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Monday, February 6, 2023

(Healthy Valentine's Snacks!) DIY Wonderful Halos Valentine's Day Crafts - Halos Cupid's Bow + Heart Balloons + Chocolate Dipped Hearts!

Thanks to Wonderful Halos for providing the projects, supplies, and some of the the photo featured at the top and bottom of this post!

If you follow regularly, you know that we love Wonderful Halos!  These kid-friendly mandarins are perfect for snacking. They are also great for class parties throughout the year. In today's post, we recreate three different Wonderful Halos Valentine's DIY projects that are perfect for class parties or family fun! Each DIY craft is child friendly and delicious!  If your little one makes a mistake, they can always eat their delicious mistake and keep going! All of my personal photos in this post include the work of my kindergartener! I've never shared his work here before, but I thought that it was important to show his creations to make the point that these DIY projects are great for class parties and family fun evenings!

Here is a photo of the supplies! Please keep reading to see what my son created!

DIY Craft: Halos Cupid's Bow 

Supplies

  • 1 wonderful halos mandarins
  • 1 can of vanilla frosting
  • serrated knife
  • cutting board
  • toothpicks
  • heart sprinkles

Instructions
1. Peel a Halos mandarin and separate into segments.

2. Place two segments onto a cutting board facing in opposite directions to create a ‘V’.

3. Use the knife to cut a small piece on each end of the segment, at an angle about 1/3”. Slide the two halves together to make a heart shape.

4. Push a toothpick through the two halves, diagonally, until it is sticking out a bit on both ends.


5. Repeat steps above 3x.

The photo below shows my kindergartener's creations! You may notice that he dropped a lot of sprinkles, but that added to the charm of this project! Cupids arrows are beautiful and tasty!


DIY Halos Heart Balloons

Supplies

  • 1 wonderful halos mandarin
  • serrated knife
  • cutting board
  • bakery or kitchen twine

Instructions
1. Peel a Halos mandarin and separate it into segments.

2. Place two segments onto a cutting board facing in opposite directions to create a ‘V’. ‍

3. Use the knife to cut a small piece on each end of the segment, at an angle about 1/3”.

4. Slide the two halves together to make a heart shape.

5. Cut a string and place one end under the heart to make a balloon.

Photo credit below goes to my kindergartener! This craft is perfect for little ones! Again, you'll notice that he is generous with the sprinkles. This was the easiest of the three crafts.


DIY Halos Chocolate-Dipped Hearts

Supplies
  • 1 wonderful halos mandarins
  • 12oz bag of chocolate chips (white, dark, milk or semi-sweet chocolate)
  • serrated knife
  • cutting board
  • two small microwave safe bowls
  • wax paper
  • sprinkles


Instructions

1. Peel a Halos mandarin and separate into segments. Place pairs of segments onto a cutting board facing in opposite directions to create a ‘V’.


2. Use the knife to cut a small piece on each end of the segment, at an

angle about 1/3”.


3. Place the chocolate chips into a bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave for an additional 15 seconds before stirring again. Repeat until the chocolate is melted.


4. Dip the Halos mandarin segment pairs into the melted chocolate and place onto wax paper to form hearts. Add sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.


Again, the treats below were made by my kindergartener!  This project is kid-friendly for class parties or family fun nights!


We hope that you enjoy these fun DIY Valentine's projects!  We wanted to specifically highlight that these projects are kid-friendly and great for class parties and family fun nights. Wonderful Halos are the perfect treat for Valentine's Day when you dress them up with frosting, sprinkles, and other festive touches!

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Friday, February 3, 2023

(Win It!) Weird But True! Birthdays and Weird But True! World 2023 are Must-Have Books for Curious Children!

If you follow regularly, you may know that our oldest son grew up loving National Geographic Kids books!  People often ask how my oldest son does so well in school.  My answer is a little bit of luck and never skimping on good books for him to read!  National Geographic Kids books were a big part of his childhood. Now that my youngest son is in kindergarten, he is a big fan of National Geographic Kids books too! These books engage curious children and make learning fun!  In today's post, I'll tell you about a couple of books that are great for birthday gifts (or any other occassion) and host a giveaway for one lucky reader to receive a fabulous National Geographic Kids prize pack!

