Sunday, January 15, 2012


I know. Lame. I'm coming here to give you excuses for not blogging. We've been living in a plague-ridden house for a few days now. Coming onto a week. Suffice it to say that every person is puked, snotted, and just plain worn out.

I should have known we'd all get sick. Anytime we go somewhere there is kid-based, we end up sick. Last year, after we went to Chuck E Cheese, we were in the same predicament. This past Sunday, we went to BounceU for a birthday party and all mysteriously got sick the next day. Damn kids and their little mini germs. Kids germs are like, concentrated or something. "Buy now! Smaller, but more potent! More bang for your buck!" Now, in all fairness, we only usually get sick this time of year, when the cold/flu germs are everywhere.
Oh well, we're all on the tail-end of it. Except me, of course. Mine is slowly but surely turning into a sinus infection. I will be going to the doc sometimes in the next few days, I'm sure, to get some antibiotics to kick this thang.

What was that? You want proof of our adventure that we are lying all the blame on? I happen to have photographic evidence that we were, in fact, at said BounceU, and that, in fact, fun was had by all.

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OK, I think that's all for now. Hold onto your britches though, cause I'll be back in full force next week. I keep warning you guys, you know?

Love to all,

Monday, January 9, 2012

Make Something Monday

Well, I did well there for a few days, huh? I think if I can just get ahead of myself and maybe even start some posts before the day of, I could actually keep on top of this thing. I really do enjoy blogging, so I wanna...well, blog.

So onward, my friends. It is make something Monday!! Let's seeeeee. What have I made lately? Oh! That's right. This little thing I do called digital scrapbooking layouts! So here's the LOs that I've done from January 1st - today. Minus two that I'm going to share on Thursday. Plus, I have a few done that don't go out until Thursday or Friday ;)

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 This is my good friend Val's adorable daughter, Kayleigh
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This is my gorgeous best friend, know in internet land as Star.
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This is my Facebook Timeline cover. Cool huh?
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Alright folks. That's what I've made. I see flaws in every single one of them, yet I'm proud of them all.

Love to all,

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What's cookin' good lookin'

Well, here it is...Wednesday. Yes, it's late Wednesday, but it's still Wednesday. Boy, I just typed the word Wednesday A LOT.

So according to my schedule, Wednesday is:

ALRIGHT!! Food! One of my mostest favoritest things in the whole wide world! Well, since it's late, and my posts have been practically novel-size, I'm going to keep this short and sweet and share with you some of my favorite recipes from one of my favorite home cooks, Ree Drummond, aka Pioneer Woman. If you want to eat something good, eat any one of her recipes. The woman knows what she's doing! Without further ado, here's the goods.

Seriously the best mashed potatoes EVAR.

Can you say Mac 'n Cheese?!

It may not sound good. It may not even look good. But eat her dump cake right now.

Amazingly delicious (and actually really healthy) Chicken Tortilla soup.

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole. Isn't that a lovely descriptive dish title?

Go. Eat and be merry. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Time to read Tuesday!

Yo yo Random readers! Today is Tuesday and that means:

Reading! Books! Words! Libraries! Illustrations! Love, love, love!!! You's alls know me and my books. If you're on my actual blog, and not just reading on an RSS feed, you'll see my Library thing widget there on the right. I keep track of every book I read. I started doing this almost 10 years ago. I like to look lovingly at this list and remember what I was doing, what was going on in my life, and even who I was when I was reading a certain book. You know how some people are transformed back to a memory when they hear a certain song? That's what happens to me when I see the title of a book I've read. 

So recently, like say the last 6 months, I haven't read as much as I "normally" would. I tell ya, having a 3 year-old, plus a hobby that I adore, really putting my reading time in a crunch. But when I get my hands on a book that I really love, it's still an all-consuming experience for me. Plus, I still listen to audio books while at work, so I get books read that way, as well. Anyway, guess what I got for Christmas?? If you guessed a Kindle, you would be RIGHT!! I know I blogged before about how I wasn't sure I wanted one, but I decided I DID want one, and Santa (read: my wonderful hubby) got me one! I've already read one book on it (a really long one), and I really like it. I love how light it is, and I can hold it any way and still be really comfy.

