10 Reasons Why You Should Send Cookies for Valentines Day + A Printable Cookies and Milk Valentine

This post featuring a free milk and cookies valentine printable plus 10 reasons why you should send cookies for Valentine’s Day is sponsored by Cookie’s by Design. 

When my husband and I were first dating, I started to send him a Cookie’s by Design cookie bouquet for Valentine’s Day. It was a special way for me to show him my love and a little less embarrassing than a flower bouquet for a man. At the beginning of our relationship, it was just a cute mug cookie bouquet (we still have some of those mugs!). But as the years went by the bouquets increased in size as our relationship grew. 

With 3 kids at home, that mug bouquet just won’t cut it. Because when my husband brings his gift home from work, 3 eager eyes watch him as he puts down the bouquet. He can’t help himself from sharing with them! And I don’t blame them for wanting in on some of that goodness! 

Even though there are flowers and chocolates and so many other ways to show your loved ones you care on Valentine’s Day, the one way we show each other how we care is through cookies! Here are a few reasons why you should send cookies for Valentine’s Day too! 

10 Reasons Why You Should Send Cookies for Valentines Day

1. Cookies are delicious. We all know this. But Cookie’s By Design cookies are baked fresh AND hand decorated. 

2. You can share with friends (or your kids)!

3. Each basket is made to order and can be personalized with messages or images printed right on the cookies.

4. You can’t eat flowers. But you can eat cookies. 

5. Cookie’s by Design cookie bouquets come in so many different varieties and designs. They even launched handcrafted cookie gift baskets featuring Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy bears. Perfect for the kids! 

6. They deliver right to your door. Cookie’s By Design creations are always hand delivered and handled with care.

7. You can even get them delivered as early as the same day. Cookie’s By Design offers same-day gift delivery on most of their hand decorated cookie bouquets. 

8. You can also pick them up locally at your closest Cookie’s By Design location (for those who procrastinated).

9. These cookie bouquets don’t wilt.  

10. Once the cookies are gone, the Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy bears last for years to come. 

Did you order your Cookie’s By Design Valentine’s Day cookie bouquet? Pair it with this cute printable valentine that you can print out on a 5×7 card to make your gift complete!

Cookie’s By Design is the original cookie bouquet company and they offer custom-designed, hand-decorated cookie arrangements, gift baskets, cookie cakes and cookie trays for every occasion.

Last-minute gift givers can still wow their sweetie with ready-made Build-A- Bear Workshop baskets available at most Cookie’s By Design locations. The new baskets are available to order now at all Cookies by Design locations and online at cookiesbydesign.com and baskets can be hand-delivered the same day or customized and delivered within a day.

You can connect with Cookie’s By Design online, on Facebook, and Instagram @cookiesbydesign

Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? 

The Perfect Baking Basket for Mom

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The Perfect Baking Basket for Mom

Life has been crazy here. I feel as if I’m running in every direction and have no idea where I’m supposed to go. I’m in the middle of planning my kids school Gala and am in charge of all of the gift baskets and donations for the event. And it’s next Saturday. Months and months of planning and now we’re in the final days before the event. Even with all of the planning, there is still a lot to do. 

With all of the running around I’ve been doing, I’ve found myself forgetting to sit back and take a moment for myself. I haven’t been enjoying naps with Norah, or me time at night after the kids go to bed, because every extra moment is spent on Gala prep. So when the time came to start assembling all of the baskets we have for our event, I decided to combine me-time with basket assembly.

The Perfect Baking Basket for Mom with Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards

With some delicious indulgent treats in hand, my favorite music on, and the kids at the park with their dad, I jumped in to making baskets and getting my creativity on. Nothing makes me happier than crafting and creating. It’s the perfect me-time. And these NEW Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars and Brownie Bars were the perfect treat to enjoy.

One of my favorite baskets to put together would have to be this awesome baking basket for mom. Complete with baking pans, aprons, and a few extra boxes of Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars and Brownie Bars, I’m sure any mom would be stoked to get it! Here are a few tips on making your own perfect baking basket for mom.

