The official start of spring is less than a month away, which means we are giving you full permission to break out your spring decor! Swap those cozy textures and dark winter hues for bright, vibrant pieces that will make your space pop! You want the interior of your home to mimic the changing of the seasons outside…bring in light colors, breezy fabrics, and bold patterns. Target has everything you need to prep your home for spring at really affordable prices! See Target spring decor inspiration below.

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These earthy tones bring the outdoors inside. Muted green tones paired with bright whites and shining brass accents will give your space a “one with nature” vibe while still feeling quaint and coordinated.

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We’re breaking out all the tricks and treats this Halloween season! Whether you’re looking for inspo for classroom parties, fall birthday party snack ideas, or Halloween party additions, we’ve got a lineup of Halloween-inspired treats that is definitely spook-tacular and sure to impress your ghouls of honor! See our Halloween treat ideas below.

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Pretzel Spiderwebs – a sweet and salty festive treat! Line pretzels up in the shape of a wheel on wax paper, heat up white chocolate until melted and swirl around, take a toothpick or prongs of a fork and pull out for that web look, and then finish with Halloween sprinkles!

Three Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies – Both savory and sweet, simple and perfect for a cookie swap!

  • Can of 100% pure pumpkin 
  • Box of spice cake mix
  • Dark chocolate chips 
  • Mix all together, form into balls, place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15 minutes and enjoy!
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Individual S’mores Cups – grab any seasonal peeps and make these year ’round!

Pumpkin Popcorn Station – Personalize toppings to your liking for a spooky movie night treat or a festive and fun addition to any party! Fill a pitcher or bowl with your favorite type of popcorn and top with a scoop, assemble bowls with “options” and scoops on a tray. Serve in festive little snack trays and enjoy!

  • popcorn
  • candy corn
  • crushed pretzels
  • peanuts 
  • gummy bears 
  • marshmallows 
  • Reese’s pieces

Apple Slice Sundae Station – Customize your apples, sauces and toppings for a delectable and seasonally fun snack or dessert!

  • apples apples – Granny Smith, Gala, Red Delicious (any kind will do)
  • chocolate and peanut butter sauce – (or whatever tickles your taste buds!)
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • mini M&Ms 
  • mini chocolate chips
  • shredded coconut 
  • toffee bits 
  • crushed Oreos
  • crushed pumpkin spice graham crackers (any graham cracker will do)

We’re breaking out all the tricks and treats this Halloween season! Whether you’re looking for inspo for classroom parties, fall birthday party snack ideas, or Halloween party additions, we’ve got a lineup of Halloween-inspired treats that is definitely spook-tacular and sure to impress your ghouls of honor! See our Halloween treat ideas below.

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Pretzel Spiderwebs – a sweet and salty festive treat! Line pretzels up in the shape of a wheel on wax paper, heat up white chocolate until melted and swirl around, take a toothpick or prongs of a fork and pull out for that web look, and then finish with Halloween sprinkles!

Three Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies – Both savory and sweet, simple and perfect for a cookie swap!

  • Can of 100% pure pumpkin 
  • Box of spice cake mix
  • Dark chocolate chips 
  • Mix all together, form into balls, place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15 minutes and enjoy!
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Individual S’mores Cups – grab any seasonal peeps and make these year ’round!

Pumpkin Popcorn Station – Personalize toppings to your liking for a spooky movie night treat or a festive and fun addition to any party! Fill a pitcher or bowl with your favorite type of popcorn and top with a scoop, assemble bowls with “options” and scoops on a tray. Serve in festive little snack trays and enjoy!

  • popcorn
  • candy corn
  • crushed pretzels
  • peanuts 
  • gummy bears 
  • marshmallows 
  • Reese’s pieces

Apple Slice Sundae Station – Customize your apples, sauces and toppings for a delectable and seasonally fun snack or dessert!

  • apples apples – Granny Smith, Gala, Red Delicious (any kind will do)
  • chocolate and peanut butter sauce – (or whatever tickles your taste buds!)
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • mini M&Ms 
  • mini chocolate chips
  • shredded coconut 
  • toffee bits 
  • crushed Oreos
  • crushed pumpkin spice graham crackers (any graham cracker will do)
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We’re breaking out all the tricks and treats this Halloween season! Whether you’re looking for inspo for classroom parties, fall birthday party snack ideas, or Halloween party additions, we’ve got a lineup of Halloween-inspired treats that is definitely spook-tacular and sure to impress your ghouls of honor! See our Halloween treat ideas below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this post, see full disclosure here.

Pretzel Spiderwebs – a sweet and salty festive treat! Line pretzels up in the shape of a wheel on wax paper, heat up white chocolate until melted and swirl around, take a toothpick or prongs of a fork and pull out for that web look, and then finish with Halloween sprinkles!

Three Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies – Both savory and sweet, simple and perfect for a cookie swap!

  • Can of 100% pure pumpkin 
  • Box of spice cake mix
  • Dark chocolate chips 
  • Mix all together, form into balls, place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15 minutes and enjoy!
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is IMG-1894-1024x990.jpg

Individual S’mores Cups – grab any seasonal peeps and make these year ’round!

Pumpkin Popcorn Station – Personalize toppings to your liking for a spooky movie night treat or a festive and fun addition to any party! Fill a pitcher or bowl with your favorite type of popcorn and top with a scoop, assemble bowls with “options” and scoops on a tray. Serve in festive little snack trays and enjoy!

  • popcorn
  • candy corn
  • crushed pretzels
  • peanuts 
  • gummy bears 
  • marshmallows 
  • Reese’s pieces

Apple Slice Sundae Station – Customize your apples, sauces and toppings for a delectable and seasonally fun snack or dessert!

  • apples apples – Granny Smith, Gala, Red Delicious (any kind will do)
  • chocolate and peanut butter sauce – (or whatever tickles your taste buds!)
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • mini M&Ms 
  • mini chocolate chips
  • shredded coconut 
  • toffee bits 
  • crushed Oreos
  • crushed pumpkin spice graham crackers (any graham cracker will do)

As a busy mom of four, I’ve found that with the constant hustle and bustle of everyday life it’s so easy to grab prepackaged snacks on the fly. Depending on the day I’m packing 1-3 school lunches and throwing snacks to my two-year-old son in between meals or a hold-me-over until the next big meal or before an activity. There are all different types of prepackaged snacks, from chips and granola bars to cookies and fruit snacks. I’ve been more conscious over the years with checking out the ingredients – I especially try to avoid really any food dyes. I have a daughter that is negatively affected by Red 40, so I personally try to avoid bringing anything into our home with that ingredient. I am also conscious of the sugar content in prepared snacks. Here is a recent haul I did to stock up for packing lunches and a busy grab-n-go season of life!

