Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Pink Loser Challenge!

Hello Everyone!

For those of you who read my last post and are ready to be in on the My Pink Loser Challenge with me beginning January 2nd, I thought it would be a great start if we all downloaded to our smart phones or computer.  It also has a message board on it that we can update anytime we feel the need.  I am mypinkstamper on it and I would love to be your friend.  Even though the official challenge doesn't start until January 2nd, I am still going to be making some changes in my life before then.

Big hugs!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nursery Rhymes Baby Shower Favors

 Hello My Crafting Friends!

I'm so sorry I have been MIA lately!  Karlee's visit was a blur and then after she left on Monday I came down with an itty bitty bug.  I was just a little off, so I rested a bit.  I honestly think that staying up late for Black Friday deals had something to do with it.  My body wasn't used to staying up late and not getting enough sleep.  I am feeling much better today and should be back to 100% in the morning.

I'm throwing a baby shower / fellowship luncheon tomorrow for a new girl in my church who is expecting her fourth child.  She just moved here a couple of months ago and doesn't know anyone.  A few friends and I thought this would be a great chance for everyone to get to know her.

I made these party favors using the Cricut Imagine and the Nursery Rhymes cartridge.  Super cute!  18 of these took me about 2 hours.  :)

Can I share some deep thoughts with you all for a minute?  I need some motivation to get healthy again!  Do you all remember when I got fit over 2 years ago and then ran a marathon?  My body, mind, and soul felt so GREAT at that time in my life.  Because of my injury, I have slowly got back to the place I was in the beginning.  I need some buddies to do this with me.  I need a challenge.  I need a start date.  I NEED ENCOURAGEMENT!!   Please leave a comment if you are on board with me.  We will start January 2nd and be accountable to each other.  I want to set small goals and accomplish something.  I turn 40 in January and that in itself is a big deal.   I have felt so sluggish lately and even though I am playing a lot of tennis, I know I am not eating right.  We can start up My Pink Loser Facebook page again if that will help.  Let me know your thoughts.  

Big hugs everyone!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Black Friday!

Hey Everyone!

Karlee arrived on Wednesday night and we have been having a great time ever since! Lots of family time and just hanging out.

We decided to go out Black Friday shopping last night but didn't leave till later. We missed the long lines and was still able to get what we wanted. Funny thing is that we forgot our video camera! So nothing is on film this yer. Sorry about that!

We both ran the 5k on Thanksgiving and we ran the entire time! This was my first race in over a year. I'm super excited because my Plantar isn't flared up. Great news! I can run again!

Hugs to you all!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Thanks-Christmas!

Happy Thanks-Christmas Everyone???

LOL!  What in the world am I talking about, right?  Well, today I woke up earlier than I thought and was in the mood to get things organized.  I went through my kids' baby clothes that I have been hanging onto (we won't even go into the tears I shed during that process!) and then I found the Christmas decorations!  I thought, why not??!!  We usually put them up the weekend after Thanksgiving but Karlee's family will be here next week (they arrive on Wednesday, yay!) and we wouldn't be able to put them up until the following Monday night.  I decided since we didn't really have much planned today, why not just do it!  So I did!!  LOL!!

My friend, Mary, encouraged me to buy a bunch of garland last year at Hobby Lobby after Christmas when they were all on sale.  I have NEVER done that kind of Christmas decor before.  She was planning on helping me put it all up this year but her family moved out of state last month.  Boo hoo!!  So..... I had to figure it out by myself with the help of google and texting my friend!  LOL!  I am so happy with how it all turned out!!  What do you think??

BEFORE: With just the plain garland.

AFTER:  With the added embellishments!

With the Christmas music playing, I was in the mood to go back to Hobby Lobby and get more decorations!!  I made this table display all by myself!  Aren't you proud of me?  I am sooooo much more of a paper creator and not good at home decor.  I think it turned out super awesome though!

Then, of course, we had to pull down the tree and decorate it!  My husband thinks that when Karlee's family gets here on Wednesday they are going to think it is Christmas and not Thanksgiving!  LOL!!

 By the way, Walmart is starting their Black Friday on Thursday at 8:00 PM this year!!  It is earlier and earlier every year!!

I also wanted to share this thought on Twinkies!  Funny how since I've had children I have NEVER bought Twinkies for my kids because I grew up with them and thought they might be a little unhealthy BUT now that Hostess has gone out of business I have found myself searching the store shelves for them.  Unfortunately they are all GONE and a $2.50 box of Twinkies is now going for over $100 on Ebay!  Isn't that super funny???

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Family Pics 2012

Happy Thursday!

So excited!  I just got our family pictures today from my friend, Ann Cardon from Wonder If photography.  I think they turned out great!  We have not had family pictures taken in 4 years.  It was about time.  I have already ordered my Christmas cards and everything from

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Just Chicken In!