The Perfect Baking Basket for Mom

1. Add a personalized touch

I have a Cricut machine and a Silhouette machine. But I hardly find time to actually use them. So with the time I had while the kids were out of the house, I made some vinyl cut outs to add to a chef’s hat and apron set I had. Now mom will have an apron for herself and an apron for her little one to match!

The Perfect Baking Basket for Mom with personalized touches

2. Find a nostalgic piece or two

I don’t know about you but my mom always had one or two “fun” pans that we could make ice cream cakes or checkers cakes with. So when I saw this Betty Crocker Bake’n Fill bake set I had to grab it for this basket. Consider finding something out-of-the-box to add to your basket and make it fun! It may not be a cool bake set but maybe a gift certificate to a baking class around town.

The Perfect Baking Basket for Mom with Betty Crocker

3. Fill the basket with accessories

Once you’ve picked out your big items – like various sized pans – it’s time to find some fun little items! Consider a spatula or whisk, some paper liners, or these cool cookie sticks!

The Perfect Baking Basket for Mom Fun Extras

4. Presentation is key

Make sure you choose the right basket for your items. You don’t want a basket that’s too small or two big. And if you need help fitting things in the basket, grab some filler – cardboard makes a great prop for items and paper “grass” left over from Easter can pretty up any empty space that’s visible. And if you’d like, wrap everything up in cellophane and add a big bow!

The Perfect Baking Basket for Mom - an easy mother's day gift

If you’re having trouble finding items for your basket, try and think of things that you use daily in your kitchen and the use they bring to you. Then consider a few extras you’d love to have and pop those in as well. And if you get hungry trying to assemble your basket, don’t forget to pick up a few boxes of Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards bars. These delicious soft baked bars are amazing at home or on-the-go. Pick some up at your local Walmart! I found mine in the Cereal aisle.

Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards at Walmart

Here are a few other great ideas for baskets for mom: 

Pampering Gift Basket

Coffee Lover’s Gift Basket

Wine Gift Basket

Cooking Gift Basket

How do you enjoy me-time?

Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub

Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub

One thing I miss about our old house is the soaking tub we installed in the guest bathroom shortly after our son was born. I knew I wanted a great tub for bathtime and a deeper one would hold in all of the water for splashing. Plus I love to take baths so it’d be a great way for me to relax as well.

Our current bathrooms have shallow bathtubs that don’t allow much room for soaking. So I have to do all of my relaxing in the shower. Luckily I’ve made a few sugar scrubs to help make the shower just as relaxing as my old soaks in the tub. This vanilla mint sugar scrub would also be a great gift for St. Patrick’s Day. Or you could make  a salt scrub and pair the two together for Valentine’s Day.

Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub - a great way to relax

Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub

In a medium mixing bowl, add the sugar and sea salt.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix with a fork until well incorporated.
Transfer to an airtight container.
Enjoy in the shower or while soaking in the tub. You can store this Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub up to 6 months but more than likely, it will be used before then…the smell is so soothing and calming!

How do you relax at the end of the day?

Last Minute Gifts For Your XBox One

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Last Minute Gifts For Your XBox One

I’ll let you in on a little secret. We’re gifting our 7 year old an Xbox One for Christmas. It’s all he’s asked for all year and something we can use as a family for game nights and bonding so the investment is worth it. But just the console itself isn’t that exciting. You need games to play and accessories! Plus, you can’t beat the Microsoft quality.

Luckily we have that covered with a few of our favorite last minute gifts for your Xbox One.

Since we have both a 5 year old girl and a 7 year old boy, you’ll see the choices cover our whole family and not just one member. That’s because this gift is meant to be used for everyone, and not just the recipient. We’ll get moving with Guitar Hero Live and Just Dance and start creating and building fun worlds with Minecraft. All while relaxing and sitting back in our gamers chairs using our extra controllers!

