Category: Valentine’s Day

Super Cute, Adorably Pink Lugz For Valentine’s Day



Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner?  Are you still looking for that perfect gift that’s different than you’re ordinary chocolate or flowers?  You HAVE to check out these super cute Lugz Regent Lo sneakers!  They’re available in a few different colors, but how can you go wrong with such a pretty pink for Valentine’s?!



Just like your typical girl, I am a sucker for anything pink.  When I can combine pink with various pieces of my wardrobe, even better!  I can’t even begin to tell you guys how excited I was when I got these adorable shoes.  They looked super cute on the website but they looked even cuter in person and I have to say, this is the only time in my 33 years I’ve ever been so thrilled with a pair of sneakers that I squealed when I opened the box.

I tend to stay away from shoes with completely flat soles as I have high arches but I am SO glad that I took a chance on these!  The insole has far more cushion that I anticipated so now not only are they adorable, but they’re SUPER comfy!!


  • Canvas upper
  • Padded collar
  • Cushioned insole
  • Vulcanized construction
  • Durable rubber outsole


Trust me fellas, that special lady in your life does NOT want the same old chocolate, stuffed animal or flowers.  Spoil her this Valentine’s Day with the gift that she really deserves…something super cute to make every pink-inspired outfit pop.  If the Regent Lo style isn’t the style that your lady loves, make sure you check out everything else Lugz has to offer!  There are so many great styles with so many different color options there’s bound to be a pair (or two) that she’ll fall head over heels for.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Give The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift With Krankz Audio



Looking for a great Valentine’s Day gift other than the typical chocolate or flowers?  Check out these Krankz Classic Headphones, available in a stunning red…perfect for V-Day!!



I always give my kids a gift for Valentine’s Day, after all, I do love them to pieces!  My teenage son is increasingly hard to shop for, but Krankz Audio made it a breeze finding the perfect gift for him this year!  These headphones have a retractable, foldable design with a built-in microphone which make them perfect for answering a call or playing an online video game with friends.  The noise canceling ability in these compact headphones is incredible, allowing you to drown out the world around you and enjoy your favorite activities.  The on-ear design combines superior sound quality with unparalleled comfort and style making them a great gift for anyone on your list this Valentine’s Day.

A few features you’ll absolutely love:

  • Incredibly clear and powerful sound.
  • Built in microphone and automatic call notification for easily switching between music audio and phone calls when paired to your smart phone.
  • Easy playback, using the intuitive headset controls on your ear cup for managing your listening experience.
  • High efficiency rechargeable battery.
  • To recharge your headphones, just plug them into any USB port or USB power cube.
  • Stream audio from your laptop, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device – even TV’s – from up to 30 feet away.


If the person you’re shopping for isn’t a huge ‘red’ fan, these are also available in black and white so you can pick the color that’s just right for the person receiving them, how awesome is that?

This V-Day, check out Krankz Audio for all of your gifting needs.  You’ll be sure to find the perfect gift, and at super affordable prices you’ll probably end up buying some for yourself too!


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Make Valentine’s Day Magical With Magical Butter



Looking for a way to make Valentine’s Day magical this year?  Look no further!  Magical Butter is here to take all of your Valentine’s Day treats to the next level.



The MagicalButter machine is the world’s first countertop botanical extractor, designed for creating fantastic recipes, infusing the essence of healthy herbs into butter, oil, grain alcohol, lotions, and more!  Make herbal butter in as little as 2 hours, and blend with the Magical Butter chocolate for an out of this world, crazy good chocolate experience.  The Magical Butter machine was designed to precisely extract the nutrients and flavor from your favorite herbs and infuse them into: butter, olive oil, peanut oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, canola oil, tincture.  Add herbal butter, oil, and tincture to your favorite foods and take all of your Valentine’s Day dishes to a new level!

A little bit about the MB2e device:

  • Fully automatic & microprocessor controlled
  • Temperature sensor and timer for easy set it and forget it attitude!
  • Makes herbal oil in 1 hour
  • Makes herbal butter in 2 hours
  • Makes herbal tincture in 4-8 hours
  • Stainless steel construction


When you think of Valentine’s Day, what’s the first food item that comes to mind?  I’m willing to bet you said chocolate!  Below you’ll find some great chocolate-filled recipes that you can make with the MB2e device.


