Homemade Strawberry Poptarts

Are you all ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? If you still need Valentine’s ideas for a class or teachers, make sure to check out this post to grab your free printables and make your own! Still need some gift ideas? I’ve got you covered, click here for kids or here for all those lovely ladies in your life.

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We love the holidays in our house and now that we have kids I really try to make it extra special for them. And since I have a little helper who loves to bake, we decided to spend some time this weekend making some Valentine’s Day treats! These are perfect to make for breakfast (especially if you are on the go) or even for dessert!

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Ingredients:

Pie Crust – homemade (I love this recipe) or if you are short on time you can buy premade from the store, just make sure its the rolled kind and not the ones already in a pie pan.

Strawberry Jam (you can substitute your favorite flavor)

For the Icing:

 1 c. powdered sugar

1 Tbs Milk

2-3 tsp strawberry jam

Make your pie crust the day before and store it in the fridge for a quick breakfast in the morning.

Preheat oven to 350*. Roll out your pie crust and using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut as many hearts out as you can.

Place your hearts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spoon some strawberry jam into the center of 1/2 of the hearts, making sure to leave 1/4″-1/2″ perimeter around the heart. Dip your finger in some water and run it around the perimeter of the strawberry filled heart. Then place a plain heart on top and using a fork, press down around the edges to seal.

Bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix your powdered sugar, milk and jam in a small bowl. I added jam for flavor and to color the frosting pale pink, it was delicious and I wouldn’t suggest skipping this step.

Once your pies are done, let them cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, then drizzle the frosting all over your pie.

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Because I have a 3 year, who dictates a lot of what we bake/make in our kitchen, we added cute little heart shaped sprinkles.

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Serve with some strawberry milk and enjoy!

xoxo, Cassidi

Friday Favorites (and free Valentine’s printables)

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Soccer Saturdays- Brynlee started soccer a few weeks ago and it has been so much fun! She has practice, then a game every Saturday morning. We make it a family affair and all get up and go together (even if the previous night with Lincoln was rough) and Landon has even helped out with coaching a bit. Brynlee loves having us there and involved and we love watching her play. Honestly, I was quite surprised by how well these little 3 year olds play. I was expecting a lot of distractions and just sitting down in the middle of the field, but for the most part they are running and kicking the ball the entire game!

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Mini Chicken Bacon Ranch Pot Pies

These Chicken Bacon Ranch Pot Pies are divine! Super easy to make and the whole family will love them, even Brynlee said how much she enjoyed hers and she has been super picky lately.

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Have you seen BaubleBar’s new Target line, SugarFix? So many beautiful pieces, here are a few of my favorites. At a great price point too, these are all under $20!

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Speaking of beautiful things (and just in time for Valentine’s Day) how gorgeous and fun is this heart shaped Le Creuset dutch oven? I have been pining for it since the moment I saw it, I would love to add it to my kitchen.

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I finally got around to making Brynlee’s Valentine’s.

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For her to pass out to both her dance and preschool classes I made these bubble Valentine’s. Brynlee is really in to bubbles right now We are having some beautiful weather lately so everyone is spending a lot of time outdoors right now and I thought bubbles would be perfect!

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I just designed the tag (free printable below), printed then cut them and attached one to each tube of bubbles with curling ribbon I already had, so I was able to make 32 of these for around $6.

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I love that the bubbles have a heart on the top, making them extra festive!

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For Brynlee’s teachers I picked up some local olive oil while I was at Queen Creek Olive Mill the other day, they make the best olive oil and I always loving going and taste testing them. Plus they have amazing food there, I haven’t found one dish that wasn’t delicious.

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Anyway, I made a tag that said ‘”Olive” having you for a teacher!’ (free printable below)  attached it with ribbon and now we are all set for Valentine’s Day.

I love coming up with non-candy solutions for festivities like these. We only let Brynlee eat candy on rare occasions and even then she only gets one piece, so most of the time the candy just goes to waste.

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I hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo, Cassidi

Linking up today with Erika, Andrea and Narci for:

Recipe Roundup – Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

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By now you’ve probably gathered that I love Valentine’s Day! I can’t wait to celebrate with my loved ones and it will be even more special this year since the arrival of our sweet Lincoln. To help make your Valentine’s Day extra sweet, I’ve rounded up some sweet treat ideas for you to make your Valentine.

