Fruit Pizza with Nutella and Strawberry Hearts

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14 Soothing Self-Care Essentials To Gift— Or Request— For Yourself This V-Day

One of modern time’s greatest philosophers once said: “The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself.”

(*sips cosmo*)

And since Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating relationships, consider this permission to gift bae — that would be you, mama — a special little something (or multiple somethings) that’ll serve as a reminder to slow down and treat yo’self. (And not just on V-Day, but every GD day.)

From a blanket that’ll make you stress less to a planner you’ll actually want to write in, we’ve hand-picked 14 thoughtful selfie gift ideas that’ll help you to find more moments to sneak self-care into your psycho schedule. Yep, shopping yourself to serenity is possible with our pro picks — and tips from experts and real mamas. Enjoy!

1. Reduce stress while you sleep.

Eco-Friendly Weighted Blanket by Baloo Living

For those nights when all you want is some GD sleep…and then you get in bed and your anxiety is like “lol no sorry.” This eco-friendly weighted blanket uses deep pressure to mimic the feeling of a hug — helping you sleep deeply while calming anxiety and stress. “After giving birth to my daughter, I was struggling with postpartum anxiety and was not getting more than three hours of sleep a night,” says Courtney S. “The first night I used this blanket, I simply went to bed and fell asleep for the first time in months. Of course the baby still wakes up in the middle of the night, but now I am actually able to go back to bed after being up with her.” Plus, you can rest extra easy knowing the brand supports the environment (they’re carbon neutral and listed with the Ethical Brand Directory) and the materials are top-notch (the premium cotton is OEKO-TEX certified, meaning it’s free of 100 of the most harmful chemicals). Zzz.

$169 AT AMAZON

2. Turn a sitz bath into a spa experience.

Yarrow + Rose Sitz Bath by Storq

If the term “sitz bath” gives you little pangs of PTSD (whether from pregnancy hemorrhoids, postpartum recovery or something equally unpleasant), you are not alone. But now you can associate sitz baths with something a little more spa-esque. The Storq Sitz Bath Soak is a beautiful blend of organic botanicals (like calendula, lavender, yarrow and rose) that promotes tissue healing and has astringent properties — perfect for use during pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. Steep it like a tea, then add it to your bath or mini tub to support healing or just help you relax for a sec. “If I somehow have the luxury of 10 extra minutes, I’ll use our Sitz Bath as a soak because it’s lovely and restorative,” says Courtney Klein, mama of two and founder of Storq. “But also just sitting in a bath is such a rare treat these days, I feel the need to make it fancy.” Candle and cold beverage optional, but encouraged.

$22 AT STORQ

3. Pick the perfect planner for your life, mind *and* soul.

2020 Planner by My Infinite Agenda

As a writer by both profession and passion, I am *shocked* at how miserably I once failed at writing in planners and journals. But a year ago I picked up My Infinite Agenda — a hybrid that’s part planner and part journal — and I realized I just hadn’t found the right agenda yet. The brilliance behind My Infinite Agenda is the balance of straight-forward organizational stuff (monthly at-a-glance calendars, spacious sections to chart out each week) alongside daily reflection prompts, goal trackers and vision board pages all intended to help you foster gratitude, celebrate change and manifest your dreams. “I love that while I’m helping myself stay organized in my general day-to-day life, I’m also creating a keepsake diary that I can look back on to remember what filled me with joy and gratitude each day,” says me, the person writing this article who also happens to own this planner and 10/10 recommends it. (Pssst: Grab the $29 undated version if you’re starting later in the year.)

$58 AT AMAZON

4. Smell the roses all day, every day.

“A Dozen Roses” Deodorant by Native

Sure, a beautiful bouquet of blooms is a lovely indulgence…but just remember that you’ll also have to watch those once-fresh flowers die a slow, agonizing death as they wither into oblivion on your kitchen counter because you refuse to throw away anything that costs so much. I digress. Save yourself the sadness and get your daily dose of floral fragrance from this limited-edition natural deodorant that blends the scent of sweet rose with luxe jasmine. It is soooo good. All of Native’s deos are free of aluminum and parabens — meaning they’re better for your bod *and* the environment — and even the biggest natural deodorant skeptics will be extremely impressed with the protection level and silky smoothness of the formula. “I walked out of a disgustingly sweaty spin class and while everyone else smelled exactly as you’d expect, I was so fresh,” says Suzie W. “Will be wearing this every day.”