Chocolate Covered Strawberries



  • 4 teaspoons Magical Coconut oil 
  • 24 large ripe strawberries, washed and thoroughly dried
  • 4 ounces semisweet dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces white chocolate, chopped


  1. Add 2 teaspoons of the infused oil to the dark chocolate, and melt. Gently stir.
  2. Grasping the green tops, slowly dip the strawberries one at a time ⅔ of the way into the melted chocolate. Let the excess run off for a moment. Arrange them uniformly on MagicalButter baking mats or waxed paper on a baking sheet.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of the infused oil to the white chocolate, and melt. Gently stir.
  4. Dip a teaspoon into the melted white chocolate. Then, drizzle it over each dark chocolate-coated strawberry with a back-and-forth scribbling motion, producing a dramatic zig-zag pattern of fine white lines across the berries. Have fun—get creative!
  5. Chill your Chocolate-Covered Strawberries until the chocolate forms a crisp shell around them, about 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!

Chef’s Notes

  • In place of white chocolate you can use milk chocolate, for a shades-of-brown artistic strawberry flavor experience.
  • Make extra, because they won’t last!


Decadent Chocolate Fruit and Nut Trail Mix Bar



  • 4 tablespoons/60-80 ml highly concentrated MagicalButter Coconut Oil or MagicalButter Cacao Butter
  • 1 pound/450 g high-quality chocolate (I mix ½ white and ½ dark, minimum 65% cacao)
  • 1 Madagascar vanilla bean, halved; use inner flesh (or 1 teaspoon/5 ml vanilla extract)
  • ¼ cup/60 ml dried blueberries, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml dried cherries, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml dried cranberries, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml dried raisins, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml  M&Ms
  • ¼ cup/60 ml pistachios, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml cashews, chopped
  • ¼ cup/60 ml peanuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml sunflower lecithin


  1. In a small mixing bowl mix the berries, nuts, and M&Ms together, and set them aside.
  2. in a double boiler slowly melt the chocolate; then add the cacao butter/ coconut oil, lecithin, and vanilla, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour the mixture into molds, and top with the fruit and nut combination. Refrigerate it until it is cool and hardened.
  4. Remove your Decadent Chocolate Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bars from the molds, serve, and enjoy!


S’mores Squares



  • ½ cup/120 ml MagicalButter (or MB Coconut Oil)
  • ½ cup/120 ml Sensual Chocolate
  • 6 cups/1420 ml miniature marshmallows
  • 5 cups/1185 ml cinnamon toast cereal


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F/165°C.
  2. In a large saucepan set to medium, heat ¼ cup/60 ml of the MagicalButter and 4 cups/950 ml of marshmallows. Stir until the mix is completely uniform in consistency.
  3. Add cereal, and stir until the consistency is again smooth and even.
  4. Apply non-stick cooking spray to a cookie sheet, and evenly spread the cereal mix onto the sheet.
  5. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, and evenly spread it over the cereal mix.
  6. Mix the rest of the MagicalButter and marshmallows in a bowl, and evenly spread them on top.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Remove your s’mores from the oven. Let cool. Cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!


Chocolate Chip Croissant Pudding



  • ⅓ cup Magical Coconut oil or MagicalButter
  • 12 small croissants, preferably stale (left out overnight)
  • 2½ cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup salted caramel sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Place all the ingredients except the croissants and chocolate chips inside your MagicalButter machine, and secure the lid.
  3. Push the Blend/Clean button. When this short cycle is complete, you’re ready to assemble your pudding.
  4. Cut the croissants into pieces about 1 to 2 inches in size. Place half of these into the bottom of your 10-by-13-inch baking dish. Top them with half the chocolate chips; then, add half the custard mixture. Repeat the process; then, gently push the floating croissant pieces into the custard mixture to soak. Cover the dish with aluminium foil.
  5. Bake your covered pudding on your oven’s center rack for 45 minutes. Then, uncover and bake it for an additional 40-45 minutes.
  6. Let your Chocolate Chip Croissant Pudding cool slightly, and serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!


I’m absolutely LOVING my new MB2e device, and I can’t wait to see what amazing creations I can cook up for a romantic evening for my husband and I.  If you’re looking to add the extra bit to put all of your dishes over the top, you absolutely have to check out Magical Butter!


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

DIY Candy Necklaces For Valentines Day



Looking for a fun way to mix it up this Valentines Day?  Trade in those boring old paper cards your kids exchange every year and step it up a notch.  These easy to make DIY candy necklaces will be the highlight of your little one’s Valentine exchange this year, and thanks to Oriental Trading, you can get everything you need all in one convenient spot!  With a variety of candy and a couple extra materials, you can recreate these super cute candy necklaces in no time at all.