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No Bake Oreo Cheesescake Bars / Red Velvet Whoopie Pies / Mini Strawberry Shortcakes

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Puffs / Macarons /  The Best Sugar Cookies

Very Berry  Vanilla Cake Trifle / Vanilla Raspberry Cake Roll  / Valentine’s Day Popcorn

Enjoy!

What are your favorite treats to make?

xoxo, Cassidi

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Kids

I have always loved Valentine’s Day, my parents always made it super special for me growing up and I want to do the same for my kids. My Dad would always “kick” our Valentine’s Day gifts (which was essentially door bell ditching them on our doorstep) and I loved it! I looked forward to it every year and will always remember the excitement I felt when I heard a kick on the door.

Today I’m bringing you a gift guide sure to make any child’s Valentine’s Day!

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Books– I love adding to my kid’s library and take any opportunity to do so. I especially love getting them books about holidays or other activities we do so when we read them they can get excited knowing they will get to do that too.

Coloring Book– Another great themed gift idea that provides lots of entertainment.

Stickers– show me a kid who doesn’t love stickers, Brynlee loves decorating page after page of stickers in her coloring books. They provide endless entertainment and these Paw Patrol ones are perfect for my Paw Patrol loving girl.

Baking Supplies- What better time to make sweet treats with your little sweeties that Valentine’s Day? Get them in on the action by making them a Valentine’s themed baking kit with cookie cutters, an apron, Valentine’s sprinkle and baking cups.

Surprise Packs– Brynlee loves opening surprise packs, her current favorite is Shopkins, but they come in so many different themes so you can taylor them to your child’s interest.

Crafts– We love crafting and these little craft kits make is so fun and easy.

Small Toys- toy cars, little figurines or these puzzle balls make the perfect addition to a gift for any kid.

Jewelry– This bubblegum necklace is so adorable and would be perfect for any little girl to wear on Valentine’s Day.

xo, Cassidi

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her

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Valentine’s Day is coming up and it has always been a holiday I truly love. I mean, how fun is it to spend an entire day reminding all your people just how much you love them. As a kid I always loved making Valentine’s Day cards and passing them out at school and to my family. I’m excited to sit down with Brynlee to make some special ones with her for her to give out this year, bring on the glitter, rhinestones and glue!

In case you are having a hard time coming up with something to give that special lady in your life, I am here today with a gift guide filled with things she’s sure to love!

Love Potion Tumbler– How cute is this tumbler, perfect for all the iced coffee or tea drinkers out there. I personally love having one of these for my water, cutting down on plastic water bottles and I prefer drinking out of a straw anyway. If your local you can pick on up here and not have to wait 2 days for shipping (you’re welcome).

Pink Travel Mug– If iced drinks aren’t her thing, never fear, here is an equally cute travel mug to keep those drinks nice and hot! I love the quilted texture on this mug.

Necklace and Earrings– Love these from Kendra Scott, there are tons of colors to choose from making them the perfect accessory for everyday wear.

Trinket Dish– And how about a lovely little dish for her to store her jewelry in.

Nail Polish– Some about some pretty pink or red nail polish paired with a gift card for a manicure and a pedicure. I don’t know very many (okay any) ladies out there who would love the chance to pamper themselves.

Pens– How darling are these pens, the perfect addition to any desk top.

Gift Set– Speaking of pampering, how lovely would it be to receive this little set with a candle, body scrub and soap.

Cozy Robe– I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in the dessert, winter has finally decided to show up. Nothing is better than snuggling up in a cozy robe on those cold winter mornings and evenings, and let me just say, there is nothing cozier than this robe, it really is a dream!

xo, Cassidi

Top 5 Makeup Must Haves

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I love makeup, I love buying it, I love applying it, I love finding new items to love. But since adding a second baby into the mix, I’ve found that I don’t always have the luxury of time, now I’m lucky to get 5 minutes to do my makeup on the days when Landon goes to work.

