Valentine Wrap Up

We had the most lovely Valentine’s Day! Miracle claimed that she just loves Valentine’s Day and that it is the prettiest and yummiest day ever! That comment made the whole day worth it to me. You see, I was never much of a Valentine’s Day girl. Andrew and I don’t exchange gifts and we don’t do the obligatory date. Sometimes Andrew will pick me up some February 15th priced flowers and I love them even more at half the price. But since I decided to celebrate even the little holidays, I went all out making Valentine’s Day a day where we celebrate family and friends and love for each other. Get ready for some pictures!

The kids woke up to this:

Valentine Breakfast Ready to Eat

Orange Juice with Cranberry Juice Heart Shaped Ice Cubes

Cranberry Orange Heart Shaped Muffins

and Yogurt Dipped Frozen Strawberries

Side note on the food: The heart shaped muffin idea is from this pin and the frozen yogurt strawberries is from this one. I’m using my Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board!

The kids begged me to sew up some heart shaped pockets that they could fill with chocolates for their teachers. It was a bit of trial and error, so I filled my testers with foam hearts for the kids (and Andrew). They each had a heart that said their name on it and then three smaller hearts each with a word that describes them. Oh, and a chocolate kiss too because Valentine’s Day is a great day to eat chocolate for breakfast! This idea was inspired by this pin.

She Was Completely In Love With This Breakfast

For lunch the girls and I had heart shaped sandwiches and pink (strawberry) milk. Then Miracle filled up her heart pockets for her teachers and it was off to school where I got to be the Valentine helper for her class party!

I Took the Teaching Opportunity to Figure Out How to Evenly Divide the Chocolates

Then we came home and made some pretty tasty brownies with amazing frosting and brought them to eat for dessert at Carbones! Andrew serenaded the dinner crowd and we ate pizza and treated everyone to a tasty Valentine dessert. Recipe is from this pin and I guarantee you want to try it!

All in all we had an amazing, tasty, pretty Valentine’s Day full of love, family and friends! (And I think I fulfilled my Pinterest Project of the Week quota.) I hope you all had a great day and didn’t get caught up with relationship status and overpriced flowers.

Ice Cold Hearts

I celebrated with the awesome cast of our church’s Christmas musical last night. They did such a great job back in December and they are such great kids. I love to spend time with that bunch!

There was plenty of popcorn, candy and punch and we snuggled up with pillows and blankets and watched Rio. Fantastic movie! It is full of bright colors, fun music and thoughts of warmer weather. After the movie the kids burned off all the sugar with a movie credits dance party.

I wanted to keep it simple with the popcorn and candy, but I thought a fun drink was in order. With Valentine’s Day approaching I decided on a twist on the classic fruit punch/ 7-up mixture.

I found these cute little silicone ice cube trays in the value section at Target. They were $2.50 for a two pack, and there were pink and purple ones to choose from. The Target I was at was running low though so if you want some you better go now!

Fill them with fruit punch and freeze! I’m not gonna lie, it was a bit of a messy job and my fingers are still a little red. I ended up using a small pitcher type thing to fill the trays so that it didn’t splash as much. Also, fruit punch takes a little longer than water to freeze and they take even longer to freeze if you stack the trays. Just some tips. It took about 4 hours for each batch to freeze at my house.

I had someone make fun of me saying that the ice cubes would just melt and so I was wasting my time a bit. The melting ice is kind of the point, but I kept the 7-Up outside to make sure it was nice and cold. We ended up with a little bit of slush which made it super yummy!

Plus, the kids were super excited about the hearts. Especially the girls!

 

Pondering Pinterest (saying that makes me smile)

So part of the changes that have been going on with me the last couple of weeks is that I have found lots more time wisely used time and energy! (Well, the energy starts to go around 7pm, but until then it’s great. I think that may have something to do with growing a baby.) So some of that time and energy is going to go towards Pinterest! I’m not super addicted, and I don’t follow a ton of people. I’m honestly not concerned about who is following me or re-pinning my pins. (I guess I’m not really sure… does anyone care? Should I care?) I really just love the service that Pinterest provides and how much it helps me keep my thoughts organized. It is genius if you ask me. I try not to pin things that I know I’ll never do. I want to keep it clean and tidy so I can find the things I really want to do!

My conclusion after pondering Pinterst is that if I’m going to spend the time pinning then I better spend the time doing! So without further ado, I present to you…. Pinterest Project of the Week! (I can hear all the wild applause. Thank you, Fabulous, I know!) Each week I want to share at least one project that I’ve done from my Pinterest boards. Kind of a little accountability, plus a fun time of sharing.

My first project that I’m sharing is a bit of a mixture of this pin from my Valentine’s Day Board and another project I saw online but unfortunately cannot remember where:

Paper Heart Wreath from the Hybrid Chick

I teach 3D art at the YMCA on Friday mornings and so for one of our projects we made these:

Framed 3D Heart Decor

I cut pink, red and purple construction paper into 2 inch wide strips (although I would possibly recommend narrower…. maybe 1 1/2″) then we folded them in half and curved the tops (unfolded side) in. One quick staple and you have a heart! We then dipped them in glue and stuck them onto white cardstock. Make sure when you cut your strips you are super straight though or else it will be tricky to get them to stick. I had a bit of that problem, but we also left the Y before they were dry and so as you can see I had one that shifted majorly. It could be seen as cute though… If you look at it with your head tipped a little.

When we got home I took the glass plastic out of one of my surplus Ikea frames – sidenote, Ikea sells frames that fit your child’s artwork perfectly! They are sized for 8 1/2″ x 11″, not 8″x10″– and popped in our art! If you want to frame these, make sure you leave a little extra space on the edges so your frame has some paper to hold onto without hearts getting in the way.

Miracle's

Mine

We tried to glue some together in an attempt to make the wreath, but the construction paper and the glue did not work together and we just ended up with deformed hearts. So we used our remaining few hearts to put together this little piece for Axel. Miracle is so sweet, she always tries to make a picture for Axel when we are at art class because she knows he is bummed that he misses it because of school.

A Heart Flower For Axel

If you have an awesome pin board (especially crafty or sewing) I would love to get some fresh new ideas! Leave me a link in the comments and I’ll come find you. Happy Pinning!