Valentine’s Day Crafts for Sitters

Now that parents have found something to do to celebrate their love, it’s time to let the kids in on the action! Help them share the love by setting up these Valentine’s Day crafts and games. Parents, these are great activities to let our sitters do with your kids while you’re out–just leave them the supplies and they’ll do the rest. 

Write Valentines for Mom and Dad

Use whatever you have lying around–construction paper, pipe cleaners, magazines–and let the kid’s express their love for their parents. Help them write a list of ten things they love about mom and dad or draw a picture of what they love doing together. 

Create a Paper Chain

Countdown to love day by creating a paper chain. Use red, pink, and white construction paper to create strips. Loop them together and secure them with glue or tape. Kids can take one chain off each day to create excitement–and it makes for a cute decoration in the meantime! 

Create a Valentine’s Day Treat

Who doesn’t love a little something sweet for the holidays? Try this cute ten-minute dessert from Six Clever Sisters which just takes a few ingredients: Hershey’s Hugs, pretzels and M&Ms! This a great “cooking” project for little hands. If you make enough, take a walk and share with your neighbors! 

Let’s Talk About Love

Do a little research on the history of Valentine’s Day and help kids come up with a “lesson” for Mom and Dad about love. Kids can create their own skit to act it out and even make a list of how we can spread love now–complimenting strangers, helping mom and dad around the house, sharing with siblings–the possibilities are endless! 

Chemistry is Real! 

We love any chance to incorporate a little STEM into our day! These salt hearts will get you talking about a different kind of love on this Valentine’s Day! What is nice about these is that they last forever so you can display them year after year as part of your decor. 

Hidden (love) Messages 

Create invisible ink using pure lemon juice! Simply squeeze a lemon into a bowl and use a q-tip to draw your secret messages on paper. Let them dry and when mom and dad come home from date night they can use a heat source (light bulb, low temp iron) to reveal the secret message. 

Geometric Hearts

Need an activity for older kids? This art project is great for talking about color theory, math and creativity. You likely have the supplies at home and the end result can be given as a gift or displayed for years to come.

Art Tutorial 

If you’re working with younger kids but still want to get artistic, this sweet tutorial would be a blast! The step by step directions make it easy for younger kids to create a masterpiece they are proud of. 

Heart Shaped Pizza

Our sitters are happy to make dinner for your kids while you’re out–so why not make it fun? Pre-made crusts make this homemade pizza easy to assemble and kids will love calling the shots for dinner. 

Love-Themed Movie Night

Grab some popcorn and candy and let the kids enjoy a movie night full of love-themed movies. Try “Lady and the Tramp”, “Beauty and the Beast” or “Up!”. Make it extra special with blankets and pillows on the floor!

Valentine’s Day Events In Our Regions

Sometimes the hardest part about planning a fantastic Valentine’s Day date is simply getting the sitter but since we have already got that handled for you, we figured we would help with the rest, too! Valentine’s Day runs the gamut from fancy and fabulous to low-key but even the most cynical among us love a good excuse to get out and do something! Check out date-night suggestions from our different service regions—and then let us know when you need your PlatinumSitter to arrive.


Sip N’ Paint

February 12 at 2:30 p.m. 

Local artist J. Voc will guide you through a painting class while you sip prosecco and enjoy chocolate covered strawberries at The Thirsty Dog in Belmont.

Candlelight: Valentine’s Day Special 

February 12 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy music from a stringed quartet during this romantic “Romeo and Juliet” inspired production.

Dinner Detective

February 13 at 6 p.m.

Add a little mystery to your Valentine’s Day with this murder mystery dinner theatre. 

Valentine’s Dinner at Carolina Brew Supply

February 14 at 6:30 p.m.

This is not your average Valentine’s dinner! Enjoy six courses with special wine pairings during this private dining experience.


Couple’s Valentine’s Dinner

February 12 at 4 p.m.

This fun-filled night will include dinner, couple’s games and photo opportunities. 

Greensboro Big Band

February 13 at 3 p.m.

Enjoy the sounds of The Greensboro Big Band and either watch or partake in the swing dancing at this event! The best part? It’s free!

Chris Wiles’ Very Special Valentine’s Day Show

February 14 at 7 p.m.

Loosen up for your Valentine’s Day celebration with lots of laughs at this Comedy Zone show.


Charcuterie Board Design 

February 12 at 2 p.m.

Learn to create your own gorgeous charcuterie display at this workshop just in time to create something special for Valentine’s Day!

Romance in the Air

February 12 at 4:30 p.m.

Check out the sounds of Adele, Lady Gaga, Etta James and more as performed by a 16-person chamber choir. 

