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She {hearts} Matilda Jane Clothing


A mother of two boys and a successful decorative artist, Denise DeMarchis, brought her unique, soulful approach to creativity and relationships to her venture—an “unpredictable clothing company” which began in 2005 called Matilda Jane Clothing! After early success at art fairs around the Midwest, Matilda Jane Clothing moved the business toward a Trunk Keeper model—a direct selling approach that keeps the spirit of art fairs alive while building personal relationships across the country.

Matilda Jane Clothing’s designs are youthful. Playful. And expressive. Their whimsical approach to texture, pattern and color results in designs that capture the spirit and imagination of childhood. Lucky for us, gals of all ages and sizes can join the fun! Matilda Jane Clothing is available in girls, tweens and adults. Flavors for all!

In the above image, Grace is wearing the Cloudy Puffer Tee, Love Bug Knot Top, & Sweetheart Ruffled Leggings.


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She {hearts} Gretchen Scott Designs


GSD_meI think I love almost everything that this designer has in their store. I’m a big fan of fun & colorful tunics, dresses, and cover-ups to add to my summertime wardrobe and everything they have is right down my alley! And to make it extra special, they have Mommy & Me clothes so my baby girl and I can match!

Gretchen Scott carries the “Laugh More Gripe Less. Ignore Critics. Say Yes. Order Dessert. Love Life” mantra and it’s tagged on every Gretchen Scott item. Known for her festive tunics and dresses, Gretchen inserts life and personality into her designs. Gretchen created a sustainable line of clothing that makes summer, holiday and warm climate dressing easy. Her clothes are about accessing a place that is chic, joyous, playful and fun. She looks at the clothing need realities of her customers: clothing that packs easily, transitions from day to night, office to dinner or cocktails, carpool to swimming pool. She said, “If you can give that, with clean lines and surprise elements – it’s a homerun.”

She finds inspriation from her travels across the world. Her designs reflect a global perspective with India being the biggest part. She feels the Indian sense of color, proportion and incredible embroidery is amazing. Hand printed, festive fabrics and vibrant inks define Gretchen Scott Designs’ look.

Gretchen Scott Designs is sold in over 1000 stores worldwide.

Check out a few of my favorite Gretchen Scott Designs that hang in my closet:
Happy Turtle Mommy & Me Tunic
Sea Not Navy Mommy & Me Tunic (featured here with my daughter and I)
Georgette Silk Tunic
Reef Tunic
Check out their website or Facebook page to see what your favorite item is!

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She {hearts} strawberry pudding

graceOne of my favorite things about this time of the year are strawberries! Yesterday, I received the photo to the left in an email that read, “Couldn’t resist.” Grace was heading to school with her Daddy yesterday and I guess they decided to stop for a little picking time before she’d start her school day. I just couldn’t be mad, but I was a little jealous! One of my favorite things to fix with strawberries is a “Strawberry Pudding”.

It’s basically a recipe for Banana Pudding that has been tweaked to include these yummy red berries instead of bananas.



Strawberry Pudding



  • 1 eagle brand milk
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 box French vanilla pudding
  • 16 oz cool whip
  • 2 quarts strawberries (or 4 bananas)
  • 2 pkgs Chessman cookies


  1. Blend together eagle brand milk and 1 & ½ cups water.
  2. Add pudding and beat medium speed until well blended.
  3. Put in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until congealed.
  4. Remove from frig and add cool whip and stir with spoon do not use mixer.
  5. Layer cookies, pudding, and fruit and repeat layers.
  6. Garnish top with cookies or fruit!

I love to put mine in a clear trifle bowl to make it look extra nice, but if you’re having a party and want everyone to have their own individual desserts try making mini pudding cups and using a brandy snifter glass.

For more strawberry recipes, try:
Did you see Tara’s She {hearts} strawberry pie recipe?
Balsamic Strawberries over Shortbread
Croissant French Toast with Strawberry Syrup
Strawberry Napoleons
Chilled Strawberry Soup

She {hearts} Muchilunga


IMG_2488_withlogoI came across Muchilunga at a Christmas Show a couple of years ago. As soon as I saw their clothing line I knew my daughter had to have one of their dresses! I purchased one for her that particular year and used it during our family portrait session. The next year when I went back to the same Christmas Show, I was so excited to see a Muchilunga booth again, and I had to buy another one of their adorable dresses! To the left is a photo of my friends daughter whom we passed our first Muchilunga dress down to. She even wore it for her 2 year portrait session!

Of the two Muchilunga dresses my daughter owns, they are both from their fall line of clothing and they are easily some of my favorite dresses of hers. But this year’s summer line is oh so adorable too! You’ve got to go check out the cuteness oozing from their website. Their clothing is so unique from all the rest out there and everything they have is adorable!

They offer girls dresses, pants, shirts, and the cutest rompers. But boys and Mommies aren’t left out because they also have shirts and bow-ties for boys and I’m in love with their Mommy tunics.