$12 AT NATIVE

5. Make time for a mini massage.

Restore Mini On-The-Go Muscle Massager by Gaiam

“It’s so easy for me to get regular massages,” said no mom, ever. And sure, we all know the benefits: better sleep, improved circulation, less stress, better immunity, fewer toxins. But actually getting one — whether it’s finding time to see a professional or even just convincing our partner to give it their best shot for 5 minutes? Damn near impossible. Instead, stick a mini, travel-friendly massage tool in your bag and DIY your way to relaxation whenever you have a few spare minutes to kill (looking at you, out-of-control carpool line). This tiny tool is a handheld deep tissue pressure point isolation tool — making it perfect for sore spots like your neck and back (try rolling it against a wall). Use the carrying strap to attach it to your bag, and don’t forget to download the free massage guide for lots of helpful hints on technique. “Unlike the larger rollers, which usually require someone to roll them over my lower back, I can actually access the sore spots with this little guy,” explains top Amazon reviewer ILoveMyKids. Crucial.

$9 AT AMAZON

6. Take your daily smoothie to *cosmic* nutritional levels.

Moon Dust Full Moon Sachets by Moon Juice

Sure, your daily smoothie is packed with nutrition: You’ve got the perfect blend of protein, antioxidants and ~flavor~ down to a science. The one thing you might be missing? Adaptogenics. These plant-derived powders are a blend of super herbs and mushrooms that help build your bod’s resilience to stress (like aging, exhaustion and anxiety) and can work to restore balance in the adrenal, endocrine, nervous and immune systems. “Adaptogens work best when used in low, consistent doses — they help your body gently adapt to any chronic stress you may be dealing with — and are generally safe to take every day,” says Jessica Waller, a clinical nutritionist,  mama of two and founder of WELLTRIBE, a wellness newsletter. “I like to recommend Spirit Dust or Brain Dust for clients who are dealing with constant worry, nervousness or stress (and what mom isn’t?). They’re helpful for providing more grounded energy plus a sense of calm and resilience.” Just keep in mind that certain adaptogens aren’t safe if you’re nursing or preggers, so be sure to ask your care provider before taking any supplement.

$35 AT CREDO

7. Lubricate your love life.

Natural Lubricating Gel by Sliquid Organics

No woman should be made to feel like vaginal discomfort or decreased sexual pleasure is just a normal part of postpartum life. Sure, recovery certainly requires plenty of time and patience; but if you’re struggling with intimacy (or even just uncomfortable doing basic things like sitting or riding a bike), talk to a doc or women’s health specialist. Your treatment options could range from a quick fix (like lube!) to customized physical therapy. “When you’re postpartum, or if you are breastfeeding or pumping, hormonal shifts can cause temporary changes to your body, including vaginal dryness,” explains Dr. Samantha DuFlo, a physical therapist and owner of Indigo Physiotherapy in Baltimore, MD. “Using a great personal lubricant that is paraben- and glycerine-free can help reduce chafing, increase arousal and make returning to sex less scary.” One brand Dr. Sam recommends is Sliquid Organics, which is formulated for women’s safety and blended with certified organic extracts.

$13 AT AMAZON

8. Throw a pretty party just because.

In Full Bloom Set by Coterie

I don’t know who needs to hear this right now, but *please* don’t ever feel guilty for ordering some quickie takeout because you burned dinner/forgot to make it/never went grocery shopping/whatever. When life happens, lean into it – and that means using an impromptu delivery night as an opportunity to elevate another average dinner into a legit family foodie celebration. “I love being a mom, but sometimes dinner rolls around and I just CANNOT,” says Hilary W., a mom of two. “So I cut myself a break, order pizza and serve it on these cutie paper goods. Everyone is happy and fed and I can enjoy the moment with my family without stressing about cooking or the dishes.” And that, friends, is what self-care is all about. (Pssst: Coterie’s gorgeous wares are also v. helpful when hosting *actual* parties and come in a variety of pretty prints and patterns.)

$56 AT COTERIE

9. Perk up (your body *and* mind) with Pilates.

Classes and Membership by Club Pilates

Ah, Pilates. It’s that workout that looks like it might be kind of complicated thanks to the crazy equipment and seemingly choreographed classes you see on Instagram — but in reality, it’s an extremely approachable workout that’s awesome for easing into exercise. Bonus? It’s particularly beneficial for moms, thanks to all the improvements to core strength (less back pain, plz/thx!), pelvic health (meaning it can help with issues like urinary incontinence and diastasis recti) and muscle tone (say no more). And best yet, you can find Club Pilates’ warm, inviting studios all across the country. Rates start at $25 for a single session, but don’t sleep on the discounted class packages or unlimited monthly/yearly options for more savings. Pssst: Right now, Club Pilates is offering a freebie intro class *and* waiving the sign-up fee at participating studios.

