DIY Love Stones

We are a family a five now! Hurray! While we get accustomed to our new normal, I’ve invited a few of my talented friends to share a post with you. I am so thankful for their help and excited to share their work. Up today is Andrea from Crafting Connections!

DIY Love Stones Tutorial

Thanks so much for having me, Amy!

I’m Andrea from Crafting Connections. I’m also a mama to two little ones, so when I learned about Amy’s newest arrival I was over the moon for my friend!

As my own two move farther and farther from babyhood and out into the world, I can no longer smother them with the love and kisses I did when they were infants and with me 24/7. I’ve had to find new ways to send a tangible bit of my love with them as they go to school and try new things. Something they can pull out of their pocket whenever they feel the need. Something like Love Stones.

Small assortment of Love Stones

Love Stones are small, beautiful reminders of love. Small enough to fit in a pocket, smooth enough to rub (like a worry stone), and with a bit of art and words reminding them I’m always there even when physically I’m not.

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Making a New Home

Making a New Home | this heart of mine

As of today, we’ve been living and sleeping in our townhouse rental for 10 days and officially free of home-ownership for five. With so much else going on – Pipsqueak’s birth, Sweet J’s surgery and, you know, real life – the gravity of the sale and move hasn’t hit me. It all still seems a bit surreal. The rental we are living in is slightly bigger than our house but the layout is different. The main floor is made up of the living and dining areas, kitchen and quarter bathroom and the upstairs has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a loft area. Moving, for my brain, has been an organizational nightmare. Just getting our things from one house to the other was ridiculous and seemingly endless process. Then, on top of that, we had to work to make sense of our things in a new space. We definitely had our work cut out for us.

From laying out the new kitchen, to purchasing extra garbage cans for our extra bathroom to what exactly to take out of the boxes and what to keep packed because, yes, we are hoping to purchase a house in the next 6 months and move again, we’ve been making lots of changes. It’s led to some confusion like where is the pizza cutter and where are the markers but we are figuring out. And the changes don’t end there. Pipsqueak is here now and there is baby stuff to fit in. Clothes, car seats and a place to put the dirty diapers. Thankfully there is no confusion over where to put the stink – Munchkin‘s Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail is in full use.

Making a New Home | this heart of mine

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Leather Diaper Clutch

We are a family a five now! Hurray! While we get accustomed to our new normal, I’ve invited a few of my talented friends to share a post with you. I am so thankful for their help and excited to share their work. Up today is Delia from Delia Creates!

Make this simple leather diaper clutch using this really easy tutorial.

Hi! I’m Delia from Delia Creates and I’m excited to be guest posting here for Amy while she’s snuggling her new adorable babe.

I wanted to make something in honor of her new baby, so I’ve created a tutorial for a simple leather diaper clutch.

Make this simple leather diaper clutch using this really easy tutorial.

It’s just two lines of sewing and a heavy duty snap! Very easy and super quick.

Let’s jump right into the tutorial, shall we?

Make this simple leather diaper clutch using this really easy tutorial.

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Snack Bites

We are a family a five now! Hurray! While we get accustomed to our new normal, I’ve invited a few of my talented friends to share a post with you. I am so thankful for their help and excited to share their work. Up today is Liz from Carpé Season!

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Hi, I’m Liz from Carpé Season and am so happy to be sharing here on This HeArt of Mine today. I love this blog, and I love Amy, and perhaps mostly, I love tiny, squishy newborns. I’m excited to be sharing this recipe while Amy repeatedly breathes in the scent of her new little’s head…errr, wait…was that just me and my newborns?

I’ve had two babies of my own now, and I often joke that I’ve been hungry since the day my first was born. At first, it was understandable…you’re up all night, your emotions are everywhere, and you are learning to do everything in your life with one hand. Perhaps you’re even feeding this new little person with your body. So, it makes sense, you’re hungry.

But here I am now. My son is almost three, and my daughter just turned one; we are nowhere close to having a newborn in our house anymore, and I’m still hungry. All. The. Time. Perhaps it is because our one year old thinks she is a newborn and still prefers to get up 2-3 times a night; perhaps it is because I spend my days chasing around her brother who wakes up going 65 mph and does not slow down. All I know is that I wake up thinking about food, but by the time all the diapers are changed and the kids are eating breakfast and I am tossing a lunch to my husband as he heads out the door, suddenly it’s 8:00 a.m., and I’ve been up for two hours, and the only thing in my stomach is two cups of coffee.

Snack Bites - perfect for new moms! with Carpé Season | this heart of mine

So, these snack bites.

You’ve probably seen these or some variation of these floating around on the internets for a while now. As far as I can tell, this was the original version, but I got turned on to these through this wonderful blog. Let me tell you why these are the perfect snack for you and especially for someone adding a new little one to their mix.

1. No-Bake. This recipe is super easy, and requires about 20 minutes of hands-on time.
2. Super Adaptable. Use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, no chocolate. Use peanut butter, almond butter, or any nut butter. Use honey, agave, or maple syrup. In other words, you probably have everything you need to make these – or some variation of these – at home, right now.
3. Freezes Well. Because these are so easy (see #1), go ahead and triple the batch and throw them in the freezer. They keep beautifully.

These little snack bites are just perfect when you’re hungry but don’t have the space to sit and eat at just that moment. Packed with protein and fiber, they give you just what you need until you can sit down and actually eat – without too much refined sugar. I often find myself reaching for one right as I wake up in the morning to buy me a little time before my stomach actually starts eating itself – so these snack bites basically function like a granola bar but one that you have control over in terms of flavor and nutrition!

Congratulations, Amy and family! I can’t wait to come over and bring you a big batch of these as my way of getting in and smelling your little’s head snuggling your new baby!

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Stamped Dish Towels

We are a family a five now! Hurray! While we get accustomed to our new normal, I’ve invited a few of my talented friends to share a post with you. I am so thankful for their help and excited to share their work. Up today is Carla from Small + Friendly!

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Hi! I’m Carla of Small + Friendly where I blog about my attempt at a handmade life, one adventure at a time. A huge congrats to Amy and her adorable family. I hope she is soaking up all that new baby joy, it makes my ovaries ache just thinking of it! I am thrilled to be here on This Heart of Mine sharing my favorite kind of craft: it’s simple, useful, and kids can help create it!

In our family we try to avoid using paper towels, which mean we go through lots and lots of dishtowels. I like the large lint free flour sack style ones the best. I get them for a great price at Target, but all white dish towels can be a bit boring. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to make them look like a million bucks. You can design your very own tea towels with a little fabric paint and some ordinary kitchen items. It’s easy, it’s fun, and the results are beautiful! After this little project my kitchen was instantly cheerier. Anything that can make you smile while drying dishes is a win in my book. And if you can part them, these would make wonderful gifts.

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