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.

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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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You Are My Sunshine Print

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. Kicking things off today is Jen from Classic Play!

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Hi Everyone! Jen here from Classic Play. I’m hanging out on This Heart of Mine while Amy is spending some quality time with her newest addition. Oh my gosh! What a cutie, right? I hope those two are getting some rest. Fingers crossed.

When my kids were little, I sang the ever popular song, “You Are My Sunshine.” I’m getting all misty-eyed just thinking about it. Aww. My kids are bigger now—one will be a teenager this year. Eek! But that song will always have a special spot in my heart. So for today’s project, I thought I’d offer a printable poster featuring the opening line.

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Trifecta

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed the craziness happening in our life right now. This month’s mayhem started with Pipsqueak’s birth (which I had hoped would happen much earlier), included surgery for Sweet J to remove his tonsils and adnoids as well as insert ear tubes and culminates with us moving from our house which sold back in January to a rental (something we found just last week) while we continue to look for a permanent residence. “It’s all a bit overwhelming”, stated Caption Obvious.

This isn’t the timeline we wanted or hoped for but life is what it is and we’re getting through it. I have two things I keep repeating to myself. One is “I can do hard things”. In all honesty, I didn’t want to do any of the things we’ve done so far. Labor isn’t (and wasn’t) a cake walk, caring for a child through surgery, even one as routine as Sweet J’s, is heart-wrenching and emotionally draining and moving…..the worst. But I’ve continued my chant – I can do hard things….I can do hard things….I can do hard things – to get me through. My other mantra is “one day/moment/thing at a time.” Focusing on what is happening right now is helping me stay sane. For the most part. :)

Tomorrow, finally, begin the guest posts by some of my talented friends and I’m excited to show them off. I am so thankful for their kindness and willingness to share content while my family and I try to get back to our new normal. I’ll still be popping in with posts now and again and hope to share updates on Instagram. I’m somewhat anxious to step away from this place I’ve built over the last few years but I know my family needs me right now. The mess will get cleaned, the chaos will die down and someday, we will settle back into a more regular pace. I’m definitely looking forward to that.

Thanks for stopping by this little space and thank you for your sweet messages. I am so thankful for you.

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Celebrate the Little Things

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This week of the Celebrate the Little Things baby shower was fun! Our week started with the welcome ribbon chandelier followed by the gourmet PB & J bar and the bright and fun table decor and finally, I rounded out the celebration with printable thank you notes. Pipsqueak is almost two weeks old already; time is already going too fast. Celebrating him and our new family of five really warmed my heart.

Thanks for following along this week. I really enjoy collaborating with good friends; Jen, MJ, Melissa and Ali help elevate my creative process. On top of that, we partnered with Munchkin and their team made this all the more fun and enjoyable. We have quite a bit going on in our life right now and this celebration was a bright spot.

Starting next week, I have guest posts lined up while we finish our move and I rest up a little bit. But I will explain more about that on Monday. Happy weekend!

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