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  • Brainiac Brain Squeezers Applesauce was created by two dads plus a team of neurologists, nutritionists, and pediatricians. They are unsweetened with Omega-3 DHA/EPA and Choline and only have 2 grams of sugar.
  • GoGo SqueeZ Fruit & VeggieZ Applesauce Pouches with Pedal Pedal Peach, which is a nutritious blend of apples, peaches and sweet potatoes; and Speedy Strawberry, which is made from apples, strawberries and zucchini.
  • Mott’s Fruit Snacks are the only fruit snacks I have found that do not have Red 40 – I am conscious of certain ingredients as I have a kid who is negatively affected by them. Plus I generally try to stay away from products that have any kind of dyes.
  • Dot’s pretzels in my family’s opinion are the best brand of pretzels. My kids always ask for the “red bag” of pretzel snacks, but I am a fan of most of the other varieties that they offer.
  • Simply Chex is what I call a “fun snack” – it’s a less healthy option, but still not as bad as other snacks imo.
  • Goldfish – Original is another “fun snack,” but out of all the flavors, the original is the best option if you’re like me and try to stay away from artificial flavorings.
  • Sun-maid raisins with yogurt is a snack most of my kids like, and they’ll eat them plain, but I do like to switch out with the fun flavors like strawberry and vanilla.
  • Made Good granola bars offer the nutrients of a whole serving of veggies and are pretty tasty with their fun flavorings.
  • That’s It mini fruit bars are very simple, with just two ingredients and no added sugar. It’s an easy yes for me and kids love it because it’s simply fruit.
  • Bear fruit rolls are a great substitution for fruit roll ups…there is no added sugar and my kids love the collectible cards that come in each pack.
  • Airly crackers are not only made with whole grain oats and taste yummy, but they are also good for the environment too.
  • Junkless granola bars are so tasty, I’m not sure who likes them more – me or the kiddos. Plus they have a full serving of vegetables so that’s a win for sure.
  • Bobo’s are an interesting combination of a cookie and a granola bar. They are gluten- and dairy-free as well as organic and vegan too.
  • Mr. Beast Feastable cookies are low in sugar content, plant-based and GF; for me a better option over Keebler and Chips A-hoy brands.
  • Sunbelt Bakery granola bars have no preservatives in them and are made from whole grains.
  • Kodiak chewy bars and bites are very filling with the amount of protein, and the bites are a nice replacement for the popular Teddy Graham cookies.
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As a busy mom of four, I’ve found that with the constant hustle and bustle of everyday life it’s so easy to grab prepackaged snacks on the fly. Depending on the day I’m packing 1-3 school lunches and throwing snacks to my two-year-old son in between meals or a hold-me-over until the next big meal or before an activity. There are all different types of prepackaged snacks, from chips and granola bars to cookies and fruit snacks. I’ve been more conscious over the years with checking out the ingredients – I especially try to avoid really any food dyes. I have a daughter that is negatively affected by Red 40, so I personally try to avoid bringing anything into our home with that ingredient. I am also conscious of the sugar content in prepared snacks. Here is a recent haul I did to stock up for packing lunches and a busy grab-n-go season of life!

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this post, see full disclosure here.
  • Brainiac Brain Squeezers Applesauce was created by two dads plus a team of neurologists, nutritionists, and pediatricians. They are unsweetened with Omega-3 DHA/EPA and Choline and only have 2 grams of sugar.
  • GoGo SqueeZ Fruit & VeggieZ Applesauce Pouches with Pedal Pedal Peach, which is a nutritious blend of apples, peaches and sweet potatoes; and Speedy Strawberry, which is made from apples, strawberries and zucchini.
  • Mott’s Fruit Snacks are the only fruit snacks I have found that do not have Red 40 – I am conscious of certain ingredients as I have a kid who is negatively affected by them. Plus I generally try to stay away from products that have any kind of dyes.
  • Dot’s pretzels in my family’s opinion are the best brand of pretzels. My kids always ask for the “red bag” of pretzel snacks, but I am a fan of most of the other varieties that they offer.
  • Simply Chex is what I call a “fun snack” – it’s a less healthy option, but still not as bad as other snacks imo.
  • Goldfish – Original is another “fun snack,” but out of all the flavors, the original is the best option if you’re like me and try to stay away from artificial flavorings.
  • Sun-maid raisins with yogurt is a snack most of my kids like, and they’ll eat them plain, but I do like to switch out with the fun flavors like strawberry and vanilla.
  • Made Good granola bars offer the nutrients of a whole serving of veggies and are pretty tasty with their fun flavorings.
  • That’s It mini fruit bars are very simple, with just two ingredients and no added sugar. It’s an easy yes for me and kids love it because it’s simply fruit.
  • Bear fruit rolls are a great substitution for fruit roll ups…there is no added sugar and my kids love the collectible cards that come in each pack.
  • Airly crackers are not only made with whole grain oats and taste yummy, but they are also good for the environment too.
  • Junkless granola bars are so tasty, I’m not sure who likes them more – me or the kiddos. Plus they have a full serving of vegetables so that’s a win for sure.
  • Bobo’s are an interesting combination of a cookie and a granola bar. They are gluten- and dairy-free as well as organic and vegan too.
  • Mr. Beast Feastable cookies are low in sugar content, plant-based and GF; for me a better option over Keebler and Chips A-hoy brands.
  • Sunbelt Bakery granola bars have no preservatives in them and are made from whole grains.
  • Kodiak chewy bars and bites are very filling with the amount of protein, and the bites are a nice replacement for the popular Teddy Graham cookies.

Back to school means back to making school lunches for the crew. Last September is when I really started preparing lunches at home for the kids to take to school. Depending on the school lunch menu, I was making 2/3 kids’ lunches at least three days out of the week. My youngest is very picky and didn’t want school lunch unless it was breakfast for lunch (i.e.: French toast sticks, etc.). For anyone planning on packing lunches, whether it’s your first time or if you need some fresh ideas or inspo, we’ve got the 4-1-1 for a successful school year!

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Let’s start with containers! Kristy’s son is a picky eater, so these Bentgo boxes are perfect when putting together a lunch that kids can graze on with a variety of items that hopefully they are interested in that day because, well, kids…one day they love one thing and the next day they won’t touch it! Bentgo is leak-proof and some of the Bentgo boxes have ice packs – they’re called Bentgo Chill Boxes.

