Easy & Quick Cookie Pops for Valentine’s Day

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This Valentine’s Day we are hosting a little party for the kids at Lucas’ school. To keep it simple and cute, we are making these adorable cookie pops. These are super easy to make and make such a big impact. Plus, kids love them!

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Easy & Quick Cookie Pops for Valentine’s Day

Ingredients:

  • Oreo Cookies
  • 1 Bag White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Colorful Sprinkles
  • Plus, you will need lollipop sticks.

Directions: Insert the lollipop sticks into the cream part of the cookies and set aside. Melt the white chocolate chips, add the oil, and stir until smooth.

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Dip each cookie pop into the melted white chocolate making sure to gently shake the excess chocolate off. Carefully dip the cookie pop into the sprinkles. Set on a sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with all cookie pops and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour to set the chocolate.

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We will be putting all these yummy goodies in a cute, personalized baking pan with lid from Personal Creations and taking it to Lucas’ school. The great thing is that the teacher can keep the pan!

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Quick Valentine’s Day Treat: Heart-Shaped Cherry Hand Pies

Lucas’ class is having a little Valentine’s Day celebration with a few treats and a book exchange. I decided to make these super simple Heart-Shaped Cherry Hand Pies to share with his class. To keep this super simple, I used store bought pie dough and a really good brand of canned cherries in water (look for something that lists only cherries, water, and pure cane sugar in the ingredients list. Avoid those with high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors). I hesitate to even call this a recipe since it doesn’t involve any actual cooking or prepping, but alas…the instructions are below.

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Heart-Shaped Cherry Hand Pies

What You’ll Need

  • 1 can cherries in water, drained and lightly mashed
  • Pie Dough (2)
  • 1 egg, whisked with a little water to use as egg wash
  • Sugar, for sprinkling
  • 3-inch heart cookie cutter

Directions:

Cut out hearts from pie dough.

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Place a few cherries (3-4) in center of heart.

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Cover with another heart cutout and crimp edges with a fork. Repeat with remaining hearts. Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with a little sugar. Using a sharp knife, cut out a small X in the middle of the heart to allow steam to escape.

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Bake in 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Valentine’s Day Breakfast Idea – Eggs in a Heart-Shaped Basket

I love adding sweet touches that say “I love you” throughout the day on Valentine’s Day. I usually start by making a special breakfast with a love-inspired menu. One of our favorites? Eggs in a Heart-Shaped Basket. This is basically eggs in toast, but just kicked up a notch for this special day.

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Eggs in a Heart-Shaped Basket

What You’ll Need:

  • Eggs
  • Bread, toasted
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter (heat resistant; silicone or metal)
  • Cooking Spray

Directions: Using cookie cutter, cut out heart from center of toast.

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Heat griddle or pan on medium heat. Lightly spray pan and cookie cutter (both inside and outside). Place cookie cutter on griddle or pan. Gently crack open egg into cookie cutter.

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Cover with a lid (this allows egg to cook via steam). Once egg is cooked (to your liking), remove cookie cutter and egg from pan using a spatula. Place the cookie cutter and egg into the toast, and gently remove the egg from the cookie cutter (you may need to use a small knife or spoon to help the egg separate from the sides of the cookie cutter).

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Valentine’s Day Family Breakfast & Gift Ideas

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I adore Valentine’s Day. To me it’s another opportunity to show my family how much I love them. So every year, I try to do something to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family. It doesn’t have to be something big or fancy. Typically, it’s a meal at home with lots of sweet touches. For instance, this year I am planning to surprise Mike and the kids with a Valentine’s Day breakfast at home. The love can be seen in the details.

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I like to keep the food simple. Heart-shaped eggs in a basket, fresh berries, bacon, orange juice, coffee, and a variety of  freshly baked breakfast pastries from our local bakery. Then, the table is set with flowers and a Conversation Heart Mini Easel. Each place setting is made special with lots of cute, unique touches for everyone like a personalized mug for each member of the family.

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Lucas + Video Games = LOVE for my video game obsessed 7-year old. (Custom Any 3 Lines Mug by Personal Creations)

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Mommy + Amelia = <3 for my baby girl (Adds Up To Love Mug via Personal Creations)

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Mustache and Hot Lips mugs for Mike and me. These are perfection, right?

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Personalized t-shirts and cuddly gifts for the kiddos too! Lucas will love his I’ve Got My Eye On You One-Eyed Monster T-Shirt and super cool Robot Plush Pocket Pals with Jelly Beans.

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My sweet Amelia will love her Tweetheart T-Shirt and super soft pink Hedgehog.