If you’re looking to recreate these candy necklaces (whether it’s for Valentines Day or any other occasion) here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need (which can all be found at Oriental Trading):



The first thing you’ll need to do, is determine the length that you should cut each section of tulle in to.  The width of the roll is 6 inches, which is plenty wide enough to accommodate what you need, so all you’ll need to worry about is the length.  These necklaces will be for my daughter’s kindergarten class, so 28″ was a good measurement.  It will allow the necklaces to go on over the kiddos heads easily so there’s no frustration or broken necklaces.

Roll your tulle section into a tube, and measure out exact center.  Since my tulle length is 28″, my exact center will be 14″.  Tie a section of the heart curling ribbon at your exact center and you’re ready to move on to the next step.



Now that you’ve marked your exact center, you’re ready to attach the heart pendants that will go on each necklace.  You can use whatever your preferred glue is, I prefer hot glue for its reliability as well as dry time.  In just a few minutes you’re ready to move on to the next step 🙂



Once the glue for the heart pendants has dried, you’ll be able to start filling your necklaces with goodies!  One by one, add a candy to the necklace and tie off in between each candy with a section of heart curling ribbon.  When you put in your last two pieces of candy (one on each side) you’ll be able to attach both ends together, and secure with another section of ribbon.  You’ll want to add a dot of hot glue on the final ribbon that’s connecting both sides.  This will ensure the necklace stays secure and won’t slip out of place.



Once your final dot of hot glue is dry, your necklaces are ready to hand out to all the lucky littles in your kiddos class.

Say goodbye to the boring old candy necklaces of the past.  These super cute, updated versions of the classic favorite will be sure to please anyone who’s lucky enough to receive one.


Whether you’re looking to recreate these candy necklaces, feature a candy buffet at your upcoming event, or just looking to buy candy in bulk for any reason, make sure you check out Oriental Trading for all of your candy needs.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Classroom Valentine’s Treat Bags


I’m sure you can all guess by now how much I love making treat bags for my daughter’s class for every holiday.  Treat bags are such a fun way to offer a little something extra for all the littles in your kid’s class and are SO easy to pull off when you shop Oriental Trading.  When my boys were younger I made treat bags for their classes as well and it typically involved going to four or five different stores (sometimes even going back to one I’d already been to when I couldn’t find something I was looking for at a better price at a different store).  Thanks to Oriental trading, I can order everything I need at a great price, I can shop at one convenient place, and the selection is far bigger than anything I could hope to find in my little rural corner of the world.



You cant have a great treat bag without some delicious goodies, right?  I found some of the CUTEST Valentine’s themed candies at Oriental Trading!  If you’re looking to recreate these treat bags, here’s the candy my daughter and I chose to help fill the bags:

  • Valentine’s Day Llama Gummy Candy Fun Packs – You’re a “llama” fun – and these Valentine’s Day Llama Gummy Candy Fun Packs are too!  These super cute packs a great for classroom valentine giveaways…they’re so cute and filled with cherry flavored deliciousness!!
  • Tootsie Roll Pops Valentine Candy – Let your valentine get their licks in with the valentine candy everyone knows and loves.  But these Valentine Tootsie Roll Pops come with a fun twist!  Each pop surrounds a cherry-flavored Tootsie Roll center and includes fun Valentine’s Day messages on every wrapper for a delightfully sweet way to celebrate your sweetie.
  • Sweethearts True Love Classroom Exchange Packs – These classic conversation hearts are sweet Valentine’s Day treats for a sweet class of kids. With enough to go around, this bag of goodies is a crowd-pleaseure and is guaranteed to make your holiday shopping easy.
  • Dum Dums & Smarties Assorted Candy – This candy mix is a smart choice for all your sweet events!  With an assortment this big, you’ll have plenty of tasty treats for every occasion!  Includes Smarties roll candy and peach-mango, mystery, fruit punch, bubble gum, strawberry, cherry, sour apple, cream soda, orange, grape, blue raspberry, blueberry, root beer, raspberry lemonade, cotton candy and butterscotch suckers.
  • Valentine Printed Hard Candy Bracelets – Pretty enough to wear yet tasty enough to eat, hand these sweet accessories out to all your buddies on Valentine’s Day.  Each candy bracelet features a candy “charm” with “XO” inscribed on it.  Include a candy bracelet in Valentine’s Day cards or treat bags for an extra special treat!



