A Valentine’s Day Story

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Our first Valentines Day together was magic. The one you wait for and dream of.

I had clues stashed all around the city. They were located at all the places where we had made significant memories together. First date, first kiss, you know.

My roommate helped me hide the clues. They were big red hearts taped up with red masking tape. They rhymed.

I had ordered his favorite cologne from Germany. A few other things were wrapped and waiting. He was to scour the city following the clues and end up back at my apartment. Dinner was waiting and so was I.

The wait was unbearable. When you are madly in love with someone every minute apart seems like a million years.

I left the door barely cracked open so he could walk right in. Like in the movies. The clues worked and I can still see him walking through the door. He had on my favorite shirt. It was a pink Polo dress shirt. At 6’4″and 220, you can wear pink.

He already knew. He had know for months. He already knew that we would spend forever together. Up to this point, I didn’t know yet.

I knew that I couldn’t breathe without him, but, on the surface we came from very different places.

On the inside we were the same. Our beliefs, our hopes and dreams, we were the same.

As he walked through the door that night, in that moment, I knew too.

He gave me a big hug and kiss. We ate. And then I gave him his cologne. He still has some left. I bought a big bottle and he uses it sparingly. We can’t ever get any more. When he wears it I am immediately taken back to that night.

Then, he gave me a ring. Not a wedding ring. It wasn’t time for that yet. He didn’t know that I “knew.”

It was a beautiful band for my right hand. Three small sapphire baguettes (his birth stone) separated by two small diamonds. It cost him everything he had. He had scrimped and saved. My graduate professor noticed it the next day at school. Or maybe he noticed the giant smile on my face that I couldn’t erase.

Every Valentines Day that memory comes back. The emotions are still tender and real.

We haven’t had a Valentines Day like it since. (They have all been better.)

No scavenger hunts, no dimmed rooms with waiting packages, no pink Polo shirts.

Now, there are five children. First there was one and we took him with us to Valentines Dinner.

Then there were two so we stayed home and I cooked my husbands favorite meal.

Then came three, four, and five.

We eat a special Valentines Dinner the kids will love and cut hearts out of construction paper. There are countdown chains and glue and tape as we make homemade Valentines to be delivered to classmates. There are sugar cookies with pink frosting and too many sprinkles. And a special reading of the Berenstain Bears “Funny Valentine.” followed by the story of “how mommy and daddy met.”

Everyone gets cards. My husband writes in mine. I wait all year to read what he has to say. He knows that. He is really good with cards.

We finish by 6:30 because bed is at 7:00. Teeth are brushed, stories read, more stories read, and our girls usually sleep with their Valentines next to their pillows.

Then my husband and I work to finish dishes, I do laundry and we hope to go to bed early.

On our way to bed we check on the kids again. We straighten them out and cover them back up. We talk about them while we brush our teeth. We talk about how we will get a sitter in a few days and go out just the two of us. The few days usually turns into a few weeks, but we go. It is always special.

Then as I lay in bed I remember THAT Valentines Day. The first one. I am grateful for it. But just as soon as I remember it, it is gone. New memories flood my mind. I KNOW that every Valentines Day since has been better. They have been different but so much better.

Now I really know Valentines Day. Now I really know love. It is our children’s laughter, the crooked red cut out hearts, the messy faces. It is standing by my husband doing the dishes. It is worrying and praying together about up coming decisions. It is being tired from nursing babies. It is trying to juggle schedules and wipe tears (and bottoms). It is the humility I feel when I realize I can do better. It is my husband running into my pregnant round belly and the laughter I just heard from our daughters crib upstairs.

Valentines Day is every day now.

It is every day I get to be a wife and a mother.

It is every day that I get to make our house a home.

It is everyday as I recognize how much love abounds when two people have committed to be together for eternity.

The gifts are different too. Not so much big, shiny or imported. Not just on Valentines Day.The gifts are the kind things we do for one another each and every day.

It is coming home and seeing that my husband has emptied the dishwasher. It is his hard work in supporting our family. It is his listening ear that he willingly shares, even when I tell him the same concern over and over. It is the toothpaste he puts on my toothbrush at night.

