Friday, January 29, 2016

Never Lego My Heart Valentine with Free Printable

We are a Lego obsessed household. I honestly didn't grow up with Legos and so when my daughter was old enough for my husband to pull out his childhood Legos I was surprised by how much fun they had. Since that first night of Lego building, every Christmas and Birthday has revolved around Lego sets. Even the baby got in on the Lego love this last Christmas when we started buying her Duplos. They are a wonderful toy and I enjoy fostering the love of a toy that brings so much creativity.

This year, my daughter was talking about wanting to get Legos for her valentines. She loves minifigures and wanted her class to have some. Since minifigures run 3 for $10 at the Lego store, there was no way I was buying 26 of them, so she helped me make chocolate ones instead. She was thrilled with the results and they were easy enough that she made them almost by herself.

You will need: 

  • The Lego Valentine Printable at the end of this post
  • Yellow Candy Melts
  • small cellophane bags
  • yellow and white baker's twine
  • scissors
  • a hole punch
  • a Lego Minifigure mold, I used this one, it comes with the minifigure and a Lego mold for about $6

Add a handful of yellow candy melts to a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir the melts and then microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and stirs together easily. Add the chocolate to your minifigure mold and allow to sit until the chocolate is set.

Pop the chocolates out of the molds. Take a small cellophane bag and add a minifigure to each one. Print the valentine found at the end of this post and cut them out. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the valentine. Slip some twine through the hole and then use the twine to tie the bag with the minifigure in it.
With just a little bit of work, you have a cute and fun valentine for any Lego lover!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chocolate Dipped Valentine's Day Cookies

 My daughter wanted fun Valentine's Day treats to take to some of her friends, so we whipped up a batch of these simple Valentine's Day cookies. They are a lot of fun and with all those sprinkles, the kids absolutely love them. They are really easy to make, and we love making them whenever we need a fast treat for something and you can match them to any holiday or party!

 You will need: 

  • White melting chocolate
  • Strawberry Sugar Wafers
  • Sprinkles

 Put the chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and microwave them 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each time until they are fully melted.
 Dip the wafers in the chocolate. I used a spoon to smooth out the chocolate a bit and take off any excess.
 Place the wafers on wax paper and wait for the chocolate to set.
After the chocolate is set, add a few to a cellophane bag and attach a fun valentine and you have the perfect treat for February 14th!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Donut Forget To Be Mine Valentine with Free Printable

If there is one thing my kids love. It is donuts. Their love for those delicious sweet treats was the inspiration behind this Valentine. Why not share what you love with who you love?

For This Valentine You Will Need:

  • The printable (Link at the bottom of this post)
  • Cellophane bags
  • Baker's Twine
  • Donuts! 
  • a hole punch

Print and cut out the printable Valentine. Have your child address them. Punch a hole in the corner of each Valentine. Add a couple of donuts (we used the Hostess Donettes) to a cellophane bag. 

You can do entire packages of small donuts, or any other thing that has donuts on them. At the dollar store we found donut stickers and donut socks, so it doesn't have to be an actual donut. We have even made fun little donut necklaces in the past out of washers. Thread the twine through the printable and then tie it around the bag and you have a fun and tasty Valentine. 

Are your kiddos as obsessed with donuts are mine are?

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Valentine's Day Mantel

 I finally have a mantel. I have wanted to say those things for years. When we were looking at houses this past summer, it was on my secret wish list. You know the wish list that won't make or break if you buy a house, but you really, really want? That was my mantel. I love having a mantel to decorate for each holiday now. Christmas was a really simple mantel, my entire little people nativity was spread across the top of it. For Valentine's day, I wanted something that was a little more elaborate.