The books that I want to highlight are Weird But True! Birthdays and Weird But Truel World 2023. These two books are page turners that kept my kids up late. They have already read the books multiple times!  While I really wanted these books for my youngest son, my tween also read them because he can't resist good National Geographic Kids books either!

Here are quick overviews of the books:

Weird But True! Birthdays  (Paperback, $8.99, ages 8-12) This fun-filled fact book takes the cake! Did you know that on each birthday, you are 31,536,000 seconds older than you were on your last birthday? Or that the winner at the world birthday-cake-eating championship ate 14.5 pounds of cake in just under eight minutes? How about that you likely share your birthday with about 20.8 million other people around the globe?

Unwrap 300 wacky facts and pictures showcasing the hilarious history, crazy coincidences, awesome astrological beliefs, and surprising statistics behind birthdays. You’ll be blown away by the world’s craziest cakes, most elaborate decorations, and most grandiose gifts to ever commemorate a year in the life.


Weird But Truel World 2023  (Hardcover, $24.99, ages 8-12) A 10 out 10 for gift giving! Discover Earth’s strangest animals, natural formations, festivals, ancient wonders, news, and more in this newest addition to the wildly popular Weird But True! family―an annual compendium of everything Weird But True! fans love ... and then some. 

Readers will journey across the seven continents, dive into the ocean, and even blast off into space to discover a whole wide world of weird. From the troll doll bug of Suriname to the Bog Snorkeling Championships in Wales to a technicolor village in Indonesia, Weird But True! World offers an unparalleled, adventure-filled exploration of our world’s amazing uniqueness. 

We hope that you enjoy these fabulous books from the wildly popular Weird But True! family of books!

Win it!
One lucky winner will receive a National Geographic Kids prize pack that contains a copy of Weird But True! Birthdays, a copy of the gift-worthy Weird But Truel World 2023, an 8" SQUISHY birthday cupcake plush, a crazy straw Weird But True! tumbler, a cake-scented pencil, a delish (and easy!) recipe for party pops and eco-friendly multi-use confetti and paper honeycomb balloon.  Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. No P.O. boxes. The winner will have 72 hours to respond to our email or else we select a different winner. Good luck!


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Check out all things Weird but True here!
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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Tips for Buying a Large Built-in or Stand-Alone Ice Maker for your Family + Why We Love the NewAir Clear Ice Machine (NCI080SS00)!

In today's post, I'm excited to share tips for buying a large ice maker for your family! I will also tell you about the large ice maker that we ultimately chose - the NewAir Clear Ice Machine (NCI080SS00)!  This overachieving ice maker is perfect for families that love cold drinks. It also makes it easy to be the host with the most that always has ice for guests!

Tips for Buying a Large Built-in or Stand-Alone Ice Maker for your Family

1. Look for a versatile model that allows you to use it as a built-in or stand-alone ice maker.

Given the expense of a large ice maker, you should consider a model that offers flexibility to be used as either a built-in or stand-alone ice maker in case you move to a new home. For instance, a built-in may look great in your current home but may not fit in your next home.  We recommend buying an ice maker that offers a versatile design that works as a built-in or stand-along ice maker. For instance, the NewAir Clear Ice Machine (NCI080SS00) fit this requirement for us.  It works as a built-in or stand-lone ice maker!  This makes it easier to move with you to a new home.

2. Consider the rate at which the machine makes ice cubes.

Not all ice makers are equal!  You'll want an ice maker that has a large capacity for your family. This is also important if you have parties.  We love that the NewAir Clear Ice Machine (NCI080SS00) is an overachiever that makes up to 40 ice cubes in just 15 to 30 minutes! We never worry about running out of ice now!  We even have friends who stop by to pick up ice because they love our crystal clear ice and know that we have a high capacity ice maker that makes up to 80 pounds of ice per day!  NewAir has an image of their ice vs. a competitor's ice. I asked permission to share it below because the image shows a stunning difference!

3. Look for an ice maker that offers ice thickness controls and clear ice.

As a host or hostess, it's nice to have the option to create ice of different thicknesses The NewAir Clear Ice Machine (NCI080SS00) gives you this control with the simple touch of a button.  This is great when you are like me and have different preferences for specific drinks!

