Saturday, April 30, 2016

Around Here

It has been so long since I've posted an An Around Here post...months.  I can't actually believe it.  There has been a lot going on here.  I have figured out my iPhoto libraries so that is actually a really good thing.  I'm also working on my photography stuff and building a new website...I'm reworking everything and I'm happy about that.  So here are a few photos to show you what's been going on "around here"
Screen shot of my new website

Camping Pics

 Most Epic fishing trip EVER
 Homemade lip balm

 The best dad.  He's the best at everything.
 Combing Jojo's crazy hair...he has two cowlicks.  

 Cooking on the Big Green Egg...This was delicious.

Maddie's Birthday...I made this cake.  It was super yummy and easy.

 He's painting again.

And this....he's official now.  My brother is a certified attorney.  He's so incredibly smart and we are so proud of him.  Unfortunately we could not make his swearing in ceremony because of PARCC testing. Nonetheless, we are extremely proud of him.  

So, I hope you have all been doing okay.  Hopefully once the school year is over, I can post more frequently.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello everyone!  You should have arrived from Leigh Ann's blog.  I'm the last stop on the list today, and I hope you have enjoyed the trip.  I have a layout to share with you today... but first I must explain.  It almost didn't happen because of this puppy.  She's going through a horrendous chewing stage that has resulted in the loss of many, many items...including my shoes, sunglasses, etc.

Sure she looks innocent in this photo but don't let it deceive you.  I came home to this...

The plastic up at the top is the part of the bag the kit was in.  And apparently she ate this because it's missing.  I may find it in the yard in a week or two.

Anyhow, the word of the day when I made the layout was "distress."  Much of the papers had been chewed, as well as the embellishments.  So I made sure to distress the stuff that wasn't already distressed by Laylah, ha.  

I really love this kit.  The colors and papers are amazing!!!  I can't wait to use some of them in my project life.  I used the die-cuts to create the title.  Though, I'm pretty sure my son wasn't happy that day while sitting in time out (far right).  I was because it shows his dog waiting for him to get up.  That made me happy.  She laid there for about 8 minutes with him.  I just chose some every day moments I've photographed to put into the layout (tons more are on instagram).  I wanted black and white photos to pop against the yellow background.  

And just a close up of the distressing.  The title distressing totally brought to you by Laylah's teeth.  

Well I've wrapped up the Clique Kits Pep Rally today.  I know you have seen some AMAZING projects.  Just incase you need the list, here it is.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello everyone!  You should have arrived here from Charity's blog.  I have a layout to share with you today.  I wish I could have made a few more layouts, but that thing called Time makes it so hard to do.  

This layout is of my Uncle Mike.  He passed away on Cinco de Mayo last year after a long battle with illness.  I was finally able to recover photos from my hard drive and this was one of him a few years ago at Thanksgiving.  I'm so glad that I found it.

I hope you have a great day!  Now you are off to Leigh's blog.

Here is the entire blog list for you just in case:

Clique Kits
Gia Lau
Erica Thompson
*Melissa Vining
*Leeann Pearce
*Carolina Schulz
*Kat Benjamin
*Marcia Dehn-Nix
*Maryam Perez Osorio
Elsie Robinson
Sandy Gonzalez
Taina Cortes (Evi)​
Kim Allen
Hannah Lemieux
Charity Feit
Mariah Hechler
Leigh Ann Odynksi

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello there!  You should have arrived from Kim's blog.  This week I have a planner layout to share with you.  This layout is from last week because believe it or not, I thought the Pep Rally was last Wednesday.  Imagine my surprise when I went get the post ready and was like not very many people have signed up for this.  Then, I realize that is probably because I am quite early.

This month's kit is really lovely.  I would have loved to do a regular layout, but realized my printer is basically obsolete so I couldn't print new photos.  No fear, though, we got a new printer!!  I feel so high tech now.  Okay, that's enough of that.  Here are the pics of my planner layout.

I kept it super simple for the monthly layout, just adding a few pieces of the ephemera and some patterned paper at the bottom.  Also notice, I have the Pep Rally scheduled for the 17th, ha.

Here is the weekly plan for last week.  I just added some of of the paper strip I cut and the stickers.  I'm trying to keep the pages flat in my planner this time around.  I learned that lesson.

Then, I made myself a little bookmark/straight edge from the lovely geometric patterned paper and some of the ephemera pieces.  I'm using it mostly to have the straight edge for crossing out the days in my planner because I'm weird like that.  I figured the "a day in my life" was appropriate for crossing out each day when it's completed.  If you are interested, you can find this week's current page on my Instagram Page.  Okay, now you are off to Megan's blog.  Have a great day!

Clique Kits
Gia Lau
Erica Thompson
Melissa Vining
*​Candace Pearce
*Leeann Pearce
*Carolina Schulz
Kat Benjamin
​*Leigh Ann Odynksi
Aliza Deutsch
*Elisabetta Margini
Taina Cortes (Evi)
*Kim Oedekoven  ----You came from here.
Mariah Hechler ------You are here.
Megan Blethen​​ -----Go here next.
Kim Allen
Maryam Perez Osorio
Renee Aslette
Sandy Gonzalez

Friday, February 12, 2016

DIY Beauty Products...Getting Started

Hello!  Today, I wanted to share a few tips for getting started when it comes to making your own beauty products.  The whole realm of DIY products is completely overwhelming.  Trust me, I spent hours searching blogs and Youtube to try and figure out where to start.  So far, I've made my own body butter, shampoo, eye cream, and sugar scrub.  I'm going to make a face cream in the near future.  One thing you should know is starting out might be expensive but it's going to be cheaper in the long run, much cheaper.  So here are a few things I would purchase first. (I have included the links where you can purchase these items.)