 For this Mantel I Used: 

  • 2 Heart Bouquets (Find the tutorial here) 
  • 2 Wedding Pictures in acrylic frames
  • Red and Brown Burlap Ribbon 
  • Wooden X's and O's 
  • A chalkboard with all the places we have lived. (Find tutorial here) 

I am completely in love with these heart bouquets on either end of the mantel. They were so easy to make and I was able to pick up most of the key ingredients like the vases and the sand at the dollar store. You can read the entire tutorial here. 
This Chalkboard is probably one of my favorite projects of 2016 so far. It has so much meaning to my husband and I, highlighting all of the important places that have truly made us a family. It was really easy to make and I had all the supplies on hand already. Find the entire tutorial here. 

 I love having wedding pictures out as part of my Valentine's Day decorations. My aunt used to do it and I love the look and the sentiment. I wanted the pictures to really pop and be the focus, not a frame, so I picked up cheap acrylic frames that have a little stand on them. that way there is only picture, and nothing distracting.

I twisted the burlap ribbon together and then laid it across the top of the mantel. The chalkboard maps in the center with heart bouquets on each side. The pictures went next to the bouquets and then I had this weird empty space. I tried smaller pictures there and little marquee letters, but nothing look quite right. While wandering the craft store looking for a solution, I stumbled on the wooden letter aisle and picked up the X's and O's. I brought them home and painted them they were just the perfect touch. I love having a large one of each and a small one.
 The whole thing came together perfectly! I have a large antique window hanging on my wall that I need to pull down for another Disney Gallery Wall and I might add it behind the chalkboard to give it some more height. I love the red, white and pink and this mantel makes me happy every time I look at it!
Do you decorate your mantel for Valentine's Day?
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Marvel Universe Live Utah Discount Code and Giveaway!

Marvel Universe Live is headed to Utah and my kids can't wait! We have a discount code AND a giveaway below for opening night! 

Marvel Universe LIVE! Debuts in Salt Lake
First Ever Action-Packed Arena Tour February 11–14, 2016
Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new groundbreaking level, with a mind-blowing stunt show unlike anything experienced before! Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and the Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) plus menacing villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza debuting in Utah for the first time ever playing February 11th – 14th at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
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Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one awesome quest.  The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.
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Feel the energy and excitement with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and stunning video projections that completely immerse the audience into the epic action and story.  Nearly two years in the making, Marvel Universe LIVE! is being hailed as the most technically advanced and innovative live touring shows ever (in the more than 40 year history of Feld Entertainment). Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance…the fate of the Universe depends on it!

My 7-year-old is a HUGE Captain America fan and she is so excited she can hardly stand it. I am pretty sure she is going to end up dressed liked Cap for the night, because why wouldn't you?! Will you be joining us for the show? Ticket and giveaway information below! 
WHEN:           Thursday, February 11  – Sunday, February 14
  • Thursday, Feb. 11  –  7:00 PM 
  • Friday, Feb. 12  –   7:00 PM – Kids discount available for $15 a ticket.
  • Saturday, Feb. 13  –  11:00 AM3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, Feb. 14  –  1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
WHERE:         Vivint Smart Home Arena – 301 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
TICKETS:    Prices range from $25, $35, $50 (VIP) and $65 (Gold Circle)
                        Kids (ages 2-12) tickets available for only $15 each on select performances*
(kids discount only valid for Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm and Sun 5pm shows on select seating)
Opening Night special discount tickets available for $15 for select seating*
                                                *not valid for premium VIP/Gold Circle levels
Tickets are available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-325-SEAT or in-person at the Vivint Arena Box Office.
*Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees. 

Discount Code!!

Use code MOM to get $5 off at  This code is only good on the $25 tickets (brings them down to $20).  And is valid online only.


One Housewife Eclectic reader win a 4 pack of tickets to opening night on Thursday, February 11th! Enter using the Rafflecopter below!
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10 Minute Mini Apple Pies

Sometimes you just need to satisfy your sweet tooth without going to all the work of a full apple pie. These 10 minute apple pies are perfect. All the taste with only 10 minutes of work!

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Cute as a Button Valentine with Free Printable

We have a secret obsession in our house. Buttons. No, not the one of your shirt, the pin back buttons with fun sayings and such on them. I started picking them up at book signings and my daughters fell in love with them. First we had them on a tote bag and now we keep our crazy collection on a canvas. It has everything from Doctor Who, to Harry Potter and lots in between on it. My daughter wanted to share our button love with her class this year and this is what we came up with.