The memories are priceless. But that night in my apartment 11 years ago, I thought I had the Valentines Day of my dreams. Little did I know, the best was yet to come.

Now I know what it is like to have a true Valentine. Void of the commercialism, void of gimmicks. My true Valentine and I have a full house and a busy life. Filled with worries and stresses and joy and laughter.

Most of all, my Valentine and I have every day together, filled with love.

I still can’t breath without him. And every minute apart, seems like a million. 

Happy Valentines Day to you and your family.  Be sure you are creating your own Valentine’s Day Story.

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Movie Night Printables



Valentine’s Day is coming.  What are you doing to celebrate?  Since we have 5 children and don’t always feel like sharing our night with several strangers cramming into the same restaurants, we usually have a nice low key night at home…with the kids!

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We have, in the past, done a nice candle-light meal and some chocolate fondue with the kids.  They love being involved and really…they are the most important people in my life so it makes sense to include them.  Then, because it is important for my husband and I have to our own relationship, we will plan a date for just the two of us at a different time.

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This year I thought it would be fun to plan a family movie night and make it a little extra special.  I shared this with you earlier as part of a Group Valentine’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway.  The lucky winner has received her fun Movie Night Gift Basket, but I thought it would be fun to share these fun printables with you too in case you might want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your own movie night!

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Print out these fun tickets and give them to those you would like to invite so they can anticipate a fun evening at home with their favorite people.  Pop up some popcorn and chill some of your favorite drinks in an ice bucket.

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Fill up a basket lined with a kitchen hand towel to make this fun Popcorn Basket (basket found at Home Goods) or print out this Popcorn Box Template I shared for the Fourth of July (red popcorn box pictured above).

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Hang up a painter’s drop cloth (which I cut down to hang nicely in front of the fireplace in our living room.  This can be used as a decoration with some fun bulb lights or you can actually project your movie on it for a real movie theater or drive in movie feel.

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Gather up your blankets and pillows and make sure you have plenty to get cozied up and comfortable for the main feature…or two.

To download the Movie Night Printables click here:

{Movie Night Printables}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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And…just because I am curious…what is one of your favorite movies? What movie will you watch on your Valentine’s Movie Night?

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Fruit Valentines


I have another Valentine Day idea that would be perfect for your kid’s classroom valentines or a Valentine’s Day Party…or even a fun birthday party with a colorful rainbow theme.

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A few years I spotted these adorable fruit tag printables from Alpha Mom via Cindy Hooper from Skip to My Lou and have thought about them often.  I even printed them out and used them in my kids lunches a few times.

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Aren’t they so cute?  These would be a fun Valentine’s Day Treat for the health conscious person or food allergy riddled person such as myself…

So I decided to come up with a fun Fruit Valentine for Valentine’s Day using these cute Runts.  Have you seen Runts?  They were one of my favorite candies growing up.  I am not a big “candy” fan now as I prefer to spend my calories on chocolate.  But if I am forced to eat candy then I would choose Runts (or Skittles) except for the bananas…those I am not a fan of!

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Now obviously the sayings I used have pretty much been used all over the place…but here are the versions I chose to use…

You Are Really Grape!

You Are Berry Special!

I Go Bananas For You!

Orange You Glad We’re Friends?

You Deserve The Lime Light!

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If you would like to download the Fruit Valentines, click on the link below.

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It’s important to get your daily servings of fruit ;)!

Olaf Valentine–I’ve Been Impaled



Earlier this week I shared with you my first version of our Olaf Valentines.  I couldn’t help but come up with another version based off of something Olaf says in the movie that my kids keep quoting around the house, “Oh! Look at that, I’ve been impaled.”

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For these Valentine’s you simply print the Olaf Printable that I shared on the first version.  Poke a hole in the top button and then stick some sort of sucker, pencil or pixie stick through the hole…there are a lot of different options out there you could use!

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Then you can print the stick Valentine tags that I have made available in either white or red.  I added some google eyes, black mini pom-poms and an orange tinfoil nose to Olaf to give him some extra character…but you can use him just the way he comes on the printable too.