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She {hearts} Julian Ryce Creations


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One of my favorite things are monograms. A monogram is a motif made by overlapping or combining two or more letters or other graphemes to form one symbol. I own many things that have my monogram on them, from key chains to clothes, scarves, jewelry and even household items such as drinking glasses.

One day I was browsing Etsy for some monogrammed frames as I was thinking of ideas for a baby gift. I came across Julian Ryce Creations and loved pretty much everything in her shop. Recently, I received one of her precious frames & I immediately put a recent photo of my daughter in it!

She has many fun and beautiful things in her shop in addition to frames. Things like custom phone cases, notecards, melamine plates & platters, cutting boards, license plates, cookie jars, and SO much more!

There are so many different combinations of designs/patterns/colors to choose from when shopping with Julian Ryce Creations. For my particular frame I chose the pink and white chevron stripes.

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These frames would make the cutest baby or wedding gifts or would even be great to give as Christmas presents! Julian Ryce Creations has many other items that can be personalized too. Go check out her plates, platters, plaques, baskets, magnets & much more! You can view her Etsy site or her Facebook site!

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She {hearts} Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Cajun Chicken Alfredo
  • ~1 ¼ lbs. chicken breast tenderlions
  • 1 ½ Tbs. Cajun spice
  • 2 Tbs. butter, divided
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil (or more if needed)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 C. (1/2 pint) grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ C. chicken broth
  • 1 ½ C. half-and-half
  • 1/3 C. Asiago shredded cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheeses blend
  • 1/4 C. goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 pound cooked fettuccini
  • Chopped parsley, for serving
  1. Cook fettuccini “al-dente” according to package directions, stirring often. Drain, and rinse with hot tap water, to keep pasta from sticking. Drain again.
  2. For Chicken:
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Pound each chicken strip flat with a flat meat mallet, between two sheets of plastic wrap. Set flattened strips on a clean plate.
  5. Sprinkle a heavy amount of blackening spice on both sides of each chicken strips, pressing to adhere.
  6. Heat 1 Tbs. of the butter, and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, until butter begins to brown.
  7. Place chicken in the pan, and sear on one side, until it is very brown, about 3 minutes. Flip chicken and sear the other side until very brown, about another 1 ½ minutes. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan.
  8. Place browned chicken strips onto a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.
  9. Remove chicken from the oven and thinly slice against the grain; set aside.
  10. If the skillet looks dry, add a bit more olive oil. Re-heat the skillet over medium heat.
  11. Pour in the chicken broth into the skillet to deglaze the pan—whisk all of the delicious brown bits off the bottom of the pan. (1-2 minutes)
  12. Add the garlic and tomatoes to the pan and sauté to soften and lightly caramelize, stirring occasionally. (1-2 minutes)
  13. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour the half-and-half to the pan with the tomato mixture, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  14. Add the salt, pepper, and the remaining tablespoon of butter.
  15. Continue to stir the cream mixture while it simmers for 3-4 minutes. The cream will reduce slightly.
  16. Remove from heat. Add the cheeses to the cream sauce. Stir constantly until all the cheese has melted, and sauce is smooth. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings.
  17. Pour the fettuccini onto the sauce, and top with the sliced chicken.
  18. Toss the pasta and chicken into the sauce with tongs, until well combined.
  19. Turn tossed pasta into a large serving bowl.
  20. Sprinkle with a bit of chopped parsley.
  21. Serve immediately.


Modified from this recipe from RecipeFirst.

She {hearts} Italian Crockpot Meatloaf

On Tuesdays, my daughter has ballet at 6. That’s usually the time I’m in the kitchen prepping for dinner. We don’t get home until 7:30, so I like for supper to be ready when we get home. Putting a meal in the crockpot around lunch is my answer for Tuesday dinners! Below is a new recipe I found for crockpot meatloaf! I’ve never been a big meatloaf fan, but this is good!

Italian Crockpot Meatloaf

Cook Time: 8 hours

A slow cooker recipe for yummy, flavorful meatloaf made delicious with the addition of sun-dried tomatoesr!

  • 1 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • (oil-packed)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • (I used shredded)
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • (I used 1 tsp pepper)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • Topping:
  • 3/4 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  1. Line bottom and side of crockpot with heavy tin foil.
  2. In a large bowl, stir bread crumbs with milk and let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a skilled on medium heat, fry onions, garlic and oregano for about 6 minutes.
  4. Add to breadcrumbs. Then add eggs, sun-dreid tomatoes, parsely, parmesan, salt and pepper. Combine with a wooden spoon.
  5. Mix in ground meat, using hands if needed. Place in centre of foil-lined crockpot and form into a loaf shape.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until meat thermometer registers 170 F.
  7. Sprinkle loaf with topping of cheese, parsley and sun-dried tomatoes Cover and cook on high until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  8. Gently lift the foil to pull the loaf out of the crockpot. Let stand on a cutting board for about 5 minutes to let the fat drain off into foil.
  9. Transfer loaf directly onto a dish and slice.

Recipe from Food & Whine

Oh, so yummy, the sun-dried tomatoes added so much flavour! I even had leftovers for lunch the next day that were just as good!