Nested Clay Bowls

Handmade Nested Clay Bowls | this heart of mine

I’ve mentioned it before but I love bowls. If I had the space, I would cover a wall in shelves and fill them with bowls. Like a functional wall of art. Of course then I would hire someone to dust it all on a weekly basis because I don’t have time for that. And nested bowls. Bowls inside of bowls, fitting perfectly together. Sigh.

Recently, I had a hankering for a new set of bowls but instead of spending the money, I made a set myself for much less mullah. I like making stuff. But you knew that. Air-dry clay is easy to sculpt, dries to finish and is not too precious that you can’t ball up a fail and start again.

Handmade Nested Clay Bowls | this heart of mine

It’s really easy for children to work with too. While I did these bowls, Bug created two bowls herself. (And sculpting in a 3-D way is great for their brains!) The air-dry trait is as close to instant gratification that art materials can give.

Handmade Nested Clay Bowls | this heart of mine

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Shrinky Dink Animal Magnets

Shrinky Dink Animal Magnets with Free Printable!! | this heart of mine

I’m not sure how I missed the shrinky dink movement but I’m making up for lost time. I still love the animal shapes we used for the screen printed tees last summer and thought they would make the sweetest magnets. Aren’t they though? I used shrink film for use in ink jet printers so all I had to do is print the animals, cut them out and cure them in the oven. So quick and easy! And watching the film shrink in the oven is so fun. My face might have been pressed up against the oven window each time.

Shrinky Dink Animal Magnets with Free Printable!! | this heart of mine

There are two animal shape sizes available to print – 4.5 inch and 2 inch. The larger size is perfect for animal-shape magnets and the smaller size can be cut to make darling little disks. I love both of them!

Shrinky Dink Animal Magnets with Free Printable!! | this heart of mine

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The Beef Pot Pie of Your Dreams

Beef Pot Pie Recipe - it's so delicious! | this heart of mine

I really wish you could come over and eat beef pot pie with me. Photos do not do it justice. Photos do not have an aroma. Photos not have flavor. Beef pot pie is not pretty like grapefruit sorbet or macaroon ice cream sandwiches or a double chocolate torte but it would be a mistake to write it off. This recipe tops my list of non-dessert foods. I’ve dreamt about it. Filled with rich flavor and topped with a buttery crust, this beef pot pie is the comfort food of kings.

Last spring, my mom made beef pot pie when we visited and I was smitten. Not one to seek out meat recipes, I realized I’d been missing out. The beef, cooked with spices, vegetables and red wine, is so tender and flavorful while the rest gets cooked down to a delectable, almost gravy-like stew. It fills you while dazzling your taste buds. If you prefer, the pot pie filling can be eaten as a stand alone stew but then you would miss out on the pastry dough topping and its flaky, buttery goodness.

Beef Pot Pie Recipe - it's so delicious! | this heart of mine

This isn’t a make-it-quick recipe. It’s easy but time heavy. It takes time, most of it hands-off, to simmer the ingredients together to create the mouth-watering flavor. It’s perfect for a holiday dinner or special occasion or for that one person you want to impress because impress it will.

So don’t dismiss it because it’s not pretty. It’s what’s inside that counts. And what’s inside is amazing.

Beef Pot Pie Recipe - it's so delicious! | this heart of mine

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To Do List Printable – Free!!

To Do List Printable - Get Organized!! | this heart of mine

I had a different printable post planned for today but after this week, the first week back to reality after the holidays, I thought a to do list printable might be more applicable. At least it’s applicable to me; hopefully it will help you out too. There are times I wonder why we take vacations or go on trips. Reentry back to real life a bit soul crushing. Like, ‘Really? This is my life?” kind of thing. By the second week though, I’ve forgotten what a break is like and life goes on. Tripping, stumbling along. :)

Making a list in the evening of items to do and accomplish the next day helps me plan my day better. Things from dinner prep to errands to phone calls, the day runs so much smoother when I think it through. Yes, I do wing it often enough but it feels better with forethought. Some people might find it overwhelming to write out everything but I like it better when it’s on paper and out of my head.

But let’s be honest, real life is a practice in scheduled chaos. It really doesn’t matter what is on the list, the unexpected, big or small, can happen and everything changes. See my emergency appendectomy. This list making might make things appear under control but we know it’s bogus. I’m going to keep up the ruse.

To Do List Printable - Get Organized!! | this heart of mine

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#WorkFromHappyPlace with Hp & Intel | this heart of mine

This post is sponsored by HP and Intel. Thank you for being supportive of our sponsors.

Being non-native to our state, we have to travel to see any family and we do lots of traveling during the holidays. To Wisconsin, to Iowa, to Wisconsin, to Iowa. You’d think with the repetition my packing skills would improve but you would be wrong. Haha! Along with clothes and toiletries for four people, we pack quite a few electronics too. I like to work a bit while we’re crossing state borders. Laptop, mouse, its charging cords, both for in the car and the house, my e-reader and my phone. Usually, I sit with it all around my feet so I can access it easily and I don’t have to crawl to the back to get anything. Some might say it’s claustrophobic but I like to say cozy. However, I’ve recently found an alternative to the coziness – the HP Stream tablet, a partnership between HP and Intel.

#WorkFromHappyPlace with Hp & Intel | this heart of mine

The HP Stream is a new kind of tablet with Intel Inside® and it packs a lot of power in a small size. It acts just like a computer or laptop and it fits right in your hand! This tablet includes features like:

-a 4G data plan, right out of the box
-1TB of cloud storage free for a year!
-and Office 365 – Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access, all free for 1 year

All that goodness buzzes along fast with the power of Intel Inside®. (Intel means it moves fast between applications which I love because I’m impatient. :) ) I can browse and edit blog text from my spot in the car, search for inspiration while lounging on the couch in my pajamas and read a book while I lay with my children at bedtime. Maybe even stream a few episodes while snacking. On the couch. Again in jammies. All that work, all on the same device.

#WorkFromHappyPlace with Hp & Intel | this heart of mine

This tablet is convenient even when we aren’t traveling. As a mom, my schedule isn’t really my own. School events, doctor appointments, play dates, rushing here, rushing there. And when we are home, one can never predict where the best play spot will be any given day. We are confined a bit at the moment but other times, the outdoors are our playroom. I like being able to adjust where I do my work. I like having the ability to move my work station wherever my children decide to play. The Stream can do so much without taking up too much lap space, just in case someone needs a momma snuggle. Right now, my tummy limits my lap space as it is.

My happy place is wherever my family is. My happy place is being there for my family when they need me and when they don’t. Working from my happy place is incorporating my work into my real life, without too much mess. With the capabilities of the HP Stream, I can do just that.

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