Valentine, You Rock!

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Let everyone know how much their rock your world on February 14 with DIY painted rocks. It’s really easy, colorful and fun! Get the kids involved – heck, use rocks from their prized rock collection piling up in their pockets and drawers!

Momtastic has the details here.

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Stuck On These DIY Planters For Valentine’s Day

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We took a girls trip to Austin in November (hope to have a recap soon). As we researched the city, and all the fun things to do, the highly popular Austin murals popped up. We never made it to the Welcome to Austin wall, but we did run into the “I love you so much wall.” Just like everyone around us, we stopped to pose for a photo, or two (or 10).

With the month of love (or heartbreak…depending on your situation) upon us, we thought it would be fun to give our mom a small memento to remember “love” wall from the trip. Mom’s have the healing touch, so it seems fitting that we give our mom an aloe plant in a DIY planter inspired by the famous Austin wall.

We know this year is less about succulents and cactus, and more about the sloth. But, who can resist a cactus pun around Valentine’s Day? It’s a plant most people can keep alive (for at least half a year), and it’s an affordable gift to give friends and family.

Materials:

  • Terra cotta pots
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cactus or succulent
  • Vinyl

Directions:

Paint the terra cotta pot. Add the words from your favorite mural (or use the Austin one, too), or think of your favorite cactus puns. You can use paint markers, or paint and a paintbrush. Another idea is to use vinyl to decorate the terra cotta pot, just like we did for the “Stuck On You” planter. We used our Silhouette cutting machine. For some extra personalization, glue wallet size photos and hearts on mini wood skewers, and stick in the pot. Finally, spray the pots with sealant to prevent water from damaging it.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day DIY: Sweet Heart Packaging

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This project reminded me of my grandma, because she use to love Russell Stover  chocolates. I don’t know anyone who loved those tiny chocolates like she did. I don’t even know if she had a favorite flavor inside the famous heart-shaped boxes, but still to this day, when I see those boxes, I think about her. It was really nice to have quiet moments to think about her while I painted the hearts. So many of my memories about my grandparents revolve around food. Coffee in the mornings with my grandparents, delicious biscuits and gravy at their dining room table after a sleepover, homemade perogi’s, Twizzlers stored in my grandparents kitchen cupboard, and the countless homemade meals that nourished my body and soul. Life is so sweet with all those memories!

Whether you have someone you buy Russell’s candy boxes for, or want to send a sweet gift to a loved one this Valentine’s Day, this craft is for you! This would also be an adorable gift for grandparents – just let the kids paint the art on the box! You can fill the boxes with anything small you want to give including jewelry, doTERRA oils, lipgloss, notes, tea bags or money. It’s a keepsake people can keep on their dresser, too!

Materials:

  • Russell Stover heart shaped boxes (found them on sale for $1 each in the Valentine’s Day section of the grocery store, which was better than the $10 pre box online)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes

Paint, paint and paint some more. That’s it! I painted the outside of the box white first, and then the colorful design on top of that.

If you plan to buy keep the chocolates inside the heart-shaped boxes, don’t paint the inside of the box. You can paint the outside, and it will still be food safe. Also, the bottom of the box (where the label is) is not as shiny as the top, so you can paint the bottom white, and then flip the box so it’s the top with your design on it.

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Veggie and Sausage Breakfast Tater Tot Cups

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Breakfast (and brunch) might be our favorite meal of the day. Yum! From pancakes and french toast, to bacon and eggs, and oh my goodness we could never forget about biscuits and gravy! We love it all!

This weekend, try these delicious Tater Tot cups. Kids love them, and adults too. They make a great breakfast (you’ll get those veggies in, too – score!) during the week when it’s morning mayhem, when your hosting friends for breakfast, or when you just want to mix it up and make something bite-size and delicious.

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Breakfast Tater Tots

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Tater Tots, organic
  • 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, diced into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup sausage, cooked and in small pieces (we used Italian sausage)
  • 1 cup cheddar (or Mexican blend) cheese
  • 9 eggs
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup spinach, cut into small pieces and stems removed
  • salt, pepper, paprika and onion powder to taste

Directions:
makes approximately 20 Tater Cups

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, sausage, spinach, cheese, mushrooms, pepper, salt, pepper, onion poweder and paprika. Stir to combine. If you want to substitute bacon for the sausage, or make it vegetarian, that’s works too. Just add your favorite veggies!

Step 2: Grease a muffin tin. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP, or it will be stick and you will loathe cleaning it.

Step 3: Place 5 tater tots inside muffin tins. You can use frozen tater tots, like we did. Bake the tater tots for 10 minutes, and then remove. Use the back of a spoon, or a tart shaper into the cups of tots to create bowls. You can “shape” the bowls with your hands once a cup is pressed. Bake for another 10 minutes, and then let cool.

Step 4: Begin to pour the egg mixture into the tater cups. We used about 2 tablespoons per cup, and then topped off as needed. Cook at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Serve warm and refrigerate any leftovers. Yum!

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The HEART Of The Matter: Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Just like most women, we’ve had our hearts broken, and we’ve been madly in love (still am). So, whether we’re feeling all kinds of anger, jealousy or heartbreak, or we’re happy, on cloud 9, or feeling all those butterflies, we have a thing for hearts. It’s not just throughout the month of February. We love them year-round; however retail loves all things hearts when it’s Valentine’s Day. So, we rounded up our favorite gifts to give friends or loved ones this month. We say, keep the heart thing going past February. Wear your heart on your sleeve, fall madly in love, follow your heart, rock those heart sunglasses, and remember…love, is all around.