This week we worked on these super cute valentines for kids and we are so excited to share them with you! You can get the kids involved and with our free printable get these quick and easy valentines done right away.
It will literally be as easy as that. This year we decided to go with something that can be useful and at the same time something the kids would love. My Kids love having their own straw to use and reuse which also helps our planet a little bit by lowering the amount of straws that we will use in the long run.
I really love to help my kids celebrate their friends. When you are a grown up, you realize how important friends are and how they are the ones that help you keep going. I want the boys to grow up knowing that having friends is a blessing and cherishing them is good.
We also wanted our valentines to be silly, fun, and encouraging. We love to remind our friends of how awesome they are! That’s why we chose this message.
If you like the straws we chose, you can find them here. I love the clear ones because we can see and make sure that they are staying nice and clean after every use.
Here are a few other kinds of straws that you could use.
Those are my top three favorites! But you can really use any kind that you and your kids like.
Ok for the other part of the valentine, you will need the cute valentine card. just click on the image to download it for free and print out as many as you need.
Easy Valentines for Kids-
Materials: Card-stock, tape, straw, pen or pencil, printed valentine card.
Print your free valentines cards and cut each one out. Have the kids fill the names on the cards. Pair each card to a straw and have the kids help you tape the straw to the back of the card. And they are ready to go!
I know how busy and crazy life can get and that we still love to do the best we can to make our littles happy and proud. This quick Valentine with a free printable is meant to help you make things easier.
I hope you enjoy making them and have time to take a few minutes for yourself. Remember that to your littles you are the most beloved valentine! You are doing a great job!
Do share your valentines stories with us on Instagram and give us a tag so we can share please.
This year I’m really into this snickerdoodle cookie recipe. It really hits the spot and the boys always eat them all up!
When I think about the holidays, I think about spending time with family and friends and doing fun things that will give us lasting memories for years to come. I wanted to start some new traditions because we are spending the holidays away from home, so I gathered up a few of my favorite mommy blogger gals for a fun cookie exchange.
I will start by sharing one of my recipes and then I will let you check out their amazing recipes too! Your holiday cookie baking just got a lot easier! Just gather up all of these perfect and tried recipes and you are ready to go to town in the kitchen and impress your family with the most delicious holiday cookies.
Without further ado, let’s get to my chosen recipe!
Snickerdoodle cookie recipe-
We recently met a new friend who loves snickerdoodle cookies and since I love to spoil my friends with baked goods, I started to research and to make them more often that I ever had. I realized that this delicious and soft treat has been so underrated in our holiday baking!
I hope you will give this easy snickerdoodle recipe a try because I know you will fall in love with the soft and chewy sugar coated cookie with the perfect hint of cinnamon touch.
There isn’t only one secret to keep the snickerdoodle soft and chewy, it is more of a few things you do and together they give you the best snickerdoodle cookie you’ve ever had. Here they are:
Use the cream of tartar- I’ve seen that many people try to replace the cream of tartar with something else, but I have learned that when it comes to classics, you stick to the original concept and enjoy the best results.
Do not over bake- If you want your cookie to stay super fluffy and chewy, make sure to set up a timer! Check on them often the first time you make them to see if you need to adjust the time. When I make them smaller for gifts, like today, they take less time than usual. They will be done before the top starts to crack.
Be generous with the cinnamon and sugar- roll those cookies in the cinnamon and sugar and make sure you don’t miss a spot! This is the step that give you the little crunch on the outside and the delicious cinnamon taste.
Use real butter- That should go without saying! But just in case you are starting to get into baking and need the extra encouragement. Real butter will always be your best friend! The taste is just delicious.
Below you will find the full recipe. Have fun baking and enjoy!
I made them very small this time so that they could be packaged a specific way for gifting. But you can make them much bigger if you prefer.
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Those of you that have been following us for a while, know that we love to try and learn something with everything we do. Even with toys, and there are so many options our there for kids of all ages! We always try to do our research and get a cool STEM toy for special occasions.
If you’re looking for fun, educational toys to give as gifts this holiday season, then you need to check out these 30 Best Holiday STEM Toy Gifts available on Amazon. Kids will love playing with these engaging and interactive toys. It’s never too early, or too late to introduce your kids to STEM-based learning toys. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. They’ll be learning while they play and not even know it! With so many to choose from, I’ve done the hard part for you and rounded up 30 of the best STEM toys out there this holiday season.
Combine the wonder of science and the fun of arts and crafts with this miniature garden in a simulated natural environment. Kids can create their very own miniature eco-system with this easy setup, just assemble, decorate, water and watch it grow!
Kids can wire up their brick builds and learn how to build the circuit that makes the lights in a skyscraper illuminate or that makes the gears on a drawbridge move! There’s no limit to what kids can create.
