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Quiet Home Paints

We are about to begin another school year.  Last year, we would spend our mornings in a room that made us feel like Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater.  No really.  Our school room was this burnt orange color that, five years ago, I really loved.  Let’s just say that I have outgrown that color now.  I have been working on lightening and brightening our house as a whole.  “Cooling” it off, so to speak.  I was thrilled when I ran across Quiet Home Paints, and I knew I had to use their paint in our school room.

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Let me tell you a little more about Quiet Home Paints.  They are a company led by a mother/daughter team who were inspired to create a paint line that could be used around little ones while still offering a beautiful selection of colors.  Quiet Home Paints are VOC free, contain ZERO toxins, are solvent free, and green.  When we were using the paint, the first thing that was mentioned was the lack of odor.  This paint didn’t smell in the least.  Not only was it odor free, but it had a nice consistency and covered the burnt orange really well.

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Quiet Home Paints also has a paint line designed for little one’s nurseries and rooms.  These paints are so kid friendly, that you can include your child in the process.  They are water-based and completely non-toxic!  So, let your special helper be involved in creating their very own place in your home!

 

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Click over to Quiet Home Paints and check out their fabulous selection of colors.

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She {hearts} Zipzicles

zipziclesLogoDSC_0147copyAs a kid, I remember enjoying icy freeze pops all summer long to beat the heat!  I know they are mostly high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes, so I haven’t given any to my girls.  I was sad about them missing out on this childhood tradition until I found Zipzicles!

Zipzicles are clear skinny bags with zip tops that allow you to make and freeze your own popsicle freeze pops!  I can make all kinds of fun flavors for my girls and customize them based on their taste preferences and allergies.  You can simply wash and reuse the bags again when you’re finished!

There are tons of great recipes on the Zipzicles website, and I can’t wait to try a bunch of them!  For my first batch, I made what I called “Pineapple Orange Dreamzicles.”  (Recipe below.)

Pineapple Orange Dreamzicles
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 can of frozen pineapple orange juice concentrate (7 ounces)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. In a blender, dump in water, juice concentrate, yogurt, and vanilla.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into Zipzicle bags (fill just to fill line) and zip shut.
  4. Place in a mug and freeze until solid (about 6 hours).
  5. Enjoy!

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Our family loved the Pineapple Orange Dreamzicles!  The girls thought the concept was so cool (eating a popsicle from a bag!), and they loved getting to experience this classic summer treat.  My husband and I enjoyed them too!

The Zipzicle bags washed up perfectly and now they’re already for my next batch!

I can’t wait to try more popsicle recipes (or even just frozen juice) this summer.

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She {hearts} Last Minute Mother’s Day Printables

If you’re still looking for some printable Mother’s Day cards or prints, here are a few beautiful ones I’ve come across!

Mother’s Day Stationery at The Alison Show

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A Mother’s Influence Printable at Kiki & Company

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Mother’s Day Bookmarks from Living Locurto

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Mother’s Day Brunch Printables from Smitten Blog Design

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Best Mom Card and Gift Tags from Love vs. Design

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Mother’s Day Freebies from Hello Lucky

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Mothers Printable at Elli Blog

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Mother’s Day Card and Gift Tags from Tom Kat Studio

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From all of our writers here at She {hearts} It… Happy Mother’s Day!!

She {hearts} The Plaid Barn

Craft supplies are my love language. I most definitely can’t get enough. I love awesome deals almost as much as I love discovering unique craft supplies. The Plain Barn is a daily deals site which offers both great crafty supplies AND sweet prices!

The Plain Barn provides daily deals on high-quality supplies, and when you sign up for their daily email, their deal of the day will be delivered right to your inbox. The Plain Barn’s daily deals include (but aren’t limited to) paper goods, stamps, washi tape, jewelry supplies & kits, notecards and envelopes, ribbon & elastic, and party supplies. The have also broadened their offerings to include accessories (earrings, scarves, bracelets, camera straps, hair accessories, necklaces) and grab bags of supplies. The daily items offered are always up to date and possess the uniqueness that your local chain craft store can’t always measure up to.

