Archive | December, 2011

Three Fun Finds

29 Dec

Just wanted to share a few things that are making me happy right now!

First, some good reminders for me as a parent.

Second, I found these amazing (and free) “to do” lists on Pinterest.  LOVE them.  She has a few different versions, so feel free to check out the link on her site.  I have been using one each day-they really work for me!!!!

Third, I discovered this amazing little gadget a while back, and finally purchased one last week.  It is called a Fitbit.  I LOVE it!  If you are a very goal-oriented person (like me) this gadget is amazing.  It tracks how many steps you take, how many floors you climb, the calories you eat and burn, even your sleep patterns!  I also love that it is so much more accurate than the pedometer I had before.  It does SO much more than what I am saying-I am truly in love.  🙂  I just actually joined one of their online groups where we are climbing virtual mountains.  They figured out how many feet up so many different mountains are, and you just keep track of how many floors of stairs you climb, and you “climb” those mountains.  Pretty fun!

Anyway, just thought I would share some little tidbits today.  I have some fun projects in the works, but nothing ready to share yet-hopefully by the weekend.  🙂

Have a great day!

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New Classes And Adventures!

28 Dec

I am taking on some new classes and scrappy adventures!

First, I have decided to take on Project Life.

I have a Clementine binder, some page protectors, and plan on using up some of my existing paper stash for the rest.  I will be taking a less hectic approach to Project Life, and just doing pages as I want-not necessarily every week.  I just finished my first two pages (why wait until the new year?), and I will post those soon!

Next, I am signed up for two new classes at Big Picture Classes (they both start tomorrow):

link to class details

link to class details

So, I am looking forward to some new projects, and sharing some of them here.  I am excited-should be a lot of fun!!!!  🙂

Practical Scrappers Favorite Layout

26 Dec

Today at Practical Scrappers, the designers are showcasing their favorite layouts of 2011.

I chose this one:

Today You

By far my favorite of the year-just love it!  🙂

To see all of the designers’ layouts, click here.

Happy Monday!

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec

Saved this card for last as it is extremely appropriate to post on this day!

This card was the only one I made multiples of because I liked it so much.  I ended up with ten of them.  It was made just with cardstock and my Silhouette-and it turned out great!

Remember-He is the reason!

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas Eve!

24 Dec

Merry Christmas Eve!!!

This was actually the last Christmas card I made this year, so I was trying to use up a lot of my leftover Echo Park Season’s Greetings stickers.  If you look close, you will see that I actually managed to use ten stickers!  🙂

Supplies: Paper and Stickers: Echo Park Season’s Greetings; Ink: Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink

I pretty much covered the entire paper and stickers with Vintage Photo ink to make it more of an old, vintage-looking card.

Sorry again for a bad picture, but this was another one where I took a picture, and sent it off in a hurry! 🙂

Peppermint Bark Cookies

23 Dec

Every year, I make peppermint bark and give it to the neighbors.  This year (thanks to Pinterest) I got the idea to use a mold-instead of just breaking up the bark into chunks.  So, on Monday, here is what my neighbors received (Christmas cards are under the plates.)

Recipe:

Ingredients: peppermint candies, white chocolate bark, milk chocolate bark, snowflake metal baking sheet

Directions:
-Crush peppermints (I double bag a bunch of unwrapped candies and pound them with a hammer on our concrete steps outside.)
-Melt white chocolate (in microwave for 1 minute, then stir, and melt for one more minute), stir in peppermints, and pour into mold.  Fill only 2/3s of each mold.  Spread into all the crevices to ensure a pretty shape.
-Melt milk chocolate and pour on top of white chocolate in each mold.  Smooth out.

I put them in the freezer to harden for 5-10 minutes, and they pop right out of the pan and are ready to go-very easy!  They look a lot classier as snowflake shapes, and are actually easier because I don’t have to break it all up into chunks.  Got to love Pinterest!  🙂

Best White Elephant Gift Ever

22 Dec

Usually the gifts you get from a white elephant exchange aren’t that spectacular.  The one I got at a Christmas party last week however, was fantastic.  Meet my new reindeer!


He was a hotly contested item (there were actually two of them), but fortunately since both hubby and I were there, we were able to steal one back.

Isn’t he the cutest? Just had to share.  🙂