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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Look Ma! I'm in the cat bed!

**51 days until Paul gets home and then I will have someone to crack up with me during moments like this...

Credit where Credit is due...

Hi all--sorry for the lack of postings. I actually wanted to scrap more than read or write about it, finally!

Oh, and the scraplifted layout from last posting was inspired by a layout done by Lana Rappette from the June 2007 issue of Creating Keepsakes. Thanks for sharing the creativity!

Here is a layout that I have done over the past few days, and my first Halloween card. This Halloween, it might be the same card for everyone, as I am way behind schedule. For those of you who don't know, Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday.

I spent a lot of scrap time finishing sections of art journals and know, the fine details that I didn't finish due to time constraints or lack of creativity.

Monday, September 17, 2007


My inspiration comes for several layouts in CK magazine, but this LO looks the most like one that used the doodles for a "celebration" effect.
I'd love to give the person credit who deserves it, but right now, I am WAY too lazy to get up and go search in the other room. LOL! I will list the layout I scraplifted tomorrow after a nice long sleep, hopefully.
Tate is teething, so I cannot jump into bed quick enough. Since he wouldn't let me put the Orajel in his mouth, he came up with a better solution for the tube to relieve his pain:

**Notice how trashed the living room is...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

What I did this weekend...

Some of my best friends from college days at The University of Michigan rallied this weekend for a random reunion. Dinner on Friday, Football vs. Notre Dame on Saturday, and breakfast at Angelo's on Sunday. It was a lot of driving, but worth it. We had such a good time, that this may now be an annual event if we can swing it.
Unlike a lot of blogs I visit, I am not a photographer, so I apologize for the quality of the pics.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Another LIST! Currently Inspired by...

Macy's/Nordstrom lighting and smell:
**After I return from a good shopping trip, I want my house to have the same lighting and organization of a large, well stocked department store. and I love the smell of them, too...what is it? A combo of perfume, new clothes and leather??

Perfectly Coiffed 20-somethings:
**Yes, I will yet again refer to my closet favs, The Hills and Real World. It makes me want to put that extra effort into getting ready.

Good Home Dec Catalogs:
**Same reason as #1, and normally I would reference Pottery Barn, but not in love with the latest catalog. Did you see the oversized rustic farm implements that were mounted on the wall?? I made Paul get rid of those when we moved in together!!

Sept Fashion Mags:
**Specifically the ads. It makes me want to don boots and flannel and have a picnic in the country while having perfect hair and makeup.

Preschool Teachers:
**Such gentle patience...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Green Tips

So I am trying to make baby steps in leaving a smaller eco-footprint.

Here are my reviews on some "Green" items that I have tried. I'd love to hear an reviews that you have as well:

1. The Crystal Deodorant-it actually works!! I have the spray on (obviously NOT aerosol) and while it drips a little after application, it works better than my Degree that I used to use.
2. Earth Friendly Lavender Dishsoap-NOPE. It smells great, though.
3. Seventh Generation Toilet Paper-Works for me, though we buy cheap Angel Soft usually (and not the superplush Charmin) sells the larger quantity for less than $1 a roll. Martha Stewart quoted some significant statistic (that I can't remember right now) about how this makes a huge impact.
4. FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers-YES YES YES! Dave Matthews used them on his twins. I just found that out today.
5. Environmentally Friendly OXY (not sure on the actually brand name)- NO--doesn't work; buy the real stuff. Real OXY is like a gift from the laundry Gods.

Monday, September 10, 2007

New Favorite Coffee Cup

My mom found this GREAT cup at Hobby Lobby.
1. It matches my kitchen.
2. It looks like a cupcake/hot cocoa.
3. The lid keeps my coffee hot!
I currently and enjoying a cup of java with a scoop of mint hot cocoa powder stirred in while it starts to rain. Is anyone else VERY ready for fall??
Also, what is your favorite beverage?
(Yes, honey, I know you are going to put "beer" somewhere on this posting, so I am already ready for it...)

Friday, September 07, 2007


Catie and I baked for a local bake sale at Frontier Days (cowboy hats, bad wood crafts, carnie food) to benefit the homeless.
Here are the baguettes: And the Double Chocolate Cookies:
And the pink! M&Ms that sustained up while were baking. Yea... I went to bed feeling all sugar-cracked out.

Thursday, September 06, 2007


See this guy? He and his two friends are as friendly as dogs, so we think. When you enter Island Park, they come waddling up to you, probably looking for a snack. (reminds me of being pregnant) When I say RIGHT UP TO YOU, I mean they even will step on your feet. Do ducks have teeth?? As cute as they are, I get a little nervous when Tate tries to pet them.

Another trip to the park on a different day.

Monday, September 03, 2007

My Sister

Today is my sis's bday. I miss her. She left me with all these STINKY BOYS!! I have Catie, though, thank goodness or it would be all cars and trucks and computers and zombies and wrestling and not enough cupcakes and makeup and clothes...

Oh and Happy Birthday Frankie (her slightly B&#$-y dog).