So, onward to what I've been reading. If you've read my blog at all, you know my reading style is all over the place. I love novels, fantasy, and young adult (and even some bigger children's) books. I just got done reading the final installment in the Inheritence series by Christopher Paolini, aptly titled Inheritence. Now, I started reading these books long before they got super popular. I picked Eragon up because the author is from the town my Mom and sisters lived in at the time, Bozeman, Montana. I thought it was a pretty cool link, so I picked it up and read it. Paolini was like 12 or some ridiculous age when he started writing these, and I was very impressed with the caliber of writing for such a young author. Some people would argue with that, but for someone of that age (hell, any age) to set up a whole fantastical world in such detail is talented. And that's that. Anyway, I was really looking forward to this last book to finish out the series. I wasn't disappointed. I won't write a review or anything, but just suffice it to say I was pleased with the way the series ended. I always hate the end of a long series, but I also can't wait to get to the final word.

I'm also *trying* to get through the most popular series of the year from last year, the Song of Ice and Fire (more popularly known as The Game of Thrones series). I got through books 1 and 2 with no problems. Book 3 I had to be really pushed by some online friends to finish. I was glad I finished it. Now I've been reading the 4th book for like 3 months. I just can't seem to get through it. I know I'll like it if I just buckle down and read it, but I just need to do it. Not sure why I'm dragging my feet so much. Hmmmm.

So this post has ended up being a book (ba-da-bah! I'll be here all week, folks!). I'll just say go read a book and be done with it. 

Go read a book. I'm done.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 plan and Make Something Monday

Hey all. Thought I'd share with you a rough "schedule" of what I'll be doing on my blog. NO, I won't be posting everysingle day. I'm going to try, just because I enjoy blogging, but if I don't blog a day or two (or three) a week, I'm not gonna beat myself up about it. And I don't think the 3 people that read my blog are gonna care, either. So here 'tis.

I pinned this on Pinterest from here (if you don't know what Pinterest is, hang in there. I'm sure I'll be talking about it all the time).

So yes, Make Something Monday is going to be dedicated to...guess got it!!! Digital Scrapbooking. It IS what I "make" most often. (BTW, no matter what the post is scheduled to be about on any certain day, be prepared to see some digiscrap stuffs comin' your way. I can't help but share this stuff!)

(For those of you that don't really care about my digiscrap hobby, you can skip this paragraph.) So quick overview of my scrapping life. I am active in 2 forums, Sweet Shoppe Designs and The Digichick. I am a CTM (Creative Team Member) for the most amazing designers. Misty Cato, The Digichick, eNKay Designs, Etc. By Danyale, Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs, HGD by Laurie Ann, Queen of Hearts, and Jen Yurko. I am also guesting for Jeanye Labaya Designs for the month of January. I CT for designers that I ADORE and have no problem shouting to the world how awesome their designs are.

Since I've been away from blogging for so long, I'm of course not gonna show every LO that I've done since the last time. But I will show you a favorite from each of my awesome designers.

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OK. Yeesh. That took a long time. Someone had better appreciate this...

I'll blog atcha soon!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year, friends!

 Hi everyone! It's a new year! I'm excited. I have big plans for this year. This is the YEAR OF ME!!! mmmmmmmwaaahhaaahhaaahhaaaa! That's not as narcissistic as it sounds. We all know how we tend to not make time for ourselves. Not take care of ourselves. Not do things for ourselves. I'm going to try my hardest to take care of ME this year. Well, I guess I'll help take care of that one kid. You know, the one that lives in my house for some strange reason?

In the digiscrap world around this time, everyone's all abuzz with the "One Little Word" phenomenon. It's a class given by Ali Edwards. I have no idea what your actually supposed to do in the actual class, but I'm doing my own thing with OLW...cause that's how I roll. I've chosen a OLW that I can apply to many aspects of my life. Yes, I'm sure I'll scrap about it (already have, as a matter of fact), but that's not my main focus. I want it to be a constant reminder of how I want to/should be/am going to live my life. My One Little Word this year is:

Good word, huh? Yeah, I picked it myself. This is a word I can use throughout my everyday life.

I can use it with my family. We can actually get up and do stuff. Go places together. Do projects together. Just BE together DOING thing together more.

I can use this at work. Other than prompting me to actually get some stinkin' work done, I can use it to encourage myself to move above and beyond what I am doing. You know, make something of myself.

I can use this, of course, in exercise. Which I WILL BE DOING. I am ready to do this thang.

As you can tell, I can really use this in so many applications. And I will be. I need to do this, not only for myself, but for my family and friends...anyone who holds me important.

This is the first LO I've done for OLW. I think it has just the kind of feel that I was looking for.

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The Daily Details by The Digichick Designers (Jan. collab)
My Words Only V.5 by Captivated Visions

So for now, that is all. I will be blogging regularly again. This is another thing I'm taking ACTION on, and I'm determined in. Not that anyone reads this pathetic little blog, but I enjoy blogging, so I'll be doing it.

Until next time,