The Heart Project: a collaborative fundraiser

It's been nearly eight years since I got the news that every parent dreads hearing.  My two month old baby had a congenital heart defect.  She had a ventricular septal defect [VSD] as well as an atrial septal defect [ASD]: she had holes in her heart.  My husband and I were devastated.  We had waited so long to get this child here and finding she had a serious health problem was tough to swallow.

We had to press forward, she needed to gain weight.  At two months old she weighed only 6 pounds [birth weight was 5 lbs., 2 oz.].  We did all we could, the doctors wanted to at least wait until she was a year old to do the surgery, but she was just not thriving.  The only answer was open-heart surgery to repair the holes in her heart.  At 5 months old, she went in for the procedure.  There were some bumps in the road; she went into cardiac arrest during recovery, but miraculously she is still with us today.  And she is thriving.

Last month, Jamie at hands on: as we grow began recruiting bloggers to join in a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.  I knew we had to be a part of this.  I owe so much to the doctors and technology that saved my daughter's life.  It is personal for Jamie as well.  You can read about her husband's cousin Ellie here.

70+ bloggers from around the world have now joined to bring you a book full of creative heart projects!  The book includes 100+ projects that are heart and kid related.  There are projects to create, cook, play with and put on display.

By making a small donation of $5 to the AHA, you will receive this extraordinary collection of photographed heart projects.  We hope you will join us in our efforts to raise $1000 by Valentine's Day for the AHA.

This eBook contains a link to nearly every heart project contributed in the book.  The link will take you to a tutorial on how to complete the project.  The printed version has a index to each blog so you can check it out that way as well.

Are you dying to see what's in the book? Here's a sneak peak:

Plus we have contributed our stained glass hearts and heart flakes to the book.

Make a donation of $5 to the American Heart Association
and receive The Heart Project ebook as a free gift!

U.S. $5 donation to AHA for eBook
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This book will only be available through the month of February, so don't wait!

And as a bonus, is donating another $1 for each book that is sold! That means that in addition to your $5 donation, will donate another $1 on your behalf [up to $500]! showing the love
Please hop on over the Facebook page and give them a big thank you for being so generous!

There's a printed version of "The Heart Book" also available! It's beautifully printed, 8.5 x 8.5", full color, paperback. Five dollars (US $5) of every book sold will be donated to the American Heart Association.

US $20.00
Order the Printed Version
  $5 of every sale of the book will go to the AHA  
This book only available through the month of February.

If you'd rather just donate without receiving the eBook, feel free to do so!

In addition to the book, we're raising funds for the AHA in several other ways too!

Fundraiser Auctions:
♥  All proceeds of each auction will go to the AHA  

Melissa & Doug -  4 Trunki with Teddy Bear Auctions!

  1. Trunki with Teddy Bear, ends Feb 10
  2. Trunki with Teddy Bear, ends Feb 10
  3. Trunki with Teddy Bear, ends Feb 10
  4. Trunki with Teddy Bear, ends Feb 10

Fudoo Boards - 3 Fudoo Board Kits for Auction!
  1. Fudoo Board Kit, ends Feb 10
  2. Fudoo Board Kit, ends Feb 10
  3. Fudoo Board Kit, ends Feb 10

    Giveaways are going to be happening every day from now until the 14th! There's more than one some days, so be sure to check them all out! These giveaways are from The Heart Project Bloggers who are very generously donating their projects (from The Heart Book!), or something related to their heart project.

    There are also a couple special giveaways from Melissa & Doug, Fudoo Boards and!

    The Heart Project Contributing Bloggers:
    hands on : as we grow
    A Little Learning for Two Among Many Blessings
    Angelique Felix
    At Home with Ali Broken Treasures
    Busy at Home
    Busy Kids Happy Mom Carrie Saindon's Photo Journey
    Child Central Station
    Classified: Mom Classroom Magic
    Creative with Kids
    Creativity My Passion Critters and Crayons
    De Tout et de Rien
    Dilly-Dali Art Dinosaurs & Octopuses
    Excited 2 Learn
    Hand Over the Cookies Handprint & Footprint Art
    Happy Hooligans
    Heart Journey Imagination Soup
    Jamie's Jumble
    Kitchen Counter Chronicles Kreative Resources
    Let Kids Create
    Little Illuminationss Living Montessori Now
    Loudness of the Lambs
    Love and Lollipops  Mama, hocemo nesto da pravimo
    Mama Pea Pod
    Mama Smiles  MemeTales
    Messy Kids
    Mindful Meanderings  Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    Mommy Labs
    Mommy Perks  Mum Paints Lives
    Mummy Mummy Mum
    My Creative Family  NurtureStore
    One Artsy Mama
    Peace Love & Rainbows  Play Dr Mom
    Putti Prapancha
    Rainbows within Reach  Reading Confetti
    Ready. Set. Read!
    Red Ted Art  Sense of Wonder
    Share & Remember
    Stacy Molter  Sun Hats & Wellie Boots
    Teach Preschool
    The Artful Child  The Chocolate Muffin Tree
    The Craft Barn
    The Educators' Spin on It  The Golden Gleam
    The Imagination Tree
    The Iowa Farmer's Wife  The Joy of My Life
    The Kids Fun Review
    The Outlaw Mom Blog  The Preschool Toolbox
    The Seeds Network
    Toddler Approved

    A big THANK YOU for your consideration!


    1. What a scary thing to have to go through! Glad to hear your precious girl is doing well these days!

    2. Seriously, you are going to make me cry! Love our little Lou and the firery personality she brings into our family! Love you guys!

    3. aww, how scary for you! I am so glad your little girl is thriving & hope she continues to do so - hugs to all of you!

    4. So thankful your story turned out the way it did! Rejoicing with you at the joy this precious girl brings to your family! Thanks for sharing - just tweeted your post! Glad to be a part of this project with you!! :)



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