Sunday, September 26, 2010

{today we}

Woke up at 8:30.

Had eggs and toast for breakfast and watched Sesame Street and Fresh Beat Band.

Played on our new slide in our pj's.



Wheee! (Keira actually says that, it's kinda cute :)

Got ready and went to eat lunch with my mom. Mmmm, Mexican food. I had a torta (hard to find but oh so good!). Keira had a chicken taco, most of which she threw on the floor. Most times, I leave an extra tip because I know they have to sweep the floors after we leave..... :-s


Drove to The Scrapbook Studio (Keira took a nap on the way). I shopped and Keira tried her best to tear apart the store (much to the shopkeeper's dismay, hehe)

I got these Glimmer Mists.....Primas and more binder rings!

PP artisan elements and oh my........Ali Edwards stamps! Woot!

The Girls Paperie new Halloween and Christmas lines, more PP and Basic Grey papers.

Drove to Old Navy and picked up a new nightgown and cardigan for me, a Halloween tee for Keira.

Drove to Sonic and got cherry limeades and a fry to split......yes Keira even got her own cherry limeade. I win mother of the year for putting it in her sippy......

She yelled loudly, "pop! pop! pop! pop!" as we drove down the road........ not sure if this is a good thing but it's way cute and I'll remember it forever :) Hey, life is too short not to have cherry limeade in your sippy. Plus she belched really loud and it was hilarious.

Went to Scrapaganza to see if there was anything there that I couldn't live without and found these papers:

Echo Park Christmas paper and stickers, Jillibean soup and Sassafrass....

Walked to Fashion Bug and picked up a cute tank top on clearance.

Meanwhile, daddy was doing a little of this at a football game:


And this (sheild your eyes)

:) hehe.

Pretty sure he also drank a lot of beer, ate a lot of BBQ, and almost lost his voice cheering for the Chiefs. But they won!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we drove home and Keira zonked out.

Zzzzzzzzzzz.  Must've been the limeade.

Ate supper and watched some more Nick Junior. Read a few "Melmo" books.

Made burst o lemon muffins:

You can find the recipe on Michelle's blog here. They're delicious! I left out the coconut because I don't care for the texture and they were still delish. Planning on bringing them to work with me in the morning.

Took a bath and went to bed.  Well Keira went to bed. I get to scrap until I fall asleep.... :)

Pretty much a perfect day, I would say.

I have a lot of layouts to share from my time in Rockford, just waiting for some sunlight to get some good photos.

Nighty-night.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

{keepin' it real}

The last two weeks since I've blogged have flown by......took a trip to Rockford, IL with my scrapping buddies for a weekend at our favorite bed and breakfast to scrapbook! I left Friday afternoon and came back Sunday.


Late Saturday night I woke up with severe abdominal pain and vomiting, which I thought was the flu. Several doctors appointments, one xray and one ultrasound later, I have gallstones! Not fun but at least I know what's been causing the pain all this time. Hopefully by this time next week I'll have my surgery scheduled. Until then it's no fat for me, my freezer is stocked with Lean Cusines, my cupboard with triscuits. :)

I've had this idea for a mini book floating around in my head for awhile, so I created the cover and did the rest while in Rockford. Basically it's a collection of bits of life, memorabilia and photos. No particular theme, just a mish-mash of stuff I've saved over the past few months. I love how it turned out so I think I'll be making more!

On the cover I used some bits and letters from The Girls' Paperie, as well as a file folder, Jenni Bowlin bingo card, lace, chipboard....etc.

You can see here that I did not use matchy products whatsoever....and that was my plan. Use papers that I like and have scraps of, but I just love the vintage-y feel that comes from doing this.


I showed it to Adam and he doesn't like the page where I have the instructions for him to take care of Keira....he thinks it makes him look incompetent. :)  Not true and not my intention! I put it in there to show where Keira was at at that stage...how much she weighed, her routine.....etc.

He also thought my grocery lists were a little weird...but how cool would it be to have your mother's grocery list from when you were one year old? I love stuff like this....stuff we take for granted and think is trash now, will someday be interesting to our families. :)

Hope you have a great weekend, I'm spending mine dining on plain baked potatoes and gummy worms.  Oh, and organizing my scraproom. :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

{menu plan for 9/12}

I didn't take too many photos this weekend.....but I did have a fun day of shopping on Saturday with my mom and Keira. I found a LOT of good deals at Old Navy and Target on fall and winter clothes for Keira. Got her a cute new "melmo" shirt, as well as a Chiefs shirt! Adam approves :) I also got her some leggings, fleece pants, a new pair of shoes, and this top and this top.

