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

This project is sponsored by Bing.

Summer is the time for fantastic family vacations and Jennifer of Classic Play has a wonderful way to commemorate your travels: a vacation mobile. I LOVE it! Check out that awesome ride above! The mobile is so personal and unique to your adventures. I know my children would launch into stories of our trip each time they saw their pictures and I love remembering events through their eyes.

Travel is the last theme of our Endless Summer Projects this summer, can you believe it? Summer has sure flown by. If you’ve missed our other projects, check them out below!

Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games | Firework Tablecloth | Screen Printed Tees | Outdoor Cooking with Kids

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Let’s Get Her To Camp

July 22, 2014

Let's Get Her To Camp with Nestle | this heart of mine

Summer camp is kind of a childhood right of passage. To hang in the woods with peers and counselors, fighting off mosquitoes, paddling canoes and buying treats from the canteen, it’s a memory-making experience. Nestlé Crunch has a campaign called Let’s Get Her to Camp and it’s all about getting more girls to camp, so they can experience the fun. They teamed up with the Girl Scouts of America and brought back their delicious Girl Scout cookies inspired bars for the summer – Caramel & Coconut, Thin Mints® and Peanut Butter Crème.

Check out the post I did for them over on Momtastic and let’s get more girls to camp.


Endless Summer Projects: Outdoor Cooking with Kids | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

Today’s Endless Summer Projects post on outdoor cooking with kids could not be better timed. Love Bug, as of late, is showing big interest in all things related to meal prep. She wants to chop vegetables, crack eggs, measure ingredients and be involved in the actual cooking. I’m really excited about her enthusiasm, even if her presence makes for a tighter working space. As a homemade food foodie, I hope someday my children share my love of homemade food and that I can help them learn the skills necessary to cook on their own.

Summertime is the chance to take that love of cooking outdoors and Melissa from Lulu the Baker put together a great tutorial on cooking with kids outside. Plus, she shares two delicious recipes to try. Yum!

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.


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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