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Delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe

Delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe

Are you ready to curl up and snuggle with a movie this Valentine’s Night?  It’s cold outside, so why not plan a relaxing night in with some great Valentine’s Day themed food and drinks?  Make sure to include this simple and delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Recipe in your Valentine’s Day menu.  It’s yummy and pink and sure to be a hit with the entire family!

Delicious Pink Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe

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Ingredients
4 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips
1/2 cup strawberry syrup
4-5 drops of red food coloring

 
Directions
Combine all of the ingredients into a large pot and heat on medium-low until chocolate is melted and ingredients are combined.
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Serve immediately with marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, etc.
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Enjoy!
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Quick and Easy Pink Valentine’s Day Cake Bar Recipe

Easy Pink Valentine's Day Cake Bar Recipe

Easy Pink Valentine’s Day Cake Bar Recipe

Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love and sweets!  You can satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy and delicious cake bar recipe.  Plus it’s pink, making it fun and a perfect dessert the kids will love too.

Quick and Easy Pink Valentine’s Day Cake Bar Recipe

Makes 12-15 bars

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Ingredients
1 box Pink Velvet cake mix
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sprinkles

 

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with parchment paper.
 
In a large bowl, mix together pink velvet cake mix, milk, oil, and egg. Then, stir in half of the white chocolate chips and half of the sprinkles.

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Pour the mixture into your 9 x 13-inch pan, spreading it to coat the entire bottom of the pan.

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Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and sprinkle over the top of the mixture.

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Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

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Cool and enjoy!

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How to Find Time in Your Busy Schedule to Focus on Yourself

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Twinings of London in partnership with the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Finding Time in Your Busy Schedule to Focus on Yourself

It’s that time of year for us moms, the whirlwind of the holiday season is behind us and we may just be able to take a breath before Easter and spring cleaning starts.
It always feels like I’m being pulled in a million directions, the house needs to be cleaned yet I should be at my desk working, but then who’s taking the kids to sports, and so on.  I know taking even just a moment to focus on myself can leave me feeling guilty, but we have to remember if we don’t take care of ourselves how can we take care of the ones we love?

My favorite way to de-stressed is to curl up with a hot cup of tea and watch a movie or read a book.  Since high-school, this has been my go-to easy way to relax, so I am excited to be teaming up with Twinings of London Tea to bring you my helpful mom tips.


As soon as I make a steaming cup of tea and curl up on the couch, I am immediately relaxed as my mind wanders off thinking about having tea with my Nana as a child and how my best friend would make me tea every Wednesday night all through high-school when we’d have sleepovers.

However, when we are being pulled in a million directions it is hard to find that time to sit and recharge.  So, us moms need to steal the moments when we can.


Here are my 5 easy tips to find time for yourself:

1. Put the kids to bed early!  This is so important in my house, this gives me time to clean up from the day, finish up some work, and most importantly destress and recharge myself.  Plus, kids need those extra hours of sleep to grow and learn.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends kids ages 6-13 get 9-11 hours of sleep.  I usually need 7, that gives me between 2 and 4 hours of time.  

Granted that is on a smooth day when my children go to sleep like clockwork, it’s not an every night thing, but when it goes as planned I am so grateful.

2. Lock your bedroom door.  Seriously, if your children are old enough, mine are 8 and 12, take 15 minutes and hide in your bedroom.  Tell them not to bother you unless it is a real emergency.  Kids will interrupt us while we use the phone, take a shower, and even while we are on the toilet, it does not make you a bad mom to put yourself in time out!

3. Get Some Outside Help.  Do you live close to your kid’s friends?  Or have some awesome neighbors?  Trade of 30 minutes of child care to give each other a quick break.  My neighbor and I used to take turns watching the kids play together outside so that we could each have some quiet time.

4. Get up early.  This one doesn’t work for me, I am so not a morning person but all my mommy friends swear by it.  Get up before the kids, sit in the quiet and enjoy a cup of tea as the sun comes up.

5. The electronic babysitter.  I know this has been controversial since the first technology with a screen was invented, but I honestly feel that in moderation screen time can be a sanity saver for busy moms.  If you are pulling your hair out from a super hard day, put on your kid’s favorite movie while you make yourself a cup of tea and read a book,  or give your child the tablet and let them play some games while you take a long shower.  You will be able to breathe and re-center yourself so that at the end of that little break, you are fully charged and able to go back to being the amazing mom you are!

It’s Tea Time!

Now that you have a few breaks in your day to enjoy yourself, let’s talk tea!  If your going to take some quality me time and enjoy a cup of tea, make sure it’s a good tea!  Twinings of London has been providing quality tea for more than 300 years, starting in 1706, when Thomas Twining opened the House of Twining in London with his vision to sell only the finest teas, herbs, and infusions. 

Now Twinings of London Tea is available at your local grocer and I have had at least a few boxes in my cabinet at all times for as long as I can remember.  However, just because we don’t have to travel to London to get a box of tea that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing any of its amazing taste.  There are nine Twinings master blenders that travel the world to find only the best teas, spices, herbs, and fruit infusions to guarantee the perfect balance of taste, flavor, and aroma.  I love the 17 herbal flavor options they offer including the latest herbal blends Lemon Delight, Berry Fusion, and Buttermint.

What is your favorite Twinings of London Tea?

Emoji Valentine Cards + Free Printable

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Free Printable Emoji Valentine Cards

Are you on the hunt for last minute Valentine’s Day cards for your child’s school party?  I have the perfect easy set for you!

Emojis are all the rage right now!  My kids are obsessed with anything that has a poop or smiley faces on it, so these are perfect.  

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Everyone loves Emojis!  So, grab some heavyweight paper and print out these adorable printable Emoji Valentines here!  I’m sure all the kids will get a kick out of them.

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If you’re looking for another option, check out my Dinosaur Printable Valentine’s and Rosette Heart Cards too!

 

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Dinosaur Valentine’s Day Card + Free Printable

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Dinosaur Valentine’s Day Card + Free Printable


Are you still looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day cards for your kids?  These dinosaur Valentine’s are adorable and super easy to make!  Plus they offer an affordable option without the candy.  My dinosaur obsessed third grader is so excited to give them out next week and play with all their dinosaur figures together.

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Supplies: 
Glitter Cardstock 
White Paper 
Scissors 
Paper Cutter 
Glitter Tape or Washi Tape 
Glue Stick 
Mini Dinosaur Figures (Available at most Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores year around)

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Instructions: 
Print Valentine’s Day cards.
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Use a paper cutter or scissors to carefully cut out each card. 

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Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut glitter cardstock slightly larger than the Valentine’s Day card. 

Use a glue stick to attach the card to the cardstock. Allow to dry completely. 

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Use glitter tape or washi tape to attach a mini dinosaur figure to each card. 

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Your cards are ready to be enjoyed. These are perfect for classroom exchanges! 

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