Printable Bookmark Valentines

Printable Valentine Bookmark |Classroom Valentines |

It's kids' school is not allowing any candy Valentines this year.  They are totally and completely disappointed, but secretly I'm happy that we won't have quite as much candy coming home.  Don't worry about them--they will plenty of sweet treats--but I did need to come up with a non-candy valentine idea that wouldn't break the bank.  I created super cute Printable Bookmark Valentines, and I love that they are the valentine and the gift, all in one! These could not be easier--just print, cut them out, and fill in the to and from areas.  I'm going to laminate the ones we're making (my laminator is one of my favorite things!), but that's totally optional.  I also punched a … [Read more...]

Cupid Crunch Trail Mix

Cupid Crunch Trail Mix |Valentine's Day Snack|

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! So adorable, right?  It's yummy, super cute, and the kids love it.  It's perfect for adding to school lunches, serving at class parties, as a preschool snack, or setting out in bowls at a Valentine's Day party. Best of all, you can customize it to include your favorite things! I … [Read more...]

Cherry Vanilla Float

Cherry Vanilla Float | Valentine's Day Drink |

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! Cherry and vanilla are a match made in heaven, and the pink and white are just right for all of your Valentine's Day celebrations and parties.  They're on my menu to serve to my family at our Valentine's Day, and my kids & hubby are going to love them! Best of all, they take just 1 minute to make, which make them perfect for when you need to make a bunch, or just one. In case you have a hankering for a … [Read more...]

Layered Heart Brownies

Adorable layered heart brownies |

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 just love easy these were to make, and they look like I slaved all day!  They would be so perfect for any Valentine's Day party, or for serving to your own cute family on Valentine's Day. I made a favorite brownie mix (these are gluten-free for my … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Easy & adorable packaging idea for Valentine's Day |

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. This post isn't so much about what's inside of the gift, because you can put anything you want in there!  Cookies, candy or other treats, lotion, cute soaps, gift card--they would all be perfect.  I'm going to tell you today about a simple and adorable way to package it all up! You don't need any special machines for this one--just a few basic supplies that I always keep on hand.  I really like being able to put a gift together quickly if I need to, … [Read more...]

Peek-a-boo Valentine Treat Jar

Valentine Treat Jar with free printable |

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". I just love the peek-a-boo heart that shows all those yummy Valentine M&Ms inside of there! (I always use the Peanut Butter's my favorite. Many innocent M&M's were consumed during the photo shoot. ) I love how simple they are to make, but they don't look like it!  They're super easy, and don't take long at all.  Let me show you how! SUPPLIES: -milk bottles (you could also use mason jars) -spray paint (red, pink, or … [Read more...]

A Valentine Tree {simple Valentine’s Day decor}

An adorable valentine tree, perfect Valentine's Day decor! |

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 … [Read more...]

Heart Thumbprint Platter

Heart-shaped fingerprints on a serving platter make an adorable gift! |

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! So adorable, right? Not only is it darling, but it captures a moment in time that is so fleeting--it won't be long before their fingerprints will be bigger. I love it. It would also make the perfect gift for grandparents and anyone who loves your kids! It would also be super cute Valentine's Day decor--place it on a mantel, or the kitchen counter, on a shelf...anywhere! My six kids fit perfectly on this rectangular platter, but you could do round, square, … [Read more...]

Heart Chips & Salsa

heart chips and salsa |

Chips and salsa are a favorite at our house, and every once in awhile I make homemade tortilla chips. They're always a huge hit, so I knew that my kids would love this fun Valentine's Day snack of Heart Chips & Salsa! Aren't they adorable?  And they taste SO yummy! My kids gobbled them up and were asking for more within minutes.  I guess next time I'll have to do a much bigger batch! If you've never made homemade tortilla chips before, I'll tell you, they're worth it.  They don't take long to make, and they taste divine.  Usually I use a pizza cutter to cut corn tortillas into pie-shaped triangles, but in honor of Valentine's Day, I used a heart cookie cutter (about 2 inches) … [Read more...]

A toe-tally awesome valentine

A toe-tally awesome valentine |

My kids love to give Valentines to their friends, and so do I! This darling "toe-tally awesome" valentine is perfect for all the girls in your life! So cute, and so easy!  Just tie on the tag to your favorite nail polish, and you're set!  They're perfect for friends, sisters, moms, teachers, hairstylists, and all those ladies in your life that you want to give a little love to.  It doesn't have to be for Valentine's can use it anytime you want to give a fun gift.  These would also make cute favors for a party, bridal shower, or girls' night. They're also perfect valentines for tweens and teens, when they want to give something that's a little more grown-up.  Nail polish … [Read more...]