More than 50 fun and engaging experiments designed to teach kids about the basics of physics, science and chemistry. Even though this is not a toy, I love how you can take it on trips and connect with friends and family by doing some fun science.
These playful puppy pets bring early STEM concepts to preschool learning through 100% screen-free coding. The Coding critters also double as cute interactive pets that you can feed, pet, and take care of.
The perfect dice game to introduce or reinforce early math skills in children. Roll the 12-sided Target Die to get your target number, then roll the five 6-sided Scoring Dice. Add, subtract, or add and subtract – use whatever equation you need to hit your target number.
Kids explore the complex inner workings of the human body and literally see how it all works. Includes: 12” clear plastic human body model & stand, 9 squishy organs, 12 plastic bones & muscles, forceps, tweezers, body part organizer mat, instruction sheet, and 24-page illustrated anatomy book.
Kids can build their own computer with this fun computer kit. Make lights flash, discover how computers works and learn to code with 100+ step-by-step creative challenges.
That’s it for now! If you loved this collection, make sure to follow our Instagram where we are always sharing our latest favorite STEM toy picks. And if you have suggestions to add to our list, send them over also!
This post contains affiliate links. I truly love al of these products and know that they will make the best travel gifts for kids. They will love them so much! As always, I am so thankful for your continued support to our family.
Do you know kids whose families love to travel or love the nomadic lifestyle? Or the military families that have to do a long trek every PCS season, And then back to visit family for the holidays?
Traveling sure sounds fun, but it can be challenging, especially for families who have little ones with them. Parents need to make sure that the kids are comfortable and entertained on long journeys and gifting their kids something to help with that could really make their holiday season.
I know from our own experience that being prepared can make trips just so much easier and fun, instead of being stressed and trying to come up with ideas last minute.
If you’re struggling to find the best travel gifts for kids, don’t worry! I created this great list to take the pressure off. Check out my handy guide below and find a gift that makes kids more excited to travel!
Headphones are a must for anyone who travels, but the usual headphones are pretty boring and not designed to suit young children. These CozyPhones are a great alternative for kids. They are cute, and come in a range of designs that you can choose from. Plus, the soft fabric is super comfortable, and most kids can comfortably fall asleep with them on as well.
An easy and fun gift they can bring anywhere they travel. This Travel Scavenger Hunt Card game will make any road trip much more fun for kids. Banish road trip boredom with a fun game that the whole family can join in with.
This travel tray is a great way to keep all of your kids things organized and provide them with a stable area to draw, color or just generally play with their toys. No more fumbling around to find what they want. They can store their crayons, books, toys, snacks, and watch their favorite shows. Perfect for long road trips as well as plane travel and train rides!
Any little frequent flyer can find it hard to stay comfortable on long haul flights. This travel pillow will give the comfort kids need. It is very soft and will help them to sleep longer so they can wake up well-rested and have the energy they need. The kids getting enough sleep can make or break a long day of travel, as you already know. This if a gift that will keep giving.
A personal souvenir for the kids! This Ultimate Travel Journal helps kids keep a record of their travel memories. They can jot down fun discoveries and any highlights they want to share with the whole family. It also has some games and other fun activities that can keep them entertained.
The famous Lonely Planet travel guides are not only for adults but also for kids. This specific book has thousands of amazing facts on wildlife, people’s lifestyles, sports, mouth watering food, festivals and other quirky travel insights. Plus, kids can enjoy the beautiful photos and illustrations.
These BusyBags are filled with reusable, hands-on activities for kids to keep them entertained on any long journey. A great way to quickly gift a traveling kid enough to keep them entertained without having to buy everything separately yourself. Parents can just keep the bag packed and ready to go. As a mom who has traveled a lot with littles, I can tell you that this is a life saver! And you get so many compliments on how the kids are quiet and busy! Parents will love you for this one!
Who says kids have to use a boring suitcase? This Trunki suitcase and carry-on luggage is a great travel companion for any little one. It has a fun design, and it’s a ride-on suitcase that will save their little legs from all the walking between airport terminals. Its multi-functional strap is very convenient for parents to carry as well.
This gift is perfect for parents who worry about their expensive DSLR cameras. Not only is this is an ideal gift for parents, but of course, it is perfect for the kids! This is a great way to help kids capture those special travel memories and get them thinking creatively and practicing their photography skills. I dare say this one is my favorite! My heart melts when I see my mini me boys capturing amazing photos that will make the trips truly unforgettable.
A functional gift for kids. This SmartWatch has Wifi, GPS, and LBS Location that can help kids send SOS emergency calls when they don’t feel safe, or are lost. It has two-way calling so they can give updates and parents can call them. It is an added safety measure for any travel family that kids will also love. The boys love to have a watch that matches mommy so there is also that.
These colorful stainless steel tumblers are so fun and useful. They are the perfect size for little hands, and they keep their drink warm or cold for hours! My boys love theirs. I Know your kids will too.