$25 AT CLUB PILATES

10. Express yourself with a (temporary) tattoo.

Temporary Tattoos by INKED by Dani, Party Pack

Once seen as edgy acts of rebellion, tattoos are finally getting mainstream credit as beautiful works of body art. But they’re not only about aesthetics. “Tattoos have taken on a wellness point of view,” explains Shape beauty and wellness editor Erin Reimel, who spoke with multiple women about their tattoos for the magazine’s February issue. “Tattoos can serve as talismans of inner strength and personal growth.” If you aren’t quite ready for your own ink, a temporary tatt can be just as meaningful on days when you need some extra inspiration (and they’re a great way to experiment with the idea of something more permanent). INKED by Dani offers themed starter kits (like “Inspired” and “Destination”) featuring waterproof designs all made in the U.S.A. and cruelty-free.

$30 AT AMAZON

11. Supplement your way to a sounder snooze.

MindYourMind Supplement by Hush & Hush

One out of every seven women reading this article is doing it at 3 A.M. when they *should* be sleeping but simply can’t shut their highly overstimulated brains down. (That is a completely made-up fact, but…honestly it’s probably pretty accurate.) If you need to reduce mental clutter, destress and fall asleep faster, try a melatonin-free supplement (aka no drowsiness) that uses botanicals like valerian root and holy basil leaf to regulate cortisol spikes during the sleep cycle. “I suggest taking MindYourMind about two hours before your head hits the pillow,” says Janna Ronert, a mom of twins and founder of Hush & Hush. As always, just remember to ask your doc before starting any supplement, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

$65 AT AMAZON

12. Take a brain-boosting shower.

Shower Gel by Rahua

When shower time is sparse, you need to maximize those precious minutes with a few tactics that’ll boost your beauty *and* brains. First up? Turn down the water temp. Yep, it might sound awful, but studies show that cold showers can alleviate and help prevent depression by stimulating a part of your brain called the “blue spot.” To reap the rewards, researchers suggest two to three minutes of cool 68-degree water, preceded by a five-minute gradual adaptation to that temp. And when you lather up, treat yourself to some relaxing aromatherapy: Skip the standard bar soap and snag this luxe body wash made with organic and pure plant-derived ingredients (like eucalyptus and vanilla, plus sacha niche, rahua and palo santo oils) for a fresh, earthy scent that’s very haute hippie.

$9 AT AMAZON

13. Wear a message with meaning.

Custom Jewelry by Capsul

We love the idea of meaningful jewelry that can help you stay focused on a special intention, capture a memory or honor a loved one. Capsul makes it easy to design completely custom pieces (necklaces, bracelets and rings) that can be engraved with basically whatever you want: your own handwriting of a special word, roman numerals of an anniversary, or even a visual soundwave that represents a significant name or phrase. Just try not to smile all day long when you take your little one’s scribbly handwriting…but make it fashun.

$170 AT CAPSUL

14. Make it easy to practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness on the Go Cards by Jan Chozen Bays

What comes to mind when you think of mindfulness? Maybe it’s sitting in silence. Maybe it’s your Calm app. Maybe it’s something you’ve never even considered trying. The practice is proven to relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep and alleviate GI issues — but it doesn’t need to feel like *another* thing to add to your to-do list. Mindfulness on the Go Cards: 52 Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere feature a fun or interesting challenge on the front of each card, while the back explains how the benefits work. “This card ‘game’ is a fantastic concept to practice mindfulness in a lighthearted yet deep way,” says Amazon reviewer Liam. For example: Use your non-dominant hand for a few ordinary tasks each day. (The clumsiness you’ll experience instills compassion and reveals impatience.) Another card asks you to take three deep breaths before answering a call or text alert on your phone. (It allows you to let go and arrive fresh to every new encounter, and eventually the habit spreads into other areas of your life.) Instant zen. 

$13 AT AMAZON

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21 Self-Care Gifts For A Relaxing Valentine’s Day (Yes, There’s Wine On This List)

Valentine’s Day is a holiday about love (and chocolate… but mostly love). That includes love in all its forms — love for your significant other, BFFs, kids, and even pets. But what better way to celebrate the holiday than by treating yourself to the gift of self-care? Seriously, roses and handmade macaroni necklaces are great and all, but you’ve probably received (and honestly, thrown out) more than your fair share.

Here are 21 relaxing gifts that will let you actually take a minute and enjoy a little quality “me time.” Drop some serious hints for any loved one who is planning on buying you a gift to steer clear of the cheesy cards and go for something that will help you regain a bit of sanity (a silk eye mask or diffuser always works). Or better yet, carpe diem and pick up a few of these splurge-worthy goodies for yourself. Because love includes saying Happy Valentine’s Day to you, from you— even if you’re wearing the macaroni necklace while saying so.

Sips By Tea Subscription

Before you call a friend to spill some tea, sip on some. Enjoy a monthly tea subscription box personalized just for you. Create your online tea profile, and every month, you’ll receive four premium teas from brands all around the world.

$45 AT SIPS BY

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

We all know that feeling of pouring a hot mug of coffee, only to get pulled in a million different directions before being able to even take a sip. A smart mug will keep your beverage at just the right temperature so a hot drink is always waiting for you.