Chocolate Lover’s Flight 

February 13

Check out the special Valentine’s Day flight at The Flying Saucer featuring four different chocolate beers.

Downtown Raleigh Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

February 13

Head downtown to  the Sir Walter Raleigh statue at the Raleigh Convention Center  and grab your treasure map. Follow the clues to earn prizes!


Coglin’s Second Chance Prom

February 12 at 8 p.m.

Take a step back in time and enjoy all of the fun parts of prom–dressing up, dancing, lots of picture taking–but with yummy cocktails and no curfew!

Valentine’s Day Run 

February 12 at 9 a.m

Kick off your love weekend with a run through Wrightsville Beach! Make it a date night with a stop for brunch on your way home.

Speaking of Wilmington, we have an exciting giveaway in this area! Head over to Instagram to check out the chance to win four hours of free babysitting in addition to some amazing prizes from Beauty and Bloom, Native Salt Cave and Wellness and The Second Glass Wine Bar!

5 Heart-shaped Treats for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! We know this Valentine’s Day will look different–that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! If you’re looking for some Covid-safe ways to celebrate with your kids, it’s likely they will involve food. Here are some fun ways to add a little “heart” to your Valentine’s Day meal.


Yeah, yeah its less pizza this way. But, its more fun! This is one way to ensure a stress free meal and support local restaurants who need the business!


Easy to cut, and sometimes naturally heart shaped (we see you, strawberries!), these are fun twist on a typical kid snack. The skewers make them easy to hold!


There’s still time to Amazon prime a heart shaped cookie cutter! What kid doesn’t love baking cookies? Plus, the holiday is all about something sweet!

Cinnamon Rolls

Just pop a can, pinch into shape and bake to make Valentine’s Day breakfast a breeze! If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can follow this homemade version from Poppies at Play.

Peek-A-Boo Pound Cake

Love an element of surprise? This hidden heart pound cake is a really cool dessert to serve on Valentine’s Day!

Heart-Shaped Egg in a Hole

Want to start breakfast off on a loving, but protein-filled, note this Valentine’s Day? Use that cookie cutter to create a heart-shaped vessel for everyone’s eggs. Bonus points if you shape the bacon into a heart too!

egg in a heart shaped hole | 25+ Heart Shaped Foods

10 Ways to Beat the Boredom

It feels like we have been battling boredom for…well, almost a year. It’s a long time and with the cold, often rainy weather, things are that much harder to keep interesting. Here are ten great ideas for you –or your sitter–to use to pass the time with your kids!

  1. Learn to Code — There are tons of great websites that help kids learn to code, as well as fun informational toys with a similar objective. Try Scratch or Swift Playground for some screen time you can feel good about. We also love this Code and Go mouse for a non-tech version.

2. Create Sugar Cube Igloos— We love this idea from Mommy Poppins! It works with a ton of ages and you can incorporate science or math lessons.

3. Doodle with Mo Willems— These fun videos feature author Mo Willems are a great way to exercise your creative muscle. He is super entertaining–after all, he brought us Piggie and Pigeon!

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems | Various locations | Things to do in New  York Kids

4. Bubble Foam— All you need is some tear-free soap and food dye (you could technically even skip this part) for this awesome idea from Busy Toddler. Use your hand mixer to create voluminous foam, throw the kiddos in the bath and enjoy your quiet time. Add in Barbie’s, Legos or other toys to increase the fun. Bonus: run a bath with the foam entertainment runs out and you have a pretty colored bath–and something new to pass the time!

5. Perler Beads— Looking for an inexpensive way to mix it up? Remember Perler beads? A longtime childhood favorite, these are fairly mess free and fun for all ages!

10 Easy Perler Bead Food Keychains and Magnets - YouTube

6. Build a Fort — This is a time honored, bored at home tradition. Throw all your extra pillows and blankets at your kiddos and let them go to town. Bonus points if you can give them some clips or rubber bands to create extra secure attachments. Add in flashlights or glow sticks for really fun hideout!

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7. Bake something! — Early on in the pandemic, it seems everyone was making bread. Get back to it! Now that the weather is colder, pair your fresh baked bread with soup or make some cookies for a cozy treat.

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8. Yoga— Need some Zen? A favorite for young kids is Cosmic Kids’ Yoga. It is a great way to pass thirty minutes and get everyone moving.

Watch Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventures | Prime Video

9. Scavenger Hunts— If you’re looking for a way to keep kids moving and use their brains, try a scavenger hunt! We love this list of indoor/outdoor hunts by Good Housekeeping!

Scavenger Hunt Ideas - Indoor Scavenger Hunt

10. Write a Letter — Encourage your kids to write a letter, make a card or draw a picture for nursing home residents, first responders or anyone else who may need a pick me up! Its a great way to practice their writing skills and brighten someone’s day!

