Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Time is Flying

Tonight I'm going to a surprise baby shower for a friend who is having her third boy.  I love the idea of having the shower be a surprise! Hopefully she hasn't figured out that she is having a party thrown for her tonight.

Here's a look at the card that I put together for her.

I know about 6 people who are pregnant right now. Wow. Something must be in the water!

A couple of days ago I was sorting through photos and saw a photo that is one of my favorites of my three kids standing in the doorway ready to go out on trick or treating.

One of my favorite things about this photo is seeing how much younger my kids are since this was taken five years ago. I think in would be so fun to go back in time for a day and enjoy snuggling these younger versions of my ever growing kids. My little baby in that photo is now in first grade. Time is such an interesting thing. I'm always excited for time to pass so we can attend our next exciting event, but when I stop and pause, I see how quickly time is moving along.

Can you believe that it's going to be December tomorrow? Wow, now time is really flying!

Cards supplies are from the Fancy Pants Designs Baby Mine collection and the Trick or Treat Layout supplies are from the Fancy Pants Designs Oct. 31st line.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Living the Life

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! I enjoyed a lot of time with family eating, hiking, going to movies and relaxing.

Today I want to share a layout with one of my favorite photos from our cruise earlier this month.

The great thing about a cruise is that you are busy all of the time with different activities. One of my favorite activities was "being busy" reading on the quiet deck of the adult only pool in the plush lounge chairs.

Last night Jennie posted a great blog post about one of the dinners on our cruise. If you have a minute, you can read it here. She did such a great job capturing how amazing this vacation was.

It was like a dream living the life of luxury. Too bad it only lasted one week!

All layout supplies are from the Scrapbook Circle December Note to Self Kit. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends in the USA! Hope you have plans to share the days with friends or family.

One of my favorite craft deal sites, Pick Your Plum, has a cute "I am Grateful for..." printable available for free today. Why not stop by and get one? It's free!

Enjoy the food and time with those you love today!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Free Holiday Printable

Scrapbook Circle has a free printable up to add a little holiday cheer to your life. You can download it here.

I'm thinking this will be perfect for gift tags and I'm thinking about framing the subway art to add to our Christmas decor.

Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Friday, November 18, 2011

You are Special to Me Card

Yesterday my son brought home a letter from the principal saying that his teaching is resigning for personal reasons and that her last day of school is today. Wow, that was a shock. My son was SO sad. I've never seen him so upset. We talked through things and he seemed to be happier this morning. I'm anxious to hear about how his school day went today.

We decided that he should write his teacher a thank you card. Not only did we think it would be nice for Max to write a note to his teacher, I thought it might help bring a little closure to the situation.

So this morning before school, I quickly put a card together for Max's teacher.

The teacher change may work out being for the best, but sometimes change isn't very fun.

P.S. The card is a peek at the Scrapbook Circle December kit!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dark Brown and Light Brown

Just a few minutes ago, I looked at my dessert board on Pinterest and noticed a trend in the things I'm pinning...

The desserts are all a mix of light brown and dark brown. Guess I favor a certain kind of dessert!

I haven't baked any treats for a while and I think it's about time. Where should I begin?

These White Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies are at the top of the list.

If you want these too, but don't want to bake, Paradise Bakery has a really delicious Molasses cookie right now that is seasonal. It's seriously so good.

This Martha Stewart Crisp Coconut and Chocolate Pie only has four ingredients: butter, coconut, whipping cream and chocolate. How could you go wrong with those ingredients?

These S'more Cookie Bars look much better that S'mores made over a campfire because of the cookie topping.

Okay, I should go to bed now so that I don't stay up late making and eating one of these treats. Hopefully I'll have time to try one of these recipes out this weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Playing with the Fancy Pants St. Nick Line

Today I get to share an idea on the Fancy Pants blog using the St. Nick line cards paper on the Fancy Pants blog.

Hope you will stop by and check it out!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Welcome Baby + Funny Gift

Over the weekend our family attended a baby shower. The shower was a backyard BBQ with a live band, face painting and yard games. It was a fun way to celebrate the upcoming birth of our friends' first baby.

When I was shopping for a baby gift a came across a onesie that I couldn't resist...

I wasn't sure the onesie would be part of the gift, but then I saw that the mom had added it to her gift registry and that sealed the deal.

Of course, the gift wouldn't be complete without a card.

Card supplies are from the Fancy Pants Baby Mine line.

The baby shower was a lovely way to spend an afternoon outside in our (finally) fantastic weather.

On another note, look who lost her 3rd tooth tonight.

The tooth's been hanging by a thread for days, but it just wouldn't come out. Tonight during dinner, I noticed a big open space in Hannah's mouth and asked where her tooth was. She must have swallowed it because it was nowhere to be found. Hopefully the Tooth Fairy will stop by tonight anyway!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Halloween (A Bit Late)

Last week my family and another family had an amazing opportunity to go on a cruise to Mexico. My friend, Jennie, found an awesome "kids said free deal" and Jennie and I decided that we couldn't pass it up.

