love notes in your hubby’s sock drawer or your kids’ backpacks. The sky is the limit on this game! Tape pictures and notes inside cabinets. Stick an “I love you” heart in the fridge for someone to find. You can be really creative with this new tradition. Few notes left behind without being found? Great! They’ll make someone’s day in the future.

Egg Surprise

Instead of the same old chocolate candies, coins and jelly beans, slip some love notes into some of the eggs. Your kids will never expect to receive one! This is a creative way to let your kids know you love them and how special they are to you. Tell them how proud you are to be theirs.  How smart, funny, cute and lovable you find them to be!

Family Coupon Book

There are many versions of the Coupon Book out there. For the family, create a book where everyone gets to pick out something special to them. Give away some free hugs, date nights (either mom and dad alone, or a date night with parent and child), stay up late nights and maybe even a toy surprise! Massages for mom or dad, movie nights for the whole family and crafts for the kids. Utilize those things you know are personal, important or special to your family.

Gratitude Jar

Sometimes families make Gratitude Jars and open them up for the New Year, or pop one out to read randomly as they need a lift-me-up.  With Easter and spring symbolizing rebirth and renewal of life, it’s the perfect time to create your gratitude jar and begin a ritual with your family. Have everyone fill the jar with not about what makes each of you special, how much you love one another, and all the things you’re grateful for. Open the jar each year on Easter and drop in a few more notes!  It’s always nice to be reminded of how special you are to your family.

These are just a few ways to show your family how much love there is between you all. The possibilities of different ideas and ways to play with love notes are endless. Have some fun! And make it a new tradition in your family. You can take turns hiding notes, writing notes and finding notes!  Just remember…the whole point is to feel good and share love! There are no rules, no restrictions and no limit to your creativity.

Camille Lucy is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Reiki Practitioner, graphic and web designer, business consultant, and Vice President of a local non-profit that “rehabilitates people through animals. Learn more about her and her adventure(s) at