Dallas!

photographer unknown, found on the web- Shout out if you know

photographer unknown, found on the web- Shout out if you know

One of the things we love most about having Things We Heart is being able to share with you the things that we love and are super excited about. 

Right now Dallas Clayton is pretty high up on that list. If you haven't heard of Dallas yet, then be ready to be moved! A children's book author and artist Dallas Clayton has published about 7 books and is constantly creating.  

Dallas Clayton- An Awesome Book

Dallas Clayton- An Awesome Book

The use of bright colors and being able to reach into your soul in a rhyming sing-song have many people calling him the New Dr. Suess. Can you get through "The Places you'll go" without crying? We can't... We personally see a lot of Shel Silverstein in his poems, who is another of our favorites...

But the truth is Dallas Clayton's voice is just Dallas Clayton and it is really exciting. 

Dallas Clayton

Dallas Clayton

We were lucky enough to attend a charity event for Smile Pediatric Therapy & Diagnostics and see At The Drive in and a few other amazingly talented musicians we love at the Henry Fonda Theater in March, Dallas Clayton came out first to read his book, The Awesome book and we both were in tears. I don't think the audience knew what hit them. 

Something about someone who inspires people to be who they are and do what they dream is just magical. 

our children all need this inspiration in their lives! He also wrote a children's book for adults. That I'm getting for all my friends because we all need these reminder too. 

Dallas Clayton

Dallas Clayton

Follow Dallas Clayton on Instagram at @dallasclayton for constant inspiration... If you live in Los Angeles look around for his street art. 

Dallas Clayton Los Angeles 

Dallas Clayton Los Angeles 

Most of all, buy his books, or check them out of your local library! If your local library doesn't have them then request they get them so every kid in your town has a chance to be exposed to the idea that it's good & vital to dream! 

Dallas Clayton- An Awesome Book 

Dallas Clayton- An Awesome Book 

Dallas Clayton- Lilly The Unicorn

Dallas Clayton- Lilly The Unicorn

Thank you Dallas! Can't wait to see what you dream up next! 

XOXO- TWH 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentines Day Hustle! 

Valentines Day Hustle! 

If you are a mom of school age kiddos then you know all about the Valentine's day hustle! 

3 kids, 22-34 Valentines each? No problem... Kidding! This is one of those holidays where "the heat is on" so to speak in the world of Mom. Over the years this holiday has taken on a whole new meaning for Mom's... 

You sometimes get the feeling everyone is trying to out-do each other on cuteness and the actual kids are lost in the Pintresting. We are not trying to offend anyone, because you know what? Those Valentines you have worked so hard on are ADORABLE and you are bad ass Mama to get your craft-on!

But for the Mom's out there without the energy, time, interest or skills to blow everyone away we are here to tell you that is OK too! 

With my oldest being 10 years old this April, I have been through plenty of Valentine's day "insecurity melt-downs" over the years, like the year I decided to just order off Amazon and picked monster truck valentines that I discovered were Scratch & Sniff and smelled like burned rubber.... I cried the whole time I was filling them out... Seriously disgusting. I can laugh about it now... Kind of. 

We finally came to the realization that this day is about our kids appreciating and loving their friends... So we leave it up to them now. Just like when we were in Elementary school, we grab some pretty paper, some glue sticks, some markers and the ever important doilies and let them have at it! 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

Of course I cut out 99% of the hearts, because in the words of my son Ace... "Ain't nobody got time for that!" 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

Messy writing, hand made drawings.... The only rule is the kids have to think of something nice to say about each of their classmates..... And boy, are those conversations fun! 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

Contrary to what it seems like on Instagram & Pinterest you don't have to be that perfectly perfect mom. The secret is, that no one is. It took 3 days for my kids to finish these damn Valentines! 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

There was definitely some bribing, prompting, yelling and begging that took place and I will admit that because I am not a perfect mother. Nothing happens as easily as it looks. But were my kids all happy today as they went off to school with their Valentines? You know it! 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

Will my three boys learn that the most important thing to give someone they love on Valentine's day is their most sincere, heartfelt and loving sentiment? I hope so. (You're welcome future daughter's or son's-in-law!) 

 Love you kids, give them a chance to express who they are and how they feel and that is just perfect enough. 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

Happy Valentine's weekend Mamas! Your work is done and now you can relax and feel good about every-little-thing you do for your kiddos... It does not go unnoticed. 

We see you Mama! 

Valentine's Day Hustle

Valentine's Day Hustle

XOXO-TWH