I have an Omie box for my youngest daughter. She isn’t a big eater and prefers turkey and cheese with mustard as her entree, or if we have left over spaghetti or mac ‘n’ cheese, I’ll fill up her thermos bowl with boiling water and let it sit while I heat up her leftovers, dump the water and replace with the meal – it keeps it at the perfect temperature until her lunch time. Add a couple of snacks and she’s good to go!

Anyone else wonder why most kids lunch boxes are so small?! It’s often hard to find items that are able to fit. Kristy found these sandwich containers for her daughter’s lunch bag. These are reusable, easy to open and close, and are safe for the freezer too.

I came across these snap-lock lunch box containers last year and they also fit well in my kids’ lunch boxes…we have ones from Pottery Barn Kids. They are slightly bento-inspired with a couple different compartments. They are not leak-proof, but they get the job done.

I use Ello containers to make fresh fruit cups and SnapLock dip cups for ranch dressing or other condiments so that there are no spills or leaks. I like to use silicone muffin cups as a space-saver to place snacks like pretzels, goldfish, cookies and more for easy access. My favorite score last year was these Ello on the go cutlery sets. I love using them over plastic utensils.

Kristy gets creative with her son’s lunches since he is the pickiest eater! She uses fun cookie cutters to make different shapes for his sandwiches – and she says that they have actually helped! The smaller shapes can be used for fruits like melons and apples. Don’t forget about the cutters to make homemade uncrustables

Does anyone else find that there’s never enough room for ice packs?! When you’re packing lunch meat and/or cheese sandwiches and items like yogurt and cheese sticks, you need it! Kristy found these fun character thin ice packs that fit perfectly.

PRO TIP: If you have a gogurt kid, freeze the gogurts and use them as ice packs! They keep your items cool, and it thaws out just in time for lunch!

For thermoses, we’ve been through the wringer with trying to find ones that are great at keeping their drinks cold and NOT leaking everywhere! These are my go-tos! 

  • Simple Modern – they come in two sizes and some fun patterns
  • Hydroflask – these are great for sports and with having to personalize everything, there’s a nice sleeve you can add your kiddo’s name to
  • Thermoflask – keeps beverages ice-cold for 24 hrs, and hot for up to 12 hrs with double-wall and vacuum insulation
  • MIIR – MiiR is a family-owned company based in Seattle, Washington, and their products are insulated and leak-proof
  • Thermos – if your kids have sensitivities and prefer a softer straw, these are great, and of course they come in fun designs

Liquid IV recently came out with kids’ hydration multiplier packs, so Kristy grabbed all of the flavors and will include them in her kids’ lunch routines, putting them in their thermoses because they drink way more water with them!

Frito-Lay has an ultimate snack package which offers 40 assorted varieties of chips, cookies, crackers and more! Perfect for lunches, on-the-go students or teachers – if you’d like to gift a snack!

If your child happens to be in a class with a gluten and/or nut allergy, fortunately Walmart has a great selection for school-friendly snacks!

Grab and go variety snacks from Amazon are perfect not only for lunches, but also for those afterschool activities like softball, CCD, tumbling, soccer, karate, or gymnastics. It’s also a great grab for a teacher/class donation!

There’s nothing like a handwritten note from a loved one, but this year the trend is adorable little note/joke cards to put in their lunch box each day! They have riddles, fun facts, brain teasers and some giggles and laughs! There are also holiday specific ones too!

Back to school means back to making school lunches for the crew. Last September is when I really started preparing lunches at home for the kids to take to school. Depending on the school lunch menu, I was making 2/3 kids’ lunches at least three days out of the week. My youngest is very picky and didn’t want school lunch unless it was breakfast for lunch (i.e.: French toast sticks, etc.). For anyone planning on packing lunches, whether it’s your first time or if you need some fresh ideas or inspo, we’ve got the 4-1-1 for a successful school year!

Frugal and Thriving may earn commission via affiliate links in this post, see full disclosure here.

Let’s start with containers! Kristy’s son is a picky eater, so these Bentgo boxes are perfect when putting together a lunch that kids can graze on with a variety of items that hopefully they are interested in that day because, well, kids…one day they love one thing and the next day they won’t touch it! Bentgo is leak-proof and some of the Bentgo boxes have ice packs – they’re called Bentgo Chill Boxes.

I have an Omie box for my youngest daughter. She isn’t a big eater and prefers turkey and cheese with mustard as her entree, or if we have left over spaghetti or mac ‘n’ cheese, I’ll fill up her thermos bowl with boiling water and let it sit while I heat up her leftovers, dump the water and replace with the meal – it keeps it at the perfect temperature until her lunch time. Add a couple of snacks and she’s good to go!

Anyone else wonder why most kids lunch boxes are so small?! It’s often hard to find items that are able to fit. Kristy found these sandwich containers for her daughter’s lunch bag. These are reusable, easy to open and close, and are safe for the freezer too.

I came across these snap-lock lunch box containers last year and they also fit well in my kids’ lunch boxes…we have ones from Pottery Barn Kids. They are slightly bento-inspired with a couple different compartments. They are not leak-proof, but they get the job done.

I use Ello containers to make fresh fruit cups and SnapLock dip cups for ranch dressing or other condiments so that there are no spills or leaks. I like to use silicone muffin cups as a space-saver to place snacks like pretzels, goldfish, cookies and more for easy access. My favorite score last year was these Ello on the go cutlery sets. I love using them over plastic utensils.

Kristy gets creative with her son’s lunches since he is the pickiest eater! She uses fun cookie cutters to make different shapes for his sandwiches – and she says that they have actually helped! The smaller shapes can be used for fruits like melons and apples. Don’t forget about the cutters to make homemade uncrustables

Does anyone else find that there’s never enough room for ice packs?! When you’re packing lunch meat and/or cheese sandwiches and items like yogurt and cheese sticks, you need it! Kristy found these fun character thin ice packs that fit perfectly.

PRO TIP: If you have a gogurt kid, freeze the gogurts and use them as ice packs! They keep your items cool, and it thaws out just in time for lunch!

For thermoses, we’ve been through the wringer with trying to find ones that are great at keeping their drinks cold and NOT leaking everywhere! These are my go-tos! 

  • Simple Modern – they come in two sizes and some fun patterns
  • Hydroflask – these are great for sports and with having to personalize everything, there’s a nice sleeve you can add your kiddo’s name to
  • Thermoflask – keeps beverages ice-cold for 24 hrs, and hot for up to 12 hrs with double-wall and vacuum insulation
  • MIIR – MiiR is a family-owned company based in Seattle, Washington, and their products are insulated and leak-proof
  • Thermos – if your kids have sensitivities and prefer a softer straw, these are great, and of course they come in fun designs

Liquid IV recently came out with kids’ hydration multiplier packs, so Kristy grabbed all of the flavors and will include them in her kids’ lunch routines, putting them in their thermoses because they drink way more water with them!