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My girls absolutely LOVE Olaf and they are so excited to give them to their friends this year!  They also love that the Valentine’s are not “lovey-dovey”!  There will be enough time for that when they are older right?!

Interested in making an Olaf Finger puppet? Check out the printable pattern I shared earlier here:

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If you would like to download Olaf’s “I’ve Been Impaled” Valentines, click on the link below.

{Olaf’s “I’ve Been Impaled” Valentines}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads.

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And…I think my camera is dying a slow and painful death…I can’t get any of my pictures in focus lately…so I apologize for the low quality of these pictures…but…on the bright side…it looks like I get to go shopping :)!!

Olaf’s I Like Warm Hugs Valentine

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Valentine’s Day Necklace

I saw the CUTEST gumball necklace a couple of years ago from One Charming Party and LOVED it.  I always wanted to make one.  This year I decided to make a wooden bead necklace that was similar.  I love the idea of giving a necklace that someone could really wear instead of candy.  These Valentine necklaces would be perfect to give to your daughter(s), granddaughter(s) and nieces…or even your girlfriends!

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To make the necklaces all you need to do is paint the wooden beads (in the size or mixed sizes that you want).  I put them on a wooden skewer to paint them easier.  When you have two coats (allow to dry between each coat) you can add a shiny urethane gloss.  I use one that can be found right by the craft paints.

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When the shiny coating has dried you can string them onto a thin ribbon.  Tie a knot at the end of the beads and then tie in a bow.  I burn the edges of the cut ribbon to prevent it from fraying.  The ribbon just melts and seals so it won’t fray.

Valentines-day Add this cute little Valentine’s Day “I LOVE to hang around you” tag to your Valentine’s Day Necklace!

If you would like to download the Necklace Valentine’s Day Tag, click on the link below.

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*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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And…I am participating in a fun new series of Pinterest Parties this year with a group of my favorite bloggers.

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Hosted by…

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We are so excited to be hosting a Pinterest Party to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Help us create the most comprehensive holiday Pinterest board on Sunday, January 26, at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central/ 7 p.m. MST/ 6 p.m. PST by sharing your favorite Valentine-themed projects and recipes.

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*Follow the Year of Celebrations Pinterest board 

*Comment on this post and leave a link to YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or recipe.

*Tweet YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or link using the hashtag #YearOfCelebrations

**Be sure to tweet the hashtag #YearofCelebrations since Twitter is the only LIVE hashtag link we can follow and track

 

*On Sunday, January 26, at the appointed time, watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours!

*Be sure to follow along during the party to re-pin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #YearOfCelebrations

*One lucky party participant will walk away with…

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We are so excited to PIN and SHARE all of your amazing projects!

I hope you will join us!

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Frozen Olaf Valentine’s Printables

I don’t know about you…but the girls at my house are obsessed with the movie Frozen.  We saw it over the holidays with family and my girls have the soundtrack on repeat…all.day.long!  They loved the entire show and the music…but perhaps their very most favorite part…and mine too…is Olaf.

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Do you have a similar obsession at your home?  My girls and their friends keep on repeating their Olaf-isms.  And…with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun for them to give their friends (who are equally obsessed with Olaf) some Olaf Frozen Valentine’s.

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And because I love a good play on words, we came up with a couple of different Frozen Valentines with Olaf.  The first one I will share is the “warm hugs”.

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Is it any surprise that I included a jar in one of these? haha! I know…I know.  I have a jar obsession.  Fill up a cute jar with some Hershey’s hugs candy (the jar is a recycled Starbucks Frappuccino jar) and attach Olaf and the printable tag.

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My girls LOVE it! And they also like that the Valentine’s are too “mushy”!  Oh how I hope they always feel that way about Valentines… :)

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If you don’t want to fill up a jar, you can use any other container or fill a candy cellophane bag and add the printable topper I will be sharing.  This is probably the easier alternative and takes a lot less candy to fill if you will be using them for your kids classroom Valentine’s.

