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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.

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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!

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She {hearts} SwimZip

Sun protection is super important to me, especially when it comes to my kids. My kids have acquired my exceptional paleness (you’re welcome, my dears) so it’s always a long, dramatic process to get them sunscreened up in the summertime. Sunburns and the potential long-term effects of too much sun exposure are painful, scary, and issues that should not be taken lightly.

SwimZip is a line of fashionable kids swimwear whose shirts zip up the front, making UV protection a “zip!” Their adorable SPF 50+ line keeps kids skin sun-safe and reduces the need for lots of chemical-laden sunscreen on their delicate, often sensitive skin. And, as every parent knows, it’s usually not a fun time having to wrangle a wriggling two year old and lather them up every few hours while they are having fun in the sun. Each SwimZip piece is made of quality stretch lycra/nylon, which blocks 99% of UVA and UVB rays and is chlorine resistant. This tagless line’s key feature is the full length front zipper, which makes for easy on, easy off (especially when wet!).

Betsy, the founder of SwimZip, was diagnosed with skin cancer at just 26 years old. She wanted to take her scary and traumatic experience and bring something good of it, and she saw it as a “chance to help others avoid my fate – and maybe even save lives.” Betsy says, “With the conviction that comes from knowing without a doubt that you are doing something right, I dove headfirst into the world of UPF sun protective clothing … and thus was born SwimZip.”

Betsy graciously sent me the Caribbean Dolphin front zip rash guard shirt for my oldest daughter to try out when we went on our beach vacation this past week. I love how the shirt opens and zips up the front of the body, eliminating the hassle of trying to fit a big-kid head through the usually small head hole of normal rash guard shirts. The material is light and comfortable, and kept my daughter cool yet protected those delicate shoulders with an SPF of 50+. Plus, how bright and fun is the design? And the hot pink definitely pleased my girly-girl.

The SwimZip sets are ADORABLE and so unique. My favorites are Grey Grey Go Away! and Ruffle Me Pretty.

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SwimZip SPF 50+ kids swimwear is perfect for summertime swimming and outside play at the beach, at the pool, or in the backyard. These pieces give kids ultra sun protection while adding so much style with their unique designs and front zipper feature. SwimZip was born of a passion to protect kids from the harmful effects of too much sun exposure without using harsh chemicals and with ease and style in mind. You can also find SwimZip on Facebook and Twitter.

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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!


She {hearts} The Well Planned Day

the well planned dayConfession: I am a list maker. I make lists for everything, from meal planning to what I want to accomplish in the next week. I love to cross or check things off, I will even re-write my ongoing lists to keep them neat and orderly (sometimes adding already done things just so I can check them off). So when it comes to my daughters schooling I am no different. Even being attracted to a more simple approach to schooling and having a laid-back lifestyle I still love having something to check off. A written plan is especially helpful since we do 5 days of school curriculum in our 4 day school week. With The Well Planned Day planner I can easily see were to spread that extra day of work throughout the week.

I love all the extras this planner packs, chores charts, a budget page, an area to keep track of letters and cards you send. Each new month includes a calendar month, an article on homeschooling, tear off shopping lists, and space for books read and field trips taken that month. The weekly part divides 5 school days using a two page spread. There is a small section for weekend and dinner menu. Along the top are different scripture verses and quotes each week. There is a section to keep track of grading with 4 cardstock report cards you can give out in the back. December even has an extra Holiday Organization section!

The only drawback is it is designed for 4 children- not a big deal for me since I have only one in school, but I already have a 3 year old, a newly 2 year old, as well as a newborn so we’ll be maxed out in a few years. However for now as a homeschooling mama, it’s the only planner I need- and I look forward to purchasing one for next year.

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You can purchase The Well Planned Day planner- hard copy or software from Home Educating Family Association in their shop or check out a sample here. You can also find many reviews and articles- a fantastic resource for the homeschooling family.

She {hearts} Savings

Right now The Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner (2012-2013) is on sale for $12.48 (regularly $24.95) and if you want to get ready for next year, all of their 2013-2014 planners are on sale as well.


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She (still) {hearts} nourish organics


Just about a year ago, I reviewed Nourish Organics here on She {hearts} It and I love this company so much that I’m back at it again.  Nourish Organics is an organic skincare company owned and operated by sweet Olivia, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for a few years now. Her passion for chemical-free, safe, 100% natural, nourishing skin care is so inspiring, especially to a momma of little ones.

As I’ve said before, I’ve tried just about every product in Nourish Organics‘ line and am hooked. My favorite products are the sweet orange sugar scrub (so moisturizing and smells delicious), the organic peppermint wash (so invigorating) and organic peppermint lip balm (I love the peppermint flavor and the non-waxy, moisturizing formula). I use the organic coconut balm to soothe my sensitive skinned-kids’ eczema and diaper rash.


I was elated when Olivia offered to let me try the new organic grapefruit wash. I am a sucker for anything citrusy, and the refreshing scent of this wash is delightful. Made with renewable, organic oils, the formula is super moisturizing and perfect for spring (who am I kidding, it’s perfect for all year long). This wash tops my list of favorite body products, and it is a daily treat to use it in the shower.

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Check out Nourish Organics‘ line of super-moisturizing, organic, amazing-smelling washes, scrubs, balms, and oils.  This skin-loving line is all natural, providing peace of mind in the care of your skin, and your babies’ skin, too.


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Use code “sheheartsit” for 15% off your organic grapefruit wash purchase until 3/19/13.

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