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She {hearts} Children’s Artwork

I now have 3 little ones regularly supplying me with pieces of their soul on paper. While that is a little melodramatic, my oldest at least, does put a lot time and herself into her drawings, and I don’t like to toss them quickly. However the fridge can only hold so much. In my quest to find a solution to display my children’s art in a creative and chic way, I came across so many good ideas.

I love how simple and CHEAP this one is. Two old spools of thread anchored to the wall, twine tied between them and cloths pins.



This one is a system you have to buy. While it looks ultra modern with all those clean lines {drool}, it’s just a little too pricey.



I think this is an awesome idea, and one that I would like to do eventually. Scan artwork, re-size and make a collage. Again clean, modern, and you could fit A LOT of artwork into one frame.



I like the simplicity of this one as well. Curtain rod and clips. Switch out pictures with ease.



This idea looks so whimsical. I love the different colors and shapes of the frames. Simple wire strung across an empty frame. It looks completed and contained, while still giving ease to trade out masterpieces.



And lastly clipboards. This is what I ended up going with. I hung ours with hooks so they can be taken down and used if desired. My thought is to display both artwork and pictures of the kids. I’ve been really happy with it, and so has my 7 year old. My only complaint is our clipboards are a very similar color to our wall, so it kind of blends. I need to eventually paint the wall or the boards so there is more contrast.



How do you proudly display your children’s (or grandchildren, nieces/nephews, students, etc) artwork?

She {hearts} Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July! What does your family have planned to celebrate? I think we’re just going to hang close to home this year. With the 4th falling on a Wednesday and having to work Tuesday and Thursday, it makes it difficult to celebrate on the actual 4th! We will however be celebrating with friends and family this weekend!

The photo to the right shows what our calendar that hangs on our refrigerator looks like for this month. Allie Grace made this calendar at her pre-school for her Daddy for Father’s Day. Each month has her hand print but her hand is decorated based on a theme/holiday from that month. To replicate this artwork you’ll need blue and red finger paint. Paint your child’s palm blue and their fingers red before pressing their hand down on white paper. Once the hand print has dried you can draw stars on the paper in the blue area with darker blue marker. If you have a white-out pen, that makes even better stars too!

I did go to the grocery store yesterday to pick up some things to make a simple everyday dessert, just a little more festive, for us to have after dinner tonight! Star Spangled Ice Cream Sandwiches (photo & recipe from Disney Family Fun) All you need are cupcake liners, popsicle sticks, mini ice cream sandwiches and red, white, and blue sprinkles! First skewer the sandwiches onto the popsicle sticks. Next, press the exposed filling onto a plate full of sprinkles and place sandwiches into cupcake liners to help keep the mess to a minimum! It’s that easy!


Need something to wash it down with? Try this Patriotic “Mocktail” for the Kids! (Image and recipe from Baby Center)

4th of July Kiddie Mocktails
Adapted from Family Fun. Makes 1 12-ounce (tall) glass.

3 oz fruit punch
3 oz blue Gatorade (not sugar-free)
3 oz diet 7-Up or Sprite (must be sugar-free; so diet only)

Fill glass 1/3 full with ice cubes. Pour fruit punch almost (but not quite) to top of ice cubes. Fill another 1/3 with ice cubes and slowly pour blue Gatorade almost to top of cubes. Fill final 1/3 ice cubes and slowly pour sugar-free Sprite. Add straw and voila! How does it work? The drink with the highest sugar content stays on the bottom… super fun 4th of July drink!

I have an entire board on Pinterest devoted just to 4th of July recipes, crafts, decor, etc.

 You can follow all of my boards here.


She {hearts} Hello Canvas

I was contacted by Hello Canvas to try out their canvas. I picked this photo of my boys and it is now hanging above our fire place. I love it! It is the very first thing you see when you walk in the house. Just makes me smile. I can not wait to make a whole wall display around this canvas.

The canvas itself is very well made and will last for years to come! It was packaged very well and arrived in perfect shape. They have awesome prices and I will be using them again.

Hello Canvas was very easy to work with. They were always there to answer any questions I have and worked very quickly.

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Hello Canvas has reasonable priced well made canvases. You can buy a 16×16 for $59.00

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Win at 24×32 Canvas from Hello Canvas a $139 Value.

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She {hearts} Moxy Paperie & Katlem Designs


In a word of everything done via the internet, I still try to find every reason to send snail mail. Whether it be a thank you note, birthday card, or invitations, I’m all about stationary! I first found Katlem Designs when I was planning my daughter’s 1st birthday. I knew I wanted a goldfish theme party and I was determined to design the majority of stuff myself. After lots of searching I finally found a goldfish image that I wanted to use. With that image I designed her birthday invitations and some thank you cards. I also wanted to print some cupcake toppers and return address labels, but I’d never played around with printing on circle lables. The actual goldfish image I was using was in the shape of a circle too, so I began looking for someone who could help me out. Through the wonderful world of etsy, I ran across Moxy Paperie, ran by the talented Kate Lemish, and she helped me pull of the rest of the finishing touches for Grace’s first birthday! Since then Kate has also printed lots of return address lables for me, from a basic demask to ones with seahorses and others that I’ve given as gifts!

