Recreating Childhood Memories with Wayfair | this heart of mine

I spent the summer times of my youth in water. Pool water. We lived about a half a mile from the town pool and we went just about every day. First, mom would drive us down and back and when we got older, my sister and I would bike. And this was a big feat because the way home included a gigantic hill. After an afternoon spent in the sun, playing mermaids and synchronized swimmers, that hill posed quite the challenge. But we did it. Our reward was to sit in the backyard and enjoy a Mr. Freeze or two before showering up. Summertime was a good time.

As a mom with two children, we try to spend our summer time in the water, too. Except here in the land of 1000 lakes, it’s lakes, lakes and more lakes. It was a small adjustment for me, I’ll admit (I like my water clean, clear and chlorinated and without living things), but the children don’t know anything else and we have loads of fun, living creatures and all. When Wayfair asked me to recreate a summer childhood memory of mine with an adult twist, the first thing I thought about was being near the water.

Recreating Childhood Memories with Wayfair | this heart of mine

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

New month, new topic. This time: brilliancy.

Brilliancy can be defined a few ways. It can mean shining, a glowing appearance. It means dazzling, luminous, sparkling. For Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You., we’ve taken the interpretation of admitting and accepting the awesome and amazing things about yourself, allowing yourself to shine. This point is tricky because there is a fear that in acknowledging it, our amazingness, we will become conceited and arrogant. But it’s not true. It is a myth perpetuated by insecure, immature people in high school (or people with high school level emotional intelligence).

When I think of brilliance, I think of a passage in Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return to Love. I’ve loved the quote ever since hearing it. It goes:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

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

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Endless Summer Projects: Screen Printed Tees | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

I am head-over-heels giddy about this project. These screen printed tees have been in the works for months! It started out with wanting to use some cute animal shapes on tees for Sweet J and it morphed to so much more. Lollipops, ice cream cones and cute glass of lemonade got mixed in with the lion, croc and hippo (plus a slice of pie, giraffe, rhino, popsicle and watermelon).

I love making tees for my children. As a lover of simple design, I get frustrated sometimes when I can’t find designs I like. This project allows me the freedom to keep it simple. Plus, the tees can include items my children like and they can help decide how they look.

Endless Summer Projects: Screen Printed Tees | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

This project is a lot of preparation; it takes some time to get to the fun part, which is painting the shirts, of course. However, the steps I’ve laid out will help you create screens that can be used now and in future screen printing projects.

Endless Summer Projects: Screen Printed Tees | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

Endless Summer Projects: Screen Printed Tees | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

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Making Jam | this heart of mine

Over the holiday weekend, I tried something new. It’s not hard to figure out, if you take in the visual cues and the post title, so I’ll just come out and say it: I made my first batch of strawberry jam. All by myself. And it turned out deliciously. After we picked strawberries last Thursday evening, we had around 20 pounds of strawberries to use. The berries were delicious. Deep red all the way through and so very sweet however, that is a lot of berries to just eat. So I tried jam.

I watched my parents can food when I was young and my mom continues to do so, using items from her large garden. Salsa, beets, hot dill beans, tomato soup among other things. I ‘assisted’ in the process some but very marginally so doing it on my own really was a brand new venture.

Making Jam | this heart of mine

I don’t have a recipe to share today. I want to do a little more ‘experiencing’ before I give tips. However, I am looking for advice and tips myself for making jam at home. As I’ve said before, homemade just tastes better.

So, tell me, what is your favorite recipe? What tools do you find most helpful? Best tips for making the process more streamlined and simple?

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Endless Summer Projects: Firework Tablecloth | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

Hurray for the stars and stripes! Just in time for Independence Day, Alexandra Hedin has together a tutorial for a firework tablecloth the whole family can help with. It’s so fun! It will definitely add some pyrotechnic flair to your holiday fete.

I’m really looking forward to taking the children to a fireworks display this year. They already adore sparklers (see Instagram) and fireworks will make them totally giddy and fill their eyes with sparkles, like it did mine when I was little. Being a parent is so fun.

So get out your red, white and blue paints and try this action painting project together. USA! USA! USA!

This project is a part of Endless Summer Projects, a collaboration between Alexandra Hedin, Classic Play, Pars Caeli, Lulu the Baker, and this heart of mine to bring you fabulous summer projects for the whole family for the whole summer.

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