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*Makeup Bag (VS– unavailable online, Similar)

And so, I’ve narrowed down my top 5 makeup must haves to get me out the door quick and still make me feel like I am put together. Now I am not saying that you can’t leave the house without any makeup on, in fact I try to go at least one or two days a week without makeup to give my face a break, but I do feel better about myself when I apply at least some, especially now that I need something to hide those dark circles caused by late night nursing sessions.

Concealer– I recently picked up this at Target and love it! I wear #10 Light. I think it does a great job of hiding my circles and minimizing any redness or blemishes I may have. I know that there are many other concealers out there that probably do a better job and I’ve often thought about investing in a color correcting palette, but for under $5 you cant beat this one from Maybelline.

Bare Minerals Original Foundation, Medium Beige, 0.28 Ounce

BareMinerals Foundation– I’ve been using this stuff  (in Medium) for years and I love it! It is so light weight, provides great coverage and it doesn’t make my face feel heavy from too much makeup. I’ve tried a few others over the years, but always end up back with this.

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Blush– In the winter especially, I feel a little pale without adding some color to my cheeks. I love this baked blush from Milani in Luminoso. It is a great dupe for NARS’ popular blush, Orgasm, at a fraction of the price.

Maybelline New York Great Lash Clear Mascara for Lash and Brow 110, 0.44 Fluid Ounce

Brow Gel– I have been using this stuff since high school and don’t know if I’ll ever change. It has a great price point, under $4 and is great at taming my brows. I’ve also recently started using this to fill in my brows (#gettingold) and I love it, but on days when I just don’t have the time, this brow gel does the trick.

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Mascara– Nothing makes me feel more awake than wearing mascara, if I had to choose just one makeup item to wear, this would be it! I have tried numerous mascaras over the years and my absolute favorite is this one. It is definitely worth the splurge (especially since I’m saving so much on #’s 1, 3 and 4). It has a huge bristle brush, I hate those plastic brush heads, makes my lashes look really thick and long and it stays put! There is nothing worse that having your mascara fall all down your face. Also, I am not a fan of waterproof mascara, some people swear by it, and it does come in a waterproof version if you do too, but I have regretted every waterproof mascara purchase I have made, so I stick to the normal wear ones now.

So now, tell me, what are your favorite makeup must haves, is there anything I am missing out on?

xo, Cassidi

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Friday Favorites

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I have so many new favorite things, I had to share them with you today!

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My new planner!

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I love this thing, it has a great whole month layout and I love having some space to jot down quick notes.

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And the weekly section is exactly what I was looking for. I love that each day is broken down into 3 sections. I use one of our daily to-do’s- appointments, play dates, when it’s my turn for snack day, the second section I use for the blog, what post I have planned for which day and any to-do’s, like photo shoots, that I need to do and the last section I use for meal planning (I’m vowing to start that up again this year).

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I also love that at the beginning of each month there is a fun little quote and a section for birthdays, to write monthly goals or anything else important that I might need to remember. Plus there are a ton of accessories you can get to decorate you planner and if you don’t want one so big, it comes in a mini edition.

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I stopped in Maurice’s the other day after dropping Brynlee off at school. Among a few other things, I left with these sunglasses, I think they will be perfect for Spring. Maurice’s had so many cute things, I’ll have to make another stop sometime soon!

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I got these Nike’s for Christmas and oh my goodness, do I love them! They are so comfortable and go with almost anything! They are perfect for walks to the park, chasing after a toddler, running errands and for our soccer Saturdays.

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My new Solly Baby Wrap, there are no words for how much I love this things! My only regret is that I didn’t order it sooner! It has been a total game changer in my daily productivity, now that I can finally get my hands back.

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Play dates! I’ve been having a lot of mom guilt lately over not spending enough time with Brynlee, I know she feels it and we’ve had a few rough moments because of it. It breaks my heart to know how she feels and to know that she doesn’t completely understand why I all of a sudden can’t give her my full, undivided attention like I used to. We did everything together and I always tried to make things fun for her, now we are spending a lot more time at home and I know she gets bored and frustrated. I am so thankful when we get the opportunity to get together with our group of her friends (and mine too) to do something fun. We got to go to a birthday party over the weekend and this week we saw Sing and had lunch with all her friends. She had so much fun and I was so grateful to see how happy she was.

Do you have any new favorites for the new year?

And today I am linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci for:

xo, Cassidi