While candy is always a given, for me, a REALLY awesome treat bag always includes a few fun finds that kids will love, that aren’t candy.  While there are SO many fun things to choose from at Oriental Trading, here are the items my daughter and I picked out to include in the treat bags:

  • Valentine Monster Pencils – Kids will go crazy for these fun wood Valentine Monster Pencils! With messages including, “Eye Like You” and “Sweet,” these wrapped pencils will create monstrous smiles this school year.
  • Polka Dot Slap Bracelets – Slap on the style when you add these bracelets to your party favor bags. Slap bracelets are fun and trendy kids’ jewelry – and adults love them, too! In four bright colors, these bracelets look great layered or alone. Stock up and hand them out on Halloween or during school Valentine’s exchanges!
  • Valentine Cards with Glitter Heart Tattoo – Glittery tattoos are a great way to dress up for Valentine’s Day! Party favors that everyone loves, they’re sweet gifts that make great alternatives to sugar-packed Valentine candy.
  • Mini Conversation Heart Erasers – Make no mistake – these conversation hearts are perfect for school Valentine exchanges! They’re great party favors at a Valentine’s Day party when you hand them out with stickers, notebooks and pencils.



Last but not least, you’ll need some super cute bags to put all these fun treats in, and you guessed it, you’ll find those (and even the ribbon to tie them with) at Oriental Trading.  These Conversation Heart Cellophane Bags are perfect for Valentine’s Day goodies!  Printed with pretty pastel conversation hearts, these cellophane treat bags are ideal for party favors and delicious gifts for your special sweethearts.  Set them out on your own Valentine’s Day candy buffet, or spend some quality time with your youngster assembling goody bags for his or her school Valentine’s party!


If you’re looking for the mother-load of all things Valentine’s Day, make sure you check out the full selection that Oriental Trading has to offer.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

DIY Unicorn Valentine’s Exchange Box


Can you guys believe it?  Valentine’s Day is almost here!  While most people are just packing away their Christmas decorations, you KNOW my six year old daughter already has her mind geared towards Valentine’s Day…I guess she got her preparedness from me, but hey, who doesn’t like to be prepared, right?  Since my little munchkin had her heart set on a unicorn Valentine’s exchange box for her class I just couldn’t let her down, and I figured why not show you all how easy it is to make so your little unicorn-obsessed munchkins can have this super cute box too.



This super cute unicorn box is actually really easy to pull off. I found all of my supplies at Oriental Trading, so everything was an easy one-stop-shop, I didn’t have to go to multiple places to grab what I needed.  For this project you will need:



First things first, you’ll want to center where your unicorn horn will be, and cut an opening off to the side that’s large enough for Valentine’s to be put into the box.



You’ll want to create a good base layer of the tissue paper, which is where the craft glue and foam rollers come in SUPER handy.  I put some of the craft glue in a small dish and covered the roller.  Apply the glue to the box, add a layer of tissue paper, and use another (clean) roller to press the tissue evenly on.  For the remaining 5-6 layers of tissue (however many you need) you’ll simply wrap the tissue around the box and tape into place for a crisp, beautiful white box that’s ready to decorate!



For the next step, you’ll want to create the unicorn horn so it can dry while you finish the rest of the box.  Using the same craft glue and roller that you just used on the box, cover the foam cone in glue, then simply roll in the silver glitter sand.  (Tip: if you place a toothpick in the bottom of the horn it will help you cover the horn in glue and glitter WITHOUT covering your hand too!)



While your unicorn horn is drying, you can start working on the rest of the box.  For this box, I used 25 pink and 25 purple ribbons that I simply curled with some scissors.  Attach them in an alternate pattern with whatever glue you prefer (I used hot glue for these so they would dry quickly and not slip out of place).



Once the unicorn horn you glitterfied is dry, you can attach to the box with whatever glue you prefer, again, for quick-drying purposes I used hot glue.  Just make sure you remove the toothpick (if you inserted one) before you try and attach the horn!



To create the unicorn ears, I used 2 large white hears and 2 small pink hearts.  Turn the hearts upside down and attach the pink heart to the white heart like you see above.  Fold the heart in half, add a dot of hot glue to keep in place, then cut the bottom flat so they’ll be easy to attach to the box.



When you’re all done attaching the ears, simply add eye stickers, eyelashes, a couple extra hearts and a cute little smile and you’ve got quite possibly the cutest Valentine’s exchange box you’ll ever see!



There’s no doubt that your little one will want some super cute valentines to pass out to everyone else’s boxes, and you guessed it, I was able to find those at Oriental Trading too!  These Valentine Emoji Bracelets and Exchange Cards are perfect for the whole class and offer a cute little item kids will love to wear every day, even after Valentine’s Day!


Thanks to my friends over at Oriental Trading, we were able to get everything we needed for Valentine’s Day in one quick shopping trip and had everything delivered to our door just a few days later.  Make sure you check out everything they have to offer to fill all of your Valentine’s needs.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***