Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Topping Recipe

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Topping

Delight your loved ones with a Valentine’s Day dessert from Litehouse that is almost as sweet as them:

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Topping

Recipe courtesy Litehouse


2.5 cups Strawberry flavored Greek Yogurt

2 cups of sliced strawberries

½ cup Creamy Cheesecake Opadipity by Litehouse Sweet Greek Yogurt Dip

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Place a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet.

2. Spread the strawberry Greek yogurt on the baking mat.

3. Top with sliced strawberries.

4. Drizzle the Creamy Cheesecake Opadipity Sweet Greek Yogurt dip over the strawberries.

5. Melt the chocolate chips on a saucepan over medium-low heat until melted. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the strawberries.

6. Freeze for at least four hours.

7. Cut into pieces and put on ice cream for a delicious topping!

Serves: 6-8 Prep Time: 10 minutes Finished in: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Pinnacle Brunch Date Cocktail Recipe

Brunch Date

Planning a romantic date with your significant other for Valentine’s Day? Pinnacle Vodka have the perfect cocktail to toast with:

Pinnacle Brunch Date Cocktail

Recipe courtesy Pinnacle Vodka


1 part Pinnacle® Mimosa Vodka

1 part Tonic Water

½ part Grapefruit Juice

Pour over ice in a rocks glass, stir well and serve with a lime wedge.

Valentine’s Day Cards – For Your Dog! #ValentinesForDogs

Valentines For Dogs

Samples provided.

This year, Valentine’s Day is going to the dogs! Pups are a great source of unconditional love, and this year they’re getting their own special nod for Valentine’s Day. This year, lucky Friday the 13th has been dubbed “Valentine’s For Dogs” Day. You can celebrate by visiting and printing off free, adorable Valentine cards just for doggies! The cards are specially designed to hold a treat, so your pooch can get his favorite reward: A yummy treat!

We received a fun package of gifts to share with the family dogs, Bob and Roxy, for Valentine’s Day. Along with our doggy Valentine cards, we also received some awesome treats from Milo’s Kitchen, Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni and Canine Carry Outs, along with some “Fetching” fashion accessories!

Roxy The Model

I think Roxy looks very chic in her Milk-Bone bandana, don’t you? She and Bob loved their new treats and goodies!

Valentine's Day Infographic

To celebrate Valentine’s For Dogs Day, Big Heart Pet Brands also put together this infographic with doggy factoids. Washington ranked #3 in the Top 10 States That Love Dogs Most, which means MomStart readers are doling out a lot of doggy kisses! :) Click here to read The Doggy Love Index!

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Jewelry Perfect For Valentine’s Day: 10 Special Pieces

I really don’t wear a lot of jewelry but I honestly caught myself thinking about a piece of jewelry I wanted for Valentine’s day. I want a new wedding ring. I’m in LA without my husband alone with my kids and I don’t want people to think I’m not married. I’m happily married and without a wedding ring. Yes I had a ring when we got married, then we had a cat and it nocked it off the counter and gone it was. I think it ended up down the heater vent. My husband purchased me something new and I love it but I’ve put on some weight combined with my arthritis and it’s too hard to wear. So I’m ready for a new ring. Something with a ticker band but still a sweetheart design to it.


I was looking at and found this Southern Star, and I also like just the 1 Carat TW Diamond Wedding Band. In fact I think the band is more me than the Southern Star but the first one is really nice.


Now in honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to list about 10 different amazing options you can find at Michael Hill! And if you order within the next two days you will receive it by Valentine’s Day. Otherwise you’ll have to do what my step dad often does, he delivers a picture of what he ordered. Hey, it happens, a box of chocolate always makes up for just a picture with the promise to come.



Glow in gold with this gorgeous diamond set charm crafted in 10kt yellow gold. Featuring a heart pave set with diamonds on one side, and a filigree design on the other, you simply can’t go wrong. Exclusive to Emma & Roe.


