Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SwellChel Does Valentine's Day: My Decor

I really don't have much Valentine's Day decorations around my house (I think partly because I like things dialed down a bit after having Christmas stuff EVERYWHERE)

Here are just a few festive touches I added to my house:

 My kids have loved their simple little mailboxes.  I have out hearts and foam stickers so they can make each other valentine's whenever they want and put them in the mailboxes.  Most mornings I have a little treat or note in there for them.  The mailboxes are a dollar from Target and I just stood them on top of three little candlestick holders.

I saw this idea on Pinterest here, but it linked to some website in England where you can order one, etc ... so I decided to make one on my own so I could give it to Michael for Valentine's Day.  I am totally cheesy like that and I think our love story is right up there with those other famous couples :) haha

 What holiday is complete without amazing subway art from eighteen25??!?!
Check it out here.

 Thought this would be cute and simple centerpiece for our table ... my kids keep trying to get the candy out though!

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SwellChel Does Valentine's Day: Free Valentine's Day Activities for Kids

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If you follow this blog I'm sure it comes as no surprise to you that I have a collection of fun Valentine's Day activities printed out for my kids (kept in clear page protectors in a three-ring binder) that my kids use with a dry erase marker :)
I'm always so grateful for the amazing bloggers/educators out there that come up with these themed educational activities and then offer them up to their readers for free!!!

Here are my favorites ...

 Can be found at 2 Teaching Mommies here
{image via 2 Teaching Mommies}

 Can be found at Musings of Me here
{image via Musings of Me}

 Can be found at Over the Big Moon here
{image via Over the Big Moon}

This is also a DARLING bingo game that we printed out.
Found at Brown Paper Packages here
{image via Brown Paper Packages}

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

SwellChel Does Valentine's Day: Tasty Treat Roundup

This month I've had the chance to bring treats/dessert to various family parties, events, playdates, class parties, etc.  I used that chance as an excuse to make a variety of yummy and easy Valentine's Day treats.  Of course, Pinterest was an inspiration and did not fail me :)  Also, I don't consider myself a professional baker/cook ... trust me, if I can do it YOU can do it!

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Oreos dipped in white chocolate with sprinkles
Found this on Pinterest which linked to Curbly here
These were SUPER easy to make, especially since you don't have to dip the whole OREO.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Found this on Bakerella here
Mine are not as pretty but they are still tasty.
Oh, and I took the easy way out in interest of time and just used canned cream cheese frosting.

 Layered Valentine M&M's in mason jars
Found this on Pinterest which linked to Brown Paper Packages here
These are so easy and I delivered some to some women that I visit teach.
Each of my mason jars took one large bag of Valentine's peanut M&M's.
I added a paper heart doily and some twine to make it festive.

Rice Krispie Treat Pops with Heart Sprinkles

Found this on Pinterest which linked to Party Frosting here.
They made their treats heart-shaped which is cute.
Also, I realize this isn't the best picture ... I'm kind of a sloppy treat-maker.
If I were my sister there would be no chocolate drizzling off the side, and the heart sprinkles would all line-up and there would be an even number of pink and red hearts :) haha
I made these for a family party and stuck them in a styrofoam display - super easy!

 Valentine Chex Mix
Found on Betty Crocker here.
I thought the kids would go crazy for this at my family party but it was the adults who were hovering around it :)  Also, next time I make it I may not do the powdered sugar - it was yummy but messy for the kids.

Valentine Rice Krispie Treats with Heart PEEPS
I decided to make this based on a similar treat I make at Easter with Easter PEEPS.
I just made a regular batch of Rice Krispie Treats in a pan, and while they were still warm I pushed down the heart-shaped PEEPS into the treats so they would stick.  Easy-peasy!

Valentine's Day Strawberry/Angel Food Cake Kabobs
Found this on Pinterest which linked to My Own Road here.
When I saw these on Pinterest I drooled.  Literally.  Who doesn't love angel food cake/strawberries/chocolate?
I believe the originally poster used it for a baby shoer, but I thought it would be a fun Valentine's Day treat.  I would normally just use plain skewers but I saw these heart sticks at Dollar Tree and thought they would be perfect.

 Valentine's Day Cake Pops
My sister-in-law Megan made these for a presentation we are doing tonight at church involving treats (of course).  These cake pops are awesome and I know there are a lot of tutorials out there but I like the instructions at Bakerella here.

There are many other treats on my Valentine's Day board on Pinterest ... find it here.

Friday, February 3, 2012

SwellChel Does Valentine's Day: Our Valentine's Day Cards {Updated with FREE printables}

We've had so much fun deciding what to do for Valentine's Day cards this year.  My oldest is in kindergarten and he will finally be exchanging Valentine's at school, and the kids are exchanging Valentine's with cousins this year too.

  I saw SO many amazing, fun, simple and creative ideas on Pinterest (check out my Valentine's Day board here) ... and what I made are versions of different ideas I've come across.

Here is a little card from our family ...

{idea from Brown Paper packages here}

 Here are each of the kids' Valentine's Day cards ...

{idea from Crafting Chicks here}

I designed each of their bag toppers on Photoshop real fast, printed them out, cut them out, folded in half, and then stapled to the top of these bags ... (found them at Joanns)

The pattern you see on the front extends onto the back as well ...

Anyways, I just thought I would share our Valentine's cards ... they are simple but the kids are SO excited about them, and that's what counts!  Right?

If anyone is interested in a FREE DOWNLOAD of any of these Valentine's cards you can download them here:
(keep in mind the bag topper were made specifically for the 3x4 inch treat bags)

Car Valentine

Dinosaur Valentine

Bouncy Ball Valentine

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