I have ordered from The Plain Barn a few times. My favorite item is the self-inking address stamp I purchased a few months ago. The designs that were offered were unlike any I’d seen for address stamps. I am wowed every day by their trendy offerings!

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She {hearts} Homemade Laundry Detergent

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for two years, and I thought it was about time I shared my “recipe” with our She {hearts} It readers!  I got this recipe from Drea, who has been making her own detergent for years.

I wasn’t sure how I would like using this detergent, but after over two years of consistent use, I am positive I like it!  It’s pretty economical and it definitely takes up less space than a huge box or jug (which is great, since I don’t exactly have a laundry room).

For one batch, you need:
-1 cup super washing soda (I use Arm & Hammer brand)
-1 cup borax
-1 bar soap, finely grated (takes about 15 minutes)*
(note: I recommend Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soap, scented or unscented, but I have also used Zote or Fels-Naptha in the past)

Mix all ingredients in a big bowl, then put in a large Mason jar!  That’s it!  I use about 1 Tbsp. in each load of laundry, unless it is especially heavy (muddy clothes, etc.), in which case I’ll use 2 Tbsp.  One batch lasts me about 4 months (and I do a lot of laundry).

*I bought a grater at the Dollar Tree so I wouldn’t have to use my cheese grater for this project.

Do you make your own laundry detergent?

She {hearts} Creating Frugal Home Decor

new_0456Being frugal doesn’t exactly make decorating easy, but it can be very rewarding. It just takes some creativity and time.

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I’ve known I wanted new bedding for a couple years now, but I never came across anything I loved more than what I already had. Recently though, we took the plunge and purchased a king size mattress/box springs {still saving for the bed frame} but for now, it’s just fine on the floor. So, I had to get new bedding.

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I’ve always loved white. It’s a happy clean color. I thought maybe if it’s in the bedroom {and not even remotely close to where the kids eat} we’ll be okay. So far, so good.

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 1. my DIY revamped lamps here

2. pillow covers made out of plain white pillow cases using the envelope technique {super easy} here

  • for the leather details on the pillows, I used re-purposed leather {old skirt, thrifted}
  • glued black velcro on the leather, then cut out triangles, and found a ‘stache {clip art} online to use as a stencil
  • sewed the white {opposite} velcro on the pillow, this way, I can wash {and bleach} the pillow cases when needed
  • they don’t look bright white because I covered some dark blue pillows I already had {for now; eventually I’ll get some white pillows… IKEA isn’t as close as it used to be, sigh}

3. coffee filter wreath via none other than Martha Stewart here

4. old used canvas found at thrift store {may have been a painting of a sunset}

  • I painted over it {sorry, artist that painted it back in the 80’s, it was time}
  • then hubby spray painted the numbers/letter using black spray paint, and number stencils found at hardware store {of course your numbers will mean something to you}

5. old frame/chicken wire, stapled on back

I’m sure I’ll get tired of my hipster pillows and add something different to them before too long, but for now I love them!

She {hearts} DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just a few weeks away. Have you gotten your little one’s costume yet? Are you thinking about trying to make theirs this year?

Below are a dozen links to some ideas to help get you started!

Lego from Disney’s Family Fun

Gnome from Disney’s Family Fun

Cookie Cutie from Disney’s Family Fun

Jellyfish from Disney’s Family Fun

Superhero Costumes from Martha Stewart

Cheerleader from Martha Stewart

Flowers from Martha Stewart

Little Red Riding Hood / Big Bad Wolf from Martha Stewart

Shark from Fiskars (owl, witch, & bumble bee also featured)

Flower Pot from Dollar Store Crafts

Jack in the Box from Martha Stewart

Peacock from Creative Christy