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Valentine Marshmallow Treats

These treats taste just as sweet as they look-and they are easy enough for a 5 (or 6 ) year old to make!

I use vanilla melts (from Joann’s in their baking section, Walmart in their craft/wedding area, or your grocery store), marshmallows (honestly buy the more expensive ones(or at least not the cheapest!), the cheap ones are usually smushed and don’t look nearly as nice when finished-and are more difficult to work with because they don’t stand up right!), and valentine colored nonpareils.

1. Melt vanilla melts in a pie plate (or a regular sized glass plate) in 50 second intervals in a microwave. Try not to over melt as they tend to get clumpy. The best melt is when it is just barely melted enough-they cover very smoothly and dry nicely.

2. Dip the top of the marshmallow into the melted vanilla melts, then dip into the nonpareils and place onto a piece of wax paper to let dry (harden). You can also set the marshmallow down and then sprinkle the tops of them with the nonpareils if you prefer.

3. Wait till they dry and voila! Adorable, too delicious and a perfect valentine treat!

To check out our Mother’s Day variations of the marshmallow melts in peanut butter and milk chocolate flavors-click here. These were my then 5 year old’s idea-“Mom, can we make marshmallows with sprinkles?” Hmmmmm, I thought, I think we can!

Make your own custom photo necklace!

I LOVE being able to use pictures in such a fun way! And let me tell you, these were EASY! I save the little index prints that I get from Shutterfly (my absolute favorite photo website) and always find something fun to do with them. They are perfect mini pictures-that you get free when you order prints of any size!

I found these lockets at Michaels for under 10$ each. You open the necklace and insert your trimmed photo. How easy is that?! Not sure about exactly how to trim the photo? Take the sample photo out and use it as your template. With these necklaces you can actually put one photo on the front and one on the back. AND when your little one grows up a little more? Or you get a new favorite photo? Just switch it out! Truly the gift that keeps on giving!

Also check out my “micro mini” photo books. Fun to make with scraps of card stock, odds and ends and those great index prints! Here I’ve also used a bit of clip art of some of my guys’ favorite things! Create your own mini photo album, alphabet book, kid brag book (your little one’s favorite things), the ideas are endless. And, let me tell you, the kids LOVE them!

Have fun! E-mail me for your own custom children or baby items or for any questions or tips on how to create your own fun albums. Also check out my Etsy shop!

Valentine for Dad

Oh, those little hands! Great to show off on Daddy’s desk at work and eventually to bring out again and again to remember how little they once were!

This would be great to adapt for Father’s Day, Mother’s day or any special adult in your little one’s lives!

Heart Pretzels-with powdered sugar and sugar crystals

This is the same recipe as found under the post “Homemade Fun Pretzels” -click on the Cooking section to find it. Omit the italian seasoning, shape into hearts (pinching the bottom and the inside of the top) and when finished brush the tops with butter, sprinkle with powdered sugar and colored sugar crystals.  10 minutes on 350 degrees seems to be about perfect-too much longer and they are a bit too crunchy. “Delicious!” said my 3 year old!

Heart Hand prints

Oh, the giggles you get when you paint your little one’s hands! They love it-it is a bit tickly! Position those little hand prints just so (index finger to index finger and thumb to thumb, with the thumbs pointing up a bit)….then turn your paper upside down and you find-a little heart to melt your own! Watercolor or acrylic paper (the acrylic paper is a little cheaper) is great for hand prints for kids-the paper won’t roll up and doesn’t tear easily (if they’re doing painting of their own).  It also holds up great over time!

Valentine Heart Pancakes

These little heart pancakes were easy to do-just fill a plastic sandwhich bag with pancake batter, cut a small opening in the tip of the bag and pipe out hearts to your heart’s desire! I also piped white icing in the shape of hearts onto the pancakes and sprinkled on some Valentine colored nonpareils. Tasty! My little guys love helping make the pancake batter, but once the griddle comes out Mommy has to do the rest. You can also pipe jelly onto the pancakes for added color-just be sure to use the kind without the chunks.I like adapting my Betty Crocker pancake recipe-I use some wheat flower (approximately 1/3 of the total flour content) and add in some pureed sweet potatoes in place of the sugar and for extra vitamins.  For more fun things to do with your kids keep checking back-and for your own custom baby and children’s items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com !

Pancake recipe-2 cups regular flour, 1/2 cup wheat flour, 2 tablespoonfuls baking powder, 2 tablespoonfuls canola oil, 2 omega eggs, 1/2-3/4 cup pureed sweet potato, 1 tbsp wheat germ, 1 tbsp flaxseed meal. This is actually a double recipe-I make lots of little pancakes and freeze what isn’t eaten. They heat up fast in the microwave for those mornings when you’re rushing to get everyone ready for school!

Valentine’s Past-Balloons, Bubble Baths and Silly Glasses

You can’t go wrong with balloons, for fun with kids! Especially a LOT of them! I love Target, too-these adorable little Snoopy shirts I found last year at Target for 5$! And they have the cutest holiday themed frames also-for only 5$.  I got a Valentine’s one last year, and it’s out again this year as part of my decorations. Last year we did the fun balloons, the year before the sunglasses and a bubble bath! Those are still some of my favorite photos. I especially love the one of my littlest guy taking his glasses off with the bubbles all over him and the one of my oldest with his bubble beard! Ohhh, they really do grow up too fast! The last two photos show my cute Target frame Valentine decoration and one of my “bathtub photos” in the kids bathroom. Keep checking back for more fun stuff to do with your kids. This year…..bubbles!!!!!!  E-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com for your own custom baby’s and children’s items.

Valentine Candy Toss Game

This big box of candy is literally that-made out of a cardboard box! The cardboard has been cut, bent, hot glued and painted to look like a huge box of candy. The candy paper “holders” are made out of coffee filters and are glued to holes in the bottom of the box for a fun toss game. The candies include two chocolate kisses, a milk chocolate candy with a white chocolate swirl on top, a dark chocolate candy with a swirl on top, a light pink conversation heart with “BE MINE” on it, and a lavender conversation heart with “I (heart) U” on it. The box itself measures approximately 2&1/2 feet tall by a little over 2 feet wide. The game leans back at a about a 45 degree angle to allow for better tossing luck!  Keep checking back for more fun ideas for kids and e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com for your own custom made children and babies items!

Kissing Jar

Doing the Fun Fest Guessing jars gave me the idea to do this for my guys’ school Valentine’s parties! Especially my oldest-” Mom, if I guess the right number can I have it?!!!!!”  I cleaned off a jar in the recyclables, sanded the lid a bit with a sanding bar, and decorated it! These tiny valentines hearts and lips were from some Valentine confetti that I’ve had for a while, and I just used elmer’s glue to make the glitter heart and then to glitter the rest of the top of the lid. I attached the little lips along the rim with a bit of hot glue from a glue gun, filled it with chocolate Hershey’s Kisses and it was ready to go! Oh, I did have to count them!  For more fun kids ideas keep checking back-or for your own custom made items for babies or children e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com !

Heart Pillow

img_7728This little heart pillow is made of pink chenille and has a pink and lavender floral ribbon attached for hanging it anywhere you want! Wouldn’t it be fun to add some french knot embroidery-maybe a “J” for Julia?! For your own custom made children’s creations e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com !