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Setting up a fun and special Valentine’s Day meal at home is so easy! All it takes are a few special touches to turn it from ordinary to extraordinary!

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All of the personalized products featured above can be purchased via PersonalCreations.com. They have such a lovely selection of Valentine’s Day gifts for the entire family!

Free Printable: Kid’s Friendship Bracelet Valentine’s Day Card

Ever since Christmas, Lucas has been obsessed with making rainbow loom bracelets. It’s the cool thing to do among kids these days! So when I was trying to think of a Valentine’s Day card to pass out at his school – I knew exactly what we would do. Friendship bracelet Valentine’s Day cards!

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I made two kinds – one for the girls and one for the boys.

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These turned out even better than I expected – they are really, really cute and the best part? It’s not candy and the bracelet can be used by the kids for a long time! Today, I’m sharing instructions along with the free printable that I designed. Enjoy!

Directions:

1. Make friendship bracelets

2. Print out card designs by clicking links below:

Free Printable: Kid’s Friendship Bracelet Valentine’s Day Card (gray)

Free Printable: Kid’s Friendship Bracelet Valentine’s Day Card (pink)

3. Cut out using scissors or a circle cutter (will give you cleaner results)

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Pictured – screw punch and circle cutter

4. Using a hole punch (or screw punch) or Xacto knife, punch or cut holes onto sides of card. Make sure to first measure determine placement of bracelet and holes so that the bracelet can still clasp in the back.

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5. Slip bracelet through holes and clasp together on back.

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Free Printable: Thank You For “BEE-ING” Valentine’s Day Card for Teachers or Kids

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we are busy preparing for the big day! One of our favorite things to do is make our own homemade cards for the teachers and Lucas’ friends. So today I’m sharing a cute Valentine’s Day card that I created for both teachers and kids (especially perfect for tweens). It’s a “Thank you for BEE-ING a great teacher” or “Thank you for BEE-ING a great friend” card (not pictured below) – the perfect card to attach either a Burt’s Bees chap stick or hand salve. Super cute and easy!

 

 

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Directions:

1. Print a card using one of the download links below
2. Cut out
3. Attach Burt’s Bees hand salve, chap stick or any other “bee-themed” gift you like using double-sided tape (use the foam kind)
4. Sign your child’s name
5. Enjoy!

Download FREE Valentine’s Day Cards by clicking one of the links below:

Free Printable Thank You For “BEE-ING” Teacher’s Valentine’s Day Card (5.5 x7.5 Large– this one is good to use if you are attaching the hand salve)

Free Printable Thank You For “BEE-ING” Teacher’s Valentine’s Day Card (3.5 X 5)

Free Printable Thank You For “BEE-ING” Kid’s Valentine’s Day Card  (3.5 X 5)

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More Printable Valentine’s Day Cards!

This is not actually the kids card that Lucas will be passing out to friends this year – I’ll be sharing that with you tomorrow. In the meantime, also make sure to check out last year’s Free Printable Valentine’s Day cards – Free Printable Kid’s Valentine’s Day Cards: I “WHEELIE” Like you (perfect for boys) and the Free Printable: Teacher’s “Thanks a LATTE” Valentine’s Day Card.

Free Printable Kid’s Valentine’s Day Cards: I “WHEELIE” Like you!

I am so excited because now that Lucas is in school we get to do fun things like make our own Valentine’s Day cards! Lucas’ school does not allow candy type treats to be exchanged on Valentine’s Day so we had to get creative and come up with something fun that was NOT candy. Hence, the “I Wheelie Like You” Valentine’s Day card was born…

 

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I designed the card and then attached a Hot Wheels or Matchbox car directly to the card. These cards are perfect for little boys! Of course, I am sharing the card and instructions with you today!

 

What You’ll Need:

I Wheelie Like You Free Printable
Small Toy Car
Printer
Heavy Cardstock
Paper Cutter
Scissors
Needle
Embroidery Thread (or equally heavy duty thread)
Double sided tape
Scotch tape

 

Directions:

1. Print out the “I Wheelie Like You” card on heavy cardstock. I designed these to be 5×7 cards so you can print two to a page.

 

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2. Cut them out using a paper cutter (or scissors if you don’t have one).

3. Thread a needle with embroidery thread or another heavy duty thread. Attach the car to the card using the needle and thread. I specifically bought toy cars that had an opening – through the window – so that I could easily pass the needle and thread through the opening.

 

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4. Flip the card over, tie the thread into a secure knot, and cover with a small piece of Scotch tape to further secure.

