Wednesday, August 31, 2011

 Words To Live By
My take on the Big Picture Scrapbooking Festival

I took part in a great class(that was free might I add) at Big Picture Scrapbooking last week. Each day we got a new word that we were to incorporate into our layout. Most women did a 6x6 mini book. But, I went all out and did 12x12 layouts for each day. I am using this as a platform to teach my kids some things I really would love for them to learn in their life and use as they grow. So each day I used the word as my title and then journaled a small amount. The bulk of my journaling will be on separate pages in the book. My hope is that as these subjects arise in life (most already have many times) I can use this as a tool for teaching them these values. 

Day 1
Journaling reads: May you always share a love like this.

Day 2
Journaling Reads: May you always take time to wonder

Day 3
Journaling reads: May you always remeber that sometimes less is more.
Stay tuned for the rest of m layouts!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Crafty With The Kids

I'm just tickled to see my kids enjoying a hobby that I love so much. So, imagine my delight when they both want their very own smash book like Mommy. So about a week and a half ago I set all my projects aside and made two mini smash books for the kids. Theirs are 5x7 in size and perfect for them to"smash" all the goings on in their lives. Some nights we sit together and all work in our own books. I can't get enough of it!

 This one is Gracie's, very girly and fun. I made a pen holder out of ribbon
 On the inside flap I placed this envelope for her to keep all her little do-dads she is "smashing" with.
 This is her opening page
 I used lots of odds and ends of pattern paper that I have had around forever. (FYI Its a good way to use up old stuff so you have a good excuse to get some things!)
 This one is Mr Quintin's. His is the same just used Boy paper.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

 I am One Lucky Girl!

I LOVE the song "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds, and by love I mean I sing it at the top of my lungs around the house. I got inspired to make a page using this song. Doug makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world so therefore it is very fitting that I make him the  subject of my page.

In other lucky news....

I am so excited to tell you that I will be guest designing at Scraptastic Club this coming winter! I in some really great company with other awesome designers and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. it makes me feel like a very lucky girl!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Finally Friday

Have you ever had one of those weeks when you think...ahhh finally Friday. I'm ready for a good weekend and then a fresh new week? It has been a week like that for me. Nothing to earth shattering happened, but nice fresh start to a week would be welcomed with open arms.  So, to commemorate the end to this lovely week lets have a good long version of....

What I Know For Sure

 This expression from Olivia melts my heart. I love it to pieces!
 4 year old boys can fit in Rubbermaid totes
 Stuffed animals really enjoy a good showing of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Just ask them, I'm sure they will tell you all about it. The dinosaur is the most chatty)
 This is how much Olivia loved the Zoo
 Q's tongue has taken on a life all its own
 Bare feet are the best!
 Water fountains to splash in are cool, even when your 9!
 Creme Brulee from Archer Farms at Target is to die for....I recommend it for all!
 It really makes my day to see my children enjoying a craft I love so much.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

 Keep Calm and Carry On

This is sometimes my mantra to myself. As one child spills milk all over the floor, another comes rushing in with a massive bloody nose and the third, well thankfully she cant walk yet so she can't be far. While that's all going on you can find this being said over and over again in my mind.

Recently I stumbled across a whole slew of new twists to this little slogan. There's one out there for everyone! They made me smile so I HAD to share them with all 11 of you reading my blog.
(Side note: I did some research and found out that it originated in England as a poster run by the government during WWII)

For the Blogger.....
 For the Wine Drinkers.....
 For the cupcake Lovers.....
 For The Shoppers.....
 For The Travel Buffs......
 For Those that love Photography....

And this by far made me giggle the most!
For those who just can't image staying calm......

Hope I made You smile!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Mommy Monday
Kids With Allergies

I Have kids with food allergies.....lots and lots of food allergies. I have looked far and wide for a good cake recipe that we can all enjoy. As I placed my last little sweet pea in her bed I decided to get back to searching for her birthday is right around the corner and the girl needs a cake! So to my plesent surprise shortly after midnight tonight I found this little jem of a place! 
Its a bakery in NYC that has cupcakes and baked goods meant just for peeps like me and my kiddos! Free of all my little ones allergies! No wheat, no eggs, no nuts, no dairy, no gluten, no soy! Not to mention their reviews are they must be tasty! Then be still my heart.....they have cookbooks!  So now I don't have to have their cakes shipped to my house (although that does sound a tad bit easier) , I can make them here at home! I will be sure to let you know how it goes when my books come to my doorstep. I can't wait to make my little Olivia her first birthday cake! :)