DIY: Classmate & Teacher Valentines

This Madeline’s first Valentine’s Day where she will be has celebrating in a school/daycare setting.  For her fellow classmates Valentines I knew I wanted to make something adorable and yummy.  However, when you think about a typical Valentines for kids- it usually involves some form of candy, which just isn’t appropriate for one year olds. After much searching on Pinterest, I came across the idea of using pouches of applesauce instead.  In addition to these being candy free, it was perfect because Madeline is currently obsessed with anything that comes in a pouch. 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need: 

Printed Tags
Ribbon
Squeeze Pouches (any flavor or brand you prefer)

I made the tags on my computer (you can use word, publisher, etc.). The say, “Valentine- you’re main my squeeze!” I cut the tags out and glued them on to pink cardstock for a nice added touch! I punched a hole at the top and using baker’s twine I tied the tags around the pouches cap.  They came out super adorable!

But- what about her Valentines for her teachers?! I didn’t want them to be left out.  In my opinion, coffee is a must for watching just Madeline, let alone eight kids, so I thought I would get a Dunkin Donuts gift cards.  I stumbled upon this cute (and free!) printable online and couldn’t resist.  I  just printed, cut them out and taped it all together and we were good to go! Super cute and super easy!

They were a huge hit at daycare! And the best part was they were super cost effective and fun to make!

What did you do for Valentine’s? Are you a make your own or buy a box type of person? We want to know!

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DIY: Valentine’s Day Photoshoot!

This year for Valentine’s Day we came up with the idea of capturing some cute photos of all the kids together! We don’t have any great photos with all three of them, so what a perfect opportunity we thought this would be.

Of course, that meant that we needed to create a backdrop! Sherrie had all of these supplies in her craft stash, so this took no time or money at all and it turned out REALLY cute!

Here’s what you need: 

Pink and Red Cardstock
A Bunting Template (we just printed one off google)
Letter Stickers
Red Ribbon
Themed Clips

Seriously, this couldn’t be easier, no glue involved at all! Once you trace and cut out all the  banner pieces on your cardstock using your template, you simply stick the letters on in the correct order.  Then using the clips (or glue if you prefer that) and string it on the ribbon.  Hang the finished banner on the wall with tape and you’re good to go!

The craft was much easier then getting the kids to cooperate!

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But, in the end we got some good shots!

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(Yes, Madeline and I have matching Lularoe leggings- more about Lularoe in a coming post! 🙂 )

For now, Happy Valentines Day from our gang to yours! <3
Don’t forget to take milk breaks- they’re important 🙂

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DIY: Valentine’s Day Baby Craft!

This Valentine’s Day is extra special for both of us. It is Logan and Madeline’s first Valentine’s Day! We wanted to commemorate this with a craft that we could do together – so of course we took to Pinterest!

Not long after Madeline came home from the hospital we set a date to get together. We loved the idea of being able to utilize the babies footprints in our craft.  It’s fun, cute, and something we could display in our homes for years to come. 🙂

Sherrie has a collection of all things with the word “love” on them. Along with cupcakes, it’s one of the things she collects! So when we found the idea of putting the word LOVE on a canvas and using our baby’s footprints as the “v” it was a no brainer!

 There are many ways that you could create this – we chose to do it on a canvas but you could do this on paper. In addition, you can use any medium for the letters you want, but our trick is to use scrapbook paper and stencils. Scrapbook paper is thicker and the stencils will ensure the letters are the same font and size.

Here’s what we used:
10×10 Canvas
Scrapbook Paper
Stencils
Baby Safe, Water Based Paint
Paintbrush
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
Alphabet Stickers & Jewels
Cute Baby Feet!

After we chose the different scrapbook paper we wanted, we traced and then cut the letters L, O, and E.  Remember – when you trace your letters you have to trace trace them backwards. This is so that when you place them on your canvas they will face in the correct direction.

After you trace and cut your letters, you can then do one of two things:  glue the letters down first or start with the footprints.  Since Madeline’s feet are so small, Emily opted to glue the letters down first so she would know exactly how to space out her feet.  On the other hand, Sherrie chose to place Logan’s feet first because they’re bigger and she wanted to ensure there was enough space for the letters.

Putting the baby’s feet on the canvas was easily the trickiest part.  We recommend you brush on a even layer of paint on your baby’s foot with a paint brush. If you dip their feet in the paint, when pressing down the foot on canvas or paper, it may be too much paint and smear.  Brushing the paint on the foot first will give you the best footprint possible! It also helps to have a few extra hands to help hold the baby and place the foot on the canvas- they can be squirmy!

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After the foot prints and letters are are set you can add whatever embellishments you choose! We put our baby’s names and jewels (because duh! Glitter!). Don’t forget the date so you remember when you did it! 🙂

We just LOVE how they turned out! 😉

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Are you crafting anything special with your little ones for Valentine’s Day?
Be sure to share photos with us!

Sherrie &amp; Emily

Valentine’s Day Treats!

Need a quick and easy Valentine’s Day treat that is super yummy? 🙂
How about whipping up these heart shaped Rice Krispie treats! Matt is obsessed with Rice Krispie treats so I thought this would be the perfect treat to try. This is probably the easiest homemade recipe to make and would be great for a Valentine’s Day Party!

All you need is:
Rice Krispies Cereal
Marshmallows
Butter
Toppings (optional)
Heart shaped cookie cutter (optional)

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I followed the recipe right on the box which can also be found online here. The biggest thing you have to remember to do is melt the butter and marshmallows on low heat. First you melt the butter and then you add the marshmallows. Matt likes his with extra marshmallows so I always throw in some extra. 🙂 That is what I love about making these treats – you can tailor it to your taste! You can use any cereal you want and you can add more or less marshmallows if you’d like.

Once the marshmallows are fully melted, remove from the heat and add the Rice Krispies. I found stirring it all together was easiest with a spatula. After letting it cool for a few minutes I poured it on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. With a spatula I spread it to make an even layer.  I noted the cookie cutters were optional because you could always use a knife to cut the heart shape as well. Once you cut all the hearts it is time for my favorite part – decorating them! I used a pink shimmer frosting and Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles. I think they turned out pretty cute and my husband said the frosting made it even more delicious!

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YUM! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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