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If you would like to download Olaf’s “I Like Warm Hugs” Valentines, click on the link below.

{Olaf’s “I Like Warm Hugs” Valentines}

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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Be sure to stop back by if you are interested in an Olaf finger puppet.  You can attach the finger puppet instead of the paper Olaf to the Valentine’s if you are feeling super crafty…or just want to make one for your Olaf obsession.

*Update 1.22.14–Here is the link to the Olaf Finger Puppet Pattern: Olaf Finger Puppet

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Valentine’s Day Basket + Blog Hop

Love is in the air, friends!

We are celebrating February, 14th 2014 with an incredible giveaway that you won’t want to miss!

Are you ready for this?! TWENTY-EIGHT of my FAVORITE bloggers have put together amazing Valentine’s Day baskets filled with everything you will need for fun, romantic night! That’s right, ladies… no more stressing over what to do or scrambling at the last minute to pull together a memorable evening.

Valentine’s Day is 100% planned for the lucky recipients of these twenty-eight gorgeous baskets!

Each of us are giving away a unique themed date night basket valued at over $100 each to make your evening something you will treasure forever!

Here’s a peak at all 28 giveaway baskets:

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Are you ready for a chance to enter 28 AMAZING Giveaways AND meet some of our favorite blogging friends?

Welcome to The ULTIMATE Valentine’s Day Basket + Blog Hop!!

Here’s What You Do:

1. Are you sitting down?!! Ready to feast on all the delicious eye candy of the amazing giveaways you are about to enter? I thought so!

2. Scroll down further in this post to get a more DETAILED description of what WE’RE giving away.

3. Enter my giveaway at the very bottom of the post.

4. Time to start “blog-hopping!” Click on each of our friends’ links below & enter ALL of their giveaways!

5. Definitely take time to check out each of these sites. We have quite the variety of talented ladies participating in this! You are in for a REAL treat!!

With a young family, it can sometimes be difficult to get away for a Valentine’s Date on the town…so I am going to be giving away a movie date package night for two!! 

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Click on each link to view each site, and enter to win their “Valentine’s Date Night” basket. If you receive an error message, click to the blog’s home page. So much inspiration, right?!?

1. The Dating Divas 2. Bombshell Bling 3. Thirty Handmade Days 4. All Things Thrifty 5. Nobiggie 6. A Little Tipsy 7. The Crafting Chicks 8. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke 9. Skip To My Lou 10. Snap 11. Fun Cheap Or Free 12. Positively Spendid 13. My Sister’s Suitcase 14. The 36th Avenue 15. Smitten By 16. The Idea Room 17. 4 Men 1 Lady 18. Girl Loves Glam 19. The Diva Dish 20. Entirely Eventful Day 21. Tatertots & Jello 22. Just A Girl 23. Dollar Store Crafts 24. The SITS Girls 25. Lolly Jane 26. Design Dazzle 27. My Insanity 28. Not Just A Housewife

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Now…for my basket details…

The winner of the Movie Night Gift Basket will receive the following:

$50 Visa Gift Card (to order take out and drinks of their choice)

A DVD movie of their choice (if I am able to find it)

Popcorn and Red Vines

Gray Stripe Blanket

Drink Ice Bucket

Drink, Popcorn & Movie Printables

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Set up a movie theater right in the comfort of your own home.  It is fun to make the night a little extra special.  I simply hung a piece of canvas (cut from a painter’s drop cloth)  The drop cloth gives the feel of having a real movie screen to project your movie on if you can!  Even if you can’t project the movie on the screen…it is still a fun set up!

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Throw down a blanket and some pillows to make it extra cozy!  Chill your drinks on some ice in the metal ice bucket while eating food from your favorite take out restaurant.  Be sure to save some room for some movie snacks!

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Use the printables to add a little extra pizzaz to your movie snacks.  I have also provided you with some printable movie tickets to give to your significant other as a private invite to your movie night date.  I can personalize them with the movie you end up choosing to go in your gift basket if you would like, or just go with the ones in the picture.

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So…what do you think?  Are you interested in winning this Movie Night Gift Basket?  Be sure to enter and Good Luck!

