Sunday, January 31, 2010

Feeling Fabulous Week 4

Monday, January 25th
  •  word of the day: plenipotentiary- invested with full power
  • gave compliments
  • wrote on my blog
  • 10 minutes reading
  • drank 64 oz water
  • 3 servings of fruit & veggies
  • fun inside the house - no TV
  • house clean before bed
  • got dressed
  • get enough sleep!!!!! James slept through the night!!!! Woo hoo!



Tuesday, January 26th
  • gave compliments
  • 10 minutes reading
  • tried new recipe
  • 3 servings of fruit & veggies
  • fun inside the house - no TV
  • fun outside the house- Activity Day: making pies at Robyn's with the girls


  • house clean before bed
  • got dressed
  • get enough sleep!!!!! James slept through the night AGAIN!!!! Woo hoo!

Wednesday, January 27th
  • gave compliments
  • 10 minutes reading
  • mail handwritten letter
  • eat home-cooked meal at the table
  • 3 servings of fruit & veggies
  • fun inside the house - no TV
  • fun outside the house-played at Skyler's and Shalee's
  • got dressed

Thursday, January 28th
  • gave compliments
  • 10 minutes reading
  • learned new word
  • eat home-cooked meal at the table
  • 3 servings of fruit & veggies
  • fun inside the house - no TV
  • fun outside the house
  • house clean before bed
  • got dressed
  • got enough sleep

Friday, January 29th
  • gave compliments
  • wrote in blog
  • 10 minutes reading
  • fun inside the house - no TV

Saturday, January 30th
  • gave compliments
  • 10 minutes reading
  • fun inside the house - no TV
  • fun outside the house-Craft Fair

  • finished crafts
  • got dressed

 Sunday, January 31st
  • gave compliments
  • 10 minutes reading
  • fun inside the house - no TV
  • fun outside the house
  • finished craft- baby scrapbook using blues and browns
 
 
  • got dressed

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Craft Fair

The Craft Fair I participated in was super fun! Although I didn't sell anything - not many people came even though it was advertised quite well. It was great to talk to other women there selling their crafts.

My son had to be with me for part of the time - right during his nap time because his daddy had a meeting to go to for work, but James did super great. All the women complimented how well behaved he was for a 14 months. He didn't get into other people's stuff, but he did kiss the windows a lot. =D

So I forgot to take a picture while I was there. I was going to have my husband take a picture of me there, but then he was late so I just started taking everything down. But I set all back up at my home so you could see!


All items will be back on sale on my Already Made site if interested in anything. Don't forget about Valentine's Day coming up!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Scrappy Gifts Giveaway

Go check out my Craft Fair Giveaway on my Scrappy Gifts site. Enter to win a $25 certificate to purchase any customized products.




So go enter to win! Only a few entries so far!

5 Question Friday

Saw this on Beautiful Mess, but you can go link up with Mama M at My Little Life or scroll down to the bottom of my post and see how to do Blog Hop.

My Little Life


1. Would you ever vacation alone? No way! Maybe if I was on some "Discover Myself" Journey - maybe. I like having alone time or go out for the day alone, but I couldn't do a whole vacation...I feel too weird.

2. Do you go the speed limit? exactly-no. I usually go about 5 over on normal weather days in residential areas unless it's a school zone. If I was on a Chicago expressway, at least 10 over is the rule there! Out here in Idaho, we tried to do that on the highway - nope hubby got pulled over. Oops. So it's 5 over while we're in Idaho. I guess I go under the speed limit when I don't know where I am too.

3. Why did you start blogging/following blogs? Started blogging to keep a better journal. I love details - but I don't have time to write all my details from my day in my journal, but blogging lets you include pictures! Pictures can show a lot of details so I can still look back at the picture and my words and remember the day.
I started following more people besides close friends when I started making Scrappy Gifts more of a business. I like knowing who my fans/followers are that way I can better serve their needs. Then I started to find more Mommy Blogs - I need all the help I can get and it's so wonderful to relate to other moms, knowing I'm not the only one going through hard days. Plus there's a wealth of information about crafts and being frugal that are so helpful during these hard economic times.

