This Valentine’s Day popcorn is a sweet treat everyone will enjoy snacking on. It’s a fun snack to send to school for a Valentine’s party or to put in treat bags to give with Valentines cards (like these cute candy hearts ones!). It just takes a few minutes to whip up a batch (perfect for that ‘oops I forgot’ moment the night before 😉 : all you have to do is melt some white chocolate and choose your favourite sweets to mix in. I’ve even got some cute printable tags you can download and attach to treat bags for handing out on February 14! Who’s going to be organized for that class party? YOU ARE. Nice work mama, now let’s get to the good stuff…
5 cups popcorn (Tip: pop it a little ahead of time so it has time to cool)
1 cup white chocolate for melting
Valentine’s candies of choice (For mine I went with Smarties and candy hearts, but for kids who are gluten free I picked up some jelly beans to mix in in place of the Smarties).
1. Melt the white chocolate and stir to remove chunks. (I tried melting the chocolate two ways: on the stove top in a double boiler and in the microwave. For some reason I had better luck in the microwave).
2.When melted, drizzle the white chocolate over the popcorn.
3.Cover with the sprinkles and allow to cool. Tip: To speed this step up pop in the freezer for 10 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.
4.Break up the popcorn mix into bight-sized pieces and pour into a large mixing bowl. Toss in the smarties and candy hearts and blend until evenly distributed throughout the popcorn. If eating right away, pop into some bowls and enjoy. If making treat bags check out step 5.
5.If you want to send the popcorn to school with Valentines, pour into your bag or container of choice and attach one of these cute Valentines tags!
You know that dress you love so much? You know the one. Maybe it’s one you’ve had for a few years and can’t get enough of or maybe it’s a recent addition to your closet, one you had your eye on and couldn’t stop thinking about. Either way, the more mileage you can get out of the items in your closet, the better and I’m sharing 3 simple ways to style your favourite party dress to transform its look.
Whether your favourite is a little wild or a LBD, below are some ideas to help get the most wear out of your clothes and extend the life of items you already have. If you splurged on a dress for the holidays, now is a great time to think of ways to wear it throughout the year (hint: what are you wearing for Valentine’s Day?) I started with a pretty black number and added on to it with neutrals and colour to try and show the range of options with these ideas. Sometimes shopping your closet can lead to finding some new favourites, but if a little shopping is required, that’s ok too. 😉 Even if your style changes over time, you can update pieces you might otherwise not wear anymore by re-thinking them.
The dress I’m wearing in these photos is a simple black halter from Tobi with a scalloped detail and one I thought was a great jumping- off point. What I like about this dress: It’s black (goes with everything). It’s comfortable (’nuff said!). And it’s basic without being boring (that scalloped halter top). I also love how it fits: fitted without being too tight/ unforgiving. So, now that I’ve explained everything, let’s get to it!
Here are 3 ideas to re-style your favourite party dress!
1. Classic Accessories
You can’t go wrong with tights and a good pair of shoes, a pretty purse or clutch, etc. They can completely change the look of an outfit: from fun and casual to dressed up for a night out. The simplest way to give a fresh take to a dress (or any outfit) is to switch up the accessories. If you’re on a budget or like to get as much mileage out of your closet as possible, pick accessories that are interchangeable and will go with other pieces (neutrals are always a good choice for this).
For this outfit I paired black tights with nude pumps for contrast. I love how all- black looks (plus it’s a simple/ classic style trick when you’re stuck for ideas) and it leaves your outfit wide open to add accessories like jewelry and bags in a myriad of patterns and colours. Maybe a cute outfit for Valentine’s Day? 😉
2. Add a skirt
Not all dresses will work with this idea, but with the right skirt (think: something with a bit of body/ not too fitted, like a tutu or something flowy) you can completely change the look of your dress. As a jumping off point for this idea: if your dress has a simple design pair it with a skirt in a bold colour or print and/ or unique shape; if it has an elaborate top half, try something a little understated. This is a quick way to transform your favourite party dress and open up a variety of possible outfit options.
For this outfit I opted for one of my favourite skirts in a bright purple. To me it instantly makes an outfit more fun because of it’s bold colour and playful style. I love the colour and because of its style, it’s perfect to layer on top of this dress. A skirt that comes in at the waist like this one helps create a flattering silhouette and can be paired with dresses even if they aren’t totally fitted/ form fitting. In the spirit of a capsule wardrobe, I paired with the same black tights and nude pumps and added a colourful clutch I picked up at one of my favourite thrift stores.
