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    Easy Chocolate Dipped Wafers for Valentine’s Day

    Chocolate Dipped Wafers

    I have a super simple giftable snackable recipe for you that will make you “Oooo” and “Ahhh” over the sheer cuteness!  Supplies required are very minimal and you can make up a batch of these treats in less than an hour.  Chocolate Dipped Wafers make great gifts and you can change the look for different holidays and themes simply by swapping chocolate and sprinkle colors.

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    16 Beauty and the Beast Inspired Party Ideas

    Beauty and the Beast Inspired Party Ideas

    Beauty and the Beast Inspired Party Ideas

    I have such fond memories of watching the Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast, which first hit movie theaters in 1991.  I fell in love with the music and it was one of the first musicals that I memorized the entire soundtrack from start to finish.  When Lily was born, Beauty and the Beast was one of the first Disney movies that we watched together and since the age of 2, Belle has always been one of her favorite princesses.

    Lily and Belle at Epcot

    Kids with Belle on Disney Cruise

    We love the live Beauty and the Beast Stage Show down at Hollywood Studios, too!  We are so excited to see the live action Beauty and the Beast movie that will arrive in theaters this March.  I am especially thrilled to see Emma Watson take on the role of Belle – that makes the Harry Potter fan in me SUPER happy!

    What better way to celebrate this movie release than compiling a collection of Beauty and the Beast Inspired Party Ideas!

    Beauty and the Beast Inspired Food

    1. Make “The Grey Stuff” from the song Be Our Guest.  (This recipe is a copycat of the one served up in the Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom in Disney World.)

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    Easy Crayon Rainbow Valentine with Free Printable Tag

    Easy Crayon Rainbow Valentine

    Easy Crayon Rainbow Valentine

    This Easy Crayon Rainbow Valentine idea is a great idea for several reasons.  First of all, most kids absolutely LOVE receiving a new box of crayons.  New crayons mean a spark to new creativity!  February is also the perfect time of year for kids to get some new crayons, as the ones from September have been worn down to little stumps.  If you’re like me and you stock up like crazy during Back to School Sales, you could have picked up crayons for around 25 cents/box!  This is a great way to use up your stockpile and totally justify another stock-up next summer.  Finally, crayons make a great non-candy alternative for Valentine’s Day gifting.  I am always shocked to see how much candy comes home with my kids from their school Valentine’s party.  Last year Lily gave out rubber duck ponies and another year she gave out wildflower seed paper!

    Crayola Crayon Box

    You only need 2 things to make these Valentine’s! Read more

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    Easy Chalkboard Mug DIY + FREE Printable Tag

    Easy Chalkboard Mug DIY FREE Printable Tag

    I have a brand new gift tutorial AND printable tag for you today!  This project is SUPER simple and incredibly frugal.  The end result is adorable!  This would make a great teacher gift (any time of the year, really), a nice Valentine’s gift, a winter birthday gift, etc.

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    A Perfect Match Chocolate Pretzel Valentine DIY + FREE Printable Tag

    Pretzel Match Valentine

    I love this idea for Valentines for a few reasons – it’s easy, it’s cheap and it’s very very cute!  The kids are still deciding what their Valentines will be this year, though I’m thinking it’s a great option for my firetruck loving boy.

    You should be able to find red candy melts online or at most craft stores, Walmart, etc around Valentine’s Day, BUT, if you happen to think ahead, you can  always grab some during Christmas clearance sales, lowering the cost of these treats even more.

    You will need:

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