You will need: 

  • The printable at the end of this post
  • scissors
  • pin back buttons (I found all of these at my local dollar store about 8 for $1) 

We went searching or cheap pin back buttons and found 8 packs at the dollar store. They were perfect and valentine-y for this project. Simply print the printable preferably on cardstock, and then cut each valentine out. Have your child address the valentines and then slide a pin into each card and secure, use the pin itself, no tape or glue necessary. This is probably one of the easiest valentines ever and I think the kids are going to LOVE them!
Do you have any silly buttons laying around?

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Jammin' at Monster Jam

We just got back from our very first time at Monster Jam and it was an absolute blast! My husband even came with us, which considering it is usually just me and the girls, means it was completely awesome! It was louder than we expected and we were glad that we brought ear plugs, but we had so much fun. Lots of trucks and lot of crashes. What could be better than that? 

My girls loved it and they loved cheering on the two girl drives in the pack, as well as the crowd favorite, Grave Digger. I think the wheelie competition was by far my favorite with the free style following in second. It was a great night out with the family and we will for sure be doing to again! 

Monster Jam is in Salt Lake City for two more shows and then they will continue their tour, so make sure to catch them wherever you are! 

Get the information for the next two Salt Lake City show below. 

Monster Jam roars into the 2016 season with a points-based series, showcasing the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles that deliver what fans want to see most… more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!
MORE MONSTER JAM will be making its 2016 debut at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake on January 22 & 23 with #MoreMonsterJam Action Than Ever Seen Before!

The widely popular Monster Jam tour is heading back to the Vivint Smart Home Arena (formerly EnergySolutions Arena) in Salt Lake City for three events on Friday January 22 & Saturday January 23, 2016 for an explosive new competitive points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what the Monster Jam fans have been asking to see #MoreMonsterJam!

Unlike any other Monster Jam show seen before, this exclusive showcase of endurance, versatility and extreme driving skills will feature the best Monster Jam truck line-up ever highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action… #MoreMonsterJam! Fans will also be treated to all-new competition vehicles such as thrilling Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs as they rip through the arenas during aggressive head-to-head racing action.

Headlining the tour will be eight of Monster Jam’s fiercest athletes, which will represent each Monster Jam race team featuring Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters, and Monster Jam ATV’s – with each Monster Jam athlete competing against one another in seven different endurance competitions driving these three different motorsports vehicles to earn valuable points during each new event discipline and pushing their machines to the ultimate limit!
Monster Jam Teams
Grave Digger®: Morgan Kane
Max-D®: Colton Eichelberger
Scooby-DooSM: Bailey Shea
El Toro Loco®: Kayla Blood
Monster Energy: Coty Saucier
ZombieSM: Tyler Groth
New Earth AuthoritySM: Travis Groth
Blue Thunder®: Tyler Menninga
As always, Monster Jam provides unparalleled fan access with the “Party in the Pits” pre-show experience in Salt Lake for die-hard fans to come to the arena early on Saturday to view their favorite trucks up-close, meet the star athletes for autographs and take photos! Pit Pass required for entry; purchase price $10

Friday, January 22nd – Event Time – 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 23rd – Pit Party scheduled from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
** Saturday 2PM event ticket and Pit Pass required for entry
Event Times – 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

WHERE: Vivint Smart Home Arena – 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
TICKETS: Ticket prices are $25, $30 (Gold Circle) & $45 (Front Row)
Kids (ages 2-12) tickets only $10 each for select seating
Pit Passes available for $10 each for all ages
Tickets are now on sale and available to purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-888-TIXX or visit the arena box office.
**Above ticket prices are advance purchase only; all tickets are $2 more day of show; Tickets subject to convenience, service and handling fees.


Use the code BLOG to get $5 off per ticket.  This code works on the $20 and $25 tickets ONLY!  Limit 8 per order.  Valid online online.

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