Kraft Paper Hearts

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I recently bought 9000 feet of kraft paper.  It’s kind of like the duct tape of crafting supplies (it’s a craft project! it’s a drop cloth!  it’s both!).  We like to give the kids small gifts and treats on Valentine’s Day so this year I decided to make them sewn paper hearts with sweets inside.

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Supplies:

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Valentine’s Day Candy Treats

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We had a little downtime today while Mollie was napping so I occupied the boys by making these yummy Valentine’s Day Hershey’s hug treats.  They were so good that it was hard not to eat them all as we were making them.

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Valentines

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My all time favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day.  Besides the fact that red and pink is a highly underrated color combination, I think that a day where we stop to tell people that we love and care about them is just about the best reason there is to have a holiday.  Plus, I love all of the heart candies and gifts.  I always decorate our dinning table for Valentines Day (more to come on that shortly).  We give the kids small gifts and we have them create homemade cards for each other.  My favorite Valentine for the kids are these personalized cards with candy necklaces.

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I actually used candy bracelets instead of candy necklaces.  They fit the cards better and the kids eat so much candy on Valentine’s Day that less is more in this case.  You can find the candy bracelets here at a really good price.  I then wrapped each one in a cellophane bag, which can be found here.  The bags are a bit bigger than the valentines, but I just wrap the extra around the back.  These bags usually need to be ordered in quantities of 100, but I use them for small gifts and as party favor bags, Continue reading

A healthy treat and great hostess gift

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One of my all time favorite healthy desserts is homemade ice pops. They are healthy and my kids definitely put them in the same category as ice cream, so it is a good dessert option.  I like to put whatever fruit we have in the house in the molds first, then fill them in with juice.  This works really well with fruit that isn’t that great.  If your blueberries are a little too soft, your peaches aren’t so sweet, or maybe your watermelon is a little mealy, you can put them into your pops and when they are frozen and surrounded by juice they taste great.

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