 

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5. At this point, I realized that the car needed to be secured a little more so we decided to add a small piece of double-sided tape to the underside of the car.

 

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Hope your kiddos enjoy! Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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FREE PRINTABLE: Teacher’s Valentine’s Day Card

I know it’s super last minute, but if you’re looking for a cute way to say THANK YOU to your child’s teacher this Valentine’s Day, then you’re in luck! I created these adorable “Thank you a latte” Valentine’s Day cards that are perfect for teachers or anyone you want to say thank you to this Valentine’s Day. And, of course I’m sharing! Just print out the card (choose the 5×7 option to get two to a page) and attach a gift card to your favorite coffee shop and VOILA – simple, quick, and super cute Valentine’s Day card ready for gift-giving!

 

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Download your FREE Teacher’s Valentine’s Day Card HERE. ENJOY!

40 Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas for Kids

Non Candy Valentine's Day Treat Ideas for Kids

 

Many schools do not allow candy treats to be given out on Valentine’s Day. And, let’s face it – we all love sweet treats as much as the next person, but bags full of candy for kids…not always the best idea. Read on for some non-candy treat ideas that will last beyond Valentine’s Day!

  1. Small notepad
  2. Activity or coloring book
  3. Books
  4. Pencils
  5. Pencil toppers or erasers
  6. Seed packets or small potted plants to grow
  7. Small craft kits
  8. Sidewalk chalk
  9. Bookmarks
  10. Temporary Tattoos
  11. Chapstick
  12. Lip gloss
  13. Matchbox or Hotwheels Cars
  14. Small toy airplanes
  15. Magnets
  16. Legos
  17. Bubble bath
  18. Bubbles
  19. Play-doh
  20. Heart bracelets and necklaces
  21. Stuffed animals
  22. Harmonica
  23. Yo-yos
  24. Lip Whistles
  25. Rulers
  26. Sunglasses
  27. Silly Straws
  28. Puzzles
  29. Glow Sticks
  30. Friendship Bracelets
  31. Heart photo frames
  32. Bouncy balls
  33. Socks
  34. Jump ropes
  35. Hair ribbons
  36. Stickers
  37. Heart-shaped Crayons
  38. Crayon Rings
  39. Silly Putty
  40. Ice cream cone gift certificates

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids and More

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So I know that people like to grumble and go on about how Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday and so on. You know what I think? I think that any day that celebrates love is my kind of day! So while I agree that we should show our loved ones how much we care every day, Valentine’s Day is also a perfect opportunity to celebrate! We typically make a nice dinner at home followed by a yummy treat and we exchange small gifts. I love to decorate with garland and balloons and hearts. It’s fun!

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A cute decoration for your door is the Conversation Hearts Door Hanger. It is personalized with whatever message you choose. We went with our last name. It is so festive and cute!

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This year, my little Valentine’s are going to be dressed for the occasion too! Amelia will be wearing the Valentine Heart Bodysuit And Tutu Set. This is such a pretty outfit! The onesie is personalized with her name and the tutu is just gorgeous. LOVE.

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and, Lucas is excited about showing up at school in his new Robot T-Shirt from Personal Creations. I love it because it’s festive while still being “cool” and you know kids this age – that’s what they want!

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For gifts, we like to keep it small. Kids always love treats or something special with their name on it. This year Lucas will be getting the Bundle of Love Valentine’s Gift Box. It comes packaged in a pretty red box (perfect for the occasion) and inside there is a cute, personalized plush bear and treats! It comes with I LOVE U PEEPS™, a 1 oz. chocolate-covered PEEPS™ heart and a 1 oz. box of conversation hearts candy. Lucas is going to love it!

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But, Personal Creations has so many cute Valentine’s Day gift ideas for kids. Here are a few of my favorites!

Valentine's Day Gifts for Kids

1. Valentine Rag Dolls – What little girl wouldn’t love one of these sweet rag dolls with her name on it?

2. Kid’s Valentine Pillowcase – This is a perfect gift for both girls and boys, but I especially love it for the boys who can be harder to shop for! These are “DYNO-MITE”!

3. Heart Message Pillow With Candy – It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without conversation hearts! These heart pillows take a classic to a whole new level!

4. Valentine Mailbox W/Candy – I love this mailbox for kids to take to school. It’s perfect for kids to collect cards from all of their friends.

5. Hedgehog In A Bucket – This is a hedgehog in a bucket. Enough said. Too cute!

6. Hearts Love Bug Nightgown – This is probably my favorite! If Amelia was older, I would so buy her this!