3. Add something on top
The same ideas as above apply but in reverse: for a dress with a simple bottom, add a top layer that stands out; if it’s a more elaborate design, an understated top may be the better choice. Depending on how fitted your dress is, add a top underneath or on top like I did. For example, add extra drama to a strapless dress with a long- sleeved fitted top layered underneath. Or pair something sheer or see-through on top for a pretty peek-a-boo look. Play with combinations until you find one you’re happy with and that suits your body type and style of dress (ie I have broad shoulders, so I like that this halter dress and top don’t add bulk where I don’t need it).
While I love the scalloped detail at the top of this dress, it’s still a simple enough design that I can layer something with an intricate design on top. This white lace crop top stands out against the black of this dress and I love the contrast between the two. Since I wanted the top to be the star, I paired this outfit with understated neutral accessories: a large nude clutch and black leather heels.
Now I want to know: What do you think of these ideas? Would you try them with items in your closet??
Say Happy Valentine’s Day with these cute candy heart printables! Inspired by the cute sweets, these hearts make cute Valentine’s cards to give out at school, or you can use them for decorations. I’ve created two versions that you can choose from or mix-and-match: one set with words and one without/plain, so you can leave them blank or personalize yourself. All you have to do is click, print & cut out! Hand these out by themselves or pair with some sweet treats.
Tip: Print on cardstock instead of regular paper to use as Valentine’s cards. I sent mine to Staples to print and they cost less than a set of kid’s Valentine’s from the store
How often do you make time for yourself? Whether you want to curl up with a book or add some fitness into your routine, help make self-care a priority with these ideas! Self-care has been a topic of discussion with many of the people- men and women- that I know, and I feel like it’s coming up more and more in conversations online as well: we’re busy, burnt-out, and tired, and don’t have enough time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, let alone enjoy a hobby or find time to exercise. We’re getting lost in the shuffle and losing touch with ourselves. We need to make ourselves a priority and find some time for ourselves (even if only for a few minutes!), and that’s what inspired this post.
Whatever form self-care takes, from a favourite activity or hobby to fitness/ health, to trying something new, it’s personal and something that makes you ask yourself ‘what fills my cup’ or ‘what do I need to do for myself’? The answers can be game changers for your mind, body, and soul, but for many it can be a struggle to find/ make the time. I don’t know when self-care became such a hot topic, but I understand it’s different for everyone. This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on we want and need for ourselves for the year ahead and ultimately think about our priorities. Finding simple ways to form or strengthen healthy personal habits can make a big difference in our happiness and overall well-being.
Before you tell yourself you don’t have time, think of it this way: it can start with something as simple as ‘drink more water’ and move forward from there (there’s nothing wrong with baby steps!). If at first you find it challenging to find a block of time, start with 5 minutes and build from there. Be kind and have patience with yourself, this is something to be enjoyed, not be another item on a list to stress us out! 😉 I used to get anxiety at the thought of making time for one more thing, even if it was good for me, something I enjoyed, but slowly over time that melted away and my outlook towards self-care changed. Goodbye guilt, hello… contentment, calm, happiness… fill in the blank. Running has become my main fitness-related activity, largely due to convenience and simplicity, but it’s been instrumental in a lot of positive mental changes as well; over time it’s become something I look forward to on both a physical and psychological level and one of the best self- care decisions I’ve made. Self-care can also take different forms throughout the year and as our interests change; there are no set rules other than to make time and enjoy! Even if self-care takes the form of something we don’t love– such as exercise- we ultimately will feel better knowing we made the time for it, invested in ourselves.
For this post I wanted to include a variety of ideas to hopefully inspire making self-care a priority, so I’ve included everything from something as simple as a candle to a cozy chair to hopefully get you thinking about what self-care looks like and means to you. I love curling up in lots of blankets and pillows and reading; add a cup of tea or glass of wine and I’m happy. Whether you have an area in your house that you can dedicate, like a little reading nook or fitness space, or you just want to add touches throughout your home that remind you to make time for yourself- like that just breathe print– I hope this post helps you make self-care a priority and part of your routine.
You know when you’re running out the door or packing lunches and wish you had a healthy snack to grab? These little muffin bites are perfect for that aaaaaaand for using up all those ripes bananas you’ve got hanging out in your freezer (it’s embarrassing how many I have in mine!!! I just don’t like the idea of throwing them out so I end up with half my freezer loaded with bananas waiting for me to get in the baking mood). These little bites pack a nutritional punch and are perfect for an on-the-go snack or as a healthy addition to packed lunches. View Post
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