Yesterday was not too exciting as I spent the day cleaning and grocery shopping while Adam and his dad finished repairs out on the deck. The lattice looks awesome; I know Adam took some before pictures so we'll have to post before and after pics to show the improvement :)  I love having the deck now when it's so nice outside, I can put the baby gate up and Keira and I can sit outside and play after supper.


I picked up this rocking dog (hehe) at a children's thrift store over the weekend for only $7! I wanted to get another toy for Keira to play outside with besides her princess ride-on toy and a ball... :) I'm still looking for a little slide for her to play on, but haven't found one yet.

On to this week's menu--

Sunday: Homemade pizza, salad with ranch, grapes
Monday: Grilled chicken, wheat penne with alfredo sauce and broccoli
Tuesday: Beef Burritos, chips and salsa, melon
Wednesday: Chicken stir fry, egg rolls
Thursday: Chicken with gravy and rice, peas, cottage cheese

Hope you have a great week :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

{tgifffffffff......!}

Another week is done and the weekend is upon us. Yay! Tomorrow I have a busy day, taking the dog to the vet in the morning and shopping with my mom in the afternoon, while Adam watches the game and *hopefully* finishes Keira's toybox he's been working on building. I'm pretty excited to see the finished product, this thing is huge!! And I'll be glad to take down the pack and play that we're using for her "toybox" now :)

I got my Sassafrass Indie Girl stuff in the mail and got to play around with it last weekend.....the first layout I did was a direct scraplift of Elizabeth Kartchner's layout here -- loved it so much I didn't really change it up a whole lot. Kudos to Liz for the inspiration :)

I loved these photos of Keira's first trip to the pool, she was pretty timid at first but once she got used to playing in the fountains she didn't want to leave :)

The chipboard letters are Making Memories, and the pink sticker letters are American Crafts. I also used a brad embellishment from MME (new this season).

These brads are by Basic Grey.

I know that the light pink flower brad is by MM, however those coral brads I'm not sure of. I think they've been sitting in my stash since '07 and the packaging is long gone...

I still had more photos left over so I made another page:

I used the same Indie Girl papers, along with some of the sticker embellishments also.

I like the cloud the best :)

One cool thing about the Sassafrass papers is that they all come with decorative borders! So you can leave them on the paper or cut them off and use them as an embellishment themselves.

One of my favorite memories of going swimming when I was a kid was the snack afterward...for some reason ice cream and french fries always taste so much better after a few hours in the sun and water :)

I'm also working on samples for another card class the weekend of 9/25.......details to follow if you're on my email list. We'll do a couple of Halloween cards, fun!

(edited: class will be on 10/2)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

{at 16 months}


You love watching Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer and Blue's Clues

You call almost everything and everyone "melmo" (translated: Elmo). Many times you will exclaim, "dis is melmo!" when it's clearly not :)

You are learning how to run!

You frequently entertain yourself by spinning round and round in a circle, or walking around with your eyes closed.

Your favorite foods are chicken nuggets, string cheese, spaghetti, oranges, grapes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, raisins, goldfish crackers

You dance to music on the radio and TV

You will often play quietly by yourself - looking at books, putting caps on and off of bottles, piling toys into containers and dumping them out, carrying your stuffed animals around, playing with your toy laptop or cell phone

You give kisses to mommy, daddy, grandmas and grandpas, your stuffed animals and even your books!

You love going to the park and playing outside

You have four top teeth and four bottom teeth with two molars just starting to poke through

Love you baby girl! Looking forward to many more milestones :)

{weekend in photos}











When I first started this blog, my intention was to use it as a place to share my crafts....cards, scrapbook pages, etc. However I've come to realize that it is somewhat of a virtual scrapbook (and did you even know there are websites that allow you to have your blog made into book form? who knew!) As you'll remember, I'm a faithful listener of the single greatest podcast ever, Paperclipping Roundtable, and even though it's a scrapbooking podcast, they talk a lot about other forms of memory keeping such as journaling, art journaling, memorabilia preservation.....and yes - even blogging. Because I don't think the internet is going anywhere. :)

And let's be honest, the reason you scrapbook is to have photos attached with memories. This can take any form! Everything counts.

I love looking back at my blog entries from years past and reading what I was doing then -- what my worries and stresses were, and what I was looking forward to. It's also a good prompt for doing a scrapbook page of something that happened awhile back, sort of like a memory trigger.