This is the one I would purchase just because it's unscented.  I purchased the almond the first time because that was recommended on a blog.  If I had to do it again I would go for the unscented.  The almond isn't bad, it just covers up the fragrances I add to shampoos and body washes.  So on my next purchase, it will be this.  The reason I suggest purchasing Liquid Castille Soap is because it can be used for so many things from soaps to cleaning supplies.  It's all natural with no harmful ingredients.  I have made three batches of shampoo and one batch of body wash, and still have over half of the bottle left.

This bottle of Almond oil is $10.  Its extremely cheap for so many different uses.  I've used it in shampoos, body butter, sugar scrubs, and as a carrier oil for essential oils.  It is super moisturizing.  

These are a few oils I would start with, well I did start with.  I now have a lot more.  We use lavender all. the. time.  I put it in shampoos and creams.  We also diffuse it at night when we go to bed.  It really helps with sleep.  Erik is the one that loves it at night, not me.  Not that I'm complaining, I'm telling you it really works.  Peppermint oil is awesome.  We diffuse it too mixed with the Eucalyptus. It really helps you to breathe better and smells so good.  I've used peppermint to treat headaches and back spasms.  I mixed it in some olive oil and applied it to my head or my back and it works.  It really and truly took the pain away.  I couldn't believe it.  That sort of sold me on the whole essential oil thing.  

As far as where I'm now purchasing oils from, it's Rocky Mountain Oils.  I put weeks of research into which company had the best essential oils.  There are tons of articles on the internet on it.  There are books written about it.  I started out using Aura Cacia oils because they were at Toucan where I shop. I still use some of them because I haven't run out yet.  They worked but I found the Rocky Mountain oils to be more potent.  The lavender was such a huge difference from what I purchased at Toucan, I was sold on their products.  I will go more into why I chose Rocky Mountain Oils in a future post.

Other Household Items

Many household items can be used in beauty products and you can find them at the grocery store.  You probably have some of them in your pantry.  Here are some that I use quite often.

Sugar (I use Raw Organic)
Olive Oil
Coconut Milk
Coconut Oil
Vitamin E Capsules
Vanilla Extract (100 percent pure and organic)
Raw Honey
Apple Cider Vinegar 

So there you go.  Those are just a few items to get you started.  I hope this post helps.  Keep in mind, that I'm just starting out too.  I am going to share this adventure with you including the fails.  Ha.  Have a great day.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hello February

Hi there everyone!  I wanted to post this post the first of February but it was impossible.  Last week was such a busy week for me.  I had duty so I have to leave the house extra early.  It involves me escorting children across the crosswalk in frigid temperatures.  I really wish I had a picture of me for you.  I only wore two shirts, three jackets, and a reflective vest.  Nothing says fashion like a reflective vest, let me tell you.  One of the days, one of the parents rolled down their window and yelled, "I like your jacket, does it have a hood?" I'm thinking which one?  I'm wearing three. Also, I'm thinking obviously it doesn't have a hood because the jacket I'm wearing on the outside is black and my hood is pink.  I think he was making fun of me, but when its 14 degrees out you do what you have to.

So this post is just to touch base for the month.  I'm hoping to post a few times this month, including at least one crafty post!  Isn't that awesome?  This month, I'm hoping to share some recipes and reviews of things I've tried in the homemade beauty products world.  It's been fun and I'm actually loving it.

I'm off.  I have a busy Sunday preparing for the Super Bowl.  We're a nervous wreck around here.  What are your plans for the Super Bowl?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hello there!  You should have arrived from Kim's blog.  She always has so many amazing layouts to share.  I'm so glad to share my project with you today.  I barely made it, though it is good to be crafty again after so long.  My little puppy was sick yesterday.  I guess I shouldn't say little...she weighs 67 pounds now at 4.5 months old.  We had to make an emergency trip to the vet.  She seems to be doing okay, but it cut my crafty time way short.  I have a very simple layout to share with you today.  I loved the Ephemera pack that came with the kit and used it to complete the entire layout.  Those ephemera pieces really can speed up your layouts when you are short of time or just want to get a lot of layouts done.  I always find too, that they are good for titles.  It's so hard to come up with titles sometimes and make them look right on your page.

I really apologize for the poor photo but it was so dark when we got home, I had to take it inside.

I hope you have a really lovely day!

Here is the complete blog list incase you need it!  You should be heading to Renee's blog.

​Clique Kits
Gia Lau
​*Melissa Vining
*Kat Benjamin
​*Leigh Ann
Emma Pescott
Sandy Gonzalez
Kim Allen came from here.
Mariah Hecher are here.
Renee Aslette here next.
Kate Blue
Megan Blethen
Kelly Baron
Bernie Miller


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