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You’re AwesomeSAUCE, Valentine!

January 15, 2015
Applesauce 'AwesomeSAUCE' Free Printable Tags from View From The Fridge

I’ll let you in on a little no-so-secret secret … in exactly ONE week we’re piling in the minivan (all six of us … including Molly), and driving for 25 hours to find sun, warmth, and the ocean.  I.  can’t.  wait.

Let me show you one of the reasons why I’m excited …

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While we haven’t exactly had too rough of a winter this year, it’s still been cold.  Too cold.  Because I am wimpy and because hauling around 3 little kiddos with all their hats, gloves, boots, and snowpants takes far too long, I can’t wait for less clothes, some sunglasses, and some ocean water.

That’s as long as the 25 hour car ride with a 4 year old, 2 year old, 8 month old, and 1 dog doesn’t do us in first  …

Are we crazy?!?!

Our trip to Destin last year was totally worth the drive, so I’m hoping with the addition of a baby and dog (and another 5 hours each way), we’ll be able to say the same thing this year.  Fingers crossed.

So, what does all this have to do with these totally awesome AwesomeSAUCE Valentines??  Not much, really.  I just really wanted to share my news.  That, and we’ll be getting back from Florida one day before the boys’ Valentine’s parties at school.  Therefore … I’m happy to have these done now … before our trip (and before we get back to 392,017,489 loads of laundry, 120,335 bags to unload, and possibly three sleep deprived kiddos).

So … on with it, huh?

Last year, we made these cute picture Valentines to give out to Owen’s classmates (left) and to the Grandparents (right side):

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Lollipops (or suckers, as my boys call them) are always a hit with the kiddos … maybe not such a hit with the parents or teachers, however.

Since Matt and I are almost done with the Whole 30 ‘diet’ (more to come on that … 5 days left, and counting), I was determined to find a less unhealthy alternative for Valentine’s this year.  I thought about a toy … like a little monkey with a cute saying ‘I like hangin’ with you, Valentine’, or a penguin with a card saying ‘It’s fun chillin’ with you’, or some other animal with a cute saying, but then I decided that, at least my boys, like to get food related Valentines (which are still allowed at their school … ).  And if the rest of the kids in their classes are similar, I figured I should try to find a less sugary (or at least processed sugar-y), more ‘wholesome’ choice that still might be considered a ‘treat’.

Enter … Applesauce pouches.

My boys love all baby food pouches … applesauce included (they even like the ones with spinach and broccoli mixed in …. shhhh, don’t tell them).  I sometimes even resort to bribing them to finish their dinner and so they can have a ‘pouch’ for dessert (a pouch that packs in some veggies … a win-win all around).

I made some cute tags for the pouches, tied a ribbon around ’em, and signed Owen’s name (though thinking about it now, I probably should have let him sign them, huh?).

Applesauce 'AwesomeSAUCE' Free Printable Tags from View From The Fridge

Nothing too fancy, but perfect for 2, 3, and 4 year olds, right?  Heck, I secretly even like these applesauce pouches (or maybe that’s because it happens to be one of the sweet things ‘allowed’ on this Whole30 diet).

And … because I’m pretty awesomesauce, too, I thought I’d share the tags with you!

You can download the colorful tags (like in the picture above HERE or by clicking on the image below):

Applesauce 'AwesomeSAUCE' Free Printable Tags from View From The Fridge.  Perfect 'healthy' alternative to candy this Valentine's Day!I also made a pink and red version which you can download HERE or by clicking on the image below:

Applesauce 'AwesomeSAUCE' Free Printable Tags from View From The Fridge.  Perfect 'healthy' alternative to candy this Valentine's Day!

They print 6 tags per page, and I simply cut them out with a scissor.  They’re 3″ in diameter, though, if you happen to have the right circle punch (I doubt the four year olds care about your perfect circles, but a punch would save a bit of time on your end)!

