Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Holidays were such a blessing

Hello friends-- today is my "Get Reorganized" day and I wanted to share some of our holiday happenings!

Friday was a very fun event we had at our house for our kids friends!  This year we decided to do an "outreach" type of party and get all the kids friends to participate!  We hosted a cookie and punch open house and asked each of the invited to bring supplies for the HOMELESS shelter here.  WE had an overwhelming response and the day was so much fun to see everyone and celebrate together!
Jensen and Ava were in charge of packing the bags and they turned out to be over-flowing!!!  It was a great problem to have to need larger bags!  We even got to expand to add 12 more bags than originally planned!!

The van was packed full of toiletries, snacks, water, blankets, and etc.

We delivered all these goodies to the shelter on Christmas Eve. morning!
Such a blessing to Them -- AND US!!




 Christmas eve was our traditional candlelight service at church and dinner out!  DELICIOUS!!  Then we open some family gifts at home!!!
The weekend was just a fantastic one-- and we all wish you a Happy and Healthy 2012!!~

Friday, December 23, 2011

Very exciting news!!!

WE scrappers and crafters are in for a very exciting treat!!  Today, Teresa Collins debuted her new partnership with Xyron!!  She has designed this new little darling Sticker maker!!!  I am very excited to get my hands on one!!!  Check out all the cool giveaways she is doing on her blog-- there is lots there to have a chance to win!!!  She's a very generous lady!!!  It's fun and EXciting news!!!!
http://teresacollins.typepad.com/teresa_collins/2011/12/giveaway-announcement-today-on-good-things-utah-channel-4.html

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Enjoying the Beauty of the Season

The season of Christmas has so much PRETTY in it!!  I am really loving all the decorations and colors of this special time.  We had the house all decked right after Thanksgiving- and it looks awesome- but this year we also added a little Bling to the Patio. The weather has been pretty nice until this week- but when it was just gorgeous outside- we hung lots of Christmas balls out there= and they look amazing!


Here's hoping YOU are all enjoying this beautiful time!!!! 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Copy Cat

If you are like me-- you are addicted to Pinterest--- and Yes, it is such a blessing in the holiday season to use it for ideas!!  I am a huge copy cat - and this little goodie was the fun gift we handed out to Jen's friends at school.  The Credit goes to nicoleheady.typepad.com.  I saw this little cupcake gift set and HAD to have Jensen make them!
This is the version I saw on the website-- adorable.  





Here's our Christmas version!!
First you wrap a cake mix with fancy paper.  Then you make the insides that hold the adorable tubes of sprinkles=== and we made a tag on front with a Christmas wish.  
Lastly we added a frosting that was wrapped to match and wala- you have this adorable gift.  


Hope you are enjoying all the creativity this season brings!! 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Just a little LATE. . . .

I am delinquent in getting this message out -- because last week I was out of town and not blogging.  I really want to share this-- you will have to go subscribe--- this will be a fantastic book!!!  Check this out: http://teresacollins.typepad.com/teresa_collins/2011/12/tc-idea-book-debut-next-month.html

Monday, December 12, 2011

I Heart Faces/ Furry Faces

I have had the best time looking thru all the darling photos of "Furry Faces" on the IHeartFaces website.  Check them out for yourself here:  www.iheartfaces.com.  I could not resist entering my dear Piper in the challenge.  There are so many cute face shots of her-- and here she looks completely innocent.  Let me tell you-- it was good to see this picture -- because today-- she has completely shredded a brand new blanket I bought for the dogs  to keep them warm this winter. It's all over the back yard-- NOT so innocent.  Probably good she is Cute.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

JUST in Time!



Such exciting news from Provo Craft-- just in time for the holidays!  Let me tell you-- this tool is super easy and you will be crankin' out the Christmas cards and tags in no time!!    Head over to Teresa Collins' blog- and read her EASY explanation of the craft room!  http://teresacollins.typepad.com/teresa_collins/2011/12/old-fashioned-clipboard-calendar-using-teresa-collins-world-traveler-and-stampmaker-cheri-piles-last-year-i-created-a-cale.html
I am going to get busy!!!!  We still have a little time!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I could get used to that.....



Observations about these pictures!!!!  What do I see that these photos have in common???  Well  It's the holiday spirit I see-- I see lights, wreaths, and holly!!! I also see NO Coats, Parkas, gloves, boots or COLD!!!!  That is why I love them sooo much!!  Contrast that to what we see outside our house---- freezing cold snow (a little bit) and I can see my breath!  
Folks--- I just like snow for ONE thing-- maybe a 10 minute photo shoot. Maybe just on Christmas eve.   Snow is pretty when it is falling softly on the trees in the back yard for again 10 minutes.   Other than that--- I'd rather see the ABOVE!!! 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday memories

It's so much fun to look back and see Christmas pictures from years past!!  I found this cute angel photo of Jensen when she was about 5 or 6 and thought it was a fun one to scrap!  Teresa Collins has this awesome Christmas home line and I love this elegant paper along with this photo!
Hope you are having a delightful Sunday in December!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Wow! Watch this!!!!!

You will need to shut off my blog music first - but wow-- enjoy this!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December is HERE!!