Frito-Lay has an ultimate snack package which offers 40 assorted varieties of chips, cookies, crackers and more! Perfect for lunches, on-the-go students or teachers – if you’d like to gift a snack!

If your child happens to be in a class with a gluten and/or nut allergy, fortunately Walmart has a great selection for school-friendly snacks!

Grab and go variety snacks from Amazon are perfect not only for lunches, but also for those afterschool activities like softball, CCD, tumbling, soccer, karate, or gymnastics. It’s also a great grab for a teacher/class donation!

There’s nothing like a handwritten note from a loved one, but this year the trend is adorable little note/joke cards to put in their lunch box each day! They have riddles, fun facts, brain teasers and some giggles and laughs! There are also holiday specific ones too!

Kristy is not only the face of F&T, she also love love loves contributing to her daughter’s class at school! She absolutely adores being able to relive her childhood through her children, and I am right there with her for sure! Field day is just an absolute classic am I right?! Of course, it was it wasn’t even a second thought for her to help by creating a bag for the kids in the class to get them excited for the day and just maybe create a little competition among the other classes! Here is what she put together for a fun day for the kiddos!

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Water bottles are perfect for field day to keep the kids hydrated – kick it up a notch and add little individual packets of Gatorade for those extra electrolytes! Don’t forget snacks as well to keep their energy level up. Something as simple as Pirate’s Booty popcorn and dried fruit does the trick!

Sweatbands for their little heads and wrists haha! Can’t you just see them now! I am totally getting Will Ferrell in Semi-Pro vibes from them!

Even after the sunglasses and decorative eye “blue” stickers which were also must haves, they realized that they needed something more. Kristy said that a couple of moms got together and added these life size personalized hand fans with the teachers faces on them…these are seriously going to be epic – (of course they got permission from the teachers before proceeding to get them made). Could you imagine!

TIP: check your local printing service as they may be able to create them for you at a lower cost.

Placing all of the items in a cute reusable tote bag keeps everything together and *voila* – you’ve got yourself a whole field day fun bag!

“I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!” …I know the parents are just going to love us for this as we have little cowbells that will be paired with lanyards for when they are running around. I just can’t with this!


Her daughter’s class is the dark blue team so that’s the color they grabbed everything in, if you couldn’t already tell! GO TEAM!

Kristy cannot wait to be on that field cheering her daughter’s class on as the many faces of her teacher are scattered all over – sure will make for a memorable year for everyone! Be sure to follow us on LTK, FB, IG and TikTok for lots more fun ideas and other awesome deals!

a group of kids sitting on the grass while doing high five

Kristy is not only the face of F&T, she also love love loves contributing to her daughter’s class at school! She absolutely adores being able to relive her childhood through her children, and I am right there with her for sure! Field day is just an absolute classic am I right?! Of course, it was it wasn’t even a second thought for her to help by creating a bag for the kids in the class to get them excited for the day and just maybe create a little competition among the other classes! Here is what she put together for a fun day for the kiddos!

Frugal and Thriving may receive a small commission from affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Water bottles are perfect for field day to keep the kids hydrated – kick it up a notch and add little individual packets of Gatorade for those extra electrolytes! Don’t forget snacks as well to keep their energy level up. Something as simple as Pirate’s Booty popcorn and dried fruit does the trick!

Sweatbands for their little heads and wrists haha! Can’t you just see them now! I am totally getting Will Ferrell in Semi-Pro vibes from them!

Even after the sunglasses and decorative eye “blue” stickers which were also must haves, they realized that they needed something more. Kristy said that a couple of moms got together and added these life size personalized hand fans with the teachers faces on them…these are seriously going to be epic – (of course they got permission from the teachers before proceeding to get them made). Could you imagine!

TIP: check your local printing service as they may be able to create them for you at a lower cost.

Placing all of the items in a cute reusable tote bag keeps everything together and *voila* – you’ve got yourself a whole field day fun bag!

“I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!” …I know the parents are just going to love us for this as we have little cowbells that will be paired with lanyards for when they are running around. I just can’t with this!


Her daughter’s class is the dark blue team so that’s the color they grabbed everything in, if you couldn’t already tell! GO TEAM!

Kristy cannot wait to be on that field cheering her daughter’s class on as the many faces of her teacher are scattered all over – sure will make for a memorable year for everyone! Be sure to follow us on LTK, FB, IG and TikTok for lots more fun ideas and other awesome deals!

If food is your love language, these Valentine’s Day-inspired recipes are the perfect treat for you and your someone (or someones) special to celebrate the love this year. They’re perfectly festive with their pink and red colors and sweet, tasty flavors. See our Valentine’s Day recipes below.

Strawberry Crunch Tres Leches Cake

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This strawberry crunch tres leches cake is a sweet treat with a fruity spin. Fluffy, creamy, and crunchy, this cake is melt-in-your-mouth ahhhh-mazing.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 18 Golden Oreos
  • 1 packet of strawberry Jello

DIRECTIONS:

  • Bake strawberry cake according to instructions on box and let cool for one hour
  • In a bowl, mix together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and 1 cup of heavy cream
  • Poke holes in top of cooled cake and pour milk mixture over top
  • Let cake soak for at least four hours (the longer the better – preferably overnight!)
  • To make icing, blend 1 cup of heavy cream with sugar and vanilla (it will take some time to get fluffy…if it’s runny, keep blending)
  • Crush Oreos and place in bowl
  • Pour Jello packet into a separate bowl
  • Melt butter and pour half over crushed Oreos and half into Jello powder and mix
  • Combine Oreo mixture and Jello mixture and stir
  • Ice cake and top with Oreo/Jello mixture
  • Enjoy!

Valentine’s Dessert Dip

This quick and pretty pink dessert dip is as easy to make as it is delicious!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 container Cool Whip
  • 1 vanilla pudding cup
  • 1 container cream cheese frosting
  • Strawberry syrup for coloring
  • Strawberry wafers

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix Cool Whip, pudding, and frosting together in bowl until blended
  • Add strawberry syrup for coloring
  • Crush strawberry wafers and add to mix
  • Pour mixture in cup and top with more strawberry wafers
  • Enjoy with vanilla wafers or strawberries!

Three-Ingredient Cookies

Three simple ingredients and you’ve got yourself a mouthwatering dessert to die for!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box cake mix (you can use any kind but we love pink for the holiday!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Frosting (optional)
  • Add-ins of choice (chocolate chips, walnuts, etc.)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Stir cake mix, eggs, and oil in a bowl
  • Add in any extras you would like and mix thoroughly
  • Place balls of dough on parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool before topping with frosting (if you choose)
  • Enjoy!!

