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She {hearts} Strawberry Pie

The kids and I picked strawberries last week and brought home four buckets of yummy goodness. I make this strawberry pie every summer, and this year was no exception. It is a cool, refreshing dessert to share with neighbors or just enjoy yourself!

STRAWBERRY PIE

 

Ingredients:
  • Graham cracker crust
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 ½ cups chopped strawberries
  • 3 Tbps. cornstarch
  • 3 oz. package of strawberry jello
Directions:
  1. Cook water, sugar, and cornstarch on high in microwave for 3 minutes. Stir well and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir quickly to make sure you get rid of all the lumps. (You can also do this on the stovetop. Just remove from heat as soon as the consistency is like that of pudding.)
  2. Add jello and strawberries, and stir well.
  3. Pour into pie crust.
  4. Chill until set.
  5. Top with Cool Whip and garnish with strawberry slices. Enjoy!

She {hearts} Resurrection Rolls

Our family has been busy preparing for Easter all week!

Easter baskets. Check.
Candy to fill the baskets. Check.
Easter dresses and tights. Check.
Sunday suits and ties. Check.

But sometimes, in the hustle and bustle, we can forget what Easter is all about, and what it really is that we are celebrating. In our family, Easter is not about the Easter bunny, or the yummy Cadbury eggs (though they are incredible!). It’s not about getting dressed up for church in spring colored outfits, or eating a large meal as a family. What we celebrate at Easter is that Christ is Risen!

And therefore, when I saw this easy Resurrection Rolls recipe pop up in my Facebook feed, I immediately printed it off and added it to my list of activities to do this week. My kids are young–ages 5 and 3– and I knew that this would help solidify in their minds what Easter is really all about.

So, if you’d like to refocus your kids’ minds and hearts on the real thing we celebrate at Easter, I encourage you to make these Resurrection rolls this weekend too.

Resurrection Rolls

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To make these simple Resurrection Rolls, all you need is:
– One can of Crescent roll dough
– 8 large marshmallows (one for each roll you’ll be making)
– melted butter
– cinnamon sugar

Here are some simple instructions, though you can change the details to fit the ages and maturity of your kids:

1. Preheat the oven to 350. (Talk about how things were “heating up” with the people who didn’t like Jesus. The Pharisees didn’t like how people were following Him instead of them. They didn’t like how Jesus thought radically and confronted their legalism, etc.)

2. Hand the children each a marshmallow. (Talk about how this represents Jesus’ body that was perfect. He was without sin, spot, or blemish. He was white. Then read John 19:1-37 and talk about how Jesus was arrested, flogged, and then put to death.)

3. Melt the butter and roll the marshmallows in the melted butter. (This symbolizes how Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross, and covered in the embalming oils before his burial.)

4. Then roll the marshmallows in cinnamon sugar. (Read John 19:38-40 and talk about the spices that were used to prepare his body for burial.)

5. Unroll the crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (Explain that these represent the cloth that Jesus’s body was wrapped in. Talk about how heavy the strips would have been.)

6. Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll “cloth,” pinching the dough together securely. (This represents how they would have wrapped Jesus’ body.)

7. Put the rolls in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. (Read more from John 19:41-42 and talk about how his body was placed in a tomb. Talk about what it might have looked like. Talk about the stone that was rolled in front of the entrance. Talk about the guards that were standing there so that no one could take his body.)

8. While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18. As soon as the timer goes off, open the tomb and remove the rolls. When they are cool enough to handle, break one open and discover what happened to the marshmallow!

JESUS IS RISEN! HAPPY EASTER!

She {hearts} Cucumberlime

cucumberlime logoIn our house, we really try to prioritize the training of our children… from manners and academics to self-discipline and responsibility. So, when I found Cucumberlime’s adorable chore charts and magnets, I knew they would be a wonderful addition to our home and training!

The kids were so excited when they arrived in the mail and now diligently move their magnets from “To Do” to “Done” throughout the day. From getting dressed and making their beds to unloading the dishwasher and collecting the trash, I appreciate their help and they enjoy moving their magnets to show what they’ve accomplished:) In the process, however, they are learning the important role that each member of our family plays, as well as the importance of self-discipline and responsibility.

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Each wooden magnet is large enough to be grasped by tiny fingers, but little enough that you can fit quite a few chores on the chart. In addition, the pictures show the children what needs to be done, which helps “young readers” still know what to do! We love Cucumberlime’s chort charts and magnets!

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magnetsCucumberlime is giving away one chore chart and 12 magnets of your choice to one lucky winner! Just enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below!

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She {hearts} SpilStop Sports Cap

Some of you might remember the featured post on SpilStop caps several months ago on She {hearts} it. Since then, this company has now engineered a brand new SpilStop sports cap. These caps prevent spills just like the original SpilStop caps, but are designed to fit many single-serving bottles of Gatorade, Vitamin Water, Sobe Lifewater, Powerade, Boost, Mott’s juices, and so much more!

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Made in the USA, SpilStop is a family owned business that has engineered a product to help prevent many familial mishaps. All caps are BPA and phthalate-free. Plus, the SpilStop sport caps are easy to use, easy to clean, and help prevent messes for Mommy to clean up! That’s a win-win in my book!

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She {hearts} Savings

SpilStop is offering all of our readers a discount on their new SpilStop sport caps! Just use DEW20 for 20% off your purchase.

She {hearts} Freebies

In addition to a 20% discount, SpilStop is giving away one package (of 3 Sports caps) to 3 winners! Winners can choose between bright, pastel, or dark colored caps in their free package!

