We were in the Valentine mood today and decided to make these adorable little snacks while we got together to play. We are trying to make some snacks for sensitive tummies that a couple of kids have right now so we used Glutino Pretzels. Honestly… Gluten free treats usually just don’t taste fabulous but recently we’ve tried a few that are delicious, one of those being Glutino Pretzels. And loving them a lot more than regular pretzels!
Here’s how to make these super easy and delicious treats that are perfect to make with kids too. Use this printable tag below to wrap them up cute and give to friends.
In the microwave heat chocolate chips and heavy cream for 30 seconds.
Mix and heat again for 30 seconds.
Stir until everything is melted together and smooth.
Dip Glutino Pretzels in Chocolate and place on parchment paper
Sprinkle right away with sprinkles & let cool
Eat when cooled completely & wrap up to give to friends!
sized to 2″x3″
Just save to your computer & print!
Details, details, details… “I received these products complimentary from Influencer for testing purposes.” Yup, these Glutino Pretzels were sent to us to try, review and share our honest opinion. Feeling the love, thanks Influencer!
This year Valentine’s Day is on Sunday which basically means it’s a whole Valentine weekend celebration! We are headed to Fox13 The Place today to give you some ideas for an awesome weekend full of things to bring the whole family together and enjoy each other.
DIY Felt Envelopes: Click here for this no-sew DIY tutorial. Make these envelopes to hang on each person’s bedroom door or dining room chair. The kids can make their own special valentines all weekend and secretly deliver them to each other. Notes and surprises in their envelope will keep everyone feeling extra loved this Valentine’s Day!
Fondu Dinner: Nothing screams Valentine’s Day like a fondu dinner. We have easy recipes for cheese fondu and chocolate fondu. They are fun for kids to help make and eat. Get creative with dipping foods! Click here for an easy cheese fondue and click here for a fabulous chocolate fondue.
Scavenger Hunt: Our favorite tradition on Valentine’s Day is our scavenger hunt. We hide all the clues around the house and then the kids go in search of their Valentine gifts from mom and dad. Click here for a printable scavenger hunt clue list & enjoy!
Service: As parents we try so hard to make great memories for our kids but it’s also important that as we play, we also teach them to be kind and serve others, so they grow up wanting to take care of those around them. This Valentine’s Day, take some time to make some valentines for people that may feel lonely on holidays. A neighbor, family member, widow or just someone who might be having a hard time. Not only is this a fun family activity but it’s a time to teach our kids what is most important. Below are some printable tags to go with your valentines. Just click, save to your computer & print.
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Our kids’ very favorite Valentine tradition is our scavenger hunt. We place clues all over the house and at the end, they find their valentine gift from mom and dad. This is something they look forward to every year. Below is a printable so you can do your own scavenger hunt. Just use the ones that apply to your home and add some extra fun ones in too. This will quickly become a new loved tradition. Happy Valentine’s Day! Looking for more great Valentine activities? Click here for an easy craft and stay tuned all week for more ideas.
One of my kids’ most favorite things to do during Valentine’s week is to deliver little love notes to everyone in the family. They leave them on their pillows or slip them under the door. This year we thought it would be fun to make some felt Valentine envelopes that they can hang on their door or chair. They get so excited to see if someone left them a note that day.
These envelopes are so easy to make, no sewing involved and cost little to make.
Start this new family tradition today and see how much joy it brings to the home!
This week I did a little research on Valentine’s Day and its roots.
I was delighted to find many stories that trace back to the Middle Ages. My favorite one was of a Catholic saint named Valentine or Valentinus, who was martyred.
“One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself, after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure.”
Though its roots are romantic, we now celebrate all kinds of love.
This week, I hope that we will all remember that from time to time, people need to be reminded just how loved they are. I think I will take some time to write some Valentine cards. Join me and let’s make someone’s day.
Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays for decorating! Our friend, Jen Wunderli, is an amazing party designer who set up this beautiful Valentine table for us. Whether decorating for a romantic dinner for two or for a family Valentine party, this set up is sure to leave an impression. From lace to gorgeous dishes, reds, pinks and pearls, you simply can’t go wrong. Happy decorating!
