Surprise Your Kids on Valentine’s Day

We try to show we love each other in the little things each day. For this reason Valentine’s Day often gets overlooked around here. This year I am planning to surprise my kiddos with a fun little display of my affection… in the form of sweet treats!

Sweet Celebrations | From Dates to Diapers

Baking is one of my favorite things to do, especially for those whom I love. I could serve up some of my heart-shaped krispy treats, but it was so much fun for me to whip up a batch of strawberry cupcakes with my homemade marshmallow cream frosting. You just have to try it —

Marshmallow Cream Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 7 oz tub of marshmallow cream
  • Strawberry Kool Aid to flavor (give it a sour tang that we love!)

Directions:

  1. Beat together butter and marshmallow cream until fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and Kool Aid. Mix well.
  3. Mix in vanilla and milk. Beat until smooth and spreadable.
  4. Pipe over your favorite cupcakes.

Note: You may need to add more milk or powdered sugar to create the perfect consistency. I use about a teaspoon of Kool Aid, but you may to use more or less, depending on taste.

Valentine's Day Celebration

I found a ton of great Valentine’s Day decorations in the seasonal section at my local Walmart. The heart wreath, arrows, heart stickers, cupcake papers, and “Life is better with YOU in it” sign added the perfect little touches to my sweet treats table.

Valentine's Day Celebration for the kids | From Dates to Diapers

The most fun to create were my candy candle holders. I gathered some of my empty vases, filled them with candy corn and sweet tart hearts, and placed a votive candle in the middle. They would make lovely centerpieces on the table for your Valentine’s meal, but I really like how they look on my sweet treats table!

The cupcakes will be gone in a flash, but the candy will last until Valentine’s Day and beyond.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Keeping the Spark Alive in your Marriage

Long-term relationships and marriages take work. There’s no easy way to gain a strong relationship, however there are small things to try every day to keep things going well. Here are just a few.

Keep that feeling of love alive |From Dates to Diapers

Spend time together

Spending quality time together is very important. Even though you might think you spend lots of time with your partner, much of it will be taken up with everyday chores, childcare or other commitments. Set aside time every week to spend just with each other. If possible, choose some activities you both really enjoy rather than just going to the same restaurant every time.

Meet up with friends

Seeing friends together can help a relationship to grow stronger as you can see your partner through the eyes of others. The way we behave with our friends is not the same as the way we behave with our partners, so seeing friends brings a bit of variety to a relationship. It also allows you to do something different from the everyday routine and gives you both the chance to have fun.

Talk to each other

Communicating means really having time to talk and listen to each other, rather than just saying a few words in passing. How often do you talk in any depth? Do you mainly only text your partner when you want something from the shop? Try and make more time to communicate with each other.

Spend time alone

Spending time alone or with your own friends will give you a chance to grow in a personal sense and bring more to your relationship. Couples who do everything together risk getting bored of each other quickly. Make time with your own friends and work towards your own goals.

Get bored

From time to time, you will get bored! Not everything can feel like the first rush of romance after meeting for the first time. There’s no need to panic that the relationship has failed if you’re not totally enamored of each other all the time. People change over time and it’s important to cherish what you love about your partner at every stage in the relationship.

Create your own happiness

Happy couples are able to work together to keep their relationship strong. If you rely on your partner to make you happy, the relationship will not last. Both partners need to be able to feel complete by themselves in order to be complete together. Don’t put too much pressure on each other to fit in to a particular idea – create your own goals and discuss them together.

Respect each other

Respect is very important for a strong relationship. If you met your partner through online dating, you will hopefully have the same wants and needs. If you don’t have respect for your partner’s goals, the relationship may become strained. Talk about the things which make you feel fulfilled and listen to each other. A respectful partner can help the other to be the person they want to be.

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Heart Shaped Treats for Valentine’s Day {Recipe}

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I am on the hunt for sweet treats and heart shaped goodies. I have found some great ideas for school Valentines, tips for the perfect cake pops, and romantic ideas for surprising your husband.

But, nothing beats a gooey krispy treat in the shape of a heart, covered in sprinkles!

Valentine's Day krispy treats | From Dates to Diapers

I found some great baking items at Walmart that are sure to help make these treats extra special for your little Valentines. I picked up a heart-shaped silicone mold, some x’s and o’s, and fun red and white paper straws. Here’s how we put a Valentine’s twist on an old classic…

Silicone Heart Shaped Mold available at Walmart

Marshmallow Krispy Treats (adapted from the original Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 4 1/2 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 6 cups Rice Cereal
  • 2 Tablespoons sprinkles
  • Sprinkles for the top of cooled treats

Directions:

  1. In microwave-safe bowl heat butter, marshmallows, and chocolate chips on high for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
  2. Continue to heat mixture at 1 minutes increments until completely melted. Stir well.
  3. Mix in rice cereal.
  4. Press in to well greased silicone pan and allow to cool.
  5. Top with sprinkles.
  6. Serve to your Valentines with a tall class of milk!

Valentine's Day Treats | From Dates to Diapers

Your kids are sure to devour these special treats made with love. The white chocolate addition makes them irresistable for you, too! You’re welcome.

Enjoy your own Valentine’s Day baking. If you are looking for even more ideas, here are some from the rest of the Walmart Moms:

Strawberry Filled Cupcakes
Tips for Perfect Cake Pops
Easy Sweetheart Cake Pops
How to Melt Chocolate in a Silicone Pan
Valentine’s Day Popcorn Mix
Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake
Saltine Cracker Toffee
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Hearts on a Stick
No Bake Valentines Peanut Butter Crispy Square
Valentines Cracker Candy
Brownie Hearts

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.