4. Look for a model that has a timer.

Whether it's the holidays, a birthday party, or a summer pool party, it's nice to set a timer to start/stop your ice making. The NewAir Clear Ice Machine (NCI080SS00) makes it easy to set timers! Of course, this generously sized ice maker will also store large quantities of ice.



5. Consider a model that has a fingerprint resistant door.

As a mom, I love fingerprint resistant appliances!  We mostly have stainless steel appliances in our home with the exception of our laundry room. The NewAir Clear Ice Machine (NCI080SS00) is really nice because it is fingerprint resistant and is easy to clean. My boys are energetic and messy. They love riding bikes, fishing, and gardening. They often track messes into the house and go straight for the fridge, water dispenser, or ice maker.  They stress test my abilities to keep our home clean. I'm extra grateful that our ice maker is so sleek and easy to keep clean!

5. Make sure that the ice maker has options to connect to your waterline and drain.

We needed an ice maker that was easy to install and that felt relatively effortless after installation. Look for a model that offers water line and drain hookups.   In our experience, the NewAir Clear Ice Machine (NCI080SS00) was very easy to install and get going! This is something that we love about NewAir products. Their designers seem to give attention to every detail from start to finish. This includes an easy installation process!

6. Buy from a brand that offers a good warranty.

If you follow regularly, you know that there are some brands that we love! NewAir is one of them. We've tried several of their products and have always had a great experience!  On top of that, we love knowing that their customer service has always been friendly to us.  They currently offer a 30-day hassle-free return policy and 1-year limited warranty. Get more info about their warranties here!

Learn more and save 10% at NewAir!

We hope that you enjoyed our tips for buying a large built-in or stand-alone ice maker. The NewAir Clear Ice Machine (NCI080SS00) has been a game changer for our family! I love that this powerhouse ice maker is user-friendly and extremely accommodating to everything that was on my wishlist. This includes (a) being versatile to use as a built-in or stand-alone ice maker in case we move homes, (b) having a timer, (c) allowing us to change the thickness of ice, (d) having the ability to make ice quickly, and (e) having a sleek look with a fingerprint resistant door.   If you want to try the same model as us, use the coupon below to save 10%!


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(Win it!) Heaven Sent on Pure Flix! #HeavenSent #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

 

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own. 

Pure Flix is continuously releasing incredible shows and movies that inspire me.  In today's post, I want to tell you more about Pure Flix and then highlight of their newest releases - Heaven Sent!


If you aren't familiar with Pure Flix, it's an amazing streaming service that has a great selection of Christian television series and movies. My family loves Pure Flix. Today's movie is just one example of the quality shows on Pure Flix. They have hundreds of shows for adults and children.  While I love many of the movies, my boys will tell you that VeggieTales rocks their world! We all love Pure Flix. We hope that you will give it a try and end up loving it too!  

February is a month to celebrate love! Heaven Sent is a great movie to add to your list of movies to watch this month.  Personally, we recommend this romantic comedy for a date night! Here is the trailer: 

This romantic comedy about finding love later in life and rediscovering joy after loss.  It's a dynamic and engaging story about love at different stages of life. While Elise is a grandmother hurt by her past, she finds a change with Patrick, a widowed pastor. This movie is a combination of timeless feelings and also incorporates the modern day and even technology. God always has a plan for each of us.  I won't spoil any surprises, but I will share that this is a great romantic comedy!

Some of the bible versus to reflect on in this film include:
  • "Love is patient, love is kind.It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." – 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NIV)
  • “We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19 (NIV)
  • “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:13-14 (NIV)
This movie is a great opportunity to relax and reflect!


This movie features a great cast:
  • Karen Abercrombie, Elise, (WAR ROOM, DISCARDED THINGS, AN ANGELIC CHRISTMAS, GOD’S COMPASS)
  • Jemarcus Kilgore, Derek, (DISCARDED THINGS, Black Lightning)
  • J. Leon Pridgen II, Patrick Briggs/Ellerman, (DISCARDED THINGS, P-Valley, TRINITY GOODHEART)
  • Charlene Tilton, Pam, (Dallas)
  • Michael J Patterson, Kenny
  • Maurie Moore, Corrine
  • Elizabeth Byland, Theresa
  • Gary Dourdan, Jeff, (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)

If you have a Pure Flix subscription, we hope that you'll enjoy the wonderful new romantic comedy. If you are new to Pure Flix, this is just one of many movies that we love on Pure Flix! February is a great time to subscribe to Pure Flix!