$100 AT AMAZON

Lord Jones x Tamara Mellon High CBD Formula Stiletto Cream

You spend all day on your feet, so give them some TLC. This moisturizing cream has pure CBD oil to help soothe those aching arches. (FYI celebs like Kristen Bell have used this cream on their feet for red carpets. Stars, they’re just like us).

$70 AT SEPHORA

Ryan Porter Candle

This candle says what every mom has felt at least once a day — “I feel personally victimized by my own child.” At least the scents of earth, bark, and cherry blossom may give you a minute of respite before the terrorizing resumes.

$29 AT AMAZON

Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask

Sleep may be rare these days, so when you do get a chance to close your eyes, make it the most luxurious 40 winks possible. This breathable, 100 percent silk mask will help you feel like you’re getting the beauty rest you deserve.

$50 AT AMAZON

Muse S

A little meditation can go a long way. If squeezing in a few minutes of daily mindfulness is already stressing you out, this headband will make it easier than ever. It helps guide your practice and focus your mind on being calm and present. It also gives you real time feedback on your brain activity, breathing, heart rate, and body movement, and has a sleep aid feature.

$350 AT AMAZON

Smile Direct Club Electric Toothbrush

When your schedule is packed full, even the smallest luxuries count. You spend enough time trying to get uncooperative kids to care about dental hygiene; close the bathroom door and take a few minutes to brush your own teeth with a quiet, electric toothbrush. You may never want to open that door again.

$25 AT WALMART

Vitruvi Stone Essential Oil Diffuser

A sleek diffuser will give your home a relaxing, spa-like feel— unwashed dishes and unfolded laundry be damned.

$101 AT AMAZON

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

We’re not saying you should use noise-cancelling headphones to temporarily ignore your kids or adult responsibilities, but we’re not saying you shouldn’t either. These wireless bluetooth headphones are also Alexa-enabled, so for once, someone will actually do what you ask them to do.

$349 AT AMAZON

Tata Harper Anti-Aging Neuropeptide Blush

Enjoy something that multitasks as well as you do — this lip and cheek stain will instantly give your face a quick pick-me-up, and it also has anti-aging technology to help fill in lines and wrinkles. Plus it’s made with clean, botanical ingredients and is free of sulfates, parabens, silicone, and artificial fragrances.

$39 AT TATA HARPER

YnM Weighted Blanket

If you’re a mom, you’re probably used to having little tots use you as a human pillow. Here’s something to add to your bed that won’t accidentally kick you in the face at night — a weighted blanket (filled with glass beads) that can help you sleep more soundly.

$63 AT AMAZON

Herbivore Rose Quartz Facial Roller

No time to go out for a facial? We know better. DIY a home beauty treatment using a rose quartz facial roller that will help reduce puffiness and give your face a nice little pick me up.

$40 AT SEPHORA

Parachute Classic Robe

Upgrade your worn out robe with a super plush, 100 percent Turkish cotton one. You won’t even feel bad about lounging around the house in it all day.

$99 AT PARACHUTE

Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet Set

Putting on a good sheet mask can be a relaxing way to wind down an otherwise stressful day. This pack has 16 different collagen essence masks, enough for you to share (but only if you’re feeling generous).

$10 AT AMAZON

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Simply spritz your pillow and drift off to dreamland with the calming scents of lavender, vetiver, and chamomile. It doesn’t ward off children, so we can’t promise the sleep will be a long one.

$24 AT AMAZON

Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

There’s nothing like a sore back to put a damper on a day. A heated back and neck massager can ease all those muscles that get overused from constantly cleaning up after everyone else’s messes.

$50 AT AMAZON

Intelex Cozy Body Slippers

Make cold mornings or nights more bearable with a pair of plush slippers that can be heated via the microwave. Yes, really! And you’re welcome.

$19 AT AMAZON

The Purple Sheets

This set of breathable, bamboo-based sheets are seamless and stretchy and will keep you sleeping comfortably all night. Nobody will ever buy you new sheets, this you must do for yourself.

$102 AT PURPLE

Blue Apron

Save yourself the hassle of meal planning and a trip to the grocery store by getting someone else to do it for you. Blue Apron can deliver meals with two and four portions and has options for picky eaters and various dietary restrictions.

$60 AT BLUE APRON

OUAI Chill Pills

Find an excuse to take a chill pill every now and then— at least one in the form of a jasmine and rose scented bath bomb.

$30 AT SEPHORA

Vinebox Reds & Rosés

Sometimes a long day calls for something a bit stronger than a tall glass of sparkling water. But if you don’t feel like opening an entire bottle of wine, this box is a good solution. It has nine portioned out glasses of various reds and rosés. Pairs well with mom life.