See more Valentine’s Day snack ideas here!

delicious confections for valentines day

If food is your love language, these Valentine’s Day-inspired recipes are the perfect treat for you and your someone (or someones) special to celebrate the love this year. They’re perfectly festive with their pink and red colors and sweet, tasty flavors. See our Valentine’s Day recipes below.

Strawberry Crunch Tres Leches Cake

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This strawberry crunch tres leches cake is a sweet treat with a fruity spin. Fluffy, creamy, and crunchy, this cake is melt-in-your-mouth ahhhh-mazing.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 18 Golden Oreos
  • 1 packet of strawberry Jello

DIRECTIONS:

  • Bake strawberry cake according to instructions on box and let cool for one hour
  • In a bowl, mix together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and 1 cup of heavy cream
  • Poke holes in top of cooled cake and pour milk mixture over top
  • Let cake soak for at least four hours (the longer the better – preferably overnight!)
  • To make icing, blend 1 cup of heavy cream with sugar and vanilla (it will take some time to get fluffy…if it’s runny, keep blending)
  • Crush Oreos and place in bowl
  • Pour Jello packet into a separate bowl
  • Melt butter and pour half over crushed Oreos and half into Jello powder and mix
  • Combine Oreo mixture and Jello mixture and stir
  • Ice cake and top with Oreo/Jello mixture
  • Enjoy!

Valentine’s Dessert Dip

This quick and pretty pink dessert dip is as easy to make as it is delicious!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 container Cool Whip
  • 1 vanilla pudding cup
  • 1 container cream cheese frosting
  • Strawberry syrup for coloring
  • Strawberry wafers

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix Cool Whip, pudding, and frosting together in bowl until blended
  • Add strawberry syrup for coloring
  • Crush strawberry wafers and add to mix
  • Pour mixture in cup and top with more strawberry wafers
  • Enjoy with vanilla wafers or strawberries!

Three-Ingredient Cookies

Three simple ingredients and you’ve got yourself a mouthwatering dessert to die for!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box cake mix (you can use any kind but we love pink for the holiday!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Frosting (optional)
  • Add-ins of choice (chocolate chips, walnuts, etc.)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Stir cake mix, eggs, and oil in a bowl
  • Add in any extras you would like and mix thoroughly
  • Place balls of dough on parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool before topping with frosting (if you choose)
  • Enjoy!!

See more Valentine’s Day snack ideas here!

The holiday season usually means there’s lots of cooking and baking to be done. Whether you’re hosting a holiday get-together for family or attending a Friendsgiving, chances are you’ll have to whip up something yummy for a celebration this season. We believe in making life as easy as possible, so we’ve rounded up a few recipes that are quick, simple, and delicious and make perfect side dishes or desserts for your holiday gatherings! See our holiday recipes below.

Crab Dip

A creamy, cheesy crab dip is always a crowd favorite! This side dish is best served hot with fresh bread or crunchy crackers for dipping.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 oz lump crab meat (canned)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • Dash of Tabasco for extra spice (optional)
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Crackers or baguette slices for dipping

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayo, and sour cream. Stir until creamy
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined
  • Transfer mixture to small baking dish
  • Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, until browned and bubbly
  • Serve with crackers or bread!

Pumpkin Seeds

These roasted pumpkin seeds are great for snacking on around the holidays or for adding to cheese boards or salads! Switch up the seasonings to fit your favorite flavor – savory, sweet, or salty!

Ingredients:

  • Freshly scooped pumpkin seeds
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • Seasonings of choice (we used 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp paprika)

Directions:

  • Scoop seeds from pumpkin and place in bowl of water
  • Rinse seeds and let dry (dry overnight for best results)
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Toss pumpkin seeds with olive oil and seasonings
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes flipping seeds every 5 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool
  • Enjoy alone or as the perfect addition to a charcuterie board!

Hot Cocoa Dip

Hot chocolate is a holiday essential, and this cocoa dip is like heaven in a dish! This is a super easy dessert to make that is sure to please.

Ingredients:

  • Cool Whip
  • Marshmallow crème
  • Chocolate pudding mix
  • Mini marshmallows or crushed candy canes for topping
  • Graham crackers for dipping

Directions:

  • In a bowl, mix Cool Whip and marshmallow crème together
  • Add box of chocolate pudding mix and stir well until thoroughly combined
  • Top with mini marshmallows or crushed candy canes
  • Serve with graham crackers (or favorite crackers or pretzels) and enjoy!

Grinch Punch

Our favorite grumpy, grouchy Grinch is helping us celebrate the holidays with a sweet green punch! Great for after-dinner drinks or dessert, this punch can be made kid or adult-friendly!

Ingredients:

  • Lime flavor sherbet 
  • Green Hawaiian Punch
  • Pineapple juice
  • Sprite
  • Red sugar crystals 
  • Green glitter food coloring
  • Cherries 
  • *add rum, vodka, prosecco, or champagne for a fun adult version!

Directions:

  • Dip rim of glass in cherry juice and then sugar
  • Add a scoop or 2 of lime sherbet to glass
  • Add equal parts punch, juice and soda
  • Add a couple drops of green glitter food coloring and stir well
  • Top with cherries (and add alcohol if desired) and enjoy!

The holiday season usually means there’s lots of cooking and baking to be done. Whether you’re hosting a holiday get-together for family or attending a Friendsgiving, chances are you’ll have to whip up something yummy for a celebration this season. We believe in making life as easy as possible, so we’ve rounded up a few recipes that are quick, simple, and delicious and make perfect side dishes or desserts for your holiday gatherings! See our holiday recipes below.

Crab Dip

A creamy, cheesy crab dip is always a crowd favorite! This side dish is best served hot with fresh bread or crunchy crackers for dipping.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 oz lump crab meat (canned)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • Dash of Tabasco for extra spice (optional)
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Crackers or baguette slices for dipping

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayo, and sour cream. Stir until creamy
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined
  • Transfer mixture to small baking dish
  • Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, until browned and bubbly
  • Serve with crackers or bread!

Pumpkin Seeds

These roasted pumpkin seeds are great for snacking on around the holidays or for adding to cheese boards or salads! Switch up the seasonings to fit your favorite flavor – savory, sweet, or salty!

