One of our favorite family games is called "Don't Eat Pete". We love to play it on Family Night, which we have once a week on Monday evenings. It's a very simple but super fun game, and my kids especially love that they get candy. (Or mini marshmallows if I don't have any candy on hand!) This week I'm helping with one of my kindergartner's Valentine's Day party, and I knew this would be a perfect Valentine's Day game!
Can I tell you how much my kids love snacks? Whether it's choosing them for their school lunches, raiding the pantry after school, or taking them on the go, they pretty much love them for every reason and in lots of different forms. Around the holidays I like to come up with fun & easy snacks that make snack time a little more festive, and Cupid Crunch Trail Mix is a favorite for Valentine's Day!
At our house, we like ice cream pretty much any way it can be served, but one of our very favorites is an ice cream float. There are so many yummy flavors that we love, but the lovely pink and white Cherry Vanilla Float is perfect with Valentine's Day right around the corner!
I kind of love Valentine's Day. Okay, I big, fat, puffy heart Valentine's Day. There are just so many fun things about it, and one of them is that I can use my heart cookie cutters as much as I want. Nothing is safe--I will cut out anything into the shape of a heart! Isn't everything cuter like that? Well, brownies were on the list this week, and I made the most adorable & yummy Layered Heart Brownies you've ever seen.
I love packaging gifts in a way that's simple, inexpensive, but totally adorable. This darling Valentine's Day Gift Idea is all of those things, and it's perfect for giving to anyone on your gift-giving list this Valentine's Day.
Any excuse I can get to combine three things that I love--milk bottles, chocolate, and baker's twine--I take full advantage of it. These Valentine treat jars do just that, and they're the most darling way to tell someone "you're sweet". They're super easy to make, and the peek-a-boo heart is absolutely adorable!
I'm going to have to have the most gigantic garage sale this summer when we move into our new house. I can't tell you how many things I've bought or made to replace that very same or similar item that's in storage. We even have two trampolines! (The kids have big plans for them both...we'll see.) It holds true for holiday decor, too, but with one major difference--I don't believe in having too much!
I recently came across the most fabulous red and white striped pitcher, and being enormously obsessed with both red and stripes, I felt as if it was fate. The best part? It was only $10! It was a good day. I had packed it away for next Christmas, but then I realized how perfect it would be for Valentine's Day. With a little card stock, twine, and a few branches, an adorable Valentine Tree was born!
I can never resist a really cute serving platter, but when you add adorable little thumbprints, there really is nothing cuter! I absolutely adore my Heart Thumbprint Platter, and it makes me happy every time I look at it!
We are a hot chocolate family. We drink it on a pretty regular basis through the winter, and at least once a week, my kids come bursting through the door from school asking me if I made it for them. While we do use hot chocolate mix sometimes, and definitely for single-serving convenience, I make homemade hot chocolate the majority of the time. It just takes a few minutes, and it is so worth it! It's also fun to experiment with different flavors, and this week I tried a Toasted Coconut flavor that is TO-DIE-FOR good.
Does New Year's Eve sneak up on anyone else? It comes so quickly after Christmas, that it seems we don't ever quite get out of party mode! It's such a fun night, filled with friends, family, food, and at our house, football. But...here's the deal. Because it is so close to Christmas, I'm all about simple, simple, simple. I like cute & fun ideas that are easy to execute and implement. I was on the hunt this week for New Year's Eve ideas, and found several things that I loved, and thought I would pass them along to you!