I didn't mention that I was going because it just seems strange to me to announce that I'll be out of town for a week and my house will be empty. Anyone else feel this way?

But now that we're back and slowly getting back into the swing of things, I thought I'd share a few highlights from our vacation starting with Halloween.

Our first full day on the boat was Halloween. We were at sea and everyone had a fun time participating in regular daytime cruise stuff like eating ice cream, going to a drawing class, checking out the kids' centers and relaxing.
The cruise did have trick or treating! We were giving a list of places to visit on the ship where we would find candy. The kids didn't get loads on candy, but I thought that was just fine. Who needs a lot of candy when you have unlimited ice cream plus desserts at every meal?!? We still have most of the candy bag sitting around our house.

Photo collage supplies: Ali Edwards' December Daily Template, Elle's Studio Digital Paper, Dennis Graphic Design Paper Etsy Shop

It's a little late, but I hope you had a happy Halloween!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


I have to admit that I totally forgot to pick a winner for the 500th post giveaway. I'm so sorry!

Better late than never...

Thanks to, the winner of the Scrapbook Circle Harvest Festival Kit is Amy Coose. Congrats, Amy!

Email me at with your address and we'll get your kit out to you.

Thanks for all of your kind comments !

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Favorite Snack: Chips and Salsa

Chips and salsa are one of my favorite snack. Especially homemade salsa. I made one of my favorite salsa recipes a couple of weeks ago to have with these Taco Cupcakes for dinner. I've been making variations of this recipe since a friend is high school introduced me to making salsa.

Even though the recipe uses canned tomatoes, it still tastes very fresh. I promise.

Salsa Recipe

2 Cans Stewed Tomatoes (Mexican Seasoned or Plain)
1 Bunch of Green Onions Diced
1/2 Bunch of Cilantro Chopped
1 tsp. Crushed Red Peppers (more or less to taste)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. oregano

Pour one can of tomatoes into a blends add all other ingredients and then the 2nd can of tomatoes. Blend for 2 -3 seconds. (Don't do it longer, or it will not taste right.)

Let me know if you give this a try!  Hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Day at the Zoo

In October we had a 2.5 week fall break. It was great being able to sleep in, not have to worry about homework and have playtime with friends. I will admit that by the end of the break, it was nice to get back on a schedule!

One of our fall break activities was a trip to the Phoenix Zoo with friends. We spent several hours there and still didn't get to everything. It really is a great zoo with many exhibits.

When I uploaded the photos to the computer I realized that somehow Max and his friend weren't in any of the pictures. Strange. Just let it be noted that they were there!

Everything came from the Scrapbook Circle Harvest Festival Kit. We tried something different with this month's kit and did a two-page printable with one of the pages being an alphabet. It is a little more work to cut out the letters, but the great thing is that you can keep printing pages if you run out of letters.

You can also change the size of the printable and I did a blog post about the yesterday on the Scrapbook Circle blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Outdoor Adventures

At first glance, you may not think that the Glitz Design Vintage Blue collection would work very well for outdoor adventure type layouts, but I thought that it worked perfectly for two layouts I created recently.

 We were able to spend quite a bit of time outdoors in September, so I have a lot of photos of our family and friends enjoying the outdoors.

My first layout is about a visit to Walnut Canyon which is near Flagstaff, AZ. It's one of our favorite places to visit whenever we are in the area. It's a nice little hike where you get to explore Native American Ruins. The kids also love talking about what people who lived there might have done in each area of the site.

I did add in a bit of the Dance in Sunshine line because I loved how the purple and teal look with the Vintage Blue line. It's fantastic how well these line compliment each other.

My next layout is about a hiking trip my husband and I took with friends to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon. This was an amazing trip and it was a challenge to narrow down just a few photos for one page.

The stickers in the Vintage Blue line were just right for this layout. Love that the sayings can work for many different events.

Thanks for letting me share a couple of my recent outdoor adventures with you today!


Walnut Canyon Layout Supplies
Glitz Designs "Vintage Blue" Paper: Toile, Floral, Stripe
Glitz Designs "Dance in Sunshine" Paper: Raindrops
Glitz Designs "Vintage Blue" Glitzers
Glitz Designs "Vintage Blue" Journaling Stickers
Glitz Designs "Dance in Sunshine" Epoxy Word Stickers
Glitz Designs "Dance in Sunshine" Paper Layers
Glitz Designs Teeny White Stickers

Havasupai Layout Supplies
Glitz Designs "Vintage Blue" Paper: Stripe, Motif, Polka, Rose
Glitz Designs "Vintage Blue": Epoxy Stickers
Glitz Designs "Vintage Blue" Journaling Stickers
Glitz Designs "Vintage Blue" Peek a Boo Transparency
Glitz Designs "Vintage Blue" Trim
Glitz Designs Teeny Woodgrain Alpha
Other: Staples


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