4. Where do you shop for yourself? Mostly Kohls and Old Navy - I like their Online Shopping and ways they do returns (we don't have good stores where I live so we have to travel 30+ minutes to get to good stores). Unfortunately Kohls no longer has the jeans I like: L.E.I. Walmart has them now, but most are too teenager. So I need to find a new brand of jeans - help please!
5. What was the song that you danced your first dance with your spouse to at your wedding...or...what song would you like your first dance to be to? Well at our wedding we danced to "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago...my husband doesn't really like many slow songs. I would have preferred "Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse - my all time favorite song. Our first dance ever that my husband and I danced to was when I was 15 - "God Must have Spent a Little More Time on You" by N'Sync. Yup I've known my husband for that long...I had to convince him to like him - it paid off eventually...5 years later. =D


MckLinky Blog Hop

Monday, January 25, 2010

Valentine's Scrappy Canvas

I made all of these last week in preparation for a craft fair.



monogram

Friend Making Monday

GO link up at aefilkins to join the fun. I thought this was such a fun idea! Leave me comment if you do this too so I can remember to look at yours. Thanks!

*I decided to go and take pictures for some of these things because I sometimes think posts without pictures are kinda boring.....so excuse the mess of my house in some of these =D


THE SIMPLE WOMAN'S DAYBOOK
Outside my window... Big fluffy snowflakes falling across the large open field behind my home




I am thinking.... about too many things, mostly everything that I need to get done- craft fair on Saturday, blogging, cleaning, etc.


I am thankful... my little boy is finally starting to sleep through the night!!!! He's 13 months old. Oh and I got my first 7+ hours of sleep since he's been born. I went straight to bed after he did and didn't bother cleaning the house before bed. I'm still happy this morning even though the house is a little messy - I guess it was a good trade-off. Sleep or clean house

I am praying... that my mom's heart is doing better and the she stays away from heavy stress....doesn't she look too young to be having heart problems. She is now able to work again and her next check-up is in April, but I still worry.



I am reading... continually reading the Book of Mormon, but I just finished Saving Madeline and am about to start Hunger Games because I've heard so many people talk about it.





I am creating... a baby scrapbook this week for a giveaway winner that has blues and browns




From the kitchen... baked some Schwans Monster Cookies: peanut butter cookies with oatmeal, chocolate chips and M&Ms....so yummy! (I know it's still morning-haha...I have a major sweet tooth)



Around the house... has been straightened up some and laundry has been started....no one puts the cereal back or throws away the milk carton...bah! =D


One of my favorite things... my scrapbook room - even though it's messy at times, it's my little getaway even though my son can easily come into it too



A few plans for the rest of the week... today- finish pinatas, Activity Days-making pies on Tuesday, visiting teaching on Thursday, craft fair on Saturday, church and Primary lesson on Sunday. Through the week-making the baby scrapbook

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Feeling Fabulous week 3

sorry not as detailed because I kept forgetting to do update it each day


Monday, January 18th
  • gave compliments
  • wrote in blog
  • 10 minutes reading my new book Saving Madeline
  • tried a new recipe: Tuna Patties with cucumber sauce (Miracle Whip and chopped pieces of cucumber) - actually surprisingly good and it will help me eat all that tuna we've received through WIC .... next time I'll have to remember to put on the tomato

  • 3 servings of fruit: clementines, cucumber, Dole 100% juice
  • fun inside the house with James
  • house clean before bed
  • exercised for 30 minutes in the morning. Did my Wii Fit Plus Routine for 20 minutes and then did Wii Fit boxing for 10 minutes. James even tried to box with me; it was so funny!


Tuesday, January 19th
  • gave compliments
  • wrote in blog
  • 10 minutes reading the Book of Mormon
  • learned new word: I wish we could perambulate outside for a while.


    perambulate\puh-RAM-byuh-layt\ , intransitive verb;

    1.To walk about; to roam; to stroll; as, "he perambulated in the park."
    transitive verb:
    1.To walk through or over.
    2.To travel over for the purpose of surveying or inspecting.



