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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

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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.

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    Be Mine, Valentine! Conversation Hearts Free Printable Tag

    Conversation Candy HeartsValentine Idea with Tag

    Not only are Conversation Hearts so bright and colorful, they are also incredibly affordable and 100% reminiscent of Valentine’s Day!  I also have a soft spot for glass milk bottles (you can grab them online or most craft stores sell them.  Sometimes I even see them in Target’s Dollar Spot).  They look so cute when filled with seasonal candies!  Combine the glass bottles with some Conversation Heart Candies and you have a quick and easy gift or home decor.

    A couple years ago I filled these bottles with red M&Ms and  loved the results.

    This year I decided to go with the candy hearts and create a matching tag.

    You will need:  Conversation Heart Candies, a glass milk bottle, twine and this printable tag

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    25 Adorable Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas for Preschoolers

    25 Valentines Day Preschool Crafts

    Few holidays lend themselves so fantastically to craft time more than Valentine’s Day!  I don’t know if it’s the bright, bold color palate or that extra sprinkling of love on top, but I am always happy to make a cute Valentine’s Day craft (by myself or with the kids)!  Of course, Pinterest is just brimming with so many fun craft ideas, it can be downright overwhelming.

    Check out this round up of 25 of some of the most adorable Valentine’s Day Crafts for preschoolers!

    1. Valentine’s Day Tree Paper Craft from Housing a Forest
    2. Handprint Love Bug Valentine Craft from Crafty Morning
    3. Rainbow Heart Suncatchers from Fireflies and Mudpies
    4. Toilet Roll Love Bugs from Red Ted Art
    5. Valentine’s Day Fingerprint Love Canvas from Farm Wife Crafts


    Valentines Day Preschool Crafts Set A

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies with M&Ms

    Cookie Brownies

    We made this colorful dessert today, just on a whim for something different.  The fun secret behind this recipe is that I used a box mix for the brownies.  Then I added some embellishments to give them a nice seasonal appearance.

    We picked up this box of Cookie Brownie mix at ALDI.

    Bakers Corner Ultimate Cookie Bars

    This mix is incredibly simple.  The directions are on the box, but simply put, you mix up the brownie batter and spread it in a greased pan.  Then you mix up the cookie batter and drop it by spoonfuls on top of the brownie batter.

    I topped each chunk of cookie batter with some M&Ms Strawberry candies, then baked them for 40 minutes at 325 F.

    Cookie Brownie Batter

    Baked Cookie Brownies

    I popped the brownies out of the pan and put them on a cutting board.  I cut them up into squares and then heated up some pink chocolate melting wafers in the microwave.  I drizzled the pink chocolate over the cookie brownies and the end result was so pretty!

    Cookie Brownies with Pink Chocolate

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    Cookie Brownies with M&Ms

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