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Last Minute Gifts For Your XBox One

1. Guitar Hero Live –

There’s something for all ages with Guitar Hero Live. And now it’s available for all devices, including the XBox One! As you may have seen, one of the biggest innovations of Guitar Hero Live is the ability to get recent live concert recordings, note-track the footage with the trademark Guitar Hero gameplay, and then put the video in game to be playable in just a short amount of time. In late October, one of my all time favorite bands Weezer headlined the Guitar Hero Live launch event at the YouTube Space in LA, and played a special show at the iHeartRadio Theatre in Burbank. Kicking off their set with their fresh new single “Thank Goodness for Girls,” three Weezer tracks from these performances are now playable in the game, including:

  • “Thank Goodness for Girls” (Live)
  • “Undone – The Sweater Song” (Live)
  • “Say It Ain’t So” (Live)

More key features in Guitar Hero Live include:

  • GHTV – The first 24-hour playable music video network, allowing fans to browse channels and access a constantly-updated library of official music videos and other featured content
  • GH Live – A first-person point-of-view story mode, where players take the role of rockstar during a live-action performances, as they work their way from intimate clubs to festivals featuring thousands of screaming fans
  • New Guitar – Revamped guitar controller that better mimics the playing of real world guitar notes and chords

Purchase Guitar Hero Live here

2. Minecraft –

I’ve already shared our love of Minecraft with you guys. And my son still hasn’t gotten over his obsession. Now we’re moving from the Surface Pro 3 to the Xbox One so he can create mods and do his own thing! Build with your imagination! Minecraft, one of the best-selling games on Xbox 360, is now available on Xbox One. Create and explore your very own world where the only limit is what you can imagine – just be sure to build a shelter before night comes to keep yourself safe from monsters.

Purchase Minecraft here

3. Just Dance Disney Party 2 –

For the dancer in your life, Just Dance Disney Party 2 is the perfect game for every age. Just Dance and Disney are back together, bringing the greatest dance game for the whole family with music from the hottest Disney Channel shows, in Just Dance: Disney Party 2! Dance like the stars from the most popular Disney Channel shows and movies. With a great selection of family favorite songs, fun dances, and kid-friendly gameplay, children of all ages can dance along with family and friends.

Purchase Just Dance Disney Party 2 here

4. Extra Controller –

If you’ve purchased multi player games for your Xbox One, an extra controller (or a few) is necessary. We’re starting with two controllers and might consider purchasing more if needed so the whole family can jump in on the fun.

Experience the unique intensity, precision and comfort of the Xbox One Wireless Controller. Impulse Triggers deliver fingertip vibration feedback, so you can feel every jolt and crash in high definition. Responsive thumbsticks and an enhanced D-pad provide greater accuracy. Plug any compatible headset into the standard 3.5mm stereo headset jack. Works with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs and Tablets.

Purchase an extra XBox One controller here

5. Gamer’s Chair –

Any gamer needs a comfy chair! Complete with audio on most models, it makes gaming easier and more ergonomically friendly. While it’s not a necessity, it is a nice thing to have if you have a video game obsessed kid in the house! Plus? You’ll always know where they are!

Purchase a gamer’s chair here

Last Minute Gifts For Your XBox One - Guitar Hero Live

What’s at the top of your gamer’s Christmas list?

Microsoft Black Friday Deals

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I don’t know about you but I am gearing up for Black Friday! However more and more stores are letting us in on the deals early so I wanted to make sure you were in the know with what’s happening with Microsoft this year. Microsoft’s Black Friday deals that start TODAY!

My son’s wishlist includes an Xbox One this year so I’m excited to see all of the fun savings that Microsoft is offering not only on their Xbox One bundles but the Microsoft Work & Play bundle as well including Microsoft 365 home AND Xbox Live Gold plus additional perks.

You may have some of these great gifts from Microsoft on your holiday shopping list so why not purchase now and save?!

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Microsoft Black Friday Deals

The Black Friday deals include:

10 Cent Content

Microsoft gives thanks for reaching 110 million Windows 10 devices by offering 1,000 pieces of 10 cent content (movies, music, games and apps) available for 10 days on the Windows 10 Universal store

  • Day one 10 cent deals include: Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 for rent, Angry Birds Star Wars, “What Do You Mean” by Justin Bieber and “All of Me” by John Legend
  • 10 cent deals begin today, Friday, Nov. 20 and run through Sunday, Nov. 29

Xbox One for $299!

  • $50 on any Xbox One holiday bundles including the Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle for $449
  • Xbox One Elite Bundle for $449
  • Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle for $349
  • Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle for $299 and the Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider Bundle for $349.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

  • FREE Display Dock with purchase at Microsoft stores
  • $39 at AT&T
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 ATT Go phone for $29.99
  • AT&T offering up to $200 off a Microsoft Surface 3 LTE with purchase of Microsoft Lumia 950 or 640XL.

