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? 

Homemade Valentines Day Gifts

Homemade Valentines Day Gifts

I love receiving homemade gifts. There’s something about knowing that someone thought of you enough to make a gift for you that touches my heart. Now don’t get me wrong – I love any and all gifts! But homemade is always special.

If you’re looking for some homemade valentines day gifts then look no further. Below are some great ideas to get you started on gifts to make friends and family to celebrate the day of love.
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Popcorn Valentine’s Day Printable + 7 More FREE Valentine Printables

This popcorn valentine’s day printable makes putting together valentines for the class easy and fun! 

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One of my favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day. I love seeing my kids excited about sharing little treats and goodies with their friends and enjoy celebrating what we love about one another on this day. What I also love doing is brainstorming with each kid and deciding what type of valentine they want to create. 

Now we’ve been making our own Valentine’s Day printables since my oldest was in preschool so it’s a tradition to share what we make every year. And this year is the first year my son has requested a food instead of a theme. We were shopping at Target and went down the snack aisle and he saw a large bag of individual popcorns. He asked if he could pass that out this year and I couldn’t say no. 

So we got home and I put together this simple printable using PicMonkey. Then I printed two sheets out for his 12 classmates and let him do the rest! 

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Popcorn Valentine’s Day Printable

What you’ll need: 

TO DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE CLICK HERE

What you do: 

1. Cut out printables. Make sure your child writes his or her name on each printable. 

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2. Align printable with corner of popcorn bag and use hole punch to make a hole in both printable and top of bag (be careful not to puncture the sealed bag so you don’t accidentally open it).  

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3. String a piece of ribbon through the hole, cut off and tie! Curl the ends of the ribbon and you’re done! 

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What does your kid loving as a Valentine? 

Looking for more Valentine’s Day printables? Look no further! Check out our printables from the years past: 

I Dig You, Valentine Minecraft Printable

Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine Printable

Bugs & Kisses Valentine Printable

Your Pudding Me In A Great Mood Valentine Printable

Doh You Want To Be My Valentine Printable

RAWR Dinosaur Valentine Printable

Cutie Valentine Printable + How To Make Valentines with PicMonkey

Robot Valentine Snack Idea

Looking for a great Valentine’s Day treat? How cute is this robot valentine snack idea! And so easy to make!

Robot Valentine Snack Idea - a simple and easy snack for any valentines party

Today I’m sharing how to make a cute robot valentine snack that’s perfect for a classroom Valentine’s Day party! Not only is it candy-free but it’s also something fun for the kids.

With a few simple supplies you can pick up from the store, and 30 minutes to assemble, these snacks are sure to be a hit. We’ll be pairing them with chocolate covered strawberries and fruit for my son’s class party on Valentine’s Day.

I was able to pick up just about everything at Target and assembled them all within 1/2 an hour. I printed out a simple valentine message and punched out a heart around the message. If you’re passing these out as valentines you can simply add your child’s name to the bottom of the message. The kids are sure to love these treats on Valentine’s Day.

Robot Valentine Snack

What you need:

  • juice boxes
  • mini raisins (I opted for the yogurt covered raisins and regular)
  • fruit rope
  • applesauce
  • glue dots or adhesive roller
  • plastic spoons
  • washi tape
  • sharpie
  • valentines (optional)

What you’ll do:

1. Using the glue dots, secure two raisin boxes to the bottom of the juice box. The raisins will be the feet and the juice box is the body.

2. Place the applesauce cup upside down onto the top of the juice box and secure with glue dots and/or washi tape (whatever allows it to stay on top). This will be the robot’s head.

3. Add a fruit rope to either side to create the arms

3. Add a fruit rope to either side with glue dots to create the arms.

4. Tape a plastic spoon to the back of the robot body with washi tape.

5. Draw a face on the applesauce to add a little character to your robot valentine snack. Or glue on googly eyes and draw on a mouth.

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day treat?

This post was originally featured on Keep Kids Busy on February 2, 2015. 

Want to make your own valentines? Design them in PicMonkey by using this tutorial

Pinterest Inspiration

Minecraft Miner Valentine Printable

Minecraft Miner Valentine Printable

You know how I’ve mentioned a few times before how obsessed my son is with Minecraft? Well in an effort to continue tradition and make handmade valentines for the kids, I wracked my brain to try and think of ideas to make Minecraft valentines. I couldn’t figure out what to use as the treat, edible or non-edible.

