Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Goals

Happy New Year!

The start of a new year makes me reflect on my life and goals. I have shifted more from resolutions to goals. I have also been thinking about my habits.

With the start of a new year, I want to try this daily tracker to work on my daily habits and goals. I am going to try to track 4 daily habits that I want to strengthen:

1. Counting my calories (I really like the Lose It app.)
2. Drinking one healthy smoothy a day (I get in more fruits and veggies this way. My preference is to have a smoothly for breakfast.)
3. Doing daily activity (I am going to be quite broad on this one. It can include a bike ride, walking the dog, an exercise DVD, going to the gym, etc.)
4. Flossing (Because I hate having extra dental work done!)

I am also staring off the year by reading Gretchen Rubin's latest book, Better than Before. I have been listening to her Happier podcast and am familiar with some concepts from the book. (I quickly have realized that I am an Obliger in her 4 Tendencies model.)

Another thing that I will be tracking in the new year is my reading. My friends shared this 2016 Reading Challenge, and I am giving it a try. I like the balance of structure and flexibility with the challenge. I gravitate towards nonfiction books, but then I will slow down and get stuck not finishing a book. I also enjoy fiction and love getting lost in a good novel. There is a risk of "ignoring" my family when I get engrossed in a novel.

As in past years, I continue to look for ways to simplify and declutter my life. I am looking forward to see what 2016 has in store!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Five Frugal Things

Wow... It's been a while since I posted! Maybe I will write a more in-depth update, but for now I will start with Five Frugal Things.

I have been reading some frugal living blogs, which reminded me that I like blogging about things other than just cards. I have been reading The Frugal Girl and The Non-Consumer Advocate, who regularly posts her list of Five Frugal Things. Here is my list:

1. I sewed the holes in Alex's socks to get some more wear out of them. His feet have been growing like crazy, so he may just need bigger socks soon.

2. I returned a $44 pair of designer jeans to TJ Maxx since they would have needed alterations to fit well. I found a $6 pair of almost new crop jeans at Goodwill instead. These are actually a good option for fall since it is still hot here.

3. I continue to check out books from our library instead of purchasing books.

4. I am still driving the first car that I bought in the fall of 2002. It runs well, but it is not looking as good these days.

5. Even better, some days we ride our bikes around instead of driving.

I found a couple of new-to-me blogs this week to add to my frugal reads. I recommend the Frugalwoods and 1500 Days.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Craft Updates


In June, I started a separate paper crafting blog at www.craftbreak.com to post my cards, projects, and updates from Stampin' Up!.


In July, I joined the design team for the Stampin' Stylin' Inspiration blog. I am honored and excited to join my first paper crafting design team. I am contributing about 4-5 projects per month to this blog. The team is very talented and the blog includes new inspiration 5 days at week.

I will still post general family and personal updates and ideas to this blog. I also post to Instagram and Pinterest.

I am really enjoying my time with Alex this summer, and I hope that you are having a good summer!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Meatless Monday Recipes

It is barbecue season, and we attended 2 recent events with grilled hamburgers. It was so easy to bring along some veggie burgers for the grill! Everything else being served was already vegetarian, and I enjoyed these get-togethers with friends.

I tried 2 new recipes recently. This quinoa salad from Mind Body Green was delicious for dinner, and the leftovers were great for lunches. This vegan chocolate pudding from Minimalist Baker is really rich and easy to make.

Have a great week!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Meatless Monday: CBLT

The first tomatoes are ripening from our garden.


I wanted a vegetarian BLT, and I made a batch of coconut bacon. The recipe is from Joyful Vegan, and I really like it. I do have to carefully watch these in the oven so they do not burn.


Here is my yummy "CBLT" made mostly with ingredients from the farmers' market and our garden.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Masculine Card with New Colors

I love the new 2015-2017 Stampin' Up! in colors. The Delightful Dijon and Tip Top Taupe are great for masculine cards. Plus, Tip Top Taupe makes a nice, neutral card base. I created this card for the Fun 'n Crafty Stampers monthly card swap. Jennifer Blomquist leads this group of stampers from all over the U.S. Our card swaps are optional, and they are one of my favorite ways to stay involved with the group.


Tip: I used a Stampin' Write Marker to ink of part of the "birthday wishes" stamp in the Build a Birthday stamp set. Markers are a great tool for customizing and stretching your stamps.

Supplies Used:
Big Shot
Hello You Thinly Dies
In Color Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
In Color Markers
Build a Birthday Stamp Set
Extra-Large Oval Punch
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder

If you are interested in building a stash of quality, coordinating craft supplies and being part of a fun craft group, then you should consider joining Stampin' Up! in June. You can build a business or do this as a hobby. The starter kit (for $99) offers your choice of $125 in product, free shipping, and 2 free stamp sets in June. You can learn more here or contact me for more information.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June Blog Hop

Welcome to the June Fun n' Crafty Stampers Blog Hop! We are sharing some NEW Stampin' Up! products with some of our returning favorites. I have two cards to share today.

First up, I have a picture of the newest Stampin' Up! catalog, which is my favorite in my 6+ years as a customer and now demonstrator with this company. From stamps to inks to kits to Project Life, there is a variety of wonderful crafting products and ideas in these pages.

Stampin' Up! is known for color coordination, and it is fun to see the new set of "in colors" each year. I adore these new colors and played with my Stampin' Write Markers recently to make this sign.

This first card I made features a new stamp set (Build a Birthday) and new washi tape (Cherry on Top).
The Build a Birthday stamp set is a lot of fun to use, especially with washi tape. This card came together quickly and I like mixing the Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party card stock.

For the second card, I used some of my favorite returning stamps.
I was really excited to see the Watercolor Thank You continue into the next annual catalog, and I recently added Flowering Flourishes to my collection. I also used some of the new Watermelon Wonder card stock and Cherry on Top washi tape.

Don't miss the other stops on the hop & thank you for visiting my blog!



Fun & Crafty Blog Hop


Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper


Tobe B. of The Craft Sea


Susan S. of Stampin' By The SF Bay


Pam W. of Stinky Tofu


Sara G. of 1200 Some Miles