Love is in the Air: Cupid’s Rice Krispies Treats

These Cupid's Rice Krispies Treats are adorable! You'll wow your classmates or workmates or party guests! #ValentinesDay

I think I promised you a few Valentine’s Day stories, didn’t I?

I’ll let them come out in waves. Nothing really beats the puppy one, and I have a big happy/sad one, but I’ll have to tell a light-hearted one first. One Valentine’s Day, I had bronchitis or something like it. I don’t know what it was but I was pretty sick, and my sister had the same symptoms that I had, and she was diagnosed with bronchitis. That said, we once both had chigger poisoning and she missed three days of work for it, while I powered through with anti-itch spray. I digress, though.

Bronchitis on Valentine’s Day. It’s like.. my favorite holiday. (they all are, if you haven’t noticed)

So I thought it would be a good idea to eat Lucky Charms when I was really ill, because we only got to have “junk cereal” a few times a year. That didn’t go well. I took to bed with both throat pangs and stomach pangs. That didn’t stop me from getting THREE heart-shaped boxes of chocolate that year. I couldn’t enjoy them for a few days, but I could enjoy the fact that I had wished upon every star to have my first heart-shaped box of chocolates, and finally got one three. One was from my awesome dad, one was from my sister – who had already recovered from bronchitis – and one was from a boy from school. ooh ahh. I was 13. And that’s it. Be careful what you wish for – you just might get three! And I ate each box.

Bronchitis be darned.

That’s why I decided it’s time to change the subject and share a fun and unique Valentine’s Day recipe with y’all today! Cupid’s Rice Krispies Treats are pretty much perfect, according to Scarlet. She made me promise to make them three times:

Ingredients:

6 C. Rice Krispies cereal
6 tbsp. butter, cut into chunks
10 oz mini marshmallows
2″-3″ heart cookie cutter
3 C. powdered sugar
1/3 C. melted butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp. milk
Pink food coloring
Small round frosting tip
Disposable piping bag
Valentine sprinkles
Toothpicks
Red gummy Heart candies (I used Brach’s)
Kitchen scissors

Directions:

1 – Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2 – Heat the 3 tablespoons of butter and 10 oz of mini marshmallows in a large saucepan or dutch oven, stirring occasionally.
3 – Once the marshmallows are 3/4 melted, pour in the 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal. Gently fold the cereal into the melted marshmallows and pour the Rice Krispies treats into the prepared baking dish and evenly press into the pan and set aside.
4 – Combine the powdered sugar, 1/3 cup melted butter, vanilla extract, and a tablespoon of milk at a time. Once the frosting has reached your desired consistency, add in a few drops of pink food coloring and stir to combine.
5 – Attach the small round frosting tip to the disposable piping bag and fill with frosting.
6 – Use the heart cookie cutter to cut the Rice Krispies treats as close together as possible getting as many as you can.
7 – Take one Rice Krispies heart at a time and place one toothpick on each side so it looks like an arrow coming out from each side.
8 – Stick one gummy heart candy on one toothpick.
9 – Take a second heart and use the kitchen scissors to snip a triangle out of the top. Place this heart on the other toothpick.
10 – Gently squeeze the frosting out onto the heart in a back and forth motion.
11 – Sprinkle with Valentine sprinkles.
12 – Repeat with all the Rice Krispies hearts.

These Cupid's Rice Krispies Treats are adorable! You'll wow your classmates or workmates or party guests! #ValentinesDay

Do you have a stockpile of Valentine’s Day stories the way I do?

These Cupid's Rice Krispies Treats are adorable! You'll wow your classmates or workmates or party guests! #ValentinesDay

5 Ways to Prepare For Winter Season With Your Child

I received free product and compensation from hydraSense® to write this post. All opinions are my own.

Disclosure: Please note that I am not a medically trained professional. I have provided an overview of what has worked for my family but please consult with a professional for any health-related questions.

One memory I’ll never forget is my first winter season with my firstborn.

She was born in July, which gave us a little buffer before the fall/winter cold could enter our household, but I was in no way prepared for how it went down. We had no idea kids were so affected by the changing seasons.

Have a baby or young child, or care for a baby or young child? My 5 tips/products can work for children and adults of any age. Be ready. #hydraSense #IC #ad

My sisters both have one-year-olds right now, and are pregnant with their second babies. One sister puts her baby in daycare and one doesn’t. Still, they were both worried about the winter season. That’s why I was so happy to be able to give them tips, and show them what works with OUR kids. Scarlet is a bit older, but Des still needs a lot of help when it comes to the winter season. That gives us a good idea of how to prepare for each coming fall/winter season before it happens.

So whether you’re expecting a baby, you have a baby, you have a young child, or young children, or you care for any of the above, here are five ways to prepare for the winter season. I’m not sure what we would have done without these great tips!

1 – Explore the hydraSense® daily nasal care line! It consists of hydraSense® Ultra-Gentle Nasal Mist, hydraSense® Nasal Care Single-Use Vials, and hydraSenseTM Soft Comfort Tip Nasal Aspirator, and we find it in the Children’s Medicine Aisle only at Walgreens or on walgreens.com. Why do I love these so? As I explained, Des needs a lot of help when he has dry nasal passages. hydraSense® is soothing, drug-free, and ready-to-use for his nasal care needs. The best news is that you can visit the hydraSense® website to determine the products that are right for your children, or for your child.

Their little noses require a certain level of hydration to stay healthy, and dry and uncomfortable nasal passages are so tough for Des. That’s why we love that the purified seawater solution is made with mineral-rich, 100% naturally sourced seawater from the Bay of Saint-Malo, France – where powerful tides constantly renew the seawater’s composition. Des used to cry when we tried to soothe his nasal passages, and now he’s much happier. And then he feels so much better after. Sea. The. Difference. HERE.

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2 – Understand the differences between dry and uncomfortable nasal passages, a cold and a flu, and know when to call a pediatrician. If your child has difficulty breathing or can’t catch their breath, or has a high fever, call the doctor. Trust your instincts! For children under 6 months of age, consult with a pediatrician before use of hydraSense® products.

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3 – Talk to your pediatrician about your children‘s vaccinations, to ensure everything is up to date. This protects your children, as well as adults they come in contact with – including you, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems as well.

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4 – Have a backup childcare plan. ‘Tis the season but with two parents working full time in my house, we need to be covered.

5 – Practice good habits with your children. This, of course, includes basic hygiene practices which help keep everyone healthy during the winter season. Definitely wash your hands and your child’s hands after nose blowing, sneezing, and coughing. Limit whom your child is around and also limit sharing of cups and snacks. Stock up on all the basics, like fluids, healthy foods, medications, and hydraSense®’s daily nasal care line. Lastly, head outside! Getting exercise, vitamin D, and fresh air will do wonders to prepare your entire family for cold and flu season. It comes fast!

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How do you prepare for the winter season with your children?