I hope this round up of was helpful to you. In a world when kids usually have all they want and then some, it’s so amazing to gift things that will help their experiences more comfortable and fun!
Do you have more ideas? I would love to hear them. We travel so much too and I’m always on the lookout for the best travel gifts for my boys.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Until next time.
Temperatures are finally dropping a little on this beautiful island! I wanted to live up the fall feels completely by wearing a hoody and making some warm comfort food! Yesterday felt like the perfect day for this Roasted Vegetable soup.
Our Travels have taught us many things. One curious thing about being in Japan is that we can’t just go to the market at any time to buy any fruit and vegetables that we would like. They are all seasonal. So we literally have to eat around the calendar with whatever is in season.
Yesterday I felt like making soup. So I went to the market to find ingredients and the first thing I saw were these beautiful Murasaki Sweet Potatoes.
The Murasaki Sweet Potatoes are a purple skinned Japanese sweet potato with a white or cream colored inside. It has a delicious nutty flavor that makes it perfect for many meals, and I decided it would be the perfect base for my yummy roasted vegetable soup.
This is not to be confused with the Okinawan purple sweet potato. That is another delicious potato that I will share later, when the right season comes.
Roasted Vegetable Soup
With my sweet potatoes in hand, all I had to do next was to pick up an assortment of available, fresh vegetables and head home to make our soup. It’s so easy to put together and the combination of flavors is just amazing!
All you have to do is to wash all your produce, peel and chop your sweet potatoes, and put them on a lined cookie sheet. Then you add all the vegetables chopped up and a few garlic cloves with the skin still on.
After that you season and roast them. The reason why I love roasting them is because it gives the soup an amazing smoky flavor that just completes the soup.
My husband commented on the rich flavor of the roasted vegetables which made my heart happy. And the kids loved every spoonful of the soup without even wondering if it had any “weird vegetables”. So I am considering it a huge win!
To finish the soup, you will have to simmer all the vegetables in your favorite broth. If you want to keep it free of animal products, you can use a vegetable broth.
After that I put all of it in the blender and then returned to my soup pan to add some delicious cheese and season to taste.
That’s it friends! In only 30 minutes and some very simple ingredients, you have some delicious comfort food for the entire family, in the form of roasted vegetable soup!
Scroll down to get the full recipe and my favorite combination of spices for it. Feel free to print it out if that makes things easier for you!
Just in case you are in a comfort food kick like me, here is another easy and delicious dinner to make: Crock pot Shepherd’s Pie.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to tag me on your beautiful soup pictures on Instagram so that I can share.
This post has been sponsored by Kingsford. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
In 1918, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the armistice was signed to end WWI. Later, this day became a day to honor all who have served: Veterans Day.
For us, it’s so much more than a day off. We have our very own veteran; he is our husband, daddy, and our hero. We pray for his safety when he’s gone; we jump with joy when he returns home. We’ve been all around the world just to be with him, and we will keep going!
As a military family, we love to see businesses support our veterans and active duty military. That is why I am so excited to share with you about Kingsford Charcoal®, who has an amazing new packaging this fall to honor our heroes! This fall, this special military bag, “grill for your hero,” can be exclusively found at Dollar General.
In addition to the support for our troops and veterans, for many years, Kingsford® Original Charcoal has been the gold standard of grilling.
Made in the USA with 100% natural ingredients, including North American wood, Kingsford gives BBQ lovers that delicious smoky wood-fired flavor, which makes it perfect for any grilling occasion.
This year, we have been thinking about how, with every new duty station, our family keeps growing with the new friends we make. Veterans Day for us will be a day spent as a family, with our new and old friends. A day to honor and remember those who serve and have served. To be thankful for the little things that we so often take for granted. To feel proud of my husband’s selfless love for his country and for freedom.
Veterans day BBQ
We decided to make the best use of our Kingsford Charcoal and have a fun cookout with some of our friends from the base. You can find everything needed at Dollar General! One quick trip and we were ready for our day.
We wanted to keep it simple and chose to have a “hot dog bar.” We picked up different kinds of hot dogs and sausages, and then went around the store grabbing all of our favorite hot dog toppings and sauces.
Some possible hot dog toppings:
No bean chili.
Crushed potato chips.
The possibilities are endless! And it’s so much fun to see what combinations people come up with! Makes for awesome conversation starters.
How will you celebrate this year? If you love the idea of a simple but perfectly fun BBQ with family and friends, don’t forget to stop by Dollar General and grab everything you need for it—from the decorations to the Kingsford charcoal.
Finally, one more way to celebrate our Veterans with Dollar General, when you purchase the exclusive Kingsford bag at your local Dollar General, you are eligible for a free greeting card valued up to $1! The greeting card coupon will appear on your receipt of the Kingsford purchase.
Make sure to tag us in your yummy recipes on Instagram and remember to thank a Veteran for all that they do for us!