  • got dressed
  • exercised. Did my Wii Fit Plus Routine for 28 minutes and then did Wii Fit boxing for 3 minutes.
  • 3 servings of fruit and veggies
  • fun inside the house
  • fun outside the house - went to Westons - Skyler and James played


Wednesday, January 20th
  • word of the day: Lacuna-blank space or missing part
  • gave compliments
  • wrote in blog
  • 10 minutes reading Saving Madeline by Rachel Ann Nunes
  • tried a new recipe, way yummy but really rich: Chocolate Peanut Butter Covered Brownie Bites
  • fun inside the house: Play Group
  • house clean before bed
  • finished a craft
  • got dressed
  • no TV

Thursday, January 21st
  • word of the day: bibelot - A small decorative object without practical utility; a trinket
  • gave compliments
  • wrote in blog
  • 10 minutes reading Saving Madeline by Rachel Ann Nunes
  • ate home cooked meal at the table with no distractions: ate homemade pizza for lunch
  • drank 64 oz. of water
  • tried a new recipe: Turkey Pot Pie
inside: filling


  • 3 servings of fruit and veggies: pot pie veggies
  • fun inside the house-playing with James
  • fun outside of the house- brought dinner to lady we visit teach
  • house clean before bed
  • finished a craft


Friday, January 22nd
  • word of the day: prevaricate - To depart from or evade the truth; to speak with equivocation
  • gave compliments
  • wrote in blog
  • 10 minutes reading Saving Madeline by Rachel Ann Nunes
  • ate home cooked meal at the table with no distractions: ate turkey pot pie (made a 2nd one since I had leftover filling)
  • drank 64 oz. of water
  • 3 servings of fruit and veggies
  • fun inside the house-playing with James
  • finished a craft
  • got dressed


Saturday, January 23rd
  • word of the day: veritable- real, true, genuine
  • gave compliments
  • wrote in blog
  • 10 minutes reading Saving Madeline by Rachel Ann Nunes
  • drank 64 oz. of water
  • fun inside the house - Mike and I playing with James
  • fun outside the house - date with Mike!
  • house clean before bed
  • finished a craft: baby calendar scrapbook
  • got dressed

Sunday, January 24th
  • word of the day: frangible- capable of being broken; easily broken
  • gave compliments
  • wrote in blog
  • 10 minutes reading Book of Mormon and finished Saving Madeline by Rachel Ann Nunes


  •  no TV
  • got dressed
  • fun outside the house - Primary
  • fun inside the house - playing with James

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    First Blog Award!! Woo hoo!

    Thanks so much to Michelle at My Craft Happiness for my very FIRST Blog Award!



    Instructions:
    •To accept this award you must post it on your blog with the name of the person who granted you the award and link back to them.

    •Pass the award on to approximately 15 other bloggers that you recently discovered and think are great.

    •Contact the bloggers and let them know they have been chosen for the award.


    •List 3 things you would like to learn how to do.
    1. Sew better
    2. Woodworking/Home Improvement
    3. Photography
     
     
    I, Maryanne- Crafty Mommy Diva, am Passing it on to...
    1. Ashley at Make it and Love it
    2. Kate at Kate's Craft Corner
    3. Alicia at Imma Momma
    4. Tara at It's a Girl Thing
    5. Jessica at A Blog to Brag About
    6. Brandy at Home Sweet Home
    7. Aly at Kinder Keepsakes 
    8. Michelle at A Little Tipsy
    9. Whitney & Alish at Sisters Stuff
    10. Cher at Love Actually
    11. Allison O My Family
    12. Nicole at Livin' Life Patino Style
    13. Misty at The Queen of My House
    14. The Family Home Evening Spot
    15. Serena at Nap Time Crafts

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    Kinder Keepsakes by Aly

    So I just found this new site that I wanted to share about.




    I wish I found her earlier because she makes Baby Graduation Cap and Gowns. I totally wanted one for my son when my husband graduated. Here's what hers look like. She sells them in her etsy shop.



    This is what we made do with for my son. I just used my old graduation cap and gown and tied it in the back with a ponytail. =D



    Anyway Kinder Keepsakes also has these cute animal books that you can personalize with your child's name. How fun!



    Here's a video she made with some of the other items she makes. What a clever idea to make a video.