And then as my son was building another world and digging through the ground, it hit me. A Minecraft miner valentine! And I could use Hershey’s nuggets as the treat. I thought the gold would be perfect. And then my son reminded me that you can also mine for silver. So I grabbed some milk chocolate Hershey’s nuggets to go along with the chocolate with almond for the kids who don’t eat nuts. Luckily there are no allergies in his classroom.

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These valentines were super easy to make. I used the same process I have in the past and made them in PicMonkey. And while it took a little more work adding each additional square to make the background look pixelated, it was totally worth it! I love how much fun these valentines are to make every year. I sure hope my kids continue to want me to make their valentines (or take over completely themselves!).

Minecraft Miner Valentine Printable - I Dig You Valentine

Minecraft Miner Valentine

What you’ll need: 

Minecraft Miner Valentine Printable supplies

What you do:

1. Print Minecraft miner printable and cut them out.

2. Place a few Hershey’s nuggets in a bag.

3. Fold the valentine in half and measure where on the bag the valentine goes to.

4. Fold over the bag onto itself so there is no overlap when you place the valentine on top of the bag.

5. Using the stapler, secure the valentine onto the bag.

TO PRINT MINECRAFT PRINTABLE CLICK HERE

Minecraft Miner Valentine Printable with chocolate

What is your little gamer giving out for Valentine’s Day this year?

Looking to customize your own Valentines? Check out this post below:

How to Make Valentines with PicMonkey
How to Make Valentines In PicMonkey

Valentines Day Fun In Downtown San Diego

Valentines Day Fun In Downtown San Diego

Looking for great gift ideas for Valentines Day? Or are you planning an amazing day for your loved one(s)? Check out what’s going on in Downtown San Diego, including a few fun events at Seaport Village!

Valentines Day Fun In Downtown San Diego

Unique Gift Ideas

Urban Beach House offers specialty salts from La Jolla Salt Co. for your culinary cutie. Keep the love alive in the kitchen with standout flavors including uncured bacon, Aleppo chile, black summer truffle and hickory smoked sea salt (starting at $12). You’ll find all his favorite SoCal brands including sleek Nixon watches and fashion-forward Stance socks.

Love is in the air with Surf’s Up Candles from Urban Beach House featuring beachy scents like surf wax, pina colada and pineapple coconut (starting at $18). Shoppers can also find beach inspired décor, bags and one-of-a-kind jewelry at Madison San Diego boutique.

Renowned photographer (and San Diego local) Aaron Chang offers a number of options for the art lover including 12×12 prints featuring waves and exotic landscapes (starting at $150), and a San Diego Through the Lens of Aaron Chang” coffee table book featuring 80 pages of stunning San Diego scenery ($39.00).

From Feb. 12th- 14th local company Urban Shindigs will have a pop up floral shop and “Bloom Bar” in the central courtyard – the perfect place to buy blooms for your Valentine!

Fun with Food

Venissimo Cheese will offer Contraband Curds cheese plates featuring a selection of cheeses that have previously been banned. These $10 cheese plates will include dried fruit, chocolate, crackers and accoutrement.

With more than 20 hand-made gelato flavors, Gelato Paradiso will let movie guests “steal” a cone with any purchase ($1.00 value).

While you’re downtown, Morton’s The Steakhouse is offering a taste of the good life with an exceptional Morton’s steak and cold water lobster for only $55 (see image attached). We hope you consider including this in your Valentine’s Day restaurant round ups. Thank you.

Outdoor Movie Night

For a twist on the traditional Valentine’s Day date night, The Headquarters will also be hosting an outdoor movie night featuring the love and crime classic “Bonnie and Clyde” on Friday, February 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is completely free – guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

A Dare + Tic Tac Toe Valentines Day Printables

This post featuring a dare and tic tac toe Valentines Day printables is brought to you by United Healthcare.