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A day in the life of a virtual learner

Back in March, the idea of virtual learning was such an anomaly with its newfangled platforms and vocabulary–Zoom, Canvas, DyKnow–and we all thanked our lucky stars it was just a temporary….

….wait. we. are. still. here. 

And now, we are all kind of pros, right? Settled in after nine long months of zooming and chatting and hitting submit. Let’s take a look at a day in the life of a virtual learner, shall we?

8:00 am— Rise and shine. Mama is here and there is no reason I shouldn’t get a full service meal despite the fact that I have lived on cafeteria cereal and milk for the past five years. Bring on the pancakes!

8:30 am— Time to log into Zoom. Mrs. Brown is wearing an elaborate holiday theme complete with a snowy virtual background.

8:35 am— Boooooored. Maybe I can fasten a zipline for the elf out of notebook paper and paper clips. 

9:00 am — Busted by mom for being off task while hanging upside down in my chair. 

9:30 am –Break time! After complaining all morning about not wanting to stare at the computer screen, I beg to stare at the iPad screen. Denied. Off to play Legos. 

10:15 am— Back at it. I sneak snacks during Zoom with the camera off and get peanut butter on the keys. 

10:30 am— Time for math homework. Mom says to practice fractions with baking. So I throw flour everywhere and forget to submit my assignment while she’s on a work call. 

12:00 pm— Lunch time. I may have pushed mom “over the edge”, as dad says because she says we need to “go for a drive”. Works for me–Chick-fil-A!

12:30 pm — Small group time on Zoom. I tell my teacher all about how my moms underwear goes up her butt and I don’t know how that’s comfy. Mom looks mad. 

1:00 pm — Read aloud time! This is my favorite part of the day. I sit captivated by the story for 26 seconds. Then I have to pee. Then I am thirsty. Then I need a snack. 

1:30 pm— Schools over. “Outside unless you’re bleeding!”, mom says. 

Man, virtual learning is so fun! It’s amazing I ever sat at my desk all day long at school before now!

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone! But know that we can help, too. Check out for information on finding someone to help with virtual learning, date nights, and more!

The Art of a Mental Health Day

We talk a lot about self-care and taking time for ourselves but putting that into practice is kind of a science. In the past, I have worked to carve out time for myself only to self-sabatoge and end up cleaning, doing laundry or paying bills during my time “off”. Earlier this week, I decided I needed a true mental health day and I made it happen! Here is what works:

  1. Get out of the house

I know this is particularly hard right now but I find that if I stay home, even if I am alone, I end up worrying about my house or other chores and I don’t truly unwind. This time, I scheduled a massage for right after I dropped my girls off at school. This meant no time to go home and gave me something to look forward to. 

  1. Set a budget

I tend to shy away from spending money on myself and so when I do have time alone, I don’t do anything because I feel guilty! That is ridiculous–and this time around, I told myself I was going to spend X dollars throughout the day. That meant freedom to get coffee, hit HomeGoods and buy lunch–without feeling bad. 

  1. Don’t check in

I tend to be a hoverer when it comes to letting others care for my kids. I call or text frequently and this snaps me out of relaxation mode. For my mental health day, I told myself I was going to stay off my phone and that if someone needed me, they’d call. It made a HUGE difference in my day. 

  1. Set your evening up for success, too

Nothing unwinds a good mental health day like coming home to dinner to cook and a house to clean. I planned on doing takeout and picked it up on my way in. I made a mental note to overlook any messes and gave myself permission to set aside house work until the next day. Just mentally prepping myself for what I might walk into–and warding off some of it with takeout–really helped keep the peaceful feeling I worked so hard to earn. 

Right now, things are hard and you’re more strapped than even. Taking a mental health day really did change the trajectory of my week and being intentional about the planning and execution made it truly effective. Make the time to to do it! –and if you need a sitter? #wegotya

5 reasons that Halloween 2020 could be our best yet

Everything about 2020 has been an actual dumpster fire but I think we can redeem ourselves next month. Here’s why:

  1. Halloween is on a Saturday. 

This is a big deal. No rushing home after school and work to try to get kids to eat a decent meal and get their faces painted before 9 pm. You can say yes to one more house, let them eat some extra candy, and have a drink on your stroll. Sunday is the perfect Halloween hangover day. 

  1. Masks are like, a thing, now. 

If there was every a time to encourage your kid to cover their face, its 2020! 

  1. We get to see one another, safely. 

I don’t know about you but I am super excited to just see some friendly faces outside of my own home, even if it means someone is chucking a reese’s at me from 6 feet away. Doing something that feels normal and gives a sense of community but that is also deemed a safe social practice is the holy grail of 2020 events. 

