Free Printable Envelopes for Spring | this heart of mine

It’s hard to believe after the snow we received last Thursday to Friday but we had a rather springy weekend around here. The snow has receded, speedily melting off every surface it covered. The birds are happily flitting about again, no longer furiously twittering about the strange weather. And I have renewed faith that a new season will come.

Snail mail is always fun and over the holidays, I shared themed printable envelopes for all to use. Today, I’m back with an updated version; designs that fit this new season. A bunny, baby chick and robin for your snail mail pleasure. All you need is a printer and a few tools to get these spring characters ready to send.

Free Printable Envelopes for Spring | this heart of mine

Like last time, most of the envelopes have been confiscated by Love Bug and Sweet J. They have begun to furiously create content in which to stuff the envelopes with. After some unbiased sorting, we will close them up and send these springy friends on their way.

Free Printable Envelopes for Spring | this heart of mine

Supplies:

-printable: robin, bunny & chick
-scissors
-straight edge
-bone folder
-double-sided tape

Free Printable Envelopes for Spring | this heart of mine

After cutting out the form, use the straight edge and the bone folder to score the envelope.

Free Printable Envelopes for Spring | this heart of mine

Fold on the scored lines.

Free Printable Envelopes for Spring | this heart of mine

Use the double-sided tape to keep the envelope together.

Free Printable Envelopes for Spring | this heart of mine

Now fill as you wish!

Free Printable Envelopes for Spring | this heart of mine

Happy Spring!

P.S. There is a Pic Pack magnet winner! Was it you?

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Alpine Lace Swiss Yumminess! | this heart of mine

This post is sponsored by Alpine Lace, a cheese brand to fuel yourself and your life. Thank you for supporting our sponsors.

When I was younger, I had an aversion to cheese. I wasn’t allergic or sensitive to dairy or anything. No. I just thought almost all cheese was gross. I could handle it on pizza and in omelets but only if the cheese was sparse. I avoided all globs. The only cheese I would eat with crackers was Colby jack and it had to be from-the-fridge cold. Warm cheese really wigged me out. Even today, room temp cheese is pushing the ew factor for me.

However, I did grow up and my love for cheese grew as well. Then, as life would have it, I married a cheese head from Wisconsin thus ensuring cheese would always be in my fridge. Cheese is a frequent meal ingredient on our menu and it’s one of my go-tos for the endless number of snacks I have to supply.

Because we are moving-all-the-time people, I try to provide quality food so we have the energy we need to make it through the day. MJ and I talk to the children about how good food helps our bones, teeth, muscles and brains. It’s more to inform them why donuts are not an acceptable food for all meals. With cheese like Alpine Lace Swiss, we get something that not only tastes good but is a source of protein and calcium.  I love adding cheese to our scrambled eggs veggie bowls. Using the Swiss, I sauteed onions, green peppers and mushrooms with garlic and added eggs. It was delish.

Alpine Lace Swiss Yumminess! | this heart of mine

When we aren’t mixing cheese into things, we are eating it straight from the package. A new favorite treat of ours, shared by a friend, is slicing cheese into small squares, drizzling it with just a bit of very light olive oil and sprinkling it with sea salt. My friend used truffle salt. So, so good.

Alpine Lace Swiss Yumminess! | this heart of mine

Since life isn’t slowing down anytime soon, we have to take care of ourselves. And a way to do that is to eat well. There are times I wish I could find ‘slow down’ foods or ‘sleep’ foods for my children. There are day I could really need it. However, I know they are getting what they need for their growing bodies when they still have energy, well, all the time. :) And I know I’m doing pretty great when I can keep up.

Here’s to health.

Consider Alpine Lace Swiss when searching for your next healthy snack or meal.

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Be Bold: Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. | this heart of mine

Let talk boldness this month.

In literal terms, bold is defined as:

  • not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring
  • not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent
  • necessitating courage and daring; challenging
  • beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative

I absolutely LOVE these definitions. I often wish I could speak like the dictionary reads, if that makes any sense. It’s so complete and thorough and gorgeous. When Bug asks me to define things, I often find myself using the very word she wants me to define in my definition which is not helpful at all. That is neither here nor there but it’s all the say, I love these words and phrases:

Not hesitating in the face of actual danger. Courageous. Daring. Beyond the usual limits. Imaginative.

I know I’m biased but bold really speaks to me. Not in a flashy, obscene way but an inner strength, putting-yourself-out-there kind of way. Gets me all excited. :)

But this is only the literal definition. The prompt this month is to examine what bold/boldness means to you and use it to get you moving, to get into action. Boldness is different for each and every person. What seems like child’s play to one can seem like walking on the moon for someone else. The best part is, we get to choose what we are bold about. We are the deciders. We get to set our own parameters and boundaries. None of that gotta-do-what-everyone-else-is-doing shenanigans around here.