Microsoft Work & Play Bundle

  • For $149, you will receive a one-year subscription to Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Skype Unlimited World, unlimited Wi-Fi, Assure Software Support, plus a $60 promotional gift card for entertainment content

Microsoft Store Savings – begins online Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. PT

Microsoft Edge – available on Friday, Nov. 20

  • More than 100 retailers including Macy’s, Target and Toys R’ Us will offer Cortana Coupons in the URL when browsing their site

Partner Deals

  • HP Pavilion 23-inch, All-in-One Desktop PC for $499.99 and Toshiba’s 15.6-inch Satellite Fusion laptop for $499.99 at Staples
  • HP Envy 15.6-inch Touch-screen laptop for $479.99 at Best Buy
  • Toshiba Satellite CL45 14-inch laptop for $119.99 at Office Depot
  • RCA 10.1-inch Cambio W101 V2 Windows 10 2-in-1 for $128 at Wal-Mart
  • Dell’s Alienware 15 laptop for $1,199.99 and Alienware X51 gaming desktop for $1,249.99 at Dell.com
  • Acer Aspire R13 for $1099; Acer Aspire Switch 11V for $499, The Acer Aspire R3-131T-P3BM for $299 on Acer.com

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All fans have to do? Check Microsoft News Center for a full run-down of Microsoft Black Friday offerings and the Windows blog for the deal of the day over the next 10 days!

What will you be adding to your shopping cart next Friday?

Great Gifts From Microsoft For The Holidays

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Just in time for the holidays Microsoft has introduced a new lineup of devices that, together with Windows 10, give people the powerful, magical experiences necessary to do great things. After playing with our Surface Pro 3 all year, my husband is excited to hear all about the new Surface Pro 4, including their new and improved keyboard! And my Microsoft Band is helping me stay on track with my active lifestyle. It’s a great way to take care of any New Years Resolutions you’re making early.

If you have a tech lover on your gift giving list, you’ll have to check out these awesome Microsoft products:

5 Great Gifts from Microsoft

  • Surface Book – a do-it-all high-performance 13.5” laptop with killer built-in Pen functionality lets you write on the screen in laptop mode, or on the detachable screen that turns into a clipboard, Surface Book is built for creativity and anything else that comes its way.
  • Surface Pro 4 – elevates everything people love about Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 into the thinnest, lightest and even more powerful tablet that can replace your laptop., This 12.3” HD display performs wonders with the redesigned Surface Pen, all in a beautifully designed premium magnesium casing.
  • Microsoft Band 2 – kick off the holidays with a new fitness routine and the beautifully redesigned Microsoft Band 2 with its new curved display, making it even more comfortable to wear. It’s fully integrated with Microsoft Health to track your sleep, heartrate, GPS and other health signals, plus connects you with the latest text, email and app alerts so you can live healthier, achieve your fitness goals and stay connected on the go.
  • Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL – two new premium phones running Windows 10 that allow people to work like they do on a PC, through universal apps and Continuum.
  • Lumia 550 – new Windows 10 smartphone for people who value affordability, uncompromised quality and signature Microsoft services.
  • If that wasn’t enough, Microsoft also showcased the new Xbox One experience – a free update built on the cornerstone of Windows 10 – and Xbox One Backward Compatibility, which lets people play their Xbox 360 games on Xbox One for free with 100 games at launch and hundreds more in the months ahead.

These newest offerings were built as the ultimate hardware companions for experiencing Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft, which is now powering more than 110 million devices worldwide. For deeper technical dives on all of these devices, check out Terry Myerson’s blog post, the Windows 10 Devices event site or OneNote for more info.

What’s at the top of your tech gift list this year? 

End of Year Teacher Gifts: Summer Book of Gift Cards

End of Year Teacher Gifts Summer Book of Gift Cards

Tomorrow marks the last day of my son’s first official school year. He will officially be a 1st grader after tomorrow. And I’m not sure I’m ready for that. But you know what? He is. And most of that is because he had an amazing teacher this year.