Ingredients:

  • Freshly scooped pumpkin seeds
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • Seasonings of choice (we used 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp paprika)

Directions:

  • Scoop seeds from pumpkin and place in bowl of water
  • Rinse seeds and let dry (dry overnight for best results)
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Toss pumpkin seeds with olive oil and seasonings
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes flipping seeds every 5 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool
  • Enjoy alone or as the perfect addition to a charcuterie board!

Hot Cocoa Dip

Hot chocolate is a holiday essential, and this cocoa dip is like heaven in a dish! This is a super easy dessert to make that is sure to please.

Ingredients:

  • Cool Whip
  • Marshmallow crème
  • Chocolate pudding mix
  • Mini marshmallows or crushed candy canes for topping
  • Graham crackers for dipping

Directions:

  • In a bowl, mix Cool Whip and marshmallow crème together
  • Add box of chocolate pudding mix and stir well until thoroughly combined
  • Top with mini marshmallows or crushed candy canes
  • Serve with graham crackers (or favorite crackers or pretzels) and enjoy!

Grinch Punch

Our favorite grumpy, grouchy Grinch is helping us celebrate the holidays with a sweet green punch! Great for after-dinner drinks or dessert, this punch can be made kid or adult-friendly!

Ingredients:

  • Lime flavor sherbet 
  • Green Hawaiian Punch
  • Pineapple juice
  • Sprite
  • Red sugar crystals 
  • Green glitter food coloring
  • Cherries 
  • *add rum, vodka, prosecco, or champagne for a fun adult version!

Directions:

  • Dip rim of glass in cherry juice and then sugar
  • Add a scoop or 2 of lime sherbet to glass
  • Add equal parts punch, juice and soda
  • Add a couple drops of green glitter food coloring and stir well
  • Top with cherries (and add alcohol if desired) and enjoy!

There is nothing better than getting together with your best gals for an evening of strong cocktails, yummy snacks, and entertaining games. We’re putting a summer spin on GNO with a night of fun on your front porch, back deck, or balcony with a view. Plan a memorable girls’ night out(doors) with our suggestions below!

The Scene

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Set the scene for your girls’ night with comfy outdoor seating, snacks and drinks, and a boardgame or two (we love this escape room boardgame)! Create a relaxing ambiance with a couple of candles and decorative lanterns so you can keep the party going as the sun sets and the stars come out. And if you’re looking to refresh your outdoor space, check out Kristy’s front porch makeover for some inspiration!

The Drinks

A spiked strawberry Arnold Palmer (half iced tea, half lemonade) is the perfect summer beverage to sip on with your besties. Add a little mint for an extra boost of refreshment and toast to good times with great people.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Vodka of choice
  • Strawberry lemonade
  • Iced tea (you can use sweetened or unsweetened)
  • Strawberries
  • Mint leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries and mint leaves
  • Add ice
  • Pour in equal amounts lemonade and iced tea
  • Add vodka and shake well
  • Pour mixture into glass over ice
  • Garnish with strawberry slices and mint leaves
  • Enjoy!!

The Snacks

A charcuterie board filled with Italian meats, savory cheeses, and crispy crackers is the ideal snack for girls’ night. Light bites pair perfectly with your cocktails or wine and are easy for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for reading! What are some of your favorites for girls’ night? Let us know in the comments xo.

There is nothing better than getting together with your best gals for an evening of strong cocktails, yummy snacks, and entertaining games. We’re putting a summer spin on GNO with a night of fun on your front porch, back deck, or balcony with a view. Plan a memorable girls’ night out(doors) with our suggestions below!

The Scene

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Set the scene for your girls’ night with comfy outdoor seating, snacks and drinks, and a boardgame or two (we love this escape room boardgame)! Create a relaxing ambiance with a couple of candles and decorative lanterns so you can keep the party going as the sun sets and the stars come out. And if you’re looking to refresh your outdoor space, check out Kristy’s front porch makeover for some inspiration!

The Drinks

A spiked strawberry Arnold Palmer (half iced tea, half lemonade) is the perfect summer beverage to sip on with your besties. Add a little mint for an extra boost of refreshment and toast to good times with great people.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Vodka of choice
  • Strawberry lemonade
  • Iced tea (you can use sweetened or unsweetened)
  • Strawberries
  • Mint leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries and mint leaves
  • Add ice
  • Pour in equal amounts lemonade and iced tea
  • Add vodka and shake well
  • Pour mixture into glass over ice
  • Garnish with strawberry slices and mint leaves
  • Enjoy!!

The Snacks

A charcuterie board filled with Italian meats, savory cheeses, and crispy crackers is the ideal snack for girls’ night. Light bites pair perfectly with your cocktails or wine and are easy for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for reading! What are some of your favorites for girls’ night? Let us know in the comments xo.

What’s a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than making and sharing a sweet treat with the ones you love most?? These adorable and delicious heart-inspired snacks (and a yummy drink, too!) are a perfectly festive way to feel the love and make special memories together. See the recipes below and start some new Valentine’s Day traditions.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Lollipops

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How cute are these chocolate-covered strawberry lollipops?! This snack is a little healthy, a little indulgent, and a whole lotta delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Wash strawberries and let soak in 3 cups water and 1 cup of vinegar for 15 minutes (this will also help them last longer in the fridge) 
  • Cut tops off strawberries and then cut in half
  • Cut a small “v” at the tops of the strawberries to make into a heart shape 
  • Put sticks into bottom of strawberries
  • Melt chocolate chips in 20 second increments (you can put a small amount of milk – about 1.5 Tbs – with chocolate chips to prevent burning) and stir until melted
  • Dip strawberries in chocolate first and then into sprinkle mix
  • Place on cookie sheet with wax paper and put in fridge for about 20-30 minutes to allow chocolate to harden
  • Enjoy!!

Heart Hug Pretzels

Salty meets sweet with these heart hug pretzels. They’re super easy to make and look as good as they taste!

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Place pretzels on a parchment-lined cookie sheet 
  • Put Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses on top of pretzels 
  • Bake for 1 to 2 minutes (until chocolate is soft enough to press M&M’s into) 
  • Press M&M’s into chocolates – (if chocolate is too soft, let harden a bit before continuing) 
  • Allow chocolate to harden completely and enjoy! 

Sweetheart Buddies

This crunchy delight is perfect for sharing with your sweetheart! Make your mix, put on your favorite romantic movie, and enjoy.

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Divide Chex cereal into two bowls (2 1/2 cups each) 
  • In microwave – melt chocolate chips with 1/2 tsp of shortening (to help evenly spread) in 30 sec increments (careful not to burn chocolate)
  • Melt the red candy next with other 1/2tsp of shortening 
  • Pour over each bowl of Chex cereal
  • Use a large zip lock bag or Tupperware container with lid to mix 1/2 cup of strawberry cake mix and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar (for each bowl) together – add Chex cereal – close lid and shake until completely covered
  • Repeat previous step for the second bowl of Chex mix 
  • In a large bowl mix together both bowls of Chex cereal and add 1/2 bag of M&M’s – stir together and then enjoy! 