    Go check her out. If you become a follower of her blog, you'll forever have 10% off her site. =D

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    Ladybugs and Lilypads Children's Boutique



    I was browsing around and found this cute site, Ladybugs and Lilypads. It has lots of things that I would want for my nursery and future play room. All someday when we get a real house. We'll see if I get my dream house, but here's some of the items that I would want from her site for my nursery and play room.


    NURSERY: so my nursery already has a star theme with the light blue and celery green colors and yellow stars.

    What a cute photo holders frame: then you can change up pictures when you want.



    I need this stool soon. I'm short and I currently have my crib at it's lowest setting so to get my son in, I have to stand on my tippy toes and try not to squash my stomach to get him in. When I have another baby, hopefully we'll get him into a toddler bed because I have no idea how I'll get him into the crib without a stool.



    PLAY ROOM: For my play room if I ever get one, I want bright colors like the red, yellow, green and blue. I've already made these cute scrappy canvas and matching clock for it that incorporates these colors along with stars.

    This table even has stars with it!!



    Great to put the favorite books that are used the most in here.


    This site doesn't just have furniture and decor, but it has everything....maternity clothes, clothes for mom, shoes, clothes for babies and kids (check out the birthday shirts or older sibling shirts), kids accessories: luggage, bows, jewelry, etc., baby gear, bedding, diaper bags and more. You can even set up a gift registry or get a gift certificate. I love one stop shopping!



    Also for all you mom-preneurs; check this link out and sell some of your stuff through her site!



    Ladybugs & Lilypads Childrenfs Boutique

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Love Actually site


    Love Actually is having a giveaway for the Pampered Chef Cooking for Two Cookbook. Check out her site on how to enter the giveaway, but also peruse because she has amazing ideas for romance. My favorite idea she has posted is an idea she found from My Insanity. I would love to do this little scavenger hunt thing. If only I could find some people to do it with me! I wouldn't mind if my husband had me to the hunt with other women.

    She also sells all sorts of things to help with the romance like a Valentine's Advent Calendar or Love Checks.

    Sunday, January 17, 2010

    Feeling Fabulous Week 2

    Monday, January 11th
    • gave 5 compliments to 5 different people
    • wrote on personal blog
    • 10 minutes reading the Book of Mormon
    • learned a new word from dictionary.com: flagitious-scandalous - interesting that my spell check says it's wrong.
    • drank 64oz. of water; it was easier to do, but boy every time I do it I feel like I'm pregnant all over again-having to go to the bathroom constantly
    • 3 servings of fruits & veggies: large salad, mandarin oranges, veggie pasta sauce
    • fun inside the house-piggy back rides with my son, tickling, etc.
    • house clean before bed
    • cleaned out James' kitchen cupboard
    • got dressed for the day and showered in the morning (usually I shower at night)
    • finish a craft: Made a Scrappy Canvas for my friend's son's baptism. He loves the color pink, but is starting to get made fun of for liking it. So I did my best to make a boyish piece with some pink.


    Tuesday, January 12th
    • word of the day: torpor \TAWR-per\ , noun;

      1. Lacking in vitality or interest.
      2. A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
      3. Lethargy; apathy.

    • wrote in my personal blog
    • 10 minutes reading the Book of Mormon
    • Ate dinner at the table with no distractions
    • drank 64 oz. of water
    • 3 servings of fruits and veggies: same as Monday
    • fun inside the house: Activity Days (church-related) - we made pinatas...we still need to work on them more though and add more layers.




    • house clean before bed
    • finish a craft: a couple of scrapbook pages

    • cleaned out cupboard
    • go dressed
    • exercised for 30 minutes: Your Shape. It was pretty funny because my son was still awake and he'd play peek-a-boo with himself because he could see himself on TV with the camera that goes with the game.
    • stuck to my schedule to a T....this one is hard because if baby is off schedule; then I'm off. I wonder if I could count it for other days if we do everything in order, but not at the time it says?
    Wednesday, January 13th

    • onus \OH-nuhs\ , noun;


    1.A burden; an obligation; a disagreeable necessity.

    2.a: A stigma. b: Blame.

    3.The burden of proof.

