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Only four more days until Valentine’s Day! I don’t normally go all out for Valentine’s Day but I do want to make Olivia’s first Valentine’s Day special and I’ve been trying to buy her little things I know she’ll enjoy and actually use. Below are a few of the items I’ve picked up for her that are perfect for baby’s First Valentine’s Day gift ideas!

Olivia loves carry around little buckets full of toys that she collects from around the house. I bought her this red Valentine’s Day basket just for that!

Joseph and Olivia both love rubber duckies and I know she’ll definitely love this princess duck! I also picked this small Valentine’s Day ducks for Joseph.

A bouncy red ball to throw around the house and drive her big brothers crazy. 🙂

We have a pretty big collection of books and we read them all the time together! For Valentines Day I was sent the new DK Baby Touch and Feel I Love You book. The perfect book to share with your baby and celebrate how much you love them on Valentine’s Day and every day. It’s not only a adorable book to read  it’s also interactive and allows babies to explore the different textures and expand their senses as they discover this padded board book’s tactile elements. Olivia was immediately touching and feeling the fuzzy teddy bears and sparkly hearts, even Joseph loved it!

I also got her a baby purse complete with a teething handle and when you open it up it has a mirror and little toys attached.

Do you guys have any baby’s first Valentine’s Day gift ideas to add?


I’m always trying to find fun ways to get the kids to drink more water. When we moved to Florida, where it’s almost always hot, it became even more important in our household. We have a huge gallon that we refill constantly with Glacier Water. It has not only saved me a couple of dollars over time, but it also helps the planet! It’s a win-win! Glacier Water is great tasting water that you can get from any one of over 22,000 Water Refill Stations located throughout North America (click here to find the nearest location and scroll down to see a short video on how a refill station works) that can be found outside your local grocery store. It’s a process that has become a household routine for is. You simply insert payment and refill your bottle (see my DIY Valentine’s Day water bottles below)!

DIY Valentine's Day Water Bottles

Being properly hydrated is SO important, water makes up 2/3 of what we are and it plays a crucial in the way our body functions, so finding a great tasting water makes it easy to get the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. The high quality of Glacier Water has even vastly improved the taste of our morning cup of coffee (that right there is a huge perk for me)! Glacier Water’s water treatment, filtration, and vending systems provide convenient, low-cost access to great tasting, high-quality water without the plastic waste.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I decided to put together some DIY Valentine’s Day water bottles for my kids in an effort to boost their water intake. It will ensure for at least a day that they get their proper water intake. I figured they’d get enough candy at school so why not make it a Valentine’s Day treat they can use over and over again. I also included a cute bracelet that can even serve as a daily “drink your water” reminder!

Did you know that over 80% of all plastic bottles become trash in landfills? Or that it can take over 1,000 years for a plastic bottle to biodegrade? This is exactly why refilling our gallons, and now my kids refilling their new DIY Valentine’s bottle, is important to me! Every little bit helps the planet. As people become more aware of the environmental impact of individual bottled water it is obvious that we need to make a change. With Glacier Water (and my DIY Valentine’s Day water bottles), you can help with that much needed change by buying water and using a refillable container.

DIY Valentine's Day Water Bottles

No more wasteful plastic bottles to fill our landfills and pollute our earth.

Water Bottle Valentines

What You’ll Need:

Water bottles
Valentine’s Day stickers
Tulle, ribbon and scissors
Yarn
Valentine’s Day beads

Instructions:

Grab your water bottle and add a sticker.

DIY Valentine's Day Water Bottles

Tie some tulle and ribbon around the top of the bottle and create a bow.

DIY Valentine's Day Water Bottles

Now string your Valentine’s Day beads (you can also buy a premade version) onto yarn and tie it around the neck of the bottle. This will be the Valentine’s Day bracelet that can double as a reminder to drink your water.

DIY Valentine's Day Water Bottles
Fill in names, place your Valentine’s Day water bottles in basket and enjoy!

How a Glacier Water Refill Station Works:

How do you encourage your kids to drink more water?

Thank you Glacier Water for sponsoring this post! As always all opinions are my own.


Click on image below for more Valentine’s Day goodies!

Chocolate Sweet Potato Hearts

Free Valentine’s Day Printable

 


I finally got around to buying Olivia’s first Valentines Day outfit (see below) so much fun celebrating all her first holidays and to think I get to do this all over again next year with our baby girl #2 is so exciting!To kick off the celebration of love I’m sharing this free Valentines Day owl printable (it’s 8×10) that perfect for a kids room, a classroom or even framed and hung in a hallway.

Click on image to download

We’ll be home this Valentines Day so I bought Olivia a Valentines Day onesie to go with her heart jeans and a cute bib.

More Valentines Day Goodies Below!

What do you guys have planned for Valentines Day?

 


I’m now officially in my third trimester and having major pregnancy cravings, one of my must haves right now is sweet potatoes! I’ve been having them with eggs for breakfast, with fish and veggies for lunch or dinner and as of lately we’ve been baking them for a crispy snack. Since Valentines Day is right around the corner I thought it would be fun to make some sweet potato hearts. Originally we were just going to use a cookie cutter and make some sweet potato hearts sprinkled with sea salt and bake chips but like I said my pregnancy cravings are taking over, and I decided to add a sweet twist to them and made chocolate sweet potato hearts and add some shredded coconut.

We still baked the sweet potatoes and sprinkled with sea salt, but we then dipped into chocolate and topped with shredded coconut. It’s a different combo but these chocolate sweet potato hearts taste absolutely amazing, and even Joseph who’s my pickiest eaters was devouring them! See the easy to make chocolate sweet potato hearts with shredded coconut recipe below!

What you’ll need:

Chocolate Sweet Potato HeartsSweet potatoes
Heart cookie cutter
Sea salt
Melting chocolate
Shredded coconut
Olive oil

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Rinse sweet potatoes, dry and slice sweet potatoes. **If you want them really crispy slice as thin as you possibly can. My sweet potato hearts do not have chip crispiness, but they’re crispy enough to have a slight crunch.

Chocolate Sweet Potato HeartsToss hearts in olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch or two of sea salt.
Lay out on baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour and flipping half way through. **Bake for 2 hours if you’re going for chip like crispiness.Chocolate Sweet Potato Hearts

Chocolate Sweet Potato HeartsRemove when crisp and edges have browned.
Microwave chocolate for 30 seconds and mix. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted.
After sweet potato hearts have cooled down, start dipping hearts into melted chocolate and then sprinkle with shredded coconut.

Chocolate Sweet Potato Hearts
Refrigerate until chocolate is firm and serve.

These chocolate sweet potato hearts recipe is perfect for a Valentines day after school treat or dessert!

Click on images below for some more easy to make recipes!