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having a GREAT Wednesday!  This week has been going by sooo fast.  Monday and Tuesday I thought I was coming down with something so I took it easy but I feel great today.  So glad it wasn't the awful flu going around.  

I started reading Book 3 of the Matched trilogy.  Not sure if I am liking it or not.  Too many different story lines.  Have any of you read Matched or Crossed yet?  I enjoyed the first two books really well.  It's just this last one.  I feel like the author is trying to put EVERYTHING in at once and wrap it up but there are a lot of different ideas going on at once.  I am not a writer so I'm sure that it's super hard to wrap up a trilogy.  What are your thoughts?

I pulled out an old Stampin' Up! stamp set and made this quick card.  I used the Promarkers to color the chicken in and My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing paper.  I am trying to stock up on everyday occasion cards that are ready at my fingertips.  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Young Women in Excellence

Hello All!

How is your Sunday going so far?  Mine is going great but it seems like it has been such a loooooong day!  I had a meeting an hour before church started, then 3 hours of church, came home baked some pumpkin cupcakes, went out and visited 4 sisters in my ward, then had a Young Women's activity with my 2 daughters back up at the church.  PHEW!  I am ready for bed!!

Did you all know that Thanksgiving is a week from THIS Thursday?  I was a week behind!  I thought I still had 2 and a half weeks to go.  You know what that means, don't you?  Karlee will be here a week from Wednesday with her family and then our annual Black Friday adventures!!  YIKES!  Has it been a year already??  Talk to you all soon!!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Ewe are loved!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I hope you all have had a GREAT week so far!  You want to know what I've been working on for the past 3 weeks??  Family History!  When I went to visit my in-laws in California my Father-in-law got me really excited about finding my ancestors.  It has become something that I enjoy doing so much and I am feeling closer to my relatives.  It's fun to see where I came from and learn a little about my family.  If you want to fill out your own Family Tree and start working on yours you can start here at  Who knows, some of us might actually be related!  LOL!

I have decided that I need more cards READY TO GO that I am actually going to use!!  LOL!  I have 4 boxes of cards that are made but they are never just what I am looking for.  You know, a quick card that you can give to someone as you are delivering cupcakes, cookies, or dropping them a note in the mail?  Don't get me wrong, I have LOVED making all my other cards and I know I will use them when the right situation comes along but I wanted more general cards to send out to family and friends. 

Create a Critter Cricut Cartridge

More Punny-licious

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Please Vote!

Hello my Crafting Friends!!  Just wanted to send out a reminder that if you live in the USA please exercise your right to vote today!  We live in an AWESOME time where ALL Americans 18 and older can vote!  Isn't that incredible??  There were many who fought for that right!

Here was my experience today!  Starting at the end of the line with donuts waiting.  I decided to pass on the goodies but wish I would have grabbed one 2 hours later!!

Here was my view from the back of the line!

 I don't really like to talk politics on my blog but I'm sure you all can figure who I am voting for.  It is not because of his religion that I am voting for him but what he stands for. I encourage all of you to read up on who you are voting for.  The great part about our country is that we get to let our voice be heard on who we want in government.   Please do not vote for a candidate just because your favorite celebrity endorses them.  Please read about their platform and see if they represent what you want in YOUR president!  

Fox News showed up and interviewed the person next to me.  I almost jumped in!  How fun to be on the news, right??  LOL!

 Boo hoo!  I had to put my phone away!!

When I left the line was wrapped around the building.  I waited 2 hours to vote and when I left it was a 3 1/2 hour wait!!!

I voted!  Did you??

Monday, November 05, 2012

Halloween Update

Hello my friends!

Life has been crazy so I have not had much time to update.  I hope you are doing GREAT!!  I wanted to share some pics from Halloween.  I know we are now into November but still wanted to share!

Just wanted to remind you all to VOTE tomorrow!!  One of the great things about our country is that we all have the RIGHT and privilege to vote.  I hope you will exercise your right.  I know I will be!

For my tennis league on Wednesday I thought it would be fun to dress up.  Of course I chose to dress as an 80's tennis player!!   I wore leg warmers with my tennis skirt, lots of makeup (including teal mascara), BIG hoop earrings, and ratted out HIGH hair with LOTS of hairspray.  The funniest part of the morning at tennis was that I was the ONLY one who dressed up!!!  I even got in character and talked like a valley girl!  LOL!

This is OUR pumpkin that we picked from our garden!!  Our one and only pumpkin.  We decided to pick it the night before the temp dropped.  I am going to take another picture tomorrow for you because my pumpkin is now ORANGE!!!  We grew it by ourselves, remember that I am a total farmer now!

 I had the opportunity to go and help my 5 year old's Kindergarten class carve pumpkins.  

 These were the goodie bags I made this year for my boys' classes!

The beginning of my BIG HAIR!!