2) Diamond Set 10kt Yellow Gold Heart Locket

Capture those memories and treasure them always with this charming 10kt gold locket. Decorated with a sparkling diamond, this beautiful piece allows her to keep treasured photos close to her heart. Comes with a gold plated chain.


3) Sterling Silver Infinitas Heart Pendant

A beautiful symbol of a love so strong it will last for infinity. Exclusive to the Infinitas Collection.


4) 1/4 Carat TW Diamond Heart Link Bracelet

Wear your heart on your sleeve with this beautiful bracelet featuring a 1/4 carat of diamonds set in heart links of stunning 10kt yellow and white gold.


5) Enhanced Blue Diamond Heart Pendant

Keep your loved ones close with this gorgeous enhanced blue diamond and sterling silver heart shaped pendant. Beautifully crafted and adorned with a round brilliant enhanced blue diamond, this pendant is the perfect keepsake.


6) Cubic Zirconia Heart Key Pendant

Win her heart with this beautiful sterling silver key pendant. Showcasing a sparkling double heart-shaped bow set with cubic zirconias, tapering to a shiny sterling silver key, this ring will be sure to open many doors. Comes with a sterling silver chain.


7) Created Sapphire & Diamond Heart Pendant

You’ll be pretty in pink with this gorgeous sterling silver heart pendant. Featuring claw-set created sapphires with delicate diamond detail, this pendant is sure to please. Comes with a sterling silver chain.


8) 1/5 Carat TW White & Enhanced Yellow Diamond Heart Pendant

Show what’s in your heart with this stunning 1/5 carat total weight white and enhanced yellow diamond pendant. The swirling heart design is created in sterling silver and is accented with white diamonds on one side, and enhanced yellow diamonds set in a micron gold plating on the other. Comes with a sterling silver chain.


9) 1/15 Carat TW Enahnced Black Diamond Heart Pendant

Let your mischievous side show with this 1/15 carat total weight enhanced black diamond heart pendant. Created in sterling silver, the design features a devil’s tail and horns and adds a playful element to an otherwise classic piece. Comes with a sterling silver chain.


10) 1/6 Carat TW White & Enhanced Diamond Heart Pendant

Add sparkle to your every day with this beautiful sterling silver pendant set with 1/6 carat total weight of white and enhanced black diamonds. Featuring a modern open heart design, this pendant will enhance any ensemble. Comes with a sterling silver chain.


You might be wondering why I’m only showing you the descriptions for all of these amazing pieces of jewelry?? AM I right? It’s because I want you to head on over to Michael Hill to find something that you love!!!

25 Fun Valentine’s Day Crafts


Right around the corner is Valentine’s Day and we love to decorate. My kids and I had so much fun doing the table scape last year, we even had two different tables decorated. I LOVED it, well this year we decided to share posts from other bloggers so here are 25 Fun Valentine’s Day Crafts!VDay crafts 2

  1. Salt Shaker Angel
  2. Valentine’s Day Bird Feeder
  3. Cute and Easy Mouse is a Kid’s DIY Valentine’s Day Card
  4. Rainbow Loom Valentine Cards
  5. A DIY Valentine’s Gift for Teacher
  6. Valentine Jar Gift
  7. DIY Candy & Balloon Bouquet
  8. DIY Valentine Magnets
  9. DIY Playing Card Valentines
  10. Quick & Easy Valentine Wall Art
  11. Valentine’s Day Door Wreath
  12. Ampersand Art
  13. DIY Candle Cozies
  14. Love Conquers All
  15. DIY Valentines Pillow Boxes
  16. Easy I Love You In Sign Language Heart Craft
  17. Coffee Filter Crafts
  18. Sweet Nothings DIY Photo Frame
  19. Valentine’s Book Page Bunting
  20. Valentine’s Day Cupcake Lights
  21. DIY: Kisses in a Jar Craft
  22. Burlap and Lace Wreath
  23. Pom-Pom Valentine Centerpiece
  24. DIY Valentine Balloon Topiary
  25. DIY Burlap Wreath

Valentine’s Day Pancakes

Valentine's Day Pancakes

Samples provided.

