Flavored Sugar Valentines with Design Mom | this heart of mine

As you saw yesterday with the conversation heart envelopes, I am ready for Valentine’s Day. I can’t help it. It’s so fun to make things to give to others. Another post of mine went live yesterday, this time on Design Mom and it was a flavored sugar Valentine idea for friends and neighbors. Flavored sugar are all sorts of cool and are so easy to make! Making these citrus sugars made my house smell heavenly for a few days. I haven’t had time to use them in anything yet but I am really looking forward to it.

Flavored Sugar Valentines with Design Mom | this heart of mine

There is a free tag printable included in the DIY details plus a few recipe suggestions, if you’re inspired to make something immediately. The full post is up and over on Design Mom.

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Conversation Heart Envelopes - free printable!! | this heart of mine

One of my favorite parts about Valentine’s Day during grade school was making the mailboxes we used to collect all the Valentines from our classmates. Each year they had a little different shape but I’m fairly sure I covered mine in hearts every time. I loved hearts even way back when. Second favorite part was going through all the Valentines, checking out the cute cards and sweet treats.

Conversation hearts are a Valentine tradition. While I do not like the original version (the Sweet Tart variety are my fave), I do love their iconic look and it turns out, they look good on envelopes!

Conversation Heart Envelopes - free printable!! | this heart of mine

Like the other envelopes I’ve shared (holiday and spring), these envelopes can be printed right on your home computer. I do recommend printing them on card stock. It will hold up better, especially if you are sending your Valentines through the mail. (Yes! They can be mailed!!)

Conversation Heart Envelopes - free printable!! | this heart of mine

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Easy Homemade Granola

Easy Homemade Granola - make it the way you like it! | this heart of mine

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It might be because I’m usually really hungry when breakfast time comes but it also has a bit to do with the food choices. A favorite from-scratch breakfast food from my childhood is homemade granola. My mom has been making it since the year my brother was born, so I guess it makes her a legitimate ‘granola’ mom. Now I make it for my home. This granola is hearty and sticks with you through the morning. I love it on yogurt, I love it mixed with melted peanut butter but I love it best plain, in a mug, with milk. The worst part about this recipe is how fast it disappears.

Easy Homemade Granola - make it the way you like it! | this heart of mine

I love making food from scratch because I know exactly what I’m putting into it. I know what I’m eating and feeding my children. Every ingredient in this granola is a real food item and real ingredients make better food.

Easy Homemade Granola - make it the way you like it! | this heart of mine

This recipe can be tweaked and adjusted. The ingredient options are listed below and you can make it just the way you like it. Nuts, no nuts, coconut, dried fruit, real juice flavor, it’s all up to you. I also included my version too, just in case you wanted to know. But like you, I can change it up each time I make it. The good thing is, it’s all good.

Easy Homemade Granola | this heart of mine

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A Valentine Party with M&M's® | this heart of mine

I love this time of year. Hearts in every shape and size are all over the place and red, in all its luscious shades, is everywhere you look. It’s heavenly. When I was offered the chance to throw a Valentine party with M&M’s® new flavor, Red Velvet, I was very excited. Now I had an excuse to plan and carry out a party with a theme of redness and hearts.

Parties to me are not about having everything just right. Of course I want the environment to be lovely, the food to be good, the table set nicely and to have everything finished by the time the guests arrive (this one is a struggle for me!) but the most important part is being with the people at the party. Talking, laughing, enjoying the company and being together, even if the ‘party’ is just my little family. By the time the party is happening, you want to be calm and relaxed (and maybe sneaking extra candy from the decorations like MJ above.) And to get to that sweet party spot of actually enjoying your own soiree, all you need to do is a bit of planning.

A Valentine Party with M&M's® | this heart of mine

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Tissue Paper Pom Poms with Design Mom | this heart of mine

The second DIY for the year with Design Mom are these tissue paper pom poms and they went up yesterday. Tissue paper can be folded and cut to make the cutest and fluffiest pom poms. They are really fun and super simple to make. I didn’t even have to demonstrate their purpose to my children. They figured it out on their own and really enjoyed shaking them (and to be honest, I couldn’t help smiling at their glee).

Tissue Paper Pom Poms with Design Mom | this heart of mine

My high school colors were red, black and white and I think they still look sharp together. Get the full run down on Design Mom. Then start practicing your cheers!

More tissue paper fun!

Tissue Paper Poppy Magnets | Tissue Paper Flower Cupcake Toppers
Tissue Paper Bowls

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