Monday, December 29, 2014

Feeling excited and rejuvenated blog wise.
I have a list of blog topics that will be ready to go once the Christmas break
is over and the kids are back in school next Monday the 5th.
Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season
and wishing you a very Happy New Year!
See you soon! :)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

from our home to yours! :)

Monday, December 15, 2014


Do you ever pin things on Pinterest and then actually use the pins?
I hear people say, "I pin things but never use them." all.the.time.
Lately, instead of collecting them, I really like using my pins. Whether it's for scrapbooking, decorating, or cooking.
I have definitely used sketches and layout ideas from my scrapbook boards.
In fact, this layout which I have shared before...
was created because of a layout I pinned by Jill Sprott. And it was featured on the Paper Issues blog for Fan Feature Friday just this past Friday. So weird still not to be on the DT there, but a good choice for me. Like I said, in an earlier post, I haven't scrapbooked a single layout since October. Just other things going on.

Anyway, I also pinned this...
on my Laundry Room board and guess what color my laundry room is? Yep. I love that color! But alas, no chandelier. Hoping to have some white cabinets and counter space one of these days though.

And this paint color...
we did something similar in our basement. I love the gray and white combo.

Our gray is not quite as dark though.
And yesterday, I made these cupcakes...

(yes, that is my photo and a cupcake I made) from *this pin* off my Sweet Treats board. They turned out pretty well. :)
Mike loves Andes mints and when I found an andes mint cupcake recipe I knew I had to try it for him!

So I am actually not "all talk" when it comes to Pinterest. I do like to use my pins ;)
That said, I have 1,361 pins on my boards as of today. So ok, I may have only used 1% of those pins, but I love that they are there for when I am ready!

Are you a pin user, pin collector, or a little of both? For me, I think it's a little bit of both!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Sorry! Almost forgot to post winners today.
Mike was pretty sick Sunday and a little Monday.
And then today I found out Erin has strep throat, so I have been caring for her.
Keeping my fingers crossed, plus hoping and praying Evan and I miss this round!

Anyway, I have never had this happen with random number generator, but I got number two and one.
So Barb and Carla looks like you are my winners!
Just email me at so I can mail your packages. Probably won't get to  the  post office this week having Erin at home. But I promise it will be before Christmas. ;)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Music and Giveaways!

Can I just tell you how absolutely, totally excited we are about this...
Finally, the tour has been announced! More details *Here*. For this part of the tour, the closest they are getting to us is Chicago. So that is a must for us. Hoping to go one other place as well. :)

In other music news, we went to the Alt J concert last night here in town. Concerts on school nights are a little rough and I definitely felt it this morning. But Alt-J were amazing and I am so glad Mike and I went! We love their music and they are one of those bands that sound just as good if not better live.

Anyway, scrapbook news next! I have two flat rate boxes stuffed full of as much scrapbook product that I can fit inside to give away to blog and facebook friends.
Contents include but are not limited to patterned paper, rub ons, washi tape, alphabets, stickers, a stamp set or two, Project life and journal cards, die cuts and tags.

If you are interested in possibly receiving one of these boxes, just leave a comment here or on my facebook post and I will pick two winners on Monday night (12/8) and announce Tuesday.
See you then!

Monday, December 1, 2014


in the new issue of Jot magazine!
It's been a while since I submitted anything for publication, or even scrapbooked! But when I saw the call for projects for issue 8, I decided to give it a try.
Jot is an on-line scrapbook magazine, so it was as simple as sending an email and a picture of my scrapbook layout. I had actually tried for the gold foil call, but she felt my page would fit better with the Christmas story gallery. I agree!

You can find my layout on page 75 in the magazine *Here*!
It was definitely something to get excited about scrapbook wise. :)

The scrapbook purge is still going on here.
Those bags on the right are going in boxes to sell (Basic Grey, October Afternoon and Scenic Route.) I also have a KI Memories brand box. So those are organized and ready to go as soon as I get some photos.
That green and pink paper storage box is now empty. I am trying to fit all of the patterned paper I want to keep in that two door cabinet behind the boxes. Although it's not just patterned paper in there...
there is also cardstock, vellum, transparencies, and large 12x12 sheets of letter stickers. That is actually an older photo though. There is a lot less cardstock these days.  A lot less cardstock. Most of my cardstock fits in one holder and is mostly neutral colors.

This on the other hand is my staging area of product that I am organizing for a few giveaway boxes. I've temporarily taken over a corner of Erin's room but she is ok with it. She is actually hoping some of the items come her way. I will just say that I have given her a lot already! She has her own small stash of scrap supplies now, and really not a lot of room for more :)
That stack in the back right corner in front of the Frozen bag is going to be saved for functions where I teach such as an upcoming Girl Scout activity in the Spring.
I just need to sort through those three baskets on the left and then start separating things into three boxes. I hope to have the giveaway Friday, so be looking for that!

Making progress though, and feeling a lot better about scrapbooking again! :)

As for the Thanksgiving holiday, it was nice.
Unfortunately, Mike had to go back out of town for work the day after Thanksgiving. :(
Not fun! But his brother and wife were in town and it's the first time we have seen them in two years. So we were able to still have a good weekend despite not having Mike with us.
Mike and I on Thanksgiving night.

Friday night we went to the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Gardens with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Lots of fun!
The kids and I did a little bit of shopping on Saturday in the afternoon, but then took it easy the rest of the night.

On Sunday, we went to brunch with some of Mike's family and then his brother and wife came over to hang out with us a little longer before catching their plane back home. Really great to have them in town!
It was pretty warm yesterday. Near 70 degrees. Then this morning, we woke up to this...
Yep, ice on my windshield. A little crazy. But I was able to get the kids to school just fine.
Thanksgiving is over, December is here and so is winter as far as I'm concerned! :)
Hope you had a great weekend!