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Marshmallow Pops for Valentine’s Day

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I’m the mom who begs for an end to the goody bag indulgence, rolls her eyes when the other moms send their children to school with individual bags of treats for Halloween and keeps birthday parties small.

But when it comes to Valentine’s Day, I temporarily lose my mind. When it comes to things pink and heart shaped that celebrate love? Well, I have no willpower.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper straws
  • Marshmallows (we chose hearts)
  • Candy melts
  • Various sprinkles
  • Parchment paper

We found our paper straws at Sur la Table, but you can also order them from Amazon.

What you’ll do:

  1. Prepare your work station with your bag of marshmallows, paper straws, a piece of parchment paper and a sharp knife.
  2. Cut a slit in the bottom of the marshmallow, insert roughly an inch of the paper straw into the hole and place on the parchment paper. Repeat until you’ve completed all marshmallows.
  3. Place your marshmallows into the freezer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  4. Melt the candy melts in the microwave on medium power for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave for 10 more seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate it thoroughly melted. (We bought both white and pink candy melts, but if you’d prefer to use food coloring, stir a drop or so in and stir.)
  5. This is when you gather up the kids and let them get creative!
  6. Dip your frozen marshmallow pops into the melted chocolate and allow the excess to drip off. Working quickly, sprinkle on your favorite toppings. The frozen marshmallows will help the chocolate to set quickly.

marshmallow pops

Since we’re sending these off to school with Katie, we wrapped them in small plastic bags and secured with a piece of pink ribbon.

They’ll accompany the store-bought valentines I bought because… well… let’s not go overboard here!

Pink marshmallow pops

Nine words

My sweet Katie,

Today, you stashed your lunch box in your cubby, hung your backpack from the hook and kissed me goodbye, just as you do every morning.

Then, you turned and took your friend’s hand and said, “Come on, let’s go play.” She answered with an easy smile and you ran off together.

As I stood there, watching your two pony tails bouncing along behind you, I was struck by just how much I admire you.

During the first month and a half of kindergarten, this little girl wasn’t so nice to you. continued

Fortitude: Lessons from a kindergartener

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This morning, when we arrived at school, we went to Katie’s classroom, deposited her lunch into her cubby and hung her backpack on its hook.

We then made our way to the playground, where we stood at the entrance.

Our conversation went like this:

Me: Katie, do you see any of your classmates out there?

Katie: No…I don’t recognize anyone.

Me: No worries, we can wait until you see someone who looks familiar.

Katie: I’m okay, Mommy. I want to go play.

Me: But Katie, none of your friends are out there yet.

Katie: Then, I’ll go make some.

And in that moment, I realized that she’s going to be just fine.

The next time I’m standing on the fringe, trying to work up the courage to join in, I hope to remember those wise words from my kindergartener.

Because life should always be that simple.

Kindergarten Eve

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I just said my goodnights to you, blew kisses and closed your bedroom door.

Tomorrow when you wake up, you will be a kindergartener.

And it will take everything I have in me to bring you to school…to hand you over to kindergarten, this new experience that feels like it is taking you from me.

But I will smile as I help you get settled in your classroom and wish you a wonderful day because I know that’s what you need most from me.

I’m certain that you will thrive.

I’ve watched you gain confidence and trust yourself.

And in time, I will find my way too.

You have both softened me and strengthened me.

You’ve made me hold on tighter while also learning to let go.

Thank you for these past five years…for the moments, the days, the years.

My time with you has been an absolute gift, Katie.

With so very much love,


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