$84 AT VINEBOX

Find more great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your loved ones (or yourself) in one of our gift guides.

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Best Valentine’s Day Printables Bundle

Get five of the most adorable Valentine printable packs for last-minute gift giving. This Valentine’s Day Printables Bundle is full of our MOST POPULAR Valentines for kids, teachers and anyone you love! Perfect Valentine’s Day Printables Bundle With Valentine’s Day coming soon, now is the best time to stock up on cute printable designs! This […]

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Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

These easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies are soft, fluffy strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies that would melt any Valentine’s heart!

Easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe! Strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and with a Hershey's Chocolate Kiss. Cute Valentine's Day Cookies!

Best Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

These easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies are soft, fluffy strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and topped with a Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss. Talk about a perfect Valentine’s Day treat! Who wouldn’t love this sweet and simple treat?

I made these for Oriental Trading’s Fun 365 website and let me tell you, they didn’t last long in my house! What I love about making cake mix cookies is how fluffy and soft they stay. You can store cake mix cookies in a container and always bet they will be soft, even after several days!

Easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe! Strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and with a Hershey's Chocolate Kiss. LivingLocurto.com

The best cookies when warm!

My son will tell you these are the best right out of the oven when the Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss is soft and warm. I mean, just look at this photo? Isn’t your mouth watering? I know mine is!!!

Easy Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe! Strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and with a Hershey's Chocolate Kiss. LivingLocurto.com

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Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies for Valentine’s Day

I made these Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies specifically for Valentine’s Day gifts. Make them with any color of candy sprinkles for any holiday or birthday party. If giving as a gift, you’ll want to use a cute cookie box. I found the most adorable Snoopy Valentine’s Day box at Oriental Trading.

I loved Snoopy growing up and of course had to get the napkins that went along with this cute party theme! Make these sweet treats for your kids, teachers, friends and family.

Valentine Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe! Strawberry cake mix thumbprint cookies rolled in red candy sprinkles and with a Hershey's Chocolate Kiss. LivingLocurto.com

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags

Along with the Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies recipe, I designed a “Sweet kisses for you!” gift tag to go along with the Valentine’s Day gift box. They are free printables for you to enjoy however you like! You might also love these –>  cute Candy Kiss Valentine’s Day Tags!

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

 

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Get the Strawberry Chocolate Kiss Cookies Recipe and Printable Gift Tags

This cookie recipe and Valentine’s Day Gift Tags are available to you over at Oriental Trading’s Fun 365 website here. All of the information about the cute Snoopy box and napkins are there too. I hope you enjoy this fun recipe and gift idea! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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Click here –>> for over 50 Valentine’s Day Free Printables for kids to use for Valentine’s Day. So fun!

50 Valentine's Day Free Printables

 

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Cat Donuts with Free Printable Tags

Cute Cat Donuts make the purr-fect treat for your Valentine! Learn how to make cat donuts and enjoy a free printable tag for Valentine’s Day gifts or a cat themed birthday party.

How to make cute kitty cat donuts. Fun food recipe idea purr-fect for a pet themed birthday party or Valentine's Day.

Cute Cat Donuts with Free Printable Tags

We LOVE cats around here, and I can’t tell you how much I love these cute Cat Donuts! Thanks to fun food contributor Jill from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, for making these for us today! These donuts are purr-fect for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy Jill’s fun food edible craft tutorial and free printable Valentine gift tags! ~ Amy

Originally published on February 2, 2015 

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Valentine’s Day Cat Donuts

Valentine’s Day is one of my most favorite times of the year to create fun food ideas. I was inspired to make these lovable Kitty Cat Donut Treats seeing Amy’s new cat Apollo that even has his very own Instagram account–> here!

These fun donut Valentine treats are so easy to make. They would be adorable at a cat themed birthday and also really cute for Valentine’s Day class parties at school. We have included a Free “You are Purrrfect” Printable Tag to display with your lovable kitty treats!

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How to Make Kitty Cat Donuts

How to make cute kitty cat donuts. This fun food recipe idea purr-fect for a pet themed birthday party or Valentine’s Day.

Ingredients

  • Mini Chocolate Donuts
  • Candy Hearts
  • Red Heart Sprinkles
  • White Cookie Icing
  • White Jimmies
  • Edible Eyes
  • Black Edible Marker (optional)

Cat Donut Directions

You can leave the edible candy eyes the way they are, but we like to make the pupils larger using edible marker for a sweet look. We do this quite often and you can make them look however you would like. Attach them right above the hole in the donut using the icing.

How to make kitty cat donuts. Fun food idea!

 

Place a candy heart in the hole for the nose. Use the icing to make the mouth…

How to make kitty cat donuts. Fun food idea!

 

Place a red heart sprinkle in the mouth to look like a little kitty tongue…

How to make kitty cat donuts. Fun food idea!

