Creative, healthy and quick all in one.  Here are some Halloween snacks to inspire you.  The shopping list is below!
Shopping list
1 cucumber
1 bag of carrots
1 can of black olives
2 orange papers
1 bag of snap peas
1 can of veggie dip
 
Wishing you the Happiest of Love Days!   

The above family photo was taken on a snowy day in Wisconsin by a wonderful friend of ours, Gretchen of Family Focus Photography.   If you are in the MN or WI area, I highly recommend her.  On our photo day Gretchen met us at my brother's house.   We were hoping the rain would stay away, and snow would come, and that is exactly what happened.  We had moments of no snow and moments of HUGE snowflakes and the weather stayed around 30 degrees.  PERFECT.  If you want to view some other photos from our shoot Gretchen has some on her Facebook page.  Thanks so much Gretchen!!

On to the kiddos school Valentines.  This year, I wondered though Pinterest, and thought and thought.  I even passed by the Valentines at the store, but just could not do it.  Instead, we went simple -- and used the amazing photos by Gretchen!

Hailey blowing you glitter kisses made for a perfect shot for a Valentine.  So sweet.  
For Jenna, we went simple and sweet -- and how could we not, with those beautiful blue eyes so full of love. 
Now Jackson, being a 4th grader, he was not having any of that love stuff and no full face photos of him.   So we played on a deck of cards and created our "Jack of Hearts."  
Hope your Valentine's Day is full of love.   
-Ann
 
The note came home, my preschooler and I were to work together on a Valentine's Day Card Box.   Thrilled.  To say we worked on it together might be a stretch!  Her opinion was asked on several occasions and she helped pick out the button eyes.  Either way, she loves it just as much as she loves handing out cards and gifts to others, which is A LOT.  
This is a pretty exciting holiday for her. 
 
Without further adieu, here is our recycled Tide Pods (LOVE THEM) container.  The container had been sitting in the laundry room for a couple weeks.  I was thinking it could be used for Lego storage at first, but this project put it to much better use.  I kept it simple (without too              many Valentine's Day themed decorations) so she could still store Legos or toys in after Valentines day is over. 

I used scrapbooking paper to cover the Tide Label.  Eyes and "Jenna" heart were cut with the Silouette.  A layer of Mod Podge was applied over paper and around the button eyes.  
 
This year I am stumped on what Valentines to make.  Just have yet to have the spark of creativity or pinlifting -- yes, like scraplifting but with Pinterest!  And I did make that word up! Forgive me, it is 4:15am and I have been up since 2:42am.  Why?  I don't know.   Anyway, I decided to take a stroll down memory lane at the last two years Valentines.  The kids loved making and giving them.  Here is a peek at 2011:
And 2012.  Look how they have grown!  
2013 -- Coming soon!
 
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My daughter was asked to bring pudding cups to school for her Halloween party.  She was very disappointed.  "Boring pudding cups" was her attitude, but we changed that!  A roll of white streamers, some eyes and a hot glue gun changed boring pudding to fun mummy pudding!

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