My little Valentines!

Here are the pictures from my girls Valentines session! I just love seeing them together and the older Rosie is getting, the more they are playing. My boys are literally each others best friends, and so it makes me soooo happy to see the girls loving each other so much too!

I found their dresses at Tutu Du Monde, and I reused the Balloon Garland (link to post here), and the darling red heart garland is from Pearl & Jane. The red chair I inherited from my Grandma, and I knew it would work perfectly for all the Valentines photos this year! It made us all think of the “Queen of Hearts”, so it was perfect for the Valentines classroom cards we did!

Oh Miss Rose! Always makes taking pictures an adventure…Good thing Lyla is so patient with her! haha…

Family Valentines Dinner

Happy Valentines Day!!

So we have a tradition in our family, that if Valentines falls on a Sunday or a weeknight, that we make a “Fancy” Family Valentines dinner. My husband, Dylan usually will cook for us (Which I LOVE), and I set a little table and get little treats for the kids…After all, they are our sweethearts too!! 😉 I actually really love making it a family day. I want each of my kiddos to know that they are loved, and this is one way that I can show them this…I actually remember doing this with my parents when we were growing up, and it made me feel so special, and I hope my kids can appreciate it someday too 🙂 I loved that my mom would set a fancy table, and show us her love in that way…Not to mention, I always loved it when my dad would cook for us! He is a GREAT cook, and lucky for me, Dylan is too!! The kids always love it when we pull out the sparkling cider! Simple pleasures, right? 😉This photo was not staged… Just the hubby being cute! My love for entertaining and setting a nice table definitely comes from my Mother and Grandmothers. Growing up, My mom would always set a nice table for Sunday dinners and holidays(She still does this).  When she was alive, My grandma had created a long table in her home, and set it with flowers, China and silverware for every family gathering. There was about 30-35 of us at this table at any given event, and that was not a small feat! I always knew that those dinners were special, and my Grandma wanted us to experience a nice meal together. I loved how she loved it, and now I really love it as well. It means a lot to me to set a nice table and have my guests feel like they are getting special treatment. 😉 I feel like family meal time is so important. I love having conversations, and spending time around the table… it just helps me feel connected! I’m still building up my collection of dining ware, and it seems like I can never find a full set of silverware… I swear silverware is like the socks in the laundry… they just seem to disappear! Anyway, for my birthday last year, I asked for this new set of pink plates from Anthroplogie, and the white plates from West Elm. Then for Christmas I asked for the new gold flatware from West Elm. I just love them all so much, it makes me happy to use them any chance I can get!! I’ve linked them all down below…

and I know, I know…I ask for “non-traditional” stuff for birthdays and holidays, we still laugh about the birthday (or two) that I asked for trees for the yard 😉I usually get all my fresh Roses from Costco. They are always beautiful, and affordable. When I need something specific, I have a friend who owns a florist business, and can order me stuff…but other than that, Costco seems to work for little things like this! I personally feel like adding fresh flowers to your home in anyway, is one of the best ways to elevate your mood. How can you be grumpy walking by something so beautiful? It’s kind of ridiculous how proud this photo makes me! As I was photographing the table, and this daughter of mine, the one that was the hardest little one to photograph, stepped right into the shot, and said “Mom, take my picture at the table” haha! Seriously, you have NO idea how hard it was for her to LOOK at the camera AND smile… all at the SAME TIME! So yes, this totally made my day… I even love that she looks like a little Martha Stewart! Seriously love her! This little one wanted to be in on all the action too… Whatever her big sister does, she has to do too!!

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Valentines Day in the Classroom

One reason I LOVE to do Valentines photos, is because I LOVE LOVE LOVE using them for my kids Classroom Valentines Day Cards. We have made this a tradition in our family, and it is something that I just love to do, especially while I still have 2 kids in Elementary school. HOWEVER, Landon informed me that he was too big for photo cards this year…BOO!!! So, that just leaves Lyla! So….we had a super fun “photoshoot” (I’ll post the photos tomorrow) and then I found these adorable foil print cards from Minted.com! They went perfectly with our little theme, and they were super affordable! We found a box of Ring pops at Target, put them together, and then voi-la … we are done! I hate to say it, I am so burnt out of making a new Valentines box for the classroom every year… so last year I went to Zurchers Party store to see what they had… and I found this adorable “cupcake stand” and it worked perfectly for my little “Princess” to use for her Valentines! So Easy, and so cute… AND sturdy enough that I can re-use it again this year! Yay! I’m all about simplifying where ever I can! I couldn’t find the link to this, but I am sure they still have stuff like this in the store… We kept Landons Valentines super simple this year… and thats ok! He’s totally just as happy with the Star Wars Valentines that I found at Target…When I was looking for Valentines boxes last year, I found this Pinata at Zurchers Party store… cut a slit in the top, and it made a great Valentines box…. AND we are able to re-use it again this year, like we did with Lylas!

I kind of feel like I am confessing how lazy I am being with all this.. but like I said… SIMPLICITY! haha!! And you know what? I will probably never make another Valentines Box EVER again! HAHA! But seriously though, when you can find a few easy tricks like these, why not?! 😉 Also, just had to share a few other little things that I found in the Target dollar section… I thought these heart shaped notebooks and pencils would make for cute Teacher gifts…

So there you go! That’s how I do the classroom Valentines.. Cute, but simple! 🙂

Lylas Classroom card from last year: here

Valentines Cookie Decorating Party

I was going through old pics the other day and noticed that I never really shared this cute Valentines Cookie Decorating party that we did with Lyla and a few of her friends last year. It was so fun, its definitely worth sharing, and I will even share my secret sugar cookie recipe… I know everyone says that, but these really are amazing!!  And what is more perfect than home made sugar cookies on Valentines Day?? Try them and let me know what you think… and then bring me a plate please 😉

I got this darling heart garland from Pearl and Jane a few years ago, and it is still my absolute favorite!! Check her out on Instagram! It was so cute to see what each girl came up with… and of coarse they were loaded to the brim with all the yummy goodies 😉

Cuties!! (This garland/banner is from Pearl &Jane too)And can we just talk about how cute Baby Rosie is??? I can’t believe how much she has changed in a year!! Oh, I just love her!!

Sugar Cookie Recipe

2 C. Butter

2 C. Sugar

2 eggs

2tsp vanilla

5 C. Flour

1tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

Cream together butter and sugar, then mix in eggs and vanilla

In separate bowl mix flour, salt and soda. Then mix into wet mixture. Chill for 30 min before rolling. Flour your surface and rolling pin well before rolling out as well…

Bake at 350′ for 6-8 minutes

 

Frosting

2 C. Butter

6 C. Powdered Sugar

2 tsp. Salt (I prefer Sea Salt)

2 tsp Vanilla

1/4 c. Milk (add slowly until mixture is the desired consistency)

Blend well

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