10 Adorable Valentines Day Board Books for Babies & Toddlers

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Hey guys! As you know I rounded up some Valentines Day activities for toddlers last week as we’re gearing up to add in some Valentines Day fun to our tot schooling, and today I wanted to share some of my picks for Valentines Day board books for the little ones! We love reading, and of course it helps in 1,000 ways for little man’s development. I’m so big on holidays and one of my favorite parts is  going through the seasonal board books and finding a book or two for us to read. So, here are my favorites that I’ve found for Valentines Day!

10 Adorable Valentines Day Board Books for Babies & Toddlers

1. Happy Valentines Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff

This book features the same adorable mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, so of course this is one of my picks.

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2. Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney

These Llama books are so adorable, and I love that they have a Valentines Day book!

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3. I love you, Snugglesaurus by Sandra Magsamen

We LOVE her books, and my little man LOVES dinosaurs, so this is an obvious choice. :)

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4. Spot’s Valentine by Eric Hill

Spot is just a classic, I think. Love the stories and this Valentines Day book.

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5. I Ruff You by Sandra Magsamen

This is her 2nd book on this list. We really love all of her books, but especially these books with their cute little ears.

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6. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

This book is another classic that we love to read year round, not just at Valentines Day.

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7. I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

This book is my little man’s all time favorite, and it works perfectly for Valentines Day!

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8. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

This is another great year round book!

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9. I Love You to The Moon and Back by Little Tiger Press

This book is SO adorable! AND it was voted one of the best children’s books for 2014.

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10. How Do I Love You by Marion Dane Bauer

This book is by the same illustrator as my little man’s other favorite (I Love You Through and Through) and it is just as cute!

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These books are all so adorable. We own several of them, and I am going to order a couple of the Valentines Day specific books today. Do you and your little ones have a favorite Valentines Day book that’s not on my list? Please share in the comments!

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Caramel Pecan Sweet Roll Bake Recipe #WarmUpYourDay

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I don’t know about ya’ll, but mornings are hectic. Even weekend mornings can be pretty chaotic as we’re trying to get everyone up out of bed, get everyone fed, & get the day started. I know one thing that can start any day off is a great breakfast. We love fast & easy breakfast ideas, and one of my favorites is this Caramel Pecan Sweet Roll Bake. With Pepperidge Farm Pecan Caramel Sweet Rolls, eggs, syrup, and more you’ve got a fast & easy dish, perfect for the busy breakfast table. Finish it off with your choice of sides (Maybe a spinach + egg scramble, or some sausage links? Yum!) & 100% Florida Orange Juice and that’s a recipe for a great day.

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To start your Caramel Pecan Sweet Roll Breakfast Bake you’ll need these ingredients:

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1. 2 cans of Pepperidge Farm Pecan Caramel Sweet Rolls

2. 5 Eggs

3. 1/2 cup Whipping Cream

4. 1/4 cup Butter, melted

5. 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

6. 1 tsp. Vanilla

7. Maple Syrup

There is a print friendly version of the ingredients & recipe at the bottom of this post!

Okay, so the first thing you’ll do is…

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

2. Melt 1/4 cup of butter & pour it into the bottom of your 9×13 inch pan.

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Next…

3. Pop open your sweet rolls. Set the caramel & pecans aside, & divide each roll into eight pieces.

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4. Scatter those around your pan.

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5. Next, whip up your eggs, whipping cream, cinnamon, vanilla & pour that over your sweet roll pieces.

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Mmm, cinnamon.

Next…

6. Sprinkle pecan packets (from your Sweet Rolls) over the whole dish.

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7. Drizzle maple syrup over dish. I didn’t do MUCH of this, because I knew with the caramel that it would be sweet. You can really do this to taste. It’s not vital to the recipe, so skip it if you’d like, or if you love sweet stuff, drizzle it on!

8. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until the middle is no longer gooey.

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9. Once your bake is out of the oven, drizzle the caramel packets over your dish. (TIP: We lay ours on the warm stove to warm them up some!)

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Yum! Your sweet roll bake is ready! Now, you get to choose the sides, we love sausage link in our house, but it’s your breakfast so I’ll let you make what your family loves. ;) AND, finish it off with a glass of 100% Florida Orange Juice! We LOVE Tropicana.

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PS… if you’re looking for the Pepperidge Farm Sweet Rolls, they’re on the aisle with the cinnamon rolls (& at our Walmart, the 100% Florida Orange Juice!!)

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What is your go to breakfast to make for your family? Share in the comments!