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*Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on January 24, 2014. One winner will receive the Movie Gift Basket items specified above.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 24 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winners must respond within 24 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

Red Velvet Cookies

Have you ever had Red Velvet Cookies? If you haven’t, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to finally make some.  They are rich and decadent and the red color makes them the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

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Can you believe these cookies came from a box?  I simply took a box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix and whipped up three different versions of cookies with the same mix.  Each of them have a slightly different taste, so depending on your preference, you can choose which one to make…or make all three like I did.

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The first version I made are Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies.  I simply took a small pieces of the Red Velvet Cookie Dough and rolled them into a ball shape.  Then rolled each cookie dough in some powdered sugar and then baked them on the cookie sheet.

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For the second version, I made Red Velvet Kiss Cookies like above (with powdered sugar) and then as soon as the cookies came out of the oven I added some Hershey’s Kisses to the top of each cookie.  You could make these without the powdered sugar if you prefer.

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To prevent the kiss from melting (and to keep it prettier) put the cookies in the fridge immediately after adding the kiss.  Since it is freezing cold at my house I put them in the garage until they were chilled.

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I used milk chocolate kisses instead of the flavored kisses because the Red Velvet flavor is pretty strong and I didn’t want to have two competing flavors…and everything tastes better with a little bit of milk chocolate…am I right?!

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For the third option, I simply rolled the cookie dough into small balls and then placed them onto a greased cookie sheet and baked them like normal.  Then after the cookies have cooled completely, I took two cookies and made a Red Velvet Sandwich Cookie with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Red Velvet Cookies

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix

2 eggs

1 tsp. lemon zest (optional)

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. cornstarch

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and cornstarch.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, then added cooled melted butter, lemon zest and cake mix.  Mix by hand until combined.

Roll into 1-inch balls.  Roll each ball in the powdered sugar mixture then place on a prepared baking sheet about 2-inches apart.

Bake for 7-9 minutes until set.

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Which version of the Red Velvet Cookies will you make?  Inquiring minds want to know!

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Looking for other great Valentine’s Day treats, projects and gift ideas?  Check out these past Valentine’s Day ideas from The Idea Room…

Valentine’s Day Projects

Vanilla Peppermint Pattie Milk Shake

Valentine’s Day at our house usually consists of my husband and I celebrating at home with our children.  We have done this since the kids were little.  I am sure it was because it was difficult to find a babysitter or the fact that the restaurants had a two to three hour wait.  But either way, it has become a fun tradition at our house.

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The entire family looks forward to having a nice “candlelight” dinner together.  The hubs and I usually get the kids a small gift or goodie from us and then we play games or watch a movie as a family.  It has become a time for us to enjoy and spend time with each other in a busy world that usually has us running from one thing to the next.  It has become a good night for us to reconnect.

This year I thought it would be fun to cap off our dinner and enjoy some good Old Fashioned Milk Shakes while playing games together.  Have you tried any of these yummy Coffee Creamers from International Delight?  They are not just for coffee people.  I added some to a Vanilla shake and you have a yummy dessert.

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Now, unfortunately due to my recent milk allergy (among others) I will not be able to enjoy these with the family.  But some almond butter on a rice cake should be fine for me to along side them…right?! haha

Here is how you make them:

Old Fashioned Vanilla Peppermint Pattie Shake

3 cups of Hard Vanilla Ice Cream (not soft serve)

1/2 cup Milk

1/4 cup International Delight York Peppermint Pattie Coffee Creamer

Raspberries for garnish (optional)

Mint Garnish (optional)

Blend all ingredients together in your Blender until thick and creamy.  You can add more milk or Creamer to your shake depending on your preferences.  Serve in a tall, frosty mug with a stripe-y straw and a spoon.

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I had a couple of kids and a husband who eagerly volunteered to be my taste testers for me.  I think they were a hit….

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Check out all the other awesome flavors these International Delight Creamers are available in.  Do you remember the super yummy Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins I shared?