Win it!

One lucky winner will receive a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be contacted by email with their free 3-month subscription. Good luck!


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Friday, January 27, 2023

The Best Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for 2023! #ValentinesDayGiftGuide

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! This is one of my favorite holidays because we get to focus on love and family.  Our family has a tradition of spending Valentine's evening together. I'm sure that I'll miss our Valentine's evenings when my children are grown, so we really make the most of our time together. In today's post, I'll share The Best Valentine's Gift Ideas for Families this Year (2023)!

Good Ranchers curates boxes of high quality American meat. My Texas heart loves their steakhouse quality beef and chicken. For Valentine's Day, we recommend their generously packed and seasoned collection of chicken -- Better Than Organic Chicken. This package has you covered for Valentine's Day dinner and may others as it contains 8 (4.5oz) Italian Seasoned Chicken Breast, 8 (4.5oz) Garlic Pepper Chicken Breast, 8 (4.5oz) Fajita Chicken Breast (pre-sliced), 8 (4.5oz) Plain Chicken Breast, and 8 (4.5oz) Assorted Chicken Breast. Personally, we recommend the Fajita Chicken Breast for Valentine's Day!  If you prefer an Italian meal, the Italian Seasoned Chicken Breast is a fabulous option. Of course, the Garlic Pepper and Plain Chicken Breasts are also great choices!

Just as the Good Ranchers company name advertises - their meats come from good ranchers. They only partner with American ranchers who embrace their beliefs for quality, sustainability, fair hiring practices, and human animal care practices. They also give back to ranching communities and others in the United States. Each box that you purchase donates 10 meals to families in need. Over the past 4 years, customers have helped donate over 500,000 meals to food banks across the country. This is a gift that families will appreciate, especially Texan families that love high end steakhouse quality meats! Even better is that the gift supports the Valentine's spirit of love since as the purchase results in donations to families in need! Visit Good Ranchers here to stock up on meats for special dinners!

eCreamery offers gourmet ice cream and cookies that are delivered to your gift recipient's doorstep for Valentine's Day. You may have noticed eCreamery on shows such as Shark Tank or Oprah. They have also been featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Esquire, ESPN and more.  They have several options for Valentine's Day. We tried the Be Mine Deluxe Ice Cream & Cookie Collection that comes with eight pints of ice cream and a dozen cookies.



This kit helps families to bond as they create ice cream cookie sandwiches together. My entire family lit up when I opened our package!  The highly acclaimed eCreamery ice cream and cookies are great for parents or other family or friends who need a dramatic gift that makes them smile on Valentine's Day! After all, we love gifts that are out of the ordinary and special!  Plus, eCreamery has a nice feature where you may place the order and choose a delivery date! This makes it easy to set up your order in advance for a Valentine's Day delivery! Visit eCreamery!


Mackenzie Limited is the ultimate shop for Valentine meals and desserts! This company should be at the top of your list because this female-owned business curates gourmet foods that will make most gift recipients pause to appreciate the beauty and perfection of each item! If you aren't familiar with this high quality company, I am excited to be the one to tell you about their quest for perfection! Mackenzie was founded by a Scottish national in 1988 as a small mail order business focusing on the fine foods of Scotland and the British Isles. The company continued to grow as many people took notice of their high end offerings. Today, we are lucky that they focus on direct-to-consumer sales and offer over 400 items! While they have grown, the company has stayed true to their mission and believes that the only acceptable outcome is a customer who is 100% satisfied.  Personally, we fell in love with the old world charm of their Valentine's Postcard Cookies and Linzer Heart Cookies! Both of these items made us hesitate to appreciate the beauty. Not only were they beautiful, but the tastes were incredible! They were clearly made by talented chefs with excellent recipes and high quality ingredients!


