The ULTIMATE Valentine’s Day Roundup!

The ULTIMATE Valentine's Day Roundup

Ultimate Valentine's Day Roundup

One of my favorite blogging communities has done what true communities do best….teamed up and formed the ULTIMATE Valentine's Day Roundup!  The Social Fabric community is full of fantastic bloggers with amazing DIYs, crafts, tutorials, recipes, printables, activities, and more.  This is the best of the best when it comes to Valentine's Day!  Take a look and you are sure to find something that you truly love!

 

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Vanilla Valentine Popcorn … with a Spicy Kick!

Vanilla Valentine Popcorn with a Spicy Kick!

Vanilla Valentine Popcorn

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I was playing around with some different things in the kitchen, and made a delicious treat with a bag of microwave popcorn and a few other ingredients.  This vanilla Valentine popcorn would be a great teacher or neighbor gift, class party snack, or a special afternoon snack for your family on Valentine's Day..or any day of the year!  The color can be changed with each batch you make!

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Valentine’s Day Verse on Burlap – An Easy DIY Craft for the Non-Crafter!

Valentine's Day Verse on Burlap

Valentine's Day Verse on Burlap

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I love making small crafts with the boys, but I definitely stick with crafts for kids and easy crafts.  I went out on a limb and made this cute Valentine's Day verse on burlap and while it could be jazzed up a lot, it was pretty simple and even the non-crafter could tackle this one!

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Christmas Tree Craft for Kids and Our Favorite Christmas Books!

Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

We are always looking for fun crafts to do with the boys, especially those that take a little more time and helps them practice their fine motor skills.  I wanted to do a Christmas tree craft for kids, and the steps are pretty simple.  I took a technique we used to make this turtle with shell craft to make the texture on the tree.

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Making Memories Together: Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe and Picture Ornament Craft for Kids

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MemoriesInTheBaking #CollectiveBias

Making Memories Together:  Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe and Picture Ornament Craft for Kids
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Being the mom of three boys is sometimes tough.  Most often, they would rather be playing a game or kicking a ball with Daddy.  This weekend, however, Daddy is on a retreat and the boys are "stuck" with Mommy.  Sure, we can go outside and play ball or play a game, but I wanted it to be a special weekend, doing things to celebrate the holiday season and spending time together baking and doing crafts.  Sometimes I get in over my head, but that is okay, messes can always be cleaned up. 

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Chris Tomlin’s Christmas Album: “Adore” Is Joyful and Uplifting

Chris Tomlin's Christmas Album

Thanksgiving is over and it's back to reality…but that doesn't mean that your day has to be boring.  Now is the time to get ready for Christmas!  I love listening to Christmas music and am always super excited when my favorite artists release new Christmas music.

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Peppermint Mocha Cookie Recipe

Peppermint Mocha Cookie Recipe


 

Although I love a hot, delicious Pumpkin Spice latte, my favorite beverage this time of year is Peppermint Mocha.  Serve up a plate of these cookies, made with a special peppermint mocha cookie recipe, at Christmas parties and gatherings this year!

Chocolate Cookie Ingredients:

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Visit Texas Christkindl Market Arlington TX

Christkindl Market Arlington TX

Texas Christkindl Market Arlington TX

This post has been brought to you by the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. All opinions are mine.

Arlington 2011 Christkindl Market Day Two photographed Saturday, December 2, 2011. Photography by Bruce E. Maxwell.[/caption]

We love holiday events, but are always unsure about the best ones in our area, and if they are even family friendly.  This year we will be attending the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, TX and here's why!  

First of all, the event is free and parking is free.  It's not a gamble to if your family will like it and if it's "worth it," because you only spend what you want to spend.  It's an open air market where you can shop for gifts and holiday decorations, enjoy German cuisine, holiday beverages, live entertainment, events for the kids, and much more.

Christkindl Market Arlington TX

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake {Chick Fil A Copycat}

There is finally a chill in the air and while pumpkin spice everything is still divine, there's nothing quite like the pairing of chocolate and peppermint for the holiday season.  I love to sip on a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks, but for a cool treat, Chick Fil A has THE best Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshakes!  If you find yourself craving one of these beauties on Sunday or when it's just too cold to go out, here's how to quickly and easily whip one up at home!

Copycat Chick Fil A Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake

Ingredients:

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Order Your Holiday Desserts Now from Collin Street Bakery

Apple Cinnamon Pecan Cake

This holiday desserts post was brought to you by Collin Street Bakery. All opinions are mine.

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are such a wonderful time of year.  Spending quality time with the family, eating delicious food, and just being able to relax is a great change of pace from the every day grind.  If you're a mom or especially a grandma, you might be a little bit stressed just thinking about all of the work that has to be done during the holidays.  I know that my mother and mother-in-law both spend countless hours in the kitchen, preparing the holiday feast for all of us.  

This year, why not make it easier on yourself and others in charge of cooking by ordering your holiday desserts from Collin Street Bakery?   We have tried the luscious praline pecan cheesecake and were in awe of the exceptional quality and flavor.  A great holiday treat is the Apple Cinnamon Pecan Cake, which is pictured above.  Washington apples are sprinkled with cinnamon and folded into Collin Street Bakery's unique honey batter and THEN topped with delicious, crunchy native Texas pecans and slivered almonds.  It's a special treat that arrives in a keepsake tin and if refrigerated, can stay moist and delicious for months.

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