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Caramel Pecan Sweet Roll Bake Recipe #WarmUpYourDay #ad
Caramel Pecan Sweet Roll Bake
A delicious, fluffy sweet roll bake featuring Pepperidge Farm Sweet Rolls.
Servings
1 8-10 people
Servings
1 8-10 people
Caramel Pecan Sweet Roll Bake Recipe #WarmUpYourDay #ad
Caramel Pecan Sweet Roll Bake
A delicious, fluffy sweet roll bake featuring Pepperidge Farm Sweet Rolls.
Servings
1 8-10 people
Servings
1 8-10 people
Ingredients
Servings: 8-10 people
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees 2. Melt 1/4 cup of butter & pour it into the bottom of your 9×13 inch pan. 3. Pop open your sweet rolls. Set the caramel & pecans aside, & divide each roll into eight pieces. 4. Scatter Sweet Roll pieces around your pan. 5. Next, whip up your eggs, whipping cream, cinnamon, vanilla with a whisk & pour that over your sweet roll pieces. 6. Sprinkle pecan packets (from your Sweet Rolls) over the whole dish. 7. Drizzle maple syrup over dish. I didn’t do MUCH of this, because I knew with the caramel that it would be sweet. You can really do this to taste. It’s not vital to the recipe, so skip it if you’d like, or if you love sweet stuff, drizzle it on! 8. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until the middle is no longer gooey. 9. Once your bake is out of the oven, drizzle the caramel packets over your dish. (TIP: We lay ours on the warm stove to warm them up some!)
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7,000th Sale Giveaway Extravaganza!!

Hello lovelies!! As of this past weekend I am celebrating my 7,000th sale in my shop!!

I am so thankful for all of my customers and all of my readers here on this blog who have made all of this possible. So, I’m celebrating with a HUGE giveaway!

There will be 10 winners total! The first THREE names drawn from Rafflecopter will win my Completely Organized Planning Kit.

aka Every Digital Item in my shop!

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Then, the next 7 names drawn will win my NEW Budget Planner!

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The winners will be all contacted by email & sent their prizes that way. These planners are PDFs, so you’ll need the free Adobe Reader to open them. You can print them at home or at your local copy shop. My planners are also EDITABLE, you can type into any blank spaces of check boxes you see. The Budget Planner comes with regular & half size/A5 sized printables! For the Completely Organized kit, many planners are available in both A5 & regular size. See my shop for full details.

The giveaway will run through February 9th, & is open worldwide!

Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win!

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5 Ways I Make Money Blogging

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Hello lovelies! Today’s post is for all my bloggers & those who would like to blog out there reading! I’ve just began making a decent amount of money from this little old blog in the last 6 months, and I’ve done quite well. I see a lot of posts listing 100,000 ways to make money on your blog, but today I’m just sharing 5. I’m sharing 5 ways that I’ve actually made money blogging. Are ya’ll ready??!

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I’m going to break it down by the income method & then give more specifics on how I do it & specifically what programs I use!

1. Sponsored Posts

Okay, so sponsored posts are probably my most lucrative outlet to making money solely on my blog. I LOVE doing sponsored posts, they are so much fun! Specifically, I use Social Fabric and Clever Girls Collective to make the bulk of my sponsored post money. I have a few other smaller companies that I use, but honestly it hasn’t amounted to much outside of these two. I’m hoping to do a separate post very soon about how to get more sponsored posts, so make sure you subscribe to get an email once that post is live!

2. Affiliate Income

There are many, many affiliate programs you can join. For me personally, Amazon Associates and programs I’ve joined through Share A Sale have been the best option. I link to things in my posts such as planner supplies, tot schooling supplies, etc… which have led to a few sales with Amazon Associates. Nothing to write home about, but every little bit counts & I could see this becoming a larger money maker for me with more effort and links. For Share A Sale, my biggest ways to earn are through bonus posts, and my subscription box affiliate programs- Julep, Bluum, & Citrus Lane. I have also made a little extra money by sharing my favorite smart phone apps (their affiliate link) and sharing how I make money using Swagbucks!

3. Ads

For ads, I use Google Adsense and Mode Media. Ads are pretty straightforward. You apply to join and if accepted you place ad units on your blog. :)

4. Izea

I use Izea mostly for sponsored tweets & facebook posts. It’s so easy once you watch the video tutorials and I’ve made a good bit since using it. There are also some sponsored post opportunities on there, too!

5. Etsy

Okay, and finally, my biggest money maker is selling my own products through my Etsy shop. If you can use your blog as a platform to launch your own products, this is likely to be one of the best ways you can make money. Things like ads and sponsored tweets are small potatoes when you think about selling your own stuff & making $10 a sale instead of $.50 or $4. You know? I was a blogger before I ever started on Etsy, but now they work pretty interchangeably to create an awesome community for me here in my little corner of the web.

Now, I just want to say, none of this would be possible without the hard work and effort put into this blog or my shop. It is quite the learning curve, and it is really never ending and ever evolving. I’ve had to adapt and change constantly over the years. Also, the readers are #1, because without them you don’t have anything either. I never promote a product or share anything on my blog that I don’t 100% love and know that you guys will love, too. I am so grateful everyday for my wonderful readers and customers. This blog & shop are my livelihood & I am blessed to be able to do this. So, I just wanted to share that.

Now, do any of you out there make money through your blog & have a successful avenue that I didn’t mention here? Please share it in the comments!