My family enjoyed the beautiful Valentine's Postcard Cookies. We also shared some of them with my children's teachers.  Everyone involved -- my children and their teachers commented that they felt guilty eating their hand-decorated cookie because of the beauty and effort that must have gone into each cookie!  Of course, the guilt fades quickly once you taste these buttery shortbread cookies! I can't imagine how many iterations it took them to create this recipe. They found perfection! I love this gift because I am sure that the gift recipients will always remember it!


The Linzer Heart Cookies are my personal favorite. Each heart-shaped butter cookie, is topped with raspberry jam and a hand-piped almond meringue. You can't help but slow down to savor the rich flavors. This cookie is truly the way to my heart! I'm sure that many others will feel the same way! Visit Mackenzie Limited!


FlowerFix offers fresh flowers and classes to help you to make the perfect floral arrangement. My favorite part of the FlowerFix experience is that they send flowers directly from a farm to your doorstep!  The beautiful flowers arrive ready for you to snip the stems and create your own floral arrangement. 


FlowerFix has a great resources to teach you and your loved ones to create the perfect bouquet.  My family enjoyed creating the bouquet below! Since the flowers were farm fresh and shipped overnight to our doorstep, the flowers were great quality and easy to work with when we made our bouquet. You'll notice the beautiful flowers in the background of the photos in our Valentine's Day Gift Guide! Visit FlowerFix!


Cheese Brothers offers delicious cheeses for a memorable Valentine's Day! The cheese recipes that they use keep it simple with milk, salt, and natural cultures. Many of the recipes were handed down from previous generations. None of their cheeses are processed or artificial. They stay true to their roots of using top quality ingredients and classic family recipes that are natural and simple. Their high quality ingredients and techniques come through when you taste their products!  For instance, we tried The Ultimate Wisconsin Sampler

This generously sized assortment contains every cheese that they carry, from classics like their Smoked Gouda to their mouth-watering 8-Year Aged Cheddar. We also love that this gift supports a small business that truly cares about giving meticulous attention to detail for every aspect of their business. The taste of their products is evident of their quest for crave-worthy products. If you have any questions or problems, you'll find that a real person (not a robot) will answer the phone when you call them. They want customers to have a great experience! We encourage you to consider Cheese Brothers for Valentine's Day!

Sweet Maria's sources the best green coffee beans from around the world. If you follow regularly, you know that we love Sweet Maria's! My husband's eyes sparkle when he receives a package of their green coffee beans. This iconic brand is well known in the coffee roasting community because they reliably source green coffee beans for incredible coffee and espresso. My husband has experimented with many different green coffee beans for almost a decade. We think that Sweet Maria's is the absolute best! 


If your Valentine is new to coffee roasting, it is easy to get started with the Sweet Maria's guide
 here. This is a great gift because it provides the opportunity to learn and enjoy a hobby together. We recommend the Espresso Green Coffee Sample Set that allows your Valentine to enjoy a variety of beans. Visit Sweet Maria's here.

Highclere Castle Gin, the winner of 93 international awards, is a highly coveted and prestigious gin.  For many years, we loved featuring Downton Abbey themed products Those posts always drew a lot of traffic.  When I saw this special gin, I knew that I had to feature it! This gin is created from the botanicals grown on the infamous Highclere Castle estate which is known as the real Downton Abbey! This gin has been refined over centuries of harvests and is fabulously aligned with the castle.  You won't want to miss the opportunity to try this limited batch gin!

 
This gin was created in celebration of our Co-Founder, Lord Carnarvon's Great Grandfather, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon's centennial Anniversary of discovering King Tutankhamun's tomb. Due to a limited supply of 2000 cases produced, orders will be available for a limited time at $99 per bottle. Once gone, the Limited Edition Highclere Castle Barrel Aged Gin will never be released again. Personally, we tried one of the recipes from the Negroni cocktail recipe from Highclere Castle website. Check it out here. This recipe is perfect for Valentine's Day!  Visit Highclere Castle Gin to order the Limited Edition Highclere Castle Barrel Aged Gin while supplies last!


Jadot offers the ultimate wines for Valentine's Day! Depending on the type of dinner or dessert that you have planned, any of these three wines are a great choice!