 

Cut the top sides using a knife & press in two more candy hearts with the point facing out to make the ears…

How to make kitty cat donuts. Fun food idea!

 

Attach on white jimmies using your icing to look like whiskers…

How to make kitty cat donuts. Fun food idea!

 

Even the kids can help make these and you can use any color of hearts that you like.

How to make kitty cat donuts. Fun food idea! Cute for a pet themed birthday or Valentine's Day. Livinglocurto.com

Free Printable Gift Tags

We created a lovable paw print for your kitty treats. You can simply place a heart candy in the hole to display them.

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Download the Free Printable Tags

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Free Printable “You are Purrrfect” Tags

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Jill Mills - Living Locurto ContributorAbout Jill Mills

Jill Mills & her three boys love to get creative in the kitchen. Their blog is packed full of fun food, silly snacks, tasty treats, & recipe ideas that they create mostly for kids. Jill & the boys reside Atlanta, GA. You can find them at Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons. They can also be found on FacebookPinterestInstagram and Google+.

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Nutella French Toast

Out of this world Nutella French Toast recipe with creamy whipped topping! Pair it with strawberries for a quick and easy breakfast or snack.

 Nutella French Toast recipe with creamy whipped topping! Pair it with strawberries for a quick and easy breakfast or snack! #nutella #breakfast

Nutella French Toast is the perfect breakfast for chocolate lovers!

I love Nutella and always happy to find more ways to use it like in this amazing Nutella French Toast recipe. This tasty chocolate, hazelnut and strawberry recipe is such a treat.

We love french toast around here so I was so excited about this new recipe! With creamy whipped topping and strawberries, this delicious stuffed french toast is the perfect breakfast or after school snack.

This Valentine’s Day, I cut a strawberry heart to celebrate the day with my kids. So fun!

Today’s easy and delicious Nutella Stuffed French Toast recipe comes to us from our fabulous food contributor, Divian Conner! Enjoy her beautiful photos and simple to make french toast recipe.

Originally published January 16, 2013

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How to make Nutella Stuffed French Toast

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My children love french toast. It is one of those breakfast options that seems like a lot of work, but really, it is simple and easy to make. And takes just as much time as pancakes! What can be better than combining Nutella, strawberries, french toast and whipped cream? It is a sure breakfast winner!

Nutella French Toast - Easy Breakfast Recipe by Divian Connors for LivingLocurto.com

 

You will need for Nutella French Toast:

  • Slices of bread (I used sliced french bread)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • Nutella
  • Strawberries
  • Whipped Topping (softened)

Servings: 4 french toast sandwiches

Nutella French Toast - Easy chocolate hazelnut and strawberry breakfast Recipe.

 

Spread generous amount of Nutella onto 4 slices of bread. Top with remaining bread.

Nutella French Toast - Easy chocolate hazelnut and strawberry breakfast Recipe.

 

In bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon, mix/blend well. You can add more milk for less egginess.

Nutella French Toast - Easy chocolate hazelnut and strawberry breakfast Recipe.

Coat both side with egg mixture, allowing it to sit for about a minute or two to soak in the egg mixture.  Let the excess mixture drip off of the bread.

In skillet, coat with nonstick cooking spray and turn heat on low.  I prefer to cook my french toast on low heat to reduce burning of the outside and to ensure that the bread is completely cooked and not soggy. Let cook on low for about 2 minutes, turn over to make sure it is cooking. Continue to turn over once every 3-4 minutes until both sides are golden brown.

Nutella French Toast - Easy chocolate hazelnut and strawberry breakfast Recipe.

Slice each sandwich and top with whipped topping or whipped cream and fresh berries. This would be a perfect Valentine breakfast.

QUICK TIP: To decorate your plate, place a spoonful of Nutella into a plastic sandwich bag. Squeeze into the corner of the bag and clip the tip of the corner with scissors. ‘Pipe’ your design onto the plate before putting on the french toast and berries.

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Nutella French Toast

Out of this world Nutella French Toast recipe with creamy whipped topping! Pair it with strawberries for a quick and easy breakfast or snack!

  • 8 slices french bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Whipped Topping
  1. Spread generous amount of Nutella onto 4 slices of bread. Top with remaining bread.
  2. In bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon and mix well.
  3. Coat both sides of bread slices with egg mixture, allowing it to sit for about a minute or two to soak in the egg mixture. Let the excess mixture drip off of the bread.
  4. In skillet, coat with nonstick cooking spray and turn heat on low.
  5. Let cook on low for about 2 minutes, turn over to make sure it is cooking.
  6. Continue to turn over once every 3-4 minutes until both sides are golden brown.
  7. Slice each french toast sandwich and top with whipped topping or whipped cream and fresh berries.