As a way to show thanks for all she’s done we wanted to gift our son’s kindergarten teacher with a fun book filled with all of the things she’ll do this summer complete with gift  cards to do them.

Now this can be something the whole class pitches in for where each child writes/illustrates a page and includes their own gift card or it can be something everyone pitches in funds for. There are so many ways to make a fun Teacher’s Summer book.

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End of Year Teacher Gifts: Summer Book of Gift Cards

What You’ll Need:

  • Gift Cards (see below for ideas)
  • Blank Book OR Cardstock to make a book
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glue Dots

What You Do: 

1. Have your child write on each page what their teacher will do this summer. Have it correspond with one of the gift cards you’ve purchased.

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2. On the opposite side, let your child illustrate what their teacher will do.

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3. Add the gift cards to the book with the glue dots. Let your child sign the end of the book and include a note if you’d like at the end on the last page.

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4. Let your child give the book to their teacher on the last day of school to give them an awesome start to summer.

What Our Book Included:

Title page: Mrs. X’s Summer
First page: “This summer Mrs. X will sleep in”
Second page: “Then she’ll go to Starbucks to grab some coffee” – with Starbucks gift card
Third page: “She’ll stop by the book store to read a book” with Barnes and Noble gift card
Fourth page: “She’ll go to the movies with her family” with AMC gift card
Fifth page: “And spend lots of time shopping” with Macys gift card
Sixth page: “Then she’ll get ready for the new school year” with Target gift card
Seventh page: “We hope Mrs. X has a great summer!”
Eighth page: Note to teacher and signature

Gift Card Ideas

  • Favorite department store for shopping
  • Local discount store for school/classroom supplies
  • Movie theater
  • Book Store
  • Favorite restaurant
  • Local coffee house
  • Local attractions

Have any other ideas on gift cards to include?

10 Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

With Teacher Apprecation Week coming up next week I wanted to put together the perfect gift for my son’s Kindergarten teacher. But I also wanted something that he could help me make. So we decided to set out to find the perfect teacher gift to give. Want to see what we came up with? Check it out here!

Back to School Teacher Appreciation Gifts + a Tutorial for a Redbox Gift

After finding what we wanted to create for her, we figured we’d share what else we found with everyone else!

Here’s a list of great Teacher Appreciation gifts perfect for the teacher in your life!

10 Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Homemade Bath Salts from DIY Inspired

Cookie Mason Jar from DIY Inspired

DIY Pencil Holder from Mama of 3 Munchkins

Teacher Appreciation Plant and Printable from 30 Minute Crafts

Love Notes for Preschool or Kindergarten Teachers from Simply Kelly Designs

Bloom And Grow Sunflower Bouquet from Simply Kelly Designs

Thank You For A Picture Perfect Year Printable from Simply Kelly Designs

Custom Sharpie Mugs from Pounds for Pennies

Thank You For Helping Us Bloom DIY Class Teacher Gift from The Suburban Mom

DIY Upcycled Cup Sleeve from Organized 31

Will you be doing something special for your teacher?

The Perfect Pampering Gift Set: How to Gift Groupon

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon Gift Shop. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Perfect Pampering Gift Set How to Gift Groupon

One thing I love to gift when possible is something that the receiver can use to relax and feel pampered. Most of the women in my life don’t take the time to pamper themselves so figuring out the perfect pampering gift set to give as a gift this holiday season is something I love to do.

Luckily with the help of Groupon, I was able to do just that for one amazing woman in my life. By putting together a few other products the receiver loves I was able to create this gift set that not only looks pretty, it includes some fabulous gifts.

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Creative Gift Ideas to Encourage Imagination

This post featuring creative gift ideas to encourage imagination is sponsored by RadioShack. #GiftSmart

Creative Gift Ideas to Encourage Imagination

Is there any better feeling than waking up Christmas morning to watch the joy on your child’s face as they open up a gift they’ve asked for all year long? I really don’t think there is. And for my little engineers, any gift that puts their mind to work and gets their hands involved is something they will have on their list.

I don’t know how it happened (ok, maybe I do) but both of my kids seem to have the drive to create and imagine up these crazy contraptions and inventions. So when I find gifts that will fill that need to work on something I snatch it up right away.

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