Beaujolais-Villages
 is t
he #1 selling French red wine in America. This easy-drinking wine is perfect for Valentine's Day.  It's made with high-quality grapes from the southern part of Beaujolais.  You can't go wrong with any wines from this iconic brand, but this is one of our personal favorites! For instance, this red has expressive aromas and flavors of strawberries and black cherries with spice notes. This fruit-forward, juicy wine pairs well with a decadent treat like chocolate-covered strawberries. It's also reasonably priced at $13.99 per 750 ML bottle. 


Pouilly-Fuisse ranks as the #2 bestselling French white wine in America. It is produced in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy. This wine is partially barrel fermented with six months of aging in French oak casks. It has aromas of fresh red apples, honey, and white flowers with elegant, rich flavors of toasted nuts and citrus, making it the perfect wine to pair with charcuterie boards. The price point is competitive for this best selling French white wine! It's $29.99 per 750 ML bottle.



Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay is the #1 selling French white wine in America. This clean and vibrant unoaked Chardonnay is produced in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy. This wine shows floral, apple, and citrus aromas with fresh, clean flavors and mineral notes. It is perfect for sipping while sharing oysters with your Valentine. The competitive price point is appealing too! It's just $15.99 per 750 ML bottle.



Chef's Life expertly crafts culinary oils that are custom blended to help you to make a memorable Valentine's dinner. This line was created by celebrity chef and restaurateur, Brian Malarkey. If you are familiar with this fabulous chef, you know that he is a perfectionist!  His product line is exceptional as he focuses on uncompromising quality. Each oil is designed to be the perfect canvas for any dish and can be used for sautéing, frying, making a salad dressing or aioli, and adding  finishing touches to any meal.


First, we recommend the Chefs Life 3-Bottle Gift Box that contains:

  • Chefs Life Cooking Oil – Designed to take the heat, this blend of avocado oil, olive oil, sunflower oil and grapeseed oil is perfect for sautéing, frying, roasting, and searing! The expertly crafted custom blend was created for this specific high-heat step in the cooking process due to its high smoke points and neutral flavor – which in result won’t burn your pans or overpower your food in the process!
  • Chefs Life Blending Oil –This blend made up of extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil and grapeseed oil is perfect for making salad dressings and baking. Its mild flavor creates an ideal base for blending with vinegars, herbs and spices and puts store-bought salad dressings to shame. The avocado oil in this blend gives this oil a deliciously creamy texture, while the mild flavor of the grapeseed oil allows herbs and citrus to take the spotlight in salad dressings and dips.
  • Chefs Life Finishing Oil – Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil for drizzling, its strong peppery qualities gives food a pop of flavor. The Finishing Oil elevates the simplest dishes, drizzle, spray or brush this oil onto meats, seafood and veggie dishes. This is the oil for dipping fresh baked bread or topping your favorite hummus or dip.
We also love their cooking oil sprays, for those who like the simplicity and easy clean-up that come with the spray bottles:
  • Chefs Life® Original Cooking Oil Spray - Premium blend of avocado, second pressed olive, sunflower and grapeseed oils offer a neutral flavor with a high-smoke point designed to take the heat.
  • Chefs Life® Brown Butter Cooking Oil Spray - Natural brown butter flavors enhance this blend of avocado, second pressed olive, sunflower and grapeseed oils. Providing a subtle but rich flavor of nutty umami, the oil does not contain dairy and is vegan.
Visit Chef's Life for expertly blended cooking oils and sprays that will help you to prepare your Valentine's Day dinner and many other meals throughout the year!


Brazi Bites are a nice compliment to almost any Valentine's Day meal. I can't think of a better side item for a meal than warm, fluffy, and flavorful Brazi Bites! They are best when they are fresh out of the oven and given a few minutes to cool! You may have seen this brand featured on Shark Tank. They sold out nationwide after that episode aired, but have caught up on the nationwide demand so that you are able to find them in the freezer section of many grocery stores. You may also order from the Brazi Bites website. We love that these delicious gluten-free Brazilian cheese bread bites are made from wholesome ingredients.  Personally, our favorite variety is the Cheddar & Parmesan Brazilian Cheese Bread!


Zibra offers gifts for DIY projects. We love their popular Open It! gadget that cuts, slices, snips, and unscrews. This overachieving 4-in-1 tool is a space saver.  

We love it for opening packages, removing items from stubborn packaging, cutting boxes, unscrewing battery compartments, and even trimming flowers on Valentine's Day! This box has an example of items that I was able to open almost effortlessly with Open It!