QUICK TIP: To decorate your plate, place a spoonful of Nutella into a plastic sandwich bag. Squeeze into the corner of the bag and clip the tip of the corner with scissors. ‘Pipe’ your design onto the plate before putting on the french toast and berries.


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Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops

How to make the cutest Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops! An easy Disney party dessert recipe made with OREO cookies and free printable Valentine’s Day tags. Perfect treats to make for your Valentine or any time of the year!

Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops for Valentine’s Day

I think you’ll love these cute and easy Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops. Ever since these Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cookies, I’m a little obsessed with making these fun no-bake treats for every holiday. I’ve done Mickey Mouse Halloween Cookies and adorable Mickey and Minnie Christmas cookies, now I hope you enjoy the Valentine’s Day version!

With printable Happy Valentine’s Day tags, this makes the cutest Valentine’s Day gift for any Disney fan!

More DIY Disney Ideas You’ll Love

 

Our Disneyland Trip

My daughter and I went to California during the holiday break. We love to travel and I especially love our mother/daughter trips, because we like doing the same things and she is the perfect age right now for being my travel buddy. We were lucky to have a few days in Disneyland and California Adventure!

Disney is pure magic at Christmas and of course we had to wait in line for a photo with Minnie Mouse!

 Minnie Mouse at Disneyland during Christmas. Cute Cookie Pops by Disney food blogger Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

My Favorite Disneyland Ride

One of my favorite rides at Disneyland is It’s a Small World! The best time is during Christmas when the lights are so beautiful and everything inside is decorated for Christmas. They sing Jingle Bells in every language and it’s adorable!!!

—> If you want to see it, CLICK HERE to watch my Instagram Story from our Disney trip. I share a lot of this ride on that story and I guarantee it will bring back childhood memories:-)

Disneyland It's a Small World ride at Christmas and a Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops recipe.

Minnie Mouse Cookie Pop Inspiration

I found this super cute Nemo Cake Pop at Pixar Pier in California Adventure which inspired today’s cookie pops. Since we love all things Minnie Mouse, I planned to make Valentine’s Day cookies around her. Then when I saw so many cute pops at Disneyland, the cookies turned into pops!

Nemo Cake Pop from Disneyland Pixar Pier in California Adventure. Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops recipe.

Keep these treats as cookies or turn into pops. Either way, anyone would love getting a Minnie Mouse Cookie this Valentine’s Day! I made the bows this time with jumbo heart sprinkles. Then I found the cutest edible polka dot heart wafers by Wilton at Michaels to place on top of the candy hearts. I think the cookies turned out super cute!

Easy Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops recipe!

 

How to Make Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops

These cute cookie pops are super easy and fun for any Disney fan! Watch my video below for directions. Be sure to watch until the end to see the fun Mickey Ears we just bought on our trip to Disneyland.

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Print the Minnie Mouse Valentine’s Day Tags

You can print the Valentine’s Day Tags below along with the directions for these Minnie Mouse Cookies. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Print Disney Minnie Mouse Valentine's Day tags.

Print the Valentine’s Day Tags Here

 

Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops

Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops are an easy Disney party dessert made with OREO cookies and free printable Valentine’s Day tags.

  • 12 Double Stuf OREO cookies
  • 6 Mini OREO cookies
  • 1/4 cup White Candy Melts
  • 1/2 cup Red Candy Melts
  • 1/2 cup Red, Pink and White Nonpareils
  • 1/4 cup Jumbo Heart Sprinkles
  • Wilton Edible Accents Hearts (optional)
  • 12 Lollipop Sticks
  • Wax Paper
  • Printable Tags (optional)
  1. Gently open and remove the filling from a handful of Mini OREO cookies with a knife.
  2. Melt white candy melts in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until candy is smooth and creamy.
  3. Make Minnie’s ears by using the melted white candy as the glue to stick the mini cookies inside of the larger cookies. Let candy dry before decorating.
  4. In a small glass bowl, melt pink candy in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until candy is smooth and creamy.
  5. Dip one half of a cookie into the melted candy, gently shake cookie to smooth any rough edges and sprinkle with red, pink and white nonpareils.
  6. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted candy, then gently hold it on the bottom of the cookie. You don’t need to press it into the cookie as it might break.
  7. Hold stick to the cookie until a bond is made, then place on a piece of wax paper to cool and harden.
  8. Add Minnie’s bow by placing a small bit of melted candy on two jumbo candy hearts. Gently stick them to the top of the cookie to form a bow.
  9. If you can find the edible polka dot heart wafers by Wilton, add them to the top of the hearts buy using melted candy as glue. This step is optional.
  10. Print the Valentine’s Day tags, trim and punch a hole in the top and bottom. After the candy has completely hardened on the cookies, slide the tag onto the lollipop stick. Wrap as gifts or display on your party table.