Love Bug Cocktail

This Love Bug Valentine’s Day drink can be kid-friendly or adult-friendly and is so much fun to sip on! Pair with one of the festive snacks above or have it on its own as a yummy happy-hour treat.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3oz white cranberry juice (can also use regular cranberry juice) 
  • 2oz Sprite (or lemon lime soda) 
  • 1oz grenadine syrup

**Adults – add 1oz vodka to spice things up! 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Fill glass with ice
  • Add grenadine syrup
  • Pour juice and soda into glass (adults can add vodka here if desired)
  • Stir up and sip away!!

Thanks for reading! Which of these love-inspired treats will you be trying this Valentine’s Day? Let us know xo.

sprinkles and cookie in bowl

What’s a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than making and sharing a sweet treat with the ones you love most?? These adorable and delicious heart-inspired snacks (and a yummy drink, too!) are a perfectly festive way to feel the love and make special memories together. See the recipes below and start some new Valentine’s Day traditions.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Lollipops

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How cute are these chocolate-covered strawberry lollipops?! This snack is a little healthy, a little indulgent, and a whole lotta delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Wash strawberries and let soak in 3 cups water and 1 cup of vinegar for 15 minutes (this will also help them last longer in the fridge) 
  • Cut tops off strawberries and then cut in half
  • Cut a small “v” at the tops of the strawberries to make into a heart shape 
  • Put sticks into bottom of strawberries
  • Melt chocolate chips in 20 second increments (you can put a small amount of milk – about 1.5 Tbs – with chocolate chips to prevent burning) and stir until melted
  • Dip strawberries in chocolate first and then into sprinkle mix
  • Place on cookie sheet with wax paper and put in fridge for about 20-30 minutes to allow chocolate to harden
  • Enjoy!!

Heart Hug Pretzels

Salty meets sweet with these heart hug pretzels. They’re super easy to make and look as good as they taste!

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Place pretzels on a parchment-lined cookie sheet 
  • Put Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses on top of pretzels 
  • Bake for 1 to 2 minutes (until chocolate is soft enough to press M&M’s into) 
  • Press M&M’s into chocolates – (if chocolate is too soft, let harden a bit before continuing) 
  • Allow chocolate to harden completely and enjoy! 

Sweetheart Buddies

This crunchy delight is perfect for sharing with your sweetheart! Make your mix, put on your favorite romantic movie, and enjoy.

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Divide Chex cereal into two bowls (2 1/2 cups each) 
  • In microwave – melt chocolate chips with 1/2 tsp of shortening (to help evenly spread) in 30 sec increments (careful not to burn chocolate)
  • Melt the red candy next with other 1/2tsp of shortening 
  • Pour over each bowl of Chex cereal
  • Use a large zip lock bag or Tupperware container with lid to mix 1/2 cup of strawberry cake mix and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar (for each bowl) together – add Chex cereal – close lid and shake until completely covered
  • Repeat previous step for the second bowl of Chex mix 
  • In a large bowl mix together both bowls of Chex cereal and add 1/2 bag of M&M’s – stir together and then enjoy! 

Love Bug Cocktail

This Love Bug Valentine’s Day drink can be kid-friendly or adult-friendly and is so much fun to sip on! Pair with one of the festive snacks above or have it on its own as a yummy happy-hour treat.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3oz white cranberry juice (can also use regular cranberry juice) 
  • 2oz Sprite (or lemon lime soda) 
  • 1oz grenadine syrup

**Adults – add 1oz vodka to spice things up! 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Fill glass with ice
  • Add grenadine syrup
  • Pour juice and soda into glass (adults can add vodka here if desired)
  • Stir up and sip away!!

Thanks for reading! Which of these love-inspired treats will you be trying this Valentine’s Day? Let us know xo.

Snow days are the best days! Waking up to a world covered in wonderous white and getting to stay home and watch the beautiful, crisp snow fall down and blanket the earth with its bright, powdery magic is one of the most peaceful feelings. When that peace and quiet is interrupted by the kids home from school wondering how they’re possibly going to fill their free day, we’ve got you covered. See our guide to snow day fun below, including activities, outerwear, and some of our favorite snowy day snacks.

Snow Day Activities

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Keep snow day boredom at bay with these fun indoor and outdoor activities! If you don’t feel up to braving the cold, stay inside with the kiddos and let them pass the time with one of these entertaining escapades. For hands-on enjoyment, this build-your-own ice skating rink, snowman wobbler kit, insta-snow powder, or these plush snowballs for a safe indoor snowball fight are great options. If you’re looking for a quieter activity, a winter activity workbook, winter word games, a snow day story book, or a fun “roll a snowflake” game will provide hours of pleasure.

If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for outdoor amusement instead! Build a snowman and decorate him with these snowman accessories and snow magic kit, construct snow forts with this toy kit and then have a snowball fight using these snowball makers, or blast your way through the fresh powder with a snow tube, ski scooter, or miniature snowplow. And if you want to teach your kids the value of responsibility and hard work, hand them this kid-friendly shovel and send them to the driveway or sidewalk to get cleaning!

Shop Snow Day Activities

Ski Scooter
Ski Scooter
Snow Toy Kit
Snow Toy Kit
Snow Magic Kit
Snow Magic Kit
Miniature Snowplow
Miniature Snowplow
Snowball Makers
Snowball Makers
Snow Shovel
Snow Shovel
Snow Tube
Snow Tube
Snowman Accessories
Snowman Accessories
Snowman Wobbler Kit
Snowman Wobbler Kit
Plush Snowballs
Plush Snowballs
Ice Skating Rink
Ice Skating Rink
Roll a Snowflake Game
Roll a Snowflake Game
Snowy Day Board Book
Snowy Day Board Book
Winter Word Games
Winter Word Games
Winter Activity Book
Winter Activity Book
Insta-Snow Powder
Insta-Snow Powder

Snow Day Outerwear

If you are heading outside for some playtime in the snow, make sure the kids are bundled up! Quality snow gear will keep them warm and dry so they can play outdoors for hours. For the girls, grab these pink snow pants with a matching hooded puffer coat and insulated gloves, black snow overalls with an aqua insulated winter jacket and fur-cuffed gloves, or a full-coverage winter jumpsuit. And for the guys, dress him in black snow pants with a tie-dye 3-in-1 jacket and cold weather gloves, navy snow overalls with a colorblock puffer and insulated gloves, or a one-piece snowsuit.