This Valentine’s Day, share the love with recipes and homemade gift ideas! Don’t miss the International Delight Valentine’s Day Twitter Giveaway. Enter by following International Delight on Twitter and by tweeting your favorite ID flavor with the hashtag #IDLove. Winners will be contacted on February 15th and will receive ID Valentine’s Day Sampler Packages!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.


Homemade Lavender Soap

Did you know that this coming Sunday, Feb. 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day?  Well, it is.  And I am joining with Michael’s and participating in their week long “Craft It Forward Random Acts of Kindness Week!  I was lucky enough to be able to get to know many of the Crafty Geniuses who work at the Michael’s headquarters this past summer.  And so I was really excited to work with them again on this fun campaign.

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I decided that I wanted to make some Homemade Lavender Soap that I could then give away to friends and family as my “Craft it Forward” project.  I also wanted to do something that my girls could also help with.  I wanted them to be able to make their own soaps that they too could share with their friends!

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Now, can you believe that with all my crafting projects that I have NEVER made or played with soap?  I know!  I have always LOVED pretty “handmade” soaps and I guess I thought it was a lot more involved than they really were.  I know there are some people who make handmade soaps completely from scratch and in another life, I would love to be able to try that.

But, for now, I took the super easy road.  And I can’t believe how easy this simple method was.  I talked with my local Michael’s and got some really great tips and advice and learned how to make some really simple but beautiful soap.  Today I will share with you the basics so that you can make some for yourself.  Now…I am no expert, but this is how I made these Homemade Lavender Soaps.

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You will need the following:

A premade soap base (I chose Goat’s Milk Soap)

Scent (I went with my doTerra Lavendar oil but Michael’s has several yummy scents)

A Soap Colorant (I did not use any in this particular soap but did in other soaps I will share later this week)

Rubbing Alcohol

Spray Bottle for the alcohol

Soap Mold

Bowl for melted soap

Spoon

Directions:

  1. Break up your soap base into smaller chunks and place into bowl.
  2. Melt in your microwave on 40 second intervals until the soap is fully melted.
  3. Add your soap colorant and scent and stir well.
  4. Pour your soap into your mold.  I used molds that I found at Michaels that were soft and flexible so I did not need to do anything special to the mold.  If you are using a bread pan or a non-flexible mold you may want to spray a little bit of cooking spray to help the soap ease out of the mold when it has hardened.
  5. Spritz the top of the soap with your Rubbing Alcohol to remove any air bubbles from your soap.
  6. If you are adding different soap layers, (like I do in some soaps I am sharing later) you can let the first layer harden and then spritz it again and pour an additional layer of soap on top.  Depending on the number of layers, you can repeat this process over and over.  Allowing sufficient drying time depending on how solid you want your soap layers to be.
  7. Remove from molds and wrap up pretty.

*If your soap becomes too thick to pour nicely into your mold you can quickly re-melt it again in your microwave.

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I was surprised at how easy it was to whip up a batch of yummy smelling soap.  And the fun part was using that same basic method and coming up with a lot of fun varieties of soap.

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And, with some simple wrapping and embellishment you can come up with a very nice and inexpensive gift that someone would love to receive.  Don’t you think?

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I simply took some burlap, which I also found at Michael’s, that I trimmed down to wrap around each bar of Lavender Soap.

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Then added a couple of dried sprigs of Lavender. You can also find Lavender at Michaels.

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I had so much fun making Lavender soap, that I began experimenting.  The girls also joined in and made some of their own soaps.  Be sure to come back in a couple of days and I will share those with you and also pictures of my girls crafting them forward.

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Michaels is participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11-17, by asking customers to share their own random acts of kindness on the Michaels Facebook page and to use the hashtag #RAOKDIY when sharing on Twitter and Instagram.

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In celebration of the holiday on Sunday, Feb. 17, Michaels hopes to inspire customers to participate by giving away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its nearly 1,100 U.S. and Canada stores. Gift card recipients will be encouraged to “craft it forward” and exhibit their own random act of kindness towards another person.

Customers who want to “craft it forward” can find inspiration for Random Acts of Kindness projects to give to others on the Michaels Random Acts of Crafting Pinterest board.

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