5 Favorite Printable Valentines

It’s the week of Valentine’s Day and I’m sure things are in full swing. Or if you’re like me, you still have help your kindergartener make a Valentine’s day bag and finish up Valentine’s for her class by Wednesday.

Here are five of my favorite Valentines from recent years. This is always one of my favorite projects to complete with BK! Best of all? None of them involve candy.

ONE – Hair Ties

These are definitely my favorite! We handed out creaseless hair ties to our dance friends one year and they were certainly a hit. You can find the original post and printable here. 

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TWO — Play-doh Valentines

This one works for boys and girls. Just package up a small container of play-doh and a cutter (you can buy sets of these in the toy section), seal it with a the printable sticker and you’re all set. You can find the instructions and printables here.

Play Doh Valentines DIY

 

THREE — Shopkins

These tiny toys are all the rage at our house, so the girls in BK’s class are getting their own Shopkin for Valentine’s Day this year. This was the perfect solution to her constantly wanting to take her Shopkins to school and share with her friends, I’m sure her teacher is thrilled that I make sure her Shopkins collection doesn’t make it into her back pack in the morning. The boys are getting a different treat, but it’ll be just as fun! You can find the printable here.

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FOUR — Sticker Valentines 

I’m itching to recreate these! BK still loves stickers and now Jud is following close behind. These work for boys and girls and are always a hit. They were so simple and precious! You can find the instructions and printables here.

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FIVE — Bubbles

You find these bubbles in a pack in the seasonal section at Target. I just created a header with a cute font on Word, printed and cut the cardstock into strips. From there, just stick them onto the cardstock with washi tape.

bubble Valentines DIY


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whole 30: fiesta breakfast casserole

I made the most delicious breakfast casserole today, it will definitely go down as one of my favorite Whole 30 approved recipes, and I think we’ll be making it over and over again.

It’s full of flavor, and completely transforms your typical breakfast of eggs and sweet potatoes. Even better? Cook once and have breakfast for the entire week.

It uses Tessemae’s Southwest Ranch, you can find it on Amazon, their website or check your local Whole Foods. I didn’t have any but you could totally garnish with green onions, if desired.

Whole 30 approved breakfast fiesta casserole -- cook once and have breakfast for the whole week

 

fiesta breakfast casserole
 
Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Tessemae's Southwest Ranch
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • taco seasoning (see recipe in post)
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 clove roasted garlic, minced
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 450. Toss the sweet potatoes in Southwest ranch, place on parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet and cook for about 25 minutes (until tender)
  2. Meanwhile, brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat with taco seasoning and a little added water to make sure the taco seasoning mixes well, drain.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together mix together coconut milk, garlic, eggs, and salt and pepper.
  4. Grease a 9x13" pan.
  5. Transfer the cooked potatoes to the greased pan. Add sausage. Then pour the egg mixture evenly over the sausage and sweet potatoes.
  6. Turn the oven down to 350 and bake about 30 minutes, until casserole is set.

Use your favorite taco seasoning or try this recipe, I always make a big batch to use as needed.

1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 
1/4 cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper


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LiveWhole365 — Whole 30 + Costco

We recently purchased a Costco membership and it is a game changer. I was amazed at the huge selection of organic and Whole 30 compliant items available, and available in bulk. If you’ve ever purchased grass-fed and organic from your local Whole Foods, then you know just how expensive it can get. 
Your guide to shopping for Whole 30 at Costco

We thought it would be wise to put the Costco membership to use and purchase things in bulk. Here’s a look at what I purchased at Costco:

Protein

  • Organic Chicken
  • Aidell’s Chicken-Apple Sausage
  • Organic Ground Turkey
  • Organic Beef Roast
  • Organic Ground Beef
  • Wild Caught Salmon
  • Wild Planet canned tuna
  • Cage free eggs
  • Kirkland’s Turkey burgers

For the most part, the meat is already divided out pretty well. If not,  I divided the meat to freeze in smaller sizes for cooking and then froze them in portions.

Fruits/Vegetables (there are tons of options here, this is just a sample of some of my favorites)

  • Pre-cut butternut squash
  • Mini cucumbers
  • Trimmed brussels sprouts
  • Mini peppers
  • Romain hearts
  • Pomegranate Arils
  • Organic spinach
  • Organic spring mix

These were just some of my favorites. There are tons of options for fresh produce and it changes seasonally, the prices are great and so is the quality.

Pantry

  • Organic diced tomatoes
  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Organic Chicken Stock
  • Almond butter

Snacks (moderation)

  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pistachio (shelled)
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Dates
  • Dried fruit
  • Lara Bars
  • Bare Fruit Apple Chips
  • Good Foods Guacamole (individual servings)
  • Fresh salsa

Obviously, snacks are frowned upon a bit during Whole 30, but I know how some of these got me through during my first round. We keep things like this around at our house.

Drinks

  • La Croix variety pack
  • San Pellegrino
  • Coconut water

I’ll be over on Instagram this week, with the @livewhole365 account, so come and follow along for delicious meal ideas, and to keep up with the progress all year!


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