Valentine’s Day S’more Snack Packs

Valentine's Day S'more Treat, Favor | Easy DIY Folded Card Packets | PepperDesignBlog.com

This year I wanted to craft a Valentine’s Day treat that was easy. In the past I’ve done variations of this diy snack pack with different handmade elements (a photo backdrop, a handmade cereal ‘candy necklace’ treat, a craft paper version,a Liv art version) but I scaled way back this year and designed these with notecards and treat bags. So simple. Mostly notecards because they’re already scored and folded over. Treat bags because they’re such a nice size (but sandwich baggies would work well, too).

Valentine's Day S'more Treat, Favor | Easy DIY Folded Card Packets | PepperDesignBlog.com

Honey Maid Go Bites challenged me with coming up with a unique project or recipe that included their new Go Bites snack. These are little graham snacks with a teeny bite of chocolate inside. My girls were addicted. I thought that creating a s’more-based Valentine’s Day pack was the perfect way to compliment the ‘sweet’ side of this treat.

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Master Bath & Bedroom: The Home Side of the Demo

I thought I would follow up Monday’s post by answering a few questions regarding the demo and renovation work that’s going on around here. I shared photos of large holes in the exterior of our home and ripped up rooms with lathe, 2x4s and plaster everywhere. 

(By the way, thank you for all of your thoughts on yesterday’s post on setting play time goals, the comments and conversation were wonderful and thought provoking – I have many thoughts on this topic and I look forward to sharing on this challenge next week when the seven days have run their course.)

Master Bath/Bedroom Demo Day 1 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Let’s talk new bedroom and bathroom for a moment!

You have a newborn and demo work is so dirty!

Oh man is it ever. There’s no denying that demo work makes for a ton of dust and even more debris clean up (I always forget about the amount of DUST). It’s so messy in those two rooms. The way we’ve worked this out is by putting up a temporary wall that has sealed the master bedroom and bathroom off from the rest of the house.

Master Bath/Bedroom Demo Day 1 | PepperDesignBlog.com

The only access to the construction site is through the large hole in the back of the house, meaning the girls don’t see, walk through or experience the demo happening just on the other side of that plastic sheeting. It also makes for a significantly cleaner rest of the house for me :). Other than dusty boot marks in the kitchen, this demo project has had the least impact on the rest of the house so far (as far as dust-coating goes).

Here’s the temporary wall:

Our Floor Plan: Temporary Wall for the Master Bedroom & Bathroom | PepperDesignBlog.com

Bathroom #1, master bedroom, two closets an half bath #3 were all a part of the demolition.

This is what we’re aiming for:

Our Floor Plan: Goal | PepperDesignBlog.com

Did you move out of the house? 

Nope, we moved ourselves into our guest room/my office. I’m sharing this crazy picture with you only as motivation for myself to get this room organized so that we can actually find shoes or sweaters or pjs. It’s madness in there I tell you, madness.

Master Bath/Bedroom Demo Day 1 | PepperDesignBlog.com

While this big project is going on it’s been my goal to go through as much bathroom/bedroom stuff as possible to really evaluate what we need and what can be given away or thrown away. Also organization. Because despite my best efforts to move clothing, shoes, face wash, etc with a lot of thought into our guest room, come Saturday afternoon we were literally stacking boxes and random items into the space without realizing what was what just to get it done before dark.

I’m creating a calendar similar to my editorial calendar with manageable small projects for each day of February – I think that that will be one of the few ways I tackle this beast!

PS jump back to the start of this project here and see the inspiration board for the final bathroom here.

60 Minutes of Dedicated Play a Day

60 Minutes of Play a Day Challenge | PepperDesignBlog.com

I read somewhere that moms should have a goal of spending 60 minutes each day in dedicated one-on-one play. I’m talking down on the floor, in the sandbox, crayon in hand or in general fully engaging yourself in whatever little activity your child is focused on.

At first I dismissed the article. One hour? Of course I spend at least one hour playing with the girls (especially while on maternity leave). But then as the day wore on I began to realize how many distractions I encounter on an hourly (minute by minute?) basis and I began to question if I really do spend sixty minutes of uninterrupted kid time as I had suspected. Turns out I don’t necessarily do. Kid time right now means that we might go to the park or the library but my phone is in tow (and emails are being written or answered). Or I’m pushing the girls on the swing but also chatting up a neighbor. Or maybe at home I’m helping with an activity book but am also folding laundry and cooking. Dedicated and fully focused one-on-one time? Not broken up into chunks of five minutes? Challenging. Maybe even impossible.

I’ve shared before how much I struggle with pretend play and the truth is I’m so grateful Liv and Taylor have each other because they can play kitchen or house or babies for hours together.

But my observations resulted in some serious disappointment with myself. Part time attention for hours isn’t nearly as grand as one full hour of FULL time attention. So I’m putting myself to the test this week with the goal of logging some serious child’s play.

I’ve decided that might mean 30 minutes with each (like when T naps), maybe I’ll break it into three chunks of 20 minutes with both girls or it could be 60 minutes in one stretch. (I’m not forgetting Marley, but she and I make googly eyes at each other all day long). For my challenge (and only because I have the luxury of maternity leave), I’m not going to count walks or reading books or cooking together or any of our usual activities. This challenge really is focused on Liv and Taylor-directed play.

What do you think? Am I a very lame mom for even wondering if I spend sixty minutes dedicated to kid play or do you feel the same? Is the whole idea just crazy? Even though we all do the best we can with what we’re given, I like the idea of remembering to put down the iPhone and to pick up that sand shovel if so invited. How do you like to prioritize your momma time?

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