Comments are now closed. Congratulations to our winners: Tracie, Susan, and Jessica!

She {hearts} LoveSac

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At the end of the day, do your feet ache? I can attest that as a Mom of four little ones, I’m on my feet most of the day. Whether its making beds, doing laundry, cooking dinner, or playing with the kids, I rarely have shoes on and am constantly on the go. Its no wonder that by the end of the day my feet are sore!

So, when LoveSac contacted me about reviewing their slippers, I was game! I was intrigued as I read the description on their website: “Slippers Phur Feet…what a concept. As with anything made by LoveSac, these are simply the greatest slippers available…maybe in all the world. LoveSac Phur is a hypo allergenic polyster knit that is surprisingly durable.” I couldn’t wait to receive my new slippers and even loved the packaging that they were shipped in!

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IMG_6711 Not only are their products shipped adorably, but they are also very well made. I immediately put the slippers on and have been wearing them ever since. They are super comfortable, and I love the nonstick rubber bottoms too. These durable bottoms have come in handy when I’ve forgotten to take them off before going outside to play with the kids :)

(The LoveSac Phur slippers normally cost $59, but they are currently on sale for $39!)

If you are in the market for other comfy stuff, like pillows, throws, chairs, blankets, or sacs (like XL beanbag type chairs) make sure to browse around their website.  They also manufacture sactionals, which are modular pieces of furniture that can be configured in any arrangement that  you need! Truly LoveSac is a company that has something for everyone who is looking for comfort and durability!

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She {hearts} Scripture Lullabies

There are often two types of music in my car at any given time: (1) “me” music and (2) “kid” music. As a mom of four little ones, the “me” music is rarely heard (unless I am driving by myself) since the “kid” music is always on!  Can anyone else relate?

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Well, if this is a dilemma in your car,  keep reading because I have a CD that solves the problem! I have found “kid” music that I love and choose to listen to even when there are no kids in the car! Scripture Lullabies features beautiful, classical music, with accompanying words that are straight from Scripture.  So, not only is the music soothing and peaceful, but everyone listening to the music is learning Bible verses without even knowing it! That’s a WIN-WIN in our family :)

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IMG_6701After downloading the CDs onto my vans’s hard disk drive, the Hidden in your Heart CDs have resided in the kids’ CD players: one in Nathan and Natalie’s room, and one in Samuel and Samantha’s room. Each night, the CDs get turned on and are played on repeat through the night. If I happen to forget, Samuel is quick to point out that the “usik” is not on. The kids LOVE their music, and so do I.

Even now, as I type this post, I can hear the music coming from their rooms. As they sleep peacefully, the words to the songs are reminding them of God’s love, God’s grace, and God’s plan. I have children who sleep peacefully through the night, who wake up in good moods, and who know the words to the songs (and therefore Scripture verses) without the effort of rote memorization!

Here’s another testimony from the Scripture Lullabies website about the influence of their music:

“This powerfully peaceful music is helping children sleep soundly, free from nightmares, while also providing some much needed peace for mom and dad.  It’s the perfect baby gift but as you listen, you’ll understand why so many adults are buying their own copy or several to give as gifts to friends and family members.  One out of every 10 “Hidden in My Heart” CDs is donated to Pregnancy Resource centers around the country, so by purchasing this CD, our customers are blessing more than just their own family.”

She {hearts} Savings

Would you like to own a copy of this relaxing and powerful music? Scripture Lullabies is offering our readers 15% off their “Hidden in your Heart” CDs.  Just go to their website and enter SL2012 at checkout for your 15% off.
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She {hearts} Freebies

We also get to pick TWO lucky winners! The winners can choose to receive either a physical CD or digital download of their choice: Hidden in your Heart Vol. I or Hidden in your Heart Vol. II. (We own both and they are equally wonderful!)
To Enter: For a chance to win, leave a comment with how you’d use this CD. Would you give it as a gift to an expectant mom? Would you keep it for yourself and play it in the car for your kids (and you)? Would you play it in the living room while your kids are playing?

Additional Entries: For more chances to win, make sure to leave an additional comment for each entry you complete.

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Congratulations to the winners, Libby and Anastasia! 

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She {hearts} Cupcaketionary

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As I mentioned last week, my children had their 5th birthday party on Saturday. It was a Dr. Seuss party, centered around Dr. Seuss’ creative and colorful poetic masterpieces! We decorated with books (some were ours and others were borrowed from the library!), pennants made out of book pages, framed puzzles, and today’s featured item: Adorable food labels from Cupcaketionary! They were a huge hit with the kids and adults alike! Can you spot all of them on the table below?

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Cupcaketionary is an Etsy shop that features all sorts of adorable paper creations! From invitations and thank you cards to food labels and centerpieces, Kristen has designed a full line of party planning essentials. I, of course, fell in love with all of her Dr. Seuss items, but she also has Barbie, owl, Lightning McQueen, and monkey decor! Here is a closer picture of the food tents that she designed for me, with their corresponding food items.Whether you are hosting a baby shower or birthday party, your table is not complete without something from Cupcaketionary!

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I loved using the food labels from Cupcaketionary at my kids’ birthday party because they made me look like a professional party planner! Kristen is so easy to work with, prompt in her  correspondence, and provides the digital file by email, so you have the choice of where to print it. Her prices are extremely reasonable, especially for the quality you receive!

She {hearts} Savings

Kristen is offering a discount to all of our She{hearts}it readers! Just use the code “cupcake” in the promo box on her Etsy store for 15% off your purchase. You will be so glad that you have something from Cupcaketionary at your next party!
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