Applesauce 'AwesomeSAUCE' Free Printable Tags from View From The Fridge

Relatively healthy and still considered a ‘treat’ (at least by my boys).  Score one for mom!  #winning

Best part is … these treats are done (with almost a month to spare)!  Score two for mom!

Applesauce 'AwesomeSAUCE' Free Printable Tags from View From The Fridge

Why thank you, Ryan.  Score three for mom!

And, finally, I think you’re awesomesauce for stopping by today (last time using that made up word … promise)!  Hope you’re having a great week.  And … if you happen to have any recommendations for LONG car tips with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and/or 7 year old vizslas, please do share.  At least I’m not 31 weeks preggo for this car trip (and wearing a swimsuit might be a bit more appealing.  A tiny bit).

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40 Comments

  • Reply Kris {Driven by Decor} January 15, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Katie, these are so, so cute and I love that they are candy-free since Valentine’s candy is now a no-no our schools!
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    • Reply Katie January 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks, Kris! Most kids like applesauce, right?? Maybe they’ll never miss the candy (ha)! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Reply Ellena February 11, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you for making these available, printing them off for my daughters pre-k3 class! You’re awsomesauce: )

      • Reply Katie February 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm

        AwesomeSAUCE!! So glad you could use them!! We just handed the Valentine’s out today and they were a huge hit! Thanks for dropping me a note! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Reply Simple Hacks Living January 15, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I love this idea! Pinned it!
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    • Reply Katie January 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  • Reply Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods January 15, 2015 at 10:31 am

    So much better than candy! We’ve got an Owen too!

    Thanks so much for sharing the FREE printable!
    ~ Ashley
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  • Reply Rachel January 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    So cute! I like that it’s something other than candy too for school kids. My son’s school is a sugar-free zone. For birthdays, we have to bring muffins or fruit. Thanks for the printable. Pinned.
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  • Reply Julie@frugallyblonde January 16, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I love this idea. They are so cute. Even the older kids love the applesauce packets. My middle schooler can’t have drinks on the bus so kids bring these because they are practically a drink.
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  • Reply Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness January 16, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Love it, such a cute and clever idea for kiddos instead of candy! I’m sure all moms everywhere will appreciate it. AND I totally appreciate the Ryan picture as well. Who doesn’t? :)
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  • Reply Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom January 17, 2015 at 7:36 am

    So cute! I pinned to my kids crafts and activities board on Pinterest. I’m visiting from SITS today.

    Good luck w/ the car ride. I think I blacked out the one long car ride I took with a toddler…it was terrible!! We had to stop every hour, hour and a half, because of his temperament. He was an active kid (still is at 11) and hated sitting too long.
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  • Reply Shannon {Cozy Country Living} January 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Katie these are just too cute and perfect for my son’s class on Valentine’s Day! It’s so cold here too… I hope you have a wonderful vacation- it sounds great!
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  • Reply Ginger January 18, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    You are brave! Going on a trip that long with everyone in tow. Let us know how that goes! – Love the cutie pie applesauce valentines. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday.

  • Reply Amanda January 20, 2015 at 6:30 am

    My kiddos LOVE the apple sauce pouches too! Now I have a great idea to give for Valentine’s Day treats at daycare, thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply Becky @dempsterlogbook January 24, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Seriously – this is so cute! We have lots of food restrictions at our school so this is a great solution! Thanks for linking up to Motivational Monday!
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    Love this idea. Pinning! Would love for you to add it to our linky party! http://debcb.com/best-blogosphere-linky-party-3

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    I love this! Such a cute idea :)
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  • Reply Michelle February 5, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I found this on pinterest and am so glad you shared this post! We are at a new school this year and I’m not entirely sure of their rules on sweets so this will be perfect! I will be repinning and using the printables this weekend! Thank you so much!!! (Enjoy your vacation!)

    • Reply Katie February 16, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Wonderful! So glad you found this! Even if you are allowed to bring candy, I’m sure the moms will appreciate applesauce MUCH more! Ha! Thanks for the note! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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