While running Moxy Paperie, which focuses on the sale of labels for all occasions, and taking care of a 6 month old, Kate also has another business called Katlem Designs. Katlem Designs focuses on cards, invitations, etc. As I was browsing some of her recent work, I spotted some crab invites and some anchor invitations, that are so screaming my name! They are too adorable and I think I need to plan some sort of event, just so I can use them! :)

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Moxy Paperie provides top quality labels for many occasions. Great for return address labels but they can also be used for wedding favor labels, wedding address labels, and many other uses.  She also takes on custom orders.
Katlem Design is reserved for cards, announcements, invitations, and wedding related items. You can also check out the Katlem Design Blog.

She {hearts} Freebies

Kate is so kindly giving one winner a set of 15 fold over cards (5 1/2 x 4 1/8) with white envelopes from Katlem Designs and a set (1 sheet of 30) of matching 1.5″ round labels from Moxy Paperie. You can choose your own design from Moxy Paperie labels and Katlem Designs will do notecards to match!

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Congrats to Irene for winning cards from Katlem Designs and labels from Moxy Paperie!

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She {hearts} Candy Cottages


Does your family have a tradition of decorating Gingerbread Houses during the Christmas season? I love the idea and even before I had Allie Grace I decorated them each year in my class with my students and then again with my 4-Hers. However, actually assembling the graham crackers into the frame of the house was so time consuming. Not to mention that as we’d began to spread on the icing the sides of our houses sometimes came tubling down! Then I made a discovery!

Two years ago I discovered The Candy Cottage at a Christmas Show and ended up purchasing one for most of the kiddos on my Christmas list. Candy Cottages snap together in just seconds and is sturdy so it won’t collapse like other kits will. The best part is that its reusable. Just wash it off and decorate it time and time again.


The best part is that you can think outside the box and decorate your cottage, not only for the Christmas holidays, but for any time of the year!

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Any day can be a Candy Cottage day. From traditional Christmas houses, to Easter houses, Valentine’s houses, Birthday Houses or just fun houses, the only limit is your imagination, and that of your children and family. Start making memories!

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The Candy Cottage is giving away one cottage to TWO very lucky She {hearts} It readers. Click over to The Candy Cottage and check out their fun decorating ideas.  Then come back here and leave a comment telling us what your favorite cottage design is!

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Congrats to our Winners, Mandi & Ashley!

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She {hearts} C and Me Designs

I’ve been on the hunt for pretty prints for my daughter’s new room for awhile.  I love meaningful, lovely artwork with a touch of whimsy.  I have found the perfect combination of that description in the prints created by C and Me Designs.

Erin, the artist behind C and Me Designs, has designed a beautiful line of printable wall art and invitations, and is open to custom requests of any kind.  Her chevron invitations are gorgeous and I love her custom silhouette art.  How classy and timeless are her custom birth announcements?  I love that all of her items are printable, so I can print them professionally or simply on my home printer.

After MUCH deliberation, I ordered three printable wall art pieces from Erin’s shop:


So much loveliness!  I requested that Erin change up the colors a bit, incorporating more coral, teal, and grey tones (to coordinate with the room), and she quickly emailed me these:


Perfect!  I printed them out on cardstock, and plan on framing them and hanging them in my daughter’s room.  Easy peasy!  They look so great, even being printed from home.  Now to decide on a paint color for my little Miss’s room… let the deliberation begin again!

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Whether you are looking for sweet wall art, custom invitations or announcements, Erin from C and Me Designs is the girl to turn to.  She is happy to customize her printable art and invitations and will work with you to produce just what you are looking for.


She {hearts} Freebies

Erin is offering TWO free digital files to a lucky She {hearts} It winner!

To Enter: Click on over to her Etsy shop and take a look around! Then come back here and leave a comment telling us what your favorite design is.

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Comments now closed.  Congrats to the winner, Cortney!

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She {hearts} DIY Feather Braid

My sis got one of those trendy feather hair extensions a couple months ago. And boy, was it cute!

I opted not to get one. I guess it’s due to the fact I’m pretty cheap frugal and because actually “fixin” my hair (y’all know I’m from Texas, right?) doesn’t happen very often. That’s why it’s long. So I can put it up and get it out of the way…Yes, I’m one of those mommas, excluding date nights with the hubby though. I try to please my man:)

I have hair on the brain today…bad joke, I know. But my daughter who’s got the long hair in the pictures (which were taken yesterday) just got her hair cut to her shoulder’s for the new school year. I was the one at the salon almost in tears…

DSC_0235Back to me being frugal: this braid cost me nothing! Since I wasn’t sure my idea would work we decided to skip the feathers from Michaels which were really cheap to begin with and raid our dress-up chest and pluck our boas (so, no roosters were harmed in the name of fashion or fly fishing for this post:)



You will need:

2-5 little feathers (depending on the hair length)

Hair gel/putty (the stickier the better)

Small clear hair band

Find the section of hair you want to make your skinny braid, then make the three sections. Take one section, starting at the top. Dip your first feather in the gel (small amount) and place it like you were gluing it to the top, close to the scalp. Continue going down the section of hair til the end. Overlapping is good. More of the feather will show through the braid. Finish with the clear hair band.

Note: Since the gel will be dry, it’s best for you to wet the hair before attempting to remove the braid and feathers.

DSC_0238I think this will be fun for a girl’s birthday party or a ladies night out! I plan on getting some white feathers from Micheals for me. Although, I wish we already owned a white boa:)