    • gave compliments
    • wrote in blog
    • 10 minutes reading Book of Mormon and my LDS Fiction book, How to Stuff a Wild Zucchini
    • 3 servings of fruits and veggies
    • fun inside the house: we had to make do since everyone canceled on the play group
    • house clean before bed
    • finished some more scrapbook pages

    • got dressed
    • no TV which was super hard especially when everyone canceled on play group so the day went really really slow!


    Thursday, January 14th


    • draconian : excessively harsh; severe. (ha Mike uses something similar in his WoW game)

    • gave compliments
    • wrote in blog
    • 10 minutes of reading How to Stuff a Wild Zucchini, LDS Romantic Fiction book
    • 3 servings of fruits and veggies: a whole lot of Schwans veggies were the main ones
    • fun inside the house, of course with James
    • finished more scrapbook pages

    • got dressed
    Friday, January 15th
    • gave compliments
    • 10 minutes reading and finished How to Stuff a Wild Zucchini, LDS Romantic Fiction book
    • 3 servings of fruits and veggies: lots of Schwans veggies
    • fun inside the house
    • fun outside of the house-we went to the library and did other errands and later that night we went to our neighbor's birthday party. We were the oldest ones there...freak! He turned 22...his wife is 23 and everyone else there was 22ish I think. So you know, I'm 25 and my husband is 28.

    I got all glammed up for the party so I took a picture. I set this on a time and James jumped into the picture too =D


    • finished the 12x12 scrapbook for my somewhat simple winner


    • got dressed

    Saturday, January 16th
    • gave compliments
    • wrote in blog
    • 10 minutes reading Book of Mormon: read in Alma 36 about being tormented for 3 days with your sins....that's scary, I would feel awful. I get guilty kind of easy so I was thinking about what kind of pain will I feel to remember all of my sins....good thing we can repent
    • learned new word:

      countervail\kown-tur-VAYL\ , transitive verb;


      1.To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to counteract.

      2.To compensate for; to offset; to furnish or serve as an equivalent to.

    • mailed handwritten note to somewhat simple winner with her scrapbook and to my friend and her son with the Baptism Canvas I made on Monday
    • drank 64 oz. of water - I sure had to go to the bathroom tons especially last night during our home date
    • 3 servings of veggies: clementines and Schwans veggies
    • fun inside the house- playing with James and Mike
    • fun outside the house-went to Wal-mart and pushed James around in the cart...now thanks to Mike James like to stand in the cart instead of sit in it...
    • house clean before bed: Mike and I did a lot of cleaning while James was asleep - spotless!
    • worked on a baby calendar scrapbook
    • got dressed

    Sunday, January 17th
    • wrote in blog
    • 10 minutes reading the Book of Mormon in the morning this time
    • learned a new word: apposite \AP-uh-zit\ , adjective;

      1.Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.

    • tried a new recipe: Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry. Not bad, a little salty so I'll probably add more water next time. The recipe was a little confusing, but I figured it out. You cook the meat first, then take it out, cook the veggies and then mix and cook it all together.



    • 3 servings of fruit and veggies: clementines, broccoli, lettuce and tomato on my sandwich
    • fun inside the house
    • fun outside the house - Primary Singing Time
    • house clean before bed

    Total: 74 points so way better than last week. Still not enough to get on the top 10, but oh well. My goal for next week is 100 points. Still need to work on Fabulous Body and Diet -not my strong suit. I like my sweets and it's hard to exercise with baby around... Since I'm still not getting enough sleep, no way am I waking up early to go work-out.
    Again there's 2 weeks left to somewhat simple's Feeling Fabulous Challenge. Go check it out! Checklist at the bottom of her site!

    Vinyl Lettering Giveaway

    Delicate Expressions is giving away $25 to their site over on Today's Giveaway. Giveaway ends on the 24th!They are pretty reasonably priced too!



    I ordered a Small Magnetic Message Board for my friend's birthday coming up. She's even going to make it all for me, completely assembled and ship it to my friend for a few dollars more. Perfect! That way I didn't have to pay for 2 shippings- 1 to get to me and then make it and then ship it out to my friend all in time for her birthday.


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