I also want to highlight that opening packages that are molded shut with plastic is one of my least favorite chores. Open It makes this task much easier too!  This is a must-have tool for parents! It's a great gift idea for dads!

Zibra also offers a high quality line of application-specific paintbrushes to ease the painting and DIY process, allowing users to express their creativity without the stress. If you live in Texas, this is a great time to stock up on paintbrushes and work on projects before the weather is hot. The Best of Zibra Paintbrush Kit has you covered for your favorite projects as it contains the following paintbrushes: 1- Round, 1-Square, 1- Triangle, 1- 2" Palm Pro Cut In, 1- 2" Chiseled Wedge. It also comes with a convenient canvas storage bag. For instance, today had a high of 79-degrees and a cool breeze which made it a perfect day for painting.  Stock up now and watch for another beautiful day to bond with your loved ones through outdoor projects!  Visit Zibra here.

BURGA gives special touches to electronics accessories that we love for Valentine's Day!  Their rose gold accents, sparkly colors, and dedication to quality are a perfect gift idea that loved ones may use throughout the year! This stylish brand puts an elegant touch on phone cases, charging accessories, and more. 

For instance, we love the his and her charging cables (USB to Lightning) in Rose Gold and Gold • USB to Lightning. You'll also want the Wall Chargers to go along with them. The Power Bank (Pink Sunrise) is pretty for moms on the go! The Wireless charger (Rose Gold) is great for charging Apple watches and more!  


True Leaf Market offers gifts for at-home foodie gardens that couples may grow and harvest together.  For those of you that follow regularly, you may know that I lived in Utah prior to moving to Texas. One great thing about moving around is that you learn about local favorites. I was excited to feature True Leaf Market because this company is one of the best in Salt Lake City, Utah! They are one of the largest manufacturers and e-commerce sellers of national certified organic, non-GMO, and heirloom seeds nationwide.  We encourage you to browse their website and  growing guides because their vast collection covers almost every interest from microgreens gardening to even organic pet grass for dogs and cats!  


This year, I was excited about the Culinary Herb Seed Starter Kit and the generously sized pack of Basic Salad Mix Microgreen Seeds! These are great gifts for Valentine's Day because they make it easy to grow herbs and microgreens together.  


My husband and I love growing herbs and microgreens to use in special recipes. It's a great way to bond over gardening and delicious meals! If you order now, you may be able to start sprouts for your Valentine's Day meal!  Visit True Leaf Market for supplies to garden together with your loved ones!

 


Bombas offers trendy socks that are cozy for Valentine's Day.  This is a brand that I love because their socks are excellent quality. They offer stylish designs that are comfortable and durable. As a mom, I love that my energetic children have never had holes in their Bombas socks! They are made to last.  My entire family loves them so much that I recently realized that my kids don't use the word "socks". They call them "Bombas". After thinking about it, this makes sense because Bombas really did change the sock market with their high quality designs!



We recommend a fun way to gift socks. Whether you are gifting them for a family member or to patients at a nursing home, it's fun to present them as cupcakes!  Personally, we visited a nursing home a while back to help deliver lunch. Some of the patients were filled with genuine happiness that we added "cupcake socks" to their lunch trays! As shown below, we simply rolled the socks, placed them in sturdy cupcake liners, and added a pom on each one.  This memorable craft is so easy that my children could help. This is a Valentine's Day gift for all ages! Visit Bombas here.


Cariloha is an eco-friendly brand that we love!  As we thought about Valentine's Day, this was one of the first brands that came to mind because their ultra soft bedding, towels, and robes are perfect gift items!  In particular, we recommend his and her Bamboo Bathrobes


From pocket to tie and collar to cuff, Cariloha's ultra-plush bamboo bathrobe wraps you up in luxury softness that feels as comfortable as it looks.  These spa-worthy uni-sex robes are cozy, soft, and flattering. The material and workmanship is top quality. Plus, this is a carbon neutral gift to make you feel good that your luxury is also eco-friendly.  Visit Cariloha!
We hope that you enjoy our gift ideas for Valentine's Day! This is one of our favorite holidays because it celebrates our love for those around us!



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