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She {hearts} Illustrated Classics

best illustrated classics

My oldest daughter was nearing three years when I thought I would be able to keep her attention long enough to try a chapter book together. She loved reading picture books and, like most kids, wouldn’t tire bring one after another (or the same one over and over) then climbing up in my lap to get a good look. I am so glad at this transition I came across Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (the illustrator of one of our favorite board books We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) at the library. I realized this is how family books are meant to be read. Illustrations on nearly every page, from amazing two page spreads to little doodles in the margins. So, I bought the slipcover set and embarked on a journey to find more unabridged classics that all ages could enjoy page after page. Here are five of my favorites.

*note: favorites are based on illustrations of unabridged classics of rather than the actual stories.*



1Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking glass by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Whimsical and simple she is my very, very favorite illustrator. 



Peter Pan & Wendy



2. Peter Pan and Wendy by JM Barrie, illustrated by Robert Ingpen. Robert Ingpen comes in a close second, and he has illustrated many classics, including his own Alice books. In fact, I love his illustrations so much that his books would probably take up favorite spots 2-5 but for diversity I chose to highlight 5 different illustrators.


Pippi Longstocking



3. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Lauren Child. The same Lauren Child that does Charlie and Lola, fresh and funky.


The Story of Doctor Dolittle



4.The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting, illustrated by Michael Hague. Richly detailed and enjoyable. This one, while not abridged is revised. I confess to have not read the original, however based on reviews I’ve read I understand that the revisions stay true to the heart of the story while being updated to reflect modern day values.


The Secret Garden



5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Inga Moore. Timeless illustrations.



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Learn more about these amazing illustrators and some of my other favorite books they have done.
Helen Oxenbury: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, It’s My Birthday, King Jack and the Dragon (all three of these are board books)

Robert Ingpen: The Jungle Book, Treasure IslandPinocchio (to name a few)

Lauren Child: Best known for Charlie and Lola (which I haven’t actually read or watched, but maybe I should)

Michael Hague: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, The Little Mermaid

Inga Moore: The Wind in The Willows

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she {hearts} boba air

Boba Family

As a mommy of 3, I have always loved wearing my babies.  The last two have received a great deal of “carry” time with the wraps that I own.  While the wraps have been fabulous, I was in need of an easy-on, easy-off option for when we were on-the-go.  She {hearts} It writers and readers alike have a love for the Boba family and all they do to support young mothers and families.  They create the best products in numerous options to fit the needs of every family.

boba air

I was so excited to try out my new Boba Air in white.  It is so lightweight and simple that I actually thought I might have missed a step when putting it on- it was too easy.  One thing that I love is that it is perfect for the daddies out there.  My husband isn’t much on wearing kids in the wraps, but he put on the Boba Air without hesitation.  When we went on vacation he wore our baby and said it was so comfortable and great for hot weather.  Especially when traveling, it is important to be able to have hands free for the older kiddos.  I even love the sun shade that you can snap on when there isn’t much natural shade available.


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You can purchase your own carrier or wrap by visiting Boba’s website.  They have a variety of carriers and wraps in multiple print and color options.

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Use code SheHeartsIt10 for 10% off your purchase thru the end of September 2013.

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She {hearts} Kids Canvas Name Art

Many people say to me, you and your kids must do crafts all day since you are so crafty.  That could not be farther from the truth for me.  I confess that I LOVE crafting but do not love crafting with my children. That thought actually makes me cringe a little bit. LOL!  Crafting is more of an outlet for when I want to chill by myself.  With that being said, I have decided now that my kids are little older, to plan a few crafts for us to do together while we are home for the summer.  I found this activity on Pinterest and it is very easy!

Supplies Needed

blank canvas

acrylic paint

paint brushes


I started by using tape to place on the canvas to spell out each child’s name.  I used my washi tape since it was thinner then the blue painters tape.  You could even use masking tape.


Then let the kids have fun painting!  


Once the paint is dry peel off the tape and the name is left white.  


Two of my kids wanted to paint the white letter with glitter.  The other child wanted sparkles ALL over, so we painted sparkles all over her canvas before we pulled the tape off.


You could do anything you wanted though.  Sky is the limit!  Enjoy!