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You’re The Bomb! DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Craft

Get creative this year with a DIY Valentine’s Day Candy gift! This cute candy love bomb is fun for school Valentine’s Day parties or a teacher gift. Kids will love making and receiving these candy craft.

Creative DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Gift! This cute Valentine candy love bomb is fun for school Valentine's Day parties or a teacher gift. A sweet candy craft gift idea that's dynamite!

I love making unique homemade crafts for Valentine’s Day gifts and had a BLAST designing cute “You’re The Bomb” Valentine’s Day tags to go along with this simple candy craft. (Get it? I had a “Blast”? ha!)

With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, I created some cute candy dynamite Valentine sticks for an article that I wrote for eBay. It’s really a simple candy craft idea, you will only need a few supplies to make this!

After taking the photos, I realized something was missing, so a few days later I designed printable tags to go along with this craft. I think they turned out great, and it makes the Valentine’s Day Love Bomb gift even more adorable. I like that it works for any age or any gender.

Creative DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Gift! This cute Valentine candy love bomb is fun for school Valentine's Day parties or a teacher gift. A sweet candy craft gift idea that's dynamite!

I can’t wait to give this Valentine’s Day candy craft to my kids! They will be excited, because the bomb has THREE candy treats, not just one:-) Plus, it’s a super cool gift. I think this will be a major win for Mom!

 Creative DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Gift! This cute Valentine candy love bomb is fun for school Valentine's Day parties or a teacher gift. A sweet candy craft gift idea that's dynamite!

Make a candy love bomb this Valentine’s Day… it will be dynamite!

  • Get instructions how to make this candy craft –> HERE.
  • Get the Printable Tag –>HERE

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Printable Bundle!

Get these cute gift tags in the Valentine’s Day Printable Bundle – it’s %50 OFF NOW! Click here–> to learn more.

Valentine's Day Printable Bundle! Adorable Valentines Day printables for kids, the classroom and DIY gift ideas.

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8 Non Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas For Kids

Valentine’s Day is coming! Which means we’re on the hunt for Valentine’s Day ideas for our kids. (Preferably the non-candy Valentine’s Day ideas.)

And if I’m being honest…I’m still pretty worn out from THE holidays. I mean, there are still Christmas gifts in my living room, so it seems like it wasn’t that long ago…

While you’re judging my spectacular ability to drag my feet, please enjoy the benefit of my laziness…THESE 8 Non Candy Valentines Day Ideas For Kids!

I can’t take the credit—this was a lazy team effort by Melanie and Rachael too. We really just wanted this to be easy on all of us this year. Maybe it was the hours I spent last year exacto-knifing tiny wrappers onto a very specific candy that required multiple trips to the store to secure 25 of the right flavor of aforementioned candy that made me stand up and shout “AMEN” when Melanie and Rachael shared this idea with me.

All of these fun Valentine’s ideas are easy to assemble. Just download the PDF file, print and cut the cards, and place inside a cellophane bag with the toy. Tie with cute bakers twine and YOU’RE DONE! Bonus? You can get all of the items here via Amazon Prime, delivered right to your doorstep. Extra bonus? These printables are FREE!

So easy your kids can put their own Valentine’s Day cards together.

And because we’re all still working on our leftover Christmas candy, these are non-candy treats.

YOU’RE WELCOME.

XOXOX,
The Lazy Today’s Mama Team

TOY CAR VALENTINE CARD
Download the “I Wheelie Like You” card in white or grey. We used these pull-back race cars, 4 x 9 cellophane treat bags, and baker’s twine.

 

ANIMAL TOY VALENTINE CARD
Download the “Will Zoo Be Mine” card here. We used these zoo animal stress balls, 4 x 9 cellophane treat bags, and baker’s twine.

 

TOY GAME VALENTINE CARD
Download the “It’s Your Move, Valentine” card here. We used these tic-tac-toe boards, 4 x 9 cellophane treat bags, and baker’s twine.

 

POKEMON VALENTINE CARD
Download the “You’re a Great Catch” card in blue or pink. We used these Pokemon bracelets, 4 x 9 cellophane treat bags, and baker’s twine.

 

LEGO VALENTINE CARD
Download the “Never Lego of My Heart” card or folded (pictured below.) We used these toy bricks, 4 x 9 cellophane treat bags, and baker’s twine.

 

HEART VALENTINE CARD
Download the “You’re My Main Squeeze” card here. We used these mini heart stress balls, 4 x 9 cellophane treat bags, and baker’s twine.

 

CRAYON VALENTINE CARD
Download the “I Dig Our Friendship” card here. We used these construction vehicle crayons, 4 x 9 cellophane treat bags, and baker’s twine.

NINJA VALENTINE CARD
Download the “I Get a Kick Out of You” card here. We used these ninja toy figures, 4 x 9 cellophane treat bags, and baker’s twine.

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