Do You Know a Hero Dog?

From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: To celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humankind, the AKC Humane Fund is seeking YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Nominations are open now through July 31st and winners will be announced in late 2021. The 2021 Awards for … Continue reading Do You Know a Hero Dog?


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DIY Kids Valentine’s Day Baskets + Handmade Valentine’s Cards


DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets

This post is in partnership with YumEarth


I have always been a fan of Valentine’s Day. I’ve never really looked at it as a romantic holiday, but instead as a day to celebrate love. (I mean, who doesn’t like love?!) After having kids, Love Day (as my little ones call it), became next level. Both kids absolutely adore the crafting aspects of it, especially creating Valentines for their friends. This year, I thought it would be fun if in addition to making Valentines, we put together little love-themed gift baskets to give to a few of their friends that would include handmade cards, a few small goodies, and our favorite organic valentine candy from YumEarth. They were so much fun to make and turned out really cute, and today I’m going to share with you how we did it!

Handmade Valentine's Cards
DIY  Handmade Valentine's Cards
DIY Kids Handmade Valentine's Cards

VALENTINE CARDS 

Supplies
medium sized foam or cardstock hearts (you can buy precut or cut your own)
small sized foam or cardstock hearts 
Valentine-themed stickers
sparkly washy tape
double-sided tape
YumEarth Organic Lollipops, YumEarth Organic Gummy Fruits, and YumEarth Organic Giggles

Directions

For each Valentine, use double-sided tape to stick a small foam or cardstock heart, centered, onto a large one.
Once again using the double-side tape, attach a piece of 
YumEarth organic valentine candy to the center of each heart.
Encourage your kids to use their creativity to decorate however they choose with stickers and washy tape.

DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets + Handmade Valentine's Cards
DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets
DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets
DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets


VALENTINE BASKETS

Supplies
Small basket
Valentine-themed dish towel or tissue paper
Handmade Valentine card 
Small stuffed animal
Valentine-themed pencils
Valentine stickers, temporary tattoos, or other small goodies
Large heart sticker
Directions
Insert dish towel or tissue into basket and fluff from center.
Add stuffed animal, YumEarth Organic Lollipops, YumEarth Organic Gummy Fruits and YumEarth Organic Giggles, pencils, and stickers (or other small goodies).
Place handmade Valentine card in the back.
Add heart sticker to the front of the basket.

DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets + Handmade Valentine's Cards
DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets + Handmade Valentine's Cards
DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets + Handmade Valentine's Cards

Handmade Valentine's Cards

Both the handmade Valentine cards and Valentine baskets are simple to craft but make such a special statement. My kids have a great time making them, and it brings them such joy to give them as gifts. Their other favorite part of these projects is getting to sample the delicious YumEarth organic candies! YumEarth candies are some of their all time favorite treats because they taste so good. And I feel good about giving them YumEarth because all of their products are not only organic, but also non-GMO, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and free from the top 8 allergens. They also contain no corn syrup or natural dyes. That’s pretty impressive. Did I mention almost all of their products are vegan too? 

The fact that they’re allergy-friendly treats also makes them the perfect addition for our little Valentine basket gifts, since several of my kids’ friends have food allergies. (Side note: I’ve been known to enjoy my fair share of YumEarth Giggles. So fruity and flavorful!)

DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets + Handmade Valentine's Cards
DIY Kids Valentine's Day Baskets + Handmade Valentine's Cards

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day candy and treats you can feel good about giving to your babes (and also good about them handing out to their friends), go to their store locator to find out where to buy YumEarth allergy friend candy near you, or shop online. And if you end up making your own Valentines and/or these fun Valentine baskets, tag me (@bubbyandbean) on social media so I can see them and share!

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9 Cute Mugs Under $10

9 Cute Mugs Under $  9
1. Pink Porcelain Mug ($ 5.99)   |   2. White and Beige Ceramic Mug ($ 9.99)   |   3. Painted Porcelain Mug ($ 5.99)   |   4. Rainbow Mug ($ 5.99)   |   5. Teal and Gold Mug ($ 5.99)   |   6. Blue Ceramic Mug ($ 6.99)   |   7.  Gold and Yellow Striped Mug ($ 5.99)   |   8. Charcoal Mug ($ 3.49)   |  Beige Ceramic Mug ($ 6.99)
It’s a post about mugs, guys. Really though, who doesn’t like a good mug? I feel like I drink more coffee than ever during the winter months, and perhaps all that coffee drinking in the same old boring mugs lit a fire under me because I went on a good old fashioned mug hunt and snagged three of the goodies you see above. It made made irrationally happy too. For these prices, why not? Happy coffee (or tea, or whiskey, whatever) drinking, friends. 
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Valentine’s Day Cookies

Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

We make these cookies every year for Valentine’s Day, but my 7 year old daughter told me it was absolutely imperative we make them earlier this year, so here we are. They might look familiar to some of you because I have shared this recipe here in the past, but making tweaks and reposting recipes here is sort of my thing. Plus, they are so good, they’re worth a reshare every couple of years. 

Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

Peanut Butter (or Sunbutter) and Jelly Valentine’s Day Cookies
Makes about 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 cup peanut butter or SunButter (for allergy-free recipe!)  
1-1/4 cups all-purpose (or gluten free) flour
1-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter (softened)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extra
1/2 cup jelly, jam, or preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, use a mixer to beat together the peanut butter or SunButter, butter, and egg. Beat in the sugars and vanilla until thoroughly combined, then beat in the flour mixture on low until well mixed. Roll tablespoon size balls on dough and place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart, the slightly press each cookie into a round shape. (Tip: dip the bottom of a metal measuring cup in sugar and then press onto each cookie ball).) Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven, and immediately use the bottom of a wooden spoon handle to make heart shapes in the center of each cookie while still hot. Fill each indentation with jelly, and allow to cool on a wire rack.  

Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

Happy (way early) Valentine’s Day! I hope you like these as much as we do. 

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Shelter Sunday: Honey AKA Kia / Canine Castaways Rescue / Fountaintown, IN

Meet Honey, also known as Kia. This beautiful adult Boxer is house-trained and prefers a home without kids, cats, or other dogs. Here’s what her rescuers have to say about her: Honey! What a perfect name for such a sweet soulful girl. Honey is only 4-5yrs old. Recently pulled from IACS and in a foster … Continue reading Shelter Sunday: Honey AKA Kia / Canine Castaways Rescue / Fountaintown, IN


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