She {hearts} Scheduling the Summer with Kids

Today marks the first day of Summer Break for my kids and while many kids are excited to not have to answer to a teacher until school begins in the fall, my kids won’t have that option. The structure my kindergartener had during the school was a blessing. I didn’t realize how much a creature of habit he was and how much he benefited from the constant routine was astounding. He is a worrier, so knowing what to expect did him a world of good and helped him grown in confidence and maturity.

So this summer, my kids will be following a semi-strict schedule, similar to the school year. Every little detail of the day isn’t going to be mapped out, but things like getting dressed, doing chores, and doing schoolwork will be done at a pre-determined time. There will be plenty of playtime and downtime as well, and we will continue to run a tight ship from dinnertime to bedtime as we do year round. This way the kids will know what comes next, what is expected of them, and it will keep me from being lazy as well.


Do you follow a summer schedule? How does it work for you and your family?



she {hearts} a blessed mother’s day printable

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, Sunday May 12th to be exact.  A day to celebrate the hard working mommas out there.  

Just think of the rears wiped, children bathed, homework and projects finished by the due dates, hot meals cooked, tears shed, laughs shared, hugs that will warm your souls given, lunches packed, lessons taught and learned, all from the blessing of caring for a child.

Still looking for the perfect gift for the mom in your life?

I have a FREEBIE for you! This is part of my gift to my own mother and want to share with all of you!


You can download your own bible verse print for FREE here!


Just print as a 5×7 and place in a frame of your choice. (I got this frame from Hobby Lobby. LOVE shopping there!)  


Happy Mother’s Day to all those special women in the world who are caring for others, sacrificing so much.  Thank you for everything you do!


she {hearts} bag ice cream

The kids made homemade ice cream from zipper bags!

This was a fun and exciting treat for them.  Even the youngest could do this, with a little help from mom.

What you need to gather for EACH serving you are making:

-3/4 cup half and half (next time I’m going to try using our kefir milk)

-1/4 cup whipping cream

-2-3tsp honey granules or sugar

-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

-gallon zip bags

-quart zip bags


-rock salt 

We were making 3 servings, one for each of my kids.

First add the half and half, whipping cream, honey granules, vanilla into the quart zip bag and seal up tightly.

Next add fill gallon zip bag about half full of ice along with 1/2 cup rock salt.  Place the quart bag with ice cream ingredients into the gallon bag with ice.

Seal tightly then shake, shake, shake!


The kids hands were getting cold so I told them to hold the bag from the top and keep shaking! Don’t stop!


It took about 5 minutes to get a thick consistency, depending on how many times your kids stop, it might take a little bit longer for the shaking process.


Time for the reveal…it was very yummy!


The kids thought it was so cool to eat from the bag.  They were quite messy toward the end so beware. :)


Want some?  We added chocolate syrup to ours. You could add anything you like to change the flavor, strawberries or crushed oreos or chocolate chips. There are tons of possibilities! Enjoy!



she {hearts} You & Me by Jessie Steele

Jessie Steele is a company known for their vintage-look aprons and kitchen accessories. Pavilion Gift Company has recently worked with Jessie Steele to produce their “You & Me by Jessie Steele” line, featuring adorable mug sets, teapots, and cookie jars.

I was provided with the “You & Me by Jessie Steele” Mommy & Me Aqua Spring Rose Bunch 3 piece mug set as well as the coordinating “Me Too” mini mug. My older daughter was ELATED to have a little tea party with her mommy. I had intended to save the “Me Too” mug (that’s cuteness overload right there) for my 6 month old daughter to use when she is a little older, but my monster-truck-obsessed 2 year old son jumped right in and insisted that he be part of the tea party. Both kids were giggling and doing “cheers!” and dumping spoonful after spoonful of sugar into their tea (and mommy’s tea, too).

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I love the sweet idea behind these “You & Me by Jessie Steele” mug sets. They are the perfect Mother’s Day gift and also recognize special grandmas, nanas, and aunts. They can be purchased through Pavilion Gift Company’s website.

She {hearts} Savings

Use code “CHICMOM” for free shipping on all orders of $25 or more on Pavilion Gift Company’s site. This offer will end May 12 – Mother’s Day!

She {hearts} Freebies

We have a “You & Me by Jessie Steele” Mommy & Me Aqua Spring Rose Bunch 3 piece mug set for one lucky She {hearts} It reader!

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