Yes, Folks -- here we are!  My calendar says December 1!!  Let the magic begin!!  I think the countdown is on - and I wanted to share with you a Teresa Collins Christmas Home project I did a while back that is NOW ready to be used!!!  Here's my little door with the countdown tags!!  We will be flipping the tags each day until the big day!  The Christmas home papers were already set up with Gorgeous numbers that Teresa designed and that made it super easy to create this fun wall decoration!!  YOU still have time today to make one!! (wink)


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful4: Disney Dream

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thankful for: Travel


I feel super lucky to get to travel!  It's one of my very favorite things-- and we got to be gone last week on the most Awesome trip!  We had the privilege of sailing on the Disney Dream- and boy IT WAS!!  This ship and the whole cruise was simply fabulous!!  I am still sorting thru the 1200 photos I took!  The day at the Atlantis was wonderful and the BEST is the Disney Private Island called Castaway Cay.  Totally spoiled is what we are!!!  I Am grateful for the relaxing and family fun we had!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Time to get back to the THANKFUL

Well, this week away gave me even MORE to be thankful for!!!  We had a lovely and delightful Cruise and vacation.  What's not to love about a BUFFET 24 hours a day and ice cream any time????  WE all loved the trip-- and I promise to share some of my pics another time- but now I gotta put up a Birthday wish for  my BESTEST Blessing!!  Randy's birthday is today and I am soooo happy to have him in my life.  I pray wonderful blessings for him today!!  Thanks sweets for all you do for our family!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

WE interrupt this THANKFUL Stuff for:

This Thankful-ness actually continues......  But my blogging will be interrupted in the very nicest of ways!  I will be  out on a Sailing adventure with NO technology- so I'll have to catch up on being super thankful after my trip!
I will have tons more to be Thankful for after Disney pampers me this week with the Buffets, days on the Beach and some fireworks!  

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thursday Thankful!!

I look so forward to Thursdays  because it's our Pet Therapy Day!!  Firstly I am such a lover of Old People-- and second I am such a lover of Dogs-- so the combination makes my heart Sing!!  Brooklyn came to our family 4 years ago and she was Always such a Sensitive and Loving dog.  She has a sense about people== and with her disposition, she makes an amazing Therapy Dog.  Each week, I take her to a nursing home and we visit the residents.  She has so many favorites, and they absolutely love her!  She even knows which rooms have doggie treats in their drawers for her.  These pics were taken of her wearing her Frog costume for Halloween -- and it shows her in action at the facility.  She loves to plant her face in their laps when we tell her to give a "HUG".  I am so thankful that I get to do this fun activity each week-- I certainly blesses me every time I go! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thankful for: CREATIVITY

Today's Thankfulness is for something that I have been blessed by!  I get to play with all kinds of amazing paper and goodies designed by Teresa Collins.  This past year I have had the privilege of being on her design team!  Today, my project is featured on the Team Blog!  It's been such fun to CREATE and I am sooo thankful God gave me ART in my life!!  You can see my creation at: 

http://teresacollinsdesignteam.blogspot.com/2011/11/christmas-home-gift-card-snowman.html

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Gratitude = Giving



As we roll along in my "Attitude of Gratitude" month- I am reminded how blessed we are here in America.  I know we take all this for granted, but each year when Operation Christmas Child comes around-- we are so Thankful to be able to share what we have with some Children across the world who need it so much more than we do.  Our school always participates, as does our church, and we love to get to send some Shoeboxes!  Yesterday was the BIG shopping trip and Jensen is a great helper!!  She gets excited about this project each year, and now she is old enough to prepare the boxes for the kids.  She made handmade Christmas cards, too to stuff along with the toys.  Here is a photo of some of our shoeboxes-- she has more to do today- but it gives me great joy when I think of these kids opening our box -- and finding Christmas!!!  Check out www.samaritanspurse.com to send some smiles to kids all over the world!!  It's gonna warm your Heart!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Rejoice in THIS

Today's Thankful revolves around some awesome young adults.  I don't want to admit my big kids are now 18 and 20!  We are so blessed by these 2 and their choices!  God really gave us amazing gifts in these kids!   I am rejoicing!!!! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 2: thankful for YOU

Well, today's thankful thing could easily be the BEST one ever.  I am so happy to have my husband as my partner, my best friend and my companion. God really blessed me with someone who totally knows me-- (and likes me anyway!)  It has been incredible to be married for 28 years, and we are still having so much fun and enjoy it sooo much.  We are truly blessed and thankful for our marriage!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NOVEMBER is for GRATITUDE

Wow-- don't know about you but October flew by and I guess so did NOV 1.  Here we are on the 2nd and I am starting my GRATITUDE project here on the blog!  I will be using my Blog to chronicle my GRATITUDE to Keep an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE !  I am so blessed and have so much to be thankful for (some people call it "Spoiled".  I thought it would be fun to share some of the THANKFUL THINGS here!!  Follow me all month long!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Is Here!!!





We had another amazing weekend of weather, so we took every opportunity to be out in it !!  Jensen and I could not resist the Sale at Petsmart on Costumes for the dogs-- so we got them each a new one and did a little Halloween parade right in the front yard.  WE love the results.  Brooklyn was the most cooperative as usual and wore her frog hood for a long time.  WE think we underestimated Piper's size-- she barely fit in the clown costume-- but it looked cute anyway.  Pansy is our cheerleader -- funny -- she was not cheering to have it on!!  Hope you have a fun and Happy (not creepy) Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Spooky and Haunted!

Halloween projects have been my focus this month and I have a couple of the Layouts to share!  I enjoyed all the wonderful papers and have made some adorable things with this line from Teresa Collins.  She has my "STYLE"!!  Hope you have a "BOO-tiful" and SAFE Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011

I heart Faces: "Let them be Little" entry

This entry was so easy to pick, as I had the perfect shot of Noah being a KID!  Please make a visit to www.Iheartfaces.com  to see all the darling KIDS pics.  YOU will surely get a smile on your face with all the Cuteness!    www.iheartfaces.com