Tic Tac Toe Valentines Day Printables

When it came to Truth or Dare when I was in school, I’d always lean towards a truth. I don’t know what it was about dares that made me skeptical about accepting them but I always thought a truth would allow me a little safety. I mean, come on, I am already a pretty open book! But this month I’m sharing a few dares with you. And super cute tic tac toe valentines you can use in a few weeks! Added bonus? They’re non-edible so they work for preschoolers and school agers.

We Dare You is a campaign that dares people to live healthier and happier lives every day, one step at a time. Each month, United Healthcare poses three simple dares to the public to participate in. For the upcoming month of February, the dares revolve around taking control of your health care plan. Definitely something I’d like to know more about.

A Dare from United Healthcare + Tic Tac Toe Valentines Day Printables

In addition to the fun games, there is a grand prize given out to one lucky winner at the end of the month as well as weekly $25 gift cards. Pretty darn cool if you ask me! Ready to choose a dare (or three) and enter to win?

In February, we dare you to:

  1. Play the concentration game by matching the health insurance terms
  2. Answer one of the quiz questions about understanding health plan benefits
  3. Watch the “Using My Plan” video and share your opinion
The grand prize is a $400 gift card and, as I mentioned previously, there are weekly $25 gift cards given out as well. Want more details? Head here and start now!
 
Now are you ready for a game of your own? Print out and make these tic tac toe valentines for your little one to pass out this Valentine’s Day! 

Tic Tac Toe Valentines Day Printables

What you’ll need: 

Tic Tac Toe Valentines Day Printables supplies

What you do: 
  1. Print out the Tic Tac Toe Valentines printable
  2. Cut the printables out.
  3. Have your child sign their name to each valentine.
  4. Using a hole punch, cut a hole on the left side of the word Valentine’s between the V and the edge of the valentine.
  5. Slip the cap of a pen in the hole. 

Tic Tac Toe Valentines Day Printables with pens

When it comes to health care, what would you like to know more about?

Sweet Treats: Easy Chocolate Covered Caramel Candies

Chocolate Covered Caramel Candies - perfect for gifts

Giving handmade gifts over the holidays is a simple and inexpensive way to share a little something with those you love without breaking the bank. I love finding new things to bake or make to add to the tin of goodies we prepare every year. And candies pair very well with our normal mixture of cookies and baked goods.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, these simple and easy chocolate covered caramel candies would be the perfect treat to make as a gift or as a sweet treat. I made them over the Christmas break and loved how quickly they came together. Add a sprinkle of kosher salt on the top for a sweet and salty mix that any friend would love to receive.

Chocolate Covered Caramel Candies

Chocolate Covered Caramel Candies

  • 12 ounces of sweetened milk chocolate chips
  • 24 caramel squares
  • Parchment Paper
  • Candy Sticks or toothpicks
  • Chocolate Melting Pot (optional)

Prepare your chocolate in a melting pot, or if you don’t have a melting pot you can use the microwave or a double boiler over the stove.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and keep it near.

Prepare the caramel squares with candy sticks down the middle. Alternately, you can use toothpicks. Dip caramel squares into the melted chocolate, cover each square completely with chocolate.

Place chocolate dipped caramels on parchment paper to dry, pulling candy sticks out as you go.

As each caramel hardens, peel it away from parchment paper.

Enjoy immediately or keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

How would you dress up these easy chocolate covered caramel candies?

Bugs and Kisses Valentines with Customized Ribbon

Bugs and Kisses Valentines

My son is obsessed with bugs. So much so that he tells everyone that he’s going to be an entomologist when he grows up. And he’s serious. I totally believe it.

When we were deciding what to make or Valentine’s Day to pass out to his classmates he said he wanted to include gummy worms. They’re one of his favorite treats and pair perfectly with Hershey’s Kisses for our bugs and kisses valentines.

As soon as we had our idea it was so simple to put our valentines together.
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Snack Pack Pudding Valentine Printables

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Snack Pack. All opinions are 100% mine.

Snack Pack Pudding Valentine Printables

We’re always on the search for great snacks for the kids to bring in their lunches to school or to enjoy as an after-school snack. I try to steer clear of products with a lot of preservatives and high fructose corn syrup. Luckily we’ve found the perfect snack in Snack Pack pudding cups.

Not only do they come in a range of flavors that both the kids and I love, they also are made with real nonfat milk and fortified with as much calcium as an 8-ounce glass of milk*. [Read more…]



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