 

January Ipsy Glam Bag- A Fresh Start!

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Hey guys! I’m back with the January Ipsy Glam Bag! This bag was so perfect for the new year, I LOVED the theme. I also really liked the products I got! I’ve been accumulating so many products between Julep & Ipsy that I had to redo my entire makeup organization system. Look for that on the blog in February! Anywho.. onto the glam bag!

January Ipsy Glam Bag- A Fresh Start!

Like I said, love, love, love!!

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I got a few really great items this month! A little bit of everything, really.

January Ipsy Glam Bag- A Fresh Start!

I got a sample of this eco-beauty moisturizer, which I’m excited to try. I know I mentioned wanting to start developing a good skin care routine, so this could be perfect! This moisturizer is a little pricey for the full sized, but that makes this little sample a $12 Value!

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Next I got this really pretty eye shadow from Pacifica. I love natural/brown colors, so this will go great in my collection. This eye shadow is natural, made from coconut! Pacifica eye shadows normally come in a palette, so this is just a sample. The value of the sample is $3.50.

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Next I got this full sized Hikari Eyeliner. On their website, this eyeliner is $13!

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Next I got this sample of Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm. The sample is only .15 oz less than the regular, so the value of this sample is $8.40.

January Ipsy Glam Bag- A Fresh Start!

Finally, I got this shimmer lotion sample from Manna. I don’t see a full size version of this on the Manna website, it is included in a discovery kit for sale there that includes two other products and a cute wristlet for $25, so I’d say the value of this is probably about $5.

So that’s this month’s bag! The total value was  around $30, and the bag is just $10, so that’s a great deal as always.

If you’re new to my Ipsy posts, Ipsy works like this- you sign up & take a style quiz. Ipsy curates the bag for you each month. You also get great deals and discounts on the items included in your bag if you decide to purchase full sized items or other products. You rate & review your Ipsy items to help Ipsy determine the best products to send you- this way you are always getting things you like. Then, you earn Ipsy Points, too, which can be redeemed for free samples & products. So easy. You can also earn points for referring others. It’s such a nice little treat for myself to receive each month, and I’ve yet to get a bag that I didn’t like. If you’d like to sign up for Ipsy, my referral link is here.

20 Valentines Day Activities for Toddlers

20 Valentines Day Activities for Toddlers

Hey guys! We are slowly but surely getting back into the swing of our Tot School. We’re re-starting the ABC’s and in a week or so we’ll start some extra Valentines Day activities, too. I thought today I would round up some great Valentines Day activities for Toddlers that I’ve found around blog land & on Pinterest. Enjoy!

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How To Throw a Fun & Easy Party for the Big Game #GameTimeMVP #CollectiveBias

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When it comes to game day parties, there are a few things you can be sure of- there will be people, there will be noise, and you NEED good food. If you are lucky like me, I bet your husband comes home at the last minute & tells you he’s invited people to watch the game, too. ;)

When it comes to easy game day spreads, I like to serve Stouffer’s Lasagna. You can’t get much simpler than just throwing it into the oven (not literally, but pretty much)… and setting a timer. This way you are spending more time with family and friends & entertaining guests than time in the kitchen!

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Free Printable Calendars for Your Filofax, Household Binder, Arc Notebook, etc…

Hey guys, I have something awesome to share with ya’ll today! I am now giving all my lovely readers, customers, social media followers, YOU, my (now) free printable calendars! I have a sweet deal for you to get the goal setting printables, too, at the end!

I have this set of printables in THREE different color schemes, & you can download them in letter size (8.5 x 11) AND A5/Half Size (5.5 x 8.5).

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These pages are perfect for your Filofax, Arc Notebook, Household Binder,  etc… they’re perpetual, so you fill in the dates. They can be used month after month, year after year. Once downloaded the pages are yours to save & keep, but please remember, these are for your PERSONAL use only. Distributing the files or printing & distributing them is NOT allowed. If you’d like to share the printables, feel free, but be sure to link back to THIS blog post. Thank you!!

Here are the pages you can get.. for free! Click the link under each photo to download that page!

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Free Mason Jar Weight Loss Tracker Printable

Hey guys! I’m on a roll here with my weekly freebies!! I’m excited about today’s freebie, for sure! These mason jar weight loss trackers became really popular in the “planner community” and I love them. I had one in my Daytimer planner before I stopped using it, so I’ve needed another one! This one is going to hang in my office I think. I knew I wanted this to be a January freebie so everyone that is on a weight loss journey this year could get it printed out & set up to use. Okay, so here’s the freebie!

Free Mason Jar Weight Loss Printable

Woohoo! Okay! In case you are wondering how in the world to use this thing… here we go! You could print it on cardstock & use a pencil to keep track or use re-position-able stickers. However, I recommend having it laminated (at staples if you don’t own a laminator) or placing it inside a sheet protector and then using some cute stickers to keep track of your pounds lost.

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