Valentine’s Day is coming right up, so why not woo your sweetie with a meal straight from the heart? These cute pancakes are the perfect thing to serve up for a breakfast in bed – and, since February is also National Hot Breakfast Month, you can also declare it “Breakfast Night” and have hotcakes for dinner! Here’s how to create pancakes with love:

Valentine’s Day Pancakes

Heart-shaped pancake

Equipment needed:

Pancake art squeeze bottle
Nonstick frying pan
2 large bowls
Measuring spoons & cups


1 C Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
1 1/4 C Krusteaz Honey Wheat Pancake Mix
1 TBSP juice from a jar of Maraschino Cherries
Red food coloring
Cooking spray


In a bowl, combine Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix with 2/3 C water, Maraschino Cherry juice and 5 drops of red food coloring. Whisk until smooth, and pour into a pancake art squeeze bottle.

In a separate bowl, mix 3/4 C water and Krusteaz Honey Wheat Pancake Mix with a whisk until combined and slightly lumpy.

Spritz cooking spray in a pan and heat to medium low. Using your pancake art bottle, draw and fill in a heart in the pan, then cover using the Honey Wheat pancake batter. Leave for 60 seconds, flip, and then cook until the pancake looks done.

Valentine's pancake


Do you make any special meals for Valentine’s Day?

First Crush Cocktail Recipe

First Crush

Who was your first “Crush”? Whoever it might have been, raise a glass to them this Valentine’s Day with this fun recipe from Ole Smoky:

How to Make a First Crush Cocktail

Recipe courtesy Ole Smoky

In an empty pint mixing glass, muddle 4 whole Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries & 4 lime wedges for 5 seconds. Then add ice, and pour:

2 parts Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherry infusion

2 parts Club soda

Garnish with Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries!

Ole Smoky First Crush Cocktail

Family Fun Magazine Craft: Sweet Mice Valentine’s Day Treat Craft

I know I’m throwing crafts at you guys but I also know that I’m not alone when it comes to doing Valentine’s Day cars with the kids. We just started doing ours last night. We started with pencils and store bought ones just in case we don’t have enough time to finish hand made ones.  This craft is straight from the FamilyFun Magazine.


“Sweet Mice”


Made of two Hershey’s Kisses and a heart-shaped set of ears, these tiny critters are almost too cute to eat.


Ear and foot template (from
Card stock paper
Hershey’s kisses
Tacky glue
Gray yarn
Googly eyes
Glue Dots


Print the ear and foot templates on cardstock and cut out the shapes.

Remove the paper flags from two Hershey’s Kisses.

Fold the feet where shown on the template, then use tacky glue to sandwich the feet and ears between the Kisses.

Glue a 4-inch length of gray yarn to the underside of the back kiss.

Add googly eyes.

Attach the mouse a cheese-shaped piece of card stock with a glue dot, then write a note.

Suggested messages: Mice to Know You! You’re Really Mice!

Make a Heart Wreath: Circle of Love Heart Craft

Looking for some fun, kid-friendly craft ideas this Valentine’s Day? FamilyFun magazine has a lot of cute and easy (and in some cases, tasty!) crafts. Here is the Circle of Love Craft that you can use glue dots with.

circle of love

“Circle of love”


Pretty paper and glue dots are all you need to make a heartwarming wreath to hang anywhere that needs a little love.


Double-sided scrapbook paper
Glue Dots


Cut a sheet of double-sided scrapbook paper (ours is a 12 inch square) into 1-inch-wide strips.

Make five hearts as follows: fold a paper strip in half, sandwiching two glue dots about an inch down from the fold to create the top of the heart.

Bend the loose ends away from the center and use two more dots to join them at the point. Next, make the two hearts that anchor the hanging ribbon.

Sandwich one end of a 12-inch-long ribbon in the center fold of one heart, then form the heart’s point. Secure the other end of the ribbon in a second heart.

Use glue dots to adhere the sides of the seven hearts in a circle, as shown.


Remember you can find many more craft ideas with the FamilyFun magazine.