Long time friends, Kelli Harris (left) and Jen Wunderli (right). Photos taken at the gorgeous home of Kelli. Table decor by event designer Jen Wunderli.
It’s freezing outside and the kids are getting cabin fever! Luckily one of our favorite holidays is right around the corner and the perfect time to get them working on some decorating projects to celebrate. We went to EM Paper in Holladay, Utah to get the cutest ribbon and paper for this project.
What you’ll need:
Light weight cardstock paper (8.5″ x 11″ sheets), cut in 2″ strips (long sides)
scissors or paper cutter
First cut your strips of paper.
Next… fold strips in half. With folder edge pointing down, turn your top pieces inward to create a heart.
Staple the top of the heart together WITH the bottom point of the next heart. Continue stapling hearts together until your garland is the desired length.
Use your favorite ribbon and tie, glue or staple as shown below.
This is a fun project that your kids will love to help with and won’t take you very long to put together. Happy creating!
Valentine’s Day seems to go from a “couples holiday” to tiny little invaders on your romance pretty quickly. We’ll forgive them though because kids are just so cute! Holidays become more about their excitement and sharing the day with them. My husband and I have often said that holidays are just so much better with kids. Since the time with kids just passes too quickly, let’s just embrace the fact that they’re going to join the Valentine party. We’ve decided that there’s plenty of time for a babysitter on another day this month, and lots of time when they’re all grown up, so we just can’t wait to have a fun Valentine night with our babies.
Decorating for Valentine’s Day may be one of my favorite things. Hearts, roses, glitter and especially chocolate. I found these darling little signs for a centerpiece, and the dollar store always has a great heart ballon. I love to get out the fancy dishes and make a special meal. The kids love it too. This year we are having salmon, mashed potatoes, sushi and some grilled peppers. Sparkling cider to drink, and of course, dessert: Eclairs, with a little sign that says, “you’re sweet, valentine!”
Last year we had a valentine scavenger hunt and the kids loved it, so they declared it to be a tradition every year. We hide clues all over the house and at the end, they find their valentine’s from mom and dad. I’ve attached a printable scavenger hunt to give you an idea. Use this one or change it to fit your family. You’re little valentine’s will love it.
I’m excited that this year, Valentine’s Day is on a weekend, so we’ll finish the night with a movie, popcorn and in our pjs. Whether you have a hot date this weekend or a fun night with your little ones, I wish you a happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentines we made for my daughter’s class.
My daughter’s valentine box for school…a hot air balloon! Total cost $2.50 (dollar store basket, ballon and 4 straws at .25) Glue your straws to the basket and balloon, tie straws where attached to balloon with cute ribbon and done! The cutest valentine box in less than 10 minutes!
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I thought I would offer all the men out there a little help. I’ve been told, that on occasion, this can be a somewhat stressful holiday for you. The main thing to remember is to keep it simple. If you spend too much, it will only stress her out.
So, here are some ideas that should put a smile on your Valentine’s face.
Cook a wonderful meal: make it special by cooking something that you don’t usually do. Set the table beautifully, this means no paper or plastic products. Instead, use cloth napkins, china and crystal if you have it. Place a single red rose on her plate and don’t forget to light the candles. Remember, this is supposed to be a special occasion.
Heartfelt card or letter: nothing means more to a woman than knowing her man truly cherishes her. She’ll read it over and over again. Why, you ask? Because that’s just what makes us happy.
Coupon book: she can use it throughout the year, and you can make it yourself. Some ideas may include:
A day off from cleaning, have a maid service come in and leave the house sparkling clean.
A fix it day, where you do all the little projects around the house that need a little tweaking.
If you have children, arrange for a babysitter and go to dinner and a movie. Make sure the babysitter has everyone in bed before you get home.
Have her car washed and vacuumed.
A favorite treat, one that she doesn’t have to share.
An overnight stay at a nearby hotel or resort.
Flowers: you just can’t go wrong with beautiful flowers. It doesn’t have to be long-stem red roses that cost a fortune. My favorite flowers are colorful small bouquets. Other great options are potted hydrangeas, lavender, ranunculus and callas, because they will live long after cut flowers die. Check out Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or your local florist.
Be creative, only you know what makes your Valentine smile. Remember, a good relationship is worth the extra effort.