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Boys’ Insulated Snow Suit
Boys’ Insulated Snow Suit
Boys’ Insulated Gloves
Boys’ Insulated Gloves
Boys’ Colorblock Puffer
Boys’ Colorblock Puffer
Boys’ Snow Overalls
Boys’ Snow Overalls
Boys’ Cold Weather Gloves
Boys’ Cold Weather Gloves
Boys’ 3-in-1 Jacket
Boys’ 3-in-1 Jacket
Boys’ Snow Pants
Boys’ Snow Pants
Girls’ Insulated Snow Suit
Girls’ Insulated Snow Suit
Girls’ Fur-Cuffed Gloves
Girls’ Fur-Cuffed Gloves
Girls’ Insulated Jacket
Girls’ Insulated Jacket
Girls’ Snow Overalls
Girls’ Snow Overalls
Girls’ Insulated Gloves
Girls’ Insulated Gloves
Girls’ Hooded Puffer Coat
Girls’ Hooded Puffer Coat
Girls’ Snow Pants
Girls’ Snow Pants

Snow Day Snacks

Snow days aren’t complete without a deliciously heartwarming snack and an accompanying cup of hot cocoa! Bake some cookies to fill your home with the amazing smell of warm sugar and to fill your tummies with heavenly goodness, and make a little hot chocolate to wash down those sweet treats. Kristy’s go-to snow day cookies are these jam-filled thumbprint cookies (using the jam from this Bonne Maman advent calendar), these holiday toffees, and classic chocolate chip!

For your hot chocolate, keep it simple with these instant hot chocolate packets, or make a homemade variety! Simply warm milk of your choice over low heat for two or three minutes, toss in some chocolate chips (adjusting the amount for your preference of chocolatiness) and whisk until melted, then add a pinch of salt. Stir and let it warm until the mixture bubbles slightly around the edges and pour into your favorite mug! Top with marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy. Bon appétit!

snowman holding shovel

Snow days are the best days! Waking up to a world covered in wonderous white and getting to stay home and watch the beautiful, crisp snow fall down and blanket the earth with its bright, powdery magic is one of the most peaceful feelings. When that peace and quiet is interrupted by the kids home from school wondering how they’re possibly going to fill their free day, we’ve got you covered. See our guide to snow day fun below, including activities, outerwear, and some of our favorite snowy day snacks.

Snow Day Activities

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Keep snow day boredom at bay with these fun indoor and outdoor activities! If you don’t feel up to braving the cold, stay inside with the kiddos and let them pass the time with one of these entertaining escapades. For hands-on enjoyment, this build-your-own ice skating rink, snowman wobbler kit, insta-snow powder, or these plush snowballs for a safe indoor snowball fight are great options. If you’re looking for a quieter activity, a winter activity workbook, winter word games, a snow day story book, or a fun “roll a snowflake” game will provide hours of pleasure.

If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for outdoor amusement instead! Build a snowman and decorate him with these snowman accessories and snow magic kit, construct snow forts with this toy kit and then have a snowball fight using these snowball makers, or blast your way through the fresh powder with a snow tube, ski scooter, or miniature snowplow. And if you want to teach your kids the value of responsibility and hard work, hand them this kid-friendly shovel and send them to the driveway or sidewalk to get cleaning!

Shop Snow Day Activities

Ski Scooter
Ski Scooter
Snow Toy Kit
Snow Toy Kit
Snow Magic Kit
Snow Magic Kit
Miniature Snowplow
Miniature Snowplow
Snowball Makers
Snowball Makers
Snow Shovel
Snow Shovel
Snow Tube
Snow Tube
Snowman Accessories
Snowman Accessories
Snowman Wobbler Kit
Snowman Wobbler Kit
Plush Snowballs
Plush Snowballs
Ice Skating Rink
Ice Skating Rink
Roll a Snowflake Game
Roll a Snowflake Game
Snowy Day Board Book
Snowy Day Board Book
Winter Word Games
Winter Word Games
Winter Activity Book
Winter Activity Book
Insta-Snow Powder
Insta-Snow Powder

Snow Day Outerwear

If you are heading outside for some playtime in the snow, make sure the kids are bundled up! Quality snow gear will keep them warm and dry so they can play outdoors for hours. For the girls, grab these pink snow pants with a matching hooded puffer coat and insulated gloves, black snow overalls with an aqua insulated winter jacket and fur-cuffed gloves, or a full-coverage winter jumpsuit. And for the guys, dress him in black snow pants with a tie-dye 3-in-1 jacket and cold weather gloves, navy snow overalls with a colorblock puffer and insulated gloves, or a one-piece snowsuit.

Shop Snow Day Outerwear

Boys’ Insulated Snow Suit
Boys’ Insulated Snow Suit
Boys’ Insulated Gloves
Boys’ Insulated Gloves
Boys’ Colorblock Puffer
Boys’ Colorblock Puffer
Boys’ Snow Overalls
Boys’ Snow Overalls
Boys’ Cold Weather Gloves
Boys’ Cold Weather Gloves
Boys’ 3-in-1 Jacket
Boys’ 3-in-1 Jacket
Boys’ Snow Pants
Boys’ Snow Pants
Girls’ Insulated Snow Suit
Girls’ Insulated Snow Suit
Girls’ Fur-Cuffed Gloves
Girls’ Fur-Cuffed Gloves
Girls’ Insulated Jacket
Girls’ Insulated Jacket
Girls’ Snow Overalls
Girls’ Snow Overalls
Girls’ Insulated Gloves
Girls’ Insulated Gloves
Girls’ Hooded Puffer Coat
Girls’ Hooded Puffer Coat
Girls’ Snow Pants
Girls’ Snow Pants

Snow Day Snacks

Snow days aren’t complete without a deliciously heartwarming snack and an accompanying cup of hot cocoa! Bake some cookies to fill your home with the amazing smell of warm sugar and to fill your tummies with heavenly goodness, and make a little hot chocolate to wash down those sweet treats. Kristy’s go-to snow day cookies are these jam-filled thumbprint cookies (using the jam from this Bonne Maman advent calendar), these holiday toffees, and classic chocolate chip!

For your hot chocolate, keep it simple with these instant hot chocolate packets, or make a homemade variety! Simply warm milk of your choice over low heat for two or three minutes, toss in some chocolate chips (adjusting the amount for your preference of chocolatiness) and whisk until melted, then add a pinch of salt. Stir and let it warm until the mixture bubbles slightly around the edges and pour into your favorite mug! Top with marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy. Bon appétit!