  1. We finally get to say yes.

Easter Egg Hunts–cancelled. Fireworks–cancelled. Birthday parties–cancelled. But Halloween?!? Yes. We are doing it, kids. Pick your most outrageous costume fantasy–yes. Have 45 pieces of candy–yes. Carve Blippi into the pumpkin–yes. YES!

  1. We cannot be scared. 

Bring on the tricks, ya’ll. We have seen it all in 2020 and no zombie apocalypse is going to phase us now. The ghouls and ghosts, goblins and witches are all just quaint little cherries on the 2020 sundae. Spooky season, we are here for you!

Hopefully this season of celebration will revive us as we head into the big holidays of 2020. It can renew our sense of community and excitement about the mundane. I, for one, have never been more excited to wrangle a toddler into a costume. 

Why In-Person Instruction is Important–and How We Can Help

The vibe is different this year. Instead of staring down our calendars in mid-July, wondering when the kids will go back to school for our sanity, we are staring down the calendar–wringing our hands, wondering what the plan is and what is best for our family. 

It is undoubtedly a lot. And if the virtual learning from the spring taught us anything, it is that every family and circumstance is different. Every child learns differently. And for most, in-person instruction is best for a variety of reasons. 

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We tend to want to work for and please those we care about, trust and have something in common with. This is why teachers who work to connect with their students produce such fantastic results. When someone is really cheering you on, sincerely, it makes a world of difference. 

Real-time Feedback 

When you are bent in frustration over a new concept in math, it is far from helpful to have to wait all afternoon for “office hours”. Often, students forget where they left off or can’t get the one-on-one explanation they need. 


Teachers keep things moving at the pace they’re intended to be done. Imagine doing problems 1-5 over the course of an hour, only to realize you still have 6-20 to go. A teacher can help pace the work in a way that makes sense, skipping over what you’ve mastered and lingering longer on what is a challenge. 

Real-World Experience

There is something about interacting with other adults that is invaluable. Students need to learn to take feedback and instruction from other trusting adults. It helps them to navigate their place in the world in a way that isolation at home just can’t mimic. Even one other guiding force can help create a dynamic where they learn from others and about themselves. 

Mother and child doing homeschooling, e-learning at home

At Platinumsitters, we recognize that things are uncertain right now. Some parents will need to keep their kids in virtual environments regardless of the governor’s decision. We are working to match families with experienced sitters who have educational backgrounds so that they can play an active role in virtual learning–and relieve some of the burden for you as you try to also work remotely or return to the office. Rates start at $25/hour and we would love to consult with you about your family’s needs. Simply email for more information. 


Back-to-school may be different this year but as always, #wegotya.

Back-to-school may be different this year but as always, #wegotya.

Our New Site!

Have you checked out the amazing new look that launched over atPlatinumSitters.comlast week?!

We are so excited to unveil a look that is a fresh and fun as our team of trusted sitters and community managers.

Booking is easier than ever — just tell us a little about your family, your babysitting needs–is this a one time thing, someone you will need occasionally, or do you need someone for an event/wedding–and our system will do the work for you!

We are working hard each day to ensure we are hiring the best sitters out their–people who love children, are engaging and fun, and who meet the highest standard of professionalism. Now, more than ever, we want to make sure you feel comfortable with someone coming to your home to care for your children.

So, take a minute and check out the new site! Reach out to us if you have any questions:

Most importantly, let childcare become something that simplifies and streamlines your life. #wegotya


15 Ways I Angered My Toddler

I was inspired by a friend’s recent Facebook post about how enraged his toddler gets about being safely strapped in her car seat. Here are 15 ways I have recently angered my toddler:

  1. I opened her breakfast bar completely instead of opening it half way and folding back the wrapper.
  2. I folded back her banana peel instead of peeling the banana completely.
  3. I would not let her touch a dead frog.
  4. I took a bite of my own breakfast.
  5. I offered her a bite of my breakfast.
  6. I tried to help her put on her shoes.
  7. I suggested there is a correct shoe for each foot.
  8. I put a bow in her hair.
  9. I immediately took the bow out of her hair.
  10. I put her down when she wanted to be picked up.
  11. I picked her up when she wanted down.
  12. I failed to intervene before the dog’s tail brushed her shoulder.
  13. I suggested carrying my hot coffee around was beyond her skill set.
  14. I won’t let her turn on the stove.
  15. I let her choose her own snack thus allowing her to choose incorrectly.

What we learned here is that sometimes toddlers are crazy. But we can all get a little crazy, right? Our sitters are well versed in navigating the ups and downs of toddlers, babies and teens–and we have vetted them to be sure you can trust them. #wegotya