My sweet tooth is becoming more and more apparent lately. I blame it on Pinterest & all of the delicious baked treats I see people pinning. I love when I find a sweet & salty snack that’s not only yummy but extremely easy to make. For a while now I have been meaning to make these little “Love Buttons” which include a medley of pretzels and milk chocolate. They are beyond simple to make & the assembly takes no time at all. I do have to warn you that they are incredibly addicting and there is no way… NO WAY… you can get away with eating only one. I tried. I failed. I made another batch.
Pinterest has many wonderful ideas for holiday crafts, including Valentine’s Day! While browsing through pins last week I stumbled upon a project from Southern Lovely. She made a Button Burlap Heart Canvas and I fell in love with the final product. I thought the idea was genius and decided to take it upon myself to create one for my own home. I changed the colors a bit and added a little something extra with the buttons I had left over. Have you fallen in love yet? You can make your own Valentine Button Heart Canvas too!
Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. In addition to Christmas, it truly is my favorite holiday of the year. Not only is it a day to share love with those around us, but it is also the day that my little girl entered the world! Since February 14, 2009 I have been celebrating Toodie’s birthday and going ALL out on this wonderful day. This includes baking, crafting, and party planning.
Celebrate a month of love with trendy reds, pinks, glitter, and heart patterns at The Children’s PLACE! From sparkly skirts to sequined heart headbands, you can find everything you need to create an adorable outfit for your little Valentine. There are themed graphic t’s for boys and girls along with matching accessories to bring together a look full of love. Take a look below at all of the February trends that are in stores for Valentine’s Day or any day at that!
The month of love is finally upon us and that means it is time to continue a “beary” fun tradition. Each year in February my daughter and I take a trip to Build A Bear, only the coolest place to customize your very own teddy! Since Valentine’s Day is also Toodie’s birthday, we always create a new friend together to add to her growing collection. This year we had the unique opportunity to visit Build A Bear for a very special in store experience. For the month of “Bear-uary” Build A Bear has a selection of Valentine’s Day friends to build, dress, and bring home. These include the Love Hello Kitty, Hugs-A-Plenty Puppy, Sock Monkey, and many more. You can personalize your little friend in festive accessories, clothing, and even a love song! In February, Build A Bear is offering a set of free Valentine‘s cards with the purchase of $20 or more so your child can spread the love to friends.
Give your heart a kiss, close your eyes and make a wish.
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- Medium sized clear jar or vase
- Valentine themed ribbon
- Mini heart cut outs
- 14 festive pencils
- (2) bags of Brach’s Conversation Hearts
- Elmer’s glue & a hot glue gun
- Printed sheet of 14 Acts of Love & Kindness
Beginning on the first day of February, give your child the opportunity to choose a pencil and read them their task. They can be anything that you feel fits your family or their age. Since Toodie is younger I went with simple acts that she would not only enjoy but also understand at her age. The whole point of this activity is to share love and kindness. This is a fun way to countdown the days until Valentine’s Day!
Through the years the Kleenex® brand has become a dependable part of my family. It is always there to wipe away tears, clean messy faces, and soothe runny noses. It also doesn’t ask any questions! I grew up having a box in every single room of our home, and today not much has changed. I have very fond memories of Kleenex®. Although no one enjoys being sick, this is when I would spend the most time with my trusty box of boogie wipers. Whenever I was feeling under the weather my mom would come home with soup, a tub of ice cream, and a nice big box of tissues to call my very own. I was set and for some reason I felt better plopped on the couch with my Kleenex® right next to me. Today I am passing on the admiration to my daughter, who seems to be sick a lot more often than I would like. With a stock pile in each bedroom and bathroom, there are never any unattended sniffles in this house.
As a result of Toodie going to school regularly I notice that she comes down with a bad cold at least a few times a month. In the past year we have gone through our Kleenex® supply quicker than expected. With it running low we decided to take a trip to Walmart and replenish. When we arrived there was an organized display with different sizes and types of packages to choose from. I picked up a few boxes of the popular Ultra Soft and a convenient To-Go Pack to keep in the car. Now it was time to get home and get crafting. Since Valentine’s Day is a few weeks away I thought it would be fun to make a homemade treat box to hold cards and goodies.
Here is a list of the supplies you will need:
- Empty box of Kleenex® tissues
- Valentine’s Day themed wrapping paper
- Large googly eyes
- Foam shaped heart cut outs
- Rectangle foam sheets
- Elmer’s glue
- Red sparkle felt
- Glue gun
- Shape stencil
Your Owl Valentine Box can be used to hold cards, candy, or loves notes. You can even place the original tissues back into the top of the box and use it as a tissue holder for the month of February. Until Valentine’s Day gets closer we are using ours as a decoration! Empty Kleenex® tissue boxes are great for crafting and creating.
Attached to the 4 pack bundle of Ultra Soft Kleenex® was a peel away coupon which would allow us to redeem a FREE streaming movie on Vudu.com. Once the coupon was removed, a unique 16 digit code was revealed. By visiting www.walmart.com/kleenex I was able to create a Vudu account and browse through the movie selection. Compared to other video streaming websites, there were many choices and new releases to choose from. It was very easy to navigate through and there were movies that everyone in the family could enjoy. In addition to the $4 credit, I also received 10 free movie rentals by signing up for the first time. The complimentary Vudu codes can be found on specially marked Ultra Soft and Lotion 4 packs.
After looking through the many categories and genres, Toodie was stuck between Coraline and Frankenweenie. I can tell that I passed on my love of Tim Burton movies to her! She ended up going with Coraline and I proceeded to the rent the movie within seconds. As a 24 hour rental, you can continuously go back and check your Vudu account to see the remaining time left. If you have a child that is anything like mine, they may want to watch the movie two or three times! Having this reminder available is very helpful. Vudu is really starting to grow on me.
As if it wasn’t already convenient enough, Vudu movies can be streamed directly to many different devices. These include your HDTV, Blu-ray, PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, PC, and even select tablets. I love watching movies on my IPad. It makes things so much easier! After creating out Valentine’s Day #ShareTheSoft craft, there was no better way to relax than to watch a fun movie together. With all of her stuffed puppies tucked in and a full bed of comfy pillows, we snuggled up and enjoyed Coraline together. It’s the moments like this that make me appreciate being a mom and thankful that Kleenex® helps to make them possible everyday! This Valentine’s Day be sure to #ShareTheSoft and the love with your family too.
To get a closer look at my Walmart shopping trip and Vudu.com experience, stop by my Google+ album.
You can get more information on Kleenex® products by visiting the Walmart website. You can also interact with the brand and other fans by following along on Facebook and Twitter.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Kleenex® Brand Tissues #CBias #SocialFabric
While Valentine’s Day may be a “Hallmark” holiday to some, it is much more than that for myself and my family. Four years ago on this special day I received the greatest gift possible, my little girl! With that being said, you can only imagine how many memories and moments we capture during the month of February. Pictures are important. They are not only a memory but also a way to re-live some of the happiest times within our lives. I love looking back and remembering the milestones and years that seem to pass so quickly. Shutterfly makes creating these lifelong keepsakes possible with their photo gifts and personalized cards. Valentine’s Day is a symbol of love, affection, and appreciation. By giving that special someone in your life a photo card, you are showing that them extra thought went into your gift. Shutterfly offers many different options such as a variety of styles, colors, designs, and sizes. Get your children involved and choose a fun family photo to send to your relatives, friends, and even classmates. There are so many adorable cards to choose from that picking a picture is the least of my worries! I picked a few of my favorites after browsing their site and seasonal selection.
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