Tomorrow is Keira's 16 month birthday, so I'm going to start doing a monthly update of all of her developmental milestones and quirks......because (true confession time) I am quite horrible at keeping the baby book updated. Ooops! :-/

I got this idea from the wonderful Susan Weinroth. I love her blog! Thanks for the great idea Susan :)

Nighty night.

{menu plan}

We had an awesome 3-day weekend spent watching football, eating good food, playing at the park, celebrating birthdays and spending time outside together on the deck. Plus I made homemade soft pretzels for the football game on Saturday, and I was surprised at how little work they actually were! Not sure if I would make this exact recipe again -- they were good but turned out a little more bread-y than pretzel-y -- but I will definitely try another recipe sometime soon. (I have pics to upload at home so I'll get on that laterf this evening). Here's this week's menu plan:

Sunday: Swedish meatballs with egg noodles (recipe below), green beans, peanut butter brownies
Monday: Chicken Chimichangas (will post recipe later as it is in my Food Network magazine and I need to type it out)
Tuesday: Buffalo Chicken Burgers (I'm making these with ground turkey; they didn't have any ground chicken at the grocery store I was at)
Wednesday: Sirloin steak tips and scalloped potatoes
Thursday: Grilled chicken and layered pasta salad

I made this recipe last night and it turned out very tasty, Adam and Keira loved it.

Swedish Meatballs
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound gound pork or mild sausage
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 packet McCormick Swedish Meatball seasoning and sauce mix
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 bag wide egg noodles
  • fresh or dried parsley
Mix beef, pork, water and seasoning from packet together and form into meatballs. Heat oil in skillet and brown meatballs until nearly cooked through. Remove from pan onto paper towel-lined plate. Drain fat from skillet and rinse.

Meanwhile, boil egg noodles according to package directions.

Combine sauce mix and milk in skillet and heat to simmer. Add meatballs back to sauce and continue to simmer until sauce is thickened. Add cooked and drained noodles to skillet, along with parsley to taste.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

{the most wonderful time of the year}

Is fall! To me anyway. Today there's a little chill in the air, and it's the first Hawkeye game of the season. I always love turning the corner from summer into fall, mostly because I loathe hot weather and look forward to it being cooler outside! But I also love the sweaters, football games, chilly nights, baking and soups and stews that come along with fall.

I did the bulk of my grocery shopping last night after work so I wouldn't have anything to do today but be lazy! I made sausage and eggs for breakfast, thank the Lord Keira is finally learning how to use a fork and can stop eating like a heathen..... lol ;)

She loves breakfast -- eggs, toast, sausage, pancakes, waffles -- pretty much any of that! And she's getting so she won't throw her plate on the floor anymore either, which is nice.

Awhile back during the CHA summer show, I played along on Creating Keepsake's Facebook page to an I Spy game they were having. The answers took a lot of work to compile, but it was worth it because I was one of the 4 winners! Here's just SOME of what I got. I'm not kidding you, this was a huge box that was packed full of what I'm guessing to be over $200 in product.

Some of Reminisce's new paper and stickers, I especially love the Halloween line!

An ATC kit by C-Thru.

Basic Grey journaling cards, brads, clips and tags!

A Pink Paislee canvas album

Jenni Bowlin banner stickers, journaling cards, vellum butterflies and mini papers!

Hambly clear stamps (this one is huge -- 12x12!)

New Spellbinders dies!!

Bella Blvd papers and sticker sheets

Papers, rubons and journaling cards from Studio Calico's Documentary line!

All of the papers from Bo Bunny's Olivia line! These are beautiful!

Plenty of AC Dear Lizzy goodies....one of my favorites.

Graphic 45 letter stickers, Zva crystals, Jillibean Soup journaling sprouts, and a Unity Stamp itty bitty!

A HUGE thank you to CK! This was a great prize!!

I also got some scrapping done last night. I loved Maggie Holmes' layout on the latest cover of CK, so I wanted to scraplift it:

Here's my take:


For the base of the layout, I wanted it to be 12x12 and not 8.5x11, so I used some patterned paper from The Girl's Paperie, along with a strip of brown polka dotted paper from MME that I stitched on with a zig-zag stitch. The white paper with blue circles is also by MME.

I also used Girls Paperie chipboard letters for my title, and splattered the paper with some Glimmer Mist.

I cut my own butterfly out of Jenni Bowlin patterned paper using the Stampin' Up bigz butterfly die, and my photo is mounted on some vintage hymnal paper.
For the embellishment on the right side of the page, I layered some pieces of Girls Paperie ephemera to create a little monogram.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a great holiday weekend!