Valentine’s Day Playdate

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Prepping for a family Valentine’s Day has really been bringing extra joy to my life!  So today I’m sharing a fun idea to spread the love to the kiddos.

Some people refer to Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark Holiday”.  When I wasn’t married and didn’t have kids I always thought that Valentine’s Day has so much hype and pressure.  While it isn’t my favorite holiday, I still appreciate that we have one day of the year reminding everyone to tell their friends and loved ones how much they mean to them.  Everyone could use a reminder now and then.

To honor this special day, invite your friends and their kids over for a fun playdate that parents and kids alike will enjoy.  You’ll need to have a few crafts on hand the kids can do without too much assistance like large foam hearts the kids can decorate with stickers.  This way, everybody can have a Valentine to go home with.  Ask your friends to bring an appetizer to share that goes with the theme.  Here are a few snacks that worked for me!  And a few that my friends brought.

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Valentine’s Gifts for Teachers and Grandparents

Valentine's Gifts for Teachers and Grandparents

Like most kids, my kids like to receive gifts anytime.  However, I am thankful that they also enjoy giving gifts.  This upcoming holiday is a perfect time to offer a sweet sentiment to the people that add so much fun, value, and excitement to my kids lives.  We are very lucky to have two sets of grandparents that love my kids as their own.  We are also lucky to have so many amazing teachers involved in their education.  This is why I am constantly on the lookout for some really fun Valentine’s gifts for teachers and grandparents.  I’ve got a round-up of 7 Grandparents gifts and 7 teachers gifts.

For more inspiring Valentine’s gifts for teachers and grandparents follow my Valentine’s Day Board here or follow all my boards here.

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Valentine’s Day Prep

Valentine's Day Prep

With January coming to a close it’s time to start prepping for Valentine’s Day.  Here are some great ideas to start thinking about now.  I kept one wreath and heart handprint for myself and made some to give as gifts.  I love seeing their little handprints, it’s amazing how fast they grow!  Plus, I have a great idea for a kid’s Valentine’s Day dinner that is packed with secret veggies.  The best part about making the kids their own dinner, is that you and the hubs can have a romantic dinner at home after the kids go to bed.  I suggest something fabulous (very NOT kid-friendly) like oysters followed up with surf and turf.  YUM!

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Babies, Valentine’s Day, and the Tooth Fairy

Babies, Valentine's Day, and the Tooth Fairy

Love is in the air at Casa de Rino!  Adding seasonal flair to my home has been especially fun over the last several months because my kids have been getting so into decorating.  My daughter is always pushing me to get the decor out weeks in advance.  My son loves to go around and talk about each item.  It’s really sweet.  I save all the craft projects from the previous years the kids made and I really enjoy displaying them.  You can see last year’s Valentine’s Day decor here.

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Good Day Goodies: Hand Heart Gift

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Valentine’s Day Hand Heart Craft

Here’s the tutorial for the super cute and easy Hand Heart Craft.  This would make a great grandparent gift.  I walked through the project on Good Day Sacramento this morning.  Here’s a link to the video.

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Good Day Goodies: Valentine’s Argyle Heart Wreath


Argyle Heart Wreath

Here’s the Argyle Wreath tutorial from the Good Day Sacramento spot today.  You can watch the video here.

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Good Day Goodies: Teacher Gift Idea

Hey mamas,

Here is the recipe and instructions for the super cute Teacher Gift Idea from my Good Day Sacramento spot today.  Here’s a link to the video.

Teacher Gift Idea

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Cupid Chow Recipe

1 box crunchy cereal (I used Crispix, but you could use Chex)

1 bag milk chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (we eat the all natural stir stuff, but for this I bought Jiff because it has a sweeter flavor)

2 cups powdered sugar

1 bag Valentine’s Day M&Ms

Put the peanut butter and chocolate into a microwave safe dish.  Nuke it for 45 second intervals (stirring each time) until it’s fully melted and combined.  If it starts to get a weird clumpy texture try a tablespoon of butter.  Butter makes everything better, LOL.  Pour your cereal into a large bowl.  Then pour the chocolate and peanut butter mixture on top and stir stir stir.  You may feel like your crunching up your cereal, but it’s all good.  I promise.  Next add your powdered sugar to the bowl and stir stir stir again until it’s all coated and looking tasty.  (Some really awesome people put the chocolaty covered cereal into zip lock bags and shake with the powdered sugar in batches.  This mama doesn’t like to dirty up or use up too many things.  And mine came out pretty good….Just sayin’)  The add the M&Ms, stir again and place into the fridge to chill.

Let’s put this gift together!  I bought a cute little 2 cup size measuring cup at the store.  I filled up a bag with the Cupid Chow and tied it up with twine.  I found this awesome Free Printable, printed it out, punched a hole in the corner, and had Ms. Lou write her name.  I also added a gift card for her teacher.  I hear not all teachers like coffee, so this teacher gets a gift cert to the liquor store.  I kid, I kid…but I really did buy her a gift card for a wine shop.  Lyla’s teacher is cool like that.  Enjoy and warning, this mix is very very addicting.