Be Bold: Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. | this heart of mine

For me, my bold act is (breathe deep), getting all my ducks in an official row to legally legitimize my business (LLC baby!) and make a move on a work space outside my home. There are a few more details within this ‘deal’ but I’m waiting for a couple more things to move into place before blathering on and on about it. Don’t worry. I will keep you in the loop.

I feel strongly about my direction and I feel confident in my ability to work hard and steer the course. However, sometimes, in the dark or a moment of quiet, the fear comes in. The overwhelming realization that this is all of my making, every last bit of it, and in the end, I could fail. Thoroughly. Conclusively. Exhaustively. On all accounts. Utterly fail. The truth is I didn’t study business, I’m sorta making it up as I go along and I can’t predict the future. It’s downright scary.

Be Bold: Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. | this heart of mine

But I’m choosing to trust myself and my Creator.

I’m looking beyond the usual limits of conventional thought.

I’m using my imagination.

Be Bold: Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. | this heart of mine

I’m going to be bold.

Huzzah!

So what is it? What are you going to be bold about this month? Is it finally signing up for the class you’ve been dying to take? Is it wearing deep red lipstick no matter what anyone else thinks? Maybe it’s really standing up for yourself when you usually don’t or tackling the project that has been on your list forever because you are afraid to do it wrong.

Don’t be afraid. Have courage. Be bold.

If you want to share a pic on Instagram, add the hashtag #boldbrilliantbeautiful so we can all see you! If you tag me (@thisheartofmineblog), I’ll leave you a message!

There’s more!


Find us on Instagram with the #boldbrilliantbeautiful hashtag and on the Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. Facebook page. All are invited and welcome. :)

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Pic Pack Magnets & Giveaway | this heart of mine

I love photos. I mean, who doesn’t, right? I love the 35mm ones and the phone ones and everything in between. I get all nerdy-excited about the editing and manipulating we can do nowadays. And I love when photos get put on magnets. I feel they are that much cuter or cooler looking. So when the people at Pic Pack reached out to see if I wanted to check out their set of 12 magnets, I squealed and wrote back ‘For sure!”. And the awesome thing is, one of you get to try them too!

Pic Pack Magnets & Giveaway | this heart of mine

I’ve made my own Instagram magnets before. As a maker, I am more inclined to make than to buy. I love how they turned out. I look at them just about every day as they are in my work space. But I will admit, the Pic Pack magnets a bit easier to ‘make’. :) With a few clicks of the mouse, a gorgeous set of magnets will be on their way to your house.

These Pic Pack magnets are not just beautiful, they are also well made. Gorgeous, high quality prints of your favorite images laid atop strong magnets. I think wimpy magnets are the worst! You know the ones that can barely hold themselves to a metal surface? The Pic Pack magnets are not like that. These are thick and strong and stick where stuck.

Pic Pack Magnets & Giveaway | this heart of mine

Love Bug and Sweet J loved them. They were so excited to see their own and other favorite faces. We spent some time storytelling, remembering when and where the photos were taken. Then we held a small ceremony to hang them on the fridge. We are weird like that.

Pic Pack Magnets & Giveaway | this heart of mine

Going forward, my plan is to order a set every year or so. The difference in the children between the ones I made and this set is crazy. Plus, it makes me so happy to see their little faces.

Pic Pack Magnets & Giveaway | this heart of mine

And I know where I’ll go to get them made. :)

On to the giveaway!

One lucky winner will win one set of 12 Pic Pack magnets. Hurray!! To enter the giveaway, comment below and tell me what images you will use on the magnets.

The giveaway will close on Sunday April 6 at 11:59pm CST and a winner will be announced on Monday.

WINNER: Marigold!

Good luck!

The magnets were received as compensation but all opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of our sponsors.

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Wooden Eggs, Part 2

April 1, 2014

Wooden Eggs | this heart of mine

Same eggs. Different look. Here is Part 1.

Happy April!

I’m not much for Fool’s Day. Instead, I am loving on eggs. A few weeks ago, I visited a shop in St. Paul called Fox Glove Market and picked up these darling wooden eggs. I didn’t have a basket so I tucked them all in my scarf so I wouldn’t lose them. Felt a little like a mother hen. A really chic, stylish hen.

I used metallic paint and gold leaf to dress them up. Simple feels really good to me right now. Clean lines and simple designs with a delicate touch.

Wooden Eggs | this heart of mine

One of the biggest challenges for me as a stylist is to decide which style to go with so today, I did both.

Wooden Eggs | this heart of mine

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