Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day
-Head to Walmart for everything you need to make your sweetheart smile. -Hi. I'm Nina and I'm one of the moms that make up The Motherboard, a great resource for sharing ideas, information, advice and inspiration mom to mom. In The Motherboard's free weekly newsletter, Life Made Better, we talk about fun, family and ways to make the holidays special. And Motherboard moms have some really great ways to show the love this Valentine's Day. Since hearts are the heart of this holiday, try one of these adorable and inexpensive homemade treats. Start by lining a baking sheet with foil and parchment paper and placing heart-shaped cookie cutters on the sheet. Then, crush unwrapped heart candies pink and red, of course, and let your kids sprinkle the candies into the cutters. The candy should be about a quarter to a half inch thick. Pop them into a 350 degree oven for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the crust candy is melted. When the lollipops are done, pull them out of the oven and cool for about 30 seconds to a minute. Using tongs, take the cutters off the sheet. Quickly, insert a sucker stick into each heart so that the stick is covered by candy. Let the hearts cool and carefully peel them up. Put those heart-shaped cookie cutters to use again with a big pan of jigglers. Make some pink, some red and, if you really wanna go out, you can pipe some frosting to outline the shape. For all of you chocolate lovers, make your little ones make cute covers for store-bought bars. Use the chocolate bar wrapper to cut out a paper cover that your child decorates anywhere he wants, with stickers, glitter or his own heart art. Tape it on the candy bar and you've got a personal, doubly sweet treat. Great for dad or teachers or friends. Keep the kids busy while you plan something special for your sweetheart by downloading these Valentine's Day coloring pages at themotherboard.com. One of the best parts of Heart Day, sharing your love. Take your Valentine and your lollipops to a local nursing home or to your local VA and let your little sweeties pass out the treats. For more great ideas like these, sign up for the free Life Made Better newsletter at themotherboard.com. It's also a great way to share your best tips, tricks and advice for raising kids. So, sign up and get in on the conversation.